Although she is an heiress, Miss Jane Reynolds's quiet life with a widowed aunt has left her on the shelf at 26. Now she is spending the summer with her irrepressible cousin Cynthia in the country--when two very eligible gentlemen arrive. Naturally, Jane assumes they will be courting her cousin. Yet Sir George Overton, one of the most fashionable Pinks of the ton, is quite taken with her--and well on his way to losing his heart! A Regency romance original.
We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there’s nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure—until, of course, they don’t. But What If We’re Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past. Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or—weirder still—widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we “overrate” democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge? Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We’re Wrong? is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers—George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among others—interwoven with the type of high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt. It’s a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It’s about how we live now, once “now” has become “then.”
I found this book to be too disjointed, 'bitty" and downright confusing. I think the plot could have been impressive if only it was done entirely differently. Others have rated this highly and it is more likely that I simply didn't try hard enough to "get" it than it being a bad book. Ah well.
Richard Hofstader's last book, written in 1968, was a look back at the great Progressive-era historians who influenced his work and, more so than any subsequent generation of historians, the debates of the public at large in their era. Turner, Beard, and Parrington all took history-writing out of the almost mythical or providential realm that it once held and posited American history as part of an eternal struggle between different classes and types.
It was both a semi-Marxist and semi-sociological look at history, and Hofstader points out the benefits and the shortcomings of such a stance. The book tends to ramble quite a bit, but this is certainly a fresh look at these figures.
For people who spend so much time writing, historians themselves are rarely written about, and this critique cum biography is an interesting attempt to see how lives are shaped by historical forces, and then how they try to shape them, or at least their meaning.
Dana thinks country means quilts from cozy boutiques, and Faith can't imagine a town without hot pretzel vendors... But they find themselves home with Shelley in Iowa for the last weeks of summer, and small-town life is anything but humdrum! One of Shelley's brothers, Jeff, falls hard for Dana, and she wonders if she's always going to attract country types. Everyone is getting ready for the County Fair when Faith is suddenly, shockingly ill. The best doctors in Pine Bluff can't figure out what's wrong. Dana and Shelley stand helplessly by, worried that for Faith, small-town care simply isn't going to be enough.
FELT TIPS – The World’s Greatest Charity Anthology of Office-Supply-Related Erotica!Please congratulate all our fine Felt Tips writers when you see them on Twitter. They donated their time and talents to this charity anthology. Because of them, some kids who couldn't afford new school supplies and some down-on-their-luck parents who can’t afford work clothes will be getting a hand from our one-handed read. Felt Tips - Table of Contents: Indelible by Jenny Lyn Taking Dictation by Karen Booth Hard at Work by Karen Stivali The Saint of Office Hell by Heather Cole Of Silver, Sin, and School Desks by Blacksilk Mine by Brittany Lawrence What Is It, Suzie? by Eric Andrew Satchwill My New Office Chair by Gwen Marie Porter Proof by Amber Lin Stapled by Jason Darrick Getting Down to Business by Kelly Jamieson In the Closet by AmyBeth Inverness Special Delivery by Rebecca Stewart The Drawing by Marie Wright Down to the Point by Sopphey Vance Doing it Write by Lynne Silver Mark Me by Jillian Boyd Tape by Shoshanna Evers Vee by Alyssa Linn Palmer The Fountain Pen by Sandra Bunino Trust Me by Antonio Angelo Whiteboard by Lela Gwenn The Night Shift by Xander Grimm The Benefits of Multitasking by Kiki Snow Routine Maintenance by R. Brennan The Boss by Maxine Marsh Private Message by Cara Ellyn All Marked Up by Erin Danielle A Stroke of Peach by Lucy Felthouse The Server by Anya Winter A Rough Night at the Office by Diana Cruz A Planned Encounter by Emily Cale Theo's Donation by Patricia Correll The Motion of the Ocean by Morgan Sierra Open Rack by Candice Bundy The Antique by K. Fish Silky & Silvered by Memory Scarlett All Work & No Play by Michelle Ribaric Turnabout by Stella Harris Caught by Juliana Sliema Embrace the Strength Inside by Jade Adkins What Happens at STAPLES by Amanda Fletcher Love Letters by Allie Sanders Teacher's Pet by Tiffany Reisz
The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times & Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers is a bestselling classic that not only enables us to see more deeply into our history but helps us better understand our own times. In this seventh edition, Robert L. Heilbroner provides a new theme that connects thinkers as diverse as Adam Smith and Karl Marx. The theme is the common focus of their highly varied ideas -- namely, the search to understand how a capitalist society works. It is a focus never more needed than in this age of confusing economic headlines. In a bold new concluding chapter entitled "The End of the Worldly Philosophy?" Heilbroner reminds us that the word "end" refers to both the purpose and limits of economics. This chapter conveys a concern that today's increasingly "scientific" economics may overlook fundamental social and political issues that are central to economics. Thus, unlike its predecessors, this new edition provides not just an indispensable illumination of our past but a call to action for our future.