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On any given day, millions of Wall Street Journal readers put aside the serious business and economic news of the day to focus first on the paper's middle column (a.k.a. the A-hed), a virtual sound-bubble for light literary fare -- a short story, a tall tale, an old yarn, a series of vignettes, and other unexpected delights that seem to "float off the page." In this first-ever compendium of middle-column pieces, you'll find an eclectic selection of writings, from the outlandish to the oddly enlightening. Read about: one man's attempt to translate the Bible into Klingon sheep orthodontics, pet-freezing, and toad-smoking being hip in Cairo, modeling at auto shows, piano-throwing the fate of mail destined for the World Trade Center after 9/11 the plight of oiled otters in Prince William Sound ...and much, much more. Edited by 20-year Journal veteran Ken Wells, and with a foreword by Liar's Poker author Michael Lewis, Floating Off the Page is the perfect elixir for fans of innovative prose in all its forms and function.
What happens after a country splits apart? Forty-five years ago Singapore separated from Malaysia. Since then, the two countries have developed along their own paths. Malaysia has given preference to the majority Malay Muslims - the bumiputera, or sons of the soil. Singapore, meanwhile, has tried to build a meritocracy - ostensibly colour-blind, yet more encouraging perhaps to some Singaporeans than to others. How have these policies affected ordinary people? How do these two divergent nations now see each other and the world around them? Seeking answers to these questions, two Singaporeans set off to cycle around Peninsular Malaysia, armed with a tent, two pairs of clothes and a daily budget of three US dollars each. They spent 30 days on the road, cycling through every Malaysian state, and chatting with hundreds of Malaysians. Not satisfied, they then went on to interview many more people in Malaysia and Singapore. What they found are two countries that have developed economically but are still struggling to find their souls.
Olivia, the young narrator of this novel, and her Japanese-American family are constantly on the road. The time is the 1950s, and as they roam through the Pacific Northwest, they manage to stay a step or two ahead of prejudice and bad luck.
When, as a twenty-six-year-old married graduate student, Joan Frances Casey awoke on the ledge of a building ready to jump, she did not know how she had gotten there. And it wasn't the first time she had blanked out. This time, she thought she would give therapy another try. After only a few sessions, Lynn Wilson, an experienced psychiatric social worker, was shocked to discover that Joan had MPD-Multiple Personality Disorder. And as she came to know Joans distinct selves, Lynn uncovered a nightmarish pattern of emotional and physical abuse, including rape and incest, that nearly succeeded in smothering the artistic and intellectual gifts of this amazing young woman. In an extraordinary move that challenged the medical establishment-many of whom believe MPD does not exist-Lynn embarked on a radical program of reparenting therapy to bring out and individually treat Joans twenty-four separate personalities: Missy, the five-year-old artist; Jo, the scholar, Rusty, the motherless boy, Renee, the people pleaser; Josie, the self-destructive toddler; Joan Frances, the perfect one; and all the other deeply scarred members of The Flock that had been helping Joan Frances Casey function, despite tremendous psychic pain, since she was a child.
Catholicism, as it developed in colonial Mexico, helped to create a broad and remarkably inclusive community of Christian subjects, while it also divided that community into countless smaller flocks. Taking this contradiction as a starting point, Matthew D. O'Hara describes how religious thought and practice shaped Mexico's popular politics. As he shows, religion facilitated the emergence of new social categories and modes of belonging in which individuals--initially subjects of the Spanish crown, but later citizens and other residents of republican Mexico--found both significant opportunities for improving their place in society and major constraints on their ways of thinking and behaving. O'Hara focuses on interactions between church authorities and parishioners from the late-colonial era into the early-national period, first in Mexico City and later in the surrounding countryside. Paying particular attention to disputes regarding caste status, the category of "Indian," and the ownership of property, he demonstrates that religious collectivities from neighborhood parishes to informal devotions served as complex but effective means of political organization for plebeians and peasants. At the same time, longstanding religious practices and ideas made colonial social identities linger into the decades following independence, well after republican leaders formally abolished the caste system that classified individuals according to racial and ethnic criteria. These institutional and cultural legacies would be profound, since they raised fundamental questions about political inclusion and exclusion precisely when Mexico was trying to envision and realize new forms of political community. The modes of belonging and organizing created by colonialism provided openings for popular mobilization, but they were always stalked by their origins as tools of hierarchy and marginalization.
Burke's newest client is a woman named Flood, who has the face of an angel, the body of a high-priced stripper, and the skills of a professional executioner. She wants Burke to find a monster for her -- so she can kill him with her bare hands. In this cauterizing thriller, Andrew Vachss's renegade private eye teams up with a lethally gifted avenger to follow a child's murderer through the catacombs of New York, where every alley is blind and the penthouses are as dangerous as the basements. Fearfully knowing, crackling with narrative tension, and written in prose as forceful as a hollow-point slug, Flood is Burke at his deadliest -- and Vachss at the peak of his form. "An extraordinary thriller. . . . Vachss never flinches from the horror. " -- Washington Post Book World"Burke would eat Spade and Marlowe for breakfast, not even spitting out the bones. [He] is one tough, mean, pray-God-you-don't-meet-him hombre. " -- Boston Herald
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.
It's Watergate. On servers. On the eve of the presidential election, a conspiracy threatens to alter the outcome of the vote--and the future of American politics. At the heart of the plot is a powerful computer program, aimed at rooting out hypocrisy among politicians to expose their truths . . . and ours. Left to unravel the conspiracy is a bitter, hotheaded former journalist, but he's just not sure he cares enough to get to the bottom of it.
In Marcus Sedgewick's vivid portrayal of a future in which global warming has flooded the world, ten-year-old Zoe finds herself stranded alone, without her parents. When she discovers a small rowboat, Zoe sets out to find her family - and dry land.
From the Book jacket: Floods have caused more damage and killed more people than any other form of dangerous weather. From the life and travels of a single molecule of water to the destructive power of a flash flood, author Michael Allaby reveals the wonder and occasional terror unleashed by water in motion. Floods describes every type of flood condition, how humankind has learned to limit some of the damage floods can cause, great floods of the past, how some floods are good, and how readers can protect themselves and others from danger during floods. The Dangerous Weather series imparts fundamental weather science to readers through author Michael Allaby's vivid descriptions of extreme weather systems. The series focuses on the five most dangerous kinds of weather activity; diagrams related meteorological, climatological, and environmental basics in clear, compelling language; chronicles the history of each form of dangerous weather; and offers safety precautions for extreme weather conditions. Fully illustrated and indexed, the Dangerous Weather series is an invaluable tool for student research. Other volumes include: hurricanes tornadoes blizzards droughts A chronology of weather Michael Allaby is the author of more than 40 books, mainly on science, natural history, and environmental topics. A few of his previous works include Basics of Environmental Science, How It Works: The Environment, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ecology. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, among other professional affiliations.
The House and the Senate floors are the only legislative forums where all members of the U. S. Congress participate and each has a vote. Andrew J. Taylor explores why floor power and floor rights in the House are more restricted than in the Senate and how these restrictions affect the legislative process. After tracing the historical development of floor rules, Taylor assesses how well they facilitate a democratic legislative process---that is, how well they facilitate deliberation, transparency, and widespread participation. Taylor not only compares floor proceedings between the Senate and the House in recent decades; he also compares recent congressional proceedings with antebellum proceedings. This unique, systematic analysis reveals that the Senate is generally more democratic than the House---a somewhat surprising result, given that the House is usually considered the more representative and responsive of the two. Taylor concludes with recommendations for practical reforms designed to make floor debates more robust and foster representative democracy.
