'American literature and the short story might be said to have come of age at about the same time, and this, along with something in the bustling and energetic American temperament, might go some way towards explaining why the two go together as well as they do.' Twenty-one short stories from some of the best American writers over the last two hundred years provide a mesmerizing, multi-faceted portrait of a country, a people and the unique literature produced by this most exuberant of nations.
How should one reply to an invitation or behave at a Hindu wedding, or select an appropriate anniversary gift, or write a letter of condolence, or eat tricky foods like artichokes? The Penguin Book of Etiquette is the definitive guide to modern manners in Australia. Entertaining and witty, it guides the reader through the appropriate codes of conduct for every occasion in a person's life from the cradle to the grave. From birth to baptism, engagement, marriage, entertaining, serving wine, making introductions, choosing clothes, behaving at the office, writing letters, issuing invitations, and attending funerals. The colourful traditions and religious customs of different cultures are a feature of this book, and reflect contemporary multicultural Australia. Other prevalent social dilemmas such as the use of mobile phones, illegal social drugs, voicemail and the Internet are also covered. The Penguin Book of Etiquette is a necessary reference for every home, and the perfect gift for 21st birthdays, engagements and weddings.
Choosing a name for your child has never been easier The Penguin Book of Hindu Names has sold over 50,000 copies since it was published almost a decade ago. The product of several years of research, it is an exhaustive and user-friendly compilation, with information on sources and usage. For the first time, this classic work is available in a two-volume set, divided into names for boys and those for girls, making it more accessible. Including modern names and those which are popular, The Penguin Book of Hindu Names for Boys serves as a practical guide for choosing the perfect name for your son. It is also a precise and invaluable sourcebook for scholars and lay readers alike who would like to know what familiar (and not so familiar) Hindu names actually mean.
Over the last few decades Caribbean writers - performance poets, newspaper poets, singer-songwriters - have created a genuinely popular art form, a poetry heard by audiences all over the world. At the same time, even at its most literary, Caribbean poetry shares the vigour of the oral tradition. Writers like Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott, and many other exciting new voices, are exploring ways of capturing the vitality of the spoken word on the page. Both of these traditions are represented in this lively anthology, which traces Caribbean verse from its roots to the present.
This fantastically varied and exciting collection celebrates the great Japanese short story, from its modern origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable works being written today. Short story writers already well-known to English-language readers are all included here - Tanizaki, Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima, Kawabata - but also many surprising new finds. From Yuko Tsushima's 'Flames' to Yuten Sawanishi's 'Filling Up with Sugar', from Shin'ichi Hoshi's 'Shoulder-Top Secretary' to Banana Yoshimoto's 'Bee Honey', The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is filled with fear, charm, beauty and comedy. Curated by Jay Rubin, who has himself freshly translated several of the stories, and introduced by Haruki Murakami, this book will be a revelation to its readers.