Author: Jenny Han
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2012-05-29
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 9781442466463

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Annemarie “Shug” Wilcox is clever and brave and true (on the inside anyway). And she’s about to become your new best friend in this enchanting middle grade novel from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!), Jenny Han. Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there's nothing worse than being twelve. She's too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure that there's not one good or amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren't acting so dear anymore -- especially Mark...

Mama Shug the Bridge Whom We Loved So Dearly

Mama Shug  the Bridge Whom We Loved So Dearly
Author: Bonita Grace Moses
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 118
Release: 2015-09-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781491769065

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Growing up in a very small city of Natchitoches, Louisiana, the oldest one in the Louisiana Purchase, author, Bonita Grace Moses, was not only the youngest sibling but also the only girl, along with four brothers, born to Elena Moses. She was reared by her mother and her grandmother, Georgiana Moses, in a small three-room house. In Mama Shug: the Bridge Whom We Loved So Dearly, Moses shares her life story and how it was particularly influenced by her God-fearing grandmother, affectionately known as Mama Shug, who lived to the age of ninety-eight. This memoir narrates how Mama Shug quit school at age seven to care for her siblings, but she instilled the importance of a good education in her grandchildren. Full of wisdom, Moses’ grandmother also preached how faith in the Lord was central to life. She was a woman who lived what she practiced. A testament to the strength, tenacity, spirituality, and love of Mama Shug, this memoir describes the life of one woman who paved the way and provided an important foundation helping her grandchildren achieve success.

The Color Purple

The Color Purple
Author: Harold Bloom
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 201
Release: 2008
Genre: African American women in literature
ISBN: 9781438113760

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Presents the story of Celie, a poor, black woman who overcomes a life of abuse due to the support of the females in her life. This edition also offers a compilation of criticism on the characters and themes in this novel. It also features a chronology of the author's life and notes on the contributors.

From Modernist Entombment to Postmodernist Exhumation

From Modernist Entombment to Postmodernist Exhumation
Author: Dr Lisa K Perdigao
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 188
Release: 2013-04-28
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781409475965

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How fictional representations of dead bodies develop over the twentieth century is the central concern of Lisa K. Perdigao's study of American writers. Arguing that the crisis of bodily representation can be traced in the move from modernist entombment to postmodernist exhumation, Perdigao considers how works by writers from F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, and Richard Wright to Jody Shields, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and Jeffrey Eugenides reflect changing attitudes about dying, death, and mourning. For example, while modernist writers direct their plots toward a transformation of the dead body by way of metaphor, postmodernist writers exhume the transformed body, reasserting its materiality. Rather than viewing these tropes in oppositional terms, Perdigao examines the implications for narrative of the authors' apparently contradictory attempts to recover meaning at the site of loss. She argues that entombment and exhumation are complementary drives that speak to the tension between the desire to bury the dead and the need to remember, indicating shifts in critical discussions about the body and about the function of aesthetics in relation to materialized violence and loss.

Worrying the Line

Worrying the Line
Author: Cheryl A. Wall
Publsiher: UNC Press Books
Total Pages: 309
Release: 2005
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0807855863

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In blues music, "worrying the line" is the technique of breaking up a phrase by changing pitch, adding a shout, or repeating words in order to emphasize, clarify, or subvert a moment in a song. Cheryl A. Wall applies this term to fiction and nonfiction wr

The Modernist Madonna

The Modernist Madonna
Author: Jane Silverman Van Buren
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 215
Release: 1989
Genre: Mother and child
ISBN: 0946439737

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Van Buren's analysis centres on the history of the evolving maternal signifiers presented in the artists' works. She peels away layer after layer of images to uncover the meanings contained in the artistic texts. The maternal metaphor is scrutinized through the lenses of semiological, psychological, psychoanalytic and historical insights.

Pain No More

Pain No More
Author: Marjorie Walker
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 92
Release: 2010-06-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1452031444

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This poignant book takes you on a journey of adoption, family ties, love and abuse to the eventual defining moment when a choice had to be made, to either continue living in domestic violence or save yourself and create a new life free from violence.

The Color Purple

The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker
Publsiher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-09-20
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781453223970

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon. A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband. In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all. The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers. This ebook features a new introduction written by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of publication, and an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection. The Color Purple is the 1st book in the Color Purple Collection, which also includes The Temple of My Familiar and Possessing the Secret of Joy.

