Published originally in 1987, Mona Simpson's first novel is now available in paperback. It tells the story of a mother and daughter who make their way west from Wisconsin, living off an ex-husband's credit card.
Mała stara wieś, pośrodku wielkiego „nigdzie”. Tu życie płynie swoim rytmem. Pradawnym zwyczajom akompaniują niewyraźne echa dalekiego świata, docierające zza Zamczyska, rzeki Białej i Pustyni Błędowskiej.
W jednej z chałup, na rozrogu porośniętym lipami, mieszkają dziadek i babka. Gospodyni sprawia wrażenie nieobecnej, chłop z każdym dniem wydaje się starszy — coraz częściej zaczyna szeptać do siebie niezrozumiałe, na wpół urwane zdania. Błądzi pustym wzrokiem i miewa napady obłędu. Gdzieś znika. Niekiedy na długie godziny. We wsi mówi się, że chodzi na Podkrzywdzie. Wraz z nimi mieszka wnuk. Obserwuje codzienne rytuały, poznaje sekrety i fascynujące opowieści mieszkańców. Szybko orientuje się, że również jego rodzina ma swoją wielką tajemnicę… Kim lub czym jest nieokreślone „ono”, którego imię na wpół świadomie przywołuje dziadek? Z opowieści chłopca, snutej w połowie mieszkańców, a w połowie jego słowami, z zasłyszanych i dojrzanych elementów wyłania się świat, w którym to, co przyziemne i realistyczne, łączy się z symbolicznym i niedookreślonym. Świat, którego oddanie wymaga osobnego języka. Świat, w którym to, co tamtejsze, okazuje się uniwersalne i aktualne. Pachnąca lasem, paląca w gardło bimbrem i jęcząca głosem zarzynanych kaczek. Hipnotyzująca, sensualna opowieść, w której można zanurzyć się wszystkimi zmysłami.
When he died he feared he had been forgotten... …He was dead wrong! Bela Lugosi is considered one of the greatest actors of the twentieth-century... but you'd never know it based upon the way he was treated by the Hollywood executives he worked for. Shut out, ignored, and hideously underpaid, he could have easily given up, walked away from show business, and no one would have blamed him for doing so.
But he didn't. Now a body of his work exists that is celebrated decades after his death... because he worked hard and never gave up. Bela Lugosi persevered in the face of tremendous adversity. Can Bela's story inspire you to keep going in your quest to make the world a better place? In Reign of the Vampire: A Tribute to the Perseverance of Bela Lugosi, Leo Wiltshire (M.
A. in Organizational Leadership) examines the struggles and triumphs of Lugosi's life in order to flesh out one of the most inspirational tales of determination ever told.
Augusta Glendenning is so ill-at-ease in society that her family despairs of her ever marrying. Then Philip Denham is persuaded to transform Gussie into the toast of the town; all his gambling debts will be paid off if he's successful. But Philip soon realizes that Gussie is perfect the way she is--and that he's fallen in love with her! A Regency romance reissue.
Lily refuses to believe what everyone else accepts to be true: that her father has died while climbing Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Lily has grown up hiking in the Alaskan wilderness with her dad. He's an expert climber. There's no way he would let something like this happen. So instead of grieving, Lily decides to rescue him. Her plan takes her to Denali and on a journey that tests her physically and emotionally. In this powerful debut, Hannah Moderow has written an authentic Alaskan adventure that crosses terrain both beautiful and haunting—and ultimately shows the bond of family and the wonder of wild places.
This riveting work of social history documents the role the news media played in spurring two murders revolving around Edmund Creffield, a charismatic "Holy Roller" evangelist who arrived in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1903 and quickly enraged the citizenry by defiantly challenging the religious and sexual mores of the time. When ardent female followers began refusing to speak to their nonbelieving husbands, vigilantes tarred and feathered Creffield, eventually forcing him to flee to Seattle. Once there, Creffield was murdered by George Mitchell, the brother of one of his followers.
The news media in Seattle and Oregon applauded George's defense of his sister Esther's honor, influencing the jury. Citing temporary insanity, the jury quickly acquitted George, pleasing the cheering crowds and the approving media. As George prepared to return to Oregon, however, Esther shot him point-blank at Union Station and another moralizing media frenzy broke out. Esther was sent to Western State Hospital and committed suicide after her release. Her short life was among the most poignant of the dozens wrecked by the controversy. Gerald Baldasty's examination of Seattle and Oregon media coverage shows the tenacity with which frontier media protected traditional mores, particularly the notion that men are responsible for women's purity and have the right to take action if they feel another man has besmirched a woman's honor. Expertly crafted in a brisk, accessible style, Vigilante Newspapers illustrates through the tragic tale of Edmund Creffield, George Mitchell, and Esther Mitchell how the news media defined social deviance using vague concepts such as hysteria and temporary insanity, vigorously defending the established order of religious, class, and gender norms.
For five years Renaud Brunet has worked for his uncle as a deputy in Xavier Parish, far away from the ballet world of New York, London, Moscow, Australia-all of it. He's also avoided feminine entanglements, in spite of a very lusty female werewolf on his tail. All his good intentions go out the window, though, when he comes home to find a woman he can't run from waiting on his porch. Unfortunately, she doesn't seem to have any trouble avoiding him.