Reasons to Be Pretty


Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571280706

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

View: 3374

Greg is overheard admitting that his girlfriend Steph is no beauty, but that he wouldn't change her for the world. She is devastated; he can't see what he's done wrong. Meanwhile, Greg's friend Kent alternates between boasting about how gorgeous his wife Carlyis and chasing after a hot new colleague. The final part of Neil LaBute's 'beauty trilogy' (following The Shape of Things and Fat Pig) about society's obsession with looks, Reasons to Be Pretty premiered in the UK at the Almeida Theatre, London, in November 2011. '[The Shape of Things] is LaBute's thesis on extreme feminine wiles, as well as a disquisition on how far an artist can go in the name of art . . . Like a chiropractor for the soul, LaBute is looking for realignment, listening for the crack.' Elle 'A heart-warming tale from America's master misanthrope.' Independent on Fat Pig

Reasons to Be Pretty

A Play


Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429996235

Category: Drama

Page: 152

View: 4441

In Reasons to Be Pretty, Greg's tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker's pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph's lack thereof get back to Steph. But that's just the beginning. Greg's best buddy, Kent, and Kent's wife, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth? Neil LaBute's bristling new comic drama puts the final ferocious cap on a trilogy of plays that began with The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. America's obsession with physical beauty is confronted headlong in this brutal and exhilarating work.

Reasons to Be Pretty Happy: A Play


Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1468317091

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 7773

“Intense, funny, and touching . . .” —Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press (Reasons To Be Happy) After five years in New York City, Greg and Steph return to their hometown for their 20th high school reunion and to a dramatic encounter with Kent and Carly, the friends they left behind. Old secrets and new lies become increasingly difficult to hide as the evening (and the drinking) goes on. With Reasons To Be Pretty Happy, Neil LaBute revisits the characters first introduced in Reasons To Be Pretty (2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play) and Reasons To Be Happy as they grapple with that eternal question: Have I become the person I wanted to be? In this essential new American play, Neil LaBute concludes his brilliant and penetrating “Reasons” trilogy with perfect clarity and enormous heart, capturing and refracting that moment in his characters’ lives—and in our own as well—when they finally land on a “pretty good” version of happiness. Reasons To Be Pretty Happy had its world premiere at MCC Theater in a benefit reading that featured Paul Rudd, Amber Tamblyn, Norbert Leo Butz, Jennifer Mudge and was directed by Neil LaBute.

7 Reasons to Be Grateful You're a Single Mom


Author: Karen Sjoblom

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780892216536

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 66

View: 8585

Single moms share a common bond and unique challenges. In this wonderfully honest and inspiring book, Karen Sjoblom passes the Kleenex and serves up a reason to smile. Sjoblom reminds moms that even on their worst day they really can thank God for the job. Book jacket.

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights


Author: N.A

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408134810

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

View: 4340

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights is an authoritative single-volume guide to the work of twenty-five American playwrights from the second half of the twentieth century, written by a team of twenty-five eminent scholars from the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany and Ireland contributing individual studies to the work of each playwright. Each of the twenty-five chapters provides: a biographical introduction to the playwright and their work; a survey and concise analysis of each of the writer's published plays; a discussion of their style, dramaturgical concerns and the critical reception; and a full bibliography of published plays, listing of premieres and a select list of critical works. Among the many Tony, Obie and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights included are Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Paula Vogel, Tracey Letts and Neil LaBute, besides many more. Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, this collection surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty years.

The Epistemology of Religious Disagreement

A Better Understanding


Author: J. Kraft

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137015101

Category: Philosophy

Page: 182

View: 5684

Many assume falsely that religious disagreements engage rules of evidence presentation and belief justification radically different than the ordinary disagreements people have every day, whether those religious disagreements are in Sri Lanka between Hindus and Buddhists or in the Middle East among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

7 Reasons to Be Grateful You're the Mother of a Tweenager


Author: Sheila Michaels

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780892216512

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 70

View: 5500

This winsome book applauds moms who weather the raging hormone levels and 180 degree mood swings or their tweenager. With wit and wisdom, Sheila Michaels encourages moms to take the high road and be grateful for the journey. Book jacket.

365 Reasons To Be A Proud American

Amazing Achievements To Make You Feel Patriotic Every Day


Author: Richard Happer

Publisher: JonesCat Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 0956242812

Category: Humor

Page: 178

View: 4678

America is the greatest nation on earth, with an unmatched record of creativity, innovation, scientific advances and sporting sensations. This fact-packed, fun-filled jaunt through the year celebrates all the fantastic achievements of Americans and remembers everything that makes ours a country to be proud of. Which country has won the most Olympic Medals and the most Nobel Prizes? Where were jazz, blues, rap, country and western, and hip-hop first played? Who invented the movies, lasers, cell phones, elevators, the computer you're reading this on and, most importantly, earmuffs? Donuts, hamburgers, hot dogs and Coke may not be healthy, but they sure taste good. And it doesn’t hurt that we produce the world’s highest selling whiskey (Jack Daniel’s) and have the world’s biggest brewery. Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and Jesse Owens turned their sports upside down they were so talented. We even came up with a few new ones: basketball, snowboarding, volleyball, surfing, skateboarding and Frisbee. Who put man on the moon? You know damn well who. This book tells you the true story behind a fantastic American achievement for every day of the year, and adds a little bit of humor as well. So let the following pages fire up your heart, get your patriot’s blood pumping and remember that you are a citizen of the land of the free and the home of the brave. You are an American, be proud!

Pretty in Pink

Why It's Good to Be a Girl!


Author: Bob Elsdale,Vasilisa

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 0740769103

Category: Humor

Page: 84

View: 2947

Pigs do fly, at least in Bob Elsdale's world where he merges his creativity and photographic talent with advanced technology to conjure up quirky, delightful fun. Pretty in Pink is a light-hearted, playful look at "girl power"-piglet style. Elsdale's pink-curlicued piglet offers a myriad of specific reasons why it's far superior to be made of sugar and spice and all things nice, as opposed to slugs, snails, and puppy dog tails. From a rub-a-dub-dub in the tub to an innocent indulgence of chocolate chips to rocketing across the sky and chasing dreams, we¹re reminded that: 'A girl's best friend is . . . always her best friend.' 'A bit of indulgence is fine.' 'Girls can do anything boys can. Just with considerably more style.' 'The sky's the limit.' 'Sometimes your best assets are behind you.'

7 Reasons to Be Grateful You're the Mother of a Toddler


Author: Karen Sjoblom

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780892216529

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 77

View: 2415

This charming and genuine book encourages moms who may feel they are living the same day over and over. With disarming joy and lightness, this book lifts spirits and encourages moms to be thankful for their journey, embracing the perfect imperfection of life with a toddler. Book jacket.

Gun Shy

A Blanco County, Texas, Novel


Author: Ben Rehder

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 1429967978

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 5938

Welcome to Ben Rehder's Blanco County, Texas, where the right to bear arms is about to go very, very Gun Shy The National Weapons Alliance rally in support of every American's right to bear arms is meant to garner huge publicity. And the host of the event is none other than the NWA's newest spokesman, handsome country superstar Mitch Campbell. What nobody suspects is that the Stetson-wearing, gun-toting, bull-riding Campbell is a fraud. He's really Norman Kleinschmidt, a pill-popping, snowboarding, former rock-and-roller from Vermont. To Campbell's dismay, someone from his past is about to make that secret a big, big problem. Meanwhile, when an illegal immigrant is killed in a questionable hunting accident just days before the rally, local game warden John Marlin starts to poke around. It's not long before an astonishing series of events threatens to bring down the very carefully marketed Mitch Campbell, and maybe the NWA along with him.

Cracking the GED, 2013 Edition


Author: Princeton Review

Publisher: Princeton Review

ISBN: 0307944492

Category: Study Aids

Page: 736

View: 3272

If you need to know it, it’s in this book! The Princeton Review's Cracking the GED, 2013 Edition has been optimized for on-screen viewing with cross-linked questions, answers, and explanations, and includes: • A thorough review of all the subject matter most likely to appear on the test • 2 full-length GED practice exams • Detailed explanations for every question, including practice test questions • Expert advice on writing a top-scoring essay • Techniques like Backsolving and Process of Elimination to help you save time

Ziemlich gute Gründe, am Leben zu bleiben


Author: Matt Haig

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423429135

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5153

Authentisch und anrührend Ein Buch, das es eigentlich gar nicht geben dürfte. Denn mit 24 Jahren wird Matt Haig von einer lebensbedrohlichen Krankheit überfallen, von der er bis dahin kaum etwas wusste: einer Depression. Es geschieht auf eine physisch dramatische Art und Weise, die ihn buchstäblich an den Abgrund bringt. Dieses Buch beschreibt, wie er allmählich die zerstörerische Krankheit besiegt und ins Leben zurückfindet. Eine bewegende, witzige und mitreißende Hymne an das Leben und das Menschsein – ebenso unterhaltsam wie berührend.

How To Be Great At Doing Good

Why Results Are What Count and How Smart Charity Can Change the World


Author: Nick Cooney

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119041716

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 5926

Turns out much of the advice we’ve been given about how to make the world a better place turns out to be dead wrong. Donating to certain charities will do thousands of times more good that donating to others. Non-profits that choose to carry out one program instead of another will be hundreds of times less successful than they could be, regardless of how bright, hard-working, and compassionate their staff may be. The majority of Americans are involved in charitable work. Most of us donate. Many of us volunteer. Millions go to work each day at a non-profit organization. By taking a more rigorous, calculated approach to charity, we can learn how to do dramatically more good. We can learn how to truly change the world. This book shows you how. Drawing on fifteen years of non-profit experience, a working knowledge of thousands of academic studies on what drives charitable and behavioral decisions, interviews with non-profit and philanthropy professionals, and years of reading, writing, and lecturing on how to effectively bring about social change. The first book to address how a whole host of psychological and social factors combine to drive us toward making bad charitable decisions, its unique content and frank approach will help it stand out in the field of non-profit and philanthropy books.

101 Reasons Why It's Better To Be A Guy!

A Book Celebrating The Joys of Being A Man


Author: D.M. Wagmore

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 146204901X

Category: Humor

Page: 48

View: 7192

101 Reasons Why it’s Better to be a Guy! Let’s face it- men and women are different, and the differences can be quite funny. This book is all about looking at the humorous side of our lives as we interact with the opposite sex. Men will enjoy this book for what it is... entertaining bathroom reading. For you ladies, we love you and couldn’t live without you, but we do appreciate the subtle and not so subtle benefits to being men. All we can hope is that you smile along with us as we celebrate the advantages of being a man in a number of important areas of life including Dating & Sex, Marriage, Parenting, Growing Old, Fashion, Personal Hygiene and the Business World.

101 Reasons Why It's Great to Be Single


Author: Karleen Dee

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496964306

Category: Self-Help

Page: 54

View: 5031

Singleness has somehow become a word that carries with it a negative connotation, as if being single means there is something wrong with you. Comments such as “she’s such a lovely girl, I wonder why she hasn’t found a good man yet” are coupled with looks of pity and suggestions of how to meet someone. Well, I’m here to tell you that the negative connotation of singleness is BS. We learn faster, discover ourselves more deeply, and are overall happier and more content with life when we are single than when we are in an unsuitable relationship with another human being. Over the past decade, I’ve had four long-term relationships; none of which lasted. While I loved them, none of those men were the one. I believe that there is someone out there—that is, a man that will make my heart pound with excitement and my hands clam up— and I will not settle for less than that. During this time, I have embraced my singleness. I’ve discovered various reasons why, contrary to popular belief, it is truly great to be single. I am not lonely, I am not pining for affection, and I feel more alive than ever. I’m standing up for singleness, and I tell you, it feels great.

Reasons and Persons


Author: Derek Parfit

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191622443

Category: Philosophy

Page: 560

View: 9491

This book challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity. The author claims that we have a false view of our own nature; that it is often rational to act against our own best interests; that most of us have moral views that are directly self-defeating; and that, when we consider future generations the conclusions will often be disturbing. He concludes that moral non-religious moral philosophy is a young subject, with a promising but unpredictable future.

Explaining the Reasons We Share

Explanation and Expression in Ethics


Author: Mark Schroeder

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191022926

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 9770

Normative ethical theories generally purport to be explanatory—to tell us not just what is good, or what conduct is right, but why. Drawing on both historical and contemporary approaches, Mark Schroeder offers a distinctive picture of how such explanations must work, and of the specific commitments that they incur. According to Schroeder, explanatory moral theories can be perfectly general only if they are reductive, offering accounts of what it is for something to be good, right, or what someone ought to do. So ambitious, highly general normative ethical theorizing is continuous with metaethical inquiry. Moreover, he argues that such explanatory theories face a special challenge in accounting for reasons or obligations that are universally shared, and develops an autonomy-based strategy for meeting this challenge, in the case of requirements of rationality. Explaining the Reasons We Share pulls together over a decade of work by one of the leading figures in contemporary metaethics. One new and ten previously published papers weave together treatments of reasons, reduction, supervenience, instrumental rationality, and legislation, to paint a sharp contrast between two plausible but competing pictures of the nature and limits of moral explanation—one from Cudworth and one indebted to Kant. A substantive new introduction provides a map to reading these essays as a unified argument, and qualifies their conclusions in light of Schroeder's current views. Along with its sister volume, Expressing Our Attitudes, this volume advances the theme that metaethical inquiry is continuous with other areas of philosophy.