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If I Had Two Wings: Stories

If I Had Two Wings: Stories
  • Author : Randall Kenan
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  • Release Date :2020-08-04
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 1324005475
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Summary : Mingling the earthy with the otherworldly, these ten stories chronicle ineffable events in ordinary lives. In Kenan’s fictional territory of Tims Creek, North Carolina, an old man rages in his nursing home, a parson beats up an adulterer, a rich man is haunted by a hog, and an elderly woman turns unwitting miracle worker. A retired plumber travels to Manhattan, where Billy Idol sweeps him into his entourage. An architect who lost his famous lover to AIDS reconnects with a high-school fling. Howard Hughes seeks out the woman who once cooked him butter beans. Shot through with humor and seasoned by inventiveness and maturity, Kenan riffs on appetites of all kinds, on the eerie persistence of history, and on unstoppable lovers and unexpected salvations. If I Had Two Wings is a rich chorus of voices and visions, dreams and prophecies, marked by physicality and spirit. Kenan’s prose is nothing short of wondrous.

If I Just Had Two Wings

If I Just Had Two Wings
  • Author : Virginia Frances Schwartz
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  • Release Date :2002-04-01
  • Total pages :221
  • ISBN : 9780613934558
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Summary : In 1861, thirteen-year-old Phoebe runs away from her master's Alabama plantation and joins four other slaves as they journey to Canada on the Underground Railroad.

Two Wings to Fly Away

Two Wings to Fly Away
  • Author : Penny Mickelbury
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  • Release Date :2019-05-21
  • Total pages :329
  • ISBN : 1612941508
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Summary : In 1856 Philadelphia, runaway slave Genie Oliver uses her dress shop as a front for her work with the Underground Railroad; and reluctant heiress Abby Read runs a rooming house not just because she hates the life of the idle rich society woman, but because she has no intention of ever marrying a man. When the daughter of Abby's free black servant is grabbed by rogue slave catchers, an unlikely group of people come together, first out of necessity, and then, gradually, in friendship. And in the case of Abby and Genie, something much more.

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and Other Stories

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and Other Stories
  • Author : Randall Kenan
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  • Release Date :1993
  • Total pages :334
  • ISBN : 9780156505154
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Summary : A collection of stories about life in a North Carolina town features tales of a boy who receives messages from the grave and a widow's transformation after a weekend affair with a teenager

Enchanted Air

Enchanted Air
  • Author : Margarita Engle,Edel Rodriguez
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  • Release Date :2015-08-04
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 1481435221
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Summary : In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War. Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

Flap Your Wings

Flap Your Wings
  • Author : P.D. Eastman
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  • Release Date :2010-12-08
  • Total pages :48
  • ISBN : 0375984496
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Summary : When a strange egg appears in their nest, Mr. and Mrs. Bird kindly take it upon themselves to raise the "baby bird" inside. But when the egg hatches, the Birds are in for a big surprise--"Junior" is the oddest-looking baby bird they've ever seen--with big, long jaws full of teeth and an appetite to match. In fact, he looks more like a baby alligator than a baby bird! Nevertheless, the devoted Birds run themselves ragged feeding Junior until he gets so big, he must leave the nest or it will collapse underneath him. But how can Junior fly without wings? To the delight of the Birds--and readers!--the dilemma is solved when Junior takes off from a branch overlooking a pond.

If My Heart Had Wings

If My Heart Had Wings
  • Author : Nadine Taylor
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  • Release Date :2018
  • Total pages :254
  • ISBN : 9780692057803
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Summary : A young girl discovers her mother's secret marriage to a pilot killed during World War II, and over the course of decades, unfolds a captivating love story that lives on long after her mother's passing.

When We Have Wings

When We Have Wings
  • Author : Claire Corbett
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  • Release Date :2011-08-02
  • Total pages :672
  • ISBN : 1459624777
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Summary : In a world divided into fliers and non - fliers, how far would you go to be able to fly? How much would you sacrifice - your own child?

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
  • Author : Gabriel García Márquez
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  • Release Date :2014
  • Total pages :25
  • ISBN : 9780241969588
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Summary : Strange, wondrous things happen in these two short stories, which are both the perfect introduction to Gabriel García Márquez, and a wonderful read for anyone who loves the magic and marvels of his novels.After days of rain, a couple find an old man with huge wings in their courtyard in 'A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings' - but is he an angel? Accompanying 'A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings' is the short story 'The Sea of Lost Time', in which a seaside town is brought back to life by a curious smell of roses.

The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings
  • Author : Sue Monk Kidd
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  • Release Date :2014-01-07
  • Total pages :384
  • ISBN : 0698175247
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Summary : The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved. Please note there is another digital edition available without Oprah’s notes. Go to Oprah.com/bookclub for more OBC 2.0 content

Walking on Water

Walking on Water
  • Author : Randall Kenan
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  • Release Date :1999
  • Total pages :670
  • ISBN : 067973788X
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Summary : The account of a six-year journey across North America offers a sense of the state of race relations

A Visitation of Spirits

A Visitation of Spirits
  • Author : Randall Kenan
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  • Release Date :2000
  • Total pages :257
  • ISBN : 0375703977
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Summary : Seduced by the dark side of his dreams, sixteenyearold Harold Cross is overwhelmed and terrified when demons tear his soul from his body and take it on a journey through his past. Reprint.

Clipped Wings

Clipped Wings
  • Author : Helena Hunting
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  • Release Date :2014-03-04
  • Total pages :400
  • ISBN : 147676431X
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Summary : An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts. Their body art is hot. Their chemistry is even hotter. From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has…especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that Hayden is everything. Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape. Although he has secrets too, if they both keep themselves guarded perhaps their intense physical connection will remain only that. But nothing, not even passion, can keep them safe from their pasts…

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner
  • Author : Deborah Ellis
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  • Release Date :2004-03-04
  • Total pages :176
  • ISBN : 9780192752840
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Summary : Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.

On Two Feet and Wings

On Two Feet and Wings
  • Author : Abbas Kazerooni
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  • Release Date :2014-10-21
  • Total pages :238
  • ISBN : 9781477847831
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Summary : Recounts the author's experiences fleeing Iran as a young boy during the Iran-Iraq war, and making his way on his own in the unfamiliar city of Istanbul in hopes of attaining a visa in England.