Dept of Speculation

Dept  of Speculation

An unflinching portrait of marriage features a heroine simply referred to as "the Wife," who transitions from an idealistic woman who once exchanged love letters with her husband and who confronts an array of universal difficulties.

Author: Jenny Offill

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780345806871

Category: Fiction

Page: 179

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An unflinching portrait of marriage features a heroine simply referred to as "the Wife," who transitions from an idealistic woman who once exchanged love letters with her husband and who confronts an array of universal difficulties.
Categories: Fiction

Last Things

Last Things

With eloquence and compassion, Jenny Offill weaves a luminous story of a wounded family and of a young girl yearning to understand the difference between fiction, fact, and hope.

Author: Jenny Offill

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101872079

Category: Fiction

Page: 263

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"Grace's father believes in science and builds his daughter a dollhouse with lights that really work. Grace's mother takes her skinny-dipping in the lake and teaches her about African hyena men who devour their wives in their sleep. Grace's world, of fact and fiction, marvels and madness, is slowly unraveling because her family is coming apart before her eyes. Now eight-year-old Grace must choose between her two very different, very flawed parents, a choice that will take her on a dizzying journey, away from her home in Vermont to the boozy, flooded streets of New Orleans--and into the equally wondrous and frightening realm of her own imagination. With eloquence and compassion, Jenny Offill weaves a luminous story of a wounded family and of a young girl yearning to understand the difference between fiction, fact, and hope. A novel of vibrant imagination and searing intelligence, Last Things is a stunning literary achievement"--
Categories: Fiction

Trick Mirror

Trick Mirror

Vintage, 2011. James, Henry. Portrait of a Lady. Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1881. Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler. Atheneum, 1967. ... Dept. of Speculation. Vintage Contemporaries, 2014.

Author: Jia Tolentino

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780525510550

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “From The New Yorker’s beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.”—Esquire Book Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times • “A whip-smart, challenging book.”—Zadie Smith • “Jia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.”—Vulture FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND HARVARD CRIMSON AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • Chicago Tribune • The Washington Post • NPR • Variety • Esquire • Vox • Elle • Glamour • GQ • Good Housekeeping • The Paris Review • Paste • Town & Country • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • BookRiot • Shelf Awareness Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time. Now, in this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, written with a rare combination of give and sharpness, wit and fearlessness, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity. Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die. Gleaming with Tolentino’s sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, Trick Mirror is an instant classic of the worst decade yet. FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY
Categories: Literary Collections

How Did This Happen

How Did This Happen

Dept. of Speculation. New York, NY: Vintage Contemporaries, 2014. Print. Sawer, Patrick. “Judi Dench: 'There's Nothing Good About Being 80 —Bugger the Wealth of Knowledge.'” The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited, 7 March 2015.

Author: Mary D. Esselman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781455566990

Category: Poetry

Page: 256

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From the bestselling authors of The Hell with Love, a fierce, funny, touching collection that takes the sting out of "aging while female."
Categories: Poetry

What Happened to Paula An Unsolved Death and the Danger of American Girlhood

What Happened to Paula  An Unsolved Death and the Danger of American Girlhood

Machado, Carmen Maria. Her Body and Other Parties: Stories. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2017. Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Vintage Books, 1970. Offill, Jenny. Dept. of Speculation. New York: Vintage Contemporaries, 2014.

Author: Katherine Dykstra

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393651997

Category: True Crime

Page: 312

View: 643

A CrimeReads Best True Crime Book of 2021 A People Best Book of Summer A New York Times Most Anticipated Book of the Summer A riveting investigation into a cold case asks how much control women have over their bodies and the direction of their lives. July 1970. Eighteen-year-old Paula Oberbroeckling left her house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Four months later, her remains were discovered just beyond the mouth of a culvert overlooking the Cedar River. Her homicide has never been solved. Fifty years cold, Paula’s case had been mostly forgotten when journalist Katherine Dykstra began looking for answers. A woman was dead. Why had no one been held responsible? How could the powers that be, how could a community, have given up? Tracing Paula’s final days, Dykstra uncovers a girl whose exultant personality was at odds with the Midwest norms of the late 1960s. A girl who was caught between independence and youthful naivete, between a love that defied racially segregated Cedar Rapids and her complicated but enduring love for her mother, and between a possible pregnancy and the freedoms that had been promised by the women’s liberation movement but that still had little practical bearing on actual lives. The more Dykstra learned about the circumstances of Paula’s life, the more parallels she saw in the lives of the women who knew Paula and the women in Paula’s family, in the lives of the women in Dykstra’s own family, and even in her own life. Captivating and expertly crafted from interviews with Paula’s family and friends, police reports, and on-the-scene investigation, What Happened to Paula is part true crime story, part memoir, a timely and powerful look at gender, autonomy, and the cost of being a woman.
Categories: True Crime

Weather

Weather

"Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree.

