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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

Somebody Is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding

Somebody Is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding - 'Gayden Metcalfe',  'Charlotte Hays' This book is by the same women who wrote "Being Dead is No Excuse". Here the two Southern ladies tackle the perfect Delta wedding! Packed with recipes, advice, and stories from weddings seen and experienced, this book again provides a humorous laugh and gentle reminder that "funerals bring out the best in people, while weddings, which should be happy occasions, bring out the worst."Enjoyable chapters included "The Pageant: Are you trying to marry off your daughter or win the Academy award for Bad Taste?", "The Society Baptists: What happens when your unity candle burns hotter than the bad place?", and "The Mature Bride: Catching the last bouquet".My favorite story is of the mature bride, Alice, who found her younger husband while traveling in Spain. Alice had a heart attack on the street and was caught by a young Spanish man named Jose. Jose nursed her back to health. He returned with her to her native shores and decided he wanted to stay in America. She consulted the family lawyer who told her "you can adopt him, or marry him"!Music to avoid includes "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley, "Ebb Tide" by Frank Sinatra, "Hail State" the Mississippi State's fight song, and "One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story. Approved music includes "Sheep may safely graze" (great for any agrarian society, although it would have been better perhaps with cows), Purcell's Trumpet Tune in D (weren't the Purcell's from Virginia?), and "Now Thank We all our God" because by the end you are thinking "Now Thank we all our God -- That It's All Over"!So read this book if you love the South, are getting ready for a wedding, or want some good recipes for cheese straws, beaten biscuits, stuffed eggs (deviled eggs, to the rest of the world), and grits!