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The Dark Design

By Philip Jose Farmer
  • ISBN Code: : 1429949147
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
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A New York Times bestsesller, The Dark Design is the third novel in Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction legend Philip José Farmer's Riverworld series. Milton Firebrass, once Mark Twain's enemy and now his greatest ally, plans to build a giant airship that can fly to the North Pole of Riverworld. Once there, he hopes to learn the secret of the mysterious tower that dominates the landscape and find the answer to his most urgent question: could the tower contain the Ethicals, the enigmatic beings that created Riverworld? Meanwhile, Jill Gulbirra is challenged for the job of piloting the airship by none other than Cyrano de Bergerac. As if there were not enough challenges facing the crew, they soon suspect there is an agent of the Ethicals among their number, plotting their destruction.... At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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A look back at the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, in celebration of her hundredth birthday Artist–Rebel–Pioneer Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the great American literary icons of the twentieth century, a protégé of Langston Hughes and mentor to a generation of poets, including Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, and Elizabeth Alexander. Her poetry took inspiration from the complex portraits of black American life she observed growing up on Chicago’s Southside—a world of kitchenette apartments and vibrant streets. From the desk in her bedroom, as a child she filled countless notebooks with poetry, encouraged by the likes of Hughes and affirmed by Richard Wright, who called her work “raw and real.” Over the next sixty years, Brooks’s poetry served as witness to the stark realities of urban life: the evils of lynching, the murders of Emmett Till and Malcolm X, the revolutionary effects of the civil rights movement, and the burgeoning power of the Black Arts Movement. Critical acclaim and the distinction in 1950 as the first black person ever awarded a Pulitzer Prize helped solidify Brooks as a unique and powerful voice. Now, in A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun, fellow Chicagoan and award-winning writer Angela Jackson delves deep into the rich fabric of Brooks’s work and world. Granted unprecedented access to Brooks’s family, personal papers, and writing community, Jackson traces the literary arc of this artist’s long career and gives context for the world in which Brooks wrote and published her work. It is a powerfully intimate look at a once-in-a-lifetime talent up close, using forty-three of Brooks’s most soul-stirring poems as a guide. From trying to fit in at school (“Forgive and Forget”), to loving her physical self (“To Those of My Sisters Who Kept Their Naturals”), to marriage and motherhood (“Maud Martha”), to young men on her block (“We Real Cool”), to breaking history (“Medgar Evers”), to newfound acceptance from her community and her elevation to a “surprising queenhood” (“The Wall”), Brooks lived life through her work. Jackson deftly unpacks it all for both longtime admirers of Brooks and newcomers curious about her interior life. A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun is a commemoration of a writer who negotiated black womanhood and incomparable brilliance with a changing, restless world—an artistic maverick way ahead of her time.

The Duke [Illustrated Edition]

By Philip Guedalla
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  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Book Code : 1786255030
  • Total of Pages : 595
  • Category : History
  • Members : 287
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Includes over 100 maps of the actions, engagements and battles of the entire Peninsular War. “Philip Guedalla wrote “The Duke” in 1931, when the exploits of the First Duke of Wellington were still generally known to his audience....In a brisk but witty narrative, Guedalla retraces the life and long career of Arthur Wesley, later Duke of Wellington. Wesley’s unpromising youth provides no foreshadowing of his future greatness...Guedalla rescues Wellington’s highly successful apprenticeship in arms in India from historical obscurity; only Jac Weller has covered that period better. Wellington’s successes in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo have been well-documented and Guedalla does not place undue emphasis on this portion of his career. Guedalla does carry the narrative forward into Wellington’s long career in government and in politics after Waterloo, where, despite long and faithful public service, he might fairly be said to have outlived his times. Wellington spent a military lifetime defeating the more rabid effects of the French Revolution; as a politician, he found himself often out of synch with the much more peaceful English Revolution that followed. It is Guedalla’s gift as an historian to place Wellington in the context of his times and especially of his social class as a member of the Anglo-Irish nobility. His extensive research into Wellington’s correspondence has produced a wealth of quotes that help provide a flavor of the man. Guedalla avoids the temptation to speculate; Wellington’s worlds and actions are allowed to speak for him. We come away with a sense of Wellington as a strict, disciplined, methodical, and confident military officer endowed with both an enormous amount of common sense about people and politics and with distinct pride and ambition about his own career. This book is highly recommended to students of the life of the Duke of Wellington.-D. S. Thurlow.

The Kettle Chronicles: The Black Dog of Bongay

By Stephen Morgan
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  • Publisher : Troubador Publishing Ltd
  • Book Code : 1800469691
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 970
  • Pdf File: the-kettle-chronicles.pdf

Book Short Summary:

It is Sunday morning on the 4th August 1577, in Bongay, a small town in North Suffolk. During a violent thunderstorm, the church is struck by lightning and two parishioners are killed while another is severely injured. Soon afterward, a pamphlet is published claiming that the deaths and injuries were caused by a giant ghostly black dog.

The Ice

By Stephen J. Pyne
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  • Publisher : University of Washington Press
  • Book Code : 0295805234
  • Total of Pages : 456
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 611
  • Pdf File: the-ice.pdf

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�The Ice is a compilation of more about ice than you knew you wanted to know, yet sheer compelling significance holds attention page by page. . . . Pyne conveys a view of Antarctica that interweaves physical science with humanistic inquiry and perception. His audacity as well as his presentation warrant admiration, for the implications of The Ice are vast.��New York Times Book Review

Wait For Me

By Kathryn Kaleigh
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  • Publisher : KST Publishing Inc
  • Book Code : 1647910587
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 350
  • Pdf File: wait-for-me.pdf

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Trapped for the long months of the siege, the residents of Vicksburg retreat into hiding. Isabella Quinn must focus above all else on surviving. But her past unexpectedly grasps her attention. Benjamin Richardson must protect civilians without distraction. What will they do to survive the siege? An enchanting and spellbinding historical romance set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.

Yates Paul, His Grand Flights, His Tootings

By James Baker Hall
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 0813193575
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 225
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James Baker Hall's blackly comic coming-of-age novel has been denied, by unfortunate circumstances surrounding its original 1964 publication, its rightful place alongside classics such as Catcher in the Rye and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in the canon of essential late-twentieth-century American fiction. Set in Lexington, Kentucky, the story unfolds through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Yates Paul. He becomes consumed with revelations about his inattentive father's loneliness, his grandmother's stormy relationship with his boisterous alcoholic uncle, and the frustration of being the best photography assistant in town when no one else knows it. In pursuing his career and falling in love with women twice his age, the precocious Yates falls back on Walter Mittyesque daydreams to cope with a frequently humorous, sometimes dark, world. Long respected among literary insiders, sought after but nearly impossible to obtain, this "lost" classic will finally reach the wider audience it deserves.

Bad Girl Blues

By Michael Kilian
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  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Book Code : 150402012X
  • Total of Pages : 295
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 467
  • Pdf File: bad-girl-blues.pdf

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A former fashion photographer encounters murder and corruption in New Orleans It’s too hot to sleep. It’s too hot to be up. This is New Orleans in the summer. And as dawn breaks on a sweltering July morning, André Derain awakens to a scream from his courtyard as a man is stabbed just below his window. Acting on impulse, Derain leaps out the window, in the buff, and chases the attacker down the alleyway, but the man with the knife gets away. By the time Derain returns to the courtyard, the victim has died. It’s just another day in the French Quarter. He should have known better than to get involved. Derain’s act of naked courage lands him in the middle of the police investigation, which turns out to be much bigger than this onetime fashion photographer can handle. With nothing but a zoom lens and charm to spare, Derain will learn that in the Crescent City, corruption runs as deep and muddy as the river itself. Bad Girl Blues is the 1st book in the Andy Derain Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.