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Threads
  • Author : Nell Gavin
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN : 1479108596
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Threads, a reincarnation fantasy, opens with Anne's execution. Her fury at her husband s betrayal has enough momentum to survive centuries, but in Threads she learns that she has been assigned a hard task: she must review their history together through a number of past lives, and find it within herself to forgive him.

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    Threads
  • Author : Nell Gavin
  • Publisher : Infinity Pub
  • Pages : 372
  • ISBN : 074140916X
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In 1536 a woman dies and the story begins.. Henry and Anne are bona fide soul mates, bound to each other through eternity. Still, in 1536, they are at the mercy of influences outside of their control, explosively incompatible and caught in a marriage that ends in a betrayal so shocking that Anne requires lifetimes to recover. "Threads", a reincarnation fantasy, opens with Anne's death in 1536. Her husband Henry, seemingly in defense of Anne (but more likely acting out of 'stubborn perverseness', she observes), has terrorized England and decreed murder after political murder to protect her. Ultimately, to Anne's horror, he has made the decision to have her executed as well. Anne's fury at her husband's betrayal has enough momentum to survive centuries, but in Threads she learns that she has been assigned a hard task: she must forgive him. this may prove difficult and take some. The husband in question is Henry VIII. The narrator is the stubborn, volatile Anne Boleyn, who is not at all inclined to forgive.

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    Threads
  • Author : Nell Gavin
  • Publisher : Infinity Publishing
  • Pages : 1
  • ISBN : 9780741409164
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In 1536 a woman dies and the story begins. Henry and Anne are bona fide soul mates, bound to each other through eternity. Still, in 1536, they are at the mercy of influences outside of their control, explosively incompatible and caught in a marriage that ends in a betrayal so shocking that Anne requires lifetimes to recover. "Threads", a reincarnation fantasy, opens with Anne's death in 1536. Her husband Henry, seemingly in defense of Anne (but more likely acting out of 'stubborn perverseness', she observes), has terrorized England and decreed murder after political murder to protect her. Ultimately, to Anne's horror, he has made the decision to have her executed as well. Anne's fury at her husband's betrayal has enough momentum to survive centuries, but in Threads she learns that she has been assigned a hard task: she must forgive him. this may prove difficult and take some. The husband in question is Henry VIII. The narrator is the stubborn, volatile Anne Boleyn, who is not at all inclined to forgive.

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    The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Author : Gary Westfahl
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Pages : 494
  • ISBN : 0313329524
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fantasy fiction, American
  • A comprehensive three-volume reference work offers six hundred entries, with the first two volumes covering themes and the third volume exploring two hundred classic works in literature, television, and film.

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    The Creation of Anne Boleyn
  • Author : Susan Bordo
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 375
  • ISBN : 9780547999524
  • Reader Reviews : 9
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • This illuminating history examines the life and many legends of the 16th century Queen who was executed by her husband, King Henry VIII. Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and a revealing look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is her story so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: neither.) But the most provocative question of all concerns Anne’s death: How could Henry order the execution of a once beloved wife? Drawing on scholarship and critical analysis, Bordo probes the complexities of one of history’s most infamous relationships. She then demonstrates how generations of polemicists, biographers, novelists, and filmmakers have imagined and re-imagined Anne: whore, martyr, cautionary tale, proto “mean girl,” feminist icon, and everything in between. In The Creation of Anne Boleyn, Bordo steps off the well-trodden paths of Tudoriana to tease out the human being behind the competing mythologies, paintings, and on-screen portrayals.

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    Reincarnation
  • Author : Suzanne Weyn
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN : 9780545281638
  • Reader Reviews : 24
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • The ultimate historical romance: one love story unfolds over many centuries and many lives in this captivating page-turner from Suzanne Weyn.From prehistory to the present, theirs was a love for the ages. It starts with a fight in a cave over an elusive green jewel . . . and then travels over time and lives to include Egyptian slaves, Greek temples, Massachusetts witch trials, Civil War battlefields, Paris on the eve of World War II, America in the 1960s . . . and a pair of modern-day teenagers. For readers who believe that love is stronger than time or death, this is an unforgettable novel from a wonderful storyteller.

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    The Lost Diary of Venice
  • Author : Margaux DeRoux
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Pages : 353
  • ISBN : 9781984819505
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Two impossible love stories are fatefully connected by one artistic legacy in a stunning debut that leaps between the mysteries of late-Renaissance Venice and the dramas of present-day America. “Enchanting from the first page.”—Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author of All the Flowers in Paris In the wake of her father’s death, Rose Newlin finds solace in her work as a book restorer. Then, one rainy Connecticut afternoon, a struggling painter appears at her door. William Lomazzo brings with him a sixteenth-century treatise on art, which Rose quickly identifies as a palimpsest: a document written over a hidden diary that had purposely been scraped away. Yet the restoration sparks an unforeseen challenge when William—a married man—and Rose experience an instant, unspoken attraction. Five centuries earlier, Renaissance-era Venetians find themselves at the mercy of an encroaching Ottoman fleet preparing for a bloody war. Giovanni Lomazzo, a portrait artist grappling with tragedy, discovers that his vision is fading with each passing day. Facing the possibility of a completely dark world, Gio begins to document his every encounter, including what may be his final artistic feat: a commission to paint the enchanting courtesan of one of Venice’s most powerful military commanders. Soon, however, Gio finds himself enraptured by a magnificent forbidden love. Spellbound by Gio’s revelations, Rose and William are soon forced to confront the reality of their own mystifying connection. A richly detailed page-turner shadowed by one of history’s darkest times, The Lost Diary of Venice weaves a heartbreakingly vivid portrait of two vastly different worlds—and two tales of entrancing, unrelenting love.

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    The Cichlid Fishes
  • Author : George Barlow
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780786743896
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Science
  • Cichlid fishes are amazing creatures. In terms of sheer number of species, they are the most successful of all families of vertebrate animals, and the extent and speed with which they have evolved in some African lakes has made them the darlings of evolutionary biologists. But what truly captivates biologists like George Barlow -- not to mention thousands of aquarists the world over -- is the complexity of their social lives and their devotion to family (most species of cichlids are monogamous and many pairs share the responsibility of raising offspring). In this wonderful book, Barlow describes the unusually high intelligence of these fishes, their complex mating and parenting rituals, their bizarre feeding and fighting habits, and the unusual adaptations and explosive rate of speciation that have enabled them to proliferate and flourish. A celebration of their diversity, The Cichlid Fishes is also a marvelous exploration of how these unique animals might help resolve the age-old puzzle of how species arise and evolve.

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    The Woman in the Photograph
  • Author : Dana Gynther
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781476731964
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Set in the romantic glow of 1920s Paris, a captivating novel of New York socialite and model Lee Miller, whose glamorous looks and joie de vivre caught the eye of Man Ray, one of the twentieth century’s defining photographers. 1929, Montparnasse. Model and woman about town Lee Miller moves to Paris determined to make herself known amidst the giddy circle of celebrated artists, authors, and photographers currently holding court in the city. She seeks out the charming, charismatic artist Man Ray to become his assistant but soon becomes much more than that: his model, his lover, his muse. Coming into her own more fully every day, Lee models, begins working on her own projects, and even stars in a film, provoking the jealousy of the older and possessive Man Ray. Drinking and carousing is the order of the day, but while hobnobbing with the likes of Picasso and Charlie Chaplin, she also falls in love with the art of photography and finds that her own vision can no longer come second to her mentor’s. The Woman in the Photograph is the richly drawn, tempestuous novel about a talented and fearless young woman caught up in one of the most fascinating times of the twentieth century.

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    Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Vol. 1
  • Author : Rifujin na Magonote,Yuka Fujikawa
  • Publisher : Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9781642751970
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • '" Just when an unemployed thirty-four-year-old otaku reaches a dead end in life and decides that it''s time to turn over a new leaf—he gets run over by a truck and dies! Shockingly, he finds himself reborn into an infant''s body in a strange, new world of swords and magic. His new identity is Rudeus Grayrat, but he still retains the memories of his previous life. Follow Rudeus from infancy to adulthood, as he struggles to redeem himself in a wondrous yet dangerous world. "'

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    The Sisters of Alameda Street
  • Author : Lorena Hughes
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9781510716018
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A generational saga that mixes historical fiction with the romance and intrigue of a Latin soap opera. When Malena Sevilla's tidy, carefully planned world collapses following her father’s mysterious suicide, she finds a letter—signed with an “A”—which reveals that her mother is very much alive and living in San Isidro, a quaint town tucked in the Andes Mountains. Intent on meeting her, Malena arrives at Alameda Street and meets four sisters who couldn’t be more different from one another, but who share one thing in common: all of their names begin with an A. To avoid a scandal, Malena assumes another woman’s identity and enters their home to discover the truth. Could her mother be Amanda, the iconoclastic widow who opens the first tango nightclub in a conservative town? Ana, the ideal housewife with a less-than-ideal past? Abigail, the sickly sister in love with a forbidden man? Or Alejandra, the artistic introvert scarred by her cousin’s murder? But living a lie will bring Malena additional problems, such as falling for the wrong man and loving a family she may lose when they learn of her deceit. Worse, her arrival threatens to expose long-buried secrets and a truth that may wreck her life forever. Set in 1960s Ecuador, The Sisters of Alameda Street is a sweeping story of how one woman’s search for the truth of her identity forces a family to confront their own past.

