It Begins

Author: Thom L. Nichols
Publisher: Thom L Nichols
ISBN: 9781452826677
Release Date: 2010-05-18
Genre: Fiction

When he traded a bottle of tequila for a girl, he didn't expect to fall in love with her. Unfortunately, she has a mechanical problem. Finding out about her problem as he is being arrested by the military police, K-bar learns that they think he's an alien. Since Melody can't register on anything mechanical, they think that she's one too. While K-bar and Melody are helping a real alien, the United States falls under crisis. A presidential scandal incites an international incident. When K-bar returns to Earth, everything is in chaos. Something has to be. Using a bit of magic and a bit of technology, K-bar comes up with a plan. To initiate his plan, K-bar has to become the President of the United States. He also has to battle a cyborg bounty hunter, stop an assassination, destroy the government, uncover a conspiracy, and completely end taxation.

Halo Envoy

Author: Tobias S. Buckell
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN: 9781785650239
Release Date: 2017-04-25
Genre: Fiction

An original full-length novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times bestselling video game series! It has been six years since the end of the Covenant War...and yet on the planet Carrow, a world on the edge of the Joint Occupation Zone, a decisive new battle suddenly erupts. Human colonists and the alien Sangheili have already been living a tension-filled co-existence in this place, with Unified Earth Government envoy Melody Azikiwe attempting to broker a lasting peace between their two species. But as civil war now engulfs the Sangheili settlers, Melody must act on an additional covert assignment courtesy of the Office of Naval Intelligence: find a way to free the SPARTAN-IIs known as Gray Team, held in stasis since the end of the war by a cunning Elite fleetmaster consumed with vengeance. And none can anticipate the ongoing violence leading to the discovery of an even greater, unstoppable threat—one hidden for eons below the surface of the planet....

Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in America

Author: Saba Soomekh
Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 9781557537287
Release Date: 2015-12
Genre: History

Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in America includes academics, artists, writers, and civic and religious leaders who contributed chapters focusing on the Sephardi and Mizrahi experience in America. Topics will address language, literature, art, diaspora identity, and civic and political engagement. When discussing identity in America, one contributor will review and explore the distinct philosophy and culture of classic Sephardic Judaism, and how that philosophy and culture represents a viable option for American Jews who seek a rich and meaningful medium through which to balance Jewish tradition and modernity. Another chapter will provide a historical perspective of Sephardi/Ashkenazi Diasporic tensions. Additionally, contributors will address the term Sephardi as a self-imposed, collective, ethnic designation that had to be learned and naturalizedand its parameters defined and negotiatedin the new context of the United States and in conversation with discussions about Sephardic identity across the globe. This volume also will look at the theme of literature, focusing on Egyptian and Iranian writers in the United States. Continuing with the Iranian Jewish community, contributors will discuss the historical and social genesis of Iranian-American Jewish participation and leadership in American civic, political, and Jewish affairs. Another chapter reviews how art is used to express Iranian Diaspora identity and nostalgia. The significance of language among Sephardi and Mizrahi communities is discussed. One chapter looks at the Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jewish population of Seattle, while another confronts the experience of Judeo-Spanish speakers in the United States and how they negotiate identity via the use of language. In addition, scholars will explore how Judeo-Spanish speakers engage in dialogue with one another from a century ago, and furthermore, how they use and modify their language when they find themselves in Spanish-speaking areas today.

Help Yourself

Author: Rachel Michael Arends
Publisher: Diversion Books
ISBN: 9781626815353
Release Date: 2015-03-17
Genre: Fiction

When it’s time to change your life for the better, everyone could use a little help. Merry Strand is spinning her wheels in her rural mountain hometown when Fritz Forth, her late father’s attorney, suddenly appears with a strange and wonderful proposition. Merry has a substantial inheritance coming, he says… but it’s conditional. Merry must accompany Fritz to the Atlantic coast and complete a series of life-improving tasks to earn her windfall. Like a fussy fairy godfather, Fritz promises to help Merry, though he makes it clear that he’d really rather not. Arriving on an abandoned barrier island in the offseason, Merry meets her curmudgeonly Uncle Max, who is hoping to steal her inheritance. Jack Morningstar, a depressed Midwestern widower, numbly occupies the beach house next door. Added to the mix are a philosophical dead Englishman, a crazy mountain town radio therapist, a suicidal software engineer, a matchmaking dog, and, possibly, a ghost. With empathy and wit, Rachel Michael Arends chronicles the ups and downs and eventual transformations of her richly drawn characters as they learn to help each other, and ultimately, to help themselves.