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A new historical anthology from transatlantic slavery to the Reconstruction curated by the Schomburg Center, that makes the case for focusing on the histories of Black people as agents and architects of their own lives and ultimate liberation, with a foreword by Kevin Young This is the first Penguin Classics anthology published in partnership with the Schomburg Center, a world-renowned cultural institution documenting black life in America and worldwide. A historic branch of NYPL located in Harlem, the Schomburg holds one of the world's premiere collections of slavery material within the Lapidus Center for Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery. Unsung will place well-known documents by abolitionists alongside lesser-known life stories and overlooked or previously uncelebrated accounts of the everyday lives and activism that were central in the slavery era, but that are mostly excised from today's master accounts. Unsung will also highlight related titles from founder Arturo Schomburg's initial collection: rare histories and first-person narratives about slavery that assisted his generation in understanding the roots of their contemporary social struggles. Unsung will draw from the Schomburg's rich holdings in order to lead a dynamic discussion of slavery, rebellion, resistance, and anti-slavery protest in the United States.Show more
Buckle up for this chilling novella tale of first contact! When three probes sent to Mars suffer suspicious catastrophic failures, a clandestine manned mission is dispatched to investigate the probes’ wreckage for clues to explain their demise. The manned mission is led by Lieutenant Colonel Avery Lockett. He is joined by flight engineer, Captain Nick Reed, and mission specialist, Dr. Christine Baker. Together they embark on a dangerous journey aboard the spaceship Cetus Prime - dangerous because they know what awaits them around Mars. UMOs, or unidentified magnetic objects. UMOs are believed to be an electromagnetic life form feeding on ions caught between Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere. The elusive creatures appear as nothing more than small bright lights, but they are capable of supersonic speeds and non-ballistic motion. Space exploration authorities have, at various times, provided benign explanations for these bright lights; melting frost shed by spacecraft caught in sunlight, solar wind particles or flaming meteors bouncing off the Earth’s atmosphere, to name a few. Anything but an alien life form. Disavowed for decades, the UMOs had been viewed as harmless, amoeba-like blobs that existed only around Earth, as none had ever been observed by deep space probes to other planets in the solar system. But that perception changed with the final photographs snapped by one of the doomed Mars probes. The pictures showed a swarm of UMOs descending upon the probe in the moments before communication was lost. Instrument readings from the same probe showed huge spikes in electromagnetic radiation in its last transmission. No one knows for sure what happened to the Mars probes, but authorities speculate the UMOs destroyed them. Now, Avery, Nick and Christine must travel 65 million miles to Mars and gather evidence to confirm what destroyed the probes without attracting a swarm of the lethal creatures.Show more
There Was A Light details the pop culture phenomenon that made Big Star legendary and divulges how its staunch fanbase saved the band from obscurity. With Chris Bell at the center of the Big Star universe, this book carefully reveals the production of the band's masterful 1972 debut LP, #1 Record, for Ardent/Stax Records. Despite stellar reviews, the record suffered abysmal sales. Soon after, toxic personality conflicts and turmoil tore the band apart while Bell battled drug abuse and depression. There Was A Light then delves into Big Star's second and third albums, while recounting Bell's second act as a struggling solo musician and born-again Christian. During several trips to Europe, he produced ambitious recordings and pitched himself to record labels-even crossing paths with Paul McCartney. From this fertile era arose Bell's lone solo album, the posthumously released I Am the Cosmos-his swan song and masterpiece.Show more
The Lord Jesus won the victory over the devil for us. He fulfilled every requirement of the Law for us. Every curse of the law was also broken, and the love of God was made perfect for all humanity. Everything Jesus died for, including power and authority over the devil and his demons, is ready and available to every believer. The redemption work is finished, but we need to learn to use the authority that we already have in Christ. And we can surely achieve this when we yield completely to the Holy Spirit, learn to walk by faith and not by sight, and live by the Word of God. A new and everlasting covenant was made and sealed by the precious blood of Christ. The Word of God is now the eternal assurance for the believer because the Lord will never violate His word. This truth makes the Christian life very simple, fun, and predictable because we know what exactly God will do when we keep His Word. The believer now has limitless possibilities in the spiritual realm. Why? Because the Christian lives and operates from the highest level possible, which is in Christ Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.Show more
Chompy LOVES his carrots, so when he hears about an ancient carrot formula that gives super-powered eyesight, he just has to find it! But when the journey leads Chompy and his pals to the mysterious mansion of Doc Peppa, strange things begin to happen! Perfect for ages 4 - 9.Show more
Edward Zane Carroll Judson aka Ned Buntline (1821-1886) was responsible for creating a highly romantic and often misleading image of the American West, albeit one that the masses found irresistible in the mid-to-late nineteenth century. Some scholars estimate that he wrote at least four hundred dime novels over his lifetime, and perhaps as many as six hundred. While he is best known for discovering William Frederick Cody (Buffalo Bill) and making the irrepressible scout a star, Judson-by that time-had already lived five lifetimes himself: he had fought Seminole Indians in Florida; started and bankrupted three newspapers; published dozens of successful novels; agitated for the Know-Nothing party; and fought in the Union Army during the Civil War. Along the way, the fiery redheaded, gray-eyed writer lectured extensively about temperance between drinking bouts. He married eight women, seduced at least one other, and cavorted with prostitutes, one of whom beat him physically and legally. The Notorious Life of Ned Buntline is an open-eyed look at the man who sparked an American legend but whose own scandalous life somehow escaped history's limelight.Show more
