Awkward must be on the other side of content, which would suggest that awkward is the place where we reside most of the time even though it assumes an unusual or cockeyed state. Of course there are degrees and types of discomfort, ...

Author: Mary Cappello

Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press

ISBN: 1934137901

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Los Angeles Times Bestseller “Mary Cappello[’s] inventive, associative taxonomy of discomfort . . . [is] revelatory indeed.” —MARK DOTY, author of Dog Years: A Memoir and Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems “A wonderful, multi-layered piece of writing, with all the insight of great cultural criticism and all the emotional pull of memoir. A fascinating book.” —SARAH WATERS, author of The Night Watch and The Little Stranger Without awkwardness we would not know grace, stability, or balance. Yet no one before Mary Cappello has turned such a penetrating gaze on this misunderstood condition. Fearlessly exploring the ambiguous borders of identity, she mines her own life journeys—from Russia, to Italy, to the far corners of her heart and the depths of a literary or cinematic text—to decipher the powerful messages that awkwardness can transmit. Mary Cappello is the author of four books of literary nonfiction, including Awkward: A Detour, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life, which won a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award and an Independent Publishers Prize, and Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them. Professor of English at the University of Rhode Island, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island and Lucerne-in-Maine, Maine.


Evade the Awkward. Lie. Lie some more. Be passive-aggressive. Run away. Hide. Basically, do everything but actually communicate in a mature manner. Be Honestly Awkward. Sometimes the un-sugarcoated, unfiltered truth is the only way out.

Author: Sam Scholfield

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1615191402

Category: Humor

Page: 272

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No One Is Safe from Awkward! Ending a first date that falls flat. Drunk-texting your boss. Walking in when your roommate is getting it on. Running into the person you just dumped . . . in the grocery store, an hour after it went down. Awkward bombs can drop anytime, anywhere, and with anyone—people you don’t know, people you see occasionally, and people you see every day. They can sneak up on you and explode in the most unexpected of places, so they’re basically impossible to avoid. The vast majority of us don’t have the wherewithal to gracefully handle the truly and totally awkward as it unfolds. We only realize what we should have said after the fact—when the damage has already been done and we’re a hot mess of embarrassment, red ears, and nervous sweat stains. But author Sam Scholfield has survived more than two decades of embarrassing encounters—and now, in an act of extreme generosity, has set down a wealth of witty comebacks, surefire distraction techniques, and suave evasion strategies so that future generations may take heed and dodge the Awkward Monster before it strikes! So how do you avoid the epic cluster of drama that can result when awkward situations are handled badly? You read this book.

Beyond Awkward

I had unconsciously made a choice that I wasn't going to risk being an awkward zealot. Instead I lived in an awkward silence. And my awkward silence yielded the same results as my years as an awkward zealot: I was pointing almost no one ...

Author: Beau Crosetto

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830897054

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 665

We love to share good news with the world—a great restaurant, a coveted promotion, a new baby—and that makes us evangelists for many things. So why don't we do the same with Jesus? Simply put, talking about Jesus is awkward. Yet when we brave the awkwardness, we see God work. Beau Crosetto helps us move out of our comfort zones and beyond the awkwardness to share the life-transforming power of God with others.

Awkward Powers Escaping Traditional Great and Middle Power Theory

The conclusions of these particular approaches complement the broader enquiries carried out in other chapters, and once assessed together they are able to provide a nuanced image of the awkward powers' concept which we have advanced in ...

Author: Gabriele Abbondanza

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9811603707

Category: Political Science

Page: 410

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This book introduces the editors’ new concept of “Awkward Powers”. By undertaking a critical re-examination of the state of International Relations theorising on the changing nature of the global power hierarchy, it draws attention to a number of countries that fit awkwardly into existing but outdated categories such as “great power” and “middle power”. It argues that conceptual categories pertaining to the apex of the international hierarchy have become increasingly unsatisfactory, and that new approaches focusing on such “Awkward Powers” can both rectify shortcomings on power theorising whilst shining a much-needed theoretical spotlight on significant but understudied states. The book’s contributors examine a broad range of empirical case studies, including both established and rising powers across a global scale to illustrate our conceptual claims. Through such a novel process, we argue that a better appreciation of the de facto international power hierarchy in the 21st century can be achieved.

Documentary s Awkward Turn

It examines awkward moments in documentary film and media that include deliberate rhetorical strategies, inadvertent but revealing ruptures, and radical efforts at destabilizing existing documentary conventions and producing new ...

