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What the Anti-Federalists Were For: The Political Thought of the Opponents of the Constitution

by Storing Herbert J.

The Anti-Federalists, in Herbert J. Storing's view, are somewhat paradoxically entitled to be counted among the Founding Fathers and to share in the honor and study devoted to the founding. "If the foundations of the American polity was laid by the Federalists," he writes, "the Anti-Federalist reservations echo through American history; and it is in the dialogue, not merely in the Federalist victory, that the country's principles are to be discovered. " It was largely through their efforts, he reminds us, that the Constitution was so quickly amended to include a bill of rights. Storing here offers a brilliant introduction to the thought and principles of the Anti-Federalists as they were understood by themselves and by other men and women of their time. His comprehensive exposition restores to our understanding the Anti-Federalist share in the founding its effect on some of the enduring themes and tensions of American political life. The concern with big government and infringement of personal liberty one finds in the writings of these neglected Founders strikes a remarkably timely note.

Traveling in Place: A History of Armchair Travel

by Bernd Stiegler translated by Peter Filkins

Armchair travel may seem like an oxymoron. Doesn't travel require us to leave the house? And yet, anyone who has lost herself for hours in the descriptive pages of a novel or the absorbing images of a film knows the very real feeling of having explored and experienced a different place or time without ever leaving her seat. No passport, no currency, no security screening required--the luxury of armchair travel is accessible to us all. In Traveling in Place, Bernd Stiegler celebrates this convenient, magical means of transport in all its many forms. Organized into twenty-one "legs"--or short chapters--Traveling in Place begins with a consideration of Xavier de Maistre's 1794 Voyage autour de ma chambre, an account of the forty-two-day "journey around his room" Maistre undertook as a way to entertain himself while under house arrest. Stiegler is fascinated by the notion of exploring the familiar as though it were completely new and strange. He engages writers as diverse as Roussel, Beckett, Perec, Robbe-Grillet, Cortázar, Kierkegaard, and Borges, all of whom show how the everyday can be brilliantly transformed. Like the best guidebooks, Traveling in Place is more interested in the idea of travel as a state of mind than as a physical activity, and Stiegler reflects on the different ways that traveling at home have manifested themselves in the modern era, from literature and film to the virtual possibilities of the Internet, blogs, and contemporary art. Reminiscent of the pictorial meditations of Sebald, but possessed of the intellectual playfulness of Calvino, Traveling in Place offers an entertaining and creative Baedeker to journeying at home.

The Poet's Freedom

by Susan Stewart

Why do we need new art? How free is the artist in making? And why is the artist, and particularly the poet, a figure of freedom in Western culture? The MacArthur Award-winning poet and critic Susan Stewart ponders these questions in The Poet's Freedom. Through a series of evocative essays, she not only argues that freedom is necessary to making and is itself something made, but also shows how artists give rules to their practices and model a self-determination that might serve in other spheres of work. Stewart traces the ideas of freedom and making through insightful readings of an array of Western philosophers and poets--Plato, Homer, Marx, Heidegger, Arendt, Dante, and Coleridge are among her key sources. She begins by considering the theme of making in the Hebrew Scriptures, examining their accountof a god who creates the world and leaves humans free to rearrange and reform the materials of nature. She goes on to follow the force of moods, sounds, rhythms, images, metrical rules, rhetorical traditions, the traps of the passions, and the nature of language in the cycle of making and remaking. Throughout the book she weaves the insight that the freedom to reverse any act of artistic making is as essential as the freedom to create. A book about the pleasures of making and thinking as means of life, The Poet's Freedom explores and celebrates the freedom of artists who, working under finite conditions, make considered choices and shape surprising consequences. This engaging and beautifully written notebook on making will attract anyone interested in the creation of art and literature.

Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology

by Kim Sterelny Paul E. Griffiths

Is the history of life a series of accidents or a drama scripted by selfish genes? Is there an "essential" human nature, determined at birth or in a distant evolutionary past? What should we conserve--species, ecosystems, or something else? Informed answers to questions like these, critical to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us, require both a knowledge of biology and a philosophical framework within which to make sense of its findings. In this accessible introduction to philosophy of biology, Kim Sterelny and Paul E. Griffiths present both the science and the philosophical context necessary for a critical understanding of the most exciting debates shaping biology today. The authors, both of whom have published extensively in this field, describe the range of competing views--including their own--on these fascinating topics. With its clear explanations of both biological and philosophical concepts, Sex and Death will appeal not only to undergraduates, but also to the many general readers eager to think critically about the science of life.


by Lawrence Richard Block Stark

After the bloodbath of Butcher's Moon, the action-filled blowout Parker adventure, Donald Westlake said, "Richard Stark proved to me that he had a life of his own by simply disappearing. He was gone. " And for nearly twenty-five years, he stayed away, while readers waited. But nothing bad is truly gone forever, and Parker's as bad as they come. According to Westlake, one day in 1997, "suddenly, he came back from the dead, with a chalky prison pallor"--and the resulting novel, Comeback, showed that neither Stark nor Parker had lost a single step. Knocking over a highly lucrative religious revival show, Parker reminds us that not all criminals don ski masks--some prefer to hide behind the wings of fallen angels.

School, Society, & State: A New Education to Govern Modern America,1890-1940

by Steffes Tracy L.

"Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife," wrote John Dewey in his classic work The School and Society. In School, Society, and State, Tracy Steffes places that idea at the center of her exploration of the connections between public school reform in the early twentieth century and American political development from 1890 to 1940. American public schooling, Steffes shows, was not merely another reform project of the Progressive Era, but a central one. She addresses why Americans invested in public education and explains how an array of reformers subtly transformed schooling into a tool of social governance to address the consequences of industrialization and urbanization. By extending the reach of schools, broadening their mandate, and expanding their authority over the well-being of children, the state assumed a defining role in the education--and in the lives--of American families. In School, Society, and State, Steffes returns the state to the study of the history of education and brings the schools back into our discussion of state power during a pivotal moment in American political development.

A New Deal for the Humanities

by Feisal G. Mohamed Jeffrey J. Williams Christopher Newfield Kathleen Woodward Gordon Hutner Roger L. Geiger Daniel Lee Kleinman John Mcgowan Charlotte Melin Sheldon Rothblatt Yolanda Moses Bethany Nowviskie

Many in higher education fear that the humanities are facing a crisis. But even if the rhetoric about "crisis" is overblown, humanities departments do face increasing pressure from administrators, politicians, parents, and students. In A New Deal for the Humanities, Gordon Hutner and Feisal G. Mohamed bring together twelve prominent scholars who address the history, the present state, and the future direction of the humanities. These scholars keep the focus on public higher education, for it is in our state schools that the liberal arts are taught to the greatest numbers and where their neglect would be most damaging for the nation. The contributors offer spirited and thought-provoking debates on a diverse range of topics. For instance, they deplore the push by administrations to narrow learning into quantifiable outcomes as well as the demands of state governments for more practical, usable training. Indeed, for those who suggest that a college education should be "practical"--that it should lean toward the sciences and engineering, where the high-paying jobs are--this book points out that while a few nations produce as many technicians as the United States does, America is still renowned worldwide for its innovation and creativity, skills taught most effectively in the humanities. Most importantly, the essays in this collection examine ways to make the humanities even more effective, such as offering a broader array of options than the traditional major/minor scheme, options that combine a student's professional and intellectual interests, like the new medical humanities programs. A democracy can only be as energetic as the minds of its citizens, and the questions fundamental to the humanities are also fundamental to a thoughtful life. A New Deal for the Humanities takes an intrepid step in making the humanities--and our citizens--even stronger in the future.

Writing a Proposal for Your Dissertation

by Steven R. Terrell

This user-friendly guide helps students get started on--and complete--a successful doctoral dissertation proposal by accessibly explaining the process and breaking it down into manageable steps. Steven R. Terrell demonstrates how to write each chapter of the proposal, including the problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions and hypotheses; literature review; and detailed plan for data collection and analysis. Of special utility, end-of-chapter exercises serve as building blocks for developing a full draft of an original proposal. Numerous case study examples are drawn from across the social, behavioral, and health science disciplines. Appendices present an exemplary proposal written three ways to encompass quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods designs. Pedagogical Features: *"Let's Start Writing" exercises leading up to a complete proposal draft. *"Do You Understand?" checklists of key terms plus an end-of-book glossary. *End-of-chapter quizzes with answers. *Case study examples from education, psychology, health sciences, business, and information systems. *Sample proposal with three variants of the methods chapter: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.

The Art of Trend Trading

by Michael Parness

Look inward for the missing piece to your trading strategy The Art of Trend Trading bucks the trend of technicality to show readers how instinct and strategy can unite to bring about consistent investment success. Rather than diving ever-deeper into the overdone world of complicated modeling and forecasting techniques, trader, CEO, and bestselling author Michael Parness explains how making intuition a part of your investment strategy tends to result in more long-term profit. Using animal spirits as a metaphor and tool, Parness helps readers understand how their natural tendencies may run counter to their strategy, and how this dichotomy may be the shackle holding them back from true market success. Readers will learn how this perspective lifted Parness from homelessness to making millions in both Bull and Bear markets, and will start developing their own market instinct as they refine and tune into their own natural intuition. Everyone's looking for the "ultimate" system, a way to "game the market" and uncover the "secret" to successful investing. Over the years, Parness has observed that the best traders - those who consistently make money - are the ones that use instinct and intuition, as well as strategy. This book shows you how to identify the natural trader within, and use your gut to inform an ever-evolving investment plan. Follow the author's journey from homelessness to millionaire Identify and understand your own strengths and weaknesses Develop your instinct alongside your strategy Take a lesson from traders making consistent money There's no substitute for good strategy, but it's no secret that some strategies seem to be more profitable than others. The Art of Trend Trading helps you find that missing piece and turn it into more consistent investment success.

Trend-Driven Innovation

by Alexander Osterwalder Henry Mason David Mattin Delia Dumitrescu Maxwell Luthy

Trend-Driven InnovationBeat accelerating customer expectations.Every business leader, entrepreneur, innovator, and marketer wants to know where customers are headed. The problem? The received wisdom on how to find out is wrong.In this startling new book, the team at TrendWatching share a powerful, counter-intuitive truth: to discover what people want next, stop looking at customers and start looking at businesses. That means learning how to draw powerful insights from the way leading brands and disruptive startups--from Apple to Uber, Chipotle to Patagonia--redefine customer expectations.Sharing the secrets that have led thousands of the world's most successful brands and agencies to rely on TrendWatching for over a decade, Trend-Driven Innovation is the book that will reconfigure your view of the business world forever. You'll learn: How to spot emerging trends using three crucial building blocks, and how to recognize the expectation gaps that herald opportunity. Why most professionals focus on precisely the wrong trends and innovations, and how to avoid this. How to turn trends and insights into innovations that customers will love. Amid the endless change that defines today's business environment, opportunity is everywhere. Highly practical, and featuring real-world examples from around the world, Trend-Driven Innovation is the actionable, battle-tested manual that will enable you harness those opportunities time after time. Setting you up to build an organization that matters, products customers lust after, and campaigns people can't stop talking about.

Planning Gain

by Christine Whitehead Tony Crook John Henneberry

This critical examination of the development and implementation of planning gain is timely given recent changes to the economic and policy environment. The book looks both at the British context as well as experience in other developed economies and takes stock of how the policy has evolved. It examines the rationale for planning gain, how it has delivered substantial funds for infrastructure and affordable housing and, in the light of this, how it might continue to play a role in the funding of these. It also draws on overseas experience, for example on impact fees and public sector land assembly. It looks at lessons from the past for future policy, both for Britain and for countries overseas. Mechanisms to tap development value are also a global phenomenon in developed market economies - whether through formal taxation or negotiated contributions. As fiscal austerity becomes an increasingly challenging issue, 'planning gain' has grown in importance as a potential source of funding for infrastructure and new affordable housing, with many countries keen to examine, learn from, and adapt the experience of others. a critical commentary of planning gain as a policy timely post credit crunch analysis addresses recent planning policy changes

How Structures Work

by David Yeomans

Structural engineering is central to the design of a building. How the building behaves when subjected to various forces - the weight of the materials used to build it, the weight of the occupants or the traffic it carries, the force of the wind etc - is fundamental to its stability. The alliance between architecture and structural engineering is therefore critical to the successful design and completion of the buildings and infrastructure that surrounds us. Yet structure is often cloaked in mathematics which many architects and surveyors find difficult to understand. How Structures Work has been written to explain the behaviour of structures in a clear way without resorting to complex mathematics. This new edition includes a new chapter on construction materials, and significant revisions to, and reordering of the existing chapters. It is aimed at all who require a good qualitative understanding of structures and their behaviour, and as such will be of benefit to students of architecture, architectural history, building surveying and civil engineering. The straightforward, non-mathematical approach ensures it will also be suitable for a wider audience including building administrators, archaeologists and the interested layman.

Eureka Math Curriculum Guide

by Great Minds

Eureka Math is a comprehensive, content-rich PreK-12 curriculum that follows the focus and coherence of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) and carefully sequences the mathematical progressions into expertly crafted instructional modules. The companion Study Guides to Eureka Math gather the key components of the curriculum for each grade into a single location, unpacking the standards in detail so that both users and non-users of Eureka Math can benefit equally from the content presented. Each of the Eureka Math Curriculum Study Guides includes narratives that provide educators with an overview of what students should be learning throughout the year, information on alignment to the instructional shifts and the standards, design of curricular components, approaches to differentiated instruction, and descriptions of mathematical models. The Study Guides can serve as either a self-study professional development resource or as the basis for a deep group study of the standards for a particular grade. For teachers who are new to the classroom or the standards, the Study Guides introduce them not only to Eureka Math but also to the content of the grade level in a way they will find manageable and useful. Teachers familiar with the Eureka Math curriculum will also find this resource valuable as it allows for a meaningful study of the grade level content in a way that highlights the coherence between modules and topics. The Study Guides allow teachers to obtain a firm grasp on what it is that students should master during the year. The Eureka Math Curriculum Study Guide, Grade 2 provides an overview of all of the Grade 2 modules, including Sums and Differences to 20; Addition and Subtraction of Length Units; Place Value, Counting, and Comparison of Numbers to 1,000; Addition and Subtraction Within 200 with Word Problems to 100; Addition and Subtraction Within 1,000 with Word Problems to 100; Foundations of Multiplication and Division; Problem Solving with Length, Money, and Data; and Time, Shapes, and Fractions as Equal Parts of Shapes.

Human Emerging and Re-emerging Infections Set

by Sunit K. Singh

Emerging and re-emerging pathogens pose several challenges to diagnosis, treatment, and public health surveillance, primarily because pathogen identification is a difficult and time-consuming process due to the "novel" nature of the agent. Proper identification requires a wide array of techniques, but the significance of these diagnostics is anticipated to increase with advances in newer molecular and nanobiotechnological interventions and health information technology. Human Emerging and Re-emerging Infections covers the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnostics, clinical features, and public health risks posed by new viral and microbial infections. The book includes detailed coverage on the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, development of various diagnostic tools, diagnostic assays and their limitations, key research priorities, and new technologies in infection diagnostics. Volume 1 addresses viral and parasitic infections, while volume 2 delves into bacterial and mycotic infections. Human Emerging and Re-emerging Infections is an invaluable resource for researchers in parasitologists, microbiology, Immunology, neurology and virology, as well as clinicians and students interested in understanding the current knowledge and future directions of infectious diseases.

Learn Small Business Accounting In 7 Days

by Caldwell

Learn Small Business Accounting in 7 Days is your step-by-step guide to managing the accounts for your business. This small business guide moves beyond this basics covered in Learn Bookkeeping in 7 Days, exploring the trial balance stage, end-of-period adjustments, final reports, payroll and all that's in between. In 7 quick and easy steps this book arms you with the knowledge you need to successfully manage the financials of your business. Packed full of tips, tricks and traps, this is essential reading for all small business owners and anyone wanting to quickly and easily learn accounting.

The Feathered Serpent Part 2 (Tennis Shoes Adventure Series #4)

by Chris Heimerdinger

The Journey "As we separated from the rest of the refugees of Zarahemla, a terrible vision haunted my thought. By abandoning my two younger children to search for Melody, might I lose my entire family?" The Destruction ""It was coming from the north, a wall of rolling, tumbling, churning clouds the color of charcoal, the sweeping palm of God." The Glory "The man's eyes moved across the gathering at Bountiful's Temple. They were the bluest I have ever seen, and as clear and bright as the limitless universe." Join Jim Hawkins and family as they stand face-to face with the ultimate forces of good and evil in this, the forth volume of the best-selling Tennis Shoes Adventure Series. Hearts will pound and adrenaline will rush as this spectacular Book of Mormon epic races to it's breathtaking climax. The Destruction See also Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites, Gadiantons and the Silver Sword, Feathered Serpent, Part 1, Sacred Quest, Lost Scroll, Golden Crown, Warriors of Cumorah, Tower of Thunder, and Kingdoms and Conquerors.

Night Falls Like Silk

by Kathleen Eagle

New York Times bestselling author. "Eagle, a white woman married to a Lakota Sioux, enriches the romance genre with her unforced, unaffected multiculturalism. No doctrine, no rainbow parades here - just an appreciation for all that is human. " - Publishers Weekly. In this powerful tale, bestselling author Kathleen Eagle returns to the darkly suspenseful world of her debut hardcover, The Night Remembers. Years have passed, and Thomas Brown Wolf is successful in his career, if not his private life. Yet he cannot completely forget his troubled brother - a man deeply immersed in a dark, criminal underworld. Tom finds his antidote for loneliness in Cassandra Findley, an art dealer. But a new mystery in his life begins to unfold when a series of expensive drawings Cassandra has acquired begin to disappear, leading the lovers on a dangerous search that will teach them more than they dreamed about themselves, their families, and their love.

