Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots
Author: Jake Owensby
Publsiher: WestBow Press
Total Pages: 136
Release: 2012-06-29
ISBN: 1449757960
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Connecting the Dots Book Excerpt:

Your life matters, and it matters on an infinite and eternal scale. That may sound like a bold claim. Maybe you spend most of your day behind a desk or chauffeuring children or repeating one of a thousand ordinary routines. Nothing about your daily life seems world-changing or history-making to you. A life-crushing loss or a humiliating setback may leave you feeling that your world is irreparably broken. Chronic illness or a stalled career may have you wondering whether you have anything truly significant to offer. You may have reached the pinnacle of success, and now you find yourself wondering, “Is this all that there is?” Nevertheless, your life matters. That is the core message of Christian hope. This book is devoted to helping its readers not only to understand the concept of hope, but more importantly to draw upon hope as the powerful force that inspires our daily lives. Christian hope is far more than wishful thinking or a positive attitude. Optimism in all its forms places its bets on what we humans can accomplish. By contrast, hope is rooted in what Christ has already achieved on the cross and what God promises to accomplish for us in the future. God connects the dots of our lives.

Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture

Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture
Author: Sharon Crasnow,Joanne Waugh
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2012-12-06
ISBN: 0739172255
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture Book Excerpt:

The eight essays contained in this book explore the portrayal of women, and various philosophical responses to that portrayal in contemporary post-civil rights society. They bring feminist voices to the conversation about gender and attests to the importance of feminist critique in what is sometimes claimed to be a post-feminist era.

Uproarious

Uproarious
Author: Cynthia Willett,Julie Willett
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2019-11-05
ISBN: 1452962227
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Uproarious Book Excerpt:

A radical new approach to humor, where traditional targets become its agents Humor is often dismissed as cruel ridicule or harmless fun. But what if laughter is a vital force to channel rage against patriarchy, Islamophobia, or mass incarceration? To create moments of empathy and dialogue between Black Lives Matter and the police? These and other such questions are at the heart of this powerful reassessment of humor. Placing theorists in conversation with comedians, Uproarious offers a full-frontal approach to the very foundation of comedy and its profound political impact. Here Cynthia Willett and Julie Willett address the four major theories of humor—superiority, relief, incongruity, and social play—through the lens of feminist and game-changing comics such as Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, Hannah Gadsby, Hari Kondabolu, and Tig Notaro. They take a radical and holistic approach to the understanding of humor, particularly of humor deployed by those from groups long relegated to the margins, and propose a powerful new understanding of humor as a force that can engender politically progressive social movements. Drawing on a range of cross-disciplinary sources, from philosophies and histories of humor to the psychology and physiology of laughter to animal studies, Uproarious offers a richer understanding of the political and cathartic potential of humor. A major new contribution to a wider dialogue on comedy, Uproarious grounds for us explorations of outsider humor and our golden age of feminist comics—showing that when women, prisoners, even animals, laugh back, comedy along with belly laughs forge new identities and alter the political climate.

Holy Mischief

Holy Mischief
Author: Mindy Makant
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 136
Release: 2019-09-23
ISBN: 1532649223
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Holy Mischief Book Excerpt:

The ELCA has been ordaining women for fifty years. Mindy Makant interviews eighty-five female pastors across the Southeast about their lives as women in ministry in a culture that has been slow to embrace them. This book is their story.

Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers

Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers
Author: Sabrina Fuchs Abrams
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 263
Release: 2017-11-09
ISBN: 3319567292
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers Book Excerpt:

This collection is the first to focus on the transgressive and transformative power of American female humorists. It explores the work of authors and comediennes such as Carolyn Wells, Lucille Clifton, Mary McCarthy, Lynne Tillman, Constance Rourke, Roz Chast, Amy Schumer and Samantha Bee, and the ways in which their humor challenges gendered norms and assumptions through the use of irony, satire, parody, and wit. The chapters draw from the experiences of women from a variety of racial, class, and gender identities and encompass a variety of genres and comedic forms including poetry, fiction, prose, autobiography, graphic memoir, comedic performance, and new media. Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers will appeal to a general educated readership as well as to those interested in women’s and gender studies, humor studies, urban studies, American literature and cultural studies, and media studies.

