“The Kindness of Strangers” by Carolyn North
Each Spring, after the rains wet the dry California earth and the first plants – the peas and greens – are put into the ground, I go out with my flashlight after dark to hunt for snails. When I forget…
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“Gandhi: I Was Napoleon’s Horse” by Luke James
I’m not sure why exactly but it seems reincarnation isn’t linear in its timeline.
You see I was once a human, a famous human, Gandhi. You might have heard of me. But I am currently Napoleon Bonaparte’s favorite horse, Marengo. Isn’t that an awful name, sounds like a piece of fruit, or a dance.
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“Lunching With One of Hawai‘i’s Real ‘Descendants’” by Julia Flynn Siler
A few days before heading to Honolulu on book tour for Lost Kingdom, I got a phone call from the assistant to Her Royal Highness Princess Abigail Kawananakoa, the woman who is the most direct descendant of the last queen of Hawai‘i. If the monarchy had not been overthrown in 1893, Princess Abigail today might well have become Hawai‘i’s queen.
I was thrilled—and also a little terrified—when her longtime assistant, Maggi Parker, invited me to join the Princess for lunch at the Mariposa, the restaurant in the Nieman Marcus at Honolulu’s Ala Moana shopping center. What would I wear? What gifts should I bring? How should I address her? I wasn’t such a hard-bitten reporter that I didn’t fret over the etiquette required – even though our luncheon was taking place not at a palace, but at an all-American shopping mall.
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In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts.
The house’s new owners—a family of four—have moved in hoping to escape a recent tragedy. However, strange events and creepy coincidences begin to suggest that the ghosts they hoped to leave behind may have followed them. The bizarre behavior of some their neighbors leave the family wondering if it’s the world that gone mad—or just themselves.
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