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Doodling for Academics

Doodling for Academics
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To an outsider, working as a university professor might seem like a dream: summers off, a few hours of class each week, an exchange of ideas with brilliant colleagues, books and late afternoon lattes. . . . Who wouldn't envy that life?

But those in the trenches of academe are well acquainted with the professoriate's dark underside: the hierarchies and pseudo-political power plays, the peculiar colleagues, the over-parented students, the stacks of essays that need to be graded ASAP.

No one understands this world better than novelist Julie Schumacher, who here provides a bitingly funny distraction designed to help you survive life in higher education without losing your mind. Sardonic yet shrewdly insightful, Doodling for Academics offers the perfect cognitive relief for the thousands of faculty and grad students whose mentors and loved ones failed to steer them toward more reasonable or lucrative fields.

Through forty pages of original illustrations and activities--from coloring to paper dolls to mad libs--this book traces the arc of a typical day on campus. Get a peek inside the enigma of the student brain. Imagine a utopian faculty meeting. Navigate the red tape maze of university administration. With the help of hilarious illustrations by Lauren Nassef, Schumacher infuses the world of campus greens and university quads with cutting wit, immersing you deep into the weirdly creative challenges of university life. Offering a satirical interactive experience for scholars, the combination of humor and activities in this book will bring academia into entertaining relief, making it the perfect gift for your colleagues, advisors, or newly minted graduates.

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9780226467047
Publication Date: 
April 21, 2017

EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOO (P)

EDWARD ALBEE'S AT HOME AT THE ZOO (P)
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For the first time in one volume, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo collects Homelife and The Zoo Story.

"An essential and heartening experience . . . If Homelife is an openhanded slap, The Zoo Story is a gut punch with a closed fist. Edward Albee is a voice unparalleled in American theater." --New York Times

More than 50 years after penning The Zoo Story, master playwright Edward Albee wrote a prequel to this classic. Homelife contains the events in Peter's life immediately preceding his encounter with Jerry on the park bench and is every bit as powerful as the original. We meet Ann, Peter's wife, and see the conversation that compelled Peter to go for that fateful walk in the park.

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9781590205242
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October 25, 2011
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eeboo Color Pencils - International Women's Day 24ct

eeboo Color Pencils - International Women's Day 24ct
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689196511912

eeboo Sketchbook - International Women's Day

eeboo Sketchbook - International Women's Day
$7.99

International Women™s Day 60-page sketchbook will inspire artists of all ages! This durable spiral-bound sketchbook with matte paper is perfect for doodling, coloring, sketching, or creating one-of-a-kind artwork. This sketchbook can be easily paired or gifted with eeBoo™s International Women™s Day Color Pencil Set.

60 pages of matte paper, perfect for sketching on Durable Spiral Binding Standard paper size: 8.5" x 11"

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689196511929

Exploring Our Sun

Exploring Our Sun
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The sun provides us with the light and energy we need to survive.

It also serves as the center of our solar system, with its gravitational pull keeping the planets in orbit. But what exactly is the sun? Readers (Grades 3-5) will explore how the sun was formed, what it is made of, and how its energy travels to Earth and the other planets of the solar system.
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9780531240625
Publication Date: 
March 1, 2013
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Eyeshot

Eyeshot
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Scintillating new work from a celebrated contemporary poet.

Runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2004)
Runner-up for the ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year Award (2003)

Heather McHugh's new book, Eyeshot, is a brooding, visionary work that takes aim at the big questions--those of love and death. The poems suggest that such immensities balance on the smallest details, and that a range of human blindness is inescapable.

The power of this new work comes from its delicate yet tenacious fidelity to the ever-unfolding senses of sense. The poems invite the reader to follow careening words and insights through passages both playful and profound. Her "Fido, Jolted by Jove" reveals the tension endemic to both language and living: "the world itself is worried." Yet the same poem remarks the high price of any reductive fix: "a brain this insecure may need another bolt be driven in it." This movement between anxiety and the human compulsion for order informs Eyeshot's darkly comic, 20/20 acuity.

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9780819566720
Publication Date: 
December 29, 2004
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Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters

Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters
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This anthology features heroines from all across the world. It is a refreshing break from folklore that focuses heavily on male narratives. If you enjoy mythology and folklore, this book is a great addition to the collection, as well as a preview of stories outside the fairytails of the Brothers Grimm. 

-- Mira O, BMC '24



Dismayed by the predominance of male protagonists in her daughters' books, Kathleen Ragan set out to collect the stories of our forgotten heroines. Gathered from around the world, from regions as diverse as sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe, from North and South American Indian cultures and New World settlers, from Asia and the Middle East, these 100 folktales celebrate strong female heroines.

Fearless Girls, Wise Women, and Beloved Sisters is for all women who are searching to define who they are, to redefine the world and shape their collective sensibility. It is for men who want to know more about what it means to be a woman. It is for our daughters and our sons, so that they can learn to value all kinds of courage, courage in battle and the courage of love. It is for all of us to help build a more just vision of woman.

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9780393320466
Publication Date: 
May 17, 2000
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Frank: Sonnets

Frank: Sonnets
$18.00

by Diane Seuss 

April 13, 2022

WINNER OF THE 2022 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY
WINNER OF THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR POETRY
WINNER OF THE 2022 PEN/VOELCKER AWARD FOR POETRY COLLECTION
WINNER OF THE 2021 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR POETRY

A resplendent life in sonnets from the author of Four-Legged Girl, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

"The sonnet, like poverty, teaches you what you can do / without," Diane Seuss writes in this brilliant, candid work, her most personal collection to date. These poems tell the story of a life at risk of spilling over the edge of the page, from Seuss's working-class childhood in rural Michigan to the dangerous allures of New York City and back again. With sheer virtuosity, Seuss moves nimbly across thought and time, poetry and punk, AIDS and addiction, Christ and motherhood, showing us what we can do, what we can do without, and what we offer to one another when we have nothing left to spare. Like a series of cels on a filmstrip, frank: sonnets captures the magnitude of a life lived honestly, a restless search for some kind of "beauty or relief." Seuss is at the height of her powers, devastatingly astute, austere, and--in a word--frank.

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9781644450451
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March 2, 2021
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Friday Black

Friday Black
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by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

 

October 7, 2020

 

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"An unbelievable debut, one that announces a new and necessary American voice."--New York Times Book Review

The acclaimed debut collection from the author of Chain Gang All Stars; a piercingly raw and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it's like to be young and Black in America.

From the start of this extraordinary debut, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that Black men and women contend with every day in this country.

These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world.

In "The Finkelstein Five," Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unforgettable reckoning of the brutal prejudice of our justice system.In "Zimmer Land," we see a far-too-easy-to-believe imagining of racism as sport."Friday Black" and "How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King" show the horrors of consumerism and the toll it takes on us all.

Entirely fresh in its style and perspective, and sure to appeal to fans of Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, and George Saunders, Friday Black confronts readers with a complicated, insistent, wrenching chorus of emotions, the final note of which, remarkably, is hope.


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9781328911247
Publication Date: 
October 23, 2018
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FUN HOME (P)

FUN HOME (P)
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WINNER! Best Musical - 2015 Tony(R) Awards!
WINNER! Best Score (Jeanine Tesori & Lisa Kron) - 2015 Tony(R) Awards!
WINNER! Best Book of a Musical (Lisa Kron) - 2015 Tony(R) Awards!
WINNER! BEST MUSICAL - New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award
FINALIST! The Pulitzer Prize for Drama

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family's Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father's hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

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9780573704574
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August 1, 2015
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