Boy Midflight

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Author: Charlie David

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

ISBN: 1634772423

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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When a modeling job takes eighteen-year-old Ashley from small-town Canada to Los Angeles, he must decides what he wants from life—and who he wants by his side.

Flight Risk

Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy

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Author: James Nolan

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1496811283

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

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“James Nolan looks back unsparingly on a time few writers have faced with such clarity and compassion. There’s suspense and beauty on every page . . .” —Andrei Codrescu Flight Risk takes off as a page-turning narrative with deep roots and a wide wingspan. James Nolan, a fifth-generation New Orleans native, offers up an intimate portrait both of his insular hometown and his generation’s counterculture. Flight runs as a theme throughout the book, which begins with Nolan’s escape from the gothic mental hospital to which his parents committed the teenaged poet during the tumult of 1968. This breakout is followed by the self-styled revolutionary’s hair-raising flight from a Guatemalan jail, and years later, by the author’s bolt from China, where he ditched his teaching position and collectivist ideals. These Houdini-like feats foreshadow a more recent one, how he dodged biblical floods in a stolen school bus three days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Nolan traces these flight patterns to those of his French ancestors who fled to New Orleans in the mid-nineteenth century, established a tobacco business in the French Quarter, and kept the old country alive in their Creole demimonde. The writer describes the eccentric Seventh Ward menagerie of the extended family in which he grew up, his early flirtation with extremist politics, and a strong bond with his freewheeling grandfather, a gentleman from the Gilded Age. Nolan’s quest for his own freedom takes him to the flower-powered, gender-bending San Francisco of the sixties and seventies, as well as to an expatriate life in Spain during the heady years of that nation’s transition to democracy. Like the prodigal son, he eventually returns home to live in the French Quarter, around the corner from where his grandmother grew up, only to struggle through the aftermath of Katrina and the city’s resurrection. Many of these stories are entwined with the commentaries of a wry flâneur, addressing such subjects as the nuances of race in New Orleans, the Disneyfication of the French Quarter, the numbing anomie of digital technology and globalization, the challenges of caring for aging parents, Creole funeral traditions, how to make a soul-searing gumbo, and what it really means to belong.

Flight

A Novel

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Author: Sherman Alexie

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480457213

Category: Fiction

Page: 182

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From the National Book Award–winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the tale of a troubled boy’s trip through history. Half Native American and half Irish, fifteen-year-old “Zits” has spent much of his short life alternately abused and ignored as an orphan and ward of the foster care system. Ever since his mother died, he’s felt alienated from everyone, but, thanks to the alcoholic father whom he’s never met, especially disconnected from other Indians. After he runs away from his latest foster home, he makes a new friend. Handsome, charismatic, and eloquent, Justice soon persuades Zits to unleash his pain and anger on the uncaring world. But picking up a gun leads Zits on an unexpected time-traveling journey through several violent moments in American history, experiencing life as an FBI agent during the civil rights movement, a mute Indian boy during the Battle of Little Bighorn, a nineteenth-century Indian tracker, and a modern-day airplane pilot. When Zits finally returns to his own body, “he begins to understand what it means to be the hero, the villain and the victim. . . . Mr. Alexie succeeds yet again with his ability to pierce to the heart of matters, leaving this reader with tears in her eyes” (The New York Times Book Review). Sherman Alexie’s acclaimed novels have turned a spotlight on the unique experiences of modern-day Native Americans, and here, the New York Times–bestselling author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian takes a bold new turn, combining magical realism with his singular humor and insight. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Sherman Alexie including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

A Magical Beginning

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Author: Sanders Holgerson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469134039

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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The birth of Valendron introduced magic into the world of Hureel. Emotional outbursts with magical effects keeps the boy on the run until he turns twenty when he finally begins to understand that he has a gift. There are no "Ancients" or magic books to teach him as he is the first wizard ever. Valendron tries to learn about magic through trial and error as he is chased by a notorious hunter and the relentless Henlor Gristminnen. The one bright spot in his life is his beautiful and devoted friend Bettna who encourages him through his trials. Valendron ́s adventures are sometimes self-created as he tries to master the gift of magic that is his alone to understand. He learns that even if some actions are done with good intent, they can still have the unintended consequences.

The Loblolly Boy

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Author: James Norcliffe

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1741768772

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 228

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When he turned around I could see the spread of the feathery green wings that sprouted from his shoulders, beautiful waving wings. I felt as if I were suddenly on a different planet. Part of me wanted to drop to my knees. 'Who are you?' I gasped. The loblolly boy has the gift of flight. He is invisible to most people, apart from the Sensitives; is much coveted by the sinister Collectors; and he has the power to Exchange - to swap identities with others. But the children who choose to Exchange - often to escape very miserable lives - soon realise that to become one of these magical, Peter Pan-like creatures brings complications and dangers they never anticipated. 'The children in The Loblolly Boy find themselves caught up in a remarkable chain of events. Through an encounter with the fantastic loblolly boy they can become fantastic themselves. This is a rich fantasy - alive with original twists, surprises and mysteries which I dare not reveal. Children's literature is about to be enriched with a new classic.' Margaret Mahy

Gangster

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Author: Lorenzo Carcaterra

Publisher: Fawcett

ISBN: 0345425294

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Fleeing his father and a shadowy past, Angelo Vestieri finds a second family in early twentieth-century New York's mob, where he encounters dangerous betrayals and an abandoned boy in need of a father figure.

Airplane Flight!

A Lift-the-Flap Adventure

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Author: Susanna Leonard Hill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781416978329

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 12

View: 324

Young readers can follow along as an airplane takes off, flies across the sky, and finally reaches its destination. On board pages.

One Night With Her Boss

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Author: Alison Roberts

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 142683179X

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Tama James has gotten where he is in life through sheer hard work. He's outraged to discover the newest member of his helicopter paramedic team is his superior's daughter. Tama plans to show the pampered "princess" how tough this job really is. Mikayla Elliot proves herself to be bright, strongwilled and a qualified doctor--everything Tama thought she wouldn't be. He's impressed. Mikki, however, is devastated to learn she didn't get the job on merit. Now Tama must show her how much he truly wants her on his team...and in his life.

Storyteller

Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop

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Author: Kate Wilhelm

Publisher: Small Beer Press

ISBN: 193152016X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 190

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Part memoir and part writing manual, an affectionate account of teaching writing at the Clarion workshop.

The Boy in the Snow

An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery

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Author: M. J. McGrath

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101601019

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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In the second book of the Edie Kiglatuk Mystery Series, Edie’s discovery along Alaska’s Iditarod trail leads to a massive, far-reaching conspiracy M. J. McGrath’s debut novel, White Heat, earned both fans and favorable comparisons to bestselling Scandinavian thrillers such as Smilla’s Sense of Snow and the Kurt Wallander series. In M. J. McGrath’s compelling follow-up to White Heat, Edie Kiglatuk, the half-Inuit and half-outsider heroine, prepares to help her ex-husband, Sammy, in his bid to win Alaska’s world-famous Iditarod. But the race turns grim when she stumbles upon body of an infant—its tiny corpse covered in mysterious ceremonial markings—on land belonging to the Old Believers, an exiled Russian Orthodox sect. Meanwhile, it’s election time and the lead candidate for governor of Alaska, Anchorage mayor Chuck Hillingberg, desperately wants to keep Edie’s discovery out of the press. As Sammy mushes his team across frozen wilderness, Edie begins an investigation that leads into a murky world of corrupt politics, religious intolerance, greed, and sex trafficking. But just as she begins to get some answers, Edie finds herself threatened by a painful secret from her past.

Flight of the Eagle: The Frontier

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Author: Peter Watt

Publisher: Pan Australia

ISBN: 1742629229

Category: Fiction

Page: 688

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The third novel in the compelling Duffy and Macintosh series. "The home grown version of Wilbur Smith" The Sunday Age A deadly family curse holds two families in its powerful grip. Captain Patrick Duffy's passions are inflamed by the mysterious Irishwoman Catherine Fitzgerald, further pitting him against his father, Michael Duffy, and his adoring but scheming grandmother, Lady Enid Macintosh. On the rugged Queensland frontier, Native Mounted Police trooper Peter Duffy is torn between his loyal bond with Gordon James, the love of his sister, Sarah, and the blood of his mother's people, the Nerambura tribe. Two men, the women who love them and a dreadful curse that still inextricably links the lives of the Macintoshes and the Duffys culminate in a stunning addition to the series featuring Cry of the Curlew and Shadow of the Osprey. PRAISE FOR THE SERIES "A rousing and revealing yarn" Weekend Australian "the historical detail brings the ... 19th century to rip-roaring life" The Australian "Watt's fans love his work for its history, adventure and storytelling" Brisbane News

Paper Lion

Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback

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Author: George Plimpton

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316284432

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 384

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The book that made a legend--and capture's America's sport in detail that's never been matched, now featuring a foreword by Nicholas Dawidoff a and never-before-seen content from the Plimpton Archives. George Plimpton was perhaps best known for PAPER LION, the book that set the bar for participatory sports journalism. With his characteristic wit, Plimpton recounts his experiences in talking his way into training camp with the Detroit Lions, practicing with the team, and taking snaps behind center. His breezy style captures the pressures and tensions rookies confront, the hijinks that pervade when sixty high-strung guys live together in close quarters, and a host of football rites and rituals. One of the funniest and most insightful books ever written on football, PAPER LION is a classic look at the gridiron game and a book The Wall Street Journal calls "a continuous feast...The best book ever about football--or anything!"

Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story

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Author: K. David Jackson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199724342

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 542

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The Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story contains a selection of short stories by the best-known authors in Brazilian literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. With few exceptions, these stories have appeared in English translation, although widely separated in time and often published in obscure journals. Here they are united in a coherent edition representing Brazil's modern, vibrant literature and culture. J.M. Machado de Assis, who first perfected the genre, wrote at least sixty stories considered to be masterpieces of world literature. Ten of his stories are included here, and are accompanied by strong and diverse representations of the contemporary story in Brazil, featuring nine stories by Clarice Lispector and seven by Jo?o Guimar?es Rosa. The remaining 34 authors include M?rio de Andrade, Graciliano Ramos, Osman Lins, Dalton Trevisan, and other major names whose stories in translation exhibit profound artistry. The anthology is divided into four major periods, "Tropical Belle-?poque," "Modernism," "Modernism at Mid-Century," and "Contemporary Views." There is a general introduction to Brazilian literary culture and introductions to each of the four sections, with descriptions of the authors and a general bibliography on Brazil and Brazilian literature in English. It includes stories of innovation (M?rio de Andrade), psychological suspense (Graciliano Ramos), satire and perversion (Dalton Trevisan), altered realities and perceptions (Murilo Rubi?o), repression and sexuality (Hilda Hilst, Autran Dourado), myth (N?lida Pi??n), urban life (Lygia Fagundes Telles, Rubem Fonescal), the oral tale (Jorge Amado, Rachel de Queiroz) and other overarching themes and issues of Brazilian culture. The anthology concludes with a haunting story set in the opera theater in Manaus by one of Brazil's most recently successful writers, Milton Hatoum.

The Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly

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Author: Paul Tremblay,Stephen Graham Jones

Publisher: ChiZine

ISBN: 1771481749

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 280

View: 1964

Things Mary doesn’t want to fall into: the river, high school, her mother’s life. Things Mary does kind of want to fall into: love, the sky. This is the story of a girl who sees a boy float away one fine day. This is the story of the girl who reaches up for that boy with her hand and with her heart. This is the story of a girl who takes on the army to save a town, who goes toe-to-toe with a mad scientist, who has to fight a plague to save her family. This is the story of a girl who would give anything to get to babysit her baby brother one more time. If she could just find him. It’s all up in the air for now, though, and falling fast. . . . Fun, breathlessly exciting, and full of heart, Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly is an unforgettable ride.

Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic

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Author: Suzanne Rhodes

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439619433

Category: Photography

Page: 128

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In 1972, two pilots—one a federal career engineer, the other the pastor of a prominent church in Washington, D.C.—discovered a common passion for flying airplanes and serving people. One day over lunch, the men conceived a flight plan, one that would undergo many changes before becoming Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic, as it is known today. Ed Boyer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Dr. Louis Evans, pastor of the National Presbyterian Church, discussed how to pool their interests and qualifications. From its beginnings as a charitable shuttle service for religious leaders and dignitaries, to full-scale charitable air ambulance operations, to Angel Flights for ambulatory patients, the initial vision has grown into a network of over 1,500 volunteer pilots in the Mid-Atlantic region who use their private planes to fly people in need to specialized treatment. Angel Flight coordinates missions of mercy from its offices in Virginia Beach, helping patients to find “the shortest distance between home and hope.”

Birds in Mid Flight

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Author: Scout Thompson,C Salvaggio

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595171036

Category: Poetry

Page: 136

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Birds In Mid Flight is a kind of fragmented opus about the search for God, only there is no God to find. So we end up finding something close, and just as perfect.

Hornet Flight

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Author: Ken Follett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101209899

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Ken Follett and the intrigue of World War II—"a winning formula" (Entertainment Weekly) if ever there was one. With his riveting prose and unerring instinct for suspense, the #1 New York Times bestselling author takes to the skies over Europe during the early days of the war in a most extraordinary novel. . . . It is June 1941, and the war is not going well for England. Somehow, the Germans are anticipating the RAF's flight paths and shooting down British bombers with impunity. Meanwhile, across the North Sea, eighteen-year-old Harald Olufsen takes a shortcut on the German-occupied Danish island of Sande and discovers an astonishing sight. He doesn't know what it is, but he knows he must tell someone. And when he learns the truth, it will fall upon him to deliver word to England—except that he has no way to get there. He has only an old derelict Hornet Moth biplane rusting away in a ruined church—a plane so decrepit that it is unlikely to ever get off the ground . . . even if Harald knew how to fly it. Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.

Orbits. Volume I : on Becoming a Man : a Novel

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Author: Sven A. Linholm

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1412046378

Category:

Page: 315

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Estonia, a tiny country by the gulf of Findland, conquered by Russia and administered for her by the Baltic German Knighthood, has finally overcome almost six centuries of slavery. Now she is suddenly faced with a new menace - the intense Russification decreed by Tsar Alexander III. Into this seething cauldron of injustice Jarmo is born. Volume I of Orbits "On Becoming a Man", lauches the saga of Jarmo Matson. What shapes the boy to make him the man he becomes? Intelligence is Jarmo's strength, feeding his hunger for knowledge. Curiosity is his motive power, inspiring him to challenge the very laws of nature. Loyalty and integrity are inherited from his parents, leading him to fight for the underdog and stand up for his rights. As he and his friends mature, they discuss and ponder over many aspects of life - poitics, their common enemies the Tsar and Baltic German Barons, and naturally they wonder about girls, love and sex. Many of these friends follow right through to Volume VI. Feeling that he needs a little polish before entering university life and the social whirl of St. Petersburrg, his parents arrange for him to spend a working summer on the estate of a wealthy wido - a family friend. This experience brings a radical change in his life.