We Were the Mulvaneys

Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101213131
Format: PDF
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An Oprah Book Club® selection A New York Times Notable Book "It's the novel closest to my heart…. I'm deeply moved that Oprah Winfrey has selected this novel for Oprah's Book Club, a family novel presented to Oprah's vast American family."—Joyce Carol Oates Moving away from the dark tone of her more recent masterpieces, Joyce Carol Oates turns the tale of a family struggling to cope with its fall from grace into a deeply moving and unforgettable account of the vigor of hope and the power of love to prevail over suffering.The Mulvaneys of High Point Farm in Mt. Ephraim, New York, are a large and fortunate clan, blessed with good looks, abundant charisma, and boundless promise. But over the twenty-five year span of this ambitious novel, the Mulvaneys will slide, almost imperceptibly at first, from the pinnacle of happiness, transformed by the vagaries of fate into a scattered collection of lost and lonely souls.It is the youngest son, Judd, now an adult, who attempts to piece together the fragments of the Mulvaneys' former glory, seeking to uncover and understand the secret violation that occasioned the family's tragic downfall. Each of the Mulvaneys endures some form of exile- physical or spiritual - but in the end they find a way to bridge the chasms that have opened up among them, reuniting in the spirit of love and healing.Profoundly cathartic, Oates' acclaimed novel unfolds as if, in the darkness of the human spirit, she has come upon a source of light at its core. Rarely has a writer made such a startling and inspiring statement about the value of hope and compassion. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Oprah Affect The

Author: Cecilia Konchar Farr
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791477444
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Essays explore the broad cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club.

The Late Age of Print

Author: Ted Striphas
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231148151
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Ted Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. With examples from trade journals, news media, films, advertisements, and other commercial and scholarly materials, Striphas tells a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead. With wit and brilliant insight, he isolates the invisible processes through which books have come to mediate our social interactions and influence our habits of consumption. This edition features a new preface in which Striphas considers the stakes of abandoning printed books in favor of digital readers.


Author: Kathryn Lofton
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520259270
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Oprah Winfrey is a media messiah for a secular age. This book is an examination of the religious dimensions of Oprah Winfrey's empire, deploying the idiom of US religious history and metrics of religious studies to assess Winfrey's success on the national and international scene.

The Oprah Phenomenon

Author: Jennifer Harris
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813172136
Format: PDF
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Her image is iconic: Oprah Winfrey has built an empire on her ability to connect with and inspire her audience. No longer just a name, “Oprah” has become a brand representing the talk show host’s unique style of self-actualizing individualism. The cultural and economic power wielded by Winfrey merits critical evaluation. The contributors to The Oprah Phenomenon examine the origins of her public image and its substantial influence on politics, entertainment, and popular opinion. Contributors address praise from her many supporters and weigh criticisms from her detractors. Winfrey’s ability to create a feeling of intimacy with her audience has long been cited as one of the foundations of her popularity. She has repeatedly made national headlines by engaging and informing her audience with respect to her personal relationships to race, gender, feminism, and New Age culture. The Oprah Phenomenon explores these relationships in detail. At the root of Winfrey’s message to her vast audience is her assertion that anyone can be a success regardless of background or upbringing. The contributors scrutinize this message: What does this success entail? Is the motivation behind self-actualization, in fact, merely the hope of replicating Winfrey’s purchasing power? Is it just a prescription to buy the products she recommends and heed the advice of people she admires, or is it a lifestyle change of meaningful spiritual benefit? The Oprah Phenomenon asks these and many other difficult questions to promote a greater understanding of Winfrey’s influence on the American consciousness. Elwood Watson, associate professor of history at East Tennessee State University, is the editor of several books, including “There She Is, Miss America”: The Politics of Sex, Beauty, and Race in America’s Most Famous Pageant and Searching The Soul of Ally McBeal: Critical Essays.

Now Read this Two

Author: Nancy Pearl
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
ISBN: 9781563088674
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Offers an annotated listing of 1,000 acclaimed or award-winning novels, each with a plot summary, indication of suitability for a discussion group, list of subject headings, and recommendations for similar titles.

A Study Guide for Joyce Carol Oates s We Were the Mulvaneys

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN: 141034097X
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A Study Guide for Joyce Carol Oates's "We Were the Mulvaneys," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Religion as Entertainment

Author: Charles Kevin Robertson
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9780820456546
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In this collection of essays, religion in the United States is explored in terms of its interaction with an entertainment-focused culture. The first half of the book addresses questions of how religion actually fulfills an &la" entertaining role in society, focusing on lay participation in faith communities, the goals and impact of preaching the rise of non-traditional religions and attraction of meditation in recent years, and the question of whether bigger crowds are always better. The second half of the book focuses on how religion is treated in various entertainment media, including film, music, television, and literature. Contents: Wade Clark Roof: Foreword - C.K. Robertson: Introduction - Michael Rusk: The Great Awakening: American Religion Comes of Age - Douglas C. Mohrmann: Megachurch, Virtual Church - Thomas Hobel: From Spectators to Participants: The Role of the Laity - Donald Heet: Preaching: Entertaining or Entertainment? - John W. Gamble: When East Meets West: The Rise of Meditation - Robert Viau: Cult Multiculturalism in the Deep South: From Alienation to Alien Nations - Stuart Brooks Keith III: It's Not That Simple: A Survey of Televangelism - B.J. Oropeza: The Toronto Blessing and the Future of Revivalism - James McGrath: Religion, But Not as We Know It: Spirituality and Sci-Fi - Kathryn McClymond: The Gospel According to Oprah: A Canon for Contemporary Living - Teresa Blythe: The God of Prime-Time Television - C.K. Robertson: Ministers in the Movies - Amy Burt: Amazing Graceland: Elvis and the Story of Gospel Music - S. Clark Heindel: It's Only Rock and Roll - C.K. Robertson: Conclusion: Entertaining Religion.

Wei er Oleander

Author: Janet Fitch
ISBN: 3404157664
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.