On Tuesday February 3rd 2004 two 14-year old boys entered a school bathroom in a South Miami Middle School. One of the boys, Richard coaxed the other, Jaime Gough into one of the bathroom stalls. Richard told Jaime that he had a surprise to show him. This is the story of what happened to Jaime Gough that fateful day. The secret Richard revealed to Jaime sent shock waves through the boy’s families and community as a whole. Four-time author Jason Wood takes you through the story behind the headlines and into the lives of Jaime’s parents. Travel back in time to the journey that brought the Goughs together. Delve into the heartache of losing a child and the power to overcome hate and actually forgive. From the chilling confession of the murderer to the Gough’s actual letters of forgiveness to their son’s killer, From Fighting to Forgiving takes you on an unexpected journey. Learn first hand how challenging it is to let go of hate and seek love after a tragedy.
El martes 3 de febrero del 2004, dos adolescentes de 14 años entraron a un baño en South Miami Middle School. Uno de ellos, Richard, embaucó al otro, Jaime Gough a que entrara en uno de los baños. Richard le dijo a Jaime que le tenía una sorpresa. Esta es la historia de lo que le ocurrió a Jaime Gough en ese fatídico día. La sorpresa que Richard le tenía a Jaime cambió la vida de la familia Gough y escandalizó a toda la comunidad. Jason Wood, autor de cuatro libros, nos cuenta la historia detrás de los encabezados y dentro de la vida de los padres de Jaime. Su novela es un viaje al pasado que nos muestra el camino que unió a los Gough. Nos lanza dentro de la agonía de perder a un hijo y la fuerza para sobreponerse al odio para poder perdonar. Desde la escalofriante confesión del homicidio, hasta las cartas de perdón que los Gough escribieron al asesino de su hijo, De la lucha al perdón, es un viaje esperanzador.
Debut author Solange Mayo about her new book, A Very Bright Sun: “At the age of 29, I had three professional degrees and came from a family in which my parents had been married for 31 years, when I suddenly found myself in the darkest and loneliest place I had ever been. I was pregnant and divorced. I had no hope, no direction, and no guidance. I was completely lost in a tunnel and no matter where I looked; I couldn't see any glimpse of light. One night I cried myself to sleep saying, "God please take me out of this darkness and show me the light at the end of this tunnel. Please God do it." The very next day God showed me the way out of the darkness and into the light, and my life was forever transformed. It was the beginning of a journey where I would do what no one in my entire blood lineage had ever done. I would defy and break all of my family's beliefs and traditions and fight against all odds. I only had one person by my side and I was willing to walk on the water for Him.”
Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons is an explosive rethinking of the power and purpose of nuclear weapons — and a call for radical action.
Nuclear weapons have always been a serious but seemingly insoluble problem: while they’re obviously dangerous, they are also, apparently, necessary. This groundbreaking study shows why five central arguments promoting nuclear weapons are, in essence, myths. It is a myth:
• that nuclear weapons necessarily shock and awe opponents, including Japan at the end of World War II • that nuclear deterrence is reliable in a crisis • that destruction wins wars • that the bomb has kept the peace for sixty-five years • and that we can’t put the nuclear genie back in the bottle
Drawing on new information and the latest historical research, Ward Wilson poses a fundamental challenge to the myths on which nuclear weapons policy is currently built. Using pragmatic arguments and an unemotional, clear-eyed insistence on the truth, he arrives at a surprising conclusion: nuclear weapons are enormously dangerous, but don’t appear to be terribly useful. In that case, he asks, why would we want to keep them?
Digging through memories long buried, Raquel Cepeda embarks upon a journey not only into her ancestry but also into her own history. Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, she was sent to live with her maternal grandparents in the Paraíso (Paradise) district in Santo Domingo while still a baby. It proved to be an idyllic reprieve in her otherwise fraught childhood. Paraíso came to mean family, home, belonging. When Cepeda returned to the US, she discovered her family constellation had changed. Her mother had a new, abusive boyfriend, who relocated the family to San Francisco. When that relationship fell apart, Cepeda found herself back in New York City with her father and European stepmother: attending tennis lessons and Catholic schools; fighting vicious battles with her father, who discouraged her from expressing the Dominican part of her hyphenated identity; and immersed in the ’80s hip-hop culture of uptown Manhattan. It was in these streets, through the prism of hip-hop and the sometimes loving embrace of her community, that Cepeda constructed her own identity.
Years later, when Cepeda had become a successful journalist and documentary filmmaker, the strands of her DNA would take her further, across the globe and into history. Who were her ancestors? How did they—and she—become Latina? Her journey, as the most unforgettable ones often do, would lead her to places she hadn’t expected to go. With a vibrant lyrical prose and fierce honesty, Cepeda parses concepts of race, identity, and ancestral DNA among Latinos by using her own Dominican-American story as one example, and in the process arrives at some sort of peace with her father.
Traveling to space and fighting dragons -- that's just a few of the things Daddy did today. Join author Walter Wally as he reads from his new children's book, What Daddy Did Today: A Father's Bedtime Story.
Every Night the Trees Disappear is an intimate chronicle of how this visionary filmmaker directed a masterwork. Alan Greenberg’s observations, interwoven with Werner Herzog’s original screenplay, elucidate just how unusual Herzog’s filmmaking methods could be. By hypnotizing his actors before shooting each scene, Herzog led his crew into a veritable cinematic netherworld, resulting in one of the most haunting movies ever made. Rather than a conventional, journalistic account of how a director makes a movie, Every Night the Trees Disappear instead presents a unique vision with the feel of a novel—intimate, penetrating, and filled with mystery.
Robert Johnson was undoubtedly the most outstanding of the Mississippi Delta blues musicians and also one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but his short life remains steeped in mystery and wrapped in some of the most enduring legends of modern music. Love in Vain is Alan Greenberg’s remarkable, highly acclaimed, and genre-defying screenplay and is widely considered to be one of the foremost books on Robert Johnson’s life and legacy and an extraordinary exercise in American mythmaking. Newly revised and complete with extensive historical notes on Johnson’s life and the culture of the Mississippi Delta and blues music during the 1930s, Love in Vain is at once a classic of music writing and a screenplay whose reputation lies firmly in the realm of great American literature.
Girl with the Crooked Smile is a riveting tale of survival sprinkled with true wit--a la Erma Bombeck meets potty-mouthed Joan Rivers--intertwined with self-discovery, honesty, tragedy and the unbreakable will to survive it all.
Darah Zeledon takes the reader on an intense and moving cross-cultural journey that begins in Latin America when a young, pregnant American mother of three is diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tragedies that follow are nothing less than mind-boggling and chaotic ... a suicide, an armed robbery, a gruesome accident, and a business collapse resulting in complete financial ruin. Although she felt stuck in a moment, she embodied hope and faith, and now shares the Pearls of Wisdom that pulled her through in this rich and authentic memoir. From utter confusion to starting over with nothing but raw guts, she was fueled by a ferocious love for her family. This revealing story is about a woman who fought like hell to stay sane and conquer the nagging compulsion to give up, despite a life come undone.
For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, for one reason, it seems: Edie's enormous girth. She's obsessed with food--thinking about it, eating it--and if she doesn't stop, she won't have much longer to live.
When Richard abandons his wife, it is up to the next generation to take control. Robin, their schoolteacher daughter, is determined that her father pay for leaving Edie. Benny, an easy-going, pot-smoking family man, just wants to smooth things over. And Rachelle-- a whippet thin perfectionist-- is intent on saving her mother-in-law's life, but this task proves even bigger than planning her twin children's spectacular b'nai mitzvah party. Through it all, they wonder: do Edie's devastating choices rest on her shoulders alone, or are others at fault, too?
With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg has given us an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession. The Middlesteins explores the hopes and heartbreaks of new and old love, the yearnings of Midwestern America, and our devastating, fascinating preoccupation with food.
Don Blankenship, head of Massey Energy since the early 1990s, ran an industry that provides nearly half of America’s electric power. But wealth and influence weren’t enough for Blankenship and his company, as they set about destroying corporate and personal rivals, challenging the Constitution, purchasing the West Virginia judiciary, and willfully disregarding safety standards in the company’s mines—in which scores died unnecessarily.
As Blankenship hobnobbed with a West Virginia Supreme Court justice in France, his company polluted the drinking water of hundreds of citizens while he himself fostered baroque vendettas against anyone who dared challenge his sovereignty over coal country. Just about the only thing that stood in the way of Blankenship’s tyranny over a state and an industry was a pair of odd-couple attorneys, Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley, who undertook a legal quest to bring justice to this corner of America. From the backwoods courtrooms of West Virginia they pursued their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and to a dramatic decision declaring that the wealthy and powerful are not entitled to purchase their own brand of law.
The Price of Justice is a story of corporate corruption so far-reaching and devastating it could have been written a hundred years ago by Ida Tarbell or Lincoln Steffens. And as Laurence Leamer demonstrates in this captivating tale, because it’s true, it’s scarier than fiction.
Una de mis novelas publicada en Miami en Marzo del 2013. Se desarrolla en la costa Pacífica de Colombia en los puertos de Tumaco y El Chahal y en la ciudad de Cali, capital del Valle del Cauca. Isidro, el protagonista, un nativo de la región, es el mayor de los varones de una humilde familia de pescadores de cinco hijos.
A pesar de la extrema miseria de sus primeros doce años, Isidro, como buen colombiano, es un ser con el alma llena de música y fe en la vida. Un bailarín nato, que aprendió desde niño a tocar las tumbadoras, llegó a ser una figura conocida como salsero en Cali. A diferencia de sus hermanos y de la gente de su entorno, se interesó en aprender a leer y a escribir. Su más ardiente deseo en el Tumaco de su infancia era conseguir un trabajo para ayudar a los suyos y comprarse un par de zapatos.
It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls’ friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family’s citrus farm—a world now partially shattered. As Thea grapples with her responsibility for the events of the past year that led her here, she finds herself enmeshed in a new order, one that will change her sense of what is possible for herself, her family, her country.
Weaving provocatively between home and school, the narrative powerfully unfurls the true story behind Thea’s expulsion from her family, but it isn’t long before the mystery of her past is rivaled by the question of how it will shape her future. Part scandalous love story, part heartbreaking family drama, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is an immersive, transporting page-turner—a vivid, propulsive novel about sex, love, family, money, class, home, and horses, all set against the ominous threat of the Depression—and the major debut of an important new writer.
An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.
Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
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