'A Village Vacancy is a tour de force of beautiful, funny and emotional storytelling' Fay Kennan From the bestselling author of A Village Affair comes a laugh out loud new Westenbury tale... As the Yorkshire village of Westenbury mourns the loss of one of their own, the women can't help but contemplate who will fill the vacancy in one handsome widower's life... Grace Stevens has decided it's time to move on without her husband. He's off gallivanting around Devon in search of a new life, and good riddance. It's time to go back to teaching, so Grace returns to Little Acorns and takes on an unruly class of pre-teens. As she deals with disasters in – and out of – the classroom including an accidental dalliance with her most troublesome pupil's dad, helping track down a drug ring and keeping up with her closest girlfriends, Grace begins to wonder more and more about the sparkle in David's eyes and the sparking chemistry between them. Could Grace be the one to fill this village vacancy? Praise for Julie Houston: 'A warm, funny story of sisters and the secrets they keep' Sheila O'Flanagan 'Warm, funny and well written, with a page-turning plot, this book has everything! I loved it!' Katie Fforde 'Julie Houston at her best – heartfelt and hilarious' Sandy Barker 'Laugh-out-loud hilarious and heartwarming!' Mandy Baggot 'This book is an absolute gigglefest with characters you'll fall in love with!' Katie Ginger
If current world population trends were to continue, human numbers could more than double to 13 billion people by the end of this century. Given humanity's consumerist trends, with resulting global warming and the overall impact on vulnerable biodiversity and habitat, this would be ecologically disastrous! No Vacancy is that rare chronicle of sobering optimism in a world more accustomed to thinking about population as a dilemma with little hope of positive change. Family planning expert Bob Gillespie and renowned global ecologist, author and film director Michael Tobias journeyed the world in search of answers. This book reveals an exquisite window on remarkable events occurring in country after country where Tobias and Gillespie discovered changes that have resulted in smaller family sizes and the empowerment of women and children, while creating critical pathways towards ecological sustainability. From Iran, Mexico, Ghana and Nigeria, to countries across Western Europe, as well as the U.S., India, and Indonesia, No Vacancy paints an emotional, at times provocative, portrait of a global transformation; a fertility transition that may well prove to be one of the most important-and timely-ingredients in humanity's survival and the continuation of life on Earth. Book jacket.
Examines the concept of a poetics of vacancy in Romantic-era literature. Romantic Vacancy argues that, at the cult of sensibility’s height, Romantic writers found alternative tropes of affect to express movement beyond sensation and the body. Grappling with sensibility’s claims that sensation could be translated into ideas and emotions, poets of vacancy rewrote core empiricist philosophies that trapped women and men in sensitive bodies and, more detrimentally, in ideological narratives about emotional response that gendered subjects’ bodies and minds. Kate Singer contends that affect’s genesis occurs instead through a series of figurative responses and movements that loop together human and nonhuman movements of mind, body, and nature into a posthuman affect. This book discovers a new form of Romantic affect that is dynamically linguistic and material. It seeks to end the long tradition of holding women and men writers of the Romantic period as separate and largely unequal. It places women writers at the forefront of speculative thinking, repositions questions of gender at the vanguard of Romantic-era thought, revises how we have long thought of gender in the period, and rewrites our notions of Romantic affect. Finally, it answers pivotal questions facing both affect studies and Romanticism about interrelations among language, affect, and materiality. Readers will learn more about the deep history of how poetic language can help us move beyond binary gender and its limiting intellectual and affective ideologies. Kate Singer is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Critical Social Thought Program at Mount Holyoke University.
BUYER BEWARE When Gretchen Bauer begins renovating an old Victorian house to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast, she barely escapes several dangerous "accidents" at her home. Colm McCrae, host of the home improvement TV show helping her renovate, refuses to believe these aren't on purpose. Could this be a harmful ploy by his boss to boost ratings? Yet with Colm's Irish brogue and handsome face, Gretchen wonders whether he could be involved. But with a whole town full of neighbors disgruntled about the inn bringing strangers to their shores, Gretchen has a list of more likely suspects. Now she must trust Colm if she wants to keep her new business venture from turning into a five-star death trap.
A washed-up actor, a mysterious motel and a Malaysian "woman of power" form the central elements in a riveting account of a rootless man forced to confront the impossible - but very real- demons of his past.
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. . . Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? A big novel about a small town, THE CASUAL VACANCY is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.
"Containing all the current decisions of the courts of record of New York State, namely: Court of Appeals, Supreme Court, New York Superior Court, New York Common Pleas, Superior Court of Buffalo, City Court of New York, City Court of Brooklyn, and the Surrogates' Courts" (varies slightly).
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