Bossypants

Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2011-04-18
ISBN: 0748129774
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bossypants Book Excerpt:

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her. Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Hysterical

Hysterical
Author: Linda Mizejewski
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 469
Release: 2017-12-06
ISBN: 1477314547
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hysterical Book Excerpt:

Susan Koppelman Award Winner: “A juicy read for those who love the many ways female comics use their art to question the patriarchy.” —Bust Amy Schumer, Samantha Bee, Mindy Kaling, Melissa McCarthy, Tig Notaro, Leslie Jones, and a host of hilarious peers are killing it nightly on American stages and screens, smashing the tired stereotype that women aren’t funny. But today’s funny women didn’t come out of nowhere. Fay Tincher’s daredevil stunts, Mae West’s linebacker walk, Lucille Ball’s manic slapstick, Carol Burnett’s athletic pratfalls, Ellen DeGeneres’s tomboy pranks, Whoopi Goldberg’s sly twinkle, and Tina Fey’s acerbic wit all paved the way for contemporary unruly women, whose comedy upends the norms and ideals of women’s bodies and behaviors. Hysterical! Women in American Comedy delivers a lively survey of women comics from the stars of the silent cinema up through the multimedia presences of Tina Fey and Lena Dunham. This anthology of original essays includes contributions by the field’s leading authorities, introducing a new framework for women’s comedy that analyzes the implications of hysterical laughter and hysterically funny performances. Expanding on previous studies of comedians such as Mae West, Moms Mabley, and Margaret Cho, and offering the first scholarly work on comedy pioneers Mabel Normand, Fay Tincher, and Carol Burnett, the contributors explore such topics as racial/ethnic/sexual identity, celebrity, stardom, censorship, auteurism, cuteness, and postfeminism across multiple media. Situated within the main currents of gender and queer studies, as well as American studies and feminist media scholarship, Hysterical! masterfully demonstrates that hysteria—women acting out and acting up—is a provocative, empowering model for women’s comedy. “An invaluable collection and a great read.” ?Journal of Popular Culture Winner of a Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies, Popular and American Culture Associations (PACA), 2017

Handling the Truth

Handling the Truth
Author: Beth Kephart
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2013-08-06
ISBN: 1101620188
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handling the Truth Book Excerpt:

In the tradition of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, a critically acclaimed National Book Award finalist shares inspiration and practical advice for writing a memoir. Writing memoir is a deeply personal, and consequential, undertaking. As the acclaimed author of five memoirs spanning significant turning points in her life, Beth Kephart has been both blessed and bruised by the genre. In Handling the Truth, she thinks out loud about the form—on how it gets made, on what it means to make it, on the searing language of truth, on the thin line between remembering and imagining, and, finally, on the rights of memoirists. Drawing on proven writing lessons and classic examples, on the work of her students and on her own memories of weather, landscape, color, and love, Kephart probes the wrenching and essential questions that lie at the heart of memoir. A beautifully written work in its own right, Handling the Truth is Kephart’s memoir-writing guide for those who read or seek to write the truth.

Awesome Dog 5000 vs The Kitty Cat Cyber Squad Book 3

Awesome Dog 5000 vs  The Kitty Cat Cyber Squad  Book 3
Author: Justin Dean
Publsiher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2021-05-04
ISBN: 0593172833
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Awesome Dog 5000 vs The Kitty Cat Cyber Squad Book 3 Book Excerpt:

Heads up, DOG MAN lovers! Watch out, readers of BAD GUYS! Robotic dog AWESOME DOG 5000 is back in his third action-packed adventure! Evil Cat vs. Awesome Dog! Get ready to meet Awesome Dog's number one fan--Tina Tinkerwith. Tina's an obsessed toy designer who'll stop at NOTHING to get close to her idol, even if it means becoming a SUPERVILLAIN herself! Find out what happens when Awesome Dog and his pals face off against Tina and her army of robotic kitty toys in the AWESOMEST Awesome Dog yet! The claws are coming out to settle the age-old debate once and for all, which is better? Cats or dogs? Attention, readers! AWESOME DOG 5000 is a wild action-comedy told through a mix of text and black-and-white illustrations, with a mystery to solve at the end. Can you handle the awesomeness?

