A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn't had the easiest childhood. But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count. So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing ... Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world.
Voodoo in Haiti
Author: Alfred Métraux
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
Voodoo in Haiti is a masterwork of observation and description by one of the most distinguished anthropologists of the twentieth century. Alfred Métraux has written a rich and lasting study of the lives and rituals of the Haitian mambos and adepts, and of the history and origins of their religion. It is an accurate and engaging account of one of the most fascinating and misunderstood cultures in the world. “Métraux’s book is a landmark in the serious study of Afro-Atlantic religion. The breadth and subtlety of its approach is such that it remains an essential classic of Afro-American ethnology.”—Robert Farris Thompson, professor of art history, Yale University, author of Flash of the Spirit “This is a work deserving of wide readership, and assured of it by its understanding and appeal.”—Library Journal “This book gives what is surely the most authoritative general account of that complex of belief and practice called vaudou available in the literature....No other observer of vaudou has contributed to its study the exquisite documentation of detail that marks the work of Alfred Métraux.”—Sidney W. Mintz, professor of anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
Expert perspectives on SDI theory and practice The spatial data infrastructure (SDI) concept continues to evolve and become an increasingly important element of the infrastructure that supports economic development, environmental management, and social stability. Because of its dynamic and complex nature, however, it remains a fuzzy concept to many, and depending on their needs and circumstances, practitioners, researchers, and governments adopt different views of it. Developing Spatial Data Infrastructures: from Concept to Reality makes a timely contribution to the theory and practice of SDIs and breaks new ground in improving understanding of their relevance and value. It provides expert overviews of policies, concepts, standards, and practices associated with the design, implementation, and operation of SDIs. It introduces the concept of an SDI Hierarchy based on Hierarchical Spatial Reasoning, sets out the similarities and differences between SDIs operating within and between different jurisdictions, and identifies factors key to the success of SDI initiatives. Built on key contributions to the International Symposium on Spatial Data Infrastructure held in Melbourne in November 2001, this book is the first of its kind to provide address both the theoretical and practical aspects of developing appropriate SDIs. It offers unique, detailed discussions on the challenges and direction of future SDI development and thus provides an outstanding resource for those involved in building and maintaining SDIs and for GIS professionals and students.
Author: Clare Dudman
Fictional account of Alfred Wegener's life.
Presents 150 color maps of the Amazon River and its thirteen major tributaries, accompanied by three hundred photos of the river and surrounding rainforest and discussions of the Amazon's ecology.
Author: Adolf Seilacher, Alan D. Gishlick
Publisher: CRC Press
Morphodynamics is defined as the unique interaction among environment, functional morphology, developmental constraints, phylogeny, and time—all of which shape the evolution of life. These fabricational patterns and similarities owe their regularity not to a detailed genetic program, but to extrinsic factors, which may be mechanical, chemical, or biological in nature. These self-organizing mechanisms are the focus of Morphodynamics. Illustrated by numerous examples from across the biological spectrum, this book embodies the foundation of noted paleontologist Adolf Seilacher’s thinking on the study of morphodynamics. It represents his unique approach of presenting paleontology from an ecological and constructional perspective, rather than a purely taxonomic one. The hallmark of Seilacher’s storied career has been a constructional and functional focus. He begins by discussing the basic principles—form, pattern formation, ecology and evolution, as well as the factors that override those processes. Next, he examines how morphodynamic principles are implemented in various invertebrates including single-celled protists, Ediacarans, sponges, coelenterates, shelled organisms, worms, arthropods, and echinoderms. The final chapter explores how morphogenetic principles may apply to clonal colonial organisms. Summarizing seventy years of research into the interactions of form, function, and evolution, the book is copiously illustrated with the author’s own distinctive drawings and an abundance of photos. It provides a framework for readers to pose their own questions and sharpen their interpretive skills on this fascinating topic.
The Hired Gun
Author: Matthew Branton
Publisher: Justin, Charles & Co.
In this book, Matthew Branton unravels the complex gamesmanship of survival in the face of uncertainty and betrayal.
Deep Song and Other Prose
Author: Federico García Lorca
Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers
The Living Wild
Author: Art Wolfe, Michelle A. Gilders
More than two hundred full-color photographs by a distinguished nature photographer and dozens of maps celebrate some of the world's most magnificent animals, from the giant panda and lowland gorilla to tiny insects, accompanied by essays by leading conservationists including Jane Goodall. 35,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.
English Elements Three
Author: Jo Eshuys, Vic Guest, Theresa Saunders
The highly successful English Elements series is now in its second edition. The new edition retains the strengths of the previous edition while adding exciting new material to reflect best practice in today's English classroom. Books 1 & 2 are accompanied by Storymaker CD-ROMs which add an innovative dimension to the text while Book 3 contains a Poetrymaker CD-ROM and Book 4 features a Playmaker CD-ROM. The series is designed for outcomes-based courses nationally, with special reference to the Curriculum and Standards Framework II. With a stunning, yet user-friendly full-colour design, this is a must-have resource for English teachers. Features Balanced treatment of the strands of Writing,Reading and Speaking and Listening. Learning outcomes in the 15 units are derived from one or more of the following sub-strands: texts, contextual understanding, linguistic structures and features and strategies. Wide-ranging treatment of literature, media and everyday texts. Literature extracts of good length to allow the development of reading strategies. Activities designed to cater for multiliteracies. Culminating activities and assessment options for each unit accompanied by photocopiable assessment sheets. Extensive modelling of linguistic structures and features. Poetrymaker CD-ROM This is a first in educational multimedia for the English classroom. Through Poetymaker, students can interactively experience the craft of the writer. Using a carefully structured framework, students can become a confident poet.