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A Small Place

By Jamaica Kincaid
  • ISBN Code: : 1466828838
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Pages : 96
  • Category : History
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A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua--by the author of Annie John "If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an airport named after him--why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen . . ." So begins Jamaica Kincaid's expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up. Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.

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A history of life in one South Carolina city during the American Civil War, featuring personal stories from those who were there. Most of what we know about how the Civil War affected life in the Confederacy is related to cities, troop movements, battles, and prominent political, economic, or military leaders. Far less is known about the people who lived in small Southern towns remote from marching armies or battles. Philip N. Racine explores life in one such place—Spartanburg, South Carolina—in an effort to reshape the contours of that great conflict. By 1864 life in most of the Confederacy, but especially in rural towns, was characterized by scarcity, high prices, uncertainty, fear, and bad-tempered neighbors. Shortages of food were common. People lived with constant anxiety that a soldiering father or son would be killed or wounded. Taxes were high, inflation was rampant, good news was scarce and seemed to always be followed by bad. The slave population was growing restive as their masters’ bad news was their good news. Army deserters were threatening lawlessness; accusations and vindictiveness colored the atmosphere and added to the anxiety, fear, and feeling of helplessness. Often people blamed their troubles on the Confederate government in faraway Richmond, Virginia. Racine provides insight into these events through personal stories: the plight of a slave; the struggles of a war widow managing her husband’s farm, ten slaves, and seven children; and the trauma of a lowcountry refugee’s having to forfeit a wealthy, aristocratic way of life and being thrust into relative poverty and an alien social world. All were part of the complexity of wartime Spartanburg District. “A well-written account that not only captures the plight of both the black and white population, but also offers some amazing cameos, especially the life of Emily Lyle Harris, who struggled to keep her large family in tact while her husband went off to war. This is a lively read and a perfect book to assign for classes covering the Carolina Upstate during the American Civil War.” —Edmund L. Drago, professor of history, The College of Charleston, and author of Confederate Phoenix: Rebel Children and Their Families in South Carolina “Living a Big War offers a fascinating, unflinching look at the toll the Civil War took on Spartanburg, clearly showing divisions that emerged and deftly employing stories of slaves, women, and other individuals to reveal the experiences of people on the home front.” —Gaines M. Foster, dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Louisiana State University, and author of Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause and the Emergence of the New South, 1865–1913

Sea State

By Tabitha Lasley
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0063030853
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 775
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A Recommended Read from: Vogue * USA Today * The Los Angeles Times * Publishers Weekly * The Week * Alma * Lit Hub A stunning and brutally honest memoir that shines a light on what happens when female desire conflicts with a culture of masculinity in crisis In her midthirties and newly free from a terrible relationship, Tabitha Lasley quit her job at a London magazine, packed her bags, and poured her savings into a six-month lease on an apartment in Aberdeen, Scotland. She decided to make good on a long-deferred idea for a book about oil rigs and the men who work on them. Why oil rigs? She wanted to see what men were like with no women around. In Aberdeen, Tabitha became deeply entrenched in the world of roughnecks, a teeming subculture rich with brawls, hard labor, and competition. The longer she stayed, the more she found her presence had a destabilizing effect on the men—and her. Sea State is on the one hand a portrait of an overlooked industry: “offshore” is a way of life for generations of primarily working-class men and also a potent metaphor for those parts of life we keep at bay—class, masculinity, the transactions of desire, and the awful slipperiness of a ladder that could, if we tried hard enough, lead us to security. Sea State is on the other hand the story of a journalist whose professional distance from her subject becomes perilously thin. In Aberdeen, Tabitha gets high and dances with abandon, reliving her youth, when the music was good and the boys were bad. Twenty years on, there is Caden: a married rig worker who spends three weeks on and three weeks off. Alone and in an increasingly precarious state, Tabitha dives into their growing attraction. The relationship, reckless and explosive, will lay them both bare.

A Small Place in Italy

By Eric Newby
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Book Code : 0007508158
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 765
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This book is a lush and beautiful memoir of a very special house and a superb recreation of a bygone era.

