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The Ruins of Lace
Author: Iris Anthony
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402268041
Pages: 336
Year: 2012-10-02
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Lace is a thing like hope. It is beauty; it is grace. It was never meant to destroy so many lives. The mad passion for forbidden lace has infiltrated France, pulling soldier and courtier into its web. For those who want the best, Flemish lace is the only choice, an exquisite perfection of thread and air. For those who want something they don't have, Flemish lace can buy almost anything-or anyone. For Lisette, lace begins her downfall, and the only way to atone for her sins is to outwit the noble who know demands an impossible length of it. To fail means certain destruction. But for Katharina, lace is her salvation. It is who she is; it is what she does. If she cannot make this stunning tempest of threads, a dreaded fate awaits. A taut, mesmerizing story, The Ruins of Lace explores the intricate tangle of fleeting beauty, mad obsession, and ephemeral hope. "Stunning...this story is sure to impress."—Publishers Weekly "A gorgeous wrought tale of two women bound to the cruelty and beauty of a forbidden perfection...Iris Anthony has delivered a stunning achievement."—C.W. Gortner, author of The Queen's Vow "Exquisite...this is definitely a keeper to be savored. Whoever Iris Anthony is, she's a gifted writer with what is to be hoped is only the first of many wonderful stories to tell."—Sara Poole, author of Poison and The Borgias Mistress For more information visit
The Ruins of Lace
Author: Iris Anthony
ISBN: 1410455734
Pages: 443
Year: 2013
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An enthralling novel centered around the mad French passion for forbidden Flemish bobbin lace in the 1600s, from a writer whose work has been called "unexpected, haunting and powerful" by her readers.
The Lace Makers of Glenmara
Author: Heather Barbieri
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061888796
Pages: 304
Year: 2009-06-23
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"Charmingly wry yet evocative, with details and descriptions both telling and vivid.” —Boston Globe “This hopeful, comforting novel is a testament to the power of taking chances and starting fresh and a reminder that life can bring joy after sorrow." — Miami Herald From the author of Snow in July comes The Lace Makers of Glenmara: a “charming, moving story, written with a delicate touch” (Joanne Harris), as a struggling young fashion designer journeys to Ireland to mend a broken heart, and helps a group of local lace makers change their lives—and her own. Fans of the strong feminine voices of contemporary Irish literature such as Maeve Binchy (Nights of Rain and Stars, Tara Road) and Cecilia Ahern (P.S. I Love You, Where Rainbows End) will fall in love with The Lace Makers of Glenmara.
The Miracle Thief
Author: Iris Anthony
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402285329
Pages: 384
Year: 2014-04-01
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"A well-paced and interwoven story... Anthony creates a narrative that subtly educates, poses stimulating questions and entertains."—Kirkus In a world where saints, martyrs and miracles are real — in the darkest hour of the Dark Ages — a holy relic offers hope. Sister Juliana does. She's seen miracles happen as she tends Saint Catherine's altar and guards her relic. Yet she doesn't quite dare to believe that even Saint Catherine could help her atone for her wicked past. Anna does. And she so desperately needs one. In a time when a deformity is interpreted as evidence of a grievous sin, in a place where community is vital to existence, Anna has no family, no home, and no master. Princess Gisele wants to. A miracle is the only thing that can save her from being given to a brutal, pagan chieftain in marriage. For those who come in faith, saints offer the answer to almost any prayer. But other forces are plotting to steal Saint Catherine's relic, to bend the saint's power to their own use. Penitent, pilgrim, princess — all will be drawn into an epic struggle where only faith can survive. But in a quest for divine blessing, only the most ruthless of souls may win the prize.
Lions and Lace
Author: Meagan McKinney
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497661188
Pages: 421
Year: 2014-12-09
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From the glittering mansions of the Astors and the Vanderbilts to the gas-lit streets of New York, this passionate novel by award-winning author Meagan McKinney brings together a desperate woman and a handsome stranger who could expose her scandalous secret New York heiress Alana Van Alen has everything—beauty, wealth, and status. But she is living a lie. To protect her sister, she plays society’s game and attends dazzling balls and soirees—until a cunningly orchestrated act of revenge leaves her penniless and at the mercy of one of the city’s most notorious gentlemen. Dubbed the Predator of Wall Street, Trevor Sheridan rose from abject poverty in Ireland to the pinnacle of power in Manhattan. Yet he’s still shunned by the city’s elite Four Hundred. Now he has parlayed his hunger for revenge into a scheme to destroy the rich and powerful. In the final phase of his plan, he will marry the pedigreed Alana Van Alen to gain the acceptance that has been denied to him for so long. But along the way, he makes a fatal misstep: He falls in love with her. The romantic saga of the Van Alen sisters continues with Christal Van Alen’s story in Fair Is the Rose.
The Lacemaker and the Princess
Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416985832
Pages: 208
Year: 2009-09-15
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After an accidental encounter with Marie Antoinette, poor lacemaker Isabelle is invited back to her palace to play with her daughter, but as the situation for the common man worsens on the streets and talk of revolution begins, Marie begins to fear for the safety of her royal friend with whom she has become close. Reprint.
On the Museum's Ruins
Author: Douglas Crimp, Louise Lawler
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262531267
Pages: 348
Year: 1995
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"Crimp's essays comprise one of the most interesting and incisive bodies of work on practices of contemporary art in relationships to art as institution." -- Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University "Literate and provocative speculations about art, photography, postmodernism, homoeroticism, Rauchenberg and Mapplethorpe, museums and libraries." -- "Interior Design" On the Museum's Ruins presents Douglas Crimp's criticism of contemporary art, its institutions, and its politics alongside photographic works by the artist Louise Lawler to create a collaborative project that is itself an example of postmodern practice at its most provocative. Crimp elaborates the new paradigm of postmodernism through analyses of art practices broadly conceived, not only the practices of artists -- Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Marcel Broodthaers, Richard Serra, Sherrie Levine, and Robert Mapplethorpe -- but those of critics and curators, of international exhibitions, and of new or refurbished museums such as the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The essays: Photographs at the End of Modernism. On the Museum's Ruins. The Museum's Old, the Library's New Subject. The End of Painting. The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism. Appropriating Appropriation. Redefining Site Specificity. This is Not a Museum of Art. The Art of Exhibition. The Postmodern Museum.
The Balcony
Author: Jean Genet
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 080219429X
Pages: 96
Year: 1994-01-21
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A wildly fantastical and ever relevant dramatic masterpiece that reinvented modern theater in the twentieth century. In the midst of a war-ravished city, a brothel caters to the elaborate role-playing fantasies of men from all walks of life. A of the gas company employee pretends to be a bishop, another customer dons a judge’s robe, and still another acts a victorious general, while a bank clerk defiles the Virgin Mary. These perverse costumed masquerades parody and stylize the nature of the anarchic political struggle that rages outside, eventually convincing even the revolutionaries that the illusions are preferable to reality. In a stunning series of macabre scenes, Genet presents his caustic view of man and society. Deeply influential and widely acclaimed, Genet’s play maintains a profound and critical reflection of contemporary society.
Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Author: Chris Cleave
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501124404
Pages: 432
Year: 2016-05-03
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The instant New York Times bestseller from Chris Cleave—the unforgettable novel about three lives entangled during World War II, told “with dazzling prose, sharp English wit, and compassion…a powerful portrait of war’s effects on those who fight and those left behind” (People, Book of the Week). London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. Set in London during the years of 1939–1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, much less victory; and on the strategic island of Malta, which was daily devastated by the Axis barrage, Everyone Brave is Forgiven features little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real-life love letters between Chris Cleave’s grandparents. This dazzling novel dares us to understand that, against the great theater of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most.
Parchment and Old Lace
Author: Laura Childs, Terrie Farley Moran
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 0425266680
Pages: 336
Year: 2015
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Laura Childs "returns to the Big Easy and the historic Garden District, where scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand discovers a bride-to-be murdered in the legendary Lafayette Cemetery..."--
Government Ruins Nearly Everything
Author: Laura Carno
ISBN: 0692672753
Pages: 156
Year: 2016-03-23
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What government touches, it breaks. So why do we ask it to solve our most pressing and personal issues: abortion, schools, guns and marriage? Has its failures with VA hospitals, the war on drugs, farm subsidies, the IRS, NSA leaks, and the war on poverty given us any reason to trust them? Yet we still do. Over and over. Because we think there's no alternative. But there is. Government Ruins Nearly Everything helps you remember who's the boss and who's the public servant, and gives you tools to reclaim what was yours all along. You'll learn: Why private citizens are best suited to solve the "fireworks" issues How to keep the government from ruining our lives even more What you can do, step-by-step, to reclaim ownership of the things that matter most When government gets the relationship with its citizens upside down-when it parcels out our rights in tiny portions, one freedom at a time-what can you do? The same as every American: reset the balance, one free citizen at a time.
Out of the Ruins
Author: Karen Barnett
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1682998452
Pages: 336
Year: 2014-05-06
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While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a miracle. What Abby doesn't expect, however, is for God's answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best. As they work together toward a cure, Abby's feelings for Robert become hopelessly entangled. Separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake, their relationship suddenly takes a back seat to survival. With fires raging throughout the city, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city?
Strange as this Weather Has Been
Author: Ann Pancake
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 159376166X
Pages: 360
Year: 2007
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Domestic conflicts involving a town's endangerment by mining plans threaten to tear apart a family when matriarch Lace contemplates fighting the mine owners and her daughter, Bant, becomes involved with a miner. A first novel. Original.
Abandoned America
Author: Matthew Christopher
Publisher: Editions Jonglez
ISBN: 2361950944
Pages: 240
Year: 2014
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Throughout the ages, mankind has been fascinated by the ruins of previous societies. The desire to gain a greater understanding of our past has driven archaeologists, artists, and scholars from across the world to study the vestiges of lifestyles that have vanished in an attempt to capture their mystique and beauty. Originally intended as an examination of the rise and fall of the state hospital system, Matthew Christopher s Abandoned America rapidly grew to encompass derelict factories and industrial sites, schools, churches, power plants, hospitals, prisons, military installations, hotels, resorts, homes, and more. Through his collection of writing and photography, Christopher has spent the last decade documenting the ruins of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known: our own. Exploring sites like the charred remains of the Hotel Do De, the rusted cells of the Essex County Jail Annex, the sublime majesty of the Church of the Transfiguration, or the eerie and dilapidated remnants of the New Castle Elks Lodge, the work spans architectural treasures left to the elements and then all too often lost forever."
Touch of Enchantment
Author: Teresa Medeiros
Publisher: Amber House Books
ISBN: 1939541115
Pages: 400
Year: 2013-03-28
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Can a bumbling witch lost in time find her own knight in shining armor? When cool-headed scientist and inept witch Tabitha Lennox inherits her mother's mysterious amulet, she doesn't expect to be hurled seven centuries into the past--directly into the path of a surly but gorgeous knight on a quest for vengeance. Sir Colin of Ravenshaw finds himself beguiled by this strange woman who smells like baby shampoo and introduces him to the culinary delights of the Big Mac. Although he is honor-bound to burn her at the stake, Colin soon discovers it is his own heart that is aflame for this enchanting woman he must not love, but cannot live without. Book 2 in Teresa’s LENNOX MAGIC Series, which includes Breath of Magic and Touch of Enchantment “Fine and funny!”—Publishers Weekly “Utterly enchanting, jubilant and magical!”—Romantic Times “Medeiros’s sense of fun and whimsy produce a delightfully magical story with a fairy tale quality.”—Library Journal “Delightful! This is what romantic fantasy is all about.”—Heartland Critiques “Medeiros is magic!”—Christina Dodd, New York Times bestselling author “A superb storyteller. Medeiros can pull every last emotion from the reader with tear-inducing scenes and laugh-out-loud dialogue.”—Booklist ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDITION Time travel romance, Paranormal romance, Historical romance, Contemporary romance

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