Rags Bertram is a man with a past. But he isn’t one to boast about it. A former soldier in the U.S. special forces, Rags came to the island and bought an old marina to stay off the grid and out of trouble. He’s living the good life— working on the water by day and playing on it by night, often while holding a cold beer in his hand. No one on Hideaway Isle knows about Rags’ former life until trouble suddenly finds him. Enemies with an ax to grind wish to settle a score, and they don’t care who they hurt in the process. As the danger escalates and Rags is forced to face it head on, he must use his training to save his friends and neighbors, before it’s too late. Will Rags realize the seriousness of the threat in time? Will he have the courage to turn back to his old way of doing things? And who will become a casualty and take the fall? The Man at Nimbus Marina is a gorgeously gripping, deep and suspense-filled novel that explores the measures of responsibility, the gift of heroism, and the weight of honor. It’s the third book in the Hideaway Isle series and the perfect beach listen. About the Hideaway Isle Series: It’s paradise on the sparkling tropical shores of Hideaway Isle, Florida. A place where vacationers go to get away and residents enjoy year-round luxury. Despite postcard-worthy appearances, there’s trouble in paradise. Lurking just beyond the sun, sand, and sea are threats that promise to wreak havoc in this seemingly idyllic utopia. With riveting turns that will leave you breathless, each Hideaway Isle novel features a deep dive into the ongoing story, told from a different islander’s point of view. Buy The Man at Nimbus Marina today for an emotional, pulse-pounding listen you won't soon forget.Show more
When a new baseball team comes to Munchytown, the Munchy Bunch gang can't wait to play! But Coach Brock O. Lee soon discovers his team needs to shape up and ditch their junk food habits if they're going to win ball games. Volume 4 in the series, "Chompy & the Munchy Bunch" will entertain and educate your young ones. Perfect for ages 4 - 9.Show more
Sentenced to sixty-five years in a Texas prison, Damon West once had it all. He came from a great family, in a home full of God, love, support, and opportunities to reach any goal. A natural born leader, an athlete with good looks and charm, he appeared to be the all-American kid pursuing his dreams. Underneath this facade, however, was an addict in the early stages of disease. After suffering childhood sexual abuse by a babysitter at the age of nine, Damon began putting chemicals into his body to alter the way he felt. Once he was introduced to methamphetamines, however, he became instantly hooked-and the lives of so many innocent people would forever be changed by the choices he made in order to feed his insatiable meth habit. After a fateful discussion during his incarceration with a seasoned convict, Damon had a spiritual awakening. He learned that, like a coffee bean changing with the application of heat and pressure, he was capable of changing the environment around him. Armed with a program of recovery, a renewed faith, and a miraculous second chance at life, Damon emerged from over seven years of prison a changed man. His story of redemption continues to inspire audiences today.Show more
They say lightning never strikes twice. Puck Reed certainly hopes not. The last time he was hit, the jolt wiped his memory clean. He was a boy then, on the island with a group of tourists when he got caught outdoors during a heavy thunderstorm. Admitted to the local hospital as a John Doe, Puck's caretakers never showed up to claim him. Now an adult, a strange chain of events sets Puck on a reluctant search for his real parents. Afraid of what he might learn and what it will mean for his future, Puck must confront his darkest secrets to find peace. Was Puck really abandoned? Are his parents looking for him, too? And what horrors lie beyond the surface of his fractured life? The Boy on Sunset and Main is a gripping, suspense-filled short story that explores the pain of loss, the nature of family, and the desire to know oneself. It’s an introduction to the Hideaway Isle series. About The Hideaway Isle Series: It’s paradise on the sparkling tropical shores of Hideaway Isle, Florida. A place where vacationers go to get away and residents enjoy year-round luxury. Despite postcard-worthy appearances, there’s trouble in paradise. Lurking just beyond the sun, sand, and sea are threats that promise to wreak havoc in this seemingly idyllic utopia. With riveting turns that will leave you breathless, each Hideaway Isle novel features a deep dive into a different islander’s story. Buy The Boy on Sunset and Main today for an emotional, pulse-pounding listen you won't soon forget.Show more
Spud's First Day Surprise is Volume 3 of Chompy & the Munchy Bunch, about a carrot with superpower eyesight! When Spud moves to Munchytown, his first day in school gets off to a rough start. Spud runs away, but soon discovers something special hidden deep inside the lonesome forest.Show more
Barbecue: It's America in a mouthful. The story of barbecue touches almost every aspect of our history. It involves indigenous culture, the colonial era, slavery, the Civil War, the settling of the West, the coming of immigrants, the Great Migration, the rise of the automobile, the expansion of suburbia, the rejiggering of gender roles. It encompasses every region and demographic group. It is entwined with our politics and tangled up with our race relations. Jim Auchmutey follows the delicious and contentious history of barbecue in America from the ox roast that celebrated the groundbreaking for the US Capitol building to the first barbecue launched into space almost two hundred years later. The narrative covers the golden age of political barbecues, the evolution of the barbecue restaurant, the development of backyard cooking, and the recent rediscovery of traditional barbecue craft. Along the way, Auchmutey considers the mystique of barbecue sauces, the spectacle of barbecue contests, the global influences on American barbecue, the roles of race and gender in barbecue culture, and the many ways barbecue has been portrayed in our art and literature. It's a spicy story that involves noted Americans from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama.Show more
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