Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Great Dismal: A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir

The Great Dismal: A Carolinian's Swamp Memoir


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Just below the Tidewater area of Virginia, straddling the North Carolina-Virginia line, lies the Great Dismal Swamp, one of America's most mysterious wilderness areas. The swamp has long drawn adventurers, runaways, and romantics, and while many have tried to conquer it, none has succeeded. In this engaging memoir, Bland Simpson, who grew up near the swamp in North Carolina, blends personal experience, travel narrative, oral history, and natural history to create an intriguing portrait of the Great Dismal Swamp and its people. For this edition, he has added an epilogue discussing developments in the region since 1990.

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The Great Dismal A Carolinian's Swamp Memoit - Ann Parker -
Very interesting book. I enjoyed it immensely.
I was reared in that area and knew some of the people mentioned in the book. Now reside on the other coast.
It was like a trip home.


Goodbye Kiev is a touching story of a man looking for love

Find the person to a life with Share is a struggle for many. Goodbye Kiev author Thomas C. Almond 's novel tells as the woman of his dreams in Ukraine was held by a marriage agency, and the challenges they faced in their relationship.

Tom is a veteran of 27 years of Portland Fire and Rescue. He is divorced and alone. It is a serious man, what he wants and knows how to get. Nothing will find it for love and to stop permanentlyValue. By agency, begins with a young woman named Lyubov in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine meets. Months passed and the two Tom and Lyubov are eager to meet. It was agreed at their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Lyubov that his son, to bring Sasha. The visit goes smoothly. Despite its less developed than the Russian who wanted, and Lyubov only speak little English, by the end of this first visit, be sure that Tom is very much in loveLyubov beautiful. Lyubov and raises the question say yes. Another visit is planned for the summer and Tom flew home in the United States. He is happy and in love and looking like a family with Lyubov and Sasha lives in Oregon.

Shortly after his return, he receives an astonishing letter from Lyubov tells you how much she loves him and how nice it is. But all is not perfect, as Tom begins to realize that their messages may take longer and longer to arrive. Then a shocking letter from Lyubovshakes the faith of his feelings for her. He says he does not think Tom likes, she does not believe that he really loves, and she suggests that it would have been happier with another. Tom can not understand this sudden change. Lyubov I mean everything that you do not want to charge Tom with their problems.

Tom is planning another trip to Ukraine, although it is not safe, Lyubov see him. Fly to his hometown, hoping to discover what the real problem. Skip a week to week alone andis expected to agree to meet him. He is patient, but his patience is growing short. Will his persistence paid or will eventually go home and be alone with a broken heart?

Mr. Almond writes from his heart. Since only few male authors I read, not afraid to examine and express his feelings. This is a fascinating story of love and commitment. I found myself rooting for Tom, in the hope that he would come to their defense for Lyubov reduced in order to save the relationship. In my opinion, the book is abit 'in Chapter 6, "the magazine at home, in which the events of the first five chapters are grouped together. However, Almond gets quickly to push back on track, the story continues until climax.

This is not a fairy tale novel. It is a touching story of a realistic man looking for love. The finish is powerful, emotional, and do not forget so quickly. I have recommended Goodbye Kiev.

Publish America (October 27, 2008)

Review the revolutionary edition of Frederick Douglass - The first edition of his newspaper in the states of North

After returning from a triumphant lecture tour in the British Isles with the purchase of a printing press in 1847, dissolved Frederick Douglass, his newspaper's commitment to North Star, an African American newspaper of the anti-slavery politically, and broadening the horizon of his starting players a lot. He shared this idea and ITS justify his mentors, "I see before me a life of work and studies ... But justice must be done, the truth must be said ... Inot remain silent. "On October 28, 1847, Douglass," ... decided finally to publication of the North Star in Rochester and this city my future home. "

The first edition of the newspaper was published on 3 Dezember 1847 Just a point of view of the Jungfrau is certainly a topic of Their problem has been well thought out and articulated manifesto start an important weapon in an entire political and social liberation movement black and an excellent literary work, WHERE Douglass, who no doubtThe young writer from the same piece is a long and fervently torments his vivid description of what we went through all the sufferings and difficulties blacks at this point is given further proof of perfection Douglass' his job as a writer come.

The piece or editorial, 'Our newspaper and its prospects, "that is featured today, well structured and written in six sections, some of different lengths, where it outlined its objectivesand aims of the institution of the paper, their availability in the form of equipment and personal will and commitment and setting the basic tenets of wounded and mutilated a black man in a racist society that was enough incentive, they awakened to write and campaign for their emancipation.

The same article as culled from The North Star, 3 December 1847and in Philip Foner, reprinted ed., Life and Works of Frederick Douglass, vol. 1 (New York: International Publishers,1950), p. 280 reproduced here and is almost completely divided into sections and each paragraph is italicized and followed by notes, comments and analysis by this writer in normal type.

In the first paragraph

Now we are taking the direction of the offices of a newspaper to be the cause of freedom, humanity and progress. The position is one that is filled with the purest of motives, we have long desired. It has long been our desire anxioussee this holding slaves, slave trade and the country who hates blacks, a printing press and paper, he finally settled under the full control and management of direct victims of slavery and oppression

This opening paragraph announces thrive with a lot of opening a new era of blacks, the immediate victims of slavery and oppression to adopt a strong position to own and run a newspaper, which is an important tool in the nucleus has passed through thecould be right, their failures, challenges, social grievances and assert their position and their rights as citizens. It 'been a long cherished dream to be respected for its construction to hate a country that represented the negative superlatives and their intensity in the multiplicity of being "slave mode, the slave trade and the negro." is a remarkable step forward and promising. Although each of these is in the other, Douglass separated them and tacitly confirmed the monumental task that emphasizeThe paper is his task to get rid of the minds of those negative attitudes.

The second paragraph

Inspired by this intense desire, which have pursued our goal by having the threshold. .. . The sincere desire of our hearts for so long and so ardently loved now seems on the eve of full implementation.

This section defines the proposal in the previous one, which had long been a desire to establish black-owned and controlledhatred in slave-holding, slave trade and Negro-land, with emphasis identified as such in the last paragraph, a printing and newspaper, that she had identified as the most appropriate means which may promote their cause in their fight not only for freedom from slavery and oppression, but to establish and ensure their humanity when they fight for human being like the other peoples with equal rights of citizenship and progress could be counted. Goeson the details develop, demonstrate their readiness for work: printing and print materials purchased, secured and well-located offices of the city, well recommended printers for the job willing to write a rapidly growing list of participants, the best minds in the country ready ; financial and moral support of friends and protectors, and then to top it all, an industrious and amiable young man, the whole spirit is dedicated to the improvement of human destiny. This painstaking itemization of their strengths,attitude, spirit and resources so readers would not have had doubts about its eventual success of this analysis, given their willingness to have.

The third paragraph

It is certainly telling us that our desire to fill our current position at the head of the anti-slavery journal, has grown from no unworthy distrust or ungrateful given the lack of understanding of zeal, integrity or ability of the noble band of white workers needed in this department of our cause, butfrom a sincere conviction and the consolidated Such a magazine, if carried out with only moderate skill and ability, a very important and indispensable work, it is impossible for Our white friends to do for us.

This third paragraph, which were deftly pays homage to White stating that the abolition and emancipation, and that its not the same struggle as distrust or ungrateful or lack of recognition of Their zeal should be considered in the fight againsttheir efforts with one for their cause, But that is only a perception that blacks, who could fight for their own cause themselves even with moderate skill is not impossible, gained through his white friends who had to reach for their .

In the fourth paragraph

It is neither a reflection on fairness, also reduces the ability of our friends and fellow workers, apply what they said "common sense and stupidity only deny" that theThe man who suffered the wrong, is the man to ask for compensation, the man struck the man is crying, and that those who have endured the pain of slavery is cruel for the man, the Liberty. It is clear that we need our own representatives and advocates, not exclusively but in particular is no different, but in collaboration with our white friends. lead in the great struggle for freedom and equality now, it's just, right and important in our series of authors and publishers, as areand speakers, for which there is in this capacity that most permanent good can be done to our cause.

This paragraph is closely related to the fourth paragraph on the strengthening why that should start the fight, Rather Than sit while others do not feel pain more directly connected to fight for them. It therefore calls for the convocation of writers, authors, publishers, and speakers from their files and make the most of their communication skills so that mostpermanent good would come to their cause. The plausibility Douglass taught his demands for the acceptability of blacks support a takeover defense in right, can not be denied, but that the cause and other causes may be much more effective if they support those who do not directly affected, but has only moral aberration in the revolt. These are the ones who earn the highest honor to sacrifice for the comfort of his battleOppressed.

The fifth paragraph

So far, the direct victims of slavery and prejudice, due to various causes, had little interest in this department of effort, played often, and almost as often failed. This last fact has often been urged by our friends, against our involvement in this society, but to convince us that our course is unwise, helps us to confirm the need, if not the wisdom of ourCompany. Others have failed is a reason for our efforts in earnest to succeed. Our race has the embarrassing allegations that are confirmed by former non-success. We believe that what should be done can be done. We say this in no boastful or self-conscious mind, but with a full sense of our weakness and unworthiness, which is the highest wisdom and strength to sustain us in our commitment to justice. We are not completely ignorant of the duties, hardshipsand responsibilities of our position. We have some imagine, and friends did not hesitate to inform us by others. Many will probably be revealed until that infallible teacher, experience. A look commemorate them, but do not frighten us. We counted the cost. Our mind is made and we are determined to move forward.

Douglass continues in the next paragraph because it complains that they are victims of slavery and prejudice too long in the backgrounddefend their cause and to articulate their wishes. Pursue the many experiments that have failed and that these collectors were often as a reason for the argument against further efforts to prevent or, repent from other uses as further evidence. But here the author argues that past failures should have incentives to make serious efforts to reverse this trend with the pursuit of success. Going further, he observes thatNeed to justify its race of beings with perpetual failure, because it binds strongly believe that what is done can be done by a strong will and determination. You are fully aware of their roles, responsibilities and the enormity of the task. But far from scary as huge and gigantic role, tasks and responsibilities and their celebrated press a tireless spirit and soul to a determined look forward and not back untilSuccess ..

The final paragraph

And was armed in this last paragraph the writer by a careful chronicle of the long march Douglass' the scourge of slavery of a teacher and his generous donations from his friends and generous philanthropic white with a printing press, the main tool of their trade is felt clear that these terrible circumstances led by divine providence, is the solemnthe success of their cause. A surprising effect is transmitted in Douglass' efforts to reach the suffering and triumphs, as the forward march of the whole black defiantly continued pushing and reversing the process all obstacles in their path.

In aspiring to our current location, the help of circumstances was so amazingly clear, as our modest efforts almost at odds with the solemn sanctions of a divine providence. Nine years ago, when most of our readers areknown, we were treated like a slave, wrapped in the midnight, ignorance of the system hidden in the depths of hell and humiliation of senility registered populated by four animals, reptiles considered as properties of forced labor without pay, with a heavy heart with bitter pain and a spirit crushed and broken. Through a unique combination of circumstances, we finally come out of the hands of the man who we have claimed as their own, and succeeded in safely reaching NewBedford, Mass. In this town we worked three years as a day laborer in the shipyards. Six years ago we became a lecturer in slavery. After the capture to be put back into slavery, two years ago we started for England. During our stay in this country, my friends, concerned for our safety, redeemed us from slavery by paying a large sum. Friends the same, as unexpected as generously placed in our hands the means to buy a printing press and print materials.Find ourselves now in a position to target a major hit against slavery and prejudice, we feel crowded in our society a sense of duty to God and man, in the belief that our efforts will be crowned with complete success.

This last paragraph is actually the culmination of all previous terms of detail and rhetorical effects, whose address ECHO Gettsyberg of Abraham Lincoln, who had clearly done a lot of influence on Douglass

Douglassreached informal independence when he wrote on various subjects freely for the anti-slavery constitution as a document of legal standing on politics as a necessary step for the empowerment and support of the movement for women's rights. .

The star of the North soon gained a circulation of over 4,000 readers in the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean as a forum not only for the abolition of the death penalty reviews, but also to support the feminist movement and the liberation of other oppressedGroups represents a significant advance in African-Americans to give voice to the abolitionist movement, providing an open forum of their community leaders, since 1847-1863.


Friday, July 30, 2010

Why create a video biography? Some of the reasons for relatives Reluctant

There's too much work. I do not see well in front of the camera. I do not have much to say. I have several photo albums - because a video?

If you tried to convince a reluctant parent or grandparent of them to sit for an interview video biography, you have probably heard excuses like these. Then again, maybe you are the parent or grandparent with an apology. So why is a video biography a valuable addition to any household expenses? And how can we overcome the resistance to thatProject or by other family members or themselves? Here are some answers to these excuses.

There is much work too. There is no doubt - a biography video requires organization, planning, passion, and some technical experts. But this does not mean that the project must be overwhelming. If your family creates the video, the key to success is, the process is divided into individual steps. If the setting of a video biography company to produce the video for you are sure you will find aCompanies to explain clearly and usher you and your family through every stage of production - and let you know what role games and what elements you need, the need to provide.

When you push that to the video, you have a very supporting. Tell him or her to sort and organize your photos, videos and memorabilia. Schedule regular visits or phone calls to dig into the family and life stories. Tell him / her that you write all the notes andAsk to speak, all that has / you have to do is before me and a camera with you. Provide necessary assistance to alleviate the subject's Burden (or perceived exertion).

I do not look good camera. Let's face it: A lot of people do not like cameras. But a lot of people do, like TV. And this is an opportunity to tell their life story on TV. It 's funny, it will be exciting, you will have the opportunity to see how television programs are made. And for your argument,be easy. Offer videotape in your home topic or another location where he is comfortable. Let them know the topic that he / she is a revered figure and family to create this video for posterity. Of course you will be with professional lighting and sound equipment to make it look / sound and them.

I do not have much to say. Well, we know that is not true. His parents, grandparents (or, if you a) have lived very full and interesting life.Let them know your subjects, how important their stories and memories for you and what are preserved for generations to come. If you have to worry about freezing during the interview, reassure them that you are there with them and that experience less than one interview as a conversation between the two of you, or between subject and interviewer a caring and concerned professionals. In short, they are surrounded in a very safe environment, people, no matter what they have to say and will do their best to comfort them say. At the end of your parents or grandparents (or you) will probably be surprised at what they are saying.

I have many photo albums - because a video? Photo Albums, in particular, full of vintage photos and memorabilia of the family are wonderful resources of the family. But the photos, not to mention. And enjoy the pictures you need to have the album in his hands. Videoto give> Biographies old photos new life. Combine with your parents and grandparents remember, add a little 'music and movement, and period photographs are given a dramatic new life. It is easy to distribute multiple copies of the biography of videos on DVD, giving your photos a family of much wider audience, as they did elsewhere.

produced video biographies law can emotionally engage an audience like no other medium, and then for familyfuture generations the experience to see and hear Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, or refer you to share stories of precious life. If you wrote your arguments as personal stories in book form, a video biography is a valuable companion piece.

Finally, video biographies, and the process of their preparation are just fun. It is not reason enough?

Like books and reading make a difference in our lives

Some people like to read history, biographies of famous people, science and other non-fiction books or publications. On the other hand, how to read the fiction that needs a distant place and time simply for pleasure. Whether you read a book about quantum physics, or the latest bestseller by Paolo Coelho list was purchased from the Book of the Month Club, you probably know that reading is food for the soul. It makes our life rich not only with newThe information that we won, but more important because with the emotions, the good book in us and discover how These emotions that make us Deeper Than We thought. In other words, reading is always a personal experience, if the reasons were personal, take a book and read it resolved.

Of course, this personal encounter we have with us pound the first thing is that we unconsciously when we start to want to read. But did you know that there are more practicalused for business? Reading is very useful for our daily life in a way that probably we never knew. For example, when we read a lot, obviously, increased vocabulary. When we meet a word for the first time, we would naturally want to understand what this word would not have understood what you read absolutely straight. So we see the importance of these new words in the dictionary. Whenever we do, we have extended our vocabulary.

