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The Words In My Hand

Author : Guinevere Glasfurd
ISBN : 9781473617841
Genre : Fiction
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THE TIMES BOOK OF THE MONTH | SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD | THE AUTHORS' CLUB BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD The Words in My Hand is the reimagined true story of Helena Jans, a Dutch maid in 17th century Amsterdam working for an English bookseller. One day a mysterious and reclusive lodger arrives - the Monsieur - who turns out to be René Descartes. At first encounter the maid and the philosopher seem to have little in common, yet Helena yearns for knowledge and literacy - wanting to write so badly that she uses beetroot for ink and her body as paper. And the philosopher, for all his learning, finds that it is Helena who reveals the surprise in the everyday world that surrounds him, as gradually their relationship deepens in a surprising story of love and learning. 'Excellent . . . an entirely unsentimental love story with a memorable and engaging heroine. Clever and touching' The Times 'An accomplished first novel . . . Glasfurd brilliantly dissects the complex frustrations of a woman in love with a man consumed by intellectual obsessions. There is much to move us here' Guardian ------------------------------- And Guinevere Glasfurd's new novel The Year Without Summer, the story of a world changed by one cataclysmic event, is out now.
Category: Fiction

Words In My Hands

Author : Diane Lane Chambers
ISBN : 0976096749
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A true story about an eighty-six-year-old deaf-blind pianist, whose life is changed when his teacher, Diane Chambers, comes to teach him hand-over-hand sign language communication.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Year Without Summer The New Novel From The Author Of The Words In My Hand

Author : Guinevere Glasfurd
ISBN : 1473672309
Genre : Fiction
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In 1815, a supervolcanic eruption led to the extraordinary 'Year Without Summer' in 1816: a massive climate disruption causing famine, poverty and riots. Snow fell in August. Lives, both ordinary and privileged, changed forever. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. The artist, John Constable, sought refuge in Suffolk. As crops failed, the dispossessed rose up in rebellion, threatening to burn the old order to the ground.1815, Sumbawa Island, IndonesiaMount Tambora explodes in a cataclysmic eruption, killing thousands. Sent to investigate, ship surgeon Henry Hogg can barely believe his eyes. Once a paradise, the island is now solid ash, the surrounding sea turned to stone. But worse is yet to come as the ash cloud rises and covers the sun, the seasons will fail.1816.In Switzerland, Mary Shelley finds dark inspiration. Confined inside by the unseasonable weather, thousands of famine refugees stream past her door. In Vermont, preacher Charles Whitlock begs his followers to keep faith as drought dries their wells and their livestock starve. In Britain, the ambitious and lovesick painter John Constable struggles to reconcile the idyllic England he paints with the misery that surrounds him. In the Fens, farm labourer Sarah Hobbs has had enough of going hungry while the farmers flaunt their wealth. And Hope Peter, returned from the Napoleonic wars, finds his family home demolished and a fence gone up in its place. He flees to London, where he falls in with a group of revolutionaries who speak of a better life, whatever the cost. As desperation sets in, Britain becomes racked with riots - rebellion is in the air.For fans of David Mitchell and Andrew Miller, THE YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER tells the story of a fateful year when temperatures fell and the summer failed to arrive. It is a story of the books written, the art made; of the journeys taken, of the love longed for and the lives lost. Six separate lives, connected only by an event many thousands of miles away. Few had heard of Tambora - but none could escape its effects.
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My Hand Will Write What My Heart Dictates

Author : Frances Porter
ISBN : 9781869401290
Genre : Social Science
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Put aside preconceptions of straitened Victorian ladies or robust colonial matrons. Here is an altogether more authentic picture, told in the words of the women themselves as taken from letters, journals, diaries and government records. From these rich, diverse (and largely unpublished) sources, Frances Porter and Charlotte Macdonald have built up a portrait of 'life as it happens' in nineteenth-century New Zealand. The women of this book are mainly Pakeha. They are domestic servants, governors' wives and farmers, married, single, widowed or deserted. They write about love, friendship, children, destitution, illness and grief. Maori women write about land, loss and love, about families and domestic events - in both Maori and English. Women whose ancestors had reached New Zealand centuries ago face the disruption of later arrivals; the settler women of colonial New Zealand cope with displacement in a new land. In these writings many very different women lament a homeland, live expectantly, and face an uncertain future as bravely as possible.
Category: Social Science

A Stone In My Hand

Author : Cathryn Clinton
ISBN : 0763613886
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Living in Gaza City in the late 1980's, eleven-year-old Malaak and her family are touched by the increasing violence between Israelis and Palestinians when first her father disappears and then her older brother is drawn to the Islamic Jihad.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

A Paintbrush In My Hand

Author : Daphne Odjig
ISBN : UOM:39015068818015
Genre : Art
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Throughout A Paintbrush In My Hand Daphne Odjig’s story has been told by herself, as related through R. M. Vanderburgh and M. E. Southcoutt. As a product of an oral tradition that was still flourishing during her childhood in the village of Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island in Georgian Bay, Daphne became a superb storyteller, in the tradition of her elders. It is this inheritance that she has built on as she told her stories to her two collaborators. Odjig’s skills as a storyteller are reflected in the impressionistic introductions to many of the chapters. Her lively expression of events and activities in her life come vividly alive for Vanderburgh, who has maintained as much as possible the authenticity of Odjig’s narratives and tried to pass these impressions along to the reader. Odjig’s skill in visual communication is evident in the paintings reproduced here. Southcott has tried to pass on to the reader the thoughts and emotions the artist experienced in the creation of these paintings. When the artist reviewed what Southcott had written during the process of their many collaborations, she acknowledged the faithful transmission of her processes and emotions. Behind the public persona that Daphne Odjig has chosen to reveal in this book is another, more private Daphne. The reader may catch glimpses of this private person through her words and her art. The clue to what the artist is trying to convey in her book is summed up in her own words. "There’s nothing else that I like to do more than creating something out of my mind and heart, nothing else. I live it, I eat it, I breathe it. I once said that I was born with a paintbrush in my hand! Really!"
Category: Art

The Crisp Day Closing On My Hand

Author : M. Travis Lane
ISBN : 9781554580255
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This collection of thirty-five of Lanes best poems is selected with an introduction by Jeanette Lynes. An environmentalist, feminist, and peace activist, M. Travis Lane is known for witty and meticulously crafted poems that explore the elusive nature of 'home' in both historical and present contexts and reflect on the identity of the woman poet and what it means to be a writer. Lanes poems exhibit impressive range and variety -- long poems, short lyrics, serial poems, poems inspired by visual art -- and are richly attentive to the landscapes, both urban and wild. In her introduction 'As Opportunity for Grace, This Life May Serve', editor Jeanette Lynes discusses how Lanes poetry integrates an eco-poetic vision with explorations of the artists task of mapping her world. Lanes afterword reinforces her sense of the poets project as a form of mystical play, a search for patterns in the 'unified disunities' of all things.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Who Put The Pen In My Hand

Author : Zarina Bibi
ISBN : 1456799134
Genre : Poetry
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The author will introduce you to the natural world in a way you never imagined. Her poems and prose will take you on an exotic journey through the Middle East and India. She then brings you back home. All of your senses come alive with delight, sorrow, love and pain. You will find yourself astonished with her imagination as she reveals her soul’s true essence
Category: Poetry

Nanny Hold My Hand

Author : Penny Davis
ISBN : 1420857282
Genre : Fiction
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The story opens with Nora Summers, a respectable Nanny, torn between the love she had for two people. Johnny, the handsome gipsy, and Anne, the five year old in her care. Although she struggled with her dilemma, deep down she knew her choice would be Anne. So she ended the affair with the gipsy two weeks before Anne's parents - Mr. & Mrs. Cullins - the well-known Archaeologists, arrived home from Peru. But they dismissed Nora within hours of their arrival placing Anne in a boarding school run by a close friend, Mrs. Green. Heartbroken, Nora went to see the gipsy. Two weeks previously the gipsy casts his eyes on Anne for the first time. Why did he tremble with hatred? Why the storm of bitter words? "On my wife's grave I will take revenge." He spat out pushing Anne's hair back revealing the brown mark behind her ear. "Now I know who the murderer is I'll fix him!" The story takes you to the beautiful countryside in Kent then to the equally beautiful countryside in County Clare in Ireland. In the space of eleven years, a combination of love, hate and tragedy followed as each calendar year replaces the last.
Category: Fiction

Take My Hand

Author : Audrey Revell
ISBN : 9781412094108
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A funny, powerful, honest, controversial and heartbreaking story written to fulfill a promise made before her daughter's life support was switched off.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Lightning Holds My Hand

Author : Andrea Goodman
ISBN : 0595616151
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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"A beacon of guided inspiration to illuminate the dark night of the soul." -Donna Henes, author of The Queen of My Self "The lightning that streaks through these pages, evolving into luminous words, offers a message of sustaining comfort to all women and men who are in the throes of re-visioning their lives a way to 'take heart' and thrive." -Ione, author of Pride of Family, Nile Night, & Listening in Dreams " I feel there is a place for other women to enter and receive comfort from this story." -Normandi Ellis, author of Awakening Osiris, Dreams of Isis & Feasts of Light "Lightning Holds My Hand conveys to its readers the gift of a gift. In this thorough, exacting, intimate and vulnerable account of her own transformation, Andrea Gale Goodman honors, distills, and passes along what helps us to heal and change: dreams, oracles, guidance, friendship, nature and wisdom, all woven together and showing that 'the Universe leaves nothing out. It never drops a stitch or overlooks a voice.'" -Annie Finch, poet, author of Eve & Calendars
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Won T You Take My Hand

Author : Wanda Fiscus
ISBN : 9781462408030
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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I haven’t always been a Christian, but through a series of extraordinary events, I became one. The Lord has shown Himself to me in so many beautiful and special ways, I could not ignore the power of his acceptance, love, and grace. Through Him I have touched the lives of many, just as they have touched my life. I want people to know that when He gives you a story, you should share it with as many people as you can. Spread the word of His love and sacrifice to all you meet. You might get some strange looks, but I will tell you one thing: those you meet who enjoy your message and are open to the workings of the Lord will be your forever friends. I wrote this book to tell everyone how He has affected me throughout my life, even when I was too stubborn to give Him a second thought. He can change your life too; you just have to be open to Him. Take His hand! I did, and I have never been happier. I have faith and trust that I will, some glorious day, look upon his face.
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Squeeze My Hand

Author : Janet Smith
ISBN : 9781452059242
Genre : Religion
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“Squeeze My Hand” is an inspirational story, which through a tragic event changes the lives of many people from different walks of life. Andy Youngblood, the son of a missionary, has just moved from Paraguay to Port St Lucie Florida. Ten year-old Andy and his father have a loving relationship and Andy can always go to his father for spiritual advice. Andy befriends two young boys across the street, Pedro and Manuel Martinez. Their father’s are quite different. Andy’s father loves God and the Martinez father questions the existence of God. Pedro introduces Andy to the game of baseball. This results into a challenge for Andy. An accident results in Pedro fighting for his life. Andy reaches out to help Pedro through God’s intervention. With his friend on the edge, so close to death, Andy’s faith and trust in God is tested. The members of the team are faced with the fact that Pedro may not live and definitely will not play in the most important game of the season Andy lacks the skills of a star player. Mr. Martinez and the physician caring for Pedro are searching for peace and understanding. Mr. Youngblood is their source of information and guidance. This is a story of victory. Not just victory on the field but victory in finding a loving relationship with God.
Category: Religion

Here S My Heart Here S My Hand

Author : William A. Barry
ISBN : 9780829429817
Genre : Religion
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How do we foster a friendship with God and remain in it forever? It’s a difficult enough proposition for many people to believe that God—eternal, unchanging, all-knowing—could actually desire a relationship with them. But once they’ve accepted the premise that God indeed does want their friendship, it can be even more challenging to think about how to actually engage in that friendship, foster it, and remain anchored in it when life’s storms toss them about. In Here’s My Heart, Here’s My Hand, veteran spiritual director William A. Barry, SJ, helps us understand how we can experience a personal, lasting relationship with God and what effects that close relationship will have on our lives. Written in a warm, conversational tone, this book is a collection of nearly twenty of the finest previously published articles Fr. Barry has written on the subject of friendship with God. The selections are diverse in their overall themes—from discerning God’s will for our lives to forgiving as Jesus forgives—but each one shares the common thread of helping us see prayer as the way to a conscious, lifelong relationship with God.
Category: Religion

Take My Hand A Theological Memoir

Author : Andrew Taylor-Troutman
ISBN : 9781621896531
Genre : Religion
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Take My Hand is an invitation to experience a year of preaching through the eyes of a first-year pastor. Andrew Taylor-Troutman reflects on his experience of ministry as a dynamic exchange between his theological education and the people in the pews. Each chapter consists of Taylor-Troutman's reflections about a particular aspect of living as a faith community and concludes with a sermon exploring similar themes and ideas. As this book journeys through the Christian liturgical year, Taylor-Troutman considers a wide range of contemporary church issues, including the role of children in worship and the communal practice of Sabbath. He discusses topics as diverse as the Rapture, the death penalty, and church league softball. Along the way, readers will laugh at Sunday morning bloopers, study biblical texts from new perspectives, wrestle with theological questions, and discover parallels between their own experience of faith and the life of this small rural congregation. More than just a retrospective summary of events, Take My Hand poignantly illustrates how a pastor's work on Sunday morning grows out of his or her engagement with the hopes and fears of daily life, and the inspiring faith of men, women, and children in a church. The Group Study Edition encourages people of different ages and experiences to discuss and enjoy the book, while applying insights to their own communities of faith.
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Talking To My Hand

Author : Arthur G. Typermass
ISBN : 9780595478415
Genre : Fiction
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New York City native Arthur G. Typermass shines along with his outrageous cast of characters in a collection of seven short stories laced with wit, wisdom, and misadventures.When the future of a beloved Florida zoo hangs in the balance, a surreptitious group of supporters devises a plan with far-reaching consequences. Sometimes it is the seemingly quietest factions that carry the loudest, most convincing voices. A desperate executive on the run from himself embarks upon a frantic odyssey and into a web of his own creation. Santa Claus gives serious consideration to selling his toy business and retiring. After the president of the United States dies in a freakish manner, one woman is awarded the final parking space in the country. The award turns out to be a dubious honor. In the 1950s, a summer intern at a New York City advertising agency learns that his input at the firm is more valuable than what he is initially told.Talking to My Hand is a collection of stories full of laughter and poignancy that touches on many intriguing human experiences. Enjoy the antics of larger-than-life characters pushed to their limits by a series of scandalous events.
Category: Fiction

Precious Lord Take My Hand

Author : Belle Anne Leslie
ISBN : 1467807508
Genre : Poetry
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"Precious Lord, Take My Hand: Poems of Encouragement' chronicles Belle's walk with God which began over 20 years ago. Her desire is to share the encouragement and support that having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can give you. Recorded in the pages of this book is her evidence of faith and grace that moves mountains. She shows how a person can embrace change as a dear friend. In its pages the author hopes to offer the strength to never give up and the resilience to face what lies ahead with courage. It is Belle's prayer that God blesses all who begin this journey.
Category: Poetry