Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Author: Jeanette Winterson

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802194753

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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A New York Times bestseller: The “magnificent” memoir by one of the bravest and most original writers of our time—“A tour de force of literature and love” (Vogue). Jeanette Winterson’s bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. Her internationally best-selling debut, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, tells the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents, and has become a staple of required reading in contemporary fiction classes. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a “singular and electric” memoir about a life’s work to find happiness (The New York Times). It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the universe as a cosmic dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past, rose to haunt the author later in life, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. It is also a book about the power of literature, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, or a life raft that supports us when we are sinking. Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded story of the search for belonging—for love, identity, home, and a mother.

Summary of Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 33

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I had to live out some of my mother’s unlived life. She was a flamboyant depressive who kept a revolver in the duster drawer and the bullets in a tin of Pledge. She was alive when my first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published in 1985. #2 I was trying to get away from the received idea that women always write about experience while men write about broad and bold experiments with form. I was angry that writers were sex-crazed bohemians who broke the rules. #3 I wrote the cover story of myself being a misfit, so that I could escape the pain of being alone. I spent most of my school years sitting on the railings outside the school gates, so I could be seen and not liked. #4 I had no idea how to love or trust another person, and I thought that love was loss. I believed that the world was unfair and out of control, and that we can only control what we can see.

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Author: Jeanette Winterson

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1847676502

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 9436


Condemned to shoulder the world forever by the gods he dared defy, freedom seems unattainable to Atlas. But then he receives an unexpected visit from Heracles, the one man strong enough to share the burden . . . Jeanette Winterson's retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles asks difficult and eternal questions about the nature of choice and coercion. Visionary and inventive, Weight turns the familiar on its head to show us ourselves in a new light.

Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere

Author: Jeanette Winterson

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1786896222

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

View: 1921


Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere is a timely and inspiring call to arms by one of Britain’s most acclaimed and important writers. Whilst recognising how far women have come in the hundred years since getting the vote, Jeanette Winterson also insists that we must all do much more if we are to achieve true gender equality. Examining recent women’s rights movements, the worlds of politics, technology and social media and changes in the law, Winterson calls out all the ways in which women still face discrimination and disadvantage. Like the women who won the right to vote, we need to shout up, reach out, be courageous and finish the job. Also included in this volume is Emmeline Pankhurst’s landmark Suffragette speech, ‘Freedom or Death’, which she delivered in 1913.

Written on the Body

Author: Jeanette Winterson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448180260

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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'This book is a deep, sensual plunge, a worship of the body, inside and out' The Times In a quiet English suburb, a love affair ignites. For our nameless narrator, Louise is the last in a long line of explosive passions, but the first to have broken their heart. With Louise's husband, Elgin, blocking love's course, their affair is doomed to unravel - until, that is, a terrible choice must be made. With its witty and masterful prose, Written on the Body takes the reader on a beguiling and defying exploration of love and its physical forms. 'An ambitious work, at once a love story and a philosophical meditation on the body' Sunday Telegraph

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Author: Jeanette Winterson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473578256

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 278

View: 1593


'Joins the dots in a neglected narrative of female scientists, visionaries and code-breakers' Observer How is artificial intelligence changing the way we live and love? Now with a new chapter, this is the eye-opening new book from Sunday Times bestselling author Jeanette Winterson. Drawing on her years of thinking and reading about AI, Jeanette Winterson looks to history, religion, myth, literature, politics and, of course, computer science to help us understand the radical changes to the way we live and love that are happening now. With wit, compassion and curiosity, Winterson tackles AI's most interesting talking points - from the weirdness of backing up your brain and the connections between humans and non-human helpers to whether it's time to leave planet Earth. 'Very funny... A kind of comparative mythology, where the hype and ideology of cutting-edge tech is read through the lens of far older stories' Spectator 'Refreshingly optimistic' Guardian A 'Books of 2021' Pick in the Guardian, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard

The Gap of Time

Author: Jeanette Winterson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473512085

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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‘A shining delight of a novel’ New York Times 'Clever and beautiful...it soars' Financial Times A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief. Seventeen years later, Perdita doesn't know a lot about who she is or where she's come from - but she's about to find out. Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale vibrates with echoes of Shakespeare's original and tells a story of hearts broken and hearts healed, a story of revenge and forgiveness, a story that shows that whatever is lost shall be found. ‘Emotionally wrought and profoundly intelligent... A supremely clever, compelling and emotionally affecting novel that deserves multiple readings to appreciate its many layers’ Mail on Sunday 'There are passages here so concisely beautiful they give you goosebumps' Observer 'Pulsates with such authenticity and imaginative generosity that I defy you not to engage with it' Independent

The Powerbook

Author: Jeanette Winterson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448180244

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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'Winterson is a rangy pirate, a world-swashbuckler, a plunderer of stories, literatures and hearts' Ali Smith, Scotsman 'It's night. I'm sitting at my screen. There's an e-mail for me. I unwrap it. It says - Freedom, just for one night.' Ali, or Alix, is an e-writer. They will write anything you like, but on one condition: that you are prepared to enter your story. Finally, you can be the hero of your own life. But, there is a price to pay - the risk that you might leave the story as somebody else. 'Brilliant, evocative writing... Winterson never seems to put a foot wrong... It is funny, clever, entertaining and wholly delightful' Spectator

Christmas Days

Author: Jeanette Winterson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781911214304

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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Stop What You're Doing And Read This!

Author: Mark Haddon,Michael Rosen,Zadie Smith,Carmen Callil,Jeanette Winterson,Tim Parks,Blake Morrison,Dr Maryanne Wolf,Mirit Barzillai,Nicholas Carr,Jane Davis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446484807

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 192

View: 8006


In any 24 hours there might be sleeping, eating, kids, parents, friends, lovers, work, school, travel, deadlines, emails, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter, the news, the TV, Playstation, music, movies, sport, responsibilities, passions, desires, dreams. Why should you stop what you're doing and read a book? People have always needed stories. We need literature - novels, poetry - because we need to make sense of our lives, test our depths, understand our joys and discover what humans are capable of. Great books can provide companionship when we are lonely or peacefulness in the midst of an overcrowded daily life. Reading provides a unique kind of pleasure and no-one should live without it. In the ten essays in this book some of our finest authors and passionate advocates from the worlds of science, publishing, technology and social enterprise tell us about the experience of reading, why access to books should never be taken forgranted, how reading transforms our brains, and how literature can save lives. In any 24 hours there are so many demands on your time and attention - make books one of them. Carmen Callil Tim Parks Nicholas Carr Michael Rosen Jane Davis Zadie Smith Mark Haddon Jeanette Winterson Blake Morrison Dr Maryanne Wolf & Dr Mirit Barzillai