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A House in the Sky

By Amanda Lindhout,Sara Corbett
  • ISBN Code: : 1451651724
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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BREAKING NEWS: Amanda Lindhout’s lead kidnapper, Ali Omar Ader, has been caught. Amanda Lindhout wrote about her fifteen month abduction in Somalia in A House in the Sky. It is the New York Times bestselling memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most remote places and then into captivity: “Exquisitely told…A young woman’s harrowing coming-of-age story and an extraordinary narrative of forgiveness and spiritual triumph” (The New York Times Book Review). As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself visiting its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark. Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is “a searingly unsentimental account. Ultimately it is compassion—for her naïve younger self, for her kidnappers—that becomes the key to Lindhout’s survival” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

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  • Pdf File: tristan-strong-punches-a-hole-in-the-sky.pdf

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Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Kwame Mbalia's epic fantasy, a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods. Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he's going to spend on his grandparents' farm in Alabama, where he's being sent to heal from the tragedy. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie's notebook. Tristan chases after it--is that a doll?--and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature's hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?

Sand Talk

By Tyson Yunkaporta
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062975633
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 428
  • Pdf File: sand-talk.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A paradigm-shifting book in the vein of Sapiens that brings a crucial Indigenous perspective to historical and cultural issues of history, education, money, power, and sustainability—and offers a new template for living. As an indigenous person, Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from a unique perspective, one tied to the natural and spiritual world. In considering how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation, he raises important questions. How does this affect us? How can we do things differently? In this thoughtful, culturally rich, mind-expanding book, he provides answers. Yunkaporta’s writing process begins with images. Honoring indigenous traditions, he makes carvings of what he wants to say, channeling his thoughts through symbols and diagrams rather than words. He yarns with people, looking for ways to connect images and stories with place and relationship to create a coherent world view, and he uses sand talk, the Aboriginal custom of drawing images on the ground to convey knowledge. In Sand Talk, he provides a new model for our everyday lives. Rich in ideas and inspiration, it explains how lines and symbols and shapes can help us make sense of the world. It’s about how we learn and how we remember. It’s about talking to everyone and listening carefully. It’s about finding different ways to look at things. Most of all it’s about a very special way of thinking, of learning to see from a native perspective, one that is spiritually and physically tied to the earth around us, and how it can save our world. Sand Talk include 22 black-and-white illustrations that add depth to the text.

The Sky at Our Feet

By Nadia Hashimi
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062421956
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 293
  • Pdf File: the-sky-at-our-feet.pdf

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This middle grade novel by bestselling author Nadia Hashimi tells the affecting story of an Afghan-American boy who believes his mother has been deported. For fans of Inside Out and Back Again and Counting by 7s. Jason has just learned that his Afghan mother has been living illegally in the United States since his father was killed in Afghanistan. Although Jason was born in the US, it’s hard to feel American now when he’s terrified that his mother will be discovered—and that they will be separated. When he sees his mother being escorted from her workplace by two officers, Jason feels completely alone. He boards a train with the hope of finding his aunt in New York City, but as soon as he arrives in Penn Station, the bustling city makes him wonder if he’s overestimated what he can do. After an accident lands him in the hospital, Jason finds an unlikely ally in a fellow patient. Max, a whip-smart girl who wants nothing more than to explore the world on her own terms, joins Jason in planning a daring escape out of the hospital and into the skyscraper jungle—even though they both know that no matter how big New York City is, they won’t be able to run forever.

Summary of Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett's A House in the Sky

By Everest Media
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  • Publisher : Everest Media LLC
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 74
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 358
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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I was nine years old and living in a town called Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada. I trusted what I knew about the world, which was a tribe of pygmy archers in the Congo and the green geometry of Kyoto’s tea gardens. #2 My mother had known Russell for years before he became her boyfriend. He had been raised on the Sunchild First Nation Reserve, and had four brothers who ended up somewhere between the reserve and Red Deer. #3 My mother had a relationship with Russell, which was a sort of screw-you directed at all the white kids she went to high school with in Red Deer. Russell gave her an odd new cachet. He was young and mildly handsome, and came from a place that was considered wild and unusual. #4 I had a brother, Mark, who was 13 when we moved to Sylvan Lake. We would go to the dumpster outside our apartment building to find things to sell. We would visit five or six garbage bins regularly, and would bring home lots of money.

