Smile of Discontent

Humor, Gender, and Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

Author: Eileen Gillooly

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226294025

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

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Like sex, Eileen Gillooly argues, humor has long been viewed as a repressed feature of nineteenth-century femininity. However, in the works of writers such as Jane Austen, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, and Henry James, Gillooly finds an understated, wryly amusing perspective that differs subtly but significantly in rhetoric, affect, and politics from traditional forms of comic expression. Gillooly shows how such humor became, for mostly female writers at the time, an unobtrusive and prudent means of expressing discontent with a culture that was ideologically committed to restricting female agency and identity. If the aggression and emotional distance of irony and satire mark them as "masculine," then for Gillooly, the passivity, indirection, and sympathy of the humor she discusses render it "feminine." She goes on to disclose how the humorous tactics employed by writers from Burney to Wharton persist in the work of Barbara Pym, Anita Brookner, and Penelope Fitzgerald. The book won the Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Award given by the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature.
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The Winter of Our Discontent

Author: John Steinbeck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140187533

Category: Fiction

Page: 276

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A New Englander learns the bitter lesson that it is not possible to be a little dishonest
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City of Discontent

An Interpretive Biography of Rachel Lindsay

Author: Mark Harris

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504023994

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 424

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Winner of the 1991 New American Writing Award. Originally published in 1952, this poignant, romantic biography of the poet Vachel Lindsay (1879–1931) is well worth a second chance. From early on, Lindsay was a wanderer, tramping hundreds of miles along country roads, visiting small towns, never holding a job, writing poems of uplift and defiance, and giving them, or his drawings, away on the streets, selling them for food or declaiming them on the lecture circuit. Always poor and, in later life, plagued by illness, Lindsay died at 52, leaving a legacy of virile, jazzy poems that, although out of style with academics, continue to bring pleasure to readers.
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Winter of Discontent

A Dorothy Martin Mystery

Author: Jeanne M. Dams

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 146682087X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Dorothy Martin's neighbor and closest friend, Jane Langland, has been having a fling with Bill Fanshawe--or, as much of a fling as two 80-year olds in a small town are allowed. Now there are rumors that Jane and Bill may move in together, and Dorothy needs to know exactly what's happening. What neither woman expects is that Bill is missing, and that within a day his body is going to be discovered in the tunnel under the Sherebury town museum. Why would anyone want to harm a harmless old man, a historian who loves the town and the people who live there? Given his age, and the strange letter found in his hand, Dorothy thinks that whatever happened has its roots in WWII. Everyone, including her husband, retired police office Alan, looks askance, but when another old man is murdered--a man who served at the same RAF base as Bill--no one denies Dorothy's suspicions may be right. Dorothy investigates, knowing that the best Christmas gift she can give her friend Jane is the truth about what happened to Bill. And Jane has a surprise of her own for Dorothy... At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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The Smile

If You Can Do Nothing Else, You Can Smile,

Author: Samuel Silas Curry

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Expression

Page: 150

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Discontent and its Civilizations

Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London

Author: Mohsin Hamid

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 069818503X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 240

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From the bestselling author of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, coming in March 2017, “a near-perfect essay collection, filled with insight, compassion, and intellect." (NPR) Mohsin Hamid’s brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller, they have earned him a reputation as a “master critic of the modern global condition” (Foreign Policy). His stories are at once timeless and of-the-moment, and his themes are universal: love, language, ambition, power, corruption, religion, family, identity. Here he explores this terrain from a different angle in essays that deftly counterpoise the personal and the political, and are shot through with the same passion, imagination, and breathtaking shifts of perspective that gives his fiction its unmistakable electric charge. A “water lily” who has called three countries on three continents his home—Pakistan, the birthplace to which he returned as a young father; the United States, where he spent his childhood and young adulthood; and Britain, where he married and became a citizen—Hamid writes about overlapping worlds with fluidity and penetrating insight. Whether he is discussing courtship rituals or pop culture, drones or the rhythms of daily life in an extended family compound, he transports us beyond the scarifying headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East, beyond stereotype and assumption, and helps to bring a dazzling diverse global culture within emotional and intellectual reach.
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Songs of Discontent

Author: Wm Thomasson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social problems

Page: 75

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The Yoga of Max's Discontent

Author: Karan Bajaj

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735213453

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Max Pzoras is the poster child for the American Dream, a successful Wall Street analyst. Yet he begins to confront questions about suffering and mortality that have dogged him since his mother's death. His search takes him to the farthest reaches of India, where he encounters a mysterious night market, almost freezes to death on a hike up the Himalayas, and finds himself in an ashram in a drought-stricken village in South India. In an ultimate bid for answers, he embarks on a dangerous solitary meditation in a freezing Himalayan cave, where physical and spiritual endurance is put to the test.
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Scraps of Paper

Author: Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Publisher: Kathryn Meyer Griffith

ISBN: N.A

Category: Poetry

Page: 192

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Abigail Sutton’s beloved husband walks out one night, doesn’t return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It’s made her sympathetic to the missing and their families. Starting her new life, Abigail moves to small town and buys a fixer-upper house left empty when old Edna Summers died. Once it was also home to Edna’s younger sister, Emily, and her two children, Jenny and Christopher, who, people believe, drove away one night, thirty years ago, and just never came back. But in renovating the house Abigail finds scraps of paper hidden behind baseboards and tucked beneath the porch that hint the three could have been victims of foul play. Then she finds their graves hidden in the woods behind the house and with the help of eccentric townspeople and ex-homicide detective, Frank Lester, she discovers the three were murdered. Then she and Frank try to uncover who killed them and why…but in the process awaken the ire of the murderer. *** murder, murder mystery, thriller, suspense, ghosts, romance, homicide, Kathryn Meyer Griffith, investigation,small town, cozy mystery, mystery
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The Summer of Our Discontent: An Allegorical Satire - Chapter 2

Author: Edward C

Publisher: Edward C

ISBN: 1304572943

Category: Fiction

Page: 7

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In this second chapter of an exhilarating political satire, a powerful political strategist Will meets with the President and learns of a dark secret. Is the President telling the truth, or is he using Will as a tool to set up a presidential defense against the Summer of Our Discontent?
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Alexander Crummell

A Study of Civilization and Discontent

Author: Wilson Jeremiah Moses

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195364088

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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This remarkable biography, based on much new information, examines the life and times of one of the most prominent African-American intellectuals of the nineteenth century. Born in New York in 1819, Alexander Crummell was educated at Queen's College, Cambridge, after being denied admission to Yale University and the Episcopal Seminary on purely racial grounds. In 1853, steeped in the classical tradition and modern political theory, he went to the Republic of Liberia as an Episcopal missionary, but was forced to flee to Sierra Leone in 1872, having barely survived republican Africa's first coup. He accepted a pastorate in Washington, D.C., and in 1897 founded the American Negro Academy, where the influence of his ideology was felt by W.E.B. Du Bois and future progenitors of the Garvey Movement. A pivotal nineteenth-century thinker, Crummell is essential to any understanding of twentieth-century black nationalism.
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The Happiness Curve

Why Life Gets Better After 50

Author: Jonathan Rauch

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN: 1466891238

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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"In this warm, wise, and witty overview, Jonathan Rauch combines evidence and experience to show his fellow adults that the best is yet to come.” —Steven Pinker, bestselling author of Enlightenment Now This book will change your life by showing you how life changes. Why does happiness get harder in your 40s? Why do you feel in a slump when you’re successful? Where does this malaise come from? And, most importantly, will it ever end? Drawing on cutting-edge research, award-winning journalist Jonathan Rauch answers all these questions. He shows that from our 20s into our 40s, happiness follows a U-shaped trajectory, a “happiness curve,” declining from the optimism of youth into what’s often a long, low slump in middle age, before starting to rise again in our 50s. This isn’t a midlife crisis, though. Rauch reveals that this slump is instead a natural stage of life—and an essential one. By shifting priorities away from competition and toward compassion, it equips you with new tools for wisdom and gratitude to win the third period of life. And Rauch can testify to this personally because it was his own slump, despite acclaim as a journalist and commentator that compelled him to investigate the happiness curve. His own story and the stories of many others from all walks of life—from a steelworker and a limo driver to a telecoms executive and a philanthropist—show how the ordeal of midlife malaise reboots our values and even our brains for a rebirth of gratitude. Full of insights and data and featuring many ways to endure the slump and avoid its perils and traps, The Happiness Curve doesn’t just show you the dark forest of midlife, it helps you find a path through the trees. It also demonstrates how we can—and why we must—do more to help each other through the woods. Midlife is a journey we mustn’t walk alone.
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Jenny and the Jaws of Life

Short Stories

Author: Jincy Willett

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466807539

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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In these wonderfully funny and poignant stories, Willett's eccentric, complex characters think and do the unconventional. Soft, euphonic women gradually grow old; weak, unhappy men confront love and their own mortality; and abominable children desperately try to grow up with grace. With a unique voice and dry humor, Willett gives us a new insight into human existence, showing us those specific moments in relationships when life suddenly becomes visible. Critically acclaimed when it was first published in 1987, Jenny and the Jaws of Life is being brought back due to popular demand. It's a timeless collection filled with a certain freshness and wit that ring just as loudly today.
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