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The Thorn and the Blossom

By Theodora Goss
  • Book ID : 1594745579
  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Pages : 82
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reads : 524
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One enchanting romance. Two lovers keeping secrets. And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever. When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she didn’t know she would meet the love of her life. When Brendan Thorne handed her a medieval romance, he didn’t know it would change the course of his future. It was almost as if they were the cursed lovers in the old book itself . . . The Thorn and the Blossom is a remarkable literary artifact: You can open the book in either direction to decide whether you’ll first read Brendan’s, or Evelyn’s account of the mysterious love affair. Choose a side, read it like a regular novel—and when you get to the end, you’ll find yourself at a whole new beginning.

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Book Summary:

This charming tale follows the adventures of a bee and a butterfly as they make their way in the sometimes awe-inspiring, sometimes dangerous natural world. Although the quirkily archaic language may make it a bit too difficult for younger readers to tackle solo, it's a wonderful story to read aloud.

Homes and Haunts of the Most Eminent British Poets

By William Howitt
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 927
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 246
  • File Pdf: homes-and-haunts-of-the-most-eminent-british-poets.pdf

Book Summary:

"Homes and Haunts of the Most Eminent British Poets" in 2 volumes is one of the best-known works by William Howitt, first published in 1847, that features the biographical accounts of the most distinguished literary figures among the British. Contents: Geoffrey Chaucer Edmund Spenser Shakespeare Abraham Cowley John Milton Samuel Butler John Dryden Joseph Addison John Gay Alexander Pope Dean Swift James Thomson William Shenstone Chatterton Thomas Gray Oliver Goldsmith Robert Burns William Cowper Mrs. Tighe John Keats Percy Bysshe Shelley Lord Byron George Crabbe James Hogg Samuel Taylor Coleridge Felicia Hemans L. E. L. Sir Walter Scott Thomas Campbell Robert Southey Joanna Baillie William Wordsworth James Montgomery Walter Savage Landor Leigh Hunt Samuel Rogers Thomas Moore Ebenezer Elliott John Wilson Waller Bryan Procter Alfred Tennyson Concluding Remarks

Scottish Lasses

By Glynnis Campbell
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  • Publisher : Glynnis Campbell
  • Isbn : 1634800249
  • Pages : 985
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 138
  • File Pdf: scottish-lasses.pdf

Book Summary:

Spirited Highland lasses and the bold heroes who tempt them! From USA Today bestselling author Glynnis Campbell...Meet the lasses in the world of Mary Queen of Scots...Like the Scottish thistle, they're lovely yet tough, beautiful yet prickly, and only the strongest and wisest heroes are able to elude their thorns to discover the tender blossom within. Book 1: MacFARLAND'S LASS A young jeweler to Queen Mary becomes a fugitive for a crime she didn't commit and must rely on the mercy of a heroic huntsman who steals her heart, but who could betray her at any moment. Book 2: MacADAM'S LASS A sword-wielding Scottish war-orphan-turned-spy for Queen Mary has her eye on a suspicious Highlander until they're drawn together by desire and a secret that binds their star-crossed souls. Book 3: MacKENZIE'S LASS The chef to Queen Mary cooks up fiery romance with a spirited Scottish minstrel at the most controversial banquet in Tudor history. More Historical Romances by Glynnis Campbell The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch THE SHIPWRECK (a novella) A YULETIDE KISS (a short story) LADY DANGER CAPTIVE HEART KNIGHT'S PRIZE The Knights of de Ware THE HANDFASTING (a novella) MY CHAMPION MY WARRIOR MY HERO Medieval Outlaws THE REIVER (a novella) DANGER'S KISS PASSION'S EXILE DESIRE'S RANSOM Scottish Lasses THE OUTCAST (a novella) MacFARLAND'S LASS MacADAM'S LASS MacKENZIE'S LASS California Legends NATIVE GOLD NATIVE WOLF NATIVE HAWK

The Cambridge book of poetry and songs

By Ch. Fiske Bates
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  • Publisher : Рипол Классик
  • Isbn : 5874750061
  • Pages :
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 375
  • File Pdf: the-cambridge-book-of-poetry-and-songs.pdf

Book Summary:

The Cambridge book of poetry and songs. Selected from English and American authors

Christmas: Its Origin and Associations

By William Francis Dawson
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 583
  • File Pdf: christmas.pdf

Book Summary:

"In looking at the celebrations of Christmas, at different periods and in different places, I have observed that, whatever views men hold respecting Christ, they all agree that His Advent is to be hailed with joy, and the nearer the forms of festivity have approximated to the teaching of Him who is celebrated the more real has been the joy of those who have taken part in the celebrations. My aim is neither critical nor apologetic, but historical and pictorial: it is not to say what might or ought to have been, but to set forth from extant records what has actually taken place: to give an account of the origin and hallowed associations of Christmas, and to depict, by pen and pencil, the important historical events and interesting festivities of Christmastide. With materials collected from different parts of the world, and from writings both ancient and modern, I have endeavored to give in the present work a chronological account of the celebrations and observances of Christmas. "

The Druid Path

By Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Isbn : 1613102925
  • Pages : 321
  • Category : Ireland
  • Reads : 783
  • File Pdf: the-druid-path.pdf

Book Summary:

Read and download full book The Druid Path

The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Poetry and Poetic Theory

By Thomas J. Collins,Vivienne J. Rundle
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  • Publisher : Broadview Press
  • Isbn : 1770487824
  • Pages :
  • Category : Poetry
  • Reads : 709
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Book Summary:

The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Poetry and Poetic Theory is the most comprehensive collection of poetry from the period ever published. Included are generous selections from the work of all major poets, and a representation of the work of virtually every poet of significance, from Thomas Ashe at the beginning of the era to Charlotte Mew at its end. The work of Victorian women poets features very prominently, with extensive selections not only from canonical poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti, but also from poets such as Augusta Webster for which high claims have recently been made by critics. The anthology reflects (and will contribute to) the ongoing reassessment of the canon that is central to English Studies today; in all, sixty-six poets are represented. The editors have included complete works wherever feasible—including the complete texts of Tennyson’s In Memoriam and of a number of other long poems. A headnote by the editors introduces the work of each poet, and each selection has been newly annotated. The inclusion of twenty-five selections of the poetic theory from the period is an important feature rounding out the anthology. This anthology is also available in a concise edition.

The Tree of Life

By Stephen B. Machnik
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Isbn : 1725285541
  • Pages : 376
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 274
  • File Pdf: the-tree-of-life.pdf

Book Summary:

What if the literary form of the Bible derived its pattern from the elementary process of creation? Is there an underlying symbolic form to the book? The Tree of Life is an analysis of this form and compares it to the operations of the intellect. These operations are the process by which we come to know what is. It also corresponds to the metaphysical elements, which are the core of our being. What becomes evident is that there is a form to human consciousness.

Becoming Super Woman

By Nicole Lapin
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  • Publisher : BenBella Books
  • Isbn : 194883667X
  • Pages : 340
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Reads : 481
  • File Pdf: becoming-super-woman.pdf

Book Summary:

Do you feel daily pressure to keep pushing yourself even when you're stressed and exhausted? It's time to leave Superwoman in the movies, where she belongs, and say hello to being a Super Woman—the best, most productive and balanced version of the hero you already are. For years—maybe your entire life—you've been told that success means having it all and doing it all. But working more and harder is holding you back, not moving you forward. In Becoming Super Woman, New York Times bestselling author Nicole Lapin redefines what it means to be a woman who "has it all"—and shows you how to find lasting success by your own definition, on your own terms. Nicole candidly shares her own story of career burnout and an emergency hospitalization that prompted her to take her mental health seriously for the first time ever. Along the way, she discovered that not only was this priority shift not a defeat, it was the key to unlocking even greater achievements. In her third and most personal book yet, Nicole lays out an actionable, 12-step plan to guide you in taking control and becoming the hero of your own story, with the skills it takes to be a real Super Woman—skills we should (but often don't) learn growing up, from productivity hacks to boundary setting. She makes the case that the real secret to success doesn't hinge on the hustle or degrees you have but in "putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others." In fact, self-care is the biggest asset or liability in our careers—when it's on-point it can help us soar, and when it's neglected it can bring us down faster than anything else. Entertaining, honest, and life-changing, Becoming Super Woman shows you how to banish burnout, ward off a breakdown, and achieve true balance … finally.

The Sacred Tree

By J. H. Philpot
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  • Publisher : London MACMILLAN AND CO
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 136
  • Category : Alcoholism
  • Reads : 897
  • File Pdf: the-sacred-tree.pdf

Book Summary:

The reader is requested to bear in mind that this volume lays no claim to scholarship, independent research, or originality of view. Its aim has been to select and collate, from sources not always easily accessible to the general reader, certain facts and conclusions bearing upon a subject of acknowledged interest. In so dealing with one of the many modes of primitive religion, it is perhaps inevitable that the writer should seem to exaggerate its importance, and in isolating a given series of data to undervalue the significance of the parallel facts from which they are severed. It is undeniable that the worship of the spirit-inhabited tree has usually, if not always, been linked with, and in many cases overshadowed by other cults; that sun, moon, and stars, sacred springs and stones, holy mountains, and animals of the most diverse kind, have all been approached with singular impartiality by primitive man, as enshrining or symbolising a divine principle. But no other form of pagan ritual has been so widely distributed, has left behind it such persistent traces, or appeals so closely to modern sympathies as the worship of the tree; of none is the study better calculated to throw light on the dark ways of primitive thought, or to arouse general interest in a branch of research which is as vigorous and fruitful as it is new. For these reasons, in spite of obvious disadvantages, its separate treatment has seemed to the writer to be completely justifiable.

The Book of Saints and Heroes

By Lang
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 1625583303
  • Pages : 247
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 865
  • File Pdf: the-book-of-saints-and-heroes.pdf

Book Summary:

The first Christians to visit Europe and the British Isles met pagans who told tales of fairies, talking beasts, and other wonderful things. To these marvelous stories, they soon added new ones about the Christian saints. Some were true, others improbable, and many simply fantastic. In the ones we include here, you'll meet the saint who spent seven Easters on a whale's back and the amiable lion who was St. Jerome's friend. You'll see St. George fight the dragon, and you'll read about the fierce wolf St. Francis of Assisi converted. But many of these stories have in them scarcely a wave of the fairy wand. So you'll also find here true tales of great saints such as St. Louis of France, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary-- souls marked by courage, kindness, and piety. These marvelous legends and exciting true stories of Christian saints and heroes will provide many hours of delightful reading to believers and non-believers alike!

White Oak Flats

By Richard Hood
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  • Publisher : Down & Out Books
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 382
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 846
  • File Pdf: white-oak-flats.pdf

Book Summary:

Old-Time Mountain Song There’s a place in Tennessee, just across the line, No one ever goes up there, it’s too rough a climb, You won’t find the name or place wrote on any map, Folks down here ’round Shelton’s Trace calls it White Oak Flats. Hazel Taylor was my wife, and I loved her so, We was married on Shelton’s Trace, fifteen years ago, Now I lie here all alone, wonderin’ on the past, Wonderin’ why she left our home to go to White Oak Flats. I don’t know how he looked at her, I don’t know what he said, I don’t know what he could have done, to turn poor Hazel’s head, Never in her darkest hour, could she imagine that, She’d agree to go with him, up to White Oak Flats. I can see the rocky trail up the mountain side, I can see poor Hazel, now, lying by his side, Folks down here still talks about how it come to pass, Nothing but the silence now, up on White Oak Flats. Hazel Tighrow is a woman born far back in the Appalachian Mountains, in the early decades of the Twentieth Century, who explodes all the stereotypes. Where she “should” be an unlettered drudge, ready to marry young, and produce ten children, she is, instead, a reflective, self-taught, well-read, and sensitive young woman, who desperately wants the freedom to grow into herself. Still, because she is so aware, she knows whence she comes, and tries to fit-in as best she can. She eventually marries a caring young man, George Taylor, and does what she can to settle-in to the life of the mountains. Listen to the author’s recording of the White Oak Flats song played on a fretless gourd-banjo, in the old two-finger style on YouTube.

Poems

By Matthew Arnold
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  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 204
  • Category : Poetry
  • Reads : 574
  • File Pdf: poems.pdf

Book Summary:

Matthew Arnold was an English poet and cultural critic. His poetry is often compared to that of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and Robert Browning. The presented here collection contains some of his early poems, narrative and dramatic lyrics, ballads, and elegiac poems.

The Big Finish

By James W. Hall
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  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Isbn : 1466857897
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 349
  • File Pdf: the-big-finish.pdf

Book Summary:

A year ago Thorn's son, Flynn Moss, disappeared into the eco-underground, his only contact with Thorn a series of postcards chronicling his exploits. But a postcard arrives unlike the others, a call for help, Thorn jumps into action, setting off for North Carolina. But before Thorn arrives, he's intercepted by a federal agent who informs him he's too late—Flynn had been acting as an informant for the FBI, and when his traitorous acts were discovered, he was summarily executed. The agent proposes a scheme to catch Flynn's killer using Thorn as bait. Thorn, full of rage, accepts the job if only to get his hands on his son's killer. The mission takes him to a small town where the gang is holed up, planning an attack on a hog farming operation that has been polluting local rivers and spreading illness through the area. Little by little Thorn discovers that nothing he's been told is true, and the trap they're setting isn't for Flynn's killer, but for his partner, a woman who proves more daring and dangerous than any Thorn's ever met. She's on her own crusade of vengeance, and she and Thorn make an uneasy alliance. With her help Thorn uncovers a conspiracy that stretches far beyond this small Carolina town.