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By Michael Chabon
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Isbn : 0062851306
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Reads : 613
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A brilliant, idiosyncratic collection of introductions and afterwords (plus some liner notes) by New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon—“one of contemporary literature’s most gifted prose stylists” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). In Bookends, Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon offers a compilation of pieces about literature—age-old classics as well as his own—that presents a unique look into his literary origins and influences, the books that shaped his taste and formed his ideas about writing and reading. Chabon asks why anyone would write an introduction, or for that matter, read one. His own daughter Rose prefers to skip them. Chabon's answer is simple and simultaneously profound: "a hope of bringing pleasure for the reader." Likewise, afterwords—they are all about shared pleasure, about the "pure love" of a work of art that has inspired, awakened, transformed the reader. Ultimately, this thought-provoking compendium is a series of love letters and thank-you notes, unified by the simple theme of the shared pleasure of discovery, whether it's the boyhood revelation of the most important story in Chabon's life (Ray Bradbury's "The Rocket Man"); a celebration of "the greatest literary cartographer of the planet Mars" (Edgar Rice Burroughs, with his character John Carter); a reintroduction to a forgotten master of ghost stories (M. R. James, ironically "the happiest of men"); the recognition that the worlds of Wes Anderson's films are reassembled scale models of our own broken reality (as is all art); Chabon's own rude awakening from the muse as he writes his debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh; or a playful parody of lyrical interpretation in the liner notes for Mark Ronson's Uptown Special, the true purpose of which, Chabon insists, is to "spread the gospel of sensible automotive safety and maintenance practices." Galaxies away from academic or didactic, Bookends celebrates wonder—and like the copy of The Phantom Tollbooth handed to young Michael by a friend of his father he never saw again—it is a treasured gift.

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Book Summary:

The folk artists of Italy have created some of the most beautiful crafts in the world: laces, mosaics, leatherwork, quilting, and wood inlay are among the most well-known. In this vintage book, originally published in 1977, Janet and Alex D’Amato explore these traditional Italian crafts as well as others not so well known, such as tambour (a kind of crocheting worked directly into a fabric), straw marquetry (a mosaic-like craft done with tiny pieces of straw), wood carving and quillwork. They explain each craft as it was originally practiced, then adapt it to make contemporary craft pieces. The projects include an embroidered full length apron, a bobbin lace wall hanging, a straw marquetry box, jewelry, and many more. Also included are instructions for a Presepio (a traditional Italian manger scene) and a Pinocchio marionette. Italian Crafts will teach you the traditional folk arts of Italy, and will inspire you to use those folk arts in new and creative ways. There are line drawings and photographs throughout this unique book.

Therapeutic Activities for Children and Teens Coping with Health Issues

By Robyn Hart,Judy Rollins
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Isbn : 9780470933541
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Psychology
  • Reads : 740
  • File Pdf: therapeutic-activities-for-children-and-teens-coping-with-health-issues.pdf

Book Summary:

Winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year 2011 (Category: Maternal And Child Health) Building on children's natural inclinations to pretend and reenact, play therapy is widely used in the treatment of psychological problems in childhood. This book is the only one of its kind with more than 200 therapeutic activities specifically designed for working with children and teenagers within the healthcare system. It provides evidence-based, age-appropriate activities for interventions that promote coping. The activities target topics such as separation anxiety, self-esteem issues, body image, death, isolation, and pain. Mental health practitioners will appreciate its "cookbook" format, with quickly read and implemented activities.

Avalon Calling

By Jennifer Wherrett
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 1499002602
  • Pages : 274
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 884
  • File Pdf: avalon-calling.pdf

Book Summary:

“Your myths and legends tell you Avalon is no longer in your world, hidden from you as it is, by a veil of mist. And so it is. But the veil of mist is within you. Remove the mist, you can. Remove the mist, you must. For, you see, Avalon is your birth right – your rightful heritage. So come, come home. Avalon is calling to you. Come home.” Caitlin Alexander makes an instantaneous decision to leave the fast, frenetic pace of life in London for the peace and quiet of a small English village in the hope of immersing herself in the writing of her fifth book. But her fifth book resists all her attempts to even write its opening pages. And then she stumbles across a story of the mysterious disappearances of twelve people from the village nearly two decades ago, and her fifth book is all but forgotten. Like a bloodhound on a scent, she pursues the story of the disappearances obsessively, relentlessly. And the more she uncovers and discovers, the more she feels herself being pulled into their story by forces beyond her control, like a novice swimmer caught in a rip. As she unravels the mystery of what happened to the twelve people who went missing from the village, she finds herself not just pursuing their story, but becoming a part of it . . . .

