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    1. Reading Like a Writer: A Guide
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    2. The History of Love: A Novel
    $23.10
    3. The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing
    $16.47
    4. You've GOT to Read This Book!:
    $1,008.00
    5. Collected Works of C.G. Jung:
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    6. Understanding Comics: The Invisible
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    7. Handbook to Literature, A (10th
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    8. A Light in the Attic
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    9. Jane Austen: The Complete Novels,
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    10. Possible Side Effects
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    11. Style: The Basics of Clarity and
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    12. Asking the Right Questions: A
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    13. Literature: An Introduction to
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    14. The Scarlet Letter (Classics)
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    15. The Norton Anthology of English
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    16. Perrine's Literature: Structure,
    17. Argumentation and Debate: Critical
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    18. Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper
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    19. Literature and the Writing Process
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    1. Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
    by HarperCollins
    Hardcover (22 August, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0060777044
    Sales Rank: 183
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Like taking a class with the author
    In her book Reading Like a Writer Francine Prose, herself the author of some 14 novels as well as other works of nonfiction, advocates "close reading"--reading fiction "word by word, sentence by sentence, pondering each deceptively minor decision that the writer has made"--both as a means of appreciating literature and as a practical aid in writing one's own prose. After introducing her method in chapter one, Prose spends the next eight chapters showing us how it's done, focusing initially on individual words, then sentences, and broadening her focus eventually to consider characters and dialogue and narration.
    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the two or three best books on writing I've encountered
    Ms Prose takes seriously the idea that one learns to write by studying models of good writing, what she calls "close reading." She examines different features of classic fiction, most of it from the 19th century, but some of it contemporary, and analyzes specimens of solid craftsmanship.
    5-0 out of 5 stars "Putting every word on trial for its life."
    Francine Prose, in "Reading Like a Writer," argues that creative writing cannot be taught in a classroom.A workshop may provide valuable encouragement and support for a fledgling writer, and a good instructor may show a novice how to edit his work more effectively.However, a writer learns his craft by reading and rereading the books, novels, plays, and short stories of great writers, and he improves his skills through practice.Prose recommends studying "meter with Ovid, plot construction with Homer, comedy with Aristophanes."She backs up her thesis by giving a host of examples from writers she admires, such as Austen, Hemingway, Joyce, Chekhov, and others who are a bit more obscure.
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    Subjects:  1. Authors    2. Books & Reading    3. Books And Reading    4. Composition & Creative Writing - General    5. Creative Writing    6. English language    7. General    8. Literary Criticism    9. Literature - Classics / Criticism    10. Rhetoric    11. Literary Criticism & Collections / General   


    2. The History of Love: A Novel
    by W. W. Norton
    Paperback (01 May, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0393328627
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
    Krauss's loveable characters break your heart and they journey they take heals it in a strange esoteric way.This is what reading is all about.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Heartfelt Book about Love and Life
    Nicole Krauss is a pro at observing little things about all facets of life from the little gestures we make, to the way we say things that don't come out quite right and then we're mad at ourselves for what we've said (or not said).Obviously, she has lived and watched and empathized with the characters she so elegantly writes about.There are really two main characters in the book, an old man (Leo) who is trying hard to still matter and to perhaps have a relationship with a son he lost through the war through separation and the marriage of his soulmate Sara to another man.He is a very intelligent and sensitive soul, creative, a writer and locksmith, but has really only survived and has never grown after he lost Sara so many years ago.We observe the world from his old and weary perspective as hetries to make sense of his life and the existence of a book very similar to a book he wrote in his youth.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Poetic History
    Books rarely bring me to tears because of how beautifully written they are, but here is one for you to try. First: the language. Such voices in my head, I can't tell you. Second: the structure is gorgeous. I've often grown impatient with the common device of alternating between and among characters, but this time it works just perfectly.
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    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Literary    5. Fiction / General    6. Literature: Texts    7. Miscellaneous Items   


    3. The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups
    by Random House
    Hardcover (19 September, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0375503390
    Sales Rank: 1147
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars The NYTimes is Right
    Sadly, the New York Times review of 10/20/06 is right on target. This is a self-indulgent, muddled book that should have been revised and better edited. I loved his "Explaining Hitler"---Rosenbaum is a wonderful writer, but this book is deeply disappointing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars In love with Shakespeare
    This is a volume of gustatory delights -- a book you pick up on impulse and end up devouring with your meals (my copy is spotted with olive oil and specks of latte foam). Rosenbaum has written an autobiography of his obsession with Shakespeare, triggered by a conversion experience when he saw a 1970 Peter Brooks production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. One hears a bit too often about his precious handful of epiphanies, and Rosenbaum (like Harold Bloom, whom he castigates) can easily be faulted for his enthusiasm, but there's no doubt that he brings a host of seemingly desiccated academic controversies to life. Until last week I had no idea there were two versions of Lear or three versions of Hamlet, or that I could be made to care about Shakespeare's original spelling enough to order every play I could find edited by John Andrews.
    5-0 out of 5 stars If Shakespeare be the food of love, read on
    Shakespeare is the secular god of many of those who live in Literature. Harold Bloom is one, and Ron Rosenbaum is another. In this personal exploration of the world of Shakespearean scholarship and performance Rosenbaum shows an indefatigable curiosity, an exuberant energy, a somewhat wordy but fascinating facility in re- interpretation. The book is a sweeping one and it is movedby the dynamic of Rosenbaum's own passion for Shakespeare. The would- be- former literary scholar and multi-minded journalist Rosenbaum looks into corners of the Shakespeare world most of us never come near. He is especially good at looking at the way Shakespearean scholars put together their annotated editions. What is most strong however is I believe, the way Rosenbaum makes the story of his own personal relationship to Shakespeare an adventure of mind and experience.
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    Subjects:  1. 1564-1616    2. 20th century    3. Appreciation    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Criticism and interpretation    6. History    7. Literary    8. Literary Criticism    9. Literature - Classics / Criticism    10. Shakespeare    11. Shakespeare, William,    12. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616    13. Technique    14. Biography & Autobiography / Literary   


    4. You've GOT to Read This Book!: 55 People Tell the Story of the Book That Changed Their Life
    by Collins
    Hardcover (15 August, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0060891696
    Sales Rank: 7691
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Read About the Power of Print to Change Lives
    Books change lives and the stories in this title bear repeated witness of this fact. In each chapter, a well-known author talks about the power of the printed page to transform life.Each story is different and unique to the individual. I love this book and discovered new insights into several authors who I appreciate.

    5-0 out of 5 stars YOU'VE GOT TO READ THIS BOOK!55 PEOPLE TELL THE STORY OF THE BOOK THAT CHANGED THEIR LIFE
    This book is one of the best I have ever read, I too could not put it down and finished it in 3 days!I was sad when I finished it.The stories were all so exciting.I couldn't wait to read some of their recommended books!I do hope there will be more editions of this book to follow.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Look At What People Read And Why
    I've read a number of books and articles about reading. I love to read and find it fascinating to see what others read and how the books have influenced their lives. More often than not, the list includes the same titles. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and THE CATCHER IN THE RYE are usual favorites. GREAT EXPECTATIONS and THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV are often mentioned by more adventurous readers and of course, a work of Shakespeare has to be included on such a list. I planned on passing by YOU'VE GOT TO READ THIS BOOK since I figured I already know what's going to be in it, but when I looked in the back of the book, glanced at the titles, I was impressed by the variety of contributors, the wide array of books selected, and the stories that followed. Each contributor selects a book, tells a personal story and the way the book impacted their life.
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    Subjects:  1. Books & Reading    2. Books And Reading    3. Inspiration & Personal Growth    4. Inspirational    5. Life change events    6. Literary Criticism    7. Motivational & Inspirational    8. Personal Growth - General    9. Self-Help / Motivational   


