Two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles spotlights the consequences of societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the complexity of what it means to be a “real man.” Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since ...
Author: Lamar Giles
Category: Young Adult Fiction
An Indie Next List Pick! In his first contemporary teen novel, critically acclaimed author and two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles spotlights the consequences of societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the complexity of what it means to be a “real man.” Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since kindergarten. And now, during their junior year, she’s finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an opportunity at their church, Del’s right behind her. Though he quickly realizes he’s inadvertently signed up for a Purity Pledge. His dad thinks his wires are crossed, and his best friend, Qwan, doesn’t believe any girl is worth the long game. But Del’s not about to lose his dream girl, and that’s where fellow pledger Jameer comes in. He can put in the good word. In exchange, Del just has to get answers to the Pledgers’ questions…about sex ed. With other boys circling Kiera like sharks, Del needs to make his move fast. But as he plots and plans, he neglects to ask the most important question: What does Kiera want? He can’t think about that too much, though, because once he gets the girl, it’ll all sort itself out. Right?
Two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles spotlights the consequences of societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the complexity of what it means to be a "real man.
Author: Lamar Giles
Publisher: Thorndike Striving Reader
Hysterical. I couldn't put it down." (Nic Stone) I laughed, I gasped, I church grunted through every chapter. (Tiffany D. Jackson) Heartfelt and hilarious on every page! (Justin A. Reynolds) 4 starred reviews! * An Indie Next List Pick! Two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles spotlights the consequences of societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the complexity of what it means to be a "real man." Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since kindergarten. And now, during their junior year, she's finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an opportunity at their church, Del's right behind her. Though he quickly realizes he's inadvertently signed up for a Purity Pledge. His dad thinks his wires are crossed, and his best friend, Qwan, doesn't believe any girl is worth the long game. But Del's not about to lose his dream girl, and that's where fellow pledger Jameer comes in. He can put in the good word. In exchange, Del just has to get answers to the Pledgers' questions...about sex ed. With other boys circling Kiera like sharks, Del needs to make his move fast. But as he plots and plans, he neglects to ask the most important question: What does Kiera want? He can't think about that too much, though, because once he gets the girl, it'll all sort itself out. Right? With true-to-life characters and a straightforward handling of sex, including often ignored aspects of male sexuality, Giles's thoughtful, hilarious read offers a timely viewpoint on religion, toxic masculinity, and teen sexuality. (Publishers Weekly, An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List)
Observethe sensations that arise ateach ofthe sense doors tosee thatthey're just
sensations happening, pure and simple. It's not that we sense these things. The
eye sees forms. It's not us that's seeing them. There's simply the seeing of forms ...
Author: Upasika Kee Nanayon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Upasika Kee was a uniquely powerful spiritual teacher. Evocative of the great Ajahn Chah, her teachings are earthy, refreshingly direct, and hard-hitting. In the twentieth century, she grew to become one of the most famous teachers in Thailand--male or female--all the more remarkable because, rarer still, she was not a monastic but a layperson. Her relentless honesty, along with her encouraging voice, is one reason so many contemporary Buddhist teachers recall Upasika Kee so fondly, and so often. With this book, readers seeking something reminiscent of the classic Mindfulness in Plain English can receive instruction on meditation practice as they become acquainted with the legacy of a renowned Buddhist figure. Pure and Simple, the first widely-available collection of her writings, will be gratefully received not only by those who knew Upasika Kee, but by anyone who encounters her for the first time in its pages.
Author: Antoinette StockenbergPublish On: 2015-01-09
"Not so awesome, dear," Helen said calmly, even though she was thinking it was
pretty damn awesome indeed "We talked about ... was a business meeting. Pure and simple." Not so pure. Not so simple. All the way home,the Chapter 11 ...
Author: Antoinette Stockenberg
Publisher: Antoinette Stockenberg
Salem. Will history repeat itself? In 1692, Salem, Massachusetts was the setting for the infamous persecution of innocents accused of witchcraft. Three centuries later, little has changed. Helen Evett, widowed mother of two and owner of a prestigious preschool in town, finds her family, her fortunes, and her life's work threatened -- all because she feels driven to protect the sweet three-year-old daughter of a man who knows everything about finance but not so much about fathering. Helen's feelings toward little Katie's handsome father are decidedly mixed, and it will take more than knocks in the night, perfumed air, and bone-chilling cold to convince her otherwise. Nathaniel Byrne is willing to consider Helen's advice and help. But he does it grudgingly, because the woman is by far the most determined, pushy force he's ever encountered. Recently widowed, tormented by the circumstances, and at sea about being a single parent, Nat is not inclined to hand over his daughter to just any preschool -- not when he has an accomplished, London-trained nanny who's more than willing to make those decisions for him. And the nanny herself? Peaches Bartholemew is as clever as she is beautiful, as efficient as she is soothing. Peaches can do anything. The trick, for Nat's dead wife, will be to keep her from doing it. Reviews "BEYOND MIDNIGHT has a terrific plot, a wicked villain, and a sexy hero. But the novel ventures beyond sheer entertainment, and it is easy to see why Stockenberg's work has won such acclaim. The theme and setting create a terrifying scenario, even without the supernatural elements: a chilling correspondence between the events of Salem's witch-hunting hysteria and contemporary allegations of ritualistic abuse in preschools. A good read that makes you think. Comes awfully close to—dare I say it?—literature." —Katherine Hennessey Wikoff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Entertaining and fun. BEYOND MIDNIGHT'S shining strengths are its insights into parenting and relationship issues, its brazen humor, its writing style, its to-die-for hero, its cunning villain, and its intriguing supernatural overtones." —Kristi Lyn Glass, editor, Gothic Journal “When it comes to unique, eerie and engrossing tales of supernatural suspense, author Antoinette Stockenberg is in a league of her own. BEYOND MIDNIGHT is a gripping and chilling page-turner outlining two families’ courageous battle against an insidious evil with a charming face. Outstanding reading!” —Romantic Times "Antoinette Stockenberg creates another winner with this fast-paced and lively contemporary romance with a touch of the supernatural thrown in to make an interesting storyline even more exciting. Contemporary romance at its best. Five stars." —Harriet Klausner, Affaire de Coeur "Ms. Stockenberg is a marvelous story teller who writes with humor, wit, and real experiences that we can relate to. Totally absorbing ... a superior tale with just the right combination of greed, hysteria, obsession and romantic passion. Spectacular! A terrific story that had me anxiously turning the well-written pages." —Literary Times "BEYOND MIDNIGHT is typical of Stockenberg's excellent paranormal romances, with extremely strong characters, and an intriguing and original plot." —Melinda Hughes, Gothic Journal "Helen Evett, owner of a thriving pre-school in Salem, becomes the object of a modern witch hunt that endangers her family, her business, and her enchanting newfound love. This is the sort of paranormal romance that draws you in—a believable, emotionally involving ghost story, with an appealing story of love." —B. Dalton's Heart to Heart "Meticulously researched and detailed, BEYOND MIDNIGHT brings Salem and its history to striking life. Antoinette Stockenberg, a premiere voice in paranormal, gives us yet another keeper." —Linda Opdyke, New Reality Reviews
tringing the letters L-G-B-T (and increasingly I and Q) together as an adjective that modifies the noun Jews has ... strategy for putting on notice those of us who
identify as men and women pure and simple that, well, it's just not so pure or simple.
Author: Noach Dzmura
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
***WINNER, 2011 Lambda Literary Award - Transgender Non-Fiction While the Jewish mainstream still argues about homosexuality, transgender and gender-variant people have emerged as a distinct Jewish population and as a new chorus of voices. Inspired and nurtured by the successes of the feminist and LGBT movements in the Jewish world, Jews who identify with the “T” now sit in the congregation, marry under the chuppah, and create Jewish families. Balancing on the Mechitza offers a multifaceted portrait of this increasingly visible community. The contributors—activists, theologians, scholars, and other transgender Jews—share for the first time in a printed volume their theoretical contemplations as well as rite-of-passage and other transformative stories. Balancing on the Mechitza introduces readers to a secular transwoman who interviews her Israeli and Palestinian peers and provides cutting-edge theory about the construction of Jewish personhood in Israel; a transman who serves as legal witness for a man (a role not typically open to persons designated female at birth) during a conversion ritual; a man deprived of testosterone by an illness who comes to identify himself with passion and pride as a Biblical eunuch; and a gender-variant person who explores how to adapt the masculine and feminine pronouns in Hebrew to reflect a non-binary gender reality.
Very absorbent. Saltines.” “Yeah,” I say, “that should keep you going.” “Old
bastard's got a good set-up, don't you think? Comfortable retirement. Expensive
beer. Depresses the hell out of me.” “Envy?” “Pure and simple. No, not so pure
and not ...
Author: Marc Strange
Short-listed for the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel Joe Grundy is an ex-heavyweight boxer whose main claim to fame was that he got knocked out by champ Evander Holyfield. Now he’s chief of security for a posh old hotel, the Lord Douglas, in downtown Vancouver, and life is pretty good. But then a young neo-hippie inherits more than half a billion dollars and decides to give it all away. As soon as the kid checks into the Lord Douglas with the intention of holding a press conference to announce the scheme, Joe knows big trouble is headed his way, especially when the kid winds up dead. Grundy sets out to discover who murdered the would-be philanthropist only to collide with suspects and sucker punches around every corner. Joe had some pretty tough battles during his days in the ring, but this time the stakes are higher, the opponents are lethal, and the final count could be fatal.
I had caused his latest fall from grace, as surely as the first angels had fallen for
love of human women. Of course, there were a number of differences. For one
thing, he didn't love me. It had been sex, pure and simple—well, maybe not so pure.
Author: Kristina Douglas
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A born warrior, archangel Michael is dedicated to the Fallen’s survival. But only one woman understands the seductive hunger that he cannot forsake. There comes a time in every angel’s life . . . Every little girl imagines, now and then, that she’s a princess held captive in a tower. But Victoria Bellona is almost twenty-five. And that whole fairy-tale scenario? That’s her real life. The drop-dead gorgeous man who rescues her is no Prince Charming. He’s the gruff archangel Michael, and he insists that Tory is the Fallen’s only hope for ending Uriel’s vicious rule. She insists he’s crazy. . . . to show his brethren what he’s made of. According to the prophecy, Michael must marry this frustrating, fascinating creature, bed her, and drink her blood. But their fate is a double-edged sword. If they give in to their urgently growing desires, Tory will die in battle. If they refuse, she will die anyway, and with her, all of mankind. Michael is determined to find another solution when a traitorous kidnapper forces him into a deadly confrontation. Even if he can save Tory from Uriel’s ruthless clutches, will they ever really be together? Or is her fatal destiny—and the world’s—written in stone?
Written clearly, thoughtfully and practically, Reiki, Pure and Simple is the ideal book for those looking for a straightforward, all-round introduction to Reiki.
Author: Elaine Hamilton Grundy
Publisher: Elaine Grundy
Category: Health & Fitness
Written clearly, thoughtfully and practically, Reiki, Pure and Simple is the ideal book for those looking for a straightforward, all-round introduction to Reiki. As well as explaining how Reiki works, how to best use it, and what benefits to expect, Elaine also takes you through the remarkable healing journey of many other practitioners and clients, presenting quantitative data and key findings gleaned from an international Reiki survey carried out in 2010. 87% of people noticed more peace after Reiki 80% noticed more happiness 80% experienced less stress 75% were less anxious or worried 73% were less angry A great believer in the power of Reiki as a self-healing tool, Elaine firmly and convincingly argues her case here, backed by strong supporting evidence. It is Elaine's hope that, as holistic and conventional medicine continue to converge, with Reiki gaining greater acceptance in the medical profession, hospitals, emergency rooms, and care homes, we will all benefit from a more complete and effective way of taking care of our health and wellness. "I don't lash out so quickly. When I am stressed or frustrated, I can get myself to calm down quite quickly. I am not as sick, I have been able to stave away any office-born illness. I feel more awake." M.G. "I have a different view of my life and the world in general. I am clearer about what is important to me. I have few aches and pains for my age (60) compared to friends of the same age." Helen. Welcome to the wonderful world of Reiki!
'Let It Bleed' is a rock classic, pure, or in this case, not so pure, and simple. The
credits for the album reveal a band adapting to the absence and later departure
of Brian, and the arrival of Mick Taylor, and include such luminaries as Leon ...
... arrives at such perfection that she no longer fears she may not be closely
enough united to him, her love assuring her that she will be so for ever, but she
fears that this union may not be so pure, simple and attentive as her love would
He borrows the language of mathematics, claiming that some of Christianity's
premises are axioms and, therefore, incapable of being proven because proof
must rest on something already granted, which is not the case with axioms. ... The
Cartesian model indicated that the concerns of arithmetic and geometry with an
object were so pure and simple that they need not make assumptions that
Author: Sherry Ackerman
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
Behind the Looking Glass offers a fresh perspective in the ongoing, contemporary deconstruction of the Carroll Myth. Through rigorous examination of numerous myths that have been hitherto unquestioned, Ackerman skillfully positions Lewis Carroll in the theological and philosophical contexts of his time. She uncovers a Carroll whose radical religio-philosophical counter-response to patriarchal materialism moved his intellectual journey, intentionally or otherwise, deep into the waters of mysticism. The image of Carroll as a dreary Victorian conservative gives way to that of a man with wide intellectual parameters, an inquiring mind and bold, far-sighted vision. Behind the Looking Glass demonstrates how nineteenth century currents of spiritualism, theosophy and occult philosophy co-mingled with Carroll’s interest in revived Platonism and Neoplatonism, showcasing the Alice and Sylvie and Bruno books as unique points of conjunction between Carroll’s intellect and spirituality. The scholarship in this work, while rigorous, is softly mixed with the kind of academic frivolity that Carroll himself might have enjoyed. Ackerman exposes a Carroll who, having lost belief in the theological and mythological master plots of earlier eras, turned toward the imaginative fiction of wonderlands rife with philosophical content in response to his instinctive hunger for cosmic coherence and existential order.
Someone who has doubts about many things is no wiser than one who has never
given them a thought ; indeed , he ... object so pure and simple that they make no
assumptions that experience might render uncertain ; they consist entirely in ...
Author: Peter Achinstein
Publisher: JHU Press
Included is a famous nineteenth-century debate about scientific reasoning between the hypothetico-deductivist William Whewell and the inductivist John Stuart Mill; and an account of the realism-antirealism dispute about unobservables in science, with a consideration of Perrin's argument for the existence of molecules in the early twentieth century.
Not so. It is a relief, certainly—a deep settling of the spirit; I've slept better since I'
ve been back than in all the time I was gone. But it is other things too. It is not pure or simple, because I am not a tourist here. I have made this place my life.
Author: Wendell Berry
This book is broad and leisurely and important. Something like the river itself on which Wendell Berry lives. It is full of wide and flowing thoughts and one thing leads to another in the manner that nature intended or used to. The language ranges from the grave and beautiful to the sharp and specific, depending on the need to express the vast variety of subjects he presents. The Nation The title of this book is taken from an account by Thomas F. Hornbein on his travels in the Himalayas. It seemed to me, Horenbein wrote, that here man lived in continuous harmony with the land, as much as briefly a part of it as all its other occupants. Wendell Berry's second collection of essays, A Continuous Harmony was first published in 1972, and includes the seminal Think Little, which was printed in The Last Whole Earth Catalogue and reprinted around the globe, and the splendid centerpiece, Discipline and Hope, an insightful and articulate essay making a case for what he calls a new middle.
I do so not to make myself momentarily look “bad” for having made the mistake
and then “good” for having “politically ... A short response to these questions
would be that there is really no such thing as pure enjoyment, or simple pleasure,
Author: Calvin Thomas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Category: Literary Criticism
An introduction to literary theory unlike any other, Ten Lessons in Theory engages its readers with three fundamental premises. The first premise is that a genuinely productive understanding of theory depends upon a considerably more sustained encounter with the foundational writings of Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud than any reader is likely to get from the introductions to theory that are currently available. The second premise involves what Fredric Jameson describes as "the conviction that of all the writing called theoretical, Lacan's is the richest." Entertaining this conviction, the book pays more (and more careful) attention to the richness of Lacan's writing than does any other introduction to literary theory. The third and most distinctive premise of the book is that literary theory isn't simply theory "about" literature, but that theory fundamentally is literature, after all. Ten Lessons in Theory argues, and even demonstrates, that "theoretical writing" is nothing if not a specific genre of "creative writing," a particular way of engaging in the art of the sentence, the art of making sentences that make trouble-sentences that make, or desire to make, radical changes in the very fabric of social reality. As its title indicates, the book proceeds in the form of ten "lessons," each based on an axiomatic sentence selected from the canon of theoretical writing. Each lesson works by creatively unpacking its featured sentence and exploring the sentence's conditions of possibility and most radical implications. In the course of exploring the conditions and consequences of these troubling sentences, the ten lessons work and play together to articulate the most basic assumptions and motivations supporting theoretical writing, from its earliest stirrings to its most current turbulences. Provided in each lesson is a working glossary: specific critical keywords are boldfaced on their first appearance and defined either in the text or in a footnote. But while each lesson constitutes a precise explication of the working terms and core tenets of theoretical writing, each also attempts to exemplify theory as a "practice of creativity" (Foucault) in itself.
2 Still, there can be no question but that Hobbes intends that life in Civil Society
be seen as infinitely preferable to that of the ... They could not imagine a
naturalness so pure and simple as we see by experience; nor could they believe that our ...
Author: Leon Harold Craig
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Thomas Hobbes's influential political treatise, Leviathan, was first published in 1651. Many scholars have since credited him with a mechanistic outlook towards human nature that established the basis of modern Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory. In The Platonian Leviathan, Leon Harold Craig weaves together philosophy, political science, and literature to offer a radical re-interpretation of Hobbes's most famous work. Though Craig begins and concludes his analysis with discussions of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and includes an essay on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, the bulk of his two-part commentary centres on Leviathan. Part One shows the overt principles of Hobbes's political prescription to be untenable, and strongly suggests that Hobbes himself did not subscribe to these rules, using them only as tools to further his philosophical goals. In Part Two, Craig displays the underlying Platonism of Hobbes's thinking. Sure to be controversial, The Platonian Leviathan may nonetheless re-orient the future direction of Hobbes scholarship.
obscures that the subject of the Hermetic art is MAN, and the object at the art is
the perfection of man. ... As for the other name, it is so pure and simple that it cannot be articulated, or compounded, or truly expressed by man's voice . . . all
Author: H. P. (Helena Petrovna) BlavatskyPublish On: 2010-03-16
309 observes that the subject of the Hermetic art is MAN, and the object of the art
is the perfection of man. ... As for the other name, it is so pure and simple that it cannot be articulated, or compounded, or truly expressed by man's voice all the ...
Author: H. P. (Helena Petrovna) Blavatsky
Isis Unveiled, A Master-Key to the Mysteries of Ancient and Modern of Science and Theology by H. P. Blavatsky. Volume 1 of 2: The "Infallibility of Science. CONTENTS include: Before the Veil--Old Things with New Names--Phenomena and Forces--Blind Leaders of the Blind--Theories Respecting Psychic Phenomena--The Ether, or "Astral Light"--Psycho-Physical Phenomena--The Elements, Elementals, and Elementaries--Some Mysteries of Nature--Cyclic Phenomena--The Inner and Outer Man--Psychological and Physical Marvels--The "Impassable Chasm"--Realities and Illusion--Egyptian Wisdom--India, The Cradle of the Race. Reproduction of the 1877 Edition.
Author: Paolo Consigli, M. D. AuthorPublish On: 2011-12-20
It goes to follow that our very existence depends on its quality. Unfortunately, 35
per cent of the world's population does not even have ready access to drinkable
water, never mind good water, while in the socalled developed countries much of
Author: Paolo Consigli, M. D. Author
Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers
What makes water, so simple in its make-up, such an integral part of life? Why has it been revered across the ages? What benefits flow from it that will shape our future? Our origin springs from water, it sustains us now, and it is the key to our future. By going further than just describing its attributes and celebrating its physical properties, this book reveals the spiritual dimension of water. We learn about our own hypnotic attraction to water's simplicity, purity and transparency; as well as its bizarre physical behaviour, structural vibrations and ordered flow; and its amazing medicinal, therapeutic and vital virtues. We can look at the whole spectrum of water's influence; reconciling modern science and ancient wisdom, technology and humanism, logic and mysticism. This innovative, intelligent and far-reaching exploration of water at every level will inspire and stimulate all.
It turns out that his simple pleasure was not so simple after all. That “pure”
childhood act is revealed to have many layers of opinion, likes, and dislikes
already built into it (by age two!) that are required to make the experience just so.
The fact is ...
Author: Barry Magid
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Is meditation an escape from--or a solution to--our psychological problems? Is the use of antidepressants counter to spiritual practice? Does a psychological approach to meditation reduce spirituality to "self-help"? What can Zen and psychoanalysis teach us about the problems of the mind and suffering? Psychiatrist and Zen teacher Barry Magid is uniquely qualified to answer questions like these. Written in an engaging and witty style, Ordinary Mind helps us understand challenging ideas--like Zen Buddhism's concepts of oneness, emptiness, and enlightenment--and how they make sense, not only within psychoanalytic conceptions of mind, but in the realities of our lives and relationships. This new paper edition of Magid's much-praised book contains additional case study vignettes.
Without goals, we are little more than a mere existence; we are all but lifeless,
since the priority behind life is not so much to achieve, but to grow. Healthy
growth can never be attained in the absence of goals. Many of us have goals with
— out ...
Author: Dominic Certo, KSJ
Dominic "Nick" Certo who appears on the front cover, with beard, has practiced the success formulas contained herein, for several years. As a young serviceman he won Regimental and Division championships in boxing and track. He went on to graduate from Northwest Missouri State University in the top ten percent of his class. After serving with the Marines in Vietnam his love for sports continued, bringing him to class titles in Mr. Northern States, Mr. North America then on to world judging status as an official of the IFBB for professional shows, appearing on ABC's Wide World of Sports and NBC's Sportsworld. He has judged and produced Mr. & Mrs. Olympia, trained several bodybuilding champions, and coached the first professional team to tour China and Hungary. Dom "Nick" has been a guest on radio and TV all across the country. He has succeeded as a top salesperson, executive and business entrepreneur. This is his third book and first "self-help" journal. Success-Pure and Simple " It could be one of those books to live by!"-Edyie Tangreti, Editor, Allegheny News " will teach the reader how to use his strengths to the best advantage, regardless of his or her chosen field "-Russell Weiner, Managing Editor, Muscle Up, Muscle & Bodybuilder