The Last Dog on the Hill


Author: Steve Duno
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330534092
Category: Nature
Page: N.A
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When Steve Duno found a puppy – flea-bitten and emaciated – on a Californian roadside, he had no idea what he was letting himself in for. Lou, as he called the dog, was the offspring of marijuana farm guard dogs; a half-Rotweiller, half-Alsatian bundle of intelligence, loyalty, and mischief. Despite his traumatic beginnings, Lou went on to achieve great things, from foiling an armed robbery and fighting kidnappers, to comforting elderly war veterans and Alzheimer’s patients. Most importantly, he inspired his owner to become a pet behaviourist, and worked with him to rehabilitate hundreds of aggressive dogs that would otherwise have been put to sleep. With a vocabulary of over 200 words, there was never any doubt that Lou was smart. But he was also funny, heroic, and, for 16 years, Steve’s best friend and companion. This is their story.

The People On Privilege Hill


Author: Jane Gardam
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1405522356
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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It is a wet day in Dorset, and walking to a luncheon party is Sir Edward Feathers QC, followed by two elderly friends: his scruffy neighbour and sparring partner, Veneering, and Fiscal-Smith, the meanest lawyer ever to make a fortune at the Bar. Fans of Jane Gardam's bestselling novel, OLD FILTH, will be delighted to encounter Filth, now almost ninety, making his immaculate way to Privilege Hill, named perhaps for the Prive-Lieges who arrived with the Normans, but more probably for the village privies. Ranging from a Victorian mansion converted into a home for unmarried mothers to a wartime hospital in the middle of the Blitz, from ghost stories to brilliant observations of love and loneliness in their various manifestations - including, in 'Pangbourne', a woman who falls in love with a gorilla - to reflections on the haphazard nature of intellect and memories in 'The Last Reunion', the stories in this collection mix Jane Gardam's trademark sardonic wit with a delicate tenderness and a touch of the surreal.

The Last Gentleman Adventurer

Coming of Age in the Arctic
Author: Edward Beauclerk Maurice
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547754329
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 416
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"This is a great book about life at remote bases in Canada's far north as seen by a young English boy who went there by himself to see the world and got more than he could have bargained for. Beautifully written." --Sir Ranulph Fiennes "As spare, gleaming, and exhilarating as the Arctic wastes and the gentle, stoic Eskimos who had mastery of this realm . . . The book evokes the frozen seas, whale hunts, snow plains and storms that intimidated those rash enough to brave this world, and the traditions, myths, and hunting skills that contoured a bygone way of life . . . His translucent prose is a sparkling and moving record." -- Times (London) At sixteen, Edward Beauclerk Maurice impulsively signed up with the Hudson's Bay Company -- the Company of Gentleman Adventurers -- and was sent to an isolated trading post in the Canadian Arctic, where there was no telephone or radio and only one ship arrived each year. But the Inuit people who traded there taught him how to track polar bears, build igloos, and survive expeditions in ferocious winter storms. He learned their language and became so immersed in their culture and way of life that children thought he was Inuit himself. When an epidemic struck, Maurice treated the sick using a simple first aid kit, and after a number of the hunters died, he had to start hunting himself, often with women, who soon began to compete for his affections. The young man who in England had never been alone with a woman other than his mother and sisters had come of age in the Arctic. In The Last Gentleman Adventurer Edward Beauclerk Maurice transports the reader to a time and a way of life now lost forever. After serving in the New Zealand navy during World War II, Edward Beauclerk Maurice became a bookseller in an English village and rarely traveled again. He died in 2003 as this, his only book, was being readied for publication. "If you like reality, The Last Gentleman Adventurer will be your cup of tea: a delicious quaff of it. Savor it!" -- Edward Hoagland "Maurice's memoir supplies a fascinating elegy to a vanishing world." -- Telegraph "One of those rare writers who will be remembered for turning out one great memoir/travel book . . . He relates these events in a beautiful prose that is quaintly elegant in tone but never archly so . . . Not only a gentleman but a wonderful writer who limited his output to one book, and perhaps that is why it reads so beautifully." -- Sunday Tribune (Dublin) "Maybe he was exceptional, but the charm of his book lies in its modesty; he makes no claims for himself. His concern was to make a record of some amazing adventures and a vanishing way of life; these are woven into an eye-opening narrative that is suffused with kindliness and an attitude to growing up more restrained but more humane than that prevailing today. A gentleman adventurer indeed." -- Times Educational Supplement "A deceptively simple account of how he grew to manhood, shaped on one hand by the brutal elements of the Arctic, on the other by the compassionate communities of Inuit who understood them . . . This is a beautifully unadorned, homespun tale with a lack of self-consciousness rare in travel literature . . . I was charmed." -- Benedict Allen, Independent on Sunday

Putting Life on the Finish Line


Author: Joe Sinclair
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491706066
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 206
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A guide for those interested in staying physically active, and written by a long distance endurance athlete with a passion for running. When author Joe Sinclair turned sixty-two years old, he began his quest to run as many marathons as possible. Less than five years later, he has logged more than four thousand miles, participating in more than 150 marathons. In his memoir, Putting Life on the Finish Line, he tells his life story from his early years through his late sixties and details how he achieved his running goals. Sinclair shares running's rewards and challenges--crossing the finish line at the toughest marathon in America run entirely on asphalt; completing three marathons in three days in the hot July weather; fighting off attacks by vicious dogs during a lonely, rural, mountain marathon; and helping a struggling young marathoner achieve his very first marathon finish. Offering personal secrets for success, tips and tricks, nutritional and fitness plans, pre-race plans, and inspiring stories, Putting Life on the Finish Line provides encouragement for those who believe they are too old to accomplish a dream. It shows that personal health and fitness is attainable at any age.

The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Review


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
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Page: N.A
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Monsoon


Author: Wilbur Smith
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429908924
Category: Fiction
Page: 544
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Monsoon, a Courtney Family Adventure from Wilbur Smith One man. Three sons. A powerful destiny waiting to unfold. Monsoon is the sweeping epic that continues the saga begun in Wilbur Smith's bestselling Birds of Prey. Once a voracious adventurer, it has been many years since Hal Courtney has dared the high seas. Now he must return with three of his sons - Tom, Dorian, and Guy - to protect the East India Trading Company from looting pirates, in exchange for half of the fortune he recovers. It will be a death or glory mission in the name of the crown. But Hal must also think about the fates of his sons. Like their father before them, Tom, Dorian, and Guy are drawn inexorably to Africa. When fate decrees that they must all leave England forever, they set said for the dark, unexplored continent, seduced by the allure and mystery of this new, magnificent, but savage land. All will have a crucial part to play in shaping the Courtneys' destiny, as the family vies for a prize beyond any of their dreams. In a story of anger and passion, peace and war, Wilbur Smith evinces himself at the height of his storytelling powers. Set at the dawn of eighteenth-century England, with the Courtneys riding wind-tossed seas toward Arabia and Africa, Monsoon is an exhilarating adventure pitting brother against brother, man against sea, and good against evil.

Mali

The Bradt Travel Guide
Author: Ross Velton,Jolijn Geels
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
ISBN: 9781841620770
Category: Travel
Page: 292
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Mali's spiritual capital, Timbuktu, became a twin town of Hay-on-Wye in February 2007; both are famous for their festivals, but that's where the family likeness ends. In Mali you may float past hippopotami whilst sailing down the River Niger, greet 300 herdsmen atop brilliant white camels, or stand on an escarpment looking out over the mystical cliff villages of the Dogon people. This new edition features thoroughly updated information on everything from elephant migrations to rock-climbing. It also includes a new, comprehensive guide to the music and festivals of Mali, including the Festival in the Desert to which increasing numbers of tourists flock.

