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In this memoir, the author recounts her family history and the ways it was shaped by muscular dystrophy. Two uncles died of the disease in 1922; her brother Richie died in the 1960s; and her own son, Jamie, died six years before this book was written. O'Hagan describes the ways this history of loss affected her boisterous Irish family. The book's main focus is Jamie's illness and death, and her anguished battle with guilt and grief.
An unusual and original work of fantasy from the acclaimed author of Tea with the Black Dragon. A contemporary man, John Thornburn (a meek, nonviolent, and unpredictable artist) and woman, Derval (his tough, confrontational, strong, and warrior-like lover) time travel to ancient Ireland to avenge a Viking attack. Packed with fascinating details of historical time and place in Irish history and delicately balanced on the border between realism and fantasy, the story centers around one of the most famous and beautiful illuminated manuscripts in history, the legendary but entirely real Book of Kells. Celtic history blends with magical fantasy for a strange and immersive tale of adventure.
Anastasia has shown that there exists in Nature some kind of mechanism, some kind of higher power capable of solving a seemingly insoluble problem in an instant. Through a couple's -- a man and a woman's -- specific mental state, this mechanism or power will help them find the conditions and techniques of sexual intercourse appropriate solely to them.
This eye-opening guide into the world of astonishing sex practices provides a humorous, shocking and informative look at secret turn-ons, unmentionable fetishes and improbable cultural kinks across the globe. The creativity and variety involved is mind-blowing and ranges from the liberating to the down-right dangerous. Many little-known facts are included in this extensively researched who, what, why, when and where of sex and, packed with useful tips, this also acts as a guide to spice up anyone's love life.
Klezmer is Yiddish music, the music of the Jews of Europe and America, a music of laughter and tears, of weddings and festivals, of dancing and prayer. Born in the Middle Ages, it came of age in the shtetl (the Eastern European Jewish country town), where "a wedding without klezmer is worse than a funeral without tears." Most of the European klezmorim (klezmer players) were murdered in the Holocaust; in the last 25 years, however, klezmer has been reborn, with dozens of groups, often mixing klezmer with jazz or rock, gaining large followings throughout the world. The Book of Klezmer traces the music's entire history, making use of extensive documentary material; interviews with forgotten klezmorim as well as luminaries such as Theodore Bikel, Leonard Nimoy, Joel Grey, Andy Statman, and John Zorn; and dozens of illuminating, stirring, and previously unpublished photographs.
The third in Paul Selig's popular "I Am the Word" channeled literature series, this extraordinary psychological-spiritual guide addresses how to overcome low self-worth and claim our true purpose as individuals. In his third channeled text, Paul Selig-acclaimed author of I Am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation-brings us his most practical message yet. Informing us that "you decide what you are worth," Selig's spiritual guides take readers through a program to understand our own inherent worth, and beat the fears that drain our inborn spiritual knowing. . Selig reveals that true understanding of our life's purpose can be found through "service"-the practice of the thing that you most love. Readers can discover their own form of service through this powerful mantra: "I know who I am, I know what I am, I know how I serve. " .
Doris Grumbach's chilling look at the ways childhood experiences create transformative echoes that last throughout adulthood "I want to lead you all into the ocean to see if you will drown." During the summer of 1929 four children come together and change the course of their lives forever. Caleb and Kate Flowers live an isolated existence with their mother until Lionel Schwartz and Roslyn Hellman come to Far Rockaway for the summer. Roslyn, quickly stepping in as ringleader, dominates the summer's activities, and what appear to be innocent childhood games are actually very real confrontations with the group's most closely held secrets. As the summer progresses, Caleb and Kate's relationship grows from the affectionate love of siblings to something less innocent. The ensuing years will bring profound realizations and undeniable passions for all four as they move through adolescence and grow up. Doris Grumbach's acutely intimate, deeply truthful, and often tragic tale of self-discovery never wavers.
