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Three Religious Rebels

by M. Raymond

They are known as men of silence and wonder, men of the strict observance of the rule. Modern day Trappists find their roots in a Cistercian mother that brought the spirit of St. Benedict back to the letter of the rule. This little “Saga of Citeaux” offers an insightful glimpse into the lives of 3 Rebellious Monks that brought new life to St. Benedict’s rule with the ideal of “simplicity, poverty and solitude”.

Written as a dramatic dialogue, this book illuminates the lives of St. Robert, St. Alberic and St. Stephen Harding, who taught the first Cistercians how to be “gallant to God” and make “no compromises.” Love for God and complete surrender to his will moved these three rebels to take chances in order to make reparation to the Sacred Heart by “making God forget” those who don’t remember Him in their daily lives.

The story’s inspiring phrases encourage the reader in his own spiritual life. For the religious, he is inspired to follow his own rule with as much love and fervor as these men lived-out on their road to sanctity.

How We Sleep At Night

by Sara Cunningham

A christian mother comes to terms with her son being gay through a personal journey that starts with the Church and ends at the Pride Parade.

Karl Marx

by Achille Loria

It has been said that the professional and professorial exponents of economic science confine themselves to variants of a single theme. Usually belonging to the master class by birth and education, and at any rate attached to that class by the ties of economic interest, they are ever guided by the conscious or subconscious aim of providing a theoretical justification for the capitalist system, and their lives are devoted to inculcating the art of extracting honey from the hive without alarming the bees. Achille Loria is an exception to this generalisation. Professor of political economy at Turin, and one of the most learned economists of the day, he is anything but an apologist for the bourgeois economy. With the exception of the first volume of Marx’s Capital, no more telling indictment of capitalism has ever been penned than Loria’s Analysis of Capitalist Property (1889).

This gigantic work has not been translated, but a number of Loria’s books are available to English readers: The Economic Foundations of Society, 1902; Contemporary Social Problems, 1911; The Economic Synthesis, 1914. A biographical and critical study of Malthus, in the Italian, was rendered into English in 1917 and published in the United States as the opening chapter of a symposium on Population and Birth Control edited by the writers of this foreword. The Economic Foundations of Society has run through five editions in Swan Sonnenschein’s (now Allen & Unwin’s) “Social Science Series.” But on the whole Loria’s works are less widely known in England and America than on the continent, far less widely known than they deserve to be.

An exposition of his outlook and a study of his relationship to Marx will not only be of interest in themselves, but will help readers to surmount certain terminological difficulties in the Karl Marx. All original thinkers write perforce in a language of their own minting. Those of us to whom “surplus value,” the “class struggle,” the “materialist conception,” “economic determinism,” have been familiar concepts from childhood upwards, are apt to forget that Marx’s contemporaries were repelled by what they regarded as superfluous jargon. The first students of Kant, the first students of Darwin, the first students of all great innovators in philosophy, science, and the arts, have had to master a new vocabulary before they could understand what these writers were driving at; for new ideas must be conveyed in a new speech or by the use of old words refashioned. We cannot understand Loria, we cannot appreciate Loria’s criticism of Marx, we cannot grasp the nature of Loria’s own affiliation to Marx, unless we realise precisely what the Italian economist means by the speciously familiar terms “income,” “subsistence,” “unproductive labourers,” “recipients of income,” and the like. The familiarity of the words makes them all the more misleading to those who do not hold the Lorian clue to guide them through the economic labyrinth. Does this sound alarming? Yet Loria’s doctrines, like those of Marx, like those of Darwin, like those ofâ??but we must not say “like those of Kant”â??are simplicity itself to anyone who is able to survive the first shock of the encounter, to surmount the first agony of a new idea.

Celebrity Hotel: True Inside Gossip, Scandal and Intrigue

by Neil Kirby

From washing dishes in the Grosvenor House Hotel basement at the age of 15½ to eventually buying a multi-million pound hotel of his own, Neil Kirby’s career has been truly inspirational. Now an award-winning hotelier, he is living proof that if you have a dream, and you’re prepared to work hard, then your dreams really can come true. Celebrity Hotel is the remarkable story of how a boy from a south London council estate, with no real prospects in life, strove to achieve his goal. Inspired by the Forte family; encouraged by Sir Jackie Stewart; enthused by Olga Polizzi; it is a journey that saw him working on a daily basis with royalty, Hollywood film stars, sporting heroes, leading politicians, international celebrities and show business legends, including the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Sean Connery, Julie Andrews, Lauren Bacall, Yul Bryner and Dame Margot Fonteyn. In this gritty yet heart-warming autobiography, Neil Kirby gives a fascinating insight behind the scenes in the hospitality industry that will both encourage and motivate, affirming that anyone with drive and ambition can ultimately achieve success in their chosen profession.

Charlotte Brontë and Her Circle

by Clement King Shorter

It is claimed for the following book of some five hundred pages that the larger part of it is an addition of entirely new material to the romantic story of the Brontës. For this result, but very small credit is due to me; and my very hearty acknowledgments must be made, in the first place, to the Rev. Arthur Bell Nicholls, for whose generous surrender of personal inclination I must ever be grateful. It has been with extreme unwillingness that Mr. Nicholls has broken the silence of forty years, and he would not even now have consented to the publication of certain letters concerning his marriage, had he not been aware that these letters were already privately printed and in the hands of not less than eight or ten people. To Miss Ellen Nussey of Gomersall, I have also to render thanks for having placed the many letters in her possession at my disposal, and for having furnished a great deal of interesting information. Without the letters from Charlotte Brontë to Mr. W. S. Williams, which were kindly lent to me by his son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Thornton Williams, my book would have been the poorer. Sir Wemyss Reid, Mr. J. J. Stead, of Heckmondwike, Mr. Butler Wood, of Bradford, Mr. W. W. Yates, of Dewsbury, Mr. Erskine Stuart, Mr. Buxton Forman, and Mr. Thomas J. Wise are among the many Brontë specialists who have helped me with advice or with the loan of material. Mr. Wise, in particular, has lent me many valuable manuscripts. Finally, I have to thank my friend Dr. Robertson Nicoll for the kindly pressure which has practically compelled me to prepare this little volume amid a multitude of journalistic duties.


198 Strand, London,

September 1st, 1896.

Escape from Shanghai

by Paul Huang

This is a true story you were never meant to read. Memories of events recounted here were expected to die with those who lived them, to fade with time. But the tale survived — and now it is told on the record for the first time. Escape from Shanghai reveals the conspiracy Jane Sun discovered at the highest levels of Chinese government during World War II, and tells the story of the courageous things that she did to combat the corruption. A biography that reads like a spy thriller, it follows Jane’s behind-the-scenes struggles to bring down a corrupt governor, and it recounts the brutality and terror she and her young son encountered during their efforts to escape from the invading Japanese.

Escape from Shanghai reveals what could not be disclosed until after Jane’s death. This book exposes secrets that China’s Nationalist Government has successfully covered up for almost seven decadesâ??until now. This is a must-read for every scholar of Chinese history.

The book is compelling, thrilling, and intriguing. Escape from Shanghai is accomplished author and award-winning writer-producer-director Paul C. Huang’s account of his mother’s life.

Written with flair, attention to detail, and obvious passion, Escape from Shanghai is a historic memoir that reads like flawless fiction. A powerfully presented book, it’s sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers, including history buffs; fans of suspense novels and conspiracy theories; and anyone interested in stories about courage, conflict, and perseverance.

King Philip

by John Abbott

Few, even of our most intelligent men, if we except those who are devoted to literary pursuits, are acquainted with the adventures which our forefathers encountered in the settlement of New England. The claims of business are now so exacting, that those whose time is engrossed by its cares have but little leisure for extensive reading, and yet there is no American who does not desire to be familiar with the early history of his own country. The writer, with great labor, has collected from widely-spread materials, and condensed into this narrative of the career of King Philip, those incidents in our early history which he has supposed would be most interesting and instructive to the general reader. He has spared no pains in the endeavor to be accurate. In the rude annals of those early days there is often obscurity, and sometimes contradiction, in the dates. Such dates have been adopted as have appeared, after careful examination, to be most reliable.

The writer can not refrain, in this connection, from acknowledging the obligations he is under to his friend and neighbor, John M’Keen, Esq., to whose extensive and accurate acquaintance with the early history of this country he is indebted for many of the materials which have aided him in the preparation of this work.

John S. C. Abbott.

Brunswick, Maine, 1857.

John Hus

by William Dallmann


In a humble hamlet in the southern section of beautiful Bohemia near the Bavarian border of poor peasant parents was born a boy and called Janâ??Hus was added from Husinec, his birthplace; some say he saw the light of day on July 6, 1373, but that is not certain.

