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The Geography of You and Me

The Geography of You and Me Description:

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout After they re rescued they spend a single night together wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan But once the power is restored so is reality Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents while Owen heads out west with his father br br Lucy and Owen s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards occasional e mails and finally a reunion in the city where they first met br br A carefully charted map of a long distance relationship Jennifer E Smith s new novel shows that the center of the world isn t necessarily a place It can be a person too

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Geography Club (Russel Middlebrook, #1)

Geography Club (Russel Middlebrook, #1) Description:

I knew that any wrong action however slight could reveal my true identity br br Russel is still going on dates with girls Kevin would do anything to prevent his teammates on the baseball team from finding out Min and Terese tell everyone they re really just good friends But after a while the truth s too hard to hide at least from each other so they form the Geography Club Nobody else will come Why would they want to Their secret should be safe

Rating: 3.28 out of 5

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World Description:

Weiner spent a decade as a foreign correspondent reporting from such discontented locales as Iraq Afghanistan and Indonesia Unhappy people living in profoundly unstable states he notes inspire pathos and make for good copy but not for good karma So Weiner admitted grump and self help book aficionado undertook a year s research to travel the globe looking for the unheralded happy places The result is this book equal parts laugh out loud funny and philosophical a journey into both the definition of and the destination for true contentment br br Apparently the happiest places on earth include somewhat unexpectedly Iceland Bhutan and India Weiner also visits the country deemed most malcontent Moldova and finds real merit in the claim br br But the question remains What makes people happy Is it the freedom of the West or the myriad restrictions of Singapore The simple ashrams of India or the glittering shopping malls of Qatar br From the youthful drunkenness of Iceland to the despond of Slough a sad but resilient town in Heathrow s flight path Weiner offers wry yet profound observations about the way people relate to circumstance and fate br br Both revealing and inspirational perhaps the best thing about this hilarious trip across four continents is that for the reader the geography of bliss is wherever they happen to find themselves while reading it

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

Woman: An Intimate Geography

Woman: An Intimate Geography Description:

With the clarity insight and sheer exuberance of language that make her one of i The New York Times i s premier stylists Pulitzer Prize winner Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces the female body Angier takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of female anatomy and physiology that explores everything from organs to orgasm and delves into topics such as exercise menopause and the mysterious properties of breast milk br br A self proclaimed scientific fantasia of womanhood b Woman b ultimately challenges widely accepted Darwinian based gender stereotypes Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced research in evolutionary psychology the study of the biological bases of behavior and consequently lead to dubious conclusions about female nature such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are natural philanderers br br But Angier doesn t just point fingers she offers optimistic alternatives and transcends feminist polemics with an enlightened subversiveness that makes for a joyful fresh vision of womanhood b Woman b is a seminal work that will endure as an essential read for anyone intersted in how biology affects who we are as women as men and as human beings

Rating: 3.53 out of 5

The Outsiders

The Outsiders Description:

In Ponyboy s world there are two types of people There are the Socs the rich society kids who get away with anything Then there are the greasers like Ponyboy who aren t so lucky Ponyboy has a few things he can count on his older brothers his friends and trouble with the Socs whose idea of a good time is beating up greasers At least he knows what to expect until the night things go too far

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith Description:

In her critically acclaimed i Leaving Church i a beautiful absorbing memoir i Dallas Morning News i Barbara Brown Taylor wrote about leaving full time ministry to become a professor a decision that stretched the boundaries of her faith Now in her stunning follow up i An Altar in the World i she shares how she learned to encounter God beyond the walls of any church p From simple practices such as walking working and getting lost to deep meditations on topics like prayer and pronouncing blessings Taylor reveals concrete ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see Something as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of devotion if we pay attention to what we are doing and take time to attend to the sights smells and sounds around us Making eye contact with the cashier at the grocery store becomes a moment of true human connection Allowing yourself to get lost leads to new discoveries Under Taylor s expert guidance we come to question conventional distinctions between the sacred and the secular learning that no physical act is too earthbound or too humble to become a path to the divine As we incorporate these practices into our daily lives we begin to discover altars everywhere we go in nearly everything we do p

