Muck City

Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town

Author: Bryan Mealer

Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)

ISBN: 0307888630

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

View: 5803

Traces the intertwined stories of an orphaned quarterback, a celebrated football coach and an aspiring medical student whose prospects were collectively shaped by the formidable challenges, shameful history and football enthusiasm of their hometown in the Florida Everglades. 30,000 first printing.

Muck City

Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town

Author: Bryan Mealer

Publisher: Crown Pub

ISBN: 0307888622

Category: Social Science

Page: 322

View: 3287

Traces the intertwined stories of an orphaned quarterback, a celebrated football coach and an aspiring medical student whose prospects were collectively shaped by the formidable challenges, shameful history and football enthusiasm of their hometown in the Florida Everglades. 30,000 first printing.

Muck City

Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town

Author: Bryan Mealer

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 0307888649

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 5349

In a town deep in the Florida Everglades, where high school football is the only escape, a haunted quarterback, a returning hero, and a scholar struggle against terrible odds. The loamy black “muck” that surrounds Belle Glade, Florida once built an empire for Big Sugar and provided much of the nation's vegetables, often on the backs of roving, destitute migrants. Many of these were children who honed their skills along the field rows and started one of the most legendary football programs in America. Belle Glade’s high school team, the Glades Central Raiders, has sent an extraordinary number of players to the National Football League – 27 since 1985, with five of those drafted in the first round. The industry that gave rise to the town and its team also spawned the chronic poverty, teeming migrant ghettos, and violence that cripples futures before they can ever begin. Muck City tells the story of quarterback Mario Rowley, whose dream is to win a championship for his deceased parents and quiet the ghosts that haunt him; head coach Jessie Hester, the town’s first NFL star, who returns home to “win kids, not championships”; and Jonteria Willliams, who must build her dream of becoming a doctor in one of the poorest high schools in the nation. For boys like Mario, being a Raider is a one-shot window for escape and a college education. Without football, Jonteria and the rest must make it on brains and fortitude alone. For the coach, good intentions must battle a town’s obsession to win above all else. Beyond the Friday night lights, this book is an engrossing portrait of a community mired in a shameful past and uncertain future, but with the fierce will to survive, win, and escape to a better life.

One Duck Stuck

A Mucky Ducky Counting Book

Author: Phyllis Root

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763691461

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 2664

Can two fish, tails going swish, help? What about three moose, munching on spruce? Bright, spirited illustrations by Jane Chapman enhance this one-of-a-kind counting tale by Phyllis Root - a feast of sounds and numbers that will have listeners scrambling to join in the slippy, sloppy fun.

Boys of Blur

Author: N. D. Wilson

Publisher: Yearling

ISBN: 0449816761

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 208

View: 2436

When his stepfather moves them to Taper, Florida, in the Everglades, twelve-year-old Charlie discovers a secret world hidden within the sugar cane fields, as well as new family connections and friendships.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252017780

Category: Fiction

Page: 231

View: 4324

When Janie Starks returns home, the small Black community buzzes with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man

Muck and Magic

Stories from the Countryside

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780749719029

Category: Children's stories

Page: 175

View: 2869


A Novel

Author: Dror Burstein

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374215839

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 2877

“Those who lament that the novel has lost its prophecy should pay heed and cover-price: Muck is the future, both of Jerusalem and of literature. God is showing some rare good taste, by choosing to speak to us through Dror Burstein.” —Joshua Cohen, author of Moving Kings and Book of Numbers In a Jerusalem both ancient and modern, where the First Temple squats over the populace like a Trump casino, where the streets are literally crawling with prophets and heathen helicopters buzz over Old Testament sovereigns, two young poets are about to have their lives turned upside down. Struggling Jeremiah is worried that he might be wasting his time trying to be a writer; the great critic Broch just beat him over the head with his own computer keyboard. Mattaniah, on the other hand, is a real up-and-comer—but he has a secret he wouldn’t want anyone in the literary world to know: his late father was king of Judah. Jeremiah begins to despair, and in that despair has a vision: that Jerusalem is doomed, and that Mattaniah will not only be forced to ascend to the throne but will thereafter witness his people slaughtered and exiled. But what does it mean to tell a friend and rival that his future is bleak? What sort of grudges and biases turn true vision into false prophecy? Can the very act of speaking a prediction aloud make it come true? And, if so, does that make you a seer, or just a schmuck? Dramatizing the eternal dispute between poetry and power, between faith and practicality, between haves and have-nots, Dror Burstein’s Muck is a brilliant and subversive modern-dress retelling of the book of Jeremiah: a comedy with apocalyptic stakes by a star of Israeli fiction.

