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Book What My Mother Gave Me

Download or read book What My Mother Gave Me written by Elizabeth Benedict and published by Algonquin Books. This book was released on 2013-04-02 with total page 233 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In What My Mother Gave Me, women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter’s story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these thirty-one original pieces include Pulitzer Prize winners, perennial bestselling novelists, and celebrated broadcast journalists. Whether a gift was meant to keep a daughter warm, put a roof over her head, instruct her in the ways of womanhood, encourage her talents, or just remind her of a mother’s love, each story gets to the heart of a relationship. Rita Dove remembers the box of nail polish that inspired her to paint her nails in the wild stripes and polka dots she wears to this day. Lisa See writes about the gift of writing from her mother, Carolyn See. Cecilia Muñoz remembers both the wok her mother gave her and a lifetime of home-cooked family meals. Judith Hillman Paterson revisits the year of sobriety her mother bequeathed to her when Paterson was nine, the year before her mother died of alcoholism. Abigail Pogrebin writes about her middle-aged bat mitzvah, for which her mother provided flowers after a lifetime of guilt for skipping her daughter’s religious education. Margo Jefferson writes about her mother’s gold dress from the posh department store where they could finally shop as black women. Collectively, the pieces have a force that feels as elemental as the tides: outpourings of lightness and darkness; joy and grief; mother love and daughter love; mother love and daughter rage. In these stirring words we find that every gift, ?no matter how modest, tells the story of a powerful bond. As Elizabeth Benedict points out in her introduction, “whether we are mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, or cherished friends, we may not know for quite some time which presents will matter the most."

Book The Dark Portal

Download or read book The Dark Portal written by Robin Jarvis and published by Steerforth Press. This book was released on 2025-02-04 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A new edition of the classic children's fantasy adventure set in a magical world of mice and rats in the sewers under London In a borough of London called Deptford there lived a community of mice. An old empty house was their home and in it they fashioned a comfortable life for themselves. People never disturbed them with traps, and because all the windows were boarded up, they never even saw a cat. The Deptford Mice live a cosy life in the skirting boards of an abandoned London house, with no humans or cats to disturb them. But something is lurking deep beneath the city. Something that threatens to destroy their cosy existence for good. In the dank sewers under the house lives a mysterious being, worshipped by a horde of bloodthirsty rats who cower in its presence... When a mouse called Albert Brown unwisely ventures down into the sewers one day, he uncovers a terrifying plot to awaken an ancient evil. Soon Albert's family and friends find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives. Summoning all their courage, they must confront treacherous enemies and foul sorcery in a battle to save London and the world from eternal darkness. The Dark Portal is the first book in the much-loved Deptford Mice trilogy of classic dark fantasy novels, set in a magical world of peaceful mice and bloodthirsty rats.

Book The Botany of Desire

    Book Details:
  • Author : Michael Pollan
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Release : 2002-05-28
  • ISBN : 0375760393
  • Pages : 306 pages

Download or read book The Botany of Desire written by Michael Pollan and published by Random House Trade Paperbacks. This book was released on 2002-05-28 with total page 306 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “Pollan shines a light on our own nature as well as on our implication in the natural world.” —The New York Times “A wry, informed pastoral.” —The New Yorker The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Change Your Mind, Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind’s most basic yearnings. And just as we’ve benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?

Book Liquid Modernity

    Book Details:
  • Author : Zygmunt Bauman
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2013-07-10
  • ISBN : 074565701X
  • Pages : 291 pages

Download or read book Liquid Modernity written by Zygmunt Bauman and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2013-07-10 with total page 291 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this new book, Bauman examines how we have moved away from a 'heavy' and 'solid', hardware-focused modernity to a 'light' and 'liquid', software-based modernity. This passage, he argues, has brought profound change to all aspects of the human condition. The new remoteness and un-reachability of global systemic structure coupled with the unstructured and under-defined, fluid state of the immediate setting of life-politics and human togetherness, call for the rethinking of the concepts and cognitive frames used to narrate human individual experience and their joint history. This book is dedicated to this task. Bauman selects five of the basic concepts which have served to make sense of shared human life - emancipation, individuality, time/space, work and community - and traces their successive incarnations and changes of meaning. Liquid Modernity concludes the analysis undertaken in Bauman's two previous books Globalization: The Human Consequences and In Search of Politics. Together these volumes form a brilliant analysis of the changing conditions of social and political life by one of the most original thinkers writing today.

Book The Complete Works of Jane Austen  Including Novels  Personal Letters   Scraps

Download or read book The Complete Works of Jane Austen Including Novels Personal Letters Scraps written by Jane Austen and published by e-artnow. This book was released on 2017-11-15 with total page 2412 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Musaicum Books presents to you this carefully created volume of "The Complete Works of Jane Austen (Including Novels, Personal Letters & Scraps)". This ebook has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Content: Sense and Sensibility Pride and Prejudice Mansfield Park Emma Northanger Abby Persuasion The Watsons Sanditon Lady Susan Love and Freindship Lesley Castle The History of England Letters Scraps Jane Austen (1775–1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism and biting social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Book Underground

    Book Details:
  • Author : Suelette Dreyfus
  • Publisher : Canongate Books
  • Release : 2012-01-05
  • ISBN : 085786260X
  • Pages : 517 pages

Download or read book Underground written by Suelette Dreyfus and published by Canongate Books. This book was released on 2012-01-05 with total page 517 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Suelette Dreyfus and her co-author, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, tell the extraordinary true story of the computer underground, and the bizarre lives and crimes of an elite ring of international hackers who took on the establishment. Spanning three continents and a decade of high level infiltration, they created chaos amongst some of the world's biggest and most powerful organisations, including NASA and the US military. Brilliant and obsessed, many of them found themselves addicted to hacking and phreaking. Some descended into drugs and madness, others ended up in jail. As riveting as the finest detective novel and meticulously researched, Underground follows the hackers through their crimes, their betrayals, the hunt, raids and investigations. It is a gripping tale of the digital underground.

Book The End of Development

Download or read book The End of Development written by Andrew Brooks and published by Zed Books Ltd.. This book was released on 2017-05-15 with total page 194 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Why did some countries grow rich while others remained poor? Human history unfolded differently across the globe. The world is separated in to places of poverty and prosperity. Tracing the long arc of human history from hunter gatherer societies to the early twenty first century in an argument grounded in a deep understanding of geography, Andrew Brooks rejects popular explanations for the divergence of nations. This accessible and illuminating volume shows how the wealth of ‘the West’ and poverty of ‘the rest’ stem not from environmental factors or some unique European cultural, social or technological qualities, but from the expansion of colonialism and the rise of America. Brooks puts the case that international inequality was moulded by capitalist development over the last 500 years. After the Second World War, international aid projects failed to close the gap between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ nations and millions remain impoverished. Rather than address the root causes of inequality, overseas development assistance exacerbate the problems of an uneven world by imposing crippling debts and destructive neoliberal policies on poor countries. But this flawed form of development is now coming to an end, as the emerging economies of Asia and Africa begin to assert themselves on the world stage. The End of Development provides a compelling account of how human history unfolded differently in varied regions of the world. Brooks argues that we must now seize the opportunity afforded by today’s changing economic geography to transform attitudes towards inequality and to develop radical new approaches to addressing global poverty, as the alternative is to accept that impoverishment is somehow part of the natural order of things.

Book The Price of Desire  Lady Rivendale s Connections  Book Four

Download or read book The Price of Desire Lady Rivendale s Connections Book Four written by Jo Goodman and published by ePublishing Works!. This book was released on 2023-12-12 with total page 483 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Forbidden Desires and a Hidden Past Collide in The Price of Desire, by Jo Goodman a Historical Regency Romance from Jo Goodman No stranger to society's scandalous whispers, Griffin Wright-Jones, Viscount Breckenridge, operates a gaming hell teeming with temptation—a sanctuary for those eager to test their luck. But when a young gentleman's wagers exceed his means, Breckenridge demands payment, taking an heirloom ring as collateral—an action that will change his life forever. The estranged daughter of the influential Sir Hadrien Cole, Olivia Cole enters the gaming establishment as an unexpected marker for her younger, careless brother's debt. As a family cast-out left to fend for herself, she possesses a unique skill as a faro dealer, an asset she intends to use to repay her brother's debt. But Olivia's past holds secrets she'd rather keep hidden. Breckenridge has no intention of involving Olivia in his affairs, but her presence in his gaming hell mesmerizes him, and an undeniable attraction sparks between them. But amidst the dangers of scandal and a missing wife, they struggle to bridge the divide between duty and desire. Awards: Top Ten Best Romances 2018 Library Journal Best Romance, All About Romance 2008 Annual Reader Poll Romantic Times Career Achievement Award Top Ten Romance of the Year 2011, Library Journal #5 in the Top 100 Romances of All Time, Dear Author Starred reviews, Publishers Weekly Reviews: “A romance to savor.” ~Library Journal “Goodman has a real flair...Witty dialogue, first-rate narrative prose, and clever plotting.” ~Publishers Weekly “A master storyteller” ~The Romance Dish “Jo Goodman is a master at historical romance.” ~Fresh Fiction

Book Locally Laid

    Book Details:
  • Author : Lucie B. Amundsen
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2016-03-01
  • ISBN : 069840405X
  • Pages : 320 pages

Download or read book Locally Laid written by Lucie B. Amundsen and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2016-03-01 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How a Midwestern family with no agriculture experience went from a few backyard chickens to a full-fledged farm—and discovered why local chicks are better. When Lucie Amundsen had a rare night out with her husband, she never imagined what he’d tell her over dinner—that his dream was to quit his office job (with benefits!) and start a commercial-scale pasture-raised egg farm. His entire agricultural experience consisted of raising five backyard hens, none of whom had yet laid a single egg. To create this pastured poultry ranch, the couple scrambles to acquire nearly two thousand chickens—all named Lola. These hens, purchased commercially, arrive bereft of basic chicken-y instincts, such as the evening urge to roost. The newbie farmers also deal with their own shortcomings, making for a failed inspection and intense struggles to keep livestock alive (much less laying) during a brutal winter. But with a heavy dose of humor, they learn to negotiate the highly stressed no-man’s-land known as Middle Agriculture. Amundsen sees firsthand how these midsized farms, situated between small-scale operations and mammoth factory farms, are vital to rebuilding America’s local food system. With an unexpected passion for this dubious enterprise, Amundsen shares a messy, wry, and entirely educational story of the unforeseen payoffs (and frequent pitfalls) of one couple’s ag adventure—and many, many hours spent wrangling chickens.

Book The Mystery of Numbers

Download or read book The Mystery of Numbers written by Annemarie Schimmel and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 1994-04-07 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Why is the number seven lucky--even holy--in almost every culture? Why do we speak of the four corners of the earth? Why do cats have nine lives (except in Iran, where they have seven)? From literature to folklore to private superstitions, numbers play a conspicuous role in our daily lives. But in this fascinating book, Annemarie Schimmel shows that numbers have been filled with mystery and meaning since the earliest times, and across every society. In The Mystery of Numbers Annemarie Schimmel conducts an illuminating tour of the mysteries attributed to numbers over the centuries. She begins with an informative and often surprising introduction to the origins of number systems: pre-Roman Europeans, for example, may have had one based on twenty, not ten (as suggested by the English word "score" and the French word for 80, quatrevingt --four times twenty), while the Mayans had a system more sophisticated than our own. Schimmel also reveals how our fascination with numbers has led to a rich cross-fertilization of mathematical knowledge: "Arabic" numerals, for instance, were picked up by Europe from the Arabs, who had earlier adopted them from Indian sources ("Algorithm" and "algebra" are corruptions of the Arabic author and title names of a mathematical text prized in medieval Europe). But the heart of the book is an engrossing guide to the symbolism of numbers. Number symbolism, she shows, has deep roots in Western culture, from the philosophy of the Pythagoreans and Platonists, to the religious mysticism of the Cabala and the Islamic Brethren of Purity, to Kepler's belief that the laws of planetary motion should be mathematically elegant, to the unlucky thirteen. After exploring the sources of number symbolism, Schimmel examines individual numbers ranging from one to ten thousand, discussing the meanings they have had for Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions, with examples from Indian, Chinese, and Native American cultures as well. Two, for instance, has widely been seen as a number of contradiction and polarity, a number of discord and antithesis. And six, according to ancient and neo-platonic thinking, is the most perfect number because it is both the sum and the product of its parts (1+2+3=6 and 1x2x3=6). Using examples ranging from the Bible to the Mayans to Shakespeare, she shows how numbers have been considered feminine and masculine, holy and evil, lucky and unlucky. A highly respected scholar of Islamic culture, Annemarie Schimmel draws on her vast knowledge to paint a rich, cross-cultural portrait of the many meanings of numbers. Engaging and accessible, her account uncovers the roots of a phenomenon we all feel every Friday the thirteenth.

Book Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome

Download or read book Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome written by Apicius and published by Good Press. This book was released on 2019-11-20 with total page 282 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius is the oldest known cookbook in existence. There are recipes for cooking fish and seafood, game, chicken, pork, veal, and other domesticated animals and birds, for vegetable dishes, grains, beverages, and sauces; virtually the full range of cookery is covered. There are also methods for preserving food and revitalizing them in ways that are surprisingly still relevant.

Book Beautiful Boy

Download or read book Beautiful Boy written by David Sheff and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This book was released on 2008 with total page 350 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Sheff's story tells of his teenage son's addiction to meth, in this real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the family's gradual emergence into hope.

Book Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property

Download or read book Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property written by Gaëlle Krikorian and published by Mit Press. This book was released on 2010 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A movement emerges to challenge the tightening of intellectual property law around the world. At the end of the twentieth century, intellectual property rights collided with everyday life. Expansive copyright laws and digital rights management technologies sought to shut down new forms of copying and remixing made possible by the Internet. International laws expanding patent rights threatened the lives of millions of people around the world living with HIV/AIDS by limiting their access to cheap generic medicines. For decades, governments have tightened the grip of intellectual property law at the bidding of information industries; but recently, groups have emerged around the world to challenge this wave of enclosure with a new counter-politics of "access to knowledge" or "A2K." They include software programmers who took to the streets to defeat software patents in Europe, AIDS activists who forced multinational pharmaceutical companies to permit copies of their medicines to be sold in poor countries, subsistence farmers defending their rights to food security or access to agricultural biotechnology, and college students who created a new "free culture" movement to defend the digital commons. Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property maps this emerging field of activism as a series of historical moments, strategies, and concepts. It gathers some of the most important thinkers and advocates in the field to make the stakes and strategies at play in this new domain visible and the terms of intellectual property law intelligible in their political implications around the world. A Creative Commons edition of this work will be freely available online.

Book Applewood

Download or read book Applewood written by Susan J. Newhof and published by . This book was released on 2016 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Automotive pioneer Charles Stewart Mott and his first wife, Ethel Culbert Harding Mott, purchased sixty-four acres at the edge of downtown Flint, Michigan, and laid the cornerstone in 1916 for the family home and gentleman's farm they called Applewood. This collection of stories of Applewood's first one hundred years reveals the private lives of a very public family, much told in their own words. The author weaves excerpts from decades of interviews, personal letters, and C. S. Mott's detailed diary, plus recollections from family, friends, and staff. More than 250 photos, both new and historical images from the Ruth Mott Foundation Archives, give an intimate look at an extraordinary family and the place they called home.

Book Mazescapes

    Book Details:
  • Author : Roxie Munro
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release : 2001-07
  • ISBN : 1587170604
  • Pages : 44 pages

Download or read book Mazescapes written by Roxie Munro and published by Chronicle Books. This book was released on 2001-07 with total page 44 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Aerial views of rural and urban landscapes connect to form routes through which punch-out cars can be moved on trips to the zoo and other locations, with puzzles and games to play along the way.

Book How to Grow More Vegetables  Ninth Edition

Download or read book How to Grow More Vegetables Ninth Edition written by John Jeavons and published by Ten Speed Press. This book was released on 2017-07-25 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The world's leading resource on biointensive, sustainable, high-yield organic gardening is thoroughly updated throughout, with new sections on using 12 percent less water and increasing compost power. Long before it was a trend, How to Grow More Vegetables brought backyard ecosystems to life for the home gardener by demonstrating sustainable growing methods for spectacular organic produce on a small but intensive scale. How to Grow More Vegetables has become the go-to reference for food growers at every level, whether home gardeners dedicated to nurturing backyard edibles with minimal water in maximum harmony with nature's cycles, or a small-scale commercial producer interested in optimizing soil fertility and increasing plant productivity. In the ninth edition, author John Jeavons has revised and updated each chapter, including new sections on using less water and increasing compost power.

Book Critical Essays  Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Download or read book Critical Essays Hans Magnus Enzensberger written by Hans Magnus Enzensberger and published by A&C Black. This book was released on 1982-08-01 with total page 276 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: