I owe my father, Harvis Sr., and my mother, Rita, a debt of gratitude for the values they instilled in me at an early age that carried me through life. My goal is that readers of my stories will have fond memories of their childhood and events throughout their lives. If I am able to put a smile on the readers face as they recall their own past lives, I will have succeeded in this project. I also want to thank my sweet wife, Ginny, for encouraging and supporting me throughout this journey.
Isle of Canes is the epic account of an African-American family in Louisiana that, over four generations and more than 150 years, rose from the chains of slavery to rule the Isle of Canes. Historically accurate and genealogically significant, this first novel by eminent genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills is a gripping tale of racial bias, human conflict, and economic ruin told against the backdrop of colonial Louisiana. This novel is the result of more than thirty years of research. To fuel the story, as well as to maintain historical accuracy, the author found and referenced actual family history documents such as baptism records, manumission papers, probate records, land records, book extracts, and more to reconstruct the lives and times of Francois, Fanny, Coincoin, Augustin, and countless other unforgettable characters. But it takes more than documents on paper and microfilm to bring such an epic story to life. Mills' engaging prose puts flesh on the bones and pulls you into the lives and lifestyle of long-ago Louisiana. ""
Author: Lalita Tademy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2014-11-04
The New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club Pick Cane River brings us the evocative story of a once-enslaved man who buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, and his granddaughter, who sustains his legacy of courage. Cow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his tenth birthday, possessed an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. As the new country developed westward, and Indians, settlers, and blacks came into constant contact, Cow Tom became a key translator for his Creek master and was hired out to US military generals. His talent earned him money—but would it also grant him freedom? And what would become of him and his family in the aftermath of the Civil War and the Indian Removal westward? Cow Tom’s legacy lives on—especially in the courageous spirit of his granddaughter Rose. She rises to leadership of the family as they struggle against political and societal hostility intent on keeping blacks and Indians oppressed. But through it all, her grandfather’s indelible mark of courage inspires her—in mind, in spirit, and in a family legacy that never dies. Written in two parts portraying the parallel lives of Cow Tom and Rose, Citizens Creek is a beautifully rendered novel that takes the reader deep into a little known chapter of American history. It is a breathtaking tale of identity, community, family—and above all, the power of an individual’s will to make a difference.
Skinny Dipping in Cane River Julian James returns to his hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana with an urn under his arm--and a heart full of regrets. Around every corner are haunting memories, one in particular: As a teenager, Julian's worst nightmare comes true when his father supposedly commits suicide. But he never believes the stories swirling about his father and soon discovers a hidden diary with three coded messages. Sara, a clever new friend, helps him decode the first message, and his fears are confirmed. His father's death was no accident. Julian digs deeper, investigating clues overlooked by the local authorities. But the closer he gets to solving his father's mysterious death, the more dangerous the game becomes--risking not only his life, but Sara's, too.
Author: Lalita Tademy
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: 2007-01-01
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Cane River comes the paperback debut of an epic work of fiction that tells the dramatic, intertwining story of two families and their struggles to make a place for themselves in a country deeply divided in the aftermath of the Civil War.
These classic historical romance novels are getting a new look for the next generation of readers. But the wonderful stories remain the same, as touching and fresh as they were when first published. Praise for the Brides of Culdee Creek series: "A poignant love story that will remain with the reader long after the book is closed."--Lori Copeland, author of the Brides of the West series "A beautiful story of redemptive love. . . . A memorable read."--Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Catching Katie "A spectacular new series."--Library Journal Praise for Kathleen Morgan: "Kathleen Morgan writes with deep emotion and feeling."--Reader to Reader "A marvelous storyteller."--Romantic Times "Kathleen Morgan is a phenomenal writer!"--The Talisman
Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they've ever encountered Africa so immediately. The eight-year-old narrator of "An Ex-Mas Feast" needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school. Even when his twelve-year-old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds, his dream can't be granted. Food comes first. His family lives in a street shanty in Nairobi, Kenya, but their way of both loving and taking advantage of each other strikes a universal chord. In the second of his stories published in a New Yorker special fiction issue, Akpan takes us far beyond what we thought we knew about the tribal conflict in Rwanda. The story is told by a young girl, who, with her little brother, witnesses the worst possible scenario between parents. They are asked to do the previously unimaginable in order to protect their children. This singular collection will also take the reader inside Nigeria, Benin, and Ethiopia, revealing in beautiful prose the harsh consequences for children of life in Africa. Akpan's voice is a literary miracle, rendering lives of almost unimaginable deprivation and terror into stories that are nothing short of transcendent. Bonus ebook content: includes an interview with "The New Yorker," additional photos of the author, discussion questions and topics, and a link to a music download.
Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut. Winter, 1919. Amanda Starkey spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, she flees Milwaukee and retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake, seeking comfort with her younger sister, Mathilda, and three-year-old niece, Ruth. But very soon, Amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge--she has carried her troubles with her. On one terrible night almost a year later, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake. When Mathilda's husband comes home from the war, wounded and troubled himself, he finds that Amanda has taken charge of Ruth and the farm, assuming her responsibility with a frightening intensity. Wry and guarded, Amanda tells the story of her family in careful doses, as anxious to hide from herself as from us the secrets of her own past and of that night. Ruth, haunted by her own memory of that fateful night, grows up under the watchful eye of her prickly and possessive aunt and gradually becomes aware of the odd events of her childhood. As she tells her own story with increasing clarity, she reveals the mounting toll that her aunt's secrets exact from her family and everyone around her, until the heartrending truth is uncovered. Guiding us through the lives of the Starkey women, Christina Schwarz's first novel shows her compassion and a unique understanding of the American landscape and the people who live on it. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: John Green
Release Date: 2017-10-10
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
“Wrenching and revelatory.” An instant #1 bestseller, the widely acclaimed Turtles All the Way Down is John Green's brilliant and shattering new novel. “A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control.” – People Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
Author: Ann-Marie MacDonald
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2011-01-25
The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives -- even destroy them. Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters. Theirs is a world filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love. Compellingly written, by turns menacingly dark and hilariously funny, this is an epic tale of five generations of sin, guilt, and redemption.
Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Publisher: Scandinavia Publishing House
Release Date: 2015-01-26
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Thirty of Hans Christian Andersen's most cherished stories in single volumes Illustrator various artists. Known all over the world, these fairytales hold stories of great value and are a source of inspiration for both young and old.
Author: John Du Cane
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2017-05-25
Genre: Booksellers and bookselling
"Wild Boy is a collection of true tales from the greatest revolutionary the fitness industry has ever known: Mr. John Du Cane. Some of the stories contained within may shock you, others will warm your heart. Some will make you blush, while a great many will make you laugh out loud. One thing is for sure: once you pick up Wild Boy, you won't be able to put it down! As you would expect from a man who has published scores of books and hundreds of articles, Du Cane's mastery of language and imagery is unparalleled. The style lures you in and doesn't let go. Wild Boy is fantastic story telling at its best, part prose, part poetry. It reminds me of the early work of Charles Bukowski or Henry Miller in its vividness, beauty and boldness. In any event, Wild Boy is the documentation of a life well lived, including multiple eras and settings, as well as some of the most interesting characters you've ever encountered on the printed page. I loved it!" -DANNY KAVADLO, author of Strength Rules From the Kalahari desert, to the jungles of Sierra Leone, to Swinging Sixties London to France, to India and beyond, Dragon Door publisher John Du Cane has led a Forrest Gump-like life of encounters with the great, the bizarre, the dangerous and the downright depraved. With a laconic, visceral, image-laden style reminiscent of Bob Dylan's cryptic lyrics, Du Cane delivers a set of compelling tales that exude a raw passion, a wry sense of humor and some penetrating spiritual insights. Like a Picasso portrait from his Cubist period, these are bits and pieces that put together make up a face. In this case, the multi-faceted face of a complex visionary and innovator who changed the landscape of modern fitness. What did Mick Jagger's wife, Bianca, give John for the first time in his life? How and where did he meet Sharon Tate, shortly before she was murdered by the Charlie Manson gang? Why was John arrested and detained in the #1 prison for the criminally insane? What decided John to eat his father? What happened when Patti Smith's friend Robert Mapplethorpe invited john to come see his artwork? What Tantric Sex Goddess spiked his tea with LSD? How did he survive being raped by a beatnik? What did Andy Warhol superstar Jackie Curtiss do to John in Max's Kansas City? What did John's daughter do with Lou Reed? How it can really hurt to be double rear-ended. How John drove from Paris to Italy and back with no money for gas. Why John hates and fears all dogs. Who blew his brains out in John's house and why? Why did the Chinese Government detain John in isolation for one week? What did the Egyptian guide try to do to John on top of the Great Pyramid? What did John do when he discovered his car was on fire? What black magician filmmaker did he befriend for a while-with reservations cast aside? What weird assassin's weapon did John get from a tribal chief? Did John's dad really help sink the Bismarck? And did crocodiles really eat those little babies? How John nearly died from windsurfing in a Speedo. Why a riot broke out when John showed one of his films in France and why. And much, much more... Table of Contents include: I'm Gonna Burn Your Bush Your Car's on Fire From Toys to Tar Burning Down the Hut Pierce My Nipple Before Her Murder Want Some Cocaine? Master Lou Cobra Blood and a Shot of Scotch The Latter Day Lunch Anger Rising Acid in My Tea The Angry Dwarf from Horror Hospital Meeting Adonis at The Crossroads Do You Have a Sister-And Is Your Dad a Butcher? Sexcapades How to Survive Being Raped by a Beatnik Jackie Be Good You Want Beautiful Lady Come? Not With the Driver, Honey Is This a Date? When My Dad Torpedoed the Bismarck Death by Crocodile Hit-and-Run at The Caribou Drive-Thru It Hurts to Be Double Rear-Ended The Turkish Army Truck Here, Smoke This Oil Suck My Gasoline Shit, But Beautifully Cooked The Exploding Eyeball