The Last American Man

The Last American Man

Told with Elizabeth Gilbert's trademark wit and spirit, this is a fascinating, intimate portrait of an endlessly complicated man: a visionary, a narcissist, a brilliant but flawed modern hero.

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408806876

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Page: 288

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At the age of seventeen, Eustace Conway ditched the comforts of his suburban existence to escape to the wild. Away from the crushing disapproval of his father, he lived alone in a teepee in the mountains. Everything he needed he built, grew or killed. He made his clothes from deer he killed and skinned before using their sinew as sewing thread. But he didn't stop there. In the years that followed, he stopped at nothing in pursuit of bigger, bolder challenges. He travelled the Mississippi in a handmade wooden canoe; he walked the two-thousand-mile Appalachian Trail; he hiked across the German Alps in trainers; he scaled cliffs in New Zealand. One Christmas, he finished dinner with his family and promptly upped and left - to ride his horse across America. From South Carolina to the Pacific, with his little brother in tow, they dodged cars on the highways, ate road kill and slept on the hard ground. Now, more than twenty years on, Eustace is still in the mountains, residing in a thousand-acre forest where he teaches survival skills and attempts to instil in people a deeper appreciation of nature. But over time he has had to reconcile his ambitious dreams with the sobering realities of modernity. Told with Elizabeth Gilbert's trademark wit and spirit, this is a fascinating, intimate portrait of an endlessly complicated man: a visionary, a narcissist, a brilliant but flawed modern hero. The Last American Man is an unforgettable adventure story of an irrepressible life lived to the extreme. The Last American Man is a New York Times Notable Book and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.
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The Complete Elizabeth Gilbert

The Complete Elizabeth Gilbert

For the first time the complete works of the award-winning author Elizabeth Gilbert are collected together, highlighting her talents as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction.

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408817902

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1332

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For the first time the complete works of the award-winning author Elizabeth Gilbert are collected together, highlighting her talents as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. In the international best-seller Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert narrates her struggles after a bitter divorce and turbulent love affair, beginning her quest to rediscover how to be happy. In Rome, she indulges herself and gains nearly two stone. In India, she finds enlightenment through scrubbing temple floors. Finally, in Bali a toothless medicine man reveals a new path to peace, leaving her ready to find love again. In Committed, Gilbert is about to wed the man she fell in love with at the end of Eat, Pray, Love and with wit and intelligence contemplates marriage, trying with all her might to discover what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. In The Last American Man, Gilbert presents a fascinating, intimate portrait of the American naturalist and brilliant modern hero Eustace Conway, who at the age of seventeen ditched the comforts of his suburban existence to escape into the wild. Attempting to instil in people a deeper appreciation of nature, Conway stops at nothing in pursuit of bigger, bolder adventures. In Gilbert's first novel Stern Men, the eighteen-year-old irredeemably unromantic Ruth Thomas returns home from boarding school determined to join the 'stern-men'. Throwing her education overboard, this feisty and unforgettable American heroine helps work the lobster boats and brushes up on her profanity, eventually falling for a handsome young lobsterman. In Pilgrims, Gilbert's sharply drawn and tenderly observed collection of twelve short stories, tough heroes and heroines, hardened by their experiences, struggle for their epiphanies and seek companionship as fiercely as they can.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Last American Cowboy

The Last American Cowboy

This book details the story of a young man, a fictional character, Clem Barnett, during the late 1940's and 1950's, raised as a boy in the mid-west with dreams and visions, based on romantic books and movies, of being a cowboy in the West.

Author: Mike R. Dunbar

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781449002398

Category: Fiction

Page: 268

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This book details the story of a young man, a fictional character, Clem Barnett, during the late 1940's and 1950's, raised as a boy in the mid-west with dreams and visions, based on romantic books and movies, of being a cowboy in the West. He finds himself venturing far from his home in northeastern Oklahoma to hire-out on two very different ranches; first, one in Montana and later, one in Idaho. There, he learns about ranching, the cattle business, and most importantly, about life. He also learns what the modern, for the time period, cowboy is and how it differs greatly from his romantic vision. He faces many adventures and interacts with a host of colorful characters in search of his dreams. Because the story occurs in the early 1950's, the young man is faced with the horrors of participating in the Korean War, and more importantly, facing the emotional effects thereafter. Unlikely characters assist in his recovery and he gains respect and love for the people of the Basque culture who helped him. The story ends with a simple love story and a realization that dreams can be elusive. In the end, he finds peace and happiness and seems to come close to living the life of the romantic cowboy he envisioned. Others see in him a person who so loves the life of a cowboy and confers upon him the title of the last romantic, real life, American Cowboy.
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Pilgrims

Pilgrims

Now Elizabeth Gilbert's thousands of UK fans can enjoy her very first book - a collection of short stories of memorable individuals pursuing their own American pilgrimage

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing UK

ISBN: 0747598258

Category: Short stories

Page: 210

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A collection of short stories about women who are as tough as they look, but may not be a tough as they think they are.
Categories: Short stories

The Last American Hero

The Last American Hero

“Now that means that the human being has some factor in this thing to get the
excitement up.” 45 Glenn's friends from throughout his life showed up to watch
the liftoff. Rudy deLeon chatted with an elderly man in a wheelchair while he was
 ...

Author: Alice L. George

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781641602167

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became a national star. That morning at Cape Canaveral, a small-town boy from Ohio took his place atop a rocket and soared into orbit to score a victory in the heavily contested Cold War. The television images were blurry black-and-white phantoms. The cameras shook as the rocket moved, but by the end of the day, one thing was clear: a new hero rode that rocket and became the center of the world's attention for the four hours and fifty-five minutes of his flight. He became celebrated in all corners of the world as not just the first American to orbit the Earth, but as the first space traveler to take the human race with him. From that day forward, Glenn restively wore the hero label. Wherever he went, people knew his name and what he had done. Refusing to let that dramatic day define his life, he went on to become a four-term US senator—and returned to space at the age of seventy-seven. The Last American Hero examines the many layers that formed the man and unravels the reasons for his singular role. He was a creation of the media, in some ways, but he was also a product of the Cold War. Not even Glenn himself seemed to fully understand his celebrity. He was a war hero, a two-time astronaut, a veteran senator, a devoted husband, a father, and much more. At a time when increasingly cynical Americans need heroes, his aura burns brightly in American memory.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

At Home on the Range

At Home on the Range

At Home on the Range is a fascinating, humorous and useful cookbook from the past that is essential for the present day.

Author: Margaret Yardley Potter

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408832295

Category: Cooking

Page: 256

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Recently, Elizabeth Gilbert unpacked some boxes of family books that had been sitting in her mother's attic for decades. Among the old, dusty hardbacks was a book called At Home on the Range, written by her great-grandmother, Margaret Yardley Potter. As Gilbert writes in her Foreword: 'I jumped up and dashed through the house to find my husband, so I could read parts of it to him: Listen to this! The humor! The insight! The sophistication! Then I followed him around the kitchen while he was making our dinner (lamb shanks), and I continued reading aloud as we ate... By the end of the night there were three of us sitting at that table. Gima had come to join us, and she was wonderful, and I was in love.' The cookbook was far ahead of its time. In it, Potter espouses the importance of farmer's markets and ethnic food (Italian, Jewish and German), derides preservatives and culinary shortcuts and generally celebrates a devotion to epicurean adventures. Potter takes car trips out to Pennsylvania Dutch country to eat pickled pork products, and to the eastern shore of Maryland, where she learns to catch and prepare eels so delicious, she says, they must be 'devoured in a silence almost devout'. Part scholar and part crusader for a more open food conversation than currently existed, it's not hard to see where Elizabeth Gilbert inherited both her love of food and her warm, infectious prose. At Home on the Range is a fascinating, humorous and useful cookbook from the past that is essential for the present day.
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The Last American Sailors

The Last American Sailors

A sailor jumps to the bottom of the sea. The Last American Sailors recounts one man's decade in a misunderstood industry--the merchant marine, a fleet with a glorious past and an uncertain future.

Author: Michael Rawlins

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595301171

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 244

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A sadistic captain puts his crew on edge. A young officer has a breakdown in a near-collision. A sailor jumps to the bottom of the sea. The Last American Sailors recounts one man's decade in a misunderstood industry--the merchant marine, a fleet with a glorious past and an uncertain future. If On the Road met The Perfect Storm, we would have The Last American Sailors, the definitive travelogue of a merchant seaman and an encompassing look into the mysterious world of merchant shipping.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Last American Martyr

The Last American Martyr

In this me-me twenty-first century, fifty-nine-year-old Thomas Soles may very well be the last American martyr. This self-described “simple man” writes a simple book that resuscitates the all-but-dead international labor movement.

Author: Tom Winton

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 1466254416

Category: Fiction

Page: 194

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It doesn't happen often, but every now and then one small soul rises from the crowded depths of obscurity and causes the entire earth to wobble on its axis. This last happened in 2008 when an unemployed doorman, in a secondhand Goodwill suit, stepped onto the worldwide stage in Stockholm and accepted The Nobel Prize for Literature. In this me-me twenty-first century, fifty-nine-year-old Thomas Soles may very well be the last American martyr. This self-described “simple man” writes a simple book that resuscitates the all-but-dead international labor movement. The response to his thoughts and perceptions are astounding. All around the globe, from pole to pole, from America to Zimbabwe, the marching footsteps of workers, young and old, tremor the earth. But not everyone is pleased. There's a tight-knit, elitist clique that is absolutely livid over the thoughts and ideals that fill the pages of his book. And the moment Tom and his wife Elaina return home from Sweden, they realize just how angry this profit hungry mob really is. Mortified by the horrid scene that awaits them inside their New York tenement, the Soles' have no choice but to flee their longtime home. Hoping to find peace and anonymity, they bounce all over America in an RV. But in their travels they find nothing close to tranquility. Instead they become moving targets. And everywhere they go they're followed by a succession of life-threatening events.
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The Last American from the Journal of Khan li Prince of Dimph yoo chur and Admiral in the Persian Navy

The Last American from the Journal of Khan li  Prince of Dimph yoo chur and Admiral in the Persian Navy

difficulty and they had much trouble in conversing , chiefly from reason of Nõfühl's
pronunciation . He afterward told me that this man's language differed but little
from that of the Mehrikans , as they wrote it eleven centuries ago . When he finally
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Author: John Ames Mitchell

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ISBN: IOWA:31858005718436

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Page: 78

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Congressional Record

Congressional Record

And so far as our allies are concerned , sure , England and France both have
advised us they will fight to the last American dollar and the last American man .
For us to continue to surrender more powers and endless billions into the hands
of ...

