Nowhere are Kathryn Tucker Windham´s transcendent themes of community, fidelity, and family more evident than in these stories. The author calls them ´´recollections of a happy Southern childhood´´, but her avid admirers would tell you that they are much more than that. Combining her vivid characterization, her affection for the South and its people, her well-seasoned humor, and her distinctive diction (which is clear and mellow as the best distilled liquor), these stories capture something of Southern culture that is in danger of extinction. Just perhaps, by listening to Ms. Windham, some may remember, celebrate, and carry on in ways that will allow future generations of children to have happy memories of families and communities sustained by virtue and tradition. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathryn Tucker Windham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/augu/000080/bk_augu_000080_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this groundbreaking book, Alanna Collen explores the extraordinary world of the powerful microbes that make up 90 percent of the human body. You are just 10 percent human. For every one of the cells that make your body, there are nine impostor cells. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but bacteria and fungi. You are not an individual but a colony of microbes. Far from being passive, the trillions of microbes that live on and in you are intimately involved in running your body. Even aspects that you think of entirely as ‘you´ turn out to be run by ‘them´ - like your immune system. In this riveting, shocking, and beautifully written book, Alanna Collen explores the modern epidemics of ‘Western´ diseases - obesity, autism, mental health problems, gut disorders, allergies, autoimmunity, and even cancer - and argues that most have their roots in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our personal colony of microbes. Antibiotics, antibacterial cleaners, rapidly changing diets, and our obsession with hygiene alter the microbe community we carry. Unlike our human cells, though, we can change our microbes for the better. 10% Human provides a revelatory guide to the role of your body´s microbes in health and happiness. This is popular science at its most relevant: life - and your body - will never seem the same again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robyn Addison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002015/bk_hcuk_002015_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At the very edge of its many interlocking worlds, the city of Bombay conceals a near invisible community of Parsi corpse bearers, whose job it is to carry bodies of the deceased to the Towers of Silence. They are segregated and shunned from society, often wretchedly poor, and theirs is a lot that nobody would willingly espouse. Yet that´s exactly what Phiroze Elchidana, son of a revered Parsi priest, does when he falls in love with Sepideh, the daughter of an aging corpse bearer.... Derived from a true story, Cyrus Mistry´s extraordinary new novel is a moving account of tragic love that, at the same time, brings to vivid and unforgettable life the degradation experienced by those who inhabit the unforgiving margins of history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kanchan Bhattacharyya. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/034029/bk_adbl_034029_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
~ Fire on the Mountain ~ By noon, the day after Jesse killed the redheaded thief, he knew changes in his plans were necessary. Towing the canoe full of pelts behind his canoe, he faced an almost impossible task. By tossing his pelts, Jesse was able to save a small band of Flathead Indians, only moments before the forest fire roared down upon the area where they had been standing. It changed his life forever. He had found The People, and would live with the Flathead Indians for many years. Losing the love of his life forces Jesse back into the high mountains. Alone again, he traps beaver, and tries to forget her. Another thief seals his own fate when he kills Jesse´s beloved horse, and almost kills him. An enemy from his past causes Jesse to be jailed in San Francisco. Mexicans in California have been helped many times by the McKannah family, and seeing Jesse unjustly jailed, the Mexican community take it upon themselves to carry the news to his brothers, Patrick, Broderick, Simon, and Ian. They drop everything, and from different areas of the west, the four brothers head toward San Francisco. Arriving, they find an army waiting to help them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J Rodney Turner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069877/bk_acx0_069877_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Devastating family secrets from the past. Sisters with a murderous rivalry.... A family move into their dream home in Dorchester. It seems perfect, particularly for their two children, but when Philip and Jill Freeman move a buddleia bush, what they find buried beneath its roots will haunt them forever. DCI Sophie Allen is forced to probe crimes that occurred many years before, crimes that cause emotional upheavals within the local community. In a complex investigation, Sophie Allen unearths family secrets which carry on having devastating effects to this day and risk taking new lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cat Gould. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007111/bk_tant_007111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A highway cop finds a memorial cross on the side of the road and a kidnapped girl in the boot of a car. The victim points Special Agent Kathryn Dance to a vicious online community. When further crosses appear, it becomes a race against time to find the attacker before he can carry out his chilling plans in the cyber world and the real. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michele Pawk. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/000619/bk_howe_000619_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the heart of the Great Depression, a forty-five foot star brought hope back into the lives of the citizens of Castle Rock, Colorado. Gather around the Christmas tree more than seventy years later as Grandpapa tells his grandchildren about the time the star was built in Staci McCormack´s Mingled Blessings. Staci McCormack is an elementary school principal. Having been a member of Douglas County and the growing Castle Rock community for more than twenty years, she is passionately fueled to carry on the stories of the town´s beginnings. Staci resides in Castle Rock, Colorado with her husband and son. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josh Kilbourne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tate/000546/bk_tate_000546_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The book of Nehemiah was originally combined with the book of Ezra, but became separated early on in the Christian era. Together they represent the final sections in the historical narrative of the Old Testament. Ezra depicts how the God of Israel influenced a Persian king into choosing a leader to carry out three tasks: rebuilding the temple, purifying the community and rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. It is the final task that is covered by Nehemiah in this wonderful story. This book is beautifully voiced by The Bible Reading Collective.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: The Bible Reading Collective. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/onme/000127/bk_onme_000127_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A candid, heartfelt love story set in contemporary California that challenges the idea of what it means to be American, liberated, and in love When Huda meets Hadi, the boy she will ultimately marry, she is six years old. Both are the American-born children of Iraqi immigrants, who grew up on opposite ends of California. Hadi considers Huda his childhood sweetheart, the first and only girl he´s ever loved, but Huda needs proof that she is more than just the girl Hadi´s mother has chosen for her son. She wants what the American girls have--the entertainment culture´s almost singular tale of chance meetings, defying the odds, and falling in love. She wants stolen kisses, romantic dates, and a surprise proposal. As long as she has a grand love story, Huda believes no one will question if her marriage has been arranged. But when Huda and Hadi´s conservative Muslim families forbid them to go out alone before their wedding, Huda must navigate her way through the despair of unmet expectations and dashed happily-ever-after ideals. Eventually she comes to understand the toll of straddling two cultures in a marriage and the importance of reconciling what you dreamed of with the life you eventually live. Tender, honest and irresistibly compelling, First Comes Marriage is the first Muslim-American memoir dedicated to the themes of love and sexuality. Huda and Hadi´s story brilliantly circles around a series of firsts, chronicling two virgins moving through their first everything: hand holding, first kiss, and first sexual encounters. First Comes Marriage is an almost unbearably humanizing tale that tucks into our hearts and lingers in our imagination, while also challenging long-standing taboos within the Muslim community and the romantic stereotypes we unknowingly carry within us that sabotage some of our best chances for finding true love.