Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center [Audiobook]
17 April 2018, 12:21
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 20 hours and 4 minutes | 552.02MB
Named one of "10 Fascinating Books about Living in a Foreign Country" by Huffington Post.
When Michelle Damiani dreamed of living in Italy, she imagined her family as it was in Virginia--her husband filling every moment with work, her teenage son experimenting with sarcasm, her daughter smiling at the scent of lilacs, her baby-cheeked son methodically clicking Legos together, and herself hovering over the happiness of them all--only surrounded by ancient cobblestone alleys and the sound of ringing Italian.
What she didn't know was how Italy would work to change them all.
Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center is the profoundly moving story of Michelle and her family's adaptation to the people and culture of Spello, Italy. Part searingly-honest memoir, part celebration of Umbrian life, Il Bel Centro is a page-turner with a beating heart.
Michelle Damiani brings fresh perspective to the American-abroad story, and creates a sense of place so authentic that readers feel they, too, have strolled the pink-hued alleys of Spello alongside the Damiani family.
Vivid descriptions evoke the pleasures of medieval village life, from the scent of almond pastries curling into morning fog, to olive trees tossing glints of silver into the achingly blue sky.
At once hilarious and wise, this spellbinding journey will feed your soul and your wanderlust. Il Bel Centro will sweep you into the heart of Italy, where for bakers, pants are optional, and a good lunch will take you straight through till dinner.
"I was not prepared for Italy.
Luckily, Italy was waiting for me anyway."
Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center includes recipes for delicious Umbrian dishes as well as professional-quality photographs.
Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father [Audiobook]
15 April 2018, 15:55
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 53 mins | 271.63MB
A major new biography, illuminating the great mystery of Benjamin Franklin’s faith
Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other eighteenth-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years Franklin had abandoned the exclusive Christian faith of his family and embraced deism. But Franklin, as a man of faith, was far more complex than the “thorough deist” who emerges in his autobiography.
As Thomas Kidd reveals, deist writers influenced Franklin’s beliefs, to be sure, but devout Christians in his life—including George Whitefield, the era’s greatest evangelical preacher; his parents; and his beloved sister Jane—kept him tethered to the Calvinist creed of his Puritan upbringing. Based on rigorous research into Franklin’s voluminous correspondence, essays, and almanacs, this fresh assessment of a well-known figure unpacks the contradictions and conundrums faith presented in Franklin’s life.
This Is How I Save My Life [Audiobook]
14 April 2018, 09:24
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 43 mins | 185.23MB
The true story of a fiery young woman's heartwarming and hilarious journeythat takes her from near-death in California to a trip around the worldin search of her ultimate salvation. Along the way, she discovers aworld of cultural mayhem, radical medical treatment, and, mostimportantly, a piece of her life she never even knew she was missing.
When Amy B. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic Lymedisease, the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurableand potentially terminal. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on a search to save her own life--from the top experts in Los Angeles and theworld-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-the-art hospital in Chicago. After exhausting all of her options in the US, shediscovered a possible cure--but it was highly experimental, onlyavailable in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her asit did of curing her. Knowing the risks, Amy packed her bags anyway andflew across the world hoping to find the ultimate cure.
This Is How I Save My Life is a powerful and uplifting story of sheer determination for anyone who believes in--or doubts--the existence of miracles and the infinitepower of self-healing when it seems like all hope is lost.