The Last Empty Places

A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map

The Last Empty Places

The author of At the Mercy of the River chronicles his journey into unmapped regions of Pennsylvania, Oregon and other states where he emulates the travels of famous frontiersmen and discovers traces of significant historical events.

Going Places

A Reader's Guide to Travel Narratives

Going Places

Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.

Empty Places

A Performance

Empty Places

A photographic memoir, accompanied by the complete text, of avante-garde innovator Laurie Anderson's "Empty Spaces" tour includes songs from her album "Strange Angels" and some never-before-seen material

Culture Wars

An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints and Voices

Culture Wars

The term "culture wars" refers to the political and sociological polarisation that has characterised American society the past several decades. This new edition provides an enlightening and comprehensive A-to-Z ready reference, now with supporting primary documents, on major topics of contemporary importance for students, teachers, and the general reader. It aims to promote understanding and clarification on pertinent topics that too often are not adequately explained or discussed in a balanced context. With approximately 640 entries plus more than 120 primary documents supporting both sides of key issues, this is a unique and defining work, indispensable to informed discussions of the most timely and critical issues facing America today.

Sins of the Fathers

Sins of the Fathers

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Johnson is plunged into the web of hatred among the Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian warring factions when she is sent to Zagreb. Although a Peace Treaty has been signed, animosities manifest themselves in the downing of the Implementation Forces commander's aircraft, carrying Fortune 500 CEOs as well as the admiral. Leslie must juggle intense media interest and monitor the aircraft incident investigation process, while averting attempts on her own life. In the midst of these chaotic days, Leslie encounters a stabilizing factor in Colonel Roger Wilson and shares a few stolen moments with him. Survival and understanding the repercussions of the Balkan Wars and Croatia's rise to independence becomes the focus of the two Air Force officers in this volatile environment.

Step into Nature

Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life

Step into Nature

Step outside your door and reconnect with nature. From the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life comes a guide that will replenish your connection to the earth and inspire you to develop and strengthen your imagination. The natural world has inspired artists, seekers, and thinkers for millennia, but in recent times, as the pace of life has sped up, its demands have moved us indoors. Yet nature’s capacity to lead us to important truths, to invigorate and restore our imagination and equilibrium, is infinite. Step into Nature makes nature personal again by stimulating awareness and increasing our understanding of the environment. But being in nature doesn’t mean flying off to remote, faraway places. Nature is as close as opening your front door—and opening your heart to the sky above, the miniature gardens that push their way up between the sidewalk cracks in our cities, and the small stream just down the road. Patrice Vecchione demonstrates how nature can support and enhance your creative output, invigorate your curiosity, and restore your sense of connection to and love of the earth. Included throughout the book is “The Cabinet of Curiosities,” exercises and suggestions for practical and unexpected ways to stimulate your imagination, deepen your relationship with nature, and experience the harmony between creativity and the natural world.

Empty Spaces, Empty Places

Three Lenten Dramas

Empty Spaces, Empty Places

"Empty Spaces, Empty Places" revisits the manger, cross and tomb through interviews with the innkeeper's wife, the Centurion and Mary Magdalene. By remembering the stories of Jesus' birth, death and resurrection, believers see the lives He touched then and continues to touch today.

What it is We Do when We Read Science Fiction

What it is We Do when We Read Science Fiction

Paul Kincaid is a critic and reviewer - a regular contributor to a variety of magazines and journals, such as the BSFA's Vector, Foundation and the New York Review of Science Fiction. He has also contributed to many SF reference works, and was for 11 years the administrator of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He is the recipient of the Thomas D. Clareson Award for services to science fiction. A collection of Kincaid's essays on SF that range from the mid-1980s to the present.