Material World

A Global Family Portrait

Author: Peter Menzel,Charles C. Mann

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780871564306

Category: Photography

Page: 255

View: 1450

Photographs show the homes and possessions of average families in thirty countries around the world and document each family's lifestyle
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Author: K. C. Wells

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781977864949


Page: 318

View: 3834

Matt Dorning likes his life just the way it is. Escorting provides him with enough money to live in his favorite city, New York, and he's been doing it long enough that he knows the rules: don't give it away when there's always someone who'll pay for it; always leave them wanting more; and never, never lose your heart to a client. Lucas Sawyer is about to challenge all Matt's rules. He's a beautiful man who shouldn't need to pay for sex, and yet Matt knows he's the latest hooker in a long line. Lucas lives a life Matt can only dream of, but it doesn't appear to make him happy: there's something going on beneath that poised, self-assured exterior. And Matt also knows that his time with Lucas won't last forever - escorts have a certain shelf life where he's concerned. So what happens when the man who doesn't 'do' relationships, starts to question his life? Lucas is about to embark on a journey of self discovery...and Matt's life is about to get messy... Although this is part of the Material World series, it is a stand alone novella. Expect sex, silk, and sensuality.
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Portrait of a Woman in Silk

Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World

Author: Zara Anishanslin

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300220553

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 9537

Through the story of a portrait of a woman in a silk dress, historian Zara Anishanslin embarks on a fascinating journey, exploring and refining debates about the cultural history of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world. While most scholarship on commodities focuses either on labor and production or on consumption and use, Anishanslin unifies both, examining the worlds of four identifiable people who produced, wore, and represented this object: a London weaver, one of early modern Britain’s few women silk designers, a Philadelphia merchant’s wife, and a New England painter. Blending macro and micro history with nuanced gender analysis, Anishanslin shows how making, buying, and using goods in the British Atlantic created an object-based community that tied its inhabitants together, while also allowing for different views of the Empire. Investigating a range of subjects including self-fashioning, identity, natural history, politics, and trade, Anishanslin makes major contributions both to the study of material culture and to our ongoing conversation about how to write history.
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Women of the Silk

A Novel

Author: Gail Tsukiyama

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429952296

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5085

In Women of the Silk Gail Tsukiyama takes her readers back to rural China in 1926, where a group of women forge a sisterhood amidst the reeling machines that reverberate and clamor in a vast silk factory from dawn to dusk. Leading the first strike the village has ever seen, the young women use the strength of their ambition, dreams, and friendship to achieve the freedom they could never have hoped for on their own. Tsukiyama's graceful prose weaves the details of "the silk work" and Chinese village life into a story of courage and strength.
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Author: K. C. Wells,Meredith Russell

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781548711689


Page: 228

View: 4940

Can a touch of Satin bring a straight copper to his knees? Detective Joel Hunter is on surveillance when he first lays eyes on Satin, the singer with the amazing voice, which is as beautiful as she is. But when the stake-out comes to an end, he can't resist going back to the bar. He gets a shock when he learns what lies beneath the satin dress, but an even bigger one when he realizes he's attracted to the owner of that sultry voice - Ross Dauntry. Ross can't figure out why the cop keeps coming back, even after he's learned the truth. Is Joel attracted to him, or to Satin? Because the answer is important, and one way or another, Ross needs to know... 46,000 words. A standalone novella of satin and sensuality... Although this story is in the same series as Lace, you will not find Dave and Shawn in these pages - Joel and Ross provide enough heat of their own.
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The Silk Roads

A New History of the World

Author: Peter Frankopan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101946334

Category: History

Page: 672

View: 8025

“This is history on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that is rare… A proper historical epic of dazzling range and achievement.” —William Dalrymple, The Guardian The epic history of the crossroads of the world—the meeting place of East and West and the birthplace of civilization It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East. Peter Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. He vividly re-creates the emergence of the first cities in Mesopotamia and the birth of empires in Persia, Rome and Constantinople, as well as the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death and the violent struggles over Western imperialism. Throughout the millennia, it was the appetite for foreign goods that brought East and West together, driving economies and the growth of nations. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts. Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Hardcover edition.
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Author: K. C. Wells,Meredith Russell

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781546785811


Page: 124

View: 8893

When Shawn's best mate Dave breaks up with his girlfriend, Shawn tries not to get his hopes up. After all, Dave's still straight, right? Wrong. Dave reveals he's bisexual, and that pounding you hear is Shawn's heart. He's loved Dave for so long, but he's not about to jeopardize their friendship by telling Dave how he really feels. But when Dave discovers Shawn's little kink, it opens up a whole new chapter for the two friends. Except Shawn can't help but worry - if there was no kink, would Dave be there? And is Shawn brave enough to find out? A standalone short story of lust, lace - and love...
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Cornhusk, Silk, and Wishbones

A Book of Dolls from Around the World

Author: Michelle Markel

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618054871

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 5500

Examines a variety of dolls throughout the world, discussing how they have been used at different times and how they reflect the cultures that created them.
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A Single Pebble

A Story of the Silk Road

Author: Bonnie Christensen

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1596437154

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 7384

In 9th-century China, a little girl sends a small jade pebble to travel with her father along the Silk Road, until it reaches the Republic of Venice, the end of the Silk Road, where a boy cherishes the pebble and sees the value of this gift from a girl at the other end of the road.
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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

Author: Kelli Estes

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1492608343

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 8809

A USA Today Bestseller! "The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is a beautiful story that brought me to tears more than once, and was a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and the human heart. A powerful debut that proves the threads that interweave our lives can withstand time and any tide, and bind our hearts forever."-Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories. The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets... Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core — and force her to make an impossible choice. "A touching and tender story about discovering the past to bring peace to the present."— Duncan Jepson, author of All the Flowers in Shanghai
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The World of Silk

Author: Priscilla Lowry

Publisher: St John's Press

ISBN: 9780994106308

Category: History

Page: 266

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The World of Silk is the third in the Secrets of Silk series on the history of silk. It explores both the similarities and differences between each country and highlights the people and the fascinating stories that make it all come alive. Each chapter focuses on a particular country and its history, unique culture and priorities, problems and solutions. The first chapters are on silk in Japan, Korea and India. Silk was well suited to both tropical and subtropical regions, so the next chapters are on Thailand, South-East Asia, Turkey and the post-Soviet states. The dream of establishing sericulture in both England and the United States met with mixed results and that led to their move from sericulture to manufacturing. 'Old World, New World' includes Central and South America and South Africa and looks again at the changes in Europe. China has come full circle and once more it is the world's leader and this chapter looks at some of its most recent developments, and the effect of its policies on its lands and people, and worldwide. Finally, The World of Silk brings together some of the exciting scientific developments, including fluorescent silkworms and exotic food products. It concludes with a review of the future for silk and a practical section on sewing with silk. It is richly illustrated, with an extensive bibliography and index.
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Women in the Material World

Author: Faith D'Aluisio,Peter Menzel

Publisher: Counterpoint LLC

ISBN: 9780871569844

Category: Photography

Page: 256

View: 436

Photographs, first-person chronicles, and statistics reflect the status of women around the world, offering a portrait of the lives, feelings, and beliefs of women from many cultures
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Raw Silk

A Novel

Author: Janet Burroway

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480463310

Category: Fiction

Page: 292

View: 6224

Janet Burroway’s critically acclaimed novel, which the New Yorker hailed as “enormously enjoyable” and Newsweek called “a novel of rare and lustrous quality,” is the story of a woman whose unraveling marriage sends her on a personal odyssey halfway around the world to Japan Virginia Marbalestier has come a long way from the California trailer park where she grew up. Now a designer at the textile firm where her husband is the number-two executive, as the mother of a young daughter and the mistress of an English Tudor manor, she has it all. But her husband, Oliver, is becoming increasingly elitist and controlling, resentful of her friendships, and rough in bed. The arrival of a new employee, a distressed young woman in whom Virginia finds the missing threads of her own identity, and the firm’s possible merger with a Japanese competitor heighten the tensions between Virginia and Oliver, and impel Virginia to set off on a foreign adventure that will change her life forever.
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Stuff Matters

Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

Author: Mark Miodownik

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544237048

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 6657

New York Times Bestseller • New York Times Notable Book 2014 • Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books “A thrilling account of the modern material world.” —Wall Street Journal "Miodownik, a materials scientist, explains the history and science behind things such as paper, glass, chocolate, and concrete with an infectious enthusiasm." —Scientific American Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? These are the sorts of questions that renowned materials scientist Mark Miodownik constantly asks himself. Miodownik studies objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. In Stuff Matters, Miodownik explores the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor to the foam in his sneakers. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way. "Stuff Matters is about hidden wonders, the astonishing properties of materials we think boring, banal, and unworthy of attention...It's possible this science and these stories have been told elsewhere, but like the best chocolatiers, Miodownik gets the blend right." —New York Times Book Review
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The Silk Road

A New History

Author: Valerie Hansen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190218428

Category: History

Page: 328

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The Silk Road is as iconic in world history as the Colossus of Rhodes or the Suez Canal. But what was it, exactly? It conjures up a hazy image of a caravan of camels laden with silk on a dusty desert track, reaching from China to Rome. The reality was different--and far more interesting--as revealed in this new history. In The Silk Road, Valerie Hansen describes the remarkable archeological finds that revolutionize our understanding of these trade routes. For centuries, key records remained hidden--sometimes deliberately buried by bureaucrats for safe keeping. But the sands of the Taklamakan Desert have revealed fascinating material, sometimes preserved by illiterate locals who recycled official documents to make insoles for shoes or garments for the dead. Hansen explores seven oases along the road, from Xi'an to Samarkand, where merchants, envoys, pilgrims, and travelers mixed in cosmopolitan communities, tolerant of religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism. There was no single, continuous road, but a chain of markets that traded between east and west. China and the Roman Empire had very little direct trade. China's main partners were the peoples of modern-day Iran, whose tombs in China reveal much about their Zoroastrian beliefs. Silk was not the most important good on the road; paper, invented in China before Julius Caesar was born, had a bigger impact in Europe, while metals, spices, and glass were just as important as silk. Perhaps most significant of all was the road's transmission of ideas, technologies, and artistic motifs. The Silk Road is a fascinating story of archeological discovery, cultural transmission, and the intricate chains across Central Asia and China.
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The Artificial Silk Girl

Author: Irmgard Keun

Publisher: Other PressLlc

ISBN: 1590514548

Category: Fiction

Page: 194

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The story of Doris, beautiful and striving, who vows to write down all that happens to her as the star of her own life story. But instead of scripting what she hopes will be a quick rise to fame and fortune as either an actress or the mistress/wife of a wealthy man, she describes a slow descent into near prostitution and homelessness. Prewar Berlin is not the dazzling and exciting city of promise it seems; Doris unwittingly reveals a bleak, seamy urban landscape.
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Never be the Same

Author: Silk White

Publisher: Good2go Publishing

ISBN: 0615630170

Category: Fiction

Page: 204

View: 6760

Follow us on for Free Giveaways. Meet Paige, a famous actress whose career is on the come up. Things couldn't be better, until her front door is kicked in by the police. After being forced to snitch on her fiance or go to jail, Paige makes a decision that is sure to change her life forever. Meanwhile, Paige's fiance Jeezy has problems of his own. The kind of problems that can get him killed or placed in jail for the rest of his life. With his back to the wall and a gun in his hand the only way out is for him to shoot his way out. When it's all said and done both of their lives will never be the same. Join Silk White as he once again takes you on a ride that you won't soon forget. Once readers put this book down they to will never be the same.
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Silk and Tea in the North

Scandinavian Trade and the Market for Asian Goods in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Author: Hanna Hodacs

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137455446

Category: History

Page: 216

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This book links the trade of the Danish and Swedish East India companies to the British taste for tea, a Scandinavian craving for colourful Chinese silk textiles, import substitutions schemes and natural history in the eighteenth century. It is a global history exploring the exchange of silver for goods in Canton. It is also a European history studying the wholesale market for Asian goods in Gothenburg and Copenhagen, the formation of taste and the impact of fashion in the blending of tea and the assortments of colours on wrought silk destined for markets across Europe. Linking material history to political economy and the histories of science, this book ends on the threshold of the nineteenth century, the rise of the second British Empire in Asia, and the creation of synthetic dyes in Europe.
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Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

Author: Joshua B. Freeman

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393246329

Category: History

Page: 464

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A sweeping, global history of the rise of the factory and its effects on society. We live in a factory-made world: modern life is built on three centuries of advances in factory production, efficiency, and technology. But giant factories have also fueled our fears about the future since their beginnings, when William Blake called them "dark Satanic mills." Many factories that operated over the last two centuries—such as Homestead, River Rouge, and Foxconn—were known for the labor exploitation and class warfare they engendered, not to mention the environmental devastation caused by factory production from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution up to today. In a major work of scholarship that is also wonderfully accessible, celebrated historian Joshua B. Freeman tells the story of the factory and examines how it has reflected both our dreams and our nightmares of industrialization and social change. He whisks readers from the textile mills in England that powered the Industrial Revolution and the factory towns of New England to the colossal steel and car plants of twentieth-century America, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union and on to today’s behemoths making sneakers, toys, and cellphones in China and Vietnam. The giant factory, Freeman shows, led a revolution that transformed human life and the environment. He traces arguments about factories and social progress through such critics and champions as Marx and Engels, Charles Dickens, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Ford, and Joseph Stalin. He chronicles protests against standard industry practices from unions and workers’ rights groups that led to shortened workdays, child labor laws, protection for organized labor, and much more. In Behemoth, Freeman also explores how factories became objects of great wonder that both inspired and horrified artists and writers in their time. He examines representations of factories in the work of Charles Sheeler, Margaret Bourke-White, Charlie Chaplin, Diego Rivera, and Edward Burtynsky. Behemoth tells the grand story of global industry from the Industrial Revolution to the present. It is a magisterial work on factories and the people whose labor made them run. And it offers a piercing perspective on how factories have shaped our societies and the challenges we face now.
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