The Silent Songbird

The Silent Songbird
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-11-08
ISBN: 0718026586
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silent Songbird Book Excerpt:

From New York Times bestselling author comes The Silent Songbird! Evangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave Westley le Wyse. Can he help her discover the freedom to sing again? Desperate to flee a political marriage to her cousin King Richard II’s closest advisor, Lord Shiveley—a man twice her age with shadowy motives—Evangeline runs away and joins a small band of servants journeying back to Glynval, their home village. Pretending to be mute, she gets to know Westley le Wyse, their handsome young leader, who is intrigued by the beautiful servant girl. But when the truth comes out, it may shatter any hope that love could grow between them. More than Evangeline’s future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens England’s monarchy.Should she give herself up to protect the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

A Melanie Dickerson Collection II

A Melanie Dickerson Collection II
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 960
Release: 2018-05-29
ISBN: 071807470X
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Melanie Dickerson Collection II Book Excerpt:

Two novels from New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson are now available in a low-priced, one-volume e-collection! The Silent Songbird Evangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave Westley le Wyse. Can he help her discover the freedom to sing again? More than Evangeline’s future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to protect the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne? The Noble Servant Magdalen lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant. When a handsome shepherd befriends her, Magdalen and the shepherd uncover a sinister plot. She might just gain what she’s always wanted . . .if she makes it in time. New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson beautifully re-imagines The Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm into a medieval tale of adventure, loss, and love.

The Silent Woman

The Silent Woman
Author: Katharine Laura
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 138
Release: 2022-02-06
ISBN: 1669802493
Category: Poetry
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silent Woman Book Excerpt:

This collection of poems was written over a period of almost 20 years, in Switzerland, where the author resided as a foreigner. The poems were inspired by nature and the mystical feelings it induces, as well as by a quest to comprehend this state of being called life - from our very limited human standpoint. Some poems are related to deeply personal experiences; others embracegenerally the human condition and its psychology. Depending on the spontaneous feelings at the time a poem took form, it would be composed in english or french - whichever language best suited the ambience of the moment. The french poems have been recently translated – which was difficult and a new experience for the author. An endeavor was made to re-create the same mood and tone of the originals.

Sammy the Silent Songbird

Sammy the Silent Songbird
Author: Tanya Provines
Publsiher: Blurb
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2015-04-28
ISBN: 9781320755146
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sammy the Silent Songbird Book Excerpt:

Inspired by her differently abled son, and by the little birds who build their nests inside the dryer vent pipes in her apartment building, the author wrote Sammy the Silent Songbird to encourage children of all abilities to value the qualities that make each of them unique.

Honeycomb

Honeycomb
Author: Joanne M Harris
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2021-06-03
ISBN: 1473214025
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Honeycomb Book Excerpt:

An astonishing, richly interwoven story from #1 bestselling author Joanne M. Harris (The Gospel of Loki, Chocolat), beautifully illustrated by the multiple award-winning Charles Vess (Stardust, The Books of Earthsea). Long ago and far away, Far away and long ago, The World was honeycomb, we know, The Worlds were honeycomb. The beauty of stories is that you never know where they will take you. Full of dreams and nightmares, Honeycomb is an entrancing mosaic novel of original fairy tales from bestselling author Joanne M. Harris and legendary artist Charles Vess in a collaboration that's been years in the making. Dark, gripping, and brilliantly imaginative, these magical tales will soon have you in their thrall. Each original tale is a small piece of the larger picture - a clue or a message, a theme, or a warning - interwoven with the tale of the Lacewing King as he travels the Worlds and encounters a multitude of characters: a toymaker who wants to create the perfect wife; a princess whose heart is won by words, not actions; a tiny dog whose confidence far outweighs his size; and the vengeful Spider Queen, and deadly Harlequin . . . Turn the page, and be swept up in the adventure. Perfect for fans of Sandman, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye, Piranesi and The Midnight Library, this tour de force is a beautiful achievement, from two exceptional creators at the top of their game.

The Isle A Prequel

The Isle  A Prequel
Author: K L Jones
Publsiher: Kirsten Jones
Total Pages: 600
Release: 2019-08-29
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Isle A Prequel Book Excerpt:

‘What will be when we begin, will not always be. We will make a foundation, and the future will be built upon it. There will be errors, and we will learn from those. A perfect land cannot be made, only achieved. We must learn what it is to live together. We must find that rarest of things: the state of acceptance.’

