The Fire Outside My Window

Author: Sandra Millers Younger
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762799323
Size: 49.47 MB
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The Fire Outside My Window reveals the story of the Cedar Fire, the largest fire in California’s recorded history, which ravaged the San Diego area in late 2003, burning nearly 280,000 acres, destroying more than 2,200 homes and hundreds of other buildings, and killing 15 people. Leaving her doomed home the night of the catastrophe, the author, Sandra Millers Younger, drove through flames and, along with her husband, was saved by a bobcat that showed her the road she couldn’t see through dense smoke. With this revealing narrative, she takes readers into the heart of an epic firefight, telling the stories of fire managers and air tanker pilots trying to combat a catastrophe bigger than they had ever imagined, and recounting both survivors’ and victims’ desperate efforts to escape flames moving faster than fire engines could drive. And she tells the story of the hapless hunter who got lost in the backcountry, with little water and no cell phone or GPS device, and started a signal fire that caused the calamity.

Then Came The Fire

Author: Stephen J. Lofgren
Publisher: Department of the Army
Size: 17.95 MB
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On the morning of 11 September 2001, Middle Eastern terrorists hijacked four passenger airliners along the east coast of the United States, one of which they flew into the Pentagon. The crash, ensuing fire, and smoke killed 125 military personnel, Department of Defense civilians, and contractors in the Pentagon in addition to those on the plane. For hundreds of the building’s occupants, the period after the crash was a struggle to help themselves and coworkers escape and survive. Two days after the attack, the U.S. Army Center of Military History began an extensive project to document the historic event through oral history interviews. Published for the incident’s tenth anniversary, Then Came the Fire is an anthology of excerpts from those interviews. This collection highlights the personal accounts of participants who witnessed some aspect of the events in the Pentagon that day: the survivors, some of whom were injured; policemen; firefighters; medical personnel; observers; others involved in the rescue and recovery efforts; and building occupants who began picking up the pieces.

Outside My Window

Author: Melissa Lagonegro
Publisher: RH/Disney
ISBN: 9780736480857
Size: 20.59 MB
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Retells the story of Rapunzel, a young girl with long, beautiful blond hair who was locked away in a tower by an evil witch.

Pale Fire

Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307787656
Size: 42.82 MB
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In Pale Fire Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade's self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and political intrigue.

Murder On Skid Row

Author: Charlene Wexler
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781449073589
Size: 46.12 MB
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August,1966 newly dental school graduate, Mel Greenberg, opened his first office on Chicago's Skid Row. He was young, naive, poor, and optimistic. "Spare any change, and I don't know nothing," was the language of the many characters he met and treated. Everyone on the street had a secret and a reason for being there. Abe, the pharmacist, acted like a friend to Mel, and the inhabitants of Skid Row, but he had other reasons for staying on a street full of bums, drug addicts, gang members, and prostitutes. Mel really thought he could help his patients, until the murders took over the area. Murders that directly involved him, making him a suspect, and a victim.

Slowing Time

Author: Barbara Mahany
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426796021
Size: 70.37 MB
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Barbara Mahany believes the sacred is all around, within finger’s reach—here to be gathered, culled, collected, through the simple yet complex art of paying attention, of savoring the moment, of cultivating stillness. Making room for the God and illuminating the Godly specks in the everyday. Noticing the seen, revealing the unseen, and pinpointing the divine in both. The book sifts through the terrain of three particular landscapes where the author most often encounters the stirrings of the Divine: under heaven’s dome; on the front lines of the homefront; and in the unspooling of the seasons. The most essential prayer, often, is the life closely examined, held up to the light. By probing deeply the nooks and crannies of the home-front, the author points out that the reader need not venture far to find what matters most. And the questions stirred will linger, long after the page is turned.

Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451673310
Size: 10.84 MB
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A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.

Black Boy

Author: Richard Wright
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061935480
Size: 60.59 MB
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Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common lot. Black Boy is Richard Wright's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment—a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.

High Five

Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429971393
Size: 27.94 MB
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Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie Plum throws caution to the wind and follows in the entrepreneurial bootsteps of Super Bounty Hunter, Ranger, engaging in morally correct and marginally legal enterprises. So, a scumball blows himself to smithereens on her first day of policing a crack house and the sheik she was chauffeuring stole the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect! Anyway, Stephanie has other things on her mind. Her mother wants her to find Uncle Fred who's missing after arguing with his garbage company; homicidal rapist Benito Ramirez is back, quoting scripture and stalking Stephanie; vice cop Joe Morelli has a box of condoms with Stephanie's name on it; and Stephanie's afraid Ranger has his finger on her trigger. The whole gang's here for mirth and mayhem in Janet Evanovich's High Five. Read at your own risk in public places.

There S A Ship Outside My Window

Publisher: Nelson Thornes
ISBN: 9781869614645
Size: 77.21 MB
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Imagine watching a ship being built right outside your wildow. First, a shed is built to house the ship, next the materials arrive, and then the shipbuiders get to work. Before long, the Duyfken will be ready to set sail for adventure, just like another little ship that sailed across the ocean many years ago...