Matzah Mishugas

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Eight Passover tales for all ages. Lead sinker matzah balls, stolen afikomen and unexpected dinner guests... "Matzah Mishugas" is the latest collection of Chelm stories by award-winning author Mark Binder. What happens when the men and women of Chelm change roles? Where did Reb Stein's "mega-matzah" go? And did Mark Twain really visit Chelm? These are delightful stories to read and share. The book also includes a recipe for "Preparing Family Stories." Readers will learn how to interview relatives and preserve family stories for future generations.
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Publisher
Light Publications
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Published on
Dec 31, 2010
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Pages
100
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ISBN
9780982470718
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Language
English
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Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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This content is DRM protected.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LOS ANGELES TIMES AND BUZZFEED • Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.
 
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 They broke into his home. They kidnapped his children. Left his wife bound and gagged on the floor, where she choked and died. He had once helped them, been their friend and blood brother. The story of Loki echoes the cycles of violence and revenge playing out across our world. Told with a blend of poetry and prose, humor and horror, it offers no solution — but a glimmer, perhaps of understanding and compassion.

“A well-told tale of the Norse gods.… Binder’s voice swoops and soars, now angry, now gleeful and now mocking, as Loki tells these stories of the gods run amok.” — The Providence Journal

LOKI RAGNAROK is the Viking Armageddon retold by the trickster. In the shadow of prophecy, a family is torn asunder, leading to betrayal, torture, madness and revenge.

It begins with Loki, chained to a rock, listening for the trumpet that will announce the end of the world. Loki tells his side of the story.

“For nearly a thousand years, the tale of Ragnarok – the Norse myth of Apocalypse – has painted Loki as a Satan-like evil. With a fast-paced blend of prose and poetry, award-winning author Mark Binder offers an epic revision of the Eddas with modern resonance.”

  – Duval, Between Myth, Lies, and History


What drives homicidal madness? 

On the brink of Apocalypse, why would anyone kindle utter destruction?

Pop culture relies on heroes to save the day. Their choreographed fights are entertaining. We will be safe.

Loki Ragnarok gives a horrific villain a voice with measures of rage, humor and compassion. 


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Thor... Scheherazade... Paul Bunyan... Clever Doris? 

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".a gift for humor -- both broad and subtle..."
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Every Hero Has a Story</b> is designed to be read to young children or read by older children. Parents and youngsters alike will delight in the stories as the tales spin. By the end of the evening the stories have done more than just pass the time, they have changed the lives of the Prince and Princess forever.

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His most recent book is Cinderella Spinderella.

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