Preview of Maps of fate, book 2 in the American saga series, (pages 317-337).
The Adventure and Romance of America, her people, her spirit and the West. Fourth novel of thirty-three books of the Threads West, An American Saga series--compared by reviewers, authors and readers to Lonesome Dove, Centennial, Louis L'Amour (with steam) and called by some the “Gone with the Wind of the West” and applauded by others as “rings true and poignant, as authentic and moving as Dances with Wolves”. This multiple #1 bestselling series—winner of fifteen National Awards, (including Best Historical Fiction, Best Romance, and Best Western)—bursts with the adventure, romance and promise of historical America set in the West. The epic saga of Threads West begins in 1854 with Book One. We meet the first of five richly-textured, complex generations of unforgettable characters. The separate lives of these driven men and independent women are drawn to a common destiny that beckons seductively from the wild and remote flanks of the American West. In Book Two, Maps of Fate, they are swept into the dangerous currents of the far-distant frontier by the mysterious rivers of fate, the power of the land and the American spirit. Secret maps, hidden ambitions, and magnetic attractions inherent in lives forged by the fires of love and loss, hope and sorrow, life and death, shape their futures and the destinies of their lineage. In Book Three, Uncompahgre, the men and women of the saga having reached their initial destination: pre-Denver, Cherry Creek, are each faced with life altering decisions. Some must decide to pursue or abandon torrid love affairs that have flowered on the dangerous journey from Europe and across America. An aristocratic vaquero chased North by the Texas Rangers catapults into the tale. The next generation of Threads West characters will soon be born in the wilderness. The elderly slave couple, Oglala Sioux family, and renegade -- and his young, traumatized captive introduced in Maps of Fate—are bound ever more tightly to the arc of the tale -- their tragedy and triumph-filled tales weaving into the cloth of a collective destiny. In Moccasin Tracks, Book Four, the brave, passion-filled characters of Uncompahgre struggle in this unknown wilderness, racing against an early, foreboding winter to establish their homestead, some preoccupied with serious pre-birth complications of the next generation of Threads West characters, other’s compelled by an inner sense to blaze a separate trail, but all united to fend off ever-present dangers. The different personalities of their surviving offspring begin to manifest, some in disturbing ways. The Sioux family, bewildered by the increasing attack on their culture is swept unknowingly into the tumultuous vortex of momentous changes shaping the United States and the West as the tidal wave of white man’s greed and intolerance inundates their ancestral territory. Land, love, gold, tradition and the burden of family responsibility shape these characters of divergent origin as they love and struggle in the beautifully vibrant but unforgiving landscape of the West. The personal conflicts inherent to these characters of uncommon cultures and competing ambitions are exacerbated by a nation in transition, the precipice of Civil War, and both deep bonds and lethal enmities with Native Americans. You will recognize the characters who live in these pages. They are the ancestors of your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, and your family. They are you. They are us. This is not only their story. It is our story. It is Threads West, An American Saga.
The multiple #1 bestselling series--winner of 15 national awards including Best Historical Fiction, Best Romance, and Best Western--bursts with the adventure, romance, and promise of historical America and the West. the West.
Set in 1855, Book Two continues the tale of four generations of men and women shaping the West as the West shapes them. Adventure, danger, love, armed conflicts, slavery, gold, and Indians play into their worlds and the ways of the American West.
The Adventure and Romance of the America, her people, her spirit, and the West. This is our story. Uncompahgre-where water turns rock red is the third book of the #1 bestselling, Threads West, An American Saga series, recipient of twenty National Awards--Best Historical Fiction, Best Romance and Best Western! Compared by reviewers, authors and readers alike to Lonesome Dove, Centennial, and L'Amour. Called by some the "Gone with the Wind of the West," and applauded by others as "rings true and poignant, as authentic and moving as Dances with Wolves." In Uncompahgre, the time nears when the first of the next generation of Threads West characters will be born of the brave men and courageous women who have come so far and risked all. The men and women of the saga, having reached their initial destination, pre-Denver, Cherry Creek, are each faced with life-altering decisions. Some must decide to pursue or abandon torrid love affairs that have flowered on the dangerous journey from Europe and across America. Their lives shaken by events they could not foresee and convergence with souls they could never image, they begin to build a nation that's essence is in transition. They have neither country nor culture in common but their dreams and survival demand a tension filled emergence stitched by fate and history. The Oglala Sioux family struggles to cope with the inevitable change casting shadows upon their lands, culture and scared traditions. The elderly slave couple, and the renegade and his young, traumatized captive introduced in Maps of Fate, are bound ever more tightly to the arc of the story--their tragedy and triumph-filed tales weaving into the fabric of a collective destiny, the black-hearted captor unknowingly catapulted by his tortured past into possible redemption. Mormons stream west in the Great Exodus escaping persecution and searching for Zion. Driven north by the Texas Rangers, an outlaw vaquero with royal blood quests for a new sense of self and place. The touchstones of the past are the guideposts to the future. Uncompahgre is the continuation of this tale of America. New lineages join the many threads of uncommon cultures, differing origins and competing ambitions that entwine into the American spirit. Lives and generations are woven on the loom of history, propelled by fate and freedom to form the tapestry that becomes the whole cloth of the nation. It is uniquely American, this meld of the mosaic. You will recognize the characters who live in these pages. They are the ancestors of your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, and your family. They are you. They are us. This is not only their story. It is our story. It is Threads West, An American Saga. In Book Four, Moccasin Tracks, releasing in 2014, the fires of future deadly tumult between the states has begun to sweep west. The Threads West characters who have journeyed so far race against an early, foreboding winter to establish their homestead, some preoccupied with the serious complications of their pregnancies, others compelled to follow the call of a separate path, but all united to fend off ever-present danger. The "resolution" of the "Indian Problem" is evolving. It will leave families and hearts broken, forever staining the pages of American history. The decades of the Maps of Fate era novels of the Threads West book series become the crucible of the souls of generations, the building of the heart of the nation, the destiny of a people, and the relentless energy and beauty of the western landscape. This is the ongoing story of us. Set in authentic locations in the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the life threads of the characters -- whose personalities are forged on the anvil of the land and shaped by life, love, struggle, death, failure and success. The textured, complex and conflicted lives of these five generations of diverse, independent men and women are the fabric of the American spirit.
Sixth of thirty-three books of the Threads West An American Saga series--compared by reviewers, authors and readers to Lonesome Dove, Centennial, Louis L'Amour (with steam) and called by some the “Gone with the Wind of the West” and “more authentic than Dances with Wolves”. The multiple #1 bestselling series—winner of fourteen National Awards, (Historical Fiction, Romance, Western)—bursts with the adventure, romance and promise of historical America and the West.
The Land is Yours: Now What? In Volume One of Land for Love and Money, we talked about writing down what you want in your relationship with the land-what you need, what factors are absolute (your must have property attributes), what financial parameters are key to success, and finally, but no less important, connecting with the energy of the land. Whether you purchase a residential home on a 1/3-acre lot, or a spread of thousands of acres, key questions and issues will arise once you've signed the dotted line. Volume Two will demonstrate no holds barred truths in the same entertaining, anecdotal, hard-hitting and humorous style as Volume One of Land for Love and Money. Volume Two and its following Green for Green workbook, will examine additional tips on buyer and seller matters covered in Volume One, the ownership and improvement phase of the land cycle, along with marketing and value adding secrets and yet more news on the sordid state of affairs in government regulation, banking and finance. Volume Two, given the current economic environment, will delve into offensive and defensive strategies that work in a crunch-practical advice to guide new and existing owners through a myriad of common, unexpected and sometimes unpleasant situations. Foresight, knowing what to look out for ahead of time, is key to success. PPPPP! Of money, management and moxie. How am I going to run this place? How can I generate income? Do I need a manager? If it ain't broke, why fix it? The when and how of making changes and the intricacies of stewardship. If it has testicles or tires, it's gonna cause trouble! What if I want to fish in my neighbor's pond? The symbiosis of Cross Use Associations©--a unique recreational sharing concept and agreement developed by Reid. This damn dog is wagging my tail! Or, what to do when the land starts running you. Why can't I just wait until tomorrow? Procrastination is not your friend. Build it and they will come. Creating sanctuary for water fowl, wildlife, and livestock. You mean there's a federal grant for that? Improving the land for everyone. I've lived here 5 years, and they still call it the Smith place. Rural, small town conflicts. Water wars - Whiskey is for drinking-water is for fighting. What are my rights? What do you mean, they own the mineral rights? Legal trespass and what to do about it. Natural disasters - have a plan. Your life and credit depend on it. The land grab of Eminent Domain-Oh, no you won't, Bubba! Defense against the Dark Arts-when a landowner must circle the wagons.
