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Word Spy

Author : Paul McFedries
ISBN : 9780767918077
Genre : Reference
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Language wears many hats, but its most important job is to help us name or describe what's in the world. Words define us, our actions, even our existence. And just when you think that you have all the words you need, you discover new ones, hear new uses for old ones or see them mutate right before your eyes—a neologism is born. Those neologisms are actually one of the best ways of keeping tabs on the way our world and culture are changing. One of the people who's been keeping tabs is Paul McFedries, the president of Logophilia Limited (logophilia is Greek for "the love of words"). His scorecard is Word Spy, a daily newsletter that has been reporting from the neological frontier since 1998 and that has more than 100,000 visitors a month and more than 12 million page views. In Word Spy, McFedries demonstrates how new words both reflect and illuminate not only the subcultures that coin them but also the larger culture in which these groups exist. Neologisms give us insight into the way things are even as they act as linguistic harbingers of what's to come. Each chapter of Word Spy is a cultural snapshot, a slice of the zeitgeist that focuses on a specific idea or sociological phenomenon, with an emphasis on the words and phrases that it has generated. These snapshots cover various aspects of modern life, including relationships, business, technology, war, aging, multiculturalism, and even fast food, all the while introducing us to hybrid words: If your kids can't seem to get away from their computers, they may be addicted to "fritterware" (time-wasting game software). If you're a new mother with a passion for petitioning, you may be a "lactivist" (breast-feeding activist). And if you keep finding yourself staying way later at the office than you ever imagined, you may be suffering from "presenteeism." Word Spy is an exciting and informative travelogue through the evolving landscape of our language and, consequently, the cultures and subcultures that continually mold and shape not just the language but all of us who speak it. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Chick Lit

Author : Suzanne Ferriss
ISBN : 9781136092428
Genre : Literary Criticism
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From the bestselling Bridget Jones's Diary that started the trend to the television sensation Sex and the City that captured it on screen, "chick lit" has become a major pop culture phenomenon. Banking on female audiences' identification with single, urban characters who struggle with the same life challenges, publishers have earned millions and even created separate imprints dedicated to the genre. Not surprisingly, some highbrow critics have dismissed chick lit as trashy fiction, but fans have argued that it is as empowering as it is entertaining. This is the first volume of its kind to examine the chick lit phenomenon from a variety of angles, accounting for both its popularity and the intense reactions-positive and negative-it has provoked. The contributors explore the characteristics that cause readers to attach the moniker "chick" to a particular book and what, if anything, distinguishes the category of chick lit from the works of Jane Austen on one end and Harlequin romance novels on the other. They critique the genre from a range of critical perspectives, considering its conflicted relationship with feminism and postfeminism, heterosexual romance, body image, and consumerism. The fourteen original essays gathered here also explore such trends and subgenres as "Sistah Lit," "Mommy Lit," and "Chick Lit Jr.," as well as regional variations. As the first book to consider the genre seriously, Chick Lit offers real insight into a new generation of women's fiction.

Reference And Information Services

Author : Richard E. Bopp
ISBN : 9781591583745
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Reflecting the dramatic changes shaped by rapidly developing technologies over the past six years, this new fourth edition of "Reference and Information Services" takes the introduction to reference sources and services significantly beyond the content of the first three editions. In Part I, Concepts and Processes, chapters have been revised and updated to reflect new ideas and methods in the provision of reference service in an era when many users have access to the Web. In Part II, "Information Sources and Their Use," discussion of each source type has been updated to encompass key resources in print and on the Web, where an increasing number of freely available sources join those purchased or licensed by libraries. A number of new authors are contributors to this new edition, bringing to their chapters their experience as teachers of reference and as practitioners in different types of libraries. Discussions of services in Part I integrate digital reference as appropriate to each topic, such as how to conduct a reference interview online using instant messaging. Boxes interspersed in the text are used to present scenarios for discussion, to highlight key concepts, or to present excerpts from important documents. Discussions of sources in Part II place more emphasis on designing effective search strategies using both print and digital resources. The chapter on selection and evaluation of sources addresses the changing nature of reference collections and how to evaluate new types of sources. Each chapter concludes with an updated list of additional readings to guide further study. A new companion website will provide links to Web-accessible readings and resources as well as additional scenarios for discussion and example search strategies to supplement those presented in the text.

The Elements Of Expression

Author : Arthur Plotnik
ISBN : 9781936740246
Genre : Reference
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More than ever in this completely updated edition, The Elements of Expression helps word users "light up the cosmos or the written page or the face across the table" as they seek the radiance of expressiveness—the vivid expression of thoughts, feelings, and observations. Nothing kills radiance like the murky, generic language dominating today's talk, airwaves, and posts. It tugs at our every sentence, but using it to express anything beyond the ordinary is like flapping the tongue to escape gravity. The Elements of Expression offers an adventurous and inspiring flight into words that truly share what's percolating in our minds. Here writers, presenters, students, bloggers—even well intentioned "Mad Men"—will discover language to convey precise feelings, move audiences, delight and persuade. No snob or scold, the acclaimed word-maven Arthur Plotnik explores the full range of expressiveness, from playful "tough talk" to finely wrought literature, with hundreds of rousing examples. Confessing that we are all "like a squid in its ink" when first groping for luminous expression, he shines his amiable wit on the elements leading, ultimately, to language of "fissionable intensity."

