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A God in Ruins

By Kate Atkinson
  • ISBN Code: : 0385671423
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
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The stunning companion to Kate Atkinson's #1 bestseller Life After Life, "one of the best novels I've read this century" (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl). Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life explored the possibility of infinite chances, following Ursula Todd as she lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. Her new novel tells the story of Ursula Todd's beloved younger brother Teddy--would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father--as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is facing the difficulties of living in a future he never expected to have. The stunning companion to Life After Life, A God in Ruins explores the loss of innocence, the fraught transition from the war to peace time, and the pain of being misunderstood, especially as we age. Proving once again that Kate Atkinson is "one of the finest writers working today" (The Chicago Tribune), A God in Ruins is the triumphant return of a modern master.

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  • Publisher : Random House
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 006196798X
  • Total of Pages : 208
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The groundbreaking, bestselling classic, now available in a special fortieth-anniversary edition that includes a new Foreword from Eben Alexander, M.D., author of Proof of Heaven, and a new Afterword by the author. Raymond Moody is the “father” of the modern NDE (Near Death Experience) movement, and his pioneering work Life After Life transformed the world, revolutionizing the way we think about death and what lies beyond. Originally published in 1975, it is the groundbreaking study of one hundred people who experienced “clinical death” and were revived, and who tell, in their own words, what lies beyond death. A smash bestseller that has sold more than thirteen million copies around the globe, Life After Life introduced us to concepts—including the bright light, the tunnel, the presence of loved ones waiting on the other side—that have become cultural memes today, and paved the way for modern bestsellers by Eben Alexander, Todd Burpo, Mary Neal, and Betty Eadie that have shaped countless readers notions about the end life and the meaning of death.

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  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Book Code : 1250175496
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Book Code : 1632860007
  • Total of Pages : 288
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  • Pdf File: at-hawthorn-time.pdf

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It is dawn on a May morning. On a long straight road between two sleeping fields a car slows as it arrives at the scene of an accident. Howard and Kitty have been married for thirty years and now sleep in different rooms. They do not discuss it. It was always Kitty's dream to move from their corner of north London into the countryside, and when the kids were gone they moved to the village of Lodeshill. Howard often wonders if anyone who lives in this place has a reason to be there. Jack was once a rural rebel, a protestor who only ever wanted the freedom to walk alone in his own country. Having finished another stint in prison for trespassing, he sets off once more, walking north with his old battered backpack. Jamie is a nineteen-year-old Lodeshill boy who works in a distribution center and has a Saturday job at the bakery. He spent his childhood exploring the land with his grandfather and playing with Alex who lived in the farmhouse next-door. As the lives of these people overlap, we realize that mysterious layers of history are not only buried within them, but also locked into the landscape. A captivating novel, At Hawthorn Time is about identity, consumerism, changing boundaries and our own long, straight path into the unknown.

The Limits of Limelight

By Margaret Porter
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  • Publisher : Gallica Press
  • Book Code : 0990742067
  • Total of Pages : 414
  • Category : Fiction
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Hollywood turned Ginger Rogers into a star. What will it do for her cousin? Pretty Oklahoma teenager Helen Nichols accepts an invitation from her cousin, rising movie actress Ginger Rogers, and her Aunt Lela, to try her luck in motion pictures. Her relatives, convinced that her looks and personality will ensure success, provide her with a new name and help her land a contract with RKO. As Phyllis Fraser, she swiftly discovers that Depression-era Hollywood’s surface glamor and glitter obscure the ceaseless struggle of the hopeful starlet. Lela Rogers, intensely devoted to her daughter and her niece, outwardly accepting of her stage mother label, is nonetheless determined to establish her reputation as screenwriter, stage director, and studio talent scout. For Phyllis, she’s an inspiring model of grit and persistence in an industry run by men. While Ginger soars to the heights of stardom in musicals with Fred Astaire, Phyllis is tempted by a career more fulfilling than the one she was thrust into. Should she continue working in films, or devote herself to the profession she’s dreamed about since childhood? Which choice might lead her to the lasting love that seems so elusive?

