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Burundi, For ten-year-old Gabriel, life in his comfortable expat neighbourhood of Bujumbura with his French father, Rwandan mother and little sister, Ana, is something close to paradise. These are happy, carefree days spent with his friends sneaking cigarettes and stealing mangoes, swimming in the river and riding bikes in the streets they have turned into their kingdom. But dark clouds are gathering over this small country, and soon their peaceful idyll will shatter when Burundi and neighbouring Rwanda are brutally hit by war and genocide.

It is a stirring tribute not only to a time of tragedy, but also to the bright days that came before it. It sets forth a vision of the world that is poetic rather than political, where horror is displaced by wonder. They are the confidants and bankers of governments and emperors. Little happens without their say-so and even less without their knowledge.

While power lies in wealth, strength lies in family. It is sensible and strategic. Greta is neither. Defiant and unhappy, she is desperate to find a place that belongs to her, free from duty and responsibility. For the first time in two hundred years, the family will find themselves on opposing sides.

Over countless martini-soaked Manhattan lunches, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears. They never imagined he would betray them so absolutely. Why did he do it, knowing what he stood to lose? Was it to punish them? To make them pay for their manners, money and celebrated names? Or did he simply refuse to believe that they could ever stop loving him? A dazzling debut about the line between gossip and slander, self-creation and self-preservation, SWAN SONG is the tragic story of the literary icon of his age and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans.

Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living.

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Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive. The deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner details with humour and precision. Daily acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike. Allegiances formed over liquor brewed in socks, and stories shared through sewage pipes.

Romy sees the future stretch out ahead of her in a long, unwavering line — until news from outside brings a ferocious urgency to her existence, challenging her to escape her own destiny and culminating in a climax of almost unbearable intensity. When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Paul Samson, ex-MI6 agent and now private eye, finds himself recruited to the cause. British espionage fiction is the best in the world, and Porter is part of the reason why. A hilariously charming novel about a heartbroken man trying to redeem himself by championing forgotten books.

So begins this Wes Anderson-like novel hilariously spoofing modernist literature even as it tells a stirring — and eerily suspenseful — story about someone desperate to prove the redeeming power of reading — and writing — books. Rose has created an intricate exploration of literary intrigue, suspense and levity — lose yourself in this book at once, and savour every moment. In , Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup: bringing an extraordinary collection of s paintings as a gift to the gallery.

Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDs epidemic grows around him. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Makkai shows us characters who are devastated but not defeated, who remain devoted, in the face of death, to friendship and desire and joyful, irrepressible life.

I loved this book. A deep and luminous story of late love and second chances — an enduring novel of ideas about life, love and the surprises it throws at us. Anders has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. Slowly their correspondence blossoms as they bare their souls to each other with stories of joy, anguish and discovery. Proof that the richest fruits come on the edge of autumn. His work is always quietly compassionate. In this final collection of ten exquisite, perceptive and profound stories, William Trevor probes into the depths of the human spirit. He was and will remain the Irish William Trevor.

The goose just is. And what the goose is is goose. But goose is not goose, Robert thinks. And Jayne, who has no choice but to investigate a strange noise downstairs while her husband lies glued to the bed with fear. Do you even have to write poetry? You empower yourself and then you reach out to others.

As a young boy, Ndaba was constantly shunted from place to place. But at eleven years old he was unexpectedly invited to live with his grandfather, Nelson Mandela, even though he had met him only once before, during a prison visit. And, slowly, they built a relationship that would affect both of them profoundly. From Nelson Mandela, Ndaba learned the spirit of endurance, the triumph of forgiveness, the power of resistance and the beauty of reconciliation.

The first authorised and authenticated collection of correspondence spanning the 27 years Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner. While incarcerated in South Africa as a sentenced prisoner between and , Nelson Mandela wrote hundreds of letters to loved ones, followers, prison authorities and government officials documenting his plight as the most prominent political prisoner of the twentieth century.

With accompanying facsimiles of some of the letters and generous annotations, the book provides a personal and intimate portrait of the lawyer and political activist as husband, parent, friend and political prisoner, reflecting on everything from the trajectory of the anti-apartheid movement to the death of his beloved son, Thembi. Publishing for the centenary of Mandela s birth, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela forms a new autobiographical vision, providing insight into how Mandela maintained his inner spirits while living in almost complete isolation and how he engaged with an outside world that became increasingly outraged by his plight.

Firm ground amidst swirling currents. To me, even as a biographer of Mandela, it is a revelatory volume. The letters are in multiple languages, English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa, but they speak the language of humanity, which is the language of that fraught but loaded prison word: time. They learn that he was a freedom fighter who put down his weapons for the sake of peace, and who then became the President of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize-winner, and realise that they can continue his legacy in the world today.

What can one word do? If used correctly, it can make us laugh and make us cry. Every single day except Sundays , he posts a single Zulu word on his Facebook profile accompanied by a left-field explanation and examples of its use. His unique writing style, wonky sense of humour, frank political commentary and razor-sharp social observations give his readers a one-of-a-kind insight into not only isiZulu but the world Melusi inhabits, as a 21st century Zulu man. His fans love him for his honesty and commitment to pointing out subtle and overt forms of prejudice and racism. He holds up a mirror that shows South African society in all its flaws but also its sheer humanity.

He makes us laugh at ourselves and with each other. Frank, thought-provoking, intimate and hilarious — this is a book every South African should read to discover just how much we have in common. Nothing in life is certain, except death and taxes — or so the saying goes. South African tax dodgers and criminals — from drug dealers and rhino horn smugglers to one of the hitmen who shot Brett Kebble — have come to realise this truth the hard way. Since the early days of democracy, a small but determined band of people at SARS who fulfilled various investigative functions came to know every trick and scam in the book, and developed the expertise on how best to hold tax dodgers to account.

Their cases often dragged on for years, with many of the defendants using every legal trick to fight back — but SARS never gave up. Van Loggerenberg also revisits events around the hollowing out of the tax authority post and brings the reader up to date on the extraordinary occurrences at SARS since the new dawn of the Cyril Ramaphosa era. It matches the man. Benjamin Zephaniah, who has travelled the world for his art and his humanitarianism, now tells the one story that encompasses it all: the story of his life.

His poetry was political, musical, radical and relevant. Benjamin would also go on to be the first artist to record with The Wailers after the death of Bob Marley in a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela. Landa Mabenge is born in April From an early age Yolanda is aware that she does not fit into her body. Why does she not have a penis like her boy cousins? Why does she have to wear dresses when all she wants is to wear trousers and shorts like all the other boys? Why does she feel excited when she is close to her girl cousin? Uprooted from a stable and loving home in Umtata, where she was accepted for who she was, she is now subjected to horrific physical, emotional and psychological abuse.

At UCT the harassment from her mother continues by way of phone calls accusing her of being a whore, of sleeping around and of having AIDS. Landa begins isolating herself and drinking heavily. She starts attending sessions through UCT counselling services, with therapist Birgit Schreiber, a woman who will play a pivotal role in her transformation. By the end of the year she suffers a total breakdown.

She is finally disowned by her biological mother, which paves the way for Yolanda to shift out of the identity that has held her hostage and now embrace becoming Landa. She has become he. The next few years see Landa undertake a mammoth mission to transition. Today Landa lives a transformed and happy life as a transgender activist and consultant. Bestselling author Simon Winchester writes a magnificent history of the pioneering engineers who developed precision machinery to allow us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs boson. Precision is the key to everything.

It is an integral, unchallenged and essential component of our modern social, mercantile, scientific, mechanical and intellectual landscapes. The items we value in our daily lives — a camera, phone, computer, bicycle, car, a dishwasher perhaps — all sport components that fit together with precision and operate with near perfection. We also assume that the more precise a device the better it is. And yet whilst we live lives peppered and larded with precision, we are not, when we come to think about it, entirely sure what precision is, or what it means.

How and when did it begin to build the modern world? As he introduces the minds and methods that have changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questions. Why is precision important? What are the different tools we use to measure it? Who has invented and perfected it? Has the pursuit of the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, such as an appreciation for the age-old traditions of craftsmanship, art, and high culture? Are we missing something that reflects the world as it is, rather than the world as we think we would wish it to be?

And can the precise and the natural co-exist in society? It challenges us to reflect on our progress as humans and what has made it possible. These whir smoothly alongside the argot of the machine shop … Mr. Winchester covers more than years of fine-tuning in this work, and corrals a large cast of eccentric individuals. With a death toll of between 50 and million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of — was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history.

And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War I. She shows how the pandemic was shaped by the interaction of a virus and the humans it encountered; and how this devastating natural experiment put both the ingenuity and the vulnerability of humans to the test.

Laura Spinney demonstrates that the Spanish flu was as significant — if not more so — as two world wars in shaping the modern world; in disrupting, and often permanently altering, global politics, race relations, family structures, and thinking across medicine, religion and the arts. The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.

It is a tale of heroic cupidity on a scale that made the very best and the very brightest look like the very, very foolish. You will not be able to put this book down. There is nothing quite as beautiful as an English country house in summer. And there has never been a summer quite like that Indian summer between the two world wars, a period of gentle decline in which the sun set slowly on the British Empire and the shadows lengthened on the lawns of a thousand stately homes.

Real life in the country house during the s and s was not always so sunny. By turns opulent and ordinary, noble and vicious, its shadows were darker. You may not run away from the thing that you are because it comes and comes and comes as sure as you breathe. Daley-Ward writes with disarming honesty. This is a brilliant, compelling book. Love is a great leveller. But the experience of obsessive love is no trivial matter. In the course of his career psychologist Dr Frank Tallis has treated many unusual patients, whose stories have lessons for all of us. These are just some of the people whom we meet in an extraordinary and original book that explores the conditions of longing and desire — true accounts of psychotherapy that take the reader on a journey through the darker realms of the amorous mind.

There have been quite a few such books recently, most of them overpraised and not as well written as their admirers claim. But Tallis writes with clarity and wit about the morbid condition of love, which emerges here as a kind of mental disorder. He is alert to every nuance. He knows how to tell a story. Boy, does he know how to tell a story. And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction? Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale.

This last mega-innovation gave us an energy bonanza that brought huge benefits to mankind, yet also threatens to shake apart everything we have created. This global origin story is one that we could only begin to tell recently, thanks to the underlying unity of modern knowledge. This is a wonderful achievement. Christian tells this story very well, providing, in effect, a short course in modern science. This is a brief history of the universe, and an excellent one. On May 27th, , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling who sang an improved version of!

For three years Mozart and his family enjoyed the uniquely delightful company of the starling until one April morning when the bird passed away. Each of these strange and true tales — populated by self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts — is illustrated by Lucille Clerc, taking the reader on a journey that is as informative as it is beautiful. Had I written it myself, I would die happy.

The Fatuous State of Severity by Phumlani Pikoli — A fresh collection of short stories and illustrations that explore the experiences of a generation of young, urban South Africans coping with the tensions of social media, language and relationships of various kinds. The Only Story by Julian Barnes — Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less?

That is, I think, finally, the only real question. A discourse on love from the master of human feelings. The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers — A heart-pounding adventure story, a tale of underdog entrepreneurship and true passion, and a fascinating modern take on the great American dream. Full of dark humour and raw honesty, this is a deeply personal and harrowing account of life on the Flats, written in the Kaapse dialect, from the author of Chokers and Survivors.

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro — A daring debut novel of obsession, desire and salvation that shows the radical light and dark of love itself. This is a visceral, rich and devastating portrait of life and loves lived and lost that cannot fail to echo in your own experience. Five women go hiking in the Australian bush — only four come back…. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi — A prize-winning horror novel from war-torn Iraq, which captures with white-knuckle horror and black humour the surreal reality of a city at war.

This is a disturbing story set in Johannesburg that wrangles sangomas, disillusioned cops and animal poaching. A terrifying and haunting thriller about what happens when the nanny is not what she seems…. He has created a whole new perspective on the world inhabited by Borne — a view from above, of course, but also a view from deep inside the mind of a new kind of creature who will fight and suffer and live for the tenuous future of this world.

Simultaneously published in Afrikaans. A Girl in Exile by Ismail Kadare -A deeply affecting portrait of life and love under surveillance, infused with myth, wry humor, and the absurdity of a paranoid regime. A sliver of a mystery kicks off a juggernaut of a thriller. Layers of secrets, half-truths and lies must be peeled back to reveal what really lies within. Educated by Tara Westover — An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality by Chris Hughes — Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes makes the case that one percenters like him should pay their fortune forward in a radically simple way: a guaranteed income for working people.

All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth Church — A dazzling, powerful story of a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of s Las Vegas — finding unexpected fortune, friendship and love. On the eve of his college graduation, Harry is called home by his step-mother Alice, to their house on the Maine coast, following the unexpected death of his father. Profoundly moving novel, glowing with wisdom and grace, and roaring with a desire to change the world. Homeland by Karin Brynard — The award-winning political journalist turned crime writer, author of Weeping Waters , with her latest novel, translated into English for the first time.

Macbeth Hogarth Shakespeare by Jo Nesbo — A brilliantly dark and gritty retelling of Macbeth, set in Northern Scotland in the s, from the master of noir. The Neighbourhood by Mario Vargas Llosa — From the Nobel Laureate comes a politically charged detective novel weaving through the underbelly of Peruvian privilege — a crime thriller that evokes the vulgarity of freedom in a corrupt system. The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy — Witty and ruthlessly honest, a unique memoir of writing and womanhood from the twice-Man Booker-shortlisted author of Swimming Home.

Edge of Chaos by Dambisa Moyo — Dambisa Moyo Dead Aid sets out the new political and economic challenges facing the world, and the specific, radical solutions needed to resolve these issues and reignite global growth. Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean — From acclaimed, award-winning literary critic Michelle Dean, a powerful portrait of ten writers who managed to make their voices heard amidst a climate of sexism and nepotism, from the s to the s. Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk — In his new novel the author of Fight Club Palahniuk fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.

A trip from the Garden of Eden to Armageddon, via London, plus reggae. Last Stories by William Trevor — In this final collection of ten exquisite, perceptive and profound stories, William Trevor probes into the depths of the human spirit. Patagonia by Maya Fowler — A new novel from the hugely talented local author of Elephant in the Room.

A 15 year-old girl disappears and then comes back — unharmed, but changed. Written in his inimitable and gripping narrative style, goes to the very heart of war,. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida becomes their gravitational centre. Groff pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury — the moments that make us alive.

The Golddiggers by Sue Nyathi — The Zimbabwean author recounts the experiences of her fellow compatriots trying to make a life in Jozi. The stories of these desperate immigrants are both heart-breaking and heartwarming. A Spy in Time by Imraan Coovadia — a literary time travel novel with a daring and original African-centric story which also touches on global issues history, race and inequality. He told everyone else. Based on ten years of research comes a dazzling literary debut about the rise and self-destructive fall of Truman Capote and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his swans.

Fought alongside Tutu, and never backed down frm the fight. This is a wickedly smart and insightful account of a life in literature. Axis and Revolution by Gabeba Baderoon — A working title and no information yet, but this is, excitingly, the first novel from the poet and author of Regarding Muslims.

At once playful and profoundly serious, this novel melds multiple genres into a unique whole: a mind-bending read and a biting, timely attack on nationalism. Written within the spirit of classic tragedy, the tightly controlled plot and heightened tension, as well as the brutal violence, strives to create something more than your average detective novel. A literary and genre hybrid that is both entertaining and unusual, suspenseful and complex. Out of My Head by Tim Parks — The bestselling novelist embarks on a quest to discover more about consciousness.

From education, to work, to dating, to representation, money and health, they explore the ways in which being black and female affects each of these areas — and offer advice and encouragement on how to navigate them. Now We Shall be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller — Costa- and Impac-winner Miller is known for his masterful historical novels: here, a soldier home from the disastrous campaign against Napoleon in runs from his demons towards the Hebrides. The Theory of Flight by Siphiwe Ndlovu — No info yet as all very hush hush — but the publisher is very excited about this one!

Juliet Armstrong is recruited as a young woman by an obscure wartime department of the Secret Service. In the aftermath of war she joins the BBC, where her life begins to unravel, and she finally has to come to terms with the consequences of idealism. Breaking News by Alan Rusbridger — Former Guardian editor-in-chief on who controls the news in this era of transformation and why it matters.

The Lies that Bind by Kwame Anthony Appiah — One of a number of books out this year on identity and how it works, from the philosopher and chair of judges for the Man Booker prize. Author of The Assassination of King Shaka. Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami — The first novel in four years from the hugely popular Murakami.

Simultaneously, in small-town Maryland, the sons of a Pullman Porter—gifted six-year-old Eliot and his artistic twelve-year-old brother Dwight—grow up navigating a world expanded both by a visit from civil and labor rights activist A. Philip Randolph and by the legacy of a lynched great-aunt. The four mature into men, directly confronting the fierce resistance to the early civil rights movement, and are all ultimately uprooted.

She sneaks up from behind. Sometimes, it is with moments of humor, but more often with moments of raw emotional power — moments whose pathos feels hard-earned and true …. THWALA — the abduction and forced marriage of a young girl to an older man in South African tribal custom… But could it also be a metaphor for the way in which colonialists took possession of the virgin nations of Africa, lusting after the mineral gifts of the soil, the possession of pristine countryside and innocent souls to be exploited in their quest for power?

This love story across the divide of age and colour, an older white farmer to a beautiful young Xhosa girl, set in the last days of apartheid, bears testimony to so many South African lives, twisted by the ruthless hand of political imperatives. It takes the reader into the mysterious and powerful world of Xhosa culture: thwala; igqira, the diviner; ceremonial marriage;circumcision, and the way in which these sacred institutions have been eroded by the ambivalent influence of Western values. Can the meeting of these powerful forces really create the rainbow nation that South African people so deeply desire?

Follow the lives of Nosuthu Stokwe and Andrew Christy from the awe-inspiring rural South African countryside to the urban sprawl of Kayelitsha and the metropolis of Cape Town, to try and appreciate the complexity of the challenges faced by South African people today. Daniel Amat has left Spain and all that happened there behind him.

He arrives back in that old, labyrinthine and near-mythic city a few days before the great World Fair, amid dread whispers of murders — the injuries reminiscent of an ancient curse, and bearing signs of the genius 16th century anatomist, Vesalius. Daniel is soon pulled into the depths of the crime, and eventually into the tunnels below Barcelona, where his own dark past and the future of science are joined in a terrible venture — to bring the secret of Vesalius to life. Gothic and gripping, this historical thriller makes of Barcelona a diabolical character — emerging out of the dark into a new electrical age, aflame with spirit, superstition and science.

I loved it. A darkly hilarious portrait of one dysfunctional American family and its scheming matriarch. Everyone in Cape Cod thinks that Mother is a wonderful woman: pious, hard-working, frugal. Everyone except her husband and seven children. To them she is a selfish and petty tyrant — endlessly comparing her many living children to the one who died in childbirth, keeping a vice-like hold on her offspring even as they try to escape into adulthood.

Welcome to Mother Land: a suffocating kingdom of parental narcissism. This is an engrossing, hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of a modern family — the bickering, the conspiracies, and the drive to overcome the painful ties that bind. But I also found a little bit of myself here. Theroux ends up assassinating all of his characters, but I still enjoyed the play. In October , the handsome young David Sparsholt arrives in Oxford. A keen athlete and oarsman, he at first seems unaware of the effect he has on others — particularly on the lonely and romantic Evert Dax, son of a celebrated novelist and destined to become a writer himself.

While the Blitz rages in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove: an ephemeral, uncertain place, in which nightly blackouts conceal secret liaisons. Over the course of one momentous term, David and Evert forge an unlikely friendship that will colour their lives for decades to come. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. What should she do now, and which way should she turn, in the emotional labyrinth where she has been trapped for so long?

Reawakened by grief and the knowledge of having been grievously wronged, she determines to resume her youthful quest for freedom and independence. Soon Isabel must return to Italy and confront her husband, and seek to break his powerful hold on her. But will she succeed in outwitting him, and securing her revenge? Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.

Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister.

It moves for all the right reasons. From the beginning their mother Susanna knew they were unique: Franny with her skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, who could commune with birds; Jet as shy as she is beautiful, who knows what others are thinking, and Vincent so charismatic that he was built for trouble. But the Owens siblings are desperate to uncover who they really are. Each heads down a life-altering course, filled with secrets and truths, devastation and joy, and magic and love.

Gnomic maxims add to a wise, seductive, fabular tone… Thrilling and transportive. Two male terrorism suspects have escaped from a mosque disguised as women; recently suspicion and fear have made everyone alert. The ferocious professionalism and manic rivalries of a newsroom have rarely been so well described. And at the heart of the newsroom is the brooding, dictatorial figure of its editor, Charles Brython, the booming voice of Middle England. His world is under threat, and he will do whatever it takes to defend it.

This is a story in which comedy teeters on the edge of horror. It needs urgently to be read. Southern fables usually go the other way around. A white woman is killed or harmed in some way, real or imagined, and then, like the moon follows the sun, a black man ends up dead. But when it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules — a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger working the backwoods towns of Highway 59, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about his home state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could.

Until duty called him home. So when allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he is drawn to a case in the small town of Lark, where two dead bodies washed up in the bayou. You and your fellow sufferer emerging from a thorough session as if from a spa bath, refreshed and tingling? The first-ever collection of short stories from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies. These stories, from one of our greatest authors, explore equally rich and intriguing territory.

A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs — seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. A couple chart the journey of their five year relationship backwards, from awkward reunion to lovelorn first encounter. And, at the heart of the book, a year old young woman, Bethany Mellmoth, embarks on a year-long journey of wishful and tentative self-discovery. Profound, lyrical, shocking, wise: the short story is capable of almost anything. This collection of of the finest stories ever written ranges from the essential to the unexpected, the traditional to the surreal.

Wide in scope, both beautiful and vast, this is the perfect companion for any fiction lover. Here are childhood favourites and neglected masters, twenty-first century wits and national treasures, Man Booker Prize winners and Nobel Laureates. Witty, heartbreaking, shocking, satirical: the short story can excite or sadden, entice or repulse. The one thing it can never be is dull. Now Victoria Hislop, passionate ambassador for the art of the short story, has collected stories from her favourite women writers into one volume. Here are Man Booker Prize winners and Nobel Laureates, well-known feminists and famous wits, national treasures and rising stars.

Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. From , the leader of the free world was a black man. But it attracted criticism and bred discontent as much as it inspired hope — so much so, that the world now faces an uncertain future under a very different kind of US President. In this essential new book, Ta-Nehisi Coates takes stock of the Obama era, speaking authoritatively from political, ideological and cultural perspectives, drawing a nuanced and penetrating portrait of America today.

Staying with local tribes while trekking in search of giant anteaters in Guyana, Komodo dragons in Indonesia and armadillos in Paraguay, he and the rest of the team battled with cannibal fish, aggressive tree porcupines and escape-artist wild pigs, as well as treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather, to record the incredible beauty and biodiversity of these regions. The methods may be outdated now, but the fascination and respect for the wildlife, the people and the environment — and the importance of protecting these wild places — is not.

No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly and brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses. They are like us, only more so — their actions and adventures scrawled across the heavens above. From the birth of the universe to the creation of humankind, Stephen Fry — who fell in love with these stories as a child — retells these myths for our tragic, comic, fateful age. Experience the terrible and endless fate of Prometheus after his betrayal of Zeus and shiver as Pandora opens her jar of evil torments. Mythos — smart, funny, and above all great fun — is the retelling we deserve by a man who has been entertaining the nation for over four decades.

A stunning guide to finding creative inspiration and how it can illuminate your life, your work, and your art. What inspires you? Each writer begins with a favourite passage — from a novel, a song, a poem. From there, incredible lessons and stories of life changing encounters with art emerge, like how sneaking a volume of Stephen King stories into his job as a night security guard helped Khaled Hosseini learn that nothing he creates will ever be truly finished. Or how Junot Diaz learned that great art can be a friend to help us feel less alone in the world when he discovered Toni Morrison in college.

A guide to creative living and writing for anyone who wants to learn how great writers find inspiration and how to find some of your own. In the summer of , one year after the rise of the Berlin Wall, a group of daring young West Germans risked prison, Stasi torture and even death to liberate friends, lovers, and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the Wall. In response, President John F. Kennedy and his administration, wary of anything that might raise tensions and force a military confrontation with the Soviets, manoeuvred to quash both documentaries.

For those who see walls as the answer to policy problems, this book serves as a stark reminder that barriers can never cut people off entirely but only succeed in driving them underground. Of all the great novelists writing today, few show the same gift as Martin Amis for writing non-fiction — his essays, literary criticism and journalism are justly acclaimed. He makes an effort; he makes readers feel that they are the only person there.

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It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything — arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, appeals to God. But when her relatives insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings.

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When Sandy wins a trip to Hawaii, the sisters have no idea the impact a chance meeting will have on the course Happy and in love, right where they wanted to be, the Mann family was about to be thrown into the ring of insecurity. Walk with them as the Lord guides them through fear and uncertainty, trials and tribulations, danger at every turn, and new friends as well. Who can survive, and will their faith stay strong?

Can their love survive the test of time? Siblings come in all shapes and sizes. They even sometimes have paws. Follow along with Brennen as he plays with his siblings Roxie, a lovable Rottweiler, and Bella, a playful Labrador retriever, and see what they like to do together. Do your siblings have paws? In his travels to many planets, Anzar continues his mission as a messenger of peace. His family and friends travel with him to the past and the future. Their planet is Trevinia. They travel to Antarctica on a secret mission to find a wrecked spaceship. There they meet Lanzar, the lizard man.

Ever thought to yourself, I wish I knew that when I was younger? Or, why didn't somebody tell be that before now?! Of course, you have, most everyone has. The information about how money works in this book is that kind of information. It can help people who are just starting off on their own and need to know the importance of money management and what having If you need encouragement that Jesus is alive and real, you need to read their book.

When I first began my journey as a pet sitter in Falmouth on Cape Cod, I had no idea where the journey would lead me. Pet sitting involves visits to clients' homes, giving peace of mind to pet owners, and eliminates the trauma that many pets experience when they are boarded in an unfamiliar environment.

You are invited to come along on a spiritual journey of dreams, visions, and revelations from the Holy Spirit. If you have ever sat in a typical Sunday church service and thought There must be more than this, then you will enjoy the information contained within these pages. It is time for the manifestation of the sons of God who will truly deny themselves an More adventure awaits DL as he discovers the Spirit in the woods on a cold winter day.

The Spirit will guide and instruct him to accomplish the plan to bring peace to Collateria. He is to use what is in his possession for magic, and Toshi has just given him an arrowhead necklace for Christmas. This will give him the power he needs to combat evil and recogni Come along to Grandpa Tidbits's as he sits in his favorite chair and recounts the day that the sun didn't shine.

It's the day before the annual fall jamboree, and all the pint-sized people known as the Tidbits are excited. Everything is ready and in place. Except the next morning, there is no sun! How will the Tidbits celebrate in the dark? From the f Ronnie and the Big Red Apple is a story of a naughty boy who lets his desire to have the apple of his eye get the best of him. When he resorts to mischievous behavior, he gets injured; and just as he recovers, his apple is lost.

He learns some valuable lessons that being kind to others and patience are rewarded. Lorenza shows how God can use a child of little faith to show His strength.

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Lorenza's book asks, What will you do? Will you repent of your sins and turn or return to God? Or will you remain in your sin and serve Satan? Suzy and the Bug is the story of Aryanna, also known as Bug by her parents, and her cat Suzy. When the two go to the local park one day, it is to sit and read their favorite book, The Wizard of Oz. But when they fall asleep, the two wake-up to find that they have entered Oz themselves.

THE WAY to New Employment in 6 Stages is the first practical, step-by-step handbook for serious career professionals seeking to make a highly effective career transition. As a body of believers, we have over complicated what it means to love God and love others while also failing to acknowledge, understand, explain, and participate in the full commission of Jesus Christ. Overall, the church has preached the Gospel, but has failed to teach the whole counsel of God by not instructing people how to walk in complete freedom while What would you do if you found out that your next-door neighbor carried a gun?

Chelsea thinks she can't tell anybody because of a false call that she made a month ago. But things get more complicated after she and her new friend TD learn about a young boy's kidnapping and then see a strange boy at that same neighbor's house! Of course, they decide to i The Coming Messiah: Hope for a Hurting World provides a glimpse of history and how the world arrived at this point in time by maintaining a focus on the nation of Israel. God's redemptive story is woven throughout its pages, providing encouragement and hope for those who may feel they have no hope.

We see war and strife on every side, distress among nations, The Kingdom of Iridion is a divided country of Gifteds and Unfortunates, of those who are born for greatness with unique supernatural powers and of those who are born for servitude. Nora has only known serving the Montgomery household after her Choosing Ceremony until she is given the peculiar opportunity to go to Hopses Academy, a military school ex This is a must-needed book for my race. Trying to break down the walls of hate toward one another.

Time to unite as one. My book has a lot of facts that had been forgotten. It seems as if we as blacks should know how to unite, but some are still ignorant to it. This is just a reminder of what we came from and what we should have forward to look to. Because w Waiting for My Dad is a fictional story yet so real in the lives of many young children who live with their single unmarried moms. Chad is a six-year-old little boy who awakes anticipating on meeting his dad. His mom told him that it would be the day his dream comes true.

He would meet his dad, a dad that had never been a part of his life, a dad that he had Intercessors: Who Are They? It deals with corruption, crime, lies, greed, and mental illness. It exposes the fact that one of our presidents was a homosexual along with one of our vice presidents. It deals with the hidden truth that one of our presidents was a late-stage syphilis Wind Kisses and Wind Hugs is based on a true story of how a grandma and a grandson convey a special and meaningful way to express their love for each other by sending kisses and hugs to each other delivered by the wind.

Rory accidently wanders too far into the forest by his house. Along the way to find his parents, he meets several baby animals who have also wandered too far into the forest and are looking for their parents. Join Rory and his new friends as they make their way along the path to a wonderful surprise! This is a heartwarming story of a five-year-old deaf boxer Ezekiel who diligently tries to help Dad clean the yard on a Saturday morning.

Even though his intentions are good, he finds himself in the most awkward situations and gets himself into plenty of trouble. He thinks of every excuse possible so he doesn't have to help Dad clean the yard. He sneaks to t Our author, Jeanne Arensman, is a seventy-nine-year-old mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She has been a widow since when her husband Don died of cancer.

There were eight children to raise—one son and seven daughters. Now was a time for faith and courage. This book began as a series of letters written for women facing the most challenging circumstances of their lives. My spiritual sister, Vanessa Howard, was planning an event to celebrate cancer survivors. She called saying she wanted to bless the women with a makeover, a luncheon, and personalized gift baskets to take away. She prayed for God's guidance and This is not just another diet book. This is a road map to finding the healthiest, fittest you. In this book, you will find step by step instructions to changing your nutrition, exercise program, and mind-set for the ultimate body transformation available.

The Skogg Sixty-Day Challenge has hundreds of success stories worldwide and the only thing missin How can Magi move on with her life now that her husband is suddenly removed from it? How can she convince her children that the strength she draws from God will not diminish though they have an uncertain future? Magi has many decisions to make, not the least of which is to give in to fear or give all to God. If she does trust Him completely, where will He ta We all search for ways to escape pain. Laura, a slave living in the nineteenth century, knows this better than anyone.

Her owner promises any of his female servants freedom if she gives birth to fifteen healthy slaves. The suffering that Laura endures makes this proposal all the more enticing, but she must not allow her desire for freedom to betray her own c That proves God is real, using mathematics and fulfilled prophecy; tha Patricia Braun finds herself putting her past behind her and setting off for her future, a future that included a home of her own where she was mistress of her own course in life. However, when she returns to her beloved Evergreen after being sent to a preparatory school that taught her very little in the way of education, she finds her life not at all as sh In this book the author describes the situations, the challenges, and how she was able to overcome them through divine support and encouragement.

The author shares the one thing that enabled her to face various difficult life challenges and move through them. Her challenges involved something that most people have faced at one time or another in their lives Somewhere in the very far future, mankind has gone through two more world wars and come out of those with one superpower wielded by one leader. But the earth has suffered the devastating effects of those wars upon the flora, fauna, and landscape; and it is now struggling to survive.

The population is currently living hand-to-mouth on government handouts for Abuse, whether emotional or physical, wounds deeply leaving scars. This story shares the common journey of those who are victims of sexual abuse—the conflicting feelings, confusing thoughts, and silent struggles to accept their worth and reject the blame.

It is the story of a boy and his Christmas gift and how that gift influenced the lives of all those with whom he came in contact. Chris thought that Pepper was just a puppy, but as time passed, Chris realized that he was much, much Vulnerable journal entries and rich biblical teaching are artfully interwoven to reveal how I was transformed from a lost girl to the daughter of a King, how I endured many trials, and ultimately came to a place of restoration.

My story is full of unexpected ext What was it like when God made the world? Was it dark or was it light? Did he create everything in one day? Share this story before you kiss your little one good night. This rhyming rendition of the story of creation encourages children to learn and appreciate God and his works in a fun and exciting way Silent Songs of Nursing, through short stories about the nurse-patient relationship, depict an authentic compassion for patients through the simple art of caring.

These simple and heartfelt stories depict the vulnerability of patients in a healthcare institution and a nurse's journey to reach out and touch humanity. While carrying out her life's purpose, the Remembering keeps us thanking and praising God as we get to know Him better so that we can live a life abiding in Him and full of gratitude and praise.

One God or one with several forms? Or maybe two, three, or perhaps many separate Gods? Which, if any, is right? Which view does the Bible support? And if it su Thomas J. Joyce is a journalist, a reporter, and columnist for the Long Island Sentinel. In November , at his home, he is visited by the Blessed Mother who asks for his help in convincing the world to stop taking in vain the name of her divine son. For a while, Thomas doesn't know what to do.

Finally, convinced that he was selected for this missio Life is full of ups and downs for all of us. This is no different for Kate Dahl and her family. Her parents had a rocky marriage, which led to heartache and worry in her young life. She went away to college on her own with all the worries and fear that come with it. Next, with three days' notice, she got a job teaching school, and off she went to start this The townspeople of Bendsville, which is anywhere, everywhere, just around the bend there, live their days planning and working.

They are too busy to enjoy nature or a sunset. When anything goes wrong, they blame it on the sun. Then one day a storm crashes down on the city. As the storm worsens, the people in the city stop complaining and blaming the sun Also, he feels very protective of a single mother and her two little girls.

From Gangs to Grace and Grace Unfolded are an inspirational testimony of God's grace in seemingly impossible circumstances. Eddie Banales began as a young gangbanger, running wild through the streets of Pomona, California, during a time when violence and death were the norm. Biblical interpretation of the Abrahamic Covenants and his descendants often present a bias against the Arabs and Ishmaelites perhaps due to lack of full knowledge of God's covenantal promises and blessings to humanity.

Cherian presents clear evidences that God has no partiality and that Jews, Christians, Arabs, Muslims, Hindus and all people are equall What could a grumpy pig have against a kind gentle horse? Is Gracious' heart big enough to forgive? Welcome to Zettlemeyer Farms, where the animals speak, think, and feel! Gracious is a kind and gentle horse that is always thinking of others. Piggy is a selfish, ungrateful pig who is always wanting what others have. When the gossiping crows bring the Needing to retrieve what I was permitting to waste away, the Lord gave me instructions on how t With beautiful original artwork and evocative use of metaphor, the author has created a parable.

Having been inspired by the spirituality of children, he describes something of his own understanding of prayer, praise, and healing, implicitly inviting readers to consider how they might express their own response to the divine. What will happen to Little Bird when she leaves her freedom of the sunflower fields full of ripe seeds? A higher power directs this little creature to learn the heart of a lonely, elderly woman. Are friendship and love enough to keep them together, or will their bond kindle the jealousy of the woman's family to separate them?

When we first marry, all seems great. We are in love and think the strong feeling will last forever. One day, issues will surface. Who is right? How does one cope? Poor Thing tells the story of a little boy and another little boy that becomes his best friend. It shows how both overcome significant problems and drawbacks and the significance and help their friendship was to both boys.

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The artwork I have done for the story is incidental to the story, which is intended to make the reader ponder the relation This book is about the author's journey with God. Ceci talks about how a life of an ordinary person can be highlighted with extraordinary experiences just by allowing God to come into our lives and hearts. This relationship with God is special and, in certain ways, unique to her. Her purpose in writing this book is to engage the reader in her life adventure After forgiveness, what mankind needs most is encouragement, and there is no place where hope can be found like the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

In Hopeful Messages from the Bible, Rich Holland shares the encouraging message of God's love, redemption, and provision offered to everyone who knows loss, sin, and disappointment. Growing up with little ch In , the Cold War was getting warmer. Cuba was the revolutionary fuel that made it hot. When Fidel Castro took power, he promised free elections, but instead, he became the country's new dictator, and a communist one at that.

The book gives clear declaration of names and personalities of what-is-in-a-name-election, personalities God has purposefully chosen and transformed in status as a reflection of the amazing things He has established in their life and destiny. Their standing may lead to a new name, a new beginning, or a new direction driven by the person's purposes in We have learned to keep score on just about everything. Therefore we unwittingly carry that same ethic over into our spiritual lives. If we have to work hard and dedicate ourselves to achieving success, then we end up thinking that we have to keep score on achieving righteousness.

Paul's emphasis is one that runs throughout the Bible: we are losers and sinne There were people and events that worked into his life that shaped him into the person of whom he is today. There is a before picture of a person and an after picture of individuals. In any family tree are names that mean something or nothing to the present-day members of that family.

For the Ellison family, there are names that have been the center of tales of family lore and some that mean nothing at all to them. One member of Mark Ellison's family decides to research the roots of the family and finds that the family name has changed t Do you desire an intimate relationship with God but struggle with questions about God's goodness? Why was my childhood surrounded by so much trauma and abuse? Why is there so much ugliness and pain in the world? How could a good God allow such terrible things to happen to me?

A Clock with Feet is a book filled with quirky poems and quirky pictures that in some quirky way all revolve around God's wonderful Word. Take time to read this fascinating rags-to-riches story, spanning ninety-two years. It is a history lesson in itself. This story about Muffins New Home is based on the real-life experience of the author's beloved dog Muffin, an Old English sheepdog who went through life thinking of herself as always a puppy. With puppy playfulness, she seemed to enjoy all kinds of adventures with the children in her family, including running away, hiding, and befriending other animals.

An exciting story of the immigration struggles of an Indonesian family. Fleeing their home country, they spent ten years in Dutch immigrant camps. After receiving permission they came to America, with a dream of freedom! One family member took that dream and reached the impossible! Young Chris made his way, through countless obstacles, to establish his A call to action: God calls us to unite, but the enemy's tactic is continuous strife. Whose mold are you looking to fit into?

If all Christians believe that we are made in God's image, why do we ostracize, shame, persecute, and otherwise hurt our fellow brothers and sisters? Are we not called to do His will?

Are we not all God's children? The Apostle Does God put discouragers in our path to create discomfort? Can the disquiet of not belonging be of Him, to spur us into forging ahead to places unknown? Can He use the illiterate to build empires? Can He restore broken hearts and enable forgiveness for the most crushing of transgressions? What could happen if we believed God was in the midst of it all? Stan and Elsa Mercer learn that the peaceful coexistence of the human and the primitive populations of the Quad Consortium is threatened when Tokal announces his intention to retire as president of the Grand Council.

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As all parents know, children ask exhausting questions about the world and life. The book WHO did it? In this beautifully illustrated and magical story, Gemmy, a sweet young Kangaroo is born into an idyllic world where Kangaroos flourish. Gemmy is perfect except she was born without a pouch — a big deal for Kangaroos! As she nears adolescence, she is shunned by some and teased by others in her herd.

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This book is a collection of poems, songs, and short stories written to help the reader tap into faith and spirituality. Poems throughout this book praise God for His creations, thank Christ for His sacrifice, and reminds the readers that God loves them. For best results and spiritual impact, study this book cover to cover. Find a solitary, quiet place to re Overwhelmed by issues at home and pressured to be what he doesn't want to be, Sam Walker longs to be a character in one of his books.

After he falls asleep that night, he finds himself in another world—one of beauty unlike anything he has ever seen and adventures he couldn't begin to imagine. When he wakes up, he dismisses it as an extremely vivid dream. Thousands of preschool and early-grade children are frustrated by their inability to be understood because of speech deficiencies. Speech language pathologists perform tremendous transformations in the lives of these children, but the process is not an overnight success. Therapy takes time. This book was birthed on that premise, to share my journey as a single parent in the home.

The number of single parents continues to rise in the United States of America. This book was written reading God's hand in my a Is Gracie an angel on earth? Amazing Grace is a tale of overcoming fear, building trust, finding love, being open to spirituality, and the power of faithfulness in our relationships. Based on a true story, get to know Gracie, an eleven-month-old shelter cat, rescued by Mom. Gracie had spent her entire life in a cage at the shelter before being rescued.

Ramblings of a Chicken Lady is a collection of short stories that depicts the storyline of a life transformed by animals and small-scale farming. Being the chicken lady of your town comes with its share of respect but also its share of heartache and loss. Not to mention the question: is she okay mentally? Nothing could have prepared me for the adventure I em Emily along with twenty-nine other teenagers have spent their childhood starving, fighting, and questioning life.

Some have even experienced death. They have been trapped between the high brick walls of their own city with nowhere to go and with no recollection of who they once were. The objective to this book is to provide practical techniques to no longer just sit through situations as a passive victim, tolerating perpetual inaction.

Grandkids and other Miracles is a book of poems about my own grandchildren's childhoods. I have been blessed with the privilege of sharing in their introduction to life. It has been a wondrous experience. Grandparents are notoriously eager to share their grandchildren's exploits and I am no exception. That mostly is what this book is all about - special We are all touched by death in some way. Les Johnson's, Tell Everyone, takes you through the jarring experiences of loss and pain that left him without a wife, and almost without his daughter, Heather.

The ripples that move through his family after these events are devastating, and his vulnerable retelling makes it relatable. I have had thirty-seven surgeries and been in God's presence four times, always telling me to go back. The doctors I had came up with the title and always told me to finish writing my book.

I am in recovery from breast cancer for the second time. I am healed from pancreatic cancer without chemo. Set in Pittsburgh in the s, Christina's Gift begins with the death of Christina Martin Andrews, a minister serving an established congregation in the city. As her friends and family try to make sense of how her life ended, they realize that her friendship was an invitation to become friends with Jesus and, in doing so, to discover their true selves, thei In this simple devotion, it is my hope that many find a way to discover release, renewal, and restoration through Mind Body and Spirit; A Moment with God.

This is a go-to resource of inspiration and Building a relationship with Christ is so rewarding. One of the ways to do that is through prayer. Life can be full of challenges. I have learned that having a consistent prayer life can change your perspective of the way you see things in your world.

Inside the passages of this book are my personal prayers and intimate conversations with God. It is At the beginning of World War II, a young Luftwaffe pilot, lured into defending Germany from an attack by a great enemy, soon learns the horrifying truth of Adolf Hitler's intent to conquer the world through violence. His world is shattered and tainted when he personally witnesses the bombing of innocent women and children.

Hope and Enlightenment is a blog hosted through Wordpress, a website and blogging platform. It became an idea for Oswald to create a book based on the posts he shared through his blog Hope and Enlightenment via conversation with family and friends. In this book, you will read of truth based on the main truth of God's written word, the Bible.

As the title exp Step back into time with the Otis family and see how a very young Amelia Earhart celebrated Christmas with her family. Growing up in the same household with her grandparents was very special for young Amelia. She was surrounded with the gre Commentary was held to minimum in this study. Opinions and comments have very little power. The Word of God speaks very well for itself and does have great power. The power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ can save the souls of mankind and turn a hard heart into one filled with His love.

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Conduits of Grace is a call to action for women of faith, a call to live big, bold, beautiful lives for Christ and to embrace the talents, gifts, and influence that God has given you. It is a wake up call to leave behind things that don't matter and to let go of all the doubt and fear that is holding you back from becoming all that God created you to be.

Mia loves counting, calculating, and trying to figure out the world around her. Numbers jump out all around her, and she is fascinated by problem solving. She doesn't act like the other kids her age. Will this cause her to be lonely, or will this open up the door of discovery for Mia? Mia's mission to be Discover something new with Scarlett and her amazing science experiments. Scarlett invites you to mix colorful lights and ask the question, What color will it be? Aging requires courage. Adapting to the constantly changing aspects of our body, mind, and soul does not come easy for most seniors.

This book addresses the realities we must face as we begin to think about retirement, including what happens to our bodies and minds. The author chose walking as her method of addressing her own aging. Part adventure, part refl This fictionalized novel reveals disturbing earlier and recent true mainly American history, not the propagandized mainstream versions. The reader will be able to consult sources named in this book to judge for him or herself the validity of the information.

We are living in unprecedented times. Government, international and other big banks and corpor Isn't it a huge letdown when it's raining on the weekend? Well, it certainly is for Jazzy Mae! She is home all week being homeschooled with her mother, and all she wants to do on the weekend is play and use her imagination! Jazzy Mae doesn't want to be stuck inside with her boring toys and the same TV shows. The story is about a woman who left her family, ventured out in darkness and in an unfamiliar territory, lost, alone, and broken. That was when encounters with Jesus Christ began through other people including a homeless man.

She was rescued and saved by Christ, and through her salvation Christ told her what would happen in her life next How big is your God? Have you ever come face to face with a Holy God? Have you ever considered what would happen to you if you did? Life is a carefully, and beautifully, designed structure that our creator—the architect—has put in place in all forms of life in this universe.

We are the sum of all its pieces. Life, it's truly a monumental gift given to each one of us. How we choose to use this gift to treat one another is up to us. This book Pieces of Me in Poetry, I hope shows a meas Some are good; some evil. And then there are those that mean life or death—the kind that leave you breathless, but not in a good way.

I have many secrets, but I dare not speak them, because if I do, my life will be forfeit. The Author wrote this book of poems because she truly believes that God is a god of love, that his Son Jesus did die for our sins, and that the Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts of all who truly believe that Christ Jesus is our only savior. People are fascinated by angels who have been with God since the beginning of time.

People love to hear the stories of angels coming to people's aid. Indeed, they are known as ministering spirits. In the Old Testament, angels are used over and over. They wi Throughout my life, I have overcome many obstacles. I can't say that God put the problems there for me to solve. I can only admit that I turned to Jesus for answers and received blessings and miracles. My book is written for ordinary people and took sixty-four years to write.

It includes everyday When he was fourteen, they returned to Hungary where he remained until he was close to turning twenty-one. It was then he made the decision to return to the United States so he would not lose his citizenship. Are you a follower or a leader? Every Christian is by definition a follower of Jesus and every Christian's calling is to lead others to Him.

The Adventures of Tobias the Turtle is the story of a turtle swept away from his home in the woods on the babbling brook during a rainstorm. His goal is to get back home to the Babbling Brook. Two young girls and their dog, Flapjack, find him on their lawn, but when he wanders away from the safety of their home, Tobias's life becomes a series of misadventure Does God answer prayers?

If he does, what is the timing? What prayers does God answer? Does God answer according to our expectation or differently? How important is God's will in answering prayers? This book answers to those questions and explains how important and essential praying daily is to grow and continue our relationship with God. It contains the pra This book was inspired by a true story about a little girl who was grieving the loss of her mother. When she stumbled upon an injured bird her life was forever changed.

It is a tale about loss, love and learning to find joy and happiness in the smallest of things Sam is wandering the streets for what seemed like ages when he comes across a helpful soul, Evangeline. Evangeline sees something more in Sam than most people and offers a helping hand. After much hesitation, he finds himself wanting a better life, a life he once had. Finally, he decides to accept Evangeline's offer. During Sam's long road of healing and get Through quotes, acronyms, and words of wisdom, the seven dimensions of human endeavors addresses the key challenges that we all face on a daily basis.

If we want to live wisely, we must learn to function successfully in each of the seven dimensions of human endeavors, which include the spiritual, physical, nutritional, social, emotional, intellectual, and th The Stoneclad, an ever-present force of protection, is in danger of being consumed in darkness. To maintain its light throughout the realms, the guardians are given special gifts, elements of power that allow the light to break through. When a piece of the Stoneclad is given over to the darkness, all hope seems lost.

But somewhere in the distant horizon, the A multinational corporation has found Daedalus's labyrinth, an ancient structure that is central to a dozen Greek myths. Hidden among a wealth of decaying weapons and crumbled structures, a bronze disk is discovered, with a message inscribed on its surface in both Greek and English. A mountain climber had just lost his baby on an icy-cold mountain with wild animals all around. A Woman's Journey through her Husband's Prostate Cancer is a title I chose due to the discovery in of my husband's cancer; we were all affected.

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They had been making Teddy Bears for many years. They had almost completed their last Teddy, and decided to. Edna felt this last Teddy was very special, and she decided to call him Thoma Abortion is a taboo subject. Abortion is not a matter of policy, but instead, at its core is a heart issue. For it reveals both where our hearts stand as well as who reigns—Christ or Self. For those of us who in the past have chosen Self, this book is for you.

This book is for those women who are willing to look into their heart and allow Christ to cleanse While this book is the autobiography of Stanton O. Berg's Stan's life and times, it is also a short history of United States during the Great Depression and also the history of the development of the forensic sciences with some inclusion of Sherlock Holmes in that history.

Stan's four years army service in the Counter Intelligence Corp. There are two creations mentioned in God's word: the first described in the book of Genesis, and the second being the natural world all around us. What is man's relationship to these creations, and how do these relate to the Creator? What were their p Lying on the cold steel surface of the air ship, barely able to move, Ashton focuses on a strange figure looking down at him as he coughs.

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In the realm of religion and theology, we look to the saints or those deemed to be holy people. You can find most saints of the Catholic church in Books of the Saints. These are more the traditional saints most from centuries ago. I prefer to look at holy Who am I? I am so thankful for God's truth and his promises to bring good from the storms of devastation in our lives.

No one wishes for hard times in life, no one asks for suffering or storms, no one longs to wade through deep rivers of hurt, rejection, and pain o Forgiving others is one of the hardest things to do. This book gives spiritual reasons to work through your process. Through examples from everyday life, bible stores and personal testimony, this book will help you understand why forgiveness is so important.

Come embark on an adventure with twin siblings, Joshua and Maranatha, at the Imperium World! The Imperium World is a new world where one can be loved and share that love with others by being a positive difference in the world while making the world a better place. Each Imperium Playhouse holds a different quest that must be conquered and an internal treasure Denny is a young boy who has trouble falling asleep.

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    Life's experiences are not always what I wanted them to be. It's those experiences that challenged me and made me change s He was her eyes, guiding her through the darkness and always at her side. She showed him the light of compassion, life, and love. The bond they shared together was beautiful and unbreakable. In only his third year as a guide dog, the world overturned for Chance. He came face-to-face with one of the most difficu Shouting into the Mist is a contemplative self-reflection based on the theory of perception and the inescapable existential component of human existence.

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    Barkersville is the kind of place where people ran to escape. Lewis was a longtime resident of Barkersville, but that never stopped him from running. For most of his life, Lewis carried around a burden of unspoken words and unanswered actions that weighed him down more than he'd ever let on. Following the covenant promise God gave to Abraham, how it points back to creation and how it points forward to completion. Abraham's two sons—Ishmael, born of the flesh; and Isaac, born of the Spirit, the child of promise.

    Following this lineage forward, the two kingdoms. Ishmael representing the kingdom of this world's system, and Isaac representing the Mimi is a little girl with big dreams, but not everyone shares her enthusiasm for such an unrealistic future. After all dreaming of things so unlikely to come true is really a waste of time, or is it? The Dancer is a story written to inspire young minds to reach heights previously unthinkable! Set deep in the south in the city of Meridian, Mississippi and the rural area of Cyril, Alabama between s and s, this story is about a young girl and her mother who try to reconcile their love for one another.

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    Superhero is a sweet story about the love between a mother and her child. In this story a young child wakes during the night from a bad dream. He calls out for his mother, who comes quickly to his rescue. As the story continues, the roles reverse, as the boy becomes his mother's superhero.

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