The Father The Son And The Pyjama Wearing Spirit

Author: Dominic Garcin
Publisher: Garnet Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781859643679
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The Father The Son And The Pyjama Wearing Spirit from the Author: Dominic Garcin. There is something extraordinary about Cambridge philosophy student Gian Paolo Friedrich. From the strange visions that people have in his presence, to his uncanny ability to touch the hearts of total strangers, Gian Paolo is not like other people. Unnervingly enigmatic, he claims to be ‘newer’; to experience feelings that nobody else has ever felt before. Is he a superior being, or is he psychotic? Psychiatrist Joy Small is treating Gian Paolo, and diagnoses him with early-stage psychosis. But as the events around her become extraordinary, she starts to question this initial diagnosis and wonders if Gian Paolo actually does have some kind of divine power. The question of who he really is becomes an obsession for her. Until she finds the answer, she won’t know whether to publish the anti-Christian creed he claims will save mankind, or whether to bury his ideas quietly in a file. If he is a Homo superior, his deconstruction of Christianity is a revelation, but if he’s psychotic, her Catholic beliefs are safe. Through this novel the author presents his alternative philosophy on creation and the evolution of humankind. The possibility that Gian Paolo could be the second coming of Christ creates space for a series of taboo-shattering satires, such as the analogy between Gian Paolo’s relationship with his father and that of Man to God. The novel challenges the biblical vision of heaven on earth, as Gian Paolo reveals his wish that science would isolate the extraordinary elements of DNA that he believes he possesses and use them to engineer generations of super-beings, who will in turn make the world into paradise.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448139880
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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas from the Author: John Boyne. 'Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone' Nine-year-old Bruno has a lot of things on his mind. Who is the 'Fury'? Why did he make them leave their nice home in Berlin to go to 'Out-With' ? And who are all the sad people in striped pyjamas on the other side of the fence? The grown-ups won't explain so Bruno decides there is only one thing for it - he will have to explore this place alone. What he discovers is a new friend. A boy with the very same birthday. A boy in striped pyjamas. But why can't they ever play together? BACKSTORY: Read an interview with the author JOHN BOYNE and learn all about the Second World War in Germany.

The God Problem

Author: Howard Bloom
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1616145528
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The God Problem from the Author: Howard Bloom. God’s war crimes, Aristotle’s sneaky tricks, Einstein’s pajamas, information theory’s blind spot, Stephen Wolfram’s new kind of science, and six monkeys at six typewriters getting it wrong. What do these have to do with the birth of a universe and with your need for meaning? Everything, as you’re about to see. How does the cosmos do something it has long been thought only gods could achieve? How does an inanimate universe generate stunning new forms and unbelievable new powers without a creator? How does the cosmos create? That’s the central question of this book, which finds clues in strange places. Why A does not equal A. Why one plus one does not equal two. How the Greeks used kickballs to reinvent the universe. And the reason that Polish-born Benoît Mandelbrot—the father of fractal geometry—rebelled against his uncle. You’ll take a scientific expedition into the secret heart of a cosmos you’ve never seen. Not just any cosmos. An electrifyingly inventive cosmos. An obsessive-compulsive cosmos. A driven, ambitious cosmos. A cosmos of colossal shocks. A cosmos of screaming, stunning surprise. A cosmos that breaks five of science’s most sacred laws. Yes, five. And you’ll be rewarded with author Howard Bloom’s provocative new theory of the beginning, middle, and end of the universe—the Bloom toroidal model, also known as the big bagel theory—which explains two of the biggest mysteries in physics: dark energy and why, if antimatter and matter are created in equal amounts, there is so little antimatter in this universe. Called "truly awesome" by Nobel Prize–winner Dudley Herschbach, The God Problem will pull you in with the irresistible attraction of a black hole and spit you out again enlightened with the force of a big bang. Be prepared to have your mind blown. From the Hardcover edition.

The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down

Author: Anne Fadiman
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429931113
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The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down from the Author: Anne Fadiman. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors. Lia's pediatricians, Neil Ernst and his wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: that of Western medicine. When Lia Lee Entered the American medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication. Parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could hardly have been more different. The Hmong see illness aand healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe, while medical community marks a division between body and soul, and concerns itself almost exclusively with the former. Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons; her parents called her illness, qaug dab peg--the spirit catches you and you fall down--and ascribed it to the wandering of her soul. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices.

The Shack

Author: Wm. Paul Young
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1455523046
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The Shack from the Author: Wm. Paul Young. The powerful story found in The Shack written by Wm. Paul Young stole the hearts of millions and rocketed to fame by word-of-mouth, making it a phenomenon in publishing history. Now, THE SHACK: REFLECTIONS FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR provides an opportunity for you to go back to the shack with Papa, Sarayu, and Jesus. This 365 day devotional selects meaningful quotes from THE SHACK and adds prayers writer by W. Paul Young to inspire, encourage, and uplift you every day of the year.

The Selector Of Souls

Author: Shauna Singh Baldwin
Publisher: Knopf Canada
ISBN: 0307362949
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The Selector Of Souls from the Author: Shauna Singh Baldwin. The Selector of Souls begins with a scene that is terrifying, harrowing and yet strangely tender: we're in the mid ranges of the Himalayas as a young woman gives birth to her third child with the help of her mother, Damini. The birth brings no joy, just a horrible accounting, and the act that follows--the huge sacrifice made by Damini out of love of her daughter--haunts the novel. In Shauna Singh Baldwin's enthralling novel, two fascinating, strong-willed women must deal with the relentless logic forced upon them by survival: Damini, a Hindu midwife, and Anu, who flees an abusive marriage for the sanctuary of the Catholic church. When Sister Anu comes to Damini's home village to open a clinic, their paths cross, and each are certain they are doing what's best for women. What do health, justice, education and equality mean for women when India is marching toward prosperity, growth and becoming a nuclear power? If the baby girls and women around them are to survive, Damini and Anu must find creative ways to break with tradition and help this community change from within.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448198038
Size: 31.62 MB
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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas from the Author: John Boyne. Bruno doesn't like his new house. He had to leave all his friends behind in Berlin, and there are no children to play with here - until Bruno meets Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the wire fence near Bruno's house, and who wears a strange uniform of striped pyjamas. A stunning anniversary edition of John Boyne's powerful classic bestseller, with illustrations from award-winning artist Oliver Jeffers.

The Road To Dalhousie

Author: Charles Seems
Publisher: Petra Books
ISBN: 1927032105
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The Road To Dalhousie from the Author: Charles Seems. "You cannot change the wind, but you can adjust your sails." A fictional biography showing the difficulties surrounding family and social relationships in small-town Eastern Canada when one's in-built direction is homosexual. "Although I felt relieved that things were now in the open, it took both my mother and I a bit of time before we were comfortable being around each other ... she may not have understood that it wasn't a choice I was making but rather an acceptance of what I couldn't change." Uneasy that something could happen to his parents on their trip to Europe, Richard decides to return home to northern New Brunswick with his friend Norman. During the twelve-hour odyssey, they reminisce about growing up in small-town, catholic Dalhousie, and share thoughts on their respective coming-out stories and their relation-ships with their mothers. Richard's easy life in Ottawa changes when Norman's pre-mon-ition comes true. Charles Seems was born in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Canada and has travelled the world. Charles is a teacher, writer, human resources manager and interior designer. He lives in Ottawa with his spouse Robert.

Beautiful Boy

Author: David Sheff
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547347929
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Beautiful Boy from the Author: David Sheff. What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic. Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.