A Sideways Look at Clouds

Author: Maria Mudd Ruth

Publisher: Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 168051119X

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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• Written by a critically-acclaimed natural-history author • Shares author’s fun journey to understanding clouds • Written for the curious—but non-science—minded Author Maria Mudd Ruth fell in love with clouds the same way she stumbles into most passions: madly and unexpectedly. A Sideways Look at Clouds is the story of her quite accidental infatuation with and education about the clouds above. When she moved to the soggy Northwest a decade ago, Maria assumed that locals would know everything there was to know about clouds, in the same way they talk about salmon, tides, and the Seahawks. Yet in her first two years of living in Olympia, Washington, she never heard anyone talk about clouds—only the rain. Puzzled by this lack of cloud savvy, she decided to create a 10-question online survey and sent it to everyone she knew. Her sample size of 67 people included men and women, new friends in Olympia, family on the East Coast, outdoorsy and indoorsy types, professional scientists, and liberal arts majors like herself. The results showed that while people knew a little bit about clouds, most were like her—they had a hard time identifying clouds or remembering their names. As adults, they had lost their curiosity and sense of wonder about clouds and were, essentially, not in the habit of looking up. A Sideways Look at Clouds acknowledges the challenges of understanding clouds and so uses a very steep and bumpy learning curve—the author’s—as its plot line. The book is structured around the ten words used in most definitions of a cloud: “a visible mass of water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere above the earth.” A captivating story teller, Maria blends science, wonder, and humor to take the scenic route through the clouds and encourages readers to chart their own rambling, idiosyncratic course.
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The Hunt

Author: Andrew Fukuda

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250008565

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 304

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Don't Sweat. Don't Laugh. Don't draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can't run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn't hurt him and he doesn't have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It's the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood. When he's chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene's carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He's thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?
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Wisdom for the Journey

Author: Ellen Shuck

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1499023472

Category: Self-Help

Page: 206

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"Wisdom for the Journey," is an inspiring collection of true life scenarios. Ellen Shuck shows that life is indeed a journey filled with bumps, and unpredictable perils and pitfalls. Yet in spite of the unpleasant and seemingly insurmountable obstacles that you encounter, life is filled with mountain tops, joy and promise as well. "One can never give up," says Shuck. She writes in a style that is both serious and meaningful, but also interesting and filled with hope. She stirs your curiosity and her stories and bits of wisdom inspire you to keep on reading. They are lessons in motivation, endurance and the resiliency of human beings. Rather than presenting a dull wordy manuscript, Shuck has broken each life lesson into a brief section. Each story has a moral that you haven't thought of before. She presents her valuable insights, gleaned from life, in a way that everyone can relate to them. Shuck's morsels of wisdom keep the reader clamoring for more. She writes a newspaper column and people who read them cut them out and save them to refer back to, to use as devotionals and to send to others who benefit from them. Many, who are depressed, have found solace merely from reading Shuck's reflections that are spiritual, psychological, and down to earth. God plays a major role is Shuck's outlook on life. She offers insights into why things happen and how you can best deal with them." Wisdom for the Journey" is a valuable tool for living a happier life and understanding that everything happens for a reason. She talks about how everyone can have true happiness and presents a formula for happiness. Shuck delves into discussions of death, work, and loving yourself--to giving someone a dream. Her reflections and stories appeal to all ages and walks of life. Shuck draws from life experience and her background and education in psychology, spirituality/religion and philosophy. If you need a boost, more insight or an interesting read, this book is for you. People have encouraged Shuck to write a book, so here it is.
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The Winter King

A Novel of Arthur

Author: Bernard Cornwell

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 125001736X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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It takes a remarkable writer to make an old story as fresh and compelling as the first time we heard it. With The Winter King, the first volume of his magnificent Warlord Chronicles, Bernard Cornwell finally turns to the story he was born to write: the mythic saga of King Arthur. The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant. As Arthur fights to keep a flicker of civilization alive in a barbaric world, Bernard Cornwell makes a familiar tale into a legend all over again.
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A New Look at Log Cabin Quilts

Design a Scene Block by Block Plus 9 Easy-to-follow Projects

Author: Flavin Glover

Publisher: C&T Publishing Inc

ISBN: 9781571202048

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 112

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Find inspiration in everyday life as you design spectacular quilts using one simple block Celebrated quilt artist Flavin Glover builds on basic log cabin blocks and turns this American classic into an art form.
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Outlaw

Author: Lisa Plumley

Publisher: Lisa Plumley

ISBN: 1476024294

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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"Four stars! A fun, fast-paced, passionate adventure of a lady and a mad ride through the wild west. A real treat for western romance fans!" —Romantic Times Mason Kincaid is on a mission to reclaim his young son and his good name from the men who had stolen both. But even an outlaw can't leave a lady alone in the middle of the Arizona territory--especially after she's been accidentally dumped from the stagecoach he's just held up. Now, Miss Amelia O'Malley is along for the ride--and this mismatched duo is headed for an adventure together that could be the beginning of a future destined to last. "What a grand ride! Outlaw is a fantastic, rip-roaring western romance that ropes you in, ties you up in knots, and doesn't turn loose until the last page is turned. A tremendous rush! This one is fun!" —Romance Communications "Hysterically funny with plenty of outrageous situations and eccentric characters, Outlaw is a true gem from first page to last. Ms. Plumley is an author of exceptional talent whose witty style makes her one of the genre's finest." —Rendezvous "Well-versed in her craft, Lisa Plumley does so much more than just tell a story. With wit and verve, she catches the reader's imagination from the very first sentence, spinning a tale of adventure and romance... I didn't want this remarkable romance to end. I loved it!" —Romance Communications "Ms. Plumley spins a yarn of humor, pathos, and romance that leaves the reader eager to turn the pages. Her colorful descriptions and attention to historical detail accentuate her story with depth and authenticity. Ms. Plumley is an author worth watching!" —Calico Trails "This is one great western romance you will love. I did. SPLENDID! 4½ BELLS!" —Bell, Book and Candle "Lisa Plumley's seemingly effortless prose flows like a swift-running river, carrying the reader along until the last poignant pages. A sweet, ageless tale of love and healing, in the American West. 4 stars!" —Affaire de Coeur "A delightful, totally pleasing romp through the Old West... Ms. Plumley has, with a deft touch, given the world of romance a pair of lovers to be remembered. A great read!" —Under the Covers Book Reviews "Lisa Plumley gives readers an exciting western adventure with witty dialogue. The hero is to die for... Western fans will adore this story! —Reader To Reader Reviews
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Danger at the Fair

Author: Peg Kehret

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101661674

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 144

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Ellen and Corey Streater from Terror at the Zoo and Horror at the Haunted House continue their adventures at a county fair. While chasing a pickpocket, Corey and Ellen wander into the River of Fear ride where they soon discover they are the ones being pursued. “The tension mounts deliciously as readers follow Ellen and Corey through their day.” —School Library Journal “A contemporary kid's nightmare/heroic dream-come-true that won't stay on the shelf for long.” —Booklist
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The Lobster Kings: A Novel

Author: Alexi Zentner

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393244326

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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A mythical family saga steeped in the legends of the sea, The Lobster Kings is a "powerhouse of a novel" (Ben Fountain). The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years. Now, Woody Kings, the leader of the island's lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne, and Cordelia, the oldest of Woody's three daughters, stands to inherit the crown. To do so, however, she must defend her island from meth dealers from the mainland, while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her sternman.
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The Captive Bride (House of Winslow Book #2)

Author: Gilbert Morris

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 1441270299

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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The Captive Bride follows the Winslow family as they assist in the building of a great nation. With courage and spirit, Rachel Winslow stands up to the enemies of freedom. Can she face unjust imprisonment--even death--without retreat? Book 2 from the bestselling House of Winslow series.
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On the Edge of the Pack

Book Two

Author: M. Desiree

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479745332

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

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On The Edge of the Pack Book two of the On The Edge series Olivia Mayors journey continues as she becomes part of the mythical world. After meeting CliffMarks enemyin On The Edge of the Forest, Olivia is positive that she is going to meet her death. She finds Cliff to save Mark, but the unexpected happens. Rather than the monster she is expecting, Cliff seems to be kind, but that does not fool Olivia. She is wary when he makes her a deal: become his and hell stop trying to kill Mark as well as all the other wolves. Under the circumstances, Olivia has no choice but to accept. Just as she accepts, the unexpected happens and Olivia becomes the very thing that she always thought was mythical: a werewolf. Struggling with the new feelings and emotions in her body, Olivia is faced with many more obstacles and challenges. Danger lurks around every corner from the consequences of marrying Mark, to child bearing and wolf hunts. Time after time, her family is endangered. When a wolf hunt starts unexpectedly, they leave their spacious home and move deeply into the forest of Pinecrossing where Olivia learns of a horrible truth: her brother died. Attending her brothers funeral in Idaho has consequences, but then again, doesnt everything? This is where Olivias journey really begins as, after his funeral, she begins to tell all of her family members good-bye. When she intends to do this with her sister, a secret is unraveled that will yet again forever change Olivias world: Cliff. He was back again, taunting Olivia. Playing games was a favorite of his, and Olivia prepared herself in every way possible to fight him to protect her family. Along the way truths are uncovered about her past. Truth about how exactly much her parents knew about this life; about the genes she carried. She also learns another family secret that will leave many questions answered, while others arise. Every day, trouble gets closer and closer. After Olivias sister, Christine, is threatened, Olivia is faced with yet another choice. She can either become a monsterCliffsand have no contact what-so-ever with her family, or she can sit back and watch as one by one, her family is murdered. Is she strong enough to save her family? Or is she selfish enough to put them in danger?
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