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The Complete Emily the Strange: All Things Strange
  • Author : Rob Reger,Jessica Gruner,Brian Brooks
  • Publisher : Dark Horse Comics
  • Pages : 434
  • ISBN : 9781506722016
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  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Emily the Strange is not your ordinary thirteen-year-old girl--she's got a razor-sharp wit as dark as her jet-black hair, a posse of moody black cats, and famous friends in very odd places! She's got a broodingly unique way of experiencing the world, and you're invited along for the ride. Legions of fans worldwide have joined forces to make Emily a pop-culture phenomenon.

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    Emily the Strange: Dark Times
  • Author : Rob Reger,Jessica Gruner
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : 9780062039651
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  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Emily's uniquely strange homeschool syllabus includes: 1. Time Travel 101 2. Advanced Spy Photography 3. Bonnet Basics 4. Great Aunts Through the Ages 5. Intro to Germ Theory 6. Care and Feeding of 'Squito Fish 7. Fundamentals of Black Rock 8. Spiderweb Embroidery 9. Historical & Contemporary Felines 10. Pop Quizzes 11. Foodstuffs of the 1780s 12. Thwarting Ancestral Enemies 13. Techniques in Parallel

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    Emily The Strange
  • Author : Cosmic Debris,Rob Reger
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Pages : 76
  • ISBN : 0811831477
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Meet Emily, the 13-year-old with a wit of fire and a posse of slightly sinister black cats. Famous for her barbed commentary and independent spirit, this diminutive black, white and red character has spawned an internet and merchandising phenomenon.

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    The Complete Emily the Strange: All Things Strange
  • Author : Rob Reger,Jessica Gruner
  • Publisher : Dark Horse Books
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 1506700616
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  • Genre : Books
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    The Art of Emily the Strange
  • Author : Rob Reger
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 0692729704
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  • Genre : Books
  • In her twenty-plus years in existence, oddballs, outcasts, and art freaks the world over have grown to know and love a strange young girl named Emily. With roots in the punk-rock art scene of Santa Cruz skate culture and an early appeal to European trend spotters, the iconic image of Emily and her philosophy of devout individualism have become deeply rooted in global culture. The Art of Emily Volume 2: Odds and Ends is the second-ever collection of images showing the wide and inspired range of artistic styles and mediums that have been used to create the world of Emily the Strange. From silk-screened vinyl skateboard stickers to custom rock-and-roll album art, large-scale psychedelic paintings, and insanely intricate Mongolian paper cutting, the fantastic and artful imaginings of Rob Reger, Buzz Parker, and a staggeringly talented array of collaborators will give insight and inspiration to any Emily fan. This volume reads and views like a scrapbook history of art and designs which have created the world of Emily the Strange. * The world's affection for Emily the Strange can be seen at futuristic shopping malls in Tokyo, in Dutch Halloween fanzines, on the walls of metal clubs in Germany, and throughout the United States!

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    Emily the Strange: The Lost Days
  • Author : Rob Reger,Jessica Gruner
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 9780061912382
  • Reader Reviews : 30
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • 13 Elements you will find in the first Emily the Strange novel: 1. Mystery 2. A beautiful golem 3. Souped-up slingshots 4. Four black cats 5. Amnesia 6. Calamity Poker 7. Angry ponies 8. A shady truant officer 9. Top-13 lists 10. A sandstorm generator 11. Doppelgängers 12. A secret mission 13. Earwigs Emily the Strange: 13 years old. Able to leap tall buildings, probably, if she felt like it. More likely to be napping with her four black cats; or cobbling together a particle accelerator out of lint, lentils, and safety pins; or rocking out on drums/ guitar/saxophone/zither; or painting a swirling feral sewer mural; or forcing someone to say "swirling feral sewer mural" 13 times fast . . . and pointing and laughing.

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    Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger
  • Author : Rob Reger,Jessica Gruner
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9780061991929
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  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Emily is . . . 1. A mad scientist 2. A cat lover 3. A mural painter 4. A golem builder 5. A virtuo-spastic guitarist 6. A wicked skater 7. A wily troublemaker 8. A poltergeist tamer 9. A mystery solver 10. A master prankster 11. An eXtreme procrastinator 12. A happy loner 13. A unique individual . . . and now there are two of her.

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    Emily's Mixed-Up Stationery
  • Author : Cosmic Debris Etc., Inc.
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Pages : 16
  • ISBN : 0811855376
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  • Genre : Art
  • Mix and match this strange stationery for a singular correspondence.

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    Emily's Secret Book of Strange
  • Author : Rob Reger
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 0811839869
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  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Emily shows how she sees the world and how deceptive sight can be, in this book of illusions and surprises.

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    Piece of Mind
  • Author : Rob Reger,Jessica Gruner
  • Publisher : HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Pages : 269
  • ISBN : 0007454007
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  • Genre : Cats
  • Emily the Strange is back for her fourth amazing and intriguing adventure. Her Strange To-Do List includes: 1. Lose (and regain) mind 2. Reprogramme golem 3. Locate secret book vault 4. Commune with Dead Dark Aunts 5. Rescue Cousin Jakey 6. Redecorate souvenir kiosk 7. Thwart Thought Thief 8. Endure hero worship 9. Grant ancestral enemy's deepest wish 10. Save cat-napped kitty 11. Summon black rock 12. Defeat Shady Uncles 13. Guard family legacy & claim inheritance! Told in Emily's established diary format, it features her strong, unique first-person narrative.

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    Emily the Strange Volume 3: The 13th Hour
  • Author : Rob Reger
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 9781595827005
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • We all know Emily the Strange is the world's weirdest thirteen-year-old, but do you have any idea how that came to be? Would you believe that Emily wasn't always the curious and confident stranger we know today? For any girl, a thirteenth birthday is a big deal, and that's doubly true for Emily. Emily doesn't know it yet, but a surprise gift from a long-lost aunt is more than just a family heirloom-it also holds the key to unlocking the mystery of her lineage and the secrets of her fate!

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    Emily the Strange: Piece of Mind
  • Author : Rob Reger,Jessica Gruner
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780062099235
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Emily’s Strange To-Do List: 1. Lose (and regain) mind 2. Reprogram golem 3. Locate secret book vault 4. Commune with Dead Dark Aunts 5. Rescue Cousin Jakey 6. Redecorate souvenir kiosk 7. Thwart Thought Thief 8. Endure hero worship 9. Grant ancestral enemy’s deepest wish 10. Save cat-napped kitty 11. Summon black rock 12. Defeat Shady Uncles 13. Guard family legacy & claim inheritance!

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    Emily's Good Nightmares
  • Author : Rob Reger
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Pages : 76
  • ISBN : 0811847713
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Art
  • Readers journey inside the nocturnal world of the popular anti-heroine of Emily the Strange and Emily's Secret Book of Strange as they explore Emily's vivid dreamlife and her sometimes scary, sometimes bizarre imaginings. Teen.

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    The Art of Emily the Strange
  • Author : Rob Reger
  • Publisher : Dark Horse Comics
  • Pages : 120
  • ISBN : 9781630084684
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Art
  • In her fifteen-plus years in existence, oddballs, outcasts, and art freaks the world over have grown to know and love a strange young girl named Emily. With roots in the punk-rock art scene of Santa Cruz skate culture and an early appeal to European trend spotters, the iconic image of Emily and her philosophy of devout individualism have become deeply rooted in global culture. The Art of Emily Volume One is the first-ever collection of images showing the wide and inspired range of artistic styles and mediums that have been used to create the world of Emily the Strange. From skateboard stickers to custom rock-and-roll album art, large-scale psychedelic paintings, and insanely intricate Mongolian paper cutting, the fantastic and artful imaginings of Rob Reger, Buzz Parker, and a staggeringly talented array of collaborators will give insight and inspiration to any Emily fan.

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    Emily the Strange Lost Days
  • Author : Rob Reger
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN : 9780007310784
  • Reader Reviews : 23
  • Genre : Emily the Strange (Fictitious character)
  • Emily the Strange has lost her memory and finds herself in the town of Blackrock with nothing more than her diary, her slingshot, and the clothes on her back.

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    Emily the Strange Volume 3: The 13th Hour
  • Author : Rob Reger
  • Publisher : Dark Horse Comics
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 9781621152040
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • We all know Emily the Strange is the world's weirdest thirteen-year-old, but do you have any idea how that came to be? Would you believe that Emily wasn't always the curious and confident stranger we know today? For any girl, a thirteenth birthday is a big deal, and that's doubly true for Emily. Emily doesn't know it yet, but a surprise gift from a long-lost aunt is more than just a family heirloom-it also holds the key to unlocking the mystery of her lineage and the secrets of her fate!

