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Life In Its Rawest Form: A True Story Of Perseverance And Triumph
by Qiana Hicks

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English

Pages

277

Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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An inspiring true story of how far hope in the heart of a young, abused, and disadvantaged child can take her. <br /><br />This is the story of Qiana - a young girl whose body and soul are battered by abuse, neglect, and abandonment. She grows up in an environment impoverished by drug- and alcohol-addicted parents. She dreams of and hopes for a better life, wishing she could morph into a life of pure peace and happiness. But extenuating circumstances throughout her childhood and young adulthood prevent her from enjoying that life. <br /><br />Instead, the adversity and oppression she and her siblings frequently endure keep that nostalgic dream tucked away in a far-off place. This young Qiana often wonders why she was born into these circumstances, and why others, perhaps more deserving of such circumstances, were not. She questions whether God is punishing her for being born. She has a hard time understanding why anyone, especially a child, must endure so much pain and hardship.<br /><br />Daily life for Qiana was a constant worry. She worried about her own and her siblings’ well-being and safety. She worried about how to keep her mother from getting high or intoxicated. There simply was no room left in her world to experience the joys of just being a child.<br /><br />Eventually, the young girl is separated from her family and placed in foster homes, group homes, and shelters.<br /><br />When she becomes a mother at the age of 15, her hopes for a brighter future diminish somewhat, yet she continues to believe that future will be possible. Her journey is riddled with struggles. Nothing comes easy. <br /><br />Qiana understands that in order to have a better outcome for the future, she has to think differently. Among her toughest challenges are not allowing her mother’s addictions and poor choices to affect her own choices, and not following in her mother’s footsteps and those of others around her. <br /><br />With a sliver of hope, with cuts, bruises, and a wounded spirit, Qiana is fiercely determined to persevere in conquering her past and to exceed society’s expectations. Her misfortunes inspire her to forge a better future. Though not a single day is easy as she pursues her dream, she never stops dreaming, and she never gives up. <br /><br />She perseveres, scars from the past being the only real help she has. Somehow, she figures out how to use her scars and experiences as opportunities for the future she’s dreamed of for so long. Regardless of the odds, Qiana relentlessly searches for the future of her dreams. She works tirelessly, she overcomes old obstacles—and, early on, she achieves success. <br /> <br />Qiana’s marvelous story of hope, inspiration, determination, and her tested formula for success can help others who want to beat their own odds—regardless of what has come before—to triumph over the impossible. <br /><br /> <br />Quotes:<br />“I couldn’t give up or look back, because no one else had my back. The more I understood that, the more I pushed myself to work harder each day.”<br /> <br />“As overwhelming as it could sometimes be, failure was not an option.”<br /><br />“Regardless of how dark the past may have been, there is always hope for a brighter future.”<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
twelve years a slave (Annotated)
by Solomon Northup

Language

English

Pages

285

Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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A Black man who was born in free New York state.Where he was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery in the Deep South and bondage for 12 years in Louisiana and rescued in 1853.Northup's account confirms Stowe's fictional portrayal of conditions in Louisiana.
Complete work of Swami Vivekananda
by Swami Vivekananda

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English

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Publication Date

May 21, 2017

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Swami Vivekananda was the chief disciple of Ramkrishna Paramhamsa (Ramakrishna) Ramkrishna Paramhamsa’s first spiritual teacher was an ascetic woman skilled in Tantra and Vaishnava bhakti. Later an Advaita Vedantin ascetic taught him non-dual meditation, and according to Ramakrishna, he experienced nirvikalpa samadhi under his guidance. Swami Vivekananda expanded on this knowledge and he is considered a key figure in the introduction of Hindu philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the “Western” World.
Revealing the Shakespeare Myth: Was he just a straw man for a dis...
by Richard O. Kinswell

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English

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Publication Date

May 21, 2017

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Explore the myth and fiction about William Shakespeare. Discover the secrets and lies of a 400 year old deception. Find out the name of the real author behind the literary masterpieces. This eBook gives you the story behind the many intrigues during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The presentation brings you the highlights right to the point, with no lengthy explanations. The myth about Shakespeare is based on cover-ups and plots more spectacular than the plays. Here you will learn about dramatic incidents, like - The secret and illegitimate son of Elizabet I who became a nobleman, philosopher and author, Surveillance and espionage in England and abroad, The Queens's spy chief, The faked death of Sir Francis Bacon, Treasure hunters on Oak Island and The great gold scandal that was hushed up. This is the revealing story that the main stream scholars and many experts would like to silence.
Jackie Kennedy: The Biography
by University Press Biograph...