Another thing wealways enjoy reading and how to improve our spelling. Sometimes we talk very well without knowing how they are written. If you read a lot, you'll see written all these words commonly misspelled finally right, and there will be this, so next time you need to learn to write those words yourself, you can do it properly.

If you want to talk about the benefits of reading, you can skip the part where the brain is strengthened by the habit again. Yes, readingregularly, your brain keeps going and keeps it alive. In fact, studies show that people are to be read as a routine activity less susceptible to Alzheimer's disease or a brain disease to develop. You can

Finally, reading is to relax, so if you regularly read, you can enjoy rare moments of peace and one with oneself - a feeling that can only be a good book if you like jumping on the meaning of their work. If you plan to join a book club, you could have a more difficultTime to close that every book and always ready for work in the morning. Or you can take the book with him. I just do not let in the way of your important tasks to achieve.

Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid

Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid


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A hilarious blast of scathing irreverence from the award-winning actor and comedian.

“A pissed off Leary is the best Leary,” says one critic of the writer and comic. In Why We Suck, Dr. Denis Leary uses his common sense, and his biting and hilarious take on the world, to attack the politically correct, the hypocritical, the obese, the thin--basically everyone who takes themselves too seriously. He does so with the extra oomph of a doctorate bestowed upon him by his alma mater Emerson College. “Sure it’s just a celebrity type of thing--they only gave it to me because I’m famous.” Leary explains. “But it’s legal and it means I get to say I’m a doctor--just like Dr. Phil.”

In Why We Suck, Leary’s famously smart style and sardonic wit have found their fullest and fiercest expression yet. Zeroing in on the ridiculous wherever he finds it, Leary unravels his Irish Catholic upbringing, the folly of celebrity, the pressures of family life, and the great hypocrisy of politics with the same bright, savage, and profane insight he brought to his critically acclaimed one-man shows No Cure for Cancer and Lock ’n Load, and his platinum-selling song, “Asshole.”

Proudly Irish American, defiantly working class, with a reserve of compassion for the underdog and the overlooked, Leary delivers blistering diatribes that are penetrating social commentary with no holds barred. Leary’s book will find wide appeal among people who want to laugh out loud or find a guide who matches their view of what’s wrong in America and the world-at-large; and fans of his one-man shows, his many movies, and Rescue Me, Leary’s Golden Globe and Emmy–nominated television show. Why We Suck is the latest salvo from one of America’s most original and biting comic satirists.

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Humor Amid Some Very Long Rants - TW -
Dennis Leary covers a large assortment of topics including all areas of entertainment, politics, life, and celebrity. The theme of the book is in line with Leary's stand-up style which should give you a good idea of what to expect. If you are unfamiliar with Dennis Leary, he comes across like Jerry Seinfeld's surly cousin; observational humor with a tone of irritability.

Leary is very funny at times, but I would not rate this book very high in comparison to those from many other well known comedians. Too many of Leary's jokes tend to be aimed at shock value instead of quality wit or genuine humor. While some elements leave you laughing out loud, most of the routine in just exceptionally long-winded, often requiring pages of reading before punch lines are delivered. Leary is the master of tedious rants, but this book could have been vastly improved had he edited out many of the lackluster segments.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

The lottery elections - 12 tips and strategies to Win

Before not form a drawing on the paper ticket. You need to be random. So all the numbers point to a page that you are at a disadvantage when placed in the lottery.

Not according to form zig-zag on the paper ticket. Again, it must be random. Just think of the numbers that you want to play and score on the paper ticket.

Third not form a circle, etc. Think of the darkest forms and things at random, the number of connected and use it for your lotteryPay or provide some ideas.

Fourth not pick numbers that have already won. Choose carefully the lottery numbers. Need case and these numbers are almost never happen again. This leaves you at a disadvantage. Try to compare it with a letter, if you're having trouble choosing lottery numbers. Unions first search.

Fifth not use birth dates. Want to stop you is greater than 31. This is one of those tips you wearnot identify, could be a problem until it written in black and white.

Sixth not repeat the numbers. This is not accidental. Furthermore, the system only allows to use each number once.

Not seventh consecutive numbers. This is not accidental. How true that is. Have you ever lead to the last consecutive numbers in a lottery. Yes, it could happen, but it is not likely to happen is.

8th Do not use all even numbers. A lady contacted me and said he couldDo not use any other type of number. With only a very limited number in the selection of lottery numbers.

Nono not use all the odd numbers. This is because it ignores half of the numbers that you might be eligible. Not good, especially if the results showed that two of the winning numbers lottery results were. So both make use of even and odd numbers.

10th 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, is not accidental. These figures follow one another so that we all follow.

11 22, 23,24, 25, 26 is not random either. Select lottery numbers wisely. Although these figures are higher, are not accidental.

12 ° 7, 17, 27, 37, 47 ... All these numbers are 7 in them. It is highly unlikely that these numbers together, you win a jackpot. You get the picture.

In summary, select lottery numbers with a mixture of even and odd numbers, a full range of numbers, such as 1-49 and casual as possible.

Being rich does not like everything that should be Cracked

Let's face it. We have all dreamed of what would be if we were absolutely rich. I mean, worth millions. I used to have about the lifestyle of the rich and think seriously thinking, 'How unattainable. And how fantastic to be unimaginable amounts of money in your account at our disposal. " Until I read "Losing my virginity by Richard Branson. (Owns Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Mobile and links to tons of other companies in the Virgin label.) This was the beginningMy new hobby: Reading biographies of Business ... But I digress.

For many years, Mr. Branson, a billionaire in debt. In fact, many people often speak with an overdraft of a few thousand dollars or one or a few hundred pounds. Richard had an overdraft of 30 million! Not only that, the banks have continued to bother him and asked to return the money soon. Do not know about you, but I remember receiving letters from this arrogant by banks, it reminds me (I forgot)That and I discovered that I wanted to pay a ridiculous fee for excessive and PS are going to put this letter into consideration. Incredible. But Richard things on their head (by selling some of its businesses) pay the money back and banks continued to build his empire.

But the point is that a millionaire is not really all that is set to be broken. They still lack the basic management skills that everyone needs money. Millionaire orno.

Torn by George Dionysius

Torn by Dionisio George is an honest and compelling true story about pornography addiction can devastate and destroy the threads of a marriage and family.

Although the author gives all interested parties have different names, say from the first part of their preface that this is their story.

Unbeknownst to her, marries a man only after the 18th birthday and discovered a few years and two children after he is addicted to pornography. There are little odditiestheir heads were raised at this time, but none that clearly. Your photos drawing 4 years old, naked women and then scribbled on them and threw them out. Ads and offers in the mail for adult toys, etc. ..

Because she and her husband were very devoted to their church, after the first discovery, working hard to put their marriage back together. Go to 2 other children. Then it turns out, he stopped his need for pornography and other women everhis lies to cover it was expensive, his problem.

She gathers all her courage and her husband divorced. Shortly thereafter, she goes online and meets someone who has been severely damaged by a former spouse, everything was injured, but which are themselves portraits, has two children.

With miles between them (Alyson-Dionysius in the book in Alaska and "Andrea" in Salt Lake City), it takes a bit to meet them personally in order. If they do, they realize that, despite their shared grief and fears thatare true soul mates. They fall in love and marry. They combine their families successfully, all six children and the couple of recent ones.

Not long after the wedding, Dionysius Alyson's ex-husband dies in a freak accident. The new couple has a child's.

Torn Apart is the story of a very young woman's strength, growth, love those children, their new relationship with God There is also a guide for teaching innocent as an addiction to pornographyIt can ruin a marriage from the inside. And important lesson for our times emotional.

It took great courage for George Dionysius bring their feelings on paper.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Be curious to Memories

Technically, from a brochure stand is a treatise on an autobiography, but it is not always the person that the problem is usually stored in the biography section in the library and the library, he wrote.

