The Crown of Thorns




Total Pages:352



Books Description:

Daisy McCrae knows that change can be sudden—and devastating. And while it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, change has the power to turn your whole world upside down.... Running the family bakery and living in the store’s attic might not be Daisy’s dream life, but she’s beginning to understand what being content feels like. And then she gets some unexpected news. In one moment, Daisy’s calm existence turns into chaos. Now she’s struggling to keep it together, especially with renovations at the bakery spiraling out of control. But when a box of recipes and mementos is found hidden behind a wall in the bakery, Daisy suddenly has something to cling to—a mystery that echoes her own troubles and gives her the opportunity to figure out what she really wants out of life....

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The Union Street Bakery

Author:Mary Ellen Taylor



Total Pages:336



Books Description:

In the first novel of the Union Street Bakery series, Daisy McCrae learns how easily life can turn on a dime… Suddenly without a job or a boyfriend, Daisy now lives in the attic above her family’s store, the Union Street Bakery, while she learns the business. It doesn’t help that, as the only adopted daughter, her relationship with her sisters has never been easy. When an elderly customer dies, Daisy is surprised to inherit a journal from the 1850s, written by a slave girl named Susie. As she reads, Daisy learns more about her family—and her own heritage—than she ever dreamed. Haunted by dreams of the young Susie, who beckons Daisy to “find her,” she is compelled to explore the past more deeply. What she finds are the answers she has longed for her entire life.

Sweet Anticipation

Author:David Huron

Publisher:MIT Press


Total Pages:480



Books Description:

The psychological theory of expectation that David Huron proposes in Sweet Anticipation grew out of the author's experimental efforts to understand how music evokes emotions. These efforts evolved into a general theory of expectation that will prove informative to readers interested in cognitive science and evolutionary psychology as well as those interested in music. The book describes a set of psychological mechanisms and illustrates how these mechanisms work in the case of music. All examples of notated music can be heard on the Web. Huron proposes that emotions evoked by expectation involve five functionally distinct response systems: reaction responses (which engage defensive reflexes); tension responses (where uncertainty leads to stress); prediction responses (which reward accurate prediction); imagination responses (which facilitate deferred gratification); and appraisal responses (which occur after conscious thought is engaged). For real-world events, these five response systems typically produce a complex mixture of feelings. The book identifies some of the aesthetic possibilities afforded by expectation, and shows how common musical devices (such as syncopation, cadence, meter, tonality, and climax) exploit the psychological opportunities. The theory also provides new insights into the physiological psychology of awe, laughter, and spine-tingling chills. Huron traces the psychology of expectations from the patterns of the physical/cultural world through imperfectly learned heuristics used to predict that world to the phenomenal qualia we experienced as we apprehend the world.

Sweet Susan, What's Next?

Author:Susan Eleanor Rowe

Publisher:eBook Partnership


Total Pages:124



Books Description:

Susan tells her life story beginning as a child when she wondered about life's meaning. Was there a purpose or pattern to discover? Her view of the world was heightened by nearsightedness which impelled her to develop an inner vision to draw upon through the changes in her life. In the summer of 1965 she hitchhiked across country with college friends to San Francisco. Looking up at the dark night she hoped to find a love to make her life shine like the evening star. Take a trip through her life with this 60's girl.

The Wolves of Trapper's Bluff




Total Pages:340



Books Description:

The Wolves of Trapper's Bluff is a story of desires, sacrifices, persistency and challenges intertwined within the disharmonized tonalities of life. Moments of desperation conflict with episodes of triumph. Heart-melting emotional outpours succumb under the cold steeliness of grief. Fear-the constant sojourner-permeates throughout and love as a sublime universal bond underpins all the hopes. A soul warming "aha" triumphs at the end-as a testimony to an unbridled courage in faith.

