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Long a favorite on dance floors in Latin America, the porro, cumbia, and vallenato styles that make up Colombia's música tropical are now enjoying international success. How did this music--which has its roots in a black, marginal region of the country--manage, from the 1940s onward, to become so popular in a nation that had prided itself on its white heritage? Peter Wade explores the history of música tropical, analyzing its rise in the context of the development of the broadcast media, rapid urbanization, and regional struggles for power. Using archival sources and oral histories, Wade shows how big band renditions of cumbia and porro in the 1940s and 1950s suggested both old traditions and new liberties, especially for women, speaking to a deeply rooted image of black music as sensuous. Recently, nostalgic, "whitened" versions of música tropical have gained popularity as part of government-sponsored multiculturalism. Wade's fresh look at the way music transforms and is transformed by ideologies of race, nation, sexuality, tradition, and modernity is the first book-length study of Colombian popular music.
When Molly and Amanda run into their nemesis, Natasha, at cooking class, they think that this whole cooking thing is a rotten idea. But the class ends up being fun after all, and the girls really love cooking. And when a tragedy strikes a local family, the girls decide to put their cooking skills to use and make some meals for them. The meals hit the right spot, plus the girls feel good that they were able to help out. Can they put the right ingredients together to turn their hobby into something more.
Now a major motion picture starring Amber Heard, Shiloh Fernandez, Kellan Lutz, and Brittany Snow Scat (formerly known as Michael Holloway) is young, underemployed, and trying to make it in Los Angeles. When he comes up with the idea for the hottest new soda ever, he's sure he'll become the next overnight sensation, maybe even retire early. But in the treacherous waters of corporate America there are no sure things and Scat finds that he has to fight to save his idea if his yet-to-be-realized career will ever get off the ground. With the help of a scarily gorgeous and brilliant marketing director named 6, he sets out on a mission to grab hold the fame and fortune that, time and again, elude him. This sharp-witted novel is a scathingly funny satire of celebrity, the pop culture machine, and the length to which a guy will go to get ahead-and get a date while doing it. .
John Tanner's fascinating autobiography tells the story of a man torn between white society and the Native Americans with whom he identified. .
Wallace Stegner weaves together fiction and nonfiction, history and impressions, childhood remembrance and adult reflections in this unusual portrait of his boyhood. Set in Cypress Hills in southern Saskatchewan, where Stegner's family homesteaded from 1914 to 1920, Wolf Willow brings to life both the pioneer community and the magnificent landscape that surrounds it. This Twentieth-Century Classics edition includes a new introductory essay by Page Stegner. .
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In this sequel to Felita, Felita's going to Puerto Rico! It's like a dream to her, although she'll miss her friends. But Felita's summer isn't at all what she expected. Her uncle's small village is boring, and none of the girls wants to be friends with an outsider. Felita desperately wants to go home. But she gradually finds a way to fit in, and by summer's end, Felita knows she will miss her new friends and her homeland. .
Antony Beevor's Stalingrad is a harrowing look at one of history's darkest moments. In October 1942, a panzer officer wrote 'Stalingrad is no longer a town. . . Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure'. The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe, and the start of his decline. An extraordinary story of tactical genius, civilian bravery, obsession, carnage and the nature of war itself, Stalingrad will act as a testament to the vital role of the soviet war effort. 'A superb re-telling. Beevor combines a soldier's understanding of war's realities with the narrative techniques of a novelist . . . This is a book that lets the reader look into the face of battle' Orlando Figes, Sunday Telegraph 'A brilliantly researched tour de force of military history' Sarah Bradford, The Times Antony Beevor is the renowned author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award. His books have sold nearly four million copies.
A visionary, a craftsman, a comedian and as serious as it is possible to be without accidentally writing a religious text. He can do anything with a piece of prose, and it is a humbling experience to see him go to work on what has passed up till now as "modern fiction". He's so modern he's in a different time-space continuum from the rest of us. Goddamn him' Zadie Smith The mysterious disappearance of her great- grandmother and twenty-five other elderly inmates from a Shaker Heights nursing home has left Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman emotionally stranded on the edge of the Great Ohio Desert. But that is simply one problem of many for the hapless switchboard operator, seriously compounded by her ongoing affair with boss Rick Vigorous; the TV stardom of her talking cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler; and other minor catastrophes that threaten to elevate Lenore's search for love and self-detemination to new heights of spasmodic weirdness.
Celebrated author Nikki Grimes turns her soulful, searching gaze to themes of destiny and determination sure to strike a chord in anyone going through the difficult, joyous struggle of growing up. Reflecting on her own childhood experiences, she offers twenty-eight poems exploring the pleasures and pains of charting your own path'and taking a few lumps along the way. In words straight from the heart and straight from the hip, this honest, uplifting collection will spark ideas, light a path, and encourage young readers to discover the person they might someday become. Nikki Grimes created this collection expressly to speak to the lives of older children. She is an acclaimed author, poet, lecturer, and educator who was born and raised in New York City. Nikki Grimes lives in Seattle, Washington. Angelo lives in New York City.
In this book, Elizabeth Lyon offers novelists the wisdom of her experience as an author, book editor, writing instructor, and marketing consultant. Step-by-step, she details what editors want, what questions to ask them, and how to develop a marketing strategy.
This exciting new anthology includes a new novella featuring Mercedes Lackey's most popular heroines, Tarma (one of the sword-sworn and most feared of all warriors) and Kethry (who wields magic and weapons for the greater good), whose fates are suddenly bound together in blood by the powers that control their destinies. Also included in the unique volume is the complete collection of Lackey's short stories about these two brave sisters as they answer the call of their destinies with sword and sorcery! .
From the serpentine "Champie" of Lake Champlain to the venerable "Nessie" of Loch Ness, extraordinary-and un-explained-creatures of the deep have been reported in sightings throughout the twentieth century. Now, two of the world's leading cryptozoological investigators provide a globetrotting field guide to when, where, and what kind of mysterious aquatic beasts have gripped the public-and sometimes the scientific-imagination. Filled with comprehensive drawings, classifications, and maps, their book offers an invaluable and unusual resource for the intrepidly curious to investigate these sightings firsthand or to simply enjoy the fascinating accounts that others have given.
Seducing the Demonhas introduced Erica Jong to readers who hadn't been born when Fear of Flyingwas published in 1973. Now one of her finest works of nonfiction -and a New York Timesbestseller-is back in print with a new afterword. In Fear of Fifty, a New York Timesbestseller when first published in 1994, Erica Jong looks to the second half of her life and "goes right to the jugular of the women who lived wildly and vicariously through Fear of Flying" (Publishers Weekly), delivering highly entertaining stories and provocative insights on sex, marriage, aging, feminism, and motherhood. "What Jong calls a midlife memoir is a slice of autobiography that ranks in honesty, self-perception and wisdom with [works by] Simone de Beauvoir and Mary McCarthy," wrote the Sunday Times (U. K. ). "Although Jong's memoir of a Jewish American princess is wittier than either. "
The most complete and up-to-date estate-planning guide available. . . Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest tax codes, the third edition of How to Settle an Estate is the essential step-by-step guide to lead readers through the complex and daunting process of settling an estate. In clear and practical lay terms, authors Charles K. Plotnick, L. L. B. , and Stephan R. Leimberg, J. D. , both experts in estate planning, provide readers with invaluable advice, including:# How to raise cash for immediate estate expenses# Dealing with insurance claims# Knowing when to hire a lawyer, an accountant, and a stock broker# Managing real estate# Distributing assetsAnd much more. . .
It is the second stage of human colon-ization--the first age, humanity's initial attempt to people the stars, ended in disaster when it was discovered that Earth's original superluminal drive did permanent genetic damage to all who used it--mutating Earth's far-flung colonists in mind and body. Now, one of Earth's first colonies has given humanity back the stars, but at a high price--a monopoly over all human commerce. And when a satellite in earth's outer orbit is viciously attacked by corporate raiders, an unusual young woman flees to a ship bound for the Up-and-Out. But her narrow escape does not mean safety. For speeding across the galaxy pursued by ruthless, but unknown adversaries, this young woman will discover a secret which is buried deep inside her psyche--a revelation the universe may not be ready to face. . . .
Replacing a social life with a career, bestselling romance novelist Emily Shann has gotten by on a vivid imagination, hiding a shocking secret that not even her publisher suspects--until she's asked to write something that's hotter, sexier, more explicit, and true to life. Emily has nowhere to turn for advice except to her new editor--tall, dark, and handsome Michael Devlin--who's already stirring her fantasies. So is The Channel--a secret network designed to tutor women in the art of sensual delight. Now more willing than ever before, she must convince Devlin to teach her everything he knows. . . if her literary fantasies are finally to become unedited flesh-and-blood reality. .