Out of the Muck

A History of the Broward Sheriff's Office, 1915-2000

Author: William P. Cahill,Robert M. Jarvis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781594605840

Category: History

Page: 427

View: 2030

The Broward Sheriff 's Office is the country's largest fully-accredited sheriff 's department, yet its long and colorful history has escaped the attention of scholars. This oversight has now been corrected by Dr. William P. Cahill and Professor Robert M. Jarvis, who have painstakingly scoured hundreds of sources to tell the agency's story. The result is a fascinating tale that unfolds against the backdrop of South Florida's evolution from rural frontier to international tourist destination. Accompanying the text are 200 pictures (many are rarely seen), a biographical time line, year-by-year election results, and an extensive bibliography.

Muck Off

The Starting Point to Your Happily Ever After

Author: Carol L. Lopez

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781640852785


Page: 232

View: 8178

From the opening story when her father threatens to kill her, through her own battles with alcohol, and dealing with her loved ones' drug additions, Carol reveals how changing her perspective and getting straight about her values and dreams allowed her to rise out of the muck into a new life filled with sanity and happiness.

City of Bones

Author: Michael Connelly

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1742371701

Category: Bosch, Harry (Fictitious character)

Page: 431

View: 7615

When the bones of a 12-year-old boy are found Harry is drawn into a case that brings up dark memories.

The City of Falling Angels

Author: John Berendt

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444718215

Category: Travel

Page: 384

View: 8792

Taking the fire that destroyed the Fenice theatre in 1996 as his starting point, John Berendt creates a unique and unforgettable portrait of Venice and its extraordinary inhabitants. Beneath the exquisite facade of the world's most beautiful historic city, scandal, corruption and venality are rampant, and John Berendt is a master at seeking them out. Ezra Pound and his mistress, Olga; poet Mario Stefani; the Rat Man of Treviso; or Mario Moro - self-styled carabiniere, fireman, soldier or airman, depending on the day of the week. With his background in journalism, Berendt is perfectly poised to gain access to private and unapproachable people, and persuade them to talk frankly to him. The result is mischievous, witty, compelling - and destined to be the non-fiction succes d'estime of the year.

Rugby Picture Book (Title Tbc)

Author: Ceri Wyn Jones

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785620676


Page: 32

View: 5831

Llyfr stori-a-llun sy'n siŵr o apelio at gefnogwyr rygbi ifanc sy'n breuddwydio am gynrychioli eu gwlad. Dyma stori annwyl am ddau frawd gyda dychymyg byw! Y cae ger eu cartref yw Stadiwm y Mileniwm, cân y fwyalchen yw chwiban y dyfarnwr i ddechrau'r gêm a thwmpath y wahadden yw'r tî i osod y bel ar gyfer y trosiad tyngedfennol. -- Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru

The Kings of Big Spring

God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream

Author: Bryan Mealer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1250058910

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 483

"Think of it as a Texas version of Hillbilly Elegy." — Bryan Burrough, New York Times bestselling author of THE BIG RICH and BARBARIANS AT THE GATE "Bryan Mealer has given us a brilliant, and brilliantly entertaining, portrayal of family, and a bursting-at-the-seams chunk of America in the bargain.” — Ben Fountain, bestselling author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk A saga of family, fortune, faith in Texas, where blood is bond and oil is king... In 1892, Bryan Mealer’s great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas, looking for wealth and adventure in the raw and open country. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead pastures around them give way to one of the biggest oil booms in American history. They eventually settle in the small town of Big Spring, where fast fortunes are being made from its own reserves of oil. For the next two generations, the Mealers live on the margins of poverty, laboring in the cotton fields and on the drilling rigs that sprout along the flatland, weathering dust and wind, booms and busts, and tragedies that scatter them like tumbleweed. After embracing Pentecostalism during the Great Depression, they rely heavily on their faith to steel them against hardship and despair. But for young Bobby Mealer, the author’s father, religion is only an agent for rebellion. In the winter of 1981, when the author is seven years old, Bobby receives a call from an old friend with a simple question, “How'd you like to be a millionaire?” Twenty-six, and with a wife and three kids, Bobby had left his hometown to seek a life removed from the blowing dust and oil fields, and to find spiritual peace. But now Big Spring’s streets are flooded again with roughnecks, money, and sin. Boom chasers pour in from the busted factory towns in the north. Drilling rigs rise like timber along the pastures, and poor men become millionaires overnight. Grady Cunningham, Bobby's friend, is one of the newly-minted kings of Big Spring. Loud and flamboyant, with a penchant for floor-length fur coats, Grady pulls Bobby and his young wife into his glamorous orbit. While drilling wells for Grady's oil company, they fly around on private jets and embrace the honky-tonk high life of Texas oilmen. But beneath the Rolexes and Rolls Royce cars is a reality as dark as the crude itself. As Bobby soon discovers, his return to Big Spring is a backslider’s journey into a spiritual wilderness, and one that could cost him his life. A masterwork of memoir and narrative history, The Kings of Big Spring is an indelible portrait of fortune and ruin as big as Texas itself. And in telling the story of four generations of his family, Mealer also tells the story of America came to be.

