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The Road Not Taken

By David Orr
  • ISBN Code: : 0698140893
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 176
  • Category : Poetry
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A cultural “biography” of Robert Frost’s beloved poem, arguably the most popular piece of literature written by an American “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . .” One hundred years after its first publication in August 1915, Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” is so ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget that it is, in fact, a poem. Yet poetry it is, and Frost’s immortal lines remain unbelievably popular. And yet in spite of this devotion, almost everyone gets the poem hopelessly wrong. David Orr’s The Road Not Taken dives directly into the controversy, illuminating the poem’s enduring greatness while revealing its mystifying contradictions. Widely admired as the poetry columnist for The New York Times Book Review, Orr is the perfect guide for lay readers and experts alike. Orr offers a lively look at the poem’s cultural influence, its artistic complexity, and its historical journey from the margins of the First World War all the way to its canonical place today as a true masterpiece of American literature. “The Road Not Taken” seems straightforward: a nameless traveler is faced with a choice: two paths forward, with only one to walk. And everyone remembers the traveler taking “the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.” But for a century readers and critics have fought bitterly over what the poem really says. Is it a paean to triumphant self-assertion, where an individual boldly chooses to live outside conformity? Or a biting commentary on human self-deception, where a person chooses between identical roads and yet later romanticizes the decision as life altering? What Orr artfully reveals is that the poem speaks to both of these impulses, and all the possibilities that lie between them. The poem gives us a portrait of choice without making a decision itself. And in this, “The Road Not Taken” is distinctively American, for the United States is the country of choice in all its ambiguous splendor. Published for the poem’s centennial—along with a new Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Frost’s poems, edited and introduced by Orr himself—The Road Not Taken is a treasure for all readers, a triumph of artistic exploration and cultural investigation that sings with its own unforgettably poetic voice.

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This anthology features the first five erotic stories from the celebrated series, The One Less Traveled, a steamy collection of books involving a gorgeous hotwife, a dominant black man, and a reluctant husband who evolves into an eager cuckold. Nick and Nicole are the quintessential married-with-children suburban couple. Nicole seeks a boyfriend. Nick wants a happy wife. When they search for excitement outside their marriage and connect with a rich, handsome black stranger who desires control, a tempestuous erotic ride through the rapids of a carnal cuckold relationship ensues. ~~~~~ PG Excerpt ~~~~~ ?I thought you got lost out there. I was going to send a search party and maybe call 911,? I said sarcastically. Irritation flashed in her eyes. ?What did you think was going to happen? Besides, you don?t like to dance, and I do.? She grabbed her drink, and finished it in two swallows. I poured her another drink, although I didn?t add as much whiskey this time. I wanted her relaxed and happy, not drunk and pissed. ?You?re right, honey. Please don?t be mad. You stayed out there a little longer than I anticipated, and I felt neglected. I?m sorry.? I handed her the drink, and took her hand. ?I want us to have fun tonight, so feel free to dance your ass off.? She took a sip of her drink, then leaned forward and kissed me on the cheek. ?Are you sure? Because I don?t want to upset you.? She paused and met my eyes. ?So you?re sure you?ll be okay if I dance a lot with other men?? ?Absolutely.? I put on my most reassuring smile, and made the decision to open up and confide in her. ?Actually, watching you dance with him turned me on. You looked hot, and he was clearly into you.? ?Good.? A playful smile curved her lips. ?He was nice, but not really my type. So,? she added, and cocked her head at me. ?It turns you on to watch me, huh?? ?Well?? Just as she finished her question, her eyes rose from my face to something behind me, and a strong, deep baritone voice sounded over my shoulder. ?I apologize for interrupting, but you are absolutely gorgeous. May I join you two?? The voice came around from behind me, and I got a chance to see the speaker, a well-dressed black man with sharp, expressive eyes and an easy smile. I stood as he moved around the table, and I realized that he towered over me by at least six to eight inches. Nicole stood, too, and smiled widely at him. ?Hi. My name is Collin,? he said, and took her hand. ?I noticed you on the dance floor, and I had to come over and meet you. You are an amazing dancer.? ?Thank you.? My wife beamed up at him, and made no effort to take her hand back. ?I?m Nicole. We don?t get out as often as we used to, and I really miss dancing.? She paused, and then motioned at me. ?Sorry, this is my husband, Nick.? He finally broke eye contact with her as she finished and mentioned my name. ?Nick,? he said, repeating my name as though he wanted to remember it. ?Nice to meet you. You?re a lucky man.? ?Nice to meet you, too?and yes, I?m the lucky husband. Thanks for coming up and introducing yourself.? I wanted to be gracious, and at first glance, he seemed like a genuinely nice guy. I figured it must take courage to approach a couple in a swingers club. Nicole was devouring him with her eyes, so I motioned to the empty chair. ?Why don?t you join us?? His smile widened, and he nodded his thanks before all of us sat down. We were at a small round table that had three chairs, so we were able to carry on a conversation despite the music. When the next song came on, he motioned at the dance floor. ?Would you like to dance?? ?Yes.? Her reply was out of her mouth almost before he stopped speaking. ?Do you mind, Nick?? he asked, turning to me. ?That?s fine,? I surrendered with a forced grin. ?You two kids have fun.? My wife?s reaction surprised me. She?d always said that she didn?t find black men attractive, but she looked at Collin like a starving person at a buffet. I didn?t know if her taste in men had changed, or if she?d kept her taste for black men a secret during our marriage. Either way, my heart started racing as they walked away.

Musings

By F. M. Bonevento
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  • Publisher : Archway Publishing
  • Book Code : 1480811491
  • Total of Pages : 286
  • Category : Poetry
  • Members : 705
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Where is this I find me? How came I to this spot? Methinks it seems familiar, yet in truth I know it not. A door with curtained windows all aflutter on the breeze. A long and twisting staircase that spirals where it climbs. A niche, standing empty, where once a statue stood. A door leading to somewhere, but it won’t open for me. F. M. Bonevento has been on a poetic journey since 1980. In his second collection of poetry, he leads others through the musings of his mind, across time and space, people, and a variety of settings. As he darts into spaces sometimes known and often unexpected, Bonevento casts a lyrical light on the sacred and the mundane as well as the mythic and the mind. While exploring themes such as myths and legends; the beauty of nature; faith and prayer; and the realm of dreams, ideas, and emotions, Bonevento invites others to reflect on his introspective perspectives while taking their own unique journeys through the mind to explore ideas and feelings about the world. Musings shares a journey in verse created from one man’s life experiences and reflections over a twenty-five-year period.

Self Help, Inc.

By Micki McGee
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 9780195346848
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 564
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Why doesn't self-help help? Cultural critic Micki McGee puts forward this paradoxical question as she looks at a world where the market for self-improvement products--books, audiotapes, and extreme makeovers--is exploding, and there seems to be no end in sight. Rather than seeing narcissism at the root of the self-help craze, as others have contended, McGee shows a nation relying on self-help culture for advice on how to cope in an increasingly volatile and competitive work world. Self-Help, Inc. reveals how makeover culture traps Americans in endless cycles of self-invention and overwork as they struggle to stay ahead of a rapidly restructuring economic order. A lucid and fascinating treatment of the modern obsession with work and self-improvement, this lively book will strike a chord with its acute diagnosis of the self-help trap and its sharp suggestions for how we can address the alienating conditions of modern work and family life.

Crossing the Great Divide: Walking with God Through Nature

By Dr. Charles R. Frazier
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  • Publisher : Covenant Books, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1638857423
  • Total of Pages : 230
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 634
  • Pdf File: crossing-the-great-divide.pdf

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity...” (Jeremiah 29:11–14) Walking in the path of darkness, I never looked up to see God’s light. I had put God on the shelf. I was making my way in life. I was gaining notoriety and recognition for my accomplishments. My pride, arrogance, and selfishness were shining in my fleshly success. I was rolling and life was rocking, until one day, God placed a boulder in my path I could not move. In the blink of an eye, I lost my career, and my marriage was coming to an end. My Heavenly Father had stopped my fleshly ways to show me the deep darkness of my soul. He would take the pieces of clay from my brokenness, place me back on His pottery wheel, remold me with His loving hands, and put me through the fire to purify my soul. He would lead me to His place, “The Back Porch,” where He would teach me to meditate, show me visions, give me peace in His quietness, and open my ears to hear His voice. I would listen as He would speak through the pen and I would record His spoken words. Exhausted, tired, and weary, a broken man was being healed through the writings of his Heavenly Father. In this journey, He will use my love for nature to share with me the simple things in life, explain my visions, and gain understanding as we walk through this journey together. God shines His light and speaks to every man and woman. You must take the time to see His light and be still in His presence to hear His voice. Open this book, take a journey with me, and experience how God heals and remolds a broken man. He led me to write this book so you can see how God changed me and experience how God can change you.

Textual Analysis Made Easy

By C. Brian Taylor
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  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Book Code : 1317361709
  • Total of Pages : 156
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 316
  • Pdf File: textual-analysis-made-easy.pdf

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In this new book, you’ll learn how to teach evidence-based writing using a variety of tools, activities, and sample literary texts. Showing elementary and middle school students how to think critically about what they’re reading can be a challenge, but author C. Brian Taylor makes it easy by presenting twelve critical thinking tools along with step-by-step instructions for implementing each one effectively in the classroom. You’ll learn how to: Design units and lesson plans that gradually introduce your students to more complex levels of textual analysis; Encourage students to dig deeper by using the 12 Tools for Critical Thinking; Help students identify context and analyze quotes with the Evidence Finder graphic organizer; Use the Secret Recipe strategy to construct persuasive evidence-based responses that analyze a text’s content or technique; Create Cue Cards to teach students how to recognize and define common literary devices. The book also offers a series of extra examples using mentor texts, so you can clearly see how the strategies in this book can be applied to excerpts from popular, canonical, and semi-historical literature. Additionally, a number of the tools and templates in the book are available as free eResources from our website (http://www.routledge.com/9781138950658), so you can start using them immediately in your classroom.

A Series of Unfortunate Events Collection: Books 10-13

By Lemony Snicket
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0062224999
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 446
  • Pdf File: a-series-of-unfortunate-events-collection.pdf

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NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES A Warning from the Publisher: If you have come this far, it is likely too late. Readers who have experienced the first nine volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket are usually so weakened by their dreadful knowledge of the Baudelaire orphans' story that they spend most of their time moaning and weeping, and have no strength to read The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, or The End. If, by chance, your moaning and weeping is more or less under control, there is no need to further risk your physical, emotional, and literary health by reading the four remaining volumes in the series. It would be better to regain your strength by spending your time indulging in less alarming activities, such as whistling or making cupcakes for the elderly. After all, this collection contains all of the calamities in the last four volumes of A Series of Unfortunate Events, including abandoned condiments, cigarette smoking, a shocking revelation, a ridiculous laugh, a fearsome storm, a herd of wild sheep, a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents, another shocking revelation, and Phil. There is no need to expose yourself to such atrocities, not after all you've been through already.

The Road Less Taken

By Kathryn Bertine
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  • Publisher : Triumph Books
  • Book Code : 1623689074
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 352
  • Pdf File: the-road-less-taken.pdf

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In The Road Less Taken, Kathryn Bertine takes readers through her journey of striving to become a professional cyclist in her mid-30s. Her essays explore the twists and turns on life’s unexpected roads via bicycle, but also the larger meaning of what it means to heed one’s inner compass and search for a personal true north. With her signature wit and humor Bertine’s essays travel far beyond the bike lane, resonating with anyone who has ever dared to try and turn their dreams into a reality.

Still Searching for Oz

By John A. Murray
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1503594084
  • Total of Pages : 138
  • Category : Art
  • Members : 197
  • Pdf File: still-searching-for-oz.pdf

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This book is a combination of poetry / song lyrics, art, and personal reflection.

