A rich, sweeping, and compelling work of botanical history, The Cabaret of Plants explores dozens of plant species that for millennia have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty, and belief. Going back to the beginnings of human history, Richard Mabey shows how flowers, trees, and plants have been central to human experience not just as sources of food and medicine but as objects of worship, actors in creation myths, and symbols of war and peace, life and death.
In 1851, Olive Oatman was a 13-year-old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own.
At 14, Bronislaw Huberman played the Brahms "Violin Concerto" in Vienna, winning high praise from the composer himself. Instantly famous, Huberman began touring all over the world and received invitations to play for royalty across Europe. But after witnessing the tragedy of World War I, he committed his phenomenal talent and celebrity to aid humanity. After studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, Huberman joined the ranks of Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein in calling for peace through the Pan European Movement.
Maggie's latest case is an unidentified female in her early teens, discovered in a local cemetery. More shocking than the girl's injuries - for Maggie at least - is the fact that no one has reported her missing. She and the detectives assigned to the case (including her cop ex-husband) are determined to follow every lead, run down every scrap of evidence. But the monster they seek is watching every move, closer to them than they could possibly imagine.
It's the most wonderful time of year...or is it? Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows, and they're not the least bit jolly or merry. Let's just say some presents are better left unopened. 'Tis the season to be screaming along with our 13 tales of holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons. And more! This Christmas, be careful what you wish for....
Do you want to find what needs to be done to make America great again? Do you want to find out what Donald Trump's goals are? If you have answered yes to any of the above questions then Donald Trump: 20 Life Lessons on How To Make American Great, Business Bible and Short Biography is the book for you! We all know that Donald Trump is quite the man of mystery, be it with his brilliant policies or with him playing caricatured versions of himself on the television.
This one-of-a-kind program will inspire you to achieve what you desire most in life, regardless of your age, occupation or environment. It will inspire you to realize that anything is possible, and to believe there are always opportunities to succeed despite how bleak the outlook may currently appear. Indeed, everything we desire is within reach, if we just choose to pursue it. These 30 people, and their inspiring rags to riches stories serve as proof.
Public speaking can be tricky. Everyone is a little nervous, things can go wrong, and your audience may judge you. But to become successful, there are secret tricks and tips you can apply to get better at it. With the tips in this book, including some things you should not do, you will be able to perfect your public speaking skills and become that amazing motivational speaker, stand-up comedian, or presenter you always wanted to be. Curious yet? Don't wait and just start listening!
Italian Short Stories for Beginners has been written especially for students from beginners to intermediate level. The eight captivating stories are designed to give you a sense of fun while listening, so you can enjoy learning Italian again!
When I bounced the idea of an accidental life off Jim Browne, my financial manager with a keen understanding of the human condition, he said that all of us benefit from serendipity, from the accidental life (we, in fact, met by happy accident). He added that my life was and is typical or perhaps a tad off the norm. Surely he's correct in that we all benefit from fortuitous events, but I think he's incorrect in that such events in my life are typical or normal.
A sweet trilogy of lost and found loves in nature and nurture. The beauty of the African continent is told here in all its splendid detail. Carnal, fragrant, visual perfume graces these words as they lead you to where only your imagination can take you.
In the 13th century, Moundville was one of the largest Native American settlements north of Mexico. Spread over 325 acres were 29 earthen mounds arranged around a great plaza, a mile-long stockade, and dozens of dwellings for thousands of people. Moundville, in size and complexity second only to the Cahokia site in Illinois, was a heavily populated town as well as a political and religious center. Moundville was sustained by tribute of food and labor provided by the people who lived in the nearby floodplain as well as other smaller mound centers.
Constance has always done everything by the book. Follow the rules, be good, and hide. Can this letter to a man she doesn't know break her out of the shadows? Drake has dreamed of going to sea, but Father's ultimatum has him sending for a mail-order bride. He'll take care of her, but she needs to know, he'll leave for the sea after they're married.
Annie's dog sitting for her new neighbor, but her creepy apartment manager, Anthony Spiggottini, accuses her of violating the "No Dogs Allowed" lease, and threatens to evict her. She's at a Halloween party when Anthony busts into her place, and literally lets the dog and cat out! She'd gladly have killed him, but someone beats her to it. Now Annie's desperately searching for her lost cat while dealing with Anthony's ghost, who refuses to accept he's dead.
No one knew how or where the end of the world started. Ethan Runner was hungover, pissed off, and once again late for work. He didn't care about anything or anyone, but that was about to change; it had to. Six days ago there were reports of a mysterious illness. People were actually attacking and devouring one another. The world was told not to worry, that there wasn't a reason to panic, that these were isolated events.
Baroota is a fictional tale of Nick Hudson, an aging, retired cop attempting to get in one last mission to make a difference. He gets sucked in to an off-the-books black ops mission to rescue victims of human trafficking being sold into sexual slavery. He meets Nõnkos Zia or Nõn, a woman born in South Africa and a former victim of Muti-medicine - a type of medicine still practiced in South Africa that weaves the occult and human sacrifices into the locals belief system. She is also a victim of human trafficking.
Jeff just can't seem to catch a break. A string of bad luck has sent Jeff to the gutter, literally, where he struggles to survive as a homeless man on Venice Beach. Jeff is caught stealing a carnitas taco, and is promptly chased down by the Unicorn Butt Cops, a new branch of government that specializes in hot, gay, anal poundings on inline skates. The sentence is for a hardcore, double anal threesome, but little do these unicorn cops know that Jeff is an expert in all things gay and anal, leading to a twist ending that's sure to blow your mind!
Former Navy Air Rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest, also known as "the death zone", when his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back, leaving Brian with a difficult decision: Should he continue to push for the summit or head back down the mountain? After carefully weighing the options, Brian decided to continue toward the summit, alone. Four hours later, Brian solo summited the highest peak in the world. But the celebration was short lived.
Living with a shameless mother, adulterer father and working at a dead end job, Ophelia has just about given up on life in The Big Smoke. That is, until she is transported to the magical world of Pecopia - a land where she is tasked with overthrowing an evil witch queen. However, unlike most who learn a valuable lesson of love and hope by the end of their journey - Ophelia's only thought is one of revenge.
David Pierce has moved with his wife and daughter to accept a job with a recently reopened hydropower plant in Quebec. But the owners of the mysterious plant are hiding a deadly secret, and David's little girl has begun to have terrifying premonitions of blood and death.