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Smoke and Mirrors takes you on a journey of self-reflection through the mind of a teenage DJ as she navigates her way through a smoky haze of music, drugs and partying. To the outside world, she appears to be a 19-year-old having the time of her life. But on the inside, she’s battling hurdles that most people wouldn’t experience in a lifetime. She’s eventually forced to look in the mirror, past the thick smog of the illusion, and ask, “Who am I when the smoke clears?”
In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion . . . and anything is possible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman's imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders—where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control," and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks. Explore a new reality, obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible, in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.
The research for this extensive, two volume project. represents a comprehensive effort to establish a complete context from which the sport of bodybuilding arose. "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is the rise and fall of what was truly once an extraordinary discipline associated with a term known as "Physical Culture." Experience what bodybuilding was originally and learn just exactly what "Physical Culture" really is. See what growing philanthropic power flexed its financial and political muscles to foster its corporate agenda, compromising human health internationally. Read how the merger of technology and politics culminated in the industrialization, commercialization, federalization, internationalization and finally the STERILIZATION of a nation's food supply, rendering it suspect not only to the general public; but also to the most elite of athletes. Whether you are a novice, an elite bodybuilder or simply sports-nutrition minded, learn how the emerging forces of the Iron Game evolved. Ultimately, the factions of this industry would grow powerful and manipulative while fighting for control over the Game. It took the running of several parallel histories on bodybuilding, nutrition, supplements and the role of drugs to offer a complete, first-time unraveling of the web of confusion and politics that still permeates the sport into the 21st century! Volume I of "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is truly the untold stories surrounding "Bodybuilding's Amazing Nutritional Origins."
Sixteen-year-old Simon has always been considered odd. Three years ago, a skateboarding accident caused some minor brain damage and made him a little stranger. He spends much of his time living in his imagination. When Andrea appears to Simon in class, he strikes up a friendship, even though he knows she may be pure hallucination.-Simon strikes up a friendship with Andrea, even though he knows she may not be real. Andrea says she's there to save him, but Simon discovers it's he who must save her.
From the sixteenth to early-nineteenth century, four times more Africans than Europeans crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. While this forced migration stripped slaves of their liberty, it failed to destroy many of their cultural practices, which came with Africans to the New World. In Working the Diaspora, Frederick Knight examines work cultures on both sides of the Atlantic, from West and West Central Africa to British North America and the Caribbean. Knight demonstrates that the knowledge that Africans carried across the Atlantic shaped Anglo-American agricultural development and made particularly important contributions to cotton, indigo, tobacco, and staple food cultivation. The book also compellingly argues that the work experience of slaves shaped their views of the natural world. Broad in scope, clearly written, and at the center of current scholarly debates, Working the Diaspora challenges readers to alter their conceptual frameworks about Africans by looking at them as workers who, through the course of the Atlantic slave trade and plantation labor, shaped the development of the Americas in significant ways.
She couldn't fool everyone… Who would have thought that beneath her severe business suits and proper demeanor lawyer Caris Johnson wore sexy lingerie and indulged in romantic fantasies. Certainly not her clients and co-workers—the people on whom her partnership depended. And she intended to keep it that way. But after being assigned to a case in the Texas hideaway of Navarro Island, she found that it was getting harder and harder to keep her dual identities separate. Perhaps it was the heat…the hot steamy nights… Or maybe it was suave and sexy Alex Navarro bringing out the worst—and the best—in her.
Unwittingly involved in a clever scheme devised by the late con artist and seductress Meredith Spooner, Leonora Hutton sets out to make things right and prove her innocence to Thomas Walker, another victim of Meredith's deceptions, but she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a safe-deposit box containing a book about Mirror House, the mansion where Meredith died, and newspaper clippings about an unsolved murder. Reprint.