It is the last decade of the 19th century. The Wild West has been tamed and its fierce, independent and often violent larger-than-life figures -- gun-toting wanderers, trappers, prospectors, Indian fighters, cowboys, and lawmen -- are now victims of their own success. They are heroes who've outlived their usefulness. But then gold is discovered in Alaska and the adjacent Canadian Klondike and a new frontier suddenly looms - an immense unexplored territory filled with frozen waterways, dark spruce forests, and towering mountains capped by glistening layers of snow and ice. "Klondicitis," a giddy mix of greed and lust for adventure, ignites a stampede. Fleeing the depths of a worldwide economic depression and driven by starry-eyed visions of vast wealth, tens of thousands rush northward. Joining this throng of greenhorns and grifters, whores and highwaymen, sourdoughs and seers are three unforgettable men. In a true-life tale that rivets from the first page, we meet Charlie Siringo, a top-hand sharp-shooting cowboy who, after futilely trying to settle down with his new bride, becomes one of the Pinkerton Detective Agency's shrewdest; George Carmack, a California-born American Marine who's adopted by an Indian tribe, raises a family with a Taglish squaw, makes the discovery that starts off the Yukon Gold Rush - and becomes fabulously rich; and Soapy Smith, a sly and inventive predator-conman who rules a vast criminal empire. As we follow this trio's lives, we're led inexorably into a perplexing mystery. A fortune in gold bars has somehow been stolen from the fortress-like Treadwell Mine in Juneau, Alaska, with no clues as to how the thieves made off with such an immensely heavy cargo. To many it appears that the crime will never be solved. But the Pinkerton Agency has a reputation for finding the answers that elude others. Charged with getting the job done is Charlie Siringo who discovers that, to run the thieves to ground, he must embark on a rugged cross-territory odyssey that will lead him across frigid waters and through a frozen wilderness. Ultimately, he'll have his quarry in his sights. But then an additional challenge will present itself. He must face down Soapy Smith and his gang of 300 cutthroats. Hanging in the balance: George Carmack's fortune in gold. At once a compelling true-life mystery and an unforgettable portrait of a time in America's history when thousands were fired with a vision of riches so unimaginable as to be worth any price, The Floor of Heaven is also an exhilarating tribute to the courage and undaunted spirit of the men and women who helped shape America.
Toby Jenkins, an aging widow, is on the brink of losing her family's farm when Lila, her young granddaughter who is pregnant comes to spend the summer with her. While she is trying to shape her future she notices some secrets about her grandma.
Planned in five volumes, this critical Flora provides a definitive account of the native species, naturalised species, frequent garden escapes and casuals found in the British Isles. Full keys and descriptions will enable the user to name all plants occurring in the wild, plus some ornamental trees and shrubs. For the first time detailed accounts of all the large apomictic genera are given and many infraspecific variants included. Each species entry begins with the accepted Latin name, synonyms and the common English name. A detailed description follows, including information on flowering period, pollination and chromosome number. Separate descriptions are given for infraspecific taxa. Information on the status, ecology and distribution (including worldwide distribution) of the species and infraspecific taxa is also given. Clear black and white line drawings illustrate an extensive glossary and also illuminate the diagnostic features in a number of groups of plants.
Flora knows better than to take shortcuts in her family home, Crackpot Hall--the house has eleven thousand rooms, and ever since her mother banished the magickal butler, those rooms move around at random. But Flora is late for school, so she takes the unpredictable elevator anyway. Huge mistake. Lost in her own house, she stumbles upon the long-banished butler--and into a mind-blowing muddle of intrigue and betrayal that changes her world forever. Full of wildly clever plot twists, this extraordinary first novel establishes Ysabeau Wilce as a compelling new voice in teen fantasy.
Rachel's cousin is holding a summer fancy dress ball in a Scottish Castle and Rachel and Kirsty have been invited along.
Certified flower essence practitioner Deborah Craydon and licensed acupuncturist Warren Bellows combine their expertise to present an innovative and highly effective holistic method to treat body, mind, and spirit. By applying flower essences (in place of needles) to acupuncture points, it is possible to stimulate the movement of energy (chi), starting a powerful healing process. Filled with full-color photography, this practical manual, suitable for both professional and home use, includes treatments for common ailments, such as depression, anxiety, and loneliness. The authors also explain the theory behind this technique and provide general instructions for application of flower essence tinctures, creating a comprehensive view of this exciting new form of alternative healing.The first guidebook to show how to apply the flower essences of Dr. Bach to acupuncture points for treatment of emotional and physical conditions, such as depression, anxiety, neck and shoulder pain, and headaches-without the use of needles.Bach flower essences can be purchased in most health food stores and homeopathic pharmacies and are safe for use on children, pregnant women, the elderly, and pets.Includes more that 50 full-color instructional photographs.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Floral Design & Interior Landscape Management is a comprehensive book about the floral industry. The book explores the many segments of the floral industry and the beautiful products and services it provides. The reader will learn that flowers and foliage plants enrich our lives with beauty and function.