    5. Collected Works of C.G. Jung: 21 Volume Hardcover Set (Collected Works of C.G. Jung)
    by Princeton University Press
    Hardcover (28 August, 2000)
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    Isbn: 0691074763
    Sales Rank: 244656
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pricey but incredible
    This set includes 19 actual books of Jung's psychology:
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    Subjects:  1. Movements - Jungian    2. Movements - Psychoanalysis    3. Psychology    4. Mind, Body, Spirit    5. Psychoanalysis & psychoanalytical theory    6. Psychology / Movements / Jungian   


    6. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
    by Harper Paperbacks
    Paperback (27 April, 1994)
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    Isbn: 006097625X
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. "The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!" writes McCloud. This should be required reading for every school teacher. Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman says, "The most intelligent comics I've seen in a long time." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the title mislead you...
    If you think this is just about comics, think again!It's a book which defines and illustrates what we call "art".The presentation is so simple, yet so profoundly deep, you'll find yourself referring back to this densely packed little book for many years to come.I always keep a copy at work to pass on to colleagues.It's absolutely genius.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A Comic about Comics
    Understanding Comics is simple and deep.Profound and sometimes silly.It's such a no-brainer idea, why not USE the medium of comics to best describe the tools, power and impact of comics.
    5-0 out of 5 stars STEALTH TEACHING
    Mc Cloud writes and draws in such a logical, straightforward style that remains funny and entertaining. His research and organization show this to be a heavy book disguised as fluff. (not to say that all comics are shallow, but they usually do not give the first impression of "War and Peace"). I was visiting my daughter at school and saw this softcover laying on the coffee table. I thought it might be a counter- culture "People" magazine. I was sucked in to the light approach and funny quirks in animation. Soon I realized this was a serious topic and also impossible to put down. I had to have a copy of my own. (turns out it was being used as a textbook in an English/Writing class on campus). Scott is a genious if could reach me. I am a photographer and Scott opened my eyes to new visual logics.
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    Subjects:  1. Art    2. Art & Art Instruction    3. Authorship    4. Comic books, strips, etc.    5. Comics & Cartoons    6. Humor    7. Juvenile literature    8. Periodicals, Publishing of    9. Techniques - Cartooning    10. Comic book & cartoon art    11. Comics & Graphic Novels / Comics & Cartoons    12. History Of Art / Art & Design Styles   


    7. Handbook to Literature, A (10th Edition) (Handbook to Literature)
    by Prentice Hall
    Paperback (13 July, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0131344420
    Sales Rank: 73728
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Revision of Holman's classic Handbook
    The original compiler/editor, Hugh Holman, had created a classic--probably the best handbook to literature (almost exclusively English and American) available.The latest edition (10th) has everything that Holman had, with some modifications and additions.One of best features of Handbook is its invaluable time-line at the end, covering every major book and author in every major period of English literature, side-by-side with a chronology of American literature.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Handbook to Literature (10th edition)
    Easily one of the best handbooks on the market, and an indispensable reference for English teachers of literature and researchers at all levels.After thirty-seven years in teaching, I still make certain my copy of AHTL is readily accessible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for School
    This text was required, and it was cheaper at Amazon than the local university book stores. The book is actually great. I wish I had it when I first started school. It is fantastic at describing various literary terms and definitions. We may know a term in general use; however, in literary use the term may have a different meaning, and this is when this book comes in very handy. Utilize this book and you can actually participate in class discussion and not feel like a dummy. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Dictionaries    2. General    3. Literary Criticism    4. Literature    5. Literature - Classics / Criticism    6. Literary Criticism & Collections / General    7. Literature: History & Criticism   


