Crewdson's photographs portray emotionally charged moments of seemingly ordinary individuals caught in ambiguous and often disquieting circumstances. Both epic in scale and intimate in scope, these visually breathtaking photographs blur the distinctions between cinema and photography.
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.
"Peter Oulton is a haunted, wanted, hunted man. Haunted by the memory of a massacre in Bosnia that he witnessed but could not prevent. Haunted by the loss of Abby Sinclair, the love of his life. Wanted by no one but the perpetrator of the massacre, imprisoned on the strength of Peter's testimony, and bent on revenge. Hunted by a whistle-blowing centre funded by a mysterious foundation, his most important ally turns out to be the woman they sent to find him. Beneath the Rose takes the reader on Peter's dark journey from the killing fields of Bosnia through the murky spyworld of Ottawa to a dramatic showdown on the snowbound streets of Montreal."--P.  of cover.
Daring. Resourceful. Devil-may-care. Moody. Superstitious. Gambler. Confederate blockade-runner. Captain Rudy Blake was many things to many people, but there was one descriptive word upon which they all agreed. Reprobate. Captain Blake not only reveled in the nickname, he had the audacity to name his ship after himself. The Reprobate. Not a smoke-belching steamer but a swift, sleek four-masted schooner capable of outrunning the Federal gunboats and slipping behind those dangerous, ponderous vessels to deliver what the wealthy citizens of Charleston most sought: luxuries. A man who swore allegiance to no cause but his own, in the opening months of 1863 Blake confronts a Union squadron blocking his entrance into Charleston Harbor. Cunningly outfoxing Admiral Meechum's flagship, he discovers a prize greater than the Union gunboats in the officer's quarters ? a female passenger named Rose Theodore. Not only does she admit to being the admiral's mistress, she divulges the combination to his safe where Rudy finds Meechum's Master's papers, a horde of cash and the naval plans for the spring campaign. More significantly, Rose reveals a plot hatched between Meechum and Jefferson Davis whereby the president of the Confederacy has traded Blake's itinerary in exchange for the delivery of heavy field ordnance. The deal was consummated, she deduces, because Davis was unable to trust the South's most successful gun-runner because he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the CSA. The Yankee prostitute and the Southern mercenary form an unusual partnership that leads them to Richmond and near fatal adventures.
As a Harvey tour guide, Rainy Gordon spends her days in the magnificent landscape of New Mexico. Having already fled a tainted past, Rainy is alarmed when she becomes a suspect in an investigation of stolen Hopi Indian artifacts. The man she loves has been secretly asked to assist the law enforcement groups in finding the thief. When all evidence points in her direction, will the truth be revealed in time?
The moon in its many guises has for aeons fascinated storytellers. Moonbeams offers eleven richly imagined stories inspired by this age-old fascination...each one told on a moonlit night. "Eight Maids A-Milking" features a depression-era North Carolina family whose eight females - Mama, Millie, twins Matilda and Myrtle, Maude, Muriel, Maggie May, and Mirabelle - bring Daddy headaches, heartaches, and happiness. In "Music of the Spheres," a trip to the campground of her youth brings a lonely woman much more than memories. From the comedic to the surreal, in each of these tales the moon works its mysterious magic.
Path of Compassion is a collection of key stories from Thich Nhat Hanh’s classic Old Path White Clouds, a book celebrating its 20th publishing anniversary this year. It tells the fascinating life story of Prince Siddhartha, who left his family and renounced his carefully guarded life, and after many years of spiritual seeking became the Buddha, the Enlightened One. Far more than the description of an unusual life story, it serves as an enjoyable, compelling, and informative introduction to Buddhism by conveying its most important teachings in a compact and accessible format. Thich Nhat Hanh’s ability to show the Buddha as a person who deals with the same life issues as we do is unique and unsurpassed. Written in language accessible to readers of all ages and levels of experience Thich Nhat Hanh combines the description of the major life stages of the Buddha with his most important teachings. Reaching far beyond the biography genre Path of Compassion is a highly readable and informative introduction to Buddhism.