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks Description:

i Maphead Charting the Wide Weird World of Geography Wonks i is Ken s followup to his best seller i Brainiac i Much as i Brainiac i offered a behind the scenes look at the little known demimonde of competitive trivia buffs i Maphead i finally gives equal time to that other downtrodden underclass America s map nerds br br In a world where geography only makes the headlines when college students are endlessly discovered to be bad at it these hardy souls somehow thrive Some crisscross the map working an endless geographic checklist visiting all U S counties for example or all UNESCO World Heritage Sites Some pore over million dollar collections of the rarest maps of the past others embrace the future by hunting real world cartographic treasures like geocaches or degree confluences with GPS device in hand Some even draw thousands of their own imaginary maps lovingly detailing worlds that never were br br Ken Jennings was a map nerd from a young age himself you will not be surprised to learn even sleeping with a bulky Hammond atlas at the side of his pillow in lieu of the traditional Teddy bear As he travels the nation meeting others of his tribe map librarians publishers roadgeeks pint sized National Geographic Bee prodigies the computer geniuses behind Google Maps and other geo technologies he comes to admire these geographic obsessives Now that technology and geographic illiteracy are increasingly insulating us from the lay of the land around us we are going to be needing these people more than ever Mapheads are the ones who always know exactly where they are and where everything else is as well

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography Description:

b A beautiful meditation on life in the Great Plains from award winning author and poet Kathleen Norris b br br br br Kathleen Norris invites readers to experience rich moments of prayer and presence in i Dakota i a timeless tribute to a place in the American landscape that is at once desolate and sublime harsh and forgiving steeped in history and myth In thoughtful discerning prose she explores how we come to inhabit the world we see and how that world also inhabits us Her voice is a steady assurance that we can and do chart our spiritual geography wherever we go

Rating: 3.30 out of 5


Speak Description:

The first ten lies they tell you in high school br br Speak up for yourself we want to know what you have to say br br From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High Melinda knows this is a big fat lie part of the nonsense of high school She is friendless outcast because she busted an end of summer party by calling the cops so now nobody will talk to her let alone listen to her As time passes she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether Only her art class offers any solace and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party she was raped by an upperclassman a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him But this time Melinda fights back refuses to be silent and thereby achieves a measure of vindication br br In Laurie Halse Anderson s powerful novel an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself br br i Speak i was a National Book Award Finalist for Young People s Literature

Rating: 3.25 out of 5


Stargirl Description:

Stargirl From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound the hallways hum with the murmur of Stargirl Stargirl She captures Leo Borlock s heart with just one smile She sparks a school spirit revolution with just one cheer The students of Mica High are enchanted At first br br Then they turn on her Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different and Leo panicked and desperate with love urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her normal In this celebration of nonconformity Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love br br b i Just announced STARGIRL will be adapted for film by screenwriter Kristin Hahn and director Catherine Hardwicke i b br br

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics Description:

All leaders are constrained by geography Their choices are limited by mountains rivers seas and concrete Yes to follow world events you need to understand people ideas and movements but if you don t know geography you ll never have the full picture br br If you ve ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea why the USA was destined to become a global superpower or why China s power base continues to expand ever outwards the answers are all here br br In ten chapters covering Russia China the USA Latin America the Middle East Africa India and Pakistan Europe Japan and Korea and the Arctic using maps essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author Prisoners of Geography looks at the past present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history br

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

How I Learned Geography

How I Learned Geography Description:

Having fled from war in their troubled homeland a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country Food is scarce so when the boy s father brings home a map instead of bread for supper at first the boy is furious But when the map is hung on the wall it floods their cheerless room with color As the boy studies its every detail he is transported to exotic places without ever leaving the room and he eventually comes to realize that the map feeds him in a way that bread never could br br The award winning artist s most personal work to date is based on his childhood memories of World War II and features stunning illustrations that celebrate the power of imagination An author s note includes a brief description of his family s experience two of his early drawings and the only surviving photograph of himself from that time br i How I Learned Geography i is a Caldecott Honor Book and a Bank Street Best Children s Book of the Year

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

National Geographic: The Photographs

National Geographic: The Photographs Description:

National Geographic The Photographs is a captivating full color presentation of National Geographic magazine s best and most memorable photographs of the last years the facts behind them and the stories of the men and women who took them Page after page of this beautiful large format book presents stunning images that capture the major themes of the National Geographic Society wildlife on land and underwater cultures in the United States and around the world and science from astronomy and archaeology to the human senses Accompanying the images are the photographers accounts of the techniques they used and their adventures in the field sometimes humorous sometimes terrifying and always vividly compelling National Geographic The Photographs also includes an introductory chapter that chronicles the evolution of the photographic principles that have kept National Geographic at the forefront of the field and presents the visionaries who believed that photography had the power to tell important truths br br i Contents i br br Foreword br Then and now br Faraway places br In the wild br Underwater br The Sciences br In the U S A br Index

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

The Geography of Girlhood

The Geography of Girlhood Description:

On her fourth birthday Penny received a globe from her mother If you ever need me just remember I ll always be somewhere on here Two weeks later her mother left never to return In a powerful verse novel Penny charts the landscape of her high school years her older sister s wild ways her best friend s descent into depression her first boyfriend s accidental death her crush on a teacher her father s new marriage her protective relationship of her younger stepbrother and always her longing for her missing mother Overcome by the pain in her life Penny runs away with her sister s ex boyfriend but realizes it s a mistake and returns home to heal The geography metaphor and wanderlust theme successfully connect the poems some of which were published previously in literary journals and the emotions of high school and small town life are beautifully expressed nothing ever happens and if it does all the things with wings fly away

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

Geography III

Geography III Description:

i Geography III i Bishop s final book of poems first appaered in It contains such masterpieces as In the Waiting Room The Moose and One Art br

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Greatest Trips

Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Greatest Trips Description:

No one knows the world like National Geographic and in this lavish volume we reveal our picks for the world s most fabulous journeys along with helpful information for readers who want to try them out br br Compiled from the favorite trips of National Geographic s travel writers i Journeys of a Lifetime i spans the globe to highlight the best of the world s most famous and lesser known sojourns It presents an incredible diversity of possibilities from ocean cruises around Antarctica to horse treks in the Andes Every continent and every possible form of transport is covered br br A timely resource for the burgeoning ranks of active travelers who crave adventurous and far flung trips i Journeys of a Lifetime i provides scores of creative ideas trekking the heights of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania mountain biking in Transylvania driving through the scenic highlands of Scotland or rolling through the outback on Australia s famous Ghan train and dozens of other intriguing options all over the world br br i Journeys of a Lifetime i also features fun Top lists in all sorts of categories What are the world s top elevator rides bridges to walk across trolley rides ancient highways or underground walking adventures Readers will love evaluating and debating the selections br br Each chapter showcases stunning photography full color maps evocative text and expert advice including how to get there when to visit and how to make the most of the journey all packaged in a luxurious oversize volume to treasure for years to come

Rating: 3.77 out of 5

The Geography Of Murder (Geography of Murder, #1)

The Geography Of Murder (Geography of Murder, #1) Description:

All Jason Zachary wants is to keep the loneliness and despair at bay He escapes to the clubs where drugs and a warm body for the night offer fleeting comfort But when he wakes one morning dazed after another blackout to find himself in bed with a dead body his life careens him into the arms of Detective Alexander Spider For Jason Spider becomes an addiction a drug that makes him feel alive and safe his body craves Spider s control and Jason falls hard br br But Alex Spider sees the darker side of humanity daily and he isn t looking for connections only to drown himself in encounters with nameless subs willing to let him play his bondage games His attraction to Jason begins as lust for one more golden boy but their games of pain and pleasure grow into a tenuous trust arousing feelings in Spider that are the first light he s seen in a long time br br But as Spider races to solve a brutal homicide the daily grind of the job takes its toll and Spider s control slips dangerously A killer closes in and Spider must confront his own inner darkness while Jason struggles to save himself by making some hard choices

Rating: 3.70 out of 5

Call of the Mall: The Geography of Shopping

Call of the Mall: The Geography of Shopping Description:

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Rating: 3.60 out of 5

You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination

You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination Description:

