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Icy Sparks

Author : Gwyn Hyman Rubio
ISBN : 1101200189
Genre : Fiction
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A New York Times Notable Book and the March 2001 selection of Oprah's Book Club® ! Icy Sparks is the sad, funny and transcendent tale of a young girl growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s. Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s beautifully written first novel revolves around Icy Sparks, an unforgettable heroine in the tradition of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird or Will Treed in Cold Sassy Tree. At the age of ten, Icy, a bright, curious child orphaned as a baby but raised by adoring grandparents, begins to have strange experiences. Try as she might, her "secrets"—verbal croaks, groans, and physical spasms—keep afflicting her. As an adult, she will find out she has Tourette’s Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, but for years her behavior is the source of mystery, confusion, and deep humiliation. Narrated by a grown up Icy, the book chronicles a difficult, but ultimately hilarious and heartwarming journey, from her first spasms to her self-acceptance as a young woman. Curious about life beyond the hills, talented, and energetic, Icy learns to cut through all barriers—physical, mental, and spiritual—in order to find community and acceptance. Along her journey, Icy faces the jeers of her classmates as well as the malevolence of her often-ignorant teachers—including Mrs. Stilton, one of the most evil fourth grade teachers ever created by a writer. Called willful by her teachers and "Frog Child" by her schoolmates, she is exiled from the schoolroom and sent to a children’s asylum where it is hoped that the roots of her mysterious behavior can be discovered. Here Icy learns about difference—her own and those who are even more scarred than she. Yet, it isn’t until Icy returns home that she really begins to flower, especially through her friendship with the eccentric and obese Miss Emily, who knows first-hand how it feels to be an outcast in this tightly knit Appalachian community. Under Miss Emily’s tutelage, Icy learns about life’s struggles and rewards, survives her first comical and heartbreaking misadventure with romance, discovers the healing power of her voice when she sings, and ultimately—takes her first steps back into the world. Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s Icy Sparks is a fresh, original, and completely redeeming novel about learning to overcome others’ ignorance and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique.
Category: Fiction

The Dangers Of Kissing And Diet Coke

Author : Mitzi Mensch
ISBN : 9781491814130
Genre : Self-Help
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What is wrong with Mitzi's head? It all began in 1999 when a cat howling outside woke her up. Shocked, she realized the howls weren't coming from a cat, but from her! Soon the loud nightly animal-like sounds were accompanied by major motor movements. She was sent to 'Psych' but her 'tics' only escalated until Mitzi was placed on an antipsychotic which turned her into an emotional zombie and created devastating side effects. In 2010 she quit taking her meds and reunited with her first love after a forty-eight year absence. Goldie's kisses lead to a virus which results in a headache that never goes away. Mitzi muddles through the morass of doctors, drugs and treatments as she searches for causes to and cures from the strange neurological symptoms that plague her. Mitzi's medical mysteries and turbulent love affair are thought provoking and compelling, leaving the reader with a lot to decide.
Category: Self-Help

Lizenz Zum Bei En

Author : Kerrelyn Sparks
ISBN : 9783955765903
Genre : Fiction
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Vanda Barkowski hat ein Problem: Als Besitzerin eines Stripclubs ist sie unkonventioneller als die meisten ihrer Vampirkollegen, und wenn manche sie zu temperamentvoll finden - sollen sie doch! Aber nachdem sie mehrfach wegen ihrer Wutausbrüche angezeigt wurde, muss sie zur Strafe an einem Anti-Aggressions-Training teilnehmen. Zu allem Überfluss ist ausgerechnet der gefährlich attraktive Phil Jones ihr Trainer. Ein Sterblicher, der für sie verboten ist - und der nicht nur sie magisch anzieht. Ehe Vanda sich versieht, geraten Phil und sie in die Fänge blutdurstiger russischer Bösewichte ...
Category: Fiction

The Silent Appalachian

Author : Vicki Sigmon Collins
ISBN : 9781476627540
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Appalachian literature is filled with silent or non-discursive characters. The reasons for their wordlessness vary. Some are mute or pretend to be, some choose not to speak or are silenced by grief, trauma or fear. Others mutter monosyllables, stutter, grunt and point, speak in tongues or idiosyncratic language. They capture the reader’s attention by what they don’t say.
Category: Literary Criticism

Ein Dorf Voller Narren

Author : Olive Ann Burns
ISBN : 3805204442
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Der 14jährige Will erlebt einen im Sommer 1906 in einer Kleinstadt Georgias Freud und Leid des Erwachsenenwerdens und den Wirbel, der um seinen heiratslustigen, eben verwitweten Opa entsteht.
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Eine Geschichte Der W Lfe

Author : Emily Fridlund
ISBN : 9783827079701
Genre : Fiction
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In den dunklen Wäldern von Minnesota wächst Linda in den kläglichen Überresten einer Kommune auf. Ihre Eltern sind über das Scheitern ihrer Hippie-Ideale zu Eigenbrötlern geworden, in der High-School kommt sie sich vor wie eine Außerirdische. In ihrer Isolation fühlt sich Linda wie magisch hingezogen zu ihrer Klassenkameradin Lily und zu ihrem Geschichtslehrer, Mr. Grierson. Es ist ein Schock, als der wegen des Besitzes von Kinderpornographie verhaftet wird und dann auch noch Lily von der Schule verschwindet. Linda hat niemand, mit dem sie über all das reden könnte. Da zieht eine Familie neu an den See. Alles bei ihnen scheint Linda gut und schön. Sie wird die Babysitterin des kleinen Paul und sehnt sich danach zu dieser heilen Familie zu gehören. Doch als Paul schwer krank wird, bleiben seine Eltern seltsam inaktiv. Soll Linda trotzdem einen Arzt rufen und damit das gute Verhältnis zu ihren "neuen Freunden" riskieren? Eine vielleicht unmögliche Entscheidung für eine Vierzehnjährige, die ihr ganzes weiteres Leben beeinflussen wird....
Category: Fiction

Now And Then

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ISBN : IND:30000093072928
Genre : Appalachian Region, Southern
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Category: Appalachian Region, Southern

A Writer S Guide To Fiction

Author : Elizabeth Lyon
ISBN : 1101143886
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The second book in the Writer's Compass series from professional writing instructor Elizabeth Lyon offers both aspiring and established authors the fundamentals of writing and selling a great novel or short story. In addition to the basics of characterization, plot, pacing, and theme, A Writer's Guide to Fiction also features a plan for revising fiction, a guide to marketing, samples of cover and query letters, and methods of honing the writing craft.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Kentucky Anthology

Author : Wade Hall
ISBN : 9780813138442
Genre : Literary Collections
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Long before the official establishment of the Commonwealth, intrepid pioneers ventured west of the Allegheny Mountains into an expansive, alluring wilderness that they began to call Kentucky. After blazing trails, clearing plots, and surviving innumerable challenges, a few adventurers found time to pen celebratory tributes to their new homeland. In the two centuries that followed, many of the world's finest writers, both native Kentuckians and visitors, have paid homage to the Bluegrass State with the written word. In The Kentucky Anthology, acclaimed author and literary historian Wade Hall has assembled an unprecedented and comprehensive compilation of writings pertaining to Kentucky and its land, people, and culture. Hall's introductions to each author frame both popular and lesser-known selections in a historical context. He examines the major cultural and political developments in the history of the Commonwealth, finding both parallels and marked distinctions between Kentucky and the rest of the United States. While honoring the heritage of Kentucky in all its glory, Hall does not blithely turn away from the state's most troubling episodes and institutions such as racism, slavery, and war. Hall also builds the argument, bolstered by the strength and significance of the collected writings, that Kentucky's best writers compare favorably with the finest in the world. Many of the authors presented here remain universally renowned and beloved, while others have faded into the tides of time, waiting for rediscovery. Together, they guide the reader on a literary tour of Kentucky, from the mines to the rivers and from the deepest hollows to the highest peaks. The Kentucky Anthology traces the interests and aspirations, the achievements and failures and the comedies and tragedies that have filled the lives of generations of Kentuckians. These diaries, letters, speeches, essays, poems, and stories bring history brilliantly to life. Jesse Stuart once wrote, "If these United States can be called a body, Kentucky can be called its heart." The Kentucky Anthology captures the rhythm and spirit of that heart in the words of its most remarkable chroniclers.
Category: Literary Collections