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Perfect for readers of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, a perceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy. Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred...until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin’s parents are left dead and Beauty’s daughter goes missing. After Robin is sent to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, and the two forge an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection. Told through Beauty and Robin's alternating perspectives, the interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid-era South Africa. Hum If You Don’t Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Bianca Marais
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2017-07-11
File: 432 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780399575075

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Perfect for readers ofThe Secret Life of BeesandThe Help,aperceptive and searing look at Apartheid-era South Africa, told through one unique family brought together by tragedy. Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband's death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred...until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin's parents are left dead and Beauty's daughter goes missing. After Robin is sent to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, and the two forge an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection. Told through Beauty and Robin's alternating perspectives, the interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid-era South Africa. Hum If You Don't Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Bianca Marais
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2018-03-06
File: 426 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780399575082

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From the author of the beloved Hum If You Don't Know the Words comes a rich, unforgettable story of three unique women in post-Apartheid South Africa who are brought together in their darkest time and discover the ways that love can transcend the strictest of boundaries. In a squatter camp on the outskirts of Johannesburg, seventeen-year-old Zodwa lives in desperate poverty, under the shadowy threat of a civil war and a growing AIDS epidemic. Eight months pregnant, Zodwa carefully guards secrets that jeopardize her life. Across the country, wealthy socialite Ruth appears to have everything her heart desires, but it's what she can't have that leads to her breakdown. Meanwhile, in Zaire, a disgraced former nun, Delilah, grapples with a past that refuses to stay buried. When these personal crises send both middle-aged women back to their rural hometown to heal, the discovery of an abandoned newborn baby upends everything, challenging their lifelong beliefs about race, motherhood, and the power of the past. As the mystery surrounding the infant grows, the complicated lives of Zodwa, Ruth, and Delilah become inextricably linked. What follows is a mesmerizing look at family and identity that asks: How far will the human heart go to protect itself and the ones it loves?

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Bianca Marais
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2019-07-16
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780735219328

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In this collection of essays, Bromberger explores the centrality of questions and predicaments they create in scientific research. He discusses the nature of explanation, theory, and the foundations of linguistics.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Sylvain Bromberger
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release: 1992
File: 231 Pages
ISBN-13: 0226075400

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Ninth-grader Philip Malloy's suspension for humming "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Avi
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release: 2010-01-01
File: 177 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780545174152

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When Christie Purifoy arrived at Maplehurst that September, she was heavily pregnant with both her fourth child and her dreams of creating a sanctuary that would be a fixed point in her busily spinning world. The sprawling Victorian farmhouse sitting atop a Pennsylvania hill held within its walls the possibility of a place where her family could grow, where friends could gather, and where Christie could finally grasp and hold the thing we all long for--home. In lyrical, contemplative prose, Christie slowly unveils the small trials and triumphs of that first year at Maplehurst--from summer's intense heat and autumn's glorious canopy through winter's still whispers and spring's gentle mercies. Through stories of planting and preserving, of opening the gates wide to neighbors, and of learning to speak the language of a place, Christie invites readers into the joy of small beginnings and the knowledge that the kingdom of God is with us here and now. Anyone who has felt the longing for home, who yearns to reconnect with the beauty of nature, and who values the special blessing of deep relationships with family and friends will love finding themselves in this story of earthly beauty and soaring hope.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Christie Purifoy
Publisher: Revell
Release: 2016-02-02
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781493401796

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At last, a parents? guide to understanding, treating, and living with childhood apraxia (CSA). Written in an empathic style by a parent who ?has been there?, SPEAKING OF APRAXIA offers hope and practical advice for parents of toddlers to teens with this neurologically-based motor speech disorder. Characterized by difficulties with planning and producing the complex set of movements necessary for intelligible speech, CSA can be a child's only diagnosis or can be accompanied by other special needs such as learning disabilities, Down syndrome, or autism. Parents and professionals will appreciate the author's clear explanations of everything from diagnosing CSA, working with speech language pathologists (SLPs), to understanding how to distinguish it from other speech disorders, and getting appropriate early intervention and special education support. Drawing on the latest research, professionals? insights, her own and other parents? experience, the author covers these important topics: ?I: The Straight Scoop on Speech Basics--CSA definition; An Overview of Speech & Language; Where to Get Help and What to Ask; Your First Appointment with an SLP ?II: Now What?!--Getting, Coping with and Understanding the Diagnosis; Health & Genetics; All about Speech Therapy ?III: Helping Your Child--Complementary and Alternative Medical and Treatment Approaches (Diet, Music, Movement Therapy and More) ?IV: Off to School--Getting Ready; Special Education Ins & Outs; Phonological Awareness; Reading Issues ?V: Coping & Hoping--Dealing with Emotions and Family Life; What the Future May Hold; Networking, Support Groups, and Advocacy ?Appendices: Information on insurance, summer camps and enrichment programs, a history of CSA, and a glossary of terms. SPEAKING OF APRAXIA is a comprehensive and authoritative resource any family, SLP, occupational therapist, or pediatric practice will be glad to own or recommend.

