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The Hairbrush And The Shoe

Author : Jeanne D. Stanton
ISBN : 9781684630356
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When a workman is pushed and hissed at by something invisible on the stairs of her family’s 150-year-old townhouse, Jeanne Stanton must confront the possibility that a ghost inhabits. She proceeds in the way any former Harvard Business School case writer would: she embarks upon a rigorous search for proof of the ghost’s existence and identity, exploring the literature and lore of ghosts; the practices of mediums, psychics, and “ghost busters;” and the various attempts that have been made over the decades to verify ghostly sounds and sights through scientific methods. After visits to a psychic provide insights but not proof, Stanton enters the equally mysterious realms of physics and neurology, hoping science has answers. Notables encountered during her research efforts include Henry James, Arthur Conan Doyle, Oliver Sacks, and Sigmund Freud, the latter a colleague of her home’s original owner. Wry and witty, Stanton takes time out to laugh at her own futile attempts at ghost detection—spending a sleepless night in an allegedly haunted bedroom, creeping along the edges of rooms in search of cold spots—along the way. Determined to get to the bottom of the ghost business, Stanton wavers between skepticism and belief, searching for definitive evidence—and almost failing to find it. Almost.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Tricking Of Freya

Author : Christina Sunley
ISBN : 1429953543
Genre : Fiction
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A young woman obsessed with uncovering a family secret is drawn into the strange and magical history, language and landscape of Iceland. Freya Morris grows up in a typical American suburb – but every summer, she enters another realm entirely when she visits her relatives in Gimli, a tiny village in Canada settled by Icelandic immigrants. Here she falls under the spell of her troubled but charming aunt Birdie, who thrills her with stories of exotic Norse goddesses, moody Viking bards, and the life of her late grandfather, the most famous poet of "New Iceland." But when Birdie tricks Freya into a terrifying scandal, Freya turns her back on everything Icelandic and anything that reminds her of the past. She is living an anonymous, bleak existence in Manhattan when she finally returns to Gimli for the first time in two decades – and stumbles upon a long concealed family secret. As Freya becomes increasingly obsessed with unraveling her family's tangled story, she finds herself delving into the very memories she has worked so hard to forget. When the clues dry up in Gimli, Freya journeys to Iceland itself. On this rugged island of vast lava fields and immense glaciers, Freya's quest comes to its unsettling conclusion. A beautifully-written debut novel that deftly weaves together Iceland's distinctive history, ancient mythology, reverence for language, and passion for genealogy, The Tricking of Freya is a powerful exploration of kinship, loss and redemption.
Category: Fiction

In Her Shoes

Author : Madonna Dries Christensen
ISBN : 9781475928709
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Madonna Dries Christensen’s poignant memoir, In Her Shoes, is a superb model for the preservation of personal family memories. Anyone who wishes to record his or her own family history should read this book first. With precise writing and awe-inspiring photos, Madonna has created a cherished keepsake for her immediate family as well as for posterity. As she aptly states in this memorable memoir: “We become who we are because of who we were; a culmination of the momentous and the minutiae.” —E. P. Ned Burke, author of seven novels and editor of Yesterday’s Magazette and Writer’s Magazette This beautiful collection of stories creates, piece-by-loving-piece, the picture of a life well and richly lived. Madonna turns something as small as her first sip of Coca-Cola into a sensual drama and a morality play! After you read the final story, about the death of her beloved mother, you’ll want to hug your loved ones to you and tell them you love them. —Marshall Cook, an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of 30 books. He edits a free online newsletter for writers called Extra Innings ( www.dcs.wisc.edu/lsa/writing/extrainnings ). This tender and skillful tribute to her mother by Madonna Dries Christensen will certainly be treasured by her extended family for its careful curation of dear family history. The rest of us will enjoy the lively stories and nod in recognition of characters who have their counterparts in our own families. With her thoughtful narration and gallery of old photos, the author hopes to inspire others to record family memories while there is time. Enjoy this collection and start your own! —Becky Haigler, editor, Silver Boomer Books, and author of not so GRIMM: gentle fables and cautionary tales.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Famous Five Five Go To Mystery Moor

Author : Enid Blyton
ISBN : 9781844569717
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book thirteen, the Famous Five find out about something dangerous out in Mystery Moor. They'll have to risk the treacherous mists and follow the trail if they want to find what's lurking in the shadows. Do they know what they've let themselves in for? The text in this edition has been sensitively edited for today's reader and is unillustrated.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Journey To The River Sea

Author : Eva Ibbotson
ISBN : 9780330477444
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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An Amazon adventure set in the wilderness of Brazil, Journey to the River Sea is filled with mystery and memorable characters. It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at thirteen, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson's highly colourful, joyous adventure. Winner of the Smarties Gold Medal. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

In Her Shoes

Author : Jennifer Weiner
ISBN : 9781847395801
Genre : Fiction
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Rose Feller is thirty years old, a high-powered attorney, with a secret passion for romance novels, an exercise regime she's going to start next week, and dreams of a man who will slide off her glasses, gaze into her eyes, and tell her that she's beautiful. Meet Rose's sister Maggie. Twenty-eight years old, drop-dead gorgeous and only occasionally employed, Maggie is a backing singer in a band called Whiskered Biscuit. She dreams of fame and fortune -- and of getting her dowdy big sister to stick to a skin-care regime. These two women with nothing in common but a childhood tragedy, shared DNA, and the same size feet, are about to learn that their family is more different than they ever imagined, and that they're more alike than they'd ever believe. The brilliant new novel by Jennifer Weiner, Who Do You Love, will be released in August 2015.
Category: Fiction

Write All About It

Author : Dona Herweck
ISBN : 9781557345035
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Crying In The Rain

Author : Debbie McGowan
ISBN : 9781909192607
Genre : Fiction
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For many years, Ade Simmons has been an outsider, trapped in an abusive relationship, seeking sanctuary in his job as a radio producer, and in the checklists he makes in an attempt to regain control of his sorry excuse of a life. Actor Kris Johansson is patient, gentle and passionate—everything that Ade’s ex-boyfriend is not. When Kris takes a role in one of Ade’s plays, the attraction is mutual and instant. It is the turning point for Ade. He can either stay on the same path, with Fergus—the bully who has repressed, used and isolated him from his friends and family—or he can look in the other direction, towards Kris—the handsome actor with family and friends who readily accept him. But Fergus will not give up his punchbag so easily—can Ade finally find the strength to fight back?
Category: Fiction

Iced Under

Author : Nadine Doolittle
ISBN : 9780993770401
Genre : Fiction
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After a painful divorce, with her two daughters in tow, Sara Wolesley abandons her comfortable urban life to live in exile in a rundown cottage on a frozen lake in Quebec. But when she discovers the body of a missing child under the ice, she is drawn into the lives of three members of the tightly-knit community. Set in Quebec, Canada, this traditional murder mystery will appeal to readers of women’s crime fiction and fans of Louise Penny, Ruth Rendell and P.D. James. Iced Under is the first book in the Gatineau Hills Mysteries Series. It was shortlisted in 2009 for Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel (Crime Fiction).
Category: Fiction

Becoming An American

Author : Burt Rashbaum
ISBN : 1462836291
Genre : Fiction
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In 2017 an aging Baby Boomer must be put in a nursing home. His son discovers a box of photographs spanning his fathers life. The photos inspire stories to portray what it was like being an immigrant, a first generation American in the 1930s, and a young man facing life, love and loss across the 20th century.
Category: Fiction

The Analysis Of Performance Art

Author : Anthony Howell
ISBN : 9781134427307
Genre : Performing Arts
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This finely illustrated book offers a simple yet comprehensive 'grammar' of a new discipline. Performance Art first became popular in the fifties when artists began creating 'happenings'. Since then the artist as a performer has challenged many of the accepted rules of the theatre and radically altered our notion of what constitutes visual art. This is the first publication to outline the essential characteristics of the field and to put forward a method for teaching the subject as a discipline distinct from dance, drama, painting or sculpture. Taking the theory of primary and secondary colours as his model, Anthony Howell posits three primaries of action and shows how these may be mixed to obtain a secondary range of actions. Based on a taught course, the system is designed for practical use in the studio and is also entertaining to explore. Examples are cited from leading performance groups and practitioners such as Bobbie Baker, Orlan, Stelarc, Annie Sprinkle, Robert Wilson, Goat Island, and Station House Opera. This volume, however, is not just an illustrated grammar of action - it also shows how the syntax of that grammar has psychoanalytic repercussions. This enables the performer to relate the system to lived experience, ensuring a realisation that meaning is being dealt with through these actions and that the stystem set forth is more than a dry structuring of the characteristics of movement. Freud's notion of 'transference' and Lacan's understanding of 'repetition' are compared to a performer's usage of the same terms. Thus the book provides a psychoanalytic critique of performance at the same time as it outlines an efficient method for creating live work on both fine art and theatre courses.
Category: Performing Arts

Dark Whispers

Author : Marie Kenward
ISBN : 9781612175744
Genre : Fiction
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Sometimes, trusting your inner voice can be fatal... He is Mikael macCumail, leader of a vampire clan. The oldest of his kind, he is considered invincible. Deadly. Most fear him, and he's lived unchallenged for over a millennia. Until the night he loses it all. Stripped of his memory, stalked by vampires and vampire hunters alike, Mikael finds an unlikely ally in young hunter Emily Davenport. On the run with no one to turn to and no one to trust, the line between predator and prey begins to blur. In a world of unfamiliar shadows, Emily becomes his only light. Her beauty tempts him, her innocence disarms him. Mikael has waited centuries to find a woman like Emily, but when his past catches up with him and he discovers why his memory was taken, he must prepare to face an enemy he doesn't know how to defeat. An enemy with no physical body, a life form--an entity--that lives inside vampire blood, moving from one body to the next, killing. And now it wants Mikael.
Category: Fiction

Montana Standoff

Author : Nadia Nichols
ISBN : 9781459224513
Genre : Fiction
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They're on opposite sides of the mountain… Her side: Molly Ferguson believes mining the mountain would be good for the community. She's thrilled that her firm has trusted her to present their client's plan to the citizens of Moose Horn, Montana. She plans to emphasize the much-needed jobs and prosperity the mine will bring to the area. His side: Steven Young Bear wants to save the mountain. He knows enough about Molly's client to be suspicious of the company's intentions. So he agrees to help the people of Moose Horn protect their heritage. Two strong-willed lawyers, two opposing opinions. Heated arguments…and heated feelings. The confrontation is only beginning….
Category: Fiction

The General S Daughter

Author : Nelson DeMille
ISBN : 9780759522640
Genre : Fiction
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The gripping murder mystery about an upstanding military officer - the base commander's daughter - who's been leading an unsavory double life. When a professional military woman with a pristine reputation is found raped and murdered, a preliminary search turns up certain paraphernalia, and sex toys that point to a scandal of major proportions, The chief investigator is reluctant to take the case when he learns that his partner will be a woman with whom he had a tempestuous affair and an unpleasant parting. But duty calls and intrigue begins when they learn that several top-level people may have been involved with the "golden girl" - and many have wanted her dead. "DeMille is a master at keeping the reader hanging on to see what happens next." - Associated Press
Category: Fiction

King Shoes And Clown Pockets

Author : Faye Gibbons
ISBN : 0688065929
Genre : Alabama
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Two ten-year-old boys from rural Alabama, each with his own personal problems, become friends who face the vicissitudes of life together.
Category: Alabama