As a child, Anthony Sampson was haunted by a family skeleton. He knew his grandfather John Sampson had been an authority on the gypsies. They had called him the Rai - the Master - and had flocked to his magnificent funeral on a Welsh mountain. But of his grandfather's private life he was told nothing, nor of the mysterious aunt who joined the family after his death. In fact only sixty years later did the truth begin to emerge. This book follows a trail of clues to uncover an extraordinary hidden life and a gypsy world now disappeared. John Sampson was a brilliant philologist who, happening to encounter a gypsy tribe in North Wales, compiled over thirty years a dictionary of the Romani language that remains the standard work. But he also became a Bohemian himself, a bigamist and the father of a child who was brought up secretly and who would in turn become a remarkable scholar. Using intimate letters, bawdy rhymes and wonderful illustrations- including many by Augustus John who was part of the circle - Anthony Sampson brings to life a group of scholars, writers and painters who escaped Victorian convention to pursue an alternative life in the Welsh hills. The Scholar Gypsy is both a detective story and a moving voyage of discovery. Ranging through finely observed contrasts and connections it illuminates many lesser-known aspects of Victorian and Edwardian Britain and vividly conveys the spell that gypsies cast on the imagination of artists and writers, and the fear that they arouse among the conventional.
While searching his Dutch grandmother's attic for yard sale items, Jeroen finds a scrapbook which leads Gran to tell of her experiences as a girl living in Amsterdam during the Holocaust, when her father was a Nazi sympathizer and Esther, her Jewish bestfriend, disappeared.
A Family Secret is a fast moving novel that takes the reader from the streets of South Philly to the backroom gambling joints of Atlantic City in the early forties to the most Mafia-infested, politically corrupt city in the world Las Vegas. It is the story of two half brothers who each follow different career paths. One becomes a successful Las Vegas casino owner, while the other ends up in the Mafia. The author's use of sharp "street" dialogue makes the characters as real as a "royal flush." A Family Secret is a gritty sometime humorous story that keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. You will meet all kinds of interesting characters in the book. People like Fat Lenny, Little Pussey and Eddie "the hat" Weisberg, who is more like somebody's old grandfather than a "Jewish Gangster." The main character, Goldy, is the essence of every young man's dream. Handsome, rich and as cool as a winter night. And Bobby Cippolini, Goldy's half brother, a careless, cocky young Italian who answers only to the face he sees in the mirror. A Family Secret is a story about people as much as it is about gambling and the mob. It is a beguiling and sometime witty love story that keeps the reader in suspense until the very end. R E V I E W S! on Amazon.com Absolutely outstanding book! I found myself immersed in the characters' lives because of the author's incredible attention to detail. The characters were very well developed and it incorporated aspects of business, the underworld, and family in a realistic portrayal of Mafia life. The plot kept me guessing... I couldn't put it down! Very highly recommended as it is now one of my favorite books! - Stephanie Cohrac (Grand Rapids, MI) This book was one of a kind. A real pageturner!! It really paints a perfect picture on how life really was back then. A must read!! - A big fan, Jason Nissan The story takes you through a realistic portrayal of what it was like to be a wise guy in South Philly. The story flows well and the characters are well developed to give the reader a visualization of the story. The author is currently unknown, but won't be after people get a copy of this book. A must read! - Daniel Halpern (State College, PA) I was pleased to read a story that was true to life.No phony characters or make-belive ":wise guys".The author knew what he was doing A great read.Can see this as a movie. - Florida Mike "Mike the Man" (Florida)
In 1886, Peter Higgins was murdered in Antrim County, Michigan. No information about Peter and what happened to him was ever mentioned by family members. This is the true story of how one descendant uncovered the murder and pieced together the shocking details of that fateful event.
From one of Australia's favourite storytellers comes a heartwarming story spanning three generations about when to fight and when to surrender - and how new love can heal old wounds. Kim Richards is a creative woman of the land, a rural ambassador who's renowned for her contribution to her community. But deep down, she's lonely. She's already watched the man she loves falls for someone else, and her dream of starting her own family feels like it's slipping through her fingers. Enter Charlie McNamara, an older man who's arrived in Lake Grace on business. Sparks fly between Kim and Charlie, but he seems to have a hidden agenda and a past life he's trying to hide. They're both drawn to local hermit Harry, a Vietnam veteran who's haunted by memories from the war. What ties these lost souls together? Can they solve a long-held family mystery and heal fractures of the heart?
For years, Bella's never felt like she quite belonged in her family. Her Mother and Step-Daddy love her like nothing else, yet still, she cannot pin-point a source or explanation for her feelings. A sordid, accidental encounter with her Step-Daddy kick-starts a series of events that explain who Bella really is, and exactly why she feels the way she does. A desperate plea from her Mommy pushes the whole family closer together in unimaginable ways as each gives way to temptation, lust and love as they strive to stick together in spite of Bella's shocking realization. Warning: This 6,000+ word story contains explicit scenes of psuedo-incest, a hot Mommy-Daddy-Daughter threesome and steamy depictions of breeding. A story you won't soon forget. Strictly Adults Only. -Read An Excerpt- "Can I see it again, Daddy?" I asked, sat on the edge of the bed, hands on my knees, braced to sample the view once more and unable to contain my excitement. He opened his towel at the back and stretched it across his midriff, teasing me and enjoying it too by the looks of it. I was so excited I was almost wriggling as he pulled the towel taut to his waist, running it left and right across the outline of his fat cock and watching my face fill with glee. Then slowly he dragged it down himself, revealing his short pubic hair and then the beginnings of his thick shaft, looking wider now and strained downwards. I swallowed nervously as his cock sprang free, hungry for it and salivating as I watched him grip it in his hand whilst the towel dropped to the floor, pumping slowly along his length. I opened my legs and continued where I'd left off, circling my finger over my stiff clit and gazing at my Step-Daddy's big cock. We stayed a little away from each other at first, as if silently confirming that this was as risqué as we were going to get. I'd watch my Daddy's stiff cock as he worked it and he'd stare as I coaxed the juices out of my pussy and that would be that. Pretty soon though, we both realized mutual masturbation would not quench our thirst for each other. It simply wasn't enough. It was like staring at a dessert: After a while, you begin to wonder what it tastes like. My Daddy approached me as I sat on the bed, pumping his cock as he walked purposefully towards me. When he was close enough, I took my hand from my moist groove and wrapped it around his length, feeling the hot flesh in my midst for the first time and marveling at it as I held it close to my face.
