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Starcrossed by Brian Burke-Gaffney Book Summary:
Giacomo Puccini?s opera Madame Butterfly has enjoyed tremendous popularity in Europe and America since its debut in 1904; and has also inspired a global-level debate about whether the tragic heroine ?Cho-Cho-san? is based on a real-life model. As the setting of the opera, Nagasaki holds answers to this mostly ill-informed debate and yet has remained virtually silent on the topic, in large part because the story of Madame Butterfly was created by and for Westerners and evokes cultural stereotypes that are absurd if not repugnant to many Japanese.This book delves into the history of Nagasaki and into the literature from which the opera springs, based on a wide variety of primary sources in both Japanese and Western languages. It looks at the controversy about the identity of the opera?s heroine and presents compelling evidence that in fact there was no real life Cho-Cho-san. Penetrating beyond the discussion of Madame Butterfly as a work of art, Burke-Gaffney discusses the opera in the context of its importance as a window on Japan?s changing relationship with Europe and America from the seventeenth century through the post World War II period and as a vehicle for persisting misconceptions about Japan in particular and Asia in general.Finally, the book looks at the present state of Nagasaki sites related to the development of Madame Butterfly and demonstrates that despite the cultural disparities evoked by the opera, buried in the history of Nagasaki are many untold tales of true international romance and cooperation.
Starcrossed by A. A. Gill Book Summary:
A.A. Gill's first novel, SAP RISING, garnered a galaxy of reviews when it was published, from the enchanted 'Among the most original novels of the year' (Financial Times) to the hysterical 'Do not buy this book' (Guardian), from the delirious 'Extremely funny' (Time Out) to the outraged 'Frightful pile of garbage', to the contradictory 'He writes so brilliantly' (Daniel Farson, Evening Standard), 'Extremely badly written, hideously and unamusingly obscene' (A.N. Wilson, Evening Standard). It can reasonably be said that SAP RISING was one of the most visible books of the year. Now comes something equally striking and completely different- STARCROSSED. Like Byron, John Dart, poet and bookshop assistant, wakes up one morning and finds himself, if not quite famous, then the next best thing- in bed with someone famous. Lee Montana, singer, film star and the most famous woman in the world, wakes up one morning and finds she's had carnal knowledge of a shop assistant - which doesn't have quite the same exclamatory ring to it. Antigone doesn't wake up at all. She is a 2,000-year-old dead Greek girl with a truculent disposition and a bad dose of destiny. Tentatively, John and Lee embark on a sort of affair with three unequal partners- the two of them and Antigone's bitter shadow. Is fame the beauty parlour of the dead? Can the gods fall in love? Should a poet fuck with his muse? In his dazzling new novel A.A. Gill flirts with capricious destiny and hitchhikes on the boulevard of fate.
Starcrossed by Brenda Hiatt Book Summary:
The Starstruck adventure continues… Marsha spent the first fifteen years of her life as a nerdy nobody before discovering her true identity as the long lost princess of a secret civilization. Now M is dodging extraterrestrial paparazzi while trying to keep the truth from her adoptive aunt and uncle and everyone at school. At least she can be herself with her boyfriend and literal soulmate, Rigel. Whenever they’re together, it’s easy to forget the responsibilities that will eventually come with her new status. But when a new boy arrives at Jewel High, everything M thought she knew about herself and her future is turned upside down. Now the very destiny that lifted her from obscurity threatens to tear her away from Rigel and their happy ever after. But when two planets conspire against you, where is there to run? Book 2 of the award-winning, electrifying Starstruck series. (Book 1, Starstruck, is currently FREE!) Themes: forbidden love, genetic attraction, clean young adult romance, psychics, telepathy, paranormal, supernatural, secret princess, mars, alien love, young leadership, love triangle
Starcrossed by Mark Schreiber Book Summary:
A 2008 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list nominee! How can Christy Marlowe—an impulsive, wise-cracking horoscope-junkie—be in love with Ben, a well-mannered college freshman who prefers astronomy over astrology? Their fateful first meeting takes place at a plastic surgeon’s office, where both hope to erase painful memories along with unwanted tattoos. Is it a bad omen that Ben has the same name as Christy’s ex-boyfriend, a drug-pedaling punk in juvie for murder? It’s hard for Christy to care when Ben sends her heart "racing through galaxies of bliss." Just as Ben is worried about Christy’s obsessed ex who’s back on the streets, Christy is troubled by the sadness lurking in Ben’s ice-blue eyes. Burying the past isn’t easy and this comedy of love turns upside down when Christy and Ben become ensnared in their own lies. Starcrossed or starmates, can they forgo Romeo and Juliet’s tragic fate and find their way back to truth and trust?
StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce Book Summary:
16-year-old Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she disguises herself in a group of young nobles and sneaks out of the city. Accepted as a lady-in-waiting at the stronghold of the powerful Nemair, she finds new peace and friendship (and some new targets). But when an old client from the city comes to the castle, she realizes her hosts may be planning the ultimate uprising against the king - and rather than true peace, she may be at the heart of the rebellion. Now with an extensive excerpt of the daring sequel, LIAR'S MOON!
Starcrossed by Allie Therin Book Summary:
When everything they’ve built is threatened, only their bond remains… 1925 New York Psychometric Rory Brodigan’s life hasn’t been the same since the day he met Arthur Kenzie. Arthur’s continued quest to contain supernatural relics that pose a threat to the world has captured Rory’s imagination—and his heart. But Arthur’s upper-class upbringing still leaves Rory worried that he’ll never measure up, especially when Arthur’s aristocratic ex arrives in New York. For Arthur, there’s only Rory. But keeping the man he’s fallen for safe is another matter altogether. When a group of ruthless paranormals throw the city into chaos, the two men’s strained relationship leaves Rory vulnerable to a monster from Arthur’s past. With dark forces determined to tear them apart, Rory and Arthur will have to draw on every last bit of magic up their sleeves. And in the end, it’s the connection they’ve formed without magic that will be tested like never before. This book is approximately 85,000 words One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise! Magic in Manhattan: Book 1: Spellbound Book 2: Starcrossed Book 3: Wonderstruck
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Book Summary:
When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton sees Lucas Delos for the first time she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands. With an ancient curse making them loathe one another, Lucas and Helen have to keep their distance. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen . . . The first book in Josephine Angelini's thrilling series, Starcrossed is a passionate love story that began thousands of years ago in a world of gods and mortals.
Starcrossed by Bianca D'Arc Book Summary:
In a universe decimated by biological warfare, can former enemies unite to create a new peace out of the ashes? A warrior-priest is the only one who can heal a failing empire… Newly crowned Emperor of all jit’suku, Tigh has come back from self-imposed exile as a warrior monk on the sacred mountain. He had given up his claim to the throne in favor of his beloved brother, and turned his back on worldly things. Tigh would never know what had driven his brother to the madness of releasing a biological weapon on the humans, but the fact that it turned on its creators and came back to the jit’suku to deal out untold death, mostly among their precious female population, would forever stain Tigh’s memories of his twin. A starship captain with famous ancestry and a killer reputation… They call her Valkyrie for the way she swoops into battle and usually saves the day. After losing her beloved ship in an ambush that almost cost the Valkyrie and her crew their lives, Captain Gineva Starbridge is cooling her heels at headquarters, waiting for a new assignment, when the Emperor shows up, in person, looking to broker peace. For every warrior, there is only one woman who is his true mate… When Tigh sees Ginny across the crowded audience chamber where he has come to make an unorthodox proposal to unite their two ravaged peoples, he can scarcely believe his fortune. Could she be the one woman meant for him? He had come before the human Council, on his knees, to offer his hand in marriage to any human female that would help him in his quest to forge a lasting peace. But, when he sees Ginny, he knows she is the only woman who will do. Can they navigate a rocky road, with enemies on both sides plotting against them, to unite two warring cultures, into one lasting peace? Note: This book takes place during the Sons of Amber timeline in the overall Jit’Suku Chronicles series, but can easily be read as a standalone.