Questing for berjoy

Questing for   berjoy
Author: Konrad Ventana
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2011-08-01
ISBN: 146202954X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Questing for berjoy Book Excerpt:

They called her “Überjoy,” but her real name was Joycelyn Eberhard. She was a finalist in the Miss Teen Idaho beauty pageant, but now she’s gone missing—in China, no less. Her fiancé, Orion, worried when she signed up for the Peace Corps, but he never expected something like this. Her disappearance is shattering to him, so he has no choice but to head overseas and search for the woman he loves. His search takes him to the remote Himalaya Mountains in Nepal and Tibet, where getting help from local authorities is not as easy as he would have hoped. He is forced to seek assistance elsewhere, from intrepid special operations mercenaries and unorthodox mountaineering guides. Soon, Orion’s search targets not only his fiancé, but the meaning of life itself. Set in the mountains of China—where earth meets sky in more ways than one—Questing for Überjoy is a quest for love. It is also a quest for meaning, as Eastern culture surrounds heroic Orion and teaches him more about himself than any experience in America. One moment philosophical and the next filled with danger, it is a story that could change your life and send you on your own quest for mountaintop enlightenment.

The Orphan s Wish

The Orphan s Wish
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-06-26
ISBN: 071807484X
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Orphan s Wish Book Excerpt:

A reimagining of the beloved folktale, Aladdin, set in medieval Germany. Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, faraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break. Even as a child, Aladdin works hard, learning all he can from his teachers. Through his integrity, intelligence, and sheer tenacity, he earns a position serving as the duke’s steward. But that isn’t enough to erase the shame of being forced to steal as a small child—or the fact that he’s an orphan with no status. If he ever wants to feel equal to his beautiful and generous friend Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune. Yet once Aladdin departs, Lady Kirstyn becomes a pawn in a terrible plot. Now, Aladdin and Kirstyn must rely on their bond to save her from unexpected danger. But will saving Kirstyn cost Aladdin his newfound status and everything he’s worked so hard to obtain? An enchanting new version of the well-known tale, The Orphan’s Wish tells a story of courage and loyalty, friendship and love, and reminds us what “family” really means. Full length clean fairy tale reimagining Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Court of Swans

Court of Swans
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2021-01-05
ISBN: 0785234020
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Court of Swans Book Excerpt:

Where there is wealth and power, there’s always someone willing to do anything to take it. When Delia's father dies, her stepmother accuses her seven brothers of treasonous crimes. Seeking to free them from Richard II's grasp, Delia's only ally is Sir Geoffrey, the man who arrested them. Can she trust him? England, 1381: Delia’s idyllic life as daughter of an earl is shattered when her father dies and his wife accuses Delia’s seven brothers of treason and murder. The youngest is only ten years old, but this doesn’t stop the guards from hauling them off to the Tower of London. There they await a grim fate, as child-king Richard II is executing anyone who poses a threat to his throne. Delia is their only hope for pardon and freedom. Sir Geoffrey did not expect his first assignment as captain of the guard to be the arrest of boys so young. He dutifully imprisons the brothers, but he can’t ignore the feeling, rooted in personal experience, that injustice and treachery are at work. Determined to rescue her brothers, Delia secures a position as a seamstress for the queen. Her quest is all but impossible as the executions continue. Sir Geoffrey offers to be her ally, but should she trust him in a court where everyone has an agenda? From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a tender retelling of “The Wild Swans,” where the virtues of loyalty and love face a harrowing showdown with power and fear. The first installment in a brand-new series set in England: The Dericott Tales Book 1: Court of Swans Book 2: Castle of Refuge Book 3: Veil of Winter Full-length clean fairy-tale reimagining Includes discussion questions for book clubs

The Peasant s Dream

The Peasant s Dream
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-07-07
ISBN: 0785228349
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Peasant s Dream Book Excerpt:

The duke's daughter, Adela, masquerades as a peasant for a small taste of freedom . . . until she falls in love with a commoner who has no idea who she really is. In this reverse reimagining of the Cinderella story, secrets and dangerous enemies threaten a fairy-tale romance. Adela, daughter of the powerful Duke of Hagenheim, is rarely allowed outside the castle walls. Longing for freedom, one day she sneaks away to the market disguised as a peasant. There, she meets a handsome young woodcarver named Frederick. Frederick is a poor farmer and the sole provider for his family, and he often has to defend his mother from his father’s drunken rages. He dreams of making a living carving beautiful images into wood, and he is thrilled when the Bishop of Hagenheim commissions him to carve new doors for the cathedral. As Frederick works on the project, he and Adela meet almost daily, and it doesn’t take long for them to fall in love. Even as their relationship grows, her true identity remains hidden from him, and he believes she is a commoner like him. When disaster separates them, Adela and Frederick find themselves caught in the midst of deceptions far more dangerous than innocent disguises. As the powerful lords set against them proceed with their villainous plans, secrets emerge that put Frederick and Adela’s future at risk. Full-length, clean fairy-tale reimagining The final Hagenheim story; can be read as a stand-alone Includes discussion questions for book clubs Also by Melanie Dickerson: The Golden Braid, The Silent Songbird, and The Orphan’s Wish

