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The Best American Short Stories 2005 (The Best American Series (TM))
Michael Chabon (Editor), Katrina Kenison (Series Editor)
0618427058
October 5, 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Chabon reaches out toward genre fiction—after all, he writes, a story's delights "all boil down to entertainment, and its suave henchman, pleasure"—but he doesn't go so far as to alienate fans of more traditional stories in the lively latest volume of this venerable series. He begins with a Little League baseball story by Tom Perotta ("The Smile on Happy Chang's Face"), arguably a character study but a rousing sports piece too, and Dennis Lehane's "Until Gwen" follows—"Your father picks you up from prison in a stolen Dodge Neon, with an 8-ball of coke in the glove compartment and a hooker named Mandy in the back seat"—to stir things up a little. Kelly Link contributes an elegant haunted house tale, and Cory Doctorow serves up a "piss-take" on Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" with his...


Making a Difference
Smaro Kamboureli
0195410785
July 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
This first comprehensive anthology of ethnic and aboriginal writing in Canada offers a wide range of writing styles in fiction and poetry, with a focus on Native and immigrant experiences, ethnic ancestry, and the complex spectrum of cultural differences. It begins with the first ethnic
authors who wrote ethnic literature in English, and includes established and new voices that have made a difference to our understanding of Canadian identity.


The Waste Land and Other Poems (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
T. S. Eliot
1593082797
March 2005
Paperback
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Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Walt Whitman
1593080832
January 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
As scholarship has made its importance to American letters more manifest, editions of the 1855 version of Whitman's masterpiece have multiplied. This one, prepared in honor of the poem's 150th anniversary, will be hard to beat. Edited by major Americanist Reynolds (Walt Whitman's America, etc.), it comes as close as possible, without being a facsimile, to reproducing Whitman's original text, which he famously self-published. The familiar litho of the young rough with open collar opens the book, and Reynold's terrific and informative afterword closes it, along with contemporary reviews (some written by Whitman himself) and Emerson's famous letter ("I greet you at the beginning of a great career..."). Those who know Whitman only through the beautiful but bloated 1892 "deathbed" edition of Leaves of Grass will find...


The Fragrance of Sweet-Grass: L.M. Montgomery's Heroines and the Pursuit of Romance
Elizabeth R. Epperly
0802074618
March 1993
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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature
Eugene Benson
0195411676
Jan 1997
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
"Aboriginal literature," "Marie-Claire Blais," "Humour and satire," "Mystery or crime," "McGill-Queen's University Press," "Jane Rule," "Southern Ontario Gothic," and "Ukrainian-Canadian Literature" are just some of the more than 1100 entries that the second edition of this Oxford companion comprises. The text focuses on three main aspects of Canadian literature?English-Canadian, Quebecois, and Acadian?and gives a fine balance to francophone literature and writers. Like many such literary companions, references in entries to other entries appear in all-caps. There are 342 more entries than appeared in the first edition (LJ 5/1/84), and the original 193 contributors have expanded to 325 in this volume. Nearly all the original entries have been modified or updated. One problem with this type of format for...


Northrop Frye: Religious Visionary And Architect Of The Spiritual World
Robert D. Denham
0813922992
January 2005
Hardcover
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P. Joseph Adamson, Professor of English, McMaster University, Ontario, author of Northrop Frye: A Visionary Life
"The most important book on Frye by a single author to date."

Book Description
Even the casual reader will notice a strong preoccupation with religion in the work of Northrop Frye. In his latest book, however, the esteemed Frye scholar Robert Denham shows that it played a far greater role than has been assumed-religion was in fact central to practically everything Frye wrote. Denham's focus shifts the emphasis from Anatomy of Criticism, Frye's most famous work, and places it on those works with which Frye began and ended his career-the early Fearful Symmetry and, fifty years later, his two studies of the Bible and The Double Vision. This reevaluation is based on a close examination...


The Poem That Changed America: "Howl" Fifty Years Later
Jason Shinder (Editor)
0374173435
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
If the opening lines of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" aren't seared into your brain, they will be by the end of this collection of 26 essays compiled by Shinder, a poet (Among Women) who learned much of his craft as Ginsberg's pupil. It's a shame the poem isn't included, though it feels as if it's quoted in its entirety at various points (the hardcover edition does come with a Ginsberg reading on CD). This collection juxtaposes reflections by writers such as Rick Moody and Andrei Codrescu about the impact of "Howl' on their lives; Billy Collins writes, "...it wasn't a waste of time for a Catholic high school boy from the suburbs to try to sound in his poems like a downtown homosexual Jewish beatnik." Robert Pinsky writes that he was initially elated by the poem's linguistic freedom even more than by its raw emotion....


