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The Island At The End Of Everything

Author : Kiran Millwood Hargrave
ISBN : 9780553535341
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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A poignant story filled with heart-warming courage as a young girl takes on a harrowing journey to be reunited with her mother. Ami lives on Culion, an island in the Philippines for people who have leprosy. Her mother is among the infected. Ami loves her home: with its blue seas and lush forests, Culion contains all she knows and loves. But the arrival of malicious government official Mr. Zamora changes her world forever. Islanders untouched by sickness are forced to leave for a neighboring island, where the children are placed in an orphanage. Banished across the sea, Ami is desperate to return to Culion before her mother's death. She finds a strange and fragile hope in a colony of butterflies. Can they lead her home before it's too late? Heartrending yet hopeful, celebrated newcomer Kiran Hargrave's novel is a story about loss, perseverence, and faith.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Tempest

Author : Susan Heidi Krueger
ISBN : 076144677X
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A literary analysis of the play The Tempest. Includes information on the history and culture of Elizabethan England. Introduction by Joseph Sobran.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Feminist Anthropology

Author : Pamela L. Geller
ISBN : 0812220056
Genre : Social Science
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Feminist Anthropology probes critical issues in the study of gender, sex, and sexuality. While feminist anthropology is often perceived as fragmented, this vital new work establishes common ground and situates feminist inquiries within the larger context of social theory and anthropological practice.
Category: Social Science

The Best In Tent Camping Washington

Author : Jeanne Pyle
ISBN : 9780897327657
Genre : Travel
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From the Olympic Peninsula to Puget Sound, the Emerald State offers a wealth of camping opportunities. This expert guide profiles 50 of the state's best campsites, using a handy star system to rank everything from beauty, privacy, and spaciousness to quiet, security, and cleanliness. Each site is accessible by automobile but not overrun by RVs, offers great scenery, and is as close to a wilderness experience as possible. Useful at-a-glance data covers reservations, fees, and restrictions. Clear maps show campground layout, individual sites, and key facilities. Driving directions supplemented with GPS-based coordinates for each site entrance make getting there a snap.
Category: Travel

The Devil S Teeth

Author : Susan Casey
ISBN : 9781466800519
Genre : Nature
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A journalist's obsession brings her to a remote island off the California coast, home to the world's most mysterious and fearsome predators--and the strange band of surfer-scientists who follow them Susan Casey was in her living room when she first saw the great white sharks of the Farallon Islands, their dark fins swirling around a small motorboat in a documentary. These sharks were the alphas among alphas, some longer than twenty feet, and there were too many to count; even more incredible, this congregation was taking place just twenty-seven miles off the coast of San Francisco. In a matter of months, Casey was being hoisted out of the early-winter swells on a crane, up a cliff face to the barren surface of Southeast Farallon Island-dubbed by sailors in the 1850s the "devil's teeth." There she joined Scot Anderson and Peter Pyle, the two biologists who bunk down during shark season each fall in the island's one habitable building, a haunted, 135-year-old house spackled with lichen and gull guano. Two days later, she got her first glimpse of the famous, terrifying jaws up close and she was instantly hooked; her fascination soon yielded to obsession-and an invitation to return for a full season. But as Casey readied herself for the eight-week stint, she had no way of preparing for what she would find among the dangerous, forgotten islands that have banished every campaign for civilization in the past two hundred years. The Devil's Teeth is a vivid dispatch from an otherworldly outpost, a story of crossing the boundary between society and an untamed place where humans are neither wanted nor needed.
Category: Nature

Utopian Moments

Author : J. C. Davis
ISBN : 9781849666855
Genre : Political Science
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Within literature, history, politics, philosophy and theology, the interpretation of utopian ideals has evolved constantly. Juxtaposing historical views on utopian diagnoses, prescriptions and on the character and value of utopian thought with more modern interpretations, this volume explores how our ideal utopia has transformed over time. Challenging long-held interpretations, the contributors turn a fresh eye to canonical texts, and open them up to a twenty-first century audience. From Moore's Utopia to Le Guin's The Dispossessed, Utopian Moments puts forward a lively and accessible debate on the nature and significance of utopian thought and tradition. Each essay focuses on a key passage from the selected work using it to encourage both the specialist and the reader new to the field to read afresh. Written by an international team of leading scholars, the essays range from the sixteenth century to the present day and are designed to be both stimulating and accessible.
Category: Political Science