When about sixteen Hus went to the University of Prag, the first one founded in the German empire by Charles IV in 1348. Here he sang for bread in the streets, like Luther after him, and often had to go to sleep hungry on the bare ground.

Though many of the thousands of students from all parts of Europe were rowdies and immoral, the behavior of Hus was excellent and his diligence great. He took part in the rough sports; sometimes he played chess and even won money prizes. To the day of his death none of his many bitter enemies even so much as breathed a suspicion on his pure life. When pardons for sins were publicly sold during a jubilee in 1393, the devout young student gave up his last four pennies to secure this heavenly favor from the Pope.

Jerome of Prag was a fellow student.

In 1393, at a very early age, Hus was made a Bachelor of Arts; in 1394, a Bachelor of Theology; in 1396, a Master of Arts; like Melanchthon, he never took his degree as Doctor of Theology. In 1400, Hus was ordained a priest; in 1401, appointed Dean of the Philosophical Faculty; in 1402, chosen Rector of the Universityâ??at an unusually early age. In the same year he became preacher at the important Bethlehem chapel, seating about 1,000 worshipers, founded by John of Milheim in 1391, that the people might hear the Word of God in their own language.

Isaac Newton: the story of a falling apple

Sir Isaac Newton


How an apple changed the whole world


“He was intellectually daringâ?¦ His achievements were so momentous that that term â??scientific genius’ was invented to describe him.”

Class Dismissed: My Four Decades as an Inner City Teacher

by Cheryl Clark

Cheryl Clark spent 38 years teaching high school English and Spanish starting in Indianapolis in 1970 and retiring in Los Angeles in 2008. Sometimes the days could be tough, but they were frequently memorable. Cheryl describes her career journey in this anecdote-laden memoir with bonus tips for classroom management and teaching aids throughout.


by Marian Dorsey

If you ask Achaia’s about her Granny this is what she would say…..

Memoirs of Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre

by Queen of Navarre Marguerite de Valois

The first volume of the Court Memoir Series will, it is confidently anticipated, prove to be of great interest. These Letters first appeared in French, in 1628, just thirteen years after the death of their witty and beautiful authoress, who, whether as the wife for many years of the great Henri of France, or on account of her own charms and accomplishments, has always been the subject of romantic interest.

The letters contain many particulars of her life, together with many anecdotes hitherto unknown or forgotten, told with a saucy vivacity which is charming, and an air vividly recalling the sprightly, arch demeanour, and black, sparkling eyes of the fair Queen of Navarre. She died in 1615, aged sixty-three.

These letters contain the secret history of the Court of France during the seventeen eventful years 1565-82.

The events of the seventeen years referred to are of surpassing interest, including, as they do, the Massacre of St. Bartholomew, the formation of the League, the Peace of Sens, and an account of the religious struggles which agitated that period. They, besides, afford an instructive insight into royal life at the close of the sixteenth century, the modes of travelling then in vogue, the manners and customs of the time, and a picturesque account of the city of Liege and its sovereign bishop.

As has been already stated, these Memoirs first appeared in French in 1628. They were, thirty years later, printed in London in English, and were again there translated and published in 1813.

Life will not break me

This book talks about my struggles while trying to make a living in the US. It is very personal and hopefully a motivation for a lot of people. If everyone would just complained less and do a lot more.

Memoirs of an Ordinary Guy: Not Rich, Not Famous, Just Truths

by Mel RJ Smith

He was born in the sixties, grew up in the seventies, became a man in the eighties and threw everything away in the twenty first century.

Yes, Mel Smith is just an ordinary guy.

His story starts in 2012, after he foolishly let his marriage and a happy family life slip away. Now, single and alone, he lives in his one-bedded staff accommodation room, a room he has to call home.

Scrunched up on his over-used, spring-laden bed, his fingers are poised, hovering over the keyboard. Mel is ready to share how he got to this stage in his life, to tell his memoirs, growing from boy to man and all that that it entailed.

Along the way, he meets an assortment of characters from family, friends and lovers, to complete strangers. But, of course, no story would be complete without a baddy added to the mix and Mel certainly meets his fair share of them. Throughout his life, he has a humorous journey of discovery, disappointments and adventure. It all starts in nineteen sixty four.

Melvyn, or Beanpole, as his mother would call him, is quite content using a nappy full of cabbage-flavoured shit as a cushion, while sitting in a hand-me-down swing, wearing hand-me down-clothes. Probably his sisters’. That’s how he remembers his early days; his very own swinging sixties.

In the hazy summer days of the seventies, as his hair becomes redder and freckles more noticeable, somehow he manages to get himself a girlfriend. The love affair is short-lived, his designer national health glasses putting a stop to that little romance. But all is not lost. Melvyn makes a new friend; Mitch, a good-looking London lad. They become the best of friends and share many adventures as the years roll by.

In the eighties, and with his school days over, it is time, as a teenager, to go it alone and face the big wide world. Well, not quite alone, as Mitch tags along for a few more adventures, which include booze, women and sex and, more often than not, in that order.

Between the ages of eighteen and twenty one, Mel works as a chef in a mental institute, loses his dad, meets a single mum with schizophrenia and marries her. Over a decade, he suffers the wrath of a green-eyed monster, namely, her jealousy. They are tough times.

With the end of the nineties just around the corner, everything changes. Melvyn becomes Mel. No, he doesn’t become a woman. He gets divorced, turns his life around and lives happily ever after as a newly-married man, well into the twenty first century. That is, until the cabbage-flavoured shit catches up with him, hits the fan head on and lands him where he is now; sad and alone on his bed and trying to dodge a wayward spring, as he types these memoirs.

How did he get here? Well that’s another story.

My Recollections of Lord Byron

by Teresa Guiccioli


“To know another man well, especially if he be a noted and illustrious character, is a great thing not to be despised.”â??Sainte-Beuve.

Many years ago a celebrated writer, in speaking of Lord Byron, who had then been dead some years, said that so much had already been written upon him that the subject had almost become commonplace, but was far from being exhausted. This truth, indisputable when applied to Byron’s genius, his works, and to his intellect, was then and still is equally positive when referring to his moral qualities. A subject as well as an object may become commonplace by the quantity, but nevertheless remain new and rare, owing to its quality. A subject can not be exhausted before it has been seen under every one of its various aspects, and appreciated in all its points. If much has been said of Lord Byron, has his truly noble character been fairly brought to light? Has he not, on the contrary, been judged rather as the author than the man, and have not the imaginary creations of his powerful mind been too much identified with reality? In the best biographies of his life do we not meet with many gaps which have to be filled upâ??nay, worse, gaps filled up with errors which have to be eradicated to make room for the truth? The object of this work is precisely to do away with these errors and to replace them by facts, and to dispel the shadows which fancy has raised around his name. For the old opinions we wish to substitute new appreciations, by weighing exactly the measure of truth which exists in the former; and by the logic of facts we wish to judge fairly so as to prevent posterity from being deceived. In doing this we do not pretend to give England any new information. For a long time, no doubt, error sprang from that country; but years and events have passed since that state of things existed. The liberal and tolerant spirit, enlightened by philosophy, which has spread all over liberal England, has also been reflected in the opinions formed of men, and has modified many pages of biography and history and made Englishmen feel how numerous were the wrongs of which they were guilty toward their illustrious countryman.

It is useless to speak of the national selfishness of England, and pretend that she only appreciates or rewards with her love and esteem such writers as flatter her pride or hide her defects from the eyes of foreigners. This may be true, generally speaking; but Lord Byron’s patriotic feelings were of a very different cast. He thought it best to expose to the world at large the faults of his countrymen, in order to correct them. His patriotism was influenced by the superiority of the noble sentiments which actuated his life. Feeling as he did, that he was, above all, a member of the great human community, and declaring it openly; despising popularity, if it cost him the sacrifice of a truth which he deemed it useful and right to proclaim, and thus going against many of the passions, prejudices, and opinions of his countrymen, Byron certainly wounded many susceptibilities; and could we forget all he had to suffer at the hands of the English, we might almost say he was too severe in his judgments upon them. Notwithstanding, however, it is almost impossible to travel in England without meeting everywhere some token of homage paid to the memory of Byron. Scotland, who looks upon him almost as a son, is proud to show the several houses wherein he lived when a child, and preserves his name and memory with love and respect. To have seen him once, is a recollection of which one is proud. A particular charm encircles the places, mountains, rivers, and bridge of Don, of which he speaks, simply because he has mentioned them in his poems. A letter or any thing which has belonged to him is looked upon as a treasure.

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