The Poet of Tolstoy Park: A Novel

His new neighbors were perplexed by his eccentric behavior as well. Henry bought his own ten acres of piney woods outside Fairhope. He had gone looking for a place to learn lessons in dying, and, studiously advanced to claim a vigorous new life. The poet of tolstoy park is a moving and irresistible story, a guidebook of the mind and spirit that lays hold of the heart.

The place: Canyon County, Idaho. Instead, alabama, henry chose Fairhope, a town with utopian ideals and a haven for strong-minded individualists. Henry’s dearest friend and intellectual sparring partner, and henry’s two adult sons, Thomas and Harvey, were baffled and angry that he would abandon them and move to the Deep South, Pastor Will Webb, living in a barn there while he built a round house of handmade concrete blocks.

Henry stuart points the way through life’s puzzles for all of us, becoming in this timeless tale a character of such dimension that he seems more alive now than ever. It’s 1925. San diego would be a good choice. On the coldest day of winter he was barefoot, a philosopher and poet with ideas and words to share with anyone who would listen.

Henry is sixty-seven, a retired professor and a widower who has been told a warmer climate would make the end more tolerable. Before dying, and all people, henry could begin to “perfect the soul awarded him” and rest in the faith that he, would succeed, underscored by the writings of his beloved Tolstoy, “even if it took eons.

Human existence, irrespective of blood and possessions and rank, continues in a perfect circle unmarred by flaws of personality, Henry believed, and separate from organized religion.

The Widow and the Tree

No other tree along the entire coastal crescent from New Orleans to Apalachicola can rival its majesty or its power to draw people to it. In silence and with dignity, the Ghosthead has served as sentinel to the widow’s family land for countless generations. The magnificent ghosthead oak has stood watch over coastal Alabama’s mysterious backwater bays and slow-running rivers, where bull alligators rumble the nerves of lesser creatures and every living thing has the capacity to kill, for five hundred years.

Some say the fabled giant tree was once a knee-high seedling brushed by the black boot of Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez. So why would the widow walk into a biker bar and hire a man to fire up his chainsaw and inflict fatal gashes around its trunk, ending in a few minutes what took five centuries to create?The Widow and the Tree is a tale of dark deeds committed with mercy in mind, provoking the reader to ask: Would I have done the same thing? This book is based on a true story.

It was a childhood friend and a spirit guide in troubled times. Her father is buried in its shade.

Eveningland: Stories

These stories, infused with humor and pathos, excavate brilliantly the latent desires and motivations that drive life forward in “a luminous collection from a writer of the first rank” Esquire. Touching, haunting and brilliant” Dallas News. A new york times editors’ choice short story collection hailed as “a fresh masterpiece of Southern fiction .

 .  . Grappling with dramas both epic and personal, from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the “unspeakable misgivings of contentment, ” Eveningland captures with perfect authenticity of place the ways in which ordinary life astounds us with its complexity. A teenaged girl with a taste for violence holds a burglar hostage in her house on New Year’s Eve; a middle-aged couple examines the intricacies of their marriage as they prepare to throw a party; and a real estate mogul in the throes of grief buys up all the property on an island only to be accused of madness by his daughters.

Long considered a master of the form and an essential voice in american fiction, Michael Knight delivers a “deft and wonderful, wholly original” collection of interlinked stories set among the members of a Mobile, Alabama family in the years preceding a devastating hurricane The New York Times Book Review.


A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts to Nourish the Soul, Written and Se

Widely read in prerevolutionary russia, banned and forgotten under Communism; and recently rediscovered to great excitement, A Calendar of Wisdom is a day-by-day guide that illuminates the path of a life worth living with a brightness undimmed by time. Unjustly censored for nearly a century, it deserves to be placed with the few books in our history that will never cease teaching us the essence of what is important in this world.

This is the first-ever english-language edition of the book Leo Tolstoy considered to be his most important contribution to humanity, the work of his life's last years.

Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta

Yet even as he observes major structural problems, he encounters many close, loving, and interdependent relationships between black and white families—and good reasons for hope. It’s lively, and funny, community, entertaining, containing a travel writer’s flair for in-depth reporting alongside insightful reflections on poverty, and race.

On a remote, isolated strip of land, Mariah, Richard and his girlfriend, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto, embark on a new life. Imagine a year in provence with alligators and assassins, or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil with hunting scenes and swamp-to-table dining. Reporting from all angles as only an outsider can, Grant also delves deeply into the Delta’s lingering racial tensions.

. Dispatches from Pluto is a book as unique as the Delta itself. They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters—blues legend T-Model Ford, eccentric millionaires, catfish farmers, cookbook maven Martha Foose, and the actor Morgan Freeman. Dispatches from pluto is their journey of discovery into this strange and wonderful American place.

They learn to hunt, snakes, and fend off alligators, grow their own food, and varmints galore. He finds that de facto segregation continues. Winner of the pat conroy southern book prize mississippi's #1 bestseller of 2015 and 2016 the Clarion-Ledger A New York Times Bestseller In Dispatches from Pluto, beautiful, adventure writer Richard Grant takes on “the most American place on Earth”—the enigmatic, often derided Mississippi Delta.

Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons from the Native Way

Voices in the stones is a unique collection of his encounters, experiences, and reflections during that time. He takes us inside a traditional Native feast to show us how the children are taught to respect the elders. He brings us to an isolated prairie rock outcropping where a young Native man and his father show us how the power of ceremony connects the present with the ancient voices of the past.

Do not begrudge the white man his presence on this land. Though he doesn’t know it yet, he has come here to learn from us. A shoshone elderthe genius of the Native Americans has always been their profound spirituality and their deep understanding of the land and its ways. For three decades, author Kent Nerburn has lived and worked among the Native American people.

. At a dusty roadside café he introduces us to an elder who remembers the time when his ancestors could talk to animals. In these and other deeply touching stories, Nerburn reveals the spiritual awareness that animates all of Native American life, and shows us how we have much to learn from one another if only we have the heart to listen.


My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South

A new york times bestsellerfrom the celebrated bestselling author of all Over but the Shoutin' and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Rick Bragg, comes a poignant and wryly funny collection of essays on life in the south. Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, including his native Alabama, he explores enduring Southern truths about home, Cajun country, and the regions' varied geographies, table, spirit, place, and the Gulf Coast.

Everything is explored, from regional obsessions from college football and fishing, to mayonnaise and spoonbread, to the simple beauty of a fish on the hook. Collected from over a decade of his writing, my southern Journey is an entertaining and engaging read, with many never-before-published essays written specifically for this edition, especially for Southerners or feel Southern at heart and anyone who appreciates great writing.


The Beach Trees

And she has another secret: a heart condition that will soon take her life. Feeling as if she’s lost her sister a second time, Julie inherits from Monica an antique portrait—as well as custody of her young son. Taking him to biloxi, to meet the family he’s never known, Mississippi, Julie discovers a connection of her own.

The portrait, of an old Guidry relative, was done by her great-grandfather—and unlocks a surprising family history. Includes a readers guide and an excerpt of dreams of falling. Monica guidry paints a vivid picture of her Southern family through stories, but never says why or how she lost contact with them.

From the new york times bestselling author of the tradd Street novels comes the story of one woman’s journey into a secret past—and a life she never expected on the ravaged coast of Biloxi, Mississippi. Working at an auction house in new York, Julie Holt meets a struggling artist and single mother who reminds her very much of her missing younger sister.


Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novel

An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, joyful, and a funny, Redhead by the Side of the Road is a triumph, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes, filled with Anne Tyler's signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah's meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever.

. A self-employed tech expert, he seems content leading a steady, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a "girlfriend" tells him she's facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son.

From the beloved and best-selling Anne Tyler, a sparkling new novel about misperception, second chances, and the sometimes elusive power of human connection. Micah mortimer is a creature of habit.

Black Water Lilies: A Novel

Happy Birthday. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval's corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumored painting of Black Water Lilies? All three of them share a secret. During the day, the town is the home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his Water Lilies.

Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher, and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. From the author of the "wonderfully ingenious" marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review novel After the Crash, a thrilling tale of a murder that takes place in Claude Monet's garden and the mystery that surrounds it.

Giverny, France. Jérôme morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet's Water Lilies with the words: Eleven years old. But once the tourists have gone, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village.

This is the story of thirteen days that begin with one murder and end with another.

The Kingdom of God Is Within You

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