The Truth Beneath the Roses is a work of nonfiction writing that flows to tell the stories of my journey and experiences as well as people I've met along the road. Some explained in delicate, intricate details, others are rough-raw and edgy and even more are just blunt-straight to the point statements. Narratives, dramatic play acts, and poems of family, love, betrayal, lust, joy, shame and all of life issues that fall within
Jean Whalen’s colorful life spans over nine decades—and nine children. She spent the years of her childhood struggling through the Depression in the American Midwest. She lived through the terror of World War II and eventually saw the dawn of a new century. Through it all, she chronicled her life in verse. The Poetry of Jean Whalen: Book One gives voice to the timeless human truths of perseverance, faith, and love. “The Cow” is a little girl’s observation of the big world from her view on the farm. She entertains her young life as a romantic in “Tall Trouble.” Gentle humor brings grace to “The Hunter” and “A Little Mixed Up.” Whalen embraces life’s lighter moments, despite the darkness that lingers along its edges. Her words bring inspiration to the lost and despairing, and pain is captured by beauty. Whalen has spent her life encouraging and inspiring those around her, driven by a desire to contribute to the lives of others. Her ninety years of experience speak volumes through poetry and bring effervescent light to the dark.
They were orphans, Chris and Saul -- raised in a Philadelphia school for boys, bonded by friendship, and devoted to a mysterious man called Eliot. He visited them and brought them candy. He treated them like sons. He trained them to be assassins. Now he is trying desperately to have them killed. From the master of high action comes a classic espionage thriller that changed the way spy novels were written, the first to combine the British tradition of authentic espionage tradecraft with the American tradition of non-stop action. He visited them in the orphanage. He brought them candy and taught them to love him as a father. He trained them to be assassins. Now he is trying desperately to have them killed. Spanning the globe and decades of CIA history, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE is a thriller of fierce loyalty and violent betrayal, of murders planned and coolly executed, of revenge bitterly, urgently desired. “David Morrell is a master of suspense. He wields it like a stiletto—know just where to stick it and how to turn it. If you’re reading Morrell, you’re sitting on the edge of your seat.” —Michael Connelly “Imagine a suspense thriller as riveting as The Thirty-Nine Steps or Rogue Male, featuring heroes the equal of Adam Hall’s Quiller, and crackling with more action than The Road Warrior, Dirty Harry, and The Seven Samurai. Sounds too good to be true? Then just read David Morrell’s THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE.”—Washington Post Book World “Fast-paced, intelligent, exciting and hard-hitting.” —Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of The Panther “David Morrell is, to me, the finest thriller writer living today.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair
Cathedral of the Pines presents Gregory Crewdson's first new body of work in over five years. The series marks a return to Crewdson's classic style of storytelling via the single image, using light and color to create newly intimate, psychologically charged imagery. This body of work marks a time of transition for the artist, including the end of his marriage and a retreat from New York to a remote home and studio in western Massachusetts--a period of time during which Crewdson chose to remain socially withdrawn, instead committing to daily, long-distance, open-water swims and cross-country skiing on wooded paths. Cathedral of the Pines is named after one of these trails, deep in the forests of Becket, Massachusetts, the site where he found the inspiration to make these new pictures. It was there that he felt darkness lift, experienced a reconnection with his artistic process, and moved into a period of renewal and intense creative productivity. The photographs are accompanied by an essay by Alexander Nemerov, who addresses the work in relation to the American past, focusing in particular on the way the images draw space and time down to ceremonial points, in which "all that ever happened in these places seems crystallized in his tableaux, as if the quiet melancholy of Crewdson's scenes gathered the unruly sorrows and other little-guessed feelings of people long-gone who once stood on those spots."
A definitive and comprehensive survey of the work of one of America's best known and most acclaimed photographers. Renowned for his melancholic, dramatic, and painterly images of small-town America, Gregory Crewdson has evolved over a near thirty-year career into one of the world's most acclaimed and recognizable photographers. With a meticulous approach that has been likened to that of a film director, Crewdson typically works with a large crew and extremely technical sets to achieve a remarkably deep, atmospheric, and textured perspective. The mood of his images is unique, with a palette of twilights and mid-tones that complements a range of locations and models that create a vision of America at once familiar and haunting, bizarre and reassuring--his vision seems in line with those of Edward Hopper and David Lynch. Collected here together for the first time are every image from each of his many series of work, presented in chronological sequence from his earliest work and the little-seen black-and-white images of Fireflies to more recent masterpieces such as Beneath the Roses and Sanctuary. With a running narrative of short stories written specially to accompany each series by fellow Brooklynite Jonathan Lethem, an introduction by the Chief Curator of the Guggenheim Nancy Spector, and an interview between Melissa Harris and the photographer focusing on his unique process and elaborate techniques, this is the definitive monograph on the work of a true master of contemporary photography.
