♥ Book Title : STRANGER TO THE GROUND
☯ Full Synopsis : "Richard Bach’s first book, Stranger to the Ground is above all else an insight into the character of a man whose great compulsion is to measure himself against storm and night and fear. On the surface it is the tale of a memorable mission of a young fighter pilot utilizing his skills in a lonely duel with death. Yet between the lines emerges the portrait of the airman as a breed, probing outward, but even more significantly, inward."Article| Richard Bach| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Walk on Earth a Stranger
☯ Full Synopsis : "A New York Times bestseller and National Book Award longlist selection The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America. Walk on Earth a Stranger begins an epic saga from one of the finest writers of young adult literature. Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns series, dazzles with the first book in the Gold Seer Trilogy, introducing a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance, as only she can."Article| Rae Carson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Snake Pilot
☯ Full Synopsis : "Flies the reader into combat with the same elite air cavalry unit portrayed in the film "Apocalypse Now""Article| Randy R. Zahn| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Stranger in Two Worlds
☯ Full Synopsis : "In her stunning New York Times bestseller, Jean Harris details her journey from headmistress to prison inmate. On March l0, l980, her life changed dramatically when the bullets intended for her struck down her longtime lover, the Scarsdale Diet doctor, Herman Tarnower. Now in her own words Jean Harris tells the true and unforgettable story of her tragedy and personal triumph."Article| Jean Harris| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Stranger on the Beach
☯ Full Synopsis : "‘A Stranger on the Beach rides its rising tide of terror to a finale that blanched my knuckles. An exceptionally suspenseful thriller’ AJ Finn From the bestselling author of It's Always the Husband comes a novel about a love triangle that begins on a fateful night..."Article| Michele Campbell| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Stranger in the Moonlight
☯ Full Synopsis : "In the second novel in her bestselling Edilean trilogy, Jude Deveraux returns to the idyllic Virginia town where three best girlfriends joyfully reunite as they each seek out their heartfelt dreams and desires. Kim Aldredge is delighted that her dear college "sister" Jecca has found lasting love with Kim's cousin Tristan. But despite her flourishing jewelry-making career, Kim's own happiness seems as distant as the childhood summer when she played the hours away with young Travis Merritt, who came to Edilean with his mother under mysterious circumstances. At the end of that innocent season, he promised Kim he would return one day . . . and then vanished without even a goodbye. Years later, a worn photo is Kim's only proof of the perfect joy they shared. But when she least expects it, Travis, now a savvy Manhattan attorney, will crash into her life once more. Will Kim see the boy she knew under the man he's become?"Article| Jude Deveraux| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Stranger and the Statesman: James Smithson, John Quincy Adams, and the Making of America's Greatest Museum
☯ Full Synopsis : "In her illuminating and dramatic biography The Stranger and the Statesman, New York Times bestselling author Nina Burleigh reveals a little-known slice of history in the life and times of the man responsible for the creation of the United States' principal cultural institution, the Smithsonian. It was one of the nineteenth century's greatest philanthropic gifts - and one of its most puzzling mysteries. In 1829, a wealthy English naturalist named James Smithson left his library, mineral collection, and entire fortune to the "United States of America, to found... an establishment for the increase & diffusion of Knowledge among men" - even though he had never visited the United States or known any Americans. In this fascinating book, Burleigh pieces together the reclusive benefactor's life, beginning with his origins as the Paris-born illegitimate son of the first Duke of Northumberland and a wild adventuress who preserved for her son a fortune through gall and determination. The book follows Smithson through his university years and his passionate study of minerals across Europe during the chaos of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Detailed are his imprisonment - simply for being an Englishman in the wrong place - his experiences in the gambling dens of France, and his lonely and painstaking scientific pursuits. After Smithson's death, nineteenth-century American politicians were given the task of securing his half-million dollars - the equivalent today of $50 million - and then trying to determine how to increase and diffuse knowledge from the muddy, brawling new city of Washington. Burleigh discloses how Smithson's bequest was nearly lost due to fierce battles among many clashing Americans - Southern slavers, states' rights advocates, nation-builders, corrupt frontiersmen, and Anglophobes who argued over whether a gift from an Englishman should even be accepted. She also reveals the efforts of the unsung heroes, mainly former president John Quincy Adams, whose tireless efforts finally saw Smithson's curious notion realized in 1846, with a castle housing the United States' first and greatest cultural and scientific establishment."Article| Nina Burleigh| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Wayfaring Stranger
☯ Full Synopsis : "Can you feel nostalgic for a life you've never known? Suffused with her much-loved warmth and wit, Emma John's memoir follows her moving and memorable journey to master one of the hardest musical styles on earth - and to find her place in an alien world. Emma had fallen out of love with her violin when a chance trip to the American South introduced her to bluegrass music. Classically trained, highly strung and wedded to London life, Emma was about as country as a gin martini. So why did it feel like a homecoming? Answering that question takes Emma deep into the Appalachian mountains, where she uncovers a hidden culture that confounds every expectation - and learns some emotional truths of her own."Article| Emma John| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Stranger in a Strange Land
