At Wit's End

Author: Erma Bombeck

Publisher: Fawcett

ISBN: 030777824X

Category: Humor

Page: 224

View: 4616

"America's irrepressible doyenne of domestic satire." THE BOSTON GLOBE Madcap, bittersweet humor in classic Erma Bombeck-style. You'll laugh until it hurts and love it! "Any mother with half a skull knows that when Daddy's little boy becomes Mommy's little boy, the kid is so wet, he's treading water. What do you mean you're a participle in the school play and you need a costume? Those rotten kids. If only they'd let me wake up in my own way. Why do they have to line up along my bed and stare at me like Moby Dick just washed up onto a beach somewhere?"

At Wits End

What You Need to Know When a Loved One Is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness

Author: Jeff Jay

Publisher: Hazelden Publishing

ISBN: 9781592859146

Category: Psychology

Page: 280

View: 507

At Wit's End is a guide that will provide vital information - and support to families dealing with a loved one's co-occurring psychiatric and addictive problem. Addiction experts Jay and Boriskin demystify complex terms and provide you with helpful insights about how psychiatric diagnoses mimic addictive disorders, why chemical use exacerbates psychiatric problems, and when intervention is needed. Excerpt: "Once a person has a powerful reason to live - whether for love, faith, friendship, or goals - obstacles become challenges and stubbornness turns into determination."

Wit's End

A Novel

Author: Karen Joy Fowler

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101213896

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 7841

"[A] delightful and eccentric new tale"(The Boston Globe) from the author of the runaway bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club In Karen Joy Fowler's newest novel, the bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club once again delivers top-notch storytelling, creating characters both oddball and endearing in a voice that is utterly and memorably her own. Wit's End is a clever, playful novel about finally allowing oneself to grow up-with a dash of mystery thrown in. At loose ends and weary from her recent losses-the deaths of an inventive if at times irritating father and her beloved brother-Rima Lansill comes to Wit's End, the home of her legendary godmother, bestselling mystery writer Addison Early, to regroup...and in search of answers. For starters, why did Addison name one of her characters-a murderer-after Rima's father? But Addison is secretive and feisty, so consumed with protecting her famous fictional detective, Maxwell Lane, from the vagaries of the Internet that-rumor has it- she has writer's block. As one woman searches for truth, the other struggles to control the reality of her fiction. Rima soon becomes enmeshed in Addison's household of eccentrics: a formerly alcoholic cook and her irksome son, two quirky dog-walkers, a mysterious stalker, the tiny characters that populate Addison's dollhouse crime-scene replicas, and even Maxwell Lane himself. But, wrapped up in a mystery that may or may not be of her own creation, Rima discovers to her surprise that the ultimate solution to this puzzle is the new family she has found at the house called Wit's End. Playfully exploring the blurred boundaries between reality and virtual reality, fiction and fact, Karen Joy Fowler subverts the whodunit and gives us a thoroughly modern meta-mystery with wit, warmth, and heart.

Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It

Author: James Geary

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 039325495X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 128

View: 8122

"A witty book about wit that steers an elegant path between waggishness and wisdom." —Stephen Fry Much more than a knack for snappy comebacks, wit is the quick, instinctive intelligence that allows us to think, say, or do the right thing at the right time in the right place. In this whimsical book, James Geary explores every facet of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns are the highest form of wit. Geary reasons that wit is both visual and verbal, physical and intellectual: there’s the serendipitous wit of scientists, the crafty wit of inventors, the optical wit of artists, and the metaphysical wit of philosophers. In Wit’s End, Geary embraces wit in every form by adopting a different style for each chapter; he writes the section on verbal repartee as a dramatic dialogue, the neuroscience of wit as a scientific paper, the spirituality of wit as a sermon, and other chapters in jive, rap, and the heroic couplets of Alexander Pope. Wit’s End agilely balances psychology, folktales, visual art, and literary history with lighthearted humor and acute insight, drawing upon traditions of wit from around the world. Entertaining, illuminating, and entirely unique, Wit’s End demonstrates that wit and wisdom are really the same thing.

God at Your Wits' End

Hope for Wherever You Are

Author: Marilyn Meberg

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418515337

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 8447

The good news about being at our wits' end is that God meets us there. To be human is to spend some time at our wits' end?in confusion, desperation, pain, and fear. In that difficult place, we long for a tangible, visible sign that God hears our cries and is actively working for good in our lives. But all too often, faulty thinking erodes our faith and alters our beliefs, causing us to ask; If He loves me so much, why do I hurt so much? Am I being punished? I thought I was forgiven. Why is faith so hard? What if I don't have enough? Why does God allow suffering? In God at Your Wits' End, Marilyn Meberg helps us cut through the mental clutter and confusion that lead to faulty thinking and shaky faith. She tenderly acknowledges our trials by revealing her own wits'-end experiences; then she points the way to rescue and respite by sharing the scriptural truths of God's enduring love and sovereign power.

The Best of Wits End

Medical Humor at Its Brainiest

Author: Harold J. Harold J.

