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For twenty years Dan O'Brien struggled to make ends meet on his cattle ranch in South Dakota. But when a neighbor invited him to lend a hand at the annual buffalo roundup, O'Brien was inspired to convert his own ranch, the Broken Heart, to buffalo. Starting with thirteen calves, "short-necked, golden balls of wool," O'Brien embarked on a journey that returned buffalo to his land for the first time in more than a century and a half.Buffalo for the Broken Heart is at once a tender account of the buffaloes' first seasons on the ranch and an engaging lesson in wildlife ecology. Whether he's describing the grazing pattern of the buffalo, the thrill of watching a falcon home in on its prey, or the comical spectacle of a buffalo bull wallowing in the mud, O'Brien combines a novelist's eye for detail with a naturalist's understanding to create an enriching, entertaining narrative.From the Trade Paperback edition.
For twenty years, Dan O'Brien battled drought, overgrazed pastures, and falling cattle prices as he struggled to maintain his cattle ranch, The Broken Heart, nestled at the foot of South Dakota's Black Hills. Having to take stints as an endangered species biologist, English teacher, and handyman to help pay off his accumulating debts, he questioned the logic of this losing enterprise, but never lost his fierce love of the Great Plains. So when a neighboring buffalo rancher invites him to lend a hand at the annual buffalo roundup, O'Brien comes face to face with these mammoth, impressive creatures, and the seeds are planted for converting his own ranch from cattle to buffalo. Starting with thirteen calves, "short-necked, golden balls of wool," O'Brien embarks on a journey that returns buffalo to his land for the first time in more than a century and a half. In BUFFALO FOR THE BROKEN HEART, Dan O'Brien, a writer possessed of "a keen and poetic eye" (The New York Times Book Review), ranges freely under the big western sky, bringing the Great Plains to life in clear and vibrant prose. Whether he's describing the grazing pattern of the buffalo (moving quickly from one pasture to another, thereby maintaining the diversity of the grasses), the ancient thrill of watching a falcon hone in on its prey, or the comical spectacle of a buffalo bull wallowing in the mud, O'Brien brings together a novelist's eye for detail with an ecologist's understanding to create an entertaining and enriching narrative. At once a heartfelt account of his struggles at the Broken Heart, a short history of the buffalo and its near extinction, and an engaging lesson in wildlife ecology,BUFFALO FOR THE BROKEN HEART illustrates the power of a dream and how life becomes infinitely richer when we dare to follow one. This is Dan O'Brien's greatest achievement to date, placing him firmly in the canon of other great writers on nature such as Annie Dillard and Peter Matthiessen.
This vibrant memoir about growing up in upstate New York during the 1970s shares the humorous ups and downs of the Pedersen family. Combining laugh-out-loud humor with a genuine slice of social history, New York Times writer Laura Pedersen paints a vivid portrait of an era.
The bestselling author of Beauty and Snot Stew has written an exciting adventure story set in the Texas wilderness in 1904. Setting out for a trip across Texas, Amanda meets the young man who will guide them--and the two dislike each other immediately.
Short fiction about animals, incorporating the relationships between humans and animals in society and folklore.
A sprawling suburban house in Santa Fe is not the kind of home where a buffalo normally roams, but Veryl Goodnight and Roger Brooks are not your ordinary animal lovers. Over a hundred years after Veryl's ancestors, Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight, hand-raised two baby buffalo to help save the species from extinction, the sculptor and her husband adopt an orphaned buffalo calf of their own. Against a backdrop of the old American West, A Buffalo in the House tells the story of a household situation beyond any sitcom writer's wildest dreams.Charlie has no idea he's a buffalo and Roger has no idea just how strong the bond between man and buffalo can be. In the historical shadow of the near-extermination of a majestic and misunderstood animal, Roger sets out to save just one buffalo.Written in the tradition of Ian Frazier's Great Plains and the work of Garrison Keillor and Bill Bryson, A Buffalo in the House tells an important, uplifting story about one animal's ability to touch human lives and reconnect people of all ages to the vanished past.
In 1782, nine-year-old Andy, his family, and neighbors make a dangerous journey by flatboat down a thousand miles of the Tennessee River to make a new home.
Sexy Dreamer...Buffalo rancher Russel McCloud was searching for the legacy of his Indian ancestors, but he was still missing one big piece of the puzzle-an Indian goddess! So, when a persnickety lady lawyer arrived, McCloud decided she just might do....Reluctant Goddess...Before she met McCloud, Sandra Carberry thought she had it all. But the updated Don Quixote tempted her to hang up her subpoenas for a life on the range-until she discovered her role in his crackpot quest....Impossible Odds...Chances that McCloud's stand-in goddess could really help him were slim-and as tiny as the tent they were forced to share. But could the mystical powers of the Colorado canyons conjure the miracle of love?
Once, long, long ago, buffalo roamed the West, filling the plains and canyons with the music of their thundering hooves and huffing breath. Then hunters came and destroyed nearly all of them. But buffalo are stubborn, ornery creatures, and though the herds were gone, a few lone calves lingered. If the buffalo were to survive as a species, however, they needed the help of someone just as feisty as they were. Inspired by the work of Mary Ann Goodnight, a pioneer credited with forming one of the first captive buffalo herds in the 1800s, this is the beautifully told and warmly illustrated tale of one woman's quest to save what otherwise would have been lost forever.
From the Book Jacket: In the 1800s millions of buffalo roamed the North American continent. By the beginning of the twentieth century fewer than 500 remained. For hundreds of years, the great buffalo herds had been of pivotal importance to many native peoples, who developed their cultures, communities, and ways of life around them. Yet for many settlers and soldiers, the buffalo was little more than an easy target, thoughtlessly hunted to near extinction. Since then the buffalo has become a powerful icon in North America. This book traces the natural history of the North American plains and wood bison, their origins, life cycle, and folklore about them. It also describes the successful conservation efforts in the twentieth century and the place of the buffalo in North America today. Discover the world's animals and the physical world in the WorldLife Library from Voyageur Press. This highly acclaimed series brings you the latest research from leading naturalists, along with stunning color photographs of your favorite animals and of our fascinating natural world.
"From the Irish enclave of South Buffalo and a Niagara Street bar to a costly house in Nottingham Terrace and a once-grand Gothic structure in Elmwood Village, Buffalo's past and present come to life in the offbeat, disturbing, and sometimes darkly comical tales by authors who really know their city."--Kirkus Reviews"Park's introduction, in effect a true-crime case study, is as gripping as any of the 13 stories set in or around Buffalo, N.Y., in this strong Akashic noir volume, whose contributors include several mystery heavyweights....Those curious about the criminal side of the second-biggest city in New York will be rewarded."--Publishers Weekly"12 original short stories by established local authors with flawless credentials....Together, the stories cover cityscapes well-known to Buffalonians--to name a few, Elmwood Avenue, Niagara Street, Black Rock, North Park, Delaware Park, and Allentown. Local landmarks Peace Bridge and the Anchor Bar made it in there, too."--Examiner.com"A very nice collection of stories."--Journey of a BooksellerAkashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.Featuring brand-new stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Ed Park, Gary Earl Ross, Kim Chinquee, Christina Milletti, Tom Fontana, Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Lissa Marie Redmond, S.J. Rozan, John Wray, Brooke Costello, and Connie Porter.Buffalo, New York, is still the second-largest metropolis in the state, but in recent years its designation as the Queen City has been elbowed aside by a name that's pure noir: The City of No Illusions. Presidents came from here; and in 1901, a president was killed here while visiting the Pan-American Exposition, by a man who checked into a hotel under a name that translates as Nobody.As Buffalo saw its prosperity wane, those on the outside could only see harsh winters and Rust Belt grit, chicken wings and sports teams that came agonizingly close. (Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66 is less the doomed quest of a would-be assassin than the collective fever dream of every Bills fan.)Anyone who has spent more than a few days in Buffalo will tell you that this city can spar with any other major American metropolis in the noir arena. This highly anticipated entry in the Akashic Noir Series includes stories from Buffalo-affiliated mystery titans as well as up-and-comers.
In Buffalo Palace, the young Titus Bass sights, and then sets out into, the vast Rocky Mountain country, where he has his initial experiences with trapping beaver, surviving the freezing winter, fighting fierce Indians and even fiercer fellow mountain men, and celebrating at the hard-earned summer rendezvous. Most memorably, we walk with Titus as he first sees the immense herd which originally fueled his wanderlust, and now feeds, clothes and houses the frontier's pioneers, when he reaches the country lovingly called the "Buffalo Palace."From the Paperback edition.
InBuffalo Palace, the young Titus Bass sights, and then sets out into, the vast Rocky Mountain country, where he has his initial experiences with trapping beaver, surviving the freezing winter, fighting fierce Indians and even fiercer fellow mountain men, and celebrating at the hard-earned summer rendezvous. Most memorably, we walk with Titus as he first sees the immense herd which originally fueled his wanderlust, and now feeds, clothes and houses the frontier's pioneers, when he reaches the country lovingly called the "Buffalo Palace. " From the Paperback edition.
