The Heavenly Table Book
Score: 4
From 70 Ratings

The Heavenly Table


  • Author : Donald Ray Pollock
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2016-07-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385541305

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The Heavenly Table Excerpt :

From Donald Ray Pollock, author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, comes a dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors. It is 1917, in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama. Dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons: Cane (the eldest; handsome; intelligent); Cob (short; heavy set; a bit slow); and Chimney (the youngest; thin; ill-tempered). Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son, Eddie, and his wife, Eula. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family's entire fortune, his life is put on a surprising, unforgettable, and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. No good can come of it. Or can it? In the gothic tradition of Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy with a healthy dose of cinematic violence reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers, the Jewetts and the Fiddlers will find their lives colliding in increasingly dark and horrific ways, placing Donald Ray Pollock firmly in the company of the genre's literary masters.

The Heavenly Table Book
Score: 4
From 70 Ratings

The Heavenly Table


  • Author : Donald Ray Pollock
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-07-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473524712

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The Heavenly Table Excerpt :

Cane, Cob and Chimney Jewett are young Georgia sharecroppers held under the thumb of their God-fearing father, Pearl. When he dies unexpectedly, they set out on horseback for Canada, robbing and looting their way to wealth and infamy. But little goes to plan and soon they’re pursued by both the authorities and the stories emanating from their trail of destruction – making the Jewett Gang out to be the most fearsome trio of murdering bank robbers in the Midwest. The truth, though, is far more complex than the legend. And the heaven they’ve imagined may in fact be worse than the hell they sought to escape.

The Heavenly Table Book
Score: 4
From 70 Ratings

The Heavenly Table


  • Author : Donald Ray Pollock
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Brothers
  • Pages : 365
  • ISBN 10 : 9781910701621

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The Heavenly Table Excerpt :

Cane, Cob and Chimney Jewett are young Georgia sharecroppers held under the thumb of their domineering, God-struck father Pearl. When he dies unexpectedly, they set out on horseback to rob and loot their way to wealth and infamy, inspired by a lurid dime novel that only one of them can read. But little goes as planned and soon they're pursued by both the authorities and by stories that make them out to be the most fearsome trio of bank robbers and murderers around. The truth, though, is far more complex than the legend. And the heaven they've imagined may in fact be worse than the hell they sought to escape. The Heavenly Table is gritty, electrifying and weirdly funny. It cements Donald Ray Pollock's place among America's best contemporary novelists.

The Devil All the Time Book
Score: 4
From 40 Ratings

The Devil All the Time


  • Author : Donald Ray Pollock
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2011-07-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385535052

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The Devil All the Time Excerpt :

Now a Netflix film starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson A dark and riveting vision of 1960s America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree. In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over­tones of Flannery O’Connor at her most haunting. Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right. Donald Ray Pollock braids his plotlines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.

Knockemstiff Book
Score: 3.5
From 23 Ratings

Knockemstiff


  • Author : Donald Ray Pollock
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2008-03-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385525404

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Knockemstiff Excerpt :

"More engaging than any new fiction in years." —Chuck Palahniuk An unforgettable work of fiction that peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents. Knockemstiff is a genuine entry into the literature of place. Spanning a period from the mid-sixties to the late nineties, the linked stories that comprise Knockemstiff feature a cast of recurring characters who are irresistibly, undeniably real. A father pumps his son full of steroids so he can vicariously relive his days as a perpetual runner-up body builder. A psychotic rural recluse comes upon two siblings committing incest and feels compelled to take action. Donald Ray Pollock presents his characters and the sordid goings-on with a stern intelligence, a bracing absence of value judgments, and a refreshingly dark sense of bottom-dog humor.

The Heavenly Table Book
Score: 4
From 70 Ratings

The Heavenly Table


  • Author : Donald Ray Pollock
  • Publisher : Anchor Books
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 365
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101971659

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The Heavenly Table Excerpt :

"In 1917, in the sliver of borderland between Georgia and Alabama, three brothers--Can, Cob, and Chimney Jewett--undertake a last-ditch effort to break free of their poverty. They steal their landowner's horses, and soon enough are shooting and looting their way north, making a name for themselves as they go. Hundred of miles away in southern Ohio, the good-natured Fiddler family has been swindled out of land and fortune. To make matters worse, they're smack in the middle of the now notorious Jewett Gang's trajectory. As the two families collide, it turns out that their only chance at survival, and maybe even salvation, lies with one another. In the great Southern Gothic tradition, with a heavy dose of cinematic violence, Donald Ray Pollock pens a bloody outlaw tale in an era that somehow seems not so distant from today."--Back cover.

Heaven is for Real Book
Score: 3
From 11 Ratings

Heaven is for Real


  • Author : Todd Burpo
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson Inc
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 119
  • ISBN 10 : 9781418550684

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Heaven is for Real Excerpt :

Why should we care about heaven? -- What is heaven like? -- When does a person go to heaven? -- Where is heaven? -- Who goes to heaven?

Under the Banner of Heaven Book
Score: 3.5
From 35 Ratings

Under the Banner of Heaven


  • Author : Jon Krakauer
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2004-06-08
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400078998

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Under the Banner of Heaven Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, this extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God; some 40,000 people still practice polygamy in these communities. At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

From Florence to the Heavenly City Book

From Florence to the Heavenly City


  • Author : ClaireE. Honess
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-07-05
  • Genre: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351566322

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From Florence to the Heavenly City Excerpt :

Dante's political thought has long constituted a major area of interest for Dante studies, yet the poet's political views have traditionally been considered a self-contained area of study and viewed in isolation from the poet's other concerns. Consequently, the symbolic and poetic values which Dante attaches to political structures have been largely ignored or marginalised by Dante criticism. This omission is addressed here by Claire Honess, whose study of Dante's poetry of citizenship focuses on more fundamental issues, such as the relationship between the individual and the community, the question of what it means to be a citizen, and above all the way in which notions of cities and citizenship enter the imagery and structure of the Commedia.

The Heavenly Writing Book

The Heavenly Writing


  • Author : Francesca Rochberg
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2004-09-27
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 1139455850

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The Heavenly Writing Excerpt :

In antiquity, the expertise of the Babylonians in matters of the heavens was legendary and the roots of both western astronomy and astrology are traceable in cuneiform tablets going back to the second and first millennia BC. The Heavenly Writing, first publsiehd in 2004, discusses the place of Babylonian celestial divination, horoscopy, and astronomy in Mesopotamian intellectual culture. Focusing chiefly on celestial divination and horoscopes, it traces the emergence of personal astrology from the tradition of celestial divination and the use of astronomical methods in horoscopes. It further takes up the historiographical and philosophical issue of the nature of these Mesopotamian 'celestial sciences' by examining elements traditionally of concern to the philosophy of science, without sacrificing the ancient methods, goals, and interests to a modern image of science. This book will be of particular interest to those concerned with the early history of science.

The Maid s Version Book
Score: 3.5
From 30 Ratings

The Maid s Version


  • Author : Daniel Woodrell
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2013-09-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316205863

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The Maid s Version Excerpt :

The American master's first novel since Winter's Bone tells of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations. Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The embittered local gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident? Alma thinks she knows the answer-and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. Her dogged pursuit of justice makes her an outcast and causes a long-standing rift with her own son. By telling her story to her grandson, she finally gains some solace-and peace for her sister. He is advised to "Tell it. Go on and tell it"-tell the story of his family's struggles, suspicions, secrets, and triumphs.

The Heavenly Life Book

The Heavenly Life


  • Author : James Allen
  • Publisher : GENERAL PRESS
  • Release Date : 2019-03-27
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9789388760669

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The Heavenly Life Excerpt :

As always, his advice is both spiritual and practical. His words are as valuable today as when they were first written, and provide a welcome balm to uneasy souls in an uncertain world. The secret of life, of abundant life, with its strength, its felicity, and its unbroken peace is to find the Divine Centre within oneself, and to live in and from that, instead of in that outer circumference of disturbances—the clamours, cravings, and argumentation which make up the animal and intellectual man. These selfish elements constitute the mere husks of life, and must be thrown away by him who would penetrate to the Central Heart of things—to Life itself.

Donnybrook Book
Score: 3
From 9 Ratings

Donnybrook


  • Author : Frank Bill
  • Publisher : FSG Originals
  • Release Date : 2013-03-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466836044

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Donnybrook Excerpt :

The raw and as-insane-as-anticipated first novel from Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana The Donnybrook is a three-day bare-knuckle tournament held on a thousand-acre plot out in the sticks of southern Indiana. Twenty fighters. One wire-fence ring. Fight until only one man is left standing while a rowdy festival of onlookers—drunk and high on whatever's on offer—bet on the fighters. Jarhead is a desperate man who'd do just about anything to feed his children. He's also the toughest fighter in southeastern Kentucky, and he's convinced that his ticket to a better life is one last fight with a cash prize so big it'll solve all his problems. Meanwhile, there's Chainsaw Angus—an undefeated master fighter who isn't too keen on getting his face punched anymore, so he and his sister, Liz, have started cooking meth. And they get in deep. So deep that Liz wants it all for herself, and she might just be ready to kill her brother for it. One more showdown to take place at the Donnybrook. As we travel through the backwoods to get to the Donnybrook, we meet a cast of nasty, ruined characters driven to all sorts of evil, all in the name of getting their fix—drugs, violence, sex, money, honor. Donnybrook is exactly the fearless, explosive, amphetamine-fueled journey you'd expect from Frank Bill's first novel . . . and then some.

The Heavenly Man Book
Score: 4.5
From 115 Ratings

The Heavenly Man


  • Author : Brother Yun
  • Publisher : Hendrickson Publishers
  • Release Date : 2009-10-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781598563924

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The Heavenly Man Excerpt :

"The Heavenly Man" tells the true story of Liu Zhenying, also known as Brother Yun, who, for the past 30 years, has committed himself to bringing the gospel of Christ to all of China. Imprisoned, tortured, and separated from his family for his beliefs, Brother Yun shares his story.

The God of Animals Book
Score: 3.5
From 33 Ratings

The God of Animals


  • Author : Aryn Kyle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-03-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416533252

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The God of Animals Excerpt :

Based on the author's National Magazine Award for Fiction-winning short story titled "The Foaling Season," the tale of rancher's daughter Alice Winston finds her helping to support the family business by boarding the horses of rich neighbors and leaving behind the innocence of her youth. A first novel. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.