WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it's Janine, Miles' soon-to-be ex-wife, who's taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it's the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town - and seems to believe that 'everything' includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache, and grace.
Empire Falls, eine Kleinstadt in Maine: Seit über zwanzig Jahren arbeitet Miles Roby im örtlichen Diner. Hier versammelt sich die ganze Stadt, vom Fitness-studiobesitzer bis zum Schuldirektor. Miles selbst hat das College abgebrochen, ist geschieden und lebt in einer winzigen Wohnung über dem Restaurant. Und während er sein Bestes gibt, seiner Tochter dabei zu helfen, die Highschool zu überstehen, seinen trinkfreudigen Vater zu bändigen und dem Job im Diner gerecht zu werden, bleibt nicht viel Raum für das, was er sich vom Leben erhofft hat. Seine Verpflichtungen fesseln ihn an die Stadt, und erst als die äußeren Umstände ihn dazu zwingen, gelingt es ihm, Empire Falls zu verlassen. Er flieht mit seiner Tochter an den gemeinsamen Sehnsuchtsort Martha’s Vineyard. Seit Jahren spielt er mit dem Gedanken, sich hier niederzulassen. In ›Diese gottverdammten Träume‹ erzählt Richard Russo mit viel Wärme und Humor die Geschichte eines Mannes, der nicht der geworden ist, der er sein wollte, und zeigt das Leben in der Kleinstadt mit all seinen Absonderlichkeiten: ein Roman mit viel Gefühl für die Tragik, die im Alltäglichen liegt. »Nicht ein falscher Ton ... Russo besitzt eine unglaubliche Fähigkeit, das Besondere an einer Figur und einer Szene herauszuarbeiten.« NEWSDAY »Russo ist einer unserer besten Romanciers. « THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW »Russo ist ein meisterhafter Autor. Seine tiefe Weisheit zeigt sich in der Fehlbarkeit, dem Anstand, dem Humor und der Anmut seiner Figuren, die in ihrer Authentizität unwiderstehlich sind.« THE BOSTON GLOBE
Author: Steve White
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Release Date: 2006-10-24
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
One of the most important naval battles in history, Midway marked a crucial turning point in the war in the Pacific. With a fleet that had dominated this theater since the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese anticipated certain victory against the US forces. Outgunned and under strength, the US Navy nevertheless had superior intelligence that cracked the code well before the battle's onset: the Japanese ambush did not come as a surprise. From July 4-7, 1942, the US dealt a devastating blow to the Imperial Japanese Fleet, sinking four irreplaceable aircraft carriers, and clearing the way for the island-hopping US counterattack. Characterized by espionage, daring, luck, and extreme heroism on both sides, the story of Midway is vividly retold in compelling graphic novel format. This book also includes eight pages of authoritative information, placing the battle in its historical context, describing the key players, and its build-up and aftermath.
A Study Guide for Richard Russo's "Empire Falls," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.
Author: Michael Carroll
Publisher: 2000 AD
Release Date: 2017-02-14
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
R.I.P. JUDGE DREDD? Following the decimation of Mega-City One during Chaos Day, Judges from other ‘friendly’ Justice Departments have been brought in to strengthen the ranks and help maintain law and order on the streets. Amongst the newcomers is Fintan Joyce – son of a former Emerald Isle Judge, who teamed up with Judge Dredd in one of the most fondly remembered Dredd stories. Exploiting the Big Meg’s weakened state, several groups have risen up against the Judges, including the Goblin King’s Undercity army and a mutant group lead by the monstrous Thorn, who have been attacking Cursed Earth outposts. If things couldn’t get any worse, Dredd has fallen foul of Brit-Cit and they want him in prison or on a slab… Have the odds finally stacked up enough to spell the end of Mega-City One’s greatest lawman?
Author: Debra J. Housel
Publisher: Teacher Created Materials
Release Date: 2014-01-01
Genre: Social Science
All students can learn about ancient Rome through text written at four reading levels. Symbols on the pages represent reading-level ranges to help differentiate instruction. Provided comprehension questions complement the text.
Author: Kathleen Drowne
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Release Date: 2014-07-21
Genre: Literary Criticism
Understanding Richard Russo explores the significant themes and patterns in this contemporary American author’s seven novels, a memoir, and two short story collections, including the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls. Known for assembling large casts of eccentric characters and sweeping multi-generational storylines, Russo brings to life hard-hit rural manufacturing towns and their inhabitants even as he explores the bewildering, painful complexities of family relationships. This critical study by Kathleen Drowne first recounts Russo’s biography, then explores his novels chronologically, and ends with a chapter dedicated to his other works. Drowne invites readers to appreciate more fully Russo’s evocative portrayals of hardscrabble working-class life in failing rural towns of the Northeast by identifying major themes and patterns present in Russo’s work. In Mohawk, The Risk Pool, Nobody’s Fool, Empire Falls and Bridge of Sighs, readers can see the primary recurring theme of Russo’s work: the plight of deteriorating rural communities and the dramatic impact of that decline on their blue-collar inhabitants. A second important theme in Russo’s fiction is the complicated relationship between emotionally scarred sons and their abusive, absent, or neglectful fathers; such relationships fuel the narratives of The Risk Pool, Nobody’s Fool, Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs, and That Old Cape Magic. Russo also utilizes large casts of realistic but highly eccentric characters—worn-out shopkeepers and odd-jobbers, alcoholics, invalids, and ne’er-do-wells—whose lives are emblematic of both the dignity and the desperation of crumbling Rust Belt towns. Russo possesses, as one New York Times reviewer commented, “that wonderfully unfashionable gift for effortless storytelling on a sweeping, multigenerational scale,” which undoubtedly cements his place among his contemporaries in modern American literature. Drowne offers readers an insightful point of entrance into Russo’s body of work to date.
Author: Elisabeth M. Hamin
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
Release Date: 2007
This book starts from the premise that each community chooses its future every day, through the incremental decisions made by planning and zoning boards and other citizen volunteers, as well as professional staff. The challenge is to ensure that these decisions support the preservation of what is special about the community, while still fostering necessary and appropriate growth. In this volume, twenty-nine experts from a variety of fields describe in very practical terms the "community preservation" approach to these issues. As opposed to the top-down regulatory mechanisms that are sometimes used to manage growth, the contributors favor a more flexible, locally based approach that has proven successful in Massachusetts and elsewhere. They show how residents can be empowered to become involved in local decision-making, building coalitions and expressing their views on a wide range of issues, such as zoning, water and land protection, transportation, historic preservation, economic diversity, affordable housing, and reuse of brown-fields. When done properly, development can enhance the sense of place and provide needed homes and jobs. Done improperly, it can generate sprawl and a multitude of problems. Preserving and Enhancing Communities will be particularly useful to members of planning and other regulatory boards, as well as students of community planning. The book covers not just typical ways of doing things, but also the full spectrum of innovative and emerging practices. Each chapter includes illustrations and case studies, some from Massachusetts and many from other states. The volume concludes with a set of indicators that communities can use to track their progress in community preservation and enhancement.
Author: Andie E. Jensen
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release Date: 2012
Originally called Marshfield, the city of Coos Bay has transitioned from a pioneer and frontier boomtown that was developed by coalminers, shipbuilders, timber men, and entrepreneurs. The rich, pioneer history of Coos Bay is predated by the Coos Indians, who maintained many villages along the bay and survived in peaceful harmony with nature until forcibly removed by white settlers in the 1860s. After merging with nearby Eastside and Empire, the city is now the largest municipality in Coos County and on the entire coastline of the state of Oregon.
This leveled text set allows students to study Roman times through factual texts and fictional tales. Texts are written at four levels to differentiate instruction. Provided comprehension questions complement the texts.
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
Release Date: 2011-02-18
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
„Ich schreibe so lange, wie der Leser davon überzeugt ist, in den Händen eines erstklassigen Wahnsinnigen zu sein.“ Stephen King Während der Genesung nach einem schweren Unfall schreibt Stephen King seine Memoiren – Leben und Schreiben sind eins. Ein unverzichtbarer Ratgeber für alle angehenden Schriftsteller und eine Fundgrube für alle, die mehr über den König des Horror-Genres erfahren wollen. Ein kluges und gleichzeitig packendes Buch über gelebte Literatur. »Eine Konfession.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung