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The Flirt's Tragedy

by Richard A. Kaye

In the flirtation plots of novels by Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and W. M. Thackeray, heroines learn sociability through competition with naughty coquette-doubles. In the writing of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, flirting harbors potentially tragic consequences, a perilous game then adapted by male flirts in the novels of Oscar Wilde and Henry James. In revising Gustave Flaubert's Sentimental Education in The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton critiques the nineteenth-century European novel as morbidly obsessed with deferred desires. Finally, in works by D. H. Lawrence and E. M. Forster, flirtation comes to reshape the modernist representation of homoerotic relations.In The Flirt's Tragedy: Desire without End in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction, Richard Kaye makes a case for flirtation as a unique, neglected species of eros that finds its deepest, most elaborately sustained fulfillment in the nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century novel. The author examines flirtation in major British, French, and American texts to demonstrate how the changing aesthetic of such fiction fastened on flirtatious desire as a paramount subject for distinctly novelistic inquiry. The novel, he argues, accentuated questions of ambiguity and ambivalence on which an erotics of deliberate imprecision thrived. But the impact of flirtation was not only formal. Kaye views coquetry as an arena of freedom built on a dialectic of simultaneous consent and refusal, as well as an expression of "managed desire," a risky display of female power, and a cagey avenue for the expression of dissident sexualities. Through coquetry, novelists offered their response to important scientific and social changes and to the rise of the metropolis as a realm of increasingly transient amorous relations.Challenging current trends in gender, post-gender, and queer-theory criticism, and considering texts as diverse as Darwin's The Descent of Man and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Kaye insists that critical appraisals of Victorian and Edwardian fiction must move beyond existing paradigms defining considerations of flirtation in the novel. The Flirt's Tragedy offers a lively, revisionary, often startling assessment of nineteenth-century fiction that will alter our understanding of the history of the novel.

The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America

by Upton Sinclair

Abolitionist Wendell Phillips walks the streets of Boston under threat of attack from mobs that blame him for the breakup of the southern states.

Flo the Lyin' Fly

by Max Lucado

Telling the truth is always the best, a lesson parents are eager to teach young ones. Welcome, Flo, the Lyin' Fly, to Hermie's delightful world. Like the little boy who cried "wolf," Flo thinks it's fun to tell stories that are not true. When her friends discover they can't trust her, they refuse to believe her when there's real trouble. Drawing from Proverbs 19:5, which says no one gets away with a lie, Flo the Lyin' Fly sets out to teach children, through incredibly humorous situations the importance of telling the truth no matter what the circumstance.

Floater

by Gary Brandner

The Insiders Clever Alec, Arrogant Roman, Beautiful Lindy. The popular kids at school. They don't know who they hurt. And they don't care. The Outsider Frazier, brainy and awkward, the school geek. But he has a special talent the ability to send his mind on long journeys out of his body. Then one night a prank goes hideously wrong. Twenty years later Alec, Roman and Lindy are summoned back to their hometown an invitation they cannot refuse. It is a high school reunion they will never forget. . . if any of them lives through it.

Floater

by Calvin Trillin

Fred Becker is a floater at a magazine, filling in for temporary vacancies at the various departments. In this comedic gem, he wonders if a news tip he received is true or not. There are wonderful characterizations of the various members of the news staff.

The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts

by Sian Rees

This riveting work of rediscovered history tells for the first time the plight of the female convicts aboard the Lady Julian, which set sail from England in 1789 and arrived in Australia's Botany Bay a year later.

Floating City

by Sudhir Venkatesh

After his insider's study of Chicago crack gangs electrified the academy, Columbia University sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh spent a decade immersed in New York's underbelly, observing the call girls, drug dealers, prostitutes and other strivers that make up this booming underground economy. Amidst the trust-funder cocktail parties, midtown strip clubs, and immigrant-run sex shops, he discovers a surprisingly fluid and dynamic social world - one that can be found in global cities everywhere - as traditional boundaries between class, race and neighbourhood dissolve. In Floating City, Venkatesh explores New York from high to low, tracing the invisible threads that bind a handful of ambitious urban hustlers, from a Harvard-educated socialite running a high-end escort service to a Harlem crack dealer adapting to changing demands by selling cocaine to hedge fund managers and downtown artists. In the process, and as he questions his own reasons for going deeper into this subterranean world, Venkatesh finds something truly unexpected - community. Floating City is Venkatesh's journey through the 'vast invisible continent' of New York's underground economy - a thriving yet largely unseen world that exists in parallel to our own, at the heart of every city.

