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There Was a Country
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

There Was a Country

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-10-11
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  • Publisher: Penguin

From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart—a long-awaited memoir of coming of age in a fragile new nation, and its destruction in a tragic civil war For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Decades in the making, There Was a Country is a towering account of one of modern Africa’s most disastrous events, from a writer whose words and courage left an enduring stamp on world literature. A marriage of history and memoir, vivid firsthand observation and decades of research and reflection, There Was a Country is a work whose wisdom and compassion remind us of Chinua Achebe’s place as one of the great literary and moral voices of our age.

Rethinking Possible
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 330

Rethinking Possible

Becky Galli was born into a family that valued the power of having a plan. With a pastor father and a stay-at-home mother, her 1960s southern upbringing was bucolic—even enviable. But when her brother, only seventeen, died in a waterskiing accident, the slow unraveling of her perfect family began. Though grief overwhelmed the family, twenty-year-old Galli forged onward with her life plans—marriage, career, and raising a family of her own—one she hoped would be as idyllic as the family she once knew. But life had less than ideal plans in store. There was her son’s degenerative, undiagnosed disease and subsequent death; followed by her daughter’s autism diagnosis; her separation; and...

The Prophet
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 64

The Prophet

The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry fables written in English by the Lebanese-American artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. Originally published in 1923, it is Gibran's best known work and has been translated into over 40 different languages. The prophet, Almustafa, has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years and is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition. The book is divided into chapters dealing with work, love, marriage, eating and drinking, joy and sorrow, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, pleasure, beauty, religion, crime and punishment, reason and passion, and death.

Quarterback Trap
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 294

Quarterback Trap

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2015-02-12
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Port City is excited to be hosting the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys in the first Super Bowl in its fabulous, new billion-dollar stadium. Chuck McCrary's old friend from high-school football, Bob Martinez, is starting quarterback for the Jets.One week before the game, Martinez's supermodel fiancée, Graciela, disappears in the middle of the night from the headquarters hotel of the Super Bowl. Martinez hires Chuck to find her, but won't let Chuck involve the police.That same day the odds on the Super Bowl game change dramatically when someone bets a hundred million dollars on the Cowboys to beat the point spread. Is it Vicente Vidali, the New Jersey casino owner and mob boss? Did he ki...

Which Brings Me to You
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

Which Brings Me to You

A two-sided look at modern love-- and lust-- by two bestselling writers at the top of their form. Two rambunctious, romantic flameouts. One boring wedding. One heated embrace in a quiet coatroom. This is not exactly the recipe for true love. John and Jane's lusty encounter at a friend's wedding isn't really the beginning of anything with any weight to it; even they know that. When they manage to pull back, it occurs to them that they might start this whole thing over properly. They might try getting to know one another first, through letters. What follows is a series of traded confessions-- of their messy histories, their past errors, their big loves, their flaws, and their passions. Each love affair, confessed as honestly as possible, reveals the ways in which Jane and John have grown and changed-- or not changed-- over the years; the people they've hurt, the ones still bruised. The ones who bruised them.Where all of this soul-baring will take them is the burning question behind every letter-- a question that can only be answered when they meet again, finally, in the flesh.

Modern Buddhism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 436

Modern Buddhism

A guide to the Buddha's teachings explains the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation and philosophy and provides practical explanations for developing compassion and wisdom to achieve lasting happiness.

The Unbound Soul
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 202

The Unbound Soul

his memoir tells the true story of a boy's vision inspired adventure across the globe in search of enlightenment through the study of martial, meditation and healing arts. In The Unbound Soul, Richard L. Haight reveals the profoundly simple yet elusive truth that illuminates your life, he provides a unique meditation method, and he outlines a set of powerful awareness tools to assist you on your personal path. Most importantly, a precise and totally functional method to resolve the disharmony and suffering of the mind is revealed, a method whose application brings about a fearless life of unconditioned love, passion, and inspiration - a life filled with power and presence, free of regret.Ric...

Ulysses
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 854

Ulysses

An extraordinary look at an ordinary dayJune 16, 1904in the life of a middle-aged Jewish man living in Dublin, Ireland. Leopold Bloom, who is sure that his wife is being unfaithful, must come to terms with how that affects their marriage and whether it changes the nature of their love for one another. Richly detailed stream-of-consciousness narration immerses the reader in the thoughts and emotions of the characters as they deal with the normal events of daily life in Dublin, as well as grander issues like sexuality, prejudice, birth, and death. This is an unabridged version of Irish author James Joyce's groundbreaking modernist tale, which parallels Homer's Odyssey. It was first published serially in the American journal The Little Review between 1918 and 1921, and published in novel form in 1922 in Paris.

Drive
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Drive

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011-04-05
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  • Publisher: Penguin

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick ...

The Nectar of Pain
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

The Nectar of Pain

In The Nectar of Pain, Zebian sheds light on the feelings and experiences that emerge from a painful heartbreak. She writes that the process of cleansing oneself of that pain—day by day, hour by hour, and second by second—is the real work of healing. With uncommon warmth and wisdom, Zebian empowers all who have lost to let go of anger and transform their suffering into the softness, sweetness, and beauty of nectar. She holds her readers by the hand as they heal.