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Escape from Paradise
John & May Harding
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Amazon best seller, 5-Star reviews—woman’s escape from an arranged marriage in Singapore. She comes from the flamboyant Tiger Balm family; her wealthy husband from Brunei with CIA connections.
The difficulties encountered with corrupt lawyers in Singapore made her divorce extremely difficult. This was further complicated by the wealth of her ex-husband, the owner of X10, the company behind those bothersome pop-up ads on the Internet.
This true adventure takes place in Singapore, Brunei, Australia, England, and the United States, and touches on some powerful people in Singapore, as well as CIA agent Dan Arnold, and the United Kingdom’s former Lord Chancellor Alexander Irvine.
From its first paragraph, Escape from Paradise draws the reader into the ambiance of a cosmopolitan Asia never touched upon by any other book. More on Escape from Paradise…
How to Open a Successful Pawnshop
How to Open a Successful Pawnshop is written by Norman Gornbein and edited by John and May Harding. Norman is a former pawnbroker and master jeweler.
The book is thorough, clear, and, yes, even entertaining, thanks the author’s positive and engaging personality. Norman Gornbein, whose extremely successful pawnshop was featured on CNN, now works as a consultant to existing pawnshops for a minimum $50,000 fee—check his website www.normangornbein.com for client references.
Norman Gorbein tells us, “One of the successful pawnshops that I recently opened for a client in Detroit just became super-successful—it was bought by Les Gold, and now is the site for his TV show! I am very proud of the fact that what I set up was good enough for Les Gold and his cast and crew.”
Now Norman is buying and selling pawnshop—flipping pawnshops for a profit.
Don’t miss this chance to start a business that thrives under all economic conditions. (And, in the book, Norman will show you how to do it with NO INVESTMENT IN YOUR STARTING INVENTORY!
Dear Friends and Darling Romans
Cover & illustrations by the famous Italian artist, Nicola Simbari.
This is an extraordinarily well-written and witty account of an American lady in Rome, but written on several levels. Aside from being entertaining, the book is a wise and subtle study of Italians, as compared to Americans ? and vice
One Italian Romance in a lifetime was enough..
. An enthralling, wonderfully observed work of art from fifty years ago, rich with color and emotion and packed with intriguing characters. Chamberlin is truly a master storyteller.
Dear Friends and Darling Romans is also available in Rome at The Lion Bookshop, V.d. Greci, 33-36 (06 32654007). Off Via del Corso, Between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna.
Mary Chamberlin was born in Lebanon, Illinois, and is a graduate of Monticello College in Alton, Illinois, where she was admitted when only fifteen years old. She subsequently attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and had a brief theatrical career (including an MGM contract), terminated by marriage and motherhood. She moved to Rome, Italy in 1954, where she lived ever since. She is the author of one other book, The Palazzo, and has written for television, magazines, films, and newspapers.
The script for her award-wining teleplay, The Ascent of P. J. O’Hara, is preserved in the archives of the Steven H. Scheuer Collection at Yale University
The original deluxe edition of The Palazzo was published by Lippincott. This delightful book is written in a bracing, astringent style that is part spumoni and part spice, the author writes of the eternal delights of the Eternal City about Americans in Rome doing as Americans do, and Romans doing as Romans have done for centuries.
The Palazzo presents a fascinating picture of Rome in the period that followed the time of The Talented Mr. Ripley.
The Palazzo, written in a bracing, astringent style, is a novel the about the Eternal City’s eternal delights where Americans do in Rome as Americans do, and Romans do as Romans have done for centuries.
The Book Reader’s review: “Another time, another sensibility, another world… It captures the beat and the pace of Italian life in the 1950s. Wittily written, it provides us with the crowded humanity that has always been Rome that eternal city filled with volatile lives densely packed into an endless humor.”
Another time, another sensibility, another world. This novel was originally published in 1971 at a time when memories of the Second World War and its aftermath were still fresh. The Palazzo deserves to be re-published—it’s original, extraordinarily well-written, and it captures the beat and the pace of Italian life in the 1950s. Pippo La Rose observes, “The weary heavens had worn themselves down to a drizzle.” Luisa Salvini knows the sun is out: “She hadn’t yet opened her eyes, but she knew it all the same. She could hear it.” American Carolyn Salvini observes, “Mrs. Aiken belonged to the sisterhood of women who have chosen to separate themselves from the world by desks.” Dino, the husband of Tullio’s eldest teenage daughter, is making American suggestions—Tullio confides to Beppe Bonaccorsi that Dino “wanted me to cover the murals with pine wood and buy special checkerboard tablecloths and put little brass lamps on each table.”
They are incredulous at this scandalous invasion of the new world. The major scenes take place in the Palazzo Salvini which the Marchesa Luisa Salvini has converted from a palace into separate rental apartments. The roof leaks, a glass veranda is shattered, the wiring system hisses and puffs and then smokes out, the antiquated elevator ‘may not know how to stop, the furnace belches noxious fumes. The guidebook says that there is “no finer example of pure Renaissance style than the well-preserved Palazzo Salvini.”
But this is Italy, circa 1957 or so, and the lives of the tenants, Italian and American, are brilliantly caught in this treasure trove of marvels. Wittily written, it provides us with the crowded humanity that has always been Rome—that eternal city filled with volatile lives densely packed into an endless humor.
McKendree Hypes Chamberlin
Clifford D. Chamberlin
This is the true story of a great man from a small town, the biography of McKendree Hypes Chamberlin,written by his son, Professor Clifford D. Chamberlin in 1914.
McKendree Hypes Chamberlin was born in Lebanon, Illinois in 1838, the son of a Methodist preacher—an old fashioned circuit rider. The father, Rev. David C. Chamberlin, built with his own hands the Lebanon Seminary with the help of the 200 some inhabitants of Lebanon, Illinois. The seminary opened with 72 students in 1828.
The Lebanon Seminary was a success and was re-named McKendree College in honor of William McKendree, the first Methodist bishop born in the United States.
McKendree Hypes Chamberlin’s lifelong dream was to see that McKendree College, the small college in his home town, was properly endowed.
To fulfill his dream, Chamberlin (who was also named after the bishop) embarked on a varied and colorful career. After his graduation from McKendree, and a Masters Degree from Harvard, he became a lawyer in Kansas City, and then an innovative financial adviser to the nation’s growing railroads, next becoming Secretary of the Illinois Railway Commission.
He developed mines in the far west, fleeing from the Apache Indians in Black Hills, and finally returning to Lebanon where he became President of McKendree College, saving it from the sheriff’s hammer.
McKendree College has now become McKendree University, the oldest such institution in the State of Illinois. It still operates under the provisions of a charter obtained in 1839, with the help of Abraham Lincoln.
If I Make a Million She’ll Not Get a Penny
Lorna McBride is from a small town outside of Cardiff, England. When she learned that the man who owed her money had married Mariam Isa, a member of one of the richest and most influential families in the world, that of the Sultan of Brunei, she decided not to get angry, but to get even.
This is the true story of a Croatian man who talked Mrs. McBride, the elderly grandmother of his illegitimate son, into lending him £25,000 for three months-which, with interest, grew over time to £60,000.
For Lorna McBride, her only asset was a cottage which had been left to her as security for her old age. She was forced to sell her cottage to pay off the man’s debt, when he refused to repay her.
The Croatian then went on to marry Mariam Isa of Brunei whom he eventually divorced.
Mariam’s father, the ultra-rich Pehin Isa, was the number 2 man and Chief Adviser to the Sultan of Brunei.
Lorna McBride, a lady from Wales, has had a very interesting life. Her daughter, Trudy, a well-known Cardiff lawyer, was married to Christopher Monger the writer and director of the film The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain starring Hugh Grant. Christopher Monger also wrote and directed the movie Liz & Dick about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s romance. Lindsey Lohan will be starring in the role of Elizabeth Taylor.
John Korffy Arnet
John is a fantastic, yet very plausible novel—not easy to do. John leads you through a life that begins on a garbage dump in India and winds up in an entirely different place and life-style.
The book includes a long and extremely valuable section on naturopathy, homeopathy and other alternate systems of health and cures. The author is licensed in naturopathy.
This book is well worth it both for its fascinating story and its cures. You will be lucky to have it.
John, either in paperback or in Kindle will be a great addition to your library.
The cover is done by the author—a well-known, famous and successful painter. In Italy, where he lives, they call him Il Maestro.
Barack Obama The Psychological Analysis of the Man behind the Dream [Kindle Edition]
The enigma of Obama explained. In order to construct a psychological analysis of Barack Obama II, it is important to consider the major events in his life—especially during his early years.
This is not an easy task as there is much conflicting evidence regarding the life of Obama fostering many “conspiracy” theories regarding Obama, the most notable example being his place of birth.
Conspiracy theories, however, have little or no bearing on the psychological analysis of Obama. Obviously, Obama and his parents, especially his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, have led unusual and unconventional lives. This fact alone may explain some of the conflicting views, facts, and opinions regarding Obama.
This report, therefore, does not dwell on any conspiratorial speculations, questions, or doubts about Obama’s origins, college transcripts, or early friendships—all matters which have been beyond the resolution of any other parties heretofore.
These considerations are anecdotal and, even if having a basis in reality, are irrelevant to the psychological analysis of Obama.
This analysis is based on the wealth of known facts concerning Obama’s life and surroundings.
IDKPress Classic Series
The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain’s secret of the Universe. A masterpiece! It is widely considered to be one of the top 100 greatest books of all time.
The Mysterious Stranger, Mark Twain’s last work, was begun in 1897 and revised first in 1902 and then in 1908, the third version was the only manuscript actually titled The Mysterious Stranger.
This is a tour-de-force of Mark Twain’s literary stile and mastery of plot, believed by some to be his best work. From a light-hearted beginning, the book creeps into a fantasy world on its way to an unexpected and shocking ending.
Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910). Mark Twain was an American author and humorist. However, beyond that, he was fascinated with science, scientific inquiry, and an early adopter of science fiction. His book, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, features a time traveler from contemporary America, using his knowledge of science to introduce modern technology to Arthurian England. This type of storyline would later become a common feature of science fiction.
The Mysterious Stranger is a brilliant work going beyond science fiction into the unknown.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
This new edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is set in large type which is great for children—and for some of the older generation, as well.
The book is fully illustrated with the famous illustrations from the original edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
The book tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world (the Wonderland of the title) populated by peculiar and interesting creatures. This edition with all the classic illustrations is in large type, 16 point Adobe Garamond Pro (which is larger than what you are looking at now) for easy reading.