Geek Love: A Novel Vintage Contemporaries

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Vintage #ad - National book award finalisthere is the unforgettable story of the Binewskis, arsenic, a circus-geek family whose matriarch and patriarch have bred their own exhibit of human oddities with the help of amphetamine, and radioisotopes. Albino hunchback oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious—and dangerous—asset.

As the binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U. S. Geek love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, the holy and the obscene.

Geek Love: A Novel Vintage Contemporaries #ad - Their offspring include arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan. Iphy and elly, the lissome Siamese twins. Family values will never be the same.

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The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top

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The University of North Carolina Press #ad - In this entertaining and provocative book, janet davis links the flowering of the early-twentieth-century American railroad circus to such broader historical developments as the rise of big business, the breakdown of separate spheres for men and women, and the genesis of the United States' overseas empire.

In the process, she casts the circus as a powerful force in consolidating the nation's identity as a modern industrial society and world power. Davis explores the multiple "shows" that took place under the big top, acrobats falling, from scripted performances to exhibitions of laborers assembling and tearing down tents to impromptu spectacles of audiences brawling, and animals rampaging.

The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top #ad - Turning victorian notions of gender, and nationhood topsy-turvy, race, the circus brought its vision of a rapidly changing world to spectators--rural as well as urban--across the nation. A century ago, daily life ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town. Even today, the influence of the circus continues to resonate in popular representations of gender, race, Davis contends, and the wider world.

Across america, banks closed, farmers left their fields, schools canceled classes, and factories shut down so that everyone could go to the show.

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Twisted Tales: My Life as a Mongolian Contortionist

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Balboa Press #ad - At age seven, otgo first fell in love with the beautiful art form that is contortion; and since then, she has never changed her mind. Since she was armed with intense devotion to her success, contortion saved her life and gifted Otgo with many opportunities. From the grasp of a socialist country, she escaped a morose childhood and transformed herself into a world famous performer.

Throughout her life, her goal of being one of the top contortionists has not been a smooth journey. This is the story of otgo reaching for the rare treat of success that seemed almost impossible as any challenge could have overtaken her.

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2666: A Novel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. The posthumous masterwork from "one of the greatest and most influential modern writers" james wood, the new york times book review composed in the last years of roberto bolaño's life, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, and scope.

Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of SantaTeresa—a fictional Juárez—on the U. S. Mexico border, in the novel as in life, where hundreds of young factory workers, have disappeared.

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The Tattooed Lady: A History

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Taylor Trade Publishing #ad - A fascinating read, the Tattooed Lady pays tribute to a group of unique and amazing women whose legacy lives on. These gutsy women spun amazing stories for captivated audiences about abductions and forced tattooing at the hands of savages, but little has been shared of their real lives. Living in a time when it was scandalous even to show a bit of ankle, a small number of courageous women covered their bodies in tattoos and traveled the country, performing nearly nude on carnival stages.

Combining thorough research with more than a hundred historical photos, circus lore, this updated second edition explores tattoo origins, women's history, and includes even more personal and professional details from modern tattooed ladies. The tattooed lady uncovers the true stories behind these women, bringing them out of the sideshow realm and into their working class realities.

The Tattooed Lady: A History #ad - Though they spawned a cultural movement—almost a quarter of Americans now have tattoos—these women have largely faded into history.

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'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?': Joyce Carol Oates Women Writers: Texts and Contexts

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Rutgers University Press #ad - Daly, tom quirk, don moser, Christina Marsden Gillis, B. Rockwood, marie mitchell oleson Urbanski, Larry Rubin, Gretchen Schulz, Joyce M. Joyce carol oates’s prize-winning story “where are you going, where have you Been?” takes up troubling subjects that continue to occupy her in her fiction: the romantic longings and limited options of adolescent women; the tensions between mothers and daughters; the sexual victimization of women; and the American obsession with violence.

Inspired by a magazine story about a serial killer, its remarkable portrait of the dreamy teenager Connie has made it a feminist classic. Connie’s life anticipates the emergence of American society from the social innocence of the fifties into the harsher contemporary realities of war, random violence, and crime.

'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?': Joyce Carol Oates Women Writers: Texts and Contexts #ad - The story was the basis for the movie Smooth Talk, which became the subject of much feminist debate. This casebook includes an introduction by the editor, the original life article about the serial killer, ten critical essays including two about the film, an authoritative text of “Where Are You Going, a chronology of Oates’s life, ” an essay by Oates on Smooth Talk, Where Have You Been, and a bibliography.

The contributors are Brenda O. Winslow.  . Wesley, and Joan D. Wegs, Marilyn C.

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American Circus Posters Dover Fine Art, History of Art

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Dover Publications #ad - They are an exciting visual history, capturing the pageantry and color that the circus was and is. The historical introduction and captions are by Charles Philip Fox, Director of Research and Development with the Ringling Bros. An army of clowns 1920s. The posters date from the 1890s to the 1940s, and include one by Norman Bel Geddes.

There are acrobats, tents, trains, and many specialized acts: May Wirth, the Riding Rooneys, tigers, elephants, the Astounding Clarkonians, parades, lions, etc. The imperial chinese Circus Stars 1914. Dancing girls, mounted Guards and Truly Lavish Displays 1903. Living statues on Horseback 1890s. Real roman hippodrome, Five Continent Menagerie 1890s.

American Circus Posters Dover Fine Art, History of Art #ad - Twisting double somersault, " a Feat Never Before Attempted by the Most Intrepid Aerialists 1904. They feature many American circuses: Ringling Bros. Sells, barnum & bailey, Sparks, Hagenbeck-Wallace.

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On Cussing: Bad Words and Creative Cursing

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Tin House Books #ad - F uck the fuckity Fuckin’ Fucker. But she also explores their physiology—the physical impact on the reader or listener—and makes an argument for how and when to cuss with maximum effect. For many of us, the language of geek Love carries a similar staying power, born of Dunn’s agile use of language and her strange, beautiful diction.

And as a true exegete of the expletive, she remained undividedly devoted to obscenity—both as scholar and practitioner. In on cussing, dunn sketches a brief history of swear words and creates something of a field guide to their types and usages, from the common threat “I’ll squash you like a shithouse mouse” to the portmanteau intensifier “Fan-fucking-tastic”.

On Cussing: Bad Words and Creative Cursing #ad - Readers of katherine dunn won’t be surprised that this was her father’s favorite sentence, she heard it as a kind of profane poem, as a young girl, or that, a secret song. Equal parts informative and hilarious, but it’s also a must-have for anyone looking to more successfully wield their expletives, this volume will delight Dunn’s legion of fans, be it in writing or in everyday speech.

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The Fifth Child Vintage International

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Vintage #ad - As he grows older and more terrifying, Harriet finds she cannot love him, David cannot bring himself to touch him, and their four older children are afraid of him. While around them crime and unrest surge, the Lovatts are certain that their old-fashioned contentment can protect them from the world outside—until the birth of their fifth baby.

Understanding that he will never be accepted anywhere, Harriet and David are torn between their instincts as parents and their shocked reaction to this fierce and unlovable child whose existence shatters their belief in a benign world. Doris lessing's contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than human—probes society's unwillingness to recognize its own brutality.

The Fifth Child Vintage International #ad - Harriet and david lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of late 1960s England. Gruesomely goblin-like in appearance, abnormally strong and violent, insatiably hungry, Ben has nothing innocent or infant-like about him.

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Never Let Me Go

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Vintage #ad - Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. As children kathy, ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is modern classic. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. From the winner of the nobel prize in literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss.

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The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story

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Tim Duggan Books #ad - In this age of fear, christie watson has written a book that reminds us of all that we share, hate, and division, and of the urgency of compassion. And the stories of the geriatric ward--Gladys and older patients like her--show the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society. Through the smallest of actions, nurses provide vital care and kindness.

She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her unforgettable patients. In the neonatal unit, premature babies fight for their lives, like tiny Emmanuel, hovering at the very edge of survival, wrapped up in a sandwich bag. The emergency room is overcrowded as ever, with waves of alcohol and drug addicted patients as well as patients like Betty, a widow suffering chest pain, frail and alone.

. 1 international bestsellera moving, beautifully-written portrait of a nurse and the lives she has touched Christie Watson spent twenty years as a nurse, lyrical, poignant, and in this intimate, and remarkably powerful book, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. All of us will experience illness in our lifetime, and we will all depend on the support and dignity that nurses offer us; yet the women and men who form the vanguard of our health care remain unsung.

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story #ad - In the pediatric intensive care unit, the nurses wash the hair of a little girl to remove the smell of smoke from the house fire. On the cancer wards, long after the medicine stops working, the nurses administer chemotherapy and, something more important--which Watson learns to recognize when her own father is dying of cancer.

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