The Crown of Thorns

Author:Sherman Alexie

Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN:0316219304

Total Pages:272

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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

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The Tree of Life

Author:Hugh Nissenson

Publisher:Paul Dry Books

ISBN:0966491327

Total Pages:189

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"It's a tale more haunting and moving than one thinks it can possibly be." --The Village Voice

The Giving Tree

Author:Shel Silverstein

Publisher:Harper Collins

ISBN:0061965103

Total Pages:64

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As The Giving Tree turns fifty, this timeless classic is available for the first time ever in ebook format. This digital edition allows young readers and lifelong fans to continue the legacy and love of a household classic that will now reach an even wider audience. Never before have Shel Silverstein's children's books appeared in a format other than hardcover. Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, and of classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit. And don't miss these other Shel Silverstein ebooks, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Light in the Attic!

Aleister Crowley And the Practice of the Magical Diary

Author:James Wasserman

Publisher:Weiser Books

ISBN:1609252756

Total Pages:256

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This important collection includes Aleister Crowley's two most important instructional writings on the design and purpose of the magical diary, John St. John and A Master of the Temple. These were the only two works regarding the magical diary published in Crowley's lifetime. Both were first published in Crowley's immense collection of magical instruction, The Equinox. John St. John chronicles Crowley's moment-by-moment progress during a 13-day magical working. Crowley referred to it as "a perfect model of what a magical record should be." A Master of the Temple is taken from the magical diary of Frater Achad at a time when he was Crowley's most valued and successful student. It provides an invaluable example of a student's record, plus direct commentary and instruction added by Crowley. With commentary and introductory material by editor James Wasserman, Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary is the most important and accessible instruction available to students of the occult regarding the practice of keeping a magical diary. This revised edition includes a new introduction by Wasserman, a foreword by noted occult scholar J. Daniel Gunther, revisions throughout the text, a revised reading list for further study, plus Crowley's instructions on banishing from Liber O.

Diary of an American Witch

Author:Heather Stowe

Publisher:Author House

ISBN:145205858X

Total Pages:312

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So this means I am a witch? A real, spell casting, broom riding, cauldron-potion-brewing witch? No way! Sarah Miller was a typical high school junior. She loved to shop, hang out with her best friend Jenny and read books until they fell apart. Everything changed on her sixteenth birthday, when it is revealed to her she has a new talent and that a hidden world unfolds. In this new world she finds new friends, abilities beyond her wildest dreams and an unexpected fate waiting for her

The Arvon Book of Life Writing

Author:Sally Cline,Carole Angier

Publisher:A&C Black

ISBN:1408122715

Total Pages:288

Viewed:1058

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Fascinating, wide-ranging, hugely knowledgeable - an indispensable guide and a beguiling education William Boyd Packed with insights and advice - just the inspiration to start writing! Jenny Uglow Everyone has a story. This book shows how the best writers tell them, and offers advice on how to tell them yourself. Biographers Sally Cline and Carole Angier teach life writing - an area of creative writing that is exploding in popularity - at the world-famous Arvon Foundation. They have distilled the essence of their popular course on memoir, autobiography and biography into this wide-ranging book. The Arvon Book of Life Writing offers three fascinating ways into the genre. First, reflections on their trade by the authors, exploring its special challenges: truth, memory, ethics, evidence and interpretation. Second, personal tips and tales from 32 top British and American life writers - autobiographers and memoirists, literary, sports and celebrity biographers; plus a critic, an agent, a literary editor, two novelists, and a ghost writer. Third, a practical guide, complete with exercises, designed for use in creative writing courses or by individual writers at home.

The Everything Family Tree Book

Author:Kimberly Powell

Publisher:Simon and Schuster

ISBN:144052341X

Total Pages:304

Viewed:1500

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Completely updated for today's search tactics and blockades, The Everything Family Tree Book has even more insight for the stumped! Whether you're searching in a grandparent's attic or through the most cryptic archiving systems, this book has brand-new chapters on what readers have been asking for: Genetics, DNA, and medical information Surname origins and naming Appendix on major genealogical repositories, libraries, and archives Systems for filing and organizing The latest computer software Land, probate, and estate records Chock-full of tips the competitors don't have, this is the one-stop resource for successful sleuthing!

