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When You Are Engulfed In Flames

Author : David Sedaris
ISBN : 9780748125937
Genre : Humor
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David Sedaris's remarkable ability to uncover the hilarious absurdity teeming just below the surface of everyday life is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this new book of stories. Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life - the etiquette of having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger or how to soundproof your windows with LP covers against neurotic songbirds - to the most deeply resonant human truths. Taking in the parasitic worm that once lived in his mother-in-law's leg, an encounter with a dingo and the purchase of a human skeleton, and culminating in a brilliant account of his attempt to quit smoking - in Tokyo - David Sedaris's sixth story collection is a fresh masterpiece of comic writing.
Category: Humor

Toward The Geopolitical Novel

Author : Caren Irr
ISBN : 9780231536318
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Caren Irr's survey of more than 125 novels outlines the dramatic resurgence of the American political novel in the twenty-first century. She explores the writings of Chris Abani, Susan Choi, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, Dave Eggers, Jeffrey Eugenides, Aleksandar Hemon, Hari Kunzru, Dinaw Mengestu, Norman Rush, Gary Shteyngart, and others as they rethink stories of migration, the Peace Corps, nationalism and neoliberalism, revolution, and the expatriate experience. Taken together, these innovations define a new literary form: the geopolitical novel. More cosmopolitan and socially critical than domestic realism, the geopolitical novel provides new ways of understanding crucial political concepts to meet the needs of a new century.
Category: Literary Criticism

A Carnival Of Snackeries

Author : David Sedaris
ISBN : 9781408707869
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Tokyo In Transit

Author : Alisa Freedman
ISBN : 9780804778572
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Increased use of mass transportation in the early twentieth century enabled men and women of different social classes to interact in ways they had not before. Using a cultural studies approach that combines historical research and literary analysis, author Alisa Freedman investigates fictional, journalistic, and popular culture depictions of how mass transportation changed prewar Tokyo's social fabric and artistic movements, giving rise to gender roles that have come to characterize modern Japan. Freedman persuasively argues that, through descriptions of trains and buses, stations, transport workers, and passengers, Japanese authors responded to contradictions in Tokyo's urban modernity and exposed the effects of rapid change on the individual. She shines a light on how prewar transport culture anticipates what is fascinating and frustrating about Tokyo today, providing insight into how people make themselves at home in the city. An approachable and enjoyable book, Tokyo in Transit offers an exciting ride through modern Japanese literature and culture, and includes the first English translation of Kawabata Yasunari's The Corpse Introducer, a 1929 crime novella that presents an important new side of its Nobel Prizewinning author.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Journal Of Zebus

Author : C. Campbell
ISBN : 9781477145135
Genre : Fiction
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The world oldest mystery is now told from a new perspective, the battle of Good versus Evil. Or is it Evil versus Good. Take the journey with Zebus to discover the beast that casted a shadow over his life and force him to reexamine the course he would travel. In his own words written in his journal, he tells a tale few were willing to hear or even consider. There are always two sides to a story after reading this one; you may ask yourself “whose shadow do you cast?”
Category: Fiction

Revelation Too

Author : Guy de Chausse
ISBN : 9781458207012
Genre : Religion
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Worldly power and riches have corrupted humanity, but some heroes continue to fight for the Lord and the truth. Take a journey through time, including a foray to thirteenth-century Prague and a quest for power through a manmade creature called the golem. Enter an age when societies of knights of the Crusades brought back secrets from the Holy Land, along with a system of banking and corporate organization that brought them vast richesas well as the enmity of the Church. In modern times, powerful societies continue to operate and flourish in underground places. Theyve become bolder, and they want to dominate the world, but the power behind the thrones is becoming restless and will soon show his hand. Rulers of the earthly realm begin to see that the power they thought they controlled really controls them. They discover it might be too late to become enlightened in Revelation Too.
Category: Religion

Firewoman

Author : Daniel N. Shields
ISBN : 9781469722313
Genre : Fiction
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Firewoman picks up where Raising the Seams left off. The author has seamlessly drawn upon the success of his first book to bring the reader back into a world where everything is not what it seems. Whether telling us the story of a mysterious woman on a small Caribbean island or a family picnicking in a graveyard, the author brings us into stories not soon to be forgotten. The author relies on classic storytelling techniques to both frighten the reader as well as make the reader laugh. This book also includes two scripts from short films. These scripts show the author's versatility in drawing upon less conventional subjects, including a metalhead's take on the future of music. Firewoman will scare you and make you laugh. The author hooks you from the first story to the last. Anyone who has ever read a Stephen King story, watched a Quentin Tarantino movie, or listened to a heavy metal tape will be able to relate to the stories in this book.
Category: Fiction

Burn

Author : Brian Shipman
ISBN : 9781418540944
Genre : Religion
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There are people in real need around us every day. Burn helps young Christians express compassion at school, at home, at work, and anywhere else they go. They learn about the scriptural mandate for radical compassion-and are encouraged to become aware of those who are truly in need: physically, emotionally, or spiritually. The fresh, youth-oriented text features examples of contemporary young people who are living out biblical compassion. Study questions for individuals or small groups are included. Targeted to males and females ages thirteen through twenty-five, Burn is an inspiring guide for those who want to make a real difference in people's lives.
Category: Religion

The Soul Of This Woman

Author : SLICK SHINE
ISBN : 9781463445607
Genre : Poetry
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Old folks say a man should take the time to find out What a woman is feeling; the only way he can Really do that is to peek through her soul! The eyes are The windows to everything you need to know about Her! Learn what makes her smile, what makes her cry, What makes her love so passionately, and hate so Furiously! Find out what makes her stand tall and Toss her hair in the wind, and embrace her God, Her beauty, her struggle, her family, her heritage and Her ability to love. Take the time to find out why a Woman loves so hard, even when she doesn't feel loved. A man is the backbone of the family, but without a woman His position would easily break, because she's the stitch that Holds it all together! In your quest, make sure you read her carefully Before you utter a word!
Category: Poetry

Immortal Desire

Author : Maggie Shayne
ISBN : 9781101206171
Genre : Fiction
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Two enthralling paranormal romances in one volume from the New York Times bestselling author. In Destiny, the Immortal High Witch Nidaba is captured by a madman. After endless torment, she escapes-but is deeply altered. Centuries later, she is found by Nathan King, who loved her long ago. But the beautiful woman he cherished has been replaced by a bitter, angry shell of her former self. If Nathan is to soothe her, he must face the horrors that she barely survived. In Immortality, the Immortal High Witch Puabi thinks herself as good as dead-until she is rescued by millionaire Matthew Fairchild. Still grieving over his late wife, he is startled to encounter a bewitching woman who looks eerily like his lost love. But Puabi is like no one he's ever met before-and she may offer him the passion he needs to heal his heart.
Category: Fiction

Trent The Racing Turtle

Author : Bill Franklin
ISBN : 9781419679940
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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When Trent the racing turtle and his friends stumble on to an ancient mystery, they find themselves faced with an adversary bent on destroying anyone who gets in his way.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Keeper

Author : Daniel Paul
ISBN : 9781469117621
Genre : Fiction
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The Keeper is a fast moving superhero adventure for mature readers. When pretty but promiscuous Molly Rose is dismembered and left for dead by her jealous husband, she is found by wealthy recluse William Chadwick III, who takes her to a secret lab in the Chadwick Institute of Robotic Technology. There Doctor Crystal, the head technician who happenes to be a former Medical Surgeon, has her missing limbs replaced with robotic ones. William Chadwick and Doctor Crystal soon discover that they have created a monster. Ripper Rose is determined to seek revenge against her husband and everyone else in Jacksonville. After attacking her husband, she is taken to prison but escapes during a transport. She attacks Correctional Officer Michael Finn, dismembering his arm and leg. Officer Finn also ends up at the Chadwick Institute of Robotic Technology (CIRT) where he too has his limbs replaced and becomes a cyborg. Now, secretly as The Keeper, he will fight crime and attempt to capture Ripper Rose- unless she kills him first. The Keeper will need the assistance of his partner, Gideon Snipes, and a new ally: The Preacher. Detective Barlow, haunted by a violent past case, is also hot on the trail of Ripper Rose. If he solves this case, will he find redemption for his failure to solve the "Rockwell Killer Case"? And will his passion to catch Ripper Rose lead to exposing the secret identity of The Keeper? The Keeper is an exciting novel filled with many twists and turns. It is an adventure that will keep you glued to the pages, from the first chapter to the exhilarating conclusion.
Category: Fiction

Calypso

Author : David Sedaris
ISBN : 9780316392358
Genre : Humor
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David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book. If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future. This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.
Category: Humor

Bucking Trends

Author : Terry Frost
ISBN : 9781469127408
Genre : Fiction
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Cannon Hill, Arkansas was a small community nestled in the Ozark Mountains. Two multi-billion dollar corporations, their families, and their corporate headquarters called Cannon Hill home. One of those corporations became the number one retail giant in the world. Before he became a person beloved by his fellow Americans and considered by millions to be a hero he was just Rudy Trend. Rudy was born in 1954 and raised by his widowed mother. Meager, would be descriptive of how the Trends struggled in a community of billionaires. At the age of sixteen he became best friends with a boy named Evan Wilson. Evan was the only son of the Director of Operations for the retail giant. The friendship that bonded two teenage boys existing in a world of the haves and have nots, set in motion, the most improbable future for Rudy. Bucking Trends is an epic tale filled with fevered anticipation, emotion, humor, tragedy, political satire, and unwavering patriotism. Follow the events that cause a young boy to evolve into one of the most influential and powerful men of a modern day America.
Category: Fiction