    8. A Light in the Attic
    by HarperCollins
    Hardcover (07 October, 1981)
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    Isbn: 0060256737
    Sales Rank: 1975
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars So many good memories.
    My grandmother bought this book for me when I was six years old, and I spent countless hours laughing at the poetry and looking at the illustrations. A wonderful book, definitely; very humorous, a great gift for any child. :) I cannot pick my favorite poem from this book, they are all so hilarious; the time spent reading these stories with my mother, grandparents, or friends when I was a child, is priceless.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another blast from the past for me...
    I absolutely adore these drawings and poems - I have been reading and giggling and remembering my own childhood when I giggled and laughed at them... My kids both laughed and laughed when I read them to them - and my 18 year old daughter had to show them all to her friends. This is a just an adorable book and well worth the money for the kid at heart or by age!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Book Review for a Light in th Attic
    Hi, my name is Dusty McGruder and I read the book A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein.This book is a book of poetry so there is not really a main plot, setting, conflict, or resolution.However, there are sometimes plots, settings, conflicts, and resolutions for each individual poem.
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    Subjects:  1. 20th Century American Poetry    2. American poetry    3. Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Nonfiction    4. Children's poetry    5. Children's poetry, American    6. Children: Grades 3-4    7. Humor - General    8. Humorous poetry    9. Juvenile Nonfiction    10. Poetry - Humorous    11. English    12. Fiction    13. Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / Humorous    14. USA   


    9. Jane Austen: The Complete Novels, Deluxe Edition (Library of Literary Classics)
    by Gramercy
    Hardcover (03 September, 1995)
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    Isbn: 0517147688
    Sales Rank: 5528
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice enough for the price
    On first inspection, this is a very nice looking book.It has an elegant cover and the pages are gold on the edges and tissue-ish.It's a heavy book that will remain open to the page you are reading without having to hold it down.However, after a few weeks of being read and carried around, it's durability is not quite as impressive.The spine is beginning to break and the pages warp easily.Quite a few typos too if that sort of thing distracts you.For the price though, it's nice enough and I would buy it again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beware other versions - this is the one to get!
    I made the mistake of purchasing the paperback 8-in-1 Jane Austen book -what a mistake!It was sloppy and cheap-looking, with its unattractive, clumsy two-column format that didn't seem to show due respect to the material.I found it too depressing and unpleasant to read, so I ordered this version, and I am so happy I did!What a gorgeous book, classy and elegant, with lovely illustrations, nice typeset, padded leather cover and gilt edges.And for only a few dollars more, it's a no-brainer decision to choose this version over the paperback.Even if you go with a used copy, it's still a far better bargain than the other one, and something you'll enjoy reading with pleasure for years to come. I will definitely look into the other classics in this series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book!
    I'm so glad I waited for this edition of Austen's novels to become available again.It's a beautiful volume, and I finally have all of the novels in less shelf space.Along with the embossed leather cover, readers will find gilt-edged pages and a ribbon bookmark. ... Read more

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    10. Possible Side Effects
    by St. Martin's Press
    Hardcover (02 May, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0312315961
    Sales Rank: 933
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Boring and stupid
    Out of fairness, I should tell you that I didn't listen to the whole audiobook.I got about 1/2 way though the first CD and just couldn't stand it anymore.What I heard was boring and extremely slow moving.It's read like a "see spot run" story for children, which makes the boring storyline even more boring and I found it to be a bit insulting.I think an audio book of names and nummbers in the phone book would be more exciting.Maybe it gets better as it goes along, but I am not willing to endure any more to find out.

    3-0 out of 5 stars just okay, not great
    I have read three of Augusten's books (Dry, Running With Scissors, and Magical Thinking), and absolutely LOVED them.This book, however, was really disappointing.It wasn't funny, nor particularly interesting.It was just bland.None of the stories were really entertaining.I can't pinpoint exactly what this book is lacking, but it's simply not as well-written as his other books.I would definitely recommend his previous work.This one?Not so much.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Hopefully He's Not Slipping Already
    While there are still the stories that make you cringe, cry and laugh at the same time, we're now also subjected to his "horror" stories of success: sweating while at book signings; famous-author-recognized-on-airplane-with-bloody-nose; Bad accommodations while on speaking tours.We should all have such problems. On top of this, the book is by-and-large written in fragmented sentences..where was the editor on this one?
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    Subjects:  1. 20th Century American Literature    2. 20th century    3. Biography    4. Biography & Autobiography    5. Biography / Autobiography    6. Biography/Autobiography    7. Burroughs, Augusten    8. Childhood and youth    9. Health, Exercise & Fitness    10. Literary    11. Novelists, American    12. Biography & Autobiography / General   


    11. 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   


    12. Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking, Seventh Edition
    by Prentice Hall
    Paperback (28 May, 2003)
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    Isbn: 0131829939
    Sales Rank: 15812
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A balanced and informative guide
    I found Asking the Right Questions (ARQ) to be a very balanced and thorough approach to critical thinking. I am an electrical engineer by profession... I am well-regarded by my peers as an careful thinker; however, I have found myself frustrated at times when discussing controversial issues with friends... some lines of thought don't ring true, but are nonetheless hard to refute. After reading ARQ, I found that these dilemmas are frequently either the result of not agreeing on the definitions of ambiguous terms (e.g. oppression, sexism, racism) or on some logical fallacy that was used. This has made a quite difference in my ability to discern the issues at hand.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Demolishing the Wrong Arguments
    This slim volume is a textbook on "critical thinking," which seems to be the art of argumentative analysis.You read an argument, ask a series of questions, and thereby test the worth of the argument.
    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on argumentation
    This is the best book I've read about argumentation so far.The book doesn't waste your time describing the history of argumentation or going through ancient Greek terms as so many other books or courses on the subject do.If you want to improve your argumentation skills in a short time, this is the book to read.It also gives fresh ideas and new angles to more advanced readers.The book contains lots of practice exercises where you can test the skills you've just learned.The chapters about good evidence should be required reading for anyone involved in decision making in organizations.However, this book falls short of teaching how to captivate the audience.If that's what you need, you'd better read a good book on giving presentations first. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Composition & Creative Writing - General    2. Critical thinking    3. Criticism    4. Language    5. Language Arts & Disciplines    6. Language Arts / Linguistics / Literacy    7. Literary Criticism    8. Rhetoric    9. Language Arts & Disciplines / Composition & Creative Writing    10. Literature: History & Criticism    11. Logic    12. Writing skills   


    13. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, Interactive Edition (9th Edition)
    by Longman
    Hardcover (05 April, 2004)
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    Isbn: 0321183304
    Sales Rank: 37811
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Literature: An IntroductionRevisited
    I wrote to complain about the 7th edition of this standard anthology because the editors had removed one of the world's truly great short stories, Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilych," from the volume.I must now eat my words because the editors have replaced that work; I am pleased to say that I once again endorse and use the work.I wrote about the 7th edition; the Tolstoy restoration, I think, occurred in the 8th edition.I am writing now about the 9th edition, which is certainly strong and useful; I know the editors shouldn't try to please everyone.
    3-0 out of 5 stars Good solid compilation for traditional approach
    A very nice textbook, with a broad selection of literature, thought-provoking questions on each selection, short author bios, discussions of literature-related concepts, and even some pictures of authors. By tackling fiction, poetry, and drama all, the book has a very comprehensive and broad approach. A specialist in any of these three areas might look elsewhere for a more focused approach to their field; for a far-ranging english literature, class, the book is very solid.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Teaching Anthology
    ... First of all, it is massive and contains three books in one - fiction, poetry and drama. Each section includes a plethora of selections as well as longer works (like the full length plays of Hamlet and Macbeth). So one is really getting quite a library from this one book.Read more

