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Illumination Night

Illumination Night [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1453225773
Author: Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Open Road Media
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Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman Book Resume:

A “wondrous” novel of fear, desire, loss, and discovery on Martha’s Vineyard by the New York Times–bestselling author of Practical Magic and Seventh Heaven (Chicago Tribune). Elizabeth Renny has only made two decisions of consequence in her seventy-plus years. While the first, marrying her husband, had adequate results, the second—deciding she could fly from her bedroom window—is less successful. But her flight sets in motion a series of events that will forever change the lives of six residents of Martha’s Vineyard: a young boy who refuses to grow, a wife stifled by her irrational anxiety, a husband tempted by the unknown, a girl flirting with disaster, a gentle giant tortured by his size, and an old woman with nothing to lose. Praised as “an intelligent novel” by the New York Times and “achingly vivid” by Newsday, Illumination Night is a sparkling and heartbreaking narrative that explores marriage, friendship, youth, yearning, disillusionment, and desire, a book as bright and memorable as the festival of lanterns for which it is named.

Dark Nights, Bright Lights

Dark Nights, Bright Lights [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3110415623
Author: Susanne Bach,Folkert Degenring
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
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Dark Nights, Bright Lights by Susanne Bach,Folkert Degenring Book Resume:

Light and darkness shape our perception of the world. This is true in a literal sense, but also metaphorically: in theology, philosophy, literature and the arts the light of day signifies life, safety, knowledge and all that is good, while the darkness of the night suggests death, danger, ignorance and evil. A closer inspection, however, reveals that things are not quite so clear cut and that light and darkness cannot be understood as simple binary opposites. On a biological level, for example, daylight and darkness are inseparable factors in the calibration of our circadian rhythms, and a lack of periodical darkness appears to be as contrary to health as a lack of exposure to sunlight. On a cultural level, too, night and darkness are far from being universally condemnable: in fiction, drama and poetry the darkness of the night allows not only nightmares but also dreams, it allows criminals to ply their trade and allows lovers to meet, it allows the pursuit of pleasure as well as deep thought, it allows metamorphoses, transformations and transgressions unthinkable in the light of day. But night is not merely darkness. The night gains significance as an alternative space, as an ‘other of the day’, only when it is at least partially illuminated. The volume examines the interconnection of night, darkness and nocturnal illumination across a broad range of literary texts. The individual essays examine historically specific light conditions in literature, tracing the symbolic and metaphoric content of darkness and illumination and the attitudes towards them.

The End of Night

The End of Night [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0316228796
Author: Paul Bogard
Publisher: Little, Brown
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A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In The End of Night, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. From Las Vegas' Luxor Beam -- the brightest single spot on this planet -- to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness -- what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain -- and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.

The Illumination

The Illumination [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0307379582
Author: Kevin Brockmeier
Publisher: Vintage
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What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us? From best-selling and award-winning author Kevin Brockmeier: a new novel of stunning artistry and imagination about the wounds we bear and the light that radiates from us all. At 8:17 on a Friday night, the Illumination commences. Every wound begins to shine, every bruise to glow and shimmer. And in the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a private journal of love notes, written by a husband to his wife, passes into the keeping of a hospital patient and from there through the hands of five other suffering people, touching each of them uniquely. I love the soft blue veins on your wrist. I love your lopsided smile. I love watching TV and shelling sunflower seeds with you. The six recipients—a data analyst, a photojournalist, a schoolchild, a missionary, a writer, and a street vendor—inhabit an acutely observed, beautifully familiar yet particularly strange universe, as only Kevin Brockmeier could imagine it: a world in which human pain is expressed as illumination, so that one’s wounds glitter, fluoresce, and blaze with light. As we follow the journey of the book from stranger to stranger, we come to understand how intricately and brilliantly they are connected, in all their human injury and experience.

Big Data and Visual Analytics

Big Data and Visual Analytics [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 331963917X
Author: Sang C. Suh,Thomas Anthony
Publisher: Springer
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Big Data and Visual Analytics by Sang C. Suh,Thomas Anthony Book Resume:

This book provides users with cutting edge methods and technologies in the area of big data and visual analytics, as well as an insight to the big data and data analytics research conducted by world-renowned researchers in this field. The authors present comprehensive educational resources on big data and visual analytics covering state-of-the art techniques on data analytics, data and information visualization, and visual analytics. Each chapter covers specific topics related to big data and data analytics as virtual data machine, security of big data, big data applications, high performance computing cluster, and big data implementation techniques. Every chapter includes a description of an unique contribution to the area of big data and visual analytics. This book is a valuable resource for researchers and professionals working in the area of big data, data analytics, and information visualization. Advanced-level students studying computer science will also find this book helpful as a secondary textbook or reference.

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9781597265966
Author: Catherine Rich,Travis Longcore
Publisher: Island Press
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Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting by Catherine Rich,Travis Longcore Book Resume:

While certain ecological problems associated with artificial night lighting are widely known-for instance, the disorientation of sea turtle hatchlings by beachfront lighting-the vast range of influences on all types of animals and plants is only beginning to be recognized. From nest choice and breeding success of birds to behavioral and physiological changes in salamanders, many organisms are seriously affected by human alterations in natural patterns of light and dark. Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting is the first book to consider the environmental effects of the intentional illumination of the night. It brings together leading scientists from around the world to review the state of knowledge on the subject and to describe specific effects that have been observed across a full range of taxonomic groups, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, and plants. Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting provides a scientific basis to begin addressing the challenge of conserving the nighttime environment. It cogently demonstrates the vital importance of this until-now neglected topic and is an essential new work for conservation planners, researchers, and anyone concerned with human impacts on the natural world.

Cities of Light

Cities of Light [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317602536
Author: Sandy Isenstadt,Margaret Maile Petty,Dietrich Neumann
Publisher: Routledge
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Cities of Light by Sandy Isenstadt,Margaret Maile Petty,Dietrich Neumann Book Resume:

Cities of Light is the first global overview of modern urban illumination, a development that allows human wakefulness to colonize the night, doubling the hours available for purposeful and industrious activities. Urban lighting is undergoing a revolution due to recent developments in lighting technology, and increased focus on sustainability and human-scaled environments. Cities of Light is expansive in coverage, spanning two centuries and touching on developments on six continents, without diluting its central focus on architectural and urban lighting. Covering history, geography, theory, and speculation in urban lighting, readers will have numerous points of entry into the book, finding it easy to navigate for a quick reference and or a coherent narrative if read straight through. With chapters written by respected scholars and highly-regarded contemporary practitioners, this book will delight students and practitioners of architectural and urban history, area and cultural studies, and lighting design professionals and the institutional and municipal authorities they serve. At a moment when the entire world is being reshaped by new lighting technologies and new design attitudes, the longer history of urban lighting remains fragmentary. Cities of Light aims to provide a global framework for historical studies of urban lighting and to offer a new perspective on the fast-moving developments of lighting today.

The Illuminations

The Illuminations [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0771068301
Author: Andrew O'Hagan
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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A compelling new novel by two-time Booker finalist and internationally acclaimed author Andrew O'Hagan. For readers of Colm Toibin, Ian McEwan, Alan Hollinghurst and David Mitchell. How much do we keep from the people we love? Why is the truth so often buried in secrets? Can we learn from the past or must we forget it? The Illuminations, Andrew O'Hagan's fifth work of fiction, is a powerful, nuanced and deeply affecting novel about love and memory, about modern war and the complications of fact. Standing one evening at the window of her house by the sea, Anne Quirk sees a rabbit disappearing in the snow. Nobody remembers her now, but this elderly woman was in her youth an artistic pioneer, a creator of groundbreaking documentary photographs. Her beloved grandson, Luke, now a captain in the British army is on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. When his mission goes horribly wrong, he ultimately comes face to face with questions of loyalty and moral responsibility that will continue to haunt him. Once Luke returns home to Scotland, Anne's secret story begins to emerge, along with his, and they set out for an old guest house in Blackpool where she once kept a room. There they witness the annual illuminations--the dazzling artificial lights that brighten the seaside resort town as the season turns to winter. The Illuminations is a beautiful and highly charged novel that reveals, among other things, that no matter how we look at it, there is no such thing as an ordinary life.

