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The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism
The Art of Fact is a historical treasury tracing literary journalism back to such pioneers as Defoe, Dickens, and Orwell, and to crime writers, investigative social reporters, and war correspondents who stretched the limits of style and even propriety to communicate powerful truth. Here an extraordinary range of styles-the elegance of Gay Talese, the militance of Marvel Cooke, the station-house cynicism of David Simon, the manic intelligence of Richard Ben Cramer-illuminates an extraordinary range of subjects. From large public events (Jimmy Breslin on the funeral of JFK) to small private moments (Gary Smith on the struggles of a Native American basketball player), these readings-sad, funny, and most of all provocative-offer the double pleasure of true stories artfully told.
How to Not Write Bad
Ben Yagoda's How to Not Write Bad uses this basic tenet to illustrate how we can all write better, clearer, and for a wider readership. He offers advice on what he calls 'not-writing-badly,' which consists of the ability, first, to craft sentences that are correct in terms of spelling, diction (word choice), punctuation, and grammar, and that also display clarity, precision, and grace. Then he focus on crafting whole paragraphs - the cadence, consistency of tone, word repetition, sentence transitions, and paragraph length. In a comprehensive, fun guide, Yagoda lays out the simple steps we can all take to make our writing more effective, more interesting, and just plain better. Simply, this is a book for anyone who wants to improve his or her writing. Yagoda provides clear grammatical rules to help students and writers everywhere write better; not bad. As 'lolspeak' and texts take over out linguistic consciousness, Yagoda emphasizes the lost art of grammar and the well-constructed sentence.
The Sound on the Page
Yagoda offers an in-depth look at the importance of a writer's individual style or "voice," based on interviews with more than 40 outstanding contemporary writers. He points out, for instance, that Elmore Leonard and Toni Morrison avoid adverbs, while Christopher Hitchens uses them.
Memoir: A History
From Saint Augustine's Confessions to Augusten Burroughs's Running with Scissors, from Julius Caesar to Ulysses Grant, from Mark Twain to David Sedaris, the art of memoir has had a fascinating life, and deserves its own biography. Cultural and literary critic Ben Yagoda traces the memoir from its birth in early Christian writings and Roman generals' journals all the way up to the banner year of 2007, which saw memoirs from and about dogs, rock stars, bad dads, good dads, alternadads, waitresses, George Foreman, Iranian women, and a slew of other illustrious persons (and animals). In a time when memoir seems ubiquitous and is still highly controversial, Yagoda tackles the autobiography and memoir in all its forms and iterations. He discusses the fraudulent memoir and provides many examples from the past - and addresses the ramifications and consequences of these books. Spanning decades and nations, styles and subjects, he analyzes the hallmark memoirs of the Western tradition - Rousseau, Ben Franklin, Henry Adams, Gertrude Stein, Edward Gibbon, among others. Yagoda also describes historical trends, such as Native American captive memoirs, slave narratives, courtier dramas (where one had to pay to NOT be included in a courtesan's memoir). Throughout, the idea of memory and truth, how we remember and how well we remember lives, is intimately explored. Yagoda's elegant examination of memoir is at once a history of literature and taste, and an absorbing glimpse into what humans find interesting - one another.
The Value of Family: Blueprint for the 21st Century
Westheimer, Ruth K.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer opened the doors of communication about sexuality in America. Now, along with moving personal reflections on love and loss in her own family, she presents a passionate, groundbreaking blueprint for the survival of the American family. In her own inimitable style, Dr. Westheimer shows why the family is under siege as never before, why the definition of family is at a historical turning point, and how we can help our families survive. SC, 211 pages.
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