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SYNOPSIS: It is the summer of 1997 and the comet Hale-Bopp is on its way. Soon it will pass over the Ohio farm where Henry Hobson lives with his wife, Elizabeth, daughter, Sara, and their three farm hands: the lovesick Jason, the nomadic Matthew, and the introspective Noah, who is obsessed with tracking the comet's progress across the nighttime sky. But coinciding with the comet's approach is the arrival of Delilah, a wanderer with a troubled past, driven to find her estranged son. And as this disturbing presence collides with the Hobson Family, their personal histories, as well as their relationship to a larger universe and a tradition of human experience are revealed. Part love story, part road trip, and part dream, I Can See Heaven leads the reader into a world ruled by desire, obsession, and the ever-constant search for home. // REVIEWS: "I Can See Heaven is like the mirror image of the shadow behind the ordinary, where the macabre and the banal meet somewhere between Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Old Testament, between the Old Testament and The Wizard of Oz. It's marvel and baroque on the plains of Ohio, where each character, under the stress of the day to day, hides a ruthless, Manichean soul where the lines between love and abuse, domination and protection are obscured; memory and dream, mystery and evocation weave and weave and weave among lines of common occurrence and fate, belief in the absurd and the denial of the obvious, a tapestry of fabulous realities and common unrealities, with great characters in a great story in the American heartland. This is a fabulous debut novel." -- Chuck Rosenthal, author of The Heart of Mars // "In the tradition of Sherwood Anderson and Willa Cather, Susan Briggs' I Can See Heaven is a shot at the heart of that 'organ from which she cannot lie.' An interesting and strong first novel." -- Paul Vangelisti, author of Days Shadows Pass // "Chemistry is weird, everything works fine until a strange new element is added. I Can See Heaven tells the story of a simple farm, its families, and its farm hands. When Delilah comes to their farm looking for her son, the Hobson's family life just may change forever. As a comet draws closer, their story seems to come to a boiling point the closer the comet comes to streaking across Earth's sky. I Can See Heaven is a fine read that many will relate to and be moved by." -- Midwest Book Review // ""[In I Can See Heaven,] every character's past affects their present circumstance. This reveals the incredible fragility of human relationships to each other and to the world. Briggs delicately creates a beautiful yet painful world of lives constantly seeking purpose and a place to call home. There is no greater miracle for these characters than to have one unalterable harmonious place. They find that on the Hobson farm and with each other. ... Briggs raises the human spirit to the sky with a touch, a glance ... and a glimmer of hope. Throughout her novel, laughter and tears have their place in humanity, but hopelessness is absent."" -- Curled Up With a Good Book // "The cover does a perfect job of capturing the dreaminess of the story, while, at the same time, establishing that it unfolds in a specific place. [Briggs has] assembled a fascinating cast of characters, each one striving for something - love, desire, escape. [She has] also given them incredible back stories: Delilah's in particular is horrifying and dramatic. Her arrival at the farm is a wonderful inciting incident. I particularly liked the way each character responded so differently to her presence - Henry jolted by something inside her, Sara concerned, Elizabeth oblivious. The novel is filled with beautiful images, such as [Briggs'] careful description of the passion Henry has for blackberries ... [and] the dialogue is used well to describe character." -- Writer's Digest Commentary
New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose delivers her latest pulse-pounding suspense novel, where the line between the virtual world and everyday reality blurs when it comes to murder. Eve Wilson's face was once scarred by a vicious assault. Terrified and ashamed, she escaped to the online realm, where she could choose the face she allowed people to see. Years later, her outer scars faded and inner scars buried, Eve has fought her way back to the real world and is determined to help others do the same. Now a graduate student moonlighting as a bartender, Eve researches the addictive powers of online communities. When her test subjects begin turning up dead as a result of apparent suicides, she doesn't know where to turn. Homicide detective Noah Webster is one of the few people who believe the victims are connected murders. Eve becomes Noah's online guide and realizes that the handsome detective may have secret scars as painful as her own. As Eve and Noah chase a killer who is always one step ahead of them, together they try to overcome the tragedies of their pasts and learn to trust again, but they soon discover that danger is much closer than they think.
Michael is afraid of the dark. Soon, he'll realize there's nothing to fear except fear itself -- until he meets the hideous things that stalk him in the night. This story is joined by two additional tales for this frightening collection.
