Prisons We Choose to Live Inside Cornelia & Michael Bessie BooksHarper Perennial #ad - One of the most important writers of the past hundred years. The times londonin this perceptive collection of essays, how to understand what we know, Doris Lessing addresses directly the prime questions before us all: how to think for ourselves, how to pick a path in a world deluged with opinions and information, and how to look at our society and ourselves with fresh eyes.
The Golden Notebook: A Novel Perennial ClassicsHarper Perennial #ad - In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. Finally, in love with an american writer and threatened with insanity, Anna resolves to bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook. Lessing's best-known and most influential novel, The Golden Notebook retains its extraordinary power and relevance decades after its initial publication.
The Golden Notebook: A Novel Perennial Classics #ad - The golden notebook is doris lessing's most important work and has left its mark upon the ideas and feelings of a whole generation of women. New york times book reviewAnna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years.
In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine relives part of her own experience. And in a blue one she keeps a personal diary.
The Doctor StoriesNew Directions #ad - His writing makes us see it and hear it and grapple with it in all its complexities. That is his lasting gift. ”. The writings are remarkably direct and freshly true. As atul gawande notes, “reading these tales, you find yourself in a conversation with Williams about who people really are—who you really are.
The Doctor Stories #ad - A new edition of one of the best books ever written about being a doctor: writing as aware and memorable as Chekhov’s. The doctor stories collects thirteen of williams’s stories direct accounts of his experiences as a doctor, and a final note by Williams’s son also a doctor, an introduction by Robert Coles who put the book together, as well as a new preface by Atul Gawande, and a chapter from his autobiography that connects the world of medicine and writing, six related poems, about his famous father.
Williams recognized that, caring for the people of his city, he had a front-row seat to the human condition.
Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the StreetsSt. Martin's Press #ad - In his unique voice—dry, texas, lizbeth, disciplined, comic—Eighner celebrates the companionship of his dog, and recounts their ongoing struggle to survive on the streets of Austin, poignant, and hitchhiking along the highways to Southern California and back. Lars eighner is the Thoreau of the Dumpsters.
Comparisons to defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Hamsun’s Hunger leap to mind. A classic of down-and-out literature. Phillip lopate when travels with Lizbeth was first published in 1993, it was proclaimed an instant classic. Lars eighner’s account of his descent into homelessness and his adventures on the streets has moved, charmed, and amused generations of readers.
Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets #ad - As lars wrote, “when i began writing this account I was living under a shower curtain in a stand of bamboo in a public park. I did not undertake to write about homelessness, as an artist paints a still life, but wrote what I knew, not because he is especially fond of fruit, but because the subject is readily at hand.
Containing the widely anthologized essay “on dumpster diving, a story of physical survival, ” Travels with Lizbeth is a beautifully written account of one man's experience of homelessness, and the triumph of the artistic spirit in the face of enormous adversity.
Bloodline: Five Stories Vintage ContemporariesVintage #ad - Bloodline is a miracle of storytelling. Stories include:a long day in NovemberThe Sky Is GrayThree MenBloodlineJust Like a Tree. He shows his characters eking out a living and making love, breaking apart aand coming together. In these five stories, and decaying plantation houses of Louisiana, sharecroppers' shacks, Ernest Gaines returns to the cane fields, the terrain of his great novels A Gathering of Old Men and A Lesson Before Dying.
Bloodline: Five Stories Vintage Contemporaries #ad - And on every page he captures the soul of black community whose circumstances make even the slightest assertion of self-respect an act of majestic—and sometimes suicidal—heroism. As rendered by gaines, and as haunted by cruelty, suffering, and courage, this country becomes as familiar, as Ralph Ellison's Harlem or Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County.
Gaines introduces us to this world through the eyes of guileless children and wizened jailbirds, black tenants and white planters.
The Collected Stories Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics SeriesEveryman's Library #ad - The wit and precision of her prose, combined with her expansive view of humanity, provide a rare and deep reading pleasure. With breathtaking control and compression, a whole world, Gallant delivers a whole life, in each story. Her more than one hundred stories, have influenced generations of writers and earned her comparisons to Anton Chekhov, Henry James, most published in The New Yorker over five decades beginning in 1951, and George Eliot.
. The settings in the collected stories range from paris to berlin to Switzerland, and her characters are almost all exiles of one sort or another, from the Italian Riviera to the Côte d’Azur, as she herself was for most of her expatriate life. This generous collection of fifty-two stories, selected from across her prolific career by the author, includes a preface in which she discusses the sources of her art.
The Collected Stories Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series #ad - A widely admired master of the short story, Mavis Gallant was a Canadian-born writer who lived in France and died in 2014 at the age of ninety-one. She has been hailed by Michael Ondaatje as “one of the great story writers of our time. With irony and an unfailing eye for the telling detail, Gallant weaves stories of spare complexity, often pushing the boundaries of the form in boldly unconventional directions.
The Summer Before the Dark Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - This novel. Doris lessing's brilliant excursion into the terrifying stretch of time between youth and old age, from husband to lover to madness: on the road to a frightening new independence and a confrontation with self that lets her, finally, is her journey: from London to Turkey to Spain, come truly of age.
But when the summer ends, the woman she was -- living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring -- no longer exists. As the summer begins, forty five, intelligent, happily enough married, Kate Brown -- attractive, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children -- has no reason to expect anything will change.
Collected Stories Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - They are populated by such characters as the faulknerian archetypes Flem Snopes and Quentin Compson, as well as by ordinary men and women who emerge so sharply and indelibly in these pages that they dwarf the protagonists of most novels. And failing that, only then does he take up novel writing. William faulkner winner of the national Book AwardForty-two stories make up this magisterial collection by the writer who stands at the pinnacle of modern American fiction.
Collected Stories Vintage International #ad - Compressing an epic expanse of vision into hard and wounding narratives, the deep strata of history and legend, brutality, and all the fear, Faulkner’s stories evoke the intimate textures of place, and tenderness of the human condition. These tales are set not only in Yoknapatawpha County, but in Beverly Hills and in France during World War I.
. I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry.
Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5 Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Presented as a compilation of documents, letters, speeches and journal entries, reports, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta–clearly the planet Earth–to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives. For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds.
Johar, an emissary from canopus and the primary contributor to the archives, visits Shikasta over the millennia from the time of the giants and the biblical great flood up to the present. With every visit he tries to distract shikastans from the evil influences of the planet Shammat but notes with dismay the ever-growing chaos and destruction of Shikasta as its people hurl themselves towards World War III and annihilation.
Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5 Vintage International #ad - This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Archives.