Wanted

By David Freemantle
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  • Publisher : Pearson UK
  • Book Code : 0273746995
  • Total of Pages : 232
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 454
  • Pdf File: wanted.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Competition is intense, talent is rife and jobs are never secure. Whether you’re going after your first job, dream job or want to rise to the dizzy heights of success with your current or future employer, learn how you can be the most wanted employee around. Based on a life-time of experience working in the best companies around, David Freemantle gives you 50 ways to become the person everyone wants in their organisation: Use the power of influence to make any situation work for you Discover how to become instantly likeable Evolve and grow so you always have the edge Some examples from Wanted: - demonstrates the importance of ‘falling in love’ with the work you do. People in love with their work are more likely to be ‘wanted’ than people who hate their work - stresses the importance of ‘going mad’ (i.e. going and ‘Making A Difference’) and thus developing the skills and mindset to differentiate yourself as an individual - focuses on ‘being yourself’ and not being what someone else wants you to be. This relates to ambition, principles and behaviour

Psalms: Folk Songs of Faith

By Ray C. Stedman
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  • Publisher : Our Daily Bread Publishing
  • Book Code : 1572938803
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 684
  • Pdf File: psalms.pdf

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Ray Stedman's popular commentaries combine the insight of a seasoned student of the scriptures with the warmth of a pastor's heart. Stedman takes the text seriously and provided many practical applications, drawing the reader in with apt anecdotes and illustrations. He sets the Psalms in context, but also shows how they relate to many New Testament truths and to the reader's daily life. Along with his popular commentary on the material, the reader gets Stedman's unique devotional insights.

Reimagining Communication: Action

By Michael Filimowicz,Veronika Tzankova
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351015214
  • Total of Pages : 360
  • Category : Computers
  • Members : 933
  • Pdf File: reimagining-communication.pdf

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As a part of an extensive exploration, Reimagining Communication: Action investigates the practical implications of communication as a cultural industry, media ecology, and a complex social activity integral to all domains of life. The Reimagining Communication series develops a new information architecture for the field of communications studies, grounded in its interdisciplinary origins and looking ahead to emerging trends as researchers take into account new media technologies and their impacts on society and culture. The diverse and comprehensive body of contributions in this unique interdisciplinary resource explore communication as a form of action within a mix of social, cultural, political, and economic contexts. They emphasize the continuously expanding horizons of the field by engaging with the latest trends in practical inquiry within communication studies. Reflecting on the truly diverse implications of communicative processes and representations, Reimagining Communication: Action covers key practical developments of concern to the field. It integrates diverse theoretical and practice-based perspectives to emphasize the purpose and significance of communication to human experience at individual and social levels in a uniquely accessible and engaging way. This is an essential introductory text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, along with scholars of communication, broadcast media, and interactive technologies, with an interdisciplinary focus and an emphasis on the integration of new technologies.

Choosing Simplicity

By Steven M. Ayer
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1452095280
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 671
  • Pdf File: choosing-simplicity.pdf

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The purpose of this book is to try to help anyone maintain what I call living on top of the mountain: in a pure, contented, happy state of mind. I remember pockets in my life when I was so happy, but wondered why they were so f leeting. It was like reaching the top of a mountainbut never being able to stay there. I found myself always sliding slowly backwards, or simply standing in the valley below, looking up and wondering what happened. Over the years, Ive come to understand that the only way to stay near the top of the mountain is to constantly remind yourselfdaily, weekly, monthlyof all of the things that are important to you. Without constant reminders we forget how we got to the top and revert back to our old ways. It isnt even our fault, because its in our nature; it happens with or without our permission. We simply have to commit to combating it! I dont know about you, but I want to live a fulfilled life, with happiness, health, and accomplishments for myself, my family and the betterment of others. I want to live on top of the mountain every single day of my life, and Im willing to do what I can to try to accomplish that.

A Path in the Wilderness

By Darlene Hennessey
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1796048747
  • Total of Pages : 140
  • Category : Poetry
  • Members : 851
  • Pdf File: a-path-in-the-wilderness.pdf

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This book uses autobiographical sketches, philosophical essays, poems, photographs, and abstract pictures drawn from art therapy exercises to show the way the author has forged a pathway through the thickets and brambles she has confronted in her lifetime. Ms. Hennessey demonstrates through her work how we each have a road to walk and the walk is the life we create. The book essentially illustrates the point that “the journey is the goal.” The end may be open, but a certain path is definitely revealed