Starcrossed with Bonus Material by Josephine Angelini Book Summary:
For a limited time, Starcrossed, the first book in Josephine Angelini's breathtaking trilogy, is available as a special promo ebook. The ebook includes an excerpt from the sequel, Dreamless, along with an exclusive personal essay from Josephine. How do you defy destiny? Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history. As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
Starcrossed Bride by Meg Leader Book Summary:
A Convenient Marriage . . . that can save-or destroy-a world Connall Storm is a man with aspirations. A two-name bastard on the colony of Last Hope, he enters a pragmatic marriage hoping to discover a treasure that will give him the power and wealth he wants. But in order to find it, he and his new wife must embark on a perilous expedition into the Western Mountains-and come back alive. Little does he guess that guarding his heart against his exasperating and far-too-sexy wife will be the real challenge. . . Arkana Crystal Song has blue blood, the finest education, and an unexpected, massively irritating new husband. All she wanted to do was find out what happened to her parents, who disappeared years ago. Now she's stuck trekking through the wilderness with a man who drives her absolutely crazy. And she's starting to like the feeling a bit too much . . . It isn't long before Connall and Arkana's fiery arguments flare into scorching passion. But when they come across a deadly alien menace on their travels, their love will face the ultimate test. Are they strong enough to save themselves-and their entire world?
Dreamless: The Starcrossed Trilogy 2 by Josephine Angelini Book Summary:
Tasked with descending to the underworld and killing the furies so that the Scions can stop fighting amongst themselves, Helen must endure hellish torture whenever she goes to sleep - she wanders around the various levels of hell with no idea how to complete her task, and she's beginning to suffer from extreme exhaustion. Helen carries on with her mission, and for the first time meets another person down in the shadowy underworld: Orion, descended from Adonis and with the power to control desire, he is the heir to the house of Rome and an outcast. He's also kind of hot. Confused by her conflicting emotions but glad to have an ally in hell, Helen begins to realise the enormity of her task...
Starcrossed, the Complete Series by Leisa Rayven Book Summary:
Leisa Rayven has captivated millions of fans with her intoxicating romance set behind the theater’s curtains. For the first time together in an exhilarating eBook bundle, fall in love again with the Starcrossed series: Bad Romeo Cassie Taylor was the good girl actress until she met bad boy Ethan Holt in their college’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Like their characters, Cassie and Ethan’s epic romance ended in tragedy; but now, years later, they’re on Broadway together, and Ethan is determined to change their ending. Broken Juliet Reunited ex-lovers Cassie and Ethan are starring in a Broadway show together, and Ethan claims to be a changed man...but can Cassie believe him? Or has their love been broken beyond repair? Wicked Heart Elissa Holt has only ever loved Liam Quinn. But when they have to work together on his new Broadway show (alongside his fiancé), Elissa realizes that love doesn’t always follow the script...
Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke Book Summary:
Why rely on fate when you can rewrite the stars? In this sparkling romantic comedy, one woman decides to tinker with the horoscopes of the man of her dreams. “A bright, brilliant, joyful love story.”—Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable. To Justine, anyway. Especially when she learns Nick is an astrological devotee, whose decisions are guided by the stars, and more specifically, by the horoscopes in his favorite magazine. The same magazine Justine happens to write for. As Nick continues to not fall headlong in love with her, Justine decides to take Nick’s horoscope, and Fate itself, into her own hands. But, of course, Nick is not the only Aquarius making important life choices according to what is written in the stars. Charting the ripple effects of Justine’s astrological meddling, Star-Crossed is a delicious, intelligent, and affecting love story about friendship, chance, and how we all navigate the kinds of choices that are hard to face alone. Praise for Star-Crossed “Swoon-worthy . . . a smart, sweet love story about friendship, destiny, and the power of choice.”―Bustle “[A] juicy romance novel.”―Good Housekeeping “Enchanting . . . this book will capture your attention and keep you entertained from the first page to the last.”—BuzzFeed “This cleverly structured first outing from the pseudonymous Darke will appeal to fans of romantic comedy, astrology, and chaos. Utterly charming and ripe for development as a film.”―Booklist “Winning . . . Unpretentious, well-drawn characters and the fresh twist on the childhood sweethearts reunited setup make this perfect for fans of romantic comedies.”―Publishers Weekly “Darke creates a world of stargazers whose destinies eventually collide. . . . Funny and enticing.”―Library Journal
Star Crossed India by G. S. Bhargava Book Summary:
The work is a painstakingly researched work (1966-2005) and presents perceptional and opinionated look back at the political events of about forty years. It focuses on the role of leaders who wrecked the first non-Congress government at the centre. It also throws analytical light on caste riots in large parts of Northern India, 1992 demolition of Babri Masjid, Godhra outrage. It also discusses on foreign policy since Nehru s time, defence strategy including non-proliferation on CTBT etc.
Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols Book Summary:
He said . . . She said. Publicist Wendy Mann has always competed hotly with her rival Daniel Blackstone, but this time they’re headed for a collision. Wendy’s job is on the line if she doesn’t save the image of a spoiled young starlet who’s posting provocative pictures of herself all over the Internet in a snarky attempt at revenge on her former boyfriend. Daniel is representing the ex, a onetime teen heartthrob who never grew up. With the feuding Hollywood pair scheduled to appear on the same Las Vegas awards show, Daniel and Wendy are determined to do whatever it takes to defend their own clients. Unfortunately, the chemistry between Wendy and Daniel is even more explosive than that of their Hollywood stars. L-O-V-E was always a four-letter word for these two ultra-competitors; they never counted on the scorching heat that erupts between them. But Wendy’s high-gloss exterior hides a dark past—one that’s lurking behind the bright Vegas lights. Their careers are on the line, and so is Wendy’s life. . . .
Starcross by Philip Reeve Book Summary:
Art and his family are invited on a fantastic free holiday to the exotic Asteroid Belt, in a remote part of space near Mars. Taking the train, they arrive to discover that nothing is quite as it seems - the hotel slips curiously back and forth through time, and the guests behave rather strangely too. What is behind these bizarre goings-on? It's up to Jack Havock, Art and his sister Myrtle (against her will) to get to the bottom of things. But the giant sand clams and man-eating starfish which roam freely nearby are nothing compared to the True Enemy, which is cunning, sinister, and almost unstoppable and may resemble a hat.
Star-Crossed Murders by Theresa L. Sondys Book Summary:
Detective-Lieutenant Matt Warners children died in a fire he arrived too late to save them. Shortly afterward, wife committed suicide with his service revolver and took a part of him with her to the grave. Alone and beaten down by the guilt of always being too late, Matt is handed the most difficult case of his career. Women are being attacked. Theyre beaten and raped, then given flowers and a verse of poetry. Hes sure it means something, but has no idea what it could be, so he turns to the local librarian for help. Shes not only able to recognize a link, but also identify the verses as parts of Shakespearean plays. Weaving together the literary history and character motivation, it becomes apparent someone is after a specific woman and using the attacks to terrorize her. Finally able to determine the woman in danger, Matt is willing to mobilize the entire police force to protect her. But she doesnt want his help . . . Will he get to her in time to save her life? Or will her death paralyze him with guilt forever after?
