Description : More than seventy years after its publication in 1936, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind has never been out of print. An icon of American culture, it has had similar success abroad, popular in Japan, Russia, and post–World War II Europe, among other places and times. This work analyzes the continuations of Mitchell’s novel: the authorized sequels, Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley and Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig; the unauthorized parody The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall and a politically correct parody; and the many fan fiction stories posted online. The book also explores Gone with the Wind’s ambiguous ending, the perceived need to publish an authorized sequel, and the legal battle to determine who may re-write Gone with the Wind.
Description : I grew up in Berlin Germany as a Dutch citizen under the Nazis. In my 2008 book "Under and Up Again" I told my story of how I survived and was able to move on with life. My cousin's written account of visiting her grandparents, uncles and aunts resurfaced in an old file. I translated it from the Dutch to English and it brought back fond memories of the relatives I remember and I wanted to know more about their lives. As I started to research this family, a new door was opened wide, revealing strong and independent people, who successfully battled the forever threatening ocean at their doorsteps, survived concentration camps, hunger, and had built windmills to keep the ocean at bay. I found artists, scientists, inventors, missionaries and diplomats, all of the highest order, each one colorful and exciting, contributingt to the world around us.
Description : Michaela’s life is abruptly turned upside down when her parents announced that she is to be wed to her childhood friend, Walter, on the night of her eighteenth birthday. Her dream of going to college and achieving her own goals are shattered, and the walls seem to be closing in around her as she realizes that her life’s purpose will be to do nothing more than be Walter’s wife and help him run the family law firm. Her love interest, Landon, doesn’t understand why she can’t just tell her parents no and not go through with the arranged marriage, but they don’t even know that she has been dating him for the last several months. Michaela knows that even if they did know about Landon that they wouldn’t approve. Landon is from the poor side of town, and in Michaela’s parents’ eyes, he would not be fit to marry her, but she loves him all the same. To make matters worse, her cousin, Windi, is head over heels in love with Walter. They have been in an on-again off-again relationship for years, but Windi has always believed that she and Walter were meant to one day be married. She is heartbroken when she hears of Michaela’s engagement to Walter and comes up with the desperate plan to get pregnant by Walter in hopes that it will stop the wedding that none of them want to happen. Walter, on the other hand, intends to go through with the wedding out of respect to his parents despite the fact that he does not love Michaela, which only makes both Windi and Landon angry with him and frustrates Michaela to no end. As the wedding plans are put into motion, Landon becomes more and more desperate to stop it. When Michaela refuses to run away with him, he only becomes more agitated trying to think of way to stop his true love from entering into a marriage that neither she nor the groom actually wants.
Description : This book contains 15 stories and 48 poems. Four of the stories are works of fiction. Some of the stories, for example, Life on a sugar plantation in colonial Guyana, contain a lot of information of historical significance that has previously been unrecorded and could well be lost in the passage of time. I was born in 1945 on Springlands Sugar Estate where we lived in a small cottage in the estate compound behind and west of the District Commissioners Office building. The story about life on a British colonial sugar plantation is drawn from personal experience and it is told in the voice of someone who actually lived that life. The story entitled: Going to America represents todays reality of Guyanese who have left, leaving, or trying to leave Guyana. The expatriate Guyanese community, particularly in North America, should certainly be able to relate to that experience. Many of my compatriots were forced to undergo a second traumatic deracination for economic and political reasons, lack of opportunity in the homeland, no jobs, no viable future, and other reasons, when they emigrated to Britain, United States of America, Canada, the West Indies, and other places. The ancestors of Afro-Guyanese were dragged out of Africa and brought to the New World as slaves. The forefathers of Indo-Guyanese were lured to British Guiana by deception and false promises and became bound coolies trapped in a form of indentured servitude that some regard as another form of slavery. The second Guyanese uprooting and displacement, though done largely voluntarily, was no less disruptive, frightening, emotionally turbulent, and difficult than the first one either from Africa or India. Life for these people in a new land, very often in hostile climatic conditions quite unlike the tropical conditions in the homeland, was difficult, harrowing, stressful, tumultuous, psychologically traumatic, and distressing for new emigrants. The history of the Guyanese people is written in blood, sweat, tears, suffering, and misery. The children of the new Guyanese diaspora will subsequently have their own story to tell about life in an alien land. It has been said that it is easy for the poor to escape from a poor nation but it is not so easy for them to escape poverty in a rich nation. Emigrants, particularly those of an older generation, who are set in their ways, often experience extreme difficulties acculturating and assimilating into a different society and adjusting to an alien way of life. They are often relegated to a shadowy existence in the marginalized immigrant community standing on the periphery of an alien culture looking in and experiencing loneliness, hopelessness, helplessness, and lacking a sense of belonging. Refer to the poem in this book entitled: Living in a place where you were not born for some insights on this issue. Stories such as: Hunting birds with slingshots in Guyana, Making and flying kites in Guyana, Catching mullet at No. 73 waterside, Notorious fowl thieves of the village, and When you really know it was Christmas time, can elicit strong nostalgia and sentimental memories of youthful experiences so pleasurable and engrossing that it could cause you to yearn for a past life that was simple, care-free, full of wonderful remembrances and recollections. When I think of the wonderful life I once lived at Clonbrook, I am a young lad all over again and I am happy. Those who lived that life and had fond memories of it should certainly share these stories with their children and grandchildren. Make these stories more real and fascinating by adding your own memories and experiences as you read them to your descendants. After all, everybody has a story to tell. There are forty eight poems in this compilation that are sure to evoke emotions and nostalgia. Many deal with subject matters pertaining to the Corentyne. The reason for that is simple. I was born and raised in the Upper Corentyne and I hold lots of treasured an
Description : Abandonment, bigamy, crib deaths, single mothers struggling to raise families - these are not new age phenomena. Mollie Tidwell knew them all as well as she knew her own family. But how well was that? In the late 1800’s these truths were swept under the parlor rug. Mollie Tidwell was born near Springfield, Illinois, an only child. When she was four her mother died and she was given away to the Indians. In summary this sounds a fearful thing but in reality it was Mollie’s rebirth. Surrounded by love she became a young women of promise whose only goal was to marry and find security and love in her own home. She came the full circle in adjusting to her different lives: from the white society; to Indian; to quarter-blood; to white. But, the Cherokee Indian teachings were the lasting influences for her. The story finally had to be written when a relative shared a memory that Mollie had told of her Grandfather who would ride a tall white horse to the edge of the Tidwell property for a secret visit. He would bring her an apple for a treat. The theme of this story? Mollie’s family became her possessions. When death tried to take them away she would not let them go. What she had to learn was that your children were a gift to be returned to God. Before she died she realized that she must forgive them for dying and release their earth bound spirits. It was a race against time for her.
Description : The turbulent romance of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler is shaped by the ravages of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Description : Since the development of photography in the mid-nineteenth century, the camera has been used as a tool of both discovery and preservation. Photographs bring alive our image of the past, and can open a floodgate of memories and nostalgia or inspire curiosity and a sense of history. Originally founded by a fishing company from Dorchester, England, in 1623, Gloucester has always been linked to fishing and the sea. By 1870 Gloucester was the leading fishing port in the Western Hemisphere, and its great fleet of fast, white-winged schooners ranged deep into the heart of the Atlantic in search of cod, haddock, halibut, and mackerel. These stunningly beautiful ships and the hardy men who sailed them made “Gloucester” an evocation of courage, perseverance, and seamanship unique in America’s maritime heritage.
Description : Everyone runs on secrets All of our life stories depend on secrets. High school is supposed to be fun and excitingyou have friends, healthy relationships, and a supportive family. However, for a group of ninth graders, high school is nothing more than a disaster. Adam, Jake, Madison, Dakota, Hannah; pregnancies, break-ups, secret crushes, betrayal. These adolescents have their own stories; their own secrets. Katiy, Chad, Dan, Brittney, Mike, Mrs. Gonzales; divorce, marriage, crime, infidelity. These adults have secrets of their own which are too frightening to divulge. In The Way The Wind Blows, all these characters lives are intertwined in ways unimagined by the secrets that haunt them. These secrets either tear them all apart or bring them together.