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For good or ill—on the page or in life—few things are more alluring than the siren song of a secret. Secrets can bind us together or rip us apart—but one thing’s for sure: they make a great story.
At the heart of each story in this genre-crossing collection lies a secret. A boy who is not a boy at all, a neighbor with a mysterious ability, a first love that isn’t what it seems, a girl who leaves her scarred and broken heart at the bottom of a river.
Friendships, first loves, revenge and betrayals—the characters in these stories are tortured by the secrets they’ve kept and the lies they’ve told—can they each find redemption as they learn to separate the wicked from the wise?
Wicked South: Secrets and Lies is an anthology featuring young adult stories by authors from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Contributors are New York Times Bestselling author Emily Colin, Elizabeth DeVido, award-winning author Lauren Faulkenberry, Amy Hyatt Fonseca, Lauren Fulcher, award-winning author Robin Kirk, John Klekamp, Karissa Laurel, and Katie Rose Guest Pryal.
A portion of the proceeds from Wicked South will benefit literacy programs at El Centro Hispano (elcentronc.org) in Durham, North Carolina.
“Menacing fairy folk and locker room monsters. Forbidden love and time-traveling adventures. The nine twisty tales in Wicked South: Secrets and Lies take readers to atmospheric corners of the American South (and beyond) filled with heartfelt characters and alluring mysteries.” -John Claude Bemis, award-winning author of The Wooden Prince and The Clockwork Dark Trilogy
The Complete Legal Writer lives up to its name, providing everything legal research and writing professors and students need in a textbook, including citation literacy, research skills, writing process, a wide range of legal documents, and more. Using the cutting-edge Genre Discovery Approach, this book teaches students to guide themselves through the process of writing unfamiliar legal document types and thereby prepares students to write independently in upper-level classes and the workplace.
To aid in teaching Genre Discovery, the authors provide three exacting samples of each document type covered in the book, a rhetorical analysis of each document type, and specific questions to guide students as they study the samples. The Complete Legal Writer covers document types that are traditionally taught in the first year, such as office memos and appellate briefs, as well as document types taught in upper-level and non-traditional first-year curricula, including trial briefs, demand letters, and employer blog posts.
Furthermore, this book covers an essential skill for all legal writing classes: giving and receiving feedback. In addition to explaining how to give feedback to and receive feedback from peers, an important skill given the rise of peer-feedback practices in the LRW classroom, The Complete Legal Writer also covers how to receive and implement feedback from professors and workplace supervisors in order to improve both a particular document and future documents.
“The Complete Legal Writer lives up to its name: it presents a comprehensive, fresh, and intuitive approach to teaching legal writing that invites students to confidently and enthusiastically cross the divide between their prior writing experiences and the world of legal writing. By giving students the tools they need to critically examine the documents that lawyers write, the authors’ genre-discovery approach empowers students to meet (and exceed) the expectations of their new reading audience, even when they are faced with the challenge of writing a document they may not have seen before. With the text’s warm tone, humorous touches, and vivid examples, the authors have hit a homerun that will engage faculty and students alike while arming students with skills they will use throughout their professional lives.” — Ruth Ann McKinney, Emerita Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
“This uniquely reader-centered text indeed empowers students to grow into complete legal writers. The authors gently yet firmly guide students through “genre discovery”: careful study of sample legal documents, by which students construct for themselves the conceptual frameworks that writers of such documents need. Students thus till the soil, plant seeds of understanding, and harvest their own insights—and thereby enjoy “ground-up” rather than “top-down” learning that is refreshingly autonomous and remarkably effective.” — Craig T. Smith, Assistant Dean for the Writing and Learning Resources Center and Clinical Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
"The Complete Legal Writer promises much and delivers more. The text covers fundamental concepts including legal logic and analysis, research methodology, the writing process, and citation literacy. The overall tone is refreshingly readable and will undoubtedly resonate with students. What sets the text apart is not the wide variety of sample legal documents offered, but its potential to equip students with a method of evaluating all documents/genres using an approach that will prepare them to write and
"Me too. It happened to me too."
More than one in five women and 5 percent of men are sexually assaulted while at college. Some survivors are coming forward; others are not. In We Believe You, students from every kind of college and university—large and small, public and private, highly selective and less so—share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism, representing a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration statuses, interests, capacities, and loves. Theirs is a bold, irrefutable sampling of voices and stories that should speak to all.
Higher education has changed—and we have to change with it. The Freelance Academic will show you how.
When Katie Pryal started her career in higher education, she did everything right—she thought. With a law degree, a doctorate, and a federal clerkship, how could her career go off track? But this is higher ed in the new millennium. “Off track” is the new normal. So, slowly, she made her own career, one she dubbed “the freelance academic” in a long-running column in The Chronicle of Higher Education of the same name.
Five years after leaving academia, Pryal has created a living for herself. In The Freelance Academic, she tells her story and provides accurate (and sometimes blistering) critique of how higher ed has pushed its workforce to the margins. Best of all, she gives plain, practical advice for how to make the career you want, one that uses your strengths, and your creativity, to thrive.
“With candor and vulnerability, Pryal shares her own experiences and hard-fought wisdom to make a compelling case for a rewarding professional life beyond the walls of traditional academia.” -Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning novelist and author of Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning from the Practice of Law—and Back Again
“An indictment of how the academy squanders talent by embracing the gig economy through contingent labor and the devaluation of teaching. A new, necessary book.” -Catherine J. Prendergast, Ph.D., author of Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World
Early in her career, Katie Pryal learned that being a professor isn’t easy if your brain isn’t quite right.
“I was a junior in college when I finally realized that I was different in a way that my medically inclined parents would call ‘clinical.’”
In these deeply personal, fiery essays, Pryal tells her story of transformation that began the moment she chose to publicly disclose her own mental illness and leave her career in higher education to begin fighting for a better world for people with psychiatric disabilities. The stories she tells are universal: the fear of stigma, the fight for accommodations, and the raw reality of living with mental illness in a world that pushes mental health to the margins.
People carelessly call each other “schizo” and “bipolar.” A colleague is fired for “instability.” Pryal learned that, as a psychiatrically disabled person working in higher education, her very livelihood could be stripped away by the groundless suspicions of others.
But the problem persists beyond academia.
With candor and grace, these essays discuss the disclosure of disabilities, accommodations and accessibility, how to be a good abled friend to a disabled person, the trigger warnings debate, and more. While harrowing at times, Pryal’s story is ultimately one of hope. With this memoir, she aims to make higher education—and all of our society—more humane.
“Pryal writes with a refreshing and raw honesty.” -New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti
“Pryal’s wit and humor shine through even as she tackles harrowing subjects, like living with depression and suicide.” -Award-winning author Kelly J. Baker.
From the bestselling author of Life of the Mind Interrupted comes an essay collection “rich in vulnerability and candor.”
How do we make a good life in a world where sexual violence always lurks in the shadows?
Katie Rose Guest Pryal, rape survivor, law professor, and bestselling author, takes on the rapidly changing legal and social landscape of #MeToo and Title IX. Moving from the deeply personal to the socially critical, the essays in this collection are incisive dispatches from survivor territory.
In these fiery essays, Pryal documents reporting her rape to a university Title IX office, in grim, yet hilarious, detail. She turns her law-trained eye to the Bill Cosby case and the musician Kesha’s struggle to break free of her recording contract because of alleged abuse by her producer. This book is for survivors, those who love them, and those who want to make the world a better place for them. These stories strip away shame. They burn off fear. They lay bare the injustices survivors face and how we can fight them. Best of all, Pryal shows how she has fought those injustices herself—and by showing us, she inspires us to do the same.
“Rich in vulnerability and candor, Pryal’s evocative essays remind us that the survivor journey is far from linear, and that there is power and beauty in our imperfect journey.” -Andrea Pino, co-author of We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out
One deadly night will change two friends forever in this dazzling story of love and betrayal.
For Greta Donovan, happiness was always out of reach. Everyone betrayed her. No one could be trusted.
Desperate to leave her painful past behind, she flees to Los Angeles and moves in with her best friend, Daphne, an ambitious Hollywood up-and-comer, and befriends an aging movie star who’s like the father she never had.
Soon, Greta has it all: a blossoming career, friends she can trust, and a new love who wants to give her the world. She can’t imagine her life being any better. But in Hollywood, nothing is truly as is seems.
In one tragic night, Greta may lose it all. Daphne makes an outrageous decision that puts Greta in the path of a dangerous man who’s bent on revenge. With the attacker on the loose, Greta’s world spins out of control—and her future hinges on one secret she doesn’t want to tell. Her friends rally to save her—but will they be too late?
“Equal parts heartbreaking and heartening, Entanglement shines a light on the interior lives of two flawed and fascinating women.” -Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences
In this fast-paced new adult novella, a tension-filled weekend at a lake house will change the lives of two unlikely friends forever.
