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14-year-old Dedicates Childhood To Changing The World, One Poem At A...

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14-year-old Dedicates Childhood to Changing the World, One Poem at a Time Rayan Abdul-Baki's new poetry book offers solutions to worldwide issues. My book doesn?t demand perfection, but the best virtues our mother earth can cause. We should attempt and maintain a world free of sins and sadness. (PRWEB) December 13, 2013 For most teens, value tends to be placed on things like going to the mall, playing with friends, seeing the latest film, etc. Rayan Abdul-Baki is not most teens. This 14-year-old author has raised money for philanthropy- leading a bake sale for a local children?s organization that raised more than $440, has been recognized by his teachers for several excellency awards, and has published a spiritual poetry book, ?Words from the Sky? at his young age. ?My book is aimed at all audiences, but specifically to whom are in pain, conflict, sadness or misery,? Abdul-Baki says. ?These are problems occurring endlessly, and my book can fix it, pointing readers to my lofty dream of a heavenly world taking place one day.? ?Words from the Sky? is an inspirational collection of poetry that seeks to nourish readers? souls and ease the pressures of daily life. Abdul-Baki?s goal is that his new book will awaken a social consciousness in readers in terms of such prominent social issues as animal abuse, environmental abuse and general conflict among people. ?My book doesn?t demand perfection, but the best virtues our mother earth can cause,? Abdul-Baki says. ?We should attempt and maintain a world free of sins and sadness.? ?Words from the Sky? by Rayan Abdul-Baki Hardcover, $31.98

Author John Crawley Announces New Novel, Letters From Paris

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Put PRWeb on your site Author John Crawley Announces New Novel, Letters from Paris Author John Crawley announces the publication of his 13th novel, Letters from Paris. Crawley?s latest work revolves around the life and writings of expatriate, Clare de Fontroy, the daughter of a slave who chronicles the evolution of society through the 20th century. ?John Crawley has done it again. He has strung together a narrative of history and romance, a tale of a battle of a daughter of a slave that belongs to us all." -Karen Ryder, San Francisco Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) December 11, 2013 Author John Crawley announces the publication of his 13th novel, Letters from Paris. Published in association with LULU Press, Crawley?s latest work revolves around the life and writings of expatriate, Clare de Fontroy, the daughter of a slave who chronicles the evolution of society through the 20th century. Clare de Fontroy is a poet, a journalist, a philosopher, a resistance fighter, a civil rights advocate, and, most importantly, a woman who never backs down from any hurdle life places in her path. She shares her observations of World War II and subsequent years with such luminaries as John Dos Passos, Dorothy Parker, and Ernest Hemingway. As her writings reveal, she becomes more and more radicalized about her views of Afro-Americans? treatment in the United States. Slowly, her drift to the left conflicts with her good friend, Dos Passos?s, drift to the right. Their war of words is made painfully public in this story, as their friendship dissolves into spiteful one liners hurled against each other. ?Clare was a minor character in one of my earlier books,? said Crawley in a recent interview. ?She and her verse were cameos in much longer stories. Over the years I have let her drift in and out of several novels, then one day I thought it might be fun to create her backstory and write a novel about her life. I wanted her to tell the reader from an insider?s view about the Great Depression, the Lost Generation, the Harlem Renaissance in Montmartre, and the war years. ?I wanted her to express her view of the civil rights movement, and, as a musician myself, to acknowledge the demise of Jazz after the war. She created quite a spring board for story telling opportunities.? Letters from Paris Synopsis: Based solely on the fictional life of Ms. de Fontroy, the book covers the lives of many great members of the Lost Generation. It covers World War II from behind the enemy lines, and offers a refreshing look at the courage of an elderly Afro-American woman standing up against the McCarthy years of black balling, insidious innuendo and name-calling. Clare de Fontroy was tough as nails in her politics, and gentle as a feather on the wind with her prose and poetry. Idealist, ideater, idol?she was all of these things and more. But deep inside, she was a woman who wanted to change the world ? one person at a time. And if she had you in her crosshairs, you got a letter: a letter from Paris. About John Crawley: John Crawley is a Dallas, Texas-based writer. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Crawley is the author of the award-winning novels, The Man on the Grassy Knoll, Stuff and Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt, The Myth Makers, Fishing Lessons, as well as his popular serial novel, Dream Chaser. Visit http://www.johncrawleybooks.com Praise for John Crawley?s Letters from Paris: ?I know?Clare de Fontroy is fiction?but it seemed as if her labored breathing fell in time with my own as I sat and read every word of her letters. John Crawley has done it again. He has strung together a narrative of history, a story of romance, a tale of a battle between right and wrong and placed it all on the shoulders of a frail black woman who was the daughter of a slave and the product of an America who saw her only as a wrinkled old negro ? not the scholar or the artist she truly was. Her fight for civil rights belongs to us all. Every American who breathes this rarified air above our great land, should pick up her cause and march forward as she did.? ? Karen Ryder