Classical Music

Author:Kent Nagano,Inge Kloepfer

Publisher:McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP


Total Pages:238



Books Description:

How relevant is classical music today? The genre seems in danger of becoming nothing more than a hobby for the social elite. Yet Kent Nagano has another world in mind – one where everyone has access to classical music. In Classical Music: Expect the Unexpected the world-famous classical conductor tells the deeply personal story of his own engagement with the masterpieces and great composers of classical music, his work with the world's major orchestras, and his tireless commitment to bringing his music to everybody. Narrating his first childhood encounters with music's power to overcome social and ethnic boundaries, he celebrates an art form that has always taken part in debates about human values and societal developments. The constantly declining relevance of classical music in these disrupted times, he argues, not only impoverishes society from a cultural perspective but robs it of inspiration, wit, emotional depth, and a sense of community. Getting to grips with classical music's existential crisis, Nagano contends that it is too crucial to humanity's survival to be allowed to silently disappear from our everyday reality. In this moving autobiography, Kent Nagano makes a compelling plea for classical music that is as exhilarating as it is thought-provoking.

Second Chances

Author:Jill Sanders

Publisher:Jill Sanders


Total Pages:280



Books Description:

Olivia has sworn off men for good this time. Having dealt with her ex she learned her lesson. The only good thing about the man was that she'd gained her perfect daughter, Simona. Now, however, she promised herself that there was no man sexy enough to persuade her to break her new life code. No more men. Period. Todd's dark past hasn't dimmed his sense of humor one bit. When he's asked to come back to his hometown of Silver Cove to help out an old friend, he hadn't expected to bump into a six-year-old angel. Meeting Olivia and her knock out mother has him believing that maybe he did deserve a second chance.


Author:Kimberly Gallagher

Publisher:Hay House, Inc


Total Pages:257



Books Description:

From the co-founder of one of the world's most respected herbal education websites: recipes, rituals, practices, and personal stories to help you live a more sexually fulfilled and vital life. Plants are the great healers of the earth, and their capacity to support healthy sexuality is just as powerful. This beautifully written and illustrated book brings you into a relationship with herbs for sexual fulfillment and empowerment. Drawing on her own knowledge of herbalism and sacred sensuality, along with intimate stories from students who implemented her teachings, Kimberly Gallagher guides you on a personal journey of growth aided by the aphrodisiac properties and sensual uses of healing herbs and flowers such as damiana, cacao, and rose. Kimberly is an author and co-founder of LearningHerbs, a widely respected herbal education website. In Aphrodisiac, you'll find thoughtful, soulful rituals and dozens of recipes for putting the herbs to use, such as Autumn Blush Cordial, Rose Massage Oil, and Cardamom Chocolate Mousse Torte. You'll read user-friendly and well-researched monographs that teach you everything you need to know about every featured herb. And you'll find a wide range of practices for inviting erotic energy flow into your life--including creating an inviting environment, nourishing your body, and simply slowing down so there's time to savor pleasure. When people are sensually alive and sexually fulfilled, they are more confident, creative, and joyful. They are also more likely to share their unique personal gifts with the world. Aphrodisiac is an essential resource for anyone wishing to live a more vibrant life.

Politics of Guilt & Pity

Author:R. J. Rushdoony

Publisher:Chalcedon Foundation


Total Pages:371



Books Description:

From the foreword by Steve Schlissel: "Rushdoony sounds the clarion call of liberty for all who remain oppressed by Christian leaders who wrongfully lord it over the souls of God's righteous ones... I pray that the entire book will not only instruct you in the method and content of a Biblical worldview, but actually bring you further into the glorious freedom of the children of God. Those who walk in wisdom's ways become immune to the politics of guilt and pity." Man has trampled God's law under foot. In doing so, he has misused himself and trampled on the God-given rights of his fellowman. He is conscious of his guilt, and seeks self-justification through self-atonement. The author makes it perfectly clear that there is only one way of escape from present slough and despair. It is in turning in heartfelt repentance to God who has already provided atonement in the sacrifice of His Son. And true repentance includes a return to the doing of God's will as revealed in God's Word, the Bible.

In Search of Dreams

Author:Ginna Gray



Total Pages:224



Books Description:

HE WAS SEARCHING FOR HIS FAMILY… And J.T. Conway struck gold when he found the one woman who could help fulfill his dream. Although being ensconced together in Kate Mahoney's cozy inn sparked a irresistible attraction, gaining this fragile beauty's trust after she'd been shaken by a shocking small-town scandal proved to be the ultimate challenge. But J.T. couldn't walk away from this angelic innkeeper whose soft vulnerability and tantalizing lips wreaked havoc on his heart. Before long, J.T.—who had never before let anyone close enough to soothe his restless soul—got much more than he'd bargained her. Could this elusive bachelor have finally been blindsided by true love?

