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On Thin Ice

Author : Eric Larsen
ISBN : 1493022962
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In March 2014, Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters set out to traverse nearly 500 miles across the melting Arctic Ocean, unsupported, from Northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole. Despite being one of the most cold and hostile environments on the planet, the Arctic Ocean has seen a steady and significant reduction of sea ice over the past seven years due to climate change. Because of this, Larsen s and Waters trip dubbed the Last North Expedition is expected to be the last human-powered trek to the North Pole, ever. Filled with stunning, full-color photos and GPS maps plotting his progress, On Thin Ice is Larsen s first-person account of this historic two-man expedition. Traveling across the retreating sea ice on skis, snowshoes, and even swimming through semi-frozen arctic slush, Larsen and Waters each pulled over 320 pounds of gear behind them on sleds through temperatures that plummeted to nearly 70 degrees below zero. At times, they covered little over a mile a day. They were stalked by polar bears and ran out of food. It was, in Larsen s words, easily one of the most difficult expeditions in the world. More than just a heart-stopping adventure narrative, however, On Thin Ice offers an intimate and haunting look at the rapidly changing face of the Arctic due to global climate change."

When Girls Became Lions

Author : Valerie J. Gin
ISBN : 9781682222584
Genre : Fiction
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"The memory of a strong woman is a sanctuary . . . ." And so begins our story. It's 1983. Teacher Bailey Crawford and a bunch of rag tag girls are about to make history as their school’s first, and only, state champions. But few in town care; they're only girls, after all. It's not until twenty-five years later in 2008 when new coach Reynalda Wallace discovers their story and recognition for the champs finally arrives. In the process, Rey learns how much of her own life—past and present—is bound to those first athletes whose struggle she never knew existed. Until now. --------------------- The novel moves between 1983 and 2008 as the two coaches’ stories progress, capturing the impact Title IX legislation had on one mid-western town. It is a unique literary contribution to both women’s fiction and the ordinarily male-dominated sports genre as it celebrates women’s friendships against the backdrop of sport history. It is a story for everyone—from soccer dads and college coaches to professional athletes, high school competitors and the many women and men who support them. The incredible championship of the U.S.A. Women’s Soccer Team at the June 2015 FIFA World Cup confirmed the sport’s popularity and the growing impact of women athletes as role models. When Girls Became Lions continues the celebration of both. What others are saying: “Absolutely love this great read about women in sports! Contemporary fiction with women athletes at the center of the narrative is long overdue.” —Julie Foudy, USA Soccer, ESPN “Finally, a novel about the beautiful game and the girls who just wanted a chance to play the world’s most favorite sport.” Jo and Val penned a great story about the end results of many sacrifices and the true benefits of sport—fun, competition, purpose, perseverance, teamwork, friendships and the love of the game.” —Amanda Cromwell, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) “When Girls Became Lions is an inspiring novel that wonderfully depicts the triumphs and struggles of women in sports in spite of the overwhelming odds against them. I am so pleased that the authors have woven such a narrative into the fabric of this little discussed issue in America history.”—Dr. Brian Johnson, President, Tuskegee University "This novel illustrates the emotion of sport as it chronicles the journey of fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, coaches, school administrators and student during the transition from pre-Title IX expectations to 20th century possibilities. You'll be inspired by the story!" —Jean Driscoll, Eight-time winner of the Boston Marathon, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame “I read a lot of fiction and am thrilled that Val and Jo have given us When Girls Became Lions, a story with women athletes at the heart. I’ve looked for a novel like this for a long time to provide a window into the world of women’s sports and Title IX’s implications, especially to inspire—and inform—our younger athletes. I can’t wait to give a copy to my players and friends!” —Jane Albright, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Nevada "The story that too often goes missing in today's athletic arena is that of the Title IX pioneers who made it possible for young women to compete...its characters are real and their experiences true, reminding us of the many women who endured so much because they just wanted to play their game. This novel is a winner for all of us." —Sue Semrau, Head Women's Basketball Coach, Florida State University, Athletic Coast Coach of the Year and President of the WBCA

A Nation Gone Blind

Author : Eric Larsen
ISBN : 1593760981
Genre : History
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Three essays by the author of An American Memory and I Am Zo Handke trace the social, cultural, and political changes that have occurred throughout America since World War II, charging that the nation has departed from its values about moral and social progress and has become increasingly dysfunctional. Original.

Frozen In Time

Author : Mitchell Zuckoff
ISBN : 9780062133410
Genre : History
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#1 New York Times bestseller Frozen in Time is a gripping true story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II, from the author of New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La. On November 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. But after picking up one man, the Grumman Duck amphibious plane flew into a severe storm and vanished. Frozen in Time tells the story of these crashes and the fate of the survivors, bringing vividly to life their battle to endure 148 days of the brutal Arctic winter, until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen brought them to safety. Mitchell Zuckoff takes the reader deep into the most hostile environment on earth, through hurricane-force winds, vicious blizzards, and subzero temperatures. Moving forward to today, he recounts the efforts of the Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. – led by indefatigable dreamer Lou Sapienza – who worked for years to solve the mystery of the Duck’s last flight and recover the remains of its crew. A breathtaking blend of mystery and adventure Mitchell Zuckoff's Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and a tribute to the everyday heroism of the US Coast Guard.

To The End Of The Earth

Author : Tom Avery
ISBN : 9781466817586
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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April 2009 is the one-hundredth anniversary of perhaps the greatest controversy in the history of exploration. Did U.S. Naval Commander Robert Peary and his team dogsled to the North Pole in thirty-seven days in 1909? Or, as has been challenged, was this speed impossible, and was he a cheat? In 2005, polar explorer Tom Avery and his team set out to recreate this 100-year-old journey, using the same equipment as Peary, to prove that Peary had indeed done what he had claimed and discovered the North Pole. Navigating treacherous pressure ridges, deadly channels of open water, bitterly cold temperatures, and traveling in a similar style to Peary's with dog teams and replica wooden sledges bound together with cord, Avery tells the story of how his team covered 413 nautical miles to the North Pole in thirty-six days and twenty-two hours—some four hours faster than Peary. Weaving fascinating polar exploration history with thrilling extreme adventure, this is Avery's story of how he and his team nearly gave their lives proving Peary told the truth.

Ancient Greek Music

Author : Stefan Hagel
ISBN : 9781139479813
Genre : History
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This book endeavours to pinpoint the relations between musical, and especially instrumental, practice and the evolving conceptions of pitch systems. It traces the development of ancient melodic notation from reconstructed origins, through various adaptations necessitated by changing musical styles and newly invented instruments, to its final canonical form. It thus emerges how closely ancient harmonic theory depended on the culturally dominant instruments, the lyre and the aulos. These threads are followed down to late antiquity, when details recorded by Ptolemy permit an exceptionally clear view. Dr Hagel discusses the textual and pictorial evidence, introducing mathematical approaches wherever feasible, but also contributes to the interpretation of instruments in the archaeological record and occasionally is able to outline the general features of instruments not directly attested. The book will be indispensable to all those interested in Greek music, technology and performance culture and the general history of musicology.

50 Years In The Mouse House

Author : Eric Larson
ISBN : 1941500471
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The Studio Life of a Disney Legend. Eric Larson, one of Walt Disney's famed "Nine Old Men", went to work at the studio in 1933 and left in 1986 He knew everyone at Disney who was anyone, and he kept a diary of the personalities, the pranks, and the politics. This is his warm, witty story.

In The Kitchen With Kris

Author : Kris Jenner
ISBN : 9781476728889
Genre : Cooking
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The executive producer of Keeping Up with the Kardashians combines personal favorite recipes with hosting tips that can be adapted to any budget. 75,000 first printing.

The White Darkness

Author : David Grann
ISBN : 9780385544580
Genre : History
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By the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic, lavishly illustrated with color photographs Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole, and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history. Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 13, 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today." Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.

The 3 In 1 Betsy Bag Pattern

Author : Betsy La Honta
ISBN : 9781617451706
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Wear it your way. With clever construction details, this must-have bag changes in an instant from large carryall to drawstring bag to sleek tote. Zip up your phone or keys in the secure outside pocket and organize other essentials in roomy interior compartments. With the look and durability of a leather bag, this pattern sews up like a dream in kraft•tex™ and cotton fabric. All pattern pieces are easy-to-cut squares, rectangles, and strips.

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