Growing up in the slums of East End London, Charlie Trumper dreams of someday running his grandfather's fruit and vegetable barrow. That day comes suddenly when his grandfather dies leaving him the floundering business. With the help of Becky Salmon, an enterprising young woman, Charlie sets out to make a name for himself as "The Honest Trader". But the brutal onset of World War I takes Charlie far from home and into the path of a dangerous enemy whose legacy of evil follows Charlie and his family for generations. Encompassing three continents and spanning over sixty years, As the Crow Flies brings to life a magnificent tale of one man's rise from rags to riches set against the backdrop of a changing century.
“The sun came out after the war and our world went Technicolor. Everyone had the same idea. Let’s get married. Let’s have kids. Let’s be the ones who do it right.” The Way the Crow Flies, the second novel by bestselling, award-winning author Ann-Marie MacDonald, is set on the Royal Canadian Air Force station of Centralia during the early sixties. It is a time of optimism--infused with the excitement of the space race but overshadowed by the menace of the Cold War--filtered through the rich imagination and quick humour of eight-year-old Madeleine McCarthy and the idealism of her father, Jack, a career officer. Ann-Marie MacDonald said in a discussion with Oprah Winfrey about her first book, “a happy ending is when someone can walk out of the rubble and tell the story.” Madeleine achieves her childhood dream of becoming a comedian, yet twenty years later she realises she cannot rest until she has renewed the quest for the truth, and confirmed how and why the child was murdered.. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called The Way the Crow Flies “absorbing, psychologically rich…a chronicle of innocence betrayed”. With compassion and intelligence, and an unerring eye for the absurd as well as the confusions of childhood, , MacDonald evokes the confusion of being human and the necessity of coming to terms with our imperfections.
The narrative of this wonderful gem of a novel weaves together a rich tapestry of characters who are both nameless and faceless, representing everyman and everywoman, to tell stories of parting and return, suffering, healing and desire in a lyrical and moving exploration of the human heart. Like a bird in flight, the reader travels across a borderless landscape composed of tales of daily existence, news reports, allegories and ancestral myths, becoming aware in the course of the journey of the interconnection of individual lives.
Rock climbers can't afford to make careless mistakes. But Detective Inspector Nick Dixon's former climbing partner, Jake Fayter, died doing just that. Or so it seems. Dixon suspects foul play, but his only leads are unreliable accounts of something odd happening in Cheddar Gorge seconds before Jake fell. As the body count rises, Dixon bends the rules to breaking point to lure out a killer and unravel a conspiracy of silence that will rock the sleepy town of Burnham-on-Sea to its core.
The three-time winner of the Ironman World Championship reflects on the defining moments from his early career and reveals his approaches to training, racing, and balancing his personal life with his business life.
My name is Missouri Cotton and I was born into a family of thieves. All I want in life is to escape, but I'm only fifteen and have no idea how.When Missouri's gypsy family's race from the law takes them into Louisiana's No Man's Land, she's thrust into the middle of an explosive feud between the mysterious Redbones, a mixed Indian group, and encroaching white settlers. Missouri finds a slice of refuge with Joe and Eliza Moore, the owners of a frontier store, then finds her heart slipping into the hands of their son, Dan. But then, the Westport fight of December 1881 erupts, forcing her family to flee, and requiring Missouri to make a choice that will change the fate of everyone she holds dear.As the Crow Flies, by Louisiana author Curt Iles, is the final installment in the critically acclaimed Westport Trilogy. Written in the warm storytelling style embraced by his readers, As the Crow Flies is a story of resilience, hope, and redemption. Much more at www.creekbankstories.com.A native of Dry Creek, Louisiana, Curt Iles now lives in Alexandria, Louisiana with his wife DeDe.He is the author of thirteen books and over 1000 blog posts.
Renowned painter, art impresario, and cofounder of Def Poetry Jam, Danny Simmons captures the atmosphere of the 1980s art and nightclub scene in New York City's East Village in this accomplished debut novel. Crow Shade is a quick-witted college drop-out blinded to his own worth by his drug habit. After stealing three paintings and a manuscript from an artist friend in order to scare up some drug money, Crow finds himself in an eccentric circle of people who open the door to what seems a golden opportunity: access to more drugs, sex, and money than he ever imagined. With a facility that surprises even himself, Crow manages to convince a gallery owner that he's the artist, and the paintings are shown in an exhibit attended by such A-list art-world players and celebrities as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and even Joseph "Rev. Run DMC" Simmons -- the author's real-life sibling. As the stakes grow ever higher, all in the pursuit of a good time, Crow begins to worry whether this time he's finally dug himself a hole of deception deeper than he can overcome. Written with an unerring ear for real-world conversational rhythms, Three Days as the Crow Flies keeps readers engaged, wondering if and when the impressive lies Crow Shade strings together -- not to mention the artist friend he robbed -- will ever catch up to him. Exuberant and ingeniously structured, the novel is funny, sexy, and pitch-perfect in its evocation of the textures and vernacular of the now-legendary New York art scene.
All day long, you're on the go. You don't have time to watch a crow. But we're here . . . and here . . . and there. We poke our beaks in everywhere. Crows can be noisy. They can be nosy and bold, too, which some people find annoying. But if you are lucky enough to live in a place where crows roost, you know they can also be funny, ingenious, and beautiful. Beautiful to look at and fun to read aloud, this book created by Sheila Keenan and Kevin Duggan will make imaginations soar as high as the crow flies.
