The Crown of Thorns

Author:,

Publisher:Interactive Publications

ISBN:1922120650

Total Pages:127

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From early poems re-imagining Bible stories to new work influenced by her travels through Asia, Jane Williams' keen interest in the connections between people pervades. Days Like These offers readers familiar with her work a treasured collation and to those coming to it for the first time a tantalizing introduction. Here you will find sorrow and joy inextricably linked in captivating verse that is ultimately a celebration of the journey we share. Jane's previous IP title was City of Possibilities, which was supported by a grant from the Australia Council. Jane Williams is the author of four previous books of poetry and a collection of stories. Awards for her poetry include the Anne Elder Award, the D.J. O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship, and the Bruce Dawe Prize. She lives in Tasmania.

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Days Like These

Author:Kristian & Rachel Anderson

Publisher:Zondervan

ISBN:0310325889

Total Pages:208

Viewed:1555

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There are love stories and then there's Days Like These—the story of Kristian and Rachel Anderson. When Kristian wanted to show his wife, Rachel, how much he loved her after learning he was terminally ill, he ended up winning a million hearts around the world, thanks to the now famous YouTube video he made for her 35th birthday. This heartfelt and moving tribute by a young Australian father of two and his battle with cancer drew attention to a much larger story—an ordeal so many families face alone. Like Oprah, who invited Kristian and Rachel on her show, and Hugh Jackman, who helped make one of Kristian's dreams come true by appearing on the tribute, though we didn't know him, we were so inspired by him we felt like we did. He touched lives, gave hope, and left behind a precious legacy that will mean a longer and better quality of life for thousands of cancer sufferers. His story, told in his own words from his blog entries, with additions from his beloved Rachel, will inspire you to know that even in your darkest moments, the light can shine through.

Days Like These

Author:Sue Margolis

Publisher:Penguin

ISBN:0698175638

Total Pages:368

Viewed:846

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In the new novel from the author of Losing Me, one woman is about to discover what happens when you take the “grand” out of “grandma.” Recently widowed, Judy Schofield jumps at the chance to look after her two grandchildren for six weeks while their parents are out of the country. After all, she’s already raised her own daughter—and quite successfully, if she may say so herself. But all it takes is a few days of private school functions, helicopter parents, video games, and never-ending Frozen sing-alongs for Judy to feel she’s in over her head. As weeks become months, Judy feels more and more like an outsider among all the young mothers with their parenting theories du jour, especially when she gets on the wrong side of the school’s snooty alpha mom. But finding a friend in another grandmother—and a man who takes her mind off all the stress—almost makes it worthwhile. She just needs to take it one incomprehensible homework assignment and one major meltdown at a time. . . .

On Days Like This

Author:Mary Faderan

Publisher:Xlibris Corporation

ISBN:1796057843

Total Pages:174

Viewed:1037

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The experiences of an Asian-American woman in the hallowed halls of Yale University’s School of Medicine are depicted in this fictional story. Mary Enji Scott, an innocent woman who graduates with a Ph.D. in a scientific field is hired by a department in the School of Medicine at Yale. Unknown to her, a rogue team of FBI agents are hired to make her die out of Yale, by either ruining her career, and finally killing her off. She becomes a romantic interest of an English MI5 agent, Andrew Michaels, who goes through intimidation when he tries to keep watch over Mary. The involvement of the Japanese Mafia, the Yakuza, and other foreign police organizations provide interest in Mary Enji Scott’s real identity. The story is a mixture of foreign espionage, with the budding romance between Mary and Andrew in its midst. Mary Faderan provides a believable picture of the life of an Asian American woman in a very elite environment.

Days Like These

Author:Kristian & Rachel Anderson

Publisher:Zondervan

ISBN:0310325889

Total Pages:208

Viewed:666

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There are love stories and then there's Days Like These—the story of Kristian and Rachel Anderson. When Kristian wanted to show his wife, Rachel, how much he loved her after learning he was terminally ill, he ended up winning a million hearts around the world, thanks to the now famous YouTube video he made for her 35th birthday. This heartfelt and moving tribute by a young Australian father of two and his battle with cancer drew attention to a much larger story—an ordeal so many families face alone. Like Oprah, who invited Kristian and Rachel on her show, and Hugh Jackman, who helped make one of Kristian's dreams come true by appearing on the tribute, though we didn't know him, we were so inspired by him we felt like we did. He touched lives, gave hope, and left behind a precious legacy that will mean a longer and better quality of life for thousands of cancer sufferers. His story, told in his own words from his blog entries, with additions from his beloved Rachel, will inspire you to know that even in your darkest moments, the light can shine through.

On A Day Like This

Author:Peter Stamm

Publisher:Other Press, LLC

ISBN:1590514092

Total Pages:240

Viewed:1086

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A new novel of artful understatement about mortality, estrangement, and the absurdity of life from the acclaimed author of Unformed Landscape and In Strange Gardens On a day like any other, Andreas changes his life. When a routine doctor’s visit leads to an unexpected prognosis, a great yearning takes hold of him—but who can tell if it is homesickness or wanderlust? Andreas leaves everything behind, sells his Paris apartment; cuts off all social ties; quits his teaching job; and waves goodbye to his days spent idly sitting in cafes—to look for a woman he once loved, half a lifetime ago. The monotony of days has been keeping him in check; now he hopes for a miracle and for a new beginning. Andreas’ travels lead him back to the province of his youth, back to his hometown in Switzerland where he returns to familiar streets, where his brother still lives in their childhood home, and where Fabienne, a woman he was obsessed with in his youth, visits the same lake they once swam in together. Andreas, still consumed with longing for his lost love and blinded by the uncertainty of his future, is tormented by the question of what might have been if things had happened differently. Peter Stamm has been praised as a “stylistic ascetic” and his prose as “distinguished by lapidary expression, telegraphic terseness, and finely tuned sensitivity” (Bookforum). In On a Day Like This, Stamm’s unobtrusive observational style allows us to journey with our antihero through his crises of banality, of living in his empty world, and the realization that life is finite—that one must live it, as long as that is possible. Praise for Unformed Landscape: “Sensitive and unnerving. . . . An uncommonly intimate work, one that will remind the reader of his or her own lived experience with a greater intensity than many of the books that are published right here at home.” —The New Republic Online “If Albert Camus had lived in an age when people in remote Norwegian fishing villages had e-mail, he might have written a novel like this.”—The New Yorker “Unformed Landscape has a refreshing purity, a lack of delusion, a lack of hype.”—Los Angeles Times From the Hardcover edition.

Days Like Today

Author:Rachel Ingalls

Publisher:Faber & Faber

ISBN:0571298478

Total Pages:304

Viewed:434

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'[Rachel Ingalls'] work combines subtlety and horror, magic and stark realism, Greek tragedy and happily-ever-afters. Her characters are true to life even as they embody classical archetypes - Icarus, Odysseus, Psyche, people wandering too long, striving too far, watching their loved ones by faint lights. In Days Like Today [2000], her tenth volume of fiction, Ingalls brings together five works linked by war and fate... Ranging in length from a dozen to a hundred pages, some of the pieces have the elemental focus of short stories, others the psychological depth of novels... together they constitute something rare and fine... Character is Ingalls's greatest strength... Her people are four-dimensional, rich in pasts and hopes as well as physicality. Ingalls documents truths that are stranger than fiction, and it is this that makes Days Like Today a remarkable collection.' Tobias Hill, Guardian

Far and Near

Author:Neil Peart

Publisher:ECW Press

ISBN:1770906738

Total Pages:312

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Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, Far and Away, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers. Now Far and Near brings together reflections from another three years of an artist’s life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind. These popular stories, originally posted on Peart’s website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector’s volume.

The Fandom

Author:Anna Day

Publisher:Scholastic Inc.

ISBN:133823272X

Total Pages:416

Viewed:894

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Violet's in her element. Cosplay at the ready, she can't wait to feel part of her favorite fandom: The Gallows Dance, a mega book and movie franchise that she and her friends know EVERY WORD of (canon and fanfic included). But at Comic Con, a freak accident transports Violet and her friends into the story for real. And in just the first five minutes, they cause the death of the heroine, and get taken prisoner by the rebel group she was supposed to lead to victory. It's up to Violet to take her place, and play out the plot the way it was written. But stories have a life of their own, and when you change the script in one place, the rest gets revised too...

Days Like This

Author:Alison Stewart

Publisher:Penguin Group Australia

ISBN:1742533744

Total Pages:300

Viewed:1841

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She has to escape. But who else is out there? And can anyone survive days like this? I want to go back to the days when life made sense. The days before our parents became strange; before the warming ate away at all the living things in the world; before The Committee and their Blacktroopers. Before the Wall. Lily is a prisoner in her own home. Forced to stay inside by The Committee and guarded by their increasingly distant parents, Lily and her brother Daniel are beginning to ask why. Then, when Daniel disappears just before his seventeenth birthday, Lily knows she is next.

Lit Up Inside

Author:Van Morrison

Publisher:Faber & Faber

ISBN:0571316212

Total Pages:128

Viewed:774

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Lit Up Inside contains the lyrics of about one third of the songs that Van Morrison has written over his 50 year career. In this representative selection from the work of one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of the last century, the reader will find examples of all the features of the world that Van has created through his work: the back streets and mystic avenues; memories of childhood wonder and of adult work; the chime of church bells and the playing of the radio; the generous naming of other artists and the joy of solitude; love and sharp dealing; consolation and grace.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Author:Laini Taylor

Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN:0316192147

Total Pages:432

Viewed:1858

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In a nation on the brink of war, a young art student's star-crossed love begins to bloom in the first book of the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy trilogy by award-winning author Laini Taylor. Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages -- not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. When one of the strangers -- beautiful, haunted Akiva -- fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Beartown

Author:Fredrik Backman

Publisher:Simon and Schuster

ISBN:1501163116

Total Pages:336

Viewed:311

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true. People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

The Magic of Ordinary Days

Author:Ann Howard Creel

Publisher:Penguin

ISBN:1101126965

Total Pages:304

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Olivia Dunne, a studious minister's daughter who dreams of being an archaeologist, never thought that the drama of World War II would affect her quiet life in Denver. An exhilarating flirtation reshapes her life, though, and she finds herself banished to a rural Colorado outpost, married to a man she hardly knows. Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia tentatively tries to establish a new life, finding much-needed friendship and solace in two Japanese American sisters who are living at a nearby internment camp. When Olivia unwittingly becomes an accomplice to a crime and is faced with betrayal, she finally confronts her own desires. Beautifully written and filled with memorable characters, Creel's novel is a powerful exploration of the nature of trust and love.

Losing Me

Author:Sue Margolis

Publisher:Penguin

ISBN:069817562X

Total Pages:384

Viewed:1945

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The “compulsively readable” (Susie Essman, actress, Curb Your Enthusiasm) author of Best Supporting Role delivers a new novel of one woman who’s stretched so thin, she almost disappears... Knocking on sixty, Barbara Stirling is too busy to find herself, while caring for her mother, husband, children, and grandchildren. But when she loses her job, everything changes. Exhausted, lonely, and unemployed, Barbara is forced to face her feelings and doubts. Then a troubled, vulnerable little boy walks into her life and changes it forever.

