In 1950 the Ivanhoes were a stable family living in the oil town of Bakersfield, California. An oil geologist father with a secure job at Standard Oil and a wide circle of friends. Then calamity struck! Their teenage son was sent to Juvenile Hall for stealing. Overcome by shame, unable to face their friends, the family moved. From job to job, from country to country, uncertainty and frugality ruled their lives for decades. An arrest in Moscow by the KGB. In Poland, a fight for restitution of a stolen suitcase. Such events colored their travels. When the gypsy wonderers finally decided to retum to California, the author, with little money and no hotel reservations but lots of moxie, travels alone to Tehran, Bangkok, Manila, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Vancouver. "Rocks in Her Head" is an unembellished personal story told with humor, sincerity and candor as the author describes her dynamic life of travel and determination in diverse lands. "What a trip! You'll love every page, every mile Helen Smart takes you in her charming and yes, very wise true story remaking her family's lives" Laird Koenig
I was born a slave, in Madison county, Virginia, March, 1804. My father, John Davis, and his family, belonged to Robert Patten, Esq., a wealthy merchant, residing in Fredericksburg--who was also owner, in connection with Mr. John Thom, of a large merchant mill, located on "Crooked Run," a stream running between Madison and Culpepper counties. My father was the head miller in that large establishment, in which responsible station he was much respected.
In order to find the next piece of the Soulbright amulet, an artifact with the power to turn even the most powerful vampires mortal, Copper "Gloryhound" Gallows braves the deadliest labyrinth in Impworld: the Garden of Stone. But can he get himself and his friends out of the Garden alive with vampyres and medusans trying to stop him? And will it be worth the sacrifice? Includes two bonus short stories: "Better Off Dead" and "Bad Program." Also includes character interviews from the series.
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