Mapmaking fulfills one of our most ancient and deepseated desires understanding the world around us and our place in it But maps need not just show continents and oceans there are maps to heaven and hell to happiness and despair maps of moods matrimony and mythological places There are maps to popular culture from Gulliver s Island to Gilligan s Island There are speculative maps of the world before it was known and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker Artists maps show another kind of uncharted realm the imagination What all these maps have in common is their creators willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention br i You Are Here i is a wide ranging collection of such superbly inventive maps These are charts of places you re not expected to find but a voyage you take in your mind an exploration of the ideal country estate from a dog s perspective a guide to buried treasure on Skeleton Island a trip down the road to success or the world as imagined by an inmate of a mental institution With over maps from artists cartographers and explorers i You are Here i gives the reader a breath taking view of worlds both real and imaginary

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape

The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape Description:

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Rating: 3.57 out of 5

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies Description:

b A tour of the world s hidden geographies from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today b At a time when Google Maps Street View can take you on a virtual tour of Yosemite s remotest trails and cell phones double as navigational systems it s hard to imagine there s any uncharted ground left on the planet In i Unruly Places i Alastair Bonnett goes to some of the most unexpected offbeat places in the world to reinspire our geographical imagination br br Bonnett s remarkable tour includes moving villages secret cities no man s lands and floating islands He explores places as disorienting as Sandy Island an island included on maps until just two years ago despite the fact that it never existed Or Sealand an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation issuing passports and crowning his wife as a princess Or Baarle a patchwork of Dutch and Flemish enclaves where walking from the grocery store s produce section to the meat counter can involve crossing national borders br br An intrepid guide down the road much less traveled Bonnett reveals that the most extraordinary places on earth might be hidden in plain sight just around the corner from your apartment or underfoot on a wooded path Perfect for urban explorers wilderness ramblers and armchair travelers struck by wanderlust i Unruly Places i will change the way you see the places you inhabit

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography

Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography Description:

Did the Great Flood of Indian legend actually happen Why did the Buddha walk to Sarnath to give his first sermon How did the Europeans map India br The history of any country begins with its geography With sparkling wit and intelligence Sanjeev Sanyal sets off to explore India and look at how the country s history was shaped by among other things its rivers mountains and cities Traversing remote mountain passes visiting ancient archaeological sites crossing rivers in shaky boats and immersing himself in old records and manuscripts he considers questions about Indian history that we rarely ask Why do Indians call their country Bharat How did the British build the railways across the subcontinent What was it like to sail on an Indian Ocean merchant ship in the fifth century AD Why was the world s highest mountain named after George Everest

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

Certificate Physical And Human Geography (New Oxford Progressive Geography)

Certificate Physical And Human Geography (New Oxford Progressive Geography) Description:

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Rating: 3.42 out of 5

The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays

The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays Description:

In the essays that constitute this collection Guy Davenport one of America s major literary critics elucidates a range of literary history encompassing literature art philosophy and music from the ancients to the grand old men of modernism

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

The New Geography of Jobs

The New Geography of Jobs Description:

From a rising young economist an examination of innovation and success and where to find them in America An unprecedented redistribution of jobs population and wealth is under way in America and it is likely to accelerate in the years to come America s new economic map shows growing differences not just between people but especially between communities In this important and persuasive book U C Berkeley economist Enrico Moretti provides a fresh perspective on the tectonic shifts that are reshaping America s labor market from globalization and income inequality to immigration and technological progress and how these shifts are affecting our communities Drawing on a wealth of stimulating new studies Moretti uncovers what smart policies may be appropriate to address the social challenges that are arising We re used to thinking of the United States in dichotomous terms red versus blue black versus white haves versus have nots But today there are i three i Americas At one extreme are the brain hubs cities like San Francisco Boston Austin and Durham with a well educated labor force and a strong innovation sector Their workers are among the most productive creative and best paid on the planet At the other extreme are cities once dominated by traditional manufacturing which are declining rapidly losing jobs and residents In the middle are a number of cities that could go either way For the past thirty years the three Americas have been growing apart at an accelerating rate This divergence is one the most important recent developments in the United States and is causing growing geographic disparities is all other aspects of our lives from health and longevity to family stability and political engagement But the winners and losers aren t necessarily who you d expect Moretti s groundbreaking research shows that you don t have to be a scientist or an engineer to thrive in one of these brain hubs Among the beneficiaries are the workers who support the idea creators the carpenters hair stylists personal trainers lawyers doctors teachers and the like In fact Moretti has shown that for every new innovation job in a city five additional non innovation jobs are created and those workers earn higher salaries than their counterparts in other cities It wasn t supposed to be this way As the global economy shifted from manufacturing to innovation geography was supposed to matter less But the pundits were wrong A new map is being drawn the inevitable result of deep seated but rarely discussed economic forces These trends are reshaping the very fabric of our society Dealing with this split supporting growth in the hubs while arresting the decline elsewhere will be the challenge of the century and i The New Geography of Jobs i lights the way

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

Geography Of The Heart

Geography Of The Heart Description:

In this poignant memoir the author interweaves two fascinating stories his own upbringing as the youngest of nine children of a Kentucky whiskey maker and that of his lover Larry Rose the only child of German Jews survivors of the Holocaust With grace and affectionate humor he follows their relationship from their first meeting through Larry s death I m so lucky his lover told him repeatedly even as he was confronting HIV Denial pure and simple Johnson told himself until our third and final trip to Paris where on our last night in the city we sat together in the courtyard of the Picasso Museum There I turned to him and said I m so lucky and it was as if the time allotted to him to teach me this lesson the time allotted to me to learn it had been consumed and there was nothing left but the facts of things to play out

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

The Aeneid of Virgil: With English Notes, Critical and Explanatory; A Metrical Clavis, and an Historical, Geographical and Mythological Index

The Aeneid of Virgil: With English Notes, Critical and Explanatory; A Metrical Clavis, and an Historical, Geographical and Mythological Index Description:

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem written by Virgil between and BC that tells the legendary story of Aeneas a Trojan who travelled to Italy where he became the ancestor of the Romans It comprises lines in dactylic hexameter The first six of the poem s twelve books tell the story of Aeneas s wanderings from Troy to Italy and the poem s second half tells of the Trojans ultimately victorious war upon the Latins under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed The hero Aeneas was already known to Greco Roman legend and myth having been a character in the Iliad composed in the th century BC Virgil took the disconnected tales of Aeneas s wanderings his vague association with the foundation of Rome and a personage of no fixed characteristics other than a scrupulous pietas and fashioned this into a compelling founding myth or national epic that at once tied Rome to the legends of Troy explained the Punic wars glorified traditional Roman virtues and legitimized the Julio Claudian dynasty as descendants of the founders heroes and gods of Rome and Troy

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently... and Why

The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently... and Why Description:

A landmark book Robert J Sternberg president of the American Psychological Association by one of the world s preeminent psychologists that proves human behavior is not hard wired but a function of culture br br Everyone knows that while different cultures think about the world differently they use the same equipment for doing their thinking But what if everyone is wrong br br i The Geography of Thought i documents Richard Nisbett s groundbreaking international research in cultural psychology and shows that people actually think about and even see the world differently because of differing ecologies social structures philosophies and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China As a result East Asian thought is holistic drawn to the perceptual field as a whole and to relations among objects and events within that field By contrast Westerners focus on salient objects or people use attributes to assign them to categories and apply rules of formal logic to understand their behavior br br From feng shui to metaphysics from comparative linguistics to economic history a gulf separates the children of Aristotle from the descendants of Confucius At a moment in history when the need for cross cultural understanding and collaboration have never been more important i The Geography of Thought i offers both a map to that gulf and a blueprint for a bridge that will span it

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Description:

His early life as a slave his escape from bondage amp his complete history to the present time The autobiography of Frederick Douglass a great orator amp writer amp a leading figure in the abolitionist movement He escaped slavery in He lectured throughout the East at abolitionist meetings recounting his life as a slave His first autobiography The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave revealed his master s identity amp he took refuge in England where he was helped by sympathetic liberals to buy his freedom After returning to America he published the abolitionist North Star the first of a series of journals he was to create During the Civil War he helped recruit black soldiers for the Union army afterwards supporting Reconstruction amp campaigning for Republican Presidents Life amp Times of Frederick Douglass is one of the three autobiographies published by Douglass

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame

AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame Description:

Does the scientific theory that HIV came to North America from Haiti stem from underlying attitudes of racism and ethnocentrism in the United States rather than from hard evidence Anthropologist physician Paul Farmer answers in the affirmative with this the first full length ethnographic study of AIDS in a poor society

Rating: 3.41 out of 5