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Nagauta: The Heart of Kabuki Music

by William P. Malm

This study of Japanese music explore Nagauta or literally "long song"--the delicate and complex music that accompanies kabuki theater--in great detail.The Kabuki theater of Japan has achieved a growing reputation as one of the world's most brilliant achievements in the field of theater. And the number of studies made on the subject in the West has been considerable. Yet, in spite of the fact that so much of the unique brilliance of the kabuki stage depends on the character of its music, the manner in which it is used, and its integral connection with the development of the dramatic impact of the plays, very little has been written on this phase of the genre.Of particular interest are the attempts to explore the various approaches to form music in the vast repertoire of this living art music. The playing techniques of the instruments are explained, and the relations of each instrument's music to the vocal line and to the overall design is shown.The analysis is accompanied by two compete transcription of nagauta in Western notation. These transcriptions are the first complete scores of nagauta ever printed. Additional musical examples, bibliography, discography, and glossary-index add value to the text.

The Myth of the Closed Mind: Understanding Why and How People Are Rational

by Ray Scott Percival

"It's like talking to a brick wall" and "We'll have to agree to disagree" are popular sayings referring to the frustrating experience of discussing issues with people who seem to be beyond the reach of argument. <P><P>It's often claimed that some people-fundamentalists or fanatics-are indeed sealed off from rational criticism. And every month new pop psychology books appear, describing the dumb ways ordinary people make decisions, as revealed by psychological experiments. The conclusion is that all or most people are fundamentally irrational. Ray Scott Percival sets out to demolish the whole notion of the closed mind and of human irrationality. There is a difference between making mistakes and being irrational. Though humans are prone to mistakes, they remain rational. In fact, making mistakes is a sign of rationality: a totally non-rational entity could not make a mistake. Rationality does not mean absence of error; it means the possibility of correcting error in the light of criticism. In this sense, all human beliefs are rational: they are all vulnerable to being abandoned when shown to be faulty. Percival agrees that people cling stubbornly to their beliefs, but he maintains that not being too ready to abandon one's beliefs is rational.

Myanmar Travel Map Fourth Edition (Periplus Travel Maps)

by Periplus Editors

The Myanmar Travel Map from Periplus is designed as a convenient, easy-to-use tool for travelers. <P><P>Created using durable coated paper, this map is made to open and fold multiple times, whether it's the entire map that you want to view or one panel at a time.Following highways and byways, this map will show you how to maneuver your way to banks, gardens, hotels, golf courses, museums, monuments, restaurants, churches and temples, movie theaters, shopping centers and more!This 4th edition includes maps and plans that are scaled to: Area Map: Myanmar 1:2,000,000City Plans: Yangon (Rangoon) 1:35,000 Central Yangon 1:17,500 Mandalay 1:25,000Bagan Area 1:35,000Naypyldaw 1:100,000Periplus Travel Maps cover most of the major cities and travel destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. The series includes an amazing variety of fascinating destinations, from the multifaceted subcontinent of India to the bustling city-state of Singapore and the 'western style' metropolis of Sydney to the Asian charms of Bali. All titles are continuously updated, ensuring they keep up with the considerable changes in this fast-developing part of the world. This extensive geographical reach and attention to detail mean that Periplus Travel Maps are the natural first choice for anyone traveling in the region.

My First Japanese Kanji Book: Learning Kanji the fun and easy way!

by Eriko Sato Anna Sato

Includes Downloadable Audio.My First Japanese Kanji Book is an inventive and unique introduction to kanji for children. <P><P>Written by the mother-daughter team of Eriko and Anna Sato, this lovely book introduces 109 kanji characters to children with poems and illustrations. It includes all the Japanese Government specified first grade level kanji characters and a sprinkling of simple second to sixth grade characters.The kanji are introduced in the context of 36 colorful paintings and poems by 14-year-old Anna Sato, herself a kanji learner. Each of the poems is presented in both Japanese and English, and all kanji are accompanied by furigana (small hiragana letters), stroke-order diagrams, sample vocabulary and boxes for writing practice.A charming and educational volume, My First Japanese Kanji Book can be used as a self-study text, a supplementary material in Japanese language schools or a gift book for family or friends.

