Boat of Stone

A Novel
Author: Maureen Earl
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453293701
Category: Fiction
Page: 254
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“An extremely readable and ultimately moving novel” based on the true story of a boatful of Jewish refugees refused entry to Palestine (The New York Times). In October 1940, as the storm clouds of World War II gathered, the SS Atlantic set sail for Palestine. A condemned and overcrowded ship, it was overflowing with bedraggled Jewish refugees who, having bought their way out of Nazi Germany and Austria, hoped to find safety from the concentration camps that had begun to claim their brethren. But they were not destined to find the shelter they sought. In this poignant novel, Hanna Sommerfeld recalls her long-ago voyage on the Atlantic—a journey plagued by epidemics and food shortages that led not to freedom but, improbably, to incarceration in a British penal colony off the eastern coast of Africa. For Hanna, it would also lead to a heartbreaking loss. Weaving Hanna’s current life with her son’s family in Haifa, Israel, with her memories of marriage and her coming-of-age in the jungles of Mauritius, Boat of Stone is a unique Holocaust story that not only reveals a little-known chapter of history, but also introduces one of the most unforgettable characters you are likely to meet: a gritty, humorous, wise, and adventurous woman who refuses to become a victim. It is “a splendid novel” from National Book Award finalist Maureen Earl, author of Gulliver Quick (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

Stone Boat Odyssey


Author: Ralph;Phyllis Nansen
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1462875912
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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Set against the backdrop of mankind’s epic space odyssey is the tale of a dream that wouldn’t die and a stone boat that eventually sailed 40,000 ocean miles. Despite false starts, setbacks, and neartragedy, a boat named Fram set sail on its oceangoing adventure in 1987. This is the story of the remarkable couple who dared to dream of sailing the world’s oceans on the spark of an idea planted while mankind was aiming at the moon, and spent the next three decades completing their odyssey. Follow this amazing journey from the muddy bayous of Louisiana, to the verdant wilderness of British Columbia, and eventually to the palmgraced atolls of the South Pacific as they discover how to sail, how to build a boat, and how to live their dream.

A Stone Boat

A Novel
Author: Andrew Solomon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476710929
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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The debut novel, first published nearly twenty years ago, from the National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity—a luminous and moving evocation of the love between a son and his mother. A finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction prize, A Stone Boat is an achingly beautiful, deeply perceptive story of family, sexuality, and the startling changes wrought by grief, loss, and self-discovery. Harry, an internationally celebrated young concert pianist, travels to Paris to confront his glamorous and formidable mother about her dismay at his homosexuality. Before he can give voice to his hurt and anger, he discovers that she is terminally ill. In an attempt to escape his feelings of guilt and despair over the prospect of her death, he embarks on several intense affairs—one with a longtime female friend—that force him to question his capacity for love, and finally to rediscover it. Part eulogy, part confession, and part soliloquy on forgiveness, A Stone Boat is a luminous evocation of the destructive and regenerative, all-encompassing love between a son and his mother, by America’s foremost chronicler of personal and familial resilience.

Stones of Aran

Pilgrimage
Author: Tom Robbins
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571317715
Category: Travel
Page: 432
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Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage is, as Robert Macfarlane says in his introduction, 'one of the most sustained, intensive and imaginative studies of a place that has ever been carried out'. That place is one of the most mysterious and oldest inhabited landscapes in the world, the islands of Aran off the west coast of Ireland. Tim Robinson's epic exploration of the desolate, storm-lashed, limestone rocks, which have already haunted generations of Irish writers, takes the form of a clockwise journey around the coast. Every cliff, inlet and headland reveals layers of myth and historical memory, and Robinson makes beautifully crafted observations about the habits of birds, plants and the humans who lived there and endured, leaving records in stone - on the walls, cairns and ancient forts - in story and in oral tradition.

