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Best known as the author of twenty-six novels, Iris Murdoch has also made significant contributions to the fields of ethics and aesthetics. Collected here for the first time in one volume are her most influential literary and philosophical essays. Tracing Murdoch's journey to a modern Platonism, this volume includes incisive evaluations of the thought and writings of T. S. Eliot, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvior, and Elias Canetti, as well as key texts on the continuing importance of the sublime, on the concept of love, and the role great literature can play in curing the ills of philosophy. Existentialists and Mystics not only illuminates the mysticism and intellectual underpinnings of Murdoch's novels, but confirms her major contributions to twentieth-century thought.
When five superpowers put their heads together in the name of global political stability, the result is EXIT: the most deadly, secretive and efficient intelligence agency the world has ever known. EXIT specialises in the removal and replacement of 'problematic' people - be they political or religious leaders, scientists, academics or those with extraordinary talents. The EXIT mandate is simple: do it quickly and do it properly. Ray Cain is EXIT's most talented agent, a man trained specifically for one long-term mission in Pakistan. His task successfully completed, Cain now faces retirement in exile from the only existence he has ever known. Then he is recalled for a final trifling assignment - a project that should be straightforward. But Cain finds himself at the centre of a gathering storm on the most inhospitable continent on earth. EXIT is about to implode - the stakes are high, the players deadly - and there can be only one winner .
Just a week after the Kristallnacht terror in 1938, young Luzie Hatch, a German Jew, fled Berlin to resettle in New York. Her rescuer was an American-born cousin and industrialist, Arnold Hatch. Arnold spoke no German, so Luzie quickly became translator, intermediary, and advocate for family left behind. Soon an unending stream of desperate requests from German relatives made their way to Arnold's desk. Luzie Hatch had faithfully preserved her letters both to and from far-flung relatives during the World War II era as well as copies of letters written on their behalf. This extraordinary collection, now housed at the American Jewish Committee Archives, serves as the framework for Exit Berlin. Charlotte R. Bonelli offers a vantage point rich with historical context, from biographical information about the correspondents to background on U. S. immigration laws, conditions at the Vichy internment camps, refuge in Shanghai, and many other topics, thus transforming the letters into a riveting narrative. Arnold's letters reveal an unfamiliar side of Holocaust history. His are the responses of an #147;average" American Jew, struggling to keep his own business afloat while also assisting dozens of relatives trapped abroad#151;most of whom he had never met and whose deathly situation he could not fully comprehend. This book contributes importantly to historical understanding while also uncovering the dramatic story of one besieged family confronting unimaginable evil.
Just as the US and USSR have finally settled their differences they discover the Solar System is passing through a cloud of dust that will incite the sun to a paroxysm of fury. All life on Earth might die. There can be no escape--except maybe for a very few. Will it be those headed for a lunar base, those on ships headed out of the solar system, or perhaps those who stay behind seeking divine intervention?
"Indispensable for anyone who wants to seriously come to grips with the experience of Eastern Europe. "-Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Tovah Connelly would rather be asleep than awake. Since her accident, she's become a shaper in the dream world, the Ephemeros, where she can manipulate places and people with just a thought. Tovah's friends there, Ben and Spider, encourage Tovah to develop her skills, but the one ability she doesn't want is to control the dreams of others-it's a power she's wary of, and a responsibility she's not ready for. Nobody can sleep all the time, though-not if they want a waking life that bears a semblance of normalcy. And Tovah's waking life is vastly different from her dream life: she's rebuilding and regaining her sanity after nearly losing it in the accident's aftermath. But when nightmares begin rocking the Ephemeros, Tovah's two worlds begin to collide. As those she cares about are threatened, Tovah may discover that the one responsibility she doesn't want is the only defense she has.
The year 2007 marks Detective Inspector John Rebus's last year in the Scottish police force. Forced to retire by both the law and his - relieved - superiors, Rebus knows that his time in the blue ranks must now come to an end. But how will the irascible detective deal with this grim terminus? Particularly with his nemesis, Ger Cafferty, still walking the streets of Edinburgh. And how will John's protege and friend Siobhan Clarke move forward with the old relic finally gone?
This October, when Radiohead release their highly anticipated follow-up to 1997's guitar-driven OK Computer, music critics may very well bestow the Oxford quintet with "The Most Important Band in Rock" accolade that cursed U2, R. E. M. and the Clash. The East Coast editor of Launch magazine, Randall is undoubtedly one of the many journalists eager to exclaim "genius!" again, but his biography of the Grammy winners is economical, restrained and unauthorized (band members "respectfully declined" Randall's requests to cooperate). After briefly reenacting the now mythic June 1997 concert at New York City's Irving Plaza, attended by rock's superstar aristocracy (Bono, Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, etc. ), Randall smartly spends most of his narrative on the band's fascinating, decade-long conception in and around culturally barren Oxford, whose Radiohead landmarks he visited and lays out. Non- and neo-Anglophiles will especially appreciate Randall's definitions of British terms and background on the British music industry, music press and education system (all five musicians met at the all-male Abingdon School). As for the inevitable "record critique" chapters, Randall rarely throws in his two cents, preferring to sprinkle passages with the band's own pithy observations and recording-session anecdotes culled from magazine interviews. Exit music? Not quite, as Radiohead are pushing the boundaries of pop music (the new record is rumored to include Miles Davis and backwards singing). Because the book will be published right before the new album debuts, it will be nearly out of date by the time it hits bookstores. However, Randall's work will still serve as a reliable introduction to an ever-evolving band.
Jerry Mitchell is on exercises off the coast of Pakistan when his submarine, the USS Michigan,is ordered to a rendezvous off the Iranian coast. Once there, disembarked SEALs - experts in seaborne commando operations - are to extract two Iranian nationals who have sensitive information on Iran's nuclear weapons program. While en route to shore, Michigan's mini-sub suffers a battery fire, killing one crew member and forcing the survivors - four SEALs and LCDR Mitchell - to scuttle their disabled craft and swim for shore. There they find the two Iranians waiting for them, but their attempts at returning to Michigan are thwarted by heavy Iranian patrol boat activity. When agents of Iran's secret police, VEVAK, appear, escape seems all but impossible. When Mitchell and his men find themselves surrounded by Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp troops, they create a bold plan to escape by sea. It's a desperate gamble, but it's the only way to get proof of the Iranian plot to the U. S. and prevent a devastating new war.
Logan always takes the easy way out. After a night of drinking and driving he wakes up to find he has been involved in a senseless car accident and is dead. With the help of his guide, Wade, and the spirit of his grandmother, he realizes he has taken the wrong exit --he wasn't meant to die. His life had a purpose -- to save his sister -- but he took the easy way out and he failed. Now, before he can rest in peace, he has to try and save his sister from a future no child should face. He will only get one chance and he cannot afford to fail this time -- for Amy's sake and for his own.
Popular fantasy author Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld series) makes her first foray into crime fiction, with the debut of a series of non-paranormal novels featuring female assassin Nadia Stafford. Nadia Stafford is one of the world's few female contract killers. A former cop, drummed out of the force because of a scandal, she is an expert at disguise and cool under pressure. But when fellow hitman Jack arrives on the scene, Nadia's very private existence is seriously challenged. A series of victims are being murdered seemingly at random all over the country -- different areas, different walks of life, different MOs. There is nothing to tie them together except a random page torn out of a single book:Helter Skelter. But does the Helter Skelter killer -- as the hysterical media now dub him -- have a real connection to Charles Manson? Or is there something even more sinister at work? Is this, in fact -- as Jack believes -- the carefully planned exit strategy of a fellow professional killer, determined to leave the life, but equally determined to clear up an old mistake? And, if so, which is the real victim? Now, the highly suspicious and secretive hitman community will have to break their cover -- at least, to each other -- and help take down this killer before the cops and the Feds discover his true connection to their own secret, exclusive society....
While selling oranges in the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, sweet and sprightly Ellen "Nell" Gwyn impresses the theater's proprietors with a wit and sparkle that belie her youth and poverty. She quickly earns a place in the company, narrowly avoiding the life of prostitution to which her sister has already succumbed. As her roles evolve from supporting to starring, the scope of her life broadens as well. Soon Ellen is dressed in the finest fashions, charming the theatrical, literary, and royal luminaries of Restoration England. Ellen grows up on the stage, experiencing first love and heartbreak and eventually becoming the mistress of Charles II. Despite his reputation as a libertine, Ellen wholly captures his heart--and he hers--but even the most powerful love isn't enough to stave off the gossip and bitter court politics that accompany a royal romance. Telling the story through a collection of vibrant seventeenth-century voices ranging from Ellen's diary to playbills, letters, gossip columns, and home remedies, Priya Parmar brings to life the story of an endearing and delightful heroine.
There is Lisa: They call her the Perfectionist. A stunning, mysterious, and fearless sexual adventurer, she is founder and supreme mistress of The Club-an expensive, exclusive island resort where forbidden fantasy meets willing flesh. There is Elliott: A thrill-seeking photographer who has risked his life in war zones around the world. Now he is committed to the ultimate plunge into personal risk- exploring his darkest sexual self. Join them on a journey to the limits of erotic pleasure and beyond. Surrender to the tantalizing wonders of the imagination behind the spellbinding sensuality of The _ Vampire Chronicles. Take leave of the world you know- and step into Eden___
"The same kind of skillful writing that brought respectability to the erotic works of Henry Miller, Anaís Nin, and D. H. Lawrence. " --UPI There is Lisa: They call her the Perfectionist. A stunning, mysterious, and fearless sexual adventurer, she is founder and supreme mistress of The Club--an expensive, exclusive island resort where forbidden fantasy meets willing flesh. There is Elliott: A thrill-seeking photographer who has risked his life in war zones around the world. Now he is committed to the ultimate plunge into personal risk--exploring his darkest sexual self. Join them on a journey to the limits of erotic pleasure and beyond. Surrender to the tantalizing wonders of the imagination behind the spellbinding sensuality of The Vampire Chronicles. Take leave of the world you know--and step into Eden. . . . "To read Anne Rice is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time. " --San Francisco Chronicle "Anne Rice seems to be at home everywhere. . . . She makes us believe everything she sees. " --The New York Times "No one writing today matches her deftness with the erotic. " --Atlanta Journal & Constitution
The intense desert heat has brought horror to a small corner of the Southwest. A body lies lifeless in an airless trailer, surrounded by seventeen others. It is a crime unspeakable in its conception and execution--a nightmare strangely connected to a grisly slaughter in a neighboring state, where the corpses of two women are found tied up, naked, and gruesomely posed on a rancher's land. A day that started out hot has already turned blistering for Joanna Brady, the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, for terror has moved into her small town to stay. And the nightmare will not end until she uncovers the roots of a monstrous obsession buried somewhere in the most frightening dark shadows of the past.ackground and deal with the terrifying reality that now threatens everyone in her jurisdiction: a serial killer in their midst. Sheriff Brady must pursue this sadistic murderer into the shadows of the past to get to the roots of a monstrous obsession and expose the permanent wounds of a crime far worse than homicide.
Top ten New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance returns with a powerful tale that explores the darkest corners of human nature. The heat is a killer in Cochise County, Arizona, with temperatures over 100 degrees. In the suffocating stillness of an airless trailer, a woman is lying dead, a bullet hole in her chest. Why someone would murder a harmless loner with a soft spot for strays is only one of the questions nagging at the local police; another is why the killer used an eighty-five-year-old bullet, fired from the same weapon that slaughtered two other women who were discovered bound, naked, and gruesomely posed on the remote edge of a rancher's land. The slayings are as oppressive as the blistering heat for Sheriff Joanna Brady, who must shoulder the added double burden of a brutal re-election campaign and major developments on the home front. With more on her plate suddenly than many big city law officers have to contend with, she must put marital distractions and an opponent's dirty tricks in the background and deal with the terrifying reality that now threatens everyone in her jurisdiction: a serial killer in their midst. Sheriff Brady must pursue this sadistic murderer into the shadows of the past to get to the roots of a monstrous obsession and expose the permanent wounds of a crime far worse than homicide.
Park wrote about her autistic daughter in a previous book, </The Siege; A Family's Journey into the World of an Autistic Child/>. Here she continues the story, describing Jessy Park's development as an adult and as an artist. Oliver Sacks provides the foreword; appendices list resources relevant to autism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Meca One, leader of the robot rebellion has just unveiled a monstrous new battle machine-- the Striking Venom-- and plans to use it to crush the EXO-FORCE and Sentai Fortress. How can the humans hope to destroy a machine that appears to be invincible?
Weaving together the stories of Moses, the nation of Israel, and the God who rescues and liberates, Exodus becomes a story for our time, a story about seeking and finding a redeeming God in times of separation and sin, hopelessness and oppression. Interpretation Bible Studies (IBS) offers solid biblical content in a creative study format. Forged in the tradition of the celebrated Interpretation commentary series, IBS makes the same depth of biblical insight available in a dynamic, flexible, and user-friendly resource. Designed for adults and older youth, Interpretation Bible Studies can be used in small groups, in church school classes, in large group presentations, or in personal study.
An internationally acclaimed bestseller, vividly and terrifyingly topical, is finally available to American audiences. Less than a hundred years from now, the world as we know it no longer exists. Cities have disappeared beneath the sea, technology no longer functions, and human civilization has reverted to a much more primitive state. On an isolated northern island, the people of Wing are trying to hold onto their way of life--even as the sea continues to claim precious acres and threatens to claim their very lives. Only fifteen-year-old Mara has the vision and the will to lead her people in search of a new beginning in this harsh, unfamiliar world. This compelling and powerful story set in the near future will hit home with teens, especially those who are ever more aware of the increasingly controversial climate crisis we face in our world today.
The towering novel of the twentieth century's most dramatic geopolitical event.Leon Uris portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies--the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power.
In 2009, at the age of twenty-three, Deborah Feldman packed up her young son and their few possessions and walked away from her insular Hasidic roots. She was determined to forge a better life for herself, away from the rampant oppression, abuse, and isolation of her Satmar upbringing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Out of her experience came the incendiary, bestselling memoir Unorthodox, and now, just a few years later, Feldman has embarked on a triumphant journey of self-discovery--a journey in which she begins life anew as a single mother, an independent woman, and a religious refugee. Taking her cues from favorite childhood books read in secret and the modern classics only recently introduced to her, Feldman explores the United States, from San Francisco to Chicago, New Orleans, and the Southwest. In her travels, and at home, Feldman redefines her sense of identity--no longer Orthodox, she comes to terms with her Jewishness by discovering a world of like-minded outcasts and misfits committed to self-acceptance and healing. Inwardly, Feldman has navigated remarkable experiences: raising her son in the "real" world, finding solace and solitude in a writing career, and searching for love. Culminating in an unforgettable trip across Europe to retrace her grandmother's life during the Holocaust, Exodus is a deeply moving exploration of the mysterious bonds that tie us to family and religion, the bonds we must sometimes break to find our true selves. Feldman proves herself again to be a captivating storyteller, and her singular life has been an inspiration to countless others and for readers everywhere.
The epic saga of Israel's earliest days and the people who fought to make it their home The Exodus was just one ship among many that carried survivors of the Holocaust to Palestine to establish a new nation. But the path that Jewish immigrants took to enter British-controlled Palestine was a difficult one, fraught with danger and political intrigue. The boat was intercepted by British forces and the refugees were placed in concentration camps. Uris's blockbuster novel traces the lives of the men and women who brave British naval blockades to help Israel come into being, from Ari Ben Canaan, who works tirelessly to smuggle in settlers, to Kitty Fremont, an American nurse drawn into a vast, tragic history. Weaving together fact and fiction, history and dramatic storylines, Exodus stands today as one of the most influential narratives of the founding of the State of Israel. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Leon Uris including rare photos from the author's estate.
A special two-in-one edition by a master of storytelling, featuring Exodus, the epic saga of Israel's earliest days,and QB VII, the story of a writer accused of committing atrocities during World War IIThe Exodus was just one ship among many that carried survivors of the Holocaust to Palestine to establish a new nation. But the path that Jewish immigrants took to enter British-controlled Palestine was a difficult one, fraught with danger and political intrigue. The boat was intercepted by British forces and the refugees were placed in concentration camps.Uris's blockbuster novel traces the lives of the men and women who brave British naval blockades to help Israel come into being, from Ari Ben Canaan, who works tirelessly to smuggle in settlers, to Kitty Fremont, an American nurse drawn into a vast, tragic history. Weaving together fact and fiction, history and dramatic storylines, Exodus stands today as one of the most influential narratives of the founding of the State of Israel.In QB VII, for Abe Cady, settlement is not an option when the facts of the Holocaust are on trial. A journalist and screenwriter, Cady produced the definitive account of the Holocaust just after World War II. But Polish doctor Adam Kelno, who was pressed into service in a notorious concentration camp, sues Cady for his book's claim that the doctor conducted terrible experiments on camp inmates. The libel trial that follows tears open old wounds, disrupts lives, and becomes a battle for justice on behalf of tens of thousands of lost and damaged souls.QB VII is a gripping drama, largely based on author Uris's own protracted libel defense against a former concentration camp surgeon named in his novel Exodus. It was made into the first miniseries in television history.
This new volume in the best-selling Bible from Scratch series pairs noted author Donald Griggs with biblical scholar and teacher Eugene March. Together they explore the book of Exodus--the story of the deliverance of God's people from slavery, oppression, and injustice. Rather than covering every chapter and verse in the book, Exodus from Scratch highlights stories that best reflect the major themes of Exodus: deliverance, abiding faith, and the goodness of God. Organized in seven chapters with seven accompanying lessons, this book will help readers and small groups more fully understand the book of Exodus and see the work of a God who desires justice, freedom, and faithfulness for all.