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English

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Publication Date

May 15, 2017

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<b>Jackie Kennedy: The Biography</b><br /><br />Jacqueline Kennedy’s life was, in many ways, like a fairy tale. She is remembered as the lovely, cultured woman who charmed nearly everyone she met with her simple but savvy elegance. And, she is remembered most of all as John F. Kennedy’s First Lady. <br /><br />Jackie Kennedy was seen as a role model for fashionistas, socialites, jetsetters and in-crowd women everywhere. She was more popular than movie stars, more idolized than rock stars, and at the same time, revered as the ultimate example of a loving mother. When she mourned the fatal shooting of her husband, the country mourned with her.<br /><br />Yet, she was criticized in certain circles as a woman who subordinated herself to her husbands – first John F. Kennedy and then Aristotle Onassis. And, she wasn’t as vocal about political and social issues as many other first ladies have been. Yet, she proved later on that she was extraordinarily intelligent and amazingly compassionate. <br /><br />When John F. Kennedy died, Jacqueline told Life Magazine that his administration had been like Camelot. The name stuck, and it is still used today. Although she used the name to describe Kennedy’s presidency, Jacqueline’s image is wrapped into the perception of what Camelot really was: noble, beautiful, truthful and full of goodness.<br /><br />Her life may have been like a fairy tale, but it was not quite like the cleaned-up fairy tales today’s parents tell their little ones today. In many ways, more like a tale right out of Grimm’s, Jackie Kennedy’s life had beautiful moments, but it also contained nearly unbearable losses. Nearly everyone alive at the time of John F. Kennedy’s death can remember where they were when they heard the news of it. How much more devastating his death must have been for Jacqueline.<br /><br />Other questions at the heart of the Jacqueline Kennedy myth are more about the reality of her life. What was Camelot really like for her? How did she get there? And what did she do after it was over? How did she find the strength to keep moving on past the deaths of so many loved ones? How did she maintain her composure while standing at the center of life’s stage, even through her struggle with a deadly illness?<br /><br />Not all of these questions are even answerable now that she is gone. However, the intention of this book is to shed as much light as possible on who Jackie Kennedy was and how she managed her life in the public eye.<br /><br />We hope you enjoy reading this brief introduction to the life and times of this amazing woman. Further, we hope you are inspired to study her life in greater depth. Through happy times and tragic ones, Jacqueline was Jacqueline. To those who loved her, both intimately and from afar, Jackie's was truly an extraordinary life.<br /><br /><b>Jackie Kennedy: The Biography</b>
Bird Woman (Sacajawea) the Guide of Lewis and Clark: Her Own Stor...
by James Willard Schultz

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English

Pages

270

Publication Date

April 24, 2017

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<b></b><h2><b>In 1804 a Shoshone woman named Sacajawea met Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.<br /><br />She would spend the next two years with their expedition, travelling thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean, aiding them to communicate with local tribes and find their way through the unknown lands of the unexplored American West.</b></h2><br /><br />Through James Willard Schultz’s fascinating discussions with various elderly Native Americans he is able to reconstruct the events of Sacajawea’s life, from her traumatic childhood and adolescence, being captured and taken away from her home by a raiding party of Minnetarees, to her unhappy marriage to the interpreter Toussaint Charboneau, through to her life assisting in the exploration of the Pacific Northwest.<br /><br /><em>Bird Woman (Sacajawea) the Guide of Lewis and Clark</em> is an extraordinary piece of oral history that provides fascinating insight into the life of this astonishing figure in American history and the role she played in nineteenth century exploration.<br /><br />“James Willard Schultz was a master of storytelling in the Indian manner.” John C. Ewers, author of <em>The Blackfeet: Raiders on the Northwestern Plains</em><br /><br />“a dazzling glimpse into a vanished past.” — <em>The New York Times</em> <br /><br />James Willard Schultz, was a noted author and explorer, who wrote a number of books on Native Americans and their history during his time spent with the Blackfoot Indians. He was given the name Apikuni, meaning Spotted Robe, by the chief, Running Crane. This work was first published in 1918 and Schultz passed away in 1947.
À la trace: Journal de Tel Aviv (French Edition)
by Carole Zalberg

