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Biblical references to Mary Magdalene are tantalizingly brief, yet she continues to spark controversy, curiosity, and veneration. We know more about her than about many of Christ's male disciples, and her significance is enshrined in her ancient honorific "Apostle to the Apostles." But still, as a woman, she remains in shadow. Was she a prostitute, a female-divinity figure, a church leader, or all of those? Hallmarked by bestselling author Margaret George's dazzling mix of history and creativity, Mary, Called Magdalene is George's most ambitious work yet. Brilliantly grounded in both biblical and secular historical research, it depicts Mary of Magdala in the first hundred years of the first millennium -- even as it peels away layers of legend. Testaments, letters, and narrative convincingly capture Mary's immediate and moving voice as she becomes part of the circle of disciples and comes to grips with the divine. Bridging the gap for readers of Antonia Fraser and fans of The Red Tent, Mary, Called Magdalene transcends both history and fiction to become a "diary of a soul."
Three days before Christmas, Alvirah Meehan - the famous lottery winner and amateur detective - and Regan Reilly try to meet the harsh demands and tough deadlines of the kidnappers who have held Reilly's father for a $1,000,000 ransom. To make matters worse, a winter storm is gathering, putting their lives in greater danger. DECK THE HALLS is filled with twists and turns, intrigue and danger, as well as a hearty dose of holiday cheer. In HE SEES YOU WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING, Sterling receives his summons into heaven a few days before Christmas. In order to be deemed fit to enter heaven this year he is sent back to earth and given an opportunity to prove his worthiness by helping someone else. That someone is seven-year-old Marissa. She has been separated from her father and grandmother who have, following the threats of two mobsters, both been forced into the Witness Protection Program. Filled with suspense and humour, this is a delightful and warm-hearted tale of perseverance, redemption and love. Alvirah Meehan and Regan Reilly join forces once again in THE CHRISTMAS THIEF to solve a Christmas mystery. The time they must track down the beautiful ninety-foot tree that is hijacked on its way to the Rockefeller Centre for the Christmas season.
A genteel southern intellectual, saloniste, and wife to a prominent colonel in Jefferson Davis's inner circle, Mary Chesnut today is remembered best for her penetrating Civil War diary. Composed between 1861 and 1865 and revised thoroughly from the late 1870s until Chesnut's death in 1886, the diary was published first in 1905, again in 1949, and later, to great acclaim, in 1981. This complicated literary history and the questions that attend it-which edition represents the real Chesnut? To what genre does this text belong?-may explain why the document largely has, until now, been overlooked in literary studies. Julia A. Stern's critical analysis returns Chesnut to her rightful place among American writers. In Mary Chesnut's Civil War Epic, Stern argues that the revised diary offers the most trenchant literary account of race and slavery until the work of Faulkner and that, along with his Yoknapatawpha novels, it constitutes one of the two great Civil War epics of the American canon. By restoring Chesnut's 1880s revision to its complex, multidecade cultural context, Stern argues both for Chesnut's reinsertion into the pantheon of nineteenth-century American letters and for her centrality to the literary history of women's writing as it evolved from sentimental to tragic to realist forms.
From the book: Mary Boykin Chesnut was the wife of James Chesnut, Jr., a South Carolina legislator and U.S. senator who served the Confederacy during the war as as a brigadier-general and as an aide to President Jefferson Davis. In her journal, which eventually became A Diary from Dixie, are vivid pictures of the social life that went on uninterruptedly in the midst of the war; of the economic conditions that resulted from blockaded ports; of the way in which the spirits of the Southern people rose and fell with each victory and defeat; and of the momentous events that took place in Charleston, Montgomery, and Richmond. Mary Chesnut wrote her diary from day to day, as the mood or an occasion prompted her to do so. The fortunes of war changed the location of her home almost as frequently as the seasons changed, but she continued her entries wherever she might be. In all these places Mrs. Chesnut was in close touch with men and women who were in the forefront of the social, military, and political life of the South. Those who live in her pages make up a catalogue of the heroes of the Confederacy- President Jefferson Davis, Vice-President Alexander H. Stephens, General Robert E. Lee, General "Stonewall" Jackson, General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, and many others. As her diary constantly shows, Mary Chesnut was a woman of society in the best sense, noted for her personal warmth as well as for her hospitality. She had a love of companionship, great wit, an acute mind, a knowledge of books, and a searching insight into the motives of men and women. In A Diary from Dixie, as perhaps nowhere else in the literature of the Civil War, can be found the Southern spirit of that time expressed in words that are not only charming as literature but genuinely human in their spontaneousness, their delightful frankness. Truly, as her editors claim, Mary Chesnut's words "ring so true that they start echoes."
Throughout her long life, Mary Church Terrell never let any obstacle block her path. At age 86, she led a successful battle to integrate the restaurants of Washington, D.C. This was one more link in a lifelong chain of fights and firsts for this outspoken African-American woman. Terrell was one of the first black women in the United States to earn a college degree, the first to be appointed to a school board, the first president of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW), and a founder of the NAACP. In a narrative brimming with true stories, author Cookie Lommel introduces readers to the extraordinary activist who helped set a new course for blacks and women in the United States.
Never before have readers been able to sample 10 blockbuster works of Mary Higgins Clark in one package. Delve into fan favorites, such as Where Are The Children, Daddy's Little Girl, All Around the Town, and Pretend You Don't See Her, plus an extended teaser of her new mystery thriller, Daddy's Gone A Hunting. Each excerpt comes with an original introduction by the author explaining the inspiration for the book. In her latest novel, Mary Higgins Clark exposes a dark secret from a family's past that threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly, when the family-owned furniture firm in Long Island City, founded by their grandfather and famous for its fine reproductions of antiques, explodes into flames in the middle of the night, leveling the buildings to the ground, including the museum where priceless antiques have been on permanent display for years. The ashes reveal a startling and grisly discovery and provoke a host of suspicions and questions. Was the explosion deliberately set? What was Kate--tall, gorgeous, blond, a CPA for one of the biggest accounting firms in the country, and sister of a rising fashion designer--doing in the museum when it burst into flames? Why was Gus, a retired and disgruntled craftsman, with her at that time of night? Now Gus is dead, and Kate lies in the hospital badly injured and in a coma, so neither can tell what drew them there, or what the tragedy may have to do with the hunt for a young woman missing for many years, nor can they warn that somebody may be covering his tracks, willing to kill to save himself.
The lifestory of Mary I--daughter of Henry VIII and his Spanish wife, Catherine of Aragon--is often distilled to a few dramatic episodes: her victory over the attempted coup by Lady Jane Grey, the imprisonment of her half-sister Elizabeth, the bloody burning of Protestants, her short marriage to Philip of Spain. This original and deeply researched biography paints a far more detailed portrait of Mary and offers a fresh understanding of her religious faith and policies as well as her historical significance in England and beyond. John Edwards, a leading scholar of English and Spanish history, is the first to make full use of Continental archives in this context, especially Spanish ones, to demonstrate how Mary's culture, Catholic faith, and politics were thoroughly Spanish. Edwards begins with Mary's origins, follows her as she battles her increasingly erratic father, and focuses particular attention on her notorious religious policies, some of which went horribly wrong from her point of view. The book concludes with a consideration of Mary's five-year reign and the frustrations that plagued her final years. Childless, ill, deserted by her husband, Mary died in the full knowledge that her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth would undo her religious work and, without acknowledging her sister, would reap the benefits of Mary's achievements in government.
(back of book)ages 8-12 MARY INGALLS lost her sight after a devastating bout of scarlet fever. Now Mary has the opportunity to attend the Iowa College for the Blind, where she will get a fresh start with her education and can learn the skills she needs for an independent future as well. It seems like a dream come true. But it also means leaving her cherished family behind in Dakota Territory, including her sister Laura. Laura's feisty personality has always complemented Mary's quiet nature, and ever since Mary lost her sight Laura has served as Mary's "eyes" to the world. Now that she's on her own, Mary must learn to get along without her beloved sister, and in the process realizes that she may have a bit of Laura's spunk in her after all. For the first time, readers will get a glimpse into the life of Mary Ingalls and will discover a whole new side of this Little House sister they've gotten to know through Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic Little House books.
Mary Wallace, friend of Jessica and Elizabeth, is missing. The twins think she has been kidnapped.
In the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, a nation watched Mary Lou Retton flip, somersault and tumble her way to a gold medal. She became an over-night sensation. But how did she get there? How did this small-girl from a West Virginia mining town get to the Olympics? How did Bela Karolyi, the Romanian coach who trained Nadia Comeneci in Romania and later to train other Olympic champions get the opprotunity to train Retton? In alternating chapters, this tells the story of Mary Lou Retton and how Bela Karolyi became her coach.
Ten-year-old Mary Mae loves to sing hymns with her Granny, go to Sunday School, and learn about trilobites. She has lots of questions about how the earth looked millions of years ago. Trouble is, Mary Mae's mother thinks it's wrong to believe the world is that old. Mama believes God created it six thousand years ago and she believes that nobody should teach Mary Mae otherwise. When Mary Mae starts taking her questions to church, asking how God created the earth in six days or how eight people could take care of animals on an ark, Mama puts her foot down: homeschooling. Mary Mae must decide where her loyalties lie: with science and Miss Sizemore, with God and Mama, or somewhere in the middle.
After 2,000 years of flawed history, here at last is a magnificent new biography of Mary Magdalene that draws her out of the shadows of history and restores her to her rightful place of importance in Christianity. Throughout history, Mary Magdalene has been both revered and reviled, a woman who has taken on many forms--witch, whore, the incarnation of the eternal feminine, the devoted companion (and perhaps even the wife) of Jesus. In this brilliant new biography, Bruce Chilton, a renowned biblical scholar, offers the first complete and authoritative portrait of this fascinating woman. Through groundbreaking interpretations of ancient texts, Chilton shows that Mary played a central role in Jesus' ministry and was a seminal figure in the creation of Christianity. Chilton traces the evolving images of Mary Magdalene and the legends surrounding her. He explains why, despite her prominence, the Gospels actually say so little about her and why the Catholic Church for thousands of years has sought to marginalize her importance. In a probing look at the Church's attitudes toward women, he investigates Christian misogyny in the ancient world, including the suppression of women priests who patterned their activities on Mary's; explores the impact of Gnostic ambivalence toward women on its depictions of Mary; and shows that these traditions still influence modern portrayals of her. Chilton's descriptions of who Mary Magdalene was and what she did challenge the male-dominated history of Christianity familiar to most readers. Placing Mary within the traditions of Jewish female savants, Chilton presents a visionary figure who was fully immersed in the mystical teachings that shaped Jesus' own teachings and a woman who was a religious master in her own right. From the Hardcover edition.
With the support of her mother and new classmates, Mary sees a speech therapist about her stuttering problem.
Embarrassed about her stuttering, a 2nd grader almost misses a chance to have lunch with her favorite author.
Second-grader Mary Marony wants to be something scary for Halloween so she can get back at Marvin, who makes fun of her stuttering.
brilliant and already acclaimed debut by Julie Parsons is a spine-tingling psychological thriller about an intelligent woman-a psychiatrist -who is intent on taking revenge on the sadistic killer who murdered her teenage daughter. Late on a hot Dublin night. Dr. Margaret Mitchell, a widow in her mid-forties, phones the police with a sense of dread and foreboding. Her daughter, Mary, went out with some friends twenty-four hours ago. She has not come home. Two days later, Margaret receives an anonymous phone call. Having worked in an institution for the criminally insane, Margaret is all too familiar with what she hears on the other end of the line and it fills her with terror. A week later an old man walking his dog beside a canal finds the body of Mary Mitchell half-submerged in the water. She has been raped, tortured, and beaten to death. Inspector Michael McLoughlin, who has a reputation as a drinker and a womanizer, is assigned to the case. Although he was once a successful detective, there are now doubts about his stability. McLoughlin is taken with Margaret's beauty and the force of her personality; he becomes obsessed and watches her constantly. The killer, meanwhile, has transferred his desire to damage and kill to Margaret, who finds herself drawn to the man who ruined her life and destroyed her daughter's. Mary, Mary is a heart-stopping, moving, and emotionally satisfying novel from an extraordinary talent. Julie Parsons weaves a gripping portrait of a killer's mind and a mother's need for justice that will keep you reading straight through to the surprising and shocking conclusion.
Traces the life and achievements of the black educator who fought bigotry and sought equality for blacks in the areas of education and political rights. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Traces the life and achievements of the black educator who fought bigotry and racial injustice and sought equality for blacks in the areas of education and political rights.
In a compelling sequel to the highly praised "The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan", Mairhe, who has now taken the name Mary, leaves Washington, D.C., to take a position as a domestic servant in upstate New York. The Civil War has ended. Mary's brother, Mike, has been killed at Gettysburg, her father has returned home to Ireland, and, after two years of nursing wounded and dying soldiers in the capital's hospitals, Mary is emotionally exhausted and physically defeated. But in her new life on the shores of Lake Ontario, Mary finds renewal and her senses gradually re-awaken. Each of the novel's five sections focuses on a different sense -- as Mary learns to assist explorer and naturalist Jasper Dorsett in photographing birds, she begins to see things with a photographer's eye; as she falls in love with Dorsett's stable hand, a veteran left deaf by the war, she learns to describe the sounds she hears for him; and so forth, through the renewal of smell, taste, and touch. This challenging and poetic young adult novel concludes Mary's story with a mixture of sparkling language, thematic richness, and emotional depth.
Minnie's brother Orlando, owner of the Catfish Cafe, may not be sure of Minnie's detective work, but her new friend Cash and police officer Kitty the Klutz are right behind her, helping her all the way. Minnie and Cash join forces for an important case--a stolen racing pigeon, a prizewinner named Mary Moon, and the very suspicious disappearance of their friend, Bird Berry.
The moving, tragic story of Charles I, the last absolute monarch of England, during his imprisonment in Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight. Richly drawn and inspired by the New York Times bestselling author's own experience living on the Isle of Wight, this dramatic retelling brings to life the cavalier king whom Cromwell deposed. But even more fascinating than the account of royal hopes and misfortunes is the tale of a charming servant girl who is as romantic and tender in love as she is bold and resourceful in plotting the king's escape.
"Two thousand years after Mary's prophetic nonviolence, we have toned down her message and transformed her into someone more manageable, more tolerable, more passive. The CULTURE's false image of Mary does not threaten the status quo. She no longer is portrayed as the model of active and prophetic nonviolence. She is no longer upheld as the spokeswoman of the God of justice, the God of the poor, the God of revolutionary nonviolence. Instead we have set her up on a pedestal where she is safe, far above us, and removed from our troubles. She is stereotyped as a quiet, law-abiding, church-going, obedient, subservient woman who does what war-making authorities want. She would hardly recognize herself. But Luke's portrait remains. Mary's journey sets the whole gospel story of nonviolence in motion. She was filled with joy at God's dramatic entrance into the world, and God's revolutionary action against the rich and powerful and on behalf of the poor and oppressed. Mary understands the plight of all those who suffer from the world's unjust economic order and its wars. She is a woman of justice, a woman of disarmament, a woman of peace, a woman of revolution, a woman of action, a woman of nonviolence. The nonviolent Jesus and his mother still SUMMON us to the journey of contemplative, active and prophetic nonviolence. In the past, we might have looked to noble heroes like Dorothy Day, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. for leadership and action. Today, we ourselves have to become heroes, leaders, and saints of active, prophetic nonviolence. We can no longer wait for someone else to make the journey for us. The poor of the earth are dying from our wars and consumerism. The God of peace, the risen Jesus, and his prophetic mother await patiently our response to their invitation, their word, their example."
Mary Poppins, the beloved nanny of the Banks children, comes back on the end of a kite string, teaches the children some moral lessons, and takes them on extraordinary outings using her mysterious power.
From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. This classic series tells the story of the world's most beloved nanny, who brings enchantment and excitement with her everywhere she goes. Featuring the charming original cover art by Mary Shepard, these new editions are sure to delight readers of all ages.Pulled down from the clouds at the end of a kite string, Mary Poppins is back. In Mary's care, the Banks children meet the King of the Castle and the Dirty Rascal, visit the upside-down world of Mr. Turvy and his bride, Miss Topsy, and spend a breathless afternoon above the park, dangling from a clutch of balloons. Surprises are sure to pop up when Mary Poppins is around!
Legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy brings to life the story of Princess Mary Tudor, a celebrated beauty and born rebel who would defy the most powerful king in Europe--her older brother.Princess Mary Rose is the youngest sister of Henry VIII, and one of the few people whom he adores unconditionally. Known throughout Europe for her charm and good looks, Mary is the golden child of the Tudor family and is granted her every wish.Except when it comes to marriage. Henry VIII, locked in a political showdown with France, decides to offer up his pampered baby sister to secure peace between the two mighty kingdoms. Innocent, teenage Mary must become the wife of the elderly King Louis, a toothless, ailing man in his sixties. Horrified and furious, Mary has no choice but to sail for France. There she hones her political skills, bides her time, and remains secretly in love with Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk. When King Louis dies, after only two years of marriage, Mary is determined not to be sold into another unhappy union. She must act quickly; if she wants to be with the man she truly loves, she must defy the laws of church and state by marrying without her brother's permission. Together, Mary and Charles devise a scheme to outwit the most ruthless king in Europe and gain their hearts' desire, not knowing if it will lead to marital bliss or certain death. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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