Grandmother's Secrets

The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing
Author: Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi
Publisher: Interlink Publishing
ISBN: 1623710111
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 224
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"Come, sit by me," says Grandmother. "Take this chalk in your hand. Now draw a dot and concentrate all your energy into this one dot. It is the beginning and the end, the navel of the world." So Fawzia Al-Rawi describes her grandmother's first lesson about the ancient craft of Oriental dance. Grandmother's Secrets always circles back to this grandmother and this young girl, echoing the circular movements of the dance itself. Al-Rawi has written a strikingly graceful and original book that blends personal memoir with the history and theory of the dance known in the West as "belly dancing." It is the story of a young Arab girl as she is initiated into womanhood. It is a history of the dance from the earliest times through the days of the Pharaohs, the Roman Empire, to the Arab world of the last three centuries. It is a personal investigation into the effects of the dance's movements on individual parts of the body and the whole psyche. It is a guide to the actual techniques of the dance for those who are inspired to put down the book and move. Al-Rawi conveys in this book not only the history and technique of grieving and mourning dances, pregnancy and birth dances, but the spirit of these age-old rituals, and their possibilities for healing and empowering women today.

Grandmother's Secret

Author: Richard Kemble
Publisher: Nelson Thornes
ISBN: 9780748766925
Category: Readers
Page: 32
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Des doesn't see his grandmother anymore: she doesn't invite anyone to her house now. When a ghost mysteriously draws Des to her house one night, he discovers her terrible secret and things become disturbingly clear.

A Grandmother's Secret Diet

Bring on the Grandkids
Author: Claudia J. Caporale
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1553696654
Category: Humor
Page: 52
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A Grandmother's humorous story in rhyme, shares her triumphant secret of staying fit as she keeps up with daily activities during her grandchildren's visit.

Grandmother's secrets

her green guide to health from plants
Author: Jean Palaiseul
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780399113567
Category: Gardening
Page: 292
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Your Iowa Grandmother's Recipe Book

Author: Rachael Gatling
ISBN: 1312163852
Category: Fiction
Page: 290
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Every recipe has a story and every story has a secret. For folks in Tatatonka, Iowa, the best recipes in town, and therefore the best secrets, have long been kept in the coveted recipe book of local cooking legend Trudie Melody. When Trudie becomes ill, her granddaughter, successful (at least by Tatatonka standards) garden gnome maker Margot, decides it's no time to be timid and boldly asks for the recipe book. Thinking she's secured the book for herself, Margot's life goes into a tailspin when, after her grandma's death, a crooked probate lawyer determines the book will go to Sheryl, Margot's shrewd first cousin, who needs the book to bail out her flailing career. Margot's only recourse is to sue Sheryl before she can take possession of the treasured book. The courtroom takes on a voyeuristic and carnival-like atmosphere when the Judge rules to have the recipe book read aloud in order to determine the rightful owner

Regina's Closet

FInding My Grandmother's Secret Journal
Author: Diana M. Raab
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0615492320
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 170
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This memoir/biography is based on the story of author Diana Raab discovering her grandmother's secret journal more than three decades after she took her life in Diana's childhood home. Regina, Diana's glamorous and spirited grandmother, loved and cared for her until Diana was ten. Reading the diary, Diana learns all about her grandmother's life--her early years in Poland during World War I, being orphaned at the age of twelve, and her subsequent immigrations to Vienna, Paris and The United States, all prior to World War II. The evolution of Regina's Closet and Raab's journey into her grandmother's past, was prompted by Raab's own personal battles. She hoped that the journal would provide answers and solace, and a reconnection with her grandmother. Throughout the book Raab's reflections are interspersed with Regina's journal excerpts. Regina's Closet also includes information gathered from various other references and historical documents relating to certain events and locales, photographs and maps, all of which provide a complete picture of Regina's place and time.


The Lost Art of Cooking with Your Grandmother's Secret Ingredient
Author: Grit Magazine
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 1449409741
Category: Cooking
Page: 233
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Contains several country recipes featuring lard as an important ingredient, including Grandma's homemade biscuits, fried green tomatoes, peanut butter cookies, and cherry-rhubarb cobbler.

The Secrets of Topa

Grandmother’s Story
Author: Morning Sun
Publisher: Abbott Press
ISBN: 1458213943
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Topa is a village where the game is good, the river flows clean and plentiful, and life is pleasant for all its people. As the sun rises one day, Topa’s medicine man, Seebona, makes his prayers. Suddenly, the bliss is shattered by the frightened screams of children playing at the river. Moments later, the smallest child, Kanobee, is carried by a black bear into the woods. The horrified villagers fear she is lost forever. Only Seebona thinks it is meant to be. Many years later during the Warm Seasons Celebration, two large shadows appear in front of the ceremonial fire. As the growls of black bears permeate throughout the moonlit setting, only Seebona smiles as the rest of the villagers tremble in fear. But soon a young girl is revealed just as Seebona and the two bears disappear. Kanobee, now called Nollkata, takes the elderly medicine man’s place, determined to not only save her nation but also protect its way of life. Now only time will tell if she will be able to achieve all she desires. The Secrets of Topa traces the present and past lives of a village’s people as a powerful medicine woman attempts to honor the Mother Earth, impart the wisdom of the Great Spirit, and carry on a legacy.

Louisiana Coffee ... with Lots of Cream

A Creole Family Memoir
Author: Betty J. Reynolds
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469120933
Category: Fiction
Page: 337
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Louisiana Coffeewith lots of cream is Dr. Betty Reynolds fifth book to be published. Not surprisingly, this book is not about coffee, nor is it about cream. Instead, it is a delightful medley of intriguing tales covering four generations of a New Orleans Creole family. Since Creole usually denotes a mixing of bloods, the color of their skin can be as varied as the color of ones coffee ranging from dark, dark chocolate to the lightest of rich cream. This fictional memoir appropriately starts a hundred years ago in New Orleansthe home of the family matriarch, Bertha Mayberry. Berthas story is a mysterious one that she preferred to be kept locked among other family secrets. She was particularly sensitive about having to reveal her misfortune of being trapped in a bordello when she first arrived in New Orleans as a young girl. Her romantic rescue ended in tragedy, but she did transcend in the end and married a popular Black jazz musician named William Sweetwater Lewis. Together they gained respectability by working hard and providing their five daughters with a good education, a passion for music, and a young life filled with parties and gala events in a city that was known for them. Berthas children as well as her childrens children follow their own paths in choosing where and how they will live out their lives. Their accounts of triumphs and mishaps take you on a fascinating journey to experience the mysteries of black magic in the Louisiana swamps, a numbers racket in Detroit and the casinos in Las Vegas when the mob was in control. Some leave the safety of their ancestral home on Bourbon Street to carve out new lives in other far-away places such as the Jersey Shores, Philadelphia, or New York. Whatever their destination, each member of the Lewis clan brings to the saga an interesting storyline that shares his/her unique motivations, desires and actions that sometimes lead to less than favorable consequences. Louisiana Coffeeis meant to inform, rather than to alarm. It is a tell-all fiction that might open some eyes as what goes on in a different world on the other side of the cultural divide.

Executor Takes All

Author: Ruth Forrest Glenn
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595346960
Category: Fiction
Page: 250
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"'Be reasonable sheriff. If we raise any kind of a stench by further investigation, we could both stand to lose our jobs and our lives in general. We know that Malaine must be buried quickly and without incident. I make these kinds of decisions in my county office everyday. In this case it is viable for me to deny an autopsy. I won't go along with it, I just won't." Bob Wolfe made a fist and placing it softly on Sheriff Royce's kitchen table, their eyes made contact. The two men were silent for a moment. Daniel could see that no matter how they discussed it, Bob wanted the woman buried with no frills. Though her right to breathe was taken from her, these two men didn't want any more of this story seeing the light of day. No one was going to talk about this after that night in a professional sense. The black and blue marks on the woman's neck were to be dismissed. Each finger shaped bruise imprinted upon Malaine's throat, was a clue closer to the answers."

Lord of Secrets

Author: Erica Ridley
Publisher: Erica Ridley
ISBN: 1943794081
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Some secrets should never be unveiled… Heath Grenville is the problem-solver for London's elite. Unmask the devious cretin skewering the ton with audacious caricatures? With pleasure. His success should keep the powerful happy. But when his work leads him to a young lady outside his class, surely he won’t do anything so scandalous as to fall in love... By day, Miss Eleanora Winfield is a proper, unremarkable paid companion. By night, Nora’s skillful hands sketch the infamous penny caricatures rocking high society. Nora desperately needs the money…and her anonymity. But how can she keep them both, when she’s fallen for the one man whose livelihood and reputation requires him to expose her?

