The Earth in the Attic

Author: Fady Joudah

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300134304

Category: Poetry

Page: 77

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Fady Joudah’s The Earth in the Attic is the 2007 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. In his poems Joudah explores big themes—identity, war, religion, what we hold in common—while never losing sight of the quotidian, the specific. Contest judge Louise Gl�ck describes the poet in her Foreword as “that strange animal, the lyric poet in whom circumstance and profession . . . have compelled obsession with large social contexts and grave national dilemmas.” She finds in his poetry an incantatory quality and concludes, “These are small poems, many of them, but the grandeur of conception is inescapable. The Earth in the Attic is varied, coherent, fierce, tender; impossible to put down, impossible to forget.”

The Buddha in the Attic

Author: Julie Otsuka

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141972254

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic, the follow-up to When the Emperor Was Divine was shortlisted for the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and winner of the Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction 2012. Between the first and second world wars a group of young, non-English-speaking Japanese women travelled by boat to America. They were picture brides, clutching photos of husbands-to-be whom they had yet to meet. Julie Otsuka tells their extraordinary, heartbreaking story in this spellbinding and poetic account of strangers lost and alone in a new and deeply foreign land. 'Sweeping, symphonic, empathic . . . subtle, infinitely skilful . . . an exhilarating, compulsive read. Otsuka's haunting, heartbreaking conclusion, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, is faultless' Daily Mail 'A tender, nuanced, empathetic exploration of the sorrows and consolations of a whole generation of women . . . the distaff equivalent of a war memorial' Daily Telegraph 'A haunting and heartbreaking look at the immigrant experience . . . Otsuka's keenly observed prose manages to capture whole histories in a sweep of gorgeous incantatory sentences' Marie Claire 'An understated masterpiece... she conjures up the lost voices of a generation of Japanese American women without losing sight of the distinct experience of each' San Francisco Chronicle Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California. She is the author of the novel When the Emperor Was Divine, and a recipient of the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Her second novel, The Buddha in the Attic, was nominated for the 2011 National Book Award. She lives in New York City.

The Bear in the Attic

Author: Patrick F. McManus

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 146680937X

Category: Humor

Page: 240

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The beloved humorist and bestselling author returns with his most riotous collection of essays to date. Overflowing with his trademark outdoorsman's wit, Patrick F. McManus's newest collection ponders the strange allure of the RV, the existential implications of being lost, the baffling tendency of animals to outsmart those who wish to hunt them, and the singular pleasure of doubling the size of every fish one doesn't actually catch. Combining the curmudgeonly voice of Dave Barry and the sly humor of Garrison Keillor, McManus brilliantly captures the everyday absurdities that comprise our existence. Alongside his humor, McManus's inimitable vision consistently evokes a childlike wonder at the natural world. Even if we are running low on food, the compass is broken, and we are fairly certain we have just spotted a family of Sasquatches frolicking in the treetops, The Bear in the Attic makes the outdoors seem irresistible.

The Potential of Earth-Sheltered and Underground Space

Today's Resource for Tomorrow's Space and Energy Viability

Author: T. Lance Holthusen

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483146553

Category: Architecture

Page: 522

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The Potential of Earth-Sheltered and Underground Space: Today's Resource for Tomorrow's Space and Energy Viability contains the proceedings of the Underground Space Conference and Exposition held in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 8-10, 1981. The book contains four chapters that present both the plenary session and theme session of the conference. The chapters are organized depending on the topics they discuss. The topics covered include public policy; Earth sheltered buildings; urban planning for underground space use; and deep mined space.

The Velvet Box in the Attic

Author: Laura Gower Jackson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595766048

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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Jessica stared at her father in disbelief as she said to herself, “No Dad, she was not mistaken. You would not believe me if I told you it was Asa. You would not believe me if I told you I wrote about Asa and that he really exists. He came for Larry. I know he did. You knew about Susie all the time, didn’t you, Asa? And that’s why, on the mountain, you said ‘children’ instead of child. I will tell Nick and he will believe me, but you wouldn’t believe me, Dad. You are such a realist. You would never believe me.”

Heroes from the Attic

Author: Herman I. Neuman

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 146977724X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 408

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An inspirational, eye-popping true story about conquering incredible adversities. The drama, suspense and offbeat humor will keep you turning pages. The author and his brother were born in Nazi Germany at the beginning of World War II. He recounts their childhood of danger, starvation, homelessness and ill-matched parents. Eventually, their mother sent them to relatives in America who immediately enslaved them on separate farms. At the age of twenty, Herman still lived in deep, isolated poverty. The boys eventually escaped and with courage, tenacity, self-discipline and backbreaking work, they put themselves through college and became Americans. Herman and his wife have traveled the world and some of their adventures are included. Please visit the author's Web pages at www.herobooks.com.

The Strat in the Attic

Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology

Author: Deke Dickerson,Jonathan Kellerman

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 0760343853

Category: Music

Page: 256

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Guitar sleuth and music-history detective Deke Dickerson tells the true tales of 50 thrilling rare guitar finds that will make guitarists green with envy. A golden Fender Stratocaster hidden away in an attic for 30 years. A sunburst Gibson Les Paul worth $100,000. Jimi Hendrix’s Strat burned by the guitarist during a concert—and then mysteriously lost for decades. The mint Fender Broadcaster forgotten under a bed in a neighbor’s house. The 1960s Rickenbacker bought for $50 at a garage sale! These days, classic vintage guitars can bring Ferrari and Porsche prices. Baby boomers who wish they’d been rock ’n’ roll stars have shot the market into the stratosphere for classic models. As with automobiles, finding that classic guitar stashed away beneath a bed, in a closet, hidden away in an attic, or in the dusty corner of a guitar shop is the Holy Grail.

Flowers in the Attic: A Stage Play

Author: V.C. Andrews

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501103954

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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The only official stage play of V.C. Andrews’s enduring classic of forbidden love—adapted by Andrew Neiderman (The Devil’s Advocate). Experience in this new format the original story that captured the world’s imagination and earned V.C. Andrews a fiercely devoted readership. At the top of the stairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent, and struggling to stay alive . . . They were a perfect family, golden and carefree—until a heartbreaking tragedy shattered their happiness. Now, for the sake of an inheritance that will ensure their future, the children must be hidden away out of sight, as if they never existed. Kept on the top floor of their grandmotherds vast mansion, their loving mother assures them it will be just for a little while. But as brutal days swell into agonizing months and years, Cathy, Chris, and twins Cory and Carrie, realize their survival is at the mercy of their cruel and superstitious grandmother . . . and this cramped and helpless world may be the only one they ever know. Book One of the Dollanganger series, the sequels include Petals in the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Then experience the attic from Christopher’s point of view in Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth and Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger.

The Earth Moved

On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

Author: Amy Stewart

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1565126556

Category: Science

Page: 240

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In The Earth Moved, Amy Stewart takes us on a journey through the underground world and introduces us to one of its most amazing denizens. The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind, but its impact on the ecosystem is profound. It ploughs the soil, fights plant diseases, cleans up pollution, and turns ordinary dirt into fertile land. Who knew? In her witty, offbeat style, Stewart shows that much depends on the actions of the lowly worm. Charles Darwin devoted his last years to the meticulous study of these creatures, praising their remarkable abilities. With the august scientist as her inspiration, Stewart investigates the worm's subterranean realm, talks to oligochaetologists—the unsung heroes of earthworm science—who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden. From the legendary giant Australian worm that stretches to ten feet in length to the modest nightcrawler that wormed its way into the heart of Darwin's last book to the energetic red wigglers in Stewart's compost bin, The Earth Moved gives worms their due and exposes their hidden and extraordinary universe. This book is for all of us who appreciate Mother Nature's creatures, no matter how humble.

The Mirror of Ideas

Author: Michel Tournier

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803244306

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 137

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Tournier treats pairs both lowly and exalted - moving from fork and spoon, horse and bull, cat and dog, to fear and anguish, poetry and prose, body and soul, being and nothingness. Hardly an exhaustive inventory of traditional pairs, his selection nonetheless opens the door to patterns deeply embedded in culture and civilization, speech and writing, memory and habit.

The Attic

Author: Nichole LeeAnn Turnow

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781434327789

Category: Fiction

Page: 116

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Sometimes when we least expect it, life changes; leaving us dazed and wondering what has happened. Later, we decide that we must have missed something or lost a moment in time. Did life take a leap when we werent watching, or did we simply forget? Is the world keeping something from us or are we keeping something from ourselves? As Doctor Samuels probes Sarahs mind, she begins putting the pieces together. In the midst of being plagued by flashbacks and blocked memories, she senses that something strange is happening. Sarah is aware that she is depressed and crazy but begins questioning how crazy she really is. While her fears come to life and the shadows of her dreams seep into reality, the true picture awakens inside her mind. No longer does she wonder how she came to be in the mental hospital and no longer does she want to know the truth. Sarah discovers that she is forever a prisoner and may never leave. She is trapped, locked inside The Attic.

The Madwoman in the Attic

The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

Author: Sandra M. Gilbert,Susan Gubar

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300186711

Category: History

Page: 733

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This pathbreaking book of feminist criticism is now reissued with a substantial new introduction by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar that reveals the origins of their revolutionary realization in the 1970s that "the personal was the political, the sexual was the textual." "The classic argument for a women's literary tradition."—Scott Heller, Chronicle of Higher Education "The authors force us to take a new look at the grandes dames of English literature, and the result is that they will never seem quite the same again."—Le Anne Schreiber, New York Times Book Review "Imperative reading."—Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Washington Post Book World "A masterpiece."—Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times Book Review "The Madwoman in the Attic, The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century, originally published in 1979, has long since become a classic, one of the most important works of literary criticism of the 20th century. This new edition contains an introduction titled "The Madwoman in the Academy" that is, quite simply, a delight to read, warmly witty, provocative, informative and illuminating."—Joyce Carol Oates, Princeton University "A groundbreaking study of women writers. . . . The book brought the concerns of feminism to the study of female writers and presented the case for the existence of a distinctly feminine imagination."—Martin Arnold, The New York Times "The authors are brilliant academics but they wear their erudition lightly. It remains imperative reading for those who want to understand better the grandes dames of English literature, and is still one of the most powerful pieces of writing from a feminist point of view. Argumentative, polemical, witty and thought-provoking, this is a book which will make the reader return to the original texts." —Yorkshire Post (Leeds) "A feminist classic and still one of the best books on the female Victorian Writers."—Judith Shulevitz, New York Times Book Review

The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History, Volume A: To 1200

Author: Richard Bulliet,Pamela Crossley,Daniel Headrick,Steven Hirsch,Lyman Johnson

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285983041

Category: History

Page: 368

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Featuring a beautiful new design, THE EARTH AND ITS PEOPLES, Sixth Edition, presents world history in a balanced, global framework, shifting the focus away from political centers of power. This truly global text for the world history survey course employs fundamental themes of “environment and technology” and “diversity and dominance” to explore patterns of humans' interactions with their surroundings and with each other. The authors' approach reveals how humanity continues to shape and be shaped by the environment and how dominant structures and traditions are balanced and challenged by alternate beliefs. Special emphasis is given to technological development and how it underlies all human activity. Highly acclaimed in their fields of study, the authors bring a wide array of expertise to the program. A combination of strong scholarship and detailed pedagogy gives the book its reputation for rigor and student accessibility. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Year on the Wing

Four Seasons in a Life with Birds

Author: Tim Dee

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 141656036X

Category: Nature

Page: 240

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Birds -- those "upgiven ghosts" who shape our skies -- and their many styles of flying have inspired us for centuries. Tim Dee became enthralled with birds as a young boy, and their allure has informed how he perceives time as well as how he sees the world and his place in it. Compelling and poetic, A Year on the Wing is a month-by-month account of following these magnificent creatures, on land, at sea, and in the air, over the course of one "dew-dipped year." A memoir of the author's life as well as of the birds' migrations, the book draws on memories of forty years of observing birds as Dee explores the ideas and feelings that birds awaken in their flying, breeding, and dying. A Year on the Wing is also a significant chronicle of Dee's rich reading of a gorgeous literary tradition about birds -- from Aristotle to Thomas Hardy, Dante to Pound, Wordsworth to Ted Hughes -- as well as naturalists' writings that train a scientific eye on these elusive creatures. With a poet's marvelous commingling of nature and language, Dee finds meaning and a fascinating beauty in the quiver of a redstart's tail, elegizes the thrilling skydiving stoop of the once-endangered, now resurgent peregrine falcon, and reflects on the nocturnal restlessness of migrant woodcocks that is suggestive of how nature encodes us all. A Year on the Wing brings us as close as possible to birds, as we seek to understand the unique connection between us and them as well as our separation from them and, by extension, our estrangement from all of nature. Watching birds instills a renewed sense of wonder, getting us airborne and expanding our horizons. This vicarious liftoff does us good in a way hard to define but incontestably felt. It also makes us ever aware of our place on the ground. Dee homes in on those moments when the gap narrows between humans and birds, when birds' freedom gives us our own, making our lives more vibrant and alive. The first book from an exciting new literary voice, this beautifully written memoir celebrates birds and the inspiration they provide through their twice-yearly winged migrations.

Housing and Dwelling

Perspectives on Modern Domestic Architecture

Author: Barbara Miller Lane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134279264

Category: Architecture

Page: 480

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Housing and Dwelling collects the best in recent scholarly and philosophical writings that bear upon the history of domestic architecture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lane combines exemplary readings that focus on and examine the issues involved in the study of domestic architecture, taken from an innovative and informed combination of philosophy, history, social science, art, literature and architectural writings. Uniquely, the readings underline the point of view of the user of a dwelling and assess the impact of varying uses on the evolution of domestic architecture. This book is a valuable asset for students, scholars, and designers alike, exploring the extraordinary variety of methods, interpretations and source materials now available in this important field. For students, it opens windows on the many aspects of domestic architecture. For scholars, it introduces new, interdisciplinary points of view and suggests directions for further research. It acquaints practising architects in the field of housing design with history and methods and offers directions for future design possibilities.

The Origin of Attic Comedy

Author: Francis MacDonald Cornford

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521182077

Category: History

Page: 266

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Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy Francis Macdonald Cornford (1874-1943)investigates the origin of Attic Comedy.

If I Were Another

Poems

Author: Mahmoud Darwish

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466884223

Category: Poetry

Page: 240

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Winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Translation Mahmoud Darwish was that rare literary phenomenon: a poet both acclaimed by critics as one of the most important poets in the Arab world and beloved by his readers. His language—lyrical and tender—helped to transform modern Arabic poetry into a living metaphor for the universal experiences of exile, loss, and identity. The poems in this collection, constructed from the cadence and imagery of the Palestinian struggle, shift between the most intimate individual experience and the burdens of history and collective memory. Brilliantly translated by Fady Joudah, If I Were Another—which collects the greatest epic works of Darwish's mature years—is a powerful yet elegant work by a master poet and demonstrates why Darwish was one of the most celebrated poets of his time and was hailed as the voice and conscience of an entire people.