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    1. Me Talk Pretty One Day
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    2. Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade
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    3. Out of My Mind
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    4. Through the Children's Gate: A
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    5. Style: The Basics of Clarity and
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    6. The Four Loves
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    7. Fraud: Essays
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    8. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories
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    9. Uncommon Carriers
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    10. Consider the Lobster: And Other
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    11. We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order
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    12. Mangoes & Curry Leaves: Culinary
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    13. Strategies for Successful Writing:
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    14. Blueberries for Sal (Picture Puffins)
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    15. A Man without a Country
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    16. The Best American Essays 2006
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    1. Me Talk Pretty One Day
    by Back Bay Books
    Paperback (05 June, 2001)
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    Isbn: 0316776963
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    David Sedaris became a star autobiographer on public radio, onstage in New York, and on bestseller lists, mostly on the strength of "SantaLand Diaries," a scathing, hilarious account of his stint as a Christmas elf at Macy's. (It's in two separate collections, both worth owning, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Caution, this book will make you laugh....hard.
    I reread this recently and I laughed as much as I did the first time I read it.David Sedaris is quite a national treasure even though most people don't know who he is!His writing is wonderful, poignant, sentimental and hilarious.The man knows how to write well and you can tell he continues to love his craft.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out alive.
    David Sedaris just might be the funniest man alive.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Me tAlK PRettY ONe DAY
    "I know the thing that you speak exact now. Talk me more, you, plus, please, plus," Says David Sedaris, "talking pretty" in his book, Me tAlK PRettY ONe DAY. (page 173) The quote above is from a story about the absurdities of taking French lessons. The book is a collection of funny memoirs about such awful experiences as speech therapy in elementary school, his father forcing him to take guitar lessons from a midget and moving to France and not being able to speak French. Most of the stories center around his bizarre siblings and parents, including his obsessively swearing brother Paul, his alcoholic, chain-smoking mom and his drama-obsessed sister Amy. As the book progresses the stories take place later in his life and follow him into adulthood. We see him growing older but still being the same timid, disturbed outsider. While this book is not part of a series, David Sedaris has written many other humor books like it, such as Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice.
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    Subjects:  1. Americans    2. Essays    3. Form - Essays    4. France    5. Humor    6. Paris    7. Paris (France)    8. Humor / Essays    9. American Satire And Humor   


    2. Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
    by Scribner
    Hardcover (23 August, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0743284887
    Sales Rank: 1282
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another gem
    I have loved Klosterman's work for a while now, and IV does not disappoint. Funny, sad, cynical, bitter, but a wonderful reading experience. I don't think I understand what anyone is talking about any more, but I come closer to understanding Chuck than anyone else.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time...
    Read all of Chuck's other books and this is the worst of the bunch.SD&CP was funny.This is just a bad collection of articles that he has written.If you want to read about femal cover bands, or the scene in Fargo ND when he was 23, go right ahead.It feels like you are reading the Village Voice cover to cover...one crappy article at a time.Torture.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Chuck's Common-Sense Is In Short Supply In the Culture
    The title of "Chuck Klosterman IV" hearkens back to Led Zeppelin's classic untitled, "Stairway to Heaven" album.It's typical of Chuck's approach, which is to examine our significant pop culture landmarks with ironic, self-deprecating wit.This book collects some of the highlights of Klosterman's journalism over the past decade.He has been hailed as the successor to Hunter Thompson, but I think he has a quality that Thompson lacked (as much as I admired the work of the Good Doctor).That quality is American common-sense, in abundance.Klosterman's method is to examine pop culture with the close reading usually reserved for so-called "high culture."And then he takes the contrarian view, which can yield some surprising insights.A lot of these icons have been only worshipped their whole careers, so the combination of Klosterman's ruthless scrutiny and heartland human sympathy produces strange and wonderful new wisdom.
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    Subjects:  1. American - General    2. Essays    3. Literary    4. Pop Arts / Pop Culture    5. Popular Culture    6. Popular Culture - General    7. Social Science    8. Sociology    9. Social Science / Popular Culture   


