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Golem Girl

Golem Girl
A Memoir

by Riva Lehrer

  • Publisher : One World
  • Release : 2020-10-06
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 1984820311
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The vividly told, gloriously illustrated memoir of an artist born with disabilities who searches for freedom and connection in a society afraid of strange bodies “Golem Girl is luminous; a profound portrait of the artist as a young—and mature—woman; an unflinching social history of disability over the last six decades; and a hymn to life, love, family, and spirit.”—David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas What do we sacrifice in the pursuit of normalcy? And what becomes possible when we embrace monstrosity? Can we envision a world that sees impossible creatures? In 1958, amongst the children born with spina bifida is Riva Lehrer. At the time, most such children are not expected to survive. Her parents and doctors are determined to "fix" her, sending the message over and over again that she is broken. That she will never have a job, a romantic relationship, or an independent life. Enduring countless medical interventions, Riva tries her best to be a good girl and a good patient in the quest to be cured. Everything changes when, as an adult, Riva is invited to join a group of artists, writers, and performers who are building Disability Culture. Their work is daring, edgy, funny, and dark—it rejects tropes that define disabled people as pathetic, frightening, or worthless. They insist that disability is an opportunity for creativity and resistance. Emboldened, Riva asks if she can paint their portraits—inventing an intimate and collaborative process that will transform the way she sees herself, others, and the world. Each portrait story begins to transform the myths she’s been told her whole life about her body, her sexuality, and other measures of normal. Written with the vivid, cinematic prose of a visual artist, and the love and playfulness that defines all of Riva's work, Golem Girl is an extraordinary story of tenacity and creativity. With the author's magnificent portraits featured throughout, this memoir invites us to stretch ourselves toward a world where bodies flow between all possible forms of what it is to be human. Priase for Golem Girl “Lehrer’s story is a revelation of an inner subjective life—full of tragedy, love, and creativity—pushing against the external social stigmas, cultural narratives, and prejudices surrounding disability. She admits a felt kinship with other “monsters” because their bodies were also “built by human hands,” but unlike them, she is her own purpose, her own meaning, her own unstoppable golem.”—Stephen Asma, author of On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears

Golem Girl

Golem Girl
A Memoir - 'A hymn to life, love, family, and spirit' DAVID MITCHELL

by Riva Lehrer

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2020-10-06
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 0349014809
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'A hymn to life, love, family, and spirit' DAVID MITCHELL, author of Cloud Atlas The vividly told, gloriously illustrated memoir of an artist born with disabilities who searches for freedom and connection in a society afraid of strange bodies. In 1958, amongst the children born with spina bifida is Riva Lehrer. At the time, most such children are not expected to survive. Her parents and doctors are determined to 'fix' her, sending the message over and over again that she is broken. That she will never have a job, a romantic relationship, or an independent life. Enduring countless medical interventions, Riva tries her best to be a good girl and a good patient in the quest to be cured. Everything changes when, as an adult, Riva is invited to join a group of artists, writers, and performers who are building Disability Culture. Their work is daring, edgy, funny, and dark-it rejects tropes that define disabled people as pathetic, frightening, or worthless. They insist that disability is an opportunity for creativity and resistance. Emboldened, Riva asks if she can paint their portraits-inventing an intimate and collaborative process that will transform the way she sees herself, others, and the world. Each portrait story begins to transform the myths she's been told her whole life about her body, her sexuality, and other measures of normal. Written with the vivid, cinematic prose of a visual artist, and the love and playfulness that defines all of Riva's work, Golem Girl is an extraordinary story of tenacity and creativity. With the author's magnificent portraits featured throughout, this memoir invites us to stretch ourselves toward a world where bodies flow between all possible forms of what it is to be human. 'Riva Lehrer is a great artist and a great storyteller. This is a brilliant book, full of strangeness, beauty, and wonder' AUDREY NIFFENEGGER

Joe Golem and the Copper Girl

Joe Golem and the Copper Girl
A Short Story

by Mike Mignola,Christopher Golden

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release : 2012-02-28
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 1466807911
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the Drowning City. In Joe Golem and the Copper Girl, hard-nosed private detective Joe Golem and his employer are faced with one of their strangest cases yet. When a young mother named Rachael Blum arrives on their doorstep, frantic about the bizarre changes in her daughter's appearance and the terrible dreams plaguing the girl, it's up to Joe to separate nightmare from reality. But Joe Golem knows better than anyone that sometimes, the two are one and the same.

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

by Jonathan Auxier

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2018-09-25
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0735264368
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A brand-new novel by one of today's most powerful storytellers, Sweep is a heart-rending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and hope. For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on "climbing boys"--orphans owned by chimney sweeps--to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless and brutally dangerous. Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived--and a girl. With her wits and will, she's managed to beat the deadly odds time and time again. But when Nan gets stuck in a deadly chimney fire, she fears her time has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself in an abandoned attic. And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature--a golem--made from ash and coal. This is the creature that saved her from the fire. Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a life together--saving one another in the process.

