The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.
About the Author:
Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, The Dregs, arrives fall 2015.
Look – being boring was definitely not my scene. I was ready for gulp, ciggies, and cutting class – any day of the week.
And I was fine. Totally fine.
Until I met him.
The tattoo artist.
He told me life as I knew it would forever change….
Of course, I didn't believe his ridiculous statement for one second…until I found both my parents dead.
And suddenly, all these insane family secrets and lies begin to surface – and I am left with no choice but to run the streets of San Francisco’s seedy side to find out the truth about my parent’s death...
...And I feel like I am going crazy….
But the truth of it all... is that I can make you crazy… because you see…I must steal the sanity of mortals for my own survival.
My name is Myla Su Blackbird and we are... The Lunatics.
About the Author:
When she was four, she was convinced she was Pinocchio. She collects wigs just for fun. Fun-yelling, going to grungy carnivals all dolled-up, the verb juxtapose, and random photo shoots are among some of her favorite things. She graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in Creative Writing, and her short-shorts have been published in the San Francisco Anthology of Poetry. The Lunatics is her debut novel. www.sevennblue.com #Sevennblue @sevennblue https://www.facebook.com/sevennblue #Thelunatics
In partnership with FIU's Creative Writing Department:
A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.
Richard Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver—an “exotic” life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see “la patria.”
Navigating these worlds eventually led Blanco to question his cultural identity through words; in turn, his vision as a writer—as an artist—prompted the courage to accept himself as a gay man. In this moving, contemplative memoir, the 2013 inaugural poet traces his poignant, often hilarious, and quintessentially American coming-of-age and the people who influenced him.
A prismatic and lyrical narrative rich with the colors, sounds, smells, and textures of Miami, Richard Blanco’s personal narrative is a resonant account of how he discovered his authentic self and ultimately, a deeper understanding of what it means to be American. His is a singular yet universal story that beautifully illuminates the experience of “becoming;” how we are shaped by experiences, memories, and our complex stories: the humor, love, yearning, and tenderness that define a life.
About the Author:
Richard Blanco is one of the most beloved and influential poets and storytellers writing today. As a historic inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist, he continues to invite audiences to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity. Through the power of his words and presence, Blanco taps into out unspoken dreams, hopes and frustrations. He captures the human spirit and condition, in all of its complexities, opening up our minds and encouraging us to see beyond our differences to share in the universal experience of our humanity. Just as Carl Sagan brought cosmology into our living rooms, Blanco is appealing to audiences everywhere and inspiring a new way to think and feel about the poetry of our day, making it an accessible, inclusive and transformative part of our everyday lives.
Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968, immigrating as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco has been a practicing engineer, writer and poet since 1991. He has traveled extensively in his adult life, living and working throughout Europe and South America. He has taught at Georgetown University, American University, Writer's Center and Central Connecticut State University. Blanco currently resides in the tranquil mountains of Bethel, Maine.
Learning of Darren Rainey's death over two years ago, late June 2012, George Mallinckrodt authored Getting Away With Murder in frustration over the many dead-ends he encountered while trying to bring his killers to justice. The narrative follows George's progression from an idealistic psychotherapist to a prison hardened case manager in the Transitional Care Unit where Darren Rainey would be housed.
Refusing to let go of the notion he could make a difference, George encountered inmates with deep rooted pathologies he had only read about in psychology journals. Undaunted, he steadily set about helping those capable of benefitting from his nearly 20 years of counseling experience.
Behind the scenes, rumors began to circulate regarding inmate abuse. Guards cleverly masked their behavior by choosing the weak and mentally ill. They abused inmates at night when mental health staffers were not around.
Overly confident their misdeeds would go unpunished, guards made the mistake of beating an inmate during the day as an eye-witness looked on. That was the day that changed everything…
About the Author:
Author: Getting Away With Murder was a two year project I started in September of 2012 in frustration over the many dead ends I encountered while trying to get Darren Rainey justice.
Psychotherapist: I've been in practice for 20 years in the Miami area. Aside from my experience in the state prison psychiatric ward, I worked for the Bertha Abess Children's Center counseling Emotionally Handicapped and Severely Emotionally Disturbed middle school children for the Dade County Public School System. I had many years in private practice as well.
Artist: I paint abstract and modern art on unusually large canvases measuring 6 by 9 feet. Before I became deeply involved in writing the book, I expressed ideas using an original technique on smaller canvases.
Miami Beach Resident: My family moved from St. Louis when I was very young making me a fifty-year resident.
Barry University: Graduated in 1995 with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling
World Ranked Professional Tennis Player: I achieved world rankings in both singles and doubles. I teach select clients at homes on Miami Beach.
University of Miami: Graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology in 1985. Lettered for the tennis team that was ranked 6th in the nation in 1983. Played at the number three position in singles and two in doubles.
Cristina Saralegui, hailed as the queen of Latin media, is a beloved television personality, the former host and executive producer of the Emmy-Award winning talk show The Cristina Show, a savvy businesswoman, one of the most influential Hispanics in America, and a loving wife and mother.
But “having it all” hasn’t always come easy for Cristina. In Rise Up and Shine!, Cristina doesn’t just reveal the secrets behind her success. She also shares personal, hard-won lessons that have helped her through life’s most difficult moments, like the cancellation of her Univision talk show after twenty-one years of dedicated work and her son’s life-threatening battle with bipolar disorder.
Cristina knows what true struggle feels like and the tremendous willpower it takes to get through challenges, persevere and triumph. With Cristina’s straight-shooting, tell-it-like-it-is approach and the wisdom that comes from life’s highs and lows, Rise Up and Shine! is an empowering guide to finding your passions and achieving your dreams.
About the Author:
Cristina Saralegui, chosen by Time magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America,” was the host and executive producer of The Cristina Show during its twenty-one-year-long run. Her show won twelve Emmys and she has become the voice and platform for millions of Hispanics around the country.
21 historias de innovación Israelí que inspirarán a los emprendedores latinos a pensar creativamente y a tener éxito al convertir sus ideas en realidad. En El pequeño dínamo, Rosen nos presenta 21 invenciones Israelíes que han mejorado el mundo, incluyendo la memoria Flash, la desalinización que crea agua potable, un aparato que le pone un alto a la muerte súbita infantil, y Mobileye, la cámara que ha revolucionado la seguridad al conducir.
Los latinos de los EE. UU. se sorprenderán al descubrir inventos que mejoran la salud - desapareciendo tumores de seno, curando la apnea del sueño, reduciendo la ceguera parcial - la riqueza y el bienestar.
"Rosen ilustra a Israel como el epicentro de la innovación y el avance tecnológico... una lectura obligada para empresarios emprendedores." Dra. Laura Murillo, presidenta y directora general de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Houston
"Marcella Rosen trae a la vida, en este breve pero vibrante libro, a notables ciudadanos israelíes cuyos inventos están transformando industrias, naciones e incluso potencialmente salvando millones de vidas. Como empresario latino apadrinado por mujeres judías, me encantó leer El pequeño dínamo ya que sus historias me dieron una apreciación aún más profunda de la dedicación y mentalidad industriosa que fortalece a los genios de Israel y por los logros mundialmente conocido." Manny Ruiz, fundador, de la empresa Hispanicize
"Los empresarios latinos va a ganar algo de la fascinante ingenio de Israel, en la medida en que es un ejemplo de las grandes riquezas de cualquier determinada inmigrante - la pasión de pensar de manera creativa y convertir los sueños en el éxito. El pequeño dínamo realmente nos muestra todo lo que los seres humanos pueden realizar frente a la adversidad".
Raymond Garcia, Fundador, Celebra
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Sobre la autora:
En el 2010,Marcella Rosen fundó UNTOLD NEWS para informar a los estadounidenses sobre el innovador trabajo que cambia la vida, que se estaba llevando a cabo en Israel. Disruptora del ‘status quo’, ha sido directora de medios a nivel mundial y vicepresidente ejecutiva de NW Ayer, Inc., una prominente agencia publicitaria. Actualmente vive en la ciudad de Nueva York.
Sobre el presentador:
Manny Ruiz es periodista y un pionero en medios, galardonado por su experiencia en multimedia. Es el fundador y director creativo de Hispanicize, la conferencia anual de Miami para trendsetters latinos en los medios sociales, el entretenimiento y la innovación.
El alcalde de Miami Tomás Regalado le otorgó las Llaves de la Ciudad, en 2014, por su servicio en la promoción de la iniciativa empresarial latina.
From the self-proclaimed heavyweight champ of Italian American cooking and owner of four incredibly popular restaurants in Florida and Las Vegas--a cookbook that includes all the staples of delicious Philly-style comfort food served up in the author's deliciously flamboyant style.
Has cooking ever saved a life? It definitely rescued Steve Martorano: from the streets of south Philadelphia and an almost certain end in jail or worse. And, 18 years after opening the original Café Martorano in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, he has two restaurants in Las Vegas, another in Hollywood, Florida, and a devoted and ever growing clientele (including a bevy of celebrities) who are more than willing to wait hours for a table. Now, in this personal, funny, delectable cookbook, Martorano offers us a wide range of the dishes that have made his restaurants so popular: along with his classic tried-and-true favorites like meatballs and gravy, fresh mozzarella stuffed hot peppers, and fried calamari, here is newer fare like grilled octopus with Meyer lemons, Sicilian rice balls with prosciutto di parma, buffalo mozzarella and braised pig's feet. And don't worry: he doesn't skip the cocktails or dessert!
