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What Would Jesus Read?

Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

Author: Erin A. Smith

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469621339

Category: Religion

Page: 410

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Since the late nineteenth century, religiously themed books in America have been commercially popular yet scorned by critics. Working at the intersection of literary history, lived religion, and consumer culture, Erin A. Smith considers the largely unexplored world of popular religious books, examining the apparent tension between economic and religious imperatives for authors, publishers, and readers. Smith argues that this literature served as a form of extra-ecclesiastical ministry and credits the popularity and longevity of religious books to their day-to-day usefulness rather than their theological correctness or aesthetic quality. Drawing on publishers' records, letters by readers to authors, promotional materials, and interviews with contemporary religious-reading groups, Smith offers a comprehensive study that finds surprising overlap across the religious spectrum--Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish, liberal and conservative. Smith tells the story of how authors, publishers, and readers reconciled these books' dual function as best-selling consumer goods and spiritually edifying literature. What Would Jesus Read? will be of interest to literary and cultural historians, students in the field of print culture, and scholars of religious studies.

The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture

Author: Christine Bold

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 019923406X

Category: Books and reading

Page: 716

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Planned nine-volume series devoted to the exploration of popular print culture in English from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the present.

Minders of Make-believe

Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature

Author: Leonard S. Marcus

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395674079

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 402

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Examines the dramatic changes that occurred in children's literature during the twentieth century, the growth and impact of major publishing houses, the influence of key publishing figures, and the contributions of pioneering editors, educators, and librarians.

Bestseller Index

All Books, by Author, on the Lists of Publishers Weekly and the New York Times Through 1990

Author: Keith L. Justice

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub


Category: Reference

Page: 483

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The Publishers Weekly bestseller list started on May 3, 1919; the New York Times Book Review list began on October 6, 1935. Though the lists do not always reflect the best in American publishing, they do offer a myriad of insights into popular culture. All books that have appeared on any of the Publishers Weekly or New York Times lists are included in this comprehensive reference work. Arranged alphabetically by author and then by book, each entry includes the book's title, publisher, lists on which it appeared and dates it debuted thereon, peak position, and total number of weeks on the lists. Information is provided for hardcover, paperback, and other special editions when appropriate.

Who Owns the Media?

Competition and Concentration in the Mass Media industry

Author: Benjamin M. Compaine,Douglas Gomery

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135679223

Category: Social Science

Page: 632

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This thorough update to Benjamin Compaine's original 1979 benchmark and 1982 revisit of media ownership tackles the question of media ownership, providing a detailed examination of the current state of the media industry. Retaining the wealth of data of the earlier volumes, Compaine and his co-author Douglas Gomery chronicle the myriad changes in the media industry and the factors contributing to these changes. They also examine how the media industry is being reshaped by technological forces in all segments, as well as by social and cultural reactions to these forces. This third edition of Who Owns the Media? has been reorganized and expanded, reflecting the evolution of the media industry structure. Looking beyond conventional wisdom and expectations, Compaine and Gomery examine the characteristics of competition in the media marketplace, present alternative positions on the meanings of concentration, and ultimately urge readers to draw their own conclusions on an issue that is neither black nor white. Appropriate for media practitioners and sociologists, historians, and economists studying mass media, this volume can also be used for advanced courses in broadcasting, journalism, mass communication, telecommunications, and media education. As a new benchmark for the current state of media ownership, it is invaluable to anyone needing to understand who controls the media and thus the information and entertainment messages received by media consumers.

Marketing Modernism Between the Two World Wars

Author: Catherine Turner

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558493766

Category: History

Page: 256

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Focusing on the advertising policies of five publishing houses in the 1920s and 1930s, Catherine Turner here examines the process by which highbrow works of fiction were packaged, promoted, and sold to a mainstream American readership.

Beautiful Day

Dive into 'the perfect beach read' (Publishers Weekly) this summer!

Author: Elin Hilderbrand

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444724010

Category: Fiction

Page: 412

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'A wedding readers won't be able to resist crashing' - Kirkus The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event - but in reality, things are far from perfect. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken . . . ************** Praise for Beautiful Day 'A perfect summer read' - The Picky Girl 'No other author screams summer read more than Elin Hilderbrand. Her novels ooze saucy, sandy, sunny secrets. This was such a fun book to read' - The Book Bag ************** Further praise for Elin Hilderbrand 'A gritty and moving read that oozes plenty of drama' - Heat 'A gem of a summer read with a glamorous location, elite lifestyle, and Hilderbrand's appealing take on the constant stress that fills the lives of women everywhere' - Booklist 'This book was a great read - you really care what happens to the characters. Perfect holiday reading. I didn't want to put it down' - Candis 'Touching and uplifting' - U Magazine

Aus hartem Holz


Author: Annie Proulx

Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

ISBN: 3641192064

Category: Fiction

Page: 896

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Annie Proulxs erster Roman seit über zehn Jahren, das lang erwartete Meisterwerk der Pulitzerpreisträgerin: ein monumentales Epos, das lebensprall, sprachgewaltig und intensiv dreihundert Jahre nordamerikanischer Geschichte einfängt und von der Abholzung der scheinbar endlosen Wälder erzählt, vom ewigen Kampf zwischen Mensch und Natur.

The L.M. Montgomery Reader

Volume Three: A Legacy in Review

Author: Benjamin Lefebvre

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442660872

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 464

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The final volume of The L.M. Montgomery Reader, A Legacy in Review examines a long overlooked portion of Montgomery’s critical reception: reviews of her books. Although Montgomery downplayed the impact that reviews had on her writing career, claiming to be amused and tolerant of reviewers’ contradictory opinions about her work, she nevertheless cared enough to keep a large percentage of them in scrapbooks as an archive of her career. Edited by leading Montgomery scholar Benjamin Lefebvre, this volume presents more than four hundred reviews from eight countries that raise questions about and offer reflections on gender, genre, setting, character, audience, and nationalism, much of which anticipated the scholarship that has thrived in the last four decades. Lefebvre’s extended introduction and chapter headnotes place the reviews in the context of Montgomery’s literary career and trace the evolution of attitudes to her work, and his epilogue examines the reception of Montgomery’s books that were published posthumously. A comprehensive account of the reception of Montgomery’s books, published during and after her lifetime, A Legacy in Review is the illuminating final volume of this important new resource for L.M. Montgomery scholars and fans around the world.

The Late Age of Print

Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control

Author: Ted Striphas

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519648

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Ted Striphas argues that, although the production and propagation of books have undoubtedly entered a new phase, printed works are still very much a part of our everyday lives. With examples from trade journals, news media, films, advertisements, and a host of other commercial and scholarly materials, Striphas tells a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead. From the rise of retail superstores to Oprah's phenomenal reach, Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. Barnes & Noble, Borders, and have established new routes of traffic in and around books, and pop sensations like Harry Potter and the Oprah Book Club have inspired the kind of brand loyalty that could only make advertisers swoon. At the same time, advances in digital technology have presented the book industry with extraordinary threats and unique opportunities. Striphas's provocative analysis offers a counternarrative to those who either triumphantly declare the end of printed books or deeply mourn their passing. With wit and brilliant insight, he isolates the invisible processes through which books have come to mediate our social interactions and influence our habits of consumption, integrating themselves into our routines and intellects like never before.

Dear Appalachia

Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878

Author: Emily Satterwhite

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813140110

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 396

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Much criticism has been directed at negative stereotypes of Appalachia perpetuated by movies, television shows, and news media. Books, on the other hand, often draw enthusiastic praise for their celebration of the simplicity and authenticity of the Appalachian region. Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878 employs the innovative new strategy of examining fan mail, reviews, and readers' geographic affiliations to understand how readers have imagined the region and what purposes these imagined geographies have served for them. As Emily Satterwhite traces the changing visions of Appalachia across the decades, from the Gilded Age (1865--1895) to the present, she finds that every generation has produced an audience hungry for a romantic version of Appalachia. According to Satterwhite, best-selling fiction has portrayed Appalachia as a distinctive place apart from the mainstream United States, has offered cosmopolitan white readers a sense of identity and community, and has engendered feelings of national and cultural pride. Thanks in part to readers' faith in authors as authentic representatives of the regions they write about, Satterwhite argues, regional fiction often plays a role in creating and affirming regional identity. By mapping the geographic locations of fans, Dear Appalachia demonstrates that mobile white readers in particular, including regional elites, have idealized Appalachia as rooted, static, and protected from commercial society in order to reassure themselves that there remains an "authentic" America untouched by global currents. Investigating texts such as John Fox Jr.'s The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1908), Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker (1954), James Dickey's Deliverance (1970), and Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain (1997), Dear Appalachia moves beyond traditional studies of regional fiction to document the functions of these narratives in the lives of readers, revealing not only what people have thought about Appalachia, but why.



Author: Susan Ee

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641112427

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Wenn die Engel die Bösen sind Die Engel sind auf die Erde gekommen, doch sie haben nicht Frieden und Freude, sondern Elend und Zerstörung mit sich gebracht: Weltweit liegen die Städte in Trümmern, und die Menschen trauen sich vor Angst kaum noch auf die Straße. Als eine Gruppe Engel die kleine Schwester von Penryn entführt, haben sie sich jedoch mit der Falschen angelegt. Die Siebzehnjährige zieht los zum Hauptquartier der Engel, um ihre Schwester zu befreien. Aber dafür braucht sie Hilfe – und die kommt ausgerechnet von Raffe, einem flügellosen Engel ... Penryn ist die Starke in der Familie: Seit ihr Vater sie verlassen hat, kümmert sie sich in jeder freien Minute um ihre siebenjährige Schwester Paige, die im Rollstuhl sitzt, und um ihre Mutter, die seit der Trennung mit ihren eigenen Problemen zu kämpfen hat. Doch seit einigen Wochen ist Penryns Aufgabe immer schwieriger geworden – wenn nicht sogar unmöglich. Die Engel sind gekommen, und mit sanftmütigen, himmlischen Geschöpfen haben die überhaupt nichts gemein! Ganz im Gegenteil – sie zerstören Städte auf der ganzen Welt und machen Jagd auf Menschen. Als Paige von Engeln verschleppt wird und ihre Mutter spurlos verschwindet, bleibt Penryn allein zurück. Die Siebzehnjährige ist wild entschlossen, das Leben ihrer Schwester zu retten, doch dazu muss sie nach Aerie gelangen, dem Hauptquartier der Engel, das auf den Trümmern San Franciscos errichtet wurde. Auf ihrer Reise durch das verwüstete Kalifornien wird sie von Raffe begleitet, einem wunderschönen gefallenen Engel. Raffe, dem seine Flügel genommen wurden, hat mit Paiges Entführern noch eine Rechnung offen und erklärt sich bereit, Penryn zu helfen. Penryn weiß, dass sie ihre Schwester ohne Raffes Unterstützung nicht befreien kann, aber soll sie einem Engel in diesen dunklen Zeiten wirklich vertrauen?


Author: Cory Doctorow

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

ISBN: 1616960787

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 238

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One of the Web’s most celebrated high-tech culture mavens returns with this second collection of essays and polemics. Discussing complex topics in an accessible manner, Cory Doctorow’s visions of a future where artists have full freedom of expression is tempered with his understanding that creators need to benefit from their own creations. From extolling the Etsy makerverse to excoriating Apple for dumbing down technology while creating an information monopoly, each unique piece is brief, witty, and at the cutting edge of tech. Now a stay-at-home dad as well as an international activist, Doctorow writes as eloquently about creating real-time Internet theater with his daughter as he does while lambasting the corporations that want to profit from inherent intellectual freedoms.

Wild Hearts

Author: Sharon Sala

Publisher: MIRA

ISBN: 1460380525

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 3072 Past Sins Cast a Long Shadow Dallas Phillips refuses to believe her father committed suicide, even though things were tough on his farm and he was deeply in debt. When she hears he'd told a neighbor about an upcoming windfall, she grows suspicious, and her suspicion only deepens when she realizes someone is lurking in the nearby mountains after dark. For help, she turns to Trey Jakes, local police chief—and her former lover. As they begin to investigate, another mystery comes to light. Trey's mother is beginning to remember events from thirty years ago, something shadowy that happened in the mountains, and Dallas's father was there, too. Is what happened that night connected to his "suicide"? As they search for the truth, Trey and Dallas struggle to fight their attraction, but they may not be able to fend off another force—a killer who's more than willing to kill again to make sure old secrets stay buried.

Iron Flowers – Die Rebellinnen

Author: Tracy Banghart

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3733650662

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 384

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Sie haben keine Rechte. Sie mussten ihre Träume aufgeben. Doch sie kämpfen eisern für Freiheit und Liebe. Sie sind Schwestern, könnten unterschiedlicher nicht sein und sind dennoch unzertrennlich. Nomi ist wild und unerschrocken, Serina schön und anmutig. Und sie ist fest entschlossen, vom Thronfolger zu seiner Grace auserwählt zu werden, und ihr von Armut und Unterdrückung geprägtes Leben gegen eines im prunkvollen Regentenpalast einzutauschen. Doch am Tag der Auswahl kommt alles anders: Die Schwestern werden auseinandergerissen – und ein grauenhaftes Schicksal erwartet sie, auf das sie niemand vorbereitet hat. Die neue Serie für alle »Selection«-Fans: ein aufregendes Setting, junge starke rebellische Frauen, mitreißende Spannung und viel Romantik! Schutzumschlag mit Goldfolienveredelung