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Lesser Beasts

Lesser Beasts

A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig

  • Author: Mark Essig
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0465040683
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 320
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Unlike other barnyard animals, which pull plows, give eggs or milk, or grow wool, a pig produces only one thing: meat. Incredibly efficient at converting almost any organic matter into nourishing, delectable protein, swine are nothing short of a gastronomic godsend—yet their flesh is banned in many cultures, and the animals themselves are maligned as filthy, lazy brutes. As historian Mark Essig reveals in Lesser Beasts, swine have such a bad reputation for precisely the same reasons they are so valuable as a source of food: they are intelligent, self-sufficient, and omnivorous. What’s more, he argues, we ignore our historic partnership with these astonishing animals at our peril. Tracing the interplay of pig biology and human culture from Neolithic villages 10,000 years ago to modern industrial farms, Essig blends culinary and natural history to demonstrate the vast importance of the pig and the tragedy of its modern treatment at the hands of humans. Pork, Essig explains, has long been a staple of the human diet, prized in societies from Ancient Rome to dynastic China to the contemporary American South. Yet pigs’ ability to track down and eat a wide range of substances (some of them distinctly unpalatable to humans) and convert them into edible meat has also led people throughout history to demonize the entire species as craven and unclean. Today’s unconscionable system of factory farming, Essig explains, is only the latest instance of humans taking pigs for granted, and the most recent evidence of how both pigs and people suffer when our symbiotic relationship falls out of balance. An expansive, illuminating history of one of our most vital yet unsung food animals, Lesser Beasts turns a spotlight on the humble creature that, perhaps more than any other, has been a mainstay of civilization since its very beginnings—whether we like it or not.

Der Geschmack von Laub und Erde

Der Geschmack von Laub und Erde

Wie ich versuchte, als Tier zu leben

  • Author: Charles Foster
  • Publisher: Piper ebooks
  • ISBN: 3492958761
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 288
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Was fühlt ein Tier, wie lebt es und wie nimmt es seine Umwelt wahr? Um das herauszufinden, tritt Charles Foster ein faszinierendes Experiment an. Er schlüpft in die Rolle von fünf verschiedenen Tierarten: Dachs, Otter, Fuchs, Rothirsch und Mauersegler. Er haust in einem Bau unter der Erde, schnappt mit den Zähnen nach Fischen in einem Fluss und durchstöbert Mülltonnen auf der Suche nach Nahrung. Er schärft seine Sinne, wird zum nachtaktiven Lebewesen, beschreibt wie ein Weinkenner die unterschiedlichen »Terroirs« von Würmern und wie sich der Duft der Erde in den verschiedenen Jahreszeiten verändert. In die scharfsinnige und witzige Schilderung seiner skurrilen Erfahrungen lässt er wissenswerte Fakten einfließen und stellt sie in den Kontext philosophischer Themen. Letztendlich geht es dabei auch um die eine Frage: Was es bedeutet, Mensch zu sein.

Liebe Mutter, es geht mir gut...

Liebe Mutter, es geht mir gut...

  • Author: Margaret Millar
  • Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
  • ISBN: 3257604696
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 240
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Helen Clarvoe, die ebenso reich ist wie labil, lebt allein in einer kalifornischen Stadt. Zuerst glaubt sie, das Opfer irgendeines anonymen Irren zu sein, aber bald muss sie erkennen, dass die drohende Stimme am Telephon niemand anderem gehört als ihrer ehemaligen Kindheitsfreundin Evelyn Merrick – Evelyn, die all das verkörperte, was Helen hätte sein wollen.

Salted and Cured

Salted and Cured

Savoring the Culture, Heritage, and Flavor of America's Preserved Meats

  • Author: Jeffrey Roberts
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • ISBN: 160358661X
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 288
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From country ham to coppa, bacon to bresaola Prosciutto. Andouille. Country ham. The extraordinary rise in popularity of cured meats in recent years often overlooks the fact that the ancient practice of meat preservation through the use of salt, time, and smoke began as a survival technique. All over the world, various cultures developed ways to extend the viability of the hunt—and later the harvest—according to their unique climates and environments, resulting in the astonishing diversity of preserved meats that we celebrate and enjoy today everywhere from corner delis to white-tablecloth restaurants. In Salted and Cured, author Jeffrey P. Roberts traces the origins of today’s American charcuterie, salumi, and other delights, and connects them to a current renaissance that begins to rival those of artisan cheese and craft beer. In doing so, Roberts highlights the incredible stories of immigrant butchers, breeders, chefs, entrepreneurs, and other craftspeople who withstood the modern era’s push for bland, industrial food to produce not only delicious but culturally significant cured meats. By rejecting the industry-led push for “the other white meat” and reinvigorating the breeding and production of heritage hog breeds while finding novel ways to utilize the entire animal—snout to tail—today’s charcutiers and salumieri not only produce everything from country ham to violino di capra but create more sustainable businesses for farmers and chefs. Weaving together agriculture, animal welfare and health, food safety and science, economics, history, a deep sense of place, and amazing preserved foods, Salted and Cured is a literary feast, a celebration of both innovation and time-honored knowledge, and an expertly guided tour of America’s culinary treasures, both old and new.

Denied

Denied

A Novel of the Sazi

  • Author: Cathy Clamp
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • ISBN: 1466854626
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 368
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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR The thrilling stand-alone conclusion to Cathy Clamp's paranormal fantasy Luna Lake series, packed with action and romance Anica Petrovic used to be human, until she was kidnapped and turned into a shapeshifter. Now she’s a bear. Political strife in Serbia led Anica, her father, and her brother to settle in the Pacific Northwest, in a shifter community where all are welcome. The town is rocked by a series of brutal murders which appear to have been committed by a bear. Anica and her family are all bears, but she knows they are all innocent. Not so innocent is newcomer Tristan, also a bear—Anica’s sensitive nose tells her he’s hiding something, but she can’t believe he’s a killer. She’s wrong. Tristan has killed—though he’s innocent of the murders in Luna Lake. He’s tracked an ancient evil to Anica’s home town, and he’ll do whatever is necessary to find that evil and destroy it. “Dangerous turmoil in the Sazi world makes for outstanding reading!”—RT Book Reviews on Illicit More titles by Cathy Clamp: Luna Lake series Forbidden Illicit Denied At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Sea of Lost Love

Sea of Lost Love

  • Author: Santa Montefiore
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1471132056
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
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A stunning story of loss, love and the summer that changed everything from the number one bestselling author of Songs of Love and War. 1958. Celestria, the charismatic daughter of an aristocratic family, lives in Pendrift Hall, a pale stone mansion with gardens that tumble down to the Cornish sea. It is summer and the weeks ahead hold the promise of self-discovery and the thrilling possibility of elicit love affairs. Yet tragedy erupts in paradise when one of the family vanishes. A mysterious note is left behind with the words: ‘Forgive Me’. Soon Celestria is pulled along a trail of deception, masquerades and mirrors. It will lead her from her idyllic life on the English coast to the orange groves of Southern Italy. It will also lead her to love...

Dracula und "seine Töchter"

Dracula und

  • Author: Elke Klemens
  • Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag
  • ISBN: 9783823360612
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 324
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A Treatise on the Deluge. ...

A Treatise on the Deluge. ...

Illustrated with Two Copper Plates; One, Representing the State of Earth During the Height of the Flood; the Other, the State of the Earth as it is at Present

  • Author: Alexander Catcott
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Deluge
  • Page: 423
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Sanctioned Violence in Early China

Sanctioned Violence in Early China

  • Author: Mark Edward Lewis
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780791400760
  • Category: History
  • Page: 374
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This book provides new insight into the creation of the Chinese empire by examining the changing forms of permitted violence--warfare, hunting, sacrifice, punishments, and vengeance. It analyzes the interlinked evolution of these violent practices to reveal changes in the nature of political authority, in the basic units of social organization, and in the fundamental commitments of the ruling elite. The work offers a new interpretation of the changes that underlay the transformation of the Chinese polity from a league of city states dominated by aristocratic lineages to a unified, territorial state controlled by a supreme autocrat and his agents. In addition, it shows how a new pattern of violence was rationalized and how the Chinese of the period incorporated their ideas about violence into the myths and proto-scientific theories that provided historical and natural prototypes for the imperial state.

In the Empire of Shadow

In the Empire of Shadow

Worlds of Shadow #2

  • Author: Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
  • ISBN: 1434449807
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 264
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A handful of ordinary Americans -- housewives, lawyers, interior decorators, and the like -- found themselves caught up in a transdimensional conflict, and transported from their homes to realms where magic worked, to desert planets and rebel worlds, to places straight out of science fiction and fantasy. But these were not the harmless, happy-ending lands of film and fable. The sweat and blood was real, and the horrors they faced genuinely dangerous. One world was a world of magic, ruled by a dark force called Shadow. A handful of would-be heroes resisted Shadow's dominion, and sought assistance in their desperate struggle to free their homeland. The other reality was a universe of spaceships and rayguns, dominated by a Galactic Empire that saw Shadow as a threat -- and that demanded the exiles from our world aid them in their campaign. Against their will, these few people were flung into battle . . . IN THE EMPIRE OF SHADOW "In Worlds of Shadow, Lawrence Watt-Evans tells an exciting tale with memorable characters and relentless action. A must-read for fans of dark fantasy and horror." -- Karen E. Taylor, author of "The Vampire Legacy" Series

Chaplin’s War Trilogy

Chaplin’s War Trilogy

An Evolving Lens in Three Dark Comedies, 1918–1947

  • Author: Wes D. Gehring
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476616302
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 240
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The book examines Charlie Chaplin’s evolving perspective on dark comedy in his three war films, Shoulder Arms (1918), The Great Dictator (1940), and Monsieur Verdoux (1947). In the first he uses the genre in a groundbreaking manner but yet for a pro-war cause. In Dictator dark comedy is applied in an antiwar way. In Monsieur Verdoux Chaplin embraces the genre as an individual in defense against a society out to destroy him. All three are pivotal films in the development of the genre in film, with the latter two movies being very controversial for their time.

Dictionarium Rusticum, Urbanicum & Botanicum: Or, A Dictionary of Husbandry, Gardening, Trade, Commerce, and All Sorts of Country-affairs

Dictionarium Rusticum, Urbanicum & Botanicum: Or, A Dictionary of Husbandry, Gardening, Trade, Commerce, and All Sorts of Country-affairs

  • Author: Nathan Bailey,John Worlidge
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Agriculture
  • Page: N.A
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Hebrews - Revelation

Hebrews - Revelation

  • Author: David E. Garland
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • ISBN: 0310866243
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 800
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Continuing a Gold Medallion Award-winning legacy, this completely revised edition of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series puts world-class biblical scholarship in your hands. Based on the original twelve-volume set that has become a staple in college and seminary libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide, this new thirteen-volume edition marshals the most current evangelical scholarship and resources. You’ll find up-to-date information grounded in the same unchanging commitment to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.Of the fifty-six contributors, thirty of them are new. Reflecting the Expositor’s Bible Commentary international and cross-denominational approach, they come from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand, and from a broad diversity of churches, including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed.The Expositor’s Bible Commentary uses the complete New International Version for its English text, but it also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages. For each book of the Bible, the thoroughly revised features consist of:A comprehensive introduction A short and precise bibliography A detailed outline Insightful exposition of passages and verses Overviews of sections of Scripture to illumine the big picture Occasional reflections to give more detail on important issues Notes on textual questions and special problems, placed close to the text in question Transliteration and translation of Hebrew and Greek words, enabling readers to understand even the more technical notes A balanced and respectful approach toward marked differences of opinion

Aztec Autumn

Aztec Autumn

  • Author: Gary Jennings
  • Publisher: Forge Books
  • ISBN: 0312871317
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 384
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The magnificent Aztec empire has fallen beneath the brutal heal of the Spaniards. But one proud Aztec, Tenamaxtli, refuses to bow to his despised conquerors. He dreams of restoring the lost glory of the Aztec empire, and recruits an army of rebels to mount an insurrection against the seemingly invincible power of mighty Spain. Tenamaxtli's courageous quest takes us through high adventure, passionate women, unlikely allies, bright hope, bitter tragedy, and the essence of 16th century Mexico. This incredible rebellion has been little remembered, perhaps because it shed no glory on the men who would write the history book, but on its outcome depended the future of all North America. Aztec Autumn recreates this forgotten chapter of history in all its splendor and unforgettable passion. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Mistakes of Reason

Mistakes of Reason

Essays in Honour of John Woods

  • Author: A. D. Irvine,Kent A. Peacock,John Hayden Woods
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 0802038662
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 533
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Over a distinguished academic career, the Canadian philosopher and scholar John Woods has written on a rich variety of topics central to contemporary philosophy. These include the history and philosophy of logic, deviant logics, inductive and abductive reasoning, informal reasoning, fallacy theory, the logic of fiction, epistemology, and abortion and euthanasia. Not only has Woods' work been significant in itself, it has also stimulated others working in these fields. Mistakes of Reason is a tribute to Woods and contains twenty-six new essays by leading Canadian and international philosophers. The essays are accompanied by commentaries by Woods himself, creating a unique dialogue between Woods and his colleagues. Editors Kent A. Peacock and Andrew D. Irvine have grouped the works under the themes of Reality, Knowledge, Logic and Language, Reasoning, and Values. The essays evaluate Woods' work and celebrate the generous contribution that he has made to Canada?s intellectual development over the past forty years.

Drawing Dragons

Drawing Dragons

Learn How to Create Fantastic Fire-Breathing Dragons

  • Author: Sandra Staple
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • ISBN: 1569758980
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 144
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The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy

The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy

One Book to Rule Them All

  • Author: Gregory Bassham,Eric Bronson
  • Publisher: Open Court
  • ISBN: 0812698061
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 336
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The Lord of the Rings is intended to be applicable to the real world of relationships, religion, pleasure, pain, and politics. Tolkien himself said that his grand tale of wizards, orcs, hobbits, and elves was aimed at truth and good morals in the actual world. Analysis of the popular appeal of The Lord of the Rings (on websites and elsewhere) shows that Tolkien fans are hungry for discussion of the urgent moral and cosmological issues arising out of this fantastic epic story. Can political power be wielded for good, or must it always corrupt? Does technology destroy the truly human? Is it morally wrong to give up hope? Can we find meaning in chance events? In The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy, seventeen young philosophy professors, all of them ardent Tolkien fans and most of them contributors to the four earlier volumes in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series, address some of these important issues and show how clues to their solutions may be found in the imaginary world of Middle-earth. The book is divided into five sections, concerned with Power and the Ring, the Quest for Happiness, Good and Evil in Middle-earth, Time and Mortality, and the Relevance

The Underlying Hand

The Underlying Hand

Book One

  • Author: Roger P. Koch
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1462849822
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 344
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Are biblical and prevailing mythologies essential truths but interpreted by witnesses with incomplete comprehension - intentionally misled even? Deluded by whom? Who were the sons of God? Where was Eden and what really happened there? Was Noahs Flood a deliberate act, or an accident - or a little of both? The Underlying Hand weaves an elegant tale re-interpreting those beliefs with modern knowledge, creeping upon the reader into a highly plausible interpretation. It begins in a sci-fi theme but the reader soon comes to recognize that it is essentially a very human drama indeed the origins of humanity. Along the way is a fascinating adventure with ideas that are sure to cause much debate and remain with the reader long after the book is finished.

Marlfox

Marlfox

  • Author: Brian Jacques
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1407050109
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 400
  • View: 2327
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Queen Silth rules Castle Marl from behind the curtains of her palanquin. Greedy and vain, she has sent her six children into the world to plunder treasure. Stealth and cunning are the traits of the Marlfox. Known only in Redwall country by legend, they are said to able to appear and disappear by magic. When the strange creatures begin to appear in Mossflower Woods, it is clear that evil is abroad. A kidnapping and a cunning raid to steal the beautiful Redwall tapestry confirm the worst; Redwall is under threat! Three young friends, fated by the prophecy of Martin the Warrior, pursue the villains in a quest of daring, courage and wit to return the beloved tapestry to its home.

Island Flame

Island Flame

  • Author: Karen Robards
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1451649819
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
  • View: 2477
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Dear Reader, It is difficult for an author to choose a favorite from among her own books, especially when she has been lucky enough—as I have—to make a career out of doing what she loves. But some stories are memorable because they mark an important milestone in an author’s life, and for me, perhaps none is more special than Island Flame—my very first book. I was thrilled when it was published, and now, more than thirty years later, I am just as excited to share it again with you. Island Flame is a classic tale of romance on the high seas, featuring two extraordinary characters: the headstrong Lady Catherine Aldley and the legendary pirate Jonathan Hale. I don’t have to tell you that their tumultuous escapade sizzles with passion (lots of passion!), but what I hope you will take away most from Cathy and Jonathan is that dreams do come true—in love and in life. Mine did, and I hope yours will too. I look forward to sharing many more adventures together in the future. Enjoy! Karen Robards