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My Home

release date: Oct 19, 2021
My Home
A playful board book exploring different aspects of a child''s home in 100 words.

Home Home

release date: Jul 13, 2021
Home Home
"Moving from Trinidad to Canada wasn''t her idea. But after being hospitalized for depression, her mother sees it as the only option. Now, living with an estranged aunt she barely remembers and dealing with her "troubles" in a foreign country, she feels more lost than ever. Everything in Canada is cold and confusing. No one says hello, no one walks anywhere, and bus trips are never-ending and loud. She just wants to be home home, in Trinidad, where her only friend is going to school and Sunday church service like she used to do. But this new home also brings unexpected surprises: the chance at a family that loves unconditionally, the possibility of new friends, and the promise of a hopeful future. Though she doesn''t see it yet, Canada is a place where she can feel at home--if she can only find the courage to be honest with herself."--Back cover

Birdie and Me

release date: Feb 16, 2021
Birdie and Me
"Ever since their free-spirited mama died ten months ago, twelve-year-old Jack and her gender creative nine-year-old brother, Birdie, have been living with their fun-loving Uncle Carl, but now their conservative Uncle Patrick insists on being their guardian which forces all four of them to confront grief, prejudice, and loss, all while exploring what ''home'' really means"--

Thinking Continental

release date: Nov 01, 2017
Thinking Continental
In response to the growing scale and complexity of environmental threats, this volume collects articles, essays, personal narratives, and poems by more than forty authors in conversation about “thinking continental”—connecting local and personal landscapes to universal systems and processes—to articulate the concept of a global or planetary citizenship. Reckoning with the larger matrix of biome, region, continent, hemisphere, ocean, and planet has become necessary as environmental challenges require the insights not only of scientists but also of poets, humanists, and social scientists. Thinking Continental braids together abstract approaches with strands of more-personal narrative and poetry, showing how our imaginations can encompass the planetary while also being true to our own concrete life experiences in the here and now.

Reimagining Home in the 21st Century

release date: Feb 24, 2017
Reimagining Home in the 21st Century
Providing ways of reimagining home, this book demonstrates that thinking differently about home advances our understanding of processes of belonging. Authors in this collection explore home in relation to the figure of the stranger and public space, as well as with a focus on practices of dwelling and materialities. Through these frameworks, the collection as whole suggests that our home does not ‘belong’ to us, rather we ‘belong’ to home.

Valley of the Moon

release date: Jun 06, 2017
Valley of the Moon
The author of the critically acclaimed Wife 22 has written a captivating novel about a love that transcends time--perfect for readers of The Time Traveler''s Wife, Time and Again, and the novels of Alice Hoffman. San Francisco, 1975. A single mother, Lux Lysander is overwhelmed, underpaid, and living on the edge of an emotional precipice. When her adored five-year-old son goes away to visit his grandparents, Lux takes a solo trip to Sonoma Valley--a chance to both lose herself and find herself again. Awakened at midnight, Lux steps outside to see a fog settled over the Sonoma landscape. Wandering toward a point of light in the distance, she emerges into a meadow on a sunny day. There she meets a group of people whose sweetly simple clothing, speech, and manners almost make them seem as if they are from another time. And then she realizes they are. Lux has stumbled upon an idyllic community cut off not only from the rest of the world but from time itself. The residents of Greengage tell a stunned and disoriented Lux that they''ve somehow been marooned in the early twentieth century. Now that she has inexplicably stepped into the past, it is not long before Lux is drawn in by its peace and beauty. Unlike the people of Greengage, Lux discovers that she is able to come and go. And over the years, Lux finds herself increasingly torn between her two lives. Her beloved son is very much a child of the modern world, but she feels continually pulled back to the only place she has ever truly felt at home. A gorgeous, original, and deeply moving novel about love and longing and the power that time holds over all of us, Valley of the Moon is unforgettable. Praise for Valley of the Moon "The literary equivalent of a farm-to-table delicacy: lovingly handcrafted, delectable and transcendent, becoming more than just a tasty appetizer but a full-course experience of love and time and all the mystical beauty that the region has to offer."--San Francisco Chronicle "Beautifully written . . . [Valley of the Moon is] a wonderful story about belonging, love and the aching certainty that there''s something more out there . . . sure to appeal to fans of Time and Again or The Time Traveler''s Wife."--Shelf Awareness (starred review) "With lovely shades of The Time Traveler''s Wife, Valley of the Moon is a magical, cinematic novel, breathlessly romantic and alive with the love of language."--Sarah Addison Allen "An enjoyable magic carpet ride . . . Two narrators, separated by nearly a century, tell a tale of old-time charm and contemporary agita."--Kirkus Reviews "Captivating."--Booklist "Gripping . . . This update of Brigadoon is recommended because of its well-crafted twists and thought-provoking insights into different times and cultures."--Historical Novels Review "A propulsive and at times deeply suspenseful novel . . . [Valley of the Moon] offer[s] powerful and perceptive considerations about the passage of time, the shape of our lives and the often unintended effects our actions have on the people and communities around us."--Bookreporter

The Goodness of Home

release date: Feb 01, 2018
The Goodness of Home
In a modern world characterized by a precarious job market, class inequality, and a global migrant crisis, Natalia Marandiuc asks the question: How does home affect one''s identity? In this wide-ranging contribution to Christian theological anthropology, Marandiuc argues that love attachments function as sources of subjectivity and enablers of human freedom. Human loves and the love of God are co-creators of the self and they situate human subjectivity in a relational home. Paradoxically, the depth of human belonging, dependence, is thus directly proportional to the strength of human agency, independence. Building upon S�ren Kierkegaard, research in the neuroscience of attachment theory, and contemporary constructions of the self, The Goodness of Home makes original contributions to several central issues in contemporary Christian theological anthropology. Love is understood as central to the building of subjectivity, which is seen as an intersection of desire and need. For Marandiuc, the self is a complex process of becoming rather than a static entity with essentialist features. She looks at human difference in terms of the formation of particular subjectivities through particular loves. Ultimately, she depicts human love as interwoven with the infinite streams of divine love, forming a sacramental site for God''s presence, and playing a constitutive role in the making of the self.

The House That Lou Built

release date: Jan 01, 2018
The House That Lou Built
Longing for an escape from her extended Filipino family, Lou plans to build a tiny house on land she inherited from her father, but difficulties quickly arise.

Treeborne

release date: Jun 05, 2018
Treeborne
"Wedged between the bluffs and the river for which it''s named, there''s a small and all-but-forgotten town. Janie Treeborne lives on an orchard at the edge of Elberta, Alabama, and in time, she has become its keeper. A place where conquistadors once walked, and where the peaches they left behind now grow, Elberta has seen fierce battles, violent storms, and frantic change--and when the town is once again threatened from without, Janie realizes it won''t withstand much more. So she tells the story of its people: of Hugh, her granddaddy, determined to preserve Elberta''s legacy through his art; of his wife Maybelle, who shook the town when she became its first female postmaster, then again when she died a sudden and mysterious death; of her lover Lee Malone, a black orchardist and musician harvesting from a land where he is less than welcome; of the local legend Ricky Birdsong, who scored touchdown after touchdown, only to run headlong into tragedy; of the time Janie herself kidnapped her own Hollywood-obsessed aunt and tore the wrong people apart. As the world closes in on Elberta, Alabama--a fictional land equal parts Macon and Macondo--Caleb Johnson''s debut novel lifts the veil and offers one last glimpse. Treeborne is both a celebration and a reminder: of the difficulty of untangling the past from the future, and of how home is a story as much as a place"--

Welcome to My House

release date: Jun 06, 2017
Welcome to My House
First words are everywhere you look, especially in a house! This visually striking picture book catalogs an impressive array of household items, naming the delightful miscellany that comprises a life. The charming collections are creative and unexpected, providing the sweetest of visual snapshots that reinforce word recognition and understanding. In addition to the everyday kitchen, living room, and garden items, there are surprising and smart illustrated spreads featuring "everything for resting," "everything for warming up," and "everything that gets lost." Plus, a seek-and-find element (a hiding cat!) offers bonus amusement. Children will savor the delicate illustrations of things they are learning to recognize, things they are discovering every day, and things they will cherish and use as they grow.

The Hole Story

release date: Jan 01, 2017
The Hole Story
Hamish and Hermione Hole need a new home but wherever they go they cause chaos. Will the two holes ever find a place where they are appreciated?

A House That Once Was

release date: May 01, 2018
A House That Once Was
"Deep in the woods is a house, just a house, that once was--but now isn''t--a home. Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go?"--Page [2] of cover.