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465324909

Category: Humor

Page: 454

View: 6100

"Who knew doctors could be flat-out funny? In fact, who knew they were so smart? For several decades, the last page of Diversion, the leisure magazine for physicians, held a monthly contest for doctors. Their best is offered in this volume. Could Julius Caesar have been an orthopedist (I came, I saw (ed), I conquered)? Would our litigious society cause MDs to experience flashes of barristopratfallophilia? When utilization review comes to Washington, one physician envisions government posts such as Joint Sheaves of Chaff. Might a sports team be known as The Heimlichs (they never choke under pressure), or The Sphincters (Nothing gets by them, and they have the best tight end in the business.) Another posits that a GI series is a military baseball competition. And somewhere in this great country there is or certainly should be a podiatrist named Mehta Tarsal. The surface has just been abraded.

Wits End

An Unconventional Autobiography

Author: Percival Robson Kirby

Publisher: N.A


Category: Musical instruments

Page: 371

View: 1604


Applewhites at Wit's End

Author: Stephanie S. Tolan

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062213377

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

View: 8132

Jack Semple and E.D. Applewhite are back, in this middle-grade sequel to Stephanie S. Tolan’s Newbery Honor Book Surviving the Applewhites. Teenager E.D., the not so artistic, not at all eccentric member of the unconventional Applewhite clan, can't believe the plan her father has hatched to save the family from financial disaster. He’s decided to transform their rural North Carolina farm into a summer camp for creative children. Soon the farm is packed with temperamental artists, out-of-control campers, and an even more out-of-control goat. It's all a little too much for structure-loving E.D., even before threatening notes begin appearing in the family mailbox. Together with Jake Semple--the boy who survived his first year in the Applewhites' home school—she's determined to save the camp and the family from disaster. Like Carl Hiassan’s Chomp, Applewhites at Wit's End combines outrageous humor and the frustrations and joys of being part of a family.

God at Your Wits' End Study Guide

Hope for Wherever You Are

Author: Marilyn Meberg

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418583545

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 3884

Cornered. Boxed in. On our last leg. In a pickle. Between a rock and a hard place. Sitting on a powder keg. Out of options. No where to turn. At the end of our rope. At our wits' end. Life often sends us to our wits' end, with our backs against a wall and no idea how to escape. At times like these, there's a battle going on between our head and our heart. In our hearts we believe God loves us, but in our heads we struggle with tough questions. If He loves me so much, why do I hurt so much? Am I being punished? I thought I was forgiven. Who's in charge of my life? Can I trust that answer? Why is faith so hard? What if I don't have enough? This study guide features: 8 Lessons Scripture-focused insightful study Evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses regarding faith Space to journal your personal thoughts and attitudes about faith This study has been prepared with the single or small group study in mind, allowing you to build your faith and experience a refreshing hope in God.

Wit's End

Making Sense of the Great Movies

Author: James Combs

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443824690

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 375

View: 798

This book is a study of the “Great Movies,” that fluid category of feature films deemed by various authorities—film societies, critics, academics, and movie enthusiasts—to be the enduring and memorable works of cinematic history. But what are they about? In Wit’s End, the author attempts to “make sense” of these films in order to understand their greatness in the context of their relation to other films and to the worlds they come from and recreate on screen. To that end, we employ the conceptual power of pragmatic social theory and the rich idea of aesthesis to explore and arrange these films as a means of understanding what they express about the universality of human life in our keen use of wit, organization of social wont, and direction of cultural way. It is hoped that such an inquiry will illuminate the glory of the great films and contribute to the advance of film studies.

Chronicles of the Baron: Seven Days Wits End

Author: Arturo B. Garcia

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479759848

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

View: 4906

Hello again to all of you Associates and you new Associates. I bid you welcome to another documented adventure of The Associates and The Baron. As before . . . I’ve added music in places where mere words will simply ‘not due!’ I’ve included a list at the end of these files once again, should you wish to gather and listen to the music while reviewing the files. So sit back and enjoy reading another adventure of . . . . “THE CHRONICLES OF THE BARON”

From Wits' End to John O'Groats

A Journey by Les Roberts

Author: Les Roberts

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1467006629

Category: Travel

Page: 116

View: 1629

"If this thing insists on moving in with me then it's going to be on my bloody terms". This defiant promise was made 16 years ago on the day that it was confirmed that Les Roberts had Parkinson's disease. In the summer of 2008 he would put this proclamation to its toughest test. For Les, a runner who had won the Masters 5,000 metres World Championship in 1985, and cyclist who had earlier competed successfully at senior level, riding from Land's End to John O'Groats in 12 days would be a real challenge – particularly at the age of 64. This book is Les's account of the highs and lows of what would be a journey of determination and re-discovery. Part travelogue, part cyclist's tale and part memoire, it is a story of courage, endeavour - and some very memorable puddings!

