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The Stories of Alice Adams

Author : Alice Adams
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“Alice Adams has an inimitable ‘voice’–quick, deft, brilliantly evocative and specific. There is always something special about a story of hers, like a watercolor perfectly executed.” --Joyce Carol Oates Award-winning writer Alice Adams, whose major themes were the varied lives of contemporary women and the hidden workings of human relationships is equally treasured for her short stories and her novels. The stories collected here represent the full range of her career, which included 25 appearances in The New Yorker, 6 O.Henry First Prizes out of a total of 23 appearances, as well as inclusion in numerous Best American Short Stories anthologies. In story after story insight joins with grace to show us the truth about the lives of people around us. Included: “Verlie I Say Unto You,” “Beautiful Girl,” “The Swastika on the Door,” “Greyhound People,” “The Girl Across the Room,” Truth or Consequences,” “Separate Planes,” “Your Doctor Loves You,” “Old Love Affairs,” “Earthquake Damage,” and 43 other classic stories.

Roses Rhododendron

Author : Alice Adams
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Famous for illuminating the hidden workings of human relationships, Alice Adams’s short stories appeared dozens of times in The New Yorker and were a mainstay of the O. Henry Award collections. From her capstone collection The Stories of Alice Adams, “Roses, Rhododendron” chronicles the power of a lifelong friendship. When a young Jane Kilgore moves to North Carolina with her superstitious mother, she meets Harriet Farr and finds comfort and stability amongst her family. As Jane’s life takes her away from the South, she learns that her relationship with the Farrs shaped her childhood and life thereafter.

Alice Adams

Author : Booth Tarkington
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The winner of the 1922 Pulitzer Prize in literature and the subject of several well-received film adaptations, Alice Adams is regarded as one of Booth Tarkington's most accomplished novels. The tale follows the exploits of the plucky young protagonist, who disregards her family's low social standing and pursues love with the well-heeled young man of her dreams.

TO SEE YOU AGAIN

Author : Alice Adams
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“Her stories recall such past masters as Flannery O’Connor and Katherine Mansfield.” --Newsweek Throughout her acclaimed career, Alice Adams demonstrated a remarkable finesse in both the novel and the short story. Her second collection reveals her ability to feelingly project whole lives in the space of a few pages. Here are people trying to pull free of the constraints of family bonds, people bewitched by capricious love, people conquering old panics, or changing in profound ways. Included are “Snow,” “Legends,” “Lost Luggage,” “An Unscheduled Stop, “At First Sight.”

Return Trips

Author : Alice Adams
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“Alice Adams writes with beautiful economy, an infallible sense of the telling detail. Her place in the company of John Updike and Mary McCarthy.” --San Francisco Chronicle Alice Adams’ reputation as a short story writer continued to grow with each collection. The stories in her third collection revolve for the most part around the theme of travel. The stories are about people in search of fresh experience, the inspiration of art, the pleasure of new relationships . . . people opening up to the accidental magic of a foreign place, or returning to scenes of childhood to forgive the past. Included are “Alaska,” “Time in Santa Fe,” “Barcelona, “ “Molly’s Dog,” “My First and Only House.”

The Last Lovely City

Author : Alice Adams
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“Sophisticated, charming, often nostalgic, and so artfully written that half the time you don’t know that you are reading on of the best writers around.” ­--The Boston Globe In her final collection, Alice Adams ranges from San Francisco to a North Carolina college town, to a run-down resort in Mexico. And a grouping of four stories at the end follows a divorced psychiatrist in an arc that constitutes a short novel. Included are: “His Women,” “Great Sex,” “Old Love Affairs,” and “The Drinking Club,” “Patients, “The Wrong Mexico, “ and “Earthquake Damage.”

Beautiful Girl

Author : Alice Adams
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This first collection by the celebrated short-story writer contains sixteen stories that represent the best of her writing from The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and the O. Henry Award collection

After the War

Author : Alice Adams
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“As always, Adams' strength is her fine, elegant language and the attention she pays to the minutiae of every day living. Like Jane Austen, she stays close to her characters and weaves intrigue out of their interrelated and complex life stories.” --San Jose Mercury News In her final novel, published posthumously, Alice Adams returns to the Southern college town of Pinehill, the setting for her acclaimed Southern Exposure. Even after five years in Pinehill, Cynthia Baird is still considered a Yankee. And life has become more difficult since the beginning of the war. With Harry stationed in London, Cynthia finds life in a small town complicated not only be loneliness but also by a growing awareness of local racism and anti-Semitism. Their daughter Abigail is about to return north for college, and the two generations are forced to determine what they cherish and what they must leave behind.

Understanding Alice Adams

Author : Bryant Mangum
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In Understanding Alice Adams, Bryant Mangum examines the thematic intricacies and astute social commentary of Adams’s eleven novels and five short story collections. Throughout her career Adams was known for creating and re-creating the “Alice Adams woman,” who is bright, honest, attractive, thoughtful—and sometimes a bit offbeat. As Mangum notes, Adams’s central characters—her heroes—are most often women struggling toward self-sufficiency and independence as they strive to fulfill their responsibilities, including child rearing and other societal commitments. After an overview of Adams’s life (1926–1999), Mangum groups the novels and stories by the decades in which they were published, since shifts in the thematic arc of Adams’s fiction break conveniently along those lines. He explains how Adams used the novel as an extended workshop for her short fiction. Her novels cover wide swaths of the American experience, and from these sweeping narratives she distilled her sharp, lyrical, vibrant short stories, which earned her twenty-three O. Henry Awards—including six first-place recognitions and a lifetime achievement award—an honor shared with only Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and Alice Munro. In this study Mangum explores how Adams treats love, family, work, friendship, and nostalgia. He identifies hope as a thread that links all her main characters, despite how accurately she had anticipated the complexities and challenges that accompanied increased freedom for women in the later twentieth century.

Alice Adams

Author : Carol Sklenicka
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The first full-scale biography of prolific writer Alice Adams, whose celebrated stories and bestselling novels traced women’s lives and illuminated “an era characterized both by drastic cultural changes and by the persistence of old expectations, conventions, and biases” (The New Yorker). “Nobody writes better about falling in love than Alice Adams,” a New York Times critic said of the prolific writer. Born in 1926, Alice Adams grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, during the Great Depression and came of age during World War II. After college at Radcliffe and a year in Paris, she moved to San Francisco. Always a rebel in good-girl’s clothing, Adams used her education, sexual and emotional curiosity, and uncompromising artistic ambition to break the strictures that bound women in midcentury America. Divorced with a child to raise, she worked at secretarial jobs for two decades before she could earn a living as a writer. One of only four winners of the O. Henry Special Award for Continuing Achievement, Adams wove her life into her fiction and used her writing to understand the changing tides of the 20th century. Her work portrays vibrant characters both young and old who live on the edge of their emotions, absorbed by love affairs yet always determined to be independent and to fulfill their personal destinies. Carol Sklenicka interweaves Adams’s deeply felt, elegantly fierce life with a cascade of events—the civil rights and women’s rights movements, the sixties counterculture, and sexual freedom. Her biography’s revealing analyses of Adams’s stories and novels from Careless Love to Superior Women to The Last Lovely City, and her extensive interviews with Adams’s family and friends, among them Mary Gaitskill, Diane Johnson, Anne Lamott, and Alison Lurie, give us the definitive story of a writer often dubbed “America’s Colette.” Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer captures not just a beloved woman’s life in full, but a crucial span of American history.

Mexico

Author : Alice Adams
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Recounting her decade-long obsession with Mexico, the author describes Mayan ruins, the misery of Mexico City, Mexican art, and the magic of the country's landscape and people

Alice Adams Annotated

Author : Booth Tarkington
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Alice Adams is a young woman with ambitions to marry above her status. To do so, she must lie about her family's economic status to the young man who is courting her. Meanwhile her mother is pushing her unambitious husband into ventures that he really doesn't want to venture into; and the prodigal son is getting into debt. It all culminates in a crash when lies are found out and truths revealed.

Alice Adams Illustrated

Author : Booth Tarkington
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Alice Adams is a 1921 novel by Booth Tarkington that received the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel. It was adapted as a film in 1923 by Rowland V. Lee and more famously in 1935 by George Stevens

Almost Perfect

Author : Alice Adams
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Richard Fallon and Stella Blake, a seemingly perfect couple living in San Francisco in the 1980s, head for a crash when Richard's erratic personality deteriorates into madness

Rich Rewards

Author : Alice Adams
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“Imagine listening to your friends’ most interesting stories about themselves, stories encompassing rich and intertwined lives; then imagine these stories transformed by a magical storyteller.” --Los Angeles Herald Examiner Rich Rewards is the story of a displaced woman who somehow finds exactly what she has been searching for, long after she thought it was past finding, and in a place she never expected Fleeing a bad love affair in Boston, Daphne Matthiessen, elegant, intelligent, always open to risk, finds herself seeking shelter in the San Francisco home of an old school friend. As she becomes entwined in Agatha’s affairs and family and friends, she senses something that is compelling her, compelling her into her own past and toward the resolution of a lost love, the unfolding of fate.

Trucking Rules and Regulations

Author : Alice Adams
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"A NAFTA guidebook for North American truckers."

The Fall of Daisy Duke

Author : Alice Adams
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Superior Women

Author : Alice Adams
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The timeless coming-of-age novel about five young women who meet at Radcliffe College and together grow to maturity—through intrigues, ambitions, affairs, and marriages—from World War II to the 1980s. Lavinia, Peg, and Cathy seem to have little in common save for their freshman status. None of them could know that their destinies are about to inextricably intertwine. Across four decades, as time and events upend their expectations, these five women discover their sexuality, reveal their secrets, and struggle with independence—sometimes surrendering, sometimes making stunning choices. Now reissued thirty-five years after its original release, Alice Adams’s Superior Women, hailed as “a remarkable compression of time, memory, and sentiment—rather as if Hemingway had been turned loose on Proust” (San Francisco Chronicle), is a richly drawn, uncompromising novel about women’s intimate, interior lives for fans of Mary McCarthy’s The Group and Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything.

Second Chances

Author : Alice Adams
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A wonderful portrait of friends who have shared their lives together for over 30 years, helping each other through all of life's ups and downs and testing the limitations of the heart.

Coffee Cup Thoughts

Author : Alice Adams
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The early morning coffee ritual is enriched by easily digested, thought-provoking slices of life in "Coffee Cup Thoughts: Sips for the Soul," an easy-to-read accompaniment for morning waffles or that mid-morning bagel. From celebrations of life to how to survive a death in the family, and from history to politics, everyday miracles and random acts of kindness, "Coffee Cup Thoughts" offer brief distractions from chaotic schedules, missed deadlines and challenging relationships. "All too often, our pace of life becomes so demanding, we miss the obvious and precious moments that make this life worth living," said author Alice Adams. "This labor of love reminds us that every minute is worthwhile and filled with blessings." Beginning her career three decades ago as a newspaper columnist, Alice Adams sees her life's role as one of teacher and facilitator. With experience in the college classroom and in corporate America, her "mission" continues to be to educate, to inform and to share information that ultimate increases the quality of life for her readers and her students. Alice and husband, Ron, continue to share daily cups of decaf in Austin, where both enjoy the Hill Country views of Central Texas.