    3. Out of My Mind
    by PublicAffairs
    Hardcover (02 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1586484168
    Sales Rank: 430
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    Subjects:  1. American Essays    2. American Satire And Humor    3. American wit and humor    4. Essays    5. Form - Essays    6. Humor    7. English    8. Humour    9. USA   


    4. Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York
    by Knopf
    Hardcover (10 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 1400041813
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute must
    I went to sleep last night angry that I had to sleep and got up early, angry that I had not gotten up early enough to finish "Through the Children's Gate." As I finish this short review, I finish the book. Its last paragraphs I delayed reading because, as I neared the end, I realized how much I dreaded reaching the end. Now that I have, I'm eagerly awaiting the next collection. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Biography & Autobiography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Description And Travel    5. Family    6. Gopnik, Adam    7. Home    8. New York    9. New York (State)    10. Personal Memoirs    11. Psychological aspects    12. Social Psychology    13. Social aspects    14. Travelers    15. United States - Mid Atlantic - New York City    16. United States - Northeast - Middle Atlantic (General)    17. Biography & Autobiography / General   


    5. Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace (2nd Edition)
    by Longman
    Paperback (22 March, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0321330854
    Sales Rank: 59939
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars very clear
    I am a non native speaker, and even though my grammar is not too bad, my writing style has always been a source of frustration. At work, when comparing the texts I would write with the one of good native writers, I could see that theirs were better, but could not find why.
    5-0 out of 5 stars a gem
    I found an used copy of " The Basics of Clarity and Grace" at bookstore. After reading 3/4 of the book I orderedtwo more copies. One copy for my son who is a journalist major and the other for my eldestson who writes good comedy. I liked its size and its no nonesense approach.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Strunk & White, better than Turabian
    The longer version of Joseph Williams "Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace" has been justly praised for many years. But as a director of writing programs at NYU, Princeton, and Yale, I never felt right adopting that text: it was too expensive, and more than the average student needed. This "Basics" Style is the perfect solution. All the brilliance of the longer book at 1/3 the price, "Style" perfectly balances explanations of style rules with practical examples. The rules that Strunk and White encourage are good ones, and American prose would be leaner if their precepts were universal. The problem with that book is that the advice is not explained systematically. You can use their suggestions when you face similar cases, but only Williams' text breaks down topics like elegance, coherence, and cohesion in ways that will let you carry the ideas into every text you write. I would not recommend this book for the casual 10th grader; although it's clearly written, its ideas are somewhat advanced. But for professionals, college writers, and any teenager who takes writing seriously, "Style" is an indispensable tool, a book you'll use for the rest of your life. For learning to write good college papers, I also highly recommend his "Craft of Research." ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Business English    2. Composition & Creative Writing - General    3. English language    4. Language    5. Language Arts & Disciplines    6. Language Arts / Linguistics / Literacy    7. Rhetoric    8. Style    9. Technical English    10. Creative writing guides    11. English literature: essays, letters & other non-fiction prose works    12. Language & Linguistics    13. Language Arts & Disciplines / Composition & Creative Writing    14. Literature: History & Criticism    15. Press & journalism   


    6. The Four Loves
    by Harvest Books
    Paperback (29 September, 1971)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Different Approach to Relationships
    I used to think that if I just found the "perfect" way to do relationships, I would never get hurt or have my heart broken.
    5-0 out of 5 stars True Love
    C. S. Lewis is a great thinker and whatever he writes, he writes well. This book compares and contrasts the four kinds of love that one can personally experience and personally manifest towards others. It can definitely improve your love life!
    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing analysis of loves
    I was not especially expecting to be engrossed by a book about four greek words, but I was wrong.This was one of the better books that I have ever read.Lewis overviews each of the four types of love:storge (affection), phileo (friendship), eros (romantic love), and agape (charity or God-love).Each discussion was extremely insightful, especially the friendship one.
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    Subjects:  1. Christianity    2. Christianity - Christian Life - General    3. Christianity - Christian Life - Interpersonal Relationships    4. Christianity - Literature    5. Inspirational - General    6. Interpersonal Relations    7. Love    8. Love (Theology)    9. Religion    10. Religion - Classic Works    11. Religious aspects    12. Essays, journals, letters & other prose works    13. Religion / Christianity   


