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How the Bible Became Holy

by Michael L Satlow

Beginning with Walt Whitman singing hymns at a wounded soldier's bedside during the Civil War, this surprising and vivid anthology ranges straight through to the twenty-first century to end with Francine Prose crying tears of complicated joy at the sight of Whitman's words in Zuccotti Park during the brief days of the Occupy movement. The first anthology of its kind, Radiant Truths gathers an exquisite selection of writings by both well-known and forgotten American authors and thinkers, each engaged in the challenges of writing about religion, of documenting "things unseen." Their contributions to the genre of literary journalism-the telling of factual stories using the techniques of fiction and poetry-make this volume one of the most exciting anthologies of creative nonfiction to have emerged in years. Jeff Sharlet presents an evocative selection of writings that illuminate the evolution of the American genre of documentary prose. Each entry may be savored separately, but together the works enrich one another, engaging in an implicit and continuing conversation that reaches across time and generations.Including works by: Walt Whitman Henry David Thoreau Mark Twain Meridel Le Sueur Zora Neale Hurston Mary McCarthy James Baldwin Norman Mailer Ellen Willis Anne Fadiman John Jeremiah Sullivan Francine Prose Garry Wills and many others

Vegan Secret Supper

by Mérida Anderson

Since 2008, self-taught chef Mérida Anderson has been hosting vegan secret suppers in Vancouver, Montreal, and New York. With her focus on menu-planning and simple, seasonal ingredients, she offers readers all the tools to create healthy, sumptuous meals. From smoked-cured coconut to a rich sweet potato crême brulée, these dishes are certain to delight vegans and non-vegans alike.

Sunrise in the Eyes of the Snowman

by Goran Simic

Sunrise in the Eyes of the Snowman, the latest collection by Bosnian expat Goran Simic, is as much a departure as it is a continuance. In this book, we find the world-renowned poet visiting familiar themes in fresh ways.

So Long Been Dreaming

by Samuel R. Delany Nalo Hopkinson Uppinder Mehan

So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction &amp Fantasy is an anthology of original new stories by leading African, Asian, South Asian and Aboriginal authors, as well as North American and British writers of color.Stories of imagined futures abound in Western writing. Writer and editor Nalo Hopkinson notes that the science fiction/fantasy genre "speaks so much about the experience of being alienated but contains so little writing by alienated people themselves." It's an oversight that Hopkinson and Mehan aim to correct with this anthology.The book depicts imagined futures from the perspectives of writers associated with what might loosely be termed the "third world." It includes stories that are bold, imaginative, edgy; stories that are centered in the worlds of the "developing" nations; stories that dare to dream what we might develop into.The wealth of postcolonial literature has included many who have written insightfully about their pasts and presents. With So Long Been Dreaming they creatively address their futures.Contributors include: Opal Palmer Adisa, Tobias Buckell, Wayde Compton, Hiromi Goto, Andrea Hairston, Tamai Kobayashi, Karin Lowachee, devorah major, Carole McDonnell, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Eden Robinson, Nisi Shawl, Vandana Singh, Sheree Renee Thomas and Greg Van Eekhout.Nalo Hopkinson is the internationally-acclaimed author of Brown Girl in the Ring, Skin Folk, and Salt Roads. Her books have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Tiptree, and Philip K. Dick Awards; Skin Folk won a World Fantasy Award and the Sunburst Award. Born in Jamaica, Nalo moved to Canada when she was sixteen. She lives in Toronto.Uppinder Mehan is a scholar of science fiction and postcolonial literature. A South Asian Canadian, he currently lives in Boston and teaches at Emerson College.

