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When three-year-old Joshua Gortler and his family were forced from their hometown in Poland during World War II, they scrambled for safety across border after border, finding refuge at last in Europe's Displaced Persons Camps. Undocumented and unschooled, Gortler spent his adolescence learning to survive. When his family eventually relocated to the United States, he found himself starting over as teenager in a foreign land with only his spunk and sharp wits to rely on. After teaching himself English, Gortler managed to complete high school in three years, earn a master's degree in social work, and begin what would become a distinguished career in the field of eldercare. Acknowledged as a leading pioneer in his field, Gortler dedicated his professional life to helping others stitch their torn lives back together. As a sought-after speaker, he has made it his personal mission to bring the lessons of his unique personal experiences-the value of perseverance, humor, ambition, faith, and the paramount importance education-to audiences as diverse as Rotary clubs, at-risk high schoolers, prisoners, and university students.Show more
"Literary ancestor to Miss Marple, Lisbeth Salander, and Nancy Drew."-The Guardian (London) First published in 1864, decades before there were official female detectives or female police officers in Britain, The Female Detective features the original lady detective: the determined and resourceful Miss Gladden, known as "G." She examines crime scenes incognito, tracks down killers, and solves mysteries employing all manner of skill, subterfuge, and charm to achieve her ends while attempting to conceal her own identity from others. Miss Gladden's deductive methods and energetic approach anticipate those of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, and she can be seen as beginning a powerful tradition of female detectives in these seven short stories. The Female Detective is sure to enchant a new generation of crime fiction fans.Show more
In this three-book YA sci-fi fantasy series audio bindup, Oriannon—a young girl with the ability to record her memories—is tasked with spying on a teacher named Jesmet, whose lessons challenge her society’s order. As Oriannon struggles to sort through what she sees and hears, the government’s efforts to destroy Jesmet and his cause increases, and she must decide if following what her heart knows is true is worth losing everything she’s ever known. The Shadowside Trilogy is: - the complete three-book series from Robert Elmer - a creative reimagining of the four gospels - ideal for teen readers 13 and up, adult readers of young adult fiction, and fans of allegorical books - perfect for birthday or holiday gift-giving Included books: - Trion Rising: Oriannon has a privledged life on the bright side of Corista, a small planet circling three suns. But when Jesmet arrives at her school with strange songs and even stranger ideas, Oriannon is pressured to spy by using her ability to record everything she sees and hears. Could Jesmet really be a faithbreaker? When her new friends face a deadly threat, Oriannon is forced to make a difficult decision. - The Owling: When Jesmet is banished, the first Believers’ new faith is tested as the bright side of the planet is plunged into perpetual darkness. Are the Shadowside’s Owling people to blame? With all of Corista in chaos, Oriannon holds to Jesmet’s promise of the Wind, which supposedly will tell her what to do. Especially as Sola, Corista’s head of security, is recruiting Oriannon to help carry out a plan for peace. - Beyond Corista: Oriannon and her friends hurtle through space on a dangerous mission to deliver the warning she received from Jesmet—the Troikans are coming to destroy Corista. At each location, Oriannon is met with the same disbelief: no one has seen a Troikan in years. Soon, even Oriannon begins to wonder if the threat is real, and if her visions from Jesmet are only hallucinationsShow more
Written by a well-known educational reformer and social activist who counted Eleanor Roosevelt among her supporters, Dorothy Canfield Fisher's wildly successful The Home-Maker was ahead of its time in its portrayal of gender expectations. Dedicated to keeping her home immaculate and organized, Evangeline Knapp runs a tight ship, with the Knapp family constantly on edge. Meanwhile, her husband Lester, a dreamer, drifts through his bookkeeping job. Both feel depressed and out of place. Suddenly, after a near-fatal accident, their roles are reversed: Lester is confined to home in a wheelchair and his wife must work to support the family. Evangeline dedicates herself to improvement and customer service, something she learned working in her father's store as a child. She quickly moves up the ladder, while Lester brings contentment to the household. As he slowly begins to heal, both dread the possibility of returning to their old roles. Is it possible to remain in their current roles, or must they conform to gender stereotypes? The Home-Maker was one of the top-ten bestselling books in the US in 1924, and Fisher's deft handling of societal expectations of men and women and role reversal in marriage continues to secure its relevance today.Show more
Here is a thrilling, uplifting story of true-life heroism unequaled since the publication of Anne Frank's diary-a story that the young must hear and their elders must remember. Take Alicia's hand-and follow. Her name is Alicia. She was thirteen when she began saving the lives of people she did not know-while fleeing the Nazis through war-ravaged Poland. Her family cruelly wrenched from her, Alicia rescued other Jews from the Gestapo, led them to safe hideouts, and lent them her courage and hope. Even the sight of her mother's brutal murder could not quash this remarkable child's faith in human goodness-or her determination to prevail against overwhelming odds. After the war, Alicia continued to risk her life, leading Polish Jews on an underground route to freedom in Palestine. She swore on her brother's grave that if she survived, she would speak for her silenced family. This book is the eloquent fulfillment of that oath.Show more
In The Breakthrough in Two Acts, Dr. Fredric C. Hartman paints a vivid picture of emotional pain and its context within the human mind and brain. Set in the dramatic backdrop of a therapy session as a stage play, featuring Dr. Hartman as the psychologist and Human Consciousness itself as "the patient," this is a practical guide for anyone who struggles with negative or painful emotions. In his play, Dr. Hartman tells the story about our vulnerability to painful emotions, which flare up from the depths of our brains, casting distressing and destructive spells over us. As the play unfolds, he develops two new experiences to help strengthen our consciousness: one, by actively breaking the spell of the two thoughts that lie at the heart-and generate the distress-in each of our negative emotions, and two, by embracing the strange, fleeting collection of conditions that come along with the present moments of our lives as they each flash by. The Breakthrough in Two Acts is an appeal to humanity and a plan for how to use one "part" of our brain-consciousness-to quiet down another, chronically overheated "part"-the limbic system-which has ravaged our species with troubles ranging from emotional illness to war. Here is a way of thinking for hard times to help overcome emotional distress and embrace a calmer and more fulfilling way to experience life.Show more
When the recently orphaned Anne Beddingfield moves to London to live with her late father's solicitor and his wife, she is ready for adventure to find her, and find her it most certainly does. While waiting for the tube after a failed job interview, Anne witnesses a man fall off the Underground platform onto the rails. The police determine the man's death to be "accidental." But the examining doctor fortuitously leaves behind a rather curious note on his way out of the station, and Anne makes the life-altering decision to investigate this "accidental" death on her own. Suddenly, Anne finds herself ensnared in a dangerous plot involving missing diamonds, a murdered ballerina, and even an attempt on her own life. The Man in the Brown Suit also features the first appearance of Colonel Race, a friend of Agatha Christie's famous detective Hercule Poirot, and an excellent investigator in his own right. To save herself and solve this mystery, Anne must work with Colonel Race and journey all the way to Africa. Together, they are determined to crack the case and unmask the killer, an international criminal mastermind known only as "the Colonel," once and for all.Show more
The latest entry in Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger's popular Sherlock Holmes-inspired mystery series Sherlock Holmes has not only captivated readers for more than a century and a quarter, he has fascinated writers as well. It is little wonder, then, that when the renowned Sherlockians Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger invited their writer-friends and colleagues to be inspired by the Holmes canon, a cornucopia of stories sprang forth, with more than sixty of the greatest modern writers participating in four acclaimed anthologies. Now, King and Klinger have invited another fifteen masters to become In League with Sherlock Holmes. The contributors to this volume include award-winning authors of horror, thrillers, mysteries, westerns, and science-fiction, all bound together in admiration and affection for the original stories. The resulting stories are funny, haunting, thrilling, and surprising. All are unforgettable.Show more
In 1666, as Sir Isaac Newton is developing differential calculus and Robert Hooke suggests that the force of gravity can be measured utilizing the motion of a pendulum, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, published The Description of A New World, Called the Blazing-World, better known as The Blazing World. A young Lady is kidnapped by a visiting merchant who is enchanted with her. Through divine interference, the ship is beset by a storm and everyone but the Lady perishes. Blown up to the North Pole, she inadvertently passes into to another world, the Blazing World, where she is almost immediately made supreme ruler. As the Lady begins to exercise her will, Cavendish lays out her own utopia and discusses a wide range of scientific, political, social, and religious topics. But when a war breaks out in her home world, what will the Lady do with all power of the Blazing World behind her? An adventure tale, a romance, and a work of proto-science fiction, this seventeenth-century utopian novel touches on alchemy, the occult, religion, and natural philosophy while exploring such issues as science, gender, and power.Show more
Welcome to The Middle Kingdom! In the nine Middle Kingdoms it is believed that the royal families are the direct decedents of the gods of Dib: Honus, Javilon, Ho Nita, and Pal. The gifts of the gods are not passed to every member of the royal families, however, and none of these "unblessed" children can ever become king or queen and, due to the displeasure of the gods, they cannot have children of their own. Unlike the rest of the planet, the middle kingdoms have adhered more closely to the early teachings of the House in both their beliefs and their feudal way of life. In fact, the Septal Houses' High Hats throughout the rest of Dib have always formally denounced the beliefs and practices of the Houses in the Middle Kingdom. Back in Velon, after being tasked with the infamous Linus murder case and House vault robbery, Detective Makk Stidgeon is back, and this time he has county attorney Pillick Quibb asking him questions. Meanwhile in Totus, Battine Alconnot, an unblessed descendent of Ho, Lady Delphina, and her sister Queen Porra find themselves tied up in the mystery ... The Outcast Cycle takes listeners across-and above-the planet Dib. Nestled in the individual stories is the gradual discovery that the House has a big secret ... and the Outcast may be more literal than anyone realized.Show more
"[The Constant Nymph is] one of the best novels old or new, that had ever absorbed a reader's attention during the still hours."-Augustine Birrell, the New Statesman, December 6, 1924 Lewis Dodd, a young, troubled composer, arrives at "Sanger's Circus," a wild gathering consisting of precocious children, a slovenly mistress, and an assortment of hangers-on in the Austrian Alps overseen by the eccentric Albert Sanger, a brilliant, if unappreciated, composer himself. Tessa, Sanger's lively fourteen-year-old daughter, falls in love with their handsome visitor. After Albert's death leaves Tessa and her siblings penniless, they must implore extended family members for assistance. Florence, Tessa's twenty-eight-year-old cousin, graciously steps in to help and she falls in love with Lewis ... and he reciprocates. Florence and Lewis marry, much to Tessa's dismay, and the Sanger children are shipped off to boarding school. But Lewis, while loyal to his bride, nonetheless finds himself drawn to Tessa more and more. Even marriage cannot completely sever the bond between Lewis and his constant nymph. An immediate bestseller whose fans included fellow authors Thomas Hardy, J. M. Barrie, A. E. Housman, and John Galsworthy, The Constant Nymph was adapted both on stage and on screen in the decades after its release. Ostensibly a tale of female rivalry, Margaret Kennedy's classic deftly explores the tension between creative genius and the stifling constraints of polite society in early twentieth-century England.Show more
Avram Davidson was one of the great original American writers of this century. He was erudite, cranky, Jewish, wildly creative, and sold most of his wonderful stories to pulp magazines. Now, his estate and his friends have brought together a definitive collection of his finest work, each story introduced by an SF luminary: writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, William Gibson, Poul Anderson, Gene Wolfe, Guy Davenport, Peter S. Beagle, Gregory Benford, Thomas M. Disch, and dozens of others. This is a volume every lover of fantasy will need to own.Show more
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