Modern Culture

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Die Magie Der Kleinen Dinge

Author : Jessie Burton
ISBN : 9783641157838
Genre : Fiction
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Wenn der Schein trügt, muss man zweimal hinsehen Die junge Nella wird mit dem Amsterdamer Handelsmann Johannes Brandt verheiratet. Als sie sein herrschaftliches Haus an der Herengracht zum ersten Mal betritt, schlägt ihr kalte Abneigung von Seiten ihrer neuen Familie entgegen. Nur das Hochzeitsgeschenk spendet ihr Trost: ein Puppenhaus, das eine exakte Nachbildung ihres neuen Zuhauses ist. Doch bald werden Nella mysteriöse kleine Nachbildungen ihrer neuen Familienmitglieder geschickt – und Hinweise auf das, was diese verbergen. Nella beginnt zu ahnen, dass sich hinter der perfekten Fassade der Brandts tiefe Abgründe verbergen – und Geheimnisse, die sie alle in ihren Sog ziehen werden ...

Dunkle Wasser

Author : Louise Doughty
ISBN : 9783641189426
Genre : Fiction
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John Harper liegt in einer abgelegenen Hütte auf einer indonesischen Insel nachts wach, horcht, wie der Regen auf das Dach trommelt, und fürchtet um sein Leben. Doch er hat weniger Angst vor dem, was kommt, als vor einer Tat, die er begangen hat. Bei einem Besuch in der nächstgelegenen Stadt begegnet er Rita, einer Frau mit eigener schwieriger Vergangenheit. Sie lassen sich auf eine Affäre ein, die Harper ungeahnte Möglichkeiten des Exils eröffnet – doch bringt er Rita damit gleichzeitig in Gefahr. An wechselnden Schauplätzen – Europa während des Kalten Krieges, die amerikanische Bürgerrechtsbewegung in Kalifornien und Indonesien –, zeigt Louise Doughty meisterhaft, wie John Harpers Lebensstationen mit finsteren Kapiteln der jüngsten Weltgeschichte verknüpft sind.

Die Frau Die Vom Himmel Fiel

Author : Simon Mawer
ISBN : 9783641088651
Genre : Fiction
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Paris 1943: Eine mutige junge Frau gerät zwischen die Fronten des Krieges – und fi ndet sich zwischen zwei Männern wieder Marian Sutro ist kein Mädchen wie die anderen. Soeben aus der Schule ins Leben entlassen, kauert die neunzehnjährige Londonerin nun vor der geöffneten Tür eines Flugzeugs der Royal Airforce, unter ihr das besetzte Frankreich, bereit, mit dem Fallschirm ins Ungewisse zu springen. Sie soll ihre Jugendliebe Clément aufsuchen, der in Paris für die Nazis als Wissenschaftler arbeitet. Wird sie ihre Aufgabe erfüllen? Wird sie Clément finden – und was wird dann mit Benoît, ihrem neuen Liebhaber? Ein packender Roman über eine starke junge Frau, die Mut in gefährlichen Zeiten beweist, und eine »Casablanca«-gleiche Liebesgeschichte vor der Kulisse des historischen Paris.

Die Libelle

Author : John le Carré
ISBN : 9783843708531
Genre : Fiction
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Alle Romane von John le Carré jetzt als E-Book! - Eine Explosion im Diplomatenviertel zerstört die Villa des israelischen Arbeitsattachés und fordert drei Todesopfer. Ein weiterer grausamer Anschlag in einer Reihe europaweiter Attentate, zu denen sich die Terrorgruppe Palästinensische Agonie bekennt. Für den endgültigen Vernichtungsschlag gegen die Terroristen braucht der israelische Meisterspion Schulmann die Hilfe von Charlie, einer jungen englischen Schauspielerin. Als sie einwilligt, einen mit Sprengstoff beladenen Mercedes durch Jugoslawien zu fahren, gibt es für sie kein Zurück mehr. Um zu überleben, wird sie die Rolle ihres Lebens spielen müssen... Der Bestseller - neu aufgelegt zum 75. Geburtstag von John le Carrè.

Operation Red Sparrow

Author : Jason Matthews
ISBN : 9783641143671
Genre : Fiction
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Die Thrillersensation aus den USA, verfasst von einem CIA-Insider. Der aufstrebende CIA-Agent Nathaniel Nash soll in Moskau einen hochrangigen Informanten der Gegenseite treffen. Als plötzlich Schergen des russischen Geheimdienstes auftauchen, gelingt es Nash, seine Quelle unerkannt in Sicherheit zu bringen. Doch mit der Aktion gefährdet er die gesamte Operation und wird selbst zur Zielscheibe. Denn um den Verräter in den eigenen Reihen zur Strecke zu bringen, setzt der russische Geheimdienst die junge Agentin Dominika Egorowa auf Nash an. Dominika ist ein „Red Sparrow“, ausgebildet zur verführerischen und tödlichen Falle. Ein gefährliches Doppelspiel zwischen den Fronten entbrennt ...

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