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Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener has written about everything from the pristine islands of the South Pacific and the endless wilds of Africa to Spanish bullfighters, American revolutionaries, and pirates of the Caribbean. Now Michener turns to his favorite and most personal subject: the written word. Reproducing pages from his own handwritten rough drafts and working manuscripts, Michener walks the reader through a step-by-step guide to the entire process of writing, editing, revising, and publishing. Addressing challenges specific to both fiction and nonfiction, all the while providing thoughtful and useful solutions, James A. Michener's Writer's Handbook is an invaluable resource for book lovers, editors, and, of course, writers--aspiring and accomplished alike. Praise for James A. Michener "A master storyteller . . . Michener, by any standards, is a phenomenon."--The Wall Street Journal "Sentence for sentence, writing's fastest attention grabber."--The New York Times "Michener has become an institution in America, ranking somewhere between Disneyland and the Library of Congress. You learn a lot from him."--Chicago Tribune "While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates."--Los Angeles TimesFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
In such modern classics as Chesapeake, Centennial, Hawaii, Alaska, and Texas, James A. Michener proved time and again that his understanding of and love for his country was unparalleled. This Noble Land is Michener's most personal statement about America, an examination of the issues that threaten to fragment and undermine the nation--racial conflict, the widening gulf between rich and poor, the decline of education, the inadequacies of our health care system--as well as a thought-provoking prescription for sustaining our "outstanding success." First published shortly before Michener's death, This Noble Land stands as a wake-up call for a troubled era, infused with the wisdom and passion of a lifetime. Praise for This Noble Land "A book-length essay on the often worrying, often inspiring course of America in the nine decades of Michener's life."--The Washington Post "Michener is more interested in fixing the problems than in fixing the blame."--The Dallas Morning News "Michener's are the beach books that, unlike most other beach books, leave you smarter than you were when you started reading. Each delivers the product of all that research, doled out to the reader at just the right rate. You know right away who the bad guys are--the petty ones, the stingy ones. The heroes are generous and energetic and smart and, above all, unprejudiced. The real-life villains in This Noble Land are the people Michener perceives as 'petty, mean and vengeful.'"--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Stirring . . . an admirable effort to define what has made our country great and how to preserve what is best about it."--Kirkus ReviewsFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning master of the historical saga, returns to his beloved Spain with this magical novel of Seville at Easter time, a season of splendid pageantry, thrilling bullfights, deep piety--and the possibility for miracles. An American sports journalist has come to the city to report on efforts by the rancher Don Cayetano Mota to revive his once-proud line of bulls: Not only does Mota pray to the Virgin Mary, but he takes on Herculean acts of devotion during the solemn celebrations of Holy Week. The story goes deeper into life's mysteries, shaking the newspaperman's skepticism and opening his eyes to the wonder of faith. Featuring illustrations by the American bullfighter John Fulton, Miracle in Seville is Michener at his most dazzling. Praise for Miracle in Seville "Eloquent . . . a vintage demonstration of Michener storytelling . . . What emerges most strongly is the real admiration and awe that lovers of bullfighting feel for the toro bravo."--The New York Times Book Review "Compelling . . . told with an understanding of and appreciation for a culture where matadors are artists and miracles are possible."--Chicago TribuneFrom the Hardcover edition.
Showcasing the evocative artwork created by John Moll for this special edition, James A. Michener's The Watermen is a unique tribute to the adventurous seafarers of the Chesapeake Bay. Excerpted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's classic Chesapeake, this enthralling novel has a unity and a spirit all its own, telling the story of the bay and its wildlife, but especially of the watermen, from their favorite pastimes to their rivalries in hunting, oystering, racing, and fighting. Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly conceived, The Watermen is a narrative and visual feast from one of America's favorite storytellers. Praise for Chesapeake "Another of James Michener's great mines of narrative, character and lore."--The Wall Street Journal "[A] marvelous panorama of history seen in the lives of symbolic people of the ages . . . an emotionally and intellectually appealing book."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Michener's most ambitious work of fiction in theme and scope."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "Magnificently written . . . one of those rare novels that is enthusiastically passed from friend to friend."--Associated Press
In this eye-opening nonfiction account, world-renowned author James A. Michener details the reckless gamble U.S. voters make every four years: trusting the electoral college. In 1968, Michener served as a presidential elector in Pennsylvania. What he witnessed that fall disturbed him so much that he felt compelled to expose the very real potential in this system for a grave injustice with history-altering consequences. Incorporating the wide-ranging insight and universal compassion of Michener's bestselling novels, Presidential Lottery is essential reading for every American concerned about the ever-growing rift between the people and the political process. Praise for Presidential Lottery "Clear, concise, and sensible . . . a thoughtful book on how Americans choose their President."--The New York Times "An urgent appeal."--Kirkus ReviewsFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
Literary legend James A. Michener was "a Renaissance man, adventurous, inquisitive, unpretentious and unassuming, with an encyclopedic mind and a generous heart" (The New York Times Book Review). In this exceptional memoir, the man himself tells the story of his remarkable life and describes the people, events, and ideas that shaped it. Moving backward and forward across time, he writes about the many strands of his experience: his passion for travel; his lifelong infatuation with literature, music, and painting; his adventures in politics; and the hard work, headaches, and rewards of the writing life. Here at last is the real James Michener: plainspoken, wise, and enormously sympathetic, a man who could truly say, "The world is my home." Praise for The World Is My Home "Michener's own life makes one of his most engaging tales--a classic American success story."--Entertainment Weekly "The Michener saga is as full of twists as any of his monumental works. . . . His output, his political interests, his patriotic service, his diligence, and the breadth of his readership are matched only by the great nineteenth-century writers whose works he devoured as he grew up--Dickens, Balzac, Mark Twain."--Chicago Tribune "There are splendid yarns about [Michener's] wartime doings in the South Pacific. There are hilarious cautionary tales about his service on government commissions. There are wonderful inside stories from the publishing business. And always there is Michener himself--analyzing his own character, assessing himself as a writer, chronicling his intellectual life, giving advice to young writers."--The Plain Dealer "A sweepingly interesting life . . . Whether he's having an epiphany over a campout in New Guinea with head-hunting cannibals or getting politically charged by the melodrama of great opera, James A. Michener's world is a place and a time worth reading about."--The Christian Science MonitorFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
In this sweeping novel inspired by the Iran-Contra affair, master storyteller James A. Michener conjures the triumphs and tragedies of one family and their dynamic role in the history of the United States and its founding document. Over a tense weekend of reflection, Major Norman Starr of the National Security Council prepares to appear before a congressional committee to publicly account for his covert actions. Hoping to learn something from his proud, troubled heritage, Starr looks for guidance in the lives of his ancestors: all-Americans who weren't always right. From a framer of the Constitution to a slave owner, from a Supreme Court justice to a courageous suffragist, each recalls an important legacy that Starr must somehow reconcile with his own perilous dilemma. Praise for Legacy "Michener has left his own legacy. . . . [He] is an educator, not just in history but in ethics, and like any good educator, he's not afraid to confront a complex world."--Edward Rutherfurd, Chicago Tribune "Michener tells interesting stories about the Constitution, even if they are fiction. He brings the document alive. . . . Each tale is told with the Michener flair."--United Press International "An impressive amount of historical drama . . . Captivating historical vignettes [are] woven skillfully within Starr's talks with his loving wife and loyal attorney."--Kirkus Reviews "A revealing book . . . about the forging of the Constitution and the crises that shaped it."--Associated PressFrom the Paperback edition.
In a thrilling collection of nonfiction adventure stories, James A. Michener returns to the most dazzling place on Earth: the islands that inspired Tales of the South Pacific. Co-written with A. Grove Day, Rascals in Paradise offers portraits of ten scandalous men and women, some infamous and some overlooked, including Sam Costock, a mutinous sailor whose delusions of grandeur became a nightmare; Will Mariner, a golden-haired youth who used his charm to win over his captors; and Captain Bligh, the notorious HMS Bounty captain who may not have been the monster history remembers him as. From lifelong buccaneers to lapsed noblemen, in Michener and Day's capable hands these rogues become the stuff of legend. Praise for Rascals in Paradise "The best book about those far-scattered islands that has appeared in a long time . . . a portfolio of rare and ruthless personalities that is calculated to make the curliest hair stand straight on end."--The New York Times "[Combines] research and scholarship (A. Grove Day was a professor at the University of Hawaii) with a gift for spinning a yarn and depicting character (Michener, journalist and novelist, needs no introduction)."--Kirkus ReviewsFrom the Paperback edition.
Originally published in 1976, James A. Michener's explosive, spectacular Sports in America is a prescient examination of the crisis in American sports that is still unfolding to this day. Pro basketball players are banned for narcotics use, while a Major League pitcher is arrested for smuggling drugs across the Mexican border. The NFL's "injury report" grows longer every Sunday. Corruption and recruiting violations plague collegiate sports as the "winning is everything" mentality trickles down to the Little League level. With his lifelong enthusiasm for sports in evidence, the incomparable Michener tackles this subject thoroughly and leaves us amazed and appalled by what we've learned, yet still loving the games we grew up on. Praise for Sports in America "A comprehensive, controversial examination of sports as a major force in American life."--Los Angeles Times "Michener's life was saved by sports twice. In return, he has issued a long, lovingly critical, prodigiously researched account of the passions and politics of America at organized play. Rich in anecdote, source material and his own shrewd commentary."--The New York Times Book Review "Like just about everything James Michener has produced, Sports in America is a thoughtful, well-written document that's thoroughly researched. . . . For anyone interested in how the ball bounces in the U.S. of A., the answers are all here."--The Wall Street Journal "Encyclopedic . . . amusing and sometimes alarming."--The Washington PostFrom the Paperback edition.
In this timely work--part memoir, part investigative analysis--a prize-winning writer explores the explosive and confusing intersection of faith, politics, and sexuality in Christian America.When Jeff Chu came out to his parents as a gay man, his devout Christian mother cried. And cried. Every time she looked at him. For months. As a journalist and a believer, Chu knew that he had to get to the heart of a question that had been haunting him for years: Does Jesus really love me?The quest to find an answer propels Chu on a remarkable cross-country journey to discover the God "forbidden to him" because of his sexuality. Surveying the breadth of the political and theological spectrum, from the most conservative viewpoints to the most liberal, he tries to distill what the diverse followers of Christ believe about homosexuality and to understand how these people who purportedly follow the same God and the same Scriptures have come to hold such a wide range of opinions. Why does Pastor A believe that God hates me, especially because of my gayness? Why does Person B believe that God loves me, gayness and all?From Brooklyn to Nashville to California, from Westboro Baptist Church and their god hates fags protest signs to the pioneering Episcopal bishop Mary Glasspool, who proclaims a message of liberation and divine love, Chu captures spiritual snapshots of Christian America at a remarkable moment, when tensions between both sides in the culture wars have rarely been higher. Both funny and heartbreaking, perplexing and wise, Does Jesus Really Love Me? is an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual pilgrimage that reveals a portrait of a faith and a nation at odds.
The eBook collection of four complete works by bestselling author and leading historical Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan, including Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Birth of Christianity, The Power of Parable, and The Greatest Prayer.
Witness: A Thriller and Suspense eBook Sampler from Witness ImpulseWilliam Morrow/Harper Collins e-original thriller imprint Witness Impulse presents a free sampler of excerpts from twelve new or upcoming novels, as well as "Claws," a complete original short story by Stephen Booth.You'll find:An Introduction from Witness Impulse editor Emily Krump"Claws" by Stephen Booth (in its entirety)Excerpts from Newly Released Impulse Books:Settled Blood by Mari HannahCold in the Earth by Aline TempletonShadows on the Mirror by Frances FyfieldPrince by Rory ClementsCut Short by Leigh RussellConfession by Carey BaldwinComing Soon from Impulse:Code of the Hills by Nancy AllenHurt by Brian McGillowayBlessed are the Dead by Kristi BelcaminoDaddy's Girl by Margie OrfordPsalmist by James LillieforsChina Dogs by Sam Masters
The author reviews the changes brought by Vatican II and then explores specific areas of interest including Catholics in Conflict, Ordained Ministry, Laypersons in the Church, Women in the Church, Church and Society, Church and Politics, Ecumenism, Personalities, Popes, and the future of the church.
This highly praised handbook on ministry is an essential resource for clergy and laity alike--clear, readable, theologically sound, and pastorally wise. Traces the development of ministry from New Testament times through Vatican II to provide pastoral guidance for priests, nuns, teachers, and others who are called to the ministry.
To uncover the truth, she'll have to break the code of the hills ...In the Missouri Ozarks, some things aren't talked about ... even abuse. But prosecutor Elsie Arnold is determined to change that.When she is assigned to prosecute a high-profile incest case in which a father is accused of abusing his three young daughters, Elsie is ready to become the Ozarks' avenging angel.But as Elsie sinks her teeth into the case, everything begins to turn sour. The star witness goes missing; the girls refuse to talk about their father, who terrorizes the courtroom from the moment he enters; and Elsie begins to suspect that their tough-as-nails mother has ulterior motives. To make matters worse, Elsie receives gruesome threats from local extremists, warning her to mind her own business.While Elsie swears not to let a sex offender walk, she realizes the odds--and maybe the town--are against her, and her life begins to crumble. But amidst all of the conflict, the safety of three young girls hangs in the balance ...A powerful debut, with the haunting atmosphere of Winter's Bone and the page-turning suspense of Alafair Burke's thrillers.
They say kids don't come with a set of instructions--the AstroTwins beg to differ!Are you a Cancer mom trying to understand your Sagittarius daughter? Are you a Virgo mother with a Pisces son who seems to be your polar opposite? Wondering why your little Taurus was such an easy baby, but your Aquarius was anything but? Even if you've only ever read your horoscope in the back of a magazine for fun or never given astrology a second thought, you'll be amazed at the insights you'll get from Momstrology, a guide to parenting by the stars.From choosing a preschool, to picking hobbies and activities, to understanding what it means when your toddler gets clingy, or your big kid wants to quit soccer, or your tween talks back, Momstrology is a unique guide through all of the phases of your child's life. Offering charts for every astrological sign to decipher your child's good days and bad days, likes and dislikes, and how your child deals with authority, limits, separation, and siblings, the AstroTwins offer real-world advice, from a cosmic perspective, that is always supportive and never overwhelming. With a section devoted to understanding your strengths and challenges as a mom based on your sign and another section that matches you with your children to see how you all mesh together, Momstrology is a parenting guide like no other.Let Momstrology be your go-to guide in the trenches of parenthood...through tears and triumphs and meltdowns and milestones, for every age and stage.
Lady Raine had need of a Husband. But not just any man would do. She required a man of honor to protect her young brother's inheritance. And from the moment she laid eyes upon Benedict Ainsworth at court, she knew her search was over. But her scheming had just begun. Entranced by Raine's breathtaking beauty, Benedict, Baron of Brackenmoore, would have moved heaven and earth for the intriguing lady. Though when she tricked him into a marriage of convenience, he was determined to make her his wife in more than name only. Season's Brides book 2.
When Nicholas Hendry returned safe from the Crusades, he vowed he would no longer woo every comely wench in the shire. But he hadn't counted on the fiery charms of the inkeeper's daughter, Beatrice Thibault. A young miss with no room in her life-or her heart-for him!If Beatrice Thibault had her way, Nicholas Hendry would never learn of the son he had sired. Indeed, the man was more knave than knight in her eyes-no matter how winning his ways or warm his smile, she would never succumb to his charms.
Rancher Gabe Tanner was content to ride herd on bachelorhood forever. And if it hadn't been for that blasted bachelor tax, he would have. Even if every glimpse he had of Rosemary Gibson, the preacher's daughter, warned him he didn't have a prayer of remaining single...!Life's usual dreams-love, home, children-would always elude Rosemary Gibson, or so she thought. Until the day Providence mixed the devilish Gabriel Tanner, two angelic kids and one prim yet passionate parson's daughter into a most unusual ready-made famil...!
Princess Katharine has always been destined for a political marriage. Her heart heavy, she prepares to meet her future husband-the man whisperers in his royal kingdom call the Beast of Hajar....Concealing his disfigurement from public scrutiny, Sheikh Zahir rules his country from within the castle walls, allowing no one in. Until duty demands he carry on the Hajar family dynasty, and allow his new bride to cross the threshold.Zahir expects Katharine to flee at first sight. Yet her unflinching gaze fires Zahir's blood, their attraction burning hotter than the scorching desert sands....
From USA TODAY bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly comes WAKING UP MARRIED, a free book in Harlequin's brand-new contemporary romance collection-Harlequin KISS.Her first thought: "Who are you?"It's the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she's in a stranger's penthouse having woken up with something else as well-a funny, arrogant, sexy...husband!Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible-been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter...no, Connor Reed and she's gone from first meet to marriage in one night!Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor's shocking bombshell?"I don't want a divorce."If you loved WAKING UP MARRIED, be sure to catch four fun, flirty and sensual Harlequin KISS titles available every month starting February 2013!
Eric Drake, a powerful Dark Wolf, has never trusted himself around human females-preferring to mate only within his pack. That is, until he encounters Chelsea Smart snooping around Silvercrest pack land in search of her missing sister.Secretly, Chelsea thinks Eric is the sexiest man she's ever seen, though she is wary of his potent Alpha energy. Then it's discovered that Chelsea's sister is being held by a pack of vicious Lycans, and Eric heroically leaps into action. Now, Chelsea will risk everything-her body and soul-to surrender to the passion that will mark her as Eric's woman for all eternity...if they survive.
Every family has its secrets...Prepare to be shocked and seduced by these three tales of deception, passion, and long-awaited revenge.The Hero's SonValerie Snow is desperate to clear her wrongfully convicted father of the abduction and murder of the young son of a powerful Memphis family. But the justice-seeking journalist hits a blue wall of silence. The son of the cop who helped put Valerie's father away thirty years ago, Lt. Brant Colter now isn't sure they caught the right man. Can he protect Valerie from a killer determined to bury the truth forever?The Brother's WifeGiving up Jake McClain was the hardest thing Hope ever had to do. But the Memphis PI put his life on the line every day and she couldn't risk losing the man she loved. Marrying Andrew Kingsley was her second mistake. Now Andrew is dead-and a stranger claims he's Andrew's twin brother, vanished for thirty years. But there's something disturbingly familiar about Adam Kingsley...The Long-Lost HeirBradlee Fitzgerald was just a child when her best friend Adam Kingsley disappeared. Rumors of foul play swirled around the Kingsleys' palatial Memphis estate. Thirty years later, as one man fights to clear his name and another man awakens dangerous desire, what Bradlee inadvertently witnessed comes back to haunt her as she's drawn into an unholy maze of retribution and murder.
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Mercedes Lackey enters a world with fractured fairytales that lead to Happily Ever Afters-with some unique twists and turns along the way!THE FAIRY GODMOTHERWhen Elena realizes she's never going to find her prince, she decides to break with "The Tradition"-a mystical power that encourages everyone in The Five Hundred Kingdoms to find their storybook role-and head off on her own. Because even with a little help from a Fairy Godmother, the road to a Happily Ever After isn't smooth....ONE GOOD KNIGHTFacing down dragons isn't the Traditional job for a princess, but when Princess Andromeda is chosen for the virgin sacrifice, she isn't going to go meekly. Teaming up with Sir George, her Champion, leads to a few more surprises, and suddenly she's seeing the dragon in a whole new light....
Royal Weddings...through the agesFollow the stories of seven royal unions and the people that made them happen!Meet the Prince Williams and Kate Middletons of centuries ago in these seven heart-warming short stories from Harlequin. Combining the romantic dreams of real-life and fictitious couples, each tale has a historical wedding right at its center!In 1152 the powerful Duchess of Aquitaine, Eleanor, takes a chance on the youthful Henry of Anjou. Later that century, a shipwreck off the coast of Cyprus threatens the union of King Richard the Lionheart and Princess Berengaria. With more than politics on his mind, Prince George goes undercover in 1704 to steal the heart of famous beauty Caroline of Ansbach. In 1795 newly-weds Duke and Duchess of Severn discover the thrills of the marriage bed as the future King of England reluctantly takes his bride. In 1810, an unexpected passion blooms under the nose of the eagle-eyed emperor as the whole of Paris prepares for Napoleon's wedding celebrations. Four hearts leap as the love-match between Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold sparks another budding romance. And Queen Victoria's maid of honor finds that royal approval might be the solution to her own marital dilemmas!This bundle includes:WHAT THE DUCHESS WANTS by Terri BrisbinLIONHEART'S BRIDE by Michelle WillinghamPRINCE CHARMING IN DISGUISE by Bronwyn ScottA PRINCELY DILEMMA by Elizabeth RollsTHE PROBLEM WITH JOSEPHINE by Lucy AshfordPRINCESS CHARLOTTE'S CHOICE by Ann LethbridgeWITH VICTORIA'S BLESSING by Mary Nichols
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