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This is Our Story

This is Our Story
Author: Ashley Elston
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2016-11-04
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 1484731867

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"Chilling and suspenseful, with just the right number of twists." --Kirkus Reviews Five boys went hunting. Four came back. And the evidence shows it could have been any one of them, in this thrilling mystery with a big twist, for fans of Courtney Summers. Kate Marino's senior year internship at the District Attorney's Office isn't exactly glamorous--more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys' case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families. Kate won't let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has personal reasons for seeking justice. As she gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all-and if she doesn't uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line including her own.


This is Our Story

This is Our Story
Author: Wendi Adelson
Publisher:
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2013
Genre: Human trafficking
ISBN: 9781611634570

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This Is Our Story follows the lives of Rosa and Mila, two young women from different countries who become victims of human trafficking when duped into domestic servitude and commercial sexual exploitation in the American Southeast. Their experiences with the underbelly of globalization here in our own backyard, and the legal battles they wage against their traffickers with their immigration attorney, Lily, are told in their own voices, and hers, in vivid and compelling detail. "Fortunately, Wendi Adelson has written a novel, based on her vast experience, that allows the reader to enter the painful and isolated world of human trafficking. She opens our minds and our hearts to the struggles of young women we would never have the opportunity to meet. We are captivated and devastated by her stories, and we want to learn more. Wendi's book deeply touched me, a grandmother with three young granddaughters, and it would certainly appeal to the high school and college students I serve every day. These are stories to be told and retold, until we work together both locally and internationally to assure that human trafficking is no longer tolerated."-- Rody Thompson, Southeast PeaceJam Director, Florida State University "In 'This Is Our Story,' Wendi Adelson has captured the reality of young trafficked women in the United States. The main protagonists are multi-dimensional, evoking sympathy and admiration as well as frustration and pity. She brings to life the utter disregard for human dignity that characterizes traffickers around the world. She movingly and persuasively demonstrates how the victims are brutalized into believing in their own lack of self-worth, lack of recourse, and lack of a future. The book ends with a bitter-sweet, frustrating, but all too real resolution that brings into stark relief the magnitude and gravity of human trafficking." -- Marisa Cianciarulo, Associate Professor of Law, Chapman University


The Black Church

The Black Church
Author: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Publisher: Penguin
Total Pages: 305
Release: 2022-01-18
Genre: History
ISBN: 1984880357

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The instant New York Times bestseller and companion book to the PBS series. “Absolutely brilliant . . . A necessary and moving work.” —Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., author of Begin Again “Engaging. . . . In Gates’s telling, the Black church shines bright even as the nation itself moves uncertainly through the gloaming, seeking justice on earth—as it is in heaven.” —Jon Meacham, New York Times Book Review From the New York Times bestselling author of Stony the Road and The Black Box, and one of our most important voices on the African American experience, comes a powerful new history of the Black church as a foundation of Black life and a driving force in the larger freedom struggle in America. For the young Henry Louis Gates, Jr., growing up in a small, residentially segregated West Virginia town, the church was a center of gravity—an intimate place where voices rose up in song and neighbors gathered to celebrate life's blessings and offer comfort amid its trials and tribulations. In this tender and expansive reckoning with the meaning of the Black Church in America, Gates takes us on a journey spanning more than five centuries, from the intersection of Christianity and the transatlantic slave trade to today’s political landscape. At road’s end, and after Gates’s distinctive meditation on the churches of his childhood, we emerge with a new understanding of the importance of African American religion to the larger national narrative—as a center of resistance to slavery and white supremacy, as a magnet for political mobilization, as an incubator of musical and oratorical talent that would transform the culture, and as a crucible for working through the Black community’s most critical personal and social issues. In a country that has historically afforded its citizens from the African diaspora tragically few safe spaces, the Black Church has always been more than a sanctuary. This fact was never lost on white supremacists: from the earliest days of slavery, when enslaved people were allowed to worship at all, their meetinghouses were subject to surveillance and destruction. Long after slavery’s formal eradication, church burnings and bombings by anti-Black racists continued, a hallmark of the violent effort to suppress the African American struggle for equality. The past often isn’t even past—Dylann Roof committed his slaughter in the Mother Emanuel AME Church 193 years after it was first burned down by white citizens of Charleston, South Carolina, following a thwarted slave rebellion. But as Gates brilliantly shows, the Black church has never been only one thing. Its story lies at the heart of the Black political struggle, and it has produced many of the Black community’s most notable leaders. At the same time, some churches and denominations have eschewed political engagement and exemplified practices of exclusion and intolerance that have caused polarization and pain. Those tensions remain today, as a rising generation demands freedom and dignity for all within and beyond their communities, regardless of race, sex, or gender. Still, as a source of faith and refuge, spiritual sustenance and struggle against society’s darkest forces, the Black Church has been central, as this enthralling history makes vividly clear.


The End of Our Story

The End of Our Story
Author: Meg Haston
Publisher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2017-04-04
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 0062335790

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Every love story has a breaking point... From the author of Paperweight comes the star-crossed romance of two high school friends in a tale rife with deeply buried secrets and shocking revelations. BEFORE: Bridge and Wil have been entangled in each other’s lives for years. Under the white-hot Florida sun, they went from kids daring each other to swim past the breakers to teenagers stealing kisses between classes. But when Bridge betrayed Wil during their junior year, she shattered his heart and their relationship along with it. AFTER: When Wil’s family suffers a violent loss, and Bridge rushes back to Wil’s side. As they struggle to heal old wounds and start falling for each other all over again, Bridge and Wil discover just how much has changed in the past year. Though they once knew each other’s every secret, they aren’t the same people they used to be. Bridge can’t imagine life without Wil, but sometimes love isn’t enough. Can they find their way back to each other, or will this be the end of their story?


The Yeti

The Yeti
Author: Rick Chesler
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2016-08-16
Genre:
ISBN: 9781536901443

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THE MOST INFAMOUS CRYPTID EVER TO CAPTURE THE IMAGINATION OF THE PLANET... A MAN PUTTING HIS LIFE AT RISK... When evolutionary biology professor Dr. Zack Hitchens loses his wife in a senseless accident, he decides to follow her dreams all the way to the roof of the world-- the peak of Mount Everest. On the infernal mountain, Zack and his teammates battle sickness, whiteout conditions, avalanches, the oxygen-starved minds of other climbers - and something else. Something primitive and consumed with rage. Something seeking revenge... Something downright abominable. PRAISE FOR THE YETI "THE YETI will take you on an insane trek up Mount Everest, draw you into the very real past, and send you spiraling toward the horrific possibilities surrounding the mountain's mysterious deaths. The perfect combination of great research and impossible to put down writing." -- Jeremy Robinson, international bestselling author of Apocalypse Machine and Project Nemesis


Our Story

Our Story
Author: Union J
Publisher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-09-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1405914122

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Join Union J as they embark on their journey to become THE next big boyband in Our Story! Only a few months ago Union J were just average guys, dreaming of performing on the X Factor stage, making music and having legions of fans screaming their names. And now that dream has become a reality. Follow Union J's unique journey from ordinary boys to stars as one of the most popular acts on X Factor 2012, in their first official memoir. Packed full of exclusive photos, behind-the-scenes gossip and the individual stories of JJ, Jaymi, Josh and George, Union J's Our Story is the book is a must-have for all J-Cats! Union J shot to stardom after reaching the X Factor finals in 2012. Jaymi, Josh and JJ had originally auditioned as a three piece called Triple J, but Louis selected soloist George to join the group, recognising their potential as a four. They have since played to sold out arenas around the country on the X Factor tour, signed a record deal with Sony Music and recorded their first single to be released in June 2013.


Blazermania

Blazermania
Author: Wayne Thompson
Publisher: Insight Editions
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2010-11-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9781608870127

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Guaranteed to delight NBA historians and Blazermaniacs a like, this release chronicles forty years of Portland Trail Blazers basketball with an amazing collection of anecdotes, rare photographs, and more. Guaranteed to delight NBA historians and Blazermaniacs alike, this release chronicles forty years of Portland Trail Blazers basketball with an amazing collection of anecdotes, rare photographs, and more. Blazermania: This is Our Story captures the magic moments and behind-the-scenes stories that have unfolded in the four decades since Harry Glickman and his serendipitous raincoat first brought professional basketball to Portland. The book highlights great moments, reveals long lost anecdotes, and uncovers photographs from the vast archives of the Trail Blazers and The Oregonian. The book takes an in-depth look at an array of topics, including: - The birth of “Rip City” and the team’s rise to prominence. - Dr. Jack Ramsay’s arrival and the road to the 1977 NBA championship. - The career and legacy of Bill Walton, the mercurial, star-crossed center. - Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, and the beloved two-time Western Conference champions. - A new tradition of excellence, led by Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, and LaMarcus Aldridge - The team’s biggest characters, overachievers, and winners. Learn how one of the NBA’s smallest cities was transformed into one of basketball’s foremost meccas, hosting 814 straight sellouts, 21-straight playoff appearances, three NBA Finals, as well as the NBA Draft and the historic 1992 Dream Team.


Shrek the Musical (Songbook)

Shrek the Musical (Songbook)
Author:
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Total Pages: 321
Release: 2009-09-01
Genre: Music
ISBN: 1603784934

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(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). Features 18 piano/vocal selections from this Broadway hit that won both Tony and Drama Desk awards. Includes a plot synopsis, sensational color photos, and these tunes: The Ballad of Farquaad * Big Bright Beautiful World * Build a Wall * Don't Let Me Go * Donkey Pot Pie * Finale (This Is Our Story) * Freak Flag * I Know It's Today * I Think I Got You Beat * Make a Move * More to the Story * Morning Person * Story of My Life * This Is How a Dream Comes True * Travel Song * What's Up, Duloc? * When Words Fail * Who I'd Be.


The Rules for Disappearing

The Rules for Disappearing
Author: Ashley Elston
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 337
Release: 2013-05-21
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 1423179765

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Don't miss this unputdownable mystery from Ashley Elston, the New York Times bestselling author of First Lie Wins, a Reese's Book Club pick! She's been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she's been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last. Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they've given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do-or see-that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all of the Suits' rules-and her dad's silence. If he won't help, it's time she got some answers for herself. But Meg isn't counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who's too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there's only one rule that really matters-survival.


Our Story

Our Story
Author: Rao Pingru
Publisher: Pantheon
Total Pages: 369
Release: 2018-05-08
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
ISBN: 1101871490

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Begun by the author when he was eighty-seven years old and mourning the loss of his wife, Our Story is a graphic memoir like no other: a celebration of a marriage that spanned the twentieth century in China, told in vibrant, original paintings and prose. Rao Pingru was twenty-four-year-old soldier when he was reintroduced to Mao Meitang, a girl he’d known in childhood and now the woman his father had arranged for him to marry. One glimpse of her through a window as she put on lipstick was enough to capture Pingru’s heart: a moment that sparked a union that would last almost sixty years. Our Story is Pingru and Meitang’s epic but unassuming romance. It follows the couple through the decades, in both poverty and good fortune—looking for work, opening a restaurant, moving cities, mending shoes, raising their children, and being separated for seventeen years by the government when Pingru is sent to a labor camp. As the pair ages, China undergoes extraordinary growth, political turmoil, and cultural change. When Meitang passes away in 2008, Pingru memorializes his wife and their relationship the only way he knows how: through painting. In an outpouring of love and grief, he puts it all on paper. Spanning 1922 through 2008, Our Story is a tales of enduring love and simple values that is at once tragic and inspiring: an old-fashioned story that unfolds in a nation undergoing cataclysmic change. (With gorgeous full-color illustrations throughout, and a distinctive exposed spine emulating the original Chinese design.)