The journals and memoirs of 19th century explorers and travelers in the American West often told of viewing buffalo massed together as far as the eye could see. This book appropriately covers the subject of the buffalo as extensively as that animal covered the plains. Other recent accounts of the buffalo have focused on two or three aspects, emphasizing its natural history, the hunters and the hunted in prehistoric time, the relationship between the buffalo and the American Indian. David Dary's treatment stretches from horizon to horizon. Of course he discusses the origin of the buffalo in North America, its locations and migrations, its habits, its significance and role in both Indian and white cultures, its near demise, its salvation. But more. Dary weaves throughout his fact-filled book fascinating threads of lore and legend of this animal that literally helped mold who and what America is. Further, in addition to detailing the extinction which almost befell this mythic beast and the attempts to give life again to the herds, Dary concentrates significant attention on the buffalo as part of 20th century America in terms of captivity, husbandry, and symbol. The Buffalo Book rounds up all the contemporary buffalo. Dary has located just about every single buffalo alive today in the United States. He has visited or corresponded with everyone who raises a private or government herd, small or large. He maps their location, size, purpose, future. There are even some instructions about how to raise buffalo if one is so inclined. For the gourmet The Buffalo Book provides a number of recipes, such as Sweetgrass Buffalo and Beer Pie or Buffalo Tips a la Bourgogne. From the buffalo nickel to Wyoming's state flag, from The University of Colorado's mascot to Indiana's state seal, we picture and use the buffalo in hundreds of ways; Dary surveys the 19th and 20th century symbol adaptation of the animal.
In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girl's school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them, as well as Callie's failure to develop, leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not a girl at all; due to a rare genetic mutation Callie is part girl, part boy.
Looks at the lives of Charlie Hasbrook and his family, their adventures in the Cherokee Strip Land Run, and the subsequent generations who came back to their homestead.
Kate Davis is intrigued when her father reveals his dream of starting a horse ranch in Oregon Territory. Settlers out west value a strong woman, and though she manages the financials of her father's mercantile her competence earns her ridicule, not respect, from Virginia's elite society. Jake Fitzpatrick, an experienced trail guide, wants land out west to raise cattle and crops. But dreams require money and he's eating dandelion greens for dinner. So when a wealthy busi-nessman offers double wages to guide his family across the Oregon Trail, Jake accepts with one stipulation—he is in complete control.Departure day finds Kate clinging to her possessions as Jake demands she abandon all he deems frivolous, including her deceased mother's heirlooms. Jake stands firm, refusing to let the whims of a headstrong woman jeopardize the wages he so desperately needs—even a beautiful one with fiery green eyes and a temper to match. Trail life is a battle of wills between them until tragedy strikes, leaving Jake with an honor-bound promise to protect her from harm and Kate with a monumental choice—go back to every-thing she's ever known or toward everything she's ever wanted?
