Falling with Wings: A Mother's Story

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Author: Dianna De La Garza,Vickie McIntyre

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

ISBN: 1250143322

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Before she was mother to global superstar Demi Lovato, she was just Dianna Hart. Dianna tells her story from the very beginning in this complete and genuinely affecting memoir. She had big plans of becoming a country music star, but her life went in a different direction than her dreams. She developed an eating disorder early in life to gain a sense of control in her strict upbringing. As she continued to struggle with body image and her obsession with being perfect her entire adult life, she was also met with other difficult situations. Her husband and father of her two eldest daughters, Dallas and Demi, had his own troubles that effected the entire family. She coped with alcohol and pills, forming a long-lasting addiction. She's had terrible lows but also some great highs as she watched her daughters break out in Hollywood to become strong, empowered young women. As a mother caring for daughters with addictions while continuing to battle her own, Dianna offers a unique perspective. And as a family, they have survived everything life has thrown at them and come away from it stronger than ever. Dianna tells her story of living through and surviving adversity--with tremendous strength, love and faith.

The Rise and Fall of Social Cohesion

The Construction and De-construction of Social Trust in the US, UK, Sweden and Denmark

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Author: Christian Albrekt Larsen

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191504017

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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The book explores the ways in which social cohesion — measured as trust in unknown fellow citizens — can be established and undermined. It examines the US and UK, where social cohesion declined in the latter part of the twentieth century, and Sweden and Denmark, where social cohesion increased, and aims to put forward a social constructivist explanation for this shift. Demonstrating the importance of public perceptions about living in a meritocratic middle class society, the book argues that trust declined because the Americans and British came to believe that most other citizens belong to an untrustworthy, undeserving, and even dangerous 'bottom' of society rather than to the trustworthy middle classes. In contrast, trust increased amongst Swedes and Danes as they believed that most citizens belong to the 'middle' of society rather than to the 'bottom'. Furthermore, the Swedes and Danes came to view the (perceived) narrow 'bottom' of their society as trustworthy, deserving, and peaceful. The book argues that social cohesion is primarily a cognitive phenomenon, in contrast to previous research, which has emphasized the presence of shared moral norms, fair institutions, networks, engagement in civil society etc. The book is based on unique empirical data material, where American survey items have been replicated in the British Social Attitude survey and the Danish and Swedish ISSP surveys (exclusively for this book). It also includes a unique cross-national study of media content covering a five year period in UK, Sweden, and Denmark. It demonstrates how 'the bottom' and 'the middle' is differently constructed across countries.

Armored to Wings of Eagles: A Soldier’s Story

Memoirs of Lt. Col. Ernest B. Killett, U.S. Army: A Story about the Life and Military Career of Killett

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Author: James K. Killett

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 148094419X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 174

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Armored to Wings of Eagles: A Soldier’s Story by James K. Killett Read a slice of American life. A man enters the military and fights for his country. During his time in the service, he falls in love and starts a family. Leading a rich and full life, his adventures range from war stories to meeting Marilyn Monroe. Based on the recorded interviews of Lt. Col. Ernest B. Killett, follow his military career from World War II to the end of his life. Learn about this honorable life in Armored to Wings of Eagles: A Soldier’s Story: Memoirs of Lt. Col. Ernest B. Killett, U.S. Army: A Story about the Life and Military Career of Killett.

Some Rain Must Fall And Other Stories

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Author: Michel Faber

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1847674062

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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The debut work, a short story collection from the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of Under the Skin, The Crimson Petal and the White and The Book of Strange New Things. Michel Faber's short stories reveal an extraordinarily vivid imagination, a deep love of language and an adventurous versatility. Playful, yet profoundly moving, wickedly satirical yet sincerely humane, these tales never fail to strike unexpected chords. 'Some Rain Must Fall' juxtaposes the tragic circumstances of traumatised schoolchildren with the interior monologue of a teacher/psychologist enlisted to aid their recovery. In the pseudo-sci-fi 'Fish' a mother tries to protect her child in a terrifying world where fish swim through the streets and lurk in alleyways. Faber's collection is rich and assured, with a dazzling reach.

The Secrets of a Fire King

Stories

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Author: Kim Edwards

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101201770

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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The first story collection from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper's Daughter With The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards touched hearts across the nation. In this, her first collection of stories-now with three new stories added-she explores the lives of those who exist on the fringes of society: a fire-eater, an American and his Korean war bride, Madame Curie's maid, and others. Though their tales vary dramatically, each comes up against the barriers of place and circumstance in the most universal of experiences: the quest to discover and understand the elusive mysteries of love. Transporting readers to exotic locations, this beautiful collection reinforces Edwards's presence as an extraordinarily gifted writer.

On Angels' Wings

My Life as a Healer

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Author: Pamela Russell,Barry Russell

Publisher: AYNI BOOKS

ISBN: 1780996780

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 125

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From seeing ghostly apparitions, to having out-of-body experiences, contact with deceased loved ones and visions of the future, Pamela Russell's life has never been ordinary. However, it was not until she began healing that she fully understood the meaning of the messages that were being sent to her throughout her life. Written with her son Barry, this book provides a glimpse into the unusual events that resulted in her finding her path as a spiritual healer. It also provides information on how to contact archangels and guardian angels, demonstrating how they can have a direct impact on your life.

The Reason for Wings

A Novel

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Author: Joyce Reiser Kornblatt

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815605782

Category: Religion

Page: 233

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Rachael Silver, a Holocaust survivor living in Argentina, decides to recount the history of her family's survival, just as they face another test of courage

Stories from the Bible

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Author: Sipke van der Land

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780802850102

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 205

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Retells 100 well-known stories from the Old and New Testament.

God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers

A True Civil War Christmas Story

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Author: James McIvor

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440627312

Category: History

Page: 176

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In the tradition of the bestselling Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce, the true story of a Civil War Christmas miracle In the waning days of 1862, Union and Confederate troops set up camp within earshot of one another in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Christmas had just passed, and for many of these battle-wearied young soldiers the holiday season was a melancholy reminder of the families and loved ones they’d left behind. Bands from both camps played patriotic songs in an attempt to raise spirits, a musical duel that presaged the bloody battle to come. Then, something extraordinary occurred. One of the bands began playing a popular sentimental tune called “Home Sweet Home.” Soon, bands from both sides picked up the tune, and before long thousands of Northern and Southern soldiers had joined together in song. God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story tells the tale of this yuletide interlude, which came at a time when the early optimism of the Civil War had given way to the bitter realities of seemingly endless bloodshed. Told through soldiers’ letters and period songs, God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers is the hopeful and touching story of human compassion in the midst of unspeakable violence.