To the River

A Journey Beneath the Surface

Author: Olivia Laing

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 0857860658

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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To the River is the story of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One midsummer week over sixty years later, Olivia Laing walked Woolf's river from source to sea. The result is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape - and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love. Along the way, Laing explores the roles rivers play in human lives, tracing their intricate flow through literature and mythology alike. To the River excavates all sorts of stories from the Ouse's marshy banks, from the brutal Barons' War of the thirteenth century to the 'Dinosaur Hunters', the nineteenth-century amateur naturalists who first cracked the fossil code. Central among these ghosts is, of course, Virginia Woolf herself: her life, her writing and her watery death.

Der Churchill-Faktor

Author: Boris Johnson

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 3608101128

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 472

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Mit fulminanter Erzählfreude und einem pointensicheren Gespür für die erhellende Anekdote schildert Boris Johnson Leben und Charakter des bedeutendsten britischen Staatsmannes des 20. Jahrhunderts (1874 –1965). Fasziniert von der Einmaligkeit, dem Humor und Sprachwitz, dem Abenteurertum, den politischen und literarisch-künstlerischen Leistungen seines Helden, hat er eine ebenso kenntnisreiche wie hinreißende Liebeserklärung an Winston S. Churchill verfasst. Mit britischer Nonchalance zeigt Johnson, was die Jahrhundertgestalt Churchill jedem von uns heute noch bedeuten kann.

The Amulet of Atlantis

Author: Mike Olafson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595360599

Category: Fiction

Page: 268

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Africa, 1938: A plane transporting top-secret weapons technology is lost over the jungles of the Belgian Congo. More importantly, it is also secretly transporting a mysterious amulet that holds the key to finding the fabled city of Atlantis. If it can be uncovered, Atlantis holds a mysterious secret which can help destroy an ancient, evil and mystical sect-the Black Light Order-an organization so powerful that the Nazi party itself is merely a pawn in its grand scheme of world domination. Maverick airfreight pilot Colt Hawthorne and his team of adventurers embark upon a quest to find the downed plane and soon face the Black Light Order and its mystic band of assassins. During his quest, Colt also encounters deadly spies, underworld agents of the black market, sexy femme fatales, savage jungle cults, a secret archaeological organization, and an old nemesis from Colt's fighter pilot days in World War I. Espionage, intrigue, and adventure overflow in this first installment of The Atlantis Legacy-an exciting new trilogy in the tradition of vintage adventure from a bygone era.

Run, River, Run

A Naturalist's Journey Down One of the Great Rivers of the American West

Author: Ann Zwinger

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816508853

Category: Nature

Page: 317

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"The Green River runs wild, free and vigourous from southern Wyoming to northeastern Utah. Edward Abbey wrote in these pages in 1975 that Anne Zwinger's account "of the Green River and its subtle forms of life and nonlife may be taken as authoritative. 'Run, River, Run,' should serve as a standard reference work on this part of the American West for many years to come." ÑNew York Times Book Review

Nachtlichter

Author: Amy Liptrot

Publisher: btb Verlag

ISBN: 3641203260

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Die ursprüngliche Kraft einer einzigartigen Landschaft lässt alte Wunden heilen: Mit Anfang dreißig spült das Leben Amy Liptrot zurück an den Ort ihrer Kindheit - die Orkney Islands, im dünn besiedelten Schottland wohl die abgelegenste Region. Hier schwimmt die britische Journalistin morgens im eiskalten Meer, verbringt ihre Tage als Vogelwärterin auf den Spuren von Orkneys Flora und Fauna und ihre Nächte auf der Suche nach den »Merry Dancers«, den Nordlichtern, die irgendwo im Dunkeln strahlen. Und hier beginnt sie nach zehn Jahren Alkoholsucht wieder Boden unter den Füßen zu gewinnen. Mit entwaffnender Ehrlichkeit erzählt Amy Liptrot von ihrer Kindheit, ihrem Aufbruch in die Stadt, nach Edinburgh, weiter nach London. Vom wilden Leben, dem Alkohol, dem Absturz. Vom Entzug und der Rückkehr zu ihren Wurzeln auf Orkney, wo sie der Natur und sich selbst mit neuen Augen begegnet.

Chemie der Tränen

Roman

Author: Peter Carey

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104022380

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Peter Carey erzählt von der Zerbrechlichkeit des Lebens und unseren Versuchen, einmal Zerbrochenes wieder zusammenzusetzen. Eine verlassene Frau, ein einsamer Junge. Catherine ist Kuratorin im Londoner Museum für Kunsthandwerk, ein Haus voller Schätze, in dem sie Uhren und Spieldosen betreut. Und sie ist verlassen, denn ihr Geliebter ist tot. Wie betäubt wendet sie sich einem alten Wunderwerk zu, einem künstlichen Schwan, der vor über 100 Jahren im Schwarzwald erbaut wurde: für einen kleinen Jungen, im Auftrag seines Vaters. Der erhoffte sich von der Maschine das Weiterleben seines Sohnes, so wie Catherine ihre Liebe retten will. Am Ende gelingt es – um den Schwan bildet sich endlich die Familie, von der der Vater immer nur geträumt hatte. Bewegend und einfallsreich, voller Erfindungen, Schlichen und Charme erzählt Peter Carey einen mitreißenden Roman über die Liebe und ein trotziges Buch gegen den Tod.

Schlaft gut, ihr fiesen Gedanken

Author: John Green

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446259171

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

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Die 16-jährige Aza Holmes hatte ganz sicher nicht vor, sich an der Suche nach dem verschwundenen Milliardär Russell Pickett zu beteiligen. Sie hat genug mit ihren eigenen Sorgen und Ängsten zu kämpfen, die ihre Gedankenwelt zwanghaft beherrschen. Doch als eine Hunderttausend-Dollar-Belohnung auf dem Spiel steht und ihre furchtlose beste Freundin Daisy es kaum erwarten kann, das Geheimnis um Pickett aufzuklären, macht Aza mit. Sie versucht Mut zu beweisen und überwindet durch Daisy nicht nur kleine Hindernisse, sondern auch große Gegensätze, die sie von anderen Menschen trennen. Für Aza wird es ein großes Abenteuer und eine Reise ins Zentrum ihrer Gedankenspirale, der sie zu entkommen versucht.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Somers

Author: Jeanne Kenyon Debell

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738504896

Category: History

Page: 128

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Since first striking out on its own in 1734, Somers has been transformed from a community of diverse agriculture to a major manufacturing center for fine fabrics, accompanied by an influx of vital immigrants, to the present mix of commuting residents and active farmers. After Somers separated from the town of Enfield, it served mainly as the breadbasket for the two nearest cities, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut. In the early-twentieth century, the town changed dramatically as the Somersville Manufacturing Company expanded and became an important source of fabric for the military during the two world wars. Fine fabrics continued to be manufactured in Somers until the late 1960s, long after most textile factories had left for the South. Today, Somers still has tobacco, corn, potato, berry, and dairy farms, and also serves as a convenient home for commuters to cities and surrounding towns. In Somers, the unique history of this rural New England town is captured in photographs, postcards, and artists' renditions from the last half of the 1800s to the present. Each image is identified with extensively researched and informative captions. The chapters depict early homes and farms (many still in existence), families and individuals, businesses, schools, and churches. They show the transition from largely produce farms to horse farms and tree farms, and to residential developments, as well as the rescue from decay of the unique, century-old Free Public Library.

