Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

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Random House #ad - A paean to the power of language, both by argument and by example, Letters to a Young Writer is fierce and honest in its testament to the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling. These fifty-two essays are ultimately a profound challenge to a new generation to bring truth and light to a dark world through their art.

Mccann asks his readers to constantly push the boundaries of experience, to see empathy and wonder in the stories we craft and hear. It charges aspiring writers to learn the rules and even break them. Intriguing and inspirational, this book is a call to look outward rather than inward. From the bestselling author of the national Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin comes a lesson in how to be a writer—and so much more than that.

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Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction

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Graywolf Press #ad - Graywolf reissues one of its most successful essay collections with two new essays and a new foreword by Charles BaxterAs much a rumination on the state of literature as a technical manual for aspiring writers, Burning Down the House has been enjoyed by readers and taught in classrooms for more than a decade.

. Readers are rewarded with thoughtful analysis, humorous one-liners, and plenty of brushfires that continue burning long after the book is closed.

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Aspects of the Novel

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RosettaBooks #ad - In this collection of lectures delivered at trinity college, Cambridge, in 1927, he takes a wide-ranging look at English-language novels—with specific examples from such masters as Dickens and Austen—discussing the elements they all have in common. Using a witty, forster discusses his ideas in reference to such figures as tolstoy, informal tone and drawing on his extensive readings in French and Russian literature, Dostoevsky, and Proust; explains the difference between “flat” and “round” characters and between plot and story; and ultimately provides an “admirable and delightful” education for anyone who appreciates the art of a good book The New York Times.

Renowned for such classics as a Room with a View, Howards End, and A Passage to India, E. M. Forster was one of britain’s—and the world’s—most distinguished fiction writers, a frequent nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The renowned british novelist’s “casual and wittily acute guidance” on reading—and writing—great fiction Harper’s Magazine.

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To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction

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Free Press #ad - Distinguished author phillip lopate, editor of the celebrated anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, is universally acclaimed as “one of our best personal essayists” Dallas Morning News. A phenomenal master class shaped by lopate’s informative, accessible tone and immense gift for storytelling, To Show and To Tell reads like a long walk with a favorite professor—refreshing, insightful, and encouraging in often unexpected ways.

Here, combining more than forty years of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, he brings us this highly anticipated nuts-and-bolts guide to writing literary nonfiction.

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The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - In it, she teaches us to write by teaching us how to read: how to recognize truth when we hear it in the writing of others and in our own. A guide to the art of personal writing, by the author of Fierce Attachments and The End of the Novel of LoveAll narrative writing must pull from the raw material of life a tale that will shape experience, transform event, deliver a bit of wisdom.

Taking us on a reading tour of some of the best memoirs and essays of the past hundred years, James Baldwin, Gornick traces the changing idea of self that has dominated the century, Joan Didion, and demonstrates the enduring truth-speaker to be found in the work of writers as diverse as Edmund Gosse, Oscar Wilde, or Marguerite Duras.

The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative #ad - This book, which grew out of fifteen years teaching in MFA programs, is itself a model of the lucid intelligence that has made Gornick one of our most admired writers of nonfiction. In a story or a novel the "i" who tells this tale can be, and often is, an unreliable narrator but in nonfiction the reader must always be persuaded that the narrator is speaking truth.

How does one pull from one's own boring, agitated self the truth-speaker who will tell the story a personal narrative needs to tell? That is the question The Situation and the Story asks--and answers.

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Thirteen Ways of Looking: Fiction

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Random House #ad - The first story is as fascinating as it is poignant. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Colum McCann forges from their stories a profound tribute to our search for meaning and grace. As it was, then, forced, it was like being set down in the best of poems, blindfolded, turned around, carried into a cold landscape, unblindfolded, to invent new ways of seeing.

In the exuberant title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life’s work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last. That he makes the story so emotionally compelling is a sign of his genius. And in “what time is it now, where you are?” a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year’s Eve.

Thirteen Ways of Looking: Fiction #ad - In “treaty, ” an elderly nun catches a snippet of a news report in which it is revealed that the man who once kidnapped and brutalized her is alive, masquerading as an agent of peace. The most remarkable piece is Sh’khol. The powerful title story loiters in the mind long after you’ve read it. Sarah lyall, the new york times “McCann unspools complex and unforgettable stories in this, his first collection in more than a decade.

The boston globe “mccann is a passionate writer whose impulse is always toward a generous understanding of his diverse characters.

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Let the Great World Spin: A Novel

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Random House #ad - In the end, it’s a novel about families—the ones we’re born into and the ones we make for ourselves. Usa today. It’s a novel rooted firmly in time and place. An elegiac glimpse of hope. National book award winner • colum mccann’s beloved novel inspired by philippe petit’s daring high-wire stunt, which is also depicted in the film The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-LevittIn the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers.

Tillie, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, beauty, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, and the “artistic crime of the century.

Let the Great World Spin: A Novel #ad - A sweeping and radical social novel, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, heartbreaking innocence. It is august 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground.

But it transcends all that. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. It vividly captures New York at its worst and best.

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TransAtlantic: A Novel

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Random House #ad - Reminiscent of the finest work of Michael Ondaatje and Michael Cunningham, TransAtlantic is Colum McCann’s most penetrating novel yet. O: the oprah magazine   “one of the greatest pleasures of TransAtlantic is how provisional it makes history feel, how intimate, and intensely real. Dublin, 1845 and ’46.

Beginning with irish housemaid lily duggan, emily and lottie, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, the novel follows her daughter and granddaughter, in whom all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on. Join the random house Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.

TransAtlantic: A Novel #ad - . Mccann folds his epic meticulously into this relatively slim volume like an accordion; each pleat holds music—elation and sorrow. The denver Post. Here is the uncanny thing McCann finds again and again about the miraculous: that it is inseparable from the everyday. The boston globe   “Ingenious. New york times bestseller • longlisted for the man booker prize • named one of the best books of the year by kirkus reviewsin the national book award–winning let the great world spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called “an emotional tour de force.

Now mccann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined.

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Dancer: A Novel Picador Modern Classics

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Metropolitan Books #ad - In ecstatic prose, mcCann evokes the distinct consciousness of the man and the glittering reflection of the myth. The result is a monumental story of love, art, and exile. Spanning four decades and many worlds, obscure and famous: doormen and shoemakers, Dancer is peopled by a large cast of characters, from the horrors of Stalingrad to the wild abandon of New York in the eighties, Margot Fonteyn and John Lennon.

And at the heart of the spectacle stands the artist himself, lustful, willful, and driven by a never-to-be-met need for perfection. Taking his inspiration from the biographical facts, the venezuelan hustler, who rescues her protégé from the stunted life of his town; Yulia, Rudi's first ballet teacher, McCann tells the story through a chorus of voices: there is Anna Vasileva, whose sexual and artistic ambitions are thwarted by her Soviet-sanctioned marriage; and Victor, who reveals the lurid underside of the gay celebrity set.

Dancer: A Novel Picador Modern Classics #ad - From the acclaimed author of this side of brightness, a cold war exile who inspired millions, the epic life and times of Rudolf Nureyev, an artist whose name stood for genius, reimagined in a dazzlingly inventive masterpiece-published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Nureyev's death A Russian peasant who became an international legend, but now Colum McCann, and excess-the magnificence of Rudolf Nureyev's life and work are known, in his most daring novel yet, sex, reinvents this erotically charged figure through the light he cast on those who knew him.

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What the Living Do: Poems

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - It is a genuinely feminine form. A deeply beautiful book, with the fierce galloping pace of a great novel. Liz rosenberg boston globeinformed by the death of a beloved brother, here are the stories of childhood, its thicket of sex and sorrow and joy, boys and girls growing into men and women, stories of a brother who in his dying could teach how to be most alive.

What the living do reflects "a new form of confessional poetry, one shared to some degree by other women poets such as Sharon Olds and Jane Kenyon. A poetry of intimacy, witness, honesty, and relation" Boston Globe. Unlike the earlier confessional poetry of Plath, Lowell, Sexton et al. Howe's writing is not so much a moan or a shriek as a song.

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