A wickedly smart, funny, and irresistibly off-kilter account of an improbable thousand-mile journey on foot into the heart of modern Florida, the state that Russell calls "America Concentrate." In the summer of 2016, Kent Russell--broke, at loose ends, hungry for adventure--set off to walk across Florida. Mythic, superficial, soaked in contradictions, maligned by cultural elites, segregated from the South, and literally vanishing into the sea, Florida (or, as he calls it: "America Concentrate") seemed to Russell to embody America's divided soul. The journey, with two friends intent on filming the ensuing mayhem, quickly reduces the trio to filthy drifters pushing a shopping cart of camera equipment. They get waylaid by a concerned citizen bearing a rifle; buy cocaine from an ex-wrestler; visit a spiritual medium. The narrative overflows with historical detail about how modern Florida came into being after World War II, and how it came to be a petri dish for life in a suddenly, increasingly diverse new land of minority-majority cities and of unrivaled ethnic and religious variety. Russell has taken it all in with his incomparably focused lens and delivered a book that is both an inspired travelogue and a profound rumination on the nation's soul--and his own. It is a book that is wildly vivid, encyclopedic, erudite, and ferociously irreverent--a deeply ambivalent love letter to his sprawling, brazenly varied home state.
Genre: Biography & Autobiography, Editor: Vintage, Pages: 320 in PDF, Epub, Mobi, ISBN: 9780525563198

From a variety of methodological perspectives, contributors to Living on the Land explore the nature and scope of Indigenous women’s knowledge, its rootedness in relationships, both human and spiritual, and its inseparability from land and landscape. The authors discuss the integral role of women as stewards of the land and governors of the community and points to a distinctive set of challenges and possibilities for Indigenous women and their communities.
Genre: Social Science, Editor: Athabasca University Press, Pages: 228 in PDF, Epub, Mobi, ISBN: 9781771990417

“Part vaudeville and part tragic opera, it dances and rages with uncommon wisdom, conveying the pain, comedy, and beauty of familial love.”—John Burnham Schwartz, author of The Red Daughter The Auberons are a lovably neurotic, infernally intelligent family who love and hate each other—and themselves—in equal measure. Despite a difficult upbringing, patriarch Isadore almost attains the life of his dreams through education, marriage, and fatherhood. He has talent, but he also has rage—and happiness is not meant to be his for very long. Isidore’s sons, Leo and Mack, haunted by the mythic, epic proportions of their father’s heroics and the tragic events that marked their early lives, have alternately relied upon and disappointed one another since the day Mack was born. Just when Leo reaches a crossroads between potential self-destruction and new freedom, Mack invites him on a road trip from Los Angeles to Cleveland. As the brothers make their way east, and towards understanding, their battles and reconciliations illuminate the power of family to both destroy and empower—and the price and rewards of independence. “Ratner casts Isadore’s struggle in mythic terms, mixing Isaac Babel with Chaucerian adventure, as he makes his way into the gentrified world of American success.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Part rumination, part fairy tale, and part road narrative, Ratner’s book paints a picture of the terrible weight of history, self-created or otherwise, that presses down on future generations.”—Booklist “Compellingly written . . . brilliant . . . richly wrought . . . creatively bears the imprint of Henry Roth’s Call It Sleep, Isaac Rosenfeld’s Passage from Home, and Phillip Roth’s Indignation . . . a well-crafted novel.”—Haaretz
Genre: Fiction, Editor: Hachette+ORM, Pages: 321 in PDF, Epub, Mobi, ISBN: 9780316206105

The journey of Jeanine Kitchel and her husband as they traveled to the Yucatan in 1985 and a decade later, left their Silicon Valley jobs to pursue a relaxed lifestyle in Puerto Morelos, a small fishing village on the Quintana Roo Coast south of Cancun.
Genre: Biography & Autobiography, Editor: Jeanine Kitchel, Pages: 217 in PDF, Epub, Mobi, ISBN: 9780974483900

Puff takes Sandy, a little girl who keeps telling lies, to a special world where everyone lies and Sandy learns the value of telling the truth.
Genre: Dragons, Editor: Troll Communications Llc, Pages: 68 in PDF, Epub, Mobi, ISBN: 089375868X

AAUP Books Committee "Outstanding" Title of 2015 Living in the Land of Limbo is the first anthology of short stories and poems about family caregivers. These men and women find themselves in "limbo," as they struggle to take care of a family member or friend in the uncertain world of chronic illness. The authors explore caregivers' experiences as they deal with family conflicts, the complexities of the health care system, and the impact of their choices on their lives and the lives of others. The book includes selections devoted to caregivers of aging parents; husbands and wives; ill children; and relatives, lovers, and friends. A final section is devoted to paid caregivers and their clients. Among the conditions that form the background of the selections are dementia, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, and pediatric cancer. Many of the authors are well-known poets and writers, but others have not been published in mainstream media. They represent a range of cultural backgrounds. Although their works approach caregiving in very different ways, the authors share a commitment to emotional truth, unvarnished by societal ideals of what caregivers should feel and do. These stories and poems paint profoundly moving and revealing portraits of family caregivers.
Genre: Medical, Editor: Vanderbilt University Press, Pages: 296 in PDF, Epub, Mobi, ISBN: 9780826503534

Kidnapped, gagged, and held in an airless shed by some unknown assailant, Abbie Devereaux has somehow managed to survive her ordeal and escape.
Genre: Fiction, Editor: Grand Central Publishing, Pages: 352 in PDF, Epub, Mobi, ISBN: 9780759527966

Genre: Alaska, Editor: Library of Alexandria, Pages: 240 in PDF, Epub, Mobi, ISBN: 9781465559876

More than half of Americans live in the suburbs. Yet for many Christians, the suburbs are ignored, demeaned, or seen as a selfish cop-out from a faithful Christian life. What does it look like to live a full Christian life in the suburbs? Ashley Hales invites you to look deeply into your soul as a suburbanite and discover what it means to live holy there.
Genre: Religion, Editor: InterVarsity Press, Pages: 192 in PDF, Epub, Mobi, ISBN: 9780830873975

Two brothers take off on a spree through a seedy Florida port town on a hot August night
Genre: , Editor: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated, Pages: 248 in PDF, Epub, Mobi, ISBN: UCAL:B4973166