Floating City: Poems

by Anne Pierson Wiese

Anne Pierson Wiese's first collection of poems illuminates the everyday and the lessons to be learned amid life's routines. The poems in Floating City might be called poetry of place.<P><P> Many are set in New York City, but they simultaneously inhabit a realm in which a mundane physical location or daily exchange can be seen to have human significance beyond the immediate. When one dismisses from one's mind the idea that going to the park, doing the laundry, buying a sandwich, and riding the subway are familiar experiences, one makes room for the actual to ally with the hypothetical by means of the emotions. The result, Wiese eloquently shows, is a form of truth that is silently generated whenever human beings earnestly endeavor to absorb the world.

Floating Dragon

by Peter Straub

The quiet suburban town of Hampstead is threatened by two horrors.

Floating Exchange Rates in Developing Countries

by Peter J. Quirk Benedicte Vibe Christensen Kyong Mo Huh

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

Floating Gold: A Natural (And Unnatural) History of Ambergris

by Christopher Kemp

"Preternaturally hardened whale dung" is not the first image that comes to mind when we think of perfume, otherwise a symbol of glamour and allure. But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is precisely this bizarre digestive by-product--ambergris. Despite being one of the world's most expensive substances (its value is nearly that of gold and has at times in history been triple it), ambergris is also one of the world's least known. But with this unusual and highly alluring book, Christopher Kemp promises to change that by uncovering the unique history of ambergris. A rare secretion produced only by sperm whales, which have a fondness for squid but an inability to digest their beaks, ambergris is expelled at sea and floats on ocean currents for years, slowly transforming, before it sometimes washes ashore looking like a nondescript waxy pebble. It can appear almost anywhere but is found so rarely, it might as well appear nowhere. Kemp's journey begins with an encounter on a New Zealand beach with a giant lump of faux ambergris--determined after much excitement to nothing more exotic than lard--that inspires a comprehensive quest to seek out ambergris and its story. He takes us from the wild, rocky New Zealand coastline to Stewart Island, a remote, windswept island in the southern seas, to Boston and Cape Cod, and back again. Along the way, he tracks down the secretive collectors and traders who populate the clandestine modern-day ambergris trade. Floating Gold is an entertaining and lively history that covers not only these precious gray lumps and those who covet them, but presents a highly informative account of the natural history of whales, squid, ocean ecology, and even a history of the perfume industry. Kemp's obsessive curiosity is infectious, and eager readers will feel as though they have stumbled upon a precious bounty of this intriguing substance.

Floating is Everything

by Sheryda Warrener

Sheryda Warrener's second poetry collection touches on the illusion of remaining grounded and a sense of belonging. A retired cosmonaut returns from a record-breaking 438 days in space and attempts to re-immerse himself in the world. One speaker considers reinvention from the top floor of the World's Tallest building; another, our complicated future from Reykjavik, post-eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. Confessions and aspirations suspend in air. Ghosts float in and out; inheritance and connection are called into question. Morrissey, Cindy Sherman, and Pancho Barnes make cameo appearances. Influence and personal lineage are traced back to the Vikings, demoted Pluto, artists frequenting a Parisian bar. One speaker confides: "Yes, she's longing to be elsewhere. Just past the sun deck there's something invisible worth having." In Floating is Everything, a resolution lies nearly always out of reach.

The Floating Islands

by Rachel Neumeier

When Trei loses his family in a tragic disaster, he must search out distant relatives in a new land. The Floating Islands are unlike anything Trei has ever seen: stunning, majestic, and graced with kajurai, men who soar the skies with wings. Trei is instantly sky-mad, and desperate to be a kajurai himself. The only one who fully understands his passion is Araene, his newfound cousin. Prickly, sarcastic, and gifted, Araene has a secret of her own . . . a dream a girl cannot attain. Trei and Araene quickly become conspirators as they pursue their individual paths. But neither suspects that their lives will be deeply entwined, and that the fate of the Floating Islands will lie in their hands. . . . Filled with rich language, and told in alternating voices, The Floating Islands is an all-encompassing young adult fantasy read.

