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The family saga is made up of an accumulation of separate family legends. These are the stories of the old folks and the old times that are told among the family when they gather for funerals or Thanksgiving dinner. These are the "remember-when" stories the family tells about the time when the grownups were children.

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Texas Quails presents the first complete assessment of the four species of quail found in this vast state. Experts describe each of them and examine all geographic regions of the state for historical and current population trends, habitat status, and research needs. These experts also discuss management practices, hunting issues, economics, and diseases.

Undaunted Spirit

By Jane Peart
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  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Book Code : 0310834287
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 444
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Free-spirited journalist Independence McClaren follows her heart to a Colorado silver-town—and a test of her fierce commitment to the truth. Mindy’s birth name is Independence McClaren—a fitting match for her tenacity and determination. Leaving behind a secure but colorless future in the east, the fiery young woman heads west to Coarse Gold, Colorado, and the opportunity to carve her mark in a man’s world. As reporter for the Roaring River Gazette, Mindy not only will ferret out the news but will become the voice of conscience in this rough-and-tumble mining town, its reminder of the biblical principles of truth, virtue, and mercy. Little does she dream how her most prized possession as a journalist—her passion for the truth—will be put to the test. To follow her heart or to retain her integrity? Mindy will have to choose. Bestselling author Jane Peart takes readers to the Old West in the Westward Dreams Series with five novels of excitement, adventure, and romance. From mining camps to California vineyards, you’ll meet women who must find a new life for themselves in a difficult, sometimes hostile environment. But with persistence, principle, and a steadfast faith, they not only survive, they thrive.

The Heart of Bethlehem

By Carol B. Weaver
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  • Publisher : WestBowPress
  • Book Code : 1490810404
  • Total of Pages : 96
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 208
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Inspired by an Advent box and the desire for others to know the truth about Jesus, Carol B. Weaver wrote The Heart of Bethlehem: A Twenty-Five Day Journey of Faith for the Christmas Season. Each day’s devotional walks you through the story of Jesus’s birth as told in the Bible. Whether you journey alone or with your family, the historical background, application, and prayers can add depth and understanding to your holiday season. Discover for yourself the transforming power of God’s love and its impact on the world today. Just add a Bible, a desire for more, and a little time.

Rowing in Eden

By Barbara Rogan
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1451699999
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 992
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ROWING IN EDENSam is not the only tormented soul in the tiny upstate village of Old Wickham. There's also Peter Quinn, a brilliant, troubled fourteen-year-old with quick fists, no past, and a truckload of attitude. Although a judge found him innocent, Peter knows better. Some things, he figures, "it don't matter why you did 'em, only that you did 'em." On its surface, Old Wickham, New York, is a Norman Rockwell montage of red-cheeked youngsters skating on ponds, dogs frolicking in the snow, and villagers huddled around wood-burning stoves. Yet someone in this idyllic community has been setting fires. Suspicions divide the village along the usual fault lines. Scapegoats are sought, outsiders shunned. The back room of the country store gives rise to a Greek chorus of collective rage. In this crucible of distrust, unlooked for alliances are forged, old alliances are tested, and no one emerges unchanged. Alice Hoffman hails Barbara Rogan as a "masterful story teller." The New York Times praises her as a passionate writer whose prose is "as vivid as lightning bolts." Now, with Rowing in Eden, a morally complex story about friendship, love, marriage, and family -- in other words, all the things that matter most -- Barbara Rogan not only fulfills but generously exceeds the expectations of fans and reviewers alike.

A Sanctuary of Trees

By Gene Logsdon
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  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Book Code : 1603584021
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 261
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As author Gene Logsdon puts it, "We are all tree huggers." But not just for sentimental or even environmental reasons. Humans have always depended on trees for our food, shelter, livelihood, and safety. In many ways, despite the Grimm's fairy-tale version of the dark, menacing forest, most people still hold a deep cultural love of woodland settings, and feel right at home in the woods. In this latest book, A Sanctuary of Trees, Logsdon offers a loving tribute to the woods, tracing the roots of his own home groves in Ohio back to the Native Americans and revealing his own history and experiences living in many locations, each of which was different, yet inextricably linked with trees and the natural world. Whether as an adolescent studying at a seminary or as a journalist living just outside Philadelphia's city limits, Gene has always lived and worked close to the woods, and his curiosity and keen sense of observation have taught him valuable lessons about a wide variety of trees: their distinct characteristics and the multiple benefits and uses they have. In addition to imparting many fascinating practical details of woods wisdom, A Sanctuary of Trees is infused with a philosophy and descriptive lyricism that is born from the author's passionate and lifelong relationship with nature: There is a point at which the tree shudders before it begins its descent. Then slowly it tips, picks up speed, often with a kind of wailing death cry from rending wood fibers, and hits the ground with a whump that literally shakes the earth underfoot. The air, in the aftermath, seems to shimmy and shiver, as if saturated with static electricity. Then follows an eerie silence, the absolute end to a very long life. Fitting squarely into the long and proud tradition of American nature writing, A Sanctuary of Trees also reflects Gene Logsdon's unique personality and perspective, which have marked him over the course of his two dozen previous books as the authentic voice of rural life and traditions.

Townie: A Memoir

By Andre Dubus III
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  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Book Code : 9780393081732
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 207
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"Dubus relives, absent self-pity or blame, a life shaped by bouts of violence and flurries of tenderness." —Vanity Fair After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their overworked mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and everyday violence. Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash between town and gown, between the hard drinking, drugging, and fighting of "townies" and the ambitions of students debating books and ideas, couldn’t have been more stark. In this unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Dubus shows us how he escaped the cycle of violence and found empathy in channeling the stories of others—bridging, in the process, the rift between his father and himself.

Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War

By Michael Kranish
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0199745900
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : History
  • Members : 746
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When Thomas Jefferson wrote his epitaph, he listed as his accomplishments his authorship of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia statute of religious freedom, and his founding of the University of Virginia. He did not mention his presidency or that he was second governor of the state of Virginia, in the most trying hours of the Revolution. Dumas Malone, author of the epic six-volume biography, wrote that the events of this time explain Jefferson's "character as a man of action in a serious emergency." Joseph Ellis, author of American Sphinx, focuses on other parts of Jefferson's life but wrote that his actions as governor "toughened him on the inside." It is this period, when Jefferson was literally tested under fire, that Michael Kranish illuminates in Flight from Monticello. Filled with vivid, precisely observed scenes, this book is a sweeping narrative of clashing armies--of spies, intrigue, desperate moments, and harrowing battles. The story opens with the first murmurs of resistance to Britain, as the colonies struggled under an onerous tax burden and colonial leaders--including Jefferson--fomented opposition to British rule. Kranish captures the tumultuous outbreak of war, the local politics behind Jefferson's actions in the Continental Congress (and his famous Declaration), and his rise to the governorship. Jefferson's life-long belief in the corrupting influence of a powerful executive led him to advocate for a weak governorship, one that lacked the necessary powers to raise an army. Thus, Virginia was woefully unprepared for the invading British troops who sailed up the James under the direction of a recently turned Benedict Arnold. Facing rag-tag resistance, the British force took the colony with very little trouble. The legislature fled the capital, and Jefferson himself narrowly eluded capture twice. Kranish describes Jefferson's many stumbles as he struggled to respond to the invasion, and along the way, the author paints an intimate portrait of Jefferson, illuminating his quiet conversations, his family turmoil, and his private hours at Monticello. "Jefferson's record was both remarkable and unsatisfactory, filled with contradictions," writes Kranish. As a revolutionary leader who felt he was unqualified to conduct a war, Jefferson never resolved those contradictions--but, as Kranish shows, he did learn lessons during those dark hours that served him all his life.

Wild Tales from the East

By Christopher Brice
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1493160915
  • Total of Pages : 372
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 421
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Creatively employing song lyrics of that genre as segues, the reader is hopefully guided to and experiences reading on multiple levels. Life’s events unfold from Louisiana, to California, and ultimately culminate in Okinawa, Japan. Wild Tales from the East is a suspenseful emotional thriller that chronicles the travels and encounters of a black twenty-one-year-old recent college graduate (1968). About to be drafted, he enlists for four years in the US Navy as a medic. Hurling headlong into a turbulent transitional period in our nation’s history, the narrator’s inner journey, in many ways, reflects the upheavals of that day. He soon finds himself in Southern California and discovers there that the simplistic world of rural Louisiana has ill prepared him for the waves of change heading his way. With the war in Vietnam dividing loyalties, conflicts also abound within the narrator as he searches for self-identity, his place in the sun, and that elusive thing called love. Experiencing a metamorphosis of kind, his gradual inculcation into the counterculture movement often places him in conflict with himself and the military’s ideals. He struggles to bridge two worlds: one of the status quo and the other of a world that reflects his emerging sense of independence and freedom. Although he still harbors emotional attachment to a doomed illicit affair, he opts to marry a hometown girl and thus maintain normalcy. Shattered, all wedding plans are off when he unexpectedly receives orders to Okinawa. With all familial supports abandoned and an inner renunciation of the so-called American values, arriving in the Oriental world of the East, he presents himself essentially as a man without a country. The narrator finds the world of the East to be mysterious, seductive, and populated by warm and open people. A yearlong sojourn ensues. It is a world that he becomes intimately one with. The warm, balmy, tropical island of Okinawa is tailor made for him. Likened to a fantasy island, it is also one ideally suited for the raucous and outrageous times of that era. He finds Okinawa to be a place that caters to the desires and appetites of those who would dare pursue them. It’s a place where eroticism and mysticism meet. Into this Wild West–like cauldron, much like the biblical prodigal son, the author submerses himself. With his “old self” disintegrating, barriers that hinder total interaction in the moment, for him, no longer exist. Along with a “band” of associates often fueled by psychedelics and other contraband, he and they plow fearlessly into the nights and heights of exhilarating extremes, and thus comes Wild Tales from the East. The narrator’s nights and days are relentlessly driven by a deeper inner longing created by his ill-fated but defining love affair. His personal search for unification and fulfillment is haunted by that ever-present undertow. Often tortuously painful, his search for redemption is played out against the backdrop of an ancient culture that is also confronting the arrival of a “new age.” A walking wayfarer in a strange land, he uncovers hidden mysteries and secrets of the universe from unanticipated sources. Along his path, varied individuals present themselves and their individual struggles for survival. En route, he also stumbles across travelers of the night; and casting his lot among these sojourners and seekers of truth, he severs ties with his land of birth. Aside from his bosom buddy RL, a Southern white kid, he lives deeply inside his own head. He discovers that in many ways, the Okinawan people are also oppressed. Aided by cross-cultural relationships that he establishes, he identifies deeply with them and their circumstance. Unaware, in the process, he is gradually immersed in the Okinawan way of life. In the hazy aftermath of self-medicating, the narrator descends into a harrowing self-destructive vortex. As the accumulated “road” fatigue takes