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It Came from Something Awful

Author: Dale Beran
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An insider's history of the website at the end of the world, which burst into politics and memed Donald Trump into the White House. The internet has transformed the ways we think and act, and by consequence, our politics. The most impactful recent political movements on the far left and right started with massive online collectives of teenagers. Strangely, both movements began on the same website: an anime imageboard called 4chan.org. It Came from Something Awful is the fascinating and bizarre story of 4chan and its profound effect on youth counterculture. Dale Beran has observed the website's shifting activities and interests since the beginning. 4chan is a microcosm of the internet itself—simultaneously at the vanguard of contemporary culture, politics, comedy and language, and a new low for all of the above. It was the original meme machine, mostly frequented by socially awkward and disenfranchised young men in search of a place to be alone together. During the recession of the late 2000’s, the memes became political. 4chan was the online hub of a leftist hacker collective known as Anonymous and a prominent supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. But within a few short years, the site’s ideology spun on its axis; it became the birthplace and breeding ground of the alt-right. In It Came from Something Awful, Beran uses his insider’s knowledge and natural storytelling ability to chronicle 4chan's strange journey from creating rage-comics to inciting riots to—according to some—memeing Donald Trump into the White House.


They came from Kernitza

Author: Hilda Shubert
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The Pigman Me

Author: Paul Zindel
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"Eight hundred and fifty-three horrifying things had happened to me by the time I was a teenager. That was when I met my Pigman, whose real name was Nonno Frankie." The year Paul Zindel, his sister, Betty, and their mother lived in the town of Travis, Staten Island, New York, was the most important time of his teenage life. It was the year he and Jennifer Wolupopski were best friends. It was the year of the apple tree, the water-head baby, and Cemetery Hill. And it was the year he met Nonno Frankie Vivona, who became his Pigman. Every word of his story is true. And The Pigman & Me has an added bonus--one crucial piece of information: the secret of life, according to the Pigman.


From the Memoirs of Lora a Time Gone by

Author: Lynetta Jordan
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From the memoirs of Lora: A Time Gone By, is a family historical novel set in Texas during the 1950's. Like the Chesterfields, the Cartier's dominated the tobacco industry at the turn-of-the-century - they made a mint following the Civil War. From the memoirs of Lora: A Time Gone By, is a family historical novel set in Texas during the 1950's. Like the Chesterfields, the Cartier's dominated the tobacco industry at the turn-of-the-century - they made a mint following the Civil War. In 1956 a brutal murder takes place - Barbara Jourdan, a high fashion New York Model and heir to the Cartier fortune is found brutally murdered in her Texas mansion. Who Killed Barbara? While searching for answers to who murdered her sister, Lora-Lee discovers secrets about the family that frightens her to the core and ends her up in the back alleys of Louisiana's bayou country and into the mystique world of voodoo. Lora-Lee rushes to the ranch where she confronts Grandmother Lora who is the eldest living relative and matriarch of the Cartier clan. Lora-Lee demands Grandmother to tell her what is going on for she can not believe what she found out about their family. She yells out, "...Grandmother are we really Negroes?" Grandmother breaks down and begins unweaving a tale of mystery and intrigue that takes them on a journey into their past dating back to the Civil War. Become captivated in Grandmother Lora's memoirs about her prolific family in Lynetta Jordan's page turning novel, "From the memoirs of Lora; A Time Gone By".


Children of Avalon

Author: Meredith Bond
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All three books of the Children of Avalon series in one! Follow the adventures of Scai, Dylan and Bridget straight on through to the end. Air: Merlin’s Chalice In one day Scai has gone from being considered unusual by the people of her little Welsh village to an outcast fleeing for her life. Left on the church steps as a baby, she knows nothing of her history—or her abilities. Did she really stop the rain just by wishing it to stop? But she is determined to learn all she can. Travelling alone to find her family seems to be the only way she’s going to find the answers she seeks. Her journey leads her to the comical old knight Sir Dagonet, who tells her that she is one of a magical people called the Vallen. Together they continue on, joined by the handsome Dylan and the fiery Bridget on a new quest—to find the fabled Merlin’s Chalice, said to hold all the power of the entrapped wizard. Together, Scai, Dylan and Bridget discover that they are the long awaited Children of Avalon, destined to save the world from power-hungry Lady Nimuë—unless she kills them first. Along the way, Scai finds magic—both in the wind and air that she can control at will, and in the sweet ache of a first love that she cannot. Water: Excalibur’s Return Dylan has never been good enough. Neither his foster-brother nor his father have ever thought so. But now, finally, Dylan has a chance to demonstrate what he can do in the most difficult of situations. Dylan is the only descendant of the great Merlin and a member of a magical race known as the Vallen. One of the Children of Avalon, he knows he is strong enough to defeat Lady Nimuë. But when Dylan thinks he can take her on on his own, he is quickly shown otherwise. When not even the love of a beautiful and powerful woman is enough, what will it take for Dylan to prove that he is worthy of taking on the greatest threat Britain has ever faced? Fire: Nimuë’s Destiny Bridget isn’t sure she has what it takes to be a leader, but she’s about to find out. The witch hunts are getting worse by the day. But when Lady Nimuë kidnaps Bridget’s own family things get personal. Only Bridget, the brilliant Scai and powerful Dylan—the prophesied Children of Avalon—have the power to defeat Lady Nimuë. The question is, does Bridget have the strength of will to lead them through to the end? When Scai’s childhood friend, Aron the blacksmith, joins their group, Bridget is suddenly faced with a new challenge—this one from her heart. Will her love for Aron get in the way of defeating Nimuë, or will it give her the confidence she’ll need?


Winter Run

Author: Robert Ashcom
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This novel of a boyhood in 1940s Virginia offers “a graceful, compassionate ode to farm life in a bygone era” (Publishers Weekly). Charlie Lewis is the only child of metropolitan parents who, after World War II, decide to move to the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and live on a “gentleman’s farm” near Charlottesville. Just six years old when his family settles in to their new life, Charlie discovers his personal version of heaven. Charlie has a natural—almost supernatural—affinity for the land and its animals. His encounters with an ancient, half-blind mule, a boar hog and his harem, a mother fox, and four domestic dogs gone wild educate and intrigue him—and lead him to contemplate the mysteries of their Maker. Wanting to learn all he can, he instinctively turns to a group of older black men, some of whom work the farm, others who are neighbors. Jim Crow laws are still very much evident, but Charlie’s passions endear him to these men, who understand that he is lonely even if he does not. They watch out for him, and more—they love him. Capturing the innocence and wonder of childhood, Winter Run is “a very sweet, almost mystical tale of a boy who was amazed by what nature brought him, his growing up, and his understanding that all things, even life as he knows it, are passing” (Booklist).


Old Road New Crossings

Author: Shelley Rahman
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Malek abandons school and takes to business. He falls in love with a beautiful older woman despite his family’s disapproval. Priya, a singer and an academic, faces opposition from her husband at every step. Malek and Priya are brother and sister, very different from each other except for their determination. They are part of a Bengali joint family founded by their father, the rational but trusting Shams. Spanning four decades when their homeland changes from Bengal to East Pakistan and through the Liberation War to Bangladesh, they struggle to build their lives. The shift of people from village to provincial town to capital city as the country develops is depicted as a process through which the joint family structure splits into nuclear families. Shams sees education as the medium his family can prosper by, which notion seems to be born out until the warped and cruel character of his son-in-law undermines his belief. The mother and the eldest daughter-in-law in the family are traditional souls, who are contrasted with daughter Priya and other daughter-in-laws who would like more education, respect and jobs outside the home. While overall the setting is of a middle class Muslim South Asian family with none of the religious angst of the current Middle East, we do have a glimpse of the sectarian violence post-partition with a brother nearly a victim in the notorious train massacres, which is in fact a light hearted moment in the book. Dictatorships and unequal power distribution in the two wings of Pakistan, are touched on, while the fear and disruption of the 1971 Liberation War are dealt with in more detail. From comments by a professional reader through Indepenpress: “…The story is written in an understated, straightforward, yet lyrical style, creating a strong sense of a Bengali Muslim community through its vivid descriptions of the local landscape of Rajshahi, of food and cooking, homes and transport. The writer clearly has a good feel for language and the work has been well translated, reading easily in English whilst maintaining the language patterns of the original Bengali. The writer succeeds in creating a strong sense of people and places, with vivid descriptions such as: ‘There the silvery moon was crumpled on the ripples. A whole net of illusion was created’…. ‘It was like dropping wet vegetables into hot fat’ (to describe the effect of Malek telling his mother about his proposed business venture with Anisa)…” From a review by Eshanul Haque, ex-lecturer of English in Dhaka University, ex-defence secretary of Bangladesh, now working as a translator in the USA. “…flashes of excitement when the children go on bird hunting expeditions or have a game of carrom at a forbidden hour and the grim consequences that follow, or the pranks they play upon unsuspecting street vendors. ……Characters are deftly drawn. Surprisingly one of the least likeable characters, Barek, Priya’s jealous and possessive husband comes out as a truly authentic figure. Malek....... is pugnacious and bit of a bully but honest and hardworking..…”


The Jester

Author: James Patterson
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Freedom - in eleventh-century France, it is a luxury enjoyed by only the King and nobility. For the serf, it is surely worth fighting for. But is it worth dying for? Arriving home disillusioned from the Crusades, Hugh DeLuc discovers that his village has been ransacked and his wife abducted. The dark riders came in the dead of night, like devils, wearing no colours but black crosses on their chests, leaving no clue as to who they are. Knights they may be, but honour and chivalry are not part of their code. They search for a relic, one worth more than any throne in Europe, and no man can stand in their way. Until Hugh, taking on the role of a jester, is able to infiltrate the enemy's castle where he believes his wife is being held captive. And when a man is fighting for freedom - for his wife, and for everything he holds dear - he will prove a formidable opponent.


The New Spirituality

Author: Rudolf Steiner
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The time is now ripe for the awakening of new forces of spiritual perception with which humanity will perceive the working of Christ in the etheric world.


Suitor by Design

Author: Christine Johnson
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From Friends to Sweethearts Minnie Fox's goal is to find a beau who can help support her ailing father and his struggling dress shop. As a working man, her friend Peter Simmons simply doesn't fit the bill. Instead, Minnie's got eyes for Peter's childhood pal—a wealthy Chicagoan. So why can't she stop thinking about Peter? Peter wishes Minnie would see him as more than a friend. As a hardworking mechanic, Peter knows he'll never be able to dazzle Minnie with fancy suits and expensive cars. But maybe he can prove to her that what's in a man's heart is worth more than what's in his wallet. The Dressmaker's Daughters: Pursuing their dreams a stitch at a time