The World Before Us

The World Before Us
Author: Aislinn Hunter
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780385680653
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Release: 2014-09-09
Editor: Doubleday Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The brilliant, hauntingly beautiful second novel, twelve years in the making, from a writer whose previous novel Stay was a Globe and Mail Top 100 pick, a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award, and made into a feature film. When she was just fifteen, smart, sensitive Jane Standen lived through a nightmare: she lost the sweet five-year-old girl she was minding during a walk in the woods. The little girl was never found, leaving her family, and Jane, devastated. Now the grown-up Jane is an archivist at a small London museum that is about to close for lack of funding. As her one last project, she is searching the archives for scraps of information related to another missing person--a woman who disappeared some 125 years ago from a Victorian asylum. As the novel moves back and forth between the museum in contemporary London, the Victorian asylum, and a dilapidated country house that seems to connect both missing people, it unforgettably explores the repercussions of small acts, the power of affection, and the irrepressible vitality of everyday objects and events. Here is a rivetting, gorgeously written novel that powerfully reminds us of the possibility that we are less alone than we might think.

The World Until Yesterday

The World Until Yesterday
Author: Jared Diamond
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9781846148156
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Release: 2013-01-10
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the author of No.1 international bestseller Collapse, a mesmerizing portrait of the human past that offers profound lessons for how we can live today Visionary, prize-winning author Jared Diamond changed the way we think about the rise and fall of human civilizations with his previous international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse. Now he returns with another epic - and groundbreaking - journey into our rapidly receding past. In The World Until Yesterday, Diamond reveals how traditional societies around the world offer an extraordinary window onto how our ancestors lived for the majority of human history - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms - and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature. Drawing extensively on his decades working in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Diamond explores how tribal societies approach essential human problems, from childrearing to conflict resolution to health, and discovers we have much to learn from traditional ways of life. He unearths remarkable findings - from the reason why modern afflictions like diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer's are virtually non-existent in tribal societies to the surprising benefits of multilingualism. Panoramic in scope and thrillingly original, The World Until Yesterday provides an enthralling first-hand picture of the human past that also suggests profound lessons for how to live well today. Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the seminal million-copy-bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was named one of TIME's best non-fiction books of all time, and Collapse, a #1 international bestseller. A professor of geography at UCLA and noted polymath, Diamond's work has been influential in the fields of anthropology, biology, ornithology, ecology and history, among others.

The Top of the World

The Top of the World
Author: Ethel M. Dell
Pages: 332
ISBN: EAN:4057664586858
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Release: 2019-12-04
Editor: Good Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The Top of the World" by Ethel M. Dell. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The World Before this One

The World Before this One
Author: Rafe Martin
Pages: 195
ISBN: 0590379763
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Release: 2002
Editor: Scholastic Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

After Crow and his grandmother are cast out of the Seneca tribe because they are unable to help make war, Crow hears the voice of the Storytelling Stone and comes to realize his own power to effect change, in a novel about the first boy storyteller.

If Only I Could

If Only I Could
Author: Greg M. Sarwa
Pages: 258
ISBN: 9780615696133
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Release: 2012-09-01
Editor: Ampol Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What if you had just learned that your days are about to come to an end? Would you quietly accept your destiny, or would you fight this one final battle? And what if the demons of your past disturb the delicate reconciliation you thought you had found? These are the questions facing John Kadel in "If only I could...," a simple story about love. This is not a romance. It is a tale of the true and lasting love each of us dreams about, the undeniable love only some of us find in a lifetime of searching. John Kadel is a stubborn, single old man with a colorful past and questions for which he has no answers. Not long after his doctor hands him a death sentence, John runs into someone from his past.

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780679645986
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Release: 2015-07-14
Editor: One World
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF OPRAH’S “BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH” • NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SPECIAL EVENT Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race” (Rolling Stone) NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE BY CNN • NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • People • Entertainment Weekly • Vogue • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • New York • Newsday • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Eternity

Eternity
Author: Maggie Shayne
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781945038792
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Release: 2020-03-17
Editor: Thunderfoot Publishing Inc.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“A rich, sensual, bewitching adventure of good vs. evil with love as the prize.” ~Publisher’s Weekly on ETERNITY 300 years ago, Raven St. James was hanged for witchcraft. But she revives among the dead to find herself alive. She is an Immortal High Witch, one of the light. A note from her mother warns that there are others, those of the Dark, who preserve their own lives by taking the hearts of those like her. Duncan Wallace’s forbidden love for the secretive lass costs him his life. 300 years later, he loves her again, tormented by hazy memories of a past that can’t be real. She tells him of another lifetime, claims to be immortal. Though he knows she’s deluded, he can’t stay away. And the Dark Witch after her heart is far closer than either of them know. If you liked the TV Series HIGHLANDER, you will LOVE this series. Don’t miss Book 2, INFINITY. “A hauntingly beautiful story of a love that endures through time itself.” ~New York Times Bestselling Author, Kay Hooper “This captivating story of a love that reaches across the centuries, becomes as immortal as the lover’s themselves, resonates with timeless passion, powerful magic, and haunting heartbreak.” ~BN.com’s official review

Ten Days that Shook the World

Ten Days that Shook the World
Author: John Reed
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9781510716797
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Release: 2017-09-05
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"This book is a slice of intensified history—history as I saw it.” So begins John Reed’s first-hand account of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Much anticipated when it was published in 1919, Reed’s narrative remains as riveting today as when the events he describes were still reverberating throughout the world. Reed was hardly a disinterested observer, and his involvement in the Communist labor movement lends urgency and passion to his classic account. He vividly describes events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace and seized the reins of power. Despite Reed’s personal leanings, which he made no attempt to hide, the book garnered praise from luminaries across the political spectrum. George F. Kennan, the American diplomat, and father of the policy of Soviet containment, said that “Reed’s account of the events of that time rises above every other contemporary record for its literary power, its penetration, its command of detail. It will be remembered when all others are forgotten." Reed was committed to telling the story of the Russian revolution as truthfully as possible. That the book was banned by Russian premier Josef Stalin is a testament to the author’s success in carrying out his mission. One hundred years after Russia and the world trembled, Ten Days that Shook the World brings alive the momentous events of 1917.

Life as We Knew it

Life as We Knew it
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Pages: 347
ISBN: 9780152061548
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Release: 2008
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Through journal entries, sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

Waves

Waves
Author: José Ramón Torres
Pages: 88
ISBN: 9780992968458
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Release: 2015-12-01
Editor: José Ramón Torres
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“The only thing to be done with this country is leave it, once and for all.” Ángel could never have pictured himself in a situation like this — hungry, tired, and unsure if he’ll live to see tomorrow. But no price is too high for his family’s future. Waves plunges the reader into a world of dominoes, rum, cigars, sex, drugs, boleros and sharks, while weaving together three episodes of Cuban mass migration to the United States. A book about Cuba which doesn’t side with left or right, but with ordinary people suffocated by circumstances. A tribute to migrants, their hopes and sacrifices.

The World Before

The World Before
Author: Ruth Montgomery
Pages: 288
ISBN: 034547029X
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Release: 1995-01-01
Editor: Fawcett Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In 1971, Arthur Ford gave Ruth Montgomery six predictions, published in A World Beyond. Every one has come true! In The World Before, he and the Guides offer secret lore of the past and startling new glimpses of the future. Here is the extraordinary story

Views and Reviews

Views and Reviews
Author: Henry James
Pages: 170
ISBN: 9798587479562
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Release: 2020-12-28
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

I do not remember, in all her novels, an instance of gross misery of any kind not directly caused by the folly of the sufferer. There are no pictures of vice or poverty or squalor. There are no rags, no gin, no brutal passions. That average humanity which she favours is very borné in intellect, but very genial in heart, as a glance at its repre-sentatives in her pages will convince us. In Adam Bede, there is Mr. Irwine, the vicar, with avowedly no qualifica-tion for his profession, placidly playing chess with his mother, stroking his dogs, and dipping into Greek trage-dies; there is the excellent Martin Poyser at the Farm, good-natured and rubicund; there is his wife, somewhat too sharply voluble, but only in behalf of cleanliness and honesty and order; there is Captain Donnithorne at the Hall, who does a poor girl a mortal wrong, but who is, af-ter all, such a nice, good-looking fellow; there are Adam and Seth Bede, the carpenter's sons, the strongest, purest, most discreet of young rustics.

Blessed

Blessed
Author: Burt Boyar
Pages: 310
ISBN: 0971039275
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Release: 2012-07
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An amazing life. As a New Yorker brought up in the world of Broadway theater, the author, Burt Boyar, became a child radio actor earning $1000 a week in the late 1930's, early 40's, playing Archie on Archie Andrews, Billy Batson on Captain Marvel, Dexter Franklin on Corliss Archer, etc. etc. Then he became a caviar taster, a polo player, a widely syndicated Broadway columnist, close friend and biographer to Sammy Davis, Jr. with the worldwide Best Selling book, Yes I Can. Then, an intimate of the world's greatest tennis players, Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, etc. which brought him and beloved wife, Jane, to Spain where they lived for 28 glorious years in a beach house in Marbella as close friends of Chief of State General Francisco Franco's family, among other European dazzlers, until Jane's untimely death brought their idyllic 44 year marriage to an end. Burt returned to the U.S., to Los Angeles, where he is living yet another extraordinary life.

33 Bits

33 Bits
Author: Jane Bash
Pages: 388
ISBN: 1439248508
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Release: 2009-10-01
Editor: Booksurge Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In 33 Bits, a gold charm bracelet tangibly records the adventure, friendships, love, and disappointment experienced by a young American woman during a life-changing journey to England.

Benevolent

Benevolent
Author: Devon Trevarrow Flaherty
Pages: 406
ISBN: 0988965100
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Release: 2013-02
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Gaby LeFevre is a suburban, Midwestern firecracker, growing up in the 80s and 90s and saving the world one homeless person, centenarian, and orphan at a time. With her crew of twin sister, Annie, smitten Mikhail, and frenemy Mel, she's a pamphlet-wielding humanitarian, tackling a broken world full of heroes and heroines, villains and magical seeds, and Northwyth stories. Beginning with a roadkill-burying nine-year-old and a gas-leak explosion, it follows Gaby as she traverses childhood and young adulthood with characteristic intensity and a penchant for disaster. Meanwhile, the large cast of compelling characters entertains and the Northwyth legends draw you into their magic.

You and Me Against the World

You and Me Against the World
Author: Raymond Esposito
Pages: 326
ISBN: 1481055836
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Release: 2013-01-02
Editor: Createspace Independent Pub
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The world is infected and humanity is reduced to creatures of vicious insanity. Doctor Thorn's rescue by a group of young survivors is just the beginning of their nightmarish journey to survive. In this apocalyptic landscape, humankind has one final hope that rests on the strength and determination of 10 young men and women.

Perceptions

Perceptions
Author: Sam Mansourou
Pages: 336
ISBN: 1512068268
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Release: 2017-03-07
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Mansourou comes out of the gate firing and does not relent in this criticism of religious notions and influence. Rather than refer to religion in general terms or acts in the name of religion, Mansourou attacks religious undertones and what is not often looked at in religious subtext along with modern religious theology for their shallow and vacant themes in today's complex society.

1913

1913
Author: Charles Emmerson
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9781847922267
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Release: 2013
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Most retrospective accounts of the world in 1913 reduce it to either its most frivolous features u last bright summers in grand aristocratic residences u or to its most destructive ones: the rivalries of great European powers, rumbling social unrest in Russia and the angst of Viennese coffee houses. The portraits that result are dominated either by the faded pastels of aristocratic indulgence or the undifferentiated blackness of a world on the brink of the abyss. The true nature of the times u optimistic, modern and internationalist, as much as pessimistic, archaic and nationalist u is lost. 1913: The World before the Great War proposes a different and more expansive portrait of 1913, returning this world to its contemporary freshness. It brings key elements u the way it was ordered, its presumptions, its expectations for the future u back to life. It paints a coherent picture without skimming over differences, or ignoring contradictions. What emerges is unexpected: more richly patterned, more diverse and more outwardly secure. Through the stories of cities from Detroit to Bombay, Winnipeg to Durban, Tokyo to Algiers, Charles Emmerson reveals a year in which a truly global society was emerging for the first time in human history.

Dark Sun Bright Moon

Dark Sun  Bright Moon
Author: Oliver Sparrow
Pages: 576
ISBN: 1500432016
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Release: 2014-07-17
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Human sacrifice, communities eaten from within, a vast mind blazing under the mud of Lake Titicaca; the rise and fall of empires cruel and kind. In the Andes of a thousand years ago, the Huari empire is sick. Its communities are being eaten from within by a plague, a contagion that is not of the body but of something far deeper, a plague that has taken their collective spirit. Rooting out this parasite is a task that is laid upon Q'ilyasisa, a young woman from an obscure little village on the forgotten borders of the Huari empire. This impossible mission is imposed on her by a vast mind, a sentience that has ambitions to shape all human life. Her response to this entails confrontations on sacrificial pyramids, long journeys through the Amazonian jungle and the establishment of not just one but two new empires. Her legacy shapes future Andean civilisation until the arrival of the Spanish. Dark Sun, Bright Moon explores the unique Andean metaphysic: not one of gods and heavens, but a cosmology developed over millennia of isolation, developed over generations by its practitioners but at constant war with the various state religions. It has been systematised from current beliefs, but is essentially authentic to them. As described in the book, therefore, this cosmology is a concrete thing, neither magic nor religion but a technology with a logic of its own that drives the story line. However, this is above all an adventure story in which credible people undertake rational if desperate acts in the face of extreme threat. Dark Sun, Bright Moon is illustrated with over a hundred images (B&W, engravings and maps) and consists of around 170,000 words set in 40 chapters and an appendix, which last gives extensive background material. The author knows modern Peru very well, and has visited all of the physical sites that are described in the book.

Can You Hear Us

Can You Hear Us
Author: Tanisha Ray,Naye G. Soul,Reginald P. M. Sweet,Jamie Brannon
Pages: 142
ISBN: 1507618433
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Release: 2015-01-17
Editor: CreateSpace
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

CAN YOU HEAR US is a collaboration of poetry and variety of life stories that are being shared. Stories of love, heartbreak, the challenges of the world and much more. Please take a seat and relax to the voices of poetry and let the words meditate through your mind.