The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature
William Toye
019541523X
Aug 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
The concise version of the critically acclaimed second edition of The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature offers all the authority of the original in a smaller more affordable format. Entries have been updated and over sixty new entries have been added, making it an indispensable
resource.


The Selected Journals of L. M. Montgomery : Volume V: 1935-1942
L. M. Montgomery, et al
0195421167
November 4, 2004
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Scholarship has caught up with what thousands of readers already know: the work of Lucy Maud Montgomery is fascinating and rich and not only for children. As scholars study Anne of Green Gables and the rest of Montgomery's prolific output, they have found that the books often overshadow the author herself. These two works highlight both Montgomery and her creations, giving readers insight into the personality that created characters who have captured the imaginations of readers for generations. The fourth volume of the Journals (Oxford published Volume 1 in 1986 and Volume 3 in 1993) provides a fascinating look at a period in Montgomery's life that was full of fatalism, fear, and moments of joy. She suffered through the Depression, witnessed her husband's nervous breakdown (and feared her own), became the unwilling...


Sui Sin Far/Edith Maude Eaton
Annette White-Parks
0252021134
June 1995
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Sui Sin Far (1865-1914) could have "passed," as did her brothers and sisters, but set out to be the voice of Chinese American women and children in Canada and the United States. She wrote short stories for magazines, newspaper articles and one book-length collection of stories, Mrs. Spring Fragrance. Facing severe odds of poverty, poor health, and discrimination as a woman and as a Chinese (from both whites and Chinese), she persevered in writing poignant, often melodramatic tales that show the humanity of the Chinese people, such as "A Chinese Ishmael," "A Chinese Tom-Boy," and "A Love Story from the Rice Fields of China." Her news articles include "Chinatown Boys and Girls," and "The Chinese in America." White-Parks (editor, Gathering of Voices on the Asian American Experience, Highsmith Pr., 1994) retrieves a...


The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts
Arthur Miller
0140481389
October 1976
Paperback
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Asian North American Identities
Eleanor Ty
0253216613
Mar 2004
Paperback
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Good Bones and Simple Murders
Margaret Atwood
0385471106
November 6, 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
This handsome volume combines two of Margaret Atwood's most playful books--Good Bones and Murder in the Dark--resulting in an athletically clever series of tiny fictions, prose poems, and essays that, in small, witty steps, deconstruct everything from sexual politics to the very act of writing itself. Ranging from a tongue-in-cheek appreciation of "Women's Novels" and an embittered, self-sacrificing confessional by Chicken Little to a powerful series of variations on John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields," Good Bones and Simple Murders will surprise casual Atwood fans who are accustomed to the broad intensity of her novels or the seriousness of much of her poetry.

Many of the weaker pieces in this collection now feel dated, but this is hardly Atwood's fault; scores of lesser writers worked the brief essay-fiction to death in...



Gather Together in My Name
Maya Angelou
0553260669
January 1985
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
"A heroic and beautiful book." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"This is the story of a great heroine who knows the meaning of a struggle and never loses her pride or dignity. Indeed, her story makes me proud of the human race." -- John Oliver Killens

Review
"A heroic and beautiful book." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"This is the story of a great heroine who knows the meaning of a struggle and never loses her pride or dignity. Indeed, her story makes me proud of the human race." -- John Oliver Killens

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Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose--1983-2005
Margaret Eleanor Atwood
0786715359
March 10, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Atwood is, of course, one of the most famous and prolific Canadian novelists of our time (The Blind Assassin, etc.), and this eclectic collection ably testifies to the scope of her interests and passions. These are occasional pieces, and as such, they form a somewhat odd collection, as when a review of Elmore Leonard's novel Tishomingo Blues is immediately followed by an obituary for a fellow Canadian writer and friend. Atwood has thought long and deeply about the role women have played in the past and continue to play today. But while in the earlier essays she writes of a living revolutionary force that she believed would change the world, the more recent work views the feminist movement as a relic of an earlier time, even if its goals are still forefront in her mind. As responses to specific moments in...


The Goat Lady
Jane Bregoli
088448260X
May 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–An elderly French Canadian named Noelie often drew criticism from the Dartmouth, MA, townsfolk because she kept a herd of white goats in her yard. Neighbors complained that the animals were noisy and unruly and that the house was unkempt. The author and her children befriended the old woman and found that she was gentle and kind. When Bregoli's daughter asked her to paint a picture of the Goat Lady, the artist painted a series of portraits and eventually exhibited them in a local art museum. The paintings helped others in the community to look past Noelie's mismatched clothes and odd ways and recognize her humble goodness. This gentle, straightforward narrative is told from the point of view of one of the children and is ideal for reading aloud. The book is illustrated with sharp color...


Asian North American Identities
Eleanor Ty
0253343801
Mar 2004
Hardcover
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Discovering Canadian Pioneers (The Discovery Series)
Marlene Gutsole, et al
0195413253
March 1999
Paperback
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Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Nancy Milford
0375760814
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Fans of Zelda, Nancy Milford's groundbreaking (and bestselling) biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald's tortured wife and muse, have been waiting impatiently since 1970 for Milford's promised follow-up about poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950). It's finally here, and they will not be disappointed. Milford's vivid narrative limns an electric personality with psychological acuity while capturing the freewheeling atmosphere of America in the turbulent years following World War I. After "Renascence" was published (when she was only 20) and she moved to Greenwich Village, Millay was the queen of bohemia, taking lovers with zest and voicing the reckless gaiety of a generation in her famous lyric, "My candle burns at both ends; / It will not last the night; / But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends-- / It gives a...


The Dominion of Women
Wayne Fraser
0313267499
Jan 1991
Hardcover
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Review
“Fraser argues compellingly the tight connection between the personal and the political in Canadian women's fiction. Defining the "essence of femininity" as a sense of "relatedness," Fraser chronologically traces the parallel progress and mutual encouragement of feminism, women's fiction, and Canadian nationalism, meticulously identifying seven stages, from colonial dependence (via Brooke, Traill, Jameson, Moodie) through imperialism to an ambivalent emancipation in the 1920s and 1930s (Duncan, McClung, Ostenso), 1940s and 1950s isolationism (Ethel Wilson), 1960s nationalism (Laurence) and anti-Americanism (Atwood), and a final maturity and (measure of) autonomy in the 1970s and 1980s (again Laurence, Atwood). In firm command of the 17 texts (entirely fiction, not the larger "literature" the title promises) by 10 authors...


The Immigrant Experience in North American Literature
Katherine B. Payant
0313308918
May 1999
Hardcover
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Choice
"The level of analysis throughout the collection is generally high..."

Review
“The level of analysis throughout the collection is generally high, and even the more summary pieces are good introductions to noncanonical books often ignored in the classroom and in mainstream literary journals.”–Choice
“This collection of 12 essays delivers well on its title's promise....Few existing studies compare immigrant literatures from the past and present, but this book shows how current literature differs from preceding work....the collection offers a valuable comparative structure and useful analyses of the various ways that immigrants attempt to reconcile their ethnic heritage with that of their adopted country.”–Multicultural Review


The Handmaid's Tale (Cliffs Notes)
Mary Ellen Snodgrass
0822005727
October 31, 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

In CliffsNotes on The Handmaid's Tale, you come to realize that for every utopia, there's a corresponding dystopia. This tale of a bleak future depicts a time where women are valued only for their reproductive capacities. While this cautionary tale of repression and totalitarianism is horrifying, there are moments of poetic warmth and humor. It is a brilliant satire.

This concise supplement to Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale helps you understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the...



Christmas with Anne: And Other Holiday Stories
L. M. Montgomery
0553571001
October 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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From Booklist
Gr. 4^-7. Fourteen short stories published in magazines during the early 1900s and two Christmas episodes from Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Windy Poplars make up this collection of Christmas tales. Although the sentimentality of the magazine stories can be a bit cloying, the best ones have a certain vigor as well. Not a necessary purchase, but a book that Anne fans may want to peruse during the Christmas season. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews
Christmas With Anne ($16.95; Sept. 1996; 214 pp.; 0-385-32288- 7): The title is a misnomer: There are two Christmas stories featuring Anne (the incident of Matthew and the puffed sleeves, and the surprise thawing of Miss Katherine Brooks); the other pieces...


Textualizing the Immigrant Experience in Contemporary Quebec
Patrice J. Proulx
0313324255
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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Review
“The 16 coordinated and well-edited essays in this volume provide a richly detailed overview of the contributions of immigrant writers to Quebecois literature since the so-called Quiet Revolution of the 1960s....Generous bibliographies--at the end of each article and the end of the book--and an index of proper names and themes enhance the usefulness of this collection for those seeking an overview of the ways immigrant voices have broadened, enriched, and enlivened the Quebec literary scene. Recommended. Large collections supporting study of francophone literature; upper-division undergraduates and above.”–Choice

Book Description
This is the first comprehensive study in English of the post-war literature of immigration in Quebec. It examines the literary representation...


The Poem That Changed America: "Howl" Fifty Years Later
Jason Shinder (Editor)
0374173443
March 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
If the opening lines of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" aren't seared into your brain, they will be by the end of this collection of 26 essays compiled by Shinder, a poet (Among Women) who learned much of his craft as Ginsberg's pupil. It's a shame the poem isn't included, though it feels as if it's quoted in its entirety at various points (the hardcover edition does come with a Ginsberg reading on CD). This collection juxtaposes reflections by writers such as Rick Moody and Andrei Codrescu about the impact of "Howl' on their lives; Billy Collins writes, "...it wasn't a waste of time for a Catholic high school boy from the suburbs to try to sound in his poems like a downtown homosexual Jewish beatnik." Robert Pinsky writes that he was initially elated by the poem's linguistic freedom even more than by its raw emotion....


Plainwater : Essays and Poetry (Vintage Contemporaries)
Anne Carson
0375708421
March 28, 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Despite her fastidious, ornately post-modern style, Carson finds her subject matter in classicism. The fruits of this unique, difficult combination are strikingly displayed in this selection of her published work. Seemingly composed of equal parts enigma, experiment and exegesis, Carson's writings incorporate a dizzying spectrum of forms?prose poem, mock interview, travel journal, academic essay. "Mimnermos: The Brainsex Paintings" explores what are perhaps figmentary fragments of the ancient Greek poet's work, which divulges "a kind of hunger for the motions of the self that we are mining still." The blurb-like, often humorous paragraphs and prose poems of "Short Talks" (which are "on" subjects as varied as chromoluminism and Sylvia Plath) and "The Life of Towns" (with stops in "Apostle Town" and "Town of Greta...


Transatlantic Romanticism
Lance Newman
0321217128
Jan 2006
Paperback
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What the Stones Remember: A Life Rediscovered
Patrick Lane
1590302540
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In January 2001, Canadian poet Lane emerged from two months in an addiction treatment center, sober after 45 years of steady, heavy drinking and drug use. He had to learn to live with a raw new self at age 62, and this book, part memoir, part diary, told month by month, chronicles his first year, retrieves his past and records the seasonal cycle of the garden he tends on Vancouver Island. Lane's parents were both alcoholics from mill and mining towns where heavy drinking and family brutality were normal. His impressionistic memories, painful and poetic, probe the secrets of his younger self. Lane's now-dead mother, beautiful, overworked with five children, unfaithful to his father during WWII, a gardener herself and quite mad for part of her life, haunts him literally—he sees her in the garden at...


Waltzing Again: New & Selected Conversations with Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood, Earl G. Ingersoll (Editor)
0865381178
April 10, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
"I don't mind being 'interviewed' any more than I mind Viennese waltzing—that is, my response will depend on the agility and grace and attitude and intelligence of the other person. Some do it well, some clumsily, some step on your toes by accident, and some aim for them."—Margaret AtwoodThis gathering of 21 interviews with Margaret Atwood covers a broad spectrum of topics. Beginning with Graeme Gibson's "Dissecting the Way a Writer Works" (1972), the conversations provide a forum for Atwood to talk about her own work, her career as a writer, feminism, and Canadian cultural nationalism, and to refute the autobiographical fallacy. These conversations offer what Earl Ingersoll calls "a kind of 'biography' of Margaret Atwood—the only kind of biography she is likely to sanction." Enlivened by Atwood's...

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