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Heartfelt Affectations

Author : Gabriel S. de Anda
ISBN : 9781401035907
Genre : Fiction
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The novel is three intertwined stories with one central character, the narrator, Christian Verdugo. Christian Verdugo is a twenty-three year old male of Mexican American descent. Story One deals with Christian and his relationship to two friends, Ezer Kadosh and Miel Mishima, both aged 23. They have been friends since high school. This story deals with each of the characters as they develop and seek to gain independence from each other´s influence. In the course of the story, Ezer will embark on a commercially lucrative career as a painter/artist, and he will come out of the gay closet, declaring his interest in Christian, who is not gay. This, of course, causes problems. Miel is a musician with his own band, and he is also on a path of self-discovery that includes his band, his art, his love of a woman five years his senior, and his experimentation with drugs. Story Two deals with Christian´s broken heart over a girl named Maribeth who has left the country and fallen in love with someone else. Christian, in an evolving effort to ease his heartache, will have an affair with an art school teacher, a woman 14 years his senior, known both to him and Maribeth. This affair will prove to be an instructive, enlightening adventure for Christian. Story Three deals with Christian´s job working for a crazy and irresponsible attorney, Gordon Hamilton, who is stealing money from his clients, and living the life of sybaritic excess. Gordon´s irresponsibility will cause a lot of authority to be delegated to Christian, a precocious young man growing up quickly through circumstance. Gordon will end up stealing from the wrong client, a Mexican Mafia hitman and criminal defendant, which will result in Gordon´s disappearance and probable but unconfirmed execution. In a bizarre twist, this hit man, Oscar Godoy, will take a paternal and professional interest in Christian, and offer him a job. A job doing what, Christian can only guess. These three stories will run simultaneously and meld at the novel´s end when Christian escapes to Mexico to reassess the direction of his life.
Category: Fiction

Wisely Stupid

Author : Breeze Queen
ISBN : 9781546256106
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book is named after the exhausted workers, who return home hungry and sleep in hunger to restart the next days routine, in whose books the term holiday does not exists. This book is not named after kings, monarchs, nobles, intellectuals, and the rich and affluent, instead it is named after the daughters who are abused, womenfolk who are molested, and for their children who are kidnapped for ransom, which they do not have. This book is named after those married women who are married for the names sake, whose bodies are presented for decorations but are still living a life of ignored, neglected, dejected vagabonds; whose sobs are unheard, are liked fallen cracked leaves being crumpled further by passersby, and whose lives are dark, cold, and moist.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Rogers Littleton Guide To America S Douchiest Colleges

Author : H.L. Rogers
ISBN : 9781452108926
Genre : Study Aids
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The question isn't whether or not one will be a douchebag in college—we're all a little douchey at college, to be honest. The more pertinent question for prospective students is, "What kind of douchebag do you aspire to be?" Here to help with this major life decision is the only college guide to rank and recommend schools based on their level of douchiness, including illustrated analysis of douchey student affectations, fashions, course offerings, school chants, pickup techniques, extracurricular activities, mascots, and much more. This rigorously researched, stereotypically accurate, gleefully offensive handbook celebrates douchbaggery as a many splendored thing—from yachty to sporty to thoughtfully bearded and beyond—and is sure to spark fits of pique and laughter among high school applicants, current students, and anyone who went to college.
Category: Study Aids

Emotion Place And Culture

Author : Dr Joyce Davidson
ISBN : 9781409488040
Genre : Science
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Recent years have witnessed a rapid rise in engagement with emotion and affect across a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, with geographers among others making a significant contribution by examining the emotional intersections between people and places. Building on the achievements of Emotional Geographies (2005), the editors have brought together leading scholars such as Nigel Thrift, Alphonso Lingis and Frances Dyson as well as young, up and coming academics from a diverse range of disciplines to investigate feelings and affect in various spatial and social contexts, environments and landscapes. The book is divided into five sections covering the themes of remembering, understanding, mourning, belonging, and enchanting.
Category: Science

Earth Honoring Faith

Author : Larry L. Rasmussen
ISBN : 9780199986842
Genre : Philosophy
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Grand Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards Thoughtful observers agree that the planetary crisis we now face-climate change; species extinction; the destruction of entire ecosystems; the urgent need for a more just economic-political order-is pushing human civilization to a radical turning point: change or perish. But precisely how to change remains an open question. In Earth-honoring Faith, Larry Rasmussen answers that question with a dramatically new way of thinking about human society, ethics, and the ongoing health of our planet. Rejecting the modern assumption that morality applies to human society alone, Rasmussen insists that we must derive a spiritual and ecological ethic that accounts for the well-being of all creation, as well as the primal elements upon which it depends: earth, air, fire, water, and sunlight. He argues that good science, necessary as it is, will not be enough to inspire fundamental change. We must draw on religious resources as well to make the difficult transition from an industrial-technological age obsessed with consumption to an ecological age that restores wise stewardship of all life. Earth-honoring Faith advocates an alliance of spirituality and ecology, in which the material requirements for planetary life are reconciled with deep traditions of spirituality across religions, traditions that include mysticism, sacramentalism, prophetic practices, asceticism, and the cultivation of wisdom. It is these shared spiritual practices that can produce a chorus of world faiths to counter the consumerism, utilitarianism, alienation, oppression, and folly that have pushed us to the brink. Written with passionate commitment and deep insight, Earth-honoring Faith reminds us that we must live in the present with the knowledge that the eyes of future generations will look back at us.
Category: Philosophy

Going To The Territory

Author : Ralph Ellison
ISBN : 9780307797384
Genre : Literary Collections
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The work of one of the most formidable figures in American intellectual life." -- Washington Post Book World The seventeen essays collected in this volume prove that Ralph Ellison was not only one of America's most dazzlingly innovative novelists but perhaps also our most perceptive and iconoclastic commentator on matters of literature, culture, and race. In Going to the Territory, Ellison provides us with dramatically fresh readings of William Faulkner and Richard Wright, along with new perspectives on the music of Duke Ellington and the art of Romare Bearden. He analyzes the subversive quality of black laughter, the mythic underpinnings of his masterpiece Invisible Man, and the extent to which America's national identity rests on the contributions of African Americans. Erudite, humane, and resounding with humor and common sense, the result is essential Ellison. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Literary Collections

She S So Fine

Author : Laurie Stras
ISBN : 1409400514
Genre : Music
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Explores the music, reception and cultural significance of 1960s girl singers and girl groups in the US and the UK. Using approaches from the fields of musicology, women's studies, film and media studies, and cultural studies, this volume links close musical readings with rigorous cultural analysis in the treatment of artists.
Category: Music