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The Imaginary Girlfriend

Author : John Irving
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“Detail[s] Irving’s parallel careers of writing and wrestling . . . with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels” (The Denver Post). Dedicated to the memory of two wrestling coaches and two writer friends, The Imaginary Girlfriend is John Irving’s candid memoir of his twin careers in writing and wrestling. The award-winning author of bestselling novels from The World According to Garp to Avenue of Mysteries, Irving began writing when he was fourteen, the same age at which he began to wrestle at Exeter. From those early days until his fourth wrestling-related surgery at the age of fifty-three, he explores the interrelationship between the two disciplines. Writing as a father and mentor, Irving offers a lucid portrait of those writers and wrestlers—from Kurt Vonnegut to Ted Seabrooke—who guided him in his own development as a novelist, wrestler, and wrestling coach. As The Denver Post observed, this memoir is “a rich, wonderful, and diverse look into the creative mind of one of America’s most imaginative and passionate novelists.” “The nearest thing to an autobiography Irving has written . . . Worth saving and savoring.” —The Seattle Times “Irving’s wrestling coaches, his writing mentors, and his family are vivid, inviting readers into a colorful world.” —USA Today “A masterpiece . . . The generosity of spirit that marks his fiction leaks into his memoir in tender and surprising ways.” —Edmonton Journal

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I was the only student in my Genetics class who failed to control his fruit-fly experiment. The red eyes and the white eyes were interbreeding so rapidly that I lost track of the generations. I attempted to dispose of the evidence in the drinking fountain outside the lab, but fruit flies could live for days in the water pipes. #2 I was a failure at Exeter, and I didn’t hate the school. I was defensive on the subject of people calling my stepfather my father, because I loved him and he was the only father I’d ever known.

The Imaginary Girlfriend

Author : John Irving
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“The nearest thing to an autobiography Irving has written . . . worth saving and savoring."—Seattle Times Dedicated to the memory of two wrestling coaches and two writer friends, The Imaginary Girlfriend is John Irving's candid memoir of his twin careers in writing and wrestling. The award-winning author of best-selling novels from The World According to Garp to In One Person and Avenue of Mysteries, Irving began writing when he was fourteen, the same age at which he began to wrestle at Exeter. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, was certified as a referee at twenty-four, and coached the sport until he was forty-seven. Irving coached his sons Colin and Brendan to New England championship titles, a championship that he himself was denied. In an autobiography filled with the humor and compassion one finds in his fiction, Irving explores the interrelationship between the two disciplines of writing and wrestling, from the days when he was a beginner at both until his fourth wresting related surgery at the age of fifty-three. Writing as a father and mentor, he offers a lucid portrait of those—writers and wrestlers from Kurt Vonnegut to Ted Seabrooke—who played a mentor role in his development as a novelist, wrestler, and wrestling coach. He reveals lessons he learned about the pursuit for which he is best known, writing. “And,” as the Denver Post observed, in filling “his narrative with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels, Irving combines the lessons of both obsessions (wrestling and writing) . . . into a somber reflection on the importance of living well.”

Revenge of the Nerd

Author : Curtis Armstrong
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Risky Business. Revenge of the Nerds. Better Off Dead. Moonlighting. Supernatural. American Dad. New Girl. What do all of these movies and television shows have in common? Curtis Armstrong. A legendary comedic second banana to a litany of major stars, Curtis is forever cemented in the public imagination as Booger from Revenge of the Nerds. A classically trained actor, Curtis began his incredible 40-year career on stage but progressed rapidly to film and television. He was typecast early and it proved to be the best thing that could have happened. But there’s more to Curtis’ story than that. Born and bred a nerd, he spent his early years between Detroit, a city so nerdy that the word was coined there in 1951, and, improbably, Geneva, Switzerland. His adolescence and early adulthood was spent primarily between the covers of a book and indulging his nerdy obsessions. It was only when he found his true calling, as an actor and unintentional nerd icon, that he found true happiness. With whip-smart, self-effacing humor, Armstrong takes us on a most unlikely journey—one nerd’s hilarious, often touching rise to the middle. He started his life as an outcast and matured into...well, an older, slightly paunchier, hopefully wiser outcast. In Hollywood, as in life, that counts as winning the game.

