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Private Paradise

By Debbie Macomber
  • ISBN Code: : 1460395492
  • Publisher : MIRA
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
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A fan-favorite novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. Widow Beth Graham is invited to stay on an island with friends. But when a last-minute accident keeps her friends from the island, Beth and her son end up sharing quarters with a handsome single father, John Livingstone, and his teenage daughter. Close quarters cause tempers to flare, but Beth and John just may manage to find love before the trip is over. Originally published in the 2008 anthology That Summer Place.

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Across Africa, a burgeoning middle class has become the poster child for the 'Africa rising' narrative. Ambitious, aspirational and increasingly affluent, this group is said to embody the values and hopes of the new Africa, with international bodies ranging from the United Nations Development Programme to the World Bank regarding them as important agents of both economic development and democratic change. This narrative, however, obscures the complex and often ambiguous role that this group actually plays in African societies. Bringing together economists, political scientists, anthropologists and development experts, and spanning a variety of case studies from across the continent, this collection provides a much-needed corrective to the received wisdom within development circles, and provides a fresh perspective on social transformations in contemporary Africa.

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  • Total of Pages : 242
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  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 407
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*A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON AND COLIN FIRTH* The West Memphis Three. Accused, convicted…and set free. Do you know their story? In 2011, one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American legal history was set right when Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley were released after eighteen years in prison. Award-winning journalist Mara Leveritt’s The Devil’s Knot remains the most comprehensive, insightful reporting ever done on the investigation, trials, and convictions of three teenage boys who became known as the West Memphis Three. For weeks in 1993, after the murders of three eight-year-old boys, police in West Memphis, Arkansas seemed stymied. Then suddenly, detectives charged three teenagers—alleged members of a satanic cult—with the killings. Despite the witch-hunt atmosphere of the trials, and a case which included stunning investigative blunders, a confession riddled with errors, and an absence of physical evidence linking any of the accused to the crime, the teenagers were convicted. Jurors sentenced Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley to life in prison and Damien Echols, the accused ringleader, to death. The guilty verdicts were popular in their home state—even upheld on appeal—and all three remained in prison until their unprecedented release in August 2011. With close-up views of its key participants, this award-winning account unravels the many tangled knots of this endlessly shocking case, one which will shape the American legal landscape for years to come.

The Art of Japanese Architecture

By David Young,Michiko Young
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  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Book Code : 1462906575
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Photography
  • Members : 460
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By examining the Japanese history of buildings and building designs from prehistory to modern day, lovers of Japan will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of this island country. Simplicity, sensitivity to the natural environment, and the use of natural materials are the hallmarks of Japanese architecture. The Art of Japanese Architecture provides a broad overview of traditional Japanese architecture in its historical and cultural context. It begins with a discussion of prehistoric dwellings and concludes with a description of modern Japanese buildings. Important historical influences and trends—notably the introduction of Buddhist culture from Korea and China, the development of feudalism, and the influence of modern Western styles of building—are all discussed in detail as facets of Japanese design. Through all of these changes, a restrained architectural tradition developed in marked contrast to an exuberant tradition characterized by monumentality and the use of bold colors. The book provides tremendous insights into the dynamic nature of Japanese architecture and how it reflects an underlying diversity within Japanese culture. The book is profusely illustrated with over 370 color photographs, woodblock prints, maps, diagrams, and specially commissioned watercolors. A classic in the making, The Art of Japanese Architecture will be sure to enlighten and delight readers.

Paradise Gardens

By Monty Don,Derry Moore
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  • Publisher : Two Roads
  • Book Code : 1473666503
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Gardening
  • Members : 399
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As seen on the highly acclaimed BBC2 series Monty Don's Paradise Gardens, a full colour exploration of the astonishing beauty of twenty-nine Islamic paradise gardens from Iran, Turkey, India, England, Spain and Morocco. In the Islamic tradition, a garden with its central elements of water, the scent of fruit trees, and places for rest and reflection, celebrate heaven on earth. Paradise gardens play a central role in everyday life in the Islamic world, yet little is known about them. Monty Don and acclaimed photographer, Derry Moore, set off on a journey to find out more about the principles and immersive delights of paradise gardens and how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design round the world. Their journey covers twenty-nine gardens from the Real Alcazar and the Alhambra in Spain, and Le Jardin Majorelle in Morocco, to Highgrove and a Mughal garden in Bradford in England. There are some spectacular and rarely seen examples such as Pasargadae and the Maidan in Isfahan, Iran, the birthplace of paradise gardens, as well as the more renowned examples such as Turkey's Topkapi Palace and the Amber Palace and Taj Mahal in India. A glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth. 'A garden, green and filled with water is heaven on earth - it is paradise.' Monty Don

The Fable of the Bees

By Bernard Mandeville,Phillip Harth
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 0141958596
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 623
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A physician with a particular interest in psychological disorders and satirist, Mandeville published versions of his notorious Fable of the Bees from 1714 to 1732. Each was a defence and elaboration of his short satirical poem The Angry Hive, 1705. The version of the Fable of 1723 and 1732 are the fullest defences of his early paradox that social benefit is the unintended consequence of personal vice. It is an argument that is generally held to lie behind Adam Smith's doctrine of the 'hidden hand' of economic development.

