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On Being the Being
Why do we exist, what are we and why does it matter? As creatures of logic and reason it seems unreasonable to say that every thought, desire and event in the entire universe has a direct association with the individual. This physical manifestation called you, whether fathomable in its entirety or not is who you are! A negative reaction to the statement that you have created everything in your world; body, mind, personality, dreams and shortcomings exemplifies the fact that you see your conscious mind as a sole power broker. Ironically, whether you believe you have self-created this individual called you or not, you would be right in both cases. You the conscious thinker or ego has not, but the larger ‘you’ the intuitive mind within has.
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on My Wall
A fascinating compendium of stories, essays, thoughts and poetry from one woman's life. The daughter of a Pan Am pilot, she grew up overseas, spending time in Turkey and attending school at Châtelard in Les Avants, Switzerland, before moving on to Elmira College. Her recollections are illuminating, often poignant, and always interesting. A book the reader will come back to time and again.
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at the Gold Monkey
"Time jumps in
this accomplished story cycle, as does the boundary betwixt reality and
dream, memory and imagination. . . . And war, as it will, soaks all. Learst
writes with the special visceral authority of combat seen and visions
earned. Vital, necessary reading."
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pyrotechnic and morally absurd as the behavior of [Learst's]
The warm-hearted story of Louis Armstrong and 12-year-old Fred, who learns about jazz—and life—from the great musician himself.
Louis was home in Queens, neighborhood kids would gather around as he
brought them into jazz. His music still vibrantly lives around the world,
and his spirit of humaneness lives in Travels with Louis by Mick
Carlon, teacher of jazz to the young of all ages."
"An affirmation of life and
the indestructibility of one man's will to make the most of it."
You're Married to Her?
As the anti-Vietnam War movement
drew to a close, a twenty-six-year-old unknown playwright began an affair
with a glamorous older woman, a feminist activist and acclaimed
poet/novelist at the height of her career. What she saw in a neurotic,
sexually naïve, poorly educated but very sweet guy was apparent to no one,
especially him. Using a wildly self-skewering narrative voice Ira Wood
re-imagines his early years with Marge Piercy in a series of chronologically
linked essays, never failing to raise the question that few have failed to
With the brazen candor of Toby
Young's How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and the wicked lunacy
of David Sedaris, Wood tells tales of his first true love, who he told his
parents were dead; his disastrous affair with a promiscuous single mother,
while he was involved with Piercy; his childhood dependence on speed; and
running for public office on a lark—and winning—only to find himself
responsible for the government of a small town. Thirty years later he's
still married to Her, confident enough to share, and laugh at, what men do
when their behavior slips to the level of their self-esteem.
on Duke's Train
2010 Leapfrog Fiction Contest winner, children's fiction
Nine-year-old Danny stows away on a Georgia train—the train of Duke Ellington. Through Danny's eyes, we meet some of America's finest musicians as he accompanies them on their 1939 European tour, when the train was briefly held in Nazi Germany. Says Nat Hentoff, "I knew Duke Ellington for 25 years. The Ellington in this book is the man I knew."
"Duke used to say that the individual sound of a musician revealed his soul. Mick Carlon is a 'soul' storyteller." —Nat Hentoff
"A ripping good yarn that plunges the reader into the world of Duke Ellington and the Europe and America of 1939."—Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz
to Stop Loving Someone
Stories by Joan Connor
The author's stories explore the vagaries and vicissitudes of love and lust, of loneliness and loss. Tonally they range from the dark to the darkly comic, from the optimistic to the outright silly. Geographically they wander from Greece to Maine, from Vermont to the fictional Hobson’s Choice, somewhere near Troy, NY. The title story is a mock self-help manual on how to fall out of love; “Men in Brown” is a rollicking account of a woman infatuated with her UPS man. Wherever Connor’s characters find themselves, whether lucky or unlucky in love, whether in their teens or middle age, they cling tenaciously to the belief that the quest for love is self-validating, that love is yet possible.
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