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"A Fan's Notes"

♥ Book Title : A Fan's Notes
♣ Name Author : Frederick Exley
∞ Launching : 2010-12-15
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780307763983
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0307763986
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☯ Full Synopsis : "This fictional memoir, the first of an autobiographical trilogy, traces a self professed failure's nightmarish decent into the underside of American life and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair. From the Trade Paperback edition."Article| Frederick Exley| Statement ..."

"The Devil's Snake Curve"

♥ Book Title : The Devil's Snake Curve
♣ Name Author : Josh Ostergaard
∞ Launching : 2014-04-15
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781566893459
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1566893453
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☯ Full Synopsis : "A humorous, historical, and hirsute miscellany that's the baseball book Howard Zinn would have written, if he hated the Yankees."Article| Josh Ostergaard| Statement ..."

"Literary Luxuries"

♥ Book Title : Literary Luxuries
♣ Name Author : Joe David Bellamy
∞ Launching : 1995
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0826210295
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780826210296
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☯ Full Synopsis : "From the Iowa Writers Workshop to the halls of Congress and the National Endowment for the Arts, from the world of literary magazines and writers' conferences to the bizarre realm of the late-twentieth-century American English department, Literary Luxuries takes the reader on a guided tour of American literary life in our time--and the forces threatening its existence. Joe David Bellamy has been a significant figure on the literary scene during the last three decades; as a "literary Everyman," he offers in Literary Luxuries a distinctive and valuable perspective on the culture wars, on education and the imagination, on particular writers and major literary and aesthetic movements, on the role of government in fostering cultural development, and on the day-to-day strife of the writer's life in the United States. As director of the literature program of the National Endowment for the Arts, Bellamy had the unenviable task of trying to persuade Congress and ordinary citizens that American literature is worthy of support, and in Literary Luxuries he continues that debate and helps us to understand its implications: "Literature is our national treasury of language and style and our best reckoning about human life, as it is lived in this time and place." Part memoir, part critique, part impassioned defense of American literary culture and the values it espouses and struggles to uphold, Literary Luxuries offers unforgettable commentary on the literary life in the United States during the last decades of the twentieth century as described from the perspective of one of its key participants."Article| Joe David Bellamy| Statement ..."

"Man in the Crowd"

♥ Book Title : Man in the Crowd
♣ Name Author : Stanley Cohen
∞ Launching : 2012-06-20
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781620874516
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1620874512
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☯ Full Synopsis : "For Stanley Cohen, baseball is the prism through which he views the events of the last seventy years. In The Man in the Crowd, Cohen chronicles America’s changing mood and lifestyle from the years of World War II through the silent generation of the fifties, the revolutionary turmoil of the sixties through the social decay of the seventies, the excess of the eighties through the technological transformation of the nineties, up through the sobering uncertainty of the post- 9/11 present day. His narrative spans four generations as he recounts in sparkling prose how, for his immigrant father, sports was a means of assimilation into life in the New World; the warmth of watching his son and, later, his grandson both fall heir to his devotion; and how the game of baseball has provided his life with its truest sense of continuity."Article| Stanley Cohen| Statement ..."

"Spoiled Sport"

♥ Book Title : Spoiled Sport
♣ Name Author : John Underwood
∞ Launching : 1984-01-01
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0316887331
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780316887335
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☯ Full Synopsis : "The author sees the once wholesome spirit of competitive sports now despoiled by violence, corruption, and a host of unethical practices and links this trend with a national moral dilemma"Article| John Underwood| Statement ..."

"Let the Good Times Rock!"