On the Water

Discovering America in a Row Boat
Author: Nathaniel Stone
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0767913167
Category: Travel
Page: 256
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“I take a stroke and lean back, gazing up into the jet skies, bejeweled by the moon and the galaxies of stars. The hull glides in silence and with such perfect balance as to report no motion. I sit up for another stroke, now looking down as the blades ignite swirling pairs of white constellations of phosphorescent plankton. Two opposing heavens. ‘Remember this,’ I think to myself.” Few people have ever considered the eastern United States to be an island, but when Nat Stone began tracing waterways in his new atlas at the age of ten he discovered that if one had a boat it was possible to use a combination of waterways to travel up the Hudson River, west across the barge canals and the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, and back up the eastern seaboard. Years later, still fascinated by the idea of the island, Stone read a biography of Howard Blackburn, a nineteenth-century Gloucester fisherman who had attempted to sail the same route a century before. Stone decided he would row rather than sail, and in April 1999 he launched a scull beneath the Brooklyn Bridge to see how far he could get. After ten months and some six thousand miles he arrived back at the Brooklyn Bridge, and continued rowing on to Eastport, Maine. Retracing Stone’s extraordinary voyage, On the Water is a marvelous portrait of the vibrant cultures inhabiting American shores and the magic of a traveler’s chance encounters. From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a rower at the local boathouse bequeaths him a pair of fabled oars, to Vanceburg, Kentucky, where he spends a day fishing with Ed Taylor -- a man whose efficient simplicity recalls The Old Man and the Sea -- Stone makes his way, stroke by stroke, chatting with tugboat operators and sleeping in his boat under the stars. He listens to the live strains of Dwight Yoakum on the banks of the Ohio while the world’s largest Superman statue guards the nearby town square, and winds his way through the Louisiana bayous, where he befriends Scoober, an old man who reminds him that the happiest people are those who’ve “got nothin’.” He briefly adopts a rowing companion -- a kitten -- along the west coast of Florida, and finds himself stuck in the tidal mudflats of Georgia. Along the way, he flavors his narrative with local history and lore and records the evolution of what started out as an adventure but became a lifestyle. An extraordinary literary debut in the lyrical, timeless style of William Least Heat-Moon and Henry David Thoreau, On the Water is a mariner’s tribute to childhood dreams, solitary journeys, and the transformative powers of America’s rivers, lakes, and coastlines. From the Hardcover edition.

Dark Harbor


Author: Stuart Woods
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101210672
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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In this perfect mix of sexy intrigue and swift suspense in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Stone Barrington investigates the suicide of a CIA officer—his own cousin... Stone Barrington hasn’t heard from his cousin, Dick Stone, in years. Then, an otherwise pleasant meal at Elaine’s is interrupted by the CIA with news of Dick’s death—apparently by his own hand. It seems that Dick Stone, a quiet family man who doubled as a CIA agent, methodically executed his wife, daughter, and then himself...or did he? Appointed executor of Dick’s will, Stone must settle the estate and—with the help of his ex-partner Dino and friend Holly Barker—piece together the elusive facts of his cousin’s life and death as a CIA operative. At every step, Stone knows he is being watched by Dick’s family—and one of them just may be the killer.

Einstein Meets Magritte: An Interdisciplinary Reflection

The White Book of “Einstein Meets Magritte”
Author: Diederik Aerts,Jan Broekaert,Ernest Mathijs
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401147043
Category: Philosophy
Page: 274
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Einstein Meets Magritte: An Interdisciplinary Reflection presents insights of the renowned key speakers of the interdisciplinary Einstein meets Magritte conference (1995, Brussels Free University). The contributions elaborate on fundamental questions of science, with regard to the contemporary world, and push beyond the borders of traditional approaches. All of the articles in this volume address this fundamental theme, but somewhere along the road the volume expanded to become much more than a mere expression of the conference's dynamics. The articles not only deal with several scientific disciplines, they also confront these fields with the full spectrum of contemporary life, and become new science. As such, this volume presents a state-of-the-art reflection of science in the world today, in all its diversity. The contributions are accessible to a large audience of scientists, students, educators, and everyone who wants to keep up with science today.

The Life-boat

Journal of the Royal National Life-Boat Institution
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Lifesaving
Page: N.A
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Includes annual reports of the institution.

Occult Sciences

The Philosophy of Magic, Prodigies and Apparent Miracles
Author: Eusèbe Salverte,Anthony Todd Thomson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108044301
Category: History
Page: 404
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A two-volume 1846 translation of an examination of miracles in ancient times by a French polymath, first published in 1829.

In the Trades, the Tropics, and the Roaring Forties

14,000 Miles in the Sunbeam in 1883
Author: Annie Brassey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108024564
Category: History
Page: 576
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A popular account of a voyage to the Caribbean in a steam yacht, describing exotic locations and domestic life.

Japanese Art of Stone Appreciation

Suiseki and its Use with Bonsai
Author: Vincent T. Covello,Yuji Yishimura
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 146290257X
Category: Gardening
Page: 160
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The Japanese Art of Stone Appreciation is an exploration into the art of suiseki—small, naturally formed stones selected for their shape, balance, simplicity and tranquility. Written by two leading experts in the field of Japanese gardening and art, this concise introduction offers aesthetic guidance and direct practical advice that is a window into traditional Japanese culture. It details the essential characteristics of a high-quality suiseki, describing the various systems of stone classification in this Japanese art form and explaining how to display a suiseki to its best advantage. There is also a section on incorporating suiseki alongside a bonsai tree, the most popular and rewarding complement to peaceful suiseki miniature landscape gardens. Sections include: Historical Background Characteristics and Aesthetic Qualities Classification of Suiseki Displaying a Stone Suiseki with Bonsai and Other Related Arts Collecting Suiseki How to Make a Carved Wooden Base Suiseki Classification Systems

Boats of South Asia


Author: Sean Mcgrail,Lucy Blue,Eric Kentley,Colin Palmer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134431309
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
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This book sets new standards for the documentation of water transport, and introduces styles of boat-building which are unlikely to be found outside the sub-Continent. A fascinating and accessible read for anyone interested in boats or the South Asian way of life, as well as ethnographers, maritime archaeologists and historians, Boats of South Asia covers recent, exhaustive fieldwork in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; and covers a vast array of traditional boats used in the sub-Continent today for fishing and other coastal, riverine tasks.

Building Stone Walls


Author: John Vivian
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612123724
Category: House & Home
Page: 112
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Rustic and charming or stately and proud, a well-built stone wall can add personality and beauty to your property. John Vivian’s lively approach and step-by-step instructions encourage you to transform a pile of rocks into an enduring landscape feature with gates, retaining walls, or stiles to suit your needs. Whatever unique challenges come with your site — poor drainage, sloping ground, or low-quality rubble material — Vivian offers innovative designs and reproducible methods to help you build a beautiful, long-lasting wall.

Loitering With Intent


Author: Stuart Woods
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101046647
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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In this action-packed thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington is on the hunt for a man who doesn’t want to be found in Key West... Dumped by his glamorous Russian girlfriend during dinner at Elaine’s and running low on cash, Stone Barrington is not having a good week. So his luck seems to be improving when he’s hired to locate the missing son of a very wealthy man—lucky because the job pays well, and because the son seems to be hiding in the tropical paradise of Key West. But when Stone and his sometime running buddy Dino Bacchetti arrive in the sunny Keys, it appears that someone has been lying in wait. Stone very nearly loses his life after being blindsided at a local bar, and he realizes that the missing son he’s been hired to track may have good reason for not wanting to be found. Suddenly Key West is looking less like Margaritaville and more like the mean streets of New York...

Little Yokozuna


Author: Wayne Shorey
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462907415
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 176
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The Little Yokozuna is a Japanese fantasy novel written for young adults. When a group of children is mysteriously transported from a museum garden into a fantastic world where myths, magic, and spirits of traditional Japan have come to life, they find escape isn't as simple as a phone call home. The children must win a desperate race against time to rescue the youngest sister from demon warriors - and discover who will stand against the demons with the spirit of a true sumo champion (Yokozuna) before they can return to their enchanted garden. The dramatic adventures they share with their new Japanese friend Kiyoshi-clan set in a fantastic world of sumo wrestling, baseball, and temple gardens - offer a fascinating introduction to the magical aspects of Japanese culture.

The Camel Club


Author: David Baldacci
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330506900
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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The Camel Club by bestselling sensation David Baldacci is the exciting first instalment of a breathtaking series. The Camel Club: a group of conspiracy theorists led by the mysterious Oliver Stone, who camp outside the White House. Their goal – to expose corruption at the upper echelons of US government. The stakes are raised when the group witness the murder of an intelligence analyst. A murder the authorities seem intent on writing off as suicide. Looking at the case more closely provokes more questions than answers. Joining forces with Secret Service Agent Alex Ford, the Camel Club prepare to shine a spotlight on a conspiracy that reaches into the heart of Washington’s corridors of power. In doing so, Ford finds out that his worst nightmare is about to happen . . . The Camel Club is followed by The Collectors, Stone Cold, Divine Justice and Hell's Corner.

The Stone Boat


Author: Anthony Holcroft
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780476008274
Category: Children's stories, New Zealand
Page: 128
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Seven short stories with traditional folktale themes including encounters with otherworldly forces, benign, life threatening or purely magic. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.Seven short stories with traditional folktale themes including encounters with otherworldly forces, benign, life threatening or purely magic. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

The Little Bride

A Novel
Author: Anna Solomon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101544236
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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From the award-winning author of Leaving Lucy Pear, an unflinching, lushly imagined love story set against the backdrop of the epic frontier Anna Solomon's new novel Leaving Lucy Pear is available now from Viking Books When 16-year-old Minna Losk journeys from Odessa to America as a mail-order bride, she dreams of a young, wealthy husband, a handsome townhouse, and freedom from physical labor and pogroms. But her husband Max turns out to be twice her age, rigidly Orthodox, and living in a one-room sod hut in South Dakota with his two teenage sons. The country is desolate, the work treacherous. And most troubling, Minna finds herself increasingly attracted to her older stepson. As a brutal winter closes in, the family's limits are tested, and Minna, drawing on strengths she barely knows she has, is forced to confront her despair, as well as her desire. A Boston Globe Best Seller “Evocative of Alice Munro, Amy Bloom, and Willa Cather, but fueled by Anna Solomon’s singular imagination . . . a masterful debut . . . embroidered with sage, beautiful writing on every page . . . marks the start of a long, fine, and important career.” —Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us “Minna is a terrifically complex heroine: a little snobby, a little selfish and wholly sympathetic.” —The New York Times “Like...Jonathan Safran Foer and Dara Horn. [A] wondrously strange story of Jewish immigration.” —Miami Herald “This mythic rendition of the American immigrant narrative...finds the wondrous in the ordinary and vividly depicts the complex collisions between the Old World and the New.” —More