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Into the Briar Patch

By Mariann S. Regan
  • ISBN Code: : 1463407769
  • Publisher : Author House
  • Pages : 366
  • Category : Family & Relationships
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This book is the story of the authors quest to understand her family history. She tries to untangle the briars of the past by tracing lines of cause and effect back to the early 1800s. As slaveholders, her South Carolina ancestors lived inside a psychological briar patch of American history. Through family documents and cultural studies, the author explores the likely results of slaveholding upon the family character as it passes from parents to children. History participates in shaping the moral psychology of a Southern family through five generations. Deep within the briar patch lies the will to survive. Belief in ones own goodness is necessary to survival. The author considers evidence of her familys self-professed virtuesphysical bravery, nurturing, and purityand locates their roots partly in slaveholding. Her family may have needed to intensify certain qualities as if they were extreme virtues, in order to reassure themselves of their own goodness while they were participating in slavery and Jim Crow. These unspoken depths of the briar patch may also have produced stories about blacks and whites that turn and twist so as to reassure whites that they were themselves good. Into the Briar Patch interrogates the roots of racism and the interplay of culture and soul. The psychological entanglements of slavery seem to have brought about both good and bad in family history, both fruit and thorns. The family tree becomes the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Each branch bends differently, and each family story sounds its own wistful, amusing, tragic, zealous, or ironic tone. Kirkus Discoveries praises the book as an expansive, accomplished memoir with succinct, rich language that rings in ones ear like a wind chime gently stirred by a slow breeze. Madelon Sprengnether, memoirist and Regents Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, writes that Into the Briar Patch is a profound meditation on the mixture of good and evil and praises the authors compelling . . . labor to achieve not only clear-eyed understanding of the past, but also compassion for all of the (living and dead) players involved. Further information about Into the Briar Patch is at http://www.mariannregan.com.

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The pages of this book have captured, distilled, and illuminated the wonders of the wild lands and the whitetails that haunt them, the other creatures that render the swamps magical and intriguing, and the quiet thump of a bow and hiss of an arrow. Midnight black raccoons, ghost-like piebalds, silent bobcats, antlered monarchs, charging hogs, moonlight adventures all add to the spice and excitement. Any aficionado of nature or whitetail deer, any sportsman or hunter, any lover of archery will find Bows, Swamps, Whitetails both fascinating and delightful. It is entertaining and yet full of information that will enable the reader to be a better hunter or woodsman.

Briarpatch

By Ross Thomas
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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Book Code : 9781429981651
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 889
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“America's best storyteller.” —The New York Times Book Review From Edgar Award-winning author Ross Thomas comes Briarpatch, a thrilling mystery of one man’s personal mission to find justice for his family. Now, the basis for the USA Network television series executive produced by Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot. A long-distance call from his small Texas hometown on his birthday gives Benjamin Dill the news that his sister Felicity—born on the same day exactly ten years apart—has died in a car bomb explosion. She was a homicide detective who had perhaps made one enemy too many over the course of her career. Unwilling to let local law enforcement handle the investigation, Dill arrives in town that night to begin his dogged search for his sister’s killer. What he finds is no surprise to him as he begins to unravel town secrets, because Benjamin Dill is never surprised at what awful things people will do. Featuring an Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Block Edgar Award Winner for Best Novel

Jane Austen, Game Theorist

By Michael Suk-Young Chwe
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Book Code : 1400851335
  • Total of Pages : 296
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 869
  • Pdf File: jane-austen-game-theorist.pdf

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How the works of Jane Austen show that game theory is present in all human behavior Game theory—the study of how people make choices while interacting with others—is one of the most popular technical approaches in social science today. But as Michael Chwe reveals in his insightful new book, Jane Austen explored game theory's core ideas in her six novels roughly two hundred years ago—over a century before its mathematical development during the Cold War. Jane Austen, Game Theorist shows how this beloved writer theorized choice and preferences, prized strategic thinking, and analyzed why superiors are often strategically clueless about inferiors. Exploring a diverse range of literature and folktales, this book illustrates the wide relevance of game theory and how, fundamentally, we are all strategic thinkers.

The Distant Glow

By Terry I. Sarigumba
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1491844523
  • Total of Pages : 640
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 141
  • Pdf File: the-distant-glow.pdf

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As an autobiography, The Distant Glow traces the story of my life to the rough and rigorous way of life in Corella, Bohol my birthplace. Descending from generations of very poor and illiterate ancestors, I exceeded my parents grade three education by finishing grade six and graduating as elementary school valedictorian. Because my parents could not afford to send me to high school in the city, I stayed out of school for six years, helping my father on the farm and my mother in household chores. One of several backbreaking works I used to do was climbing several coconut trees, about 50 feet in height, to tap the trees (sanggutan) for tuba, a coconut juice that yields mildly alcoholic drink. I used to climb 20 coconut trees every morning, noon and evening, mount over top, sit on one of the palms and tap the juice. One evening after sunset, while atop the sanggutan, I saw a glow, a distant glow. I muttered to myself: Someday, Ill find out what causes that glow. I equated that statement to my goals in life. I did find out what caused the distant glow. Other distant glows appeared and I reached most of them with hard work and having a dream. When the owners of a private school offered me an opportunity to go to their school free of tuition, provided that I maintained the first place standing in the class honor roll, I went to high school, starting at age 20. To help shoulder the other costs of going to high school in the city, I paid my room and board with service: scrubbing and polishing the floor, fetching water from an artesian well and gathering firewood every weekend for the landlord family. With all the hardship, I maintained the tuition-free deal and graduated from high school as class valedictorian.

Comprehensive Handbook of Cognitive Therapy

By Hal Arkowitz,L.E. Beutler,Karen M. Simon
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Book Code : 1475797796
  • Total of Pages : 622
  • Category : Psychology
  • Members : 937
  • Pdf File: comprehensive-handbook-of-cognitive-therapy.pdf

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This Handbook covers all the many aspects of cognitive therapy both in its practical application in a clinical setting and in its theoretical aspects. Since the first applications of cognitive therapy over twenty years ago, the field has expanded enormously. This book provides a welcome and readable overview of these advances.

A Grandfather’S Gift

By James E. Smith Sr.
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1491863250
  • Total of Pages : 313
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 922
  • Pdf File: a-grandfather-s-gift.pdf

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This book is about my life experiences and also contains the stories I have heard my folks tell while sitting on the front porch after supper. For many years, my maternal grandfather lived with us. He and my dad would swap interesting stories about times when they were growing up and farming with oxen and mules. They talked about the dummy line railroads that ran through the forest near our home and told their childhood tales and many other stories I would long for later in life. I wanted to pass this and my life stories down to my descendants. Many interesting stories were told in the serene setting of the front porch deep in the country, with only the interruptions of whippoorwills, hoot owls, screech owls, and such making pleasant noises in the distant woods. I hope that this book will inspire future generations in some way to understand the important things in life. Its been said that the best things are free, and I learned that one only has to make necessary efforts to obtain a peaceful, happy, and fulfilling life.

THE BURDENS OF MEN

By Allen Scarbrough
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 059590078X
  • Total of Pages : 150
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 700
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The Bennett family needs to plant ten more acres to turn a profit on their rural Oregon farm. As the project nears completion a storm approaches and threatens to wash away all the topsoil. As the family struggles to cope with the rising winds daughter Mary sets in action the forces that will ultimately lead to change and tragedy.

I'm Ready for the World, But is it Ready for Me

By Deion Lee III
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  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Book Code : 1257486411
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Poetry
  • Members : 224
  • Pdf File: i-m-ready-for-the-world-but-is-it-ready-for-me.pdf

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A compilation of short story/poetry narratives gracefully combining ideas and opinions of life's most sensitive areas of introspection such as love, romance, passion, despair, guilt, and heartbreak. In addition to various other tones of something for the mind to ponder and leaves the reader with a desire to either be held or released. An introductory classic for the masses to embrace, whether young, middle-aged, or senoir citizens. The eloquence of the literature is powerful enough to magnify the comparisons and contrasts vividly. The material within this volume is ahead of it's time.

Quail Habitat Management

By Dr. Ron Haaland
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1543471404
  • Total of Pages : 324
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 527
  • Pdf File: quail-habitat-management.pdf

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Expansion of human population destroys wildlife habitat with subdivisions, highways, strip malls, and other man-made projects. This book provides notes from forty years experience working with practical ways to maintain and develop bobwhite quail habitat. This advice gives hunters, birders, and nature lovers an opportunity to enjoy one of the most revered gamebirds. Landowners and managers will be able to implement techniques that will enhance bird populations as well as improve the aesthetics and value of land. Reading the notes in this book is like having a personal interaction with Dr. Haaland regarding your land.

Heaven's Fire

By Candace McCarthy
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  • Publisher : Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • Book Code : 1601831048
  • Total of Pages : 362
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 211
  • Pdf File: heaven-s-fire.pdf

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Reprinted Edition Dreams Of Freedom It was a stroke of sheer luck that saved the newborn's life. Kidnapped as she traveled from New York to Delaware, Rebecca Morton had been forced to become a slave to the Cayuga chief's pregnant wife. Now, suddenly hailed throughout the land as a great healer, Rebecca lived for one dream: her freedom. Trapped By Desire Night Wind, the warrior who crept into his enemy's camp under cloak of darkness, was driven by one thought: to save his brother. As he carried the woman they called "White Medicine Woman" bound and blindfolded into the wilderness, she was his only hope. She would become his only desire. . . 17,500 Words