Muck City

Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town

Author: Bryan Mealer

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 0307888649

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 8513

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 Size Fits None

A Farm Girl’s Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture

Author: Stephanie Anderson

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1496205057

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 312

View: 7005

“Sustainable” has long been the rallying cry of agricultural progressives; given that much of our nation’s farm and ranch land is already degraded, however, sustainable agriculture often means maintaining a less-than-ideal status quo. Industrial agriculture has also co-opted the term for marketing purposes without implementing better practices. Stephanie Anderson argues that in order to provide nutrient-rich food and fight climate change, we need to move beyond sustainable to regenerative agriculture, a practice that is highly tailored to local environments and renews resources. In One Size Fits None Anderson follows diverse farmers across the United States: a South Dakota bison rancher who provides an alternative to the industrial feedlot; an organic vegetable farmer in Florida who harvests microgreens; a New Mexico super-small farmer who revitalizes communities; and a North Dakota midsize farmer who combines livestock and grain farming to convert expensive farmland back to native prairie. The use of these nontraditional agricultural techniques show how varied operations can give back to the earth rather than degrade it. This book will resonate with anyone concerned about the future of food in America, providing guidance for creating a better, regenerative agricultural future. Download a discussion guide (PDF).

Mädchenfänger

Author: Jilliane Hoffman

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644204519

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 5823

«FYI. pink steht dir gut (Smiley)» Die dreizehnjährige Lainey kann es kaum fassen. Zach, der gutaussehende Sonnyboy aus dem Chatroom, steht offensichtlich auf sie. Und er will sie treffen. Als sie von der Schule nicht nach Hause kommt, nehmen alle an, dass Lainey weggelaufen ist. So wie ihre ältere Schwester Denise vor ein paar Jahren. Routinemäßig wird FBI-Agent Robert Dees in die Untersuchung miteinbezogen. Bobby ist Spezialist für verschwundene Kinder – nicht nur beruflich, sondern auch privat. Seine eigene Tochter Katy verschwand vor fast einem Jahr, und niemand hat seitdem wieder etwas von ihr gehört. Lainey ist nicht weggelaufen, da ist sich Bobby sicher. Doch zunächst führen alle Spuren ins Nichts. Bis ihm ein schreckliches Gemälde zugespielt wird – es zeigt eine gefesselte junge Frau. Anhand des Gemäldes findet Bobby heraus, wo das Mädchen gefangen gehalten wird – doch sie kommen zu spät. Das Mädchen ist tot. Es ist nicht Lainey, doch im Bild finden sich Hinweise auf sie. Bobby kommt der Verdacht, dass sie es mit einem Serienmörder zu tun haben, der es auf junge Mädchen abgesehen hat, von denen alle denken, sie seien weggelaufen. So wie Katy ...

Poems from the Mud Room

Collected Works 1976 - 2012

Author: Howard Camner

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1483629880

Category: Poetry

Page: 742

View: 3654

Tantalizingly irreverent; Camners work smacks of the deliciously absurd with a point. He is a brilliantly bizarre poet and master of the surreal. - Lenny DellaRocca The Poetry Museum Camner defies the traditional aesthetic concepts of poetry. He targets a world of ideas in a rather active way as opposed to the more passive, meditative aspects found in most poetry. There is a linguistic simplicity to his poems, an almost transparent quality, over a rather complex web of experience and thought. His poetry is life All you have to do is look The obvious and not so obvious. - Marta Braunstein, editor Cambio Literary Journal Camner writes in terse, stark, real verse that would make Hemingway raise his scotch glass in honor. - New Times Newspaper Camners poetic style is reminiscent of Raymond Chandlers detective writing; descriptive and terse with interesting plot lines. His characters are certainly the product of a vivid imagination. - The Comstock Review Camners humour noir is apparent in his poetics, his spirited voice and unabashed freedom so alive, even in his earliest poems. - Peter Hargitai A literary detour, and well worth the trip. - Village Voice

Stadt, Land, Mord

Ein Fall für Jessica Campbell. Kriminalroman

Author: Ann Granger

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3838706706

Category: Fiction

Page: 396

View: 4967

Der eingefleischte Stadtmensch Lucas Burton vermag dem idyllischen Landleben rein gar nichts abzugewinnen. Und er soll auf makabre Weise Recht behalten. Normalerweise würden ihn keine zehn Pferde zu dem verlassenen Gutshof mitten im Nichts bringen, würde dort nicht ein lukratives Geschäft locken. Doch kaum angekommen, stolpert er über die Leiche eines jungen Mädchens. Als er fluchtartig den Tatort verlässt, macht er sich verdächtig. Kein Wunder, dass er bald unerwünschten Besuch bekommt: Inspector Jessica Campbell hat den Mordfall übernommen. Es gibt nur wenig verwertbare Spuren für sie, und ihr neuer Chef, Alan Markbys Nachfolger, sitzt ihr ständig im Nacken. Der Druck ist groß. Und er wird noch größer, als man eine zweite Leiche entdeckt ...

Surfaces

A History

Author: Joseph A. Amato

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520954432

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 2698

Human beings are surrounded by surfaces: from our skin to faces, to the walls and streets of our homes and cities, to the images, books, and screens of our cultures and civilizations, to the natural world and what we imagine beyond. In this thought-provoking and richly textured book, Joseph A. Amato traces the human relationship with surfaces from the deep history of human evolution, which unfolded across millennia, up to the contemporary world. Fusing his work on Dust and On Foot, he shows how, in the last two centuries, our understanding, creation, control, and manipulation of surfaces has become truly revolutionary—in both scale and volume. With the sweep of grand history matched to existential concerns for the present, he suggests that we have become the surfaces we have made, mastered, and now control, invent, design, and encapsulate our lives. This deeply informed and original narrative, which joins history and anthropology and suggests new routes for epistemology and aesthetics, argues that surfaces are far more than superficial façades of deep inner worlds.

Goodbye Bellmont

Roman

Author: Matthew Quick

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423428813

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

View: 2938

Was im Leben wirklich zählt Der Tag, an dem Russ Allen kommt, ist der Tag an dem Finleys Traum von einer besseren Zukunft platzt. Er muss fürchten, das einzig wirklich Wichtige in seinem Leben – Basketball und seine Freundin Erin – zu verlieren. Doch Russ Allen steckt voller Überraschungen.

Vor ihren Augen sahen sie Gott

Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Publisher: edition fünf

ISBN: 394237479X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 272

View: 5233

Florida 1928. In einer einzigen Nacht erzählt Janie ihrer besten Freundin Pheoby wie sie aufbrach, ein anderes Leben zu führen, den viel jüngeren Tea Cake traf, endlich das Glück fand, und was geschah, als der große Hurrikan kam ... Von ihrer Reise kehrt Janie als ein neuer Mensch zurück - und mit ihr alle, die ihre Geschichte hören. Der Klassiker aus den USA, zum 120. Geburtstag der Autorin neu übersetzt, gehört zu den schönsten, traurigsten und herzergreifendsten Liebesgeschichten, die je geschrieben wurden.

Death of a Beauty Queen

Author: Mallory Kane

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 037369623X

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 1975

"The detective kept calling her by some other woman's name, but it meant nothing. Rose Bohaeme had no past, not until Detective Dixon Lloyd found it worth looking for. He was a man so focused on her, he'd been searching for more than ten years. His first homicide case was hers, and he could never shake it. He was haunted by her--and when he found her, living, breathing, there remained only more questions and a bloody trail to follow. But was he doing her any favors seeking out those answers, so punctuated by danger? Or were they killing her second chance at life by inviting death back in?"--Publisher.

Ideas for a Better America

Author: Natty Bumppo,Natalie Bumppo

Publisher: Borf Books

ISBN: 0960489401

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 80

View: 895

Where the Swallowtail Kite Soars

The Legacies of Glades County, Florida and the Vanishing Wilderness

Author: Nancy Dale

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595325572

Category: History

Page: 184

View: 5042

Palmdale, a remote town in Glades County, population less than 1,000, is on the curb of creeping urbanization. Today, more people than Palmdale's entire population are moving into Florida each day. The pioneer culture and Florida's last wilderness is threatened by growth that exploits "blue gold" water and the land. The sprawling ranches set amidst tall cabbage palm prairies are disappearing. The cost to stay is more than the price to sell with high inheritance taxes and the evaporation of a cattle based economy. The early pioneers forecasted Florida's future in their own lifetime as they struggled to hold onto a way of life in a place where few chose to carve a living. Their stories predict the high premium of development: light pollution, traffic, sewage, crime and the "napalming" of native trees replaced by "ornamental" shrubs, cement, and gated communities. They foresaw the destruction of natural eco-systems, water shortages and communities where wildlife extermination businesses spring up to destroy "pesky" intruders such as squirrels, woodpeckers, snakes and other Everglades species. The story of Palmdale, Florida, and its people reflects a proud cultural heritage living on the edge of civilization. Palmdale is a ghost town today with only a few ranches left and the Seminole Indian Tribe living off a small market economy against the odds of metropolitan growth, dollars and political power. This story reflects a tragic national trend threatening the survival of rural America.