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    14. The Scarlet Letter (Classics)
    by Bantam Classics
    Mass Market Paperback (01 February, 1981)
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    Sales Rank: 2965
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet Letter
    As an eleventh grader I was assigned The Scarlet Letter to read. When I finished, I was glad I had read it. It was a great book which had me guessing, or should I say wondering all the time. It was somewhat hard to read and completely understand. Published in 1850, there were words and sentence usage I wasn't familiar with (having CliffsNotes helped a lot), but the plot and points Hawthorne made were wonderful.It was a little confusing trying to figure out how Hawthorne felt about certain aspects such as; sin, adultery, Puritans, and whether or not he thought Hester and Dimmesdale were right or wrong in the things they did. Not knowing his thoughts are what make the novel the way it is. It was fascinating to see Hawthorne's use of symbolism in this novel; the way he would take something simple, such as the letter A and turn it into the focal point of the entire novel.
    4-0 out of 5 stars A Hard Read But Worth it--A Defining Classic Novel
    If you're a high school student taking any form of English class whatsoever, you're bound to read this book. This is one of those All-Time Classics they make you read. As a teenager, I'm not at all against reading books for class. Even though I don't like keeping journals while reading, I love the opportunity to explore some classic books, and the school assignments give me a little push to keep going.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Sin--Like All of Life--Is Infinitely Elastic
    Those who read THE SCARLET LETTER tend to take its message about the evils of sin and their consequences at face value and therefore literally. It is understandable that readers of Hawthorne's dark fable think like that since he places such heavy emphasis on the letter itself, which no one has trouble labeling as the "a" in adultery.However, since sin and its ramifications have been analyzed and interpreted in nearly every manner possible, it then seems reasonable to assume that the sin of the scarlet letter is more flexible than previously thought.This flexibility of the meaning of sin does not reside within the concept of sin, which according to Puritan conventions, was pretty well fixed, but rather it lies within each person who either carries sin within her heart like Hester, or rails against those who are accused of carrying it, like the Puritan church leaders.What emerges after hearing Dimmesdale's closing sermon against sin is that in any comparison with its evolving meaning from the beginning of the book to the end with the three major characters, one is struck with the unsettling notion that the very concept of sin is infinitely elastic.
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    15. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Eighth Edition, Volume 1: The Middle Ages through the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century (Norton Anthology of English Literature)
    by W. W. Norton
    Paperback (01 October, 2005)
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    Isbn: 0393925315
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    16. Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense
    by Heinle
    Hardcover (01 July, 2005)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Mostly a Compilation that is a Savage Plunder to Parents' Pockets
    New editions of this book continue being published to have teachers require "the new edition" from students. This way the publisher and the compilers keep on plundering unashamedly the parents' pockets. Interestingly, to compile comes from the latin "compilare", which means to plunder. Compilation as it is, plus "obvious" literary theory, this book should cost no more than its weight in paper plus a few dollars. The obvious recommendation to the student is: when completed the course sell this "brick" before a new edition appears, and buy and read the full versions of the classics (Sophocles, Shakespeare, Lord Tennyson, Ibsen, Chekhov, Faulkner, Melville, Browning, J. Keats, Donne, Wordsworth, W. B. Yeats, ...); disregard all the remaining mediocre authors this book includes. Regarding Sophocles, Oedipux Rex, the translation the compilers have chosen is by Duddley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald. Fitts was playwriter, and Fitzgerald, academic as he was and popularly known for his translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey, was never a "translator" but a "paraphraser". Read the translations by Lattimore for a "taste" of the originals, instead. Regarding "obvious" literary theory" a few sentences choosen at random from the 9th edition will suffice: Drama "normally presents its action (a) through actors, (b) on stage, and (c) before and audience" (pp.1028).
    5-0 out of 5 stars i really like this book
    i originally got this book because I needed it for a class. In the end I used it for much longer. Its really good and I recommend it