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    The Darwin Conspiracy
  • Author : John Darnton
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN : 9781400034833
  • Reader Reviews : 15
  • Genre : Fiction
  • From the author of the bestselling Neanderthal comes this novel of gripping suspense and scientific conquest–a page-turning historical mystery that brilliantly explores the intrigue behind Darwin and his theory of evolution.It’s 1831, and aboard HMS Beagle the young Charles Darwin sets off down the English Channel for South America. More than 150 years later, two ambitious scholars pursuing their obsession with Darwin (and with each other) come across the diaries and letters of Darwin’s daughter. What they discover is a maze of violent rivalries, petty deceptions, and jealously guarded secrets, and the extraordinary story of an expedition embarked upon by two men. Only one returned–and changed history forever.

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    Bellman & Black
  • Author : Diane Setterfield
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781476711997
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Killing a bird with his slingshot as a boy, William Bellman grows up a wealthy family man unaware of how his act of childhood cruelty will have terrible consequences until a wrenching tragedy compels him to enter into a macabre bargain with a stranger in black. Reprint.

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    And the Wolves Howled
  • Author : Barbro Karlen
  • Publisher : CLAIRVIEW BOOKS
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN : 9781912992195
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • "An extraordinary book... deserves to be taken seriously." – International Herald Tribune. "A very thought provoking read! Whether or not she was really Anne Frank in another life, I do not doubt Karlén's sincerity." – Rabbi Yonassan Gershom, author of Beyond the Ashes and From Ashes to Healing. For as long as she can remember, Barbro Karlén has harboured terrible memories of a previous existence on earth as the Jewish girl Anne Frank, author of the famous Diary. Until recently, she had kept this knowledge private. Now, prompted by a series of events which culminated in a struggle for her survival, she is ready to tell her amazing story. And the Wolves Howled is the autobiography of Barbro Karlén, from her early fame as a bestselling child literary sensation in her native Sweden, to her years as a policewoman and a successful dressage rider. But this is no ordinary life history. As the victim of discrimination, personal vendettas, media assassination, libel and attempted murder, Karlén is forced to fight for her very being. In the dramatic conclusion to her living nightmare, she is shown the karmic background to these events. She glimpses fragments of her former life, and begins to understand how forces of destiny reach over from the past into the present. With this knowledge she is finally free to be herself... And the Wolves Howled is the story of one woman's superhuman struggle for truth in the face of discrimination and lies.

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    Seraglio
  • Author : Janet Wallach
  • Publisher : Doubleday
  • Pages : 346
  • ISBN : 0385490461
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A fictional portrait of Aimâee Dubucq, who was kidnapped at the age of thirteen and placed in a Turkish harem, traces her relationships with several powerful sultans and her place as an influential woman in the Ottoman Empire.

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    The Eve of Spain
  • Author : Patricia E. Grieve
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9780801890369
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : History
  • Finally, Grieve focuses on the misogynistic elements of the story and asks why the fall of Spain is figured as a cautionary tale about a woman's sexuality.

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    Betrayal
  • Author : marquis de Sade
  • Publisher : Hesperus Press
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105122206480
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • The Baron de Téroze has successfully married off his eldest daughter to a Colonel of the Dragoons, and now it is time for him to arrange his younger daughter's nuptials. The leading magistrate of the parliament at Aix seems to him the ideal candidate. Unfortunately, the young Mademoiselle de Téroze is in love with another man. A series of hilarious manipulations designed to rid the beautiful marchioness of her odious old husband ultimately result in an astonishing yet fitting denouement. French author Marquis de Sade (1740–1814) is best known for his licentious novels and pornographic writings, many of which were penned during his frequent stays in prison and, ultimately, a mental asylum. Recently he has been reinterpreted as a moralist whose unflinching investigations into the nature of sexual pathology anticipated Nietzsche and Freud.

