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My Magda

By Mary Richard
  • ISBN Code: : 1490804293
  • Publisher : WestBow Press
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Young Magda – a naughty, lovable Mary Magdalene – is sent to live in Nazareth when her mother dies. In Nazareth she meets Mary, who becomes her best friend. Mary, who is unwed, confides in Magda that she is with child. Magda stands by her friend saying, “I can’t wait to see what a Messiah looks like.” When Mary’s son Jesus begins his ministry, Magda is his beautiful companion and wealthy patroness. But when he rebuffs her sexual advances, she deserts him, going off on a debauched, sexual spree. Months later they reunite after Jesus intervenes in her stoning. Jesus’ enemies, upset by his claims to be the Son of God, convince the Romans to crucify him. But Magda, a powerful, resourceful woman, conspires to save him from dying on the cross, a plot that is foiled by Jesus, who is intent on doing the will of God. Revived, Jesus comforts Magda after she learns that her childhood was a lie. He exorcises her demons, but one survives – lust. Magda, fearing Jesus’ ascension into heaven is imminent, begs him to make love to her. The finale is a tender love scene where Jesus resists Magda’s seductive charm...or does he?

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The Social Significance of Modern Drama

By Emma Goldman
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  • Publisher : Cosimo, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1596053186
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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The Modern Drama, as all modern literature, mirrors the complex struggle of life... -Emma Goldman, in the Foreword With her reputation as a political radical, it is often forgotten that much of Emma Goldman's activism was rooted in the arts. As a member of The Progressive Stage Society, a founding force in the experimental theater movement, and through her work as a theatrical manager herself, she moved in quite artistic circles. And in these 1914 essays, adapted from a lecture series, she turned her passionate and philosophical eye on the stage, blending social commentary and theatrical criticism as she dissects: Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and An Enemy of the People August Strindberg's Miss Julie and Comrades Edmond Rostand's Chantecler George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession and Major Barbara William Butler Yeats's Where There Is Nothing Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard Leonid Andreyev's King Hunger and others from Scandinavia, Germany, France, England, Ireland, and Russia who were the "social iconoclasts" of her time... and ours. Also available from Cosimo Classics: Anarchism and Other Essays, by Emma Goldman. Anarchist and feminist EMMA GOLDMAN (1869-1940) is one of the towering figures in global radicalism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Lithuania, she emigrated to the United States as a teenager, was deported in 1919 for her criticism of the U.S. military draft in World War I, and died in Toronto after a globetrotting life. An early advocate of birth control, women's rights, and workers unions, she was an important and influential figure in such far-flung geopolitical events as the Russian Revolution and the Spanish Civil War. Amongher many books are My Disillusionment in Russia (1925) and Living My Life (1931).

Hold Tight, Don't Let Go

By Laura Rose Wagner
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  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Book Code : 1613126964
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
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"Laura Wagner has managed to get a huge amount of Haiti into the pages of this book: the sun, the rain, the bottomless spiral of catastrophe, rage, despair and indomitable hope." —Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls' Rising: A Novel of Haiti "In Haiti they say 'Kreyòl pale, Kreyòl konprann.' Speak plainly and honestly, and be understood. Laura Wagner does just that in this brave, beautiful book, bringing us the complex life of Magdalie, and a glimpse of a people's soul." —Jonathan M. Katz, author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster "Haiti, already one of the poorest countries in the world, was devastated by the earthquake in 2010. This is a story of everything that comes after: from a candid depiction of the international response to a young girl’s account of what a life of desperation can do to an individual and to a society. Magdalie’s journey shows the importance of connections, of family and friends, during difficult times and the anguish that comes when those bonds are broken. In her debut novel, Laura Rose Wagner has managed to capture the devastation of loss while providing determined hope for the individual and the nation. An important read for anyone who wishes to better understand the reality of life in Haiti after the earthquake." —Ophelia Dahl, executive director of Partners in Health Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go follows the vivid story of two teenage cousins, raised as sisters, who survive the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. After losing the woman who raised them in the tragedy, Magdalie and Nadine must fend for themselves in the aftermath of the quake. The girls are inseparable, making the best of their new circumstances in a refugee camp with an affectionate, lively camaraderie, until Nadine, whose father lives in Miami, sends for her but not Magdalie. As she leaves, Nadine makes a promise she cannot keep: to bring Magdalie to Miami, too. Resourceful Magdalie focuses her efforts on a reunion with Nadine until she realizes her life is in Haiti, and that she must embrace its possibilities for love, friendship, and a future.

The Hunting Trip

By William E. Butterworth, III
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 069840775X
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
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From the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the W. E. B. Griffin novels comes a rollicking story of love, war, and adventure. As the author of the electrifying W. E. B. Griffin novels of the military, police, spies, and counterspies, William E. Butterworth III has been delighting readers for decades—but he has a special treat for them now. At the tender age of sixteen, Philip W. Williams III is expelled from boarding school for committing a prank, and on the train home naturally wonders where his life will take him now. It never enters his mind that he will become a world-class marksman and a special agent of the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps in postwar Germany, play a key role in the defection of a Soviet officer and then court danger as a courier for the CIA, marry an Austrian ballet dancer of ferocious mien, become a renowned bestselling novelist, and meet the love of his life on a hunting trip to Scotland. Yet all of this, and a great deal more, awaits him, in a raucous series of adventures across Europe and the United States that will have readers laughing, cheering, and propulsively turning the pages to discover what happens next. It is a novel that only Bill Butterworth could write—and that his millions of fans will enjoy.

The Shawl

By Cynthia Ozick
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0593313208
  • Total of Pages : 71
  • Category : Fiction
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From the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a story about the Holocaust that "burns itself into the reader's imagination with almost surreal powers" (The New York Times). "Read this great little book of Cynthia Ozick's: It contains dazzling staggering pages filled with sadness and truth." —Elie Wiesel, Chicago Tribune A devastating vision of the Holocaust and the unfillable emptiness it left in the lives of those who passed through it.

A Christmas Wish

By Lizzie Lane
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  • Publisher : Boldwood Books Ltd
  • Book Code : 1804159263
  • Total of Pages : 430
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 826
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Bristol 1927 Ten year old Magda Brodie’s world is torn apart when her mother dies in the workhouse two weeks before Christmas. Her wastrel father arranges for her sisters to be sent to their grandparents in Ireland and for her younger brother to be adopted leaving Magda distraught with worry as her family are scattered far and wide. Magda, as the eldest girl is sent to live with her Aunt Bridget who for whatever reason, holds a bitter resentment towards Magda. But adversity makes Magda strong and determined. She dreams of happier times, to reunite her family and make her Christmas Wish come true. Praise for Lizzie Lane: 'A gripping saga and a storyline that will keep you hooked' Rosie Goodwin 'The Tobacco Girls is another heartwarming tale of love and friendship and a must-read for all saga fans.' Jean Fullerton 'Lizzie Lane opens the door to a past of factory girls, redolent with life-affirming friendship, drama, and choices that are as relevant today as they were then.' Catrin Collier 'If you want an exciting, authentic historical saga then look no further than Lizzie Lane.' Fenella J Miller