Category : Fiction
Editor : Penguin
ISBN : 9781101146385
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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Meet Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, in the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that “blends the genres of romance, horror and adventure with stunning panache”(Diana Gabaldon). Laurell K. Hamilton’s bestselling series has captured readers’ wildest imaginations and addicted them to a seductive world where supernatural hungers collide with the desires of the human heart, starring a heroine like no other... Anita Blake is small, dark, and dangerous. Her turf is the city of St. Louis. Her job: re-animating the dead and killing the undead who take things too far. But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings, Anita must confront her greatest fear—her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean-Claude, one of the creatures she is sworn to destroy... “What The Da Vinci Code did for the religious thriller, the Anita Blake series has done for the vampire novel.”—USA Today

Category : Literary Criticism
Editor : NYU Press
ISBN : 9781479807093
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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"Avidly Reads Guilty Pleasures reclaims the femme fictions dismissed as "trash" to celebrate the surprisingly cathartic pleasures of domination, privilege, and the material trappings of patriarchal culture"--

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Editor : Putnam Adult
ISBN : 0399146903
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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Category : Literary Criticism
Editor : University of Virginia Press
ISBN : 9780813941660
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 184
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Guilty pleasures in one’s reading habits are nothing new. Late-nineteenth-century American literary culture even championed the idea that popular novels need not be great. Best-selling novels arrived in the public sphere as at once beloved and contested objects, an ambivalence that reflected and informed America’s cultural insecurity. This became a matter of nationhood as well as aesthetics: the amateurism of popular narratives resonated with the discourse of new nationhood. In Guilty Pleasures, Hugh McIntosh examines reactions to best-selling fiction in the United States from 1850 to 1920, including reader response to such best-sellers as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Ben Hur, and Trilby as well as fictional representations—from Trollope to Baldwin—of American culture’s lack of artistic greatness. Drawing on a transatlantic archive of contemporary criticism, urban display, parody, and advertising, Guilty Pleasures thoroughly documents how the conflicted attitude toward popular novels shaped these ephemeral modes of response. Paying close attention to this material history of novel reading, McIntosh reveals how popular fiction’s unique status as socially saturating and aesthetically questionable inspired public reflection on what it meant to belong to a flawed national community.

Category : Fiction
Editor : Bantam
ISBN : 9780345548788
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 273
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Two million dollars secured Noah Crawford the most enticing woman he has ever known. Initiating Delaine Talbot into a sensuous world of pleasure took them both to the brink—again and again. But when Noah discovers why the beautiful innocent sold her body to the highest bidder, he’s faced with the hardest thing he ever had to do: Set her free. Lanie can’t believe Noah would let her go. Doesn’t he know they share a bond deeper than sex—a connection too powerful to sever? Not even a treacherous enemy out to destroy Noah or the dark secret haunting the multimillionaire can keep them apart. But first Lanie has to show him that he belongs to her, even if it means risking everything for a love that can never be bought or sold. Praise for A Million Guilty Pleasures “[C. L.] Parker’s story shines with sexy shenanigans that steam up the pages.”—RT Book Reviews (4-1/2 stars) “The charm and passion that made the first book a success are back in spades here. . . . A great followup, and a fitting end to an amazing pair. Noah and Lanie are a raunchy, loving couple and so much fun to read about.”—Miss Boxy Frown “Million Dollar Duet has a sexy billionaire hero and quirky heroine. It is packed with steamy scenes, and as romantic as can be.”—Under the Covers A Million Guilty Pleasures is intended for mature audiences.

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Editor : Lulu.com
ISBN : 9781411681026
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 152
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Vanessa is a beautiful young attorney with nothing but her career on her mind. She left a long-term relationship because she felt she didn't have the time to settle down. Until, she meets forbidden fruit. Dr. Preston Taylor, a handsome, young, separated yet married man that will make her forget all about her career and not having time for family. But...will her choice be easy since her ex is not completely out of her life. What about her handsome but untouchable client Terry Andrews? Her possibilities are endless. So what is a girl to do?

Category : Reference
Editor : Quirk Books
ISBN : 1931686548
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
Views : 326
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What do Neil Diamond, Touched by an Angel, Pamela Anderson, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, White castle hamburgers, Benny Hill, Thomas Kinkade, and the song “You Light Up My Life” have in common? They’re all guilty pleasures—and they’re all celebrated in this massive A-to-Z encyclopedia. Authors Sam Stall, Lou Harry, and Julia Spalding have unearthed fascinating trivia about literature (Valley of the Dolls, The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue), television (The Real World, Land of the Lost), fashion (Members Only jackets, the WonderBra), and more. Every page features a sophisticated two-column design and handy guide words for quick at-a-glance reference. Best of all, we’ve illustrated 100 of the guiltiest pleasures with the same portrait style used by the Wall Street Journal. Complete with 1,001 entries, it’s the ultimate guide to everything you hate to love!

Category : Performing Arts
Editor : Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN : 9781350163041
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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In Guilty Pleasures, Alice Guilluy examines the reception of contemporary Hollywood romantic comedy by European audiences. She offers a new look at the romantic comedy genre through a qualitative study of its consumption by actual audiences. In doing so, she attempts to challenge traditional critiques of the genre as trite “escapism” at best, and dangerous “guilty pleasure” at worst. Despite this cultural anxiety, little work has been done on the genre's real audiences. Guilluy addresses this gap by presenting the results of a major qualitative study of the genre's reception, based on interview research with rom-com viewers in Britain, France and Germany, focusing on Sweet Home Alabama (2002, dir. Andy Tennant). Throughout the interviews, participants attempted to distance themselves from what they described as the “typical” rom-com viewer: the uneducated, gullible, overly emotional (American) woman. Guilluy calls this fantasy figure the “phantom spectatrix”. Guilluy complements this with a critical examination of the press reviews of the 20 biggest-grossing rom-coms at the worldwide box-office in order to contextualise the findings of her audience research.

Category : Performing Arts
Editor : Duke University Press
ISBN : 0822317486
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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Using detailed studies of stars such as Mae West, Joan Crawford and Madonna, Guilty Pleasures examines the tradition of feminist camp - a female form of aestheticism related to masquerade and rooted in burlesque, parallel but different to gay male camp.

Category : LAW
Editor : Law & Current Affairs
ISBN : 9780190625764
Type : PDF, Epub and Kindle
Language : en
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Few people associate law books with humor. Yet the legal world--in particular the American legal system--is itself frequently funny. Indeed, jokes about the profession are staples of American comedy. And there is actually humor within the world of law too: both lawyers and judges occasionally strive to be funny to deal with the drudgery of their duties. Just as importantly, though, our legal system is a strong regulator of humor. It encourages some types of humor while muzzling or punishing others. In a sense, law and humor engage a two-way feedback loop: humor provides the raw material for legal regulation and legal regulation inspires humor. In Guilty Pleasures, legal scholar Laura Little provides a multi-faceted account of American law and humor, looking at constraints on humor (and humor's effect on law), humor about law, and humor in law. In addition to interspersing amusing episodes from the legal world throughout the book, the book contains 75 New Yorker cartoons about lawyers and a preface by Bob Mankoff, the cartoon editor for the New Yorker.