Milkweed

Author: Jerry Spinelli

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0375861475

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 208

View: 3039

The hardship and cruelty of life in the ghettos of Warsaw during the Nazi occupation of World War II is captured through the eyes of a young Jewish orphan who must use all his wit and courage to survive unimaginable circumstances.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

Monarch and Milkweed

Author: Helen Frost,Leonid Gore

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416900853

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

View: 2133

Introduces the Monarch butterfly, discussing its beginning as an egg laid on a milkweed leaf through its metamorphosis from a caterpillar to an adult butterfly and its fall migration back to Mexico.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

Monarchs and Milkweed

A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution

Author: Anurag Agrawal

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400884764

Category: Science

Page: 296

View: 2898

Monarch butterflies are one of nature's most recognizable creatures, known for their bright colors and epic annual migration from the United States and Canada to Mexico. Yet there is much more to the monarch than its distinctive presence and mythic journeying. In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed—a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged—and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species. The monarch life cycle begins each spring when it deposits eggs on milkweed leaves. But this dependency of monarchs on milkweeds as food is not reciprocated, and milkweeds do all they can to poison or thwart the young monarchs. Agrawal delves into major scientific discoveries, including his own pioneering research, and traces how plant poisons have not only shaped monarch-milkweed interactions but have also been culturally important for centuries. Agrawal presents current ideas regarding the recent decline in monarch populations, including habitat destruction, increased winter storms, and lack of milkweed—the last one a theory that the author rejects. He evaluates the current sustainability of monarchs and reveals a novel explanation for their plummeting numbers. Lavishly illustrated with more than eighty color photos and images, Monarchs and Milkweed takes readers on an unforgettable exploration of one of nature's most important and sophisticated evolutionary relationships.
Posted in Science

Perennial

Author: Kelly Forsythe

Publisher: Coffee House Press

ISBN: 1566895235

Category: Poetry

Page: N.A

View: 1399

The events of 1999’s Columbine shooting preoccupy Forsythe in these poems, refracting her vision to encompass killer, victim, and herself as a girl, suddenly aware of the precarity of her own life and the porousness of her body to others’ gaze, demands, violence. Deeply researched and even more deeply felt, Perennial inhabits landscapes of emerging adulthood and explosive cruelty—the hills of Pittsburgh and the sere grass of Colorado; the spines of books in a high school library that has become a killing ground; the tenderness of children as they grow up and grow hard, becoming acquainted with dread, grief, and loss.
Posted in Poetry

Chinese-ness

The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging

Author: Wing Young Huie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781681340425

Category: Photography

Page: 160

View: 7863

Reframing the conversations around race and identity, a talented photographer offers a prism through which to explore our modern era of cultural uncertainty.
Posted in Photography

Milkweed, monarchs and more

a field guide to the invertebrate community in the milkweed patch

Author: Ba Rea,Karen Oberhauser,Michael Andrew Quinn

Publisher: Bas Relief Pub Group

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 96

View: 5480

A field guide to the insects and spiders living in milkweed communities in North america north of the Mexican border.
Posted in Science

Ya Te Veo

Poems

Author: P. Scott Cunningham

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 1682260569

Category: Art

Page: 96

View: 9095

Finalist, 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Ya Te Veo takes as its title the name of a mythical tree that eats people. Like the branches of that tree, the poems in this book seem to capture and nourish themselves on a diverse cast of would-be passers-by, drawing their life-force from the resulting synthesis of characters. Among the seized are poets and painters alongside musicians from Garth Brooks to Wu-Tang Clan to the composer Morton Feldman, whose mysterious personality serves as a backdrop in many poems for meditations on intimacy, ethics, and anxiety. As the phrase “ya te veo” (“I see you”) implies, this is a book interested in revealing what we think is hidden, in questioning the gap inside all of us, a gap between what we feel and what we say and do, making space for our many contradictions. Like the works of Feldman, these poems focus and recede, experimenting with form in order to accomplish a state of deep concentration. They impersonate sonnets, ghazals, terza rima, monologues, translations, and freestyles, but inexactly, embracing failed imitation as an opportunity to remix the familiar.
Posted in Art

Bitter Seeds

Author: Ian Tregillis

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780765361202

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 938

When the Nazis ally with a man who walks through walls and a woman who uses her knowledge of the future to twist the present, agent Raybould Marsh must rally Britain's secret warlocks to hold an impending World War II invasion at bay.
Posted in Fiction

