From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother's desperate search for a lost boy. Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm’s length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna’s skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. To save her son—and herself—once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she'd rewritten.
"Positively tailor-made for reading—or reading aloud—by flashlight," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. The phenomenally versatile, award-winning author Candace Fleming gives teen and older tween readers ten ghost stories sure to send chills up their spines. Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story takes place during a different time period from the 1860s to the present, and ends with the narrator's death. Some teens die heroically, others ironically, but all due to supernatural causes. Readers will meet walking corpses and witness demonic posession, all against the backdrop of Chicago's rich history—the Great Depression, the World's Fair, Al Capone and his fellow gangsters. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Steve Sjogren
Release Date: 2010-10
An Unforgettable Story of Life After Death It was a beautiful winter's day, showing no signs of what was to come. Steve Sjogren, a successful pastor of a growing church, went into the hospital for routine surgery and died twice. What began as a tragic medical accident led to Steve's near-death experience, an encounter of unimaginable peace and some surprises, with comforting words from God, a meeting with an angel, and seeing those who had died before him. Readers of The Day I Died will hear Steve's unforgettable story and catch a glimpse of heaven, discover how he learned a number of lessons about hearing God's voice in times of crisis, how he learned to trust God in a new way during the recovery process and how his life has changed as a result of this experience.
That was the day I met Gus, the day I grew a family as if from magic beans, the day she died. That's the point, see? It was the very same day... Jessie Constable has learned the hard way to always keep herself safe. But meeting Gus King changes everything. Before she knows it, Jessie is sleeping at Gus's house, babysitting his kids, becoming a part of his family. And yet, she can't ignore the unsettling questions. Who does she keep seeing from the corner of her eye? Why are strange men threatening her? Most importantly, what really happened to Gus's wife? Creating a brilliant, foreboding mystery where nothing is as it seems, master storyteller Catriona McPherson weaves an ominous tale that will keep you guessing until the very end. Praise: A 2015 Anthony Award Winner (Best Paperback Original) An Edgar Award Nominee (Best Paperback Original) "McPherson’s second stand-alone is a tour de force, a creepy psychological thriller that will leave you breathless."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Keep the lights on and batten down the hatches, for McPherson’s psychologically terrifying stand-alone demands to be read all night."—Library Journal "Cracking read, irresistible narrator."—Val McDermid, international bestselling author "Warnings are everywhere, neighbors are nosy, and the reader will stand beside Jessie, looking over their shoulders and waiting for the axe to fall."—Suspense Magazine "[A] deliciously disturbing tale of deception and self-deception...McPherson is a persuasive and immersive writer at the crest of her powers."—Alex Marwood, Edgar Award-winning author of Wicked Girls
Author: Lael Littke
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Release Date: 1998-09-15
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
How can you have a ghost story without a ghost? What if the ghost is only in your head? How would you know that you aren't losing your mind? By medical standards, sixteen-year-old Janine Palmer dies on the day of her automobile accident. When her spirit travels to the "other side," however, she is told that it isn't her time to die, and is sent back to live out her life. When she awakens from her coma, though, she discovers that she hasn't come back alone. There is someone else inside her mind. The voice in Janine's head claims to be the ghost of Lenore, Janine's twin sister, who drowned twelve years earlier. Lenore blames her own death on Janine and is determined to live again in her sister's body. Now the two girls must vie for one body. Can Janine be sure that her twin is really inside her, or is she simply going crazy?
