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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 Other Mozart
Sharon Chmielarz - 2001-01-01
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A vital, delightful, engaging sketch of the life of Maria Anna Mozart, a child prodigy herself before she was eclipsed by the genius of her younger brother. "...dearest Sister...please trust me absolutely and never think that I shall forget you; but remember that things do not always turn out, or at least not always exactly, as one wishes."Mozart (...
Joyce Oates
highly recommend brilliant book of poetry inspired by Mozart's (forgotten) sister: "The Other Mozart: Poems (2001) by Sharon Chmielarz      source
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The Book of Goose
A Novel
Yiyun Li - 2022-09-20
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Discover the gripping tale of female friendship, art, and memory in this haunting novel by the award-winning author of Where Reasons End. As children in a war-ravaged town, Fabienne and Agnès built a private world that launched Agnès on an epic trajectory through fame, fortune, and terrible loss. From the rural French countryside to Paris, an English boarding school, and a quiet Pennsylvania home, The Book of Goose navigates themes of exploitation, heartbreak, and the power of memory.
Joyce Oates
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 a unique memoir of legendary actor Steve Martin's film career, featuring behind-the-scenes anecdotes and artwork by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Join Martin as he takes readers on a journey through his most popular films, including "Father of the Bride" and "The Jerk," while sharing charming tales and exploits with Hollywood stars like Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford. With its gorgeously illustrated cartoons and witty writing, this book captures the everyday moments that make up a movie star's life and is the perfect gift for any film lover.
Joyce Oates
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
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This book delves into the life and work of John Keats, highlighting his remarkable career as a poet in just four short years. Keats scholar Susan J. Wolfson presents seventy-eight verse selections from his work, accompanied by insightful commentary on their meanings and contexts. The collection features both well-known and lesser-known poems that redefine the breadth and depth of Keats's poetic imagination, capturing the chronicle of his artistic and personal evolution. Wolfson encourages readers to experience Keats's language as a living event, offering a cooperative experience between author and reader.
Joyce Oates
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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Explore the origins and evolution of xenophobia with psychiatrist and historian George Makari in his book, which delves into never-told stories and offers insights into related ideas such as conditioned response and institutional bias. Discover how this bias emerged alongside Western nationalism, colonialism, mass migration, and genocide, and how it continues to impact society today. With an elegant writing style and a unifying paradigm, Of Fear and Strangers sheds light on the dark headlines of division that plague our world.
Joyce Oates
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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"The Trayvon Generation" by Elizabeth Alexander is a poignant reflection on the challenges facing young Black America in the wake of civil unrest and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Named a Most Anticipated Title of 2022, this book expands on Alexander's viral essay, illuminating America's unresolved problem with race and the power of art and culture to create change. With profound insight, brilliant analysis, and interwoven works of art by extraordinary artists, this essential read offers perspective, historical understanding, and hope for the future.
Joyce Oates
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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The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
Kevin Young - 2017-11-14
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"Bunk" by Kevin Young is a provocative exploration of the history of hoaxes in America, from P. T. Barnum and Edgar Allan Poe to today's fake news and identity theft scandals. Poet and critic Young exposes the motivations of hucksters and the gullibility of the general public, tracing how fakery is often based on harmful stereotypes and racial biases. Through captivating stories of notorious fraudsters and their deceptions, Young asks important questions about how we can survive in a post-factual world where truth and reality are constantly under attack.
Joyce Oates
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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"Three Rings" by Daniel Mendelsohn explores the connection between the randomness of our lives and the art of storytelling. Blending memoir, biography, history, and literary criticism, Mendelsohn intertwines the stories of three exiled writers who turned to the classics to create their masterpieces. As the book unfolds, Mendelsohn shares his own struggles to write about his family's past and his relationship with his father. With a startling conclusion that links the lives of the three heroes, "Three Rings" challenges readers to reconsider the relationship between narrative and history, art and life.
Joyce Oates
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 - 2000-09-22 (first published in 1902)
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This book, written by psychologist William James, explores religion from a unique perspective. Rather than viewing religion through the lens of its established institutions, he examines it through the individual experiences of believers. By analyzing firsthand accounts from different sources, James provides a compelling argument for a pluralistic approach to spirituality. Written in 1901, this groundbreaking work remains relevant today, promoting religious openness and tolerance.
Joyce Oates
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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