Bottoms, a wife and mother of two finds life has no mercy and unfortunately neither does her family. Bottoms takes you throughtreacherousmoments of her life with all its ups and downsincludingseeing the man she'd been with for nine years end up with the last person in the world she'd ever imagine...
The Great Depression, East Texas. The woods are thick, the rivers wild, the weather ripe with tornadoes, and the Crane family, like most families in that neck of the woods, are eking out a thin living. When young Harry Crane discovers a mutilated body bound to a tree with barbed wire in the river bottoms, the underbelly of East Texas is exposed. Whites fear a renegade Negro. Blacks fear a vengeful massacre, or, if the killer is white, that the law will let him slip through their fingers. Harry believes the murderer is the Goat Man, an East Texas monster of legend who lurks beneath the swing bridge on the Sabine River, like the Billy Goat Gruff. Harry and his sister have actually seen the Goat Man, or something much like him, in his nocturnal haunts. As the bodies mount up, an elderly black man is lynched, both blacks and whites are terrorised, and Harry¿s father ¿ the local law ¿ and grandmother investigate, searching for a killer who may be a lot closer than they think. Not only a novel of riveting suspense, The Bottoms is a novel of a unique place and time, and shows the protean talents of Joe R Lansdale setting off in a new direction.
Environment, Agriculture, and Economy in an Arkansas River Community, 1819-1970
Author: Mildred D. Gleason
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Category: Business & Economics
Between 1819 and 1970, the town of Dardanelle, Arkansas, located on the south side of the Arkansas River in Yell County, Arkansas, experienced sustained prosperity and growth made possible by the nearby farming community known as the Dardanelle Bottoms. A reciprocal relationship between the town and the Bottoms formed the economic backbone on which the area’s well-being was balanced. The country people came to town on Saturdays to buy their groceries and supplies, to shop and take in a movie or visit the pool halls or barbershops. Merchants relied heavily on this country trade and had a long history of extending credit, keeping prices reasonable, and offering respect and appreciation to their customers. This interdependence, stable for decades, began to unravel in the late 1940s with changes in farming, particularly the cotton industry. In Dardanelle and the Bottoms, Mildred Diane Gleason explores this complex rural/town dichotomy, revealing and analyzing key components of each area, including aspects of race, education, the cotton economy and its demise, the devastation of floods and droughts, leisure, crime, and the impact of the Great Depression.
A collection of tales hinged upon "a way of life" in Southside Virginia, the "Old Dominion," in the authentic language as heard by the author and originally written down in the late 1950s. This treasure is re-published posthumously in cooperation with the Arthenia J. Bates Literary Foundation, in celebration of the author's 99th birthday.
"More than one half century ago, in early March of 1956, the city of Topeka, Kansas, took the first step in a long, slow, obstacle-filled road to implement a landmark urban renewal program that eventually targeted a twenty-seven square block area known to many of the people who lived there as "The Bottoms." As things turned out, by December of 193, almost all of the residents of the Bottoms has been dispossessed and relocated. In addition, by June of 1964, virtually all of the buildings in the area had been razed and the vacant lots were being rapidly sold to developers. Thus, in the space of eight short years, a neighborhood that had existed in Topeka, Kansas since before the city was chartered in 1857, was completely demolished and relegated to history and the memories of the people who once lived there."--inside jacket.
Refractory linings must be installed in plants and furnaces operated by the nonferrous metal, iron and steel, glass, construction material, chemical and petrochemical industries as well as in power plants and refuse incinerators.Consequently, refractory engineering is charged with a major task: control the fire and protect the supporting structure of the furnaces and plants against high temperatures. Eight years after the first edition was published the second edition has been completely revised to include the latest developments in refractory engineering. Consequently, state-of-the-art refractory engineering is covered. The new edition has an additional special feature on the linings in furnaces operated in foundries. The authors focus in great detail on the selection criteria for refractory materials, specific design and installation. Several illustrations (in colour) and installation examples taken from various industrial sectors provide detailed and clearly arranged information on the connections between design and application of the refractories. For any person having to deal with refractory engineering and refractories in any manner – whether they be builder of industrial furnaces, engineer or designer – this updated book with its immense amount of specific information is a reference book that he or she must possess.
Winner of the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction Named on Amazon's Best Books of the Year 2015--Michael Botticelli, U.S. Drug Czar (Politico) Favorite Book of the Year--Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Economics (Bloomberg/WSJ) Best Books of 2015--Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky (WSJ) Books of the Year--Slate.com's 10 Best Books of 2015--Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best Books of 2015 --Buzzfeed's 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015--The Daily Beast's Best Big Idea Books of 2015--Seattle Times' Best Books of 2015--Boston Globe's Best Books of 2015--St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Best Books of 2015--The Guardian's The Best Book We Read All Year--Audible's Best Books of 2015--Texas Observer's Five Books We Loved in 2015--Chicago Public Library's Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma to main streets nationwide, an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America. In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland. With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico. Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.