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Discusses the early nineteenth-century journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark through the Louisiana Purchase and beyond, for the purpose of exploring the land and establishing friendly relations with native peoples.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Crossing the Rocky Mountains; Building the Transcontinental Railroad: Blasting Through the Sierra Nevadasby Stacia Deutsch Rhody Cohon Helen Pavlac
The Lewis and Clark expedition is trapped in the Rocky Mountains. The explorers are starving. What will the men do to survive? Chang Han and Wen Lin are Chinese laborers building the Transcontinental Railroad. Blasting the rock would be easier and faster than digging. Who will take the new explosive into the tunnel? Read these stories to find out.
What is there to do on a rainy afternoon when your older sister just wants to ignore you? Children will delight in how Lewis, a little lion cub with a large imagination, solves the problem.
"The ideal introduction for students of semantics, Lexical Meaning fills the gap left by more general semantics textbooks, providing the teacher and the student with insights into word meaning beyond the traditional overviews of lexical relations. The book explores the relationship between word meanings and syntax and semantics more generally. It provides a balanced overview of the main theoretical approaches, along with a lucid explanation of their relative strengths and weaknesses. After covering the main topics in lexical meaning, such as polysemy and sense relations, the textbook surveys the types of meanings represented by different word classes. It explains abstract concepts in clear language, using a wide range of examples, and includes linguistic puzzles in each chapter to encourage the student to practise using the concepts. 'Adopt-a-Word' exercises give students the chance to research a particular word, building a portfolio of specialist work on a single word"--
Few books are greeted with rave reviews everywhere from Time magazine and Salon to Boingboing and io9. Yet, Max Barry's Lexicon is that rare thing: a thriller as high-octane as they come, driven by a brilliant and original plot that connects very modern questions of privacy and data collection to centuries-old ideas about the power of language. At an exclusive training school at an undisclosed location outside Washington, D.C., students are taught to control minds, to wield words as weapons. The very best graduate as "poets" and enter a nameless organization of unknown purpose. Recruited off the street, whip-smart Emily Ruff quickly learns the one key rule: never allow another person to truly know you. Emily becomes the school's most talented prodigy, until she makes the catastrophic mistake of falling in love.
From one of our most perceptive commentators and winner of the National Book Award, a comprehensive look at the new world of globalization, the international system that, more than anything else, is shaping world affairs today. As the Foreign Affairs columnist for The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman has traveled the globe, interviewing people from all walks of contemporary life: Brazilian peasants in the Amazon rain forest, new entrepreneurs in Indonesia, Islamic students in Teheran, and the financial wizards on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley. Now Friedman has drawn on his years on the road to produce an engrossing and original look at globalization. Globalization, he argues, is not just a phenomenon and not just a passing trend. It is the international system that replaced the Cold War system; the new, well-greased, interconnected system: Globalization is the integration of capital, technology, and information across national borders, in a way that is creating a single global market and, to some degree, a global village. Simply put, one can't possibly understand the morning news or one's own investments without some grasp of the system. Just one example: During the Cold War, we reached for the hot line between the White House and the Kremlin--a symbol that we were all divided but at least the two superpowers were in charge. In the era of globalization, we reach for the Internet--a symbol that we are all connected but nobody is totally in charge. With vivid stories and a set of original terms and concepts, Friedman offers readers remarkable access to his unique understanding of this new world order, and shows us how to see this new system. He dramatizes the conflict of "the Lexus and the olive tree"--the tension between the globalization system and ancient forces of culture, geography, tradition, and community. He also details the powerful backlash that globalization produces among those who feel brutalized by it, and he spells out what we all need to do to keep the system in balance. Finding the proper balance between the Lexus and the olive tree is the great drama of he globalization era, and the ultimate theme of Friedman's challenging, provocative book--essential reading for all who care about how the world really works.
Trying to help her financially destitute family, twelve-year-old Leyla ends up on a slave ship bound for Istanbul, then in the beautiful Topkapi Palace, where she discovers that life in the sheltered world of the palace harem follows its rigid rules.