Everything Is Just Yesterday With Lots Of Tomorrows

Author : Robert H. T. W. Nieder
ISBN : 9781493154630
Genre : Fiction
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This is a fi ctional tale that contains slight spiritual messages and subtle social issues sprinkled into it. It is a love story between a young angry hateful shrimper who lives in the village of Edgewater which is located along the St. Johns River in northern Florida and a young Gullah woman who is from St. Helena Island off the Beaufort coast of South Carolina. A boating accident occurs out in the Atlantic Ocean in which Billie Barrett is washed ashore on Hunting Island, South Carolina. After medical attention is given to Billie he is taken in and cared for by a Gullah family living in St. Helena Island. It is in this household that he meets Bridgette Kamau who tends to him on a day to day basis. A connection is made between the two and Billie has a change of heart in his ignorance as he falls in love with her. You will read into it what you will and get out of it what you perceive.
Category: Fiction

Oak Seer A Supernatural Mystery

Author : Graham Higson
ISBN : 9781311526434
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Jack Briscoe is a loner with two passions: woodwork and womanizing. Stricken by a curse, his ability to work and his sexual prowess are cruelly torn away and visions from the past take over his life. Is an ancient oak carving of a monstrous face his ruthless enemy? When the paranormal malevolence attacks his former women friends, he tries to exorcise the past. But maybe the past is exorcising him.
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The Mystery Of Princess Louise

Author : Lucinda Hawksley
ISBN : 9781448192113
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The secrets of Queen Victoria’s sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumour and gossip than hard facts? When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, she discovered a fascinating woman, modern before her time, whose story has been shielded for years from public view. Louise was a sculptor and painter, friend to the Pre-Raphaelites and a keen member of the Aesthetic movement. The most feisty of the Victorian princesses, she kicked against her mother’s controlling nature and remained fiercely loyal to her brothers – especially the sickly Leopold and the much-maligned Bertie. She sought out other unconventional women, including Josephine Butler and George Eliot, and campaigned for education and health reform and for the rights of women. She battled with her indomitable mother for permission to practice the ‘masculine’ art of sculpture and go to art college – and in doing so became the first British princess to attend a public school. The rumours of Louise’s colourful love life persist even today, with hints of love affairs dating as far back as her teenage years, and notable scandals included entanglements with her sculpting tutor Joseph Edgar Boehm and possibly even her sister Princess Beatrice’s handsome husband, Liko. True to rebellious form, she refused all royal suitors and became the first member of the royal family to marry a commoner since the sixteenth century. Spirited and lively, The Mystery of Princess Louise is richly packed with arguments, intrigues, scandals and secrets, and is a vivid portrait of a princess desperate to escape her inheritance.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Mark Twain In Paradise

Author : Donald Hoffmann
ISBN : 082626526X
Genre : Literary Criticism
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For Mark Twain, it was love at first landfall. Samuel Clemens first encountered the Bermuda Islands in 1867 on a return voyage from the Holy Land and found them much to his liking. One of the most isolated spots in the world, Bermuda offered the writer a refuge from his harried and sometimes sad existence on the mainland, and this island paradise called him back another seven times. Clemens found that Bermuda’s beauty, pace, weather, and company were just the medicine he needed, and its seafaring culture with few connections to the outside world appealed to his love of travel by water. This book is the first comprehensive study of Clemens’s love affair with Bermuda, a vivid depiction of a celebrated author on recurring vacations. Donald Hoffmann has culled and clarified passages from Mark Twain’s travel pieces, letters, and unpublished autobiographical dictation—with cross-references to his fiction and infrequently cited short pieces—to create a little-known view of the author at leisure on his fantasy island. Mark Twain in Paradise sheds light on both Clemens’s complex character and the topography and history of the islands. Hoffmann has plumbed the voluminous Mark Twain scholarship and Bermudian archives to faithfully re-create turn-of-the-century Bermuda, supplying historical and biographical background to give his narrative texture and depth. He offers insight into Bermuda’s natural environment, traditional stone houses, and romantic past, and he presents dozens of illustrations, both vintage and new, showing that much of what Mark Twain described can still be seen today. Hoffmann also provides insight into the social circles Clemens moved in—and sometimes collected around himself. When visiting the islands, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of socialist Upton Sinclair and multimillionaire Henry H. Rogers; with Woodrow Wilson and his lover, socialite Mary Peck; as well as with the young girls to whom he enjoyed playing grandfather. “You go to heaven if you want to,” Mark Twain wrote from Bermuda in 1910 during his long last visit. “I’d druther stay here.” And because much of what Clemens enjoyed in the islands is still available to experience today, visitors to Bermuda can now have America’s favorite author as their guide. Mark Twain in Paradise is an unexpected addition to the vast literature by and about Mark Twain and a work of travel literature unlike any other.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Island Walkers

