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Ordinary Light

Author : Tracy K. Smith
Publisher : Vintage
Page : 370 pages
File Size : 51,9 Mb
Release : 2015-03-31
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780307962676

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • This dazzling memoir from the former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Life on Mars is the story of a young artist struggling to fashion her own understanding of belief, loss, history, and what it means to be black in America. "Engrossing in its spare, simple understatement.... Evocative ... luminous." —The Washington Post In Ordinary Light, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Tracy K. Smith tells her remarkable story, giving us a quietly potent memoir that explores her coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter.

Ordinary Light

Author : Tracy K. Smith
Publisher : Knopf
Page : 370 pages
File Size : 51,8 Mb
Release : 2015-03-31
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780307962669

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National Book Award Finalist From the dazzlingly original Pulitzer Prize-winning poet hailed for her “extraordinary range and ambition” (The New York Times Book Review): a quietly potent memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter. The youngest of five children, Tracy K. Smith was raised with limitless affection and a firm belief in God by a stay-at-home mother and an engineer father. But just as Tracy is about to leave home for college, her mother is diagnosed with cancer, a condition she accepts as part of God’s plan. Ordinary Light is the story of a young woman struggling to fashion her own understanding of belief, loss, history, and what it means to be black in America. In lucid, clear prose, Smith interrogates her childhood in suburban California, her first collision with independence at Harvard, and her Alabama-born parents’ recollections of their own youth in the Civil Rights era. These dizzying juxtapositions—of her family’s past, her own comfortable present, and the promise of her future—will in due course compel Tracy to act on her passions for love and “ecstatic possibility,” and her desire to become a writer. Shot through with exquisite lyricism, wry humor, and an acute awareness of the beauty of everyday life, Ordinary Light is a gorgeous kaleidoscope of self and family, one that skillfully combines a child’s and teenager’s perceptions with adult retrospection. Here is a universal story of being and becoming, a classic portrait of the ways we find and lose ourselves amid the places we call home.

Ordinary Matter

Author : Laura Elvery
Publisher : Univ. of Queensland Press
Page : 249 pages
File Size : 55,6 Mb
Release : 2020-09-01
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780702263996

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In 1895 Alfred Nobel rewrote his will and left his fortune made in dynamite and munitions to generations of thinkers. Since 1901 women have been honoured with Nobel Prizes for their scientific research twenty times, including Marie Curie twice. Spanning more than a century and ranging across the world, this inventive story collection is inspired by these women whose work has altered history and saved millions of lives. From a transformative visit to the Grand Canyon to a baby washing up on a Queensland beach, a climate protest during a Paris heatwave to Stockholm on the eve of the 1977 Nobel Prize ceremony, Ordinary Matter explores the nature of ingenuity and discovery, motherhood and sacrifice, illness and legacy. Sometimes the extraordinary pivots on the ordinary.

In Ordinary Light

Author : Darrell Bourque
Publisher : Louisiana Writers
Page : 264 pages
File Size : 40,5 Mb
Release : 2010
Category : Poetry
ISBN : UCSD:31822036649861

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"In Ordinary Light: New and Selected Poems" is a compilation of poems written by Darrell Bourque, Louisiana's Poet Laureate, over the last forty years. It includes selected poems from all the previously published volumes, all the poems from "The Blue Boat," and all the poems written by Bourque from "Call and Response: Conversations in Verse" (written with Jack B. Bedell).


Author : Michael Horton
Publisher : Zondervan
Page : 193 pages
File Size : 46,8 Mb
Release : 2014-10-07
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9780310517382

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Radical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there’s a “next-best-thing,” if only we would change our comfortable, compromising lives. In fact, the greatest fear most Christians have is boredom—the sense that they are missing out on the radical life Jesus promised. One thing is certain. No one wants to be “ordinary.” Yet pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What’s needed is not another program or a fresh approach to spiritual growth; it’s a renewed appreciation for the commonplace. Far from a call to low expectations and passivity, Horton invites readers to recover their sense of joy in the ordinary. He provides a guide to a sustainable discipleship that happens over the long haul—not a quick fix that leaves readers empty with unfulfilled promises. Convicting and ultimately empowering, Ordinary is not a call to do less; it’s an invitation to experience the elusive joy of the ordinary Christian life.

Ordinary Hazards

Author : Nikki Grimes
Publisher : Astra Publishing House
Page : 337 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2022-03-01
Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781635925623

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Michael L. Printz Honor Book Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Teens Six Starred Reviews—★Booklist ★BCCB ★The Horn Book ★Publishers Weekly ★School Library Connection ★Shelf Awareness A Booklist Best Book for Youth * A BCCB Blue Ribbon * A Horn Book Fanfare Book * A Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book * Recommended on NPR's "Morning Edition" by Kwame Alexander "This powerful story, told with the music of poetry and the blade of truth, will help your heart grow."–Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak and Shout "[A] testimony and a triumph."–Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down In her own voice, acclaimed author and poet Nikki Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a compelling and moving memoir in verse. Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted. At the age of six, she poured her pain onto a piece of paper late one night - and discovered the magic and impact of writing. For many years, Nikki's notebooks were her most enduing companions. In this accessible and inspiring memoir that will resonate with young readers and adults alike, Nikki shows how the power of those words helped her conquer the hazards - ordinary and extraordinary - of her life.

