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Sailing My Shoe to Timbuktu
Author: Joyce Thompson
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062039164
Pages: 256
Year: 2010-11-30
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In this fiercely candid and moving book, novelist Joyce Thompson recounts a difficult yet transforming period in her life. In words that will ring true to anyone in the "sandwich" generation, Thompson tells the story of her troubled marriage ending, her adjustment to single motherhood, finding new love, turning fifty, dealing with sick and dying parents, and somehow discovering a spiritual home in an ancient, earth-centered tradition. Along the way, she comes to terms with the blessings and specters of her own dysfunctional family. This includes her father, a distinguished judge and chronic alcoholic, and her tough, smart mother, a pioneering woman lawyer, who is slowly succumbing to Alzheimer's and whom Thompson helps to die gracefully, despite many traumatic and even ridiculous moments. But with Thompson's lyrical, personal, and evocative writing, she transforms what could have been a soap opera into a rich, moving, and funny story, full of hope. Thompson's novels are about understanding the human condition, and it's no surprise she focuses that gift on her own life and the lives of her family. Elegant, wise, and witty, Sailing My Shoe to Timbuktu, pulls no punches and is delightfully and compulsively readable.
How to Greet Strangers
Author: Joyce Thompson
Publisher: Lethe Press
ISBN: 1590212711
Pages: 246
Year: 2013
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Archer Barron is rebuilding his life after hiding from it for years. Once he had grand expectations-graduating law school, donning drag to express his feminine aspects, and the love of a devoted boyfriend-but fate became cruel. HIV-positive cruel. And a growing involvement with an Oakland Santeria priestess who promised a cure in return for devotion and a lot of cash. His lover died. His faith and spirit almost followed. Now Archer works a crappy job as a university night watchmen and volunteers at a free clinic. The walls he's built in the years since his loss are about to come crumbling down when a former member of the Santeria family he belonged to comes seeking legal help. And then the police discover the body of the priestess. Archer's grudge makes him a prime suspect. In How To Greet Strangers, the Bay Area welcomes a new detective: he's black, he's spiritual, he's stunning. And he's in great danger.
The Blue Chair
Author: Joyce Thompson
ISBN: 0380016567
Pages: 256
Year: 1977
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Through an astounding breakthrough in biological science, the State had found the means to conquer death by disease, bestowing that favor on citizens who chose to limit their number of offspring. As Eve Harmon, poet, wife, mistress, and mother of two, relives her past, meditating in her blue chair, she finds a power over death that the State with all its police and scientists had never imagined.
The Flying Carpet
Author: Richard Halliburton, Tahir Shah
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
ISBN: 1848859147
Pages: 264
Year: 2012-01-03
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Describes the author's adventures with air pilot Moye Stephens during a trip around the world in a biplane, including taking the first photograph of Mount Everest, swimming in his underwear in Venice's canals, and meeting headhunters in Borneo.
To Timbuktu for a Haircut
Author: Rick Antonson
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1626364885
Pages: 288
Year: 2013-07-01
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Delve into this “beautifully written narrative,” a fascinating travel guide, and an insightful work on a culture shrouded in mystery (Booklist). Timbuktu: the African city known to legend as a land of scholars, splendor and mystery, a golden oasis in the Sahara Desert. But to most it is merely a flippant tag for “the most remote place on earth.” With this fabled city as his destination, author Rick Antonson embarked on a month-long trek that began with a simple objective—to get a haircut. Aided by an adventuresome spirit, Rick faces a forty-five hour train ride, a swindling travel agent, “Third World, three-lane” roads, rivers, and a flat deck ferry boat before finally reaching Timbuktu. Rick learns the history of this elusive destination from his Malian guide Zak, and encounters stranded tourists, a camel owner, a riverboat captain, and the people who call Timbuktu home. Undated to include the volatile political situation in Timbuktu following the 2012 military coup in Mali and jihadist activity in the region, To Timbuktu for a Haircut is “not just for the armchair traveler,” but a history of a place long forgotten, and a plea to understand why Timbuktu’s past is essential to the future of Africa (Kirkus Reviews).
The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School
Author: Candace Fleming
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
ISBN: 0307484513
Pages: 192
Year: 2009-06-03
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Here's a chapter book of contemporary fables about a rambunctious group of fourth graders and their amazing teacher—the globe-trotting, Mayan-ceremonial-robe-wearing Mr. Jupiter—that is sure to delight students and teachers alike. There's Calvin Tallywong, who wants to go back to kindergarten. But when he actually gets the chance, he's forced to do the squirrel dance and wear a school bus name tag. The moral of his story? Be careful what you wish for. Then there's Amisha Spelwadi, who can spell wildebeest, no problem. When Mr. Jupiter asks the class to spell cat, all Amisha can come up with is kat. The moral: Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Kids will laugh out loud as they learn tried-and-true lessons in this funny, fast-paced book. And don't miss the class's continued adventures in The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming. From the Hardcover edition.
Women Who Dared
Author: Linda Skeers
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1492653284
Pages: 128
Year: 2017-09-05
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Women have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but they're rarely mentioned in our history books as adventurers, daredevils, or rebels. This new compilation of brief biographies features women throughout history who have risked their lives for adventure—many of whom you may not know, but all of whom you'll WANT to know, such as: • Annie Edson Taylor, the first person who dared to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel • Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman who dared to fly in space • Helen Gibson, the first woman who dared to be a professional stunt person • And many more! This is the perfect read for anyone who wants to know what it means to explore, discover, play, climb, and fight like a girl!
Skeletons on the Zahara
Author: Dean King
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0759509697
Pages: 368
Year: 2004-02-16
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A masterpiece of historical adventure, Skeletons on the Zahara chronicles the true story of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the perilous heart of the Sahara. The western Sahara is a baking hot and desolate place, home only to nomads and their camels, and to locusts, snails and thorny scrub--and its barren and ever-changing coastline has baffled sailors for centuries. In August 1815, the US brig Commerce was dashed against Cape Bojador and lost, although through bravery and quick thinking the ship's captain, James Riley, managed to lead all of his crew to safety. What followed was an extraordinary and desperate battle for survival in the face of human hostility, starvation, dehydration, death and despair. Captured, robbed and enslaved, the sailors were dragged and driven through the desert by their new owners, who neither spoke their language nor cared for their plight. Reduced to drinking urine, flayed by the sun, crippled by walking miles across burning stones and sand and losing over half of their body weights, the sailors struggled to hold onto both their humanity and their sanity. To reach safety, they would have to overcome not only the desert but also the greed and anger of those who would keep them in captivity. From the cold waters of the Atlantic to the searing Saharan sands, from the heart of the desert to the heart of man, Skeletons on the Zahara is a spectacular odyssey through the extremes and a gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.
The Royal Road to Romance
Author: Richard Halliburton
Publisher: Travelers' Tales Classics
ISBN: 1885211538
Pages: 304
Year: 1925
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"The Royal Road to Romance" chronicles the author's choice of adventure over career after graduating from college in the early 1900s, and includes his recollections of a breakthrough ascent of the Matterhorn to being jailed on Gibraltar for taking forbidden photos.
Daisy Fay And The Miracle Man
Author: Fannie Flagg
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409027473
Pages: 320
Year: 2012-01-31
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Fannie Flagg takes us on a journey to a South that only Southerners know, to a time when 'Blue Velvet' was played at the Senior Prom, and into the life of Daisy Fay Harper, a sassy, truth-telling heroine who just can't stay out of trouble. What's more she tells us everything - from what (or who) made her Daddy and Momma split up to what is really stashed in the freezer of the family's malt shop. Daisy Fay is coming of age in the Gulf Coast's Shell Beach, which is The End of the Road of the South, but a dandy place to meet the locals like hard-drinking Jimmy Snow, former debutante Mrs Dot and Daisy's own Daddy. They're all part of the fun that takes us down home, back to the '50s, and into the best story ever written east of Texas...
Around the World
Author: Matt Phelan
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0763636193
Pages: 235
Year: 2011
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Challenged with circling the world solo at the end of the 19th century, three very different adventurers--avid bicyclist Thomas Stevens, fearless reporter Nellie Bly and retired sea captain Joshua Slocum--embark on epic journeys. By a Scott O'Dell Award-winning graphic novelist.
Conscience Place
Author: Joyce Thompson
ISBN: 0140073566
Pages: 225
Year: 1986-02-01
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The Obsession Book of Timbuktu
Author: Bruce Meyer
ISBN: 0887535208
Pages: 112
Year: 2013-11-01
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Meyer believes that each of us has a Timbuktu in our hearts and lives - the story of the quest for the elusive city of gold. The Obsession Book of Timbuktu is a book of love, obsession and desire. Meyer tells the fool's history not only of a fabled African city but of his own hometown of Barrie, Ontario and the restless ambition of artists tranforming it from a vision to a reality. Part history, part tribute to the dying art of the lyric, The Obession Book of Timbuktu is a hymn and a poetic novel about the quest to make the impossible accessible.
Year: 1971
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Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0151008116
Pages: 319
Year: 2001
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Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain. 40,000 first printing.