Florida is a civilized place with eighteen million residents and all of the modern amenities one might expect: fine universities, art museums, world-class restaurants, and luxury accommodations. It is also home to panthers, bears, rattlesnakes, and alligators. In this collection of essays about Florida culture—the things that make Florida “Florida”— Jeff Klinkenberg sets his sights on the contradictions that comprise the Sunshine State.
In Alligators in B-Flat (Univ Press of Fl, $24.95), readers will join Klinkenberg as he roams through the twisted roots of past and present, describing a beautifully swampy place that is becoming increasingly endangered. The traditional ways of the scallop shuckers, moss weavers, and cane grinders in his stories are now threatened by corporate greed, environmental degradation, and mass construction. From fishing camps and country stores to museums and libraries, Klinkenberg is forever unearthing the magic that makes Florida a place worth celebrating. Join him in contemplating Florida, both old and new, a place that is as quirky and enigmatic as it is burgeoning.
Following a bet, four teenagers Ralph, Christine, Ruddy and Leïla decide to go on a quest to get to the summit of Mount Macaya at 7200 feet high. As they were on their way, an old mage quickly intervenes and explains to them that there are mysterious disappearances of all those who tried to climb to the top of that mountain. He also goes on to tell them of an ancient legend dating back five hundred years called “The Legend of Quisqueya” serving as warning to the people of the town. Nonetheless, our young and stubborn adventurers proceed to go on their journey head on… Then hours later, despite fatigue and cold air, they finally manage to reach the summit. But before they could even celebrate as they were about to spike down their victory flag, the ground suddenly opens up from underneath their feet! In screams of distress, they tumble down at great speeds to the center of the Earth where upon landing they surprisingly find themselves in a little corner of tropical paradise completely unknown and inhabited by native tribes. However, as all of this unfolds before them, will they be able to escape from the fate of the legend of Quisqueya? Will they be capable of freeing themselves from the Island beneath the sea? Find out what happens in The Legend of Quisqueya by Margaret Papillon.
Over the radio and now on her popular TV talk show, Wendy Williams has always been approached for her blunt, in-your-face words of advice. How's she doin'? "Ask Wendy" has become more than just a fan-favorite TV segment; it's her calling card. Wendy has helped her viewers cope with everything from backstabbing girlfriends and deadbeat boyfriends to crazy mothers-in-law and jealous coworkers. Fans trust Wendy, even when her advice is tough to hear. She's earned her reputation as "the friend in your head."
On TV Wendy only has a few minutes to respond to each audience member, but in Ask Wendy she goes deeper, answering questions sourced from viewers across the country. No question is off-limits and no situation is too outrageous for her to take on. Wendy shoots straight from those womanly hips of hers to help you manage all the crazy that comes into your life— keepin' it real by drawing on the personal experiences that have shaped her unique perspective. Wendy reveals never-before shared intimate secrets about struggling with weight, navigating rough times in her marriage, and learning to accept herself. Along with the usual girlfriend, boyfriend, and family drama, Wendy straight-talks on topics like style, body image, and office etiquette, and of course she tackles your wildest sex questions. If you've dealt with it, Wendy has a solution for it.
Filled with fun personality quizzes, Wendy's laugh-out-loud anecdotes, and tons of spot-on advice, Ask Wendy(William Morrow, $25.99) will help readers to end the drama in their lives.
New York Times #1 bestselling author Alex Flinn reimagined the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in Beastly and gave a twist to the story of Sleeping Beauty in A Kiss in Time. Now with her gothic and darkly romantic YA novel Towering (HarperTeen, $17.99),Alex Flinn retells the tale of Rapunzel. When Rachel was taken to live in a tower by a woman she calls Mama, she was excited. She felt like a princess in a castle. But many years later, Rachel knows her palace is really a prison, and begins to plan her escape. She is encouraged by the speed that her golden hair has been growing. It’s gotten long enough to reach the ground. And she’s begun dreaming of a green-eyed man. Could he be out there in the world? Is he coming to save her? Or will she find a way to save herself?
Traveling Heavy (Duke Univ, $23.95) is a deeply moving, unconventional memoir by the master storyteller and cultural anthropologist Ruth Behar. Through evocative stories, she portrays her life as an immigrant child and later, as an adult woman who loves to travel but is terrified of boarding a plane. With an open heart, she writes about her Yiddish-Sephardic-Cuban-American family, as well as the strangers who show her kindness as she makes her way through the world. Compassionate, curious, and unafraid to reveal her failings, Behar embraces the unexpected insights and adventures of travel, whether those be learning that she longed to become a mother after being accused of giving the evil eye to a baby in rural Mexico, or going on a zany pilgrimage to the Behar World Summit in the Spanish town of Bejar.
Behar calls herself an anthropologist who specializes in homesickness. Repeatedly returning to her homeland of Cuba, unwilling to utter her last goodbye, she is obsessed by the question of why we leave home to find home. For those of us who travel heavy with our own baggage, Behar is an indispensable guide, full of grace and hope, in the perpetual search for connection that defines our humanity.
A chilling work of psychological suspense and forensic memoir, She Left Me the Gun (Penguin, $26.95) is a tale of true transformation: the story of a young woman who reinvented herself so completely that her previous life seemed simply to vanish, and of a daughter who transcends her mother’s fears and reclaims an abandoned past.
“One day I will tell you the story of my life,” promises Emma Brockes’s mother, “and you will be amazed.” Brockes grew up hearing only pieces of her mother’s past—stories of a rustic childhood in South Africa, glimpses of a bohemian youth in London—and yet knew that crucial facts were still in the dark. A mystery to her friends and family, Paula was clearly a strong, self-invented woman; glamorous, no-nonsense, and frequently out of place in their quaint English village.
Looking to unearth the truth after Paula’s death, Brockes begins a dangerous journey into the land—and the life—her mother fled from years before. Brockes soon learns that Paula’s father was a drunk megalomaniac who terrorized Paula and her seven half-siblings for years. After finally mustering the courage to take her father to court, Paula is horrified to see the malevolent man vindicated of all charges. As Brockes discovers, this crushing defeat left Paula with a choice: take her own life, or promise herself never to be intimidated or unhappy again. Ultimately she chooses life and happiness by booking one-way passage to London—but not before shooting her father five times, and failing to kill him. Smuggling the fateful gun through English customs would be Paula’s first triumph in her new life.
A beguiling and unforgettable journey across generations and continents, She Left Me the Gun chronicles Brockes’s efforts to walk the knife-edge between understanding her mother’s unspeakable traumas and embracing the happiness she chose for her daughter.
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.