At Our Wits' End

Why We're Becoming Less Intelligent and What It Means for the Future

Author: Edward Dutton,Michael A. Woodley of Menie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781845409852

Category: Science

Page: 180

View: 4481

We are becoming less intelligent. This is the shocking yet fascinating message of At Our Wits' End. The authors take us on a journey through the growing body of evidence that we are significantly less intelligent now than we were a hundred years ago. The research proving this is, at once, profoundly thought-provoking, highly controversial, and it's currently only read by academics. But the authors are passionate that it cannot remain ensconced in the ivory tower any longer. With At Our Wits' End, they present the first ever popular scientific book on this crucially important issue. They prove that intelligence -- which is strongly genetic -- was increasing up until the breakthrough of the Industrial Revolution, because we were subject to the rigors of Darwinian Selection, meaning that lots of surviving children was the preserve of the cleverest. But since then, they show, intelligence has gone into rapid decline, because large families are increasingly the preserve of the least intelligent. The book explores how this change has occurred and, crucially, what its consequences will be for the future. Can we find a way of reversing the decline of our IQ? Or will we witness the collapse of civilization and the rise of a new Dark Age?

At Wit's End

Plain Talk on Alzheimer's for Families and Clinicians

Author: George Kraus

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557534019

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 193

View: 4822

:At Wit's End is a simple, straightforward, and easy-to-read summary about Alzheimer's as a disease and condition, written without technical jargon or impractical detail. Many books delve into other areas of Alzheimer's, emphasizing the financial, legal, and treatment needs of the afflicted. At Wit's End is unique because it not only explains the psychiatric and psychological aspects of Alzheimer's, but it also helps family members and caregivers discover a wealth of effective interventions. Kraus focuses on the whole person and his/her social, psychological, physical, and spiritual life. In this book, find out how Alzheimer's can be distinguished from normal aging and other diseases that mimic its symptoms, including the wide array of associated behaviors. Also, find out what medical treatments are available, both traditional and alternative. At Wit's End gives families and caregivers a new outlook on Alzheimer's.

Wit's End

Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out-of-Control Teen

Author: Sue Scheff

Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.

ISBN: 0757306977

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

View: 8332

A true story tells about a mother who, after realizing the damage done to her daughter upon returning home from a disciplinary educational institution, created an advocacy group to work through the problems of at-risk teenagers and found a way to reconnect with her rebellious daughter using proper methods based on love and understanding. Original. 25,000 first printing.

At My Wit's End

Author: John Lapsley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780473269333

Category: Journalists

Page: 152

View: 998


Wit’s End

Women's Humor as Rhetorical and Performative Strategy

Author: Sean Zwagerman

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 0822973774

Category: HUMOR

Page: 256

View: 2048

In Wit’s End, Sean Zwagerman offers an original perspective on women’s use of humor as a performative strategy as seen in works of twentieth-century American literature. He argues that women whose direct, explicit performative speech has been traditionally denied, or not taken seriously, have often turned to humor as a means of communicating with men. The book examines both the potential and limits of women’s humor as a rhetorical strategy in the writings of James Thurber, Zora Neale Hurston, Dorothy Parker, Edward Albee, Louise Erdrich, and others. For Zwagerman, these texts “talk back” to important arguments in humor studies and speech-act theory. He deconstructs the use of humor in select passages by employing the theories of J. L. Austin, John Searle, Jacques Derrida, Shoshana Felman, J. Hillis Miller, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Zwagerman offers arguments both for and against these approaches while advancing new thinking on humor as the “end”—both the goal and limit—of performative strategy, and as a means of expressing a full range of serious purposes. Zwagerman contends that women’s humor is not solely a subversive act, but instead it should be viewed in the total speech situation through context, motives, and intended audience. Not strictly a transgressive influence, women’s humor is seen as both a social corrective and a reinforcement of established ideologies. Humor has become an epistemology, an “attitude” or slant on one’s relation to society. Zwagerman seeks to broaden the scope of performativity theory beyond the logical pragmatism of deconstruction and looks to the use of humor in literature as a deliberate stylization of experiences found in real-world social structures, and as a tool for change.

At Wits' End

A Doyle Cozy Mystery

Author: Kirsten Weiss

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1944767258

Category: Fiction

Page: 317

View: 4547

A Doyle Cozy Mystery, by Kirsten Weiss When Susan Witsend inherits her grandmother’s UFO-themed B&B, she’s ready to put her organizational skills to the test. She knows she can make the B&B work, even if there is a faux-UFO in the roof. After all, what’s not to love about a Victorian nestled in the high Sierra foothills? None of her carefully crafted policies and procedures, however, can prepare her for a corpse in room seven – the body of her small-town sheriff’s ex-husband. But Susan has her own plans to solve the crime. In Susan’s mind, Men in Black, conspiracy-crazed old ladies, and an angry sheriff are just part and parcel of catering to UFO enthusiasts. But is there a government conspiracy afoot? Or is the murder a simple case of small town vengeance? Susan must keep all her wits about her. Because the killer isn’t finished, and if she isn’t careful, her fate may be written in the stars… Breakfast recipes in the back of the book!

At Wit's End

Author: Jack Finegan

Publisher: N.A


Category: Peace of mind

Page: 125

View: 6888