What It Means to Write by Adrian McKerracher

What It Means to Write: Creativity and Metaphor by Adrian McKerracher
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Overview: At a time when people must work harder than ever to stand out from the crowd, the word creativity can seem vague and overused. But what exactly is creativity? Adrian McKerracher travels from Vancouver to Havana to Buenos Aires, leading readers on a journey to discover poignant new insights into a life of letters.

Through encounters with artists of all kinds, famous or obscure, McKerracher traces a socio-cultural history of the meaning of writing, each vignette a meditation on the way that metaphor limits and liberates understanding: creativity is a process, a possession, a relation, an algorithm, a game, and more. But What It Means to Write is far more than an archive of the figurative. Along the way, a labyrinth of chance reunites McKerracher with old friends, threatens him with violence, and invites him to remain forever in a place both real and imagined. His journey from cafés to libraries to late-night living rooms embodies the structure of a bold new methodology for interpreting creativity, demonstrating the tools for working productively with ambiguity and rebuilding meaning, one metaphor at a time. Told in character-driven narrative pulses that reflect on the nature of belonging, understanding, and loving, What It Means to Write is a celebration of the possibilities of both language and silence.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Trouble: On Trial in Central Australia by Kieran Finnane

Trouble: On Trial in Central Australia by Kieran Finnane
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Overview: What is going on in the often troubled town of Alice Springs? Trouble goes into the ordered environment of the courtroom to lay out in detail some of the dark disorder in the town’s recent history. Men kill their wives, kill one another in seeming senseless acts of revenge, families feud, women join the violence, children watch and learn from the sidelines. Journalist Kieran Finnane follows the stories through witness accounts, recognizing the horror and tragedy of violent events, and the guilt or innocence of perpetrators. She draws on a 25-year practice of journalism in Alice Springs, as well as experience of its everyday life, to add fine grain to the portrait of a town and region being painfully remade.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Thomas Hardy’s Personal Writings by Harold Orel

Thomas Hardy’s Personal Writings: Prefaces, Literary Opinions, Reminiscences by Harold Orel
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Overview: Brings together Hardy’s previously uncollected shorter miscellaneous essays. Included are Hardy’s prefaces to his own works and to the works of other authors, his reminiscences and personal views, and his comments on that part of England which in his fiction he made uniquely his own. Wonderful not just for scholars, but for all readers of Hardy
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Stone Frigate by Kate Armstrong

The Stone Frigate: The Royal Military College’s First Female Cadet Speaks Out by Kate Armstrong
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Overview: A memoir from the first female cadet admitted to the Royal Military College of Canada.
Kate Armstrong was an ordinary young woman eager to leave an abusive childhood behind her when she became the first female cadet admitted to the Royal Military College of Canada. As she struggled for survival in the ultimate boys’ club, she called on her fierce and humourous spirit to push back against the whims of a domineering and patriarchal organization. Later in life, feeling unfulfilled in her post-military career, she realized that finding her true path forward meant she had to go back to the beginning and revisit the truth of what she had experienced all those years ago.
Genre: Non-Fiction – Biographies

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