My Brother

By Jamaica Kincaid
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  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Book Code : 1466828862
  • Total of Pages : 197
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 848
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Jamaica Kincaid's brother Devon Drew died of AIDS on January 19, 1996, at the age of thirty-three. Kincaid's incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother's life and death is also a story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening figure of the writer's mother. My Brother is an unblinking record of a life that ended too early, and it speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families. My Brother is a 1997 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

The World and a Very Small Place in Africa

By Donald R. Wright
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 0429996403
  • Total of Pages : 308
  • Category : History
  • Members : 431
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The World and a Very Small Place in Africa is a fascinating look at how contacts with the wider world have affected how people have lived in Niumi, a small and little-known region at the mouth of West Africa’s Gambia River, for over a thousand years. Drawing on archives, oral traditions and published works, Donald R. Wright connects world history with real people on a local level through an exploration of how global events have affected life in Niumi. Thoroughly revised and updated throughout, this new edition rests on recent thinking in globalization theory, reflects the latest historiography and has been extended to the present day through discussion of the final years of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s regime, the role of global forces in the events of the 2016 presidential elections and the changes that resulted from these elections. The book is supported throughout by photographs, maps and Perspectives boxes that present detailed information on such topics as Alex Haley’s Roots (part set in Niumi), why Gambians take the risky "back way" to reach Europe, or "Wiri-Wiri," the Senegalese soap that has Gambians’ attention. Written in a clear and personal style and taking a critical yet sensitive approach, it remains an essential resource for students and scholars of African history, particularly those interested in the impact of globalization on the lives of real people.

Notes from a Small Planet

By Brian V. Peck
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1481799940
  • Total of Pages : 302
  • Category : Humor
  • Members : 470
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"About an hour out of Phnom Penh we are transferred onto a mini-bus which takes some time to arrive, but eventually comes. Then driven at breakneck speed on a very dusty road that gets dust all over everything, coming into the city is a bit of a shock as there is no doubt about it that the outer areas do resemble the Third world, but the inner city is clean and modern. We are taken to the King's Hotel where we could choose too stay or go - as I was tired I decided to stay, but without hot water in my cheap room - well what can you expect for 5 dollars. I shared dinner with Isabel and Jeroen - who I took a real shine too. And in the morning I have breakfast with Sarah from Sweden who I had first met in Chau Doc and came on our boat when partly through the trip. Sarah was one of these very assured intelligent young women who had done a lot of travelling – as breakfast progressed I kept thinking that her body language was saying categorically too me (was old enough to be her father) or probably any man who may have tried it on with her - that if you mess with me boy I will chew both of your testicles off with one bite. Apparently she was some sort of chemist who new a lot about food and what it does to us, when we eat it. I said very little while eating my breakfast and kept my legs very tightly together".

Travel and Ethics

By Corinne Fowler,Charles Forsdick,Ludmilla Kostova
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135019339
  • Total of Pages : 268
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 258
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Despite the recent increase in scholarly activity regarding travel writing and the accompanying proliferation of publications relating to the form, its ethical dimensions have yet to be theorized with sufficient rigour. Drawing from the disciplines of anthropology, linguistics, literary studies and modern languages, the contributors in this volume apply themselves to a number of key theoretical questions pertaining to travel writing and ethics, ranging from travel-as-commoditization to encounters with minority languages under threat. Taken collectively, the essays assess key critical legacies from parallel disciplines to the debate so far, such as anthropological theory and postcolonial criticism. Also considered, and of equal significance, are the ethical implications of the form’s parallel genres of writing, such as ethnography and journalism. As some of the contributors argue, innovations in these genres have important implications for the act of theorizing travel writing itself and the mode and spirit in which it continues to be conducted. In the light of such innovations, how might ethical theory maintain its critical edge?

Sound, Space and Society

By Kimberley Peters
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137576766
  • Total of Pages : 120
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 827
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In 1964, rebel radio stations took to the seas in converted ships to offer listening choice to a young, resistant audience, against a backdrop of restrictive broadcasting policies. This book draws on this exceptional moment in social history, and the decades that followed, teasing out the relations between sound, society and space that were central to ‘pirate’ broadcasting activities. With a turn towards mediated life in geography, studies of radio have been largely absent. However, radio remains the most pervasive mass communications medium. This book breaks new ground, discussing in depth the relationship between radio, space and society; considering how space matters in the production, consumption and regulation of audio transmission, through the geophysical spaces of sea, land and air. It is relevant for readers interested in geographies of media, sensory spatial experience, everyday geopolitics and the turn towards elemental and more-than-human geographies.

Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture

By Helena Feder
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317146409
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 658
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Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture: Biology and the Bildungsroman draws on work by Kinji Imanishi, Frans de Waal, and other biologists to create an interdisciplinary, materialist notion of culture for ecocritical analysis. In this timely intervention, Feder examines the humanist idea of culture by taking a fresh look at the stories it explicitly tells about itself. These stories fall into the genre of the Bildungsroman, the tale of individual acculturation that participates in the myth of its complete separation from and opposition to nature which, Feder argues, is culture’s own origin story. Moving from Voltaire’s Candide to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando to Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy, the book dramatizes humanism’s own awareness of the fallacy of this foundational binary. In the final chapters, Feder examines the discourse of animality at work in this narrative as a humanist fantasy about empathy, one that paradoxically excludes other animals from the ethical community to justify the continued domination of both human and nonhuman others.

