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The extraordinary story of a young North American's conversion to Islam and her ensuing romance with an Egyptian man, The Butterfly Mosque is a stunning articulation of a Westerner embracing the Muslim worldAfter graduating from university, Willow Wilson, a young American -- and newly converted Muslim -- impulsively accepts a teaching position in Cairo. There, she meets Omar, a passionate young nationalist with a degree in astrophysics. Omar introduces Willow to the bustling city, and through him she discovers a young, moderate nationalist movement, a movement that both wants to divest itself of western influence and regain cultural pride. When the two find themselves unexpectedly in love, despite their deep cultural differences, they decide that they will try to forge a third culture, a new landscape that will embrace some of each of their cultures, and give their fledgling romance some hope of survival.Wilson weaves this engaging personal story with deep insights into faith in a fractured world, and gives westerners rare insight into an important young reform movement. Butterfly Mosque is an inspiring account of an unlikely cross-cultural love, and the moving story of two young people working within the boundaries of contemporary religion and culture to forge a life together against the odds.From the Hardcover edition.
All she wanted was to be someone's little girl.... Fate made her a lonely orphan, yearning for the embrace of a real family and a loving home. But a golden chance at a new life may not be enough to escape the dark secrets of her past....
Elegance and wealth. Privilege and politics. The extravagance of the Butterfly Palace overwhelmed LilyÆs senses and nearly smothered her painful memories. She pushed away her misgivings . . . She was perfectly safe in this huge house. Austin, Texasù1904: Abandoned by the love of her life and still mourning the loss of her mother, Lily Donaldson has turned her back on the pain and come to Austin for a fresh start, working for the Marshall family as a kitchen maid in their luxurious mansion, the Butterfly Palace. The tasks before her are legion, and her mistress less than pleasant, but at least LilyÆs new life will be, if nothing else, distracting. But one night, while serving at a dinner party, Lily recognizes the man who abandoned her, Andy, her liaison from the livery stable, the blacksmithÆs son . . . sitting among the distinguished guests. Though he recognizes her, Andy does not acknowledge her aloud, and Lily is left reeling, flabbergasted, and irate. But before she can get an explanation, the path of the Servant Girl Killer swerves very close to the Butterfly Palace, sowing terror among the maids. Having come to Austin to start anew, Lily suddenly feels trapped in a spider web. How can she know who to trust in a house where lies come dressed in fine suits and deceit in silk gowns the colors of butterfly wings? ôThis story about the importance of having faith, especially in your darkest hour, is recommended for fans of Amanda Quick and Sandra Brown and for readers who enjoy romantic suspense and historical fiction.ö ùLibrary Journal
Elegance and wealth. Privilege and politics. The extravagance of the Butterfly Palace overwhelmed Lily's senses and nearly smothered her painful memories. She pushed away her misgivings . . . She was perfectly safe in this huge house.Austin, Texas--1904: Abandoned by the love of her life and still mourning the loss of her mother, Lily Donaldson has turned her back on the pain and come to Austin for a fresh start, working for the Marshall family as a kitchen maid in their luxurious mansion, the Butterfly Palace. The tasks before her are legion, and her mistress less than pleasant, but at least Lily's new life will be, if nothing else, distracting. But one night, while serving at a dinner party, Lily recognizes the man who abandoned her, Andy, her liaison from the livery stable, the blacksmith's son . . . sitting among the distinguished guests. Though he recognizes her, Andy does not acknowledge her aloud, and Lily is left reeling, flabbergasted, and irate. But before she can get an explanation, the path of the Servant Girl Killer swerves very close to the Butterfly Palace, sowing terror among the maids. Having come to Austin to start anew, Lily suddenly feels trapped in a spider web. How can she know who to trust in a house where lies come dressed in fine suits and deceit in silk gowns the colors of butterfly wings?"This story about the importance of having faith, especially in your darkest hour, is recommended for fans of Amanda Quick and Sandra Brown and for readers who enjoy romantic suspense and historical fiction." --Library Journal
Look down into the streets, the buildings, the parks. There is your battleground. Down there is the enemy - an enemy who wears no uniform. He walks behind you in the street, sits with you when you eat, and perhaps swims beside you in a public pool. He may ask you for a light, bow you into a hotel, sell you a flyer, or in another form, leave the smell of perfume on your pillow. The enemy is young and old, male and female, and he is everywhere. Could such a situation arise - or has it arisen? In this exciting story of the future, the author depicts a world at war. An undercover war, so skilfully manipulated that sixty per cent of the population is unaware of its existence. Yet, daily, the casualty figures climb higher and higher. Can you say that such a war is impossible? Can you say when you have this all-action novel, that it has not already begun?
Welcome to High Pines Summer Camp for Boys. There is hiking, swimming, canoeing--and a revolution led by General Frank. He promises change for the better, but little by little, he begins to change, and the revolution turns into a nightmare.
THE GOSSIP GURU. . . ;has some shocking news: devout Wallace Hamilton, head of rival newspaper the Davis Landing Dispatch, is not Jeremy Hamilton's father! Word is, his wife was already pregnant when they wed and now that Jeremy has learned the truth, he's quit. Who'll run the company while Wallace is in the hospital?In more Hamilton news, quiet Heather has had a makeover-who knew she was so stunning? Maybe photographer Ethan Danes, who seems to have taken an interest in Heather now that she's started this butterfly summer. . . ;.
During China's infamous Tang Dynasty, a time awash with luxury yet littered with deadly intrigues and fallen royalty, betrayed Princess Ai Li flees before her wedding. Miles from home, with only her delicate butterfly swords for defense, she enlists the reluctant protection of a blue-eyed warrior... Battle-scarred, embittered Ryam has always held his own life at cheap value. Ai Li's innocent trust in him and honorable, stubborn nature make him desperate to protect her- which means not seducing the first woman he has ever truly wanted...
Take just ten minutes out of your day to practise the seven simple, elegant movements that form the routine of Butterfly Tai Chi and you will feel healthier and more energised.
When three-year-old Benji is plucked from the security of his home in Nagasaki to live with his American father, Lt. Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, and stepmother, Kate, on their farm in Illinois, the family conceals Benji's true identity as a child born from a liaison between an officer and a geisha, and instead tells everyone that he is an orphan.Frank struggles to keep the farm going while coping with his guilt and longing for the deceased Butterfly. Deeply devout Kate is torn between her Christian principles and her resentment of raising another woman's child. And Benji's life as an outcast--neither fully American nor fully Japanese--forces him to forge an identity far from the life he has known. When the truth about Benji surfaces, it will splinter this family's fragile dynamic, sending repercussions spiraling through their close-knit rural community and sending Benji on the journey of a lifetime from Illinois to the Japanese settlements in Denver and San Francisco, then across the ocean to Nagasaki, where he will uncover the truth about his mother's tragic death.A sweeping portrait of a changing American landscape at the end of the nineteenth century, and of a Japanese culture irrevocably altered by foreign influence, Butterfly's Child explores people in transition--from old worlds to new customs, heart's desires to vivid realities--in an epic tale that plays out as both a conclusion to and an inspiration for one of the most famous love stories ever told.From the Hardcover edition.
After giving up the dream of her youth, Kayla Jennings is now given an opportunity to embrace it again. The only obstacle is the man who has healed her heart and soul. Kayla lost the use of her legs, as well as her belief in dreams, when she was in a tragic automobile accident at the age of 12. Jordan Michaels had plans to explore the world until family duties required him to stay home. Eighteen years later, Jordan and Kayla meet when he brings his ill nephew to her for help. And together they help to heal the pain from each other's pasts. But Kayla learns there may be a way for her to get back the use of her legs. The only cost would be giving up the love she thought she'd never find.
The next lyrical, beautifully wrought novel from Southern fiction New York Times bestseller Mary Alice Monroe. Each fall, millions of delicate, orange and black butterflies journey more than 2,000 miles from the United States and Canada to overwinter in the mountains of Mexico. The annual migration of the monarch is a phenomenal story--a miracle of instinct and survival. In The Butterfly's Daughter, four very different women embark on a transformational voyage of self-discovery that follows the monarchs' journey from the upper Midwest through Texas to Mexico. When Luz Avila's grandmother, the local butterfly lady, unexpectedly dies, Luz is compelled to carry her ashes home to her mountain village in Mexico. Inspired by the Aztec myth of the goddess who brings light to the world, Luz attracts a collection of women, each seeking change in her life. Yet no one's life changes more than Luz's when she meets her long-lost mother, a woman she had believed dead. Their mishaps, trials, and joys are met with humor and compassion, culminating in their triumphant arrival in Mexico on the Day of the Dead celebration. The Mexican people believe the monarchs are the spirits of the recently departed, and a resplendent Luz feels the magic as she brings her grandmother's ashes home--just as millions of monarchs flutter through the village on their way to the sanctuary. Rich with keen insight and filled with lush imagery, The Butterfly's Daughter is a heartwarming and unforgettable tale of mothers, daughters, and friends.
