Through all the seasons of the heart, this beautifully illustrated book candidly relates the exquisite bubble of new love, followed by the perils of the insidious zone of complacency where the shower of passion dries up and silence ensues--and above all, hope.
Flushed with victory, the young Babylonian prince surveyed the battleground where his army had defeated the Egyptians. In the distance a division of elite soldiers rapidly pursued the fleeing survivors. He mourned the loss of so many brave warriors, but quickly focused on his questto expand Babylons control of world trade. Egypt was only one of the nations to be conquered; before long Lebanon, Phoenicia, Syria, and Judah would feel the edge of Babylonian swords. Soon he, Nebuchadnezzar, would be king, and all the world would pay homage to him
30 Hours of Hope deals with death through a powerful, candid, raw and inspirational look inside the end of life conversations of two relative strangers who connect through an unexpected email. Their fortuitous journey challenges readers to fully engage in life because it is finite.
Making Sense of Women's Lives presents a wide range of writings about women's lives in the United States. Michele Plott and Lauri Umansky have drawn on their experiences as both students and professors to assemble the collection. Seeking to provide as full a sampling from a diverse and intellectually vibrant field as one volume permits, the editors have also chosen writing that makes an enjoyable read. A few of the selections here represent the undisputed 'classics' of the field. More of them constitute simply the works, drawn from academic and nonacademic sources alike, that could make a difference in understanding what it means to be female in America. Making Sense of Women's Lives is intended as the primary text in Women's Studies courses. With that usage in mind, Plott and Umansky have provided brief introductions to each article to help students understand the author's perspectives. Thought and discussion questions follow each selection. The book contains, as well, numerous "Flash Exercises" suggestions for class exercises and activities. The editors have used these activities in their courses over the past decade, in conjunction with readings in this volume, and have found that the full complement of materials coalesces into an intellectually powerful introduction to Women's Studies. A Collegiate Press book
In this collection, 15 writers from Britain, the United States and Australia focus on a wide range of lesbian moments in the worlds of film, television, pop music, books, magazines and newspapers. As well as examining media representations of lesbians in the BBC's Portrait of a Marriage, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and the US series LA Law, they also explore specifically lesbian readings of Hollywood films such as The Accused, Aliens and Thelma and Louise. Some pieces examine pop music from a lesbian perspective, both the industry in general and the massive appeal of kd lang and Madonna, while other contributors consider the crossover appeal of lesbianism in glossy magazines. The contributors identify points of acceptance of and resistance to lesbianism, and in doing so take a look at the popular pleasures and preoccupations shared by us all.
“Tense, heartwarming and life affirming, The Long Flight Home gives a fresh slant on heroism in WWII.” —Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of In Farleigh Field, The Tuscan Child and the Royal Spyness novels Inspired by fascinating, true, yet little-known events during World War II, The Long Flight Home is a testament to the power of courage in our darkest hours—a moving, masterfully written story of love and sacrifice. It is September 1940—a year into the war—and as German bombs fall on Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion. Enemy fighter planes blacken the sky around the Epping Forest home of Susan Shepherd and her grandfather, Bertie. After losing her parents to influenza as a child, Susan found comfort in raising homing pigeons with Bertie. All her birds are extraordinary to Susan—loyal, intelligent, beautiful—but none more so than Duchess. Hatched from an egg that Susan incubated in a bowl under her grandfather’s desk lamp, Duchess shares a special bond with Susan and an unusual curiosity about the human world. Thousands of miles away in Buxton, Maine, a young crop-duster pilot named Ollie Evans has decided to travel to Britain to join the Royal Air Force. His quest brings him to Epping and to the National Pigeon Service, where Susan is involved in a new, covert assignment. Codenamed Source Columba, the mission aims to air-drop hundreds of homing pigeons in German-occupied France. Many will not survive. Those that do make the journey home to England can convey crucial information on German troop movements—and help reclaim the skies from the Luftwaffe. The friendship between Ollie and Susan deepens as the mission date draws near. When Ollie’s plane is downed behind enemy lines, both know how remote the chances of reunion must be. Yet Duchess’s devotion and her singular sense of duty will become an unexpected lifeline, relaying messages between Susan and Ollie as war rages on—and proving, at last, that hope is never truly lost. “Based on true events, The Long Flight Home has everything I love in a novel—the sense of discovery, the epic drama of a life-or-death situation, and the soaring sense of hope gained from the depths of despair. It’s a gorgeous, impressive first novel by a hugely talented author.” —Susan Wiggs, # 1 New York Times bestselling author “I’ve always been fascinated by homing pigeons, and Alan Hlad makes these amazing birds and their trainers shine in The Long Flight Home—a sweeping tale full of romance and espionage, poignant sacrifice and missed chances, uncommon courage and the ongoing costs of war. A compelling debut told with conviction and great heart. “ —Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin