Avid Reader

A Life

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Author: Robert Gottlieb

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374713901

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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A spirited and revealing memoir by the most celebrated editor of his time After editing The Columbia Review, staging plays at Cambridge, and a stint in the greeting-card department of Macy's, Robert Gottlieb stumbled into a job at Simon and Schuster. By the time he left to run Alfred A. Knopf a dozen years later, he was the editor in chief, having discovered and edited Catch-22 and The American Way of Death, among other bestsellers. At Knopf, Gottlieb edited an astonishing list of authors, including Toni Morrison, John Cheever, Doris Lessing, John le Carré, Michael Crichton, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Graham, Robert Caro, Nora Ephron, and Bill Clinton--not to mention Bruno Bettelheim and Miss Piggy. In Avid Reader, Gottlieb writes with wit and candor about succeeding William Shawn as the editor of The New Yorker, and the challenges and satisfactions of running America's preeminent magazine. Sixty years after joining Simon and Schuster, Gottlieb is still at it--editing, anthologizing, and, to his surprise, writing. But this account of a life founded upon reading is about more than the arc of a singular career--one that also includes a lifelong involvement with the world of dance. It's about transcendent friendships and collaborations, "elective affinities" and family, psychoanalysis and Bakelite purses, the alchemical relationship between writer and editor, the glory days of publishing, and--always--the sheer exhilaration of work. Photograph of Bob Gottlieb © by Jill Krementz

Book Smart

How to Support Successful, Motivated Readers

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Author: Anne E. Cunningham, PhD,Jamie Zibulsky, PhD

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199843937

Category: Education

Page: 468

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In Book Smart: How to Support Successful, Motivated Readers, the experience of reading together is used as a vehicle for discussing the varied yet interconnected language and literacy skills that jumpstart the career of a successful reader.

Learn to Love & Love to Learn

A Dummy's Guide For Wannabe Leaders ...

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Author: E. Gene Gorrell

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781462821372

Category: Self-Help

Page: 366

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“Learn to Love & Love to Learn” is the autobiography of a Hoosier lad born in 1933, depicting his struggles to overcome strict limitations imposed on him while growing up in an ultra-conservative environment. The story begins with the author questioning how a kind and loving Father-God could allow the innocent death of loved ones. The story then reverts directly to the ‘nitty-gritty,’ to the growing and learning processes – from pre-school to the present. The book is fi lled with questions, many common and many stupid mistakes, guesses, selfi sh choices, and funny as well as sad and heart-wrenching experiences. It uncovers valuable discoveries as: ‘Why?’ is not only permissible, but an absolutely necessary question needed to understand life’s meanings. This discovery and many more are revealed in bits and pieces, in lessons that can make the reader’s life a much richer, much more meaningful, and much happier experience!

Storytelling for Grantseekers

A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising

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Author: Cheryl A. Clarke

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470482869

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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Grantwriters often have little or no training in the practical task of grantseeking. Many feel intimidated by the act of writing, and some don't enjoy writing. In Storytelling for Grantseekers, Second Edition, Cheryl Clarke presents an organic approach to grantseeking, one that views the process through the lens of the pleasures and rewards of crafting a good story. Grantseekers who approach the process as one in which they are connecting with an audience (grantmakers) and writing a narrative (complete with settings, characters, antagonists and resolutions) find greater success with funders. The writing process becomes a rewarding way to tell the organization's tale, rather than a chore, and their passion and creativity lead to winning proposals. This book walks readers through all the main phases of the proposal, highlighting the creative elements that link components to each other and unify the entire proposal. The book contains resources on crafting an effective synopsis, overcoming grantwriter's block, packaging the story, and the best ways to approach the "short stories" (inquiry and cover letters) that support the larger proposal. Clarke also stresses the need to see proposal-writing as part of a larger grantseeking effort, one that emphasizes preparation, working with the entire development staff, and maintaining good relations with funders. In Storytelling for Grantseekers, new and experienced grantseekers alike will discover how to write and support successful proposals with humor and passion. New edition features: Overall updates as well as both refreshed and new examples Workshop exercises for using the storytelling approach New chapters on the application of the storytelling method to other fundraising communications like appeal letters and case statements, as well as the importance of site visits Example of a full narrative proposal

