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Book Houdini s Box

Download or read book Houdini s Box written by Adam Phillips and published by Faber & Faber. This book was released on 2016-08-30 with total page 147 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Why are we all so spellbound by ideas of escape - and yet so dismissive of mere escapism? Houdini's Box explores four different escape artists. There is the case history of a little girl who is oddly committed to playing her own wayward version of hide and seek. There is Harry Houdini, the 'Greatest Magician the World has Ever Seen', who electrified the world through a series of death-defying escapes, compulsively re-inventing and re-enacting his own confinement. There is a man who, Jonah-like, is always arriving at the place he was escaping from, who thinks it is his destiny to be in flight, whether from women or from his analyst. And finally the poet Emily Dickinson, who for the last twenty years of her life finds freedom in self-imposed solitary confinement. In this, his most captivating book to date, Adam Phillips reminds us why people often feel most alive in the very moment of escape. But whether we are getting away from something, or getting away with something - as Icarus, or Oedipus, or Narcissus; as victims or tyrants - we cannot describe ourselves without also describing what we need to escape from, and what we want to escape to.

Book The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

Download or read book The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini written by Joe Posnanski and published by Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster. This book was released on 2020-10-13 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Joe Posnanski enters the colorful world of Harry Houdini and his legions of devoted fans to explore the illusionist’s impact on global culture—and why his legacy endures to this day. Nearly a century after Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926, he feels as modern and alive as ever. The name Houdini still leaps to mind whenever we witness a daring escape. The baby who frees herself from her crib? Houdini. The dog who vanishes and reappears in the neighbor’s garden? Houdini. Every generation produces new disciples of the magician, from household names in magic like David Copperfield and David Blaine to countless other followers whose lives have been transformed by the power of Houdini. In rural Pennsylvania, a thirteen-year-old girl finds the courage to leave a violent home after learning that Houdini ran away to join the circus; she eventually becomes the first female magician to saw a man in half on television. In Australia, an eight-year-old boy with a learning impediment feels worthless until he sees an old poster of Houdini advertising “Nothing on earth can hold Houdini prisoner,” and begins his path to becoming that nation’s most popular magician. In California, an actor and Vietnam War veteran finds purpose in his life by uncovering the secrets of his hero. But the unique phenomenon of Houdini was always more than his death-defying stunts or his ability to escape handcuffs and straitjackets. It is also about the power of imagination and self-invention. His incredible transformation from Ehrich Weiss, humble Hungarian immigrant and rabbi’s son, into the self-named Harry Houdini has won him a slice of immortality. No one has withstood the test of time quite like Houdini. Fueled by Posnanski’s personal obsession with the magician—and magic itself—The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini is a poignant odyssey of discovery, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to trace Houdini’s metamorphosis into an iconic figure who has inspired millions.

Book Dog of the Decade

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  • Author : Deborah Thompson
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2021-11-15
  • ISBN : 1476645566
  • Pages : 213 pages

Download or read book Dog of the Decade written by Deborah Thompson and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2021-11-15 with total page 213 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What do dogs mean in America? How do Americans make meaning through their dogs? The United States has long expressed its cultural unconscious through canine iconography. Through our dogs, we figure out what we're thinking and who we are, representing by proxy the things that we don't quite want to recognize in ourselves. Often, it's a specific breed or type of dog that serves as an informal cultural mascot, embodying an era's needs, fears, desires, longings, aspirations, repressions, and hopeless contradictions. Combining cultural studies with personal narrative, this book creates a playful, speculative reading of American culture through its canine self-representations. Looking at seven different breeds or types over the last seven decades, readers will go on an intellectual dog walk through some of the mazes of American cultural mythology.

Book The Escape Artist

Download or read book The Escape Artist written by Mayra Araujo and published by Page Publishing Inc. This book was released on 2019-04-18 with total page 143 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When eight-year-old Anna finally convinced her mother to adopt a cat, she had no idea how all their lives were about to change. After the events of a Halloween night gone horribly wrong, her teenage brother and friends find themselves at the center of a mystery that could endanger all their lives. A teenage boy is the focal point of a conspiracy still very much unknown. Not knowing anything about his past or even where he is from, he must learn to control himself, his emotions, and his cool in a completely unfamiliar setting and with a new home and family. Through many trials and tribulations, with his life in danger at every turn, and being the target of the school bully, he learns to love and to appreciate the gift of family and friends. Join Kevin and his friends in this story of friendship, courage, and adventure-a story that's sure to please readers of all ages.

Book Houdini

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  • Author : Bernard C. Meyer
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 1976
  • ISBN :
  • Pages : 230 pages

Download or read book Houdini written by Bernard C. Meyer and published by . This book was released on 1976 with total page 230 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Book Wild Existence

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  • Author : Jacob Smith
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release : 2020-12-02
  • ISBN : 1664145389
  • Pages : 148 pages

Download or read book Wild Existence written by Jacob Smith and published by Xlibris Corporation. This book was released on 2020-12-02 with total page 148 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Hi there! I know you know my name because it’s on the cover or I begged you to read my book, but it’s weird to talk about myself while introducing myself. So yeah, my name is Jake, and I wrote a poetry book. Now for stuff you might not know, I’m a twenty-four-year old guy who decided writing and publishing a poetry book was way cheaper than regular therapy. Although this is definitely no alternative for professional help, I do enjoy it a little more and hope this either can find you in good spirits or will help you get there. Although the main reason for this book was to help me deal with the beautifully messed up world I live in, it would help my ego to know if you liked it or if it helped you! Anyway, these poems mainly center on events and feelings that I’ve had, witnessed, or fantasized. Besides the first and last poem, they are written in order so you should be able to see how impulsive I am and see me come into certain writing styles.

Book The Heart s Invisible Furies

Download or read book The Heart s Invisible Furies written by John Boyne and published by Random House. This book was released on 2017-02-09 with total page 755 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'A bold, funny epic' Observer 'Compelling and satisfying . . . At times, incredibly funny, at others, heartrending' Sarah Winman, author of Still Life ___ Cyril Avery is not a real Avery. At least, that's what his parents make sure to remind him. Adopted as a baby, he feels more and more disconnected with the family that treats him more as a curious pet, rather than a beloved son. So, as a young adult, Cyril decides to embark on a quest to find his place in the world. Sometimes misguided and often in the wrong place at the wrong time, life has dealt him a difficult hand but Cyril is resolute that he can change things, and find the courage to be himself. And in doing so, his story will come across that of Catherine Goggin, a young, pregnant woman finding herself alone and isolated at only sixteen. There is a place in the world for both of them, and Cyril is determined to find it. ___ What readers are saying: ***** 'The story of the life of one man, told against the backdrop of twentieth century Ireland. It is simultaneously heart-breaking, funny and life-affirming. ***** 'Fantastic eccentric characters and dark humour is underpinned by a touching love story, perfect.' ***** 'The saddest and happiest book I have read . . . told with great compassion and ultimately a great love of life.'

Book The In Betweens  The Spiritualists  Mediums  and Legends of Camp Etna

Download or read book The In Betweens The Spiritualists Mediums and Legends of Camp Etna written by Mira Ptacin and published by Liveright Publishing. This book was released on 2019-10-29 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A young writer travels to Maine to tell the unusual story of America’s longest-running camp devoted to mysticism and the world beyond. They believed they would live forever. So begins Mira Ptacin’s haunting account of the women of Camp Etna—an otherworldly community in the woods of Maine that has, since 1876, played host to generations of Spiritualists and mediums dedicated to preserving the links between the mortal realm and the afterlife. Beginning her narrative in 1848 with two sisters who claimed they could speak to the dead, Ptacin reveals how Spiritualism first blossomed into a national practice during the Civil War, yet continues—even thrives—to this very day. Immersing herself in this community and its practices—from ghost hunting to releasing trapped spirits to water witching— Ptacin sheds new light on our ongoing struggle with faith, uncertainty, and mortality. Blending memoir, ethnography, and investigative reportage, The In-Betweens offers a vital portrait of Camp Etna and its enduring hold on a modern culture that remains as starved for a deeper sense of connection and otherworldliness as ever.

Book Eerie Archives Volume 26

Download or read book Eerie Archives Volume 26 written by Archie Goodwin and published by Dark Horse Comics. This book was released on 2019-05-28 with total page 324 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Over 300 pages of classic comics in deluxe hardcover format, continuing the complete collection of one of the most acclaimed magazines in the history of graphic fiction. Enter a howling maelstrom of gut-churning horror, mind-bending science-fantasy, and breathtaking adventure, all from the hallowed pages of Eerie magazine. Featuring over 300 pages of gripping stories by Archie Goodwin, Howard Chaykin, Jim Starlin, Wally Wood, Victor de la Fuente, and others. Collects Eerie magazines #126 to #131.

Book Being Christian

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  • Author : Stephen Arterburn
  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Release : 2009-05
  • ISBN : 0764206400
  • Pages : 237 pages

Download or read book Being Christian written by Stephen Arterburn and published by Bethany House. This book was released on 2009-05 with total page 237 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This inviting book addresses the questions and concerns of newer believers and will inspire those looking for a refresher on what it means to be Christian. Wherever the readers are in their faith journey, they'll find their questions addressed with biblical, theologically sound answers written in an engaging and conversational style.The easy-to-use format allows readers to identify and find their most pressing faith concerns. At the same time, when read in its entirety, Being Christian provides a solid topical introduction to Christianity. Relevant Bible passages are used throughout the book to enhance the reader's understanding of how Scripture informs its answers. Among the subjects discussed and deeply explored are God, the Bible, the church, sin, what it means to be saved by grace, how to discern God's voice, how to deal with guilt, and much more.Designed for use by individuals, it's also a great resource for small groups and new believers' classes

Book Calling the Spirits

Download or read book Calling the Spirits written by Lisa Morton and published by Reaktion Books. This book was released on 2022-10-10 with total page 353 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From Halloween expert Morton, a level-headed and entertaining history of our desire and attempts to hold conversations with the dead. Calling the Spirits investigates the eerie history of our conversations with the dead, from necromancy in Homer’s Odyssey to the emergence of Spiritualism—when Victorians were entranced by mediums and the seance was born. Among our cast are the Fox sisters, teenagers surrounded by “spirit rappings”; Daniel Dunglas Home, the “greatest medium of all time”; Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose unlikely friendship was forged, then riven, by the afterlife; and Helen Duncan, the medium whose trial in 1944 for witchcraft proved more popular to the public than news about the war. The book also considers Ouija boards, modern psychics, and paranormal investigations, and is illustrated with engravings, fine art (from beyond), and photographs. Hugely entertaining, it begs the question: is anybody there . . . ?

Book Abbreviations Dictionary

Download or read book Abbreviations Dictionary written by Dean A. Stahl and published by CRC Press. This book was released on 2018-10-08 with total page 1529 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Published in 2001: Abbreviations, nicknames, jargon, and other short forms save time, space, and effort - provided they are understood. Thousands of new and potentially confusing terms become part of the international vocabulary each year, while our communications are relayed to one another with increasing speed. PDAs link to PCs. The Net has grown into data central, shopping mall, and grocery store all rolled into one. E-mail is faster than snail mail, cell phones are faster yet - and it is all done 24/7. Longtime and widespread use of certain abbreviations, such as R.S.V.P., has made them better understood standing alone than spelled out. Certainly we are more comfortable saying DNA than deoxyribonucleic acid - but how many people today really remember what the initials stand for? The Abbreviations Dictionary, Tenth Edition gives you this and other information from Airlines of the World to the Zodiacal Signs.

Book Last Love

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  • Author : Melissa Schroeder
  • Publisher : Melissa Schroeder
  • Release : 2023-01-26
  • ISBN : 1956633197
  • Pages : 198 pages

Download or read book Last Love written by Melissa Schroeder and published by Melissa Schroeder. This book was released on 2023-01-26 with total page 198 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Welcome back to Juniper Springs, home of gay ducks and the LOLS. Okay, so here's the thing. I'm Liv, the normal O'Bryan sister. I have two kids I'm raising on my own, and I even have what people think is a boring job. Going to Vegas with my insane sisters is out of character for me, but I take that chance because of my new job. And let's face it. I lost my husband over five years ago and I just haven't...well...there's been no one. But an altercation with some drunken idiots has me almost falling on my butt, until a set of very strong hands save me. Mason Spencer is younger, beyond sexy, and interested in me. So, I give in for one night. Can't hurt, right? He goes above and beyond my wildest expectations. The next morning, I say thank you and head back to my life. Until I move in next door to him, and my insane dog Houdini keeps showing up on his doorstep so I can't even avoid him. Worse, Mason tells me he wants more than that one night stand. Worser, he seems to fit right in with my kids and me and I discover that being with him makes me happier than I've been in years. But remember, I'm the normal sister, and there's nothing normal about an older woman with two kids snatching up a young man like Mason. Of course, I've realized that there is nothing normal about the town, so maybe I would fit right in. Author Note: Yep, it's that time again to jump back into Juniper Springs. Home of Little Old Ladies, the Juniper Springs Express, and a seriously younger man with his mind set on his sexy neighbor. There's a rescue dog with a mohawk who lives up to his name, and a meddling younger sister determined to help Liv find love. This book was included in the Rescued Anthology, but it has been expanded to include more scenes and extensively edited.

Book Houdini s Card Tricks   Teach Yourself the Tricks of the World s Most Famous Magician

Download or read book Houdini s Card Tricks Teach Yourself the Tricks of the World s Most Famous Magician written by J. C. Cannell and published by Read Books Ltd. This book was released on 2013-04-16 with total page 46 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Book Houdini s Straitjacket

    Book Details:
  • Author : JAMES TRIVERS
  • Publisher : Club Lighthouse Publishing
  • Release : 2016-04-15
  • ISBN : 1772170208
  • Pages : 85 pages

Download or read book Houdini s Straitjacket written by JAMES TRIVERS and published by Club Lighthouse Publishing. This book was released on 2016-04-15 with total page 85 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ralph Snyder is a 21st century dentist living in Great Neck Long Island. He is besieged with a plethora of insurmountable problems: a severely autistic son, a horse-obsessed daughter, a demanding cliental, a looming property tax bill, an exhausted wife, and a recently deceased uncle. While going through his uncle’s rent-controlled apartment, he chances upon a strait jacket that is supposedly the property of the greatest escape artist of all time-Henry Houdini. On a whim he dons the jacket and is instantly thrust in the spiritual and vaudevillian worlds of Houdini. There he lives the life of Henry Houdini and in doing so learns the tricks of his trade as well as falling in love with Houdini’s wife, Bess, who ultimately teaches him how to successfully cope with his life.

Book Cheating Death

    Book Details:
  • Author : J.D. Ursini
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release : 2014-09-02
  • ISBN : 1491744871
  • Pages : 318 pages

Download or read book Cheating Death written by J.D. Ursini and published by iUniverse. This book was released on 2014-09-02 with total page 318 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When Evelyn Brennans parents are slaughtered without warning, she naturally assumes that her life is overespecially when she herself is drained dry by a vampire. To her surprise, however, she awakens sixteen years later to discover that she has been reborn as a banshee, a creature of myth with the power to foresee death. After she is taken in by her great aunt and fellow banshee, Kendyl, Evelyn knows she cannot return home. Her former life is over, and her new life as a banshee has begun. But when she learns her baby brother is still alive, Evelyn embarks on a journey to keep him safe a quest that leads her to realize both Theodore, a persistent vampire, and Donovan, a mysterious yet charming grim reaper are shadowing both her and her brother. Propelled into a world she does not understand, Evelyn must do whatever it takes to keep her loved ones safe no matter what the cost. Cheating Death is the tale of a young womans struggle to adapt to life as a creature she never believed was real. Now, Evelyn must come to terms with her new role as a banshee as if her life (and her brothers) depended it.

Book Audacity Jones Steals the Show  Audacity Jones  2

Download or read book Audacity Jones Steals the Show Audacity Jones 2 written by Kirby Larson and published by Scholastic Inc.. This book was released on 2017-01-31 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The plucky and adventurous Audacity Jones returns for a brand new adventure in New York City, by Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson. Audacity Jones and her best friend, Bimmy, are setting off from Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls on an extraordinary adventure! In the glittering city of New York, the girls meet Harry Houdini, the world's most famous magician, as he prepares a new spectacle: Houdini plans to make an elephant disappear from a crowded theater.But Audacity and Bimmy discover a nefarious plot that puts Houdini's illusion in jeopardy. Who could be trying to sabotage the master magician? Audie will need all her smarts, the help of friends new and old, and even her best juggling skills to solve this mystery. Will she manage to save the show in time?Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson brings readers a magical romp of a mystery that will delight and thrill to the very last page.