Ripley S Unbelievable Stories For Guys

Author by : Anonim
Languange : en
Publisher by : Simon and Schuster
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Description : Ripley's Believe it or Not for guy's who think they know everything! One for the grown-ups, this quirky new Ripley’s book is filled with bizarre and hilarious "Believe It or Not!" stories, trivia and lists— perfect for any fan of the unusual, and the ideal Father’s Day gift. Some of the utterly stupefying stories within include: • Joseph Puyol, professional farter and highest paid entertainer in 19th-century France • the craziest true CIA plots • a divorce settlement that included a kidney • the college student jailed for insulting a horse • Iceland’s penis museum • the gambler who broke Monte Carlo • a man who removed his own appendix The perfect gift for the man in your life. This title will engage its audience with stories, facts and charts that men can relate to. This title takes the unbelievable and strange facts that Ripley's is known for and expands upon these stories to make a fun and entertaining book for men. Did you know that military hot-air balloons and submarines were used in the American Civil War? Did you know that the Japanese Earthquake shortened a day? What about before Madoff? What was the first ponzi scheme? How about the craziest true plots of the CIA? This title will engage an adult male audience with all the unique and fun stories that Ripley's is famous for.


Twenty Three Unbelievable Stories From Nigeria

Author by : Efosa Ogiamien
Languange : en
Publisher by : Partridge Africa
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Description : Many times, Nollywood thrills the world with movies with scenes of voodoo, witchcraft, the esoteric, and dark magic. I’m aware that many people take these scenes as fiction and just watch to get entertained. The truth not too many followers of Nollywood know is that some of those scenes are just portraying accurate events in the supernatural world known only to the initiated. After a while, I looked behind me only to see that there were many others behind me and the line looked endless. I wondered. Soon I could see the beginning of the queue and I noticed that all on the queue were being ferried across what looked like a river, in turns. You get to the front and board a canoe and you are ferried across. Soon it was my turn to board the canoe. When I looked up at the ferry man, lo, it was my late grandfather! I was very excited to see him.


Unknown Untold And Unbelievable Stories Of Iu Sports

Author by : John C. Decker
Languange : en
Publisher by : Indiana University Press
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Description : For over 125 years, Hoosier athletes and coaches have grabbed headlines with their accomplishments and accolades. Legendary performers and larger-than-life figures have called Bloomington home, and their stories have been passed down through generations. But for every classic tale about a Hoosier athlete, coach, or program, there's another that's been forgotten. Until now. After gaining unprecedented access to IU archives and longtime employees, authors John Decker, Pete DiPrimio, and Doug Wilson reveal events and images that were lost for decades. Filled with new and entertaining stories of the people who have made IU Athletics legendary, Unknown, Untold, and Unbelievable Stories of IU Sports is a must-have for any fan. Discover behind-the-scenes stories of the Olympic Trials featuring Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, and Steve Alford; the infamous 1997 black football jerseys; Ernie Pyle's outlandish automobile polo match to raise funds for the IU marching band; A. J. Moye's notorious block against Duke; the time Sam Bell won the bid for an NCAA track meet—without a facility or even bleachers; and many more incredible stories from the renowned IU Athletics program.


Australia S Most Unbelievable True Stories

Author by : Jim Haynes
Languange : en
Publisher by : Allen & Unwin
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Description : Did you know that in 1932 the Australian army was called out to wage war on an invading army of 20,000...emus? Or that the first royal personage to arrive in Australia was the King of Iceland and he came as a convict? And how about the spooky phenomenon of the mischief-making Guyra Ghost? From Jim Haynes, one of our most successful and prolific tellers of yarns and bush tales, comes this ultimate collection of unbelievable true Australian stories: the unknown, the forgotten, the surprising, the truly weird and the completely inexplicable. Told with a refreshing understatement, Australia's Most Unbelievable True Stories vividly evokes a vanishing Australia when anything was possible, when characters were larger than life and the bizarre and strange were normal.


Never Argue With A Dead Person

Author by : John, Thomas
Languange : en
Publisher by : Hampton Roads Publishing
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Description : Thomas John sees dead people. What happens when we die? Renowned psychic medium, Thomas John is able to answer that question with a fair degree of certainty. Through his communications with the dead, he has learned a number of life lessons that he shares in this book. John shares with us 15 fascinating stories of what happens when clients ask him to contact their dead friends and relatives. He assists a 30-something New Yorker who was unable to stop fantasizing about suicide until John conveys healing words from her dead fiancée. He encounters a grieving young woman in a New York drugstore and shares advice from her dead six year old son. And in one particularly haunting story, John solves a murder case that had baffled the police. In each story, we learn about life on the other side and lessons the deceased have for the living. Each chapter is a felicitous combination of good story telling and healing wisdom. The dead are eager to provide guidance to the living. They watch over us. But most importantly, each story reveals that both the dead and the living are capable of tremendous and profound forgiveness.


National Geographic Tales Of The Weird

Author by : David Braun
Languange : en
Publisher by : National Geographic Books
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Description : When a farmer in Spain captured a two-headed snake in 2002, scientists wanted to study it. When National Geographic Daily News published a story about the discovery, people wanted to read all about it. More than a million people clicked on the site and kept coming back for more unbelievably true stories. An Internet sensation was born. Since then, more than 100 million individuals have clicked on stories put together by David Braun and his crack team of editors for National Geographic Daily News. And readers cannot get enough information about the often weird, sometimes miraculous things being discovered by scientists every day--incredible flying sharks, the strange sex lives of ducks, mind-controlling fungus that turns ants into zombies, and the darkest planet in the universe. This reader features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories from National Geographic's Daily News site presented in a compact, fact-filled reader. It will be a must-have for fans of Braun's website and for fans of "fun fact" books like the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series. The millions of fans who follow David Braun's National Geographic Daily News will be thrilled with this incredible reader filled with their favorites from the website. The most popular ones are all here presented in a lively, engaging format that is entertaining for the mind and easy on the wallet.


Unbelievable

Author by : Paul Jennings
Languange : en
Publisher by : Puffin Books
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Total Read : 58
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Description : Nine stories deal with rejuvenation, a giant tooth, a dragon, a ghostly test, a loyal dog, a comic book hero, a magic tree, a ghost gull, and a supernatural servant


Unbelievable Stories

Author by : Paola Bandini
Languange : en
Publisher by : AuthorHouse
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Total Read : 14
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Description : Each of these stories has different characters as protagonist, they are children or animals, real or imaginary, but the main theme of all is friendship.


Incredulous

Author by : M. A. Mack
Languange : en
Publisher by : Unknown
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Total Read : 36
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Description : Five Unbelievable Stories Inspired by True Events


Unbelievable

Author by : Paul Jennings
Languange : en
Publisher by : Penguin Group Australia
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Description : Unbelievable? Maybe. But I'm telling you it's true. The crusher had pushed all the air out of my lungs. It was squeezing me tighter and tighter. I knew I had only seconds to live. Believe it or not . . . A kid can grow younger. Birds can bury you. Ghosts have exams. There are eyes in the milk. From the one and only Paul Jennings


Unbelievable Football

Author by : Matt Oldfield
Languange : en
Publisher by : Hachette UK
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Total Read : 65
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Description : The perfect read for the football-mad kid in your life *Shortlisted for the Telegraph Sports Book Awards, 2020* Do you think you know everything there is to know about football? Have you heard of ... * The psychic octopus who could predict the winner? * The Lancashire Lasses who became football's best kept secret? * The dog detective who saved the World Cup trophy? * The superstar footballer who never actually played football? Discover the most incredible, sometimes ridiculous, and always completely unbelievable football stories you never knew. From bestselling author Matt Oldfield, this is Unbelievable Football - true tales from the world's favourite game where there's everything to play for and anything can happen.


Unbelievable Stories

Author by : Anonim
Languange : en
Publisher by : Mason Crest Publishers
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Total Read : 20
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Description : Read about the most terrific tales. Discover the man who pulls snakes through his nose, the boy who fell from the eighth floor of a building and survived, and unbelievable facts about the Titanic.


Unbelievable Stories

Author by : Javad Talee
Languange : fa
Publisher by : Lulu.com
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Description : From heavenly messengers, raven mothers and the turbulent chaos that is called life! "No chance the everyday gray! Unbelievable stories is translated by Mr. Javad Talee to Persian. In this short story collection, sometimes dark clouds appear, but with an extra dose of good humor, the sun shines again very quickly. Who can mope when a colorfully striped sock discovers true heroism? When the seasons decide to play a little crazy, and tell a good-tempered raspberry-mascarpone cake from their lives? Cotton candy stories with a good dose of black humor!


An Unbelievable Story

Author by : T. CHRISTIAN. ARMSTRONG MILLER (KEN.)
Languange : en
Publisher by : Hutchinson
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Description : It was an easy case to close until two detectives cracked it back open... 'I pretty much read A False Report in one sitting. It is deeply disturbing but brilliant. I hope it helps with the seismic shift needed in attitudes to women who are brave enough to come forward when they have been assaulted.' Sandi Toksvig One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018 On 11 August 2008, eighteen-year-old Marie reported that a masked man had broken into her home and raped her. Within days, police - and even those closest to Marie - became suspicious of her story: details of the crime just didn't seem plausible. Confronted with the seeming inconsistencies, Marie broke down and said her story was a fabrication - a bid for attention. The police convicted her of making a false report. She was vilified as a liar. More than two years later, some 1,600 kilometres away, detective Stacy Galbraith was assigned to a case of sexual assault. It bore an eerie resemblance to a rape that had taken place months earlier in a nearby town. Galbraith contacted the detective on that case, Edna Hendershot, and they joined forces. Galbraith and Hendershot soon realised they were dealing with a serial rapist: a man who took calculated steps to erase all physical evidence, who photographed each of his victims, threatening to release the images online if the women went to the police. After weeks of meticulous investigation, they had a name. But they also had yet another victim - a young woman whose identity was a mystery, a possible missing link. It was imperative they find her. Based on investigative files and extensive interviews with those involved, A False Report is a serpentine tale of doubt, lies and a hunt for justice. It unveils the disturbing reality of how sexual assault is investigated and the long history of scepticism towards its victims. But it is also the story of two women whose determined resolve and detective brilliance finally brought the truth to light.


True But Unbelievable Stories

Author by : Arlan Price
Languange : en
Publisher by : Unknown
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Total Read : 55
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Eyes Wide Open

Author by : Sandra Durdle
Languange : en
Publisher by : Xlibris Corporation
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Total Read : 23
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Description : I didn't think that a one-week trip to Haiti with Alex, a boy whom I sponsored, would forever change the way I see myself and my surroundings. I didnt think it would make me realize that the material things I have in this life mean nothing at all. I knew that there is poverty in the world, but I did not know to what extent until I visited Alex's family. Now, what was supposed to be a visit to meet friends and see an orphanage has turned into something much larger. I now am an integral part of a village, a family, and a children's organization. I have started my own nonprofit organization for Haitian children also. This one trip to Haiti has led me to return there seven more times. This country and these people have led me to write this book to open our eyes to the plight of Haitians. All the events in this book are true. All the people and places are real. All the events in this book are an amalgamation of eight trips to Haiti. The majority of the proceeds from this book will go to the MOJAD program in Haiti and help others in the village of Fort Liberte.


Above Average

Author by : Mark Gallagher
Languange : en
Publisher by : Independently Published
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Total Read : 46
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Description : By sheer good fortune and despite his best efforts, Mark was able to get through his twenties, all but intact, save for his sense of smell and some missing front teeth, both of which were his own fault, due to his behaving like a bloody idiot.He was born and brought up in Glasgow in an above average neighbourhood and went to an above average school. He performed, as expected, in an above average fashion but could always "do better". After leaving school, aged sixteen, he did some mediocre jobs before finding his "perfect job" as a bicycle messenger in Glasgow, which gave him a myriad of after dinner tales of derring do and interesting incidents.In between his bike courier stints and stunts, he also worked as a professional computer games programmer, co-creating and developing a computer game that would get ripped off and go on to become one of the biggest selling computer game franchises of all time.These are stories of a life lived and rarely compromised, a sometimes emotionally charged journey, consisting of almost impossible circumstances brought about by being in the right place at the right time, none of which could ever be imagined or replicated.


Interesting Stories For Curious Kids

Author by : Bill O'Neill
Languange : en
Publisher by : Unknown
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Total Read : 83
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Description : Want to impress your buddies at school? Need to think of something fun to do at Thanksgiving or Christmas? Want to learn a bunch of random facts about history, science, and the paranormal?#If you answered yes to any or all of those questions then pick up Interesting Stories for Curious Kids: A Fascinating Collection of the Most Interesting, Unbelievable, and Craziest Stories on Earth! This book is the coolest collection of interesting facts about a whole bunch of several different topics. Here you will find the answers to some of the following:- How did a dog, a horse, and a cat become TV and movie stars?- What were the first video game consoles?- Why can't you break an egg in the palm of your hand?- How do parrots talk?- Did Alexander the Great love his horse more than anything else?And much, much more!You'll be glued to the pages of this book reading about interesting facts, scary stories, and how to do a few neat science experiments. Interesting Stories for Curious Kids brings learning to you in a new, fun way that is sure to keep you reading.Parents, this book is a perfect tool to keep your kids reading in the summer or winter breaks, when they've put the books aside and are more interested in other things. There's a bit of everything in here for tweens, so I guarantee that it'll keep their mind sharp even during the summer doldrums. Whether science, history, or just weird facts are your thing, you're sure to find something in here that will keep you interested and turning the pages. So open this book and your mind and see other things that you may not know existed.


Ripley S Unbelievable Stories For Guys

Author by : Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
Languange : en
Publisher by : Ripley Publishing
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Total Read : 97
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Description : Ripley's Believe it or Not for guys who think they know everything! One for the grown-ups, this quirky new Ripley’s book is filled with bizarre and hilarious "Believe It or Not!" stories, trivia and lists— perfect for any fan of the unusual, and the ideal Father’s Day gift. Some of the utterly stupefying stories within include: • Joseph Puyol, professional farter and highest paid entertainer in 19th-century France • the craziest true CIA plots • a divorce settlement that included a kidney • the college student jailed for insulting a horse • Iceland’s penis museum • the gambler who broke Monte Carlo • a man who removed his own appendix The perfect gift for the man in your life. This title will engage its audience with stories, facts and charts that men can relate to. This title takes the unbelievable and strange facts that Ripley's is known for and expands upon these stories to make a fun and entertaining book for men. Did you know that military hot-air balloons and submarines were used in the American Civil War? Did you know that the Japanese Earthquake shortened a day? What about before Madoff? What was the first ponzi scheme? How about the craziest true plots of the CIA? This title will engage an adult male audience with all the unique and fun stories that Ripley's is famous for.


The Best Cocktail Hour Stories Volume I

Author by : Beverley Bryann
Languange : en
Publisher by : Page Publishing Inc
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Total Read : 28
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Description : Beverley Bryann's "The Best Cocktail Hour Stories, Vol. I" is an amusing collection of life stories revealed over a glass (or bottle) of wine. Readers are invited to share their own stories. Recent release "The Best Cocktail Hour Stories, Vol. I" from author Beverley Bryann is both fun and enlightening. This creative collection of real life short stories is a tribute to all storytellers who contribute to the time-honored tradition of sharing real life stories over a glass or bottle of wine at cocktail hour. Beverley Bryann, businesswoman, devoted raconteur, and author has released her entertaining collection of real life stories, "The Best Cocktail Hour Stories, Vol. I." This light-hearted and amusing compilation of delightful sagas about the rich and famous, and the not so rich and obscure, will bring a smile, chuckle, or raucous laugh to the reader while enjoying his (or her) favorite wine. Laugh and wonder along as the author depicts the little known thrills, fears and antics of the many interesting people met and/or discussed at upscale urban watering holes including: The British Royal Family, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Howard Hughes, Henry Kissinger, Frank Sinatra, George "Baby" Gerber, Marlon Brando, Orson Wells, Superman George Reeves, Don King, DeBeer's Diamond Mafia, Gambino's Other Mafia, NFL, Mickey Mantle, Charley Finley, Gov. Edwin Edwards, Leona Helmsley, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Mae West, Errol Flynn, Albert Einstein, Blimpie's, Vidal Sassoon, Roman Polanski, Director Elia Kazan, Goodfella Henry Hill, Jacques Cousteau, Broadway Joe Namath, New England Patriots, King Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson, Aristotle Onassis, Moroccan Royal Family...and some really, really funny guys and babes. Beverley also includes the history and trivia of wine and spirits, along with cocktail or happy hour trivia, toasts and quotes. A fun read from start to finish.


