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Storytwisting

Author : Barry Marshall
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An exposition of fractured stories, of the strategies for fracturing them and inspired variations to choose from when an old story may benefit from a makeover and new life.

What I Learned in Narnia

Author : Douglas Wilson
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One rainy day, years ago, a little girl named Lucy discovered that the back of a wardrobe isn't always just the back of a wardrobe. Sometimes, it's a door into another world.In Lucy's case, that other world was called Narnia, and though she was among the first to enter it, she was by no means the last. Millions of children (young and old) have followed her there and met its strange but wonderful inhabitants--Mr. Tumnus, Reepicheep, and Puddleglum, among others. But the lessons of Narnia don't just belong to the world of fiction and fantasy. We may never meet fawns, talking mice, or marshwiggles in our ordinary lives, but the lessons they teach in The Chronicles of Narnia are the very lessons we need to fight the battles we face in our everyday lives. Douglas Wilson begins this series of meditations on C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia with the observation, "This is not intended to be an introduction to Narnia at all, but is rather more like a conversation between good friends about some other good friends, talking about what a good time we all had and why." Wilson highlights the practical themes of mature, Christian living that emerge from these classic tales--nobility, confession, complete grace--a joyful contrast to the thinness of modern life. A must for any Narnia fan, young or old.

Footnotes

Author : S. Jun M. D. Channing S. Jun M. D.
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Delighting newspaper readers for over 30 years with his bits of folksy wisdom, keen observations of life, and helpful insights into everything from politics to dieting, Dr. Channing S. Jun's Footnotes column has long been a popular favorite of many readers. Now all of Dr. Jun's columns have been gathered here into this one collection. Dr. Jun draws upon his rich life experiences growing up during the Japanese occupation in Korea under the shadows of both World War II and the Korea War, and eventually making his way into the United States on his journey to becoming a successful surgeon in the town of Eastman, Georgia. You will be touched by his simple, no-nonsense wisdom that he has shared through his weekly column over the years. Reading his poems and observations penned over the last few decades will certainly entertain and inspire you.

What They Did to the Kid

Author : Jack Fritscher
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"What They Did to the Kid" is a memoir spinning as a comic novel for general-fiction readers intrigued by boys' school tales, and baby boomers who "survived Catholic school." Ryan O'Hara, coming of age from 14 to 24, is the wise adolescent narrating readers' entry into the secret culture of 1950's altar boys who go to the seminary, meet priests, and must decide their own identities. The novel's interior ticking covers the clock and calendar of boys' emerging consciences and edgy consciousness. "The San Francisco Chronicle" says, "Jack Fritscher reads gloriously." Strong characters and snappy dialog propel the character-driven plot of male-dominant pecking order. At Misericordia Seminary (aptly nicknamed "Misery"), Ryan O'Hara exposes his own story. He's trapped for oxygen-with 500 other boys-by the imperial Rector Karg, the disciplinarian Father Gunn "of the USMC," the tart Father Polistina, and the rebel-priest Chris Dryden "who knows Fellini and JFK." The storytelling Irish-American author gives each ensemble character-hero or villain, student or priest, man or woman-a rich back story. Black civil rights of the 60's as well as three interesting women characters open this tale out of the suffocating seminary and on to the hot streets of Chicago's South Side and Old Town. The compelling psychological drama hinges on the very source and aspirations of priestly vocation versus self-esteem. "Is God calling me-and what about chastity? Or is it just the 'Bali Hai' of blind ambition and social climbing-and what about sex?" Fritscher makes deeper than usual sense of soulful coming-of-age material. The hearty supply of boarding school episodes cumulatively reveals the dueling dynamic between the boyish protagonist, Ryan O'Hara, and the callous ambition of the handsome bully, Tank Rimsky, as they fight toward the finish line of "manly men's" ordination to the priesthood. "The hardest thing to be in America today is a man." The novel is based on an under-reported story: the Catholic Church recruited 200,000 boys into seminaries in the 1950's. Only 20,000 were ordained. "Kid" details, in a nostalgic and not unkind take what happened to the missing 180,000 boys and the women and men in their families. Daring to step inside Catholic culture, without being parochial, this American story reveals the 1950's roots of 21st-century "recovering Catholic" panic and angst. The millions of post-Catholic baby boomers who have exited the Church will compare notes and laugh knowingly at the dead-on characterizations. Fashionably anti-Catholic campers will say, "but, of course " Readers might catalog "Kid" in the genre of "Young Torless, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," and "Lord of the Flies." Before now, no one of the surviving 180,000 ex-seminarians has dared reveal this insider confession on the secret milieu of the Catholic education of priests. From interviews with more than a hundred former seminarians, Jack Fritscher uniquely stages their true story arcs with wit, verve, and comedy. "What They Did to the Kid" is the fourth novel from Jack Fritscher whose twelve books have sold more than 100,000 copies. Jack Fritscher is a graduate of the prestigious Pontifical College Josephinum, a Roman Catholic seminary, located in Columbus, Ohio, and directly subject to the Vatican in Rome. He received his doctorate in American Literature from Loyola University, Chicago.

