Andrea Barrett

1 Voyage of the Narwhal: A Novel

Author : Andrea Barrett
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1999-09-17
Description :  "A luminous work of historical fiction that explores the far reaches of the Arctic and of men's souls." —Denver Post<br /><br />Capturing a crucial moment in the history of exploration—the mid-nineteenth century romance with the Arctic—Andrea Barrett's compelling novel tells the story of a fateful expedition. Through the eyes of the ship's scholar-naturalist, Erasmus Darwin Wells, we encounter the Narwhal's crew, its commander, and the far-north culture of the Esquimaux. In counterpoint, we meet the women left behind in Philadelphia, explorers only in imagination. Together, those who travel and those who stay weave a web of myth and mystery, finally discovering what they had not sought, the secrets of their own hearts.

2 Archangel: Fiction

Author : Andrea Barrett
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2013-08-19
Description :  "[Andrea Barrett's] work stands out for its sheer intelligence…The overall effect is quietly dazzling."—New York Times Book Review<br /> Winner of the National Book Award for her collection of stories Ship Fever, Andrea Barrett has become one of our most admired and beloved writers. In this magnificent new book, she unfolds five pivotal moments in the lives of her characters and in the history of knowledge. <br />During the summer of 1908, twelve-year-old Constantine Boyd is witness to an explosion of home-spun investigation—from experiments with cave-dwelling fish without eyes to scientifically bred crops to motorized bicycles and the flight of an early aeroplane. In 1920, a popular science writer and young widow tries, immediately after the bloodbath of the First World War, to explain the new theory of relativity to an audience (herself included) desperate to believe in an “ether of space” housing spirits of the dead. Half a century earlier, in 1873, a famous biologist struggles to maintain his sense of the hierarchies of nature as Darwin’s new theory of evolution threatens to make him ridiculous in the eyes of a precocious student. The twentieth-century realms of science and war collide in the last two stories, as developments in genetics and X-ray technology that had once held so much promise fail to protect humans—among them, a young American soldier, Constantine Boyd, sent to Archangel, Russia, in 1919—from the failures of governments and from the brutality of war.<br /><br />In these brilliant fictions rich with fact, Barrett explores the thrill and sense of loss that come with scientific progress and the personal passions and impersonal politics that shape all human knowledge.

3 Ship Fever: Stories

Author : Andrea Barrett
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  1996-11-17
Description :  1996 National Book Award Winner for Fiction.<br /> The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving historical and fictional characters, they encompass both past and present as they negotiate the complex territory of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams. In "Ship Fever," the title novella, a young Canadian doctor finds himself at the center of one of history's most tragic epidemics. In "The English Pupil," Linnaeus, in old age, watches as the world he organized within his head slowly drifts beyond his reach. And in "The Littoral Zone," two marine biologists wonder whether their life-altering affair finally was worth it. In the tradition of Alice Munro and William Trevor, these exquisitely rendered fictions encompass whole lives in a brief space. As they move between interior and exterior journeys, "science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange and thrilling fictional material" (Boston Globe).

4 Servants of the Map: Stories

Author : Andrea Barrett
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2003-02-17
Description :  "Luminous....Each [story] is rich and independent and beautiful and should draw Barrett many new admirers."—Publishers Weekly, starred review<br /> Ranging across two centuries, and from the western Himalaya to an Adirondack village, these wonderfully imagined stories and novellas travel the territories of yearning and awakening, of loss and unexpected discovery. A mapper of the highest mountain peaks realizes his true obsession. A young woman afire with scientific curiosity must come to terms with a romantic fantasy. Brothers and sisters, torn apart at an early age, are beset by dreams of reunion. Throughout, Barrett's most characteristic theme—the happenings in that borderland between science and desire—unfolds in the diverse lives of unforgettable human beings. Although each richly layered tale stands independently, readers of Ship Fever (National Book Award winner) and Barrett's extraordinary novel The Voyage of the Narwhal, will discover subtle links both among these new stories and to characters in the earlier works.

5 The Air We Breathe: A Novel

Author : Andrea Barrett
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2008-10-17
Description :  "An evocative panorama of America...on the cusp of enormous change" (Newsday) by the National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever.<br /> In the fall of 1916, America prepares for war—but in the community of Tamarack Lake, the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the large public sanatorium. Prisoners of routine, they take solace in gossip, rumor, and—sometimes—secret attachments. But when the well-meaning efforts of one enterprising patient lead to a tragic accident and a terrible betrayal, the war comes home, bringing with it a surge of anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilante sentiment. Reading group guide included.

