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Totally Charmed

Author : Jennifer Crusie
ISBN : 9781941631522
Genre : Performing Arts
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From Cole's downfall and Phoebe's somewhat questionable fashion sense to the power of three in history and literature and a magical tourist's guide to the Halliwells's hometown of San Francisco, this clever, lighthearted essay collection offers a fun and funny look at the world of the WB hit series Charmed. Edited by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie, these accessible and entertaining essays apply the wit and insight of one of today's leading romance authors to the stylish, occasionally campy fan favorite known for its scandalous outfits, revolving door of love interests, and the magical mayhem of three otherwise normal sisters who must fight against evil as they deal with the challenges of everyday life.
Category: Performing Arts

Charmed

Author : Leona Karr
ISBN : 9781459222465
Genre : Fiction
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STIRRING UP THE PAST… After her sister was attacked and left for dead, Ashley Davis traveled to the remote Greystone Island in search of answers. But identifying her sister's assailant while on the imposing and mysterious Langdon estate seemed impossible—especially when she sensed a sinister force lurking in the shadows. COULD GET HER KILLED Now the only way to uncover the truth—and stay alive—was to join forces with Brad Taylor, the island's mysterious police officer. But forging this unlikely union with the one man who made her pulse race seemed even more frightening than the long-buried secrets of the past that were about to resurface….
Category: Fiction

The Novel

Author : Tim Parks
ISBN : 9780191060021
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Literary Agenda is a series of short polemical monographs about the importance of literature and of reading in the wider world and about the state of literary education inside schools and universities. The category of 'the literary' has always been contentious. What is clear, however, is how increasingly it is dismissed or is unrecognised as a way of thinking or an arena for thought. It is sceptically challenged from within, for example, by the sometimes rival claims of cultural history, contextualized explanation, or media studies. It is shaken from without by even greater pressures: by economic exigency and the severe social attitudes that can follow from it; by technological change that may leave the traditional forms of serious human communication looking merely antiquated. For just these reasons this is the right time for renewal, to start reinvigorated work into the meaning and value of literary reading. The Novel: A Survival Skill is the fruit of a lifetime's search for a different, more immediate, but again systematic and serious way of talking about literature. Developed over many years, it offers a completely new account of the relationship between a writer, his or her work, and the reader. As such it radically undermines traditional literary criticism and the various criteria used for evaluating a work of fiction. Drawing on ideas from systemic psychology, Tim Parks suggest that both the content and style of a novelist's work, the kind of stories told and the way in which they are told, form part of a more general strategy or simply habit of communication that the novelist has learned within his or her family of origin. The reader reacts to these in very much the same way he or she would react to the same communicative strategy in a real life encounter, different readers reacting differently depending on their own backgrounds and habits of communication. Looking at the different value structures that can dominate in any family—good/evil, independence/dependence, success/failure, belonging/exclusion—this book looks at how a number of major writers position themselves within these value structures, how this positioning is manifest in their writing, and how readers have responded to this depending on their own positioning in the same semantics. Thomas Hardy, for example, a man eager to believe himself courageous but terrified of the consequences of any socially 'unacceptable' behaviour, constructs stories which are courageous in their willingness to debate difficult issues, but which constantly suggest that any attempt to behave courageously is condemned to disaster. Hardy as it were imprisons himself in a world where it is folly to take risks. He is thus exceedingly conservative in his life, while at the same time able to think of himself as courageous in his writing. The Novel: A Survival Skill looks at the way different readers in different periods respond to this depending on their own position with regard to fear, courage, social convention and so on.
Category: Literary Criticism

Moonlight Magic

Author : Doris Rangel
ISBN : 9781460354643
Genre : Fiction
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TO: Grammie Simms FROM: Eliza Ann Re.: My mysterious stranger Gram, Hawaii is even more beautiful than I imagined! I thank my lucky stars the medical ^conference is in paradise this year. © This Ptropical air is making me rethink my vow ,to never love again. I know you'll be happy to hear I've met someone. Handsome Daniel Morgan has hula-ed into my life and shows no signs of leaving. He has a knack for popping up out of nowhere and vanishing just as quickly, like magic. But you know what? There's something about the moonlit nights that is starting to make me believe in destiny. Or maybe it's Daniel's heart-fluttering kisses that are changing my mind….
Category: Fiction

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Author : Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN : 9781782830207
Genre : Fiction
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 The Million Copy Best-Seller Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There's something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary's trouble. So now she's telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it's a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice. It's funny, clever, intimate, honest, analytical and swirling with ideas that will come back to bite you. We hope you enjoy it, and if, when you're telling a friend about it, you do decide to spill the beans about Fern - it's pretty hard to resist - don't worry. One of the few studies Rosemary doesn't quote says that spoilers actually enhance reading.
Category: Fiction

Investigating Charmed

Author : Karin Beeler
ISBN : UOM:39015074220370
Genre : Performing Arts
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In 1998 'Charmed', Constance M. Burge's story of three sisters who discover they are powerful witches, first aired on the WB network. With eight seasons and a run of best-selling DVDs, the series has established a continuing global presence as the very essence of cult TV. 'Investigating Charmed' is the first comprehensive guide to this groundbreaking series. It brings together for the first time expert contributors - all fans of the show - to explore the show's unique brand of witchcraft and fantasy. From notions of upturned sexuality and alternative forms of family life, to ideas of feminism and the portrayal of female heroes, this book penetrates the very heart of the 'power of three' and their crusade against the demonic population of the underworld. Looking also at the fans' relationship to the show, as well as the novels, fan fics and blogs it has spurned, the book on this fantastic magical show concludes with a complete Episode Guide which covers all eight seasons.
Category: Performing Arts

Brooklyn Noir

Author : Pete Hamill
ISBN : 9781936070152
Genre : Fiction
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This award-winning anthology of original crime fiction exploring Brooklyn’s many enclaves features new stories by Pete Hamill, Maggie Estep and others. New York’s punchiest borough asserts its criminal legacy with this collection of stories from some of today’s best writers. Brooklyn Noir moves from Coney Island to Bedford-Stuyvesant to Bay Ridge to Red Hook to Bushwick to Sheepshead Bay to Park Slope and far deeper, into the heart of Brooklyn’s historical and criminal largesse. Each contributor offers a new story set in a distinct neighborhood. Many of the stories that first appeared in this volume have garnered critical acclaim, including Pete Hamill’s Edgar Award finalist “The Book Signing”; Ellen Miller’s Pushcart Prize finalist “Practicing”; Pearl Abraham’s Shamus Award finalist “Hasidic Noir”; Arthur Nersesian’s Anthony Award finalist “Hunter/Trapper”; and Thomas Morrissey’s Robert L. Fish Memorial Award-winner “Can’t Catch Me”. Brooklyn Noir also features brand-new stories by Nelson George, Sidney Offit, Neal Pollack, Ken Bruen, Maggie Estep, Kenji Jasper, Adam Mansbach, C.J. Sullivan, Chris Niles, Norman Kelley, Nicole Blackman, Tim McLoughlin, Lou Manfredo, Luciano Guerriero, and Robert Knightley.
Category: Fiction

A Charmed Life

Author : Anne Lacey
ISBN : 0373094981
Genre : Fiction
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Category: Fiction

Ramblings Of A Charmed Circle Flyfisher

Author : Ed Ostapczuk
ISBN : 9781477112021
Genre : Fiction
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Ramblings of a Charmed Circle Flyfisher retraces over forty years of fly fishing the Catskill mountains first inspired by a two-part magazine article published in the spring of 1969. Cecil E. Heacoxs articles entitled Charmed Circle of the Catskills appeared in the March and April issues of Outdoor Life. Heacox wrote about several legendary Catskill Mountain trout streams informing the reader why they were charmed. Ostapczuk has been retracing Heacoxs journey ever since, taking his readers along on the journey.
Category: Fiction

The Tears Of Power

Author : Kit Cain
ISBN : 9780978000615
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The Tears Of Power is a fable for all ages from ten to eternity about a mouse named Victor who lives in Edgeville, a mouse town located at the edge of everything . the river, the fields, the forest, the mountains, and the sky. Victor is entirely unlike his nine brothers and sisters, having an innate courage and belief in himself that compels him to be an inveterate wanderer into areas not at all suited to mouse longevity. His secret forays into the town dump yield treasures too numerous to bring home, thus requiring ingenious extraction and storage solutions of pack-rat proportion . often resulting in life-endangering adventure. Edgeville quickly becomes too small for his restless soul, so he ventures out into the world of the great unknown, learning to repair boats, pilot tugboats, fly helicopters, and be a real friend to those he meets along the way. Victor makes unusual friends like Oddie the Otter and Mo the musical Mole who teach him to be street-wise in the face of a deceitful world. Minkie, his flight instructor, teaches him to overcome fear with thorough training, practice, and constant vigilance. It is Eagle, though, who teaches Victor to think, and introduces him to the inner powers of his soul . finally telling him what the Tears of Power really are.Both versions of the book are masterfully illustrated with 24 illustrations by Scott Peck.
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Don T Let Me Go

Author : Susan Lewis
ISBN : 9780345547743
Genre : Fiction
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In this follow-up to the riveting international bestseller No Child of Mine, author Susan Lewis delivers an emotionally complex novel—perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult—of reinvention, reconnection, and the deepest love that can bind two people together. Charlotte Nicholls can hardly believe it, but it seems she’s landed in paradise. Living in a cottage in a shady cove on the beautiful Bay of Islands, surrounded by the splendor of New Zealand, Charlotte revels in her new life. She and her nearly four-year-old daughter, Chloe, have started over, with the help of Charlotte’s birth mother, Anna, who has recently reentered Charlotte’s life after a twenty-six-year absence. Little Chloe is thriving in her new home, and despite lingering effects from a terrible trauma Chloe has suffered, Charlotte is hopeful that love will pull her through. And though their relationship is tentative, Charlotte and Anna are slowly rebuilding their trust after nearly a lifetime apart. But the horrors of the past—both recent and long buried—are never far from Charlotte’s mind. And then their idyll is suddenly shattered, as a series of events is set in motion that Charlotte can neither control nor comprehend. It will take all of Charlotte’s strength to keep her little family together, in the face of a world that will do everything it can to tear them apart. Praise for Don’t Let Me Go “An emotionally complex novel.”—USA Today “Unputdownable . . . a compelling blend of family dynamics, courtroom drama, and love story.”—Booklist “You know you’re in the hands of a master storyteller when you can’t bear the tension. Susan Lewis drops you into a nightmare where the best interests of a child collide with the law designed to protect her. The endearing little girl at the center of this poignant and gripping tale, as well as the brave protagonist, will win your heart.”—Diane Chamberlain, internationally bestselling author of The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes “A gripping tale that pulls you in from the first chapter to the end, Don’t Let Me Go is a read that will remind you just how precious children are.”—Romance Reviews Today Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.
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Charmed Life 1 Caitlin S Lucky Charm

Author : Lisa Schroeder
ISBN : 9780545605144
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Four best friends, one lucky bracelet, and an utterly charming new middle-grade series! Caitlin would stay at summer camp forever if she could. Her new best friends in the world, Hannah, Mia, and Libby are there. And at home? Everything's different: Her dad is worried he might be losing his job; her mom is repainting the whole house and making the kids volunteer at a soup kitchen; and Caitlin is starting sixth grade at a new school, where none of the girls are as fun or friendly as her Cabin 7 BFFs. But Caitlin has a good-luck charm -- or a good-luck charm bracelet anyway. The Cabin 7 girls bought it together, and Caitlin is taking the first turn wearing it. She's sure it will help turn her luck around . . . but when?
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Escape Through The Balkans

Author : Irene Grunbaum
ISBN : 0803270828
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Describes the author's flight from Belgrade to Brazil
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Gifts

Author : Marianne Zarek
ISBN : 9781496934413
Genre : Fiction
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This is the story of Roseann, a young girl which grew up in a dysfunctional family and is left alone when her parents and sister die. Only then does she learn she is wealthy. She is strikingly beautiful but never uses this to her advantage. Through her talents, she meets several men, which become a part of her life—it is the one which becomes her greatest gift.
Category: Fiction

The Queen Of October

Author : Shelley Fraser Mickle
ISBN : 9781565128828
Genre : Fiction
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This New York Times Notable Book is a heartwarming and humorous story of a girl growing up as her family falls apart in the 1960s South. Sally Maulden’s parents are getting a divorce, and she has been banished to her grandparents’ home in Coldwater, Arkansas. No one seems to really care about Sally, unless you count her pet chicken . . . But in her new town, she soon finds love offered to her from unexpected sources—including a strip-tease dancer at the Silver Moon. And once she’s crowned Coldwater Queen of October, she may even start to love herself a little. This is “a remarkable first novel, bursting with warmth” (Chicago Tribune), named one of Library Journal’s top ten books of the year, from an “author worth watching” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). “Fondly evokes small-town life in the ’60s.” —Publishers Weekly
Category: Fiction

Nurturing A Willing Student

Author : Gretchen Mork
ISBN : 9780595434350
Genre : Education
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Children start life with an insatiable desire for knowledge, yet many become resistant to learning long before they start school. Whether you are a parent or an educator, Nurturing a Willing Student will teach you how to plant the seeds of academic success in the spirit of a trusting and enthusiastic child. Gretchen Mork draws on more than fifty years of experience in teaching reading as she explains how to nurture student achievement in a comfortable and safe environment by focusing on humanity instead of numbers. Her guide is packed with anecdotes, insightful observations, and useful suggestions for teaching the basics, ultimately bringing out the best in young students. Mork details how to choose beginning books, teach phonics skills to children of all ages, and incorporate sounds and blending exercises into daily lessons. The world of education is changing rapidly. Nurturing a Willing Student will not only help children find personal success but also promote a better world through literacy in all communities.
Category: Education

American Cinema Of The 1930s

Author : Ina Rae Hark
ISBN : 9780813543031
Genre : Performing Arts
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Probably no decade saw as many changes in the Hollywood film industry and its product as the 1930s did. At the beginning of the decade, the industry was still struggling with the transition to talking pictures. Gangster films and naughty comedies starring Mae West were popular in urban areas, but aroused threats of censorship in the heartland. Whether the film business could survive the economic effects of the Crash was up in the air. By 1939, popularly called "Hollywood's Greatest Year," films like Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz used both color and sound to spectacular effect, and remain American icons today. The "mature oligopoly" that was the studio system had not only weathered the Depression and become part of mainstream culture through the establishment and enforcement of the Production Code, it was a well-oiled, vertically integrated industrial powerhouse. The ten original essays in American Cinema of the 1930s focus on sixty diverse films of the decade, including Dracula, The Public Enemy, Trouble in Paradise, 42nd Street, King Kong, Imitation of Life, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Swing Time, Angels with Dirty Faces, Nothing Sacred, Jezebel, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Stagecoach .
Category: Performing Arts

Jean Cocteau

Author : James S. Williams
ISBN : 9781861895912
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Despite Jean Cocteau’s renown as a leading figure in European cinema, his work and life have rarely been examined together. Evaluating Cocteau’s career and his fascinating personal life on equal terms, James Williams offers here a groundbreaking analysis that sets them both within highly revealing historical and artistic contexts. Williams’s biographical investigation of this poet, dramatist, novelist, designer, and filmmaker centers around Cocteau’s constant self-questioning and how it permeated his work. From Cocteau’s work in fashion and photography to his formal experimentation to his extensive collaborations with male friends and lovers, the book charts the complex and unpredictable evolution of his work and aesthetic. Williams argues that Cocteau’s body of work is best viewed as an ethical, erotic project of aesthetics that carries important ramifications for our contemporary understanding of being and subjectivity. An engaging and wholly accessible account, Jean Cocteau is essential reading for all those fascinated by the man and his unforgettable films.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Beltaro The Book Of Izra

Author : Carolyn M. Martin
ISBN : 9781469140896
Genre : Fiction
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Death Benefits

Author : Sarah N. Harvey
ISBN : 9781554694570
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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Royce (aka Rolly) is having a bad year. Not only has his mother dragged him across the country in order to be close to her aged father Arthur, a celebrated cellist, but he's also recovering from mono. When he convinces his mother to let him finish the school year by correspondence, he's left feeling isolated and lonely, and spends his time watching TV and plotting ways to get back to his friends in Nova Scotia. But before his plans can be implemented, his grandfather has a small stroke. Suddenly Arthur needs more care than Royce's mother can provide and, after a couple of hired care aides quit, Royce is pressed into service.
Category: Young Adult Fiction