All Things Must Fight to Live

Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo

Author: Bryan Mealer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608196674

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 6889

In All Things Must Fight to Live, Bryan Mealer takes readers on a harrowing two-thousand mile journey through Congo, where gun-toting militia still rape and kill with impunity. Amidst burnt-out battlefields where armies still wrestle for control, into the dark corners of the forests, and along the high savanna, where thousands have been slaughtered and quickly forgotten, Mealer searches for signs that Africa's most troubled state will soon rise from ruin. At once illuminating and startling, All Things Must Fight to Live is a searing portrait of an emerging country facing unimaginable upheaval and almost impossible odds, as well as an unflinching look at the darkness that continues to exist in the hearts of men. It is non-fiction at its finest-powerful, moving, necessary.

Duck in a Truck in the Muck

Author: Andy Griffiths

Publisher: Pan

ISBN: 9781742614120

Category: Children's stories

Page: 28

View: 9674

Chuck the Duck's ice-cream truck is stuck in the muck! Can his friend Buck and his muck-sucking truck save the day?A rhyming story of friendship and fun that will delight Andy fans, especially beginner readers, accompanied by Terry Denton's energetically comic illustrations.This story first appeared in The Cat on the Mat is Flat, a collection of short stories. The original black and white illustrations are now in colour, and the story has been redesigned in a larger format.

Five Finger Discount

Author: Helene Stapinski

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing UK

ISBN: 9780747558316

Category: Criminals

Page: 272

View: 1693

'Hugely entertaining and poignant' Sunday Times

Mud, Muck and Dead Things

Author: Ann Granger

Publisher: Canelo

ISBN: 1788630998

Category: Fiction

Page: 356

View: 4818

The first instalment of the Campbell and Carter mysteries When the body of a young woman is discovered in the cowshed of Cricket farm, the tranquility of the British countryside is shattered. Inspector Jess Campbell is on the case, but with few leads, a grumbling partner, and the new Superintendent Ian Carter piling on the pressure, she’s beginning to wonder why she chose to be a detective in the first place. The shifty land-owner Eli Smith seems to have something to hide, and as Campbell delves into the gruesome past of the dilapidated farm, the mystery deepens. A flashy Mercedes spotted fleeing the scene of the crime leads to a suspect, but when another body turns up, it looks as though Campbell’s lead is nothing but a dead end... Book one in the Campbell and Carter Mysteries, Mud, Muck and Dead things will thrill fans of M C Beaton, Joy Ellis and The Midsomer Murders. Praise for Ann Granger: 'Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringent' The Times 'The story just gets more complex, mysterious and chilling' Good Book Guide 'For once a murder novel which displays a gentle touch and a dash of wit' Northern Echo 'A clever and lively book' Margaret York

Paradise City

Author: Elizabeth Day

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008221766

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 7519

An audacious, compassionate state-of-the-nation novel about four strangers whose lives collide with far-reaching consequences.

Mud Season: How One Woman's Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, and Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another

Author: Ellen Stimson

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 1581576927

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 7901

Living the dream of the endless vacation “Anyone who has ever dreamed of leaving the city and taking their lives back to nature (and who hasn't?) will find much to contemplate in this warm and hilarious tale of rural misadventure and small town quirk, even if they have never chased a goat in a bathing suit or called 911 because there were cows in the road. Stimson's voice is endearing: both in its self-deprecation and its rapture, as she sings an only slightly conflicted love song to Vermont.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted “Taking a plunge that wimpier sorts (i.e. most of us) only fantasize about, Ellen Stimson and her family packed up their house in St. Louis and threw themselves into a wildly different life in small-town Vermont. Armed with the passion-and haplessness-of wide-eyed newcomers they rescue goats and adopt chickens, do battle with skunks and bats and falling ice, and, most disastrously, buy a black hole of a general store. Through it all they manage to retain their love for their adopted home as well as one another. This is a tale to which all the cliché words absolutely apply: hilarious, heartwarming, rollicking, and, most of all, rich in the real stuff of life.” —Julia Reed, author of But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!