    7. Fraud: Essays
    by Broadway
    Paperback (23 April, 2002)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Let's get this out of the way: David Rakoff is not David Sedaris. When you hear him being incredibly smart and funny on Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Keep it simple, stupid

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, very clever
    Comparing David Rakoff to David Sedaris, while probably unavoidable, is more than a little disinginuous.David Sedaris writes in a way that is understated, even simplistic, yet which makes him easy to relate to.Reading David Rakoff, by contrast, is not effortless.His writing is more complex and more obviously literary, which makes it less immediate, and less relatable.He has a considerable intellect, and skill as a writer, and is not afraid to show it.As a result, there is a sense of effort, of him trying to say things in a way that is probably not as straightforward as it could be.That's only bad when it doesn't work, and during those times when it seems that he is trying too hard, or at least, too hard to be clever.Fortunately, that is not often.
    5-0 out of 5 stars brilliant!!
    No other word to describe this collection of short stories, or rather essays on life in general.
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    Subjects:  1. American Essays    2. Essays    3. Form - Essays    4. Humor    5. Literary Collections    6. Literature: Classics    7. Humor / Essays   


    8. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories
    by Anchor
    Paperback (10 May, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0385722222
    Sales Rank: 7290
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars He never disappoints
    One thing about the books of Chuck Palahniuk...they are never boring. Here, he takes his typically dark yet hilarious tone to the realm of nonfiction. Entertaining with stories from the depressing (his father's murder) to the strange (his summer spent with 'roid obsessed buddies and their quest to pump up) and the disgusting (sperm and Margaret Thatcher is all that needs to be said). All fans of Palahniuk will love it, and he may even make a few new ones with this interesting effort.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Are they really true stories?
    When you call your book true stories, especially in this year of heightened awareness about what is truth and what is fiction, you should expect a higher level of scrutiny from your readers.As such, I have to admit that I'm highly dubious as to the legitimacy and honesty of some of these stories.
    3-0 out of 5 stars A Diversion, But Not Really Stranger Than Fiction
    I enjoy Palahniuk's other work, so picked this one up.It didn't disappoint, but it just wasn't that compelling.At its most interesting were the portions of the book where Palahniuk was directly experiencing the events, such as his experimentation with anabolic steroids and the horribly depressing essay on his simple day out in Seattle dressed as a big furry dog.His essays on his self-consciousness and naieve attempts to be cool and smooth for his brushes with Hollywood power and stardom as the Fight Club film took off are fascinating.
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    9. Uncommon Carriers
    by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Hardcover (16 May, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0374280398
    Sales Rank: 5404
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars McPhee is back!
    John McPhee is arguably the greatest practitioner of literary non-fiction in America since Joseph Mitchell.Some of his works are more accessible than others, but his knack for making complex and obscure subjects interesting and approachable is perhaps the greatest of his gifts (although his flawless control of language is right up there).
    4-0 out of 5 stars Transported
    For anyone with any interest at all in how commercial stuff is moved from place to place in our large country.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Travel tales
    John McPhee is the ultimate observer.He has an uncanny ability to reveal interesting details in the most mundanesurroundings.Much of what he discloses are things we often overlook.Better yet, he imparts what he sees with impressive clarity and delightful wit.He draws on extensive experience, from purposely stalling aircraft [Table of Contents] to great ships roaming the seas [Looking For A Ship].The underlying theme of this volume is a bit more ground-based, as he joins truckers, bargemen, train engineers and his son-in-law.With these companions, he exposes a bit more of our world to us.McPhee may not be able to engage in "talking shop" with the men he deals with in this book, but he's a master at "listening shop".What he hears from them is conveyed to us in a way that puts us right next to him, attending closely.
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    Subjects:  1. American Essays    2. Essays    3. Freight and freightage    4. General    5. Literature - Classics / Criticism    6. Transportation    7. Transportation (General)    8. Transportation / General   


    10. Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays
    by Little, Brown and Company
    Hardcover (13 December, 2005)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wallace (finally?) delivers the goods
    Probably no contemporary writer has to meet higher expectations than David Foster Wallace. He's a genius. Ask anyone. In some cases, this works against him; as someone who survived reading Wallace's essay collection A SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING..., I can testify that Mr. Wallace sometimes has aspirations that even his prodigious skills can't meet, and the results ain't pretty.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Do you have any idea how many lobsters die each year...?
    Do you have any idea how many lobsters die each year in order to satisfy our culinary cravings? I've no idea, but after reading the essay `Consider the Lobster,' I have to say - too many.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Filosphical Fun
    This collection of essays will make you laugh out loud and also think about popular culture and politics and unique and uncomfortable ways.What good writing should do.The essay on the porn industry alone is worth the price of the book. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. American Essays    2. Collections Of Monographs, Essays (Multi-Subject)    3. Essays    4. Literary Collections    5. Literature - Classics / Criticism    6. Literature: Classics    7. Literary Criticism & Collections / General   


    11. We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
    by Everyman's Library
    Hardcover (17 October, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0307264874
    Sales Rank: 1502
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    Subjects:  1. American - General    2. Didion, Joan - Prose & Criticism    3. Essays    4. Literary Collections    5. Literature - Classics / Criticism    6. Literature: Classics    7. Current Events / American   


    12. Mangoes & Curry Leaves: Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent
    by Artisan
    Hardcover (01 November, 2005)
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    Isbn: 1579652522
    Sales Rank: 6910
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mangoes and Curry and so Much More, Oh My!
    Mangoes & Curry Leaves is one of my favorite cookbooks and I have scores of Indian cookbooks, as I'm sort of a gourmet chef. I wrote a cooking column for a sailing magazine for a couple years and one of my favorite articles was my "Two Ways to Tandoori" which you can read in one of my "Amazon So You'd Like to Guides," if you want. Tandoori chicken is just delicious. Anyway, while I was making the guide, I listed fifty cookbooks from my collection. I have more. I know, I know, one would think a couple books would be enough, but it's sort of an obsession with me, making food taste great and I just love to see how others have done it.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and authentic
    I cannot imagine anyone writing anything negative about this book...my family and I come from Bangladesh and India and I have tons of Pakistani friends. The depth that the authors have gone into understanding ingredients and the cooking is remarkable. I cannot imagine how they came to know some of those details. Like my neighbor in PA who had written a negative review, I have also Jaffrey's books which i love but Alford and Duguid got into the very essence of real home cooking of the subcontinent.Other authors sometimes focus on party foods while this book advises the readers on what people really eat on a daily basis. The other travel advice is interesting and the photographs gorgeous although i understand the concerns of the Bethlehem, PA reviewer of pictures that are hard to interpret. Just let it go. They still do an even better job with this book than Hot Sour Salty Sweet. The book is great. I'm glad amazon offers it for a lower price than bookstores.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good work in a cookbook/travelogue
    I am a novice American learning to cook Indian style.I have studied enough books to know that sticking curry powder in a melange of stewing vegetables is not really "getting it" in terms of creating an authentic Indian meal.In my search for authenticity, I think Alford & Duguid go a long way in presenting just that, scouring the villages & cities of India.
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    13. Strategies for Successful Writing: A Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader and Handbook (7th Edition)
    by Prentice Hall
    Paperback (25 February, 2004)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars "Happy Customer"
    The item I purchased was on time.I was able to use the textbook in time for college. ... Read more

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    14. Blueberries for Sal (Picture Puffins)
    by Puffin
    Paperback (30 September, 1976)
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    Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk go the blueberries into the pail of a little girl named Sal who--try as she might--just can't seem to pick as fast as she eats. Robert McCloskey's classic is a magical tale of the irrepressible curiosity--not to mention appetite--of youth. Sal and her mother set off in search of blueberries for the winter at the same time as a mother bear and her cub. A quiet comedy of errors ensues when the young ones wander off and absentmindedly trail the wrong mothers. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Little Story
    I purchased this book to read to my baby and it is just a sweet little tale about Mommies and their mischievious babies.I can't wait until she is old enough to sit on my lap and really understand the story when I read it to her.I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's an Oldie but a Goldie!
    My kindergarten teacher had also read this book to me and now I'm reading it to my kids, but really to my son because he's 4 and my daughter is 8. She listens to it when it comes time for me to read it to him because she would find it amusing. Blueberries for Sal preserve a distinct since of life when tin pails and wood smoke, bobby pins and rambling dirt roads were routine. At the same time it is a timeless portrayal of curiosity and maternal instinct as Sal and her mother find themselves sharing their berry patch with a hungry bear cub and its mother. The words flow in a natural rhythm, creating patterns that build anticipation.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book
    My daughter loved this book from the age of six and continues to love it now that she is just about eight.This book doesn't hold my six year old son's interest as long as it did my daughter's but he does like it.Makes a nice gift for any that age group. ... Read more

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    15. A Man without a Country
    by Seven Stories Press
    Hardcover (15 September, 2005)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An elegiac last call from the greatest American author
    Kurt Vonnegut has his detractors, some of whom can be found reviewing this book, but thankfully he also has numerous fans -- and you can put me at the forefront of his supporters any day. In this work (which will most likely be the now eighty-four year old author's last) Vonnegut looks back at the life he has lived, the people he has met, those who have influenced him, the world he has inhabited, and reflects on where the human race seems to be headed. Surely there will be people who disagree with Vonnegut's politics, but what he is preaching (if anything) is the importance of kindness -- and, really, who could possibly find fault with that? He challenges his readers to stand up to the political machines, the corrupt corporations, et al and to hold on to their integrity in a world that no longer rewards honesty and hard work. Vonnegut certainly has no love for President Bush and the current administration -- which naturally provokes a knee-jerk defensive position from the conservatively inclined reader, but if you take the politics out of the equation you are left with what Vonnegut recommends to a man on page 107: "There's only one rule that I know of: Go****mn it, Joe, you've got to be kind!" Again, who could argue with that? Wouldn't the world be a better place -- and wouldn't life be a lot easier to live -- if we just made the modicum of effort that it takes to be nice to each other? Perhaps, being apolitical myself, it's easy for me to put aside my differences with Vonnegut and focus on what he is trying to say. There are also those who complain that Vonnegut is overly simplistic. Well, if I've learned anything it's that oftentimes the most obvious things are the hardest to see -- and if everyone already knew what Vonnegut is saying the world wouldn't need much fixing in the first place. Turkish author Orhan Pamuk just won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, and I'm sure that he deserves it, but it just stupefies me that Vonnegut has never been honored with that prize during his long career. With a canon that includes "Mother Night" (my favorite Vonnegut book), "Slaughterhouse Five", "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater", "Breakfast of Champions" and so much more he just seems like a great choice. And at eighty-four Vonnegut has lost none of his mental prowess and signature wit. If this elegiac work proves to be Vonnegut's last it would be a fitting, melancholy note to end his career on. I just can't help but selfishly hold onto the hope that he will be around a while longer to entertain us with his unique blend of comedy, tragedy, and poignant themes. God -- or whatever is out there -- bless you, Mr. Vonnegut.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A master writer but not at his best
    I have long been a fan of Kurt Vonnegut.Yes, he is a socialist and, yes, his writing is not balanced.He is espousing a point of view.Nothing is masked.I accept that and appreciate the wit and originality for what it is.He has written masterpieces of American literature and this is written as the words of an aging great man.
    1-0 out of 5 stars ICONOCLASM TRUMPS TALENT
    Not having read any of Vonnegut's work for 30 years, I opened A Man Without a Country and remembered why I'd SO assiduously avoided him. As a natural conservative I much enjoy the thrust and parry of lively political debate. But KV, like almost every socialist I've ever met, doesn't do debate, preferring mockery, innuendo, myth and wilfully distorted facts. It's the superior sneer of the self-styled intellectual who doesn't know what he's talking about. His unwavering belief in doctrinal socialism brings to mind a line from Emerson: "Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
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    16. The Best American Essays 2006 (Best American Essays)
    by Houghton Mifflin
    Paperback (11 October, 2006)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Death, Grief, Dysfunction
    If you're expecting the usual batch of essays this year, be warned.
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    17. The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction, Shorter Eleventh Edition
    by W. W. Norton & Company
    Paperback (December, 2003)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars good read.
    We've used this in my english class a lot.Someone is selected to analyze an essay, write about its style, content, and other features, and then the student writes down a couple discussion questions and then leads a discussion each friday about the essay.I have found each of the essays informative and educational.Some are rather dry, some are sarcastic, some are flat out funny.There are essays of length (10+ pages) and then some that cover only a few pages.The essays cover such subtopics as patriotism, nature, education, politics, and forms of writing.Combining all of these essays together into one book leads to a great read that, finding a way to suit anyone's interests.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Stories
    College English text yes, but contains a huge variety of stories from notable writers. Short stories yes, but great for those who don't want to delve into full-length novels. Also contains questions to think about after many of the essays and mini biographies of the authors.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Its a school book
    I bought this book for a college class and the next semester they changed the book.I read some things on my own and found some good but I don't think it was worth the money.I still have it though because when I read it, it makes me feel smart.Plus they come out with new ones all the time...dont buy it new.Just get a used one. All they change is the cover and a couple inserts so the pages are different and you think its different than the old one. Dont be fooled. ... Read more