Lightning

By Jean Echenoz
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  • Publisher : The New Press
  • Book Code : 1595587527
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 694
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Drawn from the life of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors of his time, Lightning is a captivating tale of one man’s curious fascination with the marvels of science. Hailed by the Washington Post as “the most distinctive voice of his generation,” Echenoz traces the notable career of Gregor, a precocious young engineer from Eastern Europe, who travels across the Atlantic at the age of twenty-eight to work alongside Thomas Edison, with whom he later holds a long-lasting rivalry. After his discovery of alternating current, Gregor quickly begins to astound the world with his other brilliant inventions, including everything from radio, radar, and wireless communication to cellular technology, remote control, and the electron microscope. Echenoz gradually reveals the eccentric inner world of a solitary man who holds a rare gift for imagining devices well before they come into existence. Gregor is a recluse—an odd and enigmatic intellect who avoids women and instead prefers spending hours a day courting pigeons in Central Park. Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Echenoz once again demonstrates his astonishing abilities as a prose stylist as he vividly captures the life of an isolated genius. A beautifully crafted portrait of a man who prefers the company of lightning in the Colorado desert to that of other human beings, Lightning is a dazzling new work from one of the world’s leading contemporary authors.

The Reservoir Tapes

By Jon McGregor
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Book Code : 0008235643
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 337
  • Pdf File: the-reservoir-tapes.pdf

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As broadcast on BBC radio 4: the fifteen ‘prequel’ stories to the Costa Award-WinningReservoir 13. ‘He leaves behind all other writers of his generation’ Sarah Hall

The Man Who Would Be King

By Rudyard Kipling
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 126
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 761
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"The Man Who Would Be King" by Rudyard Kipling. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Independence Lost

By Kathleen DuVal
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 1588369617
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : History
  • Members : 287
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A rising-star historian offers a significant new global perspective on the Revolutionary War with the story of the conflict as seen through the eyes of the outsiders of colonial society Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution Book of the Year Award • Winner of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey History Prize • Finalist for the George Washington Book Prize Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America’s marginalized voices. Now, in Independence Lost, she recounts an untold story as rich and significant as that of the Founding Fathers: the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida’s Gulf Coast. While citizens of the thirteen rebelling colonies came to blows with the British Empire over tariffs and parliamentary representation, the situation on the rest of the continent was even more fraught. In the Gulf of Mexico, Spanish forces clashed with Britain’s strained army to carve up the Gulf Coast, as both sides competed for allegiances with the powerful Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek nations who inhabited the region. Meanwhile, African American slaves had little control over their own lives, but some individuals found opportunities to expand their freedoms during the war. Independence Lost reveals that individual motives counted as much as the ideals of liberty and freedom the Founders espoused: Independence had a personal as well as national meaning, and the choices made by people living outside the colonies were of critical importance to the war’s outcome. DuVal introduces us to the Mobile slave Petit Jean, who organized militias to fight the British at sea; the Chickasaw diplomat Payamataha, who worked to keep his people out of war; New Orleans merchant Oliver Pollock and his wife, Margaret O’Brien Pollock, who risked their own wealth to organize funds and garner Spanish support for the American Revolution; the half-Scottish-Creek leader Alexander McGillivray, who fought to protect indigenous interests from European imperial encroachment; the Cajun refugee Amand Broussard, who spent a lifetime in conflict with the British; and Scottish loyalists James and Isabella Bruce, whose work on behalf of the British Empire placed them in grave danger. Their lives illuminate the fateful events that took place along the Gulf of Mexico and, in the process, changed the history of North America itself. Adding new depth and moral complexity, Kathleen DuVal reinvigorates the story of the American Revolution. Independence Lost is a bold work that fully establishes the reputation of a historian who is already regarded as one of her generation’s best. Praise for Independence Lost “[An] astonishing story . . . Independence Lost will knock your socks off. To read [this book] is to see that the task of recovering the entire American Revolution has barely begun.”—The New York Times Book Review “A richly documented and compelling account.”—The Wall Street Journal “A remarkable, necessary—and entirely new—book about the American Revolution.”—The Daily Beast “A completely new take on the American Revolution, rife with pathos, double-dealing, and intrigue.”—Elizabeth A. Fenn, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Encounters at the Heart of the World

Accidentally In Love With...A God?

By Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
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  • Publisher : Forever
  • Book Code : 1455546933
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 795
  • Pdf File: accidentally-in-love-with-a-god.pdf

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Trapped for decades, a powerful god seeks freedom . . . and revenge. But the only thing that can save him is the passion of a woman's touch . . . Emma Keane is your average city girl trying to get a date. There's just one thing holding her back: the disembodied male voice speaking to her through her mind. Sound kind of crazy? Maybe. But crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades her to travel to the wilds of the Mayan jungle. There she will free his body-his incredibly hot, muscled, naked body. Humans are so frail, so undisciplined, so susceptible to love. And when this ancient being connects with Emma, the feelings she sparks drive him utterly mad. Protective, keep-her-close, never-let-her-go kind of mad. Which might not be such a bad thing because from the moment the beautiful, passionate Emma unshackles his body, they are hunted at every turn. Now he'll have to do everything in his power to keep her safe. But will it be enough? The Accidentally Yours Series BOOK 1: Accidentally in Love with...a God? BOOK 2: Accidentally Married to...a Vampire? BOOK 3: Sun God Seeks...Surrogate? BOOK 3.5: Accidentally...Evil? (a Novella) BOOK 4: Vampires Need Not...Apply? BOOK 4.5: Accidentally...Cimil? (a Novella) (Coming in January 2014) BOOK 5: Accidentally...Over? (Coming in August 2014)

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson | Summary & Analysis

By Instaread
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  • Publisher : Instaread Summaries
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 41
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 773
  • Pdf File: a-god-in-ruins.pdf

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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson | Summary & Analysis Preview: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson is a novel set primarily in England that is about the horrors of war, the joys and challenges of family, and the fear and sadness of terminal illness. In 1925, young Teddy goes for a walk with his Aunt Izzie. He tries to share his love and knowledge of things in nature with her, but she does not seem interested. Teddy is upset by the fact that Izzie claims to have eaten a skylark. Izzie asks him questions about his likes and dislikes. She later uses his answers to write a series of books loosely based on him even though the main character is nothing like Teddy. Teddy hates the books and the fact that they are dedicated to him. When World War II begins, Teddy signs up. He is relieved to be escaping work at the bank with his father… PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary & Analysis of A God in Ruins • Summary of book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style

Understanding Kate Atkinson

By Brian Diemert
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  • Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
  • Book Code : 1643361546
  • Total of Pages : 138
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 866
  • Pdf File: understanding-kate-atkinson.pdf

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Best known for her Jackson Brodie series of detective novels, which were adapted into the BBC television series Case Histories, Kate Atkinson is the author of eleven novels, two plays, and a collection of short stories. Her literary awards include the 1995 Whitbread Award for a first novel and book of the year for Behind the Scenes at the Museum and the Costa Book Awards for best novel in 2013 and 2015 for Life after Life and A God in Ruins. In this first book-length study of Atkinson's literary career, Brian Diemert examines the evolution of her novels: the playful and self-conscious work of the 1990s, the detective series novels, the books that examine Britain's history and its legacy of conflict and trauma related to World War II, and the most recent return to mystery. Diemert identifies her pattern of weaving multiple narrative strands into intricate plots that create the mystery at the heart of all her tales. He traces her development of narrative technique and thematic preoccupations of women's vulnerability within patriarchy and the complications of absent or disengaged parents. While her fiction is marked by allusiveness and humor, it remains profound and often touching as it explores the myths of British history and, particularly, women's lives.

Prequels, Coquels and Sequels in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction

By Armelle Parey
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 0429795882
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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This book offers to delineate a key phenomenon in contemporary Anglophone fiction: novel expansion, when the plot and characters from a finished novel are retrieved to be developed in new adventures set before, after or during the narrative time of the source-text. If autographic and allographic sequels are almost as old as literature, prequels – that imagine the anteriority of a narrative – and coquels – that develop secondary characters in the same story time as the source-text – are more recent. The overall trend for novel expansion spread in the mid-1980s and 1990s and has since shown no sign of abating. This volume is organised following three types of relationships to the source-texts even if these occasionally combine to produce a more complex structure. This book comprises 11 essays, preceded by an introduction, that examine narrative strategies, aesthetic, ethical and political tendencies underlying these novel expansions. Following the overview provided in the introduction, the reader will find case studies of prequels, coquels and sequels before a final chapter that encompasses them all and more.

