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The Case for Auschwitz: Evidence from the Irving Trial

by Robert Jan van Van Pelt

From January to April 2000 historian David Irving brought a high-profile libel case against Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt in the British High Court, charging that Lipstadt’s book, Denying the Holocaust (1993), falsely labeled him a Holocaust denier. The question about the evidence for Auschwitz as a death camp played a central role in these proceedings. Irving had based his alleged denial of the Holocaust in part on a 1988 report by an American execution specialist, Fred Leuchter, which claimed that there was no evidence for homicidal gas chambers in Auschwitz. In connection with their defense, Penguin and Lipstadt engaged architectural historian Robert Jan van Pelt to present evidence for our knowledge that Auschwitz had been an extermination camp where up to one million Jews were killed, mainly in gas chambers. Employing painstaking historical scholarship, van Pelt prepared and submitted an exhaustive forensic report that he successfully defended in cross-examination in court.

Communist Daze: The Many Misadventures of a Soviet Doctor

by Vladimir A. Tsesis

Welcome to Gradieshti, a Soviet village awash in gray buildings and ramshackle fences, home to a large, collective farm and to the most oddball and endearing cast of characters possible. For three years in the 1960s, Vladimir Tsesis—inestimable Soviet doctor and irrepressible jester—was stationed in a village where racing tractor drivers tossed vodka bottles to each other for sport; where farmers and townspeople secretly mocked and tried to endure the Communist way of life; where milk for children, running water, and adequate electricity were rare; where the world’s smallest, motley parade became the country’s longest; and where one compulsively amorous Communist Party leader met a memorable, chilling fate. From a frantic pursuit of calcium-deprived, lunatic Socialist chickens to a father begging on his knees to Soviet officials to obtain antibiotic for his dying child, Vladimir’s tales of Gradieshti are unforgettable. Sometimes hysterical, often moving, always a remarkable and highly entertaining insider’s look at rural life under the old Soviet regime, they are a sobering exposé of the terrible inadequacies of its much-lauded socialist medical system.

Earth As It Is

by Jan Maher

It’s the 1930s in Texas when Charlie Bader comes of age with urges he has struggled with since childhood and does not understand. After his new bride finds him wearing her own sexy lingerie and leaves him in disgust, he tries to move on. His efforts lead him to Chicago, where he stumbles on a community of cross-dressers and begins to attend their secret soirees. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, he volunteers for the army, serving as a dentist and trying once again to leave his obsession with soft clothes behind. Instead,his wartime experiences combined with the army's faulty record-keeping lead to his reappearance in the small town of Heaven, Indiana, as Charlene. There, Charleneopens a beauty shop where Heaven’s women safely share their stories and secrets as she shampoos, clips, curls, and combs their hair. Charlenedeftly manages to keep her own story hidden and her sexual desires quiet until she falls in love with a female customer and her life begins to change.

The Primrose Switchback (Rosie Holland #2)

by Jo Bannister

[From the left dust jacket flap:] "Shad couldn’t be guilty of murder... could he? Rosie Holland, agony aunt for the Skipley Chronicle, speeds to the aid of a woman supposedly held at knifepoint only to discover the whole thing is a hoax organised by the makers of a TV programme. Merely annoyed at first, Rosie becomes worried when her gardener, Shad, is discovered unconscious and bleeding near the dead body of one of the programme's researchers. Rosie finds it impossible to believe that Shad could have been involved and she vows to discover the truth. But as she delves deeper into the events surrounding the night of the murder, she realises that in this bizarre set-up of twisted humour and warped ambition, nothing is as it seems." Look for the following books by Jo Bannester in the Bookshare collection including: A Bleeding of Innocence, Changelings, Charisma, The Lazarus Hotel, No Birds Sing and Reflections, with more to come.

The Emergent Manager

by Tony J. Watson Pauline Harris

The Emergent Manager examines the process of becoming a manager within organizations and considers how people relate the ways in which they 'manage' their lives to their development as managers in the workplace. At the heart of the book is the idea of the individual engaged in a continual process of 'becoming'. Focusing on the reported experiences of managers, the book is richly illustrated throughout with examples drawn from a variety of workplaces, including the civil service, academia, the retail industry, construction and engineering, banking and the prison service. Tony Watson and Pauline Harris together provide a new understanding of the nature of the management role and the ways in which people make sense of their lives as managers. Accessible and innovative, this book will be of interest to students and academics in management and organization studies as well as practising managers.

Enough!: A Buddhist Approach to Finding Release from Addictive Patterns

by Chonyi Taylor

All of us are caught up in addictions—big or small. Enough! presents a practical path that releases us from the grip of negative habits and addictions that block a full and meaningful life. We can learn how to undo our habits and addictions, but to do this we have to first find their triggers. With the right techniques, we can disarm them and learn more effective ways for dealing with the pain that so often underlies our problem-causing behaviors. Without the support of effective methods, we are likely to return to our addictions when pain and painful issues arise. Chönyi Taylor helps us break through that cycle, reconnect with ourselves and others, and feel more centered in our spiritual awareness. The meditations in this book are designed to develop familiarity with states of mind that can release us from addictive patterns.Presenting the essence of Buddhism without the jargon and fusing it with Western psychology, Chönyi Taylor engagingly combines practical exercises that were developed through her workshops with meditations and stories and presents invaluable insights about how the mind works. Enough! is intended for anyone who is looking for a powerful and effective way out of addiction, regardless of religious or secular background, and is suitable for self-study or as part of a guided program.

The Treasury of Knowledge: Book Five: Buddhist Ethics

by Kalu Rinpoche Translation Group Jamgon Kongtrul

In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgön Kongtrül's Treasury of Knowledge in ten books stands out as a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as it was preserved in Tibet. This volume is the fifth book of that work and is considered by many scholars to be its heart. Jamgön Kongtrül explains the complete code of personal liberation as it applies to both monastic and lay persons, the precepts for those aspiring to the life of a bodhisattva, and the exceptional pledges for practitioners on the tantric path of pure perception.

The Treasury of Knowledge: Book One: Myriad Worlds

by Kalu Rinpoche Translation Group Jamgon Kongtrul

In Tibetan religious literature, Jamgön Kongtrül's Treasury of Knowledge in ten books stands out as a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet. In his monumental Treasury of Knowledge, Jamgön Kongtrül presents a complete account of the major lines of thought and practice that comprise Tibetan Buddhism. This first book of The Treasury which serves as a prelude to Kongtrul's survey describes four major cosmological systems found in the Tibetan tradition—those associated with the Hinayana, Mahayana, Kalachakra, and Dzogchen teachings. Each of these cosmologies shows how the world arises from mind, whether through the accumulated results of past actions or from the constant striving of awareness to know itself.

Establishing Appearances as Divine: Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo on Reasoning, Madhyamaka, and Purity

by Heidi I. Koppl

Establishing Appearances as Divine, a concise treatise by the eleventh-century Tibetan Buddhist philosopher Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo, sets out to prove the provocative point that everything that appears is actually deity manifest. Many books on Tibetan Buddhism address the important themes of mind training, compassion, and proper conduct, but this penetrating study and translation of Rongzom’s text goes beyond that in its aim to bring the reader face to face with his or her pure, divine nature.

The Kabbalah of Money: Jewish Insights on Giving, Owning, and Receiving

by Nilton Bonder

This book challenges us to take a broad and ethical view of economic behavior, which includes all forms of exchange and human interaction, from how we spend our money to how we fulfill our role as responsible human beings in a global economic framework. Drawing on Jewish ethical teachings, mystical lore, and tales of the Hasidic masters, Bonder explores a wide range of subjects including competition, partnerships, contracts, loans and interest, tipping, and giving gifts.

Radical Compassion: Shambhala Publications Authors on the Path of Boundless Love

by Shambhala Publications

What is compassion? Much more than just being nice, compassion is about looking deeply at ourselves and others and recognizing the fundamental goodness we all share. It’s about opening up to the vulnerable space inside every one of us and letting our barriers down. And it’s about daring to be present to ourselves and others with genuine love and kindness. Empowering personal awakening and social change, it might be the most radical and transformative thing we can do.The cultivation of compassion has long been at the core of Naropa University’s mission, since its origins in 1974—and its students and faculty have been leaders in contemplative education with heart. In celebration of Naropa’s fortieth anniversary, Shambhala Publications is pleased to offer these teachings on the path of compassion from a collection of authors who have helped shape the school’s unique and innovative identity, including: • Chögyam Trungpa on opening ourselves more and more to love the whole of humanity • Dzogchen Ponlop on how to cultivate altruism with the help of a spiritual mentor • Judith L. Lief on the common obstacles to compassion and how to overcome them • Gaylon Ferguson on awakening human-heartedness in oneself and society amidst everyday life • Diane Musho Hamilton on connecting to natural empathy and taking a compassionate approach to conflict resolution • Reginald A. Ray on spiritual practices for developing the enlightened mind and heart in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition • Ringu Tulku on the practices of bodhisattvas, those who devote themselves to the path of enlightenment for the sake of all beings • Pema Chödrön on building up loving-kindness for oneself and others with help from traditional Buddhist slogans • Ken Wilber on what it really means to be a support person, with reflections from his own life • Karen Kissel Wegela on avoiding caregiver’s burnout and staying centered amidst our efforts to help those in need • and reflections on Naropa University and the meaning of radical compassion from longstanding faculty member Judith Simmer-Brown

Our Immoral Soul: A Manifesto of Spiritual Disobedience

by Nilton Bonder

Rabbi Bonder turns a few conventional ideas on their heads as he identifies the forces at play in individual, social, and spiritual transformation. Many people believe that obedience to the established moral order leads to the well-being of society as well as the salvation of their souls. On the contrary, says Bonder, the human spirit is nourished by the impulse to betray and transgress the ways of the past. Even the Bible legitimizes our God-given urge to disobey in order to evolve, grow, and transcend. It is this "immoral" soul of ours that impels us to do battle with God—and out of this clash, Bonder predicts, a new humanity will emerge. In the course of discussion, he examines a variety of intriguing issues touching on religion, science, and culture, including the findings of evolutionary psychology; the relation of body and soul; infidelity in marriage; the stereotype of Jew as traitor; sacrifice and redemption in Judaism and Christianity; and the Messiah as archetypal transgressor.

Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life's Challenges

by Pat Enkyo O'Hara Joan Halifax

For Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, intimacy is what Zen practice is all about: the realization of the essential lack of distinction between self and other that inevitably leads to wisdom and compassionate action. She approaches the practice of intimacy beginning at its most basic level—the intimacy with ourselves that is the essential first step. She then shows how to bring intimacy into our relationships with others, starting with those dearest to us and moving on to those who don’t seem dear at all. She then shows how to grow in intimacy so that we include everyone around us, all of society, the whole world and all the beings it contains. Each chapter is accompanied by practices she uses with her students at the Village Zendo for manifesting intimacy in our lives.

The Tax Law of Charitable Giving, 2017 Supplement

by Bruce R. Hopkins

The classic reference for charitable gift regulations, updated for 2017 The Tax Law of Charitable Giving is the leading guide to the law, rules, and regulations governing charitable giving. Author Bruce R. Hopkins is the most respected authority in the field; in this book, he provides a comprehensive update on the latest changes to the law, new Treasury Department regulations, and much more to help lawyers, managers, and development directors in tax-exempt organizations stay up-to-date on all regulations pertaining to charitable gifts. This 2017 update includes coverage of updated estate tax law, new substantiation requirements, appraisal requirements, recordkeeping, donor-advised funds, and the new healthcare tax on investment income of trusts, with detailed documentation, citations, and references to regulations, rulings, cases, and tax literature included. The companion website provides additional tables, appendices, IRS guidelines, and other useful documents to help nonprofits make fully informed decisions about their fund-development programs. As quickly as tax law evolves, it remains the nonprofit's responsibility to stay up-to-date and compliant with all relevant regulations. This book provides a definitive reference for the latest changes, new laws, and upcoming legislation to provide an accessible one-stop reference. Examine the latest changes to the laws surrounding charitable giving Learn how the new healthcare tax affects pooled income funds Understand the Treasury Department's new regulations for reporting, appraisal, and more Access reference tables, IRS guidelines, and other useful documents Charitable gifts are the cornerstone of the nonprofit organization's support, and American taxpayers give more than any other group worldwide. The rules surrounding these gifts are complex, but compliance is critical to the health of the organization. The Tax Law of Charitable Giving provides an authoritative reference for all aspects of the law, with the most up-to-date information available anywhere.

On-Camera Coach: Tools and Techniques for Business Professionals in a Video-Driven World

by Karin M. Reed

The invaluable handbook for acing your on-camera appearance On-Camera Coach is your personal coach for becoming great on camera. From Skype interviews and virtual conferences to shareholder presentations and television appearances, this book shows you how to master the art of on-camera presentation to deliver your message clearly, effectively, and with confidence. Fear of public speaking is common, but even the most seasoned speakers freeze in front of a single lens—being on camera demands an entirely new set of skills above and beyond the usual presentation to an audience you can actually see. It requires special attention to the way you move, the way you speak, and even the way you dress. This book provides the guidance and tools you need to ace it every time. Video is powerful, and it is everywhere; corporate YouTube channels, webinars, virtual meetings, TedTalks, and more are increasingly turning the lens on those who typically remain behind the scenes. This relatively recent trend will continue to expand as media plays a larger role in business, and the ability to appear confident, authoritative, and polished is becoming a necessary job skill. This book shows you everything you need to know about being on camera, from preparation through presentation and beyond. Learn how to prepare for an on-camera appearance Tailor your presentation to on-camera demands Discover how the camera interprets wardrobe and body language Appear dynamic, confident, and engaged when the lens points your way The lens captures everything—the awkward pauses, the nervous fidgets, poor posture, and every false start and mistake is captured for posterity. Is that the image you want to present? You want to get your message across and be heard; to do that, you must portray authority, energy, and confidence—even when you don't feel it. On-Camera Coach provides the expert instruction and insider secrets that help you make your message sing.

Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Physico-Chemical and Mechanical Characterization

by Vijay Kumar Thakur Michael R. Kessler Manju Kumari Thakur

The Handbook of Composites From Renewable Materials comprises a set of 8 individual volumes that brings an interdisciplinary perspective to accomplish a more detailed understanding of the interplay between the synthesis, structure, characterization, processing, applications and performance of these advanced materials. The handbook covers a multitude of natural polymers/ reinforcement/ fillers and biodegradable materials. Together, the 8 volumes total at least 5000 pages and offers a unique publication. This 3rd volume of the Handbook is solely focused on the Physico-Chemical and Mechanical Characterization of renewable materials. Some of the important topics include but not limited to: structural and biodegradation characterization of supramolecular PCL/HAP nano-composites; different characterization of solid bio-fillers based agricultural waste material; poly (ethylene-terephthalate) reinforced with hemp fibers; poly (lactic acid) thermoplastic composites from renewable materials; chitosan –based composite materials: fabrication and characterization; the use of flax fiber reinforced polymer (FFRP) composites in the externally reinforced structures for seismic retrofitting monitored by transient thermography and optical techniques; recycling and reuse of fiber reinforced polymer wastes in concrete composite materials; analysis of damage in hybrid composites subjected to ballistic impacts; biofiber reinforced acrylated epoxidized soybean oil (AESO) biocomposites; biopolyamides and high performance natural fiber-reinforced biocomposites; impact of recycling on the mechanical and thermo-mechanical properties of wood fiber based HDPE and PLA composites; lignocellulosic fibers composites: an overview; biodiesel derived raw glycerol to value added products; thermo-mechanical characterization of sustainable structural composites; novel pH sensitive composite hydrogel based on functionalized starch/clay for the controlled release of amoxicillin; preparation and characterization of biobased thermoset polymers from renewable resources; influence of natural fillers size and shape into mechanical and barrier properties of biocomposites; composite of biodegradable polymer blends of PCL/PLLA and coconut fiber - the effects of ionizing radiation; packaging composite materials from renewable resources; physicochemical properties of ash based geopolymer concrete; a biopolymer derived from castor oil polyurethane; natural polymer based biomaterials; physical and mechanical properties of polymer membranes from renewable resources

Handbook of Composites from Renewable Materials, Design and Manufacturing

by Vijay Kumar Thakur Michael R. Kessler Manju Kumari Thakur

The Handbook of Composites From Renewable Materials comprises a set of 8 individual volumes that brings an interdisciplinary perspective to accomplish a more detailed understanding of the interplay between the synthesis, structure, characterization, processing, applications and performance of these advanced materials. The handbook covers a multitude of natural polymers/ reinforcement/ fillers and biodegradable materials. Together, the 8 volumes total at least 5000 pages and offers a unique publication. This 2nd volume of the Handbook is solely focused on the Design and Manufacturing of renewable materials. Some of the important topics include but not limited to: design and manufacturing of high performance green composites; manufacturing of high performance biomass-based polyesters by rheological approach; components design of fibrous composite materials; design and manufacturing of bio-based sandwich structures; design and manufacture of biodegradable products from renewable resources; manufacturing and characterization of quicklime filled metal alloy composites for single row deep groove ball bearing; manufacturing of composites from chicken feathers and poly (vinyl chloride); production of porous carbons from resorcinol-formaldehyde gels: applications; composites using agricultural wastes; manufacturing of rice wastes-based natural fiber polymer composites from thermosetting vs. thermoplastic matrices; thermoplastic polymeric composites; natural fiber reinforced PLA composites; rigid closed-cell PUR foams containing polyols derived from renewable resources; preparation and application of the composite from alginate; recent developments in biocomposites of bombyx mori silk fibroin; design and manufacturing of natural fiber/ synthetic fiber reinforced polymer hybrid composites; natural fibre composite strengthening solution for structural beam component for enhanced flexural strength; high pressure resin transfer molding of epoxy resins from renewable sources; cork based structural composites; the use of wheat straw as an agricultural waste in composites for semi-structural applications and design/ manufacturing of sustainable composites.

Digital Planning and Custom Orthodontic Treatment

by K. Hero Breuning Chung H. Kau

Digital Planning and Custom Orthodontic Treatment offers a thorough overview of digital treatment planning as it relates to custom orthodontic treatment. Covers 3D imaging of the dentition and the face with intraoral scanners, CBCT machines, and 3D facial scanners Provides a complete guide to using digital treatment planning to improve the predictability, efficiency, and efficacy of orthodontic treatment Discusses CAD/CAM fabrication of appliances and the monitoring of treatment progress and stability Offers detailed descriptions for the main commercial systems on the market Presents clinically oriented information to aid in yielding high quality and stable results

My Fair Monster

by Lila Dubois

Hollywood, California home to the rich, the famous, and monsters! Screenwriter Jan Darby is planning a blockbuster movie and her paranormal inspiration is a real, live monster. Little does she realize that her muse is planning a seduction that will turn her world upside down. My Fair Monster from Award winning, paranormal romance author Lila Dubois is Book 2 in her bestselling series, Monsters in Hollywood. She agreed to everything but sex. She hadn't counted on his monstrous creativity...Since the day three incredibly hot men in disguise walk into her office and proved Monsters are real, intrepid screenwriter Jane Darby is obsessed with one task: to give the creatures a mythical makeover by writing a revolutionary, blockbuster screenplay. Now if only she can get over her own fear—and get the closed-mouth Michael to talk about his people. Michael is fascinated by the demure and docile Jane, whose efforts to hold him at arm's length hide an untapped sexual passion—a beast within her, waiting to be set free. There's only one way to get under her lovely skin: strike a bargain. For one week, she agrees to let him do anything, anything, he wants. But Jane's got conditions. First, no actual sex. Second, she has to enjoy it. Jane's not really worried. What can happen if he sticks to the bargain? After all, she's not really turned on by the idea of Michael tying her down. Or bending her over his knee. Or...This erotic paranormal romance contains gargoyle shapeshifters, monsters, and adult themes. My Fair Monster is not intended for readers under the age of 18. Previously published: (2008) Samhain Publishing

A Vampire Forsaken

by G. R. George Renee George

BDSM club Corazon de la Muerte, Kansas CityThings have just gone sideways in Kansas City and Nathan Greer is caught in the middle. A Vampire Forsaken, book 2 of her bestselling series, Kansas City Vampires, USA Today bestselling GLBT author Renee George, writing as G.R. George, turns up the heat for master vampire Guillermo Perez! This is one thrilling ride you don't want to miss. Nathan Greer has only been a vampire for a little over three years and suddenly a nearly seven foot Viking vampire, Tyrsgard Madds, claims that Nathan is his master. Not only his master, but they are eternally bound and Tyr cannot survive without Nathan. Guillermo Perez, master vampire, club owner and Nathan's lover, hates Tyr. They have a past that neither vampire wants to divulge to Nathan. Guillermo believes that because the bond was created through the "Old Ways" it is unbreakable and he is unwilling to share Nathan with Tyr. Nathan doesn't want or know how to be a master vampire -- he can barely control his own Beast. Guillermo worries Tyr will drive a wedge between Nathan and himself. And Tyr wants something he hasn't had in nearly seven hundred years -- free will.This contemporary gay romance contains vampires, shapeshifters, gay and bisexual explicit erotic content and is not intended for readers under 18. Previously Published: (2006) Changeling Press | (2016) G.R. George

It Should've Been Me

by Victoria Christopher Murray Reshonda Tate Billingsley

Lights, camera, action... Tamara Collins is poised to become the next great American actress. The problem is Hollywood doesn't know that just yet.....and since her bills aren't paying themselves, Tamara signs on to star in the new stageplay, It Should've Been Me. Get in, get out, get paid...that's all Tamara wants to do. But her co-stars - including Donovan Dobbs, her ex that left her at the altar and Camille Woods, a young starlet with a serious grudge - could make this the worst decision Tamara's ever made. Whatever it takes... Playwright/producer Gwen Tanner Weinstein has decided if her neglectful husband can't give her love, she'll take his money. And use it to make her stageplay dreams come true. She's put together an amazing cast, sold out shows across the country and is ready to take her rightful reign as one of the top play producers in the country. If only she can keep the drama contained to the stage....and that sexy young merchandising guy out of her bed.... From shady crew members, to unscrupulous paparazzi, It Should've Been Me is bound to be turned into real life drama that will rival anything that could ever happen on the stage.

Daddy's Baby

by Landis Lain

An apocalyptic Junior year.... Raging hormones turn asthmatic Damon Hamilton from nerd to heartthrob - literally overnight. Young ladies splatter against him like bugs on a windshield. For Damon, sudden popularity does not equal smooth sailing. He brutally and publically dismisses possessive, beautiful senior, Sasha Anderson, who has initiated him into the world of sex. Gang members attack him in jealous rage. And Damon has had enough. Senior year, Time for a change... At a new school, Damon gets his head back in the books, falls in love - true love - and turns his attention to one thing, getting into college and as far away from Lansing, Michigan as possible. Damon hasn't bargained on Sasha detonating a bomb in his life. There is nothing more ferocious than a girl who has been rejected in love, except one who's been rejected in love and left with a baby on board. What's a dude to do? Step up.

The Man of My Schemes

by Leslie J. Sherrod

Having a fake boyfriend comes with a real price. It started with her co-workers and then spread to her sister-friends at church: the “must-have-a-man-marriage-baby-family-right-now-because-you’re-not-getting-any-younger” fever. Tired of the merciless prying and invasive questions about her lack of a love life, thirty-four-year-old Berry Jenkins comes up with an elaborate plan to convince everyone she has finally landed the man of her dreams – she fakes it. However, her foolproof conspiracy to pretend she’s met the perfect beau turns out to be proof of foolishness as her scheme of a made-up relationship spirals out of control. Only a miracle will save Berry from her fairytale fantasy turned nightmare reality, which only worsens as her web of lies begins to unravel. Facing exposure, Berry fears that the trap she’s created for herself is too messy, too tangled – and maybe even too deadly – for her chance at love to survive.

Initiation

by Nicole J. Knight

It's the last Monday in September. For sophomore girls at Moreland High, it's the most important day of their lives. They rush to their lockers and hope to find that one-of-a-kind invitation to the Sapphires Social Club. For the lucky few who are chosen, there is the promise of popularity and high school fame if they complete initiation. Queenie, a cheerleader with a basketball star boyfriend, believes that being a Sapphire is her destiny. Taylor, a tennis player, is a reluctant participant in a bet that she can't complete initiation. Chanel, an honor student from a low-income neighborhood, is looking to secure her status among Moreland's rich kids. Anna Maria, who is struggling to lose weight, sees the Sapphires as a way for her peers to accept her. The girls soon discover that the Sapphires Social Club is different from their expectations. Ultimately, they will have to decide if being a Sapphire is worth the total price of admission.

Dirt

by Teffanie Thompson

Washington would rather be playing basketball in the tournament instead of traveling to East Texas for a family reunion. He hates to read, but takes off on his own with a book to satisfy his parents. Washington travels back to the past where he encounters his ancestor Square and witnesses the brutal punishment of a slave when he is caught reading. When he steps out of the circle of dirt, Washington fears he may never be able to return to the present or see his family again.

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