Christmas Wren

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Author: Gillian Clarke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781907598265

Category:

Page: 16

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Auggie Wren's Christmas Story

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Author: Paul Auster

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1466871008

Category: Fiction

Page: 48

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A timeless, utterly charming Christmas fable, beautifully illustrated and destined to become a classic When Paul Auster was asked by The New York Times to write a Christmas story for the Op-Ed page, the result, "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story," led to Auster's collaboration on a film adaptation, Smoke. Now the story has found yet another life in this enchanting illustrated edition with Argentine artist Isol. It begins with a writer's dilemma: he's been asked by The New York Times to write a story that will appear in the paper on Christmas morning. The writer agrees, but he has a problem: How to write an unsentimental Christmas story? He unburdens himself to his friend at his local cigar shop, a colorful character named Auggie Wren. "A Christmas story? Is that all?" Auggie counters. "If you buy me lunch, my friend, I'll tell you the best Christmas story you ever heard. And I guarantee every word of it is true." And an unconventional story it is, involving a lost wallet, a blind woman, and a Christmas dinner. Everything gets turned upside down. What's stealing? What's giving? What's a lie? What's the truth? It's vintage Auster, and pure pleasure: a truly unsentimental but completely affecting tale.

The Wren Hunt

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Author: Mary Watson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408884941

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 432

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Every year on St Stephen's Day, Wren Silke is chased through the forest in a warped version of a childhood game. Her pursuers are judges – a group of powerful and frightening boys who know nothing of her true identity. If they knew she was an augur – their sworn enemy – the game would be up. This year, the tension between judges and augurs is at breaking point. Wren's survival, and that of her family, depends on her becoming a spy in the midst of these boys she fears most and using her talent, her magic, to steal from them the only thing that can restore her family's former power for good. But Wren's talent comes with a price. The more she uses it, the more she loses her grip on reality and soon she's questioning everything she's ever known about her family, about augurs and judges, and about the dangerous tattooed stranger who most definitely is not on her side ...

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

Liturgies and Prayers for Public Worship

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Author: Brian A. Wren

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664233090

Category: Religion

Page: 213

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Preeminent hymn writer and liturgist Brian Wren offers this new collection of worship resources suitable for a variety of worship traditions during Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. These theologically sound and creative worship resources include prayers, litanies, calls to worship, and complete liturgies crafted to encourage rhythmic public responses during worship. All material is drawn from the readings from all three years of the Revised Common Lectionary. This collection also contains Scripture selections from the nativity narratives in Matthew and Luke and the messianic sections of Isaiah and the Psalms, making it just as useful to churches that do not follow the Revised Common Lectionary. Additional features of this volume include a Scripture index that points users to materials drawn from passages, a topical index listing items that can be used on other occasions during the church year.

A Cold Christmas

A Mystery Featuring Susan Wren

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Author: Charlene Weir

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 1466834617

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Brodie Farrell finds things for a living, and when she's asked to locate the whereabouts of Daniel Hood, she sees nothing suspicious in the request. She finds the young man, passes the details on to her client, and commends herself on a job well done. But when the young man is found brutally tortured and left for dead, Brodie is overcome with guilt. Still blaming herself when Daniel asks for help, Brodie finds it impossible to do the sensible thing and walk away. He needs to understand what happened: Until the attack, he'd never known an enemy in the world. The men who hurt him were looking for someone named Sophie, and Daniel knows no one by that name. Finding the authors of Daniel's misfortune, in the end, resolves nothing. It only leads them both into a deeper, more complex tragedy than either imagined possible...

Baby Wren and the Great Gift

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Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones

Publisher: Zonderkidz

ISBN: 031073391X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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The Baby Wren and the Great Gift, written by bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jen Corace, is a celebration of all the wonderful gifts God has given us. The tiny wren marvels at the incredible creatures around her, all the while wishing she had a special gift to share. As she takes in the beauty of the world around her, she discovers a unique talent that’s been inside her all along.

Luba and the Wren

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Author: Patricia Polacco

Publisher: Philomel

ISBN: 9780399231681

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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In this variation on the story of "The Fisherman and His Wife", a young Ukrainian girl must repeatedly return to the wren she has rescued to relay her parents' increasingly greedy demands. Full color.

The Book of Christmas

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Author: Jane Struthers

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448148936

Category: Reference

Page: 288

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- What is the significance of holly at Christmas? - When should you make your figgy pudding? - Why was the Old Lad's Passing Bell rung on Christmas Eve? - And who was Good King Wenceslas? Did you know that, long before turkey arrived on our shores, it was traditional to serve a roasted wild boar's head at Christmas? Or that our Christmases were once so cold that Frost Fairs were held on the River Thames? Christmas Day was first celebrated on 25 December in the fourth century CE. But when should our Christmas decorations come down - Twelfth Day, Twelfth Night ... or Candlemas? And why? Packed with fascinating facts about ancient religious customs and traditional feasts, instructions for Victorian parlour games and the stories behind our favourite carols, The Book of Christmas is a captivating volume about our Christmas past.

As Kingfishers Catch Fire

Birds & Books

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Author: Alex Preston,Neil Gower

Publisher: Corsair

ISBN: 1472152255

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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'A magical book: an inimitable fusion of ornithology, literary anthology and autobiography.' Tom Holland When Alex Preston was 15, he stopped being a birdwatcher. Adolescence and the scorn of his peers made him put away his binoculars, leave behind the hides and the nature reserves and the quiet companionship of his fellow birders. His love of birds didn't disappear though. Rather, it went underground, and he began birdwatching in the books that he read, creating his own personal anthology of nature writing that brought the birds of his childhood back to brilliant life. Looking for moments 'when heart and bird are one', Preston weaves the very best writing about birds into a personal and eccentric narrative that is as much about the joy of reading and writing as it is about the thrill of wildlife. Moving from the 'high requiem' of Keats's nightingale to the crow-strewn sky at the end of Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, from Ted Hughes's brooding 'Hawk in the Rain' to the giddy anthropomorphism of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, this is a book that will make you look at birds, at the world, in a newer, richer light. Beautifully illustrated and illuminated by the celebrated graphic artist Neil Gower, As Kingfishers Catch Fire is a book to love and to hold, to return to again and again, to marvel at the way that authors across the centuries have captured the endless grace and variety of birds. 'A joyful and a wondrous book' the Guardian

Hymns for Today

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Author: Brian A. Wren

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664229344

Category: Religion

Page: 142

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Few can argue with the power of music to touch the heart. Voices shared in worshipful song allow us to honor God in a truly beautiful way. In Hymns for Today, renowned hymn writer Brian Wren helps us understand why this is so. Wren surveyed hundreds of hymns written since the 1960s to compile this discussion of forty hymn poems and to share the insights they provide for Christian faith. These contemporary hymns are analyzed for how they express Christian faith and traditional themes in fresh ways. Questions for discussion are included for each chapter, making this book an excellent group study resource. The For Today series was designed to provide reliable and accessible resources for the study and real life application of important biblical texts, theological documents, and Christian practices. The emphasis of the series is not only on the realization and appreciation of what these subjects have meant in the past, but also on their value in the present--"for today." Thought-provoking questions are included at the end of each chapter, making the books ideal for personal study and group use.

The Wren-Boys

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Author: Carol Ann Duffy

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1743547927

Category: Poetry

Page: 48

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Following Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday, The Christmas Truce and Another Night Before Christmas, Carol Ann Duffy continues her annual tradition of writing a delightful and original Christmas poem. This festive poem is about the Wren Boys of Ireland and their traditional celebration of St. Stephen's Day. Beautifully illustrated throughout by Dermot Flynn.

The Bull Rider's Christmas Baby

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Author: Laura Marie Altom

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9781426876424

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Cash Buckhorn never thought he'd see Dr. Wren Barnes again, outside of the occasional fantasy anyway. He certainly didn't expect her to appear unannounced on his front porch, six months pregnant with his child. Wren asks for nothing, but Cash doesn't know what to make of it. This rodeo cowboy has lived twenty-seven carefree years as a bachelor—he's not ready for an instant family. But when Wren's pregnancy complications strand her at Cash's Oklahoma ranch, he begins to imagine their future together. Problem is, Wren already has a future, far away in Baltimore. Cash knows Wren is used to doing it all on her own. Maybe it's the magic of the Christmas season, but Cash suddenly wants it all—Wren and their baby, home on the Buckhorn Ranch forever!

Shadows of Glass

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Author: Kassy Tayler

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250032687

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 320

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Wren's world has changed. The thing that she fought for, escaping the dome has come to fruition, but it's not the paradise she thought it would be. Most of the shiners have died, and according to James, she is to blame for many of the deaths, a burden which sits heavy on her shoulders. Still some have survived and Wren is determined to keep them safe as they fight to establish a home outside while hiding from the rovers who have weapons that can kill from far away. But as long as she has Pace she knows everything will be fine. Still Wren wonders, as she sees the smoke that continually pours forth from the dome, how did her friends inside fare? Will they ever find out if Lucy, David, Jill and Harry, along with Pace's mother survive the explosions? Meanwhile, someone else has also seen the smoke. A band of explorers from across the sea arrive in an airship, curious about the dome, and offering help to those who survive. When Wren meets the handsome Levi Addison, she suddenly questions her love for Pace as Levi offers to show her the world from his airship. Does she really love Pace? Or was it just the circumstances that made her think she did? Meanwhile, word arrives from inside via Pip, and Wren is forced to go back inside the dome, a thing that terrifies her more than anything else, to save her friends. Once she's back inside will she be able to escape again? Kassy Tayler's Shadows of Glass is a whirlwind of adventure, romance, conspiracy and the struggle to stay alive in a dystopian world where nothing is as it seems.

The World Encyclopedia of Christmas

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Author: G. Q. Bowler

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reference

Page: 257

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"[A] truly comprehensive look at Christmas and all of its customs around the world."--Cover.

The Wren

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Author: Kristy McCaffrey

Publisher: K. McCaffrey LLC

ISBN: 0997665122

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

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Captured by Comanche as a child, Molly Hart was assumed dead. Ten years later, Texas Ranger Matt Ryan finds a woman with the same blue eyes. “A rousing, spicy story of long lost love in the gritty Old West. The Wren will make your pulse flutter and your heart sing.” —Ann Charles, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Award-winning Deadwood Mystery Series Ten years have passed since Molly Hart’s ranch was attacked, her folks murdered and she was abducted. Now, at nineteen, she’s finally returning home to North Texas after spending the remainder of her childhood with a tribe of Kwahadi Comanche. What she finds is a deserted home coated with dust and the passage of time, the chilling discovery of her own gravesite, and the presence of a man she thought never to see again. Matt Ryan is pushed by a restless wind to the broken-down remains of the Hart ranch. Recently recovered from an imprisonment that nearly ended his life, the drive for truth and fairness has all but abandoned him. For ten years he faithfully served the U.S. Army and the Texas Rangers, seeking justice for the brutal murder of a little girl, only to find closure and healing beyond his grasp. Returning to the place where it all began, he’s stunned to encounter a woman with the same blue eyes as the child he can’t put out of his mind. A steamy historical western romance set in 1877 Texas. 2003 CAPA WINNER The Romance Studio ~ Best New Author Traditional 2004 Holt Medallion FINALIST ~ Best First Book 2004 Texas Gold FINALIST ~ Historical Category “…McCaffrey’s mastery of setting and historic details gives this western gritty realism.” ~ RT Book Reviews “…a heart wrenchingly emotional story…” ~ Coffeetime Romance “The main characters were well matched and the secondary characters were just as good. Don’t miss this incredible read in what is sure to be a great series to follow.” ~ The Romance Studio “Handsome, rugged heroes, strong heroines and a super storyline make The Wren a keeper.” ~ The Best Reviews “…well written…captivated me from the first line to the poignant last.” ~ Novelspot Don’t miss all the books in the series~ The Wren: Book 1 The Dove: Book 2 The Sparrow: Book 3 The Blackbird: Book 4 The Bluebird: Book 5 Echo of the Plains: Short Novella, Book 5.5

Song of the Winter Wren

A LeConte Lodge Journal

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Author: David Witherspoon

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9780738844848

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

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SONG OF THE WINTER WREN A LeConte Lodge Journal From journals of three seasons and two winters at the highest hostel in the east, Song of the Winter Wren affords an inside view of the survival of a wilderness lodge, its crew and its bears and the mountain they loved. "Fine, beautiful writing." - Random House "Impressive." - Epoch "Tightly written." - Boulevard "This is wonderful work." - Argestes

A Most Ingenious Paradox

The Art of Gilbert and Sullivan

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Author: Gayden Wren

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195301724

Category: Music

Page: 396

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Written more than a century ago and initially regarded even by their creators as nothing more than light entertainment, the fourteen operas of Gilbert & Sullivan emerged over the course of the twentieth century as the world's most popular body of musical-theater works, ranking second only to Shakespeare in the history of English-language theater. Despite this resounding popularity and proven longevity, most books written about the duo have focused on the authors rather than the works. With this detailed examination of all fourteen operas, Gayden Wren fills the void. His bold thesis finds the key to the operas' longevity, not in the clever lyrics, witty dialogue, or catchy music, but in the central themes underlying the characters and stories themselves. Like Shakespeare's comedies, Wren shows, the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan endure because of their timeless themes, which speak to audiences as powerfully now as they did the first time they were performed. Written out of an abiding love for the Savoy operas, this volume is essential reading for any devotee of these enchanting works, or indeed for anyone who loves musical theater.