The Portable Dante

Author: Dante Alighieri

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101573821

Category: Fiction

Page: 704

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Dante Alighieri paved the way for modern literature, while creating verse and prose that remain unparalleled for formal elegance, intellectual depth, and emotional grandeur. The Portable Dante contains complete verse translations of Dante's two masterworks, The Divine Comedy and La Vita Nuova, as well as a bibliography, notes, and an introduction by eminent scholar and translator Mark Musa. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Dragon Charmer

Author: Jan Siegel

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 9780307522122

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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In the enchanting novel Prospero's Children, Jan Siegel introduced an extraordinary heroine and the lushly evocative world of wonders and terrors that quickly enveloped her normal adolescent life. Now Siegel summons us back to the magic with the continuing story of Fern Capel--and the remarkable power of her extraordinary Gift . . . After surviving an amazing, terrifying summer twelve years ago, Fern makes a fateful decision: to deny the mystical powers that pulse through her family's past. Yearning for a simple, quiet life, she decides to marry a man twenty years her senior, a man who insists they wed at the Capels' summer house in Yarrowdale, a place swelling with mood, marvel, and magic. For when Fern returns there with her best friend, Gaynor, ancient, sinister forces reawaken. Yet Fern has had enough: Enough of running from her fate, enough of hiding from her Gift. As she turns to face her destiny, the real world falls away, and Fern is once again swept into another land, removed from Time, void of comfort. It will take all her skill and daring to fight her way back to the present and save the people she loves from the ever-growing danger that threatens to destroy them. And to her utmost surprise, the key to survival is a dragon with the capacity to rule the world . . . but who will relinquish it all to one man. Jan Siegel has created an intense, fascinating world. To surrender yourself under her captivating spell is to remember how remarkably powerful a literary voyage can be. From the Hardcover edition.

Navigating Environmental Attitudes

Author: Thomas A. Heberlein

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190224789

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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The environment, and how humans affect it, is more of a concern now than ever. We are constantly told that halting climate change requires raising awareness, changing attitudes, and finally altering behaviors among the general public-and fast. New information, attitudes, and actions, it is conventionally assumed, will necessarily follow one from the other. But this approach ignores much of what is known about attitudes in general and environmental attitudes specifically-there is a huge gap between what we say and what we do. Solving environmental problems requires a scientific understanding of public attitudes. Like rocks in a swollen river, attitudes often lie beneath the surface-hard to see, and even harder to move or change. In Navigating Environmental Attitudes, Thomas Heberlein helps us read the water and negotiate its hidden obstacles, explaining what attitudes are, how they change and influence behavior. Rather than necessarily trying to change public attitudes, we need to design solutions and policies with them in mind. He illustrates these points by tracing the attitudes of the well-known environmentalist Aldo Leopold, while tying social psychology to real-world behaviors throughout the book. Bringing together theory and practice, Navigating Environmental Attitudes provides a realistic understanding of why and how attitudes matter when it comes to environmental problems; and how, by balancing natural with social science, we can step back from false assumptions and unproductive, frustrating programs to work toward fostering successful, effective environmental action. "With lively prose, inviting stories, and solid science, Heberlein pilots us deftly through the previously uncharted waters of environmental attitudes. It's a voyage anyone interested in environmental issues needs to take." -- Robert B. Cialdini, author of Influence: Science and Practice "Navigating Environmental Attitudes is a terrific book. Heberlein's authentic voice and the book's organization around stories keeps readers hooked. Wildlife biologists, natural resource managers, conservation biologists - and anyone else trying to solve environmental problems - will learn a lot about attitudes, behaviors, and norms; and the fallacy of the Cognitive Fix." -- Stephen Russell Carpenter, Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison "People who have spent their lives dealing with environmental issues from a broad range of perspectives consistently abide by erroneous assumption that all we need to do to solve environmental problems is to educate the public. I consider it to be the most dangerous of all assumptions in environmental management. In Navigating Environmental Attitudes, Tom Heberlein brings together expertise in social and biophysical sciences to do an important kind of 'science education'-educating eminent scientists about the realities of their interactions with the broader public." --the late Bill Freudenburg, Dehlsen Professor of Environment and Society, University of California, Santa Barbara

The Book of Nature:

Embracing a Condensed Survey of the Animal Kingdom as Well as Sketches of Vegetable Anatomy, Geology, Botany, Mineralogy, &c, &c

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Natural history

Page: 278

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