Darwin and His Children

Author:Tim M. Berra

Publisher:Oxford University Press

ISBN:0199309469

Total Pages:200

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While much has been written about the life and works of Charles Darwin, the lives of his ten children remain largely unexamined. Most "Darwin books" consider his children as footnotes to the life of their famous father and close with the death of Charles Darwin. This is the only book that deals substantially with the lives of his children from their birth to their death, each in his or her own chapter. Tim Berra's Darwin and His Children: His Other Legacy explores Darwin's marriage to his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood, a devout Unitarian, who worried that her husband's lack of faith would keep them apart in eternity, and describes the early death of three children of this consanguineous marriage. Many of the other children rose to prominence in their own fields. William Darwin became a banker and tended the Darwin family's substantial wealth. Henrietta Darwin edited Charles' books and wrote a biography of her mother. Three of Darwin's sons were knighted and elected Fellows of the Royal Society: Sir George Darwin was the world's expert on tides, Sir Francis Darwin developed the new field of plant physiology, and Sir Horace Darwin founded the world-class Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company. Major Leonard Darwin was a military man, Member of Parliament, and patron of early genetic research. This book, richly illustrated with photographs of the Darwin family, demonstrates the intellectual atmosphere whirling about the Darwin household, portrays loving family relationships, and explores entertaining vignettes from their lives.

Still Growing

Author:M. A. Thomas

Publisher:Steam Scene Pty Ltd

ISBN:

Total Pages:296

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Growing up as we know it is changing. The Girl Diaries' second installment follows the awkward and often selfish ramblings of a modern Australian high school girl as she continues exploring that rough stage of life all emerging adults must face; Adolescence. This is a book for the young, and the young at heart. As the title implies, Still Growing explores the complicated choices and consequences that young people face as they start making decisions for themselves, often to their own detriment. Who knew the angst of adolescence could be so much fun to relive? This uncomfortably truthful, albeit egocentric, view of teenage life is universally recognizable to anyone who is, or has ever been, a woefully unprepared teenager trying to carve out their own place in this world.

The Guns of Independence

Author:Jerome Greene

Publisher:Savas Beatie

ISBN:1611210054

Total Pages:360

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The siege of Yorktown in the fall of 1781 was the single most decisive engagement of the American Revolution. The campaign has all the drama any historian or student could want: the war's top generals and admirals pitted against one another; decisive naval engagements; cavalry fighting; siege warfare; night bayonet attacks; and much more. Until now, however, no modern scholarly treatment of the entire campaign has been produced. By the summer of 1781, America had been at war with England for six years. No one believed in 1775 that the colonists would put up such a long and credible struggle. France sided with the colonies as early as 1778, but it was the dispatch of 5,500 infantry under Comte de Rochambeau in the summer of 1780 that shifted the tide of war against the British. In early 1781, after his victories in the Southern Colonies, Lord Cornwallis marched his army north into Virginia. Cornwallis believed the Americans could be decisively defeated in Virginia and the war brought to an end. George Washington believed Cornwallis's move was a strategic blunder, and he moved vigorously to exploit it. Feinting against General Clinton and the British stronghold of New York, Washington marched his army quickly south. With the assistance of Rochambeau's infantry and a key French naval victory at the Battle off the Capes in September, Washington trapped Cornwallis on the tip of a narrow Virginia peninsula at a place called Yorktown. And so it began. Operating on the belief that Clinton was about to arrive with reinforcements, Cornwallis confidently remained within Yorktown's inadequate defenses. Determined that nothing short of outright surrender would suffice, his opponent labored day and night to achieve that end. Washington's brilliance was on display as he skillfully constricted Cornwallis's position by digging entrenchments, erecting redoubts and artillery batteries, and launching well-timed attacks to capture key enemy positions. The nearly flawless Allied campaign sealed Cornwallis's fate. Trapped inside crumbling defenses, he surrendered on October 19, 1781, effectively ending the war in North America. Penned by historian Jerome A. Greene, The Guns of Independence: The Siege of Yorktown, 1781 offers a complete and balanced examination of the siege and the participants involved. Greene's study is based upon extensive archival research and firsthand archaeological investigation of the battlefield. This fresh and invigorating study will satisfy everyone interested in American Revolutionary history, artillery, siege tactics, and brilliant leadership. About the Author: Jerome A. Greene is a historian with the National Park Service. He is the author or editor of many books, including Morning Star Dawn: The Powder River Expedition and the Northern Cheyenne, 1876, and his most recent effort, Washita: The U.S. Army and the Southern Cheyennes, 1867-1869. He lives in Colorado.

Awkward Honesty

Author:M. A. Thomas

Publisher:Steam Scene Pty Ltd

ISBN:1093427558

Total Pages:272

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The Girl Diaries first instalment ‘Awkward Honesty’ follows the ramblings of a newly teenage girl. For this young Australian, life is—uncomfortable. Her body is changing, her family is morphing into a new shape, and her social circle at school is, well, non-existent. Writing down her days in a journal proves to be the outlet this young person needs; but she can't help thinking about how she got her new diary—the grey notebook—stolen from the coffin of her recently deceased classmate. Facing the difficult twists and turns of teenage existence in modern Australian society, she starts realising just how troubling life's real questions can be. This book is a candid and often confronting introspective into the reality of life for adolescents, delivered to you in what can only be described as one truly, cringe-worthy journal.