From the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Midwives andTrans-Sister Radio comes a hauntingly beautiful story of the ties that bind families--and the strains that pull them apart. In northern Vermont, a raging river overflows its banks and sweeps the nine-year-old twin daughters of Terry and Laura Sheldon to their deaths. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the highway patrolman and his wife, unable to have more children, take in a foster child: a ten-year-old African-American boy who has been shuttled for years between foster families and group homes. Young Alfred cautiously enters the Sheldon family circle, barely willing to hope that he might find a permanent home among these kind people still distracted by grief. Across the street from the Sheldons live an older couple who take Alfred under their wing, and it is they who introduce him to the history of the buffalo soldiers--African-American cavalry troopers whose reputation for integrity, honor, and personal responsibility inspires the child. Before life has a chance to settle down, however, Terry, who has never been unfaithful to Laura, finds himself attracted to the solace offered by another woman. Their encounter, brief as it is, leaves her pregnant with his baby--a child Terry suddenly realizes he urgently wants. From these fitful lives emerges a lyrical and richly textured story, one that explores the meaning of marriage, the bonds between parents and children, and the relationships that cause a community to become a family. But The Buffalo Soldier is also a tale of breathtaking power and profound moral complexity--and exactly the sort of novel readers have come to expect from Chris Bohjalian.
Set on a luxuriously appointed and hopelessly corrupt Army base in Mannheim, Germany, where the soldiers prefer real-life race riots to mock combat, Robert O'Connor's viciously funny novel is conclusive proof that peace is hell and the U.S. Army is its ninth circle. In that hell, Specialist Ray Elwood is the ultimate survivor: a high-stakes drug dealer, bureaucratic con artist, and shrewd collector of other people's secrets. Elwood is contemplating cleaning up his act, although doing so will require one last, epic heroin deal. But of course it's then that his life will careen totally out of control. With its impeccably rendered cast of sycophants, drug burn-outs, and uniformed sociopaths, Buffalo Soldiers give us a scabrous, haunting vision of a military idled by the New World Order--and at all-out war with itself.
When rancher Nate Yeager busted out of territorial prison, he had only one thing on his mind: finding Zeke Slade, the cutthroat who framed him and sent his brother to an early grave. Yeager never expected to end up riding shotgun for a $100,000 payroll on a 200-mile trek to Buffalo, Wyoming...or to be guarding it and his fellow travelers from the very man he hunted. Now, with a sick boy's life hanging in the balance, Nate must join forces with a gifted gambler, a crusty old lawman, a badgering bank clerk, and a girl from his past...to elude Slade's savage wolf pack. If he fails, he won't be going back to prison. He'll be going to meet his maker. They all will.
When Hallie and her parents join a wagon train to Oregon and leave her grandmother behind, Hallie must learn to face the storms that frighten her so, as well as other, newer fears, with just her grandmother's quilt to comfort her.
New York Times-bestselling author of The Last Gunfight Jeff Guinn once again brings the Old West to life in the grand follow-up to Glorious. After barely escaping nemesis Killer Boots in the tiny Arizona Territory town of Glorious, Cash McLendon is in desperate need of a safe haven somewhere--anywhere--on the frontier.Fleeing to Dodge City, he falls in with an intrepid band of buffalo hunters determined to head south to forbidden Indian Territory in the Texas Panhandle. In the company of such colorful Western legends as Bat Masterson and Billy Dixon, Cash helps establish a hunting camp known as Adobe Walls. When a massive migration of buffalo arrives, Cash, newly hopeful that he may yet patch things up with Gabrielle Tirrito back in Arizona, thinks his luck has finally changed.But no good can come of entering the prohibited lands they've crossed into. Little do Cash and his fellows know that their camp is targeted by a new coalition of the finest warriors among the Comanche, Cheyenne, and Kiowa. Led by fierce Comanche war chief Quanah and eerie tribal mystic Isatai, an enormous force of two thousand is about to descend on the camp and will mark one of the fiercest, bloodiest battles in frontier history.Cash McLendon is in another fight for his life--and this time running is not an option.
Getting caught changed 12-year-old Sura's life. Now he's just struggling to survive in Hamstock, a juvenile detention center where he helplessly watches his friend's descent into hell.
Writing about the economic collapse and social unrest of her 1970s childhood in Buffalo, New York, Laura Pedersen was struck by how things were finally improving in her beloved hometown. As 2008 began, Buffalo was poised to become the thriving metropolis it had been a hundred years earlier-only instead of grain and steel, the booming industries now included health care and banking, education and technology. Folks who'd moved away due to lack of opportunity in the 1980s talked excitedly about returning home. They missed the small-town friendliness, and it wasn't nostalgia for a past that no longer existed-Buffalo has long held the well-deserved nickname the City of Good Neighbors. The diaspora has ended. Preservationists are winning out over demolition crews. The lights are back on in a city that's usually associated with blizzards and blight rather than its treasure trove of art, architecture, and culture. Buffalo Unbound is a humorous and heartfelt look at the rise, fall, and rebirth of the great Rust Belt city.Laura Pedersen is the author of ten books, including Beginner's Luck and Buffalo Gal, which won Best Memoir from ForeWord Magazine and an honorable mention for the Eric Hoffer Award. Honored as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans by President Clinton, Pedersen was the youngest person to have a seat on the American Stock Exchange. Pedersen currently lives in New York City and teaches at the Booker T. Washington Learning Center in East Harlem, but also maintains a place in Amherst.
Buffalo Valley by Debbie Macomber released on Aug 1, 2009 is available now for purchase.
This holiday season "New York Times" bestselling author Macomber takes readers on a return visit to Buffalo Valley, North Dakota and finds the town fighting for survival.
With a new First Family, White House executive chef Olivia Paras can't afford to make any mistakes. But when a box of take-out chicken mysteriously shows up for the First Kids, she soon finds herself in a "no-wing" situation. After Olivia refuses to serve the chicken, the First Lady gives her the cold shoulder. But when it turns out to be poisoned poultry, Olivia realizes the kids are true targets.
Will the Code You Write Today Headline Tomorrow's BugTraq Mail List? Includes Numbered-by-Line Exploit Code Examples That Illustrate the Differences Between Stack Overflows, Heap Corruption, and Format String Bugs Provides Case Studies for Most Major Platforms and Environments, Including Windows, FreeBSD, FrontPage, and Linux Avoid Worm or Custom Exploits by Analyzing Your Source Code to Detect Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities Forensic investigations of notorious Internet attacks, such as the SQL Slammer and Blaster Worms, reveal buffer overflows to be the sophisticated hacker's "vulnerability of choice". These worms crippled the Internet and cost billions of dollars to clean up. Now, even more powerful and insidious threats have appeared in the form of "custom exploits". These one-time only exploits are custom crafted to attack your enterprise, making them even more difficult to detect and defend. No catchy names, no media coverage; just your own personal disaster. James C. Foster's Buffer Overflow Attacks clearly demonstrates that the only way to defend against the endless variety of buffer overflow attacks is to implement a comprehensive design, coding and test plan for all of your applications. From Dave Aitel's Foreword through the last appendix, this is the only book dedicated exclusively to detecting, exploiting, and preventing buffer overflow attacks. CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK INCLUDE Buffer Overflows: The Essentials Understanding Shellcode Writing Shellcode Win32 Assembly Case Study: FreeBSD NN Exploit Code Case Study: xlockmore User Supplied Format String Vulnerability (CVE-2000-0763) Case Study: FrontPage Denial of Service Utilizing WinSock Stack Overflows Heap Corruption Format String Attacks Windows Buffer Overflows Case Study: cURL buffer overflow on Linux Case Study: OpenSSL SSLv2 Malformed Client Key Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability (CAN-2002-0656) Case Study: X11R6 4.2 XLOCALEDIR Overflow Case Study: Microsoft MDAC Denial of Service Case Study: Local UUX Buffer Overflow on HPUX Finding Buffer Overflows in Source Case Study: InlineEgg I Case Study: InlineEgg II Case Study: Seti@Home Exploit Code Case Study: Microsoft CodeBlue Exploit Code The Complete Data Conversion Table Useful Syscalls Additional Exploit References
The investment analysts at Newsmax Finance scoured the documents of Buffett's holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, and investigated what Buffett is saying about the companies that he's investing in. Based on this, our analysts picked from Buffett's stock portfolio the "5 best dividend stocks" to invest in. They found the stocks that offered higher-than-usual dividend income and had not fully appreciated, making these newer additions to the investment mogul's portfolio extraordinary picks.These 5 stocks should be the core holdings for investors looking to weather any storm and significantly build their wealth along the way. This 27-page report also gives an investment survival guide to navigate the tough times ahead as our nation faces the threat of massive inflation due to the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing programs.