Author : John Bemrose
ISBN : 9781466857650
Genre : Fiction
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A powerful first novel about a family that slips from fortune's favor and a town broken by the forces of modernity Across a bend of Ontario's Attawan River lies the Island, a working-class neighborhood of whitewashed houses and vine-freighted fences, black willows and decaying sheds. Here, for generations, the Walkers have lived among the other mill workers. The family's troubles begin in the summer of 1965, when a union organizer comes to town and Alf Walker is forced to choose between loyalty to his friends at the mill and advancement up the company ranks. Alf's worries are aggravated by his wife, Margaret, who has never reconciled her middle-class English upbringing to her blue-collar reality. As the summer passes, Joe, their son, is also forced to reckon with his family's standing when he falls headlong for a beautiful newcomer on a bridge—a girl far beyond him, with greater experience and broader horizons. As the threat of mill closures looms, the Walkers grapple with their personal crises, just as the rest of the town fights to protect its way of life amid the risks of unionization and the harsh demands of corporate power. Superbly crafted and deeply moving, this remarkable debut follows the Walkers to the very bottom of their night only to confirm, in the end, life's ultimate hopefulness. The Island Walkers is at once a love letter to a place, a gripping family saga, and a testimony to the emergence of an important new novelist.
Category: Fiction

Everything Is Wonderful

Author : Sigrid Rausing
ISBN : 9780802192813
Genre : Travel
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“Pages of dreamlike prose explore Estonia’s terrible Nazi-Soviet past, the trauma of dictatorship, and how memory processes that trauma” (The Financial Times). A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of the Year Just like it was taken for granted that houses could be abandoned and slowly decay, so it was taken for granted that people died in prisons, and that it was possible that no-one would really ever know the cause of death. This is the nature of totalitarianism . . . In the early 1990s, after the collapse of the USSR, Sigrid Rausing completed her anthropological fieldwork on the peninsula of Noarootsi, a former Soviet border protection zone in Estonia. Abandoned watch towers dotted the coast line, and the huge fields of the Lenin collective farm were lying fallow, waiting for claims from former owners who had fled war and Soviet and Nazi occupation. Rausing’s conversations with the local people touched on many subjects: the economic privations of post-Soviet existence, the bewildering influx of western products, and the Swedish background of many of them. In Everything Is Wonderful Rausing reflects on history, political repression, and the story of the minority Swedes in the area. Here she tells her story of what she observed as she lived and worked among the villagers—witnessing their transition from repression to freedom, and from Soviet neglect to post-Soviet austerity. “A delicate, precise, and richly informative memoir of a forgotten Europe and a vanished world.” —Timothy Garton Ash
Category: Travel

Dk Eyewitness Travel Guide Mallorca Menorca Ibiza

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ISBN : 9781405393287
Genre : Travel
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Mallorca, Menorca & Ibiza will lead you straight to the best attractions the Balearic Islands have on offer. Packed with photographs, illustrations and detailed maps, discover the four main Balearic Islands; from lively beaches and rocky coastlines to lush subtropical interiors. The guide provides the insider tips every visitor needs, from taking the vintage tram from Palma to Sóller in Mallorca, to the world-famous nightlife of Ibiza and dipping into the clear waters of Formentera. The guide offers comprehensive listings of the best hotels, resorts, restaurants, cafés and bars on each island for all budgets and you'll find 3D cutaways and floorplans of all must-see sights, plus street-by-street maps of the major cities and towns. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Mallorca, Menorca & Ibiza explores the culture, history, architecture and art of these charming islands, plus there's up-to-date information on getting around by train, car, and on foot, as well as finding the beaches, sights and resorts that will make your trip a success. Don't miss a thing on your holiday with the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Mallorca, Menorca & Ibiza Now available in PDF format.
Category: Travel

