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Fire Along The Sky

Author : Robert Moss
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A wildly entertaining historical adventure, deep inside the crucible in which America was forged. “Splendidly researched and wildly amusing historical adventure … Tom Jones as The Deerslayer.” — Kirkus Reviews Dearest Shane, I dream you as the leopard. Last night you came to me in his skin. So, in the voice of one of his lovers, we first encounter Shane Hardacre, the narrator and protagonist of Fire Along the Sky. An eloquent Anglo-Irish rake and fictional kinsman of Sir William Johnson, the King’s Superintendent of Indians, Shane comes to the New World from London because of a doubtful wager. “I laid money on whether a man would take his own life,” as Shane informs us. That man was Robert Davers, a Norfolk baronet who sought to escape melancholia and learn the nature of the soul among the dream-catchers of North America. He ignored Johnson’s caution that “if you go looking for the spirit world of Indians, you will find you are already inside it” and found savage death during the Pontiac revolt. We enter the extraordinary world created by William Johnson in the Mohawk Valley in the aftermath of the French and Indian War, in the time when America was forged. We meet extraordinary historical figures: the warrior chief Pontiac and the Delaware Prophet who inspired his revolt; Angelique, the “Pompadour of Detroit”; Molly Brant and her brother Joseph; and Patience Wright, the “wax sybil,” an American spy in London who rivaled Madame Tussaud. The action races from the notorious Hell-Fire Club in England to the murder of Pontiac near St. Louis, from Mesmer’s performance for Ben Franklin in a Paris salon to bigamy and intrigue in New Orleans when an Irish captain-general held the city in the name of the Spanish king. Fire Along the Sky is grand entertainment that carries lightly a wealth of original research summarized in the copious notes “from the editor.” Through the narrator’s worldly skepticism, we are given a window into the shamanic dream practices of early Native Americans. The voice of Valerie D’Arcy, in the correspondence interwoven with Shane’s narrative, provides a knowing woman’s counterpoint to Shane’s phallocratic assumptions.

The New Orleans Of Fiction

Author : James A. Kaser
ISBN : 9780810892040
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In The New Orleans of Fiction: A Research Guide, James A. Kaser provides detailed synopses for more than 500 works of fiction significantly set in New Orleans and published between 1836 and 1980. The synopses include plot summaries, names of major characters, and an indication of physical settings. An appendix provides bibliographical information for works dating from 1981 well into the 21st century, while a biographical section provides basic information about the authors, some of whom are obscure and would be difficult to find in other sources.

Death Beam

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When a Soviet intelligence officer defects with information on a plot to fire a deadly laser at the United States from space, a secret group of Western agents attempts to thwart the plan

The Promise

Author : Ben Brown
ISBN : 9780571319268
Genre : Drama
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It's the beginning of World War I and Herbert Samuel - the first practicing Jew ever to sit in a British Cabinet - dreams of using British power to back a return of the Jews to Palestine after 1800 years. However, his cousin, Edwin Montagu - also in the Cabinet - is implacably opposed to the idea, a conflict complicated by Montagu's passion for the beautiful aristocrat, Venetia Stanley, a confidante of the Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith. Politics, religion and love collide with world-changing effect in this new play of political and sexual intrigue, and the origins of Israel. The Promise premiered at the Orange Tree Theatre in February 2010.

Hallelujah Trombone

Author : Paul E. Bierley
ISBN : 0825849667
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The Spike

Author : Arnaud De Borchgrave
ISBN : 0380542706
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God Country Notre Dame

Author : Theodore M. Hesburgh
ISBN : 9780268088040
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I have traveled far and wide, far beyond the simple parish I envisioned as a young man. My obligation of service has led me into diverse yet interrelated roles: college teacher, theologian, president of a great university, counselor to four popes and six presidents. Excuse the list, but once called to public service, I have held fourteen presidential appointments over the years, dealing with the social issues of our times, including civil rights, peaceful uses of atomic energy, campus unrest, amnesty for Vietnam offenders, Third World development, and immigration reform. But deep beneath it all, wherever I have been, whatever I have done, I have always and everywhere considered myself essentially a priest. —from the Preface


Author : Yael Farber
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131647385
Genre : Drama
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In this reworking of Aeschylus' Oresteia, Klytemnestra and Elektra face one another in a dramatic confrontation. Attempts to come to terms with their violent past echo testimonies delivered in Apartheid's wake throughout South Africa during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Aeschylus' chorus is replaced by Xhosa tribeswomen, who bring grace and humanity through their ancient art of split tone singing. Molora (the Sesotho word for 'ash') is an examination of vengeance, and the breaking of its cycles by the everyman.

Van Gogh Dal And Beyond

Author : Samantha Friedman
ISBN : 0870708759
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"Van Gogh, Dalí, and Beyond : The World Reimagined brings together many of the artists who transformed modern art. Employing subjects once thought of as traditional -- landscape, still life, and portrait -- these artists pioneered groundbreaking visual languages to depict the people, places, and things particular to their own times. Drawn entirely from The Museum of Modern Art's remarkable collection, the paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints, and media works gathered here reflect the shifting attitudes toward everyday subjects from the late nineteenth century to today. This book is organized into three sections, each tracing the development of a particular genre: landscape from Vincent van Gogh to Salvador Dalí to Tacita Dean; still life from Paul Cézanne to Giorgio Morandi to Urs Fischer; portraiture from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to Frida Kahlo to Gerhard Richter. At the same time, shared strategies, from abstraction to appropriation, and common movements, from Surrealism to Pop art, create connections across the three categories. Fully illustrated in color, the publication also includes and introductory essay that explores how modern artists overturned the Academy's hierarchy of genres; close readings of a portrait, a still life, and a landscape at the dawn of modernism; and a compendium of artists' and thinkers' reflections on the continued relevance of these genres."--Jacket.

Schirmer Encyclopedia Of Film Romantic Comedy Yugoslavia

Author : Barry Keith Grant
ISBN : 0028657950
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This volume, covering entries from "Romantic Comedy" to "Yugoslavia," features genres, studios, national cinemas, relevant technological and industrial topics, cultural issues, critical approaches to films, and sidebars profiling important figures in film history.

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