A Single Tree

Author:Don Watson

Publisher:Penguin Group Australia

ISBN:1760142832

Total Pages:352

Viewed:1984

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A Single Tree assembles the raw material underpinning Don Watson's award-winning The Bush. These diverse and haunting voices span the four centuries since Europeans first set eyes on the continent. Each of these varied contributors - settlers, explorers, anthropologists, naturalists, stockmen, surveyors, itinerants, artists and writers- represents a particular place and time. Men in awe of the landscape or cursing it; aspiring to subdue and exploit it or finding themselves defeated by it. Women reflecting on the land's harshness and beauty, on the strangeness of their lives, their pleasures and miseries, the character and behaviour of the men. Europeans writing about indigenous Australians, sometimes with intelligent sympathy and curiosity but often with contempt, and often describing acts of startling brutality. This collection comprises diary extracts, memoirs, journals, letters, histories, poems and fiction, and follows the same loose themes of The Bush. The science of the landscape and climate, and the way we have perceived them. Our deep and sentimental connection to the land, and our equally deep ignorance and abuse of it. The heroic myths and legends. The enchantments. The bush as a formative and defining element in Australian culture, self-image and character. The flora and fauna, the waterways, the colours. The heroic, self-defining stories, the bizarre and terrible, and the ones lost in the deep silences. There are accounts of journeys, of work and recreation, of religious observance, of creation and destruction. Stories of uncanny events, peculiar and fantastic characters, deep ironies, and of land unlimited. And musings on what might be the future of the bush: as a unique environment, a food bowl, a mine, a wellspring of national identity . . . From Dampier and Tasman to Tim Flannery and assorted contemporary farmers, environmentalists and grey nomads, these pieces represent a vast array of experiences, perspectives and knowledge. A Single Tree is an essential companion to its brilliant predecessor.

The Diary

Author:Batsheva Ben-Amos,Dan Ben-Amos

Publisher:Indiana University Press

ISBN:0253046955

Total Pages:492

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The diary as a genre is found in all literate societies, and these autobiographical accounts are written by persons of all ranks and positions. The Diary offers an exploration of the form in its social, historical, and cultural-literary contexts with its own distinctive features, poetics, and rhetoric. The contributors to this volume examine theories and interpretations relating to writing and studying diaries; the formation of diary canons in the United Kingdom, France, United States, and Brazil; and the ways in which handwritten diaries are transformed through processes of publication and digitization. The authors also explore different diary formats, including the travel diary, the private diary, conflict diaries written during periods of crisis, and the diaries of the digital era, such as blogs. The Diary offers a comprehensive overview of the genre, synthesizing decades of interdisciplinary study to enrich our understanding of, research about, and engagement with the diary as literary form and historical documentation.

The Crying Book

Author:Heather Christle

Publisher:Catapult

ISBN:1948226456

Total Pages:208

Viewed:1943

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This bestselling "lyrical, moving book: part essay, part memoir, part surprising cultural study" is an examination of why we cry, how we cry, and what it means to cry from a woman on the cusp of motherhood confronting her own depression (The New York Times Book Review). Heather Christle has just lost a dear friend to suicide and now must reckon with her own depression and the birth of her first child. As she faces her grief and impending parenthood, she decides to research the act of crying: what it is and why people do it, even if they rarely talk about it. Along the way, she discovers an artist who designed a frozen–tear–shooting gun and a moth that feeds on the tears of other animals. She researches tear–collecting devices (lachrymatories) and explores the role white women’s tears play in racist violence. Honest, intelligent, rapturous, and surprising, Christle’s investigations look through a mosaic of science, history, and her own lived experience to find new ways of understanding life, loss, and mental illness. The Crying Book is a deeply personal tribute to the fascinating strangeness of tears and the unexpected resilience of joy.

Cedar

Author:Hilary Stewart

Publisher:D & M Publishers

ISBN:9781926706474

Total Pages:192

Viewed:1098

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From the mighty cedar of the rainforest came a wealth of raw materials vital to the early Northwest Coast Indian way of life, its art and culture. For thousands of years these people developed the tools and technologies to fell the giant cedars that grew in profusion. They used the rot-resistant wood for graceful dugout canoes to travel the coastal waters, massive post-and-beam houses in which to live, steam bent boxes for storage, monumental carved poles to declare their lineage and dramatic dance masks to evoke the spirit world. Every part of the cedar had a use. The versatile inner bark they wove into intricately patterned mats and baskets, plied into rope and processed to make the soft, warm, yet water-repellent clothing so well suited to the raincoast. Tough but flexible withes made lashing and heavy-duty rope. The roots they wove into watertight baskets embellished with strong designs. For all these gifts, the Northwest Coast peoples held the cedar and its spirit in high regard, believing deeply in its healing and spiritual powers. Respectfully, they addressed the cedar as Long Life Maker, Life Giver and Healing Woman. Photographs, drawings, anecdotes, oral history, accounts of early explorers, traders and missionaries highlight the text.

Mirage of Life

Author:LIMNA

Publisher:OrangeBooks Publication

ISBN:

Total Pages:60

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Mirage of Life is a collection of poems about love, dreams, pain and suffering. A perfect melange of thoughts and experiences, the poems in this collection showcases the myriad shades of life. It is a compelling and engaging book for poetry lovers.

Diary of a Provincial Lady

Author:E. M. Delafield

Publisher:Pan Macmillan

ISBN:1509845178

Total Pages:N.A

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E. M. Delafield's largely autobiographical novel takes the form of a journal written by an upper-middle-class lady living in a Devonshire village. Written with humour, this charming novel is full of the peculiarities of daily life. The Provincial Lady of the title attempts to avoid disaster and prevent chaos from descending upon her household. But with a husband reluctant to do anything but doze behind The Times, mischievous children and trying servants, it's a challenge keeping up appearances on an inadequate income, particularly in front of the infuriating and haughty Lady Boxe. As witty and delightful today as when it was first published in 1930, Diary of a Provincial Lady is a brilliantly observed comic novel and an acknowledged classic. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an introduction by author and journalist Christina Hardyment. Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift-editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

Vintage Book Of Fathers

Author:L Guinness,Louise Guinness

Publisher:Random House

ISBN:1448130484

Total Pages:368

Viewed:390

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Ideal fathers, cruel fathers, puffed-up-with-pride fathers, horribly and humanly flawed fathers: this wonderful anthology contains a whole range of experience from the amazed joy of new fatherhood, to the pains of bereavement, from the comic and eccentric Papa to the sinister and silent Dad. Louise Guinness has collected irresistible extracts spanning nearly three thousand years, from Homer and the Bible to present day, from Chaucer to Beatrix Potter, Rabelais to Seamus Heaney.

Calliope's Diary

Author:Martha Gillis

Publisher:Xlibris Corporation

ISBN:1465325476

Total Pages:200

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Heres something different for your book club * A novel * The characters journals * Your journal Time to move beyond blank journal pages Calliopes Diary offers a personal journal full of ideas and questions designed to lead you to philosophize, organize, energize and ponder Calliopes Diary also tells the tales of the lives, labors and loves or interesting, modern women. Read their stories. Read their diaries and then add to this new and different type of journal. Its flirtation infidelity! Calliope declares after discovering that Mr. Amorous-Guy-at-Work has a girlfriend. Calli, as Calliope is informally called, shares her angst with her friend Clary as they alternately chit-chat and process their thoughts in their diaries. Calli is happily distracted by Clarys journal that organizes all aspects of her busy life. In Calliopes Diary, Calli connects with her seven closest friends who express their ideas and process their emotions with the help of their journals. Their other-than-blank journal pages: 1)Organize our thoughts and goals--in business ledger-inspired pages 2)Offer an opportunity to vent frustrationson pages with questions designed to pull forth the readers' feelings 3)Lead readers to discover what they are made ofby diagramming where they have been through the use of time lines and historical contexts 4)Assist journalers in further defining who they arethrough the use of lists of the readers' favorite things 5)Encourage us to be gratefulwith the help of calendar pages inviting reflections on thanks and manifesting 6)Focus our powerby using a series of tools both to define challenges and overcome 7)Help us determine life directionon divided pages that welcome both the ideas of the journal owner as well as the musings of a fellow diarist 8)Provide a place to reflect upon our beliefs--in a manifesto-type section that asks the reader to define her beliefs.

New Mistakes

Author:M. A. Thomas

Publisher:Steam Scene Pty Ltd

ISBN:0987640615

Total Pages:300

Viewed:601

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Why does growing up take so damn long? I'm so over being young and poor and bored. On the plus side, at least I finally have some friends. In the minus column though: 1 - I've been dumped (so that sucks). 2 - I'm in possession of evidence that could get me expelled and; 3 - I've lost internet privileges. . . AGAIN! I feel like all I do is write about all the mundane things that happen to me in this journal. Why can't my life be awesome and interesting? You know, like those kids on American sitcoms? The one's that never have to study Exponentiation or clean window tracks? The ones who aren't lower class Australians living in the middle of Butt F#*k nowhere. Told in first person diary entries, this unashamedly honest take on growing up Australian will have you questioning everything you ever thought you knew about high schoolers. "It's cringe-worthy, it's quirky AF and every young person should definitely read this series!" -The Book Review Project "This series helped me to reflect on my own life and finally start to get over my unfortunate teen years" - Amazon Reviewer.