Molly and Amanda Moore and their friends Shawn, Peichi, and Natasha have the hottest thing going-a cooking business called Dish! The girls have become great cooks and their business is really taking off. But mixing friendship with business is not always an easy recipe to follow! Amanda runs for class president, and the Chef Girls' nemesis, Angie, runs against her. As the campaign heats up, Amanda begins to believe that winning is everything-can her friends bring her back to reality?
Molly and Amanda Moore and their friends Shawn, Peichi, and Natasha have the hottest thing going-a cooking business called Dish! The girls have become great cooks and their business is really taking off. But mixing friendship with business is not always an easy recipe to follow! Summer is over and all of the Chef Girls are back in Brooklyn and back to business-or are they? When Molly throws herself into planning a Charity Harvest fundraiser to benefit a local food bank, she must choose between her new interests and Dish.
Sixth grade is over and each Chef Girl has an amazing summer planned. There's only one problem-all of the girls will be apart for the entire summer. Even Molly and Amanda will be separated-for the first time in their lives-as Amanda heads off to theater camp and Molly spends the summer as a mother's helper. For each girl, it will be a summer of changes and challenges, including the surprising event that will change Molly and Amanda's relationship forever.
The Shadowmancer Returns By G. P. Taylor Can evil ever be destroyed? G. P. Taylor adds a higher definition to fiction in this sequel to Shadowmancer. Kate and Thomas have escaped the sorcerer Demurral and sailed to London with charismatic Jacob Crane. But trouble lies in wait when their ship is seized and they are lured into the darkest heart of the city-- to a street that will change their reality and their lives. Further north, Raphah returns and is joined by the most unlikely companion, Demurral's old crony, Beadle. They join together for a terrifying journey in search of their friends. Along the way, unknown enemies and a shadowy beast disturb and torment them. All paths lead to one place: a cursed street, hidden from the world--a place where souls are lost, fates are decided, and old enemies seek their revenge. About the Author G. P. TAYLOR has spent his life pursuing the secrets of God's universe. He has had a multifaceted career spanning the music industry and law enforcement. Today, he is the former vicar of Cloughton in England and lives near Whitby on the Yorkshire coast, richly steeped in history and folklore.
New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the final novel in a dramatic trilogy. Margo, Kate, and Laura were brought up like sisters amidst the peerless grandeur of Templeton House. But it was Laura who seemed to have it all - until she lost almost everything and had to begin again . . . Laura Templeton found out the hard way that nothing in life is guaranteed. The daughter of a wealthy hotelier, she had always known comfort, privilege, and security. But by the age of thirty, her storybook marriage had been destroyed by her husband's infidelity. Laura's divorce left her both emotionally and financially devastated - but determined to rebuild her life without the help of the Templeton fortune . . .
Princess Anatopsis Solomon wants to be a knight-errant. But her mother, chairwoman of Amalgamated Witchcraft Corporation, plans for her immortal daughter to take over the family business. The Queen has even hired a new tutor: a demigod named Mr. Pound. But Mr. Pound's plans go far beyond completing Ana's education. He is searching for the mysterious and powerful Os Divinitas. And if he finds it, nothing will survive. A shocking and powerful gift will catapult the Princess into an unlikely quest through the rich worlds of Anatopsis, inhabited by magic immortals, a rebel army, and the last dog in the Universe.
Melanin Sun has a lot to say. But sometimes it?s hard to speak his mind, so he fills up notebooks with his thoughts instead. He writes about his mom a lot? they?re about as close as they can be, because they have no other family. So when she suddenly tells him she?s gay, his world is turned upside down. And if that weren?t hard enough for him to accept, her girlfriend is white. Melanin Sun is angry and scared. How can his mom do this to him?is this the end of their closeness? What will his friends think? And can he let her girlfriend be part of their family? .
A voyage of discoveries, a meeting of two remarkable women, and extraordinary time and place enrich bestselling author Tracy Chevalier's enthralling new novel. From the moment she's struck by lightening as a baby, it is clear that Mary Anning is marked for greatness. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, she learns that she has "the eye"-and finds what no one else can see. When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. In an arena dominated by men, however, Mary is barred from the academic community; as a young woman with unusual interests she is suspected of sinful behavior. Nature is a threat, throwing bitter, cold storms and landslips at her. And when she falls in love, it is with an impossible man. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a recent exile from London, who also loves scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy. Ultimately, in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally. Remarkable Creatures is a stunning novel of how one woman's gift transcends class and social prejudice to lead to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century. Above all, is it a revealing portrait of the intricate and resilient nature of female friendship.
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