The Metamorphosis And Other Stories

Author by : Franz Kafka
Languange : en
Publisher by : Courier Corporation
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Description : Excellent new English translations of title story (considered by many critics Kafka's most perfect work), plus "The Judgment," "In the Penal Colony," "A Country Doctor," and "A Report to an Academy." Note.


Stories I Love To Tell

Author by : Gene Edwards
Languange : en
Publisher by : Thomas Nelson
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Total Read : 47
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Description : America’s beloved storyteller will guide and thrill your imagination with these classic tales. Join Gene Edwards as he recounts his favorite stories from more than 50 years of travel and ministry. Considered the “Paul Harvey” of Christian writers, Gene Edwards is one of America’s most beloved authors. Stories I Love to Tell, his new book, is a compilation of tales that continue to move audiences. From stories about a chance meeting with Helen Keller at the Garden Tomb in the Holy Land to an astounding Jonah experience inside a whale to stories about a child growing up in a one-room shack, Gene knows how to spin an old-fashioned yarn. During the last four decades, Gene has amassed an enthusiastic, dedicated readership. Stories I Love to Tell will delight and entertain devoted fans as he relays story after astonishing story. You will want to grab a hot drink and huddle around the fireplace as America’s seasoned storyteller transports your imagination to another time and place.


Thirty Stories Of Hope

Author by : Dan Wilt
Languange : en
Publisher by : Lulu.com
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Total Read : 53
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Description : Every day that we wake up, each of us faces a world filled with the clutter of bad news, difficult relationships, and unwelcome surprises. Hope is the inner belief that ..".in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose..." (Rom. 8:28 NIV). Hope, powered by the rocket fuel of Faith, needs to be renewed in us every single day. Stories can help do just that. As we learn how to forgive, to embrace second chances, to walk well through the loss of a job, to grieve, or to experience God's love, we start to become people of hope in the world. Thirty Stories Of Hope is meant to give you daily strength as you embrace God's promises for yourself - and become a Hope-Giver in your own world.


The Small Faces Other Stories

Author by : Roland Schmitt
Languange : en
Publisher by : Bobcat Books
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Description : The Small Faces & Other Stories is a trip back in time, charting the rise and fall of one of the Sixties most energetic and successful bands. It is the extraordinary story of how this bold four-piece, led by mercurial cockney Steve Marriot, found fame and then splintered by the end of the decade to evolve into Humble Pie with Peter Frampton, and the Faces fronted by Rod Stewart. Along the way their trademark songs Itchycoo Park, All or Nothing, Stay With Me and Baby I Love Your Way would influence future generations of musicians such as Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene and Blur. By way of anecdote, interview and analysis, Uli Twelker and Roland Schmitt lift the lid on the bands’ complex histories and the explosive characters involved that built one of rock music’s most enduring and successful family trees.


True Stories Of Survival

Author by : William Myron Price
Languange : en
Publisher by : Unknown
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Total Read : 23
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Description : 11 Unbelievable Stories of People That Defied All Odds & Survived... Claim Your FREE Bonuses After the Conclusion! When you read the stories of human survival in this book, many will seem beyond belief. You'll read here about a young girl who fell almost four miles through the sky and survived only to find herself stranded and alone in the remote Peruvian jungle. You'll find out about a man who was so badly frostbitten in the Antarctic that the soles of his feet fell off. His response? He taped them back in place, put on extra pairs of socks and walked for another thirty days. It's important to note that these stories aren't about superheroes - they are about ordinary people who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances and somehow found the strength, mental and physical, to overcome terrible adversity. These accounts certainly illustrate the amazing toughness of the human body. But, most of all, they illustrate the phenomenal resilience of the human spirit. Most of the people in these stories survived, not just because they were able to overcome physical exhaustion, injuries and pain, but because they refused to give up, no matter how bleak and hopeless the situation appeared. Sometimes, watching the news and reading newspapers can be dispiriting. Any rational person is left wondering how and why some people do the dreadful things that they do? As an antidote, you will find here a collection of stories that show instead the bravery, fortitude and determination of which human beings are also capable in the most difficult circumstances. Here Is A Preview Of What's Inside... True Stories Of Survival: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky True Stories Of Survival: Ultramarathon Man True Stories Of Survival: Miracle Girl True Stories Of Survival: Twister! True Stories Of Survival: Into the Abyss True Stories Of Survival: Stranded in No-man's Land Much, much more! Scroll up and get this book now!


Ghost Stories From The North Of England

Author by : George White
Languange : en
Publisher by : X
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Total Read : 80
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Description : Well-known to those who devour ghost stories, the North of England has a rich tapestry of tales relating to the paranormal and many are well known; Lady Gerrard of Darlington, the Screaming Skull of Burton Agnes Hall and so on. But some are not so well known and have languished in obscurity for decades. Now rescued from oblivion, these stories are a compilation of tales from long neglected volumes dating back to the 1970s and 1980s describing some of the region's rarer and unknown cases. Many will startle. Many will alarm. All with thrill...


The Necklace And Other Stories Maupassant For Modern Times

Author by : Guy de Maupassant
Languange : en
Publisher by : W. W. Norton & Company
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Total Read : 27
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Description : In a “lively, sparkling, and sharp-edged” (Arthur Goldhammer) new translation, Guy de Maupassant’s most beloved works are reintroduced to twenty-first-century readers. A Parisian civil servant turned protégé of Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant is considered not only one of the greatest short story writers in all of French literature but also a pioneer of psychological realism and modernism who helped define the form. Credited with influencing the likes of Chekhov, Maugham, Babel, and O. Henry, Maupassant had, at the time of his death at the age of forty-two, written six novels and some three hundred short stories. Yet in English, Maupassant has, curiously, remained unappreciated by modern readers due to outdated translations that render his prose in an archaic, literal style. In this bold new translation, Sandra Smith—the celebrated translator of Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise—brings us twenty-eight of Maupassant's essential stories and two novellas in lyrical yet accessible language that brings Maupassant into vibrant English. In addition to her sparkling translation, Smith also imposes a structure that captures the full range of Maupassant's work. Dividing the collection into three sections that reflect his predominant themes—nineteenth-century French society, the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, and the supernatural—Smith creates "an arrangement suggesting a culture of relation, of structure, of completion" (Richard Howard). In "Tales of French Life," we see Maupassant explore the broad swath of French society, not just examining the lives of the affluent as was customary for writers in his day. In the title story of the collection, "The Necklace," Maupassant crafts a devastating portrait of misplaced ambition and ruin in the emerging middle class. The stories in "Tales of War" emerge from Maupassant’s own experiences in the devastating Franco-Prussian War and create a portrait of that disastrous conflict that few modern readers have ever encountered. This section features Maupassant's most famous novella, "Boule de Suif." The last section, "Tales of the Supernatural," delves into the occult and the bizarre. While certain critics may attribute some of these stories and morbid fascination as the product of the author's fevered mind and possible hallucinations induced by late-stage syphilis, they echo the gothic horror of Poe as well as anticipate the eerie fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. The result takes readers from marriage, family, and the quotidian details of life to the disasters of war and nationalism, then to the gothic and beyond, allowing us to appreciate Maupassant in an idiom that matches our own times. The Necklace and Other Stories enables us to appreciate Maupassant as the progenitor of the modern short story and as a writer vastly ahead of his time.


Literally Unbelievable

Author by : Bronwyn Harris
Languange : en
Publisher by : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Description : The inequality in American education is increasing but statistics cannot possibly tell the whole story. As a new teacher thrust into the classroom mid-year in the part of Oakland, California, that police call the "Killing Zone," Bronwyn Harris learned to make her own way as she helped parents advocate for their children with law enforcement and school officials, while enduring a revolving door of school administrators. Harris's students were intelligent, hardworking, funny, loyal, and incredibly empathetic in the face of considerable trauma and instability. She quickly realized that her teacher preparation classes had not covered making child abuse reports, teaching traumatized children, helping students cope with difficult emotions, or keeping a class calm during a lockdown. This book chronicles the lives of Harris's students and shows the difference a caring teacher and support from the greater community can make. "This book takes me right back to my days working down the street from Ms. Harris. Her stories of our kids and our classrooms bring back vivid memories of the love, exhaustion, sadness, and so many more emotions that I felt. This book offers an accessible, sobering introduction to under-resourced public schools for those wishing to learn "what it's really like." But it also conveys the profound richness and importance of the students that this system has left behind. This should be required reading for all prospective teachers, policy makers, and researchers." -Emily Penner, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Education UC Irvine