What Janie Found

By Caroline B. Cooney
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Laurel Leaf
  • Isbn : 0375892087
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Reads : 214
  • File Pdf: what-janie-found.pdf

Book Summary:

Janie's two families appear to have made peace. Life seems almost normal. Janie has even decided to speak to her former boyfriend, Reeve, again. But then Janie's Connecticut father suffers a sudden stroke, and this tragedy leaves her mother reeling. Janie must step in to manage family finances and to support her mother emotionally. While handling her father's business matters, Janie discovers the one undeniable fact that could destroy both of her beloved families. And she alone must decide what to do.

The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary

By Gary M. Burge,Andrew E. Hill
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Isbn : 1441223444
  • Pages : 1648
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 575
  • File Pdf: the-baker-illustrated-bible-commentary.pdf

Book Summary:

As more and more Christians are involved in teaching in their churches, there is a need for an accessible, engaging commentary that can enhance their understanding of Scripture and aid their teaching. The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary is that resource. This nontechnical, section-by-section commentary on the whole Bible provides reliable and readable interpretations of the Scriptures from forty-two leading evangelical scholars. The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary is a complete revision of the well-known Baker Commentary on the Bible edited by Walter Elwell, now featuring new articles and vibrant full-color images on more than 1,800 pages, complete with photos, maps, and timelines to illustrate the text. This information-packed commentary helps readers gain a deeper understanding of the Bible. Beyond that, it includes practical applications for spiritual and personal guidance, making it invaluable to any believer seeking to get the most out of their Bible study. Pastors and others in teaching ministries looking for a one-volume, evangelical commentary on the Bible will value this resource.

Made for Good Purpose

By Michael McManmon
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Isbn : 9780857004352
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Psychology
  • Reads : 202
  • File Pdf: made-for-good-purpose.pdf

Book Summary:

Many teenagers with Asperger's Syndrome leave school feeling unsure of how to take the next steps in their lives. Leaving the comforts of home and facing the unknown can be daunting, but with the right support and advice these young adults can adapt and enjoy their newly-acquired independence. Filled with useful advice, easy-to-apply techniques, and insights from both the author's own experiences of Asperger's Syndrome and those of his students, this book is a practical guide for helping young adults on the spectrum achieve independence and learn life-long skills of self-knowledge, self-sufficiency, and self-advocacy. With chapters on social skills, handling finances, keeping healthy, and succeeding in higher education or first employment, Dr. McManmon provides the encouragement that any young Aspie needs to make the transition from an adolescent into a happy, confident and engaged adult. This book will be essential reading for parents, young adults with Asperger's Syndrome, high-functioning autism or learning differences, and any professionals who work with them.

Mukho Memories

By Don Haffner
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Dog Ear Publishing
  • Isbn : 1457553848
  • Pages : 406
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 121
  • File Pdf: mukho-memories.pdf

Book Summary:

Mukho Memories Don Haffner was a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea from 1972 through 1975. He taught ESL (English as a Second Language) to first-year middle school students in the town of Mukho, Gangwon Province. In the summer of 1975, Don also served as a Volunteer TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Instructor for the K-35 (Peace Corps/Korea’s 35th) training program. Mukho Memories is the humorous and entertaining story of Don Haffner’s Peace Corps Service. Peace Corps/Korea Peace Corps volunteers served in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) from 1966 through 1981. The majority of volunteers who served in Korea during this fifteen-year period taught English as a Second Language. Others served in various health programs. By 1981 South Korea was rapidly developing into the modern capitalist and democratic nation that it is today, and Peace Corps ended all its programs in the country.

George MacDonald: A Writer's Life

By Michael Phillips
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rosetta Books
  • Isbn : 0795352735
  • Pages : 910
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 983
  • File Pdf: george-macdonald.pdf

Book Summary:

The leading MacDonald scholar and biographer presents the most comprehensive work to date on the 19th century author’s life and work. Best known for his fiction and fairy tales, such as the immortal classics Robert Falconer and At the Back of the North Wind, the Victorian author and theologian George MacDonald inspired some of the greatest writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Most notably, C.S. Lewis credits MacDonald’s books with inspiring his works of fantasy fiction as well as putting him on the path to Christianity. In this major biographical work, MacDonald scholar Michael Phillips examines how the events of the author’s life contributed to his work and legacy. Referring to this volume as a “bibliographic biography,” Phillips brings his expertise to bear on the complete corpus of MacDonald’s fiction, pointing out each book’s essential themes, and offering insights into how each title can be most perceptively be read.