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Becoming Cajun, Becoming American: The Acadian in American Literature from Longfellow to James Lee Burke (Southern Literary Studies)

by Maria Hebert-Leiter

From antebellum times, Louisiana's unique multipartite society included a legal and social space for intermediary racial groups such as Acadians, Creoles, and Creoles of Color. In Becoming Cajun, Becoming American, Maria Hebert-Leiter explores how American writers have portrayed Acadian culture over the past 150 years. Combining a study of Acadian literary history with an examination of Acadian ethnic history in light of recent social theories, she offers insight into the Americanization process experienced by Acadians -- who over time came to be known as Cajuns -- during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.Hebert-Leiter examines the entire history of the Acadian, or Cajun, in American literature, beginning with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Evangeline and the writings of George Washington Cable, including his novel Bonaventure. The cultural complexity of Acadian and Creole identities led many writers to rely on stereotypes in Acadian characters, but as Hebert-Leiter shows, the ambiguity of Louisiana's class and racial divisions also allowed writers to address complex and controversial -- and sometimes taboo -- subjects. She emphasizes the fiction of Kate Chopin, whose short stories contain Acadian characters accepted as white Americans during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Representations of the Acadian in literature reflect the Acadians' path towards assimilation, as they celebrated their differences while still adopting an all-American notion of self. In twentieth-century writing, Acadian figures came to be more often called Cajun, and increasingly outsiders perceived them not simply as exotic or mythic beings but as complex persons who fit into traditional American society while reflecting its cultural diversity. Hebert-Leiter explores this transition in Ernest Gaines's novel A Gathering of Old Men and James Lee Burke's detective novels featuring Dave Robicheaux. She also discusses the works of Ada Jack Carver, Elma Godchaux, Shirley Ann Grau, and other writers.From Longfellow through Tim Gautreaux, Acadian and Cajun literature captures the stages of this fascinating cultural dynamism, making it a pivotal part of any history of American ethnicity and of Cajun culture in particular. Concise and accessible, Becoming Cajun, Becoming American provides an excellent introduction to American Acadian and Cajun literature.

Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet #2)

by Nora Roberts

Love blooms in the second novel in Nora Roberts's celebrated Bride Quartet series. As little girls MacKensie, Emma, Laurel, and Parker spent hours acting out their perfect make believe I do moments. Years later their fantasies become reality when they start their own wedding planning company to make every woman's dream day come true. With perfect flowers, delicious desserts, and joyful moments captured on film, Nora Roberts's Bride Quartet shares each woman's emotionally magical journey to romance. In Bed of Roses, florist Emma Grant is finding career success with her friends at Vows wedding planning company, and her love life appears to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn't found Mr. Right. And the last place she's looking is right under her nose. But that's just where Jack Cooke is. He's so close to the women of Vows that he's practically family, but the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. When Emma returns his passion kiss for blistering kiss they must trust in their history ]and in their hearts.

Behavioral Neurobiology of the Endocannabinoid System (Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences #1)

by Stephen Alexander Dave Kendall

The endocannabinoid signaling system is one of the key modulators of central nervous function. This volume provides timely and in-depth coverage of the roles of the endocannabinoid signaling system in the neurobiology of behavior. It is essential reading for any researcher with a background in neuroscience wanting to know more about the endocannabinoids.

Bekkeninstabiliteit Diagnostiek en therapie: Editie Voor Professionals

by Jan Mens

Dit boek biedt een vrijwel compleet overzicht van de actuele kennis op het gebied van bekkeninstabiliteit. Aan de orde komen de pathogenese, de epidemiologie, de symptomatologie, de diagnostiek en de therapie. Hierbij is een belangrijke rol weggelegd voor fysiotherapeutische behandeling. De editie Bekkeninstabiliteit voor professionals geeft praktische adviezen aan zowel artsen als fysiotherapeuten, manueeltherapeuten en oefentherapeuten. Daarnaast gaat dit boek in op zaken als zwangerschap na bekkeninstabiliteit, alternatieve geneeswijzen, arbeidsongeschiktheid en de wet- en regelgeving. De inhoud is gebaseerd op niet alleen een uitgebreide literatuurstudie, maar ook gesprekken met meer dan tweeduizend patiënten.

The Belly Fat Cure Combo Pack: Includes The Belly Fat Cure Fast Track And The Belly Fat Cure Sugar And Carb Counter

by Jorge Cruise

This combo pack comprises of THE BELLY FAT CURE and THE BELLY FAT CURE SUGAR & CARB COUNTER. For years, experts have told you that you’re overweight because you eat too much and don’t exercise enough. They were WRONG. The truth is that you are eating foods packed with hidden sweeteners that deliver a belly-fattening Sugar/Carb Value. The Belly Fat Cure makes smart eating effortless and affordable. It includes more than 1,500 options customized for: carboholics, meat lovers, chicken and seafood fans, chocoholics, fast-food junkies, and even vegans! Based on this revolutionary New York Times bestseller, The Belly Fat Cure Sugar & Carb Counter is the only supermarket guide that exposes the true cause of belly fat and disease: hidden sugar! BFC Sugar & Carb Counter transforms your health, energy, and waistline by unlocking the secret to fat loss, providing one simple menu which tells you exactly what to eat to melt up to 9 pounds this week, and lists thousands of "Belly Good" items that make shedding pounds each week a snap. It also has a bonus dining-out section, featuring menu items from some of your favorite restaurants.

Beroepspraktijkvorming Kraamverzorgende: Praktijkopdrachten voor de kraamzorg, kwalificatieniveau 3 (Beroepspraktijkvorming)

by Nicolien Halem Tera Stuut Henny Leeuw Johan Wout

De BPV-reeks bestaat uit opdrachtenboeken. Deze opdrachten kunnen leerlingen gebruiken tijdens de beroepspraktijkvorming. Op elk moment in de opleiding en in elk werkveld kan een opdracht (één of meerdere keren) worden uitgevoerd. Voor afspraken over kennismaking, of meerdere keren) worden uitgevoerd. Voor afspraken over kennismaking, begeleiding, het afronden van de BPV-periode en planning kunnen zij bovendien gebruik maken van de zogenaamde ABCDopdrachten.Dit BPV-boek is speciaal ontwikkeld voor de opleiding Kraamzorg en is gebaseerd op het kwalificatiedossier Verzorgende 2009 -2010. Het is een vernieuwing van de vertrouwde serie BPV-boeken.

Beroepspraktijkvorming Mbo-verpleegkundige: Praktijkopdrachten voor kwalificatieniveau 4 (Beroepspraktijkvorming)

by Nicolien Halem Tera Stuut Henny Leeuw Johan Wout

De BPV-reeks bestaat uit opdrachtenboeken. Deze opdrachten kunnen leerlingen gebruiken tijdens de beroepspraktijkvorming. Op elk moment in de opleiding en in elk werkveld kan een opdracht (één of meerdere keren) worden uitgevoerd. Voor afspraken over kennismaking, of meerdere keren) worden uitgevoerd. Voor afspraken over kennismaking, begeleiding, het afronden van de BPV-periode en planning kunnen zij bovendien gebruik maken van de zogenaamde ABCDopdrachten.Dit BPV-boek is speciaal ontwikkeld voor de opleiding mbo-verpleegkundige en is gebaseerd op het kwalificatiedossier mbo-verpleegkundige 2009 - 2010. Het is een vernieuwing van de vertrouwde serie BPV-boeken.

Beroepspraktijkvorming Verpleegkundige: Praktijkopdrachten voor Kwalificatieniveau 4 (Beroepspraktijkvorming)

by Nicolien Halem Tera Stuut Henny Leeuw Johan Wout

De BPV-reeks bestaat uit opdrachtenboeken. Deze opdrachten kunnen leerlingen gebruiken tijdens de beroepspraktijkvorming. Op elk moment in de opleiding en in elk werkveld kan een opdracht (één of meerdere keren) worden uitgevoerd. Voor afspraken over kennismaking, of meerdere keren) worden uitgevoerd. Voor afspraken over kennismaking, begeleiding, het afronden van de BPV-periode en planning kunnen zij bovendien gebruik maken van de zogenaamde ABCDopdrachten.Dit BPV-boek is speciaal ontwikkeld voor de opleiding mbo-verpleegkundige en is gebaseerd op het kwalificatiedossier mbo-verpleegkundige 2009-2010. Het is een vernieuwing van de vertrouwde serie BPV-boeken.

Beroepspraktijkvorming Verzorgende-IG: Praktijkopdrachten voor kwalificatieniveau 3 (Beroepspraktijkvorming)

by Nicolien Halem Tera Stuut Henny Leeuw Johan Wout

Je wordt opgeleid om in alle branches van de verpleging en de verzorging te kunnen werken. Daarnaast kies je om je extra te bekwamen in bijvoorbeeld de verpleeg-/verzorgingshuiszorg en de thuiszorg, de gehandicaptenzorg, de geestelijke gezondheidszorg of de kraamzorg.Je verleent zorg en ondersteuning aan zorgvragers en begeleidt hen bij het huishouden, wonen en welzijn. Dat kunnen zijn: oudere zorgvragers, chronisch zieken, revaliderenden, zorgvragers met een handicap, volwassenen in klinische zorgomgevingen, zorgvragers met psychiatrische problematiek, barenden, kraamvrouwen en pasgeborenen. Ook werk je vaak samen met mantelzorgers.Als verzorgende voer je werkzaamheden uit die vooral betrekking hebben op het stimuleren en ondersteunen van de zelfredzaamheid van de zorgvrager.De taken van een verzorgende omvatten:De taken van een verzorgende omvatten:• een zorgplan opstellen• zorg voor de leefomgeving, somatische zorg en begeleiding• veranderingen signaleren in gezondheid en welbevinden van de zorgvrager• coördinatie, afstemming en overleg.Je voert de werkzaamheden uit bij de zorgvrager thuis, maar ook in een vervangende leefomgeving.Dit boek is voor jou een hulpmiddel bij het behalen van je beroepscompetenties.

Beroepspraktijkvorming Verzorgende-IG: Verpleegtechnische handelingen (Beroepspraktijkvorming)

by Nicolien Halem Tera Stuut Henny Leeuw Johan Wout

Je wordt opgeleid om in alle branches van de verpleging en de verzorging te kunnen werken. Daarnaast kies je om je extra te bekwamen in bijvoorbeeld de verpleeg-/ verzorgingshuiszorg en de thuiszorg, de gehandicaptenzorg, de geestelijke gezondheidszorg of de kraamzorg.Je verleent zorg en ondersteuning aan zorgvragers en begeleidt hen bij het huishouden, wonen en welzijn. Dat kunnen zijn: oudere zorgvragers, chronisch zieken, revaliderenden, zorgvragers met een handicap, volwassenen in klinische zorgomgevingen, zorgvragers met psychiatrische problematiek of barenden, kraamvrouwen en pasgeborenen. Ook werk je vaak samen met mantelzorgers.De verzorgende verricht, in opdracht van de behandelaar, verpleegtechnische handelingen. Daarbij neemt zij de noodzakelijke voorzorgsmaatregelen, procedures en voorschriften in acht. Hierbij gaat het om zowel voorbehouden handelingen als handelingen die risicovol zijn. De verzorgende zorgt bij het uitvoeren van de verpleegtechnische handelingen onder andere voor de veiligheid en treft hygiënische maatregelen. De verzorgende houdt rekening met de gezondheidssituatie, behandeling en/of therapie van de zorgvrager. De zorgvrager neemt mogelijke angst en onzekerheid van de zorgvrager weg door uitleg over wat, waarom en hoe bepaalde verpleegtechnische handelingen uitgevoerd worden.Enkele handelingen zijn bijvoorbeeld het delen en toedienen van medicijnen, het verzorgen van wonden, het toepassen van zwachteltechnieken, het verzorgen van maagkatheters en blaaskatheters en het subcutaan injecteren van medicijnen.Enkele handelingen zijn bijvoorbeeld het delen en toedienen van medicijnen, het verzorgen van wonden, het toepassen van zwachteltechnieken, het verzorgen van maagkatheters en blaaskatheters en het subcutaan injecteren van medicijnen.In dit boek vind je opdrachten waarmee je de verpleegtechnische handelingen voor Verzorgende Individuele Gezondheidszorg (IG) in de praktijk kunt oefenen.

The Bible Compass: A Catholic's Guide to Navigating the Scriptures

by Edward Sri

The Bible Compass provides readers with the tools to study the Word of God with confidence and purpose. This book demonstrates how to read the Bible within the living Tradition of the Catholic Church.

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America (Playaway Adult Nonfiction Ser.)

by Timothy Egan

National Book Award-winner Timothy Egan turns his historian's eye to the largest-ever forest fire in America and offers an epic, cautionary tale for our time. On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, destroying towns and timber in the blink of an eye. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men to fight the fires, but no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them. Egan recreates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force, and the larger story of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot, that follows is equally resonant. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by every citizen. Even as TR's national forests were smoldering they were saved: The heroism shown by his rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, though it changed the mission of the forest service in ways we can still witness today.

The Big Peace: Find Yourself Without Going Anywhere

by Suzy Greaves

What would life be like if you could wallow in self-acceptance on a daily basis? What would it be like if you really believed that there was nothing wrong with you and that you were good enough just the way you are? What would it be like if you worked with what you’ve got right now versus putting your happiness on hold until you are thinner or richer or more successful? What if you could choose a more soothing soundtrack for life? Can you imagine a life like that? Welcome to the Big Peace – the dynamic, creative place to life – where you can take it easy, be happy and achieve your dreams. This book will show you how.

The Bigness of the World: Stories

by Lori Ostlund

Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Prize, the Edmund White Award, and the California Book Award, Lori Ostlund's "heartbreaking and wonderful" (Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo) debut collection of stories about men and women confronting the unmapped and unexpected.In Lori Ostlund's award-winning debut collection, people seeking escape from situations at home venture out into a world that they find is just as complicated and troubled as the one they left behind. In prose highlighted by both satire and poignant observation, The Bigness of the World contains characters that represent a different sort of everyman--men and women who poke fun at ideological rigidity while holding fast to good grammar and manners, people seeking connections in a world that seems increasingly foreign. In "Upon Completion of Baldness," a young woman shaves her head for a part in a movie in Hong Kong that will help her escape life with her lover in Albuquerque. In "All Boy," a young logophile encounters the limits of language when he finds he prefers the comfort of a dark closet over the struggle to make friends at school. In "Dr. Deneau's Punishment," a math teacher leaving New York for Minnesota as a means of punishing himself engages in an unsettling method of discipline. In "Bed Death," a couple travels Malaysia to teach only to find their relationship crumbling as they are accepted in their new environment. And in "Idyllic Little Bali," a group of Americans gather around a pool in Java to discuss their brushes with fame and end up witnessing a man's fatal flight from his wife. "Ostlund constantly delights the reader with the subtlety of her insights as well as the carefulness of her prose" (San Francisco Chronicle), revealing that wherever you are in the world, where you came from is never far away. "Each piece is sublime" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Bio-inspired Catalysts (Topics in Organometallic Chemistry #25)

by Thomas R. Ward

With the aim of complementing well-established catalytic strategies for enantioselective catalysis, the field of artificial metalloenzymes has attracted increasing interest in the past decade. Artificial metalloenzymes result from the incorporation of a catalytically active organometallic moiety within a macromolecular host. Localization of the competent metal is ensured either by covalent, dative or supramolecular anchoring in either DNA or a protein scaffold. The properties of the resulting hybrid catalysts combine attractive features of both homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis. In particular, the optimization of such systems can be achieved both by chemical and genetic means. The book, consisting of five chapters written by leading experts, critically summarizes the state of the art in enantioselective epoxidation, sulfoxidation, fluorination, hydrogenation, allylic alkylation, Diels-Alder cycloadditions as well as Michael additions catalyzed by artificial metalloenzymes. This timely review unambiguously demonstrates the compatibility and complementarity of organometallic and enzymatic catalysis.

Biografiearbeit: in der Gesundheits-, Kranken- und Altenpflege

by Monika Specht-Tomann

Biografiearbeit ist ein Instrument in der Kranken- und Altenpflege, mit dem der Blick für das Leben der Patienten bzw. der Bewohner geschärft und der ganzheitliche Zugang zu ihren Bedürfnissen erleichtert wird. Fähigkeiten von Alten und Kranken werden durch Biografiearbeit aktiviert und verbessert. Das Buch ist mit zahlreichen Anleitungen zur Umsetzung der verschiedenen Methoden und mit vielen Beispielen aus der Pflege- und Betreuungspraxis eine Unterstützung für alle, die mit alten und kranken Menschen arbeiten.

Biology of Microorganisms on Grapes, in Must and in Wine

by Helmut König Gottfried Unden Jürgen Fröhlich

The ancient beverage wine is the result of the fermentation of grape must. This n- urally and fairly stable product has been and is being used by many human societies as a common or enjoyable beverage, as an important means to improve the quality of drinking water in historical times, as therapeutical agent, and as a religious symbol. During the last centuries, wine has become an object of scientific interest. In this respect different periods may be observed. At first, simple observations were recorded, and subsequently, the chemical basis and the involvement of microorg- isms were elucidated. At a later stage, the scientific work led to the analysis of the many minor and trace compounds in wine, the detection and understanding of the biochemical reactions and processes, the diversity of microorganisms involved, and the range of their various activities. In recent years, the focus shifted to the genetic basis of the microorganisms and the molecular aspects of the cells, including metabolism, membrane transport, and regulation. These different stages of wine research were determined by the scientific methods that were known and available at the respective time. The recent "molecular" approach is based on the analysis of the genetic code and has led to significant results that were not even imaginable a few decades ago. This new wealth of information is being presented in the Biology of Microorganisms on Grapes, in Must, and in Wine.

Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies: 9th International Joint Conference, BIOSTEC 2016, Rome, Italy, February 21–23, 2016, Revised Selected Papers (Communications in Computer and Information Science #690)

by Ana Fred Hugo Gamboa

This book contains the best papers of the First International Joint Conference on B- medical Engineering Systems and Technologies (BIOSTEC 2008), organized by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information Control and Communication (INSTICC), technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Bi- ogy Society (EMB), ACM SIGART and the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC), in cooperation with AAAI. The purpose of the International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering S- tems and Technologies is to bring together researchers and practitioners, including engineers, biologists, health professionals and informatics/computer scientists, int- ested in both theoretical advances and applications of information systems, artificial intelligence, signal processing, electronics and other engineering tools in knowledge areas related to biology and medicine. BIOSTEC is composed of three co-located conferences; each specializes in one of the aforementioned main knowledge areas, namely: * BIODEVICES (International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and - vices) focuses on aspects related to electronics and mechanical engineering, - pecially equipment and materials inspired from biological systems and/or - dressing biological requirements. Monitoring devices, instrumentation sensors and systems, biorobotics, micro-nanotechnologies and biomaterials are some of the technologies addressed at this conference.

Biometric Recognition: 12th Chinese Conference, CCBR 2017, Shenzhen, China, October 28-29, 2017, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science #10568)

by Jie Zhou Zhenhua Guo Yong Xu Shiguang Shan Yunhong Wang Zhenan Sun Jianjiang Feng Linlin Shen Yu Qiao Shiqi Yu

With the increasing concerns on security breaches and transaction fraud, highly reliable and convenient personal verification and identification technologies are more and more requisite in our social activities and national services. Biometrics, used to recognize the identity of an individual, are gaining ever-growing popularity in an extensive array of governmental, military, forensic, and commercial security applications. ""Advanced Biometric Recognition Technologies: Discriminant Criterion and Fusion Applications"" focuses on two kinds of advanced biometric recognition technologies, biometric data discrimination and multi-biometrics, while systematically introducing recent research in developing effective biometric recognition technologies. Organized into three main sections, this cutting-edge book explores advanced biometric data discrimination technologies, describes tensor-based biometric data discrimination technologies, and develops the fundamental conception and categories of multi-biometrics technologies.

Biotechnology in China I: From Bioreaction to Bioseparation and Bioremediation (Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology #113)

by Wei Zhang Feng-Wu Bai Jian-Jiang Zhong

This book examines tends in modern biotechnology. It covers all aspects of this interdisciplinary technology, from chemistry to computer science.

Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward A Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy

by Ruth Nicole Brown

The celebration of Black girlhood is essential their principles and practices were the centred program. It examines how performances of everyday Black girlhood are mediated by popular culture, personal truths, and lived experiences, and how the discussion and critique of these factors can be a great asset in the celebration of Black girls.

Black Hills

by Nora Roberts

The #1 New York Times betseller #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts takes readers deep into the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota, where the shadows keep secrets, hunters stalk the land, and a childhood friendship matures into an adult passion.

Bleeding Borders: Race, Gender, and Violence in Pre-Civil War Kansas (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War)

by Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel

In Bleeding Borders, Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel offers a fresh, multifaceted interpretation of the quintessential sectional conflict in pre--Civil War Kansas. Instead of focusing on the white, male politicians and settlers who vied for control of the Kansas territorial legislature, Oertel explores the crucial roles Native Americans, African Americans, and white women played in the literal and rhetorical battle between proslavery and antislavery settlers in the region. She brings attention to the local debates and the diverse peoples who participated in them during that contentious period.Oertel begins by detailing the settlement of eastern Kansas by emigrant Indian tribes and explores their interaction with the growing number of white settlers in the region. She analyzes the attempts by southerners to plant slavery in Kansas and the ultimately successful resistance of slaves and abolitionists. Oertel then considers how crude frontier living conditions, Indian conflict, political upheaval, and sectional violence reshaped traditional Victorian gender roles in Kansas and explores women's participation in the political and physical conflicts between proslavery and antislavery settlers. Oertel goes on to examine northern and southern definitions of "true manhood" and how competing ideas of masculinity infused political and sectional tensions. She concludes with an analysis of miscegenation -- not only how racial mixing between Indians, slaves, and whites influenced events in territorial Kansas, but more importantly, how the fear of miscegenation fueled both proslavery and antislavery arguments about the need for civil war.As Oertel demonstrates, the players in Bleeding Kansas used weapons other than their Sharpes rifles and Bowie knives to wage war over the extension of slavery: they attacked each other's cultural values and struggled to assert their own political wills. They jealously guarded ideals of manhood, womanhood, and whiteness even as the presence of Indians and blacks and the debate over slavery raised serious questions about the efficacy of these principles. Oertel argues that, ultimately, many Native Americans, blacks, and women shaped the political and cultural terrain in ways that ensured the destruction of slavery, but they, along with their white male counterparts, failed to defeat the resilient power of white supremacy. Moving beyond a conventional political history of Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Borders breaks new ground by revealing how the struggles of this highly diverse region contributed to the national move toward disunion and how the ideologies that governed race and gender relations were challenged as North, South, and West converged on the border between slavery and freedom.

Born in the USA: The Book of American Origins

by Trevor Homer

From Bubble Wrap to Bubblegum, from Men-on-the-Moon to Monopoly, from Kidney Transplants to Kool-Aid, to microwave ovens to M & M's, America has been at the forefront of the main advances of the human race for the last two centuries. America has given birth to more new products, devices, medicines, leisure pursuits, sports, religions, music and vehicles than any other country, ancient or modern. Born in the USA celebrates that great pioneering drive which is the pulsing heart of America, with some surprising inventors such as George Washington, Jamie Lee Curtis, Abraham Lincoln, Lee Trevino, Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen. (Zeppo Marx, last of the Marx Brothers, developed the first heart pulse-rate monitor.) Americans have also created some of the most bizarre and comic inventions ever dreamed up. The same country that gave the world the heart pacemaker and email, also gave us the "Denver Boot" (wheel clamps) and Chinese fortune cookies.

The Bostonians: A Novel (Dover Thrift Editions)

by Henry James

Master storyteller Henry James transports readers to New England in the 1870s for his satire of the American women's rights movement. Charismatic speaker Verena Tarrant is at the center of an acrimonious struggle between two distant cousins. Olive Chancellor sees Verena as a potential leader of the suffragettes and jealously attempts to isolate her protégée from the society of men. The man Olive particularly abhors is cynical Southern lawyer Basil Ransom, who seeks a conventional marriage with Verena. The rivalry between liberal Olive and conservative Basil for Verena's attentions and loyalty forms a compelling tale of politics, feminism, and a nascent lesbian attraction.Set in the decade following the Civil War, The Bostonians offers a fascinating portrait of its era, particularly in its reflection of women's social roles. James's highly visual descriptions of town and country scenes complement the abstractions of his characters' attitudes and arguments, and the narrative abounds in his customary acute insights and subtle irony.

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