Author: Jenny Offill

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780345806901

Category: Fiction

Page: 207

View: 730

"Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years, she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She's become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you've seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to address the limits of her own experience-- but still she tries to save everyone, using everything she's learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion, from her years of wandering the library stacks . . . And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in-- funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad."--
Categories: Fiction

Last Things

Last Things

Jenny Offill. Also BY JENNY OFFILL Dept. of Speculation Last Things A NOVEL Jenny Offill Vintage Contemporaries Vintage Books.

Author: Jenny Offill

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101872086

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 384

Grace's father believes in science and builds his daughter a dollhouse with lights that really work. Grace's mother takes her skinny-dipping in the lake and teaches her about African hyena men who devour their wives in their sleep. Grace's world, of fact and fiction, marvels and madness, is slowly unraveling because her family is coming apart before her eyes. Now eight-year-old Grace must choose between her two very different, very flawed parents, a choice that will take her on a dizzying journey, away from her home in Vermont to the boozy, flooded streets of New Orleans--and into the equally wondrous and frightening realm of her own imagination. With eloquence and compassion, Jenny Offill weaves a luminous story of a wounded family and of a young girl yearning to understand the difference between fiction, fact, and hope. A novel of vibrant imagination and searing intelligence, Last Things is a stunning literary achievement.
Categories: Fiction

Girl Online

Girl Online

54 The range of contemporary writing addressing motherhood , that play out as durational projects and that have influenced this work could include Jenny Offil's Dept. of Speculation ( New York : Vintage , 2014 ) ; Maggie Nelson's The ...

Author: Joanna Walsh

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781839765353

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 609

What happens when a woman goes online? She becomes a girl. The unwritten contract of the internet, that a user is what is used, extends from the well-examined issue of data privacy and consent to the very selves women are encouraged to create in order to appear. Invited to self-construct as “girls online,” vloggers, bloggers and influencers sign a devil’s bargain: a platform on the condition they commodify themselves, eternally youthful, cute and responsibility-free, hiding offline domestic, professional and emotional labour while paying for their online presence with “accounts” of personal “experience.” Told via the arresting personal narrative of one woman negotiating the (cyber)space between her identities as girl, mother, writer, and commodified online persona, Girl Online is written in a plethora of the online styles, from programming language to the blog/diary, from tweets to lyric prose, taking in selfies, social media, celebrity and Cyberfeminism.
Categories: Social Science

Collage in Twenty First Century Literature in English

Collage in Twenty First Century Literature in English

Crisis, Rupture and Anxiety: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Contemporary and Historical Human Challenges, edited by Bob Jeffery et al. Cambridge Scholars, 2011, pp. 1–13. ... “Re: An Academic Inquiry Regarding Dept. of Speculation.

Author: Wojciech Drag

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000760675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Collage in Twenty-First-Century Literature in English: Art of Crisis considers the phenomenon of the continued relevance of collage, a form established over a hundred years ago, to contemporary literature. It argues that collage is a perfect artistic vehicle to represent the crisis-ridden reality of the twenty-first-century. Being a mixture of fragmentary incompatible voices, collage embodies the chaos of the media-dominated world. Examining the artistic, sociopolitical and personal crises addressed in contemporary collage literature, the book argues that the 21st Century has brought a revival of collage-like novels and essays.
Categories: Literary Criticism

American Short Story Cycle

American Short Story Cycle

Nagel, James (2001), The Contemporary American Short-Story Cycle: The Ethnic Resonance of Genre, Baton Rouge: Louisiana University Press. Nowotny, Helga (1994), Time: The ... Offill, Jenny (2014), Dept. of Speculation, New York: Knopf.

Author: Jennifer J. Smith

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474423946

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

View: 676

The American Short Story Cycle shows the roots of modernism and postmodernism winds through the short story cycle. Reviewers ranging from the The New York Times to Amazon do not know what to call books like Jennifer Egan?s A Visit from the Goon Squad or Jhumpa Lahiri?s Unaccustomed Earth. Why do such popular and acclaimed books spark debates about what they are and how they should be read? The American Short Story Cycle provides a history of this genre that has been hiding in plain sight. Dating back to the early nineteenth century and proliferating to the present, the short story cycle has been wildly popular both in the US and around the world. Stories in a cycle, which can be read singly but mean more together, reflect the individualism and pluralism that shape modern experience. This book gives a name and theory to the genre that has fostered the aesthetics of fragmentation and recurrence that characterize fiction today.
Categories: Literary Criticism