To Throw Away Unopened

Author: Viv Albertine

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571326234

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018 What was I fighting for? Even now I'm not sure. Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic. Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention - but in her follow up to Clothes, Music, Boys, Viv Albertine has reinvented the genre with her unflinching honesty. To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman's obsession with the truth - the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. It is a gaping wound of a book, both an exercise in blood-letting and psychological archaeology, excavating what lies beneath: the fear, the loneliness, the anger. It is a brutal expose of human dysfunctionality, the impossibility of true intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents. Yet it is also a testament to how we can rebuild ourselves and come to face the world again. It is a portrait of the love stories that constitute a life, often bringing as much pain as joy. With the inimitable blend of humour, vulnerability, and intelligence that makes Viv Albertine one of our finest authors working today, To Throw Away Unopened smashes through layers of propriety and leads us into a new place of savage self-discovery.

Writing the Modern Family

Author: Roberta Garrett

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1786605198

Category: American fiction

Page: 200

View: 6776


This book examines the growing body of autobiographical and fictional writing on family and parenting issues in Anglo-American culture from the late 1990s to the present day.

Bowling Alone: Revised and Updated

Author: Robert D. Putnam

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 1982130849

Category: History

Page: 592

View: 6649


Updated to include a new chapter about the influence of social media and the Internet—the 20th anniversary edition of Bowling Alone remains a seminal work of social analysis, and its examination of what happened to our sense of community remains more relevant than ever in today’s fractured America. Twenty years, ago, Robert D. Putnam made a seemingly simple observation: once we bowled in leagues, usually after work; but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolized a significant social change that became the basis of the acclaimed bestseller, Bowling Alone, which The Washington Post called “a very important book” and Putnam, “the de Tocqueville of our generation.” Bowling Alone surveyed in detail Americans’ changing behavior over the decades, showing how we had become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and social structures, whether it’s with the PTA, church, clubs, political parties, or bowling leagues. In the revised edition of his classic work, Putnam shows how our shrinking access to the “social capital” that is the reward of communal activity and community sharing still poses a serious threat to our civic and personal health, and how these consequences have a new resonance for our divided country today. He includes critical new material on the pervasive influence of social media and the internet, which has introduced previously unthinkable opportunities for social connection—as well as unprecedented levels of alienation and isolation. At the time of its publication, Putnam’s then-groundbreaking work showed how social bonds are the most powerful predictor of life satisfaction, and how the loss of social capital is felt in critical ways, acting as a strong predictor of crime rates and other measures of neighborhood quality of life, and affecting our health in other ways. While the ways in which we connect, or become disconnected, have changed over the decades, his central argument remains as powerful and urgent as ever: mending our frayed social capital is key to preserving the very fabric of our society.

Persian Nights

Author: Diane Johnson

Publisher: William Abrahams Book

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 4741


On the eve of the revolution in Iran, Chloe Fowler, alone after the unexpected departure of her doctor husband, finds herself in a country undergoing violent change where everyone suspects everyone of something

The Cutting Edge

Author: Penelope Gilliatt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780349114323

Category:

Page: 149

View: 3705


Tax Revolt 1980

Author: Sheldon D. Engelmayer,Robert J. Wagman

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: N.A

Category: Local taxation

Page: 207

View: 9654


You See

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art, American

Page: 106

View: 426