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James Joyce A to Z: The Essential Reference to the Life and Work
Published in Hardcover by Facts on File, Inc. (1995)
Authors: A. Nicholas Fargnoli and Michael Patrick Gillespie
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A Context For the Classics
Essential to understanding the writtings of Joyce is understanding the world he lived in. Bear in mind that all of his works were, more or less, either autobiographical, or were about the world he lived in. This compilation of the many details of Joyces life shows us the minutia that made up books like "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," "Ulysses," and "Finnegans Wake." If properly used, this provides the key to interpreting the dense allusions and motives of his impressive body of work. After perhaps the works of Tindall, Bishop and Campbell, this is the most usefull book you can get to help understand the works of Joyce.

Wide-ranging, well-written browsing material!
Presents, in alphabetical order, brief (one paragraph to about 2 pages) synopses and explanations of people, places, themes, and phrases form several of Joyce's works, including his major novels and his poetry. Wonderful as either a tool for decoding Joyce, or as "skimming material." It's a treat to just wander through these pages, seeing explanations for 'Finnegan' across from those for "Dubliners," a biography of T.S. Eliot one page after a description of the fictional "Earwicker."

Includes over 800 entries, illustrations, synopses of books and chapters, biographies of Joyce and his contemporaries, bibliography, a very useful index, as well as the text of Jude Woolsey's ruling to lift the ban on "Ulysses." The writing is clear, wide-ranging, and complete without bogging the reader down in minutiae. Not as thorough as the encyclopedic "Ulysses Annotated," but very useful in disentangling Joyce and his works without great effort! Written by a Professor of Theology and English at Molloy College (and vice president of the James Joyce Society), and a professor of English at Marquette University.

Tons of fascinating information, plus guide to Ulysses!

Elvis, the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe have received the A to Z treatment in which every aspect of their lives and works have been reordered alphabetically, so it was only a matter of time that the mania would spread to lesser figures in our popular culture, in this case Mark Twain, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf.

This series of three books, originally published by Facts On File and now updated and reprinted by Oxford University Press, combines facts culled from the writers' lives and works, shakes them up thoroughly, and recasts them into easily locatable entries. The result is an addictive pleasure, a page-turning odyessy for anyone interested in learning more about their favorite writer.

At 304 pages, the Joyce volume is the smallest of the trio, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up by offering extensive commentaries on "Ulysses" and "Finnegans Wake." Those who have tried to read these modernist (or post-modernist, the argument still rages) classics have quickly recognized the need for assistance. For "Ulysses," the Joyce volume reprints Joyce's chart that lists each chapter's time frame, location, symbols, technics, organs, art and correspondences to the original. Each chapter is given its own entry, which describes the action, Joyce's intentions, and clairifies points of Dublin's history. As one who attempted "Ulysses" solo, and suffered for his sin, I can speak with authority that this volume would have saved me a great deal of agony. I only wish they had abandoned their schema and combined the chapter descriptions into a single, lengthy appendix.

No detail is too small to escape the editors. There are also entries on Gustave Flaubert, an influence on Joyce's writing style; Throwaway, the race horse whose victory in the Ascot Gold Cup figures in "Ulysses," and the Volta Cinema, Dublin's first movie theater, which Joyce helped to open.

In short, this guide can help the Joyce reader move through the complexities of his work without feeling like you've earned a Ph.D in comparative literature while you're doing so.

Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying
Published in Paperback by Magination (1993)
Authors: Joyce C. Mills and Michael Chesworth
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Helping children deal with the pain of a terminal illness
When I first read "Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying," I thought it was about preparing a child for the death of a terminally ill loved one. After all, the story tells about Amanda, a squirrel, and her friends Little Tree and Gentle Willow. One day Amanda notices that Gentle Willow looks and feels differently. Amanda becomes concerned about her friend and calls in Fixumup and Imageen the tree wizards, who check Gentle Willow and have to admit that while they can make her feel more comfortable and help her feel stronger, they cannot make her all better. The tree wizards comfort Amanda about the impending loss of her friend by explaining about the special gifts called memories.

When I finished reading this book I turned to the introduction and learned "Gentle Willow" was written for children who may not survive their illness as well as for the children who know them. I have to admit, I thought this sensitive book would also help children prepare for the death of a grandparent, or someone of any age. The basic metaphor of the caterpillars turning into butterflies applies any loved one. Dr. Mills developed this book out of an earlier effort, "Little Tree: A Story for Children with Serious Medical Problems," which reflects her specialty in storytelling as a healing process of children and adults. Obviously, this book will touch adults as well as the children for whom it was intended. The watercolor illustrations by Michael Chesworth captures the shifting tones of this tale, especially through the subtle changes on the face of Amanda, as sadness is replaced by hope through the healing power of love.

I wish your children will never have a need for such a book, but if the situation arises, I hope that you find this book.

"Gentle Willow" is a truly gentle story of life and death.
A lot of childrens' books about death are either specific to one religion, or not spiritual at all. This book is a nice bridge between the two extremes. It alludes to the metamorphosis of caterpillar into butterfly, and it describes death as change of form rather than an ending. It also talks about how the living can comfort the dying and how the we cherish memories of them after death. All of this is brought up very tenderly, in the context of a squirrel whose friend, a tree, is dying. The book even touches on the emotions of anger and fear, without dwelling too much on negatives.

Tender and gentle way to help children cope with death.
I read this book to my 9 year old daughter when we found out her cancer was terminal. It helped her and her friends deal better with her impending death. I highly recommend this book to people who are dealing with children and death.

Get Out! You're Not College Material
Published in Paperback by Image Press (15 January, 2000)
Authors: Joyce, Ph.D. Krudsen, Joyce M. Knudsen, Michael P. Lambert, and Dr. Joyce Knudsen
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I have been looking for years in the bookstores for a book that would validate my ability to do college work, even though all my tests showed I could not. My SAT's were very low and I was constantly being discouraged from learning. I wanted to learn and was able to learn in a seminar format but I never thought I could go to school. The author was told the same thing and received a Ph.D. This was very inspirational to me. After reading the stories in this book about people who were discouraged in the school system, I now know I can do it. I'm grateful to the author for writing this fine book.

A Must for people trying to decide on their life plan
I picked this book up at a local bookstore and was happy to see there was an updated guide on how important self-esteem was to the academic process and lists of choices of how to search out various possiblities for career choices. I always thought 4 years of college was imperative and it seems that 2 year technical schools may offer more opportunity in many cases. I also took the self-esteem inventory and the inventories on left/right brain, and learning style. I learned that the reason I loved learning now as an adult is I like to be part of the learning experience because of my learning style. A great inspirational and educational sourcebook.

I have always had trouble in school. Teachers would say that I was lazy. I was put into the "not so bright" groups but I always knew I was smart, although teachers did not make me feel that way. This book explains the need for self-esteem and how it affects learning. I learned from reading the book that I was a kinesthetic learner and I need to feel things. Listening to a teacher give out information was torture for me. This book made it okay for me to be me. A good guide for anyone who has either had a negative experience with school or is seeking advise about what to do after high school.

Liam's Going
Published in Hardcover by McPherson & Co (2002)
Author: Michael Joyce
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A thoughtful, and ultimately emotionally rewarding story
Liam's Going by Michael Joyce is a deftly written novel about a young man named Liam who is about to go off to college. Yet his departure has repercussions on the strained marriage of his parents, each of whom must confront different pulls and separate loves in their lives. Liam's Going is a introspective, thoughtful, and ultimately emotionally rewarding story. Also highly recommended is Michael Joyce's early novel, The War Outside Ireland (Tinkers Dam Press, 0943608015, [$$$]).

Fluid, warm and intelligent writing from a master.
Mr. Joyce's latest work flows like our thoughts, back and forth through time and experience, shuffling seamlessly as past events and the present weave together as smooth as a dream. A son's departure for a first term at college revives old emotions and creates new. Current relationships shift in meaning and old relationships resettle. Joyce's style is flawless and true. You will be drawn in and held by his voice.

Afternoon: A Story
Published in CD-ROM by Eastgate Systems Inc (1999)
Author: Michael Joyce
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Don't miss this!
Written specifically to be read on the computer, _afternoon_ is a branching, multi-linear narrative about a man, his estranged wife and child, and a bizarre car accident that may or may not have included all of the above. If that sounds too scary, be assured that the technicalities are simple - you read by clicking on links, just like on the Web. Think of Cortazar, minus all that paper. And then dig right in - _afternoon_ is a lyrical, experimental landmark in the history of writing.

A Gift of Joy
Published in Paperback by Zebra Books (Mass Market) (1995)
Authors: Virginia Henley, Brenda Joyce, Fern Michaels, Jo Goodman, and Zebra Books
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fun read
This book was a fun read. For people like me who does not have time to read a whole novel, this book is for you. These romances writers all wrote wonderful short stories. I expecially enjoyed Virginia Henley's story, this is her first contemperory story, and believe me it is as hot and steamy as her full length novels. The rest of the stories was heartwarming, filled with love and the warm Christmas spirit. Although this anthology is good for any time, I heartily recommend that it be read during the Christmas season.

Joyce Treiman
Published in Hardcover by Hudson Hills Pr (1997)
Authors: Michael Duncan and Theodore F. Wolff
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A Glowing Tribute to one of America's Finest Artists
JOYCE TREIMAN. The name holds very special memories for those who have experienced this gifted artist of the last century either in person or in her drawings and paintings that grace the walls of the important museums in this country. This Monograph is one of the most eloquent books in print about an artist of our time. Though Joyce Treiman died in 1991 her contribution to the arts in America lives on and this lushly illustrated and informative book serves as a reminder of the degree of talent she embodied.

Joyce Treiman was both a draughtsman, an iconoclast, and a painter of such dexterity and creativity that even today she remains 'unclassifiable'. Painting in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, when figuration was considered retrogressive, Joyce Treiman painted magnificent canvases that paid homage to Eakins, Sargent, Bonnard, Tiepolo, and Rembrandt - all with a flare for homage and tongue-in-cheek wry humor. Her later paintings almost always included an element of self portraiture and it is this aspect of her style which gifts the art students of today with a sublime example of 'The Painter's Progress'.

The essays in this magnum opus are erudite and entertaining. Theodore F. Wolff writes lovingly of Treiman's life and talent while Michael Duncan details admiration for a woman who just went about her art of painting without regard to varying styles or schools. Terrific examples of Treiman's drawings are interspersed with drawings by the masters to show the influences on her evolving technique. The plates of her paintings are color-true and plentiful. And the book includes an extensive biography and exhibition section.

This is a magnificent volume on art of the 20th Century and for Treiman's cadre of devotees it is a heartwarming tribute. For those unfamiliar with her work, it is a startlingly fine introduction. Highly Recommended!

New Worlds (New Anthology Series , Vol 1)
Published in Paperback by White Wolf Publishing Inc. (1997)
Authors: David Garnett, Eric Brown, Pat Cadigan, Graham Charnock, William Gibson, Peter F. Hamilton, Noel K. Hannan, Graham Joyce, Garry Kilworth, and Christine Manby
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You Cannot Go Wrong With This Anthology!!!
With stories like "Ferryman" (Eric Brown), "The White Stuff" (Peter F. Hamilton & Graham Joyce), and "A Night on Bare Mountain" (Graham Charnock), anthologies don't get any better than this. My only quibble is with the experimental narrative "Thirteen Views of a Cardboard City"(William Gibson) which rounds out the volume with a whimper, not a bang. Otherwise, this is Hugo & Nebula territory.

Page to Screen: Taking Literacy into the Electronic Era
Published in Paperback by Routledge (1998)
Authors: Ilana Snyder and Michael Joyce
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Excellent resource for hypertext in education
With essays by Snyder herself, Michael Joyce, and Johndan Johnson-Eilola, this edited collection offers a range of perspectives on everything from email to critically reading hypertext to educating children in electronic literacy. Good companion to foundation texts like Landow's volumes Hypertext and Hypertext 2.0.

Michael Bolton: The Passion, Secrets, Soul & Truths
Published in Hardcover by Frederick Fell Publishers (1997)
Authors: Layne A. Seeloff, Elizabeth Seib, Margaret Eaton, Joyce Logan, and Liz Seib
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We are of dissenting opinion here. True, the book is loaded with facts that we didn't know before,...but being absolute DIEHARD fans of Sir Bolton outside of listing albums and songs, correct syntax, every plug for Joyce's fan club,...and the attitude in general that all Michael Bolton BEEFCAKE! Our preference for a book about Michael Bolton is MICHAEL BOLTON by Lee Randall, which delves more into his career and early hardships,...and whose binding holds up more than 2 days. Michael is a reputed perfectionist-but this book is far from perfect. By all means, PLEASE, get Secret Of The Lost Kingdom and his albums (including LOVE SHOULDN'T HURT)-they're woth every cent. This one...we're not so sure


An absolute MUST for any fan of THE VOICE!!!
Finally a book that has all the true info and fabulous picture of this great artist. Every time I pick it up I learn just a little more about the man and his passions. I have been a fan for a number of years and have often wondered about the little things like " If Michael had a pet, what would it be?" Now I know. Thankyou for a priceless treasure trove of FACTS. It seems the authors had as much fun researching and writing this book as I am reading it.

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