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Out of the Sun

By Esi Edugyan
  • ISBN Code: : 1487009887
  • Publisher : House of Anansi
  • Pages : 213
  • Category : Social Science
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An insightful exploration and moving meditation on identity, art, and belonging from one of the most celebrated writers of the last decade. What happens when we begin to consider stories at the margins, when we grant them centrality? How does that complicate our certainties about who we are, as individuals, as nations, as human beings? Through the lens of visual art, literature, film, and the author’s lived experience, Out of the Sun examines Black histories in art, offering new perspectives to challenge us. In this groundbreaking, reflective, and erudite book, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and internationally bestselling author Esi Edugyan illuminates myriad varieties of Black experience in global culture and history. Edugyan combines storytelling with analyses of contemporary events and her own personal story in this dazzling first major work of non-fiction.

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  • Total of Pages : 336
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  • Members : 146
  • Pdf File: the-dark-of-the-sun.pdf

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A standalone thriller from Wilbur Smith A gendarme snatched up his rifle from where it lay at his feet; Bruce saw him elbow his way towards the side of the truck to begin firing; he was working the slide to lever a round into the breech. "Mwembe!" Bruce shouted the gendarme's name, but his voice could not penetrate the uproar. In two seconds the whole situation would dissolve into a pandemonium of tracer and bazooka fire.' Hired to kill. Fighting to live. Captain Bruce Murray has a simple enough mission or so he thinks: lead his mercenary soldiers to rescue a town cut off by rebel fighting in the Belgian Congo. It soon becomes clear that the town's diamond supplies are the real focus of the mission she's been sent on. Although Murray soon finds something more valuable than diamonds, and will do anything to protect it. But there's one thing Murray hadn't counted on -- that his most deadly enemies may not be the ones he's facing down the barrel of a gun, but the ones who are right beside him...

The Sun (A True Book)

By Cody Crane
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Book Code : 0531137368
  • Total of Pages : 52
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Members : 463
  • Pdf File: the-sun.pdf

Book Short Summary:

It's bright and it's hot. It's the center of our solar system. It is our Sun. As readers journey through this book, they will discover how this amazing star came into existence, and they will learn everything about its size and makeup, its solar winds and flares, and how its light and heat affect Earth. The workings of the sun's magnetic field, sun spots, and the latest technology used to study the sun will also captivate our readers.Planets and stars, moons and galaxies! The universe is a vast and mysterious place with much to explore. And there's no better way to make amazing discoveries about space than with this reimagined series. With the latest NASA imagery, the classic structure and features of A True Book, and lively text, the titles in Our Universe bring the awe of the cosmos directly to readers. Students will come away with a wealth of knowledge about the incredible celestial bodies in our universe.This series covers Next Generation Science Standards core ideas including "The Universe and its stars" and "Earth and the solar system."

Dreaming of Elsewhere

By Esi Edugyan
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University of Alberta
  • Book Code : 0888648383
  • Total of Pages : 56
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 557
  • Pdf File: dreaming-of-elsewhere.pdf

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Home, for me, was not a birthright, but an invention. It seems to me when we speak of home we are speaking of several things, often at once, muddled together into an uneasy stew. We say home and mean origins, we say home and mean belonging. These are two different things: where we come from, and where we are. Writing about belonging is not a simple task. Esi Edugyan chooses to intertwine fact and fiction, objective and subjective in an effort to find out if one can belong to more than one place, if home is just a place or if it can be an idea, a person, a memory, or a dream. How "home" changes, how it changes us, and how every farewell carries the promise of a return. Readers of Canadian literature, armchair travellers, and all citizens of the global village will enjoy her explorations and reflections, as we follow her from Ghana to Germany, from Toronto to Budapest, from Paris to New York.

City of the Sun

By David Levien
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Doubleday
  • Book Code : 0385525338
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 719
  • Pdf File: city-of-the-sun.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Private detective Frank Behr has been perfectly content living a solitary life, working on a few simple cases, and attempting to move on from his painful past. But when Paul and Carol Gabriel ask him to help them find their missing son, he can hardly refuse. Going against everything he fears—Behr's been around too long to hope for a happy ending—he enters into an uneasy partnership with Paul on a quest for the truth that will become both dangerous and haunting. Richly textured and crackling with suspense on every page, City of the Sun masterfully takes readers on an investigation like no other.www.davidlevien.com

The City of the Sun

By Tommaso Campanella
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  • Publisher : The Floating Press
  • Book Code : 177541051X
  • Total of Pages : 48
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 651
  • Pdf File: the-city-of-the-sun.pdf

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The City of the Sun is an important early utopian work by Italian philosopher Tommaso Campanella, written after his imprisonment for sedition and heresy. Given as the dialog between "a Grandmaster of the Knights Hospitaller and a Genoese Sea-Captain", The City of the Sun outlines Campanella's vision for a unified world, where property is held in common - Campanella including women and children in this definition - and peacefully governed by a theocratic monarchy.

Because of the Sun

By Jenny Torres Sanchez
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  • Publisher : Delacorte Press
  • Book Code : 0399551484
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 650
  • Pdf File: because-of-the-sun.pdf

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“An absorbing page-turner, equal parts light and dark, and filled with the sweetest, swooniest ache. Everyone needs to read Jenny Torres Sanchez. Now.” —JENNIFER NIVEN, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe From the backyards of suburban Florida to the parched desert of New Mexico, Because of the Sun explores the complexity of family, the saving grace of friendship, and the healing that can begin when the truth is brought to light. Dani learned to tolerate her existence in suburban Florida with her brash and seemingly unloving mother by embracing the philosophy Why care? It will only hurt. So when her mother is killed in a sudden and violent manner, Dani goes into an even deeper protection mode: total numbness. It’s the only way she can go on. But when Dani chooses The Stranger by Albert Camus as summer reading for school, it feels like fate. The main character’s alienation after his mother’s death mirrors her own. Dani’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she is sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had. The awkwardness between them is palpable. To escape, Dani takes long walks in the merciless heat. One day, she meets Paulo, who understands how much Dani is hurting. Although she is hesitant at first, a mutual trust and affection develops between them. And as she and her aunt begin to connect, Dani learns about her mother’s past. Forgiving isn’t easy, but maybe it’s the only way to move forward.

Washington Black

By Esi Edugyan
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 1443423408
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 183
  • Pdf File: washington-black.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize A dazzling, original novel of slavery and freedom, from the author of the international bestseller Half-Blood Blues When two English brothers arrive at a Barbados sugar plantation, they bring with them a darkness beyond what the slaves have already known. Washington Black – an eleven year-old field slave – is horrified to find himself chosen to live in the quarters of one of these men. But the man is not as Washington expects him to be. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde – naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist – whose obsession to perfect a winged flying machine disturbs all who know him. Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea is set alight with fields of jellyfish, where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning – and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed one fateful night, Washington is left to the mercy of his new masters. Christopher Wilde must choose between family ties and young Washington's life. What follows is a flight along the eastern coast of America, as the men attempt to elude the bounty that has been placed on Washington's head. Their journey opens them up to the extraordinary: to a dark encounter with a necropsicist, a scholar of the flesh; to a voyage aboard a vessel captained by a hunter of a different kind; to a glimpse through an unexpected portal into the Underground Railroad. This is a novel of fraught bonds and betrayal. What brings Wilde and Washington together ultimately tears them apart, leaving Washington to seek his true self in a world that denies his very existence. From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy plains of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black teems with all the strangeness of life. This inventive, electrifying novel asks, What is Freedom? And can a life salvaged from the ashes ever be made whole?

If You Could See the Sun

By Ann Liang
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Book Code : 0369721756
  • Total of Pages : 317
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 318
  • Pdf File: if-you-could-see-the-sun.pdf

Book Short Summary:

No secret is safe. Alice Sun has always felt invisible at her elite Beijing international boarding school, where she’s the only scholarship student in a sea of über-wealthy classmates. But she has a plan: be top of the class, attend a prestigious university, secure a killer job, and finally lift her family out of poverty. Then her parents drop a bomb—they can no longer afford her tuition, even with the scholarship. But that’s the least of Alice’s problems because she has started uncontrollably turning invisible. As in completely, physically invisible. Alice realizes there’s an upside to her strange new power—unparalleled access to the secrets of China’s most rich and influential teens. Soon, Alice has a new plan: offer her invisibility services to find out what her classmates want to know—for a price. But between balancing schoolwork, a growing relationship with academic-rival-turned-business-partner Henry, and stealing secrets, things start to fall through the cracks. As the tasks escalate from petty scandals to actual crimes, Alice must decide if helping her family is worth losing her conscience—or even her life.

Out of the Fog, Into the Sun

By Jo Kinnard
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1498272924
  • Total of Pages : 82
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 838
  • Pdf File: out-of-the-fog-into-the-sun.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Are you intrigued by the idea of faith? Are you searching for answers to questions about God as you try to make sense of the circumstances of your life? Have you ever wondered what it means to experience religious conversion? In Out of the Fog, Into the Sun, Jo Kinnard shares her personal story of life transformation. She talks freely about what it means to be brought into faith through Christ as an older adult, after being born and raised Hindu. As someone who has a background in religion and philosophy, and holds a doctorate in one of the main schools of Indian Philosophy underlying Hinduism, Dr. Kinnard is able to articulate questions that seekers have about God and faith. Her story makes a powerful confession of the Gospel in a world marked by religious pluralism, atheism, and agnosticism. It is written for individuals and for discussion groups--exploring what it means to be a Christian today from both an "outsider" and an "insider" perspective--and underlining that in Christ, there are no walls.

Child of the Sun

By Jagdish Saraf
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Balboa Press
  • Book Code : 1982291516
  • Total of Pages : 330
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 810
  • Pdf File: child-of-the-sun.pdf

Book Short Summary:

When twenty-seven-year-old Karan White lands in a New York prison to serve a seven-year sentence, his cellmate, John, becomes curious about his life experiences. As Karan begins to share insight into his path to date, a fascinating story unfolds. After he reveals he was born in India to a mother who was unable to care for him, Karan details how he traveled to the United States at age three where he was adopted by an American couple. As his story continues, Karan discloses his experiences in a new country where he struggled to fit in, met wonderful people, and battled a strong desire to one day meet his biological mother, Chameli, and learn why she abandoned him. When a chain of events eventually propels Karan down an unexpected path that leads him out of prison and into new beginnings, he finally launches a long-awaited search for his birth mother, with help from John, that takes him to the vast country of India where he hopes the truth awaits. Child of the Sun is the tale of an Indian adoptee’s journey into manhood that ultimately leads him to dark places that fuel his desire to find his biological mother.

Out of the Fog, Into the Sun

By Jo Kinnard
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 160899841X
  • Total of Pages : 82
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 921
  • Pdf File: out-of-the-fog-into-the-sun.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Are you intrigued by the idea of faith? Are you searching for answers to questions about God as you try to make sense of the circumstances of your life? Have you ever wondered what it means to experience religious conversion? In Out of the Fog, Into the Sun, Jo Kinnard shares her personal story of life transformation. She talks freely about what it means to be brought into faith through Christ as an older adult, after being born and raised Hindu. As someone who has a background in religion and philosophy, and holds a doctorate in one of the main schools of Indian Philosophy underlying Hinduism, Dr. Kinnard is able to articulate questions that seekers have about God and faith. Her story makes a powerful confession of the Gospel in a world marked by religious pluralism, atheism, and agnosticism. It is written for individuals and for discussion groups--exploring what it means to be a Christian today from both an "outsider" and an "insider" perspective--and underlining that in Christ, there are no walls.

Space Cadet Topo

By Dgph
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Immedium
  • Book Code : 1597020222
  • Total of Pages : 36
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 442
  • Pdf File: space-cadet-topo.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Space cadet Topo must find a way to turn the Sun back on or the whole universe will turn into ice.