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The Armenian Duduk: A complete guide is probably one of the few books in English that covers all you need to know, to be able to play this elusive and exotically haunting instrument. The book goes over the fundamental basics of the instrument, how to hold it, proper hand technique, and gives exercises to help develop the beginner into being able to play basic pieces. The book then moves onto the techniques used, including sluring, vibrato, and the Shake lip trills. The book also includes intermediate Duduk pieces transcibed, including ´´Hovern Engan´´, ´´Siretsi Yaris Daran (the tune that was used in the ´´Gladiator´´ soundtrack), as well as some Mughamat Solos. The later chapters of the book cover the modal systems used, including Mugham and Maqam. The Mughamat system is explained in detail, and each mode is analysed and presented in their forms for study. The appendix section contains useful information on how to read music, Circular breathing, online resources, Duduk maintenance, as well as fingering charts. The book also covers the notation system used for Duduk, and is all you need to get started playing the Armenian Duduk.
A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is an ´´extraordinary epic´´ of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan ( San Francisco Chronicle ). NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 * A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 * JULY PICK FOR THE PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CLUB NOW READ THIS * FINALIST FOR THE 2018DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE* WINNER OF THE MEDICI BOOK CLUB PRIZE Roxane Gay´s Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Post NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER * USA TODAY BESTSELLER * WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER * WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER ´´There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones.´´ In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son´s powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations. Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan´s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee´s complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history. *Includes reading group guide*
Bloodlines: The Ruby Circle is the epic conclusion to Richelle Mead´s bestselling Bloodlines series , set in the world of Vampire Academy - NOW A MAJOR FILM. Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead´s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world . . . Praise for Richelle Mead: ´Exciting, empowering and un-put-downable.´ MTV´s Hollywood Crush ´We´re suckers for it!´ - Entertainment Weekly Also available in the Bloodlines series: Bloodlines (Book 1) Bloodlines: The Golden Lily (Book 2) Bloodlines: The Indigo Spell (Book 3) Bloodlines: The Fiery Heart (Book 4) Bloodlines: Silver Shadows (Book 5) Discover where the story began in the Vampire Academy series: *NOW A MAJOR FILM* Vampire Academy (Book 1) Vampire Academy: Frostbite (Book 2) Vampire Academy: Shadow Kiss (Book 3) Vampire Academy: Blood Promise (Book 4) Vampire Academy: Spirit Bound (Book 5) Vampire Academy: Last Sacrifice (Book 6)
In Book One of the Plowed Fields trilogy, we met Joe Baker and his large family as a rare white Christmas descended on their South Georgia farm. It was 1960, and the family seemed poised on the brink of a grand experience in the years to come. As the decade progresses, the Bakers see their fortunes rise and fall, beginning with an illness that shakes the family at its very core. Prosperity comes calling when it´s least expected, but a harrowing ordeal forces a reckoning with faith that nearly shatters the family. In Book Two of this three-part novel in episodes, Joe and his family give us an intimate portrayal of the farming life. They also encounter more unexpected turmoil with their friends and neighbors, including Lucas Bartholomew, Bobby Taylor and Sheriff Paul Berrien, stoking the conflict that will bring the family face-to-face with fire and famine, war and peace, and good and evil. Amid a severe drought, this mesmerizing family saga builds to an exciting climax as one violent act leads Joe to mete out his own vicious brand of retribution. Ultimately, the Bakers will need an act of daring and courage to save them from utter ruin. In Plowed Fields , author Jim Barber has created a place and characters that feel like home and family. The pages drip with the sweat, grime and grit of field work, the bone-tired stress of trying to make ends meet and a passion for life in this magnificent story of one´s family´s search for belonging. Book Two will leave you eager to for the conclusion of the Plowed Fields trilogy.
´Profoundly moving. An astonishing book, a true work of art´ Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers ´Heart-wrenching, fearless, and unlike anything you´ve ever read´ Esquire ´I sit here shaken and, I think, changed by this work´ Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers ´A devastating read, but also a tender one, filled with love, complexity, and a desire for understanding´ Nylon ´The most intelligent, insightful, heart-wrenching book of our time´ Sean Andrew Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less ´Captures the affections and complexity of parenthood in a way that has never been portrayed before´ The Millions ´Ethereal and electric, radiating unthinkable pain and profound love´ Buzzfeed From the critically acclaimed author of The Vagrants , a devastating and utterly original novel on grief and motherhood ´Days: the easiest possession. The days he had refused would come, one at a time. They would wait, every daybreak, with their boundless patience and indifference, seeing if they could turn me into an ally or an enemy to myself.´ A woman´s teenage son takes his own life. It is incomprehensible. The woman is a writer, and so she attempts to comprehend her grief in the space she knows best: on the page, as an imagined conversation with the child she has lost. He is as sharp and funny and serious in death as he was in life itself, and he will speak back to her, unable to offer explanation or solace, but not yet, not quite, gone. Where Reasons End is an extraordinary portrait of parenthood, in all its painful contradictions of joy, humour and sorrow, and of what it is to lose a child. Praise for Yiyun Li: ´A masterpiece ... [Puts] you in mind of Tolstoy or Chekhov ´ Sunday Times on The Vagrants ´This is a book of immense power and it will leave you reeling´ New Statesman on The Vagrants ´Controlled understatement, scrupulous and unsparing lucidity... A work of great moral poise and dignity. I have not read such a compelling work in years ´ Independent
When Christopher Somerville, author of the The January Man (´a truly wonderful, uplifting book, bursting with life´ - Nicholas Crane) , set out to explore Britain?s cathedrals, he found his fixed ideas shaken to the roots. Starting out, he pictured cathedrals ? Britain possesses over one hundred ? as great unmoving bastions of tradition. But as he journeys among favourites old and new, he discovers buildings and communities that have been in constant upheaval for a thousand years. Here are stories of the monarchs and bishops who ordered the building of these massive but unstable structures, the masons whose genius brought them into being, the peasant labourers who erected (and died on) the scaffolding. We learn of rogue saints exploited by holy sinners, the pomp and prosperity that followed these ships of stone, the towns that grew up in their shadows, the impact of the Black Death, the Reformation and icon-smashing Puritanism, the revival brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and the hope and disillusion of two world wars. Meeting believers and non-believers, architects and archaeologists, the cleaner who dusts the monuments and the mason who judges stone by its taste, we delve deep into the private lives and the uncertain future of these ever-voyaging Ships of Heaven.
A romance author, a cover model, a book signing … a crush. Ordinary women like me know we shouldn´t fall for beautiful men like Travis Zehler, one of the hottest cover models in romance fiction. But, sometimes, we can´t help ourselves. When I meet him at a book signing, my attraction to him is instant. I´m infatuated, and I can´t stop thinking about him. Even though I have doubts he´d ever be interested, I invite Travis to attend a book signing with me. And he says yes. My fantasy comes true when he takes me to his bed, and the more time we spend together, the more I see that Travis isn´t some object to be desired. He´s a man with a past. A man who´s been burned. A man who´s learned to keep his guard up. I want to show him he can trust again, but when our confidence in each other is shaken, I begin to wonder if happily ever afters are only for my romance novels.
´ To say I love this book is an understatement... It moved me to tears ´ Reese Witherspoon ´Beautifully written, completely charming, and extremely wise on the subject of adolescence and influence´ Nick Hornby Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town - and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia´s past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost... What readers are saying: ´Highly recommended, beautifully written and thought-provoking´ ´An engrossing read´ ´Absolutely brilliant´ ´Great characters, interesting plot that leaves you desperate to read more and written beautifully. I loved it and highly recommend it!´