My Shoes Are Killing Me

by Robyn Sarah

In My Shoes are Killing Me, poet Robyn Sarah reflects on the passing of time, the fleetingness of dreams, and the bittersweet pleasure of thinking on the "hazardous . . . treasurehouse" that is the past. <P><P>Natural, musical, meditative, warm, and unexpectedly funny, this is a restorative and moving collection from one of Canada's most well-regarded poets.Robyn Sarah is the author of nine previous collections. Ten of her poems have appeared on The Writer's Almanac, and her work has been anthologized in Garrison Keillor's Good Poems for Hard Times (2005), The Norton Anthology of Poetry (2005), and The Bedford Introduction to Literature (2001).

The Mystery of the Golden Cat

by Eleanor Beatrice Coerr

One day, a beautiful cat with soft golden fur came to visit Dang and his sister Malee, who lived in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. <P><P>It happened to be on Children's Day, a holiday that is celebrated with free rides and free things to eat for all the children of the city. So the children decided to take Golden Cat with them when they went to the amusement park, to bring them good luck until its owner was found, After a few free rides, they had free ice cream, and then went to visit a temple.In Thailand, when you visit a temple, it is proper to take your shoes off before entering the sacred place of worship. When the two children came out of the temple, however, they discovered that their shoes were gone! Thus began the search for their shoes which were brand new.How the shoes were found and what happened to Golden Cat who appeared to Dang and Malee out of nowhere, is explained in the exciting final chapter of this book. Within its pages, you will discover how the people of Thailand live and how the children play. And from the vivid illustrations you will get a glimpse of Dang and Malee as they wander through the exciting city of Bangkok.

My Life As a Border Collie: Freedom from Codependency

by M.S. Nancy L. Johnston

In this fun, inviting look at a serious topic--codependence--Nancy L. Johnston shares the life lessons she learned from her observations of the relationship behaviors exhibited by her pet collie, Daisy: "The book began by my noticing behaviors in Daisy that resemble the codependent behaviors in me, which I have been working to moderate through my recovery. Daily I am struck by our tendencies to attend to others, to herd, to overreact." <P><P>Johnston's delightful book examines twelve specific behaviors that, in their extreme form, can be codependent. It also offers new information on codependence and help for it, including the latest research-supported findings, so that readers can understand "What am I doing that is not producing the relationship results I really want?" Nancy L. Johnston, MS, LPC, LSATP, is a licensed psychotherapist and licensed substance abuse treatment practitioner in private practice in Lexington, Virginia. She has thirty-three years of clinical experience addressing a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. Johnston specializes in treating adolescents and adults, and has always had a special interest in addiction and its effects on both individuals and family systems. Her first book, Disentangle: When You've Lost Your Self in Someone Else, was published by Central Recovery Press in 2011.

My First Book of Indonesian Words: An ABC Rhyming Book of Indonesian Language and Culture

by Linda Hibbs Julia Laud

My First Book of Indonesian Words introduces Indonesian language and culture to young children in a fun, playful way. <P><P> The familiar ABC rhyming structure combines with sparkling illustrations to encourage the natural ability of children to pick up new languages and vocabulary quickly. Words for things kids already know in English are joined by words specific to Indonesia, giving kids a glimpse into Indonesian life and culture. Everyday expressions--like "Apa kabar?" which means "How are you?"--give kids a chance to communicate in a meaningful way and show them that when it comes to courtesy and friendliness, other cultures have a lot in common with their own. Cultural and linguistic notes are added for the parents to enhance the Indonesian learning experience. The cheerful illustrations depict a friendly and culturally rich nation, where the people are happy to know you and to share a bit of who they are and how they live.

My Brother Sammy is Special

by David Armitage Becky Edwards

Sammy does not go to school with his older brother-Sammy has to go to school on a special bus. The brothers cannot play in the park together-Sammy lies under the tree and watches the leaves. <P><P>Sammy's brother is angry because Sammy is autistic and does not know how to be a "normal" brother. Then, one day, Sammy's older brother realizes that he should not demand everything on his own terms and that Sammy's way of doing things may not be so bad after all. Simply written and beautifully illustrated, this moving book realistically portrays being a sibling of an autistic child. Ages 4-8.

My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy

by Guillaume Olive Zhihong He

My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy is a fun and engaging introduction to one of China's most popular arts and crafts for kids. <P><P>Calligraphy-the art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush-has been around for thousands of years. In this book, readers will follow along with Mimi who takes her first steps towards learning this magical art. Dive in, and explore:The Evolution of Chinese Writing-how Chinese characters first began, thousands of years ago, and how they have evolvedThe Order of the Strokes-learn how to write the strokes in the correct orderThe Four Treasures of Calligraphy- the four essential tools to get startedMovements and Position-how to master your mind's focus, your breathing and even how to moveThe Five Styles of Calligraphy-Zhuan Shu (seal), Li Shu (clerical), Kai Shu (regular), Cao Shu (cursive), and Xing Shu (running)The Eight Strokes- how to draw the 8 strokes; with them, you can write anythingWriting a Character in Calligraphy-create an entire character in calligraphyThe included interactive CD-ROM enables learners to play creative games to see, hear and try Chinese writing; listen to the pronunciation of the Chinese characters; observe calligraphers in action and print the characters to create practice pages.

My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book

by Aya Padrón Michelle Haney Brown

My First Book of Japanese Words is a beautifully illustrated book that introduces young children to Japanese language and culture through everyday words.<P><P>The words profiled in this book are all commonly used in the Japanese language and are both informative and fun for English-speaking children to learn. The goals of My First Book of Japanese Words are multiple: to familiarize children with the sounds and structure of Japanese speech; to introduce core elements of Japanese culture; to illustrate the ways in which languages differ in their treatment of everyday sounds; and to show how, through cultural importation, a single word can be shared between languages.Both teachers and parents will welcome the book's cultural and linguistic notes, and appreciate how the book is organized in a familiar ABC structure. Each word is presented in Kanji (when applicable), Kana, and Romanized form (Romaji).With the help of this book, we hope more children (and adults) will soon be a part of the 125 million people worldwide that speak Japanese!

My Captivity: A Pioneer Woman's Story of Her Life Among the Sioux

by Fanny Kelly

Fanny Kelly's memoir, first published in 1872, is an intelligent and thoughtful narrative. Kelly spent five months as a prisoner of Ogalalla Sioux in 1864 when she was nineteen years old.<P><P> A woman of her time, there was no reason she should feel sympathy toward her captors, but the introduction points out examples of expressed favor toward the Sioux, however unconscious. This narrative is a valuable part of literature not only for its historical importance but its depiction of the conflicting images of Native Americans in the nineteenth century: savage aggressors or victims of prejudice and oppression.

Morris Graves: His Houses, His Gardens

by Richard Svare

Author Svare tells the compelling story of the creation and renovation of residences that were home to Morris Graves, a leading figure in Northwest Art and one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. This insightful rendering contains never before published photographs and a captivatingnarrative.

The Moscow Bombings of September 1999: Examinations of Russian Terrorist Attacks at the Onset of Vladimir Putin's Rule

by John Dunlop

The five chapters of this volume focus on the complex and tumultuous events occurring in Russia during the five months from May through September 1999. <P><P>They sparked the Russian invasion of Chechnya on 1 October and vaulted a previously unknown former KGB agent into the post of Russian prime minister and, ultimately, president.The five chapters are devoted to: ? The intense political struggle taking place in Russia between May and August of 1999, culminating in an incursion by armed Islamic separatists into the Republic of Dagestan.? Two Moscow terrorist bombings of 9 and 13 September 1999, claiming the lives of 224 Muscovites and preparing the psychological and political ground for a full-blown invasion of Chechnya.? The so-called Ryazan Incident of 22 September 1999, when eyewitnesses observed officers of the FSB special forces placing a live bomb in the basement of an apartment building in the town of Rzayan.? The detonation of a powerful truck bomb outside of an apartment house in Buinaksk, Dagestan, on 4 September 1999, which took the lives of fifty-eight innocent victims.? The explosion on 16 September 1999 of a truck bomb in the city of Volgdonsk in southern Russia, which killed eighteen persons and seriously wounded eighty-nine

More Stories of the Old Duck Hunters

by Gordon Macquarrie

Masterpieces you can read over and over is how the Washington Post reviewed MacQuarrie's engaging, timeless stories of the misadventures of the Old Duck Hunters Association.<P><P>Here are 53 classic hunting and fishing stories, some from sporting magazines of the 1930s and 1940s, including unpublished works from the author's literary estate.

Mortal Crimes: The Greatest Theft in History: The Soviet Penetration of the Manhattan Project

by Nigel West

Nigel West has studied the recently revealed documents about Soviet espionage against the Western Allies during and after World War II and has for the first time painted the complete picture of how the Soviet Union stole the secrets of the atomic bomb. <P><P>The investigations by the British, Canadian, and US Military counterintelligence services through the Venona intercepts are placed in proper context and made intelligible by a master espionage history writer. What is revealed is the extent of the penetration by the NKVD and KGB of the most secret technologies of the era and how the West protected itself. A new and revised edition.

More Making Out in Korean: (Korean Phrasebook)

by Ghi-Woon Seo

More Making Out in Korea is a fun, accessible and thorough Korean phrase book and guide to the Korean language as it's really spoken.<P><P>This prasebook follows the bestselling Making Out in Korea providing additional (and classic) phrases for travelers, including ones to help you make acquaintances, discuss likes and dislikes, share a meal, go out on the town or develop a romantic relationship.This Korean phrasebook includes: A guide to pronouncing Korean words correctly. Explanations of basic Korean grammar, such as, word order, questions, and formal vs. informal tenses. Complete Korean translations including Korean Script (hangul). Useful and interesting notes on Korean language and culture. Lots of colorful, fun and useful expressions not covered in other phrasebooks.

Moose Hunting: Calling, Decoying, and Stalking

by Dave Kelso Peter J. Fiduccia

In Moose Hunting, expert guide Dave Kelso outlines every skill needed to perfect the art of moose hunting. <P><P>Stalking tactics such as what scents are best at attracting moose and how to properly identify moose vocalization guarantee success for hunters. Nothing is left unsaid thanks to Kelso's dedication to the sport.There are so many variables that can affect hunting success, and Kelso has made sure to cover them all, including:Moose hunting methodsScentsReading a moose's body language and voiceProper hunting gear and clothingWeaponsHunting conditionsWhat to do with your moose after the killAnd much moreVeteran hunters and first-timers from all over can benefit from Moose Hunting, with each chapter featuring different scenarios that could come up at any time while hunting. Anyone interested in hunting moose game can't afford to pass up on Kelso's unmatched knowledge.

Monster Hunter

by Justin Larocca Hansen

Billy is a monster hunter. That's because his home is infested with slimy, hairy, creeping, slithering, garbage-eating monsters! One week, Billy does battle with the monsters--in his bedroom, in the bathroom, even in the kitchen. <P><P>But the problem is that monster hunting is a messy operation, and Billy's mom isn't so thrilled about all the messes she continues to find, whether it is water covering the floor, clothes thrown on the furniture, or food strewn about in the kitchen. So, when the hunting goes too far for Mom, Billy learns that monster hunting can--and must--be done with the proper tools. A vacuum or a rag with soapy water does wonders in defeating and cleaning up after a particularly troublesome Mud-Grass monster. With Billy's new monster-hunting techniques, he and Mom come to an agreement, and Halloween (and the house) is never the same again!Author and illustrator Justin LaRocca Hansen has created a fun and clever story that teaches children the importance of cleaning up after their messes. The whimsical illustrations of Billy happily fighting off his imaginative monsters will capture the attention of young readers, while reminding them to be responsible at home. A must-read for any special monster hunter you may know!

Monkeybicycle Issue 9

by Steven Seighman

Issue 9 of this literary journal featuring both short stories and poetry

Money Origami

by Richard L. Alexander Michael G. Lafosse

$$$ Dollar, dollar bill-create fun and intricate origami using your Washingtons, Franklins, and Lincolns $$$World renowned origami artist Michael LaFosse introduces Money Origami ebook. <P><P>This origami ebook includes a whimsical collection of new origami paper craft projects designed for paper folders of any level of skill to practice the increasingly popular art of folding origami dollars. Don't bother with all the free, unreliable and confusing instructions out there to learn origami-having real, professional origami instructions right in front of you makes all the difference and saves you time. The origami practice dollar bills mean that you won't have to fold on real money and can save it up to buy some more origami ebooks!This easy origami contains: A full-colored 64 page booklet 21 money-based projects Clear step-by-step instruction and diagrams A downloadable DVD containing easy-to-follow video tutorial for each projectMoney origami is more popular than ever, thanks to the panoply of designs and the wonderful folding qualities of the dollar bill. Many people like to give cash gifts or tips in folded money. While the classic origami folds still fascinate, money-fold enthusiasts are always looking for fresh ideas. Mini Money Origami is full of original designs to learn origami quickly and easily. At such a great value-folding money has never been so easy or affordable!Origami projects include: George Napkin Ring Business Card Holder Thistle Wheel of Fortune And many more...

1,296 ACT Practice Questions, 3rd Edition

by Princeton Review

If you need to know it, it's in this book.The best way to prepare for standardized tests is to practice, and this eBook offers you plenty of opportunities to do just that. The revised third edition of 1,296 ACT Practice Questions contains questions equivalent to 6 full-length practice tests. The eBook edition has been optimized for on-screen viewing with cross-linked questions, answers, and explanations, and includes:* 3 full-length practice ACT tests to help evaluate your progress after working through the drills* Hundreds of additional practice questions (equivalent to 3 more ACTs!) broken down by subject for extensive extra practice * Drills for each section type, from punctuation to critical reading to trigonometry* Detailed, informative answer explanations for all practice questions

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen (Dork Diaries #9)

by Rachel Renée Russell

Nikki Maxwell's worst nightmare comes true in book nine of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!<P><P> A certain member of the CCP girls Dork fans know all about has gotten her hands on Nikki's diary and has decided to share some thoughts of her own... Find out what happens when Nikki's worst nightmare becomes a reality. Welcome to Mackenzie's world!!

Inspiring Goals

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Modern Japanese Prints: An Art Reborn

by James A. Michener Oliver Statler

Featuring over 100 unique prints, Modern Japanese Prints is a testament to the continuity of Japanese art and creativity.By far the most vitally creative group of artists working in Japan today, modern print-makers are truly international in appeal. <P><P>Although they owe much of their heritage to the famous ukiyoe techniques of the past, they depart from their forebears in at least two important respects. In the first place, whereas in the ancient ukiyoe tradition a print was the joint production of three men- the artist-designer, the artisan who carved the blocks, and the printer-these modern artists perform all these functions themselves, thus satisfying their demands for individual artistic expression at every step of the creative process. Another distinguishing feature of this artistic school is that its inspiration is derived neither solely from its own Japanese past nor solely from the West.This book carefully traces the history of the modern print movement through detailed discussions of the life and work of twenty-nine of its most noteworthy and representative artists. It describes vicissitudes which the movement has undergone and the high artistic ideals which have motivated its members in spite of public apathy and the hostility of the traditionalists.s also culled a body of fascinating biographical detail through personal interviews with the artists themselves, their friends, associates, and families. And he has carefullychosen, both for their own intrinsic worth and their representativeness,the 102 prints which are reproduced, giving both in the text and in an invaluable appendix full treatment to the sources of inspiration for the prints and to their actual techniques of production.

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