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Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds!: Collected Essays, 1934-1998
Arthur C. Clarke
1402894953

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Parmenides of Elea
Parmenides
0275979334
June 2003
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Book Description
The author presents a reinvigorating verse translation of the Diels and Kranz B-Fragments of Parmenides cast in rhyming couplet iambic pentameter. Placing Parmenides in his proper historical context by taking seriously the impact of Persian Zoroastrianism on his developing monoism, Henn supplies precise interpretation of the most difficult and vexing of Parmenides's fragments, while also providing reliable philosophical analysis of the many seeming contradictions latent in the text.

Language Notes
Text: English, Greek (translation)
Original Language: Greek

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Shiksa Goddess: (Or, How I Spent My Forties) Essays
Wendy Wasserstein
0375726039
May 2002
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Review
“Perceptive. . . . Sweet. . . . The often-poignant writing embraces wit, tragedy, joy.” –The Miami Herald

“Sparkling. . . . Wasserstein comes off . . . warm and honest, unassuming and modest. She’s the quirky, cool aunt you always wished were your mom.” –The Boston Phoenix

“Wendy Wasserstein writes with a heart as big as The Ritz. . . . These funny, truly intimate and uncommonly passionate pieces are a model of their kind.” –Terrance McNally

“Gut-wrenching, life-affirming . . . show[s] how powerful good writing can really be.” –New York Post

Review
?Perceptive. . . . Sweet. . . . The often-poignant writing embraces wit, tragedy, joy.? ?The Miami...


Philolaus of Croton
Philolaus
0521024714
Jan 2006
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Review
"...rich and rewarding...The book is clearly a labor of love, and Huffman does his best to give us a Philolaus who has important and intelligent things to say; but he is not blind to faults, honestly pointing out difficulties and obscurities where they occur in Philolaus' thought. 'Important' is a term that is used far too often in book reviews; but this is an important book; it has been a long time since 1819 [when the first book devoted to Philolaus alone was published], but Carl Huffman's Philolaus of Croton: Pythagorean and Presocratic has been worth waiting for." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"...an outstanding work...Huffman's views on Philolaus' mathematical orientation are exciting and deserve special attention..." Luis Vega, Mathematical Reviews

"Huffman's book is, without question, a major contribution to...



Essays on the Great Depression
Ben S. Bernanke
0691118205
January 2004
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Mark Toma, Financial History Review
Not only is [Bernanke] technically proficient but his ability to place his results in a larger macroeconomic context is unparalleled.

Review
Mark Toma Financial History Review : Not only is [Bernanke] technically proficient but his ability to place his results in a larger macroeconomic context is unparalleled.

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Philolaus of Croton
Philolaus
052141525X
Jan 2004
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Review
"...rich and rewarding...The book is clearly a labor of love, and Huffman does his best to give us a Philolaus who has important and intelligent things to say; but he is not blind to faults, honestly pointing out difficulties and obscurities where they occur in Philolaus' thought. 'Important' is a term that is used far too often in book reviews; but this is an important book; it has been a long time since 1819 [when the first book devoted to Philolaus alone was published], but Carl Huffman's Philolaus of Croton: Pythagorean and Presocratic has been worth waiting for." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"...an outstanding work...Huffman's views on Philolaus' mathematical orientation are exciting and deserve special attention..." Luis Vega, Mathematical Reviews

"Huffman's book is, without question, a major contribution to...



Horseshoes, Cowsocks, and Duckfeet: More Commentary by NPR's Cowboy Poet and Former Large Animal Veterinarian
Baxter Black
1400049431
August 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Cowboy poet, humorist and songwriter Black (Cactus Tracks & Cowboy Philosophy) and cartoonists Black, Gill, Holl and Marsh return in a freshly stirred stewpot of Black's syndicated columns and NPR commentaries, with a seasoning of verses, curses, lists ("Fifty Ways to Fool Yer Banker"), toasts, quotes and random musings: "Do fish ever get tired of eating seafood?" Ex-veterinarian Black writes of many creatures cats, dogs, chickens, cows, butterflies, horses, sheep and whales. But he also covers a wide range of other subjects airplanes, dances, ranches, recipes, rodeos, romance, small towns and weddings: "Putting a suit coat on some of those cowboys was like puttin' croutons on a cow pie." Among the outstanding pieces are his controversial critique of the "bad artists" who made cave paintings; "Chicken House...


