Writing to Save a Life

The Louis Till File

Author: John Edgar Wideman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501147307

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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A major literary figure tells “a searching tale of loss, recovery, and deja vu that is part memoir and what-if speculation, part polemic and exposé” (The Washington Post) about two generations of one family—civil rights martyr Emmett Till and his father, Louis—shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Emmett Till took a train from his home in Chicago to visit family in Money, Mississippi; a few weeks later he returned home dead. Murdered because he was a colored boy and had, allegedly, whistled at a white woman. His mother, Mamie Till, chose to display her son’s brutalized face in a glass-topped casket, “so the world can see what they did to my baby.” Emmett Till’s murder and his mother’s refusal to allow his story to be forgotten have become American legends. But one darkly significant twist in the Till legend is rarely mentioned: Louis Till, Emmett’s father, Mamie’s husband, a soldier during World War II, was executed in Italy for committing rape and murder. In 1955, when he and Emmett were each only fourteen years old, Wideman saw a horrific photograph of dead Emmett’s battered face. Decades later, upon discovering that Louis Till had been court-martialed and hanged, he was impelled to investigate the tragically intertwined fates of father and son. Writing to Save a Life is “part exploration and part meditation, a searching account of [Wideman’s] attempt to learn more about the short life of Louis Till” (The New York Times Book Review) and shine light on the truths that have remained in darkness. Wideman, the author of the award-winning Brothers and Keepers, “is a master of quiet meditation…and his book is remarkable for its insight and power” (SFGate). An amalgam of research, memoir, and imagination, Writing to Save a Life is essential and “impressive” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) reading—an engaging, enlightening conversation between generations, the living and the dead, fathers and sons.

Writing to Save Your Life

How to Honor Your Story

Author: Michele Weldon

Publisher: Fastpencil Incorporated

ISBN: 9781607463863

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 190

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Using her background as a journalist, professor of journalism, author and storyteller, Michele Weldon masterfully outlines the steps for you to tell your own story. Whether you intend to write a memoir or essays for publication, or articulate your story for yourself, using the trademarked method of Scribotherapy, Weldon offers insights, lessons and examples of writing to forge a clear path to telling your story. The author of four nonfiction books and several book chapters, a columnist and popular keynote speaker, Weldon is the owner of her own Writing To Save Your Life memoir workshops. With this writing pedigree, Weldon is positioned to instruct and inspire anyone who wishes to embark on a personal writing journey or to polish skills already in practice.

Writing Poetry to Save Your Life

How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories

Author: Maria M. Gillan

Publisher: Guernica Editions

ISBN: 9781550717471

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 201

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What I hope to accomplish in this book is to give writing prompts that will help you to get past all the outside influences that keep you from believing in yourself and in your ability to write. In order to write, you need to get rid of notions about language, poetic form, and esoteric subject matter ? all the things that the poetry police have told you are essential if you are to write. I wanted to start from a different place, a place controlled by instinct rather than by intelligence. Revision, the shaping and honing of the poem, should come later, and, in revising, care always needs to be taken to retain the vitality and electricity of the poem. Anyone can learn to craft a capable poem, but it is the poems that retain that initial vitality that we remember; these are the poems that teach us how to be human.

Brothers and Keepers

Author: John Edgar Wideman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786892041

Category:

Page: 368

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Brothers and Keepers is John Edgar Wideman's seminal memoir about two brothers - one an award-winning novelist, the other a fugitive. Wideman recalls the capture of his younger brother Robby, details the subsequent trials that resulted in a sentence of life in prison, and provides vivid views of the American prison system.A gripping, unsettling account, Brothers and Keepers weighs the bonds of blood, tenderness and guilt that connect him to his brother and measures the distance that lies between them.

American Histories

Author: John Edgar Wideman

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1786892073

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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In this new short story collection, John Edgar Wideman blends the historical and the imaginary, the personal and the political, to invent complex, charged stories about love, death and struggle. With a cast of real and fictional characters as diverse as Frederick Douglass, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Wideman’s own family, it is a journey through the soul of America. In ‘JB & FD’ Wideman imagines conversations between white anti-slavery crusader John Brown and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In ‘Williamsburg Bridge’ a man contemplates his life as he sits on the edge of the bridge, meaning to jump. In ‘Maps and Ledgers’ a brother and sister ponder their father’s killing of another man. In these and the other stories in this collection, Wideman navigates an extraordinary range of subject and tone. He delivers individual narratives both emotionally precise and intellectually stimulating, and an extended meditation on family, history and loss. American Histories demonstrates a master at his absolute best.

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life

A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us

Author: Steve Almond

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679603658

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Drooling fanatic, n. 1. One who drools in the presence of beloved rock stars. 2. Any of a genus of rock-and-roll wannabes/geeks who walk around with songs constantly ringing in their ears, own more than 3,000 albums, and fall in love with at least one record per week. With a life that’s spanned the phonographic era and the digital age, Steve Almond lives to Rawk. Like you, he’s secretly longed to live the life of a rock star, complete with insane talent, famous friends, and hotel rooms to be trashed. Also like you, he’s content (sort of) to live the life of a rabid fan, one who has converted his unrequited desires into a (sort of) noble obsession. Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life traces Almond’s passion from his earliest (and most wretched) rock criticism to his eventual discovery of a music-crazed soul mate and their subsequent production of two little superfans. Along the way, Almond reflects on the delusional power of songs, the awkward mating habits of drooling fanatics, and why Depression Songs actually make us feel so much better. The book also includes: • sometimes drunken interviews with America’s finest songwriters • a recap of the author’s terrifying visit to Graceland while stoned • a vigorous and credibility-shattering endorsement of Styx’s Paradise Theater • recommendations you will often choose to ignore • a reluctant exegesis of the Toto song “Africa” • obnoxious lists sure to piss off rock critics But wait, there’s more. Readers will also be able to listen to a special free mix designed by the author, available online at www.stevenalmond.com, for the express purpose of eliciting your drool. For those about to rock—we salute you! From the Hardcover edition.

Philadelphia Fire

Author: John Edgar Wideman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786892034

Category:

Page: 256

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In 1985 police bombed a West Philadelphia row house. Eleven people died and a fire started that destroyed sixty other houses. John Edgar Wideman brings these events and their repercussions to shocking life in this seminal novel.At the heart of Philadelphia Fire is Cudjoe, a writer and exile who returns to his old neighbourhood and who becomes obsessed with the search for a lone survivor of the event, a young boy seen running from the flames.One of Wideman's most ambitious and celebrated works, Philadelphia Fire is about race, life and survival in urban America.

Savage Beauty

The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Author: Nancy Milford

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0375760814

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 550

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An authorized portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet draws on Millay's intimate diary, letters, and other papers to capture her flamboyant and turbulent life.

How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life

The Ancient Greek Prescription for Health and Happiness

Author: Nicholas Kardaras

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 1573244759

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

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University professor, psychotherapist and recovering former nightclub owner Dr. Nicholas Kardaras presents a mind blowing, reality rocking, and life changing approach to Greek philosophy. Having once owned celebrity-studded NY nightclubs where he had mingled with the likes of JFK, Jr., Uma Thurman and Tom Cruise, Kardaras would emerge from that glamorous-yet-self-destructive world to discover the powerful and transformative teachings of his ancient ancestors. To his amazement, he learned that ancient Greek philosophy, contrary to popular misconceptions, was not a dry and academic pursuit, but a vibrant and holistic transformative practice. In How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save You're your Life, Dr. Kardaras breathes new life into those ancient teachings as he incorporates some of the most cutting edge advances in the fields of quantum mechanics and consciousness research to validate the insights and wisdom of the ancient Greek sages. As he guides readers through an array of contemplative practices designed to help them live a more meaningful life, Kardaras warns the reader to be prepared because they just might also "catch a glimpse of that trippy realm called Ultimate Reality".

The Cattle Killing

Author: John Edgar Wideman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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In plague-ridden eighteenth-century Philadelphia, a young itinerant Black preacher struggles to save a mysterious, endangered African woman from a racially explosive society

Fanon

Author: John Edgar Wideman

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547349053

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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A philosopher, psychiatrist, and political activist, Frantz Fanon was a fierce, acute critic of racism and oppression. Born of African descent in Martinique in 1925, Fanon fought in defense of France during World War II but later against France in Algeria’s war for independence. His last book, The Wretched of the Earth, published in 1961, inspired leaders of diverse liberation movements: Steve Biko in South Africa, Che Guevara in Latin America, the Black Panthers in the States. Wideman’s novel is disguised as the project of a contemporary African American novelist,Thomas, who undertakes writing a life of Fanon. The result is an electrifying mix of perspectives, traveling from Manhattan to Paris to Algeria to Pittsburgh. Part whodunit, part screenplay, part love story, Fanon introduces the French film director Jean-Luc Godard to the ailing Mrs. Wideman in Homewood and chases the meaning of Fanon’s legacy through our violent, post-9/11 world, which seems determined to perpetuate the evils Fanon sought to rectify.

All Stories are True

The Stories of John Edgar Wideman

Author: John Edgar Wideman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780330333313

Category: African Americans

Page: 432

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A collection of stories about African Americans from all walks of life who reside in Homewood, a black section of Pittsburgh - stories about ancestors, family and lovers caught up in American history and haunted by their particular demons.

The Life You Can Save

Acting Now to End World Poverty

Author: Peter Singer

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588367792

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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For the first time in history, eradicating world poverty is within our reach. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water. In The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer uses ethical arguments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but morally indefensible. The Life You Can Save teaches us to be a part of the solution, helping others as we help ourselves.

Your Art Will Save Your Life

Author: Beth Pickens

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 193693230X

Category: Self-Help

Page: N.A

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“A survival guide for the creatives among us.” —Nicole Georges, author of Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home As a teenager visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, Beth Pickens realized the importance of making art. As an adult, she has dedicated her life to empowering working artists. Intimate yet practical, Your Art Will Save Your Life helps artists build a sustainable practice while navigating the world of MFAs, residencies, and institutional funding.

The Black Calhouns

From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family

Author: Gail Lumet Buckley

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802190693

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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In The Black Calhouns, Gail Lumet Buckley—daughter of actress Lena Horne—delves deep into her family history, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African-American family from Civil War to Civil Rights. Beginning with her great-great grandfather Moses Calhoun, a house slave who used the rare advantage of his education to become a successful businessman in post-war Atlanta, Buckley follows her family’s two branches: one that stayed in the South, and the other that settled in Brooklyn. Through the lens of her relatives’ momentous lives, Buckley examines major events throughout American history. From Atlanta during Reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow, to New York City during the Harlem Renaissance, and then from World War II to the Civil Rights Movement, this ambitious, brilliant family witnessed and participated in the most crucial events of the 19th and 20th centuries. Combining personal and national history, The Black Calhouns is a unique and vibrant portrait of six generations during dynamic times of struggle and triumph.

Save the Cat

The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need

Author: Blake Snyder

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615931712

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!

Ready for Revolution

The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)

Author: Stokely Carmichael,Michael Thelwell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684850036

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 835

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The personal story of the civil rights leader's work and life, published to coincide with the fifth anniversary of his death, discusses his witness to and experiences with the prison farms and lynch mobs of Mississippi, the firefights and political activism of the African liberation wars, and the efforts of Black Power and Pan-Africanism. 40,000 first printing.

Hoop Roots

Author: John Edgar Wideman

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618257751

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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The author recalls his experiences playing basketball with whites and African Americans in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh, describing how African Americans slowly but surely changed the nature of the sport.

My Soul Has Grown Deep

Classics of Early African-American Literature

Author: John Edgar Wideman

Publisher: One World/Ballantine

ISBN: 9780345455666

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1253

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Contains brief biographical sketches and well-known and obscure works by African-American authors from the late 1700s to the early 1900s, including Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Ida B. Wells, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Reprint.

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.