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From the Book jacket: Coral reefs are one of the wonders of the natural world. Protecting thousands of miles of shoreline from erosion, these intricate structures support biodiversity essential to the balance of the world's ecosystems. They are one of nature's most significant and ancient infrastructures. Global warming and our overuse of the reefs is causing untold damage to these beautiful yet fragile formations. in this lavishly illustrated book, Dr Charles Sheppard explores the underwater world of coral reefs. Using popular examples from around the world, he explains how these vast constructs function and what must be done to save them. 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.
Garrett Hongo's long-awaited third collection of poems is a beautiful, elegiac gathering of his Japanese-American ancestors in their Hawaiian landscape and a testament to the power of poetry, as it brings their marginalized yet heroic narratives into the realm of art.In Coral Road Hongo explores the history of the impermanent homeland his ancestors found on the island of O'ahu after their immigration from southern Japan, and meditates on the dramatic tales of the islands. In sumptuous narrative poems he takes up strands of family stories and what he calls "a long legacy of silence" about their experience as contract laborers along the North Shore of the island. In the opening sequence, he brings to life the story of his great-grandparents fleeing from one plantation to another, finding their way by moonlight along coral roads and railroad tracks. As his grandmother, a girl of ten with an infant on her back, traverses "twelve-score stands of cane / chittering like small birds, nocturnal harpies in the feral constancies of wind," Hongo asks, "Where is the Virgil who might lead me through the shallow underworld of this history?" In fact, it is Hongo who guides himself--and us--as, in these devoted acts of recollection, he seeks to dispel the dislocation at the center of his legacy.The love of art--making beauty in however provisional a culture--has clearly been a guiding principle in Hongo's poetry. In this content-rich verse, Hongo hearkens to and delivers "the luminous and the anecdotal," bringing forth a complete aesthetic experience from the shards that make up a life.From the Hardcover edition.
Osprey's study of the Battle of the Coral Sea of World War II (1939-1945), which is unique in the annals of naval history. It is the first battle in which enemy fleets never came within sight of one another. Instead, aircraft launched from carrier decks were sent out to attack the enemy with bombs and torpedoes. In May of 1942, the Japanese fleet moved on Port Moresby, the last Allied base between Australia and Japan. Forced to respond, the Americans sent two aircraft carriers to protect the base. In the ensuing battle, one American carrier was destroyed and the other severely damaged. However, the Japanese also lost a carrier and decided to withdraw. Although bloody, it proved to be an important strategic victory for the Allies as the Japanese were forced to attempt future attacks on Port Moresby over land. Using the latest research and numerous period photographs, retired USN Commander Mark O. Stille tells the story of this important and unique battle in the Pacific War.
"Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. . . ."When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life. Celebrating ten years of Neil Gaiman's first modern classic for young readers, this edition is enriched with a brand-new foreword from the author, a reader's guide, and more.
Describes the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of corals.
In the mid-eighteenth century, an unsavory character and his simpleton son become involved in the lives of a wealthy English family when that family's eldest son is disinherited because of his love of music.
It starts when Cal gets off the train at the wrong stop in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere. He's stranded. Following a muddy path leads him to a castle that appears to be deserted. But inside is Corbenic, a magnificent hotel filled with rich people preparing for a banquet-and Cal is their guest of honor. During the meal, he experiences a disturbing vision, but when he is asked to talk about what he has seen, he denies it. What if he's becoming crazy, like his mother? When Cal wakes the next morning, the elegant castle turns out to be nothing more than an abandoned ruin. But something inside him has changed-he now knows he needs to right the wrongs in his life. It will be a difficult journey, and if Cal achieves his goal, it will not be without cost. The first step-he must return to Corbenic.
2 stories: Shards of Honor, and Barrayar, forming a continuous story of the life of Cordelia Vorkosigan nee Naismith, Miles' mother. Winner of the Hugo Award.
Every girl wishes she was a princess--and Claire's cousin is living the dream! But will this royal romance end in disaster? Eleven-year-old Claire Gross is fascinated by all things royal--especially because her very own cousin Belle is engaged to the Prince of England! Even though Claire is going to be a junior bridesmaid, she's not as excited about the wedding as you might think. For one thing, she can't tell anyone--not even her best friend. And for another, Claire's parents are divorced, so she's not so sure that "happily ever after" even exists.But when Claire gets to England and meets mean-girl Pandora--also a junior bridesmaid--she quickly realizes that whether or not she believes in true love, if she doesn't take action, Pandora could break up Belle's relationship! It may be the royal party of the century--but between the mishaps, the mayhem, and an awful social-climbing princess-wannabe, will there still be wedding bells for the happy couple?
A New York Times Bestseller For a few weeks, Her Royal Highness Camilla de Cordina could be just plain Camilla MacGee. Working for Delaney Caine offered a refuge from the press. As irritation toward him grew into desire, Camilla knew she'd soon have to reveal herself.
This volume contains the four books in the Cordina's Royal Family Series: Affaire Royale, Command Performance, The Playboy Prince, and Cordina's Crown Jewel.<P> Affaire Royale: Recently kidnapped Princess Gabriella has amnesia, but in the arms of bodyguard Reeve MacGee she finds a passion that's unforgettable.<P> Command Performance: Though His Royal Highness Alexander is destined to rule Cordina, it's regal -- and elusive -- Eve Hamilton who rules his heart.<P> The Playboy Prince: Why is reserved Hannah Rothchild so intriguing to dedicated ladies' man Prince Bennett? Is it her secret mission -- or the fascinating lady herself?<P> Cordina's Crown Jewel: For a few weeks, Her Royal Highness Camilla de Cordina could be just plain Camilla MacGee. Working for Delaney Caine offered a refuge from the press. As irritation toward him grew into desire, Camilla knew she'd soon have to reveal herself.
A delightful new setting--London--a wonderful new cast of characters and one incredibly clever dog. Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico neighborhood and the home turf of a captivating collection of quirky and altogether McCall-Smithian characters. There's the middle-aged wine merchant William, who's trying to convince his reluctant twenty-four-year-old son, Eddie, to leave the nest; and Marcia, the boutique caterer who has her sights set on William. There's also the (justifiably) much-loathed Member of Parliament Oedipus Snark; his mother, Berthea, who's writing his biography and hating every minute of it; and his long-suffering girlfriend, Barbara, a literary agent who would like to be his wife (but, then, she'd like to be almost anyone's wife). There's the vitamin evangelist, the psychoanalyst, the art student with a puzzling boyfriend and Freddie de la Hay, the Pimlico terrier who insists on wearing a seat belt and is almost certainly the only avowed vegetarian canine in London. Filled with the ins and outs of neighborliness in all its unexpected variations, Corduroy Mansions showcases the life, laughter and humanity that have become the hallmarks of Alexander McCall Smith's work. From the Hardcover edition.
Ida Mae McAuley wonders if her occupation and marital status will forever be defined by the same word: spinster. Cyrus Morgan has proposed more than once, but is her gratitude for his kindness since her parents' tragic deaths reason enough to accept? Seven years ago Olin Orr's temper cost another man his life. Now an accomplished tinsmith, Olin returns to Charlotte to rent McAuley's vacant smithy, knowing he must also face the past. When the lovely Ida Mae begins receiving threats, demanding she get rid of her tenant, Olin fears coming home was a mistake. But is the perpetrator trying to get rid of Olin? Or is Ida Mae the real target?
Cordwood masonry is an ancient building technique whereby walls are constructed from "log ends" laid transversely in the wall. It is easy, economical, aesthetically striking, energy-efficient, and environmentally sound.Cordwood Building collects the wisdom of more than 25 of the world's best practitioners, detailing the long history of the method, and demonstrating how to build a cordwood home using the latest and most up-to-date techniques, with a special focus on building code issues.Author/editor Rob Roy has been building, researching, and teaching about cordwood masonry for 25 years and, with his wife, started Earthwood Building School in 1981. He has written 10 books on alternative building, presented four videos--including two about cordwood masonry--and has taught cordwood masonry all over the world.
THIS INTENSE AND COMPACT NOVEL crackles with obsession, betrayal, and madness, and was an Oregon Book Award Finalist for fiction 2005. As the narrator becomes fixated on his best friend's girlfriend, his precarious hold on sanity rapidly deteriorates into delusion and violence. This story can be read as the classic myth of Hades and Persephone (Core) rewritten for a twenty-first century audience as well as a dark, foreboding tale of unrequited love and loneliness. Alonso skillfully uses language to imitate memory and psychosis, putting the reader squarely inside the narrator's head. In addition, deliberate misuse of standard punctuation blurs the distinction between the narrator's internal and external worlds. A sense of alienation and Faulknerian grotesquerie permeate this landscape where desire is borne in the bloom of a daffodil and sanity lies toppled like an applecart in the mud.
