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Originally appeared in the e-book anthology All I Want for Christmas Is a Cowboy.Jennifer Ryan, author of the New York Times bestselling The Hunted Series and the upcoming Montana Men Series, takes us to the very beginning in this Christmas prequel about two people who finally receive the one thing they've always wanted ... each other.Though she is the woman of his dreams, Caleb Bowden knows his best friend's sister, Summer Turner, is off-limits. He won't cross that line. Summer shares a connection with Caleb she's never felt with anyone else, but the stubborn man refuses to turn their flirtatious friendship into something more. Summer will have to take matters into her own hands if she wants her cowboy for Christmas.
Combining her trademark charm with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here? Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs to make jam, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never i...
Now in paperback: The definitive biography of the father of bluegrass, who did what no other individual has done: invented an entire genre of music. -Chicago Tribune.
By the time of his death in 1996, Bill Monroe was acknowledged as a major figure in American music. Drawing on the traditional music of his Kentucky childhood, Monroe single-handedly created the high lonesome sound of bluegrass. His music has established itself as a distinctive genre with wide appeal among country, rock, & folk fans. From shy mandolin player to womanizing Opry star to elder statesman of popular music, Monroe's life story is a fascinating read. . Crossover appeal: Everyone from Elvis Presle? (whose first single was a Bill Monroe song) to Johnny Cash to Jerry Garcia to Emmylou Harris has claimed Monroe as an influence. . Major ?ans: A recent NEA survey indicated that 54 million Americans are bluegrass fans. There are annual festivals around the country & 900 radio stations that carry bluegrass programming. . Richard D. Smith has written for The New York Times, Bloomberg Magazine, & the Journal of Country Mustc. Now he writes for Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.
Considering the range of stars that have claimed Bill Monroe as an influence-Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Jerry Garcia are just a few-it can be said that no single artist has had as broad an impact on American popular music as he did. For sixty years, Monroe was a star at the Grand Ole Opry, and when he died in 1996, he was universally hailed as "the Father of Bluegrass." But the personal life of this taciturn figure remained largely unknown. Delving into everything from Monroe's professional successes to his bitter rivalries, from his isolated childhood to his reckless womanizing, veteran bluegrass journalist Richard D. Smith has created a three-dimensional portrait of this brilliant, complex, and contradictory man. Featuring over 120 interviews, this scrupulously researched work-a Chicago Tribune Choice Selection, New York Times Notable Book, and Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2000-stands as the authoritative biography of a true giant of American music.
When a royal servant is murdered, Templar Bascot de Marins is once again called upon to serve justice--and protect a royal secret. NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED As King Phillip of France leads a devastating attack on Normandy, defection spreads among once-loyal English vassals. King John is even forced to imprison his own nephew Arthur for treacherous acts. And when Arthur suddenly disappears, John must keep his mysterious absence a closely guarded secret, or face even greater dissent among the nobles. Fleeing Normandy, King John and Queen Isabella hope to find safe haven at their royal residence in Canterbury. But they soon discover that no haven is truly safe. When one of John's servants is murdered, it seems that he and Isabella were the intended targets. John suspects the murderer was a Breton bent on avenging Arthur. Asking Templar Bascot de Marins to investigate the crime, he also asks him to protect the secret of Arthur's disappearance. But as Bascot and his protégé Gianni follow the murderer's trail, they find themselves caught between the King's machinations and the constraints of justice.
The only thing I felt was a strong hand around my neck, another around my waist, and -- before I could cry out -- I smelled the thick, sweet scent of a mandrake-soaked cloth. Unforgiving hands clapped it against my face, and all went dark. AlaÏs, the king of France's sister, is abducted while on her mission for the wily Eleanor of Aquitaine, the former Queen of England, to retrieve hidden letters that, in the wrong hands, could bring down the English king. In exchange, the French princess was to receive long-heldand dangerous information. Now AlaÏs, along with help from the very intriguing leader of the Knights Templar, must unravel a tangled web of family secrets and lies. Filled with intrigue and peopled with compelling legendary figures, The Canterbury Papers is an "electrifying journey into the past" (Booklist).
Seven Canterbury Tales have been translated into modern English, for children.
Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers twenty-nine of literature's most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble Plowman. This new edition includes a comprehensive introduction that summarizes some of the most important historical events and movements that defined the world of Chaucer and his pilgrims; two additional tales (Reeve's and Shipman's); introductions for each tale designed to prepare the reader for a better understanding and enjoyment of the tale; newly written and conveniently placed explanatory notes; and a new, more easily understood system for learning to pronounce Chaucerian Middle English. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 11-12 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers twenty-nine of literature's most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble Plowman. This new edition includes a comprehensive introduction that summarizes some of the most important historical events and movements that defined the world of Chaucer and his pilgrims; two additional tales (Reeve's and Shipman's); introductions for each tale designed to prepare the reader for a better understanding and enjoyment of the tale; newly written and conveniently placed explanatory notes; and a new, more easily understood system for learning to pronounce Chaucerian Middle English.From the Paperback edition.
A fresh, modern prose retelling captures the vigorous and bawdy spirit of Chaucer's classic Renowned critic, historian, and biographer Peter Ackroyd takes on what is arguably the greatest poem in the English language and presents the work in a prose vernacular that makes it accessible to modern readers while preserving the spirit of the original. A mirror for medieval society, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales concerns a motley group of pilgrims who meet in a London inn on their way to Canterbury and agree to take part in a storytelling competition. Ranging from comedy to tragedy, pious sermon to ribald farce, heroic adventure to passionate romance, the tales serve not only as a summation of the sensibility of the Middle Ages but as a representation of the drama of the human condition. Ackroyd's contemporary prose emphasizes the humanity of these characters--as well as explicitly rendering the naughty good humor of the writer whose comedy influenced Fielding and Dickens--yet still masterfully evokes the euphonies and harmonies of Chaucer's verse. This retelling is sure to delight modern readers and bring a new appreciation to those already familiar with the classic tales.
Nevill Coghill's masterly and vivid modern English verse translation with all the vigor and poetry of Chaucer's fourteenth-century Middle English In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce. A story-telling competition between a group of pilgrims from all walks of life is the occasion for a series of tales that range from the Knight's account of courtly love and the ebullient Wife of Bath's Arthurian legend, to the ribald anecdotes of the Miller and the Cook. Rich and diverse, The Canterbury Tales offer us an unrivalled glimpse into the life and mind of medieval England. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Begun soon after 1386 and written during several years that followed, Geoffrey Chaucer's great narrative poem The Canterbury Tales presents a richly detailed, highly entertaining, and sometimes bawdy picture of English society in the fourteenth century. Rich with humorous insights into the many foibles of humanity, this poem is considered by most literary critics and scholars to be the first great example of literary art written in vernacular English. Its narrative opens as a party of 30 men and women from various walks of life gather at the Tabard Inn in London, from where they set out on a holy pilgrimage to Canterbury and its shrine dedicated to Thomas Becket. As they travel, each person has a story to tell. The most famous and beloved of Chaucer's stories are presented in interlinear form this intensely readable volume. Alternating each of Chaucer's original lines with its translation into modern English, this book encourages readers to savor the genius of Chaucer's original poetry while following each line with an easy-to-understand modern translation of his Southeast Midlands dialect of Middle English.
When Sasha Silver becomes the most popular girl at Canterwood Crest Academy, she must figure out a way to deal with her old friends Paige and Callie and the boy she has a crush on.
The third installment of a special four-book arc in the popular Canterwood Crest series, packed with BFF scandal, lying roommates, secrets between teammates, and more.
It's midwinter break and Sasha Silver has been invited to attend an exclusive equestrian clinic. Problem is, Callie, Heather, Alison, and Julia have also been invited. And after the way things ended at Canterwood's Sweetheart Soiree, the line between friend and frenemy is thinner than ever.
THREE STRIKES, THEY'RE ON THE OUTS... ONE: Heather pretending to date Jacob, just to mess with Sasha. TWO: A new girl who is so competitive, she makes Heather look tame. THREE: A former BFF with a new hobby: stealing boyfriends.
Some Girls Just Have To Be The Best At Everything. If any two girls know about being the best, it's Heather Fox and Jasmine King. Just ask them; they'll be happy to tell you. But every girl knows that there can only be one "best." Can Sasha keep the girls from turning the arena into a war zone and still snag a spot on the coveted Youth Equestrian National Team?
AND YOU THOUGHT THEY WERE OUT OF THE RUNNING. . . . The truth is out: Julia and Alison did NOT cheat. Now, they're back on the advanced team and feeling. . . well, a little angry that they had to forfeit their chance at the YENT. This time, they're not just in it to win it -- they're out for revenge. A dish definitely best served cold.
If the girls have learned anything, it's that only the strong survive at Canterwood Crest Academy. Just ask Jasmine. . . . Oh, whoops. You can't -- she's back at Wellington Prep. Well, then, ask Heather Fox. After all, she's the lone Queen Bee left standing. But Sasha Silver has more than proven that she's worthy competition on -- and off -- the arena. Is there a new queen in the making?
In book #9 of the Canterwood Crest series, Heather, Sasha and Paige spend a school break together in New York. Will they all emerge as friends?
In Take the Reins, Sasha Silver and her thoroughbred, Charm, arrive on the campus of elite Canterwood Crest Academy. Sasha knows immediately that she's not in her home town anymore. Surrounded by the trappings of privilege, Sasha feels inadequate. But she's determined to prove to others--and herself--that she isn't just a big fish rider from a small town. She belongs on the Canterwood equestrian team--after all, she was recruited. But it turns out that her talent might be harder to prove then she thought. In Chasing Blue, Sasha and Charm have proven that they're worthy competitors for any girl on the elite Canterwood Crest equestrian team. Now Sasha must prove herself again when she finds out that she'll be working with her arch-nemesis, Queen Bee Heather, on the advanced riding team to win their school the blue ribbon-- first place-- in the national competition. Will Sasha and Heather be able to put their differences aside and work together to put Canterwood Equestrian on the map? In Behind the Bit, Sasha and her team have been accepted to the Mr. Conner's prestigious clinic, on campus over mid-winter break. Even better, they find out that scouts from the Youth Equestrian National Team will be there looking for new members. But, to make it the girls must work together as team--which might be hard to do given the state of the "team"... In Triple Fault, Sasha has had it. First, Heather pretends to date Sasha's boyfriend behind her back, just to mess with her. Strike One. Then, Callie cops an attitude because a guy she has a crush on starts crushing on Sasha. Strike Two. Add to that a former BFF who steals your boyfriend? Strike. Three.
The Flame Deluge was over, the earth was dead and all knowledge has been eradicated. In a desert, a monk unearths a link to 20th-century civilization, and with his colleagues, vows to preserve the ancient knowledge until mankind is ready to receive it.<P><P> Hugo Award winner.
A classic adventure from the creator of Drizzt!High in the Snowflake Mountains sits the Edificant Library, a place of scholarly study for priests, bards, and others. Now from the hidden vaults beneath the library a devastating curse is unleashed, and a young cleric must battle the terrifying creatures set loose by a malevolent, consuming essence that's been released, before his own brethren turn against him. Cadderly must put his studies to the test and enter the catacombs far below to save his brothers and himself.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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