- Table View
- List View
Few novelists have written about the Catholic Church with more drama, insight, and prophecy than Morris West. In this powerful novel of Vatican intrigue, a Pope dies and a flawed man holds the key to the election of his successor.
In Eminent Hipsters, musician and songwriter Donald Fagen, best known as the co-founder of the rock band Steely Dan, presents an autobiographical portrait that touches on everything from the cultural figures that mattered the most to him as a teenager, to his years in the late 1960s at Bard College, to a hilarious account of a recent tour he made with Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald. Fagen begins by introducing the 'eminent hipsters' that spoke to him as he was growing up (and desperately yearning to be hip) in suburban New Jersey in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The figures who influenced him most were not the typical ones - Miles Davis, say, or Jack Kerouac - but rather people like Jean Shepherd, whose manic, acidic nightly radio broadcasts out of WOR-Radio had a tough realism about life and 'enthralled a generation of alienated young people'; Henry Mancini, whose chilled-out, nourish soundtracks, especially to films by Blake Edwards utilised the unconventional, spare instrumentation associated with the cool jazz school; and Mort Fega, the laid back, knowledgeable all night jazz man at WEVD, who was like 'the cool uncle you always wished you had'. He writes of how, growing up as a Cold War baby, one of his primary doors of escape became reading science fiction by such authors as Philip K. Dick, and of his regular trips into New York City to hear jazz. Other emblematic musical heroes Fagen writes about include Ray Charles, Ike Turner, and the Boswell Sisters, a trio from the 1920s and 30s whose subversive musical genius included trick phrasing and way out harmony. 'Class of '69' recounts Fagen's colourful tumultuous years at Bard College, the progressive university north of New York City that attracted a strange mix of applicants, including 'desperate suburban misfits with impressive verbal skills but appalling high school records' (like himself). It was at Bard that Fagen first met Walter Becker, with whom he would later form Steely Dan. The final section of the book, 'With the Dukes of September', offers a day-by-day account of a tour Fagen undertook last summer across America with Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, performing a programme of old R&B and soul tunes as well as some of each of their own hits. Told in a weary, cranky, occasionally biting and always entertaining voice, Fagen brings to life the ups and downs and various indignities and anxieties of being on the road - The Dukes were an admittedly 'low-rent operation' compared to a Steely Dan tour - as well as communicating the challenges and joy of playing every night to a different crowd in a different city.
In the years following World War II, a small group of gay writers established themselves as literary power players, fueling cultural changes that would resonate for decades to come, and transforming the American literary landscape forever. In EMINENT OUTLAWS, novelist Christopher Bram brilliantly chronicles the rise of gay consciousness in American writing. Beginning with a first wave of major gay literary figures-Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, and James Baldwin-he shows how (despite criticism and occasional setbacks) these pioneers set the stage for new generations of gay writers to build on what they had begun: Armistead Maupin, Edmund White, Tony Kushner, and Edward Albee among them.Weaving together the crosscurrents, feuds, and subversive energies that provoked these writers to greatness, EMINENT OUTLAWS is a rich and essential work. With keen insights, it takes readers through fifty years of momentous change: from a time when being a homosexual was a crime in forty-nine states and into an age of same-sex marriage and the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
s Strachey's project for a collection of short biographies "written from a slightly cynical standpoint" began taking shape in 1912, and was published in May 1918. He chose four complementary figures through whom to explore the dynamics of the Victorian era: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Arnold and General Gordon. This new edition contains both b&w and color illustrations. No bibliography or index.
Two murders have occurred on One One One, an artificial ecosystem created by the universe's dominant AIs to house several engineered species, including a violent, sentient race of sloth-like creatures. Under order from the Diplomatic Corps, Counselor Andrea Cort has come to this cylinder world where an indentured human community hangs suspended high above a poisoned, acid atmosphere. Her assignment is to choose a suitable homicide suspect from among those who have sold their futures to escape existences even worse than this one. And no matter where the trail leads her she must do nothing to implicate the hosts, who hold the power to obliterate humankind in an instant. But Andrea Cort is not about to hold back in her hunt for a killer. For she has nothing to lose and harbors no love for her masters or fellow indentures. And she herself has felt the terrible exhilaration of taking life . . . .
Emissaries from the Holy Land: The Sephardic Diaspora and the Practice of Pan-Judaism in the Eighteenth Centuryby Matthias B. Lehmann
For Jews in every corner of the world, the Holy Land has always been central. But that conviction was put to the test in the eighteenth century when Jewish leaders in Palestine and their allies in Istanbul sent rabbinic emissaries on global fundraising missions. From the shores of the Mediterranean to the port cities of the Atlantic seaboard, from the Caribbean to India, these emmissaries solicited donations for the impoverished of Israel's homeland. Emissaries from the Holy Land explores how this eighteenth century philanthropic network was organized and how relations of trust and solidarity were built across vast geographic differences. It looks at how the emissaries and their supporters understood the relationship between the Jewish Diaspora and the Land of Israel, and it shows how cross-cultural encounters and competing claims for financial support involving Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and North African emissaries and communities contributed to the transformation of Jewish identity from 1720 to 1820. Solidarity among Jews and the centrality of the Holy Land in traditional Jewish society are often taken for granted. Lehmann challenges such assumptions and provides a critical, historical perspective on the question of how Jews in the early modern period encountered one another, how they related to Jerusalem and the land of Israel, and how the early modern period changed perceptions of Jewish unity and solidarity. Based on original archival research as well as multiple little-known and rarely studied sources, Emissaries from the Holy Land offers a fresh perspective on early modern Jewish society and culture and the relationship between the Jewish Diaspora and Palestine in the eighteenth century.
In her debut novel, Patricia Cori weaves her visionary message into a page-turning fantasy adventure that speaks to the very soul of the planet. Within minutes of one another, three bone-chilling events take place around the globe. In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky, zapped to their death, mid-flight; in Maine, miles of beach are covered in tens of thousands of dead fish; in New Zealand, 150 whales and dolphins lie dead or dying on the beach. Jamie Hastings, a renowned psychic researcher and telepath, forges a deep soul connection with the dying whales that leads to her troubled journey at sea as a consultant for USOIL, a Texas based oil company that's drilling in the most pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest, looking for oil--or so it seems. A bizarre unfolding of events aboard ship sparks the unraveling of a truly evil plan of a secret government that is intent upon silencing the music of the oceans and destroying all life on the planet. As impossible as it is to imagine anything as sinister as the shadow Jamie faces in her mission to save the earth from the doomsday weapon bearing down on the world, the fact is that it is actually happening, at this very moment, while most of the world is asleep--or simply unaware.One woman has been chosen to be the voice, against the forces of evil, of the cherished creatures of the sea. She is the emissary. The question is: Is there still time for her to stop it?From the Trade Paperback edition.
For thousands of years, the mystical community known as the Emissaries of Light has worked in secret, invoking spiritual power to bring peace to areas of devastating bloodshed. In the mountains of Bosnia and Croatia, James Twyman observes their amazing meditations and the foundations of their ancient work. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
The timeless romance starring one of Jane Austen's most unforgettable charactersEmma Woodhouse is a privileged young woman whose greatest pleasure in life lies in matchmaking for anyone but herself. Written, by Austen's own admission, as "a heroine whom no one but myself will much like," Emma's charm and wit exist in constant tension with her capacity for selfishness and vanity. Despite her intelligence, Emma stumbles from one catastrophe to the next--from a misguided attempt at securing a husband for her friend Harriet Smith to her disastrous meddling in the affairs of new arrivals Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax--before ultimately falling into her own unexpected happy ending.Both a discerning look at the strictures of Regency England and an enchanting comedy of errors, Emma remains a classic two centuries since it was first published.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley won the literary world's heart 200 years ago when Jane Austen first penned the story of their friendship-turned-love.Emma is the young, rich, beautiful heroine with too much time on her hands and an overactive imagination; Mr. Knightley is her long-suffering friend who is always trying to steer her in the right direction. Their love story is one of deep, dedicated affection blooming into passion.But what about all of that sexual tension that crackles in the subtext? In this Wild and Wanton edition of Austen's classic, Emma and Mr. Knightley burn up the pages as they give in to their baser natures. Discover the sexy scenes that readers of Emma have been imagining between Austen's lines since 1815.Sensuality Level: Hot
Emma has long played matchmaker for her friends and believes her own heart immune from the lures of love. This is a fascinating, hilarious coming-of-age tale of one woman seeking her true nature and finding true love in the process.
The Third Norton Critical Edition of Jane Austen's popular comedic novel is based on the 1816 first edition text, which has been carefully collated by the editor. "Backgrounds" includes an abundance of source material that sheds light on Austen's life and reveals some of her private attitudes toward her writing. Readers will enjoy comparing real events in Austen's life with her fictionalized accounts in Emma. Included is a selection of Austen's letters to her sister, Cassandra; an excerpt from The Watsons (a novel fragment) describing that most Austenian of social events, a country ball; Virginia Woolf 's commentary on The Watsons; and two biographical sketches by family members. The editor has also included Austen's "Plan of a Novel" and relevant correspondence between Austen and J. S. Clark (chaplain to the Prince Regent). "Reviews and Criticism" includes sixteen wide-ranging assessments of the novel, three of them new to the Norton Critical Edition. Sir Walter Scott, George Henry Lewes, Henry James, A. C. Bradley, Reginald Farrer, E. M. Forster, A. Walton Litz, Robert Alan Donovan, Marilyn Butler, Mary Poovey, Claudia L. Johnson, Ian Watt, Maggie Lane, Suzanne Juhasz, and John Wiltshire provide critical overviews. The selection culminates with Suzanne Ferriss's account of the recent popular film versions of Emma. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included. ABOUT THE SERIES: Each Norton Critical Edition includes an authoritative text, contextual and source materials, and a wide range of interpretations -from contemporary perspectives to the most current critical theory-as well as a bibliography and, in many cases, a chronology of the author's life and work. COVER ILLUSTRATION: The Cloakroom, Clifton Assemblyrooms (1817-18), painting by R. Sharpies, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, UK/Bridgeman Art Library. AUTHOR'S PORTRAIT: Watercolor sketch of Jane Austen by Cassandra Austen. By courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London. Taken from the bookjacket
From the Book Jacket: In Emma and Co readers will be delighted to renew their acquaintance with Sheila Hocken, her family and, of course, her dogs. Since the miraculous operation which restored her sight Sheila in gratitude to Emma, her devoted guide-dog, companion and best friend, has grown into a love of all dogs - and in particular chocolate-coloured Labradors. Perhaps it is because in watching them grow up she can see for the first time how Emma herself must have looked as a young dog, dancing with excitement at the prospect of going out wearing her distinctive guide-dog harness. Now, as Emma enjoys her well- earned retirement, the other dogs take up more and more time for Sheila, her husband Don and their daughter Kerensa. There is Bracken, full of fun and mischief; Buttons, whose first litter of puppies gives problems but also great pride: one of them is accepted by the Guide-Dog Association to be trained as a guide-dog. There is Mocha, beautiful but absentminded; Teak, whom she buys for Don's birthday to make a change from aftershave and socks; and Shadow, with whom she develops a great interest in Obedience Trials. All of them appear here and will certainly endear themselves to the reader as they have already done to the Hocken family. Emma and Co is full of delightful (and sometimes disastrous) anecdotes, both human and animal. But there is great sorrow in it too, for in the end Sheila must learn to live without the dog who was her 'eyes' for many years.
From the Book Jacket: "The bandages came off, and then there was the wonder, the suddenly engulfing knowledge that I could see. I had escaped the infinite black pit. I could see!" Here is one of the warmest, most moving stories in many years-of a young woman who was born blind, spent twenty-eight years in blackness, then suddenly could see! It is also the story of Emma, the smart, funny guide-dog who saved her life. As a blind child, Sheila Hocken tried desperately to keep up with normal youngsters. Determined to lead her own life despite her handicap, she bravely confronted all obstacles. But it was terribly difficult, and as she grew up it seemed she would have to accept the inevitable-a life of dependence on others. Then came three miracles. First, she was given a seeing-eye dog, a chocolate-brown retriever named Emma-a most lovable animal. Emma provided more than eyes for Sheila; she became part of a joint personality. (Readers will be thrilled as Emma ingeniously leads Sheila through all sorts of dangers.) Then, after assuming she would never marry, Sheila met a wonderful man, and they fell in love. And finally, in the book's climactic scene, she had an operation that instantly gave her perfect vision. Sheila's radiant descriptions of what it is like to see after a lifetime in the dark are incredibly powerful, as is this whole unforgettable book. sheila hocken is thirty years old and lives in Nottingham, England. Don and Sheila Hocken and their daughter, Kerensa. "By the time I was nineteen, even the blurred shapes I had always seen had vanished, had been swallowed up seemingly forever. It was at this point, when my future seemed to be a dark vacuum, that a miracle came into my life. A new world opened up for me. I was given Emma."
Despite her unconventional upbringing -- she'd been adopted off the orphan train by the local "madam" -- Emma Chalmers was the most prim and proper young lady in all of Whitneyville. Why, she wouldn't even permit Fulton Whitney to kiss her, and they were practically engaged! But when Steven Fairfax landed in her home, wounded in an explosion at the town's raunchiest saloon, his lazy smile made Emma's blood race. Slowly, Steven stilled her fears with his gentle, insistent caresses...until at last she gave herself unashamedly to the splendid passion that was their destiny. Yet now Emma faced a new terror -- for the drifter she loved so desperately was a wanted man, and his past was about to catch up with him!
Romance is in the air during the fall wedding season in the Amish community of Cedar Creek. But while one loving couple prepares to tie the knot, Amanda and Wyman Brubaker's large family faces a threat from outside their happy circle...and must learn to pull together.Recently wed Amanda and Wyman Brubaker are thrilled that their children from previous marriages have blended together to form a strong family. But when the construction of Wyman's new grain elevator is delayed, making the project more expensive than anticipated, Amanda's determination to rally the kids into taking on work to improve the family's finances comes into conflict with Wyman's sense of responsibility as head of the household....Meanwhile, as James Graber and Abby Lambright prepare for their long-awaited nuptials, folks gather from far and wide. Amanda's nephew Jerome has long been smitten with James's sister Emma and wants to seize this chance to woo her. But Emma's been burned once and is twice shy of trusting the fun-loving, never-serious Jerome. As Emma and Jerome struggle to understand each other, and find the courage to make a leap of faith, the Brubakers face a bigger challenge than they first anticipated and begin to discover just what it means to fight...the Amish way.
Nine-year-old Emma O'Fallon finds herself in increasing difficulties as her complicated efforts to break up the growing attachment between Annie, the Irish nanny, and Bo, her boyfriend, cause chaos on a family camping trip and her own relationship with her best friend Luisa seems to be going from bad to worse.
Twelve-year-old Emma receives unexpected friendship from a Black roustabout and a Union soldier during an explosion on the steamboat Sultana in 1865.
Twelve-year-old Emma receives unexpected friendship from a Black roustabout and a Union soldier during an explosion on the steamboat Sultana in 1865.
This volume the last in the Emma series, talks about Sheila's life with her chocolate labrador brood, from Mocha, Buttons, Bracken, Psychie, Katie, and Pip. She also shares about the dogs as they get older, a terrible illness that Mocha had, and life in the Hocken Household. Sequel to After Emma
In the introduction to this edition of Austen's celebrated novel, Justice (English, U. of Missouri-Columbia) discusses major questions and themes brought up by the novel, touching on Austen's narrative technique, Austen and social class, gender relations during the period, and satire in Emma. The novel itself includes notes. The second part of the book is a collection of correspondence by Austen and her contemporaries, as well as essays on Emma by Austen and other authors from her time period and later, by writers such as Charlotte Bronte and Virginia Woolf. There is background on the customs of the period, and the complete text of the two poems referred to in the novel is provided. The book's final section offers contemporary 20th century criticism from the past 50 years, delving into topics such as sex and social life in Austen's novels, and Emma as subversive of the slave trade. A detailed chronology of Austen's life is included. The author has written other books on 18th-century literature. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Seventh grader Emma-Jean Lazarus uses her logical, scientific mind to navigate the mysteries of the upcoming Spring Fling, her friend Colleen's secret admirer, and other love-related dilemmas.
Emma-Jean is experiencing something new and unsettling, but not entirely unpleasant. It's a fluttering in her heart when she imagines herself asking Will to the seventh-grade dance. Her best friend Colleen is worried that Will might laugh if Emma-Jean invites him. After all, Emma-Jean is a different kind of girl-certainly different from queen-bee Laura, who has always made it clear that Will is hers. Maybe Colleen can distract Emma- Jean from this risky plan by recruiting her for a top-secret investigation. You see, Colleen has an anonymous admirer, and if Emma-Jean can help her figure out who he is, then Colleen could ask him to the dance. Even more endearing and genuine than its predecessor, this companion to the award-winning Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree steals your heart and inspires a smile that lasts as long as the novel itself. . . and longer.
When Mia asks the girls in the club to be junior bridesmaids in her mother's wedding, everyone is superexcited about the idea...especially when they find the perfect dress for the occasion! It's Emma's dream dress, except it's a little more than she expected. And with her mom now out of a job (she's been put on furlough at the library) there's not a lot of room at the Taylor's house for extras. But not wanting to disappoint her friends, Emma decides to take on a few more jobs and chores around the house to help cover the cost. Between babysitting her bratty brother, a dog-walking business, flute practice, the Cupcake Club--and oh yeah, being a typical tween girl--Emma may have bitten off more than she can chew. Can she handle it all?