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    The Jade Lily
  • Author : Kirsty Manning
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 1760876178
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  • Genre : Australian fiction
  • The Jade Lily is a sweeping story of friendship, loyalty, love and identity from the popular author of The Midsummer Garden.

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    When Scotland Was Jewish
  • Author : Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman,Donald N. Yates
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 0786455225
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : History
  • The popular image of Scotland is dominated by widely recognized elements of Celtic culture. But a significant non–Celtic influence on Scotland’s history has been largely ignored for centuries? This book argues that much of Scotland’s history and culture from 1100 forward is Jewish. The authors provide evidence that many of the national heroes, villains, rulers, nobles, traders, merchants, bishops, guild members, burgesses, and ministers of Scotland were of Jewish descent, their ancestors originating in France and Spain. Much of the traditional historical account of Scotland, it is proposed, rests on fundamental interpretive errors, perpetuated in order to affirm Scotland’s identity as a Celtic, Christian society. A more accurate and profound understanding of Scottish history has thus been buried. The authors’ wide-ranging research includes examination of census records, archaeological artifacts, castle carvings, cemetery inscriptions, religious seals, coinage, burgess and guild member rolls, noble genealogies, family crests, portraiture, and geographic place names.

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    A Deceptive Devotion
  • Author : Iona Whishaw
  • Publisher : TouchWood Editions
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN : 9781771513012
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Wedding bells, a grisly murder, and a defecting Russian spy bring drama to King’s Cove in the newest Lane Winslow mystery, a series that the Globe and Mail calls “terrific.” A wedding is on the horizon for Lane Winslow and Inspector Darling. As one of the few Russian speakers in her community, Lane is obliged to act as translator and hostess for Countess Orlova, an elderly Russian woman who has tracked her missing brother to the Nelson area. Nelson PD investigates, but then the murder of a lone hunter in the hills above King’s Cove takes top priority. Darling works the case with a Constable Oxley—a newcomer to the area, assigned in Constable Ames’ temporary absence—and a British agent contacts Lane to warn her to be on the lookout for a fleeing Russian defector. Bound by the Wartime Secrets Act, Lane is conflicted about keeping the information from Darling, especially when it begins to put a strain on their relationship. Fans of Maisie Dobbs and the Kopp Sisters will delight in this rousing adventure of intrigue and espionage.

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    Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Vol. 2
  • Author : Rifujin na Magonote,Yuka Fujikawa
  • Publisher : Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9781642751987
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Reborn into a world of swords and magic, Rudeus--a former 34-year-old deadbeat otaku--is determined to live his new life to the fullest, yet things take a surprise turn when Rudy is sent to stay with a faraway relative. In exchange for them teaching him sword fighting, Rudy agrees to tutor his second cousin. However, it turns out the only thing his new pupil is interested in is giving everyone a hard time! Rudy devises a strategy that may finally get his disrespectful cousin in line, but when a staged kidnapping goes awry, Rudy will need to rely on his skills and her obedience to save their very lives!

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    Clash of Empires
  • Author : Ben Kane
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 9781409173403
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • HAS ROME FINALLY MET ITS MATCH? 'A triumph!' Harry Sidebottom 'Exceptional' Anthony Riches 'Fans of battle-heavy historical fiction will, justly, adore Clash of Empires' The Times **************** THE MIGHT OF ROME The great general Hannibal Barca is on the verge of defeat. Victory will crown Rome the most powerful empire in the world. While the ambitious senator Flamininus plots his path to power... THE GLORY OF GREECE Only unconquered Greece stands in the way of glory. King Philip V of Macedon's mighty phalanx is an enemy Rome has long feared, and one that has never known defeat. THE HEROES OF HISTORY Demetrios has dreamed of fighting with the phalanx his whole life, but the young villager will soon learn that, in a clash of empires, you're only ever one swing of the sword away from death - or entering legend. CLASH OF EMPIRES is the gripping first novel in a new series from the master of historical fiction - for fans of Simon Scarrow, Harry Sidebottom, Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell. *** PRE-ORDER BEN KANE'S NEW NOVEL, THE FALLING SWORD, TODAY *** What readers are saying about Ben Kane's masterful new historical novel: 'I have not read much about the Roman Invasion of Greece 200-197BC, so with a breath of fresh air up pops Ben Kane with a very masterful tale' Amazon review 'Grabs you from the start and never lets go' - Harry Sidebottom, author of the THE LAST HOUR 'Ben does a great job telling the story from both Greek and Roman perspective' Amazon review 'I haven't enjoyed a book this much for ages' - Giles Kristian, author of LANCELOT

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    Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation (Light Novel) Vol. 2
  • Author : Rifujin na Magonote
  • Publisher : Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9781645051602
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • '"Rudeus is shipped off to Roa, the largest city in the region, to tutor the young daughter of a noble family. Unfortunately, what he thought would be an easy job proves the exact opposite once he meets his student, Eris--a fierce-tempered hurricane who blows Rudy''s optimistic expectations to bits! Can Rudy devise a plan to make his obstinate pupil listen, or is he already doomed to fail his second chance at success?"'

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    In the Tail of the Peacock
  • Author : Isabel Savory
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 482
  • ISBN : UOM:39015027030264
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  • Genre : Morocco
  • Read and download full book In the Tail of the Peacock

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    Billy the Kid
  • Author : Elizabeth Fackler
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 516
  • ISBN : 0865344019
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A fictionalized account of the life of Billy the Kid, the notorious outlaw of the Wild West.

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    From Caligari to Hitler
  • Author : Siegfried Kracauer
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9780691191348
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  • Genre : Performing Arts
  • An essential work of the cinematic history of the Weimar Republic by a leading figure of film criticism First published in 1947, From Caligari to Hitler remains an undisputed landmark study of the rich cinematic history of the Weimar Republic. Prominent film critic Siegfried Kracauer examines German society from 1921 to 1933, in light of such movies as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, M, Metropolis, and The Blue Angel. He explores the connections among film aesthetics, the prevailing psychological state of Germans in the Weimar era, and the evolving social and political reality of the time. Kracauer makes a startling (and still controversial) claim: films as popular art provide insight into the unconscious motivations and fantasies of a nation. With a critical introduction by Leonardo Quaresima which provides context for Kracauer’s scholarship and his contributions to film studies, this Princeton Classics edition makes an influential work available to new generations of cinema enthusiasts.

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    Doomed Queen Anne
  • Author : Carolyn Meyer
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9780547538860
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • A complicated and much-hated Tudor queen tells her side of the story in this engaging novel of Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn was born without great beauty, wealth, or title, but she has blossomed into a captivating young woman—and she knows it. Determined to rise to the top, she uses her wiles to win the heart of England’s most powerful man, King Henry VIII. Not satisfied with the king’s heart, however, she persuades Henry to defy everyone—including his own wife—to make her his new queen. But Anne’s ambition would prove to be her fatal flaw. Named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, among other honors, Doomed Queen Anne is part of the historical fiction Young Royals series that has illuminated the youthful lives of Europe’s most compelling—and sometimes, infamous—queens and princesses.

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    Hang On
  • Author : Nell Gavin
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN : 0615509231
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  • Genre : Books
  • In 1973 "crazy" Holly unexpectedly falls in love with Trevor, a roadie for a famous English rock band. From the moment they meet, dreams of marriage, children, and a normal life are suddenly - finally - within Holly's grasp. Trevor takes her with him on tour and introduces her to the very "un-normal" backstage world of Rock and Roll. When she steps onto the band bus, she walks into a colorful, exciting adventure in a world completely different from the life that awaits her back home, where she chases cockroaches with a shoe, works at a low-paying job, and sleeps to escape the hunger. Unfortunately, Holly has a secret. Plagued by panic attacks, periodic rages, and depression, she needs to learn why her mentally ill mother committed suicide, long ago, so she can save herself. Thus far, she has found no answers. She must conceal her symptoms from Trevor in order to keep him, but as their relationship becomes progressively more serious, her illness becomes increasingly more difficult to hide. This sly and darkly humorous novel won the silver medal in the Living Now Book Awards under its original title, ALL TORC'D UP. Caution: Some strong language. Nell Gavin is also the author of THREADS: THE REINCARNATION OF ANNE BOLEYN.

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    The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
  • Author : Robin Maxwell
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN : 9781628724547
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The first novel in the acclaimed Elizabethan Quartet: “Wonderfully juicy...Maxwell brings all of bloody Tudor England vividly to life.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) One was queen for a thousand days; one for over forty years. Both were passionate, headstrong women, loved and hated by Henry VIII. Yet until the discovery of the secret diary, Anne Boleyn and her daughter, Elizabeth I, had never really met . . . Anne was the second of Henry’s six wives, doomed to be beloved, betrayed, and beheaded. When Henry fell madly in love with her upon her return from an education at the lascivious French court, he was already a married man. While his passion for Anne was great enough to rock the foundation of England and of all Christendom, in the end he forsook her for another love, schemed against her, and ultimately had her sentenced to death. But unbeknownst to the king, Anne had kept a diary. At the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign, it is pressed into her hands. In reading it, the young queen discovers a great deal about her much-maligned mother: Anne’s fierce determination, her hard-won knowledge about being a woman in a world ruled by despotic men, and her deep-seated love for the infant daughter taken from her shortly after her birth. In the journal’s pages, Elizabeth finds an echo of her own dramatic life as a passionate young woman at the center of England’s powerful male establishment, and with the knowledge gained from them, makes a resolution that will change the course of history . . . “Maxwell is one of the most popular—and one of the best—historical novelists currently mining the rich vein of Tudor history.” —Booklist

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    The Meaning of Witchcraft
  • Author : Gerald B. Gardner
  • Publisher : Weiser Books
  • Pages : 470
  • ISBN : 9781609251895
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  • Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Thought to be the father of modern witchcraft, Gerald Gardner published The Meaning of Witchcraft in 1959, not long after laws punishing witches were repealed. It was the first sympathetic book written from the point of view of a practicing witch. The Meaning of Witchcraft is an invaluable source book for witches today. Chapters include: Witch's Memories and Beliefs, The Stone Age Origins of Witchcraft, Druidism and the Aryan Celts, Magic Thinking, Curious Beliefs about Witches, Signs and Symbols, The Black Mass, Some Allegations Examined. The Meaning of Witchcraft is a record of witches' roots-and a tribute to a founding pioneer with the courage to set that record straight.

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    Fashion
  • Author : DK
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9780744022827
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Design
  • Is fashion your passion? Unlock the language of clothes with this ultimate fashion show that traces people's dresses over the past 3000 years. Fashion is a visual feast, packed with stunning illustrations of 1,500 costumes from around the globe. It celebrates famous trendsetters, designers, and fashion icons from Queen Henrietta Maria to Jackie Onassis and Jean Paul Gautier. Fashion endlessly reinvents itself, reflecting society's trends and innovations. Discover why different looks caught on, from the elaborate ruffs, wigs, and farthingales of the 17th century, to Dior's "new look" in 1947 and shoulder pads in the 1980s. Find out why for centuries people's dress was regulated by governments' "sumptuary rules" and how the invention of new textiles from velvet to spandex that influenced clothing design. Whether you're part of the fashion industry, a student, or you just love clothes, Fashion is both a glorious visual treat and a treasured history.

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    The Ill-Made Knight
  • Author : Christian Cameron
  • Publisher : Orion
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9781409142430
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 'Brilliantly evoked' SUNDAY TIMES Discover the first medieval adventure in the action-packed Chivalry series! Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow and Conn Iggulden. September, 1356. Poitiers. The greatest knights of the age were ready to give battle. On the English side, Edward, the Black Prince, who'd earned his spurs at Crecy. On the French side, the King and his son, the Dauphin. With 12,000 knights. And then there is William Gold. A cook's boy - the lowest of the low - who had once been branded as a thief. William dreams of being a knight, but in this savage new world of intrigue, betrayal and greed, first he must learn to survive. As rapacious English mercenaries plunder a country already ravaged by plague, and the peasantry take violent revenge against the French knights who have failed to protect them, is chivalry any more than a boyish fantasy? 'A sword-slash above the rest' IRISH EXAMINER 'One of the finest writers of historical fiction in the world' BEN KANE

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    Infinite Sacrifice
  • Author : L.E. Waters
  • Publisher : Rock Castle Publishing
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 9780983911104
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined; in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die. Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives. Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in glorious Sparta; an Irish boy kidnapped and enslaved by Vikings; and a doctor’s wife forced to make an ethical stand in plague-ridden England. All the while, Maya yearns to be with those she cares about most and worries that she hasn’t learned all of heaven’s most vital lessons. Will she be forced to leave the tranquility of heaven to survive yet another painful and tumultuous life? Or worse, accept the bitter reality of having to go back alone? Free, freebie