Urban Lighting, Light Pollution and Society

Urban Lighting, Light Pollution and Society [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317602463
Author: Josiane Meier,Ute Hasenöhrl,Katharina Krause,Merle Pottharst
Publisher: Routledge
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Urban Lighting, Light Pollution and Society by Josiane Meier,Ute Hasenöhrl,Katharina Krause,Merle Pottharst Book Resume:

After decades "in the shadows", urban lighting is re-emerging as a matter of public debate. Long-standing truths are increasingly questioned as a confluence of developments affects lighting itself and the way it is viewed. Light has become an integral element of place-making and energy-saving initiatives alike. Rapidly evolving lighting technologies are opening up new possibilities, but also posing new challenges to planners, and awareness is growing that artificial illumination is not purely benign but can actually constitute a form of pollution. As a result, public policy frameworks, incentives and initiatives are undergoing a phase of innovation and change that will affect how cities are lit for years to come. The first comprehensive compilation of current scientific discussions on urban lighting and light pollution from a social science and humanities perspective, Urban Lighting, Light Pollution and Society contributes to an evolving international debate on an increasingly controversial topic. The contributions draw a rich panorama of the manifold discourses connected with artificial illumination in the past and present – from early attempts to promote new lighting technologies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to current debates on restricting its excessive usage in public space and the protection of darkness. By bringing together a cross-section of current findings and debates on urban lighting and light pollution from a wide variety of disciplines, it reflects that artificial lighting is multifaceted in its qualities, utilisation and interpretation. Including case studies from the United States, Europe, and the UK, Urban Lighting, Light Pollution and Society is one of the first to take a serious assessment of light, pollution, and places and is a valuable resource for planners, policy makers and students in related subjects.

Illumination

Illumination [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9781429977746
Author: Terry Mcgarry
Publisher: Macmillan
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The fantasy field has been waiting for this for years: Terry McGarrys first novel. Currently the Vice President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, a longtime copyeditor for all the major publishers, and the author of a number of well-received short stories, McGarry is extremely well known throughout the genre. And now, with talent, insight, and skill rarely seen today, McGarry has crafted a fantasy adventure of the first rank; a wonderful, gripping adventure sure to be the sensation of the season. Liath was proud to have passed her challenge and become a true mage, ready to journey the land and find a Triad to bond with as an Illuminator. But that very night, her light fails her: she can no longer see the magical illumination guiders, and thus, despite the mages badge upon her breast, can no longer call herself Illuminator. Liath travels to the city and petitions the Ennead, the senior mages of the land, for help and a cure. Before they will help her, they set a task for her to fulfill: she must find and capture the rogue Dark Mage, and bring him to the Ennead for justice; only then will her light be freed. So goes Liath on the most important journey of her life, for the future of the world rests on her success or failurebut which one? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780547523781
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer Book Resume:

“Imagine a novel as verbally cunning as A Clockwork Orange, as harrowing as The Painted Bird, as exuberant and twee as Candide, and you have Everything Is Illuminated . . . Read it, and you'll feel altered, chastened — seared in the fire of something new.” — Washington Post With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man — also named Jonathan Safran Foer — sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior, and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past. As their adventure unfolds, Jonathan imagines the history of his grandfather’s village, conjuring a magical fable of startling symmetries that unite generations across time. As his search moves back in time, the fantastical history moves forward, until reality collides with fiction in a heart-stopping scene of extraordinary power. “A rambunctious tour de force of inventive and intelligent storytelling . . . Foer can place his reader’s hand on the heart of human experience, the transcendent beauty of human connections. Read, you can feel the life beating.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

Illumination

Illumination [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0525537554
Author: Tyler Knott Gregson
Publisher: Penguin
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Illumination by Tyler Knott Gregson Book Resume:

An inspiring and beautiful collection of poems to give you strength, arm you for hardship, and remind you that you're always growing, from the bestselling author of Chasers of the Light. Tyler Knott Gregson is the original InstaPoet. With loyal fans across the country and all over the Internet, he breathes new life into this ancient medium and delights fans with his openness and honesty alongside his beautiful photography. This new book will be his first poetry collection in four years, and he returns now with a message of hope. In his elegant and simple style, Gregson will lift your spirits, keep you going when times get tough, and remind you of the inherent inner strength you already have within you.

The Night Circus

The Night Circus [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0385671725
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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In this mesmerizing debut, a competition between two magicians becomes a star-crossed love story. The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic. Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway - a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

Ellen Foster

Ellen Foster [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1616203080
Author: Kaye Gibbons
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation's Citation for Fiction. An eleven-year-old heroine tells her unforgettable story with honesty, perceptivity, humor, and unselfconscious heroism. "The honesty of thought and eye and feeling and word!"--Eudora Welty; "A lovely, breathtaking, sometimes heart-wrenching first novel."--Walker Percy. A LITERARY GUILD SELECTION.

60 Gothic Classics

60 Gothic Classics [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 8027247500
Author: Horace Walpole,William Thomas Beckford,Eliza Parsons,William Godwin,Ann Radcliffe,Matthew Gregory Lewis,Charles Brockden Brown,Jane Austen,Mary Shelley,Thomas Love Peacock,Edgar Allan Poe,John William Polidori,Washington Irving,Charles Robert Maturin,James Hogg,Victor Hugo,Frederick Marryat,Nikolai Gogol,Charlotte Brontë,Emily Brontë,James Malcolm Rymer,Thomas Peckett Prest,Nathaniel Hawthorne,George Eliot,Wilkie Collins,Robert Louis Stevenson,Charles Dickens,Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu,Arthur Conan Doyle,Oscar Wilde,Guy de Maupassant,Anna Katharine Green,Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Arthur Machen,George MacDonald,John Meade Falkner,H. G. Wells,Richard Marsh,Henry James,Bram Stoker,W. W. Jacobs,Robert Hugh Benson,Gaston Leroux,Théophile Gautier,William Hope Hodgson,Grant Allen
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60 Gothic Classics by Horace Walpole,William Thomas Beckford,Eliza Parsons,William Godwin,Ann Radcliffe,Matthew Gregory Lewis,Charles Brockden Brown,Jane Austen,Mary Shelley,Thomas Love Peacock,Edgar Allan Poe,John William Polidori,Washington Irving,Charles Robert Maturin,James Hogg,Victor Hugo,Frederick Marryat,Nikolai Gogol,Charlotte Brontë,Emily Brontë,James Malcolm Rymer,Thomas Peckett Prest,Nathaniel Hawthorne,George Eliot,Wilkie Collins,Robert Louis Stevenson,Charles Dickens,Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu,Arthur Conan Doyle,Oscar Wilde,Guy de Maupassant,Anna Katharine Green,Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Arthur Machen,George MacDonald,John Meade Falkner,H. G. Wells,Richard Marsh,Henry James,Bram Stoker,W. W. Jacobs,Robert Hugh Benson,Gaston Leroux,Théophile Gautier,William Hope Hodgson,Grant Allen Book Resume:

Musaicum Books presents to you this unique collection, designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. The Castle of Otranto Vathek The Castle of Wolfenbach Caleb Williams The Mysteries of Udolpho The Italian The Monk Wieland Northanger Abbey Frankenstein The Orphan of the Rhine Nightmare Abbey The Tell-Tale Heart The Fall of the House of Usher The Cask of Amontillado The Masque of the Red Death The Black Cat The Murders in the Rue Morgue The Vampyre The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Melmoth the Wanderer The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner The Hunchback of Notre-Dame The Phantom Ship St, John's Eve Viy The Mysterious Portrait Jane Eyre Wuthering Heights Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street The House of the Seven Gables Rappaccini's Daughter The Birth Mark The Lifted Veil The Woman in White Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde The Mystery of Edwin Drood Carmilla Uncle Silas The Hound of the Baskervilles The Picture of Dorian Gray The Horla The Forsaken Inn The Yellow Wallpaper The Great God Pan Lilith The Lost Stradivarius The Island of Doctor Moreau The Beetle The Turn of the Screw Dracula The Jewel of Seven Stars (Original 1903 Edition) The Monkey's Paw The Necromancers The Phantom of the Opera Clarimonde The Mummy's Foot The House on the Borderland The Boats of the Glen Carrig Wolverden Tower

London Labour and the London Poor

London Labour and the London Poor [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0141907460
Author: Henry Mayhew
Publisher: Penguin UK
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London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew Book Resume:

London Labour and the London Poor originated in a series of newspaper articles written by the great journalist Henry Mayhew between 1849 and 1850. A dozen years later, it had grown into the fullest picture we have of labouring people in the world's greatest city in the nineteenth century: a four volume account of the hopes, customs, grievances and habits of the working-classes that allows them to tell their own stories. Combining practicality with compassion, Mayhew worked unencumbered by political theory and strove solely to report on the lives of the London poor, their occupations and trades. This selection shows how well he succeeded. From costermongers to ex-convicts, from chimney-sweeps to vagrants, the underprivileged of London are uniquely brought to life - their plight expressed through a startling blend of first person accounts, Mayhew's perceptions, and sharp statistics.

The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1451617496
Author: Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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An ambitious and mesmerizing novel from the bestselling author of Rules of Magic. The Dovekeepers is “striking….Hoffman grounds her expansive, intricately woven, and deepest new novel in biblical history, with a devotion and seriousness of purpose” (Entertainment Weekly). Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

Illuminations

Illuminations [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0547840578
Author: Mary Sharratt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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“Sharratt brings one of the most famous and enigmatic women of the Middle Ages to vibrant life in this tour de force, which will captivate the reader from the very first page.” —Sharon Kay Penman“One could not anticipate this majesty and drama . . . Illuminations is riveting, following von Bingen through . . . to emerge as one of the significant voices of the 12th century . . . Unforgettable.” —January MagazineOne of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages, Hildegard von Bingen—Benedictine abbess, healer, composer, saint—experienced mystic visions from a very young age. Offered by her noble family to the Church at the age of eight, she lived for years in forced silence. But through the study of books and herbs, through music and the kinship of her sisters, Hildegard found her way from a life of submission to a calling that celebrated the divine glories all around us. In this brilliantly researched and insightful novel, Mary Sharratt offers a deeply moving portrait of a woman willing to risk everything for what she believed, a triumphant exploration of the life she might well have lived.“Gripping . . . Like Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, [Illuminations] is primarily about relationships forged under pressure.” —Publishers Weekly“Masterful.”—Saint Paul Pioneer Press

In the Watches of the Night

In the Watches of the Night [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0226036030
Author: Peter C. Baldwin
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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In the Watches of the Night by Peter C. Baldwin Book Resume:

Before skyscrapers and streetlights glowed at all hours, American cities fell into inky blackness with each setting of the sun. But over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, new technologies began to light up streets, sidewalks, buildings, and public spaces. Peter C. Baldwin’s evocative book depicts the changing experience of the urban night over this period, visiting a host of actors—scavengers, newsboys, and mashers alike—in the nocturnal city. Baldwin examines work, crime, transportation, and leisure as he moves through the gaslight era, exploring the spread of modern police forces and the emergence of late-night entertainment, to the era of electricity, when social campaigns sought to remove women and children from public areas at night. While many people celebrated the transition from darkness to light as the arrival of twenty-four hours of daytime, Baldwin shows that certain social patterns remained, including the danger of street crime and the skewed gender profile of night work. Sweeping us from concert halls and brothels to streetcars and industrial forges, In the Watches of the Night is an illuminating study of a vital era in American urban history.

Turtle Moon

Turtle Moon [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1440674434
Author: Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Penguin
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Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman Book Resume:

A “captivating...truly original novel” (Cosmopolitan) from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic. “Ms. Hoffman writes quite wonderfully about the magic in our lives and in the battered, indifferent world.”—The New York Times Book Review When Keith Rosen runs away from his Florida home—inexplicably taking along a motherless baby—his mother is perplexed, terrified, and ultimately takes off on her own journey to find him. The story of a divorced woman, her disillusioned teenage son, and the events that change their lives in ways both simple and extraordinary, Turtle Moon follows their path, in a suspenseful, beautifully written story that confirms once again the exquisite talent of Alice Hoffman.