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best English textbooks
    I am currently using this textbook in my AP English Literature class and this is one of the best English text books that I have used so far.
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    17. Argumentation and Debate: Critical Thinking for Reasoned Decision Making (Wadsworth Series in Speech Communication)
    by Wadsworth Publishing
    Paperback (20 October, 1999)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Fare Book- Nasty Price
    The book is very basic (almost superficial) but covers most of the important ground well enough. However, it has two major draw-backs:5-0 out of 5 stars It was great.
    Book was great.It was used but in good condition.It arrived in only a couple days.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource book for debaters!
    This book is an excellent resource for both high school and college debaters in both the policy and value areas.I highly recommend it! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Critical thinking    2. Debate And Forensics    3. Debates and debating    4. Decision making    5. General    6. Language    7. Language Arts & Disciplines    8. Language Arts / Linguistics / Literacy    9. Persuasion (Rhetoric)    10. Public Speaking    11. Reasoning    12. Speech    13. Discourse analysis    14. Philosophy / General    15. Rhetoric   


    18. Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
    by Henry Holt & Company
    Hardcover (30 May, 2006)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent portrait...
    I am not normally a reader of non-fiction, however having been a fan of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD for years (both the book and movie), I was eager to read this book.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    This is a very enjoyable and informative read, especially if you are someone who loves To Kill a Mockingbird ( I mean isthereanyone who doesn't ? ).Although the biography of the reclusive Ms. Lee is very unauthorized as the author admits up front, it contains a lot of information about Ms. Lee, Capote, the writing and filming of To Kill a Mockingbird, and all of the intrigue surrounding the writing of Capote's In Cold Blood.Shields "portrait" of Ms. Lee is very favorable and positive.
    3-0 out of 5 stars I wonder how she feels about it . . .
    I was raised in a small town like Monroeville, Alabama, and I knew women who were as intelligent and eccentric as Nelle Lee. I knew women whose middle names were their mothers' maiden names. We had a woman attorney in the 1950's who practiced with her father. She served as mayor and even represented us in the state legislature. I believe my senior English teacher could have written a great American novel had she the mind to. My freshman English teacher was a member of the WACs and traveled around the world all her life. She was one of the most exotic creatures I've ever seen.
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    19. Literature and the Writing Process (7th Edition)
    by Prentice Hall
    Paperback (05 March, 2004)
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    Isbn: 0131891022
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    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Superb organization awful content
    The range of story and poetry selections is so limited, the materials bore students to death. The issues the texts are obsessed with--morbid existential guilt, death of a spouse or a parent ala Joyce, O'Connor, Cather, etc.,--no longer have the spell-binding effect they once had on the adult sensibility. We now live in an age where more dramatic problems occur. There has got to be some good literature that covers issues of our day, such as mass murder, rape, school-shootings, hysteria, incest, money problems, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, religious intolerance, etc. This textbook is totally out of touch with the current realities of our lives in the 21st century.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ideal Textbook for Introduction to Literature
    I chose to use McMahan's text because it saves me time as an instructor of English.Composition comprises the most significant portion of a student's grade in a college literature class, and this text teaches students how to write an essay about literature from the beginning of the process to the end.I also like the bonus of a novella, The Awakening, which is often taught at the intro. level but under separate cover.Such a deal. ... Read more

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    20. 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
    by Universe
    Hardcover (07 March, 2006)
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    Isbn: 0789313707
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    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Compilation
    Regarding the earlier comments about how some books are favored above other, "better" books by certain authors:
    5-0 out of 5 stars Add this one to the list
    If the title had instead been "1001 Books Worth Reading" it would have been more accurate but less provocative and thus less marketable. This book is a nice production - synopsis of each book listed, a few key facts or trivia and often an relevant illustration - either a cover the book has appeared in, the author or a film poster.Most of the inclusions are well known but there are a few more obscure and that is really the value of this book.A worthwhile purchase for any library and for anyone interested in books.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Just 1001 Books Some Prof Likes
    Like so many bad, bad movies, this book is a beautiful production.It features slick, heavy paper; a million color pictures; attractive, readable typeface; witty contributors.Its proportions seem just right for its weight.
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