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Herma: A Novel

by Macdonald Harris

An ambitious novel by one of America's foremost fiction writers, rediscovered and with an introduction by Michael Chabon. A delightful literary rediscovery by the National Book Award-nominated Macdonald Harris, HERMA is the colorful, fanciful, and moving story of a willful young opera singer at the turn of the century. As a child in Southern California in the late 1900s, Herma exhibits an incredible talent for vocal mimicry. Her gift will eventually take her from the choir of her country church to the Paris Opera, thanks in no small part to the machinations of her daredevil agent, Fred Hite. It is an opulent rags-to-riches tale full of excitement, sexual intrigue, and decadence, and features cameos by Puccini and Proust, among others. Herma and Fred are glamorous and adventuresome guides to turn of the century San Francisco and Paris, but there's a secret at the heart of their intimate relationship. This twinned hero and heroine pair and the profound connection between them makes HERMA the most ambitious novel in the repertoire of one of America's greatest and most skilled writers.

Hermeneutic Communism: From Heidegger to Marx

by Gianni Vattimo Santiago Zabala

Communism no longer represents an appealing alternative to capitalism, having lost much of its political clout and theoretical power. In its original Marxist formulation, communism promised an ideal of development, but only through a logic of war, and while a number of reformist governments still promote this ideology, their legitimacy has steadily declined since the fall of the Berlin wall. Separating communism from its metaphysical foundations, which include an abiding faith in the immutable laws of history and an almost holy conception of the proletariat, Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala recast Marx's theories at a time when capitalism's metaphysical moorings--in technology, empire, and industrialization--are buckling. Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri call for a return of the revolutionary left, but Vattimo and Zabala fear this would lead only to more violence and failed political policy. Instead, they adopt an antifoundationalist stance, drawn from the hermeneutical thought of Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, and Richard Rorty, that relies on interpretation rather than truth and is more flexible in different contexts. "Hermeneutic communism" leaves aside the ideal of development and the general call for revolution. It motivates a resistance to capitalism's inequalities, yet intervenes against violence and authoritarianism by emphasizing the interpretative nature of truth. Paralleling Vattimo and Zabala's well-known weakening of religion, Hermeneutic Communism realizes the fully transformational, politically effective potential of Marxist thought.

Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy: A Study of Ernst Tugendhat

by Santiago Zabala

Contemporary philosophers--analytic as well as continental--tend to feel uneasy about Ernst Tugendhat, who, though he positions himself in the analytic field, poses questions in the Heideggerian style. Tugendhat was one of Martin Heidegger's last pupils and his least obedient, pursuing a new and controversial critical technique. Tugendhat took Heidegger's destruction of Being as presence and developed it in analytic philosophy, more specifically in semantics. Only formal semantics, according to Tugendhat, could answer the questions left open by Heidegger. Yet in doing this, Tugendhat discovered the latent "hermeneutic nature of analytic philosophy"--its post-metaphysical dimension--in which "there are no facts, but only true propositions." What Tugendhat seeks to answer is this: What is the meaning of thought following the linguistic turn? Because of the rift between analytic and continental philosophers, very few studies have been written on Tugendhat, and he has been omitted altogether from several histories of philosophy. Now that these two schools have begun to reconcile, Tugendhat has become an example of a philosopher who, in the words of Richard Rorty, "built bridges between continents and between centuries."Tugendhat is known more for his philosophical turn than for his phenomenological studies or for his position within analytic philosophy, and this creates some confusion regarding his philosophical propensities. Is Tugendhat analytic or continental? Is he a follower of Wittgenstein or Heidegger? Does he belong in the culture of analysis or in that of tradition? Santiago Zabala presents Tugendhat as an example of merged horizons, promoting a philosophical historiography that is concerned more with dialogue and less with classification. In doing so, he places us squarely within a dialogic culture of the future and proves that any such labels impoverish philosophical research.

Hermeneutics and Reflection

by Kenneth Maly Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann

Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann is known as a major figure in phenomenological and hermeneutics research: he was Martin Heidegger's personal assistant for the last ten years of Heidegger's life, and assistant to Eugen Fink, who in turn was primary assistant to Edmund Husserl. However, his own philosophical commentaries and readings of Heidegger's work are not familiar to many in the English-speaking world.Von Herrmann's Hermeneutics and Reflection, translated here from the original German, represents the most fundamental and critical reflection in any language of the concept of phenomenology as it was used by Heidegger and by Husserl. It provides a careful rendition of Husserl's essential contribution to phenomenology, then draws a clear demarcation between Husserl's reflective phenomenology and Heidegger's hermeneutic phenomenology. While showing the fullest respect for Husserl's phenomenology, Hermeneutics and Reflection offers a full-fledged critique of Husserl from the perspective of Heidegger's hermeneutic phenomenology.

The Hermeneutics of Postmodernity: Figures and Themes

by G. B. Madison

What you, Dear Reader, are about to embark upon is a smorgasbord of ideas. Not just any old smorgasbord, however. Most certainly not one of those which advertise themselves to the unwary customer as offering 250 different specialties "from around the world." No, the smorgasbord offered up here for your delectation is a coherent and consistent one, including only a few select items, like an all-Chinese or all-Swedish one. All the dishes have been prepared in the same mental kitchen, with the same, or complementary, spices and seasonings, and prepared with the same, or complementary, cooking techniques. However, just as some people are not attracted to spicy foods, so some people won't care for what is served up to them here. If, though, you believe that it is high time that philosophy abandoned the stock, fatty concoctions it has traditionally served up in its metaphysical soup kitchens (as William James referred to them), then you should definitely appreciate what is here offered for your dégustation. This book, I say, is like a smorgasbord--in that it is not like a formal, six-course dinner; there is no special order in which the dishes need be consumed.

Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a new English translation, with notes and introduction

by Brian P. Copenhaver

The Hermetica are a body of theological-philosophical texts written in late antiquity, but long believed to be much older. Their supposed author, Hermes Trismegistus, was thought to be a contemporary of Moses, and the Hermetic philosophy was regarded as an ancient theology, parallel to the received wisdom of the Bible. This first English translation based on reliable texts, together with Brian P. Copenhaver's comprehensive introduction, provide an indispensable resource to scholars in ancient philosophy and religion, early Christianity, Renaissance literature, and history, the history of science, and the occultist tradition in which the Hermetica have become canonical texts.

Hermie, a Common Caterpillar

by Max Lucado

This Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends® best-selling story now available in easy-to-read format!Hermie and his friend Wormie have always felt common. They don't have stripes or dots, they aren't very strong, and they can't find anything special about themselves. But every time they pray, God tells them that He loves them all the time just as they are and that He isn't finished with them yet. When Hermie becomes a beautiful butterfly, he realizes just how special God's plan is for him!This classic story has been revised for kids to read and enjoy on their own as a Lever 2 Reader. With fresh new art and a story kids can read themselves, plus a new, low price--this classic story will find a whole new generation of kids who love Hermie and his garden friends!

The Hermit and the Well

by Thich Nhat Hanh Vo-Dinh Mai

The story of a young boy in Vietnam who climbs a mountain and finds the secret to his own happiness.

Hermit Crabs For Dummies

by Kelli A. Wilkins

How-to guidance on raising a happy, healthy hermit crab Among the more unusual pets, hermit crabs are popular and easy to buy. They have distinct personalities, are active and curious, and their unique characteristics and low maintenance requirements make them good pets. This handy guide gives readers reliable advice on choosing a healthy hermit crab, selecting the proper housing, and bringing it home. It provides plenty of tips on feeding and health care, as well as having fun with a hermit crab (such as taking part in hermit crab races!).

Hermit in Paris

by Italo Calvino Martin Mclaughlin

"As for my books, I regret not having published each one under a different nom de plume: that way I would feel freer to start again from scratch each time, just as I always try to do anyway." -- from Hermit in Paris This posthumously published collection offers a unique, puzzle-like portrait of one of the postwar era's most inventive and mercurial writers. In letters and journals, occasional pieces and interviews, Italo Calvino recalls growing up in seaside Italy and fighting in the antifascist resistance during World War II, traces the course of his literary career, and reflects on his many travels, including a journey through the United States in 1959 and 1960 that brings out his droll wit at its best. Sparkling with wisdom and unexpected delights, Hermit in Paris is an autobiography like no other. "Surprising, tart, and distinctive, like [Calvino] himself." -- Philadelphia Inquirer

The Hermit Thrush Sings

by Susan Butler

For a moment Leora's hand froze, exposed, the delicate webbing between her fingers translucent as a fish's fin, luminous against the morning sun. "If you go out there, the birmbas will eat you up and spit out your bones," Tanette taunted. "And besides," she added in her tattletale voice, "it is forbidden." Leora's webbed hand has always marked her as different. Orphaned and outcast in her stepmother's household, she keeps the hand hidden for fear of being sent to the Institute along with other "defectives." Her hand sets her apart, but it also allows her to draw pictures with haunting power. When Leora peers past the locked gates of her village, she feels her life might be different. But it isn't until she dares to free a baby birmba, a creature she's been taught to fear, that her life begins to change. For it is this act of kindness that sets in motion an unforgettable adventure, a quest for family and belonging, that takes Leora into the forbidden Outside.

Hermitage Among the Clouds

by Thich Nhat Hanh Annabel Laity Nguyen Thi Hop Nguyen Dong Mobi Warren

Set at the turn of the fourteenth century, this historical novel tells the story of Princess Amazing Jewel and her father, King Tran Nhan Tong who abdicated the throne at the height of his illustrious career to become a Buddhist monk and later to establish the Bamboo Forest School of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism."Thich Nhat Hanh's writing has a lightness, a loveliness and a delicacy that calms and nourishes." -Inquiring Mind

Hermit's Peak (Kevin Kerney #4)

by Michael Mcgarrity

When Kevin Kerney, deputy chief of the New Mexico State Police, inherits an unexpected windfall of 6,400 acres of high-county land, the last thing he wants to think about is work. But while visiting his new property, he comes across an ailing stray dog that leads him to the butchered bones of a murder victim near the rugged mountain of Hermit's Peak. After assigning the case to his subordinates, Kerney returns to Santa Fe to spend time with a woman he cares about, Sara Brannon, a career army officer who is visiting him on holiday. But his time with Sara must wait, as he is called back to Hermit's Peak when another body is found at a remote cabin. Now, Kerney must unearth the shattering truth about his new land and follow a twisting trail of blood through the majestic landscape of the American Southwest.

The Hero

by Robyn Carr

www.robyncarr.comWith warmth and sensitivity, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr shows readers that falling in love can be the bravest act of all. In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees a place where they should have been safe and secure. She has no idea what is around the next bend, but she is pretty certain it can't be worse than what they've left behind. Her plan is to escape to somewhere she can be invisible. Instead, an unexpected offer of assistance leads her to Thunder Point, a tiny Oregon town with a willingness to help someone in need. As the widowed father of a vulnerable young boy, Spencer Lawson knows something about needing friendship. But he's not looking for anything else. Instead, he's thrown his energy into his new role as Thunder Point's high school football coach. Tough and demanding to his team, off the field he's gentle and kind...just the kind of man who could heal Devon's wounded heart. Devon thought she wanted to hide from the world. But in Thunder Point, you find bravery where you least expect it...and sometimes, you find a hero.

Hero

by Perry Moore

The last thing in the world Thom Creed; wants is to add to his father's pain, so he keeps secrets; Like that he has special powers; And that he's been asked to join the League -- the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad.

Hero

by Walt Morey

Chris glanced around to see if anyone was watching them. No one was.He carried the package into his little room and closed the door. There he inspected it again and turned it over to see if Mike's teeth had damaged the other side. He hoped the contents had not been damaged. He shook the box and listened for the rattle of broken glass or something. A thin film of white powder trickled out the holes Mike's teeth had made. He shook a little into his hand and looked at it. It was as fine as talcum powder. Powdered sugar. Why would anyone send a package of powdered sugar through the mail? He wet a finger, touched it to the powder and tasted it. Then he just stood there, his face twisted out of shape, and shock rolled through him in waves. What he had just tasted was heroin.

The Hero

by Ron Woods

Nobody would believe Dennis Leeper was a hero. He was the kind of kid you hid from when he pedaled his rickety bike down the road. But Jamie couldn't say no when his father asked him to include Dennis in the raft project. And someone needed to hold the line when Jamie and his cousin Jerry finally got the raft in the river. But they should have known that Dennis couldn't be trusted to hold onto it. Without paddles and out of people's sight, the three boys are swept downstream--toward the dams, the steep falls, and three separate destinies. One swims to shore. One is rescued. And one never returns alive. Overcome by guilt and the fear that Dennis's father will take revenge for his son's death, Jamie tells everyone how he survived: Dennis was a hero. The question is: Will anyone believe it? From the Hardcover edition.

Hero

by Cheryl Brooks

He is the sexiest, most irksome man she's ever encountered... Micayla is the last Zetithian female left in the universe. She doesn't know what's normal for her species, but she knows when she sees Trag that all she wants to do is bite him... He has searched all over the galaxy for a woman like her... Trag has sworn he'll never marry unless he can find a Zetithian female. But now that he's finally found Micayla, she may be more of a challenge than even he's able to take on...

The Hero

by Robyn Carr

www.robyncarr.comWith warmth and sensitivity, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr shows readers that falling in love can be the bravest act of all. In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees a place where they should have been safe and secure. She has no idea what is around the next bend, but she is pretty certain it can't be worse than what they've left behind. Her plan is to escape to somewhere she can be invisible. Instead, an unexpected offer of assistance leads her to Thunder Point, a tiny Oregon town with a willingness to help someone in need. As the widowed father of a vulnerable young boy, Spencer Lawson knows something about needing friendship. But he's not looking for anything else. Instead, he's thrown his energy into his new role as Thunder Point's high school football coach. Tough and demanding to his team, off the field he's gentle and kind...just the kind of man who could heal Devon's wounded heart. Devon thought she wanted to hide from the world. But in Thunder Point, you find bravery where you least expect it...and sometimes, you find a hero.

Hero

by Rhonda Byrne

Imagine if there was a map that showed you how to get from where you are now to the most brilliant, rich, fulfilling, and dazzling life you could ever dream of having. Imagine that this map showed you every step of the journey to that life; realizing your greatest dream, how to find the way over obstacles, how to overcome challenges, defy the odds, and how you already have every powerful ability and quality you need to be victorious on your journey. You are holding in your hands such a map. This is the map for your life - this is the map to greatness. Twelve of the most successful people living in the world today have followed this map. They share their seemingly impossible journeys, and reveal that each of us was born with everything we need to live our greatest dream, and that by doing so we will fulfill our mission, find everlasting happiness, and literally change the world. This is why you are here on planet Earth.

Hero

by Rhonda Byrne

Imagine if there was a map that showed you how to get from where you are now to the most brilliant, rich, fulfilling, and dazzling life you could ever dream of having. Imagine that this map showed you every step of the journey to that life; realizing your greatest dream, how to find the way over obstacles, how to overcome challenges, defy the odds, and how you already have every powerful ability and quality you need to be victorious on your journey. You are holding in your hands such a map. This is the map for your life - this is the map to greatness. Twelve of the most successful people living in the world today have followed this map. They share their seemingly impossible journeys, and reveal that each of us was born with everything we need to live our greatest dream, and that by doing so we will fulfill our mission, find everlasting happiness, and literally change the world. This is why you are here on planet Earth.

The Hero and the Crown (Damar #1)

by Robin Mckinley

An outcast princess must earn her birthright as a hero of the realm<P><P> Aerin is an outcast in her own father's court, daughter of the foreign woman who, it was rumored, was a witch, and enchanted the king to marry her.<P> She makes friends with her father's lame, retired warhorse, Talat, and discovers an old, overlooked, and dangerously imprecise recipe for dragon-fire-proof ointment in a dusty corner of her father's library. Two years, many canter circles to the left to strengthen Talat's weak leg, and many burnt twigs (and a few fingers) secretly experimenting with the ointment recipe later, Aerin is present when someone comes from an outlying village to report a marauding dragon to the king. Aerin slips off alone to fetch her horse, her sword, and her fireproof ointment...<P> But modern dragons, while formidable opponents fully capable of killing a human being, are small and accounted vermin. There is no honor in killing dragons. The great dragons are a tale out of ancient history.<P> That is, until the day that the king is riding out at the head of an army. A weary man on an exhausted horse staggers into the courtyard where the king's troop is assembled: "The Black Dragon has come... Maur, who has not been seen for generations, the last of the great dragons, great as a mountain. Maur has awakened." Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the Blue Sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.<P> Newbery Medal Winner

Hero at Large

by Janet Evanovich

Dear Reader:In a previous life, before the time of Plum, I wrote twelve short romance novels. Red-hot screwball comedies, each and every one of them. The romances were originally published between the years 1988 and 1992. All immediately went out of print and could be found only at used bookstores and yard sales.I'm happy to tell you that those stories have now been re-released by HarperCollins, presented in almost original form. I've done only minor editing to correct some embarrassing bloopers missed the first time around.Hero at Large was the very first book published. It's about a sexy guy who cooks a potholder in spaghetti sauce and charms a single mom and former world-class ice skater with the promise of a ride on his Zamboni. It's got broken bones, giant turkeys, cantankerous cars, and Aunt Edna.This was the book that changed my life forever and made me a published author. When Hero finally reached the bookstores, I was almost arrested for loitering in Walden's. I stationed myself in the romance section and wouldn't leave until I saw someone buy my book. It took three days!Enjoy!

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