A House in the Sky Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

A House in the Sky


  • Author : Amanda Lindhout
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-09-10
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451645620

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A House in the Sky Book Description :

BREAKING NEWS: Amanda Lindhout’s lead kidnapper, Ali Omar Ader, has been caught. Amanda Lindhout wrote about her fifteen month abduction in Somalia in A House in the Sky. It is the New York Times bestselling memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most remote places and then into captivity: “Exquisitely told…A young woman’s harrowing coming-of-age story and an extraordinary narrative of forgiveness and spiritual triumph” (The New York Times Book Review). As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself visiting its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark. Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is “a searingly unsentimental account. Ultimately it is compassion—for her naïve younger self, for her kidnappers—that becomes the key to Lindhout’s survival” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

A House in the Sky Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

A House in the Sky


  • Author : Steve Jenkins
  • Publisher : Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-05-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781632896032

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A House in the Sky Book Description :

Caldecott Honor recipient Steve Jenkins shines as the author of this amusing and thorough introduction to animal homes. Turtles, birds, fish, beavers, and kangaroos are just like people--they need homes, and take up residence in unusual places. A simple main text introduces similarities between human and animal homes while sidebars detail the unique qualities of each animal and its home. Stylized yet realistic watercolor illustrations prove that nonfiction can be accurate and elegant, and readers of all ages will appreciate this layered narrative.

One Day Closer Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

One Day Closer


  • Author : Lorinda Stewart
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-10-17
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501143151

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One Day Closer Book Description :

An instant national bestseller and "a beautiful story of what love can do to conquer the impossible" (Jann Arden). On the day my daughter was kidnapped by outlaws in Somalia, my life split into two parts: Before and After. This is the story of both parts, and of how I fought to bring my daughter home. On August 23, 2008, Amanda Lindhout, Lorinda Stewart’s daughter, is kidnapped outside of Mogadishu in Somalia. The kidnappers’ demand is simple: pay $2.5 million or Amanda will be killed. For the next 460 days, Lorinda does everything in her power—and beyond—to get her daughter back alive. This brave, small-town mother with no experience in hostage negotiations is called upon by the RCMP to be the lead communicator with Adam, the Somali who identifies himself as the English-speaking negotiator for Amanda's kidnappers. In a secret “war room” in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Lorinda joins forces with federal officers and begins to answer calls from Adam, establishing a fragile rapport of trust with the man who holds her daughter’s fate in his hands. She learns how to demand POLs—proofs of life—from Amanda’s hostage takers and even how to react to “bad calls”—when she is forced to listen to her daughter’s desperate cries for help, fearing she is being abused and tortured. What’s supposed to be a short negotiation stretches on, and weeks become months. Lorinda finds herself increasingly on her own as negotiations break down. But she never gives up hope, even as the conversations become more traumatic. Faced with the terrible possibility of her daughter’s death, she decides to take control, bringing in private hostage negotiators and fundraising ransom money from donors. But will it be enough? This is the true story of one woman’s heroic perseverance in the face of despair, and of the hope and healing to be found beyond trauma. It is also, in the end, a tribute to the extraordinary power of a mother’s love.

The Price of Life Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Price of Life


  • Author : Kellie Brennan
  • Publisher : Penguin Group Australia
  • Release Date : 2011-06-27
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9781742533544

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The Price of Life Book Description :

Captured by terrorists, kept in solitary confinement, guarded by men with AK47s and little respect for life. Could you survive it? Bundaberg photojournalist Nigel Brennan travels to Somalia with Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout. They are abducted by a criminal gang, that puts a price of US$3 million on their heads. If it's not paid, they will be killed. And the Australian government does not pay ransoms. After more than a year of stalled negotiations, Nigel's family takes matters into their own hands. They go against government advice, scarifying their livelihoods, their houses and personal lives to bring the hostages home. Meanwhile, the kidnappers are losing patience. Brutalised, shackled, not knowing when or how the situation will end, Nigel faces the fight of his life. This is a story about what it takes to survive, and how far a family will go for freedom, whatever the price.

A Home in the Sky Book

A Home in the Sky


  • Author : Olivia Snowe
  • Publisher : Capstone
  • Release Date : 2013-07
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781434250414

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A Home in the Sky Book Description :

"Jack trades his bike for a handful of beans that grow into a huge vine, stretching into the sky."

Mark Z  Danielewski s House of Leaves Book
Score: 4
From 200 Ratings

Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves


  • Author : Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 709
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375420528

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Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves Book Description :

A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries

The Glass Castle Book
Score: 4.5
From 151 Ratings

The Glass Castle


  • Author : Jeannette Walls
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2006-01-02
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416544661

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The Glass Castle Book Description :

Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family. When the money ran out, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town Rex had tried to escape. As the dysfunction escalated, the children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they found the resources and will to leave home. Yet Walls describes her parents with deep affection in this tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life. -- From publisher description.