When Computers Were Human

Author: David Alan Grier
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400849365
Category: Science
Page: 424
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Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term "computer" referred to the people who did scientific calculations by hand. These workers were neither calculating geniuses nor idiot savants but knowledgeable people who, in other circumstances, might have become scientists in their own right. When Computers Were Human represents the first in-depth account of this little-known, 200-year epoch in the history of science and technology. Beginning with the story of his own grandmother, who was trained as a human computer, David Alan Grier provides a poignant introduction to the wider world of women and men who did the hard computational labor of science. His grandmother's casual remark, "I wish I'd used my calculus," hinted at a career deferred and an education forgotten, a secret life unappreciated; like many highly educated women of her generation, she studied to become a human computer because nothing else would offer her a place in the scientific world. The book begins with the return of Halley's comet in 1758 and the effort of three French astronomers to compute its orbit. It ends four cycles later, with a UNIVAC electronic computer projecting the 1986 orbit. In between, Grier tells us about the surveyors of the French Revolution, describes the calculating machines of Charles Babbage, and guides the reader through the Great Depression to marvel at the giant computing room of the Works Progress Administration. When Computers Were Human is the sad but lyrical story of workers who gladly did the hard labor of research calculation in the hope that they might be part of the scientific community. In the end, they were rewarded by a new electronic machine that took the place and the name of those who were, once, the computers.

My Grandmother's Secret Recipes

Author: Lamees Alhassar
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781981378296
Page: 110
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A Cooking Journal for kids. Now you can create your own cookbook! Have your favorite and tastiest dishes in this 8.5 x 11 inches book. The book includes a couple of pages to personalize with your name and picture. It also has a table of content with the recipe name and page number so you can locate your 50 recipes easily. Happy Cooking!

The Summer of Secrets - the early years

Author: Alison Lucy
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 147210045X
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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The Summer of Secrets is the scintillating debut from Alison Lucy, out in May 2012. But what happened before Danny and Harriet landed on their honeymoon paradise in the Caribbean? Find out in these three exclusive short stories, and read on for early chapters from The Summer of Secrets... 'The Summer of Secrets is a love story about three sisters who do not know about each other until they each set out to search for their father in the last place he was seen, a mysterious island off the Caribbean coast of Mexico. To understand how a sweet man like Danny Featherbow came to father three children he never met, by women that he never saw again, I thought I would write about the three mothers who feature in The Summer of Secrets, because once upon a time they too were young women with huge dreams of romance. Romance that they found in Danny's arms. It was only time that changed them...' Alison Lucy, 2012 Perfect for fans of Tasmina Perry, Veronica Henry and Lesley Lokko. The Summer of Secrets is a sizzling summer read about three women, relationships and the secret that binds them.

Better Angels

Author: Harold W. Peterson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 146918947X
Category: Fiction
Page: 546
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Betrayed by love and forever scarred by a war in Vietnam, Henry Allen has had enough of life in Michigan and sets out on a journey home to Alaska. Although hopeless and unconvinced that there is anything left to live for, Henry holds fast to a promise made to an old friend during the war and an overpowering desire to return home after 20 years. While the long and winding road takes him back in miles and memories, he must once again confront shadows in his past that for so long he has been able to avoid knowing that the darkest of them still awaits at his journey’s end.


A Novel of Baghdad
Author: Alia Mamdouh
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN: 1558617124
Category: Fiction
Page: 214
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Seen through the eyes of a strong-willed and perceptive young girl, Naphtalene beautifully captures the atmosphere of Baghdad in the 1940s and 1950s. Through her rich and lyrical descriptions, Alia Mamdouh vividly recreates a city of public steam baths, roadside butchers, and childhood games played in the same streets where political demonstrations against British colonialism are beginning to take place. At the heart of the novel is nine-year-old Huda, a girl whose fiery, defiant nature contrasts sharply with her own inherent powerlessness. Through Mamdouh's strikingly inventive use of language, Huda's stream-of-consciousness narrative expands to take in the life not only of a young girl and her family, but of her street, her neighborhood, and her country. Alia Mamdouh, winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Award in Arabic Literature, is a journalist, essayist and novelist living in exile in Paris. Long banned from publishing in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, she is the author of essays, short stories, and four novels, of which Naphtalene is the most widely acclaimed and translated.