The River

by Paul Vasey

"Ask anyone what they love most about Winzer, and they seem always to tell you it's the people, the family and friends webbed around each of us. True. But for me the town is also, and perhaps mainly, the larger-than-life characters who ghost around in my imagination and my memory: rumrunners and prize fighters and elegant old ladies and one-eyed thugs and earnest well-meaning politicians and hucksters and hookers and crusty old editors. Many of them I remember meeting. Some of them I actually met." -from The RiverThe River is Paul Vasey's tribute to a place he discovered by accident and loved over a lifetime. Chatty, anecdotal, personal and passionate, by one of Windsor's most celebrated reporters and radio hosts, this meandering memoir winds its way around a river town whose sights and characters may never be fully charted: a Windsor that fired a reporter's imagination, stole his heart, and eventually became the place he calls home.

A World Without Jews

by Alon Confino

Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The perplexing event has not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments of how and why the Holocaust occurred. In this gripping new analysis, Alon Confino draws on an array of archives across three continents to propose a penetrating new assessment of one of the central moral problems of the twentieth century. To a surprising extent, Confino demonstrates, the mass murder of Jews during the war years was powerfully anticipated in the culture of the prewar years. The author shifts his focus away from the debates over what the Germans did or did not know about the Holocaust and explores instead how Germans came to conceive of the idea of a Germany without Jews. He traces the stories the Nazis told themselves#151;where they came from and where they were heading#151;and how those stories led to the conclusion that Jews must be eradicated in order for the new Nazi civilization to arise. The creation of this new empire required that Jews and Judaism be erased from Christian history, and this was the inspiration#151;and justification#151;for Kristallnacht. As Germans imagined a future world without Jews, persecution and extermination became imaginable, and even justifiable.

The New Naked

by Karen Moline Harry Fisch

"Harry Fisch knows more about sex than anyone on earth, with the possible exception of Colin Farrell. This book will improve your love life. You should trust Harry Fisch. I do, and there are few I'd let anywhere near that subject."--A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy Fire Up Your Sex Life and Your Relationship with This Smart, Refreshingly Candid Guide from Dr. Harry Fisch. Let's be honest: If it's been years since you had the "talk," it's going to show--in the bedroom and out. As Dr. Fisch, a sexual health and fertility expert at Cornell Medical College and a hit radio talk show host, discovered, lots of couples are having lots of sex...but that doesn't mean they're any good at it. Or satisfied. But life between the sheets doesn't have to be lackluster! In The New Naked, Dr. Fisch brings you the ultimate sex education for grown-ups. This indispensable guide: Helps couples master bedroom basics they were never taught in any health class Lays bare both men's and women's various sexual needs and perceptions Shows couples how to decode their partner's sex speak, navigate the risky business of porn, medical issues, and bad bedroom habits, and fulfill each other's fantasies. Unlocks the secrets to successful foreplay with Dr. Fisch's unique LSD system (Listening + Security + Desire), a three-step approach to put the sizzle back in your sexy time! Packed with easy-to-follow advice and stories from real couples, The New Naked will prime you for the greatest sex of your life--and the happiest relationship too.

Home Sweet Anywhere

by Lynne Martin

"This terrific book gives hope to everyone who desires the fun and freedom of dropping everything and hitting the road to foreign ports."--Jeri Sedlar, co-author of Don't Retire, REWIRE! The Sell-Your-House, See-the-World Life! Reunited after thirty-five years and wrestling a serious case of wanderlust, Lynne and Tim Martin decided to sell their house and possessions and live abroad full-time. They've never looked back. With just two suitcases, two computers, and each other, the Martins embark on a global adventure, taking readers from sky-high pyramids in Mexico to Turkish bazaars to learning the contact sport of Italian grocery shopping. But even as they embrace their new home-free lifestyle, the Martins grapple with its challenges, including hilarious language barriers, finding financial stability, and missing the family they left behind. Together, they learn how to live a life--and love--without borders. From glittering Georgian mansions in Ireland to the windswept coasts of Portugal, this euphoric, inspiring memoir is more than a tale of second chances. Home Sweet Anywhere is a road map for anyone who dreams of turning the idea of life abroad into a reality.

The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand

by Jen Swann Downey

Just a little story about your average sword-swinging, karate-chopping, crime-fighting ninja librarians. "[Downey] shows a rare gift for crafting scrambles so madcap that it's hard to turn the pages fast enough to keep up." --Kirkus Starred Review An Overdue Library Book Can Change Your Life. (So Can a Pet Mongoose.) When Dorrie and her brother Marcus chase Moe--an unusually foul-tempered mongoose--into the janitor's closet of their local library, they make an astonishing discovery: the headquarters of a secret society of ninja librarians. Their mission: protect those whose words get them into trouble, anywhere in the world and at any time in history. Petrarch's Library is an amazing, jumbled, time-traveling secret base that can dock anywhere there's trouble, like the Spanish Inquisition, or ancient Greece, or...Passaic, New Jersey. Dorrie would love nothing more than to join the society, fighting injustice with a real sword! But when a traitor surfaces, she and Marcus are prime suspects. Can they clear their names before the only passage back to the twenty-first century closes forever?

The First Mile

by Scott D. Anthony

You have a great idea, now what?That first mile-where an innovation moves from an idea on paper to the market-is often plagued by failure. In fact, less than one percent of ideas launched by big companies end up having real impact. The ideas aren't the problem. It's the process.The First Mile focuses on the critical moment when an innovator moves from planning to reality. It is a perilous place where hidden traps snare entrepreneurs and roadblocks slow innovators inside large companies.In this practical and enlightening manual, strategic adviser Scott Anthony equips innovators with new tools, questions, and examples to speed through this crucial early stage of innovation. You'll learn: How to evaluate your idea's strengths and weaknesses using the "DEFT" process-Document, Evaluate, Focus, and Test Fourteen recipes from an "experiment cookbook" to gain confidence in your idea or business Why "spinouts," "wrong turns," and other challenges commonly trip up innovation-and the practical strategies you can use to avoid them Why innovators need to seek chaos in an age of constant change-and other essential leadership skillsDrawing on his decade of experience as an innovation adviser and investor, Anthony describes hard-won lessons from disruptive start-ups and global giants alike. The First Mile will give you the knowledge and confidence to travel this perilous-but ultimately promising-terrain.The first mile can be a scary place, but you don't have to traverse it alone. This book can help.

I Love You Too

by Ziggy Marley Ag Jatkowska

"Lyrics inspired by an exchange with Marley's 3-year-old daughter are set to bright paintings of a multicultural cast of children and adults enjoying each other's company indoors and out...The art will draw and hold young children's attention."--Kirkus ReviewsA beautifully illustrated, multicultural children's picture book based on one of Ziggy Marley's most beloved songs, "I Love You Too." The book explores a child's relationship with parents, nature, and the unstoppable force of love. This is Ziggy's first book, though his foray into children's music is extensive and very well known. He is the singer of "Believe in Yourself," the popular theme song of the hit TV show Arthur.About this book, Ziggy says, "One day I was in my kitchen making breakfast with my then three-year-old daughter Judah. She looked at me and said, 'I love you.' I spontaneously replied to her, 'I love you too.' From that came the song and now the book based on the lyrics. I hope you share and enjoy this with your loved ones as I have with mine."

Video Revolutions

by Michael Z. Newman

Since the days of early television, video has been an indispensable part of culture, society, and moving-image media industries. Over the decades, it has been an avant-garde artistic medium, a high-tech consumer gadget, a format for watching movies at home, a force for democracy, and the ultimate, ubiquitous means of documenting reality. In the twenty-first century, video is the name we give all kinds of moving images. We know it as an adaptable medium that bridges analog and digital, amateur and professional, broadcasting and recording, television and cinema, art and commercial culture, and old media and new digital networks.In this history, Michael Z. Newman casts video as a medium of shifting value and legitimacy in relation to other media and technologies, particularly film and television. Video has been imagined as more or less authentic or artistic than movies or television, as more or less democratic and participatory, as more or less capable of capturing the real. Techno-utopian rhetoric has repeatedly represented video as a revolutionary medium, promising to solve the problems of the past and the present -- often the very problems associated with television and the society shaped by it -- and to deliver a better future. Video has also been seen more negatively, particularly as a threat to movies and their culture. This study considers video as an object of these hopes and fears and builds an approach to thinking about the concept of the medium in terms of cultural status.

Sources of Indian Traditions

by Dennis Dalton Rachel Fell Mcdermott Frances Pritchett Ainslee Embree Leonard A. Gordon

For more than fifty years, students and teachers have made the two-volume resource Sources of Indian Traditions their first pick for an accessible yet thorough introduction to Indian and South Asian civilizations. Volume 2 contains an essential selection of primary readings on the social, intellectual, and religious history of India from the decline of Mughal rule in the eighteenth century to today. It details the advent of the East India Company, British colonization, the struggle for liberation, the partition of 1947, and the creation of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and contemporary India.This third edition now begins earlier than the first and second, featuring a new chapter on eighteenth-century intellectual and religious trends that set the stage for India's modern development. The editors add new material on Gandhi and his reception both nationally and abroad and include different perspectives on and approaches to Partition and its aftermath. They expand their portrait of post-1947 India and Pakistan and add perspectives on Bangladesh. The collection is still divided thematically, with a section devoted to the drafting of the Indian constitution, the rise of nationalism, the influence of Western thought, the conflict in Kashmir, nuclear proliferation, minority religions, secularism, and the role of the Indian political Left. A phenomenal text, Sources of Indian Tradition is more indispensable than ever for courses in philosophy, religion, literature, and intellectual and cultural history.

Too Near the Fire

by Lindsay Mckenna

LIFE SAVERLeah Stevenson was a trained fire fighter, and all she knew when she battled her way through the smoke and flames was that there were lives to be saved.Now two innocent children were trapped inside a burning house, and Gil had trusted her to rescue them. Gil, the one man who believed in her, the man who had broken through her defenses and touched the woman inside. No matter what it cost her, she couldn't let him down. She had to get through the choking, terrifying darkness; somehow Gil's love would bring her out again.

Texas Wildcat

by Lindsay Mckenna

TOO HOT TO HANDLE!A blowout in the oil fields was bad news for everyone-a loss of time and money for the owners, day and night danger for the men who fought valiantly to cap the raging flames.Sam Tyler was one of those men, cool-headed in the midst of bedlam, unafraid even when he risked everything in the fight against the towering column of smoke and fire. But when an accident in the oil fields sent him storming into Kelly Blanchard's office, he learned there was one kind of fire even he wasn't equipped to handle.

Point of Departure

by Lindsay Mckenna

IT TAKES A VERY SPECIAL MAN TO WIN THAT SPECIAL WOMAN!A woman in uniform had to be tough. But to face down a naval commander intent on harassing her out of the ranks, Lt. Callie Donovan needed more than moxie, she need a miracle...Top Gun Ty Ballard, assigned to represent Callie in a military board of inquiry, was no miracle worker. But having seen the stark vulnerability shadowint Callie's azure eyes-and knowing it had been put there by a predatory jet jocks just like him-he prayed he'd prove man enough to stand by this brave, beautiful woman in blue.

My Only One

by Lindsay Mckenna

A CENTURY OF AMERICAN ROMANCEWhen Abby Fielding is knocked into the frigid Bering Sea, she has only one thought: to save the planet's gentlest creatures from a whaler's harpoon. When Aleksandr Rostov dives from his helicopter into those arctic waters, it is to rescue the woman he spotted through his field glasses. Little does the Soviet naval officer know she's the woman of his dreams.For Aleksandr, dreams are of Mother Russia. But as he and Abby bring their dramatic tale of courage to an eager world, she shows him the wonders of her homeland. And all the time, another, more personal story is unfolding before them.To the world, they are heroic, but all they long for is to be together. For Abby and Alec, glasnost is more than a policy-it's a prayer.

