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Located on the Dnieper River at the crossroads of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, the town of Rechitsa had one of the oldest Jewish communities in Belarus, dating back to medieval times. By the late nineteenth century, Jews constituted more than half of the town's population. Rich in tradition, Jewish Rechitsa was part of a distinctive Lithuanian-Belorussian culture full of stories, vibrant personalities, achievement, and epic struggle that was gradually lost through migration, pogroms, and the Holocaust. Now, in Albert Kaganovitch's meticulously researched history, this forgotten Jewish world is brought to life. Based on extensive use of Soviet and Israeli archives, interviews, memoirs, and secondary sources, Kaganovitch's acclaimed work, originally published in Russian, is presented here in a significantly revised English translation by the author. Details of demographic, social, economic, and cultural changes in Rechitsa's evolution, presented over the sweep of centuries, reveal a microcosm of daily Jewish life in Rechitsa and similar communities. Kaganovitch looks closely at such critical developments as the spread of Chabad Hasidism, the impact of multiple political transformations and global changes, and the mass murder of Rechitsa's remaining Jews by the German army in November to December 1941. Kaganovitch also documents the evolving status of Jews in the postwar era, starting with the reconstitution of a Jewish community in Rechitsa not long after liberation in 1943 and continuing with economic, social, and political trends under Stalin, Krushchev, and Brezhnev, and finally emigration from post-Soviet Belarus. The Long Life and Swift Death of Rechitsa is a major achievement.
Brad Denning is living a perfect life, or so it would be, if not for the haunting memory of his brother Petey who disappeared when they were kids. Now, a man claiming to be his sibling has mysteriously appeared with a reluctance to reveal anything about his past.
Looks can be deceiving ... It's no secret that pretty, popular Sara Eastborne has a twin brother named Tim. Sara had told her friends at Sweet Valley High that Tim chose to live with their father on the East Coast when their parents were divorced. But she didn't tell them that Tim was in reform school! Now Tim's out of reform school and ready to start a new life in Sweet Valley with Sara and their mother. Sara desperately wants Tim to keep his criminal past a secret. When Tim becomes friends with Elizabeth Wakefield and starts dating Sara's best friend, Amanda Hayes, Sara is afraid that the truth will come out and her social life at Sweet Valley High will be ruined.
THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICESingle mom Jenna Loggins had come from the wrong side of the tracks, but she'd vowed to give her beloved baby a better life. So ten years ago, desperate Jenna fled, leaving her daughter in the care of Stone Cameron, the child's father and the son of the richest family in town.But a near-fatal car crash has given Jenna a second chance to make things right for the man and child she loved but left behind. Now Jenna's back-with a new name and face. And Stone is drawn to the mysterious beauty. Can Jenna risk telling Stone and her daughter the truth, or will she have to hide behind the face of a stranger forever?
From the critically acclaimed author of Bloodroot, a gripping, wondrously evocative novel of a family in turmoil, set against the backdrop of real-life historical event--the story of three days in the summer of 1936, as a government-built dam is about to flood an Appalachian town, and a little girl goes missing. A river called Long Man has coursed through East Tennessee from time immemorial, bringing sustenance to the people who farm along its banks and who trade among its small towns. But as Long Man opens, the Tennessee Valley Authority's plans to dam the river and flood the town of Yuneetah for the sake of progress--to bring electricity and jobs to the region--are about to take effect. Just a few days remain before the river will rise, and most of the town has been evacuated. Among the holdouts is a young, headstrong mother, Annie Clyde Dodson, whose ancestors have lived for generations on her mountaintop farm; she'll do anything to ensure that her three-year-old daughter, Gracie, will inherit the family's land. But her husband wants to make a fresh start in Michigan, where he's found work that will bring the family a more secure future. As the deadline looms, a storm as powerful as the emotions between them rages outside their door. Suddenly they realize that Gracie is nowhere to be found. Has the little girl simply wandered off into the rain? Or has she been taken by Amos, the mysterious drifter who has come back to Yuneetah, perhaps to save his hometown in a last, desperate act of violence? Suspenseful, visceral, gorgeously told, Long Man is a searing portrait of a tight-knit community brought together by change and crisis, and of one family facing a terrifying ticking clock. A novel set in history that resonates with our own times, it is a dazzling and unforgettable tour de force.This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, the author and illustrator, a native of Ireland, learned of a unique event that spanned the distance between an American Indian reservation in Oklahoma and her homeland where millions were starving because the potatoes they depended upon for survival had sickened and turned black and rotten. She traveled to the United States to learn more from the descendants of those Choctaw's who had heroically saved the lives of her ancestors in a little known incident in American history that will surprise children and adults and touch the hearts of all readers. Fitzpatrick has created a stunning portrait of Choctaw arts and culture, as well as a universal tale of a boy who must overcome bitterness and sorrow as he struggles to become an adult with adult tribal values. In this true short story Choona has heard of the Long March, when the U.S. government forced his Choctaw people to leave their ancestral home in Mississippi for the New Lands in the West. But as the tribe debates whether to send help to the Irish who are starving in the potato famine in 1847, Choona's great-grandmother tells him the full story for the first time. He learns about the many miles walked without blankets or food. He learns how families were forced to leave the bodies of their loved ones draped over forks in trees on the trail. He learns a great secret about his own family history. He wonders why his people who have suffered should help others he has never known, others not of the Choctaw community. His decision gives him peace, power and pride. After the story the author provides background information and a short list of Choctaw words and symbols. The pictures are described by the volunteer who scanned this book.
Styron's provocative anti-war novel: The story of two marine reservists' rejection of the forced conformity of the military machineIn the shadow of the Korean War, a series of misfired mortar shells kill six men in a marine camp during a training exercise, prompting the commanding officer to order a grueling punishment: a thirty-six mile march through the suffocating heat of the Carolina summer. Intended to beat discipline into the aging reservists, the march instead rankles marines Culver and Mannix, whose growing resentment of the brutal trek leads to an ultimate, powerful act of rebellion. Styron's The Long March is a withering critique of a military system that leaves no room for dignity or personal identity. Told in part through flashbacks and dream sequences, the story is immersed in vivid language and philosophical reflection--a poignant defense of the individual in the face of attempted dehumanization. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.
<p> </p> <p> Barney Thomson — awkward, diffident, Glasgow barber — lives a life of desperate mediocrity. Shunned at work and at home, unable to break out of a twenty-year rut, each dull day blends seamlessly into the next.</p> <p> However, there is no life so tedious that it cannot be spiced up by inadvertent murder, a deranged psychopath, and a freezer full of neatly packaged meat.</p> <p> Barney Thomson's uninteresting life is about to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer…</p> <p> Praise for Douglas Lindsay:</p> <p> "Great fun and daft as monkeys" — Stuart MacBride, #1 bestselling author of BIRTHDAYS FOR THE DEAD</p> <p> "The plot, Russian literature fans, is a modern spin on Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. The bloody ending, movie buffs, is pure Reservoir Dogs." – The Mirror</p> <p> "This is pitch-black comedy spun from the finest writing. Fantastic plot, unforgettable scenes and plenty of twisted belly laughs." – New Woman</p> <p> "This chilling black comedy unfolds at dizzying speed...an impressive debut novel." – Sunday Mirror</p> <p> "Gleefully macabre, hugely enjoyable black burlesque." – The Scotsman</p> <p> THE BARNEY THOMSON novels in order:</p> <p> #1 THE LONG MIDNIGHT OF BARNEY THOMSON<br /> #2 THE BARBER SURGEON'S HAIRSHIRT<br /> #3 MURDERERS ANONYMOUS<br /> #4 THE RESURRECTION OF BARNEY THOMSON<br /> #5 THE LAST FISH SUPPER<br /> #6 THE HAUNTING OF BARNEY THOMSON<br /> #7 THE FINAL CUT</p> <p> Also look for THE END OF DAYS, a standalone Barney Thomson novella that can be enjoyed at any point in the sequence.</p> <p> About the author:</p> <p> Douglas Lindsay is the author of the Barney Thomson crime series and three other novels: THE UNBURIED DEAD, WE ARE THE HANGED MAN, and LOST IN JAUREZ. Also look out for his short stories: THE CASE OF THE STAINED GLASS WIDOW and SANTA'S CHRISTMAS EVE BLUES. Douglas lives in Somerset.</p>
The Shadows have gone, but there minions the evil drakh, remain. And, they find a home on Centauri Prime, and a useful puppet in newly crowned Emperror Londo Molari.
Struggling with life's dark side? Longing for change?Begin the journey toward a transformed life! Many of us look at our lives and wish we could experience lasting life-change. We long to live in the light of our relationship with God, but find that we often reside in the troubling darkness of temptation. It's time to step onto the path that God has laid out for us, the only path that will lead us toward the life we long for. It's time to embark on a Long Night's Journey into Day. Using three keys found in Scripture, you can embark on the journey that leads to personal transformation. Lay hold of the desire, knowledge, and power that make it possible to move away from sin and replace it with life-giving virtue. As pastor and author James Emery White examines the eight basic sins from which all others grow, he also reveals the virtues that counter each sin. By recognizing sin for what it is and practicing the virtues that offset it, we can journey toward lasting life-change that draws from God's incredible power. Find out what can happen to a life lived in full partnership with the living God. Set out on the path of personal transformation, the life that becomes a Long Night's Journey into Day.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Long Patrol--that fighting unit of perilous hares--is called out to draw off the murderous Rapscallion army, and fight them to the death if need be. And the lead sword of the Long Patrol will be taken up by the young, inexperienced hare, Tammo--in one of the most ferocious battles Redwall has ever faced.
The powwow is a time-honored Native American custom. It is a celebration of life and spirituality, a remembrance of traditions, uniting a people through dance and ritual. Long Powwow Nights takes you on a wonderful journey, honoring those who keep the traditions alive through dance and song. In poetic verse, award-winning and best-selling Métis author David Bouchard, along with Pam Aleekuk, beautifully narrate the story of a mother's dedication to her roots and her efforts to impress upon her child the importance of culture and identity. Internationally revered Mi'kmaQ artist Leonard Paul brings the story alive with his beautiful renditions of powwow dancers, warriors, and stunning landscapes. The book is accompanied by a CD, which includes music by internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. Long Powwow Nights combines the passion and beauty of Native culture through words, paintings, and song that can be cherished by children and adults alike.
Douglass North once emphasized that development takes centuries, but he did not have a theory of how and why change occurs. This groundbreaking book advances such a theory by examining in detail why England and Spain developed so slowly from 1000 to 1800. A colonial legacy must go back centuries before settlement, and this book points to key events in England and Spain in the 1260s to explain why Mexico lagged behind the United States economically in the twentieth century. Based on the integration of North's institutional approach with Mancur Olson's collective action theory, Max Weber's theory of value change, and North's focus on dominant coalitions based on rent and military in In the Shadow of Violence, this theory of change leads to exciting new historical interpretations, including the crucial role of the merchant-navy alliance in England and the key role of George Washington's control of the military in 1787.
A searing novel of the war in Vietnam as seen through the eyes of a daring Long Range Patrol platoon leaderYoung and eager to prove himself, Ranger Lieutenant Jim Hollister leads his six-man reconnaissance team on risky missions deep into enemy territory. The special volunteers who make up Long Range Patrols are tasked with setting up ambushes and conducting dangerous night patrols, helicopter insertions behind enemy lines, and fire support in the hottest of fights.Enriched with a memorable cast of characters and thrilling details that only a Vietnam veteran could capture, Long Range Patrol is a powerhouse tale of a band of heroes fighting to keep their brothers alive.
RIDE ALONG INTO DANGER Traveling under an alias, the last thing gunman Clip Haynes wanted was attention. But Basin City needed a town-taming marshal, and a cold-blooded murderer was hiding behind Haynes's real name. Now Haynes was coming out of hiding to protect his honor, save a town, and catch a killer--even if it cost him his life. Lou Morgan was as tough as they came. But it wasn't just the money or the challenge that motivated him to take on a suicide job involving a buried Spanish treasure and two greedy killers. It was love for a beautiful señorita who had left him for dead years ago. It's not easy being the new schoolma'am in town . . . especially when you're a man. But Van Brady isn't quite the tenderfoot he seems, and before he's through he'll teach a few hard cases a lesson they'll never forget. From the rough-and-tumble streets of San Francisco to the dry desert plains of Texas, from a roughshod gambler willing to wager his own life on a single bet to a killer with a heart, here are stirring tales of the Old West as only Louis L'Amour can write them, tales of men and women risking their lives, fighting their wars, and standing tall on the American frontier.From the Paperback edition.
Theo Belk is the quintessential gunfighter: rootless, ruthless, and deadly. In the fierce and lawless Western frontier of 1874 these traits were what was needed to stay alive. Haunted by the ghosts of the men he's killed, there is one man he has set out to destroy. . . Louis Gasceaux, the man who murdered his parents while a younger Theo watched. But the trail Theo's following is long and bloody. . . and Louis always seems to stay a few steps ahead. This is how it was--from gritty buffalo and gold camps to brawling, building towns like Denver, Cheyenne, and Dodge City, populated with ambitious dreamers, deluded fools, and pragmatic women.
Set in a time and place before memory, Long River is the exciting sequel to Bruchac's acclaimed first novel, Dawn Land. In the rich and authentic tradition of his Abenaki ancestors, Bruchac continues his story of Young Hunter, the finest warrior in the village of the Only People who lived in the Northeast ten thousand years ago. An exquisite tale of friendship, courage, trust and adventure, Long River enriches the reader with a broader understanding of the life ways and highly developed value systems of native people.
The End was just the beginning of the new world...<P><P> Only six weeks have passed since a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, but already, life has changed dramatically. Most of America has become a wasteland filled with starving bands of people, mobs and gangs. Millions are dead and millions more are suffering, with no end in sight.<P> For Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Cruz and Barone, the turmoil and chaos they dealt with in the early weeks after the attack will seem trivial in comparison to the collapse of society that plays out before their eyes. Uncertainty abounds as they all travel different paths in search of a safe place to call home. The only thing that is definite is that The Long Road will take its toll on all of them.<P> For readers of Going Home by A. American, Lights Out by David Crawford, Lucifer's Hammer by Jerry Pournelle and One Second After by William Forstchen
Still reeling from the shock of her estranged husband's suicide, Nora MacKenzie is hit with the news of the Wall Street power broker's debts. Left only with a small farmhouse in Vermont and his secret journals, Nora begins to sort things out--until a ruggedly handsome farmhand shows up to greet her.
Kim Yong shares his harrowing account of life in a labor camp - a singularly despairing form of torture carried out by the secret state. Although it is known that gulags exist in North Korea, little information is available about their organization and conduct, for prisoners rarely escape both incarceration and the country alive. Long Road Home shares the remarkable story of one such survivor, a former military official who spent six years in a gulag and experienced firsthand the brutality of an unconscionable regime. As a lieutenant colonel in the North Korean army, Kim Yong enjoyed unprecedented privilege in a society that closely monitored its citizens. He owned an imported car and drove it freely throughout the country. He also encountered corruption at all levels, whether among party officials or Japanese trade partners, and took note of the illicit benefits that were awarded to some and cruelly denied to others. When accusations of treason stripped Kim Yong of his position, the loose distinction between those who prosper and those who suffer under Kim Jong-il became painfully clear. Kim Yong was thrown into a world of violence and terror, condemned to camp No. 14 in Hamkyeong province, North Korea's most notorious labor camp. As he worked a constant shift 2,400 feet underground, daylight became Kim's new luxury; as the months wore on, he became intimately acquainted with political prisoners, subhuman camp guards, and an apocalyptic famine that killed millions. After years of meticulous planning, and with the help of old friends, Kim escaped and came to the United States via China, Mongolia, and South Korea. Presented here for the first time in its entirety, his story not only testifies to the atrocities being committed behind North Korea's wall of silence, but it also illuminates the daily struggle to maintain dignity and integrity in the face of unbelievable odds. Like the work of Solzhenitsyn, this rare portrait tells a story of resilience as it reveals the dark forms of oppression, torture, and ideological terror at work in our world today.
A masterful account of the Civil War's turning point in the tradition of James McPherson's Crossroads of Freedom. In the summer of 1862, after a year of protracted fighting, Abraham Lincoln decided on a radical change of strategy--one that abandoned hope for a compromise peace and committed the nation to all-out war. The centerpiece of that new strategy was the Emancipation Proclamation: an unprecedented use of federal power that would revolutionize Southern society. In The Long Road to Antietam, Richard Slotkin, a renowned cultural historian, reexamines the challenges that Lincoln encountered during that anguished summer 150 years ago. In an original and incisive study of character, Slotkin re-creates the showdown between Lincoln and General George McClellan, the "Young Napoleon" whose opposition to Lincoln included obsessive fantasies of dictatorship and a military coup. He brings to three-dimensional life their ruinous conflict, demonstrating how their political struggle provided Confederate General Robert E. Lee with his best opportunity to win the war, in the grand offensive that ended in September of 1862 at the bloody Battle of Antietam.
A DANGEROUS RIDE Cam Sutton is ready to make his name prospecting for gold in the Black Hills. But his quest for riches is interrupted when he happens upon a stagecoach holdup and ends up rescuing Mary Bishop and her two young daughters. Before striking out on his own, Cam decides to help Mary search for her husband, who disappeared while mining. Turns out Mr. Bishop was murdered-but not before finding enough gold to make Mary a very wealthy woman. Unwilling to leave them unprotected, Cam offers to help escort the ladies on the long journey back to Cheyenne. But with the threat of bandits constantly looming, and a greedy, cold-blooded killer on their trail, the road is even more treacherous than Cam anticipated. . . . .
On June 3, 1863, 19-year-old Confederate Lieutenant John Dooley prepared to march on Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Thomas Galway, a 17-year-old corporal in the Union army, waited for the battle to begin. Drawing on the written accounts of these young soldiers, Murphy traces the circumstances leading to the dramatic battle and Lincoln's historic address.