Akbar was one of the most admired and also the most feared emperors of India. He patronized art and promoted religious harmony due to which he is called ´´Akbar the Great´´. In his court was present one of the most wise man of his time - Birbal. The interactions between Akbar and Birbal are stuff of legend and folklore due to the interesting problems and situations that Akbar posed and the witty solutions and answers that Birbal gave. You will definitely admire the timeless charm of the witty replies and possibly come away by learning something. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Claire Heffron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066519/bk_acx0_066519_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the summer of 1860, more than fifty years after the United States legally abolished the international slave trade, 110 men, women, and children from Benin and Nigeria were brought ashore in Alabama under cover of night. They were the last recorded group of Africans deported to the United States as slaves. Timothy Meaher, an established Mobile businessman, sent the slave ship, the Clotilda , to Africa, on a bet that he could ´´bring a shipful of niggers right into Mobile Bay under the officers´ noses.´´ He won the bet. This book reconstructs the lives of the people in West Africa, recounts their capture and passage in the slave pen in Ouidah, and describes their experience of slavery alongside American-born enslaved men and women. After emancipation, the group reunited from various plantations, bought land, and founded their own settlement, known as African Town. They ruled it according to customary African laws, spoke their own regional language and, when giving interviews, insisted that writers use their African names so that their families would know that they were still alive. The last survivor of the Clotilda died in 1935, but African Town is still home to a community of Clotilda descendants.
This nonfiction audiobook will tell the story behind the upcoming film All Saints. The movie is inspired by the true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock, the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all. Michael´s first assignment as their new pastor is to close down All Saints, a dilapidated country church with a dozen devoted members and a mortgage well beyond its means. But when the church hesitantly begins welcoming Karen refugees from Burma - former farmers scrambling for a fresh start in America - Michael feels called to an improbable new mission. Jeopardizing his family´s future by ignoring his superiors, Michael must choose between completing what he was assigned to do - close the church and sell the property - or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community. This nonfiction audiobook will tell the true story that inspired the film while also diving deeper into the background of the Karen people, the church, and how a community of believers can coordinate their efforts to help those in need. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John McLain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/001698/bk_oasi_001698_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Spaghetti Western is the story of Genesio (Gene) Cioni, his family, community, and the food that made him famous during the fabulous ´50s when he introduced Calgary to Italian cooking. Gene´s story is the quintessential immigrant success story told with a flair for narrative by his daughter Maria Cioni. Gene was just 16 when he arrived from Antrodoco, in the Abruzzi region of Italy, to find one vibrant, close-knit Italian community in the burgeoning city of Calgary in the 1920s. It is in this unlikely frontier city that Gene left his profession as a barber behind to follow his passion for food and cooking, as he worked his way up from busboy to cook to become one of western Canada´s first celebrity chefs. With his wife, Martha, Gene opened Calgary´s first Italian restaurant. Maria´s recollections of growing up in a restaurant family are authentic, detailed, and perceptive, bringing alive the food and treasured traditions that enriched her family´s life. Included in the book are recipes for some of her father´s favorite dishes - secret spaghetti sauce for one hundred people, meatballs, polenta, lasagna, gnocchi - along with the secrets behind Gene´s original style of cooking Calgary´s T-bone steaks, his famous anchovy salad, and how he introduced pizza to his colorful clientele. Italian immigrants frequently faced discrimination and suspicion, especially during the Second World War when they were classified as enemy aliens. For Gene and his German-American wife, Martha, it was doubly difficult. In response, they worked hard to ensure that there would be no bias of any kind in their restaurants. Gene´s was a meeting place for Sugarfoot Anderson, Stu Hart, Duke Ellington, Primo Carnera, and city society, including business leaders, sports heroes, and politicians, but Gene always had room in his restaurant, and his heart, for immigrants who needed a helping hand. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rafaela Lewis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117275/bk_acx0_117275_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Raised in a South Boston housing project, James ´´Whitey´´ Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey’s extraordinary criminal career - from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders. It was after a nine-year stint in Alcatraz and other prisons that Whitey reunited with his brother William ´´Billy´´ Bulger, who was soon to become one of Massachusetts’s most powerful politicians. He also became reacquainted with John Connolly, who had grown up around the corner from the Bulgers and was now - with Billy’s help - a rising star at the FBI. Once Whitey emerged triumphant from the bloody Boston gang wars, Connolly recruited him as an informant against the Mafia. Their clandestine relationship made Whitey untouchable; the FBI overlooked gambling, drugs, and even homicide to protect their source. Among the close-knit Irish community in South Boston, nothing was more important than honor and loyalty, and nothing was worse than being a rat. Whitey is charged with the deaths of 19 people killed over turf, for business, and even for being informants; yet to this day he denies he ever gave up his friends or landed anyone in jail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Colby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006891/bk_reco_006891_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The nostalgic memoir of a young man, eldest of 14, growing up in ´40s Wednesbury. The heartbreaking true account of his son struggling to come to terms with his father´s dementia. A tribute to the unbreakable bond between father and son. When Simon McDermott first noticed his dad Ted´s sudden flares of temper and fits of forgetfulness, he couldn´t have guessed what lay ahead. Then came the devastating, inevitable diagnosis. As Ted retreated into his own world, Simon and his mum, Linda, desperately tried to reach him until at last: an idea. Turning the ignition in his mum´s little run-around, Simon hit ´play´ on Ted´s favourite song, ´Quando Quando Quando´. And like that, they were just two mates driving around Blackburn, singing at the top of their lungs. Simon filmed their adventure, uploaded the video to YouTube and woke up to messages, tweets and his phone ringing off the hook. Their carpool karaoke had gone viral all the way across the globe. But a record deal, Pride of Britain Awards, over £130,000 raised for The Alzheimer´s Society and a Top 10 single later, Simon was still losing Ted. That´s when he made a decision. His dad - the storyteller of his childhood and his best friend - couldn´t tell his own story, so Simon would tell it for him. This is that story. Set in the heart of the Black Country just before WWII, and written with the help of Ted´s friends and family, The Songaminute Man recalls a boy who became a gutsy and fiercely loyal man. It remembers a childhood of sleeping top-to-toe, rationing, adventure in the woods and making-do-and-mending, a close-knit community and a lifelong passion for music. Full of poignant moments, the ups and downs of family life and treasured memories, The Songaminute Man is a story of two halves: a celebration of the man Ted was and a powerful and moving account of caring for a loved one. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon McDermott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/003835/bk_hcuk_003835_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Community Action against Racism in West Las Vegas:The F Street Wall and the Women Who Brought It Down Lexington Books Robert J. McKee
The parish, the lowest level of hierarchy in the medieval church, was the shared responsibility of the laity and the clergy. Most Christians were baptized, went to confession, were married, and were buried in the parish church or churchyard; in addition, business, legal settlements, sociability, and entertainment brought people to the church, uniting secular and sacred concerns. In The People of the Parish, Katherine L. French contends that late medieval religion was participatory and flexible, promoting different kinds of spiritual and material involvement. The rich parish records of the small diocese of Bath and Wells include wills, court records, and detailed accounts by lay churchwardens of everyday parish activities. They reveal the differences between parishes within a single diocese that cannot be attributed to regional variation. By using these records show to the range and diversity of late medieval parish life, and a Christianity vibrant enough to accommodate differences in status, wealth, gender, and local priorities, French refines our understanding of lay attitudes toward Christianity in the two centuries before the Reformation. The book is published by University of Pennsylvania Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sara Morsey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024854/bk_acx0_024854_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The founder of the popular fair trade jewelry brand Noonday Collection shares her story of starting the rapid-growing business that impacts over 4,400 artisans in vulnerable communities across the globe and invites listeners on a journey of transformation, challenging them to trade their comfort zones for a life of impact and adventure. In 2015, Inc. magazine recognized Noonday Collection as one of the fastest-growing companies in America. Years earlier, as Jessica Honegger stood at a pawn-shop counter in Austin, Texas, and handed over her grandmother´s gold jewelry, her goal was personal: to fund the adoption of her Rwandan son, Jack, by selling artisan-made jewelry. This first step launched an unexpected side-hustle that would grow into Noonday Collection. She embarked on this new journey and teamed up with her first artisan partner, Jalia, a Ugandan jewelry maker. She saw the meaningful impact Noonday brought to Jalia´s community and knew it was the right move. Fear crept into Jessica´s heart as she realized her success, or failure, meant the same for Jalia. Refusing to let fear hinder her goals, Jessica found the necessary (if imperfect) courage she needed along the way - the courage to leave comfort and embrace a life of risk and impact. In Imperfect Courage, Jessica invites you to draw a circle of compassion around yourself and leads you through soul-searching aimed at setting you free from shame. Next, she challenges you to come together, risking all for each other and commit to building a culture of collaboration. Finally, Jessica calls on you to broaden your circles of compassion to embrace the entire globe - and to bring that cultivation of imperfect courage to a world that deeply needs you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jessica Honegger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006335/bk_rand_006335_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.