♥ Book Title : Let the Good Times Rock!
♣ Name Author : Bill Millar
∞ Launching : 2004-01-01
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0951988883
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780951988886
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☯ Full Synopsis : "For almost four decades, the name 'Bill Millar' has been synonymous with the very best in British music writing - from his pioneering books on the Drifters and the Coasters, to his long-running 'Echoes' column in Record Mirror, Let It Rock and Melody Maker, to the authoritative sleevenotes he has penned for dozens of albums. This fabulous new book collects together 49 of his best pieces - some previously unpublished - in a thematic compilation covering hillbilly, rockabilly, R&B, rock' n' roll, doo-wop, swamp pop and soul. Includes essays on the early Sixties doo-wop renaissance, acapella, the swamp pop phenomenon and blue-eyed soul, as well as detailed profiles of some of the most fascinating and influential personalities of each era: Johnnie Allan, Rod Bernard, Bob Bertram, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, Roy Buchanan, Roy C, Ray Campi, Johnny Carroll, Roy Clark, Albert Collins, Mac Curtis, Big Al Downing, Charlie Gracie, Herb Hardesty, Dale Hawkins, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Cecil Holmes, Ivory Joe Hunter, Bull Moose Jackson, Etta James, Jerry Jaye, Young Jessie, Johnny & The Hurricanes, Benny Joy, Baker Knight, Sonny Knight, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lonnie Mack, Stick McGhee, Big Jay McNeely, Bob Montgomery, Lattie Moore, Jimmy Murphy, Eddie Noack, Tony Orlando, Mike Pedicin, Carl Perkins, the Platters, Marvin Rainwater, John Richbourg, Tommy Sands, Major Bill Smith, the Velvets, Link Wray and Big Jim Wynn. Passionate and knowledgable, music journalism rarely comes much better than this."Article| Bill Millar| Statement ..."

"Exley"

♥ Book Title : Exley
♣ Name Author : Brock Clarke
∞ Launching : 2011-09-01
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781616201142
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1616201142
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☯ Full Synopsis : "For young Miller Le Ray, life has become a search. A search for his dad, who may or may not have joined the army and gone to Iraq. A search for a notorious (and, unfortunately, deceased) writer, Frederick Exley, author of the “fictional memoir” A Fan’s Notes, who may hold the key to bringing Miller’s father back. But most of all, his is a search for truth. As Miller says, “Sometimes you have to tell the truth about some of the stuff you’ve done so that people will believe you when you tell them the truth about other stuff you haven’t done.” In Exley as in his previous bestselling novel, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, Brock Clarke takes his reader into a world that is both familiar and disorienting, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining. Told by Miller and Dr. Pahnee, both unreliable narrators, it becomes an exploration of the difference between what we believe to be real and what is in fact real."Article| Brock Clarke| Statement ..."

"State of Mind"

♥ Book Title : State of Mind
♣ Name Author : Tom Pilkington
∞ Launching : 1998
◊ Info ISBN Link : 089096839X
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780890968390
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☯ Full Synopsis : "“Is literary Texas a banana republic or an empire?” Tom Pilkington has written a series of lively and delightfully learned essays addressing this question. Pilkington traces the evolution of Texas literature from its roots (including Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, the state’s literary “prototype,” and J. Frank Dobie, who “taught Texans how to succeed at the culture game”) to its twentieth-century flowering (writers like John Graves, Rolando Hinojosa, Cormac McCarthy, and Larry McMurtry). He explores questions as diverse as who is a Texan, what makes a “Texas” writer, what distinguishes the nascent Texas literary tradition from broader southwestern literature, why regional literature is relevant, and where Texas writing is going. Adding an autobiographical dimension to literary explication, Pilkington uses his experiences of growing up in North Texas in the 1940s and 1950s to illustrate facets of the Texas mythos. His professional experiences as author, editor, and English teacher provide the philosophical underpinnings of his thesis that the Texas literary tradition is a developing one whose golden age may well be imminent. At every stage, Pilkington's discussions of writers and his choices of illustrative works are apt and informative and in many cases may serve to introduce the reader to new writers. Chapters on the Texas military tradition, violence in Texas fiction, and football in Texas life and literature, as well as those on the frontier and ranching and agricultural themes, make this collection of general as well as critical interest."Article| Tom Pilkington| Statement ..."

"Rock Over the Edge"

♥ Book Title : Rock Over the Edge
♣ Name Author : Roger Beebe, Denise Fulbrook, Ben Saunders
∞ Launching : 2002-04-23
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0822329158
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780822329152
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☯ Full Synopsis : "DIVA collection of interdisciplinary essays examining the ever-changing communities and discussions connected to American popular music./div"Article| Roger Beebe, Denise Fulbrook, Ben Saunders| Statement ..."

