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Classroom Virtuoso

Classroom Virtuoso Author Victor Cahn
ISBN-10 9781607090069
Release 2009-02-16
Pages 168
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Did you ever have a teacher you couldn't forget? Someone who helped shape your knowledge and values, and so remains an indelible part of you? For more than thirty-five years, Victor L. Cahn has been such an influential figure. As secondary school 'master' at Mercersburg, Pomfret, and Phillips Exeter, and as professor of English at Bowdoin and Skidmore, he has instructed, entertained, counseled, and inspired thousands of students, who have reciprocated by granting him their respect and affection.



Walking Distance

Walking Distance Author Victor L. Cahn
ISBN-10 9781630873523
Release 2014-07-18
Pages 162
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In this entertaining and informative book, Victor L. Cahn revisits memorable episodes from eleven classic television shows, including The Twilight Zone, Maverick, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Fugitive, The Avengers, and All in the Family. He provides background for each program, details about the creative individuals involved, close readings of the scripts, and reflections on why these series were influential when originally broadcast and why they continue to be enjoyed decades later by "baby boomers," their children, and their grandchildren. With a scholar's insight and a fan's enthusiasm, he offers a unique perspective on an integral part of mid-twentieth-century American culture.



Polishing Your Prose

Polishing Your Prose Author Steven M. Cahn
ISBN-10 9780231160889
Release 2013-04-02
Pages 104
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A step-by-step guide to successful writing.



Roses in December

Roses in December Author Victor L. Cahn
ISBN-10 9781498275095
Release 2009-01-01
Pages 490
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Relationships in their comic and dramatic variety are at the core of this collection of what playwright Victor L. Cahn calls "chamber plays." All dramatize relationships between two people: sometimes to find love, sometimes to find self-assurance or power. All are also distinguished by an elegant wit and stylistic sophistication that makes these works literary as well as theatrical delights.



Romantic Trapezoid

Romantic Trapezoid Author Victor L. Cahn
ISBN-10 9781498272179
Release 2010-01-01
Pages 142
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In this witty and ironic novel, Melissa and Dave claim to love each other, but clash as to how the relationship should proceed. Their predicament is complicated by Beth, who brazenly asserts her own amorous intentions. Add a provocative element of mystery, and the result is a subtly subversive comedy about contemporary romance.



Dally with the Devil

Dally with the Devil Author Victor Cahn
ISBN-10 0615939538
Release 2014-02-21
Pages 92
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Charlotte runs an influential political blog from her home on Cape Cod. Irene, working for a long-time Senator in the midst of a tough campaign, supplies Charlotte with damaging material about the Senator's opponent. Megan, an aide to that opponent, arrives with new reports, and the three power-brokers lock horns in a battle of manipulation and political intrigue. As charges escalate and the battle swerves in unexpected directions, these highly intelligent and articulate women serve up blackmail, power plays, and plenty of media spin. In other words, politics as usual! "A tight drama, cleverly constructed!" -New York Theatre Wire



Hit Me Fred

Hit Me  Fred Author Fred Wesley
ISBN-10 0822329093
Release 2002-09-25
Pages 326
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The legendary funk, soul, and jazz musician who played with James Brown moves from sideman to center stage in this loving tribute to a seminal but often overlooked force in American music. (Performing Arts)



The Calculus of Friendship

The Calculus of Friendship Author Steven Strogatz
ISBN-10 1400830885
Release 2011-03-07
Pages 184
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The Calculus of Friendship is the story of an extraordinary connection between a teacher and a student, as chronicled through more than thirty years of letters between them. What makes their relationship unique is that it is based almost entirely on a shared love of calculus. For them, calculus is more than a branch of mathematics; it is a game they love playing together, a constant when all else is in flux. The teacher goes from the prime of his career to retirement, competes in whitewater kayaking at the international level, and loses a son. The student matures from high school math whiz to Ivy League professor, suffers the sudden death of a parent, and blunders into a marriage destined to fail. Yet through it all they take refuge in the haven of calculus--until a day comes when calculus is no longer enough. Like calculus itself, The Calculus of Friendship is an exploration of change. It's about the transformation that takes place in a student's heart, as he and his teacher reverse roles, as they age, as they are buffeted by life itself. Written by a renowned teacher and communicator of mathematics, The Calculus of Friendship is warm, intimate, and deeply moving. The most inspiring ideas of calculus, differential equations, and chaos theory are explained through metaphors, images, and anecdotes in a way that all readers will find beautiful, and even poignant. Math enthusiasts, from high school students to professionals, will delight in the offbeat problems and lucid explanations in the letters. For anyone whose life has been changed by a mentor, The Calculus of Friendship will be an unforgettable journey.



We Learn Nothing

We Learn Nothing Author Tim Kreider
ISBN-10 9781439198711
Release 2013-04-09
Pages 232
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A New York Times political cartoonist and writer presents a collection of his most popular essays and drawings about life and government hypocrisy, exploring the darkly comic aspects of such topics as falling in love with unlikeable people, managing a friend with outspoken political views and reacting to a long acquaintance's sex-change operation. By the creator of The Pain--When Will It End?



The Art of Learning

The Art of Learning Author Josh Waitzkin
ISBN-10 9780743277464
Release 2008-05-27
Pages 265
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An eight-time national chess champion and world champion martial artist shares the lessons he has learned from two very different competitive arenas, identifying key principles about learning and performance that readers can apply to their life goals. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.



Awakening Genius in the Classroom

Awakening Genius in the Classroom Author Thomas Armstrong
ISBN-10 9780871203021
Release 1998
Pages 81
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"Every student is a genius," declares author Thomas Armstrong, and an educator's most important job is to discover and nurture the "genius qualities" that all students were born with but that may no longer be obvious. Urging readers to look beyond traditional understandings of what constitutes genius, Armstrong describes 12 such qualities: curiosity, playfulness, imagination, creativity, wonder, wisdom, inventiveness, vitality, sensitivity, flexibility, humor, and joy. He cites research in various fields that supports this broader understanding of genius and explains how influences in the home, the popular media, and the school itself "shut down" the genius in students. Combining thoughtful insights and practical information, Armstrong offers guiding principles to help educators awaken genius in the classroom--beginning with awakening the genius in themselves. Readers will find dozens of suggested activities and helpful resources to provide "genius experiences" and create a "genial climate" in the classroom. In addition, suggestions for further study at the end of each section provide starting points for personal and professional reflection and growth. As it celebrates the potential brainpower waiting to be unlocked in classrooms everywhere, Awakening Genius in the Classroom inspires educators to look at their students from a different perspective and to reinvigorate their teaching with a new sense of excitement and possibility. The result, Armstrong concludes, could extend far beyond the classroom and transform not only our schools, but the entire world.



The Art of Memoir

The Art of Memoir Author Mary Karr
ISBN-10 9780062223081
Release 2015-09-15
Pages 256
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Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse. (The writing program there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas.) In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner,” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre. Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers’ experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr’s own process. (Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told— and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth.) As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity, and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, will relate. Joining such classics as Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, The Art of Memoir is an elegant and accessible exploration of one of today’s most popular literary forms—a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft.



In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood Author Truman Capote
ISBN-10 9780812994384
Release 2013-02-19
Pages 396
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Powerful account of the brutal slaying of a Kansas family by two young ex-convicts.



The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian Author Sherman Alexie
ISBN-10 9780316219303
Release 2012-01-10
Pages 272
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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.



Shakespeare the Playwright

Shakespeare the Playwright Author Victor L. Cahn
ISBN-10 0275955222
Release 1996-01-01
Pages 865
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Since their first production four centuries ago, the plays of William Shakespeare have been widely produced and examined. In this book, Victor Cahn guides the reader scene by scene through each of Shakespeare's 37 plays, in an attempt to recreate the freshness and theatrical effect of performance. He has based his approach on the assumption that the fundamental appeal of Shakespeare's plays lies in the characters and he focuses on how the implications of the characters' actions and the nuances of their language contribute to the plays' impact.



I Wrote This Book Because I Love You

I Wrote This Book Because I Love You Author Tim Kreider
ISBN-10 9781476738994
Release 2018-02-06
Pages 224
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New York Times essayist and author of We Learn Nothing, Tim Kreider trains his virtuoso writing and singular power of observation on his (often befuddling) relationships with women. Psychologists have told him he’s a psychologist. Philosophers have told him he’s a philosopher. Religious groups have invited him to speak. He had a cult following as a cartoonist. But, above all else, Tim Kreider is an essayist—one whose deft prose, uncanny observations, dark humor, and emotional vulnerability have earned him deserved comparisons to David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, and the late David Foster Wallace (who was himself a fan of Kreider’s humor). In his new collection, I Wrote This Book Because I Love You, he focuses his unique perception and wit on his relationships with women—romantic, platonic, and the murky in-between. He talks about his difficulty finding lasting love, and seeks to understand his commitment issues by tracking down the John Hopkins psychologist who tested him for a groundbreaking study on attachment when he was a toddler. He talks about his valued female friendships, one of which landed him on a circus train bound for Mexico. He talks about his time teaching young women at an upstate New York college, and the profound lessons they wound up teaching him. And in a hugely popular essay that originally appeared in The New York Times, he talks about his nineteen-year-old cat, wondering if it’s the most enduring relationship he’ll ever have. Each of these pieces is hilarious and profound, and collectively they further cement Kreider’s place among the best essayists working today.



Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Author Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN-10 9780062215949
Release 2017-05-09
Pages 176
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A National Book Award Finalist that has earned 5 starred reviews! "This slim novel strikes a strong chord."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) "This complex tale of family and forgiveness has heart.” —School Library Journal (starred review) "Strong characterizations and vivid musical scenes add layers to this warm family story.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “An appealing, realistic story with frequent elegant turns of phrase." —The Horn Book (starred review) "Garcia-Williams skillfully finds melody in words.” —Booklist (starred review) From beloved Newbery Honor winner and three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia comes a powerful and heartfelt novel about loss, family, and love that will appeal to fans of Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander. Clayton feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen—he can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that’s no way to live. Armed with his grandfather’s brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.