Core Awareness, Revised Edition: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, and Dance offers a guide to Core Awareness, a body-oriented approach that explores the practice of bringing focus and attention to inner sensation as the means of cultivating an innate capacity for expressive movement. Developed by somatic educator and author Liz Koch, the book's Core Awareness movements, stretches, and mindfulness explorations are designed to enhance sensory development and shift readers from the standard paradigm of the body as an "isolated object" to a holistic paradigm of the human being as part of a living process of dynamic expression. This shift in perspective offers practitioners and teachers of movement, yoga, pilates, bodywork, exercise, and dance an empowering model for self-healing and the key to increasing strength, gaining flexibility, preventing injury, and improving resiliency.Describing the practice of moving from one's core, Koch highlights the importance of engaging the psoas muscle--located on either side of the spine--to integrate the body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Koch also discusses the pelvis as the foundation of our physical core and the vital connection with our bones to gain a sense of support, nourishment, joint integrity, skeletal balance, and healthy muscle tone. Rewritten with updated information, this revised edition includes 247 new photos and 25 new Core Awareness explorations--with 64 in total. A suggested reading list at the end of the book provides resources for continuing the development of the ideas presented within the book.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Taking the Bible at face value, Dr. Towns explains Christianity's basic concepts, beginning with the premise that Christianity revolves around a Person--Jesus Christ.
Though kidney transplantation is considered a routine procedure, there are still significant challenges in post-transplant management. Core Concepts in Renal Transplantation is a clinically focused authoritative guide to the management of kidney transplantation. This comprehensive, state-of-the-art reference summarizes the recent changes in the field of transplantation, offering the complete range of up-to-date information on all the various aspects of basic immunobiology and the medical care of the transplant recipient. Written by a team of renowned authorities in renal transplantation, this concise resource is intended for both the nephrologist and the non-specialist with an interest in kidney transplantation.
We wrote this text for graduate and upper-level undergraduate accounting courses and graduate courses in public administration and public affairs.
A revolutionary fitness book by Chris Robinson that will change your body and your life Personal trainer Chris Robinson has helped celebrities, athletes, top executives, and ordinary people from coast to coast tone their muscles and melt away pounds in a matter of weeks with a simple workout philosophy: train from your core. To most, the core is synonymous with washboard abs, but it also encompasses twenty-nine muscles in and around your trunk, pelvis, hips, buttocks, and lower back. A strong core gives you the stability and mobility you need for better posture and balance, reduced back pain, and a more effective overall workout. In The Core Connection, Chris invites a team of five brave men and women with busy, stressful lives to follow his life-changing regimen for six weeks. The result -- a combined total weight loss of 78 pounds! Chris's unique program integrates the important principles of Pilates -- emphasis on core strength, muscle control, breathing, and correct posture -- into standard cardio and weight-bearing exercises for a total body workout. By learning to engage all the muscles in your core, you also increase your calorie burn and reduce your risk of injury. The Core Connection is a safe, effective, portable workout that is perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels. Chris's explicit, easy-to-understand instructions are accompanied by clear illustrations that will help you check your form as he focuses on the specific aspects of alignment, muscle control, and breath that are essential for achieving the maximum benefit from each exercise. He offers a plan for simple, total body workouts that include mat work to help you find and feel your core muscles, cardio, and strength training -- with the option of using weight machines or your own body weight. He also shares important tips for improving your diet without completely giving up the foods you love. The Core Connection is more than just a workout plan. It's a totally new approach to your life. Your body is only as strong as its core. With Chris Robinson's help, you can look and feel better than ever.
The book is designed to help students be able to write in the Toolkits provided so that they can keep track of what they learn. This helps students as they can refer to those notes when they need referral from what they learned. Lessons in the book include a prompt that asks students to think and write about the tops they learn in a Learning Log.
In this course, you will learn to use new models and methods to think about problems as well as solve them. You will develop powerful mathematical tools and learn new ways of thinking about and how to investigate situations. You will learn to make connections, discovering relationships, figuring out what strategies can be used to solve problems, and explaining your thinking. This is volume 1.
In this course, you will learn to use new models and methods to think about problems as well as solve them. You will develop powerful mathematical tools and learn new ways of thinking about and investigating situations. You will learn how to make connections, discovering relationships, figuring out what strategies can be used to solve problems, and explaining your thinking. This is the second volume.
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