The Piper s Pursuit

The Piper s Pursuit
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-12-03
ISBN: 0785228055
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Piper s Pursuit Book Excerpt:

A fairy-tale journey of intrigue and romance that reimagines the classic Pied Piper story. A plague of rats. A giant beast outside the village walls. A host of missing children. And one young woman determined to save her people. In 1424 Hamlin, Katerina faces threats from all sides. An outbreak of rats has overtaken the village, a mysterious beast is on a killing rampage of the village’s children, and Katerina’s evil stepfather is a dark presence inside the walls of her own home. Katerina is determined to hunt and kill the Beast of Hamlin herself before more lives are lost. When Steffan, the handsome but brash duke’s son, comes to town seeking glory and reward, Katerina decides he might be the ally she’s been looking for—even though the only gentle thing about him seems to be the sweet music he plays on his pipe. But there’s more to Steffan than she suspects, and she finds herself drawn to him despite her misgivings. Together Katerina and Steffan must stop the enemy from stealing the children of Hamlin. But their interference might create an even worse fate for the entire village. Praise for The Piper’s Pursuit “The Piper’s Pursuit is a lovely tale of adventure, romance, and redemption. Kat and Steffan’s righteous quest will have you rooting them on until the very satisfying end!” —LORIE LANGDON, author of Olivia Twist and the DOON series Full length clean fairy tale reimagining Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Castle of Refuge

Castle of Refuge
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2021-06-01
ISBN: 0785234055
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Castle of Refuge Book Excerpt:

In this Ugly Duckling retelling, New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson brilliantly crafts a high-stakes, encouraging tale about a brave young woman, the true meaning of beauty, and the power of love. Ever since she was a child, Audrey wanted her life to be extraordinary. But as the daughter of a viscount born in late fourteenth-century England, the only thing expected of her was to marry—until an act of malice by her sister, Maris, four years ago damaged her face and her prospects. Though Maris was sent away, twenty-year-old Audrey is still suffering the scars of her sister’s cruelty. When her father announces his plans to marry off his damaged daughter and bring Maris home, Audrey decides to flee in search of her true destiny. Life outside her home is dangerous, and Audrey soon finds herself attacked, sick, and in desperate need of help. She is taken in at Dericott Castle to be nursed back to health. While there, she decides to keep her identity a secret and work as a servant in the castle. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with the young and handsome Lord Dericott, who lost his arm several months earlier and bears scars of his own. Meanwhile, Edwin—Lord Dericott—is curious about the new, well-educated servant’s identity. All he knows is that he’s quickly becoming smitten with her. When the man Audrey’s father wanted her to marry comes looking for her, she and Edwin must make life-changing decisions about what to believe and whether or not love is truly worth trusting. Praise for Castle of Refuge: “When it comes to happily-ever-afters, Melanie Dickerson is the undisputed queen.”—Julie Lessman, award-winning author Full-length clean fairy-tale reimagining Second in a brand-new series set in England: The Dericott Tales Includes discussion questions for book clubs

The Warrior Maiden

The Warrior Maiden
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-02-05
ISBN: 0718074866
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Warrior Maiden Book Excerpt:

She is expected to marry, cook, and have children—and instead she’s sneaking off to war. Can she manage to stay alive, save her mother, and keep the handsome son of a duke from discovering her secret? The Warrior Maiden is a reimagining of the classic Mulan tale in medieval Europe. When Mulan takes her father’s place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this journey her whole life—and that her life, and her mother’s, depends on her success. As the adopted daughter of poor parents, Mulan has little power in the world. If she can’t prove herself on the battlefield, she could face death—or, perhaps worse, marriage to the village butcher. Disguised as a young man, Mulan meets the German duke’s son, Wolfgang, who is determined to save his people even if it means fighting against his own brother. Wolfgang is exasperated by the new soldier who always seems to be one step away from disaster—or showing him up in embarrassing ways. From rivals to reluctant friends, Mulan and Wolfgang begin to share secrets. But war is an uncertain time and dreams can die as quickly as they are born. When Mulan receives word of danger back home, she must make the ultimate choice. Can she be the son her bitter father never had? Or will she become the strong young woman she was created to be? This fresh twist on the classic tale takes us to fifteenth-century Lithuania where both love and war challenge the strongest of heroes. Praise for The Warrior Maiden: “In this fantastic retelling, Dickerson brings to life a completely new aspect of the medieval era . . . Discover castles, battles, beliefs, and injustices alongside Wolfgang and Mulan . . .” —Hope by the Book Full length clean fairy tale retelling Stand-alone novel in the Hagenheim Series by New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Uncaging the Silent Songbird

