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Brief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines

Brief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines Author Mark Lyons
ISBN-10 0983918872
Release 2014-10-07
Pages 218
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Descansos - resting places - are intimate memorials we glimpse at the edge of highways and rural roads that mark a place and moment of profound loss. They are also testaments to what survives. In his vibrant collection of stories, "Brief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines," Mark Lyons builds narrative shrines that redeem what is lost to misfortune and time. A snake-handling preacher - cast out and lost on the highway - finds faith in a junkyard. A hitchhiker feasts on roadkill with a hobo on the Great Plains and discovers the Cosmos. A Mexican-American Border Patrol officer arrests a mojado - a wetback - who asks him a question that makes him confront his own history. An artist whose paintings are rendered colorless by her abusive husband commits an act of vengeance and deliverance. A soldier returns from Iraq and meditates on the fate of the tumbler pigeon he left behind. "Brief Eulogies" are stories about communities - people finding ways to survive their histories, addictions, fears - hoping to reach a better place. Will this be their last home, their last stop on the line; or can they turn to each other and find redemption? A mesmerizing storyteller, Mark Lyons, Director of the Philadelphia Storytelling Project, weaves a collection of stories that reminds us how our lives can change in an instant, usually when we're not looking.

Anatolian Days and Nights

Anatolian Days and Nights Author Joy E. Stocke
ISBN-10 9780983918813
Release 2012-03-01
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Anatolian Days and Nights has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Anatolian Days and Nights also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Anatolian Days and Nights book for free.

Open Admissions

Open Admissions Author Ned Bachus
ISBN-10 1941948049
Release 2017-10-15
Pages 353
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For many young Americans, attending college is an expected rite of passage, an experience for which they have been groomed since birth. First-generation or nontraditional students also enroll in college but generally with far less preparation and support. Award-winning writer and community college teacher Ned Bachus argues that for America¿s greater society, their outcomes matter more. Bachus began the fall 2011 semester knowing that before it ended, he must decide if he would take early retirement or remain indefinitely in his dream job at Community College of Philadelphia¿where four decades prior he began his own college studies as an disengaged student from a working-class single-parent family. Open Admissions interweaves the story of this decision-making semester with the month-long sabbatical residency on the coast of Ireland the following spring, a time when he began to make sense of a life measured in semesters. Open Admissions offers an important window into the real lives of community college students and their professors. It sheds much-needed light on the often misunderstood and disrespected institution that serves as a launching pad for people who make a positive difference, from doctors, nurses, and researchers to engineers, entrepreneurs, and creative artists. Bachus offers story after story about teaching and learning practices that transform lives¿including his own.

Bitter Waters

Bitter Waters Author Chaz Brenchley
ISBN-10 9781590215777
Release 2014
Pages 245
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The average adult male is approximately 60% water. Blood tastes salty as more than two thirds of the sodium circulating throughout your body is carried in arteries and veins. Which means that your heart is like a miniature ocean within your chest. Chaz Brenchley has not only been awarded the British Fantasy Society's August Derleth Award but knows all too well the storms and dangers of the heart: the lofty desires, the grieving nadirs, the tempest of love. In Bitter Watters, his first short story collection devoted to gay readers, Brenchley offers men fantastical instances to effleurer, to break for taller timber, to drown in emotions. And while not every tale in this breathtaking collection involves the sea, tears and bloodshed still need to be navigated.

Surprise Encounters

Surprise Encounters Author Scott McVay
ISBN-10 1941948022
Release 2015-09-22
Pages 592
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A champion of the arts, sciences, and conservation, particularly in his home state of New Jersey, Scott McVay, named "the Money-Man for Inspirations" by the New York Times, cites the stubborn challenges and great joys of a lifetime working in grantmaking and philanthropy.

Virtual Afterlives

Virtual Afterlives Author Candi K. Cann
ISBN-10 9780813145426
Release 2014-05-28
Pages 212
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For millennia, the rituals of death and remembrance have been fixed by time and location, but in the twenty-first century, grieving has become a virtual phenomenon. Today, the dead live on through social media profiles, memorial websites, and saved voicemails that can be accessed at any time. This dramatic cultural shift has made the physical presence of death secondary to the psychological experience of mourning. Virtual Afterlives investigates emerging popular bereavement traditions. Author Candi K. Cann examines new forms of grieving and evaluates how religion and the funeral industry have both contributed to mourning rituals despite their limited ability to remedy grief. As grieving traditions and locations shift, people are discovering new ways to memorialize their loved ones. Bodiless and spontaneous memorials like those at the sites of the shootings in Aurora and Newtown and the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as roadside memorials, car decals, and tattoos are contributing to a new bereavement language that crosses national boundaries and culture-specific perceptions of death. Examining mourning practices in the United States in comparison to the broader background of practices in Asia and Latin America, Virtual Afterlives seeks to resituate death as a part of life and mourning as a unifying process that helps to create identities and narratives for communities. As technology changes the ways in which we experience death, this engaging study explores the culture of bereavement and the ways in which it, too, is being significantly transformed.

The Last Daughter of Prussia

The Last Daughter of Prussia Author Marina Gottlieb Sarles
ISBN-10 9780983918837
Release 2013-04-02
Pages 313
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Toward the end of World War II, as Germany’s hold on East Prussia grows increasingly tenuous, a childhood friendship between Manya Von Falken, the daughter of an aristrocratic family, and Joshi Karas, a Romani doctor, blossoms into unlikely love. But the young lovers are torn apart. Captured by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp, Joshi fights for survival, while Manya and her family flee and embark on “The Great Trek” out of East Prussia. Based on true stories passed down to author Marina Gottlieb Sarles from her grandparents, survivors of the trek, The Last Daughter of Prussia also tells the story of the brave Trakehner horses who led their owners across a dangerous frozen lagoon, the only open escape route. Will Joshi and Manya find one another? Gottlieb Sarles creates a tapestry of characters from every corner of East Prussia, shedding light on an untold tragic moment in history.

Skinny Dip

Skinny Dip Author Carl Hiaasen
ISBN-10 9781101973035
Release 2016
Pages 480
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Ex-police officer Mick Stranahan rescues a woman from the ocean. Joey Perrone's husband tried to kill her by pushing her overboard from a cruise liner because he suspected that she had figured out his scam of doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can illegally dump fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. Mick helps Joey haunt and taunt her homicidal husband.

Wolf in White Van

Wolf in White Van Author John Darnielle
ISBN-10 9780374709662
Release 2014-09-16
Pages 224
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Long-listed for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction Winner of the 2015 Alex Award for adult books with special appeal for young adultsWelcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian—a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail—Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live. Brilliantly constructed, Wolf in White Van unfolds in reverse until we arrive at both the beginning and the climax: the event that has shaped so much of Sean's life. Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle's audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy.

The Cha Cha Babes of Pelican Way

The Cha Cha Babes of Pelican Way Author Frances Metzman
ISBN-10 1941948065
Release 2018-06-21
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A fast-paced tale of death, passion, dark humor, the deep bonds of friendship, and the Cha-Cha in a Florida retirement community.

Body and Soul

Body and Soul Author Panthea Reid
ISBN-10 1941948030
Release 2017-05
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In Body and Soul: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Healing, biographer Panthea Reid tells the story of her love affair with her husband, John Fischer, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Jonathan Swift scholar. Until John's sudden death in 2015, they shared a four-decades-long love affair and literary partnership. Body and Soul unveils their deep romantic bond that began in the halls of Louisiana State University, where Reid and Fischer met in 1974. Two years later, they were married. Reid traces their rich literary partnership and shares their scholarly travels in pursuit of academic research. While Reid wove her way from William Faulkner to Virginia Woolf to Tillie Olsen, John deepened his expertise on his lifelong scholarly subject, Jonathan Swift. Together they built a family with Panthea's son, Reid, from a previous marriage and their daughter, Hannah. Through the ups and downs of academic life and its attendant politics, Panthea and John's love for each other, for literature, and for their family deepened and grew. After retiring from their teaching professions, the couple moved to Princeton, New Jersey. Panthea had by now completed biographies of Virginia Woolf and would complete another on Tillie Olsen. John pursued his Swift research, eventually taking up the project of completing the manuscript of Swift's Word-Book-a dictionary Swift created for a female companion named Esther Johnson. Reid narrates the shock of her husband's untimely death and shares the painful, sometimes amusing, always heartfelt story of her journey toward healing, during which she began writing again and also took up the task of completing the Word-Book, John's final, unfinished project, continuing their literary partnership even after his death. With a list of suggested resources, Body and Soul provides a roadmap for those also suffering from loss and grief. Despite the heartbreak, Reid's story ultimately celebrates life and the power of love.

Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation Author Eric Schlosser
ISBN-10 9780547750330
Release 2012
Pages 362
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Explores the homogenization of American culture and the impact of the fast food industry on modern-day health, economy, politics, popular culture, entertainment, and food production.

You ll Enjoy It When You Get There

You ll Enjoy It When You Get There Author Elizabeth Taylor
ISBN-10 9781590177433
Release 2014-09-23
Pages 400
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Elizabeth Taylor is finally beginning to gain the recognition due to her as one of the best English writers of the postwar period, prized and praised by Sarah Waters and Hilary Mantel, among others. Inheriting Ivy Compton-Burnett’s uncanny sensitivity to the terrifying undercurrents that swirl beneath the apparent calm of respectable family life while showing a deep sympathy of her own for human loneliness, Taylor depicted dislocation with the unflinching presence of mind of Graham Greene. But for Taylor, unlike Greene, dislocation began not in distant climes but right at home. It is in the living room, playroom, and bedroom that Taylor stages her unforgettable dramas of alienation and impossible desire. Taylor’s stories, many of which originally appeared in The New Yorker, are her central achievement. Here are self-improving spinsters and gossiping girls, war orphans and wallflowers, honeymooners and barmaids, mistresses and murderers. Margaret Drabble’s new selection reveals a writer whose wide sympathies and restless curiosity are matched by a steely penetration into the human heart and mind.

City of Djinns

City of Djinns Author William Dalrymple
ISBN-10 1101127015
Release 2003-03-25
Pages 352
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Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded curiosity, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" cities of Delhi as well as the eighth city—today's Delhi. Underlying his quest is the legend of the djinns, fire-formed spirits that are said to assure the city's Phoenix-like regeneration no matter how many times it is destroyed. Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure.

Memorials of the faithful

Memorials of the faithful Author ʻAbduʼl-Bahá
ISBN-10 UOM:39015011879551
Release 1971
Pages 208
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Memorials of the faithful has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Memorials of the faithful also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Memorials of the faithful book for free.

St Elmo

St  Elmo Author Augusta Evans
ISBN-10 9781429044882
Release 2010-09-15
Pages 516
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St Elmo has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from St Elmo also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full St Elmo book for free.

Stories and Scripts an Anthology

Stories and Scripts  an Anthology Author Zack Love
ISBN-10 9781483528489
Release 2014-05-14
Pages 210
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Thought-provoking, dreamy, sad, and hilarious, this collection of works by Zack Love takes the reader on a diverse and unforgettable literary journey through a variety of topics, themes, and emotions. The anthology totals about 73,000 words and contains a novelette, four short stories, a theater play, and a screenplay. These seven spellbinding stories spanning several styles and genres include a dramatic romance, a satire of the mega-rich, a somber and soulful reflection on the problem of evil, humorous dating adventures, and stories driven by philosophical musings. 1) THE DOORMAN – A NOVELETTE Alex seems to have it all: a great penthouse apartment, a lovely girlfriend, and a prestigious Wall Street job. But below the surface he is sure of nothing but his angst-ridden doubts. And when he realizes that his doorman may be God, or sent by God, he will question things like never before. This novelette is a story of New York doormen, tormented love, empty office life, and the theological questions that arise in response to the horrors of evil. 2) CENTRAL PARK SONG – A SCREENPLAY (ROMANCE) Can love really conquer all? Rodney is a passionate black man with brilliant talents but a mental illness that leaves him homeless. Melinda is a white Manhattan law partner with an artistic soul, trapped by the pressures of corporate law, her wealthy father, and her three-year boyfriend. A charming, chance encounter leads to a magical courtship and life-changing choices that make an unlikely New York romance possible. 3) THE GRAND UNIFIED STORY – A SHORT STORY What happens when a man and a woman meet in a way that magically involves the entire universe? When both are so keenly aware of their place in the cosmos that their connection seems to transcend their union and capture the very essence of life. This story shows how each person is a world to be discovered and how sometimes, when two worlds collide, the universe seems that much smaller. 4) CITY SOLIPSISM – A SHORT STORY Have you ever been on a train, bus, metro/subway – or any other shared space with strangers – and started to wonder what that person right next to you is thinking? This story takes you on a journey into the mind of a man in a suit and tie on a New York City subway car, as he thinks about the woman standing awkwardly close to him. They are total strangers but their proximity is almost intimate as their hands share the same metal subway pole. 5) WAITING FOR 2000 – AN ABSURDIST COMEDY OF BILLIONAIRE PROPORTIONS Inspired by and reminiscent of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist stage play “Waiting for Godot,” this Y2K theater comedy satirizes the frivolous extravagance of the mega-rich. Bob’s Billionaire Boat boasts the world’s 2,000 richest people on it, and will enable them to celebrate the arrival of the year 2000 twice in a row by crossing the International Dateline on New Year's Eve 1999. The co-captains of the boat — two regular guys — keep themselves amused with endlessly silly banter while occasionally debating whether the whole thing is just a fictional stage play. Meanwhile, two Wall Street traders who are bitter about missing the wealth cutoff for the billionaire cruise are determined to blow up the boat and thereby become the two richest people on earth. In this satire, the zaniest billionaires ever to gather on a single vessel prove that there's still plenty to complain about at the top. 6) MY BEST VALENTINE'S DAY. EVER. – A SHORT STORY Sammy Laffowitz is legendary for his dating disasters and sex mishaps. This time, misfortune strikes on Valentine's Day – but with a fun twist that makes Sammy seem studly for a change. 7) MY WORST VALENTINE'S DAY. EVER. – A SHORT STORY Yi Wang is a NY bad boy who plans to make history on Valentine's Day with his female exploits. The handsome, alpha-male, Chinese-American is a corporate lawyer who usually gets his way with women, but this time he makes one stupid mistake that leaves everyone but him laughing hysterically.