Her Best Laid Plans

by Cara Mckenna

Experience Ireland-the dramatic beauty, the warm hospitality...and the smoking hot local guys!Imagine nursing a pint in a cozy, authentic country pub, far from Cork's busy city pulse. Getting here took you a plane, bus, taxi and...um, bicycle. But just as you're resigning yourself to drinking beside grey-haired farmers, you see him-a man with the looks and charm to soothe any heartbroken girl.He's your bartender. Your really, really gorgeous bartender.For American Jamie Webb-recently dumped and housesitting for two weeks-Connor Kelleher is like a six-course feast after a 23-year starvation diet. But it's gotta be casual. She's just begun rerouting her life after a three-year man-related detour. Still, a sexy romp (or twenty!) with Sexy McBartender?But what happens when Jamie's best-laid plans for no future plans with any man begin to change?

Nailed

by Christine D'Abo

Warning: This show contains scenes of sexual tension.Hosting a new TV show is a fantasy-turned-reality for diva decorator Sophia Holbrook. But concentrating on color swatches is hard when all she can think of is her studly cohost, contractor Fynn Babineau. These two may clash over blueprints and budgets on-screen, but with the lust palpable between them, rumor has it they have been putting more than just their heads together behind the scenes.... What secrets will the cameras expose? Tune in tonight to find out.Viewer discretion advised. Mature audiences only.

Gaslight Chronicles Box Set 1

by Cindy Spencer Pape

Three sensual steampunk romances from award-winning author Cindy Spencer Pape in one fantastic bundle.Steam & SorceryAs a Knight of the Order of the Round Table, Sir Merrick Hadrian uses magick and steam power to hunt monsters both human and supernatural. But his skills are useless in the face of his greatest challenge, the guardianship of five children. When Merrick hires governess Miss Caroline Bristol it never occurs to him that she might be something more than human. And when the lines between humans and monsters are blurred, Caroline and Merrick must join forces to save humanity.Kilts & KrakenMagnus, Baron Findlay, longs to bring the wonders of the steam age to his remote island home, but his hands are full fighting the vicious kraken ravaging the coast. When he's swept to sea during battle and washes up on an isle in the Hebrides, Dr. Geneva McKay is sent by The Order to care for him. Magnus can't resist his overwhelming attraction to her, but as their relationship deepens, a new threat arises-from within his own village.Moonlight & MechanicalsEngineer Wink Hadrian has been in love with lifelong bachelor Inspector Liam McCullough for years. Though Liam tries to keep his distance, he can't say no when Wink asks him to help find her friend's missing son. They soon discover that London's poorest are disappearing after encounters with mysterious mechanical men. Even more alarming is a connection to a conspiracy against the Queen. Fighting against time and their escalating feelings, Wink and Liam must work together to save the monarchy before it's too late.Contains an exclusive three-chapter excerpt from Dragons & Dirigibles, releasing May 2014 from Carina Press.

Maggie's Grove Series Bundle

by Dana Marie Bell

Maggie's Grove is a haven to supernatural beings of all shapes and sizes, a place where a vegetarian vampire can live in harmony with his shifter neighbors. Where witches form cliques, the mayor must to get his anti-sunlight beauty sleep between meetings, and the Friday night B-list creature feature fest is always jam packed.Blood of the Maple (Maggie's Grove Book One)A seduction-gone-wrong leaves vampire Parker Hollis on the run from a vengeful witch. Moving to small-town Maggie's Grove, Parker meets a redheaded dryad with green, leafy blood that draws him in a way he hasn't experienced in decades. His new neighbor smells divine, and it isn't long before craving gives in to need. But when the witch who's been plaguing Parker discovers his newfound attraction, she takes out her anger on the town. Can the supernaturals of Maggie's Grove band together in time to withstand her assaults?Throne of Oak (Maggie's Grove Book Two)Vampire Dragos Ibanescu, Mayor of Maggie's Grove, is about to lose his mind. His lover, the dryad queen Mina Chainey, refuses to have anything to do with him after her ordeal at the hands of an evil witch. But dark forces are converging on Maggie's Grove, and a horde of hunters stalk supernaturals from the shadows. Only by uniting in body and mind will Mina and Dragos find the strength to defend their home.

Wicked Play Box Set 1

by Lynda Aicher

Welcome to The Den, the Twin Cities' most exclusive BDSM club.Three extraordinary opportunities to release your secret desires and join in the wicked play!Bonds of Trust (Wicked Play Book One)After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members' night at The Den. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated.Bonds of Need (Wicked Play Book Two)When Kendra Morgan attends a party at The Den, she's not driven by mere curiosity. Hoping to prove she's put the past behind her, Kendra must instead face up to needs she's denied for too long. Despite her lingering fears, she can't resist the temptation to play.Bonds of Desire (Wicked Play Book Three)Lawyer Allison English never planned to return to The Den-despite her naughty fantasies about being bound by owner Seth Matthews. But when club guest Tyler Wysong is injured in a scene, Seth turns to Allie for help. Aroused by both men, Allie should turn the case down. But she can't...

Green Planets

by Kim Stanley Robinson Gerry Canavan

Contemporary visions of the future have been shaped by hopes and fears about the effects of human technology and global capitalism on the natural world. In an era of climate change, mass extinction, and oil shortage, such visions have become increasingly catastrophic, even apocalyptic. Exploring the close relationship between science fiction, ecology, and environmentalism, the essays in Green Planets consider how science fiction writers have been working through this crisis. Beginning with H. G. Wells and passing through major twentieth-century writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, Stanislaw Lem, and Thomas Disch to contemporary authors like Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, and Paolo Bacigalupi--as well as recent blockbuster films like Avatar and District 9--the essays in Green Planets consider the important place for science fiction in a culture that now seems to have a very uncertain future. The book includes an extended interview with Kim Stanley Robinson and an annotated list for further exploration of "ecological SF" and related works of fiction, nonfiction, films, television, comics, children's cartoons, anime, video games, music, and more. Contributors include Christina Alt, Brent Bellamy, Sabine Höhler, Adeline Johns-Putra, Melody Jue, Rob Latham, Andrew Milner, Timothy Morton, Eric C. Otto, Michael Page, Christopher Palmer, Gib Prettyman, Elzette Steenkamp, Imre Szeman.

The Designer Says 

by Sara Bader

Whether musing about the creative process, the merits of failure and criticism, or the challenges of keeping the studio lights on, designers make good, and opinionated, copy. The Designer Says, the follow-up to our best-selling The Architect Says, is a compendium of quotations from more than one hundred of history's leading practitioners. Quotes are paired on page spreads like guests at a dinner party. A designer from the nineteenth century might sit next to one working today or two contemporary designers may strike up a conversation. Listen in as they compliment, provoke, and one-up each other in this lively volume of insights.

The Filmmaker Says

by Jamie Thompson Stern

Inspiring everything from pop culture earthquakes to popular revolutions, filmmakers have demonstrated an uncanny ability to move the masses. But the drama they project on screen is only half the picture. Stretching from its earliest days of two-reel silent films to the latest 3-D digital blockbusters, film history provides a cast of characters ready to spill witty bon mots, outrageous pronouncements, and heartfelt reflections. The Filmmaker Says is a colorful compendium of quotations from more than one hundred of history's most influential and opinionated creators of filmed entertainment. Paired like guests at the ultimate film geek dinner party, a celebrated filmmaker of today might sit next to a giant from the silent era, this raucous crew puts on a show arguing, complimenting, and disagreeing with each other about every step of the moviemaking process. A perfect gift for working filmmakers, aspiring auteurs, and avid moviegoers, The Filmmaker Says will delight anyone who has'dreamed of yelling "action" or just can't wait for the lights to go down and the curtain to go up.

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