Uncaging the Silent Songbird
Author: Ava Devlin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2021-05
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Uncaging the Silent Songbird Book Excerpt:

Jailbreaks, missing operatives, rogue agents, and simmering tension are only the beginning. Kit Cooper never wanted to be a spy. In fact, he'd like to be left alone with his orchards and his plan for the future, thank you very much. The Silver Leaf Society, however, has given him little choice. Gigi Dempierre has spent her life locked away, sheltered from the world outside. This mission is her first and only opportunity to finally break free. These unlikely partners are sent sleuthing on behalf of a realm at war, with no training and no guidance. Left to their own devices, they find themselves alone with their simmering chemistry, no chaperone, and the intoxicating freedom of anonymity. Thrust into the secret worlds of London, from the crime-infested cobbled streets of Seven Dials to the eccentric enclaves of the demi-monde, the pair must don disguises, assume false identities, lie to the authorities, and ... perhaps most impossibly of all ... keep their hands off one another. As they fall deeper into the intrigue of the Silver Leaf, they begin to question their mission. If they are to succeed, impossible decisions must be made. Duty or desire? Freedom or family? Loyalty or love? Uncaging the Silent Songbird is the second installment in Ava Devlin's new series, The Silver Leaf Seductions. If you love sweet and steamy Regency romances, complex and endearing characters, and a touch of mystery, this is the book for you. Grab your copy today!

Building on Borrowed Time

Building on Borrowed Time
Author: Lukas Ley
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-11-23
ISBN: 1452962898
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Building on Borrowed Time Book Excerpt:

A timely ethnography of how Indonesia’s coastal dwellers inhabit the “chronic present” of a slow-motion natural disaster Ice caps are melting, seas are rising, and densely populated cities worldwide are threatened by floodwaters, especially in Southeast Asia. Building on Borrowed Time is a timely and powerful ethnography of how people in Semarang, Indonesia, on the north coast of Java, are dealing with this global warming–driven existential challenge. In addition to antiflooding infrastructure breaking down, vast areas of cities like Semarang and Jakarta are rapidly sinking, affecting the very foundations of urban life: toxic water oozes through the floors of houses, bridges are submerged, traffic is interrupted. As Lukas Ley shows, the residents of Semarang are constantly engaged in maintaining their homes and streets, trying to live through a slow-motion disaster shaped by the interacting temporalities of infrastructural failure, ecological deterioration, and urban development. He casts this predicament through the temporal lens of a “meantime,” a managerial response that means a constant enduring of the present rather than progress toward a better future—a “chronic present.” Building on Borrowed Time takes us to a place where a flood crisis has already arrived—where everyday residents are not waiting for the effects of climate change but are in fact already living with it—and shows that life in coastal Southeast Asia is defined not by the temporality of climate science but by the lived experience of tidal flooding.

Color Your Own Children s Book Sammy the Silent Songbird

Color Your Own Children s Book Sammy the Silent Songbird
Author: Tanya Provines
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 50
Release: 2015-12-16
ISBN: 9781522794288
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Color Your Own Children s Book Sammy the Silent Songbird Book Excerpt:

Unique among adult coloring books, Color Your Own Children's Book: Sammy the Silent Songbird, allows the colorist to relax and enjoy the stress relieving benefits of coloring while creating a one of a kind gift for any special child. The cover has a matte finish which can also be colored. The title page includes "Colored by" and "Presented to" blanks for personalization. Imagine the look of joy on your child's or grandchild's face when they see that you took the time to color this beautiful story book for them. Sammy the Silent Songbird tells the story of a little wren who was born without the ability to sing. Little Crow teases Sammy who then withdraws to the safety of his nest. It is during this time of solitude that Sammy discovers his special gift. Seeking safety from a frightening storm, the same birds who teased him soon are amazed and admiring of Sammy and his ability. Rather than being resentful, Sammy happily shares his talent with Little Crow and all the little birds. Illustrations are in greyscale. Colored pencils, eye shadow, and other dry media are recommended for coloring.

