The Lincolns

The Lincolns

The Lincolns
Rating 4 / 5 based on 6 votes

The Lincolns is Biography & Autobiography books by Daniel Mark Epstein, publish by Ballantine Books 2008-05-20. You may find Daniel Mark Epstein info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Lincolns details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (6 readers) Daniel Mark Epstein Ballantine Books 0345507401 2008-05-20

Book Summary

The first full-length portrait of the marriage of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln in more than fifty years, The Lincolns is a fascinating new work of American history by Daniel Mark Epstein, an award-winning biographer and poet known for his passionate understanding of the Civil War period. Although the private lives of political couples have in our era become front-page news, the true story of this extraordinary and tragic first family has never been fully told. The Lincolns eclipses earlier accounts with riveting new information that makes husband and wife, president and first lady, come alive in all their proud accomplishments and earthy humanity. Epstein gives a fresh close-up view of the couple’s life in Springfield, Illinois (of their twenty-two years of marriage, all but six were spent there). We witness the troubled courtship of an aristocratic and bewitching Southern belle and a struggling young lawyer who concealed his great ambition with self-deprecating humor; the excitement and confusion of the newlyweds as they begin their marriage in a small room above a tavern, and the early signs of Mary’s instability and Lincoln’s moodiness; their joyful creation of a home on the edge of town as Lincoln builds his law practice and makes his first forays into politics. We discover their consuming ambition as Lincoln achieves celebrity status during his famed debates with Stephen A. Douglas, which lead to Lincoln’s election to the presidency. The Lincolns’ ascent to the White House brought both dazzling power and the slow, secret unraveling of the couple’s unique bond. The Lincolns dramatizes certain well-known events with stunning new immediacy: Mary’s shopping sprees, her defrauding of the public treasury to increase her budget, and her jealousy, which made enemies for her and problems for the president. Yet she was also a brilliant hostess who transformed the shabby White House into a social center crucial to the Union’s success. After the death of their little boy, not a year after Lincoln took office, Mary turned for solace to spirit mediums, but her grief drove her to the edge of madness. In the end, there was little left of the Lincolns’ relationship save their enduring devotion to each other and to their surviving children. Written with enormous sweep and striking imagery, The Lincolns is an unforgettable epic set at the center of a crucial American administration. It is also a heartbreaking story of how time and adversity can change people, and of how power corrupts not only morals but affections. Daniel Mark Epstein’s The Lincolns makes two immortal American figures seem as real and human as the rest of us.

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Abigail and John

Abigail and John

Abigail and John
Rating 4 / 5 based on 3 votes

Abigail and John is History books by Edith Gelles, publish by Harper Collins 2009-04-14. You may find Edith Gelles info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Abigail and John details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (3 readers) Edith Gelles Harper Collins 0061871710 2009-04-14

Book Summary

“Fascinating...Gelles has provided a balanced portrait, and her mastery of the period’s issues and history is evident on every page. Her treatment of the family... [is] written with understanding and sensitivity... But it is her strength as a feminist historian that makes her treatment of Abigail the most gripping... masterful and captivating.” — Washington Times “A landmark... Well-organized and expertly composed, the book is an impressive addition to the nation’s written history.” — Oklahoma City Oklahoman Readers who enjoyed Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time, Cokie Roberts’s Founding Mothers, and David McCullough’s John Adams will love “this eminently readable… charming and sensitive, yet candid and unflinching joint biography” (Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848) of America’s original “power couple”: Abigail and John Adams.

Thomas And Jane Carlyle

Thomas And Jane Carlyle

Thomas And Jane Carlyle
Rating 4 / 5 based on 629 votes

Thomas And Jane Carlyle is Biography & Autobiography books by Rosemary Ashton, publish by Random House 2012-03-31. You may find Rosemary Ashton info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Thomas And Jane Carlyle details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (629 readers) Rosemary Ashton Random House 1448137047 2012-03-31

Book Summary

They were the most remarkable couple in London: the great sage Carlyle, with his vehement prophecies, and his witty, sardonic wife Jane. It was a strong, close, mutually admiring yet often mutually antagonistic partnership, fascinating to all who observed it. The Carlyles lived at the heart of English life in mid-Victorian London, but both were outsiders, a largely self-educated Scottish pair who took a sometimes caustic look at the society they so influenced - Carlyle through his copious writings, and both through their network of acquaintances and correspondents. Carlyle's fame was confirmed by his Sartor Resartus of 1843, The French Revolution, his lectures on heroes and hero-worship and by his radical account of contemporary industrial Britain in Past and Present, 1843. Both husband and wife were great letter-writers, Carlyle commenting on the matters of the day, dashing off pen portraits of those he met and Jane with her brilliant stories and her sharp, dry humour. Yet despite her brilliance, Jane suffered, especially from Carlyle's infatuation with the lion-hunting Lady Ashburton, and the tensions in their marriage grew. The letters they wrote, both to each other and to others, make theirs the most well-documented marriage of the nineteenth century and give us an unequalled portrait of a famously unhappy marriage. This moving and vivid biography describes their relationship with each other, from their first meeting in 1821 to Jane's death in 1866, and also their relationship with the world outside. Rosemary Ashton's inimitable blend of rigorous scholarship, warm sensitivity and lively wit makes this not only a portrait of a marriage but a picture of a whole age, elegant, erudite and entertaining.

Pat and Dick

Pat and Dick

Pat and Dick
Rating 5 / 5 based on 1 votes

Pat and Dick is Biography & Autobiography books by Will Swift, publish by Simon and Schuster 2014-01-07. You may find Will Swift info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Pat and Dick details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
5 (1 readers) Will Swift Simon and Schuster 1451676964 2014-01-07

Book Summary

Shortlisted for the 2015 Plutarch Award for Best Biography, “the most humanizing portrait of the Nixons we’re likely to have” (Douglas Brinkley) is a sweeping depiction of the turbulent fifty-three-year marriage of Richard and Pat Nixon. When Americans remember the controversial Nixons, they usually focus on the political triumphs, the turbulent White House years, and the humiliating public downfall. But a very different image of the polarizing president emerges in this fascinating portrait of the relationship between Richard and Pat Nixon. Now, the couple’s recently released love letters and other private documents reveal that as surely as unremitting adversity can fray the fabric of a marriage, devotion can propel it to surmount disgrace and defeat. In Pat and Dick, biographer Will Swift brings his years of experience as a historian and marital therapist to this unique examination of a long-misunderstood marriage. Nixon the man was enormously complicated: brilliant, insecure, sometimes coldly calculating, and capable of surprising affection with his wife. Much less is known about Pat. With the help of personal writings and interviews with family and friends, Swift unveils a woman who was warm and vivacious, yet much shrewder and more accomplished than she has been given credit for. From Dick’s unrelenting crusade to marry the glamorous teacher through the myriad crises of his political career, the Nixons’ story is filled with hopes and disappointments, both intimate and global. Written by a leading presidential biographer who “narrates with grace and style” (Kirkus Reviews), this remarkable biography shows us a couple who, despite their trials, managed to find the strength, courage, and resilience to sustain a true connection for more than half a century.

