Full Description : "Fat, forty-four, father of three sons, and facing a vasectomy, Mark Obmascik would never have guessed that his next move would be up a 14,000-foot mountain. But when his twelve-year-old son gets bitten by the climbing bug at summer camp, Obmascik can't resist the opportunity for some high-altitude father-son bonding by hiking a peak together. After their first joint climb, addled by the thin air, Obmascik decides to keep his head in the clouds and try scaling all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains, known as the Fourteeners -- and to do them in less than one year. The result is Halfway to Heaven, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Obmascik's rollicking, witty, sometimes harrowing, often poignant chronicle of an outrageous midlife adventure that is no walk in the park, although sometimes it's A Walk in the Woods -- but with more sweat and less oxygen. Half a million people try climbing a Colorado Fourteener every year, but only twelve hundred have reported summiting them all. Can an overweight, stay-at-home dad become No. 1,201? With his ebullient personality and sparkling prose, Obmascik brings us inside the quirky, colorful subculture of mountaineering obsessives who summit these mountains year after year. Honoring his concerned wife's orders not to climb alone, Obmascik drags old friends up the slopes, some of them lifelong flatlanders tasting thin air for the first time, and lures seasoned Rockies junkies into taking on a huffing, puffing newbie by bribing them with free beer, lunches, and car washes. Among the new friends he makes are an ex-drag racer trying to perform a headstand on every summit, the lead oboe player in a Hebrew salsa band, and a climber with the counterproductive pre-climb ritual of gulping down four beers and a burrito. Along the way, Obmascik experiences the raw, rowdy, and rarely seen intimacy of male friendship, braced by the double intoxicants of adrenaline and altitude. Though danger is always present -- the Colorado Fourteeners have killed more climbers than Mount Everest -- Mark knows his aging scalp can't afford the hair-raising adventures of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, and his quest becomes a story of family, friendship, and fraternity. In Obmascik's summer of climbing, he loses fifteen pounds, finds a few dozen man-dates, and gains respect for the history of these storied mountains (home to cannibalism, gold rushes, shoot-outs, and one of the nation's most famed religious shrines). As much about midlife and male bonding as it is about mountains, Halfway to Heaven tells how weekend warriors can survive them all as they reach for those most distant things -- the summits of mountains and a teenage son. And as one man exceeds the physical achievements of his youth, he discovers that age -- like summit height -- is just a number.
Halfway to Heaven can expand the words and meanings of symbols that are often seen daily. This applies to the above topics: the more you read, the more words you get, and they will definitely return to your daily dictionary. Simon and Schuster"
Full Description : "Follows the 1998 Big Year competition between Sandy Komito, Al Levantin, and Greg Miller, during which the three rivals risked their lives to set a new North American birding record.
The Big Year Free entertainment for readers in need of it. For low-cost entertainment, you can visit our online library and enjoy the countless collection of fame available for free. Our online libraries have books about every imaginable subject, and since they play stocks and constantly receive new books, you will never delete any reading material. Simon and Schuster"
Full Description : "NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Mark Obmascik has deftly rescued an important story from the margins of our history—and from our country’s most forbidding frontier. Deeply researched and feelingly told, The Storm on Our Shores is a heartbreaking tale of tragedy and redemption.” —Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers, In the Kingdom of Ice, and On Desperate Ground The heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two World War II soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic's revelatory and fascinating diary that changed our war-torn society’s perceptions of Japan. May 1943. The Battle of Attu—called “The Forgotten Battle” by World War II veterans—was raging on the Aleutian island with an Arctic cold, impenetrable fog, and rocketing winds that combined to create some of the worst weather on Earth. Both American and Japanese forces were tirelessly fighting in a yearlong campaign, and both sides would suffer thousands of casualties. Included in this number was a Japanese medic whose war diary would lead a Silver Star-winning American soldier to find solace for his own tortured soul. The doctor’s name was Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi, a Hiroshima native who had graduated from college and medical school in California. He loved America, but was called to enlist in the Imperial Army of his native Japan. Heartsick, wary of war, yet devoted to Japan, Tatsuguchi performed his duties and kept a diary of events as they unfolded—never knowing that it would be found by an American soldier named Dick Laird. Laird, a hardy, resilient underground coal miner, enlisted in the US Army to escape the crushing poverty of his native Appalachia. In a devastating mountainside attack in Alaska, Laird was forced to make a fateful decision, one that saved him and his comrades, but haunted him for years. Tatsuguchi’s diary was later translated and distributed among US soldiers. It showed the common humanity on both sides of the battle. But it also ignited fierce controversy that is still debated today. After forty years, Laird was determined to return it to the family and find peace with Tatsuguchi’s daughter, Laura Tatsuguchi Davis. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik brings his journalistic acumen, sensitivity, and exemplary narrative skills to tell an extraordinarily moving story of two heroes, the war that pitted them against each other, and the quest to put their past to rest.
Increased concentration after reading the book The Storm on Our Shores. In our crazy Internet world, attention is focused on millions of people in different directions at the same time, because we perform a number of tasks every day. One 5 minutes on average people will split their time between tasks, e-mail, watching, chatting with multiple people (using Gchat, skype etc.) Follow on Twitter, monitor your smartphone, and interact with colleagues. This type of behavior leads to increased stress and reduced productivity. Simon and Schuster"
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A Consumer's Guide to Drinking Water well-written books can turn you into something different from others, because the article will keep you from lazing around and maintaining your current quality, allowing you to feel relaxed and let your body and soul relax. Amer Water Works Assn"
Full Description : "Ognuno di noi è in cerca di qualcosaTre uomini sull’orlo di una crisi di nervi decidono di prendersi un anno sabbatico e di realizzare il loro sogno: vivere per trecentosessantacinque giorni a contatto con la natura selvaggia e compiere imprese al limite dell’impossibile. Ognuno di loro, in realtà, sta cercando di sfuggire ai suoi problemi quotidiani: il primo è un eterno vincente senza scrupoli, che non vuole rinunciare al suo spirito d’avventura per mettere su famiglia; il secondo è un vecchio manager, indeciso se mollare il lavoro una volta per tutte e andarsene definitivamente in pensione; il terzo è un neo-divorziato senza un posto fisso, che nella vita non è mai stato in grado di concludere niente. Eppure i nostri “eroi” compiranno un’impresa incredibile. Dalle paludi della Florida alle coste della California, dal deserto dell’Arizona ai ghiacci dell’Alaska, gireranno in lungo e in largo gli Stati Uniti, sfidandosi in un improbabile campionato di birdwatching per battere un record: avvistare il maggior numero possibile di specie volatili. Il divertente resoconto di un anno di follie, in cui i tre protagonisti finiranno per trovare la loro ricetta personale della felicità nei luoghi più belli e incontaminati (nonché inaspettati) d’America.Da questo libro il film diretto da David Frankel (Io & Marley, Il diavolo veste Prada) con Steve Martin, Jack Black e Owen WilsonMark Obmascikgiornalista da più di vent’anni, nel 2000 ha vinto, insieme con un team di colleghi del «Denver Post» da lui diretti, il prestigioso premio Pulitzer per alcuni articoli sul massacro alla Columbine High School. Nel 2003 ha ottenuto anche il National Press Club Award per il giornalismo ambientale. Vive a Denver con la sua famiglia. Grande appassionato e praticante del birdwatching, ha fatto tesoro delle sue conoscenze per scrivere Un anno da leoni. Da questo libro è stato tratto il film di David Frankel con Steve Martin, Jack Black e Owen Wilson.
Reading a Un anno da leoni book is very important to learn a new language, because foreign languages use foreign words to help them speak and write. This book presents a very educative and very helpful meaning in everyday life. Newton Compton Editori"
Full Description : "This essential volume explores many aspects of the Columbine school shootings in April, 1999. Topics covered include the historical and cultural background leading up to and following the massacre. Readers will evaluate the issues surrounding Columbine, such as the role of bullying at the high school, the shootings as a symbol of a greater culture of violence, and the impact of gun laws on the accessibility of weapons for senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Personal narratives are also featured, including Columbine high school seniors writing about the impact of the event on their lives, and a journalist looking back at the event that he covered years earlier.
The Columbine School Shooting, making writing skills better. This is in line with your capacity: Exposure to published, written works has greatly influenced his writing, as other writers rhythm, flow and observed style of writing, always affect your work. Just as musicians influence each other, and painters use techniques created by past masters, and writers study prose by reading other works. Greenhaven Publishing LLC"
Full Description : "p>Just as huge nuclear explosions result from small spheres of plutonium, the story of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver, Colorado is much larger than itself. It is about the Church family, who came West seeking gold in 1861, stayed to raise cattle, watched the federal government take a large piece of its land for the weapons plant in 1951--and now is busily developing real estate in the booming suburbs next to the contaminated plant site. It is about the government and private corporations that produced the deadliest devices in history for thirty-seven years, concealed problems behind the wall of national security secrecy, and came close to a Chernobyl-scale disaster during a 1969 fire. It is about plant managers who cut corners to maintain weapons production, workers who saw themselves as loyal Cold War soldiers, and citizen activists who challenged the plant's very existence. And it is about a community that profited from thousands of jobs and contracts but now faces long-term environmental and health risks. Making a Real Killingexamines the way Americans participated in building a nuclear weapons arsenal capable of destroying the human species. To read it is to learn some sobering lessons, including the fact that the democratic process lagged decades behind technological developments. "As Americans reckon with the legacy of the Cold War,Making a Real Killingdeserves a place at the center of our attention. Len Ackland's integrity and hard work remind us how crucial energetic journalism is for a successful democracy."--Patricia Nelson Limerick
When you read the Making a Real Killing book, all your attention to the subject matter - Try to read 15-20 minutes before the move, and you will be amazed at how much your focus as soon as you read the book. UNM Press"
Full Description : "One woman . . . one year . . . 723 species of birds. . . In 2008, Lynn Barber's passion for birding led her to drive, fly, sail, walk, stalk, and sit in search of birds in twenty-five states and three provinces. Traveling more than 175,000 miles, she set a twenty-first century record at the time, second to only one other person in history. Over 272 days, Barber observed 723 species of birds in North America north of Mexico, recording a remarkable 333 new species in January but, with the dwindling returns typical to Big Year birding, only eight in December, a month that found her crisscrossing the continent from Texas to Newfoundland, from Washington to Ontario. In the months between, she felt every extreme of climate, well-being, and emotion. But, whether finally spotting an elusive Blue Bunting or seeing three species of eiders in a single day, she was also challenged, inspired, and rewarded by nearly every experience. Barber's journal from her American Birding Association-sanctioned Big Year covers the highlights of her treks to forests, canyons, mountain ranges, deserts, oceans, lakes, and numerous spots in between. Written in the informal style of a diary, it captures the detail, humor, challenges, and fun of a good adventure travelogue and also conveys the remarkable diversity of North American birds and habitat. For actual or would-be “travel birders,” Lynn Barber’s Extreme Birder provides a fascinating, binoculars-eye view of one of the best-loved pastimes of nature lovers everywhere. "Lynn Barber challenges a traditionally male-dominated pursuit--the birding big year--and is successful beyond her wildest dreams. She is an inspiration for all who love adventure, nature, and birds."--Lynn Hassler, author, Birds of the American Southwest
Extreme Birder makes the reader have stronger analytical thinking skills. Have you ever read an amazing book and did not solve the mystery itself? If so, then you can work on critical and analytical thinking, observe all the data provided and sort it out to determine anything. Texas A&M University Press"
Full Description : "In 2015, Noah Strycker, a young American birder, became the first person to see more than half of the 10,000 bird species on planet Earth in one year. Traveling to forty-one countries on seven continents with just a small backpack, a pair of binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, Noah not only set a new world record, he also captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world.
Spend a moment from your computer, open the Birding Without Borders book, and rebuild your soul a bit. Get special knowledge after reading this book.. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt"
Full Description : "The 1942 Japanese invasion of two of the Aleutian Islands, the thousand-milerchipelago west of Alaska, represents the only time in modern history thatmerican territory has been occupied by a foreign power. The ensuingifteen-month campaign, memorialised in John Huston's extraordinaryocumentary film, was 'the weirdest war ever waged': a terrible, elementalnd always three-sided battle, between the Americans, the Japanese and theeather. Frozen puddies of oil could be lifted like boards. Servicementurned summer clothing for fuel. Aircrews flew amidst icy rain, drivenpside-down by gales. The eventual liberation of the island of Attu wasecond only to Iwo Jima in the percentage of American casualties. Brianarfield's book, never before published in the UK, is the definitive historyf this 'Forgotten War'.
Reading a The Thousand-mile War book is very important to learn a new language, because foreign languages use foreign words to help them speak and write. This book presents a very educative and very helpful meaning in everyday life. no defined"
Full Description : "Provides information on how to identify a variety of North American birds. Identify Yourself, when was the last time you read a book or an abstract magazine article? Are your daily reading habits directed against tweets, Facebook updates, or directions to your instant oatmeal pack? If you're one of the many people who do not have a habit of reading regularly, you might miss out: reading is a huge amount of profits, and we've listed just a few benefits of reading. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt"
Full Description : "The status of civil rights in the United States today is as volatile an issue as ever, with many Americans wondering if new laws, implemented after the events of September 11, restrict more people than they protect. How will efforts to eradicate racism, sexism, and xenophobia be affected by the measures our government takes in the name of protecting its citizens? Richard Delgado, one of the founding figures in the Critical Race Theory movement, addresses these problems with his latest book in the award-winning Rodrigo Chronicles. Employing the narrative device he and other Critical Race theorists made famous, Delgado assembles a cast of characters to discuss such urgent and timely topics as race, terrorism, hate speech, interracial relationships, freedom of speech, and new theories on civil rights stemming from the most recent war. In the course of this new narrative, Delgado provides analytical breakthroughs, offering new civil rights theories, new approaches to interracial romance and solidarity, and a fresh analysis of how whiteness and white privilege figure into the debate on affirmative action. The characters also discuss the black/white binary paradigm of race and show why it persists even at a time when the country's population is rapidly diversifying.
Justice at War can improve the reader's memory. As you read the book, you have a variety of meanings, their origins, ambitions, history and nuances, as well as various circles and sub-transfers each story. Just a little to remember, but the brain is a beautiful thing and relatively easy to remember these things. In every new memory you create a new synthesis (brain path) and strengthen existing ones, which help temporarily stop memory and stabilize mood. How cool is that?. NYU Press"