Meet Taylor Greer. Clear-eyed and spirited, she grew up poor in rural Kentucky with two goals: to avoid pregnancy and to get away. She succeeds on both counts when she buys a '55 VW and heads west. But by the time she pulls up on the outskirts of Tucson, AZ at an auto repair shop called Jesus is the Lord Used Ties that also happens to be a sanctuary for Central American refugees, she's "inherited" a 3 year old American Indian girl named Turtle. What follows - as Taylor meets the human condition head on - is at the heart of this memorable novel about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places. Kingsolver is one of my very favorite authors for richness of characters and insightful story. I have read most all of her novels - Prodigal Summer, my alltime favorite - I highly recommend this one as well. Enjoy!
A powerful novel of the North Atlantic in WWII, it's the story of the British ships Compass Rose and Saltash and their desparate cat-and-mouse game with Nazi U-boats. First published to great acclaim in 1951, The Cruel Sea remains a classic novel of endurance and daring. The author, Nicholas Monsarrat, served in the Royal Navy during WWII and later joined government service.
Another fast-paced, Dan Brown thriller, Digital Fortress is a good read, based on a breach of the National Security Agency's code breaking machine and the consequent adventures of its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher and her super-resourceful, self-effacing, crafty linguist fiancee, David Becker as they try to save the day!
Includes a wealth of information from a team of world authorities on every aspect of dog health and care, from the experienced breeder of champions to the first time owner of a new puppy. A very important part of the Doglopaedia brings readers detailed, reliable advice on heal and illness, how to recognize developing problems and what actions to take to correct them. Chock full of lists, figures and charts, the table of contents lists informative chapters: Dog Management, Dog Behavior and Training, Your Dog in Health and Illness, Taking Care of Your Dog, Signs and Symptoms of Illness (with a handy list of "what if my dog..." - this section alone is worht getting this book.
Walter Willet is chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School. In this informative book he explains why the USDA guidelines - the famous food pyramid - are not only wrong but detrimental to one's health. Debunking current dietary myths such as the evils of eggs and how high milk consumption does a body good, Willet presents a compelling nutritional standard, including new research on the healthiest carbs, fats and proteins; why weight control is the single most important factor for longevity; plus menu plans and recipes that make it easy to compliment/improve your diet.
Ben Hogan, the greatest golfer of our generation, believes that any golfer with average coordination can learn to break 80 if he/she applies himself/herself intelligently. In this book he tells you, step-by-step, just how to go about it. In each chapter, each tested "fundamental" is explainer and demonstrated with amazing detail and clarity. It's as though the master himself were right there at your elbow, giving you a personal lesson with the same thought and care that has gone into the lifetime of golf. Plenty of illustrations.
I loved this book - it's an excellent resource to learn more about traditional herbal medicine, written for both the beginner and the seasoned herbalist. Ana Nez Heatherley draws from her Native American and Celtic ancestry as she examines 100+ types of healing plants and herbs common to North America - from aloe and chickweed to periwinkle and yucca - citing the afflictions they remedy and and the scientific explanations for each plant's effectiveness. Interweaving folklore throughout, Heatherley also provides growing tips, methods of preparing everything from a poultice to a tincture, herbal food ideas and information on the latest research. Includes a full-color identification section, helpful cross-reference lists, location maps and informative sidebars, HEALING PLANTS is the most practical book if you are seeking an alternative to modern medicine. Ana Nex Heatherley is a registered nurse who hails from generations of herbalists. She has written for Mother Earth News and is a regular speaker on traditional herbal medicine and grown her own medicinal garden in Gatesville, Texas.
This is a nonfictional accounting that reads like a novel, compelling and full of illuminating writing. It was one of our group's best book club discussions in the nonfiction category. Ross King's version recounts the four extraordinary years Michelangelo spent laboring over the vast ceiling in the Sistine Chapel while the power politics and personal rivalries that abounded in Rome swirled around him. A panorama of illustrious figures converged around the creation of this magnificent work - from the Dutch scholar Erasmus to the young Martin Luther - and Ross King skillfully weaves them through his compelling historical narrative, offering uncommon insight into the intersection of art and history. Read this, then rent "The Agony and the Ecstasy" (starring Charlton Heston) for a truly unforgettable journey into art history.