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Thomas Hardy's World: His Life, Times and Works

History and Cultural Memory in Neo-Victorian Fiction: Victorian Afterimages

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Shades of Reflection: for the love of a White Rose

The Shades of Reflection series are memoirs in poetic form. For the Love of a White Rose is the second in the three-part series.

The series was originally penned in 2005 when the author found himself on a dark and wild ride of a deep depression brought on by the separation from his long-time partner and the death of his mother. The Reflection series focuses on the themes of lost love, heartbreak, depression, death, remorse and, yes, even insanity. At the same time, the series also brings about a sense of tremendous beauty, and it is the author's hope that this series leaves the reader, breathless, intrigued and gripped to the final page.

Here is the second instalment of the series, your portal into the unknown realm that was once the mind of the author, life coach and founder of the Alpha360 movement for men, Cage J Madison; dark, haunting, and tragic, with just a hint of hope for seasoning.

Sometimes, the demons do win out.

Shades of Reflection: Nocturnal Exile

The Shades of Reflection series are memoirs in poetic form. Nocturnal Exile is the final in the three-part series.

The series was originally penned in 2005 when the author found himself on a dark and wild ride of a deep depression brought on by the separation from his long-time partner and the death of his mother. The Reflection series focuses on the themes of lost love, heartbreak, depression, death, remorse and, yes, even insanity. At the same time, the series also brings about a sense of tremendous beauty, and it is the author's hope that this series leaves the reader, breathless, intrigued and gripped to the final page.

Here is the third and final instalment of the series, your portal into the unknown realm that was once the mind of the author, life coach and founder of the Alpha360 movement for men, Cage J Madison; dark, haunting, and tragic, with just a hint of hope for seasoning.

Sometimes, the demons do win out.

Excellent Things in Women: A Memoir of Postcolonial Pakistan (Chicago Shorts)





Sometimes, only the most heartbreaking memories possess the capacity--in their elegiac immediacy--to take our breath away. With Excellent Things in Women, Sara Suleri offers the reader a delicately wrought memoir of life in postcolonial Pakistan. Suleri intertwines the violent history of Pakistan's independence with her own intimate experiences--relating the tumult of growing up female during a time of fierce change in the Middle East in the 1960s and '70s. In the two selections presented here, "Excellent Things in Women" and "Meatless Days," we watch as Suleri re-encounters the relationships that inform her voyage from adolescence to womanhood--with her Welsh mother; her Pakistani father, prominent political journalist Z. A. Suleri; and her tenacious grandmother, Dadi, along with her five siblings--as she comes to terms with the difficulties of growing up and her own complicated passage to the West.



The Art of Backscratching in Chicago: Driving with Ed McElroy (Chicago Shorts)

"Ed McElroy, clear of eye, sound of mind, and eighty-three years of age . . . guides his black Cadillac down Halsted Street." So begins longtime Chicago journalist Neil Steinberg's nuanced homage to Ed McElroy: an old-school, behind-the-scenes backscratcher who has driven the rich, powerful, and well-connected around the city, doing favors and calling them in, for decades. Helping a young Steinberg understand the city, McElroy and his take on how a Mayor's son gets to be Mayor and how a wily up-and-comer marries the daughter of a powerful alderman and later becomes governor would enthrall even the most seasoned Chicagoan. In this drive around town and through time, Steinberg ultimately serves up audacious and funny anecdotes about how it helps to stay connected, to know a guy, and to help people out when you can.

John Barleycorn

The Incident at Naples

Stapled Wrappers