Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind's Greatest Invention by Ben Wilson
From a brilliant young historian, a colorful journey through 7,000 years and twenty-six world cities that shows how urban living has been the spur and incubator to humankind's greatest innovations. In the two hundred millennia of our existence, nothing has shaped us more profoundly than the city. Historian Ben Wilson, author of bestselling and award-winning books on British history, now tells the grand, glorious story of how city living has allowed human culture to flourish. Beginning with Uruk, the world's first city, dating to 5000 BC and memorably portrayed in the Epic of Gilgamesh, he shows us that cities were never a necessity but that once they existed their density created such a blossoming of human endeavor--producing new professions, forms of art, worship, and trade--that they kick-started nothing less than civilization. Guiding readers through famous cities over 7,000 years, he reveals the innovations driven by each: civics in the agora of Athens, global trade in ninth-century Baghdad, finance in the coffeehouses of London, domestic comforts in the heart of Amsterdam, peacocking in Belle Epoque Paris. In the modern age, he studies the impact of verticality in New York City, the sprawl of L.A., and the eco-reimagining of twenty-first-century Shanghai. Lively, erudite, page turning, and irresistible, Metropolis is a grand tour of human achievement.
The Boy Behind the China Cabinet: A Memoir about Addiction, Hollywood, Mother Teresa and Me by Paul LaGreca
Publisher: Paul LaGreca
The Boy Behind the China Cabinet: a Memoir about Addiction, Hollywood, Mother Teresa and Me is the eclectic story of one man's coming to terms with himself. It is tragic, and at times hysterically funny, as the memoir recounts growing up in the Bronx in a large Catholic Italian family and living through his oldest brother's drug addiction. It is a story of self-discovery, as he leaves home to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. It is also a story of faith as he meets Mother Teresa, leaves Hollywood, and pursues the life of a missionary in one of the strictest orders of the Catholic Church. Filled with engaging stories about the Hollywood elite, Mother Teresa, struggles in the convent, and persevering in the face of adversity, this story shows how touching and sometimes shattering the journey to find yourself can be.
A Manual for Holy Relationship - The End of Death: The Deeper Teachings of A Course in Miracles (Volume) by Nouk Sanchez
Publisher: NOUK SANCHEZ
A Manual for Holy Relationship, in an uncompromising, comprehensive approach, provides a literal gateway that leads us, step by step, into the actual experience of changeless Love through Holy Relationship. Multi-layered meaning is dispensed throughout, which will unpack itself to the degree that our mind begins to drop its defenses to Love. As long as we fear changeless Love and Union with our brothers, sisters, God and our Holy Self, we will be locked into perpetuating time as suffering through the birth, amnesia, death, and reincarnation cycle. The ego's definition of "love" as special, must be overcome as we awaken to the majesty of God's consistently changeless Love. The Manual contains crucial teachings that point the way to the Love we have always yearned for, but mistakenly feared would cost us too much. When coupled with the undivided Truth as given by Jesus in the Course, there is no power on earth, including death, that can withstand the Holy Relationship's divine transfiguration. Now is the time. The way is clear. Truth and Love will triumph. The Holy Relationship is the means by which we finally learn and demonstrate the Course's #1 miracle principle: There is no order of difficulty in miracles. These are the teachings for our final victory lap!
An unpopular teenage girl whose mother is a religious fanatic is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates and uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.
Hope Rising: A Musing to Help You Feel Better about Life, Love and the Future of Humankind by Kathy Eldon
Publisher: Waterside Productions
Hope Rising is an interactive collection of witty, engaging, and often surprisingly informative spoken poetry. Interspersed are whimsical drawings and miscellaneous musings about love, parenthood, the pandemic, and what happens after wild and precious lives are over. Written at a time when social unrest and an uncontained global pandemic compete for headlines with wildfires that rage around the world, Hope Rising offers a compelling new vision for the future and what we have to do to get there. This collection, which includes workbook pages to help you create your own pathway to a more positive future, should spark a desire to start living the life of your choice, because during the chaos and confusion of our lives we have absolutely no idea what's going to happen next.
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