Digging Miami

Author: Robert S. Carr

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813042060

Category: History

Page: 295

View: 6615

An exploration of the archaeological findings of one of Miami's best archaeologists.
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Florida's big dig

the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Jacksonville to Miami, 1881 to 1935

Author: William G. Crawford

Publisher: N.A


Category: Nature

Page: 371

View: 5014

Posted in Nature

Mayhem in Miami

Author: Tracey West,Katherine Noll

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780448448435

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 144

View: 8269

While enjoying Miami, Florida, in the company of two male models and rehearsing for an upcoming concert, singer/actor sisters Aly & AJ investigate who sabotaged the designer "mood tops" they wore in a benefit fashion show their first day in town.
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Digging to America

A Novel

Author: Anne Tyler

Publisher: Seal Books

ISBN: 9780307375131

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 737

Anne Tyler’s richest, most deeply searching novel–a story about what it is to be an American, and about Iranian-born Maryam Yazdan, who, after 35 years in this country, must finally come to terms with her “outsiderness.” Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport – the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam’s fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the instant babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate: an “arrival party” that from then on is repeated every year as the two families become more and more deeply intertwined. Even Maryam is drawn in – up to a point. When she finds herself being courted by Bitsy Donaldson’s recently widowed father, all the values she cherishes – her traditions, her privacy, her otherness–are suddenly threatened. A luminous novel brimming with subtle, funny, and tender observations that immerse us in the challenges of both sides of the American story.
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The Cross and the Mask

How the Spanish 'Discovered' Florida - and a Proud Native Nation

Author: James D. Snyder

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1618500228

Category: History

Page: 412

View: 8922

When Spanish settlers first arrived on the shores of ''La Florida' in 1565, they would soon be immersed in one of the most dramatic struggles in human history. At first Florida seemed so inviting. A virgin tropical wilderness would be settled and cultivated to yield riches rivaling the bounty of gold and silver that treasure ships already brought back from Mexico and South America. And, the Spaniards hoped, the peninsula might be inhabited by primitive natives who would quickly embrace Christianity and happily raise a bounty of crops and food animals for the tables of Europe. No better man could King Philip II pick to lead the Enterprise of Florida than fearless, swashbuckling Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. Instead, Menéndez and his men found themselves confronting fierce and fearless native Americans who had forged a proud kingdom older than Spain itself. The Cross and the Mask follows the Spanish seafaring settlers as they struggle for a tenuous foothold on Saint Augustine, then move south to Cape Canaveral, Jupiter Inlet, the Miami River, and finally on to the Calusa island stronghold on an island near today's Fort Myers Beach. The same journey chronicles the clash of religions, weapons and wills as a documentary novel faithful to actual dates and events. Through the eyes of the Spanish Menéndez and the young Indian Lujo, we see two irreconcilable perspectives that led to death and devastation for both peoples. Eventually, Spanish force would prevail, but only in another century.
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The Archaeology of Caribbean and Circum-Caribbean Farmers (6000 BC - AD 1500)

Author: Basil A Reid

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351169181

Category: Social Science

Page: 454

View: 8525

Comprising 17 chapters and with a wide geographic reach stretching from the Florida Keys in the north to the Guianas in the south, this volume places a well-needed academic spotlight on what is generally considered an integral topic in Caribbean and circum-Caribbean archaeology. The book explores a variety of issues, including the introduction and dispersal of early cultivars, plant manipulation, animal domestication, dietary profiles, and landscape modifications. Tried-and-true and novel analytical techniques are used to tease out aspects of the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean database that inform the complex and often-subtle processes of domestication under varying socio-environmental conditions. Contributors discuss their findings within multiple constructs such as neolithisation, social interaction, trade, mobility, social complexity, migration, colonisation, and historical ecology. Multiple data sources are used which include but are not restricted to rock art, cooking pits and pots, stable isotopes, dental calculus and pathologies, starch grains, and proxies for past environmental conditions. Given its multi-disciplinary approaches, this volume should be of immense value to both researchers and students of Caribbean archaeology, biogeography, ethnobotany, zooarchaeology, historical ecology, agriculture, environmental studies, history, and other related fields.
Posted in Social Science

Digging for Tomorrow

A Mac and Maggie Mason Mystery -

Author: Charles P. Frank

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491777079

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

View: 5645

Digging for Tomorrow finds private investigators Mac and Maggie Mason caught up in their own family turmoil. What happens when someone you love simply disappears?Digging for Tomorrow travels that road. How would you react if you were falsely accused of a crime? Digging for Tomorrow feels that pain. Have you ever had unexpected romance? Digging for Tomorrow enjoys that surprise. Did you ever feel that someone was simply out to get you? Digging for Tomorrow knows that dread. Do you ever wonder what tomorrow will bring? Digging for Tomorrow takes a look ahead.
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Hotel Scarface

Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami

Author: Roben Farzad

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698409825

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

View: 5443

The wild, true story of the Mutiny, the hotel and club that embodied the decadence of Miami’s cocaine cowboys heyday—and an inspiration for the blockbuster film, Scarface... In the seventies, coke hit Miami with the full force of a hurricane, and no place attracted dealers and dopers like Coconut Grove’s Mutiny at Sailboat Bay. Hollywood royalty, rock stars, and models flocked to the hotel’s club to order bottle after bottle of Dom and to snort lines alongside narcos, hit men, and gunrunners, all while marathon orgies burned upstairs in elaborate fantasy suites. Amid the boatloads of powder and cash reigned the new kings of Miami: three waves of Cuban immigrants vying to dominate the trafficking of one of the most lucrative commodities ever known to man. But as the kilos—and bodies—began to pile up, the Mutiny became target number one for law enforcement. Based on exclusive interviews and never-before-seen documents, Hotel Scarface is a portrait of a city high on excess and greed, an extraordinary work of investigative journalism offering an unprecedented view of the rise and fall of cocaine—and the Mutiny—in Miami.
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Author: Lee Child

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0425264394

Category: FICTION

Page: 401

View: 6130

Settling into a peaceful life in Key West, Reacher is disturbed when a stranger comes looking for him, a man who turns up dead in the Old Town cemetery and who leads him on a perilous trail to New York.
Posted in FICTION

Learning to Die in Miami

Confessions of a Refugee Boy

Author: Carlos Eire

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439181928

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 2399

In his 2003 National Book Award–winning memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana, Carlos Eire narrated his coming of age in Cuba just before and during the Castro revolution. That book literally ends in midair as eleven-year-old Carlos and his older brother leave Havana on an airplane—along with thousands of other children—to begin their new life in Miami in 1962. It would be years before he would see his mother again. He would never again see his beloved father. Learning to Die in Miami opens as the plane lands and Carlos faces, with trepidation and excitement, his new life. He quickly realizes that in order for his new American self to emerge, his Cuban self must "die." And so, with great enterprise and purpose, he begins his journey. We follow Carlos as he adjusts to life in his new home. Faced with learning English, attending American schools, and an uncertain future, young Carlos confronts the age-old immigrant’s plight: being surrounded by American bounty, but not able to partake right away. The abundance America has to offer excites him and, regardless of how grim his living situation becomes, he eagerly forges ahead with his own personal assimilation program, shedding the vestiges of his old life almost immediately, even changing his name to Charles. Cuba becomes a remote and vague idea in the back of his mind, something he used to know well, but now it "had ceased to be part of the world." But as Carlos comes to grips with his strange surroundings, he must also struggle with everyday issues of growing up. His constant movement between foster homes and the eventual realization that his parents are far away in Cuba bring on an acute awareness that his life has irrevocably changed. Flashing back and forth between past and future, we watch as Carlos balances the divide between his past and present homes and finds his way in this strange new world, one that seems to hold the exhilarating promise of infinite possibilities and one that he will eventually claim as his own. An exorcism and an ode, Learning to Die in Miami is a celebration of renewal—of those times when we’re certain we have died and then are somehow, miraculously, reborn.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

An Ice Age Mystery

Unearthing the Secrets of the Old Vero Site

Author: Rody Johnson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813054377

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 7864

"A fascinating recounting of the early discovery of a Paleolithic human and the issues that were engendered by various opposing scientific views of the validity of the discovery and its analysis."--Dennis Stanford, coauthor of Across Atlantic Ice: The Origin of America's Clovis Culture "Since the site's discovery long ago, the complete story of the Old Vero Site has never been told. This is an informative and entertaining account of this remarkable site and its history in American archaeology."--Thomas D. Dillehay, author of The Settlement of the Americas: A New Prehistory "Johnson has thoroughly investigated, and transformed into a very readable narrative, an entire century of accumulated knowledge about the research, controversy, and curiosity surrounding the Old Vero archaeological site."--Barbara A. Purdy, author of Florida's People During the Last Ice Age "An engaging account of the first Paleoindian site discovered in eastern North America."--Robert S. Carr, author of Digging Miami "Johnson skillfully weaves a tale of prehistoric life in Florida with the 100-year search to understand that long lost world at the Vero Site."--Andy Hemmings, Florida Atlantic University In 1916, to the shock of the scientific community and the world at large, a Florida geologist discovered human remains mixed with the bones of prehistoric animals in a Vero Beach canal and proclaimed that humans had lived in North America since the Ice Age. These new findings by Elias Sellards flew in the face of prevailing wisdom, which held that humans first came to the continent only 6,000 years ago. His claim was snubbed by the top scientists of his day, he was laughed out of the state, Vero's fame declined, and the skull Sellards found--famously known as "Vero Man "--was lost. An Ice Age Mystery tells the story of Sellards's exciting find and the controversy it sparked. In the years that followed, other archaeological discoveries and the rise of radiocarbon dating established that humans did arrive in North America earlier than previously thought. The skull, however, was never recovered, and many people began to wonder: What exactly had Sellards found at Vero? And what else might be buried there? One hundred years after the first Vero discovery, construction plans threatened to cover up the legendary dig site, and a band of citizens and archaeologists protested. Excavations were reopened. Archaeologists uncovered 14,000-year-old burnt mammal bones and charcoal, signs of a human presence, and found further evidence to indicate a continuous human occupation of the site for several thousand years. Prior to the latest excavations an etching on a bone possibly 13,000 years old was discovered that could be the oldest piece of art in America. Sellards had been right all along. Many questions still remain. Who were these people? Where did they come from? And how did they get here? This book draws readers into the past, present, and future of one of the most historic discoveries in American archaeology.
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Credit Hell

How to Dig Out of Debt

Author: Howard S. Dvorkin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780470917626


Page: 248

View: 7018

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Digging for Death

A Mac and Maggie Mason Mystery -

Author: Charles P. Frank

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 149171848X

Category: Fiction

Page: 262

View: 4096

Digging for Death is a journey in fiction that explores relationships and romance wrapped around mystery. Strange events (and strange people) seem to have a way of finding Mac and Maggie Mason, even as the retired couple enjoys family, faith, and the surprises of daily life. Join the world where archaeologists keep digging when others might have quit. Read Digging for Death. Join the world where two strangers can suddenly find their lives intertwined in ways that only love can hold together. Read Digging for Death. Join the world where family tensions bring heartbreak and an empty place at the holiday table. Read Digging for Death. Join the world where death and threat and kidnapping all seem part of a shadowy underworld. Read Digging for Death. Join the world where calm preparation does battle with adversity to see which will carry the day. Read Digging for Death. Join the world of those who love to meet new people and love to wonder what will happen next. Join those who read Digging for Death!
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Crash Tack

Miami Jones Florida Mystery Series

Author: A.J. Stewart

Publisher: Jacaranda Drive


Category: Fiction

Page: 370

View: 1750

Still Waters Run . . . Deadly Sailing the Caribbean is every yacht owner's dream. Azure waters, golden sunshine and warm winds greet sailors in every port. But that dream is shattered when one boat returns from a race without its captain. The story is that the skipper fell overboard, but the clues point to something much more sinister and one of the crew is arrested. And that crew member happens to be a friend of Miami Jones. Miami and his mentor Lenny Cox turn their sights on the rest of the crew, and run up against a prosecutor looking to prove himself in the job, a crew with more secrets than J. Edgar Hoover, and an ex-wife waiting for the insurance payday of a lifetime.
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Digging through Time

A Mac and Maggie Mason Mystery -

Author: Charles P. Frank

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491718501

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 7447

Digging Through Time takes Mac and Maggie Mason on another husband and wife journey through mystery and relationships. The couple, who met in the autumn of their lives, pursues friendships, faith, and some serious sleuthing. Digging Through Time moves from a picturesque island off the coast of Florida to death row at Raiford Maximum Security Prison. Digging Through Time confronts the gentle giant “Moose” who finally has to reveal some long-held secrets. Digging Through Time shatters the image of the fragile female. Digging Through Time shows how quickly casual moments can become times of life or death decisions. Digging Through Time blends romance and family ties and business decisions and a few quirky characters. The reader needs to keep tissues handy, all the while being prepared to LOL! Enjoy Digging Through Time with Mac and Maggie Mason.
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Digging Through Ashes

A Mac and Maggie Mason Mystery -

Author: Charles P. Frank

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491739800

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

View: 8986

Digging Through Ashes finds private investigators Mac and Maggie Mason in a real bind: one of their colleagues is accused of arson and fire has destroyed evidence. Have you ever had to give bad news to someone you loved? If so, you’ll feel at home in Digging Through Ashes. Have you ever struggled to keep a secret that might well redirect your life? If so, you’ll feel at home in Digging Through Ashes. Have you ever tried to figure out what would happen if visitors from outer space showed up on earth? If so, you’ll feel at home in Digging Through Ashes. Have you ever wondered if a generous offer were really generous or if it might be a scam? If so, you’ll feel at home in Digging Through Ashes. Have you ever been in a situation when you did not know whom you could trust? If so, you’ll feel at home in Digging Through Ashes.
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The New Urban Crisis

How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It

Author: Richard Florida

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465097782

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 3446

In recent years, the young, educated, and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban decline. And yet all is not well, Richard Florida argues in The New Urban Crisis. Florida, one of the first scholars to anticipate this back-to-the-city movement in his groundbreaking The Rise of the Creative Class, demonstrates how the same forces that power the growth of the world's superstar cities also generate their vexing challenges: gentrification, unaffordability, segregation, and inequality. Meanwhile, many more cities still stagnate, and middle-class neighborhoods everywhere are disappearing. Our winner-take-all cities are just one manifestation of a profound crisis in today's urbanized knowledge economy. A bracingly original work of research and analysis, The New Urban Crisis offers a compelling diagnosis of our economic ills and a bold prescription for more inclusive cities capable of ensuring growth and prosperity for all.
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Tales from the Oak Hammock

A Memoir

Author: David Charles Gossman

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1469757117

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 124

View: 5156

Other than black and white TV, the baby boomer boys growing up in the little oak hammock east of South Floridas everglades dont have much to entertain them. Personal computers and the Internet are still decades away. Organized youth sports are all but non-existent in their environs. Rock and roll is king but exists only on an AM radio station and a stack of black vinyl disks. So how does a brotherhood of youngsters come of age while manufacturing adventure from an otherwise uneventful existence in the early 60s? How do they spend their summers when girls are still mysterious, undiscovered creatures and the bicycle is the only mode of transportation? And how do they face lifes unanswered questions while anticipating their once-in-a-lifetime trip to the New York Worlds Fair? Tales from the Oak Hammock chronicles the amusing answers to these questions as it recounts the misadventuresand misdemeanorsof boys who sometimes catch a glimpse of lifes meaningbut more often merely observe its puzzling complexities. They are the first generation raised by TV so they surely dont have all the answersbut this one thing they know: Life isnt always fair, but its almost always in black and white!
Posted in Juvenile Fiction