From This Life to the Next

By Judson Cornwall
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  • Publisher : Charisma Media
  • Book Code : 1629987182
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 773
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Heaven is no longer a mystery

Blind Jump

By Amos Ettinger
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  • Publisher : Associated University Presses
  • Book Code : 9780845348345
  • Total of Pages : 389
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 585
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War effort. The second objective was to try to rescue Jews from Eastern Europe and get them to Palestine. There were thirty-two volunteer parachutists from Palestine. Some of them parachuted into Yugoslavia, linked up with partisan forces, and stole across frontiers with the help of local smugglers. Many of these volunteers were caught and some of them never returned. Shaike Dan decided on a "blind jump," so as not to have to rely on the help of smugglers. Immediately.

Breathe Easy

By David Lewis
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 1446490092
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 181
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Breathing is what gives us life and yet we hardly ever think of this amazing process unless we happen to be running for a bus or sticking to our New Year's resolution of taking the stairs instead of the lift. But research now suggests that how we breathe can have a profound effect on our physical and emotional health, from controlling stress to improving mental focus and ability. Breathe Easy is a unique seven-day programme that allows you to unlock your true potential by harnessing the power of your breath. Dr David Lewis has worked with many top sports personalities to develop techniques that will help you perform at your peak consistently, physically, mentally and emotionally. Packed with practical exercises, and easy to follow, the programme takes just a few minutes each day. It's perfect for modern life, whether you need more confidence during presentations at work or simply want to feel energized and refreshed. You will feel calm, focused and motivated whatever the situation, and you'll never take breathing for granted again.

"New" Exoticisms

By Isabel Santaolalla
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9789042012523
  • Total of Pages : 264
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 588
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All civilisations have both feared and been fascinated by what lies beyond their limits, and have to a greater or lesser extent construed their “others” as exotics. Given that, even in its most consumerist fashion, the adoption of the exotic goes back a long way, what, then —if anything— is new in contemporary versions of exoticism? This volume attempts to offer some answers to this question. The first of its three sections serves as an extended introduction to the concept and practice of exoticism, considering the phenomenon from a number of theoretical and critical positions, explicitly examining —sometimes via significant examples— the particular attributes of exoticism. The second and third sections are more strictly text-based, relying on the analysis of specific instances of film in the former and literature in the latter, in order to tease out some specific uses of the exotic –whether ethnic, gendered, sexual or other. This volume will be of interest to scholars and students working in the fields of representation, cultural theory, postcolonialism, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, cinema and literature.

Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago

By Ysanne Holt,David Martin-Jones,Owain Jones
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351187694
  • Total of Pages : 206
  • Category : Art
  • Members : 632
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This edited collection, including contributors from the disciplines of art history, film studies, cultural geography and cultural anthropology, explores ways in which islands in the north of England and Scotland have provided space for a variety of visual-cultural practices and forms of creative expression which have informed our understanding of the world. Simultaneously, the chapters reflect upon the importance of these islands as a space in which, and with which, to contemplate the pressures and the possibilities within contemporary society. This book makes a timely and original contribution to the developing field of island studies, and will be of interest to scholars studying issues of place, community and the peripheries.

Imperial Illusions

By Kristina Kleutghen
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  • Publisher : University of Washington Press
  • Book Code : 0295805528
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Art
  • Members : 333
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In the Forbidden City and other palaces around Beijing, Emperor Qianlong (r. 1736-1795) surrounded himself with monumental paintings of architecture, gardens, people, and faraway places. The best artists of the imperial painting academy, including a number of European missionary painters, used Western perspectival illusionism to transform walls and ceilings with visually striking images that were also deeply meaningful to Qianlong. These unprecedented works not only offer new insights into late imperial China�s most influential emperor, but also reflect one way in which Chinese art integrated and domesticated foreign ideas. In Imperial Illusions, Kristina Kleutghen examines all known surviving examples of the Qing court phenomenon of �scenic illusion paintings� (tongjinghua), which today remain inaccessible inside the Forbidden City. Produced at the height of early modern cultural exchange between China and Europe, these works have received little scholarly attention. Richly illustrated, Imperial Illusions offers the first comprehensive investigation of the aesthetic, cultural, perceptual, and political importance of these illusionistic paintings essential to Qianlong�s world. For more information: http://arthistorypi.org/books/imperial-illusions