Wittgenstein Reading

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Author: Sascha Bru,Wolfgang Huemer,Daniel Steuer

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110294699

Category: Philosophy

Page: 424

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Wittgenstein's thought is reflected in his reading and reception of other authors. Wittgenstein Reading approaches the moment of literature as a vehicle of self-reflection for Wittgenstein. What sounds, on the surface, like criticism (e.g. of Shakespeare) can equally be understood as a simple registration of Wittgenstein's own reaction, hence a piece of self-diagnosis or self-analysis. The book brings a representative sample of authors, from Shakespeare, Goethe, or Dostoyevsky to some that have received far less attention in Wittgenstein scholarship like Kleist, Lessing,or Wilhelm Busch and Johann Nepomuk Nestroy. Furthermore, the volume offersmeans for the cultural contextualization of Wittgenstein's thoughts. Unique to this book is its internal design. The editors' introduction sets the scene with regards to both biography and theory, while each of the subsequent chapters takes a quotation from Wittgenstein on a particular author as its point of departure for developing a more specific theme relating to the writer in question. This format serves to avoid the well-trodden paths of discussions on the relationship between philosophy and literature, allowing for unconventional observations to be made. Furthermore, the volume offersmeans for the cultural contextualization of Wittgenstein's thoughts.

By The Book: A reader's guide to life

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Author: Ramona Koval

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 1921961317

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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By the Book is Ramona Koval's love letter to books and writing. What is it about reading that we love so much? Why do books make our lives so much richer? Ramona Koval's By the Book is about reading and living, and about the authors that have written themselves into her life: from Oliver Sacks to Oscar Wilde, Christina Stead to Grace Paley. It is about learning to read (and asking her mother to buy her a copy of the Kama Sutra), about love and science (and her childhood ambition to be Marie Curie), about arctic exploration (and her ruminations on what part of a husky she would eat if she had to), about poetry and travel and falling in love. In our book-devouring nation, this is a book for every avid reader and every avid listener who has been spellbound by Ramona's interviews over the years. By the Book is quintessentially Ramona: warm, bright, erudite, unmissable. Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is the editor of Best Australian Essays and was the presenter of ABC Radio National's 'The Book Show' for many years. She now interviews writers for The Monthly's online book club. textpublishing.com.au 'After 16 years as the host of Australian Broadcasting Corporation's The Book Show, Koval has a knack for conveying the essence of a book without spoiling it. She also recounts key exchanges with interviewees as diverse as Grace Paley, Oliver Sacks and Paul Theroux.' starred review Shelf Awareness 'By the Book takes us on intriguing journeys through books...The excitement with which Koval still approaches each new book, plunging in 'head first, heart deep', furnishes the last words of this urbane and enlightening work of her own.' Weekend Australian 'By the Book is a reminder of the role books can play in our lives. If you celebrate their contribution and appreciate their influence and artistry, then this is a story you will want to treasure. I certainly do.' Weekly Review 'A love letter to the act of reading...an ideal read for any bibliophile...Her tone is warm and inviting, just a touch short of wry...genuine and infectious.' Readings Monthly 'She's a shining presence in the world of literature, here in Australia and right across the globe...The book reads smoothly, it flows along from mood to mood, full of wit and beauty and grace...Her voice is always recognisable, invigorating, familiar to us and greatly loved: the voice of [a] highly literate woman.' Helen Garner 'As keen readers know, a book is more than an ordered pile of paper and cardboard - or these days, a collection of e-reader pixels. A companion, a refuge, a happy distraction, a gift to share - it can be all or any of these things, plus a bookmark of important times of one's life. The wise and warm Ramona Koval has written a literary memoir which focuses on this last quality, the books that marked and made her - from childhood through teens, student years to adulthood.' Australian Women's Weekly 'An irresistible study of the symbiotic relationship, for the bookish, between life and books...The voice is easily recognisable as the one we know from [Koval's] decades in radio: generous, warm and fearless.' Kerryn Goldsworthy, Australian Book Review 'The last chapters of By the Book reveal the quality of mind that made [Ramona Koval] such a brilliant interviewer, as much at home with scientists and travel writers as with novelists and poets.' Brenda Niall, Age 'Koval's enthusiasm bubbles from the page. It confirms the erudite and talented Koval is a treasure, whose voice is sorely missed on our airwaves.' Australian Bookseller and Publisher 'An entertaining, funny and instructive memoir about the real value of books.' Good Reading

