God of the Rodeo

The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison

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Author: Daniel Bergner

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307765865

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Never before had Daniel Bergner seen a spectacle as bizarre as the one he had come to watch that Sunday in October. Murderers, rapists, and armed robbers were competing in the annual rodeo at Angola, the grim maximum-security penitentiary in Louisiana. The convicts, sentenced to life without parole, were thrown, trampled, and gored by bucking bulls and broncos before thousands of cheering spectators. But amid the brutality of this gladiatorial spectacle Bergner caught surprising glimpses of exaltation, hints of triumphant skill. The incongruity of seeing hope where one would expect only hopelessness, self-control in men who were there because they'd had none, sparked an urgent quest in him. Having gained unlimited and unmonitored access, Bergner spent an unflinching year inside the harsh world of Angola. He forged relationships with seven prisoners who left an indelible impression on him. There's Johnny Brooks, seemingly a latter-day Stepin Fetchit, who, while washing the warden's car, longs to be a cowboy and to marry a woman he meets on the rodeo grounds. Then there's Danny Fabre, locked up for viciously beating a woman to death, now struggling to bring his reading skills up to a sixth-grade level. And Terry Hawkins, haunted nightly by the ghost of his victim, a ghost he tries in vain to exorcise in a prison church that echoes with the cries of convicts talking in tongues. Looming front and center is Warden Burl Cain, the larger-than-life ruler of Angola who quotes both Jesus and Attila the Hun, declares himself a prophet, and declaims that redemption is possible for even the most depraved criminal. Cain welcomes Bergner in, and so begins a journey that takes the author deep into a forgotten world and forces him to question his most closely held beliefs. The climax of his story is as unexpected as it is wrenching. Rendered in luminous prose, God of the Rodeo is an exploration of the human spirit, yielding in the process a searing portrait of a place that will be impossible to forget and a group of men, guilty of unimaginable crimes, desperately seeking a moment of grace. From the Hardcover edition.

Wounds of Returning

Race, Memory, and Property on the Postslavery Plantation

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Author: Jessica Adams

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469606534

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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From Storyville brothels and narratives of turn-of-the-century New Orleans to plantation tours, Bette Davis films, Elvis memorials, Willa Cather's fiction, and the annual prison rodeo held at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, Jessica Adams considers spatial and ideological evolutions of southern plantations after slavery. In Wounds of Returning, Adams shows that the slave past returns to inhabit plantation landscapes that have been radically transformed by tourism, consumer culture, and modern modes of punishment--even those landscapes from which slavery has supposedly been banished completely. Adams explores how the commodification of black bodies during slavery did not disappear with abolition--rather, the same principle was transformed into modern consumer capitalism. As Adams demonstrates, however, counternarratives and unexpected cultural hybrids erupt out of attempts to re-create the plantation as an uncomplicated scene of racial relationships or a signifier of national unity. Peeling back the layers of plantation landscapes, Adams reveals connections between seemingly disparate features of modern culture, suggesting that they remain haunted by the force of the unnatural equation of people as property.

One Big Self

An Investigation

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Author: C. D. Wright

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN: 1556592582

Category: Poetry

Page: 80

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Emerging from society's most hidden and reviled structures is a poetry of majestic, riveting intensity.

The God Of Animals

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Author: Aryn Kyle

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780221428

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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A beautiful, gripping family drama - THE HORSE WHISPERER meets the THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER When her older sister runs away to elope, Alice Winston is left to bear the brunt of her family's troubles - a depressed, bed-ridden mother, a reticent, overworked father, and a rundown horse ranch. Faced with the hottest summer in fifteen years and a pile of bills, the Winstons are forced to board the pampered horses of rich neighbors, and Alice must confront the power and security that class and wealth provide. As the summer unfolds, her family and their well-being become intertwined with the lives of their clients Alice begins a dangerous friendship. Drawn into an adult world of secrets, hard truths, and even harder consequences, Alice experiences her first kiss, her first beer, and her first infatuation. But when the rain comes and brings the summer to an end, Alice's choices lead to a devastating betrayal and a shocking, violent series of events that will forever change her family's world.

Revenge at the Rodeo (Danielle Ross Mystery Book #4)

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Author: Gilbert Morris

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 1441239928

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Danielle's sleuthing skills are suddenly put to the test when her partner is brutally attacked. Can she discover the identity of the attacker before he strikes again?

The Lord of Opium

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Author: Nancy Farmer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442482567

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 432

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As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this “electric blend of horrors and beauty” (Publishers Weekly), the riveting sequel to the modern classic House of the Scorpion, winner of the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Printz Honor. Matt has always been nothing but a clone—grown from a strip of old El Patron’s skin. Now, at age fourteen, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster—and hidden in Opium is the cure. And that isn’t all that awaits within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombielike workers harnessed to the old El Patron’s sinister system of drug growing—people stripped of the very qualities that once made them human. Matt wants to use his newfound power to help, to stop the suffering, but he can’t even find a way to smuggle his childhood love, Maria, across the border and into Opium. Instead, his every move hits a roadblock, some from the enemies that surround him…and some from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really, but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator? Is his true destiny already predetermined by his genes?

Sitting in the Flames

Uncovering Fearlessness to Help Others

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Author: Dr. John Edwin DeVore

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1503512711

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 254

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As reviewed by New York Times best-selling author Ellen Tanner Marsh, “In clear, heartfelt prose, DeVore describes a brave and unflinching confrontation with his past, made necessary in order for him to have a more meaningful future. War, he realized, isn’t just one man’s experience—it’s the sum total experience of an entire country. To stop wars, he argues, we must understand them and why we seem to need them.” “The gut-wrenching brutality experienced by American soldiers in Vietnam was for many the beginning of a lifelong personal struggle. Unlike many veterans, who were unable to cope after returning to civilian life, John DeVore moved with facility from success as an Army officer to success in corporate America. Nevertheless, like many other veterans, the war haunted DeVore and finally—in a process he narrates in this book—compelled him to make a commitment to free himself and our country from the addiction to war.” —Joel Andreas, author of Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can’t Kick Militarism “John DeVore’s important book chronicles the remarkable transformation of a professional soldier to a ‘spiritual warrior’ of peace. A must-read for those interested in exploring the possibilities of a less violent global future.” —Manfred B. Steger, professor of politics and government, Illinois State University; research fellow, Globalization Research Center, University of Hawai’i at Manoa “DeVore offers a simple explanation of the interconnectedness of his Western cultural conditioning, globalization, the reality of war, his civilian and military careers, and his search for spiritual roots. He certainly is a living example of the fearlessness and desire to help others that can begin to emerge through willingness to work with personal emotional turbulence, fear, anger, pride, envy, selfishness, ignorance, etc., on a daily basis. His story really helps us experience that it is possible to turn bad things to good things.” —Ringu Tulku, internationally recognized teacher and author of Daring Steps Toward Fearlessness, Path to Buddhahood, Lazy Lama Series, Comment on Gampopa’s ‘Jewell Ornament of Liberation’, Mind Training, The Boy Who Had a Dream, and A Perspective on Living and Dying. Ringu Tulku was born in Eastern Tibet in 1952 and was a professor of Tibetan studies for seventeen years. He travels extensively, teaches at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and is director of seven meditation centers in Europe, the United States, and India. His home is Gangtok, Sikkim, in India, and his Bodhicharya website is www.bodhicharya.org.