Floating Staircase

by Ronald Malfi

Following the success of his latest novel, Travis Glasgow and his wife Jodie buy their first house in the seemingly idyllic western Maryland town of Westlake. At first, everything is picture perfect-from the beautiful lake behind the house to the rebirth of the friendship between Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives nearby. Travis also begins to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the guilt he's harbored since his younger brother's death-a tragic drowning veiled in mystery that has plagued Travis since he was 13. Soon, though, the new house begins to lose its allure. Strange noises wake Travis at night, and his dreams are plagued by ghosts. Barely glimpsed shapes flit through the darkened hallways, but strangest of all is the bizarre set of wooden stairs that rises cryptically out of the lake behind the house. Travis becomes drawn to the structure, but the more he investigates, the more he uncovers the house's violent and tragic past, and the more he learns that some secrets cannot be buried forever.

Flood

by Richard Martin Stern

Two towns lie in the valley-one bustling and thriving, the other submerged and forgotten, intentionally flooded beneath the waters of a big new dam. Jay Harper's mind is on the old town as he rows across the lake, stone buildings clearly visible beneath the placid surface. He doesn't know why he has come to see this place, but something inside him - a premonition - has led him here. The new town has long since forgotten the silent warning of the old, and now ambitious entrepreneurs are trying to get the dam enlarged. But some, like Jay Harper, suspect the dam may not be safe. Trained as a geophysicist, he thinks the dam is too big, even as it is. There have been earth tremors, and bad weather is brewing. At any time, the dam could unleash its waters across the valley, blindly crushing everything in its wake. "Think of Johnstown in 1889," he says to disbelieving ears, "only this could be worse, much worse, with the whole city downstream." As factions in the town battle one another, the danger grows. This is a riveting suspense adventure story, filled with action and flesh-and-blood characters, as well as fascinating information about dams, floods, and the ways in which people cope with disaster. Here we see human ambition and ingenuity face to face with the brute forces of nature.

The Flood

by John Creasey

[from the back cover] "In Scotland's Western Highlands the rain began slowly but soon was coming down in torrents. Bob Woburn was curious because the cloud seemed to rise from the earth, yet the sky above was clear. Arriving at the nearest village by motor cycle he was horrified to find the whole village under water and the surrounding hills crumbling into the flood. Once again it is over to Dr Palfrey and Z5."

Flood

by Stephen Baxter

Next year. Sea levels begin to rise. The change is far more rapid than any climate change predictions; metres a year. Within two years London, only 15 metres above the sea, is drowned. New York follows, the Pope gives his last address from the Vatican, Mecca disappears beneath the waves. Where is all the water coming from? Scientists estimate that the earth was formed with seas 30 times in volume their current levels. Most of that water was burnt off by the sun but some was locked in the earth's mantle. For the tip of Everest to disappear beneath the waters would require the seas to triple their volume. That amount of water is still much less than 1% of the earth's volume. And somehow it is being released. The world is drowning. The biblical flood has returned. And the rate of increase is building all the time. Mankind is on the run, heading for high ground. Nuclear submarines prowl through clouds of corpses rising from drowned cities, populations are decimated and finally the dreadful truth is known. Before 50 years have passed there will be nowhere left to run. FLOOD tells the story of mankind's final years on earth. The stories of a small group of people caught up in the struggle to survive are woven into a tale of unimaginable global disaster. And the hope offered for a unlucky few by a second great ark . . .

Flood By Design

by Michael Oard

There are features on the earth's surface that science cannot explain with theories of changes over millions or even billions of years by the geographic processes that we see occurring commonly today. However, when you explore the evidence from a biblical worldview, the geological features marking the planet's surface make sense given the worldview catastrophic flood described in the book of Genesis. Join author Mike Oard as he explores what is termed as "the retreating stage of the flood" - the seven month-period when the waters receded and the landscapes which are familiar to us were formed by a myriad of processes like uplifts and sinking, erosion, and more, which answer important questions regarding: Unusual dispersals of rocks over hundred of miles How quickly mountains and valleys were carved Emergence of continents and the formation of ocean basins Percussions marks shaped by vast and violently moving water Why very gradual erosion and deposits of soil cannot explain surface formations The study of geomorphology and what it can reveal Flood by Design takes you into a fascinating aspect of the Genesis flood you may never have considered. Examine unusual rock formations and evidence that only the biblical flood model can fully explain. Filled with many photographs and easy-to-understand illustrations and charts, the books is a powerful source of research and answers for high school students and beyond.

Flood Friday

by Lois Lenski

Will Sally and her family ever be able to go home?When heavy rains cause the river to flood, Sally, her family, and many of their neighbors have to evacuate their homes. With nothing but the clothes on their backs, they seek shelter at the local school. At first, it seems like an adventure, but as reports come in of whole houses being washed away, Sally learns the meaning of being a true friend and a good neighbor. Flood Friday is based on the actual flooding of western Connecticut in 1955. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Lenski including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's estate.

Flood Legends

by Charles Martin

The story of the Deluge - or the Global Flood of Noah - permeates nearly every culture in the world in some way, shape, or form. While details vary between the different cultures, the same basic elements, occur in all versions. In "Flood Legends" you will discover: Detailed analysis of myth, legend, and historical details that are clues for a common, global event Unique research from a comparative study supporting the biblical history Despite the striking similarities of these accounts, some mythologists have looked at the minor differences in the stories and declared: "This never happened!" There is another alternative - to accept that the different versions all refer to the same event - passed on from generation to generation, through various developing cultures. Through these legends, this epic event has remained woven into the tapestry of cultural history - sharing not just the story of survival, but the power of obedience, and the fulfillment of God's enduring promise.

Flood: Mississippi, 1927 (Survival!)

by Kathleen Duey Karen A. Bale

When the raging Mississippi threatens their secret cache of hard-earned nickels and pennies, Molly and her white friend Garrett risk their lives to retrieve the money.

Flood: Mississippi, 1927 (Survivors)

by Kathleen Duey Karen A. Bale

A rushing river with rapidly rising waters threatens the lives--and life savings--of two resourceful kids in this thrilling tale of historical fiction, part of the Survivors series.<P><P> For years, Garret and Molly have dreamed of seeing more of the world than cotton fields and the dusty poverty of their Mississippi Delta farms. They've been stashing away hard-earned pennies and nickels in a tin-can bank, hidden deep in the bayou. Now rising flood waters threaten the hiding place of their money, and they set out on their homemade raft to retrieve it.<P> But the raging Mississippi has other plans, and suddenly Garrett and Molly find themselves in a deadly battle with the dangerous currents and roiling rapids of their debris-strewn river...

The Flood of 2013

by Naheed Nenshi Herald

The Flood of 2013 chronicles an unforgettable summer of angry rivers, unprecedented flooding and undeniable human spirit. This book looks at how the disaster irrevocably changed southern Alberta and its people. In the face of disaster, Albertans showed their true grit and rose above adversity-just like their ancestors did for generations before them.The flood began in southern Alberta on June 20 and led to four deaths, billions of dollars in damage and more than 100,000 people fleeing their homes to escape raging waters. More than eighty Herald journalists-photographers, writers, editors, videographers, researchers and digital producers-became involved in narrating the tale of the flood. Using their words and images, this stunning volume captures not only the devastation and destruction of the flood but also the emergence of heroes and heartfelt moments. Neighbours helped neighbours. Strangers helped strangers. And Albertans vowed to recover, come hell or high water.

Flood Risk Management and the American River Basin: An Evaluation

by Committee on Flood Control Alternatives in the American River Basin

This book reviews the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) investigations of flood control options for the American River basin and evaluates flood control feasibility studies for the watershed, with attention to the contingency assumptions, hydrologic methods, and other analyses supporting the flood control options.This book provides detailed comments on many technical issues, including a careful review of the 1991 National Research Council report American River Watershed Investigation, and looks beyond the Sacramento case to broader questions about the nation's approach to flood risk management. It discusses how to utilize information available about flood hazard reduction alternatives for the American River basin, the potential benefits provided by various alternatives, the impacts of alternatives on environmental resources and ecosystems, and the trade-offs inherent in any choice among alternatives which does not lie in the realm of scientists and engineers, but in the arena of public decisionmaking.

Flood Warning

by Jacqueline Pearce Leanne Franson

Tom loves running through cow fields with his best friend, Peggy, and his dog, Amos - especially when he's pretending to be his favorite radio hero, the Lone Ranger. But when Tom learns the nearby Fraser River is about to flood, he may have to become a real-life hero and help save his family's herd of dairy cows. This story is based on real events that happened in the farming community of Agassiz during the Fraser River flood of 1948.

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