God of the Rodeo

The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison


Author: Daniel Bergner

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307765865

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 5034

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


Author: Jessica Adams

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469606534

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 8906

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


Author: C. D. Wright

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN: 1556592582

Category: Poetry

Page: 80

View: 2551

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

American Sniper

Die Geschichte des Scharfschützen Chris Kyle


Author: Chris Kyle,Scott McEwen,Jim DeFelice

Publisher: Riva Verlag

ISBN: 3864138027

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 4534

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 God Of Animals


Author: Aryn Kyle

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780221428

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 5355

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.

Die dunkle Prophezeiung


Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Carlsen

ISBN: 3646929685

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 448

View: 3288

Apollo muss sich ja neuerdings als pickliger Junge Lester auf der Erde durchschlagen. Aber nun weiß er, was er tun muss, um seine Unsterblichkeit zurückzuerlangen: Er muss die alten Orakel, sein eigentliches Wirkungsfeld, wieder zum Leben erwecken. Mit dem Bronzedrachen Festus fliegt er quer durch die USA, um nach einem Höhlenorakel zu suchen. Doch seine Gegenspieler, der alte römische Kaiser Nero und seine zwei Mitstreiter, wollen ihn daran hindern und laufen zu ganz neuer Fiesheit auf ... Die Serie »Die Abenteuer des Apollo« ist auf 5 Bände angelegt. Bisher erschienen: Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Das verborgene Orakel (Band 1) Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Die dunkle Prophezeiung (Band 2) Die Abenteuer des Apollo− Das brennende Labyrinth (Band 3)

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


Author: Gilbert Morris

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 1441239928

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 8073

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?

Corrections: A Text/Reader


Author: Mary K. Stohr,Anthony Walsh,Craig Hemmens

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452289921

Category: Social Science

Page: 728

View: 4423

Corrections: A Text/Reader, Second Edition is designed for undergraduate and/or graduate corrections courses. Organized like a traditional corrections text, it offers brief authored introductions in a mini-chapter format for each key Section, followed by carefully selected and edited original articles by leading scholars. This hybrid format – ensuring coverage of important material while emphasizing the significance of contemporary research - offers an excellent alternative which recognizes the impact and importance of new directions and policy in this field, and how these advances are determined by research.

The Lord of Opium


Author: Nancy Farmer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442482567

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 432

View: 4371

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


Author: Dr. John Edwin DeVore

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1503512711

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 254

View: 1522

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.

The Rodeo Southwest

Book 3 in the Southwest Series


Author: Diane M. Cece

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 149316984X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 122

View: 9697

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?

Underwater Rodeo: Saga of a Deep Sea Diver


Author: Eugene Cicchinelli

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1468572881

Category: Fiction

Page: 786

View: 6126

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.

Wer hat Angst vor Deutschland?

Geschichte eines europäischen Problems


Author: Andreas Rödder

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104902372

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 4339

Deutschland und Europa – ein herausragendes, kluges Buch zu einem der dringlichsten Themen unserer Zeit. Vom Spiegel-Bestsellerautor Andreas Rödder, der zu den bedeutendsten deutschen Historikern zählt. Deutschland steckt in einem Dilemma. Allenthalben wird erwartet, dass es politische Führung übernimmt. Doch wenn es dies tut, ist der Vorwurf der deutschen Dominanz vorprogrammiert. Der renommierte Historiker Andreas Rödder erzählt die Geschichte, die dahintersteht: die Geschichte der »deutschen Stärke« in Europa, die alle Katastrophen des 20. Jahrhunderts überlebt hat, die Geschichte deutscher Selbstbilder als Kulturnation und die Geschichte der vielen zwiespältigen Gefühle der Nachbarn gegenüber Deutschland – die bis heute immer wieder präsent sind. Wie kann Deutschland mit diesen Ambivalenzen umgehen? Wie lassen sich deutsche Stärke und europäisches Gemeinwohl vereinbaren? Und wie kann Deutschland zu einem starken Europa beitragen? Mit seinem brillanten Blick in die Geschichte erklärt Andreas Rödder überzeugend auch das aktuelle Dilemma Deutschlands in Europa – und entwickelt Vorschläge, wie das Problem zu lösen ist. Ein großer politischer Essay, ein gewichtiger Beitrag zu einer höchst kontroversen Debatte.

Rodeo Sweetheart


Author: Betsy St. Amant

Publisher: Steeple Hill

ISBN: 1426852673

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 9964

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


Author: Kendall Blanchard

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780838617700

Category: Indian mythology

Page: 240

View: 4694

God's Instant


Author: Bruce Blizard

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781484991978

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

View: 7023

Can a desire for revenge lead to redemption? Salvation doesn't always take place in church. God's Instant is the story of how two young people overcome the crippling effects of a missing parent and how a concrete connection with the recent past and exposure to a practical, bedrock faith in God brightens their future. Set in the rugged deserts of southeastern Washington and the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon and against the exciting world of professional rodeo, God's Instant is the story of Jill and Grady. Jill has been hiding from the world in plain sight, and Grady is a brooding loner subject to periodic bouts of nearly homicidal rage. They're brought together by an enigmatic old couple possessing a determined and practical faith, and who despite their own tragic past, refuse to live completely in the present. FIVE STAR reviews for God's Instant: A memorable and beautifully written story of a young cowboy and his search for himself and his past. Blizard's descriptions of the Washington countryside range from breathtaking to unusually haunting. As I read this book, I found myself immersed in the rodeo world and what it means to be a real cowboy. The story goes beyond the typical Western, tying in the struggles of adolescence and the theme of how to figure out where you're going, if you don't know where you come from. I highly recommend God's Instant to all readers. -Jennifer Ciotta, author and editor. Barry Lopez, in CROW AND WEASEL, states, "Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive." Bruce Blizard's intriguing novel, GOD'S INSTANT, is just such a story of sustenance, drawing together everyday folks adrift in hidden secrets, brutal honesty, unrealized connections, and hope. Set in the modern northwest, similar to an earlier but no safer world, young and old, friends and strangers, live lives echoed in the landscape, rich with regret, vision, lies, forgiveness, brokenness, and perseverance. Grady, the main character, is a bull rider, whose sense of the rhythm of the bull dictates his success or failure once the chute is opened. Similarly, opening these pages, the reader leans and lurches, spins, breathless, anticipating the worse while praying for the best. Like the characters herein, no reader 'escapes' this story unchanged, and luckily, throwing our hat to the crowd, we jog away, much better for this rich ride. -Jim Deatherage, award-winning English teacher.

A Literary History of the American West


Author: Western Literature Association (U.S.),Western Literature Association Staff

Publisher: TCU Press

ISBN: 9780875650210

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1353

View: 2141

Literary histories, of course, do not have a reason for being unless there exists the literature itself. This volume, perhaps more than others of its kind, is an expression of appreciation for the talented and dedicated literary artists who ignored the odds, avoided temptations to write for popularity or prestige, and chose to write honestly about the American West, believing that experiences long knowns to be of historical importance are also experiences that need and deserve a literature of importance.