Acid West

release date: Apr 17, 2018
Acid West
A rollicking debut book of essays that takes readers on a trip through the muck of American myths that have settled in the desert of our country’s underbelly Early on July 16, 1945, Joshua Wheeler’s great grandfather awoke to a flash, and then a long rumble: the world’s first atomic blast filled the horizon north of his ranch in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Out on the range, the cattle had been bleached white by the fallout. Acid West, Wheeler’s stunning debut collection of essays, is full of these mutated cows: vestiges of the Old West that have been transformed, suddenly and irrevocably, by innovation. Traversing the New Mexico landscape his family has called home for seven generations, Wheeler excavates and reexamines these oddities, assembling a cabinet of narrative curiosities: a man who steps from the stratosphere and free-falls to the desert; a treasure hunt for buried Atari video games; a village plagued by the legacy of atomic testing; a lonely desert spaceport; a UFO festival during the paranoid Summer of Snowden. The radical evolution of American identity, from cowboys to drone warriors to space explorers, is a story rooted in southern New Mexico. Acid West illuminates this history, clawing at the bounds of genre to reveal a place that is, for better or worse, home. By turns intimate, absurd, and frightening, Acid West is an enlightening deep-dive into a prophetic desert at the bottom of America.

The House We Grew Up In

release date: Aug 12, 2014
The House We Grew Up In
When their picture-perfect Cotswold village family life with a perpetually young father and hippy mother is shattered by a tragic Easter weekend, four siblings pursue separate adult lives before a reunion reveals astonishing truths. By the author of Before I Met You.

House Whisper

release date: Aug 06, 2014
House Whisper
We all live in a place and a space we call home. But how deeply connected to it are we? According to quantum physics, more than 90 percent of reality is invisible. This apparently empty space is actually filled with energy that contains intelligence and stores all past, present, and future events. By sharing his personal journey from living a life of separation to one of connection, Georg guides you on your own journey to nurture a deeper connection with yourself and your environment. This book also helps you with exercises to create that sense of connection with inner and outer spaces. Georg takes you through the process of feeling the energies in and around to create a deep sense of belonging within.

Feathers from My Nest

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Feathers from My Nest
In a collection of vignettes, the bestselling author of "Things Pondered" reflects on items belonging to her daughters as they leave the nest for college. While these "feathers" are seemingly insignificant, each item holds special memories and spiritual insight.

Wing Nut

release date: May 01, 2005
Wing Nut
When twelve-year-old Grady Flood and his mother Lila relocate yet again, they find work taking care of an elderly man, who teaches Grady about cars, birds, and what it means to have a home.

The Duties of Women

release date: Sep 23, 2010
The Duties of Women
A series of essays discussing the political importance of feminism in women''s daily lives, first published in 1881.

Beautiful Trouble

release date: Aug 30, 2004
Beautiful Trouble
An award-winning collection of poems from a promising new talent captures the moments of beauty that suffuse life in the American Midwest and muses on families, womanhood, and life in a strikingly elegant style. Original.

Leaving the Pink House

release date: Sep 01, 2014
Leaving the Pink House
Ladette Randolph understands her life best through the houses she has inhabited. From the isolated farmhouse of her childhood, to the series of houses her family occupied in small towns across Nebraska as her father pursued his dream of becoming a minister, to the equally small houses she lived in as a single mother and graduate student, houses have shaped her understanding of her place in the world and served as touchstones for a life marked by both constancy and endless cycles of change. As Randolph and her husband struggle to bring a dilapidated farmhouse on twenty acres outside Lincoln, Nebraska, back to life, Randolph reflects on the houses of her past and the stages of her life that played out in each, both painful and joyful. She simultaneously traces the contours of a life deeply shaped by the Nebraska plains, where her family has lived for generations, and how those roots helped her find the strength to overcome devastating losses as a young adult. Weaving together strands of departures and arrivals, new houses and deep roots, cycles of change and the cycles of the seasons, Leaving the Pink House is a richly layered memoir of the meaning of home and family, and how they can never really leave us, even if we leave them--Excerpted from publisher statement.

Ordinary Light

release date: Jan 01, 2016
Ordinary Light
"In ''Ordinary light,'' Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith explores her coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter"--Back cove

Relief Teaching Themes

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Relief Teaching Themes
Designed to help relief teachers capture their students (ages 9-12 years) interest with lessons that are fun and innovative. The lessons cover 5 learning areas: English, mathematics, the humanities, science and visual arts.

The Empty Family

release date: Jan 03, 2012
The Empty Family
A follow-up to the award-winning Brooklyn includes the stories "The Street," in which Pakistani workers in Barcelona pursue a taboo affair; and "Two Women," in which a taciturn Irish set designer confronts repressed emotions while working in her homeland.

Mrs. B's Guide to Household Witchery

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Mrs. B's Guide to Household Witchery
For domestic goddesses everywhere--add some magic and fun to those mundane household chores with Mrs. B.''s Guide to Household Witchery. Whether you''re sweeping the floor, making a meal, or cleaning out that junk drawer, domestic witch Kris Bradley, creator of the popular blog, Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom, will show you how to create spells and magic to bring happiness and balance into your home. Bradley offers ideas and solutions to make the most out of everyday items, activities, and obligations. From Anchovies to Broccoli, and Wine to Yeast, from sweeping the floor to blow-drying your hair, you can change your outlook on life with a pinch of knowledge and a dash of magic! The book includes simple rituals, spells, and ways to connect with the spirits that watch over your home and family. Includes an appendix of herbs and a complete materia magica from the kitchen pantry. Mrs. B''s Guide to Household Witchery features: Room by Room: How to create magic while you cook, set up a family altar in the living room, or do a junk drawer divinationThe Elements for the Domestic Witch: a primer on the 4 elements and how to balance them in your homeThe Domestic Witch''s Herbal: Magical uses for every herb and food in your pantry, as well as instant magic with prepackaged spice mixesSimple Sabbats for the Busy Witch: simple ways to celebrate the passing of the seasonsMagical Recipes: More than 100 recipes and spells

Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life
In the late 19th century the conventions of domesticity came under scrutiny by British writers & others intent on bringing a modern spirit into the home. Rosner reveals the connections between those who elegantly synthesized modernist literature with architetcural plans, room designs, & decorative art.

Intersections of Displacement

release date: Jun 01, 2015
Intersections of Displacement
Refugees are forced to gamble with their lives to flee conflicts, and if they arrive at their intended destination unscathed, they may face the turbulent prospect of asylum defined by a meagre existence, social exclusion, poverty, and even homelessness. Operating at different scales and imagined places, homelessness and asylum seeking are issues of fundamental social justice typically viewed as a problem of cities and crises of national and international concern respectively. However, over the past two decades in particular, the increasing and volatile numbers of asylum seekers arriving in the West have created a new form of homelessness, mainly hidden, often vulnerable, and located in the interstices of international and local displacement. Considering refugee settlement in London, England, and Toronto, Canada, this book argues that this new form of homelessness also requires a new perspective in order to be properly understood, and this perspective should come from refugees themselves. Two main questions are considered: “How do refugees conceive, locate, and reconstruct ‘home’ in the asylum and settlement process?” and “How do national and residential dynamics affect refugees’ sense of home or homelessness?” Drawing on structuration theory amongst other ideas, the book examines the relationship between “refugeeness” and homelessness, and how each is shaped in the countries of asylum. Managed migration strategies in Canada and deterrent migration strategies in the UK have a profound effect on refugees’ perceptions of belonging and acceptance, equality, and the desire and ability to make a home for themselves. In addition to shaping notions of belonging, national support and services (or the lack thereof) structure the pathways to homelessness, revealing distinct trajectories amongst refugees in London and Toronto. The author’s proceeds from the sale of this book will be contributed to the Canadian Council for Refugees.

The Secret Hum of a Daisy

release date: Jan 01, 2014
The Secret Hum of a Daisy
After 12-year-old Grace''s mother''s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she''s never met; then she discovers clues in a mysterious treasure hunt that help her find her true home. Simultaneous eBook.

Environmental Gerontology

release date: Feb 20, 2013

You're Not A Ladybird You've Got No Spots

release date: Jan 01, 2011
You're Not A Ladybird You've Got No Spots
This is the story of a very young ladybird on her first outing in the garden and when she becomes lost she asks the same question of every creature she meets; ''please can you show me the way to go home?'' Each creature is engaged on a certain task in different parts of the garden and in turn they enquire, ''what are you?'' When she replies she is a ladybird this is met with disbelief as she has not yet got her spots. By the end of the story ladybird''s spots have appeared and she is met by her mother who shows her the way to go home.
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