Author: United States. Congress

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000126169188

Category: Law

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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)
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The Last American Puritan

The Last American Puritan

The story begins in 1639 when Mather was born in the Massachusetts village of Dorchester. He left home for Harvard College when he was twelve and at twenty-two began to stir the city of Boston from the pulpit of North Church.

Author: Michael G. Hall

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819562386

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 438

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A critically acclaimed and accessible biography of one of the towering figures of New England's colonial period; winner of The Conference on Christianity and Literature's Book Award.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Runner s World

Runner s World

The company split from its supplier in 1972 and started manufacturing its own
shoes under the name of Nike. ... Salazar is the last American man to have won
the New York City Marathon, in 1982, and one of only two men to win it three ...

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Page: 138

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Runner's World magazine aims to help runners achieve their personal health, fitness, and performance goals, and to inspire them with vivid, memorable storytelling.
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City of Girls

City of Girls

" Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s.

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698408326

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. "A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness." - PopSugar "Intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger." -USA Today "Pairs well with a cocktail...or two." -TheSkimm "Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are." Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.
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The Last Man on the Moon

The Last Man on the Moon

Written with New York Times bestselling author Don Davis, The Last Man on the Moon is the astronaut story never before told - about the fear, love and sacrifice demanded of the few men who dared to reach beyond the heavens for the biggest ...

Author: Eugene Cernan

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429971789

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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The basis of the 2014 award-winning feature-length documentary! A revealing and dramatic look at the inside of the American Space Program from one of its pioneers. Eugene Cernan was a unique American who came of age as an astronaut during the most exciting and dangerous decade of spaceflight. His career spanned the entire Gemini and Apollo programs, from being the first person to spacewalk all the way around our world to the moment when he left man's last footprint on the Moon as commander of Apollo 17. Between those two historic events lay more adventures than an ordinary person could imagine as Cernan repeatedly put his life, his family and everything he held dear on the altar of an obsessive desire. Written with New York Times bestselling author Don Davis, The Last Man on the Moon is the astronaut story never before told - about the fear, love and sacrifice demanded of the few men who dared to reach beyond the heavens for the biggest prize of all - the Moon.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Your Style

Your Style

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0423878808

Category: Beauty, Personal

Page: 48

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Categories: Beauty, Personal

Current Literature

Current Literature

Montaigne Short Stories for October gives , as the famous story of the month , that
queer conceit of Chamisso's , entitled Peter Schlemihl — The Man Without a
Shadow , one ... Special translations from the Italian , Greek , Spanish , French ,
and Russian , with choice English and American ... He declared that there was in
recent American literature a feature of special and peculiar interest to us in
England ...

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Eat Pray Love

Eat  Pray  Love

This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion ...

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1536968781

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Page: 340

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In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want-husband, country home, successful career-but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
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The New American Cyclop dia

The New American Cyclop  dia

science then existed in England , and it was the phantasm , and ascribing real
existence to the sense of this deficiency that led to the ... The new association em
- coxcomb to a man of the world , or a poacher to braces nearly every scientific
man in the Unit - & sportsman . ... with thought , his heart swellord of the growth of
American scienco during ing with hope , his very soul bursting with the last dozen
 ...

Author: George Ripley

Publisher:

ISBN: PRNC:32101064517327

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

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Categories: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

The New American Cyclopaedia

The New American Cyclopaedia

ADVEITAM ADVENTURERS 139 science then existed in England , and it was the
phantasm , and ascribing real existence to the ... The new association em
coxcomb to a man of the world , or a poacher to braces nearly every scientific m
in the Unit a sportsman . ... with thought , his heart swell . ord of the growth of
American science during ing with hope , his very soul bursting with the last dozen
years ...

Author: George Ripley

Publisher:

ISBN: BDM:13020100000854

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

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Categories: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

The Finest Wife

The Finest Wife

Each story in this series offers a poignant glimpse of family life – the ties we cling to; the ties we try to sever; and the ties that make us who we are.

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408848081

Category: Fiction

Page: 20

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Each story in this series offers a poignant glimpse of family life – the ties we cling to; the ties we try to sever; and the ties that make us who we are. Told from a myriad of perspectives, from a dazzling array of some of the finest short story writers of our generation (including Jhumpa Lahiri, George Saunders, Jon McGregor and Elizabeth Gilbert), Family Snapshots gives us a fresh, empathetic and moving insight into the meaning of family. The Finest Wife is taken from Elizabeth Gilbert's stunning collection of short stories, Pilgrims.
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