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The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics
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The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics

An intimate and hilarious look inside the spin room of the modern politician: a place where ideals are crushed, English is mangled, people are humiliated, and the opportunity for humor is everywhere.
Everyone knows this kind of politician: a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesn’t have to live by the rules. Through his own experience as the speechwriter for a controversial governor, Barton Swaim tells the story of a band of believers who attach themselves to this sort of ambitious narcissist—and what happens when it all comes crashing down.
 
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Tags: politician, Swaim, tells, story, believers
Phonics Tales: Mouse in the House (OU)
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Phonics Tales: Mouse in the House (OU)Phonics Tales: Mouse in the House (OU)

A mouse is in the house! He bounds off the counter, then devours a thousand Sour Gummy Worms. And that's just for starters!
A full-color read-aloud storybook tale, specifically designed to teach phonics in a fun and focused way. This story features the "ou" phonics element!
 
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Tags: phonics, focused, story, teach, designed, House, Mouse, Phonics, Tales
Phonics Tales: The Best Nest (Short E)
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Phonics Tales: The Best Nest (Short E)Phonics Tales: The Best Nest (Short E)

Jen is headed west to find a home. But which nest is best for this little red hen?
A full-color read-aloud storybook tale, specifically designed to teach phonics in a fun and focused way. This story features the short e vowe!
 
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Tags: features, story, focused, short, Phonics, Short, Tales, phonics, teach
Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction
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Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction

“Writing is structure,” William Goldman said, but too often aspiring writers plunge into their work without grasping this fundamental principle. Story structure is one of the most important concepts for a writer to understand—and ironically, one of the least frequently taught. In this book, New York Times-bestselling author William Bernhardt explains the elements that make stories work, using examples spanning from Gilgamesh to The Hunger Games. In each chapter, he introduces essential concepts in a direct and easily comprehended manner. Most importantly, Bernhardt demonstrates how you can apply these ideas to improve your own writing.
 
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Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life
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Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life

All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt, despite what you might have heard elsewhere. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, but what does that mean, and how can you use that fundamental principle to create dynamic fiction that will captivate readers? This book explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story. Using examples spanning from The Odyssey to The Da Vinci Code, Bernhardt discusses the art of character creation in a direct and easily comprehended manner.
 
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Tags: character, fiction, Bernhardt, readers, story
Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey
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Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero's Journey

Even the most unique and interesting characters will not engage readers if their journey—the plot—fails. In this book, bestselling author William Bernhardt reveals the secrets that will keep readers riveted to the page. He explains the importance of matching character to plot and the key distinction between surprise and coincidence. Bernhardt discusses how to enrich your story by layering three levels of conflict and, in the final chapter, analyzes the primary plot structures that have delighted readers since the first story was told.
 
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Tags: readers, Bernhardt, story, conflict, chapter
American History - October 2015
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American History - October 2015

American History Magazine from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the celebration of 224 years of glorious freedom, American History explores and examines the changing times and growing history of the United States. In-depth articles and engaging essays from top historians and journalists give readers a complete overview of a never-ending story: the story of America.
 
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Tags: History, American, story, essays, historians