For more than a decade, the book that literary critics now consider the most important novel in the English language was illegal to own, sell, advertise or purchase in most of the English-speaking world. James Joyce’s big blue book, Ulysses, ushered in the modernist era and changed the novel for all time. But the genius of Ulysses was also its danger: it omitted absolutely nothing. All of the minutiae of Leopold Bloom’s day, including its unspeakable details, unfold with careful precision in its pages. The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice immediately banned the novel as “obscene, lewd, and lascivious.” Joyce, along with some of the most important publishers and writers of his era, had to fight for years to win the freedom to publish it. The Most Dangerous Book tells the remarkable story surrounding Ulysses, from the first stirrings of Joyce’s inspiration in 1904 to its landmark federal obscenity trial in 1933.
Literary historian Kevin Birmingham follows Joyce’s years as a young writer, his feverish work on his literary masterpiece, and his ardent love affair with Nora Barnacle, the model for Molly Bloom. Joyce and Nora socialized with literary greats like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot and Sylvia Beach. Their support helped Joyce fight an array of anti-vice crusaders while his book was disguised and smuggled, pirated and burned in the United States and Britain. The long struggle for publication added to the growing pressures of Joyce’s deteriorating eyesight, finances and home life.
Salvation finally came from the partnership of Bennett Cerf, the cofounder of Random House, and Morris Ernst, a dogged civil liberties lawyer. With their stewardship, the case ultimately rested on the literary merit of Joyce’s master work. The sixty-year-old judicial practices governing obscenity in the United States were overturned because a federal judge could get inside Molly Bloom’s head.
Birmingham’s archival work brings to light new information about both Joyce and the story surroundingUlysses. Written for ardent Joyceans as well as novices who want to get to the heart of the greatest novel of the twentieth century, The Most Dangerous Book is a gripping examination of how the world came to say yes to Ulysses.
About the Author:
Kevin Birmingham received his Ph.D. in English from Harvard, where he was a lecturer in History & Literature. He is currently an instructor in the university’s Writing Program. His research focuses on fiction, literary history, literary obscenity, the avant-garde and biography. He was a bartender in a Dublin pub featured in Ulysses for one day before he was unceremoniously fired. The Most Dangerous Book is his first book, and it was a New York Timesbestseller. He is currently working on a second book forthcoming with Penguin Press.
The Extraordinary Personal Story of a Penniless, Cuban Immigrant
Turned Self-Made Business Mogul, Healthcare Industry Leader and Philanthropist
Photographs and Excerpts from the book. On view through Feb. 1st. All work will be for sale, priced at $300 and all proceeds benefit the
Early Childhood Initiative Foundation.
In HUMBLED BY THE JOURNEY: Life Lessons For My Family…And Yours, from which the proceeds will go to The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, Miguel "Mike" Benito Fernandez takes readers on parallel journeys: A 508-mile pilgrimage along El Camino de Santiago from France through Spain – and from a dirt road Cuban town to the pinnacles of U.S. business success. The book shines a light on the lessons Mike has learned over a lifetime of working tirelessly, overcoming obstacles and “showing up.” The most important lesson: “You have to take care of those who come after you.”
In 2013, Mike hiked along El Camino -- an ancient, spiritual trail that attracts "pilgrims" from around the world -- with a pledge for each mile that led to more than $5 million for a children's hospital. The experience was challenging and rigorous and provided Mike with a unique opportunity to embrace his life in a deep, meaningful way. In fact, he has done this trip three times. HUMBLED BY THE JOURNEY is part self-portrait, part adventure story, and shuttles readers back and forth between Mike’s path on El Camino and his journey through life. El Camino becomes a metaphorical backdrop as Mike narrates the details of his 62 years of living.
