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West of Here

By Jonathan Evison
  • ISBN Code: : 9781616201241
  • Publisher : Algonquin Books
  • Pages : 512
  • Category : Fiction
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At the foot of the Elwha River, the muddy outpost of Port Bonita is about to boom, fueled by a ragtag band of dizzyingly disparate men and women unified only in their visions of a more prosperous future. A failed accountant by the name of Ethan Thornburgh has just arrived in Port Bonita to reclaim the woman he loves and start a family. Ethans obsession with a brighter future impels the damming of the mighty Elwha to harness its power and put Port Bonita on the map. More than a century later, his great-great grandson, a middle manager at a failing fish- packing plant, is destined to oversee the undoing of that vision, as the great Thornburgh dam is marked for demolition, having blocked the very lifeline that could have sustained the town. West of Here is a grand and playful odyssey, a multilayered saga of destiny and greed, adventure and passion, that chronicles the life of one small town, turning Americas history into myth, and myth into a nations shared experience.

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*Selected as a Most Anticipated Book of Fall by The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star* *A Chatelaine Fall Best Books Selection* “A necessary meditation on the richness and multiplicity of Islamic history and practice.” —Desmond Cole, author of The Skin We’re In “Explore[s] Islam’s deep roots in himself and the Americas and crafting a striking portrait of both.” —Maclean’s “[A] fascinating...almost infallibly instructive read.” —The Wall Street Journal An insightful and perspective-shifting new book, from a celebrated journalist, about reclaiming identity and revealing the surprising history of the Muslim diaspora in the west—from the establishment of Canada’s first mosque through to the long-lasting effects of 9/11 and the devastating Quebec City mosque shooting. Discover the book that is sparking conversation from Brazil to Canada’s icy North. “Until recently, Muslim identity was imposed on me. But I feel different about my religious heritage in the era of ISIS and Trumpism, Rohingya and Uyghur genocides, ethnonationalism and misinformation. I’m compelled to reclaim the thing that makes me a target. I’ve begun to examine Islam closely with an eye for how it has shaped my values, politics, and connection to my roots. No doubt, Islam has a place within me. But do I have a place within it?” Omar Mouallem grew up in a Muslim household, but always questioned the role of Islam in his life. As an adult, he used his voice to criticize what he saw as the harms of organized religion. But none of that changed the way others saw him. Now, as a father, he fears the challenges his children will no doubt face as Western nations become increasingly nativist and hostile toward their heritage. In Praying to the West, Mouallem explores the unknown history of Islam across the Americas, traveling to thirteen unique mosques in search of an answer to how this religion has survived and thrived so far from the place of its origin. From California to Quebec, and from Brazil to Canada’s icy north, he meets the members of fascinating communities, all of whom provide different perspectives on what it means to be Muslim. Along this journey he comes to understand that Islam has played a fascinating role in how the Americas were shaped—from industrialization to the changing winds of politics. And he also discovers that there may be a place for Islam in his own life, particularly as a father, even if he will never be a true believer. Original, insightful, and beautifully told, Praying to the West reveals a secret history of home and the struggle for belonging taking place in towns and cities across the Americas, and points to a better, more inclusive future for everyone.

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

By Jonathan Evison
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 144344748X
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 946
  • Pdf File: the-revised-fundamentals-of-caregiving.pdf

Book Short Summary:

For Ben Benjamin, all has been lost—his wife, his family, his home, his livelihood. Hoping to find a new direction, he has enrolled in a night class called the Fundamentals of Caregiving. There he learns the basics of the art of inserting catheters while avoiding liability, and he is instructed about professionalism and how to keep an emotional distance between client and provider. But when Ben is assigned his first client—a tyrannical nineteen-year-old boy named Trevor who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy—he soon discovers that the endless service checklists have done nothing to prepare him for the reality of caring for a fiercely stubborn, sexually frustrated teenager who has an ax to grind with the whole world. Over time, the relationship between Ben and Trev, which had begun with mutual misgivings, evolves into a close friendship, and the traditional boundaries between patient and caregiver begin to blur. The bond between them strengthens while they're on a road trip to visit Trev's ailing father—a journey diverted by a series of bizarre must-see roadside attractions that propels them into an impulsive adventure disrupted by one birth, two arrests, a freakish dust storm, and a six-hundred-mile cat-and-mouse pursuit by a mysterious brown Buick Skylark. By the end of that journey, Trev has had his first taste of love, and Ben has found a new reason to love life. Bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty, this big-hearted and inspired novel ponders life's terrible surprises as well as the heart's uncanny capacity to mend.

Interior Western United States

By Joel L. Pederson,Carol Merritt Dehler
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Geological Society of America
  • Book Code : 081370006X
  • Total of Pages : 524
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 405
  • Pdf File: interior-western-united-states.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The GSA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City provided a large and diverse terrain for field trips. This volume contains 22 field trip articles, nearly all of those run at the 2005 meeting. All combine the latest research with useful road logs to spectacular and often classic geologic settings. The regional tour has a core of structure and stratigraphy-paleontology contributions, and is rounded off with volcanic, glacial, lacustrine, fluvial geomorphology, neotectonic, geologic hazard, and geoarchaeology articles.

The Hudson

By Arthur G. Adams
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  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Book Code : 0791494225
  • Total of Pages : 424
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 341
  • Pdf File: the-hudson.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A thorough description of the geology, history, and points of interest in the areas surrounding the Hudson River is accompanied by detailed maps

Grants Mining Districts of the Western United States

By Jerry Grant
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1664146911
  • Total of Pages : 874
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Members : 893
  • Pdf File: grants-mining-districts-of-the-western-united-states.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book provides information on where gold, and silver were mined in the Western United States. The book provides various map references locating the mineral sources, the amount that was mined from each district, what minerals are associated with that district and any history on that district.

Sympathy for the Devil

By Kent Anderson
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  • Publisher : Mulholland Books
  • Book Code : 0316489492
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 385
  • Pdf File: sympathy-for-the-devil.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Kent Anderson's stunning debut novel is a modern classic, a harrowing, authentic picture of one American soldier's experience of the Vietnam War--"unlike anything else in war literature" (Los Angeles Review of Books). Hanson joins the Green Berets fresh out of college. Carrying a volume of Yeats's poems in his uniform pocket, he has no idea of what he's about to face in Vietnam--from the enemy, from his fellow soldiers, or within himself. In vivid, nightmarish, and finely etched prose, Kent Anderson takes us through Hanson's two tours of duty and a bitter, ill-fated return to civilian life in-between, capturing the day-to-day process of war like no writer before or since.

Deep Selection

By Robert V. Ricard
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1401070426
  • Total of Pages : 236
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 837
  • Pdf File: deep-selection.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Retired Congresswoman Constance Kellerman is murdered. As a feminist member of Congress, she had gotten involved in an investigation into sexual misconduct at an annual convention for Naval aviators. The investigation then became a witch hunt, unjustly ending the careers of several male aviators. Detective Lieutenant Ralph Bubrowski and Detective Sergeant Sally Murphy hunt for the killer, and the case changes their lives forever. The suspects are the aviators and a former deputy sheriff who had been fired because of Mrs. Kellerman's maliciousness. Deep Selection goes into the complex world of the coed military and coed police departments.

Field Trips in the Southern Rocky Mountains, USA

By Eric P. Nelson,Eric A. Erslev
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Geological Society of America
  • Book Code : 0813700051
  • Total of Pages : 242
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 361
  • Pdf File: field-trips-in-the-southern-rocky-mountains-usa.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The theme of the 2004 GSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, “Geoscience in a Changing World,” covers both new and traditional areas of the earth sciences. The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and the High Plains preserve an outstanding record of geological processes from Precambrian through Quaternary times, and thus serve as excellent educational exhibits for the meeting. With energy and mineral resources, geological hazards, water issues, geoarchaeological sites, and famous dinosaur fossil sites, the Front Range and adjacent High Plains region provide ample opportunities for field trips focusing on our changing world. The chapters in this field guide all contain technical content as well as a field trip log describing field trip routes and stops. Of the 25 field trips offered at the Meeting, 14 are described in this guidebook, covering a wide variety of geoscience disciplines, with chapters on tectonics (Precambrian and Laramide), stratigraphy and paleoenvironments (e.g., early Paleozoic environments, Jurassic eolian environments, the K-T boundary, the famous Oligocene Florissant fossil beds), economic deposits (coal and molybdenum), geological hazards, and geoarchaeology.

The End, as It Happens to Them

By Randy Dolph
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  • Publisher : Trafford Publishing
  • Book Code : 1490769579
  • Total of Pages : 350
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 591
  • Pdf File: the-end-as-it-happens-to-them.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The end started out just like any other day, but has now become something more with the group of survivors searching for the man that took the women from their home. They have to set out again, after only being home for a day, but to go where? The group is surprised at the help that is offered, and jump at the chance use it. As they try to keep vengeance out of their minds, the search brings them through the plains of Colorado and into western Kansas. The race is coming to an end and the outcome is far from sure. Is it a dead end? It feels like it. Will they ever find the people they are searching for or will they have to return home empty handed? Whatever happens to them, their outlook on the world around them has changed forever.

The Wild Atlantic Way and Western Ireland

By Tom Cooper
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cicerone Press Limited
  • Book Code : 1783626461
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 680
  • Pdf File: the-wild-atlantic-way-and-western-ireland.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Wild Atlantic Way is a driving route along Ireland's Atlantic seaboard, covering over 2,350km of coastline and showcasing the region's breathtaking landscapes. This guide adapts the route for cyclists - and throws in a couple of other highlights (such as the Aran Islands and Killarney) for good measure. Since relatively few people are likely to have seven weeks to spare for a full Wild Atlantic Way tour, the book presents six self-contained cycle tours, each offering 7-10 days of riding. For the full Wild Atlantic Way experience, these distinct routes can be linked together into a 44-stage trip from Derry/Londonderry to Cork. Each route includes detailed advice on accommodation and facilities, plus optional detours and shortcuts and points of interest. The routes themselves are presented as 'route cards': ideal for use with a cycle computer, these pages provide 'at a glance' information for when you're on the road, covering navigation, facilities and local highlights. The guide covers all the practicalities - including transport, equipment and general tips on cycling in Ireland.

The Western Front-North

By Tonie Holt,Valmai Holt
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Casemate Publishers
  • Book Code : 1526746840
  • Total of Pages : 376
  • Category : History
  • Members : 111
  • Pdf File: the-western-front-north.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Following in their best-selling series of Battlefield Guides this is a companion volume to the Holts Western Front South Guide. Between the two, they cover the main WW1 Western Front battlefields. This book covers 15 of the most significant battles of the northern area from Nieuwport to just north of The Somme.Whether travelling on the ground or in the mind, the reader is carefully guided through the battlefields with a mixture of succinct military history, cameo memories and stories of VCs and other personalities, interspersed with references to the literature and poetry of the war.This guidebook is based on Tonie and Valmai Holt's 30 years experience of researching, guiding tours and writing about the area, with their unique blend of male and female points of view. It is written to the high standards that have come to be expected of these highly respected authors who are credited with pioneering the modern battlefield tour and whose guide books are referred to as 'The Bibles' . This new edition contains: Brief Historical Background and Summary of each battle, Opening Moves and What Happened, with appropriate quotations Sketch Map for each battle showing battle lines, routes etc and all points of interest described on each timed itinerary Large Sketch Map putting the battlefields (north and south) into perspective Memorials, Museums, Sites of Interest (bunkers, craters etc) War Grave Cemeteries Allied and German GPS Location for every recommended stop War Graves and Commemorative Associations Cameos about individual personalities Useful Tourist Information Where to stay and eat

Heroines Behind the Lines Series (Set of 4 books)

By Jocelyn Green
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  • Publisher : Moody Publishers
  • Book Code : 0802493408
  • Total of Pages : 1456
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 159
  • Pdf File: heroines-behind-the-lines-series.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This set includes all four books of the Heroines Behind the Lines Series: Wedded to War, Widow of Gettysburg, Yankee in Atlanta, and Spy of Richmond. The Heroines Behind the Lines Series highlights the crucial contributions made by women during the Civil War. In Wedded to War, Charlotte chooses a life of service over privilege, just as her childhood friend had done when he became a military doctor. She soon discovers that she’s combatting more than just the rebellion by becoming a nurse. Will the two men who love her simply stand by and watch as she fights her own battles? Or will their desire for her wage war on her desire to serve God? In Widow of Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering—and a Confederate scout who awakens her long dormant heart. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it? In Yankee in Atlanta, soldier Caitlin McKae wakes up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle. The Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin's only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. To avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta. When Sherman’s troops edge closer to Atlanta, Caitlin tries to escape north, but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that Caitlin follow the rules, or love demand that she break them? In Spy of Richmond, Union loyalist Sophie Kent attempts to end the war from within the Confederate capital, but she can’t do it alone. As Sophie’s spy network grows, she walks a tightrope of deception, using her father’s position as newspaper editor and a suitor’s position in the ordnance bureau. When her espionage endangers the people she loves, she's forced to make a life-and-death gamble.