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The Storied City

Author : Charlie English
ISBN : 9780698197145
Genre : History
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“Timbuktu is a real place, and Charlie English will fuel your wanderlust with true descriptions of the fabled city’s past, present, and future.” –Fodor’s Two tales of a city: The historical race to “discover” one of the world’s most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend. To Westerners, the name “Timbuktu” long conjured a tantalizing paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for “discovery” tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city. But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease. Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval center of learning, it was home to tens of thousands—according to some, hundreds of thousands—of ancient manuscripts, on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda–linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fraught and fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable.
Category: History

Classic American Streamliners

Author : Mike Schafer
ISBN : 0760303770
Genre : Transportation
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The streamlined style of the trains of yesteryear reassured passengers that they were the fastest, most-efficient vehicles ever to cheat the wind. Wonderful examples of Classic American Streamliners and the aura of high-speed, high-efficiency travel they created, are included in this book of the same name. These pages include all the great trains from 1933 through the 1960s, a time when people knew these streamliners by name. 150 color illustrations, 50 b&w.
Category: Transportation

New York Stories

Author : Constance Rosenblum
ISBN : 9780814775721
Genre : History
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A collection of the best essays and reportage from The New York Times City section over the past four years includes contributions from such literary luminaries as Phillip Lopate, Vivian Gornick, Thomas Beller, and Laura Shaine Cunningham, among others. Simultaneous.
Category: History

Roaming Into The Beyond Representations Of Xian Immortality In Early Medieval Chinese Verse

Author : Zornica Kirkova
ISBN : 9789004313699
Genre : Religion
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This book examines representations of Daoist xian immortality in a broad range of versified literature from the Han until the end of the Six Dynasties and explores the complex interaction between poetry and Daoist religion in early medieval China.
Category: Religion

Storied City

Author : Leonard S. Marcus
ISBN : 0525469249
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Presents twenty-one walking tours of New York City, including more than one hundred sites of literary significance and featuring more than two hundred books about New York written for young readers.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Makers Of Florence

Author : Margaret Oliphant
ISBN : 9781108054829
Genre : History
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An engaging 1876 picture of the cultural development of Florence during the Renaissance through vibrant biographical sketches of key figures.
Category: History

The Makers Of Florence

Author : Mrs. Oliphant (Margaret)
ISBN : NYPL:33433081574422
Genre : Florence (Italy)
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Category: Florence (Italy)

Spider Dance

Author : Carole Nelson Douglas
ISBN : 9781429911450
Genre : Fiction
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Opera singer. Adventuress. American abroad. Irene Adler is all of this...and is also the only woman to ever have outwitted the great man, Sherlock Holmes. In Carole Nelson Douglas's novel Spider Dance, Irene has finally come home after numerous adventures, not out of loyalty to her native shores but because of a baffling puzzle, and the one thing that haunts her. Irene has no real memory of her childhood and has spent most of her life creating a persona to fit her passions. When Daredevil reporter Nelly Bly lures Irene to America by hinting that she knows of Irene's parentage, Irene takes the bait and in doing so, embarks upon a pursuit of the most notorious woman of the nineteenth century. Before the intrigue-ridden quest is over, Irene will uncover murderous international political conspiracies, lost treasure, and finally . . . the full, shocking secret of her birth. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Category: Fiction


Author : Jim O’Donnell
ISBN : 9781465322289
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Having grandchildren late in life means that they will never really get to know you. This was the case for me and for my children. I never knew my grandparents as they lived and died in Ireland before I had a chance to go there. I might have gone over in 1950 and seen my maternal grandfather Patrick Quinn. He was the only grandparent living when it was possible, after the war, to visit Ireland. Regretfully, I didnt go when I had the chance, and he died in 1951.
Category: Biography & Autobiography