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Idols In The East

by Suzanne Conklin Akbari

Representations of Muslims have never been more common in the Western imagination than they are today. Building on Orientalist stereotypes constructed over centuries, the figure of the wily Arab has given rise, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, to the "Islamist" terrorist. In Idols in the East, Suzanne Conklin Akbari explores the premodern background of some of the Orientalist types still pervasive in present-day depictions of Muslims-the irascible and irrational Arab, the religiously deviant Islamist-and about how these stereotypes developed over time. Idols in the East contributes to the recent surge of interest in European encounters with Islam and the Orient in the premodern world. Focusing on the medieval period, Akbari examines a broad range of texts including encyclopedias, maps, medical and astronomical treatises, chansons de geste, romances, and allegories to paint an unusually diverse portrait of medieval culture. Among the texts she considers are The Book of John Mandeville, The Song of Roland, Parzival, and Dante's Divine Comedy. From them she reveals how medieval writers and readers understood and explained the differences they saw between themselves and the Muslim other. Looking forward, Akbari also comes to terms with how these medieval conceptions fit with modern discussions of Orientalism, thus providing an important theoretical link to postcolonial and postimperial scholarship on later periods. Far reaching in its implications and balanced in its judgments, Idols in the East will be of great interest to not only scholars and students of the Middle Ages but also anyone interested in the roots of Orientalism and its tangled relationship to modern racism and anti-Semitism.

Idols of the Game: A Sporting History of the American Century

by Robert Lipsyte Peter Levine

16 of America's major sports idols, both men and women, are studied in relationship to the politics and culture of their time. Although only 16 are named as chapter heads, each chapter includes many more sports heroes and their impact. Topics addressed include race, class, gender, sexual preference, ancestry, "fakelore", and others. Includes Notes and references for each chapter.

Idoru

by William Gibson

In 21st century Tokyo, 14-year-old Chia Pet McKenzie is on a rescue mission because her idol, singer Rez, might be engaged to a hologram. Is the nature of reality different in Tokyo?

Idyll Banter

by Chris Bohjalian

In March 1986, while living in Brooklyn, Chris Bohjalian and his wife were cab-napped on a Saturday night and taken on a forty-five-minute joy ride in which the driver ignored all traffic lights and stop signs. Around midnight he deposited the young couple on a near-deserted street, where police officers were about to storm a crack house. Bohjalian and his wife were told to hit the ground for their own protection. While lying on the pavement, Bohjalian's wife suggested that perhaps it was time to move to New England. Months later they traded in their co-op in Brooklyn for a century-old Victorian house in Lincoln, Vermont (population 975), and Bohjalian began chronicling life in that town in a wide variety of magazine essays and in his newspaper column, "Idyll Banter. " These pieces, written weekly for twelve years and collected here for the first time, serve as a diary of both this writer's life and how America has been transformed in the last decade. Rich with idiosyncratic universals that come with being a parent, a child, and a spouse, Chris Bohjalian's personal observations are a reflection of our own common experience. "Chris Bohjalian is a terrific columnist--thoughtful and thought-provoking. Just like me! No, really, this guy is good. " --Dave Barry, author ofBoogers Are My Beat "The best book I've ever read about life in a contemporary village. There's no doubt that Chris Bohjalian has established himself as one of America's finest, most thoughtful, and most humane writers. " --Howard Frank Mosher From the Hardcover edition.

If...

by Evelyn Mcfarlane James Saywell

Adolescence is one of the most challenging times of our lives -- and, of course, the most fun. What do teens want to know about and ask about? It may be friends, TV, school, romance, music, peer pressure, cliques, proms, parties, gossip, parents, food, hair, videos, shopping, sports, card, the future -- just to name a few. And there is nothing more fun for teens than asking friends and schoolmate questions about all these things.With the same imaginative zeal that has made the If series so wildly popular, Evelyn MacFarlane and James Saywell engage teems with question such as:If you could pick any three friends to go to college with, whom would you take?If you could start a new fashion trend a school, what style would you propose?If you could have any one super power, what would you choose?If you were stranded on an island and could have one CD, movie, and book -- what would they be?If you could have starred in any music video in history, which would you pick?From the Hardcover edition.

If²... (500 New Questions for the Game of Life)

by Evelyn Mcfarlane James Saywell

If you found out for certain there is a Heaven and a Hell, how would you change your life? If you had to name the one thing that most frightens you about growing old, what would it be? If you could have only one part of your body massaged every day, what part would you choose? If you could have any view in the world visible from your bed, what would it be? If you could suddenly find out that one work of fiction was actually true, what book would you select? If you could name the sexiest words anyone could say to you, what would they be? If you could put anyone you know on Prozac, who would you choose? If you could be the house cat or lap dog of any person on earth, whose would you choose to be? If. . . (Questions for the Game of Life)was a bestselling sensation with readers around the world. If 2is a collection of 500 completely new and tantalizing, provocative questions that really make you think. It's an excellent source for party games, office water-cooler conversation, family dinners, and nights out at the local tavern. Crack open the secret dreams, the hidden desires, and the real personalities of your friends, your family, your lovers--and even yourself--withIf 2. . . From the Hardcover edition.

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

by Gennifer Choldenko

Kirsten's parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has fallen under the spell of the school's queen bee, Brianna. It seems like only Kirsten's younger science-geek sister is on her side. Walker's goal is to survive at the new white private school his mom has sent him to because she thinks he's going to screw up like his cousin. But he's a good kid. So is his friend Matteo, though no one knows why he'll do absolutely anything that hot blond Brianna asks of him. But all of this feels almost trivial when Kirsten and Walker discover a secret that shakes them both to the core.

If Angels Fall

by Rick Mofina

In his chilling debut, Rick Mofina delivers a psychological thrill in the bestselling tradition of Jonathan Kellerman and Mary Higgins Clark.

If at First ... (Short Story)

by Peter F. Hamilton

Short story about the use and abuse of time travel.

If at First You Don't Succeed...

by Brent Bowers

At age nine, Cameron Johnson started an Internet company. Pete Amico quit his job on his first day because he didn't feel like taking orders from his boss. Greg Herro built a successful business selling diamonds made from the carbon extracted from ashes. If any of these people remind you of yourself, you just might have the kind of personality to take the small business world by storm. InIf at First You Don't Succeed. . . , Brent Bowers, the small-business editor for theNew York Timesreveals the eight patterns that highly successful entrepreneurs share - and what we can learn from them. Brent Bowers, in covering small business for decades at theWall Street Journaland theNew York Times, has chronicled the rise and fall of hundreds of start-ups. InIf at First You Don't Suceed...,he analyzes the common characteristics shared by dozens of successful small-business owners and their companies. Drawing on extensive interviews and research,as well as on the experiences and expertise of business consultants, venture capitalists, academics, and the entrepreneurs themselves, he describes the key traits that successful entrepreneurs have in common. Among them: * The ability to spot and seize opportunities * An overwhelming urge to be in charge coupled with a gift for leadership * The flexibility to come up with creative, out-of the-box solutions to problems or obstacles * Incredible energy and tenacity in the pursuit of their goals * Unwavering faith in their business * The ability to take smart risks * The ability to bounce back from setbacks and see failure as just one step on the path to ultimate success For anyone thinking about starting a business, or attempting a start-up a second or third time, this book offers invaluable lessons and insights.

If Beale Street Could Talk

by James Baldwin

Fonny, a young artist, falls in love with his childhood friend Tish. They dream of marriage and family but it is short-lived due to the unjust arrest of Fonny. But Tish is determined to free him.

If Christians Were Really Christian

by John Killinger

In the world today churches and church members are often diverted from their central mission of loving others and interpreting life through the vision of Jesus Christ. If Christians Were Really Christian shows that with the message we have been given and the spirit of God to lead us we should have led everyone to the kingdom of God. The book is a reminder of how often we have broken trust with Christ in the most essential elements of our discipleship, and how effective our churches can become if we recover the central thrust of our ministry--following Christ and modeling his message in our deeds as well as our words.

