In Rachel Swearingen's debut collection, How to Walk on Water and Other Stories, we meet grifters, account executives, waitresses, scientists, and artists who willingly open their doors to trouble. An investment banker falls for a self-made artist who transforms the rooms of her dingy apartment into eerie art installations. A young au pair turns her mundane life into a scene from Key Largo, endangering the child in her care. A down-on-his-luck son moves in with his mother and tries to piece together the brutal attack she survived when he was a baby. A brother helps his wayward sister kidnap her grandson to baptize him in the North Woods. Whether it's a run-down movie theater in Minneapolis, a haunted brownstone in Chicago, a primitive chapel in Northern Michigan, a seedy bar in Seattle, or a tourist hotel in Venice, Italy, Swearingen's powers of observation and suspense show that thoughts as much as place can haunt. The prose is nimble and often heartbreaking. Even as these stories bristle with menace, they soothe with tenderness and humor. The themes of crime and complicity, as well as art and commerce underpin many of these narratives, as does the question of what it means to survive in a world marked by violence and trauma.
The three fairy tales in this collection are ideally suited to reading aloud. The first is about the magic of walking on water, the second on why the sea is salty and the third deals with what happens if someone makes a wish when they are angry.
Discover this sharp, funny short story collection from the bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments A man finds himself surrounded by women who are becoming paler, more silent and literally smaller; a woman's intimate life is strangely dominated by the fear of nuclear warfare; a melancholy teenage love is swept away by a hurricane, while a tired, middle-aged affection is rekindled by the spectacle of rare Jamaican birds... In these exceptional short stories, by turns funny and searingly honest, Margaret Atwood captures brilliantly the complex forces that govern our relationships, and the powerful emotions that guide them. ‘An acute and poetic observer of the eternal, universal, rum relationships between men and women’ The Times
A startling and provocative look at teaching, writing, creativity and life by a writer increasingly recognized for his passionate and articulate critique of modern civilization. This time Derrick Jensen brings us into his classroomówhether college or maximum security prisonówhere he teaches writing. He reveals how schools perpetuate the great illusion that happiness lies outside of ourselves and that learning to please and submit to those in power makes us into lifelong clockwatchers. As a writing teacher, Jensen guides his students out of the confines of traditional education to find their own voices, freedom, and creativity.
Bad Water and Other Stories of the Alaskan Panhandle is a book of short stories set in southeast Alaska on an archipelago about the size of Florida. There are not many people and most of them live in a few small scattered towns. Some live in the more remote areas of the thousands of miles of coastline and hundreds of backwater bays and coves, making a living at whatever is available. Alaska is a place where geography and weather dictate human behavior, and that could mean eating the same dried beans, rice, deer meat and fish for a good part of the year. With no freeways and little law enforcement (a 911call means contacting the Coast Guard), people must learn to be self-sufficient, especially in times of emergencies. Sometimes people make their own solutions to solve problems. If a solution doesn't work and you're still alive, it's time to try another! The folks that live in this remote part of Alaska do whatever it takes to make it work. There's a freedom that can't be had in civilization, but the price is high. These are their stories.
Discover how the world was created, why there are so many different languages, and what God's Ten Commandments are. Includes the story of the Creation of the World, Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, The Tower of Babel, and God's Ten Commandments. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are portrayed with the adventure, excitement, and meaning that has made them classics, making this book a perfect introduction to the Bible.
In this classic book, Madeleine L'Engle addresses the questions, What makes art Christian? What does it mean to be a Christian artist? What is the relationship between faith and art? Through L'Engle's beautiful and insightful essay, readers will find themselves called to what the author views as the prime tasks of an artist: to listen, to remain aware, and to respond to creation through one's own art.
Up-and-Coming Leader Reveals the Key to a Life of Supernatural Possibility Peter never set out to walk on water; he didn't attend a special seminar or school. He just wanted to be closer to Jesus. No matter the storm, no matter the danger, he saw only Jesus--and that's what got him out of the boat and into the impossible. We all have storms and barriers in life. And, like Peter, we have a choice: stay in the safe, small places or pursue with reckless abandon the limitless heart of Jesus. With fresh biblical insight and immediately practical application, author and teacher Jennifer Miskov paints a bigger and entirely more compelling vision of a life lived on the water. You'll discover the source of courageous faith and how to let go and take those first steps. The wind and the waves will come. But the One you're walking toward has calmed the storm, and he's waiting to do the impossible on your behalf. He's waiting for you to take a risk, to follow your heart--and to step out of the boat.
The Bible and the American Myth challenges the academic study of the Bible to orient itself to cultural criticism. The essays model an approach to the study of the Bible that entails efforts to fathom not only the meanings of texts, but the role of texts in the construction of meaning. It is all the more fascinating and poignant that the essayists are students of theology of varied backgrounds. What they have in common is the pursuit of theological studies at the mouth of Harlem. This location at the turn of the century inspired them to think differently about the focus and agenda of theological studies, especially biblical studies. Each essayist is convinced that the study of the Bible should entail the study of cultural construction and deconstruction, the study of the making and unmaking of cultural myths that shape existence.
"""Here are nine stories, poignant and almost shy. Anne Calcagno has written not of the sexual politics of strife, but of the deeper understanding of life's complicated mismatches and inevitable miscalculations. Calcagno has the clean voice and sharp unblinking eye of a true storyteller."" --Larry Heinemann, National Book Award-winning author of Paco's Story ""Nine stories, each unforgettably clear, magnetic, and alive. Language as maddeningly fascinating as a fifty-car locomotive, perfectly carved, from a single piece of wood."" --Lynda Barry, author of Cruddy ""These are chancy, exhilarating, and often disturbing stories. Calcagno's high-voltage images of ordinary life remind us that nothing is mundane, that our many small disturbances are darkly miraculous."" --Rick DeMarinis, author of The Coming Triumph of the Free World"