The Forks of the Ohio


Author: James David Bailey
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465322442
Category: Fiction
Page: 634
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Leaving the Mohawk Valley of New York colony young Logan McGill, the superb frontiersman Davey Duncan and the irascible Turley travel to the wilds of the Ohio country wishing only to hunt and trap. But they soon learn that their peaceful intentions are not enough as they are harassed by blood thirsty savages, a vengeful antagonist, and ultimately become swept up in a brutal frontier war. After rescuing the beautiful Elizabeth Hay from her savage kidnappers the four seek refuge with a small, destitute army of Virginia militia. Led by the young and brave but inexperienced Colonel George Washington the Virginians must wrest possession of the forks of the Ohio from the French. Marching through a damp night they surprise a camp of French soldiers and fire the first shots that reignite the decades long conflict between England and France over control of North America. And once again numerous Indian nations are forced to choose which side to fight for. Though the Indians themselves realize that whoever wins, it is the Redman who will be the ultimate loser. From the Iroquois villages of the Mohawk Valley to the skirmish at Jumonvilles Glen and the Battle of Fort Necessity, through General Edward Braddocks fateful expedition to Duquesne, The Forks of the Ohio brings to life the opening events of The French and Indian War as related by Logan McGill. The saga of Logan and his companions continues in the sequel, Holy Sacrament, where the bloody struggle shifts to the New York frontier and the Battle of Lake George.

Miracle on Hope Hill

And Other True Stories of God's Love
Author: Carol Kent,Jennie Afman Dimkoff
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439195757
Category: Religion
Page: 256
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A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

Accidents Happen


Author: Louise Millar
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1447237668
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
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Kate Parker has had so much bad luck in her life, she's convinced she's cursed. But when she tries to do her best to keep herself and her son safe, people tell her she's being anxious and obsessive. Just when her life starts to spin completely out of control, an Oxford professor she meets offers to help. But his methods are not conventional. If she wants to live her life again, he will expect her to take risks. When a mysterious neighbour starts to take more than a passing interest in her, Kate tries to stay rational and ignore it. Maybe this, however, is the one time Kate should be worried.

The Last of the Gullivers


Author: Carter Crocker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101550473
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 240
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A stunning sequel to a storytelling classic, with a contemporary twist Michael Pine is a boy with no direction in life. Mixed up in gangs, he is headed straight for a juvenile detention center. Until he is given a second chance and discovers a world beyond his imagination. A world of Lilliputians - people the mere size of a thumb. But this is a world in terrible danger, and they need Michael's help. But Michael has some trouble of his own - he's been framed for theft and it appears his second chance is about to expire. He needs to do what he can to save the Lilliputians from certain death. But how can he save them if he's locked up for a crime he didn't commit? Using elements of the original Gulliver's Travels, Carter Crocker has created an exciting and enchanting story perfect for kids today.

The Power of the Dog

A Novel
Author: Thomas Savage,Annie Proulx
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316082708
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
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"A pitch-perfect evocation of time and place" (Boston Globe) for readers of East of Eden and "Brokeback Mountain." This new edition, with an afterword by Annie Proulx, marks the return of one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in the literature of the American West. Set in 1920s Montana, this compelling domestic drama tells the story of two brothers -- and of the woman and young boy, mother and son, whose arrival on the brothers' ranch shatters an already tenuous peace. From the novel's startling first paragraph to its very last word, Thomas Savage's voice -- and the intense passion and cruelty of his characters -- holds readers in thrall. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss.

Big Trouble on Hog's Back Hill


Author: Meryl Taylor
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1499016840
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 146
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This is Meryl Taylor’s first volume of humorous short non-fiction. “Big Trouble on Hog’s Back Hill” is a montage of vignettes draw from family, friends and town foer from 1960 - 1979 in North East Ohio, Conneaut.

