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The Skating Pond
Deborah Joy Fowler
0641676506

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The Skating Pond
Deborah Joy Fowler
0425188353
January 2003
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Book Review
The titular skating pond of Deborah Joy Corey's long-awaited second novel is the site of a terrible accident that reveals the cracks in 14-year-old Elizabeth's troubled family life. The daughter of an aloof painter and a frustrated Canadian beauty with an untapped gift for figure skating, Elizabeth spends winter afternoons watching her mother practice spins near their home in an isolated New England fishing village. When a stray hockey puck hits her mother in the forehead, Elizabeth once again finds herself on the sidelines. This time, however, she becomes a silent witness to the inexorable process by which a disfiguring facial injury not only destroys her parents' marriage but also robs her mother of sanity and life itself.

Elizabeth survives the loss of her family only to enter a passionate and increasingly hostile...



Classical Closure: Reading the End in Greek and Latin Literature
Deborah H. Roberts (Editor)
069104452X
May 1997
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Review
Eleanor Winsor Leach, Indiana University : The authors of these essays know that the implications of 'closure' encompass more than endings. They show us endings not only sub specie aeternitatis but also in the light of each whole work. Each of the essays incorporates some manner of political or theoretical dimension into its argument. Encompassing some of the most vital issues of critical evaluation, these essays articulate links between classical literary interpretation and contemporary currents of interpretative discourse.
Ellen Oliensis, Yale University : This impressive and diverse collection explores the mechanics and dynamics of closure in a wide range of classical texts, demonstrating the continuing usefulness of closure as a critical category.

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Spelling Success in the Early Grades: A Yearlong Plan to Teach Spelling Effectively in K-2: Strategy Lessons, Guided Practice, and Independent Activities
Eileen Hodrinsky
043938530X
October 2003
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The James Tiptree Award Anthology: Sex, the Future, and Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vol. 1
Karen Joy Fowler (Editor)
1892391198
November 2004
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From Booklist
The late James Tiptree Jr. was well known for producing some of the most imaginative, gender-bending sf of the 1970s and 1980s. Tiptree also had a reputation for J. D. Salinger-like reclusiveness and astounded everyone when a presumed masculine identity dissolved to reveal the author's given name, Alice Sheldon. The award bearing her pseudonym honors stories and novels that "explore and expand gender roles in speculative fiction." This first collection of Tiptree Award-related material samples the winning stories since the first awards in 1991 and includes informative essays and snippets from a few of the winning novels. Geoff Ryman opens the volume with an inventive tale about the first homosexual male to give birth, and Kelly Link closes it with a modern variation on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen." In...


The James Tiptree Award Anthology: Sex, the Future, and Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vol. 2
Karen Joy Fowler (Editor)
1892391317
November 2005
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From Booklist
James Tiptree was the pseudonym of the late Alice Sheldon, who during a 20-year career of writing gender-bending sf concealed her true identity. The award bearing her name appropriately honors works of fiction that "explore and expand gender." Unlike other major sf awards, conferred by fans and writers' associations, the Tiptrees are bestowed by a small jury of peers, and the actual prize is something edible, "usually chocolate." The second annual collection of winners includes stories, novel excerpts, and essays as well as a sampler of Tiptree's correspondence. The outstanding novel excerpt comes from Joe Haldeman's Camouflage (2004), about an immortal, shape-shifting alien who alternates between male and female identities, human and animal. Other very noteworthy pieces include Ursula K. Le Guin's examination of a...


Woman on the American Frontier
William Fowler
1596056754
December 2005
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Book Description
Mrs. Davies was accustomed to handle a gun and was a good shot, like many other women on the frontier. She contemplated as a last resort that, if not rescued in the course of the day, when night came and the Indians had fallen asleep, she would deliver herself and her children by killing as many of the Indians as she could, believing that in a night attack the rest would fly panic-stricken. -from "Chapter IX: Some Remarkable Women" Reading like the most rousing, rollicking fiction, this is, in the words of its author, "a valuable and authentic history of the heroism, adventures, privations, captivities, trials, and noble lives and deaths of the 'pioneer mothers of the republic.'" Drawing on firsthand sources, including the diaries of the women portrayed, and illustrated with gorgeous line drawings, this...

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