TO LIVE, MARY REEDE MUST BECOME HER DEAD BROTHER, BUT TO LOVE SHE MUST BECOME HERSELF; HER STORY IS AN ODYSSEY WORTHY OF HOMER.
About two hundred yards off, our pursuer ran up her colors, a black flag bearing the curious device of a white skull in its center, with crossed white swords beneath.
âJohn,â Candy said, âIâve sailed with such in years past, and thereâs just a chance that I may know some of her crew. When they board, stand where you can be clearly seen, with your hands by your side â in plain sight â show no resistance at all. Theyâll be very hard sorts, and itâs certain thereâll be some who will stand ready to cut you down to drown in your own blood.â
At that same moment there was a puff of gray smoke from her forward gun, followed closely by the dull thump of its report. A jet of water leaped from the surface of the sea some hundred feet or so in our path ahead.
A brightly clad figure stepped up by the forward shrouds onto its rail, and raised a speaking trumpet.
âHeave to! Heave to!â came a voice across the water, âCome into the wind till ye stay, and back your sails. We mean to board you for inspection. Heave to Damn ye!â
â... a man forced against his will to serve a pirate ârepublicâ and a pirate, who lived 300 years ago emerge here full blooded, historically viable â¦ a richness to the detail â¦ that is compelling.ââRev. Dr. W. Gary Hayward, Covenant Evangelical Church, Barre, Massachusetts .
âN. C. Schell's riveting novel tells the story of the pirate Mary Reede ... it's Maryâs â¦ stunning defiance of gender expectations, her struggles at the edge of morality and her brave embrace of a dangerous love that gives this story its thunder and modern urgency. Everything about this novel, its eccentric characters, its consistently fascinating, spectacularly written action sequences and its powerful, resonant themes, screams to be made into a television series ....ââLaura Harrington, Actress & Screenwriter, Hollywood, CA.
"â¦ a masterly crafted tale. From beginning to end, I could not put it down."âPaula Warner, Sunderland, Massachusetts.
"Very polished and dramatic â¦ attention to detail is phenomenal â¦ a great piece of workââPatrick Dunn, Manchester, New Hampshire.
âI started reading and couldn't stop. I'm not much on reading either...ââDavid Kettles, KY.
â... how I love the story! I really wept at the last chapter â¦.ââMaureen LePain, FL.
âOne sentence and I truly couldn't put it down. I am spellbound by the story â¦.ââRichard Booth, MA.
â... I just loved it! I wanted more. I guess that's the next book.ââEsther Kaddaras, AZ.
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What Doug finds in the secret compartment of his new red Corvette will forever change his life. It will also change Catherineâs. Doug and Catherine come from two different worlds. Catherineâs world is one of privilege and wealth. Doug grew up dirt poor and full of envy of others who had the things that he wanted but could not have. His goal was to one day have all the things he coveted. Their worlds collide when Catherine, VP of a large New York City marketing firm, hires Doug. As soon as Doug learns of Catherineâs wealth, he sees Catherine as his ticket to all the things he covets. After a whirlwind courtship, they are married.
Poor boy meets rich girl should have resulted in âhappily ever afterâ â not exactly. Doug quickly learns he also covets independence. Events begin to unfold in each of their lives. For Doug, it is his mysterious discovery in the secret compartment of the Corvette. For Catherine, it is a business meeting with Alex Droxell at the Osprey Cove Lodge. When Catherine enters the beautiful and serene lodge, itâs as though she is entering another place and time. The lodge is an escape from the nightmare she is living back home. Follow the twists and turns of Book 1 of the Osprey Cove Lodge Series. Follow Doug and Catherineâs story to see if there is a âhappily ever afterâ and with whom.
EXCERPT: It appeared to Catherine as though she had just approached Mr. Darcyâs Pemberly in all its magnificence. Now she knew how Elizabeth felt at her first sighting of Pemberly. But unlike Elizabeth, Catherine thought, there would be no happy ending. This would not become her home one day, as Pemberly had become Elizabethâs, and live happily ever after. Catherine did not covet the house that lay before her. In fact, Catherine was wealthy enough to buy a home like it, if she so desired. What Catherine did long for was what Pemberly represented to all Jane Austen lovers â the culmination of a beautiful love affair. Catherine was not naive enough to expect her life to be storybook in nature. But she did not expect her life with Doug to disintegrate into shambles just two years after marrying him. She did not understand why it was happening. She did not know how to fix it.
Meet a baker who is so stingy that he wants to charge people just for smelling his baked goods.
The Stolen Smell is a timeless story from Peru, told by Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton. This folktale tells the story of a greedy baker who becomes so angered over a neighbor's happiness from smelling the fresh aromas of his bakery that he demands that his neighbor pay him a âsmelling feeâ for enjoying the delightful smell of baking bread.
The poor neighbor is confused and does not have very much money so the baker takes him to court where the baker learns a very valuable life lesson from a wise judge. Readers will also learn lessons of fairness, sharing and responsibility. Authors, Mitch and Martha explain that the motif of this story - payment for the mell of food with the sound of money - is a common one in world folktale. A Brazilian version can be found in Stories from the Americas by Frank Henius.
Who Would Have Thought It? is a historical romance which engages the dominant myths about nationality, race and gender prevalent in society in the U.S. prior to and during the Civil War. The narrative follows a young Mexican girl as she is delivered from Indian captivity in the Southwest and comes to live in the household of a New England family. Culture and perspectives on national history and identity clash in the face of the dominant society's opportunism and hypocrisy. This early Hispanic historical romance, originally published in 1872, indicts the racism that was so prevalent in the 19th century. As in her first novel, The Squatter and the Don, Ruiz de Burton reserves critical barbs for corruption in government and United States expansionism under the doctrine of Manifest Destiny. However, it is the recasting of the conventional novel of domesticity that Who Would Have Thought It? also addresses the disenfranchisement of women. Ruiz de Burton's deft character portrayals and satirical style make for a highly readable and enjoyable novel.
Here's a story about a family that comes from Tijuana and settles into the 'hood, hoping for the American Dream. . . . I'm not saying it's our story. I'm not saying it isn't. It might be yours. "How do you tell a story that cannot be told?" writes Luis Alberto Urrea in this potent memoir of a childhood divided. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an Anglo mother from Staten Island, Urrea moved to San Diego when he was three. His childhood was a mix of opposites, a clash of cultures and languages. In prose that seethes with energy and crackles with dark humor, Urrea tells a story that is both troubling and wildly entertaining. Urrea endured violence and fear in the black and Mexican barrio of his youth. But the true battlefield was inside his home, where his parents waged daily war over their son's ethnicity. "You are not a Mexican!" his mother once screamed at him. "Why can't you be called Louis instead of Luis?" He suffers disease and abuse and he learns brutal lessons about machismo. But there are gentler moments as well: a simple interlude with his father, sitting on the back of a bakery truck; witnessing the ultimate gesture of tenderness between the godparents who taught him the magical power of love. "I am nobody's son. I am everybody's brother," writes Urrea. His story is unique, but it is not unlike thousands of other stories being played out across the United States, stories of other Americans who have waged warâboth in the political arena and in their own homesâto claim their own personal and cultural identity. It is a story of what it means to belong to a nation that is sometimes painfully multicultural, where even the language both separates and unites us. Brutally honest and deeply moving, Nobody's Son is a testament to the borders that divide us all.
In 1973, the film director Miguel LittÃn fled Chile after a U.S.-supported military coup toppled the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende. The new dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, instituted a reign of terror and turned Chile into a laboratory to test the poisonous prescriptions of the American economist Milton Friedman. In 1985, LittÃn returned to Chile disguised as a Uruguayan businessman. He was desperate to see the homeland heâd been exiled from for so many years; he also meant to pull off a very tricky stunt: with the help of three film crews from three different countries, each supposedly busy making a movie to promote tourism, he would secretly put together a film that would tell the truth about Pinochetâs benighted Chileâa film that would capture the worldâs attention while landing the general and his secret police with a very visible black eye.
Afterwards, the great novelist Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez sat down with LittÃn to hear the story of his escapade, with all its scary, comic, and not-a-little surreal ups and downs. Then, applying the same unequaled gifts that had already gained him a Nobel Prize, GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez wrote it down. Clandestine in Chile is a true-life adventure story and a classic of modern reportage.
Canadian Jordan Haines is on vacation in the Caribbean. After the summer he's had, a couple months of fun in the sun is just what the doctor ordered. What he didn't count on was meeting a beautiful woman on a private beach - or falling hard.
Crown Princess Astrid of San Majoria seems to lead a charmed life. Just like everyone, there's tragedy in her past, but she lives in a palace, has aides to do everything - and paparazzi hounding her private moments. Her sanctuary on her family's beach is broken one day when a tired windsurfer takes refuge in her cove - and works his way into her heart.
But it's just a summer fling, isnât it?
After all, Jordan will be returning to Canada before long, won't he?
When pictures of the two of them, and what looks like an engagement ring, appear in the tabloids, they have to deal with fallout - and the beginnings of a real relationship. Secrets kept become hearts broken as they try to discover if Jordan really has the heart of a prince.
In Puerto Rico, there are many stories about Juan Bobo, a young man with a good heart but little common sense.
Juan Bobo, which translates to âSimple Johnâ, is featured in a series of humorous folktales from Puerto Rico. The story is retold by ArÃ Acevedo-Feliciano. It is a classic tale about a mother and her foolish, young son who lacks common sense. One morning, Juan's mother asks her son to take care of their pig while she goes to church for mass.
While she is gone, Juan hears the pig squealing and grunting, so he thinks that the pig is sad because she wanted to go to mass, too. In an attempt to be helpful, he dresses up the pig in his mother's clothes and jewelry, then he sends her off to mass. When Juan's mother returns from church, she is furious when she discovers the pig rolling in the mud with what is left of her dress. Still, Juan just doesn't understand why the pig never made it to mass. These Cuban folktales feature stories of pigs and fools. Readers will learn the importance of resourcefulness, responsibility and trustworthiness.
* Revised coverage of radical nationalism that demonstrates how the actions of Cubans themselves-the elites, the popular sectors, and the middle classes-made the revolution possible * A more central focus on the tensions between Fidel Castro's leadership, Cuban institutions, and economic policies * New, largely unpublished research in Chapters 2 and 3 * A new concluding chapter, in which the author updates the transition from Fidel to RaÃºl Castro