The Stark Divide

Author: J. Scott Coatsworth

Publisher: DSP Publications

ISBN: 1635338336

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

View: 6130

Humankind takes its first step toward the stars on a living ship that combines artificial intelligence and genetic mastery—with the help of generations of scientists and explorers.
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The Rising Tide

Author: J. Scott Coatsworth

Publisher: DSP Publications

ISBN: 164080627X

Category: Fiction

Page: 380

View: 620

Earth is dead, and the last of humanity travels aboard a living generation ship. But when a discovery triggers a chain of events that could culminate in the takeover of the world mind and the end of human free will, a group of unlikely heroes rises.
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The Last Grand Master

Author: Andrew Q. Gordon

Publisher: DSP Publications

ISBN: 1634764412

Category: Fiction

Page: 370

View: 7178

As Farrell and his new allies make plans to counter Neldin's evil, Meglar forces their hand when he invades a neighboring kingdom.
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Skythane

Author: J. Scott Coatsworth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781635334036

Category: Fiction

Page: 244

View: 4607

Jameson, a psych from a religious colony, and Xander, a skythane with a troubled past, must save the strange world of Oberon-and journey to the edge of reality to discover what binds them together.
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Depths

A Novel

Author: Henning Mankell

Publisher: New Press/ORIM

ISBN: 1595585648

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 326

The master of Scandinavian crime fiction spins a dark tale of passion and deceit set during World War I: “A memorable and shocking psychological study” (Publishers Weekly). October, 1914. Swedish naval officer Lars Tobiasson-Svartman is charged with a secret mission to take depth readings around the Stockholm archipelago. In the course of his work, he lands on the rocky isle of Halsskär. It seems utterly inhabitable, yet Halsskär is home to the young widow Sara Fredrika. Lars soon learns that Sara, living in near-total isolation, is unaware that the world is at war. A man of control and precision, Lars is overwhelmed by his attraction to the half-wild, illiterate Sara, a total contrast to his reserved, elegant wife. Giving in to the worst of his impulses, Lars turns into a far more dangerous man—one ready to trade in lies and even death to get closer to the lonely woman without losing hold of his wife. All thoughts of shame, fidelity, and duty are swept to sea as he struggles to maintain his parallel lives, with devastating consequences for the women who love him. Henning Mankell, author of the internationally bestselling Kurt Wallander series and the critically acclaimed Chronicler of the Winds, once again proves himself a master of the novel with this arresting, disquieting story of obsession.
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White Sky, Black Ice

Author: Stan Jones

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 1569478155

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

View: 3376

In the small Alaskan village of Chukchi, what are the odds of two suicides occurring in a matter of a few days? State trooper Nathan Active discovers that his suspicions concerning the deaths are well-founded; the two men were murdered. But what was the motive and who killed them?
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Lander

Author: J. Scott Coatsworth

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

ISBN: 1640804765

Category: Fiction

Page: 294

View: 1511

Following the reunification of the split world, the winged skythane people struggle to survive and prepare to face their old enemy, Obercorp, while Xander and Jameson discover their love might have been drug-induced.
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Abroad

Book Two

Author: Liz Jacobs

Publisher: Brain Mill Press

ISBN: 1942083947

Category: Fiction

Page: 420

View: 4778

The heartwarming and romantic conclusion to the duology celebrated by Teen Vogue as “a nuanced and sexy take on growing up and learning to accept who you are.” Nick Melnikov has finally done it — he’s come out. To himself. To his sister. And to Dex, who listens, hears him, and understands. To Dex, who leads him on a sensual journey and shows him all that they could be, if Nick could only find the courage. It’s one thing to let yourself be open thousands of miles away from your family, but exchange student Nick is uncomfortably aware that his time with Dex is running out. Who will he be when he goes home again? Dex Cartwell is as happy with Nick as he’s ever been, but he can’t ignore the shadow of Nick’s inevitable departure from London, back to his life in Michigan. Is it worth it for Dex to expose his heart to another doomed relationship with a predetermined expiration date? What does Dex really want for the beginning of the next chapter in his life, post-graduation? Dex wants to turn to his best friend in the struggle to find a way forward, but Izzy Jones has her own problems. She’s got one friend in love with her, and when she turns to another for help things get twice as complicated. Izzy never wanted complicated, but life just keeps getting in the way — and sweeping her off her feet. Then Nick’s mom and sister come for a visit, and he is forced to decide between living his truth and protecting himself from fear and change. It’s going to take a lot of courage and a few leaps in the dark if Nick, Dex, and Izzy are to find a way to live and love on their own terms.
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Acadiana