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    18. A Room of One's Own
    by Harvest Books
    Paperback (27 December, 1989)
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    Surprisingly, this long essay about society and art and sexism is one of Woolf's most accessible works. Woolf, a major modernist writer and critic, takes us on an erudite yet conversational--and completely entertaining--walk around the history of women in writing, smoothly comparing the architecture of sentences by the likes of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen, all the while lampooning the chauvinistic state of university education in the England of her day. When she concluded that to achieve their full greatness as writers women will need a solid income and a privacy, Woolf pretty much invented modern feminist criticism. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A woman's liberation classic
    This is a beautifully written and highly enjoyable exploration of the history of women in writing. It is also a plea for the liberation of women, and their full entrance into the world of Literature. Woolf argues that a woman needs financial independence, a room , that is a space of her own, if she is to be able to truly create. She also needs the kind of access to everyday life that women confined to hearth and home were as she sees it, traditionally denied.
    4-0 out of 5 stars a room for what?
    This essay reunites several works from Virginia Woolf about the right of women to possess a place - a room- to read, write and work, intended that not as domestic work as was usual for women during many times.
    5-0 out of 5 stars To get a room of one's own
    Woolf's argument that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction," holds true not just for fiction but for any activity a woman wants to pursue. The early 20th century essay is still widely relevant, and not just in developing countries.
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    19. Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History, Updated and Expanded Edition
    by W. W. Norton & Company
    Hardcover (30 October, 2004)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Shame on Norton! Listen to MLK "I have a dream" while reading this book
    The text they have in the first edition of this book for the "I have a dream" speech so deviates from the actual speech, it leads you to wonder two things: a) what kind of crappy editors are reviewing this stuff? and b) if the MLK speech is so screwed up, can you trust the text they provide of the older speeches that you cannot verify by listening to recordings?
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource
    It is so difficult to do justice to a book about great speeches. By definition, the content should be good - even great, which is partly why this book is such a rich treasure. The other reason why Lend Me Your Ears is such a useful resource is the commentary provided by editor William Safire.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A classic work made up of classic works
    Aside from the great speeches ( two hundred of them ) that constitute this volume and are its heart, there is also the informative introductory commentary of William Safire.This commentary serves not only as guide to each particular speech, but in general terms as a kind of extended essay on the art of speechmaking. And Safire makes it clear throughout that he views speechmaking as an art.
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    20. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
    by Harper Perennial Modern Classics
    Paperback (28 October, 1998)
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    Isbn: 0060953020
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
    I want to like Annie Dillard, I really do. I think the world is a better place because Annie Dillard thinks and writes as she does. But, the bugs. Lots and lots of looking at, thinking about, and describing bugs. Some other creatures too, both larger and smaller than bugs, but mostly bugs.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Sublime, Ethereal Prose
    Dillard is an amazing writer. Reading this is almost like floating down a river; the beauty around you is so overwhelming that you don't catch everything but what you do is simply breathtaking.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
    This is a wonderful book - it is poetry. It's a book to keep and to pick up again and again. ... Read more

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