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A memoir of spiritualism and self-discovery from the acclaimed, award-winning author At fifty, Alix Kates Shulman, author of the celebrated feminist novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, left a city life dense with political activism, family and literary community, and went to live alone on an island off the coast of Maine. On a windswept beach, in a cabin with no plumbing, power, or telephone, she found that she was learning to live all over again. In this luminous, spirited book, she charts her subsequent path as she learned not simply the joys of meditative solitude, but to integrate her new awareness into a busy, committed, even hectic mainland life. “A ten-year voyage of discovery . . . Shulman's honesty and sense of inquiry carry us with her all the way--could even, if we were willing, change our lives.” —San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle
While many experts point to the enormous complexity in addressing issues ranging from the destruction of ecosystems to the loss of millions of species, Thich Nhat Hanh identifies one key issue as having the potential to create a tipping point. He believes that we need to move beyond the concept of the "environment," as it leads people to experience themselves and Earth as two separate entities and to see the planet only in terms of what it can do for them. Thich Nhat Hanh points to the lack of meaning and connection in peoples' lives as being the cause of our addiction to consumerism. He deems it vital that we recognize and respond to the stress we are putting on the Earth if civilization is to survive. Rejecting the conventional economic approach, Nhat Hanh shows that mindfulness and a spiritual revolution are needed to protect nature and limit climate change. Love Letter to the Earth is a hopeful book that gives us a path to follow by showing that change is possible only with the recognition that people and the planet are ultimately one and the same.
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Laurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she's still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. Laurel's new life is going well, with a new best friend, a place on the cheerleading squad and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for a boyfriend. Yet Laurel is haunted by voices and memories from her past. When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she immediately falls under its spell, loving the way it erases, even if only briefly, her past. But as she becomes alienated from her friends and family, she becomes a shell of her former self, and longs to be whole again. With help from an artist named Moses and her friend Kaylee, she's able to begin to rewrite her story and start to move on from her addiction. Incorporating Laurel's bittersweet memories of life before and during the hurricane, this is a stunning novel by one of our finest writers. Jacqueline Woodson's haunting - but ultimately hopeful - story is beautifully told and one readers will not want to miss.
Grieving the loss of his wife and ten-month-old daughter, twenty-four-year-old Roy Johnson seeks a change in his life. He leaves his job as a heavy equipment operator in Bentlyville, Pennsylvania, to be nearer to his family in Kansas. Linda Powers mourns the death of her husband Jeff, who died in Spain at the hands of terrorists. When she abandons her job and friends in Litchfield, Ohio, shes not sure exactly where shes going. Lonely and sad, Roy and Linda each embark on their personal odyssey and can not predict what their futures hold. Surely, they will never be able to replace their loved ones. As they drive separately toward St. Louis, Missouri, their paths cross at several rest stops. Their interactions are friendly and polite. But soon, Mother Nature intercedes. When torrential rain storms sweep through the Midwest and a huge levee breaks, water envelops their vehicles and they are forced into the fierce elements. As Roy and Linda depend on each other for survival, their love grows. They wish to spend the rest of their lives together, but they must first survive the brutal flood waters.
The rise of her is the fall of you. The kingdom of this girl is your ring of fire, your raging desire. This girl, this beautiful and gorgeous girl has the power to stop our hearts with one look into her eyes. Those deep dark eyes, within those eyes I can see my beginning and end. I can see her seeing me. This girl, this girl has stopped my heart, frozen in her storm. Her eyes are relentless, relentlessly pulling you into her storm. The storm raging in her is seen trough her eyes. The wind twirling around us all is her moving toward you. The rain falling on us all is your heart melting for her.
The original and best, Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book is the ultimate compact guide. Now in its 36th edition, it is the UK's number one wine book for wine-lovers and professionals. It is the key reference for enthusiasts, investors and collectors and this year's edition boasts up-to-date news on more than 6,000 wines, growers, and regions, plus invaluable vintage information from experts around the world.A new colour supplement focuses on champagne and sparkling wines, while the 'If you like this, try this' section offers the reader alternative wines to try based on those they already drink. More than 200 of Johnson's favourites for 2013 are also included. A complementary app is also available from the Apple App Store.

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