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In this short novella, Gabriel enters confession for the first time in 50 years and tells the priest he has only three sins, all sins of the flesh, and the confession opens up the byways of human identity and human relationships as it weaves the tale of the three sins. The account moves back and forth between his hippie life with the three women in the 1970s and their continued contact in old age, as they reflect back and pull out the little epiphanies that would become reference points of meaning for the rest of their lives. (Adult content and language)
In a culture of health nuts, gurus, quacks, and seekers, Phil’s life becomes a fiasco of misdirection when his charismatic brother, Magnus, shows up with the news that he has murdered someone and asks for sanctuary. Magnus then disappears – with Phil’s girlfriend, Hermia – and Phil lands on an uneasy road trip through small town Louisiana with Gus, another rival for Hermia’s attention. Phil and Gus, white and black, find racism, madness, and unlikely friendships as they roll through the bayous and into New Orleans. (Adult content and language)
A beautiful naive idealism. Blasted by the Establishment. Torn by its own contradictions. Jazmine, Ziggy, Ragman, and a coterie of hippies run loose and free until they discover an LSD-spinoff drug that triggers past life regressions and sweeps them toward a dramatic climax. Vividly portraying the gaiety, joys, and risks of the 1960s counterculture, this epic tale of hippiedom is intimate in the lives of it characters but panoramic in its coverage of the sights and sounds of the Age of Aquarius.” (Adult content and language)
In a neighborhood full of quirky characters, three kids’ search for hidden silver in an abandoned house pits them against forgotten ghosts and the house’s dark memories of racism and betrayal. The quest for the silver is especially nerve-racking for Annie, the kid who actually sees the ghosts. Her friends want to believe her but can’t, and she herself is torn between running away from it all and following the ghosts into the house’s dark history. (For young adult or adult readers)
Phineas Frecklehopper was not always picked first at sports. He couldn’t always remember to take a bath or brush his teeth or do his homework in every single subject. Still, he considered himself a normal boy in most respects. But he did have one peculiar hobby, or at least others thought it peculiar. He loved to cook. From pie to pepperoni pizza, if it could be cooked, Phineas would cook it. But could rendering a recipe really make a hero? Absolutely! Read to see how. And after the magical journey, try the do-it-yourself samples from Phineas’s recipe box! For ages 8-12.
What would you do if you suddenly saw a snake in the lettuce? Rachael had to figure that out fast.And she found a magical adventure in her own back yard, within smelling distance of the spaghetti sauce her dad was cooking on the stove. Enjoy this zany, colorful, hardbound picture book, full of the rhythm and rhyme that kids love, as a read-aloud or early reader for ages 2-8.
One year, four seasons, an archetypal journey, a poetic landscape rich in the flora and fauna of intimate human connection, joyous and sad. The poems in this 42-page chapbook are mostly short and pithy, formally sculpted, but each is packed with concept and image. Together they carry the reader through a lyrical world of beauty and build up an unforgettable sense of how much life can be lived in a year and how quickly that year can slip away.
Landed Patriarchy looks at the intersection of class and gender politics in such Henry Fielding novels as Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews. Fielding repeatedly attacks the gender constructs of bourgeois patriarchy, but does so to promote a landed patriarchy and not from any feminist sympathy. Understanding the unstable relation between class and gender conservatism in Fielding requires a larger look at 18th-century literature and culture, and at how modern theoretical approaches can sometimes clarify and sometimes muddle our view of what is going on in the great literary works of the 18th century. Selected for Edwin Mellen's Series on British Literature.
Intro. to 2001 Random House edition of John Cleland's Fanny Hill
After hundreds of banned editions, John Cleland’s erotic romp through 18th-century London from the point of view of the bawdy yet innocent Fanny Hill was finally legally published in the USA in 1963. Gautier’s introduction to this 2001 Random House edition puts the novel by the "sly old malcontent" (as Cleland was called by his contemporary, James Boswell) in social context, as a remapping of the emergent 18th-century bourgeois ideology. Just as prostitution figures as bourgeois social relations unmasked, so on the level of genre the pornographic novel unmasks the sentimental bourgeois novel of the day.