In 1964, in the midst of revolutionary activity in Cuba, Mike’s family was expelled from their rural hometown without any warning or money and soon after made New York City home. Suddenly, they all were on a new trajectory of unforeseen challenges, opportunities and lessons. Mike lumbered through school, while working as a floor cleaner and delivery boy to help pay for tuition. During these years, Mike learned about values and principles from those around him, including his father and an extraordinary Jesuit priest. After a stint in the Army, Mike worked as a door-to door salesman, selling health insurance, and subsequently found his stride in business and success, against great odds.
Since then, Mike has given more than $125 million to causes focused on health care, education and those most in need. He requires only this: Recipients must want to help themselves, be willing to sacrifice to gain a better future, and promise to pay it forward when they can.
Filled with engaging stories and beautiful photographs, HUMBLED BY THE JOURNEY is more than a rags-to-riches tale; it is a celebration of family, an appreciation of the brief encounters, fleeting moments and memorable events that irrevocably changed a man’s life. With humor, compassion and optimism, Mike inspires and reminds readers, that by giving to and connecting with others, they will gain for themselves the ultimate prize: a rewarding and “rich” life.
About The Author:
Mike Fernandez is the founder of MBF Healthcare Partners, a private equity firm that invests in healthcare service companies nationwide. Mike has been honored frequently for his business achievements, named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, from St. Thomas University, a degree that acknowledges and celebrates his outstanding achievements as a humanitarian, leader and philanthropist. A gifted storyteller with a terrific sense of humor, he lives in Miami with his wife Constance and their family. HUMBLED BY THE JOURNEY is his first book.
About the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation:
All proceeds from HUMBLED BY THE JOURNEY go to The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) focused on early childhood education, development initiative and "universal readiness" -- that is, making available and affordable high quality health, education and nurturing for all children between birth and age 5 in Miami-Dade County, population 2.6 million, Florida's largest county, with more people than 16 states. In doing so, the initiative works toward the social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth of all children so that they are ready and eager to be successful in the first grade and, indeed, in life. For more information visit: http://www.teachmorelovemore.org/ECIF.asp.
La que peca y reza es una novela ambientada en el caribe Colombiano actual. La historia gira en torno a una joven confundida, un milagro y una canonización. Constantemente lo individual choca con lo institucional. Lucía es una joven que ha sido beneficiada por la Iglesia desde su niñez, pero también ha sido una víctima de ella. Su vida ya no le pertenece, por eso comienza un viaje íntimo y físico buscando construir y recrear una versión propia de su ser.
Sobre el autor:
Comunicador social de la Universidad Javeriana, ha trabajado como realizador audiovisual, productor y libretista en diferentes formatos y para medios en Colombia y Estados Unidos que incluyen CNN, PBS, HITN, Zodiak y Discovery Channel entre otros. Tiene un MFA de New York University y actualmente forma parte del equipo de Producción y Desarrollo de las Producciones Originales para Discovery Latinoamérica.
Miami Beach has been "America's Playground" for a century. Still one of the world's most popular resorts, its 1930s Art Deco architecture placed this picturesque city on the National Register of Historic Places. Yet a whole generation of earlier buildings was erased from the landscape and mostly forgotten: the house of refuge for shipwrecked sailors, the oceanfront mansions of Millionaires' Row, entrepreneur Carl Fisher's five grand hotels, the Community Theatre, the Miami Beach Garden and more. Join historian Carolyn Klepser as she rediscovers through words and pictures the lost treasures of Miami Beach and recounts the changes that sparked a renowned preservation movement.
About the Author:
Carloyn Klepser has spent nearly twenty years researching the architecture of Miami Beach for both local architects and as a consultant to the city. She has assisted in the designation of many of the city's historic districts and sites. With Miami historian Arva Moore Parks, she co-authored Miami Then and Now in 2002, and a revised edition in 2014.
Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.
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They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart--invincible, immortal, unconquerable--is dead. And he died by David's hand. Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.
Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic Regalia, Babylon Restored is flooded and miserable, but David is sure it's the path that will lead him to what he needs to find. Entering a city oppressed by a High Epic despot is risky, but David's willing to take the gamble. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic--Firefight. And now he will go on a quest darker and even more dangerous than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.
About the Author:
Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Steelheart, the first book in the Reckoners series, and the internationally bestselling books in the Stormlight Archive and the Mistborn series. He was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Firefight is the second book in the Reckoners series. He lives and writes in Utah. To learn more about Brandon and his books, visit him at brandonsanderson.com and follow @BrandSanderson on Twitter.
Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.
Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.
Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporate conglomerate that rules Avon with an iron fist. These corporations make their fortune by terraforming uninhabitable planets across the universe and recruiting colonists to make the planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.
Desperate for any advantage against the military occupying his home, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape base together, caught between two sides in a senseless war.
The stunning second novel in the Starbound trilogy is an unforgettable story of love and forgiveness in a world torn apart by war.
About the Authors:
Amie Kaufman had the good fortune to be raised just one block from her local library, and took full advantage of that fact growing up. She and her sister spent their childhood summers re-creating their favorite books by camping in the back yard, mapping their neighborhood, climbing trees, stepping through magical doors and sailing the local seas.
Raised in Australia and Ireland, she has kissed the Blarney stone six times, thoroughly cementing her gift of the gab. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and her rescue dog. She still sails, and though she climbs fewer trees, she remains partial to investigating the occasional magical door.
Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She's traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there's a bit of every trip in every story she writes.
She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there's no telling how long she'll stay there.
In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.
Hazel hates nothing more than to sleep. Every night she wakes up her mom, wide awake and ready to play. Until one morning when her mom is so exhausted, she can't do anything anymore. She is too worn out to make breakfast or lunch, or take Hazel to school. Find out how Hazel springs into action to save the day. This humorous story will make kids and parents laugh out loud, while reiterating a basic but valuable life lesson - everybody needs a good nights' sleep.
About the Author:
Tinka Ellington-Hooper was born and raised in Northern Germany. In her search for white sand and warm sunshine, she found her true home in Southern Florida, where she lives with her family and their big brown dog. When she isn t working on her books, she loves to spend time outdoors, going boating, biking or swimming with friends and family. After many years of little faces peaking over her mattress in the middle of the night, she now really appreciates a good night s sleep...at least every now and then. Hazel was inspired by the author s daughter and two stepsons. Her three monkeys teach her every day what life is all about learning and loving- and they certainly create ideas for many more Hazel Bedazzled stories to come. So stay tuned......
Everything was just normal for Katherine, until one day on her way to college a small vine grabbed her leg and threw her to the wrong college.
Was this a curse? Days go by and fantasy turns into reality!
When magical wands used to defend against evil are suddenly broken, everyone’s blaming her. Now it’s up to Katherine and her friends to obtain new wands. But that’s not all; she must unravel the clues in her quest, find out the truth about herself and her family, and discover herself.
During this journey, her true mission is revealed. On this daring adventure she must face her enemy…. Now Katherine must find out who the evil is. Katherine is after the evil, but the evil is after her.
About the Author:
Note: 10 year old Author goes by the pen name Stella G. Taylor
Stella is a budding 10 year old author. Inspired by her teachers at school, she started writing this book when she was 9. After being pushed by her parents to put her pencils down before she turned 11, she finally set her mind to completing it!
Stella is modest about her perfect FCAT writing score. She has written short plays, extempore, poems and has won multiple writing awards such as PTA Reflections, and has been a finalist in many local competitions. Armed with the confidence gained from these achievements, she embarked on a journey to write this fantasy book. She is also quite an artist, and has received several awards. All of the illustrations in this book were created by Stella and were digitized to be placed in the book.
Stella would like 50% of the proceeds from this book to go towards her school, Indian Trace Elementary.
This book may be a small offering, but for Stella it’s an opportunity to share her imagination with the world and inspire other young authors.