The Full Mood

Author : Penny Augustin
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A tale of loss, love, discovery and healing is interwoven between two women from two very different lifetimes. Namu lives in England in the 800s A.D. She struggles to stay true to her priestess ways while living in an era that forbids her to openly do so. Rose lives in modern day Wisconsin. Her challenge is to find, or one might say remember, the gifts she has to offer. Have times really changed? Namu and Rose each have an openness to all forms of life, even that which is not seen with the human eye. They each have their tragedies and joys. Yet, they share only one vision, for they are of one spirit.

Hurricane Hurry Or The Adventures of a Naval Officer Afloat and on Shore

Author : William Henry Giles Kingston
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A Collection of Patent Cases

Author : James Burch Robb
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A Collection of Patent Cases Decided in the Supreme and Circuit Courts from Their Organization to the Year 1850

Author : James Burch Robb
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Anti Hero

Author : Jonathan Wood
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Machines attack MI37 while they're attending Clyde's funeral. Their US equivalent Area 51 contacts them about a version of Clyde (2.0) that has escaped onto the Internet. Area 51 wants their help in catching 2.0 and sends over Agent Gran as their contact. The team follow a lead to a trash dump in India, where they discover 2.0 in the mind of a child, 2.0 believes he is saving the world but to do this must destroy humanity. They head to Area 51 which is attacked by 2.0 and the versions of Clyde they thought were working for MI37, Tabitha activates 2.1 who gets them out of the building but New York City has been destroyed by spore zombies. They trace 2.0's servers to the Arctic where a small Alaskan town is populated entirely by spore zombies. They locate 2.0's massive ice palace base populated by strange, half vegetable life forms that Clyde seems to be creating via biological 3D printers. The group is divided on how best to proceed - eventually Arthur finds a way to save everyone and fix Clyde.

Undying Hunger

Author : Jessica Lee
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All she can remember is hunger...for him. A year ago, Alexandria Stevens strode through the doors of Wicked Ways and into the arms of a man-a monster, really-who stole everything from her. Her memory. Her life. Now she's a creature of darkness with only hazy images in her mind of that night and a confusing jumble of emotions. A fierce hate...and an even fiercer desire for Markus Santini. Markus has walked through this world for more than a hundred years, knowing exactly who and what he was, until Alexandria undid it all. Undid him. When a former vampire colleague threatens one of the Enclave's own, Markus is needed-but only as the dark, powerful creature he once was. And in order to become that, he must find redemption...in the arms of a woman who despises him with every breath she can no longer take. The Enclave series is best enjoyed in order. Reading Order: Book #1 Undying Destiny Book #2 Undying Embrace Book #3 Undying Desire Book #4 Undying Hunger

The Schiz

Author : Bob Levin
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An inside view at life in 1980s San Francisco, the five corners where art, law, sex, medicine and madness meet.

The Cure

Author : Carlo Gébler
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A historical novel of witchcraft, superstition and anarchy, based on a true story which took place in Co. Tipperary, Ireland.

Giant Robot

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Symbiosis

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Talking Guitars

Author : David Mead
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Presents a collection of interviews with rock, blues, jazz, and acoustic guitarists, including Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Martin Taylor, and John Williams.

Female Studies

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The Fortnightly Review

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Palm Springs

Author : Tom Ardies
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The Fortnightly

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FIAT Final Report

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