Almost as old as the idea of the library is the urge to destroy it. Author Lucien X. Polastron traces the history of this destruction, examining the causes for these disasters, the treasures that have been lost, and where the surviving books, if any, have ended up. Books on Fire received the 2004 Société des Gens de Lettres Prize for Nonfiction/History in Paris.
First he's suspected of murder, then he disappears. But no matter what the evidence says—Riley St. Joe knows her grandfather is not capable of such a vile act. The famed explorer and oceanographer taught her all she knows. Now she'll pay him back by finding the real killer. Recovering from gunshot wounds received in the line of duty, FBI agent John Straker is the last man Riley would go to for help. As lifelong nemeses, bitter arguments are the only constant in their relationship. But knowing she's in danger—and about to get herself into more—Straker can't help but keep an eye on her, even if it means binding their fates with combustible ties.
Author: Larry Schwarm
Publisher: Duke University Press
Release Date: 2003
A startling document of one of the original elements--fire--takes readers into the heart of Kansas's annual "controlled burns," revealing the complex personalities of fires through dozens of startling images taken very close to the heart of these fires. (Fine Arts)
Author: Dr. Ronnie Floyd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 2004-04-17
Ronnie Floyd has seen his church grow tremendously as a result of his biblical teachings on spiritual disciplines such as prayer and fasting. As the conservative, evangelical counterpart to Richard Foster'sThe Celebration of Discipline,Floyd's book explores nine essential spiritual disciplines of the Christian life. With chapters such as "He's God, Not Just Your Buddy," "Confess and Be Filled," and "Every Choice is a God Choice,"Life on Fireshows believers how living a radically committed, passionate, and purposeful life in Christ is both possible and fulfilling.
Author: Sue Limb
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 2010-06-07
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Jess and Fred are finally an 'item'. They have spent the remainder of their summer holidays just as they planned to - creating fabulous comedy routines together. Until one fateful morning in the park just before term starts, when Fred casually mentions that he's not sure he wants to go out with Jess any more . . . Jess is OUTRAGED! Sue Limb's narrative is fresh, funny and effervescent, simultaneously capturing the agonies, the indecisions, the wrong moves and the misunderstandings that are all part of a first-ever relationship . . .
One of Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now and the riveting conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles! GODS. I'M AN IDIOT. Without Griffin—and apparently a few meddling Gods—to push me along, I'd still be telling fortunes at the circus, lying about my past, ignoring my future, and living as far away from my tyrant mother as humanly possible. True understanding thuds into place. Hope isn't just an abstract concept; it's me. Flesh and blood me. Griffin knew it all along. Probably everyone did. I'm an idea in human form. I have the power of the Gods at my fingertips. The only thing ever stopping me has been me. The Kingmaker Chronicles: A Promise of Fire (Book 1) Breath of Fire (Book 2) Heart on Fire (Book 3) Praise for the Kingmaker Chronicles: A NPR Best Book of 2016 A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016 A Washington Post Best Romance of the Month A Bustle Best Romance of 2016 Readers are raving about the Kingmaker Chronicles "A heart-pounding and joyous romantic adventure. Amanda Bouchet's talent is striking."—NALINI SINGH, New York Times bestselling author "Give this to your Game of Thrones fans."—Booklist STARRED Review "Utterly breathtaking!"—DARYNDA JONES, New York Times bestselling author "Bouchet sets the bar for high-concept fantasy romance. Simply brilliant."—Kirkus STARRED Review "Loved it!"—ELOISA JAMES, New York Times bestselling author "Absolutely fabulous."—C.L. WILSON, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King "Easily my favorite book of 2016!"—Bookriot "Top-notch. A fantasy romance that will blow your chest plate off."—Adrian Lang, Amazon.com's Omnivoracious "I think you all should just go read it now."—Smexy Books
Author: Susannah Cahalan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2013-08-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
An account of the author's struggle with a rare brain-attacking autoimmune disease traces how she woke up in a hospital room with no memory of baffling psychotic symptoms, describing the last-minute intervention by a doctor who identified the source of her illness.
Art on Fire is the apparent biography of subversive painter Francesca deSilva, the founding foremother of "pseudorealism," who lived hard and died young. But in the tradition of Vladimir Nabokov's acclaimed novel Pale Fire, it's a fiction from start to finish. It opens with Francesca's early life. We learn about her childhood love, the chess genius Lisa Sinsong, as well as her rivalry with her brilliant sister Isabella, who publishes an acclaimed volume of poetry at the age of twelve. She compensates for the failings of her less than attentive parents by turning to her grandmother who is loyal and adoring until she learns Francesca is a lesbian, when she rejects her. Francesca flees to a ramshackle cabin in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, working weekends at the flea market. She breaks into the gloomy basement of a house, where she begins her life as a painter. Much to her confusion and even dismay, fame comes quickly. Interspersed with Francesca's narrative are thirteen critical "essays" on the paintings of Francesca deSilva by critics, academics, and psychologists—essays that are razor-sharp satires on art, lesbian life, and the academic world, puncturing pretentiousness with every paragraph. Art on Fire is a darkly comic, pitch-perfect, and fearless satire on the very art of biography itself. Art on Fire is the latest winner of the Bywater Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Heekin Foundation Award, the Dana Awards, and the Story Oaks Prize. It was mistakenly awarded the nonfiction prize in the Amherst Book and Plow Competition.
Author: Tracy Higley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 2013-09-24
Previously released as Pompeii. As Vesuvius churns, a slave girl-turned-gladiator joins forces with an unlikely source to seek justice. In the coastal town of Pompeii, a new gladiator prepares to fight. But this gladiator hides a deadly secret: she’s a runaway Jewish slave girl named Ariella, disguised as a young boy. A savvy fighter, Ariella determines to triumph in the arena, knowing her life will be forfeit should anyone uncover the truth. Cato, a wealthy politician, moved to Pompeii after tiring of the corruption in Rome. But he soon learns that Pompeii is just as corrupt, and if he doesn’t play the game, his family could pay the price. Determined to bring about justice for the citizens of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. But what he discovers instead is a confounding group of Christians . . . and a young female gladiator whose fame is growing daily. Political unrest reaches a boiling point as Christians are jailed and executed, and the mountain in the distance threatens to destroy the city with its river of fire. Cato and Ariella must act quickly and courageously to save their loved ones before all is lost.