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The Lioness of Morocco

The Lioness of Morocco

  • Author: Julia Drosten
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • ISBN: 9781503941922
  • Category: Fiction
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Independent-minded Sibylla Spencer feels trapped in nineteenth-century London, where her strong will and progressive views have rendered her unmarriageable. Still single at twenty-three, she is treated like a child and feels stifled in her controlling father's house. When Benjamin Hopkins, an ambitious employee of her father's trading company, shows an interest in her, she realizes marriage is her only chance to escape. As Benjamin's rising career whisks them both away to exotic Morocco, Sibylla is at last a citizen of the world, reveling in her newfound freedom by striking her first business deals, befriending locals...and falling in love for the first time with a charismatic and handsome Frenchman. But Benjamin's lust for money and influence draws him into dark dealings, pulling him ever further from Sibylla and their two young sons. When he's arrested on horrible charges, the fate of Sibylla's family rests on her shoulders, as she must decide whether she'll leave him to his fate or help him fight for his life.

The Elephant Keeper's Daughter

The Elephant Keeper's Daughter

  • Author: Julia Drosten
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • ISBN: 9781542048552
  • Category:
  • Page: 302
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From the bestselling author of The Lioness of Morocco comes the beguiling novel of a young woman trapped between the expectations of her family and the desire to live free. Ceylon, 1803. In the royal city of Kandy, a daughter is born to the king's elephant keeper--an esteemed position in the court reserved only for males. To ensure the line of succession, Phera's parents raise her as a boy. As she bonds with her elephant companion, Siddhi, Phera grows into a confident, fiercely independent woman torn between the expectations of her family and her desire to live life on her own terms. Only when British colonists invade is she allowed to live her true identity, but when the conquerors commit unspeakable violence against her people, Phera must add survival to the list of freedoms for which she's willing to fight. Possessed by thoughts of revenge yet drawn into an unexpected romance with a kindly British physician, the elephant keeper's daughter faces a choice: Love or hatred? Forgiveness or retribution?

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

  • Author: Janet Goss
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101614137
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 336
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Can One Summer Change Your Life Forever? For the past ten years, Vera Van Loon has been beating the city heat at her friend’s idyllic lakeside guest cabin. There, she’s Aunt Loony to Kit Garrett’s teenagers, a kayaker instead of a straphanger—and a million miles away from the complications of “real” life in Manhattan. If only she didn’t have to alternate weekends with one of the Garretts’ relatives, everything would be perfect—until she discovers the truth: “Uncle” Cyrus is hardly the man she thought he was. He’s just her type, wildly appealing—and a worthy Scrabble opponent. All of a sudden, everything is perfect…until Labor Day. Because Cyrus prefers the rural life, and Vera could never give up New York. Back in town, a chance encounter with a seductive local convinces her she’s where she belongs—but Cyrus has other ideas. With choices, and crises, coming from all directions, it’s time for Vera to make a life-or-life decision that will be anything but a day at the beach.

The Harem Within

The Harem Within

  • Author: Fatima Mernissi
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780385405423
  • Category: Girls
  • Page: 254
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One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights

  • Author: Hanan al-Shaykh,Tim Supple
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408174731
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 256
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One of the world's great folk story-cycles adapted for the stage by leading theatre maker Tim Supple, from the stories written by the seminal Lebanese novelist Hanan al-Shaykh. This unique edition will unlock the ancient tales for a new generation of readers and performers. Written by Arabic writers from tales gathered in India, Persia and across the great Arab Empire, the One Thousand and One Nights are the never-ending stories told by Shahrazad night after night, under sentence of death, to the king Shahrayar who has vowed to marry a virgin every night and kill her in the morning. Shahrazad prolongs her life by keeping the King engrossed in a web of stories that never ends - a fascinating kaleidoscope of life, love and destiny. The tales that unfold are erotic, violent, supernatural and endlessly surprising. The web of tales woven by Shahrazad were exoticised and bowdlerised in the West under the title of the Arabian Nights. This adaptation unearths the true character of One Thousand and One Nights as it is in the oldest Arabic manuscripts. In turns erotic, brutal, witty, poetic and complex, the tales tell of love and marriage, power and punishment, rich and poor, and the endless trials and uncertainties of fate. The great cities and thriving trade routes of the Islamic world provide the setting for these stories that employ supernatural mystery and intense realism to portray the deep and endless drama of human experience.

The Power of the Possible

The Power of the Possible

The Dire State of Inner City Education and One Woman's Revolution to Fix It

  • Author: Valerie Groth
  • Publisher: Jetlaunch
  • ISBN: 9781944878658
  • Category:
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From one social worker's perspective, the public schools of inner city Chicago had a reputation for being rife with daunting and challenging conditions. But once entering that world, she would come to find it was much more heartrending and, at times, devastating than she could ever have imagined. After working in the Chicago Public Schools system for many years, Valerie Groth became convinced this system - as well as the majority of America's inner city schools - was not serving the needs of countless underprivileged students. The thousands of middle and high school students she counseled were expected, like all of their classmates, to learn what they needed in order to make their way into the world in severely dysfunctional environments, frequently a far cry from any atmosphere where true education could take place. She also discovered that many of them regularly faced challenging issues at home and in their neighborhoods - hunger and malnourishment, physical or emotional abuse, displaced or absent parents, and exposure to violence. In The Power of the Possible, Val Groth shines a light on the disturbing conditions faced on a daily basis by inner city teachers, social workers, administrators, and students and offers a distinctive vision and innovative education model toward this dilemma's solution. Ryan Banks Academy, Chicago's first residential school for urban youth, is building a community of learners who will be insulated from the violence, abuse, and turmoil so prevalent in America's inner cities, while providing them with a well-balanced, stimulating and rigorous academic environment, as well as the essential social/emotional support, generally reserved for only the wealthy and privileged. Through taking a strengths-based approach to learning and building student confidence and leadership, Ryan Banks Academy will foster the legacy within each and every student to positively change the world. By promoting the Ryan Banks Academy Initiative, Val Groth is standing with all inner city students, teachers and administrators. "The time is now for a revolution in education that embraces and upholds the highest ideals and delivers them to the youth of inner city America." - Valerie Groth

The Midwife of Venice

The Midwife of Venice

  • Author: Roberta Rich
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada
  • ISBN: 0385668287
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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At midnight, the dogs, cats, and rats rule Venice. The Ponte di Ghetto Nuovo, the bridge that leads to the ghetto, trembles under the weight of sacks of rotting vegetables, rancid fat, and vermin. Shapeless matter, perhaps animal, floats to the surface of Rio di San Girolamo and hovers on its greasy waters. Through the mist rising from the canal the cries and grunts of foraging pigs echo. Seeping refuse on the streets renders the pavement slick and the walking treacherous. It was on such a night that the men came for Hannah. — Hannah Levi is known throughout sixteenth-century Venice for her skill in midwifery. When a Christian count appears at Hannah's door in the Jewish ghetto imploring her to attend his labouring wife, who is nearing death, Hannah is forced to make a dangerous decision. Not only is it illegal for Jews to render medical treatment to Christians, it's also punishable by torture and death. Moreover, as her Rabbi angrily points out, if the mother or child should die, the entire ghetto population will be in peril. But Hannah’s compassion for another woman’s misery overrides her concern for self-preservation. The Rabbi once forced her to withhold care from her shunned sister, Jessica, with terrible consequences. Hannah cannot turn away from a labouring woman again. Moreover, she cannot turn down the enormous fee offered by the Conte. Despite the Rabbi’s protests, she knows that this money can release her husband, Isaac, a merchant who was recently taken captive on Malta as a slave. There is nothing Hannah wants more than to see the handsome face of the loving man who married her despite her lack of dowry, and who continues to love her despite her barrenness. She must save Isaac. Meanwhile, far away in Malta, Isaac is worried about Hannah’s safety, having heard tales of the terrifying plague ravaging Venice. But his own life is in terrible danger. He is auctioned as a slave to the head of the local convent, Sister Assunta, who is bent on converting him to Christianity. When he won’t give up his faith, he’s traded to the brutish lout Joseph, who is renowned for working his slaves to death. Isaac soon learns that Joseph is heartsick over a local beauty who won’t give him the time of day. Isaac uses his gifts of literacy and a poetic imagination—not to mention long-pent-up desire—to earn his day-to-day survival by penning love letters on behalf of his captor and a paying illiterate public. Back in Venice, Hannah packs her “"birthing spoons”—secret rudimentary forceps she invented to help with difficult births—and sets off with the Conte and his treacherous brother. Can she save the mother? Can she save the baby, on whose tiny shoulders the Conte’s legacy rests? And can she also save herself, and Isaac, and their own hopes for a future, without endangering the lives of everyone in the ghetto? The Midwife of Venice is a gripping historical page-turner, enthralling readers with its suspenseful action and vivid depiction of life in sixteenth-century Venice. Roberta Rich has created a wonderful heroine in Hannah Levi, a lioness who will fight for the survival of the man she loves, and the women and babies she is duty-bound to protect, carrying with her the best of humanity’s compassion and courage.

The Foreign Relations of Elizabeth I

The Foreign Relations of Elizabeth I

  • Author: C. Beem
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230118550
  • Category: History
  • Page: 231
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This edited volume brings together a collection of provocative essays examining a number of different facets of Elizabethan foreign affairs, encompassing England and The British Isles, Europe, and the dynamic civilization of Islam. As an entirely domestic queen who never physically left her realm, Elizabeth I cast an inordinately wide shadow in the world around her. The essays is this volume collectively reveal a queen and her kingdom much more connected and integrated into a much wider world than usually discussed in conventional studies of Elizabethan foreign affairs.

Wilted Flowers

Wilted Flowers

  • Author: Chris Bathory
  • Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
  • ISBN: 1483462617
  • Category: Fiction
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A young girl dreams of escaping a life of hardship and poverty. Lindy, a teen whose young life has been marred by tragedy, receives an unexpected offer that appears to be the opportunity of a lifetime. Travel and adventure beckon promising happiness and riches to come. But after an astonishing betrayal, her excitement quickly turns to terror, and Lindy finds herself in a fight for her life and for the lives of everyone she loves. A young man dreams of a normal life after returning home from the war in Afghanistan. A chance encounter brings Lindy and Jesse together, and they soon realize they can be of help to one another. They team up to overcome impossible odds, battling a criminal empire that threatens to destroy them both.

In Morocco

In Morocco

  • Author: Edith Wharton
  • Publisher: New York, Scribner
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Morocco
  • Page: 290
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In 1917, Edith Wharton toured French-controlled Morocco with her great friend Walter Berry. Wharton was invited by the French Resident-General Hubert Lyautey to attend an exhibit of Moroccan arts he had curated in Rabat. Wharton refers to Lyautey?s positive influence on the country throughout the text, including his efforts to build roads, preserve the art and historic architecture of the country and maintain control of the nation in the face of possible German invasion during WWI.?Wharton describes detailed accounts of visiting cities, markets, mosques, ruins, harems, palaces and events, including a Hamadchas ritual dance of self-mutilation. This would be a rare privilege given that she was a woman and a Westerner. Wharton generalizes about the people of Morocco in an Orientalist manner, portraying them as mysterious and dispassionate. As with all of Wharton's writings, one learns just as much about the writer as one does her travels.

Calling Home

Calling Home

  • Author: Janna McMahan
  • Publisher: Kensington Books
  • ISBN: 9780758221964
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 326
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While trying to keep it together after her husband leaves her for another woman, Virginia Lemmons, raising two teenagers alone, must find a way to stop her reckless, wild-child daughter from making the same tragic mistakes in an attempt to break free of their small town. Original.

