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The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian Englan...
by Liese Sherwood-Fabre

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English

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Publication Date

May 13, 2018

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<i>Fans of Sherlock Holmes, Victorian England, and history in general will all find interesting tidbits to carry away.</i><br /><br /><br /><br />Sir Arthur Conan Doyle references many everyday Victorian activities and aspects that are lost on the twenty-first century reader. These short essays provide modern readers a better understanding of Victorian England and greater insight into the world of Sherlock Holmes. His cases take on richer meaning when the reader grasps the subtilties of such details as the blue ribbon mentioned in “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box,” the doss houses Shinwell Johnson knew about, or how one contracted brain fever. <br /><br /><br /><br />Originally published in Sherlockian newsletters across the world, these short essays carry the reader back to London, 1895 and the world of the most famous consulting detective. Topics covered include: <br /><br /><ul><br /><li>Horse racing</li><br /><li>The Victorian Wedding</li><br /><li>Boxing</li><br /><li>The Temperance Movement</li><br /><li>Fencing</li><br /><li>London Smog</li><br /><li>Brain Fever</li><br /><li>Circuses</li><br /><li>The Port of Dundee</li><br /><li>Doss Houses</li><br /><li>Vampires</li><br /><li>Bradshaw’s Companion<br /></li><li>Bicycles and the New Woman</li><br /><li>Clergymen</li><br /><li>Public Houses</li><br /><li>Microscopes and Magnifying Glasses</li><br /><li>Governesses</li><br /><li>Ciphers and Codes</li><br /><li>Eton</li><br /><li>Cambridge and Oxford</li><br /><li>The Art of Disguise</li><br /><li>Typewriters</li><br /><li>Brief History of Tea</li><br /></ul><br /><br /><br />Return, once again, to Victorian England and the residents of 221B Baker Street. <br /><br /><br /><br />“We have…always found [Dr. Sherwood-Fabre’s] essays to be both entertaining and informative as well as very well researched.”<br />--Joel Senter, editor <i>The Sherlockian E-Times</i><br />
The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witc...
by Deborah Harkness

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English

Pages

495

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>A fully illustrated guide to Deborah Harkness's #1 <i>New York Time</i>s bestselling All Souls trilogy--"an irresistible . . . wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy" (<i>People</i>)</b><br /><br /> <i>A Discovery of Witches</i> introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. <i>Shadow of Night</i> and <i>The Book of Life</i>carried Deborah Harkness's series to its spellbinding conclusion.<br /><br /> In <i>The World of All Souls</i>, Harkness shares the rich sources of inspiration behind her bewitching novels. She draws together synopses, character bios, maps, recipes, and even the science behind creatures, magic, and alchemy--all with her signature historian's touch. Bursting with fascinating facts and dazzling artwork, this essential handbook is a must-have for longtime fans and eager newcomers alike.
Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear
by Carl Hiaasen

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English

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64

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April 10, 2018

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<b>This is <i>Oh, the Places You'll </i><b>Never</b><i> Go</i>--the ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduate's future. And what he or she can or can't do about it.</b><br /><br />"This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That's not what you need. You need a warning."<br />     So begins Carl Hiaasen's attempt to prepare young men and women for their future. And who better to warn them about their precarious paths forward than Carl Hiaasen? The answer, after reading <i>Assume the Worst,</i> is: Nobody.<br />     And who better to illustrate--and with those illustrations, expand upon and cement Hiaasen's cynical point of view--than Roz Chast, best-selling author/illustrator and National Book Award winner? The answer again is easy: Nobody.<br />     Following the format of Anna Quindlen's commencement address (<i>Being Perfect</i>) and George Saunders's commencement address (<i>Congratulations, by the way</i>), the collaboration of Hiaasen and Chast might look typical from the outside, but inside it is anything but. <br />     This book is bound to be a classic, sold year after year come graduation time. Although it's also a good gift for anyone starting a job, getting married, or recently released from prison. Because it is not just funny. It is, in its own Hiaasen way, extremely wise and even hopeful. Well, it might not be full of hope, but there are certainly enough slivers of the stuff in there to more than keep us all going.
The Sun and Her Flowers
by Rupi Kaur

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<DIV>Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, <I>the sun and her flowers</I> is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.<BR /> <BR /><I>this is the recipe of life</I><BR />said my mother<BR />as she held me in her arms as i wept <BR /><I>think of those flowers you plant<BR />in the garden each year <BR />they will teach you<BR />that people too<BR />must wilt<BR />fall<BR />root<BR />rise<BR />in order to bloom</I><BR /> </DIV>
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woma...
by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Est...

