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A collection of seven short stories celebrates dangerous women, both heroines and villains, and includes contributions by Lev Grossman, Sharon Kay Penman, and Diana Gabaldon.

""What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. So why should you read it? Here's why: I'm a little fat. If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I'd highly recommend that you do not read his book." Bacon. McDonald's. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders"-- Provided by publisher.

Presents twenty of the best works of short fiction of the past year from a variety of acclaimed sources.

Compiles the best literary essays of the year 2013 which were originally published in American periodicals.

Presents a selection of short works from mainstream and alternative American periodicals published in 2013, including nonfiction, screenplays, television writing, fiction, and alternative comics.

Journeys into the world of lesbian sex with uncommon, edgy stories that push lust and desire to new heights.

Collects the best of the author's essays from five decades of the "Irish Times" to reflect a changing culture as well as her observations on such topics as the royal wedding, waitressing, and boring airline companions.

Something's in the air this holiday season, and it could be the beginning of a wonderful Christmas romance...

One hot Scot: "Duncan Lenox lives surrounded by enemies, a MacLawry in a land of Campbells. But when an English beauty has nowhere else to turn, he feels obligated to help. Now that they must spend a night together in an abandoned cottage while a storm rages on, will their mutual passion save--or doom--them both?"

"In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine, Arthur Miller redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are at once insupportably vast and dangerously insubstantial. He has given us a figure whose name has become a symbol for a kind of majestic grandiosity-and a play that compresses epic extremems of humor and anguish, promise and loss, between the four walls of an American living room."--Cover.

"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.

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.