A young English biographer is working on a book about the late writer, John Coetzee. He embarks on a series of interviews with people who were important to Coetzee - a married woman with whom he had an affair, his favourite cousin Margot, a Brazilian dancer whose daughter had English lessons with him, former friends and colleagues.
Hope in a Ballet Shoe tells the story of Michaela DePrince. Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of her favourite teacher. Michaela and her best friend are adopted by an American couple and Michaela begins to take dance lessons. But life in the States isn´t without difficulties. Unfortunately, tragedy can find its way to Michaela in America, too, and her past can feel like it´s haunting her. The world of ballet is a racist one, and Michaela has to fight for a place amongst the ballet elite, hearing the words ´America´s not ready for a black girl ballerina.´ And yet . . . Today, Michaela DePrince is an international ballet star, dancing for The Dutch National Ballet at the age of nineteen. This is a heart-breaking, inspiring autobiography by a teenager who shows us that, beyond everything, there is always hope for a better future.
´´The Card´´ is a comic novel set in the Potteries District of Staffordshire. It chronicles the rise of Edward Henry ´´Denry´´ Machin from washerwoman´s son to Mayor of Bursley. This is accomplished through luck, initiative and a fair bit of cheek or chutzpah. At age 12, Denry begins his career by altering his marks in a test sufficiently to earn him a scholarship to grammar school. At 16, he leaves school to work for Mr. Duncalf, the town clerk and a solicitor. When Duncalf organizes an exclusive ball, Denry ´´invites´´ himself and takes lessons from dance instructor Ruth Earp. On a bet, he audaciously asks the energetic, beautiful Countess of Chell to dance, and he thus earns himself the reputation of a ´´card´´ - a reputation he is determined to cement. ´´The Regent´´ is sequel to ´´The Card´´ in which Denry Machin returns, as the slightly more mature Edward Henry, a self-made success in the Midlands, who still relishes his reputation as a bit of a card. He has money, charm and ingenuity, but no taste. Despite his wealth and influence he is still in a need for an adventure so he decides to have a take on London theatrical society.
Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread, Vinegar Girl and Clock Dance. In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as ´the greatest novelist writing in English´; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women´s Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.
In Line by Line: Progressive Staff Method Arrangements for Elementary Music Literacy , author Stephanie L. Standerfer harnesses years of pedagogical expertise in a practical guide that promotes music learning by experience rather than imitation and memorization. Using well-known songs and instrumental accompaniments, this book contains a new practical method for teaching music literacy. The book´s lesson plans first introduce concepts to the ear and body that allow students to internalize the sound and feeling before learning the symbol. Through this method, students learn and understand songs without the teacher modeling them and develop musicianship skills in the process. The arrangements include instrument parts for the typical complement of melodic instruments including glockenspiels, xylophones, and metallophones. Each arrangement includes at least one instrument part for more advanced learners, and one or more parts for students at lower skill levels. Music educators then complete individual lesson plans by teaching instrumental parts, again from notation instead of imitation. In this method, each song is taught over five to seven class periods as short segments of a regular class meeting, leaving time for other musical experiences such as listening lessons or folk dances. Taking every student into consideration, Line by Line also suggests ways to address specific student needs for those who need more time to process or who have specific diagnosed issues.
The 2nd Edition Performance Book provides a collection of 24 effective pieces in a variety of styles that reinforce the concepts presented in the Level 1 Lesson Book. Discovery questions encourage students to explore the music in a new light. Selections include: The Spanish Guitar * I´m a Fine Musician * Painting with Pastels * Hill and Gully Rider * Rain Dance * Silver Moon Boat * and more.
´A thrilling, necessary, and unforgettable portrait of what it means to be an immigrant´ Patricia Engel ´ Dominicana is beautiful, engaging, and cuts right to the heart of what it is to be a dutiful young female from a poor country who is bright in every sense of the word, full of love and hope´ Mary Gaitskill Fifteen-year-old Ana Canción never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she must say yes. It doesn´t matter that he is twice her age, that there is no love between them. Their marriage is an opportunity for her entire close-knit family to eventually immigrate. So on New Year´s Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows and becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights. Lonely and miserable, Ana hatches a reckless plan to escape. But at the bus terminal, she is stopped by César, Juan´s free-spirited younger brother, who convinces her to stay. As the Dominican Republic slides into political turmoil, Juan returns to protect his family´s assets, leaving César to take care of Ana. Suddenly, Ana is free to take English lessons at a local church, lie on the beach at Coney Island, dance with César at the Audubon Ballroom, and imagine the possibility of a different kind of life in America. When Juan returns, Ana must decide once again between her heart and her duty to her family. In bright, musical prose that reflects the energy of New York City, Dominicana is a vital portrait of the immigrant experience and the timeless coming-of-age story of a young woman finding her voice in the world.
DVD 1: 01 Oh! I´m Only Dancing 02 Queen Bitch 03 Five Years 04 Starman 05 John, I´m Only Dancing 06 The Jean Genie 07 Space Oddity 08 Drive-In Saturday 09 Life On Mars? 10 Ziggy Stardust 11 Rebel Rebel 12 Young Americans 13 Be My Way 14 Heroes 15 Boys Keep Swinging 16 DJ 17 Look Back In Anger 18 Ashes To Ashes 19 Fashion 20 Wild Is The Wind 21 Let´s Dance 22 China Girl 23 Modern Love 24 Cat People 25 Blue Jean 26 Loving The Alien 27 Dancing In The Street DVD 2: 01 Absolute Beginners 02 Underground 0 3 As The World Falls Down 04 Day-In Day-Out 05 Time Will Crawl 06 Never Let Me Down 07 Fame 90 08 Jump They Say 09 Black Tie White Noise 10 Miracle Goodnight 11 Buddha Of Suburbia 12 The Heart´s Filthy Lesson 13 Strangers When We Meet 14 Hello Spaceboy 15 Little Wonder 16 Dead Man Walking 17 Seven Years In Tibet 18 I´m Afraid Of Americans 19 Thursday´s Child 20 Survive
Indulge in these nine never before released Regency romances and fall in love beneath the night sky. Once Upon a Midnight Masquerade by Jane Charles When Lady Claresta Copeland slipped into a scandalous masquerade disguised as Juliet, she never imagined she would encounter her one true Romeo in the process. For the last year, Donovan MacGregor has been searching for his lost Juliet, only to stumble upon her in the least expected place of all. Enchanted by Moonlight by Sandra Sookoo When would-be adventurer and librarian Miss Charlotte Blakely unexpectedly meets jilted English ambassador Mr. Everett Desmond, sparks fly under the Roman moonlight. A passionate kiss at the Trevi fountain has the potential for a Victorian-era scandal, but if they´re daring enough to take a chance, it will also usher in love. Chance of Love by Dawn Brower Lady Lenora St. Martin is shy and a wallflower. She has no idea how to interact in society, so when Julian Everleigh, the Duke of Ashley asks her to dance at a ball, she falls completely in love with him. After that one dance, he doesn´t seem to notice her again, and Lenora has to discover a way to break out of her shell on her own and vows never to love again. As she flourishes, Julian takes notice and decides she´s the only lady for him, but he may have already lost his chance of love with her. The Belle of Cypress Creek by Shannon Nemechek Brigid O´Neill and Col. Brian MacDougal have been promised by their fathers to each other When she meets Major Ian Butler and her future fiancé for the first time, the pair become determined to marry for love. Can they follow their hearts and marry for love, or will they marry each other out of obligation? Believe in Love by Amanda Mariel Lady Brooke Linwood never could have guessed what would happen after she saved the Earl of Templeton from a cutthroat in the ally behind Fortunas Parlor. Now the devilishly handsome earl won´t leave her alone, and with each moment they spend together Booke´s determination to resist him slips a little more. Dare she believe in love, or is it only her body at stake? A Rogue at Midnight by Angelique Armae To save his reputation, a rogue agrees to a lesson in reform… Only to learn it´s his tutor who is in need of an education… With the clock ticking, will this charming Colonel become a saint…or A ROGUE AT MIDNIGHT? That Matter of Mischief by Aileen Fish Having met every suitable man in London, Lady Patience seeks out the unsuitable ones. Constable Crispin Woodhouse suits her needs perfectly until her mischief lands her in the middle of the case he´s investigating. Can she convince him she´s the ideal wife before he closes the book on their love? Seducing the Spinster by Diana Bold Julian Tremaine, the Earl of Basingstoke, is a notorious rake. Lady Jane Bennett is a spinster with a spotless reputation. Seven years ago, they´d been very deeply in love, but he´d abandoned her when she needed him most. He´d broken her heart, and she´d vowed never to trust him again. But when circumstances throw them together, he realizes what a fool he´s been. One dark night, he sneaks into her room with a daring plan to change her mind. Seeking Rachel by Josie Riviera (Inspirational Romance) To escape the tedium of everyday life, Rachel spent her youth with a tribe of Romany Gypsies. When Nash encounters a mysterious woman one night in a London park, he seeks to know more about her. Is it destiny? Or has God put them in the same place for a reason.