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A memoir by the famous British singer Sting. He writes: "Having been a songwriter most of my life, condensing my ideas and emotions into short rhyming couplets and setting them to music, I had never really considered writing a book. But upon arriving at the reflective age of 50, I found myself drawn, for the first time, to write long passages. It is a book about the early part of my life, from childhood through adolescence, right up to the my success with the Police. It is a story few people know. I had no interest in writing a traditional autobiographical recitation of everything that's ever happened to me. Instead I found myself drawn to exploring specific moments, certain people and relationships, and particular events which still resonate powerfully for me. "
'And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom' Ana-s NinElizabeth Lesser shows how it is possible to deal with fearful change or a painful loss and be reborn, like the Phoenix, to a more vibrant and enlightened self. In Broken Open she shares penetrating tales from her own life, the lives of those she has taught and counselled and the lives of friends and family, tales that explore the big challenges of death, illness and divorce, as well as the daily roller coaster rides of relationships, parenting and work. Woven into these stories are quotations from great poets and philosophers. And following them is a toolbox of valuable aids, including meditation, psychological enquiry and spiritual practice. The result is a book that runs the gamut of the human experience, and in a style that is genuine, funny, often heartbreaking, but always inspiring, she shows us how we, too, can allow the pain of adversity to break us open instead of breaking us down, making us bitter or closing our hearts.
InBroken ParadiseCecilia Samartin offers heart wrenching insight into the tender balance between hope and grief that shapes the immigrant heart and exposes the struggles of everyday people amid political turmoil. Cuba, 1956: Cousins Nora and Alicia are accustomed to living among Havana's privileged class -- lavish dinners, days at the beach, dances, and dresses. Their idyllic lives take a turn for the worst after Castro's rise to power. Food becomes scarce, religion is forbidden, and disease is rampant. Alicia stays behind while Nora emigrates to the United States and struggles in an unfamiliar land. Both of their identities are challenged as they try to adapt to the changes forced upon them. The situation in Cuba deteriorates and Alicia is beset by bad fortune, while Nora painfully assimilates into middle-class U. S. culture. Her heart, however, remains in Cuba. Letters between the cousins track their lives until Alicia's situation becomes so difficult that Nora is forced to return and help. But what she finds in Cuba is like nothing she has ever imagined. Broken Paradiseis an extraordinarily powerful novel about passion, love, and the heart's yearning for home.
Summer is deadly in the mountain community of Mason County, Virginia. Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger and veterinarian Rachel Goddard are caught in a maelstrom of lies that stretch far into the past and suspicions that threaten the future. Cam and Meredith Taylor are murdered within hours of one another, and Rachel is dragged into the case because she heard ¨but didn't see¨ Cam's murder. The Taylors arrived in Mason County as volunteers in the 1960s War on Poverty, and they stayed on, making loyal friends and bitter enemies. The victims' daughter is Tom's former girlfriend, Leslie. She returns home to see justice done¨ and to win Tom back from Rachel. The prime suspect is newcomer Ben Hern, Rachel's childhood friend, and she is desperate to prove him innocent. Leslie pushes for Hern's arrest and launches a campaign of intimidation against Rachel. With the killer targeting Rachel and the community clamoring for an arrest, Tom and Rachel must decide who they can trust.
The Wagner Act of 1935 (later the Wagner-Taft-Hartley Act of 1947) was intended to democratize vast numbers of American workplaces. The federal government was to encourage worker organization and the substitution of collective bargaining for employers' unilateral determination of vital work-place matters.
Former ballerina Callie Carlisle is determined to rebuild her life with her new mechanical limbs. She's just learned to accept the enhancements that saved her from certain death when she experiences uncontrollable twinges and flashes of light that obscure her vision. Terrified of literally falling apart, she resists telling her husband. Jasper's already vowed to keep her out of harm, and she doesn't want to worry him further.When the War Office's General Black arrives with an urgent mission-rescue the doctor who created Callie's enhancements-she has no choice but to accept. A rogue agent and former patient of the scientist believes the biomechanical modifications he received are killing him, and he's out for revenge.Callie must reach the doctor before it's too late. But with an overprotective Jasper at her side, and her alarming symptoms getting more frequent, will she be able to hold herself together long enough to save the doctor...and herself?34,000 words
Billie and Steven are having a baby! But Steven's joy quickly turns to misery when Billie tells him that marriage is not the only option. Will this mean the end of Billie and Steven? Jessica is happy owning her own clothing business -- until her partner, Val, and her scheming ex-husband disappear with all the company's borrowed money. How will Jessica handle this one?
Kia and Ryushi have spent their childhood sheltered from the land beyond the mountains. They've had plenty of time to sharpen their combat skills -- and it's a good thing. All around them, forces are growing that will shatter their isolated existence and plunge them into a desperate conflict.
Kia and Ryushi are trapped in a realm beyond their comprehension. All they can rely on is their courage and trust in one another. As danger mounts they must stay strong, for in their young hands lies the fate of the world.
It's been one year since the Integration. Kia and Ryushi have banded together with the remaining members of Parakka to continue their struggle to return the world to what they once thought it was. Their fight is becoming increasingly difficult, especially now that they're in Kirin Taq, a land ruled by the cold and ruthless Princess Aurin. As revenge takes hold and anger boils over, Parakka's numbers are becoming increasingly smaller. If only there was somewhere they could turn for help...
Ryushi knows that what he is doing is wrong. But sometimes, revenge is worth the price of risking everything. Kia is at a crossroads: if she accepts the challenge at hand, she could find herself confronted by some very disturbing truths.
Ryushi is a prisoner in the deadly Fane Aracq. His mind is under assault from the Scour¹s gripping powers, and it is only a matter of time before Princess Aurin knows all of Paraka¹s secrets. Ryushi¹s resistance to the Princess is weakening... but with each secret he divulges to her, a strategy for defeating his enemy takes shape in his mind. Only one question remains: who is brave enough to carry out Ryushi¹s dangerous plans?
A year has passed. Kia and Elani are gone, Ryushi has been Bonded, and Princess Aurin has fled. Now, Calica is faced with an awesome responsibility. The fate of an entire race is in her hands, and she's not sure she can handle it. Meanwhile, the members of Parakka are faced with challenges of their own.
She was forbidden by the Draicon to cast the blood-to-blood spell. But Katia was determined to find her father, and the spell was her only option. The Draicon had taken her into their pack when her own family had been destroyed by the Morphs. But Katia had never given up hope that her father was still alive, and refused to mate for life with her beloved Baylor until she found him. Now Baylor had given her an ultimatum, and Katia was forced to take drastic measures. But when Katia's spell summoned a Morph claiming to be her father, nothing Baylor said could convince her of the danger. Baylor knew too well the cost of trusting a loved one who'd turned, and desperately wanted to save Katia the pain he'd lived with for so long. He also knew that if he spared the Morph, it would destroy Katia, but if he killed this evil being, he risked losing her love forever.
Cited in BCL3, this work was originally published in Spanish as Vision de los vencidos (1959) and appeared in English in 1962. This is an expanded and updated edition which includes accounts from Aztec descendants as well as the voices of those who actually experienced the Spanish conquest. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc. , Portland, Or.
A new expanded version of the classic account of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, as told by Aztec voices--with a new Postscript by the editor. For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears, León-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors. León-Portilla's new Postscript reflects upon the critical importance of these unexpected historical accounts.
Sequel to The Forever King, this book continues the epic saga of King Arthur, a tale of chivalry, adventure and magic in the modern world.
"I need you to trust me."Impossible! Sheriff Christine Norris still remembers the heartache from the last time she gave Special Agent Wyatt Green her trust. And she certainly doesn't believe him now, when he claims some of her residents are involved in a dangerous militia. But Christine can't ignore the fact that someone who may be tied to the militia has kidnapped an innocent boy. And when she's almost killed in a fiery explosion, Christine realizes Wyatt may be the only person she can trust to protect her. Even if she's still not sure she can trust him again with her heart....
Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop was the richest woman in the Hawaiian kingdom in the late 19th century. Upon her death in 1884, her will set up a trust, known as the Bishop Estate, to be managed by 5 trustees, in order to create and maintain an institution, called the Kamehameha Schools, that would benefit the children of Hawai'i. In 1995 the Wall Street Journal called Bishop Trust the nation's wealthiest charity, with an endowment estimated at $10 billion. This book is a detailed account of the way late 20th-century trustees used the trust to benefit themselves, their friends and cronies. Corruption extended to judges, legislators, and lawyers. The early chapters relate the more recent history of Hawai'i and aspects of the Hawaiian character that are interesting. I did nothing with the Index. I think it's usable, but if you need it fixed let me know and I'll get the book and fix it. Cindy firstname.lastname@example.org
This collection of Hindu folktales for middle readers features stories about the god, Ganesha, who is easily recognized because of his elephant head. Krishnaswami introduces the stories by recalling her own introduction to Ganesha and goes on to offer a mythological context for the tales. Included among the tales are Ganesha's Head, The Broken Tusk, and 'Why Ganesha Never Married. Most of the stories come from Hindu legend; one comes from Mongolia, where Ganesha made his way into the Buddhist tradition.
When Private Detective 'Tex' Fox helps to buy an antique violin for the young prodigy, Jan Tusar, he doesn't expect the boy to play so badly at his Carnegie Hall debut. And when Jan subsequently commits suicide, and the violin disappears, Fox investigates, discovering that a great many people had special claims on Jan.
Contains A Bouquet of Thistles (Stone), Paying the Piper (Ranstrom), Battle-Torn Bride (O'Brien)
THREE COUPLES. THREE VOWS. THREE WEDDINGS COME TRUE.A Bouquet of Thistles by Lyn StoneSince they were betrothed as children, John, Lord Greycourt, and Alys of Camoy have not set eyes on one another. Alys is overjoyed when John returns home-until she realizes that he has no intention of marriage. This is one battle that she cannot let her warrior win!Paying the Piper by Gail RanstromMiss Chloe Faraday has been engaged to Captain Sir Anthony Chandler for years, yet she doesn't even know what he looks like. She can't quite recall the dashing officer who proposed to her in a letter. Now the war is over, he expects to claim his bride. But Chloe has a mind of her own, and will not be compelled into marriage.Battle-Torn Bride by Anne O'BrienForbidden to marry the man of her choice, Lady Beatrice Somerton was forcibly wed to another. Now her husband has met his death on the field of battle-perhaps by the hand of her first and only love. Should she still want such a man?
Set during the chaotic beginnings of Napoleon's rule, this saga tells the story of Gabriel St. Croix, a street survivor searching for a place to belong. Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, he has never known friendship or affection. Hiding physical and emotional scars behind an icy façade, his only relationship is with a young boy he has spent the last five years protecting from the brutal reality of their environment. But all that is about to change. The boy's family has found him, and they are coming to take him home. Sarah Munroe blames herself for her brother's disappearance. When he's located, safe and unharmed despite where he has been living, Sarah vows to help the man who rescued and protected him in any way she can. With loving patience she helps Gabriel face his demons and teaches him to trust in friendship and love. But when the past catches up with him, Gabriel must face it on his own. Becoming a mercenary, pirate, and professional gambler, he travels to London, France, and the Barbary Coast in a desperate attempt to find Sarah again. On the way, however, he will discover the most dangerous journey and the greatest gamble of all is within the darkest reaches of his own heart.
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