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Impossible Owls

By Brian Phillips
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  • Publisher : FSG Originals
  • Isbn : 0374717702
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Literary Collections
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. SEMI-FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR ART OF THE ESSAY. One of Amazon, Buzzfeed, ELLE, Electric Literature and Pop Sugar's Best Books of 2018. Named one of the Best Books of October and Fall by Amazon, Buzzfeed, TIME, Vulture, The Millions and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. “Hilarious, nimble, and thoroughly illuminating.” —Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad A globe-spanning, ambitious book of essays from one of the most enthralling storytellers in narrative nonfiction In his highly anticipated debut essay collection, Impossible Owls, Brian Phillips demonstrates why he’s one of the most iconoclastic journalists of the digital age, beloved for his ambitious, off-kilter, meticulously reported essays that read like novels. The eight essays assembled here—five from Phillips’s Grantland and MTV days, and three new pieces—go beyond simply chronicling some of the modern world’s most uncanny, unbelievable, and spectacular oddities (though they do that, too). Researched for months and even years on end, they explore the interconnectedness of the globalized world, the consequences of history, the power of myth, and the ways people attempt to find meaning. He searches for tigers in India, and uncovers a multigenerational mystery involving an oil tycoon and his niece turned stepdaughter turned wife in the Oklahoma town where he grew up. Through each adventure, Phillips’s remarkable voice becomes a character itself—full of verve, rich with offhanded humor, and revealing unexpected vulnerability. Dogged, self-aware, and radiating a contagious enthusiasm for his subjects, Phillips is an exhilarating guide to the confusion and wonder of the world today. If John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead was the last great collection of New Journalism from the print era, Impossible Owls is the first of the digital age.

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  • File Pdf: cuyahoga.pdf

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Longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel “Cuyahoga is tragic and comic, hilarious and inventive—a 19th-century legend for 21st-century America” (The Boston Globe). Big Son is a spirit of the times—the times being 1837. Behind his broad shoulders, shiny hair, and church-organ laugh, Big Son practically made Ohio City all by himself. The feats of this proto-superhero have earned him wonder and whiskey, but very little in the way of fortune. And without money, Big cannot become an honest husband to his beloved Cloe (who may or may not want to be his honest wife). In pursuit of a steady wage, our hero hits the (dirt) streets of Ohio City and Cleveland, the twin towns racing to become the first great metropolis of the West. Their rivalry reaches a boil over the building of a bridge across the Cuyahoga River—and Big stumbles right into the kettle. The resulting misadventures involve elderly terrorists, infrastructure collapse, steamboat races, wild pigs, and multiple ruined weddings. Narrating this “very funny, rambunctious debut novel” (Los Angeles Times) tale is Medium Son—known as Meed—apprentice coffin maker, almanac author, orphan, and the younger brother of Big. Meed finds himself swept up in the action, and he is forced to choose between brotherly love and his own ambitions. His uncanny voice—plain but profound, colloquial but poetic—elevates a slapstick frontier tale into a “breezy fable of empire, class, conquest, and ecocide” (The New York Times Book Review). Evoking the Greek classics and the Bible alongside nods to Looney Tunes, Charles Portis, and Flannery O’Connor, Pete Beatty has written “a hilarious and moving exploration of family, home, and fate [and] you won’t read anything else like it this year” (BuzzFeed).

Kinds of Love

By May Sarton
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Isbn : 1497685508
  • Pages : 452
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 581
  • File Pdf: kinds-of-love.pdf

Book Summary:

Spending their first winter away from the city, an aging married couple finds renewed friendship and love in the New Hampshire hills Christina and Cornelius Chapman have spent their summers in Willard for years, shunning the city’s hottest months in favor of New Hampshire’s rocky, rolling hills. In Willard, Christina looks forward to spending time with Ellen, enjoying forest walks and the easy conversation that come with longstanding friendship. But while Christina and Cornelius move comfortably between country and city, Ellen and her husband, Nick, are bound to Willard—their working-class lives standing in stark contrast to the moneyed effortlessness of their friends. This summer, however, is different. Rather than moving back to the city once fall sets in, the Chapmans have decided to stay. Characters of all sorts populate the New England town, and through their first winter in Willard, narrated in part through Christina’s journal entries, the friendship between Christina and Ellen deepens, as does the one between Christina and Cornelius. Beautifully written and warmly rendered, Kinds of Love is a heartfelt portrait of marriage, friendship, class, and aging set against a tranquil, small-town New Hampshire backdrop.