In her honest work, The Day I Died, Melanie Pritchard tells the harrowing tale of her sudden death and miraculous healing through the remarkable accounts of those who witnessed it and those closest to her. With powerful insight, Melanie touches on the myriad of emotions and reactions to her miracle, which is approachable to anyone who has experienced tragedy or suffering. By defining her miraculous experience through faithful trust in Christ, the extraordinary reality of God's mercy comes shining through."The Gospel of Life is far more than a document written by Blessed John Paul II. It is Good News made real within the Church, special grace that gives life and inspires hope. Melanie Pritchard's autobiographical work bears eloquent witness to the Gospel of Life in an unparalleled and dramatic yet true way. While her words and actions, for years now, have challenged us to stand strong against a culture of death and to cooperate in building a civilization of love, this book and the true story of her heroic faith that it portrays, will move many to even greater action and to livelier faith. It reminds us of what we are capable with the help of God's love."-Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix"Reading The Day I Died is a powerful reminder of the strength that resides in the weak and broken. This intense tale of Melanie's death and new life will leave you breathless as you meditate on the infinite Divine Mercy and love that God has not only for her and her family, but for you as well."-Jennifer Willits, Radio Co-Host of "The Catholics Next Door," Co-Founder of Rosary Army Corp"It's common in this culture for people to doubt God's existence, much less His presence in times of suffering. In The Day I Died we're reminded - yet again - that God the Father never takes His eyes off of His children. Melanie's book is an important work - a timely reminder of God's unyielding faithfulness. From the strongest Christian soul to the most hardened or wandering heart, this story is worthy of your time to read and important for your heart to pray through. The Day I Died is soul-inspiring proof that miracles do still happen." - Mark Hart, Award-winning author, Executive Vice President - Life Teen International"In life and in death, Melanie is a witness to the fact that God's power is made perfect in weakness. Her book offers a riveting and heart-rending account of the power of intercession, the providence of God, and the dignity of human life. Whether you're married or single, this story will make you grateful for the gift of life at all its stages, and will remind you that God's word is true: love is stronger than death."- Jason and Crystalina Evert, Authors of "How to Find your Soulmate without Losing your Soul"
Author: James Romm
Release Date: 2014-03-11
From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne (“Gripping . . . the narrative verve of a born writer and the erudition of a scholar” —Daniel Mendelsohn) and editor of The Landmark Arrian:The Campaign of Alexander (“Thrilling” —The New York Times Book Review), a high-stakes drama full of murder, madness, tyranny, perversion, with the sweep of history on the grand scale. At the center, the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient Rome’s preeminent writer and philosopher, beginning with banishment in his fifties and subsequent appointment as tutor to twelve-year-old Nero, future emperor of Rome. Controlling them both, Nero’s mother, Julia Agrippina the Younger, Roman empress, great-granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus, sister of the Emperor Caligula, niece and fourth wife of Emperor Claudius. James Romm seamlessly weaves together the life and written words, the moral struggles, political intrigue, and bloody vengeance that enmeshed Seneca the Younger in the twisted imperial family and the perverse, paranoid regime of Emperor Nero, despot and madman. Romm writes that Seneca watched over Nero as teacher, moral guide, and surrogate father, and, at seventeen, when Nero abruptly ascended to become emperor of Rome, Seneca, a man never avid for political power became, with Nero, the ruler of the Roman Empire. We see how Seneca was able to control his young student, how, under Seneca’s influence, Nero ruled with intelligence and moderation, banned capital punishment, reduced taxes, gave slaves the right to file complaints against their owners, pardoned prisoners arrested for sedition. But with time, as Nero grew vain and disillusioned, Seneca was unable to hold sway over the emperor, and between Nero’s mother, Agrippina—thought to have poisoned her second husband, and her third, who was her uncle (Claudius), and rumored to have entered into an incestuous relationship with her son—and Nero’s father, described by Suetonius as a murderer and cheat charged with treason, adultery, and incest, how long could the young Nero have been contained? Dying Every Day is a portrait of Seneca’s moral struggle in the midst of madness and excess. In his treatises, Seneca preached a rigorous ethical creed, exalting heroes who defied danger to do what was right or embrace a noble death. As Nero’s adviser, Seneca was presented with a more complex set of choices, as the only man capable of summoning the better aspect of Nero’s nature, yet, remaining at Nero’s side and colluding in the evil regime he created. Dying Every Day is the first book to tell the compelling and nightmarish story of the philosopher-poet who was almost a king, tied to a tyrant—as Seneca, the paragon of reason, watched his student spiral into madness and whose descent saw five family murders, the Fire of Rome, and a savage purge that destroyed the supreme minds of the Senate’s golden age.
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring ANNE HATHAWAY and JIM STURGESS It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself. "One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you'll ever encounter." —People #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
The Day I Died: Brain Trauma and the Journey Back tells the story of a psychologist and registered nurse who had a massive, near-fatal injury while ski racing with her daughter. This is a riveting story about the trauma and healing of a brave and indomitable woman. Her extensive education and expertise enable Dr. Petiet to turn her personal tale into an inspirational account that instructs us all, especially when we face the arduous task of recovery from trauma, or when we support people--personally or professionally--as they heal. Special issues include: Coping with pain Rehabilitation medicine Integrative medicine Brain plasticity Helping children after trauma Somatic therapy Healing of eyes Ski safety There are reflections on humor, acceptance, gratitude, mystery and miracles. Extensive notes and resources offer guidance and information for the post-trauma journey.