Bees In Amber; A Little Book Of Thoughtful Verse

By John Oxenham
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  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Book Code : 1473394600
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Poetry
  • Members : 933
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This book aims to supply the beginner possessing a few hives with such information and advice as will enabe him to obtain the best possible results from his apiary, and to carry out the few operations that are necessary throughout the year. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. Contents Include A Reviving Industry Her Majesty the Queen Bee Drones and Workers The Bee City The Beginner's First Steps Swarming The Year in the Hive The Honey Harvest Cleanliness or Disease

The Expressman and the Detective

By Allan Pinkerton
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  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Book Code : 1504001486
  • Total of Pages : 312
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 475
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Pinkerton sends an agent to catch a thief on the Southern railway In the build-up to the Civil War, Montgomery is a thriving town—a local capital grown rich on cotton and the railroad. When $10,000 disappears from the railroad, suspicion falls on a clerk named Maroney, an upstanding citizen whose only vice is a love of horseracing. The railroad hires the South’s best detectives to tail Maroney, looking for a clue as to where the money has gone, but they find nothing. So they turn to the only man who can help: Allan Pinkerton. The head of the nation’s first modern detective agency, Pinkerton invented undercover detective work, and he sends his finest agent, Mr. Porter, to infiltrate the high society of the old South. Whether Maroney is the culprit or merely a scapegoat, Porter will get to the truth. Allan Pinkerton never rests until justice is served. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

No Place Like Home

By Debbie Macomber,Sheila Roberts,Brenda Novak,Susan Wiggs
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  • Publisher : MIRA
  • Book Code : 148803821X
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 965
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Four heartwarming stories of finding love in friendly small towns, from bestselling and favorite authors, together for the first time in one value-packed box set! 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber Welcome to Cedar Cove, Washington, where the news of the day is that family court Judge Olivia Lockhart has denied the divorce petition of a young local couple. Olivia is trusting her instincts that the two need to try again. Newspaper editor Jack Griffin admires Olivia’s choice, and the woman herself. Now Olivia has her hands full between her work and her tricky relationships with her daughter and her mother—and now Jack’s courtship. Everyone in Cedar Cove is talking! The 10-Year Reunion by Susan Wiggs Beautician Twyla McCabe was voted most likely to succeed in her high school graduating class, but a run of bad luck forced her to give up her dreams of college and a career. Now a widow with a six-year-old and essentially Dear Abby with a blow-dryer, she longs to show up at her ten-year school reunion with a date she can show off. But when her well-meaning customers arrange for her to attend the Hell Creek High School Reunion with Rob Carter, M.D., Twyla knows they’ve gone too far. Who would believe a woman who dyes hair for a living could be engaged to such a hunk? No One But You by Brenda Novak Silver Springs, a picturesque small town in Southern California where even the hardest hearts can learn to love again… Sadie Harris is out of options, and desperately determined not to lose the custody battle for her son, so she takes position assisting Dawson Reed—who recently stood trial for murder. Dawson just wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm. As their professional relationship grows into something else, Sadie realizes that Dawson has a good heart, one that might be worth fighting for. Welcome to Moonlight Harbor by Sheila Roberts For her fortieth birthday, Jenna Jones is getting a divorce. She’s barely able to support herself and her teenage daughter, and now her deadbeat ex is demanding spousal support! The unexpected gift of being asked to manage the Driftwood Inn for her aging Aunt Edie might be the rainbow at the end of the storm. Or not. The coastal town is a little more run-down that Jenna remembered, and the inn is worse. But with the help of her new friends and a couple of handsome citizens, perhaps the sunshine is on the horizon after all. Because, no matter what, life is always good at the beach.

Life on the Mississippi

By Mark Twain
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  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Book Code : 1473374197
  • Total of Pages : 340
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 938
  • Pdf File: life-on-the-mississippi.pdf

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First published in 1883, this book contains Mark Twain’s memoir, "Life on the Mississippi". As well as being a memoir of his time spent as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi river, this book is also a travel book that recounts his journey along the river from St. Louis to New Orleans - many years after the War. A fascinating and characteristically humourous account, this volume is highly recommended for fans of Twain’s work, and it would make for a great addition to any personal collection. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835–1910), more commonly known under the pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, lecturer, publisher and entrepreneur most famous for his novels “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1876) and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1884). Other notable works by this author include: “The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today” (1873) and “The Prince and the Pauper” (1881). Read & Co. Books is proudly republishing this fantastic work now in a new edition complete with a specially-commissioned biography of the author.