About the Author:
STEVE MARTORANO is the owner of Cafe Martorano in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida, and two Martorano's locations in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has also launched a Martorano wine label, pasta sauces, and a line of clothing. He currently resides in Fort Lauderdale.
“The ordinary tortilla was an extraordinary bond between the human and divine. . . . From birthdays to religious ceremonies, the people of Mesoamerica commemorated important events with tortillas. One Maya tribe even buried their dead with tortillas so that the dogs eaten as dinner during life would not bite the deceased in revenge.”—from Tortillas: A Cultural History
For centuries tortillas have remained a staple of the Mexican diet, but the rich significance of this unleavened flatbread stretches far beyond food. Today the tortilla crosses cultures and borders as part of an international network of people, customs, and culinary traditions.
In this entertaining and informative account Paula E. Morton surveys the history of the tortilla from its roots in ancient Mesoamerica to the cross-cultural global tortilla. Morton tells the story of tortillas and the people who make and eat them—from the Mexican woman rolling the mano over the metate to grind corn, to the enormous wheat tortillas made in northern Mexico, to twenty-first-century elaborations like the stuffed burrito. This study—the first to extensively present the tortilla’s history, symbolism, and impact—shows how the tortilla has changed our understanding of home cooking, industrialized food, healthy cuisine, and the people who live across borders.
About the Author:
Paula E. Morton is a journalist in St. Augustine, Florida. She is also the author of Tabloid Valley: Supermarket News and American Culture.
El Horóscopo Chino 2015 es un texto oracular predictivo que proviene de varias disciplinas taoístas (la numerología, la astrología, el I Ching) combinadas con el pensamiento filosófico, moral y religioso del budismo y el confucianismo.
Los doce animales del horóscopo son metáforas del comportamiento humano, y también del comportamiento de la energía que todo lo envuelve.
Esta herramienta es tan certera que puede predecir nuestro futuro en lo amoroso, en lo económico, en lo familiar y en lo relativo a la salud. El horóscopo chino es, sin duda, un mapa de la vida.
Todas las personas en algún momento de su existencia necesitan una guía. Una de esas guías es el horóscopo chino.
2015 es el año de la Cabra de Madera. Este animal encenderá el sendero con pasión, arte, nuevos amigos y guías que ayudarán para que seamos más compasivos, altruistas y valientes para encauzar nuestros corazones y confiar en nuestra misión.
Sobre la autora:
Ludovica Squirru, la reconocida astróloga y autora de best sellers, nació en Buenos Aires, Argentina, en 1956. Su padre Eduardo Squirru, fue el primer embajador argentino en China, y recibió desde niña la educación basada en la cultura oriental, escuchó hablar en su infancia del I Ching, Lao Tse y Confucio.
Realizó estudios de interpretación en el Conservatorio Nacional de Arte Dramático de Buenos Aires y en el Taller de Actores de Carlos Gandolfo. Se especializó en astrología Dharma, que estudió con el profesor Wang.
Siguió también un curso de 1 Ching en el Himalaya Institute de Nueva York y completó sus estudios acerca del libro de los cambios con el profesor Juan Flesca, licenciado en Filosofía Oriental.
Ludovica se autodefine como una gitana galáctica con base en Buenos Aires y alma viajante.
This is the first book in more than three decades to offer a complete and chronological history of revolutionary Cuba, including the years of rebellion that led to the revolution. Beginning with Batista’s coup in 1952, which catalyzed the rebels, and bringing the reader to the present-day transformations initiated by Raúl Castro, Luis Martínez-Fernández provides a balanced interpretive synthesis of the major topics of contemporary Cuban history.
Expertly weaving the myriad historic, social, and political forces that shaped the island nation during this period, Martínez-Fernández examines the circumstances that allowed the revolution to consolidate in the early 1960s, the Soviet influence throughout the latter part of the Cold War, and the struggle to survive the catastrophic Special Period of the 1990s after the collapse of the U.S.S.R. He tackles the island’s chronic dependence on sugar production that, starting with the plantations centuries ago, continues to shape Cuba’s culture and society today. He analyzes the revolutionary pendulum that continues to swing between idealism and pragmatism, focusing on its effects on the everyday lives of the Cuban people, and—bucking established trends in Cuban scholarship—Martínez-Fernández systematically integrates the Cuban diaspora into the larger discourse of the revolution.
Concise, well written, and accessible, this book is an indispensable survey of the history and themes of the socialist revolution that forever changed Cuba and the world.
Luis Martínez-Fernández, professor of history at the University of Central Florida, is coeditor of Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture and the author of numerous books including Frontiers, Plantations, and Walled Cities: Essays on Society, Culture and Politics in the Hispanic Caribbean.