Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Author: Travis Nichols
Publisher: Coffee House Press
ISBN: 9781566892704
Release Date: 2010-05-01
Genre: Fiction

An “original and haunting” novel about two wars and two generations of men (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Pensive in the wake of 9/11, a young man launches a mission to reunite his beloved grandfather, an American bombardier, with Luddie, the woman who saved him during WWII. Armed only with the address on the back of an old photograph and his grandfather’s memories, the young man begins writing letters to Luddie. Undaunted by her lack of response, the narrator travels to Poland with his girlfriend and grandfather. As they come closer to finding the site where the bombardier was shot down, the letters to Luddie become more personal—and the saga of a family with a long and storied history emerges. Beautifully orchestrated and eloquently original, this is a tale of soldiers and saviors, of burning and bombing, of fathers and sons and brothers and lovers—and of what we find when we dare to revisit the past. “A rewarding experience.” —Chicago Sun-Times “Nichols handles beautifully the hidden meanings in old family tales heard a hundred times . . . The novel often reads like a piece of music that is wonderfully original.” —Publishers Weekly “A dramatically off-kilter debut novel about wars and the men who fight them . . . We see the Bombardier, an elderly Rotarian and former mayor of a small Midwestern town, rediscovering his youthful memories. His grandson’s bewilderment over what to do about the 9/11 attacks highlights the differences between then and now. There’s a lot of meaty material here.” —Kirkus Reviews

Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder Recipes for Disaster

Author: John Q. Olson
Publisher: Dust Devil Press
ISBN: 9780982070321
Release Date: 2007-09-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Welcome to the adventures and misadventures from a quarter century of hang gliding and travel. Huck yourself off cliffs, soar into the Wild Blue, and land where no human has landed before, all from the comfort and safety of your easy chair. Visit exotic lands and foreign skies, experience the thrill of foot-launched human flight and never even risk your neck. Come along with a wild cast of characters, who fly like their lives depend upon it. Realize mankind's most ancient dream, FLY WITH THE BIRDS!

Tales from the Wild Blue Yonder Taking Mexico Flying

Author: John Quinn Olson
Publisher: Dust Devil Press
ISBN: 9780982070345
Release Date: 2009-11-01
Genre: Fiction

Welcome to the adventures and misadventures from a quarter century of hang gliding and travel. Huck yourself off cliffs, soar into the Wild Blue, and land where no human has landed before, all from the comfort and safety of your easy chair. Visit exotic lands and foreign skies, experience the thrill of foot-launched human flight and never even risk your neck. Come along with a wild cast of characters, who fly like their lives depend upon it. Realize mankind's most ancient dream, FLY WITH THE BIRDS!

Grandma s on the Camino

Author: Mary O'Hara Wyman
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1477289216
Release Date: 2012-11-20
Genre: Family & Relationships

In Grandma’s On the Camino, author Mary O’Hara Wyman, a 72 year old grandmother from San Francisco, relates her 2010 adventures walking 500 miles alone as a pilgrim on the Camino Frances. Her journey takes her from St. Jean Pied de Port in France, across the Pyrenees to Spain, then westward to the ancient spiritual destination of Santiago de Compostela. Through back-home reflections based on journal entries and postcards sent to her grand daughter, Mary describes engaging encounters with pilgrims of all ages and motivations, close-range observations of numerous animals on the trails, and the daily tasks of finding food and a bed each evening. Readers will gain keen insight into the physical day to day rigors facing a walking pilgrim, as Mary endured several falls on the trails, a serious foot injury, copious rain, mud and unseasonal cold and hot weather. Grandma’s On the Camino will inspire pilgrims and armchair readers of any age with Mary’s adventures and coping mechanisms, calmness under pressure, humorous outlook on life and truly spiritual approach to walking the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela. You will walk as a pilgrim with Mary through every word in the book.

Out of Control

Author: Rick Jasper
Publisher: Darby Creek
ISBN: 9781467730594
Release Date: 2013-08-01
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Carlos "Trip" Costas is a fiery shortstop with many talents and passions. His father is Julio Costas—yes, the Julio Costas, the famous singer. Unfortunately, Julio is also famous for being loud, controlling, and sometimes violent with Trip. He dreams of seeing his son play in the majors, but that's not what Trip wants. When Trip decides to take a break from baseball to focus on his own music, his father loses his temper. He threatens to stop donating money to the team. Will the Roadrunners survive losing their biggest financial backer and their star shortstop? Will Trip have the courage to follow his dreams, and not his father's?

Resident Deputy Sheriff

Author: Weldon C. Travis
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 9781466900288
Release Date: 2012-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

As a long-time Deputy Sheriff in Marin County, Weldon lived through some very interesting times relevant to law enforcement, participating in fighting the most vicious crimes emananting from the hottest issues of the day. His many memorable experiences, in and out of uniform, were always in the interests of keeping the peace. The book's subtitle, ". . . in Wild and Wooly West Marin; a collection of vivid vignettes," says a lot about its contents. The author's tales brim with a variety of countercultural events, and the many ways that humans succumb to evil and occasionally rise in redemption. Many revelations are devilishly humorous but all reflect the image of a conscientious man who has, fortunately for Marin County and California society, invested the major part of his life in keeping the sane balance between extremes of behavior found in the Golden State.

The Wrong Stuff

Author: Truman Smith
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806183503
Release Date: 2013-02-27
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith Flew thirty-five bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only twenty years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime’s worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith’s gripping memoir of that time. In a new preface, the author comments with equal honesty and humor on the impact this book has had on his life.

Tailing a Tabby

Author: Laurie Cass
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101638439
Release Date: 2014-07-01
Genre: Fiction

In the bookmobile, librarian Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, roll out great summer reads to folks all over the lake town of Chilson, Michigan. And when real-life drama turns deadly, Minnie makes sure justice is never overdue. The bookmobile is making its usual rounds when Minnie and Eddie are flagged down by a woman in distress. The woman’s husband, a famous artist, needs emergency medical care. After getting him into the bookmobile, Minnie races the man to the hospital in time…but his bad luck has only just begun. After disappearing from the hospital, the artist is discovered slumped over the body of a murdered woman. Minnie knows that her new friend didn’t commit the crime, but the evidence paints an unflattering picture. Now this librarian and her furry friend have to put the investigation in high gear and catch the real killer before someone else checks out.

Conspiracies

Author: F. Paul Wilson
Publisher: Forge Books
ISBN: 9781429967365
Release Date: 2008-09-30
Genre: Fiction

Repairman Jack, F. Paul Wilson's vigilante hero from the New York Times bestseller The Tomb, returns in a thriller that thrusts him back into the weird, supernatural world that he thrives in. Looking for clues to the mysterious disappearance of leading conspiracy theorist Melanie Ehler, Jack attends a convention of bizarre and avid conspiracy theorists. It's a place where aliens are real, the government is out to get you, and the world is hurtling toward an inevitable war of good versus evil incarnate. Jack finds that nobody can be trusted--and that few people are what they seem. Worse yet, Jack's been having vivid dreams that make him wonder whether he's headed for a clash with his own past--maybe The Tomb's evil rakoshi beasts aren't through with him quite yet. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Blue Nowhere

Author: Jeffery Deaver
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781848940284
Release Date: 2009-08-06
Genre: Fiction

DEAVER. DANGEROUSLY GOOD. Imagine you're in a bar. A man approaches you. He doesn't seem familiar but he knows your past, your job, your hobbies and your ex-boyfriend's name. You go for a drink. This is your first - and last - mistake. You're the latest victim of the latest killer. A man who can rip away the thin carapace protecting the secrets of your life - before ending it. Streetwise cop Frank Bishop has been charged with the job of halting the mounting body count. He enlists the help of Wyatt Gillette, a young hacker on the wrong side of the law. They must stalk this faceless criminal through both the real and the virtual universe, combining their old and new world skills to beat the mastermind. But how do you stop a man who knows your every move? You go into the blue nowhere... 'One of the world's best plotters - his intricate twists and turns catch out even the hardened thriller reader' Daily Mail

Visualizing Beauty

Author: Aida Yuen Wong
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
ISBN: 9789888083893
Release Date: 2012-01-01
Genre: Social Science

Visualizing Beauty examines the intersections between feminine ideals and changing socio-political circumstances in China, Japan, and Korea during the first half of the twentieth century. Eight essays present a broad range of visual products that informed concepts of beauty and womanhood, including fashion, interior design magazines, newspaper illustrations, and paintings of and by women. Studying "Traditional Woman" and "New Woman" as historical categories, this anthology contemplates the complex relations between feminine subjectivity and the promotion of modernity, commerce, and colonialism.

Flight from Gander

Author: Albert Fales
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781465328526
Release Date: 2007-08-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This is a tale of adventure and learning based on my time in the Air Force in W.W. II. I enlisted in mid 1942 right after graduation from high school. I went through the basics and graduated from Hancock College of Aeronautics pilot school in June of 1943. From here, I was sent to Air Force radio school and subsequently, after several specialty schools, I was assigned to a B-24 as radio operator. I served in this capacity in the C.B.I. For 270 combat hours. We were just getting ready to move to the Pacific area when the war ended after the B-29s dropped a couple atom bombs.