Follow Me


Author: N.A
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
ISBN: 1434945871
Category:
Page: N.A
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Shadow on Cant-Dog Hill

A Tale of Love, Mystery, and Redemption in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom
Author: John H. Vibber
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1608441083
Category: Fiction
Page: 208
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Shadow on Cant-dog Hill is a tense mystery with a strong female lead. The story is set in the corner of Vermont s Northeast Kingdom where Canaan village is forty five miles from the nearest stoplight and sometimes equally removed from the law. It is mid-January, 1982. Single parents Adele Clayton and Reilly Bostwick are in love. Nothing prevents them from forming a new family except a murder and a kidnapping. Two days ago Reilly found a woman shot faceless on a snowy hillside. Yesterday the state medical examiner identified the victim as his ex-wife and police discovered matching blood in his cellar. Today Reilly sits in jail believing that nothing worse could happen to him and his eight-year-old daughter Amy. He s wrong. The true killers are looking for her. Fortunately their intricate plan didn t anticipate the talents of young widow Adele Clayton. These are the dynamics of an intricate and exciting novel with an uplifting outcome: a mystery that stands in contrast to most police procedurals and PI stories. This detective s motivation isn t justice or money; it s love."

The Last Expedition


Author: Captain R. F. Scott
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448130999
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 544
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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SIR RANULPH FIENNES The Last Expedition is Captain Scott's gripping account of his expedition to the South Pole in 1910-12. It was meant to be a voyage of scientific discovery and a heroic exploration of the last unconquered wilderness. Scott's expedition, carried in the Terra Nova, pitted him and his team not only against the elements but also against the Norwegian explorer, Amundsen. Ultimately, Scott was beaten by both. The journals are full of incident and drama, courage and endurance, hope and bitter disappointment. These journals were found, along with Scott's body, several months after his death and just 11 miles from base camp and safety.

Home from the Hill

A Novel
Author: William Humphrey
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504006240
Category: Fiction
Page: 311
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National Book Award Finalist: The mesmerizing saga of a Texas family torn apart by passion and pride. Twelve years after Hannah Hunnicutt was committed to a Dallas asylum, her body is brought home to northeast Texas to be buried alongside those of her husband and son. Etched on all three gravestones is the same date of death: May 28, 1939. Home from the Hill is the story of that tragic day and the dramatic events leading up to it. The biggest landowner in the county, Captain Wade Hunnicutt was a charismatic war hero whose legendary hunting skills extended to the wives of his friends and neighbors. Humiliated by her husband’s philandering, Hannah grew to despise Captain Wade but was too proud to ask for a divorce; instead, she devoted herself to her only child. Torn between his mother’s adoration and an overwhelming need to win his father’s approval, Theron tried to become his own man. And he might have succeeded if he hadn’t fallen in love with the beautiful and innocent Libby Halstead. William Humphrey’s dazzling debut novel, the inspiration for a major motion picture starring Robert Mitchum, is a masterpiece of twentieth-century American literature, as intense and thrilling as the Hunnicutts themselves. This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Humphrey including rare photos form the author’s estate.

The Lay of the Last Minstrel


Author: Walter Scott
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: 303
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Island of the Blue Dolphins


Author: Scott O'Dell
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141925248
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 160
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Twelve-year-old Karana escapes death at the hands of treacherous hunters, only to find herself totally alone on a harsh desolate island. How she survives in the face of all sorts of dangers makes gripping and inspiring reading. Based on a true story.

The Story of Lilly & Lou

Based on a True Story
Author: Doriane Lucia
Publisher: CCB Publishing
ISBN: 0980999553
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: N.A
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"The Story of Lilly & Lou" invites children (9-15 years old) to take an exciting journey with Alicia, the main character, on what begins as a routine walk with her dog Bella in New York City. Little does she know that what she discovers in the park will forever change her life, the life of two dogs and many others. "The Story of Lilly & Lou" is gripping and touching and teaches us all the power of compassion, courage and purpose. About the Author: Doriane Lucia, M.Ed. is the founder of Humane Nation Foundation focusing on Humane Education. She received her Master's degree in Humane Education from Cambridge College and The Institute for Humane Education and is a member of APHE (Association for Professional Humane Educators).