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11 books that will make you smarter about politics. New & Used Books, Rare Books, Textbooks, Out of Print Books. Of Thee I Read: The United States in Literature. In my hometown, Elgin, Neb., a hand-lettered sign along the highway that runs through the business district lists the names of the sons and daughters who have left to join the military. It is the town’s way of saying: We will keep you close in our hearts and will not forget you. Remembering those in uniform is as much a part of the Midwest culture today as it was during World War II, when the women around North Platte, Neb., started a canteen at the train depot and fed nearly six million soldiers who passed through on their way to the fighting in the Pacific or in Europe.

The story is told by Bob Greene, in “Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen,” through the voices of the soldiers who were met there with homemade food, and through the women who donated their time, food and war rations to feed the troops. The stop at North Platte, Mr. “That stop that day was so brief,” Lloyd Synovec said as he described playing the piano during his visit. Mr. Throughout, Mr. Want to Work in 18 Miles of Books? First, the Quiz - The New York Times. In recent years, much has changed at the Strand. The motto went from “8 miles of books” to “18 miles of books” after an expansion and remodeling in 2005. The store added miles of merchandise, too, from a Strand-branded hat line to Moleskine notebooks and Pocky snack sticks. Perhaps most significantly, for broiling employees, the place finally got central air-conditioning, also in 2005. (“I hated it,” said Mr. Bass.) Over the years, the quiz has been one of the constants.

Laura Donovan, who is now a bookkeeper, worked as a cashier at the Strand in the early ’90s and remembered the quiz, though she had all but forgotten the titles. What she had recalled more vividly was “opening the store in the morning and we’d have all these people out there waiting for the $1 books”; encountering a film crew shooting a scene for the 1993 film “Six Degrees of Separation” in the store; and making lifelong friends. He was hired. The book buyers in the rear of the store also left an impression. Photo Mr. Österreichische Nationalbibliothek - Austrian National Library.

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The Forbidden Road - Effie Adelaide Rowlands. Book Reviews, Bestselling Books & Publishing Business News | Publishers Weekly. Story Cartel. All Books || Story Cartel. Latest Deals. So many books, so little time... About Books - journals, blogs, conversation. Authors. Short Stories. Book covers and Illustrations. Books Online. 5 Amazing Libraries You Didn't Know You Had Access To. Suz Massen, Chief of Public Services at the Frick Art Reference Library was gracious enough to come in and speak to my Intro to Reference class at Pratt Institute this week and I was surprised and excited to find out that the Frick Library is freely available to the public! This got me wondering what other great libraries are out there which I thought were closed and private that actually allow the general public access without having to apply as a researcher. Here are five amazing libraries you might not realize you have access to: 1.)

The Library of Congress The Main Reading Room in the Library of Congress includes a collection of over 66, 000 volumes, their Computer Catalogue Center, and access to over 800 databases, around 600 of which can only be used on-site at the library. 2.) The Strahov Library located in the Strahov Monastery in Prague, Czech Republic contains 18,000 religious texts, including many editions of the Bible in numerous languages. 3.) 4.) 5.) 10-10-10 Reading Challenge. Books reading and writing.

Books & Literature. Books Links. 33 Of The Most Bizarre Books In The History Of Amazon. I KNEW it. Some jail time required. What? Sometimes the gods like to shotgun beers and drive four-wheelers through the mud. A Doctor and a Reverend walk into a bar...and write a book about third legs. Can you really trust a book about awesomeness written by Pig Pen? Six. "...a collection of original dance moves inspired by Jesus and the likes of Moses and John the Baptist. " That face says it all. Featuring the "Knitted Willy Warmer" and other tantalizing projects.

Fun fact: David was a former "Monkees" writer. Makes a great stocking stuffer for the significant other. 3rd Edition?! Only one way to find out. Don't forget your binoculars! You can throw away all your other books now. "...a pioneering milestone of enormous scientific importance. " Coming to an X Games near you. "The author has settled into her job at Upworthy quite nicely. " Most morbid choose-your-own-adventure book ever.

Time to throw away your lint roller! For the spiritual flatulator. For a road trip the kids will never forget. No. 10 Beautiful Opening Lines of Books Will Remind You What Fantastic Writing Looks Like. Barnes & Noble on the Brink. September 10th, 2014 | Hugh C. Howey You know you’ve had a rough time when flatlining is a sign of good health. That’s the news from B&N as same-store sales decreased a mere 0.4% when investors were expecting a 2% decline. Shares rose on the news. The loss of only $30 million this quarter was mostly made possible by slashing the investment in Nook, which B&N plans to divest itself of by next year. The latest Nook tablet is a modified Samsung device, in fact, as B&N has veered from heavily investing in ebooks, swearing them off, heavily investing again, and most recently . . . swearing them off. I worked in a B&N while in college, and have spent many an hour in their stores as a customer.

The first thing I’d do is bring back the comfy armchairs. Go to a B&N now and try to find an armchair. B&N has a long history of making decisions like these that go against the needs and wants of their customers. Loyalty cards are another issue. Speaking of author events, why not have more of them? 10 Novels That Are Scarier Than Most Horror Movies. Ligonier. It seems that every time a writer picks up a pen or turns on his word processor to compose a literary work of fiction, deep in his bosom resides the hope that somehow he will create the Great American Novel. Too late. That feat has already been accomplished and is as far out of reach for new novelists as is Joe DiMaggio’s fifty-six-game hitting streak or Pete Rose’s record of cumulative career hits for a rookie baseball player.

The Great American Novel was written more than a hundred and fifty years ago by Herman Melville. This novel, the one that has been unsurpassed by any other, is Moby Dick. My personal copy of Moby Dick is a leather-bound collector’s edition produced by Easton Press under the rubric “The Hundred Greatest Books Ever Written.” Note that the claim here is not that Moby Dick is one of the hundred greatest books written in English, but rather that it is one of the hundred greatest books written in any language. Five Banned Books That You Should Read (That You Probably Haven't) This week is Banned Books Week, where librarians and other organizations highlight the books that have been subjected to threats of censorship – and actual censorship – in schools, libraries and nations around the globe.

Among the frequently challenged books include classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and popular books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Many are books that you really ought to read, like Cat’s Cradle or Harry Potter. But then, you probably have read them – either because your school made you or because all your friends pushed them on you. In between, though, are lots of books that you might not have heard of – or, at the very least, heard of but weren’t required to read when you were in school. With that in mind, I’ve created a list of five challenged or banned books that you probably haven’t read. Celebrate Banned Books Week by picking one up and giving it a read! Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters Zhuangzi. §.

Little Free Library  - Home Page. Making of the Christian Imagination. When I Stop Believing in Fiction. Like a late victorian clergyman sweating in the dark over his Doubts, I have moments when my faith in fiction falters and then comes to the edge of collapse.

I find myself asking, “Am I really a believer?” And then, “Was I ever?” First to go are the disjointed, upended narratives of experimental fiction. Oh well ... Next, the virgin birth miracle of magical realism. When the god of fiction deserts you, everything must go. This is when I think I will go to my grave and not read Anna Karenina a fifth time, or Madame Bovary a fourth. Such apostasy creeps into the wide gap that separates the finishing of one novel and the start of the next.

A recent reversion to faith started with the rereading of two short stories. A few widely spaced pleasures apart, what will I have or know at the end of yet another novel? The second was John Updike’s “Twin Beds in Rome.” Ian McEwan’s most recent novel is Sweet Tooth. Category: Bibles. The Sound of the Mountain. The Sound of the Mountain (Yama no Oto) is a novel by Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata, serialized between 1949 and 1954. The Sound of the Mountain is unusually long for a Kawabata novel, running to 276 pages in its English translation.

Like much of his work, it is written in short, spare prose akin to poetry, which its English-language translator Edward Seidensticker likened to a haiku in the introduction to his translation of Kawabata's best-known novel, Snow Country. Sound of the Mountain was adapted as a film of the same name (Toho, 1954), directed by Mikio Naruse and starring Setsuko Hara, So Yamamura, Ken Uehara and Yatsuko Tanami. For the first U.S. edition (1970), Seidensticker won the National Book Award in category Translation.[1] Plot[edit] The novel centers upon the Ogata family of Kamakura, and its events are witnessed from the perspective of its aging patriarch, Shingo, a businessman close to retirement who works in Tokyo. References[edit] Invitation to World Literature. Greek, by Euripides, first performed in 405 BCE The passionate loves and longings, hopes and fears of every culture live on forever in their stories.

Here is your invitation to literature from around the world and across time. Sumerian, 2600 BCE and older Turkish, by Orhan Pamuk, 2000 Greek, by Homer, ca. eighth century BCE Greek, by Euripides, first performed in 405 BCE Sanskrit, first century CE Japanese, by Murasaki Shikibu, ca. 1014 Chinese, by Wu Ch'êng-ên, ca. 1580 Quiché-Mayan, written in the Roman alphabet ca. 1550s French, by Voltaire, 1759 English, by Chinua Achebe, 1959 Spanish, by Gabriel García Márquez, 1967 English, by Arundhati Roy, 1998 Arabic, first collected ca. fourteenth century. Literature-Map. Precision Book Search. Literature Project. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. | Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. 6 Books to Kick Off Post-College Learning. This piece was written by Noodle VP of Operations Adam Shapiro. You went to a good college. Learned a lot. (Certainly paid a lot.) But did you acquire the entirety of knowledge necessary to be a fully functioning contributor to the betterment of society? No? With your college education and these books, you'll know everything worth knowing. An Incomplete Education 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn't An Incomplete Education answers thousands of questions with incomparable wit, style, and clarity. Mental Floss Presents: Condensed Knowledge A Deliciously Irreverent Guide to Feeling Smart Again A great magazine cooked up this hearty helping of brain-food. The Lazy Intellectual Maximum Knowledge, Minimal Effort It's a small-attention-span world out there, and not everyone's interested in paging through lengthy tomes to deepen their intellect.

The Intellectual DevotionalRevive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class. Unit 3: The Nature of Identity. The Best 100 Opening Lines From Books. Glynisj added: The 50 Best First Sentences in Fiction. Rare 1959 Audio: Flannery O’Connor Reads ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find’ Flannery O'Connor was a Southern writer who, as Joyce Carol Oates once said, had less in common with Faulkner than with Kafka and Kierkegaard. Isolated by poor health and consumed by her fervent Catholic faith, O'Connor created works of moral fiction that, according to Oates, “were not refined New Yorker stories of the era in which nothing happens except inside the characters' minds, but stories in which something happens of irreversible magnitude, often death by violent means.

" In imagining those events of irreversible magnitude, O'Connor could sometimes seem outlandish--even cartoonish--but she strongly rejected the notion that her perceptions of 20th century life were distorted. “Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable," O'Connor said. “To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures. " Related Content: A Bibliophile's Defense of Physical Books | The New Republic. The committed bibliophile is cousin to the obsessive, an easily seduced accumulator frequently struck with frisson.

Cram your home with books, and you’re lovingly called a collector; cram it with old newspapers, and you’re derisively called a hoarder. But be honest: The collector is a hoarder, too—a discriminating and noble-minded hoarder, perhaps, but a hoarder just the same. Not long into George Gissing’s 1903 novel The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft, you find a scene that no self-respecting bibliophile can fail to forget. In a small bookshop in London, the eponymous narrator spots an eight-volume first edition of Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. A pleasing vista onto the early twentieth-century life of one English writer, Gissing’s autobiographical novel is also an effusive homage to book love.

Exultation is, after all, exactly what the bibliophile feels most among his many treasures. I’m sorry but your Nook has no presence.