Here Be Dragons | @guardianletters

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Welsh flagThe Guardian , Tuesday 10 December 2013 16.00 EST One of the dragons somehow ended up on the Welsh flag, known as Y Ddraig Goch (the Red Dragon). Photograph: Alamy. Why did Philip Hoare's wide-ranging survey of dragon myths and beliefs ( Enter the dragon , G2, 10 December) not mention any of the many native British dragon myths? One of the 11th-century Welsh Mabinigion tales relates how Llud rids Britain of two squabbling dragons, removing them from the centre of Britain at present-day Oxford and locking them up securely in an underground pool below Dinas Emrys in Snowdonia. Nennius's Historia Brittonium has the prophet Merddyn Emrys (Merlin Ambrosius) identifying the two dragons as symbols of the native Welsh and the Saxon invaders; and Geoffrey of Monmouth in his Historia Regum Britanniae refers to the role of these dragons in the defeat of the British leader Vortigern by the Saxons. One of the dragons somehow ended up on the Welsh flag, known as Y Ddraig Goch (the Red Dragon). Tolkien would certainly have known these rich myths and they may have influenced the creation of Smaug. Paul Thomas Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex Sign up for the Guardian Today Our editors' picks for the day's top news and commentary delivered to your inbox each morning.
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Emma In Paris

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Tweet KIRKUS REVIEW In this second book about a travel-loving bird named Emma (Emma?s Journey, 2010), the little sparrow sets sail across the Atlantic to meet her Parisian cousin. Emma, who was ?born and raised in New York City,? decides to visit her cousin Amélie, who lives in Montmartre. With limited language skills and Amélie?s address clutched under her tiny wing, Emma sets out looking for her home. Undeterred by a pair of rude avian pedestrians who ignore her and an old mouse who can?t hear her, the resourceful bird uses her last few cents to purchase a French-English dictionary, which she enthusiastically studies. She befriends a cat, Edouard, and he guides Emma to her cousin. Amélie regales Emma with her stories about her life as a performer in a street circus?and then, to Emma?s delight, Amélie recruits her to join the act. Frossard?s charming illustrations are creatively integrated into Urbain?s colorful, slice-of-Parisian-life photographs?from its famed monuments to its scenic, hidden alleyways. In this Paris, the small-sized animal world of mice, cats, dogs and birds goes about its everyday life: underfoot, in trees, at the market, unnoticed by the humans. Funny images are everywhere; a pair of crows jog by in running shoes and headbands, and a cat works as a DJ, outfitted with headphones and record player. Au revoir, Emma, until (we hope) Book 3. (Picture book. 5-8) Pub Date:Dec. 4th, 2013
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Showdown At Shinagawa Tells Tales Of Filming On The Road

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Put PRWeb on your site Showdown at Shinagawa Tells Tales of Filming on the Road New book about the international adventures of working film crews making a living in the fascinating, unpredictable, sometimes dark, often comical world of the film and video business, as they overcome numbing jetlag, deal with personal and professional challenges, and sometimes gain a deep sense of satisfaction. Front Cover, Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil Bill?s writing has the quality of a warm beverage on a cold day: smooth, comforting, welcoming. His words flow, his stories build, and before you know it you?re laughing along with him or feeling his pain. Albany, CA (PRWEB) December 04, 2013 Part armchair travel book, part personal memoir, Bill Zarchy?s Showdown at Shinagawa: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil takes readers inside the international adventures of working film crews making a living in the fascinating, unpredictable, sometimes dark, often comical world of the film and video business. Showdown at Shinagawa features 18 tales?from Japan, India, China, Uganda, the Philippines, New Zealand, France, Singapore, England, Taiwan, Mexico and Brazil?and 21 pages of color photos, the rich experiences of a director of photography whose assignments have taken him to 30 countries and 40 states. The book is available on Amazon now as a 216-page paperback (with 21 pages of color photos), and in Kindle, Nook, and iBook versions. Showdown at Shinagawa is funny and poignant, adding serious, silly, and sardonic perspective to Zarchy?s adventures shooting on the road. He and his crews overcome numbing jetlag, deal with personal and professional challenges, and sometimes gain a deep sense of satisfaction. And ? every day is different. "Bill?s writing has the quality of a warm beverage on a cold day: smooth, comforting, welcoming," says Larry Habegger, Executive Editor of Travelers? Tales, in his Introduction to the book. "Reading his work makes you feel you?re engaged in a conversation, that he?s talking to you and bringing you into his world and gauging your responses. His words flow, his stories build, and before you know it you?re laughing along with him or feeling his pain." Habegger continues: "In this volume of tales about his filming experiences around the world, Bill takes us behind the scenes of international film production [?] Everywhere he turns he encounters cultural illuminations or obstacles [?] His stories are peopled with characters, whether his production team cronies, the subjects of their shoots, local hires, or people met along the way [?] He even makes a personal connection with Bill Clinton over the loss of their dogs." Zarchy brings us along for the ride on a darkly funny bus trip down the deadly Bombay-Pune Road in "Wrecks and Pissers," drags us through the disorienting milieu of Singapore?s high-tech cleanrooms in "No Worry, Chicken Curry," faces a surreal Tokyo bowling-for-budget match in the title story "Showdown at Shinagawa," and shares the challenge of filming former President Clinton while dealing with family tragedy in "Dog Years." And so on, across six continents, over three decades of his work. Sometimes he deals with famous people?Clinton, Steve Jobs, and Morgan Freeman?more often with ordinary folks. Despite the numbing jetlag, cultural disorientation, frustration with clients, and unpredictable weather that are an inevitable part of international film shoots, Zarchy maintains his sense of humor and the ridiculous, and a strong belief in the warmth of people all over the world. Working with crew people and clients from everywhere, he has developed a fine ear for dialogue, a witty style of storytelling, and a keen insight into the dissonance that often occurs when cultures clash. About the Author Bill Zarchy is a freelance director of photography, writer, and teacher based in San Francisco. He has shot film and video projects in 30 countries and 40 states, including interviews with three former presidents for the Emmy-winning West Wing Documentary Special. Other credits include the Grammy-winning music video Please Hammer Don?t Hurt ?Em, the feature films Conceiving Ada and Read You Like A Book, the PBS science series Closer to Truth, countless high-end corporate projects for a wide variety of technology and medical companies, and live musical performances as diverse as Wagner?s Ring cycle, the Grateful Dead, and Weird Al Yankovic. Zarchy's tales from the road, technical articles, and personal essays have appeared in magazines and newspapers, Travelers? Tales and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, and on his Roving Camera Blog . For a number of years, he has belonged to the San Francisco-based writers? collective Townsend 11 and has contributed stories to each of their first three anthologies: No Fixed Destination, No Set Boundaries, and No Definite Plans. Zarchy has an AB in Government from Dartmouth and an MA in Film from Stanford. He has taught Advanced Cinematography and Lighting to graduate students at San Francisco State University since 2002. Showdown at Shinagawa is his first book.

Philip Reid Saves The Statue Of Freedom

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Tweet KIRKUS REVIEW A slave in Washington, D.C., has the expertise to make possible the casting in bronze of the statue atop the Capitol Building. As a child, Reid learned to work with clay and wood from an older slave on a plantation in South Carolina. Sold to Clark Mills, a sculptor, Reid mastered the skills required to create bronze statues. When Mills was commissioned to cast the plaster mold of the Statue of Freedom in 1859, he took Reid with him. To everyone?s consternation, the plaster model was in one piece, and the Italian craftsman responsible for this wanted more money to disassemble it into its constituent parts. It was Reid who carefully determined where the seams were so that the mold could be separated and moved to a foundry to be cast. During the Civil War, the statue was placed on the Capitol dome, and slaves in the District of Columbia were granted emancipation. Paperwork from Reid?s owner requesting promised payment for his manumitted slaves is reproduced on the endpapers. Lapham and Walton invent dialogue in their narration, but they make Reid?s work exciting and provide a good picture of what little is known of him. Christie?s paintings are characteristically powerful, more impressionistic than realistic. A photograph of the statue, sources and further reading would have been a plus. A good introduction to the growing knowledge of the vital role slaves played in building Washington, D.C. (epilogue, authors? note) (Picture book. 4-7) Pub Date:Dec. 1st, 2013
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Dear Dr. Romance: My Wife Is Reading Romance Novels

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Dear Dr. Romance: My wife is reading romance novels Dear Dr. Romance For many many years, i have been the income earner for our 4 kids and my wife while she was home raising the kids.  Day in day out I was working sometimes three jobs. I got into a career that took 10-15 hrs per day for the first three years - the money was great and I thought everything was going awesome especially since everyone was enjoying spending my money on lavish things. Then my wife started taking courses in night school with her friend. Dressing nicely, make up the whole bit...for school? Then one course led to another, and she took some with my eldest daughter as well. Then one day i noticed that she was getting emails from a classmate who was male.  It was pretty personal stuff like "what do you want to do with your life?" type questions. I also found that she was reading tons of romance novels. we had it out, cried lots, and mended our relationship.  She said i was always cranky and in bad moods.  I guess from being tired, working always and coming home to a messy house and lazy teens did that to me. Anyway, she said she was going to stop reading romance, because it bothered me so much, and that she wouldn't email any "guys" from class. 1 yr went by and things have been awesome...until i found some new romance novels. They disturb me because they are fake, about affairs, etc...why read them? I confronted her and she said she would never stop reading them. It bothers me so much that she won't stop reading them.  I feel belittled that she is reading about hunky guys and sex.  I stopped facebook, I stopped the occasional drink of beer, I stopped lots of things because it bothers her, but she can't stop the one thing that bothers me. I've even said, I don't care what your read, just not that filth. It makes me feel bad. What to do? I know she is not cheating because we are always around each other; unless she is occassional teaching at the school which she did lots of this past year. Help! Am I nutz, or do you see a problem? Hi, Jason: Awesome for you may not be awesome for her. You are obviously an excellent provider, and most women want that, but when good providing means you neglect your wife, marriages tend to suffer. Romance novels are a women's version of porn, because women are not turned on by sex, but by romantic attention. She's trying to get from books what she's not getting from you. The problem these books create is that real life can never live up to the romance novel version, so the books (like porn) can become addictive. Your wife isn't feeling loved, wanted, needed.  She probably feels pressured, controlled and not respected.  She's somewhat emotionally immature, in that she's not recognizing her own needs and coming to you asking to fix the problem. Instead, she's escaping into romance novels to get her "fix" of affection and attention. Your own emotional immaturity shows in that you don't realize when you're being neglectful and cranky, and take charge of fixing that. You and your wife need to have another "have it out" session, although I think it would work better just to say "I realize you're not happy, and I want to know what I can do about it." Read a couple of romance novels yourself, to see what she's looking for. I recommend couples counseling: use the  "Guidelines for Finding and Using Therapy Wisely"  to find a good therapist.   "Apology and Forgiveness"  will show you how to take responsibility for your part in the problem.   "Couples Can Cooperate for Success"  contains guidelines you and your wife can use to solve your problems together and  "Lighten Up - Cures for Marital Boredom"  contains suggestions for adding some excitement and passion back into your relationship. Love Styles: How to Celebrate Your Differences  has the guidelines you need to begin to listen and accept each other as you are. For free relationship tips and courses,  LoveForever.com Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D.

National Book Award Winners Announced

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Altered by Gennifer AlbinBurial Rites by Hannah Kent Burial Rites based on the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, In 1829, she was convicted along with two others, of murdering two men and setting a... read more The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt I wish your reviews went higher than 5 ?.. I would give this book a 10. Although 800 pages in length, I was bereft when I had to finish the last... read more
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The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, Our Cookbook Of The Week - Village Voice (blog)

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The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, our Cookbook of the Week By Hannah Palmer Egan Tue., Nov. 26 2013 at 8:00 AM Categories: Cookbook of the Week All images courtesy Grand Central Publishing Publishers love to send us cookbooks here at Fork in the Road, and often those books come straight from the chefs at some of New York's best restaurants. So we decided to share the love, and each week, we'll feature a new book, a recipe, and a few thoughts on cooking from the authors. Check back every Tuesday for a new book. By Emma Elsen and Melissa Elsen, 224 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $30 Happy Thanksgiving week. Why not bake a pie? Four & Twenty Blackbirds (439 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-499-2917) founders Emma and Melissa Elsen didn't mean to open a pie shop, or at least not at first. But when the economy tanked in the late-aughts, their careers in fine art and finance weren't really working out, and the sisters, having grown up in their family's restaurant in Hecla, South Dakota, already had a lifetime of food-service experience and a particular fondness for baking. So they got busy testing recipes: They baked for friends, family, anyone they could. Desserts that began in their Crown Heights kitchen quickly found their way to loft dinner parties in Bushwick (circa 2008, before the neighborhood totally blew up), and word traveled quickly that these sisters could really bake. They started taking catering orders but never thought of opening their own shop until late 2009 when they stumbled on an empty corner storefront in Gowanus, an area that was having quite a moment at that point. And no baker in New York City was fully devoting their time to making great pie, and that was a shame -- and these ladies happened to be really, really great at it. So they built out the space with their own four hands and help from friends, and Four & Twenty Blackbirds opened in 2010. The shop immediately garnered a following for creative, ingredient-driven, seasonal pies and tarts like salted caramel apple, Bluebarb slab, malted chocolate pecan, and many, many others. Their focus on seasonality translates to the book, where pies are helpfully organized by season: apple, grape, and nut pies for fall, citrus for winter, rhubarb for spring, and blueberries and stone fruits for summer. The book also includes eleven crusts -- traditional ones grounded in butter or lard, as well as gluten-free and vegan choices, and the crumbles and streusels you'll want to put on top, and tips on ingredients, sourcing, and technique. Pie-lovers, this could just be your bible. On the next page, the Elsen sisters dish on their grandma's pies, Alice Waters and baking failures.

Day In, Day Out: Three Not-at-all-boring Books On Tedium

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One More Theory About HappinessOne More Theory About Happiness One More Theory About Happiness A Memoir Independent Booksellers » Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How? Paul Guest ? poet, teacher, Whiting Award winner ? is also a quadriplegic. In this beautiful, touching, sometimes-heartbreaking memoir, he puts his considerable literary talent to work in describing what it's like to suddenly lose, at the age of 12, one's ability to move. Moments after crashing his bicycle, he writes, "There seemed to be no body any longer below my neck." What follows is a compendium of doctors, nurses, physical therapists and wheelchairs, as well as all those things that happen when basic human locomotion has been almost entirely eliminated. He waits for medical staff to come care for him; he passes time by watching the "constant motion and babble" of television; he rides 100 miles home from the hospital in his parents' van, "reclined flat, staring up at the roof." "Often I was bored, listless," Guest writes. He may be incapacitated, but he's not defeated, and one of the great pleasures of this book is in experiencing Guest's rediscovery of satisfaction as he goes to college, becomes a poet and gets engaged. The body is paralyzed, but the heart and mind are not. The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life Dani Shapiro Independent Booksellers » Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How? Is there any job more tedious than being a writer? Dani Shapiro doesn't think so. In this revelatory book ? part memoir, part how-to ? she demystifies the writing life once and for all. Here's her typical day at the desk: "sit again, get up, comb my hair, sit again, stare at the screen, check e-mail, stand up..." Anger with reviews, disappointment with book sales, jealousy of other writers: all are chronicled, interspersed with the more quotidian difficulties of distraction, discipline and self-doubt. She also recounts her extraordinary, at times tumultuous life, including her Orthodox Jewish upbringing, the death of her parents, her collegiate affair with an older, married man and the nearly terminal illness of her son. For a human being, this material is tragic, but for a writer it's gold. It's the hot coal that fuels the slow-chugging machine. "I inch forward," she tells us, "a sentence at a time. I read a few paragraphs back, then move forward only when I'm satisfied." It's a generational condition, handed down by Shapiro's mother, who never was able to realize her own dream of being a writer. As a little girl, Shapiro would fall asleep listening to the relentless, monotonous and now-obsolete sound of the typewriter: "Tikatikatikatikatika, ding! Tikatikatikatikatika, ding!" There's a Road to Everywhere Except Where You Came from Bryan Charles Independent Booksellers » Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How? Bryan Charles had ambitions to be an author until he took a job writing prospectuses for Morgan Stanley. He unflinchingly details the crushing monotony of life inside an office cubicle: "The long afternoons kill you, the endless hours between two and five. You never thought three hours could last that long but they do. You never realized you could get so exhausted from just sitting but you do." The job he's describing happens to be in the World Trade Center, and the exhaustion of office life is eventually and irrevocably interrupted by Sept. 11. This is the only book I know of by a writer who experienced the events firsthand. Walking down the 70 floors on that Tuesday was its own kind of tedium: "Forty. Wait. Thirty-seven. Wait. Thirty-two. Wait. I wasn't wearing a watch." He eventually makes it out alive, and then ? thankfully ? becomes a novelist. One of the enlightening things about these three books is how the experience of tedium is a condition of the human body, marked by some form of physical confinement or limitation ? even if it's self-imposed, in the case of Shapiro. Ultimately, it's up to the mind to try to find an escape hatch. And that's how books happen. Said Sayrafiezadeh is the author of Brief Encounters with the Enemy.
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The Fault In Our Stars By John Green ? Review

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Guardian Books The Fault In Our Stars by John Green ? review 'This absorbing novel shows John Green at his unrivalled best. The Fault in Our Stars is a stunning achievement' theguardian.com , Sunday 24 November 2013 07.00 EST In this unforgettable novel John Green looks at the really big themes in life ? love, courage, death and friendship ? and never does he turn his eyes away. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Tell us what you think: Star-rate and review this book Hazel, the narrator of The Fault in Our Stars, is a cancer survivor. Brave and indomitable, she is an unforgettable character. As is Gus, whose arrival at the Cancer Kids Support Group turns her whole life upside down. Both stay with the reader long after the novel is over. A heart-warming relationship forms between Gus and Hazel. They visit each other's houses, play games and talk about life. United by their passion for reading they talk a lot about the books they devour and recommend to each other. One of Hazel's favourite topics is her most-loved book, An Imperial Affliction, by Peter Van Houten. The conclusion of the novel is unresolved, and the two friends talk about that a great deal. Gus goes to the Genies and wishes to go to Amsterdam so that he and Hazel may get the answers to their questions from the author himself. Everyone gets excited and it is decided the Hazel's mother will accompany Gus and Hazel on the trip. But disaster strikes as Hazel has to be admitted to the ICU. Will the trip to Amsterdam be cancelled? Does Hazel survive? What about Gus? You must read this novel to find out. We follow the novel's narrator on this roller coaster ride that is at the same time funny, unbearably sad, and deeply brave in the face of impending catastrophe. Green brings alive for us a sense of place. It is almost as if we are there with Hazel and Gus. "But, God it was beautiful, the creek carving a path around a huge tree, a heron standing still at the water's edge, searching for a breakfast amid the millions of elm petals floating in the water" As a reader who happens to be a girl I was struck by how the author, a man, writes from the point of view of a girl. He fully enters a woman's state of mind and authentically articulates her impulses and emotions. This absorbing novel, a New York Times bestseller, shows award-winning writer, John Green, at his un-rivalled best. The Fault in Our Stars is a stunning achievement. It is tailor made for the movie that is already being shot. I would rate this book a 10/10! It ought to be at the top of your reading list. Want to tell the world about a book you've read? Join the site and send us your review! Sign up for the Guardian Today Our editors' picks for the day's top news and commentary delivered to your inbox each morning.
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The Hidden History Of The Jfk Assassination

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KIRKUS REVIEW The mob did it. In this updated, more compact version of his earlier Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination (with Thom Hartmann, 2008), soon to be a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, veteran investigative reporter Waldron (Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, the Mafia, and the CIA, 2012, etc.) fleshes out his argument that Mafia godfathers Carlos Marcello and Santo Trafficante ordered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Drawing on new interviews and declassified files, the author describes a small, carefully planned conspiracy orchestrated by Louisiana boss Marcello in retaliation for Robert Kennedy?s war on the mob. Building on the 1979 findings of the House Select Committee on Assassinations that JFK?s assassination was probably the result of a conspiracy and that Marcello and Trafficante had ?the motive, means, and opportunity,? Waldron weaves a complex, highly readable narrative with many disquieting elements. These include Marcello?s meetings with Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby; Marcello?s recorded prison-yard confession to a fellow inmate and FBI informer (?Yeah, I had the son of a bitch killed. I?m glad I did?.I?m sorry I couldn?t have done it myself?); and striking similarities in the behavior of Oswald and designated fall guys in two planned attempts on JFK?s life during earlier motorcade visits in Chicago and Tampa. The author maintains that the godfathers took advantage of a planned U.S.-sponsored coup against Fidel Castro: They killed the president and managed to avoid detection in the subsequent coverup of the secret coup plans. Two European gunmen opened fire at Dealey Plaza, with Oswald as the fall guy, Waldron writes. Jack Ruby?s orders were to find a cop who would kill Oswald or to do it himself, which he did. The book offers much speculation and plenty of instances of ?perhaps,? ?probably? and ?may have.? True or not, this makes one hell of a story and ties up all the pesky loose ends of events in Dallas 50 years ago. The conspiracy crowd will love it. Pub Date:Nov. 22nd, 2013
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The Eye Of Minds By James Dashner - Review

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The Eye of Minds by James Dashner - review 'What's scary is the blurring of the boundary between real and virtual' theguardian.com , Wednesday 20 November 2013 07.00 EST While in the VirtNet, you can feel, think, eat, drink and even die in an extraordinarily real-seeming virtual environment; your body lies safely in its Coffin, ready for you to return to the Wake - except, if your Core is destroyed while still in the VirtNet, that's it, you're stuck in the Sleep - forever. Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner Tell us what you think: Star-rate and review this book Michael is a hacker - one of the best and his skills are very valuable. He, together with friends Bryson and Sarah, are recruited by VNS, Virtnet's regulators, as a rogue gamer (Kaine) has been removing gamers' Cores and entrapping them. Their mission to track down and defeat Kaine takes the friends along the Path to his lair - the Hallowed Ravine. Danger waits in the shadows at every turn and they must use every bit of their hacking knowledge to survive. This book is exactly what it says on the tin. It's an excellent dystopian thriller with a great plot featuring loads of cool technology, surprises and adventure. And nothing else. What's missing is that little 'something extra' to set it apart from the crowd and make it unique. Dashner certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat and describes some intriguing new technology - some of which actually seems, rather worryingly, not too far from today's reality. What's scary is the blurring of the boundary between real and virtual. Who's to say something virtual can't still be 'real'? There is a planned follow up, The Rule of Thoughts, which I'll look out for. I'd recommend this book if you want a fast-paced read that won't require too much thought. Sit back in a comfy chair and enjoy the ride - just remember, it's not real! Want to tell the world about a book you've read? Join the site and send us your review! Sign up for the Guardian Today Our editors' picks for the day's top news and commentary delivered to your inbox each morning.
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Author K.r. Lugo Unveils A Mind-blowing Mystery Thriller In New...

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Put PRWeb on your site Author K.R. Lugo Unveils a Mind-Blowing Mystery Thriller in New Fiction "Prey for the Soulless" follows an excommunicated priest gifted with the ability to see through Marcus Powers? true identity and will stop at nothing to defeat man?s greatest enemy. Prey for the Soulless by K. R. Lugo is an action-packed struggle between good and evil, where men and women are trained as gladiatorsand tossed into a modern-day arena to fight one another in a game of death to entertain the wagering world. Spanish Springs, Nev. (PRWEB) November 15, 2013 Society is in a complete shambles, leaving behind a bloodthirsty world that practically worships pain and suffering. Sitting at the helm is Marcus Powers, the most powerful individual the world has ever known and the person controlling so many aspects of life with his tremendous financial influence. He?s the impetus behind the popular Games, a highly publicized, fight-to-the-death drama that pits prison inmates against one another for the sake of entertainment. Even so, Powers? influence is not enough; he wants to be president, the keeper of the people, leading the citizens of the United States into new territory. This man, filled with evil and bemused by man?s pathetic antics, has a plan, and he dares anyone to challenge his desire to mold a new world in his own image. But a small congregation of pious men and women recognize and understand the prophetic signs of each broken seal reflected by the sorry state of the society. With a Bible clutched in his right hand and an automatic weapon in his left, excommunicated priest Father O?Bannion and his tiny band of devout parishioners will risk everything to save the world from evil. Prey for the Soulless (published by iUniverse) by K. R. Lugo is an action-packed struggle between good and evil , where men and women are trained as gladiators and tossed into a modern-day arena to fight one another in a game of death to entertain the wagering world. Miraculously blessed with the gift of inner-sight, an excommunicated priest identifies the ultimate villain?a charismatic deceiver whose supernatural power and wealth are unmatched?and leads his parishioners on a spiritual quest to meet Marcus Powers in the den of iniquity and conquer both him and his demonic spawn. About the Author K. R. Lugo graduated from law school in 2001. He is also the author of Schism. Lugo and his wife, Alisa, live in Nevada. Readers can access the author?s website on http://www.darkwriterllc.com . iUniverse , an Author Solutions, LLC. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader?s Choice, Rising Star and Editor?s Choice designations?self-publishing?s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

Inspirational Book Recommendations: June 2013

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Find it! By Author / By Title Search over 40,000 reviews Try our Advanced Book Search Help Advanced Book Search Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e. all Mysteries published in January 2001 with 4.5 rating). If you want to search for a name or phase, include quotation marks around your search term (example: "Deborah Smith") Visitor Login Visitor login is required to post a review and comment on the blog and other interactive features on the site. Use your same username and password to register for the RT Forums. / Community / RT Daily Blog / Inspirational Book Recommendations: June 2013 Inspirational Book Recommendations: June 2013 BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 10, 2013 | PERMALINK Those who live in faith know that their talents are gifts from God. And to honor their Maker, these precious abilities should be used to help others. This month there are many inspirational characters who embrace their skills in order to realize their full potential. They must learn to accept their gifts and embrace their passion in life. Do you like characters who fight to not just survive but really live? If so, make sure to check out these June inspirational tale. Music is food for the soul. But those blessed with this talent can have a tough road. The music industry is brutal. With the fame, that comes along with this career, it is easy to be blinded by the bright lights and temptations. In A Simple Song by Melody Carlson , we meet teenager Katrina, a gifted singer who happens to be Amish. When she enters a national singing competition she finds herself on a television show where her beliefs are severely tested. Will she choose the glamour of Hollywood or will she return to her simple life? Next up is Grounded by Neta Jackson & Dave Jackson . Heroine Grace is filled with doubt when she loses her fiancé because of career as a Christian artist. When she begins to have issues with her voice she wonders if music is the path that God has planned for her. Finally, we have  Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not? by the real life husband-and-wife country couple known as Thompson Square . This book tells the story of a couple who has drifted apart, but the drive to create that one perfect song brings them back together. Will a shared talent rekindle lost love?  Medicine is not just a passion, but a calling. In Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green , Liberty is drawn to the Civil War battlefield to help the wounded. Can healing others help her heal herself?  Sleeping in Eden by Nicole Baart  features Dr. Lucas Hudson, a man who thinks he is responsible for the wellbeing of an entire town. When he is confronted with a mystery he feels honor bound to get to the truth. The last doctor who faces life changes is Jace Rawling in An Open Heart by Harry Kraus . In this story, Jace flees to Kenya, Africa after a high profile scandal. When his new patients begin to awake from anesthesia with warnings from beyond, Jace wonders if good and evil are battling for him. With his soul in danger, Jace must figure out which side he is on. A topic that is near and dear to an author's heart is that of writing. But what happens when others are not supportive of your life?s work? In  The Promise Box  by  Tricia Goyer  writer Lydia is asked to write stories about her childhood and what it is like to grow up Amish and what it is like to to go back after living English. When her stories upset her community, Lydia must decide if she will give up her love of the written word. In  Katie?s Choice  by  Amy Lillard , Zane Carson is a writer who is trying to understand the Amish way of life. He meets Katie, an Amish teacher who had her heartbroken when her ex left her to live English. Zane considers leaving his life behind to start a new one with Katie when her ex shows up again. Will Zane's newfound love thrive, or will this writer be penning tales of woe? You'll just have to pick up this newly released inspirational book to find out! Intrigued by these stories? You can read about them and more great faith based reads on our Everything Inspirational Page . Tags: Inspirational
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Coi's Daniel Patterson Delivers Anti-food Porn In New Cookbook - Los Angeles Times

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Young Adult Romance (1830 Books) - Goodreads

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Friday Free For All: Abbi Glines Box Sets! (cue Squeeing!)

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Find it! By Author / By Title Search over 40,000 reviews Try our Advanced Book Search Help Advanced Book Search Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e. all Mysteries published in January 2001 with 4.5 rating). If you want to search for a name or phase, include quotation marks around your search term (example: "Deborah Smith") Visitor Login Visitor login is required to post a review and comment on the blog and other interactive features on the site. Use your same username and password to register for the RT Forums. / Community / RT Daily Blog / Friday Free for All: Abbi Glines Box Sets! (Cue Squeeing!) Friday Free for All: Abbi Glines Box Sets! (Cue Squeeing!) BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 11, 2013 | PERMALINK We're not ashamed to tell you that we danced around with our cat this morning, singing that terrible Rebecca Black song, "It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday!" And we'd like to impart some of our glee to you. So today's Friday Free for All is extra special awesome. We've got two sets each, four total, of these brand new Abbi Glines box sets: The Sea Breeze Collection, which contains: Breathe, Because of Low, While it Lasts and Just for Now; and The Vincent Boys Collection, featuring The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers. Abbi is a New Adult superstar, and if you're not a fan you will be after you read these! Four lucky winners will get their pick of an Abbi Glines series box set: Sea Breeze or The Vincent Boys. To enter, just comment below on which set you'd like to win and why. Any old reason will do! You love Abbi Glines, you like free stuff, you have a thing for brothers. U.S. residents only, please. You can also email your answer here , along with your mailing address, with the subject "Abbi Glines Giveaway." Four winners will be chosen next Friday. And for more New Adult titles to try this weekend, be sure to visit our Everything Young Adult page! Tags: New Adult, RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Halloween Costume Disasters: Entangled Authors Fess Up

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/ Community / RT Daily Blog / Halloween Costume Disasters: Entangled Authors Fess Up Halloween Costume Disasters: Entangled Authors Fess Up BY Elissa Petruzzi, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 | PERMALINK We know it?s not quite October yet, but we at RT are such big Halloween fans that we thought we?d start the celebration a bit early. We?ve got lots of fun planned for Halloween on the RT website, and we thought we?d let the authors of the Lovers Unmasked anthology, out this week from Entangled, start things off. We cajoled them into telling us their worst costume stories, and the lovely ladies obliged. Hope you enjoy! Katee Robert : My worst Halloween costume was the fall after I graduated high school. I was clever! I was hilarious! I was also roughly eight months pregnant. So I thought it?d be a brilliant idea to go to this Air Force party (with my then-husband) as a sexy pregnant school girl. I had the stockings, the short skirt, the artfully unbuttoned top ? and the huge belly. And it WAS hilarious (though not totally for reasons I understood at the time). But the worst moment was when a drunk woman stumbled up and SLAPPED my stomach. We are not talking a love pat here, people. She gets this horrified look on her face and was like, ?OMG I THOUGHT IT WAS FAKE!? What can I say? So much of my teenage years are one giant cautionary tale. This is no exception. *** Tessa Bailey : When I was in fifth grade, Halloween came right on the heels of Nancy Kerrigan getting assaulted by a man wielding a bat as she skated on the ice, preparing for the Winter Olympics, thus leading to the whole Tonya Harding conspiracy. I dressed up in an ice-skating costume, totally outside of my comfort zone because I was a huge tomboy, strapped on some roller blades and wrapped my knee in a bloody bandage. I was so smug. I thought everyone would know who I was and congratulate me on being relevant, but as it turns out, not everyone in fifth grade followed the news cycle with rapt interest like me, so when I walked into the classroom, I was greeted to thirty blank stares. *** Samanthe Beck : I decided to make my own costume one year. My friends and I had plans to attend a big Halloween party at a local club. I was in my early twenties and still a student, so I?m sure limited funds accounted for my Martha Stewart ambitions, but I found a remnant of this really great, slightly stretchy, shimmery green fabric at  Jo Ann?s and I thought, ?I?ll make myself a mermaid costume. How hard can it be?? Sewing? Not that hard. Sizing? A bit more challenging. The ?tail? looked more or less like I pictured it, but turned out to be a little snug through the hips. Thanks to give in the fabric, however, I managed to get into the darn thing. Fast forward to the party. I?m having a blast. The club is located near a large USMC base in Southern California, and packed with young, single Marines looking for love in all the wrong places. Drinks are served. Many, many drinks. I?m on the dance floor shaking my tail when, all the sudden ? hmm ? it seems like a lot of somebodies are watching me. Maybe I should sew more often, because people can?t take their eyes off my costume! At this point my friend leans close and yells at me to be heard over the music, ?Hey Ariel, you have a little tear in the back of your fin.? What? I reach back and find where the seam has split. Right over my butt. It doesn?t feel like a ?little tear? to me. It feels like a good portion of my ass is on display. I make her walk behind me to the ladies room and check the situation. The mirror confirms my worst fear. Sure enough, there?s my ass. A friend scored a roll of duct tape and a pair of scissors from one of the club?s staff. It took three strips of duct tape to seal up my ?little tear.? And now, instead of feeling like a sexy mermaid, I felt like a booth at Denny?s. *** Cari Quinn: In high school a few friends and I decided we'd go for our last trick-or-treating hurrah, so at the last minute we assembled costumes from whatever we could scrounge up. I ended up wearing my friend?s mom?s oversized fuzzy bathrobe, some crazy slippers, a pair of weird glasses and carrying one of her dad?s unlit cigars with a newspaper under my arm. I think I was supposed to be an older lady lounging around the house, but it was sort of hard to tell! It's as they always say, necessity is the mother of invention! What?s your biggest Halloween costume fail? Sound off in the comments. And for more spooky stories, be sure to visit our Everything Paranormal page. Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Romance
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