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New Arrivals - Literature

What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey? Shares a meal? Get drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface -- a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character - and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you. In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths, and to discover a world where a road leads to a quest a shared meal may signify a communion and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just rain. Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, How to Read Literature Like a Professor is the perfect companion for making your reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation.

A collection of stories about humanity's oldest supernatural obsession: ghosts. The Phantom Coach gathers memorable ghost tales from the Victorian era from Charles Dickens and Edith Wharton to Henry James, Thomas Hardy, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Features an introduction to the genre and notes on each story.

"Packed with new photos and more demotivational messages than you can roll your eyes at, 'The grumpy guide to life' will help you get in touch with your inner grouch."--From publisher description.

American novelist Joan Didion's first volume of nonfiction essays, first published in 1968, consisting of twenty works that reflect the atmosphere in America during the 1960s, especially in the center of its counterculture, California.