The Lady and the Unicorn

A Novel

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101213186

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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A tour de force of history and imagination, The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier’s answer to the mystery behind one of the art world’s great masterpieces—a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. They appear to portray the seduction of a unicorn, but the story behind their making is unknown—until now. Paris, 1490. A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Innocents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house—mother and daughter, servant, and lady-in-waiting—before taking his designs north to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven. There, master weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has to finish the tapestries—his finest, most intricate work—on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives—lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look. In The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier weaves fact and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry—an extraordinary story exquisitely told.

Gaf! Gaf! Russian Dog Stories

Author: Terence Emmons

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469109875

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

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A collection of remarkable Russian dog stories, selected, translated and introduced by Terrence Emmons. Several of Russias most famous writes, including Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Chechov, are represented here, along with other masters of the genre who are less well known to western readers: Mamin-Sibiriak, Kuprin, Prishvin, and others. This is the first anthology of Russian dog stories to be published in any language.

Mr. and Mrs. Dog

Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies

Author: Donald McCaig

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813934516

Category: Pets

Page: 208

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The New York Times–bestselling author Donald McCaig has established an expansive literary career, founded equally on books about working sheepdogs and the Civil War novels Jacob’s Ladder and Rhett Butler’s People, the official sequel to Gone with the Wind. In his new book, Mr. and Mrs. Dog, McCaig draws on twenty-five years of experience raising sheepdogs to vividly describe his—and his dogs June and Luke’s—unlikely progress toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in Wales. McCaig engagingly chronicles the often grueling experience—through rain, snow, ice storms, and brain-numbing heat—of preparing and trialing Mrs. Dog, June, "a foxy lady in a slinky black-and-white peignoir," and Mr. Dog, Luke, "a plain worker—no flash to him." Along the way, he relays sage advice from his decades spent talking with America’s most renowned dog experts, from police-dog trainers to positive-training gurus. As readers of McCaig’s novels will expect, Mr. and Mrs. Dog delivers far more than straightforward dog-training tips. Revealing an abiding love and respect for his dogs, McCaig unveils the life experiences that set him on the long road to the Welsh trial fields. Starting with memories of his first dog, Rascal, and their Montana roadtrip in a ’48 Dodge, McCaig leads us into his thirties, when he abandons his New York advertising career to move to a run-down Appalachian sheep farm in the least populous county in Virginia. This 1960s agrarian adventure ultimately brings McCaig, Luke, and June to the Olympics of sheepdog trials. In his narration of one man’s love for his dogs, McCaig offers a powerful portrayal of the connection between humans and their animal companions.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Book of Scary Urban Legends

Author: Jan Harold Brunvand

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393350401

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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An anthology of the most chilling urban legends of all time collected by the maestro himself. Urban legends are those strange, but seemingly credible tales that always happen to a friend of a friend. For the first time, Professor Jan Harold Brunvand, "who has achieved almost legendary status" (Choice), has collected the creepiest, most terrifying urban legends, many that have spooked you since your childhood and others that you believe really did occur—even if it was one town over to some poor hapless coed who left a party early only to be followed by a man who just got loose from a mental hospital. From the classic hook-man story told around many a campfire to "Saved by a Cell Phone," these spine-tingling urban legends will give you goose bumps, even when you know they can't be true. Still, you'll continue to check the backseat of your car at gas stations and look under your bed at night before praying for sleep.

More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell

Author: Jane Golden,Robin Rice,Natalie Pompilio

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781592135271

Category: Art

Page: 159

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More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell, a sequel to Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell, shares with the earlier work its color photography, along with profiles of the artists. Featured here is the remarkable story of an unlikely artistic collaboration - between boys who live in a residential facility, a community in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, and men who are incarcerated in a maximum-security state correctional facility. Spanning an eighth of a mile, the mural they created, about balanced and restorative justice, was intended to help the young men give something back to a community they had harmed and to help the community wrestle with issues of crime and violence. The process of creating that mural became a life-changing experience for all involved.

Self Love and the Healing of Our Animal Friends

Author: Betsy Adams

Publisher: BalboaPress

ISBN: 1452546088

Category: Self-Help

Page: 112

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If you feel you really love animals, this book is for you. If you feel how much your animals love you, this book is for you. Our feelings profoundly affect the health of our animals as well as our own health - physically, emotionally, mentally and Spiritually. When we Heal these feelings by Feeling the Love We Already Are, tremendous, life-changing events occur. Our animals health is dramatically improved, as is our own. We are tremendously powerful creators of our own reality, and by turning to Feeling the Love We Already Are, we can help create Health for our animals, for ourselves, for Earth and this Universe we all live in together. Ultimately, surrendering to the Love We Are is the most Healing of all, and the most Healing for all. Through stories, examples, metaphysical and Spiritual messages and exercises, this book explores how to help Heal our animals and ourselves. As free will beings, we are able, with the help of God, to Heal. This is true for our animals as well as for each of us. In this time of Earth Changes and Natures Healing, the animals are Healing too. As are we all, if we so choose.

Henry Potty and the Pet Rock

Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel

Publisher: Henry Potty and the Pet Rock

ISBN: 159594088X

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

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Catastrophe strikes Chickenfeet Academy, and it’s not just the cafeteria food. Lord Revolting, murderous goldfish-flusher, needs Really Wimpy’s pet rock to conquer the world! While battling him with squirt guns and cheesy how-to guides, Henry Potty aces Hobology, preps for America’s Funniest Fairygodchildren, and tries to avoid laundering Professor Snort’s dreaded hankies, or worse, watching A History of Cabbages in Polish. All the while, the least likely character watches, coveting the pet rock for her own sneaky agenda. What part does Socks the parrot, wisecracking pet of Headmaster Bumbling Bore, play in all this? Will Revolting dare the ultimate villainy and spoil the book? Will this novel waste your entire morning? There’s only one way to know...Unapproved, unendorsed, unofficial, and unstoppable: an award-winning parody for all the Harry Potter kids out there.

Is the Vicar in, Pet?

From the Pit to the Pulpit – My Childhood in a Geordie Vicarage

Author: Barbara Fox

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0751553026

Category: History

Page: 320

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In the heart of Ashington - a bustling Geordie mining town - a handsome red-brick vicarage, surrounded by rambling gardens, stands proudly among the rows of terraced houses. It is the perfect place for playing games, keeping secrets and chasing the ghosts of previous occupants, and it will be nine-year-old Barbara's new home now that her father is to be vicar in this strange new place. In this charming memoir, Barbara Fox recalls a childhood where parishioners knocked on the door at all hours of the day and night, and where no one batted an eye at the collection of waifs and strays who regularly joined the family at the kitchen table. This is a warm-hearted, classic tale of family, community and the unforgettable thrill of childhood adventure.

The Pug - A Complete Anthology of the Dog

Author: Various Authors

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473391008

Category: Nature

Page: 180

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The Pug - A Complete Anthology of the Dog gathers together all the best early writing on the breed from our library of scarce, out-of-print antiquarian books and documents and reprints it in a quality, modern edition. This anthology includes chapters taken from a comprehensive range of books, many of them now rare and much sought-after works, all of them written by renowned breed experts of their day. These books are treasure troves of information about the breed - The physical points, temperaments, and special abilities are given; celebrated dogs are discussed and pictured; and the history of the breed and pedigrees of famous champions are also provided. The contents were well illustrated with numerous photographs of leading and famous dogs of that era and these are all reproduced to the highest quality. Books used include: House Dogs And Sporting Dogs by John Meyrick (1861), The Show Dog by H. W. Huntington (1901), The Dog Book by James Watson (1906) and many others.

Philip K Dick is Dead, Alas

Author: Michael Bishop

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575123001

Category: Fiction

Page: 341

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It is 1982. The United States has a permanent Moonbase. Richard M. Nixon is in the fourth term of the "imperial Presidency." And an eccentric novelist named Philip K. Dick has just died in California. Or has he? Psychiatrist Lia Pickford, M.D., is nonplussed when Dick walks into her office in small-town Georgia, with a cab idling outside, to ask for help. And Cal Pickford, a longtime Dick fan stunned by the news of his hero's death, is electrified when his wife tells him of the visit. So begins a sequence of events involving Cal in the repressive politics of the Nixon regime, the affairs of an aging movie queen, a hip but frightened Vietnamese immigrant and an old black man who works as a groom - all leading up to a fateful confrontation between Dick, Cal, and Nixon himself on the moon.

The Poodle - A Complete Anthology of the Dog

Author: Various Authors

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1447489020

Category: Nature

Page: 182

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The Poodle - A Complete Anthology of the Dog gathers together all the best early writing on the breed from our library of scarce, out-of-print antiquarian books and documents and reprints it in a quality, modern edition. This anthology includes chapters taken from a comprehensive range of books, many of them now rare and much sought-after works, all of them written by renowned breed experts of their day. These books are treasure troves of information about the breed - The physical points, temperaments, and special abilities are given; celebrated dogs are discussed and pictured; and the history of the breed and pedigrees of famous champions are also provided. The contents were well illustrated with numerous photographs of leading and famous dogs of that era and these are all reproduced to the highest quality. Books used include: My Dog And I by H. W. Huntington (1897), Dogs Of The World by Arthur Craven (1931), Hutchinson's Dog Encyclopaedia by Walter Hutchinson (1935) and many others.

Mozart's Sister

A Novel

Author: Rita Charbonnier

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780307405623

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart, affectionately called Nannerl by her family, could play the piano with an otherworldly skill from the time she was a child, when her tiny hands seemed too small to encompass a fifth. At the tender age of five, she gave her first public performance, amazing the assembled gentlemen and ladies with the beautiful music she created. But her moment of glory was cut short, for even as her father carried her around to receive their praise, her mother began laboring to bring a second child into the world. After hours of her mother’s pained cries and agonized shouts, which rang in Nannerl’s ears like a terrifying symphony, the child was born. They named him Wolfgang. Nannerl loved him instantly. As they grew, Wolfgang and his sister became inseparable, creating a fantasy world together and playing music the likes of which no one had ever heard. They were two sides of a single person, opposite in temperament—he lighthearted and charismatic, she shy and retiring—but equal in talent. Yet it was Wolfgang who carried their father’s dreams of glory. And as the siblings matured, Nannerl’s prodigious talent was brushed aside by her father. Instead of playing alongside her brother in the world’s great cities, she was forced to stop performing and become a provincial piano teacher to support Wolfgang’s career. Nannerl might have accepted this life in her brother’s shadow but for the appearance of a potential suitor who reawakened her passion for life, for love, for music—and who threatened to upset the delicate balance that kept the Mozart family in harmony. Mozart’s Sister draws you into the lush palaces and salons of eighteenth-century Europe and into the fascinating life of a woman who ultimately found a way to express her own genius. From the Hardcover edition.

Memoirs of the Life, Public and Private Adventures of Madame Vestris ...

With Interesting and Amusing Anecdotes of Celebrated Characters in the Fashionable World, Detailing an Interesting Variety of Singularly Curious and Amusing Scenes, as Performed Before and Behind the Curtain. In which Will be Found Most Curious Notices of Many Eminent Roues and Debauchees of the Day; with Various Others of Public Notoriety

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: 61

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Pet Sematary

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476794340

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Soon to be a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures starring John Lithgow, Jason Clarke, and Amy Seimetz! Stephen King’s #1 New York Times bestseller Pet Sematary, a “wild, powerful, disturbing” (The Washington Post Book World) classic about evil that exists far beyond the grave—among King’s most iconic and beloved novels. When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift graveyard in the nearby woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard where another burial ground lures with seductive promises and ungodly temptations. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. As Louis is about to discover for himself sometimes, dead is better…

The Ladies' Garland

Devoted to Literature, Amusement and Instruction, Containing Original Essays, Female Biography, Historical Narratives, Sketches of Society, Topographical Descriptions, Moral Tales, Anecdotes, &c.; Poetry, Original and Selected, &c., &c

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Gift books

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Ich gehöre zu dir

Bailey - Ein Freund fürs Leben - Buch zum Film - Roman

Author: W. Bruce Cameron

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641065178

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Bailey ist clever, faul und ziemlich frech. Am Ende eines tristen Lebens als Straßenköter fragt er sich, wozu er überhaupt auf der Welt war, und ist verblüfft, plötzlich als wunderschöner Rassehund wiedergeboren zu werden. Der achtjährige Ethan nimmt ihn bei sich auf, und Bailey lernt, was es heißt, einen echten Freund zu haben. Aber seine Reise ist noch nicht beendet, er muss weiterziehen und noch viel lernen. Als er Ethan nach vielen Jahren wiedersieht, ergibt alles plötzlich einen Sinn ...

The Maltese Dog - A Complete Anthology of the Dog

Author: Various Authors

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473390303

Category: Nature

Page: 84

View: 657

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The Maltese Dog - A Complete Anthology of the Dog gathers together all the best early writing on the breed from our library of scarce, out-of-print antiquarian books and documents and reprints it in a quality, modern edition. This anthology includes chapters taken from a comprehensive range of books, many of them now rare and much sought-after works, all of them written by renowned breed experts of their day. These books are treasure troves of information about the breed - The physical points, temperaments, and special abilities are given; celebrated dogs are discussed and pictured; and the history of the breed and pedigrees of famous champions are also provided. The contents were well illustrated with numerous photographs of leading and famous dogs of that era and these are all reproduced to the highest quality. Books used include: My Dog And I by H. W. Huntington (1897), The Show Dog by H. W. Huntington (1901), The New Book Of The Dog by Robert Leighton (1907) and many others.

The Select London Stage

A Collection of the Most Reputed Tragedies, Comedies, Operas, Melodramas, Farces, and Interludes

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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