Now finally in trade paperback, this best-selling book, from the award-winning author who has sold more than 150,000 books world-wide, tells the story of Raheim Rivers, a young black model about to make it big, who is suddenly struck with the reality of the AIDS epidemic. 'Hardy brilliantly lets Raheim's anxiety break through the surface of the narrative, just as it cracks through his consciousness in everyday dealings with his former lovers' - Library Journal 'A masterful and gifted storyteller... Bold and unforgettable' - Black Issues Book Review
Author: Mary Doria Russell
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2008-03-11
“I suppose I ought to warn you at the outset that my present circumstances are puzzling, even to me. Nevertheless, I am sure of this much: My little story has become your history. You won’t really understand your times until you understand mine.” So begins the account of Agnes Shanklin, the charmingly diffident narrator of Mary Doria Russell’s compelling new novel, Dreamers of the Day. And what is Miss Shanklin’s “little story?” Nothing less than the creation of the modern Middle East at the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference, where Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, and Lady Gertrude Bell met to decide the fate of the Arab world–and of our own. A forty-year-old schoolteacher from Ohio still reeling from the tragedies of the Great War and the influenza epidemic, Agnes has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the Peace Conference convenes, Agnes, with her plainspoken American opinions–and a small, noisy dachshund named Rosie–enters into the company of the historic luminaries who will, in the space of a few days at a hotel in Cairo, invent the nations of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan. Neither a pawn nor a participant at the conference, Agnes is ostensibly insignificant, and that makes her a welcome sounding board for Churchill, Lawrence, and Bell. It also makes her unexpectedly attractive to the charismatic German spy Karl Weilbacher. As Agnes observes the tumultuous inner workings of nation-building, she is drawn more and more deeply into geopolitical intrigue and toward a personal awakening. With prose as graceful and effortless as a seductive float down the Nile, Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East with a story that brilliantly elucidates today’s headlines. As enlightening as it is entertaining, Dreamers of the Day is a memorable, passionate, gorgeously written novel. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2016-01-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • People • NPR • The Washington Post • Slate • Harper’s Bazaar • Esquire • Time Out New York • Publishers Weekly • BookPage Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational Memoir At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both. Praise for When Breath Becomes Air “I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option. . . . Part of this book’s tremendous impact comes from the obvious fact that its author was such a brilliant polymath. And part comes from the way he conveys what happened to him—passionately working and striving, deferring gratification, waiting to live, learning to die—so well.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times “An emotional investment well worth making: a moving and thoughtful memoir of family, medicine and literature. It is, despite its grim undertone, accidentally inspiring.”—The Washington Post “Possesses the gravity and wisdom of an ancient Greek tragedy . . . [Kalanithi] delivers his chronicle in austere, beautiful prose. The book brims with insightful reflections on mortality that are especially poignant coming from a trained physician familiar with what lies ahead.”—The Boston Globe “Devastating and spectacular . . . [Kalanithi] is so likeable, so relatable, and so humble, that you become immersed in his world and forget where it’s all heading.”—USA Today
The universally acclaimed novel—winner of the Booker Prize and the basis for an award-winning film. Here is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.
Author: J. D. Cross
Release Date: 2015-06-16
This book "Soul Travel In Heaven - The Day I Died" is a true story that depicts the Near-Death Experience (NDE) JD Cross had at age nineteen when she soul traveled to God's heaven. This involuntary out-of-body event happened during an operation where she died on the operating table. This is more than a story. It is an illustration of the wonders in God's unseen world that is possibly accessible to those willing to pay the price of change to gain greater access to God's creation and soul travel. JD Cross explains, "Hello everyone. My name is JD Cross and I would like to introduce my book 'Soul Travel in Heaven - The Day I Died.' This is my story of a Near-Death Experience (NDE). I have also included stories of my spiritual journey from childhood into adulthood that include gifts from God that I believe most people have in one way or another but may not have discovered or developed them yet. I don't believe you are reading this book by chance. You may be seeking to understand and/or increase your understanding of God's gifts and that is where my book helps. I include examples of my gifts so you can look within and find yours. The story of my near-death experience is a small part of my spirit-driven life. Enjoy this NDE story but know that there's more to the spirit world than short stories. Join me in exploring what God has created and can awaken in those who are honest, open minded, and willing. Welcome."