Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and by Janice P. Nimura

By Janice P. Nimura

A brand new York instances amazing booklet of 2015

"Surprising and richly satisfying" (Megan Marshall); "beautifully crafted...subtle, polished, and poised" (Stacy Schiff).

In 1871, 5 younger ladies have been despatched by way of the japanese govt to the us. Their challenge: examine Western methods and go back to aid nurture a brand new iteration of enlightened males to guide Japan.

Raised in conventional samurai families through the turmoil of civil struggle, 3 of those strange ambassadors—Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda—grew up as ordinary American schoolgirls. Upon their arrival in San Francisco they grew to become celebrities, their travels and conventional garments exclaimed over by means of newspapers around the country. As they discovered English and Western customs, their American buddies grew to like them for his or her excessive spirits and highbrow brilliance.

The passionate relationships they shaped display an intimate global of cross-cultural fascination and connection. Ten years later, they back to Japan—a land grown international to them—determined to revolutionize women's education.

Based on in-depth archival study in Japan and within the usa, together with a long time of letters from among the 3 ladies and their American host households, Daughters of the Samurai is fantastically, cinematically written, a desirable lens by which to view a unprecedented old moment.

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West Of The West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders and Killers by Mark Arax

By Mark Arax

Teddy Roosevelt as soon as exclaimed, “When i'm in California, i'm really not within the West. i'm west of the West,” and during this ebook, Mark Arax spends 4 years vacationing up and down the Golden nation to discover its singular position on the planet. this can be California past the clich?s. this is often California as just a local son, deep within the airborne dirt and dust, may draw it.Compelling, lyrical, and ominous, his new assortment reveals a unique drama emerging out of every confounding panorama. “The summer time of the demise of Hilario Guzman” has been praised as a “stunningly intimate” portrait of 1 immigrant relations from Oaxaca, via harrowing border crossings and brutal raisin harvests. Down the line within the “Home Front,” right-wing Christians and Jews shape an odd pact that attempts to silence debate at the warfare on Terror, and a conflicted father loses now not one yet sons in Iraq. “The final Okie in Lamont,” the foundation for the city within the Grapes of Wrath, has yet one Okie left, who tells Arax his existence tale as he drives to a funeral to bury yet one more dirt Bowl migrant. “The Highlands of Humboldt” is a trip to marijuana starting to be capital of the united states, the place the outdated hippies are scuffling with the hot hippies over “pollution pot” and the neighborhood financial institution collects a mountain of money every day, a lot of it redolent of hashish. Arax items jointly the murder-suicide on the center of a rotisserie poultry empire in “The Legend of Zankou,” a narrative incorporated within the most sensible American Crime Reporting 2009. And, finally, he offers a relocating epilogue to the homicide of his personal father, against the law within the California heartland eventually solved after thirty years.In the best culture of Joan Didion, Arax combines journalism, essay, and memoir to seize social upheaval in addition to the experience of being rooted in a neighborhood. Piece through piece, the tales develop into an entire, a beautiful landscape of California, and the USA, in a brand new century.  

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Frommer's San Diego 2004 by David Swanson

By David Swanson

You will by no means fall into the vacationer traps for those who go back and forth with Frommer's. it truly is like having a chum exhibit you round, taking you to the locations locals like most sensible. Our specialist authors have already long gone all over the place it's possible you'll wish to cross -- they have performed the legwork for you, and they are now not afraid to inform it love it is, saving you time and cash. No different sequence deals candid studies of such a lot of resorts and eating places in all fee levels. each Frommer's commute consultant is updated, with distinctive costs for every little thing, dozens of colour maps, and fascinating insurance of activities, buying, and nightlife. you would be misplaced with no us!

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The Prisoners' World: Portraits of Convicts Caught in the by William S. Tregea, Marjorie S. Larmour

By William S. Tregea, Marjorie S. Larmour

Drawing on twenty-five years of educating legal collage and volunteer sessions in 11 Michigan and California prisons, The Prisoners' international strives to make the 'prisoners' voice' come alive for normal students. The booklet starts by way of tracing shifts in social definitions of criminal activity, and lays out the premises of the U.S. incarceration binge within the 1986 battle on medicinal drugs legislation and next obligatory sentencing and policing. Later chapters speak about matters equivalent to leaving domestic, mobile lifestyles, correctional officials and therapy, the gay prisoner, and medicine. moreover, the publication discusses the academics' reviews through writer narrative essays that draw the reader into prisoner pupil and prisoner instructor interplay, and what it's like inside of criminal university periods the place either younger and older black prisoner scholars describe becoming up within the internal towns. The booklet additionally attracts upon over sixty prisoner essays that offer perception on prisoner existence and self-concept with insights on pathways to legal, drug promoting, the internal urban and weapons. there's additionally a robust concentrate on the 'inside' studies of getting into criminal and orientation, day-by-day paintings regimen, correctional officials and surreptitious actions like mobile cooking and contraband. those essays are capped by way of prisoner evaluations of criminal lifestyles from these nonetheless within the procedure. The Prisoners' global serves as a profitable supplemental booklet whose fabric has confirmed precious in undergraduate felony justice periods. As students themselves, on-campus scholars in those sessions will establish with the prisoner-student voices who percentage their studies yet in a substantially diverse setting.

