Author: Patricia Lockwood

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1846149215

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 9408

NEW STATESMAN AND OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017 'Destined to be a classic . . . this year's must-read memoir' Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club 'Irrepressible . . . joyous, funny and filthy . . . Lockwood blows the roof off every paragraph' Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine The childhood of Patricia Lockwood, the poet dubbed' The Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence, Kansas' by The New York Times, was unusual in many respects. There was the location: an impoverished, nuclear waste-riddled area of the American Midwest. There was her mother, a woman who speaks almost entirely in strange riddles and warnings of impending danger. Above all, there was her gun-toting, guitar-riffing, frequently semi-naked father, who underwent a religious conversion on a submarine and found a loophole which saw him approved for the Catholic priesthood by the future Pope Benedict XVI, despite already having a wife and children. When an unexpected crisis forces Lockwood and her husband to move back into her parents' rectory, she must learn to live again with the family's simmering madness, and to reckon with the dark side of her religious upbringing. Pivoting from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the serious, Priestdaddy is an unforgettable story of how we balance tradition against hard-won identity - and of how, having journeyed in the underworld, we can emerge with our levity and our sense of justice intact. 'Beautiful, funny and poignant. I wish I'd written this book' Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy 'A revelatory debut . . . Lockwood's prose is nothing short of ecstatic . . . her portrait of her epically eccentric family is funny, warm, and stuffed to bursting with emotional insight' Joss Whedon 'Praise God, this is why books were invented' Emily Berry, author of Dear Boy and Stranger, Baby

Summary of Patricia Lockwood's Priestdaddy

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 1669356639

Category: Humor

Page: 56

View: 5300

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I was supposed to go to a Great Books college in the winter of 2001, but my father called me into his study two weeks before I was scheduled to depart for Annapolis. He explained that the money just wasn’t there. I didn’t ask any questions. I understood that there were ways around it. #2 I visited my father’s guitar store, where he was a dealer. His collection was filled with gleaming guitars on stands, candy-apple red, spruce green, lake blue, and carapace black. He would soon acquire another guitar, more costly than all of them. #3 I moved from the rectory of my father’s church in Cincinnati to the abandoned convent next door. The convent looked out on a petroleum plant, and just beyond that, the polluted, hellbender-colored Ohio River. I spent my time reading books online. #4 I was in love with a man I had never met, and we would talk on the phone for hours. I was never afraid to sleep alone in that convent, but I would wake up to a seeming sunrise out the window.

Still Mad: American Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination

Author: Sandra M. Gilbert,Susan Gubar

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 039365172X

Category: Social Science

Page: 464

View: 1856

A brilliant, sweeping history of the contemporary women’s movement told through the lives and works of the literary women who shaped it. Forty years after their first groundbreaking work of feminist literary theory, The Madwoman in the Attic, award-winning collaborators Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar map the literary history of feminism’s second wave. From its stirrings in the midcentury—when Sylvia Plath, Betty Friedan, and Joan Didion found their voices and Diane di Prima, Lorraine Hansberry, and Audre Lorde discovered community in rebellion—to a resurgence in the new millennium in the writings of Alison Bechdel, Claudia Rankine, and N. K. Jemisin, Gilbert and Gubar trace the evolution of feminist literature. They offer lucid, compassionate, and piercing readings of major works by these writers and others, including Adrienne Rich, Ursula K. Le Guin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Susan Sontag, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Toni Morrison. Activists and theorists like Nina Simone, Gloria Steinem, Andrea Dworkin, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Judith Butler also populate these pages as Gilbert and Gubar examine the overlapping terrain of literature and politics in a comprehensive portrait of an expanding movement. As Gilbert and Gubar chart feminist gains—including creative new forms of protests and changing attitudes toward gender and sexuality—they show how the legacies of second wave feminists, and the misogynistic culture they fought, extend to the present. In doing so, they celebrate the diversity and urgency of women who have turned passionate rage into powerful writing.


Author: Patricia Lockwood

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 069818839X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 8057

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR NAMED ONE OF THE 50 BEST MEMOIRS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS BY THE NEW YORK TIMES SELECTED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: The Washington Post * Elle * NPR * New York Magazine * Boston Globe * Nylon * Slate * The Cut * The New Yorker * Chicago Tribune WINNER OF THE THURBER PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR “Affectionate and very funny . . . wonderfully grounded and authentic. This book proves Lockwood to be a formidably gifted writer who can do pretty much anything she pleases.” – The New York Times Book Review From Booker Prize finalist Patricia Lockwood, author of the novel No One Is Talking About This, a vivid, heartbreakingly funny memoir about balancing identity with family and tradition. Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates “like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972.” His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church’s country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents’ rectory, their two worlds collide. In Priestdaddy, Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence—from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cultlike Catholic youth group—with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure she and her husband had in her parents’ household after a decade of living on their own. Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory, tries to explain Catholicism to her husband, who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws, and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother. Lockwood pivots from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the deeply serious, exploring issues of belief, belonging, and personhood. Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition.

Tired of Winning

Author: Richard Cooke

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 1743820836

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 2356

Polarised, enraged and spiritually bereft, America under Donald Trump seems to be on the brink of failure. In this dazzling debut, award-winning Australian writer Richard Cooke takes a close-up look at the state of the United States. From the theology of opioids to the aftermath of a mass shooting, from #MeToo to the paintings of George W. Bush, Cooke’s reporting takes him from an East Coast ravaged by climate change to the dangerous world of the US–Mexico border. This is not another diner-hopping week in Trump country: it’s a radical effort to capture dissonant and varied Americas, across more than twenty states. In brilliantly rendered accounts of poets, politicians and poisoned cities, Cooke finds a nation splintering under the weight of alienation – but showing resilience and hope in the most unexpected ways. Entertaining and terrifying in equal measure, Tired of Winning reveals the schisms and the clamour of contemporary America. ‘Showcase[s] the work of an ascendant talent ... Cooke has a knack for off-the-cuff anecdotes that gently sidestep into profundities ... This is not a particularly shining portrait of America, but it is brilliant.’ —The Saturday Paper

No One Is Talking About This

Author: Patricia Lockwood

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1526642883

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 1855

'A masterpiece' Guardian 'I really admire and love this book' Sally Rooney 'An intellectual and emotional rollercoaster' Daily Mail 'I can't remember the last time I laughed so much reading a book' David Sedaris 'It moved me to tears' Elizabeth Day THE ONLY BOOK SHORTLISTED FOR BOTH THE BOOKER PRIZE AND THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021 ______________________________________________ This is a story about a life lived in two halves. It's about what happens when real life collides with the increasing absurdity of a world accessed through a screen. It's about living in world that contains both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy, and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary. It's a meditation on love, language and human connection from one of the most original voices of our time. ______________________________________________ 'An utterly distinctive mixture of depth, dazzling linguistic richness, anarchic wit and raw emotional candour' Rowan Williams A 2021 Book of the Year: Sunday Times, Guardian, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Evening Standard, The Times, New Statesman, Red, Observer, Independent, Daily Telegraph

Abusing Religion

Author: Megan Goodwin

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 1978807783

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 233

View: 3699

Why do Americans presume to know "what's really going on" in marginal religions? Sex abuse happens in all communities, but American religious outsiders often face disproportionate allegations of sexual abuse. Abusing Religion argues that sex abuse in minority religious communities is an American problem, not (merely) a religious one.

Joan Didion:The Last Interview


Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1685890121

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 3221

The iconic writer whose prose was as influential and as it is unmistakably hers is joined in conversation with Sheila Heti, Hilton Als, Dave Eggers, Hari Kunzru and many more. Some writers define a generation. Some a genre. Joan Didion did both, and much more. Didion rose to prominence with her nonfiction collection, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and she quickly became the writer who captured the zeitgeist of the washed-out, acid hangover of the 60s. But as a bicoastal writer of fiction and nonfiction whose writing ranged from personal essays and raw, intimate memoirs to reportage on international affairs and social justice, Didion is much harder to pin down than her reputation might suggest. This collection encompasses it all, in conversations that delve into her underappreciated mid-career works, her influences, the loss of her husband and daughter, and her most infamous essays. Far from the evasive, terse minimalist that has come to dominate the image of Joan Didion, what this collection reveals is a warm, thoughtful woman whose well earned legacy promises to live on for readers and writers for many generations to come.

The Selling and Self-Regulation of Contemporary Poetry

Author: J.T. Welsch

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1785273361

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

View: 627

The Selling and Self-Regulation of Contemporary Poetry is the first book-length study of the contemporary poetry industry. By documenting radical changes over the past decade in the way poems are published, sold, and consumed, it connects the seemingly small world of poetry with the other, wider creative industries. In reassessing an art form that has been traditionally seen as free from or even resistant to material concerns, the book confronts the real pressures – and real opportunities – faced by poets and publishers in the wake of economic and cultural shifts since 2008. The changing role of anthologies, prizes, and publishers are considered alongside new technologies, new arts policy, and re-conceptions of poetic labour. Ultimately, it argues that poetry’s continued growth and diversification also leaves individuals with more responsibility than ever for sustaining its communities.


Author: Guida Jackson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491777982

Category: Fiction

Page: 312

View: 4917

Meet Quentin, driven by revenge against the company that fired him; drifty wife Faye; sensitive son Arthur; and smart-mouthed Donnie and Olivia, so close they read each other’s schemes. When catastrophe tears the family apart, Olivia assumes the task of putting it back together: “Just because something is futile is no reason to give up on it.” Also meet Rod, Olivia’s boss, burdened by an invalid father and demanding mother. Olivia has their solution, too, knowing evolution always moves from the simple to the complex. Add Coushattan housekeeper Josephine with a penchant for setting fires, and gas station attendant Willie Virginia, on the lookout for a loose man. Award-winning playwright Olivia Orfield (“Vortex”, “Death Trap”) labeled Subtractions “Irony at its most entertaining, containing a nugget of pure enlightenment.” Award-winning author Mary Zimmeth (“Course Corrections”, “Bed Number Ten”) called it “Pathos laced with high humor. A must read!”