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Big Dead Place

Author : Nicholas Johnson
ISBN : 9781459617490
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Welcome to Big Dead Place, a grunt's eye view of America's Antarctic Program that shatters the well-worn cliches of polar literature. Here the heroic camaraderie and romantic desolation give way to sterile buildings populated by characters like a ...
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The Dead Place

Author : Rebecca Drake
ISBN : 9780786021154
Genre : Fiction
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You Think You're Safe The first victim is found floating in a creek--naked, beautiful, brutally garroted. Lily Slocum was a college student with everything to live for and nothing to fear. . .until a madman made her his obsession. . . You Think He Can't See You At first glance, a quiet campus town like Wickfield seems like the ideal place for Kate Corbin to start over after a traumatic attack. But when another young girl disappears on her way to class, Kate's fear resurfaces in earnest. She's right to be afraid. Behind Wickfield's picture-perfect façade, a nightmare is unfolding. . .and it's about to strike chillingly close to home. . . You're Dead Wrong A serial killer is on the loose. . .ruthless, twisted, and lethally smart. Now, locked in a desperate race against time, Kate's only chance of stopping a madman's grisly game is to venture deeper into a diabolical web where no one is who they seem to be. . .and the smallest mistake could be her last. . . Praise for the novels of Rebecca Drake "Compulsively readable." --Mystery Lovers Book Shop News "Read this alone, late at night, and you won't be afraid--you'll be terrified." --Wendy Corsi Staub, New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Drake is a former journalist, freelance copywriter, and technical writer. A native New Yorker, she's lived in Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and New Jersey and currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Category: Fiction

A Cold Dead Place

Author : Anthony Tyler
ISBN : 9781329422254
Genre : Fiction
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Enter Planet "Earth". It is a cold, dead place. Agent Kale Taggens knows this, Detectives Jerry Howard and Ray Combs know this, and Officer Dave Winslow does as well. Donny Matheson, however, is just learning. When a lethal viral outbreak in the US is revealed as a government cover-up on live television, four extra-dimensional entities in black cloaks are revealed to be behind the waves of unnatural deaths. Upon announcing their need for the teenager Donny Matheson at all costs, they promise the continuation of civilian death every day that he is out of their grasp. Agent Kate Taggens, field agent of the UOIA (Unusual Occurences Investigative Agency)an ominous government branch of services, is sent to find and retrieve Matheson before the body count rises. Jerry Howard, Ray Combs, and Dave Winslow find themselves with nothing left but a fighting chance against these four cloaked beings called "The Fallen". But will any of it matter in the end? Welcome to a cold, dead place.
Category: Fiction

Big D Dead

Author : Jeanne Ann Macejko
ISBN : 9780988464575
Genre : Fiction
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The secret dread of runners isn’t blisters or shin splints. It’s finding a dead body. Joggers seem destined to discover the missing, the murdered and abandoned. Until Brynn Reeves stumbled across a severed human head. In Big D Dead, a feisty heroine who is afflicted with cerebral palsy joins a cloistered monk and a homicide detective on the trail of a hired killer. In the sizzling Texas heat, the body count climbs.
Category: Fiction

The Polar Times

Author : August Howard
ISBN : UCSD:31822009653817
Genre : Antarctica
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Category: Antarctica

Dark Places

Author : Gillian Flynn
ISBN : 9780297855873
Genre : Fiction
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THE BESTSELLING PHENOMENON 'Eerily macabre... Wonderful' Guardian 'A nerve-fraying thriller' New York Times 'Every bit as horribly fascinating as In Cold Blood' Daily Mail Libby Day was seven when her family was murdered: she survived by hiding in a closet - and famously testified that her older brother Ben was the killer. Twenty-five years later the Kill Club - a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes - gets in touch with Libby to try to discover proof that may free Ben. Almost broke, Libby agrees to go back to her hometown to investigate - for a fee. But when Libby's search uncovers an unimaginable truth, she finds herself right back where she started: on the run from a killer. THE ORIGINAL #1 BESTSELLER, BY THE AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL 'I would rather read her than just about any other crime writer' Kate Atkinson 'Gillian Flynn is the real deal: a sharp, acerbic and compelling storyteller' Stephen King 'An extraordinarily good writer' Observer
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The Ends Of The Earth

Author : Elizabeth Kolbert
ISBN : 9781608196937
Genre : Nature
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An innovatively packaged literary anthology published to commemorate the International Polar Year-and remind us what we're in danger of losing. The Arctic and Antarctic ice shelves have been an object of obsession for as long as we've known they existed. Countless explorers, such as Richard Byrd, Ernest Shackleton, and Robert Falcon Scott, have risked their lives to chart their frozen landscapes. Now, for the first time in human history, we are in legitimate danger of seeing polar ice dramatically shrink, break apart, or even disappear. The Ends of the Earth, a collection of the very best writing on the Arctic and Antarctic, will simultaneously commemorate four centuries of exploring and scientific study, and make the call for preservation. Stocked with first-person narratives, cultural histories, nature and science writing, and fiction, this book is a compendium of the greats of their fields: including legendary polar explorers and such writers as Jon Krakauer, Jack London, Diane Ackerman, Barry Lopez, and Ursula K. LeGuin. Edited by two contemporary authorities on exploring and the environment, and published to coincide with the International Polar Year, The Ends of the Earth is a memorable collection of terrific writing-and a lasting contribution to the debate over global warming and the future of the polar regions themselves.
Category: Nature

Antarctica As Cultural Critique

Author : E. Glasberg
ISBN : 9781137014436
Genre : Social Science
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Arguing that Antarctica is the most mediated place on earth and thus an ideal location for testing the limits of bio-political management of population and place, this book remaps national and postcolonial methods and offers a new look on a 'forgotten' continent now the focus of ecological concern.
Category: Social Science

The Big Screen

Author : David Thomson
ISBN : 9781466827714
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Big Screen tells the enthralling story of the movies: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us, and the technology that made the screen—smaller now, but ever more ubiquitous—as important as the images it carries. The Big Screen is not another history of the movies. Rather, it is a wide-ranging narrative about the movies and their signal role in modern life. At first, film was a waking dream, the gift of appearance delivered for a nickel to huddled masses sitting in the dark. But soon, and abruptly, movies began transforming our societies and our perceptions of the world. The celebrated film authority David Thomson takes us around the globe, through time, and across many media—moving from Eadweard Muybridge to Steve Jobs, from Sunrise to I Love Lucy, from John Wayne to George Clooney, from television commercials to streaming video—to tell the complex, gripping, paradoxical story of the movies. He tracks the ways we were initially enchanted by movies as imitations of life—the stories, the stars, the look—and how we allowed them to show us how to live. At the same time, movies, offering a seductive escape from everyday reality and its responsibilities, have made it possible for us to evade life altogether. The entranced audience has become a model for powerless and anxiety-ridden citizens trying to pursue happiness and dodge terror by sitting quietly in a dark room. Does the big screen take us out into the world, or merely mesmerize us? That is Thomson's question in this grand adventure of a book. Books about the movies are often aimed at film buffs, but this passionate and provocative feat of storytelling is vital to anyone trying to make sense of the age of screens—the age that, more than ever, we are living in.
Category: Performing Arts

The Place Of Dead Roads

Author : William S. Burroughs
ISBN : 9781466856615
Genre : Fiction
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A good old-fashion shoot-out in the American West of the frontier days serves as the springboard for this hyperkinetic adventure in which gunslingers, led by Kim Carson, fight for galactic freedom. The Place of Dead Roads is the second novel in the trilogy with Cities of the Red Night and The Western Lands.
Category: Fiction

Light Shining In A Dark Place

Author : Jeff Sellars
ISBN : 9781630875831
Genre : Religion
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In Light Shining in a Dark Place, Jeff Sellars has drawn together more than a dozen scholars around the theme of discovering theology through the moving medium of film. The varied contributors in this collection explore, through their particular lenses, how theological ideas might be seen in and considered through one of the most popular of modern art forms. From subjects of sin, grace, and forgiveness to violence, science fiction/fantasy, and zombies, Light Shining in a Dark Place assists the theologically interested film viewer in tracing the light that might be found in the filmic arts back to the source of all lights. Contributors include: Bruce L. Edwards, J. Sage Elwell, Michael Leary, Peter Malone, Kevin C. Neece, Simon Oliver, Kim Paffenroth, J. Ryan Parker, Travis Prinzi, Megan J. Robinson, Scott Shiffer, James H. Thrall, and Alissa Wilkinson
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Pieces Of The Frame

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9780374708603
Genre : Literary Collections
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Pieces of the Frame is a gathering of memorable writings by one of the greatest journalists and storytellers of our time. They take the reader from the backwoods roads of Georgia, to the high altitude of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico; from the social decay of Atlantic City, to Scotland, where a pilgrimage for art's sake leads to a surprising encounter with history on a hilltop with a view of a fifth of the entire country. McPhee's writing is more than informative; these are stories, artful and full of character, that make compelling reading. They play with and against one another, so that Pieces of the Frame is distinguished as much by its unity as by its variety. Subjects familiar to McPhee's readers-sports, Scotland, conservation-are treated here with intimacy and a sense of the writer at work.
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Dreams And Dead Ends

Author : Jack Shadoian
ISBN : 0198032633
Genre : Performing Arts
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Dreams and Dead Ends provides a compelling history of the twentieth-century American gangster film. Beginning with Little Caesar (1930) and ending with Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead (1995), Jack Shadoian adroitly analyzes twenty notable examples of the crime film genre. Moving chronologically through nearly seven decades, this volume offers illuminating readings of a select group of the classic films--including The Public Enemy, D.O.A., Bonnie and Clyde, and The Godfather--that best define and represent each period in the development of the American crime film. Richly illustrated with more than seventy film stills, Dreams and Dead Ends details the evolution of the genre through insightful and precise considerations of cinematography, characterization, and narrative style. This updated edition includes new readings of three additional movies--Once Upon a Time in America, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, and Criss Cross--and brings this clear and lively discussion of the history of the gangster film to the end of the twentieth century.
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Dead Meat

