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Kingdoms In The Air

Author : Bob Shacochis
ISBN : 0802126804
Genre : Literary Collections
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"Whether he’s in Cuba, Mozambique, or attempting to climb Mount Ararat, [Shacochis] vividly places you in both the past and present of his destinations . . . [his] restlessness and recklessness, all couched in a headlong maximalist prose, are impossible to resist.”--Boston Globe "Shacochis’ fiery, wrought prose is on full display . . . This is travel writing at its finest.” --Men’s Journal, a Best Book of the Month Best known for his sweeping international and political fiction narratives, includingThe Woman Who Lost Her Soul, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Bob Shacochis began his writing career as a pioneering journalist and contributing editor forOutside Magazine andHarper’s.Kingdoms in the Air brings together the very best of Shacochis’s culture and travel essays in one livewire collection that spans his global adventures and his life passions; from surfing, to his obsession with the South American dorado, to the time he went bushwhacking in Mozambique. Replete with Shacochis’s signature swagger, humor, and crystalline wisdom,Kingdoms in the Air is a majestic and essential collection from one of our most important writers.

Easy In The Islands

Author : Bob Shacochis
ISBN : 9780802199324
Genre : Fiction
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A calypso singer named Lord Short Shoe consorts with a vampish black singer to bilk an American out of his pride and his only companion-a monkey. An entire island bureaucracy casually confounds the attempts of Tillman, a hotel owner, in his attempt to get his dead mother out of the freezer and into a real grave; stymied, he resorts to a highly unusual form of burial. Two poor islanders stumble into a high-class dance party one night and find themselves caught up in a violent encounter that just might escalate into revolution. And a young woman sails off into the romantic tropics with the man of her dreams, only to learn the hard way - as Eve did - that paradise is just another place to leave behind. Winner of the National Book Award for first fiction, Easy in the Islands is a “stunning” (Washington Post) collection of stories by one of America’s foremost contemporary fiction writers. Infused with the rhythms and the beat of the Caribbean, these vivid tales of paradise sought and paradise lost are as lush, steamy, and invigorating as the islands themselves. From fishing fleets in remote atolls too small to appear on any map and reggae bars on islands narrow enough to walk across in an hour, to the sprawling barrios and yacht filled marinas of Miami, Bob Shacochis charts a course across a Caribbean that no one who has ever been there on vacation will recognize.

Far And Away

Author : Andrew Solomon
ISBN : 9781476795041
Genre : Literary Collections
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Essays chronicle the author's activist stint on the Moscow barricades in 1991, his 2002 account of cultural rebirth in post-Taliban Afghanistan, and other stories of profound change.

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

Author : Bob Shacochis
ISBN : 9781611859690
Genre : Fiction
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Shacochis returns to occupied Haiti in The Woman Who Lost Her Soul before sweeping across time and continents to unravel tangled knots of romance, espionage and vengeance. In riveting prose, Shacochis builds a complex and disturbing story about the coming of age of America in a pre-9/11 world. Set over fifty years and in four countries facing different wars, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul is National Book Award winner Bob Shacochis' magnum opus that brings to life, through the mystique and allure of history, an intricate portrait of catastrophic events that led up to the war on terror and the America we know today.

Feeling The Heat

Author : From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine,
ISBN : 9781135940256
Genre : Nature
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For an increasing number of people, global warming is not an academic and scientific debate, but a matter of survival. As the planet warms at a rate of four degrees Fahrenheit per century, violent storms are increasing in frequency, icebergs are melting, sea level is rising, species are losing their habitats, and temperature records are being broken. Feeling the Heat consists of chapter-length visits by well-known authors to actual world "hot" spots, where people are already coping day-to-day with the consequences of climactic disruption. The locations for the book were strategically chosen because each represents a separate and important global warming impact, such as rising tides, melting glaciers, evolving ecosystems and air pollution. Feeling the Heat takes global warming out of the realm of armchair speculation and arcane scientific debate, revealing the process of climate change to be ongoing, serious and immediate.

Drinking Smoking And Screwing

Author : Sara Nickles
ISBN : 0811807843
Genre : Fiction
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Gathers selections from fiction by Charles Bukowski, J.P. Donleavy, Spalding Gray, Erica Jong, Mary McCarthy, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Vladimir Nabokov, Tom Robbins, and Terry Southern

The Emperor Far Away

Author : David Eimer
ISBN : 9781408813904
Genre : History
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Far from the glittering cities of Beijing and Shanghai, China's borderlands are populated by around one hundred million people who are not Han Chinese. For many of these restive minorities, the old Chinese adage 'the mountains are high and the Emperor far away', meaning Beijing's grip on power is tenuous and its influence unwelcome, continues to resonate. Travelling through China's most distant and unknown reaches, David Eimer explores the increasingly tense relationship between the Han Chinese and the ethnic minorities. Deconstructing the myths represented by Beijing, Eimer reveals a shocking and fascinating picture of a China that is more of an empire than a country.

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