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Nine Continents

Nine Continents Book
Author : Xiaolu Guo
Publisher : Grove Press
Release : 2017-10-10
ISBN : 0802189326
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The acclaimed novelist’s award-winning memoir of growing up in a remote Chinese fishing village is “a rich and insightful coming-of-age story” (Kirkus). The acclaimed author of A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers and I Am China, Xiaolu Guo grew up an unwanted child in a poor fishing village on the East China Sea. But a Taoist monk made a startling prediction to her grandmother: that Guo would prove herself to be a peasant warrior and grow up to travel the nine continents. In Nine Continents, Guo tells the story of a curious mind coming of age in an inhospitable country, and her determination to seek a life beyond the limits of its borders. From her family’s village to a rapidly changing Beijing, to a life beyond China, Nine Continents presents a fascinating portrait of how the Cultural Revolution shaped families, and how the country’s economic ambitions have given rise to great change. This “moving and often exhilarating” memoir confirms Xiaolu Guo as one of world literature’s most urgent voices (Financial Times, UK).

Science and Civilisation in China Volume 5 Chemistry and Chemical Technology Part 4 Spagyrical Discovery and Invention Apparatus Theories and Gifts

Science and Civilisation in China  Volume 5  Chemistry and Chemical Technology  Part 4  Spagyrical Discovery and Invention  Apparatus  Theories and Gifts Book
Author : Joseph Needham,Ho Ping-Yu,Lu Gwei-Djen,Nathan Sivin
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 1980-09-25
ISBN : 9780521085731
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The fifth volume of Dr Needham's immense undertaking, like the fourth, is subdivided into parts for ease of assimilation and presentation, each part bound and published separately. The volume as a whole covers the subjects of alchemy, early chemistry, and chemical technology (which includes military invention, especially gunpowder and rockets; paper and printing; textiles; mining and metallurgy; the salt industry; and ceramics).

Drawing Boundaries

Drawing Boundaries Book
Author : Anita Chung
Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
Release : 2004-09-30
ISBN : 0824862260
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Qing China (1644–1912) witnessed a resurgence in architectural painting, a traditional subject category known as jiehua, or boundary painting. Drawing Boundaries concerns itself with the symbolic implications of this impressive and little studied reflorescence. Beginning with a concise and well-illustrated history of the evolution of the tradition, this exciting new study reveals how these images were deployed in the Manchu (Qing) imperial court to define political, social, or cultural boundaries. Characterized by grand conception and regal splendor, the paintings served to enhance the imperial authority of rulers and, to a segment of the elite, to advertise social status. Drawing Boundaries thus speaks to both issues of painting and architectural style and the discourse of powerful cultural forms. In addition to the analysis of how the style of image construction suggests these political and social motivations, the book identifies another aspect of traditional architectural representation unique to the Qing: the use of architectural representation to render form and space. Anita Chung makes the fascinating observation that these renderings create an overwhelming sense of “being there,” a characteristic, she argues, that underscores the Qing concern for the substance of things—a sensibility toward the physical world characteristic of the period and emblematic of a new worldview.

Peerless Martial God

Peerless Martial God Book
Author : Jing WuHen
Publisher : Funstory
Release : 2020-03-13
ISBN : 1648574947
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In this universe, the level of martial arts is the standard to judge people. Only talent and hard-working were both satisfied, can people achieve the peak. Lin Feng has both the marvelous gift and the perseverance, so that he can handle all kinds of martial arts as long as he learned. He becomes to the pinnecal very soon with his talent and perseverance. ☆About the Author☆ Jing Wuhen is an online novelist. His work has been at the top of the leaderboard for a very long time, although he is as famous as other outstanding novelist. Super popularity and praise add a lot of value to his work. has ups and downs plots, which are really exciting. Both the plots and writing of this novel are remarkable.

The Huainanzi

The Huainanzi Book
Author : An Liu,John S. Major,Harold D. Roth
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Release : 2010
ISBN : 0231142048
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Compiled by scholars at the court of Liu An, king of Huainan, in the second century B.C.E, The Huainanzi is a tightly organized, sophisticated articulation of Western Han philosophy and statecraft. Outlining "all that a modern monarch needs to know," the text emphasizes rigorous self-cultivation and mental discipline, brilliantly synthesizing for readers past and present the full spectrum of early Chinese thought. The Huainanzi locates the key to successful rule in a balance of broad knowledge, diligent application, and the penetrating wisdom of a sage. It is a unique and creative synthesis of Daoist classics, such as the Laozi and the Zhuangzi; works associated with the Confucian tradition, such as the Changes, the Odes, and the Documents; and a wide range of other foundational philosophical and literary texts from the Mozi to the Hanfeizi. The product of twelve years of scholarship, this remarkable translation preserves The Huainanzi's special rhetorical features, such as parallel prose and verse, and showcases a compositional technique that conveys the work's powerful philosophical appeal. This path-breaking volume will have a transformative impact on the field of early Chinese intellectual history and will be of great interest to scholars and students alike.

Traditional Archery from Six Continents

Traditional Archery from Six Continents Book
Author : Charles E. Grayson,Mary French,Michael John O'Brien
Publisher : University of Missouri Press
Release : 2007-12-01
ISBN : 082626610X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"An overview of one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of European and non-European archery-related materials in the world. This book presents color photos and descriptions of some 300 items - including bows, arrows, quivers, and thumb rings- that represent traditional archery techniques, practices, and customs from around the world"--Provided by publisher.

Conquest of a Continent

Conquest of a Continent Book
Author : Theodore M. Banta
Publisher : Theodore Michael Banta
Release : 2000
ISBN : 0738859281
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Have you ever wondered as you drove across this great country of ours, who were those guys who wrested this continent from primeval forests, the raging and untamed rivers, the desolate and seeming unconquerable deserts? In short, a threatening, inhospitable and uncivilized land, unexplored, with untold terrors awaiting those foolish enough to take that next step into that vast wilderness. Who were those courageous, fearless frontiersmen who never hesitated to take that next step. This historical novel seamlessly follows a family, the Bantas, through twelve generations, nine of which lived their lives as frontiersmen on the edge of civilization on the North American continent. It is based on historic facts and human figures which the author, through deductive analysis, brought to life. Names, places and dates in this narrative are as historically accurate as the author's knowledge and sources permit. Most quotations other than those that are indented are imaginary. From the progenitor of the Banta family name, Epke Jacobs, who arrived in Vlissingen, New Amsterdam, New Netherland, in 1659, through Theodore Parker Banta (T. P.) of the eighth generation on this continent, there was a constant movement by each following generation to the frontier´s edge. They were always pushing the edge of the envelope in its odyssey of two?hundred and forty-one years across a new continent from Flushing on the Atlantic coast to the Imperial Valley fifty miles from the Pacific Ocean. Part I of this book follows the first seven generations. It begins telling Epke Jacobse's story of his and his family's migration in 1659 from Minertsga on the dike protected lowlands of the Rhine River's delta in Friesland, the northern province of Holland, and continues with his arrival into the Dutch colony of New Netherland to operate an inn on Long Island. It concludes with seventh generation Frederick Banta's, migration to Hanging Grove Township near Rensellear, Indiana, where he bought land from the United States government and carved a farm from hillocks in its swampy land. During these seven generations, each following generation reached out and settled the continents newest frontier. T. P. of the eighth generation, along with his wife and sons were the last of these generations of frontiersmen. His story, part II of this book, is the story of the conquering of the last frontier in the contiguous United States of America. His frontier was the delta of the Colorado River, named the Colorado Desert - the most God-forsaken and dead world imaginable. He and his wife Carrie, along with their three sons, were the fourth family to settle in the desert under its new name, the Imperial Valley. Who, in their wildest dreams, could foresee that this desolation could be made to bloom through irrigation water from the Colorado River in an abundance of luxurious green which caused it to become the vegetable garden of the nation. Starting one hundred and seventeen years before the American Revolution, this book tells a continuous story in human terms of the building of our great nation, the United States of America. This historical novel takes you from the delta of the Europe's great Rhine River, where dikes held back the North Sea from flooding the lands, to the delta of North America's great Colorado River consisting of nothing but a sandy desert crossing the Gulf of California. It does this by following one line of one family that never left the frontier for over 242 years.

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

No Biking in the House Without a Helmet Book
Author : Melissa Fay Greene
Publisher : Sarah Crichton Books
Release : 2011-04-12
ISBN : 9781429996105
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Dispatches from the new front lines of parenthood When the two-time National Book Award finalist Melissa Fay Greene confided to friends that she and her husband planned to adopt a four-year-old boy from Bulgaria to add to their four children at home, the news threatened to place her, she writes, "among the greats: the Kennedys, the McCaughey septuplets, the von Trapp family singers, and perhaps even Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev, who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, gave birth to sixty-nine children in eighteenth-century Russia." Greene is best known for her books on the civil rights movement and the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. She's been praised for her "historian's urge for accuracy," her "sociologist's sense of social nuance," and her "writerly passion for the beauty of language." But Melissa and her husband have also pursued a more private vocation: parenthood. "We so loved raising our four children by birth, we didn't want to stop. When the clock started to run down on the home team, we brought in ringers." When the number of children hit nine, Greene took a break from reporting. She trained her journalist's eye upon events at home. Fisseha was riding a bike down the basement stairs; out on the porch, a squirrel was sitting on Jesse's head; vulgar posters had erupted on bedroom walls; the insult niftam (the Amharic word for "snot") had led to fistfights; and four non-native-English-speaking teenage boys were researching, on Mom's computer, the subject of "saxing." "At first I thought one of our trombone players was considering a change of instrument," writes Greene. "Then I remembered: they can't spell." Using the tools of her trade, she uncovered the true subject of the "saxing" investigation, inspiring the chapter "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, but Couldn't Spell." A celebration of parenthood; an ingathering of children, through birth and out of loss and bereavement; a relishing of moments hilarious and enlightening—No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is a loving portrait of a unique twenty first-century family as it wobbles between disaster and joy.

Every Conceivable Way

Every Conceivable Way Book
Author : Despina Meris
Publisher : Hardie Grant Publishing
Release : 2020-04-01
ISBN : 1743586752
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Every Conceivable Way recounts one couple’s nine-year quest to become parents, while giving an inside peek into the IVF and surrogacy industries, the fertility merry-go-round, and what it’s like to live for years with uncertainty.

After relocating to Australia from New York, Despina Meris and her husband, Bill, settle down to baby-making. What they never expect is a string of heartbreaking unexplained miscarriages, even with the help of IVF. They turn to surrogacy – first in India, then in the Ukraine and finally in Thailand, where their baby is conceived.

But more drama unfolds when, overnight, they are caught up in the Thai government crackdown on commercial surrogacy, leaving them with no way of contacting their pregnant surrogate.

Every Conceivable Way, a real-life story that is stranger than fiction, asks how far you would go before you call it quits, when it seems like all the odds are stacked against you.