Whirl Away


Author: Russell Wangersky

Publisher: Dundurn.com


Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award — Winner 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize — Shortlisted 2012 BMO Winterset Award — Finalist From critically acclaimed and award-winning writer, Russell Wangersky, comes a new collection of short fiction. Everyone has something they’re good at: one particular personal skill that they use to keep their lives moving forward when their worlds suddenly become difficult or near-impossible. For some, it’s denial; for others, blunt pragmatism. Still others depend on an over-inflated view of self to keep criticism and doubt at bay. In his new short story collection, Whirl Away, Russell Wangersky – author of critically-acclaimed fiction and non-fiction including The Glass Harmonica, Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself and The Hour of Bad Decisions – looks at what happens when people’s personal coping skills go awry. These are people who discover their anchor-chain has broken: characters safe in the world of self-deception or even self-delusion, forced to face the fact that their main line of defense has become their greatest weakness. From the caretaker of a prairie amusement park to the lone occupant of a collapsing Newfoundland town, from a travelling sports drink marketer with a pressing need to get off the road to an elevator inspector who finds himself losing his marriage while sensuously burying himself in the tastes and smells of the kitchen, these are people who spin wildly out of control, finding themselves in a new and different world.

The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War, Book Two

Author: Jaroslav Hašek

Publisher: Good Soldier Švejk


Category: Fiction

Page: 228

View: 486

A picaresque series of tales about an ordinary man's successful quest to survive, and a funny but unrelentingly savage assault on the very idea of bureaucratic officialdom as a human enterprise conferring benefits on those who live under its control, and on the various justifications bureaucracies offer for their own existence.

The Eighth God

Author: Paul S. Lavender

Publisher: Paul S. Lavender


Category: Humor

Page: 283

View: 212

For thousands of years, five great fortresses have stood sentinel between the Borderlands and the rapacious orcs. But the orcs have allies and these allies are about to set a chain of events in motion that will lead to war... Heroes will rise to answer the call. Saethryth has just returned from the orc lands where he has been killing them for over twenty years. He is one of the last Orcslayers left alive. Melress is a half-elven Battle Mage, recently promoted to captain and sent to the fortress of Knight's Perch, where there are rumours of a traitor. Tierra has been sleeping with the enemy and now she wants revenge. And Bazak-Kul, well he just wants to get home alive. They, and others, will face the onslaught at Knight's Perch, but battle is the least of anyone's problems, because The Eighth God is on the rise and everything can change when the gods are playing.

Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians as Sung by Jean Ritchie

Author: Jean Ritchie

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky


Category: Music

Page: 100

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Jean Ritchie is the best known and most respected singer of traditional ballads in the United States. It has been nearly thirty years since she originally published Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians, and the music found here tells the story of the "Singing Ritchie Family" at a time when railroads, coal mines, and hillbilly radio were making their first incursions into the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Built upon a foundation of balladry inherited from old-world Scotland, the family's repertoire was certainly eclectic but not haphazard. The Child ballads, lyric folksongs, play party or frolic songs, Old Regular Baptist lined hymns, Native American ballads, "hant" songs, and carols brought together in this collection were assembled by family members who actively sought out fragments of tunes and completed them by adding or embellishing verses and melodies. This new edition has faithfully retained all seventy-seven line scores of the songs and added four new ones, Loving Hannah, Lovin' Henry, Her Mantle So Green, and The Reckless and Rambling Boy. The original headnotes and photographs tell the history of the song as well as how it became a part of the family's life. Chords are indicated for accompaniment; however, music notation and the printed word can present only a reasonable facsimile of any actual song. Jean's singing is simply the best guide to how the song should be sung, so a new audiography and videography have been added to this edition.

