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Writing the Apocalypse
Lois Zamora
052142691X
May 1993
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Review
'... rarely do we find a work of this calibre with such depth of scholarly grounding and breadth of critical approach ... Writing the Apocalypse both informs convincingly and suggests the possibility of further studies in a similar vein ... Every Hispanist who is concerned with the dynamics of contemporary literature in Latin America - not to mention the US - should read this excellent work.' Hispanic Review

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"This book is a model of comparative method for its imaginative conception of apocalypse as myth, structural device, and narrative strategy...Indeed it is by setting side by side texts from both the United States and Latin America that Zamora in this magnificent study calls our attention to the pervasive international significance of the myth of the apocalypse in twentieth...


Hoot
Carl Hiaasen
0440419395
December 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Roy Eberhardt is the new kid--again. This time around it's Trace Middle School in humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same old routine: table by himself at lunch, no real friends, and thick-headed bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him around. But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the tow-headed running boy. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met tall, tough, bully-beating Beatrice. And if he had never met Beatrice, he might never have discovered the burrowing owls living in the lot on the corner of East Oriole Avenue. And if he had never discovered the owls, he probably would have missed out on the adventure of a lifetime. Apparently, bullies do serve a greater purpose in the scope of the...


The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Short Fiction (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Stephen Crane
1593081197
December 2004
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Race Mixture in Nineteenth-Century U.S. and Spanish American Fictions
Debra J. Rosenthal
0807828998
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Race mixture has played a formative role in the history of the Americas, from the western expansion of the United States to the political consolidation of emerging nations in Latin America. Debra J. Rosenthal examines nineteenth-century authors in the United States and Spanish America who struggled to give voice to these contemporary dilemmas about interracial sexual and cultural mixing.

Rosenthal argues that many literary representations of intimacy or sex took on political dimensions, whether advocating assimilation or miscegenation or defending the status quo. She also examines the degree to which novelists reacted to beliefs about skin differences, blood taboos, incest, desire, or inheritance laws. Rosenthal discusses U.S. authors such as James Fenimore Cooper, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Walt Whitman, William...



Race Mixture in Nineteenth-Century U.S. and Spanish American Fictions
Debra J. Rosenthal
0807855642
Oct 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Race mixture has played a formative role in the history of the Americas, from the western expansion of the United States to the political consolidation of emerging nations in Latin America. Debra J. Rosenthal examines nineteenth-century authors in the United States and Spanish America who struggled to give voice to these contemporary dilemmas about interracial sexual and cultural mixing.

Rosenthal argues that many literary representations of intimacy or sex took on political dimensions, whether advocating assimilation or miscegenation or defending the status quo. She also examines the degree to which novelists reacted to beliefs about skin differences, blood taboos, incest, desire, or inheritance laws. Rosenthal discusses U.S. authors such as James Fenimore Cooper, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Walt Whitman, William...



The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Short Fiction (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Stephen Crane
1593081685
September 2005
Hardcover
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The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Short Fiction (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Stephen Crane
1593080107
May 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Yet he also harbors a hidden fear about how he may react when the horror and bloodshed of battle begin. Fighting the enemy without and the terror within, Fleming must prove himself and find his own meaning of valor. Unbelievable as it may seem, Stephen Crane had never been a member of any army nor had taken part in any battle when he wrote The Red Badge of Courage. But upon its publication in 1895, when Crane was only twenty-four, Red Badge was heralded as a new kind of war novel, marked by astonishing insight into the true psychology of men under fire. Along with the seminal short stories included in this volume—“The Open Boat,” “The Veteran,” and “The Men in the Storm”—The Red Badge of Courage unleashed Crane’s deeply influential...


Ayn Rand Cult (Tr)
Jeff Walker
0812693906
Dec 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
According to this devastating and often heavy-handed critique, Ayn Rand, whose novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged exposed millions to her philosophy of virtuous self-centeredness and capitalist freedom, was an oppressive personality whose Objectivist movement demonstrated all the classic elements of a destructive cult (its messianic leader and its separation of group members from family and friends). Walker presents his subject as an arrogant, dogmatic bully who brooked no criticism and as a repressed narcissist who feared her own emotions and hid behind a glorification of reason. He concludes that Rand was no more than a third-rate pop-novelist of propaganda fiction and that her "vulgar Nietzschean" philosophy's obsessive concern with the overachiever?who requires protection via absolutized individual...


