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Inspector Alleyn investigates a bizarre gift which turned a birthday into a death-day for a popular London actress.
AD 848. Bernwyn of Lythe, the young daughter of an ealdorman, spurns marriage and chooses to remain a virgin dedicated to Christ. When she is found murdered in the chapel where she kept her nightly vigils, it is thought that she has fallen victim to the Viking raiders who are ravaging the country and the butterflies found resting on her body are taken to be a sign from God. But what if Bernwyn was not all she seemed? Could the saintly deeds attributed to her have been carried out by someone else and the people have set up a shrine to a false virgin? Throughout the ages, St Bernwyn comes to be regarded as the patron saint of those suffering from skin diseases, and many are drawn on pilgrimage to her shrines. But from a priory in Wales to the Greek island of Sifnos, it seems that anywhere that St Bernwyn is venerated, bitter rivalry breaks out. So when a famous poet is inspired to tell the story of the saint, perhaps it is little wonder that he finds himself writing a satirical piece on the credulity of man. man.
From one of America's great literary figures, a new collection of essays on eminent writers and their work, and on the war between art and life. The perilous intersection of writers' lives with public and private dooms is the fertile subject of many of these remarkable essays from such literary giants as T.S. Eliot, Isaac Babel, Salman Rushdie and Henry James.
The fifteen articles, essays, notes and documents gathered in this collection showcase Adair's extraordinary ability to enter emphatically into the experience and ideology of the Founding Fathers while at the same time writing about them critically and movingly.
From one of America's great literary figures, a new collection of essays on eminent writers and their work, and on the war between art and life. The perilous intersection of writers' lives with public and private dooms is the fertile subject of many of these remarkable essays from such literary giants as T. S. Eliot, Isaac Babel, Salman Rushdieand Henry James.
Britain's most famous family, The Spenders, need to get out of town in a hurry. They have been hounded from their London mews house by a riot of photographers following scandalous revelations and are now forced to move to a rundown Dower house in Oxfordshire where no one knows they are hiding. But the family's country life is as colourful as their old town life, and with anonymous threatening notes arriving at their hideaway and the parents' marriage in jeopardy as well as financial crisis, life is spiralling out of control for them. So when Zelda's new agent comes to visit to discuss an offer she has had for Zelda to become a judge on the panel of a new TV Talent show called Fame Game, how can she afford to turn it down? And is Zelda about to find out that, in the Fame Game, the stakes are even higher than she thinks?
It's been a week and a half since Brendan broke up with me, but I try not to think about him. He only crosses my mind when I see Lauren and him walking around the hallways holding hands, or when they eat lunch in the cafeteria sitting so close together you'd think they were Siamese twins, or when I cry myself to sleep every night. But besides all of that, I'm doing really well. On the night I met Jordan, I wasn't thinking about Brendan at all. After my shift at Wal-Mart was over, I walked out into the parking lot debating the merits of boy names for girls instead of dwelling on the fact that it was Friday night and Brendan and Lauren were out somewhere practicing their Siamese twins routine.
Why do more people watch American Idol than the nightly news? What is it about Paris Hilton's dating life that lures us so? Why do teenage girls - when given the option of "pressing a magic button and becoming either stronger, smarter, famous, or more beautiful" - predominantly opt for fame? In this entertaining and enlightening book, Jake Halpern explores the fascinating and often dark implications of America's obsession with fame. He travels to a Hollywood home for aspiring child actors and enrolls in a program that trains celebrity assistants. He visits the offices of Us Weekly and a laboratory where monkeys give up food to stare at pictures of dominant members of their group. The book culminates in Halpern's encounter with Rod Stewart's biggest fan, a woman from Pittsburgh who nominated the singer for Hollywood's Walk of Fame.Fame Junkies reveals how psychology, technology, and even evolution conspire to make the world of red carpets and velvet ropes so enthralling to all of us on the outside looking in.
Familiar Here are stories of everyday life, as familiar as a piece of rope and ... as haunting as fear: Mike knows that he can't swing over the river on the knotted rope, but with everyone watching him, he has to try. ... as haunting as a stranger: Who is the frightened-looking girl stealing plums from Nicky's grandparents' precious tree? ... as haunting as cruelty: How can Joe escape from his mean cousin Dicky during a family reunion? Haunting And here are stories with a supernatural twist, as haunting as the eerie whistling from the hill above Burnt House in the middle of the night and ... as familiar as guilt: A boy forgets the mysterious bottle his cousin loaned him, but when he sneaks out at night to retrieve it, the shadowy whistlers close in on him. ... as familiar as loneliness: A ghost who's unbearably lonesome makes his neighbors suffer until a girl with a sense of the absurd shows him how things could be different. ... as familiar as love: The ghost of a boy comes back to save his father from dying in a ferocious storm. Peopled with vivid, unforgettable characters, this collection of thirty-seven stories is by turns mysterious, humorous, strange, and sad, but it is always familiar, always haunting, and always surprising.
Fear Familiar--Meet the coolest feline detective to ever take on mystery, mayhem and matchmaking! Kidnapped by a sexy Santa! Sylvie West had stopped believing in Christmas miracles. Then the sexiest Santa she'd ever seen took her captive--and demanded she help him save the holiday! One look in the mystery man's seductive gaze, and her "no" changed to "maybe..." When Hunter Semmes disguised himself to recover sabotaged Christmas toys, he didn't plan on taking a tempting hostage! But now that Sylvie knew his secrets, he couldn't let her go. With the help of a familiar black cat, he'd keep her close--for her own protection. But who would protect Hunter from Sylvie--and the miracle of love?
A young Florida wife is kidnapped and raped, setting off a chain of events that result in her losing her memory. Her husband reverts to his old rakish ways, and their estrangement seems irreversible.
Recruited by a secret paranormal organization to hunt demons, Jack Harris never guessed the revenge he sought for his partner's death would be this complicated. Jack's worldview is black-and-white--until he is ordered to follow Mersey Bane, a beautiful woman who is also a familiar with shape-shifting abilities. Mersey belongs to the Cadre--a peaceful hermetic order that captures and studies Otherworldly Entities--which is at odds with Jack's organization. As Jack delves deeper into the inner workings of the Cadre, he finds himself drawn to Mersey like a moth to a flame. She may challenge all his beliefs, but she brings color and passion to his world. Jack doesn't know whether what he feels for Mersey is love or lust. But if he doesn't figure it out soon, they may become the hunted instead of the hunters.
A flip through the newspaper or a glance at the evening news reveals a world in which old ways are dying and new worlds are beginning, often in the midst of violence and chaos. In the face of these massive changes and disruptions, many people are questioning their roles as individuals: Why am I here? What is my purpose? In Familiar Strangers, Gotham Chopra travels from China, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir to Chechnya and the Yucatán in search of answers to these age-old spiritual questions. Everywhere he goes, he encounters people who have had to dig within themselves to survive horrible realities and bear heart-wrenching losses. From his New York to Los Angeles flight on September 11, 2001 to a harrowing week spent among young boys toting guns in the contested hills of Kashmir and a sojourn in a small Yucatán village where he witnesses firsthand the collision between the romance of the past and the uncertain promise of the future, Chopra shares the wisdom, idealism, and sense of purpose he found in ordinary people living under extraordinary circumstances. Rich in drama and insights into cultures far different from our own, the stories Chopra recounts articulate, as well, anxieties and fears we all share. While acknowledging that his travels often take him to the extreme edges of civilized society, Chopra shows that the questions that arise in times of peril or in the face of great dangers are not so different from what many of us ask in the course of our daily lives-whether after a grueling eighty-hour work week, a six-hour exam, or a fiery argument with a lover. The challenge, he argues, is to use these moments of revelation as the first step in moving beyond self-imposed fears and limits and embracing new opportunities for spiritual growth.
FAMILIAR TROUBLEHank Dalton couldn't resist a damsel in distress-and beautiful city-slicker-turned-rancher Stephanie Chisholm certainly fit the bill. She'd come home to Pecos, Texas, to settle her aunt and uncle's ranch estate, but when she learned their deaths were no accident, she became the next target. Unable to deny the protective instincts she aroused, Hank vowed to keep Stephanie safe day...and night. But could joining forces with a familiar black feline help him and Stephanie find the killer before the killer caught them?
Fear Familiar--Meet the coolest feline detective to ever take on mystery, mayhem and matchmaking! Follow her. In the midst of an undercover operation, Dan Carson should never have listened to a seeming message from--a cat! But when a beautiful, secretive woman vanished frmo the Valentine charity event he'd sponsored, Dan sensed she was in danger.... Strength. Power. Passion. Impressions raced thrugh Celeste Levert as she stared into Dan's deep blue eyes. He'd saved her from an attacker--dare she accept his offer of protection? Dan would gurd Celeste with his life--but what she wanted was his heart. And if he learned the truth about her, that was one thing he would never offer....
With Vastia under attack from Paksahara's zombie army, the familiars Aldwyn the cat, Skylar the blue jay, and Gilbert the tree frog must gather seven descendants from the most ancient and powerful animals in the queendom to bring Paksahara down.
A simple explanation of families, how they function, how they are different, and how they are alike.
In frank, funny, touching, and often surprising interviews, children from fourteen different families talk about how they identify themselves as a family.
Despite her name, Keats Sedlak is the sanest person in her large, nutty family of brilliant eccentrics. Her parents, both brainy academics, are barely capable of looking after themselves, let alone anyone else, and her two uber-intelligent siblings live on their own planets. At least she can count on one person in her life, her devoted boyfriend Tom. Down-to-earth and loving, he's the one thing that's kept Keats grounded for the last decade. But when Keats's mother makes a surprise announcement, the entire family is sent into a tailspin. For the first time, Keats can't pick up the pieces by herself. Now she must reevaluate everything she's ever assumed about herself and her family-and make the biggest decision of her life.
"A you-can't-put-it-down book. . . . Alice Adams has found a new way to tell the great American dynasty stories we all love." --The Washington Post Alice Adams' second novel is the portrait of a Southern-born woman as she reviews her life. From Louisa Calloway's Southern girlhood to her debut to her first marriage, all the time surrounded by a certain tradition and all the time resisting. In lieu of her conservative, bigoted father, she chooses men who are liberal, free-spoken, Jewish. Nevertheless her first marriage is unhappy, but her second promises to be sounder, as she discovers what she really wants, can have, can become--what she really is.
For students and general readers, Risman (U. of Illinois at Chicago) brings together 40 essays by members of the Council on Contemporary Families, an interdisciplinary community of historians, social scientists, and other experts who study and work with families, on how families operate in everyday life, how they got to where they are today, research on the topic, families and relationships in the twenty-first century, youth and social class in the twenty-first century, and the impact of the gender revolution. They incorporate new articles with the Council's Briefing Papers, press releases, and newspaper articles based on them and provide information meant to lead to better social policy. Topics include differences in childhood over the last three centuries, how professional African Americans pioneered the modern marriage, sex, cohabitation, same-sex marriage, interracial marriage, parenting, divorce, immigrant families, child care, children's poverty, men's contributions to the household, and gendered violence.
A book about the lives of 17 families around the country, some with step relationships, divorce, gay parents, foster siblings, and other diverse components.
When a family member is diagnosed with cancer or faces challenges from living with a disability, the impact reverberates throughout the family, leaving no one untouched. How should a clinician help the parents of a child who is critically ill? How can a marital relationship be skewed and a child's well-being compromised when a parent becomes permanently disabled-and how can a clinician best intervene in such cases? In presenting his clinically powerful Family Systems Illness Model, John Rolland addresses these and other vital questions of importance to families in which there is a member with a major illness or disability. Rolland's integrative treatment model is based on his experience with more than five hundred families, first as Founding Director of the Center for Illness in Families while at Yale University and currently at the University of Chicago. He applies it to a broad range of disorders that affect adults and children over the entire course of the life cycle. Richly illustrated with varied case examples, Families, Illness, and Disability is unique in describing this comprehensive model and in providing a highly practical guide to effective intervention. Through a normative, preventive lens, the book's useful framework shows how the biopsychosocial demands of different illness and disabilities create particular strains on the family, how the stages of an illness affect the family, how family legacies of loss and illness shape their coping responses, and how family belief systems play a crucial role in the ability to manage health and illness. Practitioners will learn how to help families live well despite physical limitations and the uncertainties of threatened loss, how to encourage empowering rather than shame-based illness narratives, how to rewrite rigid caregiving scripts, how to encourage intimacy and maximize autonomy for all family members. With its superb integration of individual and family modalities, this outstanding book is ideal for all health and mental health professionals and students who work with illness, disability, and loss in a wide variety of clinical settings.
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