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This memoir is based on the author's experience in losing his vision and learning to navigate the sighted-centric world.
(back of book) In 1886, seventeen-year-old mother Emma Lewis left her parents' home in Indiana and took a train west to the Dakota Territory. She was to join her husband, James, and start her new life as a married woman. With a mixture of excitement and sadness, she looked to the future that lay before her... October came in exceedingly hot and dry. Clouds of grasshoppers whirred over the plains, a desolate sight. Charley and Jim left for a few days to get supplies. Emma and the girls sat on the shady side of the house where she was teaching them to crochet. She noticed the acrid odor of smoke. The odor deepened rapidly and the sun turned a bright orange. It then turned a deep ruby red and disappeared into a gloom of hellish smoke swirls. Suddenly, it was night. The little girls were the first to realize the horrible truth, "Oh, Aunt Emma, the prairie's on fire!" They looked back only once to see the flames lapping up their lovely home. On and on they ran, choked by the smoke, and constantly slapping out the bits of burning grass that caught onto their clothing and hair. Emma was in no condition to carry her child any further. She was completely exhausted and ready to give up... A Dakota Woman is a true account of life on the Dakota prairie. Written by Emma Elizabeth Lewis, it documents one family's hopes, dreams, sorrows, and adventures. From tales of prairie fires to meeting Thomas Edison, A Dakota Woman gives an accurate look into life on the prairie in the late 1800s.
Spunky is a sassy, classy terrier mutt with a nose for detecting the truth. She lives with her "mom," psychologist Dr. Hannah Richards and four tomcats: Fearless, Bobby, Sweetie, and Fancy Pants. Eleven years ago, a patient held Dr. Richards hostage. Traumatized, she stopped seeing patients. Now her husband has died, and Hannah Richards must return to work. Spunky and her pals are dedicated to keeping Hannah safe, but that job is getting tougher. Dr. Richards is about to meet a force greater than her old fears. Her newest patient is a dangerous man -- and he's stalking her. Spunky smells a connection to their past, but can she solve the puzzle in time? The Nose Knows is a suspenseful, heartwarming, funny, romantic tale that deals with big issues -- crippling grief, the effect of animal companionship on the human soul, and the power of love. Once you've seen the world through the eyes of Spunky, your view will never be the same.
Rob Lockhart's mountain-climbing exploits have made him an international celebrity. At the age of twenty-eight, he has reached the top of every mountain above eight thousand meters except Mt. Everest, and that one is next on his list. He enlists Ang, a friend and Tibetan Sherpa, to aid him in recreating the 1924 Everest expedition undertaken by British climbers George Mallory and Sandy Irvine. Unknown to Rob, however, Ang has run afoul of the Chinese authorities, and their climb puts both of their lives in danger. Rescued by Tibetan lamas, Rob must go into hiding to survive. What he learns during his time at the monastery will help him understand Buddhism, Christianity, and his own purpose. In this exciting tale, J. W. Berry combines deep spiritual insights with the intrigue of world politics and the struggle of the Tibetan people to worship freely. Join the adventure and let Rob's story take you on a journey of liberation.
Two Ends of a Leash: Unshackled is the life story of author Grace D. Napier. Born blind, Grace came from a humble home in New Jersey. She began school when there were no special education programs for children who were blind. The teachers and principal regarded Grace as not only blind, but also mentally retarded. Because they misunderstood her disability, they ignored her, letting her sit idle at her desk every day. Nevertheless, Grace had a hunger to learn. When her parents heard about a special education program in the next city, Grace met Miss Katharine Taylor, her new special education teacher. Grace's life was forever changed, thanks to the influence of this gifted teacher. Now eighty-five, Grace resides in Colorado after a long career of teaching children and graduate students at three universities. Grace began using Seeing Eye dog guides when she was seventeen years old. She is now working with her ninth dog, Esma (shown on the front cover). Read her fascinating and inspiring story.