Underwater Rodeo: Saga of a Deep Sea Diver

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Author: Eugene Cicchinelli

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1468572881

Category: Fiction

Page: 786

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At times, a man's existence must survive on the blade-thin edge of danger. Voyage with Cole Cronan, as he seeks freedom from the straitjacket of society, living on the fringe of society's outposts. From king crab fishing the brutal icy waters of the Bering Sea, where Death's screeching howl informs him it's time to leave, to the warm seductive currents of the South China Sea working in the hazardous profession of the hard-living, pushing the envelope, commercial deep sea divers. His adventure roams from a steaming jungle river in a dugout canoe traveling to a Iban longhouse, former head hunters of Borneo; flying to Portsmouth England in the dead of winter for diving in the bitterly cold North Sea; to living at the paint peeling former colonial mansion known as the Mitre Hotel, home to a wide assortment of the diving industries rogues and roustabouts in Singapore. This course leads to the treacherous full moon tides and murky waters off Bombay, in the Arabian Sea. Cronan must test the core of his existence to survive a date with destiny - a stranded saturation diving bell--300 feet underwater.

The Rodeo Southwest

Book 3 in the Southwest Series

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Author: Diane M. Cece

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 149316984X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 122

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Tom Lacey and Samuel Embers were outlaws who split from the Younger Brothers Gang. Their handles were the Nevada Kid and Smokey. After the robbery of the Kingston-Downey Express, they took honest jobs while seeking refuge at a prominent cattle ranch. Tom had been shot through the left thigh, and taking on honest jobs was the only way Smokey could get his partner back on his feet again without getting captured. When returning to the O’Connor ranch from a cattle drive up north, they had no idea their cover was revealed to the local sheriff. They were arrested, tried, and convicted to prison terms. Smokey was released after five years, but Tom Lacey (the Nevada Kid) had to stay an extra two for misbehavior. What got Nevada the two extra years was his stubbornness and his bad-boy attitude. It was his sour venom that got him in there in the first place—that along with his love, respect, and damned cursed weakness for beautiful women. In book 3 of the Southwest Series, the Nevada Kid and Smokey are released from prison. Nevada heads southwest and joins the Broken Arrow Ranch rodeo circuit to make some fast money, hoping to reach the goal he set for himself of buying a cattle ranch. What kind of trouble does he get into there with his new friend Recordina “Ricki,” the barrel racer? Who is cutting cinch straps, trying to cause a planned murder to look like an accident?

Rodeo Sweetheart

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Author: Betsy St. Amant

Publisher: Steeple Hill

ISBN: 1426852673

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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To save her family ranch—and her father's legacy—Samantha Jenson reluctantly runs a dude ranch on the financially strapped property. Among the greenhorn tourists in stiff jeans and shiny cowboy boots: handsome businessman Ethan Ames. Ethan makes Sam remember her own dreams—of love and marriage. But surely he'll ride out of her life—in his fancy car—when his vacation is over. Until she learns that Ethan isn't on vacation at all. He has a very big secret. One that just might destroy her dreams of being his rodeo sweetheart…forever.

The Economics of Sainthood

Religious Change Among the Rimrock Navajos

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Author: Kendall Blanchard

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780838617700

Category: Indian mythology

Page: 240

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The Sewells of the Salmon River

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Author: Mike Gould

Publisher: LULU

ISBN: 1304481271

Category: History

Page: 256

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This history offers a peek into the lives of the ranchers, farmers, working cowboys and those that tend the land and stock of the American West. Take a guided stroll through the five-hundred-year evolution of the ranching and rodeo industry of the American West with this tribute to those who get their hands dirty and work the land. Author Mike Gould believes that ranchers, farmers, and those who work the stock are the foundational stones upon which all civilizations are built. Although he has encountered a wide range of people from all classes of society, he has found the intrinsic wisdom of the people of the land to be the greatest element of human understanding and accomplishment. In this history, he honors them. Those who work the land and the stock represent the finest of people, and they protect our secrets to survival and our prosperity as a nation. Take a peek into their lives and set your sights on restoring our natural resources with The Sewells of the Salmon River

The Disciples Share the Word

Witnessing to the Word of God

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Author: Ishmael "Mac"McDonald

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1491835346

Category: History

Page: 112

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After a lifetime of being a church member, and leading the Church, as a Teacher, Ruling Elder, Lay Speaker, Lay Preacher, and a certified Lay Pastor, this is my understanding of the power of God's word. God's Word is the most powerful thing in the cosmic universe. By His Word He can create, sustain, or destroy. He created the universe, and created mankind in His own image. This is a synoptic of the use of His word, from the beginning to the present time and an account of those persons, who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and became His disciples, and carried his message throughout the world.

The Beer Drinker's Guide to God

The Whole and Holy Truth About Lager, Loving, and Living

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Author: William B. Miller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476738645

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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An Episcopal priest and bar owner shares stories from his life in ministry, his travels in search of the world's best scotch, and his conversations with Trappist monks to reflect upon the strange intersections of God and beer.

American Sniper

Die Geschichte des Scharfschützen Chris Kyle

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Author: Chris Kyle,Scott McEwen,Jim DeFelice

Publisher: Riva Verlag

ISBN: 3864138027

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Chris Kyle diente von 1999 bis 2009 bei den US Navy SEALs und verzeichnete in jener Zeit die höchste Zahl an tödlichen Treffern in der amerikanischen Militärgeschichte. 160 gezielte Liquidationen schreibt ihm das Pentagon offiziell zu. Seine Kameraden nannten ihn "Die Legende", seine Feinde "Teufel" ... In dieser eindringlichen Autobiografie erzählt der geborene Texaner, der 2013 erschossen wurde, die Geschichte seiner außergewöhnlichen Karriere. Nach dem 11. September 2001 wurde er im Kampf gegen den Terror an die Front geschickt und fand seine Berufung als Scharfschütze. Hart und ehrlich spricht Kyle über die Schattenseiten des Krieges und das brutale Handwerk des Tötens. Seine Frau Taya schildert in bewegenden Einschüben, wie der Krieg sich nicht nur auf ihre Ehe und ihre Kinder auswirkte, sondern auch auf ihren Mann. American Sniper ist das Psychogramm eines Scharfschützen und ein fesselnder Augenzeugenbericht aus dem Krieg, den nur ein Mann erzählen kann.

The Given Quest

Kelly Marie Milton Series

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Author: Kelci Isley

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 149317469X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 162

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Kelly Marie Milton is a 16 year old girl with two best friends: Clint Anderson and Haley Roberts. In this enchanting Christian Fiction novel, they battle the strains of living life in rodeo as a teenager, and more importantly the challenges of temptation. Join Kelly as she struggles through temptation and fights to remember who God is making her, and see how she falls in her walk with God. What sins and mistakes do these three make? Does Kelly fall so far from God that she cannot make her way back? Does Clint and Haley stick by her when tragedy strikes hard, leaving her both mentally and physically wounded?

The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley

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Author: Glenda Riley

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806187247

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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With a widowed mother and six siblings, Annie Oakley first became a trapper, hunter, and sharpshooter simply to put food on the table. Yet her genius with the gun eventually led to her stardom in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show during the latter half of the nineteenth century. The archetypal western woman, Annie Oakley urged women to take up shooting to procure food, protect themselves, and enjoy healthy exercise, yet she was also the proper Victorian lady, demurely dressed and skeptical about the value of women’s suffrage. Glenda Riley presents the first interpretive biography of the complex woman who was Annie Oakley.

Rodeo Reunion

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Author: Shannon Taylor Vannatter

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460383273

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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RAQUEL MARRIS NEEDS A MAN WHO'LL STAY PUT And Slade Walker's not a likely candidate. Even if the former major league pitcher just agreed to coach her son's little league team. The single mom can't risk everything on a bronc-riding chaplain who's only passing through Raquel's small Texas town. Slade is taking a hiatus from the rodeo circuit to meet the sister he never knew he had. But the pretty widowed nurse next door is making him think twice about hitting the road again. He can't turn his back on the cowboys who need him, but Raquel and her boy need him, too. Can Slade fulfill his calling and finally find a place to hang his hat?