One of comics' most enduring heroes - Batman - confronts the challenge of his life, as Gotham City's underworld is thrown into turmoil by the nefarious Scarecrow - one of the villainous stars of this July's blockbuster movie, Batman Begins! What are the motives behind this dangerous power play? One thing's for sure: the machinations of the Scarecrow, not to mention the Penguin, will have Batman hard-pressed to restore order. And what about the sinister Scarebeast? Penned by award-winning writer Judd Winick (Green Arrow, Blood + Water) and illustrated by the acclaimed team of Dustin Nguyen and Richard Friend (Authority), this exciting graphic novel also contains images from Nguyen's sketchbook.
For a thief, getting caught is never a good thing. Getting caught by a wizard is even worse. "One more job" means that Crow, a notorious thief, can retire with Tarsha, the woman of his dreams, but "one more job" may just mean his life.When he sets out to abscond with that last brilliant treasure and seek a life of ease and pleasure with the jewel of his heart, Crow seriously underestimates his mark, the Baron Duzayan. Under threat of death by poison, Crow is coerced into stealing an improbable, mythical prize. To satisfy the wizard's greed and save the life of his lady love, he must join forces with Tanris, the one man he has spent his entire career avoiding.But what's a man to do when stealing that fabled prize could level an empire and seal his fate?From a dungeon black as night, to the top of a mountain peak shrouded in legend, a man's got to do what he must.Until, of course, he can think of a better plan…
Colonists struggle to terraform Mars . a seedy psychiatrist finds himself locked in combat with a psychopath . sightseeing aliens decide to visit one of the worst places on Earth . a teacher's past catches up with him in an unimaginable way . and a Special Forces assassin finds a bizarre kind of redemption in an English wood. Only five of the fifteen short stories in this collection to challenge the reader and stretch imagination to the limits.
Maps -- they help you get where you want to go. People use road maps to find their way. These maps show miles of highways that point out the right direction. But what about the crow? What kind of map does he use? Or the eagle, the rabbit, the horse, and the sea gull? What's on their maps?
Technically, As the Crow Flies is supposed to be a direct path between two points. The direct route, despite its lackluster appeal, has an element of fun to it. What do you do when a street dog looks at you menacingly during your morning walk? What are the two words that would get you out of any difficult situation? What are the four words that will help you cope with any situation? Do you wonder if life is a journey or destination? What is your reaction when your kids ask a question for which you have no answer? How do you feel if you go without your favorite dish for a month? What is the essential vocabulary that you need to learn in a non-native language? This collection of articles will give you no answers but make you ask, ‘What would be my reaction in similar circumstances?' After reading this collection, you will be neither wealthier nor wiser. Nor will it transform you in twenty-four hours. However, the questions dormant in your mind will awaken, and you will become aware of and begin loving your inconsistencies. There are no perfect souls. Let us learn to love the incorrigible self!
Discover how the mysterious, powerful form of the koan—known for bringing about sudden enlightenment—can disrupt and illuminate your everyday understanding of life. Traditionally, Zen koans—the teaching stories of Zen—are drawn from the words and teachings of ancient masters and primarily address the concerns of (male) monastic practitioners. In The Crow Flies Backward, Ross Bolleter changes all at. The 108 modern koans offered within address sexuality and childbirth, family, parenthood, work, money and even the nature time itself. These koans are drawn from a variety of modern sources: Western philosophy, the Bible, contemporary and classic literature from Proust to Lewis Carroll and Mary Oliver and Anne Carson, as well as stories provided by author’s encounters with his Zen students. Bolleter’s commentaries provide guidance to the reader on how to engage with each koan and koans in general, and direct guidance to meditate with koans. An appendix offers rarely-seen intimate and in-depth accounts of the process of koan introspection, from four of the author’s senior students.
One Man’s Journey Using His Disadvantages to His Advantage
Author: Kevin Crowe
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This book is meant to inspire people, to teach a lesson of how perseverance, true grit, and persistence with the help of God can get them to the ultimate level of success. Kevin Crowe is a multitalented overachiever when you look at the life obstacles he has overcome. He is a native of Texas who moved to Colorado Springs at age three. He came from nothing; he was abandoned, unwanted, and unloved. He slept on floors as homeless people stayed at his house. He watched adults who were meant to guide and protect him do drugs, and, much worse, he watched his grandfather stab a man to death. Never did he think he would find himself in the same position as the man who lay on the ground later on in his adult life. Kevin became homeless at age fourteen due to his grandmother’s overdosing on heroin and cocaine. Kevin is a rare statistic; he is one of the few people who beat the system. He was never put into a foster home, because he would run; he slept on streets and in Laundromats instead. He forged his way into high school at age seventeen. He was never in a stable environment until he was nineteen and was blessed to be asked to join the Thompson family. He graduated high school and graduated college from Kansas State University. Kevin’s story is meant to let all know they can beat the odds; their situations do not limit their potential. Kevin is a prime example of great things from humble beginnings.
Operation Savannah entered the annals of South African military tradition four decades ago. Few are aware of the significant role played during the course of this operation by a fragmented Bushman unit led by one of the most enigmatic personalities to emerge in uniform.Until now, Colonel Delville Linford has had very little to say about his role as commander of Combat Group Alpha, or of that played by his Bushman soldiers. In this volume he allows us a peek at not only how this tiny combat force operated, but also at many 'behind the screens' machinations which explain how the unit was formed.
When the site of his daughter's upcoming wedding burns down, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire witnesses the falling death of a young Crow woman and is recruited into an investigation that incites the wrath of the bride-to-be.