Flora Fyrdraaca wants nothing more than to be a ranger, and for that she must master the magickal--and dangerous--language of Gramatica. But before she can find the ideal teacher, her aspirations are put to the test. Would a true ranger be intimidated by a tentacle that reaches for her from the depths of a toilet? Be daunted by her best friend's transformation into a notorious outlaw, thanks to a pair of sparkly stolen boots? Be cowed by the revelation that only she can rescue the city of Califa from the violent earthquakes that threaten its survival? Never. Saving her city and her best friend are the least a Girl of Spirit can do--yet what Flora doesn't expect are the life-altering revelations she learns about her family and herself. This book features a teaser chapter from the third Flora book, Flora's Fury.
Women fall over themselves to say yes toanythingAngelo van Zaal wants-so he's shocked when proud redhead Flora Bennett saysnoto his plans! Flora is determined to adopt her baby niece, despite Angelo's assumption that he will have guardianship. And, though he's annoyed with himself for wanting her, Flora annoys Angelo even more for avoiding the shimmer of sexual attraction between them. There has to be a way to make Flora obey all his wishes, and there is-but it involves an unexpected pregnancy andthreemore babies. . . ;.
Despite her troublesome attraction to magick, Flora has more or less spent her lifedoing what's been expected of her. Now, at sixteen, she knows that this path hasbeen strewn with secrets. Sure that her true mother, Tiny Doom--long believed to bedead--is alive, Flora becomes determined to find her and leave behind the lies she'sbeen told about who she is. Flora's quest takes her on a journey from lawless islands tothe deadly desert, and into an unexpected romance with a brooding stranger who revealshimself to be a kindred spirit. And it all becomes far more dangerous when Florarealizes how desperately their enemies want Tiny Doom--and Flora herself--dead.
The bestselling author who made mincemeat of political correctness inThank You for Smoking, conspiracy theories inLittle Green Men, and Presidential indiscretionsNo Way to Treat a First Ladynow takes on the hottest topic in the entire world-Arab-American relations-in a blistering comic novel sure to offend the few it doesn't delight. Appalled by the punishment of her rebellious friend Nazrah, youngest and most petulant wife of Prince Bawad of Wasabia, Florence Farfarletti decides to draw a line in the sand. As Deputy to the deputy assistant secretary for Near East Affairs, Florence invents a far-reaching, wide-ranging plan for female emancipation in that part of the world. The U. S. government, of course, tells her to forget it. Publicly, that is. Privately, she's enlisted in a top-secret mission to impose equal rights for the sexes on the small emirate of Matar (pronounced "Mutter"), the "Switzerland of the Persian Gulf. " Her crack team: a CIA killer, a snappy PR man, and a brilliant but frustrated gay bureaucrat. Her weapon: TV shows. The lineup on TV Matar includesA Thousand and One Mornings,a daytime talk show that features self-defense tips to be used against boyfriends during Ramadan; an addictive soap opera featuring strangely familiar members of the Matar royal family; and a sitcom about an inept but ruthless squad of religious police, pitched as "Friendsfrom Hell. " The result: the first deadly car bombs in the country since 1936, a fatwa against the station's entire staff, a struggle for control of the kingdom, and, of course, interference from the French. And that's only the beginning. A merciless dismantling of both American ineptitude and Arabic intolerance,Florence of Arabiais Christopher Buckley's funniest and most serious novel yet, a biting satire of how U. S. good intentions can cause the Shiite to hit the fan.
Provides an introduction to the floral industry, along with basic instructions in the techniques of floral design and merchandising. Coverage is at a high school level, using large type and numerous, sometimes fuzzy b&w illustrations of arrangements. Topics range from careers in the retail flower business, design principles, and flower and plant selection and storage, to arrangements for holidays and weddings, pricing strategies, displays, delivery, and professional organizations. Annotation C. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
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