God Can Turn It Around For You

By Apostle Dr. Joseph Ajao
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1481708678
  • Total of Pages : 756
  • Category : Religion
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Many books are out there that touched nations with powerful impact, with biblical divine insight and with progressive encouragement to all that dare to read and believe. Those books spurs many people to take positive actions about their lives. Kudos to you all the great authors that made it possible for the needy people to receive help through self-help books which is the best help. Apostle, Dr. Joseph O. Ajao’s intention in this book is to bring the testimonies of the real people that faced real problems but stood their grounds and received breakthrough to you. Why? Because the problems did not break them but built them up successfully. The Apostle, Dr. Joseph Olutunde Ajao has done it again as he did in his former book that he wrote many years ago “The New Fulfi lled The Old. The proven evidence that Jesus Christ fulfi lled the Scriptures. In his book, God can turn it around for you. With God all things will be possible. He proved once again that miracles have not ceased as many people believed now that miracles have stopped happening (See: John 4:48; Mark 2:12; Luke 1:37; Jeremiah 32:27; Jeremiah 33:3; Jeremiah 1:12; Psalm 50:15; Mark 11:22-25). He theologically, biblically and inspirationally proved his point beyond every reasonable doubt that God can perform His miracles in your life if you believe that the Almighty God called Yahweh can do it right now. The promises of miracles stand forever up till eternity by the power of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ more than two thousand years ago. If you read his book without any liberal theological goggle, you shall understand and agree that Yahweh can turn your life around for good. For with Almighty God nothing will be impossible (See: Luke 1:37; Luke 18:27; Matthew 18:18-20; Isaiah 40:8; Isaiah 42:8; Psalm 81:10.

NY Times Best Sellers 2015

By Instaread
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  • Publisher : Instaread Summaries
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 750
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 971
  • Pdf File: ny-times-best-sellers-2015.pdf

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Missed out on the New York Times Best Sellers? Get this bundle now! It has a collection of Summaries & Analysis on 25 Latest Fiction New York Times Best Sellers. Below is the list of books you will get in this bundle: 1. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee | Summary & Analysis 2. The Bourbon Kings: by J.R. Ward | Summary & Analysis 3. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins | Summary & Analysis 4. Circling the Sun: by Paula McLain | Summary & Analysis 5. The Marriage of Opposites: by Alice Hoffman | Summary & Analysis 6. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll | Summary & Analysis 7. The Martian by Andy Weir | Summary & Analysis 8. Grey by E L James | Summary & Analysis 9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | Summary & Analysis 10. Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner | Summary & Analysis 11. At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen | Summary & Analysis 12. The Nightingale: by Kristin Hannah | Summary & Analysis 13. The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand | Summary & Analysis 14. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume | Summary & Analysis 15. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant | Summary & Analysis 16. Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani | Summary & Analysis 17. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson | Summary & Analysis 18. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler | Summary & Analysis 19. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng | Summary & Analysis 20. Wreckage by Emily Bleeker | Summary & Analysis 21. Private Vegas: by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro | Summary & Analysis 22. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison | Summary & Analysis 23. The Fifth Gospel: by Ian Caldwell | Summary & Analysis 24. Still Alice by Lisa Genova | Summary & Analysis 25. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters | Summary & Analysis Inside each Instaread Summary & Analysis • Summary of book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style

Is There a God in Health Care?

By William F. Haynes,Geffrey B. Kelly
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1608997537
  • Total of Pages : 246
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 970
  • Pdf File: is-there-a-god-in-health-care.pdf

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In this book, a physician, well-known for praying with his patients, and an award-winning professor of theology share their insights on how religious faith can provide help in the healing process of today's health care ministry. The authors avoid rehashing analytical theories on suffering and the "miracles" of healing they may have seen, instead examining how personal faith can enhance the immune system, how a spiritual outlook can help bear the burden of suffering and grief, and how forbearance and forgiveness are crucial in maintaining a healthy attitude toward life.