The Sparkling Eyed Boy

Author: Amy Benson
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547346468
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A creative memoir reflecting on a long-ago summer love and the choices we make—“built on dreams and memories of what never happened, but could have” (USA Today). Exploring the fault lines of adult nostalgia and desire, this work of creative nonfiction—a Bakeless Prize winner—re-creates the achingly intense adolescent summer days that Amy Benson and the sparkling-eyed boy spent together on the shores of the remote St. Mary’s River of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. For her, summers meant returning from her home in Detroit to a three-month idyll on much-loved family land, owned for generations, and to a heady culture of local boys. For him, this land is the place he was born, where he’ll later find work, marry, and stay. In the span of a lifetime their encounters were relatively brief, but loaded with meaning. Here, her heart-stoppingly erotic—yet wholly imagined—scenes, her imaginings of different outcomes, and her searching riffs on love as possession, love as pain, read like a friend’s deepest secrets, shared. “Full of color and light and life. This is truth of the most profound sort; truth revealed in the artful and lyrical sensibility of Benson’s words and memory . . . Benson shows us here what the memoir can and should do—destroy and resurrect itself over and over.” —Brad Land, author of Goat “The great pleasure and triumph of this memoir is Amy Benson’s ability to make the familiar new again as she explores the country of first love. Over and over I found myself surprised by the unexpected twists and turns, peaks and abysses, of her journey. And also by her lovely, fiercely intelligent prose.” —Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy “A remarkably candid disclosure of what it feels like to be young and in love for the first time. Winner of a prize for creative nonfiction from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, this is a provocative, intense read.” —Booklist

100 Most Popular Nonfiction Authors

Author: Bernard Alger Drew
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
ISBN: 9781591584872
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Provides alphabetically-arranged biographical entries of popular writers of nonfiction, including Richard Dawkins, Joan Didion, and Paul Theroux, and presents insights on the creative process for each individual.

Fearless Confessions

Author: Sue William Silverman
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820336068
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Everyone has a story to tell. Fearless Confessions is a guidebook for people who want to take possession of their lives by putting their experiences down on paper--or in a Web site or e-book. Enhanced with illustrative examples from many different writers as well as writing exercises, this guide helps writers navigate a range of issues from craft to ethics to marketing and will be useful to both beginners and more accomplished writers. The rise of interest in memoir recognizes the power of the genre to move and affect not just individual readers but society at large. Sue William Silverman covers traditional writing topics such as metaphor, theme, plot, and voice and also includes chapters on trusting memory and cultivating the courage to tell one's truth in the face of forces--from family members to the media--who would prefer that people with inconvenient pasts and views remain silent. Silverman, an award-winning memoirist, draws upon her own personal and professional experience to provide an essential resource for transforming life into words that matter. Fearless Confessions is an atlas that contains maps to the remarkable places in each person's life that have yet to be explored.

Library Journal

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.


Author: Tatiana Erohina
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1462055931
Format: PDF
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The central motif of this unique historical memoir is the life of the author’s family in Dairen (now Dalian) during the Japanese occupation, then the Soviet occupation, and, finally, under the Chinese Communist Government. Ms. Erohina gave the background of the historical events which affected the lives of the Russians, the Chinese, and the Japanese during the Second World War and the postwar years. She explains why the Russians lived in China, and how they not only preserved their culture and language but contributed greatly to the fields of science, music, and literature. Some lived there at the turn of the 20th Century as businessmen, and many came to Manchuria (now Northeast of the People’s Republic of China) during the railway construction, which was a branch of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The majority, however, came as refugees fleeing from the Bolsheviks during the Civil War that immediately followed the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Th e Civil War split the people into the Reds, or the Bolsheviks, and the Whites, who apposed them. The author’s grandparents were among the refugees. Ms. Erohina described her family’s move to Shanghai in 1954 as a transit point for the departure from China, and gave a detailed account of its early and postwar years, and its impact on the lives of Russian émigrés. Then, followed the family’s journey as refugees by sea from China via Hong Kong and many ports from Singapore to South Africa, and then to Brazil. She touched upon their life in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1950’s, and then their trip to the United States in 1958 where the family fi nally settled. Author: Tatiana Erohina is a retired college language instructor. She was born and raised in NE China, lived in Brazil, and came to this country in 1958. She has an M.A. in literature from Ohio State University. When she retired, she wrote her unique historical memoir Growing Up Russian in China. She lives in Southern California.

JOSEPH CONRAD 9 Quintessential Books in One Collection

Author: Joseph Conrad
Publisher: e-artnow
ISBN: 8027200830
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This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Content: Novels and Novellas: Heart of Darkness Lord Jim Victory: An Island Tale Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard The Shadow Line: A Confession The Arrow of Gold: A Story Between Two Notes The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale The Nigger of the 'Narcissus': A Tale of the Forecastle The Duel Under Western Eyes Memoirs, Letters and Articles A Personal Record; or Some Reminiscences The Mirror of the Sea Notes On Life And Letters Autocracy And War The Crime Of Partition A Note On The Polish Problem Poland Revisited First News Well Done Tradition Confidence Flight Some Reflections On The Loss Of The Titanic Certain Aspects Of The Admirable Inquiry Into The Loss Of The Titanic Protection Of Ocean Liners A Friendly Place On Red Badge of Courage Biography & Critical Essays Joseph Conrad (A Biography) by Hugh Walpole Joseph Conrad by John Albert Macy A Conrad Miscellany by John Albert Macy Joseph Conrad & The Athenæum by Arnold Bennett Joseph Conrad by Virginia WoolfJoseph Conrad (1857-1924), was a Polish author who wrote in English after settling in England. Conrad is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in English, though he did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties. He wrote stories and novels, often with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of an indifferent universe. He was a master prose stylist who brought a distinctly non-English tragic sensibility into English literature.