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60 Stories to Make Your Brain Feel Different
Salvatore Antonio, Stephanie Belding, Victoria Carr, und andere
Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 16 Min.
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Thirty years after Douglas Coupland broke the fiction mould and defined a generation with Generation X, he is back with Binge, 60 stories laced with his observational profundity about the way we live and his existential worry about how we should be living: the very things that have made him such an influential and bestselling writer. Not to mention that he can also be really funny.
Sixteen-year-old Whisper, who has a cleft palate, lives in an encampment with three other young rejects and their caregiver, Nathanael. They are outcasts from a society (in the not-too-distant future) that kills or abandons anyone with a physical or mental disability. Whisper’s mother visits once a year. When she dies, she leaves Whisper a violin, which Nathanael teaches her to play. Whisper’s father comes to claim her, and she becomes his house slave, her disfigurement hidden by a black veil.
Orphaned by the Civil War, three sisters struggle to keep the family farm solvent. The eldest, Lucinda, must mother her deaf daughter, Harmony, and mediate between her dueling siblings, Servilia and Melody. The sisters’ fragile truce is shattered by the arrival of the handsome Ezekiel Sheffield, coming to establish a school for the deaf. Miracles, mayhem, and marriage ensue, but nothing ever comes easy.
In Seen and Not Heard (a psychological suspense thriller with a shocking twist), there are two points of view. One—the figure skating teenager, Molly Jolliff, who was sure she’d finally put the darkness of her childhood issues behind her until she is forced to face the workplace for the first time. But soon after starting work, she realizes that dyslexia is still causing her problems in the classroom, where she is placed within the primary school, and bullying within the workplace nearly sends her over the edge.
By the age of 10, Lone Crow carried many scars as a result of the beatings he’d endured at the hands of Father Silas. In an effort to save his adopted sister from another "disciplining", he was compelled to commit an unthinkable act, an act so heinous he had to run away from the small town and into the unforgiving woods alone. Faith was born into the church and was the daughter of Father Silas. Many years later, with Faith forced to accompany her husband on a missionary trip to spread the word to the natives, they were fated to meet again.
This is a story of a clash of two generations, a discordance of two personalities, and a subliminal chord of racism, all playing out in the individualism of the two lovers and the man's mother. All three engage in a vortex of drama, each ruled by the emotive factors of their own generation, but Mrs. Kate is engrossed in a stereotype she is raised with as a child, a stereotype that eventually proves to be false. For in the end, love embedded in passion and empathy conquers and envelopes the evil of stereotypes, shining forth like the blazing sun of the summer.
For listeners who have experienced the thrill and passion of the discovery of self. Whether it's the fulfillment of introspection or the heart-wrenching pain of losing yourself to desire, you will discover the shock of recognition on reading the sensitive, finely wrought poems contained in this book. In his first collection of verses, Tyreak Jones captures all of the moments of his life journey and presents them to us, here, for all of us to share, contemplate, and reach a state of emergence.
Ghost Hawk was the pride of his village, their most fearsome Warrior. Although not much for speaking himself, he had a gift for languages - a gift which he considered both a curse and a blessing. He cared deeply for the Native traditions, including keeping the bloodline pure. He never backed down from any battle including the ones with the intruding white men. He witnessed attack after attack on the Native villages and the merciless killing of the ones he loved. And yet, a beautiful white woman, alone and passed out in the woods, called on his sense of integrity.
Lisa is 11 years old, loves guinea pigs, and is shy - and not just a little bit shy. She's so shy that her heart practically pounds out of her chest whenever her teacher calls on her in class. Lisa will do anything she can to avoid being noticed. When a pair of glasses with incredible abilities falls into her life, her whole world is turned upside down. For the first time in her life she's motivated to get out of her shell.