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How to Lie with Statistics
Darrell Huff
0393310728
January 1982
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Book Review
"There is terror in numbers," writes Darrell Huff in How to Lie with Statistics. And nowhere does this terror translate to blind acceptance of authority more than in the slippery world of averages, correlations, graphs, and trends. Huff sought to break through "the daze that follows the collision of statistics with the human mind" with this slim volume, first published in 1954. The book remains relevant as a wake-up call for people unaccustomed to examining the endless flow of numbers pouring from Wall Street, Madison Avenue, and everywhere else someone has an axe to grind, a point to prove, or a product to sell. "The secret language of statistics, so appealing in a fact-minded culture, is employed to sensationalize, inflate, confuse, and oversimplify," warns Huff.

Although many of the examples used in the book are...



Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens
0553211021
May 1982
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From Publishers Weekly
A Twist of Beauty An inviting design may inspire readers of a newly abridged edition of Charles Dickens's classic Oliver Twist to join the hero in asking, please sir, for more. Christian Birmingham spots nearly every page of text with a small, charcoal-gray image, and complements important scenes with full-page color illustrations. Birmingham's hues are predominantly deep, somber and gritty, but not without occasional flashes of royal blues and golds. Text is shaded in the faintest yellow, soft on the eye.Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-A BBC radio dramatization of Dickens' classic. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the...


Prenuptial Agreements: How to Write a Fair and Lasting Contract
Katherine Stoner
141330396X
November 2005
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Stuart Walzer, family law attorney & author
"A comprehensive and well-written guide that will greatly help couples -- and lawyers -- in drafting prenuptial agreements."

Book Description
Everything you need to enter your marriage with eyes wide open. Marriage is one of the few personal contracts in which your state dictates the terms -- unless you create your own customized premarital agreement. Combining Nolo's legal expertise and plain-English writing, Prenuptial Agreements makes a potentially touchy subject easy to deal with while explaining how to create a valid contract. The book covers: *whether a prenup is right for your relationship *how to decide what a prenup should include *how to assemble a draft agreement *how to turn your draft into a contract *tips on negotiating and...


Winesburg, Ohio
Sherwood Anderson
0451525698
Jan 1993
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Book Review
Library Journal praised this edition of Sherwood Anderson's famed short stories as "the finest edition of this seminal work available." Reconstructed to be as close to the original text as possible, Winesburg, Ohio depicts the strange, secret lives of the inhabitants of a small town. In "Hands," Wing Biddlebaum tries to hide the tale of his banishment from a Pennsylvania town, a tale represented by his hands. In "Adventure," lonely Alice Hindman impulsively walks naked into the night rain. Threaded through the stories is the viewpoint of George Willard, the young newspaper reporter who, like his creator, stands witness to the dark and despairing dealings of a community of isolated people. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The Other America
Michal Harrington
068482678X
August 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
Harrington's classic account of an isolated and self-perpetuating underclass was originally published in 1962. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


The Portable Kipling
Rudyard Kipling
0140150978
Mar 1982
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World of Our Fathers: The Journey of the East European Jews to America and the Life They Found and Made
Irving Howe
0814736858
October 2005
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Classics of Modern Fiction
Irving Howe
015500171X
Jan 1993
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Book Description
CLASSIC OF MODERN FICTION focuses on 12 classic novellas that define the modern movement in fiction.


Cathedral
Raymond Carver
0679723692
June 1989
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Book Review
It was morning in America when Raymond Carver's Cathedral came out in 1983, but the characters in this dry collection of short stories from the forgotten corners of land of opportunity didn't receive much sunlight. Nothing much happens to the subjects of Carver's fiction, which is precisely why they are so harrowing: nothingness is a daunting presence to overcome. And rarely do they prevail, but the loneliness and quiet struggle the characters endure provide fertile ground for literary triumph, particularly in the hands of Carver, who was perhaps in his best form with this effort.

The New York Times Book Review, Irving Howe
Cathedral contains a number of similar stories, very skillful within their narrow limits, written with a dry intensity, and moving, at their...


Critic's Notebook
Irving Howe
0156002574
Sept 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Howe ( World of Our Fathers ), who died in 1993, wrote frequently about literature in Dissent , the left-wing journal he edited for many years. Although several of the essays assembled here, written late in Howe's life, have been published previously, most are newly gathered by his son. The younger Howe explains that his father considered them "shtiklakh"--a Yiddish word meaning brief idiosyncratic critical reflections, with an "allusive, darting lucidity." The pieces demonstrate Howe's love of good writing and his belief in the importance of the "common reader," in his view the mainstay of the literary public outside of academia. In these well written and enlightening essays, Howe concerns himself with the development of character in fiction, and with stylistic variation in the works of Tolstoy, Woolf, Flaubert...


Logical Chess: Move By Move: Every Move Explained New Algebraic Edition
Irving Chernev
0713484640
June 2003
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A Margin of Hope
Irving Howe
0156572451
Apr 1984
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Book Description
A leading literary critic-and the author of World of Our Fathers-looks back on his life from the early 1930s through the 1970s. A perceptive account of Howe's intellectual growth. Index.


Reawakening
Primo Levi
0684826356
December 1995
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian


Selected Writings
Irving Howe
0156806363
Apr 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Fire, insight and humanity characterize National Book Award-winner Howe's essays on individual authors, the Reagan era and the failures of liberalism and socialism in America. Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Howe, a historian and critic of formidable intellect who has written extensively on politics (particularly socialism), literature, and history for 40 years, here shows how effectively he has mastered the trick of capturing recent literary and political events. These representative essays are densely crafted and display a virtuosity in their respective and often conjoined subject areas, which range from T.E. Lawrence to Ronald Reagan, anarchy to styles in leftism, and Robert Frost to Louis-Ferdinand Celine. The longer pieces,...


The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . .with Wings
Mark Bittner
0609610554
January 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
In this appealing, heartfelt account of one man's attempt to bond with wildlife, the author tells how he made friends with a flock of birds and in the process found meaning in his own life. In the early 1990s, Bittner, a 42-year-old who was still living like a "dharma bum," discovered that there were wild parrots in the trees and on the power lines near the house he was caretaking on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill. Having nothing else to do, he decided to feed the birds on his fire escape and occupy his time by observing them. Soon they appeared every day, noisily demanding seeds, and for the next few years, he devoted most of his time to the wily and comical birds, which turned out to be cherry-headed and blue-crowned conures-escapees that originally had been caught in South America-and their progeny. Crowds...


Socialism and America
Irving Howe
0156835207
Nov 1986
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From Publishers Weekly
In a balanced, dispassionate analysis, Howe looks at the prospects and pitfalls of socialism in America. He recalls the 1920s when America's populist faith made socialist leader Eugene Debs as popular with Lower East Side immigrant Jews as he was with Oklahoma farmers. But Debs, according to Howe, spread the naive notion that capitalism and socialism are the only two choices facing humanity. Socialists of the 1930s were among the first to criticize Stalin's tyranny, yet this insight was not widespread among those on the left. Thirties socialists also foundered, Howe maintains, because they failed to grasp that capitalism is highly adaptable, as exemplified by Roosevelt's welfare state. A key chapter analyzes Werner Sombart's 1906 classic Why Is There No Socialism in the United States? Howe refutes Sombart's...


Irving Howe and the Critics: Celebrations and Attacks
John Rodden
0803239335
July 2005
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Book Description
Irving Howe and the Critics is a selection of essays and reviews about the work of Irving Howe (1920-93), a vocal radical humanist and the most influential American socialist intellectual of his generation. Howe authored eighteen books, edited twenty-five more, wrote dozens of articles and reviews, and edited the magazine Dissent for forty years after founding it. His writings cover subjects ranging from U.S. labor to the vicissitudes of American communism and socialism to Yiddishkeit and contemporary politics. His book World of Our Fathers: The Journey of the East European Jews to America and the Life They Found and Made received the National Book Award for Nonfiction. John Rodden has chosen essays and reviews that focus on Howe's major works and on the disputes they generated. He features both Dissent contributors...


Steady Work
Irving Howe
0156849305
Oct 1967
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Book Description
Provocative commentary by a teacher, editor, and critic.


Winesburg, Ohio
Sherwood Anderson
0451529952
Nov 2005
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Book Description
Inspired by Anderson's Midwestern boyhood and his adulthood in early 20th-century Chicago, this volume gave birth to the American story cycle, for which Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and later writers were forever indebted. Defying the prudish sensibilities of his time, Anderson embraced frankness and truth. Here we meet all those whose portraits brought the American short story into the modern age.


Desperate Characters
Paula Fox
039331894X
May 1999
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Book Review
Meet the Bentwoods, Sophie and Otto, "both just over forty," living in Brooklyn sometime in the '60s with neither hope nor children to encourage them to work on their suffocating marriage. Such are the central subjects of Paula Fox's enthralling Desperate Characters, first published to much acclaim in 1970. The novel's action unfolds in a single weekend, and includes Otto's torturous breakup with his longtime business partner, Charlie, and a visit the Bentwoods make to their country home, which they find vandalized. Everything pivots around an occurrence so ordinary as to make us marvel at the power it wields under Fox's brilliant pressure: a cat bite.

Despite Otto's protests, Sophie puts out a dish for a stray that roams the Bentwoods' neighborhood--an area which is also home to enormous poverty, and in...


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