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Farming has been in John Connell's family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father's footsteps. Until, one winter, after more than a decade away, he finds himself back on the farm.
The Farmer’s Son is the story of a calving season, and the story of a man who emerges from depression to find hope in the place he least expected to find it. It is the story of Connell's life as a farmer, and of his relationship with the community of County Longford, with his faith, with the animals he tends, and, above all, with his father.
More than a collection of reviews, the book makes a case for toppling the status anxiety that has long haunted the “idiot box,” even as it transformed. Through it all, Nussbaum recounts her fervent search, over fifteen years, for a new kind of criticism, one that resists the false hierarchy that elevates one kind of culture (violent, dramatic, gritty) over another (joyful, funny, stylized). I Like to Watch traces her own struggle to punch through stifling notions of “prestige television,” searching for a more expansive, more embracing vision of artistic ambition—one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity and opens to more varied voices. It’s a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean
NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER
FINALIST FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE
Korede’s sister Ayoola is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead, stabbed through the heart with Ayoola’s knife. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood (bleach, bleach, and more bleach), the best way to move a body (wrap it in sheets like a mummy), and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.
Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.
Port Talbot is a tourist trap in the “summah” located on the southern coast of Maine. The wealth and pedigree of the summer folk is legendary with their cottages on the rocky bluffs. The population quadruples from June to September. The traffic snarls around the cedar-shingled shops in the port, bringing things to a standstill. Enter the college-aged bicycle policeman. In the summer of ’77, the chief of police has chosen David “Digger” Davenport, the son of one of the richest summer families who winter in Lake Placid, New York. Digger’s history of solving crime starts in chapter one in a flashback to when he was eleven years old and when he went fishing alone and hooked the partially decomposed body of the chef of the Brigantine Hotel. From this experience, as he matures, he develops a penchant for solving crime and enrolls in courses and trainings in college that prepare him for the calamity that lies ahead in his summer job as Port Talbot’s bike cop. For Digger, the summer of ’77 starts as it should in this quaint seaside village: tons of college kids working in the resort hotels who are looking for love in all the right places. He meets “the Virginians” on the first day of his beat in Dock Square. They cause a traffic jam in their yellow VW bug convertible. The Virginians are gorgeous coeds escaping the heat and heartbreak at home in Richmond. The townies say the winter in Port Talbot is “wicked cold” and deadly. Unfortunately, the summer now, too, turns deadly and just as plain wicked. Annie, one of the Virginians, who is a waitress at the biggest and best hotel, the Brigantine, is found dead on the beach by hotel guests. Quickly a suspect is arrested: a black bellhop from Florida. Port Talbot is thrown into turmoil on multiple levels: north versus south, white versus black, summer folk versus townies, and the lobstah mobstahs versus the candidates for sheriff and district attorney. One kid . . . . on a bike . . . with a badge . . . unravels the open and shut case against the bellhop. Digger reveals new evidence against great odds of a much more sinister perpetrator who is well-connected and sadistic and who will do anything to keep the evidence from being found. Introducing Port Talbot’s Bike Cop in the Greater Wait of Evidence.
Because Internet is for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from. It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are.
Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar of status updates to the protocols of comments and @replies. Linguistically inventive online communities spread new slang and jargon with dizzying speed. What's more, social media is a vast laboratory of unedited, unfiltered words where we can watch language evolve in real time.
Even the most absurd-looking slang has genuine patterns behind it. Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer "LOL" or "lol," why ~sparkly tildes~ succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread.
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