Any Ordinary Day

Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don't know we have.

Author: Leigh Sales

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 1760893633

Category: Disaster victims

Page: 272

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As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality - sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event. What are our chances of actually experiencing one? What do we fear most and why? And when the worst does happen, what comes next?In this wise and layered book, Leigh talks intimately with people who've faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. Leigh brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness. Along the way, she offers an unguarded account of her own challenges and what she's learned about coping with life's unexpected blows.Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don't know we have.

An Ordinary Day

An ordinary day in an ordinary neighborhood turns out to be quite extraordinary in this moving story about the circle of life.

Author: Elana K. Arnold

Publisher: Beach Lane Books

ISBN: 1481472623

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 862

An ordinary day in an ordinary neighborhood turns out to be quite extraordinary in this moving story about the circle of life. It’s an average day in the neighborhood—children play, roses are watered, and a crow watches over it all. But then two visitors arrive at two houses, one to help a family say hello to a new baby and one to help a family say goodbye to a beloved pet. This sensitive picture book takes a gentle look at life, death, the bonds of family, and the extraordinary moments that make ordinary days so special.

Just an Ordinary Day

Here are tales of torment, psychological aberration, and the macabre, as well as those that display her lighter touch with humorous scenes of domestic life.

Author: Shirley Jackson

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307573591

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 131

“Jackson at her best: plumbing the extraordinary from the depths of mid-twentieth-century common. [Just an Ordinary Day] is a gift to a new generation.”—San Francisco Chronicle Acclaimed in her own time for her short story “The Lottery” and her novel The Haunting of Hill House—classics ranking with the work of Edgar Allan Poe—Shirley Jackson blazed a path for contemporary writers with her explorations of evil, madness, and cruelty. Soon after her untimely death in 1965, Jackson’s children discovered a treasure trove of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, many of which are brought together in this remarkable collection. Here are tales of torment, psychological aberration, and the macabre, as well as those that display her lighter touch with humorous scenes of domestic life. Reflecting the range and complexity of Jackson’s talent, Just an Ordinary Day reaffirms her enduring influence and celebrates her singular voice, rich with magic and resonance. Praise for Shirley Jackson “[Jackson’s] work exerts an enduring spell.”—Joyce Carol Oates “Shirley Jackson’s stories are among the most terrifying ever written.”—Donna Tartt “An amazing writer . . . If you haven’t read [Jackson] you have missed out on something marvelous.”—Neil Gaiman “Shirley Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders.”—Dorothy Parker “An author who not only writes beautifully but who knows what there is, in this world, to be scared of.”—Francine Prose “The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable.”—A. M. Homes “Jackson enjoyed notoriety and commercial success within her lifetime, and yet it still hardly seems like enough for a writer so singular. When I meet readers and other writers of my generation, I find that mentioning her is like uttering a holy name.”—Victor LaValle

What Looks LIke Crazy On an Ordinary Day

Acclaimed playwright, essayist, New York Times bestselling author, and columnist Pearl Cleage has created a world rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate understanding, in a remarkable novel that sizzles with sensuality, ...

Author: Pearl Cleage

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780061710384

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 606

After a decade of elegant pleasures and luxe living with the Atlanta brothers and sisters with the best clothes and biggest dreams, Ava Johnson has temporarily returned home to Idlewild—her fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits by cold reality. But what she imagines to be the end is, instead, a beginning. Because, in the ten-plus years since Ava left, all the problems of the big city have come to roost in the sleepy North Michigan community whose ordinariness once drove her away; and she cannot turn her back on friends and family who sorely need her in the face of impending trouble and tragedy. Besides which, that one unthinkable, unmistakable thing is now happening to her: Ava Johnson is falling in love. Acclaimed playwright, essayist, New York Times bestselling author, and columnist Pearl Cleage has created a world rich in character, human drama, and deep, compassionate understanding, in a remarkable novel that sizzles with sensuality, hums with gritty truth, and sings and crackles with life-affirming energy.

National Regular Average Ordinary Day

Even the regular, average, ordinary days can be celebrated with this charming picture book!

Author: Lisa Katzenberger

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 152479242X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 846

Even the regular, average, ordinary days can be celebrated with this charming picture book! Peter does not like being bored, so he comes up with a way to have some festive fun--he'll celebrate a different holiday each day! He even rates them on a scale of 1 to 10. But when he wakes up one morning to discover there isn't any holiday, he realizes he'll have to take matters into his own hands and make up his own! That's easier said than done, though, and nothing seems to go right--until Peter realizes that even a regular, average, ordinary day can be something worth celebrating.

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

It was an ordinary day, just like any other, and an ordinary boy made his ordinary way to his ordinary school. he had no idea that something extraordinary was about to happen.

Author: Colin McNaughton

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1842704699

Category: Children's stories

Page: 32

View: 102

It was an ordinary day, just like any other, and an ordinary boy made his ordinary way to his ordinary school. he had no idea that something extraordinary was about to happen.

Just an Ordinary Day

... that had not happened every day of the six years she had been working for Mr Lang. ... wrapped in brown paper and tied with an ordinary strong cord.

Author: Shirley Jackson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241257956

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 524

A remarkable collection of dark, funny and haunting short stories from the inimitable author of 'The Lottery'. An anxious devil, an elderly writer of poison pen letters and a mid-century Jack the Ripper; a pursuit though a nightmarish city, a small boy's thrilling train ride with a female thief, and a town where the possibility of evil lurks behind perfect rose bushes. This is the world of Shirley Jackson, by turns frightening, funny, strange and unforgettably revealed in this brilliant collection of short stories. 'Jackson at her best: plumbing the extraordinary from the depths of mid-twentieth-century common. [Just an Ordinary Day] is a gift to a new generation' - San Francisco Chronicle 'For Jackson devotees, as well as first-time readers, this is a feast ... A virtuoso collection' - Publishers Weekly




An Ordinary Day

Libby Gleeson's text cleverly combines Jack's observations with his thoughts, and Armin Greder illustrates the story with striking use of charcoal and pastels.

Author: Libby Gleeson

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781865043586

Category: Australian fiction

Page: 32

View: 548

Nothing could improve the everyday, grey day walk to school for Jack - except perhaps his imagination. Libby Gleeson's text cleverly combines Jack's observations with his thoughts, and Armin Greder illustrates the story with striking use of charcoal and pastels.

Extraordinary Touches for an Ordinary Day

Hundreds of inexpensive ideas can make every day special for your family and any space a fun place for your guests.

Author: Jo Packham

Publisher: Chapelle

ISBN: 9781402713835

Category: House & Home

Page: 144

View: 515

Hundreds of inexpensive ideas can make every day special for your family and any space a fun place for your guests. Simple tips range from placing fragrant, tasty fruit in bowls around the house to leaving flowers and books in the guest room. Bring out favorite objects for a romantic dining display when you entertain a lover, or heirlooms during holiday parties. For everyday freshness, maximize natural light and fresh air, and make quick emergency sweeps before company arrives. It’s the special, thoughtful features that clearly show you care. A Selection of Country Homes & Gardens Book Club.

An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days

But I'm fairly focused, and by 4:30 on an ordinary day, the book is fifteen hundred new words to the good, and I'm moderately happy with the work. january ...

Author: Susan Wittig Albert

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292723067

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 221

View: 603

"In An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days, best-selling mystery novelist Susan Wittig Albert invites us to revisit one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory, 2008, through the lens of 365 ordinary days in which her reading, writing, and thinkingabout issues in the wider world--from wars and economic recession to climate change--caused her to reconsider and reshape daily practices in her personal life. Albert's journal provides an engaging account of how the business of being a successful working writer blends with her rural life in the Texas Hill Country and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. As her eclectic daily reading ranges across topics from economics, food production, and oil and energy policy to poetry, place, and the writinglife, Albert becomes increasingly concerned about the natural world and the threats facing it, especially climate change and resource depletion. Asking herself, 'What does it mean? And what should I do about it",' she determines practical steps to take, such as growing more food in her garden, and also helps us to readers make sense of these issues and consider what our own responses might be. A thoughtful and thought-provoking 'book of days,' amplified with reading lists and quotations from a wide diversity of writers, An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days is a must-have addition for everyone's collection of writers' journals"--Cover, p. 4.

The Most Extraordinary Ordinary Day

Amanda will have you seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary things around you!

Author: Jeanette Bonfiglio

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781733334242

Category:

Page: 42

View: 961

Amanda will have you seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary things around you! Amanda's day begins like any other . . . but in Amanda's imagination, it quickly turns into an astonishing, spectacular, extraordinary day! Simple things like getting dressed for school and playing in the yard become royal events. One by one a parade of irresistibly colorful illustrations greets readers with intrigue. But what will Amanda imagine next? Readers will have to keep turning pages to find out!

A Study Guide for Shirley Jackson s One Ordinary Day with Peanuts

In "One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts," the peanuts are an important symbol for generosity and goodness. Mr. Johnson fills his pockets with candy and peanuts ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410354709

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 22

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A Study Guide for Shirley Jackson's "One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.


The Extraordinary Tale Of An Ordinary Boy

All the way to school he was speaking to every animal he could see, ... He had a very ordinary day that day except that he kept drifting into a daydream ...

Author: Stuart Paton

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467009881

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 112

View: 333

Freddy Bloomenberg is a very ordinary boy but when he discovers a hidden entrance to a mysterious land at the bottom of his own garden then the most extraordinary tale begins. Follow Freddy as he meets new friends, fights new enemies and most importantly as he discovers a land more extraordinary than his wildest dreams.

An Ordinary Age

"In conversation with young adults and experts alike, journalist Rainesford Stauffer explores how the incessant pursuit of a "best life" has put extraordinary pressure on young adults today, across our personal and professional lives--and ...

Author: Rainesford Stauffer

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 9780062998989

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

View: 462

In conversation with young adults and experts alike, journalist Rainesford Stauffer explores how the incessant pursuit of a "best life" has put extraordinary pressure on young adults today, across their personal and professional lives--and how ordinary, meaningful experiences may instead be the foundation of a fulfilled and contented life. Young adulthood: the time of our lives when, theoretically, anything can happen, and the pressure is on to make sure everything does. Social media has long been the scapegoat for a generation of unhappy young people, but perhaps the forces working beneath us--wage stagnation, student debt, perfectionism, and inflated costs of living--have a larger, more detrimental impact on the world we post to our feeds. An Ordinary Age puts young adults at the center as Rainesford Stauffer examines our obsessive need to live and post our #bestlife, and the culture that has defined that life on narrow, and often unattainable, terms. From the now required slate of (often unpaid) internships, to the loneliness epidemic, to the stress of "finding yourself" through school, work, and hobbies--the world is demanding more of young people these days than ever before. And worse, it's leaving little room for young people to ask the big questions about who they want to be, and what makes a life feel meaningful. Perhaps we're losing sight of the things that fulfill us: strong relationships, real roots in a community, and the ability to question how we want our lives to look and feel, even when that's different from what we see on the 'Gram. Stauffer makes the case that many of our most formative young adult moments are the ordinary ones: finding our people and sticking with them, learning to care for ourselves on our own terms, and figuring out who we are when the other stuff--the GPAs, job titles, the filters--fall away.


Out of the Ordinary

But she nonetheless starkly disagreed with Orwell and colleagues as to what such an ordinary day might look like. She had no time for the notion that there ...

Author: Marc Stears

Publisher: Belknap Press

ISBN: 0674743873

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

View: 660

From the end of WWI to the 1950s, a group of British writers and artists including George Orwell, Barbara Jones, and Dylan Thomas forged a politics that resisted the empty idealism of their age. Celebrating the wisdom and pragmatism of ordinary life, they offered a remedy for the destructive polarization that afflicts us again today.