Digha Lodge

Author:Syed Sabir Jamil



Total Pages:186



Books Description:

Digha Lodge presents a fairly true rendering of the extraordinary events surrounding the Jamil family, particularly its patriarch, Sayed Jamil Ahmad. When Sayed was just two, he lost his father but remained steadfast to face the challenges of a fatherless childhood. His is the story of a self-made man who gave his children the best a father can givewithout compromising his principles or succumbing to social pressures. Written by Ahmads son, Syed Sabir Jamil, Digha Lodge is the story not only of one family, but also of a nation. It captures decisive moments in both histories, from the creation of Pakistan to its tragic dismemberment and the impact these life-changing events had on the family. They bravely faced the many difficulties and challenges of migration together. It is a story of prides and prejudices, fears and fulfillments, and commendations and condemnations. Psychic and mystical, the stories shared in Digha Lodge are captivating, entertaining, and enlightening, framing a bold narrative of true, untold stories of the Jamil familys lives, losses, and loves.

Black Bullet, Vol. 2 (light novel)

Author:Shiden Kanzaki

Publisher:Yen Press LLC


Total Pages:208



Books Description:

The World Has Already Ended. Following Rentaro Satomi's defeat of the Stage Five Gastrea, Tokyo Area returns to uneasy normalcy. When the ambitious leader of Osaka Area, Sougen Saitake, demands a visit with Lady Seitenshi, she needs a new bodyguard--and who should she pick but the city's new hero, Rentaro. However, dark forces are conspiring against Lady Seitenshi, and their origin is closer to home than anyone dares to imagine. Rentaro and Enju will have to confront a new kind of threat in order to protect the tenuous peace they've won--but how do you fight an enemy you can't even see?

New Histories of South Africa's Apartheid-Era Bantustans

Author:Shireen Ally,Arianna Lissoni



Total Pages:222



Books Description:

The bantustans – or ‘homelands’ – were created by South Africa’s apartheid regime as ethnically-defined territories for Africans. Granted self-governing and ‘independent’ status by Pretoria, they aimed to deflect the demands for full political representation by black South Africans and were shunned by the anti-apartheid movement. In 1972, Steve Biko wrote that ‘politically, the bantustans are the greatest single fraud ever invented by white politicians’. With the end of apartheid and the first democratic elections of 1994, the bantustans formally ceased to exist, but their legacies remain inscribed in South Africa’s contemporary social, cultural, political, and economic landscape. While the older literature on the bantustans has tended to focus on their repressive role and political illegitimacy, this edited volume offers new approaches to the histories and afterlives of the former bantustans in South Africa by a new generation of scholars. This book was originally published as various special issues of the South African Historical Journal.

Original Poetry by Victor and Cazire

Author:Percy Bysshe Shelley

Publisher:Read Books Ltd


Total Pages:96



Books Description:

This book contains a collection of poetry written by Percy Bysshe Shelly, originally published in 1810. It was Shelley's first published volume of poetry and was written in collaboration with his sister Elizabeth. This wonderful collection of Shelley’s early poetry is highly recommended for fans of his seminal work, and it is not to be missed by collectors. The poems contained herein include: “Letter”, “Song”, “Despair”, “Sorrow”, “Hope”, “Song, Translated from the Italian”, “Song, Translated from the German”, “The Irishman’s Song”, “St. Edmond’s Eve”, “Revenge”, “Ghasta, or the Avenging Demon”, and many more. Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822) was an important English Romantic poet who is widely regarded as one of the finest lyric poets in the English Language. Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this book now, in an affordable, high-quality, modern edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.

Aesthetics: A Very Short Introduction

Author:Bence Nanay

Publisher:Oxford University Press


Total Pages:152



Books Description:

Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy that explores the nature of art, beauty, and taste. It doesn't just consider traditional artistic experiences such as artworks in a museum or an opera performance, but also everyday experiences such as autumn leaves in the park, or even just the light of the setting sun falling on the kitchen table. It is also about your experience when you choose the shirt you're going to wear today or when you wonder whether you should put more pepper in the soup. Aesthetics is everywhere. It is one of the most important aspects of our life. In this Very Short Introduction Bence Nanay introduces the field of aesthetics, considering both Western and non-Western aesthetic traditions, and exploring why it is sometimes misunderstood or considered to be too elitist - by artists, musicians, and even philosophers. As Nanay shows, so-called 'high art' has no more claims on aesthetics than sitcoms, tattoos, or punk rock. In fact, the scope of aesthetics extends far wider than that of art, high or low, including much of what we care about in life. It is not the job of aesthetics to tell you which artworks are good and which ones are bad. It is not the job of aesthetics to tell you what experiences are worth having. If an experience is worth having for you, it thereby becomes the subject of aesthetics. This realisation is important, because thinking about aesthetics in this inclusive way opens up new ways of understanding old questions about the social aspect of our aesthetic engagements, and the importance of aesthetic values for our own self. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Medicine, Faith and Politics in Agogo

Author:Pascal Schmid

Publisher:LIT Verlag Münster


Total Pages:360



Books Description:

Medicine, Faith and Politics in Agogo examines the development of health care delivery at a former mission hospital in Ghana. It reveals the configurations of interests, values, and ideologies that shaped the development and implementation of health care practices, strategies, and concepts. By providing an in-depth analysis, the book contributes a particular perspective on the history of health care delivery in rural Africa and beyond. It addresses topics that are still heavily under-researched. These include the 'decolonisation' of health care as well as the development and implementation of medical concepts for 'developing countries' such as primary health care. Dissertation. (Series: Swiss African Studies / Schweizerische Afrikastudien / Etudes africaines suisses, Vol. 13) [Subject: African Studies, History, Religious Studies, Health Care Studies, Sociology]

The Entrepreneurial Spirit of African American Inventors

Author:Patricia Carter Sluby



Total Pages:250



Books Description:

This book not only documents the valuable contributions of African American thinkers, inventors, and entrepreneurs past and present, but also puts these achievements into context of the obstacles these innovators faced because of their race. • Presents a chronology of patents issued to African Americans from the period of slavery to the present • Includes illustrations of patents and trademarks as well as advertising copy and photographs of African American entrepreneurs and patentees • Provides a bibliography of significant materials from the fields of invention, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and business • A helpful index offers access to the entries by inventor, invention, patents, trademarks, periodicals, and field/profession • An appendix holds a comprehensive roster of African American patentees listing the inventor's name, U.S. patent title and number, and date of issue


Author:Ursula Hegi

Publisher:Simon and Schuster


Total Pages:288



Books Description:

Brilliantly stretching literary conventions, Ursula Hegi, author of the best-selling Stones from the River, creates a funny and original novel within a novel to explore the doubts, decisions, and "might-have-beens" that mark not only the writing process but life itself. As her "author" and her fictional heroine deal with their intrusions into each other's lives, Hegi reveals much about the choices women make, the ambiguities they face, and the often surprising ways reality and fiction merge.

Four Mothers

Author:Shifra Horn

Publisher:St. Martin\'s Press


Total Pages:288



Books Description:

Shifra Horn's beautifully imagined novel tells the story of five generations of women in one family against the backdrop of one hundred years in Jerusalem. The story begins with the birth of the family's first boy to Amal, the last generation. Her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are overjoyed, because the birth of a healthy boy means that the curse against the women of the family has been broken. They tell Amal the story of those "foremothers": Mazal, the orphan, whose ill-fated marriage initiates the curse; her daughter Sara, whose golden hair is a symbol for her power to heal; Sara's daughter Pnina-Mazal, the unwanted child whose talent for knowing others' thoughts brings both joy and sorrow; and her daughter Geula, Amal's mother, whose sharp intellect is her gift and her burden.

Engel's England

Author:Matthew Engel

Publisher:Profile Books


Total Pages:N.A



Books Description:

England, says Matthew Engel, is the most complicated place in the world. And, as he travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that's just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity. He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county - from Yorkshire's broad acres to the microdot of Rutland - Engel always finds the unexpected . Engel's England is a totally original look at a confused country: a guidebook for people who don't think they need a guidebook. It is always quirky, sometimes poignant and often extremely funny.