The Moth

This Is a True Story

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Author: Catherine Burns,The Moth

Publisher: Serpent's Tail

ISBN: 1782830685

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 459

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With an introduction by Neil Gaiman Before television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories. The storytellers knew their craft and bewitched listeners would sit and listen long into the night as moths flitted around overhead. The Moth is a non-profit group that is trying to recapture this lost art, helping storytellers - old hands and novices alike - hone their stories before playing to packed crowds at sold-out live events. The very best of these stories are collected here: whether it's Bill Clinton's hell-raising press secretary or a leading geneticist with a family secret; a doctor whisked away by nuns to Mother Teresa's bedside or a film director saving her father's Chinatown store from money-grabbing developers; the Sultan of Brunei's concubine or a friend of Hemingway's who accidentally talks himself into a role as a substitute bullfighter, these eccentric, pitch-perfect stories - all, amazingly, true - range from the poignant to the downright hilarious.

Trust Your Radar

Honest Advice For Teens and Young Adults from a Surgeon, Firefighter, Police Officer, Scuba Divemaster, Golfer, and Amateur Comedian

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Author: C. B. Brooks, M.D.

Publisher: Derby Press

ISBN: 1468094599

Category: Self-Help

Page: 348

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Avoid Life’s Major Sand Traps! Updated version 2016. An incredible range of life lessons sprinkled with funny, memorable, and moving stories. Practical, workable solutions from a totally unique, straightforward approach. Distills everything young people need into one concise, fun to read format. Parents: You want your kids to know these things! Book Benefits Show young people, in a clear and non-preaching way, how to avoid the major sand traps of life that snag every generation. Keeps readers entertained with fun and engaging stories from the author's careers as a surgeon, firefighter, police officer, scuba divemaster, golfer, amateur comedian, and more. Target audience Ages 14 to 40 and concerned parents. This book lets you: Identify your Radar – It’s your brain functioning optimally; not a vague intuition or sixth sense. Train your Radar – Stock your memory bank with key information on crime avoidance, healthy weight, tattoos, getting organized, respectful relationships, going to college or work. Cut through fake complexity with clear thinking on evaluating people, investments, credit cards. Learn the most dangerous toxic personality types and avoid them like the plague. Meet the Radar Jammers – They have the power to turn down or turn off our clear thinking brain Radars. Some are well known: alcohol and drugs, peer pressure, infatuation, anger. Others are surprising: showing off, fake complexity, unthinking religions, the need for speed, and even fast food! Most sand traps of life have a Radar Jammer or two waving people in. Learn specific techniques to deal with them all.

Erinnerungen

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Author: Hans Dietrich Genscher

Publisher: Siedler Verlag

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1086

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Dozakhnama

Conversation in Hell

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Author: Rabisankar Bal

Publisher: Random House India

ISBN: 8184003803

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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Dozakhnama: Conversations in Hell is an extraordinary novel, a biography of Manto and Ghalib and a history of Indian culture rolled into one. Exhumed from dust, Manto’s unpublished novel surfaces in Lucknow. Is it real or is it a fake? In this dastan, Manto and Ghalib converse, entwining their lives in shared dreams. The result is an intellectual journey that takes us into the people and events that shape us as a culture. As one writer describes it, ‘I discovered Rabisankar Bal like a torch in the darkness of the history of this subcontinent. This is the real story of two centuries of our own country.’ Rabisankar Bal’s audacious novel, told by reflections in a mirror and forged in the fires of hell, is both an oral tale and a shield against oblivion. An echo of distant screams. Inscribed by the devil’s quill, Dozakhnama is an outstanding performance of subterranean memory.

True Angel Stories

777 Messages of Hope and Inspiration

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Author: Diana Cooper

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1844099148

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

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This inspiration book of 777 true angel stories explores how angels can transform lives through exercises and visualisations that readers can practice on their own. Stories discuss guardian angels, feathers, signs, rainbows, prayers, numbers and names, unicorns, orbs and much, much more, making this the ultimate angel compendium.

