An Astronaut's Memoir
Author: Tom Jones
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A gripping first-hand account of life in space and the making of an astronaut. What is it like to fly the space shuttle and work on and in the International Space Station? Veteran NASA astronaut Tom Jones is uniquely qualified to give the details: he flew four shuttle missions and led three space walks to deliver the US Lab to the Station. . From B-52 pilot during the Cold War, to a PhD in planetary science, to the unbelievable rigors of astronaut training, his career inevitably pointed him toward the space shuttle. Until the Challenger exploded. Jones's story is the first to candidly explain the professional and personal hardships faced by the astronauts in the aftermath of that 1986 tragedy. He certainly has 'The Right Stuff' but also found himself wondering if the risks he undertook were worth the toll on his family. Liftoffs were especially nerve-wracking (his mother, who refuses to even get on a plane, cannot watch) but his 53 days in space were unforgettable adventures. Jones uses his background as a scientist to explain the practical applications of many of the shuttle's scientific missions, and describes what it's like to work with the international crews building and living aboard the space station. Tom Jones returned from his space station voyage to assess the impact of the 2003 Columbia tragedy, and prescribes a successful course for the U.S. in space. Stunning photographs, many taken in space, illustrate his amazing journey.
How Ten Young Basketball Stars Soared to the Pros
Author: Jeff Rud
Publisher: Polestar Press
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
In Skywalking, sports journalist Jeff Rud takes an in-depth look at professional basketball's best young players. Fans will discover the unconventional paths to the pros of their favorite players. Did his dad's career as a professional basketball player have an effect on Kobe Bryant? Find out about Shareef Abdur-Rahim's devotion as a Muslim, Michael Olowokandi's roundabout route to the playing court, and the exhilarating stories of two trail-blazing women players who followed their dreams to the WNBA. Player profiles include: Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Vancouver Grizzlies); Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers); Vince Carter (Toronto Raptors); Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs); Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves); Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers); Steve Nash (Dallas Mavericks); Michael Olowokandi (LA Clippers); Chamique Holdsclaw (Washington Mystics/WNBA) and Dawn Staley (Charlotte Stingers/WNBA). The 10 profiles in Skywalking offer a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to achieve greatness in sport. Includes stats and action photographs.
The Life And Films Of George Lucas, Updated Edition
Author: Dale Pollock
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Category: Performing Arts
Filled with revelations about the origins and making of American Graffiti, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi, this only full-length biography of filmmaker and cinematic visionary George Lucas has been updated with a substantial new chapter that discusses the revamped Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition, the Star Wars prequels, the filming of the first installment, and the controversial ways in which Lucas's approach and success continue to alter the landscape of the film industry.
Author: Paulette Tomasson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
This is a delightful story in both Spanish and English about a little boy who is lonely and doesn't feel like he belongs. One evening he is taken on a magical journey where he meets 2 new friends and finds a sense of belonging to something bigger than he could ever have imagined. It is the author's wish that the reader will as well. Ten percent of the profits from this book will be donated to the children of the world. www.walkinginthesky.org
Author: Richard D. Smith
This is a story of love and struggle in 1876 America about a family nearly penniless traveling west on the Oregon trail in search of a better life like countless thousands of families who went before them. This is a story about the Leland family and how they interact with their fellow travelers and how they deal with and overcome the harsh realities of the Trail. The arguments and violent tempers within their group, the violence they are subjected to by others, and the insecurity they must live with after the massacre of the 7th Cavalry.
Author: Jemma Kennedy
Category: Imagination in children
A smart, funny debut novel which brings together five unlikely but compelling characters during one afternoon in London. Ted's in bed crushed by a hangover; Lovell's playing happy families with his nephew, Kiddie; Sara's calling in sick so she can get to grips with her early morning discovery; and Richard's in a hotel room battling with metaphysics. And then Kiddie decides to go off skywalking again and by the end of the day the only thing that's certain is that none of their lives will ever be the same again. Jemma Kennedy's first novel is a compelling tale of love affairs, disappointment, bad mornings and a little boy's obsession.
Author: Detlev Ipsen
Category: Social Science
In modernen Städten steht die Funktionalität und die Mobilität von Menschen, Gütern und Informationen nach wie vor im Mittelpunkt. Doch gewinnt in den letzten Jahren die Eigenart von Orten und Landschaften an Bedeutung. In der Konkurrenz um Kapital und qualifizierte Arbeit bestimmen sie die Standorte mehr und mehr. Fragen der Raumwahrnehmung und der Symbole im Raum, die Rolle der Kultur und der Charakter der Landschaft bilden die Grundlage für die Wiederentdeckung der Eigenart von Ort und Landschaft. Dieses Buch diskutiert theoretische Konzepte und erzählt Geschichten des Raumes.
