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India: People, Place, Culture, History by DK
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Overview: Just 60 years after winning independence from British rule, India’s economy is booming and the nation is fast becoming a leading global power. With a population of a billion people, India’s society is as varied as its awe-inspiring landscape. Home to a dizzying array of languages, ethnic groups, beliefs, and lifestyles, India can seem overwhelming in its complexity. India takes the lid off this cultural melting pot, showing how past events have shaped this diverse but unified nation, where tradition and modernity successfully coexist. Through stunning photography and insightful text, India offers an eye-opening, thought-provoking, and authoritative visual guide to one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant nations.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Kin of Place: Essays on New Zealand Writers by C. K. Stead
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Overview: In Kin of Place, C. K. Stead addresses most of the leading New Zealand literary figures of the last decades of the twentieth century including Allen Curnow, Lauris Edmond, Kendrick Smithyman, Frank Sargeson, Janet Frame, Ian Wedde, Maurice Gee and Elizabeth Knox. Kin of Place represents a collection of perceptive, readable, opinionated comment on a wide range of local writers and writing over a long period and shows in an interesting way the evolution of Stead’s critical position.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Literary Criticism
A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland by Kate Brown
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Overview: This is a biography of a borderland between Russia and Poland, a region where, in 1925, people identified as Poles, Germans, Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians lived side by side. Over the next three decades, this mosaic of cultures was modernized and homogenized out of existence by the ruling might of the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, and finally, Polish and Ukrainian nationalism. By the 1950s, this "no place" emerged as a Ukrainian heartland, and the fertile mix of peoples that defined the region was destroyed.
Brown’s study is grounded in the life of the village and shtetl, in the personalities and small histories of everyday life in this area. In impressive detail, she documents how these regimes, bureaucratically and then violently, separated, named, and regimented this intricate community into distinct ethnic groups.
Drawing on recently opened archives, ethnography, and oral interviews that were unavailable a decade ago, A Biography of No Place reveals Stalinist and Nazi history from the perspective of the remote borderlands, thus bringing the periphery to the center of history.
We are given, in short, an intimate portrait of the ethnic purification that has marked all of Europe, as well as a glimpse at the margins of twentieth-century "progress."
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George (Lynley & Havers #12)
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Overview: An isolated beach on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel is the scene of the murder of Guy Brouard, one of Guernsey’s wealthiest inhabitants and its main benefactor. Forced as a child to flee the Nazis in Paris, Brouard was engaged in his latest project when he died: a museum in honor of those who resisted the German occupation of the island during World War II. It is from this period of time that his murderer may well have come. But there are others on Guernsey with reason to want Guy Brouard dead: his wives, his business associates, his current mistress, the underprivileged teenagers he mentored – any of whom might have harbored a secret motive for murder. As family and friends gather for the reading of the will, Deborah and Simon St. James find that seemingly everyone on the history-haunted island has something to hide. And behind all the lies and alibis, a killer is lurking. In order to bring this person to justice, the St. Jameses must delve into Guernsey’s dark history – both past and present – and into the troubled psyche of someone who may have exacted retribution for the most unspeakable crime of all.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction > Mystery
History, Space and Place by way of Susanne Rau
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Overview: Spaces, too, have a historical past. And historical past at all times takes position in areas. But what do historians imply after they use the phrase "areas"? And how can areas be traditionally investigated?
Susanne Rau supplies a survey of the historical past of Western ideas of house, opens up interdisciplinary approaches to the phenomenon of house in fields starting from physics and geography to philosophy and sociology, and explains how historic spatial research may also be methodologically and conceptually conceived and performed in follow. The case research offered within the guide come from the fields of city historical past, the historical past of industry, and world historical past together with the historical past of cartography, however its research is similarly related to different fields of inquiry.
This guide provides the primary complete creation to the speculation and method of historic spatial research.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Hiromi – Place to Be: Piano Solos through Hiromi Uehara
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Overview: Alfred Music, in cooperation with Yamaha Music Publishing, gifts the first-ever piano transcription folio for international jazz piano sensation Hiromi. Titles: BQE * Choux a los angeles Creme * Sicilian Blue * Bern Baby Bern * Somewhere * Capecod Chips * Islands Azores * Pachelbel’s Canon * Viva! Vegas: Show City, Show Girl * Daytime in Las Vegas * The Gambler * Place to Be.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General Musical
John Burroughs and the Place of Nature by means of James Perrin Warren
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Overview: This learn about situates John Burroughs, at the side of John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt, as one in every of a trinity of thinkers who, between the Civil War and World War I, outlined and secured a spot for nature in mainstream American tradition. Though no longer as widely recognized lately, Burroughs was once the preferred American nature author of his time. Prolific and constant, he printed ratings of essays in influential large-circulation magazines and was once frequently in comparison to Thoreau. Unlike Thoreau, then again, whose recognition grew posthumously, Burroughs wasa superstar throughout his lifetime: he wrote greater than thirty books, loved a continuous prime stage of visibility, and noticed his paintings taught broadly in public colleges.
James Perrin Warren presentations how Burroughs helped information city and suburban middle-class readers “again to nature” throughout a time of intense industrialization and urbanization. Warren discusses Burroughs’s connections no longer simplest to Muir and Roosevelt but in addition to his forebears Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. By tracing the advanced philosophical, ingenious, and temperamental lineage of those six giants, Warren presentations how, of their friendships and rivalries, Burroughs, Muir, and Roosevelt made the prime literary romanticism of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman related to late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Americans. At the similar time, Warren gives insights into the upward thrust of the character essay as a style, the function of common magazines as shapers and conveyors of public values, and the dynamism of position on the subject of such hostile ideas as retreat and engagement, nature and tradition, and barren region and civilization.
Because Warren attracts on Burroughs’s non-public, vital, and philosophical writings in addition to his better-known narrative essays, readers will come away with a extra knowledgeable sense of Burroughs as a literary naturalist and a significant early practitioner of ecocriticism. John Burroughs and the Place of Nature is helping prolong the map of America’s cultural panorama throughout the length 1870-1920 by means of getting better an unfairly left out practitioner of one in every of his technology’s best forces for alternate: nature writing.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs