Icy Sparks

Author: Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101200186
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A New York Times Notable Book and the March 2001 selection of Oprah's Book Club® ! Icy Sparks is the sad, funny and transcendent tale of a young girl growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s. Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s beautifully written first novel revolves around Icy Sparks, an unforgettable heroine in the tradition of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird or Will Treed in Cold Sassy Tree. At the age of ten, Icy, a bright, curious child orphaned as a baby but raised by adoring grandparents, begins to have strange experiences. Try as she might, her "secrets"—verbal croaks, groans, and physical spasms—keep afflicting her. As an adult, she will find out she has Tourette’s Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, but for years her behavior is the source of mystery, confusion, and deep humiliation. Narrated by a grown up Icy, the book chronicles a difficult, but ultimately hilarious and heartwarming journey, from her first spasms to her self-acceptance as a young woman. Curious about life beyond the hills, talented, and energetic, Icy learns to cut through all barriers—physical, mental, and spiritual—in order to find community and acceptance. Along her journey, Icy faces the jeers of her classmates as well as the malevolence of her often-ignorant teachers—including Mrs. Stilton, one of the most evil fourth grade teachers ever created by a writer. Called willful by her teachers and "Frog Child" by her schoolmates, she is exiled from the schoolroom and sent to a children’s asylum where it is hoped that the roots of her mysterious behavior can be discovered. Here Icy learns about difference—her own and those who are even more scarred than she. Yet, it isn’t until Icy returns home that she really begins to flower, especially through her friendship with the eccentric and obese Miss Emily, who knows first-hand how it feels to be an outcast in this tightly knit Appalachian community. Under Miss Emily’s tutelage, Icy learns about life’s struggles and rewards, survives her first comical and heartbreaking misadventure with romance, discovers the healing power of her voice when she sings, and ultimately—takes her first steps back into the world. Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s Icy Sparks is a fresh, original, and completely redeeming novel about learning to overcome others’ ignorance and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique.

Die Kirche der toten M dchen

Author: Stephen Dobyns
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783596144044
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The impact of murder on a small town in New York State where three girls are found dead in an attic, their hands cut off. The novel chronicles the growing mistrust that spreads through the town as everyone becomes suspicious of everyone else. By the author of Saratoga Fleshpot.

The Oprah Affect

Author: Cecilia Konchar Farr
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791476161
Format: PDF, ePub
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Essays explore the broad cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club.

Oprah

Author: Kathryn Lofton
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520948246
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Today on Oprah," intoned the TV announcer, and all over America viewers tuned in to learn, empathize, and celebrate. In this book, Kathryn Lofton investigates the Oprah phenomenon and finds in Winfrey’s empire—Harpo Productions, O Magazine, and her new television network—an uncanny reflection of religion in modern society. Lofton shows that when Oprah liked, needed, or believed something, she offered her audience nothing less than spiritual revolution, reinforced by practices that fuse consumer behavior, celebrity ambition, and religious idiom. In short, Oprah Winfrey is a media messiah for a secular age. Lofton’s unique approach also situates the Oprah enterprise culturally, illuminating how Winfrey reflects and continues historical patterns of American religions.

Reading Oprah

Author: Cecilia Konchar Farr
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791462584
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An analysis of how Oprah's Book Club has changed America's reading habits.

Wei er Oleander

Author: Janet Fitch
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 3404157664
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Der weiße Oleander blüht in Kalifornien im Hochsommer. Dann, wenn die Hitze unerträglich erscheint. Für die zwölfjährige Astrid beginnt zu dieser Zeit eine ruhelose und dramatische Odyssee von Pflegefamilie zu Pflegefamilie. Ihre Mutter, eine exzentrische Schriftstellerin, die zu einer lebenslangen Haftstrafe verurteilt ist, vermag weiterhin einen dominanten Einfluss auf sie auszuüben. Erst allmählich gelingt es dem sensiblen und klugen Mädchen, einen eigenen Platz im Leben zu finden. Es zeigt sich, dass Astrid so stark wie der weiße Oleander ist, der selbst dann blüht, wenn man ihn immer wieder verpflanzt.

Women Everyday Uses of the Internet

Author: Mia Consalvo
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9780820461410
Format: PDF
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Women & Everyday Uses of the Internet investigates the forms and codes of the Internet as a popular medium and the ways in which women figure as users, content producers, and target audiences. Interdisciplinary and international in scope, this book addresses issues of gendered identity and agency in the wider framework of consumer culture and uses of new media. Individual chapters explore personal and commercial web sites for women, constructions of lesbian identity, communities of female consumers and Vietnam veterans, women's web cam sites, educational experiences and information society agendas, the possibilities of design, conceptions of digital television, as well as wider media attention to the Internet and women. These case studies provide rich insights into the uses of the Internet as an everyday medium and the varying locations and forms of its gendered use. Contents: Steve Jones: Foreword - Mia Consalvo/Susanna Paasonen: Introduction: On the Internet, Women Matter - Susanna Paasonen: Gender, Identity, and (the Limits of) Play on the Internet - Kate O'Riordan: Windows on the Web: The Female Body and the Web Camera - Johanna Dorer: Internet and the Construction of Gender: Female Professionals and the Process of Doing Gender - Noemi Sadowska: Women's Internet Sites: A Search for Design Strategies to Engage the Female Viewer - Mia Consalvo: Selling the Internet to Women: The Early Years - Leda Cooks/Mari Castaneda Paredes/Erica Scharrer: « There's 'O Place' Like Home: Searching for Community on Oprah.com - Karen E. Gustafson: Join Now, Membership Is Free: Women's Web Sites and the Coding of Community - Virpi Oksman: « So I Got It Into My Head That I Should Set Up MyOwn Stable...: Creating Virtual Stables on the Internet as Girls' Own Computer Culture - Jennifer M. Tiernan: Women Veterans and the Net: Using Internet Technology to Network and Reconnect - Jamie M. Poster: Trouble, Pleasure, and Tactics: Anonymity and Identity in a Lesbian Chat Room - S. Elizabeth Bird/Jane Jorgenson: Extending the School Day: Gender, Class, and the Incorporation of Technology in Everyday Life - Marja Vehvilainen: Gendered Agency in Information Society: On Located Politics of Technology - Liesbet van Zoonen/Chris Aalberts: Interactive Television in the Everyday Lives of Young Couples.

Meeting the Professor

Author: Alexander Blackburn
Publisher: John F. Blair Publisher
ISBN: 9780895872944
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A personal memoir of Duke University's legendary professor William Blackburn, mentor to William Stytron, Reynolds Price, Fred Chappell, and others.