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Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates

by Paul Chandler Sarah Edworthy Rachel Chandler

On October 23, 2009, Somali pirates kidnapped Paul and Rachel Chandler from their sailing boat, the Lynn Rival, in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. In this remarkable memoir, the Chandlers recount their terrifying ordeal, revealing the inspiring and poignant story behind the dramatic headlines. The book chronicles the aftermath of the attack, and how the Chandlers' captors held them in Somalia for more than a year while trying to extort millions of dollars from their middle-class family. It goes on to describe how despite enduring threats, intimidation, solitary confinement, and even whippings, their unshakable belief in each other and their determination to survive sustained them. With its detailed, day-to-day account of the experience of being held captive by pirates, this unique and inspiring story will resonate with travelers the world over.

A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers

by Michael Elsohn Ross

The stories of two dozen fascinating female explorers, from a wide range of eras, cultures, races, and economic backgrounds, are profiled in this entertaining and educational resource. Each of the women profiled overcame many obstacles to satisfy her curiosity and passions, including Eleanor Creesy, who was a ship's navigator in the 1800s; Kate Jackson, an insatiable investigator of venomous snakes whose work has led her to remote Africa and Latin America; and Constanza Ceruti, the world's only female high-elevation archaeologist, who carries out excavations on the Earth's highest peaks in dangerously thin air and subzero temperatures. Offering not only important historical context but also original interviews with many intriguing modern explorers, this who's who of women explorers will provide inspiration to today's young women interested in nature, science, and a physical challenge.

Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters

by Jeff Burger

Offering fans an extensive look at the artist's own words throughout the past four decades, Springsteen on Springsteen brings together Q & A-formatted articles, speeches, and features that incorporate significant interview material. No one is better qualified to talk about Springsteen than the man himself, and he's often as articulate and provocative in interviews and speeches as he is emotive onstage and in recordings. While many rock artists seem to suffer through interviews, Springsteen has welcomed them as an opportunity to speak openly, thoughtfully, and in great detail about his music and life. This volume starts with his humble beginnings in 1973 as a struggling artist and follows him up to the present, as Springsteen has achieved almost unimaginable wealth and worldwide fame. Included are feature interviews with well-known media figures, including Charlie Rose, Ted Koppel, Brian Williams, Nick Hornby, and Ed Norton. Fans will also discover hidden gems from small and international outlets, in addition to radio and TV interviews that have not previously appeared in print. This is a must have for any Springsteen fan.

The Great American Jet Pack: The Quest for the Ultimate Individual Lift Device

by Steve Lehto

Tracing the remarkable history of a certain kind of flying machine--from the rocket belt to the jet belt to the flying platform and all the way to Yves Rossy's 21st-century free flights using a jet-powered wing--this historical account delves into the technology that made these devices possible and the reasons why they never became commercial successes on a mass scale. These individual lift devices, as they were blandly labeled by the government men who financed much of their development, answered man's desire to simply step outside and take flight. No runways, no wings, no pilot's license were required. But the history of the jet pack did not follow its expected trajectory and the devices that were thought to become as commonplace as cars have instead become one of the most overpromised technologies of all time. This fascinating account profiles the inventors and pilots, the hucksters and cheats, and the businessmen and soldiers who were involved with the machines, and it tells a great American story of a technology whose promise may yet, one day, come to fruition.

Off the Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs, and Girls on Getaways

by Terri Peterson Smith

Blending literature and travel, this book offers a look at 15 U.S. destinations featured in the works of famous writers. Designed as a guide to help avid bibliophiles experience, in person, the places they've only read about, award-winning journalist Terri Peterson Smith takes readers on lively tours that include a Mark Twain inspired steamboat cruise on the Mississippi, a Devil in the White City view of Chicago in the Gilded Age, a voyage through the footsteps of the immigrants and iconoclasts of San Francisco, and a look at low country Charleston's rich literary tradition. With advice on planning stress-free group travel and lit trip tips for novices, this resource also features "beyond the book" experiences, such as Broadway shows, Segway tours, and kayaking, making it a one-of-a-kind reference for anyone who wants to extend the experience of a great read.

Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide

by Glenn Kay Alejandro Brugués

Featuring chronological reviews of more than 300 zombie films--from 1932's White Zombie to the AMC series The Walking Dead--this thorough, uproarious guide traces the evolution of one of horror cinema's most popular and terrifying creations. Fans will learn exactly what makes a zombie a zombie, go behind the scenes with a chilling production diary from Land of the Dead, peruse a bizarre list of the oddest things ever seen in undead cinema, and immerse themselves in a detailed rundown of the 25 greatest zombie films ever made. Containing an illustrated zombie rating system, ranging from "Highly Recommended" to "Avoid at All Costs" and "So Bad It's Good," the book also features lengthy interviews with numerous talents from in front of and behind the camera. This updated and expanded second edition contains more than 100 new and rediscovered films, providing plenty of informative and entertaining brain food for movie fans.

Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression

by Holly Metz

Reflecting on a sensational murder trial from the late 1930s, this chronicle focuses upon the death of Harry Barck, a poormaster who was granted the authority to decide who would and would not receive public aid in Hoboken, New Jersey. Unemployed mason Joe Scutellaro was said to have stabbed Barck in the heart with a paper spike after the poormaster suggested that Scutellaro's wife prostitute herself on the streets rather than ask the city for aid. A legal team led by celebrated defender Samuel S. Leibowitz of "Scottsboro Boys" fame swooped into Hoboken from Manhattan to save Scutellaro from the electric chair, arguing that the jobless man's struggle with the poormaster was a symbol of larger social ills. The book details Leibowitz's transformation of the Scutellaro trial into an indictment of public relief as a tool for imposing social and political control nationwide. Grappling with issues that are still vital now--massive unemployment, endemic poverty, and the inadequacy of public assistance--this examination lends insight into the current social contract, relaying a gripping narrative that shockingly reads like today's news.

Manual práctico de enfermería comunitaria

by José Ramón Martínez Riera Rafael del Pino Casado

Guia practica de enfermeria comunitaria dirigida tanto a enfermeros de atencion familiar y comunitaria en ejercicio como a enfermeros de cuidados generales que se estan preparando para el examen de la especialidad (EIR). El objetivo de los autores es ofrecer un libro de consulta rapida, util y sintetico que aborde los temas principales relacionados con la practica de la enfermeria comunitaria. El contenido de la obra se organiza por orden alfabetico en un total de 116 entradas. Se facilita asi la localizacion de los temas y la rapidez de consulta. Titulo indispensable para los dos anos de rotaciones contemplados en la formacion del enfermero comunitario y tambien una herramienta fundamental de consulta en la practica clinica diaria. La obra esta dirigida por Jose Ramon Martinez Riera, actual presidente de la Asociacion Espanola de Enfermeria Comunitaria (AEC)y Rafael del Pino Casado, profesor de enfermeria de la Universidad de Jaen. El contenido de la misma contara con el aval de la AEC. "

Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader

by Randy L. Schmidt

With a string of number-one hits showcasing Karen Carpenter's warm and distinctive vocals and Richard Carpenter's sophisticated compositions and arrangements, the Carpenters were responsible for some of the most popular music of the 1970s, and this compendium collects more than 50 articles, interviews, essays, reviews, and reassessments that chronicle the lives and career of this brother-sister musical team. Writings from pop journalists and historians such as Daniel J. Levitin, John Tobler, Digby Diehl, Ray Coleman, Robert Hilburn, and Lester Bangs provide insight into the music and personalities of the duo who produced such timeless pop music. From serious musical analyses of the Carpenters' arrangements to lighter pieces in which Karen and Richard discuss dating, cars, and high school, this new edition has been revised and expanded to include nearly a dozen additional pieces, some of which have never been published.

The Weed Runners: Travels with the Outlaw Capitalists of America's Medical Marijuana Trade

by Nicholas Schou

Drawing on unparalleled access to sources including lawyers, The Weed Runners is both journalistic exposé and adventure story. There is a vast network fueling the ongoing nationwide explosion of medical marijuana, and this book focuses on an incredibly dynamic three-year period from 2009 to 2012. During that time, marijuana left the world of illegality and blossomed into a mainstream industry, becoming the fastest growing economic engine in California before the feds swooped in and put pot back in its "proper" place. This fast-moving and exciting account examines the lives of the people involved in today's marijuana trade as well as recent developments in the federal war on medical marijuana, giving readers a first-hand look at America's quasi-legal medical marijuana trade.

Do I Look Like an ATM?: A Parent's Guide to Raising Financially Responsible African American Children

by Sabrina Lamb

Youth financial education is an urgent issue, and author Sabrina Lamb believes that African American parents first must reeducate themselves about finances to make sure the next generation does not fall into the spending trap that can be a family legacy. The lack of a healthy financial education has generational impact, causing families to be financially vulnerable, squander financial resources, and fail at wealth accumulation. With step-by-step advice and exercises for parents and young people, Do I Look Like an ATM? sets out to establish new financial behavior so children will avoid the personal economic problems that have plagued the culture. The book guides parents through self-examination of their financial habits. By performing the exercises in this book and having candid discussions, parents can, together with their children, become engaged citizens in the world of money. With new financial traditions and a better understanding money and its meaning, the next generation will realize the true power of wealth and use their money wisely.

How to Rap 2: Advanced Flow and Delivery Techniques

by Paul Edwards Gift Of Gab

In this sequel to How to Rap, techniques that have not previously been explained--such as triplets, flams, lazy tails, and breaking rhyme patterns--are thoroughly broken down and examined, arming readers with additional tools for their rapping repertoire. Filled with interviews from hip-hop's most innovative artists, including Tech N9ne, Crooked I, Pharcyde, Das EFX, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Big Daddy Kane, this book takes you through the intricacies of rhythm, rhyme, and vocal delivery, delving into the art form in unprecedented detail. This work is a must-read for MCs looking to take their craft to the next level, as well as anyone fascinated by rapping and its complexity.

Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport

by Matthew Algeo

Strange as it sounds, during the 1870s and 1880s, America's most popular spectator sport wasn't baseball, football, or horseracing--it was competitive walking. Inside sold-out arenas, competitors walked around dirt tracks almost nonstop for six straight days (never on Sunday), risking their health and sanity to see who could walk the farthest--more than 500 miles. These walking matches were as talked about as the weather, the details reported in newspapers and telegraphed to fans from coast to coast. This long-forgotten sport, known as pedestrianism, spawned America's first celebrity athletes and opened doors for immigrants, African Americans, and women. But along with the excitement came the inevitable scandals, charges of doping and insider gambling, and even a riot in 1879. Pedestrianism chronicles competitive walking's peculiar appeal and popularity, its rapid demise, and its enduring influence.

The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution

by Tom Acitelli

Charting the birth and growth of craft beer across the United States, Tom Acitelli offers an epic, story-driven account of one of the most inspiring and surprising American grassroots movements. In 1975, there was a single craft brewery in the United States; today there are more than 2,000. Now this once-fledgling movement has become ubiquitous nationwide--there's even a honey ale brewed at the White House. This book not only tells the stories of the major figures and businesses within the movement, but it also ties in the movement with larger American culinary developments. It also charts the explosion of the mass-market craft beer culture, including magazines, festivals, home brewing, and more. This entertaining and informative history brims with charming, remarkable stories, which together weave a very American business tale of formidable odds and refreshing success.

No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf

by Carolyn Burke

"Sympathetic . . . captivating . . . highly effective." --Graham Robb, New York Review of Books "Concise and gracefully written. . . . Burke surveys all [Piaf's] mayhem with thoughtfulness and respect." --James Gavin, New York Times Book Review The iconic French singer comes to life in this enthralling, definitive biography, which captures Edith Piaf's immense charisma along with the time and place that gave rise to her unprecedented international career. Raised by turns in a brothel, a circus caravan, and a working-class Parisian neighborhood, Piaf began singing on the city's streets, where she was discovered by a Champs-Elysees cabaret owner. She became a star almost overnight, seducing Paris's elite and the people of its slums in equal measure with her powerful, passionate voice. No Regrets explores her rise to fame and notoriety, her tumultuous love affairs, and her struggles with drugs, alcohol, and illness, while also drawing on new sources to enhance our knowledge of little-known aspects of her life. Burke demonstrates how, with her courage, her incomparable art, and her universal appeal, "the little sparrow" endures as a symbol of France and a source of inspiration to entertainers worldwide. Carolyn Burke is the author of Lee Miller: A Life and Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy. She has taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Davis and at universities in France and Australia, where she was born. She now lives in California.

Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community

by Saul Austerlitz

A carefully curated tour through TV comedy series, this mixtape of fondly remembered shows surveys the genealogy of the form, the larger trends in its history, the best of what the genre has accomplished, and the most standard of its works. From I Love Lucy, The Phil Silvers Show, and M*A*S*H to Taxi, The Larry Sanders Show, and 30 Rock, this guide presents the sitcom as a capsule version of the 20th-century arts--realism giving way to modernism and then to postmodernism, all between the hours of 8 and 10pm on weeknights. Each chapter springs from an individual representative entity, including The Simpsons' "22 Short Films About Springfield," The Mary Tyler Moore Show's "Chuckles Bites the Dust," Seinfeld's "The Pitch," and Freaks and Geeks' "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers," where Martin Starr's nerdy Bill takes comfort in--what else--the pleasures of laughing at TV.

Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome

by Jeff Foxworthy James Fussell Jeffrey Matovic

An inspirational tale of personal struggle with and triumph over Tourette syndrome, this is the story of Jeff Matovic and the radical treatment he sought to cure himself. After suffering from Tourette's for years--with his tics and outbursts getting progressively worse and with no results coming from drugs or physical or spiritual therapy--Jeff was able to convince his doctors and his insurance company to try a risky deep brain stimulation treatment, a surgery that involves the implantation of a pacemaker for the brain into his skull. Penned by a journalist who is also afflicted with Tourette's, this is the incredible story of a friendship that blossomed under their common experiences with this bizarre brain disorder. A complete discussion of the latest medical research of and treatments for Tourette's, written in accessible and easy-to-understand terminology, is also included.

Fighting to Serve: Behind the Scenes in the War to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

by Alexander Nicholson

Revealing the backstage dealings that led to the 2010 repeal of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, Fighting to Serve offers a detailed, no-holds-barred account of the negotiations from an insider's perspective. In early 2006, Alexander Nicholson, the founder of the largest organization for gay and lesbian servicemembers--Servicemembers United--along with fellow former military members who had also been discharged under DADT, toured the United States, speaking about the destructive policy at American Legion posts, on radio talk shows, and at press conferences across the South and both coasts. Surprised at the mostly positive reception and momentum for the repeal that the tour provoked, Servicemembers United was suddenly propelled to the forefront of the fight to overturn DADT. From the unique perspective of the only person with a central role on every front in the war against DADT, Nicholson exposes how various LGBT organizations, Congress, the Pentagon, and the White House often worked at cross purposes, telling the public they were doing one thing while advocating other strategies behind closed doors.

Tratado De Enfermería Neurológica: La Persona, La Enfermedad Y Los Cuidados

by Rosa Suñer Soler

Esta obra actualiza los conocimientos de los profesionales de la enfermeria neurologica con el aval cientifico de la Sociedad Espanola de Enfermeria Neurologica (SEDENE), lo que la convierte en un titulo de referencia en la especialidad. Junto a su rigor, actualidad y autoridad cientifica, la obra destaca por la vinculacion practica de los conocimientos que expone con su aplicacion en los planes de cuidados de enfermeria, con apartados bien diferenciados como la valoracion, el diagnostico, la intervencion y los resultados acordes con los estandares internacionales vigentes (NANDA-NIC-NOC). Todos los capitulos han sido revisados y actualizados por los autores de las anteriores ediciones, aunque en algunos casos han participado nuevos profesionales, todos ellos de reconocido prestigio. La obra consta de una primera parte que aborda temas generales como la anatomia, circulacion cerebral, diagnostico de la enfermedad, hipertension endocraneal, rehabilitacion, repercusiones en la calidad de vida de las personas, y aspectos legales y eticos. Posteriormente, en una segunda parte se abordan as enfermedades mas frecuentes y con mayores repercusiones en el adulto y en el nino. "

The Supper Club Book: A Celebration of a Midwest Tradition

by Garrison Keillor Dave Hoekstra

The phenomenon of the supper club--as unique to the Upper Midwest as great lakes, cheese curds, and Curly Lambeau--is explored for the first time in this attractive and engaging book. Revealing the rich history behind these time-honored establishments, it defines the experience for the uninitiated and reacquaints those in the know with a cherished institution. Painstakingly researched, the book documents modern supper clubs in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, and Illinois, bringing to life the memorable people who created the tradition and keep it alive. It goes on to explain how combining contemporary ideas such as locavore menus and craft beer with staples like Friday night fish fries and Saturday prime rib has allowed the clubs to evolve over time and thrive. With numerous photographs, this combination social history and travel guide celebrates not only the past and present but the future of the supper clubs.

Art Is Every Day: Activities for the Home, Park, Museum, and City

by Eileen Prince

Art isn't just what you find in a museum, a sculpture park, or a one-period-a-week elementary school curriculum--art is every day. Author and educator Eileen Prince offers projects for parents, grandparents, teachers, and others who want to bring meaningful, rich, and fun art experiences into children's lives. This handy resource contains more than 75 ideas to do at home, in the park, in the city, or at the museum. Go on a photographic scavenger hunt around town looking for forms and shapes. Write an autobiography based on a museum portrait, but only using clues found in the painting. Or make a sandcasting on a trip to the beach. Each project is both easy to do and requires only free or inexpensive materials. What's more, the projects and activities in Art Is Every Day will help children of any age (and adults) improve their basic understanding and production of art, or reinforce concepts they may have already learned. The book stresses art vocabulary, which in turn promotes observation and discovery. It's the perfect resource for parents whose children's school has cut its art program, grandparents looking for some fun activities to share with their grandchildren, or art teachers who would like fresh ideas for meaningful field trips or homework assignments to support their curriculum. Eileen Prince has been an art specialist in the Indianapolis-area schools since 1970, and is the author of the best-selling Art Matters and Art Is Fundamental. She lives in Indianapolis.

Frederick Douglass for Kids: His Life and Times, with 21 Activities

by Nancy Sanders

Few Americans have had as much impact on this nation as Frederick Douglass. Born on a plantation, he later escaped slavery and helped others to freedom via the Underground Railroad. In time he became a bestselling author, an outspoken newspaper editor, a brilliant orator, a tireless abolitionist, and a brave civil rights leader. He was famous on both sides of the Atlantic in the years leading up to the Civil War, and when war broke out, Abraham Lincoln invited him to the White House for counsel and advice. Frederick Douglass for Kids follows the footsteps of this American hero, from his birth into slavery to his becoming a friend and confidant of presidents and the leading African American of his day. And to better appreciate Frederick Douglass and his times, readers will form a debating club, cook a meal similar to the one Douglass shared with John Brown, make a civil war haversack, participate in a microlending program, and more. This valuable resource also includes a time line of significant events, a list of historic sites to visit or explore online, and Web resources for further study. Nancy I. Sanders is the author of many books, including America's Black Founders and A Kid's Guide to African American History. She lives in Chino, California.

Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices

by William Gurstelle

This bestselling DIY handbook now features new and expanded projects, enabling ordinary folks to construct 16 awesome ballistic devices in their garage or basement workshops using inexpensive household or hardware store materials and this step-by-step guide. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build projects ranging from the simple match-powered rocket to the more complex tabletop catapult and the offbeat Cincinnati fire kite. The classic potato cannon has a new evil twin--the piezo-electric spud gun--and the electromagnetic pipe gun has joined the company of such favorites as the tennis ball mortar. With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind the projects, and profiles scientists and extraordinary experimenters such as Alfred Nobel, Robert Goddard, and Isaac Newton. This book will be indispensable for the legions of backyard toy-rocket launchers and fireworks fanatics who wish every day was the fourth of July.

Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of Heart of Glass

by Werner Herzog Alan Greenberg

"You know from seeing it that Herzog was up to something strange in filming Heart of Glass. Now the mystery is clarified. Alan Greenberg peers into the heart of darkness of the great artist." --Roger Ebert"Mesmerizing . . . as poetic and mysterious as the film itself."--Jim JarmuschThis intimate chronicle of the visionary filmmaker Werner Herzog directing a masterwork is interwoven with Herzog's original screenplay to create a unique vision of its own. Alan Greenberg was, according to the director, the first "outsider" to seek him out and recognize his greatness. At the end of their first evening together Herzog urged Greenberg to work with him on his new film--and everything thereafter. In this film, Heart of Glass, Herzog exercised control over his actors by hypnotizing them before shooting their scenes. The result was one of the most haunting movies ever made. Not since Lillian Ross's classic 1950 book Picture has an American writer given such a close, first-hand, book-length account of how a director makes a movie. But this is not a conventional, journalistic account. Instead it presents a unique vision with the feel of a novel--intimate, penetrating, and filled with mystery. Alan Greenberg is a writer, film director, film producer, and photographer. He is also the author of Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson. Werner Herzog is considered one of the world's greatest filmmakers. His books include Conquest of the Useless and Of Walking in Ice.

98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music

by Maceo Parker

Revealing the warm and astonishing story of an influential jazz legend, this personal narrative tells the story of a man's journey from a Southern upbringing to a career touring the world to play for adoring fans. It tells how James Brown first discovered the Parker brothers--Melvin, the drummer, and Maceo on sax--in a band at a small North Carolina nightclub in 1963. Brown hired them both, but it was Maceo's signature style that helped define Brown's brand of funk, and the phrase "Maceo, I want you to blow!" became part of the lexicon of black music. A riveting story of musical education with frank and revelatory insights about George Clinton and others, this definitive autobiography arrives just in time to celebrate the 70th birthday of the author--one of the funkiest musicians alive--and will be enjoyed by jazz and funk aficionados alike.

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