The World Cannot Give

The World Cannot Give

Author: Tara Isabella Burton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982170080

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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“The Secret History meets The Price of Salt” (Vogue) in this “equal parts dangerous and delicious” (Entertainment Weekly) novel about queer desire, religious zealotry, and the hunger for transcendence among the members of a cultic chapel choir at a Maine boarding school—and the ambitious, terrifyingly charismatic girl that rules over them. When shy, sensitive Laura Stearns arrives at St. Dunstan’s Academy in Maine, she dreams that life there will echo her favorite novel, All Before Them, the sole surviving piece of writing by Byronic “prep school prophet” (and St. Dunstan’s alum) Sebastian Webster, who died at nineteen, fighting in the Spanish Civil War. She soon finds the intensity she is looking for among the insular, Webster-worshipping members of the school’s chapel choir, which is presided over by the charismatic, neurotic, overachiever Virginia Strauss. Virginia is as fanatical about her newfound Christian faith as she is about the miles she runs every morning before dawn. She expects nothing short of perfection from herself—and from the member of the choir. Virginia inducts the besotted Laura into a world of transcendent music and arcane ritual, illicit cliff-diving and midnight crypt visits: a world that, like Webster’s novels, finally seems to Laura to be full of meaning. But when a new school chaplain challenges Virginia’s hold on the “family” she has created, and Virginia’s efforts to wield her power become increasingly dangerous, Laura must decide how far she will let her devotion to Virginia go. The World Cannot Give is a “hypnotic and intense” (Shondaland) meditation on the power, and danger, of wanting more from the world.

Secrets of the World's Worst Matchmaker

Secrets of the World's Worst Matchmaker

Author: Piper Rayne

Publisher: Piper Rayne, Inc.

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page:

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Colton is Juno’s best friend. He’d usually be the one she goes to for advice on what do you do when you fall in love with your best Imagine you’re a matchmaker and you realize too late you’re in love with your childhood best friend. You only have yourself to blame—you’re the one who matched him and now he’s engaged to be married. When you find yourself in this position there’s a few secrets you’re going to need to keep… Secret #1 – Smile when he tells you the happy news, even if your heart cracks in half. Secret #2 – Don’t compare yourself to his beautiful French fiancée. You’re just as beautiful. Secret #3 – Don’t tag along to the tux fitting with him alone. Just no. Secret #4 – Don’t help him learn to dance to his wedding song. Secret #5 – Erase all memories of the two of you through the years when lines blurred for even the briefest of moments. And the one you never saw coming… Secret #6 – Definitely, don’t stand and object—someone else might just do it for you.

For Those who Can't Believe

For Those who Can't Believe

Author: Harold M. Schulweis

Publisher: Harpercollins

ISBN: 0060182415

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 587

A noted rabbi explores the nature of faith and its role in one's personal life in an inspirational study of Judaism that also discusses the nature of prayer, the rituals and traditions of the Jewish faith, and what it means to be a Jew. $20,000 ad/promo.

Why Leaders Can't Lead

Why Leaders Can't Lead

Author: Warren Bennis

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: UOM:39076001146088

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 198

View: 233

An analysis of the problems facing anyone who tries to take charge of an organization--of whatever kind--and effect change; with specific suggestions.

I Can't Tell You Anything

I Can't Tell You Anything

Author: Michael Dougan

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: UOM:39015056181525

Category: Humor

Page: 215

View: 672

These short stories in commix form are the work of one of the funniest and most imaginative cartoonists working today. Dougan's stories are largely autobiographical, turning his own misadventures in his daily life into tales of outrageous humor, insight, and, in some instances, mystery.

Wrestling with the Divine

Wrestling with the Divine

Author: Shmuel Boteach

Publisher: Jason Aronson

ISBN: IND:30000042702815

Category: Religion

Page: 298

View: 989

Rabbi Shmuel Boteach, author of The Wolf Shall Lie with the Lamb: The Messiah in Hasidic Thought, addresses the fundamental Jewish question of reward and suffering in this enlightening and riveting new volume. This book sheds light on the collective suffering of nations in general and on that of the solitary human being in particular. It also offers a lengthy rebuttal to the "powerless God" thesis of Rabbi Harold Kushner's When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Judaism sees death, illness, and suffering as aberrations in creation that were brought about through the sin of Adam in Eden. In Wrestling with the Divine, Boteach claims that man's mission was never to make peace with suffering and death, but to abolish them from the face of the earth by joining God as a junior partner in creation. By using such physical tools as studying medicine, giving charity, and being there in times of need and by using such spiritual means as protesting to God against injustice and demanding that He correct the flaws of the world, we help usher in an era when only goodness will prevail over the earth.