Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? Patrick Bateman has it all: good looks, youth, charm, a job on Wall Street, reservations at every new restaurant in town and a line of girls around the block. He is also a psychopath. A man addicted to his superficial, perfect life, he pulls us into a dark underworld where the American Dream becomes a nightmare . . . American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time. A multimillion-copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic, it is a violent black comedy about the darkest side of human nature. ´A seminal book´ Fay Weldon, Washington Post ´Serious, clever and shatteringly effective . . . For its savagely coherent picture of a society lethally addicted to blandness, it should be judged by the highest standards´ Sunday Times ´The first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes . . . Ellis is showing older authors where the hands have come to on the clock´ Norman Mailer, Vanity Fair
Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the World War II, ´´The Naked and the Dead´´ received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its 1948 publication and has since become part since become part of the American canon. Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an Army platoon stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.
In Hawthorne´s Shadow:American Romance from Melville to Mailer Samuel Chase Coale
Her sister gone, her roommates soon to follow, Leora Mitchell must now face the fact that she, along with the others, are mail-order brides. For years, her life revolved around Brown’s Textile Mill, her sister Lottie, and their friends. Now, as mail-order brides, they’d be scattered across the country, ready to start a new life. The only problem was Leora had no idea what that life looked like, nor did she have any idea who she was without the familiar faces she loved so much. Pastor Theron Drake needed a wife, and the crazy folks in his congregation whole-heartedly agreed. So much so, they thought they should have as much access to the new Mrs. Drake as he did! They volunteered her for everything they could think of and made her the director of the annual Christmas Play. Throw in the town bully/busybody who’d rather have her own choice of a Mrs. Drake, and you have a mail-order bride that doesn’t know if she’s coming or going. Will Theron and Leora’s new marriage survive the onslaught of his over-zealous parishioners? Or will she crack under the pressure, turn tail, and run? Find out in this hilarious romp, how two people are forced to discover their true strengths and weaknesses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Rahhal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065236/bk_acx0_065236_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Norman Mailer peers into the recesses and buried virtues of the modern American male in a brilliant crime novel that transcends genre. When Tim Madden, an unsuccessful writer living on Cape Cod, awakes with a gruesome hangover, a painful tattoo on his upper arm, and a severed female head in his marijuana stash, he has almost no memory of the night before. As he reconstructs the missing hours, Madden runs afoul of retired prizefighters, sex addicts, mediums, former cons, a world-weary ex-girlfriend, and his own father, old now but still a Herculean figure. Stunningly conceived and vividly composed, Tough Guys Don´t Dance represents Mailer at the peak of his powers. Praise for Tough Guys Don´t Dance ´´Spectacular . . . [Norman Mailer] makes every word count, like a master knife thrower zinging stilettos in a circle around your head.´´-People ´´As brash, brooding and ultimately mesmerizing as the author himself . . . [Mailer strikes a] dazzling balance between humor and horror.´´-New York Daily News ´´A first-rate page-turner of a murder mystery . . . full of great characters, littered with dead bodies and replete with plausible suspects.´´-Chicago Tribune ´´[Tough Guys Don´t Dance] has that charming Mailer bravado.´´-The New York Times Praise for Norman Mailer ´´[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and larger than any other writer of his generation.´´-The New York Times ´´A writer of the greatest and most reckless talent.´´-The New Yorker ´´Mailer is indispensable, an American treasure.´´-The Washington Post ´´A devastatingly alive and original creative mind.´´-Life ´´Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.´´-The New York Review of Books ´´The largest mind and imagination [in modern] American literature . . . Unlike just about every American writer since Henry James, Mailer has managed to grow and become richer in wisdom with each new book.´´-Chicago Tribune ´´Mailer is a master of his craft. His language carries you through the story like a leaf on a stream.´´-The Cincinnati Post From the Paperback edition.
American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative:Mailer, Wideman, Eggers American Literature Readings in the Twenty-First Century. Auflage 2012 J. D´Amore
Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, a breathtaking elegy to the waning days of human spaceflight as we have known it. In the 1960s humans took their first steps away from Earth - and for a time our possibilities in space seemed endless. But in a time of austerity, and in the wake of high-profile disasters like Challenger, that dream has ended. In early 2011, Margaret Lazarus Dean traveled to Cape Canaveral for NASA´s last three space shuttle launches in order to bear witness to the end of an era. With Dean as our guide to Florida´s Space Coast and to the history of NASA, Leaving Orbit takes the measure of what American spaceflight has achieved while reckoning with its earlier witnesses, such as Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, and Oriana Fallaci. Along the way Dean meets NASA workers, astronauts, and space fans, gathering possible answers to the question: What does it mean that a spacefaring nation won´t be going to space anymore? Cover image courtesy of NASA. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lauren Fortgang. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023739/bk_adbl_023739_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Norman Mailer was one of the towering figures of twentieth-century American letters and an acknowledged master of the essay. Mind of an Outlaw, the first posthumous publication from this outsize literary icon, collects Mailer´s most important and representative work in the form that many rank as his most electrifying. As America´s foremost public intellectual, Norman Mailer was a ubiquitous presence in our national life - on the airwaves and in print - for more than sixty years. With his supple mind and pugnacious persona, he engaged society more than any other writer of his generation. The trademark Mailer swagger is much in evidence in these pages as he holds forth on culture, ideology, politics, sex, gender, and celebrity, among other topics. Here is Mailer on boxing, Mailer on Hemingway, Mailer on Marilyn Monroe, and, of course, Mailer on Mailer - the one subject that served as the beating heart of all of his nonfiction. From his early essay ´´A Credo for the Living,´´ published in 1948, when the author was twenty-five, to his final writings in the year before his death, Mailer wrestled with the big themes of his times. He was one of the most astute cultural commentators of the postwar era, a swashbuckling intellectual provocateur who never pulled a punch and was rarely anything less than interesting. Mind of an Outlaw spans the full arc of Mailer´s evolution as a writer, including such essential pieces as his acclaimed 1957 meditation on hipsters, ´´The White Negro´´; multiple selections from his seminal collection Advertisements for Myself; and a never-before-published essay on Sigmund Freud. Incendiary, erudite, and unrepentantly outrageous, Norman Mailer was a dominating force on the battlefield of ideas. Featuring an incisive Introduction by Jonathan Lethem, Mind of an Outlaw forms a fascinating portrait of Mailer´s intellectual development across the span of his career as well as the preoccupations o... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008473/bk_brll_008473_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The American Directory, and Traveller´s Companion:Containing a List of Inn-Keepers, on the Principal Mail State Roads, From Darien, (Geo,) To Boston, (Mass,), Showing the Distance From Each, And Also, From Washington City, Correctly Measured Lorenzo T. Hall
"I; [name], do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God." (The oath taken by Pony Express riders) Although it was only in operation for about 18 months, the Pony Express remains the most famous and romanticized mailing system in American history. It still instantly brings to mind all of the old themes of the untamed frontier and the Wild West. Starting shortly before the Civil War erupted across the United States, the Pony Express connected the east and west by having riders deliver mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California - a route set up by previous explorations and a system of relay stations and waypoints. When working in perfect unison, the Pony Express dramatically cut down the time it took to travel to California, with the mail traveling nearly 1,900 miles to California just 10 days after the beginning of the journey in Missouri. Naturally, the Pony Express also ran from west to east as well. Of course part of the allure of the Pony Express is in the way it challenged riders and horses, which ties it to Americans´ fond visions of the frontier as an untamed landscape that only the most pioneering and rugged individuals could survive. At the same time, the Pony Express needed small riders to reduce the weight being carried by the horses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James McSorley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033740/bk_acx0_033740_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Norman Mailer and the stars of the Emmy Award-winning T.V. series Cagney and Lacey, Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly on this edition of Fresh Air. Mailer talks about his 1995 book Oswald´s Tale: An American Mystery. The book profiles Lee Harvey Oswald´s life. Mailer says we must ask ´´Who was Oswald?´´ as a prelude to asking ´´Who killed JFK?´´. This is Mailer´s 28th book. Gless and Daly played New York City Police detectives in their series which aired on CBS from 1982 to 1988. ´´C&G´´ was the first TV crime show in which the two central characters were female. (Original Broadcast Date: April 27, 1995) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/000781/rt_whyy_000781_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.