First Horses
Robert F. Gish
087417211X
Apr 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
The 14 stories in Gish's ( Songs of My Hunter Heart ) sensitive collection offer us glimpses of life in the 1950s American Southwest, a multiethnic society flavored by the lingering influence of the Old West. When an Native American waitress tries out her father's chili recipe on the regulars at the Bronco Cafe, it leads to a brief but intense discussion on whether Spaniards or Indians should get credit for the area's first-rate chili and for the first horses in North America. A well-intentioned teenager who plans to help a friend overcome his shyness about singing in public learns an unexpected lesson about sharing a talent "without embarrassment." A dog named Kimo teaches his owner, a veterinarian, that the value of the animal kingdom transcends "food or friendship or finances." The author's Christian morality...


Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
0914427679
May 1992
Hardcover
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Book Description
Grant was sick and broke when he began work on his Memoirs. Driven by financial worries and a desire to provide for his wife, he wrote diligently during a year of deteriorating health. He vowed he would finish the work before he died. One week after its completion, he lay dead at the age of 63. Publication of the Memoirs came at a time when the public was being treated to a spate of wartime reminiscences, many of them defensive in nature, seeking to refight battles or attack old enemies. Grant's penetrating and stately work reveals a nobility of spirit and an innate grasp of the important fact, which he rarely displayed in private life. He writes in his preface that he took up the task "with a sincere desire to avoid doing injustice to anyone, whether on the National or the Confederate side."


The Shadow
Americo Paredes
1558852301
May 1998
Paperback
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From Booklist
This taut little novel is set in postrevolutionary Mexico. For years, Antonio Cuitla fought to wrest the land away from the aristocracy. Now he leads a small village, but he feels the people there don't give him the respect he deserves for his efforts as a soldier. Cuitla's annoyance blossoms into rage when the people reject his counsel for that of Del Toro, who argues for greater land distribution. Del Toro's enemy is Don Jose, a wealthy landowner. A man of breeding and privilege, Don Jose represents everything the Revolution opposed--and yet Cuitla yearns for the respect and power he possesses. Eventually, Cuitla's inner demons push him into an unwanted confrontation with Don Jose. In the larger sense, Paredes' tale is about the enduring legacy of class warfare, but in his Cuitla, there's a compelling sketch of a...


My Antonia (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Willa Cather
1593080247
December 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
“No romantic novel ever written in America . . . is one half so beautiful as My Ántonia.”
—H. L. Mencken


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Harriet A. Jacobs
1593082835
April 2005
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Published in 1861, this was one of the first personal narratives by a slave and one of the few written by a woman. Jacobs (1813-97) was a slave in North Carolina and suffered terribly, along with her family, at the hands of a ruthless owner. She made several failed attempts to escape before successfully making her way North, though it took years of hiding and slow progress. Eventually, she was reunited with her children. For all biography and history collections.Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Erica Bauermeister
"Slavery is terrible for men, but it is far more terrible for women," Harriet Jacobs wrote in 1861. At that time she was an escaped slave living in...


The Cutter
Virgil Suarez
1558852492
Oct 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Julian Campos, having served Castro's Cuba as a soldier and sugarcane cutter, is presently a university student awaiting permission to emigrate. Five years earlier his parents were stopped at the airport and told that they could not take their son with them to America. They proceeded to get on the plane, leaving Julian in the care of his grandmother. Now the young man has finally been notified that he, too, may leave, but only if he first agrees to an additional six months of "voluntary" work for the state's Ten-Million-Ton Sugarcane Program. Julian does his time--hard labor in the fields while living in barracks behind barbed wire fences. The news of his grandmother's death is withheld from him for weeks, and he is locked up when he protests. Finally, he is informed that he is being sent back to the army. Fed...


The Waste Land and Other Poems (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
T. S. Eliot
1593082797
March 2005
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Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
0140437010
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
In 1862, a prominent Republican visited President Lincoln and called General Ulysses S. Grant an incompetent drunk who created unnecessary political problems. Lincoln, frustrated with all his generals but this one, famously replied: "I can't spare this man; he fights." Indeed, Lincoln had gone through a series of unheroic generals before settling on Grant to lead the Union's Army of the Potomac. Grant's success at marshaling the industrial might of the North eventually pounded the South into submission. This memoir, finished as its author was dying of throat cancer in 1885, is widely admired for its clear and straightforward prose. The volume was an enormously popular hit upon publication (by Mark Twain, no less), and today Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant ranks among the finest pieces of military...


My Antonia (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Willa Cather
1593081847
August 2005
Hardcover
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