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The House of Journalists : A Novel by Tim Finch

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The House of Journalists : A Novel by Tim Finch

Welcome to the House of Journalists. Who are you and what is your story?

These are the questions that confront newcomers to the House of Journalists, the internationally renowned refuge for writers in exile at the center of this haunting Orwellian novel. Home to a select group of fellows, the House is located in a fashionable London terrace. But just how stable is this hallowed institution? Julian Snowman, the obsessive founder and chair, sees the threat of dissolution at every turn. Perhaps this explains why petty rules and restrictions abide: men live in one wing, women in the other; smoking is restricted to the central courtyard; tea is optional, but everyone attends.

As the fellows strive to remake their lives, they are urged to share their tales. Epic and intimate by turns, these stories―of courage, tragedy, and shame―become a mesmerizing chorus of voices in search of home. Among the fellows are Mustapha, who yearns for the family he tore himself from when he resisted a coup; Agnes, a photojournalist implicated in a brutal civil war; Sonny, a slight figure with don’t-mess-with-me hair, who describes a harrowing escape across continents; Edson, who perilously confides his story to his writing mentor; and Mr. Stan, who draws on the noxious cigarettes of his home island, despite having been tortured there.

Only one man manages to guard his past: the mysterious new fellow AA, whose secrecy ratchets up Julian’s paranoia. Julian suspects that AA is conspiring with a celebrated visiting writer to bring down the House. In fact, AA is planning something else entirely.

A world as beguiling as it is disturbing, Tim Finch’s The House of Journalists is a novel of heartbreak, humanity, and wit, and announces the arrival of a striking new voice in fiction.

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Whole: Restoring What Is Broken in Me, You, and The Entire World by Steve Wiens

Whole: Restoring What Is Broken in Me, You, and The Entire World by Steve Wiens

Whole: Restoring What Is Broken in Me, You, and The Entire World by Steve Wiens

Look around, and you’ll notice: The world is covered with jagged edges. People and places are broken all around us.

We were made for better than this: We were made to be whole, and wholly human, to tend a world that is wholly humane. We were made in the image of God. This book is a quest to recover that image in ourselves and our neighbors, to help us all become human and humane again.

For Christians who lament the brokenness in themselves, their neighbors, and the world around them, Whole offers a rallying cry to pursue wholeness together.

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A wholehearted look at getting whole again when you find the yourself and world disintegrating around you.  Steve Wiens has masterfully blended real life stories with scripture which draw the reader into the lessons presented in the book.  A perfect book to be used for Sunday school or devotional time with family and friends.

  • Staff, Deckle Edge Books
This book is beautifully written, and the honesty in its pages invites the reader’s honesty–which is, in my view, one of the best things a book can do. This is a book that will transform you.

  • SHAUNA NIEQUIST, Bestselling author of Present Over Perfect

Steve Wiens is a writer unique in my experience of reading books, and I have read a lot of them. What is unique about Whole is that he inserts you (me!) into the biblical story in a way that makes the story convincingly contemporary with us. His children (he has boys), his wife (one wife), and his friends (he has many) become authentically biblical, and we find ourselves living in our own backyards what we previously had only read about.

  • EUGENE H. PETERSON, Professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver

If you are looking for a simplistic solution to the brokenness you see in the world (and in yourself ), this book won’t be helpful. But if you’re willing to leave the known for the unknown and if you dare to ask the soul-enriching questions found in Steve Wiens’s imaginative work, you just might find yourself on the road to wholeness.

  • RICHARD ROHR, Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation

I’ve been lucky enough to sit around a fire in Steve’s backyard and talk into the night, and I left that evening feeling as though I’d been breathing fresh air into my lungs. You will feel the same when you read Whole. Steve has a gift for telling stories that connect at the deepest level to your own story. This is inspired and compassionate writing that invites us to step into our own promised land.

  • STU GARRARD, Songwriter and author of Words from the Hill

Many authors who brave the subject of brokenness lead us down one of two paths: One glosses over the pain with sugary anecdotes or bulleted prescriptions. The other leaves us wallowing in the pain a bit too long, with perhaps no hope for redemption. Rarely does an author show us another way. Steve Wiens does just that– carving out a new trail where brokenness meets beauty, where humility is a catalyst for becoming whole.

  • MATT BAYS, Author of Finding God in the Ruins

Steve Wiens’s book Whole stopped me in my tracks. It is a timely, prophetic message not only for the culture and church at large but also for every individual seeking a life of shalom on a deeply personal level. This book forced me to look at others with compassion and gentleness, grace and potential. But more important, it forced me to look inwardly at myself with that same gentle spirit. I’m so grateful for this book, and I look forward to hand- ing out copies to everyone I know along the path to wholeness.

  • NISH WEISETH, Author of Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World

Steve reminds us that it is in the ordinary of everyday life that we are daily invited to experience and participate in the extraordinary. Not extraordinary in the sense of superheroes, but in the simple journey of living into who we were created to be all along. We are the restored ones, and in the sacred mundane of everyday life, we are invited to participate with God in restoring our broken world. This book is not only a reminder of who we are but also an invitation into our collective healing. Let’s get after it together.

  • JON HUCKINS, Cofounding director of The Global Immersion Project

I am a huge fan of pastor Steve Wiens and his savory new book, Whole. I tore into it, huge chunks at a time, hoping that his words would heal the hunger in me. Instead, he convinced me that hunger is the lifeblood of being human and that questions are, like bread crumbs, the path to wholeness. If you, too, need fresh perspective on your story, Wiens is a salty sage worth reading.

  • ERIN LANE, Author of Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe

Author Biography

Steve Wiens
Steve Wiens

Steve Wiens is the founding pastor of Genesis Covenant Church in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife and three sons. Steve’s first book, Beginnings (NavPress 2016), imagines the seven days of creation as a pattern of our own becoming, as we walk through the joys and pains of life. His second book, Whole: Restoring What is Broken in Me, You, and the Entire World is his manifesto of hope in a fractured world. In order to book Steve for a speaking event, visit his web page at www.stevewiens.com.

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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018

What Color Is Your Parachute 2018

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles

With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world’s most popular job-search book is updated for 2018 and tailors Richard Bolles’s long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today’s job-hunters and career-changers. 

In today’s challenging job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work–and which don’t. This revised edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.

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The 2018 annual edition of What Color Is your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles is once again packed full of valuable tools, tips and insight any career seeker will need to land the perfect position they have been dreaming of.  With tons of check lists and illustrations,  this easy to read and understand career finding bible will take from from the interview to the office or desk with your name on it.  – DeckleEdgeBooks.com

 

  • Series: What Color Is Your Parachute?
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised ed. edition (August 15, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039957963X
  • ISBN-13: 9780399579639
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches

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The Siege : A Novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte

The Siege : A Novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte

The Siege : A Novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte

WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION’S INTERNATIONAL DAGGER

For fans of Alan Furst and Carlos Ruiz Zafón comes a haunting and layered thriller filled with history, adventure, suspense, and an unforgettable love story—by the internationally bestselling author Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
 
Cádiz, 1811: The Spanish port city has been surrounded by Napoleon’s army for a year. Their backs to the sea, its residents endure routine bombardments and live in constant fear of a French invasion. And now the bodies of random women have begun to turn up throughout the city—victims of a shadowy killer.

Police Comisario Rogelio Tizón has been assigned the case. Known for his razor-sharp investigation skills—as well as his brutal interrogation methods—Tizón has seen everything. Or so he thought. His inquiry into the murders reveals a surprising pattern: Each victim has been found where a French bomb exploded. Logic tells him to pass it off as coincidence; his instinct tells him otherwise, and he begins to view Cádiz as a living chessboard, with himself and the killer the main players.

In a city pushed to the brink, violence and desperation weave together the lives of a group of unlikely people: the Spanish taxidermist who doubles as a French spy; the young woman who uses her father’s mercantile business to run the enemy blockade; the rough-edged corsair who tries to resist her charms; and the brilliant academic furiously trying to perfect the French army’s artillery and bring Cádiz to its knees once and for all. And as Napoleon presses closer, Tizón must make his next move on the bomb-scarred chessboard before the killer claims another pawn.

Combining fast-paced narrative with scrupulous historical accuracy, this smart, suspenseful tale of human resilience is Arturo Pérez-Reverte at the height of his talents.

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Praise for The Siege
 
“A genre-bending literary thriller . . . Pirates; serial killings; steamy, unrequited love: Pérez-Reverte imbues the sensational with significance. . . . His descriptions of the town and people of Cádiz capture colors, smells and personalities, making the page come to life, and he balances these sensory passages with dense observations about history, metaphysics, science, and human nature.”Kirkus Reviews

“Bold . . . [Pérez-Reverte’s] best yet . . . an ambitious intellectual thriller peopled with colorful rogues and antiheroes, meticulous in its historical detail, with a plot that rattles along to its unexpected finale. It’s hard to think of a contemporary author who so effortlessly marries popular and literary fiction as enjoyably as this.”The Observer
 
“Pérez-Reverte has long been Spain’s most popular, inventive writer of historical fiction. . . . This is a big and bold novel, rich in character and incident.”The Sunday Times
 
Acclaim for Arturo Pérez-Reverte
 
“John le Carré meets Gabriel García Márquez . . . Pérez-Reverte has a huge following . . . and it’s spreading.”The Wall Street Journal

The Da Vinci Code and The Rule of Four . . . pale in comparison with Pérez-Reverte’s novels.”Time Out New York
 
“It’s a rare novelist who can create a literary page-turner. Arturo Pérez-Reverte . . . is one of those rarities.”The Denver Post

About the author

Arturo Perez-Reverte
Arturo Perez-Reverte

Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Cartagena, Spain, November 1951) is dedicated exclusively to literature, after living 21 years (1973-1994) as a reporter for the press, radio and television, covering informationally international conflicts in that period. He worked for twelve years as a reporter in the newspaper Pueblo, and nine in the information services of Televisión Española (TVE), as a specialist in armed conflicts.

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Soil by Jamie Kornegay

Soil by Jamie Kornegay

Soil by Jamie Kornegay, is a darkly comic debut novel by an independent bookseller about an idealistic young farmer who moves his family to a Mississippi flood basin, suffers financial ruin and becomes increasingly paranoid he s being framed for murder.

It all began with a simple dream. An ambitious young environmental scientist hoped to establish a sustainable farm on a small patch of river-bottom land nestled among the Mississippi hills. Jay Mize convinced his wife Sandy to move their six-year-old son away from town and to a rich and lush parcel where Jacob could run free and Jay could pursue the dream of a new and progressive agriculture for the twenty-first century. He did not know that within a year he d be ruined, that flood and pestilence would invade his fledgling farm or that his wife and son would leave him to pick up the pieces by himself.

When Jay Mize discovers a corpse on his property, he is sure his bad luck has come to a head and he is being framed. Were Jay in his right mind, he might have reported the body to the police at the very same moment they were searching for a missing tourist from Ohio. He might have not dragged the body back to his farm under the cover of night and spent hours disposing of it. But Jay Mize is not in his right mind. His mounting paranoia is accelerated by a hot-rod local deputy, nosing around with questions about the missing tourist and making dark comments about Jay s estranged wife Sandy. It s enough to make an honest man a maniac.

Drawing on elements of classic Southern noir, dark comedy, and modern dysfunction, Jamie Kornegay s novel is about the gravitational pull of one man s apocalypse and the hope that maybe, just maybe, he can be reeled in from the brink. Readers will applaud the arrival of an exquisitely deranged new voice to American fiction (Jonathan Miles, award-winning author of Want Not and Dear American Airlines).”

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“Let us stand, brothers and sisters, to applaud the arrival of an exquisitely deranged new voice to American fiction. Dig your hands into this “Soil” to find gutty and peppery writing, an almost recklessly bold imagination, audacious empathy, and a story so twisty and volatile that nearly every turn feels electrifyingly unexpected. This rough-n-tumble model of Southern literature–the vehicle of choice for the late greats Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Harry Crews, and William Gay–has felt stalled on the roadside for several years now; Jamie Kornegay just pulled up with some big-ass jumper cables.”
–Jonathan Miles, author of “Want Not” and “Dear American Airlines”

“A darkly droll, epic novel told in a style I’d have to call a deceptively swift amble through a most vividly rendered, watery Delta world. Anyone from Coleridge to Twain to Faulkner to William Gay would have loved reading this book, and you will, too.”
–Brad Watson, author of “The Heaven of Mercury” and “Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives”

“Jamie Kornegay’s prose is as rich and fertile as the Mississippi Delta landscape that spreads across the pages of “Soil.” It is poetic, both in its language and in the soulful complexity of its characters, all of them fallen and trudging along the hard worn path of redemption on dirty hands and knees.”
–Michael F. Smith, author of “Rivers”

“Marked by wry humor, unforgettable characters, and riveting suspense, Jamie Kornegay’s “Soil” is a spellbinding Greek tragedy played out against the backdrop of the choked river-bottoms, sprawling fields, and dusty roads of the Mississippi Delta. A brilliant, haunting portrait of the havoc one desperate man’s decisions and dreams can wreak upon himself and those around him. This remarkable novel springs from rich earth indeed, and the end result is a book that will leave readers reeling.”
–Skip Horack, author of “The Eden Hunter,” and “The Southern Cross”

“Kornegay’s keenly observed novel is a bit of a slow burner at first, but it soon builds into a page-turning crescendo and a suspense-filled finale which will make your heart pound and leave you opened-mouthed in horror.”
–“Western Gazette”

“This marvelous bookresembles the Southern Gothic novels of the past such as the classic EternalFire by Calder Willingham.”
–“Smoky Mountain News”

“Jamie Kornegay’s novel “Soil” heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice. This book is atmospheric ‘as all get-out, ‘ as my grandmother might have said, and it crackles with intensity. It’s everything I want a novel to be, a fine story well-told with characters I won’t forget, set in a world so real you can smell it and taste it. Kornegay’s something special.”
Steve Yarbrough, author of “The Realm of Last Chances””

“Jamie Kornegay’s powerful debut novel, “Soil,” is just as rich, dark and primal as the title suggests and it is hard not to discuss the various characters’ plights without slipping into metaphor as they both literally and figuratively dig and tunnel and turn up all that is buried. This novel is brimming with suspense while continuously locating the fine line separating good from evil. Just as the soil delivers all that is decomposed and lost, it also brings promise of future growth and in this case, it is in the form of the protagonist’s son. Kornegay’s rendering of hope and innocence against the backdrop of depravity and darkness is admirable and
moving.” Jill McCorkle, “New York Times” bestselling author of “Life after Life””

Let us stand, brothers and sisters, to applaud the arrival of an exquisitely deranged new voice to American fiction. Dig your hands into this Soil to find gutty and peppery writing, an almost recklessly bold imagination, audacious empathy, and a story so twisty and volatile that nearly every turn feels electrifyingly unexpected. This rough-n-tumble model of Southern literature the vehicle of choice for the late greats Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Harry Crews, and William Gay has felt stalled on the roadside for several years now; Jamie Kornegay just pulled up with some big-ass jumper cables.
Jonathan Miles, author of Want Not and Dear American Airlines

“Jamie Kornegay’s novel Soil heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice. This book is atmospheric ‘as all get-out, ‘ as my grandmother might have said, and it crackles with intensity. It’s everything I want a novel to be, a fine story well-told with characters I won’t forget, set in a world so real you can smell it and taste it. Kornegay’s something special.”
Steve Yarbrough, author of The Realm of Last Chances

“Mississippi has done it again, given us yet another brilliant writer. Welcome, Jamie Kornegay, to a long line of kick-ass storytellers. Soil is one of the most memorable novels I’ve read in years, with a killer story told in killer language. Highly, highly recommended.”
Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Jamie Kornegay’s prose is as rich and fertile as the Mississippi Delta landscape that spreads across the pages of Soil. It is poetic, both in its language and in the soulful complexity of its characters, all of them fallen and trudging along the hard worn path of redemption on dirty hands and knees.
Michael F. Smith, author of Rivers

Marked by wry humor, unforgettable characters, and riveting suspense, Jamie Kornegay s Soil is a spellbinding Greek tragedy played out against the backdrop of the choked river-bottoms, sprawling fields, and dusty roads of the Mississippi Delta. A brilliant, haunting portrait of the havoc one desperate man s decisions and dreams can wreak upon himself and those around him. This remarkable novel springs from rich earth indeed, and the end result is a book that will leave readers reeling.
Skip Horack, author of The Eden Hunter, and The Southern Cross

A darkly droll, epic novel told in a style I d have to call a deceptively swift amble through a most vividly rendered, watery Delta world. Anyone from Coleridge to Twain to Faulkner to William Gay would have loved reading this book, and you will, too.
Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury and Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

“Jamie Kornegay’s powerful debut novel, Soil, is just as rich, dark and primal as the title suggests and it is hard not to discuss the various characters’ plights without slipping into metaphor as they both literally and figuratively dig and tunnel and turn up all that is buried. This novel is brimming with suspense while continuously locating the fine line separating good from evil. Just as the soil delivers all that is decomposed and lost, it also brings promise of future growth and in this case, it is in the form of the protagonist’s son. Kornegay’s rendering of hope and innocence against the backdrop of depravity and darkness is admirable and
moving.” Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author of Life after Life

“Kornegay’s skillful writing keeps the story gripping and the atmosphere haunting.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Kornegay imbues his characters with depth and his story with suspense, but the real star of the book is the pungent and foreboding Mississippi earth itself. A promising debut from an assured new voice in Southern fiction.
Library Journal

Kornegay’s keenly observed novel is a bit of a slow burner at first, but it soon builds into a page-turning crescendo and a suspense-filled finale which will make your heart pound and leave you opened-mouthed in horror.
Western Gazette

This marvelous bookresembles the Southern Gothic novels of the past such as the classic EternalFire by Calder Willingham.
Smoky Mountain News

Jamie Kornegay
Jamie Kornegay

 

Biography

Jamie Kornegay is an independent bookseller in Greenwood Mississippi, where he lives with his wife and three children. He started the Turnrow Book Co in 2006. Prior to that he was events coordinator and radio show producer for the renowned Square Books in Oxford Miss.
SOIL is his first novel.