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Trashlands

By Alison Stine
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  • Publisher : MIRA
  • Isbn : 0369703448
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 645
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"This thought-provoking apocalypse noir fires on all cylinders.” –Publishers Weekly starred review From the author of Road Out of Winter, winner of the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award, comes a resonant, visionary novel about the power of art and the sacrifices we are willing to make for the ones we love A few generations from now, the coastlines of the continent have been redrawn by floods and tides. Global powers have agreed to not produce any new plastics, and what is left has become valuable: garbage is currency. In the region-wide junkyard that Appalachia has become, Coral is a “plucker,” pulling plastic from the rivers and woods. She’s stuck in Trashlands, a dump named for the strip club at its edge, where the local women dance for an endless loop of strangers and the club's violent owner rules as unofficial mayor. Amid the polluted landscape, Coral works desperately to save up enough to rescue her child from the recycling factories, where he is forced to work. In her stolen free hours, she does something that seems impossible in this place: Coral makes art. When a reporter from a struggling city on the coast arrives in Trashlands, Coral is presented with an opportunity to change her life. But is it possible to choose a future for herself? Told in shifting perspectives, Trashlands is a beautifully drawn and wildly imaginative tale of a parent's journey, a story of community and humanity in a changed world. “A harrowing tale that is a natural extension of our current climate crisis.... Highly recommended.” –Booklist, starred review

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  • File Pdf: the-answer-is-always-yes.pdf

Book Summary:

This darkly exuberant debut novel—by turns a fierce, funny coming-of-age story and a teasing work of literary suspense—traces the precipitous rise and fall of a teenage impresario at the zenith of the New York club scene. Matthew Acciaccatura of Teaneck, New Jersey, begins his freshman year at NYU in the fall of 1995 with one goal in mind: to become cool. A former high school outcast, used to lumbering the hallways alone in oversize turtlenecks, Matt seems an unlikely candidate for such a transformation. Yet by dint of effort he lands the coveted position of promoter at one of the hottest clubs in New York in the heyday of rave music and Ecstasy. However, as “Magic” Matt rises to fame, portents of tragedy begin to appear, literally in the margins of the story. Footnotes from one Dr. Hans Mannheim, an imprisoned German academic obsessed with Matt’s dangerous trajectory, suggest that Matt is not as in control of his destiny as he might appear…. A gorgeously written archetypal tale of self-discovery (and self-deception) and a love letter to the enduring possibilities of New York City, The Answer Is Always Yes will keep readers guessing until its explosive climax.

Masking for Trouble

By Diane Vallere
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 0698183444
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 654
  • File Pdf: masking-for-trouble.pdf

Book Summary:

Halloween brings more tricks than treats for costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn in the second in a new cozy series from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness Mysteries. Halloween conjures up big business for Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, but this year, the holiday comes knocking with serious trouble. Venture capitalist Paul Haverford plans to rezone historic downtown into a glitzy commercial area which would push out local business. Margo is set on saving her family’s store, especially after a nasty run-in with the chain-store tycoon, but after Haverford’s body is discovered during a spooky party at the derelict Alexandria Hotel, Margo finds herself dressed as the police’s prime suspect. Anxious to clear her name, Margo begins hunting down anyone who might have wanted Haverford dead. Between all of his malicious maneuverings, the murdered mogul had buckets of people anxious to see him gone. Now, Margo will have to use every trick in the book to find a cloaked killer—before someone else winds up wearing a death shroud...

Spirit Marriage

By Megan Rose
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 1591434165
  • Pages : 448
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 977
  • File Pdf: spirit-marriage.pdf

Book Summary:

• Presents interviews with ten contemporary practitioners of spirit marriage, exploring how the relationship developed and the opportunities and challenges • Discusses the author’s own spirit marriage, including her awakening as an erotic mystic and her encounters with her Faery beloved • Explains how to cultivate a spirit marriage, sharing precautions and practices to spiritually prepare yourself and navigate the potential challenges of spirit marriage Exploring the phenomenon of the spirit spouse or spirit lover--an entity to which a human is psychically bonded--Megan Rose, Ph.D., examines the practice and purpose of spirit marriage around the world, presenting transcultural evidence of this form of sacred union in anthropological research, religious literature, mythology, folklore, and the oral tradition. She shares her in-depth interviews with ten contemporary practitioners of spirit marriage, including a Faery Seer, a Shakta Tantric, a West African Shrine Keeper, a New Orleans Voodoo Mambo, Haitian Vodou practitioners, and a ceremonial magician. Through these respectful interviews, the spirit-marriage practitioners tell their stories of initiation and of having a spouse who is both otherworldly and able to assist in waking- world activities. They offer intimate insight into this growing global practice and its larger evolutionary purpose. We learn about their experiences of first contact, the decision to marry, how the relationship is upheld by their community, and the impact on their other relationships. We also learn about the risks and challenges as well as one example of divorcing a spirit. Sharing her personal experience, the author discusses in detail her own spirit marriage, including the erotic nature of being “spirit filled” and her encounters with her Faery beloved. She explains how to cultivate a spirit marriage, sharing precautions and practices to spiritually prepare yourself, interpret your paranormal encounters, and navigate the potential challenges of spirit marriage. Presenting the first study of the transcultural, shamanistic practice of spirit marriage, this book shows how bonded relationships with spirits are needed now more than ever to assist with spiritual evolution.

They Stole Our Hearts

By Daniel Kraus
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
  • Isbn : 1250224438
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 138
  • File Pdf: they-stole-our-hearts.pdf

Book Summary:

The heart-pounding sequel to They Threw Us Away, about a group of teddy bears looking for a place to call home...and answers to life’s biggest questions. The teddies—clever Buddy, brave Sunny, sweet Sugar, and wise Reginald—have managed to find a child. Life with Darling is far better than any they’ve known. But something's not right—the promised bliss of Forever Sleep hasn’t come. And they are kept a secret from Darling’s mother, hidden underneath the child’s bed in the dusty darkness. Then the inevitable happens: Mama discovers the teddies. And like all adults they’ve met thus far, she responds with fear and anger. The teddies must watch as one of their friends is destroyed. The remaining trio barely escape, thrust back into a world that does not want them. Disillusioned and lost, the teddies embark on a journey back to the factory where they were created. En route, they find a civilization of discarded teddy bears. The comfort of a town of teddies has its allure...but the need for answers weighs heavy. And there’s something definitely off about these new teddies. Will our heroes accept their strange rules? Or must they dig deep for one more grand adventure to finally learn why they were thrown away?

Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers

By Bonnie Burton,Alan Graham
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Apress
  • Isbn : 1430206780
  • Pages : 280
  • Category : Computers
  • Reads : 332
  • File Pdf: never-threaten-to-eat-your-co-workers.pdf

Book Summary:

* Wide appeal to popular culture and tech and non technical enthusiasts. The book will appeal to bloggers, males (60% of bloggers are male and females (50% of people who read blogs are female), and even those outside of the digital cognoscenti who are curious to know what blogs are all about. * The editorial board currently includes: Doc Searls, Editor at Large for Linux Journal and preeminent blogger; Cory Doctorow, science fiction writer and blogger; Rick Karr, pop culture and technology reporter for NPR; Jack Boulware, San Francisco author and chronicler of the porn industry; and Bonnie Burton, a blogger and producer at ILM. * Business Week and NYT have been discussing the growing importance of Blogs (Blog – web-based diary or "Web Log.")Some of the bloggers enjoy a semi-celebrity status. * Stats: 1.4 million Active blogs, updated avg every 14 days; 107k updated weekly. * Predictions: The number of hosted blogs created to exceed 5million by the end of 2003 and to exceed 10million by end of 2004. * 4% of the online community read them, so there is a huge percentage of potential readers to draw from.

Global Asian American Popular Cultures

By Shilpa Dave,LeiLani Nishime,Tasha Oren
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Isbn : 1479837490
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 421
  • File Pdf: global-asian-american-popular-cultures.pdf

Book Summary:

Asian Americans have long been the subject and object of popular culture in the U.S. The rapid circulation of cultural flashpoints—such as the American obsession with K-pop sensations, Bollywood dance moves, and sriracha hot sauce—have opened up new ways of understanding how the categories of “Asian” and “Asian American” are counterbalanced within global popular culture. Located at the crossroads of these global and national expressions, Global Asian American Popular Cultures highlights new approaches to modern culture, with essays that explore everything from music, film, and television to comics, fashion, food, and sports. As new digital technologies and cross-media convergence have expanded exchanges of transnational culture, Asian American popular culture emerges as a crucial site for understanding how communities share information and how the meanings of mainstream culture shift with technologies and newly mobile sensibilities. Asian American popular culture is also at the crux of global and national trends in media studies, collapsing boundaries and acting as a lens to view the ebbs and flows of transnational influences on global and American cultures. Offering new and critical analyses of popular cultures that account for emerging textual fields, global producers, technologies of distribution, and trans-medial circulation, this ground-breaking collectionexplores the mainstream and the margins of popular culture.

Other Worlds, Better Lives

By Howard Waldrop
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Small Beer Press
  • Isbn : 1618730800
  • Pages : 280
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 571
  • File Pdf: other-worlds-better-lives.pdf

Book Summary:

Seven novellas that cover ground the way that only Waldrop can featuring Wagner, Fats Waller, Picasso, Thomas Wolfe, and more.

M-A-R-C

By D.R. Spires
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 1984527908
  • Pages : 324
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 852
  • File Pdf: m-a-r-c.pdf

Book Summary:

The year is 2214, and disheartened with the knowledge that after a hundred years of peace, war may again be declared, Senator Jonathan Q. Tash of New Mexico, Namericorp, travels incognito to Mars, hoping to quell the unrest. But there’s not a whole lot one man can do. He joins up with the MARC, the Martian Armed Resistance Corps, and is given a small team of the youngest roughnecks he had ever seen, where he becomes a hunter-gatherer of federal information, also known as a spy. Jon is injured during an escape when he fell down a concrete stairwell and is rushed to his ship, the Hyperion Way, by a rather remarkable, very futuristic entity known as Hype, who can do almost anything. Laid up with a concussion, he has no idea what is going on with the war, but with a few thousand troops against the combined multimillion-soldier might of the planet Earth, it ain’t good.

The Birds of Brookside Manor

By Addison L. Jones
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Blydyn Square Books
  • Isbn : 0985705515
  • Pages : 334
  • Category :
  • Reads : 261
  • File Pdf: the-birds-of-brookside-manor.pdf

Book Summary:

Beverly Grady may just be the world’s loneliest woman. Her husband is dead, she hates her sister, and she has no friends—other than the birds she watches every day in her yard. When she finds out her late husband left behind mountains of debt, she has no choice but to downgrade her lifestyle, moving from her dream house to a cheap apartment in nearby Brookside Manor. Befriended by the colorful locals, Beverly starts to learn—for the first time in her life—that there may be more to life than birdwatching. But there’s also more to Brookside Manor than meets the eye, and you’ll never believe the secret it’s hiding.

Screen Time

By Lisa Guernsey
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Isbn : 046503134X
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Psychology
  • Reads : 772
  • File Pdf: screen-time.pdf

Book Summary:

As a mother, Lisa Guernsey wondered about the influence of television on her two young daughters. As a reporter, she resolved to find out. What she first encountered was tired advice, sensationalized research claims, and a rather draconian mandate from the American Academy of Pediatrics: no TV at all before the age of two. But like many parents, she wanted straight answers and realistic advice, so she kept digging: she visited infant-perception labs and child development centers around the country. She interviewed scores of parents, psychologists, cognitive scientists, and media researchers, as well as programming executives at Noggin, Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, and PBS. Much of what she found flies in the face of conventional wisdom and led her to conclude that new parents will be best served by focusing on “the three C’s”: content, context, and the individual child. Advocating a new approach to television and DVDs, Guernsey focuses on infants to five-year-olds and goes beyond the headlines to explore what exactly is “educational” about educational media. She examines how play and language development are affected by background and foreground television and how to choose videos that are age-appropriate. She explains how to avoid the hype of “brain stimulation” and focus instead on social relationships and the building blocks of language and literacy. Along the way, Guernsey highlights independent research on shows ranging from Dora the Explorer to Dragon Tales, and distills some surprising new findings in the field of child development. Into the Minds of Babes is a fascinating book that points out how little credible research exists to support the AAP’s dire recommendation. Parents, teachers, and psychologists will be relieved to learn positive approaches to using videos with young children and will be empowered to make their own informed choices.

One Tempting Test

By Biji T. Kurien MSc MPhil PhD
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Isbn : 1512795623
  • Pages : 718
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 500
  • File Pdf: one-tempting-test.pdf

Book Summary:

In an impeccably indescribable and inexplicable place called heaven, Lucifer throws the gauntlet before God. He challenges God to pick someone for one temptation-filled test. God needs someone like Job for this test. The world is a mess. God takes a back seat in the lives of many. Violence begets violence. Blood is meeting blood. The yawning gap between the haves and have-nots irks only a few. The concern for the destitute drives a scientist, Dr. Decxtrose Epitoppe, to develop a highly nutritious drink from cellulose-wastes in the middle of this chaos. As a result, socioeconomic and health disparities drop drastically in developing countries. Unfortunately, Decxtroses euphoria also plummets when the assistant pastor of their church unexpectedly discovers that Decxtroses mother is a prostitute. The church revokes Mrs. Epitoppes membership, removes the senior pastor for advocating forgiveness, and promotes the assistant pastor to the helm for his bold expos. Soon, the fatherless Decxtrose becomes a suspect in the eyes of his family and the church. They find it difficult to ignore the power of genetics. In this tumbling maelstrm of a journey, Decxtrose tries to balance work, family, and God.

Long Time Passing

By Myra MacPherson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Isbn : 0253002761
  • Pages : 736
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 218
  • File Pdf: long-time-passing.pdf

Book Summary:

This new edition of a classic book on the impact of the Vietnam War on Americans reintroduces the haunted voices of the Vietnam era to a new generation of readers. Based on more than 500 interviews, Long Time Passing is journalist Myra MacPherson’s acclaimed exploration of the wounds, pride, and guilt of those who fought and those who refused to fight the war that continues to envelop the psyche of this nation. In a new introduction, Myra MacPherson reflects on what has changed, and what hasn’t, in the years since these interviews were conducted, explains the key points of reference from the 1980s that feature prominently in them, and brings the stories of her principal characters up to date. “A haunting chorus of voices, a moving deeply disturbing evocation of an era.” —San Francisco Chronicle “A brilliant and necessary book . . . this stunning depiction of Vietnam’s bitter fruit is calculated to agitate even the most complacent American.” —Philadelphia Inquirer “There have been many books on the Vietnam War, but few have captured its second life as memory better than Long Time Passing.” —Washington Post Book World “Enthralling reading . . . full of deep and strong emotions.” —New York Times

Vent

By Marcus Q. Jackson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 1456870076
  • Pages : 173
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Reads : 519
  • File Pdf: vent.pdf

Book Summary:

I just want to vent with military spouses, single mothers and fathers, and those who are considering getting married to someone in the military. I have with no consideration experienced the hardships of having to raise a child alone without the help of my friends, my family, or my spouse. My story isn’t a unique story, but it’s my story, and my story starts with my wife having to leave my two-year-old daughter and me for one year to deploy downrange in Afghanistan. It was an eye-opening experience that forced me to relate to all the military spouses that are left behind having to take on all of the domestic issues at home while their loved one is away defending the freedom of America. Having served twenty years of honorable service in the U.S. Navy, I can truly say that this is the very first time I truly understood the hardships of a military spouse. It’s not just military spouses I relate to but parents in general who are the sole caretaker of their children and household. Follow me as I vent about the daunting experiences I endured as a single househusband stuck in my ways with limited or no patience for this trivial life of marriage, military, and mayhem.

The Oakland Quartet

By Abby Mendelson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Isbn : 9781475948998
  • Pages : 184
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 976
  • File Pdf: the-oakland-quartet.pdf

Book Summary:

From the award-winning author of Paradise Boys, Scotch and Oranges, Ghost Dancer, and End of the Road, comes the startling, visionary The Oakland Quartet. Set in Oakland, a working-class American-Irish neighborhood of steel mills and saloons, the novel, set in 1958, chronicles four teenaged baseball players -- Stash and Nig, Mongol and Whitey, the slickest-fielding infield the city had ever seen -- who, on a hot, sulfurous night, commit an unspeakable crime -- and must live with its consequences. Supported by a stellar cast of barkeeps, city councilmen, neighborhood enforcers, and Catholic priests -- as well as such historic figures as Mayor David Lawrence, baseball Hall of Famer Pie Traynor, and many more -- the Oakland Quartet make a decision that will ultimately ruin their lives. Narrated by Beef, their former teammate and catcher, The Oakland Quartet closely examines these small, stunted lives -- while their priest, Father David Reddy, searches to save those who have who have lost their way.

Footprints

By Jim Burho
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Isbn : 1532078935
  • Pages : 270
  • Category : Science
  • Reads : 851
  • File Pdf: footprints.pdf

Book Summary:

The western world has become preoccupied with the concern of global warming, climate change, and pollution which threaten life on Earth as we know it. The finger of blame is pointed at an ever-increasing population that is “addicted to oil” and emitting greenhouse gases at a rate that will send global warming past the tipping point. However when discussion ensues on the subject, deep divisions become quite apparent among the different viewpoints on this issue; all claiming to have the “science” to support their position. As a result, politics has become a major influence in how the science of global warming is interpreted. The goal of this book is to take politics out of the debate and present objectively just the science so the reader can have a broader and more balanced view of the issue than what he/she hears from politicians, colleagues, and the news media.