Isn’t that Clever

A Philosophical Account of Humor and Comedy

Author: Steven Gimbel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351622617

Category: Philosophy

Page: 196

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Isn’t That Clever provides a new account of the nature of humor – the cleverness account – according to which humor is intentional conspicuous acts of playful cleverness. By defining humor in this way, answers can be found to longstanding questions about humor ethics (Are there jokes that are wrong to tell? Are there jokes that can only be told by certain people?) and humor aesthetics (What makes for a good joke? Is humor subjective?). In addition to humor in general, Isn’t That Clever asks questions about comedy as an art form such as whether there are limits to what can be said in dealing with a heckler and how do we determine whether one comedian has stolen jokes from another.
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Gunpowder Empire

A Novel of Crosstime Traffic

Author: Harry Turtledove

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429915056

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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In Harry Turtledove's Gunpowder Empire, Jeremy Solter is a teenager growing up in the late 21st century. During the school year, his family lives in Southern California--but during the summer the whole family lives and works on the frontier of the Roman Empire. Not the Roman Empire that fell centuries ago, but a Roman Empire that never fell: a parallel timeline, one of an infinity of possible worlds. For in our timeline, we now have the technology to move among these. Some are uninhabitable; some are ghastly, such as the one where Germany won World War II. But many are full of resources and raw materials that our world can use. So we send traders and businesspeople--but to keep the secret of crosstime traffic to ourselves, these traders are trained, in whole-family groups, to pass as natives. But when Jeremy's mother gets sick--really sick, the kind you can't cure with antibiotics. Both parents duck out through the gateway for a quick visit to the doctor. But while they're gone, the gateways stop working. So do the communications links to their home timeline. The kids are on their own, and things are looking bad. The Lietuvans are invading. The city is besieged. The kids are doing their best to carry on business and act like everything's normal, but there's only so much you can do when cannonballs are crashing through your roof. And in the meantime, the city government has gotten suspicious, and is demanding a *full* report on how their family does business, where they get their superior merchandise, why they want all that wheat ...exactly the questions they don't want to answer. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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The Buccaneers

Author: Edith Wharton,Marion Mainwaring

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440621390

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Set in the 1870s, the same period as Wharton's The Age of Innocence, The Buccaneers is about five wealthy American girls denied entry into New York Society because their parents' money is too new. At the suggestion of their clever governess, the girls sail to London, where they marry lords, earls, and dukes who find their beauty charming—and their wealth extremely useful. After Wharton's death in 1937, The Christian Science Monitor said, "If it could have been completed, The Buccaneers would doubtless stand among the richest and most sophisticated of Wharton's novels." Now, with wit and imagination, Marion Mainwaring has finished the story, taking her cue from Wharton's own synopsis. It is a novel any Wharton fan will celebrate and any romantic reader will love. This is the richly engaging story of Nan St. George and guy Thwarte, an American heiress and an English aristocrat, whose love breaks the rules of both their societies.
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West of Sunset

Author: Stewart O'Nan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101608390

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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A “rich, sometimes heartbreaking” (Dennis Lehane) novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last years in Hollywood Look out for City of Secrets coming from Viking on April 26, 2016 In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart attack. Those last three years of Fitzgerald’s life, often obscured by the legend of his earlier Jazz Age glamour, are the focus of Stewart O’Nan’s gorgeously and gracefully written novel. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald’s past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and daughter, Scottie. Fitzgerald’s orbit of literary fame and the Golden Age of Hollywood is brought vividly to life through the novel’s romantic cast of characters, from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway to Humphrey Bogart. A sympathetic and deeply personal portrait of a flawed man who never gave up in the end, even as his every wish and hope seemed thwarted, West of Sunset confirms O’Nan as “possibly our best working novelist” (Salon). From the Hardcover edition.
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Hauntings

Author: Ellen Datlow

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

ISBN: 1616961457

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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This fiendish anthology, complied by the horror genre’s most acclaimed editor, drags you into the twisted minds of modern literary masters at their fiendish best. Visionary storytellers fill this collection of tales lyrical and strange, monstrous and exhilarating, horrific and transformative. *A sweetly vengeful voice on the radio calls a young soldier out to join a phantom patrol. *A hotel maid who threw her newborn child from a fourth-story window lingers in an interminable state. *An intern in a paranormal research facility delves deeply into the unexplained deaths of two staff members. *A serial killer plans his ultimate artistic achievement: the unveiling of an extremely special instrument in a very private concert. At once familiar and shocking, these riveting stories will haunt you long after you put down your book and turn out the light.
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Lizzy's Bridge

Author: Joanne Bunyak

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477106243

Category: Fiction

Page: 388

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Deep in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, the fictional small coal mining towns held many secrets during the post World War II era. Centered in the tiny village of Gunther, PUDDIN FOR BREAKFAST masterfully described a childs transcendence from a dysfunctional familys cruelty. KISS THE FLY GOODBYE brilliantly set the wheels of vigilantly justice into motion. Now LIZZYS BRIDGE completes the trilogy to tell the story of Lizzy Wickett. This young woman had only one secret...her son, Rayn. Exaggerated tales of Lizzys traumatic experience fed the gossipers and created a mystery, while the reality behind Rayns conception remained a secret. Seventeen years after Rayns birth, Lizzy finds herself facing repressed emotions. Can Lizzy muster the courage to face the past and cross her emotional bridges? Can she face the demons that have lain dormant for so many years? Will those who are intertwined in Lizzys circle be able to face facts that threaten to disrupt, or possibly destroy, their lives. Learning the truth about Lizzys attacker only forces more truths to surface creating situations that could affect many in the community, including her attackers sons. Reunited with love, Lizzy understands the need to allay her anxieties. Intrigue and romance seemingly swim against the current throughout the story. Will love and trust be enough for Lizzy to bridge her fears? Can she successfully tread a life of deserved happiness when she crosses Lizzys Bridge for the last time? Will Lizzys truths prove triumphant? Dare to cross Lizzys Bridge with her and discover a tale of invigorated strength.
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Nicking Time

Author: T. Traynor

Publisher: Floris Books

ISBN: 0863159761

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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The boys are planning a big summer. When they're not hanging out in their den, running the streets, playing fitba or re-enacting battles, they're planning to break into the old Hampden Park stadium -is there enough time for it all? Midge's pals are cool -Bru's ginger; Skooshie's crazy; Hector's brave and Lemur, well, there's something weird about Lemur. He knows too much. Like, he tells them a ghost story about two tragic deaths that happened over a hundred years ago. When did Lemur learn so much about the past? T. Traynor brilliantly recreates the excitement of a boys-only summer in this original adventure set in the amazingly evoked Glasgow's Southside of the late 1970s. Winner of the 2012 Kelpie's Prize.
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Mostly Harmless

Author: Douglas Adams

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330513206

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

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Mostly Harmless is the fifth and final part in Douglas Adams' much-loved cult classic series. Arthur Dent hadn't had a day as bad as this since the Earth had been blown up. After years of galactic wanderings, Arthur finally settles on the small planet Lamuella and becomes a sandwich maker. Looking forward to a quiet life, his plans are thrown awry by the unexpected arrival of his daughter. There's nothing worse than a frustrated teenager with a copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in their hands. When she runs away, Arthur goes after her determined to save her from the horrors of the universe. After all - he's encountered most of them before . . . With exclusive bonus material from the Douglas Adams archives, and an introduction by Dirk Maggs.
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The Homiletical Beat

Why All Sermons Are Narrative

Author: Eugene L. Lowry

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426761589

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Promoting the idea of sermon as narrative, Eugene Lowry's first book, The Homiletical Plot, became one of the most influential preaching books of the latter part of the 20th century. While the sermon as narrative has become conventional preaching wisdom, it is largely misunderstood. Sermons are, by definition, narratives and as such, they have plots. At the same time, the sermon is not a story. While similar in many ways, narratives and stories are distinct. Therefore, to think of narrative preaching as merely one of many homiletical styles is to misunderstand and reduce the nature of the sermon. The sermon is more than just an option for the preacher; rather, it is, by definition, a narrative because it happens in time, not in space. This changes everything because the sermon ceases to be something a preacher constructs, like a thesis or even a painting. Instead, it is more like a piece of music - something a preacher plays within intuitively, to a constant beat - time after time, week after week. In light of this revelation, what are new strategic aims for sermon preparation and delivery?
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School of Fortune

