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|Author||: Lee Smith|
|Editor||: Algonquin Books|
ÒA memoir that shines with a bright spirit, a generousÊheart and an entertaining knack for celebrating absurdity.ÓÑThe New York Times Book Review ÒThis is Smith at her finest.ÓÑLibrary Journal, starred review Set deep in the mountains of Virginia, the Grundy of Lee SmithÕs youth was a place of coal miners, tent revivals, mountain music, drive-in theaters, and her daddyÕs dimestore. When she was sent off to college to gain some Òculture,Ó she understood that perhaps the richest culture she would ever know was the one she was leaving. Lee SmithÕs fiction has always lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story.Ê DimestoreÕs fifteen essays are crushingly honest, wise and perceptive, and superbly entertaining. Together, they create an inspiring story of the birth of a writer and a poignant look at a way of life that has all but vanished.
|Author||: Kelley Armstrong|
After the death of her mother, Paige Winterbourne inherits the role of leader of the American Coven of Witches and is put in charge of an orphan girl who is all too willing to use her powers for evil and must be shown the proper way to use her magic.
|Author||: Charles Simic|
|Editor||: NYRB Classics|
In Dime-Store Alchemy, Charles Simic, one of contemporary America's most idiosyncratic, engaging, and skillfull poets, reflects on the art of the homegrown American surrealist Joseph Cornell.
|Author||: Don Pielin,Norman Joplin,Verne Johnson|
|Editor||: Schiffer Pub Limited|
This is the first all-color book devoted to collecting the toy soldiers and figures that were sold in the Five-and-Dime stores. Over 650 photographs, showing in excess of three thousand toy figures, are arranged in thematic style and cover military and non-military toys. Complete with price guide, terminology, index, and over 60 manufacturers products. Thematic/category chapters make it easy for experienced and new collectors to easily locate figures.
|Author||: Bill Hanlon,David Belda|
|Editor||: Schiffer Pub Limited|
Colorful plastic toys from the 1940s and '50s including cars, trucks, airplanes, dolls and dollhouse furniture are displayed and identified in detail here. Useful information on how to evaluate, repair, and care for your collection and identify toys whose origins until now were a complete mystery. The plastic toy manufacturers are thoroughly discussed.
|Author||: MR Ian Winchester|
Penny Dreadful is a Federation Ranger and a veteran of the Civil War. She wanders the edge of known space, writing wrongs and enforcing the Federation's Justice. Wu Gang Shu fights for a free Periphery, the side that lost the Civil War. Some call him a Freedom Fighter, others a Terrorist. Wu prefers the word: Revolutionary. But strange things are afoot in the sleepy settlement of Carsontown. Bandit attacks and an illegal mine threaten to bring the whole settlement to ruin. If Penny and Wu want to see justice done they'll need to put aside their past grievances and learn to work together.
|Author||: Aileen Kilgore Henderson|
|Editor||: University Alabama Press|
A coming-of-age memoir evoking farm, mining, and small-town life in Alabama's Tuscaloosa County as the world transitions from the Great Depression to World War II In the 1930s, the rural South was in the throes of the Great Depression. Farm life was monotonous and hard, but a timid yet curious teenager thought it worth recording. Aileen Kilgore Henderson kept a chronicle of her family's daily struggles in Tuscaloosa County alongside events in the wider world she gleaned from shortwave radio and the occasional newspaper. She wrote about Howard Hughes's round-the-world flight, her dreams of sitting on the patio of Shepheard's Hotel to watch Lawrence of Arabia ride in from the desert, and her horror at the rise to power in Germany of a bizarre politician named Adolf Hitler. Henderson longed to join the vast world beyond the farm, but feared leaving the refuge of her family and beloved animals. Yet, with her father's encouragement, she did leave, becoming a clerk in the Kress dime store in downtown Tuscaloosa. Despite long workdays and a lengthy bus commute, she continued to record her observations and experiences in her diary, for every day at the dime store was interesting and exciting for an observant young woman who found herself considering new ideas and different points of view. Drawing on her diary entries from the 1930s and early 1940s, Henderson recollects a time of sweeping change for Tuscaloosa and the South. The World through the Dime Store Door is a personal and engaging account of a Southern town and its environs in transition told through the eyes of a poor young woman with only a high school education but gifted with a lively mind and an openness to life.
|Author||: Kelley Armstrong|
|Editor||: Vintage Canada|
From Canada’s new queen of suspense, another hugely entertaining supernatural thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be enchanted . . . Forget the cackling green hag in The Wizard of Oz, forget Samantha from Bewitched. Real witches are nothing, NOTHING like this. For years real witches have hidden their powers, afraid of being persecuted. They have integrated so well into the community, you could have a witch living right next door and never know about it. Take Paige, for instance, whom we first met in Kelley Armstrong’s novel Stolen. Just an ordinary twenty-something who runs her own website design company, worries about her weight and wonders if she’ll ever find a boyfriend. Okay, so she’s leader of the American Coven and guardian of Savannah, the teenage daughter of a black witch. Really, life is ordinary. But then a telekinetic half-demon, Leah O’Donnell, shows up to fight for custody of Savannah. And although Paige is ready for her, she’s not quite so prepared for the team of supernaturals that Leah brings with her, including a powerful sorcerer who claims to be Savannah’s father. When all hell breaks loose -- literally -- and Paige is accused of witchcraft, Satanism and murder, the Coven, fearing exposure, abandons her. Cut off from her friends, Paige is forced against her better judgment to accept the help of a young sorcerer lawyer. And she quickly comes to realize that keeping Savannah could mean losing everything else. Breathtakingly thrilling, hip and funny, this new novel is another page-turning triumph from an author who is going from strength to strength. “I had a feeding frenzy on my front lawn, an unconscious paranormal investigator on my stairs, and, somewhere out there, an entire Cabal special projects team devoted to ruining my life.” -- from Dime Store Magic
|Author||: Shawntelle Madison|
|Editor||: Valkyrie Rising Press|
Conniving creatures and their exorbitant prices are coming out of the woodwork in South Toms River, New Jersey. Werewolf Natalya Stravinsky has stepped up to the plate as alpha female of the South Toms River Pack and defended her loved ones. While She Who Always Walks the Path is still a looming threat, another problem arises. Nat must fulfill her debt to some shifty demons who own a ceramics mart in town. A mysterious thief has appeared, stealing powerful weapons. Now, Nat must discover the culprit before the demons unleash their fury on the pack. Will Nat be able to uncover the thief and restore balance, or will the delicate facade keeping the human world from the supernatural one come crumbling down?
|Author||: Padraig Hanratty|
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Pub|
Jesse believes that the future will be better. One day, he'll make up for all his mistakes and achieve perfection.That belief had sustained him for most of his sixty-five years. It helped him get through the bad times, those days when the brandy failed to drown the sorrow and shame. When sleep unleashed painful memories that refused to fade.He still has some bad days as he lives out his autumn years in Dublin. But his worst days were in New York in 1976. After that city had nearly crushed him, he'd fled to Dublin, a broken man. But he was determined to rebuild himself, brick by brick, improving day by day.Back in the 1970s, Jesse was a successful young ad man on Madison Avenue. He'd succeeded because he was willing, indeed eager, to do anything to advance his career. He'd endure countless dinner parties where cloaks and daggers dangled behind the wine and cheese. He'd sleep with anyone who could bring him closer to his goals. And he'd punch those who stood in his way. It all seemed like a good plan, right up until the day he brought a pistol to work. For years in those offices and meeting rooms, they all thought they were kings, living it up in their high palaces of power. As it all fell apart for Jesse in 1976, he realised they were all just fumbling in the dimestore. Throughout it all, his wife Clara stood by him. Until he finally pushed her away. She could see he was drowning and tried to reach him, but he just lashed out and ruined the one remaining good thing in his life. And then fled from the wreckage. As the chaos whirled around him, Jesse found some solace in blues songs. He still listens to those songs now that he's settled in Dublin. Some days, he hears Bob Dylan singing about a world that's condemned, a world that needs Blind Willie McTell to sing at its funeral. Other days, it's Fingers Flaherty bawling about a life that's crumbling in his hands. No matter how bad Jesse felt – and he often felt beyond terrible – he knew that at least his life wasn't as fraught as Flaherty's. And now that the storms have long passed, Jesse still often thinks that Flaherty is the only person who understands him. Jesse's life is less volcanic now. Instead of trying to shoot his work colleagues, he simply tries to avoid the domestic squabbles that clatter around him in the apartment building. He enjoys the company of his young neighbour Moses, a relentlessly unhappy cubicle rat lost in the maze of office politics. He learns to tolerate Bill and Tiffany, the volatile couple across the hall whose love for each other is so strong, it threatens to rip them apart. Most important of all, he tries to build a meaningful relationship with Lucy, the widow in the next apartment. As they grow closer together and slowly reveal more of their memories to each other, Jesse feels the uncomfortable presence of the New York ghosts getting stronger. Jesse knows he isn't perfect. He's made many mistakes and will probably make more in the future. Now, with the possibility of contentment finally within his grasp, will he be allowed one final chance to be happy? Or will the ghosts from his past once again refuse to lie down in their graves?
