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No Time to Spare : Thinking about What Matters
by Ursula K. Le Guin and Karen Joy Fowler




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From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, a collection of thoughts -- always adroit, often acerbic -- on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation.

Ursula K. Le Guin on the absurdity of denying your age: "If I'm ninety and believe I'm forty-five, I'm headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub."

On cultural perceptions of fantasy: "The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is 'escapism' an accusation of?"

On breakfast: "Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime."

Ursula K. Le Guin took readers to imaginary worlds for decades. In the last great frontier of life, old age, she explored a new literary territory: the blog, a forum where she shined. The collected best of Ursula's blog, No Time to Spare presents perfectly crystallized dispatches on what mattered to her late in life, her concerns with the world, and her wonder at it: "How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us."

"The pages sparkle with lines that make a reader glance up, searching for an available ear with which to share them." -- Melissa Febos, New York Times Book Review

"Witty . . . deeply observed." -- USA Today

"A book that truly does matter." -- Houston Chronicle

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Overview

From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, a collection of thoughts -- always adroit, often acerbic -- on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation.

Ursula K. Le Guin on the absurdity of denying your age: "If I'm ninety and believe I'm forty-five, I'm headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub."

On cultural perceptions of fantasy: "The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is 'escapism' an accusation of?"

On breakfast: "Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime."

Ursula K. Le Guin took readers to imaginary worlds for decades. In the last great frontier of life, old age, she explored a new literary territory: the blog, a forum where she shined. The collected best of Ursula's blog, No Time to Spare presents perfectly crystallized dispatches on what mattered to her late in life, her concerns with the world, and her wonder at it: "How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us."

"The pages sparkle with lines that make a reader glance up, searching for an available ear with which to share them." -- Melissa Febos, New York Times Book Review

"Witty . . . deeply observed." -- USA Today

"A book that truly does matter." -- Houston Chronicle

 

Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781328507976
  • ISBN-10: 1328507971
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publish Date: January 2019
  • Page Count: 240
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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Book Clubs: January 2018

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Set in the not-too-distant future, The Power is a chilling sci-fi novel expertly executed by award-winning British author Naomi Alderman. In Alderman’s alternate world, women have recently gained the ability to release waves of electricity through their fingertips—and the jolts can kill. Their lethal facility grants them physical supremacy over men, altering the fabric of society. The novel focuses on a few central characters, including Margot, a politician who learns through her young daughter that she, too, has the power; Allie, an orphan who falls in with a circle of nuns and begins touting a new religion; and Tunde, a would-be journalist whose video of a woman unleashing electricity goes viral. Alderman’s convincing and disturbing vision of the future has been compared to The Handmaid’s Tale. Selected as a best book of 2017 by NPR and the New York Times, this hypnotic novel offers futuristic thrills even as it explores important questions of gender and identity.

 

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This article was originally published in the January 2019 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 

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