Author: Amanda Brown,Janice Weber

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1429916249

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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A fun, fresh frolic of a novel starring a spoiled but lovable Texas heiress out to reclaim her fortune Pippa Walker's wedding was to be huge—Texas huge—complete with twelve bridesmaids under contract from Pippa's mother to stay lean and long-haired, gondolas flown in from Venice, A- and B- guest lists. But when Pippa finds out her handsome husband-to-be isn't what she thought, she bolts from her own wedding, shocking society and getting herself disinherited. The only way she can get a piece of the family fortune back is to earn a degree from a school. Any school. It's a tough assignment for a girl who dropped out of SMU after pledging Kappa Kappa Gamma and shopping at Neiman's for a year. But Pippa is nothing if not up for a challenge. Attracting one hilarious misadventure after another, she tries to earn her sheepskin at: driving school, matchmaking school, even a circus academy. It's only when she hits rock-bottom—The Mountbatten Savoy School of Household Management—that things begin to look up. But can she really be falling in love with a...valet? "Great, silly fun, guaranteed to be seen at a beach near you." - Kirkus Reviews
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Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself

Author: Judy Blume

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447280253

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: N.A

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Sally J. Freedman loves making up stories - stories in which she is always the star of her own lavish film spectaculars. But when her close-knit family is separated because of her brother's illness, even Sally's daydreams are not enough to comfort her. With her beloved father left behind in New Jersey, a winter in the Florida sunshine seems gloomy, and the cramped and dingy flat can't compare with her comfortable home, or her new classmates with her old friends. Worst of all it is 1947 and Sally is convinced that Adolf Hitler is alive and living in Miami Beach . . . Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, by bestselling author Judy Blume, is a insightful story which speaks directly to children in Judy Blume's inimitable style.
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Lincoln in the White House

Author: Robert Manns

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1469794217

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 149

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A powerful play on Lincoln's tenure in the White House from inauguration to assination, the period of his surpurb greatness. Backgrounded by the devastating civil war, it presents Mary, Grant, Seward, Lee, Meade, Stanton, common soldiery and others of the time by a playwright whose skills should make him of major interest.
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Edith Wharton The Dover Reader

Author: Edith Wharton

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486800741

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 512

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Well-rounded introduction features the complete text of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Age of Innocence, plus Ethan Frome, excerpts from The Decoration of Houses, four short stories, and several poems.
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Delphi Works of Edith Wharton (Illustrated)

Author: Edith Wharton

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 1908909331

Category: Fiction

Page: 6491

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton created a diverse body of works, featuring innovative novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction, demonstrating her inimitable wit and psychological insight. This comprehensive eBook offers readers the most complete edition of Wharton’s works possible in the US, with rare works, numerous images and the usual Delphi bonus material. Features: * the most complete collection possible for US readers * illustrated with many images relating to Wharton’s life and works * annotated with concise introductions to the novels, novellas and other works * 10 novels each with contents tables * images of how the novels first appeared, giving your EReader a taste of the original texts * ALL the pre-1923 short story collections, with RARE uncollected tales available nowhere else * separate chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories – find that special story easily! * the war novella THE MARNE, first time in digital print * EVEN includes Wharton’s rare non-fiction texts, including THE DECORATION OF HOUSES, her groundbreaking manual on interior design – fully illustrated * ALSO includes Wharton’s European and African travel books, with numerous original illustrations * includes Wharton’s play THE JOY OF LIVING, translated from German * features the complete poetry, with rare poems available for the first time in digital print * scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres, allowing easy navigation around Wharton’s immense oeuvre Please note: we aim to provide the most comprehensive author collections available to eReader readers. To comply with US copyright restrictions, 8 novels, 4 novellas, six short story collections and Wharton’s autobiography are not in this US version. Once later works enter the US public domain, they will be added to the eBook as a free update. Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse our other titles The Novels THE VALLEY OF DECISION SANCTUARY THE HOUSE OF MIRTH THE FRUIT OF THE TREE ETHAN FROME THE REEF THE CUSTOM OF THE COUNTRY SUMMER THE AGE OF INNOCENCE THE GLIMPSES OF THE MOON The Novellas THE TOUCHSTONE MADAME DE TREYMES THE MARNE The Short Story Collections THE GREATER INCLINATION CRUCIAL INSTANCES THE DESCENT OF MAN AND OTHER STORIES THE HERMIT AND THE WILD WOMAN AND OTHER STORIES TALES OF MEN AND GHOSTS UNCOLLECTED EARLY SHORT STORIES XINGU AND OTHER STORIES The Short Stories LIST OF STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Play THE JOY OF LIVING The Poetry ARTEMIS TO ACTAEON AND OTHER VERSES UNCOLLECTED POETRY ALPHABETICAL LIST OF THE COMPLETE POEMS The Non-Fiction THE DECORATION OF HOUSES ITALIAN VILLAS AND THEIR GARDENS ITALIAN BACKGROUNDS A MOTOR-FLIGHT THROUGH FRANCE FRANCE, FROM DUNKERQUE TO BELFORT FRENCH WAYS AND THEIR MEANING IN MOROCCO * * * * Visit www.delphiclassics.com for more information and our other Great Writers collections!
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Using WordPress

Author: Tris Hussey

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780132182850

Category: Computers

Page: 360

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WordPress has grown into the #1 blogging tool in its category: several million bloggers have downloaded this powerful open source software, and millions more are using WordPress.com's hosted services. Thirty-two of Technorati's Top 100 blogs now use WordPress. Using Wordpress is a customized, media-rich learning experience designed to help new users master Wordpress quickly, and get the most out of it, fast! It starts with a concise, friendly, straight-to-the-point guide to Wordpress. This exceptional book is fully integrated with an unprecedented collection of online learning resources: online video, screencasts, podcasts, and additional web content, all designed to reinforce key concepts and help users achieve real mastery. The book and interactive content work together to teach everything mainstream Wordpess users need to know. This practical, approachable coverage guides readers through getting started fast, and covers the recent release of Wordpress 3. This major upgrade includes built-in image editor and the ability to host multiple blogs from one WordPress install. This new version of Using Wordpress adds a DVD, so that all the interactive material previously available only online is now also available for offline reading and study.
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The Ashford Affair

A Novel

Author: Lauren Willig

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250027195

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig comes The Ashford Affair, a page-turning novel about two women in different eras, and on different continents, who are connected by one deeply buried secret. A New York Times best seller! As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she's been working towards—but now she's not sure it's enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie's ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything. . . . Growing up at Ashford Park in the early twentieth century, Addie has never quite belonged. When her parents passed away, she was taken into the grand English house by her aristocratic aunt and uncle, and raised side-by-side with her beautiful and outgoing cousin, Bea. Though they are as different as night and day, Addie and Bea are closer than sisters, through relationships and challenges, and a war that changes the face of Europe irrevocably. But what happens when something finally comes along that can't be shared? When the love of sisterhood is tested by a bond that's even stronger? From the inner circles of British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl.
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Kenix and the Cat King

Author: N.A

Publisher: Christopher T Merrifield

ISBN: N.A

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Perfect

Author: Natasha Friend

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 9781571318015

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 232

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Depicting with humor and insight the pressure to be outwardly perfect, this novel for ages 10-13 shows how one girl develops compassion for her own and others’ imperfections. For 13-year-old Isabelle Lee, whose father has recently died, everything's normal on the outside. Isabelle describes the scene at school with bemused accuracy--the self-important (but really not bad) English teacher, the boy that is constantly fixated on Ashley Barnum, the prettiest girl in class, and the dynamics of the lunchroom, where tables are turf in a all-eyes-open awareness of everybody's relative social position. But everything is not normal, really. Since the dealth of her father, Isabelle's family has only functioned on the surface. Her mother, who used to take care of herself, now wears only lumpy, ill-fitting clothes, cries all night, and has taken every picture of her dead husband and put them under her bed. Isabelle tries to make light of this, but the underlying tension is expressed in overeating and then binging. As the novel opens, Isabelle's little sister, April, has told their mother about Isabelle's problem. Isabelle is enrolled in group therapy. Who should show up there, too, but Ashley Barnum, the prettiest, most together girl in class.
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The Secrets We Keep

Author: Colette Caddle

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1849832536

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Four years ago Erin Joyce left Dublin under a cloud and bought a guesthouse in the remote, beautiful village of Dunbarra. The Gatehouse attracts a strange clutch of guests who, once ensconced, never want to leave. There's Hazel, a shy artist, and her sweet, silent daughter Gracie. Sandra, a brash American, wants to know everything about everyone. Then there's wise old easy-going PJ, who's seemingly part of the furniture. But Erin's fragile happiness is thrown off-balance by the arrival of A-list Hollywood actor Sebastian Grey. Erin finds herself drawn to this handsome enigmatic man, who used to walk with a swagger but now prowls the country lanes with haunted eyes. What trauma could have brought about this devastating change? Sebastian isn't the only one in the Gatehouse with a secret. Why is Hazel cast so adrift? Where does PJ go each week without fail, and what really brought Sandra to Dunbarra? As Erin finds herself embroiled in her guests' secrets she starts to ask herself: will she be ready to reveal her own?
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