The Things We Wish Were True

Author: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
ISBN: 1503936074
Release Date: 2016-09-01
Genre: Fiction

In an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations. From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house. Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors intertwined lives begins to unravel. During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?"


Author: Clayton King
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 9781441222374
Release Date: 2015-06-30
Genre: Religion

When we think of success, we think of words like bigger, more, and better. Bigger paycheck, more security, better reputation. But what if God's perspective on success was radically different than our own? What if the things we seek to avoid--pain, suffering, weakness, insecurity--were the very things he used to mold us into his image? With insights born from his own difficult journey, Clayton King offers readers a truly liberating understanding of weakness and suffering--not as God's punishment, but as his pruning. Revealing the God who is a companion in our most difficult seasons, King shows us that when we are in Christ, our deepest pain becomes the source of our greatest power, and our times of testing become our strongest testimony. Anyone who struggles to make sense of seemingly hopeless situations will find in this book not only hope for a brighter future but purpose in their imperfect present.

Stay With Me

Author: Garret Freymann-Weyr
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547975085
Release Date: 2007-09-10
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Leila Abranel was born some twenty years after her sisters. Her elegant sisters from her father’s first marriage have lives full of work, love affairs, and travel. Leila doesn’t know either of them very well, but she loves hearing about them—details of Rebecca’s ruined marriage, Clare’s first job, and the strings of unsuitable boyfriends. When Rebecca kills herself, Leila wants to know why. She starts by spending time with Clare and finally comes to know her as a person instead of a story. With Clare’s reluctant help, Leila tracks down Rebecca’s favorite places and tries to find her sister’s friends. Along the way, Leila meets Eamon. Eamon is thirty-one and writes for television. He thinks Leila is beautiful and smart, but he does not, he tells her, date teenagers. And yet, the months go by and Leila turns seventeen and learns that you can love someone you are not dating. Maybe letting Eamon love her back is a mistake. Maybe she’ll never know why Rebecca did what she did. Maybe, Leila, decides, most people have a hard time figuring out which way is left or knowing when to let go and when to stay.

Southern Cultures

Author: Harry L. Watson
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807886465
Release Date: 2008-04-28
Genre: History

What does "redneck" mean? What's going to happen to the southern accent? What makes black southerners laugh? What is "real" country music? These are the kinds of questions that pop up in this collection of notable essays from Southern Cultures, the journal of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Intentionally plural, Southern Cultures was founded in 1993 to present all sides of the American South, from sorority sisters to Pocahontas, from kudzu to the blues. This volume collects 27 essays from the journal's first fifteen years, bringing together some of the most memorable and engaging essays as well as some of those most requested for use in courses. A stellar cast of contributors discusses themes of identity, pride, traditions, changes, conflicts, and stereotypes. Topics range from black migrants in Chicago to Mexican immigrants in North Carolina, from Tennessee wrestlers to Martin Luther King, from the Civil War to contemporary debates about the Confederate flag. Funny and serious, historical and contemporary, the collection offers something new for every South-watcher, with fresh perspectives on enduring debates about the people and cultures of America's most complex region. Contributors: Derek H. Alderman, East Carolina University Donna G'Segner Alderman, Greenville, North Carolina S. Jonathan Bass, Samford University Dwight B. Billings, University of Kentucky Catherine W. Bishir, Preservation North Carolina Kathleen M. Blee, University of Pittsburgh Elizabeth Boyd, Vanderbilt University James C. Cobb, University of Georgia Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Joseph Crespino, Emory University Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University franklin forts, University of Georgia David Goldfield, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Larry J. Griffin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adam Gussow, University of Mississippi Trudier Harris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Patrick Huber, University of Missouri-Rolla Louis M. Kyriakoudes, University of Southern Mississippi Melton McLaurin, University of North Carolina at Wilmington Michael Montgomery, University of South Carolina Steve Oney, Los Angeles, California Theda Perdue, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dan Pierce, University of North Carolina at Asheville John Shelton Reed, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Mart Stewart, Western Washington University Thomas A. Tweed, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Timothy B. Tyson, Duke University Anthony Walton, Bowdoin College Harry L. Watson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi C. Vann Woodward (1908-1999)

Grumble Hallelujah

Author: Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 1414366124
Release Date: 2011-08-31
Genre: Religion

If you had told Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira while she was crying on the kitchen floor that she could find a way to praise God in this situation, she wouldn’t have believed you. In fact, she might have thrown something at you. Looking around at a life that was disappointingly different from what she’d dreamed, she couldn’t imagine honestly singing out a hallelujah. But then it occurred to her that, well, maybe she could manage to grumble one. Have you been there? During life’s lowest moments, it is so tempting to blame ourselves, our circumstances, or God. But what would happen if we turned to God and managed to praise him instead, in whatever way we could? Might he show up and help us find the things in our lives that he made to be loved? Grumble Hallelujah offers humor, candid stories, and solid scriptural backing that will help you see clearly just how your life is meant to be lived—and loved.

Seeing Complexity in Public Education

Author: Donald Peurach
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199736539
Release Date: 2011-09-05
Genre: Education

This book examines the complexity of effective, large-scale, and sustainable education reform through a historical analysis of the Success for All Foundation, an organization that has collaborated with thousands of elementary schools across the US to enact a common design for comprehensive school reform, all in the effort to improve the reading achievement of millions of students. The purpose of the book is to develop an analytic framework to assist education reformers in seeing and confronting complexity in their own improvement efforts.

The a Club

Author: Ayceinr G O'Wynn
Publisher: Westview Book Publisher
ISBN: 9781933912035
Release Date: 2006-07
Genre: Political Science

What is this place, this way of life, this "A Club" that so many risk so much to join and others look to exploit.from without and from within? Since the beginning, this place, we now call the US of A, has been built by people from all over the earth. Some as explorers, some as exploiters, some as settlers, and some as founding colonists.The USA has also been shaped by slaves, immigrants, convicts, and natives. America is a magnet that attracts the restless and creative from every foreign land. The A Club? What's The A Club? The "A" in A Club stands for "Americans." Therefore, "The A Club" is "The Americans Club." "The United States of Americans." Or as some pronounce it; Amrca. Specifically that group of American "Citizens" declared on the 2nd & 4th of July, 1776 starting as the "thirteen united States of America" at 2.3 million people* and continuing unbroken to today @ 289 million "citizens strong" and counting. 4 million of these American Citizens are paying their dues to the A Club from their homes on foreign soil. There are another 14 million foreigners living here, some legally and most illegally, some in our system to work and others to work the system. Some visitors are here waiting in line to contribute their part as full-fledged legal American citizens, some are here temporarily to soak up "America" and return to their countries to apply lessons learned and some are here to work the system, to sponge off our prosperity, exploit our open society, contribute the bare minimum (sounds like some native-born Americans we hear about), all while staying loyal to foreign soil. America is the Big Show that millions line up for miles just to get tickets to and for those entering from the south; we're the World Cup Soccer/Futbol Championship Game between Mexico and the USA. Will The A Club or the M Club emerge as victor? Or will both win for the common good? Of the world.


Author: & Doinit Right
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
ISBN: 9781609113544
Release Date: 2010-05
Genre: Family & Relationships

We all know that couple. That perfectly matched pair who never seems to be anything less than madly in love with each other. Mr. & Mrs. Doinit Right are that couple. Through their years of happy marriage, these two have found the path from being an ordinary couple - bored, resigned and stressed, to being an extraordinary one - passionate, energetic, and joyful. For years people have been asking them about their perfect relationship. In Orgasmic they have collected the wisdom of their life together in one place. From the sensual, to the romantic, to the practical, their guidance offers readers a path to staying happy and together through thick and thin. Using personal stories and theories based on their experiences, Mr. & Mrs. Doinit Right spell out their basic belief that perfect love is available to everyone. You just have to want it, find it, and respect it. In these pages, you won't find a lot of psychobabble, just real-world advice from a real-world couple who couldn't be more in love.

Stephen Colbert and Philosophy

Author: Aaron Allen Schiller
Publisher: Open Court Publishing
ISBN: 9780812696615
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Philosophy

This collection is crammed with thoughtful and amusing chapters, each written by a philosopher and all focused on Colbert's inimitable reality--from his word creations to his position as faux pundit--and examining his greatest forums, including The Colbert Report, his best-selling book, and his public performances. Original.