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Love And Other Ways Of Dying

Author : Michael Paterniti
ISBN : 9780812997514
Genre : Literary Collections
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LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS • In this moving, lyrical, and ultimately uplifting collection of essays, Michael Paterniti turns a keen eye on the full range of human experience, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of everyday people. Michael Paterniti is one of the most original and empathic storytellers working today. His writing has been described as “humane, devastating, and beautiful” by Elizabeth Gilbert, “spellbinding” by Anthony Doerr, and “expansive and joyful” by George Saunders. In the seventeen wide-ranging essays collected for the first time in Love and Other Ways of Dying, he brings his full literary powers to bear, pondering happiness and grief, memory and the redemptive power of human connection. In the remote Ukranian countryside, Paterniti picks apples (and faces mortality) with a real-life giant; in Nanjing, China, he confronts a distraught jumper on a suicide bridge; in Dodge City, Kansas, he takes up residence at a roadside hotel and sees, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor. In each instance, Paterniti illuminates the full spectrum of human experience, introducing us to unforgettable everyday people and bygone legends, exploring the big ideas and emotions that move us. Paterniti reenacts François Mitterrand’s last meal in a rustic dining room in France and drives across America with Albert Einstein’s brain in the trunk of his rental car, floating in a Tupperware container. He delves with heartbreaking detail into the aftermath of a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, an earthquake in Haiti, and a tsunami in Japan—and, in searing swirls of language, unearths the complicated, hidden truths these moments of extremity teach us about our ability to endure, and to love. Michael Paterniti has spent the past two decades grappling with some of our most powerful subjects and incomprehensible events, taking an unflinching point of view that seeks to edify as it resists easy answers. At every turn, his work attempts to make sense of both love and loss, and leaves us with a profound sense of what it means to be human. As he writes in the Introduction to this book, “The more we examine the grooves and scars of this life, the more free and complete we become.” Praise for Michael Paterniti and Love and Other Ways of Dying “One of the best books I’ve read all year . . . These pieces are exceptional artifacts of literary journalism.”—Mark O’Connell, Slate “These pieces are extraordinary. . . . Journalism elevated beyond its ordinary capacities, well into the realm of literature.”—Columbia Journalism Review “A fearless, spellbinding collection of inquiries by a brilliant, globally minded essayist whose writing is magic and whose worldview brims with compassion . . . The size of Michael Paterniti’s curiosity is matched only by the size of his heart.”—Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See “Michael Paterniti is a genius.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things “One of the best living practitioners of the art of literary journalism, able to fully elucidate and humanize the everyday and the epic.”—Dave Eggers, author of The Circle “In each of these essays, Michael Paterniti unveils life for us, the beauty and heartbreak of it, as we would never see it ourselves but now can never forget it. Paterniti is brilliant—a rare master—and one of my favorite authors on earth.”—Lily King, author of Euphoria From the Hardcover edition.

Falling In Love With Other Essays On More Exact Branches Of Science

Author : Grant Allen
ISBN : 9781465527714
Genre : Natural history
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Dying Thoughts Upon Philippians I 23 With An Introductory Essay By H Stebbing

Author : Richard Baxter
ISBN : OXFORD:590062671
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Rilke On Love And Other Difficulties Translations And Considerations

Author : Rainer Maria Rilke
ISBN : 9780393310986
Genre : Poetry
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An anthology of Rilke's strongest poetry and prose for both aficionados and new readers. Here is a mini-anthology of poetry and prose for both aficionados and those readers discovering Rainer Maria Rilke for the first time. John J. L. Mood has assembled a collection of Rilke's strongest work, presenting commentary along with the selections. Mood links into an essay passages from letters that show Rilke's profound understanding of men and women and his ardent spirituality, rooted in the senses. Combining passion and sensitivity, the poems on love presented here are often not only sensual but sexual as well. Others pursue perennial themes in his work—death and life, growth and transformation. The book concludes with Rilke's reflections on wisdom and openness to experience, on grasping what is most difficult and turning what is most alien into that which we can most trust.

The Cabinet A Series Of Essays By A Bell

Author : Archibald Bell
ISBN : OXFORD:555082343
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Learning To Love Others

Author : Richard Peace
ISBN : 0891098402
Genre : Religion
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In this title in the Learning to Love Series, Dr. Peace focuses on learning to love others, a task complicated by the fact that others are not always very lovable and that loving others sometimes gets in the way of our own self-interest. But if we want to follow Jesus, love needs to be our lifestyle, and the way we treat others really does matter.

Rilke On Death And Other Oddities

Author : John Mood
ISBN : 9781462840731
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Opening with a brief account of the life and work of the early 20th Century German-language poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the book then has its first major set piece, a lengthy and provocative selection from his prose writings on death, for him the most important topic of all. This is followed by a light-hearted account of Rilkes surprising popularity in the U. S. of A., even extending to Hollywood. A short chapter on Rilkes obsession with the scientific accuracy of his poetry and another on his poetic humor, prepare the reader for the second major set piece of the book --- a revealing look at his masterwork on death, the 860-line poem Duinese Elegies. The book closes with appendices on Rilke and god, translating Rilke, and a listing of the nearly 30 English translations of Duinese Elegies.

Eight Lessons In Love

Author : Mark Spilka
ISBN : 0826211232
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This critical sampler includes Spilka's essays on the stories included: James Joyce's "Counterparts," Ernest Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," John Cheever's "Torch Song," George Eliot's early novella Janet's Repentance, D. H.

Essays On Gay Literature

Author : Stuart Kellogg
ISBN : 9781136565991
Genre : Social Science
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An important contribution to the rapidly growing field of gay literary criticism and scholarship, this volume contains well-written and intelligently argued essays on the the homosexual tradition in Western literature. The first book of its kind, Essays on Gay Literature investigates the ways in which homosexuality has been viewed by a variety of authors from the Middle Ages to the present, including William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, E. M. Forster, James Merrill, Henry James, and William Faulkner.

The Church Made Strange For The Nations

Author : Paul G. Doerksen
ISBN : 9781630877224
Genre : Religion
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Christians have sometimes professed that the church ought to be in the world but not of it, yet the meaning and significance of this conviction has continued to challenge and confound. In the context of persecution, Christians in the ancient world tended to distance themselves from the social and civic mainstream, while in the medieval and early modern periods, the church and secular authorities often worked in close relationship, sharing the role of shaping society. In a post-Christendom era, this latter arrangement has been heavily critiqued and largely dismantled, but there is no consensus in Christian thought as to what the alternative should be. The present collection of essays offers new perspectives on this subject matter, drawing on sometimes widely disparate interlocutors, ancient and modern, biblical and secular. Readers will find these essays challenging and thought-provoking.

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