The Book of Knowledge and Wonder is a memoir about claiming a legacy of wonder from knowledge of a devastating event. In some ways it has the feel of a detective story in which Steven Harvey pieces together the life of his mother, Roberta Reinhardt Harvey, who committed suicide when he was eleven, out of the 406 letters she left behind. Before he read the letters his mother had become little more than her death to him, but while writing her story he discovered a woman who, despite her vulnerability to depression, had a large capacity for wonder and a love of familiar things, legacies that she passed on to him. The book tackles subjects of recent fascination in American culture: corporate life and sexism in the fifties, mental illness and its influence on families, and art and learning as a consolation for life's woes, but in the end it is the perennial theme of abiding love despite the odds that fuels the tale. As the memoir unfolds, his mother changes and grows, darkens and retreats as she gives up her chance at a career in nursing, struggles with her position as a housewife, harbors paranoid delusions of having contracted syphilis at childbirth, succumbs to a mysterious, psychic link with her melancholic father, and fights back against depression with counseling, medicine, art, and learning. Harvey charts the way, after his mother's death, that he blotted out her memory almost completely in his new family where his mother was rarely talked about, a protective process of letting go that he did not resist and in a way welcomed, but the book grows out of a nagging longing that never went away, a sense of being haunted that caused the writer to seek out places alone-dribbling a basketball on a lonely court, going on long solitary bicycle rides, walking away from his family to the edge of a mountain overlook, and working daily at his writing desk-where he might feel her presence. In the end, the loss cannot be repaired. Her death, like a camera flash in the dark, blotted out all but a few lingering memories of her in his mind, but the triumph of the book is in the creative collaboration between the dead mother, speaking to her son in letters, and the writer piecing together the story from photographs, snatches of memory, and her words so that he can, for the first time, know her and miss her, not some made up idea of her. The letters do not bring her back-he knows the loss is irrevocable-but as he shaped them into art, the pain, that had been nothing more than a dull throb, changed in character, becoming more diffuse and ardent, like heartache.
Here and now I am in this place far away from my home. Here, with the cold wind blowing down from the north and the stars piercing through the cloudless sky. Here I am.But my story does not start here.My story starts months ago and hundreds of miles south of where I am now. My story starts in the place I used to call home. My story starts with violence and heartbreak.After her brother is involved in a grisly murder-suicide, fifteen-year-old Laney is sent to live with her grandmother in the Adirondack Mountains. Laney gradually warms to her new home--especially her relationship with a mysterious neighbor--but before she can appreciate her new life, she must uncover the secrets that have haunted her family for decades.Myfanwy Collins was born in Montreal but moved to the Adirondack Mountains in New York when she was still a child. She has since lived all over New England and worked as a waitress, a bartender, a nanny, a chambermaid, a clerk, a high school English teacher, a secretary, a ghost writer, and a traveling worker with Cirque du Soleil. She is the author of a novel, Echolocation, and a collection of short stories, I Am Holding Your Hand.
This award-winning cookbook by Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz includes 500 recipes from the exotic culinary traditions of the Latin American World, covering the coasts, mountainous areas, and fertile plains between Mexico and Chile. Ortiz selects appetizers, soups, main courses, salads, and desserts from each region and explores the wild array of spices and styles that make these recipes unique. Using delicious examples, she describes how the Spanish, Portuguese, African, and Middle Eastern influences have combined with the indiginous cooking of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations. Her recipes range from familiar favorites such as Guacamole and Feijao Preto (black beans), to more unusual recipes: Sopa de Topinambur (Jerusalem Artichoke Soup -- Chile), Matambre (Stuffed Rolled Flank Steak -- Argentina), Pichones con Salsa de Camarones (Squab in Shrimp Sauce -- Peru), Salada de Palmito (Hearts of Palm Salad -- Brazil), Quimbolitos (Steamed Puddings -- Equador), as well as a wide variety of sauces and breads. This book is the prototype for all books on Latin American cooking and remains the definitive text on the subject.
The only authorized translation of the bestselling masterpiece by one of the greatest authors of our time, "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" is part fairy tale, part literary criticism, part political tract, part musicology, and part autobiography.
Of all our childhood memories, few are quite as thrilling, or as tactile, as those of climbing trees. Scampering up the rough trunk, spying on the world from the cool green shelter of the canopy, lying on a limb and looking up through the leaves at the summer sun almost made it seem as if we were made for trees, and trees for us. Even in adulthood, trees retain their power, from the refreshing way their waves of green break the monotony of a cityscape to the way their autumn transformations take our breath away. In this lavishly illustrated volume, the trees that have enriched our lives finally get their full due, through a focus on the humble leaves that serve, in a sense, as their public face. The Book of Leaves offers a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred of the most impressive and beautiful leaves from around the world. Each leaf is reproduced here at its actual size, in full color, and is accompanied by an explanation of the range, distribution, abundance, and habitat of the tree on which it's found. Brief scientific and historical accounts of each tree and related species include fun-filled facts and anecdotes that broaden its portrait. The Henry's Maple, for instance, found in China and named for an Irish doctor who collected leaves there, bears little initial resemblance to the statuesque maples of North America, from its diminutive stature to its unusual trifoliolate leaves. Or the Mediterranean Olive, which has been known to live for more than 1,500 years and whose short, narrow leaves only fall after two or three years, pushed out in stages by the emergence of younger leaves. From the familiar friends of our backyards to the giants of deep woods, The Book of Leaves brings the forest to life--and to our living rooms--as never before.
They are trapped, frozen. Waiting. Straining against the wood that holds them. The unwary catch a glimpse now and then - feel their desperate hunger, see a glint of red eyes - and scurry out of the shadows of the wood, back to the light. She's coming; it will be soon.They will run free on the moors again. The Hunt will return. And the ground will run with blood.Tell a lie and the darkness will find you.Quinn and Piper are twins, but they've never met. A tragic event bringsthem together, and draws them into a family curse that stretches across centuries.One twin can command the darkness; the other could hold the key to breaking the curse.But when lies become truth and truth looks like lies, who can you believe?
The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches--with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy's final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago. With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness's legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.
An overview of the origin of life, and evolution. This book is aiming to high school students as well as general readers.
Krishnamurti is a leading spiritual teacher of our century. In The First and Last Freedom he cuts away symbols and false associations in the search for pure truth and perfect freedom. Through discussions on suffering, fear, gossip, sex and other topics, Krishnamurti's quest becomes the readers, an undertaking of tremendous significance.
The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches<P> After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches--with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy's final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.<P> With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness's legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.
Manolo is trying to break free from his family's traditions and create his own destiny in this retelling of the movie The Book of Life! The Book of Life hits theaters on October 17, 2014!Manolo has a simple dream--become the best musician in San Angel and capture the heart of his friend, Maria. But Manolo's father wants him to carry on the family tradition to become a bullfighter, and to make matters worse, Manolo's best friend is in love with Maria, too! As Manolo competes to win Maria's love and make his own destiny, he must follow his heart and face his greatest fears as his journey takes him to strange and beautiful lands beyond his wildest imagination. Can Manolo succeed in rewriting his fate? THE BOOK OF LIFE © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Reel FX Productions II, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Love me inside you. For I am inside you. I am there in every part of you, in each and every cell. And it is only when you reach deep into yourself that you come into profound contact with me. And it is only when you love yourself eternally that you are able to love me eternally. And I will always be here." -- JESUS Are you seeking spiritual guidance? Do you have personal problems and aren't sure where to turn? Do you question whether or not you are making the right choices? Do you wonder if your prayers are heard? The Book of Light offers simple yet profound wisdom through inspiring messages channeled directly to Alexandra Solnado from heaven. These messages are heaven's attempt to provide you with solace and inspiration. To find an answer about something that may be worrying you, simply pick out two Aramaic letters. An internal reference chart will then guide you to heaven's inspirational response to your concern. The heavenly messages found in these pages address fundamental life issues such as forgiveness, unconditional love, guilt, loss, gratitude, abundance, risk, protection, meaning, and more. Utilize this divine guidance daily or whenever a pressing question arises. More than a book, The Book of Light is a lifelong guide.
Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Clifton extends her already formidable powers of revelation with these new poems. Her song springs almost spontaneously from her imagination to stitch surreality with concrete imagery drawn from temporal reality, revealing an essential mystery and wisdom from within.
Writing at the highest emotional level--and with the power to evoke our deepest responses that have made all his novels, beginning with The Chosen, the acclaimed and cherished Chaim Potok now gives us his most ambitious work of fiction, his most moving vision of the dreams and the dilemma of the moral man. At the center of the novel is Gershon Loran, a young rabbi, the product of a parochial New York Jewish upbringing--whose early life seems to have been shaped by darkly irrational circumstances. Since boyhood, Gershon has been impelled to turn away from "a strangely terrifying [outer] world" and go inward, toward a place in himself from which his first vision arises at age sixteen. It is a moment of such exquisite clarity, such awesome possibility, and such profound relief that he lives from then on in the anticipation of its return. But his waiting takes the form of passivity, and, though he is responsible and successful, he expresses no joy, no rage, no exultation, no pain. These emotions--all emotion--Gershon seems to reserve for his visions which grow more frequent, more complex, and more important to him as he is irresistibly drawn to the study of Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah. He had been raised in the absolute belief that "the Jewish religion made a fundamental difference in the world." However, at the end of the Korean War, Gershon finds himself a chaplain in a country where Judaism has played no part, has had no reality, has never existed. In this "pagan" land, Gershon begins to see his own people and himself in a new light as the secure, enclosed life he has always led begins to dissolve into unreality and doubt. Also, Gershon is further shaken when his seminary friend Arthur Leiden, a great physicist's son, arrives in Korea. Author's own faith in Judaism had been deeply imperiled by his anguish over his father's part in the creation of the atomic bomb. Joining his friend Arthur on a pilgrimage of expiation to Japan, Gershon discovers yet another land untouched by Judaism, a land that nevertheless seems to him to be made of pure light--the light he has glimpsed before only in Kabbalah. Here, Gershon has the most disturbing and revelatory of his vision--encompassing both light and dark, both good and evil, just as life must; just as, he begins to understand, Judaism must, if it is to remain a living faith.
A Jungian Analyst interprets the legends of Lilith and shows how they relate to instinctual feminity.
The phenomenally popular Book of Lists series has sold millions of copies from coast to coast, enthralling trivia aficionados with fascinating infobits about simply everything! Now the latest edition turns an evil eye toward the strange, the blood-curdling, and the macabre with spine-tingling fun facts from the dark side of entertainment. Chock-full of creepy information from the netherworlds of movies, TV, literature, video games, comic books, and graphic novels, The Book of Lists: Horror offers a blood-feast of forbidden knowledge that horror fans are hungry to devour, including: Stephen King's Ten Favorite Horror Novels or Short Stories-learn what scares the master! Top Six Grossing Horror Movies of All Time in the United States- which big shocks translated into big bucks? Top Ten Horror-Themed Rock 'n' Roll Songs-maybe it is 'devil's music' after all! And much, much more! Drawing on its authors' extensive knowledge and contributions from the (living) legends and greatest names in the horror and dark fantasy genres, The Book of Lists: Horror is a scream-an irresistible compendium of all things mysterious, terrifying, and gory . . . and so entertaining, it's scary!
The phenomenally popular Book of Lists series has sold millions of copies from coast to coast, enthralling trivia aficionados with fascinating infobits about simply everything! Now the latest edition turns an evil eye toward the strange, the blood-curdling, and the macabre with spine-tingling fun facts from the dark side of entertainment. Chock-full of creepy information from the netherworlds of movies, TV, literature, video games, comic books, and graphic novels, The Book of Lists: Horror offers a blood-feast of forbidden knowledge that horror fans are hungry to devour, including: Stephen King's Ten Favorite Horror Novels or Short Stories--learn what scares the master! Top Six Grossing Horror Movies of All Time in the United States-- which big shocks translated into big bucks? Top Ten Horror-Themed Rock 'n' Roll Songs--maybe it is 'devil's music' after all! And much, much more! Drawing on its authors' extensive knowledge and contributions from the (living) legends and greatest names in the horror and dark fantasy genres, The Book of Lists: Horror is a scream--an irresistible compendium of all things mysterious, terrifying, and gory . . . and so entertaining, it's scary!
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