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A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki--shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award "A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be." In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace--and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox--possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki's signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
A Tale of a Tub is one of the major works by the author of the celebrated Gulliver's Travels and is considered by many critics as one of the finest satires of the English tongue. The book's structure is divided into two entities: A tale and a series of digressions that have no relationship with the main tale. As long as the tale is concerned, it centers on three brothers named Peter, Martin and Jack, who represent respectively the three branches of Western Christianity: The Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and other dissenting protestants such as Quakers, Presbyterians, etc. The narrative symbolically speaks about a will left by their father along with three coats that they have to cherish and maintain as they are. Yet, they do the opposite and make certain changes to their coats from the very beginning. Generally, Swift starts by overtly parodying religious excesses and bigotry to come to satirizing human nature in general and its tendency towards pride, credulity, hypocrisy and enthusiasm. The numerous digressions Swift embeds in the narrative are often related to literature, theology, human behavior and politics. Since religion and the State were closely intertwined at his time, Swift's work caused him serious problems among both churchmen and political rulers and greatly affected his reputation as a writer.
After his haystack was torched, Mr. Harmsworth barricaded a common path through his orchard. But witnesses-both human and animal-claim a ghost perpetrated the deed. And the ghost has a message that Miss Potter hopes to figure out.
Benjamin and his cousin, Peter Rabbit, risk a trip into Mr. McGregor's garden to retrieve Peter's clothes, only to be trapped there. Discover how Old Mr. Benjamin Bunny comes to their rescue!
The latest in the Cottage Tales series-starring Miss Potter herself! It's the heart of summer in 1913, and Beatrix is eager to marry her fiancé, solicitor William Heelis. But there are a few obstacles blocking the happy couple's path to the altar, like the troubled remodeling of Castle Cottage-Will and Beatrix's future home...
Written centuries before the time of Shakespeare and Chaucer, The Tale of Genji marks the birth of the novel--and after more than a millennium, this seminal work about the life and loves of Prince Genji, master poet, dancer, musician and painter, continues to enchant readers throughout the world.
The author of Peter Rabbit and other tales, Beatrix Potter is still, after a century, beloved by children and adults worldwide. In this first Cottage Tale, Albert introduces Beatrix, an animal lover and Good Samaritan with a knack for solving mysteries. With help from her entourage of talking animal friends, Beatrix sets out to win over the human hearts of Sawrey, where she's just bought an old farm--and plans to stay.
Everyone in Sawrey likes Ben Hornby. So when Beatrix finds the shepherd dead in the meadow and suspects foul play, she wonders who would have done such a thing. A trio of village cats has an idea: When Ben breathed his last, his sheep must have seen his killer before scattering. So they set out to find the far-flung flock. Although she's distracted by duties at the farm and the sad plight of a young girl, Beatrix must get to the bottom of this. As the stories intertwine, Beatrix and the creatures realize that, to solve this case, all of Sawrey, both the two- and four-legged inhabitants, must work together...
This is no ordinary fishing trip! "There was a bite almost directly; the float gave a tremendous bobbit!" But this was no minnow, and to find out what it was, you will just have to read this charming story about Mr. Jeremy Fisher (frog) and his friends!
Mrs. Thomasina Tittlemouse is a very neat and clean mouse. At least, she tries to be! But her uninvited neighbors make her job impossible! And then there are the bees! "[picture of a little mouse in the back ground trying to get a way from 3 bees, the bees are about the same size as she is]" Those who prefer a text-only version of this story will find it in "A Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter," which is available from Bookshare. Those who enjoy this book might also enjoy "A Tail of Johnny-Townmouse," which is available from Bookshare. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
Miss Beatrix Potter has returned to Near Sawrey, where her friend Grace has been receiving anonymous letters that threaten her good name and her plans to marry. Beatrix must investigate quietly so as not to arouse village gossip. There is also the matter of Beatrix's own romantic future-as she's been offered a second chance at love.
Amanda and Danny's babysitter tells them a scary story about a blue monkey that brings a curse to an entire family, but when they find the monkey buried in their backyard they begin to think the curse is now on them.
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Mercedes Lackey is magical in a world with fractured fairytales that lead to Happily Ever Afters...<P><P> THE SLEEPING BEAUTY<P> In the land of The Five Hundred Kingdoms, avoiding Tradition takes wits, luck and a lot of determination. Somehow, while trying to escape an evil stepmother, Princess Rosamund ends up falling asleep. For a long time. But when she's awakened by handsome Viking Siegfried, things don't follow any predictable path...<P> BEAUTY AND THE WEREWOLF<P> Tradition predicted that Isabella Beauchamps would go bad. But fiercely practical Bella doesn't do anything crazy--until she's bitten by a werewolf. Now she must stay in Duke Sebastian's castle until she finds out if she's going to grow fur as well. But Bella won't meekly accept anyone else's plan for her life....
In The Tale of The Tardy Oxcart, Charles Swindoll shares from his lifelong collection of his and others' personal stories, sermons, and anecdotes. 1501 various illustrations are arranged by subjects alphabetically for quick-and-easy access. A perfect resource for all pastors and speakers.Publisher's Note: This book is now available as Swindoll's Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes (ISBN 0785250255)
As the Resistance attempts to overthrow their vampiric alien masters, elite Cat force member David Valentine embarks on a terrifying journey in search of a long-lost weapon that will guarantee their victory-and the end of the Kurian Order's domination of Earth.
Best friends. BFFs. Soul twinsies. Whatever you want to call them, Harper and Lily were born to be besties. With high school just around the corner, casual-cool Cali girl Harper and awkward, always-costumed Lily make sure to text each other every day about their bond: Harper: I love you so much that I am going to sneak out of detention to pay that guy from Craigslist $100 to cut off all your hair for my secret collection. Lily: I love you so much I'm going destroy everyone in your life that matters and force you to depend and love only me. Harper: That sounds beautiful. I love you. Not even the threat of different high schools could throw this BFF ship off-course, even if Lily begs her parents not to send her to the "dreaded Pathways," a special school for creative types, while effortlessly-popular Harper attends Beverly High with the rest of their class. But in a city where fitting in means standing out and there's nothing more uncool than being cool, it's the naturally charismatic Harper--with her blond hair and perfect bone structure--who finds herself fighting the tide of American Apparel'd teens who rule the school. Meanwhile, it's the perpetually "gawkward" Lily--who accessories every ensemble with a pair of tattered fairy wings--who finds herself flying alongside the queen bees of Pathways. Can BFF-ship survive the tidal wave of HS drama, or does growing up mean leaving some friends behind?
It was the time of the French Revolution -- a time of great change and great danger. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty. Against this tumultuous historical backdrop, Dickens' great story of unsurpassed adventure and courage unfolds.Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, and safely transported from France to England. It would seem that they could take up the threads of their lives in peace. As fate would have it though, the pair are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young Frenchman -- Charles Darnay -- falsely accused of treason. Strangely enough, Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom, the dissolute lawyer's clerk Sydney Carton. It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom more than once. Brilliantly plotted, the novel is rich in drama, romance, and heroics that culminate in a daring prison escape in the shadow of the guillotine.
After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. <P> <P> There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine. <P> <P> This edition uses the text as it appeared in its serial publication in 1859 to convey the full scope of Dickens's vision, and includes the original illustrations by H. K. Browne ('Phiz'). Richard Maxwell's introduction discusses the intricate interweaving of epic drama with personal tragedy.
"A hot, hot series." --Library Journal"Sizzling." --RT Book ReviewsBraith of the Darkness likes going through life unnoticed. Not an easy task for a She-dragon of royal descent. But the evil plots of her father are turning her quiet, boring life upside down, and she has now become the enemy of the most vicious queen her kind has ever known. But for once, Braith won't have to fight alone. Not when the warrior dragon of her dreams is willing to risk everything to save her neck. Addolgar the Cheerful wishes he could say he's helping the pretty royal strictly for honorable reasons--but he'd be lying. It's not his fault, though! He didn't tell Braith of the Darkness to have the most delicious tail he's ever seen! Yet before Addolgar can get his very strong claws on that tail, heads are going to roll. Just hopefully not theirs. . ."A chest thumping, mead-hall rocking, enemy slaying brawl of a good book." --All Things Urban Fantasy on The Dragon Who Loved Me53,813 Words
Echo is thrilled to find a human object in this Mermaid Tales adventure, but will sibling rivalry keep her from appreciating her prize?Echo is dogfish tired of having to share everything with her bossy big sister, Crystal. So she's extra excited when she stumbles upon a shiny human object near her shell. Finally, something of her very own! Echo is obsessed with people, so she's very curious as to what her fin-tastic human find might be. Could it be something totally wavy, like a music-making machine? What if it's something that could allow her to actually talk to humans? Before she can find out, Crystal swipes the object, claiming she found it first! Echo is steaming mad. After the mergirls duke it out in a messy tug of war, their mother takes the object away. "You'll get this back when you can learn to get along," she tells them. But that's easier said than done. How far is Echo willing to go to get her precious human object back?
Previously published as A Tale of Two Sons Charles Dickens. William Shakespeare. Garrison Keillor. They're all part of the chorus of literary geniuses who expressed admiration for The Parable of the Prodigal Son as outstanding literature. After all, it is a powerful drama, rich in detail, powerfully succinct, and intensely personal. But beyond the literary critiques--besides being one of the most celebrated written works of all time--the message of this parable is one we can't afford to ignore. In The Prodigal Son, John MacArthur takes the story back to its roots, when Jesus' words were absolutely revolutionary. As one of America's most beloved Bible teachers, MacArthur leads us through the minefields of interpretation and restores the simple yet profound brilliance of this passage. Giving engrossing historical background, The Prodigal Son will reveal Christ's original message as intended for the Pharisees, the disciples, and the world today. Gain an enlightening perspective into the prodigal son's story and embrace God's love anew with The Prodigal Son.
Having spent too much time with too many terrible men, Iolanthe Tennyson has had a terrible year. Desperate to get away, she accepts her cousin's invitation to spend the summer in Austria. She indulges her photography hobby, but rumours of a haunted forest distract her and draw her deep into the dark woods and into the eighteenth century. Transported to a new time and place, Iolanthe meets Nikola Czerny, a man cursed to live forever as a Dark One. But his miserable existence takes an intriguing turn when a strange, babbling woman is thrown in his path.
'Talent. You've either got it or you haven't. ' Not true, actually. In The Talent Code, award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured. In the process, he considers talent at work in venues as diverse as a music school in Dallas and a tennis academy near Moscow, to demostrate how the wiring of our brains can be transformed by the way we approach particular tasks. He explains what is really going on when apparently unremarkable people suddenly make a major leap forward. He reveals why some teaching methods are so much more effective than others. Above all, he shows how all of us can achieve our full potential if we set about training our brains in the right way.
"Tom Ripley is one of the most interesting characters in world literature."--Anthony Minghella, director of ?The Talented Mr. Ripley Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath. Here, in this first Ripley novel, we are introduced to suave Tom Ripley, a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley meets a wealthy industrialist who hires him to bring his playboy son, Dickie Greenleaf, back from gallivanting in Italy. Soon Ripley's fascination with Dickie's debonair lifestyle turns obsessive as he finds himself enraged by Dickie's ambivalent affections for Marge, a charming American dilettante. A dark reworking of Henry James's ?The Ambassadors?, ?The Talented Mr. Ripley? serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels.
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