Summary Book Review Bestseller Index by Keith L. Justice:
Download or read book Bestseller Index written by Keith L. Justice and published by McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub. This book was released on 1998 with total page 504 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Publishers Weekly bestseller list started on May 3, 1919; the New York Times Book Review list began on October 6, 1935. Though the lists do not always reflect the best in American publishing, they do offer a myriad of insights into popular culture. All books that have appeared on any of the Publishers Weekly or New York Times lists are included in this comprehensive reference work. Arranged alphabetically by author and then by book, each entry includes the book s title, publisher, lists on which it appeared and dates it debuted thereon, peak position, and total number of weeks on the lists. Information is provided for hardcover, paperback, and other special editions when appropriate."
Summary Book Review Book History by Ezra Greenspan:
Download or read book Book History written by Ezra Greenspan and published by Penn State Press. This book was released on 2000-08-01 with total page 328 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Book History is the annual journal of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, Inc. (SHARP). Book History is devoted to every aspect of the history of the book, broadly defined as the history of the creation, dissemination, and the reception of script and print. Book History publishes research on the social, economic, and cultural history of authorship, editing, printing, the book arts, publishing, the book trade, periodicals, newspapers, ephemera, copyright, censorship, literary agents, libraries, literary criticism, canon formation, literacy, literacy education, reading habits, and reader response.
Summary Book Review Dear Appalachia by Emily Satterwhite:
Download or read book Dear Appalachia written by Emily Satterwhite and published by University Press of Kentucky. This book was released on 2011-10-01 with total page 379 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Much criticism has been directed at negative stereotypes of Appalachia perpetuated by movies, television shows, and news media. Books, on the other hand, often draw enthusiastic praise for their celebration of the simplicity and authenticity of the Appalachian region. Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878 employs the innovative new strategy of examining fan mail, reviews, and readers’ geographic affiliations to understand how readers have imagined the region and what purposes these imagined geographies have served for them. As Emily Satterwhite traces the changing visions of Appalachia across the decades, from the Gilded Age (1865–1895) to the present, she finds that every generation has produced an audience hungry for a romantic version of Appalachia. According to Satterwhite, best-selling fiction has portrayed Appalachia as a distinctive place apart from the mainstream United States, has offered cosmopolitan white readers a sense of identity and community, and has engendered feelings of national and cultural pride. Thanks in part to readers’ faith in authors as authentic representatives of the regions they write about, Satterwhite argues, regional fiction often plays a role in creating and affirming regional identity. By mapping the geographic locations of fans, Dear Appalachia demonstrates that mobile white readers in particular, including regional elites, have idealized Appalachia as rooted, static, and protected from commercial society in order to reassure themselves that there remains an “authentic” America untouched by global currents. Investigating texts such as John Fox Jr.’s The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1908), Harriette Arnow’s The Dollmaker (1954), James Dickey’s Deliverance (1970), and Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain (1997), Dear Appalachia moves beyond traditional studies of regional fiction to document the functions of these narratives in the lives of readers, revealing not only what people have thought about Appalachia, but why.
Summary Book Review The "People Power" Education Superbook: Book 10. Books, Literature, Podcasts (Book Lovers, Publishers, Authors, Ebooks, Fairy Tales, Poetry, Comics) by Tony Kelbrat:
Download or read book The "People Power" Education Superbook: Book 10. Books, Literature, Podcasts (Book Lovers, Publishers, Authors, Ebooks, Fairy Tales, Poetry, Comics) written by Tony Kelbrat and published by Lulu Press, Inc. This book was released on 2014-04-06 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: We’re nothing without books. Before man could record his thoughts to pass onto the next generation, people had to try to remember things or learn for themselves through trial and error. Knowledge runs the world. It doesn’t matter if books are hard copy or digital. They’re still where it’s at. I write books because I believe that knowledge is the key to the evolution of humanity. Books about books are at #808 at the library. Books about bestsellers are at #381.45 or Z1033.
Summary Book Review The Judge Dee Novels of R.H. van Gulik by J.K. Van Dover:
Download or read book The Judge Dee Novels of R.H. van Gulik written by J.K. Van Dover and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2014-11-26 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From 1949 to 1968 author Robert van Gulick wrote 15 novels, two novellas and eight short stories featuring Judge Dee, a Chinese magistrate and detective from the Tang dynasty. In addition to providing the setting for riveting mysteries, Dee’s world highlighted aspects of traditional Chinese culture through his personal relationships with his wives, his lieutenants and the citizens he served with dedication on the emperor’s behalf. This book gives a synopsis of each Judge Dee story, along with commentary on plots, characters, themes and historical details. Exploring van Gulik’s influence on Chinese and Western detective fiction and on the image of China in popular 20th century American literature, this study brings to light a significant contributor to the development of detective fiction.
Summary Book Review Making the Detective Story American by J.K. Van Dover:
Download or read book Making the Detective Story American written by J.K. Van Dover and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2010-04-19 with total page 231 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This critical text examines the fiction of Earl Derr Biggers, S. S. Van Dine, and Dashiell Hammett during a crucial half-decade when they transformed the detective story. The characters they created, including Charlie Chan, Philo Vance, and the Continental Op, represented a new style of detective solving crimes in fresh ways. Their successes would push crime and detective fiction in startling and rejuvenating directions. Topics covered include the highbrow detective, the ethnic detective, the exploitation of contemporary sensations, and the exploitation of women. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
Download or read book Zane Grey written by Thomas H. Pauly and published by University of Illinois Press. This book was released on 2010-10-01 with total page 408 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Zane Grey was a disappointed aspirant to major league baseball and an unhappy dentist when he belatedly decided to take up writing at the age of thirty. He went on to become the most successful American author of the 1920s, a significant figure in the early development of the film industry, and a central player in the early popularity of the Western. Thomas H. Pauly's work is the first full-length biography of Grey to appear in over thirty years. Using a hitherto unknown trove of letters and journals, including never-before-seen photographs of his adventures--both natural and amorous--Zane Grey has greatly enlarged and radically altered the current understanding of the superstar author, whose fifty-seven novels and one hundred and thirty movies heavily influenced the world's perception of the Old West.
Summary Book Review Popular Ideologies by Susan Smulyan:
Download or read book Popular Ideologies written by Susan Smulyan and published by University of Pennsylvania Press. This book was released on 2010-03-12 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Smulyan demonstrates that popular culture represented more than just "escape" during the twentieth century's formative period. Far from providing an ideology-free zone, popular products and entertainments served as an arena where producers attempt to impose notions of race, class, gender, and nationhood, and consumers react to such impositions.
Summary Book Review Learning How to Feel by Ute Frevert:
Download or read book Learning How to Feel written by Ute Frevert and published by OUP Oxford. This book was released on 2014-07-24 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Learning How to Feel explores the ways in which children and adolescents learn not just how to express emotions that are thought to be pre-existing, but actually how to feel. The volume assumes that the embryonic ability to feel unfolds through a complex dialogue with the social and cultural environment and specifically through reading material. The fundamental formation takes place in childhood and youth. A multi-authored historical monograph, Learning How to Feel uses children's literature and advice manuals to access the training practices and learning processes for a wide range of emotions in the modern age, circa 1870-1970. The study takes an international approach, covering a broad array of social, cultural, and political milieus in Britain, Germany, India, Russia, France, Canada, and the United States. Learning How to Feel places multidirectional learning processes at the centre of the discussion, through the concept of practical knowledge. The book innovatively draws a framework for broad historical change during the course of the period. Emotional interaction between adult and child gave way to a focus on emotional interactions among children, while gender categories became less distinct. Children were increasingly taught to take responsibility for their own emotional development, to find 'authenticity' for themselves. In the context of changing social, political, cultural, and gender agendas, the building of nations, subjects and citizens, and the forging of moral and religious values, Learning How to Feel demonstrates how children were provided with emotional learning tools through their reading matter to navigate their emotional lives.
Download or read book Memoir written by Ben Yagoda and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2009-11-12 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From a critically acclaimed cultural and literary critic, a definitive history and analysis of the memoir. 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.
Summary Book Review Presidents, Vice Presidents, Cabinet Members, Supreme Court Justices, 1789-2003 by :
Download or read book Presidents, Vice Presidents, Cabinet Members, Supreme Court Justices, 1789-2003 written by and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2015-05-07 with total page 303 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is a paperback reprint of a 2003 revised and updated edition of an earlier work titled Public Office Index (1985). There are hundreds of books about the presidents, but information on people who have been integral parts of those presidents’ administrations is often difficult to find. This reference work contains complete vital and official data—through February 2003—about the 42 men who had served as president, the 46 who served as vice-president, the 539 men and women Cabinet members and the 109 men and women Supreme Court justices, since the beginning of the republic.
Summary Book Review Deliver Us From Evil by Cindy Jacobs:
Download or read book Deliver Us From Evil written by Cindy Jacobs and published by Baker Books. This book was released on 2001-11-05 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Occult influences march freely across the American landscape today. From Pokemon cards and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Marilyn Manson and psychic hotlines, the nation is under siege. Occult beliefs--presented as the path to enlightenment and peace--permeate our society, powerfully influencing our children, our neighbors, our government, and even our churches. Cindy Jacobs reveals the deadly impact of Satan's dominion over the media and the resulting rise in violence and immorality that plague our society. She then shows how through prayer, spiritual warfare, and activism we can halt the destructive advance of the devil's kingdom in the land.