Consider The Crows

Author : Charlene Weir
ISBN : 9781466834521
Genre : Fiction
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A phone call announcing murder rudely interrupts a quiet Sunday morning for chief of police Susan Wren. The body of Lynelle Hames, a quiet young woman newly arrived in Hampstead, Kansas, has been found near the isolated old house where she was living. Susan herself is a recent arrival in the small town. A former San Francisco cop, she chose to stay on as chief after solving the murder of her new husband one year before (The Winter Widow, SMP, 1992). With cold determination, Susan begins her investigation, but matters are soon complicated by the disappearance of a prominent citizen. As the vice-chancellor of Emerson College, Hilary Kalazar knew Lynnelle, who worked as a clerk-typist at the local school. Is Hilary's failure to arrive at the Dallas convention where she was scheduled to speak a coincidence, or is it somehow connected to Lynnelle's murder? The town begins to panic, with the mayor dogging Susan's every step and the townspeople arming themselves against a faceless danger. Hampered by treacherous weather, tangled lies, and small-town secrets, Susan investigates with street-smart persistence, knowing that unless she moves fast, the killer will strike again. Both poignant and wry, Consider the Crows is also a thoroughly entertaining puzzler of a mystery novel.
Category: Fiction

Dirty Little Secrets

Author : John P. Champlin
ISBN : 9781602473584
Genre : Fiction
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The spring of 1945 is going to be his best spring in several years. With his Navy career behind him, and a bank roll thanks to his Navy separation pay, he set out to determine what the future holds. Phil Storm doesn't realize the personal pain he will deal with as he walks into the backrooms of New York City. Dirty Little Secrets by author John Champlin takes the clean and pretty face off of the City and exposes its corrupt, rotten and tainted undertow. Phil will keep you on edge as you wonder how he will free himself from each adverse situation. You will find yourself unable to put this book down as you wonder what will happen next in the lives of the Robert Wayne Dunsworth Coleman's family and their Dirty Little Secrets. The bad boys can break bones but they are unable to break Phil Storm's spirit and desire.
Category: Fiction

The Wwe Championship

Author : Kevin Sullivan
ISBN : 9781439193211
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Presents a history of the championship matches hosted by World Wrestling Entertainment, tracing their expansion and popularity throughout the world, and citing the contributions of such performers as Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and the Iron Sheik.
Category: Sports & Recreation

It Was Only A Picnic

Author : Relly Alfandari Pardo
ISBN : 9781466957107
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"In 1941, after the German (Nazi) occupation of Yugoslavia, the Jewish population was persecuted and, very soon, deportation began. "Following the deportation of her husband and son, and when she realized that women were also being deported, Relly's mother entrusted Relly to her sister, Relly's aunt, who was married to a Christian. A few days later, Relly's mother was also deported. Thinking that the end of the war was imminent, the aunt had undertaken to look after Relly. "As the war dragged on, and afraid that Relly would be discovered living in their home, endangering the lives of the whole family, the aunt sent her twelve-year-old niece to a village some distance from Belgrade. There she found refuge with a poor young woman who was chronically ill and who did not know Relly's true identity. She accepted to look after Relly for a modest payment. Relly was all the time in fear that her true identity would be discovered. "After some time, she was brought back to Belgrade and hidden in the home of a couple who depended on Relly's uncle for their livelihood. There, in a room the size of the mattress she slept on, Relly had to pass her days without giving any sign of life. In the three-bedroom apartment, two of the rooms were used by a lawyer, who did not know that Relly was there. "We learn about the daily tensions - the surreal happenings - lived through by a young girl, in a world which quaked under relentless ferocity while awaiting for the victory of a free world over the barbarians. "All through the book, one hears the voice of a young girl and feels with her her on-going, traumatic experiences."
Category: Biography & Autobiography

I Did As I Was Told

Author : Marty Rightmyer
ISBN : 9781438903316
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The primary goal of this book is to teach the essentials of management and leadership in a church organization. Management is universal, the principle is effective in all works of life; government, business, social and interfaith organizations if properly adapted. The problems with many churches are that the operators lack management and leadership education. So the churches are run any way any how through trial and error. Even many operators think that if you are jobless and you want to get rich quickly you have to go into church business. Hence there are lots of funds mismanagement and embezzlement. These types of people should learn lesson from Ananias and Sapphira, Acts: 5:1-10. This is one of the reasons the book focuses great attention on finance and funds management. Proper budgeting and budget planning is another area the reader should focus attention on. The reader may be somehow amazed to read about products, marketing, sales, and employees or subordinates in the book. Remember every organization has something to produce, to market and to sell. For the church, the product is usually what the church offers the congregants, the environment or community, the country and the Body of Christ at large. So the products must be properly marketed and sold to the Body of Christ world-wide, with the profit not quantified in terms of money but in terms of services rendered for soul saving and salvation. The management principles and techniques that work for General Motors or Government can also work for a church organization if properly and prudently adapted.
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