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French

Pages

88

Publication Date

June 09, 2017

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<b>Carole Zalberg a passé, entre le 16 avril et le 16 mai 2015, un mois en Israël dans le cadre d’une mission Stendhal de l’Institut Français, pour un projet de fiction inspirée de la vie de ses trois cousins germains nés là-bas.</b><br /><br />C’était la première fois en 30 ans qu’elle revenait sur cette terre magnifique et compliquée.<br />Pour sa famille installée en Israël, c’était une évidence, elle viendrait un jour s’établir là, chez elle. Mais pourquoi envisager un exil si l’on n’éprouve pas le besoin de se mettre à l’abri d’une hypothétique menace ? Et une terre, quelle qu’elle soit, peut-elle vraiment être synonyme de sécurité ?<br /><br /><b>À travers ce journal de Tel Aviv, Carole Zalberg explore l’ambiguïté de son lien avec cette <i>terre promise</i> et interroge les malentendus d’une famille que l’exil rassemble et éloigne à la fois.</b><br /><br />EXTRAIT<br /><br />Hier, entre deux portes, j’ai commencé à parler « du livre » avec Itaï, qui était venu déposer ma valise égarée par Air France. J’ai enfin compris leur silence à lui et à ses frères quand, il y a deux ans, j’avais évoqué mon projet et leur avais proposé de m’envoyer quelques lignes qui résumeraient leur trajectoire et leur rapport à ce pays. Tout est si complexe ici, si chargé et si intriqué qu’ils craignent de blesser ou, pire, de mettre d’autres en danger. J’ai demandé à Itaï de me faire confiance, essayé d’expliquer ma démarche (en anglais, donc assez grossièrement). Our lives have changed, a alors dit Itaï, comme pour couper court. Il m’a montré une photo d’Omri, qui fait son service dans une unité de combat. Ima doesn’t know but he almost got killed yesterday. Le mélange de fierté et d’angoisse dans ses yeux nous a précipités au cœur du sujet. Bienvenue en Israël !<br /><br />CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE<br /><br />- <i>« Une chronique sensible, nourrie d’atmosphères et d’échanges, qui interroge l’identité, les racines et surtout l’importance qu’on leur accorde. »</i> - <b>Virginia Bart, </b><i><b>Le Monde des Livres</b></i><br />- <i>« Alors il lui faut partir pour enquêter en quelque sorte, sur un lieu comme sur soi, sur les traces d’une histoire à la fois intime, familiale et collective, partir en quête d’une écriture aussi. »</i> - <b>Christine Marcandier, </b><i><b>Diacritik</b></i><br /><br />À PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR<br /><br /><b>Carole Zalberg</b> est une romancière, parolière et critique littéraire née à Paris en 1965. Elle a notamment publié <i>Chez eux</i> (Phébus, 2004), <i>Mort et Vie de Lili Riviera</i> (Phébus, 2005), <i>Et qu’on m’emporte</i> (Albin Michel, 2009), <i>À défaut d’Amérique</i> (Actes Sud, 2012), <i>Feu pour feu</i> (Actes Sud, 2014). Elle a reçu plusieurs prix littéraires dont le Grand Prix SGDL du Livre Jeunesse et le Prix Littérature Monde. Elle anime aussi régulièrement des ateliers d’écritures et des rencontres littéraires.
Письма к Олафу Броку, 1916–1923 (Перепи...
by Константин Гу...

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Russian

Pages

1119

Publication Date

December 31, 1969

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В книге представлены письма российского дипломата К. Н. Гулькевича (1865–1935) профессору-слависту Олафу Броку (1867–1961), хранящиеся в фондах норвежской Национальной библиотеки в Осло. Публикация посвящена истории российско-норвежских общественно-политических и культурных связей во время Первой мировой войны, русской революции и гражданской войны, а сами письма являются одним из памятников этой драматической эпохи.
Lest We Forget New Pen: A Jamaican Farm Memoir
by Lenworth Henry

