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    • How to Read Literature Like a Professor

    • A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
    • By: Thomas C. Foster
    • Narrated by: David de Vries
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 580
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 519
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      4 out of 5 stars 513

    What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey? Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface - a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character - and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you. In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lives Up to Its Claims

    • By Evelyn on 05-22-14

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America

    • By: Thomas C. Foster
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    From the author of the New York Times best-selling How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes a highly entertaining and informative new book on the 25 works of literature that have most shaped the American character. Foster applies his much-loved combination of wit, know-how, and analysis to explain how each work has shaped our very existence as readers, students, teachers, and Americans.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An book that will inspire you to others.

    • By Kindle Customer on 02-13-13

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Reading the Silver Screen

    • A Film Lover's Guide to Decoding the Art Form That Moves
    • By: Thomas C. Foster
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    No art form is as instantly and continuously gratifying as film. When the houselights go down and the lion roars, we settle in to be shocked, frightened, elated, moved, and thrilled. We expect magic. While we're being exhilarated and terrified, our minds are also processing data of all sorts - visual, linguistic, auditory, spatial - to collaborate in the construction of meaning. Thomas C. Foster's Reading the Silver Screen will show movie buffs, students of film, and even aspiring screenwriters and directors how to become accomplished readers of this great medium.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Movies 101

    • By Jay Quintana on 10-20-17

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Chasing the American Dream

    • Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes
    • By: Mark Robert Rank, Thomas A. Hirschl, Kirk A. Foster
    • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The United States has been epitomized as a land of opportunity, where hard work and skill can bring personal success and economic well-being. The American Dream has captured the imagination of people from all walks of life, and to many, it represents the heart and soul of the country. But there is another, darker side to the bargain that America strikes with its people - it is the price we pay for our individual pursuit of the American Dream.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Sex and the Founding Fathers

    • Sexuality Studies
    • By: Thomas A. Foster
    • Narrated by: Todd Curless
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      3 out of 5 stars 3
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      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Biographers, journalists, and satirists have long used the subject of sex to define the masculine character and political authority of America's Founding Fathers. Tracing these commentaries on the Revolutionary Era's major political figures in Sex and the Founding Fathers, Thomas Foster shows how continual attempts to reveal the true character of these men instead exposes much more about Americans and American culture than about the Founders themselves.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • C+ read

    • By James H. Spradlin on 08-16-15

    Regular price: $19.95