As immigrants, Professor Dahi and her family have had their own share of experiences coming to the US and learning to assimilate while trying to make a good life for themselves. Over the years, Dahi has heard many stories of other migrants and how their lives were before they embarked on their arduous journeys to make it to the US. They had often talked to her about the reasons for their migration, such as the systematic injustices in their own countries, fear of persecution, family situations, or poverty. In this book, Dahi decides to give voices to those people by writing fictionalized stories that represent similar aspects of those experiences and journeys. Professor Dahi highlights the power of education and having a good support system in each of the stories as ways to overcome obstacles and to dream bigger. Even though most characters in these stories face a contradictory reality to their idea of what living in America entails, some of them find ways to assimilate and settle down, and others continue to do whatever it takes to succeed in accomplishing what they had initially set out to do. The author hopes to broaden the reader?s understanding of migrants? situations and their reasons for choosing to come to America as well as what struggles they must overcome and what difficulties they must endure in order to find better lives for them and their families. Each story in this book is followed with activities that promote vocabulary building, grammar and critical thinking. This reader can be used for language learners and young readers because it compels them to reminisce about their own initiation into a new culture or new life situations in general. In each story, there are lessons to be learned or voices with which to identify.
Based on Ernest J. Gaines´ National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man. The disheartened Wiggins had once harbored dreams of escaping from his impoverished youth, yet he returned to his hometown after university, to teach children whose lives seemed as unpromising as Jefferson´s. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one´s fate. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick Foucheux, Keith Glover, Jamahl Marsh, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000131/pf_latw_000131_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this remarkable memoir, Anna Goldsworthy recalls her first steps toward a life in music, from childhood piano lessons with a local jazz muso to international success as a concert pianist. As she discovers passion and ambition and confronts doubt and disappointment, she learns about much more than tone and technique. This is a story of the getting of wisdom, tender and bittersweet. With wit and affection, Goldsworthy captures the hopes and uncertainties of youth, the fear and exhilaration of performing, and the complex bonds between teacher and student. An unforgettable cast of characters joins her: her family; her friends and rivals; and her teacher, Mrs Sivan, who inspires and challenges her in equal measure, and who transforms what seems an impossible dream into something real and sustaining. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Goldsworthy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/002440/bk_boli_002440_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As a freshman at New York University, looking for love is the last thing on Sarah McKenna’s mind. She is too preoccupied with being homesick for her North Carolina home and finding a peaceful place to play her harp amid the noise of the city. And yet, she also dreams of Ireland and is always thinking about Grandma Maggie’s stories from that idyllic country. So who better to grab her attention than a handsome, young Irishman, especially one who shares her passion for Irish music? But Cal O’Keefe has dark secrets. Can Sarah learn to see past the superficial and cope with the secrets to be with the one she loves? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Casey Holloway. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009981/bk_adbl_009981_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Would you have the courage to restart your life - and give love a chance - in a completely different country? Vida Toujours has struggled all of her life, working hard for everything she´s ever earned, using her all-consuming job as a Chicago doctor to numb herself against the emptiness she carries inside. Overprotective of her heart, Vida pushes people away, and despite her loneliness, she´s made an art of remaining detached and disconnected. Then she receives an unexpected letter from France. An aunt that Vida never knew she had has died, willing Vida a chateau in the French countryside. What feels like an impossible dream is now Vida´s reality: She´s an heiress, and the last living member of a family legacy steeped in secrets. When Vida arrives at the chateau, there are more surprises in store for her. She could never have predicted the effect that Renee Chanson, the fiery and captivating woman she meets at the chateau, would have upon her. And she could never have imagined how the decades-old mystery of her family´s past would, at last, unfold. Can Vida learn to trust and open her stubborn heart to the possibility of a French romance? Or will she make the same mistakes her mother made and let the love of her life run away from her, leaving her to nurse a permanent broken heart? French Lessons is a poignant, passionate novel about coming to terms with the past and learning to love; a tender romance to curl up with. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanie Murphy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059016/bk_acx0_059016_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At nineteen it was probably a little late to be learning the piano, but I guess I was quite late to a lot of things. The lessons helped me get closer to Mr. Parker and my real dream of having him conquer me. Read how my mature teacher claims my first time love in rough, naughty fashion, bending me over the piano-stool and serenading me with his lust.
From the time he was 13, Keith St. Onge knew what he wanted to do with his life: he wanted to become a World Barefoot Water Ski Champion and open his own ski school in Florida. It was an ambitious dream for a kid from Berlin, New Hampshire - a place where lakes are covered in ice several months out of the year. As the years rolled on, Keith continually fell short of his dream and took second place every time. With every failure came a lesson about life. During one of the lowest moments of his career, a friend gave him a card with an inspirational quote. The card inspired a turnaround in Keith´s life. He went on to achieve his dreams and more. The card went on to inspire others to achieve their dreams. In Gliding Soles, Lessons from a Life on Water, Keith shares the wisdom he acquired on his journey to reach the top. For anyone who has a dream, the road of life is filled with twists and turns, but passion will push you above and beyond. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin St.Onge. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072640/bk_acx0_072640_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No Dream Is Too High:Life Lessons from a Man Who Walked on the Moon Buzz Aldrin, Ken Abraham
Richard Branson is a well-known international entrepreneur, and his lessons in life and in business have served as an inspiration for all who dream of pursuing careers in business and seek to make names for themselves in the competitive world around them. In this audiobook, you will learn about Branson, his different businesses, and lessons he learned along the way that you can integrate into your daily life. This isn´t a biography; it is more about how Branson got started in business, how he managed it, and how he handled failures and criticisms. This book also offers tips, advice, and secrets of how Branson achieved success in business in spite of his many failures and the obstacles he faced along the way. If you want to achieve success like Richard Branson as an entrepreneur planning to establish your own business, this book will prove to be a useful source of inspiration to help you along the way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: 5395 MEDIA LLC. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048352/bk_acx0_048352_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.