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Joyce Oates is an American writer. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published 58 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction.
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The Book of Goose
A Novel
Yiyun Li - 2022-09-20
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A gripping, heartbreaking new novel about female friendship, art, and memory by the award-winning author of Where Reasons End.Fabienne is dead. Her childhood best friend, Agnès, receives the news in America, far from the French countryside where the two girls were raised--the place that Fabienne helped Agnès escape ten years ago. Now, Agnès is free...
Joyce Oates
2023-01-06T18:39:17.000Z
Highly recommend this novel by Yiyun Li, like each of her books differing from the others & yet uniquely Yiyun’s distinct voice.      source
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Number One Is Walking
My Life in the Movies and Other Diversions
Steve Martin - 2022-11-15
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Number One Is Walking is Steve Martin’s cinematic legacy―an illustrated memoir of his legendary acting career, with stories from his most popular films and artwork by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss.Steve Martin has never written about his career in the movies before. In Number One Is Walking, he shares anecdotes from the sets of his beloved film...
Joyce Oates
2022-11-25T13:52:27.000Z
Steve Martin’s most brilliant book since “A Wealth of Pigeons” also with inspired cartoons by Harry Bliss.      source
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A Greeting of the Spirit
Selected Poetry of John Keats with Commentaries
Susan J. Wolfson - 2022-10-31
A renowned Keats scholar illuminates the poet's extraordinary career, in a new edition featuring seventy-eight verse selections with commentary.John Keats's career as a published poet spanned scarcely more than four years, cut short by his death early in 1821 at age twenty-five. Yet in this time, he produced a remarkable--and remarkably wide-rangin...
Joyce Oates
2022-10-28T16:07:46.000Z
Highly recommend—a beautiful book celebrating a beautiful poet whose words were not, indeed, written in water.      source
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Of Fear and Strangers
A History of Xenophobia
George Makari - 2021-09-14
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By 2016, it was impossible to ignore an international resurgence of xenophobia. What had happened? Looking for clues, psychiatrist and historian George Makari started out in search of the idea’s origins. To his astonishment, he discovered an unfolding series of never-told stories. While a fear and hatred of strangers may be ancient, he found that t...
Joyce Oates
2022-08-23T14:35:16.000Z
powerful, beautifully written book with a strong memoirist subtext.      source
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The Trayvon Generation
Elizabeth Alexander - 2022-04-05
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From a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author and poet comes a galvanizing meditation on the power of art and culture to illuminate America's unresolved problem with race.*Named a Most Anticipated Title of 2022 by TIME magazine, New York Times, Bustle, and more*In the midst of civil unrest in the summer of 2020 and following ...
Joyce Oates
2022-05-08T00:09:41.000Z
a remarkable book of only 130 pp. so densely packed with intelligence, passion, meaning it is virtually monumental. brilliant use of art, poetry. how James Baldwin would have been moved. "art of the essay"--enormously powerful.      source
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Michelle Obama
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Bunk
The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
Kevin Young - 2018-09-04 (first published in 2017)
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Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction“There Kevin Young goes again, giving us books we greatly need, cleverly disguised as books we merely want. Unexpectedly essential.”—Marlon JamesAward-winning poet and critic Kevin Young tours us through a rogue’s gallery of hoaxers, plagiarists, forgers, and fakers—from the humbug of P. T. Barnu...
Joyce Oates
2020-07-27T13:54:07.000Z
great book but will need to be updated as soon as T***p leaves office. in fact, a whole new book BUNK II: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet will likely be required.      source
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Three Rings
A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate
Daniel Mendelsohn - 2020-09-08
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In this genre-defying book, best-selling memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn explores the mysterious links between the randomness of the lives we lead and the artfulness of the stories we tell.Combining memoir, biography, history, and literary criticism, Three Rings weaves together the stories of three exiled writers who turned to the classics o...
Joyce Oates
2020-07-14T16:23:30.000Z
a brilliant, erudite, warmly narrated work-- unclassifiable, like all of Daniel Mendelsohn's books.      source
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The Varieties of Religious Experience
A Study in Human Nature
William James - 2019-05-08 (first published in 1901)
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"I am neither a theologian, nor a scholar learned in the history of religions, nor an anthropologist. Psychology is the only branch of learning in which I am particularly versed. To the psychologist the religious propensities of man must be at least as interesting as any other of the facts pertaining to his mental constitution. It would seem, there...
Joyce Oates
2020-07-12T21:16:05.000Z
James is so wonderful. "The Varieties of Religious Experience" is a great, great book. each chapter marvelous. James reveals himself in a footnote. imagine--Henry James's "less superficial" brother.      source
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Mark Zuckerberg
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What Is the Grass
Walt Whitman in My Life
Mark Doty - 2020-04-14
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Effortlessly blending biography, criticism, and memoir, National Book Awardwinning poet and best-selling memoirist Mark Doty explores his personal quest for Walt Whitman.Mark Doty has always felt haunted by Walt Whitmans bold, new American voice, and by his equally radical claims about body and soul and what it means to be a self. In What Is the Gr...
Joyce Oates
2020-03-11T00:53:04.000Z
Highly recommend Mark Doty’s brilliant new book.      source
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Chaos
Making a New Science
James Gleick - 1996-01-01 (first published in 1987)
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Few writers distinguish themselves by their ability to write about complicated, even obscure topics clearly and engagingly. In Chaos, James Gleick, a former science writer for the New York Times, shows that he resides in this exclusive category. Here he takes on the job of depicting the first years of the study of chaos--the seemingly random patter...
Joyce Oates
2015-09-26T04:33:18.000Z
An excellent book, suffused with poetry. A 20th-century classic.      source
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Carl Zimmer