With simple text and photo stills from the upcoming movie from 20th Century Fox, opening in theaters December 25, this I Can Read is an ideal choice for young Alvin and the Chipmunks fans. Full color.
Jesse and Jessica, just married and thirsting for the trip of a lifetime, leave behind their jobs and home in Canada for a 6 month motorcycle journey down the length of the Pan-American Highway to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. Despite a family intervention aimed to dissuade them from travelling through notorious Latin American countries plagued by drug cartels and bandidos, “The Jesses” set off with nothing but their motorcycles, a few pieces of luggage and each other. Battling outrageously bad roads, torrential rain, sandstorms and hurricane-force winds, their physical, mental and emotional limits are tested at every turn and they are forced to question the sanity of undertaking such a trip. Told from alternating points of view, Jesse and Jessica recount the adventures and misadventures of their travel with warmth, humor and a passion for thrill of the road. The Great Pan-American Motorcycle Expedition is not only an account of Jesse and Jessica’s journey through the wonders and perils of Latin America, it is also a guide that helps future travellers plan and execute a motorcycle trip of their own. Each chapter suggests routes and rates them based on the quality of the roads, how enjoyable they are to motorcycle and the sights along the way. This book also contains eight informative appendices which outline, among other things, how to prepare for the trip, how to cross the Darién Gap in Panama and how to maintain a bike during a long expedition. Complete with maps, sound advice and anecdotal experiences, The Great Pan-American Motorcycle Expedition is a must read for motorcycle enthusiasts and arm chair adventurers alike.
An artistic community unique in American history flourished in St. Augustine, Florida, between 1875 and 1878. Some 70 Plains Indians, imprisoned for their refusal to accept life on the reservations, produced an extraordinary body of work that chronicled their history, their lives, and their experience of exile from the freedom so central to their heritage. Called "ledger art" after the large lined books that in most cases were the first form of paper they used, these remarkable pencil and ink depictions are vivid evocations of a poignant chapter in American history. A superbly annotated reproduction of one such ledger, originally presented to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in the late 19th century, Warrior Artists presents more than 50 eloquent drawings by two of the finest practitioners of this traditional narrative art.
Fresh from reenacting a Civil War battle, Kyle Sherman, dressed in his Union uniform, is lost in Yewville, South Carolina. Dixie Lee Smith knows such a man should be treated as the enemy--shunned, or at the very least ignored. But with no Southern gentlemen pounding down her door, Dixie finds herself wondering if maybe the state of their potential union should be addressed. And once she discovers there's competition for Kyle, this particular rebel belle stops worrying about which side won the war, determined to win the handsome Yankee for herself.
She's got a battle on her hands for sure. Because Kyle himself might not be so easy to subdue!
Blending the fabulous with the macabre, the lyrical with the grotesque, the atemporal with the present, and melancholy with dark humor, these stories will take you from the ambiguous world of modern folktales where a man tries to catch Death in a box, to communist Eastern Europe where a man eats his own brains, to contemporary women who like garbage, or who prefer to keep their babies inside their bodies rather than give birth.
Is the Internet erasing national borders? Will the future of the Net be set by Internet engineers, rogue programmers, the United Nations, or powerful countries? Who's really in control of what's happening on the Net? In this provocative new book, Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu tell the fascinating story of the Internet's challenge to governmental rule in the 1990s, and the ensuing battles with governments around the world. It's a book about the fate of one idea--that the Internet might liberate us forever from government, borders, and even our physical selves.
We learn of Google's struggles with the French government and Yahoo's capitulation to the Chinese regime; of how the European Union sets privacy standards on the Net for the entire world; and of eBay's struggles with fraud and how it slowly learned to trust the FBI. In a decade of events the original vision is uprooted, as governments time and time again assert their power to direct the future of the Internet.
The destiny of the Internet over the next decades, argue Goldsmith and Wu, will reflect the interests of powerful nations and the conflicts within and between them. While acknowledging the many attractions of the earliest visions of the Internet, the authors describe the new order, and speaking to both its surprising virtues and unavoidable vices.
Far from destroying the Internet, the experience of the last decade has lead to a quiet rediscovery of some of the oldest functions and justifications for territorial government. While territorial governments have unavoidable problems, it has proven hard to replace what legitimacy governments have, and harder yet to replace the system of rule of law that controls the unchecked evils of anarchy. While the Net will change some of the ways that territorial states govern, it will not diminish the oldest and most fundamental roles of government and challenges of governance. Well written and filled with fascinating examples, including colorful portraits of many key players in Internet history, this is a work that is bound to stir heated debate in the cyberspace community.
A deathbed promise to their father sends a daring girl and her brother off to war.
Filled with intrigue, romance, and magic, this spellbinding novel is a dramatic coming-of-age story about a girl who rises from impoverished beginnings to take command of her own fate. “Smith tells a fast-moving tale of adventure, intrigue, and honor, with Mel a likable heroine and a lively narrator.”--Booklist