"'We should have known the end was near.' So begins Imbolo Mbue's exquisite and devastating novel How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental degradation wrought by a large and powerful American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of clean up and financial reparations to the villagers are made--and ignored. The country's government, led by a corrupt, brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interest. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight the American corporation. Doing so will come at a steep price. Told through multiple perspectives and centered around a fierce young girl named Thula who grows up to become a revolutionary, Joy of the Oppressed is a masterful exploration of what happens when the reckless drive for profit, coupled with the ghosts of colonialism, comes up against one village's quest for justice--and a young woman's willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of her people's freedom"--
The trace amount of alcohol in her bloodstream. The tremendous amount of guilt on her shoulders. A severely scarred face that is a daily reminder of the car crash that killed her sister. But when Mia finally pieces together her memories of the night Rachel died, the shocking truth might be as jarring as the crunch of metal. It’s been a year since fifteen-year-old Mia Hopkins was in a car crash that killed her older sister, Rachel, and left her own face terribly scarred. The doctors tell her she was lucky to survive. Her therapist says it will take time to heal. The police reports claim there were trace amounts of alcohol in her bloodstream. But no matter how much she tries to reconstruct the events of that fateful night, Mia’s memory is spotty at best. She’s left with accusations, rumors, and guilt so powerful it is quickly consuming her. As the rest of Mia’s family struggles with their own grief, Mia is sent to New York City to spend the summer with a grandmother she’s never met. All Mia wants to do is hide from the world, but instead she’s stuck with a summer job in the bustling kitchens of the café down the street. There she meets Fig—blue-haired, friendly, and vivacious—who takes Mia under her wing. As Mia gets to know Fig and her friends—including Cooper, the artistic boy who’s always on Mia’s mind—she realizes that she’s not the only one with a painful past. Over the summer, Mia starts to learn that redemption isn’t as impossible as she once thought, but her scars inside run deep and aren’t nearly so simple to heal … especially when Mia finally pieces together her memories of the awful night Rachel died. We Were Beautiful is: A unique coming of age story about tragedy, forgiveness, and love Written by acclaimed, award-winning author Heather Hepler Perfect for fans of Robyn Schneider and Justina Chen. A poignant, clean YA romance unafraid to explore serious contemporary life issues
A New York Times Bestseller One of James Patterson's "Favorite Thrillers for the Beach" (New York Times) "Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents." —Wall Street Journal "A rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten." —Parade.com "Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars "You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending." —Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. "An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing." —New York Times Book Review "No one should be talking about the shocking twist ending. What we can talk about is...[Lockhart's] razor-sharp portrayal of a family for whom keeping up appearances is paramount and, ultimately, tragic." —The Chicago Tribune
Different Daddies is a fi ctional book, with underlying biblical principles. It is about a dysfunctional family that continues to procreate and bring numerous daddies on the scene, with little regard to their consequences, that is...until one of them hears from The Father in Heaven and he and his sister set out to break the generational curse before the family spirals out of control. Their mother had always told them, they were whole, but in essence, they are emotionally broken. The story is told by one of the sisters, who is the “glue” that seems to hold the siblings together, as they all struggle to seek out their true identities and realize the destiny and purpose God has for their lives. There is a blessing in her story, if you’re ready to received it!
Sundays, Dreams, and Souvenirs is a book of joys, sorrows, searching, praying, and loving. It is a book of the sharing of insights of childhood and adulthoodall merged into one as a whole. There are reflections on growing upon being a child, on learning as an adult, and the lessons of childhood . . . again. We are all travelers on this journey called life. We bring along with us the souvenirs from the pastthe joyous days of childhood, and running free, the adult years. Looking back, the pain of rejection and heartbreak; the poignant love of family; the lessons learned in giving, in praying, in hoping, in witnessing death and dying, only to emerge into a newness of life; in witnessing life in all its beauty, in all its trauma and joy; but always keeping our eyes on the love of God, the love of family, and the dreams that we keep in our heart, which can see us through the challenges of life at every turn. We need to trust God in these pages, to open up to a world that can be and is really within each of our grasps. It is a world of wonder, awe, and beauty, but also one of painstaking trust in giving to God each moment of our lives, to the Creator who formed us in our mothers womb, and to give him back a life of tenacity and strength and total joy. Jeff Bradley wrote, The magic of the next word . . . infinite possibilities. We too can find this as we turn the page.
This history proposes a true account, in word and photography, of religious women pioneers in the Pacific Northwest, with special attention given to their work with Native Americans. It will also portray individual women living with their families in Nazi Germany, their leaving for the New World, and the ravages and horrors that were inflicted by the Hitler Regime and during war times on everybody they left behind.
A Penguin Classic In the two years after the 1939 publication of Steinbeck’s masterful The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck and his novel increasingly became the center of intense controversy and censorship. In search of a respite from the national stage, Steinbeck and his close friend, biologist Ed Ricketts, embarked on a month long marine specimen-collecting expedition in the Gulf of California, which resulted in their collaboration on the Sea of Cortez. In 1951, after Ricketts’ death, Steinbeck reissued his narrative portion of the work in memory of his friend and the inspiration for Cannery Row’s “Doc”. This exciting day-by-day account of their journey together is a rare blend of science, philosophy, and high-spirited adventure. This edition features an introduction by Richard Astro. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Follow our harrowing journey as a family, inexperienced to sailing, begins their adventure and a new life. While on a once-in-a-lifetime trek, the Troans encounter many spectacular countries and peoples in their quest to reach Fiji, their new home. Near death hurricanes, storms and accidents all add to the danger and excitement as they sail their way along a 10,000 mile route to the Southern Hemisphere, learning as they go. The day by day troubles and pleasures add a depth of character to each member of the family, as they gain strengths and confidence as never before.
Dear Friends, I've played in more than 29,000 different towns across the United States and Canada. I am 90 years old and with a guitar, many stars, and lots of songs, I've kept alive the mystique of the Medicine Man, selling Snake Oil and smiles to millions. You may have heard Snake Oil jokes from around the world but I assure you this book is no joke although you will find countless laughs within. Inside "Snake Oil, Superstars and Me" you will find stories and pictures of your favorite superstars. Most stars are fictitious with all their glory. Read this book and it's a different story. I've almost been killed five times. That's in the book. I've made a lot of money and lost a lot too. That's in the book. I've wrote more than 300 songs, recorded hundreds more heard around the world, appeared with some of the biggest names in entertainment, appeared in many movies and played on some of the grandest stages in the world. I starred in the first syndicated country music TV series in 1948 and one of the earliest hillbilly music films on television in 1946. I've led an amazing life, displayed across these 700 pages with more than 800 personal pictures and countless stories spanning almost a century, stories that will make you laugh, cry, love, hate, guess and wonder. You might be surprised and stunned by some of these show business experiences, such as an elephant hanging for murder. This will be the oddest book you have ever read. When you read this book and see all the pictures to prove it, you will certainly have something to brag about! This is my life. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I've enjoyed living it. Ramblin' "Doc" Tommy Scott
We have all been such travellers. We have travelled through space and time and seen the most magnificent sights and beauty along the way. We have been everywhere and done everything, though we have forgotten the brilliance of just how beautiful we are. We have forgotten where we came from, but we will remember this again soon, as we always do. This book is a journey through the galaxies, stars, and dimensions on through the golden ages of Lemuria and Atlantis, journeying with the Angelics and the Galactics, on Native American lands and now onto the new golden age. We are divine, little bright lights, and we have come here from the heart of our Creator to live on Gaia, Great Mother Earth, so that our soul has the opportunity to experience spiritual and physical life, experiencing our connections to the Creator. In the new golden age, we will have the opportunity to bring heaven down to earth once more, as it was in the previous golden ages.
