Author: Marla Bernard

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 149186382X

Category: True Crime

Page: 288

View: 6178

In a motel room on the east side of the city, a little girl is brutally murdered by her mother's sadistic boyfriend for failing to know her ABCs. The family disappears, along with the child's body, and the scene of the crime spans over 1,000 miles. Despite the lack of a body, the detectives of the 1020 Squad obtain a conviction but it will take another eight long years before the little girl's remains come home to rest. In a twist of fate, the 1020 Squad no sooner closes the final chapters of this case when the headless body of a tiny girl is found discarded in a makeshift dump site in the woods Sgt. David Bernard and the 1020 Squad will work over four years, following 1,500 leads and conducting the single largest area canvass in the history of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department before finding the true identity of the seemingly orphaned little girl known only as "Precious Doe." Through the Rain is a candid and touching account of the painful impact that these brutal murders had on Sgt. Bernard, his family and the KCPD's 1020 squad. It chronicles the all too frequent stories of child abuse, failed social services, a flawed court system, and battered women who sacrificed their own children to shield their abusive lovers, echoing the same preposterous explanations of ..".but I love him." It is the story of a family, a group of committed volunteers and a community who reached out to embrace Angel Lea Hart and Erica Michelle Marie Green aka Precious Doe and give them in death the humanity and affection they so desperately deserved in life.
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Author: Karen Tei Yamashita

Publisher: Coffee House Press

ISBN: 1566895049

Category: Fiction

Page: 185

View: 6089

"Fluid and poetic as well as terrifying." —New York Times Book Review "Dazzling . . . a seamless mixture of magic realism, satire and futuristic fiction." —San Francisco Chronicle "Impressive . . . a flight of fancy through a dreamlike Brazil." —Village Voice "Surreal and misty, sweeping from one high-voltage scene to another." —LA Weekly "Amuses and frightens at the same time." —Newsday "Incisive and funny, this book yanks our chains and makes us see the absurdity that rules our world." —Booklist (starred review) "Expansive and ambitious . . . incredible and complicated." —Library Journal "This satiric morality play about the destruction of the Amazon rain forest unfolds with a diversity and fecundity equal to its setting. . . . Yamashita seems to have thrown into the pot everything she knows and most that she can imagine—all to good effect." —Publishers Weekly A Japanese man with a ball floating six inches in front of his head, an American CEO with three arms, and a Brazilian peasant who discovers the art of healing by tickling one's earlobe, rise to the heights of wealth and fame, before arriving at disasters—both personal and ecological—that destroy the rain forest and all the birds of Brazil. Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Brazil-Maru, Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, I Hotel, and Anime Wong, all published by Coffee House Press. I Hotel was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and awarded the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award.
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Author: Paul Richards

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1524538957

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 190

View: 6215

The news is often replete with horror stories of lost children, especially boys, who it seem are destined for failure by nothing more than the fact that they were born in an inner-city community. Through the Rain takes an open, honest look at an average boy from an average family who, in spite of the odds, makes it out of two such communities and makes a success of his life. The story is much about growing up as it is about family, friendship, and overcoming challenges in spite of the odds. However, it is mostly about hard work, perseverance, and what can happen when ordinary people choose to live lives of decency, courage, and faith. Told in a refreshingly candid and good-natured way, the author hopes his story will inspire those ordinary people whose stories unfortunately go untold.
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Living Anthropology in Highland Papua New Guinea

Author: David Hayano

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478632178

Category: Social Science

Page: 164

View: 7383

On the remote, steep slopes of the grassland and rain forests of Highland Papua New Guinea, live the Awa, subsisting on root crops and raising domestic pigs. Like many cultures, the Awa must deal with and find solutions to the problems of human social existence: inevitable and rapid culture change, interpersonal squabbles, lying and deceit, adultery, sorcery, and unexpected death. They wait ambivalently for the building of a road that would put them in direct contact with the encroaching world of trade stores, outdoor markets, schools, and the government station. In the middle of this walks an anthropologist who learns that fieldwork is first and foremost about understanding lives, both his and theirs. This book is a personal narrative that provides an intimate glimpse of the actual conduct of fieldwork among diverse individuals with remarkably distinct views of their own culture. It is an account of intertwined lives—of living anthropology—and a road of hope and promise, despair and tragedy.
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Author: Elvi Rhodes

