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A Dream About Lightning Bugs

Author : Ben Folds
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs. “A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell.”—Sara Bareilles NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND PASTE Ben Folds is a celebrated American singer-songwriter, beloved for songs such as “Brick,” “You Don’t Know Me,” “Rockin’ the Suburbs,” and “The Luckiest,” and is the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. But Folds will be the first to tell you he’s an unconventional icon, more normcore than hardcore. Now, in his first book, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. In the title chapter, “A Dream About Lightning Bugs,” Folds recalls his earliest childhood dream—and realizes how much it influenced his understanding of what it means to be an artist. In “Measure Twice, Cut Once” he learns to resist the urge to skip steps during the creative process. In “Hall Pass” he recounts his 1970s North Carolina working-class childhood, and in “Cheap Lessons” he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way—but that luckily didn’t kill him. In his inimitable voice, both relatable and thought-provoking, Folds digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life. Collectively, these stories embody the message Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you’ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds. Praise for A Dream About Lightning Bugs “Besides being super talented, and an incredibly poignant and multifaceted musician, Ben Folds is a fantastic author. I couldn’t put this book down—and not just because I taped it to my hand. Ben takes us into his mind and into his process from the very beginnings of his childhood to where he is today—one of the greatest musicians and writers that has ever graced the art.”—Bob Saget

Lightning Bugs and Sunday School

Author : Nancy Barry
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As comfortable as telling stories around the kitchen table, on the front porch, or in front of a campfire, Lightning Bugs and Sunday School presents a collection of narratives, points to ponder, and poetry that illustrates how God works in the lives of the faithful. Compiled by author Nancy Barry, the stories include appearances by angels and good Samaritans, prayers that have been answered, and the witnessing of unexplainable miracles. In "Great Balls of Fire," Shirley Jones tells how listening to a message from God saved her house from ruin during a storm. In "A Smooth and Quiet Ride," Daniel Street describes being rescued by an angel on a bitter night when his vehicle broke down. "Sometimes You Have to Ask" relates how a prayer for a boy's new eyeglasses was answered by a thoughtful neighbor. With recipes and household hints included, Lightning Bugs and Sunday School offers a plethora of faith-based stories and recollections that provide inspiration and guidance.

The Lightning Bug

Author : Calvin Johnson-Rowe
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The Lightning Bug is a work of Science fiction. It is the first book in a series and introduces American teenager Matt Johnson. Matt and his friends discover a warning message hidden in the behavior of lightning bugs. The message leads to the discovery of secrets that run counter to accepted scientific and religious beliefs. Solving the mystery requires the teens overcome racial and political turmoil. The teens must find a way to save the world; but who will save them?

The Bug and His Light

Author : Betty Brantley
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The Bug and His Light tells the story of an unlikely friendship between six-year-old Judd and a little lightning bug named Mark. While searching for lightning bugs on a summer evening with his mother, Judd accidentally brings one of the little fireflies home. Afraid, sad, and far from home, Mark the lightning bug loses his glow. Thinking he is broken, Judd and Mark work together to find a way to fix Mark’s light. “I know what I’ll do! I’ll fix you up, then you’ll be brand new!” said Judd. Again and again, the newly formed friends try to fix Mark’s glow. Their imaginations ran wild, but nothing seemed to work. Even then, they never gave up. Children will laugh when Judd tries his phone charger to make Mark’s light start to shine. “Mark spits the charger from his mouth and gave the thing a toss. Mark’s wings were kind of singed, and now his eyes were crossed!” This wonderful story embraces the love of friendship and the joy of helping others.

Start Your Own Bed and Breakfast

Author : Entrepreneur Press
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Do you dream of escaping the rat race by becoming the proprietor of your own bed and breakfast inn? The lure of leaving the 9-to5 grind behind to live, work and play in a beautiful home nestled in a resort setting is a powerful one.When you can spend your days puttering about in the kitchen or garden, meeting new people, entertaining guests in a lavish and enviable setting, and collect and income while you’re at it, who wouldn’t leap at the chance? This guide, based on the experiences of scores of successful B&B operators, will tell you everything you need to know to make that dream a reality in an industry that has experienced 15% growth over the last five years. We give you the nitty-gritty, hands-on tasks, tips and tricks to successful B&B innkeeping. Secrets such as: • Finding the right location • Buying property • Licensing • Setting pricing policies • Promoting the business • Hiring good people • Using the internet for marketing Whether you have a spare bedroom or are looking for a small inn, this guide can help you earn a comfortable income by welcoming a steady stream of new friends into your home.

Chicken Foots Stew

Author : Michael Delphy Hunt
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Chicken Foots Stew is centered around the life and times of quadrupled-divorced Michael Devin Hughes. The stories are Hughes' observations on family, life, and love, though not necessarily in that order. Fast-paced and genuinely funny, Chicken Foots Stew provides entertaining family reading. Among the short stories included in Chicken Foots Stew are the following: "Birthday Parties"as Hughes and his son Malcolm attend the ultimate children's birthday party, Hughes attempts to go one better, but he is out of his league as he finds out; "Hotels"Hughes prepares the perfect weekend for daughter Millicent only to discover that his choice of hotels does not meet his daughter's exacting standards; and "My Ex-Wife and Plants"Hughes' first wife Marcia discovers she has been banned from buying plants at all area nurseries. Hughes adds to her misery, by playing a practical joke that backfires tremendously.

PlayStation Game Secrets

Author : Steve Faragher
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Covers 30 Games! A Bug's Life Bomberman World Brigandine Bust A Groove Destrega Colony Wars: Vengeance Cool Boarders 3 Crash Bandicoot: WARPED Duke Nukem: Time to Kill Elemental Gearbolt Heart of Darkness Kagero: Deception II Knockout Kings Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete Medievil Mega Man Legends Metal Gear Solid Monkey Hero Ninja: Shadow of Darkness O.D.T. Resident Evil: Director's Cut Rival Schools Spyro the Dragon Syphon Filter Tenchu Stealth Assassins Tomb Raider III Twisted Metal III The Unholy War Uprising X WCW/NWO Thunder

Soluble Fish

Author : Mary Jo Firth Gillett
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Soluble Fish transports readers to a place of discovery, exploring issues of borders, familial and love relationships, and other aspects of being human. Mary Jo Firth Gillett layers her poems in rich metaphor as she searches for meaning in everyday life. Contemplating a range of topics from teaching poetry to watching her father filet a fish, Gillett’s humorous and playful collection celebrates language and life.

To Yield a Dream

Author : Oxford S. Stroud
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Richly suffused with the aura of myth, To Yield a Dream is on one level the story of the maturing of its hero, Jody, returning home to Hurricane Island for his mother's funeral. The novel is full of odd characters, such as Johnny Revelation, an exotic evangelist who both seduces and saves new converts that visit him, Uncle Minos, Jody's uncle who refuses to leave his basement and has stayed there in self-imposed exile for twenty years, and Spencer, an ageless, cantankerous, and seemingly all-knowing ant. As strange events continue, Jody becomes interested in Jo Anne, a childhood friend who has developed into a beautiful and talented painter. As Jody handles his mother's arrangements and his burgeoning love interest, he is initiated into the enduring and entangled mysteries of love, death, art, and time. The mysteries of the island slowly unravel as Spencer, Jody, Jody's grandfather, and Jody's dog, Zip, seek the truth. A feast of language and poetry, To Yield a Dream is Stroud's great achievement, and last novel.

A Dream of Summer

Author : Mary Oliver
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Brings together some forty evocative poems by English-language authors that reflect on the experience, sensuality, and joy of the summer season, with works by Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Thomas Campion, Louise Gluck, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, and Charles Simic, among others.

A Dream of Freedom

Author : Cheryl Zach
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Hannah, a slave from the Stafford plantation in Virginia, works on the Underground Railroad, vowing never to marry until she herself reaches freedom, but her plans are undermined when she falls in love with Joshua, a free man of color.

The American Dream

Author : Mike Palecek
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The Good Dream

Author : Donna VanLiere
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In this full-length novel from the New York Times Bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series Donna VanLiere has written a beautifully rendered and poignant story about one woman's unlikely path to motherhood and the healing power of love. Tennessee, 1950: Still single and in her early thirties, Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid; a label she takes with good humor and a grain of salt. But when her mother dies, leaving her to live alone in the house she grew up in, to work the farm she was raised to take care of, she finds herself lost in a kind of loneliness she hadn't expected. After years of rebuffing the advances of imperfect, yet eligible bachelors from her small town, Ivorie is without companionship with more love in her heart and time on her hands than she knows what to do with. But her life soon changes when a feral, dirty-faced boy who has been sneaking onto her land to steal from her garden comes into her life. Even though he runs back into the hills as quickly as he arrives, she's determined to find out who he is because something about the young boy haunts her. What would make him desperate enough to steal and eat from her garden? But what she can't imagine is what the boy faces, each day and night, in the filthy lean-to hut miles up in the hills. Who is he? How did he come to live in the hills? Where did he come from? And, more importantly, can she save him? As Ivorie steps out of her comfort zone to uncover the answers, she unleashes a firestorm in the town-a community that would rather let secrets stay that way. This pitch perfect story of redemption and the true meaning of familial love is Donna VanLiere at her very best.

The Devil s Dream

Author : Lee Smith
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Now back in print from the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls. It was in 1833 or '34 that Moses Bailey brought young Kate Malone down to Cold Spring Holler to be his wife. But Moses, wanting to become a preacher like his daddy was, left Kate time and again to look after the kids while he went out in search of a sign from God. Though he warned them about the evils of playing the fiddle, a kind of music he likened to the devil's own laughter, it passed the time for his bride and children, and soon became not just a way of life for the Baileys, but a curse that would last for generations.

Her Dream of Dreams

Author : Beverly Lowry
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“I am a woman that came from the cotton fields of the South; I was promoted from there to the wash-tub; then I was promoted to the cook kitchen, and from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations.” --Madam C. J. Walker, National Negro Business League Convention, 1912 Now, from a writer acclaimed for her novels and the memoir Crossed Over, a remarkable biography of a truly heroic figure. Madam C. J. Walker created a cosmetics empire and became known as the first female self-made millionaire in this nation’s history, a noted philanthropist and champion of women’s rights and economic freedom. These achievements seem nothing less than miraculous given that she was born, in 1867, to former slaves in a hamlet on the Mississippi River. How she came to live on another river, the Hudson, in a Westchester County mansion, and in a New York City town house, is at once inspirational and mysterious, because for all that is known about the famous entrepreneur, much that occurred before her magnificent transformation—years that trace a circuitous route across the country—remains obscure. By breathing life into scattered clues and dry facts, and with a deep understanding of the times and places through which Madam Walker moved, Beverly Lowry tells a story that stretches from the antebellum South to the Harlem Renaissance and bridges nearly a century of our history in her search for the distant truths of a woman who defied all odds and redefined conventional expectations. “Wherever there was one colored person, whether it was a city, a town, or a puddle by the railroad tracks, everybody knew her name.” --Violet Davis Reynolds, Stenographer, Madam C. J. Walker Co

The Reformatory Press

Author : Iowa. Reformatory at Anamosa
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Living on a Dream

Author : Patt Blue
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The author documents the story of her parents' painful marriage

An Impossible Dream Story

Author : J. V. Petretta
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"Vinny tells his roller-coaster story with passion and humor, inviting all of us to join his bicycle ride through the many winding paths of his life. Coming out, growing up, serving his country and fighting for others against all odds: This journey gives hope to anyone on the front line of our equality struggle." Lt. Dan Choi West Point Graduate, Iraq War Veteran and Infantry Officer, honorably discharged for telling the truth and starting a group of West Point LGBT Graduates. An accomplished, aging man is preparing for yet another dream-to conduct the first known bicycle-book tour (which will require peddling both miles and books.) Who will believe 2,500 miles is possible for a man with gravely serious medical issues-at age sixty-five? Witnessing the lifetime spiritual journey of Vinny Pirelli, starting at age six with his very first bicycle, you track his development of being the only boy among many siblings, through growing pains of adolescence and teen years. He struggles with, and represses homosexual tendencies, putting his emotions into bicycling and writing songs. As a young adult, Vinny proves successful at whatever he attempts-even in building a family with the first girl he had sexual feelings for. As a ten-year Army leader, he learns hard lessons of losing friendships, love and trust, with the ultimate betrayal of his own father. J.V. Petretta is a graduate of U. of Maryland, European Division. He is a ten-year U.S. Army Veteran with three overseas tours, including Vietnam. After his honorable discharge, he received a Meritorious Service Medal for distinguished service as 1st Armored Division's Nuclear Control Chief. In addition to earning numerous business accolades, he organized and conducted a 5,000 mile bicycle tour in 1995, bringing critical awareness and funding for AIDS. Author's proceeds from the sale of this book will be divided among selected cycling and LGBT advocate groups, and his own future work in Africa. Contact: [email protected]

Free to Dream

Author : Audrey Osofsky
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A biography of the Harlem poet whose works gave voice to the joy and pain of the black experience in America.

Abandon the Dark

Author : Marta Perry
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Facing the past can be deadly… Twenty years ago, Lainey Colton spent one perfect summer in Deer Run with her beloved great-aunt Rebecca. Since then, the beautiful graphic designer has been a gypsy, calling no place home. Now Rebecca is gravely ill, so Lainey has returned to Deer Run to care for her…and to escape her mistakes. Lawyer Jake Evans gave up a high-powered job to build a quieter life in the small Pennsylvania town. So when a beautiful stranger appears after twenty years gone, he naturally questions her motives. Still, he is drawn to Lainey. But no amount of attraction will matter if he can't keep her safe from a mysterious threat….