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A Sunday Times (UK) Book of the Year Shortlisted • Society of Authors' Somerset Maugham Award A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week The best-selling author of The Secret Lives of Color returns with this rollicking narrative of the 30,000-year history of fabric, briskly told through thirteen charismatic episodes. From colorful 30,000-year-old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to the Indian calicoes that sparked the Industrial Revolution, The Golden Thread weaves an illuminating story of human ingenuity. Design journalist Kassia St. Clair guides us through the technological advancements and cultural customs that would redefi ne human civilization—from the fabric that allowed mankind to achieve extraordinary things (traverse the oceans and shatter athletic records) and survive in unlikely places (outer space and the South Pole). She peoples her story with a motley cast of characters, including Xiling, the ancient Chinese empress credited with inventing silk, to Richard the Lionhearted and Bing Crosby. Offering insights into the economic and social dimensions of clothmaking—and countering the enduring, often demeaning, association of textiles as “merely women’s work”—The Golden Thread offers an alternative guide to our past, present, and future.

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Genre: Art
Author: Kassia St. Clair
Publisher: Liveright Publishing
Release: 2019-11-12
File: 368 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781631496363

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The Golden Thread traces the interconnectedness of esoteric wisdom in the Western world, from classical antiquity to contemporary Europe and America. Joscelyn Godwin lends personal perspective to an arrangement of text that is historical and wisdom that is timeless, creating a source of inspiration that calls us to action in our everyday spiritual practice. Every chapter, therefore, makes reference to some aspect of contemporary life and issues of immediate concern. Elegantly written and not without irony and humor, readers will appreciate the non-threatening tone of Godwin’s writing, which is not meant to preach or convert but rather inform the public on an often baffling field. Educated readers who are curious about the esoteric and mystery traditions and interested in finding surprising, new approaches to subjects that veer away from the trends of current thought will be particularly drawn to this book.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Joscelyn Godwin
Publisher: Quest Books
Release: 2014-04-01
File: 212 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780835631020

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Investigative reporter Ravi Somaiya uncovers the mystery behind the death of renowned diplomat and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld in this true story of spies, intrigue, and unsolved crimes. On Sept. 17, 1961, Dag Hammarskjöld boarded a Douglas DC6 propeller plane on the sweltering tarmac of the airport in Leopoldville, the capital of the Congo. Hours later, he would be found dead in an African jungle with an ace of spades playing card placed on his body. Hammarskjöld had been head of the United Nations for nine years. He was legendary for his dedication to peace on earth. But dark forces circled him: a powerful and connected group of people from an array of nations and organizations -- including the CIA, the KGB, underground militant groups, business tycoons, and others -- were determined to see Hammarskjöld fail. A riveting work of investigative journalism based on never-before-seen evidence, recently revealed first-hand accounts, and groundbreaking new interviews, The Golden Thread reveals the truth behind one of the great murder mysteries of the Cold War.

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Genre: True Crime
Author: Ravi Somaiya
Publisher: Twelve
Release: 2020-07-07
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781455536535

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The constant reappearance of the Ancient or Ageless Wisdom, that body of inner or esoteric teaching handed down from remote times in a form suitable to the period has always attracted the minds of thoughtful people. Through its remarkable preservation and continuity it has been compared in symbol to a golden thread: a spiritual life-line waxing or waning in clarity and intensity from century to century.

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Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Author: Natalie N. Banks
Publisher: Lucis Publishing Companies
Release: 1999
File: 52 Pages
ISBN-13: 0853301271

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A beloved toy fox becomes lost, tattered, repaired, and loved for his imperfections

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Suzanne Del Rizzo
Publisher: Owlkids
Release: 2020-04-15
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: 1771473606

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A calligraphy expert traces the history of the written word from Mesopotamia to the digital revolutions of today in “a book no bibliophile should miss” (Publishers Weekly). From the simple representative shapes used to record transactions of goods and services in ancient Mesopotamia to the sophisticated typographical resources available to people in the 21st century, the story of writing is the story of human civilization itself. Here, calligraphy expert Ewan Clayton explores the social and cultural impact of the invention of the alphabet; the replacement of the papyrus scroll with the codex in the late Roman period; a fifteenth century printing innovation that led to the spread of literacy; the industrialization of printing during the Industrial Revolution; the impact of artistic Modernism on the written word in the early twentieth century—and of the digital switchover at the century’s close. The Golden Thread also explores urgent issues for today’s era of written communication. Chief among these is the fundamental question: “What does it mean to be literate in the early twenty-first century?”

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Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Author: Ewan Clayton
Publisher: Catapult
Release: 2014-02-11
File: 416 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781619023505

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The life of a Mafia princess was supposed to have its perks, but for Leanna Jade Bryony, it was just the opposite. She thought she knew all the finite details that organized crime had to offer. She knew how to disappear, how to survive, and she wasn't afraid to be down right lethal. Of all the grimy details that helped her stay on the run there was one that stopped her dead in her tracks, holding her hostage... one that promised to give her life and take it from her within the same breath. This promise was her double-edged sword, the strongest and yet the most fragile. If giving up her life was the only way to protect it, save it, and ensure that it could continue to live then she would gladly do it. She would do anything for love...even if it killed her.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Celestine Forza
Publisher:
Release: 2009-10-01
File: 212 Pages
ISBN-13: 0982554222

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Author: Laëtitia Houdebine
Publisher:
Release: 2018
File: 100 Pages
ISBN-13: 2954847239

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Acclaimed worship artist Darlene Zschech walks readers through the valley of her cancer diagnosis, and shows us all how maintaining a posture of worship before the Lord can create an oasis in the storm. Storms are an inevitable part of life. Rain falls on both the godly and ungodly, but God is always present, always near. Darlene shares how storms are opportunities for us to go deeper in faith and call us to worship.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Darlene Zschech
Publisher: Emanate Books
Release: 2018-11-06
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780785219545

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After worrying with this situation of God' all of my live, I am reconciled that there is no God of the relationship I have always been taught. -- God' started this whole thing with a Big Bang? (Not if he looked anything like us or cared what we do, especially in this pitiable state of evolution). By studying our past we find that Man has always had a sense of longing to be better, someone or something to worship, but he was wise enough to call it what it is: his ideas. This does not encompass the other side of the coin, or dark side of our beings, which I have covered in this book. --We have discovered that we are so small in the whole scheme of things, an infinitesimal amount of energy, (like one grain of sand in the whole desert of all our world). Here we are one small atom in the galaxies of space, temporarily ruled by one set of mammals, does it really make a difference what we learn? --I suppose it does make a difference to us --(not that we can do anything about it, except to try).

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Patt Mills
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Release: 2009-04-01
File: 660 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781434330000

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