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The Failed Audition

By Krista Ritchie,Becca Ritchie
  • ISBN Code: : 0990622541
  • Publisher : K.B. Ritchie
  • Pages : 442
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Pdf : the-failed-audition.pdf

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Love is a circus Thora James has one dream. Become an aerialist in Amour, the sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Her dreams do not include: 1. Meeting Nikolai Kotova the night before her audition 2. Losing a bet to that confident, charming, and devilishly captivating six-foot-five “God of Russia” 3. Letting that devil pierce an…intimate part of her 4. Walking into her audition and seeing him there So when Thora fails the most important audition of her life and refuses to give up her dream, Nikolai feels compelled to protect the innocent, Midwest girl with dark-as-night eyes. But Sin City is ready to swallow Thora whole, and with Nikolai being her ultimate protector, Thora starts realizing her dreams might be changing. And that’s her greatest fear of all. This sexy and unputdownable Contemporary Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage. This book was previously published with the title Amour Amour.

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"Tu dis que tu aimes les fleurs, mais... Tu les cueilles. Tu dis que tu aimes les oiseaux, mais... Tu les mets en cage. Et lorsque tu me dis que tu m'aimes... Tu me fais peur." Sans frontières ni prétention, cet abécédaire du poète varie les thèmes et les genres, alternant aphorismes et confidences pour embrasser la vie dans toute sa diversité. Conjuguant romantisme et humour, l'auteur livre un recueil hybride où premier et second degré s'entremêlent, gravité et fantaisie s'enchaînent, pour le plus grand plaisir du lecteur qui n'a qu'à piocher un bon mot au gré de ses envies. "Quand on est amoureux, on est con, mais on est deux", n'est-ce pas?

Courtly Song in Late Sixteenth-Century France

By Jeanice Brooks
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Book Code : 022676771X
  • Total of Pages : 560
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 548
  • Pdf File: courtly-song-in-late-sixteenth-century-france.pdf

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In the late sixteenth century, the French royal court was mobile. To distinguish itself from the rest of society, it depended more on its cultural practices and attitudes than on the royal and aristocratic palaces it inhabited. Using courtly song-or the air de cour-as a window, Jeanice Brooks offers an unprecedented look into the culture of this itinerant institution. Brooks concentrates on a period in which the court's importance in projecting the symbolic centrality of monarchy was growing rapidly and considers the role of the air in defining patronage hierarchies at court and in enhancing courtly visions of masculine and feminine virtue. Her study illuminates the court's relationship to the world beyond its own confines, represented first by Italy, then by the countryside. In addition to the 40 editions of airs de cour printed between 1559 and 1589, Brooks draws on memoirs, literary works, and iconographic evidence to present a rounded vision of French Renaissance culture. The first book-length examination of the history of air de cour, this work also sheds important new light on a formative moment in French history.

I, Elizabeth

By Rosalind Miles
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  • Publisher : Crown
  • Book Code : 0307421066
  • Total of Pages : 656
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 541
  • Pdf File: i-elizabeth.pdf

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A spellbinding novel about Elizabeth I from the internationally bestselling author of the Guenevere and Tristan and Isolde trilogies. Publicly declared a bastard at the age of three, daughter of a disgraced and executed mother, last in the line of succession to the throne of England, Elizabeth I inherited an England ravaged by bloody religious conflict, at war with Spain and France, and badly in debt. When she died in 1603, after a forty-five year reign, her empire spanned two continents and was united under one church, victorious in war, and blessed with an overflowing treasury. What’s more, her favorites—William Shakespeare, Sir Francis Drake, and Sir Walter Raleigh—had made the Elizabethan era a cultural Golden Age still remembered today. But for Elizabeth the woman, tragedy went hand in hand with triumph. Politics and scandal forced the passionate queen to reject her true love, Robert Dudley, and to execute his stepson, her much-adored Lord Essex. Now in this spellbinding novel, Rosalind Miles brings to life the woman behind the myth. By turns imperious, brilliant, calculating, vain, and witty, this is the Elizabeth the world never knew. From the days of her brutal father, Henry VIII, to her final dying moments, Elizabeth tells her story in her own words.

The Diary of a Chambermaid

By Octave Mirbeau
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 918
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 283
  • Pdf File: the-diary-of-a-chambermaid.pdf

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The novel presents itself as the diary of Mademoiselle Célestine R., a chambermaid. Her first employer fetishizes her boots, and she later discovers the elderly man dead, with one of her boots stuffed into his mouth. Later on, Célestine becomes the maid of an upper class couple, Lanlaire, and is perfectly aware that she is entangled in the power struggles of their marriage. Célestine ends by becoming a café hostess, who mistreats her servants in turn! Excerpt: "To-day, September 14, at three o'clock in the afternoon, in mild, gray, and rainy weather, I have entered upon my new place. It is the twelfth in two years. Of course I say nothing of the places which I held in previous years. It would be impossible for me to count them. Ah! I can boast of having seen interiors and faces, and dirty souls. And the end is not yet. Judging from the really extraordinary and dizzy way in which I have rolled, here and there, successively, from houses to employment-bureaus, and from employment-bureaus to houses, from the Bois de Boulogne to the Bastille, from the Observatory to Montmartre, from the Ternes to the Gobelins, everywhere, without ever succeeding in establishing myself anywhere, the masters in these days must be hard to please. It is incredible..."

Certain Difficulty of Being

By Anthony Purdy
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  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Book Code : 0773562567
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 586
  • Pdf File: certain-difficulty-of-being.pdf

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In the Preface to A Certain Difficulty of Being Purdy examines the kinds of discourse that deal with the novel in some nineteenth-century Quebec novel prefaces, thereby revealing a theme of generic denegation in the sense of "This is not a novel." Purdy goes on to explore the transition from epic to novel in Félix-Antoine Savard's Menaud, maître-draveur; the contradictions stemming from the use of a first-person, present-tense narrative in André Langevin's Poussière sur la ville; the problem of narrativity and history as it is raised in Hubert Aquin's Prochain épisode; and the way in which narrative voice functions in Anne Hébert's Kamouraska. He also touches on the current debate concerning the boundaries between modernism and post-modernism. Purdy does not offer an all-embracing system to explain the development of narrative in the Quebec novel, but leads us to an understanding of how these particular novels function, each in its own socio-historical context, and how they achieve or fail to achieve what they set out to do. The thread that runs through the different chapters is a pragmatic concern with Quebec's historical "difficulty of being" as it informs in varying ways the narrative projects of the novels in question.

Messiaen

By Robert Sherlaw Johnson
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  • Publisher : Omnibus Press
  • Book Code : 0857120476
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 251
  • Pdf File: messiaen.pdf

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Robert Sherlaw Johnson's pioneering work on the music of Olivier Messiaen has become the foundation stone upon which all Messiaen scholarship is based. In it he discusses all Messiaen's main works, exploring his musical language, the development of his technique, his individual approach to harmony and rhythm, the theological and symbolic aspects of his music, and his use of birdsong. The appendices include a complete chronological list of works, a bibliography and a list of bird names. Messiaen died in 1992 aged 84. In between the publication of the last edition of this book in 1989 and this final, updated version he composed a further set of masterpieces that are more than a postscript to his compositional oeuvre. This new edition brings the book fully up to date on these and other works and offers additional assessment on Messiaen's influence as a composer. Robert Sherlaw Johnson (1932-2000) was a lecturer in music at the University of Oxford and a fellow at Worchester College. He was also a composer and Pianist of note who recorded a number of Messiaen's works, including the Catalogue d'Oiseaux, of which he gave the first complete performance in Britain at Coventry Cathedral in 1973. This edition of his Messiaen study has been updated by Dr Caroline Rae.

Poetry and Philosophy from Homer to Rousseau

By S. Haines
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230502776
  • Total of Pages : 214
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 544
  • Pdf File: poetry-and-philosophy-from-homer-to-rousseau.pdf

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This accessible and jargon-free book features readings of over 20 key texts and authors in Western poetry and philosophy, including Homer, Plato, Beowulf , Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Rousseau. Simon Haines presents a thought-provoking and theoretically aware account of Western literature and philosophy, arguing that the history of both can be seen as a struggle between two different conceptions of the self: the 'romantic' (or dualist) vs the 'realist' or ('extended').

I Will Love You Forever

By Caroline Jayne Church
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  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Book Code : 1338090615
  • Total of Pages : 22
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 254
  • Pdf File: i-will-love-you-forever.pdf

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From Caroline Jayne Church, the mega bestselling illustrator behind I Love You Through and Through, Good Night, I Love You, and Ten Tiny Toes comes an instant classic in the making with a new padded storybook to treasure and share over and over again. With charming illustrations and poignant rhyming text, this tender story is a heartwarming reminder of the never ending love between a parent and child. A sweet message to share with little ones to let them know that whoever they become and wherever they go, they are cherished. When I saw you for the very first time, I was filled with joy that you were mine. I knew I would love you forever. Safe for all ages.

Crooked Wings

By Alastair Sharp
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 1462008100
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Drama
  • Members : 280
  • Pdf File: crooked-wings.pdf

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The spiritual search is an unfolding mystery that takes as many forms as there are seekers on the path. Whatever it is that compels a person to search for that mysterious and gripping missing link in our being, has a narrative of its own, no two are ever the same. A barefoot holy man blesses a Moroccan child in the marketplace in Casablanca, Find the bird with crooked wings , he tells her. Unwavering in her determination, Shaafia becomes a translator, but not merely of words. A drop-out frenchman is carried off from a beach in Goa. In a Hindu ashram Thophile is commanded to study an ancient Indian scripture and then is abruptly sent home to serve the reincarnation of the crippled saint who wrote it. An Australian nurse searches for her lost aboriginal heritage in the desert, where, after her initiation, the elders tell her of the birth of her spirit child. When Kate finds it, the child is unlike any she has ever seen. Like spokes on a wheel, drawn in towards the hub, seemingly unrelated incidents launch unexpected journeys, where disparate characters confront their obstacles and their preconceptions, finally to arrive at a mutual rendezvous in a crumbling french chteau. When each of them recognises that they have discovered the goal of their search, they find each other. The goal of their search however is not what they had expected. Trapped in a physically disabled body lives a child with the power to open others to their own potential. Pia is eight years old. She has cerebral palsy but she also has the subtle and powerful wisdom of an ancient soul. Crooked Wings is a story of interwoven journeys, of revelation and restoration, where every pilgrim, driven by their thirst to know, pursues a unique path and must learn to read the sign posts of their progress in their own personal language. The ultimate message is about Love, is about finding the heart, is about trusting that, within each of them, their questioning can be answered.

Angelos Odyssey

By J.B.M. Patrick
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  • Publisher : Joshua Brian McCabe Patrick
  • Book Code : 0578506726
  • Total of Pages : 802
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 852
  • Pdf File: angelos-odyssey.pdf

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"The Uesugi Clan has fled into the darkest corners of the Lower-City. We’re to find them, to put them out of their misery. Tavon, Abul, it’s time for the two of you to prove yourselves. Be ruthless..." After he’d survived to reach the age of eighteen, Tavon entered the criminal underworld proper. For most of his life, he’d trained to be a powerhouse as well as an intimidating presence; he therefore used his past experiences to mold himself into a thug capable of holding his own. While relaying his memories to an apprentice, the rest of the Citadel comes under threat from a madman’s schemes. At the same time, both a terrorist organization and a notorious mercenary group close in to wreak havoc upon one of the last human civilizations. This is the account of Tavon’s first challenge, Aaliyah’s discovery of zol, and a record of the events that unfolded prior to a terrible catastrophe...

Siren Songs

By Mary Ann Smart
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Book Code : 1400866715
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 825
  • Pdf File: siren-songs.pdf

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It has long been argued that opera is all about sex. Siren Songs is the first collection of articles devoted to exploring the impact of this sexual obsession, and of the power relations that come with it, on the music, words, and staging of opera. Here a distinguished and diverse group of musicologists, literary critics, and feminist scholars address a wide range of fascinating topics--from Salome's striptease to hysteria to jazz and gender--in Italian, English, German, and French operas from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. The authors combine readings of specific scenes with efforts to situate these musical moments within richly and precisely observed historical contexts. Challenging both formalist categories of musical analysis and the rhetoric that traditionally pits a male composer against the female characters he creates, many of the articles work toward inventing a language for the study of gender and opera. The collection opens with Mary Ann Smart's introduction, which provides an engaging reflection on the state of gender topics in operatic criticism and musicology. It then moves on to a foundational essay on the complex relationships between opera and history by the renowned philosopher and novelist Catherine Clément, a pioneer of feminist opera criticism. Other articles examine the evolution of the "trouser role" as it evolved in the lesbian subculture of fin-de-siècle Paris, the phenomenon of opera seria's "absent mother" as a manifestation of attitudes to the family under absolutism, the invention of a "hystericized voice" in Verdi's Don Carlos, and a collaborative discussion of the staging problems posed by the gender politics of Mozart's operas. The contributors are Wye Jamison Allanboork, Joseph Auner, Katherine Bergeron, Philip Brett, Peter Brooks, Catherine Clement, Martha Feldman, Heather Hadlock, Mary Hunter, Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon, M.D., Lawrence Kramer, Roger Parker, Mary Ann Smart, and Gretchen Wheelock.

Guillaume de Machaut

By Lawrence Earp
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1136781765
  • Total of Pages : 696
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 727
  • Pdf File: guillaume-de-machaut.pdf

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.