Some people choose to write about their early life and secrets of long standing to titillate and shock the reader, to sell more books to reveal. Others choose to write about simple things and tell stories about their climb to the top of the corporate ladder. By reading aMemoir or a biography, the reader learns about human nature. Some authors use their personal stories to inspire others in their race or gender, to greater heights. Some authors use these stories of abuse or violence against elderly people or families to discover the secrets.

There are a few memoirs and biographies are written, that in addition to tear the reader, to act jerk in him or her. These stories, often due to abuse, so large that the fantasy is over, yet the author manages to portray all the pain and horror in a way that gives the reader the full extent happened.

They say that if you ignore or forget history, then we are doomed to repeat it. For this reason, biographies and memoirs often include things like the Nazi internment during the Second World War. His terror must not in memory, and any person who is a "host" is in the hands of the Nazi party to do everything in his power to ensure that it was not tasteless.

SometimesBiographies> are not men, but certain moments in our lives. There are biographies written by great musicians and their ascent to the summit. There are biographies of famous writing any style of art and artists who have style. There are biographies of professions and professionals, presidents and wives of presidents, soldiers, conscientious objectors, teachers, professors, doctors, Indians, Egyptians, and almost every other matter which maysought.

and remember to write biographies actually a sort of self-help book for readers in a catharsis of the writer. Some people have written biographies and memoirs to be achieved in the world to say what he has done what he has. These are memories of hopes and expectations that have disappointed, and often are written to help those who read do better on the road.

All in all, are stories of life, not fictionof a creative spirit. These are the stories of life and the decisions made and why those who did. Sometimes people in a way that allows the reader interested parties are aware that decisions have been made for the writer, so the reader has to wonder "what if". There are stories of lives won and lost, and lives than ever, people also had to live. We hope that you find a resonance with the reader and give the impression that deep enough that one lesson to be learned isExperience.

The Rose That Grew from Concrete

The Rose That Grew from Concrete


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Great Book - Yancy -
Bought this book for my little sister and loved it myself. Recommended to any Tupac fans out there!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I Planted A Seed

I Planted A Seed


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The Book "I Planted A Seed" has a beginning in the Pan Handle of Oklahoma during depression days. Life was at its worst for Bill Quisenberry and his family. Starvation and other hardships were a threat to them all. Finally, the family moved to Pomona, California. There, in church, he met his wife and eventually they served on two foreign mission fields. Much of that part of the story depicts raising their six children on the island of Okinawa. Since they were Faith Missionaries they learned early how to trust God for their needs.

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The "Seed" is now a fruitful tree... - Mike Bugal - Centralia, MO
This book is testimony to a couple who yielded themselves to God for service and who will forever be near and dear to those of us whose life they touched. They planted much more than "a" seed... there are presently more than a thousand "seeds" involved in either full or part time ministry around the world. As one who lived a small part of what is outlined in this book I cannot recommend it highly enough. I pray that it will inspire others to follow in their footsteps and encourage more to become missionaries... rather overseas or right in their schools or workplace.


Aldrich Marshall is growing!

As a teenager, Aldrich Marshall has been called a "slow". That was just the beginning. After struggling with the unexpected and disconcerting series of setbacks, including the intense resentment and growing up in a violent family, Aldrich defined his life anew. Thus emerged a safe, productive, ambitious leader and author. Today, its messages are a set of motivational teaching rich enough to evoke and inspire all of humanity. With an arc of revolutionary fervor and zeal,Marshall transformed the way - and how - to see people without rights. With remarkable candor, the author tells for the first time its poignant true life story of overcoming a number of challenges. Has the life of his dreams, created as an entrepreneur, educator and motivational speaker. I recently sat down with him. We discussed his childhood, inspired by his love for others, and, of course, his first book, "The success of Scars."

Fran Briggs: Good morning, Aldrich. Thanksto make time to meet with us today.

Aldrich Marshall: I am pleased to welcome you with, I heard things are so much about you and the wonderful you are doing. Thanks for having me.

FB, you are welcome. Aldrich, one might a bit 'more to share about your background?

AM Growing up as a youth and then as a young man, I could read. Yet, high school diploma with a 2.0 GPa. I entered the military and got kicked for notexceed the qualification test. I watched a lot of domestic violence in my house as a child. And 'affect my ability to function as a normal child in school. I did everything by feel, "you will a beater wife bring you anything to help you go from a dead-end job to another. I am here for you comment on someone's your about you not reality say. Sure enough, I grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth, in fact, I had a spoon in the series, you canmy house.

My FB-anticipated book, Behind the success of scars, is scheduled for release in February 2009. Can you give us a quick summary?

AM The book recounts how I grew up in a home with domestic violence, as I have been a slow march, and entered the Air Force because of an aptitude test. I had to find a job in a landfill dirt separating the metal parts for a large company of aircraft tires. The scrapyard is where I learned to read. In the successScars, I say to my moving true story of overcoming a series of challenges to create the life of my dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, educator, and now a motivational speaker. I reveal the secrets of my success and to inspire readers to go and courage to realize their dreams!

FB whose advice is the most benefit from?

AM The only advice and examples that everyone can benefit, is Jesus, that I have received moreout.

FB What were some of the biggest obstacles today are involved in your decision, there will be the leader?

AM I found this decision very easy. As rapporteur, I would witness other children who share the same emotions I did when I went to school and was brought up. I saw these "barriers" as a blessing for helping others.

FB What is your passion and dedication is evident teach others how to succeed. When did you realize that you had the ability toto turn and help others break free in their daily lives?

Am when I speak to children and had experienced a positive change in their lives. Parents all over would come to me and ask me to with their children about issues they are talking through.

Department of mentors who have more, or have had mentors. Have you had a mentor, the great influence on you as a teenager?

AM, the community as a whole has influenced me greatly as a young man. When I noticedit was me that was what most of my problems. That's when I started to seek help. I was not able to read and, like most normal children. There was fear, exposed to greater and enhanced my ability to move forward. Fear is something. . . E 'and damn if under a rock if you leave. Another important person was my uncle Claude. It was very inspirational in my life. My uncle Claude realized that school work and everything was clicking has to offer was not for me. What heTap did was in my strength. He showed me how to work with my hands. There are many more people of great influence on my life. There are simply too many to list.

FB What are the visions we invite you to inspire your mind, to which drive you want?

AM I remember reading something. He said: "To the world you're just one person but to one person you may be in the world." The hands-off approach that people have towards our young people in our community isconducted our children their smiles, losing their luster, and their hope for a future. My inspiration comes when I lost a smile, a light and a hope for the future. This is what drives me.

FB Aldrich, in your book you talk about that you went to work in one piece to the company managing a billion dollar multinational. Can you tell readers how to do it?

AM I did it with tenacity and perseverance. I wanted to create a better life for me and my family and to show othersyoung men, whatever your thoughts, you can reach.

FB is currently project coordinator for the Florida Resource Center for Women and Children. If your role for us?

AM My role as coordinator of the project is to bring economic development back to the communities that most of our urban community that has lost hope for the future. My work also includes promoting, uplifting, motivating and giving each individual attentionthey need and self-esteem needed to be be future leaders and role models.

Many authors FB has a favorite author. Do you have one? If yes, who is, and why?

They are my favorite author is John C. Maxwell, because when I read, the landfill was to learn, the first book I was reading in its entirety, the journey to success by John C. Maxwell. His book has inspired me today. Do not forget, John is a dear friend. It is also athe pastors of my church. I have the pleasure of speaking with him every Sunday the minister arrives.

FB's book, this week, moving more experience, such as writing?

AM Moving more experience I have had my book to write was to know that we will help many people to know that my genre book crosses all cultures, economic status, e.

FB Did you guess your faith or the ability to write book ever? If yes, how did youto overcome it?

AM Yes, I have my faith in a book to write in retrospect, because my background is not capable of reading as a child and totally hate school. He wrote a book about the different challenges made. But these challenges are the three things I quickly passed the "3 D's of Life." You are destiny. Dedication. And unity.

FB What makes you happiest?

Are what makes me happy is when I'm with my family, andseem happy.

FB What advice do you have for the aspiring writer?

AM My advice to emerging and aspiring writer is that if you have a dream, an author - or speaker, and motivator - or your fears Let you prevent someone from accomplishing your dreams. You (your dreams) there for adoption.

FB What's next for Aldrich Marshall?

I AM going to take my world message. I want to help inspire and motivate, anddeliver the message that whatever you set your mind to. I was a boy growing up, that domestic violence and witness said that he would never anywhere. I was bombarded by all sorts of negativity and not read. Yet, I closed with a 2.0 GPa. If I can achieve my dreams, then the next person can realize their dreams.

FB Thank you, Mr. Marshall Aldrich. It 'was an absolute honor and pleasure to speak with you today. I thinkonly the best for you in all your endeavors.

AM Thank you very much.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling


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Joseph Smith, America’s preeminent visionary and prophet, rose from a modest background to found the largest indigenous Christian church in American history. Without the benefit of wealth, education, or social position, he published the 584-page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three; organized a church when he was twenty-four; and founded cities, built temples, and attracted thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Rather than perishing with him, Mormonism migrated to the Rocky Mountains, flourished there, and now claims millions of followers worldwide.

In Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, Richard Bushman, an esteemed American cultural historian and a practicing Mormon, tells how Smith formed a new religion from the ground up. Moving beyond the popular stereotype of Smith as a colorful fraud, the book explores the inner workings of his personality–his personal piety, his temper, his affection for family and friends, and his incredible determination. It describes how he received revelations and why his followers believed them.

Smith was a builder of cities. He sought to form egalitarian, just, and open communities under God and laid out a plan for ideal cities, which he hoped would fill the world. Adopted as the model for hundreds of Mormon settlements in the West, Smith’s urban vision may have left a more lasting imprint on the landscape than that of any other American.

He was controversial from his earliest years. His followers honored him as a man who spoke for God and restored biblical religion. His enemies maligned him as a dangerous religious fanatic, an American Mohammad, and drove the Mormons from every place in which they settled. Smith’s ultimate assassination by an armed mob raises the question of whether American democracy can tolerate visionaries.

The book gives more attention to Joseph Smith’s innovative religious thought than any previous biography. As Bushman writes, “His followers derived their energy and purpose from the religious world he brought into being.” Some of the teachings were controversial, such as property redistribution and plural marriage, but Smith’s revelations also delved into cosmology and the history of God. They spoke of the origins of the human personality and the purpose of life. While thoroughly Christian, Smith radically reconceived the relationship between humans and God. The book evaluates the Mormon prophet’s bold contributions to Christian theology and situates him culturally in the modern world.

Published on the two hundredth anniversary of Smith’s birth, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling is an in-depth portrayal of the mysterious figure behind one of the world’s fastest growing faiths.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Leaves out important issues in order to protect Smith's reputation. - Rayford Steele - I'm at home
This biography is not much more than a well-written hagiography which does its best to present Joseph Smith in an imperfect but good-looking light trying to protect his reputation. It ignores significant events that would be of interest to readers. He leaves the Kinderhook Plates out of his chronology, his misdemeanor conviction of 'glass-looking,' his affair with Fanny Alger, his marriage to Lucinda Harris, etc.


Down and Out in Paris and London

Down and Out in Paris and London


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A tale of poverty. THIS EDITION IS A WASTE OF MONEY. - SH - Ontario
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell is an incredible story about poverty. Orwell describes the experiences of being out of work, then of working as a plongeur (a dish washer - one of the lowest jobs imaginable) in Paris, and of becoming a tramp in London. Orwell writes beautifully with humour and describes each of the experiences with great details while maintaining the reader's interest. This novel is about poverty, but if you are looking for a story with a proper plot, then this in not the book for you.

The novel is written in first person, yet the protagonist is never named. This story is thought to include many events from Orwell's life. Orwell's stories are magnificent and are those that I always recall because they can be related to the real world.

The protagonist is an Englishman whose money is one day stolen, and as an English teacher, he is left without work because he no longer has any students. The little money he has left is getting spent too quickly, and each day he has less and less. He contacts the only man he seems to know in Paris, and finds that he is, unfortunately, in the same situation - almost penniless and without work. Work is terribly difficult to find. The lodging houses are uncomfortable to sleep in for the night. How does the Englishman deal with poverty?

It is a sad tale that makes you feel grateful that you have a roof above your head; are not forced to eat bread, margarine, and tea as your only meals; and never have to starve yourself for days at a time if you are ever left penniless. It is shocking to see how far vagabonds traveled just for free tea or food.

May contain spoilers:

I believe one of the main points of this work was to emphasise that poverty is a cycle that likely will not come to an end unless the government steps in and does something productive with the tramps. The last paragraph states all that the protagonist learned throughout the tale: "I shall never again think that all tramps are drunken scoundrels, nor expect a beggar to be grateful when I give him a penny, nor be surprised if men out of work lack energy, nor subscribe to the Salvation Army, nor pawn my clothes, nor refuse a handbill, nor enjoy a meal at a smart restaurant." (213) Even after his tale, the protagonist concludes that he feels he has merely seen the fringes of poverty.


I would NOT recommend this edition. Everything seems to have a dash censoring it, even though those words are very important to the story. I had to purchase another edition just two weeks after, and now I have two.


The Gospel According to John Wayne Whitehead

John Wayne (the father admired movie star), Whitehead was a hippie, that all politicians were the epitome of hypocrisy and could not be trusted. He loved taking on the establishment during his college days.

John married Carol a church, but he continued his profligate ways, set on their instincts and desires. Therefore, it is associated with Rick and Tom. But he made circles with a kind of rugged companion, who was so athletic and John usually won.But keep this guy Jesus raised and more than ten matches found a way to customize the layout of the plan of salvation in bits and pieces. John smiled at each element, but not listen to this mission - returning more and more. Later, John The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey bought because he thought it was a sci-fi book. John Lindsey was with the premise that the Bible prophecies were fulfilled fascinated and began to think that perhaps the Bible is a source of authorityInformation.

But John did not let this change in his lifestyle. So on Thanksgiving 1974, John refused to go on Thanksgiving families' in Illinois and remained at home to work and party. On 28 November, John Matthew was reading a document about the life of Christ seriously. But the 29 was ready to let go of Rick's lost at home. smoke and beer go party. Then John began to follow more closely. Rick tries to relax and John began to play cards. Then Rickbegan, John, without moving his lips in a "spirit voice speaking," a form of telepathy. "John, there are more than what you see. There are spiritual force bigger and stronger than us. He can help you in many ways." John said, even without his voice: "Who are you?" And the answer snapped awake, "Satan." By John in a hurry to leave, John's crucifix mirror out of her shirt the other three turn their heads violently. They could not relate to the appearance. John Cross was asked to stay, but left the room and went towards the entrance to the street of this middle-class subdivision. Rick and Tom knew that John was too cold to walk all the way home and soon took his side. "We can not allow yourself to go home ... We need to talk." By car, the smell of sulfur, and stifling had again John heard a voice, spirit, "John, you let things go ... If you're with us, you can do. You do not have any worries."

John repliedView of the sky and said: "Jesus Christ, You are my savior." Suddenly it was wrapped in a frantic strong but benevolent and a great feeling poured over him like warm milk flowing into the throat. He took this as the Spirit of God run through his body. Meanwhile, Rick and Tom began to groan loudly, as if in pain. Then John himself by saying: "You need to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repent and believe in Christ and you will be astonished to be saved." It 'wasThe silence said John repeated again. John got out of his house. It was not a friendly separation.

Now, John Handy was Carol. "I became a Christian. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior." Carol was stunned and said finally: "Are you drunk?" "No, this is true. I am flying to Peoria tomorrow." John felt full of energy, so called next to a minister, who had previously spoken. When John told him he believed in Jesus Christ, the minister replied: "I never believed inJesus Christ. All this stuff is just a myth. "John called his father once tried to end the evening on a positive note. His father voice was full of cynicism:" Of course. She is a Christian lawyer, divorce helps all these people. Sounds like a real Christian, something for me. "But in the morning, John knew he had changed when he felt no nostalgia for its past habits.

John is still help, the abuse of authority. He has represented other victims of sexual harassment andeven a single gay man beaten, as he was leaving a restaurant. John feels that God is with him and accept criticism without resentment. He wants to be free to do a lot of unemployed.

Killing dragons, John W. Whitehead, 1999

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The biography of Mikhail Gorbachev - Part 1

After the visit to Moscow (and Minsk) in 2007, I was fascinated by this country, its people, history, how could it be different if their stay in beautiful historic hotel Sovietsky? But a lot of understanding modern Russia? No, this biography can help those who want to learn more. It 'also by nature a look at change ...

After a brief introduction to the index and the main structure of the book is subsequently formed. It begins with a logical question of where he was born?

Before Countryand destiny.

The land title of this chapter is the symbol of change in many ways as is clear in reading the biography.

The biography begins with some rhetorical questions: "Why choose the fate of Stavropol David defeat Goliath of totalitarianism, because this man, who fitted so well into the Soviet system the most dangerous internal enemy of the regime, more dangerous than any other external enemies converted was that his intention to change and improveor even destroying save over?

These questions are not answered in this first chapter. Some answers appear only in the epilogue, the end of the book.

In the country and the destiny that we read about the background of modest Gorbachev, and especially its (the family) the collective experience of the agricultural sector, the state farms. Mikhail was perhaps the average, the common man, hard worker who knew the system like no other.

He went to study law in Moscow, where he met his futureThe woman, one of the most beautiful girls of the faculty.

Largely because of it, he develops a sense of the world outside the provincial world. City against country, and this dimension remains a matter of understanding the biography.

E 'during the time of Brezhnev (Khrushchev recently and proceedings before the nascent Andropov, who is still head of the KGB), and a man named Kulakov a young member of the Political Bureau for Agriculture, Mikhail, who discovered his "pupils . The lack ofLinks to this is the meaning of the Stavropol region, which is preferred by many. Much about his personality is not at this stage by others, many are impressed with the appearance of Gorbachev was nice.

The second last lap

"Patience and faith" is what Gorbachev learned from Andropov. This is another key to understanding the biography and what happened in the Soviet Union. Patience in change. "No events to come, Mikhail," is a section of this chapter. It 's justMikhail is the first Secretary General. After the death of Chernenko and after the sudden death of previous Kulakov. Gorbachev was chosen by the Politburo for his loyalty expressed ... and the end ... because "there were no other candidates," he had the consent of the people. (Interesting that there is a totalitarian state that this approval is important). In his speech, he vents about "dynamic" focus, has kept to the rites of the show time, but he has an invitation toVariation of words as the acceleration of economic progress.

A simple third welder?

"We want change." But what and how? It 'was the time of Reagan, who was seen as the great communicator, so it was clear that Gorbachev has found a real competitor in this area.

Gorbachev spoke of some initial expectations to change, but it was clear (both from the biography that, in fact) that there is no real plan. Other than the "so-called plan of 500 days show that we must dosomething, but the question was. What?

There is little attention to the economy in the biography, but the main problem was the inefficiency of the agricultural sector and their main organization of state and collective farms. "Energy prices and food provisioning was compromised.

It 's also the dry time of the law, a mistake in setting priorities and managing Gorbachev.

Meanwhile, Gorbachev and the opening image of Russia to the outside world.

Fourth Reconstruction ... ofWhat?

"We are in a hurry." was born in the XXVII Congress of the CPSU change on the program and word perestroika was to improve the search for an answer to the framework of socialism, not them. " The basic concept of perestroika was: more socialism and democracy.

Andrei Grachov could then writes: "Only with the right to catch the eye first so dissonancy ideology and dissidence." Socialism Gensec Discount in the Soviet Union developed "on"Developing countries", which could improve efficiency and make it even true (Even today, a modern concept).

Gorbachev, Lenin was a hero and a role model for change. But the way the question increasingly within the Politburo. Which type of socialism, socialism plural, social law, the socialist market economy, etc. .. Gorbachev was a means to power, but did not realize how associated with control.

Reform or Revolution? According to the wisdom of Solzhenitsyn, is a reform on fmand is a revolution from below "."

At that time, Francois Mitterrand, was struck by the ideas, but asked rhetorically whether such a reform could be carried out practically. But Gorbachev had no fear of wisdom Lenin "chaos assisted." Gorbachev was doing its "October Revolution" changed the direction of his predecessors, who focused on the improvement of Bolshevism. But he always had more resistance to Yeltsin (who called Gorbachev a wet firecracker) and the same, thefurther supports the dogma and ideology that would stall any change.

Top 10 Inspirational Biographies

A philosopher once said, "we can see the future better if we were on the shoulders of giants." We are not the first to walk this planet, and we can learn from past legends to plan a more successful future.

Here is a list of popular biographies that have something for me.

First Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - Few people have succeeded throughout history in many areas. This printer writer-inventor-scientist-philosopher and a statesman who takes us on aunforgettable tour with his early struggles and eventual success.

According to Davy Crockett: its history - is another autobiography of a legendary pioneer, written only two years before his death. Its growth and Outlook parallels that of many researchers of the 19th Century America.

Third Mark Twain by Ron Powers - The latest work is my favorite on the life of Samuel L. Clemens, perhaps America's best writers. Twain pounds to live and to sell nearly 100 years after hisDeath.

Fourth Lincoln by David Herbert Donald - There are many books on the famous 16h President, and this is great.

Fifth No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The home front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Sixth Truman by David McCullough - This incredible story of Harry Truman - a vice-president suddenly asked to assume the presidency only 12 weeks after FDR began his fourth term - describes the life of a good man, some from 20 Centurykey decisions.

Seventh Dale Carnegie wrote: The Man Who Influenced Millions by Giles Kemp - Mr. Carnegie is one of the best-selling books of all time: How to Win Friends and. This book tells the story of a writer who has influenced thousands of people in many industries.

Eisenhower by Stephen E. 8th Ambrose - This is a great book on the Allied supreme commander during the Second World War and the American president in 1950.

The ninth Wild Blue: the men and boysWho flew the B-24s in Germany by Stephen E. Ambrose - This book vividly describes the war years of 1972 presidential candidates George McGovern and his courageous crew. It takes care of other fliers as the honor of flying.

What does the 10th Every American should know American history by Alan Axelrod and Charles Phillips - This book is a fascinating look at "200 events that shaped the nation."

Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House

Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House


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In GRACE & POWER: THE PRIVATE WORLD OF THE KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE, New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith takes us inside the Kennedy White House with unparalleled access and insight. Having interviewed scores of Kennedy intimates, including many who have never spoken before, and drawing on letters and personal papers made available for the first time, Smith paints a richly detailed picture of the personal relationships behind the high purpose and poiltical drama of the twentieth century's most storied presidency.
At the dawn of the 1960s, a forty-three-year-old president and his thirty-one-year-old first lady – the youngest couple ever to occupy the White House – captivated the world with their easy elegance and their cool conviction that anything was possible. Jack and Jackie Kennedy gathered around them an intensely loyal and brillant coterie of intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, international jet-setters and artists. Perhaps as never before, Washington was sharply divided between the “ins” and the “outs.”
In his public life, JFK created a New Frontier, stared down the Soviets, and devoted himself to his wife and children. As first lady, Jackie mesmerized foreign leaders and the American people with her style and sophistication, creating a White House renowned for its beauty and culture. Smith brilliantly recreates the glamorous pageant of the Kennedy years, as well as the daily texture of the Kennedys’ marriage, friendships, political associations, and, in Jack’s case, multiple love affairs.
Smith’s striking revelations include new information about what drew Jack to his numerous mistresses – and what effects the relationships ultimately had on the women; about the rivalries and resentments among Kennedy’s advisers; and about the poignant days before and after Kennedy’s assassination.
Smith has fashioned a vivid and nuanced portrait not only of two extraordinary individuals but of a new age that sprang to life around them. Shimmering with intelligence and detail, GRACE AND POWER is history at its finest.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Excellent - Toby - New York and Aspen Colorado
I enjoyed this book very much. I try to spread out my reading to keep a wide variety following. This book was just what I was looking for. I liked the balance, the development of the characters and the over all pictures created. I share my reviews with two book clubs, one in New York and the other here in Aspen. I love to share reviews of book as it is so positive and I get great tips. This book will be an added showcase. I try my best to give either a positive review or nothing at all, negative review are worthless to me and those in our book clubs, we look for the positive. This book was just what I was looking for, not too much of anything, fun where it should have been and no so where it needed to be serious. Great job. Other book I recommend are: The Boy He Loved - Obsession Into Darkness (Gay Suspense) this was a real read, I loved it, I've Always Known (Child Abuse) I cried when reading this true story, From Boys to Men (Gay Classic), this was a hot one, Reflections In The Looking Glass - A Murder Mystery That Will Surprise you (Gay Murder Mystery),Ride 'Em Cowboy (Gay Cowboy), The Lady In White (Gay Romance)and if your looking for hot stuff, you may want to try out Sinbad - The Balloon Kingdom (Gay Sailor).


