The Yellow Birds: A Novel

By Kevin Powers

A novel written via a veteran of the conflict in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing tale of 2 younger infantrymen attempting to remain alive.

"The warfare attempted to kill us within the spring." So starts this robust account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year previous deepest Bartle and eighteen-year-old inner most Murphy hang to lifestyles as their platoon launches a bloody conflict for town. certain jointly due to the fact that uncomplicated education while Bartle makes a promise to convey Murphy accurately domestic, the 2 were dropped right into a struggle nor is ready for.

In the unending days that persist with, the 2 younger squaddies do every little thing to guard one another from the forces that press in on each aspect: the insurgents, actual fatigue, and the psychological tension that comes from consistent threat. As truth starts to blur right into a hazy nightmare, Murphy turns into more and more unmoored from the realm round him and Bartle takes activities he may by no means have imagined.

With profound emotional perception, particularly into the results of a hidden battle on moms and households at domestic, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that's destined to develop into a vintage.

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A Good School: A Novel

By Richard Yates

Richard Yates, who died in 1992, is this present day ranked via many readers, students, and critics along such titans of contemporary American ficiton as Updike, Roth, Irving, Vonnegut, and Mailer.

In this paintings, he bargains a spare and autumnal novel a couple of New England prep university. instantaneously a meditation at the twilight of teenybopper and an exam of America's access into global struggle II, A solid School tells the tales of William Grove, the quiet boy who turns into an editor of the varsity newspaper; Jack Draper, a crippled chemistry instructor; and Edith Stone, the schoolmaster's younger daughter, who falls in love with such a lot celebrated boy within the type of 1943.

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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (A Lively Learning Guide by Shmoop)

By Shmoop

Take your knowing of The residence on Mango Street by means of Sandra Cisneros to an entire new point, at any place you cross: on a airplane, on a mountain, in a canoe, lower than a tree. Or seize a flashlight and browse Shmoop lower than the covers.

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These interactive learn publications may help you find and rediscover the various maximum works of all time.

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After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away

By Joyce Carol Oates

Jenna Abbott separates her existence into different types: before the wreck and after the wreck. ahead of the ruin, she was once best a typical lifestyles along with her mother in suburban manhattan. After the damage, she is by myself, desirous to disregard what occurred that day at the bridge.

Then Jenna meets Crow, and her lifestyles is once more became the other way up. He starts to collapse the wall that Jenna has equipped round her feelings. yet can she convey herself to stand the thoughts she's attempted so difficult to erase?

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A History of American Literature

Up-to-date all through and with a lot new fabric, A background of yank Literature, moment Edition, is the main up to date and complete survey on hand of the myriad varieties of American Literature from pre-Columbian instances to the current.

  • The so much accomplished and updated heritage of yankee literature on hand today
  • Covers fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, in addition to different kinds of literature together with folktale, spirituals, the detective tale, the mystery, and technology fiction
  • Explores the plural personality of yankee literature, together with the contributions made through African American, local American, Hispanic and Asian American writers
  • Considers how our realizing of yank literature has replaced over the past?thirty years
  • Situates American literature within the contexts of yank background, politics and society
  • Offers a useful advent to American literature for college students in any respect degrees, educational and basic readers

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The Cambridge History of American Literature, Volume 2: Prose Writing, 1820-1865

By Sacvan Bercovitch

The narratives during this quantity make for a four-fold standpoint on literature: social, cultural, highbrow, and aesthetic; they represent a uncomplicated reassessment of yank prose-writing among 1820 and 1865. those narratives position the yank literature in a global context, whereas by no means wasting sight of its specified American features, no matter if colonial, provincial, or nationwide. jointly, they provide a compelling and accomplished revision of the literary significance of early American heritage and the ancient price of early American literature.

"...the common editor has assembled 4 subtle contributions that re-examine the outstanding achievemant of the period....the book's 4 sections are a hand tough to overcome for an summary of antebellum prose....all 4 students reveal themselves in complete keep an eye on of basic methodologies in addition to the variety of prose literature germane to them." studies in American History

"...Cambridge collage Press keeps to remake scholarly criteria within the learn of yank literature....These essays are shrewdpermanent and remarkably wealthy in historic detail....The Cambridge historical past of yank Literature earns its position at the supplying the reader way more aspect approximately early American existence and letters than the other unmarried source." Peter Temes, Harvard Review

"...a actual energy of this literary heritage is that its major concentration is on literature instead of history....I nonetheless visit literature to profit approximately myself." Stephen Railton, Nineteenth-Century Literature

"...each of the essays is a wide-ranging monograph, mentioning quite a few authors and drawing upon the historic, highbrow, political, and financial traditions to which they respond....The result's a wealthy tapestry within which those 4 students communicate to one another to supply a multifaceted view of a very important forty-five years of yankee literary history....I'm retaining this e-book within sight as an imperative resource." Nancy A. Walker, American Studies

"The Cambridge historical past of yank Literature [...] is, definitely and with none critical rival, THE scholarly historical past for our generation." --Journal of yankee Studies

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This is the fullest and richest account of the yank Renaissance to be had in any literary historical past. The narratives during this quantity made for a four-fold viewpoint on literature: social, cultural, highbrow and aesthetic. jointly those represent a uncomplicated reassessment of yank prose-writing among 1820 and 1865. it really is an fulfillment that might stay authoritative for our time and that might set new instructions for coming a long time in American literary scholarship. (Amazon)

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The Octopus: A Story of California: The Epic of Wheat v. 1 (Twentieth Century Classics)

By Frank Norris

Just like the tentacles of an octopus, the tracks of the railroad reached out throughout California, as though to understand every thing of price within the nation in line with an exact, bloody dispute among wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, The Octopus is a gorgeous novel of the waning days of the frontier West. To the tough-minded and self-reliant farmers, the monopolistic, land-grabbing railroad represented every thing they despised: consolidation, association, conformity. yet Norris idealizes nobody during this epic depiction of the risky scenario, for the farmers themselves ruthlessly exploited the land, and of their starvation for higher holdings they resorted to an identical strategies utilized by the railroad: subversion, coercion and outright violence. In his advent, Kevin Starr discusses Norris's debt to Zola for the novel's outstanding sweep, scale and abundance of characters and info.

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By Bonnie Nadzam

Winner of the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

Lamb lines the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic center elderly guy with an inclination towards dishonesty, within the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the loss of life of his father. Hoping to regain a few religion in his personal goodness, he turns his awareness to Tommie, a clumsy and unpopular eleven-year-old lady. Lamb is confident that he may also help her keep away from a future of apathy and vacancy, or even involves think that his devotion to Tommie is in her top curiosity. but if Lamb makes a decision to abduct a prepared Tommie for a highway journey from Chicago to the Rockies, making plans to start up her into the wonderful thing about the mountain desolate tract, they're either shaken in methods neither of them expects.
   Lamb is a masterful exploration of the dynamics of affection and dependency that demanding situations the limits among formative years and maturity, confronts preconceived notions approximately traditional morality, and exposes mankind’s eroded dating with nature.

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God's Gym: Stories

By John Edgar Wideman

In God's gymnasium, the distinguished writer John Edgar Wideman bargains tales that pulse with emotional electrical energy. the 10 items the following discover energy, either actual and non secular. the gathering opens with a guy paying tribute to the quiet fortitude of his mom, a lady who "should put on a T-shirt: God's Gym." within the tales that persist with, Wideman supplies strong riffs on relations and destiny, basketball and trust. His spell binding prose positive factors visitor appearances by way of cultural luminaries as varied because the Harlem Globetrotters, Frantz Fanon, Thelonious Monk, and Marilyn Monroe. As continually, Wideman astounds with writing that strikes from the intimate to the political, from surprise to transcendence.

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