Cloudsplitter: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - But within this broader scope, heartbreaking narrative filled with intimate scenes of domestic life, Russell Banks has given us a riveting, of violence and action in battle, suspenseful, of romance and familial life and death that make the reader feel in astonishing ways what it is like to be alive in that time.
. A triumph of the imagination and a masterpiece of modern storytelling, Cloudsplitter is narrated by the enigmatic Owen Brown, last surviving son of America's most famous and still controversial political terrorist and martyr, John Brown. Deeply researched, cloudsplitter is dazzling in its re-creation of the political and social landscape of our history during the years before the Civil War, brilliantly plotted, and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters both historical and wholly invented, when slavery was tearing the country apart.
The Sweet Hereafter: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - In the sweet hereafter, Russell Banks tells a story that begins with a school bus accident. Using four different narrators, banks creates a small-town morality play that addresses one of life's most agonizing questions: when the worst thing happens, who do you blame? .
AfflictionHarper Perennial #ad - It is a mark of russell banks' artistry and understanding that Wade comes to loom in one's mind as a blue-collar American Everyman afflicted by the dark secret of the macho tradition. A well-digger and policeman in a bleak New Hampshire town, he is a former high-school star gone to beer fat, a loner with a mean streak.
Wade whitehouse is an improbable protagonist for a tragedy. Told by his articulate, equally scarred younger brother, Wade's story becomes as spellbinding and inexorable as a fuse burning its way to the dynamite.
Rule of the Bone: A NovelHarper Perennial #ad - Rejected by his parents, out of school and in trouble with the police, he claims for himself a new identity as a permanent outsider; he gets a crossed-bones tattoo on his arm, and takes the name "Bone. He finds dangerous refuge with a group of biker-thieves, and then hides in the boarded-up summer house of a professor and his wife.
It is an amazing journey of self-discovery through a world of magic, violence, betrayal and redemption. During this time, he slips into drugs and petty crime. There bone meets i-man, an exiled rastafarian, and together they begin a second adventure that takes the reader from Middle America to the ganja-growing mountains of Jamaica.
Rule of the Bone: A Novel #ad - He finally settles in an abandoned schoolbus with Rose, a child he rescues from a fast-talking pedophile. When we first meet him, chappie is a punked-out teenager living with his mother and abusive stepfather in an upstate New York trailer park.
Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border California Series in Public Anthropology Book 41University of California Press #ad - Operating in this area, firefighters and paramedics are torn between their mandate as frontline state actors and their responsibility as professional rescuers, between the limits of law and pull of ethics. Paramedics and firefighters on both sides of the border are tasked with saving lives and preventing disasters in the harsh terrain at the center of divisive national debates.
From this vantage they witness what unfolds when territorial sovereignty, tactical infrastructure, and the natural environment collide. They rush patients to hospitals across country lines, tend to the broken bones of migrants who jump over the wall, and put out fires that know no national boundaries. Jusionyte explores the sister towns bisected by the border from many angles in this illuminating and poignant exploration of a place and situation that are little discussed yet have significant implications for larger political discourse.
Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border California Series in Public Anthropology Book 41 #ad - Publishers weekly, starred review Emergency responders on the US-Mexico border operate at the edges of two states. Through beautiful ethnography and a uniquely personal perspective, Threshold provides a new way to understand politicized issues ranging from border security and undocumented migration to public access to healthcare today.
Jusionyte reveals the binational brotherhood that forms in this crucible to stand in the way of catastrophe. Ieva jusionyte’s firsthand experience as an emergency responder provides the background for her gripping examination of the politics of injury and rescue in the militarized region surrounding the US-Mexico border.
A Permanent Member of the FamilyEcco #ad - A former marine” asks, to chilling effect, if one can ever stop being a parent. Suffused with russell banks’s trademark lyricism and reckless humor, the twelve stories in A Permanent Member of the Family examine the myriad ways we try—and sometimes fail—to connect with one another, as we seek a home in the world.
In the title story, a father looks back on the legend of the cherished family dog whose divided loyalties mirrored the fragmenting of his marriage. And in the haunting, evocative “Veronica, ” a mysterious woman searching for her daughter may not be who she claims she is. Moving between the stark beauty of winter in upstate New York and the seductive heat of Florida, Banks’s acute and penetrating collection demonstrates the range and virtuosity of both his narrative prowess and his startlingly panoramic vision of modern American life.
TrailerparkHarper Perennial #ad - In this series of related short stories, realistic portrayals of individual Americans and paints a portrait of New England life that is at once dark, witty, Russell Banks offers gripping, and revealing. Get to know the colorful cast of characters at the granite state trailerpark, where flora in number 11 keeps more than a hundred guinea pigs andscreams at people to stay away from her babies, Claudel in number 5 thinks he is lucky until his wife burns down their trailer and runs off with Howie Leeke, and Noni in number 7 has telephone conversations with Jesus and tells the police about them.
The Reserve: A Novel P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - Emotionally unstable from the start, and further unhinged by her father's unexpected death, Vanessa begins to spin wildly out of control, manipulating and destroying the lives of all who cross her path. Moving from the secluded beauty of the adirondack wilderness to the skies above war-torn Spain and Fascist Germany, The Reserve is a clever, incisive, and passionately romantic novel of suspense that adds a new dimension to this acclaimed author's extraordinary repertoire.
Twice married, vanessa has been scandalously linked to any number of rich and famous men. He falls easy prey to her electrifying personality, but it is not long before he discovers that the heiress carries a dark, deeply scarring family secret. But on the night of july 4, jordan groves, and a mysteriously seductive local artist, at her parents' country home in a remote Adirondack Mountain enclave known as The Reserve, 1936, two events coincide to permanently alter the course of Vanessa's callow life: her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, blithely lands his Waco biplane in the pristine waters of the forbidden Upper Lake.
The Reserve: A Novel P.S. #ad - . Part love story, trapped at opposite ends of a social divide, set on the cusp of the Second World War, politics, part murder mystery, Russell Banks's sharp-witted and deeply engaging new novel raises dangerous questions about class, love, art, and madness—and explores what happens when two powerful personalities, begin to break the rules.
Twenty-nine-year-old vanessa cole is a wild, stunningly beautiful heiress, the adopted only child of a highly regarded New York brain surgeon and his socialite wife.
The Wherewithal of Life: Ethics, Migration, and the Question of Well-BeingUniversity of California Press #ad - While more intensely felt by the young, the experiences of transition are familiar to us all, whatever our age, seeking to find a way out of a world of limited opportunity and circumscribed values, gender, ethnicity or social status – namely, the impossibility of calculating what one may lose in leaving a settled life or home place; what one may gain by risking oneself in an alien environment; the difficulty of striking a balance between personal fulfillment and the moral claims of kinship; and the struggle to know the difference between ‘concrete’ and ‘abstract’ utopias the first reasonable and worth pursuing; the second hopelessly unattainable.
It is argued that the quandaries of African or Mexican migrants are not unique to people moving between ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ worlds. The wherewithal of life engages with current developments in the anthropology of ethics and migration studies to explore in empirical depth and detail the life experiences of three young men – a Ugandan migrant in Copenhagen, a Burkina Faso migrant in Amsterdam, and a Mexican migrant in Boston – in ways that significantly broaden our understanding of the existential situations and ethical dilemmas of those migrating from the global south.
The Wherewithal of Life: Ethics, Migration, and the Question of Well-Being #ad - Michael jackson offers the first biographically based phenomenological account of migration and mobility, dilemmas, dreams, tactics, providing new insights into the various motives, and disappointments that characterize contemporary migration.
Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global WorldBloomsbury Press #ad - In this dazzling history, transforming, and the americas to trace the rapidly growing web of global trade, and other contemporary images from Europe, and the explosive, Timothy Brook uses Vermeer's works, Asia, and sometimes destructive changes it wrought in the age when globalization really began. In another canvas, fruit spills from a blue-and-white porcelain bowl.
. The officer's dashing hat is made of beaver fur from north America, and it was beaver pelts from America that financed the voyages of explorers seeking routes to China-prized for the porcelains so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time, including Vermeer's. Familiar images that captivate us with their beauty--but as Timothy Brook shows us, these intimate pictures actually give us a remarkable view of an expanding world.
Vermeer's Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World #ad - In this critical darling vermeer's captivating and enigmatic paintings become windows that reveal how daily life and thought-from Delft to Beijing--were transformed in the 17th century, when the world first became global. A vermeer painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl.