Author: Nathan Englander
One of the most stunning literary debuts of our time, these energized, irreverent, and deliciously inventive stories introduce an astonishing new talent. In the collection's hilarious title story, a Hasidic man gets a special dispensation from his rabbi to see a prostitute. "The Wig" takes an aging wigmaker and makes her, for a single moment, beautiful. In "The Tumblers," Englander envisions a group of Polish Jews herded toward a train bound for the death camps and, in a deft, imaginative twist, turns them into acrobats tumbling out of harm's way. For the Relief of Unbearable Urges is a work of startling authority and imagination--a book that is as wondrous and joyful as it is wrenchingly sad. It hearalds the arrival of a remarkable new storyteller. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Ray Allen, Michael Arkush
The record-holding two-time National Basketball Association champion reflects on his work ethic, his on-the-court friendships and rivalries, the great teams he's played for, and what it takes to have a long and successful career in this thoughtful, in-depth memoir. Playing in the NBA for eighteen years, Ray Allen won championships with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat and entered the record books as the original king of the three-point shot. Known as one of the hardest-working and highest-achieving players in NBA history, this most dedicated competitor was legendary for his sharp shooting. From the Outside, complete with a foreword by Spike Lee, is his story in his words: a no-holds-barred look at his life and career, filled with behind-the-scenes stories and surprising revelations about the game he has always cherished. Allen talks openly about his fellow players, coaches, owners, and friends, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. He reveals how, as a kid growing up in a military family, he learned about responsibility and respect—the key to making those perfect free throws and critical three-point shots. From the Outside is the portrait of a gifted athlete and a serious man with a strongly defined philosophy about the game and the right way it should be played—a philosophy that, at times, set him apart from colleagues and coaches, while inspiring so many others, and lead to the most pivotal shot of his career: the unforgettable 3-pointer in the final seconds of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Throughout, Allen makes clear that success in basketball is as much about what happens off the court as on, that devotion and commitment are the true essence of the game—and of life itself.
Author: Myquillyn Smith
Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester), helps readers accept and find beauty in imperfection, and find the freedom to take risks to create the home—and life—they’ve always wanted. This beautiful four-color book is full of photos and creative, easy ideas for arranging, decorating, and building a welcoming home. Myquillyn Smith is all about embracing reality—especially when it comes to decorating a home bursting with boys, pets, and all the unpredictable messes of life. In The Nesting Place, Myquillyn shares the secrets of decorating for real people—and it has nothing to do with creating a flawless look to wow your guests. It has everything to do with embracing the natural imperfection and chaos of daily living. Drawing on her years of experience creating beauty in her 13 different homes, Myquillyn will show you how to think differently about the true purpose of your home and simply and creatively tailor it to reflect you and your unique style—without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons. Full of easy tips, simple steps, and practical advice, The Nesting Place will give you the courage to take risks with your home and transform it into a place that’s inviting and warm for family and friends. There is beauty in the lived-in and loved-on and just-about-used-up, Myquillyn says, and welcoming that imperfection wholeheartedly just might be the most freeing thing you’ll ever do.
Author: T. D. Johnston
Publisher: Short Story America
"As he proves emphatically with his new collection, T.D. Johnston is clearly one of the modern masters of the short story."-James Dodson, Editor, O. Henry Magazine Author Marjorie Brody writes of the dozen tales in Friday Afternoon and Other Stories: "This is an important collection. Powerful, provocative, and significant. To read a T.D. Johnston story is to plunge head first into the world of unforgettable characters, 3-D experiences, and stunning surprises." Memorable in the fashion of a favorite music album, Friday Afternoon and Other Stories is an eclectic series of powerful tales which, in the words of author Eric Witchey, "focus on the American experience in a way that reveals the many facets of our souls." The diversity of these stories, ranging from humor to tragedy, from epiphany to comeuppance, from history to the future, reflects the variety of conflicts and experiences present in the human condition.
Author: Marilyn Nelson
A powerful and thought-provoking Civil Rights era memoir from one of America’s most celebrated poets. Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson tells the story of her development as an artist and young woman through fifty eye-opening poems. Readers are given an intimate portrait of her growing self-awareness and artistic inspiration along with a larger view of the world around her: racial tensions, the Cold War era, and the first stirrings of the feminist movement. A first-person account of African-American history, this is a book to study, discuss, and treasure.
Author: Robert J. Kapsch
South Carolina's first transportation revolution was the development of a network of canals and waterways. From the 1790s to the 1830s, the Palmetto State was a preeminent leader in infrastructure improvements and developed an extensive system of more than two thousand miles of canals and waterways connecting virtually every part of the state with the coast and the port of Charleston. Robert J. Kapsch expertly recounts the complex history of innovation, determination, and improvement that fueled the canal boom in early-nineteenth-century South Carolina.
Author: Michael S. Rose
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
How Catholic churches are being sapped of their spiritual vitality and what you can do about it The problem with new-style churches isn't just that they're ugly they actually distort the Faith and lead Catholics away from Catholicism. So argues Michel S. Rose in these eye-opening pages, which banish forever the notion that lovers of traditional-style churches are motivated simply by taste or nostalgia. In terms that non-architects can understand (and modern architects can't dismiss!), Rose shows that far more is at stake: modern churches actually violate the three natural laws of church architecture and lead Catholics to worship, quite simply, a false god.
Author: Brian Coleman
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
This first book on the interior designs of San Francisco–based Paul Vincent Wiseman and The Wiseman Group showcases distinctive homes where clients find themselves at peace in a profound way. The hallmarks of Wiseman interiors are superb details executed in custom furniture and furnishings. The homes range from a Victorian update on San Francisco’s Russian Hill to an Art Deco apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side; from a sleek urban high-rise in Chicago to a tropical sanctuary in Ka’upulehu, Hawaii. Each project is unique and each is distinct. Brian D. Colema n is the author of Fortuny, Barry Dixon Interiors, Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, and Scalamandré, among other home design books. He writes for Old House Interiors and other magazines. He divides his time between New York and Seattle.
Author: Dale Chihuly, Patterson Sims
Publisher: Chihuly Workshop
Unconventional as always. Dale Chihuly's career survey at the Seattle Art Museum. "Dale Chihuly: Installations 1964-1992, was not a retrospective. Rather than simpIy gathering individual works to trace the artist's development, Chihuly was invited to create a series of gallery-sized Installations. The intent was to explore the relationship of object to space that has intrigued Chihuly since his undergraduate days as an interior-design student at the University of Washington. Likewise, Dale Chihuly: Installations 1964-1992 is not a conventional exhibition catalog. In curator Patterson Sims's essay, "Scuola dI Chihuly: Venezia and Seattle, " he chronicles the artist's life and discusses the various series, as well as the permanent and temporary installations, that Chihuly has created since 1964, Like the exhibition. Sims examines everything from the earliest environmental works -- hangings combining fiber and glass that Chihuly had done in his undergraduate weaving class -- to the stage sets forthe Seattle Opera's 1993 z production of Pelleas et Mellsande. This book, with Its informative commentary on the stages of the artist's development and its archival photographs, is an essential part of the Chihuly bibliography.
Author: Jennifer Grant
"A young boy asks his grandma where God is in their city. Where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are, there too is God. An ordinary day in his city opens this young boy's eyes to God's Spirit at work all around him"--
Author: Holly J. Hughes
This work is a literary collection that illumines the darkness of Alzheimer's disease, now estimated to affect one in two persons over the age of eighty and is being diagnosed in people as young as fifty. For the many people now trying to cope with a loved one suffering from this tragic disease, this collection will provide solace and valuable insight for family members as well as for those in the medical community who work with anyone afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. It is a unique collection of poetry and short prose about Alzheimer's disease written by 100 contemporary writers, doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice workers, daughters, sons, wives, and husbands, whose lives have been touched by the disease. Through the transformative power of poetry, their words enable the reader to move "beyond forgetting," beyond the stereotypical portrayal of Alzheimer's disease to honor and affirm the dignity of those afflicted. With a moving foreword by poet Tess Gallagher, this anthology forms a richly textured literary portrait encompassing the full range of the experience of caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. Because the writers share their personal stories as well as their poems and prose, this collection is a valuable companion to anyone embarking on this difficult journey. In their honest, deeply moving, and compassionate portrayals, the voices collected here help illumine the darkness of this passage and help us see, as one of the contributors put it, "the unlikely light shining deep within it."
Author: Tina Skinner
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Over 300 images of wine cellars immerse you into the stylish and impressive world of today's vintage connoisseur. A wine cellar is becoming a standard feature of today's luxury home. The ability to invest in fine wines, to age them properly, and to have them on hand for entertaining is a luxury more people can afford. This book is packed with ideas and technical information for designing safe, stylish, beautiful wine cellars. Essays by leading designers and a section detailing the proper construction of a wine cellar make this an invaluable reference.
Author: Dawn Burnette
Publisher: G-Ride Press
Provides high school freshman a guide to coping with issues in school, including studying, peer pressure, friends, dating, time management, activities, health, and dealing with embarrassing moments.
Author: Vikki Matsis
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Just like a great guidebook to a city, Vikki provides an incredible level of detail on how to run a hostel as efficiently and effectively as possible – from setting the hostel up to managing its budget to managing its technology and distribution of beds and rooms on the internet. There are no secrets to running a hostel, and with this book, anyone with a passion for travel and a desire to own a profitable business can set up his or her own hostel. No other book that I could find provides such an in-depth reference.