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A Trip to the Stars

By Nicholas Christopher
  • ISBN Code: : 0307799883
  • Publisher : Dial Press
  • Pages : 528
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Pdf : a-trip-to-the-stars.pdf

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“A large, lavishly inventive novel . . . an American descendant of The Arabian Nights . . . erudite and artful entertainment.”—The New York Times Book Review At a Manhattan planetarium in 1965, ten-year-old Enzo is whisked away from his young adoptive aunt, Mala. His abductor turns out to be a blood relative: his great-uncle Junius Samax, a wealthy former gambler who lives in a converted Las Vegas hotel surrounded by a priceless art collection and a host of fascinating, idiosyncratic guests. In Samax’s magical world, Enzo receives a unique education and pieces together the mystery of his mother’s life and the complicated history of his adoption. Back in New York, Mala only knows that Enzo has disappeared. After a yearlong search proves fruitless, she enlists in the Navy Nursing Corps and on a hospital ship off Vietnam falls in love with a wounded B-52 navigator, who disappears on his next mission. Devastated again, Mala embarks on a restless, adventurous journey around the world, hoping to overcome the losses that have transformed her life. Fusing imagination, scholarship, and suspense with remarkable narrative skill, Nicholas Christopher builds a story of tremendous scope, an epic tale of love and destiny, as he traces the intricate latticework of Mala’s and Enzo’s lives. Each remains separate from each other but tied in ways they cannot imagine—until the final miraculous chapter of this extraordinary novel. “A writer of remarkable gifts.”—The Washington Post Book World “This labyrinthine novel . . . is animated by an encompassing lust for beauty.”—The New Yorker “[Nicholas] Christopher is North America’s García Márquez; Borges with emotional weight. . . . This is one of those rare books that, by connecting the stars, catches you in its web.”—The Globe and Mail Includes an excerpt of Nicholas Christopher’s Tiger Rag

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A Shift in the Stars is a novel that involves several, different families. Some individuals within each family have unique challenges, experiences, and triumphs throughout their intertwined lives that stretch from Texas to California. This novel paints a portrait that has contrasting highlights and shadows that surround love, marriage, faith, culture, family, career, and health. When changes happen very suddenly and unexpectedly, it leaves the characters struggling to maintain their faith in the expression that everything happens for a reason. The challenges of relationships, mental health complications, childhood disabilities, and familial dysfunctions are paramount struggles that unfold throughout the novel.

A Harp in the Stars

By Randon Billings Noble
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  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Book Code : 1496229207
  • Total of Pages : 289
  • Category : American essays
  • Members : 614
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What is a lyric essay? An essay that has a lyrical style? An essay that plays with form in a way that resembles poetry more than prose? Both of these? Or something else entirely? The works in this anthology show lyric essays rely more on intuition than exposition, use image more than narration, and question more than answer. But despite all this looseness, the lyric essay still has responsibilities—to try to reveal something, to play with ideas, or to show a shift in thinking, however subtle. The whole of a lyric essay adds up to more than the sum of its parts. In A Harp in the Stars, Randon Billings Noble has collected lyric essays written in four different forms—flash, segmented, braided, and hermit crab—from a range of diverse writers. The collection also includes a section of craft essays—lyric essays about lyric essays. And because lyric essays can be so difficult to pin down, each contributor has supplemented their work with a short meditation on this boundary-breaking form.

Journey to the Stars

By Robert Jastrow
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  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Book Code : 0307794024
  • Total of Pages : 228
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Members : 586
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Robert Jastrow discusses the past and future of space exploration, the cosmic mysteries that still await solution, and the possibility of extraterrestrials whose intelligence far outstrips our own.

From the Streets to the Stars

By Henry J. Dinenno
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1465385266
  • Total of Pages : 183
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 348
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This book is an inspirational, humorous description of my life from a hard core juvenile delinquent to a top executive in a major corporation. It begins on the streets of New York City and recounts the thievery, property damage, weapons and gang wars that defined my juvenile years. It recalls a transitional phase where the death of my grandfather, a move from New York, my family, my friends, and the heavy handed brothers of Notre Dame High School gradually erased the influence of my juvenile years. My work during the design phase of both Project Apollo and Space Shuttle, and the unbelievably exciting launches at the Kennedy Space Center are covered with an insiders perspective on how these great teams dealt with successes and failures. Throughout, I reflect on how the experiences of my delinquent and transitional phases, and my renewed relationship with God, helped me to grow and to use my career successes to help others. Finally I describe a special invitation to the Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers in Vienna where I spent several days with more than 80 astronauts and cosmonauts that were truly the stars of my world.

An Angel at My Table

By Janet Frame
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  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Book Code : 1619028875
  • Total of Pages : 600
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 186
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Book Short Summary:

The autobiography of New Zealand's most significant writer New Zealand's preeminent writer Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections, gathered here for the first time in a single volume. From a childhood and adolescence spent in a poor but intellectually intense railway family, through life as a student, and years of incarceration in mental hospitals, eventually followed by her entry into the saving world of writers and the "Mirror City" that sustains them, we are given not only a record of the events of a life, but also "the transformation of ordinary facts and ideas into a shining palace of mirrors." Frame's journey of self–discovery, from New Zealand to London, to Paris and Barcelona, and then home again, is a heartfelt and courageous account of a writer's beginnings as well as one woman's personal struggle to survive. This book contains selections from the long out–of–print collection entitled Janet Frame: An Autobiography (George Brazillier, 1991), which itself was originally published in three volumes: To the Is–land, An Angel at My Table, and The Envoy from Mirror City.

To the Stars!

By Carmella Van Vleet,Dr. Kathy Sullivan
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  • Publisher : Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Book Code : 1607348527
  • Total of Pages : 40
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Members : 271
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Kathy Sullivan wanted to go everywhere. She loved blueprints and maps. She loved languages and the ocean. She didn’t like the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” She wanted to explore and do exciting things that girls weren’t supposed to be able to do. Only men had the exciting jobs. Kathy liked fishing and swimming; flying planes and studying science. That’s what she liked and that’s what she decided to do with her life. She followed her heart and eventually became a NASA astronaut and the first woman to walk in space. Kathy wanted to see the whole world and so she did: from space! Backmatter includes further information about Dr. Sullivan and her career, as well as other famous firsts made by women astronauts.

In the Stars

By Sabrina Simon
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 9781469798196
  • Total of Pages : 346
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 796
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Spunky television sports reporter Lyla Garcia has just received a proposal from her boyfriend, Stedman. After she accepts his offer to accompany him to Japan on a professional golf tour, Lyla requests a leave of absence from work and secretly hopes the trip will bring Stedman and her closer to a long-term commitment. But just days before she is to depart, Stedman shatters her world by telling her he needs to focus on his golf career without her. Heartbroken and with several weeks of time off ahead of her, Lyla meets up with her three best friends - Chloe, Ava, and Marissa - for a little estrogen-laced advice. At their insistence Lyla decides to use her sabbatical to write a book about dating, sex, and astrology. Lyla throws herself into her risqu new project, wanting to experience a freedom in her dating life that she has never allowed before. As she begins research that takes her from Fort Lauderdale strip clubs to the Gateway Arch, Lylas manuscript begins to come together but not without consequences. Once Lyla finally returns to work at the dysfunctional television station, she discovers that in her quest to win in the game of love, passions on and off the field dont mix.