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Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters are addressed, with just two exceptions, to Sylvia Plath, the American poet to whom he was married. They were written over a period of more than twenty-five years, the first a few years after her suicide in 1963, and represent Ted Hughes's only account of his relationship with Plath and of the psychological drama that led both to the writing of her greatest poems and to her death. The book became an instant bestseller on its publication in 1998 and won the Forward Prize for Poetry in the same year. 'To read [Birthday Letters] is to experience the psychic equivalent of "the bends". It takes you down to levels of pressure where the undertruths of sadness and endurance leave you gasping.' Seamus Heaney 'Even if it were possible to set aside its biographical value . . . its linguistic, technical and imaginative feats would guarantee its future. Hughes is one of the most important poets of the century and this is his greatest book.' Andrew Motion
Book Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters Description/Summary:
"This erudite critical study...breathes new life into Plath scholarship."—Publishers Weekly, starred review When Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters was published in 1998, it was greeted with astonishment and acclaim, immediately landing on the bestseller list. Few suspected that Hughes had been at work for a quarter of a century on this cycle of poems addressed to his first wife, Sylvia Plath. In Ariel's Gift, Erica Wagner explores the destructive relationship between these two poets through their lives and their writings. She provides a commentary to the poems in Birthday Letters, showing the events that shaped them and, crucially, showing how they draw upon Plath's own work. "Both narratively engaging and scholastically comprehensive."—Thomas Lynch, Los Angeles Times "Wagner has set the poems of Hughes's Birthday Letters in the context of his marriage to Plath with great delicacy."—Times Literary Supplement
Book Moon Strings and Birthday Letters Description/Summary:
At Isabella’s thirteenth birthday celebration, her father announces he is beginning a new tradition—to write her a letter every year on her birthday until she turns twenty-one. The letters will chronicle her life while serving as a reminder that no matter what happens in life, God is always faithful. Seven years have passed since Isabella last opened her memory box of letters. Now that she is celebrating twenty-eight years of life, it is time to open the box again. Life has not always been a smooth ride for Isabella, but despite the loss of her father, she has remained focused on her dreams. Now as she prepares to embark on a medical internship that will take her from Louisiana to Italy, she has no idea what awaits. As she re-reads her collection of birthday letters, Isabella revisits their messages in the most unexpected of ways. But will she accept the divine invitation to recapture her childlike faith and once again believe that the moon is being held by heavenly strings? In this inspirational tale, a young woman revisits a collection of letters penned by her father as she enters a new chapter and searches for a way to reconnect with God and her faith.
Book Letters to Open on Your Birthday Description/Summary:
Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever. Letters to Open on Your Birthday will inspire you (or a group of loved ones) to wish someone a very happy birthday. Tell them how much they mean to you and share your hopes for them in the year ahead. Each letter is printed with a unique prompt like: The world is better with you in it because... Let's celebrate YOU by... On your special day, I hope you... Sign the 12 letters, seal them with the enclosed stickers, and present the completed book to the birthday boy or girl. They'll treasure your words for years to come!
Book Moon Strings and Birthday Letters Description/Summary:
At Isabella's thirteenth birthday celebration, her father announces he is beginning a new tradition-to write her a letter every year on her birthday until she turns twenty-one. The letters will chronicle her life while serving as a reminder that no matter what happens in life, God is always faithful. Seven years have passed since Isabella last opened her memory box of letters. Now that she is celebrating twenty-eight years of life, it is time to open the box again. Life has not always been a smooth ride for Isabella, but despite the loss of her father, she has remained focused on her dreams. Now as she prepares to embark on a medical internship that will take her from Louisiana to Italy, she has no idea what awaits. As she re-reads her collection of birthday letters, Isabella revisits their messages in the most unexpected of ways. But will she accept the divine invitation to recapture her childlike faith and once again believe that the moon is being held by heavenly strings? In this inspirational tale, a young woman revisits a collection of letters penned by her father as she enters a new chapter and searches for a way to reconnect with God and her faith.
At the outset of his career Ted Hughes described letter writing as 'excellent training for conversation with the world', and he was to become a prolific master of this art. This selection begins when Hughes was seventeen, and documents the course of a life at once resolutely private but intensely attuned to others. It is a fascinatingly detailed picture of a mind of genius as it evolved through an incomparably eventful life and career.
A realistic and emotional look at a woman who falls into the grips of insanity written by the iconic American writer Sylvia Plath “It is this perfectly wrought prose and the freshness of Plath’s voice in The Bell Jar that make this book enduring in its appeal.” — USA Today The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that Esther’s insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
'Erica Wagner has set the poems of Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters in the context of his marriage to Sylvia Plath with great delicacy . . . Her book is informed not only by Plath's journals and letters, but, more significantly, moonlit throughout by Plath's poetry.' Times Literary Supplement 'A commentary on Birthday Letters, gravely unfurling the biographical journey for which these most openly personal of poems are signposts, amplifying and interpreting.' The Scotsman
Diane Ackerman's poems reveal her intense response to the several worlds of nature, science, and society. Her lyricism fuses wit and sobriety, meditation and activism, and she confronts us with figures both real and fantastic. As always, her strong connection with the natural world, the realms of language and literature, myth and imagination, combines with her deep understanding of the sciences to offer her readers a singular American voice. This is not a voice crying in the wilderness, but one that gives forth songs of joy and wonder. Organized into seven sections, including "Timed Talk," "By Atoms Moved," and "Tender Mercies," I Praise My Destroyer is less an assorted collection than an organically coherent whole, one that reveals Ackerman's true calling as a twentieth-century metaphysical poet of the highest order.
From Newbery media winner Karen Hesse comes an unforgettable story of an immigrant family's journey to America. "America," the girl repeated. "What will you do there?" I was silent for a little time. "I will do everything there," I answered. Rifka knows nothing about America when she flees from Russia with her family in 1919. But she dreams that in the new country she will at last be safe from the Russian soldiers and their harsh treatment of the Jews. Throughout her journey, Rifka carries with her a cherished volume of poetry by Alexander Pushkin. In it, she records her observations and experiences in the form of letters to Tovah, the beloved cousin she has left behind. Strong-hearted and determined, Rifka must endure a great deal: humiliating examinations by doctors and soldiers, deadly typhus, separation from all she has ever known and loved, murderous storms at sea, detainment on Ellis Island--and is if this is not enough, the loss of her glorious golden hair. Based on a true story from the author's family, Letters from Rifka presents a real-life heroine with an uncommon courage and unsinkable spirit.
Molly Alcott didn’t expect to open her mailbox one summer morning and find an old letter stuffed between bills and a supermarket flyer. Penned in familiar handwriting, dated over fifteen years ago, the letter was written to Molly after her first date with the man she’ll never forget. Week after week, new letters appear. Each marks an event in the history of their epic love affair. Each heals a wound. Each holds the confession of the man who still owns Molly’s heart. The letters are full of promise, hope and love, but truth be told, Molly wishes she could unread them all. Because the man who wrote these letters is not the one sending them. ***** This is a book you’ll want to cancel plans to finish reading, a book that’ll steal your heart and make you believe it’s real. It’s a beautiful, heart-warming second chance romance and the kind of story that you’ll want to tell all your friends to read. So this is me telling you, my lovely book friends, to READ THIS BOOK!!! – Aestas Book Blog “Tender and poignant, this is a second-chance romance you shouldn’t miss.” – Vilma Iris “This is one of those perfectly written love stories that is both romantic and heartbreaking all at once, and I simply adored every single thing about it.” - Natasha is a Book Junkie “Devney Perry has this unique ability of writing such beautiful stories with incredible heartfelt emotion and romance. Her style of writing is flawless, her stories enthralling and emotionally haunting at times.” – Totally Booked Blog ***** For fans of: Nora Roberts, Kristen Ashley, Sarina Bowen, Vi Keeland, Susan Stoker, Tessa Bailey, Helena Hunting, Elle Kennedy, Toni Aleo, Kristen Callihan, LJ Shen, Mona Kasten, Corinne Michaels, Jana Aston, Karina Halle, Jay Crownover, Anna Todd, Geneva Lee, Audrey Carlan, Piper Rayne, Suzanne Brockmann, Helen Hoang, Christina Lauren, Kristan Higgins, Sally Thorne, Penelope Sky, Penelope Ward, Debbie Macomber, Maisey Yates, Sarah Mayberry, Lauren Blakely, Susan Mallery, Penny Reid, Julia Kent, Kelly Jamieson, Melanie Harlow, Kendall Ryan, Kennedy Ryan, Helen Hardt, Meghan March, Meli Raine, Sylvia Day, Chelle Bliss, Brenda Rothert, Natasha Madison, Kylie Scott, Sloane Kennedy, Penelope Sky, K.A. Linde, Nana Malone, Jami Davenport, Jaci Burton, Penelope Sky, Helen Hardt, E.L. James, Anna Todd, Chelle Bliss, Kendall Ryan, Kennedy Fox, Julia Kent, Meli Raine, Kristen Callihan, Meghan Quinn, Rebecca Yarros, Catherine Cowles, Carrie Ann Ryan, JD Robb, Jill Shalvis, Kristen Proby Keywords: Small town romance, second chance, single mom, Montana romance
Book Everything Beautiful in Its Time Description/Summary:
Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life. To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her. In Midland, Texas, Jenna’s maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch—Pa and Grammee—a home builder and homemaker, lived a quieter life outside the national spotlight. Yet their influence was no less indelible to their granddaughter. Throughout Jenna’s childhood and adolescence, the Welches taught her the name of every star in the sky, the way a dove uses her voice—teaching her to appreciate the beauty in the smallest things. Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heartwarming, intimate personal essays. Filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories, Everything Beautiful in Its Time captures the joyous and bittersweet nature of life itself. Jenna reflects on the single year in which she and her family lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, and Jenna Welch. With the light, self-deprecating charm of the bestselling Sisters First—cowritten with her twin sister, Barbara—Jenna reveals how they navigated this difficult period with grace, faith, and nostalgic humor, uplifted by their grandparents’ sage advice and incomparable spirits. In this moving book, Jenna remembers the past, cherishes the present, and prepares for the future—providing a wealth of anecdotes and lessons for her own children and all of us. Poignant and humorous, intimate and sincere, Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a warm and wonderful celebration of the enduring power of family and an exploration of the things that truly matter most. “As long as I’m alive, my grandparents will not be forgotten. . . . I hear their voices in the letters they sent me and in my memories. They offer comfort, support, and guidance, and I will listen to them always.”
Book Great Letters for Every Occasion Description/Summary:
Shares model letters for a variety of situations, including advice, apology, appreciation, complaints, fund raising, get well wishes, invitations, love letters, reports, proposals, resumes, letters of condolence, and thank you notes
"Do you know why I write so much? Because as long as you read, we are together." -- Raizel Garncarz (Sala's sister), April 24, 1941 Few family secrets have the power both to transform lives and to fill in crucial gaps in world history. But then, few families have a mother and a daughter quite like Sala and Ann Kirschner. For nearly fifty years, Sala kept a secret: She had survived five years as a slave in seven different Nazi work camps. Living in America after the war, she kept from her children any hint of her epic, inhuman odyssey. She held on to more than 350 letters, photographs, and a diary without ever mentioning them. Only in 1991, on the eve of heart surgery, did she suddenly present them to Ann and offer to answer any questions her daughter wished to ask. It was a life-changing moment for her scholar, writer, and entrepreneur daughter. We know surprisingly little about the vast network of Nazi labor camps, where imprisoned Jews built railroads and highways, churned out munitions and materiel, and otherwise supported the limitless needs of the Nazi war machine. This book gives us an insider's account: Conditions were brutal. Death rates were high. As the war dragged on and the Nazis retreated, inmates were force-marched across hundreds of miles, or packed into cattle cars for grim journeys from one camp to another. When Sala first reported to a camp in Geppersdorf, Poland, at the age of sixteen, she thought it would be for six weeks. Five years later, she was still at a labor camp and only she and two of her sisters remained alive of an extended family of fifty. In the first years of the conflict, Sala was aided by her close friend Ala Gertner, who would later lead an uprising at Auschwitz and be executed just weeks before the liberation of that camp. Sala was also helped by other key friends. Yet above all, she survived thanks to the slender threads of support expressed in the letters of her friends and family. She kept them at great personal risk, and it is astonishing that she was able to receive as many as she did. With their heartwrenching expressions of longing, love, and hope, they offer a testament to the human spirit, an indomitable impulse even in the face of monstrosity. Sala's Gift is a rare book, a gift from Ann to her mother, and a great gift from both women to the world.