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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES! "There will be times, girl, when all your magic ain't going to be enough, times when it will seem to dry up like mud under the noonday sun, or even make matters worse. . . ." Kallie Rivière, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of one of those times her mentor warned her about when she visits New Orleans to attend the Hecatean Alliance's annual carnival: her hard-bodied conjurer hookup ends up dead in her blood-drenched bed. And he was killed by something that Kallie would never dream of touching--the darkest of dark juju, soul-eating juju--a black dust hex that may have been meant to kill her. Now Kallie has to use every bit of hoodoo knowledge and bayou-bred mojo she possesses to clear her own name and find the killer--even as that dark sorcerer hunts Kallie and her friends. But Kallie's search for the truth soon leads her in a direction she never anticipated--back home to Bayou Cyprés Noir, and to Gabrielle LaRue, Kallie's aunt, protector, and hoodoo mentor . . . who is looking more and more like she just might be the one who wants Kallie dead.
Black Earth takes readers on an extraordinary, epic tour of post-Soviet Russia.
Black Elk writes about religion and mythology in the Lakota Nation and North American shamanism.
The most famous Native American book ever written, Black Elk Speaks is the acclaimed story of Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during the momentous, twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk grew up in a time when white settlers were invading the Lakotas' homeland, decimating buffalo herds and threatening to extinguish their way of life. Black Elk and other Lakotas fought back, a dogged resistance that resulted in a remarkable victory at the Little Bighorn and an unspeakable tragedy at Wounded Knee. Beautifully told through the celebrated poet and writer John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks offers much more than a life story. Black Elk's profound and arresting religious visions of the unity of humanity and the world around him have transformed his account into a venerated spiritual classic. Whether appreciated as a collaborative autobiography, a history of a Native American nation, or an enduring spiritual testament for all humankind, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable. This special edition features all three prefaces to Black Elk Speaks that John G. Neihardt wrote at different points in his life, a map of Black Elk's world, a reset text with Lakota words reproduced using the latest orthographic standards, and color paintings by Lakota artist Standing Bear that have not been widely available for decades.
David Morrell, whose many bestsellers include Double Image, Extreme Denial, and The Brotherhood of the Rose, has consistently redefined the modern thriller. Now he turns to a darker side of suspense in a powerful collection of tales, many of them award winners, that delve into the weird, uncanny terrors that lurk just beneath the comforting surfaces of daily life. Fear of loss, fear of pain, fear of madness, fear of being trapped, fear of the inescapable, unspeakable horrors that fester deep within the soul. . . . No matter who or where you are, fear is always with you, always ready to attack from behind the masks of thought and dream.
To tell a story well, you have to live a story well -- with courage, persistence, and faith that everything's going to turn out all right. Black-Eyed Peas for the Soul is a collection of stories that reveals universal themes, as well as the unique perspectives of African Americans. The first collection of its kind, Black-Eyed Peas for the Soul boldly dispels the myth of a homogeneous Black culture. Diverse voices -- including those of Zora Neale Hurston, Dawn Turner Trice, and Frederick Douglass -- tell our stories of beginnings, wisdom, patience, hard work, excellence, joy, and miracles. Stories about love, healing, and atonement are told with insight, humor, and gritty honesty. Arising from these distinct voices is the call for hope. Enjoy these stories and let them guide your soul to a place where you can find solace and draw nourishment, a place that can warm and soothe you, like a bowl of black-eyed peas.
New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre. The author of the enormously popular series featuring Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan as well as three critically lauded stand-alone novels, Lippman now turns her attention to short stories--and reveals another level of mastery. Lippman sets many of the stories in this sterling anthology, Hardly Knew Her, in familiar territory: her beloved Baltimore, from downtown to its affluent suburbs, where successful businessmen go to shocking lengths to protect what they have or ruthlessly expand their holdings, while dissatisfied wives find murderous ways to escape their lives. But Lippman is also unafraid to travel--to New Orleans, to an unnamed southwestern city, and even to Dublin, the backdrop for the lethal clash of two not-so-innocents abroad. Tess Monaghan is here, in two stories and a profile, aligning herself with various underdogs. And in her extraordinary, never-before-published novella, Scratch a Woman, Lippman takes us deep into the private world of a high-priced call girl/madam and devoted soccer mom, exploring the mystery of what may, in fact, be written in the blood. Each of these ingenious tales is a gem--sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with delightfully unanticipated twists and reversals. For people who have yet to read Lippman, get ready to experience the spellbinding power of "one of today's most pleasing storytellers, hailed for her keen psychological insights and her compelling characterizations," (San Diego Union-Tribune), who has "invigorated the crime fiction arena with smart, innovative, and exciting work" (George Pelecanos). As for longtime devotees of her multiple award-winning novels, you'll discover that you hardly know her.
Grade 6-9-Twelve-year-old Suzie has completely lost touch with reality. She is unable to eat, talk, sleep, or walk and sits in a cramped fetal position and cries. Her mother is infuriated by this "stage" she's in; her father is concerned but distant. It is only when Suzie's uncle forces the family to acknowledge that something is wrong and she is hospitalized that the child can begin to heal. The book is narrated by the inner voice of a character who can't speak because she simply "doesn't have any words," and she is the only character who is fully developed. Details of the abuse that caused Suzie's breakdown slowly emerge, but when the girl is confronted with the danger her older sister is in, she heroically responds. Once the truth is revealed, Suzie's recovery is unrealistically quick, but this is a riveting story that could well serve to help other children deal with a difficult family situation.
Boyd-Franklin (applied and professional psychology, Rutgers U.) provides students and clinicians with an understanding of the cultural and racial context of African Americans as applied to the therapy setting. The fully revised second edition includes a new chapter on public policy issues (welfare reform, the Adoptions and Safe Families Act, kinship care, managed care, and affirmative action); a new chapter on the complexity of separation, divorce, remarriage, and step-parenting; and new material on socioeconomic and class distinctions, Caribbean and biracial children and families, racial identity development, gender roles in families, religion and spirituality, the Afrocentric movement, Rites-of-Passage programs, challenges in educational achievement, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, violence, police brutality, and racial profiling.
In this groundbreaking collection Cecilia Tan blurs the very definition of sexuality and redefines the future of erotic fiction. She delves deep into the world of dark fantasy in a powerful collection of stories that interweave the supernatural and science fiction with the fantasy of daydream; she brilliantly combines noir erotica at its most potent with startling sensuality to shatter the physical and emotional boundaries of sex. These stories, some never before published, range in style and texture from the warmth of magical realism to disturbing modern gothic -- showcasing a rich and varied exploration of sex in worlds that might be earthtly -- to tales of the human fantasies and magical dreams to which we all succumb. From the critically acclaimed, otherwordly "Pearl Driver" to "The Game," all of Tan's stories celebrate the body and sex, revealing the positive emotions behind even the darkest desires.
Presents short biographical profiles of African-American soldiers--who have had to battle both racial prejudice and foreign foes while defending their country--from each of America's major conflicts, from colonial times to the present.
A convent is looking for a new leader while a preacher is supposed to talk to two young women about their morals but takes advantage of them.
Written by South African journalist Schmidt and sociologist van der Walt, this is the first volume of a two-volume work synthesizing the history and ideas of the broad anarchist tradition around the world. The first volume defines anarchism as a form of revolutionary and libertarian socialism and outlines its main ideas, particularly in relation to the ideas of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, classical Marxism, and economic liberalism. It explores the relationship between anarchism and syndicalism and describes the major strategic and tactical debates in the movement. It also discusses major themes of the anarchist tradition, including class, union, peasant, community, unemployed, national liberation, feminist, and racial equality struggles, as well as internationalism. The second volume constructs a global history of the broad anarchist tradition. The volume is particularly valuable in expanding its geographic focus well beyond the traditional subjects of studies of anarchism Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
From the Book jacket: More than 300 kinds of North American animals are listed as endangered or threatened - at risk of dying out. But people are taking action to help them, sometimes with remarkable success. These books present the stories of some of these animals, and of the efforts to save them.
Texas was a rough land for the settlers to tame. Droughts hit hard, and Indians threatened everything the newcomers had-everything they hoped to build. Then came the real test of the settlers' strength-an Indian raid that saw their wives and children captured and enslaved by the savage Comanche tribe. Now the men had to find a way to get their families back-without leaving their scalps on the tip of an Indian war stick!
On the year's busiest shopping day, idealistic college students believe they're about to carry out a media stunt at America's largest mall. They think the jamming devices they carry will disrupt stores' computers, causing delays and chaos. They don't realize their backpacks are stuffed with explosives, turning them into suicide bombers. Caught in a political nightmare, battling a new director and mourning her boss, FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell must put her troubles aside to figure out what's behind the attack. The search becomes personal when she learns one of the students involved is her brother. Afraid and on the run, Patrick must decide if he can trust Maggie enough to help her unravel this nightmare. Sifting through the debris, Maggie is joined by Nick Morrelli. Although Maggie and Nick have investigated cases together before, they've never investigated a relationship. When an informant tells Maggie that other attacks are planned, she knows she's running out of time. . .
The breathtaking suspense of Kiss the Girls and the authenticity of N.Y.P.D. Blue: Welcome to James Patterson's classic superthriller, Black Friday. A courageous federal agent, a powerful and resourceful woman lawyer--only they can possibly stop the unspeakable from happening. New York City is under siege by a secret militia group--and that's just the beginning of the relentless terror of Black Friday.
All it takes is one murder to change a million lives, and that's exactly what happens to Kasheef Williams on a cold, black Friday. After a reunion with an old friend goes wrong in a Long Island night club, Kasheef is forced to protect himself by any means necessary. The only problem is that prying eyes see everything. Those eyes belong to Alija Bell. After walking in on a situation she was never meant to see, she runs; but Kasheef sees her face, and he tells her that it's best for her to get temporary amnesia. Afraid for her life and the safety of her daughter, she keeps her mouth shut, but when a tape of the murder surfaces, the only face that's visible is Alijas. Now the police are looking for their eyewitness, and Kasheef has to get to Alija before her day comes to testify against him in court. In this dramatic, hood savvy tale, things aren't always as they seem. Somebody holds the ticket to the jury's verdict. Lies and truth collide. Everyone has a different angle, but the only question is, who has the most influence over Kasheef's fate?
All it takes is one murder to change a million lives, and that's exactly what happens to Kasheef Williams on a cold, black Friday. After a reunion with an old friend goes wrong in a Long Island night club, Kasheef is forced to protect himself by any means necessary. The only problem is that prying eyes see everything. Those eyes belong to Alija Bell. After walking in on a situation she was never meant to see, she runs; but Kasheef sees her face, and he tells her that it's best for her to get temporary amnesia. Afraid for her life and the safety of her daughters, she keeps her mouth shut--but when a tape of the murder surfaces, the only face that's visible is Alija's. Now the police are looking for their eye witness, and Kasheef has to get to Alija before her day comes to testify against him in court. In this dramatic, hood savvy tale, things aren't always as they seem. Somebody holds the ticket to the jury's verdict. Lies and truth collide. Everyone has a different angle, but the only question is, who has the most influence over Kasheef's fate?
The findings from wide-ranging interviews and careful historical research, Black Genius explores the roots of black achievement in America. The results are surprising and inspiring. Interweaving past and present, beginning with this country's inception, Russell covers the importance of continuity and tradition in nurturing black artists, scientists, and leaders. Here are memorable portraits of Wynton Marsalis, Ralph Ellison, Louis Armstrong, Toni Morrison, Duke Ellington, James Baldwin, Paul Robeson, Muhammad Ali, Lois Mailou-Jones, and other black notables. Through their eyes, we see how they were inspired, fostered, and encouraged by their mentors, how the creative tradition was passed from one generation to the next. This great theme of interconnectedness is played out, for example, in Wynton Marsalis's links to not only Ellington and Armstrong, but also, through the venerable author Albert Murray, to Ellison and the artist Romare Bearden. In addition to these well-known figures, Russell also rediscovers less familiar ones: writers, activists, scientists, and artists whose reputations may be underrecognized.
An Inspector Tibbett mystery set in a little Caribbean island.
Fifteen years ago, in 1975, Genna Hewett-Meade's college roommate died a mysterious, violent, terrible death. Minette Swift had been a fiercely individualistic scholarship student, an assertive-even prickly-personality, and one of the few black girls at an exclusive women's liberal arts college near Philadelphia. By contrast, Genna was a quiet, self-effacing teenager from a privileged upper-class home, self-consciously struggling to make amends for her own elite upbringing. When, partway through their freshman year, Minette suddenly fell victim to an increasing torrent of racist harassment and vicious slurs-from within the apparent safety of their tolerant, "enlightened" campus-Genna felt it her duty to protect her roommate at all costs. Now, as Genna reconstructs the months, weeks, and hours leading up to Minette's tragic death, she is also forced to confront her own identity within the social framework of that time. Her father was a prominent civil defense lawyer whose radical politics-including defending anti-war terrorists wanted by the FBI-would deeply affect his daughter's outlook on life, and later challenge her deepest beliefs about social obligation in a morally gray world. Black Girl / White Girl is a searing double portrait of "black" and "white," of race and civil rights in post-Vietnam America, captured by one of the most important literary voices of our time.
Oil is not pretty, but it is a resource that drives the modern world. It has made fortunes for the lucky few and provided jobs for millions of ordinary folks.Thick and slippery, crude oil has an evil smell. Yet without it, life as we live it today would be impossible. Oil fuels our engines, heats our homes, and powers the machines that make the everyday things we take for granted, from shopping bags to computers to medical equipment. Nations throughout the last century have gone to war over it. Indeed, oil influences every aspect of modern life. It helps shape the history, society, politics, and economy of every nation on earth.This riveting new book explores what oil is and the role this precious resource has played in America and the world.From the Hardcover edition.
Out in Oklahoma, in the 1920s there was a mousy brown little filly named U-see-it. But boy, could she run. She was a fast horse, and won many races until one day when her owner Al Hoots entered her in a claiming race. Refusing to sell her, Al and U-see-it, were banned from racing. But Al had an idea, his dream was that her son, would win the Kentucky Derby, and would win in style. This is a story of Black Gold based on a true story of a little black stallion with heart and passion, and the desire to run.
Firebridge tumbled a million years to the future-to find Earth ruled by beings who cc with the fabric of space and time as if theyi gods. Yet somewhere in the distant past, son they had done went terribly wrong... Now, in the shadow of Earths dying sun, sent forth on a perilous quest to preserve the of history. Accompanied by the wondrous Alamogordo and the woman warrior Glade,hiiliiS seeks the legendary city of TVeet Hoown. There he must confront the most destractiv|jl|f machines of a long-dead civilization...and 3i' undreamed of by man or god.
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