Summer Island: A Novel

Summer Island: A Novel Author Kristin Hannah
ISBN-10 0345483448
ISBN-13 9780345483447
Year 2004-11-02
Pages 448
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The author of the cherished bestseller On Mystic Lake returns with a poignant funny luminous novel about a mother and daughter the complex ties that bind them the past that separates them and the healing that comes with forgiveness Years ago Nora Bridge walked out on her marriage and left her daughters behind She has since become a famous radio talk show host and newspaper columnist beloved for her moral advice Her youngest daughter Ruby is a struggling comedienne who uses her famous mother as fuel for her bitter cynical humor When the tabloids unearth a scandalous secret from Nora s past their estrangement suddenly becomes dramatic Nora is injured in an accident and a glossy magazine offers Ruby a fortune to write a tell all about her mother Under false pretenses Ruby returns home to take care of the woman she hasn t spoken to for almost a decade Nora insists they retreat to Summer Island in the San Juans to the lovely old house on the water where Ruby grew up a place filled with childhood memories of love and joy and belonging There Ruby is also reunited with her first love and his brother Once the three of them had been best friends inseparable Until the summer that Nora had left and everyone s hearts had been broken What began as an expose evolves as Ruby writes into an exploration of her family s past Nora is not the woman Ruby has hated all these years Witty wise and vulnerable she is desperate to reconcile with her daughter As the magazine deadline draws near and Ruby finishes what has begun to seem to her an act of brutal betrayal she is forced to grow up and at last to look at her mother and herself through the eyes of a woman And she must finally allow herself to love Summer Island is a beautiful novel funny tender sad and ultimately triumphant From the Hardcover edition

Becoming a Barbarian

Becoming a Barbarian Author Jack Donovan
ISBN-10 0985452358
ISBN-13 9780985452353
Year 2016-03-15
Pages 164
Language English
Publisher Dissonant Hum
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Becoming a Barbarianwon t teach you how toswing a battle axe orcrush your enemies so that you can see them driven before you and then hear the lamentation of their women Becoming a Barbarian is a follow up to Donovan s cult hit The Way of Men Good modern civilized Western men today are expected to think like citizens of the world obligated to everyone and no one Natural meaningful tribal connections have been substituted with synthetic disposable consumer identities Without a sense of who they are and what group they have a place in modern men are becoming increasingly detached disoriented vulnerable and ever more easily manipulated Becoming a Barbarianattacks the emasculated emptiness of life in the modern West The Empire of Nothing and shows men how to think tribally again It reveals the weaknesses of universalistic thinking and challenges readers to become the kind of men who could go all in and devote their lives to one group of people above all others Becoming a Barbarianis about finding a tribe finding a purpose and choosing to live the kind of life that undermines the narrative of the Empire

The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 3): Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy

The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 3): Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy Author Jennifer A. Nielsen
ISBN-10 054528418X
ISBN-13 9780545284189
Year 2015-01-27
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Scholastic Paperbacks
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War has come to Carthya It knocks at every door and window in the land And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission But everything that can go wrong does His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighboring lands In a last ditch effort to stave off what looks to be a devastating loss for the kingdom Jaron undertakes what may be his last journey to save everything and everyone he loves But even with his lightning quick wit Jaron cannot forestall the terrible danger that descends on him and his country Along the way will he lose what matters most And in the end who will sit on Carthya s throne

Dryland: One Woman’s Swim to Sobriety

Dryland: One Woman's Swim to Sobriety Author Nancy Stearns Bercaw
ISBN-10 1503942953
ISBN-13 9781503942950
Year 2017-04-18
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Grand Harbor Press
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For swimming champion Nancy Stearns Bercaw the pool was a natural habitat But on land she could never shake the feeling of being a fish out of water Starting at age two Nancy devoted her life to swimming even qualifying for the 1988 Olympic Trials in the fifty meter freestyle event But nearly two decades later when she hung up her cap and goggles she was confronted with a different kind of challenge learning who she was out of the lanes In this honest intimate memoir Nancy reflects on her years wandering the globe where tragic events and a lost sense of self escalate her dependence on booze Thirty three years after her first sip of alcohol the swimmer comes to a stunning realization while living with her husband and son in Abu Dhabishes drowning in the desert Nancy looks to the Bedouin people for the strength to conquer one final opponent alcohol addiction