5 lb. Book of ACT Practice Problems

by Manhattan Prep

Manhattan Prep's 5 lb. Book of ACT Practice Problems is an essential resource for any student taking the ACT. Packed with over 1,800 practice problems covering all topics tested on the exam, this book helps students build fundamental skills through targeted practice.Developed by our expert instructors, the problems in this book are sensibly grouped into practice sets and mirror those found on the actual ACT in content, form, and style. Covering every topic within English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing, the problems are accompanied by thorough explanations and provide in-depth guidance to students for review. In addition, progress trackers and topical grading sheets enable students to stay motivated and zero in on weaknesses.This fully up-to-date guide reflects both recent and upcoming enhancements to the ACT. Purchase of this book includes access to additional online resources.

GMAT Advanced Quant

by Manhattan Prep

Tackle the GMAT's toughest quant problems with the world's leading GMAT Prep company. To get into top business programs, you need top GMAT scores, and GMAT Advanced Quant is designed to get you there. Written for students striving for 800, this book focuses on building your high-level quantitative skills by combining elite techniques for problem solving and data sufficiency with intense practice. Learn the tactics most often used by top-scorers and train your instincts as you work through over 250 of the toughest practice problems, then test your skills online with access to two additional online practice sets! Written by Manhattan Prep's 99th percentile GMAT instructors, GMAT Advanced Quant will help you get over that last hurdle on your path to 800.

GMAT Roadmap: Expert Advice Through Test Day

by Manhattan Prep

The GMAT Roadmap guide provides the definitive blueprint for students to follow as they get ready for the GMAT. All the test-taking wisdom gathered over the years by Manhattan Prep GMAT instructors has been distilled into practical advice and helpful tips.Success of the GMAT requires far more than content knowledge â " it requires excellent strategy and proper execution of that strategy. The Guide helps students map out their studying, stick to their game plan, and manage test anxiety on the GMAT itself. Itâ TMs like having a Manhattan Prep instructor at your fingertips!Purchase of this book includes six months of access to 6 full-length, computer-adaptive practice exams. All of Manhattan Prepâ TMs GMAT Strategy Guides are aligned with both the 2015 Edition and 13th Edition GMAC Official Guide.

GMAT Word Problems

by Manhattan Prep

The Word Problems GMAT Strategy Guide demystifies the most challenging of math questions on the GMATâ "the word problem. This book equips students with broad, powerful strategies, as well as specific tools, for tackling GMAT word problems in all their various guises.Unlike other guides that attempt to convey everything in a single tome, the Word Problems GMAT Strategy Guide is designed to provide deep, focused coverage of one specialized area tested on the GMAT. As a result, students benefit from thorough and comprehensive subject material, clear explanations of fundamental principles, and step-by-step instructions of important techniques. In-action practice problems and detailed answer explanations challenge the student, while topical sets of Official Guide problems provide the opportunity for further growth. Used by itself or with other Manhattan Prep Strategy Guides, the Word Problems GMAT Strategy Guide will help students develop all the knowledge, skills, and strategic thinking necessary for success on the GMAT.Purchase of this book includes six months of access to Manhattan Prepâ TMs online computer-adaptive GMAT practice exams and Word Problems Question Bank. All of Manhattan Prepâ TMs GMAT Strategy Guides are aligned with both the 2015 Edition and 13th Edition GMAC Official Guide.

Fodor's Brazil

by Fodor's

As host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil promises to be one of the hottest travel destinations in upcoming years. And the country is primed to celebrate. From the picturesque beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the majestic Iguaçu Falls to the wonders of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil offers something for every type of traveler--and Fodor's Brazil covers the best that the country has to offer.ural flair of Brazil. * OLYMPIC CONTENT FEATURED ON COVER: The fact that this edition includes a special section on the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, taking place August 5th through August 21st, will be called out on a sticker appering of the front cover of the book. * SPECIAL FEATURES: The Experience Brazil chapter contains in-depth information on Carnival, beaches, and the sounds, tastes, and wildlife of Brazil. It also works as an expert trip planner, with useful features on things to do and Great Itineraries. A standalone section at the back of the book provides helpful Portuguese phrases and pronunciations to guide travelers on their journeys. * INDISPENSABLE TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Convenient overviews show each region and its highlights, and detail-rich chapter planning sections have on-target advice and tips for planning your time and for getting around the country by plane, car, and bus. Each chapter opens with a map, Top Reasons to Go and other essential information to help visitors plan time and vacation details effectively. The guide also offers indispensable tips on finding tour operators throughout the country. * SPECIAL EVENTS: Brazil will be in the spotlight as the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics.Fodor's Brazil 7th Edition contains detailed coverage on the venues that will host Olympic events, tips on finding lodging in Rio during the Olympics, and useful information on securing tickets and attending the games. * DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Brazil offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. * ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.


by Kirstin Downey

An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in historyBorn at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman Empire was aggressively expanding, Isabella was inspired in her youth by tales of Joan of Arc, a devout young woman who unified her people and led them to victory against foreign invaders. In 1474, when most women were almost powerless, twenty-three-year-old Isabella defied a hostile brother and a mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León. Her subsequent feats were legendary. She ended a twenty-four-generation struggle between Muslims and Christians, forcing North African invaders back over the Mediterranean Sea. She laid the foundation for a unified Spain. She sponsored Columbus's trip to the Indies and negotiated Spanish control over much of the New World with the help of Rodrigo Borgia, the infamous Pope Alexander VI. She also annihilated all who stood against her by establishing a bloody religious Inquisition that would darken Spain's reputation for centuries. Whether saintly or satanic, no female leader has done more to shape our modern world, in which millions of people in two hemispheres speak Spanish and practice Catholicism. Yet history has all but forgotten Isabella's influence, due to hundreds of years of misreporting that often attributed her accomplishments to Ferdinand, the bold and philandering husband she adored. Using new scholarship, Downey's luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant, fervent, forgotten woman, the faith that propelled her through life, and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought under her command.From the Hardcover edition.

The World of Raymond Chandler

by Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler never wrote a memoir or autobiography. The closest he came to writing either was in--and around--his novels, shorts stories, and letters. There have been books that describe and evaluate Chandler's life, but to find out what he himself felt about his life and work, Barry Day, editor of The Letters of Noël Coward ("There is much to dazzle here in just the way we expect . . . the book is meticulous, artfully structured--splendid" --Daniel Mendelsohn; The New York Review of Books), has cannily, deftly chosen from Chandler's writing, as well as the many interviews he gave over the years as he achieved cult status, to weave together an illuminating narrative that reveals the man, the work, the worlds he created.Using Chandler's own words as well as Day's text, here is the life of "the man with no home," a man precariously balanced between his classical English education with its immutable values and that of a fast-evolving America during the years before the Great War, and the changing vernacular of the cultural psyche that resulted. Chandler makes clear what it is to be a writer, and in particular what it is to be a writer of "hardboiled" fiction in what was for him "another language." Along the way, he discusses the work of his contemporaries: Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, W. Somerset Maugham, and others ("I wish," said Chandler, "I had one of those facile plotting brains, like Erle Gardner").Here is Chandler's Los Angeles ("There is a touch of the desert about everything in California," he said, "and about the minds of the people who live here"), a city he adopted and that adopted him in the post-World War I period . . . Here is his Hollywood ("Anyone who doesn't like Hollywood," he said, "is either crazy or sober") . . . He recounts his own (rocky) experiences working in the town with Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, and others. . .We see Chandler's alter ego, Philip Marlowe, private eye, the incorruptible knight with little armor who walks the "mean streets" in a world not made for knights ("If I had ever an opportunity of selecting the movie actor who would best represent Marlowe to my mind, I think it would have been Cary Grant.") . . . Here is Chandler on drinking (his life in the end was in a race with alcohol--and loneliness) . . . and here are Chandler's women--the Little Sisters, the "dames" in his fiction, and in his life (on writing The Long Goodbye, Chandler said, "I watched my wife die by half inches and I wrote the best book in my agony of that knowledge . . . I was as hollow as the places between the stars." After her death Chandler led what he called a "posthumous life" writing fiction, but more often than not, his writing life was made up of letters written to women he barely knew.)Interwoven throughout the text are more than one hundred pictures that reveal the psyche and world of Raymond Chandler. "I have lived my whole life on the edge of nothing," he wrote. In his own words, and with Barry Day's commentary, we see the shape this took and the way it informed the man and his extraordinary work.From the Hardcover edition.


by Toni Morrison

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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