The Whole Five Feet

The Whole Five Feet

He decided to follow her example and turn to this series of great books for answers—and recounts the experience here in a smart, big-hearted, and inspirational mix of memoir and intellectual excursion that “deftly illustrates how books ...

Author: Christopher R. Beha

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802199904

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 272

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This unique memoir of reading the classics to find strength and wisdom “makes an elegant case for literature as an everyday companion” (The New York Times Book Review). While undergoing a series of personal and family crises, Christopher Beha discovered that his grandmother had used the Harvard Classics—the renowned “five foot shelf” of great world literature compiled in the early twentieth century by Charles William Eliot—to educate herself during the Great Depression. He decided to follow her example and turn to this series of great books for answers—and recounts the experience here, in a smart, big-hearted, and inspirational mix of memoir and intellectual excursion that “deftly illustrates how books can save one’s life” (Helen Schulman). “As he grapples with the death of his beloved aunt, a debilitating case of Lyme disease, and other major and minor calamities, Beha finds that writers as diverse as Wordsworth, Pascal, Kant, and Mill had been there before, and that the results of their struggles to find meaning in life could inform his own.” —The Seattle Times “An important book [and] a sheer blast to read.” —Heidi Julavits
Categories: Literary Collections

A Dictionary of Architecture

A Dictionary of Architecture

are here a series of triangles , iron rods placed five feet apart , “ thus including the
true line of these rods supporting the ... five feet of a suspension bridge , which
was below the cables : the weight of approved of by a select committee the whole
 ...

Author: Robert Stuart (c.e.)

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112052546071

Category: Architects

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Categories: Architects

Cyclopedia of Architecture

Cyclopedia of Architecture

are here a series of triangles , iron rods placed five feet apart , “ thus including the
true line of these rods supporting the road - way “ bearing . These triangles are ,
framing . The suspending power " of course , preserved in a vertical was ...

Author: Robert Stuart

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015015861472

Category: Architecture

Page: 1259

View: 487

Categories: Architecture

The Granite Monthly

The Granite Monthly

Across the whole rear of the five feet wide and six feet deep , which building is
the library room , which is extends the whole height of the struct- high enough to
admit of galleries . ure and terminates in a gable , which is Ample provisions are
 ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3496315

Category: New Hampshire

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Categories: New Hampshire

Encyclopaedia Metropolitana Or Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley Hugh James Rose Henry John Rose

Encyclopaedia Metropolitana  Or  Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement  with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley  Hugh James Rose  Henry John Rose

It is nine hundred and eight feet nine inches . hundred and ninety - five feet in
length , and forty - three feet six inches in breadth between the parapets . It is Iron
Bridges . composed of a series of elliptical arches , increasing in In point of ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: IBNN:BN000649214

Category:

Page: 820

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Categories:

Geology

Geology

The original country was more uneven , and the outlines of the openings are not
so regular as a whole . For the portion next north of the railroad I have adopted
an average height of bank of forty - five feet . It is considerably higher than that on
 ...

Author: Geological Survey of California

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112032285782

Category: Coal mines and mining

Page:

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Categories: Coal mines and mining

The Civil engineer and architect s journal

The Civil engineer    and  architect s journal

The area of progress . five feet length of the centre portion is 145 square feet ;
and a The timber floor on the iron bottom is in the form of an column of water of
the above mean height of 114 feet gives 695 lb. inverted truss , and as a whole ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: DMM:057002812514

Category:

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The Past and Present of St Andrew s

The Past and Present of St  Andrew s

The entrance is by a flight of six marble steps ( extending along the whole front ) ,
through a central door fourteen feet wide and twenty - five feet high , subdivided
into seven horizontal compartments of four panels each . The facias of the ...

Author: William Bacon Stevens

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433080440393

Category: Bible

Page: 124

View: 975

Categories: Bible

Acts and Resolves Passed by the General Assembly

Acts and Resolves Passed by the General Assembly

Rollway , Flume , 27 width . Rollway composed of stone . The east portion of the
dam is composed of an abundant quantity of a good material of earth , with a
good substantial foot wall about five feet high , and extending the entire length of
this ...

Author: Rhode Island

Publisher:

ISBN: IOWA:31858021150069

Category: Law

Page:

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Categories: Law

Creeds of the Day Or Collated Opinions of Reputable Thinkers

Creeds of the Day  Or Collated Opinions of Reputable Thinkers

So that “ one foot of rock denuded from the surface of the land deposited on this
belt would make a stratum of five feet in thickness . " If , however , these five feet
were spread over the entire ocean - bed , they would be reduced to five inches .

Author: Henry John Coke

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89111638169

Category: Bible

Page:

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Categories: Bible

The American Journal of Science

The American Journal of Science

so that the entire circuit , including the four hundred and seventyfive feet of earth ,
was one thousand nine hundred and twentyfive feet . The galvanometer settled at
694 ° . Exp . 67. I united the zinc wire , Exp . No. 58 , instead of the zinc plates ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112111423429

Category: Science

Page:

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Categories: Science

English Patents of Inventions Specifications

English Patents of Inventions  Specifications

... say , to the required depth of five feet below the water line , and for as much as
the low part thereof may rise above to the extent of three , four , or even five feet . I
have supposed it might be necessary that the main and full - length part of the ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: DMM:057002673651

Category:

Page:

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Reports Made to the General Assembly of the State of Illinois

Reports Made to the     General Assembly of the State of Illinois

The hot water tank , made of iron , is six feet in diameter and five feet high . Into
this tank all the condensed steam of the whole building returns , also all the
steam condensed from the exhaust of pumps and engine , and supplies the
boilers , to ...

Author: Illinois

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044100183235

Category: Illinois

Page:

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Categories: Illinois

Carpentry

Carpentry

... each room not less than fifty feet square in the clear ; the four rooms on each
floor to occupy the whole space east and ... base is six feet , and at the bottom of
the capital five feet ; the height of the capital is eight feet five inches , and its width
 ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433087538926

Category: Carpentry

Page:

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Categories: Carpentry

Reports of All the Cases Decided by All the Superior Courts Relating to Magistrates Municipal and Parochial Law

Reports of All the Cases Decided by All the Superior Courts Relating to Magistrates  Municipal  and Parochial Law

ground of the width of twenty - five feet as a public The situation of this private
carriage - way and public bridleway and footway , as well as a private
carriagebridleway and footway is in the hamlet of Pinner , in road , without
describing the ...

Author: Great Britain. Courts

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:35112103820728

Category: Law reports, digests, etc

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Categories: Law reports, digests, etc

Railway Pamphlets

Railway Pamphlets

As a general feature , the road is constructed directly along the banks of the river ,
five feet above high tides . ... Of the whole distance , one hundred and fourteen
miles are upon a dead level , five miles from one to five feet per mile , thirteen ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105126483044

Category: Railroad companies

Page:

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Categories: Railroad companies

Cyclopaedia of Universal History

Cyclopaedia of Universal History

The latter is a complete ruin , insoLouvre , but that no fewer than ten separate
much that no adequate idea of its style and and ... The ground - plan and
passages of the House of Xerxes the figmeasured one hundred and thirty - five
feet in ures ...

Author: John Clark Ridpath

Publisher:

ISBN: UCLA:L0073170680

Category: World history

Page:

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Categories: World history

Putnam s monthly magazine of American literature science and art

Putnam s monthly magazine of American literature  science  and art

The whole was so made , framed , hexagonal pier , seventy - five by forty- and
tied together in Philadelphia , as five feet , composed of thirty screw - piles ,
completely to obviate the difficulties of twenty - three feet long , and five inches
fitting on ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: BSB:BSB10617699

Category:

Page:

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Categories:

Putnam s Magazine

Putnam s Magazine

The whole was so made , framed , hexagonal pier , seventy - five by forty- and
tied together in Philadelphia , as five feet , composed of thirty screw - piles ,
completely to obviate the difficulties of twenty - three feet long , and five inches
fitting on ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951002805982O

Category: Literature

Page:

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Categories: Literature

Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency

Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency

The Baláv . to twenty - five feet in length , from 11 to 31 feet in beam , from one
and a half to three feet in depth of hull ; and from £1 to £20 ( Rs . 10 - Rs . 200 ) in
cost . They are worked and steered by paddles , and most of them have a
bamboo ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105117217047

Category: Bombay (India : State)

Page:

View: 115

Categories: Bombay (India : State)