IN THE CITY RANDOM ACTS OF AWARENESS

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In The City Random Acts Of Awareness

Author : Colette Brooks
ISBN : 9780393243338
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An award-winning kaleidoscope of a book that "shocks and stirs the urban heart," capturing city life on the edge of the twenty-first century. What kind of person is a city person? This is a question of increasing importance, Colette Brooks suggests, as the city begins to spread, inexorably, into the furthest reaches of the modern mind. One possibility: a city person is someone "who doesn't feel the need to finish a jigsaw puzzle, who relishes jagged edges and orphaned curves, stray bits of data, stories parsed from sentences half overheard on the streets." Someone who is willing, sometimes eager, to immerse herself in mystery. Winner of the PEN/Jerard Fund Award, In the City is an idiosyncratic, lyrical, edgy exploration of the urban experience. This daring, unpredictable work breathes new life into the nonfiction form. Chronicling the often haphazard lives of city dwellers and cities themselves, In the City is a window into the urban psyche. An unnamed narrator roams the streets of an unnamed city, practicing "random acts of awareness" as she gathers disjointed pieces of the puzzle. She is sometimes in a city that seems to be New York, and sometimes in cities halfway around the world. In her wanderings she collects bits of stories, some taken from the headlines, some from the streets, some from the distant past. She studies criminals, innocent bystanders, commuters; a renowned painter who fled to the country; a bomber who sends unsuspecting city dwellers lethal packages marked "personal"; a blind, deaf woman who loves to ride the subway; a young cabdriver who keeps an open dictionary at his side as he drives, struggling to learn a strange language; a perplexed explorer who finds himself, against all expectation, stranded at the very edge of the earth. All of these people, she discovers, are city people, whether they know it yet or not. Some will flourish, others will be lost, victims of chance and mischance: the woman who drinks by herself in a brownstone apartment; the ancient city dwellers who couldn't outrun fire or flood; the children whose faces end up on posters on a wall. Those who survive learn, sooner or later, that everyone keeps company with ghosts who walk alongside. In the City shows us that the city is a place where past and present are commingled, where questions rarely have answers, where danger, difficulty, and exhilaration are interwoven in ways we can hardly begin to explain. Welcome to the city, the place where all contrary indications hold true.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Lost In Wonder

Author : Colette Brooks
ISBN : 9781582435725
Genre : Science
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Through a series of essays, the author relates some of the biggest scientific discoveries of the past 500 years, using prose that flows and engages the reader as if one were reading a novel. By the author of In the City: Random Acts of Awareness . Original.
Category: Science

Reading Seattle

Author : Peter Donahue
ISBN : 9780295805559
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Seattle, with its spectacular natural beauty and rough frontier history, has inspired writers from its earliest days. This anthology spans seven decades and includes fiction, memoirs, histories, and journalism that define the city or use it as a setting, imparting the flavor of the city through a literary prism. Reading Seattle features classics by Horace R. Cayton, Richard Hugo, Betty MacDonald, Mary McCarthy, Murray Morgan, and John Okada as well as more recent works by Sherman Alexie, Lynda Barry, David Guterson, J. A. Jance, Jonathan Raban, and others. It includes cutting-edge work by emerging talents and reintroduces works by important Seattle writers who may have been overlooked in recent years. The writers featured in this volume explore a variety of neighborhoods and districts within the city, delineating urban spaces and painting memorable portraits of characters both historical and fictional.
Category: Literary Criticism

Random Acts Of Trust Random Series 2 Bbw Romance Rock Star Romance

Author : Julia Kent
ISBN :
Genre : Fiction
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent comes the newest book in the Random series... Giving up is hard...but giving in is even harder. When did my life become a demented episode from The Mindy Project? Moving to Boston to begin grad school meant I was supposed to start a new life -- not dig through a past I thought I'd left behind four years ago. But when I saw the poster for Random Acts of Crazy, all I could think about was the drummer, Sam Hinton, the boy I'd loved in high school and who disappeared with my heart. Who knew I'd become the living version of Magic Mike? Seeing Amy Smithson at my gig and watching her win a kiss from my bandmate, Liam, was a gut punch. Four years ago we squared off in a high school debate that had higher stakes than we ever imagined, and here I was...wanting what I'd walked away from. Are there too many secrets between us to allow her to trust me again? And can I trust myself? The second book in the Random series after the wildly successful New York Times and USA Today bestseller Random Acts of Crazy, Random Acts of Trust is a New Adult romantic comedy that explores the love between one man, one woman, and ends with one Happily Ever After (and no cliffhangers or chickens!). Fate took their lives by storm four years ago and put an unbreachable gulf between Sam and Amy. This 87,000 word/346 printed page book asks: Can time really heal all wounds...or are some scars too deep? Topics: contemporary romance, romantic comedy, new adult romance, rockstar romance, rock star romance, coming of age romance, erotic romance, seductive story, hot romance, women's fiction, women's romance, bbw romance, college romance, contemporary woman julia kent, julia kent romance
Category: Fiction

Beyond Random Acts Of Kindness

Author : Chaplain Charlie Louvau
ISBN : 9781462815050
Genre : Self-Help
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I have chosen a number of pivotal events and experiences in my life as a vehicle to shine light upon actions that provided me not a hand out, but a hand up. Some of these actions may have been insignificant or perhaps even trivial on the part of those whose actions mean so much to me. That is precisely my point. Effective care and human involvement does not necessarily need to be complicated or intentional. These times can come in the simplest of moments. These actions for me have brought rich purpose, hope and value and meaning to my life. The care I have given to others has simply been a reflection of those who have given to me. But, perhaps more marvelously, they are a glowing reflection of the God who first loves us.
Category: Self-Help

The City Parent Handbook

Author : Kathy Bishop
ISBN : 1579548873
Genre : Family & Relationships
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For adults, the frenetic pace, constant movement, and variety of cultural, social, and retail offerings of life in a big city can be as exhilarating as a day at Disneyland. But, for an unprepared parent, those very same attributes can make raising small children in the city as jarring as a ride on Magic Mountain. Fortunately, family life in an urban setting can be a stimulating and enriching experience, just as long as parents are armed with the information they need to navigate the unique waters of city life and kids. THE CITY PARENT HANDBOOK: The Complete Guide to the Ups and Downs and Ins and Outs of Raising Young Kids in the City (A Rodale Trade Paperback Original; Publication Date: September 1, 2004; Price: $17.95) by Kathy Bishop and Julia Whitehead is a practical advice book, reference guide, and survival manual all rolled into one. Written with insight and humor by two New York City mothers, it provides invaluable information from a slew of experts across the country as well as insider tips that can come only from those who have been there. Geared to people just considering raising kids in a city as well as to parents who already shiver with night sweats over how to get in to that great city school or whether they will be evicted because their tots are being, well tots, it provides the city spin on a plethora of child-rearing topics. Starting with finding the right neighborhood for raising little ones, authors Bishop and Whitehead walk readers through virtually every imaginable aspect of child rearing in urban areas. Part One deals with the all-important basics: the fundamentals of family apartment living; staying sane in small spaces; handling those urban health hazards and safety issues; and the nuances of city childcare. Part Two takes the reader out and about, providing a primer on playgrounds; ways to help kids connect with nature and fitness when open spaces are in short supply (of course, it includes a list of the best city pets); tactics on getting around with kids in tow-from strollers to breastfeeding-on-the-go; ideas for making the most of city culture and all things entertainment, including museums, performing arts, theatre, ethnic celebrations and dining out. And it deals with the psychosocial impacts a city can have on even the youngest children, giving advice on how to turn the potential negatives of city exposure - jadedness, rudeness, intolerance - into the character-forming experiences you always hoped to offer your child. Part three focuses on education, providing ground rules valuable to any parent dealing with the urban education conundrum, a solid digest of the basics of private and public city systems and actions the smart city parent should take to obtain a great education for their child. Throughout THE CITY PARENT HANDBOOK are helpful "City Savvy Tips," "City Parent Rules," "Urban A-Lists," and "City Wise Warnings," which deliver constructive, real-life suggestions and information including: ̈ The four rules for choosing the best city neighborhood for your family ̈ Ten must-haves for making the most of storage in cramped quarters ̈ How and why you must talk the ER talk with your pediatrician ̈ Why urban lead is more of a problem than you may have thought, and the easy steps you can take to protect your child against poisoning ̈ Three critical rules for negotiating traffic with children, and the stupid but common traffic moves that need to be avoided at all costs ̈ Potentially lifesaving lessons to teach children and caregivers about fire safety ̈ Why city caregiving is different and what you need to know to make it work (questions you should ask during interviews, how to work with a nanny who doesn't speak your language, where to find the best caregiving for your family and how to make sure everyone flourishes). ̈ What private school admissions directors look for when deciding whether to admit your child and the common mistakes parents make that eliminate their child from consideration Once equipped with the salient facts and information, city parents will be prepared for the challenges inherent in urban life and able to take full advantage of all that cities have to offer their children. THE CITY PARENT HANDBOOK is required reading for urban moms and dads who want to rear happy, healthy and well-adjusted kids without moving to the suburbs.
Category: Family & Relationships

The Psychology Of Terrorism Fears

Author : Samuel Justin Sinclair
ISBN : 9780195388114
Genre : Psychology
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The psychology of terrorism, in its most basic form, is about fear. Although academics continue to debate the meaning of terrorism, the end result for victims of terrorism is very often fear and terror. The purposes of this book are to unpack the complexity of terrorism fears and to present a new paradigm for understanding the psychology of terrorism. As such, this book presents empirical and theoretical frameworks for understanding fear as a dynamic process that motivates and affects people on a myriad of levels.
Category: Psychology

The Teacher S Calendar 1999 2000

Author : Contemporary
ISBN : 0809226626
Genre : Anniversaries
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This unique calendar includes nearly 4,000 entries useful for classroom teachers of grades K-8. Arranged day by day from August 1, 1999, through July 31, 2000, it will help teachers plan lessons, do bulletin boards, and prepare school calendars.
Category: Anniversaries