Five years ago, Tobias Jones and his wife set up a woodland sanctuary for people in a period of crisis in their lives. Windsor Hill Wood quickly becomes a well-known refuge, and a family home is transformed into a small community. Most people arrive because of a desperate need - bereavement, depression, addiction or homelessness - while others come simply because they are dismayed by modern life. A Place of Refuge is the story of an evolving community: the characters and conflicts, the miracles and mistakes. As the seasons turn in the bustling woodland, an ever-changing group of people try to share their money, their meals and ideals; making furniture, growing vegetables and rearing livestock. Encountering both violent antagonism and astounding generosity, the family open up not only their house, but also themselves, to the most demanding of judgements and transformations. This book is not about a retreat from the world, but about a deeper engagement with it. Living alongside troubled guests, Jones examines the consequences of our way of life - seeing up close the scars of war, abuse and loneliness - and contemplates the ways in which nature and stillness offer solace to those in torment.
In the twenty-first century, it has become clear to most that there is no divine right or imperative for the existence of an empire on the Earth. As such an ever-increasing number of peoples have thrown off the yoke of empire in favor of what has become known as a democratic model of collective governance. Yet simply changing the rules of governance has not put an end to the core ideals of empire, and governments today that are elected democratically have largely retained the hallmarks of imperial rule, namely the tendencies toward a central monopoly on the use of force and the right to demand tribute. How can this be? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tobias Livingston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/029439de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book contributes to the literary history of eighteenth-century womens life writings, particularly those labeled scandalous memoirs. It examines how the evolution of this subgenre was shaped partially by several innovative memoirs that have received only modest critical attention. Breashears argues that Madame de La Touches Apologie and her friend Lady Vanes Memoirs contributed to the crystallization of this sub-genre at mid-century, and that Lady Vanes collaboration with Tobias Smollett in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle resulted in a brilliant experiment in the relationship between gender and genre. It demonstrates that the Memoirs of Catherine Jemmat incorporated influential new strategies for self-justification in response to changing kinship priorities, and that Margaret Coghlans Memoirs introduced revolutionary themes that created a hybrid: the political scandalous memoir. This book will therefore appeal to scholars interested in life writing, womens history, genre theory, and eighteenth-century British literature. Caroline Breashears is Associate Professor of English at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, USA. Her publications include essays about novels and eighteenth-century womens memoirs.
Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She´s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She´s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he´s never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends - Peach, Millie, and Stacy - and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories. Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends... but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed. As Liv´s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it´s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else´s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side - and in the cross fire. Can the most important things in life - friendship, love, magic, and waffles - get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amanda Ronconi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003747de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.