The Hand That First Held Mine

The Hand That First Held Mine

The Hand That First Held Mine
Rating 4 / 5 based on 38 votes

The Hand That First Held Mine is Fiction books by Maggie O'Farrell, publish by Tinder Press 2010-04-29. You may find Maggie O'Farrell info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Hand That First Held Mine details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (38 readers) Maggie O'Farrell Tinder Press 0755373278 2010-04-29

Book Summary

Winner of the 2010 Costa Novel Award and a Sunday Times bestseller, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE by Maggie O'Farrell is a gorgeously written story of love and motherhood from the author of HAMNET and I AM, I AM, I AM. When the sophisticated Innes Kent turns up on her doorstep, Lexie Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin, and leaves for London. There, at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene, she carves out a new life. In the present day, Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child. Elina struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with her sense of herself as an artist, and Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood that don't tally with his parents' version of events. As Ted begins to search for answers, an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed, separated by fifty years, but connected in ways that neither could ever have expected.

Stay with Me

Stay with Me

Stay with Me
Rating 4 / 5 based on 24 votes

Stay with Me is Fiction books by Ayobami Adebayo, publish by Vintage 2017-08-22. You may find Ayobami Adebayo info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Stay with Me details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (24 readers) Ayobami Adebayo Vintage 045149461X 2017-08-22

Book Summary

“Powerfully magnetic. . . . In the lineage of great works by Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. . . . A thoroughly contemporary—and deeply moving—portrait of a marriage.” —The New York Times Book Review Ilesa, Nigeria. Ever since they first met and fell in love at university, Yejide and Akin have agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage—after consulting fertility doctors and healers, and trying strange teas and unlikely cures—Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time—until her in-laws arrive on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does—but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. The unforgettable story of a marriage as seen through the eyes of both husband and wife, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family. A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Post, Southern Living, The Skimm A 2017 BEA Buzz Panel Selection A Belletrist Book-of-the-Month A Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Selection Shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize and the 9mobile Prize for Literature Longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize

Hamnet

Hamnet

Hamnet
Rating 4 / 5 based on 91 votes

Hamnet is Fiction books by Maggie O'Farrell, publish by Knopf Canada 2020-07-21. You may find Maggie O'Farrell info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Hamnet details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (91 readers) Maggie O'Farrell Knopf Canada 0735280185 2020-07-21

Book Summary

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "[An] exceptional winner.... It expresses something profound about the human experience that seems both extraordinarily current and at the same time, enduring." --Martha Lane Fox, Chair of The Women's Prize for Fiction judges TWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. A LOVE THAT DRAWS THEM TOGETHER. A PLAGUE THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART. England, 1580. A young Latin tutor--penniless, bullied by a violent father--falls in love with an eccentric young woman: a wild creature who walks her family's estate with a falcon on her shoulder and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer. Agnes understands plants and potions better than she does people, but once she settles on the Henley Street in Stratford she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband. His gifts as a writer are just beginning to awaken when their beloved twins, Hamnet and Judith, are afflicted with the bubonic plague, and, devastatingly, one of them succumbs to the illness. A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of the story that inspired one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time, Hamnet & Judith is mesmerizing and seductive, an impossible-to-put-down novel from one of our most gifted writers. Published as Hamnet in the US and the UK.

What It Used to Be Like

What It Used to Be Like

What It Used to Be Like
Rating 2 / 5 based on 3 votes

What It Used to Be Like is Biography & Autobiography books by Maryann Burk Carver, publish by Macmillan 2006-07-11. You may find Maryann Burk Carver info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the What It Used to Be Like details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
2 (3 readers) Maryann Burk Carver Macmillan 142990268X 2006-07-11

Book Summary

Maryann Burk Carver met Raymond Carver in 1955, when she was fifteen years old and he was seventeen. In What It Used to Be Like, she recounts a tale of love at first sight in which two teenagers got to know each other by sharing a two-year long-distance correspondence that soon after found them married and with two small children. Over the next twenty-five years, as Carver's fame grew, the family led a nomadic life, moving from school to school and teaching post to teaching post. In 1972, they settled in Cupertino, California, where Raymond Carver gave his wife one of his sharpened pencils and asked her to write an account of their history. The result is a memoir of a marriage, replete with an intimacy of detail that fully reveals the talents and failings of this larger-than-life man, his complicated relationships, and his profound loves and losses. What It Used to Be Like brings to light for the first time Raymond Carver's lost years and the "stories behind the stories" of this brilliant writer.

Carol and John Steinbeck

Carol and John Steinbeck

Carol and John Steinbeck
Rating 3 / 5 based on 490 votes

Carol and John Steinbeck is Biography & Autobiography books by Susan Shillinglaw, publish by University of Nevada Press 2013-10-20. You may find Susan Shillinglaw info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Carol and John Steinbeck details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (490 readers) Susan Shillinglaw University of Nevada Press 0874179319 2013-10-20

Book Summary

Carol Henning Steinbeck, writer John Steinbeck’s first wife, was his creative anchor, the inspiration for his great work of the 1930s, culminating in The Grapes of Wrath. Meeting at Lake Tahoe in 1928, their attachment was immediate, their personalities meshing in creative synergy. Carol was unconventional, artistic, and compelling. In the formative years of Steinbeck’s career, living in San Francisco, Pacific Grove, Los Gatos, and Monterey, their Modernist circle included Ed Ricketts, Joseph Campbell, and Lincoln Steffens. In many ways Carol’s story is all too familiar: a creative and intelligent woman subsumes her own life and work into that of her husband. Together, they brought forth one of the enduring novels of the 20th century.

Westchester Burning

Westchester Burning

Westchester Burning
Rating 3 / 5 based on 322 votes

Westchester Burning is Biography & Autobiography books by Amine Wefali, publish by Delta 2007-12-18. You may find Amine Wefali info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Westchester Burning details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (322 readers) Amine Wefali Delta 030742345X 2007-12-18

Book Summary

Passionate, questing, rigorous, Wefali's spirit infuses her journey to self-discovery. Her voice is the voice you hear when your ear is pressed to the closed door of another's life. “[A] searing memoir . . . Wefali spares no one in this indelible account . . . and her singular voice—haunted, angry, passionate—recalls Shirley Jackson's.”—The New Yorker Amine Wefali moved to the attic of her Westchester home while her husband of thirty years slept downstairs. This estrangement is the subject of Wefali's singular memoir that parts the curtain on the intimate stage of contemporary marriage. In a work marked for its restraint as much as for its insight, Wefali enters John Cheever territory through a series of razor-sharp vignettes. With the instinct of a born writer she transforms ordinary events into brilliant set pieces about the relations between men and women, husband and wife. A family secret is revealed on the way to her children's riding lesson, a conversation with a neighbor becomes a parable on the loss of love. A witty, irreverent woman of Russian descent, Wefali was a bemused outsider in the rarefied environment in which she lived. Anchored by her four children she remained, even as she was complicit in the erosion of her marriage. Restless and torn, she channeled her energy into her home, her garden, her writing. Another man enters her life. Her marriage, finally, fails. Praise for Westchester Burning “How haunting—this spare story is written with such clear lines that no one will be able to avoid its power. Here is a truly gifted writer who bores in where others might look away.”—Anne Roiphe, author of 1185 Park Avenue “Like any spectacular disaster, [Westchester Burning is] nearly impossible to look away from. . . . Wefali show[s] us the death throes of [her] marriage—and the human cost involved—in deeply, frankly intimate detail.”—Elle

The Marriage Portrait

The Marriage Portrait

The Marriage Portrait
Rating 3 / 5 based on 273 votes

The Marriage Portrait is Fiction books by Pamela Bauer, publish by Harlequin 2014-09-15. You may find Pamela Bauer info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Marriage Portrait details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (273 readers) Pamela Bauer Harlequin 1460367820 2014-09-15

Book Summary

She was as pretty as a picture… but that certainly didn't mean Michael McFerrin would marry her! True, Cassie Carrigan had snared his interest, but she was the linchpin in his lovable-but-meddling mother's plan to garner a grandchild. The beautiful portrait artist claimed she wasn't a willing player in this game of marriage-go-round, but her kisses said otherwise. Michael was determined to halt his mother's antics—and the havoc Cassie caused in his heart. Why, he'd show Cassie who was in control…even if he had to marry her to do it! Happily Wedded After: Jump headlong into these stories that celebrate saying, "I do!"

The Marriage Portrait

The Marriage Portrait

The Marriage Portrait
Rating 3 / 5 based on 349 votes

The Marriage Portrait is Fiction books by Maggie O'Farrell, publish by Knopf Canada 2022-09-06. You may find Maggie O'Farrell info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Marriage Portrait details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (349 readers) Maggie O'Farrell Knopf Canada 1039005640 2022-09-06

Book Summary

From the author of the breakout bestseller Hamnet—winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Women’s Prize—an electrifying new novel set in Renaissance Italy, and centering on the captivating young duchess Lucrezia de Medici. Florence, the 1550s. Lucrezia, third daughter of the grand duke, is comfortable with her obscure place in the palazzo: free to wonder at its treasures, observe its clandestine workings, and to devote herself to her own artistic pursuits. But when her older sister dies on the eve of her wedding to the ruler of Ferrara, Moderna and Regio, Lucrezia is thrust unwittingly into the limelight: the duke is quick to request her hand in marriage, and her father just as quick to accept on her behalf. Having barely left girlhood behind, Lucrezia must now make her way in a troubled court whose customs are opaque and where her arrival is not universally welcomed. Perhaps most mystifying of all is her new husband himself, Alfonso. Is he the playful sophisticate he appeared to be before their wedding, the aesthete happiest in the company of artists and musicians, or the ruthless politician before whom even his formidable sisters seem to tremble? As Lucrezia sits in constricting finery for a painting intended to preserve her image for centuries to come, one thing becomes worryingly clear. In the court’s eyes, she has one duty: to provide the heir who will shore up the future of the Ferranese dynasty. Until then, for all of her rank and nobility, the new duchess’s future hangs entirely in the balance. Full of the drama and verve with which she illuminated the Shakespearean canvas of Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life, and offers an unforgettable portrait of a resilient young woman’s battle for her very survival.

Memoir of Hungary

Memoir of Hungary

Memoir of Hungary
Rating 3 / 5 based on 203 votes

Memoir of Hungary is History books by S ndor M rai, publish by Central European University Press 2000-01-01. You may find S ndor M rai info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Memoir of Hungary details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (203 readers) S ndor M rai Central European University Press 9789639241107 2000-01-01

Book Summary

The novel Embers is selling in tens of thousand in a number of countries. This memoir of its author depicts Hungary between 1944 and 1948.

Thomas and Mary

Thomas and Mary

Thomas and Mary
Rating 4 / 5 based on 148 votes

Thomas and Mary is Fiction books by Tim Parks, publish by Random House 2016-02-11. You may find Tim Parks info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Thomas and Mary details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (148 readers) Tim Parks Random House 1473523559 2016-02-11

Book Summary

‘Somehow it seemed to him the only thing that would really solve the problem would be to return to the sea and find the old ring with their names and the wedding date engraved inside, in 22-carat gold, and put it on again and then the world would magically return to what it had been before. Many years before. This did not happen.’ Thomas and Mary have been married for thirty years. They have two children, a dog, a house in the suburbs. But after years of drifting apart, things – finally – come to a head. In this love story in reverse, Tim Parks recounts what happens when youthful devotion has long given way to dog walking, separate bed times, and tensions over who left the fridge door open. Lurching from comedy to tragedy, via dependence, cold re-examination, tenderness and betrayal, Thomas and Mary is a fiercely intimate chronicle of a marriage – capturing the offshoots of pain sent through an entire family, when the couple at its heart decide it’s all over.

The Marriage of Rose Camilleri

The Marriage of Rose Camilleri

The Marriage of Rose Camilleri
Rating 3 / 5 based on 812 votes

The Marriage of Rose Camilleri is Fiction books by Robert Hough, publish by Douglas & McIntyre 2021-10-23. You may find Robert Hough info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Marriage of Rose Camilleri details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (812 readers) Robert Hough Douglas & McIntyre 1771623055 2021-10-23

Book Summary

An illuminating portrait of an unconventional marriage by bestselling and critically acclaimed author Robert Hough. When Rose Camilleri and Scotty Larkin meet, neither expects to spend a lifetime together, navigating a sometimes turbulent marriage and scraping through the process of raising a family. When he first enters the bakery where she works, she is a new arrival from the tiny island nation of Malta, fond of rabbit stew and Hollywood cinema. He is a thoughtful printer’s assistant recently released from juvenile detention after stealing and swiftly totalling a stranger’s car. Even after years of marriage and two children together, Rose struggles to shake the idea that perhaps she should have held out for someone as voluble and optimistic as herself. But while some marriages are weakened by trauma, Rose and Scotty's union is strengthened by the act of survival, and they find their own kind of happiness along the way. In The Marriage of Rose Camilleri, Robert Hough writes his larger-than-life characters with warmth, insight and humour, displaying the masterful approach to storytelling that gained his previous novels acclaim and several prestigious award nominations. Hough transports the reader into the epicentre of an unconventional love story, where he draws out captivating details from the fabric of an ordinary shared lifetime to create a story that lives in the moment and takes seriously the small but vital details of everyday life.

The Wedding Portrait

The Wedding Portrait

The Wedding Portrait
Rating 3 / 5 based on 501 votes

The Wedding Portrait is Juvenile Nonfiction books by Innosanto Nagara, publish by Seven Stories Press 2017-12-05. You may find Innosanto Nagara info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Wedding Portrait details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (501 readers) Innosanto Nagara Seven Stories Press 1609808037 2017-12-05

Book Summary

The Wedding Portrait is an essential book for kids about standing up for what's right. Here are stories of direct action from around the world that are bookended by the author's wedding story. He and his bride led their wedding party to a protest, and were captured in a photo by the local newspaper kissing in front of a line of police just before being arrested. "We usually follow the rules. But sometimes, if you see something is wrong--more wrong than breaking the rules and by breaking the rules you might stop it--you may need to break the rules." When indigenous people in Colombia block an oil company from destroying their environment--this is a blockade; when Florida farmworkers encourage people not to buy their tomatos because the farm owners won't pay them for their hard work--this is called a boycott; and when Claudette Colvin takes a seat in the front of the bus to protest racism--this is called civil disobedience. In brilliantly bright and inspiring illustrations we see ordinary people say No--to unfair treatment, to war, to destroying the environment. Innosanto Nagara has beautifully melded an act of love with crucial ideas of civil disobedience and direct action that will speak to young readers' sense of right and wrong. There has never been a more important moment for Innosanto Nagara's gentle message of firm resolve.

Ike and Dick

Ike and Dick

Ike and Dick
Rating 3.5 / 5 based on 2 votes

Ike and Dick is Biography & Autobiography books by Jeffrey Frank, publish by Simon and Schuster 2013-02-05. You may find Jeffrey Frank info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Ike and Dick details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3.5 (2 readers) Jeffrey Frank Simon and Schuster 1416588205 2013-02-05

Book Summary

Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon had a political and private relationship that lasted nearly twenty years, a tie that survived hurtful slights, tense misunderstandings, and the distance between them in age and temperament. Yet the two men brought out the best and worst in each other, and their association had important consequences for their respective presidencies. In Ike and Dick, Jeffrey Frank rediscovers these two compelling figures with the sensitivity of a novelist and the discipline of a historian. He offers a fresh view of the younger Nixon as a striving tactician, as well as the ever more perplexing person that he became. He portrays Eisenhower, the legendary soldier, as a cold, even vain man with a warm smile whose sound instincts about war and peace far outpaced his understanding of the changes occurring in his own country. Eisenhower and Nixon shared striking characteristics: high intelligence, cunning, and an aversion to confrontation, especially with each other. Ike and Dick, informed by dozens of interviews and deep archival research, traces the path of their relationship in a dangerous world of recurring crises as Nixon’s ambitions grew and Eisenhower was struck by a series of debilitating illnesses. And, as the 1968 election cycle approached and the war in Vietnam roiled the country, it shows why Eisenhower, mortally ill and despite his doubts, supported Nixon’s final attempt to win the White House, a change influenced by a family matter: his grandson David’s courtship of Nixon’s daughter Julie—teenagers in love who understood the political stakes of their union.

Passenger to Teheran

Passenger to Teheran

Passenger to Teheran
Rating 3 / 5 based on 252 votes

Passenger to Teheran is Travel books by Vita Sackville-West, publish by Good Press 2021-08-30. You may find Vita Sackville-West info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Passenger to Teheran details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (252 readers) Vita Sackville-West Good Press EAN:4064066358044 2021-08-30

Book Summary

"Passenger to Teheran" by Vita Sackville-West. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Casanova in Bolzano

Casanova in Bolzano

Casanova in Bolzano
Rating 1 / 5 based on 1 votes

Casanova in Bolzano is Fiction books by Sandor Marai, publish by Vintage 2004-11-09. You may find Sandor Marai info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Casanova in Bolzano details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
1 (1 readers) Sandor Marai Vintage 1400043735 2004-11-09

Book Summary

Another rediscovered masterpiece from the Hungarian novelist whose Embers became an international bestseller—a sensuous, suspenseful, aphoristic novel about the world’s most notorious seducer and the encounter that changes him forever. In 1756 Giacomo Casanova escapes from a Venetian prison and resurfaces in the Italian village of Bolzano. Here he receives an unwelcome visitor: the aging but still fearsome Duke of Parma, who years before had defeated Casanova in a duel over a ravishing girl named Francesca and spared his life on condition that he never see her again. Now the duke has taken Francesca as his wife—and intercepted a love letter from her to his old rival. Rather than kill Casanova on the spot, he makes him a startling offer, one that is logical, perverse, and irresistible. Turning an historical episode into a dazzling fictional exploration of the clasp of desire and death, Casanova in Bolzano is further proof that Sándor Márai is one of the most distinctive voices of the twentieth century.

Philip

Philip

Philip
Rating 3 / 5 based on 137 votes

Philip is Biography & Autobiography books by Gyles Brandreth, publish by Coronet 2021-04-27. You may find Gyles Brandreth info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Philip details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3 (137 readers) Gyles Brandreth Coronet 144476960X 2021-04-27

Book Summary

____________________________________________________________________________________ THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER 'It is a beautifully written book about a unique and extraordinary man who was the longest-serving consort to the longest reigning monarch in British history. I have read many other books about Philip but this is the best.' - DAILY EXPRESS 'Gloriously witty and incisive' - DAILY MAIL 'It's bloody brilliant, totally inspiring ... it's a joy to read a book that comes from a perspective of fondness. There are whole pages I want to read to the kids and stick to the fridge.' - KIRSTIE ALLSOPP, THE TIMES 'As a sparkling celebration of Prince Philip, the book will be hard to beat' - THE TELEGRAPH 'Brandreth explores a temperament on the brink of anger and agitation with immense tact, even affection.' - THE SPECTATOR 'This affectionate biography of Prince Philip is stuffed with entertaining anecdotes ... so readable and refreshing even after the millions of words that have been written about Prince Philip in the past couple of weeks.' - THE TIMES 'Brilliant... there is so much in this book you won't find anywhere else.' - LORRAINE 'A stately, respectful and joyful tribute. It is an extraordinary story, told with unique insight and authority by an author who knew him for more than 40 years.' - EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS 'A warm, affectionate portrait of the much-missed Duke ... a rich source of insights and anecdotes.' - SAGA MAGAZINE ______________________________________________________________________________________ This is the story of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - the longest-serving consort to the longest-reigning sovereign in British history. It is an extraordinary story, told with unique insight and authority by an author who knew the prince for more than forty years. Philip - elusive, complex, controversial, challenging, often humorous, sometimes irascible - is the man Elizabeth II once described as her 'constant strength and guide'. Who was he? What was he really like? What is the truth about those 'gaffes' and the rumours of affairs? This is the final portrait of an unexpected and often much-misunderstood figure. It is also the portrait of a remarkable marriage that endured for more than seventy years. Philip and Elizabeth were both royal by birth, both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria, but, in temperament and upbringing, they were two very different people. The Queen's childhood was loving and secure, the Duke's was turbulent; his grandfather assassinated, his father arrested, his family exiled, his parents separated when he was only ten. Elizabeth and Philip met as cousins in the 1930s. They married in 1947, aged twenty-one and twenty-six. Philip: The Final Portrait tells the story of two contrasting lives, assesses the Duke of Edinburgh's character and achievement, and explores the nature of his relationships with his wife, his children and their families - and with the press and public and those at court who were suspicious of him in the early days. This is a powerful, revealing and, ultimately, moving account of a long life and a remarkable royal partnership.

