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Not Just for Show

Author : Daniella Bar-Yosef Mayer
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Beads, beadwork, and personal ornaments are made of diverse materials such as shell, bone, stones, minerals, and composite materials. Their exploration from geographical and chronological settings around the world offers a glimpse at some of the cutting edge research within the fast growing field of personal ornaments in humanities’ past. Recent studies are based on a variety of analytical procedures that highlight humankind’s technological advances, exchange networks, mortuary practices, and symbol-laden beliefs. Papers discuss the social narratives behind bead and beadwork manufacture, use and disposal; the way beads work visually, audibly and even tactilely to cue wearers and audience to their social message(s). Understanding the entangled social and technical aspects of beads require a broad spectrum of technical and methodological approaches including the identification of the sources for the raw material of beads. These scientific approaches are also combined in some instances with experimentation to clarify the manner in which beads were produced and used in past societies.

Just for Show

Author : JAE.
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When Claire, an overachieving psychologist with OCD tendencies, hires Lana, an impulsive, out-of-work actress for a fake relationship, she figures the worst she'll have to endure are the messes Lana leaves around. A lesbian romance where role-playing has never been so irresistible.

The Death of Fred Astaire

Author : Leslie Lawrence
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When, in the late eighties, the author chooses to raise a child with her lesbian partner, she embraces a life outside the lines—one full of curious adventures as well as the usual catastrophes and everyday pleasures. As a child of the sixties, Leslie Lawrence knew she didn’t want to duplicate her parents’ lives, yet she never imagined she’d stray so far outside the lines of their—and her own—expectations. The Death of Fred Astaire opens with the story, both wrenching and funny, of how Lawrence says her goodbyes to the iconic images she’s held since her youth; she then proceeds to bear a child and raise him with her lesbian partner. Some essays in this debut collection reflect on legacies Lawrence inherited from her Jewish family and culture. In others, she searches gamely for a rich, authentic life—a voice, a vocation, a community, even a “god” she can call her own. Always a seeker, an adventurer resisting fear, Lawrence, a city girl, creates a summer home in the back woods of the “Live Free or Die” state. She attempts the flying trapeze and takes part in a cross-dressing workshop. Traveling alone to Morocco, she assists a veterinarian tending to an ailing donkey. Teaching in a vocational high school in Boston, she questions her methods and assumptions about race and class. With rare honesty, she confronts the complexities of motherhood, of caring for her ill partner, and of widowhood. In “Wonderlust,” the collection’s most ambitious piece, she explores the role of beauty and creativity in our spiritual lives, revealing how lifelong learning in dance, music, and the visual arts can make us all more alive even as we age. Ranging widely in length, subject, and style, these personal essays place Lawrence among today’s most vital writers of creative nonfiction. Her warmth and wisdom, her distinctive blend of humor and pathos, her reverence for what sustains us—food and family, community and beauty—all make this a book you’ll want to share with those you love. “Leslie Lawrence’s essays are sympathetic and patiently observed; she ably demonstrates that hard choices call for careful and humane decisions.” — John Irving “The Death of Fred Astaire assembles a realistic and venturesome portrait of the author—as writer, teacher, partner, mother, grieving partner, perennial seeker—while capturing the complicated texture of the post-1960s decades of American life. Lawrence’s reach is wide, her narrative skills highly honed, and her tone is resonant with a sense of truth being told.” — Sven Birkerts, author of Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age “The Death of Fred Astaire is warm, wry, and rich in detail. A lovely read!” — Kate Clinton, comedian “In this stirring collection, Lawrence boldly plumbs her many lives—as lesbian mother, writer, widow, teacher, student, border-crosser … each is rich beyond description. The Death of Fred Astaire is a marvelous book. Read it and rejoice through your tears!” — Hilda Raz, coauthor of What Becomes You “This lively and eclectic collection of personal essays will appeal to a wide range of readers, educating some about an era of American cultural history and for others providing material for an associational romp through their own memories. Additionally, The Death of Fred Astaire will provide useful material for courses in education, nonfiction writing, cultural studies, and women’s studies.” — Pamela Annas, University of Massachusetts Boston “The Death of Fred Astaire is a smart, thought-provoking collection. Leslie Lawrence is at once a wise, companionable guide, as well as an empathetic narrator who points out and identifies with our collective yearnings and desires, our foibles and idiosyncrasies—which are, after all, the central human qualities that link each of us to one another.” — Michael Steinberg, author of Still Pitching: A Memoir

Growling at the Laying Hens New Edition with 4 extra poems

Author : Ric Parkinson
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Featuring subjects as diverse as curry, love, friendship and TV soaps, Ric's unique poetic voice encapsulates a world of its own. Now available with four extra poems.

His Very Convenient Bride

Author : Sophie Pembroke
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From bridesmaid to bride… Stepping into her sister's place at the altar beside gorgeous tycoon Flynn Ashton, Helena Morrison hopes saying ''I do" and uniting their two families will finally be enough to redeem her in her father's eyes. It has nothing to do with the fact that she's always held a special place in her heart for her childhood crush! But after embarking on the perfect Tuscan honeymoon, their paper marriage dissolves to ash as an unexpected heat flares between them… Dare Helena dream that this convenient marriage could be the fresh start they've both been searching for?

Just For The Summer

Author : Judy Astley
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Every July, the lucky owners of Cornish holiday homes set off for their annual break. They close up their desirable semis in smartish London suburbs - having turned off the Aga and turned on the burglar alarm - and look forward to a carefree, restful, somehow more fulfilling summer. Clare is more than usually ready for her holiday. Her daughter, Miranda, is hitting adolescence bigtime, and her husband Jack is harbouring unsettling thoughts of a change in lifestyle. No wonder that Clare is contemplating a bit of extra-marital adventure, possibly with Eliot, the successful, heavy-drinking author in the adjoining holiday property. Unexpected disasters occur, revelations are made and, as the summer ends, real life will never be quite the same again.

Watch Your Step

Author : T. R. Burns
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When the Kilter Academy students go on retreat with their parents, it’s the more mischief the merrier in this third book of a trouble-loving middle grade series! Seamus Hinkle has encountered a good deal of mystery and a lot of secrets since he first started at Kilter Academy. The longer he’s there, the more unanswered questions he seems to have. At last it seems like he just might get some answers as he and his troublemaker friends prepare for a huge event: a Kilter Academy retreat in the Adirondack mountains with all the students…and their parents. Will Seamus finally learn how his mother is connected to Annika, the mercurial headmistress of Kilter? Will he discover Annika’s true purpose for the Kilter students? And how will the students from the rival school, the Incriminators, play into all of this? It’s hard to say, but one thing is for sure—there will be plenty of trouble along the way!

When Mr Dog Bites

Author : Brian Conaghan
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Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015 Hilariously touching and outrageously unforgettable: Mark Haddon's Christopher Boone meets Holden Caulfield on one *#@! of a journey. . . Dylan Mint has Tourette's. Being sixteen is hard enough, but Dylan's life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in – the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed... But a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mother, Dylan discovers that he's going to die next March. So he grants himself three parting wishes or 'Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It'. But as Dylan sets out to make his wishes come true, he discovers that nothing – and no-one – is quite as he had previously supposed.

Just for the Moment

Author : Deanna K. Klingel
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Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog by Deanna Klingel is a poignant, yet sweetly humorous spiritual journey into the therapy dog ministry of Lily and Jessie, two Golden Retrievers who visit health care facilities. Learn how ordinary pets become therapy dogs, and how they weave their small miracles every day. The dogs show us that uncomfortable moments in awkward situations exist only for humans. In a unique compilation of vignettes, in places where frustration and loneliness reside, the therapy dogs show us that the greatest gift is to listen quietly, and spend just a moment, paying quiet attention. A soft nuzzle, a head in the lap, a friendly look into the eyes may be all that was needed in that moment, and is often not remembered beyond that moment. This is a book for every family member and friend, dog lovers of all ages, people in search of a ministry, or anyone who enjoys a pleasant read. Steven Manchester says, "I've been an editor for many years (dozens and dozens of manuscripts), and this is among the top 3!"

Just for Today

Author : Shirley Templeman Twells
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JUST FOR TODAY Have you been trying to live each day carrying yesterday's burdens and tomorrow's worries? Does your life as a Christian seem more like an obstacle course than a walk with Jesus? God doesn't ask us to live all our life at once, that's why he gave us life in 24 hour pieces. There are things we could not possibly do if we thought we had to do them for a life-time, but we are more than able to do them - with God's help - just for today. In JUST FOR TODAY you are invited to take a walk with the Master - Jesus, and find out how you can live for him - one day at a time. Come, discover a different way to live, and life may never be the same again. Shirley Templeman Twells has been involved in Prayer Ministry and in leading a women's Bible study group for many years. She is active in her local church, and her greatest joy is to encourage people to 'delight themselves in the LORD' (Psalm 37:4) and to apply God's Word in their everyday life. Shirley and her husband Andy, live in a small country town in Western Australia. They have three grown children.