Cultivated by slaves, consumed by the elite, paid out as a tribute to conquerors, this tale of one of the world's favourite foods draws upon botany, archaeology, socio-economics and culinary history to provide a complete history of chocolate, beginning 3000 years ago in the jungles of Mexico. The book also includes quotations and old recipes,
With tongue placed firmly in cheek, this book follows an older sister as she dispenses advice to her brother on how to train their parents. Full color.
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. This is especially true if you have recently eaten onions. Bo Samson has a secret. He's a closet masochist. Okay, maybe not, but he is worried about his unique ability to continually piss off the most beautiful woman in the world over and over again, thus guaranteeing her perpetual hatred of him and eliminating any chance he may otherwise have at making her his own. To compound his misery, he is cursed with the knowledge of knowing exactly what he is missing due to one unbelievable and secret summer they had shared following graduation from high school. Spencer Clementine has a secret. The most stable and predictable relationship in her life is the torturous one with Bo Samson. For fifteen years he has made her life miserable. Except for the “Summer of Which They Did Not Speak.” All she wants out of life is to be loved.
When she says it out loud, it sounds even more pathetic than it does in her head.
She surfs, she hangs out with her friends, she's a fitness coach. These are things she does, but they aren't who she is. As the years and failed relationships slip by, she begins to wonder if being herself is even worth it. That all changed when she makes a fateful call to the one man who has been a constant in her life. Bo shows up without question, setting off a chain of events revealing an undeniable truth: they're at their best when they're together. PG16 for language, emotional baggage, self-doubt, light heat, and intense thematic elements
Vivian Marshall is feeling pressure from all sides. Should she explore her rediscovered magic and embrace the roles of wife and matriarch that she’s been prophesied to fulfill, or should she forsake her magic and return to the life she knows and loves, the simple life of an introverted artist? As Vivian navigates the choppy waters of her conflicted desires, she also finds herself at odds with her mother and trying to accommodate fifty houseguests and prospective in-laws while coming to terms with her heritage. Book 2 in the Magic All Around series, Magic Within brings you more Alaskan scenery, more weredogs, more Daisy the Pandora’s box, more Teak, and of course, more L.
J. and his pony-tailed Uncle Norm.
Sins of the past could destroy all of their futures . . . For generations, Quentin Marsh’s family has seen its share of tragedy, though he remains skeptical that their misfortunes are tied to a centuries-old curse. But to placate his pregnant sister, Quentin makes the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, hoping to learn more about the brutal murder of a Shawnee chief in the 1700s. Did one of the Marsh ancestors have a hand in killing the chief —the man who cursed the town with his dying breath? While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .
Something in the attic held the key to the mystery. Jodie wants to go back to East Hill for Christmas more than anything. East Hill was where she grew up-until her father was killed in a car accident. Nothing was the same after that, especially when people started saying her father had stolen some money.
Jodie knows her father is innocent. But so far, she hasn't been able to expose the real thief...
In this book the distinguished historian Victor Kiernan makes a case for seeing Shakespeare as a writer profoundly sensitive to the great social and political upheavals through which he lived. Shakespeare’s poetic and dramatic achievement, Kiernan argues, was not something which transcended his environment but was directly enlarged by his civic consciousness and his critical reactions to a changing social fabric. Shakespeare’s phase of dramatic activity coincides with the first challenges to the institution of monarchy. Kiernan analyses the cycle of History plays in the light of the demise of feudal allegiances and the emergence of the modern state apparatus. He shows how the far-reaching transformations in social hierarchy which simultaneously began to take place are crucial to an understanding of the Comedies, in which confusion of identity, disguise and cross-dressing are central. And he examines the ways in which women’s roles are affected by this nascent individualism, especially in relation to the ideas of romantic love around which the Comedies revolve. Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen draws a vivid portrait of the outstanding dramatist of modernity.
Lucid, scholarly and absorbing, it will be a rich resource for both students and the general reader.