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A Strong West Wind

A Strong West Wind

A Memoir

  • Author: Gail Caldwell
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 0307430472
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
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In this exquisitely rendered memoir set on the high plains of Texas, Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell transforms into art what it is like to come of age in a particular time and place. A Strong West Wind begins in the 1950s in the wilds of the Texas Panhandle–a place of both boredom and beauty, its flat horizons broken only by oil derricks, grain elevators, and church steeples. Its story belongs to a girl who grew up surrounded by dust storms and cattle ranches and summer lightning, who took refuge from the vastness of the land and the ever-present wind by retreating into books. What she found there, from renegade women to men who lit out for the territory, turned out to offer a blueprint for her own future. Caldwell would grow up to become a writer, but first she would have to fall in love with a man who was every mother’s nightmare, live through the anguish and fire of the Vietnam years, and defy the father she adored, who had served as a master sergeant in the Second World War. A Strong West Wind is a memoir of culture and history–of fathers and daughters, of two world wars and the passionate rebellions of the sixties. But it is also about the mythology of place and the evolution of a sensibility: about how literature can shape and even anticipate a life. Caldwell possesses the extraordinary ability to illuminate the desires, stories, and lives of ordinary people. Written with humanity, urgency, and beautiful restraint, A Strong West Wind is a magical and unforgettable book, destined to become an American classic. From the Hardcover edition.

Let's Take the Long Way Home

Let's Take the Long Way Home

A Memoir of Friendship

  • Author: Gail Caldwell
  • Publisher: Random House Incorporated
  • ISBN: 0812979117
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 198
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Strong West Wind traces her close friendship with the late fellow writer Caroline Knapp, describing their shared experiences with sobriety, a love of dogs and Caroline's battle with cancer. Reprint.

New Life, No Instructions

New Life, No Instructions

A Memoir

  • Author: Gail Caldwell
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 0812981871
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 192
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Traces the story of the author's midlife losses of her closest companions and her decision to pursue a corrective surgery that unexpectedly restored her sense of self and her connection to her community.

West with the Night

West with the Night

  • Author: Beryl Markham
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 1453237917
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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The classic memoir of Africa, aviation, and adventure—the inspiration for Paula McLain’s Circling the Sun and “a bloody wonderful book” (Ernest Hemingway). Beryl Markham’s life story is a true epic. Not only did she set records and break barriers as a pilot, she shattered societal expectations, threw herself into torrid love affairs, survived desperate crash landings—and chronicled everything. A contemporary of Karen Blixen (better known as Isak Dinesen, the author of Out of Africa), Markham left an enduring memoir that soars with astounding candor and shimmering insights. A rebel from a young age, the British-born Markham was raised in Kenya’s unforgiving farmlands. She trained as a bush pilot at a time when most Africans had never seen a plane. In 1936, she accepted the ultimate challenge: to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean from east to west, a feat that fellow female aviator Amelia Earhart had completed in reverse just a few years before. Markham’s successes and her failures—and her deep, lifelong love of the “soul of Africa”—are all told here with wrenching honesty and agile wit. Hailed as “one of the greatest adventure books of all time” by Newsweek and “the sort of book that makes you think human beings can do anything” by the New York Times, West with the Night remains a powerful testament to one of the iconic lives of the twentieth century.

Where the Wind Blows

Where the Wind Blows

  • Author: Caroline Fyffe
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781612187129
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 283
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Cowboy Chase Logan has been in plenty of touchy situations, but pretending to be the husband of a recent widow and father to her adopted children is the most difficult job he's had yet. Original.

The Western Wind

The Western Wind

  • Author: Samantha Harvey
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • ISBN: 0802146538
  • Category: Fiction
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An extraordinary new novel by Samantha Harvey—whose books have been nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), and the Guardian First Book Award—The Western Wind is a riveting story of faith, guilt, and the freedom of confession. It’s 1491. In the small village of Oakham, its wealthiest and most industrious resident, Tom Newman, is swept away by the river during the early hours of Shrove Saturday. Was it murder, suicide, or an accident? Narrated from the perspective of local priest John Reve—patient shepherd to his wayward flock—a shadowy portrait of the community comes to light through its residents’ tortured revelations. As some of their darkest secrets are revealed, the intrigue of the unexplained death ripples through the congregation. But will Reve, a man with secrets of his own, discover what happened to Newman? And what will happen if he can’t? Written with timeless eloquence, steeped in the spiritual traditions of the Middle Ages, and brimming with propulsive suspense, The Western Wind finds Samantha Harvey at the pinnacle of her outstanding novelistic power.

Memoir

Memoir

  • Author: John McGahern
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571250165
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
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'As wise and compelling a book as any of his elegiac and graceful novels.' David Mitchell This is the story of John McGahern's childhood; of his mother's death, his father's anger and bafflement, and his own discovery of literature. 'Long before Frank McCourt made an entire industry out of twinkly eyed accounts of the poverty and institutionalised brutality of mid-twentieth-century rural Ireland, John McGahern, Ireland's greatest living novelist, had already shone wise and unsparing light on this same world ... Memoir is the full, unadorned story of his childhood and adolescence in Leitrim ... His finest book yet.' Stephanie Merritt, Observer 'In a tremendously distinguished career, he has never written more movingly, or with a sharper eye.' Andrew Motion, Guardian 'I have admired, even loved, John McGahern's work since his first novel ... Memoir strips the skin off his fiction as he faces a desperate early life with great force and tenderness.' Melvyn Bragg

Second wind

Second wind

the memoirs of an opinionated man

  • Author: Bill Russell,Taylor Branch
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780345288974
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 303
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The perceptive, controversial, and idiosyncratic basketball star recounts the decisive events of his life and career, offers an inside look at professional basketball, and sounds off about freedom, race, marriage, religion, and American culture

Western Wind

Western Wind

  • Author: Paula Fox
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 1504037464
  • Category: Young Adult Fiction
  • Page: 208
  • View: 1997
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From Newbery Medal–winning author Paula Fox,an isolated young girl discovers surprising revelations about her grandmother—and herself. Eleven-and-a-half-year-old Elizabeth Benedict is furious when she finds out she’ll be spending a month with her grandmother in Maine. She’s sure she’s being packed off to a remote island to live in a cottage without electricity or plumbing so that her parents can be alone with her new baby brother. While her grandmother spends her days painting, Elizabeth explores the island. She is drawn to Aaron, the strange son of their only neighbors. One day, something happens that changes everything—and reveals the real reason she was sent to Pring Island. A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, this incandescent novel takes on themes of isolation, creativity, and family as an elderly woman confronts her own mortality with acceptance and dignity.

Riding with the Wind

Riding with the Wind

Three Generations of My Family in China

  • Author: Fay Hoh Yin
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780998906409
  • Category: China
  • Page: 215
  • View: 2392
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In Riding with the Wind, Fay Hoh Yin paints an indelible portrait of three generations of her family in China as the imperial era ends and war with Japan begins. Her parents are among the first young people to escape the archaic traditions of foot binding and arranged marriage, then use their newfound freedom to study in the West. They return home in the early 1920s to become pioneering educators and proponents of physical fitness and sports. In lyrical prose, the author recalls scenes from her improbably happy childhood amid bombs and atrocities. Yin later comes to the U.S. herself, marries a fellow foreign student, and starts a family. Tragically, she loses her husband at age thirty-seven, but forges a unique partnership with her widowed mother-in-law that far outlasts either of their marriages. Yin's stories of daring, hardship, and perseverance are deeply personal, yet illuminate the changing roles of women as modern China emerges in the 20th century.

The Journals of John Cheever

The Journals of John Cheever

  • Author: John Cheever
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307790290
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 416
  • View: 8125
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In these journals, the experiences of one of the most renowned twentieth-century American writers come to life with fascinating, wholly revealing detail.John Cheever's journals provide peerless insights into the creation of his novels and stories. But they are equally the record of a complex, often dark, always closely observed inner world. No American writer of comparable stature has left such an unreservedly revealing and moving account of himself: his family life, his literary life, and his emotional life. The final word from one of modern America's great writers, The Journals of John Cheever provides a powerful and beautiful capstone to a towering oeuvre. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Designation of Dredged Material Disposal Sites in Central and Western Long Island Sound, Connecticut and New York

Designation of Dredged Material Disposal Sites in Central and Western Long Island Sound, Connecticut and New York

Environmental Impact Statement

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Congressional Edition

Congressional Edition

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Reading the OED

Reading the OED

One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages

  • Author: Ammon Shea
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1440634483
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 256
  • View: 9808
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An obsessive word lover's account of reading the entire Oxford English Dictionary, hailed as "the Super Size Me of lexicography." "I'm reading the OED so you don't have to," says Ammon Shea on his slightly masochistic journey to scale the word lover's Mount Everest: the Oxford English Dictionary. In 26 chapters filled with sharp wit, sheer delight, and a documentarian's keen eye, Shea shares his year inside the OED, delivering a hair-pulling, eye-crossing account of reading every word.

Seal and salmon fisheries and general resources of Alaska

Seal and salmon fisheries and general resources of Alaska

  • Author: United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Special Agents Division
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Alaska
  • Page: N.A
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Annual Report on Introduction of Domestic Reindeer Into Alaska

Annual Report on Introduction of Domestic Reindeer Into Alaska

  • Author: United States. Office of Education,United States. Bureau of Education
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Alaska
  • Page: N.A
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The American Journal of Science and Arts

The American Journal of Science and Arts

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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A High Wind in Jamaica

A High Wind in Jamaica

  • Author: Richard Hughes
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 0099437430
  • Category: Children
  • Page: 175
  • View: 2980
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On the high seas of the Caribbean, a family of English children is set loose - sent by their parents from their home in Jamaica to receive the civilising effects of England. When their ship is captured by pirates, the thrilling cruise continues as the children transfer their affections from one batch of sailors to another. Innocence is their protection, but as life in the care of pirates reveals its dangers, the events which unfold begin to take on a savagely detached quality.

The American Journal of Science

The American Journal of Science

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Science
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Seal and Salmon Fisheries and General Resources of Alaska: Reports by H. W. Elliott and Lieut. W. Maynard, U. S. N., on the fur-seal fisheries, etc., of the Pribilof Islands, and by Rev. S. Jackson on "Reindeer in Alaska" and "Education in Alaska," with comments on Elliott's and Maynard's reports by D. S. Jordan

Seal and Salmon Fisheries and General Resources of Alaska: Reports by H. W. Elliott and Lieut. W. Maynard, U. S. N., on the fur-seal fisheries, etc., of the Pribilof Islands, and by Rev. S. Jackson on

  • Author: United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Special Agents Division,David Starr Jordan,Henry Wood Elliott,Washburn Maynard,Sheldon Jackson,William Gouverneur Morris,Ivan Petroff,Charles Haskins Townsend,Frederick William True,John J. Brice,Leonhard Stejneger
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Alaska
  • Page: N.A
  • View: 302
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