From the winner of the National Book Award and the National Books Critics’ Circle Award—and one of the most original thinkers of our time—“Andrew Solomon’s magisterial Far and Away collects a quarter-century of soul-shaking essays” (Vanity Fair). Far and Away chronicles Andrew Solomon’s writings about places undergoing seismic shifts—political, cultural, and spiritual. From his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions as it slowly, fitfully pushes toward freedom, and many other stories of profound upheaval, this book provides a unique window onto the very idea of social change. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter. A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures. Ranging across seven continents and twenty-five years, these “meaty dispatches…are brilliant geopolitical travelogues that also comprise a very personal and reflective resume of the National Book Award winner’s globe-trotting adventures” (Elle). Far and Away takes a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences: “You will not only know the world better after having seen it through Solomon’s eyes, you will also care about it more” (Elizabeth Gilbert).
The Illustrated Story of a Journey from Ireland to America in the 1890s
Author: Ron Howard
Publisher: Newmarket Press
Category: Performing Arts
This inside story and history behind the film, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, includes the full screenplay, production notes, interviews, poetry, Irish ballads, features on Ireland, Boston, and Oklahoma, period literature and first-hand accounts of the Oklahoma Land Rush and Irish immigration to the U.S. 140 illustrations, 80 in color. The Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks, official companions to films, large format (8 3/8 x 10 7/8), heavily illustrated throughout, with color photographs, details on the making of the film, background on the filmmakers and cast.
Jeremy can hear voices. But when he admits this, the townspeople of Never Better treat him like an outsider. Life has been tough after his mother left and his father became a recluse, but one voice in particular proves his salvation: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But when a provocative local girl Ginger takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a heartbreaking chain of events is put into motion. And as anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings. . .
That?s it. I?m leaving. Tonight. Forever. What child hasn?t wanted to pack up his worldly belongings and run away to teach his parents a lesson? That?s just what this pig plans to do! But when he, and his helpful mother, consider what those worldly belongings involve?tent, sleeping bag, clothes, pets, toys?he realizes everything he needs is right where he is. And, more importantly, so is everyone he needs. John Segal gives this universal story a warm and funny treatment full of hilarious details and a pig you won?t soon forget.
It has been a difficult week in many ways for me. Things just didn't go smoothly on different operational fronts. Still, compared to the students, our lives are a breeze. Last week, one of our students was in his wedding procession when a gunman opened fire and killed his cousin standing nearby. Upon his arrival in Baghdad, Wes Trueblood was faced with the unenviable task of finding a 'daily routine' in the heart of a war zone. As an English instructor for the Department of Defense, Trueblood was charged with teaching Iraqi pilots the English language so they could receive further peacekeeping training. In this unique position, Trueblood found himself intertwined with the lives of American servicemen, NATO allies, and Iraqi soldiers. Over a nine-month deployment in Iraq and a six-month deployment in Afghanistan, Trueblood gathered insights into the dedication and personal sacrifices of American military personal. He observed the lives and culture of the Islamic people, finding truths about how ordinary Muslims view the United States. He found reasons to laugh and reasons to cry; he recorded them and returned these messages of success, tribulation, and hope home, in the form of weekly correspondences to his wife, family, and friends. A Land Far, Far Away is the story of Trueblood's time at the front, told through the letters he wrote home. From his time sleeping in tents, to his struggle to stay cool in the summer sun, to the ever-changing demands of a fluid mission at the front, Trueblood's story sheds light on the lives of people living in chaos.
Nothing in Your Life Is Ordinary Your present world isn’t supposed to be this small. You were made for something much bigger. And no, you don’t have to be an astronaut, or even a Star Wars fan, to live it. Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away is not about space travel, or even a movie. It’s about rediscovering your sense of wonder—something we adults have successfully squelched from our everyday lives. But God never meant it to be that way. Timothy Jones, by way of an astounding, eye-opening study of the spiritual parallels found in the Star Wars saga, will make you a kid again. You’ll be marveling at the mysterious, laughing anew at life’s “coincidences,” and remembering above all the Creator for which you were made. May the True Force Be with You Remember when Star Wars first captured your imagination? How your longing for adventure propelled you to distant worlds and transformed you into a Jedi knight faster than you could say, “Luke, I am your father”? This same longing, once sparked by John Williams’s triumphant score and fanned by Darth Vader’s sweeping black cape, is your ticket to life’s greatest adventure. Join Timothy Paul Jones on an astounding, eye-opening exploration of the spiritual themes in the Star Wars saga and the truth will become clear: Like young Luke Skywalker, you were also made for more—much more. Rediscover awe. Revel in the wonder of every moment. And pursue all you were meant to be. It is your destiny. "The Force is strong with this one. I could not recommend it more." Joshua Griffin, Editor/Owner, TheForce.Net Manager, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry “If you own a lightsaber—or a Bible—you’re sure to benefit from reading his book.” Kevin Miller, author and reviewer HollywoodJesus.com “‘Awe-some’ reading that both delights and challenges us. A fun and thoughtful book for Christians who consider and enjoy popular culture and media.” Robert W. Pazmino Valeria Stone Professor of Christian Education, Andover Newton Theological School Story Behind the Book “The night I first saw Star Wars from the backseat of my parents’ Ford Pinto was the first night I experienced awe. It sent me on a quest that continues today. There is, in every one of us, a longing to touch ‘the forever,’ to sense the magnitude of the vastness in which we live. This universal longing explains why we ride roller coasters and tell scary stories. This universal longing for awe also explains why, after nearly thirty years, the popularity of the Star Wars saga shows no sign of subsiding. I wrote this book to inspire readers to relish awe and wonder because God did not only create us to long for awe, but also to live in it!” —Timothy Jones From the Trade Paperback edition.
By a turn of fate, Dragomira, a girl from a common family, saves the king's life and becomes his wife... However, her happiness wasn't meant to last long. Follow Dragomira on her journey from a young peasant girl, to a magnificent queen and then to a hated exile in the Charmed Forest.