♥ Book Title : Tumble Home
☯ Full Synopsis : "Critically acclaimed master of the short story Amy Hempel’s Tumble Home is narrated by people with skewed visions of home. Not exactly crazy, they become obsessed and irrational as their inner logic leads them astray. In the title novella, a woman living in a psychiatric halfway house writes to a man she has met only once. Proceeding in brief vignettes that link and illuminate, she recounts her peculiar life with the other patients. The accretions of anecdote lead deeper and deeper into the psyche and history of the narrator, gradually revealing the reason for her urgent letter."Article| Amy Hempel| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel
☯ Full Synopsis : "A complete collection of short works offers insight into the progression of the writer's work throughout a thirty-year period and features, among other tales, the complete texts of At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage. Reprint. 25,000 first printing."Article| Amy Hempel| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Reasons to Live
☯ Full Synopsis : "Hempel's now-classic collection of short fiction is peopled by complex characters who have discovered that their safety nets are not dependable and who must now learn to balance on the threads of wit, irony, and spirit."Article| Amy Hempel| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : New Stories from the South 2010
☯ Full Synopsis : "Over the past twenty-five years, New Stories from the South has published the work of now well-known writers, including James Lee Burke, Andre Dubus, Barbara Kingsolver, John Sayles, Joshua Ferris, and Abraham Verghese and nurtured the talents of many others, including Larry Brown, Jill McCorkle, Brock Clarke, Lee Smith, and Daniel Wallace. This twenty-fifth volume reachs out beyond the South to one of the most acclaimed short story writers of our day. Guest editor Amy Hempel admits, “I’ve always had an affinity for writers from the South,” and in her choices, she’s identified the most inventive, heartbreaking, and chilling stories being written by Southerners all across the country. From the famous (Rick Bass, Wendell Berry, Elizabeth Spencer, Wells Tower, Padgett Powell, Dorothy Allison, Brad Watson) to the finest new talents, Amy Hempel has selected twenty-five of the best, most arresting stories of the past year. The 2010 collection is proof of the enduring vitality of the short form and the vigor of this ever-changing yet time-honored series."Article| Amy Hempel| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom
☯ Full Synopsis : "A collection of stories deals with women's responses to life's challenges"Article| Amy Hempel| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Dog of the Marriage
☯ Full Synopsis : "Amy Hempel's compassion, intensity, and illuminating observations have made her one of the most distinctive and admired modern writers. In three stunning books of stories, she has established a voice as unique and recognizable as the photographs of Cindy Sherman or the brushstrokes of Robert Motherwell. The Dog of the Marriage, Hempel's fourth collection, is about sexual obsession, relationships gone awry, and the unsatisfied longings of everyday life. In "Offertory," a modern-day Scheherazade entertains and manipulates her lover with stories of her sexual encounters with a married couple as a very young woman. In "Reference # 388475848-5," a letter contesting a parking ticket becomes a beautiful and unnerving statement of faith. In "Jesus Is Waiting," a woman driving to New York sends a series of cryptically honest postcards to an old lover. And the title story is a heartbreaking tale about the objects and animals and unmired desires that are left behind after death or divorce. These nine stories teem with wisdom, emotion, and surprising wit. Hempel explores the intricate psychology of people falling in and out of love, trying to locate something or someone elusive or lost. Her sentences are as lean, original, and startling as any in contemporary fiction."Article| Amy Hempel| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Minimalism and the Short Story--Raymond Carver, Amy Hempel, and Mary Robison
☯ Full Synopsis : "Addresses minimalism as demonstrating a parallel poetic to that of the short story, and analyzes many works of short fiction by Raymond Carver, Amy Hempel and Mary Robison which reflect this relationship. This book traces the evolution of literary minimalism as a by-product of the short story."Article| Cynthia Whitney Hallett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Unleashed
☯ Full Synopsis : "Now in paperback, an irresistible gift for dog lovers: poems from the dogs' point of view, written by the well known writers and poets who love them. List of contributors: Edward Albee, Jennifer Allen, Danny Anderson, Lynda Barry, Rick Bass, Charles Baxter, Robert Benson, Roy Blount, Jr., Ron Carlson, Jill Ciment, Bernard Cooper, Stephen Dobyns, Mark Doty, Stephen Dunn, Anderson Ferrell, Amy Gerstler, Matthew Graham, Ron Hansen, Brooks Haxton, Cynthia Heimel, Amy Hempel, Noy Hollan, Andrew Hudgins, John Irving, Denis Johnson, R.S. Jones, Walter Kirn, Sheila Kohler, Maxine Kumin, Natalie Kusz, Anne Lamott, Gordon Lish, Ralph Lombreglia, Merrill Markoe, Pearson Marx, Erin McGraw, Heather McHugh, Arthur Miller, George Minot, Susan Minot, Honor Moore, Mary Morris, Alicia Muñoz, Elise Paschen, Padgett Powell, Wyatt Prunty, Lawrence Raab, Mark Richard, John Rybicki, Jeanne Schinto, Bob Shacochis, Jim Shepard, Karen Shepard, Lee Smith, Ben Sonnenberg, Kate Clark Spencer, Gerald Stern, Terese Svoboda, William Tester, Abigail Thomas, Lily Tuck, Sidney Wade, Kathryn Walker, William Wegman From the Trade Paperback edition."Article| Amy Hempel, Jim Shepard| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Pit Bull
☯ Full Synopsis : "Welcome to the world of Martin "Buzzy" Schwartz, Champion Trader--the man whose nerves of steel and killer instinct in the canyons of Wall Street earned him the well-deserved name "Pit Bull." This is the true story of how Schwartz became the best of the best, of the people and places he discovered along the way and of the trader’s tricks and techniques he used to make his millions."Article| Martin Schwartz, Amy Hempel| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ragioni per vivere
☯ Full Synopsis : "I personaggi della Hempel, feriti, irrequieti, tragici, non si lasciano distruggere da avvenimenti imprevisti, da errori e scelte sbagliate. Hanno imparato a contare su piccoli trionfi quotidiani di umorismo e ironia per trasformare le cicatrici in ragioni per continuare a vivere; e ad attingere alla riserva di forza dell'animo femminile, fatta di sincerità, capacità di emozione e di relazione."Article| Amy Hempel| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Deborah Berke
☯ Full Synopsis : "She has designed banks and hotels, college master plans and retail spaces, galleries, residences, and studios for leading artists. In more than twenty-five years of practice, Deborah Berke has produced an extraordinary body of work that is grounded in the conviction that architecture is not an end in itself, but a setting that is enhanced by its use. This book is the first to explore Berke’s remarkable career as an architect, designer, teacher, and writer who has forged a strong and evolving aesthetic. As examined in a series of engaging essays, Berke’s architecture blends tectonic coherence, a keen sensitivity to the intrinsic qualities of materials, and meticulous attention to detail. While all of her work possesses these distinctive attributes, each project is subtly rooted in its context and ennobles the uses specific to that space. Through newly commissioned photographs, twenty-one of Berke’s thought-provoking projects appear here, including the Irwin Union Bank, Yale School of Art, 21c Museum Hotel, and Marianne Boesky Gallery. Also featured are Berke’s reflections on her growing interest in the “here and now”—an approach to architecture intended to counteract the banal placelessness of much of our environment by designing buildings that are intensely bound to and grounded in their sites."Article| Tracy Myers, Deborah Berke| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules
☯ Full Synopsis : "'When apple-picking season ended, I got a Job in a packing plant and gravitated towards short stories, which I could read during my break and reflect upon for the remainder of my shift. A good one would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit . . . Once, before leaving on vacation, I copied an entire page from an Alice Munro story and left it in my typewriter, hoping a burglar might come upon it and mistake her words for my own. That an intruder would spend his valuable time reading, that he might be impressed by the description of a crooked face, was something I did not question, as I believed, and still do, that stories can save you'."Article| David Sedaris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Hand That Feeds You
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Morgan Russell, 30, is completing her thesis on victim psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and newly engaged to Bennett, a man more possessive than those she has dated in the past, but also more chivalrous--and the sex is hot. She returns from class one day to find Bennett brutally killed, and her dogs--a Great Pyrenees, and two pit bulls she was fostering--covered in blood. Bewildered and devastated that her dogs could have committed such violence, she worries that she might suffer from one of the syndromes she studies--pathological altruism: when selfless acts do more damage than good. When Morgan tries to locate Bennett's parents to tell them about their son's hideous death, she discovers that everything he has told her--where he was born, where he lives in Montreal, where he works--was a lie. He is not the man he said he was. In fact, he fits the clinical definition of a sociopath, and he had several fiance all believing the same promises he gave Morgan. And then, one by one, these other women are murdered. Morgan's research into Bennett has taken on an urgency: in order to stay alive, she must find out how an intelligent woman like herself, who studies predators, becomes a victim. Sexy, disturbing, and highly suspenseful, this is a brilliant collaboration between two outstanding writers"--"Article| A.J. Rich| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Study Guide for Amy Hempel's "In the Cemetary Where Al Jolson Is Buried"
☯ Full Synopsis : "A Study Guide for Amy Hempel's "In the Cemetary Where Al Jolson Is Buried," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs."Article| Gale, Cengage Learning| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Cuentos completos
☯ Full Synopsis : "«Su prosa te cautiva... Maravilloso», Alice Munro; «Cada relato es tan conciso, tan ceñido a la esencia de los hechos, que lo único que puedes hacer es tumbarte en el suelo, boca abajo, y deshacerte en elogios», Chuck Palahniuk; «Una inconfundible voz literaria de afinada precisión», Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times. Estos Cuentos completos han sido galardonados con el Ambassador Book Award, el Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award de la Academia Americana de las Artes y las Letras y la Inaugural United States Artists Fellowship; han sido finalistas del PEN/Faulkner Award, y han sido seleccionados como uno de los mejores libros del año por The New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe y Time Out New York. La mejor forma de descubrir a Amy Hempel es sumergirse en su escritura, dejándose sorprender por su compasión, ingenio e insólito modo de retratar un mundo crudo y solitario, pero lleno también de una inesperada belleza. Ningún lector al que le guste la gran literatura debería pasar por alto este libro: «Hempel te convierte en mejor lector», San Francisco Chronicle."Article| Amy Hempel| Statement ..."