Alice Walker

Alice Walker
Author: Harold Bloom
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2009-01-01
Genre: African American authors
ISBN: 9781438115160

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Presents a biography of author Alice Walker along with critical views of her work.

Contemporary American Women Writers

Contemporary American Women Writers
Author: Catherine Rainwater,Willliam J. Scheick
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2014-10-17
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780813157153

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Ann Beattie, Annie Dillard, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Marge Piercy, Anne Redmon, Anne Tyler, and Alice Walker all seem to be especially concerned with narrative management. The ten essays in this book raise new and intriguing questions about the ways these leading women writers appropriate and transform generic norms and ultimately revise literary tradition to make it more inclusive of female experience, vision, and expression. The contributors to this volume discover diverse narrative strategies. Beattie, Dillard, Paley, and Redmon in divergent ways rely heavily upon narrative gaps, surfaces, and silences, often suggesting depths which are lamentably absent from modern experience or which mysteriously elude language. For Kingston and Walker, verbal assertiveness is the focus of narratives depicting the gradual empowerment of female protagonists who learn to speak themselves into existence. Ozick and Tyler disrupt conventional reader expectations of the "anti-novel" and the "family novel," respectively. Finally, Morrison's and Piercy's works reveal how traditional narrative forms such as the Bildungsroman and the "soap opera" are adaptable to feminist purposes. In examining the writings of these ten important women authors, this book illuminates a significant moment in literary history when women's voices are profoundly reshaping American literary tradition.

Women Healers and Physicians

Women Healers and Physicians
Author: Lilian R. Furst
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 272
Release: 1999-01-01
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 081310954X

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Women traditionally have been expected to tend to the sick as part of their domestic duties, yet throughout history they have faced an uphill struggle to be accepted as healers outside of the household.

Plain and Ugly Janes

Plain and Ugly Janes
Author: Charlotte M. Wright
Publsiher: University of Iowa Press
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2006-10-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781587297779

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“If beauty is truth, is ugliness falsehood and deception? If all art need concern itself with is beauty, what need have we to explore in our literature the nature and consequences of ugliness?” In Plain and Ugly Janes, originally published in hardcover in 2000 by Garland, Charlotte Wright defines and explores the ramifications of a new character type in twentieth-century American literature, the “ugly woman,” whose roots can be traced to the old maid/spinster character of the nineteenth century. During the 1970s, stories began to appear in which the ugly woman is a figure of power—heroic not in the traditional old maid's way of quiet, passive acceptance but in a way more in keeping with the active, masculine definition of heroic behavior. Wright uses these stories to discuss the nature and definitions of ugliness and the effects of female ugliness on both male and female literary characters in the works of a range of American authors, including Sherwood Anderson, Russell Banks, Djuna Barnes, Peter S. Beagle, Sarah Bird, Ray Bradbury, Katherine Dunn, Louise Erdrich, William Faulkner, Tess Gallagher, Barry Hannah, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Alison Lurie, Lorrie Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, Leon Rooke, Anne Tyler, Alice Walker, and Eudora Welty. Wright concludes that the ugly woman character allows American authors to explore the ironies and inequalities inherent in the beauty system.

Voice Lessons

Voice Lessons
Author: Nancy Dean
Publsiher: Maupin House Publishing, Inc.
Total Pages: 141
Release: 2000
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780929895352

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"Prepare your high school students for AP, IB, and other standardized tests that demand an understanding of the subtle elements that comprise an author's unique voice. Each of the 100 sharply focused, historically and culturally diverse passages from world literature targets a specific component of voice, presenting the elements in short, manageable exercises that function well as class openers. Includes teacher notes and discussion suggestions."

Womanbeing and Womanself

Womanbeing and Womanself
Author: Phanuel Akubueze Egejuru
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2011-07-11
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781450265218

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The book explores the twin concepts, Womanbeing and Womanself. Using novels written by black women in the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean, the book illustrates how the characters live out their lives either in a state of womanbeing or in a state of womanself or both. To illustrate the twin concepts, the author draws from a work by Jean Paul Satre, titled Being and Nothingness. The author also theorizes on the origin of inequalities between men and women and how that led to the dominance of men over women. The author also claims that women perpetuate the surbordinate position of women unwittingly accepting the assertion by men that women are weak and need the guidance and protection of men.

Censored Books

Censored Books
Author: Nicholas J. Karolides,Lee Burress,John M. Kean
Publsiher: Scarecrow Press
Total Pages: 498
Release: 2001
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 0810840383

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Presents a collection of essays focusing on books that are most frequently challenged in schools and libraries.