The Queen of the Big Time

A Novel

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Author: Adriana Trigiani

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588364054

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Known and loved around the world for her sweeping Big Stone Gap trilogy and the instant New York Times bestseller Lucia, Lucia, Adriana Trigiani returns to the charm and drama of small-town life with Queens of the Big Time. This heartfelt story of the limits and power of love chronicles the remarkable lives of the Castellucas, an Italian-American family, over the course of three generations. In the late 1800s, the residents of a small village in the Bari region of Italy, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, made a mass migration to the promised land of America. They settled in Roseto, Pennsylvania, and re-created their former lives in their new home–down to the very last detail of who lived next door to whom. The village’s annual celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel–or “the Big Time,” as the occasion is called by the young women who compete to be the pageant’s Queen–is the centerpiece of Roseto’s colorful old-world tradition. The industrious Castellucas farm the land outside Roseto. Nella, the middle daughter of five, aspires to a genteel life “in town,” far from the rigors of farm life, which have taken a toll on her mother and forced her father to take extra work in the slate quarries to make ends meet. But Nella’s dreams of making her own fortune shift when she meets Renato Lanzara, the son of a prominent Roseto family. Renato is a worldly, handsome, devil-may-care poet who has a way with words that makes him irresistible. Their friendship ignites into a fiery romance that Nella is certain will lead to marriage. But Nella is not alone in her pursuit: every girl in town seems to want Renato. When he disappears without explanation, Nella is left with a shattered heart. Four years later, Renato’s sudden return to Roseto the night before Nella’s wedding to the steadfast Franco Zollerano leaves her and the Castelluca family shaken. For although Renato has chosen a path very different from Nella’s, they are fated to live and work in Roseto, where the past hangs over them like a brewing storm. An epic of small-town life, etched in glorious detail in the trademark Trigiani style, The Queen of the Big Time is the story of a determined, passionate woman who can never forget her first love. From the Hardcover edition.

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

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Author: Otto Penzler

Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

ISBN: 0345802993

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

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Have yourself a crooked little Christmas with The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries. Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories--many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else. From classic Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain, this collection touches on all aspects of the holiday season, and all types of mysteries. They are suspenseful, funny, frightening, and poignant. Included are puzzles by Mary Higgins Clark, Isaac Asimov, and Ngaio Marsh; uncanny tales in the tradition of A Christmas Carol by Peter Lovesey and Max Allan Collins; O. Henry-like stories by Stanley Ellin and Joseph Shearing, stories by pulp icons John D. MacDonald and Damon Runyon; comic gems from Donald E. Westlake and John Mortimer; and many, many more. Almost any kind of mystery you’re in the mood for--suspense, pure detection, humor, cozy, private eye, or police procedural—can be found in these pages. FEATURING: - Unscrupulous Santas - Crimes of Christmases Past and Present - Festive felonies - Deadly puddings - Misdemeanors under the mistletoe - Christmas cases for classic characters including Sherlock Holmes, Brother Cadfael, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Rumpole of the Bailey, Inspector Morse, Inspector Ghote, A.J. Raffles, and Nero Wolfe.

The Queen of the Swords

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Author: Michael Moorcock

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 057510953X

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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The Second Book of Corum: the Prince in the Scarlet Robe. Fresh from victory over the Chaos Lord, Arioch, Prince Corum must battle the forces of Xiombarg, the dreaded Queen of the Swords, whose armies are close to delivering control of five planes of existence to Chaos, the forces of Law all but defeated. Corum and his allies enter the fray, though the odds are stacked against them. Their only hope lies in locating the advanced weaponry of the fabled City in the Pyramid. But the City is besieged by the forces of Chaos - and the Chaos Lords are now sworn enemies of the Prince in the Scarlet Robe...

Queen of the South

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Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440684821

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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This international bestseller inspired the must-watch drama on USA Network starring Alice Braga as Teresa Mendoza. Season 2 premieres on June 8! From “master of the intellectual thriller” Arturo Pérez-Reverte, a remarkable tale, spanning decades and continents—from the dusty streets of Mexico to the sparkling waters off the coast of Morocco, to the Strait of Gibraltar and Spain—in a story encompassing sensuality and cruelty, love and betrayal, and life and death. Few authors inspire the kind of passion that Arturo Pérez-Reverte does. Reviewers, readers, and booksellers alike have embraced his fiction as the perfect blend of suspense and literary ambition. A global bestseller, he is one of the most admired and widely read authors in the world. And this stunning novel is his best yet. Teresa Mendoza's boyfriend is a drug smuggler who the narcos of Sinaloa, Mexico, call "the king of the short runway," because he can get a plane full of coke off the ground in three hundred yards. But in a ruthless business, life can be short, and Teresa even has a special cell phone that Guero gave her along with a dark warning. If that phone rings, it means he's dead, and she'd better run, because they're coming for her next. Then the call comes. In order to survive, she will have to say goodbye to the old Teresa, an innocent girl who once entrusted her life to a pinche narco smuggler. She will have to find inside herself a woman who is tough enough to inhabit a world as ugly and dangerous as that of the narcos-a woman she never before knew existed. Indeed, the woman who emerges will surprise even those who know her legend, that of the Queen of the South.

A Portrait of the First Born as a Child

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Author: Robert Lewis Barrett

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781468553710

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 652

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Boy and girl alike will enjoy his quest to enjoy all the girls he ever met and some women too. He was very popular for all the right reasons, he found buried treasure, worked for all he got and he got a lot. The dream sequence covers a large portion of the book but thrilling in all its tale of what could have been. All can identify as he grows to manhood and his friends do also with all the disappointments .and joy that’s a part of growing up with friends and family. I’m sure some of this happened to us all. So lay back and relive youth during a happier time in the not too distant past..

Open The Gates In Jerusalem For The Queen of Sheba

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Author: Cheryl Freier

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1491865725

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 36

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This storybook Open Up The Gates To Jerusalem For The Queen Of Sheba is a delightful story, which recreates the two mystical, Biblical characters, the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon in a very delightful, titillating way and is designed to appeal to young children. The story line flows from the introduction of the main characters to the Biblical historical time that the two meet in Jerusalem. The story continues with easy to read text and self-defining illustrations. When the story ends, the reader will have learned about the trip across the desert in Africa to the City of Jerusalem. The reader would have viewed memorable details of the City of Jerusalem at that particular time in history. In the end of the story, the reader is made to understand that there is the perpetuity of The Ark. The Ark will be forever placed in the land of Sheba's kingdom and the Hebrew religion has won over a whole country of converts.

The Queen Of The Tambourine

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Author: Jane Gardam

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405516232

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Eliza Peabody is one of those dangerously blameless women who believes she has God in her pocket. She is too enthusiastic; she talks too much. Her concern for the welfare of her wealthySouth London neighbours extends to ingenuous well-meaning notes of unsolicited adviceunder the door. It is just such a one-sided correspondence that heralds Eliza's undoing. Did her letter have something to do with the woman's abrupt disappearance ? Why will no-one else speak of her? And why the watchful, pitying looks and embarassment that now greet her?

The Queen of Kentucky

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Author: Alecia Whitaker

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316193372

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 384

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Fourteen-year-old Kentucky girl Ricki Jo Winstead, who would prefer to be called Ericka, thank you very much, is eager to shed her farmer's daughter roots and and fit in with the popular crowd at her small-town high school. She trades her Bible for Seventeen magazine, buys new "sophisticated" clothes, and strikes up an unlikely flirtation with the freshman class's resident bad boy. She's on top of the world, even though her best friend and neighbor, Luke, say she misses "plain old Ricki Jo." Caught between being a country girl and a wannabe country club girl, Ricki Jo begins to forget who she truly is: someone who doesn't care what people think and who wouldn't let a good-looking guy walk all over her. After a serious incident on Luke's farm, Ricki Jo realizes that being a true friend is more important than being popular... and the one boy who matters most has been next door all along.

The Queen's Assassin

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Author: Cooper

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465385908

Category: Fiction

Page: 299

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The Queens Assassin dramatizes the adage that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. In Trinia, a Caribbean island, anxiety rises among the dominant mulattos and the more numerous blacks as the country prepares to hold a national election. Enter a young American, Scott Peck, who does not know whyor by whomhe has been summoned to Trinia; he reluctantly participates in a tragedy involving the anglophile leader of the mulattos, the once-Marxist, now-Voodoo leader of the blacks, a cynical U.S. diplomat, a soulless American hedonista, and an extraordinary Russian beauty.

The Bigger the Hair, the Closer to God

Unleashing the Cute, Witty, Delightful, Intelligent, Passionate, Authentic, Interesting, Life-of-the-Party Person Inside You!

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Author: Sue Buchanan

Publisher: Gospel Light Publications

ISBN: 9780830743834

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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For every woman with a big-haired lady buried inside them, it’s time to live large and unleash the authentic person God created you to be. Sue Buchanan, everybody’s favorite cheerleader, tells it like it is as she exhorts her beloved readers to look at their life story through a new and different viewfinder, come to grips with the past that has shaped them and then, with God’s help, move on to live a more enriched life. Sue can relate to women who deal with the difficulties of daily life (nasty people, weight and image concerns, aging, God issues and parenting) as well as the bigger crises of life (hers was surviving breast cancer). And yet, in the midst of it all, Sue reminds readers to take hold of their thinking and give themselves permission to laugh and unleash the cute, witty, delightful, intelligent, passionate, authentic, interesting life-of-the-party person they always dreamed they would be!

Actors of the Spaghetti Westerns

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Author: James Prickette

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469144298

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 543

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Musical accompaniment were jazzed up renditions that basically fit the art form like a glove with a stylish beat that usually pounded out the action as the story unfolded. The music set the mood and the audiences followed. Most of these films would never reach America during the era, even though they were generally aimed at the American film goers. The Actors who went to Italy and got involved in these lucrative new genre spinoffs all enjoyed star status, recognition and glow of the limelight that came with it. These are the Actors were talking about here.

Flavor of the Month

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Author: Olivia Goldsmith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671794507

Category: Fiction

Page: 880

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Rejected by Hollywood as too fat, actress Mary Jane Moran endures a series of operations to reemerge as thin, gorgeous Jahne Moore, and embarks on her new career in Tinseltown

The Calm in the Late Afternoon

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Author: Chuck Culver

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450087744

Category: Fiction

Page: 291

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A Towering Novel! Chuck Culver’s Best Work. Retired doctor David Somerset, grief-stricken with the recent loss of his beloved wife, is trying painfully to follow through with plans they both made to the English Cotswolds and to restore a 600-hundred-year-old cottage. Although he makes friends with a number of colorful locals in the town of Winchcomb, he is still agonizing over his loss. Then rescue arrives in the form of a mysterious metal box a workman finds in the walls of his cottage. Inside the box, straight from the 16th century, is a rare Tyndale Bible, the first English translation of the Scriptures and the cause of Thomas Tyndale’s branding as a heretic by the Catholic Church and his burning at the stake. Also enclosed is the diary of a hitherto unknown priest named Father Christopher Moore, who was Tyndale’s best friend and later a chaplain in the court of Henry VIII. The Calm in the Late Afternoon is one of those novels that is more than a read. It’s a joyful immersion in life.

Embracing the Spirit of Nature

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Author: Linda Shaylor Cooper

Publisher: BalboaPress

ISBN: 145254784X

Category: Gardening

Page: 48

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Nature, spirits, and fairies have become increasingly common topics. Embracing the Spirit of Nature will invite you into a world of magic few have experienced by sharing actual raw photography of fairies, gnomes, and more. Embracing the Spirit of Nature will alter how people experience nature and how they directly impact the life of all of nature’s elements. This experience is similar to that of Masaru Emoto’s work, demonstrating the life force that is present in every drop of water. His book shows how words of love and compassion cause drops of water to form clear crystal shapes. My book will draw attention to nature spirits that have likely never been seen before, yet which surround and support us in our daily life. The primary audience includes the spiritual community, people who currently interact with the fairy realm, people who love fantasy and the realms of magic, those who are interested in gardening, those who love nature, and children of all ages. This book offers a unique opportunity to view actual raw photography of nature spirits including dialogs with the nature spirits; it also offers ways to communicate and receive guidance from the Nature Spirits. I have had the great pleasure of not only experiencing the fairies but have been blessed with the opportunity to view them through my photography.

The Queen of October

A Novel

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Author: Shelley Fraser Mickle

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1565128826

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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This New York Times Notable Book is a heartwarming and humorous story of a girl growing up as her family falls apart in the 1960s South. Sally Maulden’s mother and father are getting a divorce, and the girl has been banished to her grandparents’ home in Coldwater, Arkansas. No one seems to really care about Sally, unless you count her pet chicken . . . But in her new town, she soon finds love offered to her from unexpected sources—including a strip-tease dancer at the Silver Moon. And once she’s crowned Coldwater Queen of October, she may even start to love herself a little. This is “a remarkable first novel, bursting with warmth” (Chicago Tribune), named one of Library Journal’s top ten books of the year, from an “author worth watching” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). “Fondly evokes small-town life in the ’60s.” —Publishers Weekly

King of the World

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Author: Randall Coleman

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 0986360015

Category: Fiction

Page: 548

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The year is 2022, and time is running out. The Earth is heating up at an alarming rate. Governments are corrupt and terrorism abounds. More nations are on the brink of war than at any other time in history, and fear riddles the planet. The Group of Five are fed up, and they’re doing something about it. In their quest to usher in a new way, the Group of Five is seeking to elect a true king, one who can restore balance to the world. Will they find a suitable king in time, or will political corruption and the Earth’s imminent destruction win out?

Language, Globalization and the Making of a Tanzanian Beauty Queen

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Author: Sabrina Billings

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 1783090774

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Through micro-analysis of language use, this book chronicles young women's pathways to becoming a Tanzanian beauty queen, offering an original perspective on the intersection of language with globalization, nationalism, and inequality in urban East Africa. This compelling linguistic ethnography considers the real-life effects, both on- and off-stage, of language policy, education, and gender dynamics for the women competing in the pageants. While highlighting many contestants' struggles for escape from poverty and patriarchy, the book also emphasizes their creative strategies – linguistic and otherwise – for bettering their lives and shows how people living in a global economic periphery take part in, and sometimes feel left out of, the wider world.

The Children of the Sky

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Author: Vernor Vinge

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429993367

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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The Children of the Sky continues the epic scifi adventure of Hugo award-winning A Fire Upon the Deep! “Vinge is one of the best visionary writers of SF today.” —David Brin Thousands of years in the future, humanity is no longer alone in a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures, and technology, can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of thought," but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence. Ten years have passed on Tines World, and Ravna and the children have survived a war. While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them—and among the humans—who seek power...and no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization that has taken root since the humans landed. Tor books by Vernor Vinge Realtime/Bobble Series The Peace War Marooned in Realtime Other Novels The Witling Tatja Grimm's World Rainbows End Collections Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge True Names At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama

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Author: Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc.

ISBN: 9781410213341

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 588

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Originally published in 1892, "the object of this Handbook is to supply readers and speakers with a lucid, but very brief account of such names as are used in allusions and references, whether by poets or prose writers; - to furnish those who consult it with the plot of popular dramas, the story of epic poems, and the outline of well-known tales. The number of dramatic plots sketched out is many hundreds. Another striking and interesting feature of the book is the revelation of the source from which dramatists and romancers have derived their stories, and the strange repetitions of historic incidents. It has been borne in mind throughout that it is not enough to state a fact. It must be stated attractively, and the character described must be drawn characteristically if the reader is to appreciate it, and feel an interest in what he reads." This work, an American reprint of The Reader's Handbook by E. Cobham Brewer, ..".while retaining all of the original material that can interest and aid the English-speaking student, gives also 'characters and sketches found in American novels, poetry and drama.'"