Author: Jason Middleton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317952200

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

View: 440

Despite the prominence of "awkwardness" as cultural buzzword and descriptor of a sub-genre of contemporary film and television comedy, it has yet to be adequately theorized in academic film and media studies. Documentary’s Awkward Turn contributes a new critical paradigm to the field by presenting an analysis of awkward moments in documentary film and other reality-based media formats. It examines difficult and disrupted encounters between social actors on the screen, between filmmaker and subject, and between film and spectator. These encounters are, of course, often inter-connected. Awkward moments occur when an established mode of representation or reception is unexpectedly challenged, stalled, or altered: when an interviewee suddenly confronts the interviewer, when a subject who had been comfortable on camera begins to feel trapped in the frame, when a film perceived as a documentary turns out to be a parodic mockumentary. This book makes visible the ways in which awkwardness connects and subtends a range of transformative textual strategies, political and ethical problematics, and modalities of spectatorship in documentary film and media from the 1970s to the present.

The Quick Intriguingly Awkward Guide

After you have identified your awkward self you now need to accept it once you get past your denial stage. Harken are we talking awkward or AA meeting here? As I was saying, accepting the fact that you are awkward will make your life a ...

Author: Harken Headers

Publisher: Harken Headers


Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 21

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Harken Headers presents to you a quick guide on how to be Intriguingly Awkward and good at it. No more shy, timid and well...awkward moments after you read this step by step guide book on gaining confidence with your quirky side.

Summary of Ty Tashiro s Awkward

Awkward people must understand that their awkwardness is not the entire reason they are not liked, but rather it is a few minutes of interaction that give away their un-likability. #12 My parents had to teach me how to navigate social ...

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC


Category: Psychology

Page: 23

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Awkward people see the world differently from non-awkward people. They are more likely to choose Silicon Valley or physics theory over sales or customer relations, but they can be found across a wide range of professions. #2 Awkward people are a passionate bunch who are obsessed with the things that interest them. They are good at seeing details, picking up on patterns in those details, and taking a systematic approach to problems. #3 Awkward people are often given well-intentioned advice such as Just put yourself out there, but for awkward individuals, this advice does not make sense. They think that being themselves means being awkward, and they doubt that kids are jealous of their social life. #4 There is a wealth of scientific research about social awkwardness, but it can be difficult to understand it all. I have tried to be fair about summarizing the theories and research findings in the book, but I constantly had to keep in mind that awkward people are prone to becoming so enthused by an area of interest that they begin lecturing others about uninteresting minutiae.

The Awkward Age

Shouting would be awkward as she still had in her retainer, but she was too cross to pause and remove it. “Who says? You can't actually control everything we do, we're adults.” “Adults! This is precisely the opposite of adult behavior.

Author: Francesca Segal

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399576479

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 644

"A very smart, soulful, compelling, elegantly written domestic novel about a wedged-together family, and what can go wrong when teenage children decide they have minds (and hormones) of their own." —Nick Hornby “A spry and accomplished comedy of manners.” —The New York Times Book Review “They've chosen the one thing that will make our family life impossible. It's genius really, when you think about it. It's the perfect sabotage.” Julia Alden has fallen deeply, unexpectedly in love. American obstetrician James is everything she didn't know she wanted--if only her teenage daughter, Gwen, didn't hate him so much. Uniting two households is never easy, but when Gwen turns for comfort to James's seventeen-year-old son, Nathan, the consequences will test her mother's loyalty and threaten all their fragile new happiness. This is a moving and powerful novel about the modern family: about starting over; about love, guilt, and generosity; about building something beautiful amid the mess and complexity of what came before. It is a story about standing by the ones we love, even while they make mistakes. We would give anything to make our children happy. But how much should they ask?

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

AWKWARD. BLACK. GIRL. “A book ripe with insights for the awkward among us.” —Cosmo “With Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa shows us why she is the queen of media and why we need a multiplicity of voices in the media.

Author: Issa Rae

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476749078

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 487

"A collection of humorous essays on what it's like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and Black as cool ... [from] Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning ... series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl"--

The Awkward Spaces of Fathering

Mapping fathering as a celebration – as I try to do in this book – is to embrace this awkwardness and incoherency. The Awkward Spaces of Fathering The book elaborates the awkward spaces of fathering through diverse geographical stories.

Author: Professor Stuart C Aitken

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409488098

Category: Science

Page: 268

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Societal notions of fathers have evolved from the distant breadwinner through genial dad and masculine role model to today's equal co-parent. This book seeks to explore the spaces and movements of men-as-fathers. Weaving together theories of space, sexuality and political identity with the stories of fathers from a range of sources, including popular culture, it discusses the way in which geographies of space can disconnect and disempower fathers, while societal notions marginalize and disassociate them from raising children. It explores how fathering identities are shaped by family and community spaces and aims to move the definition of 'fathering' beyond its definition in opposition to 'mothering'. In doing so, it provides insights into the contradictory nature of father's lives and argues that, rather than moving away from the traditional notions of masculine roles, that the emotional work of fathering in itself is an heroic act.