Author: Nancy Reddy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781625578990

Category: Poetry

Page: 32

View: 785

Poetry. In Reddy's south Louisiana, gods, saints, and sibyls walk among us. Set against the approach and aftermath of a hurricane, Acadiana's swamps and bayous are liminal spaces where the boundaries between this world and the next, between comfort and catastrophe, are porous. In this sometimes lyrical and sometimes sinister polyvocal collection, the sibyls' oracular voices foretell the approach of the storm and the disaster it leaves in its wake; before her death, the folk- saint Saint Charlene whispers her last invocation to the Lord she can no longer hear; a girl tells the story of being momentarily possessed by the Holy Spirit; and Saint Catherine sits in a lawn chair before a storm, reading the sky for signs: 'The sky's a still and cloudless blue / and tells us nothing. Only certain birds // can guide us. They do not appear.' By placing the rituals of Catholic faith alongside ancient practices like augury and divination, these poems ask about the role of ritual and faith in warding off and making sense of disasters, both natural and man-made. The collection closes with the stark, oracular pronouncement of the sibyls, after the storm: 'Saved and spared are different / and you will learn that now.' "The poems in Nancy Reddy's ACADIANA explore the disaster- ravaged Louisiana landscape that exists in 'the space of / after.' Ranging in location from the bayous to the levees to the I-10 expressway that cuts through the state, Reddy's poems meditate on the wreckage of the Gulf Coast and give us its story through the voices of women. How do we live now, she asks in the poem 'The Thibodeaux Girl Speaks, After,' 'with levees and spillways that hold the river / to its shores, with water / rising yearly in the gulf'? Reddy's poems reckon with these large questions with eloquence and urgency." --Nicole Cooley "In Nancy Reddy's ACADIANA, myths walk among us; their favor and their disdain are equally damaging. A woman whom 'the god has loved, however briefly' is 'sun-split,' and fit now only for prophesy. A sleeping girl might be 'still unharmed,' but harm, we know, is coming. These women and girls, touched by the disastrous divine, transform from mortals to sybils and back again, speaking truth with all the destructive power of a storm. Reddy says, 'The wrong gods / roar into our lungs now' but doesn't tell us which ones are the right ones. She knows there is no easy answer." --Rebecca Hazelton "It is Nancy Reddy's brilliance in ACADIANA to render the natural beauty and hostility of the Louisiana swamp in all its humid detail, while at the same time writing myths that transcend the bayou. These poems resound with zydeco and the howl of hurricanes, but it's the incantatory rhythms of sibyls and sirens that lead us from mystery to mystery. Here the gods--violent, alluring, electric with unspeakable passions--are never more than a storm, a spell, a spark away."--George David Clark "The poems in Nancy Reddy's ACADIANA are brewing with storms & spells, with 'swamp teeth,' sirens, sibyls, & sin. The soundtrack is made of wails, howls, screams, & weeping from women, prophets, & gods. These poems are poems of transfixion, tongues, and transformation; girls become women, women become birds, & birds swoop down to eat children. There is no mercy here, just the flooded landscape of sorrow. Reddy teaches us what new & broken worlds sound like, how to make music out of ruin, and how to navigate 'the space of / after.' ACADIANA will touch and leave you like a god--unharmed, but gasping." --Meghan Privitello
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Reading in the Dark

Author: Seamus Deane

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375700234

Category: Fiction

Page: 245

View: 1853

A young boy describes growing up amid the violence and tragedy of Northern Ireland during the 1940s and 1950s, detailing the deadly, unspoken betrayal born out of political enmity that shapes the lives of himself and his family
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Breaking Open the Head

A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism

Author: Daniel Pinchbeck

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0767911520

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

View: 6593

A dazzling work of personal travelogue and cultural criticism that ranges from the primitive to the postmodern in a quest for the promise and meaning of the psychedelic experience. While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. From the iboga of the Bwiti in Gabon, to the Mazatecs of Mexico, these plants are sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness--to a holographic vision of the universe. Breaking Open the Head is a passionate, multilayered, and sometimes rashly personal inquiry into this deep division. On one level, Daniel Pinchbeck tells the story of the encounters between the modern consciousness of the West and these sacramental substances, including such thinkers as Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, and Terence McKenna, and a new underground of present-day ethnobotanists, chemists, psychonauts, and philosophers. It is also a scrupulous recording of the author's wide-ranging investigation with these outlaw compounds, including a thirty-hour tribal initiation in West Africa; an all-night encounter with the master shamans of the South American rain forest; and a report from a psychedelic utopia in the Black Rock Desert that is the Burning Man Festival. Breaking Open the Head is brave participatory journalism at its best, a vivid account of psychic and intellectual experiences that opened doors in the wall of Western rationalism and completed Daniel Pinchbeck's personal transformation from a jaded Manhattan journalist to shamanic initiate and grateful citizen of the cosmos. From the Hardcover edition.
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Abroad

Book One

Author: Liz Jacobs

Publisher: Brain Mill Press

ISBN: 1942083653

Category: Fiction

Page: 376

View: 1060

Nick Melnikov doesn’t know where he belongs. He was just a kid when his Russian-Jewish family immigrated to Michigan. Now he’s in London for university, overwhelmed by unexpected memories. Socially anxious, intensely private, and closeted, Nick doesn’t expect to fall in so quickly with a tight-knit group of students from his college, and it’s both exhilarating and scary. Hanging out with them is a roller coaster of serious awkward and incredible longing, especially when the most intimidating of the group, Dex, looks his way. Dex Cartwell knows exactly who he is: a black queer guy who doesn’t give a toss what anybody thinks of him. He is absolutely, one-hundred-percent, totally in control of his life. Apart, maybe, from the stress of his family’s abrupt move to an affluent, largely white town. And worrying about his younger brother feeling increasingly isolated as a result. And the persistent broken heart he’s been nursing for a while . . . When Nick and Dex meet, both find themselves intrigued. Countless late-night conversations only sharpen their attraction. But the last thing Nick wants is to face his deepest secret, and the last thing Dex needs is another heartache. Dex has had to fight too hard for his right to be where he is. Nick isn’t even sure where he’s from. So how can either of them tell where this is going? A master of building tender and meaningful characters with heartbreaking stakes, Liz Jacobs deftly introduces audiences to the compelling, deeply personal narratives possible in coming-of-age and New Adult romance. ABROAD is an instant classic that approaches LGBTQIA+ and immigrant experiences from a powerful own-voices perspective.
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An Aqueous Territory

Sailor Geographies and New Granada's Transimperial Greater Caribbean World

Author: Ernesto Bassi

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822373734

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 2055

In An Aqueous Territory Ernesto Bassi traces the configuration of a geographic space he calls the transimperial Greater Caribbean between 1760 and 1860. Focusing on the Caribbean coast of New Granada (present-day Colombia), Bassi shows that the region's residents did not live their lives bounded by geopolitical borders. Rather, the cross-border activities of sailors, traders, revolutionaries, indigenous peoples, and others reflected their perceptions of the Caribbean as a transimperial space where trade, information, and people circulated, both conforming to and in defiance of imperial regulations. Bassi demonstrates that the islands, continental coasts, and open waters of the transimperial Greater Caribbean constituted a space that was simultaneously Spanish, British, French, Dutch, Danish, Anglo-American, African, and indigenous. Exploring the "lived geographies" of the region's dwellers, Bassi challenges preconceived notions of the existence of discrete imperial spheres and the inevitable emergence of independent nation-states while providing insights into how people envision their own futures and make sense of their place in the world.
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The Fifth Head of Cerberus

Three Novellas

Author: Gene Wolfe

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312890209

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 2619

First published in 1972, this SF masterpiece has been out of print for most of a decade. Now, this "subtle, ingenious, and poetic book" (Ursula Le Guin) entertains a new generation of readers with the story of two far-flung sister planets and a man's quest to find remnants of a lost.
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The Idiot

A Novel

Author: Elif Batuman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101622512

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 6619

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction "An addictive, sprawling epic; I wolfed it down.” —Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man and It Chooses You “Easily the funniest book I’ve read this year.” —GQ A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself. The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings. At the end of the school year, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside, to teach English in a program run by one of Ivan's friends. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana. Selin's summer in Europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. For Selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer. With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Her prose is a rare and inimitable combination of tenderness and wisdom; its logic as natural and inscrutable as that of memory itself. The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman's fiction is unguarded against both life's affronts and its beauty--and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail. Named one the best books of the year by Refinery29 • Mashable One • Elle Magazine • The New York Times • Bookpage • Vogue • NPR • Buzzfeed •The Millions
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Freshwater

Author: Akwaeke Emezi

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802165567

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 8134

A National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Honoree Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.” Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities. Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these alters—now protective, now hedonistic—move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction. Narrated by the selves within Ada, and based in the author’s realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.
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Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky

Education, Language, and Social Class in Contemporary India

Author: Chaise LaDousa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785332111

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

View: 4700

A sea change has occurred in the Indian economy in the last three decades, spurring the desire to learn English. Most scholars and media venues have focused on English exclusively for its ties to processes of globalization and the rise of new employment opportunities. The pursuit of class mobility, however, involves Hindi as much as English in the vast Hindi-Belt of northern India. Schools are institutions on which class mobility depends, and they are divided by Hindi and English in the rubric of "medium," the primary language of pedagogy. This book demonstrates that the school division allows for different visions of what it means to belong to the nation and what is central and peripheral in the nation. It also shows how the language-medium division reverberates unevenly and unequally through the nation, and that schools illustrate the tensions brought on by economic liberalization and middle-class status.
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O Pioneers!

Author: Willa Cather

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Frontier and pioneer life

Page: 306

View: 6127

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The Savage Frontier

The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination

Author: Matthew Carr

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1620974282

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 7306

A sweeping historical travelogue of the contentious border of France and Spain, in the great tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Jan Morris With the Catalonia crisis making international headlines, the unique cultural and geographic region bordering Spain and France has once again moved to the center of the world’s attention. In The Savage Frontier, acclaimed author and journalist Matthew Carr uncovers the fascinating, multilayered story of the Pyrenees region—at once a forbidding, mountainous frontier zone of stunning beauty, home to a unique culture, and a site of sharp conflict between nations and empires. Carr follows the routes taken by monks, soldiers, poets, pilgrims, and refugees. He examines the people and events that have shaped the Pyrenees across the centuries, with a cast of characters including Napoleon, Hannibal, and Charlemagne; the eccentric British climber Henry Russell; Francisco Sabaté Llopart, the Catalan anarchist who waged a lone war against the Franco regime across the Pyrenees for years after the civil war; Camino de Santiago pilgrims; and the cellist Pablo Casals, who spent twenty-three years in exile only a few miles from the Spanish border to show his disgust and disapproval of the Spanish regime. The Savage Frontier is a book that will spark a new awareness and appreciation of one of the most haunting, magical, and dramatic landscapes on earth.
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Earthseed

The Seed Trilogy

Author: Pamela Sargent

Publisher: Tor Teen

ISBN: 9781429994729

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 304

View: 8560

Ship hurtles through space. Deep within its core, it carries the seed of humankind. Launched by the people of a dying Earth over a century ago, its mission is to find a habitable world for the children—fifteen-year-old Zoheret and her shipmates—whom it has created from its genetic banks. To Zoheret and her shipmates, Ship has been mother, father, and loving teacher, preparing them for their biggest challenge: to survive on their own, on an uninhabited planet, without Ship's protection. Now that day is almost upon them...but are they ready to leave Ship? Ship devises a test. And suddenly, instincts that have been latent for over a hundred years take over. Zoheret watches as friends become strangers—and enemies. Can Zoheret and her companions overcome the biggest obstacle to the survival of the human race—themselves? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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