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The sequel to the best-selling novel THE PASSION OF MARY MAGDALEN. A saint is the last thing Maeve, the notably unrepentant Celtic Mary Magdalen, ever expected to be. She is not sure how it happened. Raised by warrior witches (MAGDALEN RISING) and serving as a whore in a temple dedicated to Isis (THE PASSION OF MARY MAGDALEN) Maeve's cosmology runs more to goddesses and beansidhe than to saints and angels. Also, she is not exactly a favorite with the leaders of the early church, who don't know what to do with her after the Resurrection. Never a follower, will Maeve emerge as a rival leader of the Jesus movement? Will she retire quietly to mother a sacred bloodline? Will she set sail for France to proselytize and go spelunking? The answer: all and none of the above. No sooner does Maeve open her mouth to preach the gospel her way, than a fierce debate begins about what to do with the child she is carrying. Maeve has her own ideas about where best to raise the savior's scion. When she returns to Temple Magdalen, the holy whorehouse she founded, a custody battle of Biblical proportions ensues. Maeve, her infant daughter Sarah, and Jesus's mother flee to the remote Taurus Mountains where they live in hiding among the Galatians until a mysterious stranger is dumped on their doorstep more dead than alive. When Maeve discovers the identity of the man she has healed, she is appalled and more determined than ever to keep her family's secret. But Maeve has reckoned without the will of her brilliant, angry adolescent daughter who resolves to find out the truth about her father--for herself. Elizabeth Cunningham's previous novels, THE PASSION OF MARY MAGDALEN and MAGDALEN RISING, have met with critical and popular acclaim, but BRIGHT DARK MADONNA stands on its own as a literary achievement. A must-read for fans of THE MAEVE CHRONICLES, BRIGHT DARK MADONNA is readily accessible to those new to the series. So welcome to all readers. Begin (or resume) your adventures with Maeve here and now as this unlikely saint embarks on a breathtaking journey from the Temple porticoes of Jerusalem, to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, to a remote cave in the South of France--and as always: the treacherous, beautiful terrain of the human heart.
The poems in Brenda Hillman's new collection, a companion volume to her recent Death Tratates, offer a dynamic vision of a universe founded on the tensions between light and dark , existence and non-existence, male and female, spirit and matter. Informed in part by Gnostic concepts of the separate soul in search of its divine origins ("spirit held by matter"). This dualistic vision is cast in contemporary terms and seeks resolution of these tensions through acceptance.
Zeke Coulter has no intention of getting married-until he buys a ranch next door to Natalie Patterson, a sexy divorcée with two kids, a zany family, and a philandering ex-husband involved in shady business dealings. When Natalie's twelve-year-old son vandalizes Zeke's property and she is unable to pay for the damages, Zeke offers to let the boy work off the debt. As Zeke struggles to instill a sense of responsibility and self-worth in the troubled youngster, he finds his life being turned upside down by Natalie, whose sultry singing voice and striking eyes disguise her underlying lack of belief in herself or in her dream of becoming a professional singer. With rugged determination, Zeke undertakes to bolster her confidence, revive her ability to trust men...and thoroughly seduce her. But just as their attraction begins to blossom, a twist of fate gravely threatens their life together ...
This groundbreaking, transgenre work--part detective story, part literary memoir, part imagined past--is intensely autobiographical and confessional. Proceeding sentence by sentence, city by city, and backwards in time, poet and essayist Kazim Ali details the struggle of coming of age between cultures, overcoming personal and family strictures to talk about private affairs and secrets long held. The text is comprised of sentences that alternate in time, ranging from discursive essay to memoir to prose poetry. Art, history, politics, geography, love, sexuality, writing, and religion, and the role silence plays in each, are its interwoven themes. Bright Felon is literally "autobiography" because the text itself becomes a form of writing the life, revealing secrets, and then, amid the shards and fragments of experience, dealing with the aftermath of such revelations. Bright Felon offers a new and active form of autobiography alongside such texts as Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee, Lyn Hejinian's My Life, and Etel Adnan's In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country.
Guy Jerald was living proof of the American Dream come true - a man who had built an empire, out of a worthless scrap of farmland, a man who had risen from the wrong side of the tracks to move gracefully within the inner circles of the very rich. In her new novel, one of America's most renowned writers turns her skillful eye onto the contemporary scene in a 'story about power and the struggle for power, about the treachery of dreams and the tyranny of duty, about a man who gains the whole world, but loses his own soul - almost. For at the prime of his life, Guy Jerald tries to kill himself. Now confined to a luxurious sanitarium, though clearly not insane, Guy refuses to speak to anyone even his wife and family. It is an old friend, English psychiatrist James Meyer, who is finally able to break through Guy's suffering and help him face the choice which has threatened his existence. A choice between the self he has created and the self he is running from, between a psychologically binding marriage and the woman he truly loves. As he attempts to uncover the source of his friend's agony, James is forced to come to terms with his own unfulfilled hopes and meet the greatest challenge of his life.
In this second book of the Tyler series, Patrick Kelsey, Tyler's former all-star, is not impressed to learn that Tyler High's new football coach is a woman. But Pam Casals isn't what Patrick expects. CAN THEY CREATE A WINNING TEAM? Pam's bright, vivacious and dedicated. Her infectious enthusiasm inspires everyone around her. Yet, when Patrick tries to get close to her, she backs off. Patrick begins to wonder if there's something important Pam isn't telling him....
Born and raised on Bright Island off the Maine coast, Thankful Curtis is more like her sea captain grandfather than any of her older brothers are. Nothing suits her better than sailing and helping her father with the farm. But when her dreaded sisters-in-law suggest that Thankful get some proper schooling on the mainland, the wind is knocked from her sails.Thankful finds the uncharted waters of school difficult to navigate: there's a rocky reception from her rich roommate, Selina; the breezy behavior of the charming Robert; and stormy Mr. Fletcher, the handsome Latin teacher whose caustic tongue masks a tender heart. And while Thankful works hard to make the best of her new life, Bright Island continues to flash in her thoughts, like the sparkle of the sun on the water.Mabel Robinson's delightful coming-of-age story won a Newbery Honor in 1938 and garnered extraordinary praise from critics and readers alike. The New York Times raved, "One would be hard put to it to find a better contemporary novel than this," and now this evocative tale can be welcomed by a new generation of readers.From the Hardcover edition.
BRIGHT LIGHTS, DARK SHADOWS. Revealed for the first time--the people who were Abba, their individual backgrounds, their musical influences and their personal demons. By the time Abba split up, no one was in any doubt that behind the glitter there was a dark side, and behind the smiling group were four troubled individuals. But even as a whole new generation of fans discovers Abba's great music, Anni-Frid, Agnetha, Benny and Bjorn have continued to remain rather shadowy, secretive figures. Their marriages, personal break-ups and superficial biographical details are well known ... but who exactly were Abba? How did Norwegian Anni-Frid, the illegitimate daughter of a German soldier, become a real-life princess? How did folksy Benny and Bjorn reinvent themselves as an international pop force to rival Lennon & McCartney? And what actually happened to blonde Agnetha who smiled a lot but never really looked happy? The author answers these and many more questions about the hit group that no one took seriously ... until everyone did. Each page is a revelation and Palm's acute understanding of the culture of his native Sweden makes these sometimes dark personal stories understandable in a unique way. Bright Lights, Dark Shadows is an instant classic, a truly great account of the rise and fall of a legendary group and a multiple biography of rare insight. . achieves the difficult feat of capturing the multiple layers of Abba ... with a deftness unusual in a rock biography." Sunday Times ".. an extraordinary book.... *Dancing Queen* will never sound the same again."
In addition to outlining the importance of teaching a child to love labor, Whitley provides a ten-step program to help parents motivate the bright child who prefers to work below ability. A clear, concise, useful book.
Kay Kenyon, noted for her science fiction world-building, has in this new series created her most vivid and compelling society, the Universe Entire. In a land-locked galaxy that tunnels through our own, the Entire is a bizarre and seductive mix of long-lived quasi-human and alien beings gathered under a sky of fire, called the bright. A land of wonders, the Entire is sustained by monumental storm walls and an exotic, never-ending river. Over all, the elegant and cruel Tarig rule supreme. Into this rich milieu is thrust Titus Quinn, former star pilot, bereft of his beloved wife and daughter who are assumed dead by everyone on earth except Quinn. Believing them trapped in a parallel universe--one where he himself may have been imprisoned--he returns to the Entire without resources, language, or his memories of that former life. He is assisted by Anzi, a woman of the Chalin people, a Chinese culture copied from our own universe and transformed by the kingdom of the bright. Learning of his daughter's dreadful slavery, Quinn swears to free her. To do so, he must cross the unimaginable distances of the Entire in disguise, for the Tarig are lying in wait for him. As Quinn's memories return, he discovers why. Quinn's goal is to penetrate the exotic culture of the Entire--to the heart of Tarig power, the fabulous city of the Ascendancy, to steal the key to his family's redemption. But will his daughter and wife welcome rescue? Ten years of brutality have forced compromises on everyone. What Quinn will learn to his dismay is what his own choices were, long ago, in the Universe Entire. He will also discover why a fearful multiverse destiny is converging on him and what he must sacrifice to oppose the coming storm. This is high-concept SF written on the scale of Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld, Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles, and Dan Dimmons's Hyperion.
A Sac and Fox Indian, Jim Thorpe was born Wa-tho-huck ("Bright Path") in Oklahoma in 1888. His childhood was a mix of hard work on his family's ranch, wild days hunting and living rough in the outdoors, and a succession of dreary, military-strict "Indian Schools" that sought to impose white culture on Indian children. Jim hated them and frequently ran away, but it was at one such school, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, that his life would change. Watching some student athletes practicing the high jump, Jim asked if he might try. Wearing overalls and a work shirt, he effortlessly cleared the bar on his first attempt--breaking the school's high jump record. He was drafted onto the track and football teams by the school's coach, Pop Warner, and went on to lead Carlisle to victories over the best college teams of the time. At the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, Thorpe won the five-event Pentathlon with a score that would never be beaten, and the even more grueling Decathlon with a score that stood for 20 years.
Previously Published in I'll Be Home For ChristmasThe perfect holiday treat from the beloved pen of #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels. . . Being dumped by your boyfriend on Christmas Eve is not the kind of surprise Morgan Ames was hoping to unwrap. Still, that's exactly what she found under the tree two years ago. What was even more surprising was that she promised she'd wait two Christmases for his return--tonight--and she always keeps her promises. But a sudden snowstorm has other ideas, including a romantic turn Morgan never imagined. . . Praise for Fern Michaels and her novels"Tirelessly inventive and entertaining. "--Booklist on Up Close and Personal"Fast-moving. . . entertaining. . . a roller-coaster ride of serendipitous fun. "--Publishers Weekly on Mr. and Miss Anonymous34,100 Words.
Sci-fi master Theodore Sturgeon wrote stories with power and freshness, and in telling them created a broader understanding of humanity--a legacy for readers and writers to mine for generations. Along with the title story, the collection includes stories written between 1953 and 1955, Sturgeon's greatest period, with such favorites as "Bulkhead," "The Golden Helix," and "To Here and the Easel."
Five wishes can save a suffering kingdom--but at a high price to 12-year-old Morwenna, who is responsible for granting them. A sensitively written tale which poses philosophical questions about selfishness, selflessness, and the terrible burden of what first appears to be wonderful gifts.
Jenny Harris is a happy, well-adjusted young woman excitedly awaiting the birth of her first child. So what if her live-in fiance Dean has been avoiding helping her plan their wedding? And who cares if recently he seems overly preoccupied with work and his amateur band? Jenny, having listened to her mother and best friend complain about her fianc's lack of commitment for months, should have seen what was coming. Yet nothing could ever prepare her for the night he never comes home, instantly demoting himself from boyfriend to sperm donor. When she goes into labour the day after she's dumped, giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, Jenny has no choice but to forge ahead with her new life as a single mother. After countless sleepless nights and crying spells (both hers and the baby's), she is finally finding her way. She manages to find time to give dating tips to her father, who attempts to court her mother fifteen years after their divorce - and to explore a new relationship with the very handy and attractive man next door. But just as her desperation is ebbing, Dean reappears. Is first love worth a second chance, or is it wiser to hold out for something potentially better?
A sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism. Americans are a positive people--cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude. Evangelical mega-churches preach the good news that you only have to want something to get it, because God wants to prosper you. The medical profession prescribes positive thinking for its presumed health benefits. Academia has made room for new departments of positive psychology and the science of happiness. Nowhere, though, has bright-siding taken firmer root than within the business community, where, as Ehrenreich shows, the refusal even to consider negative outcomes like mortgage defaults contributed directly to the current economic crisis. With the mythbusting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the downside of America's penchant for positive thinking: on a personal level, it leads to self-blame and a morbid preoccupation with stamping out negative thoughts. On a national level, it's brought us an era of irrational optimism resulting in disaster. This is Ehrenreich at her provocative best, poking holes in conventional wisdom and faux science, and ending with a call for existential clarity and courage.
A U.S. Space Shuttle has crashed into the ocean. On board is the latest weapons technology. At risk is the fate of the world.
A young girl discovers the secret behind her hometown's strange behavior during one long, hot summer.
When Wayland North brings rain to a region that's been dry for more than 10 years, he's promised anything he'd like as a reward. He chooses the village elder's daughter, 16-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, a skilled weaver with an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloak.
Thousands of years in the future, a group of people assemble to witness the spectacular passing of the fiery front-wave caused by the nova of the Murdered Star.
David Brin's Uplift novels--Sundiver, Hugo award winner The Uplift War, and Hugo and Nebula winner Startide Rising--are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction tales ever written. Now David Brin returns to this future universe for a new Uplift trilogy, packed with adventure, passion and wit.The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies. But over the centuries it has been resettled, populated by refugees of six intelligent races. Together they have woven a new society in the wilderness, drawn together by their fear of Judgment Day, when the Five Galaxies will discover their illegal colony. Then a strange starship arrives on Jijo. Does it bring the long-dreaded judgment, or worse--a band of criminals willing to destroy the six races of Jijo in order to cover their own crimes?From the Paperback edition.
Fourteen-year-old Eugene is preoccupied by his passion for the Yankees and his lust for his beautiful cousin, Nora. Eugene's comic growing pains contrast with the darker issues troubling his family: poverty, illness and the growing Nazi threat to relatives in Europe.
Pinkie, a boy gangster in the pre-war Brighton underworld, is a Catholic dedicated to evil and damnation...
Life in the Grand Canyon seen through the eyes of Brighty, a willful but lovable little burro. Grades 3-6. Marguerite Henry is the author of the popular Horseshoe library, which includes such titles as Stormy, Misty's Foal, Brighty of the Grand Canyon, and King of the Wind.
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