Banished to a mountaintop to learn to grow rice, Li Lun proves his courage as he fights the elements and his own loneliness to make his rice seedlings flourish where no one else has for generations.<P><P> A Newbery Honor book.
Tros the Wanderer, the towering legendary warrior, challenge the powers of the Druids to build a ship that staggers the ancient world.
In the summer of 1937, Japanese troops occupied the campuses of Beijing's two leading universities, Beida and Qinghua, and reduced Nankai, in Tianjin, to rubble. These were China's leading institutions of higher learning, run by men educated in the West and committed to modern liberal education. The three universities first moved to Changsha, 900 miles southwest of Beijing, where they joined forces. But with the fall of Nanjing in mid-December, many students left to fight the Japanese, who soon began bombing Changsha. In February 1938, the 800 remaining students and faculty made the thousand-mile trek to Kunming, in China's remote, mountainous southwest, where they formed the National Southwest Associated University (Lianda). In makeshift quarters, subject to sporadic bombing by the Japanese and shortages of food, books, and clothing, students and professors did their best to conduct a modern university. In the next eight years, many of China's most prominent intellectuals taught or studied at Lianda. This book is the story of their lives and work under extraordinary conditions. Lianda's wartime saga crystallized the experience of a generation of Chinese intellectuals, beginning with epic journeys, followed by years of privation and endurance, and concluding with politicization, polarization, and radicalization, as China moved from a war of resistance against a foreign foe to a civil war pitting brother against brother. The Lianda community, which had entered the war fiercely loyal to the government of Chiang Kai-shek, emerged in 1946 as a bastion of criticism of China's ruling Guomindang party. Within three years, the majority of the Lianda community, now returned to its north China campuses in Beijing and Tianjin, was prepared to accept Communist rule. In addition to struggling for physical survival, Lianda's faculty and students spent the war years striving to uphold a model of higher education in which modern universities, based in large part on the American model, sought to preserve liberal education, political autonomy, and academic freedom. Successful in the face of wartime privations, enemy air raids, and Guomindang pressure, Lianda's constituent universities eventually succumbed to Communist control. By 1952, the Lianda ideal had been replaced with a politicized and technocratic model borrowed from the Soviet Union.
Micah freely admits that she's a compulsive liar. Over the years she's duped her classmates, her teachers, and her parents. But when her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not.
Rising star Jan Burke -- whom reviewers have consistently compared to Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, and Robert Parker -- surpasses already high expectations in Liar, her most riveting work to date. Intrepid sleuth/reporter Irene Kelly barely has time to recover from the shock of learning that her estranged aunt has been killed before being blindsided by an even bigger surprise -- she's the number one suspect! With the LAPD biting fast at her heels, Irene searches for her aunt's son, Travis -- a young man who wants nothing to do with Irene or any of the Kelly clan. The seeds of contention sown by family members no longer living are now being reaped by the next generation in ways no one would ever have expected. As deeply buried family skeletons are unearthed, the line between stalker and stalked becomes increasingly blurred, with dangerous consequences for Irene. She casts her lot with Travis, who she believes is the killer's next target, but her efforts to protect him place her squarely in harm's way. Now Irene must dodge not only the arm of the law but also the reach of a killer who appears to want to settle the score of an age-old family grudge. Only by sorting out the truth from the lies in a skein of old family secrets involving bigamy and adultery, alibis and murder, and secrets encrypted in hobo signs will she learn who has begun to kill again -- and why. In Liar, Jan Burke delivers her trademark skillfully woven tale with complex characters, gripping suspense, and heart-stopping action, but this time Irene Kelly must play a deadly game with the highest and most personal stakes ever.
In The Liar in Your Life,psychology professor Robert Feldman, one of the world's leading authorities on deception, draws on his immense body of knowledge to give fresh insights into how and why we lie, how our culture has become increasingly tolerant of deception, the cost it exacts on us, and what to do about it. His work is at once surprising and sobering, full of corrections for common myths and explanations of pervasive oversimplifications. Feldman examines marital infidelity, little white lies, career-driven resumÃ© lies, and how we teach children to lie. Along the way, he reveals-despite our beliefs to the contrary- how it is nearly impossible to spot a liar (studies have shown no relationship between nervousness, lack of eye contact, or a trembling voice, and acts of deception). He also provides startling evidence of just how integral lying is to our culture; indeed, his research shows that two people, meeting for the first time, will lie to each other an average of three times in the first ten minutes of a conversation. Feldman uses this discussion of deception to explore ways we can cope with infidelity, betrayal, and mistrust, in our friends and family. He also describes the lies we tell ourselves: Sometimes, the liar in your life is the person you see in the mirror. With incisive clarity and wry wit, Feldman has written a truthful book for anyone who whose life has been touched by deception.
Gretchen Griswald thinks everything about her best friend, Susan November, is neat. Her name, her red, curly hair, her cool clothes. Actually, most of the kids in Gretchen's class are so nice that the class is given a first year teacher, Ms. Cooper. She's not much on discipline. That is, until new kid Marybelle Jackson shaves off a good part of Susan's hair with a trimmer during class. Although Gretchen and her friends are angry with Marybelle, she continues to hang around them, insisting the incident was an accident. She also seems to know a lot about what's going on around school. When Susan suddenly gets ill, it's Marybelle who tells the group that she has hepatitis. With Susan out of school for several weeks, Gretchen feels lost--but Marybelle is anxious to be friends. She tells Gretchen that she saw Susan steal a pair of earrings at the mall. Susan says they belong to her sister, but Gretchen knows that she never lets Susan borrow her things. Whom should she believe? Then Susan and her family begin to treat Gretchen strangely, as though she's a criminal. Gretchen grows increasingly more confused and depressed. She believes she has lost Susan's friendship because of another lie. But what is it? Gretchen's brother says that liars eventually trap themselves in their own webs. With his help, Gretchen weaves a plan that will divulge the truth once and for all. In a surprising twist, the liar is cleverly exposed, but the outcome--and the feelings it inspire--are not what Gretchen and her friends expect in this unforgettable slice-of-life novel.
Zoe is always making up wild stories. When something exciting really does happen to her--like an eagle nesting in her backyard--no one wants to believe her!
1. Lauren discovers that the truth hurts when a very big lie comes back to haunt her. 2. Craig and Brian board a train without buying tickets. Their final destination may prove TOO final. 3. Alexis attends a dangerous drama class in which the drama is no act. Read. Scream. Repeat. Welcome to "The Midnight Library".
Liars and Thieves is an exclusive novella featuring characters from Karen Maitland's much-loved Company of Liars, set against the backdrop of the plague outbreak of 1348. Also included are the opening chapters from The Vanishing Witch, Karen's thrilling new novel, which is published in August. 'Combines the storytelling traditions of The Canterbury Tales with the supernatural suspense of Mosse's Sepulchre in this atmospheric tale of treachery and magic' Marie Claire on Company of Liars Camelot and Narigorm the rune reader return to delight fans of Karen Maitland's classic novel as the company - in their desperate bid to outrun the plague - encounter a band of outlaws, who are making the most of the breakdown in law and order to steal from the weak ... and kill at leisure. But in the child Narigorm they might just have met their match - for plague is the lesser of those two evils.
"Astonishing. . . one of the most dazzling and moving memoirs to come along in years. " -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times. "Mary Karr's God-awful childhood has a calamitous appeal. . . the choice in the book is between howling misery and howling laughter, and the reader veers toward laughter. Karr has survived to write a drop-dead reply to the question, 'Ma, what was it like when you were a little girl?'" -Time. "This book is so good I thought about sending it out for a back-up opinion. . . it's like finding Beethoven in Hoboken. To have a poet's precision of language and a poet's instinct into people applied to one of the roughest, ugliest places in America is an astonishing event. " -Molly Ivins, The Nation. "Elegiac and searching. . . her toughness of spirit, her poetry, her language, her very voice are the agents of rebirth on this difficult, hard-earned journey. " -New York Times Book Review. "Bold, blunt, and cinematic. . . nothing short of superb. " -Entertainment Weekly. "Overflows with sparkling wit and humor. . . Truth beats powerfully at the heart of this dazzling memoir. " -San Francisco Chronicle. "Karr lovingly retells her parents' best lies and drunken extravagances with an ear for bar-stool phraseology and a winking eye for image. The revelations continue to the final page, with a misleading carelessness as seductive as any world-class liar's. " -The New Yorker.
Eric Jerome Dickey is burning up the charts and poised to become a household name. His previous two books hit bestseller lists across the country, and reviewers from coast to coast call his work "compelling" (USA Today), "remarkable" (Detroit Free Press), and "deftly crafted" (Ebony). Brimming with contemporary issues, steamy romance, stinging betrayal, and sweet redemption, Liar's Game is a book that has everything his millions of fans have come to expect. Running from a bad relationship that lasted way too long, New York native Dana Ann Smith leaves the city and moves to Los Angeles--the perfect place to start over with a new atmosphere, a new job, and a new man. When she meets Vincent Calvary Browne, Jr. , he seems like a dream come true: handsome, hardworking with a good job, and sexy in a strong, silent kind of way. But that silence also means he's not letting Dana in on a few important things about his life. When both Dana's former lover and Vince's ex-wife suddenly come to town, the two must confront painful truths about their pasts and open their hearts and souls to each other with a new honesty. Only then will they have a fighting chance at a future together.
After harrowing adventure and near-death, Prince Jalan Kendeth and the Viking Snorri ver Snagason find themselves in possession of Loki's Key, an artefact capable of opening any door, and sought by the most dangerous beings in the Broken Empire--including The Dead King. <P><P> Jal wants only to return home to his wine, women, and song, but Snorri has his own purpose for the key: to find the very door into death, throw it wide, and bring his family back into the land of the living.And as Snorri prepares for his quest to find death's door, Jal's grandmother, the Red Queen continues to manipulate kings and pawns towards an endgame of her own design...
Prisons, poisons, and passions combine in a gorgeously written fantasy noir by the author of the Morris Award-winning A CURSE DARK AS GOLD. As a pickpocket, Digger expects to spend a night in jail every now and then. But she doesn't expect to find Lord Durrel Decath there as well--or to hear he's soon to be executed for killing his wife. Durrel once saved Digger's life, and when she goes free, she decides to use her skills as a thief, forger, and spy to investigate his case and return the favor. But each new clue only opens up more mysteries. While Durrel's marriage was one of convenience, his behavior has been more impulsive than innocent. His late wife had an illegal business on the wrong side of the civil war raging just outside the city gates. Digger keeps finding forbidden magic in places it has no reason to be. And it doesn't help that she may be falling in love with a murderer . . .
IT'S FESTIVAL WEEK IN LIAVEK ... and that means six days of wizardry and wonder in the City of Luck. Anything can happen now: A minor god escorts a young ruler on a night of forbidden revelry. A powerless wizard tries to halt an invasion of Ka Zhir airships. And two Green Priests die mysteriously while watching a parade. This week, magic fills every corner of the city...yet its power cannot match the enchantment that comes from within. Join today's master storytellers as they guide you through the unpredictable city where luck and magic reign ... Liavek! Steven Brust * Kara Dalkey * Bradley Denton * Pamela Dean * John M. Ford * Will Shetterly * Walter Jon Williams * Patricia C. Wrede * Jane Yolen
Libby can't accept the idea of wearing glasses until she meets a lovely bird with the same problem.
A quiet, dark-haired beauty, tenderhearted, fiercely loyal, and single, Libby Morrison is consumed with caring for her aging parents. Handsome, sensitive, angry, and alone, Reese Reynolds is immersed in sell-pity from a gunshot that has left him paralyzed. A chance encounter begins their unlikely and unpredictable story. Along the way, Libby's childhood friends, Jenny and Tia, help her learn that true love overcomes enormous obstacles.
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