If Cooks Could Kill

by Joanne Pence

With another failed business behind her, dilettante chef Angie Amalfi is cooking up a new scheme: Pairing up her best friend Connie with a handsome professional football player who just happens to be related to the owner of her favorite Italian restaurant. Soon Connie takes more interest in a suspicious loner than Angie's "dream man" and her despondent friend decides to recreate herself as a restaurant consultant. But when police begin to suspect that Connie and her new love interest are connected with a brutal murder and robbery, Angie and her homicide detective fiance Paavo must try to track down the real killer. And when the trail of clues begins to lead back to Angie's favorite restaurant, it's up to Angie to set things right -- or the only recipe on the menu may be one for disaster.

If Death Ever Slept

by Rex Stout

With Nero Wolfe on the job, you'd think murderers would take caution. But even the master detective can't stop a killing, especially if it's an inside job -- right under the roof of his client, millionaire Otis Jarrell.What's more, it's Jarrell's own missing revolver that the killer uses. Wolfe must find the truth behind the scandals in Jarrell's ill-behaved family. One of its members sleeps the fitful sleep of the guilty, and Wolfe's getting dead-tired of murder.

If Democrats had any Brains, They'd be Republicans

by Ann Coulter

Right-wing provocateur Coulter clearly delights in angering liberals with outré statements that not infrequently demonize her political opponents as traitors, unleash anti-Arab and other forms of naked bigotry, wallow in fantasies of violence against real and perceived political enemies, and generally engage in a strange form of political performance art in lieu of argument. Here she collects numerous short examples collected from media appearances and her voluminous writings, including jokes about how all liberals hate Christianity, Senator Ted Kennedy's Chappaquiddick scandal, Islam as inherently violent, and the need to profile "swarthy males. " Those who enjoy Coulter's work will not find much new here, but may relive a mean-spirited chuckle or two. Anyone to the left of John Bolton, however, should probably just roll their eyes and ignore this book, unless they wish to aid Coulter's self-promotion of her own notoriety. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

If Dogs Had Wings

by Larry Dane Brimner

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. And if dogs had wings, there's no telling what they would do. They might fly like eagles chase birds out of trees. They might even fly to the moon! One thing is for certain-young readers will find a picture book full of giggles when they see these high-flying canines soar through the sky.

If God is Good Study Guide

by Randy Alcorn

The reality of evil and suffering is not only our culture's biggest objection to faith in God, but also a piercing thrust into the soul of every believer at some point in their lives.

If God Is in Charge: Thoughts on the Nature of God for Skeptics, Christians, and Skeptical Christians

by Steve Brown

Ten chapters elaborate on such questions as: if God is in charge what is He like, why do I hurt so much, etc.

If God Is Love

by Philip Gulley James Mulholland

If God is love, why are so many Christians fearful, and why do so many church leaders sound hateful? Two controversial pastors address issues the church won't face, calling us to restore grace as the center of the Christian life. o In If Grace Is True, Pastors Philip Gulley and James Mulholland revealed their belief that God will save every person. They now explore the implications of this belief, and its power to change every area of our lives. They attempt to answer one question: If we took God's love seriously, what would our world look like? Gulley and Mulholland argue that what we believe is crucial and dramatically affects the way we live and interact in the world. Beliefs have power. The belief in a literal hell where people suffer eternally has often been used by the Church to justify hate and violence, which contradicts what Jesus taught about love and grace. The authors present a new vision for our personal, religious, and corporate lives, exploring what our world would be like if we based our existence on the foundational truth that God loves every person. Gulley and Mulholland boldly address many controversial issues people in the pews have wondered about but churches have been unwilling to tackle. For too long, the Christian tradition has been steeped in negativity, exclusion, and judgment. Gulley and Mulholland usher us into a new age--an age where grace and love are allowed to reign.

If God Were Real

by John Avant

Adventure! Everyone seeks some adventure in life. This book affirms that there is no greater adventure than to allow God to live in every aspect of life. Believe that God will influence your relationships with friends and family. Discover the difference you will see in your marriage. Move your faith beyond a mere intellectual pursuit and into the real world! d. If they do, Pastor Avant wants readers to consider what life would be like if they lived as if they believed in God. He advocates for the pursuit of a new Jesus movement that resembles Christ's original followers--followers who were so steadfastly devoted to Him that their every action reflected His glory. With If God Were Real, readers will embark on an adventure of discovery of the real God and a life lived in praise of Him.

If Grace Is True

by James Mulholland Philip Gulley

Why Everyone Will Be in Heaven Two pastors present their controversial belief in eternal salvation for all through God's perfect grace. Long disturbed by the church's struggle between offering both love and rejection, they discover what God wants from us and for us: grace for everyone.

If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person

by Philip Gulley James Mulholland

(from the back cover) WHY EVERYONE WILL BE IN HEAVEN Two pastors present their controversial belief in eternal salvation for all through God' perfect grace. Long disturbed by the Church's struggle between offering both love and rejection, they discover what God wants from us and for us: grace for everyone. "Gulley and Mulholland's stirring manifesto on the central role of universalism in Christianity will provoke traditionalists and encourage new ways of thinking about the nature and purpose of the Christian faith."-Publishers Weekly "Gulley and Mulholland stick to their guns as they tell their stories and the stories of people they have met with compassion, hope, kindness, and grace-and the lovely conviction of universal salvation."-Booklist "In this powerful book . . . these authors suggest [we] look to Jesus, who told us that God loves us as a parent loves a child, with a love that never turns away."-Presbyterians Today "Gulley and Mulholland have extended and deepened the meaning of God's grace in decidedly thoughtful and lovely ways." -Arkansas Democrat-Gazette "An easy read full of interesting stories and attractive assertions. . . . Their proposal remains a bold and controversial idea."-Dallas News

If Harry Potter Ran General Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World of the Wizards

by Tom Morris

However important the magic of wands, brooms, cauldrons, potions, and spells might be to the vivid story telling of [the Harry Potter] books, it is merely incidental to their philosophy of life.... I can't count the number of times I've heard someone in a business context say something like "I wish I could just magically solve all these problems" or "I'll try my best to deal with this, but remember, I'm no magician." What is particularly interesting is that the most difficult problems that the people in Harry's world face are rarely solved with just magic, but rather by the use of intelligence, reasoning, planning, courage, determination, persistence, resourcefulness, creativity, fidelity, friendship, and many other qualities traditionally known by the philosophers in our world as virtues.... The meaning of life is not to be found in elixirs or incantations, secret words or exotic objects with esoteric powers, but in real moral virtue and the magic of what it can help us do..." J. K. Rowling's novels about Harry Potter and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have captured the imaginations of people everywhere. In IF HARRY POTTER RAN GENERAL ELECTRIC, bestselling business author Tom Morris (IF ARISTOTLE RAN GENERAL MOTORS) uncovers the values and timeless truths that underlie Rawling's hugely popular books and illuminate the lessons they offer to all of us in our careers and daily lives. But, you say, Harry Potter lives in a world of magic? What can we possibly learn to apply to our own careers and everyday lives? Morris shows that the most difficult problems Harry and his friends face are rarely solved by the use of magic alone. Rather, they are conquered by intelligence, reasoning, determination, creativity, friendship, and a host of other classic virtues-the very qualities, in fact, that make for success in every aspect of our lives. Blending an array of provocative examples from the novels with thought-provoking commentary on contemporary management practices, IF HARRY POTTER RAN GENERAL ELECTRIC offers readers a master's course on leadership and ethics, told in an engaging and insightful way.

If He's Sinful

by Hannah Howell

Secrecy and intrigue ignite dangerous passions in New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell's seductive new novel. . . It is whispered throughout London that the members of the Wherlocke family are possessed of certain unexplainable gifts. But Lord Ashton Radmoor is skeptical--until he finds an innocent beauty lying drugged and helpless in the bedroom of a brothel. The mystery woman is Penelope Wherlocke, and her special gift of sight is leading her deep into a dangerous world of treachery and betrayal. Ashton knows he should forget her, yet he's drawn deeper into the vortex of her life, determined to keep her safe. But Penelope is no ordinary woman, and she's never met the man strong enough to contend with her unusual abilities. Until now. . . Praise for the Novels of Hannah Howell "Howell offers readers another captivating tale. " --Booklist "Another wonderful story filled with adventure, emotion, and laughter. " --Romantic Times

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