Summary Book Review Chasing Newsroom Diversity by Gwyneth Mellinger:
Download or read book Chasing Newsroom Diversity written by Gwyneth Mellinger and published by University of Illinois Press. This book was released on 2013-03-16 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Social change triggered by the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s sent the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) on a fifty-year mission to dismantle an exclusionary professional standard that envisioned the ideal journalist as white, straight, and male. In this book, Gwyneth Mellinger explores the complex history of the decades-long ASNE diversity initiative, which culminated in the failed Goal 2000 effort to match newsroom demographics with those of the U.S. population. Drawing upon exhaustive reviews of ASNE archival materials, Mellinger examines the democratic paradox through the lens of the ASNE, an elite organization that arguably did more than any other during the twentieth century to institutionalize professional standards in journalism and expand the concepts of government accountability and the free press. The ASNE would emerge in the 1970s as the leader in the newsroom integration movement, but its effort would be frustrated by structures of exclusion the organization had embedded into its own professional standards. Explaining why a project so promising failed so profoundly, Chasing Newsroom Diversity expands our understanding of the intransigence of institutional racism, gender discrimination, and homophobia within democracy.
Summary Book Review Prizing Children’s Literature by Kenneth B. Kidd:
Download or read book Prizing Children’s Literature written by Kenneth B. Kidd and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2016-11-10 with total page 248 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Children's book awards have mushroomed since the early twentieth-century and especially since the 1960s, when literary prizing became a favored strategy for both commercial promotion and canon-making. There are over 300 awards for English-language titles alone, but despite the profound impact of children’s book awards, scholars have paid relatively little attention to them. This book is the first scholarly volume devoted to the analysis of Anglophone children's book awards in historical and cultural context. With attention to both political and aesthetic concerns, the book offers original and diverse scholarship on prizing practices and their consequences in Australia, Canada, and especially the United States. Contributors offer both case studies of particular awards and analysis of broader trends in literary evaluation and elevation, drawing on theoretical work on canonization and cultural capital. Sections interrogate the complex and often unconscious ideological work of prizing, the ongoing tension between formalist awards and so-called identity-based awards — all the more urgent in light of the "We Need Diverse Books" campaign — the ever-morphing forms and parameters of prizing, and scholarly practices of prizing. Among the many awards discussed are the Pura Belpré Medal, the Inky Awards, the Canada Governor General Literary Award, the Printz Award, the Best Animated Feature Oscar, the Phoenix Award, and the John Newbery Medal, giving due attention to prizes for fiction as well as for non-fiction, poetry, and film. This volume will interest scholars in literary and cultural studies, social history, book history, sociology, education, library and information science, and anyone concerned with children's literature.
Summary Book Review Konstruktion der Gegenwart und Zukunft by Rudolf Suntrup:
Download or read book Konstruktion der Gegenwart und Zukunft written by Rudolf Suntrup and published by Peter Lang. This book was released on 2008 with total page 308 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Papers presented at two conferences with the theme Konstruktion von Gegenwart und Zukunft in der Freuhen Neuzeit in 2004.
Summary Book Review Christianity In Crisis: The 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff:
Download or read book Christianity In Crisis: The 21st Century written by Hank Hanegraaff and published by Thomas Nelson. This book was released on 2012-06-18 with total page 448 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Nearly two decades ago Hank Hanegraaff’s award-winning Christianity in Crisis alerted the world to the dangers of a cultic movement within Christianity that threatened to undermine the very foundation of biblical faith. But in the 21st century, there are new dangers—new teachers who threaten to do more damage than the last. These are not obscure teachers that Hanegraaff unmasks. We know their names. We have seen their faces, sat in their churches, and heard them shamelessly preach and promote the false pretexts of a give-to-get gospel. They are virtual rock stars who command the attention of presidential candidates and media moguls. Through make-believe miracles, urban legends, counterfeit Christs, and twisted theological reasoning, they peddle an occult brand of metaphysics that continues to shipwreck the faith of millions around the globe: “God cannot do anything in this earthly realm unless we give Him permission.” “Keep saying it—‘I have equality with God’—talk yourself into it.” “Being poor is a sin.” “The Jews were not rejecting Jesus as Messiah; it was Jesus who was refusing to be the Messiah to the Jews!” “You create your own world the same way God creates His. He speaks, and things happen; you speak, and they happen.” Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century exposes darkness to light, pointing us back to a Christianity centered in Christ. From the Preface: “Having lost the ability to think biblically, postmodern Christians are being transformed from cultural change agents and initiators into cultural conformists and imitators. Pop culture beckons, and postmodern Christians have taken the bait. As a result, the biblical model of faith has given way to an increasingly bizarre array of fads and formulas.”
Summary Book Review Using the Past to Serve the Present: Historiography and Politics in Contemporary China by Jonathan Unger:
Download or read book Using the Past to Serve the Present: Historiography and Politics in Contemporary China written by Jonathan Unger and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2015-04-08 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An historiographical examination of the political debates of the 1980s over despotism in Chinese history and over Party history. The extent of popular culture and its reinterpretation of history is also assessed, as governmental control of the media has decreased.