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From the Book Jacket: Almost everyone who has had a pet has a story to tell; something remarkable the animal did that seemed incredible at the time. Gretchen Alday has collected many of these stories, gathering anecdotes from animal lovers all over the country, and blending them with tales of the special pets of historical figures and fictional characters. Covering a broad range, these stories demonstrate the often astonishing sensitivity of animals, demonstrating their psychic capabilities, great generosity, and extraordinary intelligence. There are stories about a dog who shows great courage in saving a human life ... a cat finding her way home from fifty miles away ... a horse grieving over the death of his master ... and many more. The author has mixed the humorous with the serious, the comic with the tragic, and actual recent events with the historical and fictional, to create a book animal lovers of all ages will find very appealing. An animal lover all of her life, Gretchen Alday lives in upstate New York with one daughter and one son, and an assortment of cats, and horses.
Fans of Howard Norman, the internationally acclaimed author of The Hunting of L and The Bird Artist and a two-time National Book Award finalist, will find in his latest novel -- an intense and intriguingly unconventional love story -- all the hallmarks of this masterly writer: sparkling yet spare language, a totally compelling air of mystery spread over our workaday world, and ability to capture the metaphorical heartbeat at the center of our lives.Like many of Howard Norman's celebrated novels, Devotion begins with an announcement of a crime: on August 19, 1985, David Kozol and his father-in-law engaged in "assault by mutual affray." Norman sets out to explore a great mystery: why seemingly quiet, contained people lose control. David and Maggie's story seemed straightforward enough; they met in a hotel lobby in London. For David, the simple fact was love at first sight. For Maggie, the attraction was similarly sudden and unprecedented in intensity. Their love affair, "A fugue state of amorous devotion," turned into a whirlwind romance and marriage. So what could possibly enrage David enough that he would strike at the father of his new bride? Why would William, a gentle man who looks after an estate -- and its flock of swans -- in Nova Scotia, be so angry at the man who has just married his beloved only child, Maggie? And what would lead Maggie to believe that David has been unfaithful to her? In his signature style -- haunting and evocative -- Norman lays bare the inventive stupidities people are capable of when wounded and confused.At its core, Devotion is an elegantly constructed, never sentimental examination of love: romantic love (and its flip side, hate), filial love at its most tender, and, of course, love for the vast open spaces of Nova Scotia.
In Devotional Stories for Christian Moms, you'll find three touching, biblical-themed stories written by devoted mothers who have welcomed the Lord into their daily lives. Celebrating the God-given beauty, strength, and wisdom of mothers everywhere, these reflections will inspire and delight you. Being a good mother is never easy. But with Devotional Stories for Christian Moms, you have all you need to help deepen your faith in God, family, and the power of a mother's love.
In Devotional Stories for Christians, you'll find three stories that provide a devout dose of comfort, strength and inspiration. These stories combine biblical passages and commentary with touching stories that will warm your heart. You'll be inspired when you celebrate these cherished stories of Jesus entering into everyday life.
Being a woman is a blessing--and a challenge. Juggling all those roles--daughter, mother, sister, friend, colleague, wife, and more--isn't easy. And without God's grace, it often seems impossible. In Devotional Stories for Women, you'll find three biblical passages and accounts of women's real-life encounters with God. These stories extend a sisterly hand to help you stay on the path of Christian love and devotion.
This book of fifty-two devotionals is a companion to Gary Thomas's Sacred Marriage, which enables couples to think and act upon the premise: What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?
These brief, easy-to-use devotions are ideal for use during choir rehearsal or before a choir program. Each devotion includes Scripture, devotional reflection, and a prayer.
This small devotional book, similar in format to 12-step recovery books, features 120 daily meditations for job seekers.
Her first meeting with Marco Rinaldi had Christine's mouth watering--not for one his world-famous dishes, but for the scrumptious chef himself. Her next meeting, at the home she was hired to sell for him, included dinner. . . and seduction. But then Marco made her an offer that left her reeling. He wouldgiveher the deed to his five million dollar house, if she agreed to spend a single night with him anddo anything he asked. Savvy businesswoman that she was, Christine believed any offer that sounded too good to be true probably was. But even if he was lying, did it really matter? One night of mind-blowing, soul-searing sex with Marco was worth it. . . whatever the outcome.
From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Emily Snow: Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college--but a man from her past is about to change all that.Sienna's dreams lie in California, but when she discovers her grandmother's Nashville home has been foreclosed, she has no other choice but to move back to Music City, where she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she'd see again--and who now holds the deed to her grandma's estate. Millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe is just as surprised to find the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom. Both infuriated and intrigued, he still can't forget the night Sienna spent with him, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as ever. Now, Lucas is determined to do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: if she spends ten days with him, playing by his rules, he'll hand over the deed to her grandmother's home. Though she agrees to the arrangement for her family's sake, Sienna struggles with the promises she's made to herself and a past that still haunts her. Soon, as Lucas's game of seduction continues and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world (and even darker background), she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.
In a glacial lake at the top of the world salvation and destruction await ... Haunted by a ghost from the future Shilly and her man?kin allies are drawn into the snowbound mountains on a mission to save the world. Yod trapped by the Castillo twins in the Void Beneath may finally be breaking free. Hard on Shilly's heels are Sal and his father and an uneasy alliance of Sky Wardens Panic and foresters. The stakes are high as ancient forces struggle for ascendancy including the strange and alien glast and a dragon with its own agenda. If the Goddess rises from her Tomb the fate of the Ice Eaters will be sealed and they will kill anyone who tries to get in their way . . .
The terrifying, nail-biting, and grossly intriguing sequel to The Devouring. It's been six months since Reggie first discovered and fought against the Vours, malicious and demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on the eve of the Winter Solstice. The Vours still haunt Reggie, but only in her dreams--until one night, when an unexpected visitor turns her nightmares into reality.
The Vours: evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the Winter Solstice. It's been a year since Reggie first discovered the Vours, and the Winter Solstice is approaching once again. It will be another night of unspeakable horror for those unlucky enough to be taken by the Vours, because this time, she won't be able to stop them. The Vours have imprisoned Reggie in a psychiatric hospital, where she is subjected to a daily routine of unfathomably sadistic experiments. Her life is a living Hell, but she won't give up. They attacked her brother. They killed her friend. And Reggie will never stop fighting back.
Beginning in the late 1970's Frida Kahlo achieved cult heroine status less for her richly surrealist self-portraits than by the popularization of the events of her tumultuous life. Her images were splashed across billboards magazine ads, and postcards; fashion designers copied the so-called "Frida" look in hairstyles and dress; and "Fridamania" even extended to T-shirts, jewelry, and nail polish. Margaret A. Lindauer argues that this mass market assimilation of Kahlo's identity has consistently detracted from appreciation of her work, leading instead to narrow interpretations based on "an entrenched narrative of suffering." While she agrees that Kahlo's political and feminist activism, her stormy marriage to fellow artist Diego Reviera, and the tragic reality of a progressively debilitated body did represent a biography colored by emotional and physical upheaval, she questions an "author-equals-the-work" critical tradition that assumes a :one-to-one association of life events to the meaning of a painting." In kahlo's case, Lindauer says, such assumptions created a devouring mythology, an iconization that separates us from rather than leads us to the real significance of the oeuvre. Accompanied by 26 illustrations and deep analysis of Kahlo's central themes, this provocative, semiotic study recontextualizes an important figure in art history at the same time it addresses key questions about the language of interpretation, the nature of veneration, and the truths within self-representation.
A must for anyone who's ever considered using a RAM chip as fertilizer of booting up a computer with a steel toe. Karla Jennings' humorous history of the computer age shows that no part of our world today escapes the computer's influence. Includes witty illustrations Garry Trudeau, Rich Tennant, and others.
From the universally acclaimed author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak!, a brilliant, deeply moving work of fiction that explores the world of a "dew breaker"--a torturer--a man whose brutal crimes in the country of his birth lie hidden beneath his new American reality. We meet him late in his life. He is a quiet man, a husband and father, a hardworking barber, a kindly landlord to the men who live in a basement apartment in his home. He is a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, recognizable by the terrifying scar on his face. As the book unfolds, moving seamlessly between Haiti in the 1960s and New York City today, we enter the lives of those around him: his devoted wife and rebellious daughter; his sometimes unsuspecting, sometimes apprehensive neighbors, tenants, and clients. And we meet some of his victims. In the book's powerful denouement, we return to the Haiti of the dew breaker's past, to his last, desperate act of violence, and to his first encounter with the woman who will offer him a form of redemption--albeit imperfect--that will change him forever. The Dew Breaker is a book of interconnected lives--a book of love, remorse, and hope; of rebellions both personal and political; of the compromises we often make in order to move beyond the most intimate brushes with history. Unforgettable, deeply resonant,The Dew Breaker proves once more that in Edwidge Danticat we have a major American writer.
