his astonishing book by the prizewinning, bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses reveals Ackerman's parallel lives as an observer of the wildlife in her garden and as a telephone crisis counselor. "(Ackerman) brings a luminous and illuminating combination of sensuality, science, and speculation to whatever she considers."--San Francisco Examiner. From the Hardcover edition.
A gripping novel of two sisters who must reimagine the future-before they're ready to let go of the past. As a girl, Margot Winkler knew her big sister Lacey would keep her safe. Decades later, Lacey's home is often Margot's refuge. Lacey's life has seemed close to perfect-a loving husband, twin daughters on the brink of womanhood, and a home filled with her beautiful hand-woven textiles. But everything changes when Lacey reveals some devastating news. A rare disease is slowly stealing her ability to use language. Now Margot must imagine the future and find the courage to help her sister discover a new voice, keenly aware of the slender threads that bind them to this life, and to each other.
Driven Apart by Their Past, Can the Bonds of Sisterhood Survive What Lies Ahead? From the dramatic tradition of such classics as Little Women and A Thousand Acres comes Tracie Peterson's contemporary novel, A Slender Thread. Well-known for her Westward Chronicles series as well as her historical series with Judith Pella, Peterson now uses her agile storytelling skills to tackle a family saga about the bonds of sisterhood, which you will not want to miss. United for the first time in years, five sisters return to their childhood in order to bid farewell to a mother they never knew, lost to the world that had made her a star. Knowing her only in her films, the sisters feel neither an emotional connection with her tragic death nor with each other. Only their deep love for their godly grandmother, Mattie, pulls them together. In the wake of the funeral, the Mitchell sisters discover the impact of their absent mother on the choices they've made throughout their lives. A heartrending betrayal and a second tragedy threaten them further. Haunted by the past, unsure of the future, the sisters have only the example of Mattie and God's grace reaching through her lives to make them a family.
Together with Chris Bonington and other distinguished British climbers, Stephen Venables was high on the unclimbed and sacred mountain of Panch Chuli when, at 1am on a dark Himalayan night, his abseil failed and he fell catastrophically, somersaulting from rock to rock and landing, seriously-wounded, at the end of a rope suspended above a 50-degree icefield. This is the story of his arduous and almost miraculous survival, and of the brilliant, committed teamwork which brought him to safety.
Escaping the scandal of her privileged life in Philadelphia in her new role as a schoolteacher in a quiet Kansas town, Jennifer is drawn to an aloof stranger, Gil Prescott, who entrusts her with his newborn son while he fights in the Civil War. Original.
Stories of Adversity, Fear, Courage, Hope and Triumph
Author: Harry Newman
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Love Letters is a collection of soul-born poetry that is an expression of the writer's daily walk with the love of her life Jesus Christ. The book renders responses to spiritual and emotional struggles and triumphs, prayers and miraculous answers, along with times of supposed distance from God and renewed fellowship and devotion. It is relatable to anyone who is familiar with the pains associated with life, and daily interactions with people who are sometimes not so kind. It keeps us reminded that there is Someone always present to help us pick up the pieces and go on, to love us, to comfort us and encourage us to be all that we can. He Jesus is the Lover to whom these songs are written, both the giver, and the object of utmost affection. The writer would also have us to understand that in spite of what the subtitle may suggest, this book, "A Book of Psalms " is in no way to be seen as an attempt to substitute for THE book of Psalms. That simply cannot be. This is why seventy-five poems were written, which is exactly half of the Book of Psalms' one hundred fifty to suggest a desire to be "at least half the poet that David was" (said with a smile). It is written relative to the life, devotion and struggles of one who walks with God in this present day and time, and it is hopeful that the reader will discern this, and thus be enhanced in some way by it.
"In The Slender Thread: Irish Women on the Southern Avalon, 1750-1860, Willeen Keough explores the lives of Irish-Newfoundland women who cofounded fishing communities along the southern Avalon Peninsula in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Using gender as a category of analysis, refracted through the lenses of ethnicity and class, Keough concentrates on the female dynamics of immigration and community formation, attempting to discern the meanings that women ascribed to their experiences and the understandings of Irish-Newfoundland womanhood that were constructed within this New World environment." "Keough layers her evidence, interweaving traditional and nontraditional sources to re-create the everyday world of these Irish-Newfoundland women. She embraces a technique of overlay and interplay and invites the reader to move between layers of information that create a vivid impression of the whole."--BOOK JACKET.
Sara Thompson Layton, professor of History, is a woman grounded in the present, yet fascinated by the past and its intricate weavings and subsequent outcomes. She's a strong, resilient woman who has spent most of her thirty-eight years sheathing her emotions in a protective shell of reason and logic. The only man who has ever been able to breech that wall is Robert Rollins, a man with his own protective shell. The intense emotional bond they shared was unlike any either of these two guarded spirits had ever experienced, but the turmoil and uncertainty in their lives was too much for their fragile relationship to bear. When Rob re-enters Sara's life seven years later, she is reluctant to risk her heart again and is locked in an emotional struggle until the day she purchases the century-old memoir of early Texas pioneer John Rollins. What Sara discovers within this weathered book unexpectedly opens a window to her own past and a 150 year old bond that shakes the foundation of her logical world, forcing her to reexamine what she believed to be a long-dead relationship. Accepting the improbable, Sara finds the courage to let go and listen with her heart. Fate may have brought Sara and Rob together, but only they can choose their destiny.