Material World

A Global Family Portrait


Author: Peter Menzel,Charles C. Mann

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780871564306

Category: Photography

Page: 255

View: 1594

Photographs show the homes and possessions of average families in thirty countries around the world and document each family's lifestyle



Author: K. C. Wells

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781977864949


Page: 318

View: 6519

Matt Dorning likes his life just the way it is. Escorting provides him with enough money to live in his favorite city, New York, and he's been doing it long enough that he knows the rules: don't give it away when there's always someone who'll pay for it; always leave them wanting more; and never, never lose your heart to a client. Lucas Sawyer is about to challenge all Matt's rules. He's a beautiful man who shouldn't need to pay for sex, and yet Matt knows he's the latest hooker in a long line. Lucas lives a life Matt can only dream of, but it doesn't appear to make him happy: there's something going on beneath that poised, self-assured exterior. And Matt also knows that his time with Lucas won't last forever - escorts have a certain shelf life where he's concerned. So what happens when the man who doesn't 'do' relationships, starts to question his life? Lucas is about to embark on a journey of self discovery...and Matt's life is about to get messy... Although this is part of the Material World series, it is a stand alone novella. Expect sex, silk, and sensuality.

The Silk Roads

A New History of the World


Author: Peter Frankopan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101946334

Category: History

Page: 672

View: 1090

“This is history on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that is rare… A proper historical epic of dazzling range and achievement.” —William Dalrymple, The Guardian The epic history of the crossroads of the world—the meeting place of East and West and the birthplace of civilization It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East. Peter Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. He vividly re-creates the emergence of the first cities in Mesopotamia and the birth of empires in Persia, Rome and Constantinople, as well as the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death and the violent struggles over Western imperialism. Throughout the millennia, it was the appetite for foreign goods that brought East and West together, driving economies and the growth of nations. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts. Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Hardcover edition.

Women of the Silk

A Novel


Author: Gail Tsukiyama

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429952296

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5755

In Women of the Silk Gail Tsukiyama takes her readers back to rural China in 1926, where a group of women forge a sisterhood amidst the reeling machines that reverberate and clamor in a vast silk factory from dawn to dusk. Leading the first strike the village has ever seen, the young women use the strength of their ambition, dreams, and friendship to achieve the freedom they could never have hoped for on their own. Tsukiyama's graceful prose weaves the details of "the silk work" and Chinese village life into a story of courage and strength.

Portrait of a Woman in Silk

Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World


Author: Zara Anishanslin

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300220553

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 2133

Through the story of a portrait of a woman in a silk dress, historian Zara Anishanslin embarks on a fascinating journey, exploring and refining debates about the cultural history of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world. While most scholarship on commodities focuses either on labor and production or on consumption and use, Anishanslin unifies both, examining the worlds of four identifiable people who produced, wore, and represented this object: a London weaver, one of early modern Britain’s few women silk designers, a Philadelphia merchant’s wife, and a New England painter. Blending macro and micro history with nuanced gender analysis, Anishanslin shows how making, buying, and using goods in the British Atlantic created an object-based community that tied its inhabitants together, while also allowing for different views of the Empire. Investigating a range of subjects including self-fashioning, identity, natural history, politics, and trade, Anishanslin makes major contributions both to the study of material culture and to our ongoing conversation about how to write history.



Author: K. C. Wells,Meredith Russell

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781546785811


Page: 124

View: 7736

When Shawn's best mate Dave breaks up with his girlfriend, Shawn tries not to get his hopes up. After all, Dave's still straight, right? Wrong. Dave reveals he's bisexual, and that pounding you hear is Shawn's heart. He's loved Dave for so long, but he's not about to jeopardize their friendship by telling Dave how he really feels. But when Dave discovers Shawn's little kink, it opens up a whole new chapter for the two friends. Except Shawn can't help but worry - if there was no kink, would Dave be there? And is Shawn brave enough to find out? A standalone short story of lust, lace - and love...

Cornhusk, Silk, and Wishbones

A Book of Dolls from Around the World


Author: Michelle Markel

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618054871

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 4675

Examines a variety of dolls throughout the world, discussing how they have been used at different times and how they reflect the cultures that created them.



Author: K. C. Wells,Meredith Russell

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781548711689


Page: 228

View: 5808

Can a touch of Satin bring a straight copper to his knees? Detective Joel Hunter is on surveillance when he first lays eyes on Satin, the singer with the amazing voice, which is as beautiful as she is. But when the stake-out comes to an end, he can't resist going back to the bar. He gets a shock when he learns what lies beneath the satin dress, but an even bigger one when he realizes he's attracted to the owner of that sultry voice - Ross Dauntry. Ross can't figure out why the cop keeps coming back, even after he's learned the truth. Is Joel attracted to him, or to Satin? Because the answer is important, and one way or another, Ross needs to know... 46,000 words. A standalone novella of satin and sensuality... Although this story is in the same series as Lace, you will not find Dave and Shawn in these pages - Joel and Ross provide enough heat of their own.

A Single Pebble

A Story of the Silk Road


Author: Bonnie Christensen

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1596437154

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 4046

In 9th-century China, a little girl sends a small jade pebble to travel with her father along the Silk Road, until it reaches the Republic of Venice, the end of the Silk Road, where a boy cherishes the pebble and sees the value of this gift from a girl at the other end of the road.

We're Riding on a Caravan

An Adventure on the Silk Road


Author: Laurie Krebs

Publisher: Barefoot Books

ISBN: 9781846861086

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 8598

Presents a history of the Silk Road, introducing the sights and sounds of such sites as the oasis at Dunhuang, the Yellow River, the desert near Hami, and the market at Kashgar.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk


Author: Kelli Estes

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1492608343

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 6668

A USA Today Bestseller! "The Girl Who Wrote in Silk is a beautiful story that brought me to tears more than once, and was a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and the human heart. A powerful debut that proves the threads that interweave our lives can withstand time and any tide, and bind our hearts forever."-Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories. The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets... Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core — and force her to make an impossible choice. "A touching and tender story about discovering the past to bring peace to the present."— Duncan Jepson, author of All the Flowers in Shanghai

Women in the Material World


Author: Faith D'Aluisio,Peter Menzel

Publisher: Counterpoint LLC

ISBN: 9780871569844

Category: Photography

Page: 256

View: 1738

Photographs, first-person chronicles, and statistics reflect the status of women around the world, offering a portrait of the lives, feelings, and beliefs of women from many cultures



Author: Mary Schoeser

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300117418

Category: Art

Page: 256

View: 7700

Textile expert Mary Schoeser presents an authoritative account of the development of silk, its properties and practical uses, and its role in some of the greatest achievements in the history of fashion design.

The World of Silk


Author: Priscilla Lowry

Publisher: St John's Press

ISBN: 9780994106308

Category: History

Page: 266

View: 793

The World of Silk is the third in the Secrets of Silk series on the history of silk. It explores both the similarities and differences between each country and highlights the people and the fascinating stories that make it all come alive. Each chapter focuses on a particular country and its history, unique culture and priorities, problems and solutions. The first chapters are on silk in Japan, Korea and India. Silk was well suited to both tropical and subtropical regions, so the next chapters are on Thailand, South-East Asia, Turkey and the post-Soviet states. The dream of establishing sericulture in both England and the United States met with mixed results and that led to their move from sericulture to manufacturing. 'Old World, New World' includes Central and South America and South Africa and looks again at the changes in Europe. China has come full circle and once more it is the world's leader and this chapter looks at some of its most recent developments, and the effect of its policies on its lands and people, and worldwide. Finally, The World of Silk brings together some of the exciting scientific developments, including fluorescent silkworms and exotic food products. It concludes with a review of the future for silk and a practical section on sewing with silk. It is richly illustrated, with an extensive bibliography and index.

