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The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage
Cathi Hanauer
0060936460
August 2003
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Book Review
"This book was born out of anger," begins Cathi Hanauer, which seems appropriate considering the book's title: The Bitch in the House. What could have been a collective gripe about the day-to-day routine of holding a family or relationship together is instead a witty, and sometimes bitchy, read. These postfeminist mothers, lovers, wives, and independent women candidly put forward their anger in the taffy-pull world of household responsibility. Jill Bialosky puts it most succinctly, "I had wanted to get married, but I realized now that I had never wanted to be a 'wife'." There are essays written by those who willfully, and often playfully, seek a life independent from domesticated routine, and others who have aged past the concerns of being a self-fulfilled and responsible mother. Author and poet Ellen Gilchrist, who is also...


A Dixie Christmas: Holiday Stories from the South's Best Writers
Charline McCord
1565124839
October 2005
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Book Description
After two sellout years, we return with an all-new third volume that includes stories of families, couples, children, and those on their own in moments of great transformation and small joys, seeing all the ways that Christmas can manifest itself: from the teacher who shows one boy how to manage the world so that it’s Christmas every day to the girl who, in an attempt to best her father, buys what she thinks is the most magnificent necklace ever for her mother. With stories and essays by Bailey White, Rick Bass, Ellen Gilchrist, Marianne Gingher, George Singleton, Michael Parker, Steve Yarbrough, Lynne Barrett, Bret Anthony Johnston, Stephen Marion, and Aaron Gwyn, A Dixie Christmas celebrates a season filled with large expectations and graced with small surprises.

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Nora Jane: A Life in Stories
Ellen Gilchrist
0316058386
August 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Gilchrist (I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting With My Daddy) gathers 14 moving, lightly humorous short stories (previously published) and a novella (new) starring Nora Jane Whittington, as she robs a New Orleans old-boys bar with icy aplomb and sets off, "like a woman in a dream," to meet her faithless lover in San Francisco. Rising above a tragic upbringing, Nora Jane becomes a "self-taught anarchist and quick-change artist" set to scam her way out of the South. But when she pulls her gun on wealthy bookstore owner Freddy Harwood, her steely edge melts in his all-consuming adoration. Then Nora Jane must learn to accept the blessings that rain down upon her, starting when Freddy marries her and raises her gifted twin girls of dubious paternity as if they were his own. Gilchrist finds a font of inspiration in Nora Jane,...


The Cabal and Other Stories
Ellen Gilchrist
1402878087

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Flights of Angels
Ellen Gilchrist
0316002305
Sept 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Easily her best book in years, this latest collection of 18 stories by Gilchrist features some of her familiar, endearingly eccentric narrators (Rhoda and other members of the Manning family; Crystal and her maid, Traceleen). There are also some new, young and engaging characters and, throughout the book, a convincing evocation of the changing South. The new reality, as depicted here, includes the waning of racism, the sexual revolution and the growth of feminism. Among these characters, there's a determination to make their lives count in a wider radius than New Orleans, Fayetteville, Ark., and the Mississippi Delta. Here again, the female characters have been raised as Southern belles controlled by indomitable, charming, selfish and racist fathers; as women they still play second fiddle to their brothers, who...


Falling through Space: The Journals of Ellen Gilchrist
Ellen Gilchrist
1578062918
January 2000
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The Cabal and Other Stories
Ellen Gilchrist
0316169226
June 2002
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Book Review
Ellen Gilchrist, who bottomed out with the ghastly 1997 novel Sarah Conley, returns to form with a collection celebrating the South, extended families, and romantic love. Die-hard fans who've hunkered down with tattered copies of the author's early-'80s treasures such as Victory over Japan and In the Land of Dreamy Dreams can come up and breath the fresh air and easy humor of The Cabal. In the opening novella, a group of influential Jackson, Mississippi, men and women all go to the same psychiatrist. "This is the story," Gilchrist begins, "of a group of people who had a bizarre and unexpected thing happen to them. Their psychiatrist went crazy and started injecting himself with drugs." It's worse than drugs, though: Jim Jaspers has become infected with the truth, and has begun spouting the secrets of his wealthy...


Ellen Gilchrist: Collected Stories
Ellen Gilchrist
0316193658
December 2001
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From AudioFile
Ellen Gilchrist's short stories have been loved and followed by warmly partisan readers for almost twenty years. Both newcomers and those who know her work well will be delighted by the richness and impact of this collection. Chosen by the author herself, the stories follow recurring characters like parallel threads in the warp of a fabric; the weft is provided by Gilchrist's distinctive voice, humor, and talent. Except for her distracting habit of attaching the final consonant of one word to the beginning of the next one ("Lisa an' Di? Lisa an' die?" Oh, "Lisa and I."), Mary Peiffer's reading is sympathetic and thoroughly likable. B.G. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Collected Stories
Ellen Gilchrist
0316299480
Dec 2000
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From AudioFile
Ellen Gilchrist's short stories have been loved and followed by warmly partisan readers for almost twenty years. Both newcomers and those who know her work well will be delighted by the richness and impact of this collection. Chosen by the author herself, the stories follow recurring characters like parallel threads in the warp of a fabric; the weft is provided by Gilchrist's distinctive voice, humor, and talent. Except for her distracting habit of attaching the final consonant of one word to the beginning of the next one ("Lisa an' Di? Lisa an' die?" Oh, "Lisa and I."), Mary Peiffer's reading is sympathetic and thoroughly likable. B.G. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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The Fiction of Ellen Gilchrist: An Appreciation
Brad Hooper
0275985938
April 2005
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Review
“Paying special attention to characters who evolve throughout Gilchrist's corpus, Hooper suggests that her "greatest achievements" are the Rhoda Manning childhood tales and the Nora Jane Whittington stories. He also praises the "marvelous" narratives of the African American maid Traceleen, who forms a "dynamic duo" with her employer Crystal Manning....Lower-/upper-division undergraduates; general readers.”–Choice
“Public library readers' advisors will know exactly what Brad is up to here. His discussions of Gilchrist's themes, style, and tone effectively bridge the gap between literary analysis and booktalking.”–Booklist

Book Description
Winner of the National Book Award for her short story collection Victory Over Japan, Ellen Gilchrist has...


The Writing Life
Ellen Gilchrist
1578067391
March 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this collection of wry and poised autobiographical essays, most previously unpublished, National Book Award winner Gilchrist (Victory over Japan, etc.) is disarmingly direct in evoking herself as a trapped young wife and mother who returned to college, studied under Eudora Welty and became involved in the New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Miss., during the civil rights era, a turning point in her eventual "escape from the bourgeoisie." She writes frankly and without self-loathing about overcoming alcoholism, and reflects on the powerful influence of her disciplined, sporty father, drawing analogies between tennis and writing, coaching and teaching. She tells of writing her first published book of stories, In the Land of Dreamy Dreams, in three months and of how its publication coincided with the birth of her first...


Victory Over Japan
Ellen Gilchrist
0316313076
Sept 1985
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Book Description
This collection of 14 short stories won the American Book Award for fiction when it was published and confirmed the author's reputation as one of the preeminent literary talents of her generation. She enjoys both critical acclaim and great popularity with readers. "The stories are wonderful to tell aloud...Gilchrist once again demonstrates not only her willingness to take risks, but her generosity as a writer as well." (The New York Times) "To say that Ellen Gilchrist can write is to say that Placido Domingo can sing. All you need to do is listen....No kidding! VICTORY OVER JAPAN is an absolute knockout!" (Washington Post) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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6 1.5-hour cassettes --This text refers to the Audio...


Drunk with Love
Ellen Gilchrist
0316313149
Sept 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
These 13 short stories take place around the country but there are few Southern characters, which, in many cases, renders these tales less flavorful than the predominantly Southern ones in Victory Over Japan. Still, "even when Gilchrist's stories do not completely succeed, they are superior fare well worth reading," PW stated. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
Ellen Gilchrist, whose short stories won the 1984 American Book Award for Fiction, offers up new proof of her creative talent in DRUNK WITH LOVE. This collection of short stories includes "Drunk with Love," "Nineteen Forty-one," "The Expansion of the Universe," "Adoration" and "Traceleen at Dawn." DRUNK WITH LOVE goes beyond tradition. Running the gamut from dieting to murder, the...


Discoveries: Fifty Stories of the Quest
Harold Schechter (Editor)
0195068505
October 1992
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Book Description
Reflecting today's growing emphasis on multiculturalism, the second edition of this remarkably successful anthology offers twelve additional contributions from the new generation of writers currently revitalizing the short story form, including Amy Tan, Bharati Mukherjee, R.K. Narayan, Stephen
Milhauser, Ellen Gilchrist, and Patrick McGrath. Organized around the successive stages of humanity's most durable myth, the hero's quest narrative pattern delineated by renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell, this edition offers a summary and explication of Campbell's analysis of the quest motif, a
new biographical introduction to Campbell's life and work, and a section of concise biographical entries on each of the fifty authors.
As in the earlier edition, the quality and quantity of the selections give...


The Anna Papers
Ellen Gilchrist
0316313203
Oct 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
A writer with a distinctive voice and a considerable narrative gift, Gilchrist ( Victory over Japan , Falling Through Space ) devotes her second novel to Anna Hand, met earlier in a story in the collection titled Drunk with Love ; most of the other characters here have also appeared in Gilchrist's previous books. Anna is a successful writer who is "very beautiful, very rich and very spoiled." She also considers herself very lucky, an unconscious irony that fails to take into account her doomed marriages, inconclusive affairs and aching unhappiness over her "empty troubled womb." When the novel begins, she is in bed with a lover; 12 and a half years later, having discovered she has cancer, she commits suicide. In between these two events we see Anna embracing life with passion and gusto, exercising her maternal...

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