To the Land of Long Lost Friends

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (20)

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Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 1524747831

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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In the latest book in the widely beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood acquaintance and finds that family relationships are always a tricky proposition—even for Botswana's premier female detective. Mma Ramotswe has reconnected with an old friend who has been having problems with her daughter. Though Precious feels compelled to lend a hand, she discovers that getting involved in family affairs is always a delicate affair. The young woman appears to be involved with a charismatic preacher. But are his ministrations entirely of a godly nature? Elsewhere, Charlie is also struggling with a tricky matter of the heart. He wishes to propose to his girlfriend, Queenie-Queenie, but he's struggling to come up with a bride price that will impress her father. When Queenie-Queenie's brother offers to help by giving him a job, the offer may not be quite what Charlie expected. As always, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni will offer wise counsel, Mma Makutsi will weigh in with her opinions, and Mma Potokwane will be there with her welcome fruit cake. But in the end it will be up to Mma Ramotswe to reflect on love, family, and the nature of men and women in order to resolve family dramas and remind everyone about all the good things they have in life—so many, in fact, that it would take far too long to count them.

The Talented Mr. Varg

A Detective Varg Novel (2)

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Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 1524748978

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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In the second installment in the best-selling Detective Varg series, Ulf and his team investigate a notorious philanderer—a wolf of a man whose bad reputation may be all bark and no bite. The Department of Sensitive Crimes, renowned for taking on the most obscure and irrelevant cases is always prepared to dive into an investigation, no matter how complex. So when the girlfriend of an infamous author who insists her bad-boy beau is being blackmailed approaches Ulf Varg, the department’s lead detective, Ulf is determined to help. It’s rather difficult to determine what skeletons hide in the hard-living lothario’s closet, though. And while Swedes are notoriously tolerant . . . well, there are limits. Even for the Swedish. The case requires Ulf’s total concentration, but he finds himself distracted by his ongoing attraction to his co-worker, Anna, whose own fears about her husband’s fidelity are causing a strain on her marriage. When Ulf is also tasked with looking into a group of dealers exporting wolves that seem more canis familiaris than canis lupus, it will require all of his team’s investigative instincts and dogged persistence to put these matters to bed.

The Long-Lost Friend

A 19th Century American Grimoire

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Author: Daniel Harms

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738733792

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 312

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You are holding in your hands the most famous book of magic written in America Originally published in 1820 near Reading, Pennsylvania, under the German title Der Lange Verborgene Freund, this text is the work of immigrant Johann George Hohman. A collection of herbal formulas and magical prayers, The Long-Lost Friend draws from the traditional folk magic of Pennsylvania Dutch customs and pow-wow healers. This is authentic American folk magic at its best—household remedies combined with charms and incantations to cure common ailments and settle rural troubles. The most well-known grimoire of the New World, this work has influenced the practices of hoodoo, Santeria, Paganism, and other faiths. In this, the definitive edition, you'll find: Both the original German text and the 1856 English translation More than one hundred additional charms and recipes, taken from the pirated 1837 Skippacksville edition and others Extensive notes on the recipes, magic, Pennsylvania Dutch customs, and the origin of many of the charms Indices for general purposes and ingredients Explanations of the specialized terminology of illnesses Whether your interest lies in folklore, ethnobotany, magic, witchcraft, or American history, this classic volume is an essential addition to your library.

The Land of Weddings and Rain

Nation and Modernity in Post-Socialist Lithuania

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Author: Gediminas Lankauskas

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442699361

Category: History

Page: 352

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In The Land of Weddings and Rain, Gediminas Lankauskas examines the components of the contemporary urban wedding – religious and civil ceremonies, “traditional” imagery and practices, and the conspicuous consumption of domestic and imported goods – in the context of the Western-style modernization of post-socialist Lithuania. Studying the tensions between “tradition” and “modernity” that surround this important ritual event, Lankauskas highlights the ways in which nationalism serves to negotiate the impact of modernity in the aftermath of state socialism’s collapse. His analysis also shows the importance of consumption and commodification to Lithuania’s ongoing “Westernization.” Based on more than a decade of ethnographic research, The Land of Weddings and Rain is a fascinating account of the tensions – between national and transnational, East and West, and old and new – that shape life in post-socialist Eastern Europe.

Raiding the Land of the Foreigners

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Author: Danilyn Rutherford

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691095912

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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What are the limits of national belonging? Focusing on Biak--a set of islands off the coast of western New Guinea, in the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya--Danilyn Rutherford's analysis calls for a rethinking of the nature of national identity. With the resurgence of separatism in the province, Irian Jaya has become the focus of fears that the Indonesian nation is falling apart. Yet in the early 1990s, the fieldwork for this book was made possible by the government's belief that Biaks were finally beginning to see themselves as Indonesians. Taking in the dynamics of Biak social life and the islands' long history of millennial unrest, Rutherford shows how practices that indicated Biaks' submission to national authority actually reproduced antinational understandings of space, time, and self. Approaching the foreign as a focus of longing in cultural arenas ranging from kinship to Christianity, Biaks participated in Indonesian national institutions without accepting the identities they promoted. Their remarkable response to the Indonesian government (and earlier polities laying claim to western New Guinea) suggests the limits of national identity and modernity, writ large. This is one of the few books reporting on the volatile province of Irian Jaya. It offers a new way of thinking about the nation and its limits--one that moves beyond the conventions of both scholarship and recent journalism. It shows how people can "belong" to a nation yet maintain commitments that fall both short of and beyond the nation state.

The Land of Lost Logic

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Author: Janette Mostert

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1477215115

Category: Travel

Page: 310

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What happens when you join your husband to live in a strict Islamic country to work in a military hospital as a single nurse? You develop a sense of humor! Read about sharing this new life with her family and a fellow nurse on a mission to have fun, an encounter with a sadistic dentist, and a man in search of pain. How do you cope with a boss who is ruled by the phases of the moon and speaks to his cupboard? What about the Syrian called Doctor Who? What do you do when your nurse’s uniform is a Victorian nightmare—you motivate for change by citing too much ankle exposure? What do you do if you meet up with the notorious religious police when out shopping without your veil? You run! How do you celebrate Christmas in Saudi?—with homemade plonk and a turkey that doesn’t pop! What do you do when your salary check keeps bouncing? Donate blood! How do you keep your seven-year-old son grounded when he has the power to stand up to the Religious police, drive a car, and sign work orders? What happens when you inadvertently break the strict hospital rules and end up being interrogated by the military police? Find out how Janette Mostert, a South African nurse, coped with living and working in a strict military hospital in this light hearted look at life in the weird lane!

The Land of Cigam

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Author: G F Kelton

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595469477

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 144

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This is a heartwarming story of two children swept to the beginning of an exciting journey-a journey filled with adventure, humor, mystery, suspense and danger. This is a story filled with characters that before it's over will become friends forever-a page turning, cliff hanging adventure you will never forget. This is the first book of a developing series for all ages. A MUST BUY!

Prunella in the Land of Beavers

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Author: Nathalie Ponze

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595173853

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

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A merciless yet humorous account of a girl’s childhood. She is born in New York but ends up living first on the wrong side of town in Montreal then in the Canadian wilderness. First the heroine Prunella finds herself the target of racism among savage French Canadian children who play in the alleys of east Montreal. Then she follows her mother and stepfather to the Atlantic seacoast to live a life of stark necessity and abuse with the descendants of Irish immigrants. She is not accepted by either group but makes her way as astrology and chimera is used to deepen our understanding of this strange life.