Star Crossed by Kim Farnell Book Summary:
A complete manual to the astrology of love and relationshipsContents1 - Love and the Zodiac Signs 2 - The Planets 3 - The Houses 4 - Attraction 5 - Attitude toward Romance6 - Intimacy 7 - Fidelity and Staying Power 8 - Sexuality and Sex9 - Compatibility 10 - Forecasting 11 - Combining charts 12 - Different Styles of Relationships13 - Marriage 14 - Electing a marriage chart15 - The End of a Romance 16 - Additional Techniques
The Star-Crossed Stone by Kenneth J. McNamara Book Summary:
Throughout the four hundred thousand years that humanity has been collecting fossils, sea urchin fossils, or echinoids, have continually been among the most prized, from the Paleolithic era, when they decorated flint axes, to today, when paleobiologists study them for clues to the earth’s history. In The Star-Crossed Stone, Kenneth J. McNamara, an expert on fossil echinoids, takes readers on an incredible fossil hunt, with stops in history, paleontology, folklore, mythology, art, religion, and much more. Beginning with prehistoric times, when urchin fossils were used as jewelry, McNamara reveals how the fossil crept into the religious and cultural lives of societies around the world—the roots of the familiar five-pointed star, for example, can be traced to the pattern found on urchins. But McNamara’s vision is even broader than that: using our knowledge of early habits of fossil collecting, he explores the evolution of the human mind itself, drawing striking conclusions about humanity’s earliest appreciation of beauty and the first stirrings of artistic expression. Along the way, the fossil becomes a nexus through which we meet brilliant eccentrics and visionary archaeologists and develop new insights into topics as seemingly disparate as hieroglyphics, Beowulf, and even church organs. An idiosyncratic celebration of science, nature, and human ingenuity, The Star-Crossed Stone is as charming and unforgettable as the fossil at its heart.
Star-Crossed Killers by Robert Scott Book Summary:
"An excellent writer." —True Crime Book Reviews Anything For Love When nineteen-year-old Steven "Boston" Colver set eyes on beautiful young Tylar Witt, the sparks between them could not be denied. It didn't matter that she was only fourteen. The two saw their love written in the stars. All they wanted was to spend every moment in each other's arms. When Tylar's concerned mother, Joanne Witt, tried to come between them, her efforts only fueled the wild passions of two California teens who saw themselves as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, trapped in a heartless world. Boston and Tylar would prove their love by any means necessary. They would allow no one to stand in their way. And they made a promise to stay together—until death and beyond. . . Praise for Robert Scott and His Real-Life Thrillers "Compelling and shocking. . .a fascinating account of a young girl's abduction by a monster." —Robert K. Tanenbaum on Shattered Innocence "Vividly described, unsettling. . .Scott spells out how rage and obsession can become fatally warped." —Publishers Weekly on Kill the Ones You Love 58,000 Words
Star-Crossed by Ron Austin Book Summary:
In this book Ron Austin recounts the "three acts" of his remarkable life. Act I finds him in Hollywood, in love with his young wife -- and with show business. As he becomes a successful screenwriter and TV producer, he works with a galaxy of stars, from Charlie Chaplin to the cast of Charlie's Angels. In Act II Austin grapples with the ups and downs of his career and sets out on a new spiritual path: at the age of fifty, with the support of his Jewish wife, he converts from atheism to the Catholic faith. In Act III he explores his deepest concern -- how Jews and Catholics can find common ground. Star-Crossed offers a candid, compelling look at Austin's wide-ranging life journey, as rich with stories about Hollywood's golden past as it is with ideas about how Christians and Jews can build an enduring relationship in the future.
A Star-crossed Golden Age by Frederick A. De Armas Book Summary:
This collection of essays grew out of a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute directed by Frederick A. de Armas and contains essays by the director, some of the visiting faculty, and the participants. The book seeks to develop the link between mythology and the comedia through a number of approaches, including astrology, cartomancy, pre-Socratic elemental cosmology, iconography, hagiography, metamorphoses, Lacanian psychoanalysis, Jungian principles, the philosophy of Schopenhauer, Santayana's poetics, syncretism, gender studies, and Vedic theories.
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee Book Summary:
Twelve-year-old Mattie wrestles with her crush on Gemma as they participate in their school production of Romeo and Juliet in what School Library Journal calls “a fine choice for middle school libraries in need of an accessible LGBTQ stories.” Twelve-year-old Mattie is thrilled when she learns the eighth grade play will be Romeo and Juliet. In particular, she can’t wait to share the stage with Gemma Braithwaite, who has been cast as Juliet. Gemma is brilliant, pretty—and British!—and Mattie starts to see her as more than just a friend. But Mattie has also had an on/off crush on her classmate Elijah since, well, forever. Is it possible to have a crush on both boys AND girls? If that wasn’t enough to deal with, things offstage are beginning to resemble their own Shakespearean drama: the cast is fighting, and the boy playing Romeo may not be up to the challenge of the role. And due to a last-minute emergency, Mattie is asked to step up and take over the leading role—opposite Gemma’s Juliet—just as Mattie’s secret crush starts to become not-so-secret in her group of friends. In this funny, sweet, and clever look at the complicated nature of middle school romance, Mattie learns how to become a lead player in her own life.
Starcross Lovers by Merry Farmer Book Summary:
Ginny Davis has risen through the ranks downstairs at Starcross Castle, from maid to lady’s maid for Lady Mariah deVere. But as grand as her new position is, the one thing she wants the most feels out of her grasp. Her heart belongs to head stableman Harry Pond, but she’s convinced that she’s already ruined her chances with Harry by being too bold too soon. So when mine surveyor Stephen Adler takes a shine to her and offers her the adventure of a lifetime, her heart is torn. Harry has loved Ginny from the moment he met her, but he believes that her ambition and hunger for adventure mean she will never look on him as more than a bit of fun. He’d do anything to convince her to marry him…and when Adler swoops in, anything is what he just might have to do. This heartfelt tale of love below-stairs continues the story that started with DECEMBER HEART, the first book in The Silver Foxes of Westminster series. PLEASE BE ADVISE – Steam Level: Very Hot! Starcross Lovers is connected to the full-length novel DECEMBER HEART, part of The Silver Foxes of Westminster series, which consists of…. DECEMBER HEART (and its accompanying novellas) --Starcross Lovers --Starcross Dreams AUGUST SUNRISE (and its accompanying novellas) --Winterberry Spark --Winterberry Fire (Coming in July:) MAY MISTAKES (and its accompanying novellas) --Brynthwaite Promise --Brynthwaite Summer
Star-Crossed by Frances Kelly,Penny Murray Book Summary:
Bittersweet love through the ages Eighteen tales of bittersweet love. Before Bella & Edward, before Katniss & Peeta, before Luce & Daniel, there was Romeo & Juliet, Orpheus & Eurydice, Heathcliff & Cathy. Discover the timeless love stories that inspired your favourite authors. Discover the legendary romances that will take your breath away and melt your heart. Discover the couples who fought for their love and sacrificed everything to be together. Star-crossed is a romantic collection of fascinating tales of love, devotion, longing and triumph from myth, history and fiction.
The Star Crossed Serpent by Evan John Jones,Shani Oates Book Summary:
Part One: Dual-authorship of the Clan of Tubal Cain's Legacy defining 50 years of its organic evolution. Originating from within an unpublished ms written by Evan John Jones, the former Magister of the Clan since Robert Cochrane's death in 1966, it serves Testament to the Will of Fate and Tenacity of Spirit here expressed, from its inception under Robert Cochrane through Evan John Jones' own record of the Clans beliefs and practises to those of the Current bearers of this mantle, depicting the interweaving of Wyrd in the vital process of its existence and continuity in Troth to its Tutelary Spirit: The Star-Crossed Serpent
Star-Crossed Parents by C.J. Carmichael Book Summary:
Few people can say they're starring in a real-life version of Romeo and Juliet. And single mom Leigh certainly doesn't want to play the role of disapproving mother. But when her daughter runs off to New Hampshire for a boy she's met over the Internet, it's a discomfiting reminder of Leigh's own past.— The problem is Sam Wallace, the boy's father, and his ridiculous notion that love conquers all. Worse still is that Sam could be a pretty darn good (not to mention attractive) distraction for Leigh. But how can Leigh think about herself when her daughter is about to make the worst mistake of her life?