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The True Secret of Writing

Sit. Walk. Write. These are the barest bones of Natalie Goldberg’s revolutionary writing and life practice, which she presents here in book form for the first time. A whole new slant on writing that she developed since the publication of her classic Writing Down the Bones, True Secret workshops have been limited until now to small, intensive groups at a remote center in the rural Southwest. In The True Secret of Writing, Goldberg makes this popular seminar available to any reader. The True Secret is for everyone, like eating and sleeping. It allows you to discover something real about your life, to mine the rich awareness in your mind, and to ground and empower yourself. Goldberg guides you through your own personal or group retreat, illuminating the steps of sitting in silent open mind, walking anchored to the earth, and writing without criticism. Just as Goldberg cuts through her students’ resistance with her no-nonsense instruction– Shut up and write –the True Secret cuts to the core of realizing yourself and your world. The capstone to forty years of teaching, The True Secret of Writing is Goldberg’s Zen boot camp, her legacy teaching. Stories of Natalie’s own search for truth and clarity and her students’ breakthroughs and insights give moving testament to how brilliantly her unique, tough-love method works. Beautiful homages to the work of other great teachers and observers of mind, life, and love provide further secrets and inspiration to which readers will return again and again. In her inimitable way, Goldberg will inspire you to pick up the pen, get writing, and keep going. The True Secret of Writing will help you with your writing–and your life.
**Recensie(s)**

Many years ago my older brother gave me Writing Down the Bones with the inscription, ‘So write already!’ It was for me and for many readers a novel and fresh way to approach writing. I have delighted in Natalie’s books ever since and in her method, having had the chance to see her at work in Taos. The True Secret of Writing is a rich voyage, a priceless distillation of her accumulated wisdom and experience as a writer, coach, and instructor on mindfulness. This lovely volume will have a permanent place on my writing shelf. –Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
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True Porn Clerk Stories

Queue up these hilarious real-life stories from the video clerking trenches. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll wash your hands.No rewinding required!
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The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans

A collection of three hundred koans compiled by Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, this book presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on his profound teachings and their relevance for modern Western practitioners of Zen. Following the traditional format for koan collections, John Daido Loori Roshi, an American Zen master, has added his own commentary and accompanying verse for each of Dogen’s koans. Zen students and scholars will find *The True Dharma Eye *to be a source of deep insight into the mind of one of the world’s greatest religious thinkers, as well as the practice of koan study itself.
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“We are fortunate to receive this important new translation by Kaz Tanahashi and Daido Loori of Zen Master Dogen’s early selection of three hundred koans that formed a basis for his many later koan commentaries. Daido Loori’s introduction discussing Dogen’s approach counteracts prevalent stereotypes that base all koan practice on later eighteenth-century training systems. Daido Loori’s brief remarks and verse comments after each case suggest helpful perspectives for practitioners.”—Taigen Dan Leighton, co-translator and editor, *Dogen’s Extensive Record and Dogen’s Pure Standards for the Zen Community *
“What Daido Roshi now does in a remarkable way is to breathe new life into the text by innovatively creating prose and verse comments. The *Mana Shobogenzo *lives again, and for the lucky readers so does the thought of Dogen Zenji transmitted to the twenty-first century.”—Steven Heine, co-editor of *Dogen’s Extensive Record *
“This creative work, presented from the perspective of a Western Zen teacher, adds a significant contribution in helping to make Zen more global in its application as a spiritual path.”—Shohaku Okumura, Dharma Successor of Kosho Uchiyama Roshi and founder of Sanshin Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana
### Sinossi
A collection of three hundred koans compiled by Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, this book presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on his profound teachings and their relevance for modern Western practitioners of Zen. Following the traditional format for koan collections, John Daido Loori Roshi, an American Zen master, has added his own commentary and accompanying verse for each of Dogen’s koans. Zen students and scholars will find *The True Dharma Eye *to be a source of deep insight into the mind of one of the world’s greatest religious thinkers, as well as the practice of koan study itself.

True Colors

As the savage Clone Wars rage unchecked, the Republic’s deadliest warriors face the grim truth that the Separatists aren’t their only enemy–or even their worst.
In the Grand Army’s desperate fight to crush the Separatists, the secret special ops missions of its elite clone warriors have never been more critical . . . or more dangerous. A growing menace threatens Republic victory, and the members of Omega Squad make a shocking discovery that shakes their very loyalty.
As the lines continue to blur between friend and enemy, citizens–from civilians and sergeants to Jedi and generals–find themselves up against a new foe: the doubt in their own hearts and minds. The truth is a fragile, shifting illusion–and only the approaching inferno will reveal both sides in their true colors.

True Believer

SUMMARY: Jeremy Marsh is a born skeptic and a science journalist who specializes in debunking the supernatural. When he hears about ghostly apparitions in a cemetery in Boone Creek, North Carolina, he leaves his beloved New York City for this small, rural town-and what his instincts tell him could make a great story. What he doesn’t plan on is meeting and falling hopelessly in love with Lexie Darnell, who is sure of one thing: her future is here in Boone Creek, close to the people she loves. Now, if the young lovers are to be together, Jeremy must make a difficult choice: return to the life he knows in New York, or do something he could never do before… take a giant leap of faith.

A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History

A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History by Nicholas Wade
**Drawing on startling new evidence from the mapping of the genome, an explosive new account of the genetic basis of race and its role in the human story**

Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different races are biologically different from one another. For this understandable reason, the idea has been banished from polite academic conversation. Arguing that race is more than just a social construct can get a scholar run out of town, or at least off campus, on a rail. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, ended in prehistory.
Inconveniently, as Nicholas Wade argues in *A Troublesome Inheritance*, the consensus view cannot be right. And in fact, we know that populations have changed in the past few thousand years—to be lactose tolerant, for example, and to survive at high altitudes. Race is not a bright-line distinction; by definition it means that the more human populations are kept apart, the more they evolve their own distinct traits under the selective pressure known as Darwinian evolution. For many thousands of years, most human populations stayed where they were and grew distinct, not just in outward appearance but in deeper senses as well.
Wade, the longtime journalist covering genetic advances for *The New York Times*, draws widely on the work of scientists who have made crucial breakthroughs in establishing the reality of recent human evolution. The most provocative claims in this book involve the genetic basis of human social habits. What we might call middle-class social traits—thrift, docility, nonviolence—have been slowly but surely inculcated genetically within agrarian societies, Wade argues. These “values” obviously had a strong cultural component, but Wade points to evidence that agrarian societies evolved away from hunter-gatherer societies in some crucial respects. Also controversial are his findings regarding the genetic basis of traits we associate with intelligence, such as literacy and numeracy, in certain ethnic populations, including the Chinese and Ashkenazi Jews.
Wade believes deeply in the fundamental equality of all human peoples. He also believes that science is best served by pursuing the truth without fear, and if his mission to arrive at a coherent summa of what the new genetic science does and does not tell us about race and human history leads straight into a minefield, then so be it. This will not be the last word on the subject, but it will begin a powerful and overdue conversation.

The Trouble With Tony

**Sex in Seattle: Book One**
As part of the investigation into the murder of a young woman, Seattle P.I. Tony DeMarco poses as a patient of Dr. Jack Halloran, the therapist who treated the victim at a Seattle sex clinic. This isn’t the first time Tony has gone undercover, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to go under cover with one of his suspects. He can’t help it—Jack Halloran is just the kind of steely-eyed hero Tony goes for. But he’ll have to prove Halloran’s innocence and keep the doctor from finding out about his ruse before he can play Romeo.
Dr. Halloran has his own issues, including a damaged right arm sustained in the line of duty as a combat surgeon in Iraq and the PTSD that followed. He’s confused to find himself attracted to a new patient, the big, funny Italian with the puppy-dog eyes, and Tony’s humor slips right past Jack’s defenses, making him feel things he thought long buried. But can the doctor and the P.I. find a path to romance despite the secrets between them?
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Trojan Odyssey

EDITORIAL REVIEW: A daring rescue sends Dirk Pitt on an adventure that will determine the future of the planet …When a hurricane unexpectedly blows up off the coast of Nicaragua, a giant floating hotel lies in its path. With no escape for the helpless passengers and crew, it’s left to Dirk Pitt and NUMA to launch a rescue and save the day. But in the storm’s wake, Pitt and his team discover clues that point to an ancient mystery with shocking implications for today. As Pitt investigates further, he uncovers a plot by a mysterious billionaire called Specter to dramatically alter the Earth’s climate, leaving him in control of the only solution. With foes attempting to stop him on every side, Pitt is in a race against time to prevent global catastrophe…

Tribal Ways

Tribal Ways (Rogue Angel Series #25) by Alex Archer
A frigid spring morning at a Native American archaeological dig erupts into sudden and brutal violence, leaving five people dead and one man gravely wounded. And in a hospital, with archaeologist Annja Creed at his side, the last survivor utters his final words to name his killer—a *skinwalker*.
The skinwalker is feared among the Navajo and Apache. It is witchcraft of a most terrible nature that allows a man to take the shape of a wolf—and kill. But as Annja delves into the mystery of the skinwalker, she finds herself pulled into an underworld of violence and vicious radicals, threaded with legend…and sociopathic intent.
In this world, Annja is unwelcome. And in this world, she could be the creature’s next victim….

Trees in Black & White

Tony Howell loves trees—and on days when the weather report looks promising, he’s often up before dawn, exploring the South West of England in search of ideal subjects for his evocative images. Drawing on inspiration from legendary black & white photographers like Ansel Adams and Paul Strand, Howell’s monotone images strip down his subjects to their essence, elegantly revealing the peace and beauty of nature. These are scenes of trees, both majestic and humble, that make you feel the cool breeze on your neck and listen for the rustling of wind through leaves. In this book, Howell shares his favorite images as well as his reflections on the scenes and some of the stories behind their creation. From evocative abstracts to starkly realistic landscapes, Howell’s images will deepen your appreciation for nature and for the beauty of our planet.

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Treecat Wars

*New York Times* and *Publishers Weekly* Best Selling Young Adult Series. Book Three by international writing phenomenon David Weber. Two young settlers on a pioneer planet seeks to stop a war and to save the intelligent alien treecats from exploitation by unscrupulous humans.
The fires are out, but the trouble’s just beginning for the treecats
On pioneer planet Sphinx, ruined lands and the approach of winter force the now Landless Clan to seek new territory. They have one big problem – there’s nowhere to go. Worse, their efforts to find a new home awaken the enmity of the closest treecat clan – a stronger group who’s not giving up a single branch without a fight
Stephanie Harrington, the treecats’ greatest advocate, is off to Manticore for extensive training – and up to her ears in challenges there. That leaves only Stephanie’s best friends, Jessica and Anders, to save the treecats from themselves. And now a group of xenoanthropologists is once again after the great secret of the treecats – that they are intelligent, empathic telepaths – and their agenda will lead to nothing less that treecat exploitation.
Finally, Jessica and Anders face problems of their own, including their growing attraction to one another. It is an attraction that seems a betrayal of Stephanie Harrington, the best friend either of them have ever had.
**About *Treecat Wars* prequel, *Fire Season:
***”I loved it. A thrilling, edge-of-the-seat read – I couldn’t put it down!” **Tamora Pierce**, author of *New York Times* best-selling Beka Cooper series
**About series debut novel, *A Beautiful Friendship:***
“[A] stellar introduction to a new YA science-fiction series set in the Honorverse of Weber’s popular adult novels. It’s rare to find teen science fiction that strays beyond popular dystopian fare. The environmental messages, human-animal friendship, humor, action, and inventive technology will make this series starter an easy hit with teen sf readers.” – *Booklist*
**About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series:**
“. . . Everything you could want in a heroine… plenty of action.” – *Science Fiction Age
***The Star Kingdom Series**
*A Beautiful Friendship
Fire Season
Treecat Wars*
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Modern Classics)

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**A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick**
**The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century. **
From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior—such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce—no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of *A Tree Grows in Brooklyn*, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Betty Smith has artfully caught this sense of exciting life in a novel of childhood, replete with incredibly rich moments of universal experiences—a truly remarkable achievement for any writer.
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“Betty Smith was a born storyteller.” (*USA Today*)
“One of the books of the century.” (New York Public Library)
“A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life. . . . If you miss *A Tree Grows in Brooklyn* you will deny yourself a rich experience.” (*New York Times*)
“*A Tree Grows in Brooklyn* deserves to be thought of as one of the greatest American novels.” (***The New Yorker***)
“One of the most cherished of American novels….It is the Dickensian novel of New York that we didn’t think we had.” (***New York Times***)
### Descrizione del libro
Poignant, moving, triumphant – in the bestselling tradition of *Angela’s Ashes*

Treasure Island

While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a map that leads them to a pirate’s treasure
The quintessential adventure story that first established pirates in the popular imagination, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is edited with an introduction by John Seelye in Penguin Classics.
When a mysterious sailor dies in sinister circumstances at the Admiral Benbow inn, young Jim Hawkins stumbles across a treasure map among the dead man’s possessions. But Jim soon becomes only too aware that he is not the only one who knows of the map’s existence, and his bravery and cunning are tested to the full when, with his friends Squire Trelawney and Dr Livesey, he sets sail in the Hispaniola to track down the treasure. With its swift-moving plot and memorably drawn characters – Blind Pew and Black Dog, the castaway Ben Gunn and the charming but dangerous Long John Silver – Stevenson’s tale of pirates, treachery and heroism was an immediate success when it was first published in 1883 and has retained its place as one of the greatest of all adventure stories.
In his introduction John Seelye examines Stevenson’s life and influences and the novel’s place within adventure fiction. This edition also includes Stevenson’s essay on the composition of Treasure Island.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was born in Edinburgh, the son of a prosperous civil engineer. Although he began his career as an essayist and travel writer, the success of Treasure Island (1883) and Kidnapped (1886) established his reputation as a writer of tales of action and adventure. Stevenson’s Calvinist upbringing lent him a preoccupation with predestination and a fascination with the presence of evil, themes he explored in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), and The Master of Ballantrae (1893).
**Recensie(s)**

Over Treasure Island I let my fire die in winter without knowing I was freezing.
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Treasure

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Charts of lost gold…breathtaking art and rare volumes…maps of hidden oil and mineral deposits that could change the world’s balance of power. Now DIRK PITT discovers the secret trail of the treasures of Alexandria — a trail that plunges him into a brutal conspiracy for total domination of the globe. Zealots threaten to unseat the governments of Egypt and Mexico, exposing America to invasion and economic collapse. Suddenly, from East to West, anarchists reach their deadly tentacles into the heart of the United States. And DIRK PITT, the hard-hitting hero of Clive Cussler’s smash bestsellers Sahara and Inca Gold, is up against the most feared assassin known to man. An international band of terrorists is making its play for world power on the high seas — and Pitt is the only man alive who can stop them!

Trapped

* If hatred was water, all land would drown in mine.*
When my King allows me to go to land to retrieve our stolen treasure, I think I’m as ready as it gets. I know enough about humans. I know enough about land. I hate both with a passion.
But nothing could have prepared me for what the outside world has in store for me, and I’m not even talking about having those weird, abnormal body parts called legs. Humans are not the same creatures I learned about all my life. Land isn’t anything like I thought it would be. Even my dreams are no longer my own.
We call ourselves Mere but you might know us as mermaids. Our one sacred rule is pretty simple: never reveal our existence to the human world. Not that hard a rule to follow, but someone must have thought so because our secret, as it turns out, is no secret among humans. Something big is brewing, and I somehow find myself in the middle of it all.
And the worst part? I am not half the Mere I always thought I was.

Transgression in Anglo-American Cinema

Sexuality within mainstream Hollywood cinema features primarily in comedy or rom-com genres, where lightness of tone permits audience engagement with what would otherwise be difficult affective terrain. Focusing on marginal productions in Anglo-American contexts, this collection explores the gendered dynamics of sex and the body, particularly embodied deviations from normative cultural scripts. It explores transgressions acted through and written on the body, and the ways in which corporeality inscribes gender discourse and reflects cultural and institutional power. Films analyzed include Mysterious Skin (2004), Shame (2011), Nymphomaniac (2013), and Dallas Buyers Club (2013). Navigating queer politics, taboo fantasy, body modification, fetishism, sex addiction, and underage sex, essays problematize understandings of adult agency, childhood innocence, and healthy desire, locating sex and gender as sites of oppression, liberation, and resistance. Ultimately, this collection advocates a discussion of culturally rejected forms of love, desire and sex.
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