Daughter of The Northern Fields

Author: Pamela Haines

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 144820724X

Category: Fiction

Page: 382

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Christabel Woodward is the darling of her prosperous, mill-owning father until one day he has a sudden and bewildering change of heart. He has read her mother's story, written in three exercise books and usually kept well hidden, and he knows her secret: Christabel is not his own child, but the illegitimate daughter of Branwell Bronte. Branwell died at thirty-one, an obsessive and tormented wreck of a man who was ruined by drinking, drug addiction and bouts of depression. All Christabel's mother has left of her secret love are a lock of auburn hair and Branwell's daughter, whom he has never known. First published in 1987, Daughter of the Northern Fields is Christabel's story. It is the story of a girl who loses all those whom she loves most dearly and is forced to leave the wild Yorkshire moorland which is her home. A girl who is abused by a shattering rape which leaves her feeling she can never again love or be loved. But Christabel is destined to experience a joy that she had not dared to believe possible. In this impressive new novel Pamela Haines brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the Brontes' Yorkshire. With her courage, her indomitable spirit and her depth of feeling, Christabel is a creation worthy of the pages of a Bronte novel.

Pissing Secret

Author: Charlie Wish

Publisher: Charlie Wish

ISBN: 1370256833

Category: Fiction

Page: 37

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Emma has a dirty secret she can’t share with anyone. She wets herself when she climaxes and she climaxes when she pees. She manages to keep this secret until the man of her dreams gets her out into the wilderness. Much to her shame and embarrassment the truth comes out, and so does his secret!

Pissing in a River

A Novel

Author: Lorrie Sprecher

Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 1558618538

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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“An honest and genuine DIY punk-rock lesbian love story.” —Kirkus Reviews Amanda moves to London with nothing but her guitar and her collection of punk music as the soundtrack to her every move. With the company of a few friendly voices in her head, she looks for—and finds—a best friend and new lover. She forms a band, Lesbian Raincoat, and completely rewrites the story of her life. In this irreverently funny yet profound novel, Amanda risks deportation, recalls the fervor of AIDS activism in the United States, connects to the class struggle of punk, and finds redemption in love. But she also must confront her own mental illness, her lover’s rape, and the violence of post-9/11 politics. Pissing in a River captures the glee and turbulence of surviving the cacophony of modern life. “A love letter to the obsessions that captivated an outcast generation: punk, politics, passion, and provocation.” —Maria Raha, author of Cinderella’s Big Score: Women of the Punk and Indie Underground

Obsession 2: Keeping Secrets

Author: Treasure Hernandez

Publisher: Urban Books

ISBN: 1622862333

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, Secret Miller knows deep inside that she isn't cut out to live the ghetto life her mother, Yolanda, has prepared for her. She realizes that her only way out of the neighborhood and away from the watchful eyes of her mother is to be the first in her family to graduate from high school and go to college. Although she plans to go far enough away to break free from the streets, Secret may need a Plan B when her estranged father comes back into the picture. Secret is willing to forgive and forget the fact that her father robbed her of being a daddy's girl by not being in her life. In fact, she welcomes him with open arms. But when he sets her up for a fall in which the landing could break her very being, she doesn't know if she'll ever be able to trust men again. Lucky has lost his best friend, Quick, who was gunned down along with Quick's girlfriend, Tiffany. He can't help but to feel guilt and shame, considering that near the end, Lucky hadn't been a very good friend. When Lucky meets Secret by chance, could she be the one who makes him want to change his ways for the better, or will it be just the opposite, making Secret turn from a good girl to straight-up hood?

The Secret Olympian

The Inside Story of the Olympic Experience

Author: ANON,

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408165031

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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The vast majority of us can only dream of being an Olympic-level athlete - but we have no real idea of what that means. Here, for the first time, in all its shocking, funny and downright bizarre glory, is the truth of the Olympic experience. It is an unimaginable world: the kitting-out ceremony with its 35kg of team clothing per athlete the pre-Olympic holding camp with its practical jokes, resentment and fighting, and freaky physiological regimes the politicians' visits with their flirty spouses the vast range of athletes with their odd body shapes and freakish genetics the release post-competion in the Olympic village with all the excessive drinking, eating, partying and sex (not necessarily in that order) the hysteria of homecoming celebrations and the comedown that follows - how do you adjust to life after the Games? The Secret Olympian talks to scores of Olympic athletes - past and present, from Munich 1960 right through to London 2012, including British, American, Australian, Dutch, French, Croatian, German, Canadian and Italian competitors. They all have a tale to tell - and most of those tales would make your eyes pop more than an Olympic weightlifter's.

Life of Pee

The Story of How Urine Got Everywhere

Author: Sally Magnusson

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 1845138015

Category: Humor

Page: 208

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DIV Alchemists sought gold in it. David Bowie refrigerated it to ward off evil. In the trenches of Ypres soldiers used it as a gas mask, whereas modern-day terrorists add it to home-made explosives. All the Fullers, Tuckers and Walkers in the phonebook owe their names to it, and in 1969 four bags for storing it were left on the surface of the moon. Bought and sold, traded and transported, even carried to work in jugs, urine has made bread rise, beer foam and given us gunpowder, stained glass, Robin Hood’s tights and Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring. And we do produce an awful lot of it. Humans alone make almost enough to replace the entire contents of Loch Lomond every year. Add the incalculable volume contributed by the rest of the animal kingdom and it might soon displace a small ocean. No wonder it gets everywhere. In Life of Pee Sally Magnusson unveils the secret history of civilisation’s most unsavoury and unsung hero, and discovers how our urine footprint is just as indelible as our carbon one. /div

Pearl's Secret

A Black Man's Search for His White Family

Author: Neil Henry

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520227309

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 321

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"Pearl's Secret is a masterful memoir. As he leads the reader through the awful history of American race relations, Henry narrates the search for his ancestry with lyrical wonder and honesty. His voice is neither cynical nor romantic, but pulses with the mystery of human behavior, a sociological detective transforming his singular quest into a universal one. What emerges inevitably along the way is the secret of Henry's own amazing grace."--David Maraniss, author of First In His Class and When Pride Still Mattered "Neil Henry combines an investigative journalist's zeal for fact-digging with a talented writer's insight and sensitivity to produce an extraordinarily moving portrayal of his own racially-divided family."--James V. Risser, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist "Pearl's Secret is a haunting, boldly conceived memoir that explores the warped complexities of Black-White relations in the United States with a compassionate grace. A seasoned journalist and artful storyteller, Henry jars the reader into contemplating the idiocy of racism by bringing us along on his geneological journey of poignant discovery."--Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History and Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans "Pearl's Secret is riveting--I couldn't stop turning pages. Neil Henry's extraordinary racial journey takes him through fascinating terrain--both personal and historical. His relentless search for his white roots is both engaging and moving. As he traces the migration of his English great great grandfather from Kent to a small backwater town in the American South, Henry uncovers a wealth of surprising details. His family history and the remarkable climax to his search make this an unforgettable story."--Gordon Parks, author of The Learning Tree "With this book, Neil Henry, an outstanding newspaper journalist who has become an influential academician, joins the growing ranks of African-American authors in newsrooms and the academy who are generously sharing their lives and experiences in vivid examinations of the realities of race in a changing world. It is a moving American story with poignant lessons for all of us."--Leonard Downie Jr., executive editor of The Washington Post "Pearl's Secret is an elegant, intimate journey through the American past and present. It slides effortlessly among genres--detective story, memoir, history--and succeeds at every level. Its revelations about race and identity lie at the wounded heart of American culture."--Steve Coll, managing editor of The Washington Post "Neil Henry's journey to find the truth of his roots is a remarkable mix of investigative and personal journalism at its most courageous and compelling."--Tom Goldstein, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University "This fine book tells an unusual and surprising story. It also introduces a remarkable writer. I read it with great interest and pleasure and I expect that you will too."--Donald E. Graham, Chairman, The Washington Post "A kind of real life detective story where what's been lost and what's finally found is part of the author's identity. Henry is a dogged, civilized sleuth. What he finds is revealing, ugly, and fascinating. Pearl's Secret deals with the racial divide not as the subject for a treatise on hate but for one on healing. That, in itself, is news."--John Lahr, author of Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton "I love Neil Henry and his work. Pearl's Secret is a beauty and his best work. He has found the narrative line--and humanity--in the generations. Like all great books it is a tale of self-discovery and surprise."--Bob Woodward, co-author of All the President's Men

Thornghost

Author: Tone Almhjell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698189582

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 384

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Fans of Gregor the Overlander and Five Kingdoms will love this alternate-realm fantasy full of heart-racing action Strange things are happening around Niklas Summerhill’s home. A green-eyed beast is killing animals in the woods, and the nightmares that have haunted Niklas since his mother died grow more terrifying with every night. When the beast turns out to be a troll brought to life from his own games, Niklas knows he has to stop it. With the help of his lynx companion, Secret, he finds the source of the magic: a portal to another world. But this realm, once the home of peaceful animals, is also in danger. The evil Sparrow King is hunting down the few survivors from a devastating war, and a dark, blood-thirsty plant is infecting the valley. Niklas must try to save both worlds. But first he has to uncover the truth about his mother’s last words: "I’m a Thornghost." From the author of The Twistrose Key comes a fantasy brimming with intriguing mystery, fast-paced action, and a cast of unforgettable human and animal characters. From the Hardcover edition.

WORLD PISS

Author: Steve "Fly Agaric 23" Pratt

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1445769417

Category: Poetry

Page: 142

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23 dreams to introduce 23 condensed chapters of reflections on time-space spent well in England, America and the Netherlands--(2000-2011). World Piss or (Shannanigums Wave) juxtaposes a selection of prose from Fly's note-books, blogs and novels into a big soup, brewing since 2006 and presented here in it's 45th incarnation, edited for the special date 11/11/11. Re-njoy.

The Secret Life of Bees

Author: Sue Monk Kidd

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101010967

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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The multi-million bestselling novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Every Secret Thing

Author: Marie Munkara

Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press

ISBN: 0702250686

Category: FICTION

Page: 192

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Brave, haunting, and evocative, this powerful volume presents its poetry in the form of a memoir. From the poet's early experiences in an institution and the effect of this on her family to the illustration of her strength and independence as an adult, this biographical collection helps make the Aboriginal experience accessible and resonant. Exploring themes of art, identity, sexuality, and loneliness, this compendium is both universal and intimate.

The Secret Friend

Author: Chris Mooney

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141920548

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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'One of the best thriller writers working today' Lee Child 'A wonderful writer ... Compelling, thrilling and touching' Michael Connelly THEY'RE DYING TO MEET HIM... The discovery of a body in Boston harbor has crime scene investigator Darby McCormick looking into related cases: two dead female students wash up, both abducted months earlier, each carrying a Virgin Mary figurine. It's a troubling mystery that suddenly turns desperate when a third girl goes missing. But when Darby makes a breakthrough, she crosses paths with Malcolm Fletcher, an ex-FBI agent turned vigilante - now on the Most Wanted list - on the hunt for the same predator. Should Darby trust Fletcher or turn him in? Or can she find the killer alone? And just who is this murderer who believes he is a 'secret friend' to his victims...? * * * Praise for Chris Mooney: 'If you want a thriller that will chill your blood, break your heart and make your pulse race, Chris Mooney is your man' Mark Billingham 'A compelling story that will keep you up past your bedtime' Karin Slaughter 'A scary, breakneck ride with thrills that never let up' Tess Gerritsen 'Harrowing, gripping, haunting, gut-wrenching and beautifully written' Harlan Coben 'Chris Mooney is an exceptional thriller writer. I envy those who have yet to read him' John Connolly

The Secret Diamond Sisters

Author: Michelle Madow

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460326555

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

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Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

Hidden Talents

Author: David Lubar

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429963239

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 224

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American Library Association "Best Books for Young Adults" American Library Association "Quick Picks for Young Adults" Martin Anderson and his friends don't like being called losers. But they've been called that for so long even they start to believe it. Until Martin makes an incredible discovery: each of his friends has a special hidden talent. Edgeview Alternative School was supposed to be end of the road. But for Martin and his friends, it just might be a new beginning. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Challenging the Secret Government

The Post-Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI

Author: Kathryn S. Olmsted

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 080786370X

Category: History

Page: 272

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Just four months after Richard Nixon's resignation, New York Times reporter Seymour Hersh unearthed a new case of government abuse of power: the CIA had launched a domestic spying program of Orwellian proportions against American dissidents during the Vietnam War. The country's best investigative journalists and members of Congress quickly mobilized to probe a scandal that seemed certain to rock the foundations of this secret government. Subsequent investigations disclosed that the CIA had plotted to kill foreign leaders and that the FBI had harassed civil rights and student groups. Some called the scandal 'son of Watergate.' Many observers predicted that the investigations would lead to far-reaching changes in the intelligence agencies. Yet, as Kathryn Olmsted shows, neither the media nor Congress pressed for reforms. For all of its post-Watergate zeal, the press hesitated to break its long tradition of deference in national security coverage. Congress, too, was unwilling to challenge the executive branch in national security matters. Reports of the demise of the executive branch were greatly exaggerated, and the result of the 'year of intelligence' was a return to the status quo. American History/Journalism

Pissing on Demand

Workplace Drug Testing and the Rise of the Detox Industry

Author: Ken D. Tunnell

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814784380

Category: Social Science

Page: 179

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Drug testing has become the norm in many workplaces. In order to get a job, potential employees are required to provide their urine for testing. Pissing on Demand examines this phenomenon along with the resulting rise of the anti-drug testing movement, or the "detox industry," that works to beat these tests. Strategies include over-the-counter products like "body flushers" that sound innocent but are really designed to mask the presence of illegal drugs to kits advertised in pro-drug publications like High Times that make no bones about their real purpose. The first exposé of the detox industry in all its manifestations, this book is required reading for anyone concerned with social control, privacy, and workers' rights.

The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell

Author: Oren Harari

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071431156

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 278

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One of Booklist's Top 10 Business Books of 2002 and a BusinessWeek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today business bestseller "Management professor Oren Harari adopts Colin Powell's rise into the upper ranks of American power as a model for decision makers in the private sector. Harari hails Powell's character as the essence of a host of supple executive virtues, from defining and defending rational objectives to playing the provocateur against outdated modes of boardroom thinking."--The Washington Post "Powell appears to be a natural born leader with an intuitive sense of strategy for advancement in war and politics. For those of us who are not so lucky to have such diplomacy inherently, Harari's book can teach us how to lead effectively following Powell's example."--USA Today "This is a 'battle-tested' leadership book and although the author has shown how to apply these principles in the corporate venue, you don't have to be a CEO to benefit from the words and wisdom of Colin Powell."--Booklist