Between Tears and Laughter


Author: Lin Yutang

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1447485769

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 8937

Written during the second world war as a bitter plea for the west to change its perspective of the world order. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Between Tears and Laughter

Selected Poems


Author: Alden Nowlan

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books



Page: 160

View: 2498

Covers an international series of voices in world poetry, all speaking to the general reader as well as to the poetry lover. Included, in this book, are the writers from Staying Alive, and its companion anthologies.

Laughing and Weeping in Early Modern Theatres


Author: Matthew Steggle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351922998

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 172

View: 875

Did Shakespeare's original audiences weep? Equally, while it seems obvious that they must have laughed at plays performed in early modern theatres, can we say anything about what their laughter sounded like, about when it occurred, and about how, culturally, it was interpreted? Related to both of these problems of audience behaviour is that of the stage representation of laughing, and weeping, both actions performed with astonishing frequency in early modern drama. Each action is associated with a complex set of non-verbal noises, gestures, and cultural overtones, and each is linked to audience behaviour through one of the axioms of Renaissance dramatic theory: that weeping and laughter on stage cause, respectively, weeping and laughter in the audience. This book is a study of laughter and weeping in English theatres, broadly defined, from around 1550 until their closure in 1642. It is concerned both with the representation of these actions on the stage, and with what can be reconstructed about the laughter and weeping of theatrical audiences themselves, arguing that both actions have a peculiar importance in defining the early modern theatrical experience.

Laughter, Tears, and In-Between

Soulful Stories for the Journey


Author: Paul Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780817013837

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 3642

Paul Williams, an "on-air" host with the Worship Network, probes the beauty of life's otherwise ordinary experiences.

Beyond the Tears and Laughter

Insights from a Manic Depressive


Author: David M. Delo,Kingfisher Books

Publisher: Kingfisher Books

ISBN: 9780966221824

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 521

This emotionally painful, yet thoughtful and absorbing book reveals, in the first person, the way manic depression works on the mind--how it can alter one's life path, and what the illness may cost the manic depressive. An end section describes the disease, diagnosis and treatment, and the relationship between manic depression and creativity.

Divine Play, Sacred Laughter, and Spiritual Understanding


Author: P. Laude

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1403980586

Category: Social Science

Page: 273

View: 6489

This study in the relationship between religion and the comic focuses on the ways in which the latter fulfils a central function in the sacred understanding of reality of pre-modern cultures and the spiritual life of religious traditions. The central thesis is that figures such as tricksters, sacred clowns, and holy fools play an essential role in bridging the gap between the divine and the human by integrating the element of disequilibrium that results from the contact between incommensurable realities. This interdisciplinary and cross-cultural series of essays is devoted to spiritual, anthropological, and literary characters and phenomena that point to a deeper understanding of the various mythological, ceremonial, and mystical ways in which the fundamental ambiguity of existence is symbolized and acted out. Given its interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective, this volume will appeal to scholars from a variety of fields.

The Logic of Wish and Fear: New Perspectives on Genres of Western Fiction


Author: Ben La Farge

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137465689

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 136

View: 2914

Moving effortlessly from Greek to Shakespearean tragedies, to nineteenth and twentieth-century British, American and Russian drama, and fiction and contemporary television, this study sheds new light on the art of comedy.


A Journey Through the Changing Human Body


Author: Gavin Francis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1541697510

Category: Medical

Page: 304

View: 4940

From birth to death, a lyrical exploration of the role of transformation in human life To be alive is to be in perpetual metamorphosis: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, physician and writer Gavin Francis considers the inevitable changes all of our bodies undergo--such as birth, puberty, and death, but also laughter, sleeping, and healing-and those that only some of our bodies will: like getting a tattoo, experiencing psychosis, suffering anorexia, being pregnant, or undergoing a gender transition. In Francis's hands, each event becomes an opportunity to explore the meaning of identity and the natures-biological, psychological, and philosophical-of our selves. True to its own subject, Shapeshifters combines Francis's lyrical imagination and deep knowledge of medicine and the humanities for a life-altering read.