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    Emily the Strange Volume 2: Rock, Death, Fake, Revenge, and Alone
  • Author : Rob Reger
  • Publisher : Dark Horse Comics
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781621152033
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Whoever it was that told you not to talk to strangers needs to have a talk with Emily... Emily the Strange, that is. Emily knows that nothing is better than talking with strangers. In fact, the stranger the better! But that's Emily for youshe's the thirteenyearold queen of the cultural underground, and she's too busy making up her own rules to follow anyone else's. That's how we've come up with so many insanely inspired ideas for the stories you'll find in Dark Horse's Emily the Strange Volume 2. This big, bizarre book collects the five most recent issues of Dark Horse's bestselling Emily the Strange comics, so you won't miss a single strange moment from the Rock issue, the Death issue, the Fake issue, the Revenge issue, or the Alone issue! We've all got issues, man. Isn't it time you dealt with at least these five? * Includes strange celebrity interviews with rocker Marilyn Manson, Gerard Way, and more! * Collects the Rock Issue #4, The Death Issue #1, The Fake Issue #2, The Revenge Issue #3, and the Alone Issue #4.

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    Emily the Strange Seeing is Deceiving
  • Author : Rob Reger
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Pages : 72
  • ISBN : 0811856267
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Emily shows how she sees the world and how deceptive sight can be, in this book of illusions and surprises.

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    Emily the Strange
  • Author : Rob Reger
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN : 9197582913
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  • Genre : Books
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    Emily the Strange Volume 1: Lost, Dark, and Bored
  • Author : Rob Reger
  • Publisher : Dark Horse Comics
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 9781621152026
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Emily the Strange is not your ordinary thirteen-year-old girl — she’s got a razor-sharp wit as dark as her jet-black hair, a posse of moody black cats and famous friends in very odd places! She’s got a broodingly unique way of experiencing the world, and you’re invited along for the ride. Legions of fans worldwide have joined forces to make Emily a pop-culture phenomenon.

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    Emily the Strange 2
  • Author : Buffy Visick,Brian Brooks
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN : 1435212878
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Those who have ever been considered a little "strange" will feel right at home in Emily's mysterious world--a place where kitty friends talk, the ghosts of famous weirdos come out to play, and reality is never quite what it seems. Original.

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    The Battle of the Bands
  • Author : Rob Reger,Mariah Huehner
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 75
  • ISBN : 1616553235
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  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • "This volume collects Emily and the Strangers #1-#3 from Dark Horse Comics."--Title page verso.

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    Emily the Strange #1: The Death Issue
  • Author : Rob Reger,Cosmic Debris,Jessica Gruner
  • Publisher : Dark Horse Comics (Single Issues)
  • Pages : 24
  • ISBN : PKEY:19301
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  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • _ and in the end, everybody _dies_! Actually, not just in the endthey also die in the beginning and in the middle, and in all the pages in between. This _is_ the _death_ issue, after all, and this is Emily the Strange we're talking aboutthe black-haired girl from the underground who's taking the world by storm. Emily isn't afraid of much, and this is the issue where she proves that by going face to face with death itself. Now she's dying to tell you all about it. **Emily returns, and she's going face to face with death itself!**

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    The Art of Emily the Strange Volume 2: Odds and Ends
  • Author : Rob Reger,Buzz Parker
  • Publisher : Dark Horse Books
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN : 1506705332
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  • Genre : Books
  • This art book collects a new visual history of one of pop culture's oddest sensations, Emily the Strange, in a series of dense and layered artworks assembled by her dedicated creators, Rob Reger and Buzz Parker. First appearing as a delightfully morose character illustration on t-shirts in the early 1990s, Emily the Strange has since insinuated herself into the darkest corners of pop culture, inspiring everything ranging from toys, clothing, music, to comic books and novels. The Art of Emily the Strange: Odds and Ends chronicles Rob Reger's raven-haired icon with a melange of photographs, drawings, and paintings, all rooted in punk culture with a heaping dose of black cats--leaving you in a place where everyone is welcome, everyone is unique, and above all, everyone and everything is strange.

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    Emily the Strange 4
  • Author : Rob Reger,Jessica Gruner,Kitty Remington,Brian Brooks
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN : 1435212894
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Emily manages to complete her last week at Rock and Roll High, summons the ghost of her favorite guitar player, and finds herself spending a day at traffic school with a extremely cool rocker.

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    Dark Times
  • Author : Jessica Gruner
  • Publisher : HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN : 0007365918
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  • Genre : Adventure and adventurers
  • Emily is not your average 13-year-old girl. She wears the same black dress everyday. She loves maths and science. Her best friends are four black cats and she's into old rock and punk music. In this book Emily travels back in time to the 18th century to learn the truth behind a class assignment. Naturally, mayhem ensues.

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    Emily the Strange 1
  • Author : Rob Reger,Cosmic Debris,Brian Brooks,Buzz Parker,Jessica Gruner
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN : 143521286X
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  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Journeys into the strange world of anti-heroine Emily, a place filled with bizarre imaginings and unusual happenings.

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    Emily the Strange 1
  • Author : Rob Reger,Brian Brooks,Buzz Parker,Jessica Gruner
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 1435212908
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Collects the first three issues of the comic book series based on the cult icon Emily the Strange, or Emily Strange, a thirteen-year-old girl who has a rather dark outlook on life.

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    Emily the Strange
  • Author : Chronicle Books
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books (CA)
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN : 0811855252
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  • Genre : Art
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    The Tyranny of Merit
  • Author : Michael J. Sandel
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780374720995
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Political Science
  • A Times Literary Supplement’s Book of the Year 2020 A New Statesman's Best Book of 2020 A Bloomberg's Best Book of 2020 A Guardian Best Book About Ideas of 2020 The world-renowned philosopher and author of the bestselling Justice explores the central question of our time: What has become of the common good? These are dangerous times for democracy. We live in an age of winners and losers, where the odds are stacked in favor of the already fortunate. Stalled social mobility and entrenched inequality give the lie to the American credo that "you can make it if you try". The consequence is a brew of anger and frustration that has fueled populist protest and extreme polarization, and led to deep distrust of both government and our fellow citizens--leaving us morally unprepared to face the profound challenges of our time. World-renowned philosopher Michael J. Sandel argues that to overcome the crises that are upending our world, we must rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalization and rising inequality. Sandel shows the hubris a meritocracy generates among the winners and the harsh judgement it imposes on those left behind, and traces the dire consequences across a wide swath of American life. He offers an alternative way of thinking about success--more attentive to the role of luck in human affairs, more conducive to an ethic of humility and solidarity, and more affirming of the dignity of work. The Tyranny of Merit points us toward a hopeful vision of a new politics of the common good.

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    Emily's Little Black Book
  • Author : Cosmic Debris
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Pages : 188
  • ISBN : 081183106X
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  • Genre : Books
  • Don't call Emily, she'll call you! Hide important information on all your friends and enemies in Emily's Little Black Book, an address book that shows you all the reasons Emily likes black best. Includes three pages of stickers!

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    The Boring Issue
  • Author : N.a
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN : 1593073232
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  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Journeys into the strange world of anti-heroine Emily, a place filled with bizarre imaginings and unusual happenings.

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    Wagnerism
  • Author : Alex Ross
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Pages : 784
  • ISBN : 9781429944540
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Music
  • Alex Ross, renowned New Yorker music critic and author of the international bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Rest Is Noise, reveals how Richard Wagner became the proving ground for modern art and politics—an aesthetic war zone where the Western world wrestled with its capacity for beauty and violence. For better or worse, Wagner is the most widely influential figure in the history of music. Around 1900, the phenomenon known as Wagnerism saturated European and American culture. Such colossal creations as The Ring of the Nibelung, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal were models of formal daring, mythmaking, erotic freedom, and mystical speculation. A mighty procession of artists, including Virginia Woolf, Thomas Mann, Paul Cézanne, Isadora Duncan, and Luis Buñuel, felt his impact. Anarchists, occultists, feminists, and gay-rights pioneers saw him as a kindred spirit. Then Adolf Hitler incorporated Wagner into the soundtrack of Nazi Germany, and the composer came to be defined by his ferocious antisemitism. For many, his name is now almost synonymous with artistic evil. In Wagnerism, Alex Ross restores the magnificent confusion of what it means to be a Wagnerian. A pandemonium of geniuses, madmen, charlatans, and prophets do battle over Wagner’s many-sided legacy. As readers of his brilliant articles for The New Yorker have come to expect, Ross ranges thrillingly across artistic disciplines, from the architecture of Louis Sullivan to the novels of Philip K. Dick, from the Zionist writings of Theodor Herzl to the civil-rights essays of W.E.B. Du Bois, from O Pioneers! to Apocalypse Now. In many ways, Wagnerism tells a tragic tale. An artist who might have rivaled Shakespeare in universal reach is undone by an ideology of hate. Still, his shadow lingers over twenty-first century culture, his mythic motifs coursing through superhero films and fantasy fiction. Neither apologia nor condemnation, Wagnerism is a work of passionate discovery, urging us toward a more honest idea of how art acts in the world.

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    Book Lovers
  • Author : Emily Henry
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 401
  • ISBN : 9780593334843
  • Reader Reviews : 36
  • Genre : Fiction
  • “One of my favorite authors.”—Colleen Hoover An insightful, delightful, instant #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation. Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Oprah Daily ∙ Today ∙ Parade ∙ Marie Claire ∙ Bustle ∙ PopSugar ∙ Katie Couric Media ∙ Book Bub ∙ SheReads ∙ Medium ∙ The Washington Post ∙ and more! One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn't see coming... Nora Stephens' life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby. Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute. If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

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    Emily the Strange 3
  • Author : Rob Reger,Brian Brooks,Jessica Gruner,Buzz Parker
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN : 1435212886
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Emily, Mystery, Sabbath, Nee Chee, and Miles journey to the dark side of the moon, meet photogenic monsters in the darkroom, and explain why there are some very good reasons to be afraid of the dark.

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    Emily the Strange
  • Author : Cosmic Debris (ART),ROB REGER,Chronicle Books (CRT)
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN : 0811846520
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Books
  • Keep this Dis-Organizer with you at all times - you never know when you'll need your posse's numbers, your 'get lost' lists, or your secret notes.

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    Abe
  • Author : David S. Reynolds
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 1089
  • ISBN : 9780143110767
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Now an Apple TV+ documentary, Lincoln's Dilemma. One of the Wall Street Journal's Ten Best Books of the Year | A Washington Post Notable Book | A Christian Science Monitor and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2020 Winner of the Gilder Lehrman Abraham Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award "A marvelous cultural biography that captures Lincoln in all his historical fullness. . . . using popular culture in this way, to fill out the context surrounding Lincoln, is what makes Mr. Reynolds's biography so different and so compelling . . . Where did the sympathy and compassion expressed in [Lincoln's] Second Inaugural—'With malice toward none; with charity for all'—come from? This big, wonderful book provides the richest cultural context to explain that, and everything else, about Lincoln." —Gordon Wood, Wall Street Journal From one of the great historians of nineteenth-century America, a revelatory and enthralling new biography of Lincoln, many years in the making, that brings him to life within his turbulent age David S. Reynolds, author of the Bancroft Prize-winning cultural biography of Walt Whitman and many other iconic works of nineteenth century American history, understands the currents in which Abraham Lincoln swam as well as anyone alive. His magisterial biography Abe is the product of full-body immersion into the riotous tumult of American life in the decades before the Civil War. It was a country growing up and being pulled apart at the same time, with a democratic popular culture that reflected the country's contradictions. Lincoln's lineage was considered auspicious by Emerson, Whitman, and others who prophesied that a new man from the West would emerge to balance North and South. From New England Puritan stock on his father's side and Virginia Cavalier gentry on his mother's, Lincoln was linked by blood to the central conflict of the age. And an enduring theme of his life, Reynolds shows, was his genius for striking a balance between opposing forces. Lacking formal schooling but with an unquenchable thirst for self-improvement, Lincoln had a talent for wrestling and bawdy jokes that made him popular with his peers, even as his appetite for poetry and prodigious gifts for memorization set him apart from them through his childhood, his years as a lawyer, and his entrance into politics. No one can transcend the limitations of their time, and Lincoln was no exception. But what emerges from Reynolds's masterful reckoning is a man who at each stage in his life managed to arrive at a broader view of things than all but his most enlightened peers. As a politician, he moved too slowly for some and too swiftly for many, but he always pushed toward justice while keeping the whole nation in mind. Abe culminates, of course, in the Civil War, the defining test of Lincoln and his beloved country. Reynolds shows us the extraordinary range of cultural knowledge Lincoln drew from as he shaped a vision of true union, transforming, in Martin Luther King Jr.'s words, "the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood." Abraham Lincoln did not come out of nowhere. But if he was shaped by his times, he also managed at his life's fateful hour to shape them to an extent few could have foreseen. Ultimately, this is the great drama that astonishes us still, and that Abe brings to fresh and vivid life. The measure of that life will always be part of our American education.