The Train Derails in Boston

Author: Jessica McHugh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781943720064


Page: 346

View: 5117


CHERRYWOOD LODGE IS HAUNTED, AND THANK FUCK FOR ITS GHOSTS . . . Rebecca Malone has problems. Not just the alcohol. Not just her husband's inane attempts at writing a bestselling novel, their teenage daughter's promiscuity, or her certifiable mother. Not even her lover, who wants to take her husband's place in Cherrywood Lodge, the famous estate she now calls home. Her biggest issues start the moment she discovers a chest of ancient mahjong tiles in the basement of her new house, causing her life to spin out of control with hallucinations, sexual deviances, and grisly murders. Is the mahjong game haunted? Or are Rebecca's problems part of a different game, started before she was born?

The Namesake

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Publisher: Fourth Estate

ISBN: 9780007173037

Category: Alienation (Social psychology)

Page: 291

View: 4128


Spanning Three Decades And Crossing Continents, Jhumpa Lahiri`S Much-Anticipated First Novel Is A Triumph Of Humane Story Telling. Elegant, Subtle And Moving, This Novel Is For Everyone Who Loved The Clarity, Sympathy And Grace Of Lahiri`S Pulitzer Prize-Winning Debut Collection, `Interpreter Of Maladies`.

Train Wreck

The Forensics of Rail Disasters

Author: George Bibel

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421405903

Category: Science

Page: 368

View: 5952


Trains are massive—with some weighing 15,000 tons or more. When these metal monsters collide or go off the rails, their destructive power becomes clear. In this book, George Bibel presents riveting tales of trains gone wrong, the detective work of finding out why, and the safety improvements that were born of tragedy. Train Wreck details 17 crashes in which more than 200 people were killed. Readers follow investigators as they sift through the rubble and work with computerized event recorders to figure out what happened. Using a mix of eyewitness accounts and scientific explanations, Bibel draws us into a world of forensics and human drama. Train Wreck is a fascinating exploration of• runaway trains• bearing failures• metal fatigue• crash testing • collision dynamics• bad rails


A Novel

Author: Marilynne Robinson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250060656

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 3812


Newly reissued as a Picador Modern Classic, Marilynne Robinson's brilliant, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning first novel Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, the eccentric and remote sister of their dead mother. The family house is in the small town of Fingerbone on a glacial lake in the Far West, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town "chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere." Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience. For more than twenty years, Picador has been producing beautifully packaged literary fiction and nonfiction books from Manhattan's Flatiron Building. Our Twentieth Anniversary Modern Classics line pairs iconic books with a design that's both small enough to fit in your pocket and unique enough to stand out on your bookshelf.

Man Failure

The Story of New Jersey's Deadliest Train Wreck

Author: Gordon Bond

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692867983

Category: Railroad accidents

Page: 398

View: 8157


A non-fiction account of the February 6, 1951 wreck of the Pennsylvania Railroad trains "The Broker" at Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Death in the Air

The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City

Author: Kate Winkler Dawson

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316506850

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

View: 6075


A real-life thriller in the vein of The Devil in the White City, Kate Winkler Dawson's debut Death in the Air is a gripping, historical narrative of a serial killer, an environmental disaster, and an iconic city struggling to regain its footing. London was still recovering from the devastation of World War II when another disaster hit: for five long days in December 1952, a killer smog held the city firmly in its grip and refused to let go. Day became night, mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and some 12,000 people died from the poisonous air. But in the chaotic aftermath, another killer was stalking the streets, using the fog as a cloak for his crimes. All across London, women were going missing--poor women, forgotten women. Their disappearances caused little alarm, but each of them had one thing in common: they had the misfortune of meeting a quiet, unassuming man, John Reginald Christie, who invited them back to his decrepit Notting Hill flat during that dark winter. They never left. The eventual arrest of the "Beast of Rillington Place" caused a media frenzy: were there more bodies buried in the walls, under the floorboards, in the back garden of this house of horrors? Was it the fog that had caused Christie to suddenly snap? And what role had he played in the notorious double murder that had happened in that same apartment building not three years before--a murder for which another, possibly innocent, man was sent to the gallows? The Great Smog of 1952 remains the deadliest air pollution disaster in world history, and John Reginald Christie is still one of the most unfathomable serial killers of modern times. Journalist Kate Winkler Dawson braids these strands together into a taut, compulsively readable true crime thriller about a man who changed the fate of the death penalty in the UK, and an environmental catastrophe with implications that still echo today.

