Remembering

Author: Joan Williams
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504028139
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Remembering: Joan Williams’ Uncollected Pieces illustrates again that rediscovering an admired author—especially through his or her later works—is every bit as engaging as discovering a new literary voice. Joan Williams, an accomplished and prize-winning southern novelist, published a number of short stories and nonfiction pieces in the later years of her life; a life complicated early on by the influential men with whom she was involved, namely American author William Faulkner and independent publisher Seymour Lawrence. For years these literary gems were scattered and virtually unattainable to readers. Remembering: Joan Williams’ Uncollected Pieces unites the formerly published but never collected material. The book’s title piece, “Remembering,” features a 1981 essay on Byronic Mississippi-born poet, Frank Stanford—known to Joan from his infancy until his tragic suicide—whose collected poems What About This (2015) appeared thirty-seven years posthumously. Skillful, nuanced, and altogether approachable, these mature efforts by a seasoned writer will surprise and reward. Remembering is a lovely testament to the craft of writing and Joan Williams’ indelible style.

William Faulkner and Joan Williams

Author: Lisa C. Hickman
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476604851
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This work looks closely at the relationship between William Faulkner and Memphis novelist Joan Williams. Their story is significant not only in its depth but also in the years of their primary involvement, 1949-1953--a period over which Faulkner won both the Nobel Prize and a National Book Award. This is the first book-length study of the Faulkner-Williams relationship, and the first truly attentive consideration of Joan Williams, her impressions of Faulkner, and her commitment to writing. Until now, Williams, an acclaimed novelist, was an "outside" woman in Faulkner's life. Their affair and friendship is worthy of its own story. Included here are extensive interviews with Williams conducted over several years about her relationship with Faulkner, their correspondence, and discussions of both his work and her own. It includes all of Williams's letters to Faulkner and his letters, either directly reproduced or paraphrased.

Stranger to the Truth

Author: Lisa C. Hickman
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 1491813393
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"Explores the fatal intersection in the lives of Noura Jackson, her circle of dissolute Memphis friends, and the death of Noura's mother, Jennifer, on the eve of a popular outdoor festival"--page 2 of cover.

Invincible

Author: Joan Johnston
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1459291565
Format: PDF, Kindle
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An old flame rekindles in this fan-favorite tale from New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston… Wealthy aristocrat Bella Benedict has one last wish: to see her five estranged children happily married. But one of her sons, Max Benedict, has no interest in long-term commitment. Instead, he travels the world, working as a sometime spy for the CIA but mostly cementing his reputation as a rich playboy. When he's asked to investigate a foreign threat against the president, he doesn't think twice about accepting—until he hears who he'll be working with in London. FBI Special Agent Kristin Lassiter is under investigation and on the verge of losing everything—her savings, her job, her beloved father. So when Bella Benedict approaches her with an offer to pay her mounting debts, she's tempted to accept. But there's a catch, and a big one. Bella wants Kristin to win the heart of her playboy son Max—the very man who broke Kristin's heart years ago and is unaware that he fathered her nine-year-old daughter. If Kristin succeeds, she'll get the money she needs. But can she win Max's heart without falling back in love with him?

Contemporary Art and Memory

Author: Joan Gibbons
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857731688
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Whether exploring the intimate recollections which make up the artist’s own life history or questioning the way the gallery and museum present public memory, contemporary art, it would seem, is haunted by the past. 'Contemporary Art and Memory' is the first accessible survey book to explore the subject of memory as it appears in its many guises in contemporary art. Looking at both personal and public memory, Gibbons explores art as autobiography, the memory as trace, the role of the archive, revisionist memory and postmemory, as well as the absence of memory in oblivion. Grounding her discussion in historical precedents, Gibbons explores the work of a wide range of international artists including Yinka Shonibare MBE, Doris Salcedo, Keith Piper, Jeremy Deller, Judy Chicago, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Christian Boltanski, Janet Cardiff, Bill Fontana, Pierre Huyghe, Susan Hiller, Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi and new media artist George Legrady. 'Contemporary Art and Memory' will be indispensable to all those concerned with the ways in which artists represent and remember the past.

The Morning and the Evening

Author: Joan Williams
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497694639
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Finalist for the National Book Award: Joan Williams’s unforgettable first novel is the story of a small Southern town struggling to care for one of its own In a rundown farmhouse in Mississippi, Jake Darby wakes up one morning to find his world forever changed. His long-suffering mother has died overnight, abandoning forty-year-old Jake, who is mute and, according to his neighbors, not quite right in the head. With no family to take him in, it is up to the townspeople of Marigold to take care of Jake, a grave responsibility that brings out the best—and the worst—of a community in which painful truths are usually hidden from sight. In such a place, even the kindest of acts can lead to the most tragic of outcomes. Heralded as the debut of a major new talent when it was first published in 1961, The Morning and the Evening won the John P. Marquand First Novel Award from the Book-of-the-Month Club and established Joan Williams as a leading voice in Southern literature. Elegant, compassionate, and deeply unsettling, it is a portrait of the human spirit in all of its flawed and intricate beauty, and a tale firmly grounded in reality yet told with all the power of myth.

Old Powder Man

Author: Joan Williams
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497694655
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The vivid and absorbing story of a man whose unwavering pursuit of success leaves him searching for the true meaning of life Raised in rural Arkansas during the Great Depression, Frank “Son” Wynn leaves home at age fourteen to seek his fortune. Handsome, charismatic, and headstrong, he eventually becomes a powder man, selling dynamite up and down the Mississippi River. With a single-minded determination, he expands his business at every opportunity, foreseeing the crucial role his product will play in constructing dams and levees to bring the region’s annual flooding under control. Step by step, over the course of a long and challenging career, Son outmaneuvers his competitors and achieves a level of prosperity far removed from his humble beginnings. He is the quintessential self-made man—impressive and exasperating in equal measure, the cheerful expression he wears to greet customers masking the giant chip on his shoulder. His health failing, Son retires and finds that all those years of striving have built a wall between him and his family. His wife has never forgiven him for not coming home for the birth of their daughter. A young woman now, Laurel is barely more than a stranger to her father. As his condition worsens and his past accomplishments lose their luster, Son must ask himself if a lifetime of success came at too great a price. With Laurel at his bedside, he has one last chance to connect, to create something of true and everlasting value. Will he be brave enough to take it? A rich and satisfying portrait of one man’s life from beginning to end, Old Powder Man affirmed Joan Williams’s reputation as one of the most skillful and psychologically astute novelists of her generation.

Looking Back

Author: Joan E. Williams
Publisher: Joan williams
ISBN: 9769578509
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At a time when there is the great debate in the USA about which countries interfere in other's democratic elections and a time of great turmoil in Venezuela, this is a most relevant and timely publication. For the current events in Venezuela, including the shortage of basic food, state sponsored terrorism, civil unrest, hyper-inflation etc. mirror conditions during the cold war era in the small nation state of Jamaica when they too experimented with socialism. It was during that period too that the Russian KGB, American CIA and Cuban DGI were all active on the ground trying to influence the outcome of their elections. At that time, the author Joan Williams and her entire family faced grave danger which forced her to have to temporarily send her children away, as she was determined that the socialist/communist threat which not only brought in its wake, many mass murders, numerous state organized massacres and even treason by a member of the then government which was at the time under the tutelage of foreign communist agencies, should not succeed in depriving her and her people of their freedoms. Williams who has visited Cuba four times since then, (the last being in 2014,) says she has no regrets about the activities she participated in and dangers she faced but remains sympathetic to the Cuban people who she reveals are deprived, browbeaten and hopeless, much as the Venezuelan people are becoming today. While the first part of this powerful memoir deals with the struggle to preserve their freedoms in Jamaica, Williams also shares with readers the devastating period she went through when she lost her only son. He was murdered when he was only 24 years old. He died when a vicious killer fired one bullet into his heart. Although this happened over two decades ago, in her book “Looking Back……,” she admits that it took her many years before she could even talk about the event without breaking down totally. In the chapter entitled “To Hell and Back” where she bares it all, she says in part “the worst part was the sleepless nights though, especially when I teetered on the verge of suicide. There was also the inability to eat for weeks on end as not only had my sense of taste gone, but it was as if no stomach existed at all. That is when I went through every event of my life trying to understand why such a terrible thing had happened to me, for I did think I was a good person and terrible tragedies should never happen to good people!” This gripping narrative by Williams takes readers through a roller coaster of various emotions including those which she had to confront when she looked back a few years ago and realized that all the evidence pointed to the possibility that her son was murdered, not by a “criminal” but by someone in the Jamaican police force in her country where the police are sworn to “To serve and protect”. She has provided a mountain of evidence to substantiate her claims. This strong lady has however been able to recover from all her tragedies and struggles and risen like a phoenix to say years later that she is now one of the happiest persons in the world! Certainly not because her son was murdered, for she quotes the late Rose Kennedy; “It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time-the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone” but because “I have come to realize that your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” This is definitely a powerful and timely book not only for women but also persons interested in history, politics, sociology and personal triumphs.

Unbending Gender

Author: Joan Williams
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195147146
Format: PDF
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In Unbending Gender, Joan Williams takes a hard look at the state of feminism in America. Concerned by what she finds--young women who flatly refuse to identify themselves as feminists and working-class and minority women who feel the movement hasn't addressed the issues that dominate their daily lives--she outlines a new vision of feminism that calls for workplaces focused on the needs of families and, in divorce cases, recognition of the value of family work and its impact on women's earning power.Williams shows that workplaces are designed around men's bodies and life patterns in ways that discriminate against women, and that the work/family system that results is terrible for men, worse for women, and worst of all for children. She proposes a set of practical policies and legal initiatives to reorganize the two realms of work in employment and households--so that men and women can lead healthier and more productive personal and work lives. Williams introduces a new 'reconstructive' feminism that places class, race, and gender conflicts among women at center stage. Her solution is an inclusive, family-friendly feminism that supports both mothers and fathers as caregivers and as workers.