This is a reissue of a modern classic. This book catapulted Norman Mailer to fame on its first publication in 1948. ´The best war novel to come out of the United States.´ - ´´The Times´´. This is Norman Mailer´s first novel. It is the book that catapulted him to instant fame. A modern classic, on every American Literature student´s reading list. Based on Mailer´s own experience of military service in the Philippines during World War Two, ´´The Naked and the Dead´´ is a graphically truthful and shattering portrayal of ordinary men in battle. First published in 1949, as America was still basking in the glories of the Allied victory, it altered forever the popular perception of warfare.
One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2009-- now adapted into the feature film Certain Women, starring Kristen Stewart-- award-winning writer Maile Meloy´s short stories explore complex lives in an austere landscape with the clear-sightedness that first endeared her to readers. Don´t miss her new novel, Do Not Become Alarmed. Meloy´s first return to short stories since her critically acclaimed debut, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is an extraordinary new work from one of the most promising writers of the last decade. Eleven unforgettable new stories demonstrate the emotional power and the clean, assured style that have earned Meloy praise from critics and devotion from readers. Propelled by a terrific instinct for storytelling, and concerned with the convolutions of modern love and the importance of place, this collection is about the battlefields-and fields of victory-that exist in seemingly harmless spaces, in kitchens and living rooms and cars. Set mostly in the American West, the stories feature small-town lawyers, ranchers, doctors, parents, and children, and explore the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship. A ranch hand falls for a recent law school graduate who appears unexpectedly- and reluctantly-in his remote Montana town. A young father opens his door to find his dead grandmother standing on the front step. Two women weigh love and betrayal during an early snow. Throughout the book, Meloy examines the tensions between having and wanting, as her characters try to keep hold of opposing forces in their lives: innocence and experience, risk and stability, fidelity and desire. Knowing, sly, and bittersweet, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It confirms Maile Meloy´s singular literary talent. Her lean, controlled prose, full of insight and unexpected poignancy, is the perfect complement to her powerfully moving storytelling.
Portrays the contrasting personalities and nostalgic reminiscences of a group of American soldiers engaged in a combat operation against the Japanese during World War II.
Americans are not shy about letting politicians know what?s on their minds, and, in Harry Truman, they believed that they had a president they could level with. He even sometimes responded personally to them?especially on subjects he felt strongly about. Today, it seems remarkable that a man who described the presidency as ?the most awesome job in the world? would take the time to read and respond to White House mail.Truman, however, had an unquenchable thirst for what his ?everyday Americans? were thinking, yet distrusted opinion polls. For him, the daily stack of mail provided the next best poll after the voting booth. Authors Giangreco and Moore include a robust cross section of the thousands of messages sent to Truman. Juxtaposed with informative background essays, these letters provide an undiluted account of the greatest challenges confronting the U.S. during Truman?s administration, including civil rights, the Marshall Plan, the formation of Israel, the atomic bomb, the McCarthy hearings, the Korean War, and the General McArthur?s dismissal, which alone solicited more than 90,000 missives. While the majority of the letters are from private citizens, others come from correspondents, the occasional bombastic senator, and a few from the world figures.
From the six-time Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Military Religious Freedom Foundation´s official archives comes this second jaw-dropping collection of hate mail, threats, and criticisms of the MRFF´s efforts to ensure that all members of the U.S. Armed Forces fully receive the constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
The first collection of short fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides Jeffrey Eugenides´s bestselling novels have shown him to be an astute observer of the crises of adolescence, self-discovery, family love, and what it means to be American in our times. The stories in Fresh Complaint explore equally rich-and intriguing-territory. Ranging from the bitingly reproductive antics of ´´Baster´´ to the dreamy, moving account of a young traveler´s search for enlightenment in ´´Air Mail´´ (selected by Annie Proulx for Best American Short Stories ), this collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies. We meet a failed poet who, envious of other people´s wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art founder under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in ´´Fresh Complaint,´´ a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her immigrant family lead her to a drastic decision that upends the life of a middle-aged British physicist. Narratively compelling, beautifully written, and packed with a density of ideas despite their fluid grace, these stories chart the development and maturation of a major American writer.
The Sunday Times Bestseller ´Superb... Weaves winningly between the present and the Second World War, between Tangier and Paris´ Observer American academic Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, yet both find themselves haunted by the ghosts of Paris. Hannah listens to the extraordinary witness of women living under the German Occupation and finds a city bursting with clues, connections and past love affairs, while in the migrant suburbs Tariq is searching for a mother he barely knew. Urgent and deeply moving, Paris Echo asks how much we really need to know in order to live a valuable life. ?An exquisite book. Deeply affecting? Daily Mail
White kids from the ´burbs are throwing up gang signs. The 2001 Grammy winner for best rap artist was as white as rice. And blond-haired sorority sisters are sporting FUBU gear. What is going on in American culture that´s giving our nation a racial-identity crisis? Following the trail blazed by Norman Mailer´s controversial essay ´´The White Negro,? Everything but the Burden brings together voices from music, popular culture, the literary world, and the media speaking about how from Brooklyn to the Badlands white people are co-opting black styles of music, dance, dress, and slang. In this collection, the essayists examine how whites seem to be taking on, as editor Greg Tate´s mother used to tell him, ´´everything but the burden?-from fetishizing black athletes to spinning the ghetto lifestyle into a glamorous commodity. Is this a way of shaking off the fear of the unknown? A flattering indicator of appreciation? Or is it a more complicated cultural exchange? The pieces in Everything but the Burden explore the line between hero-worship and paternalism. Among the book´s twelve essays are Vernon Reid´s ´´Steely Dan Understood as the Apotheosis of ´The White Negro,´? Carl Hancock Rux´s ´´The Beats: America´s First ´Wiggas,´? and Greg Tate´s own introductory essay ´´Nigs ´R Us.? Other contributors include: Hilton Als, Beth Coleman, Tony Green, Robin Kelley, Arthur Jafa, Gary Dauphin, Michaela Angela Davis, dream hampton, and Manthia diAwara.