The Complete Screech Owls, Volume 5

By Roy MacGregor
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Screech Owls
  • Isbn : 1551992418
  • Pages : 488
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 710
  • File Pdf: the-complete-screech-owls-volume-5.pdf

Book Summary:

Celebrating ten years and more than one million books in print! New four-in-one edition! The first four Screech Owls mysteries are now collected in one volume: #17 — The Secret of the Deep Woods #18 — Murder at the Winter Games #19 — Attack on the Tower of London #20 — The Screech Owls's Reunion Screech Owls books have won the Our Choice Award and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. They have been endorsed by the Canadian Toy Testing Council and shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award, the Red Cedar Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Ottawa-Carleton Award, and the Palmarès de Communication-Jeunesse.

Australian High Country Owls

By Jerry Olsen
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : CSIRO PUBLISHING
  • Isbn : 0643104119
  • Pages : 376
  • Category : Science
  • Reads : 222
  • File Pdf: australian-high-country-owls.pdf

Book Summary:

Australian High Country Owls provides the latest scientific information on Australian owl species, especially Ninox owls. It details studies of Southern Boobooks and Powerful Owls, visits to North America and Europe to learn about owl research, and the resulting publications that overturned some existing beliefs about Australian owls. Ultimately, this led to the discovery of a new owl species in Indonesia, the Little Sumba Hawk-Owl. Appendices cover the biology, conservation and rehabilitation of Australian owls, including: field recognition, subspecies taxonomy, habitat, behaviour, food, range, migration, breeding, voice and calls, status and myths, questions about each species, and techniques for caring for injured and orphaned owls. The book includes numerous photographs of different owl species, and will be a handy reference for bird researchers and amateur bird watchers alike. 2012 Whitley Award Commendation for Vertebrate Natural History.

Barn Owl Conservation Handbook

By Barn Owl Trust
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Pelagic Publishing
  • Isbn : 1907807349
  • Pages : 395
  • Category : Science
  • Reads : 172
  • File Pdf: barn-owl-conservation-handbook.pdf

Book Summary:

A comprehensive handbook covering all aspects of the conservation of Barn Owls. Written by the Barn Owl Trust, this book includes in-depth information on Barn Owl survey techniques, relevant ecology, Barn Owls and the law, mortality, habitat management, use of nest boxes and barn Owl rehabilitation. Essential reading for ecologists, planners, land managers and ornithologists.

Unbox Your Relationships

By Tobias Beck
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Mango Media Inc.
  • Isbn : 1642506516
  • Pages : 168
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Reads : 375
  • File Pdf: unbox-your-relationships.pdf

Book Summary:

Develop Better Communication Techniques for Successful Relationships “Insightful, funny at times, and creative, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to live their best life...”―Scott Miller, Wall Street Journal bestselling author and former Chief Marketing Officer at FranklinCovey We are all connected with more people than ever before. Without guidance, it can be easy to get burdened by a bad relationship. In the follow-up to his international best seller Unbox Your Life, German speaker and consultant Tobias Beck returns with advice on successful relationships through improved communication techniques. Inside secrets to successful relationships. The relationship advice offered in this book is the first step toward growing successful relationships. By developing a relationship with yourself, you learn how to forgive the past, find joy, and live in happiness. Becoming a good communicator helps you understand how to attract love, friendships, and bring the right relationships into your life. Amusing stories, personality types, and relationship advice. Tackling everything from couples communication to friendship feuds, Beck’s model of the four human-animal types is the second step to fostering deeper connections. Designed to help you find out how the people around you are feeling, you will recognize your partner, family, friends, colleagues, and yourself on every page. Inside, you’ll find: • How a positive mindset can affect your relationships • Why communication techniques are important in relationships • How to become a better communicator If you’re looking for self-help books or self-empowerment gifts―or enjoyed books like Together, Here to Make Friends, or The Friendship Formula―then you’ll love Unbox Your Relationships.

