In this sweeping collection of essays, one of America´s leading colonial historians reinterprets the struggle between Native peoples and Europeans in terms of how each understood the material basis of power. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Eastern North America, Natives and newcomers alike understood the close relationship between political power and control of trade and land, but they did so in very different ways. For Native Americans trade was a collective act. The alliances that made a people powerful became visible through material exchanges that forged connections among kin groups, villages, and the spirit world. The land itself was often conceived as a participant in these transactions through the blessings it bestowed on those who gave in return. For colonizers, by contrast, power tended to grow from the individual accumulation of goods and landed property more than from collective exchange - from domination more than from alliance. For many decades an uneasy balance between the two systems of power prevailed. Tracing the messy process by which global empires and their colonial populations could finally abandon compromise and impose their definitions on the continent, Daniel K. Richter casts penetrating light on the nature of European colonization, the character of Native resistance, and the formative role each played in the origins of the United States. The book is published by University of Pennsylvania Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Ember. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030944/bk_acx0_030944_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One young woman learns the true nature of power - both her own and others’ - in the riveting conclusion to The Waking Land trilogy. ´´Bates brilliantly concludes an impressive high fantasy trilogy with this tale of scheming and magic.” (Publishers Weekly) Sophy Dunbarron - the illegitimate daughter of a king who never was - has always felt like an impostor. Separated from her birth mother, raised by parents mourning the loss of their true daughter, and unacknowledged by her father, Sophy desires only a place and a family to call her own. But fate has other ideas. Caught up in Elanna Valtai’s revolution, Sophy has become the reigning monarch of a once-divided country - a role she has been groomed her whole life to fill.But as she quickly discovers, wearing a crown is quite a different thing from keeping a crown. With an influx of magic-bearing refugees pouring across the border, resources already thinned by war are stretched to the breaking point. Half the nobility in her court want her deposed, and the other half question her every decision. And every third person seems to be spontaneously manifesting magical powers.When Elanna is captured and taken to Paladis, Sophy’s last ally seems to have vanished. Now it is up to her alone to navigate a political maze that becomes more complex and thorny by the day. And worse, Sophy is hiding a huge secret - one that could destroy her tenuous hold on the crown forever.´´Sophy is truly a feminist hero: she embraces equality and justice for all - a theme running throughout the novel - while challenging societal norms.” (Booklist) Don’t miss any of Callie Bates’s magical Waking Land trilogy: The Waking Land • The Memory of Fire • The Soul of Power 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/007005/bk_rand_007005_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is an unlikely story. Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a child from a Palestinian refugee camp, confronts an occupying army, gets an education, masters an instrument, dreams of something much bigger than himself, and then, through his charisma and persistence, inspires others to work with him to make that dream real. The dream: a school to transform the lives of thousands of children - as Ramzi´s life was transformed - through music. Musicians from all over the world came to help. A violist left the London Symphony Orchestra, in part to work with Ramzi at his new school. Daniel Barenboim, the eminent Israeli conductor, invited Ramzi to join his West Eastern Divan Orchestra, which he founded with the late Palestinian intellectual, Edward Said. Since then the two have played together frequently. Children of the Stone chronicles Ramzi´s journey - from stone thrower to music student to school founder - and shows how through his love of music he created something lasting and beautiful in a land torn by violence and war. This is a story about the power of music, but also about freedom and conflict, determination and vision. It´s a vivid portrait of life amid checkpoints and military occupation, a growing movement of nonviolent resistance, the prospects of musical collaboration across the Israeli-Palestinian divide, and the potential of music to help children everywhere see new possibilities for their lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fajer Al-Kaisi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016891/bk_adbl_016891_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This riveting adventure is set in an extraordinary satellite world created as a refuge from a dying Earth. As the satellite begins to collapse, the lives of its inhabitants are forever changed. Edgar, a gifted climber, is a lonely boy scaling the perilous cliffs that separate the three realms of Atherton: a humble fig grove; a mysterious highland world of untold beauty and sinister secrets; and a vast wasteland where he must confront an unspeakable danger that could destroy his people. When Edgar discovers a book containing the history of Atherton´s origins and ultimate apocalypse, his world quite literally begins to turn inside out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/000025/bk_hach_000025_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A selfish betrayal. Goodness long forgotten. A land with terrifying power.Something sinister is at work in the Land of Unfading Beauty, a land that promises eternal youth and splendor. Something evil. Under the facade of charismatic leader, Lancer, an enemy stalks - taking life and power in the most devious of ways.Prince Edward, the heir to the Northern Kingdom, abandons his family in pursuit of a beautiful woman by venturing into the Land of Unfading Beauty, never to return home. Has Prince Edward been swept away by love, or was it part of a strategic plan?Lancer has high ambitions of destroying the Northern Kingdom and will stop at nothing to acquire its power and strength. A desperate attempt to save the Realm forces Edward´s father, King Granton, to call upon the rulers from neighboring kingdoms for help. As the kings and their children unite, relationships are strengthened and loyalties tested, and Edward´s younger sister, Elizabeth, rises as a force to be reckoned with.Headstrong, yet pure of heart, this young princess breaks the barriers of her role in order to fight for the safety of her Kingdom. Fierce battles emerge between good and evil, and unexpected heroes arise. But it will take courage, unity, and strength to overcome the temptation of darkness. A darkness, invisible to the eye, threatens the safety of them all.Can it be overcome? Can Edward be trusted? Who is the real enemy? What Elizabeth discovers within herself, her kingdom, and her brother, will change the course for the entire Realm and leave one question: Where does your allegiance lie? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mathias Holt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/148745/bk_acx0_148745_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From one of Israel’s most acclaimed writers comes a novel of extraordinary power about family life - the greatest human drama - and the cost of war. Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is on the verge of celebrating her son Ofer’s release from army service when he returns to the front for a major offensive. In a fit of preemptive grief and magical thinking, she sets out for a hike in the Galilee, leaving no forwarding information for the ´´notifiers” who might darken her door with the worst possible news. Recently estranged from her husband, Ilan, she drags along an unlikely companion: their former best friend and her former lover, Avram, once a brilliant artistic spirit. Avram served in the army alongside Ilan when they were young, but their lives were forever changed one weekend when the two jokingly had Ora draw lots to see which of them would get the few days’ leave being offered by their commander—a chance act that sent Avram into Egpyt and the Yom Kippur War, where he was brutally tortured as POW. In the aftermath, a virtual hermit, he refused to keep in touch with the family and has never met the boy. Now, as Ora and Avram sleep out in the hills, ford rivers, and cross valleys, avoiding all news from the front, she gives him the gift of Ofer, word by word; she supplies the whole story of her motherhood, a retelling that keeps Ofer very much alive for Ora and for the listener, and opens Avram to human bonds undreamed of in his broken world. Their walk has a ´´war and peace” rhythm, as their conversation places the most hideous trials of war next to the joys and anguish of raising children. Never have we seen so clearly the reality and surreality of daily life in Israel, the currents of ambivalence about war within one household, and the burdens that fall on each generation anew. Grossman’s rich imagining of a family in love and crisis makes for one of the great antiwar novels of our time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002406/bk_rand_002406_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A story of reconnection, lost love, and the power of faith, Heart Land follows a struggling fashion designer back to her small Iowa hometown as she tries to follow her dreams of success and finding true love. Grace Klaren has finally made her dream of living in the Big Apple and working in the fashion industry a reality. But when she’s unexpectedly fired and can’t afford the next month’s rent, Grace does something she never thought she’d do: she moves back home. Back in Silver Creek, Iowa, Grace is determined to hate it. She rails against the quiet of her small town, where everything closes early, where there’s no nightlife, where everyone knows each other. She’s saving her pennies and plotting her return to New York when she almost runs over a man who’s not paying attention at a crosswalk. It turns out to be Tucker, her high school sweetheart whose heart she broke when she left 10 years ago. They reconnect, and Grace remembers why she fell for him in the first place. And her career begins to turn around when she finds a gorgeous but tattered vintage dress at a flea market. She buys it, rips it apart seam by seam, and re-creates it with new fabric, updating the look with some of her own design ideas. She snaps a picture and lists the dress online, and within a day, it sells for nearly $200. Suddenly, Grace has her ticket out of here. But Grace can’t fight her growing feelings for Tucker. Sometimes when they’re together, Tucker paints a picture of what their future could be like, and it feels so real. And when she finally gains the funding to move her new business back to New York, Grace must decide where home really is - will she chase her long-held New York dream, or find a new dream here in the heartland? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joy Osmanski. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008864/bk_sans_008864_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
John Aviemore, still mourning the death of his wife, fears he’s heading for another breakdown. In an abandoned cottage, he faces a mystery that grows more terrifying every night. And he’s trapped there.Trapped in the place where worlds overlap. Trapped in the Blurred Lands.A disappearing city, a curse that unravels minds and a caged, power-hungry god.John’s only chance of escape lies with an ancient family secret and a character straight out of a fairy tale.From the Amazon and Audible best-selling author of the World Walker and Halfhero series comes a fantastical, terrifying journey into a realm we prefer to believe doesn’t exist. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Noble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/051480/bk_adbl_051480_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When the Germans invade Belgium in 1940, chemistry professor André Sauverin fears the worst. His colleagues believe their social and political positions will protect them during the occupation, but André knows better. He has watched Hitler’s rise to power and knows the Nazis will do anything to destroy their enemies. For the Sauverins are Jews, non-practicing, yes, but that won’t matter to the Germans - or to the Belgians desperate to protect themselves by informing on their neighbors. And so André and his brother Alex take their parents, wives, and children and flee south. But when France falls to the Nazis, the refugees are caught in a rural farming community where their only hope for survival is to blend in with the locals. Fortunately, the Sauverins have come to Huguenot country, settled by victims of religious persecution who risk their own lives to protect the Jewish refugees and defy the pro-Nazi government. And as the displaced family grows to love their new neighbors, André and Alex join forces with the French Resistance to help protect them. Based on one family’s harrowing true story of survival, In This Hospitable Land is an inspirational novel about courage and the search for home in the midst of chaos. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004513/bk_brll_004513_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.