The House in the Night Book
Score: 3.5
From 70 Ratings

The House in the Night


  • Author : Susan Marie Swanson
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2008-05-05
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547528304

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The House in the Night Book Description :

A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers—a key, a bed, the moon—this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.

Inside the Sky Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

Inside the Sky


  • Author : William Langewiesche
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Transportation
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679750079

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Inside the Sky Book Description :

Offering a pilot's-eye view of the wonders of flight, the author of Sahara Unveiled discusses the influence of aviation on the human vision of the world and describes the adventure of flying in turbulent weather, the inner world of flight, and more. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

This House of Sky Book
Score: 4.5
From 16 Ratings

This House of Sky


  • Author : Ivan Doig
  • Publisher : Harcourt
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN 10 : 0151900558

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This House of Sky Book Description :

The fifteenth anniversary edition of the author's classic memoirs includes a new introduction that provides new information on the making of the book. By the author of The House of Sky.

Farmer in the Sky Book
Score: 3.5
From 16 Ratings

Farmer in the Sky


  • Author : Robert A. Heinlein
  • Publisher : Baen Publishing Enterprises
  • Release Date : 2008-05-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781618246622

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Farmer in the Sky Book Description :

"There is no such thing as luck. There is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe." ¾Robert A. Heinlein, from Time Enough for Love. Be Prepared _ Or Die! Bill Lermer travels with his father, stepmother and stepsister to colonize a Jovian moon in the process of being terraformed. Out here, self-reliance is the key to survival¾and Bill finds that his Boy Scout motto isn't merely a pretty saying. It's a necessary rule for survival! This is it: what we think is the best of the classic Robert Heinlein adventure novels that influenced a generation of engineers and space scientists and still set the heart racing and the mind afire! At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

A House In Bali  Illustrated Edition  Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

A House In Bali Illustrated Edition


  • Author : Colin McPhee
  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-11-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786256232

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A House In Bali Illustrated Edition Book Description :

Includes 39 photographs taken by the author during his time in Bali. A young American composer, quite by accident, heard some gramophone records of Balinese gamelan music that were to change his life completely. Such was his fascination that he ‘wanted to hear every gamelan in the countryside’. This book is an account of his stay in Bali just before the Pacific War. A House in Bali merits republication because of its sympathetic and often amusing account of the author’s involvement in Balinese society. While the author’s musical interests take up a considerable part of the narrative, music was itself such an integral part of Balinese life that the reader gets an overall impression of life on the island. Much has been written on the art of Bali and by artists but this is the only narrative by a musician and stands in its own right as a worthwhile period piece.

A House for Mr  Biswas Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

A House for Mr Biswas


  • Author : V. S. Naipaul
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2012-11-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 576
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307370600

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A House for Mr Biswas Book Description :

In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. But when he marries into the domineering Tulsi family on whom he indignantly becomes dependent, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous -- and endless -- struggle to weaken their hold over him, and purchase a house of his own. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Monkey s Paw Book
Score: 3.5
From 33 Ratings

The Monkey s Paw


  • Author : W. W. Jacobs
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2014-07-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 26
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473396104

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The Monkey s Paw Book Description :

This early work by William Wymark Jacobs was originally published in 1902 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. Jacobs worked as a clerk in the civil service before turning to writing in his late twenties, publishing his first short story in 1895. Most of Jacobs' work appeared before the onset of World War I, and although the majority of his output was humorous in tone, he is best-remembered now for his macabre tales, particularly those contained in his 1902 collection The Lady of the Barge, such as 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'The Toll House'.

The Caliph s House Book
Score: 3.5
From 15 Ratings

The Caliph s House


  • Author : Tahir Shah
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2006-01-31
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780553902310

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The Caliph s House Book Description :

In the tradition of A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, acclaimed English travel writer Tahir Shah shares a highly entertaining account of making an exotic dream come true. By turns hilarious and harrowing, here is the story of his family’s move from the gray skies of London to the sun-drenched city of Casablanca, where Islamic tradition and African folklore converge–and nothing is as easy as it seems…. Inspired by the Moroccan vacations of his childhood, Tahir Shah dreamed of making a home in that astonishing country. At age thirty-six he got his chance. Investing what money he and his wife, Rachana, had, Tahir packed up his growing family and bought Dar Khalifa, a crumbling ruin of a mansion by the sea in Casablanca that once belonged to the city’s caliph, or spiritual leader. With its lush grounds, cool, secluded courtyards, and relaxed pace, life at Dar Khalifa seems sure to fulfill Tahir’s fantasy–until he discovers that in many ways he is farther from home than he imagined. For in Morocco an empty house is thought to attract jinns, invisible spirits unique to the Islamic world. The ardent belief in their presence greatly hampers sleep and renovation plans, but that is just the beginning. From elaborate exorcism rituals involving sacrificial goats to dealing with gangster neighbors intent on stealing their property, the Shahs must cope with a new culture and all that comes with it. Endlessly enthralling, The Caliph’s House charts a year in the life of one family who takes a tremendous gamble. As we follow Tahir on his travels throughout the kingdom, from Tangier to Marrakech to the Sahara, we discover a world of fierce contrasts that any true adventurer would be thrilled to call home. From the Hardcover edition.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle Book
Score: 4
From 158 Ratings

We Have Always Lived in the Castle


  • Author : Shirley Jackson
  • Publisher : New Canadian Library
  • Release Date : 2016-01-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 124
  • ISBN 10 : 9781551999524

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle Book Description :

The final novel from one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. Most of the Blackwoods are dead. They were poisoned by arsenic, and the suspected murderer – Constance Blackwood – still lives in their family estate. In fact, she never leaves. Nor does her Uncle Julian, who is confined to a wheelchair. The only person to leave the house is her sister, the third remaining Blackwood, Merricat, and even she keeps her visits to town to a minimum. The townsfolk don’t like the Blackwoods; understandable, when one of them could be a mass murderer. Constance, Merricat, and Julian maintain a semblance of a normal, if highly reclusive, life, aided – if Merricat is to be believed – by several magical wards and charm. But when one of these charms is disrupted, her estranged cousin Charles turns up for a visit, and threatens to throw the Blackwoods’ fragile peace into chaos. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

The Sky Is Everywhere Book
Score: 4
From 92 Ratings

The Sky Is Everywhere


  • Author : Jandy Nelson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2010-03-09
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 1101222867

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The Sky Is Everywhere Book Description :

Adrift after her sister Bailey's sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey's boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs... though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode. Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart. As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.

From the Ashes Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

From the Ashes


  • Author : Jesse Thistle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2019-08-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982101237

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From the Ashes Book Description :

*Winner, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Nonfiction *Winner, Indigenous Voices Awards *Finalist, CBC Canada Reads *Finalist, High Plains Book Awards *A Globe and Mail Book of the Year *An Indigo Book of the Year *A CBC Best Canadian Nonfiction Book of the Year In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is. If I can just make it to the next minute...then I might have a chance to live; I might have a chance to be something more than just a struggling crackhead. From the Ashes is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up. Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, whose tough-love attitudes quickly resulted in conflicts. Throughout it all, the ghost of Jesse’s drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling with all that had happened, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. Finally, he realized he would die unless he turned his life around. In this heartwarming and heart-wrenching memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful past, the abuse he endured, and how he uncovered the truth about his parents. Through sheer perseverance and education—and newfound love—he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family. An eloquent exploration of the impact of prejudice and racism, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help us find happiness despite the odds.

Beyond the Sky and the Earth Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Beyond the Sky and the Earth


  • Author : Jamie Zeppa
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-01-28
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385674157

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Beyond the Sky and the Earth Book Description :

In the tradition of Iron and Silk and Touch the Dragon, Jamie Zeppa’s memoir of her years in Bhutan is the story of a young woman’s self-discovery in a foreign land. It is also the exciting début of a new voice in travel writing. When she left for the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in 1988, Zeppa was committing herself to two years of teaching and a daunting new experience. A week on a Caribbean beach had been her only previous trip outside Canada; Bhutan was on the other side of the world, one of the most isolated countries in the world known as the last Shangri-La, where little had changed in centuries and visits by foreigners were restricted. Clinging to her bags full of chocolate, hair conditioner and Immodium, she began the biggest challenge of her life, with no idea she would fall in love with the country and with a Bhutanese man, end up spending nine years in Bhutan, and begin a literary career with her account of this transformative journey. At her first posting in a remote village of eastern Bhutan, she is plunged into an overwhelmingly different culture with squalid Third World conditions and an impossible language. Her house has rats and fleas and she refuses to eat the local food, fearing the rampant deadly infections her overly protective grandfather warned her about. Gradually, however, her fear vanishes. She adjusts, begins to laugh, and is captivated by the pristine mountain scenery and the kind students in her grade 2 class. She also begins to discover for herself the spiritual serenity of Buddhism. A transfer to the government college of Sherubtse, where the housing conditions are comparatively luxurious and the students closer to her own age, gives her a deeper awareness of Bhutan’s challenges: the lack of personal privacy, the pressure to conform, and the political tensions. However, her connection to Bhutan intensifies when she falls in love with a student, Tshewang, and finds herself pregnant. After a brief sojourn in Canada to give birth t