Silk and Tea in the North

Scandinavian Trade and the Market for Asian Goods in Eighteenth-Century Europe


Author: Hanna Hodacs

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137455446

Category: History

Page: 216

View: 8579

This book links the trade of the Danish and Swedish East India companies to the British taste for tea, a Scandinavian craving for colourful Chinese silk textiles, import substitutions schemes and natural history in the eighteenth century. It is a global history exploring the exchange of silver for goods in Canton. It is also a European history studying the wholesale market for Asian goods in Gothenburg and Copenhagen, the formation of taste and the impact of fashion in the blending of tea and the assortments of colours on wrought silk destined for markets across Europe. Linking material history to political economy and the histories of science, this book ends on the threshold of the nineteenth century, the rise of the second British Empire in Asia, and the creation of synthetic dyes in Europe.

The Artificial Silk Girl


Author: Irmgard Keun

Publisher: Other PressLlc

ISBN: 1590514548

Category: Fiction

Page: 194

View: 4725

The story of Doris, beautiful and striving, who vows to write down all that happens to her as the star of her own life story. But instead of scripting what she hopes will be a quick rise to fame and fortune as either an actress or the mistress/wife of a wealthy man, she describes a slow descent into near prostitution and homelessness. Prewar Berlin is not the dazzling and exciting city of promise it seems; Doris unwittingly reveals a bleak, seamy urban landscape.

Threads of Global Desire

Silk in the Pre-Modern World


Author: Dagmar Schäfer,Luca Molà

Publisher: Pasold Studies in Textile, Dress and Fashion History

ISBN: 9781783272938

Category: Clothing and dress

Page: 447

View: 7997

Considering silk as a major force of cross-cultural interaction, this book examines the integration of silk production and consumption into various cultures in the pre-modern world.

Shadow of the Silk Road


Author: Colin Thubron

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061809624

Category: Travel

Page: 400

View: 6330

Shadow of the Silk Road records a journey along the greatest land route on earth. Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran and into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron covers some seven thousand miles in eight months. Making his way by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart and camel, he travels from the tomb of the Yellow Emperor, the mythic progenitor of the Chinese people, to the ancient port of Antioch—in perhaps the most difficult and ambitious journey he has undertaken in forty years of travel. The Silk Road is a huge network of arteries splitting and converging across the breadth of Asia. To travel it is to trace the passage not only of trade and armies but also of ideas, religions and inventions. But alongside this rich and astonishing past, Shadow of the Silk Road is also about Asia today: a continent of upheaval. One of the trademarks of Colin Thubron's travel writing is the beauty of his prose; another is his gift for talking to people and getting them to talk to him. Shadow of the Silk Road encounters Islamic countries in many forms. It is about changes in China, transformed since the Cultural Revolution. It is about false nationalisms and the world's discontented margins, where the true boundaries are not political borders but the frontiers of tribe, ethnicity, language and religion. It is a magnificent and important account of an ancient world in modern ferment.

Empire of Things

How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First


Author: Frank Trentmann

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062456334

Category: History

Page: 880

View: 7705

What we consume has become a central—perhaps the central—feature of modern life. Our economies live or die by spending, we increasingly define ourselves by our possessions, and this ever-richer lifestyle has had an extraordinary impact on our planet. How have we come to live with so much stuff, and how has this changed the course of history? In Empire of Things, Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary story of our modern material world, from Renaissance Italy and late Ming China to today’s global economy. While consumption is often portrayed as a recent American export, this monumental and richly detailed account shows that it is in fact a truly international phenomenon with a much longer and more diverse history. Trentmann traces the influence of trade and empire on tastes, as formerly exotic goods like coffee, tobacco, Indian cotton and Chinese porcelain conquered the world, and explores the growing demand for home furnishings, fashionable clothes and convenience that transformed private and public life. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries brought department stores, credit cards and advertising, but also the rise of the ethical shopper, new generational identities and, eventually, the resurgence of the Asian consumer. With an eye to the present and future, Frank Trentmann provides a long view on the global challenges of our relentless pursuit of more—from waste and debt to stress and inequality. A masterpiece of research and storytelling many years in the making, Empire of Things recounts the epic history of the goods that have seduced, enriched and unsettled our lives over the past six hundred years.