Necessary Evil

Author: Ian Tregillis

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429943025

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 4541

12 May 1940. Westminster, London, England: the early days of World War II. Again. Raybould Marsh, one of "our" Britain's best spies, has travelled to another Earth in a desperate attempt to save at least one timeline from the Cthulhu-like monsters who have been observing our species from space and have already destroyed Marsh's timeline. In order to accomplish this, he must remove all traces of the supermen that were created by the Nazi war machine and caused the specters from outer space to notice our planet in the first place. His biggest challenge is the mad seer Gretel, one of the most powerful of the Nazi creations, who has sent a version of herself to this timeline to thwart Marsh. Why would she stand in his way? Because she has seen that in all the timelines she dies and she is determined to stop that from happening, even if it means destroying most of humanity in the process. And Marsh is the only man who can stop her. Necessary Evil is the stunning conclusion to Ian Tregillis's Milkweed series. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Lady of Milkweed Manor

Author: Julie Klassen

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9781441202291

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 6832

The engaging and moving story of a once-proper lady who finds herself in a most unexpected situation; a romance set in Regency England.
Posted in Fiction

This Way to the Sugar

Author: Hieu Minh Nguyen

Publisher: SCB Distributors

ISBN: 1938912586

Category: Families

Page: 180

View: 5061

Stunt Water is Wakefield's first 20 years of spoken word and lyrics collected from his original three now out-of-print books. It is a vulnerable cross section of his writing that moves from disarmingly human to sudden bursts of beast, able to seamlessly blend back into grounded stories of humor, heartache and identity using crisp, innovative and unforgettable metaphors. If you can only buy one Buddy Wakefield book, this collection is the most comprehensive of his most compelling works to date. His craft mimics the intrigue of propellers when they make themselves invisible. Buddy s honest story is a one-man relay race to the light; that of a boy at gentleman practice who sometimes wants to blend in so badly he forgets his purpose has already arrived and there is no need to fight a war that s long been over. The reader must be prepared for the recurring nightmares from which Buddy wakes up only to realize that whatever supposedly awful thing was stalking him was actually just trying to help."
Posted in Families

North American Stadiums

Author: Grady Chambers

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 157131993X

Category: Poetry

Page: 112

View: 8207

Winner of the inaugural Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, North American Stadiums is an assured debut collection about grace—the places we search for it, and the disjunction between what we seek and where we arrive. "You were supposed to find God here / the signs said." In these poems, hinterlands demand our close attention; overlooked places of industry become sites for pilgrimage; and history large and small—of a city, of a family, of a shirt—is unearthed. Here is a factory emptying for the day, a snowy road just past border patrol, a baseball game at dusk. Mile signs point us toward Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Salt Lake City, Chicago. And god is not the God expected, but the still moment amid movement: a field "lit like the heart / of the night," black stars stitched to the yellow sweatshirts of men in a crowd. A map "bleached / pale by time and weather," North American Stadiums is a collection at once resolutely unsentimental yet deeply tender, illuminating the historical forces that shape the places we inhabit and how those places, in turn, shape us.
Posted in Poetry

Milkweed Visitors

Author: Mary Holland

Publisher: Bas Relief Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780965747240

Category: Photography

Page: 32

View: 9293

Discover the insects and other creatures that live in a patch of common milkweed.
Posted in Photography

The Coldest War

Author: Ian Tregillis

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429986115

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 6909

In Ian Tregillis' The Coldest War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Britain and the USSR. For decades, Britain's warlocks have been all that stands between the British Empire and the Soviet Union—a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. Now each wizard's death is another blow to Britain's national security. Meanwhile, a brother and sister escape from a top-secret facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. Once subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary people with superhuman abilities, then prisoners of war in the immense Soviet research effort to reverse-engineer the Nazi technology, they head for England. Because that's where former spy Raybould Marsh lives. And Gretel, the mad seer, has plans for him. As Marsh is once again drawn into the world of Milkweed, he discovers that Britain's darkest acts didn't end with the war. And while he strives to protect queen and country, he is forced to confront his own willingness to accept victory at any cost. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Bright Dead Things

Poems

Author: Ada Limón

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 1571319255

Category: Poetry

Page: 128

View: 8282

Bright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately “disorderly, and marvelous, and ours.” A book of bravado and introspection, of 21st century feminist swagger and harrowing terror and loss, this fourth collection considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact—tracing in intimate detail the various ways the speaker’s sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth, and falls in love. Limón has often been a poet who wears her heart on her sleeve, but in these extraordinary poems that heart becomes a “huge beating genius machine” striving to embrace and understand the fullness of the present moment. “I am beautiful. I am full of love. I am dying,” the poet writes. Building on the legacies of forebears such as Frank O’Hara, Sharon Olds, and Mark Doty, Limón’s work is consistently generous and accessible—though every observed moment feels complexly thought, felt, and lived.
Posted in Poetry

Rising

Dispatches from the New American Shore

Author: Elizabeth Rush

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 1571319700

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 8633

Harvey. Maria. Irma. Sandy. Katrina. We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant—and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In this highly original work of lyrical reportage, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place. Weaving firsthand accounts from those facing this choice—a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago—with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of the communities both currently at risk and already displaced, Rising privileges the voices of those usually kept at the margins. At once polyphonic and precise, Rising is a shimmering meditation on vulnerability and on vulnerable communities, both human and more than human, and on how to let go of the places we love.
Posted in Science

The Milkweed Ladies

Author: LOUISE MCNEILL

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 0822979772

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 136

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The Milkweed Ladies the memoirs of poet Louise McNeill, is written our deep affection for and intimate knowledge of the lives of rural people and the rhythms of the natural world. It is a personal account of the farm in southern West Virginia where her family has lived for nine generations. Born in 1911, McNeill tells the story of her own growing years on the farm through the circadian rhythms of rural life. She presents the farm itself, “its level fields, its fence row, and hilly pastures . . . some two hundred acres of trees and bluegrass, running water, and the winding, dusty paths that cattle and humans have kept open through the years.” She writes movingly of the harsh routines of the lives of her family, from spring ploughing to winter sugaring, and of the hold the farm itself has on them and the earth itself on all of us. By the 1930s, the farm and the surrounding community had been drastically changed by the destruction left by the lumber companies, by the increased access to the outside world resulting from railway and automobile, and by war. McNeill herself left the farm in 1937 to complete her college education and to persue her literary career. Throughout The Milkweed Ladies, McNeill juxtaposes the life of the farm with the larger world events that impinge on it. But the larger world moves closer and closer to the world of the farm as McNeill herself moves away from it. The book concludes with McNeill’s perspective on the events of August 5, 1945. As she sits in the Commodore Hotel in New York City, reading the headlines about Hiroshima, she understands that she can never see the farm in the same way again. The Milkweed Ladies is filled with memorable characters - an herb-gathering Granny, McNeill’s sailor father, her patient, flower-loving mother, and Aunt Malindy in her “black sateen dress” who “never did a lick of work.” With her poet’s gift for detail and language, McNeill creates a world, forgotten by many of us, to some of us never known.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Of Silence and Song

Author: Dan Beachy-Quick

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 1571319433

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 352

View: 9424

Midway through the journey of his life, Dan Beachy-Quick found himself without a path, unsure how to live well. Of Silence and Song follows him on his resulting classical search for meaning in the world and in his particular, quiet life. In essays, fragments, marginalia, images, travel writing, and poetry, Beachy-Quick traces his relationships and identities. As father and husband. As teacher and student. As citizen and scholar. And as poet and reader, wondering at the potential and limits of literature. Of Silence and Song finds its inferno—and its paradise—in moments both historically vast and nakedly intimate. Hell: disappearing bees, James Eagan Holmes, Columbine, and the persistent, unforgivable crime of slavery. And redemption: in the art of Marcel Duchamp, the pressed flowers in Emily Dickinson’s Bible, and long walks with his youngest daughter. Curious, earnest, and masterful, Of Silence and Song is an unforgettable exploration of the human soul.
Posted in Literary Collections

Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine

The Curious Stories of 43 Amazing North American Native Plants

Author: Tammi Hartung

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 161212660X

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 2354

International Herb Association's 2017 Thomas DeBaggio Book Award Winner 2016 Silver Nautilus Book Award Winner History, literature, and botany meet in this charming tour of how humans have relied on plants to nourish, shelter, heal, clothe, and even entertain us. Did you know that during World War II, the US Navy paid kids to collect milkweed’s fluffy white floss, which was then used as filling for life preservers? And Native Americans in the deserts of the Southwest traditionally crafted tattoo needles from prickly pear cactus spines. These are just two of the dozens of tidbits that Tammi Hartung highlights in the tales of 43 native North American flowers, herbs, and trees that have rescued and delighted us for centuries.
Posted in Nature

Lord of the Butterflies

Author: Andrea Gibson

Publisher: Button Poetry

ISBN: 9781943735426

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

View: 1618

Andrea Gibson's latest collection is a masterful showcase from the poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. With artful and nuanced looks at gender, romance, loss, and family, Lord of the Butterflies is a new peak in Gibson's career. Each emotion here is deft and delicate, resting inside of imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.
Posted in Poetry