Two Essays on the Origins of Metaphysics
Edward F. Little
0595213049
Mar 2002
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Book Description
An original and in-depth study of the two texts that created the study of metaphysics and of what is today called the "mind-body" problem.

About the Author
Edward Little, A.B., 1941, Dartmouth College, Ph.D., 1969, The Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Montreal, has for the past twenty five years been an independent scholar, devoting his time wholly to the study of ancient Greek metaphysics, especially these two texts.


Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris
0316776963
June 2001
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Book Review
David Sedaris became a star autobiographer on public radio, onstage in New York, and on bestseller lists, mostly on the strength of "SantaLand Diaries," a scathing, hilarious account of his stint as a Christmas elf at Macy's. (It's in two separate collections, both worth owning, Barrel Fever and the Christmas-themed Holidays on Ice.) Sedaris's caustic gift has not deserted him in his fourth book, which mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. Though his anarchic inclination to digress is his glory, Sedaris does have a theme in these reminiscences: the inability of humans to communicate. The title is his rendition in transliterated English of how he and his fellow students of French in Paris mangle the Gallic language. In the essay...


The Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Helene P. Foley
0691014795
Nov 1993
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Victoria Pedrick, The Classical Journal
"Foley's attempt to connect the psychological, cosmological, and theological themes in the Hymn is her greatest success."

Ann C. Suter, New England Classical Newsletter and Journal
"Foley's book is the first full-length study in English of the Hymn.... It is a welcome and much-needed work.... Foley's analysis of the Hymn is an excellent demonstration of how it can be interpreted in the light of the [Eleusinian] Mysteries.

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The Heart Is a Little to the Left: Essays on Public Morality
William Sloane Coffin
0874519586
January 1999
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
This short, readable work represents seven sermons and speeches delivered primarily to university audiences by controversial activist preacher Coffin (former chaplain at Yale University and senior minister of New York City's Riverside Church). By his own admission, he's an old man in a hurry: at times strident, at others just plain earnest. He comes down strongly on the side of social justice, championing notions like nuclear abolition, compassion for the homeless and disenfranchised, and the democratization of the American market economy. Not merely political, Coffin takes a strong stand against religious zealotry; the Bible, he claims, serves as a signpost, not a hitching post. Biblical literalists, he argues, sacrifice their intellect while holding to the self-delusional security of their fundamentalist creeds....


The Bible in the Renaissance
Richard Griffiths
0754603946
Nov 2001
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My Point...and I Do Have One
Ellen DeGeneres
0553573616
September 1996
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
TV comic DeGeneres's book spent 24 weeks on PW's bestseller list. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher
With the unpredictable wit and engaging warmth that has won her a loyal following, and the undeniable star quality that has made her television series an instant hit, Ellen DeGeneres brings her unique comic perspective to the page in a book of simple yet brilliant observations, outrageous dreams, and hilarious life stories. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


On Robert Antelme's the Human Race
Robert Antelme
0810160633
Jan 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Rescued in 1945 from Dachau--where he lay dying when Francois Mitterand, his onetime comrade in the resistance, recognized him among the thousands of quarantined prisoners-Robert Antelme set out to do what seemed "unimaginable", to describe not only his experience but the humanity of his captors. The result, The Human Race, was called by George Perec "the most perfect example, within contemporary French production, of what literature can be."

In this volume, the extraordinary nature and extent of Robert Antelme's accomplishment, and of the reverberations he set in motion in French life and literature, finds eloquent expression. The pieces Antelme wrote for journals-including essays on "principles put to the test", man as the "basis of right," the question of revenge-appear here alongside appreciations of...


Holidays on Ice: Stories
David Sedaris
0316779237
November 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Holidays on Ice is a collection of three previously published stories matched with three newer ones, all, of course, on a Christmas theme. David Sedaris's darkly playful humor is another common thread through the book, worming its way through "Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" a chipper suburban Christmas letter that spirals dizzily out of control, and "Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol," a vicious theatrical review of children's Christmas pageants. As always, Sedaris's best work is his sharply observed nonfiction, notably in "Dinah, the Christmas Whore," the tale of a memorable Christmas during which the young Sedaris learns to see his family in a new light. Worth the price of the book alone is the hilarious "SantaLand Diaries," Sedaris's chronicle of his time working as an elf at Macy's, covering...


On Robert Antelme's the Human Race
Daniel Dobbels
0810160641
Jan 2003
Paperback
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Book Description

Also available: Antelme's The Human Race


Back Cover Copy
Essays by Robert Antelme, with reflections on the man and his incomparable work, The Human Race, by distinguished French authors



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The Outlandish Companion: In Which Much Is Revealed Regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser, Their Lives and Times, Antecedents, Adventures, Companions, and Progeny, with Learned Commentary (and Many Footnotes) by their Humble Creator
Diana Gabaldon
0385324138
August 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
For nine years, four books, and nearly 4,000 pages, Diana Gabaldon has entranced readers with her talent for historical authenticity, dramatic plot lines, and strong characters in the Outlander series. Her superb writing has earned a loyal audience, but after a million and a half words, even the most fervent of fans may have a difficult time trying to recall the exact details of the secondary characters, let alone the obscure ones. Thankfully, Gabaldon's The Outlandish Companion is here to help.

Part crib notes and part trivia guide, this essential handbook includes synopses of the first four novels, a character guide, notes on plot development and research, answers to frequently asked questions, and teasers for the upcoming novels--there're even horoscope charts of the central characters, a list of fan Web sites, and...



Amazon All-Stars
Rosemary Keefe Curb
155783220X
Feb 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
Collects for the first time major lesbian plays from controversial cultural perspectives spanning more than a generation of work in varied theatrical styles representing an amazing gamut of lesbian politics from all over America. Includes: The Quintessential Image (Jane Chambers) * The Postcard (Gloria Joyce Dickler) * A Lady and a Woman (Shirlene Holmes) * Nasty Rumors and Final Remarks (Susan Miller) * Desdemona (Paula Vogel) * and more!


The World of George Jean Nathan
George Jean Nathan
1557833133
Feb 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Curtiss's quasi-biographical study is at its best when he focuses on the friendship and collaboration of Nathan and Mencken when they were co-editors (and occasionally ghostwriters) of the jazz era literary magazine The Smart Set. If Nathan and Mencken had different styles and temperaments?Nathan was a Harvard-educated dandy, Mencken a self-taught newspaperman?they were united by an urgent desire to elevate America's critical standards and similar tastes for realistic, rather than sentimental, art. Curtiss offers a lively portrait of these two iconoclasts, filled with details ranging from their penchant for practical jokes to the forging of a seamless working relationship that spanned a decade. Foremost among their efforts was the introduction of innovative American and European artists, despite censors and the...


Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris
0316777722
June 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
David Sedaris became a star autobiographer on public radio, onstage in New York, and on bestseller lists, mostly on the strength of "SantaLand Diaries," a scathing, hilarious account of his stint as a Christmas elf at Macy's. (It's in two separate collections, both worth owning, Barrel Fever and the Christmas-themed Holidays on Ice.) Sedaris's caustic gift has not deserted him in his fourth book, which mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. Though his anarchic inclination to digress is his glory, Sedaris does have a theme in these reminiscences: the inability of humans to communicate. The title is his rendition in transliterated English of how he and his fellow students of French in Paris mangle the Gallic language. In the essay...

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