This story takes place in south eastern Alberta about nineteen fifteen (1915), along the western edge of the Cypress hills. Shorty Stout, a drifting cowboy arrives at the A-X ranch, (the AXE), and is given a meal and a bunk. The ranch belongs to Xavier Forrest and his wife Angela, hence the name, A-X. Shorty isnt the kind to lie around so the next morning he is out working and fixing. The first thing he does is to fix the windmill which has been making a racket for weeks. Because he is such a handy person with tools and can do almost any work, he is given a job on the ranch. When spring comes he attends a dance in town with the other hands and on the way back to the ranch he meets up with a widow and her son, Dawn and Matt Ryan. He stops to help them cut some firewood and soon he is working for them every weekend. He fixes fences, builds a log bunkhouse, puts running water in the house and many other jobs that have been neglected because there was no one to do them. When the bunkhouse is completed, a dance is held to show how much everyones help has been appreciated. Meanwhile, out on the range, Shorty and his riding partner Gus, find a hidden valley in the hills, filled with Dawn Ryans cattle. The valley is believed to be the floor of an ancient lake which drained out through the dry gully that is the only entrance. The cattle are separated and some are sold, bringing them some sorely needed cash to help keep the ranch going. Shorty, Dawn and Matt do some exploring and discover a small inner valley that is a small corner of paradise. This small valley is so beautiful that anyone entering it find it hard to even speak until they are back in the main valley. Matt discovers there is fish in the lake in the large valley, and he uses some improvised gear to catch a trout and cook it in the fire after coating it with clay. He and the school teacher, Karen Carter, take a group of students on a survival trip to teach them how to survive if they got lost, and to live off the land. Dawn and Shorty eventually realize they were meant for each other; a fact known to Matt and Angela, Dawns older sister, for some time. Dawn asks Shorty to marry her and he agrees, but before getting married, they ride north to Medicine Hat to file for a homestead, taking in the Lost Valley. The day of the wedding arrives and afterwards, a huge reception and dance is held at the schoolhouse just outside town. About midnight, Matt and the school teacher help the newlyweds escape the party and go off by themselves. The weekend after the wedding, the three homesteaders head for Lost Valley, to get an idea of the land surrounding the valley. This valley has the richest soil and the best grass in Alberta and covers an estimated three hundred acres. Normally, a person is allowed to file on one hundred and sixty acres, but this area , being in the hills is described as waste land and they are allowed to file on a half section , or three hundred and twenty acres each. The government will pay to have the land surveyed, so a surveyor is found to do the job for them. When the land is surveyed and registered in their name, they need to find a way to make a wagon road to the valley, as the only way in is the dry watercourse that had drained the former lake in times long past. Many friends arrive to help with this task, which has to be done before building materials can be hauled into the valley. With much work over a long weekend, a road is made to the valley and the first wagon to ever enter the valley rolls over the newly constructed road. They are now ready to find a site to build a home on the Lost Valley Ranch. Shorty and Dawn spend a night in the Heavenly inner valley and in the morning she tells him he is to be a daddy and that nine months down the road a little girl named Allie will be born, because of one night spent in this enchanted valley.
We have all had some trials and tribulations in our lifetime, the way we choose to handle these trials will determine how we see ourselves when we look in the mirror. We can see shame or triumph, success or failure, pain or healing, and love or lost. Some people experience one or two of these tragedies in their lifetime; near death, child molestation, rape, drug use, mental abuse, bad relationships with women, men, family, and the so-called friends . . . My life has had a taste of them all and some. I wish to take you through my journey so you will never have to ask that fatal question, Why Me? After reading my story, you will have become part of the lessons being learned and will witness the blessings that surely followed. As my story goes on, you may also wonder why would I continue to put myself through this? Their called “Distractions,” the things of the world we just can’t seem to let go that they tend to pull us back in every time. Once you’re finish reading my story, I hope and pray you will look deep into your own lives to see what you can learn or gain from the trials and tribulations you go through. In the end, understanding what your purpose here on earth is to be or not be. . . . “God saw me through it, because He has something better for me to do”. Yours Truly, Lonnie Mack.
Melissa Pandolf has never been one to let a few rules stand in her way. So when she and her husband, Doug, began the adoption process, the hopeful mother-to-be had her sights set on quickly welcoming two beaming babies to make the Pandolf house a family home. However, after three years; four trips to Russia; one trip to Washington, DC; and two plane crashes that threatened to bring their dream down around them, she came to realize that a bigger destiny awaited them on the other side of the world. As the adoptive parents of four Russian siblings, the young couple from Long Island learned the true meaning of family, and what it means to go the extra mile to give your children what they need. Beginning with the first meeting with an adoption agency, The Journey for Mama's Babies chronicles the Pandolfs' three-year odyssey to bring their babies home. From her naïve initial assumptions about the process to her ultimate hard-won savvy and resolve, Pandolf shares every key aspect of the experience, including the unexpected depression that can be companion to this emotionally wrenching process. With clear-eyed candor, the author recounts the ups and downs, the unexpected twists, and the backward loops that frequently punctuated their mission. Along the way, she and her husband were also faced with heartbreaking decisions that neither had anticipated, as their dream of two children quickly grew when a larger group of siblings presented itself. At the same time, the couple also confronted the demand for an ironclad resiliency due to countless setbacks, never-ending red tape, and a constantly shifting perspective on what it truly means to be a family. Still, their challenges only began when they finally were joined together in the United States, as the Pandolfs scrambled to help their children make the transition from speaking Russian to speaking English and help them adjust to their new surroundings. Enlightening, easy to read, and arrestingly honest, The Journey for Mama's Babies will captivate anyone who has ever navigated the intricacies of the adoption process or who cares about someone who has. Both inspiring and open-eyed, this tender, telling story of a family built across oceans, languages, and every imaginable obstacle will take hold of your heart, and make you hold your loved ones closer still.
This story is about a Little Star, his friends and family. Little Star only wants his parents proud of him. Unfortunately, Little Star he hasnt figured out yet, in order to get things we want, we must be willing to work hard and earn them. Little Star is too impatient to wait. But he finds out short cuts, lead to trouble. Little Star finds enough trouble along the way. Now he believes hell never feel his parents love ever again. He begins daydreaming, because in his dreams he feels safe. He decides maybe it is time for him to go out on his own, and become a great explorer finding something really big. Then his parents would have to be proud of him, and they could hold their heads high again in Stardust. Then Little Star decides hes going to run away things at home had spiraled out of control now. He is always in trouble. Little Star decides after a sequence of events he is going to run away. But first he tells his best friend, and asks his friend to come with him. From that point on many things happen. But you will see this story has a happy ending. And think its time to let you discover all of the laughter and tears for very happy a surprising ending.
During the Jim Crowe Era in Alabama, African- American children were told by their parents and teachers that they had to be “ten times better than their white counterparts, just to stay even”. Striving to be ten times better became the standard of behavior for Dr. Joice Christine Bailey Lewis who achieved success with ten times fewer resources and against ten times greater odds. What sustained her during the most diffi cult times was the evidence that her people had survived the hardships faced during two periods of slavery: the enslavement of Africans and the era of Sharecropping. Raised on a sharecropping farm and having no money to go to college, Dr. Lewis, nevertheless found a way to achieve a doctoral degree and experience success as an educator.
In the bestselling sequel to Find You in the Dark, A. Meredith Walters continues the emotional story of Maggie, Clay, and the power of unconditional love. How do you keep going when you feel like your life is over? Maggie never thought she’d see Clay again. So, she attempts to put her life back together after her heart has been shattered to pieces. Moving on and moving forward, just as Clay wanted her to. Clay never stopped thinking of Maggie. Even after ripping their lives apart and leaving her behind to get the help he so desperately needed. He is healing…slowly. But his heart still belongs to the girl who tried to save him. When a sudden tragedy brings Maggie and Clay face-to-face again, nothing is the same. Yet some things never change. Can the darkness that threatened to consume them be transformed into something else and finally give them what they always wanted? And can two people who fought so hard to be together, finally find their happiness? Or will their demons and fear drive them apart for good? The thing about love is that even when it destroys you, it has a way of mending what is broken. And in the shadows, you can still see the light.