Raptor Biomedicine

By Patrick Thomas Redig
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Isbn : 1452902267
  • Pages : 265
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Reads : 235
  • File Pdf: raptor-biomedicine.pdf

Book Summary:

Read and download full book Raptor Biomedicine

From Chicago to L.A.

By Michael Dear
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : SAGE Publications
  • Isbn : 1452267642
  • Pages : 456
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 510
  • File Pdf: from-chicago-to-l-a.pdf

Book Summary:

From Chicago to L.A. begins the task of defining an alternative agenda for urban studies and examines the case for shifting the focus of urban studies from Chicago to Los Angeles. The authors, experienced scholars from a variety of disciplines, examine: The concepts that have blocked our understanding of Southern California cities The imaginative structures that people have been using to understand and explain Los Angeles The utility of the "Los Angeles School" of urbanism

RSPB Spotlight Owls

By Marianne Taylor
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1472933702
  • Pages : 128
  • Category : Nature
  • Reads : 842
  • File Pdf: rspb-spotlight-owls.pdf

Book Summary:

Owls are charismatic and exceptionally well-loved characters in British wildlife, and have always held a special place in our folklore and legends. Their nocturnal habits mean few of us have been lucky enough to see them up close. In RSPB Spotlight: Owls Marianne Taylor introduces readers to every aspect of their lives including their physiology, biology and behaviour, as well as their history, and future in conservation in Britain and abroad. Five species of owl currently live in Britain - the Tawny, Barn, Little, Long-eared and Short-eared Owls - and each of them, as well as their relatives abroad, are introduced here in detail alongside top quality colour photographs and fascinating behavioural images, which will delight and inform the whole family. The book begins with a look at owls in general then examines the five British species in more detail. It discusses their evolutionary history and distribution around the world. Their anatomy and adaptations are examined, as well as their natural behaviours including hunting, nesting and mating practices. Next, we are introduced to their life cycles, beginning as eggs, moving onto fledging and independence, migration, and finally death. Marianne also includes a discussion of conservation as it affects owls, and owls' unique relationships with humans and our culture.

Gypsies and Owls and Lemon Twists

By L. K. Quinque
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Archway Publishing
  • Isbn : 1480833827
  • Pages : 102
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 914
  • File Pdf: gypsies-and-owls-and-lemon-twists.pdf

Book Summary:

Katie Minerva, a curious young girl growing up in the village of Sumneytown in the late 1800s, once again finds herself caught up in adventure and thrust into an enchanted place where things are not always as they seem. This time, after buying her favorite lemon twists from Bindlehofs Grocery, Katie meets a tree full of owls on one of her fishing excursions along the Ratty Fly. These owls inform her that one of her lemon twists isnt what she thinks it is, and when a magical wind steals it away, Katie knows they must be telling the truth. Now the town believes that the owls are bringing everyone bad luck. Meanwhile, a mysterious gypsy woman is also searching for the magical spiral that is not a lemon twist, and only time will tell if Katie can keep the promise that she made to the owls. In this fantasy tale, one adventurous girl sets out to solve her towns problem of bad luck, assist a group of owls, and retrieve a magical item from a strange gypsy woman.

Neotropical Owls

By Paula L. Enriquez
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 3319571087
  • Pages : 670
  • Category : Science
  • Reads : 502
  • File Pdf: neotropical-owls.pdf

Book Summary:

This book presents a comprehensive biological and ecological information about owls in the neotropic area. In addition the book covers topics such as threats and conservation strategies for these nocturnal birds of prey from 18 Neotropical countries. Owls are a good example of diversification processes and have developed evolutionary characteristics themselves. These species are found almost everywhere in the world but most of them are distributed in tropical areas and about a third of them live in the Neotropics. This biogeographic region has a high biodiversity and even share lineages of species from other continents because at some point all were part of Pangea. Although we still have much to know and understand about this diverse, scarcely studied and threatened group this work aims to be a precedent for future and further research on the subject.

