From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes an inspiring parable of music, life, and the difference between playing all the right notes...and feeling them. The Music Lesson is the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher would guide the young musician on a spiritual journey, and teach him that the gifts we get from music mirror those from life, and every movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning...All you have to do is find the song inside. ´´The best book on music (and its connection to the mystic laws of life) that I´ve ever read. I learned so much on every level.´´-Multiple Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Michael Brecker
AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 2 FACT NOT FICTION BOOKCLUB AND READ BY BILL NIGHY ON AUDIO ´I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time´ Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn´t need is a pet. What he really doesn´t need is a pet penguin. Set against Argentina´s turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Perónist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom´s side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it´s as the rugby team´s mascot, the housekeeper´s confidant, the host at Tom´s parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets - in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other... The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations around the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals.
From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn´t commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.
From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes an inspiring parable of music, life, and the difference between playing all the right notes…and feeling them. The Music Lesson is the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part philosopher, part eccentric wise man, the teacher would guide the young musician on a spiritual journey, and teach him that the gifts we get from music mirror those from life, and every movement, phrase, and chord has its own meaning...All you have to do is find the song inside. ´´The best book on music (and its connection to the mystic laws of life) that I´ve ever read. I learned so much on every level.´´-Multiple Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Michael Brecker
Told alternately, by Colleen, an idealistic young white teacher; Frank, a black high school football player; and Evelyn, an experienced black teacher, Freedom Lessons is the story of how the lives of these three very different people intersect in a rural Louisiana town in 1969. Colleen enters into the culture of the rural Louisiana town with little knowledge of the customs and practices. She is compelled to take sides after the school is integrated-an overnight event for which the town´s residents are unprepared, and which leads to confusion and anxiety in the community-and her values are tested as she seeks to understand her black colleagues, particularly Evelyn. Why doesn´t she want to integrate the public schools? Frank, meanwhile, is determined to protect his mother and siblings after his father´s suspicious death-which means keeping a secret from everyone around him. Based on the author´s experience teaching in Louisiana in the late sixties, this heartfelt, unflinching novel about the unexpected effects of school integration during that time takes on the issues our nation currently faces regarding race, unity, and identity.
An Oprah Book Club selection Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize In a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, a young black man named Jefferson witnesses a liquor store shootout in which three men are killed. The only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Gaines explores the deep prejudice of the American South in the tradition of Harper Lee´s To Kill A Mockingbird and Toni Morrison´s Beloved . A Lesson Before Dying is a richly compassionate and deeply moving novel, the story of a young black man sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit, and a teacher who hopes to ease his burden before the execution.
Fascinated by a young woman´s performance of ´´The Lost Child´´ in Guanajuato´s central plaza, painfully shy expatriate Callie Quinn asks the woman for a trumpet lesson - and ends up confronting her longing to know her own lost child. When Callie became pregnant in 1960s rural Missouri over thirty years ago, her outraged father, with her mother´s acquiescence, insisted that no one know-and Callie complied. She went away, and she gave up her baby. She did it to protect the baby´s father-a black teen-from the era´s racist violence. When Pamela, the trumpeter whose music flows from her heart, enters Callie´s life, Callie begins to dream of opening her own heart. But instead she remains silent, hiding her longing and risking giving up everyone she dares to love in order to safeguard her secret. Callie tells herself she does so to protect her daughter, but ultimately, in order to speak, she must confront the deepest reasons for her silence-the ones she´s been concealing even from herself.
This first volume of ´Understanding Spirituality, Anomalous Phenomena as life lessons´ 29 random writings drawn from the true-life experiences of the Caribbean´s most radical indigenous rights activist Mr Damon Gerard Corrie. Himself a Barbados island-born Lokono-Arawak descendant of the last Hereditary Shaman Chief of the Eagle Clan Arawaks of Guyana, South America, Damon lives between the Caribbean islands and greater Amazonia (of which Guyana is included within), and he has a unique perspective ´mental bridge´ between the two very different worlds. His writings in this volume cover a very wide range of subjects and is a treasure trove of his personal life experiences, which includes spirit guides/guardian angels, visions, dreams, visitations from the conscious energy of benevolent physically deceased loved ones, as well as encounters with malevolent non-human entities and physical manifestations of anomalous phenomena associated with both, astral travel, Animal spirits, shadow people, Old Haig, Canaima, Dai-Dai, the little people, numerology, as well as his personal insights into a wide range of issues and topics - from a spiritual perspective. The average reader of this volume easily finds some topic of common ground, allowing the reader to intellectually connect to Damon´s writings at some level in our own personal lives. Damon is 46 years old, and he is proud of his 27 years of marriage to his indigenous wife whom he wed as a then 19-year-old (she was 17 at the time) - fulfilling a promise he had made at the age of 16 to his grandmother, that by the age of 20 he ´´would be married back into the tribe and be a father´´...and so said so done, for their first child was conceived on their wedding night and was born 2 months before Damons 20th birthday. The marriage produced 5 children, of whom 4 are still alive, sadly the couples first daughter died at the tender age of 3 days old after she was born on the Tribal lands in the jungles of Guyana, and Damon is proud of the fact that his wife is the only woman alive who bore him children, a few young men in the world today can commit to a marriage at such a young age and stay true to it for the rest of their lives. At the age of 20 Damon immersed himself into indigenous rights advocacy and activism, he created a regional Pan-Tribal Confederacy, created and signed a ceremonial and symbolic Peace Treaty between the ´Arawaks and Caribs´ in 1996 that made history in the Caribbean, and then he voluntarily served 16 years (2000 - 2016) as a member of Caribbean Caucus of the Indigenous Peoples Working Group at the Organization of American States (OAS), before voluntarily serving 10 years (2007 - 2017) as a registered participant of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and a co-mentor to the UN-affiliated Tribal Link Foundation NGO, where he helped to train indigenous representatives from around the world, many of whom have gone on to become well known leaders of their respective Tribal Nations. Damon is also an autodidact journalist and is a contributing writer to the well known North American Indigenous News Media outlet called ´Last Real Indians´ with many of his articles published there, many of his other articles have been published by private news entities in North America (including Intercontinental Outcry), Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and in the Pacific. Damon also found the time to unite the remnant pro-traditionalists among his own tribe and officially re-establish the ancient Animist spirituality that the European Churches had driven underground over a century ago, design a flag for his Tribe, and see his daughters undergo the 9-day long puberty rite of passage. These days Damon and his pro-traditionalist family-run guided combined Adventure, Culture and Nature-based Eco tours on the Tribal lands in Guyana via AirBnB.
From former Planned Parenthood president and activist Cecile Richards comes the young readers edition of her New York Times bestselling memoir, which Hillary Rodham Clinton called an ´´inspiration for aspiring leaders everywhere.´´ To make change, you have to make trouble. Cecile Richards has been fighting for what she believes in ever since she was taken to the principal´s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. She had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her father, a civil rights attorney, and her mother, an avid activist and the first female governor of Texas, taught their kids to be troublemakers. From the time Richards was a girl, she had a front row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics. And by sharing her story with young readers, she shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her though good times and bad, and encourages her audience to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way.