Dominicana

Dominicana

Dominicana
Rating 4 / 5 based on 18 votes

Dominicana is Fiction books by Angie Cruz, publish by Flatiron Books 2019-09-03. You may find Angie Cruz info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Dominicana details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (18 readers) Angie Cruz Flatiron Books 1250205921 2019-09-03

Book Summary

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK Shortlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction “Through a novel with so much depth, beauty, and grace, we, like Ana, are forever changed.” —Jacqueline Woodson, Vanity Fair “Gorgeous writing, gorgeous story.” —Sandra Cisneros Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes. It doesn’t matter that he is twice her age, that there is no love between them. Their marriage is an opportunity for her entire close-knit family to eventually immigrate. So on New Year’s Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows and becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights. Lonely and miserable, Ana hatches a reckless plan to escape. But at the bus terminal, she is stopped by Cesar, Juan’s free-spirited younger brother, who convinces her to stay. As the Dominican Republic slides into political turmoil, Juan returns to protect his family’s assets, leaving Cesar to take care of Ana. Suddenly, Ana is free to take English lessons at a local church, lie on the beach at Coney Island, see a movie at Radio City Music Hall, go dancing with Cesar, and imagine the possibility of a different kind of life in America. When Juan returns, Ana must decide once again between her heart and her duty to her family. In bright, musical prose that reflects the energy of New York City, Angie Cruz's Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world.

Cars from a Marriage

Cars from a Marriage

Cars from a Marriage
Rating 3.5 / 5 based on 5 votes

Cars from a Marriage is Fiction books by Debra Galant, publish by St. Martin's Press 2010-04-27. You may find Debra Galant info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Cars from a Marriage details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3.5 (5 readers) Debra Galant St. Martin's Press 1429925167 2010-04-27

Book Summary

An "auto-biography" of a marriage from the highly acclaimed author who deftly navigates the lives of one suburban couple with humor and insight From a '74 Mustang to a Chevy Suburban, Debra Galant's Cars from A Marriage charts the important events—big and small—in one couple's relationship by way of the automobiles that drive them throughout the course of their lives. Ivy is a transplanted Southern belle—the daughter of a car salesman— who continually wonders how she has ended up a New Jersey stay-at-home mom with a not-so-secret fear of driving. Her husband Ellis was a stand up comedian when they met, and the owner of that '74 Mustang, but his ambitions were overshadowed by the responsibilities of a family. In the blink of an eye he became a PR executive with a mortgage, two kids, and a Buick LeSabre. The cars steer us from their first meeting, to their first fight, and down the line to a family funeral. Finally, it's on a drive along the Pacific Coast Highway that Ivy and Ellis come to some serious and illuminating realizations about their lives. With insights that alternate between hilarious and profound, Galant provides a unique, unforgettable portrait of a marriage.

Project: Happily Ever After

Project: Happily Ever After

Project: Happily Ever After
Rating 3 / 5 based on 977 votes

Project: Happily Ever After is Family & Relationships books by Alisa Bowman, publish by Running Press Adult 2010-12-28. You may find Alisa Bowman info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Project: Happily Ever After details.


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3 (977 readers) Alisa Bowman Running Press Adult 0762441666 2010-12-28

Book Summary

What do you do when your marriage is so unhappy that you begin to fantasize about your husband's funeral? That's how bad it got for Alisa Bowman. . . So she launched a last-ditch effort to save her marriage. Project: Happily Ever After is her fearlessly honest and humorous account of how she went from being a “divorce daydreamer” to renewing her wedding vows—and all of the steps in between. From bikini waxes to erotica, romance instruction manuals to second honeymoons, the silent treatment to power struggles, she goes where many marriage-improvement gurus have feared to tread. Equal parts funny, poignant, and most importantly, useful, Bowman's story will give other miserably-married folks courage and hope. And in addition to telling her own story, she packs straightforward prescriptive guidance, including a “10-Step Marital Improvement Guide.” Readers will laugh. They'll cry. And they can start on the road toward their own happy ending!

The Rabbit Hutch

The Rabbit Hutch

The Rabbit Hutch
Rating 3 / 5 based on 946 votes

The Rabbit Hutch is Fiction books by Tess Gunty, publish by Knopf 2022-08-02. You may find Tess Gunty info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Rabbit Hutch details.


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3 (946 readers) Tess Gunty Knopf 0593534670 2022-08-02

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The Rabbit Hutch is a stunning debut novel about four teenagers—recently aged out of the state foster-care system—living together in an apartment building in the post-industrial Midwest, exploring the quest for transcendence and the desire for love. “Gunty writes with a keen, sensitive eye about all manner of intimacies—the kind we build with other people, and the kind we cultivate around ourselves and our tenuous, private aspirations.”—Raven Leilani, best-selling, award-winning author of Luster The automobile industry has abandoned Vacca Vale, Indiana, leaving the residents behind, too. In a run-down apartment building on the edge of town, commonly known as the Rabbit Hutch, a number of people now reside quietly, looking for ways to live in a dying city. Apartment C2 is lonely and detached. C6 is aging and stuck. C8 harbors an extraordinary fear. But C4 is of particular interest. Here live four teenagers who have recently aged out of the state foster-care system: three boys and one girl, Blandine, who The Rabbit Hutch centers around. Hauntingly beautiful and unnervingly bright, Blandine is plagued by the structures, people, and places that not only failed her but actively harmed her. Now all Blandine wants is an escape, a true bodily escape like the mystics describe in the books she reads. Set across one week and culminating in a shocking act of violence, The Rabbit Hutch chronicles a town on the brink, desperate for rebirth. How far will its residents—especially Blandine—go to achieve it? Does one person’s gain always come at another’s expense? Tess Gunty’s The Rabbit Hutch is a gorgeous and provocative tale of loneliness and community, entrapment and freedom. It announces a major new voice in American fiction, one bristling with intelligence and vulnerability.

Undercover Bromance

Undercover Bromance

Undercover Bromance
Rating 3.5 / 5 based on 6 votes

Undercover Bromance is Fiction books by Lyssa Kay Adams, publish by Penguin 2020-03-10. You may find Lyssa Kay Adams info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Undercover Bromance details.


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3.5 (6 readers) Lyssa Kay Adams Penguin 1984806122 2020-03-10

Book Summary

One of OprahMag.com’s Best Romances of 2020 Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction. Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef. Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club. Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart. . .even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

Under One Roof

Under One Roof

Under One Roof
Rating 4 / 5 based on 3 votes

Under One Roof is Fiction books by Ali Hazelwood, publish by Penguin 2022-05-03. You may find Ali Hazelwood info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Under One Roof details.


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4 (3 readers) Ali Hazelwood Penguin 0593437810 2022-05-03

Book Summary

A USA Today Bestseller! From the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new steamy, STEMinist novella… A scientist should never cohabitate with her annoyingly hot nemesis—it leads to combustion. Mara, Sadie, and Hannah are friends first, scientists always. Though their fields of study might take them to different corners of the world, they can all agree on this universal truth: when it comes to love and science, opposites attract and rivals make you burn… As an environmental engineer, Mara knows all about the delicate nature of ecosystems. They require balance. And leaving the thermostat alone. And not stealing someone else’s food. And other rules Liam, her detestable big-oil lawyer of a roommate, knows nothing about. Okay, sure, technically she’s the interloper. Liam was already entrenched in his aunt’s house like some glowering grumpy giant when Mara moved in, with his big muscles and kissable mouth just sitting there on the couch tempting respectable scientists to the dark side…but Helena was her mentor and Mara’s not about to move out and give up her inheritance without a fight. The problem is, living with someone means getting to know them. And the more Mara finds out about Liam, the harder it is to loathe him…and the easier it is to love him. To read Sadie and Hannah’s stories look for the novellas Stuck with You and Below Zero, coming soon from Berkley!

What Comes After Crazy

What Comes After Crazy

What Comes After Crazy
Rating 4 / 5 based on 1 votes

What Comes After Crazy is Fiction books by Sandi Kahn Shelton, publish by Crown 2005-03-08. You may find Sandi Kahn Shelton info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the What Comes After Crazy details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (1 readers) Sandi Kahn Shelton Crown 0307209806 2005-03-08

Book Summary

Fast-paced, warm, and laugh-out-loud funny, What Comes After Crazy chronicles a quest for normalcy that nearly drives a woman nuts. Maz Lombard craves a nice, quiet life—and who can blame her? Having grown up as the daughter of Madame Lucille, “Fortune Teller to the Stars,” she spent her Southern childhood traveling from town to town, wondering which of the many men her mother brought home would become her next stepfather (in a long line of stepfathers). Maz’s soon-to-be-ex-husband Lenny left for Santa Fe after his very public affair with a fetching young daycare teacher imploded. And Maz’s daughter Hope has become convinced she’s inherited the family “seeing” gene and is scaring her classmates with séances and dark prophecies. When Lenny shows up on the doorstep wanting another chance, and Madame Lucille pulls into town with her newest husband, any chance Maz has for a simple, ordinary life seems to go out the window. But is life at its craziest also at its most instructive? Will seeing her family in all its complicated, infuriating, and mystifying splendor enable Maz to define herself on her own terms and live the life she’s always wanted? Delightful, rollicking, but most of all unforgettably touching, What Comes After Crazy marks the debut of a radiant new talent in women’s fiction.

The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox

The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox

The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox
Rating 3.5 / 5 based on 95 votes

The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox is Fiction books by Maggie O'Farrell, publish by Harper Collins 2013-06-18. You may find Maggie O'Farrell info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3.5 (95 readers) Maggie O'Farrell Harper Collins 1443420115 2013-06-18

Book Summary

Esme Lennox is a dreamy, bookish young woman, the kind of girl who stares and listens and won’t flirt with boys. And then, in the space of a moment, she disappears. Years later, a stunning phone call breaks the silence at Iris Lockhart’s vintage shop: her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital after sixty-one years. Iris’s grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child, but Esme’s papers prove she is Kitty’s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in her face. Still, she’s basically a stranger, a family member never mentioned by the family, sure to bring life-altering secrets when she leaves the ward. If Iris takes her in, what dangerous truths might she inherit?

The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us
Rating 3.5 / 5 based on 7 votes

The Distance Between Us is Fiction books by Maggie O'Farrell, publish by Tinder Press 2009-11-12. You may find Maggie O'Farrell info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Distance Between Us details.


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3.5 (7 readers) Maggie O'Farrell Tinder Press 0755372255 2009-11-12

Book Summary

Gripping, insightful and deft, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Maggie O'Farrell is a haunting story of the way our families shape our lives, from the award-winning author of HAMNET. It was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller and won the Somerset Maugham Award. On a cold February afternoon, Stella catches sight of a man she hasn't seen for many years, but instantly recognises. Or thinks she does. At the same moment on the other side of the globe, in the middle of a crowd of Chinese New Year revellers, Jake realises that things are becoming dangerous. They know nothing of one another's existence, but both Stella and Jake flee their lives: Jake in search of a place so remote it doesn't appear on any map, and Stella for a destination in Scotland, the significance of which only her sister, Nina, will understand.

Portrait Of A Marriage

Portrait Of A Marriage

Portrait Of A Marriage
Rating 4.5 / 5 based on 5 votes

Portrait Of A Marriage is Biography & Autobiography books by Nigel Nicolson, publish by Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2013-07-25. You may find Nigel Nicolson info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Portrait Of A Marriage details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4.5 (5 readers) Nigel Nicolson Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1780226683 2013-07-25

Book Summary

The classic story of the relationship between Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, and a unique portrait of the Bloomsbury Group. The marriage was that between the two writers, Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and the portrait is drawn partly by Vita herself in an autobiography which she left behind at her death in 1962 and partly by her son, Nigel. It was one of the happiest and strangest marriages there has ever been. Both Vita and Harold were always in love with other people and each gave the other full liberty 'without enquiry or reproach', knowing that their love for each other would be unaffected and even strengthened by the crises which it survived. This account of their love story is now a modern classic.

Two-Part Invention

Two-Part Invention

Two-Part Invention
Rating 4 / 5 based on 8 votes

Two-Part Invention is Biography & Autobiography books by Madeleine L'Engle, publish by Open Road Media 2016-11-29. You may find Madeleine L'Engle info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Two-Part Invention details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
4 (8 readers) Madeleine L'Engle Open Road Media 1504041283 2016-11-29

Book Summary

In the final memoir of her Crosswicks Journals, the author of A Wrinkle in Time paints an intimate portrait of her forty-year marriage. A long-term marriage has to move beyond chemistry to compatibility, to friendship, to companionship. As Newbery Medal winner Madeleine L’Engle describes a relationship characterized by compassion, respect, and growth, as well as challenge and conflict, she beautifully evokes the life she and her husband, actor Hugh Franklin, built and the family they cherished. Beginning with their very different childhoods, L’Engle chronicles the twists and turns that led two young artists to New York City in the 1940s, where they were both pursuing careers in theater. While working on a production of Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard, they sparked a connection that would endure until Franklin’s death in 1986. L’Engle recalls years spent raising their children at Crosswicks, the Connecticut farmhouse that became an icon of family, and the support she and her husband drew from each other as artists struggling—separately and together—to find both professional and personal fulfillment. At once heartfelt and heartbreaking, Two-Part Invention is L’Engle’s most personal work—the revelation of a marriage and the exploration of intertwined lives inevitably marked by love and loss. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Madeleine L’Engle including rare images from the author’s estate.

The Meaning of Marriage Study Guide

The Meaning of Marriage Study Guide

The Meaning of Marriage Study Guide
Rating 4 / 5 based on 820 votes

The Meaning of Marriage Study Guide is Religion books by Timothy Keller,Kathy Keller, publish by HarperChristian Resources 2015-09-29. You may find Timothy Keller,Kathy Keller info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Meaning of Marriage Study Guide details.


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4 (820 readers) Timothy Keller,Kathy Keller HarperChristian Resources 0310870038 2015-09-29

Book Summary

Timothy and Kathy Keller will show you a portrait of marriage as it's meant to be according to the Bible...by first throwing out most of what we've been taught about love. Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that marriage does not mean 'til death do us part, but merely for as long as my needs are being met; and that when serious differences arise, divorce is the best solution. But all of these modern-day assumptions miss what marriage is really about. In this six-session video-based Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), Timothy Keller, along with Kathy, his wife of forty years, draws a profound portrait of marriage from the pages of Scripture that neither idealizes nor rejects the institution but points us back to the relationship between God and man. The result is a vision for marriage that is refreshingly frank and unsentimental, yet hopeful and beautiful. This study is for anyone from singles to couples considering marriage to those who have been married for any length of time. Sessions include: Service: Marriage Isn't about You Covenant: Created to Make Promises Roles: Loving through Mutual Submission Singleness: Strengthening the Spiritual Family Sex: The Act of Covenant Renewal Hope: Seeing the Great Horizon Designed for use with The Meaning of Marriage Video Study (sold separately).

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment
Rating 3 / 5 based on 455 votes

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment is History books by Edward Behrend-Martínez, publish by Bloomsbury Publishing 2021-11-18. You may find Edward Behrend-Martínez info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment details.


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3 (455 readers) Edward Behrend-Martínez Bloomsbury Publishing 1350103217 2021-11-18

Book Summary

Could an institution as sacred and traditional as marriage undergo a revolution? Some people living during the so-called Age of Enlightenment thought so. By marrying for that selfish, personal emotion of love rather than to serve religious or family interests, to serve political demands or the demands of the pocketbook, a few but growing number of people revolutionized matrimony around the end of the eighteenth century. Marriage went from being a sacred state, instituted by the Church and involving everyone to – for a few intrepid people – a secular contract, a deal struck between two individuals based entirely on their mutual love and affection. Few would claim today that love is not the cornerstone of modern marriage. The easiest argument in favor of any marriage today, no matter how star-crossed the individuals, is that the couple is deeply and hopelessly in love with one another. But that was not always so clear. Before the eighteenth century very few couples united simply because they shared a mutual attraction and affection for one another. Yet only a century later most people would come to believe that mutual love and even attraction were necessary for any marriage to succeed. A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment explores the ways that new ideas, cultural ideals, and economic changes, big and small, reshaped matrimony into the institution that it is today, allowing love to become the ultimate essential ingredient for modern marriages. A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment presents an overview of the period with essays on Courtship and Ritual; Religion, State and Law; Kinship and Social Networks; the Family Economy; Love and Sex; the Breaking of Vows; and Representations of Marriage.

Art and Rivalry

Art and Rivalry

Art and Rivalry
Rating 3 / 5 based on 389 votes

Art and Rivalry is Biography & Autobiography books by Carol Bishop-Gwyn, publish by Knopf Canada 2019-10-08. You may find Carol Bishop-Gwyn info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Art and Rivalry details.


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3 (389 readers) Carol Bishop-Gwyn Knopf Canada 0345808444 2019-10-08

Book Summary

The unauthorized biography of Canada's most famous artist couple and the rivalry that drove them. She painted as if with pure light, radiant colours making quotidian kitchen scenes come alive with sublimated drama. He painted like clockwork, each stroke precise and measured with exquisite care, leaving no angle unchecked and no subtlety of tone unattended. Some would say Mary Pratt was fire and Christopher, ice. And yet Newfoundland's Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (or Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner...) presented their marriage as a portrait of harmony and balance. But balance off the canvas rarely makes great art, and the Pratts' art was spectacular. As a youth at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Mary pursued her future husband, a prodigious art talent, and supported his determination to study painting instead of medicine. They married and removed themselves to a Newfoundland outport where his painting alone provided the means to raise a family. But as Mary's own talents became evident and she sought her own hours at the easel, when not raising their four children, and as rumours of Christopher's affair with a young model spread, the Pratts' harmonious exterior slowly cracked, to scandal in Newfoundland and fascination across the country. A marriage ended, and gave way to a furious competition for dominance in Canadian art.

Like Family

Like Family

Like Family
Rating 3.5 / 5 based on 7 votes

Like Family is Fiction books by Paolo Giordano, publish by Penguin 2015-12-01. You may find Paolo Giordano info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Like Family details.


Rating Author Publisher Isbn Publish Date
3.5 (7 readers) Paolo Giordano Penguin 0698191366 2015-12-01

Book Summary

“From aide to nanny and housekeeper . . . Paolo Giordano examines this unusual relationship in the context of one household of three. . . . Spare, elegant.”–The New York Times “Like Family. . . demands to be savored. . . Giordano's emphasis on how we choose to live and love offers subtle hope that our decisions actually matter.”—NPR.org From the author of Heaven and Earth, an exquisite portrait of marriage, adulthood, and the meaning of family Paolo Giordano’s prizewinning debut novel, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, catapulted the young Italian author into the literary spotlight. His new novel features his trademark character-driven narrative and intimate domestic setting that first made him an international sensation. When Mrs. A. first enters the narrator’s home, his wife, Nora, is experiencing a difficult pregnancy. First as their maid and nanny, then their confidante, this older woman begins to help her employers negotiate married life, quickly becoming the glue in their small household. She is the steady, maternal influence for both husband and wife, and their son, Emanuele, whom she protects from his parents’ expectations and disappointments. But the family’s delicate fabric comes undone when Mrs. A. is diagnosed with cancer. Moving seamlessly between the past and present, Giordano highlights with remarkable precision the joy of youth and the fleeting nature of time. An elegiac, heartrending, and deeply personal portrait of marriage and the people we choose to call family, this is a jewel of a novel—short, intense, and unforgettable.

The Mystery and the Masterpiece

The Mystery and the Masterpiece

The Mystery and the Masterpiece
Rating 4 / 5 based on 112 votes

The Mystery and the Masterpiece is Family & Relationships books by Randy Blankenship, Sr., publish by Ambassador International 2017-02-03. You may find Randy Blankenship, Sr. info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Mystery and the Masterpiece details.


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4 (112 readers) Randy Blankenship, Sr. Ambassador International 162020598X 2017-02-03

Book Summary

In today’s conversation about marriage and sexuality, both inside and outside the church, most people know what the Bible says. But do they know why it says what it does? Why the restrictions? What’s the purpose? Don’t we have freedom . . . to do with our bodies what we will . . . to love whomever we choose to love? In The Mystery and the Masterpiece, Randy Blankenship, Sr. shows a Biblical portrait of marriage. From cover to cover the Bible presents marriage as a masterpiece. Even in the church, it seems to have been a mystery. But it is a beautiful portrait painted by God for the purpose of revealing the kind of relationship He desires with mankind. If we only have information, but don’t see the picture, we miss the beauty of the masterpiece. We miss the message marriage was designed to teach us. The Mystery and the Masterpiece will not only help existing and future marriages, it will help people to be able to talk about marriage and sexuality presenting a viewpoint not with anger or acrimony, but speaking the truth in love.

The Immigrant

The Immigrant

The Immigrant
Rating 4 / 5 based on 2 votes

The Immigrant is Fiction books by Manju Kapur, publish by Faber & Faber 2009-12-03. You may find Manju Kapur info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Immigrant details.


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4 (2 readers) Manju Kapur Faber & Faber 0571250866 2009-12-03

Book Summary

An engrossing portrait of an arranged marriage, from the prize-winning author of Home and Difficult Daughters. Nina is a thirty-year-old English lecturer in New Delhi, living with her widowed mother and frustrated by how little life has to offer. Ananda has recently emigrated to Halifax, Canada; having spent his twenties painstakingly building his career, he searches for something to complete his new life. When an arranged marriage is proposed, Nina is uncertain: can she really give up her home and her country to build a new life with a husband she barely knows? The consequences of change are far greater than she could have imagined. As the two of them struggle to adapt to married life, Nina's whole world is thrown into question. And as certain truths threaten the marriage, her fragile new life in Canada begins to unravel. Poignant and intimate, The Immigrant is an honest exploration of a marriage, what it costs to start again - and what we can never leave behind.

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Renaissance and Early Modern Age

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Renaissance and Early Modern Age

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Renaissance and Early Modern Age
Rating 4 / 5 based on 344 votes

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Renaissance and Early Modern Age is History books by Joanne M. Ferraro, publish by Bloomsbury Publishing 2021-11-18. You may find Joanne M. Ferraro info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the A Cultural History of Marriage in the Renaissance and Early Modern Age details.


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4 (344 readers) Joanne M. Ferraro Bloomsbury Publishing 1350103187 2021-11-18

Book Summary

Why marry? The personal question is timeless. Yet the highly emotional desires of men and women during the period between 1450 and 1650 were also circumscribed by external forces that operated within a complex arena of sweeping economic, demographic, political, and religious changes. The period witnessed dramatic religious reforms in the Catholic confession and the introduction of multiple Protestant denominations; the advent of the printing press; European encounters and exchange with the Americas, North Africa, and southwestern and eastern Asia; the growth of state bureaucracies; and a resurgence of ecclesiastical authority in private life. These developments, together with social, religious, and cultural attitudes, including the constructed norms of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality, impinged upon the possibility of marrying. The nine scholars in this volume aim to provide a comprehensive picture of current research on the cultural history of marriage for the years between 1450 and 1650 by identifying both the ideal templates for nuptial unions in prescriptive writings and artistic representation and actual practices in the spheres of courtship and marriage rites, sexual relationships, the formation of family networks, marital dissolution, and the overriding choices of individuals over the structural and cultural constraints of the time. A Cultural History of Marriage in the Renaissance and Early Modern Age presents an overview of the period with essays on Courtship and Ritual; Religion, State and Law; Kinship and Social Networks; the Family Economy; Love and Sex; the Breaking of Vows; and Representations of Marriage.

Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe

Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe

Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe
Rating 4 / 5 based on 392 votes

Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe is Art books by Andrea Pearson, publish by Routledge 2016-12-05. You may find Andrea Pearson info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe details.


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4 (392 readers) Andrea Pearson Routledge 1351872265 2016-12-05

Book Summary

As one of the first books to treat portraits of early modern women as a discrete subject, this volume considers the possibilities and limits of agency and identity for women in history and, with particular attention to gender, as categories of analysis for women's images. Its nine original essays on Italy, the Low Countries, Germany, France, and England deepen the usefulness of these analytical tools for portraiture. Among the book's broad contributions: it dispels false assumptions about agency's possibilities and limits, showing how agency can be located outside of conventional understanding, and, conversely, how it can be stretched too far. It demonstrates that agency is compatible with relational gender analysis, especially when alternative agencies such as spectatorship are taken into account. It also makes evident the importance of aesthetics for the study of identity and agency. The individual essays reveal, among other things, how portraits broadened the traditional parameters of portraiture, explored transvestism and same-sex eroticism, appropriated aspects of male portraiture to claim those values for their sitters, and, as sites for gender negotiation, resistance, and debate, invoked considerable relational anxiety. Richly layered in method, the book offers an array of provocative insights into its subject.

The Fire Portrait

The Fire Portrait

The Fire Portrait
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The Fire Portrait is Fiction books by Barbara Mutch, publish by Allison & Busby Ltd 2021-08-19. You may find Barbara Mutch info or books all over the internet. Visit Amazon to find out the The Fire Portrait details.


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3 (274 readers) Barbara Mutch Allison & Busby Ltd 074902674X 2021-08-19

Book Summary

‘An author with great skill in crafting a gripping and soul-searching story’ Leah Fleming When Englishwoman Frances McDonald sets up home in a remote hamlet in South Africa in the the shadow of the Hex Mountains, she is regarded with suspicion by the community. Confined by a marriage of convenience, she seeks an outlet by learning the local language, teaching art, and exhibiting her paintings of the stunning veld landscape. Soon the spectre of war threatens to divide not only the country but the town itself and scupper Frances’ hard-won acceptance. While her husband leaves to fight for the Allies, Frances chances to meet a former love. The bright joy of that unexpected reunion is clouded by a day that will change her life. Out of the smoke and ash of a shocking fire, she is propelled on a journey that will take her from the arid veld to the bright lights of London and beyond.


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