Description : You're no idiot, of course. You know that Samuel Clemens had a better-known pen name, Moby Dick is a famous whale, and the Raven only said,"Nevermore." But when it comes to understanding the great works of Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and Edgar Allan Poe, you'd rather rent the videos than head to your local library. Don't tear up your library card yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide® to American Literature teaches you all about the rich tradition of American prose and poetry, so you can fully appreciate its magnificent diversity.
Description : You're no idiot, of course. You know that Samuel Clemens had a better-known pen name, Moby Dick is a famous whale, and the Raven only said,"Nevermore." But when it comes to understanding the great works of Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and Edgar Allan Poe, you'd rather rent the videos than head to your local library. Don't tear up your library card yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to American Literature teaches you all about the rich tradition of American prose and poetry, so you can fully appreciate its magnificent diversity.
Description : Aimed at beginners, this book looks at the history, folklore, and traditions of Hispanics in the United States and Latin America from the 16th century to the present day.
Description : This book is a comprehensive overview of the history and culture of the peoples who are now known as the First Americans. Author Walter C. Fleming covers the many different tribes that stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific, including compelling biographies of their greatest leaders. He examines the beliefs, customs, legends and the myriad contributions Native Americans have given to modern society, and details the often tragic history of their conquest by European invaders, their treatment-both historical and recent-under the U.S. government, and the harsh reality of life on today's reservations.
Description : You'd think getting into college was the hard part-years of studying for great grades, taking SATs, filling out applications and waiting in agony for the acceptance letters. Someone should have told you that was just the beginning.... The Complete Idiot's Guide® to College Survival begins where those how-to-get-into-college guides leave off, from packing gear and arriving on campus for the first time to graduation. The "bible" of college life, it offers information on making good grades, dealing with roommates, finding social activities, balancing work and other extracurricular activities and more.
Description : Collects facts on and stories of such accomplished, great, and legendary Americans as Paul Bunyan, Theodore Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, Sammy Sosa, and Bill Cosby
Description : The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Writing Nonfiction gives narrative nonfiction writers the tools they need to elevate their storytelling to the next level. This guide will define narrative nonfiction, list the literary building blocks and teach you how to research your desired subject. Next, you'll find tricks for remembering details of events to use later, how to conduct interviews, how to craft several types of narrative stories and how to create captivating prose. Plus, you'll learn how to find inspiration and overcome obstacles such as stalled motivation or inhibitions and finally, how to find markets to get your work published. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Writing Nonfiction provides tips and tricks to help you get started on your writing journey.
Description : The essential guide to looking at literature with your own two eyes. What students know about Shakespeare, Orwell, Dickens, and Twain is primarily what their instructors tell them. HereÂ's a book that teaches the students how to move on to the next levelÂ—evaluate and read critically on their own, trust their own opinions, develop original ideas, analyze characters, and find a deeper appreciation for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and more. Â• Ideal companion for college students and accessible for the casual reader as well Â• Covers fiction, poetry, narrative nonfiction, biographies and memoirs, essays and editorials, and newspapers, magazines, and journals Â• Features examples from published writing Â• Includes a reading list and a glossary of literary terms
Description : From Plato to Freud to ecocriticism, the book illustrates dozens of stimulating-and sometimes notoriously complex-perspectives for approaching literature and film. The book offers authoritative, clear, and easy-to-follow explanations of theories that range from established classics to the controversies of current theory. Each chapter offers a conversational, step-by-step explanation of a single theory, critic, or issue, accompanied by concrete examples for applying the concepts and engaging suggestions for related literary readings. Following a section on the foundations of literary theory, the book is organized thematically, with an eye to the best way to develop a real, working understanding of the various theories. Cross-references are particularly important, since it's through the interaction of examples that readers most effectively advance from basic topics and arguments to some of the more specialized and complicated issues. Each chapter is designed to tell a complete story, yet also to reach out to other chapters for development and debate. Literary theorists are hardly unified in their views, and this book reflects the various traditions, agreements, influences, and squabbles that are a part of the field. Special features include hundreds of references to and quotations from novels, stories, plays, poems, movies, and other media. Online resources could also include video and music clips, as well as high-quality examples of visual art mentioned in the book. The book also includes periodic "running" references to selected key titles (such as Frankenstein) in order to illustrate the effect of different theories on a single work.
Description : Although it's been around for more than 5,500 years, astronomers say that we've learned more than 90 percent of what we know about the universe in just the last 50 years. Of this body of knowledge, a disproportionate amount has been acquired in the past decade, with each new year yielding more information than the last. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Astronomy, Second Edition, covers these new advances and discoveries.