Author: Marcus Thompson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501147854
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The #1 national bestseller and inside story of Steph Curry, the greatest shooter basketball has ever seen. Golden is the first book to provide an all-access look at Steph Curry and the team that has fueled Dub Nation—by longtime Warriors beat reporter and Bay Area News Group sports columnist Marcus Thompson, the go-to expert on all things Golden State. A lifelong Warriors fan turned insider Thompson is uniquely qualified to tell the definitive story of a singular talent, pulling back the curtain on the crazy work ethic and on-court intensity that make Curry great—and the emphasis on family and faith that keeps him grounded. Combining the competitive grit and fun-loving spirit of his mother with the mild demeanor, easy charm, and sharp shooting of his father, former NBA player Dell Curry, Steph Curry derives support and strength from his close-knit kin and his commitment to Christianity. This hard-working, wholesome image however is both a blessing and curse in a League of big personalities. Thompson unravels the complicated underpinnings of the Steph Curry hate with a nuanced analysis of how class and complexion come into play when a child with an NBA pedigree becomes the face of a sport traditionally honed on inner-city black top and dominated by the less privileged. With unprecedented access, Thompson draws from exclusive interviews with Steph Curry, his family, his teammates, Coach Steve Kerr, and the Warriors owners to bring readers inside the locker room and courtside with this remarkable athlete and man.

Invasive Species Management

Author: Mick N. Clout
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199216320
Format: PDF, ePub
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The effective management of invasive alien species is clearly a priority for biological conservation worldwide. This book first provides strategies for managing such species at successive invasion stages, from prevention at the border to control of major infestations. It then describes the general tools and approaches that are recommended for successful management of particular groups of invasive organisms in a range of environments. In each case, the ecologicalbasis and practical requirements of invasive alien species management are addressed.

Silk Slaves and Stupas

Author: Susan Whitfield
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520957660
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Following her bestselling Life Along the Silk Road, Susan Whitfield widens her exploration of the great cultural highway with a new captivating portrait focusing on material things. Silk, Slaves, and Stupas tells the stories of ten very different objects, considering their interaction with the peoples and cultures of the Silk Road—those who made them, carried them, received them, used them, sold them, worshipped them, and, in more recent times, bought them, conserved them, and curated them. From a delicate pair of earrings from a steppe tomb to a massive stupa deep in Central Asia, a hoard of Kushan coins stored in an Ethiopian monastery to a Hellenistic glass bowl from a southern Chinese tomb, and a fragment of Byzantine silk wrapping the bones of a French saint to a Bactrian ewer depicting episodes from the Trojan War, these objects show us something of the cultural diversity and interaction along these trading routes of Afro-Eurasia. Exploring the labor, tools, materials, and rituals behind these various objects, Whitfield infuses her narrative with delightful details as the objects journey through time, space, and meaning. Silk, Slaves, and Stupas is a lively, visual, and tangible way to understand the Silk Road and the cultural, economic, and technical changes of the late antique and medieval worlds.

Matrix 5

Author: Guadulesa Rivera
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781493616251
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Award-winning visual artist Guadulesa describes the creative process of her Art & Science project Matrix 5, which was funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. In search of evidence to prove the power of sound over matter, she studied the five healing tones utilized by her Tsalagi (Cherokee) ancestors in their medicine practices. Guadulesa used the tones as an art medium to create a set of 30 mixed medium paintings and gained empirical knowledge of the tones' effects on the human body. Through the publication of her journal notes with 36 color images, she takes us on a hand-held journey through sound, meditation and art-making. The Boston native now resides in Los Angeles, California, and her works are included in collections throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Israel and Spain. Prior to Matrix 5, while living in Boston, Massachusetts in 1989, Guadulesa embarked on a creative project, called Keys of Infinity. She coordinated with like-minded artists who helped to shape an interdisciplinary, improvisational group of musicians, visual artists, dancers and poets. Music had always played a central force in her creative environment, but Guadulesa states that the opportunity to collaborate with other artists and perform as a painter was very exciting. Over the years they performed in such venues as the Knitting Factory and No. Moore Blues Cafe in New York City, the Mobius Space for Experimental Art and several other locations in the Boston area. Performing allowed her to experience the synergy of artists working together in the moment. With Keys of Infinity, Guadulesa began to feel that the sound environment influenced the drying patterns of her paintings. In 1992, she was awarded the Individual Artist Grant for designing a project that combined elements of Art and Science. Guadulesa learned that all form resonates with sound. Ancient cultures lived with that knowledge and made it part of their ritual ceremony for healing and balanced living. The Tsalagi healer utilized a combination of tones which matched the needs of their patients. Five principle tones resonate with particular human organ systems. Medicine chants and instruments can be used to help patients achieve optimum vibrational balance, so that healing can take place. Matrix 5: Tones of Resonance shares details of Guadulesa's experiences and discoveries."

Dachshund Rules

Author: Willow Creek Press
Publisher: Willow Creek Press
ISBN: 9781682347744
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Known for being little dogs with big hearts, Dachshunds enchant "their people" with affection, curiosity and a wonderful sense of humor. This little book with lots of heart celebrates all that is best about the Dachshunds character by matching adorable pictures with quotes that beautifully illustrate many of the virtues possessed by this remarkable breed.

Blood Rose Rebellion

Author: Rosalyn Eves
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 1101936010
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"A magical tale unlike anything you've read before." — "[A] richly imagined 19th-century historical fantasy." —, A- The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place. Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary. Her life might well be over. In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells. As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever. “A fast-paced historical fantasy full of magic, romance, and adventure!”—JESSICA DAY GEORGE, New York Times bestselling author of Silver in the Blood

The Haunted Realm

Author: Simon Marsden
Publisher: Little Brown GBR
ISBN: 9780316645393
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Photographer Simon Marsden's fascination with the supernatural began in childhood as he played hide and seek in the ancient attic of his family's house, ever vigilant for the appearance of the 'family ghost'. It wasn't until later that he discovered the craft of photography and developed an enduring fascination with the enigma of 'reality' that timing and lighting conjure up. His startlingly atmospheric black and white images reveal a hidden world and the ghostly, beguiling and often chilling images transport the reader to a different realm, a haunted realm, where what we believe to be reality may not be quite all it seems... The Haunted Realm is a collection of outstanding photographs of eerie and fascinating places throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Houses and mansions, castles and abbeys - Simon has left no stone unturned in his quest to capture the ghostly nature of these strange places on film. Accompanying the photographs is his intriguing text which describes the apparitions or spirit manifestations that have been reported at each particular site and the strange and often macabre real-life events that are believed to have caused the hauntings.

Brian Kesinger s Inked Tails

Author: Brian Kesinger
Publisher: Baby Tattoo Books
ISBN: 9781614040224
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Brian Kesinger's lovely, hand-drawn mermaid illustrations wash away misconceptions about undersea sirens while providing fresh insights into aquatic lore. Nuanced depictions of a diverse cross-section of these seldom-seen beings provide a revealing glimpse into their true-life realms. Contrary to popular beliefs, all mermaids do not look alike... genetics, geography, and socio-environmental circumstances contribute to a diverse mer-population that has never before been observed or presented with such in-the-field attention to detail. The artist's elegant pen and wash renderings on pulpy paper are collected here in a faithful facsimile of his personal sketchbook that can be handed down from generation to generation -- preserving this historically significant chronicle of contemporary citizens of our planet's seas. Caribbean pirate Miss Jessica, Chicago River flapper Roxie, and the bayou's crocodilian Madame Lizette are just three of many unique personalities profiled within the pages of this mini encyclopedia which is embellished with lenticular cover art showcasing Brian Kesinger's enchanting animation of Lady Elizabeth bobbing blissfully with her sea turtle companion at tea time. Cheers!