Dear Parent/Educator; I'm so glad that you have chosen a book in THE BEST ME I CAN BETM series. / have enjoyed writing these books. I hope that you find them helpful and informative. What This Book Is About: This book is about sharing. Sharing can be difficult for young children to do. It takes a great deal of practice to become comfortable with it. The feeling that is associated with true sharing is a special one and takes time to develop. That feeling is one that will need to be identified and learned by the young reader. Try This: One way to use this book is to talk about sharing and the special feeling that comes along with it. Point out that children aren't losing something; but, may, in fact, be gaining something that could last much longer than whatever it was they shared with another person. Again, thank you for letting me share some time with you and your young reader. I wish you all the BEST! Your Friend, David
When he is released on parole, Stackz wants nothing more than to mind his own business and rebuild his empire. However, when he is forced to kill again, he links up with Ava, an eyewitness to the scene unfolding before the slaughter of her sister's boyfriend. Having one major thing in common--murder--the pair becomes inseparable, hoping love can conquer all. Their belief that they can live a happily-ever-after existence is soon shattered when his victim's crew wants the ultimate revenge: They want Stackz's life, and they'll take Ava's as well if she gets in the way. Ms. Michel Moore and newcomer Marlon P.S. White deliver a fast-paced street love story that will have readers rooting for Stackz and Ava.
How many gallons of water did the average Roman citizen use in a day? Find out in this funny and informative book, which provides information on the origins of such vitally important items as the potato, the postage stamp, the toilet, and the high-heeled shoe.
Do you really need to know if your daughter has tasted beer or your son has had his first kiss? Probably not. Teens keep secrets. They need this privacy to resolve their own dilemmas, make their own decisions, and start down the road to becoming independent, responsible adults. Although parents can't (and shouldn't) know everything, they are right to worry about giving their children too much freedom, since teens can be attracted to dangerous behaviors. Parenting teenagers means allowing them the freedom to explore, make mistakes, learn, and keep moving forward. Dr. Peter Sheras, an expert in adolescent development, has taught countless parents how to know when to step back, when to ask questions, and when to take definitive action. In I Can't Believe You Went Through My Stuff! he explains how pushing for information or attempting to keep teens confined in too small a box will undoubtedly result in anger, resentment, and worst of all a penchant for trouble. The book includes solid, practical advice on: How you can learn more about your teenager's life without invading his privacy or losing her trust How to start a conversation when your teen won't talk What to do about lying, whether it's infrequent or often How to discuss family rules and establish consequences that really work How to tell if your teen needs professional help and where to find it I Can't Believe You Went Through My Stuff! will give you the key to keeping your teenager safe while building a trusting, warm, and communicative relationship.
The author, Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph.D., is clinical coordinator for the Vietnam Veterans' Outreach Center in Silver Springs, Maryland. She also conducts a private psychotherapy practice, specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder and child sexual abuse. In this ground-breaking book, Dr. Matsakis explains that post-traumatic stress disorder affects not just soldiers, but also survivors of many other types of trauma including: crime, family violence, vehicular accidents, sexual abuse, rape and natural catastrophes. "I Can't Get Over It" directly addresses survivors of trauma. It explains the nature of PTSD and describes the healing process. This book will help readers find out whether they have PTSD, cope with post-traumatic anger, grief, and survivor guilt, recognize related problems such as depression, substance abuse, compulsive behavior, and low self-esteem, identify "triggers" that set off flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and other symptoms, relieve wounding caused by others' blaming and insensitivity and gain a sense of empowerment and hope for the future.
One life. Six words. What's yours? True tales of love, loss, good friends, and bad hair days filled Not Quite What I Was Planning, the New York Times bestselling first book in the Six-Word Memoir series-and an international phenomenon. Some of the most compelling were by teens, so now SMITH Magazine has compiled a book written entirely by these bold, brash truth-tellers. From cancer to creativity, prom dates to promiscuity, and breaking hearts to breaking laws, the memoirs in this collection reveal that often the youngest writers have the most fascinating stories to tell. Met online; love before first sight. Hair's pink to piss you off. I fulfilled my awkwardness quota today. I'm seventeen, engaged, and not pregnant. My mom had my boyfriend deported. Late for school every single day. According to Facebook, we broke up.
This is a book with over 600 authors (all aged thirteen to nineteen) and 600 characters (all real, as far as we know) and 600 stories (which can be read in any order). What every story has in common is that each was written about the author's own life, and that each is the exact same length: six words.
The essential Laurie Lee, a collection of occasional writings full of his unique vision and irresistible charm All of the wit and wisdom and poetry that made Laurie Lee one of the most celebrated English writers of the twentieth century can be found in this compilation of "first loves and obsessions." In Part One, Lee revisits his idyllic boyhood in the Cotswolds village made famous by his bestselling autobiography, Cider with Rosie. In Part Two, he turns his attention to an earnest consideration of abstract concepts such as the power of charm, the pleasures of appetite, and the meaning of paradise. And in the final and longest section, the author of the acclaimed Spanish travelogues As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Rose for Winter tells the stories of his many other journeys--from sun-dappled Tuscany to melancholy Warsaw to the enchanting and exotic Sugar Islands of the Caribbean.
For anyone who has experienced a significant loss, this wonderfully informative and accessible book is a guide to understanding and overcoming grief.The death of someone close -- a familiy member, spouse, or partner -- can result in feelings of overwhelming grief. At the same time, society unrealistically expects people to recover from grief as quickly as possible. I Can't Stop Crying looks at grieving as a painful but necessary process. The authors emphasize the importance of giving permission to grieve and suggest steps for rebuiliding life without the one who is gone. They also look at how such a loss affects relationships with family and friends, as well as lifestyle, work habits, and hopes for the future. The book includes an appendix with bereavement groups, resources, and other self-help organizations for grievers.From the Trade Paperback edition.
A monster in the bathtub? A really bad headache? Some people will say anything to keep from taking a bath!
Novice and experienced technicians receive complete guidance on the basics of collision repair from this technically up-to-date handbook. Developed in cooperation with the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, it provides important coverage of hand and power tools, basic measurement skills, service manuals, surface evaluation, entrepreneurship, and more.
A landmark new translation of the ancient Chinese oracle and book of wisdomPose a question, then toss three coins (or cast your yarrow stalks) to access the time-honored wisdom of the I Ching.The I Ching, or Book of Change, has been consulted through the ages, in both China and the West, for answers to fundamental questions about the world and our place in it. The oldest extant book of divination, it dates back three thousand years to ancient shamanistic practices involving the ritual preparation of the shoulder bones of oxen. From this early form of communication with the other world, it has become the Chinese spiritual book par excellence. An influence on such cultural icons as Bob Dylan, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Philip K. Dick, and Philip Pullman, the I Ching is turned to by millions around the world for insights on spiritual growth, business, medicine, genetics, game theory, strategic thinking, and leadership, and of course for the window it opens on China.This new translation, over a decade in the making, is informed by the latest archaeological discoveries and features a gorgeously rendered codex of divination signs--the I Ching's sixty-four Tarot-like hexagrams. It captures the majesty and mystery of this legendary work and charts an illuminating path to self-knowledge.From the Hardcover edition.
The I Ching, or Book of Changes, a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within the universe. It has exerted a living influence in China for 3,000 years, and interest in it has been rapidly spreading in the West.
The I Ching originated in China as a divination manual more than three thousand years ago. In 136 BCE the emperor declared it a Confucian classic, and in the centuries that followed, this work had a profound influence on the philosophy, religion, art, literature, politics, science, technology, and medicine of various cultures throughout East Asia. Jesuit missionaries brought knowledge of the I Ching to Europe in the seventeenth century, and the American counterculture embraced it in the 1960s. Here Richard Smith tells the extraordinary story of how this cryptic and once obscure book became one of the most widely read and extensively analyzed texts in all of world literature. In this concise history, Smith traces the evolution of the I Ching in China and throughout the world, explaining its complex structure, its manifold uses in different cultures, and its enduring appeal. He shows how the indigenous beliefs and customs of Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Tibet "domesticated" the text, and he reflects on whether this Chinese classic can be compared to religious books such as the Bible or the Qur'an. Smith also looks at how the I Ching came to be published in dozens of languages, providing insight and inspiration to millions worldwide--including ardent admirers in the West such as Leibniz, Carl Jung, Philip K. Dick, Allen Ginsberg, Hermann Hesse, Bob Dylan, Jorge Luis Borges, and I. M. Pei. Smith offers an unparalleled biography of the most revered book in China's entire cultural tradition, and he shows us how this enigmatic ancient classic has become a truly global phenomenon.
I Ching devotee Jill Richards offers detailed, yet easy-to-follow instructions for consulting the oracle. Drawing parallels between the body's chakras and the lines of a hexagram, she reveals an entirely new way in which the I Ching can be used as a tool for achieving emotional balance. The I Ching answers questions, and in so doing, peace of mind- our life's quest- is attained. This guide can help facilitate that quest.
I Ching interpretations and exercises intended for writers of all sorts. Suggestions for increasing imagination, creative thinking and writing skills based on I Ching hexagrams.
Using the unique methods revealed in this book, readers can cast and interpret the I Ching instantly, without countless hours of study and practice. This book deciphers the meanings of I Ching's trigams and hexagrams in easy-to-understand language, offering explanations that are relevant to contemporary society.
Anceint, wise, respected; Lao te Ching has enlightened for centuries. Now, in William Sadler's "The I Ching of Management," these teachings take on modern relevance for men and women in all levels of management. This volume contains a substantive introduction on the development of the original "Tao te Ching" and the evolution of its compliled teachings. The purpose of management exceeds that of being the boss or leader of an organization. It is both an art and a skill, explains the author. "The I Ching of Management" assists the manager in tapping his or her natural, inner resources. In becoming a good manager, one begins on a path towards success and personal satisfaction, and achieves a great sense of accomplishment.