Cheater´s Guide to Speaking English Like a Native:Tuttle Publishing Boye Lafayette De Mente
Jesse James, the daughter of a deceased mob-connected rug salesman, becomes a jockey working for the Hong Mian triad in order to feed winners to state Senator Somersby. The Senator is responsible for approving California gaming licenses. To date, only Native CANGV casinos are allowed to have slots. California horse racing will die if they aren´t allowed to add slot machines to their venues. Benson Yeung, Dragon Head of the Hong Mian triad, and his chief lieutenant, Johnny Luck, have a plan to force Somersby to approve their Native partner´s demands for off-reservation gaming licenses. At the center of the plan is a unique white thoroughbred Spirit horse, prized by Native people, appropriately named Medicine Hat.The Outlaw Rider is the first in a series of books that follows the adventures of Jesse James, a young woman who is orphaned when her mob-connected father suddenly dies. Jesse is taken in by Chinese triad big shot Johnny Luck. Jesse is trained as a jockey in order to serve the interests of the Hong Mian triad led by Dragon Head, Benson Yeung.The Outlaw Rider is fiction but is set in a true-to-life environment where racetracks in California, as elsewhere, are desperate to add full-fledged casinos and especially slots to their venues. The problem is only Native American groups are eligible for casino licences and corruption abounds. Thousands of Native Americans that can trace their heritages back to the 1800s have been disenrolled (loss of Native status) by the groups that control the casino licenses. Disenrollment reduces the number of Native Americans collecting casino benefits that can be as much as $300,000 per person.In the middle of this is a spirit horse, a white thoroughbred racehorse with milk-chocolate markings including the ears - thus the name, Medicine Hat. The horse becomes the centerpiece of a fight for control of the casino gaming business in California involving a corrupt state senator, his billiona 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Neely. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/125737/bk_acx0_125737_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Celia Langford lost her perfect life in the ultimate betrayal - not only was her late husband a cheat, he left her with a mountain of debt and no self-confidence. She poured her grief into cooking, determined to start new and heal by the sea. She meets Dax Smith, local dive shop owner and purebred South Florida native. The wrong city girl left a bad taste in his mouth, so he´s stayed clear of all matters of the heart. His father is ill; her business is not going as planned. But their uncontrollable attraction toward one another makes anything seem possible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cynthia Vail. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059697/bk_acx0_059697_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A social history of alcoholism in the United States, from the 17th century to the present day. Today, millions of Americans are struggling with alcoholism, but millions are also in long-term recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous and a growing number of recovery organizations are providing support for alcoholics who will face the danger of relapse for the rest of their lives. We have finally come to understand alcoholism as a treatable illness rather than a moral failure. Today´s advocates can draw inspiration from the victories of sober drunks throughout American history. Christopher Finan recounts the nation´s history with alcohol and its search for sobriety, which began among Native Americans in the colonial period, when liquor was used to cheat them of their property. He introduces us to the first of a colorful cast of characters, a remarkable Iroquois leader named Handsome Lake, who dedicated his life to helping his people renounce hard liquor. And we meet Carrie Nation, the wife of an alcoholic who destroyed bars with an ax in her anger over what alcohol had done to her family, as well as the idealistic and energetic Washingtonians, reformed drunks who led the first national movement to save men like themselves. Finan also tells the dramatic story of Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the two drunks who helped each other stay sober and then created AA, which survived its tumultuous early years and has made it possible for millions of men and women to quit drinking. This is narrative history at its best: entertaining and authoritative, an important portrait of one of America´s great liberation movements. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010049/bk_blak_010049_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The acclaimed Galician author’s novel of the Spanish Civil War is “a sincere and beautiful portrait of a brutal, ugly period of Spanish history” ( The Guardian ). Novelist and El País journalist Manuel Rivas has been heralded as one of the brightest in a new wave of Spanish authors. Originally written in Galician, his native language, The Carpenter’s Pencil was a bestseller in Spain and has been published in nine countries. Set in the dark days of the Spanish Civil War, The Carpenter’s Pencil charts the linked destinies of Dr. Daniel Da Barca, a Republican who cheats death in General Franco’s prisons; Herbal, an illiterate Falangist and Da Barca’s shadow; and an unnamed painter with the carpenter’s pencil, the man who unites them in life and death. It is also the story of Marisa Mallo, loved by both Da Barca and Herbal; Pepe Sánchez; the bolero singer; “Genghis Khan;” the wrestler; and the legend of two estranged sisters, Life and Death. All of these and more are bound by the events of the war. And all are rendered, in Rivas’s skillful hand, with the power of the carpenter’s pencil, a pencil that draws both the measured line and the artist’s fanciful vision.
Before Twilight and True Blood, only one vampire commanded ´´the children of the night.” In this blood-thirsty tale of unholy terror, Count Dracula slips into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil - so he can rest between victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire’s lair and pierce his heart with a wooden stake. Program note from Rosalind Ayres, director of the live performance by L.A. Theatre Works: ´´For centuries man has dreamed of a life beyond death. Chinese Emperors were buried with clay armies to protect them in the next world. Egyptian Pharaohs were entombed with all the belongings they would need in the afterlife. But how might it be possible to cheat death itself? Well, try the myth of the Vampire. One who, by constantly drinking the ‘life force,’ the blood of others, could ensure eternal survival. In Charles Morey´s dramatization of Bram Stoker´s 1897 novel, the creed of the Vampire and the Christian belief in ´life everlasting´ is juxtaposed. It´s the eternal struggle between good and evil. Plus, the confidence of scientific beliefs and theory, marred only by that uncomfortable shaft of inexplicable fear when something goes ´Bump´ in the night. Enter Dracula...” David Selby as Abraham Van HelsingJohn Glover as RenfieldSimon Templeman as Count DraculaMatthew Wolf as Arthur HolmwoodMoira Quirk as Lucy WestenraLisa O’hare as Mina Murray HarkerNick Toren as Dr. John SewardKarl Miller as Jonathan HarkerAndré Sogliuzzo as Maxwell and othersSheelagh Cullen as Mrs. Westenra and othersDenise Carole as Tart and others. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in May, 2011. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Selby, John Glover, Simon Templeman, Matthew Wolf, Moira Quirk, Lisa O’hare, Nick Toren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000310/pf_latw_000310_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.