As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew. Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan's left with an impossible choice: get the family he's always wanted, or respect Margie's wishes and convince Archer to give parenting - and his heritage - a chance. To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer's reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children's future is on the line. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Pauley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061125/bk_acx0_061125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A trucker, a blogger, and a congressman determine the fate of the most powerful empire the world has ever known.Americans are angry and divided along party lines. They’re tired of the endless wars, high gas prices, and high unemployment. They’re tired of the graft in DC and on Wall Street. They’re tired of being spied on and herded like cattle into the prison industrial complex. Like in years before, they’re certain that, this time, their guy will change everything. The Republican and Democratic saviors make their promises, and the true believers swoon, but domestic terrorists aren’t buying what these politicians are selling.Truck driver George Chapman is in the right place at the right time to foil an assassination attempt on one of the most influential men in politics. Some might say the reluctant hero was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some might say it was a false flag. Nonetheless, his 15 minutes of fame grows because of his extraordinary gift. Will he use his gift and newfound fame to unite the country or to tear it apart?A revolution is coming. Which side are you on?Warning: This audiobook includes adult language, content, and sexual violence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sarah Grace Wright, Tristan Wright, GraceWright Productions. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/162948/bk_acx0_162948_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The directors of the New Orleans and the Indianapolis art museums have a lot more riding on this weekend's Super Bowl than a couple of bucks in the office pool. After an arts blogger posed a challenge, they've each put up a treasured painting from their collections. The director of the losing city's museum will have to lend his masterpiece to the winner.Next, Brooklyn-based band Djarara plays the traditional Haitian street music known as rara, which features metal horns, bamboo trumpets, and drums. Every one of the 15 band members lost someone in the recent earthquake. They're continuing the music, and even rehearsing a new song to commemorate the tragedy. "Rara is life," says one of the musicians.Then, Marlon James's novel The Book of Night Women is set on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the turn of the 19th century. It's about a rebellion led by a group of slaves. It is also the coming-of-age story of Lilith, the enslaved daughter of the plantation's overseer, and her conflicted feelings about violence as retribution. James talks about his use of dialect in the novel and why dialect is still controversial among Jamaican writers. Finally, when a young writer gets a day job with J.D. Salinger's agent, she becomes a better novelist. Joanna Smith Rakoff describes her time as the reluctant conduit between the writer and his fans. [Broadcast Date: February 6, 2010] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/100206/rt_stud_100206_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Whole Novels for the Whole Class Whole Novels for the Whole Class is the hands-on resource that teachers can use to help students develop a genuine love of reading and a community in which to practice it. Written by classroom teacher Ariel Sacks, this practical, field-tested book offers a step-by-step guide for implementing a student-centered literature program that promotes critical thinking and literary understanding through the study of novels and other texts. Rather than using novels simply to teach basic literacy skills and comprehension strategies, Sacks's Whole Novels method approaches literature as art. This unique way into reading and comprehension is designed to align with the Common Core ELA Standards and is filled with tips for implementing whole novel studies in various settings. Using this novel technique can help struggling readers gain the confidence to tackle grade-level novels independently, reluctant students become avid discussers of literature who can powerfully argue their points, and outspoken students discover new channels for their voices in writing. While boosting reading comprehension, the whole novel approach can be successfully integrated into other classroom programs. 'Yes, yes. To read a well-crafted book requires a leap of faith, losing oneself for a time. And yet we don't practice-much less even encourage-that kind of reading in our schools. Ariel Sacks both makes the argument for doing so and offers the stories we need from classrooms where it's being done.' -Deborah Meier, teacher, author, and board member of the Coalition of Essential Schools 'Reminiscent of masterworks, Ariel's book is an exquisite blending of the best in literacy theory and classroom practice that could only be written by someone who actually does this every day with real students.' -Renee A. Moore, NBCT, English teacher, author, and education blogger
From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy For God... 'And God Said 'Billy!' is laugh-out loud funny from page one. It's downright insightful throughout and takes readers deep into the shallow psyche of a sincere Charismatic-Evangelical whose God fails him. That failure turns out, through a hilarious series of tragic-comic reversals, to be - let's just say something close to miraculous. I love this novel.' -- Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/blogger. 'Honest, humorous and sure to rankle those who believe that being human means being certain.' -- Kevin Miller director of 'Hellbound?' the movie. 'When the family business is religion, it is especially perilous. To millions of evangelical Christians, the Schaeffer name is royal, and Frank Schaeffer is the reluctant, wayward, traitorous prince. His crime... is turning his back on Christian conservatives.' The New York Times. 'Frank Schaeffer exposes the insanity and the corruption of what has become a powerful and frightening force in American politics... As someone who has made redemption his work, he has, in fact, shown amazing grace.' -- Jane Smiley Pulitzer Prize winner and author of A Thousand Acres. And God Said, 'Billy!' is a darkly comic coming-of-age story written by the master story teller that House of Sand and Fog author Andre Dubus III hailed as the funniest American writer since Mark Twain. The story is set in the 1980s and is about Billy, a young fundamentalist Christian who feels called to go to Hollywood to make 'God's movie.' But everything goes off the rails when he accepts a job to direct a soft-porn slasher/exploitation film in apartheid-era South Africa. He makes this 'It's a deal not a movie' picture even though he has to bust the US entertainment industry's anti-apartheid sanctions in hopes his 'worldly movie' will be 'used by God' as a 'stepping stone' to making his own divinely sanctioned 'End Times' picture. Billy loses his fundamentalist faith, his film career, his family and mo
p.p1 History comes alive for kids like no textbook can in this epic account of the American Civil War that's perfect for history buffs and reluctant readers! From courageous cavalry rides deep into enemy territory to harrowing covert missions undertaken by spies and soldiers, the events of the American Civil War were filled with daring figures and amazing feats. This exhilarating overview covers the biggest battles as well as captivating lesser-known moments to entertain kids with unbelievable (and totally true) tales of one of America's most fascinating conflicts. History buff, Civil War reenactor, and popular blogger Ben Thompson uses his extensive knowledge and vivid storytelling style to bring the Civil War to life in this first book in a thrilling new series featuring incredible people, events, and civilizations. Get ready to learn just how awesome history can be!
Gladstone, the so-called 'Internet Messiah,' has not only failed to bring back the Web, but his search has landed him in a New York City psychiatric ward. The rest of the world isn't doing so well either, filled with disconnected Internet users still jonesing for a fix, and an increasingly draconian Government, interrogating and detaining anyone deemed a 'person of interest' under the NET Recovery Act. For Gladstone, however, finding the Net is less important than heading to Los Angeles to win back his ex-wife. He takes up residence on the couch of his old friend, gossip-blogger Tobey, while trying to rebuild his lost romance. But when Gladstone's old journal account of the Internet Apocalypse goes 'paper viral,' his newfound celebrity puts him at the forefront of the Internet Reclamation Movement. Soon he is a target for shadowy government agents, and a reluctant collaborator with Anonymous who provides a clue that promises to explain the Internet's disappearance. Full of funny yet cutting social commentary, Agents of the Internet Apocalypse continues the trilogy that imagines a dystopian world without the Web.
History comes alive for kids like no textbook can in this epic account of the time of the Vikings that's perfect for history buffs and reluctant readers! Contains awesome illustrations! From battle-axe-wielding tribes plundering the greatest cities of Europe to powerful kings and queens ruling their dominions with iron fists, the Vikings were some of the most feared and fearless figures in European history. Find the bravest heroes, the most menacing villains, and unbelievably awesome facts and myths inside this action-packed overview that will amaze kids with tales of a people so incredible...it's hard to believe they were real. History buff and popular blogger Ben Thompson's lively storytelling style brings the Vikings back to life in this second book in the exhilarating Guts & Glory series!