In this fascinating and wide-ranging book, Yoko Kawaguchi explores the Western portrayal of Japanese women--and geishas in particular--from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. She argues that in the West, Japanese women have come to embody certain ideas about feminine sexuality, and she analyzes how these ideas have been expressed in diverse art forms, ranging from fiction and opera to the visual arts and music videos. Among the many works Kawaguchi discusses are the art criticism of Baudelaire and Huysmans, the operaMadama Butterfly,the sculptures of Rodin, the Broadway playTeahouse of the August Moon,and the international best sellerMemoirs of a Geisha. Butterfly's Sistersalso examines the impact on early twentieth-century theatre, drama, and dance theory of the performance styles of the actresses Madame Hanako and Sadayakko, both formerly geishas.
In this collection of 33 essays and poems, the experience of the Haitian emigre is described, with the works divided into four sections: childhood, migration, first generation, and return. Each author hauntingly describes their lives in Haiti and the United States.
Buttermilk is frightened by the creatures that live within shadows deep. With the help of her father, she tames one of them in the light of day when shadows go to sleep. A wonderful bedtime story about being afraid of the dark. Ages 5-9.
You're invited to Christmas at Butternut Lake! New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary McNear, author of Up at Butternut Lake and Butternut Summer, takes us home for the holidays in this joyful novella.Butternut Lake is so beautiful at Christmas--from the delightfully decorated shops, to the cozy homes with their twinkling lights outside, to the lake itself. And this year so much is happening!A wedding: Caroline meticulously plans her perfect Christmastime dream wedding to Jack, remarrying him after many years apart.A baby: Allie and Walker are expecting the best Christmas gift of all--their first baby together.A reunion: Daisy, Caroline and Jack's daughter, is returning home after a long semester away at college.But what's Christmas without complications? Walker smothers Allie with worry; Daisy pines for her true love, Will, away in the army. And then the unthinkable happens--and Caroline's wedding plans are ruined.And just when it seems all is lost, the people of Butternut Lake come together to give their friends the greatest gifts of all. . . .
Every summer on Butternut Lake the tourists arrive, the shops open, and the waves lap its tree-lined shores, just as they have for years. But this season everything changes for one mother and daughter who've always called the lake home. . . .Caroline's life is turned upside down the moment her ex-husband, Jack, strides through the door of her coffee shop. He seems changed--stronger, steadier, and determined to make amends with Caroline and their daughter, Daisy. Is he really different, or is he the same irresistibly charming but irresponsible man he was when he left Butternut Lake eighteen years ago? Caroline, whose life is stuck on pause as her finances are going down the tubes, is tempted to let him back into her life . . . but would it be wise?For Caroline's daughter, Daisy, the summer is filled with surprises. Home from college, she's reunited with the father she adores--but hardly knows--and swept away by her first true love. But Will isn't what her mother wants for her--all Caroline can see is that he's the kind of sexy "bad boy" Daisy should stay away from.As the long, lazy days of summer pass, Daisy and Caroline come to realize that even if Butternut Lake doesn't change, life does. . . .
What if every time you pushed a button you received $50,000... but someone you didn't know died? Would you still push the button? How many times? "Button, Button", which inspired a memorable Twilight Zone episode, is just one of a dozen tales in this collection by Richard Matheson.
Button It Up: 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares and Moreby Susan Beal
Brilliant ideas of making jewelry out of buttons. Provides techniques of how to do it by yourself.
During the scorching hot summer of 1988, Michael Dukakis leads George Bush senior in the polls. And while political conventions, campaigns continue to be in session, Hawk and the rest of the "button gang" sell their buttons first to Democrats in Atlanta, then Republicans in New Orleans. As always, the gang sells to either side of any persuasion, offering a unique underview of the American political process, amoral hucksterism, and a corrupted form of capitalism. Sought after by loan sharks and his girlfriend's Ginsu-wielding ex-husband, Hawk is a witty and likeable character full of street smarts and unmatchable survival instincts. His story explores trust-and trust betrayed, along with the ethics of the street-and ethics compromised. Hawks tale is one of an edgy outsider's will for survival and love. Drawing from a side of politics and capitalism rarely seen by the general public, Button Man, with its unnerving violence and biting wit, is reminiscent of the worlds of Elmore Leonard, Nathaniel West, William Kennedy, and Quentin Tarantino.
Helping friends renovate their summer cabin, Betsy uncovers a human skeleton hidden in the walls. It appears to be the body of a Nazi soldier-perhaps from the WWII POW camp that once operated not far from town. Stitching together the scant evidence, Betsy is determined to solve the murder-no matter how long ago it may have happened.
Sofie Ryan's charming follow-up to The Whole Cat and Caboodle in the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mystery series. Things have been quiet in the coastal town of North Harbor, Maine, since Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, solved their first murder. Sarah is happy running Second Chance, the shop where she sells lovingly refurbished and repurposed items. But then she gets dragged into a controversy over developing the waterfront. Most of the residents including Sarah -- are for it, but there is one holdout -- baker Lily Carter.<P><P> So when Lily is found murdered in her bakery, it looks like somebody wanted to remove the only obstacle to the development. But Sarah soon discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems. Now, with the help of her cat's uncanny ability to detect a lie, Sarah is narrowing down the suspects. But can she collar the culprit before the ruthless killer pounces again?
Protect your retirement from the next big crash with a New Twiston the Old Investment Strategy. For years, advisorshave recommended that investors take a "buy and hold" approach tothe market, but people over fifty can't afford to rely on thisstrategy. Buy, Hold, & SELL! uncovers the myth of the"buy and hold" investment philosophy, and explains why it'sdangerously incomplete. Written by Ken Moraif, one ofBarron's top 100 Financial Advisors in the United Statesthree years a row and who called the 2008 market crash in Novemberof 2007, this book outlines an alternative strategy that betterserves investors who are at retirement age. Written ineasy-to-understand language and buoyed by Ken's trademark humor,this guide shoots down the myths that keep investors in riskymarkets, and arms readers with the knowledge, motivation, andstrategies that may help them survive-and even thrive-during theinevitable next bear market.Too many retirees lost a large percentage of their investmentsduring the market collapse of 2008 and spent years trying to regaintheir footing. During the collapse, many advisors told theirclients to stay in the market. Ken did the opposite, advising hisclients and listeners of his popular radio show "MoneyMatters" to get out of the market in November of 2007-beforethe economic meltdown. With this book, Ken shares his 26 years ofexperience to help investors prepare for the imminent bear marketthat could devastate their retirement plans.For those looking to build a sound financial plan for the longrun, this book provides expert insight and solid advice withsupporting charts, graphs, statistics, and anecdotes.Understand the buy-hold-SELL strategyLearn how to design a sell strategy to protect principal in thenext bear marketFind clear-cut information regarding retirement financesDiscover the benefits of a diversified portfolio This bookexpands upon old advice to provide the most important part of theequation: a sell strategy designed to protect principal.The goal of Buy, Hold, & SELL! is not to makeinvestors rich quick, but to help keep them from becoming poor.
TAKE THE FEAR OUT OF BEING A LANDLORD. With foreclosures skyrocketing, there's never been a better time to buy rental property -- and to hang on to it for long-term wealth building. Drawing on his ten years of experience managing and owning hundreds of rental properties, Bryan M. Chavis, founder of The Landlord Academy and Apartment Investment Advisors, shows how you can leverage as little as $10,000 into a lifelong stream of wealth using nothing more than good instincts, smart research, and a little elbow grease. Learn how to buy desirable properties, attract quality tenants, negotiate lease agreements, collect rent, finance a mortgage, and manage the property. From leases to property-evaluation documents, you'll find a complete tool kit in this book, which contains every form and checklist you need to run a single-unit apartment or an entire rental building! With added guidance from building-maintenance experts, property attorneys, and tenants' rights organizations, Buy It, Rent It, Profit! is the go-to guide for anyone interested in becoming a landlord and achieving profitable, consistent results.
24 sci-fi stories by Asimov plus his biographical commentary on each of them, forming a unique autobiography from the early 50s up to the mid 70s.