Das Buch der Freude


Author: Dalai Lama,Desmond Tutu,Douglas Abrams

Publisher: Lotos

ISBN: 3641191912

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 384

View: 6079

Zwei weise Männer, eine Botschaft Sie sind zwei der bedeutendsten Leitfiguren unserer Zeit: Seine Heiligkeit der Dalai Lama und Erzbischof Desmond Tutu. Obwohl ihr Leben von vielen Widrigkeiten und Gefahren geprägt war, strahlen sie eine Freude aus, die durch nichts zu erschüttern ist. Im Buch der Freude vereinen die „Brüder im Geiste“ ihre immense Lebenserfahrung und die Weisheit ihrer Weltreligionen zu einer gemeinsamen zentralen Erkenntnis: Nur tief empfundene Freude kann sowohl das Leben des Einzelnen als auch das globale Geschehen spürbar zum Positiven wandeln. Unabhängig von allen Herausforderungen und Krisen, mit denen wir täglich konfrontiert werden, können wir diese Energie in uns entfalten und weitergeben. So wird die Freude zur Triebkraft, die unserem Dasein mehr Liebe und Sinn verleiht – und zugleich Hoffnung und Frieden in unsere unsichere Welt bringt.

Transnationalism and American Serial Fiction


Author: Patricia Okker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136643192


Page: 266

View: 2935

Transnationalism and American Serial Fiction explores the vibrant tradition of serial fiction published in U.S. minority periodicals. Beloved by readers, these serial novels helped sustain the periodicals and communities in which they circulated. With essays on serial fiction published from the 1820s through the 1960s written in ten different languages—English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Italian, Polish, Norwegian, Yiddish, and Chinese—this collection reflects the rich multilingual history of American literature and periodicals. One of this book’s central claims is that this serial fiction was produced and read within an intensely transnational context: the periodicals often circulated widely, the narratives themselves favored transnational plots and themes, and the contents surrounding the fiction encouraged readers to identify with a community dispersed throughout the United States and often the world. Thus, Okker focuses on the circulation of ideas, periodicals, literary conventions, and people across various borders, focusing particularly on the ways that this fiction reflects the larger transnational realities of these minority communities.

The Home Place

A Memory and a Celebration : the Restored Text


Author: Robert Drake

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 9780865545946

Category: Fiction

Page: 159

View: 2062

In this joyous reminiscence of a small-town boyhood in West Tennessee, Drake reflects upon his family's origins, flowering, and eventual decline, and ponders the meaning of their lives. It is a story with which many a Southerner who has grown up in twentieth-century America will readily identify. As a chronicle in microcosm of the gradual disintegration of the traditional extended family that has taken place all across the country in this turbulent century, it speaks to modern humankind everywhere.Drake concludes that the old tales about the home place were what held the family together long after the place itself was gone. The Drakes were rooted in the goodness of God and the joy of the Lord. The gift they had been given, a happiness based ultimately on love and joy in all God's creation, they in turn passed on to their family and all who came in contact with them.History and geography also helped give the Drakes their identities: they knew who they were because they knew where they were and when they were, with no alienation from either time or place. Their lives were thus whole and full. Their home, their family, their community were all very real entities, nourishing and sustaining the individual member while giving him a sense of belonging to something greater than himself. They gave order and meaning to his life.The times have changed, but who can say that the world of the Drakes is any less meaningful to us today? Perhaps the memories of that world constitute a rebuke to our frenetic lives. But perhaps the legacy of their lives, their times, and, above all, their great love, can still exert its healing power on modern generations.

Tears and Laughter


Author: Michele Shriver

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781543093643


Page: 342

View: 7515

Kelsey has always believed in laughter as the best medicine, but has a hard time seeing the humor when she finds herself embroiled in a controversy that threatens her family and her job. She'd like to count on her best friend to be there for her, but a shocking discovery might force Joni to choose between their friendship or her marriage. Widow Olivia has long been the rock her colleagues turn to during hard times, and she's there to guide them through with sound advice and a good dessert. That may change when a new adventure beckons. As a newcomer to this close-knit group, Megan is hoping to find the type of friendship she's never had. Can the others welcome her into their circle and help her bury a troubled past, or will she be left on the outside looking in? Will old friendships survive, and new ones be forged, during a year marked by heartache and triumph, and tears and laughter?

A Mother's Journey

Through Laughter and Tears


Author: Kimberly J. Garrow

Publisher: Virtualbookworm Publishing

ISBN: 1589397177

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 312

View: 3933

"A Mother's Journey: Through Laughter and Tears" is a book that will inspire, encourage, and validate all mothers who have the important job of raising the wonderful children that God has blessed us all with. The author's humorous writings teach us to be able to laugh at life's little tragedies, as we remember that we are not alone in our journey. Motherhood is a shared voyage, the commonalties of which span all ages and all women throughout the world! Kimberly Garrow creatively reminds us that we are together in this beautiful journey called motherhood. The stories in this book will make you laugh and will tug at your heart. The author understands a woman's heart, in relation to preconception, pregnancy, and being a new mom; the whole journey in between and beyond is beautifully captured in the pages of this book. Reading Kimberly's book is like taking a trip through your own life as a mother, whether you are just contemplating becoming a mother, whether you are a mom, or whether you are now enjoying your children's children. Every reader will relate to Kimberly Garrow's cleverly written stories and poems, as well as the underlying emotions and strengths captured throughout this book. This book is a celebration of mothers everywhere! Enjoy the journey!



Author: James Luther Mays

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664234399

Category: Religion

Page: 457

View: 1764

The Psalms have a double identity. They are scripture and liturgy. They compose a book of the Bible and are found in our hymnals and books of worship and prayer. When we think of them in historical perspective, another identity emerges. They are the liturgical poetry of ancient Israel, texts with a history of composition and use before they became scripture. A commentary in this Interpretation series needs to keep all three identities in view. That puts some strain on the commentator's task. The attempt to interpret the Psalms in awareness of the depth in their identity explains some things about the commentary and its writing. - Preface.

Der goldene Sohn



Author: Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462315196

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 9307

Zwischen zwei Welten – ist deine Freiheit wichtiger als deine Familie? Anil wächst wohlbehütet im Kreis einer großen Familie in einem indischen Dorf auf. Als ältester Sohn soll er später die Rolle des Familienoberhaupts und Schiedsmanns einnehmen und Streitigkeiten in der Dorfgemeinschaft schlichten. Leena ist seine beste Freundin. Ein mutiges Mädchen und draufgängerischer Wildfang, das seine Familie und die freie Natur über alles liebt. In ihrer Kindheit sind Anil und Leena ein unzertrennliches Gespann, doch dann führen ihre Wege in verschiedene Richtungen. Anil verlässt das Dorf, um Medizin zu studieren und in den USA als Arzt zu arbeiten. Er genießt sein neues Leben dort und verliebt sich Hals über Kopf in eine Amerikanerin. Leena bleibt in Indien, heiratet und zieht zu der Familie ihres Mannes. Anils Leben gerät aus den Fugen: Ihm unterläuft ein schwerer medizinischer Fehler, seine Beziehung zerbricht und er stürzt in eine Krise. Bei einem Besuch in seiner Heimat trifft er Leena wieder, die Frau, die ihn besser kennt als jeder andere. Aber zwischen ihnen steht eine Entscheidung, die Jahre zuvor getroffen wurde. Bewegend, mitreißend, klug – Shilpi Somaya Gowdas glänzend erzählter neuer Roman ist eine ergreifende Geschichte über Unabhängigkeit und Liebe.




Author: Edwina Marino

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1481778552

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 1379

Today, there is a disease afflicting many people and arousing fear in those whose ages can start as young as forty years, and moving on through the sixties, seventy and eighty year old groups. It is known as Alzheimer’s Disease. This book is about sharing this experience with my sister-in-law who came down with this disease in her later years. She was eighty-four at the time and lived to be ninety four years old. I was encouraged to take notes and write about this by a doctor who told me I would be in a position to see its development every day for as long as she remained with me. He said, “Take lots of notes. You will be able to observe so much more than I, because I don’t spend that much time with a patient, and you will be with her day and night and observe the changes as they happen and what triggers her behavior. Good Luck!” With that I started out on my ten year trip through the ups and downs, the good days and bad days of Alzheimer’s disease. Our days were laced with pain and humor, but I was determined to see it through, laughing a little and crying a lot, hoping the scenery would change, but finally surrendering to this fate that had come upon us. Our mantra became “Let’s laugh because if we don’t we shall most certainly cry”! I chose to care for her because I wanted her to be surrounded by love, music and laughter, in a place where we could laugh with her and cry with her and never be alone. I’m glad I did.