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by Donna Tussing Orwin
Generally recognized as one of the greatest writers of all time, Leo Tolstoy led a life that was largely uneventful outwardly, while inwardly it was marked by deep emotions and a constant quest for meaning. This ferment was reflected not only in his journey from a privileged member of the nobility to a pacifist and ascetic, but also in his writing, which includes two of the world’s best-known novels. In Simply Tolstoy, Professor Donn... more
by Richard NordinIn 1889, a teenage seminary student in the Basque Country of France receives a letter from his powerful uncle in California to come join him and quickly agrees. His uncle, a man referred to as The King of Calabasas for his control of thousands of acres, needs an heir. Unfortunately for the young Jean Baptiste Leonis, his uncle is killed shortly after his nephew?s arrival. The young man was left without any benefit of his uncle?s estate and must start again in a land of strangers. Fifteen years l... more
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by Chris Wright
"There's a time when the operation of the Machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part, you can't even passively take part." So said Mario Savio in 1964; so say millions of the disenfranchised now. As the apparatus of elite institutions grinds on, pushing society to the brink, protesters across the world are putting their bodies upon its gears and its wheels, to open up space for freedom and creativity unconstrained by ins... more
by Chris Wright
This book touches on most of the important questions that arise in life. Somewhat in the manner of Nietzsche, it presents provocative perspectives on topics ranging from morality to politics, from art to religion, from capitalism to socialism. What is the "meaning of life"? (What does that question even mean?) What does it mean to act morally? What are the sources of modern unhappiness and social ills? How has Western society evolved to its present state, and what is its future? Wha... more
by Anette Christensen
Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Hope charts the world-famed Argentine folk legend Mercedes Sosa’s remarkable life and career and offers a psychological profile of the singer that reveals the secret behind Sosa's enormous impact. Besides being a personal profile of the artist and a chronicle of Latin American music, history, and politics, the author shares how her encounter with Mercedes Sosa has changed her life. Exploring the scientific underpinnings of how connecting with Sosa and Sos... more
by Thais SherellThroughout many civilizations, women have endured much in silence. They dare not utter a word about their hardship, discomfort, or even abuse. After all, many would argue that women have no voice as they are inferior beings. Therefore, with lips pressed tight, many women scream within and breathe when told. They stifle tears in the darkness - prisoners by memories they dare not share, until now...
by Patsy Sims
The Stories We Tell celebrates the work of twenty women who have made major contributions to the canon of great American magazine writing. While each has her own style, the women in these pages share the attributes of all good writers: meticulous research and reporting, attention to detail, a talent for choosing the perfect word. Above all, they are astute observers and sticklers for accuracy. Over the years, they have been both prolific and versatile, writing about a wide range of topics, in... more
The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson: Based on the Journals and Actual Events of a Young Man Turned Fugitiveby Patrice JohnsonTyler Johnson has a bright future ahead of him. Major scientific journals have published his research in quantum physics and in artificial intelligence, and he has recently graduated from Caltech. He has a position in a doctoral program at the University of New Mexico waiting for him, but before he can arrive at the school, everything changes. Tyler and his friend Danny Blair plan to affix bumper stickers in protest of gas guzzling vehicles at SUV dealerships in California. The evening of... more
by Dustin PickeringAppraisals: Kiriti Sengupta highlights the commentary written about the Indian author Kiriti Sengupta. Sengupta is a radical traditionalist with a keen eye for cosmopolitan detail. This collection will introduce you to who he is as a person and author, the sacrifices he has made to become the spiritual guide his works reveal, and his own reflections through the writings of collegues, academics, thinkers, teachers, and publishers. Appraisals is an awakening to the presence of divine energy flowin... more
by C.L. Swinney
"Gritty. True. Compulsively readable. This is his best book."-- Gregg Olsen, NY Times Best Selling Author
A narcissistic professional photographer lived a dangerous double life as a serial killer. He'd focus his rage on prostitutes mostly. It wasn't uncommon for him to bring them home then try to explain why they were there to his wife.
Sexual urges met, the killer would strangle his victims and dump their bodies in places he knew the police would eventually find... more
by Anthony MukwitaAn ailing 77 year old Zambian President dies in a London hospital, his chosen acting President is stripped off power in a hasty over night 'coup'. An election campaign is hastily put in place in pace 90 days ahead and Edgar Lungu wins a very close election after campaigning for only 20 days as intra party clashes for power escalate against him. Against all odds, a power inner click, business interest and a divisive anti Lungu white vice President Guy Scott, Edgar Lungu now 60 becomes the unwilli... more
by Janna HillA short biography based on the true accounts of one man, his battle with personal sexuality and his unrelenting feelings of helplessness.
by Janna HillA young man desperate for work and independence finds himself employed in a rural nursing home. When young Jason gets too close to a resident (a self-proclaimed KGB spy who is under the watchful eye of an agent known only as Chandler) he finds his only way out is in. Based on a true story.
by Richard Tieszen
Kurt Gödel was one of the most important mathematicians and logicians of modern times. He is best known for his incompleteness theorems—perhaps the most celebrated proofs in modern logic—which had a profound impact on scientific and philosophical thought, and helped define the postmodern era. In Simply Gödel, professor Richard Tieszen explains Gödel’s most significant ideas in clear and simple lang... more
by Isham Cook
Whether as bodily relief and relaxation, a means of seduction, or a form of prostitution, massage has long both fascinated and repelled. But what if these contradictory aspects of the practice--the therapeutic and the erotic--were seen as inseparable and integral to it? Spiced up by travels in the East in search of the ideal massage, bristling with trenchant, provocative essays, Massage and the Writer will appeal to littérateurs and aficionados of radical sexuality, while infuriating t... more