A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death in this outstanding debut novel that's been described as a ofast and furious read in which we meet some amazing people, people that stay with uso by Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. It's Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren't celebrating. They're still reeling from his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly's mother's girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything- two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly's always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward. a His path isn't clear-and the pressure to join a ocrew,o as his brother did, is always there. When Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a crew almost seems like the safe choice. But building a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape-and an unexpected bridge back to the world.a a David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge-of adolescence, of grief, of violence-and shows how Lolly's inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors. a oThe Stars Beneath Our Feetais the book I've been waiting for. Rarely do you see this side of New York rendered so authentically and generously. So much heart here. And so much talent.o -Matt de la Pe a, Newbery Award-winning author of Last Stop on Market Street a oThe Stars Beneath Our Feetais a fast and furious read in which we meet some amazing people, people that stay with us. David Barclay Moore is an exciting new voice. We definitely haven't heard the last of his brilliance.o -Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning of Brown Girl Dreaming
In her first book, A Place Called Forever, Rita R. Trafford touched upon the troubled childhood of a six-year-old girl looking for answers to why her childhood wasnt one she could consider as being normal. This book, being a sequel to that story, follows the life of that same child as an adult still dealing with the traumatic reoccurring memories of her childhood. Grace Curry, now a wife and mother of two sons, must find a way to deal with her negative past so she can move on and establish hope for a better future. Some would suggest that Grace is going through an identity crisis, but in all reality, she is merely trying to cope with two different worlds that seem to want to coexist. Grace realizes that she must give up one of those worlds in order to survive in the other. The problem lies in her self-perceived inability to separate the two.
This volume chronicles Gregory Crewdson's Twilight series, elaborate tableaux that capture bizarre surrealities behind deceptively familiar suburban facades. The images are accompanied by an essay from Rick Moody, a novelist renowned for exposing the underbelly of small-town, middle-class America.
*Includes pictures *Profiles the leaders and tactics of the battles *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents -King Edward told me in all the battles which he had won, as soon as he had gained victory, he mounted his horse and shouted to his men that they must spare the common soldiers and kill the lords of which none or few escaped.- - Philippe de Commines Today, roses are a sign of love and luxury, but for over 30 years, they provided the symbols for two houses at war for control of England. Thousands of people died and many more were injured fighting beneath the white rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster, and the noble families ruling England tore each other apart in a struggle that was as bitter as it was bloody. Though what followed was a period of strong rule under the Tudors monarchs, it ultimately came at a terrible cost, and even then, it was through Elizabeth of York that the Tudor line received its legitimacy. After all, while Henry VII won his throne in battle, Elizabeth of York was the daughter of King Edward IV of England, a Yorkist monarch. Despite their limited social and economic impact, the political and personal dramas of the Wars of the Roses have ensured that they are well remembered and still part of the popular imagination. The most famous depictions of the period came from Shakespeare, whose earliest plays included Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Naturally, Shakespeare dramatized the tensions of what he presented as hugely destructive events, and his account, which showed the damage done by corruption and weak rule, and which turned Richard III into a popular villain, aimed to please the Tudor dynasty still in power at the time. Of course, it also played to a popular interest in high drama and the sort of personal and political conflicts that lay at the heart of the war. Meanwhile, excitement over the real history of the period reached a peak in late 2012 and early 2013 when Richard III's long-lost remains were found by archaeologists. The once proud king was found beneath a parking lot after the church in which he had been buried had been destroyed. This provoked a new rash of books about Richard, as well as a dispute over where his remains should be reburied. Centuries later, passions can still run high about the House of York. The Wars of the Roses are brought more literally to life by the hundreds of people who dress up in military costumes of the period and refight its battles in displays every summer. Both politically dramatic and visually interesting, the Wars of the Roses are one of the most popular periods for British reenactments. However, the most popular cultural response to the Wars of the Roses is not a work of history or historical fiction but one of fantasy; George R R Martin's Game of Thrones books, and their TV adaptation, are hugely influenced by the Wars of the Roses. Martin has taken the core of the conflict - a political and personal struggle between two medieval dynasties - and depicted it on an epic scale. Though his version contains monsters and magic, it also contains many incidents based on those of the war, as well as characters based on its protagonists, most notably the noble houses of Stark and Lannister. The Wars of the Roses may have ended centuries ago, but they clearly remain fascinating to this day. The Wars of the Roses: The History of the Conflicts that Brought the Tudors to Power in England traces the history of the crucial civil war between the Lancasters and Yorks. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Wars of the Roses like never before, in no time at all.