Snooping around the mysteriously abandoned Dew Drop Inn, Sebastian Barth and his best friends, David Lepinsky and Corrie Wingate, are startled to come upon what they are certain is a dead body. Sebastian is the first to put into words what they all believe: A murder has been committed.When they return with the police, however, the body is gone! "A homeless man sleeping off a drink," is the police chief's explanation. But Sebastian and his friends are not ready to believe that. They are sure the body they saw was dead, not unconscious.As the three undertake their own further investigation, more and more questions arise: Who was the man? Was he alone? And most important of all, is there a connection between the man they saw and one or more of the homeless people Corrie's father, a minister, is trying to help? The answers to the questions do not come until the three have made a number of discoveries, some of them more horrifying than they had expected.Dew Drop Dead is the fourth mystery in the Sebastian Barth series. Using rural Connecticut as a background, this tension-filled story is told with a unique blend of humor and seriousness, as it unravels a challenging puzzle and explores a difficult social problem.
This is a collection of poems by different poets. Each poet is introduced with a detailed biographical sketch and every poem is followed with the theme and a detailed glossary and explanation.
Dewberry's fairy spirit is one of great knowledge and wisdom. Unfortunately, wisdom takes longer to acquire than knowledge! In her constant quest to obtain ever more knowledge, Dewberry uncovers the Legend of Paragon, an ancient ruler, and his three marshals-Exemplar, Criterion, and Apotheosis. Dewberry enlists the aid of her friends, Primrose and Snapdragon, in seeking the Lost Chest of Paragon, rumored to contain a great gift of ancient and powerful knowledge, one she hopes to share with all of mankind. But when the chest is found, a catastrophe occurs, one so powerful that even fairy magic is nowhere near strong enough to fix the problem. But it was Dewberry's relentless search for knowledge that caused this disaster in the first place, and she will have to do everything she can to make it right again. . .
The Dewey Color System for Relationships: The Ultimate Compatibility Test for Love, Friendship, and Career Successby Dewey Sadka
DO YOUR RELATIONSHIPS MIX, MATCH, OR CLASH? More than 70 million people have discovered hidden truths about their personality using the Dewey Color System®, a highly accurate self-test that shows what the colors you like and dislike reveal about you. Now, The Dewey Color System for Relationships helps you determine your compatibility with other color types in romantic, platonic, and professional relationships. Using this innovative yet surprisingly simple system, you can easily discover whose true colors are the best match for yours. Are you always attracted to adventurous blue-oranges? Will a friend who loves yellow calm you down or drive you crazy? Do you work best with the colleague who's a take-charge red-green? With The Dewey Color System for Relationships, you can discover the secrets of successfully communicating with your romantic partner, friends, family, and even your coworkers and boss. Just choose your colors and have the other person do the same. Then compare personalized profiles to gain insight into why you interact the way you do. The Dewey Color System for Relationships is your key to a life full of colorful characters.
Only a few weeks old, Dewey was stuffed into the returned books slot at the Spencer, Iowa public library. The next morning he hobbled on frostbitten feet to greet each staff member and won their hearts. For the next 19 years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat), and above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.
Dex Zoller has wanted lioness Jenni Ulman for years, especially when she teases him with her irresistible body. Yet she's the daughter of one of the pride's ruling elders and he's a nobody. Dex thinks he isn't good enough to take her as his mate. But Dex doesn't realize that Jenni's body selected him as her mate long ago. His touch made her thrill with passion and need. Being at his mercy is her dream-one that becomes reality once Dex can no longer resist the urge to claim her. . .
Dave befriends the strange new family and their pony, Dexter, when the rest of the townspeople remain aloof.
"I'm the new kid. I am tuf. This morning I beat up a kid". It's only the first day of school for Dexter, but he's already mad at the principal, and the secretary, and the janitor, and the kids who laugh at him. When his teacher tells the class to write a story, Dexter writes about how tough he is -- and how he's already gotten into a fight. Is any of Dexter's story true? Why was the other boy crying before Dexter hit him? And why would the other boy still want to be Dexter's friend? Even Dexter doesn't know the answers to some of those questions. But as he deals with family problems, a persistent teacher, and a boy who's strangely interested in floor wax, he discovers many surprises hidden in his own tale.
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