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English

Pages

473

Publication Date

February 01, 2017

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"Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society's attempt to 'civilize' us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become overdomesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped."<br /><br />In her now-classic book that spent 144 weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and is translated into 35 languages, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., shows how woman's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archaeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconscious. Dr. Estés uses her families' ethnic tales, washed and rinsed in the blood of wars and survival, multicultural myths, her own lyric writing of those fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from her life witness, and also research ongoing for twenty years… that help women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.<br /><br />Dr. Estés collects the bones of many stories, looking for the archetypal motifs that set a woman's inner life into motion. Her "La Loba" teaches about the transformative function of the psyche; in "Bluebeard," we learn what to do with wounds that will not heal; in her literary story "Skeleton Woman," we glimpse the mystical power of relationship and how dead feelings can be revived; "Vasalisa the Wise" brings our lost womanly instincts to the surface again; "The Handless Maiden" recovers the Wild Woman initiation rites; and "The Little Match Girl" warns against the insidious dangers of a life spent in fantasy. These and other stories focus on the many qualities of Wild Woman. With them, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand her, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.<br /><br />In Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Estés has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.<br /><br />Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., is an internationally known poet, post-trauma recovery specialist, senior training psychoanalyst [Jungian], and cantadora [keeper of the old stories] in her mestizo Latina tradition. Her doctorate is in ethno-clinical psychology / indigenous history from The Union Institute. She is an award-winning author both performance art and spoken word. <br /><br />PRAISE FOR WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES<br /><br />"I am grateful to Women Who Run With the Wolves and to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. The work shows the reader how glorious <br />it is to be daring, to be caring, and to be a woman. Everyone who can read should read this book."<br />—MAYA ANGELOU<br /><br />"A deeply spiritual book . . . She honors what is tough, smart, and untamed in women. She venerates the female soul."<br />—The Washington Post<br /><br />"Women Who Run With the Wolves isn’t just another book. It is a gift of profound insight, wisdom, and love. An oracle for one who knows."<br />—ALICE WALKER<br /><br />"An inspiring book, the ‘vitamins for the soul’ [for women] who are cut off from their intuitive nature."<br />—San Francisco Chronicle<br /><br />"Millennia of humans have gathered around fires to hear words that transferred hard-won wisdom and allowed dreams of unlimited possibilities. In a modern world that limits wisdom to 'facts,' and women’s access even to those, Dr. Estés has restored the fire—for us all."<br />—GLORIA STEINEM<br /><br />"Stands out from the pack . . . This book will become a bible for women interested in doing deep work. . . . It is a road map of all the pitfalls, those familiar and those horrifically unexpected, that a woman encounters on the way back to her instinctual self. Wolves . . . is a gift."<br />—Los Angeles Times<br />
Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics
by Stephen Greenblatt

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English

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224

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p>World-renowned Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt explores the playwright’s insight into bad (and often mad) rulers.</p><br /><p>As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes, the psychological roots, and the twisted consequences of tyranny. In exploring the psyche (and psychoses) of the likes of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, and the societies they rule over, Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution.</p><br /><p>Cherished institutions seem fragile, political classes are in disarray, economic misery fuels populist anger, people knowingly accept being lied to, partisan rancor dominates, spectacular indecency rules—these aspects of a society in crisis fascinated Shakespeare and shaped some of his most memorable plays. With uncanny insight, he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues—and the cynicism and opportunism of the various enablers and hangers-on who surround them—and imagined how they might be stopped. As Greenblatt shows, Shakespeare’s work, in this as in so many other ways, remains vitally relevant today.</p>
Wolf Hall: A Novel
by Hilary Mantel

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English

Pages

559

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October 13, 2009

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<p><b>In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power</b></p><p>England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king's freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum. </p><p>Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph? </p><p>In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.</p>
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

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English

Pages

317

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April 15, 2009

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Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. <i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.<br />  <br /> Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.<br />  <br /> Poetic and powerful, <i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.<br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>“<i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin</b><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Il...
by Edith Hamilton

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English

Pages

349

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September 26, 2017

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<b> In celebration of of the 75th anniversary of this classic bestseller, this stunningly illustrated, beautifully packaged, larger-format hardcover edition will be beloved by fans of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology of all ages.</b> <br />Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton's <i>Mythology</i> has sold millions of copies throughout the word and established itself as a perennial bestseller in its various available formats: hardcover, trade paperback, mass market paperback, and e-book. For 75 years readers have chosen this book above all others to discover the thrilling, enchanting, and fascinating world of Western mythology-from Odysseus's adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin's effort to postpone the final day of doom. This exciting new deluxe, large-format hardcover edition, published in celebration of the book's 75th anniversary, will be beautifully packages and fully-illustrated throughout with all-new, specially commissioned four-color art, making it a true collector's item.<br /><div><br /></div>
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
by Leslie Jamison

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English

Pages

545

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<div><b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>"An astounding triumph . . . Profound . . . Achingly wise . . . A recovery memoir like no other." --<i>Entertainment Weekly </i>(A)</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>"Riveting . . . Beautifully told." --<i>Boston Globe</i></b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>"An honest and important book . . . Vivid writing and required reading." --Stephen King</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>"Perceptive and generous-hearted . . . Uncompromising . . . Jamison is a writer of exacting grace." --<i>Washington Post</i></b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>From the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Empathy Exams </i>comes this transformative work showing that sometimes the recovery is more gripping than the addiction.</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><div><div>With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, <i>The Recovering </i>turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction--both her own and others'--and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill.</div><div><br /></div><div>At the heart of the book is Jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, and David Foster Wallace, as well as brilliant lesser-known figures such as George Cain, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here. Through its unvarnished relation of Jamison's own ordeals, <i>The Recovering</i> also becomes a book about a different kind of dependency: the way our desires can make us all, as she puts it, "broken spigots of need." It's about the particular loneliness of the human experience-the craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are.</div><div><br /></div><div>For her striking language and piercing observations, Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, yet her utterly singular voice also offers something new. With enormous empathy and wisdom, Jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large, a definitive and revelatory account that will resonate for years to come.</div></div><div><br /></div> </div>

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