Stella Mia

Author: Rosanna Chiofalo
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 1617738638
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Rosanna Chiofalo's poignant, beautifully written novel evokes the stunning scenery of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands and tells of mothers and daughters, love and sacrifice--and the choices that resound across continents and through generations. Julia Parlatone doesn't have much to remember her Italian mother by. A grapevine that Sarina planted still flourishes in the backyard of Julia's childhood home in Astoria, Queens. And there's a song, "Stella Mia," she recalls her mother singing--my star, my star, you are the most beautiful star--until the day she left three-year-old Julia behind and returned to Italy for good. Now a happily married school teacher, Julia tries not to dwell on a past she can't change or on a mother who chose to leave. But in an old trunk in the family basement, she discovers items that belonged to her mother--a song book, Tarot cards, a Sicilian folk costume--and a diary. Sarina writes unflinchingly of her harsh childhood and of a first, passionate love affair;of blissful months spent living in the enchanting coastal resort town of Taormina and the unspoiled Aeolian Islands north of Sicily as well as the reasons she came to New York. By the diary's end, Julia knows she must track down her mother in Italy and piece together the rest of the complex, bittersweet truth--a journey that, for better or worse, will change her own life forever. Praise For The Novels Of Rosanna Chiofalo Carissima "What a glorious novel this is. It's a celebration of life, love and unlikely friendship through the eyes of two very different women. Yet their similarities bind them together and will endear them to readers long after the last page is turned. Bravissima for Carissima!" --Susan Wiggs, # 1 New York Times bestselling author "Fantastico! I couldn't put it down!" --Lisa Jackson, # 1 New York Times bestselling author Bella Fortuna "Chiofalo brings the Italian immigrant community and neighborhoods richly to life." --Publishers Weekly "Reading Rosanna Chiofalo's depiction of a modern Italian-American family is like digging into a fresh bowl of pasta--warm, welcome, and satisfying. A deeply felt debut that affirms the importance of friends and family--Italian-style." --Lisa Verge Higgins, author of Random Acts of Kindness "Well-drawn characters. . .A charmer." --BookPage "Sometimes tough, sometimes tender, always heartfelt and honest, Bella Fortuna is a lively, finely-stitched tale of life and love, family and friendship, and a zest for cose Italiane!" --Peter Pezzelli, author of Home to Italy

The Complete Poems

Author: Gaspara Stampa
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226770729
Size: 42.84 MB
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Gaspara Stampa (1523?-1554) is one of the finest female poets ever to write in Italian. Although she was lauded for her singing during her lifetime, her success and critical reputation as a poet emerged only after her verse was republished in the early eighteenth century. Her poetry runs the gamut of human emotion, ranging from ecstasy over a consummated love affair to despair at its end. While these tormented works and their multiple male addressees have led to speculation that Stampa may have been one of Venice’s famous courtesans, they can also be read as a rebuttal of typical assumptions about women’s roles. Championed by Rainer Maria Rilke, among others, she has more recently been celebrated by feminist scholars for her distinctive and original voice and her challenge to convention. The first complete translation of Stampa into English, this volume collects all of her passionate and lyrical verse. It is also the first modern critical edition of her poems, and in restoring the original sequence of the 1554 text, it allows readers the opportunity to encounter Stampa as she intended. Jane Tylus renders Stampa’s verse in precise and graceful English translations, allowing a new generation of students and scholars of poetry, Renaissance literature, and music history to rediscover this incipiently modern Italian poet.

Grace On The Court

Author: Maddy Proud
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 1743820232
Size: 61.91 MB
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Grace Parker needs to figure out how to handle the 3Bs: boys, boy bands and ball sports. Things were simple for netball nerd Grace Parker at primary school. She was captain of her school team – and with best friends Stella and Mia won the grand final. Back then, her biggest problem was persuading her parents to buy her tickets to see Friday at Five, the world’s hottest boy band. But high school’s a whole new story. Grace’s greatest rival on the court, Amber Burns, just made the same netball team as her. Her twin brother, Gus, is devastated he didn’t make the A-grade AFL side. Her older brother, Tyler, is ignoring her. And as if that wasn’t enough for a 13-year-old girl to handle, dreamy aspiring rockstar Sebastian King is suddenly paying her a lot of attention ... Maddy Proud is a professional netballer currently playing for the NSW Swifts. Previously she played for the Adelaide Thunderbirds, who signed her at 16, making her the youngest player ever contracted in the Trans-Tasman ANZ Championships.

Face Fire Morality

Author: Brian George
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1728389054
Size: 28.46 MB
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The Team have settled back into their business after the travails of the second book. Stella has recovered from her kidnap and forced marriage attempt and is back running their African businesses. In Shanghai, Annie and Barry are preparing for Lin Fu’s leaving to get married in London. They decide that Barry must travel to Saudi Arabia and recruit Racel, the Philippine assistant to Barry’s bootlegging partners, Danny and Maria Winstone, over to China as the replacement for Lin Fu. When in Saudi Barry has to find a way to avoid the clutches of Maria Winstone who is insisting on a night with Barry as payment for releasing Racel from the Kingdom. In his own inimitable style Barry creates a hypnotic tantric illusion to facilitate their escape from Danny and Maria and gets Racel to China. The whole crew, including Stella and Mickey from Nigeria, travel to London for Lin Fu’s wedding to Morgan Transett the merchant banker. The wedding is carried out in style and while in London they meet up with Freddie Painter the hitman from the first book and the Team has to repay him by getting him out of the clutches of the law. Once back to their normal business Racel takes them to meet her cousin in the Philippines. To increase business Barry, Annie travel with her cousin to her home in the mountains and get embroiled in an Igorot village whose kids have been enslaved by a crazy priest. Repatriation of the kids to their families and becoming ever more spiritual and mystical while there. Racel meanwhile stays in Manila and has to take control of a situation and to assist in the rescue from kidnap and extermination of a whistleblower on a corrupt government broadband scandal. Unfortunately, the Chinese government are the ones doing the corrupting and they then have to leave quickly from the enquiries of the Chinese MSS state security service before being able to return to their new Head Office in Hong Kong. Annie and Barry have to use all her wit, magic, and more esoteric skills to save their livelihood again before returning to head office in Hong Kong. As usual when the Dream Team get travelling, there is sex, creative destruction, and bad people get killed, but all in the name of fairness and their own brand of justice. Throughout their adventures they never miss a chance to party and fight convention, or pomposity and turn morality on its head!

My Love

Author: Elizabeth Lynn Linton
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus
ISBN:
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Sustainability

Author: Jeremy L. Caradonna
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019937242X
Size: 30.43 MB
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The word is nearly ubiquitous: at the grocery store we shop for "sustainable foods" that were produced from "sustainable agriculture"; groups ranging from small advocacy organizations to city and state governments to the United Nations tout "sustainable development" as a strategy for local and global stability; and woe betide the city-dweller who doesn't aim for a "sustainable lifestyle." Seeming to have come out of nowhere to dominate the discussion-from permaculture to renewable energy to the local food movement-the ideas that underlie and define sustainability can be traced back several centuries. In this illuminating and fascinating primer, Jeremy L. Caradonna does just that, approaching sustainability from a historical perspective and revealing the conditions that gave it shape. Locating the underpinnings of the movement as far back as the 1660s, Caradonna considers the origins of sustainability across many fields throughout Europe and North America. Taking us from the emergence of thoughts guiding sustainable yield forestry in the late 17th and 18th centuries, through the challenges of the Industrial Revolution, the birth of the environmental movement, and the emergence of a concrete effort to promote a balanced approach to development in the latter half of the 20th century, he shows that while sustainability draws upon ideas of social justice, ecological economics, and environmental conservation, it is more than the sum of its parts and blends these ideas together into a dynamic philosophy. Caradonna's book broadens our understanding of what "sustainability" means, revealing how it progressed from a relatively marginal concept to an ideal that shapes everything from individual lifestyles, government and corporate strategies, and even national and international policy. For anyone seeking understand the history of those striving to make the world a better place to live, here's a place to start.

Beneath The Glitter

Author: Elle Fowler
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250016339
Size: 61.24 MB
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From internet stars Elle and Blair Fowler comes a scintillating new novel that takes readers Beneath the Glitter of the glitzy L.A. social scene. Welcome to a place where dreams are made. And where nothing—and no one—is ever what it seems. After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are thrust into the exclusive life of the Los Angeles elite. Here fabulous parties, air kisses, paparazzi and hot guys all come with the scene. Sophia finds herself torn between a gorgeous bartender and a millionaire playboy, and Ava starts dating an A-list actor. But as they're about to discover, the life they've always dreamed of comes with a cost. Beneath the glitter of the Hollywood social scene lies a world of ruthless ambition, vicious gossip...and betrayal. Someone close to them, someone they trust, is working in the shadows to bring the London sisters falling down. And once the betrayal is complete, Sophia and Ava find themselves knee-deep in a scandal that could take away everything they care about, including the one thing that matters most—each other.

Regina Di Scacchi

Author: Rosa Maria Giorgio
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1291730710
Size: 10.80 MB
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The Twins Of Tessar

Author: Christine Kate Castigliano
Publisher: Christine Castigliano
ISBN: 098224990X
Size: 65.51 MB
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Alone in her ramshackle house, 13-year-old Yolanda Mae Crick looks in the mirror and sees a boy's face instead of her own. Yolanda follows his reflection to the ancient world of Tessar, where she learns to use her extraordinary gift, the vision to see the truth. But will she ever find the real boy behind the reflection?