A Guide to Stars and Constellations and their Legends
Author: Milton Heifetz,Wil Tirion
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
What star is that? Where is the Southern Cross? Who was Orion? This book answers these questions and many more. Its unique simplified maps make it easy to find the constellations in the southern hemisphere skies, and the stars within them. Clear instructions guide the user on how to gauge sizes and distances, and move easily between constellations. This new edition has been updated with additional mythology information, and a list of the planet positions up to 2016. The ancient myths and legends of the sky are retold to add to the mystery of the stars. Of value to all ages, this book introduces the patterns of the starry skies in a memorable way. No equipment is needed to use this practical guide: apart from normal sight and clear skies. Magically illustrated, this is an ideal introduction to launch the young astronomer on a journey across the starlit skies.
Walking with the World's Healers of Earth and Sky
Author: James Endredy
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Healers and visionaries, food-finders and rainmakers--as intermediaries between the physical and spirit worlds, shamans have served a vital role in indigenous cultures for more than 40,000 years. The timeless wisdom of the shaman also holds relevance for the challenges we face today. James Endredy explores shamanic paths from around the globe and discusses the tools, rituals, and beliefs that are common to most traditions. You'll discover how shamans are chosen and initiated, and how they establish a relationship with power animals, ancestors, and other inhabitants of the spirit realm. Along with many stories from his own experiences, Endredy shares insights from other scholars in the field, including Mircea Eliade, Michael Harner, and Holger Kalweit, and from indigenous shamans throughout history. Shamanism for Beginners concludes with a thoughtful, empowering look at how shamanic practices can help restore balance and peace to our lives and the earth.
Author: Evelyn L. Eubanks
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The Sun in the sky is a star for Christ and the Moon is a star for His wife, they split the work, He does day and she does night. The Sons will is to have life and love and it is light but the Son has a plan and it is only to show you His hand, the Moon above. The Moon is His sound and heartbeat, she only stands by His voice. The Son and Moon is only one light, the only light in space and the Sons voice holds the Moon above in place at all times because she is above corruption. The Moon is bright and her mind glows, the Moon is a night light so man can see in the dark and only the Son can move her around. The one thing Christ holds above man is the rain and you will get water if the Moon cries. The Moon is moving to the Promised Land because man walked on. The Promised Land is located in space over another ground but can man find it.
Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School
Author: Timothy McLaughlin
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Collects poetry written by Lakota students at Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota on such topics as the history of oral tradition, the struggles of everyday life, and their personal connections to the natural world.
Science Fiction and Popular Cinema
Author: James Chapman,Nicholas J. Cull
Category: Performing Arts
Cinema and science fiction were made for each other. The science fiction genre has produced some of the most extraordinary films ever made, yet science fiction cinema is about more than just special effects. It has also provided a vehicle for filmmakers and writers to comment on their own societies and cultures. This new exploration of the genre examines landmark science fiction films from the 1930s to the present. They include genre classics such as Things to Come, Forbidden Planet and 2001: A Space Odyssey alongside modern blockbusters Star Wars and Avatar. Chapman and Cull consider both screen originals and adaptations of the work of major science fiction authors. They also range widely across the genre from pulp adventure and space opera to political allegory and speculative documentary – there is even a science fiction musical. Informed throughout by extensive research in US and British archives, the book documents the production histories of each film to show how they made their way to the screen – and why they turned out the way they did.
Author: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Literature reveals that the hidden strings of the human `passional soul' are the creative source of the specifically human existence. Continuing the inquiry into the `elemental passions of the soul' and the Human Creative Soul pursued in several previous volumes of this series, the present volume focuses on the `passions of the earth', bringing to light some of the primogenital existential threads of the innermost bonds of the Human Condition and mother earth. In Tymieniecka's words, the studies purpose to unravel the essential bond between the living human being and the earth - a bond that lies at the heart of our existence. A heightened awareness of this bond should enlighten our situation and help us find our existential bearings.
A Journey Into Bhutan
Author: Jamie Zeppa
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
In the tradition of Iron and Silk and Touch the Dragon, Jamie Zeppa’s memoir of her years in Bhutan is the story of a young woman’s self-discovery in a foreign land. It is also the exciting début of a new voice in travel writing. When she left for the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in 1988, Zeppa was committing herself to two years of teaching and a daunting new experience. A week on a Caribbean beach had been her only previous trip outside Canada; Bhutan was on the other side of the world, one of the most isolated countries in the world known as the last Shangri-La, where little had changed in centuries and visits by foreigners were restricted. Clinging to her bags full of chocolate, hair conditioner and Immodium, she began the biggest challenge of her life, with no idea she would fall in love with the country and with a Bhutanese man, end up spending nine years in Bhutan, and begin a literary career with her account of this transformative journey. At her first posting in a remote village of eastern Bhutan, she is plunged into an overwhelmingly different culture with squalid Third World conditions and an impossible language. Her house has rats and fleas and she refuses to eat the local food, fearing the rampant deadly infections her overly protective grandfather warned her about. Gradually, however, her fear vanishes. She adjusts, begins to laugh, and is captivated by the pristine mountain scenery and the kind students in her grade 2 class. She also begins to discover for herself the spiritual serenity of Buddhism. A transfer to the government college of Sherubtse, where the housing conditions are comparatively luxurious and the students closer to her own age, gives her a deeper awareness of Bhutan’s challenges: the lack of personal privacy, the pressure to conform, and the political tensions. However, her connection to Bhutan intensifies when she falls in love with a student, Tshewang, and finds herself pregnant. After a brief sojourn in Canada to give birth to her son, Pema Dorji, she marries Tshewang and makes Bhutan her home for another four years. Zeppa’s personal essay about her culture shock on arriving in Bhutan won the 1996 CBC/Saturday Night literary competition and appeared in the magazine. She flew home to accept the prize, where people encouraged her to pursue her writing. Her letters from Bhutan also featured on CBC’s Morningside. The book that grew out of this has been published in Canada and the United States to ecstatic reviews, followed by British, German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish editions. Although cultural differences finally separated Jamie and Tshewang in 1997 while she was writing the book and she returned to Canada, she will always feel at home in Bhutan. Zeppa shares her compelling insights into this land and culture, but Beyond the Sky and the Earth is more than a travel book. With rich, spellbinding prose and bright humour, it describes a personal journey in which Zeppa acquires a deeper understanding of what it means to leave one’s home behind, and undergoes a spiritual transformation. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Tracey Morait
Category: Young adult fiction
After her stepmother Shelley walks out, Gemma Sutherland is happy to have her dad back to herself again. Life is good: she's playing football at Naylorsfield School and Tyrone Collins, who she used to fight with all the time, is now one of her best friends. Then Portia, Shelley's daughter, comes back to live with the Sutherlands because her mother feels too depressed to look after her. Even though she gets on better with Portia than she used to, Gemma isn't happy that she's back, but Portia looks up to Gemma. She wants to be a footballer, too, and is desperate to be picked for the junior girls' team at school. When Portia is involved in a serious accident, the Sutherlands' world is turned upside down. Gemma, her dad and her friends do everything they can to get her interested in life and in football again. Is there a golden sky at the end of the storm for Portia?
Poems, Notes, Dreams
Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Damion Searls's translations of Rilke are wonderfully fresh and concentrated, and catch superbly that intent, listening quality which is perhaps the essential characteristic of this great poet's work. Rilke continues to fascinate, and in Searls we have a fascinating new interpreter. John Banville Reading these pages is like pulling out your pockets expecting to find nothing but lining, and discovering instead a neglected roll of bills. Pieces of Rilke's œuvre have been led out of the shadows by Damion Searls's original and revelatory translation to alter our understanding of the whole. William Gass Damion Searls wipes clean the often-foggy lens through which non-German readers of Rilke have hitherto experienced him, and the result feels like a dream in which you can understand perfectly a language you didn't think you knew. Rilke's thrilling precision and disorientations and purposefulness are all suddenly there in English. This book is a great way to embark or re-embark on the adventure of reading him. Jonathan Franzen No matter their level of familiarity with Rilke, The Inner Sky belongs on the bookshelf of any literature lover, thanks largely to Searls's deft translation and grouping of Rilke's work. This nontraditional collection predates prose poetry and short-short fiction, yet speaks to these contemporary styles of new craft. Rachel Mennies, ForeWord Magazine The Inner Sky is a new bilingual selection of Rainer Maria Rilke's poems and prose pieces, many of them little known and never before translated into English. These translations, by the NEA-and PEN-award-winning Damion Searls, present a significant new voice for Rilke, one more intimate than oracular. Here is Rilke, not in his usual role of channeling the gods, but looking up from a book, musing about the girls of his Czech homeland, sharing his hallucinatory dreams and the olfactory pleasures of keeping lemons on his writing desk in winter. Searls's selection of texts clusters around a handful of related images and ideas - birds and trees, giving and receiving, working and waiting, girlhood and gardens - and explores how we relate to both the outer world and the inner world of the imagination. Both general readers and students of Rilke will benefit from the German and French originals opposite the translations. An annotated chronology and an afterword on the art of translation complete this rich new volume, a necessary addition to even the most complete Rilke library and the perfect introduction for those just getting to know this perennial master. We are right at the start, do you see. As though before everything. With a thousand and one dreams behind us and no act. I can imagine no knowledge holier than this: that you must become a beginner. Someone who writes the first word after a centuries-long dash.
Author: Charles M. Skinner
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
Author: Alice Nelson
Category: Hong Kong (China)
This special, book club edition of award-winning author Alice Nelson's The Last Sky recounts the story of Maya Wise - a young wife alone in Hong Kong. The Sydney Morning Herald described Nelson's language as displaying 'real lyrical beauty'. The Weekend Australian said the book was 'partly a haunting and uneasy love story, partly a subtle exploration of cultural and political tensions'. British rule is coming to an end and so is Maya's marriage. She drifts, wandering aimlessly through the crowded city streets. Captivated by an elderly Chinese man and his caged nightingale, she follows him home. But Ken Tiger is a man with a past. As Maya draws out his tale of lost love in wartime Shanghai, she pieces together other stories, other histories that will help her to imagine a new life for herself.