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Divas in the Convent: Nuns, Music, and Defiance in Seventeenth-Century Italy

by Craig A. Monson

When eight-year-old Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana (1590OCo1662) entered one of the preeminent convents in Bologna in 1598, she had no idea what cloistered life had in store for her. Thanks to clandestine instruction from a local "maestro di cappella"OCoand despite the church hierarchyOCOs vehement opposition to all convent musicOCoVizzana became the star of the convent, composing works so thoroughly modern and expressive that a recent critic described them as OC historical treasures. OCO But at the very moment when VizzanaOCOs works appeared in 1623OCoshe would be the only Bolognese nun ever to publish her musicOCoextraordinary troubles beset her and her fellow nuns, as episcopal authorities arrived to investigate anonymous allegations of sisterly improprieties with male members of their order. aaaaaaaaaaa Craig A. Monson retells the story of Vizzana and the nuns of Santa Cristina to elucidate the role that music played in the lives of these cloistered women. Gifted singers, instrumentalists, and composers, these nuns used music not only to forge links with the community beyond convent walls, but also to challenge and circumvent ecclesiastical authority. Monson explains how the sisters of Santa CristinaOCorefusing to accept what the church hierarchy called GodOCOs will and what the nuns perceived as a besmirching of their honorOCofought back with words and music, and when these proved futile, with bricks, roof tiles, and stones. These women defied one Bolognese archbishop after another, cardinals in Rome, and even the pope himself, until threats of excommunication and abandonment by their families brought them to their knees twenty-five years later. By then, Santa CristinaOCOs imaginative but frail composer literally had been driven mad by the conflict. aaaaaaaaaaa MonsonOCOs fascinating narrative relies heavily on the words of its various protagonists, on both sides of the cloister wall, who emerge vividly as imaginative, independent-minded, and not always sympathetic figures. In restoring the musically gifted Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana to history, Monson introduces readers to the full range of captivating characters who played their parts in seventeenth-century convent life. a

The Big Book of Bible Questions

by A D Publishing Services Limited

Four simple questions are asked for each of sixty different Bible persons or events. These simple questions, drawn from the lives of all the main characters of the Bible, and covering all the main events, will delight, challenge, and amuse. All the best-loved stories are here, brought to life by the Italian artist Paola Bertolini Grudina's lively illustrations.

Cam Jansen: Cam Jansen and the Graduation Day Mystery #31

by David A. Adler

The beloved elementary school sleuth Cam Jansen is back in her 31st mystery!Eric's father is finally graduating from college. But before the celebration can begin, a very special present from Grandpa Shelton disappears. Was it lost--or stolen? There's no way Cam will let a thief ruin the graduation celebration! She must use her photographic memory to track down the gift. .

Cam Jansen: The Mystery Writer Mystery (Cam Jansen #27)

by David A. Adler

Cam Jansen, her friends, and their parents are at school for a book fair. Everyone's favorite mystery writer, Jim E. Winter, is also there signing books. During the signing, Danny's parents discover their car is missing. Was it stolen? Jim E. Winter thinks he can solve the mystery. But will super sleuth Cam click her way to the thief first?

Cam Jansen: The Triceratops Pops Mystery (Cam Jansen #15)

by David A. Adler

Cam can't wait to buy the latest recording by her favorite group, the Triceratops Pops. But when she and Eric get to the store, all the Tpops CD's are gone.The clerk just put six on the shelf a few minutes ago -- did they sell that fast, or were they stolen? It's up to Cam to crack the case!

Cam Jansen: The Wedding Cake Mystery (Cam Jansen #30)

by David A. Adler

Cam Jansen and her friends are volunteering at a talent show at the local senior center. They're having fun entertaining the guests and enjoying treats donated by Ken's Bakeshop. But during the show someone steals the wedding cake from Ken's truck out front. Can Cam use her photographic memory to solve the mystery before the wedding? The 30th mystery in this series has Cam volunteering in her community and tracking down a thief with a sweet tooth!

CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide

by David A. Coleman David D. Westcott

Sybex is now the official publisher for CWNP, the certifying vendor for the CWNA program. This valuable guide covers all objectives for the newest version of the PW0-104 exam, including radio technologies; antenna concepts; wireless LAN hardware and software; network design, installation and management; wireless standards and organizations; 802. 11 network architecture; wireless LAN security; performing site surveys; and troubleshooting. Also included are hands-on exercises, chapter review questions, a detailed glossary, and a pre-assessment test. The CD-ROM features two bonus exams, over 150 flashcards, and numerous White Papers and demo software. Note: CD-ROM materials for eBook purchases can be downloaded from CWNP's website at www. cwnp. com/sybex.

Animal Oppression and Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict

by David A. Nibert

By comparing practices of animal exploitation for food and resources in different societies over time, David A. Nibert finds in the domestication of animals, which he renames "domesecration," a perversion of human ethics, the development of large-scale acts of violence, disastrous patterns of destruction, and growth-curbing epidemics of infectious disease.

Destination: Universe!

by A. E. Van Vogt

11 stories: Far Centaurus, The Monster, Dormant, Enchanted Village, A Can of Paint, Defense, The Rulers, "Dear Pen Pal", The Sound, The Search, and Postscript

The Players of Null-A

by A. E. Van Vogt

[from the back cover] Null-A Revisited Shadow of The Follower What strange being was The Follower? That question plagued Gilbert Gosseyn all during his efforts to track down this galaxy-threatening entity. Wherever Gosseyn went, the shadow of The Follower fell across the trail. Even Gosseyn's NULL-A trained double brain could not cut through that darkness....

Slan

by A. E. Van Vogt

The Slans are a super-race, capable of mind-reading, and equipped with bodies many times more resistant to fatigue than ordinary mortals. But they live in constant fear of discovery, for the rewards are great if anyone should capture a Slan, dead or alive. Jommy Cross was their only hope. He alone had the secret of his father's invention; he alone was capable of proving that the Slans' knowledge could benefit mankind.

Transfinite: The Essential A. E. Van Vogt

by A. E. Van Vogt

a compendium of short stories by one of science fiction's greatest masters

The Weapon Shops of Isher

by A. E. Van Vogt

Fast moving Science fiction.

The World of Null-A

by A. E. Van Vogt

[from the back cover] "The classic novel of non-Aristotelian logic and the coming race of supermen Grandmaster A. E. van Vogt was one of the giants of the 1940s, the Golden Age of classic SF. Of his masterpieces, The World of Null-A is his most famous and most influential. It was the first major trade SF hardcover ever, in 1949, and has been in print in various editions ever since. The entire careers of Philip K. Dick, Keith Laumer, Alfred Bester, Charles Harness, and Philip Jose Farmer were created or influenced by The World of Null-A, and so it is required reading for anyone who wishes to know the canon of SF classics. It is the year 2650 and Earth has become a world of non-Aristotelianism, or Null-A. This is the story of Gilbert Gosseyn, who lives in that future world where the Games Machine, made up of twenty-five thousand electronic brains, sets the course of people's lives. Gosseyn isn't even sure of his own identity, but realizes he has some remarkable abilities and sets out to use them to discover who has made him a pawn in an interstellar plot."

The Loner: Brutal Vengeance

by J. A. Johnstone

In a land of legends The Loner has nothing to prove. That's usually when violence finds its way to him. . . Vengeance Will Be MineFor a posse chasing a murderous band of outlaws, a quiet kid with a lightning fast gun is good company. And when the outlaws turn around and attack the posse, The Loner doesn't have a choice: he's now caught up in a running gun battle across West Texas. The Loner knows the men he's fighting are bad to the bone--led by a merciless killer named Warren Latch. But what about the guys on his side? As men on both sides of the fight bite the dust, the Loner has fewer allies and no way out. That's when a beautiful bounty hunter appears on the scene--to lead the way into another vendetta, another betrayal, and one final, bloody fight to the death. . .

The Loner: Crossfire

by J. A. Johnstone

A FATHER. A FIGHTER. A FINAL SHOWDOWN. . . The Loner has searched the frontier for his missing children and their vengeful, runaway mother. Now, in fog-shrouded San Francisco, his search ends-and the fight begins. . . HELL ON FRISCO BAY Conrad Browning is The Loner, a man on a mission, crossing the country-and crossing a lot of bad men-to rescue his kidnapped young twins. The trail has led him all the way to San Francisco's perilous red light-district, where a crime lord is the proud father of newly adopted twins. The Loner knows his children when he sees them. But they're hostage to a brutal, violent mob feud. Then, just when he needs it most, The Loner is no longer alone: he is joined by his own father, Frank Morgan-the most notorious gunman in the West. A family's pain. A woman's betrayal. A city exploding in violence. . . The Loner has come to the right place to save his children. But will they get out of Frisco alive?

Interior Design for Autism from Birth to Early Childhood

by A. J. Paron-Wildes

Interior Design for Austism from Birth to Early Childhood gives designers who are creating spaces for individuals with Autism, the exact information they need to create optimal spaces that can have a positive impact on special learning and sensory needs. This book also shows how to implement specific design strategies that can be employed in their own projects. Projects covered relate specifically to the age ranges from birth through early childhood, including schools, homes, and clinical therapy settings. The main neurofunctions of Autism are covered along with specific design techniques that can be used to address each one. Information on toxins and material selection is also included.

Exclusively Chloe

by J. A. Yang

Chloe-Grace can't help it-she's spectacular. How could she not be with celebrity parents who have been the queen and king of Hollywood for years? And Chloe is a celebrity all unto herself as well- she's the first celebrity-adopted kid in Hollywood. But now Chloe's sixteen, and she is tired of every undesired moment of the world's attention. She wonders what it would be like to be a "normal" kid in a regular school. To really understand it, though, she would need to go undercover. So after getting a "make-under" at the hands of her mother's fabulous stylist, she enters the "real" world. But she soon finds out that there is just as much drama there as there is in Hollywood. . . .

Cleanse Your Body, Clear Your Mind

by Jeffrey A. Morrison

"Cleanse Your Body, Clear Your Mind teaches how to clean out your body, and in the process a metamorphosis happens: good health returns, weight normalizes, and the mind becomes clearer. A toxic body is not able to access quality of life. This is a great, important, timely, well-researched book. "-Suzanne Somers Modern life is toxic. The average person accumulates more than 700 harmful chemicals in his or her body, making us fat, sick, and tired. But there's a safe, simple solution that brings noticeable results in as little as ten days. Debunking the myth that you have to drink odd concoctions or eat weird food to jump-start your body's natural detoxification, the clinically proven plan in this book eases symptoms from chronic ailments like allergies and autoimmune diseases as well as daily annoyances such as brain fog, fatigue, and insomnia-without strictly restricting your diet or lifestyle. Complete with a symptom-specific quiz that helps target specific areas for improvement, Dr. Morrison's customizable, inexpensive program helps reverse the symptoms of toxicity, drop excess weight, and keep your body healthy. .

Animal Behavior: A Beginner's Guide

by John A. Byers

Why do birds have regional accents? Can horses learn maths? What do animals without eyes see? Questions such as these have fascinated scientists and animal lovers alike long before ethology - the study of animal behavior - became recognised as a science in the 1970s. Now, as issues of conservation and welfare dominate the field, an understanding of how and why animals act the way they do has become even more critical. Drawing together evolutionary theory, ecology, population biology, genetics, physiology, and anatomy to demonstrate the diversity involved when studying animals, Byers explains the mechanisms and motivations behind a range of animal movements. Readers are equipped with the core knowledge and skills to further their own studies and better understand the natural world that surrounds us.

World Changers

by John A. Byrne

They are the descendents of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, visionaries who have built exceptional enterprises from the bottom up. Great entrepreneurs mix creativity and imagination with managerial know-how and financial acumen to change the way people live and work. John A. Byrne has interviewed 25 amazing individuals who have changed the face of business. From Amazon's Jeff Bezos to Howard Schultz of Starbucks, among many others, Byrne explores the lessons they've learned, the challenges they've tackled and the most valuable advice they can offer.

Instructions for American Servicemen in Iraq during World War II

by John A. Nagl

"American success or failure in Iraq may well depend on whether the Iraqis like American soldiers or not. " The U. S. military could certainly have used that bit of wisdom in 2003, as violence began to eclipse the Iraq War's early successes. Ironically, had the Army only looked in its own archives, they would have found it--that piece of advice is from a manual the U. S. War Department handed out to American servicemen posted in Iraq back in 1943. The advice in Instructions for American Servicemen in Iraq during World War II,presented here in a new facsimile edition, retains a surprising, even haunting, relevance in light of today's muddled efforts to win Iraqi hearts and minds. Designed to help American soldiers understand and cope with what was at the time an utterly unfamiliar culture--the manual explains how to pronounce the word Iraq, for instance--this brief, accessible handbook mixes do-and-don't-style tips ("Always respect the Moslem women. " "Talk Arabic if you can to the people. No matter how badly you do it, they will like it. ") with general observations on Iraqi history and society. The book's overall message still rings true--dramatically so--more than sixty years later: treat an Iraqi and his family with honor and respect, and you will have a strong ally; treat him with disrespect and you will create an unyielding enemy. With a foreword by Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagl reflecting on the manual's continuing applicability--and lamenting that it was unknown at the start of the invasion--this new edition of Instructions for American Servicemen in Iraq will be essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of Iraq and the fate of the American soldiers serving there.

The Book of The Ler

by M. A. Foster

Out of print since 1985, these three classic novels form a trilogy that chronicles the history of an alternate human race, the Ler, from their origins as a bioengineered "superhuman" race on Earth to their complex civilizations in space. Together, the books form a challenging examination of what it means to be human. .

The Transformer Trilogy

by M. A. Foster

The classic science fiction trilogy in an omnibus edition. Back in print after two decades! In a society where change is the enemy, one BEING will create a revolution. To the totalitarian state of Oerlikon, change is the most fearsome enemy. So a secret weapon was created to preserve the status quo-the Morphodite. A bioengineered and laboratory-raised super assassin, the Morphodite was designed to scent out and destroy subversive conspiracies. A unique being, it can change its sex, identity, and even its genetic code as a defense. But its creators did not foresee that this untraceable, powerful assassin would morph into a true revolutionary hero-that would turn against the police state that created it.

The Mood Cure

by M. A. Julia Ross

We're in a bad mood epidemic, but Julia Ross shows you how to rediscover your emotional well-being naturally.

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