Inadequate appreciation of the economic values of wetlands has been identified as one of the underlying factors that contribute to its being perceived as a wasteland, culminating in massive destruction of this highly productive resource . Wetland valuation can be used to consider the public's values of wetland systems and encourage public participation in certain initiatives, and also assist the public in their decision to conserve or destroy the wetland. This book which is based on a study conducted in Southwest, Nigeria assessed the economic value of Eleyele, Eriti, and Lagos lagoon wetlands in Southwest (Nigeria) . It provides an insight on valuation methods and sustainable management of wetlands. This book will be of particular help to policy makers, researchers, conservationist, students and all wetland beneficiaries.
This souvenir book showcases some of the most influential and important treasures of the National Museum of African American History and Culture's collections. These include a hymn book owned by Harriet Tubman; ankle shackles used to restrain enslaved people on ships during the Middle Passage; a dress that Rosa Parks was making shortly before she was arrested; a vintage, open-cockpit Tuskegee Airmen trainer plane; Muhammad Ali's headgear; an 1835 Bill of Sale enslaving a young girl named Polly; and Chuck Berry's Cadillac. These objects tell us the full story of African American history, of triumphs and tragedies and highs and lows. This book, like the museum it represents, uses artifacts of African American history and culture as a lens into what it means to be an American.
Men Without Women was a milestone in Hemingway's career. Fiesta had already established him as a novelist of exceptional power, but with these short stories, his second collection, he showed that it is possible, within the space of a few pages, to recreate a scene with absolute truth, bringing to life details observed only by the eye of a uniquely gifted artist. Hemingway's men are bullfighters and boxers, hired hands and hard drinkers, gangsters and gunmen. Each of their stories deals with masculine toughness unsoftened by woman's hand. Incisive, hard-edged, pared down to the bare minimum, they are classic Hemingway territory - they helped establish him as one of the great literary authors of the twentieth century, and one of the best American authors of all time.
One of the first books to usher in the present-day food movement, this fortieth anniversary edition of The Moosewood Cookbook presents the beloved vegetarian fare that revolutionized American eating by focusing on healthy, seasonal, and vegetable-centered cooking. This groundbreaking 40th anniversary edition includes a new introduction by the author and new guidance for vegan cooks. With sophisticated yet simple dishes and whimsical hand-drawn lettering, this is a revival that both long-time fans and those just discovering Moosewood will savor.
The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Written in 1925, it is often referred to as "The Great American Novel," and as the quintessential work which captures the mood of the "Jazz Age." The novel takes place following the First World War. American society enjoyed prosperity during the "roaring" 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers. After its republishing in 1945 and 1953, it quickly found a wide readership and is today widely regarded as a paragon of the Great American Novel, and a literary classic. It seems to me, though, that no American novel comes closer than "Gatsby" to surpassing literary artistry, and none tells us more about ourselves. In an extraordinarily compressed space - the novel is barely 50,000 words long - Fitzgerald gives us a meditation on some of this country's most central ideas, themes, yearnings and preoccupations: the quest for a new life, the preoccupation with class, the hunger for riches and "the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder."
Is Sophie Fevvers, toast of Europe's capitals, part swan...or all fake? Courted by the Prince of Wales and painted by Toulouse-Lautrec, she is an aerialiste extraordinaire and star of Colonel Kearney's circus. She is also part woman, part swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover the truth behind her identity. Dazzled by his love for her, and desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser has no choice but to join the circus on its magical tour through turn-of-the-nineteenth-century London, St Petersburg and Siberia.
A Brief History of American Literature offers students and general readers a concise and up-to-date history of the full range of American writing from its origins until the present day. Represents the only up-to-date concise history of American literature Covers fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction, as well as looking at other forms of literature including folktales, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller and science fiction Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past twenty years Offers students an abridged version of History of American Literature, a book widely considered the standard survey text Provides an invaluable introduction to the subject for students of American literature, American studies and all those interested in the literature and culture of the United States
For every woman who simply wants a beautiful piece of artwork to decorate her body, there is one who wants to tell a story with her tattoo. As the number of women getting tattooed has sharply increased over the past few decades, both classic and contemporary styles of tattooing have taken on a more feminine feel. The Painted Lady explores the styles popular among women today and how these have developed from very humble origins, featuring fabulous photographs and beautiful hand-painted illustrations. Be inspired by modern interpretations of Vintage classics such as lockets, hearts and roses, pretty Butterflies and Flowers and Nautical figures such as swallows and anchors. Discover the Eastern influences behind the ornate Japanese style and the intricately detailed Mehndi patterns. Unlock the secret to contemporary Fusion tattoos by combining a number of styles to create the perfect aesthetic partnership.
When Goldilocks discovers an intriguing wooden cottage deep in the forest she just can't resist peeping inside. Now why would there be one, two, three of everything... Lauren Child brings her trademark innovative approach to this wonderfully warm and witty retelling of the classic cautionary tale in a second collaboration with award-winning photographer Polly Borland. The cast of characters are played by toys specially created for the book by a world-famous dollmaker. They inhabit an enchanting miniature world created by theatre designer Emily Jenkins. The cottage is doll-sized with real turf grown for the roof. The exquisite furniture including the bear's beds, chairs, porridge bowls and tiny spoons are all carved and painted by hand. Polly's original photography brings this extraordinary picture book startlingly to life. Now in paperback.
Acclaimed as the "father of skyscrapers", the quintessentially American icon Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was an architect of aspiration. He believed in giving cultivated American life its fitting architectural equivalent and applied his idealism to structures across the continent, from suburban homes to churches, offices, skyscrapers, and the celebrated Guggenheim Museum. Wright's work is distinguished by its harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture, and which found its paradigm at Fallingwater, a house in rural Pennsylvania, cited by the American Institute of Architects as "the best all-time work of American architecture". Wright also made a particular mark with his use of industrial materials, and by the simple L or T plan of his Prairie House which became a model for rural architecture across America. Wright was also often involved in many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass, paying particular attention to the balance between individual needs and community activity. Exploring Wright's aspirations to augment American society through architecture, this book offers a concise introduction to his at once technological and Romantic response to the practical challenges of middle-class Americans.
All walks and tours come with easy-to-follow full-colour maps and hand-picked places to eat and drink en route. The guide recommends top tours by theme, and also has an 'only in' feature, highlighting a number of experiences or attractions that are unique to the destination. The overview provides background information on food, drink, shopping, entertainment, outdoor activities, literary heritage and key historical events. The directory provides a clearly organised A–Z list of practical information and hotel and restaurant listings to suit all budgets. The guide also comes with a free pull-out map, complete with places index and with the walks and tours clearly marked.
This definitive interdisciplinary collection by leading scholars probes the theoretical and historical contexts of films made about the American past, from silent film to the present. The book offers a fresh assessment of studio era historical filmmaking and its legacy across a range of genres.
Sumptuous, informative and engaging, this is the ultimate book on American quilts as art. This edition contains several new quilts, created since the books original publication. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field, its a fascinating chronicle of the growth and evolution of an art form with a rich heritage. Not only does author Robert Shaw provide an insightful look at quilting aesthetics, he places the craft in its historical, cultural, and socioeconomic context, providing a visually lush journey through American history. This opulent volume starts with old-world traditions and goes up to the present, examining key moments that had an impact on quilting culture—including Amish emigration, slavery and the Civil War, the Depression, new sewing technology and the Bicentennial. More than 350 stunning images capture a rich variety of work created by people from all walks of life.
Revision with unchanged content. Attempts to expand and globalize the free market over the past quarter-century have led to an intensely polarized society in the United States. In economic terms, American workers are systematically victimized by an agenda that seeks to put more money into wealthy pockets and corporate vaults. The common practice of outsourcing jobs to foreign labor markets by American corporations has left hundreds of thousands of American workers searching for meaningful employment. On the social front, poor and working Americans are realizing a dire sense of hopelessness derived from a domestic policy agenda that aims to end social welfare. The introduction of welfare reform laws that place unreasonable demands on poor and working Americans have ripped away any reliable safety net during a time where millions of workers are in need of valuable assistance. In addition to these economic and social consequences, the neoliberal agenda has also launched an all-out attack on the democratic institution in America. By encouraging the practice of corporate lobbying and campaign financing, neoliberalism has created a political landscape where the interests of corporations take precedence over the interests of the people. Consequently, the American electorate has been rendered impotent in a political game where money equals democratic power.