Author : Steven Kampen
ISBN : 9780557605255
Genre : Fiction
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Detective Leonard Stutz of the Spring Woods Police Department is once again on the job. He finds himself caught up trying to solve an identity theft case. A local family with a long history of crime seems to be again involved in illegal activities. More than one branch of law enforcement is investigating this clan. Ironically thirty years ago the family's young daughter went missing and that case comes to light in this story.
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The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Author : Wallace Stegner
ISBN : 9781101077894
Genre : Fiction
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A defining masterpiece by the “dean of Western writers” (The New York Times) and the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety Bo Mason, his wife, Elsa, and their two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks out his fortune-in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running through the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest. In this affecting narrative, Wallace Stegner portrays over three decades in the life of the Mason family as they struggle to survive during the lean years of the early twentieth century.
Category: Fiction

The John Mcphee Reader

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9780374708580
Genre : Literary Collections
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The John McPhee Reader, first published in 1976, is comprised of selections from the author's first twelve books. In 1965, John McPhee published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are; a decade later, he had published eleven others. His fertility, his precision and grace as a stylist, his wit and uncanny brilliance in choosing subject matter, his crack storytelling skills have made him into one of our best writers: a journalist whom L.E. Sissman ranked with Liebling and Mencken, who Geoffrey Wolff said "is bringing his work to levels that have no measurable limit," who has been called "a master craftsman" so many times that it is pointless to number them.
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No Place Left To Bury The Dead

Author : Nicole Itano
ISBN : 9781416552918
Genre : Social Science
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EVERY DAY in Africa, approximately 7,000 men, women, and children are erased from the face of this planet by the devastating AIDS virus that -- even after more than two and a half decades -- continues to wreak havoc around the globe, especially in underdeveloped nations. No Place Left to Bury the Dead dares to go where media, governments, and ordinary individuals in the West seldom venture -- face-to-face with fellow humans suffering in the shadow of our collective ignorance and neglect. In this haunting investigation, acclaimed journalist Nicole Itano goes beyond traditional journalistic methods as she eats, sleeps, and lives with the women who struggle daily with the raging epidemic of AIDS. Working from the personal accounts of a few real women living with the disease, Itano traces their moments of discovery and diagnosis, their first symptoms, and the ways they cope with treatment and manage the news with their families. Itano's masterful blend of the personal, scientific, and historical turns statistics into stories and balances tragedy with hope as she outlines the scope of new treatment and prevention. In a time when celebrity and political heavy hitters such as Bono and Bill Clinton are rushing to find a remedy for Africa's increasing problem, No Place Left to Bury the Dead shows the world how the transformation of a few courageous women can heal entire communities and eradicate denial, and how books like these increase global awareness of one of the worst epidemics in human history. Like And the Band Played On and The Coming Plague, this book is a wake-up call that is urgently needed.
Category: Social Science

The Big Truck That Went By

Author : Jonathan M. Katz
ISBN : 9781137323958
Genre : History
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On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. In this visceral, authoritative first-hand account, Katz chronicles the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and how the world reacted to a nation in need. More than half of American adults gave money for Haiti, part of a monumental response totaling $16.3 billion in pledges. But three years later the relief effort has foundered. It's most basic promises—to build safer housing for the homeless, alleviate severe poverty, and strengthen Haiti to face future disasters—remain unfulfilled. The Big Truck That Went By presents a sharp critique of international aid that defies today's conventional wisdom; that the way wealthy countries give aid makes poor countries seem irredeemably hopeless, while trapping millions in cycles of privation and catastrophe. Katz follows the money to uncover startling truths about how good intentions go wrong, and what can be done to make aid "smarter." With coverage of Bill Clinton, who came to help lead the reconstruction; movie-star aid worker Sean Penn; Wyclef Jean; Haiti's leaders and people alike, Katz weaves a complex, darkly funny, and unexpected portrait of one of the world's most fascinating countries. The Big Truck That Went By is not only a definitive account of Haiti's earthquake, but of the world we live in today.
Category: History

Places For Dead Bodies

Author : Gary J. Hausladen
ISBN : 9780292779365
Genre : Literary Criticism
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From Tony Hillerman's Navajo Southwest to Martin Cruz Smith's Moscow, an exotic, vividly described locale is one of the great pleasures of many murder mysteries. Indeed, the sense of place, no less than the compelling character of the detective, is often what keeps authors writing and readers reading a particular series of mystery novels. This book investigates how "police procedural" murder mysteries have been used to convey a sense of place. Gary Hausladen delves into the work of more than thirty authors, including Tony Hillerman, Martin Cruz Smith, James Lee Burke, David Lindsey, P. D. James, and many others. Arranging the authors by their region of choice, he discusses police procedurals set in America, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, Moscow, Asia, and selected locales in other parts of the world, as well as in historical places ranging from the Roman Empire to turn-of-the-century Cairo.
Category: Literary Criticism