Slaughterhouse Five

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 9780440339069
Release Date: 2009-08-11
Genre: Fiction

A special fiftieth anniversary edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, “a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century” (Time), featuring a new introduction by Kevin Powers, author of the National Book Award finalist The Yellow Birds Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.” An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite his being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut’s writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it. Authors as wide-ranging as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Michael Crichton, Tim O’Brien, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, David Sedaris, Jennifer Egan, and J. K. Rowling have all found inspiration in Vonnegut’s words. Jonathan Safran Foer has described Vonnegut as “the kind of writer who made people—young people especially—want to write.” George Saunders has declared Vonnegut to be “the great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us . . . a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.” Fifty years after its initial publication at the height of the Vietnam War, Vonnegut's portrayal of political disillusionment, PTSD, and postwar anxiety feels as relevant, darkly humorous, and profoundly affecting as ever, an enduring beacon through our own era’s uncertainties. “Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”—The Boston Globe

The Undeclared War between Journalism and Fiction

Author: D. Underwood
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137353481
Release Date: 2013-09-25
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

In this volume, Doug Underwood asks whether much of what is now called literary journalism is, in fact, 'literary,' and whether it should rank with the great novels by such journalist-literary figures as Twain, Cather, and Hemingway, who believed that fiction was the better place for a realistic writer to express the important truths of life.

Book Life

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Publisher: Rock Point Gift & Stationery
ISBN: 9781631062971
Release Date: 2017-03-15
Genre: Literary Criticism

Keep a record of the books you love, the books you want to read, and so much more! Book Life: A Reader's Journal is filled with places for you to record everything about the books you read to help you remember them for years to come. The compact size is perfect for tucking into a bag or purse and taking along wherever your literary journey leads. Document your reading experiences using the blank templates in the Book Log section and create a wish list of books you'd like to read. You'll even find pages featuring places for booklovers to visit, including literary pilgrimages and iconic bookstores. Jot down passages that inspired you on the quotes page and keep track of the books you borrow and loan out. Book lists containing prize winning books and authors, including The Modern Library 100 best twentieth-century novels and nonfiction; the National Book Award for fiction and nonfiction; the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and nonfiction; the Man Booker Prize; the Nobel Prize in Literature; the New York Public Library's most borrowed books; Oprah's Book Club; Oprah's Book Club 2.0, will help you discover new reading materials to put on your wish list. This journal, beautifully illustrated by artist Lisa Perrin, is the perfect tool to keep your thoughts and titles organized and is a great keepsake to share with friends.

Trivia Why s

Author: Robert Jen
Publisher: Sebesta Enterprises, Inc.
ISBN: 9780974900391
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Genre: Games

Always amusingly entertaining, often oddly enjoyable, sometimes surprisingly educational, and periodically perfectly enlightening, the 2,000-plus multiple-choice trivia questions can provide a fount of knowledge for your reading pleasure or serve as an excellent supplement to your favorite trivia board game. Each page features questions from six general trivia categories (Entertainment & Food, History & Government, Math & Science, Geography & Nature, Literature & Arts, and Sports & Games), and answers are kept out of view, appearing with a related factoid in the same spot on the same side of the book two pages later.

Novel Short Story Writer s Market

Author: Barbara Kuroff
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 0898799341
Release Date: 2000-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

"Novel & Short Story Writer's Market is a must for every writer. Created exclusively for fiction writers, it provides every fiction market, plus agents, articles, contests and organizations." -Barbara Kuroff, editor 2000 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market

How to Read a Christian Book

Author: David L. McKenna
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
ISBN: 0801063590
Release Date: 2001-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

A listing of Christian classics introduces readers to the very best of Christian writing and offers advice on how to build a decent spiritual library. Original.

People Entertainment Almanac

Author: People Magazine
Publisher: Time Home Entertainment Incorporated
ISBN: 1929049072
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Performing Arts

Discusses current entertainment; profiles celebrities, performers, writers, and royalty; and reviews books, movies, and music albums.