"Once a Runner"

♥ Book Title : Once a Runner
♣ Name Author : John L. Parker
∞ Launching : 2009-04-07
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781416597919
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1416597913
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Originally self-published in 1978, Once a Runner captures the essence of competitive running—and of athletic competition in general—and has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever published. Inspired by the author’s experience as a collegiate champion, the story focuses on Quenton Cassidy, a competitive runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile. He is less than a second away when the turmoil of the Vietnam War era intrudes into the staid recesses of his school’s athletic department. After he becomes involved in an athletes’ protest, Cassidy is suspended from his track team. Under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, Bruce Denton, a graduate student and former Olympic gold medalist, Cassidy gives up his scholarship, his girlfriend, and possibly his future to withdraw to a monastic retreat in the countryside and begin training for the race of his life against the greatest miler in history. A rare insider’s account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners, Once a Runner is an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one man’s quest to become a champion."Article| John L. Parker| Statement ..."

"Last Notes from Home"

♥ Book Title : Last Notes from Home
♣ Name Author : Frederick Exley
∞ Launching : 2012-04-04
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780307800732
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0307800733
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☯ Full Synopsis : ""Of his generation's metafictioneers, Fred Exley has created the richest and most American body of work .... LAST NOTES tells tales about corruption, confession, and the often terrible beauty of the bonds of love." - VILLAGE VOICE Frederick Exley, the splenetic and prodigiously self-destructive narrator and protagonist of A FAN'S NOTES and PAGES FROM A COLD ISLAND, is alive, if not exactly well. In this exhilarating, scalding new novel, Ex recounts his death watch for his older brother, his imprisonment by a nightmarish Irishman, and his sexual enthrallment to a beautiful flight attendant whose lies are even more inventive than his own. Searching compulsively for love and inevitably betraying it, lashing out at the country in which he is perpetually an alien, Exley remains one of the most riveting characters- and mesmerizing writers - in contemporary American fiction. "[Exley] can weave a number of seemingly unrelated incidents into a single, allusive narrative leading to an unexpected, usually prickly epiphany. His books seem like the loquacious meanderings of one of the more literary and entertainingly cynical, if often terrifyingly frank, guys one might meet in a neighborhood bar.... They reveal themselves as structurally complex, thoroughly imagined, consummate works of art." -BOSTON GLOBE"Article| Frederick Exley| Statement ..."

"Prince"

♥ Book Title : Prince
♣ Name Author : Matt Thorne
∞ Launching : 2012-10-02
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780571273263
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0571273262
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Legendarily reticent, perverse and misleading, Prince is one of the few remaining 80s superstars who still, perhaps, remains unexplained. Now a firm fixture in the pop canon, where such classics as 'Purple Rain', 'Sign o' the Times' and 'Parade' regularly feature in Best Ever Album polls, Prince is still, as he ever was, an enigma. His live performances are legendary (21 Nights at the O2 in 2007) and while recent releases have been modestly successful at best, his influence on urban music, and R'n'B in particular, has never been more evident. The Minneapolis Sound can now be heard everywhere. Matt Thorne's Prince, through years of research and interviews with ex-Revolution members such as Wendy and Lisa, is an account of a pop maverick whose experiments with rock, funk, techno and jazz revolutionised pop. With reference to every song, released and unreleased, over 35 years of recording, Prince will stand for years to come as the go-to book on the Great Man."Article| Matt Thorne| Statement ..."

"Faithful"

♥ Book Title : Faithful
♣ Name Author : Stewart O'Nan, Stephen King
∞ Launching : 2005-09-06
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780743267533
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0743267532
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☯ Full Synopsis : "A chronicle of the Boston Red Sox's 2004 baseball season features a running diary of observations, arguments, play analyses, and controversial management decisions, as recorded by a pair of best-selling horror writers and diehard Red Sox fans."Article| Stewart O'Nan, Stephen King| Statement ..."