A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: Complete Short Stories

By Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble’s novels have illuminated the prior fifty years, specifically the altering lives of girls, like no others. but her brief fiction has its personal distinctive brilliance. Her penetrating evocations of personality and position, her wide-ranging interest, her feel of irony—all are on show the following, in tales that discover marriage, lady friendships, the English vacationer in a foreign country, amorous affairs with homes, peace demonstrations, gin and tonics, cultural television courses, in tales which are perceptive, sharp, and humorous. With an creation by way of the Spanish educational José Fernández that locations the tales within the context of her lifestyles and her novels, this assortment is a superb recapitulation of a masterly career.

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Frances and Bernard

By Carlene Bauer

Frances and Bernard meet in the summertime of 1957. later on, he writes her a letter. quickly they're immersed within the form of quick, deep friendship which may swap the process our lives.

They locate their solution to big apple and, for a couple of whirling years, one another. town is a wonderland for teenagers with goals: cramped West Village kitchens, events stocked with the sharp-witted and glamorous, taxis which could take you wherever in any respect, lengthy talks alongside the Hudson because the lighting of the Empire country construction blink on above.

Inspired by way of the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell, Frances and Bernard imagines, via new characters with charms totally their very own, what else may have occurred. within the grandness of the autumn, do we love someone else so thoroughly that we lose our dreams?

In witness to the entire ask yourself of kindred spirits and bittersweet romance, Frances and Bernard is a tribute to the ability of friendship and the folk who support us realize who we're.

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After Claude (New York Review Books Classics)

By Iris Owens

Harriet is leaving her boyfriend Claude, “the French rat.” That a minimum of is how Harriet sees issues, whether it’s Claude who has simply requested Harriet to go away his Greenwich Village residence. good, a technique or one other she has no goal of leaving. on the contrary, she's going to remain and specified revenge—or may have if Claude had now not had her unceremoniously evicted. nonetheless, notwithstanding moved out, Harriet isn't approximately to maneuver on. now not whatsoever. Girlfriends circle round to patronize and suggest, yet Harriet merely takes offense, and it’s effortless to appreciate why. simply because mad and maddening as she could be, Harriet sees earlier the well mannered platitudes that everybody else is content material to spout and stay through. She is an unblinkered, unbuttoned, unrelenting, and especially bitingly humorous prophetess of all that's improper with women’s lives and hearts—until, in a shock twist, she unearths a savior in a dismal room on the Chelsea inn.

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The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat: A Novel of Ideas

By Steven Lukes

The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat is a superb fictional trip via Western political philosophy by way of one in every of our most unique thinkers. Professor Caritat, a middle-aged Candide, walks naively throughout the neighbouring nations of Utilitaria, Communitaria and Libertaria, in his quest to discover the easiest of all attainable worlds. break free from the confines of his ivory tower, this wandering professor is made to confront the at a loss for words country of contemporary pondering during this marvelous comedy of rules.

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Cormac McCarthy (Bloom's Modern Critical Views)

By Harold Bloom

This quantity gathers jointly the very best literary feedback dedicated to the paintings of D.H. Lawrence up to now two decades. The unifying subject, loosely woven all through, might be defined as "Lawrence within the Romantic tradition."
This sequence is edited by way of Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, manhattan collage Graduate tuition. those texts provides serious essays that replicate numerous faculties of feedback at the most crucial 20th-century feedback on significant works from The Odyssey via glossy literature. each one quantity additionally comprises an introductory essay through Harold Bloom, severe biographies, notes at the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's lifestyles, and an index.

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Younger

By Pamela Redmond Satran

A narrative of idea and transformation for the quite determined housewife—now a television sequence from the writer of Sex and the City, starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff!

She’s the right age to be his mother.

Alice has continuously appeared younger for her age, regardless of her graying hair and her dowdy New Jersey housewife variety. Make that ex-housewife: Now that her husband’s long gone and her daughter is grown, Alice is in determined desire of a complete new lifestyles. So she we could her ally Maggie, a hip long island urban artist, remodel her on New Year’s Eve. quickly, because of the wonders of hair dye and tight denims, Alice seems to be really younger, as one evening in a ny bar confirms. at the hours of darkness, she kisses a boy who was once in diapers whilst she used to be in excessive school.

She’s having an excessive amount of enjoyable to care.

The white lie Alice tells Josh will get her pondering that if nobody asks her age, she doesn’t need to inform. So she applies for a role she had in short ahead of turning into a full-time mom—and will get it. in the meantime, Josh is falling head over heels for Alice, who’s simply means cooler than women his age. He figures she’s approximately twenty-nine—and for the 1st time considering she used to be twenty-nine, or in all likelihood ever, Alice feels that lifestyles is ripe with chance. regrettably one threat is that she’s gonna get caught.

tough the adage that the reality will set you unfastened, Younger is a hilarious and insightful tale that proves that you’re basically as younger as you are feeling.

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Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe is a unique by means of Daniel Defoe, first released on 25 April 1719. this primary variation credited the work's fictional protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its writer, major many readers to think he was once a true individual and the publication a travelogue of real incidents. It used to be released below the significantly longer unique identify The lifestyles and weird Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived 8 and two decades, on their own in an un-inhabited Island at the Coast of the United States, close to the Mouth of the good River of Oroonoque; Having been solid on Shore via Shipwreck, in which all of the males perished yet himself. With An Account how he was once ultimately as surprisingly deliver'd via Pyrates. Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in shape, the e-book is a fictional autobiography of the name personality (whose beginning identify is Robinson Kreutznaer)—a castaway who spends years on a distant tropical island close to Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers earlier than being rescued. the tale is largely seemed to were stimulated via the lifetime of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for 4 years at the Pacific island known as "Más a Tierra" (in 1966 its identify used to be replaced to Robinson Crusoe Island), Chile. although, different attainable resources were recommend for the textual content. it's attainable, for instance, that Defoe was once encouraged by means of the Latin or English translations of Ibn Tufail's Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, an previous novel additionally set on a desolate tract island. one other resource for Defoe's novel can have been Robert Knox's account of his abduction by means of the King of Ceylon in 1659 in "An ancient Account of the Island Ceylon," Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons (Publishers to the University), 1911.

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For the Love of Money : A Novel

By Omar Tyree

Tracy Ellison, the scorching heroine of the bestselling Flyy Girl, returns during this razor-sharp sequel from acclaimed writer Omar Tyree.

From hard-knocks Philly to glamorous Hollywood, Tracy Ellison has really walked the stroll. Now twenty-eight years previous and an important celebrity, the unique Flyy lady is returning to her East Coast roots. As Tracy reconnects with buddies, she turns out close to a happily-ever-after life. yet as she starts to handle the uncertainties of her early life, Tracy stirs up a string of inauspicious questions on earlier loves, ambivalent family members ties, and her inventive pursuits. Can achieving good fortune and happiness relatively be so simple as Tracy makes it look?

Crackling with honesty and fervour, For the affection of Money is a successful continuation of the adventures of 1 of latest fiction's so much outrageous younger heroines.

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The Paradox of Love

By Pascal Bruckner

The sexual revolution is justly celebrated for the freedoms it brought--birth keep watch over, the decriminalization of abortion, the liberalization of divorce, larger equality among the sexes, women's titanic access into the team, and extra tolerance of homosexuality. yet as Pascal Bruckner, certainly one of France's best writers, argues during this vigorous and provocative mirrored image at the contradictions of recent love, our new freedoms have additionally introduced new burdens and rules--without, despite the fact that, wiping out the previous ideas, feelings, wants, and preparations: the couple, marriage, jealousy, the call for for constancy, the warfare among fidelity and inconstancy. it's no ask yourself that love, intercourse, and relationships this present day are so complicated, so tricky, and so paradoxical.

Drawing on historical past, politics, psychology, literature, popular culture, and present occasions, this book--a most sensible vendor in France--exposes and dissects those paradoxes. together with his normal brilliance and wit, Bruckner strains the roots of sexual liberation again to the Enlightenment so that it will clarify love's ideally suited paradox, epitomized via the Sixties oxymoron of "free love": the stress among freedom, which separates, and love, which attaches. Ashamed that our intercourse lives fail to reside as much as such liberated beliefs, we've traded neuroses of repression for neuroses of inadequacy, and we overcompensate: "Our mom and dad lied approximately their morality," Bruckner writes, yet "we lie approximately our immorality."

Mixing irony and optimism, Bruckner argues that, by way of love, we should always part neither with the revolutionaries nor the reactionaries. fairly, taking love and ourselves as we're, we must always detect that love makes no development and that its messiness, surprises, and paradoxes should not in basic terms the resources of its pain--but additionally of its excitement and glory.

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Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman

By Stefan Zweig

The much less I felt in myself, the extra strongly i used to be attracted to these locations the place the whirligig of lifestyles spins so much rapidly.

So starts off a rare day within the lifetime of Mrs C - lately bereaved and looking for pleasure and that means. attracted to the intense lighting of a on line casino, and the eagerness of a determined stranger, she discovers a objective once more yet at what cost?

In this bright and relocating story of a compassionate lady, and her defining adventure, Zweig explores the facility of excessive love, overwhelming loneliness and remorse which may final for an entire life.

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