My Life as a Blue Coat Girl

My Life as a Blue Coat Girl Author Ivy Hylands
ISBN-10 1844019357
Release 2007
Pages 60
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My Life as a Blue Coat Girl gives a charming insight into the life of a young girl from a working-class family in Coventry, prior to the Second World War. Ivy's father dies when she is only two years old, leaving her mother to cope with four girls all under the age of seven. When Ivy is nine, she and her sisters are separated and sent away to different care homes and Ivy's life as a Blue Coat girl begins. Ivy tells her story of the hurdles and experiences she faces while growing up as a Blue Coat girl, which shape her life.

Girl in the Blue Coat

Girl in the Blue Coat Author Monica Hesse
ISBN-10 9780316260640
Release 2016-04-05
Pages 320
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The national bestseller and winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery "Girl in the Blue Coat is a powerful, compelling coming-of-age story set against the dark and dangerous backdrop of World War II. It's an important and page-turning look at the choices all of us-including young adults-have to make in wartime. A beautiful combination of heartbreak, loss, young love, and hope." -Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale "A tapestry of guilt and acceptance, growing responsibility, and reluctant heroism, Hanneke's coming-of-age under heartbreaking circumstances is a jarring reminder of how war consumes and transforms the passions of ordinary life. Every devastating moment of this beautiful novel is both poignant and powerful, and every word feels true." -Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person-a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action. Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel about bravery, grief, and love in impossible times.

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

The First Day of the Rest of My Life Author Cathy Lamb
ISBN-10 9780749040475
Release 2011-08-26
Pages 300
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It's time to start living again Madeline O'Shea tells people what to do with their lives. A renowned life coach, she inspires thousands of women through her thriving practice-exuding enviable confidence along with her stylish suits and sleek hair. But her confidence, just like her fashionable demeanor, is all a front. For decades, Madeline has lived in fear of her traumatic past becoming public. Now a reporter is reinvestigating the notorious crime that put Madeline's mother behind bars, threatening to destroy her elaborate façade. Only Madeline's sister, Annie, and their frail grandparents know about her childhood - but lately Madeline has reason to wonder if her grandparents also have a history they've been keeping from her. The First Day of the Rest of My Life is an eloquent and triumphant tale of a fierce act of love, a family's legacy, and one woman's awakening to her own power - with no secrets . . .

Blue Coat

Blue Coat Author Mary Jean Kelso
ISBN-10 9781593744786
Release 2006-04-01
Pages 304
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Cavalry Lieutenant Winslow Brighton, stationed below the mining town of Virginia City, Nevada, responds to an Indian massacre. There he discovers a young woman has been taken hostage by a renegade Apache. In his efforts to rescue Laura O'Connell, his heart is torn between the fashionable young lady he is engaged to, Elizabeth, and Laura, a quick-tempered redhead who is determined to live or die in this new country on her own terms—whatever her fate. Meanwhile, Amethyst (Amy), a prostitute Win has grown fond of, waits anxiously for his return. She knows it's unrealistic to fall in love with a customer. But, she also knows emotions are irrational and she has already suffered enough.

The Balloon Girl

The Balloon Girl Author Syeda F R
ISBN-10 9788193409381
Release 2017-09-03
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This fast pacing world is inhabited by humans - people with flesh and blood - who are lost in their own miseries and joys. We are Humans, who have no time to see the trauma and troubles of those around. The question that arises now is - if we won't help each other then who will help us? Imagine that help comes walking towards you! She comes to you with a sweet smile and hope, accompanied with bright, colourful and vibrant balloons. She walks into your life and helps you find your answers. How would you feel, when in the face of dilemma, someone comes around and tells you what you want to hear? What if this stranger just appears out of nowhere to help you? The Balloon Girl is a collection of short stories of hope, love, care, affection, trust, belief and faith. Stories about people and a girl who walks in to clear up the clouds of miseries. She is the one who spreads smiles, happiness, peace and hope around. She believes life would become easier for all, if we would stretch our hand and touch other's life with our little care, our own little magic.

The Book Of The Film Of The Story Of My Life

The Book Of The Film Of The Story Of My Life Author William Brandt
ISBN-10 9781448104178
Release 2011-09-30
Pages 336
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Frederick Case is a 42-year-old New Zealand film-maker failing in London. He's separated from his wife, Sophie Carlisle, an actress who has run off with super-stud actor Matt Chalmers, her co-star in the smash hit movie Shag City - the first mainstream film ever to depict an erect penis being sucked. To make matters worse Sophie is pregnant. When Frederick is invited to fly out to the film world's party of the year on the remote Pacific island of Makulalanana, knowing that Sophie and Matt will be there, he hires 'Miss Melissa', a hooker, to play the part of his gorgeous new girlfriend. On meeting Sophie again, Frederick is convinced that the baby must be his. He pays Melissa to seduce Matt...

A Good Girl Comes Undone

A Good Girl Comes Undone Author Polly Williams
ISBN-10 9781405513944
Release 2011-11-24
Pages 368
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She's on a roll. A glamorous job at a glossy magazine. A home of her own. A cute live-in boyfriend. Annie Rafferty has worked damn hard for all of it. If demands are made, she delivers. If people need her, she's there. And if she suspects something is missing? Well, she ignores it. But cracks start to appear. Her boyfriend quits his job and leaves Annie paying the bills. Work descends into a handbags-at-dawn struggle for survival, and there's a new exec in the office - rude, opinionated but strangely attractive - questioning exactly what she's trying to prove. As Annie discovers her true desires, her meticulously planned life begins to unravel and darker, unexpected forces pull things in a shocking new direction . . .

Odd Girl Out

Odd Girl Out Author Laura James
ISBN-10 9781509843077
Release 2017-04-06
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What do you do when you wake up in your mid-forties and realize you've been living a lie your whole life? Do you tell? Or do you keep it to yourself? Laura James found out that she was autistic as an adult, after she had forged a career for herself, married twice and raised four children. Odd Girl Out tracks the year of Laura's life after she receives a definitive diagnosis from her doctor, as she learns that 'different' doesn't need to mean 'less' and how there is a place for all of us, and it's never too late to find it. Laura draws on her professional and personal experiences and reflects on her life in the light of her diagnosis, which for her explains some of her differences; why, as a child, she felt happier spinning in circles than standing still and why she has always found it difficult to work in places with a lot of ambient noise. Although this is a personal story, the book has a wider focus too, exploring reasons for the lower rate of diagnosed autism in women and a wide range of topics including eating disorders and autism, marriage and motherhood. This memoir gives a timely account from a woman negotiating the autistic spectrum, from a poignant and personal perspective.

Gibbo In My Life

Gibbo In My Life Author Paul Andr Gibbons
ISBN-10 9781475902730
Release 2012-05
Pages 256
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Crafted with enormous appeal, GIBBO is a moving account that sweeps the reader into the world of a young lad born in the Black Country of England, a place rich in history and steeped in the glory of medieval times, the story enhanced by Gibbo's remembrances of his beloved football tribe, West Bromwich Albion, and his desire to bring English footy to America. Gibbo's writer weaves a poignant life story that will stay around forever, transferring to paper an admixture of gusto, humour, and sadness from a broad yam-yam dialect that cannot be obscured by favourite son, Paul André Gibbons, one of the Southeast USA's most popular Coerver soccer coaches. Through tears of remembrance, Gibbo relives the pain of loss that sends him spiraling into despondency as childhood dreams are dashed on the rocks of bereavement. He takes to the soccer ball that is his bastion, to the game that identifies him, learning that there is eventually a reprieve and he must make the exchange of beauty for ashes if he is to move on in life. Follow Gibbo as he coaches and teaches soccer in the Black Country of England, in America, and with his soccer camps the world over, including Coaching for Conservation in Botswana, Africa. Far more emotional than Gibbo's trials and triumphs in the world of soccer is the thought of his grandchildren a continent away, growing older and taller by the day, and he is not there to see it happen. He learns a man's worth is not measured in dollars and cents or in British pound but in a job well done whether in Europe, South Asia, Africa, or the USA, and that the icing on his cake is an annual trip to The Black Country of England to strengthen the ties that bind.

Dreams of a Beijing Girl

Dreams of a Beijing Girl Author June Findlay
ISBN-10 9781491721803
Release 2014-02-04
Pages 332
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An enthralling story of a Beijing girl growing up during China’s Cultural Revolution that affected her career, her education and her life forever. She faced hardship and unbelievable challenges. Tears, fears, combined with happiness, carried her through life. June Tang Findlay’s dreams of attending the best college in China were dismantled by Chairman Mao’s sweeping reforms. The Revolution affected her family life, schooling and social life in unimaginable ways. With the collapse of the university system, she enrolled in the Chinese Army at age 16 and led a small administrative team. Her ambition to succeed and passion for new experiences led her from the Army to undergraduate university in Beijing and ultimately to the United States. In an amazing story of sacrifice and determination, June obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and eventually enjoyed a 13 year career with Microsoft Corporation as a senior woman manager. Her story includes many personal challenges, but also the joys of raising her two children in the U.S. and achieving the best of her childhood dreams.

The Cricket on the Hearth in Simplified English

The Cricket on the Hearth in Simplified English Author Neil McFarlane
ISBN-10 9781447870586
Release 2013-03-13
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The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens, retold in simplified English by Neil McFarlane. Suitable for younger readers and intermediate-level EFL students. For a long time “Cricket” was more popular than “A Christmas Carol”. It has also been adapted for the stage, screen, radio, and even opera. The sophistication of Dickens’ language and writing style, particularly the long, clause-stacked sentences, can make him difficult for younger readers and EFL students. This edition will enable such readers to get their first taste of reading a truly great writer and a wonderfully entertaining story. This retelling simplifies Dickens' English without abandoning his unique style of narration - the authorial voice is still very much Dickens' own, only made more accessible for a modern reader.

The Princeton Reader

The Princeton Reader Author John McPhee
ISBN-10 9780691143088
Release 2010-12-19
Pages 389
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From a Swedish hotel made of ice to the enigma of UFOs, from a tragedy on Lake Minnetonka to the gold mine of cyberpornography, The Princeton Reader brings together more than 90 favorite essays by 75 distinguished writers. This collection of nonfiction pieces by journalists who have held the Ferris/McGraw/Robbins professorships at Princeton University offers a feast of ideas, emotions, and experiences--political and personal, light-hearted and comic, serious and controversial--for anyone to dip into, contemplate, and enjoy. The volume includes a plethora of topics from the environment, terrorism, education, sports, politics, and music to profiles of memorable figures and riveting stories of survival. These important essays reflect the high-quality work found in today's major newspapers, magazines, broadcast media, and websites. The book's contributors include such outstanding writers as Ken Armstrong of the Seattle Times; Jill Abramson, Jim Dwyer, and Walt Bogdanich of the New York Times; Evan Thomas of Newsweek; Joel Achenbach and Marc Fisher of the Washington Post; Nancy Gibbs of Time; and Jane Mayer, John McPhee, John Seabrook, and Alex Ross of the New Yorker. The perfect collection for anyone who enjoys compelling narratives, The Princeton Reader contains a depth and breadth of nonfiction that will inspire, provoke, and endure.

Lydia The Wild Girl of Pride Prejudice

Lydia  The Wild Girl of Pride   Prejudice Author Natasha Farrant
ISBN-10 9781910655597
Release 2016-09-01
Pages 352
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A spirited, witty and fresh reimagining of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'! Lydia is the youngest Bennet sister and she's sick of country life - instead of sewing and reading, she longs for adventure. When a red-coated garrison arrives in Merryton, Lydia's life turns upside down. As she falls for dashing Wickham, she's swept into a whirlwind social circle and deposited in a seaside town, Brighton. Sea-bathing, promenades and scandal await - and a pair of intriguing twins. Can Lydia find out what she really wants - and can she get it?

A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries Author Julie Coleman
ISBN-10 9780191563584
Release 2008-10-23
Pages 520
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This book continues Julie Coleman's acclaimed history of dictionaries of English slang and cant. It describes the increasingly systematic and scholarly way in which such terms were recorded and classified in the UK, the USA, Australia, and elsewhere, and the huge growth in the publication of and public appetite for dictionaries, glossaries, and guides to the distinctive vocabularies of different social groups, classes, districts, regions, and nations. Dr Coleman describes the origins of words and phrases and explores their history. By copious example she shows how they cast light on everyday life across the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in New York and soldiers fighting in the Boer and First World Wars - as well as on the operations of the narcotics trade and the entertainment business and the lives of those attending American colleges and British public schools. The slang lexicographers were a colourful bunch. Those featured in this book include spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, journalists, psychiatrists, school-boys, criminals, hoboes, police officers, and a serial bigamist. One provided the inspiration for Robert Lewis Stevenson's Long John Silver. Another was allegedly killed by a pork pie. Julie Coleman's account will interest historians of language, crime, poverty, sexuality, and the criminal underworld.

Dropping The Habit

Dropping The Habit Author Marion Dante
Release 2016-06-30
Pages 400
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She made her choice at 14 years old. Must it be a life sentence? Marion Dante always knew she would be a nun. She was born in answer to prayer and she was her mother’s “sin offering”. Because she was conceived out of wedlock, her mother promised God that she would offer her back to Him. So at the age of 14, enclosed and indoctrinated, she started her training to become a nun. Now, 30 years later, she finds herself wrestling with doubts and misery. Shunned by many of the nuns who have been her only family for her whole adult life, she begins the process that will free her. But freedom is a terrifying prospect. Like a caged bird, she clings to her prison bars. Even simple matters like wearing a short skirt, ordering a cup of tea in a restaurant, making everyday chatter with a stranger on a bus are all mountains to climb. Having to confront an ATM machine is almost enough to send her scuttling back to the convent! She must ask herself the question: if she drops the habit, who then will she be? Who is Marion Dante without the convent walls? In this gripping, honest book, Marion bares her soul. She also opens the door to the convent and invites us in. In the stressful hustle and bustle of modern life, have you ever envied the

Antigua and My Life Before

Antigua and My Life Before Author Marcela Serrano
ISBN-10 9781400032754
Release 2002-08-13
Pages 368
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Josefa Ferrer, a famous Chilean singer and star, awakens one morning to read in the Santiago newspaper that her best friend, Violeta, has been involved in a brutal act of violence. Overwhelmed with regret and plagued with guilt for not having foreseen the tragedy, Josefa feels compelled to tell Violeta's life story--one marked by lost ideals, disillusionment, and grief--which is ultimately Josefa's story, too. Through the interwoven lives of these two women, Marcela Serrano explores how the demands of a woman's role as mother, wife, lover, and friend are frequently at odds with her own dreams and aspirations, and how easily the fragile bonds of friendship and family can be strained to the breaking point. For Josefa and Violeta, it is only in Antigua, under the watchful eyes of "the others"--a chorus of female ancestral spirits who testify to the women's defining moments of strength and courage--that Josefa and Violeta will discover that even in the aftermath of violence and betrayal they have control over their destinies and their redemption. Exquisitely crafted and written in beautiful, lyrical prose, Marcela Serrano's unforgettable novel about friendship, forgiveness, and second chances speaks to every woman who has experienced the wrenching divide between professional ambition and family responsibility, who has been torn between the excitement of illicit passion and the security of marriage, who has craved the thrill of success while yearning for solitude in an often chaotic, invasive world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

History of My Life

History of My Life Author Giacomo Casanova
ISBN-10 0801856655
Release 1997-04-17
Pages 704
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In volumes 7 and 8, Casanova is now close to forty. His various manipulations of the credulous rich have made him rich in turn. His travels take him to France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. In Rome he charms the Pope; in Naples, he nearly marries a young woman as licentious as he is himself, but she turns out to be his daughter.