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Genre: Education
Author: Leslie A. Lindsay
Publisher:
Release: 2012
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 1606130617

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**Finalist for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Best Short Story Award! Writer's Block, by Kevin Thornton. From the dangerous streets of Johannesburg to the hallowed halls of Toronto's academia, from the raging swell of the English Channel, to the white sands of Canada's Atlantic playground, crime is indeed a global affair. World Enough and Crime, the second in our Excerpt Flight Deck series of anthologies, features stories by such award-winning authors as: Rosemary Aubert, Kevin P. Thornton, Melodie Campbell, M.H. Callway, Steven Moore, Joan O'Callaghan, Jayne Barnard and Rosemary McCracken, as well as emerging authors John Thompson, Bianca Marais, Judy Penz Sheluk and Ed Piwowarczyk. Donna Carrick is the author of The First Excellence, Gold And Fishes and The Noon God, as well as several short story anthologies. In 2011, The First Excellence won the Indie Book Event Award. Her story "Watermelon Weekend," featured in THIRTEEN by the Mesdames of Mayhem (Carrick Publishing) was a finalist for the prestigious Arthur Ellis Best Short Story Award in 2014. Alex Carrick is the author of four books of short stories. "Four Scoops" Is Over The Top features "Caboose Follies," which received Honorable Mention in the 2011 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. "Three Scoops" Is A Blast! includes the 2010 Lorian Hemingway Honorable Mention winner, "The Size Of The Skip." In May 2012, Writer's Digest chose Alex's site for its Blog of the Week. The accompanying description said, "Alex Carrick's blog is clean, crisp and entertaining. His stories range from humorous to thought-provoking, making it a fun read." Contents: Crime...Noun, Michael C. Slater Doctor Shediac, Donna Carrick The Case of the Carriageless Horse, Steven M. Moore Cover Girl, Melodie Campbell The Prime Suspect, Rosemary Aubert What Fresh Hell Is This? John Thompson The Savages Among Us, Bianca Marais Antonia, Rosemary McCracken Delights in Novelty, Brad Ling Runaway, Joan O'Callaghan Live Free or Die, Judy Penz Sheluk Writer's Block, Kevin P. Thornton Belief, Jane Petersen Burfield Ghost Protocol, Angie Capozello The Angels Wait, Ed Piwowarczyk The Ultimate Mystery, M.H. Callway An Inexpensive Piece, C.A. Rowland A Locked Room Puzzle, Anne Barton Danger by Moonlight, Anne Barton Leverage, Andrea Kikuchi Potluck, Lynne Murphy Easter Aches, Jayne Barnard The Peace of Mind Thief, Alex Carrick

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Genre: Criminals
Author: Donna Carrick
Publisher:
Release: 2014-10-21
File: 298 Pages
ISBN-13: 1927114918

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In May’s debut collection, poems buzz and purr like a well-oiled chassis. Grit, trial, and song thrum through tight syntax and deft prosody. From the resilient pulse of an abandoned machine to the sinuous lament of origami animals, here is the ever-changing hum that vibrates through us all, connecting one mind to the next. “Linguistically acrobatic [and] beautifully crafted. . . [Jamaal May's] poems, exquisitely balanced by a sharp intelligence mixed with earnestness, makes his debut a marvel.” —Publishers Weekly “The elegant and laconic intelligence in these poems, their skepticism and bent humor and deliberately anti-Romantic stance toward experience are completely refreshing. After so much contemporary writing that seems all flash, no mind and no heart, these poems show how close observation of the world and a gift for plain-spoken, but eloquent speech, can give to poetry both dignity and largeness of purpose, and do it in an idiom that is pitch perfect to emotional nuance and fine intellectual distinctions. Hard-headed and tough-minded, Hum is the epitome of what Frost meant by ‘a fresh look and a fresh listen.’” —Tom Sleigh "Jamaal May’s debut collection, Hum, is concerned with what’s beneath the surfaces of things—the unseen that eats away at us or does the work of sustaining us. Reading these poems, I was reminded of Ellison’s ‘lower frequencies,’ a voice speaking for us all. May has a fine ear, acutely attuned to the sonic textures of everyday experience. And Hum—a meditation on the machinery of living, an extended ode to sound and silence—is a compelling debut.” —Natasha Trethewey "In his percussive debut collection Hum, Jamaal May offers a salve for our phobias and restores the sublime to the urban landscape. Whether you need a friend to confide in, a healer to go to, or a tour guide to take you there, look no further. That low hum you hear are these poems, emanating both wisdom and swagger.” —A. Van Jordan From "Mechanophobia: Fear of Machines": There is no work left for the husks. Automated welders like us, your line replacements, can't expect sympathy after our bright arms of cable rust over. So come collect us for scrap, grind us up in the mouth of one of us. Let your hand pry at the access panel with the edge of a knife, silencing the motor and thrum. Jamaal May is a poet, editor, and filmmaker from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His poetry won the 2013 Indiana Review Poetry Prize and appears in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, The Believer, NER, and The Kenyon Review. Jamaal has earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and The Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University. He founded the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press.

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Genre: Poetry
Author: Jamaal May
Publisher: Alice James Books
Release: 2014-11-03
File: 80 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781938584220

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Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she's found it her mother says it's time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones. After her mother's sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she's never met. She can't imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home. Lyrical, poignant and fresh, The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Tracy Holczer
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2014-05-01
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780698158610

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