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When the author's daughter suffers brain damage from a high fever, he and his wife go on a quest to find the cause and hopefully a cure.
Fragile Innocence is the story of a child devastated by pure chance. This moving narrative of a father's journey to understand and accept the profound changes in his daughter's life is at once memoir, biography, mystery, and drama, all centered around one remarkable young woman who cannot talk or read or understand language, but who has touched almost everyone she has ever met. At eighteen months Hillary Reston, a happy, healthy toddler, was struck by a remarkably high fever. On the advice of her doctor, her parents, James Reston, Jr., and Denise Leary, administered Tylenol and anxiously waited for the fever to subside. Five days later it did, but the damage was done. Over the course of the next five months their bubbly, highly verbal child was radically and irrevocably changed. Worse yet, no doctor could explain what evil and still unidentified force had stolen Hillary's ability to speak or understand language, hurtled her into a seemingly endless cycle of seizures, destroyed her kidneys, and taken her to the very brink of death.For her parents, discovering what had happened to their child and how to assure the quality of her life became an obsession. This quest for answers would take them from the nation's hospitals to the office of a pioneering geneticist in Texas and the vaulted halls of the National Institutes of Health.This very intimate story also personalizes some of the most daunting ethical issues of medicine that society faces today, including stem cell research, animal organ transplantation, diagnosis with the Human Genome Map, and reproductive and therapeutic cloning. Hillary gives these immensely complicated issues a human face, and they are pondered by Reston as a reporter, a thinker, and a father. In Fragile Innocence author James Reston, Jr., invites us inside his family, candidly sharing the joys and sorrows of raising Hillary."This is a book about the first twenty-one years of a child named Hillary. It tells of her battle to live and our family's struggle to help her survive as best we could, after an evil and still unidentified force robbed her of her language at the age of two, hurtled her into a seemingly endless cycle of brain storms, destroyed her kidneys, and took her to the very brink of death. That is the first half of the story, when life itself was at stake." --From the Preface.
Brilliant psychologists have assembled in a small college town to conduct a revolutionary experiment that challenges the very nature of identity and individuality. Their subjects are savants, mentally and emotionally challenged individuals, each of whom possesses an amazing gift. One person can calculate calendar dates backward and forward, while another can memorize an entire library or assemble jigsaw puzzles at the speed of lightning. . Each of these very special people is flawed and psychologically handicapped, but what if five such savants are cybernetically linked together to create a sixth composite personality? Can this newly created entity be more than the sum of its parts? At first the experiment yields promising results, but a terrifying secret in the past will transform the project in ways the researchers never anticipated-and infect the newborn intelligence with a catastrophic thirst for vengeance. Soon all of them are at risk to become killers or to be killed. Good intentions and care for safety are overwhelmed by escalating powers, and the struggle to contain those lethal powers and to survive. Tension begins early in the book as a man with the secret power to control others insinuates himself in to the experiment. The suspense mounts rapidly to breathtaking levels. Scientific and emotional thinkers combine efforts to stop the destructive rampage they started. The subjects of the experiments, all with one special gift superimposed on limited intellects, are sympathetically and fascinatingly examined. Each has a part to play in this gripping novel about human and superhuman nature.
"A bold and challenging consideration of questions of development, economic globalization, communities and subjectivity from a unique feminist perspective. A must-read book for those who wish to understand restructuring and resistance in this era of intensified globalization. " ---Isabella C. Bakker, York University "Bergeron's pathbreaking analysis challenges orthodox development theories, questions current feminist economic thinking and highlights crucial new gendered challenges to globalization. " ---Jane Parpart, Dalhousie University "Cutting-edge scholarship. Bergeron deftly engages the complexity of current debates while retaining clarity, improving analyses, and illuminating alternatives. " ---V. S. Peterson, University of Arizona By tracing out the intersection between the imagined space of the national economy and the gendered construction of "expert" knowledge in development thought, Suzanne Bergeron provides a provocative analysis of development discourse and practice. By elaborating a framework of including/excluding economic subjects and activities in development economics, she provides a rich account of the role that economists have played in framing the contested political and cultural space of development. Bergeron's account of the construction of the national economy as an object of development policy follows its shifting meanings through modernization and growth models, dependency theory, structural adjustment, and contemporary debates about globalization and highlights how intersections of nation and economy are based on gendered and colonial scripts. The author's analysis of development debates effectively demonstrates that critics of development who ignore economists' nation stories may actually bolster the formation they are attempting to subvert. Fragments of Developmentis essential reading for those interested in development studies, feminist economics, international political economy, and globalization studies.
An insightful assessment of the study and teaching of writing against the larger theoretical, political and technological upheavals of the past 30 years.
CAN SHE TRUST A MYSTERY MAN? Stranded in a blinding snowstorm, Laurel Adams must pin her hope of survival on a handsome stranger. The single mother and her teen daughter take refuge in his remote Rocky Mountain cabin. But Laurel's anything but safe when she discovers a dead body in her trunk...and becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Her rescuer, millionaire David Greene, knows what it's like to be accused. Three years ago he was arrested for a crime he didn't commit-an unsolved case that still haunts him. With the clock ticking, can they stop a cold-blooded killer with deadly ties to them both?
Strange things are going on at the police station. Shelby's friend Susan Skelton has been accused of embezzling $10,000 in bail money. But Shelby doesn't believe that sweet, middle-aged Susan would commit such a crime. She knows it has to be a frame-up. Why? And more important-who? One thing is clear: the culprit must have had access to Susan's desk and files. Could it have been Officer Jack Bridges? Perhaps this new patrolman's not as loyal as he appears. Or could it have been... Detective Hineline? It sure doesn't seem his nature, but he's been acting very secretive lately. Suddenly, everyone at the station is becoming a suspect. Shelby knows it's up to her to find out who framed Susan. But the more clues she uncovers, the more complicated this becomes!
Dylan and his sisters have some ideas about how to make Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel more profitable business, but it is not until some strange men arrive with valuable paintings, and their father disappears, that they consider turning to crime.
A prince is in River Heights. A prince! This is big news. A prince from a relatively minor royal Italian family has come to River Heights to deliver a painting to Mrs. Mahoney, a friend of the royal family. Everyone excited about the royal visit--so you can imagine how shocking it is when the prince is thrown into jail. His family thinks he stole the painting! Nancy and her dad have reason to believe that the prince is innoncent. But can they prove that to everyone else?
When the historic Hopkins ferry is raised from the lake, a skeleton is discovered. Unfortunately, the only evidence is a piece of lace-like fabric. But once Betsy Devonshire and the patrons of her needlecraft shop lend a hand, they're sure to stitch together the details of this mystery...
First published in 1983 and now available with a new introduction by the author, Gardner's trailblazing book revolutionized the worlds of education and psychology by positing that rather than a single type of intelligence, we have several--most of which are neglected by standard testing and educational methods.
This book presents the issues central to teaching students from poverty, then takes a pivotal next step by offering proven tools educators can use immediately to improve the quality of instruction in their classrooms.
A penetrating critical perspective on the question of Thomas Jefferson's paternity that will make you rethink recent conventional wisdom. It is accepted by most scholars that Jefferson had a lengthy affair with his slave Sally Hemings and fathered at least one of her children, a conclusion based on a 1998 DNA study published in Nature and on the work of historian Annette Gordon-Reed. Framing a Legend argues compellingly that the DNA evidence is inconclusive and that there are remarkable flaws in the leading historical scholarship purporting to show such a liaison. It critically examines well-known books by Fawn Brodie, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Andrew Burstein. Among other defects in these authors' works, Holowchak notes selective use of evidence, ungrounded speculation, tendentious psychologizing, and unpersuasive argumentation. He delves into what we know about Thomas Jefferson's character by showing that the historical facts do not suggest any romantic interest on Jefferson's part in his female slaves. Turning to the genetic evidence, Holowchak points out that, though DNA analysis indicates the presence of a Y-chromosome from some Jefferson male in the Hemings family line, it is unwarranted to conclude that this must have come from Thomas Jefferson. Finally, he discusses Jefferson's racial attitudes and says that they argue against any liaison with Sally Hemings.
How African-Americans are depicted in movies.
France: 2004 Article IV Consultation--Staff Report; Staff Supplement; and Public Information Notice on the Executive Board Discussionby International Monetary Fund
A report from the International Monetary Fund.
Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include* customs, values, and traditions* historical, religious, and political background* life at home* leisure, social, and cultural life* eating and drinking* do's, don'ts, and taboos* business practices* communication, spoken and unspoken"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer"...as useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times
France's New Dealis an in-depth and important look at the remaking of the French state after World War II, a time when the nation was endowed with brand-new institutions for managing its economy and culture. Yet, as Philip Nord reveals, the significant process of state rebuilding did not begin at the Liberation. Rather, it got started earlier, in the waning years of the Third Republic and under the Vichy regime. Tracking the nation's evolution from the 1930s through the postwar years, Nord describes how a variety of political actors--socialists, Christian democrats, technocrats, and Gaullists--had a hand in the construction of modern France. Nord examines the French development of economic planning and a cradle-to-grave social security system; and he explores the nationalization of radio, the creation of a national cinema, and the funding of regional theaters. Nord shows that many of the policymakers of the Liberation era had also served under the Vichy regime, and that a number of postwar institutions and policies were actually holdovers from the Vichy era--minus the authoritarianism and racism of those years. From this perspective, the French state after the war was neither entirely new nor purely social-democratic in inspiration. The state's complex political pedigree appealed to a range of constituencies and made possible the building of a wide base of support that remained in place for decades to come. A nuanced perspective on the French state's postwar origins,France's New Dealchronicles how one modern nation came into being.
Francesca Shelwood is mortified when Marcus Carne reappears in her life--he stole the most magical, illicit kisses from the young, innocent Francesca! And she swore never to forgive him after being punished for her "wanton" behavior. . . . Now, on her inheritance, Marcus has returned to offer the unimaginable--marriage! An indignant Francesca refuses, but very soon she walks headlong into danger--and the only man ready to sacrifice his life, and reputation, for her sake is Marcus. . . .
TIES OF PASSION Poor little rich girl.... Francesca Brodey had the best of everything: beauty, clothes, even men! But, however much she had, it didn't alter how empty she felt inside. She wanted a man who could love her for what she was, not what she possessed. Sam Gallagher was definitely not what Francesca had in mind.... He was rugged, blunt and utterly impossible! It wasn't the most promising of situations. But Francesca knew she wanted Sam--and hadn't she always got what she wanted? Although this time it turned out to be much more than she'd bargained for! Part 2 of Sally Wentworth's three-part series: Ties of Passion. Money, looks, style--the Brodey family have everything...except love.
A distinctive new voice in children's fiction Francie lives with her mother and younger brother, Prez, in rural Alabama, where all three work and wait. Francie's father is trying to get settled in Chicago so he can move his family up North. Unfortunately, he's made promises he hasn't kept, and Francie painfully learns that her dreams of starting junior high school in an integrated urban classroom will go unfulfilled. Amid the day-to-day grind of working odd jobs for wealthy white folks on the other side of town, Francie becomes involved in helping a framed young black man to escape arrest -- a brave gesture, but one that puts the entire black community in danger. In this vivid portrait of a girl in the pre-Civil Rights era South, first-time novelist Karen English completes Francie's world using lively vernacular and a wide array of flesh-and-blood characters.
A critical examination of Francis Bacon, the scientist and educator who founded the scientific method that is used even today to deduce the answer to a given problem.
Francis Crick--the quiet genius who led a revolution in biology by discovering, quite literally, the secret of life--will be bracketed with Galileo, Darwin, and Einstein as one of the greatest scientists of all time. In his fascinating biography of the scientific pioneer who uncovered the genetic code-the digital cipher at the heart of heredity that distinguishes living from non-living things-acclaimed bestselling science writer Matt Ridley traces Crick's life from middle-class mediocrity in the English Midlands through a lackluster education and six years designing magnetic mines for the Royal Navy to his leap into biology at the age of thirty-one and its astonishing consequences. In the process, Ridley sheds a brilliant light on the man who forever changed our world and how we understand it.
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