Author: Caroline Alexander
In August 1914, days before the outbreak of the First World War, the renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. Weaving a treacherous path through the freezing Weddell Sea, they had come within eighty-five miles of their destination when their ship, Endurance, was trapped fast in the ice pack. Soon the ship was crushed like matchwood, leaving the crew stranded on the floes. Their ordeal would last for twenty months, and they would make two near-fatal attempts to escape by open boat before their final rescue. Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, Caroline Alexander gives us a riveting account of Shackleton's expedition--one of history's greatest epics of survival. And she presents the astonishing work of Frank Hurley, the Australian photographer whose visual record of the adventure has never before been published comprehensively. Together, text and image re-create the terrible beauty of Antarctica, the awful destruction of the ship, and the crew's heroic daily struggle to stay alive, a miracle achieved largely through Shackleton's inspiring leadership. The survival of Hurley's remarkable images is scarcely less miraculous: The original glass plate negatives, from which most of the book's illustrations are superbly reproduced, were stored in hermetically sealed cannisters that survived months on the ice floes, a week in an open boat on the polar seas, and several more months buried in the snows of a rocky outcrop called Elephant Island. Finally Hurley was forced to abandon his professional equipment; he captured some of the most unforgettable images of the struggle with a pocket camera and three rolls of Kodak film. Published in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History's landmark exhibition on Shackleton's journey, The Endurance thrillingly recounts one of the last great adventures in the Heroic Age of exploration--perhaps the greatest of them all. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: R. J. Palacio
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND JACOB TREMBLAY! Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. "Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder
Author: Hermann Hesse
Publisher: Wilder Publications
A friend's mother, war, and newly discoverd self-respect draw a young man toward his psychological awakening.
Author: Carla Nieto
Publisher: Ma Non Troppo
Madrid es sorpresa, magia, leyenda, historia, humor y muchísimas cosas más. Sus calles esconden secretos que han permanecido ocultos a las miradas de los curiosos. El tiempo se ha encargado de desvelar muchos de ellos. La intención de este libro es compartir con el lector las anécdotas y los hechos históricos que se produjeron en las vías más famosas de la capital, pero también participar de las sensaciones que se producen al recorrer algunos de los lugares más típicos de la ciudad. -¿Es cierto que en la Plaza de la Paja se lidiaban toros? -¿Qué historia de amor tuvo lugar en la calle de Barbieri? -¿Cuál es el origen del dicho "la casa de tócame Roque"? -¿Quién fue Juan Bravo Murillo? -¿Qué fenómenos extraños se produjeron en la calle Caballero de Gracia? La impronta de esta Villa y Corte universal se refleja en sus muros, en sus calles y en su asfalto, siempre dispuesta a dejarse descubrir por los ojos curiosos del paseante ocasional que mira y admira cada uno de sus rincones. Esquinas, rincones, fuentes y rejas de la ciudad de Madrid esconden anécdotas que, al oírlas, sorprenden al paseante y lo acercan con ánimo curioso al balcón de la historia. Porque si algo tiene esta ciudad es que ha sido testigo de pasiones, traiciones, misterios y secretos que han forjado su leyenda. La autora de este libro pinta un retrato en el que pueden verse los rasgos que distinguen a esta gran ciudad con pinceladas de su historia, los establecimientos más curiosos y los personajes que transitaron por ella. Y lo hace de la mejor manera que puede hacerse, paseando por sus calles y haciéndonos llegar el aroma y el color de esta acogedora ciudad. -¿Qué sucesos dieron nombre a la calle de la Cabeza? -¿Sabía que en la plaza de la Cebada tuvieron lugar ejecuciones públicas? -¿Cuál es el bucólico origen de la calle del Clavel? -¿Conocía la existencia del cemente- rio de la calle de las Huertas? -¿Qué leyenda se cuenta de la calle del Pez?
Author: Luisgé Martín
Publisher: Hispabooks Pub
A reflection on the search for one's identity and fulfillment and the uncertainty of our dreams.
Author: Daniel Chanan Matt
Publisher: Paulist Press
This is the first translation with commentary of selections from The Zohar, the major text of the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. This work was written in 13th-century Spain by Moses de Leon, a Spanish scholar.
Author: John Napier
Publisher: MIT Press (MA)
"The tasks which fill'd beginners with dismayThis little book has banish'd clear away."John Napier had already discovered and published an epochmaking treatise on logarithms when in 1617 he turned to "rabdology" or rod-reckoning as yet another means by which to confront the problem of simplifying the huge calculations involved in multiplication, division, and the extraction of roots. This first English translation of Napier's Rabdologia provides a clear and readable introduction to a group of physical calculating devices, which, long overshadowed by Napier's logarithms, have their own intrinsic interest and charm. Book I describes the first device, a set of rods known as "Napier's Bones," which were inscribed with numbers forming multiplication tables and used in conjunction with pencil and paper. Book 11 presents a series of simple calculations that readers can solve by using the rods, and a series of tables of ratios useful for division. Napier then describes the second mechanical device for calculation, a forerunner of the modern calculator that he named promptuary or "place where things are stored ready for use." The third device, similar to a chessboard, allowed calculations to be performed by moving counters around the squares. Observing that the numbers had to be represented in what would now be called binary form, Napier provides instructions for changing from ordinary to binary numbers and back again, a method that worked equally well for multiplication and division and that had a particularly elegant symmetry when applied to the extraction of square roots.
Author: Silvina Ocampo
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Silvina Ocampo possessed her own special enchantment as a poet. For fifty years she was associated with prominent literary and artistic personalities in Buenos Aires, and content to live as oa famous unknowno far from the public eye, writing furiously, hiding her work, gradually publishing several books of poetry and fiction, and eventually winning all of her country's major literary prizes. Only now is her extraordinary achievement as a poet becoming more widely recognized beyond Latin America. Ocampo's poetry occupies a mythical, enigmatic space with its meditations on love's travails, intuitions of kinship between plant and animal realms, and inquiries into place and family and memory. This is the first collection of Ocampo's poetry to appear in English and displays the full range of her production-from her first published book in 1942 to her last in 1972, from her early sonnets on native landscape and history to her explorations of myth and classical history and love's depths, as well as the metaphysical turn in her later verse.
Author: Cary Nelson, Jefferson Hendricks
First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Author: Javier Montes
Nicely spun out tight tale of obsession by writer featured in Granta s 2010 issue "The Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists.""
Author: Stephen Page
"This is the first introductory level text to look at the nature of urban tourism. A study of the issues and problems involved in urban tourism reveals the multifunctional nature of cities as tourist destinations. All the main aspects of urban tourism are examined including: the range of tourists and their motives for visiting urban destinations, the types of facilities, the impact of tourism on urban environments, and managerial and planning techniques used to market and manage cities as tourism destinations." "Recent innovations in the management of urban tourism are highlighted. A range of international case studies provide practical examples of the issues raised. This integrated, holistic view of urban tourism encompasses the needs of practitioners, and will be very useful for students of tourism, leisure and planning at diploma and undergraduate level."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Author: Alan Moore
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
A story of lust, madness and ecstasy, 'Voice of the Fire' follows 12 distinctive characters who lived in central England over a span of 6000 years. Their narratives are woven together in patterns of recurring events, strange traditions and uncanny visions, as each discovers the secrets of the land.