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

Author : John Irving
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A commemorative hardcover edition of the only collection ever published of the celebrated novelist's shorter works. Here is a treat for devoted fans of John Irving. First published twenty years ago, Trying to Save Piggy Sneed contains a dozen short works by the author, beginning with three memoirs. The longest of the memoirs is "The Imaginary Girlfriend," his candid account of his twin careers in writing and wrestling, which, as the Denver Post observed, is filled "with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels . . . [and] combines the lessons of both obsessions." The middle portion of the book is fiction. Over a career that spans thirteen novels, these are the six stories that Mr. Irving considers finished. Among them is "Interior Space," for which he won the O. Henry Award. In the third and final section are three homages: one to Günter Grass and two to Charles Dickens. To each of the twelve pieces, he has contributed author's notes, which provide some perspective on the circumstances surrounding the writing of each piece. For readers who prefer a hardcover, this commemorative edition is a book to treasure. For new readers, it is a perfect introduction to the author of works as moving and mischievous as The World According to Garp,A Prayer for Owen Meany, and In One Person. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

My Movie Business

Author : John Irving
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John Irving's memoir begins with his account of the distinguished career and medical writings of the novelist's grandfather Dr Frederick C. Irving, a renowned obstetrician and gynaecologist, and includes Mr Irving's incisive history of abortion politics in the United States. But My Movie Business focuses primarily on the thirteen years John Irving spent adapting his novel The Cider House Rules for the screen - for four different directors. Mr Irving also writes about the failed effort to make his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, into a movie, about two of the films that were made from his novels (but not from his screenplays), The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire; about his slow progress at shepherding his screenplay of A Son of the Circus into production. Not least, and in addition to its qualities as a memoir - anecdotal, comic, affectionate and candid - My Movie Business is an insightful essay on the essential differences between writing a novel and writing a screenplay.

Under a Southern Moon

Author : Patricia Colella
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Scooter and his family fled the blazing forest fire to the safe hide-away of a Kudzu-covered fence between the forest and the old plantation house known as Stone Gable. Scooter was a scholarly raccoon but what he couldnt know, while checking out the place that was to become their new home, was that the attic of Stone Gable was exactly his wheelhouse. Purely by dumb-luck he happened upon the biggest discovery of his life, and the implications for Stone Gable were so profound he wondered if he could ever figure out why humans did what they did. Oddly enough, they could almost reach-out and touch their land, their old home, their beloved tree, but even if they stretched and strained they would never touch it again. Change happened, and they were trying to adjust. But after all that, after all those months in which Stone Gable had happily become their home, there was that bleakest of days, the worst day of Scooters life. His wife and three children were hiding as he taught them to do when danger loomed. Danger was looming now, and it came in the form of Matthew, the exterminator. Scooter bloodied his paws and fingers scratching at doors and windows, used his body as a battering-ram trying to gain access, but to no avail. His only optionface the enemy! Face Miss Anne head on and plead for her mercy. As he ran toward her he was sure she would try to beat him to death with the nearest thing she could grab, and with his wild demeanor and bloodied body he could understand that. How did my life come to this, he wondered? Ages: 9, 10, 11, 12

Casualty of War

Author : Kim Moore
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Eileen Eliot shares an intimate, 14-year history with Fran Sullivan, a member of the Irish Republican Army working out of Boston. He said she was safe from its tentacles. He was wrong. As Fran plots the way to an IRA ceasefire, avoids a murder attempt and “disappears” to Belfast, Eileen stands on the edge of his involvement, then the Organization arrives at her door. The IRA, without Fran’s knowledge pulls her into their system. Fran’s disappearance sets off her initiation into keeping her own secrets from her friends and risking a new relationship with a congressional Chief of Staff. In a novel that blends suspense, sharp wit, and characters and places that jump off the pages, experience life in the Organization from a new perspective, Eileen’s. As the saying goes, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Challenging Memories and Rebuilding Identities

Author : Margarida Rendeiro
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Taking an original approach, Challenging Memories and Rebuilding Identities: Literary and Artistic Voices that undo the Lusophone Atlantic explores a selected body of cultural works from Portugal, Brazil and Lusophone Africa. Contributors from various fields of expertise examine the ways contemporary writers, artists, directors, and musicians explore canonical forms in visual arts, cinema, music and literature, and introduce innovation in their narratives, at the same time they discuss the social and historical context they belong to.


Author : Angela Duckworth
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In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People). The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. In Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. “Duckworth’s ideas about the cultivation of tenacity have clearly changed some lives for the better” (The New York Times Book Review). Among Grit’s most valuable insights: any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal; grit can be learned, regardless of IQ or circumstances; when it comes to child-rearing, neither a warm embrace nor high standards will work by themselves; how to trigger lifelong interest; the magic of the Hard Thing Rule; and so much more. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference. This is “a fascinating tour of the psychological research on success” (The Wall Street Journal).