Days of Distraction

Author:Alexandra Chang

Publisher:HarperCollins

ISBN:0062951815

Total Pages:320

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“Startlingly original and deeply moving.... Chang here establishes herself as one of the most important of the new generation of American writers.” — George Saunders A Recommended Book From Buzzfeed * TIME * USA Today * NPR * Vanity Fair * The Washington Post * New York Magazine * O, the Oprah Magazine * Parade * Wired * Electric Literature * The Millions * San Antonio Express-News * Domino * Kirkus A wry, tender portrait of a young woman—finally free to decide her own path, but unsure if she knows herself well enough to choose wisely—from a captivating new literary voice The plan is to leave. As for how, when, to where, and even why—she doesn’t know yet. So begins a journey for the twenty-four-year-old narrator of Days of Distraction. As a staff writer at a prestigious tech publication, she reports on the achievements of smug Silicon Valley billionaires and start-up bros while her own request for a raise gets bumped from manager to manager. And when her longtime boyfriend, J, decides to move to a quiet upstate New York town for grad school, she sees an excuse to cut and run. Moving is supposed to be a grand gesture of her commitment to J and a way to reshape her sense of self. But in the process, she finds herself facing misgivings about her role in an interracial relationship. Captivated by the stories of her ancestors and other Asian Americans in history, she must confront a question at the core of her identity: What does it mean to exist in a society that does not notice or understand you? Equal parts tender and humorous, and told in spare but powerful prose, Days of Distraction is an offbeat coming-of-adulthood tale, a touching family story, and a razor-sharp appraisal of our times.

The Snowy Day

Author:Ezra Jack Keats

Publisher:Penguin

ISBN:0698139135

Total Pages:28

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Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal! No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. "Keats's sparse collage illustrations capture the wonder and beauty a snowy day can bring to a small child."—Barnes & Noble "Ezra Jack Keats's classic The Snowy Day, winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, pays homage to the wonder and pure pleasure a child experiences when the world is blanketed in snow."—Publisher's Weekly "The book is notable not only for its lovely artwork and tone, but also for its importance as a trailblazer. According to Horn Book magazine, The Snowy Day was "the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero"—yet another reason to add this classic to your shelves. It's as unique and special as a snowflake."—Amazon.com

When Life is Not Peachy

Author:Pip Lincolne

Publisher:Allen & Unwin

ISBN:1760873721

Total Pages:264

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A warm hug in book form 'Warm, wise and brilliantly practical. Pip Lincolne is exactly the woman you want in your corner when your chips are down.' - Clare Bowditch When life has taken a difficult turn, our heart is aching and we're only just holding it together, it's easy to question everything. Who even am I, and how will I keep going? We need someone in our corner to travel this journey with us and help keep our spirits up. This book is a gentle guide for navigating loss, grief or other sad times - a resource both for those who are downhearted and those supporting a loved one. With thoughtful advice on dealing with friends and family; healthy tips for eating and exercise when you don't feel like it; and a just-keep-yourself-going '101' for when you're feeling very low. It's the bolstering force we need to feel a bit closer to ourselves, or find a bit of peace. For years Pip Lincolne has had a dedicated readership through her blog Meet Me At Mike's and frankie magazine. She wrote this book during some tough times of her own, in the hope that what she learned might help someone else feel a little better some day.

Going to Heaven on a Dark Cloudy Day

Author:Edmundo Barreto

Publisher:AuthorHouse

ISBN:1546260587

Total Pages:604

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The author chronicles in this book the metamorphosis he experienced that are invaluable lessons that we can all apply to our own lives. He was guided and inspired by God to write this book and was enlightened with wisdom, warnings, prophecies, and new ways to do businesses to aid the extreme poverty that afflicts Nicaragua, which is about to be overrun by modern pirates that will decimate the poor and force them out of their land. Nicaragua is facing an irrefutable potential devastation of the land as a result of a geopolitical war developing in that small nation. It is due to an unconstitutional dictator that has illegally given away the patrimony and decided—unilaterally—to give the sovereignty of a nation to a Chinese counterfeit businessman with close ties to the Republic of China, and they intend to build a mega canal to supplant the Panama canal. That project could cause irreparable damages beyond anyone’s imagination—damages that could have consequences well beyond the borders of the poor nation of Nicaragua. But God, in his divine wisdom, has chosen to intervene and will use this book to tell the story of Nicaragua to the world and to stop this travesty from happening.

Diaries of a Depressed Teenager

Author:Mia Rayna

Publisher:iUniverse

ISBN:1532005768

Total Pages:144

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This book is meant to express the world and its challenges through a young persons eyes. It is meant to highlight what weve lost throughout all weve added to our world and what that means for the young people meant to be the future for every generation.