One hot North Carolina summer, Daphne Saito and her boyfriend, Sutton, encounter awkward physics geek Greta Donovan, a fellow college student at elite Cameron University. But while Daphne sees Greta as someone worth befriending, Sutton's motives are far from pure. A romantic spark and a cruel joke send Greta and Daphne’s new friendship into a tailspin over a weekend that will either end in betrayal or redemption.
A retelling of Shaw’s classic Pygmalion (which also inspired My Fair Lady), and filled with unexpected heroism, Love and Entropy reveals what can happen when we let our vision of what others should be cloud our vision of who they are.
“Poignant and thoroughly entertaining, this is a novella you won't be able to walk away from ... and you'll think about long after the last page. Fantastic read!” -Kristy Woodson Harvey, bestselling author of Lies and Other Acts of Love
Harper Lee's only novel won the Pulitzer Prize and was transformed into a beloved film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. An American classic that frequently appears in middle school and high school curriculums, the novel has been subjected to criticism for its subject matter and language. Still relevant and meaningful, To Kill a Mockingbird has nonetheless been under-appreciated by many critics. There are few books that address Lee's novel's contribution to the American canon and still fewer that offer insights that can be used by teachers and by students.
These essays suggest that author Harper Lee deserves more credit for skillfully shaping a masterpiece that not only addresses the problems of the 1930s but also helps its readers see the problems and prejudices the world faces today. Intended for high school and undergraduate usage, as well as for teachers planning to use To Kill a Mockingbird in their classrooms, this collection will be a valuable resource for all teachers of American literature.
Fractured family, deadly secrets, and a woman on the run in L.A.
The day she buries her mother, Miranda George jumps on a plane from North Carolina, telling no one where she's heading. She wants to disappear and start over. She arrives on the Los Angeles doorstep of college friend Daphne Saito, and even though Miranda hasn't seen Daphne in years, Daphne welcomes Miranda into her home and her makeshift L.A. family.
The problem is, Miranda is on the run from family. All family. Family, in Miranda's experience, can get you killed.
Miranda takes off again, but this time her plan is much more sinister. She certainly doesn't expect her friends to track her down. They bring her back from the edge, but will Miranda be able to save herself and her newfound friendships? Or will she remain strangled by the past?
“A love story wrapped inside a heart-rending struggle for personal freedom.” -Washington Post bestselling author Sonja Yoerg
“A dangerous, sexy, motorcycle ride of a story, which pulls off the feat of being both humorous and heartbreaking at the same time." -Sandra Block, author of What Happened That Night
"You'll be left wanting more of the Hollywood Lights Series as soon as the last page is turned!" -Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning author of The Truth About Thea
A princess, a pauper, and a dog…
From the outside, it might seem like Miranda George has the perfect life—a wealthy family, a great education, a good paralegal job after college in her parents’ law firm. But all is not what it seems. When she’s assigned to Matthias Pino, the newest hire of The George Law Firm, she believes that he’ll be just like any other baby lawyer her parents have hired over the years: narcissistic, self-satisfied, and vain.
When Matthias Pino meets Miranda George, the princess of Winston-Salem, he doesn’t try to wine and dine her. Instead, he shows her where he grew up, in the trailer parks outside of Winston-Salem. He takes her to his brother’s dog rescue farm instead of to a fancy brunch. If she’s going to choose him, he wants her to choose the real him.
But when a family nightmare threatens to drag them apart, Matthias learns that Miranda isn’t nearly as tough as she seems, and Miranda learns that the hardest thing to do is to—quite simply—stay.
Underneath the glitter of Hollywood, nothing is truly as it seems.
Daphne Saito is a talented screenwriter with a seemingly perfect life—a life so fragile it might crumble at any moment.
For Daphne, love always brings disaster. She’s worked hard to bury her troubled past, but now that her best friend is getting married, her world is upended as her past mistakes catch up with her—and threaten the people she loves most.
While planning her friend’s wedding, she meets Marlon—he’s surly on the the outside, and maybe just as damaged as Daphne. But he makes her feel something she hasn’t felt in years—hope. She dares to get close to him, but a tragic turn leaves her with an impossible choice.
The night of the wedding brings a perfect storm of chaos: A dangerous ex-boyfriend is bent on revenge. A woman from Daphne’s past blows into town with a vendetta of her own. Someone Daphne loves gets caught in the middle, a friend she’ll do anything to protect—even if it means committing a horrible act that she can never take back.
“As glamorous and mercurial as Hollywood itself, Chasing Chaos is a novel that glitters.” -New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge
“Pryal deftly portrays relationships that are under the magnifying glass, obsessive and dysfunctional, while still capturing the complexity and love.” -New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti