Real Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up
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Author: Yiwu Liao
Category: Literary Criticism
A collection of oral histories reveals the lives of ordinary Chinese men and women, including a professional mourner, a leper, an abbot, a retired government official, and a political prisoner.
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Author: P. B. Ryder
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The plot revolves around three angry teenagers in a small, blue- collar town. Don Calhoun, the main character, is angry because he is a poor, pimply-faced teenage loner who yearns to be the most popular boy in school. Behind the pimply-faced exterior is a restless spirit seething with hate and revenge -- a deadly combination. Its the 60s and drugs and the free-love movement have taken hold in California. Through an acquaintance who has just returned from San Francisco, Don gets his hands on devil worship literature and a small wooden statue that was used in Satanic worship ceremonies. Don reads some of the literature, and concludes that selling his soul is the only way he can possibly realize his dream. But he really doesn't think it's possible. Across town lives another angry, miserable teen. His name is Eddie, and all he wants is to become the greatest rock-'n'-roll guitar player in the world. Eddie and Don are members of the zit squad at high school; at least that's what the jocks and cheerleaders call them. Laura once was a cheerleader and hung out with the other cheerleaders and jocks. But that was before she was paralyzed in a diving accident and ended up a "wheelchair-bound freak." Now her obsession is to walk again and regain her rightful place among the beautiful people. And like Don and Eddie, she becomes bitter and vengeful. Don is the first to take the plunge into the supernatural by conjuring up a demon that arranges for him to sell his soul to the big man himself. In just a matter of days, Don's new-found strength and powers enable him to destroy some of his tormentors. Only one person in town can sense the presence of evil and the death and destruction that will follow. But long ago she was labeled a religious nut, and nobody takes "poor ol' Anna" seriously. Don discovers that the ancient man who owns all the mills in town already is in league with the devil, having sold his soul a century earlier. Don is encouraged to recruit three more devil worshipers so the coven will be a complete thirteen members. Cruel events soon have Eddie and Laura eager to take the plunge after Don, and he easily convinces them that their souls are small prices to pay for the good life. To make their deal, Don, Eddie and Laura must sacrifice a human to Satan. Don chooses one of his teachers who delights in humiliating him in class, Eddie chooses a fellow student who ridiculed his music, and Laura chooses the girl who once was her best friend, but became her worst enemy after the accident. Each sacrifice is carried out in a bizarre, sadistic manner. The bodies soon begin to accumulate. Police launch an investigation but have few leads and very little incriminating evidence. Phillip Sawyer, a newspaper reporter fresh out of college, begins his own investigation hoping to find fame and fortune after breaking the case. And Anna keeps having visions of the murders and senses the growing evil. She tries to warn people and get someone to help her, but of course nobody believes her foolish story. In the end, Anna realizes she must battle Satan by herself, and sets out to prove she is the chosen one. Her tattered Bible guides her. In one test she handles a rattlesnake and drinks poison. She then raises a dog from the dead. But the ultimate test comes when she has to discard all her worldly possessions. The young reporter trails Don, Eddie and Laura to the old barn where they have set up an altar to worship Satan. Sawyer is caught spying on them and is asked what his last wish is before they cut his throat and feed him to the rats. To buy time, Sawyer tells them he wants to interview the devil. He is tied up and tossed into the cellar of the old barn. A few days later, Don arranges the interview at the mansion of the mill owner. During the interview, Sawyer makes a fatal error, he mentions Jesus Christ which infuriates Satan. Sawyer is retied and dumped back into the cellar. But this time
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Author: Madeleine Thien
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award // Finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction "A powerfully expansive novel…Thien writes with the mastery of a conductor." —New York Times Book Review “In a single year, my father left us twice. The first time, to end his marriage, and the second, when he took his own life. I was ten years old.” Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations—those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences. With maturity and sophistication, humor and beauty, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of life inside China yet transcendent in its universality.
A Thoroughly Southern Mystery
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Author: Patricia Sprinkle
Georgia magistrate MacLaren Yarbrough is bound for Scotland to explore her genealogical roots along with her friend Laura, not to mention a tour group full of unusual travel mates. But when two empty coffins mysteriously appear in the church in the small town where the group is staying-though none of the locals have died-things take a turn for the macabre. And when the bodies of two Americans are discovered occupying the coffins, MacLaren finds herself back on the job. Can she tie it all together, before she winds up in a coffin of her own?
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Author: Louisa Lim
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Finalist for the 2015 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism Longlisted for the Lionel Gelber Award for the Best Non-Fiction book in the world on Foreign Affairs An Economist Book of the Year, 2014 A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice "One of the best analyses of the impact of Tiananmen throughout China in the years since 1989." --The New York Times Book Review On June 4, 1989, People's Liberation Army soldiers opened fire on unarmed civilians in Beijing, killing untold hundreds of people. A quarter-century later, this defining event remains buried in China's modern history, successfully expunged from collective memory. In The People's Republic of Amnesia, Louisa Lim charts how the events of June 4th changed China, and how China changed the events of June 4th by rewriting its own history. Lim reveals new details about those fateful days, including how one of the country's most senior politicians lost a family member to an army bullet, as well as the inside story of the young soldiers sent to clear Tiananmen Square. She also introduces us to individuals whose lives were transformed by the events of Tiananmen Square, such as a founder of the Tiananmen Mothers, whose son was shot by martial law troops; and one of the most important government officials in the country, who post-Tiananmen became one of its most prominent dissidents. And she examines how June 4th shaped China's national identity, fostering a generation of young nationalists, who know little and care less about 1989. For the first time, Lim uncovers the details of a brutal crackdown in a second Chinese city that until now has been a near-perfect case study in the state's ability to rewrite history, excising the most painful episodes. By tracking down eyewitnesses, discovering US diplomatic cables, and combing through official Chinese records, Lim offers the first account of a story that has remained untold for a quarter of a century. The People's Republic of Amnesia is an original, powerfully gripping, and ultimately unforgettable book about a national tragedy and an unhealed wound.
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Author: Simon Brett
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
The genteel game of Real Tennis takes a murderous twist in Simon Brett's witty and entertaining new Fethering mystery - Jude's life has been turned upside-down thanks her new mant, Piers Targett, who's keen to get her involved in his hobby - or obsession - of Real Tennis. But when one of Piers' friends dies on the court in suspicious circumstances, Jude finds herself caught up in the police investigation. Meanwhile, Jude's neighbour Carole is trying to identify the human remains known locally as the 'Lady in the Lake.' As the two investigations become intertwined, Carole and Jude's efforts to find the truth look set to lead to more murders.
A Sergeant Beef Mystery
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Author: Leo Bruce
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
This is one of Sgt. Beef's most interesting and perplexing cases. It involves a murder, but one in which no body can be found. Young Rogers announces to Beef and others assembled in a local pub that he has committed a murder—then takes his own life. But where is the victim? How did it happen? "I always supposed," says Beef. "a murder case started with a corpse, and then you had to find out 'oo done it. This time we know 'oo's done it, but we can't find the corpse."
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Author: Lorraine Kennedy
Publisher: Lorraine Kennedy
Skinwalkers – Song of Wolves Volume 1 & 2. Get both volumes together. The only thing stronger than the wolf’s savage hunger, is his love for one girl. Mya and David’s story climaxes in Skinwalkers – Song of Wolves. This book will be released in volumes. In volumes one and two, the final book of the Skinwalkers series, Mya, Donny and Wilson are fighting for their lives, while Mya searches for a way back from her nightmare and into David’s arms. David disappears after the Changing, no longer taking his human form. This leaves Mya to wonder if she has lost him to the world of the beast. Mya isn’t about to give up. She is determined to spend the rest of her life with the man she loves, no matter if he is human or wolf. A strange fog has descended over the Navajo Reservation, bringing with it unspeakable horrors and possibly the end of everything and everyone Mya loves. Skinwalkers Series Bad Moon Rising Witching the Wolf Song of Wolves Volume 1 & 2
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Author: Christine Quigley
Category: Social Science
Throughout the centuries, different cultures have established a variety of procedures for handling and disposing of corpses. Often the methods are directly associated with the deceased’s position in life, such as a pharaoh’s mummification in Egypt or the cremation of a Buddhist. Treatment by the living of the dead over time and across cultures is the focus of study. Burial arrangements and preparations are detailed, including embalming, the funeral service, storage and transport of the body, and forms of burial. Autopsies and the investigative process of causes of deliberate death are fully covered. Preservation techniques such as cryonic suspension and mummification are discussed, as well as a look at the “recycling” of the corpse through organ donation, donation to medicine, animal scavengers, cannibalism, and, of course, natural decay and decomposition. Mistreatments of a corpse are also covered.
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Author: Christian Clason,Andrew Gray
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
Necromancer Saga #1 - The return of an old evil brings into question the balance of the elements and magic. Eric struggles with the responsibilities he holds to his family and to the people who plea for his help. But, he cannot make everybody happy as Dragon Heart demands that they remain a family and separate from the war. What started out as a game turns into a struggle for love and sanity for Necros. Meeting this sorry excuse for a leader meant nothing more than toying with his prey, until he started to realize his feelings. But, when the General commits to her mission, Necros finds himself facing against other magic users. A power frowned upon by the elemental sages is ignited not only in Necros but in the creatures who face off against him, standing between him, victory and the woman he has fallen for.