Havana Noir

Havana Noir
Author: Achy Obejas
Publsiher: Akashic Books
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2007-10-01
ISBN: 1936070235
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Havana Noir Book Excerpt:

“[A] superb collection . . . The 18 stories by current and former residents of Havana are gritty, heartbreaking and capture the city.” —Orlando Sentinel To most outsiders, Havana is a tropical sin city. Habaneros know that this is neither new nor particularly true. In the real Havana—the lawless Havana that never appears in the postcards or tourist guides—the concept of sin has been banished by the urgency of need. And need—aching and hungry—inevitably turns the human heart darker, feral, and criminal. In this Havana, crime, though officially vanquished by revolutionary decree, is both wistfully quotidian and personally vicious. In the stories of Havana Noir, current and former residents of the city—some international sensations such as Leonardo Padura, others exciting new voices like Yohamna Depestre—uncover crimes of violence and loveless sex, of mental cruelty and greed, of self-preservation and collective hysteria. Other authors include: Pablo Medina, Alex Abella, Arturo Arango, Lea Aschkenas, Moisés Asís, Arnaldo Correa, Mabel Cuesta, Michel Encinosa Fú, Mylene Fernández Pintado, Carolina García-Aguilera, Miguel Mejides, Achy Obejas, Oscar F. Ortíz, Ena Lucía Portela, Mariela Varona Roque, and Yoss. “[A] remarkable collection . . . gritty tales of deprivation, depravity, heroic perseverance, revolution and longing in a city mythical and widely misunderstood.” —The Miami Herald

Phone

Phone
Author: Will Self
Publsiher: Grove Press
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2018-01-09
ISBN: 0802189393
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Phone Book Excerpt:

The new novel from Booker-shortlisted Will Self completes his trilogy, begun with Umbrella, and continued with Shark—a highly praised exploration of technology and psychopathology from World War I to WikiLeaks, a story of love, death, and madness Published to rave reviews in the United Kingdom, Phone tells the story of two men: Zack Busner and Jonathan De’Ath. Busner is a psychiatrist who has made his name through his unorthodox treatment of psychological damage, such as giving the controversial drug L-DOPA to patients ravaged by encephalitis, or administering LSD to World War II PTSD-sufferers. But now Busner’s own mind is fraying: Alzheimer’s is shredding his memory and his newest possession is a shiny smartphone given to him by his introverted grandson Ben. Meanwhile, Jonathan De’Ath, aka “the Butcher,” is an MI6 man who remains a mystery even to those closest to him, be it his washed-up old university lecturer father, his jumbling-bumbling mother, his hippy-dippy brothers, his spooky colleagues or multitudinous lovers. All of De’Ath’s acquaintances apply the “Butcher” epithet to him, and perhaps there is only one person who thinks of him with tenderness, a man he keeps top secret, encrypted in the databanks of his steely mind: Colonel Gawain Thomas, husband, father, highly-trained tank commander, and Jonathan De’Ath’s long-time lover. As Busner’s mind totters and Jonathan and Gawain’s affair teeters, they come to face the interconnectedness of all lives, online and off, while an irritating phone continues to ring... ring... ring...

Memorializing Animals during the Romantic Period

Memorializing Animals during the Romantic Period
Author: Chase Pielak
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 178
Release: 2016-04-22
ISBN: 131709784X
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Memorializing Animals during the Romantic Period Book Excerpt:

Early nineteenth-century British literature is overpopulated with images of dead and deadly animals, as Chase Pielak observes in his study of animal encounters in the works of Charles and Mary Lamb, John Clare, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, and William Wordsworth. These encounters, Pielak suggests, coincide with anxieties over living alongside both animals and cemeteries in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-centuries. Pielak traces the linguistic, physical, and psychological interruptions occasioned by animal encounters from the heart of communal life, the table, to the countryside, and finally into and beyond the wild cemetery. He argues that Romantic period writers use language that ultimately betrays itself in beastly disruptions exposing anxiety over what it means to be human, what happens at death, the consequences of living together, and the significance of being remembered. Extending his discussion past an emphasis on animal rights to an examination of animals in their social context, Pielak shows that these animal representations are both inherently important and a foreshadowing of the ways we continue to need images of dead and deadly Romantic beasts.

The Beautiful Pretender

The Beautiful Pretender
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-05-17
ISBN: 0718026292
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beautiful Pretender Book Excerpt:

From New York Times bestselling author comes The Beautiful Pretender! After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise? The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character. Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea. Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences