The Crafty Reader
“I believe that it is in our interest as individuals to become crafty readers, and in the interest of the nation to educate citizens in the craft of reading. The craft, not the art. . . . This book is about that craft.”—from the Introduction This latest book from the well-known literary critic Robert Scholes presents his thoughtful exploration of the craft of reading. He deals with reading not as an art or performance given by a virtuoso reader, but as a craft that can be studied, taught, and learned. Those who master the craft of reading, Scholes contends, will justifiably take responsibility for the readings they produce and the texts they choose to read. Scholes begins with a critique of the New Critical way of reading (“bad for poets and poetry and really terrible for students and teachers of poetry”), using examples of poems by various writers, in particular Edna St. Vincent Millay. He concludes with a consideration of the strengths and weaknesses of the fundamentalist way of reading texts regarded as sacred. To explain and clarify the approach of the crafty reader, the author analyzes a wide-ranging selection of texts by figures at the margins of the literary and cultural canon, including Norman Rockwell, Anaïs Nin, Dashiell Hammett, and J. K. Rowling. Throughout his discussion Scholes emphasizes how concepts of genre affect the reading process and how they may work to exclude certain texts from the cultural canon and curriculum.
The Smiley Snowman
A bear, a fox, and a rabbit build a snowman, but their efforts to keep it happy and warm almost bring about its demise.
Felt Christmas Decorations
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Lyttle Lies The Pudding Problem
To Sam Lyttle, the truth is like an elephant. It’s heavy, worrying and wrinkly. And when it’s sitting in your way, you can’t go under it or over it. But you CAN skirt round it… So Sam does, every now and then, tell the odd porky-pie, much to the annoyance of his family. But is there more to Sam’s occasional streeeetching of the truth than meets the eye? The first book in this laugh-out-loud series by author and illustrator Joe Berger. ‘… truly funny, with verbal, visual and fart jokes appealing not only to those who find reading heavy going.’ Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times’ Children’s Book of the Week
Cool Layer Cakes
Cool Layer Cakes is the perfect book to inspire and encourage keen amateur and professional bakers alike to take layer cakes to new heights and to inject a little bit of personality into their creations. In this book you will be guided by fully illustrated step-by-steps, through the basics required for a successful layer cake, including essential equipment, core recipes, decoration techniques, and insider tricks of the trade to create a professional finish. With 50 amazing, gorgeous, and fun layer cake projects, whether it is dressing up a tea time cake for guests or transforming multi layers into a show stopper celebration cake, Cool Layer Cakes provides a fresh spin on our favorite of cake treats. Taking ideas from diverse areas such as fashion and art, you will be encouraged to think about color palettes, textures, and patterns in order to create designs which are stylish and contemporary. You will develop your own style and, armed with essential tips, be enabled to design layer cakes that taste and look absolutely stunning.
Megan s Island
From critically acclaimed author Willo Davis Roberts comes an Edgar Award–winning classic mystery about a twelve-year-old girl on the run with her family. Pack up and leave? Tonight? When Megan has just one week of school left before summer vacation? Something doesn’t seem right. Megan is used to moving. After all, she’s moved a dozen times in her twelve years. But this time, something is different. They’re leaving in the middle of the night, and Megan doesn’t even have a chance to say good-bye to her best friend. What’s worse, Megan can tell her mother is frightened. It’s almost as if they’re running away from something. But from what?
Ernest and Celestine
Ernest loves Celestine like a daughter, so when she loses her beloved toy penguin, Simeon, Ernest does everything he can to cheer her up. But buying her all the toys in the town can't replace Simeon, so Ernest sets to work on a new plan.
Blobfish Throws a Party
Introducing Blobfish Throws a Party, a wild and hilarious story from award-winning author Miranda Paul! Blobfish lives at the bottom of the ocean with no lights, no friends, and no delicious treats. The only two ways he can think to change this would be to 1) throw a party, or 2) save the world in true hero style. He decides to do the first one. However, when he announces, "Deep sea party! Bring a treat to share!", the mermaids hear "Cheap, free party! Sling on a sheet to wear!", and the shorebirds hear "Cheep-peep party! Sing a tweet with flair!", and so on. Soon the whole world is partying in strange ways based on what they think they heard, and Blobfish is still sad and alone at the bottom of the sea. Will Blobfish ever get his lights, friends, and delicious treats?
The Great Game
In this riveting insider’s account, a former inspector general of the CIA compares actual espionage cases and practices with classic and popular spy fiction, showing that the real world of espionage is nearly always stranger and more complicated than even the best spy fiction.Exploring everything from tradecraft and recruitment to bureaucracy and betrayal, The Great Game contrasts fictional spies created by such authors as John Le Carr?, Tom Clancy and Joseph Conrad with their real-life counterparts from Kim Philby to Aldrich Ames. Drawing on his thirty year career with the CIA, Frederick P. Hitz shows that even the most imaginative authors fail to capture the profound human dilemmas raised by real-life cases. Engaging and insightful, The Great Game shines a fascinating light on the veiled history of intelligence. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Silent Game
The Silent Game traces the history of spy writers and their fiction from creator William Le Queux, of the Edwardian age, to John le Carré, of the Cold War era. David Stafford reveals the connections between fact and fiction as seen in the lives of writers with experience in intelligence, including John Buchan, Compton Mackenzie, Somerset Maugham, Ian Fleming, and Graham Greene. Le Queux used his spy fiction as xenophobic propaganda before and after World War I, and le Carré's novels have provided reflections on the Cold War and the decline of Britain's influence. Anxieties about the decline of the American “empire” have helped stimulate a more vigorous American literature of espionage, providing an index of contemporary American concerns about power relations. As Stafford suggests, the genre of espionage fiction rarely intends to document the real world of intelligence. Rather, it provides a popular vehicle for exploring themes of imperial decline, international crisis, and impending war.