Railroads of Southwest Florida

Author: Gregg M. Turner

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439627339

Category: Transportation

Page: 128

View: 7146

When the first “Iron Horse” arrived in Southwest Florida—at Charlotte Harbor in 1886—nearly 150,000 miles of railroads already existed in America, the transcontinental route was open, and Pullman sleeping cars were in wide use. But despite a late start, railroads forever transformed this beautiful region of the Sunshine State and connected its people to the outside world. In Railroads of Southwest Florida, the golden age of railroading is documented with captivating images of stations, machines, and the people whose lives were affected by this significant form of transportation. From interior views of well-furnished passenger cars to scenes of hardworking men who made it all possible, this collection provides a thorough look at a fascinating, almost forgotten heritage.

True Grits

Tough Times, Tough People

Author: Raymond A. Uzanas

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467039020

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 204

View: 9877

During the latter months of 2008 a financial calamity was unfolding and fears of another Great Depression were sweeping across the globe. In America, once all-powerful behemoths of corporate finance were collapsing into a mere shell of their former selves under a debt avalanche of unknown proportions. Unemployment was rising rapidly and showing no favorites among white and blue-collar workers. Personal and business bankruptcies and foreclosures would skyrocket. In March of 2009, with the U.S. stock market averages down over 50% from their record highs of a couple of years earlier, Uzanas set out on a road trip through much of the Middle Atlantic and Southeastern United States. From the coal country of western Virginia to the gilded avenues of Palm Beach, Ray visited places and met people that mirrored a wide swath of Americas complex profile. True Grits is a collection of his stories from those travels that portray the varying challenges faced by Americans as they adapt to an uncertain, but decidedly altered economic landscape.

Hippomobile!

Author: Jeff Tapia

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547995504

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

View: 2735

There are many stories about kid crusaders who save something, but none like this one. With steampunk, tall tale, and just plain silly elements, the story of how ten-year-old twins Jimmy and Stella found out about the unique vehicle called the hippomobile, learned its history, and then used it to rescue their beloved town of Wymore is an original variant on a tried and true theme. A cast of wildly eccentric characters, most of whom are the twins' forty-seven grandmas and grandpas; a liberal sprinkling of diner slang and odd colloquial phrases, many explained in footnotes; and a sense that the events described never took place but could have are among the surprising ingredients of this unconventional creation. The fact that there really was a hippomobile with its own history doesn't interfere with the fun.

Boys of Blur

Author: N. D. Wilson

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0449816753

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

View: 4654

Fans of Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee and Louis Sachar's Holes will enjoy this story about a boy and the ancient secrets that hide deep in the heart of the Florida everglades near a place called Muck City. When Charlie moves to the small town of Taper, Florida, he discovers a different world. Pinned between the everglades and the swampy banks of Lake Okeechobee, the small town produces sugar cane . . . and the fastest runners in the country. Kids chase muck rabbits in the fields while the cane is being burned and harvested. Dodging flames and blades and breathing smoke, they run down the rabbits for three dollars a skin. And when they can do that, running a football is easy. But there are things in the swamp, roaming the cane at night, that cannot be explained, and they seem connected to sprawling mounds older than the swamps. Together with his step-second cousin "Cotton" Mack, the fastest boy on the muck, Charlie hunts secrets in the glades and on the muck flats where the cane grows secrets as old as the soft earth, secrets that haunted, tripped, and trapped the original native tribes, ensnared conquistadors, and buried runaway slaves. Secrets only the muck knows. From the Hardcover edition.

Elon Musk

Wie Elon Musk die Welt verändert – Die Biografie

Author: Ashlee Vance,Elon Musk

Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag

ISBN: 3862487237

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 1734

Elon Musk ist der da Vinci des 21. Jahrhunderts. Seine Firmengründungen lesen sich wie das Who's who der zukunftsträchtigsten Unternehmen der Welt. Alles, was dieser Mann anfasst, scheint zu Gold zu werden. Mit PayPal revolutionierte er das Zahlen im Internet, mit Tesla schreckte er die Autoindustrie auf und sein Raumfahrtunternehmen SpaceX ist aktuell das weltweit einzige Unternehmen, das ein Raumschiff mit großer Nutzlast wieder auf die Erde zurückbringen kann. Dies ist die persönliche Geschichte hinter einem der größten Unternehmer seit Thomas Edison, Henry Ford oder Howard Hughes. Das Buch erzählt seinen kometenhaften Aufstieg von seiner Flucht aus Südafrika mit 17 Jahren bis heute. Elon Musk gilt als der "Real Iron Man" – in Anlehnung an einen der erfolgreichsten Comichelden der Welt. Es ist die gleichsam inspirierende, persönliche und spannende Geschichte eines der erfolgreichsten Querdenker der Welt. In einem Umfang wie noch kein Journalist zuvor hatte Ashlee Vance für diese Biografie exklusiven und direkten Zugang zu Elon Musk, seinem familiären Umfeld und persönlichen Freunden. Mit 16 Seiten exklusiven und persönlichen Bildern aus Elon Musks persönlichem Fotoalbum.