Neil D. Isaacs


The Queen Must Live: Mythic Patterns of Royalty, Sexuality, and Mortality
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,380. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore and legend
"The Queen Must Live" is a study of the eternal struggle between male strengths and female powers. Recurrent shared motifs, drawn from these stories, provide a chapter-by-chapter analysis. As a species that could be called Homo narratans, human beings have acknowledged and honored both sides of this perpetual, persistent conflict.
You Bet Your Life: The Burdens of Gambling
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 109,420. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Addiction, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Gambling
Gambling habits often become pathological, a growing epidemic problem with the escalation of gaming opportunities. This study, using dozens of case histories to support its arguments, demonstrates the varieties of the addictive behavior. It debunks commonly-accepted myths and makes recommendations for diagnosis and treatment.
The Triumph of Artifice: Treasures of Twentieth-Century Narrative
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,980. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Essay » Literature
This critical study of developments of narrative art in the late 20th century climaxes in analyses of works by Nabokov, Pynchon, Barth, Bellow, and Lessing. Starting from thorough explications of Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, and the film Last Year at Marienbad by Resnais and Robbe-Grillet, it provides insights into the workings of dozens of other narrative artists.
Fated to Fail: Tales from a Marriage
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 43,390. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
The marriage of obsessive Max and compulsive Agnes inevitably fails. Contemplating marriage, their daughter asks her father to explain what happened. Max then chronicles the sad saga, confronting the memories head-on, focusing on crucial episodes, intrigues and calamities. The result is an egregious case of TMI, revealing what no child should learn about what happened behind parents' closed doors.
The Man Who Touched Billie and Other Stories
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 52,480. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Ranging from bittersweet memories to fantasized futures, from short experimental takes to fully realized satirical concepts, and from social ironies to academic comedies, these stories illustrate the work of a writer one critic has called "prolific and Protean." They tell tales of love and longing, of sports and spite, of strange ways and stranger happenings.
The Miller Masks: A Novel in Stories
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 63,960. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Jesse Miller is a freelance writer, a bicoastal academic, a husband, an ex-husband, a father, a son, a lover, a teller of tales, a college kid, a college teacher, a tennis player, a man on the make, a man on the come, a man on the job, a man on the ropes, and on the mend. Jesse can't wear all those masks at once: the interconnected stories that make this a novel span five decades of his life.

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