by Pamela Hicks
Few families can boast of not on…more
Few families can boast of not one but two saints among their ancestors, a great-aunt who was the last tsarina of Russia, a father who was Grace Kelly s pinup, and a grandmother who was not only a princess but could also argue the finer points of naval law. Pamela Mountbatten entered a remarkable family when she was born at the very end of the Roaring Twenties.
As the younger daughter of the glamorous heiress Edwina Ashley and Lord Louis Mountbatten, Pamela spent much of her early life with her sister, nannies, and servants and a menagerie that included, at different times, a bear, two wallabies, a mongoose, and a lion. Her parents each had lovers who lived openly with the family. The house was always full of guests like Sir Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, and the Duchess of Windsor (who brought a cold cooked chicken as a hostess gift).
When World War II broke out, Lord Mountbatten was in command of HMS "Kelly" before being appointed chief of Combined Operations, and Pamela and her sister were sent to live on Fifth Avenue in New York City with Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt. In 1947, her parents were appointed to be the last viceroy and vicereine of India and oversee the transfer of power to an independent Indian government. Amid the turmoil of political change, Pamela worked with student leaders, developed warm friendships with Gandhi and Nehru, and witnessed both the joy of Independence Day and its terrible aftermath. Soon afterwards, she was a bridesmaid in Princess Elizabeth s wedding to Prince Philip, and was a ladyin- waiting at the young princess s side when she learned her father had died and she was queen.
Vivid and engaging, well-paced and superbly detailed, this witty, intimate memoir is an enchanting lens through which to view the early part of the twentieth century. [close]
by James Carroll
Critically acclaimed and bestselling author James Carroll has explored every aspect of Christianity, faith,…more
Critically acclaimed and bestselling author James Carroll has explored every aspect of Christianity, faith, and Jesus Christ except this central one: What can we believe about—and how can we believe in—Jesus in the twenty-first century in light of the Holocaust and other atrocities of the twentieth century and the drift from religion that followed?
What Carroll has discovered through decades of writing and lecturing is that he is far from alone in clinging to a received memory of Jesus that separates him from his crucial identity as a Jew, and therefore as a human. Yet if Jesus was not taken as divine, he would be of no interest to us. What can that mean now? Paradoxically, the key is his permanent Jewishness. No Christian himself, Jesus actually transcends Christianity.
Drawing on both a wide range of scholarship as well as his own acute searching as a believer, Carroll takes a fresh look at the most familiar narratives of all—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Far from another book about the “historical Jesus,” he takes the challenges of science and contemporary philosophy seriously. He retrieves the power of Jesus’ profound ordinariness, as an answer to his own last question—what is the future of Jesus Christ?—as the key to a renewal of faith. [close]
by Holly Bellebuono, Rosemary Gladstar
This glorious celebration of 31 women from 20 countries and 16 healing traditions took author and herbalist Holly Bellebuono seven years to complete; come explore the mystical and mysterious women alchemists and midwives of the past, combing history for the controversial, scandalous and -- ultimately -- inspiring healers that have shaped herbal heritage today. And meet living women who are changing the face of world medicine daily with their contributions to science and health all over the world.
You'll discover nurses, physicians, pharmacists, shamans, midwives, herbalists, homeopaths, ethnobotanists, and more -- all extraordinary women who work with plants. The book is a treasure-trove of lively stories and factual information and is filled to the brim with color photographs and original watercolor art commissioned exclusively for this book -- in some cases these portraits are the first depictions of these ancient women ever created.
The book culminates with hand-crafting recipes inspired by the healers throughout the pages, and is suitable for the lay-person, arboreta, universities, and women's study programs. [close]
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