House of Sky and Breath

By Sarah J. Maas
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Book Code : 1635574080
  • Total of Pages : 768
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 805
  • Pdf File: house-of-sky-and-breath.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The #1 New York Times bestseller! Sarah J. Maas's sexy, groundbreaking CRESCENT CITY series continues with the second installment. Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal-they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds. The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri's power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels' plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what's right. And they've never been very good at staying silent. In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #1 bestseller House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode-and the people who will do anything to save it.

Fall of Ice from the Sky

By BIMAL K SRIVASTAVA
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Notion Press
  • Book Code : 1639046615
  • Total of Pages : 286
  • Category : Transportation
  • Members : 433
  • Pdf File: fall-of-ice-from-the-sky.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Reports of the Incidents of fall of large ice blocks from the sky have been appearing in media since times. These ice chunks, also known as “Blue ice” or “Aircraft Ice” happen to be the frozen mixture of human bio-waste and liquid disinfectant, that emerge in the form of the leakage from the defective toilet lines from a commercial airliner or any other transport category aircraft carrying passengers. The book gives an account of more than 600 such cases of ice fall worldwide extracted from various languages. Many people believe that the colour of ice blocks fallen from the aircraft toilets must be Blue or Green, but as a matter of fact, it could be of any colour, blue, green, yellowish, rusty, muddy, ash, white, dirty, or colourless. These ice blocks are potential hazards that are likely to endanger the lives and properties on the ground. As, the incidents are generally viewed from the perspective of weather and therefore, no preventive measures are contemplated against them. However, a majority of them are actually found to be aviation-related, and thus there appears to be some possibility of minimising them provided appropriate precautionary measures are taken and implemented in the matter by the airlines, regulatory authorities for aviation and other concerned. "This is the first occasion that a book on the topic of ice-fall from the sky has been written by an aviation expert, who has done it after conducting high-quality research work considering various aeronautical aspects as well as the facts & figures related to aviation - Satendra Singh, Former DGCA, India"

Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India

By Dr. Robert Svoboda,Hard de Fouw
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  • Publisher : Lotus Press
  • Book Code : 160869240X
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 287
  • Pdf File: light-on-life.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Light on Life brings the insight and wisdom of Indian astrology to the Western reader. Jyotish, or Indian astrology, is an ancient and complex method of exploring the nature of time and space and its effect upon the individual. Formerly a closed book to the West, the subject has now been clarified and explained by Hart de Fouw and Dr. Robert Svoboda, two experts and long-term practitioners. In Light on Life they have created a complete and thorough handbook that can be appreciated and understood by those with very little knowledge of astrology.

A House In Bali [Illustrated Edition]

By Colin McPhee
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  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Book Code : 1786256231
  • Total of Pages : 284
  • Category : History
  • Members : 526
  • Pdf File: a-house-in-bali-illustrated-edition.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Includes 39 photographs taken by the author during his time in Bali. A young American composer, quite by accident, heard some gramophone records of Balinese gamelan music that were to change his life completely. Such was his fascination that he ‘wanted to hear every gamelan in the countryside’. This book is an account of his stay in Bali just before the Pacific War. A House in Bali merits republication because of its sympathetic and often amusing account of the author’s involvement in Balinese society. While the author’s musical interests take up a considerable part of the narrative, music was itself such an integral part of Balinese life that the reader gets an overall impression of life on the island. Much has been written on the art of Bali and by artists but this is the only narrative by a musician and stands in its own right as a worthwhile period piece.

Outside, the Sky is Blue

By Christina Patterson
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  • Publisher : Tinder Press
  • Book Code : 1472282655
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 454
  • Pdf File: outside-the-sky-is-blue.pdf

Book Short Summary:

OUTSIDE, THE SKY IS BLUE is a beautifully drawn, heart-breaking yet also joyful memoir of growing up, of living with mental ill health and cancer, and of working out what it means to be in a family, what it means to lose a family - and what's left when you're the last one left. When Christina Patterson's brother Tom died very suddenly, she faced the harrowing task of clearing out his house. Tom had always been the one who held on to the family treasures and memories, but now Christina had to sift through box after box of letters, papers, photos and belongings, not just of Tom's, but of their parents and their older sister, Caroline. Those boxes, albums and papers tell the story of a young couple who decide, when their children are small, to swap a glamorous diplomatic life in Rome for a housing estate in Surrey. But their new suburban life, of trips to National Trust houses, fizzy drinks over TV costume drama and walks at Wisley Gardens, is increasingly disrupted by Caroline's, erratic behaviour. As she is diagnosed with schizophrenia, Tom seeks solace in sport and Christina in a youth club where she hopes to meet boys, but finds God. 'Patterson is a passionate, funny woman who refuses simply to struggle on. She believes in living. And throwing parties. And friendship' Sunday Times

The Sky Is Yours

By Chandler Klang Smith
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  • Publisher : Hogarth
  • Book Code : 0451496280
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 420
  • Pdf File: the-sky-is-yours.pdf

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal • NPR • New York Public Library • LitHub • Mental Floss “Influenced by the likes of Jane Austen and Rick and Morty, Smith tackles timely issues while leaving room for some delicious reality TV references.”—Entertainment Weekly In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis’ last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash, are forced to flee everything they've ever known. As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves. In this bombshell of a novel, Chandler Klang Smith has imagined an unimaginable world: scathingly clever and gorgeously strange, The Sky Is Yours is at once faraway and disturbingly familiar, its singular chaos grounded in the universal realities of love, family, and the deeply human desire to survive at all costs. Praise for The Sky is Yours “It’s a mesmeric world, comic in the way teenage voyages of self-discovery inevitably are, but with an undertone of menace, horror, even hints of allegory. Satire, too . . . Smith’s imagination is inexhaustible. The Sky Is Yours is a great and disturbing debut, which colonizes a new realm of the magic city.”—The Wall Street Journal “Smith’s gifts of imagination are staggering. . . . Much like Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and Charlie Jane Anders’s All the Birds in the Sky before it, The Sky is Yours filters youth through a warped yet poignantly canny speculative fiction lens. At the same time, it’s funny as hell, full of madcap detail, firecracker dialogue, and a healthy dose of absurdism in the face of darkness.”—NPR “Readers who love ambitious literary genre fiction should be on the lookout for Smith’s first novel, a vibrantly uncanny dystopia set on an island metropolis, in the shadow of dragons that swoop overhead, where income inequality and mass incarceration have spun out of control.”—HuffPost “An unmissable masterpiece.”—PopSugar

A House in the Land of Shinar

By Bernadette Miller
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  • Publisher : Archway Publishing
  • Book Code : 1480884456
  • Total of Pages : 346
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 594
  • Pdf File: a-house-in-the-land-of-shinar.pdf

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In ancient Saudi Arabia, the beloved daughter of a Bedouin Arab named Tiras is sacrificed to his tribe’s imaginary bull-god. Devastated, Tiras grows determined to find a kinder god and save his two sons. Accompanied by his donkey, Tiras sets out for the sophisticated non-Arab land of Sumer, crossing the dangerous Nefud Desert. In Sumer he hopes to discover a faith that will bring happiness and prosperity to himself and his family. After numerous adventures, he returns home with a new religion—the roots of Judaism. But Tiras struggles to persuade his suspicious tribe to accept the new god. What’s more, he must face the consequences of his affair with a Sumerian woman whom he’d abandoned. Only time will tell whether he can help his people find meaning in their lives and establish themselves in their own land. Set in 3500 BC, this historical novel dramatizes the possible origins of several stories from the Old Testament, based on archaeological evidence mostly unknown to the public.

Crack in the Sky

By Terry C. Johnston
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  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Book Code : 0307755800
  • Total of Pages : 672
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 959
  • Pdf File: crack-in-the-sky.pdf

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Crack in the Sky continues the development of the young Titus Bass as he gradually learns the lore of the mountain man. From a raucous rendezvous of trappers to a searing fight with Comanche, from a frigid winter's chill to the angry heat of a chase with horse thieves, Titus Bass's West comes alive in the pages of this remarkable novel--and in its final scene, Titus Bass will meet young Josiah Paddock and form the deep friendship explored in the pagers of Carry the Wind.