Women s Quotations for Successful Living

Women s Quotations for Successful Living
Author: Howard A. Levin,Hal A. Levin,Caroline Lalive Carmichael
Publsiher: SelectBooks, Inc.
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-10-21
ISBN: 1590792726
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women s Quotations for Successful Living Book Excerpt:

Women’s Quotations for Successful Living is a gift of pure inspiration. Bringing together the wisdom, humor, and love of over six hundred women, this compilation will guide, uplift, and then spur you to your greatest potential. Exalt in the messages of success, answer the call to greatness, the entreaty for passionate lives. The dedication, hard work, and perseverance of these extraordinary women will drive you to accept nothing less than your best possible existence. Women’s Quotations profits from the three unique and accomplished minds responsible for compiling and editing the eleven hundred quotations found within its pages. Caroline Lalive Carmichael, a former Olympic alpine skier, knows what it is to set goals and succeed. Business manager and professional fitness trainer Sarah Coleman’s get-up-and-go attitude motivates everyone around her. Howard Alan Levin has traveled the world as a spiritual healer and entrepreneur, and he has seen gender inequality. He knows that a balanced world needs female leaders—and the mentors and role models to inspire them. Together they have embarked on a mission to help women build their own extraordinary lives. The words of these successful women—including world leaders, actors, artists, athletes, executives, explorers, adventurers, and authors—is provided with all sources cited. This allows the reader the freedom to easily examine each quote’s origin and gather the deeper meaning available within this wider context. Allow these remarkable women to accompany you on your journey to a better you.

Pretty Funny

Pretty Funny
Author: Linda Mizejewski
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 279
Release: 2014-03-07
ISBN: 0292756933
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pretty Funny Book Excerpt:

“A totally engaging read [and] a fascinating look at the diversity and range of female comics . . . by an author who herself obviously has a sense of humor.” —Joanna E. Rapf, coeditor of The Blackwell Companion to Film Comedy Women in comedy have traditionally been pegged as either “pretty” or “funny.” Attractive actresses with good comic timing such as Katherine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, and Julia Roberts have always gotten plum roles as the heroines of romantic comedies and television sitcoms. But fewer women who write and perform their own comedy have become stars—and often they’ve been successful because they were willing to be funny-looking, from Fanny Brice and Phyllis Diller to Lily Tomlin and Carol Burnett. Pretty/Funny focuses on Kathy Griffin, Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, Wanda Sykes, and Ellen DeGeneres, the groundbreaking women comics who flout the pretty-versus-funny dynamic by targeting glamour, postfeminist girliness, the Hollywood A-list, and feminine whiteness with their wit and biting satire. Linda Mizejewski demonstrates that while these comics don’t all identify as feminists or take politically correct positions, their work on gender, sexuality, and race has a political impact. The first major study of women and humor in twenty years, Pretty/Funny makes a convincing case that women’s comedy has become a prime site for feminism to speak, talk back, and be contested in the twenty-first century.

Saturday Night Live American TV

Saturday Night Live   American TV
Author: Nick Marx,Matt Sienkiewicz,Ron Becker
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2013-10-02
ISBN: 025301090X
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Saturday Night Live American TV Book Excerpt:

Thought-provoking and “undeniably interesting” essays on this cultural institution of comedy and what it says about our society (Booklist). Since 1975, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” has greeted late night–TV viewers looking for the best in sketch comedy and popular music. SNL is the variety show that launched the careers of countless comedians, including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Adam Sandler. Week after week, SNL has produced everything from unforgettable parodies to provocative political satire—adapting to changing times decade after decade while staying true to its original vision of performing timely topical humor. With essays that address issues ranging from race and gender to authorship and comedic performance, Saturday Night Live and American TV follows the history of this iconic show, and its place in the shifting social and media landscape of American television.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey
Author: Melissa Raé Shofner,Lauri S. Friedman
Publsiher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Total Pages: 104
Release: 2016-12-15
ISBN: 1534560343
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tina Fey Book Excerpt:

Tina Fey, one of the most prominent women in comedy, is well known for her work on shows such as Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. As a writer and actress, she has changed the way people see female comedians and altered the “boys club” mentality that characterized the working environment of Saturday Night Live. Readers are presented with fascinating details about Fey’s life, from the childhood experiences that inspired Mean Girls to her rise to stardom. This engaging text is enhanced with full-color photographs, detailed sidebars, and a comprehensive timeline.

El Deafo

El Deafo
Author: Cece Bell
Publsiher: Abrams
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-09-02
ISBN: 1613126212
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

El Deafo Book Excerpt:

A 2015 Newbery Honor Book & New York Times bestseller! Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.

Rhythm Waldorf Homeschool Planning

Rhythm   Waldorf Homeschool Planning
Author: Melisa Nielsen
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 214
Release: 2017-03-12
ISBN: 1365816710
Category: Family & Relationships
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rhythm Waldorf Homeschool Planning Book Excerpt:

Compiling this book made me smile. It is full of several years of parenting. As I edited this together, I relived some of the years when my children were younger. The wisdom I share here is real. It is palpable. Breathe it in. Take what resonates and set aside the rest to ponder. I hope this volume gives you tools and peace as you walk this journey. I have written to you, the mom in the trenches from experience in my own trenches. These are moments to savor and moments to learn and grow from. This mom thing isn't easy but it is worth it.

Your Story Well Told

Your Story  Well Told
Author: Corey Rosen
Publsiher: Mango Media Inc.
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-03-30
ISBN: 1642504661
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Your Story Well Told Book Excerpt:

So You’ve Got a Story to Sell “Corey Rosen's book is a great resource. I know I will return to it again and again for ideas, inspiration, and entertainment.” ―Samantha Harris, cohost of Dancing with the Stars and Entertainment Tonight and author of Your Healthiest Healthy #1 New Release in Speech and Public Speaking Learn the art of telling stories and make the sale, land the client, propose a toast, or impress a date. Corey Rosen is an Emmy-award winning writer and actor with years of experience as a skilled story telling coach. His book, Your Story, Well Told, is Jam-packed with some of the best story telling strategies out there. Telling stories well is a skill we all need. We’ve all got stories to tell─but how do you make your story the best? In his book, Moth veteran and master teacher Corey Rosen inspires you to get on stage and tell your story. Using the best storytelling techniques from improvisational theatre, Rosen designs an accessible guide for all ages and skill levels. Crafted to help ordinary people tell extraordinary stories, this laugh out loud handbook covers everything from how to tell a good story to going off script. Learn how to sell yourself through the art of telling stories. The best story telling uses improvisation to enthrall, entertain, and keep audiences on edge. Laugh along with tales of performance triumphs (and disasters) and explore ways to tell your story with confidence and spontaneity. From brainstorming and development to performance and memorization techniques, you’ll learn how to tell a good story with: • A variety of structures and editing approaches to bring out your best story • Improv exercises to stimulate creativity without feeling foolish • Quick and easy lessons on building stories • Resources for putting on a showcase to tell your story If you’re ready to sell the story straight or enjoyed books like Stories That Stick, Long Story Short, or Storyworthy, then you’ll love Your Story, Well Told.

The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies Volume 1

The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies  Volume 1
Author: George E. Lewis,Benjamin Piekut
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2016-08-22
ISBN: 0190627964
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies Volume 1 Book Excerpt:

Improvisation informs a vast array of human activity, from creative practices in art, dance, music, and literature to everyday conversation and the relationships to natural and built environments that surround and sustain us. The two volumes of the Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies gather scholarship on improvisation from an immense range of perspectives, with contributions from more than sixty scholars working in architecture, anthropology, art history, computer science, cognitive science, cultural studies, dance, economics, education, ethnomusicology, film, gender studies, history, linguistics, literary theory, musicology, neuroscience, new media, organizational science, performance studies, philosophy, popular music studies, psychology, science and technology studies, sociology, and sound art, among others.

Go Figure

Go Figure
Author: Julia Hans PhD
Publsiher: WestBow Press
Total Pages: 390
Release: 2018-08-14
ISBN: 1973632179
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Go Figure Book Excerpt:

How can I tell if a Bible verse is literal or figurative? What’s the difference between metaphor and metonymy? How can I understand a parable? And what’s the function of figurative language anyway? Go Figure! An Introduction to Figures of Speech in the Bible answers these and other questions about figurative language used in Scripture. With its blend of scholarship and humor, the book appeals to a variety of students. For newcomers, it serves as a way into the complex arena known as figures of speech. And with many examples culled from popular culture, the book speaks to a new generation of students. At the same time, for those more seasoned in the Scriptures, the endnotes, bibliography, introduction, and appendices offer ample material for further study. Unique Features of this book More than 1200 Bible verses Topical arrangement Expanded definitions Research from various disciplines, spanning several generations Examples from popular culture Examples from the Scriptures Annotated bibliography Scripture Index Original essays Q and A’s “I found the book to be an easy-to-understand presentation of many of the figures of speech frequently used in the Bible. I trust this work will be a valuable introductory study of figures of speech to students of the Scriptures in the years to come.” —Rev. Walter J. Cummins, author of A Journey Through the Acts and Epistles: The Authorized King James Version with Note and a Working Translation, Vols. 1 and 2.

The Sick Day Handbook

The Sick Day Handbook
Author: Ellie Bishop
Publsiher: Conari Press
Total Pages: 140
Release: 2006-08-01
ISBN: 1609251180
Category: Humor
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sick Day Handbook Book Excerpt:

We’ve all been there. The alarm goes off, and the thought of your morning commute, a buttoned-up shirt, and e-mail makes you want to cry. You don’t want to go to work—YOU CAN’T. So what’s a 9-to-5er to do? KISS: Keep it Simple, Sickie. "I’m (sniffle) not feeling well, got this scratchy feeling in my throat (cough), think it’d be best for me to sit this one out, boss." Click. Congratulations, you just called in sick and were lying through your down comforter about it. Ahh, the thrill of deceit! Let’s be honest—at least briefly. Sometimes you just need a day. The Sick Day Handbook is your guide to freedom. In Ellie’s words, "This is a course in manipulation . . . This is about lying." Anyone who reads to "the end" and follows Bishop’s creative instructions will have earned their DDD: Doctor of Downright Devious. Filled with symptoms and prescriptions for common illnesses and proper stage-setting techniques to pull off the previously unthinkable Tuesday-after-a-long-weekend call-in (your pregnant friend had the baby!), you’ll have a pool of credible excuses just waiting to be used (scripts included). If you thought it couldn’t get any better—well, read on. Your boss will think you are such a moral person (what a doll . . . taking care of your elderly neighbor and her 3-legged cat all the while suffering from Vertigo and an IBS flare-up) he’ll practically beg you to take a day off! So what are you waiting for, nervous dialers? Get your slippers on—daytime television awaits you. Learn our tricks and no one will ever doubt your "flu" again!

Pulled by the Tail

Pulled by the Tail
Author: Nancey Cummings
Publsiher: Nancey Cummings
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2019-07-29
ISBN: 046316380X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pulled by the Tail Book Excerpt:

Wife Wanted: Aristocrat Needs an Heir. Fertile Females Only. A clerical error matched Georgia to the wrong alien. It’ll take months to get their marriage annulled, so she’s stuck in a grand house that’s falling down on a backwater planet with a massive brute of an alien who likes books more than people. But the more time she spends with Talen, the more she questions if their marriage was a mistake after all. All Talen has in the universe is his family. When his brother’s latest scheme delivers a human female to his door, technically his wife, he refuses to turn her away. She’s part of his pride now and he knows that her luscious form and biting wit is vital to his future. He’ll win her heart and convince her that nothing about the heat between them is a mistake. Pulled by the Tail has a HEA, no cheating, babies, a flock of cat-peacocks, and plenty of steam. It follows events in Have Tail, Will Travel (with some familiar faces making an appearance) but is a stand alone book.