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    Burnt Shadows
  • Author : Kamila Shamsie
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780307373410
  • Reader Reviews : 41
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Hiroko steps out onto the veranda. Her body from neck down a silk column, white with three black cranes swooping across her back. She looks out towards the mountains, and everything is more beautiful to her than it was early this morning. Nagasaki is more beautiful to her than ever before. She turns her head and sees the spires of Urakami Cathedral, which Konrad is looking up at when he notices a gap open between the clouds. Sunlight streams through, pushing the clouds apart even further. Hiroko. And then the world goes white. —From Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie -- The morning of August 9, 1945 breaks dreary and unspectacular in the city of Nagasaki. Nonetheless, twenty-one year-old Hiroko Tanaka is elated: she is in love. Her emerging romance with the displaced German Konrad Weiss offers release from the greyness of wartime deprivation. In this time of heightened xenophobia, their affair must be kept secret, particularly as Hiroko’s father has recently been outcast for questioning the patriotism of sending children on kamikaze missions. As Hiroko and Konrad furtively plan for a future after the war, there is no way they can comprehend the unspeakable devastation bearing down upon them. Two years later, Hiroko arrives in Delhi at the home of Konrad’s sister Ilse and his brother-in-law James Burton. Upon Hiroko’s back are crane-shaped scars, seared into her skin when her kimono was incinerated by the bomb. She is on the run from unbearable memories, as well as from the stigma of being branded a hibakusha, a survivor of the bomb. Ilse, in an uncharacteristically impulsive move, welcomes Hiroko into her home, seeing in the brave young woman a possibility of release from her own conscripted existence. Hiroko quickly destabilizes the frigid hierarchy of the household, much to the relief of Sajjad Ashraf, James’s bored servant. Tensions are running high in the Mohalla with the looming partition of India and Pakistan. Will Sajjad remain in his beloved Dilli/Delhi, or depart with so many others for the promise of Pakistan? Sajjad’s family has secured for him a wife, and he yearns for a legal career, still half-clinging to the hope that James will assist him. But James’s only use for him is as a chess opponent, an idle distraction as the Raj winds to a close. The Burtons are preparing to decamp for England, having already dispatched their son Harry to boarding school. But what James does not know is that Ilse is making other plans. A romance blooms between Hiroko and Sajjad, much to the incredulity of the Burtons, whose own emotional lives have become entwined in the futures of their charismatic young charges. Despite outbursts of jealousies and a terrible act of betrayal, the Burtons nevertheless assist Hiroko and Sajjad in their flight to married life in Istanbul. Later the Ashrafs will move to Karachi to raise their son, Raza. The lives of the Ashrafs and the Burtons will remain entwined for decades, though in ways they cannot anticipate. Across continents and through geopolitical flux, each family will continue to act as a catalytic force upon the other, sometimes in life-saving ways, and sometimes causing great peril. Why is it that some bonds flourish in times of crisis, and why do some fail? What defines the character that survives the cruelest of circumstances? And how is it that entire populations can support unspeakable acts en masse, while relating as individuals with compassion? Longlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction, Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows is an enthralling meta-cultural epic, the panoramic tale of two families tangled together in some of the most devastating conflicts of modern history.

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    Pretty Revenge
  • Author : Emily Liebert
  • Publisher : Pocket Books
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9781982160449
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • “A riveting tale of subterfuge, betrayal, and retribution set among the glittering world of New York’s elite.” —Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish The name of the game is revenge—no matter the cost—in this emotionally charged thriller reminiscent of The Wife Between Us and The Perfect Nanny. Kerrie O’Malley, jobless and in an unfulfilling relationship, can isolate the exact moment in her life when things veered off course—the night she was irrevocably wronged by someone she looked up to. Eighteen years later, when Kerrie sees the very woman who destroyed her life on television, a fire ignites inside her. The stakes are high. The risks are perilous. But she’ll stop at nothing to achieve the retribution she deserves. Jordana Pierson is a gilded New Yorker who appears to have it all: wealth, glamour, a successful and handsome husband, and a thriving wedding concierge business. Her record is spotless. Her business is flourishing. No one knows the truth about her and the dark shadows of her past. No one, that is, except Kerrie. Exploring just how far someone will go for vengeance, Pretty Revenge is “a fun, twisty thrill ride about the dark side of female friendship” (PopSugar).

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    The Queen's Bastard
  • Author : Robin Maxwell
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 454
  • ISBN : 9780684857602
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Chronicles the adventures of Arthur Dudley, the illegitimate son of Elizabeth I and Robin Dudley, Earl of Leicester--a child presumed dead by his real parents who learns his true identity upon the death of his adoptive father.

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    Dear Fiona
  • Author : Fiona Fullerton
  • Publisher : Waterside Press
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781908162168
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • He was a suspected Cold War spy. She became the glamorous KGB double agent in a Bond movie. When a prisoner writes to a movie star, the best he can hope for is a signed photo. But when Alex wrote to Fiona she was beguiled by the artistry of his letters and poems. In this heartfelt memoir, the author recalls-for the first time-her 12 year correspondence with Prisoner 789959 Alexander Alexandrowicz-including his wise counsel about her marriage, divorce and career at the forefront of cinema, TV and theatre. Based on their original letters, the narrative is one of contrasts-about a man in the darkest days of prolonged incarceration and a woman surrounded by the brightest lights imaginable. Shocked by his long sentence, Alex protested his innocence and railed against the system, often from solitary confinement-whilst Fiona Fullerton roamed the world, a celebrity nomad. Dear Fiona is the true story of how two people from social extremes forged a 30 year bond of friendship. It also tells of how they came to rely on each other and the author's search for him after he disappeared. 'Have you ever heard of Nadejda Philaretovna von Meck? She and Tchaikovsky were corresponding for years, they never met-and yet he produced his finest work for her. My finest work shall be for you... It is you alone who has given me strength while I have been in prison, the strength to restore lost and dying hope into burning resolution'. 'Yes, the bond between us will get stronger, Alex. It will never die now. I'll always be here when you need me. I need you too...' Reviews 'Wonderful, fascinating, fantastic' Aled Jones, Good Morning Sunday, BBC Radio 2. 'Poignant, tender and informative, Dear Fiona: Letters from a suspected Soviet Spy is a wonderful collection of letters between two people who, through the power of words, set out to make life that little bit more bearable when darkness called. A powerful and engaging narrative helps showcase the immeasurable talent Alex Alexandrowicz is' www.MiloRambles.com 'Compelling, gripping, moving, insightful' Erwin James, Guardian correspondent. 'Makes for compulsive reading' Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC 'A very moving book' John Hostettler

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    The Phoenix
  • Author : Joseph Nigg
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 9780226195520
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : History
  • An “insightful cultural history of the mythical, self-immolating bird” from Ancient Egypt to contemporary pop culture by the author of The Book of Gryphons (Library Journal). The phoenix, which rises again and again from its own ashes, has been a symbol of resilience and renewal for thousands of years. But how did this mythical bird come to play a part in cultures around the world and throughout human history? Here, mythologist Joseph Nigg presents a comprehensive biography of this legendary creature. Beginning in ancient Egypt, Nigg’s sweeping narrative discusses the many myths and representations of the phoenix, including legends of the Chinese, where it was considered a sacred creature that presided over China’s destiny; classical Greece and Rome, where it appears in the writings of Herodotus and Ovid; medieval Christianity, in which it came to embody the resurrection; and in Europe during the Renaissance, when it was a popular emblem of royals. Nigg examines the various phoenix traditions, the beliefs and tales associated with them, their symbolic and metaphoric use, and their appearance in religion, bestiaries, and even contemporary popular culture, in which the ageless bird of renewal is employed as a mascot and logo. “An exceptional work of scholarship.”—Publishers Weekly

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    Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen
  • Author : Alison Weir
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9781101966617
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir tells the tragic story of Henry VIII’s fifth wife, a nineteen-year-old beauty with a hidden past, in this fifth novel in the sweeping Six Tudor Queens series. “A vivid re-creation of a Tudor tragedy.”—Kirkus Reviews In the spring of 1540, Henry VIII is desperate to be rid of his unappealing German queen, Anna of Kleve. A prematurely aged and ailing forty-nine, with an ever-growing waistline, he casts an amorous eye on a pretty nineteen-year-old brunette, Katheryn Howard. Like her cousin Anne Boleyn, Katheryn is a niece of the Duke of Norfolk, England’s premier Catholic peer, who is scheming to replace Anna of Kleve with a good Catholic queen. A flirtatious, eager participant in the life of the royal court, Katheryn readily succumbs to the king’s attentions when she is intentionally pushed into his path by her ambitious family. Henry quickly becomes besotted and is soon laying siege to Katheryn’s virtue. But as instructed by her relations, she holds out for marriage and the wedding takes place a mere fortnight after the king’s union to Anna is annulled. Henry tells the world his new bride is a rose without a thorn, and extols her beauty and her virtue, while Katheryn delights in the pleasures of being queen and the rich gifts her adoring husband showers upon her: the gorgeous gowns, the exquisite jewels, and the darling lap-dogs. She comes to love the ailing, obese king, enduring his nightly embraces with fortitude and kindness. If she can bear him a son, her triumph will be complete. But Katheryn has a past of which Henry knows nothing, and which comes back increasingly to haunt her—even as she courts danger yet again. What happens next to this naïve and much-wronged girl is one of the saddest chapters in English history.