The Girl Detective Megapack

25 Classic Mystery Novels for Girls

Author: Mildred A. Wirt

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC


Category: Fiction

Page: 2954

View: 940

This volume features 25 novels by some of the top writers of young adult mystery fiction from the 20th century. With more than 2,900 pages of classic crimes, here are the complete Mary Louis Gay series, the complete Madge Sterling series, the complete Penny Nichols series, and many more! Included are: THE MYSTERY OF THE SECRET BAND, by Edith Lavell THE MYSTERY AT DARK CEDARS, by Edith Lavell THE MYSTERY OF THE FIRES, by Edith Lavell THE BLUE ENVELOPE, by Roy Snell THE CRUISE OF THE O MOO, by Roy Snell THE SECRET MARK, by Roy Snell PURPLE FLAME, by Roy Snell THE CRIMSON THREAD, by Roy Snell THE SILENT ALARM, by Roy Snell WITCHES COVE, by Roy Snell THE MAGIC CURTAIN , by Roy Snell THE ORCHARD SECRET, by Cleo F. Garis MYSTERY OF JOCKEY HOLLOW, by Cleo F. Garis MISSING AT MARSHLANDS, by Cleo F. Garis PENNY NICHOLS FINDS A CLUE, by Mildred A. Wirt PENNY NICHOLS AND THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST KEY, by Mildred A. Wirt PENNY NICHOLS AND THE BLACK IMP, by Mildred A. Wirt PENNY NICHOLS AND THE KNOB HILL MYSTERY, by Mildred A. Wirt THE MISSING FORMULA, by Mildred A. Wirt THE DESERTED YACHT, by Mildred A. Wirt THE SECRET OF THE SUNDIAL, by Mildred A. Wirt BOBS, A GIRL DETECTIVE, by Grace May North THE PHANTOM TOWN MYSTERY, by Carol Norton THE SEVEN SLEUTHS CLUB, by Carol Norton THE CAMP FIRE GIRLS SOLVE A MYSTERY, by Hildegard G. Frey And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Wildside Megapack" to see more entries in this series, covering classic authors and subjects like mysteries, science fiction, westerns, ghost stories -- and much, much more!

Lullaby Girl

Author: Aly Sidgwick

Publisher: Black & White Publishing


Category: Fiction

Page: 408

View: 285

RED MAGAZINE's BEST NEW AUTHORS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NOW 'It's no secret that psychological thrillers have been the big hitters of the literary world in recent years (remember Gone Girl anyone?). Well this debut from Aly Sigdwick is set to do the same.' Who is the Lullaby Girl? Found washed up on the banks of a remote loch, a mysterious girl is taken into the care of a psychiatric home in the Highlands of Scotland. Mute and covered in bruises, she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. The only clue to her identity is the Danish lullaby she sings... Inside the care home, she should be safe. But, harassed by the media and treated as a nuisance by under-pressure staff, she finds the home is far from a haven. And as her memories slowly surface, the Lullaby Girl does her best to submerge them again. Some things are too terrible to remember... but unless she confronts her fear, how can she find out who she really is? Taut, tense and mesmerizing, Lullaby Girl is a shining debut from an exciting and very talented new author. Praise for Lullaby Girl: 'Her work had beautiful textures, and big portions of darkness and humour, with equal parts of a sadness to them... seeing her drawings and tattoos i was not at all surprised that she wrote a novel, or that it was a good one. There is a great sense of tension, and of coldness in the story, but Sidgwick has a keen eye for detail and a dark sense of humour that shines through, making the dark and the cold easier to pass through. And to make the dark passages of the mind bearable is an achievement indeed.' KOLBEINN KARLSSON, author of The Troll King

The Boy with Wings

Author: Berta Ruck

Publisher: DigiCat


Category: Fiction

Page: 260

View: 879

DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "The Boy with Wings" by Berta Ruck. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

The Girl's Got Secrets

Author: Linda Kage

Publisher: Linda Kage


Category: Fiction

Page: 408

View: 254

Here’s the same old “girl posing as a boy” story but with a rock-n-roll twist. Remy Curran dreams of one day being in a band, except the group she wants to join refuses to hire a girl drummer. So, she auditions as a guy...and makes the cut. Becoming “Sticks,” a member of Non-Castrato, isn’t quite what she dreamed it would be, though. She spends most of her time keeping up the subterfuge and learning how to walk, talk, act, and drink like a man. But what’s even harder to deal with is acting oblivious when the band’s heartthrob lead singer, Asher Hart, treats her like one of the guys and not a woman. She never imagined he’d be so much more than a pretty face with a nice voice. But he’s better than perfect. He’s perfect for her. When love and lies combine, Remy must keep up the act or lose everything. But who knew lying to reach one dream could prevent you from attaining an even bigger dream?