|Author||: Ian Winchester|
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform|
Federation Ranger Penny Dreadful has her target in her sights. The man who taught her everything she knew is on a backwater planet name Saint Aloysius and nothing in the spiral arm is going to stop her bringing him home in chains. Not even the wanted terrorist tied up in her ship's hold is going to get in her way. But Saint Aloysius is a planet where the Civil War never ended. Marines and Insurgents trade bullets, bombs and blood on the streets of the capital every day. To bring her old mentor to justice, Penny will need to understand what it is she fights for and how far she will go to see the fight through.
|Author||: Jill Williams Grover|
A flea market find, a yard sale bargain, a store-bought steal: decorate at a discount--but with panache! Dip into these creative, innovative ideas that take almost no time and require only minimal skills. Choose from such colorful categories as Think Pink, Stars and Jars, Quite Bright, Leopard Spots and Pots, and Right with White, and transform those everyday items into candle bottles, animal print table settings, frames, scrapbooks, picnic baskets, bedroom decor, vases and lots more!
|Author||: Branan Ward|
From the Great Smoky Mountains, to the Philippines, to the Caribbean Sea, to the North Pole, author Branan Ward weaves an inspiring and compelling narrative that spans the entire globe. His is a life of hitchhiking, flying (and crashing) airplanes, hoboing on trains, canoeing rivers, sailing ships, and manning war submarines. A geography teacher by day, Ward's life is reminiscent of the iconic characters in action-adventure movies. Join him on his exotic travels to Greenland and hard labor jobs, like gold mining, oil drilling, and road building across the Yukon. He has spent nine decades running-not from anything but toward a rich and full life. This memoir is a true account of how big dreams can lead to unforgettable experiences, as he finally, at age seventy-seven, fulfills his lifetime goal of visiting the Potala monastery in Lhasa, Tibet-this on a solo trip around the world. Treat yourself to a rare experience from one unstoppable geographer's journeys around the world, experiences in the classroom, and ultimately his spiritual awakening that is both entertaining and contagious. At ninety-one Ward keeps active by painting portraits and the occasional mural, and by inspiring everyone around him to stay young at heart.
|Author||: Pamela Atkinson|
|Editor||: Trafford Publishing|
We were young. We were ruthless. We were gorgeous. We were hired. Drama junkies in the tradition of Balzac, we spent ourselves on romantic and sexual liaisons, often questionable, as we gloried in the richness and perversity of the young and the spoiled. We victimized, often self-destructed, and generally sought to create chaos out of order. Just because. Perhaps here you will meet yourself (or find out what your parents were up to), and certainly a number of our old enemies have not escaped scathing presentation, in this bodice ripper set during the good old bull market days of the mid 1980s. Raised in Vancouver, Canada, Pamela Atkinson was educated at Queens University and the University of British Columbia. Pamela has written short fiction, and for the theatre.