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'One word to tell the reader what he will not find in this book. Although I have the most passionate attachment for the theater, I have the misfortune of liking only one kind of play, whether comic or tragic.
'One word to tell the reader what he will not find in this book. Although I have the most passionate attachment for the theater, I have the misfortune of liking only one kind of play, whether comic or tragic.'
Look into the eyes of a jinn and you stare into the depths of your own soul. . . Writer and film-maker Tahir Shah - in his 30s, married, with two small children - was beginning to wilt under brash, cramped, ennervating British city life. Flying in the face of friends' advice, he longed to fulfil his dream of finding a place bursting with life, colour, history and romance - somewhere far removed from London - in which to raise a family. Childhood memories of holidaying with his parents, and of a grandfather he barely knew, led him to Morocco and to 'Dar Khalifa', a sprawling and, with the exception of its jinns, long-abandoned residence on the edge of Casablanca's shanty town that, rumour had it, once belonged to the city's Caliph. And so begins Tahir Shah's gloriously vivid, funny, affectionate and compelling account of how he and his family - aided, abetted and so often hindered by a wonderful cast of larger-than-life local characters: guardians, gardeners, builders, artisans, bureacrats and police (not forgetting the jinns, the spirits that haunt the house) - returned the Caliph's House to its former glory and learned to make this most exotic and alluring of countries their home. THE CALIPH'S HOUSE is a story of home-ownership abroad - full of the attendant dramas, anxieties and frustrations - but it is also much more. Woven into the narrative is the author's own journey of self-discovery, of learning about a grandfather he hardly knew, and of coming to love the magical, multi-faceted, contradictory country that is Morocco.
The Caliph's Splendor is a revelation: a history of a civilization we barely know that had a profound effect on our own culture. While the West declined following the collapse of the Roman Empire, a new Arab civilization arose to the east, reaching an early peak in Baghdad under the caliph Harun al-Rashid. Harun is the legendary caliph of The Thousand and One Nights, but his actual court was nearly as magnificent as the fictional one. In The Caliph's Splendor, Benson Bobrick eloquently tells the little-known and remarkable story of Harun's rise to power and his rivalries with the neighboring Byzantines and the new Frankish kingdom under the leadership of Charlemagne. When Harun came to power, Islam stretched from the Atlantic to India. The Islamic empire was the mightiest on earth and the largest ever seen. Although Islam spread largely through war, its cultural achievements were immense. Harun's court at Baghdad outshone the independent Islamic emirate in Spain and all the courts of Europe, for that matter. In Baghdad, great works from Greece and Rome were preserved and studied, and new learning enhanced civilization. Over the following centuries Arab and Persian civilizations made a lasting impact on the West in astronomy, geometry, algebra (an Arabic word), medicine, and chemistry, among other fields of science. The alchemy (another Arabic word) of the Middle Ages originated with the Arabs. From engineering to jewelry to fashion to weaponry, Arab influences would shape life in the West, as they did in the fields of law, music, and literature. But for centuries Arabs and Byzantines contended fiercely on land and sea. Bobrick tells how Harun defeated attempts by the Byzantines to advance into Asia at his expense. He contemplated an alliance with the much weaker Charlemagne in order to contain the Byzantines, and in time Arabs and Byzantines reached an accommodation that permitted both to prosper. Harun's caliphate would weaken from within as his two sons quarreled and formed factions; eventually Arabs would give way to Turks in the Islamic empire. Empires rise, weaken, and fall, but during its golden age, the caliphate of Baghdad made a permanent contribution to civilization, as Benson Bobrick so splendidly reminds us.
The Call exhorts us to heed the voice inside us, calling us to discover and to live fully our true selves and our heart's desires - finding our own unique calling, not in the expectations of others and in the outside world, but deep within ourselves. I have heard it all my lifeA voice calling a name I recognized as myown.Sometimes it comes as a soft-belliedwhisper.Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency.But always it says: Wake up my love. Youare walking asleep.There's no safety in that! The Call, like Oriah's previous books, starts with an evocative, richly textured prose poem. In it, Oriah challenges readers to discard what they know of themselves as seen through other people and the world around them, and to delve deep into their own selves to find who they truly are. She persuades the reader that there is nothing as essential as what you believe yourself to be, and that it's not necessary to search for meaning in other people and the world's agendas; just be confident of your own distinct gifts, challenges and dreams.
The daily rhythm of a veterinarian's family in rural New England is shaken when a hunting accident leaves their eldest son in a coma. With the lives of his loved ones unhinged, the veterinarian struggles to maintain stability while searching for the man responsible. But in the midst of their great trial an unexpected visitor arrives, requesting a favor that will have profound consequences-testing a loving father's patience, humor, and resolve and forcing husband and wife to come to terms with what "family" truly means. The Call is a gift from one of the most talented and extraordinary voices in contemporary fiction-a unique and heartfelt portrait of a family, poignant and rich in humor and imagination.
Guide to helping individuals find their true calling. Advises readers to look within themselves instead of to the perceptions and expectations of others. Information on spirituality, confidence-building, meditation, identifying one's own gifts, and more.
Filled with detail about the ways of life of these prehistoric Aleuts, the Storyteller Trilogy evokes prehistoric Alaska and the people who struggle to survive its forbidding climate. "Call Down the Stars completes the saga begun in "Song of the River and continued in "Cry of the Wind. The trilogy is peopled by characters good and evil, vengeful perpetrators of revenge on victims. This third and final book of the trilogy ties up all the loose ends. Both books 2 and this book 3 make enough reference to what has happened in the previous books that the reader is not at a total. loss. However, this book especially is not told in a straight plot line but by the vehicle of Storytellers' stories of earlier events and people. .
After her history-making Kentucky Derby win, Trish believes she can go on to win the triple crown of thoroughbred racing but untold adversity and near tragedy may stop her progress.
An itch started on her left thigh, right on the edge of her panty line. Just what she needed. She closed her eyes a second and squirmed inside her suit, trying to relieve it. Just as she managed to hit the magic spot, a new and equally recognizable sensation replaced it. A chill ran down her spine, instantly setting off a spike of adrenaline. Another visit from Avva was coming. Fast. Not now! she wailed inwardly, her eyes flying open and her gaze sweeping across the test board, then snapping back to the red dots lighting the surface. "I ... have red," she said in a hoarse voice. It was coming. Now. Nowhere to run. "Red confirmed," Wanda said. "You okay, Jane?" Her question went by half-heard as the first tentative touch of Avva crashed over her. All she could do was check her tether and mentally hunker down. "Commander? Jane?" She was no longer exactly there to answer...
This explosive, definitive biography of Diana Ross was penned from over 400 interviews with her family and friends.
A sensitive boy's growing up is one strand in a complex web of his parent's tense life, their immigrant strangeness in a new land.
George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, was the most powerful and most hated man in the realm throughout nearly two reigns. Handsome, cruel, ambitious Buckingham was the favorite of James I and of Charles, James's proud son. To fill his pockets and swell his pride, Buckingham could bend both monarchs to his will. He cared not if his country suffered. Of all those who loathed and feared Buckingham, Frances Coke, later Frances Villiers, Viscountess Purbeck, loathed and feared him most. Her strange, pale beauty, high spirits and passionate nature marked her as one to trouble the hearts of men, and one to whom a marriage without love would be forever odious. But Buckingham and the whip's lash forced her into a form of marriage with John Villiers, Viscount Purbeck, Buckingham's gangling, half-crazed brother. Their union was never consummated, and it was not long before Frances, like every other woman at the Stuart Court, took a lover, gentle, gifted Robin Howard, her kinsman. Buckingham himself was the lover of the Queen of France, and at the easygoing, pleasure-loving Stuart Court everything was permitted--save that which angered the King's favorite. A cuckolded John Villiers was a personal affront to great Buckingham. Even his death did not still the bitterness against my lady Purbeck, who had caused the scandal of a generation. Frances paid dearly for her illicit love. Frances Villiers, a much wronged woman, lived in an age of chivalry and brutality, color and corruption. Her father was Sir Edward Coke, a harsh, embittered man who paid for rating the Law above the Crown. Francis Bacon was her adviser. King Louis XIII of France and the infinitely cunning Cardinal Richelieu were among her many admirers. Her Odyssey is a stirring and poignant tale by an acknowledged master of the historical novel.
"Call me." How could two little words scribbled on a business card drive a normally sane woman to be so...impulsive? It wasn't Harley Golden's style to call a perfect stranger. But here she was, after one brief airport encounter, having phone sex with the obviously unforgettable Gardner Barnes. What next? Letting him fly her off to Texas in his jet? Falling in love with a man who was already married to a ranch? Getting pregnant...?
After suddenly being orphaned, twelve-year-old Consuelo reluctantly moves in with her American grandmother while hoping to return soon to her Mexican American family.
A beautifully written and evocative memoir of pain and redemption, of hurt and healing, from an actress whose private life and personal choices have made her a household name. "My life is a life movies are made of," wrote Anne Heche in the proposal for her memoir. Yet what is truly surprising about Heche is that the most publicized event of her past -- her romance with Ellen DeGeneres -- is only one development in a fascinating and difficult life that has included more than its share of heartache and tragedy. Heche's memoir reveals the woman behind the headlines, one who has conquered overwhelming odds. Far from a celebrity memoir, this is an empowering and thought-provoking book guaranteed to surprise and inspire.
Call Me Gullah presents a vivid description of a unique group within the African American culture. The Gullah living on seacoast islands bordering South Carolina and Georgia have the purest bloodline of all African slaves brought to North America in wooden ships. This entertaining book tracks the life of a member of the Gullah Community, also known as Geechees. Sons of former slaves have left a dialect, culture, and cuisine having a direct link to their West African heritage. This work shines the spotlight on the Brown family of St. Helena Island, South Carolina. You will meet them and see why they are proud of their indigenous heritage. AS THE BOOK WAS BOTH EDITED AND PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR, THERE ARE MORE THAN AVERAGE MISSPELLS AND PUNCTUATION ANOMOLIES IN ORIGINAL TEXT THAT ARE PRESERVED AS DICTATED BY COPYRIGHT LAW.
As 11-year-old Hope struggles to live under the pressures of her verbally abusive mother, she's tempted to run away but instead chooses resilience. She creates a secret safe haven and an innovative point system (giving herself points for every bad thing her mother says to her); finds comfort and inspiration from Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl; and gains a support team. Ultimately, Hope is able to confront her mother about her hurtful words and help her begin to change.
Homicide Detective Barney Manton had a simple theory about catching murderers. Just beat, torture, and hound your suspect until his life becomes completely unbearable. Stay on top of him every hour of every day until he yearns for release--even release via the death chamber. Presto! You have your confession, the law has its "murderer" and the case is closed... He was just a little guy called Sam Gowan. He was holding an empty automatic in his hand. At his feet lay the body of a man who had been shot through the head. Sam Gowan's clothes were covered with the man's blood--Sam Gowan's senses reeled with panic--one thought came through--Escape! Cover your tracks and escape! ...Sam Gowan had never heard of Homicide Detective Barney Manton--Manton never knew that a little guy called Sam Gowan existed. Capricious fate decreed that the two men meet in a deadly, unequal contest, a cat and mouse struggle with all the resources of the police department arraigned on the side of the powerful and sadistic Homicide Detective.
In yet another new school, a shy 15-year-old has difficulty adjusting to her first boarding school, especially since the tennis team is hostile toward her.
Mimi loves flowers, crystal chandeliers, kittens, Céline Dion's voice, the color pink, swaths of satin, the Queen of England, and chocolate. Far, far too much chocolate. She craves beauty and her own overweight self is emphatically not beautiful, at least in her own eyes. And despite her size, she doesn't feel whole because all she knows about her father is that he was a sperm bank donor seventeen years before. Mimi is a fractured soul.Although she knows it could be disastrous, she is drawn to her school's prom because it will be held in a beautiful ballroom and, for once, she'll be able to dress up. But her instincts prove to be right and, after merciless bullying, she flees in tears.Mimi knows that she needs to take charge of herself to find a person she can love within her self-imposed wall of weight. She leaves her doting mother and Montreal behind and heads to Toronto to find her father. What she finds is far more important than anything she could possibly have imagined.Francis Chalifour's ability to bring the unforgettable Mimi to life makes this a novel that will touch the reader's funny bone and heart.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The international bestselling novelist and Denmark's "Queen of Crime," Sara Blaedel is "entertaining all the way" (Politiken) in this suspense-packed thriller featuring her acclaimed detective heroine Louise Rick. An online flirtation can have horrific consequences, as Detective Inspector Louise Rick discovers when she is called to an idyllic Copenhagen neighborhood where a young woman has been left bound and gagged after a profoundly brutal rape attack. Susanne Hansson met her rapist on a popular dating website; fearing the assailant is trolling the site for his next target, Louise is determined to cut him off at the pass. But then a new victim is found--dead this time--and the case becomes even more complex when Susanne attempts suicide. From scanning seemingly innocent singles' profiles to exploring a digital window on the city's dark and dangerous nightlife, to understanding a troubled mother-daughter relationship, Louise races to uncover the shocking truth behind the crimes.d in the online dating world. In her search she comes across the web site "nightwatch.dk," which allows her to upload images that show people out in the night-time scene and who they're with. She finds a picture of the man, who is now calling himself "Prinzz." She contacts him using the name "Princess," and they agree to meet.
A shrewd businessman, an outspoken maverick, and a generous philanthropist, Ted Turner's story is the stuff of legend. But what drives him? Where did he get such a powerful will to succeed? What has he learned over his illustrious life? Never before has the controversial businessman shared his personal story. Here, for the first time, he will. From his difficult and troubling childhood to his hard-partying college life, from his vision of CNN to the drama and turmoil of the AOL/Time Warner deal, and from his ownership of the Braves to his news-making philanthropy, Turner spares no details of his extraordinary career and provides fascinating businesses insights along the way - many of which are sure to surprise. Turner will also reveal the never-before-told details of his personal life. He frankly discusses a childhood of loneliness (he was sent to boarding school at the tender age of 4), the impact of devastating loss (his sister died at 17 and his hard-charging father committed suicide when Ted was in his early 20s). Turner also goes into great detail about his marriages, including his marriage to Jane Fonda, the "love of my life." It's been a helluva ride. Ted Turner truly is the great American maverick of our time. His story will educate, enlighten, entertain, and inspire - for the first time, Turner will tell the public how he went from being a young billboard salesman in the South to being the largest private landowner in the country. The release of this long-awaited memoir will be a major media event, and Ted's captivating story promises to deliver on the hype.
Unemployed New York Timessports reporter, Jessica James gives up her big city life and moves into a borrowed house in Boise, Idaho. She's determined to become a great romance writer, and she only has one obstacle: she doesn't believe in love. Writing quickly becomes a challenge, so Jessica decides to go out and find some inspiration. She soon meets sexy, outdoorsy doctor Fisher Kincaid, who's more than happy to teach her all about love. . .
Should we feel inadequate for failing to be healthy, balanced, and well-adjusted? Is such an existential equilibrium realistic or even desirable? Condemning our cultural obsession with cheerfulness and "positive thinking," Mari Ruti calls for a resurr
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