Great White

Author : Chris Fallows
ISBN : 9781452100814
Genre : Nature
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For most people, sharks and fear go hand in hand. Renowned photographer and conservationist Chris Fallows maintains a more nuanced relationship with the super predator. Gasp-inducing in their immediacy and surprise, Fallows's brilliant photographs present these mighty creatures in a different light. Great White, the first publication to collect Fallows's work reveals the sublime beauty of sharks and provides a rare glimpse into the largely unseen world of great whites, hammerheads, and other breeds. Fallows captures these fearsome creatures both above water, as they intersect with humanity, and below, in their mysterious underwater domain. A one-of-a-kind portrait of the shark and a superlative study of the nature photographer's art, this collection is bound to turn heads and elicit a deep appreciation for the creatures that inhabit our oceans.
Category: Nature

Hawaii

Author : James A. Michener
ISBN : 9780804151405
Genre : Fiction
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Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener brings Hawaii’s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in 1959. As the volcanic Hawaiian Islands sprout from the ocean floor, the land remains untouched for centuries—until, little more than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers make the perilous journey across the Pacific, flourishing in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions. Then, in the early nineteenth century, American missionaries arrive, bringing with them a new creed and a new way of life. Based on exhaustive research and told in Michener’s immersive prose, Hawaii is the story of disparate peoples struggling to keep their identity, live in harmony, and, ultimately, join together. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Centennial. Praise for Hawaii “Wonderful . . . [a] mammoth epic of the islands.”—The Baltimore Sun “One novel you must not miss! A tremendous work from every point of view—thrilling, exciting, lusty, vivid, stupendous.”—Chicago Tribune “From Michener’s devotion to the islands, he has written a monumental chronicle of Hawaii, an extraordinary and fascinating novel.”—Saturday Review “Memorable . . . a superb biography of a people.”—Houston Chronicle
Category: Fiction

Grand Island

Author : Gerald Carpenter and June Justice Crawford
ISBN : 9781467121309
Genre : History
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When people think of Grand Island, they invariably picture the bridges connecting it with Buffalo to the south and Niagara Falls to the north. They might also think of it as a pleasant and conveniently located suburb or envision the island's natural beauty with the majestic Niagara River flowing serenely around it. But there were no bridges before 1935, and most people know little of the island's long, fascinating history up to that time. To the Iroquois, it was a valued hunting and fishing preserve; to British and French imperialists, a contested frontier asset. After American independence, it became whatever people could dream up--a tax-free utopian settlement, a refuge for Europe's persecuted Jews, a source of timber for Yankee clipper ships, a summer retreat for the wealthy, a playground for the masses, or a collection of small farm villages--all before it assumed its suburban form. Its colorful story, presented through this book's images, emerged from interactions between its unique geography and human imagination.
Category: History

The Island They Towed Away

Author : Melvin Rea
ISBN : 9781496981073
Genre : Fiction
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A general election in Albion usually produces a clear winner but, when it does not, those who feel they should have won cannot resist the temptation to hold another one. Electorates, however, tend to be less enthusiastic a second time round and politicians struggle to engage their attention, so when a distinguished personage suggested the weather was the root of all Albion’s woes and that it might be a good idea to tow the island away, certain politicians find the suggestion irresistible. The ‘Island they towed Away’ tells of the unpredictable consequences of such an extraordinary solution to political apathy and of the trials and tribulations of the people of Albion as their island is subsequently towed from one unaccustomed mooring to another. It tells of the plots, ambitions and machinations of politicians from both sides of the political divide and how each of them finally receives his just political deserts. Against the backdrop of this high political intrigue, it relates the lives of ordinary people, caught up in the web of political drama whose simple desire to carry on their daily lives unwittingly has a decisive influence on its eventual outcome.
Category: Fiction