The Golem and the Djinni

The Golem and the Djinni

by Helene Wecker

  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release : 2013-04-01
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN : 0007527152
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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New York, 1899. Two strangers, one destiny.

Golem

Golem

by David Wisniewski

  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release : 2007-11-19
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 0547531796
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Retold from traditional sources and accompanied by David Wisniewski's unique cut-paper illustrations, Golem is a dramatic tale of supernatural forces invoked to save an oppressed people. It also offers a thought-provoking look at the consequences of unleashing power beyond human control. The afterword discusses the legend of the golem and its roots in the history of the Jews. A Caldecott Medal Book.

The World That We Knew

The World That We Knew
A Novel

by Alice Hoffman

  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Release : 2020-09-01
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 1501137581
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL On the brink of World War II, with the Nazis tightening their grip on Berlin, a mother’s act of courage and love offers her daughter a chance of survival. “[A] hymn to the power of resistance, perseverance, and enduring love in dark times…gravely beautiful…Hoffman the storyteller continues to dazzle.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW At the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. Her desperation leads her to Ettie, the daughter of a rabbi whose years spent eavesdropping on her father enables her to create a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Hanni’s daughter, Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked. What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never-ending.

The Puttermesser Papers

The Puttermesser Papers

by Cynthia Ozick

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 1998
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN : 0679777393
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, a finalist for the National Book Award traces the adventurous fantasy life of a bookish spinster and New York civil servant. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

The Hidden Palace

The Hidden Palace
A Tale of the Golem and the Jinni

by Helene Wecker

  • Publisher : Harper
  • Release : 2021-06-08
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 9780062468710
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this enthralling historical epic, set in New York City and the Middle East in the years leading to World War I-- the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Golem and the Jinni--Helene Wecker revisits her beloved characters Chava and Ahmad as they confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world. Chava is a golem, a woman made of clay, able to hear the thoughts and longings of the people around her and compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a perpetually restless and free-spirited creature of fire, imprisoned in the shape of a man. Fearing they'll be exposed as monsters, these magical beings hide their true selves and pretend to be human--just two more immigrants in the bustling world of 1900s Manhattan. Having encountered each other under calamitous circumstances, Chava and Ahmad's lives are now entwined--but they're not yet certain of what they mean to each other. Each has unwittingly affected the humans around them. Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, travels to the Middle East to seek a cure. There she meets a tempestuous female jinni who's been banished from her tribe. Back in New York, in a tenement on the Lower East Side, a little girl named Kreindel helps her rabbi father build a golem they name Yossele--not knowing that she's about to be sent to an orphanage uptown, where the hulking Yossele will become her only friend and protector. Spanning the tumultuous years from the turn of the twentieth century to the beginning of World War I, The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interleave. Can Chava and Ahmad find their places in the human world while remaining true to each other? Or will their opposing natures and desires eventually tear them apart--especially once they encounter, thrillingly, other beings like themselves?

Golem in the Gears

Golem in the Gears

by Piers Anthony

  • Publisher : Del Rey
  • Release : 2002-03-26
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9780345454386
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Grundy Golem got no respect. So, to prove himself, he volunteered for a quest to find the long-lost dragon, Stanley Steamer. On the way, he somehow manages to free a damsel in distress-- but not without incurring the wrath of the Sea Hag in the process. And when it comes to avenging herself on Grundy, the Sea Hag will never give up.... From the Paperback edition.

The Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague

The Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague

by Yehudah Yudl Rozenberg

  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN : 9780300134728
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This collection of interrelated stories about a sixteenth-century Prague rabbi and the golem he created became an immediate bestseller upon its publication in 1909. So widely popular and influential was Yudl Rosenberg's book, it is no exaggeration to claim that the author transformed the centuries-old understanding of the creature of clay and single-handedly created the myth of the golem as protector of the Jewish people during times of persecution. In addition to translating Rosenberg's classic golem story into English for the first time, Curt Leviant also offers an introduction in which he sets Rosenberg's writing in historical context and discusses the golem legend before and after Rosenberg's contributions. Generous annotations are provided for the curious reader. The book is full of adventures, surprises, romance, suspense, mysticism, Jewish pride, and storytelling at its best. The Chief Rabbi of Prague, known as the Maharal, brings the golem Yossele to life to help the Jews fight false accusations of ritual murder-the infamous blood libel. More human, more capable, and more reliable as a protector than any golem imagined before, Rosenberg's Golem irrevocably changed one of the most widely influential icons of Jewish folklore.

How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People)

How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People)

by Alette Willis

  • Publisher : Floris Books
  • Release : 2012-04-19
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 0863159036
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"You think you're a fairy godmother or something?" I asked."Or something," Michael agreed. Edda is tired of her nickname, 'Mouse', and wants to be braver. But when her house is burgled on her twelfth birthday, Edda is more afraid than ever. That is until new boy Michael Scot starts school. There's something peculiar -- and very annoying -- about know-it-all Michael. He claims to be a great alchemist who can help Edda overcome her fears by teaching her to build a golem. But surely they can't bring a giant mud monster to life? Can they? Winner of the Kelpies Prize 2011.

Hold Still

Hold Still
A Memoir with Photographs

by Sally Mann

  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release : 2015-05-12
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 031624774X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARThe New York Times, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Publishers Weekly, BookPage !--EndFragment-- A revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann. In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her. Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land . . . racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder." In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life.

He, She and It

He, She and It
A Novel

by Marge Piercy

  • Publisher : Fawcett
  • Release : 2010-11-24
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 0307775224
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"A triumph of the imagination. Rich, complex, impossible to put down."—Alice Hoffman In the middle of the twenty-first century, life as we know it has changed for all time. Shira Shipman's marriage has broken up, and her young son has been taken from her by the corporation that runs her zone, so she has returned to Tikva, the Jewish free town where she grew up. There, she is welcomed by Malkah, the brilliant grandmother who raised her, and meets an extraordinary man who is not a man at all, but a unique cyborg implanted with intelligence, emotions—and the ability to kill. . . . From the imagination of Marge Piercy comes yet another stunning novel of morality and courage, a bold adventure of women, men, and the world of tomorrow.

Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem

Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem

by Peter Ackroyd

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 1994
  • Pages : 281
  • ISBN : 0749396598
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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As Elizabeth Cree sits every day in a courtroom, on trial for the murder of her husband, the story moves from courthouse to music hall to the back alleys of Limehouse, the notorious district of Victorian London, teeming with the poorest of the poor, the most violent of criminals and helpless preyed upon immigrants, following the trail of slaughter laid by the Golem, an almost mythical predecessor of Jack the Ripper. Fact and fiction blend effortlessly as Dan Leno, king of the music-hall comedians is dragged unwittingly into the investigation of one of London's most notorious murders. When Karl Marx and George Gissing are connected to the same crime the possibilities are endless.

On Monsters

On Monsters
An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears

by Stephen T. Asma

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2011-09-01
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 0199798095
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Follows the evolution of monsters throughout time from Behemoth and Leviathan to the post-human cyborgs of tomorrow, in order to understand the mysterious territory outside of rational thought.

Nurk

Nurk
The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew

by Ursula Vernon

  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release : 2008-06-01
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 9780547351810
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Nurk is a quiet homebody of a shrew. But when a mysterious plea for help arrives in the mail, he invokes the spirit of his fearless warrior-shrew grandmother, Surka, and sets off to find the sender. It seems the prince of the dragonflies has been kidnapped, and Nurk is his last hope for rescue. Such a mission would be daunting for even the biggest, baddest, and bravest of shrews, and Nurk is neither big nor bad, and only a little brave. But he does his very best--and hopes his grandmother would be proud. Nurk is a warm, wonderful, and hilarious illustrated adventure about courage, family legacies, and friendships of a most unusual nature.

The Believer

The Believer

by N.A

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Golem and the Dragon Girl

The Golem and the Dragon Girl

by Sonia Levitin

  • Publisher : Fawcett
  • Release : 1994-07-31
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 9780449704417
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When Jonathan's family buys Laurel's house, the Jewish boy and Chinese American girl gradually become friends as they deal with ancestral spirits and changing family relationships.

Joe Golem and the Drowning City

Joe Golem and the Drowning City
An Illustrated Novel

by Mike Mignola,Christopher Golden

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release : 2012-03-27
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1429940794
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the Drowning City. Those unwilling to abandon their homes created a new life on streets turned to canals and in buildings whose first three stories were underwater. Fifty years have passed since then, and the Drowning City is full of scavengers and water rats, poor people trying to eke out an existence, and those too proud or stubborn to be defeated by circumstance. Among them are fourteen-year-old Molly McHugh and her friend and employer, Felix Orlov. Once upon a time Orlov the Conjuror was a celebrated stage magician, but now he is an old man, a psychic medium, contacting the spirits of the departed for the grieving loved ones left behind. When a seance goes horribly wrong, Felix Orlov is abducted by strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits, and Molly soon finds herself on the run. Her flight will lead her into the company of a mysterious man, and his stalwart sidekick, Joe Golem, whose own past is a mystery to him, but who walks his own dreams as a man of stone and clay, brought to life for the sole purpose of hunting witches.