Jessica Z

Jessica Z

  • Author: Shawn Klomparens
  • Publisher: Delta
  • ISBN: 0385342004
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 340
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Jessica Zorich finds her normal, safe life and her interpretations of right and wrong, truth and justice, turned upside down when she becomes involved with Joshua Hadden, a visiting artist with radical political views, despite her growing unease over the relationship, until Josh dies in a bus explosion he is suspected of masterminding. A first novel. Original. 17,500 first printing.

Sweet Breath of Memory

Sweet Breath of Memory

  • Author: Ariella Cohen
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • ISBN: 1496703715
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 400
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"A storyteller at the top of her game." --Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author Life is in the telling. With its tree-lined streets, vibrant downtown and curbside planters of spring bulbs, Amberley, Massachusetts, seems a good place for Cate Saunders to start over. It's been two years since her husband, John, was killed in Iraq and life has been a struggle. Her new job as a caregiver doesn't pay much, but the locals are welcoming. In fact, Cate has barely unpacked before she's drawn--reluctantly at first--into a circle of friends. There's diner-owner Gaby, who nourishes her customers' spirits as well as their bodies; feisty Beatrice, who kept the town going when its men marched off to WWII; wise-cracking MaryLou, as formidable as Fort Knox but with the same heart of gold; and, Sheila, whose Italian grocery is the soul of the place. As Amberley reveals itself to be a town shaped by war, Cate encounters another kindred spirit--a Holocaust survivor with whom she feels a deep connection. When revelations about John's death threaten Cate's newfound peace of mind, these sisters-in-arms' stories show her an unexpected way forward. And Cate comes to understand that although we suffer loss alone, we heal by sharing our most treasured memories. "Filled with compassion, humor and honesty, Ariella Cohen's Sweet Breath of Memory is a powerful story of forgiveness. . .Through food and friendship, a community releases its long held secrets, and Cohen provides solace for her characters and her readers." -- Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls "Ariella Cohen spins a tender yarn about the enduring nature of love, the importance of friendship and the eternal longing for a place to call home. Every page brims with warmth, wisdom and compassion." -- Yona Zeldis McDonough, author of You Were Meant for Me

Return to Your Skin

Return to Your Skin

  • Author: Luz Gabás
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • ISBN: 9781477823187
  • Category:
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Past and present are interwoven in this story of everlasting love, where the shadow of witchcraft and man’s greed are defeated by one woman’s passion that transcends space and time. Brianda, a young engineer, leaves her comfortable life in Madrid to learn more about her ancestors. When she travels to a cold, isolated village high in the Pyrenees to explore her roots, Brianda discovers a family secret—and a new love interest. The mysterious Corso, who is challenging destiny by restoring the neglected manor he has inherited, offers to help Brianda in her research. Together they uncover another woman named Brianda in the family archives, a woman who lived four centuries ago. Heiress to the distinguished lord of Orrun, Brianda of Lubich defied convention by refusing to marry and carry on the family lineage. In a land convulsed by wars, twenty-four women were accused in one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of Spanish witchcraft. Due to her unconventional ways, Brianda became a target. She makes a promise to her true love, a promise she may not live to keep.

A New Lu

A New Lu

  • Author: Laura Castoro
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • ISBN: 1626810893
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 325
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“I’m about to turn 50. I’m recently divorced. Now I’m going to be an unwed mother. And you thought you had issues!” Lu Nichols is a columnist and the lifestyle columnist for FIVE-O, the magazine for women of a certain age. When her husband suddenly announced that he wanted a divorce, it wasn’t the earth-shattering experience she might have thought it would be. “The truth is Jacob’s leaving hurt, but it didn’t shatter me. I had drifted out of range.” A NEW LU takes readers for the ultimate midlife comedy crisis ride, when an endearing middle-added woman unexpectedly discovers she’s pregnant by her ex but about to go it alone. Everyone has an opinion about that: her ex, her college-age son and her about-to-be married daughter, her boss at Five-O, her best friends, and even her 70-something widowed neighbor Cy. Far from being alone, Lu is about to discover life doesn’t just continue at fifty, it can move into fifth gear. And just to make things a little more interesting, the sexy younger doctor who delivers the news of her condition keeps popping up with more than a medical interest in Lu. The stupid crazies are those members in your life when you go for broke. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. But you just hadda do it! The sometimes hilarious always upbeat world of Lu comes to life in A NEW LU.

Out of Sorts

Out of Sorts

  • Author: Aurelie Valognes
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • ISBN: 9781503950375
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: N.A
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The Night of the Moths

The Night of the Moths

  • Author: Riccardo Bruni
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • ISBN: 9781542049757
  • Category: Family secrets
  • Page: 240
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He's finally letting go of the memory of his murdered girlfriend. Then he sees her texts. Alice was a hopeful young graduate student when, on a beautiful August night, her body was found in the woods. She'll always remember the night she was murdered. And she still suffers the grief and rage that destroyed her family. But what Alice regrets most is the last fight she had with her boyfriend, Enrico--and the fact that she never had the chance to tell him something that would have changed everything. A decade later, Enrico has returned to the provincial town where Alice lived and died, to sell his family home. All he wants is to forget. But then, among the things he left behind, he finds an old cell phone...and unread texts sent from Alice's phone. Now, her terrible secrets are about to swallow up everyone she knew, loved, and trusted. For Enrico, discovering them is his only chance to put his lost love--and the demons of his past--to rest.

A Pledge of Better Times

A Pledge of Better Times

  • Author: Margaret Porter
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780990742043
  • Category:
  • Page: 414
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A sweeping tale of ambition, treachery, and passion incorporating historical figures and events. For generations Lady Diana de Vere's family loyally served England's crown. But after King Charles II's untimely death, her father firmly opposes James II's tyranny. Charles Beauclerk, Duke of St. Albans-the late king's bastard son by actress Nell Gwyn-also rebels against his newly crowned uncle's manipulation. Secretly pledging to wed Diana, he departs for the Continent to become a soldier. Political and religious turmoil bring about revolution and yet another coronation before Charles returns to claim his promised bride. As companion to Queen Mary Stuart, Diana has followed her de Vere forbears into royal service. She expects Charles to abandon his military career after marriage, but he proves unwilling to join the ranks of the courtiers he despises and mistrusts. In palace corridors and within their own household the young duke and duchess confront betrayals, scandals, and tragedies that threaten to divide them. And neither the privileges of birth nor proximity to the throne can ensure their security, their advancement-or their happiness. About the Author: Margaret Porter is an award-winning, bestselling novelist whose lifelong study of British history inspires her fiction and her travels. A former stage actress, she has also worked in film, television, and radio.

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter

  • Author: Janne S. Drangsholt
  • Publisher: Center Point
  • ISBN: 9781683247531
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 500
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"A neurotic Norwegian mother of three small children and an overworked literature professor with an overactive imagination, Ingrid feels like her life's always on the brink of chaos. Forced to join an academic mission to Saint Petersburg to promote international cooperation, Ingrid finds herself at a crossroads while drinking too much cough syrup"--

Hope Divine

Hope Divine

  • Author: Tan Morgan
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781499133301
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 236
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This is not a sugarcoated fairytale. It's a riveting, heart-warming story about a woman's journey in life. Divine Wilkinson is a young girl longing to break away from the strict, abusive hands of her father--a man of God who's adored by everyone on the outside. She endures the pain and suffering with the help of her faith, until a life changing family secret gets revealed.Closed-off and broken down, a sweet friend and admirer, Darion, influences Divine to finally leave the hurt behind and start fresh. Her newfound freedom takes her out of her home and into a world of desire, where Divine loses sight of her faith as she searches for a love to fill the deep emptiness that won't seem to go away.Darion, a man who had supported and helped her through a time of loss, seemed to have been perfect for Divine, but later on their relationship becomes strained, and she finds herself feeling neglected and unappreciated again. Divine soon meets Sean, who gives her all the love and attention she is not getting at home. Will Divine be strong enough to resist the pull of lust and return to her faith, or has she found the love she'd been searching for and is willing to hurt others in order to have it?