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Even Seagulls Cry By Agnes Rands
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Even Seagulls Cry begins in December 1939 when Charlie Lind quits logging, invests in a co-op plywood mill in Anacortes, Washington, and moves there with his wife and daughters. Many of the investors... More > in the veneer plant are Scandinavian immigrants, and Charlie and Tilda feel at home. Not so Angie. She leaves a one-room school in the middle of the sixth grade and enters a large elementary school where she is intimidated by the sheer number of unfamiliar faces. Angie struggles to find her place and to come of age at a time when the world is falling apart as World War II intrudes on life in America. An additional concern thrusts itself on Tilda and Charlie because Finland, their homeland, is fighting for its life against the invading Soviet army. The country struggles against starvation. When Finland accepts Germany’s help to fight the Russians, Finland becomes America’s enemy. Tilda and Charlie do not have citizenship papers and are now considered to be enemy aliens.< Less
My Little Event By William Morris
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This is my story of when I suffered a heart attack on October 1st 2013 and what happened to me over the next ten weeks; the good people I met and the six coronary by-passes I received; it has all my... More > worries, my fears and all the procedures I had to undertake during my journey through the three NHS hospitals that looked after me. Before I had my little event I considered myself to be reasonably healthy middle aged man with a good eating diet but the improvement to my health since I have left the NHS has been impressive which only goes to prove that I was not in a good place before. The story is told as I have remembered it, all the characters and stories are real but the sequence of events could be out of order. At the end of the book I have named four women who were important to me during my ordeal, there will always be a little corner of my heart that will be forever theirs and the reader should be able to match these women to some of the characters I have written about in the book.< Less
The Dotty Ditties By Barbara Bladon
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How the vexations of England propelled a poet to America. Poems by Barbara Bladon. Editorial, biographical and commentary text by Anthony Bladon. An English middle-class city-dweller couple... More > retires to the Fenlands of East Anglia with modest aims: a peaceful life, country air, some new friends, maybe a bit of fishing. But 1970s and 1980s England was the scene of massive social upheaval, and the country idyll is punctuated on many fronts. Development, noise, taxes, strikes, traffic, chores, stuff that doesn't work, people that don't work - all these and more conspire to annoy and frustrate the retirees. The weather, the French and ageing itself are also to blame. For Barbara, emigration to California will eventually provide a mind-opening rejuvenation. Meanwhile, her frustrations must out, loud and clear. Poetry - a poetry of simple form and everyday content - is her vehicle. The Dotty Ditties are her story: spontaneous poems that are by turns heartfelt and humorous, scathing and irreverent.< Less
Kate’s Black Ink Poems: Poems from the ‘Black Inked Pearl' By Ruth Finnegan
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Ruth Finnegan’s epic romance novel, Black Inked Pearl, was inspired by her own dreams. Perhaps these dreams grew from her subconscious or even shreds of memories from past lives, dating all the... More > way back to the Middle Ages. Either way, heroine Kate was born: a naïve Irish girl who jilts her mysterious lover and spends the rest of her life searching for him again. The novel itself is interspersed with poems, and now, the poems have been compiled into one collection: Kate’s Black Ink Poems. Read separately or in conjunction with Black Inked Pearl. Each chosen poem compellingly shows us the torments, delight, and travails of love as Kate suffers through them—but as we, too, experience the highs and lows of passion. Many of the poems included here function as significant turning points in the novel. They each speak volumes in regards to Kate’s plight but also the plight of all those who battle for true love and feel the sting of loss. We all seek love, the sweetest thing, but the path...< Less
Kate’s Black Ink Poems: poems from the ‘Black inked pearl' By Ruth Finnegan
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Ruth Finnegan’s epic romance novel, Black Inked Pearl, was inspired by her own dreams. Perhaps these dreams grew from her subconscious or even shreds of memories from past lives, dating all the... More > way back to the Middle Ages. Either way, heroine Kate was born: a naïve Irish girl who jilts her mysterious lover and spends the rest of her life searching for him again. The novel itself is interspersed with poems, and now, the poems have been compiled into one collection: Kate’s Black Ink Poems. Read separately or in conjunction with Black Inked Pearl. Each chosen poem compellingly shows us the torments, delight, and travails of love as Kate suffers through them—but as we, too, experience the highs and lows of passion. Many of the poems included here function as significant turning points in the novel. They each speak volumes in regards to Kate’s plight but also the plight of all those who battle for true love and feel the sting of loss. We all seek love, the sweetest thing, but the path...< Less
The Poems and Fragments of Catullus Translated in the Metres of the Original By Gaius Valerius Catullus
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Gaius Valerius Catullus (/kəˈtʌləs/; c. 84... More > – 54 BC) was a Latin poet of the late Roman Republic who wrote in the neoteric style of poetry. His surviving works are still read widely, and continue to influence poetry and other forms of art.Catullus' poems were widely appreciated by other poets. He greatly influenced poets such as Ovid, Horace, and Virgil. After his rediscovery in the late Middle Ages, Catullus again found admirers. His explicit writing style has shocked many readers. Indeed, Catullus' work was never canonical in schools, although his body of work is still frequently read from secondary school to graduate programs across the world.Gaius Valerius Catullus (Classical Latin: [ˈɡaː.i.ʊs waˈɫɛ.ri.ʊs kaˈtʊl.lʊs]) was born to a leading equestrian family of Verona, in Cisalpine Gaul. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catullus< Less
The Dotty Ditties By Barbara Bladon
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How the vexations of England propelled a poet to America. Poems by Barbara Bladon. Editorial, biographical and commentary text by Anthony Bladon. An English middle-class city-dweller couple... More > retires to the Fenlands of East Anglia with modest aims: a peaceful life, country air, some new friends, maybe a bit of fishing. But 1970s and 1980s England was the scene of massive social upheaval, and the country idyll is punctuated on many fronts. Development, noise, taxes, strikes, traffic, chores, stuff that doesn't work, people that don't work - all these and more conspire to annoy and frustrate the retirees. The weather, the French and ageing itself are also to blame. For Barbara, emigration to California will eventually provide a mind-opening rejuvenation. Meanwhile, her frustrations must out, loud and clear. Poetry - a poetry of simple form and everyday content - is her vehicle. The Dotty Ditties are her story: spontaneous poems that are by turns heartfelt and humorous, scathing and irreverent.< Less
The Girl With Complicated Thoughts By Wei Wei Shemilt
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40 years ago, China was plunged into dark chaos. The 'Cultural Revolution' was synonymous with torture and death, a decade of misery for all. 11-year-old Jiangwei watched in horror the tragedies... More > unfold around her. She began looking after her younger sister and working in the fields. As 'bourgeois intellectuals', her parents were put into a concentration camp and then the family was banished to a remote flood-ridden area. At the age of 15, she found extraordinary courage to escape. She became a fitter of farm machinery back in Beijing. With only 5 years of education behind her, she secretly taught herself middle school subjects including English. After 7 long years she passed the university entrance exams which were held for the first time in eleven years and was enrolled in Peking University. However the country was still under a totalitarian regime. When Jiangwei met Robert, an English journalist from The Times, their courtship could result in her being sent to a labour camp...< Less
Meditations on Barnwood By Bryan Barber
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Striking a deal with some old farmers that wanted their barn dismantled, one man, craving a challenge, deconstructed a 100-year-old barn--by himself. Through the last heat of summer, the fair wet... More > weather of fall and the freezing wind of winter he picked apart a building that saw a century unfold. Using prime redwood and cedar the builders expected it to be an icon of the farming culture, but surely they never expected a middle-aged nurse to be the one to slip her mighty beams to the ground and use them in decorating his home. In this poetic adventure of demolition, the man finds more than the prize of wood in his labors and gives a panoramic view of life as an adventurer and somewhat incongruously as a nurse. Both world's collide as he struggles against the behemoth barn and his "day" job. From thirty feet atop a barn and in the dark cold moments of death in the Emergency Room he tells a story of remembrance, renewal, Zen, fate, fortune, and healing.< Less
School Tryouts By Elias Sassoon
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Interesting collection of poems. Autobiographical in nature, arising from the time I made the decision to switch careers from writer to full-time teacher. I was burned out writing for major... More > corporations. There was too much politics and aggravation. I had a license to teach Social Studies earned years before in college as a backup. Why not switch careers! But, making the switch was not easy. The change in job environments made my head spin. One major obstacles was that no school would hire me, the middle aged writer to be a regular teacher. Districts were looking for the young and not the old and bearded. How to break in? I took a job a substitute teacher for a pittance, trying to make contacts to help unearth a regular Social Studies position. I took a job working in a suburban Long Island, NY high school and began my second career. The only problem with that, the writer in me would not disappear while the teacher in me never could rise from the depths.< Less

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