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English

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Publication Date

May 21, 2017

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<p>Lenworth Henry’s story began when he was born in Walkerswood, Jamaica, to parents who already had ten children between them. Shortly thereafter, the entire family moved five miles away, to a pioneering farming community; locally called New Pen, situated on the St Ann parish border with St Mary’s. New Pen was a well-organized and governed community, that firmly upheld religious principles.</p><br /><br /><p>Lenworth’s early years were filled with the sights and sounds of the farm. On weekdays, people from nearby farms and villages would bring his father horses and mules to shoe at his blacksmith shop. Near the shop was a cow pen to which cows were brought on weekdays, to be counted, branded, neutered and captured for slaughter. Prior to reaching school age, Lenworth and his two youngest sisters would spend weekdays at the blacksmith shop, watching related drama unfold, under the watchful eyes of their strict parents. At first Lenworth struggled to establish an identity in a complicated world built on loyalty, unity and hard work. Ultimately, he transformed himself from a timid boy roaming the farm alone, to a member of a small clique that reveled in challenging the status quo, just for the fun of it. </p><br /><br /><p>Lest We Forget brings the farm back to life in its recreation of the behavior of, not only the human residents, but of every living creature on the farm: from the minutest of insects to the most imposing of animals. </p>
Outcry - Holocaust Memoirs
by Manny Steinberg

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English

Pages

176

Publication Date

September 23, 2014

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<h2>Gripping autobiography of a concentration camp survivor</h2><h3><i>A brutally honest survivor story of human endurance in WW2</i></h3><p>Manny Steinberg (1925-2015) spent his teens in Nazi concentration camps in Germany, miraculously surviving while millions perished. This is his story. Born in the Jewish ghetto in Radom (Poland), Steinberg noticed that people of Jewish faith were increasingly being regarded as outsiders. In September 1939 the Nazis invaded, and the nightmare started. The city’s Jewish population had no chance of escaping and was faced with starvation, torture, sexual abuse and ultimately deportation.</p><p><i>Outcry - Holocaust Memoirs</i> is the candid account of a teenager who survived four Nazi camps: Dachau, Auschwitz, Vaihingen an der Enz, and Neckagerach.</p>Manny Steinberg’s brother Stanley had jumped off the cattle wagon on the way to the extermination camp where his mother and younger brother were to perish. Desperately lonely and hungry, Stanley stood outside the compound hoping to catch a glimpse of Manny and their father. Once he discovered that they were among the prisoners, he turned himself in. The days were marked by hunger, cold, hard labor, and fear. Knowing that other members of the family were in the same camp kept them alive. Since acknowledging each other would have meant death, they pretended to be complete strangers.<p></p><p>Manny Steinberg relates how he was served human flesh and was forced to shave the heads of female corpses and pull out their teeth. Cherishing a picture of his beloved mother in his wooden shoe, he miraculously survived the terror of the German concentration camps together with his father and brother.</p><p>When the Americans arrived in April 1945, Manny was little more than a living skeleton, with several broken ribs and suffering from a serious lung condition, wearing only a dirty, ragged blanket.</p><p>This WWII survivor autobiography was written to fulfil a promise Steinberg made to himself during the first days of freedom. By publishing his Holocaust memoirs, he wanted to ensure that the world never forgets what happened during the Second World War in Europe. The narrative of this Holocaust survivor book is personal, unencumbered and direct. The story set in Poland and Germany in WW2 is told through the eyes of an old man forcing himself to relive years of intense suffering. It is an account of human cruelty, but also a testimony to the power of love and hope. Outcry has become a classic of holocaust literature and human survival, and is recommended reading for college students and the younger generation in general.</p><ul><br /><li>"Manny's story is heart breaking and yet living proof of the strength of the human spirit."</li><li>"I read this book with a very heavy heart and tears running down my face."<br /></li><li>"Honest, to the point and as expected, horrific. No wallowing in self pity, no attempts to exaggerate."</li><li>"An incredible story of survival."</li><li>"Where I expected a depressing book, I instead came out encouraged. Yes, the book reveals terrible, terrible things. But it also demonstrates how a loving, compassionate, and grateful heart can continue to hold gentleness and kindness, regardless of the injustices it suffers. I admire this writer and his attitude."</li><br />The fully revised third edition is also available as paperback and audio. Published in French as <i>Souvenirs d'un survivant de la Shoah</i> in Czech and in Chinese.</ul>

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