Wit's End

Author: Karen Joy Fowler

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0452290066

Category: Fiction

Page: 325

View: 4687

Visiting her mystery writer godmother in California after losing her father to cancer, Rima Lanisell endeavors to learn the nature of her godmother's and father's relationship, while her godmother struggles to keep secrets from both Rima and her readers.

At Wit's End

Author: Erma Bombeck

Publisher: Fawcett

ISBN: 030777824X

Category: Humor

Page: 224

View: 9429

"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: 9822

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."

Film at Wit's End

Eight Avant-garde Filmmakers

Author: Stan Brakhage

Publisher: Documentext


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 183

View: 8366


Reporting at Wit's End

Tales from The New Yorker

Author: St. Clair McKelway

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781608191239

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 640

View: 4896

"Why does A. J. Liebling remain a vibrant role model for writers while the superb, prolific St. Clair McKelway has been sorely forgotten?" James Wolcott asked this question in a recent review of the Complete New Yorker on DVD. Anyone who has read a single paragraph of McKelway's work would struggle to provide an answer. His articles for the New Yorker were defined by their clean language and incomporable wit, by his love of New York's rough edges and his affection for the working man (whether that work was come by honestly or not). Like Joseph Mitchell and A. J. Liebling, McKelway combined the unflagging curiosity of a great reporter with the narrative flair of a master storyteller. William Shawn, the magazine's long-time editor, described him as a writer with the "lightest of light touches." His style is so striking, Shawn went on to say, that "it was too odd to be imitated." The pieces collected here are drawn from two of McKelway's books--True Tales from the Annals of Crime and Rascality (1951) and The Big Little Man from Brooklyn (1969). His subjects are the small players who in their particulars defined life in New York during the 36 years McKelway wrote: the junkmen, boxing cornermen, counterfeiters, con artists, fire marshals, priests, and beat cops and detectives. The "rascals." An amazing portrait of a long forgotten New York by the reporter who helped establish and utterly defined New Yorker "fact writing," Untitled Collection is long overdue celebration of a truly gifted writer.

Applewhites at Wit's End

Author: Stephanie S. Tolan

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062213377

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

View: 8754

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.

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: 2975

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.

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: 3739

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.

Wit's end

days and nights of the Algonquin Round Table

Author: James R. Gaines

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 251

View: 5625


The Case of the Imaginary Detective

Author: Karen Joy Fowler

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141918381

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 5608

Rima Lanisell has a habit of losing things - car keys, sunglasses, lovers, family members. Following the death of Rima's father, she goes to stay with her godmother Addison, a wildly successful, albeit eccentric, mystery writer. Addison's beach house seems the place to make sense of Rima's loss, yet she is soon caught up in a mystery of her own. Who stole a small and highly valuable object from Addison's kitchen? Why is Rima corresponding with an obsessive fan, using someone else's family name? Most importantly: what exactly was the relationship between Addison and Rima's father, and why did Addison name a murderer after him in one of her novels? A funny, sad and wise literary mystery from the author of The Jane Austen Book Club.

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: 7598

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?

Surviving the Applewhites

Author: Stephanie S. Tolan

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062213369

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 3400

The side-splittingly funny Newbery Honor Book about a rebellious boy who is sent to a home-schooling program run by one family—the creative, kooky, loud, and loving Applewhites! Jake Semple is notorious. Rumor has it he managed to get kicked out of every school in Rhode Island, and actually burned the last one down to the ground. Only one place will take him now, and that's a home school run by the Applewhites, a chaotic and hilarious family of artists: poet Lucille, theater director Randolph, dancer Cordelia, and dreamy Destiny. The only one who doesn't fit the Applewhite mold is E.D.—a smart, sensible girl who immediately clashes with the defiant Jake. Jake thinks surviving this new school will be a breeze . . . but is he really as tough or as bad as he seems?

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: 6273

"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.

At My Wit's End

Author: Patrick Kirk Gillock

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 0759648948

Category: Humor

Page: 286

View: 3247

A very entertaining story about a Philadelphia Phillies fan who has had a close friendship with Larry Bowa for over four decades, a relationship by the way, that Larry Bowa knows nothing about. The author, a Northeast Philadelphia native, takes us on a journey from when he was a small child, idolizing the hot tempered shortstop, up until his adulthood, when he finds himself still doing the same. This touching and funny story takes us through the disappointing losses, trades and firings of Larry Bowa's career and shows us that rooting for your idol doesn't stop when his uniform changes.

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: 8646

: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

Making Sense of the Great Movies

Author: James Combs

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443824690

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 375

View: 3709

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.

God at Your Wits' End

Hope for Wherever You Are

Author: Marilyn Meberg

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418515337

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 7825

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.

Wit's End

Book 8 of the Irish End Games

Author: Susan Kiernan-Lewis

Publisher: Susan Kiernan-Lewis



Page: 398

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Wit's end

Author: James R. Scafidel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780918518767

Category: Fiction

Page: 310

View: 3035