Little Nothing

Author: Marisa Silver

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698146808

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1839

A Huffington Post Book Club Suggestion • An O: The Oprah Magazine Fall Pick • A LitHub Book You Should Read This September • One of The Millions' "Most Anticipated" for 2016 “Marisa Silver’s beguiling new novel Little Nothing is a powerful exploration of the relationship between our changeable bodies and our just as malleable identities…Silver’s storytelling skills are finely matched to her themes…meditative passages bloom with life.” —Matt Bell, The New York Times Book Review A stunning, provocative new novel from New York Times bestselling author Marisa Silver, Little Nothing is the story of a girl, scorned for her physical deformity, whose passion and salvation lie in her otherworldly ability to transform herself and the world around her. In an unnamed country at the beginning of the last century, a child called Pavla is born to peasant parents. Her arrival, fervently anticipated and conceived in part by gypsy tonics and archaic prescriptions, stuns her parents and brings outrage and scorn from her community. Pavla has been born a dwarf, beautiful in face, but as the years pass, she grows no farther than the edge of her crib. When her parents turn to the treatments of a local charlatan, his terrifying cure opens the floodgates of persecution for Pavla. Little Nothing unfolds across a lifetime of unimaginable, magical transformation in and out of human form, as an outcast girl becomes a hunted woman whose ultimate survival depends on the most startling transfiguration of them all. Woven throughout is the journey of Danilo, the young man entranced by Pavla, obsessed only with protecting her. Part allegory about the shifting nature of being, part subversive fairy tale of love in all its uncanny guises, Little Nothing spans the beginning of a new century, the disintegration of ancient superstitions, and the adoption of industry and invention. With a cast of remarkable characters, a wholly original story, and extraordinary, page-turning prose, Marisa Silver delivers a novel of sheer electricity. From the Hardcover edition.

From nothing to a little Chinese

Author: Vera F. Birkenbihl,Vera F.; Gonschior Birkenbihl

Publisher: MVG Verlag

ISBN: 3864150787

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 136

View: 5187

Sometimes it is good to know something about the history of a book so let me tell you a little about this one. Compare it to a tree. One of its roots lies in my major goal (brain-friendly procedures), meaning: How can we learn, teach and/or communicate in a way which is easy to understand and remember? If the procedures fail to be brain-friendly, people feel confused, frustrated, "stupid". They lose incentive or self-esteem. Once we change to a brainfriendly approach people suddenly seem much more intelligent. Normally, when something does not function properly, we try to find out why and so we improve procedures in many areas. When we look at schools we do the opposite: instead of questioning the method we assume the student having difficulties is at fault. In my teacher trainings I have asked thousands of teachers "what must change for our schools to become better?" and 75% of them put the blame squarely on the students (lazy, uninterested, lacking intelligence), the parents (not enough support of school at home) or the politicians who do not give schools enough money. Only 25% of these teachers clearly realize that the act of TEACHING must change. Please remember that we are talking about teachers who came to a seminar about teaching! Teachers, however, who do not entertain the idea of going to such seminars place even more blame on their students, no matter whether the students are children, teenagers or adults. Thus the question of how we teach languages has been one of the starting points for this book.

Saints Francis, Therese and Other Saints, My Companions on the Journey

Through the Dark Night and into the Eternal Day

Author: Brother Bernard Francis

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781456726485

Category: Poetry

Page: 180

View: 7776

These books of Poems have received great reviews from both Carmelite and Franciscan Community Ministers, Diocesan Priests, and everyday Catholics who recommend it as a means of spiritual growth and a great source for devotions. Two ministers of Franciscan and Carmelite communities, priests, and publishing houses most strongly urged these books be published for use as devotionals; so following their advice he has done this with the assistance of AuthorHouse.

The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Author: Sheldon Kamieniecki,Michael Kraft

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019974467X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 764

View: 3845

Prior to the Nixon administration, environmental policy in the United States was rudimentary at best. Since then, it has evolved into one of the primary concerns of governmental policy from the federal to the local level. As scientific expertise on the environment rapidly developed, Americans became more aware of the growing environmental crisis that surrounded them. Practical solutions for mitigating various aspects of the crisis - air pollution, water pollution, chemical waste dumping, strip mining, and later global warming - became politically popular, and the government responded by gradually erecting a vast regulatory apparatus to address the issue. Today, politicians regard environmental policy as one of the most pressing issues they face. The Obama administration has identified the renewable energy sector as a key driver of economic growth, and Congress is in the process of passing a bill to reduce global warming that will be one of the most important environmental policy acts in decades. The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy will be a state-of-the-art work on all aspects of environmental policy in America. Over the past half century, America has been the world's leading emitter of global warming gases. However, environmental policy is not simply a national issue. It is a global issue, and the explosive growth of Asian countries like China and India mean that policy will have to be coordinated at the international level. The book will therefore focus not only on the U.S., but on the increasing importance of global policies and issues on American regulatory efforts. This is a topic that will only grow in importance in the coming years, and this will serve as an authoritative guide to any scholar interested in the issue.

Very Little-- Almost Nothing

Death, Philosophy, Literature

Author: Simon Critchley

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415340496

Category: Philosophy

Page: 276

View: 4431

Very Little ... Almost Nothing puts the question of the meaning of life back at the centre of intellectual debate. Its central concern is how we can find a meaning to human finitude without recourse to anything that transcends that finitude. A profound but secular meditation on the theme of death, Critchley traces the idea of nihilism through Blanchot, Levinas, Jena Romanticism and Cavell, culminating in a reading of Beckett, in many ways the hero of the book. In this second edition, Simon Critchley has added a revealing and extended new preface, and a new chapter on Wallace Stevens which reflects on the idea of poetry as philosophy.

A Little Shot of Nothing

Author: C.R. Asher


ISBN: 1312230711

Category: Poetry

Page: 40

View: 9807

A collection of poetry, and free-form observational verse.

Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do

Author: Eileen Christelow

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618040322

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 36

View: 4598

Five little monkeys are bored, but their mother has them clean up the house for Aunt Bessie's visit.

The Case of Dr. Sachs

A Novel

Author: Martin Winckler

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609800990

Category: Fiction

Page: 323

View: 5472

Bruno Sachs is a country doctor who makes house calls and feels deeply for his patients. There are broken bones, unwanted pregnancies, people without the will to live, a friend dying of cancer. His pity for his fellow creatures is both his motivating force and his own untreatable condition. Among the deaths, love affairs, and small town gossip, a love story emerges at the heart of the novel-between Dr. Sachs and a young woman upon whom he once performed an abortion. The Case of Dr. Sachs is a novel filled with voices of silent suffering and arias of quiet joy, and one dedicated to the notion that literature, like medicine, can save lives.

Nothing Short of Joy

Author: Julie Genovese

Publisher: Behler Publications

ISBN: 1933016957

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 249

View: 6366

“A magical world of joy,”— Wayne Dyer. A metaphysical illustration of Julie Genovese's dramatic change in perspective from an accidental victim of a rare form of dwarfism to a divine director, from silent repression to emotional freedom, from a mind riddled with fear to a life nothing short of joy.

Next to Nothing


Author: Keith Banner

Publisher: Lethe Press

ISBN: 1590211774

Category: Fiction

Page: 161

View: 7479

O. Henry Prize-winning author Keith Banner's new collection of short fiction recounts the troubled lives of ne'er-do-wells and outsiders. Few writers capture the quintessence of awkward domesticity and growing up queer like Banner. The banality of life, whether it be trapped in front of the television or popping pills for E.D., is exposed and mocked with aplomb.

The Chosen

Author: Athena Taylor Lester

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 1609572904

Category: Fiction

Page: 436

View: 7246

Will she obey? Will she follow? Can she trust? Can she succeed? Tachee, the last of the mantii race, faces these questions as she begins her journey. She is constantly being taught and trained; but for what? She wonders, and she prays... Tachee awakes one morning to find her usual routine and lone companion are taken away suddenly. In the elvish city, Un Wava, Tachee begins discovering her skills, learns a history she never knew, and develops much longed for friends. She finds contentment, when she is called to leave it all behind, and by someone Tachee never thought she would encounter. Unsure of herself but discontent to stay, she chooses to obey and embarks on a journey that both reveals and develops her true character. Danger, excitement, rest and friendship await her on a journey through a land full of secrets, darkness and enemies. However, light is coming... Athena Taylor Lester is a home school student who loves reading, and particularly enjoys fantastical fiction. She started writing at an early age, and at 13 decided to try her hand at writing a full-scale fantasy novel. Her passion is to write stories that are not bogged down with superfluous spooks or false ideas frequently found in fantasy novels. In contrast, her desire is to write enjoyable adventures wherein her readers are left encouraged and with themes reinforcing truth. In all of her novels (this one and the ones still in her head) she strives for messages reflecting truth and inspiration to press on toward the mark set before us. Athena lives in North Central Arkansas and she wants everyone to know her favorite color is pink.

The Madness of Vision

On Baroque Aesthetics

Author: Christine Buci-Glucksmann

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821444379

Category: Philosophy

Page: 184

View: 6801

Christine Buci-Glucksmann’s The Madness of Vision is one of the most influential studies in phenomenological aesthetics of the baroque. Integrating the work of Merleau-Ponty with Lacanian psychoanalysis, Renaissance studies in optics, and twentieth-century mathematics, the author asserts the materiality of the body and world in her aesthetic theory. All vision is embodied vision, with the body and the emotions continually at play on the visual field. Thus vision, once considered a clear, uniform, and totalizing way of understanding the material world, actually dazzles and distorts the perception of reality. In each of the nine essays that form The Madness of Vision Buci-Glucksmann develops her theoretical argument via a study of a major painting, sculpture, or influential visual image—Arabic script, Bettini’s “The Eye of Cardinal Colonna,” Bernini’s Saint Teresa and his 1661 fireworks display to celebrate the birth of the French dauphin, Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes, the Paris arcades, and Arnulf Rainer’s self-portrait, among others—and deftly crosses historical, national, and artistic boundaries to address Gracián’s El Criticón; Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo; the poetry of Hafiz, John Donne, and Baudelaire; as well as baroque architecture and Anselm Kiefer’s Holocaust paintings. In doing so, Buci-Glucksmann makes the case for the pervasive influence of the baroque throughout history and the continuing importance of the baroque in contemporary arts.

