A ROBE OF FEATHERS AND OTHER STORIES

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A Robe Of Feathers

Author : Thersa Matsuura
ISBN : 1582439397
Genre : Fiction
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In Japan, the line that divides myth from reality is not merely blurred, it is nonexistent. Superstitions, legends, and folk myths are passed down through generations and pervade daily living. When a child playing near a river fails to return home, it is whispered that she was swept away by an adzuki arai, or Bean Washer. When a man boarding a ship hears the ringing of an unseen insect, it is announced that a funadama (Boat Spirit) is present and so the auspicious harbinger of smooth seas and abundant catch is celebrated. Even something as innocuous as waking up to find your pillow at the foot of your bed is thought to be the trick of a makura gaeshi, otherwise known as a Pillow Turner. Nothing is as simple as it seems. Your neighbor isn’t merely an eccentric old woman—she might very well be a shape-shifting, grudge-harboring Water Sprite. The Japanese examine life and living with the keenest eyes and the most vivid of imaginations. Thersa Matsuura has captured that essence in this darkly insightful collection illuminating the place where reality falters and slips into the strange and fantastical.
Category: Fiction

The Carp Faced Boy And Other Tales

Author : Thersa Matsuura
ISBN : 8899569371
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Beautiful, haunting, and grotesque, The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales offers stories reminiscent of traditional Japanese folktales alongside contemporary horror fiction. Matsuura's unique voice, in its poignancy and lightheartedness, is unforgettable.From the Introduction by Bram Stoker Award Winner Author Gene O'Neill: I have Thersa Matsuura's name underlined on the side of my fridge. I will watch for her byline. As I'm sure, you, the reader of this collection will, too. Cover Art by Daniele Serra
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The Feather Thief

Author : Kirk Wallace Johnson
ISBN : 9781101981627
Genre : Nature
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“Fascinating from the first page to the last—you won’t be able to put it down.” —Southern Living A rollicking true-crime adventure and a thought-provoking exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty for readers of The Stranger in the Woods, The Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief. On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them—and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.
Category: Nature

The Dixon Cornbelt League And Other Baseball Stories

Author : W. P. Kinsella
ISBN : 0803278160
Genre : Fiction
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Shortstops who run with the wolves, painted eggs that reveal deeply disturbing meanings, long-dead Hall of Famers who miraculously return to the game, an Iowa minor-league town with a secret conspiracy: these are the elements from which W.øP. Kinsella weaves nine fabulous stories about the magical world of baseball. From the dugouts, clubhouses, bedrooms, and barrooms to the interior worlds of hope and despair, these eerie stories present the absurdities of human relationships and reveal the writer's special genius for touching the heart.
Category: Fiction

Black Feathers

Author : Jeanne Crawford
ISBN : 9781440191961
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Follow the evolution of Black Feathers from a stock 1961 Cal 20 sailboat into an effective pocket racer. Go with her and her skipper as they sail solo from San Francisco to beautiful Hanalei Bay, Kauai in the 2008 Singlehanded TransPac. Imagine sailing 2200 miles across the Pacific Ocean in a 20-foot sailboat -- ALONE with NO ENGINE! YOU can be there."--P [4] of cover.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Japanese Fairy Tales Illustrated

Author : Yei Theodora Ozaki
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Japanese Fairy Tales signifies a certain set of well-known classic tales, with a vague distinction of whether they fit the rigorous definition of folktale or not. The admixed imposters are literate written pieces, dating back to the Muromachi period (14th-16th centuries) or even earlier times in the Middle Ages. These would not normally qualify as "folktales" (i.e., pieces collected from oral tradition among the populace). In a more stringent sense, "Japanese folktales" refer to orally transmitted folk narrative. Systematic collection of specimens was pioneered by folklorist Kunio Yanagita. Yanagita disliked the word minwa, a coined term directly translated from "folktale" (Yanagita stated that the term was not familiar to actual old folk he collected folktales from, and was not willing to "go along" with the conventions of other countries). He therefore proposed the use of the term mukashibanashi ("tales of long ago"?) to apply to all creative types of folktales (i.e., those that are not "legendary" types which are more of a reportage).
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Feathers For Peacock

Author : Jacqueline Jules
ISBN : 1937786536
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Poor Peacock is naked while the rest of his friends are covered with warm, colorful feathers! A kind community response provides an original explanation for why the peacock has such beautiful feathers. Award-winning author Jacqueline Jules blends folktale motifs from around the world in a gently humorous tale of generosity. An appendix provides more information about peacocks. Stunning illustrations by Helen Cann give readers fun opportunities to identify the colors and plant life of spring.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Feather Bound

Author : Sarah Raughley
ISBN : 9781908844910
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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When Deanna's missing friend Hyde turns up at his father's funeral to claim his corporate empire and inheritance, she is swept into his glittering world of paparazzi and wealth. But re-kindling her friendship and the dizzying new emotions along for the ride are the least of her concerns. Because Deanna has a secret - and somebody knows. Someone who is out to get Hyde. And if she doesn't play along, and help the enemy destroy him...she will be sold to the highest bidder in the black market for human swans. Now Deanna is struggling to break free from the gilded cage that would trap her forever... Feather Bound is a dark debut reminiscent of Gabriel García Márquez's A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and the twisted truth behind the fairy tale of Cinderella.
Category: Young Adult Fiction