Near-Death Experiences . . . and Others

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Author: Robert Gottlieb

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374717915

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 368

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A new collection of immersive essays from the most acclaimed editor of the second half of the twentieth century This new collection from the legendary editor Robert Gottlieb features twenty or so pieces he’s written mostly for The New York Review of Books, ranging from reconsiderations of American writers such as Dorothy Parker, Thornton Wilder, Thomas Wolfe (“genius”), and James Jones, to Leonard Bernstein, Lorenz Hart, Lady Diana Cooper (“the most beautiful girl in the world”), the actor-assassin John Wilkes Booth, the scandalous movie star Mary Astor, and not-yet president Donald Trump. The writings compiled here are as various as they are provocative: an extended probe into the world of post-death experiences; a sharp look at the biopics of transcendent figures such as Shakespeare, Molière, and Austen; a soap opera-ish movie account of an alleged affair between Chanel and Stravinsky; and a copious sampling of the dance reviews he’s been writing for The New York Observer for close to twenty years. A worthy successor to his expansive 2011 collection, Lives and Letters, and his admired 2016 memoir, Avid Reader, Near-Death Experiences displays the same insight and intellectual curiosity that have made Gottlieb, in the words of The New York Times’s Dwight Garner, “the most acclaimed editor of the second half of the twentieth century.”

Girl With Dove: A Life Built By Books

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Author: Sally Bayley

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008226873

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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‘The word “mesmerising” is frequently applied to memoirs, but seldom as deservedly as in the case of Girl With Dove’ Financial Times ‘Reading is a form of escape and an avid reader is an escape artist...’ Brilliantly original, funny and clever Honor Clark, Spectator, Book of the Year

Border Districts

A Fiction

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Author: Gerald Murnane

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374717273

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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A bittersweet farewell to the world and the word by the Australian master “The mind is a place best viewed from borderlands . . .” Border Districts, purportedly the Australian master Gerald Murnane’s final work of fiction, is a hypnotic, precise, and self-lacerating “report” on a life led as an avid reader, fumbling lover, “student of mental imagery,” and devout believer—but a believer not in the commonplaces of religion, but rather in the luminescence of memory and its handmaiden, literature. In Border Districts, a man moves from a capital city to a remote town in the border country, where he intends to spend the last years of his life. It is time, he thinks, to review the spoils of a lifetime of seeing, a lifetime of reading. Which sights, which people, which books, fictional characters, turns of phrase, and lines of verse will survive into the twilight? A dark-haired woman with a wistful expression? An ancestral house in the grasslands? The colors in translucent panes of glass, in marbles and goldfish and racing silks? Feeling an increasing urgency to put his mental landscape in order, the man sets to work cataloging this treasure, little knowing where his “report” will lead and what secrets will be brought to light. Border Districts is a jewel of a farewell from one of the greatest living writers of English prose.

The Crux

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Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822384981

Category: Fiction

Page: 181

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Long out of print, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novel The Crux is an important early feminist work that brings to the fore complicated issues of gender, citizenship, eugenics, and frontier nationalism. First published serially in the feminist journal The Forerunner in 1910, The Crux tells the story of a group of New England women who move west to start a boardinghouse for men in Colorado. The innocent central character, Vivian Lane, falls in love with Morton Elder, who has both gonorrhea and syphilis. The concern of the novel is not so much that Vivian will catch syphilis, but that, if she were to marry and have children with Morton, she would harm the "national stock." The novel was written, in Gilman’s words, as a "story . . . for young women to read . . . in order that they may protect themselves and their children to come." What was to be protected was the civic imperative to produce "pureblooded" citizens for a utopian ideal. Dana Seitler’s introduction provides historical context, revealing The Crux as an allegory for social and political anxieties—including the rampant insecurities over contagion and disease—in the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century. Seitler highlights the importance of The Crux to understandings of Gilman’s body of work specifically and early feminism more generally. She shows how the novel complicates critical history by illustrating the biological argument undergirding Gilman’s feminism. Indeed, The Crux demonstrates how popular conceptions of eugenic science were attractive to feminist authors and intellectuals because they suggested that ideologies of national progress and U.S. expansionism depended as much on women and motherhood as on masculine contest.