Washington Irving (1783 - 1859) was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. "Astoria" is a history book which was commissioned by John Jacob Astor as an official history of his company's expedition to Oregon in 1810-1812. Although Washington Irving never traveled to Oregon Country, he wrote one of the most widely read and influential narratives of the region. This book introduced more readers to the Pacific Northwest than any single book up to that time.
This is not an ordinary book about Russia, made up of works from different years, the famous Russian scientist and thinker Victor Nikolaevich Trostnikova. The author, having vast experience gained over many years in a variety of conditions, remains remarkably young. Indeed, Russia in a sense, has experienced his "longest decade". A judgment of the author on all sorts of aspects of public life, science, religion, common sense are unusually sharp, grasping the essence of today's (and yesterday's and tomorrow's) reality. This makes the prophetic book of largely V. N. Trostnikova "Russian earth and heaven," a priceless gift for the generations with respect to young people who do not have personal experience significant past - both in science and in the spiritual enlightenment that comes to a person, alas, not always as a young man, and with the passage of years. Matters spiritual, religious maturity - have also become an important element of the book. Book coming out for the first time, perhaps, it will be for the reader to the source of many discoveries. Published in author's edition.
Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt's Nobel laureate for literature, was born in an old quarter of Cairo in 1911. His study of philosophy at what is now Cairo University greatly influenced his works, as did his wide readings, and his work in the government and in the Cinema Organization. Life's Wisdom is a unique collection of quotations selected from this great author s works, offering philosophical insights on themes such as childhood, youth, love, marriage, war, freedom, death, the supernatural, the afterlife, the soul, immortality, and many other subjects that take us through life s journey. Naguib Mahfouz's works abound with words of wisdom. As Nadine Gordimer states in her foreword to one of his earlier books: "The essence of a writer's being is in the work, not the personality, though the world values things otherwise, and would rather see what the writer looks like on television than read where he or she really is to be found: in the writings". In keeping with Gordimer's comment, Mahfouz's true nature can be found in his writing. The quotations included here offer a broad, yet profound, insight into the writer s philosophy gained through a life's journey of experience and writing.
Hester's Book of Bread is an honest and delicious, down to earth book that tells of Hester van der Walt's passion for baking bread. Set in McGregor in the Klein Karoo where she bakes bread in a wood-fired oven, this book reflects Hester's intuitive feeling for the connections between the soul and food, particularly food that is prepared with care, according to traditional principles and methods. Hester's Book of Bread is infused with a fine sense of humour, helpful hints and mouth-watering recipes. It's a book as irresistible as the smell of bread fresh from the oven.
“Love wishes these words to be released.”“Meaning is a treasure hidden in the sands of words.” -- RumiAll great discoveries, inventions, journeys, ideas, actions, and life transformations begin with inspiration. Let’s celebrate a Year of Inspiration in Life for ourselves and in the solitude of our hearts.This collection of short quotes and poems from Rumi, one of the greatest mystical poets of all time, includes inspirational and contemplative aphorisms categorized under twelve topics (for twelve months of the year): Words, Quest, Awakening, Life, Mind, Love, Happiness, Heart, Universe, Union, Prayers, and Silence.A new translation from the Persian, the book also includes Rumi’s advice, proverbs, and Last Will.Rasoul Shams is the director of the Rumi Poetry Club. His previous books include Rumi: The Art of Loving (2012), and Rumi Essays (2016).
Following the 2008 debut of his eponymous label at New York Fashion Week, Christian Siriano burst into international stardom, becoming a red-carpet favorite and one of today s most popular young fashion designers. Known for the sophisticated structure and exquisite movement of his gowns, Siriano has also gained fans for his vision of inclusiveness in fashion. For the first time, the beloved designer offers an intimate glimpse into his imaginative design process in Dresses to Dream About. This book takes readers through the creative journey of some of Siriano s favorite dresses, from initial inspiration to finished gown. Each dress featured in the book has been chosen by the designer, and its creation is narrated in Siriano s own words. Sketches, mood boards, and photographs of the designer at work in his Manhattan studio give a behind-the-scenes look of the materials and crafting of his lavish dresses, culminating in images of the finished gowns, presenting an intimate look at the work of one of America s most accomplished young fashion designers.