Описание: A New York Times Notable Book A Daily Beast Best Book of the Year A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year From elementary school on, Walter Kirn knew how to stay at the top of his class: He clapped erasers, memorized answer keys, and parroted his teachers' pet theories. But when he launched himself eastward to an Ivy League university, Kirn discovered that the temple of higher learning he had expected was instead just another arena for more gamesmanship, snobbery, and social climbing. In this whip-smart memoir of kissing-up, cramming, and competition, Lost in the Meritocracy reckons the costs of an educational system where the point is simply to keep accumulating points and never to look back--or within.
Автор: Kirn, Walter Название: Up in the air ISBN: 1848543271 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781848543270 Издательство: Hodder Рейтинг: Цена: 710 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Ryan Bingham`s job as a Career Transition Counselor (he fires people) has kept him airborne for years. He hates his job, but loves `Airworld`, finding happiness in pressurized cabins and anonymous hotel rooms, and pursuing a noble ultimate goal: one million frequent flier miles. With sharp wit, and wisdom, `Up in the Air` combines brilliant social observation with an acute sense of the modern mind. It is a story for unsettled times.
Автор: Kirn Walter Название: Blood Will Out ISBN: 1472119355 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781472119353 Издательство: Little, Brown Рейтинг: Цена: 1320 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: An In Cold Blood for our time, a chilling, compulsive story of a writer unwittingly caught in the wake of a grifter-turned-murderer.
Автор: Kirn Walter Название: Up in the Air ISBN: 0307713903 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780307713902 Издательство: Random House (USA) Цена: 1709 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Автор: Kirn Walter Название: Up in the Air ISBN: 0307476286 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780307476289 Издательство: Random House (USA) Цена: 1022 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Автор: Kirn, Walter Название: Up in the Air ISBN: 0385722370 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780385722377 Издательство: Random House (USA) Цена: 1094 р. Наличие на складе: Есть у поставщика Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Ryan Bingham's job as a Career Transition Counselor-he fires people-has kept him airborne for years. Although he has come to despise his line of work, he has come to love the culture of what he calls "Airworld," finding contentment within pressurized cabins, anonymous hotel rooms, and a wardrobe of wrinkle-free slacks. With a letter of resignation sitting on his boss's desk, and the hope of a job with a mysterious consulting firm, Ryan Bingham is agonizingly close to his ultimate goal, his Holy Grail: one million frequent flier miles. But before he achieves this long-desired freedom, conditions begin to deteriorate. With perception, wit, and wisdom, Up in the Aircombines brilliant social observation with an acute sense of the psychic costs of our rootless existence, and confirms Walter Kirn as one of the most savvy chroniclers of American life.
Автор: Kirn, Walter Название: Thumbsucker ISBN: 0385497091 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780385497091 Издательство: Random House (USA) Цена: 1091 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: This eighties-centric, Ritalin-fueled, pitch-perfect comic novel by a writer to watch brings energy and originality to the classic Midwestern coming-of-age story.Meet Justin Cobb, "the King Kong of oral obsessives" (as his dentist dubs him) and the most appealingly bright and screwed-up fictional adolescent since Holden Caulfield donned his hunter's cap. For years, no remedy--not orthodontia, not the escalating threats of his father, Mike, a washed-out linebacker turned sporting goods entrepreneur, not the noxious cayenne pepper-based Suk-No-Mor--can cure Justin's thumbsucking habit.Then a course of hypnosis seemingly does the trick, but true to the conservation of neurotic energy, the problem doesn't so much disappear as relocate. Sex, substance abuse, speech team, fly-fishing, honest work, even Mormonism--Justin throws himself into each pursuit with a hyperactive energy that even his daily Ritalin dose does little to blunt.Each time, however, he discovers that there is no escaping the unruly imperatives of his self and the confines of his deeply eccentric family. The only "cure" for the adolescent condition is time and distance.Always funny, sometimes hilariously so, occasionally poignant, and even disturbing, deeply wise on the vexed subject of fathers and sons, Walter Kirn's Thumbsucker is an utterly fresh and all-American take on the painful process of growing up.
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