As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Beloved is a spellbinding and innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past.
Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later, she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile, Sethe’s house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he called "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." Its theme and outlook are often cited as examples of Camus' philosophy — absurdism coupled with existentialism — though Camus personally rejected the latter label.
Five years ago, after an accident, two murders, and a suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded their cheer squad. Now the faculty and students want to remember those that they lost. But not Monica — Monica just wants to forget. The letters in her stepdad’s desk, the missing cell phone, the strange new friend at school. . . . whatever happened five years ago isn’t over yet.
The year is 1664 when young Will Godwin comes to London. In order to survive, he becomes an assistant to a wicked alchemist, Elias Theophratus Spittle. On an errand one freezing night, Will finds a mother cat and her three kittens and brings the family back to his master's lab where an extraordinary tale of villainy, sorcery, and murder unfolds.
First published in Weird Tales Magazine, The Shunned House is a horror novella that follows the narrator and his uncle, Dr. Elihu Whipple, as they investigate an old house with a disturbing reputation for driving its occupants insane and causing them a slow, wasting death.
A mysterious disaster strikes the city of Bellona — and only Bellona. A city block burns down and reappears a week later; clouds cover the sky for weeks, then part to reveal two moons; a week passes for one person when a day passes for another. Most of the inhabitants flee, and the only ones who remain are the young, the poor, the mad, the violent, and the outcast. But some are still drawn to Bellona, among them the Kid, an American-Indian man who can't remember his own name.
Written 400 years before the birth of Christ, this detailed account of the life-and-death struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling its author's ambitious claim. Thucydides himself (c.460-400 BC) was an Athenian and achieved the rank of general in the earlier stages of the war. He applied thereafter a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance in compiling this factual record of a disastrous conflict.
Ranging widely, from Homer to Make Way for Ducklings, from the Bible to John le Carré, this book is both a study of the techniques of fiction-making and an alternative history of the novel. Playful and profound, How Fiction Works will be enlightening to writers, readers, and anyone else interested in what happens on the page.
In his inimitably entertaining and witty style, Mark Forsyth takes apart famous lines and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything to say — you simply need to say it well.
Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress, and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character.
Myth, according to Campbell, is the projection of a culture's dreams onto a large screen; Campbell's book, like Star Wars, the film it helped inspire, is an exploration of the big-picture moments from the stage that is our world. It is a must-have resource for students of mythology, writing, and life.
This book contains Hemingway’s reflections on the nature of the writer and on elements of the writer’s life, including specific and helpful advice to writers on the craft of writing, work habits, and discipline. The Hemingway personality comes through in general wisdom, wit, humor, and insight, and in his insistence on the integrity of the writer and of the profession itself.
A scholar, writer, and teacher, Campbell has had a profound influence on millions of people. To him, mythology was the "song of the universe, the music of the spheres." The Power of Myth is a transcript of Campbell's interview with Bill Moyers — one of America's most prominent journalists. The two of them discuss wide-ranging subjects, from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering brilliant insights on the power and nature of our cultural, grand narrative.
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