The perfect religious

Author: Michel-Ange Marin

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 482

View: 2446


Walking Out of Poverty Together

Author: Carlos Garcia

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450061605

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 54

View: 5645

July 16, 2007 There goes the church bell again. I wonder who died this time. I have to look even though I know I will get in trouble for getting up in class again. It’s not my fault the church bells sound so much like music. Wow, so many people in black. Why do people wear black to a funeral? Shouldn’t they wear white if their friend is going to heaven? Where is everyone going in a hurry? I like that store; they have the best candy. I’m going to buy that abandon building, and I will make my own school someday. But it will be a fun school where we can get dirty and have fun while learning. Maybe, I will be Mayor, and the people will love how I changed this neighborhood. The church bells stopped and she is looking at me that way again. I better sit down before she calls out my name and then it’s back to the principal’s office. Hey, can you hear that dad? It’s the church bells from Saint Joseph. Man they’re loud. Those are the eight o’clock bells. So it’s barley eight. I like these sunsets. Look how the sun goes behind those trees. That tree looks like a lion roaring at the sky. Look at those trees. They look like waves that are drowning the sun. Mom gave me a radio. What station do you like? When you were in Vietnam, were you scared? Do you still have nightmares? Well, I am glad you made it back home. You know that old white building in front of our church. I want to buy it someday. I use to look at it all the time thinking that I could do something good with it. Yeah, the sky does look pretty when it’s gold and pink. The clouds look like a castle floating on mountains. Look at those birds. Where do you think they’re going? The church bells stopped. We should go inside before the mosquitoes come out. Do you think these mosquitoes are getting bigger? Hey, stop you guys. Do you hear that? It sounds like music. Yeah, it’s the church bell. I heard they’re hiring at that church for coaches for their summer program. I think I am going to go apply. Come with me. Hello, are you still taking applications for summer coaches. That’s too bad. I really wanted to work here. I heard of all the good things you do for the community. I agree with what you are doing here. We do need good positive role models in the neighborhood. I am not going to school right now, but I want to be a teacher someday. Do you know that old building across from us? I want to buy it. It’s going to be either a recreational center or an early learning center like Head Start. Wow, I can still hear those church bells. Well, thank you for your time. And, yes, I do plan to attend college this fall; I am going to be a teacher. I will keep in touch. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen. Dear Father, thank you for all that you do, the seen and unseen. Thank you for my beautiful wife and our amazing daughter. Thank you for bringing me here today to slow me down from this busy world and catch my breath. This is the best part of the church when it is just you and me alone talking just like this. O’ there goes the twelve o’ clock bells. They sound so beautiful. Father, please give us strength when we are weak. Help us to be understanding, patient, and compassionate to each other. Help me be the best teacher that I can be. Let me receive the skills that I need so that I can come back into this community and teach them there is more than just this neighborhood, that my students can be anything they want if they just believe and have someone believing in them. I haven’t forgotten about that old building. What was that Lord? Is it time to wakeup? Will I still be able to hear the music in the bells? In that case, ring those bells, and I’ll get to work.

The History of the Reign of George III

To which is Prefixed a View of the Progressive Improvements of England in Property and Strength to the Accession of His Majesty

Author: Robert Bisset

Publisher: N.A


Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

View: 8870


In the Land of Magic Soldiers

A Story of White and Black in West Africa

Author: Daniel Bergner

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466803630

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 5343

An Los Angeles Times Best Book 2003 A chilling, beautifully written narrative of African war Sierra Leone is the world's most war-ravaged country. There, in a West African landscape of spectacular beauty, rampaging soldiers--many not yet in their teens--have made a custom of hacking off the hands of their victims, then letting them live as the ultimate emblem of terror. The country is so anarchic and so desperate that, forty years after independence, its people long to be recolonized. And the West wants to save it. Daniel Bergner's In the Land of Magic Soldiers follows both a set of white would-be saviors--a family of American missionaries, a mercenary helicopter gunship pilot, and the army of Great Britain--and also a set of Sierra Leoneans, among them a father who rescues his daughter from rape, loses his hands as punishment, then begins to rebuild his life; a child soldier and sometime cannibal; and a highly Westernized medical student who claims immunity to bullets and a cure for H.I.V. A story of black and white, of the First World and the world left infinitely behind, of those who would nation-build and those who live in a land of fire and jungle, In the Land of Magic Soldiers is an unforgettable work of literary reportage by "a terrific reporter with a novelist's eye" (Peter Applebome, The New York Times Book Review).