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448110858

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 5152

The Brogdens were one of Chalywell's most important families. Old Jacob had started the family antique business when he was nine years old, going round the big houses and buying small items of bric-a-brac for pennies. Now Brogden's was famous for its beautiful furniture and pictures. But the most beautiful - and valuable - thing in Jacob's life was his granddaughter, Lois - for Lois reminded him of the daughter he had lost so tragically many years ago. When Lois fell in love with John Farrar, the whole family were dismayed, for between Jacob and the Farrars was a deep and abiding feud that could never be mended. Lois, conscious of the storm clouds of war gathering over her future, was determined that nothing and no-one should come between her and her beloved John. But as war broke out, as families were torn apart, Lois found her life changing irrevocably.
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Author: A'zayler

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781523634132


Page: 250

View: 4186

Hurt, lost and alone again, Rain spends night after sorrow filled night trying to figure out where she went wrong. Losing the love of her life after having searched for the perfect man for so long, she is now ready to give up. Falling in love with Dakota had been completely by chance, but now that she's done it, it seems impossible to let go. Though every relationship has their share of problems, never in a million years did she think her world would come crashing down around her because of another person's lies. It takes time, but eventually Rain gathers her bearings and is ready to move on. Or so she thinks. With Rain no longer a part of his everyday life, Love is back to the player he used to be, or at least that's what he assumes until his heart begins to ache for the beautiful writer. Being who he is makes it a little easier to move on, but the past still finds a way to haunt him. Though he considered forgiving her on numerous occasions, he's never fully able to do so. What kind of man would he be if he "wifed" a girl who smashed his friend? No man in their right mind would do that, and especially not a man like Love. Flip flopping between Rain and Alex, Summer hardly finds any time for herself. With both of the people in her circle having man problems, being with Jacorey is like a breath of fresh air. The fun they have together is like no other. No titles, no strings, just fun. Happiness flows around Alex easily, but so does drama. Torn between the man he wants and the man he needs, waking up every day becomes harder and harder. With the turmoil of his own life masked behind his beautiful smile, Alex straps up his boots and focuses on the things that make him happy. In an overload of emotions, the friends fight to make their lives more joyous. Choosing to overcome one obstacle after the next. Wishing and hoping that one day, their love lives will get better.
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Author: Gilly Stewart

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1681467755

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

View: 9588

Ellen is settled in Edinburgh when one day her sister begs a favour: can she come and look after her farm and three children while she has a much-deserved holiday. Ellen loves her niece and nephews, but the animals are a bit of a worry ... After a manic yet fun weekend, her world is shattered when a freak accident kills her sister and leaves her as the children's legal guardian. Ellen never asked for children, nor to run a farm, but now she's in charge of both. Desperately juggling her responsibilities, Ellen is driven to find a compromise between her old life and her new: one the children will accept, and that will allow her to keep something of herself as well. Into the mix is thrown their neighbour, handsome, brooding Kit. He's more than willing to help out on the farm, but not so willing to open up to Ellen...
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A Story About Overcoming Panic Disorder

Author: Robert E. Sterling

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781462056002

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 228

View: 8445

Being a son of a multi-millionaire and growing up in the Hollywood Golden Era, Robert Sterling had it all—the looks, the wealth, the freedom, and the attitude. The future seemed guaranteed and unquestionable until the life as he knew it began to crumble. At the age of 17, following a routine appendectomy in Burbank, California, Robert developed Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Fear became his new dictator, and after being omitted from his father's will, Robert's life began a rollercoaster ride evolution. This book is a diary of quest for survival and the true meaning of success.
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Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1490720545

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 26

View: 6622

This book tells MY story. No one can imagine what I've been through. From the outside looking in, you'd never know my struggle.
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A Novel

Author: Garth Stein

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061738098

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9821

The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein–a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog’s efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.
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Author: R. L. Toalson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1499808151

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 432

View: 662

This historical middle grade novel written in free verse, set against the backdrop of the desegregation battles that took place in Houston, Texas, in 1972, is about a young boy and his family dealing with loss and the revelation of dark family secrets. Ten-year-old Paulie Sanders hates his name because it also belonged to his daddy—his daddy who killed a fellow white man and then crashed his car. With his mama unable to cope, Paulie and his sister, Charlie, move in with their Aunt Bee and attend a new elementary school. But it’s 1972, and this new school puts them right in the middle of the Houston School District’s war on desegregation. Paulie soon begins to question everything. He hears his daddy’s crime was a race-related one; he killed a white man defending a black man, and when Paulie starts picking fights with a black boy at school, he must face his reasons for doing so. When dark family secrets are revealed, the way forward for everyone will change the way Paulie thinks about family forever. The Colors of the Rain is an authentic, heartbreaking portrait of loss and human connection during an era fraught with racial tension set in verse from debut author R. L. Toalson.
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An Anthology of Hope

Author: Fiona Castle

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780340713976

Category: Poetry

Page: 143

View: 3099

Fiona Castle has known the depths of grief and loneliness which bereavement brings. But she also knows faith and hope and that it is possible to come out safely on the other side, changed but also strengthened. This wonderful anthology is now published in paperback and shares her sources of inspiration .
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Author: N.A

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 9781250127709

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 4646

I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain, Oh, what a glorious feeling! Spring calls in this classic Broadway number, brought to life in a beautiful picture book—perfect for sharing! Jump in puddles, raise umbrellas, and dance with joy through the pages of this visual story. With colorful, springy scenes and the familiar lyrics, this is a beautiful, gift-worthy, feel-good read-aloud.
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Author: A'zayler

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533002419


Page: 180

View: 2490

After all of the life threatening turmoil and painful attacks, Rain has finally found out the identity of her attacker. The only problem she faces now is trying to find a reason why. Why would the attacker want her, when she's never met her a day in her life? Even with that still hanging deep over her head, Rain is determined to move on and find happiness. With Dakota Love in her corner, that becomes the easiest thing to do. Finally over the games and ready to commit, Summer gives Jacorey an ultimatum. In the beginning he was ready to buck the system as hard as he could, but all of that goes out the window the moment an unexpected visitor shows up. Alex has done all he can to make Damien see that with him is where he needs to be. With skeletons falling out of closets left and right, the decision becomes easier and easier to make. Though Damien, Alex, and Troy have all grown accustomed to their strange love triangle, things change drastically when innocent hearts become tragedies of their love war. Find out in this final installment whether the couples crumble under pressure, or are they all prepared and strong enough to love one another through the rain.
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Author: A'zayler

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530855841


Page: 154

View: 701

How can one of the happiest moments of your life turn into one of the worst? After years of separation, Dakota Love has finally been reunited with his older sister. Though he's still harboring hurt and feelings of abandonment, he's willing to give it a try. What he doesn't know is that along with his sister comes even more unexpected havoc. He loves her and wants to rekindle the family bond he misses so much, but how can he when everything in his life is going wrong? Rain is trying her hardest to recover from her attack and enjoy the happiness she'd just received. With the new additions to her family, her days are getting easier until she comes face to face with the person in charge of all of her pain. To be lovers and friends means to have the best of both worlds, that is unless you're Summer and Jacorey. Playing the friend role with lover feelings is a disaster waiting to happen, and neither of them plan to acknowledge it. Caught up in a whirlwind of lies and deceit, Alex is starting to come to terms with his relationships and the impacts they're having on his life. Finally seeing his worth and refusing to accept less, Alex is on the road to happiness until the same love that he's been trying so hard to hold in, is bursting out uncontrollably. It's always easy to love a person when things are good, but loving them through the rain is when it matters most.
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