El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie Gibson
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 599 MB
Overview: Because of our shared English language, as well as the celebrated origin tales of the Mayflower and the rebellion of the British colonies, the United States has prized its Anglo heritage above all others. However, as Carrie Gibson explains with great depth and clarity in El Norte, the nation has much older Spanish roots – ones that have long been unacknowledged or marginalized. The Hispanic past of the United States predates the arrival of the Pilgrims by a century, and has been every bit as important in shaping the nation as it exists today.
El Norte chronicles the sweeping and dramatic history of Hispanic North America from the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century to the present – from Ponce de Leon’s initial landing in Florida in 1513 to Spanish control of the vast Louisiana territory in 1762 to the Mexican-American War in 1846 and up to the more recent tragedy of post-hurricane Puerto Rico and the ongoing border acrimony with Mexico. Interwoven in this stirring narrative of events and people are cultural issues that have been there from the start but which are unresolved to this day: language, belonging, community, race, and nationality. Seeing them play out over centuries provides vital perspective at a time when it is urgently needed.
In 1883, Walt Whitman meditated on his country’s Spanish past: "We Americans have yet to really learn our own antecedents, and sort them, to unify them", predicting that "to that composite American identity of the future, Spanish character will supply some of the most needed parts." That future is here, and El Norte, a stirring and eventful history in its own right, will make a powerful impact on our national understanding.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
Continue reading “El Norte by Carrie Gibson (.M4B)”
Archangel (Archangel #1-5) via William Gibson
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 75 MB
Overview: An authentic dramatic presentation, cowritten via William Gibson, nationwide best-selling writer of Neuromancer and different classics, and Michael St. John Smith.
The 12 months is 2016. Not our 2016. Theirs. Earth is loss of life, the results of a world nuclear holocaust led to via America’s dictatorial President-for-Life Lewis Henderson, a person who will use any approach essential to handle energy and live to tell the tale.
Enter: The Splitter. A gadget in a position to splitting off a precise reproduction of Henderson’s international. An international the place the cataclysmic occasions inflicting its destruction haven’t begun to happen.
That international is ours.
In August of 1945, our postwar Europe turns into the battleground for Henderson’s operatives – led via his sociopathic son – as they engineer a whole redo in their historical past. By converting ours. Their undertaking is to take over our international and rule it completely – once more.
The handiest hindrances of their means are a disabled insurrection colonel in an underground bunker; a Marine pilot who pursues Henderson’s males throughout time; and a British secret guns analyst who will have to settle for that the unattainable is, if truth be told, imaginable.
And that the destiny of 2 worlds hangs within the stability.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Science Fiction
Continue reading “Archangel via William Gibson (.M4B)”
Poles in Wisconsin by Susan Gibson Mikos
Requirements: .PDF reader, 10.3 MB
Overview: In this all-new addition to the People of Wisconsin series, author Susan Mikos traces the history of Polish immigrants as they settled in America’s northern heartland. The second largest immigrant population after Germans, Poles put down roots in all corners of the state, from the industrial center of Milwaukee to the farmland around Stevens Point, in the Cutover, and beyond. In each locale, they brought with them a hunger to own land, a willingness to work hard, and a passion for building churches.
Included is a first person memoir from Polish immigrant Maciej Wojda, translated for the first time into English, and historical photographs of Polish settlements around our state.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Continue reading “Poles in Wisconsin by Susan Gibson Mikos”
Crank (The Gibson Boys #1) by Adriana Locke
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 230 MB
Overview: Crank is a standalone romance in a new small town, blue-collar series from USA Today best-selling author Adriana Locke. Join listeners everywhere as they fall in love with the delicious Gibson boys.
This is one mistake Sienna Landry can’t buy her way out of.
As Walker Gibson looks at her, then at the damage to his precious truck (that she may or may not have accidentally inflicted), she knows she’s in trouble. It’s not the busted headlight and dented grill that’s sunk her though. It’s the downright sinful man in front of her that’s the problem.
The small-town mechanic is broody. Rough. Smells like engine grease and gasoline, and Sienna isn’t sure why that’s so sexy, but it is. It so is. She’s ready to peel off her panties at the drop of his wrench.
He wants her too. She can feel it when he brushes against her. Experience it as he presses her against the wall of the shop. It’s thinly veiled in his deep, brown eyes when he looks at her like she’s everything he’s ever wanted. So why won’t he give in?
The damage to Walker’s truck is the first of many mistakes between the two of them, ending with truths that rock Sienna’s world. Nothing can fix her broken heart except the love of a man that won’t, maybe even can’t, love her back.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Romance, Contemporary
Continue reading “Crank (The Gibson Boys #1) by Adriana Locke (.M4B)”
James Joyce by Andrew Gibson
Requirements: .PDF reader, 1.0 MB
Overview: From Ulysses to Finnegans Wake, James Joyce’s writings rank among the most intimidating works of literature. Unfortunately, many of the books that purport to explain Joyce are equally difficult. The Critical Lives series comes to the rescue with this concise yet deep examination of Joyce’s life and literary accomplishments, an examination that centers on Joyce’s mythical and actual Ireland as the true nucleus of his work.
Andrew Gibson argues here that the most important elements in Joyce’s novels are historically material and specific to Ireland-not, as is assumed, broadly modernist. Taking Joyce “local,” Gibson highlights the historical and political traditions within Joyce’s family and upbringing and then makes the case that Ireland must play a primary role in the study of Joyce. The fall of Charles Stewart Parnell, the collapse of political hope after the Irish nationalist upheavals, the early twentieth-century shift by Irish public activists from political to cultural concerns-all are crucial to Joyce’s literary evolution. Even the author’s move to mainland Europe, asserts Gibson, was actually the continuation of a centuries-old Irish legacy of emigration rather than an abandonment of his native land.
In the thousands, perhaps millions, of words written about Joyce, Ireland often takes a back seat to his formal experimentalism and the modernist project as a whole. Yet here Gibson challenges this conventional portrait of Joyce, demonstrating that the tightest focus-Joyce as an Irishman-yields the clearest picture.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Continue reading “James Joyce by Andrew Gibson”
Cross (The Gibson Boys #2.5) by Adriana Locke
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 75 MB
Overview: Cross Jacobs was a screw-up. Everyone knew it, especially him, and the point was hammered home when Kallie Welch drove herself right out of his life. But she’s back.
Seeing Cross wasn’t on Kallie’s to-do list. She didn’t think she could avoid him forever, but trying never hurt anyone. One minute she’s standing by herself, and the next she’s accosted by a rich, velvety scent that could belong to only one man: Cross. At face value, he’s divine. All rugged and confident, with a smile that melts her right where she’s standing. It doesn’t take long to find him to be charming, witty, and the owner of a few legitimate businesses. Not at all like the mischievous boy she left. He laughs and her heart flutters. With a touch of his hand, she’s dizzy. She’s fairly certain she’s going to die when he pulls her into an embrace and touches his lips to her forehead. It feels right. It feels so right. But is it?
Cross is a novella, originally published in the Team Player Anthology. Cross includes three chapters not included in the original story. There are also two Gibson Boy short stories, "Restraint" and "Crash", included at the end for your enjoyment.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Romance, Contemporary
Continue reading “Cross (The Gibson Boys #2.5) by Adriana Locke (.M4B)”