Portholes to the Past

Author: Lloyd Geering
ISBN: 0947493336
Release Date: 2016
Genre: New Zealand

Born in 1918, Lloyd reflects on two world wars, the Great Depression, and changes he has experienced in education, family life, growth of personal freedom, leisure and entertainment, life in the churches, and more. He concludes Portholes to the Past with cautious optimism: ¿¿ it may not be too much to hope that from the fragments of dismantled Christendom we may rediscover and reinvigorate the moral values of justice, truth and environmental guardianship. Together with the spiritual forces of faith, hope and love, these qualities may yet enable us to create a viable human future.¿

Mercury Man

Author: Tom Henighan
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 1550025082
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Fiction

Tom, a shy high school student, finds himself the only one standing up against a corrupt organization with an agenda of genetic experimentation on his classmates.


Author: Kathryn Koromilas
Publisher: Kathryn Koromilas
ISBN: 1921509686
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Australian fiction

This is a book about high ideals and low obsessions, truth and identity, immigration, nationality and race; about what we believe and what happens when belief degenerates into fanaticism. When thirty-year-old philosopher Kally Palamas must unexpectedly leave Coober Pedy, Australia, to attend her estranged fathers funeral in Zelopolis, Greece, all she really wants is to escape her stagnant life and her inability to participate in academia after the death of her daughter. In Zelopolis, Kally begins receiving anonymous installments of The Akindyniad, an account of her fathers life, written by the mute and deformed son of a local shepherd. She discovers that her fathers noble ambition to become a philosopher has devolved into a dark, fanatic plan to restore the life and traditions of the ancient city of Zelopolis.

Evolution s Bite

Author: Peter S. Ungar
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400884759
Release Date: 2017-04-24
Genre: Science

What teeth can teach us about the evolution of the human species Whether we realize it or not, we carry in our mouths the legacy of our evolution. Our teeth are like living fossils that can be studied and compared to those of our ancestors to teach us how we became human. In Evolution's Bite, noted paleoanthropologist Peter Ungar brings together for the first time cutting-edge advances in understanding human evolution and climate change with new approaches to uncovering dietary clues from fossil teeth to present a remarkable investigation into the ways that teeth—their shape, chemistry, and wear—reveal how we came to be. Ungar describes how a tooth's "foodprints"—distinctive patterns of microscopic wear and tear—provide telltale details about what an animal actually ate in the past. These clues, combined with groundbreaking research in paleoclimatology, demonstrate how a changing climate altered the food options available to our ancestors, what Ungar calls the biospheric buffet. When diets change, species change, and Ungar traces how diet and an unpredictable climate determined who among our ancestors was winnowed out and who survived, as well as why we transitioned from the role of forager to farmer. By sifting through the evidence—and the scars on our teeth—Ungar makes the important case for what might or might not be the most natural diet for humans. Traveling the four corners of the globe and combining scientific breakthroughs with vivid narrative, Evolution's Bite presents a unique dental perspective on our astonishing human development.

Portholes to Life

Author: Gene Dick
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 9781426992490
Release Date: 2011-10-20
Genre: Family & Relationships

This compelling, exciting, and different historic novel tells of the harrowing ordeal of a civil war widow the author’s Great-grandmother, a civil war widow and her hard, harrowing trip to Iowa with her children. Two love stories and the marriages of two sets of the author’s grandparents with their covered wagons on the Oregon Trail to Oregon Territory. To the birth in a log cabin and early life of the author. On December 7th 1941, Japanese Navy in a sneak attack sank the U.S.S. Oklahoma on “Battleship Row” in Pearl Harbor. This attack sank the battleships U.S.S. Arizona, US.S. Oklahoma, U.S.S. Utah and most of the U.S. Navy’s ships in the Pacific Ocean, as well as the destruction of the airplanes at Hickam Field and North Island Hawaii December 7th, 1941, The author was trapped inside the ship as the Oklahoma was torpedoed, strafed, rolled over and sank. The novel ends with the Author’s death defying, terrifying escape though a 21 inch Porthole four long hours after the ship was torpedoed, rolled over and sank into the black depths of Pearl Harbor. As President Franklin D Roosevelt said, “A day that will live in infamy” as the United States went to war against the Japanese Empire. “Gene Dick is the real deal — a decorated World War II warrior whose adventures, insights, and naval exploits make for a rousing good tale. Enjoy!” —Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies, The Last Spymaster, and others

Pioneer to the Past Abridged Annotated

Author: Charles Breasted
Release Date: 2016-01-20
Genre: History

The challenging and exciting life of James Henry Breasted spanned the most important years of the early western exploration of ancient Egypt. He was at the center of turbulent and world-changing events, including World War I and the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter. An immensely talented scholar, he explored the Nile Valley and its antiquities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, recording inscriptions and participating in digs with men like Petrie. At his side was his wife, as well as his son Charles, who wrote this admiring work about the life and times of his father. James Breasted was consulted with by such men as General Allenby during WWI. When Howard Carter discovered Tut's tomb in 1922, one of the first men he and his patron, Lord Carnarvon, contacted was Breasted. He not only saw the tomb shortly after its discovery, his effort to mediate between Carter and the Egyptian government when Carter was later locked out of the tomb is detailed here. You cannot understand ancient Egypt or modern Egyptology without knowing about Breasted's remarkable life. He was the founder of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. For the first time, this long out-of-print volume is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers, tablets, and smartphones. Be sure to LOOK INSIDE by clicking the cover above or download a sample.

The Puritan Provincial Vision

Author: Susan Manning
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521107016
Release Date: 2009-04-02
Genre: Literary Criticism

This book suggests an interpretation of the characteristic qualities of Scottish and American literatures. Considering the self-consciously different stance which sets them apart from English literature, the author develops the constituents of the 'puritan-provincial vision': a particular way of looking at life and man's relationship to what lies beyond himself.

The Wish Child

Author: Catherine Chidgey
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781473545946
Release Date: 2017-07-06
Genre: Fiction

Winner of the New Zealand Book Awards Fiction prize Germany, 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Siggi lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who excises prohibited words (‘promise’, ‘love’, ‘mercy’). Erich is an only child living a lush rural life, aware that he is shadowed by strange, unanswered questions. Drawn together as Germany’s hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theatre amidst the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Siggi and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives. Watching over Siggi and Erich is the wish child, the mysterious narrator of their story. He sees what they see, he feels what they feel, yet his is a voice that comes from deep inside the wreckage of a nation’s dream.

The Truth about Language

Author: Michael C. Corballis
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226287195
Release Date: 2017-03-29
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

It is time for the story of the evolution of language to be rewritten. Michael Corballis breaks tradition with the likes of Chomsky, Pinker, and Gould and shows how language was neither a great leap nor a merge of mental wires. Language, he argues, is a device for sharing our thoughts, and is not thought itself; thought evolved independently of language, and was not necessary for its later emergence. His story centers on the ability of mental time travel, that is to entertain thoughts that are not tied to the present, and the theory of mind, or the ability to read other people s minds. Language in this framework becomes a way of sharing our thoughts, of communicating about aspects of the world, exquisitely shaped to communicate about the non-present; ideas, and stories, that are housed in our minds. This involved grammar, a set of conventions by which our thinking can be put into words, so that others can share them. The main attributes of grammatical language were shaped gradually from some 2.5 million years ago, during the Pleistocene. It did not, Corballis contends, emerge in a fortuitous big bang a mere 60,000 years ago. Corballis sees the evolution of language as one of the strongest test cases for Darwin s theory of evolution by natural selection. Language evolution has been referred to as the hardest problems in science, and Corballis here offers some meaningful paths to its solution. "

Voyages from the Past

Author: Simon Wills
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 9781783036363
Release Date: 2014-10-30
Genre: Transportation

A social history of sea travel from the passengers' perspective, encompassing all walks of life and vessels departing from a variety of UK ports. Simon Wills tells the stories of ordinary people who travelled by sea between 1600 and 1940, from early Ameri

Remembrance of Earth s Past

Author: Cixin Liu
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 9780765397485
Release Date: 2017-03-14
Genre: Fiction

This discounted ebundle includes: The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, Death’s End "Wildly imaginative, really interesting." —President Barack Obama The Three-Body trilogy by New York Times bestseller Cixin Liu keeps you riveted with high-octane action, political intrigue, and unexpected twists in this saga of first contact with the extraterrestrial Trisolaris. The Three-Body Problem — An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The Dark Forest — In The Dark Forest, the aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information remains. Humanity responds with the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead. Death’s End — Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle? Other Books by Cixin Liu (Translated to English) The Remembrance of Earth's Past The Three-Body Problem The Dark Forest Death's End Other Books Ball Lightning At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.