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World

Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World


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“Wonderful . . . not only scholarly but indecently entertaining . . . her prose rings with good sense, affection, and humour.”—Daily Mail

Mention Jane Austen and you’ll likely incite a slew of fervent opinions from anyone within earshot. Regarded as a brilliant social satirist by scholars, Austen also enjoys the sort of popular affection usually reserved for girl-next-door movie stars, leading to the paradox of an academically revered author who has served as the inspiration for chick lit (The Jane Austen Book Club) and modern blockbusters (Becoming Jane). Almost two hundred years after her death, Austen remains a hot topic, and the current flare in the cultural zeitgeist echoes the continuous revival of her works, from the time of original publication through the twentieth century. In Jane’s Fame, Claire Harman gives us the complete biography—of both the author and her lasting cultural influence—making this essential reading for anyone interested in Austen’s life, works, and remarkably potent fame.

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Thorough, very thorough - Amanda Hamm - NC
I enjoyed this book. It was informative and occasionally entertaining. Clearly, a lot of research went into it (there are about 30 pages of notes and sources), but parts of it felt overly drawn-out, as though the author wanted to mention every source she used, even when they said essentially the same thing. All this made it a bit repetitive at times as well. The first part is a biography that seems to say over and over how little is actually know about Jane Austen. But it is well-written so most of this is forgivable. The first and last chapters were my favorites (there are only seven in the whole book). The first chronicled the dates that Austen's books were written and published, not at all the same order. And the last focused on recent attempts to capitalize on her popularity with movie adaptations and fan fiction. Unfortunately, despite the lengthy bibliography Claire Harman loses some of her credibility near the end when she cites Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued as one of the "most intelligent" sequels.

One word of caution, the author assumes that anyone reading this book is fully acquinted with the plots of Austen's novels. If you haven't read all of the them and are concerned about spoilers, you may want to finish Austen's works before you read this.


Theme of learning for all ages

Does your child ever come home upset about something he learned in school? It seemed that he was enthusiastic about the subject passed too quickly? Maybe it was a demonstration of scientific or cultural distance, or perhaps the work of a particular poet. It seems that there are times it takes the interests of the child for an entire semester, which could not be a problem. Unfortunately, times the school is no longer sufficient time for an extension of a peak of interest. Even more rare is a wholeClass that wants to make a particular issue to last a bit 'longer.

There is a solution, however. You can use the time you are in vacation periods, weekends, after school or during the summer on topics once again that the child found it interesting. You can design a unit that you study to explore a series of lesson plans that a theme through various topics of a call. For example, a unit of contraction of baseball study including math problems, on average, team rankingsand physical measurements of the field. They had a geography lesson on the search for the positions of the strongest teams. The students increased their writing skills through the creation of a biography of their favorite players or the history of their practice team. Children may play role in a television interview. Above all, everything to a football game together, watch the game in action. The possibilities are endless.

An advantage of studies documentation unit. If the childis a graphical representation of what he has learned he can check it later and the fun he had as he recalls how the information learned. Depending on the child's age and interests, may be useful to his unit of study through a poster or a lapbook (including, for example, a book layouts in a file folder of documents). Or you want to write and illustrate a story or even write an article to submit for publication. You can also have a family site or a blog and view picturesTheir learning experience.

To build your own studio, you must first decide who will participate. If you have multiple children, to see who is interested in the topic you are considering. Once you set an age range, you can decide what you want to teach your children on the subject. What are the facts may not be obvious at first, so you want some of the research will be done. Notes you can set concrete goals. Now the fun starts. SeeBooks, magazines and websites on the tests, photos, stories, biographies, and a seemingly endless supply of information. You can also find educational websites, as enchantedlearning edhelper and worksheets, reading comprehensions, maps and CRAFT projects.

Yes, take some time, but also learn a lot in the process of construction of the unity of study (or could be produced commercial) and spend time with your purchaseChildren discover the range of interests and fun educational experience that none of you will soon forget.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Viajeros: Illustrados y Romanticos En La Imaginacion Nacional: Viajes, Relatos Europeos y Otros Episodios de La Invencion Argent (Spanish Edition)

Viajeros: Illustrados y Romanticos En La Imaginacion Nacional: Viajes, Relatos Europeos y Otros Episodios de La Invencion Argent (Spanish Edition)


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Book Review - Reese Chronological Encyclopedia of Christian biographies of Ed Reese

A chronological collection of Christian biographies

And Reese has studied the life of Christian biographies for most of it, and became respected authority in the field. This amazing collection of Christian biographies chronological It is a collection of Who's Who of the leaders of the Christian church from the time of the martyrs of the first century to contemporary leaders. Tom Malone, Bruce M. Metzger, Gilbert E Patterson, Lee Roberson, JerryFalwell, Ruth Bell Graham, and these are just some of the most influential leaders of contemporary faith, the church served until his death as late as the death of Ruth Bell Graham's earlier this year. The book consists of drawings made in 5000 and over 4,000 photos. More than 1,000 organizations in this effort and demonstrates the completeness of Ed and integrity of the work.

biography and personal library has over 1000 books. Selection for inclusion in this study was based on theseof which two or more times referenced in the books of his impressive collection. Christian organizations, Bible schools, missionary agencies and major denominations were contacted for additional guidance to be considered for inclusion in the project.

A complete alphabetical order, add the list of other influential figures, a list of abbreviations and a glossary for the user friendly reference value of this work. A list of recognized organizations which, accordingThe information is prepared, the validity and integrity of the phenomenal success of Ed

This is more than a dictionary of Christian leaders. This is a complete encyclopedia of biographies of men and women who have contributed to the growth and development of the Church through the centuries.

Personally, I was very lucky, as I reviewed the year 1946 through the present. I found I could identify with many of the guests. Some of these leaders and ministriesinfluenced my Christian life, growth and mental development.
This is a great success for Ed Reese. "The Chronological Encyclopedia of Christian biographies" is an extraordinary resource, and a great tribute to twenty centuries of the main leaders of Christianity. This book is important and should be added to the Library astute pastors, religious leaders, seminaries and Bible schools.

As reviewed in Midwest Book Review

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran


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The author of the national bestseller Love is a Mix Tape returns, with a different-but equally personal and equally universal- spin on music as memory.

"No rock critic-living or dead, American or otherwise-has ever written about pop music with the evocative, hyperpoetic perfectitude of Rob Sheffield."

So said Chuck Klosterman about Love is a Mix Tape, Sheffield's paean to a lost love via its soundtrack. Now, in Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, Sheffield shares the soundtrack to his eighties adolescence.

When he turned 13 in 1920, Rob Sheffield had a lot to learn about women, love, music and himself, and in Talking to Girls About Duran Duran we get a glimpse into his transformation from pasty, geeky "hermit boy" into a young man with his first girlfriend, his first apartment, and a sense of the world. These were the years of MTV and John Hughes movies; the era of big dreams and bigger shoulder pads; and, like any all-American boy, this one was searching for true love and maybe a cooler haircut. It all here: Inept flirtations. Dumb crushes. Deplorable fashion choices. Members Only jackets. Girls, every last one of whom seems to be madly in love with the bassist of Duran Duran.

Sheffield's coming-of-age story is one that we all know, with a playlist that any child of the eighties or anyone who just loves music will sing along with. These songs-and Sheffield's writing-will remind readers of that first kiss, that first car, and the moments that shaped their lives.

Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2010: Don't be fooled by the title: Talking to Girls About Duran Duran may sound like a dream come true to all the women who she-bopped through the 80s, but at heart it's the Feminine Mystique that every boy-next-door has been waiting for (and will actually read). It's something like a prequel to Rob Sheffield's first, fantastic memoir, Love Is a Mix Tape, taking its cue this time from a musical decade so addictive and eclectic that, as he notes, "every night in your town, you can find a bar somewhere hosting an Awesome 80s Prom Night." This hilarious and heartfelt collection of coming-of-age vignettes is arguably a much more satisfying way to spend an evening, though, particularly if you have even an ounce of the New Wave obsession that courses through it. Sheffield riffs on the songs that saw him through the rapture and misery and bewilderment of being a guy who wanted to understand girls, gleefully skewering Duran Duran along the way (even as he professes his love for them) and paying tribute to tunes that captured some of his best moments. If you're going to revisit your youth, let Rob Sheffield be your guide. Nothing compares to him. --Anne Bartholomew

Rob Sheffield's Top '80s Summer Cruising Songs

Rob SheffieldReading Talking to Girls About Duran Duran is a nostalgia trip you'll love taking: add Rob Sheffield's exclusive playlist to the mix--featured below, with liner notes--and you'll be ready for some kind of wonderful summer night. You can also sample and download these songs in our custom MP3 playlist.

"Little Red Corvette" (1982) by Prince

Little Red Corvette This was my get-in-the-zone song the morning of my driver's test. Prince seemed to be promising me that as soon as I had wheels, all sorts of glamorously messed-up ladies would be trying to hop a ride uptown in my love machine. It didn't exactly work out that way, but at least I passed the test and got my license. Thanks, Prince!

"Missing You" (1984) by John Waite
Missing You I spent the summer of '84 rolling around Boston in an ice cream truck, selling Bomb Pops and Fudgsicles and Nutty Buddys. And with all due respect to Scarface, I got high on my own supply, which means I spent the summer with one hand on the wheel and another one stuffing my face. I was also listening to the radio 18 hours a day, so I got obsessed with this song. I still get choked up at the "heartbreak overload" part.

"Never Let Me Down Again" (1987) by Depeche Mode
Never Let Me Down Again It's weird how bizarre sexual tension fits so well with operating a motor vehicle--you really shouldn't try to drive and feel tragic at the same time, right? But they go hand in hand. No song captures that feeling like this one: just you and your best friend, riding high, leaving the rest of the world eating your dust.

"Is There Something I Should Know?" (1983) by Duran Duran
Is There Something I Should Know? One summer I worked on a garbage truck on the southeast expressway into Boston, picking up trash on the side of the road: burger wrappers, soda cups, porn mags, the occasional pair of pants. Duran Duran helped get me through it, although I never did figure out what they meant by "You're about as easy as a nuclear war."

"It Takes Two" (1988) by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
It Takes TwoThis brings back fond memories of 1988, when "It Takes Two" was pumping out of every car down my street, with the same "Whoop!" "Yeah!" "Whoop!" "Yeah!" James Brown sample rolling on all summer long. Roxanne Shante's "Go On Girl" had the same sample, so by the end of the summer it was hard-wired into my neurons.

"Our Lips Are Sealed" (1980) by The Go-Go's
Our Lips Are Sealed This song puts anybody in serious danger of a speeding ticket--Gina Schock had to be one of the greatest punk rock drummers who ever banged a gong. I'm sad the Go-Go's had to cancel their farewell tour--but hopefully that just means they'll stick together a little longer.

"Hysteria" (1987) by Def Leppard
This song always reminds me of a cool girl I hung around with in the summer of 1988. She liked setting things on fire, getting both of us thrown out of bars, and Def Leppard. It's funny because this is a classic hair-metal ballad, but with all these glossy keyboards, it sounds like impeccable '80s synth-pop--it could pass for prime New Order or OMD. (Editor's note: Song is available on album only.)

"Left of the Dial" (1985) by The Replacements
Left of the Dial It was the summer of '86 when I road-tripped to my first Replacements show, in Providence. Paul Westerberg was standing at the bar before the show, so I stole the Kool butt out of his ashtray and mailed it to a girl I liked in Nova Scotia. She wrote back, "It stinks to high heaven." But I guess that was the kind of stupid romantic gesture only a Replacements fan would make.

"My Prerogative" (1989) by Bobby Brown
My Prerogative Everybody's talking all this stuff about him! Why don't they just let him live! This is a perfectly badass song for prowling the streets, feeling totally invincible. And if the night ends up in the back of a cop car, it makes an excellent soundtrack to kicking out the windows, because that's what Bobby would do.

"Wild in the Streets" (1986) by Bon Jovi
My Prerogative One of the funny things about Jon Le Bon is that his career album, *Slippery When Wet*, is packed with cruising songs as good as "Livin’ on a Prayer." I always think "Wild in the Streets" could have been Bon Jovi's biggest, bonniest and joviest hit, but for some reason they never played it on the radio; it's the one that got away. I also love how Jon yells that nutty "rock me!" during the guitar solo. Someday I pray that Morrissey will cover this--and change it to "Wilde in the Streets." A guy can dream.

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Fun read about a crazy decade - J. Prather - IN USA
My 11 year old son hates it when I listen to the oldies station, because listening to all of those great 80's hits always generates lots of stories that start out "when I was in high school...'' The author has offered firm evidence of something I've known all along. In the 80's, it was all about the music. I am ashamed to admit that I don't remember much of what was going on geopolitically during the 1980s, but I have very vivid memories of the launch of MTV and exactly where I was for the premiere of Michael Jackson's Beat It. The author offers up some hilarious riffs on music lyrics, movies, and his own experiences with a crazy bunch of sisters. His descriptions of his summer jobs brought back memories of some of my own summers spent with Walkman firmly in place, trying to decipher just exactly what some of those lyrics were and the hidden "true meanings" behind them.

The pop culture references come pretty rapid fire and I was able to keep up with most of them, but Haysi Fantayzee? Really? That one threw me. Sometimes the author gets pretty out there, so you have to be pretty up on your 80's new wave if your'e going to ride along, but it's all done in a very affable manner that makes for an easy read. This is a fun book that I would recommend to anyone who spent their formative years in this crazy decade. It brought back a lot of fond memories and quite a few cringes as I remembered things that were better off locked in the vault. It also kind of made me feel better for liking some of the music that I'm still pretty fond of. I must admit though, that with about 50 pages to go, I was getting tired of the 80's all over again and was ready to move on... at least until my next turn at the oldies station.


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Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist


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Crossing Guadalupe Street: Growing up Hispanic and Protestant

Crossing Guadalupe Street: Growing up Hispanic and Protestant


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To grow up as a Mexican-American Methodist in a small town in south central Texas in the 1940s and 1950s was to be a minority within a minority. This account of a boyhood in Seguin, Texas, broadens our understanding of Latino culture by evoking a time when Catholics and Protestants had nothing to do with each other and the word Chicano was not yet in use. But in spite of ethnic and religious segregation, the Maldonado family and their neighbors flourished in the rich Mejicano culture of their barrio west of Guadalupe Street, a world totally separate from the Anglo world. The language spoken in schools, churches, restaurants, bars, and beauty parlors was predominantly Spanish. The sounds and smells were Mexican. School teachers were the most successful and respected members of the community.

Guadalupe Street separated Protestant families like the Maldonados from the Anglo and Catholic communities. But it did not keep them from attaining success in the Anglo world. David Maldonado’s memoir of how he crossed Guadalupe Street is the story of a man who became bilingual, bicultural, and successful, but it is also a tribute to the traditions in which he grew up.

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