The Eagle Owl

By Vincenzo Penteriani,María del Mar Delgado
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1472900677
  • Pages : 368
  • Category : Nature
  • Reads : 843
  • File Pdf: the-eagle-owl.pdf

Book Summary:

The Eagle Owl is one of the biggest owls in the world and is considered the most eclectic in terms of habitat, nest site and diet. An undisputed top predator, it can prey on a range of mammals up to the size of foxes, and almost every species of bird, reptile, amphibian and fish, as well as a large spectrum of invertebrates. Surprisingly, it can also breed almost anywhere, laying its eggs on a variety of natural and artificial structures over an array of altitudes. Yet, despite being so adaptable, it is still a vulnerable species and has suffered widely from persecution as well as other threats including electrocution on power lines, decreasing prey availability, the effects of pesticides and pollutants, and habitat alteration. Vincenzo Penteriani and María del Mar Delgado have studied this fascinating bird extensively across its vast Eurasian range. In this book, they detail its remarkable ecology: distribution, breeding behaviour, foraging ecology, interspecific interactions, dispersal and conservation issues are all addressed, while the final two chapters provide a remarkable insight into vocal and visual communication. Scientists have long believed that owls and other crepuscular and nocturnal birds forgo the visual signals found in other avian species, but research on the Eagle Owl has indicated otherwise.

Ecology and Conservation of Owls

By Ian Newton,Rodney Kavanagh,Jerry Olsen,Iain Taylor
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : CSIRO PUBLISHING
  • Isbn : 0643098879
  • Pages : 380
  • Category : Science
  • Reads : 671
  • File Pdf: ecology-and-conservation-of-owls.pdf

Book Summary:

Owls in Australia are difficult to find and study, so comparatively little is known about their biology. Even less is known about the status, taxonomy, and biology of those species and sub-species living in tropical and subtropical environments and on islands. Many island species and subspecies are at risk, some have already been lost. Ecology and Conservation of Owls includes sections on population ecology, distribution, habitat and diet, conservation and management, and voice structure and taxonomy. It contains a number of review chapters that bring together findings from a wide range of previous research, including recent developments in owl taxonomy and systematics, and studies of population limitation in northern hemisphere owls. The chapters in this book derive from papers presented at the Owls 2000 conference held in Canberra, Australia, which was third in a series of international meetings on owls.

Entstellt

By Amanda Leduc
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Edition Nautilus
  • Isbn : 3960542526
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 271
  • File Pdf: entstellt.pdf

Book Summary:

Die Märchen und Geschichten, die wir als Kinder erzählt bekommen, prägen unsere Wahrnehmung der Welt. Was aber passiert, wenn man sich eher mit dem Biest identifiziert als mit der Schönen? Wenn jede hässliche, entstellte, behinderte Märchenfigur als böse gilt, verhöhnt und bestraft wird – wie kann sich das Biest dann jemals ein Happy End erhoffen? Amanda Leduc untersucht Märchen in Text und Film, von den Brüdern Grimm über Hans Christian Andersen bis zu Walt Disney und "Game of Thrones". In den Geschichten erkennt man das Gute stets an seiner Schönheit und das Böse an seinem entstellten Körper. Behinderung dient als Metapher für Minderwertigkeit und Schlechtigkeit, als etwas, das es zu überwinden gilt, das dem Glück im Wege steht und bestenfalls Mitleid verdient. Stets ist es das Individuum, das sich verändern und anpassen muss, nicht die Gesellschaft. Diese Narrative, so zeigt Leduc, spiegeln sich in der gesellschaftlichen Wirklichkeit, in unserem Umgang mit Behinderung. Mitreißend und voller Empathie verbindet sie eine kulturtheoretische Analyse der Figuren und Stoffe mit persönlichen Erfahrungen aus ihrem Leben mit Zerebralparese. Sie nimmt die Gesellschaft in die Pflicht und fordert Raum für neue Geschichten, die Behinderung sichtbar machen und als gleichwertige Lebensrealität anerkennen: "Was passiert mit der Geschichte, wenn wir einander die Hand reichen?"