6 The Master of Ballantrae

Author : Robert Louis Stevenson & Andrea Barrett
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Romance  Historical  Historical 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2002-04-09
Description :  Stevenson’s brooding historical romance demonstrates his most abiding theme—the elemental struggle between good and evil—as it unfolds against a hauntingly beautiful Scottish landscape, amid the fierce loyalties and violent enmities that characterized Scottish history. When two brothers attempt to split their loyalties between the warring factions of the 1745 Jacobite rising, one family finds itself tragically divided. Stevenson’s remarkably vivid characterizations create an acutely moving, psychologically complex work; as Andrea Barrett points out in her Introduction, “The brothers’ characters, not the historical facts, shape the drama.”<br /><br />This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes illustrations reproduced from the original edition.

7 A Kite in the Wind

Author : Andrea Barrett & Peter Turchi
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $19.99
Release Date :  2011-04-15
Description :  <i>A Kite in the Wind</i> is an anthology of essays by 20 veteran writers and master teachers. While the contributors offer specific, practical advice on such fundamental aspects of craft as characterization, character names, the first person point of view, and unreliable narrators, they also give extended, thoughtful consideration to more sophisticated topics, including “imminence,” or the power of a sense of beginning; creating and maintaining tension; “lushness”; and the deliberate manipulation of information to create particular effects.<br /><br />The essays in <i>A Kite in the Wind</i> begin as personal investigations — attempts to understand why a decision in a particular story or novel seemed unsuccessful; to define a quality or problem that seemed either unrecognized or unsatisfactorily defined; to understand what, despite years of experience as a fiction writer, resisted comprehension; and to pursue haunting, even unanswerable questions.<br /><br />Unlike a how-to book, the anthology is less an instruction manual than it is an intimate visit with twenty very different writers as they explore topics that excite, intrigue, and even puzzle them. Each discussion uses specific examples and illustrations, including both canonical stories and novels and writing less frequently discussed, from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, by both American and international authors.<br /><br />The contributors share their hard-earned insights for beginning and advanced writers with humility, wit, and compassion. The first section of the book focuses on narration, with particular attention paid to various kinds of narrators; the second, on strategic creation and presentation of character; the third, on some of the roles of the visual, beginning with establishing setting; and the fourth, on structural and organizational issues, from movement through time to the manipulation of information to create mystery and suspense.

8 Tono-Bungay

Author : H.G. Wells & Andrea Barrett
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Science Fiction & Literature  High Tech 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2003-03-11
Description :  The story of an apprentice chemist whose uncle’s worthless medicine becomes a spectacular marketing success, <i>Tono-Bungay</i> earned H. G. Wells immediate acclaim when it appeared in 1909. It remains a sparkling chronicle of chicanery and human credulity, and is today regarded by many as Wells’s greatest novel. As Andrea Barrett observes in her Introduction, “Through its detailed, often brilliant descriptions and powerful imagery, [<i>Tono-Bungay</i>] slyly satirizes British imperial policy as a whole. . . . The insights into class, money, advertising, public relations, and the power of the press still ring horrifyingly true.”<br /><br />This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the original 1909 edition.

9 La fiebre negra

Author : Andrea Barrett
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2018-02-12
Description :  <b>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD</b><br />Un libro de relatos breves y elegantes sobre el amor a la ciencia y la ciencia del amor. Entretejiendo personajes históricos y de ficción, abarcan el pasado y el presente a medida que negocian el complejo territorio de la ambición, el fracaso, el logro y los sueños rotos.<br />Darwin, Linneo o Mendel aparecen en las páginas de estas historias mezclados con las vidas de parejas de ficción. La ciencia se transforma de hecho duro y conocido en material de ficción maleable, extraño y emocionante. La misma Andrea Barrett señala: "Siempre he estado muy interesada en los que practican la ciencia y en sus historias. Lo que más me interesa es la historia natural. En su apogeo, a mediados y finales del siglo XIX, cuando la gente salía y reunía los primeros grandes depósitos de datos e intentaba entender qué era lo que vivía y crecía en todas partes, había una sensación de frescura en esa búsqueda. Era muy emocionante".<br />En la tradición de Alice Munro y William Trevor, estas ficciones exquisitas abarcan vidas enteras en un breve espacio.



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