All Who Go Do Not Return Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

All Who Go Do Not Return


  • Author : Shulem Deen
  • Publisher : Graywolf Press
  • Release Date : 2015-03-24
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781555973377

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All Who Go Do Not Return Excerpt :

A moving and revealing exploration of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and one man's loss of faith Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world—only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. Deen's first transgression—turning on the radio—is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. Now a heretic, he fears being discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception, and begins a long struggle to hold on to those he loves most: his five children. In All Who Go Do Not Return, Deen bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith, while offering an illuminating look at a highly secretive world.

All Who Go Do Not Return Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

All Who Go Do Not Return


  • Author : Shulem Deen
  • Publisher : Graywolf Press
  • Release Date : 2015-03-24
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 1555977057

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All Who Go Do Not Return Excerpt :

A moving and revealing exploration of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and one man's loss of faith Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world—only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. Deen's first transgression—turning on the radio—is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. Now a heretic, he fears being discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception, and begins a long struggle to hold on to those he loves most: his five children. In All Who Go Do Not Return, Deen bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith, while offering an illuminating look at a highly secretive world.

Should I Not Return Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Should I Not Return


  • Author : Jeffrey Babcock
  • Publisher : Publication Consultants
  • Release Date : 2014-10-27
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781594332715

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Should I Not Return Excerpt :

Should I Not Return is the story of a young east coast climber, who joins his brother in Alaska to climb Mount McKinley. What set their climb apart from those before it, and even those afterward, was a disaster of such magnitude that it became know as North America's worst mountaineering tragedy. Prior to July of 1967 only four men had ever perished on Denali, and then, in one fell swoop, Denali--like Melville s, Great White Whale, Moby Dick--indiscriminately took the lives of seven men. The brothers survive one danger after another: a terrible train accident, a near drowning in the McKinley River, an encounter with a large grizzly, a 60 foot plunge into a gaping crevasse, swept away by a massive avalanche, and finally a climactic escape from the terror of 100 mph winds while descending from the summit. Should I Not Return is a one of a kind cliffhanger packed with danger, survival under the worst conditions, and heroism on the Last Frontier s most treasured trophy--the icy slopes of Denali, North America s tallest mountain--Mount McKinley.

The Book Thief Book
Score: 4.5
From 2,620 Ratings

The Book Thief


  • Author : Markus Zusak
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 578
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307433848

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME The extraordinary, beloved novel about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times. When Death has a story to tell, you listen. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. “The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —The New York Times “Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.” —USA Today DON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.

American Shtetl Book

American Shtetl


  • Author : Nomi M. Stolzenberg
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2022-02-08
  • Genre: HISTORY
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691199771

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American Shtetl Excerpt :

A compelling account of how a group of Hasidic Jews established its own local government on American soil Settled in the mid-1970s by a small contingent of Hasidic families, Kiryas Joel is an American town with few parallels in Jewish history—but many precedents among religious communities in the United States. This book tells the story of how this group of pious, Yiddish-speaking Jews has grown to become a thriving insular enclave and a powerful local government in upstate New York. While rejecting the norms of mainstream American society, Kiryas Joel has been stunningly successful in creating a world apart by using the very instruments of secular political and legal power that it disavows. Nomi Stolzenberg and David Myers paint a richly textured portrait of daily life in Kiryas Joel, exploring the community's guiding religious, social, and economic norms. They delve into the roots of Satmar Hasidism and its charismatic founder, Rebbe Joel Teitelbaum, following his journey from nineteenth-century Hungary to post–World War II Brooklyn, where he dreamed of founding an ideal Jewish town modeled on the shtetls of eastern Europe. Stolzenberg and Myers chart the rise of Kiryas Joel as an official municipality with its own elected local government. They show how constant legal and political battles defined and even bolstered the community, whose very success has coincided with the rise of political conservatism and multiculturalism in American society over the past forty years. Timely and accessible, American Shtetl unravels the strands of cultural and legal conflict that gave rise to one of the most vibrant religious communities in America, and reveals a way of life shaped by both self-segregation and unwitting assimilation.

The Door of No Return Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Door of No Return


  • Author : Kwame Alexander
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2022-09-27
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316442060

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The Door of No Return Excerpt :

From New York Times Bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes the first book in a searing, breathtaking trilogy that tells the story of a boy, a village, and the epic odyssey of an African family.

Desiring God Book
Score: 4.5
From 55 Ratings

Desiring God


  • Author : John Piper
  • Publisher : Multnomah
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN 10 : 0880708697

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Desiring God Excerpt :

Insightful and heart-warming, this classic book is written for those who seek to know God better. It unfolds life-impacting, biblical truths and has been called a "soul-stirring celebration of the pleasures of knowing God."

The Last Thing He Told Me Book
Score: 4
From 50 Ratings

The Last Thing He Told Me


  • Author : Laura Dave
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-05-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501171369

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The Last Thing He Told Me Excerpt :

The instant #1 New York Times bestselling mystery and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick that’s captivated more than two million readers about a woman searching for the truth about her husband’s disappearance…at any cost. “A fast-moving, heartfelt thriller about the sacrifices we make for the people we love most.” —Real Simple Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother. As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared. Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future—one neither of them could have anticipated. With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.

The Book of Questions Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

The Book of Questions


  • Author : Gregory Stock Ph.D.
  • Publisher : Workman Publishing Company
  • Release Date : 2013-09-10
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780761178682

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The Book of Questions Excerpt :

The phenomenon returns! Originally published in 1987, The Book of Questions, a New York Times bestseller, has been completely revised and updated to incorporate the myriad cultural shifts and hot-button issues of the past twenty-five years, making it current and even more appealing. This is a book for personal growth, a tool for deepening relationships, a lively conversation starter for the family dinner table, a fun way to pass the time in the car. It poses over 300 questions that invite people to explore the most fascinating of subjects: themselves and how they really feel about the world. The revised edition includes more than 100 all-new questions that delve into such topics as the disappearing border between man and machine—How would you react if you learned that a sad and beautiful poem that touched you deeply had been written by a computer? The challenges of being a parent—Would you completely rewrite your child’s college-application essays if it would help him get into a better school? The never-endingly interesting topic of sex—Would you be willing to give up sex for a year if you knew it would give you a much deeper sense of peace than you now have? And of course the meaning of it all—If you were handed an envelope with the date of your death inside, and you knew you could do nothing to alter your fate, would you look? The Book of Questions may be the only publication that challenges—and even changes—the way you view the world, without offering a single opinion of its own.

Echoland Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Echoland


  • Author : Per Petterson
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-10-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409029175

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Echoland Excerpt :

Petterson’s debut novel, published in English for the first time Twelve-year-old Arvid and his family are on holiday, staying with his grandparents on the coast of Denmark. Dimly aware of the tension building between his mother and grandmother, Arvid is on the cusp of becoming a teenager: feeling awkward in his own skin, but adamant that he can take care of himself. As Arvid cycles down to the beach with its view of the lighthouse, he meets Mogens, an older boy who lives nearby, and together they set out to find fresh experiences in this strange new world. Echoland is a breathtaking read, capturing the unique drift of childhood summers, filled with unarticulated anxiety.

Embraced Book

Embraced


  • Author : Jordan Jantz
  • Publisher : Jordanjantzunderground4savingthelivesofchildren
  • Release Date : 2016-02-08
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 828
  • ISBN 10 : 0692639977

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Embraced Excerpt :

*REVISED THIRD EDITION* ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY - THE CHRISTMAS BOX HOUSE INTERNATIONAL. We are all writing the story of our life. We want to know what it's about. What are its themes and which theme is on the rise? People want to know where this book is taking them and where they are headed. Not to spoil our heat-embracing ending, but I want to ensure that when the ending comes, it won't be shallow; I will have done something life-transforming for others through this book. This book is about that life-transformation we all want for ourselves. I began this book because I hit that point in my life. I became intrigued by people who had unearthed their true calling...or those people who were willing to try. In this book, Embraced, nothing seems braver to me than facing up to one's own identity and filtering out the chatter that tells us to be something we're not. In this book I hit on an incredible well-spring of honesty. Complete strangers opened their lives and their homes to me, confessing honesty and events that had never been revealed to ordinary people. By that I mean they did not have resources of character traits available to them to give them an uncommon advantage in pursuing a better life. I'm not an expert of any sort. I have not one credential and nothing to speak about in the academic department, just what you all read about in the book produced by author and owner of Jewel of the West Publishing, Jewel Adams, Out of the Closet, Into the Light, and the live video produced by the President of North Star International and Voice(s) of Hope, Ty Mansfield. These are the only things that I did that ever can be considered helpful additions to the world we share. I did learn from working on this book, Embraced, that it is the hard times that change the course of our lives. In this book I reveal these moments to show my own fallibility. This book is far different from what I originally envisioned. It reflects what I've found not what I predicted. This book does

The Argonauts Book
Score: 3.5
From 1,190 Ratings

The Argonauts


  • Author : Maggie Nelson
  • Publisher : Graywolf Press
  • Release Date : 2015-05-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781555973407

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The Argonauts Excerpt :

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. It binds an account of Nelson's relationship with her partner and a journey to and through a pregnancy to a rigorous exploration of sexuality, gender, and "family." An insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry for this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.

The Night She Disappeared Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Night She Disappeared


  • Author : Lisa Jewell
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-09-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982137380

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The Night She Disappeared Excerpt :

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes “her best thriller yet” (Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author) about a young couple’s disappearance on a gorgeous summer night, and the mother who will never give up trying to find them. On a beautiful summer night in a charming English suburb, a young woman and her boyfriend disappear after partying at the massive country estate of a new college friend. One year later, a writer moves into a cottage on the edge of the woods that border the same estate. Known locally as the Dark Place, the dense forest is the writer’s favorite place for long walks and it’s on one such walk that she stumbles upon a mysterious note that simply reads, “DIG HERE.” Could this be a clue towards what has happened to the missing young couple? And what exactly is buried in this haunted ground? “Utterly gripping with richly drawn, hugely compelling characters, this is a first-class thriller with heart” (Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author) that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

A Little Life Book
Score: 4
From 120 Ratings

A Little Life


  • Author : Hanya Yanagihara
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2015-03-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 736
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385539265

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A Little Life Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A stunning “portrait of the enduring grace of friendship” (NPR) about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves. A masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century. A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • A MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST • WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE A Little Life follows four college classmates—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition—as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara’s stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves. Look for Hanya Yanagihara’s new novel, To Paradise, coming in January 2022.

Return of Dragons Book

Return of Dragons


  • Author : Joy Elaine
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-11-23
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9798688096941

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Return of Dragons Excerpt :

What if ... You could save a rare species from extinction? What if you could travel through time, to any location at any point in history? What if you could thwart the assassination attempt of a leader? Would you take the risk? In the fifth book of this compelling, metaphysical journey, the Joy Council intervenes to prevent dragons from being lured to their deaths as the new dragon prince's life is endangered. A new world must be created if the dragons have any chance of escaping a 900-year-old relentless tracker. But don't get too comfortable, because a plot to kill Commander Ashtar results in the deportation of those who are not native residents of Earth. In this exhilarating otherworldly adventure, readers will meet a myriad of interesting characters, travel through time and space, and experience a voyage unlike anything you can imagine.