This is the sixth book in the Baker Family Saga. The Civil war is over and it is time for Linda to make her way back to the Willamette Valley. She starts back late in the season - the war didn't end till April, two months after most people set out for the west coast - with Phillip and Major Thomas. Phillip plans to ask her father for her hand in marriage when they get there. They started the trip in a stage coach but had to abandon it and travel in a private wagon. The book starts after their hasty marriage and takes them through all the complications of starting late without the preparations that travelers on the Oregon trail usually made.
"Ladies of the Canyons is the true story of a group of remarkable women whose lives were transformed by the people and landscape of the American Southwest in the first decades of the twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.
Eclipses have long been seen as important celestial phenomena, whether as omens affecting the future of kingdoms, or as useful astronomical events to help in deriving essential parameters for theories of the motion of the moon and sun. This is the first book to collect together all presently known records of timed eclipse observations and predictions from antiquity to the time of the invention of the telescope. In addition to cataloguing and assessing the accuracy of the various records, which come from regions as diverse as Ancient Mesopotamia, China, and Europe, the sources in which they are found are described in detail. Related questions such as what type of clocks were used to time the observations, how the eclipse predictions were made, and how these prediction schemes were derived from the available observations are also considered. The results of this investigation have important consequences for how we understand the relationship between observation and theory in early science and the role of astronomy in early cultures, and will be of interest to historians of science, astronomers, and ancient and medieval historians.
Macrobiotic cookbook and classic guide to self-healing. Over 130 dairy-free, sugar-free low fat recipes. Praised by Patch Adams, M.D. self-healing. User-friendly informationon the link between food, moods andsymptoms. Over 130 dairy-free,sugar-free
Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River. The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery. A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal. But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.
West of Eden is the definitive story of Hollywood, told, in their own words, by the people on the inside: Lauren Bacall, Arthur Miller, Dennis Hopper, Frank Gehry, Ring Lardner, Joan Didion, Stephen Sondheim – all interviewed by Jean Stein, who grew up in the Forties in a fairytale mansion in the Hollywood Hills. The book takes us from the discovery of oil in the Twenties with the story of the tycoon Edward Doheny (There Will Be Blood) and traces the growth of corruption through the syndicates, the mob, and the movie studios – from the beginnings of the film industry to the end, with News Corp. and Rupert Murdoch (who bought the Stein mansion in 1985). West of Eden is about money, power, fame and terrible secrets: the doomed Hollywood of the late Fifties, early Sixties – ‘the rotten heart of paradise’. Like her last book, the best-selling Edie, this is an oral history told through brilliantly edited interviews. As this is Hollywood, it’s a book full of sex, drugs and celebrity glamour; but because it’s built from the firsthand accounts of people who were actually there, many of them writers, actors and artists, it’s also strangely claustrophobic, seductive, and completely compelling.
It is 1886. For 80 years the United States has been in a state of undeclared war with the Cheyenne Alliance over the unsettled frontier. When George Custer, Jr., President Custer's only son, falls into the hands of the Cheyenne people, he soon embraces their cause and fights side by side with the Cheyenne against his father's own army. Sequel to "The Year the Cloud Fell."
Containing chapters 51-100 of China's best-loved work, in an edited, yet complete and wholly accurate translation for the Western reader. Travel with Monkey, Pig, Friar Sand and the Tang Priest as they continue their journey to India and finally attain the scriptures. Volume 2 contains some of the most famous episodes from this classic, including Monkey's duel with the Princess Iron Fan.
Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. In Centennial, trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters are brought together in the dramatic conflicts that shape the destiny of the legendary West—and the entire country. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii. Praise for Centennial “A hell of a book . . . While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates.”—Los Angeles Times “An engrossing book . . . imaginative and intricate . . . teeming with people and giving a marvelous sense of the land.”—The Plain Dealer “Michener is America’s best writer, and he proves it once again in Centennial. . . . If you’re a Michener fan, this book is a must. And if you’re not a Michener fan, Centennial will make you one.”—The Pittsburgh Press “An absorbing work . . . Michener is a superb storyteller.”—BusinessWeek