For years, designers, educators, and community administrators have clamored for a book that will highlight the problems with contemporary playgrounds, tender sorely neded strategies with which to redress them, and stimulate national debate about today's crisis of undervalued public space. Susan Solomon's groundbreaking and marvelously illustrated AMERICAN PLAYGROUNDS is that book. since the 1970s, Solomon maintains, American playgrounds have degenerated into irrelevance as cultural artifacts and educational tools. Imbedded in Solomon's text is a frank indictment of American attitudes that are stunted by a heavy-handed emphasis on safety that limits the nature of play and the vitality of places for public assembly. A compelling history, a manifesto, and a manual for change.
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Mariner, merchant, and reluctant warrior, Geoffrey Frost has entered the American Revolution on behalf of the colony of New Hampshire, commanding a captured British sloop o' war and sailing out of Portsmouth to harass the British fleet. As *Audacity* opens, he is returning from Canada following a daring rescue of American prisoners held at Louisbourg when he sails into a fog bank--and straight into a British convoy shepherded by a thirty-two-gun frigate.
In serving the American cause, Frost will impersonate a British merchant, capture several supply ships, order the execution of some of his own countrymen who have turned irate and renegade, and perform an extraordinary feat of navigation in order to restore two men to the ship of the great explorer Capt. James Cook. He will also meet the beguiling and exasperating Lady Cygnet, an opera singer, who promises to enliven and complicate Frost's life.
"Moving beyond the biographical and journalistic approaches of most writing on Bruce Springsteen, *Born in the U.S.A.* was the first major work of cultural criticism to situate Springsteen in the broader sweep of American history--the heir of Walt Whitman and Woody Guthrie, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King."
(back jacket notes) On May 24, 2005, Eugene O'Kelly stepped into his doctor's office with a full calendar and a lifetime of plans on his mind. Six days later he would resign as CEO of KPMG. His lifetime of plans dwindled to 100 days, leaving him just enough time to say goodbye.
Chasing Daylight is O'Kelly's honest, touching, and ultimately inspirational memoir completed in the 3 1/2 months between his diagnosis with brain cancer and his death in September 2005. Its haunting yet extraordinarily hopeful voice reminds us to embrace the fragile, fleeting moments of our lives--the time we have with our family, our friends, and even ourselves.
It is an eloquent confirmation that our lives and the people in them are temporary joys, but the time we spend enjoying them is never lost. And if we conquer our fears--even the fear of facing the end of our lives and leaving behind those we love--we can conquer anything.