Accustomed to leaving her frail young son with her neighbor, Mitch, while she goes to work, Pearl, a teenage mother, one day does not return, leaving Mitch and Leonard alone to grow up together and to become an unusual family. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.
This powerful study reconceptualizes ideas of ethnic literature while investigating the construction of ethnic heroines, shifting the focus away from cultural politics and considering instead narrative or poetic qualities which involve surprising relationships between Anglo-American women's writing and fiction produced by Asian American and African American women authors.
ARSC Awards for Excellence, 2014: Best Historical Research in Classical Music (Certificate of Merit). This book presents a discography of recordings made from the works of Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791–1864) – from the inception of recording techniques in 1889 until the dominance of the long-playing record in 1955. It is a testimony to the once-universal fame of the composer and the esteem in which in his works were held. During that period some nearly 2000 artists (at least 1065 of them singers) recorded arias and ensembles from all six of the French operas of Meyerbeer's maturity (Robert le Diable, Les Huguenots, Le Prophète, L'Étoile du Nord, Dinorah, L'Africaine), as well as selections from other works, orchestral pieces, and a variety of arrangements for band and other instruments. Covering more than 150 different pieces, the whole of this recorded legacy makes Meyerbeer one of the most popular classical composers of any age. Many of the legendary names of this Golden Age of Song were devoted to Meyerbeer's compositions (like Aumonier, Amato, Gilion, Rethberg, Lazzari, Barrientos, Delmas, Slezak, Belhomme, Branzell, Lehmann, Hempel, Escalais, Ancona, De Lucia, De Angelis, De Cisneros, Tamagno, Rothier, Pertile, Ruffo, Siems, Kurz, Caruso, Chaliapin). This discography is integral to the history of opera, the nature of lyric recording, and the story of song and vocal technique. It is divided into chapters listing the works recorded, the singers, orchestras, bands and other musicians who recorded pieces from the operas (with details of the labels, places, dates, matrix and record numbers), as well as providing anthologies of modern transfers of the some of the old 78 records to modern media (LP, CD, MP3), and also listing a bibliography devoted to vintage records and singers from the early days of recording.
Following his widely acclaimed Project X and Love and Hydrogen—“Here is the effect of these two books,” wrote the Chicago Tribune: “A reader finishes them buzzing with awe”—Jim Shepard now gives us his first entirely new collection in more than a decade. Like You’d Understand, Anyway reaches from Chernobyl to Bridgeport, with a host of narrators only Shepard could bring to pitch-perfect life. Among them: a middle-aged Aeschylus taking his place at Marathon, still vying for parental approval. A maddeningly indefatigable Victorian explorer hauling his expedition, whaleboat and all, through the Great Australian Desert in midsummer. The first woman in space and her cosmonaut lover, caught in the star-crossed orbits of their joint mission. Two Texas high school football players at the top of their food chain, soliciting their fathers’ attention by leveling everything before them on the field. And the rational and compassionate chief executioner of Paris, whose occupation, during the height of the Terror, eats away at all he holds dear. Brimming with irony, compassion, and withering humor, these eleven stories are at once eerily pertinent and dazzlingly exotic, and they showcase the work of a protean, prodigiously gifted writer at the height of his form. Reading Jim Shepard, according to Michael Chabon, “is like encountering our national literature in microcosm.”
This guide lists 352 bi groups and 2129 bi-inclusive groups in 66 countries, and includes bibliographies, an annotated list of recommended films, advertising, photos, quotes, cartoons, and an electronic resources section.
An acknowledged master of the short story, Raymond Carver (1938-88) excelled at portraying the hardscrabble existence of blue-collar workers frustrated and disillusioned by the false promises of the American dream. This terrain was well known to Carver, who long worked at blue-collar jobs to support his family and personally struggled with the transiency, alcoholism, economic privation, and despair he depicts so poignantly in his fiction. At the same time, he overcame these obstacles - aided by, among others, the writer John Gardner, the editor Gordon Lish, and the poet Tess Gallagher - to become a major figure in the resurgence of the short story and the revival of realistic writing. For collections like Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, What We Talk About When We Talk about Love, and the magnificent Cathedral, Carver won honor after honor, including nominations for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. And with the 1993 release of Robert Altman's film Short Cuts, Carver, long known to readers of serious fiction, attained widespread public recognition. Tracing these themes and more is Adam Meyer's Raymond Carver, which considers more of the writer's fiction and poetry than has any previous book-length study. Writing with luminous clarity, Meyer delves into the biographical elements shaping the writer's career and probes Carver's style and subject matter; he then examines the majority of the fictional works, organizing his material according to distinct phases in the writer's canon, while devoting a separate chapter to Carver's poetry. Of special appeal are Meyer's insightful comparison of stories published in multiple versions and hisinformed discussion of minimalism - a term often applied to Carver's writings but, Meyer argues, only partly, if at all, with accuracy.