Zen in the Martial Arts

Zen in the Martial Arts Author Joe Hyams
ISBN-10 0553275593
ISBN-13 9780553275599
Year 1982-07-01
Pages 144
Language English
Publisher Bantam
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A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action Samurai Maximum Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than 25 years of experience in the martial arts In his illuminating story Hyams reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems self image work pressure competition Indeed mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your life enriching your relationships with people as well as helping you make use of all your abilities

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Author Brian Greene
ISBN-10 039333810X
ISBN-13 9780393338102
Year 2010-10-11
Pages 464
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe now with a new preface and epilogue Brian Greene one of the world s leading string theorists peels away layers of mystery to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself and all matterfrom the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovasis generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated accessible and thoroughly entertaining bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works

The Peregrine (New York Review Books Classics)

The Peregrine (New York Review Books Classics) Author J. A. Baker
ISBN-10 9781590171332
ISBN-13 9781590171332
Year 2004-12-31
Pages 208
Language English
Publisher NYRB Classics
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From fall to spring J A Baker set out to track the daily comings and goings of a pair of peregrine falcons across the flat fen lands of eastern England He followed the birds obsessively observing them in the air and on the ground in pursuit of their prey making a kill eating and at rest activities he describes with an extraordinary fusion of precision and poetry And as he continued his mysterious private quest his sense of human self slowly dissolved to be replaced with the alien and implacable consciousness of a hawk It is this extraordinary metamorphosis magical and terrifying that these beautifully written pages record

Love on Trial: Our Supreme Court Fight for the Right to Marry

Love on Trial: Our Supreme Court Fight for the Right to Marry Author Kris Perry
ISBN-10 1938901657
ISBN-13 9781938901652
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Roaring Forties Press
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Told in their own voice this is the story of two women who took their struggle for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court and won Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are the lead plaintiffs in the team that sued the state of California to restore marriage equality By 2008 when Californians voted in Proposition 8 banning same sex marriage Kris and Sandy had been a couple raising their four sons for almost a decade Living in Berkeley they were a modern family but without the protections of legal marriage In alternating voices Love on Trial tells the story of each womans journey from her 1960s all American childhood to the US Supreme Court sharing tales of growing up in rural America coming out to bewildered parents falling in love and finally becoming a family From wrangling teenagers and careers to hot flashes at the Supreme Court this book provides an honest amusing look at a family that landed in the middle of one of the most important civil rights battles of our era

CatStronauts: Mission Moon

CatStronauts: Mission Moon Author Drew Brockington
ISBN-10 0316307459
ISBN-13 9780316307451
Year 2017-04-18
Pages 160
Language English
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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CatStronauts you are needed When the world is thrust into darkness due to a global energy shortage the Worlds Best Scientist comes up with a bold plan to set up a solar power plant on the moon But someone has to go up there to set it up and that adventure falls to the CatStronauts the best space cats on the planet Meet the fearless commander Major Meowser brave but hungry pilot Waffles genius technician and inventor Blanket and quick thinking science officer Pom Pom on their most important mission yet In this graphic novel debut author and illustrator Drew Brockington breathes life into a world populated entirely by cats brimming with jokes charm science and enough big boxes and tuna sandwiches for everyone

Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy Author Christopher Paul Curtis
ISBN-10 0553494104
ISBN-13 9780553494105
Year 2004-09-14
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Laurel Leaf
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The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his fatherfrom Christopher Paul Curtis author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham1963 a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree Its 1936 in Flint Michigan Times may be hard and ten year old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run but Buds got a few things going for him 1 He has his own suitcase full of special things 2 Hes the author of Bud Caldwells Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself 3 His momma never told him who his father was but she left a clue flyers advertising Herman E Calloway and his famous band the Dusky Devastators of the Depression Buds got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man nothing can stop himnot hunger not fear not vampires not even Herman E Calloway himself AN ALA BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN S BOOKAN IRA CHILDREN S BOOK AWARD WINNER NAMED TO 14 STATE AWARD LISTS The book is a gem of value to all ages not just the young people to whom it is aimed The Christian Science Monitor Will keep readers engrossed from first page to last Publishers Weekly Starred Curtis writes with a razor sharp intelligence that grabs the reader by the heart and never lets go This highly recommended title is at the top of the list of books to be read again and again Voice of Youth Advocates StarredFrom the Trade Paperback edition