Author: Andrew Solomon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2013-10
Genre: Family & Relationships
The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents while evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families. 150,000 first printing.
“For years I have carried this book...with me on travels to reread, ponder, envy. In prose of classic gravity, precision, and delicacy, Fowles addresses matters of final importance.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review “The Tree is the fullest and finest exploration I’ve ever read of how the useless delights to be discovered in nature can ripen into the practice of art.” —Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift “The most original argument for wilderness preservation I have encountered.” —Washington Post Finally back in print, here is the 30th anniversary edition of The Tree—the renowned English novelist John Fowles’s (The Magus, The French Lieutenant’s Woman) moving meditation on the connection between the natural world and human creativity. An inspiring modern ecological classic, The Tree is both a powerful argument against taming the wild and a major author’s inspiring and beautifully written defense of “the joys of getting lost,” and of spontaneity in life and art.
Author: Paul Waters
Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.
Release Date: 2015-02-09
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows, The Frog in the Tree is a journey of discovery for both a frog and a baby crow who help each other overcome their fears and doubts. It is a tale of friendship and bravery and finally a family’s love at the end. Beautifully illustrated, the lilting storyline will carry the reader from beginning to end in a joyous melody of sight and sound. Keywords: Adventure, Children’s Book, Picture, Learning, Tale, Magic, Frog, Tree, Friends, Courage
The book is about faith and the resulting outcomes when setbacks are presented in one's life. It particularly describes the past decade; with brief accounts of a woman's childhood, adolescence, and the periods preceding her career with the government. It attempts to convey a positive message on spiritual beliefs, the inner peace associated with such beliefs, with emphasis on the dramatic developments she experienced following her termination of employment with a government agency.
Author: John Loadman
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date: 2005-07-07
This unique book tells the fascinating story of four thousand years of rubber as seen through the lives of the adventurers and scientists who promoted it, lusted after it and eventually tamed it into the ubiquitous, yet crucial material of our lives today.
Author: Robin Benway
Release Date: 2017-10-03
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
National Book Award Finalist! Perfect for fans of NBC's "This Is Us," Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it. Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including— Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs. And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him. Don't miss this moving novel that addresses such important topics as adoption, teen pregnancy, and foster care.
Author: Israel Regardie
Publisher: Weiser Books
Release Date: 1972-01-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
The most comprehensive introduction available to the Golden Dawn system of initiation. An ideal introduction to the numerous complex and obscure mystical writings of Aleister Crowley. Includes practical exercises for developing the will and the imagination.
As The Giving Tree turns fifty, this timeless classic is available for the first time ever in ebook format. This digital edition allows young readers and lifelong fans to continue the legacy and love of a household classic that will now reach an even wider audience. Never before have Shel Silverstein's children's books appeared in a format other than hardcover. Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, and of classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit. And don't miss Runny Babbit Returns, the new book from Shel Silverstein!
In Faery Seership the truths we seek can only be found within ourselves, within nature, and within our relationships to nature. At the center of the Faery Tradition lies the Tree of Enchantment: the symbol for these relationships and for the threefold life of humanity. At each level of the tree, there are attending spirit forces that vary from beings of light to beings of shadow, from the ancestors of humanity to the architects of form and nature, from the destiny of our planet to the creation forces of the universe. The tree’s roots grow through the lower world, where all life originates and the dead travel, its trunk and lower branches reach out across the middle world, where elemental forces and the four directions guide us, and its highest branches reach the into the upper world and the Star realm. Weaving together folk tradition and extensive academic research, Orion Foxwood has created an accessible, beautifully written pathway into the Old Religion of Faery Seership. Based on Appalachian traditions, Wiccan studies, Celtic oral traditions, and the Craft from Western and Northern Europe, The Tree of Enchantment offers the student of Faery Tradition both introductory and advanced visionary practices and authentic tools to learn to navigate the three realms of humanity. With diligence and an open heart, the reader will learn to cross The River of Blood, pass through The Gate of Awakening, and over The River of Stars.
Author: Roland Edmund Murphy
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date: 2002-01-28
Since 1990 Roland Murphy's Tree of Life has been a standard introduction to the wisdom literature of the Bible. Now The Tree of Life is available in a third edition, complete with a new preface by the author and a special supplement that surveys the latest developments in wisdom research. This superb study thoroughly explores the wisdom writings of the Bible, interpreting this literature in a way that illumines the development of Israel's search for wisdom throughout its tumultuous history. Murphy looks at each wisdom book individually -- Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiasticus, and Wisdom of Solomon -- and adds to them a discussion of wisdom from other parts of the Old Testament. His careful investigations expose the various guises that wisdom adopts -- the "fear of the Lord," moral formation, the universality of human experience, the mysteries of creation, and others.
Author: R. A. Brown
Release Date: 2010-12-22
This book of fiction raises one likely possibility for the immediate future given recent history. It also considers the idea that at some point everyone wonders what is the meaning of all this stuff surrounding us — the earth, the solar system, the universe and time? Is it all meant just for Homo sapiens? This author explores the best answer that science and/or faith can deliver at this moment. It is the answer that you most likely would have arrived at if you had decided to become a scientist as an occupation and a novelist/philosopher as a preoccupation. It starts with what we know about this planet, its flora and fauna including that special species, Homo sapiens, where the metaphor of the vanity of Don Quixote versus the humility and reality of Sancho Panza is used. In this context we can examine ways to enjoy life given a healthy respect for our limitations. It helps explain our cultural successes/failures and helps us come to terms with what we are. It is a thriller novel designed to make the philosophy palatable. As such, it should be entertaining and intellectually satisfying. This 2nd edition is condensed for easy reading. In a word this book is provocative..... I think it’s ideal reading for book clubs because it forces you to think about man’s role in the universe(s) and so much of the middle portion is an ideal source for discussion topics. If you like science, read it. If you dislike science, read it twice. - N. Johnson (Seattle, WA USA) The author insightfully contemplates the essential meaning of human life from a scientist’s point of view while rehearsing the progress of mankind through the historical record by telling the life story of one individual. He points to an inevitable conclusion that is eerily contemporary. - Rev. Ken Snyder (Maui) Brown cooks up a scenario which I first thought as too fantastic; but when I reflect on the present state of the world, and the possible consequences of the proliferation of nuclear arms, the scenario becomes believable and scary. I could relate to much of the story; I will be more vigilant on my next hike in the Cascades.... A very readable yarn. - Ramesh Gangolli (Seattle, WA)