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl

Author : Emily Pohl-weary
Publisher : Penguin Canada
Page : 304 pages
File Size : 50,5 Mb
Release : 2013-09-24
Category : Young Adult Fiction
ISBN : 9780143190400

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Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-weary Pdf

Eighteen-year-old rock star Sam Lee isn’t like other girls. She’s the super-talented bass player and songwriter for an all-girl indie band and an incurable loner. Then one night after a concert in Central Park, she’s attacked by a “wild dog.” Suddenly, this long-time vegetarian is craving meat—the bloodier, the better. Sam finds herself with an unbelievable secret and no one she trusts to share it. So begin the endless lies to cover up the hairy truth ... When a new girl gang appears in the city—with claws and paws—Sam suspects there’s a connection to her own inner beast. Trapped in a tug-of-war between her animal and human selves, forced to choose between the guy who sparks her carnal appetite and the one who makes her feel like a normal teenage girl, Sam has to unravel the mysteries of the werewolf world before her bandmates, the media, and her mother catch up to her.

Glory in the Ordinary

Author : Courtney Reissig
Publisher : Crossway
Page : 136 pages
File Size : 48,8 Mb
Release : 2017-04-13
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781433552700

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Folding laundry. Weeding the garden. Cooking dinner. Changing diapers. Work in the home can seem so ordinary. Does any of it matter? Is there meaning in our most mundane moments at home? When the work of the home fills our days, it is easy to get disillusioned and miss God's grand purpose for our work. As image bearers of the Creator who made us to work, we contribute to society, bringing order out of chaos and loving God through loving others—meaning there's glory in every moment. In this encouraging book, Courtney Reissig combats the common misconceptions about the value of at-home work—helping us see how Christ infuses purpose into every facet of the ordinary.

Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love

Author : Keith S. Wilson
Publisher : Copper Canyon Press
Page : 67 pages
File Size : 42,6 Mb
Release : 2020-01-15
Category : Poetry
ISBN : 9781619322004

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"“Wilson’s collection is romantic yet world-weary, bereaved yet fortified―a kindred reflection of the heart in the modern world.” ―Publishers Weekly Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love is a collection whose poems approach family, politics, and romance, often through the lens of space: the vagaries of a relationship full of wonder and coldness, separation and exploration. There is the sense of the speaker as a cartographer of familiar spaces, of land he has never left or relationships that have stayed with him for years, and always with the newness of an alien or stranger. Acutely attuned to the heritage of Greco-Roman myth, Wilson writes through characters such as the Basilisk and the Minotaur, emphasizing the intense loneliness these characters experience from their uniqueness. For the racially ambiguous speaker of these poems, who is both black and not black, who has lived between the American South and the Midwest, there are no easy answers. From the fields of Kentucky to the pigeon coops of Chicago, identities and locations blur—the pastoral bleeds into the Afrofuturist, black into white and back again."

Extraordinary, Ordinary People

Author : Condoleezza Rice
Publisher : Crown
Page : 386 pages
File Size : 40,5 Mb
Release : 2011-10-11
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780307888471

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Extraordinary, Ordinary People by Condoleezza Rice Pdf

This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl--and a young woman--trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world, of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community that made all the difference. Condoleezza Rice has excelled as a diplomat, political scientist, and concert pianist. Her achievements run the gamut from helping to oversee the collapse of communism in Europe and the decline of the Soviet Union, to working to protect the country in the aftermath of 9-11, to becoming only the second woman--and the first black woman ever--to serve as Secretary of State. But until she was 25 she never learned to swim, because when she was a little girl in Birmingham, Alabama, Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor decided he'd rather shut down the city's pools than give black citizens access. Throughout the 1950's, Birmingham's black middle class largely succeeded in insulating their children from the most corrosive effects of racism, providing multiple support systems to ensure the next generation would live better than the last. But by 1963, Birmingham had become an environment where blacks were expected to keep their head down and do what they were told--or face violent consequences. That spring two bombs exploded in Rice’s neighborhood amid a series of chilling Klu Klux Klan attacks. Months later, four young girls lost their lives in a particularly vicious bombing. So how was Rice able to achieve what she ultimately did? Her father, John, a minister and educator, instilled a love of sports and politics. Her mother, a teacher, developed Condoleezza’s passion for piano and exposed her to the fine arts. From both, Rice learned the value of faith in the face of hardship and the importance of giving back to the community. Her parents’ fierce unwillingness to set limits propelled her to the venerable halls of Stanford University, where she quickly rose through the ranks to become the university’s second-in-command. An expert in Soviet and Eastern European Affairs, she played a leading role in U.S. policy as the Iron Curtain fell and the Soviet Union disintegrated. Less than a decade later, at the apex of the hotly contested 2000 presidential election, she received the exciting news--just shortly before her father’s death--that she would go on to the White House as the first female National Security Advisor. As comfortable describing lighthearted family moments as she is recalling the poignancy of her mother’s cancer battle and the heady challenge of going toe-to-toe with Soviet leaders, Rice holds nothing back in this remarkably candid telling.

True Light

Author : Leena Banerjee Brown
Publisher : Light on Light Press
Page : 236 pages
File Size : 45,6 Mb
Release : 2021-04-20
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 194502674X

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"I hope that this book will be an inspiration to the many who make their way along their spiritual paths." His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama Ordinary people experience the extraordinary when they commit to a life of deep, authentic spiritual practice. Leena Banerjee Brown brings this message to life, not only in the beautiful stories of inner and outer transformation she recounts, but by inviting others to share their own stories. This book is a warm welcome into a diverse community of spiritual practitioners where the readers' untold stories come into focus alongside those curated here. The author invites her readers to join her circle of family, fellow practitioners, colleagues, friends, and acquaintances who share the desire to elevate the mind, embrace a life of "spirit first", and contribute to the transformation of self and upliftment of the world. The simple yet profound practices and principles of Sukyo Mahikari allow people of all faiths to become instruments of divine peace by giving and receiving God's True Light in an inspired, disciplined practice of pure benevolence.

The Miracles of Ordinary Men

Author : Amanda Leduc
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 40,8 Mb
Release : 2013
Category : Magic realism (Literature)
ISBN : 1770411119

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"The Miracles of Ordinary Men follows two surprising transformations: Sam wakes up one day to find himself growing wings, and Lilah, who has lost her brother to the streets of Vancouver, seeks penance under the harsh hand of her boss. In their search for redemption , the two hurtle closer to a dark, unknown destiny--one that challenges all they know about life and pain, love and God, and how to find light in the most unlooked-for places."--Back cover.

This Ordinary Adventure

Author : Christine Jeske,Adam Jeske
Publisher : InterVarsity Press
Page : 209 pages
File Size : 49,7 Mb
Release : 2012-08-24
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9780830837878

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This Ordinary Adventure by Christine Jeske,Adam Jeske Pdf

Join Adam and Christine Jeske as they mine their experience, from riding motorcycles in Africa to dicing celery in Wisconsin, in search of a God who is always present and who is charging every moment with potential. You'll discover the amazing things God is doing in the shadows of even the most ordinary day.

The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary

Author : Catherine Gray
Publisher : Aster
Page : 309 pages
File Size : 55,7 Mb
Release : 2019-12-26
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781783253647

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The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary by Catherine Gray Pdf

**From the Sunday Times Bestselling Author** Life-affirming - THE TELEGRAPH Wonderful - INDEPENDENT She made it her mission to learn how to be default happy rather than default disgruntled - RADIO 4 - WOMAN'S HOUR Take a leaf out of Gray's book and be kinder to yourself by appreciating life just as it is - IRISH TIMES This book came to me in an hour of need - during lockdown when I had to focus on the positive, appreciate simple things, not lose my shit, and value each day. It was a pure joy for me and held my hand - SADIE FROST Interesting and joyful. Lights a path that could help us to build resilience against society's urging to compare life milestones with peers - LANCET PSYCHIATRY Underwhelmed by your ordinary existence? Disillusioned with your middlin' wage, average body, 'bijou' living situation and imperfect loved ones? Welcome to the club. There are billions of us. The 'default disenchanted'. But, it's not us being brats. Two deeply inconvenient psychological phenomenons conspire against our satisfaction. We have negatively-biased brains, which zoom like doom-drones in on what's wrong with our day, rather than what's right. (Back in the mists of time, this negative bias saved our skins, but now it just makes us anxious). Also, something called the 'hedonic treadmill' means we eternally quest for better, faster, more, like someone stuck on a dystopian, never-ending treadmill. Thankfully, there are scientifically-proven ways in which we can train our brains to be more positive-seeking. And to take a rest from this tireless pursuit. Whew. Catherine Gray knits together illuminating science and hilarious storytelling, unveiling captivating research showing that big bucks don't mean big happiness, extraordinary experiences have a 'comedown' and budget weddings predict a lower chance of divorce. She reminds us what an average body actually is, reveals that exercising for weight loss means we do less exercise, and explores the modern tendency to not just try to keep up with the Murphys, but keep up with the Mega-Murphies (see: the social media elite). Come on in to this soulful and life-affirming read, to discover why an ordinary life may well be the most satisfying one of all.

Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed

Author : Emily Pearson
Publisher : Gibbs Smith
Page : 50 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 2002-04-29
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9781423614319

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This illustrated children’s book celebrates the extraordinary potential of ordinary deeds—showing how one child’s act of kindness can change the world One ordinary day, Ordinary Mary stumbles upon some ordinary blueberries. When she decides to pick them for her neighbor, Mrs. Bishop, her thoughtful act starts a chain reaction that multiplies around the world. Mrs. Bishop makes blueberry muffins and gives them to her paperboy and four others—one of whom is Mr. Stevens, who then helps five different people with their luggage—one of whom is Maria, who then helps five other people—and so on, until the deed comes back to Mary.