From a Moth to a Butterfly

A Journey of Autism

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Author: Susan Smith Carey

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

ISBN: 1631353799

Category:

Page: 108

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his is a true story about the journey of autism and my three sons. My eldest is now 20, the second eldest is 18, and my baby is 17. Back when my children were born, people were not too familiar with autism and some had never heard of it. The title From a Moth to a Butterfly emphasizes that my boys are not what labels them. They should not have to fit into the norm of society, but should be accepted for who they are. The moth represents how some perceive others with an invisible disability, while the butterfly is how I see my boys. They are beautiful, unique individual people, who will flourish like anyone else when given love and understanding. When my lads were babies, I wrote my feelings in my diary. At the time, it was just to vent frustration, plus if you're asked to log behaviors, it saves time if you've already begun doing this. Last year my sons asked what it was like when they were young. I gave them my written notes, which they thought funny in parts and sad in others. They urged me to publish so others could find it helpful with their own challenges. This book is based on true events that occurred throughout my sons' lives. I've also written some deep poetry. My two younger sons, Michael and William, helped with the initial synopsis for the book. Michael wrote, "This is the story of how a mother ensures the best lives for her three sons is ultimately met

The Life-Story of Insects

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Author: George H. Carpenter

Publisher: eBookIt.com

ISBN: 1456614800

Category: Nature

Page: 75

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Insects as a whole are preeminently creatures of the land and the air. This is shown not only by the possession of wings by a vast majority of the class, but by the mode of breathing to which reference has already been made (p. 2), a system of branching air-tubes carrying atmospheric air with its combustion-supporting oxygen to all the insect's tissues. The air gains access to these tubes through a number of paired air-holes or spiracles, arranged segmentally in series. It is of great interest to find that, nevertheless, a number of insects spend much of their time under water. This is true of not a few in the perfect winged state, as for example aquatic beetles and water-bugs ('boatmen' and 'scorpions') which have some way of protecting their spiracles when submerged, and, possessing usually the power of flight, can pass on occasion from pond or stream to upper air. .....

A Little Book of Revelations

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Author: Dick Bell

Publisher: Holy Fire Publishing

ISBN: 1933899212

Category: Religion

Page: 364

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This book is a radical reappraisal of the Christian life-style. It returns to the Bible as the most realistic template for practical Christian living. It confronts many of the practices that stifle Christian effectiveness, unlocking the small print of "how to" live a simple, consistent Christian life. God's single provision of "Jesus only in all things" is shown to be both practical and possible, every chapter helping us to unclutter our lives and accomplish the destiny God planned for us from the beginning of time. This book "Settles the unsettled, and unsettles the settled."

The Runaway Schoolgirl - This is the true story of my daughter's abduction by her teacher Jeremy Forrest

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Author: Davina Williams

Publisher: John Blake Publishing

ISBN: 1784183482

Category: True Crime

Page: 300

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On Friday 21 September 2012, mother of five, Davina Williams found herself facing two policemen on her doorstep. It was the start of a year-long nightmare that still haunts the entire family. Her fifteen-year-old daughter was missing and soon after was captured on CCTV boarding a ferry to France with her thirty-year-old school teacher Jeremy Forrest.The newspapers called her The Runaway Schoolgirl and some saw their romance as nothing more than a harmless love story. But Forrest had abused his position of responsibility and engaged his pupil in a sexual relationshipNow Davina Williams, the mother of the teenager referred to as Gemma Grant, tells the story of the abduction and subsequent capture of Forrest, its harrowing aftermath and the traumatic trial to make Forrest pay for his crimes.Told only as a mother knows how, Davina Williams hopes her heart wrenching story will silence the parasites who believed they should be together and allow 'Gemma' and her family to finally move on with their lives.

The Moth Presents All These Wonders

True Stories About Facing the Unknown

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Author: Catherine Burns

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 1101904410

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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“Wonderful." —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Celebrating the 20th anniversary of storytelling phenomenon The Moth, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, All These Wonders features voices both familiar and new. Alongside Meg Wolitzer, John Turturro, Tig Notaro, and Hasan Minhaj, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a “one-hit wonder,” a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill’s “secret army” during World War II, and more. High-school student and neuroscientist alike, the storytellers share their ventures into uncharted territory—and how their lives were changed indelibly by what they discovered there. With passion, and humor, they encourage us all to be more open, vulnerable, and alive.

No Peace, No Justice

Press & Prosecution Create a Poisonous Myth an Intelligent Appraisal of the York "Riot" Trials

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Author: MaryConway Stewart

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469109042

Category: Political Science

Page: 380

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An account of a trial that polarized a small city a mentally incompetent snitch who derailed a popular mayor defense attorneys and prosecutors who together supported a mythical murder with no grounding in evidence white power rallies that never happened and a local and national media that joined forces with an out of control prosecution and made a circus of the trial. This book is a close examination of the original testimony and evidence and the press role in the period between the convening of the grand jury and the end of the trials an examination that no one before has attempted. In an epilogue the author suggests ways to prevent such catastrophes from occurring.

Charles: The Heart of a King

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Author: Catherine Mayer

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753550806

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller '[The book that] made headlines around the world.' Independent He has lived his whole life in the public eye, yet he remains an enigma. He was born to be king, but he aims much higher. A landmark publication, Charles: The Heart of a King reveals Prince Charles in all his complexity: the passionate views that mean he will never be as remote and impartial as his mother; the compulsion to make a difference and the many and startling ways in which the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom and fifteen other realms has already made his mark. The book offers fresh and fascinating insights into the first marriage that did so much to define him and an assessment of his relationship with the woman he calls, with unintended accuracy, his 'dearest wife': Camilla. We see Charles as a father and a friend, a serious figure and a joker. Life at court turns out to be full of hidden dangers and unexpected comedy. Poignant, funny and often surprising, the first significant study of the Prince in over a decade reveals a man in sight of happiness yet still driven by anguish and a remarkable belief system, a charitable entrepreneur, activist, agitator and avatar of the Establishment who just as often tilts against it. Based on multiple interviews with his friends and courtiers, palace insiders and critics, and access to Charles himself during research lasting more than a year, this biography explores the Prince’s philanthropy and his compulsive interventionism, his faith, his political leanings and the philosophy that means when he seeks harmony he sometimes creates controversy. Gripping, at times astonishing, often laugh-out-loud, this is a royal biography unlike any other.

The Cardinal Moth

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Author: Fred M. White

Publisher: Jovian Press

ISBN: 1537807803

Category: Fiction

Page: 265

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Sir Clement Frobisher has a great passion in life--collecting rare orchids. But the cardinal moth is like a Holy Grail, and he will do anything to obtain and keep it. His actions will spark amani a trouble in this interesting mystery.

The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson

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Author: Louis Barfe

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 0857896709

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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Les Dawson: a comedian who, more than any other, spoke for the phlegmatic, resigned, sarcastic, glorious British way of life. This is his story. A Northern lad who climbed out of the slums thanks to an uncommonly brilliant mind, Les Dawson was always the underdog, but his bark was funnier and more incisive than many comics who claimed to bite. Married twice in real life, he had a third wife in his comic world - a fictional ogre built from spare parts left by fleeing Nazis at the end of World War II - and an equally frightening mother-in-law. He was down to earth, yet given to eloquent, absurd flights of fancy. He was endlessly generous with his time, but slow to buy a round of drinks. He was a mass of contradictions. In short, he was human, he was genuine, and that's why audiences loved him.

The Knowledge That Leads to Wholeness

Gnostic Myths Behind Jung's Theory of Individuation

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Author: Robert Lloyd

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469102080

Category: Religion

Page: 263

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The Knowledge that Leads to Wholeness is the first book to specifically illustrate how the major Gnostic myths underlie Jungs theory of individuation. It is a compelling and in-depth examination of a life-changing journey that begins with the author discovering the forgotten secrets of the Gnostics. These secrets are gradually unveiled as the author and his loyal dog, Gold, are initiated, each in their own way, to put the ancient knowledge into practice. Dr. Lloyd explores the esoteric side of Carl Jung and reveals the connections between Jungs pivotal theory of individuation, i.e. the journey to wholeness, and the powerful, visionary myths told by the pioneers of the psyche, the Gnostics. He details what happens to a person who is on the road to wholeness, how the person will change, and how a new divine-human identity will be born into the world as a result of undertaking this transformational odyssey. -KIRKUS DISCOVERIES Review - Did Carl Jungs principles of psychology have Gnostic origins? A Marine Corps Ph.D. explores the complex mystical possibilities. Lloyd splits his expansive hypothesis of the souls journey into three vital steps (preparation, undertaking and re-birth) in discovering Jungs path to wholeness. He credits Jung with saving his life by way of unlocking his imagination (the souls voice) and spiritual mindset. The author familiarizes readers with the Gnostic religious movement, practitioners of an intensely spiritual inner exploration, who believed that humans are not bound to experiences solely of the body and mind. His literary gift to Jung is these comparative ruminations, all exuding a great amount of imagination and provocative thought. Running parallel to the authors spiritually progressive interests is his adventuresome interaction with and imaginal dog named Gold, who discovers two seeds of knowledge. The first rediscovers the spark of divine life, whereby humans are one and the same with God, and the second amplifies Jungs individuation theory that the human ego must relate to the unconscious mind to achieve psychological health. Unerringly throughout his narrative, Lloyd grafts Gnostic myths with Jungian wisdom. He focuses on the psychic creator and king of the material world Demiurge in association with second-century Gnostic visionary Valentinus, whose tragic myth of Sophia tells of a restless female deity who travels outside of herself searching for wholeness rather than looking inward, and her ultimate repentance. Comparatively, Jung also writes of humans who restrict themselves to their five senses rather than tapping into the core strength of their imaginative visions where uncanny experiences might spring forth. As Lloyd (and Gold) survey principles of higher consciousness, the self, the transformative life-cycle process, and the concluding Syrian lyrical myth Song of the Pearl as they are juxtaposed against Jungs theories, the author also cites Gnostic challenges to contemporary religious beliefs as in the re-imagined genesis of Jesus of Nazareth. Most interestingly, Lloyd inserts Jung into his narrative to quiz his arbiters as to whether they have the desire to discover the mystery of their existence. Unfiltered hokum for some, but those who are open to it will find much-needed nourishment and direction for their searching souls. --Nielsen Business Media, 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 646-654-7277 fax 646-654-4706 [email protected] Visit www.robertcharleslloyd.com

Unjustifiable Risk?

The Story of British Climbing

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Author: Simon Thompson

Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited

ISBN: 1849656991

Category: Travel

Page: 400

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To the impartial observer Britain does not appear to have any mountains. Yet the British invented the sport of mountain climbing and for two periods in history British climbers led the world in the pursuit of this beautiful and dangerous obsession. Unjustifiable Risk is the story of the social, economic and cultural conditions that gave rise to the sport, and the achievements and motives of the scientists and poets, parsons and anarchists, villains and judges, ascetics and drunks that have shaped its development over the past two hundred years. The history of climbing inevitably reflects the wider changes that have occurred in British society, including class, gender, nationalism and war, but the sport has also contributed to changing social attitudes to nature and beauty, heroism and death. Over the years, increasing wealth, leisure and mobility have gradually transformed climbing from an activity undertaken by an eccentric and privileged minority into a sub-division of the leisure and tourist industry, while competition, improved technology and information, and increasing specialisation have helped to create climbs of unimaginable difficulty at the leading edge of the sport. But while much has changed, even more has remained the same. Today's climbers would be instantly recognisable to their Victorian predecessors, with their desire to escape from the crowded complexity of urban society and willingness to take "unjustifiable" risk in pursuit of beauty, adventure and self-fulfilment. Unjustifiable Risk was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker prize in 2011.