An Untamed State

Author: Roxane Gay
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472119835
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Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents. An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a wilful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

Madness In Black Women S Diasporic Fictions

Author: Caroline A. Brown
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 3319581279
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This collection chronicles the strategic uses of madness in works by black women fiction writers from Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and the United States. Moving from an over-reliance on the “madwoman” as a romanticized figure constructed in opposition to the status quo, contributors to this volume examine how black women authors use madness, trauma, mental illness, and psychopathology as a refraction of cultural contradictions, psychosocial fissures, and political tensions of the larger social systems in which their diverse literary works are set through a cultural studies approach. The volume is constructed in three sections: Revisiting the Archive, Reinscribing Its Texts: Slavery and Madness as Historical Contestation, The Contradictions of Witnessing in Conflict Zones: Trauma and Testimony, and Novel Form, Mythic Space: Syncretic Rituals as Healing Balm. The novels under review re-envision the initial trauma of slavery and imperialism, both acknowledging the impact of these events on diasporic populations and expanding the discourse beyond that framework. Through madness and healing as sites of psychic return, these novels become contemporary parables of cultural resistance.

Jennie S Tiger A Woman S Pioneering Stand In An Untamed Corner Of Washington State

Author: Eva Gayle Six
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465374426
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The West’s pioneering experience has been both documented and dramatized enough to give us all some impression - for right or for wrong - of what pioneers were and what they did. Some of those impressions are dryly accurate, and some are excitingly fictitious. Jennie’s Tiger is neither - carefully researched and truthfully told, it gives a reliable view of the homesteading experience as well as an engrossing and moving story of strong characters making for themselves the life they want. The real Wes and Jennie Wooding homesteaded 160 acres on the Pend Oreille river in northeast Washington state from 1900 till 1923. Life before this chapter of their lives had been consistently hardscrabble and sometimes tragic. Building their own home on their own land was the greatest success and the greatest contentment they had ever had. They arrived at Tiger’s Landing by steamboat with three small boys and cut down enough trees to build a 14’ X 24’ one-story house to shelter them. In that house, named Hawthorn Lodge, they soon added a fourth boy. Like most settlers with no cash, Wes had to work “outside” to earn the money for Proving Up the homestead. He walked several hundred miles looking for the work he knew, in the mines. A devoted member of the Western Federation of Miners and a sincere Socialist, Wes was ambivalent about the Wobbly movement and glad when, after the required seven years, he could stay at home and make his life at Tiger’s Landing with Jennie and the boys. While Wes was away, Jennie was entirely capable of sheltering, feeding, clothing and raising the boys with her own skills. With help from the children, she chinked the cabin with river mud; she kept the table laid with game and fish she provided and produce she grew; she made furniture for the bare house; she skillfully sewed clothes for the family. She gradually turned the subsistence farm into a lucrative business. Fearful of missing Wes’s letters, she started the first post office in her community. As the boys reached school age, she donated land and saw that the first school began to operate. Bringing with her skills and medicines, she became doctor, nurse and midwife to the growing community. Frustrated by goods that came from a riverboat that could run only half the year, she started the first store. Through all this, Jennie was eternally buoyant; she never felt misused or deprived, only content, proud and happy. But when the outside world threatened Hawthorn Lodge in the form of a railroad right against the house, Jennie found she had to swallow her anger and make the best of it. When World War I took two of her boys away, she did what she could to help the soldiers while hating the war. Having successfully raised the four boys to strong men, Jennie’s years at Hawthorn Lodge, Tiger, Washington, come to a tragic end, and we last see her heading back to California and the outside world.

African American Literature An Encyclopedia For Students

Author: Hans A. Ostrom
Editor: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440871515
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This essential volume provides an overview of and introduction to African American writers and literary periods from its beginning through the 21st century. Provides an essential introduction to African American writers and topics, from the beginning of the 20th century into the 21st Covers the major authors and key topics in African American literature Gives students an accessible and approachable overview of African American literature

Bad Feminist

Author: Roxane Gay
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472119746
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'Pink is my favourite colour. I used to say my favourite colour was black to be cool, but it is pink – all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.' In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny and sincere look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

Deleuze And Philosophy

Author: Keith Ansell-Pearson
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134765274
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The work of Gilles Deleuze has had an impact far beyond philosophy. He is among Foucault and Derrida as one of the most cited of all contemporary French thinkers. Never a student 'of' philosophy, Deleuze was always philosophical and many influential poststructuralist and postmodernist texts can be traced to his celebrated resurrection of Nietzsche against Hegel in his Nietzsche and Philosophy, from which this collection draws its title. This searching new collection considers Deleuze's relation to the philosophical tradition and beyond to the future of philosophy, science and technology. In addition to considering Deleuze's imaginative readings of classic figures such as Spinoza and Kant, the essays also point to the meaning of Deleuze on 'monstrous' and machinic thinking, on philosophy and engineering, on philosophy and biology, on modern painting and literature. Deleuze and Philosophy continues the spirit of experimentation and invention that features in Deleuze's work and will appeal to those studying across philosophy, social theory, literature and cultural studies who themselves are seeking new paradigms of thought.

Ayiti

Author: Roxane Gay
Editor: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802165737
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From New York Times -bestselling powerhouse Roxane Gay, Ayiti is a powerful collection exploring the Haitian diaspora experience. Originally published by a small press, this Grove Press paperback will make Gay’s debut widely available for the first time, including several new stories. In Ayiti, a married couple seeking boat passage to America prepares to leave their homeland. A young woman procures a voodoo love potion to ensnare a childhood classmate. A mother takes a foreign soldier into her home as a boarder, and into her bed. And a woman conceives a daughter on the bank of a river while fleeing a horrific massacre, a daughter who later moves to America for a new life but is perpetually haunted by the mysterious scent of blood. These early stories showcase Gay’s prowess as one of the voices of our age” (National Post, Canada).

Difficult Women

Author: Roxane Gay
Editor: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802189644
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Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State and the New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.

An Untamed Land

Author: Lauraine Snelling
Editor: Bethany House
ISBN: 0764201913
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Leaving their beloved Norway for the promise of untold prosperity in America, the Bjorklund family settles in Dakota Territory on the banks of the Red River and endures unimagined hardships and trials.

No Shelter

Author: Robert Swartwood
Editor: RMS Press
ISBN:
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Meet Holly Lin. Nanny by day. Assassin by night. Holly Lin is living two lives. To her friends and family, she's a pleasant, hardworking nanny. To her boss and colleagues, she's one of the best non-sanctioned government assassins in the world. But when a recent mission goes wrong causing one of her team members to die, she realizes she might no longer be cut out for the work — except the mission, as it turns out, is only half over, and to complete it will take her halfway across the world and bring her face to face with a ghost from her past. Things are about to get personal. And as Holly Lin's enemies are about to find out, she is not a nanny they want to piss off. Praise for No Shelter: "Excellent — memorable and something I'll read more than once." —Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of An Untamed State "No Shelter is part mystery, part thriller suspense, and all kinds kick ass!" —The Man Eating Bookworm