Download and read online Good Morning Granny Rose in PDF and EPUB Granny Rose and her old dog Henry get lost in a blizzard and share a cave with a sleepy bear.
Download and read online The Art of Salvage in PDF and EPUB Poetry. Bill Morgan's debut poetry collection, THE ART OF SALVAGE, finds value—sometimes even treasure and joy—in unpromising materials. Exploring themes including sexuality and the aging body, the beautiful and jarring intricacies to be found in unlikely corners of the natural world (especially the poet's Central Illinois home), and the vein of gold running amid the quotidian, Morgan attempts "to salvage poems from the detritus of the day." But this gold is not easily reclaimed. Salvage demands the poet's trained eye to earn wisdom from loss or recoup delight from a moment's mindfulness. Morgan's poems insist on an honest reckoning and prove what we salvage is never simple or automatic: it is a tireless endeavor of body, mind, and spirit leading to hard- won rewards. "This book of poems, born of a sensibility at once keenly precise and easeful, is breathtaking. And breath- making: Bill Morgan knows how to watch intently, how to burrow in and bear down, but he also knows how to listen, how to hold, how to care—for lover, creature, flower, and finally, for self. These poems are huge of heart. Love- swollen. Generous of mind and eye. They don't merely bear witness, share, or innovate; they teach. They teach us how to live. Deeply sensual, THE ART OF SALVAGE models, in line after masterful line, the kind of communion—with other beings, with the natural world, with memory—that makes life truly meaningful. THE ART OF SALVAGE—of rescue, of reclamation—is above all else an art of healing: intimacy at its truest. This is a profoundly courageous, vulnerable, and necessary book."—Kirstin Hotelling Zona, editor, SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) "In his author note, Bill Morgan says that '[a]t night..., he hunches over a keyboard and tries to salvage poems from the detritus of the day.' Well, he's salvaged a book, refurbishing a pocket watch, restoring the prairie, and bringing his father back to life, all with the quiet, natural perfection of a damaged starfish growing a new limb. These are poems with gravitas and levitas, heavy with knowledge and pain yet willing and able to fly up, singing, an exaltation of skylarks. THE ART OF SALVAGE is a book full of 'intimate gravity,' and a tough one—as he says of his lady love, 'the genuine article.'"—Kathleen Kirk, poetry editor, Escape Into Life "'Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? / Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—' If in 'To Autumn' Keats did his part to convey some of that deep, otherworldly and humane music, then in THE ART OF SALVAGE Bill Morgan does his, as well. Morgan presents us with his own landscape of loss, arrived at through the vicissitudes of aging, but he, too, explores feelingly his circumstances, and so locates surprising, vital images and makes powerful, elegiac and celebratory, music. Bend close, reader, and, darkling, listen."—Michael Theune, author of Structure & Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns "From now on, when I'm asked what I want for my birthday, I'm going to say I want Bill Morgan's gifts. I want his ability to root the mystical in the mundane, to find just the right image, the telling detail to carry the metaphor. I want his vision, his ability to see the universal in the personal and to make us all see it and feel it. I want those skills and if I can't have them, at least I can read them again and again. And I will."—Michael Cain, editor, Seventh Dream Press "Bill Morgan's poems accompany us on a journey through the rich and mysterious territory of the aging process. These poems address wisdom and tenderness, a path that those of us fortunate to live a long life will all one day have to walk. This is poetry that enlightens, that deepens our awareness of what it means to be human, and most of all, nourishes the soul."—Judith Valente, correspondent, PBS-TV and WGLT Radio
Download and read online As I Lay Dying in PDF and EPUB The death and burial of Addie Bundren is told by members of her family, as they cart the coffin to Jefferson, Mississippi, to bury her among her people. And as the intense desires, fears and rivalries of the family are revealed in the vernacular of the Deep South, Faulkner presents a portrait of extraordinary power - as epic as the Old Testament, as American as Huckleberry Finn.
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Download and read online The Glass Castle in PDF and EPUB This is a startling memoir of a successful journalist's journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique filled apartment on Park Avenue. Jeanette Walls narrates her nomadic and adventurous childhood with her dreaming, 'brilliant' but alcoholic parents. At the age of seventeen she escapes on a Greyhound bus to New York with her older sister; her younger siblings follow later. After pursuing the education and civilisation her parents sought to escape, Jeanette eventually succeeds in her quest for the 'mundane, middle class existence' she had always craved. In her apartment, overlooked by 'a portrait of someone else's ancestor' she recounts poignant remembered images of star watching with her father, juxtaposed with recollections of irregular meals, accidents and police-car chases and reveals her complex feelings of shame, guilt, pity and pride toward her parents.
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Download and read online Junkbox Diaries in PDF and EPUB What is a junkbox? A person who is just so all consumed by addiction and drugs that they do not care about what goes into their body. They don't shower, barely eat, and only sleep as a result of a high heroin dose. Herb Stepherson has been involved in the fight of his life for 14 years. Today, he celebrates life as an intervention coordinator!
Download and read online Wreath a Girl in PDF and EPUB Wreath Willis is finishing high school by day ... and living in a junkyard by night. Wreath is sixteen, alone after the death of her mother and on the run from a horrid man named Big Fun. As she sets off in search of a better life, Wreath makes a list in her trusty notebook: "Find a place to live. Buy cheap food. Finish high school." Then she adds: "Avoid notice"-because Wreath is pretty sure most people won't understand a teenager living alone. But it's hard to go unnoticed when life puts a cute boy named Law on her path and brings in Faye, her new boss who depends on Wreath's creativity to turn a dying business around. Living at the junkyard is lonely and scary-but Wreath refuses to give up on her dreams. And Big Fun can't find her. Can he? Should Wreath keep running? Or has she maybe, just maybe, found a true home after all? Author Judy Christie has kept a journal since she was age eleven and still has all of them. She lives in Louisiana and likes flea markets, libraries and porch swings. She loves to talk about books and can be found chatting at www.judychristie.com.
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Download and read online Hot Lights Cold Steel in PDF and EPUB When Michael Collins decides to become a surgeon, he is totally unprepared for the chaotic life of a resident at a major hospital. A natural overachiever, Collins' success, in college and medical school led to a surgical residency at one of the most respected medical centers in the world, the famed Mayo Clinic. But compared to his fellow residents Collins feels inadequate and unprepared. All too soon, the euphoria of beginning his career as an orthopedic resident gives way to the feeling he is a counterfeit, an imposter who has infiltrated a society of brilliant surgeons. This story of Collins' four-year surgical residency traces his rise from an eager but clueless first-year resident to accomplished Chief Resident in his final year. With unparalleled humor, he recounts the disparity between people's perceptions of a doctor's glamorous life and the real thing: a succession of run down cars that are towed to the junk yard, long weekends moonlighting at rural hospitals, a family that grows larger every year, and a laughable income. Collins' good nature helps him over some of the rough spots but cannot spare him the harsh reality of a doctor's life. Every day he is confronted with decisions that will change people's lives-or end them-forever. A young boy's leg is mangled by a tractor: risk the boy's life to save his leg, or amputate immediately? A woman diagnosed with bone cancer injures her hip: go through a painful hip operation even though she has only months to live? Like a jolt to the system, he is faced with the reality of suffering and death as he struggles to reconcile his idealism and aspiration to heal with the recognition of his own limitations and imperfections. Unflinching and deeply engaging, Hot Lights, Cold Steel is a humane and passionate reminder that doctors are people too. This is a gripping memoir, at times devastating, others triumphant, but always compulsively readable.
Download and read online The Urban Sketching Handbook Understanding Perspective in PDF and EPUB A good sketch starts with good bones. Often challenging and overwhelming to sketchers, the fourth book in the Urban Sketching Handbook series uses drawings and simple steps to explain the concepts of perspective in practical and useful ways for on-site sketching. Most books are either too abstract or don't provide enough information that relates to what you actually do when you're out in the busy, wide world about to start a drawing. Where do you start? How do you edit what you see to flatten and shrink it onto your paper? How does perspective work? The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective helps you learn to think like an architect, to draw buildings and spaces by reducing what you see to simple, basic shapes, then adding layers in simple steps, and finally finishing your sketch with detail, tone, and color--in accurate perspective. Full of helpful tips, architect and illustrator, Stephanie Bower even de-constructs sketches to show you how to create them! Once you understand perspective, it will change the way you see the world--you'll see perspective everywhere. Some of the key concepts explored in this volume are: - Basic Terms - Basic Spatial Principles - Types of Perspective - Building a Sketch in Layers - Special Conditions
Download and read online Sophie s World in PDF and EPUB The international bestseller about life, the universe and everything. When 14-year-old Sophie encounters a mysterious mentor who introduces her to philosophy, mysteries deepen in her own life. Why does she keep getting postcards addressed to another girl? Who is the other girl? And who, for that matter, is Sophie herself? To solve the riddle, she uses her new knowledge of philosophy, but the truth is far stranger than she could have imagined. A phenomenal worldwide bestseller, SOPHIE'S WORLD sets out to draw teenagers into the world of Socrates, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel and all the great philosophers. A brilliantly original and fascinating story with many twists and turns, it raises profound questions about the meaning of life and the origin of the universe.
Download and read online Library Journal in PDF and EPUB Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
Download and read online Fed Up in PDF and EPUB A Federal Reserve insider pulls back the curtain on the secretive institution that controls America’s economy After correctly predicting the housing crash of 2008 and quitting her high-ranking Wall Street job, Danielle DiMartino Booth was surprised to find herself recruited as an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, one of the regional centers of our complicated and widely misunderstood Federal Reserve System. She was shocked to discover just how much tunnel vision, arrogance, liberal dogma, and abuse of power drove the core policies of the Fed. DiMartino Booth found a cabal of unelected academics who made decisions without the slightest understanding of the real world, just a slavish devotion to their theoretical models. Over the next nine years, she and her boss, Richard Fisher, tried to speak up about the dangers of Fed policies such as quantitative easing and deeply depressed interest rates. But as she puts it, “In a world rendered unsafe by banks that were too big to fail, we came to understand that the Fed was simply too big to fight.” Now DiMartino Booth explains what really happened to our economy after the fateful date of December 8, 2008, when the Federal Open Market Committee approved a grand and unprecedented experiment: lowering interest rates to zero and flooding America with easy money. As she feared, millions of individuals, small businesses, and major corporations made rational choices that didn’t line up with the Fed’s “wealth effect” models. The result: eight years and counting of a sluggish “recovery” that barely feels like a recovery at all. While easy money has kept Wall Street and the wealthy afloat and thriving, Main Street isn’t doing so well. Nearly half of men eighteen to thirty-four live with their parents, the highest level since the end of the Great Depression. Incomes are barely increasing for anyone not in the top ten percent of earners. And for those approaching or already in retirement, extremely low interest rates have caused their savings to stagnate. Millions have been left vulnerable and afraid. Perhaps worst of all, when the next financial crisis arrives, the Fed will have no tools left for managing the panic that ensues. And then what? DiMartino Booth pulls no punches in this exposé of the officials who run the Fed and the toxic culture they created. She blends her firsthand experiences with what she’s learned from dozens of high-powered market players, reams of financial data, and Fed documents such as transcripts of FOMC meetings. Whether you’ve been suspicious of the Fed for decades or barely know anything about it, as DiMartino Booth writes, “Every American must understand this extraordinarily powerful institution and how it affects his or her everyday life, and fight back.”
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