Casting with a Fragile Thread

A Story of Sisters and Africa

Author: Wendy Kann

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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In this poignant, lyric memoir, a sister's tragic death prompts a woman's unbidden journey into her turbulent African past. A comfortable suburban housewife with three children living in Connecticut, Wendy Kann thought she had put her volatile childhood in colonial Rhodesia—now Zimbabwe—behind her. Then one Sunday morning came a terrible phone call: her youngest sister, Lauren, had been killed on a lonely road in Zambia. Suddenly unable to ignore her longing for her homeland, she decides she must confront the ghosts of her past. Wendy Kann's is a personal journey, set against a backdrop as exotic as it is desolate. From a privileged colonial childhood of mansions and servants, her story moves to a young adulthood marked by her father's death, her mother's insanity, and the viciousness of a bloody civil war. Through unlikely love she finds herself in the incongruous sophistication of Manhattan; three children bring the security of suburban America, until the heartbreaking vulnerability of the small child her sister left behind in Africa compels her to return to a continent she hardly recognizes. With honesty and compassion, Kann pieces together her sister's life, explores the heartbreak of loss and belonging, and finally discovers the true meaning of home.

Remembered Childhoods

A Guide to Autobiography and Memoirs of Childhood and Youth

Author: Jeffrey E. Long

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 495

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Presents a guide to more than 2,800 autobiographies published between 1725 and 2007 arranged in categories that reflect shared themes and characteristics.

The Fragile Thread

The Meaning of Form in Faulkner's Novels

Author: Donald M. Kartiganer



Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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A critical study of form in Faulkner's novels views the author as an example of the modernist school, notes the fragmentary structure of the works, and illuminates the impact of Faulkner's rejection of traditional narrative conventions.

Knitting New Mittens & Gloves

Warm and Adorn Your Hands in 28 Innovative Ways

Author: Robin Melanson

Publisher: Open Road Media


Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 144

View: 356

Unique designs from a knitwear pro. “A mitten-covered thumbs-up to Knitting New Mittens [&] Gloves. It’s a nice blend of the classic and the funky” (Go Knit In Your Hat). Growing up in Cape Breton, on Canada’s Atlantic coast, knitwear designer Robin Melanson learned early on the importance of gloves and mittens in a harsh winter climate. Now this self-described “mitten and glove aficionado” shares her enthusiasm for these ordinary items by presenting 28 extraordinary ways to make them for year-round style. Featuring gloves, mittens, arm warmers, mitts, and fingerless gloves, this is the second book in a new STC Craft series that introduces innovative approaches to creating popular knitted items. Knitting New Mittens and Gloves combines traditional and untraditional techniques—as well as influences as far-flung as Gothic architecture, Estonian lace, and Wagnerian opera—in a winning collection of patterns for adults and children. From wool mittens filled with unspun fleece and arm warmers with leather laces, to cotton-mesh fingerless gloves and silk-beaded mitts to be worn as adornments, each design has an unexpected twist. Because they are small, quick to make, and don’t require a lot of yarn, mittens and gloves are perfect projects for knitting throughout the year, and they also offer an ideal opportunity for beginning and more seasoned knitters to experiment with new techniques, yarns, and styles. With its fresh, original sensibility, Knitting New Mittens and Gloves will captivate knitters of every level.


Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Publisher: Library of America


Category: Fiction

Page: 1272

View: 493

Five novels explore the relationship between two rival families, the consequences of adultery, tragic romances, and life in a utopian community

Mystical Scotland

Author: Ann Lindsay Mitchell

Publisher: Dundurn


Category: National characteristics, Scottish

Page: 164

View: 751