The Aran Islands are among the most finely wrought land-masses in the western world. Their antiquity, diversity and cultural richness have made them a source of fascination for writers, romantics, naturalists, linguists, archaeologists, anthropologists and artists, provoking a variety of responses now inscribed upon Ireland's history and literature. An Aran Reader encompasses folklore, fiction, botany, ethnography and autobiography from a wide variety of writers - from Giraldus Cambrensis to Tim Robinson, James Joyce to Derek Mahon, Liam O'Flaherty to Máirtín ó Direáin, Lady Gregory to Seamus Heaney,
'This captivating anthology catches both the essence of the Romantic view of Aran and the impossibility of exaggerating very much about these three incredible rafts of windswept limestone. An Aran Reader has passages of vivid description and narrative that left me almost breathless.- Michael Viney, The Irish Times
'From prehistoric times the Aran Islands have attracted the curious, the missioners, the adventurers ... a fascinating and beautiful anthology.' - The Sunday Press
At the touch of emotion, the "Dance with Destiny" becomes one of the greatest timeless biographical novel.
Real or not real? Real, this incredible story is true and its dramatic twists and turns go far beyond anything we could imagine. For those who love with soul there is no such thing as separation.
The Second World War story of the passionate and tragic affair between Betty Bjurström, the beautiful, famous dancer, and Renato Senise, film producer and Allied intelligence agent, has taken on an almost mythical dimension.
Like all myths, it is based on conflicting accounts and anecdotes. Accordingly, it would be almost impossible to untangle the final facts in Renato’s complex life — it is an almost novelistic attempt to portray two remarkable characters whose feelings for one another were perhaps too much to bear.
Enjoyable reading as living through the passions and adventures of the leading characters as they are drawn into “A Dance with Destiny”.
This anthology edited by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Empathy Exams offers “essays that are challenging, passionate, sobering, and clever” (Publishers Weekly). “The essay is political—and politically useful, by which I mean humanizing and provocative—because of its commitment to nuance, its explorations of contingency, its spirit of unrest, its glee at overturned assumptions; because of the double helix of awe and distrust—faith and doubt—that structures its DNA,” writes guest editor Leslie Jamison in her introduction to this volume. The essays she has compiled in The Best American Essays 2017 “thrill toward complexity.” From the Iraqi desert to an East Jerusalem refugee camp, and from the beginnings of the universe to the aftermath of a suicide attempt, these essays bring us, time and again, to the thorny intersection of personal experience and public discourse. The Best American Essays 2017 includes entries by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Lawrence Jackson, Rachel Kushner, Alan Lightman, Bernard Farai Matambo, Wesley Morris, Heather Sellers, Andrea Stuart, and others.
As probably the world's most experienced long distance walker who also writes, Chris Townsend has many stories to tell and many photographs with which to illustrate them. Of all his adventures, those he enjoyed on America's Pacific Crest Trail in the 80s are among his favourites. The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada through desert, forest and mountain wildernesses. In Rattlesnakes and Bald Eagles Chris recounts not only his own six-month walk but also the longer story of the Trail itself, sharing his ideas and reflections on how the trail is developing, its future and consequent challenges.
Think and Grow Rich is a motivational personal development and self-help book written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by a suggestion from Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie. While the title implies that this book deals only with how to get rich, the author explains that the philosophy taught in the book can be used to help people succeed in all lines of work and to do or be almost anything they want.
The highly anticipated memoir from hip-hop icon Rick Ross chronicles his coming of age amid Miami's crack epidemic, his star-studded controversies and his unstoppable rise to fame.Rick Ross is an indomitable presence in the music industry, but few people know his full story. Now, for the first time, Ross offers a vivid, dramatic and unexpectedly candid account of his early childhood, his tumultuous adolescence and his dramatic ascendancy in the world of hip-hop.Born William Leonard Roberts II, Ross grew up "across the bridge," in a Miami at odds with the glitzy beaches, nightclubs and yachts of South Beach. In the aftermath of the 1980 race riots and the Mariel boatlift, Ross came of age at the height of the city's crack epidemic, when home invasions and execution-style killings were commonplace. Still, in the midst of the chaos and danger that surrounded him, Ross flourished, first as a standout high school football player and then as a dope boy in Carol City's notorious Matchbox housing projects. All the while he honed his musical talent, overcoming setback after setback until a song called "Hustlin'" changed his life forever.From the making of "Hustlin'" to his first major label deal with Def Jam, to the controversy surrounding his past as a correctional officer and the numerous health scares, arrests and feuds he had to transcend along the way, Hurricanes is a revealing portrait of one of the biggest stars in the rap game, and an intimate look at the birth of an artist.
“[A] candid and enlivening story of one surgeon’s path from addiction to recovery. Take time to nurture your soul with this honest account.” —Gay Hendricks, PhD, New York Times–bestselling author of The Big Leap To Hell and Back chronicles the life of Dr. Steven B. Heird and the battle with addiction that put his loving family, booming medical practice, and years of education at risk. After a spiritual awakening in a rehabilitation hospital, he began to see light and love in all places—finally able to identify the things that made him experience true happiness. In addition to sharing his own harrowing yet hope-filled journey, Heird offers twelve unique prescriptions—intended to guide readers on their own path to awareness. “Once you read this book you will have something ‘refillable’ that will never run out for a life you absolutely love living. This book is medicine for your soul.” —Mary Morrissey, bestselling author of Brave Thinking
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