A Michigan Notable Book for 2010 One of the Washington Post Book World's "Best Books of 2009," Memoir Beth Luxenberg was an only child. Or so everyone thought. Six months after Beth's death, her secret emerged. It had a name: Annie. Praise for Annie's Ghosts "Annie's Ghosts is one of the most remarkable books I have ever read . . . From mental institutions to the Holocaust, from mothers and fathers to children and childhood, with its mysteries, sadness, and joy--this book is one emotional ride." --Bob Woodward, author of The War Within and State of Denial "Steve Luxenberg sleuths his family's hidden history with the skills of an investigative reporter, the instincts of a mystery writer, and the sympathy of a loving son. His rediscovery of one lost woman illuminates the shocking fate of thousands of Americans who disappeared just a generation ago." --Tony Horwitz, author of A Voyage Long and Strange and Confederates in the Attic "I started reading within minutes of picking up this book, and was instantly mesmerized. It's a riveting detective story, a moving family saga, an enlightening if heartbreaking chapter in the history of America's treatment of people born with what we now call special needs." --Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand and You're Wearing That "This is a memoir that pushes the journalistic envelope . . . Luxenberg has written a fascinating personal story as well as a report on our communal response to the mentally ill." --Helen Epstein, author of Where She Came From and Children of the Holocaust "A wise, affecting new memoir of family secrets and posthumous absolution." --The Washington Post "Annie's Ghosts will resonate for many, whether the chords have to do with family secrets, the Depression, memories of a thriving Detroit, the Holocaust's horrors, or the immigrant experience." --The Detroit Free Press
A postman turns up with an unexpected letter one rainy afternoon in Cherrapunji, a letter that will turn fourteen-year-old Saphira's world upside down. Dalinia's life seems perfect, with a successful husband, beautiful children and a well-appointed home. But the arrival of a handsome competitor on the manicured greens of the Shillong golf course brings back a flood of unwanted memories of her troubled past. Told in a simple, lyrical style, Bijoya Sawian's collection of ten short stories is not only an enthralling read but, like her debut novel Shadow Men, transports the reader to a place little known to outsiders: Meghalaya. Strains of love, loss and longing run through all these stories, whose endings are not mere shocks, but revelations. Both her books should be read for a better understanding of India's northeast - its communities, its landscape, and in particular, the lives of the women who live there.
The Family Secret is a book about segregation as it affected the last three generations of a white family from the deep South. It was through the Civil Rights Movement of the fifties under Dr. King and others that this very wealthy Christian family was affected along with their children and grandchildren. The book shows how people can believe they are following God in the right way while some of that belief system is seriously flawed and they are blinded thinking that what society believes and accepts as right is very wrong. What is very sad is that these improper teachings were exposed to their children and could have damaged them for life if circumstances had not caused them to leave the deep South and come to the North East. In the North East segregation had been somewhat tempered but it took awhile for this tempering to begin reaching down into the soul of this family. Because their children were exposed to different races in the North East, their hearts were opened up to accepting people for who they truly were. This came through schooling and other good influences which could not have been brought about by the wrong influences of the southern culture that they were born in. The story also shows that as Christians, our belief system can be incorrect even though we are trying hard to follow God to the best of our ability. This is why God left his word to lead us and guide us into all truth. Sadly, instead of presenting Gods truth, many leaders hold the truths that are traditional (man made). These were picked up through family, church, and educational teachings in school where the truths of the gospel have been veiled. Some of these truths were veiled just a little and others a great deal.
The Story Of A Family Secret Carefully Guarded for Over Twenty Years.
Author: Ron Parvu
Category: Family & Relationships
It's all about keeping a family secret. When a newborn is adopted, her cousins are sworn to secrecy about her identity. When she becomes an adult, a serious health problem blows the lid off the family secret. She's forced to cross a line in the sand and soon discovers who her real cousins are.
Book #2 of the MAFIA ROMANCE SERIES, Becoming A Riccardi Eve never thought she'd fall for a guy in the mafia. But she did -- and now they have a beautiful baby boy. A tragic event devastates their family. For their love to survive, Eve and Nico will have to fight against something bigger than both of them. ...And more importantly, they'll have to save their son's life. This BWWM novel is an extra-steamy read so hot it might melt your Kindle. Book #1: Mad Mafia Love Book #2: You are here! Book #3: Out Of Bondage
Candid interviews with all of the family members--wife, husband, and children--in families shattered by family violence are interwoven with statistical profiles to portray the facts of family violence, with accompanying information on counseling programs
Jason Bowden is an attractive young man, gifted with remarkable talent and beauty. Many succumb to his charm, absolutely clueless of the big secret he keeps. This touching story is set in the tropical paradise of Hawaii and the exuberant concrete jungle of New York. His romance will change your perception of love, passion and the very definition of family relationship. Enter aworld of drama and be part of a great controversy....but shhh... it's a family secret.