Personality and the Fate of Organizations

Author: Robert Hogan

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 1351554492

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 178

View: 5940


Personality and performance are intricately linked, and personality has proven to have a direct influence on an individual's leadership ability and style, team performance, and overall organizational effectiveness. In Personality and the Fate of Organizations, author Robert Hogan offers a systematic account of the nature of personality, showing how to use personality to understand organizations and to understand, evaluate, select, deselect, and train people. This book brings insights from a leading industrial organizational psychologist who asserts that personality is real, and that it determines the careers of individuals and the fate of organizations. The author’s goal is to increase the reader’s ability to understand other people—how they are alike, how they are different, and why they do what they do. Armed with this understanding, readers will be able to pursue their personal, social, and organizational goals more efficiently. A practical reference, this text is extremely useful for MBA students and for all those studying organizational psychology and leadership.

Boston Darkens

Author: Michael Kravitz

Publisher: Book Venture Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1640693416

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

View: 3651


IN LIFE WE all meet people who bring unnecessary drama. It’s easy to complain and blame everything on others. Dealing with evil is not easy. It is to this end that I wish to dedicate this book to my brother, Barry. He recently lost his wife. They were both blessed with two sons. One son was born with multiple problems. With so many problems, many parents would give up that child and make him a ward of the state. My brother’s wife stayed home and spent day and night caring for her son. She herself developed many medical problems. With trust in God and herself, she cared for her ill son. Her son lived many years past what the doctors gave her. He finally succumbed in his twenties. My brother’s wife passed away spring of 2015. Soon after the funeral, I informed my brother that I was writing this novel. My brother’s will to go on has inspired me to finish my novel. He read each section and edited several grammatical errors. His wife was a writer, and she helped too. Through this novel I am reaching out to all for humanity and hope.

Flesh Made World

Author: Daulton Dickey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781946335180


Page: 330

View: 6723


"Daulton Dickey's Flesh Made World is a glorious mindfuck. The eloquence of Dickey's writing style consumed me like a drug, whisking me through time and space until I didn't know whether to go mad or fall in love. I did both and more, thanks to his evocative voice and characterization. Entertainment aside, this book has also been a huge inspiration to me as an artist." -Jessica McHugh, author of The Train Derails in Boston Death surrounds Sarah and Daulton. While grieving for their loved ones, they each must navigate a universe where time isn't linear, where memories and fantasies collide, merging with reality. The dead haunt them, the world shifts and changes, and time disintegrates. Slipping in and out of the present, they relive moments from their past-and they never know when they're in the present. As the shifts increasingly dominate their lives, as their grips on reality loosen, Sarah and Daulton struggle to find a way to orient themselves in the present, to escape the infinite loop of pain, suffering, and confusion. If they can't find a way out, then will they be trapped in a kaleidoscope of torment and grief? An experimental novel about death, the nature of memories, and reality, Flesh Made World thrusts readers into a hallucinogenic universe where space and time constantly unravel.

You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

A Personal History of Our Times

Author: Howard Zinn

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807095494

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 1058


Beacon Press is proud to publish a new edition of the classic memoir by one of our most lively, influential, and engaged teachers and activists. Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, tells his personal stories about more than thirty years of fighting for social change, from teaching at Spelman College to recent protests against war. A former bombardier in WWII, Zinn emerged in the civil rights movement as a powerful voice for justice. Although he's a fierce critic, he gives us reason to hope that by learning from history and engaging politically, we can make a difference in the world.

Amtrak in the Heartland

Author: Craig Sanders

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253027934

Category: Transportation

Page: 344

View: 6390


"Craig Sanders has done an excellent job of research... his treatment is as comprehensive as anyone could reasonably wish for, and solidly based. In addition, he succeeds in making it all clear as well as any human can. He also manages to inject enough humor and human interest to keep the reader moving." —Herbert H. Harwood, author of The Lake Shore Electric Railway Story and Invisible Giants: The Empires of Cleveland’s Van Sweringen Brothers A complete history of Amtrak operations in the heartland, this volume describes conditions that led to the passage of the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, the formation and implementation of Amtrak in 1970–71, and the major factors that have influenced Amtrak operations since its inception. More than 140 photographs and 3 maps bring to life the story as told by Sanders. This book will become indispensable to train enthusiasts through its examination of Americans’ long-standing fascination with passenger trains. When it began in 1971, many expected Amtrak to last about three years before going out of existence for lack of business, but the public’s continuing support of funding for Amtrak has enabled it and the passenger train to survive despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

Dove's Way

Author: Linda Francis Lee

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345478917

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

View: 514


“Even months after that day on the train, her face still haunted my dreams. And I was sure the feel of her in my arms would stay with me forever. But then one night, she stepped back into my life as if walking into my dreams. . . .” Matthew Hawthorne saved Finnea Winslet’s life one day on a train in Africa. But Finnea didn’t know that on that day she saved Matthew’s soul. Destroyed by scandal, Matthew would have been ostracized completely by the unyielding society of his birth had he not been such an influential man. Matthew doesn’t let himself care about anyone or anything–until Finnea arrives unexpectedly in Matthew’s hometown, Boston. Raised in Africa, Finnea is as foreign to Bostonians as they are to her. Yet she is determined to make a new life for herself, so she turns to Matthew to learn the ways of that rigid town. But can Matthew help Finnea without losing what is left of his heart? From the jungles of Africa to the heart of Boston society,Dove’s Wayis an extraordinary tale of redeeming love that will rescue a man–and release a woman from the pain in her heart.

Situational Awareness

Author: Eduardo Salas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351548565

Category: Education

Page: 544

View: 3759


Situational awareness has become an increasingly salient factor contributing to flight safety and operational performance, and the research has burgeoned to cope with the human performance challenges associated with the installation of advanced avionics systems in modern aircraft. The systematic study and application of situational awareness has also extended beyond the cockpit to include air traffic controllers and personnel operating within other complex, high consequence work domains. This volume offers a collection of essays that have made important contributions to situational awareness research and practice. To this end, it provides unique access to key readings that address the conceptual development of situational awareness, methods for its assessment, and applications to enhance situational awareness through training and design.

How to Raise an Ox

Zen Practice as Taught in Master Dogen's Shobogenzo

Author: Eihei Dogen,Francis Dojun Cook

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861718755

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 7172


The writings of Zen master Dogen are among the highest achievements not only of Japanese literature but of world literature. Dogen's writings are a near-perfect expression of truth, beautifully expressing the best of which the human race is capable. In this volume, Francis Cook presents ten selections from Dogen's masterwork, the Shobogenzo, as well as six of his own essays brilliantly illuminating the mind of this peerless master.

Only in Bridgeport

An Illustrated History of the Park City

Author: Lennie Grimaldi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615416717

Category: Bridgeport (Conn.)

Page: 270

View: 9847


In Only In Bridgeport: An Illustrated History of the Park City, the story of a resilient ethnic city emerges. Author Lennie Grimaldi's colorful narrative weaves the tale of this city's crucial role in the world's great wars--this city of entrepreneurs that would house great munitions factories and produce helicopters, submarines and luxury automobiles.Bridgeport's role as the industrial and armament center of the nation grew from its vitality as a magnet for immigrant groups disillusioned from the far side of the world. This ethnic diversity added immeasurably to Bridgeport's mind and muscle as the brass, machine tool and electrical industries took hold in the mid-nineteenth century, thanks in large part to the city's most famous citizen P.T. Barnum who lured manufacturing giants to the city.Grimaldi's text, complemented by more than 200 historical photographs, features a heartening success story as townspeople feverishly worked to rebuild a burned facility in time for a Christmas celebration for the city's children. In words and images, Grimaldi also showcases recent struggles and triumphs including Bridgeport's recovery from federal bankruptcy court and challenges to solidify a development identity.In celebration of Bridgeport's 175 years as a city, Grimaldi showcases the city's worst and best of times.

Dark Tide

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Author: Stephen Puleo

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807096679

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 3319


Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters was playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like roaring surf, one of them said later. Like a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence, said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window-"Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!" A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station. The number of dead wasn't known for days. It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster.