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The Madonna Files

By Stephen Ryan
  • ISBN Code: : 161160611X
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 267
  • Category : Fiction
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A Powerful book of adventure and faith" - FRANK SCHAEFFER - New York Times best selling author of fiction and nonfiction. With unexpected turns and a full dose of scholarly intrigue along the way, The Madonna Files is a contemporary religious thriller that explores the hidden secrets of Catholic Church. Five years in the making, The Madonna Files is "The most prophetic book of our times" The Madonna Files has been compared to Da Vinci Code, the historical fiction by Malachi Martin, The Shack, even G.K. Chesterson's Father Brown mysteries. Stephen Ryan's explosive debut novel challenges the prevailing orthodoxies of American history and Christianity, and reveals the dynamic presence of the Virgin Mary throughout the ages. On the quiet campus of M.I.T., a math professor is asked by the Vatican to determine the probability that six children are telling the truth. The children, from a small town in Bosnia, a town filled with sacred drama, say they see the Virgin Mary.

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  • Total of Pages : 577
  • Category : Fiction
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The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, and is generally considered the culmination of his life's work. Dostoevsky spent nearly two years writing The Brothers Karamazov, which was published as a serial in The Russian Messenger and completed in November 1880. Dostoevsky intended it to be the first part in an epic story titled The Life of a Great Sinner, but he died less than four months after its publication. The book portrays a parricide in which each of the murdered man's sons share a varying degree of complicity. On a deeper level, it is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, reason, free will and modern Russia. Dostoevsky composed much of the novel in Staraya Russa, which is also the main setting of the novel.

The War of Art

By Steven Pressfield
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  • Publisher : Black Irish Entertainment LLC
  • Book Code : 1936891042
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 685
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What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

The Best of Tomes of the Dead, Volume 2

By Simon Bestwick,Gary McMahon,Jasper Bark
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  • Publisher : Abaddon Books
  • Book Code : 1849975507
  • Total of Pages : 768
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 229
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BEWARE THE MARCH OF THE UNDEAD! The masters of flesh-munchingly, gut-wrenchingly, eyeball-poppingly great zombie fiction bring you three more of the best stand-alone books from their critically-acclaimed Tomes of the Dead line. TIDE OF SOULS: When flash-floods devastate Britain and an army of the undead rise from the waves, three broken people – escaped sex-slave Katja, burned-out soldier McTarn, and crippled biologist Styles – may hold the key to survival for the scattered few remaining. HUNGRY HEARTS: Rookie policeman Rick Nutman must fight through the bloody chaos of Leeds to get to his wife Sally. Daryl has always dreamed of being a serial killer, and Sally will be his first victim. Now Rick flees into the countryside with his undead wife, as Daryl seeks to be the only serial killer in history to kill the same woman twice. Can love overcome death? WAY OF THE BAREFOOT ZOMBIE: What do you want? Wealth? Power? Influence? The Way of the Barefoot Zombie can get it for you! On the private island of St. Ignatius, Caribbean business guru Doc Papa guides your steps as you learn to harness the hunger and soulless drive of the noble zombie, even walking among the creatures themselves. What can go wrong?

The Other Catholics

By Julie Byrne
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  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Book Code : 0231541708
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 848
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“An excellent study of churches on the fringe that incubate new ideas and shed new light on mainstream religion.”—Times Higher Education Independent Catholics are not formally connected to the pope in Rome. They practice apostolic succession, seven sacraments, and devotion to the saints. But without a pope, they can change quickly and experiment freely—with some affirming communion for the divorced, women’s ordination, clerical marriage, and same-sex marriage. From their early modern origins in the Netherlands to their contemporary proliferation in the United States, these “other Catholics” represent an unusually liberal, mobile, and creative version of America’s largest religion. In The Other Catholics, Julie Byrne shares the remarkable history and current activity of independent Catholics, who number at least two hundred communities and a million members across the United States. She focuses in particular on the Church of Antioch, one of the first Catholic groups to ordain women in modern times. Through archival documents and interviews, Byrne tells the story of the unforgettable leaders and surprising influence of these understudied churches, which, when included in Catholic history, change the narrative arc and total shape of modern Catholicism. As Pope Francis fights to soften Roman doctrines with a pastoral touch and his fellow Roman bishops push back with equal passion, independent Catholics continue to leap ahead of Roman reform, keeping key Catholic traditions but adding a progressive difference. “Byrne’s enlightening research and analysis will undoubtedly raise awareness of these little-known Catholic denominations.”

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

By E.L. Konigsburg
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1442431261
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 618
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Now available in a deluxe keepsake edition! A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021) Run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with E. L. Konigsburg’s beloved classic and Newbery Medal­–winning novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because be was a miser and would have money. Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie bad some ideas, too; so the two took up residence at the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, and she wanted to feel different; and she found a statue at the Museum so beautiful she could not go home until she bad discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too. The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her—well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home.

The Book of Hallowe'en

By Ruth Edna Kelley
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  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 96
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  • Members : 874
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This book is intended to give the reader an account of the origin and history of Hallowe'en, how it absorbed some customs belonging to other days in the year,—such as May Day, Midsummer, and Christmas. The context is illustrated by selections from ancient and modern poetry and prose, related to Hallowe'en ideas. Those who wish suggestions for readings, recitations, plays, and parties, will find the lists in the appendix useful, in addition to the books on entertainments and games to be found in any public library. Special acknowledgment is made to Messrs. E. P. Dutton & Company for permission to use the poem entitled "Hallowe'en" from "The Spires of Oxford and Other Poems," by W. M. Letts; to Messrs. Longmans, Green & Company for the poem "Pomona," by William Morris; and to the Editors of The Independent for the use of five poems.

The Practice and Science of Drawing

By Harold Speed
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  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Book Code : 1465572015
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  • Category : Drawing
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The Decameron

By Giovanni Boccaccio
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  • Publisher : Phoemixx Classics Ebooks
  • Book Code : 3985948461
  • Total of Pages : 999
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 603
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The Decameron - Giovanni Boccaccio - The year is 1348. The Black Death has begun to ravage Europe. Ten young Florentinesseven women and three menescape the plague-infested city and retreat to the countryside around Fiesole. At their leisure in this isolated and bucolic setting, they spend ten days telling each other storiestales of romance, tragedy, comedy, and farceone hundred in all. The result, called by one critic "the greatest short story collection of all time" (Leonard Barkan, Princeton University) is a rich and entertaining celebration of the medley of medieval life.Witty, earthy, and filled with bawdy irreverence, the one hundred stories of The Decameron offer more than simple escapism; they are also a life-affirming balm for trying times. The Decameron is a joyously comic book that has earned its place in world literature not just because it makes us laugh, but more importantly because it shows us how essential laughter is to the human condition.Published on the 700th anniversary of Boccaccios birth, Wayne A. Rebhorn's new translation of The Decameron introduces a generation of readers to this "rich late-medieval feast" in a "lively, contemporary, American-inflected English" (Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University) even as it retains the distinctly medieval flavor of Boccaccio's rhetorically expressive prose.An extensive introduction provides useful details about Boccaccio's historical and cultural milieu, the themes and particularities of the text, and the lines of influence flowing into and out of this towering monument of world literature.

Brain-Eating Britain

By Gary McMahon,Simon Bestwick
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  • Publisher : Abaddon Books
  • Book Code : 1849974969
  • Total of Pages : 800
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 149
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In these grim days, Britain has become overrun with a new menace. Violent, unmoved by compassion, shuffling heedlessly from one victim to the next, flooding the estates and terrorising the streets. Yes, it's zombies... Abaddon Books presents three of their finest Tomes of the Dead books, offering up bone-crunching, blood-chilling stories of survival horror in contemporary Britain. In Hungry Hearts, Rik Nutman races to rescue his wife from being murdered... and then from being murdered again. In Tide of Souls, three very different people are thrown together by the rising flood - and the hordes of the dead - to uncover a deep secret about the world. And in The Words of Their Roaring, small-time thief Gabe learns just how far he will go to make a living when the zombie apocalypse destroys society.

Hungry Hearts

By Gary McMahon
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  • Publisher : Abaddon Books
  • Book Code : 1849971412
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 860
  • Pdf File: hungry-hearts.pdf

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IN A WORLD TORN APART BY HUNGER, THE ONLY THING COLDER THAN DEATH IS LOVE… Rick Nutman is a rookie policeman. When the city of Leeds erupts into blood-spattered chaos he must fight through hungry hordes of the living dead to return home and protect Sally, his new wife, the only woman he has ever loved. Daryl lives with his dying mother, and views the apocalypse as the perfect opportunity to put his long-held plans into action. Daryl has always wanted to be a serial killer. Tonight he will achieve that dream, and Sally will become his first victim. As the world runs down and the streets burn with the rage of the undead, Rick flees with his reanimated wife across a ravaged landscape, and Daryl chases them with his own agenda – to be the only serial killer in history to kill the same victim twice. Murder, obsession and desire collide in this dark tale of love and death… and the things that lie beyond.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal

By The J. Paul Getty Museum
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  • Publisher : Getty Publications
  • Book Code : 0892360054
  • Total of Pages : 124
  • Category : Art
  • Members : 146
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The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal III is a compendium of articles and notes pertaining to the Museum’s permanent collection of paintings. This volume includes an introduction by Burton B. Fredericksen and an illustrated essay of recent acquisitions of paintings. Volume III includes essays on paintings written by Burton Fredericksen, Eric Young, Jean-Luc Bordeaux, with a principal article on Raphael’s Madonna di Loreto by Burton Fredericksen. This is also the first volume to be issued since the recent and much regretted passing of J. Paul Getty, the Museum’s founder. The principal article of this volume, the one on Raphael’s Madonna di Loreto, was one that he was especially concerned with and interested in. The Raphael was always a subject close to his heart. He was an eager student of Raphael and everything that touched on his favorite picture, and it is only appropriate that the article, which is a summary discussion of the picture’s provenance, be dedicated to him.

Fan Cultures

By Matthew Hills
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134551983
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 753
  • Pdf File: fan-cultures.pdf

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Emphasising the contradictions of fandom, Matt Hills outlines how media fans have been conceptualised in cultural theory. Drawing on case studies of specific fan groups, from Elvis impersonators to X-Philes and Trekkers, Hills discusses a range of approaches to fandom, from the Frankfurt School to psychoanalytic readings, and asks whether the development of new media creates the possibility of new forms of fandom. Fan Cultures also explores the notion of "fan cults" or followings, considering how media fans perform the distinctions of 'cult' status.