☯ Full Synopsis : "The original uncut edition of STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Hugo Award winner Robert A Heinlein - one of the most beloved, celebrated science-fiction novels of all time. Epic, ambitious and entertaining, STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND caused controversy and uproar when it was first published and is still topical and challenging today. Twenty-five years ago, the first manned mission to Mars was lost, and all hands presumed dead. But someone survived... Born on the doomed spaceship and raised by the Martians who saved his life, Valentine Michael Smith has never seen a human being until the day a second expedition to Mars discovers him. Upon his return to Earth, a young nurse named Jill Boardman sneaks into Smith's hospital room and shares a glass of water with him, a simple act for her but a sacred ritual on Mars. Now, connected by an incredible bond, Smith, Jill and a writer named Jubal must fight to protect a right we all take for granted: the right to love."Article| Robert A. Heinlein| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Stranger Among You
☯ Full Synopsis : "Where do secular liberals and religious conservatives stand shoulder to shoulder? In refugee resettlement. It turns out that a literal reading of the Bible dovetails neatly with what some see is as a liberal cause. But refugee resettlement is not blue or red. It's a unifying cause, as documented in "The Stranger Among You: How the Faith-Based Refugee Resettlement Movement is Shattering Our Red and Blue Silos." The book covers a national movement in the Bible Belt and other red states that sees evangelicals and other religious conservatives taking the words of the Bible literally and treating the foreigner as their neighbor, and that neighbor as their brother or sister. These are people seeking to live the words of the Bible in Matthew, John, and Leviticus by helping the very refugees the Trump administration seeks to keep out of the country. And in doing so they are reaching out to the community beyond their church doors. The result: Trump voters and Clinton voters, pro-lifers and pro-choicers, the religious and the secular are leaving their political comfort zones to work in solidarity to support refugees here in the U.S. It's a grassroots movement flying beneath the radar of professional prognosticators and armchair political junkies. Pundits both professional and amateurs look at the big numbers--80 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump (they always vote Republican)--and miss the story behind them. And that is the fact that not everyone who is Republican or religious is in lockstep with all of the national party's positions. And that includes not just do-gooders laboring in the trenches but elected leaders like Republican governors. In an era in which this nation seems increasingly polarized, barricading themselves in political bunkers on the left and the right, there are some chinks in the walls so many of us seem to be hiding behind. In fact there's turmoil within the ranks of religious conservatives. Many are deeply disturbed by the fact that Donald Trump has become their nominal leader. Pastors supporting Trump garner the headlines. What many miss are the full-page ads repeatedly taken out in national media like the New York Times in which evangelical and other conservative religious leaders protest the Trump administration's stance on refugees. Groups like the National Association of Evangelicals have testified in Congress in favor of admitting more refugees. And, at home, social-justice minded evangelicals work to help the very people the Trump administration seeks to ban. Going to church, it turns out, has a moderating effect. Conservatives who go to church frequently are far more open to "the other," those "outside the camp," the very people Jesus reached out to help. The New York Times has reported that evangelicals are questioning the typical ties between evangelicalism and Republican politics. It said many young evangelicals "struggle with an administration they see as hostile to immigrants, Muslims, L.G.B.T.Q. people, and the poor. They feel it reflects a loss of humanity, which conflicts with their spiritual call." And a September 2018 study by the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, a collaborative group of analysts and scholars from across the political spectrum, found that Trump voters who go to church frequently were less enthusiastic about travel bans on Muslims immigrating to the U.S. and had more favorable feelings toward Muslims overall. And the people behind these numbers speak to you in The Stranger Among You."Article| Rice Kate| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : I Am a Stranger Here Myself
☯ Full Synopsis : "Part history, part memoir, I Am a Stranger Here Myself taps dimensions of human yearning: the need to belong, the snarl of family history, and embracing womanhood in the patriarchal American West. Gwartney becomes fascinated with the missionary Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, the first Caucasian woman to cross the Rocky Mountains and one of fourteen people killed at the Whitman Mission in 1847 by Cayuse Indians. Whitman’s role as a white woman drawn in to “settle” the West reflects the tough-as-nails women in Gwartney’s own family. Arranged in four sections as a series of interlocking explorations and ruminations, Gwartney uses Whitman as a touchstone to spin a tightly woven narrative about identity, the power of womanhood, and coming to peace with one’s most cherished place."Article| Debra Gwartney| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Stranger's Child
☯ Full Synopsis : "Embraced by the family of his Cambridge schoolmate, Cecil Valance writes an inspiring poem in an autograph album that becomes a staple of every English classroom after he is killed during World War I. By the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty. 75,000 first printing."Article| Alan Hollinghurst| Statement ..."