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By Robert Adams

Fourteen tremendous new experiences from the writer of A Love of Reading. Passionate, notion upsetting, and witty.

A Love of examining, the second one Collection comprises 14 new stories of recent classics from a discriminating, hugely interesting, and prodigiously well-read guide.

In a stimulating choice, starting from Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace to Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, and from Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain to Sheri Holman’s The gown Lodger, well known literary critic Robert Adams skilfully interweaves a nimble and enlightening dialogue of plot, subject matter, and characterization with attention-grabbing ancient, biographical, and literary context. Adams is time and again attracted to the spectacle of less-than-perfect people making their means in a opposed international, and therefore his studies are a highly pleasant mixture of wealthy pathos and considerable humour. within the phrases of the Calgary Herald, they're “a bibliophile’s dream.”

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B RE AKIN G B AD : F ITZ GE RA L D ’ S D E M IS E , 1 9 2 5 –1 9 4 0 41 Family roles were muddled when the traditional male role of breadwinner disappeared. Merely keeping families together during economic duress became difficult as people lost their jobs and homes. Some couples delayed weddings due to the uncertainty, while others put off divorce because they could not afford to separate. For many children, the Depression altered their role in maintaining family order. Children had to grow up faster during the crisis; many were forced to forgo formal schooling and get a job at an early age while also often taking on parental roles to provide solace to those within their own families.

In Pittsburgh, a man stole a loaf of bread to feed his children, and then later hanged himself in shame. In New York City, hundreds of thousands of unemployed or underemployed workers turned to soup kitchens. 25 million people on relief. Even more telling is that another one million were eligible for relief but did not accept it. Some six thousand New Yorkers attempted to make ends meet by selling apples on the streets. But by the end of 1931, most street vendors were gone. Grocery store sales dropped by 50 percent during the Depression.

Thus, many in the newly moneyed class relied on stocks and a line of credit to finance their lifestyles. The banking industry held a great deal of power determining the economic fortunes of the nation. The “get rich quick” mentality—similar to the go-go days of the Internet bubble in the late 1990s—lured people into the market who hoped for the big score that would take them away from everyday toil. World War I bond drives demonstrated the power of investment and the idea of a quick hit that would put an investor on easy street.

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