Author: Soniah Kamal
Editor: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 1524799726
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“This inventive retelling of Pride and Prejudice charms.”—People “A fun, page-turning romp and a thought-provoking look at the class-obsessed strata of Pakistani society.”—NPR Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider. A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls. Knowing that many of her students won’t make it to graduation before dropping out to marry and have children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of more. When an invitation arrives to the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs. Binat, certain that their luck is about to change, excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for rich, eligible bachelors. On the first night of the festivities, Alys’s lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of Fahad “Bungles” Bingla, the wildly successful—and single—entrepreneur. But Bungles’s friend Valentine Darsee is clearly unimpressed by the Binat family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her and quickly dismisses him and his snobbish ways. As the days of lavish wedding parties unfold, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal—and Alys begins to realize that Darsee’s brusque manner may be hiding a very different man from the one she saw at first glance. Told with wry wit and colorful prose, Unmarriageable is a charming update on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love, marriage, class, and sisterhood. Praise for Unmarriageable “Delightful . . . Unmarriageable introduces readers to a rich Muslim culture. . . . [Kamal] observes family dramas with a satiric eye and treats readers to sparkling descriptions of a days-long wedding ceremony, with its high-fashion pageantry and higher social stakes.”—Star Tribune “Thoroughly charming.”—New York Post “[A] funny, sometimes romantic, often thought-provoking glimpse into Pakistani culture, one which adroitly illustrates the double standards women face when navigating sex, love, and marriage. This is a must-read for devout Austenites.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Author: Soniah Kamal
Editor: Allison & Busby Ltd
ISBN: 0749024518
Size: 10,26 MB
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A FRESH AND DELIGHTFUL RETELLING OF THE JANE AUSTEN CLASSIC When Alys’s family is invited to the wedding of the century in their town, her mother, the indomitable Mrs Binat, excitedly coaches her five unmarried daughters on the art of husband hunting. Alys’s eldest sister Jena quickly catches the eye of a wealthy entrepreneur. But his friend Valentine Darsee doesn’t conceal his unfavourable opinion of the Binat family. As the days of lavish festivities continue, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal – and Alys realises that Darsee’s brusqueness hides a very different man to the one she judged at first sight.

Unmarriageable Daughters

Author: Cara Diaconoff
Size: 13,31 MB
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Married And Now My Unmarriage Adventures

Author: Tatiana Amaral
Editor: Babelcube Inc.
ISBN: 1507188978
Size: 18,14 MB
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"You can be surprised when you realize that in some situations your new experience can becomes the best and that many times it is not what you wait for, but something bigger than that. I learned that when worth it, the new experiences can be useful and necessary. So, even you think you are taking a wrong step it can be the rightest step in all your life." Cléo is a younge writer, with many dreams, whi lives in a right life with her groom where everything is in its own place. But she wants to get married and for this she agrees with a unexpected condition: a deal in which both of them should be one month separated for having new experiences. And that is how she, even against her wishes, ends up in Las Vegas with her friends for her "extended bachelorette party". Her own desire is making the time pass faster and so, she can come back to her relationship. However, Cléo's plans are frightened when she meets Douglas, a tall guy with black hair and eyes and owner of the most beautiful smile she had ever seen. Cléo's life changes completely when she wakes up after a funny night and discover that she is married with Douglas. She cannot remember everything that happened and now she needs to run againt time for getting divorced and come back to home in time to recover her relationship with John. But, the things are not as they used to be before. Cléo and Douglas will live big adventures while they need waiting the divorce. Involved by their new feelings which came from this relation, they need to choose between forgetting the past and allow them to live this love or forget this adventure and return to their lives. Douglas knows what he wants, but Cléo has fear of allowing herself to this change. Married. And now? It is a surprising romance in which the reality is not exactly what it demonstrates. You come on too in this amazing adventure through Las Vegas.

Pilgrimage Hajj

Author: Mohammad Amin Sheikho
Editor: Amin-sheikho.com
ISBN: 148278324X
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What wisdom lies behind the pilgrimage?What benefit comes from its strange rituals?Why should the pilgrim dress in white, untailored cloth?What is the wisdom of circumambulating a big stone named Al-Ka'ba?What does the hajji (pilgrim) benefit from kissing the Black Stone?What is the purpose of walking quickly to and fro between Safa and Marwa?What is the importance of standing on a mountain named Arafat?What is the purpose of throwing seven pebbles?Can these seven pebbles destroy Satan, who is immaterial and invisible?Why are animals slaughtered in these places?If you are eager and interested to know the answers to these exciting questions, then let us sail forth into this research, which leads us to the straight path and ensures that there is no deviation from it. Thus we may live a life of eternal happiness. Let us seize the opportunity to gain a span of life compared to which our worldly life is not worth mentioning. Let us start now, for when death knocks at our door, regret will avail us nothing. At that time, how great will be the loss of those who turned away from their Provider!

The Unraveling Of The Rug Merchants

Author: Janice Zalewski
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479729272
Size: 10,43 MB
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Her head is spinning faster than a whirling dervishs. Yet, Christen, the owner of the Galleria Persian Arts in the New Orleans iconic French Quarter, is caught up in doing what is fun versus doing what is right. Her intuition is good; it tells her that this man might be trouble. He looks like Omar Shariff, knows Persian rugs, and acts like he can sell a lot of them. Her sensual nature wants to hire him on the spot. Her Catholic Blessed Mother upbringing cautions her to be careful. The Unraveling of the Rug Merchants recounts the undoing of 44- year-old Polish Catholic Christen Janizeski, by hiring Jamshid Khafezi, an exiled Sufi mystic and Moslem rug merchant as her manager. Booklovers take a metaphorical magic carpet ride around the Islamic World where they are privy to honest bohemian introspective chit chat from paradoxical cultural perspectives. They meet exotic characters when they are taken into native homes and bustling bazaars where they listen in on indigenous conversations and intuit the consequence of forbidden love and sexual intrigue. Readers witness a collision of remarkable characters and worlds as this is at once an extraordinary story of two people who are about to discover who they really are and an unforgettable look into the impact of poor Ohio Valley coal mining country and the stunning culture of Islam.

Who Will Take This Man

Author: Jacquie D'Alessandro
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061756115
Size: 16,83 MB
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Philip Whitmore, Viscount Greybourne, has been deserted at the altar, and Meredith Chilton-Grizedale, the Matchmaker of Mayfair, is ruined. This was the most anticipated wedding of the Season and would have secured her position. But now the word is out that the groom-to-be is cursed, making him the Most Unmarriageable Man in England. If Meredith is to have any hope of a future, she'll need to help him break this curse and marry him off. Unfortunately, the only woman he now wants is Meredith—the Most Unmarriageable Woman in England!

The Deserted Heart

Author: Dragonblade Publishing
Editor: Independently Published
ISBN: 9781790917914
Size: 20,72 MB
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Unmarriageable? Or simply unusual?There can only be one reason for the proud Duke of Alvan's proposed visit to Audley Park. He means to offer for Lord Overton's beautiful daughter, Thomasina, thus saving the family's waning fortune. In the midst of the hectic preparations for his arrival, Overton's least marriageable daughter Charlotte remembers to collect her young brothers from school for the holidays. When fog forces them to spend the night at the Hart Inn, they are astonished to find the house deserted, save for one other enigmatic traveler who deals most capably with armed intruders. Drawn to their unconventional new friend, Charlotte enlists his help to solve the mystery. Amidst the upheaval of the duke's visit, to say nothing of the chaos caused by Charlotte's unmanageable pet terrier, the Hart becomes the focus of nefarious doings, kidnappings and romantic entanglements. For Charlotte is unwise enough to fall hopelessly in love with her sister's intended husband, and the duke hides too many secrets of his own.


Author: Annamarie Jagose
Editor: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801487989
Size: 18,84 MB
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The field of lesbian studies is often framed in terms of the relation between lesbianism and invisibility. Annamarie Jagose here takes a radical new approach, suggesting that the focus on invisibility and visibility is perhaps not the most productive way of looking at lesbian representability. Jagose argues that the theoretical preoccupation with metaphors of visibility is part of the problem it attempts to remedy. In her account, the regulatory difference between heterosexuality and homosexuality relies less on codes of visual recognition than on a cultural adherence to the force of first order, second order sexual sequence. As Jagose points out, sequence does not simply specify what comes before and what comes after; it also implies precedence: what comes first and what comes second. Jagose reads canonical novels by Charles Dickens, Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and Daphne du Maurier, drawing upon their elaboration of sexual sequence. In these innovative readings, tropes such as first and second, origin and outcome, and heterosexuality and homosexuality are shown to reinforce heterosexual precedence. Inconsequence intervenes in current debates in lesbian historiography, taking as its pivotal moment the fin-de-siècle phenomenon of the sexological codification of sexual taxonomies and concluding with a reading of a post-Kinsey pulp sexological text. Throughout, Jagose reminds us that categories of sexual registration are always back-formations, secondary, and belated, not only for those who identify as lesbian but also for all sexual subjects.

Female Ascetics In Hinduism

Author: Lynn Teskey Denton
Editor: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791484629
Size: 11,37 MB
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Female Ascetics in Hinduism provides a vivid account of the lives of women renouncers--women who renounce the world to live ascetic spiritual lives--in India. The author approaches the study of female asceticism by focusing on features of two dharmas, two religiously defined ways of life: that of woman-as-householder and that of the ascetic, who, for various reasons, falls outside the realm of householdership. The result of fieldwork conducted in V? ran? si (Benares), the book explores renouncers' social and personal backgrounds, their institutions, and their ways of life. Offering a first-hand look at and an insightful analysis of this little-known world, this highly readable book will be indispensable to those interested in female asceticism in the Hindu tradition and women's spiritual lives around the world.