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Frommer's Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks by Eric Peterson

By Eric Peterson

Insider recommendation on tips on how to top event many of the country's so much surprising usual landscapes, together with pointers on the easiest perspectives, the simplest backcountry trails, the easiest scenic drives, and the simplest actions outdoor of the parks.Insightful remark on park landmarks and particular trails, from the majestic previous trustworthy Geyser to the enduring, colourful immense scorching Springs to the solitary sign Mountain Summit Trail.Detailed functional details, together with tips about defense, recommendation for starting backpackers, flora and fauna courses, and while and the place to visit keep away from the crowds.Opinionated write-ups of inns and eating places. No bland descriptions and lukewarm strategies. Our specialist writers are captivated with their destinations—they inform it love it is in a fascinating and useful way.Exact costs indexed for each institution and activity—no different publications provide such special, candid reports of motels and eating places. We contain the superior, but in addition emphasize reasonably priced offerings for genuine people.User-friendly positive aspects together with superstar scores and specified icons to indicate readers to nice unearths, first-class values, insider tips, most sensible bets for children, precise moments, and puffed up studies.

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‘The Heathen in His Blindness…’: Asia, the West and the by S. N. Balagangadhara

By S. N. Balagangadhara

This day, such a lot intellectuals agree that: a) Christianity has profoundly encouraged western tradition; b) participants from various cultures event many points of the realm in a different way; c) the empirical and theoretical learn of either tradition and faith emerged in the West. This examine argues that those truisms have implications for the conceptualization of faith and tradition. extra particularly, the thesis is that non-western cultures and religions vary from the descriptions ordinary within the West. the writer proposes analyses of faith, the Roman "religio", the development of "religions" in India, and the character of cultural transformations. faith is necessary to the West as the structure and the id of western tradition is tied to the dynamic of Christianity as a faith.

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Frommer's Oregon by Karl Samson

By Karl Samson

Written via an established resident, Frommer’s Oregon is a hugely own advisor, packed with the author’s favourite unearths and off-the-beaten-track discoveries. We’ll convey you the simplest of Portland, after which take you alongside the coast to discover the main captivating hotel cities and hike earlier otherworldly rock formations at the seashore. It’s all the following: the unbelievably blue waters of Crater Lake; the world-class Oregon Shakespeare pageant at Ashland; mountaineering, mountain-biking, and snowboarding at Bend; paintings galleries and craft outlets; microbreweries and significant seafood; and a number of incresingly well known wineries. You’ll discover a huge collection of lodgings, from romantic lodges at the coast to desert motels within the pristine wooded area. With Frommer’s in hand, it’s effortless to layout the Oregon event that’s best for you.

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Twentieth-Century Texas: A Social and Cultural History by John B. and Mary L Kelley, eds. Storey, John W. Storey,

By John B. and Mary L Kelley, eds. Storey, John W. Storey, Mary L. Kelley

Texas replaced vastly within the 20th century, and lots more and plenty of that transformation was once an instantaneous made from social and cultural occasions. regular histories of Texas commonly specialise in political, army, and financial themes, with emphasis at the 19th century. In Twentieth-Century Texas: A Social and Cultural background, editors John W. Storey and Mary L. Kelley provide a much-needed corrective. Written with either basic and educational audiences in brain, the fifteen essays herein hide Indians, Mexican americans, African americans, ladies, faith, struggle at the homefront, song, literature, movie, paintings, activities, philanthropy, schooling, the surroundings, and technology and know-how in twentieth-century Texas. each one essay, written through a well known student within the box, is ready to stand on my own, supplemented with acceptable images, notes, and a specific bibliography. This anthology will attract an individual drawn to the social and cultural improvement of the kingdom. it is going to additionally end up precious within the collage school room, specifically for Texas heritage classes.

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The Wild by David Zindell

By David Zindell

A galactic look for the reality fires this significant epic of battle and discovery on either a human and cosmic scale.The Wild: a chaotic position the place ten elite lightship pilots dared to enterprise. a spot the place a kind of pilots, Danlo wi Soli Ringess, will research the destiny of his father. Did Mallory Ringess die in the course of that first excursion to the Wild? Or did he turn into a god? critiques differ, yet Danlo's seek is concentrated on one aim: the reality. it's a fact that may not simply demonstrate his father's murderer, yet can also lay naked the key to a killer virus that purely Danlo survived.From the Paperback variation.

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