• Fiction

The Lacuna


Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571252656
Category: Fiction
Page: 688
View: 6967
From Pulitzer Prize nominee and award winning author of Homeland, The Poisonwood Bible and Flight Behaviour, The Lacuna is the heartbreaking story of a man torn between the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s America in the shadow of Senator McCarthy. Born in America and raised in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salome. When he starts work in the household of Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo - where the Bolshevik leader, Lev Trotsky, is also being harboured as a political exile - he inadvertently casts his lot with art, communism and revolution. A compulsive diarist, he records and relates his colourful experiences of life with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Trotsky in the midst of the Mexican revolution. A violent upheaval sends him back to America; but political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach - the lacuna - between truth and public presumption.

    • Fiction

The Lacuna LP

A Novel
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061927562
Category: Fiction
Page: 784
View: 7394
In her most accomplished novel, Barbara Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities. Born in the United States, reared in a series of provisional households in Mexico—from a coastal island jungle to 1930s Mexico City—Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers who put him to work in the kitchen, errands he runs in the streets, and one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. He discovers a passion for Aztec history and meets the exotic, imperious artist Frida Kahlo, who will become his lifelong friend. When he goes to work for Lev Trotsky, an exiled political leader fighting for his life, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution, newspaper headlines and howling gossip, and a risk of terrible violence. Meanwhile, to the north, the United States will soon be caught up in the internationalist goodwill of World War II. There in the land of his birth, Shepherd believes he might remake himself in America's hopeful image and claim a voice of his own. He finds support from an unlikely kindred soul, his stenographer, Mrs. Brown, who will be far more valuable to her employer than he could ever know. Through darkening years, political winds continue to toss him between north and south in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach—the lacuna—between truth and public presumption. With deeply compelling characters, a vivid sense of place, and a clear grasp of how history and public opinion can shape a life, Barbara Kingsolver has created an unforgettable portrait of the artist—and of art itself. The Lacuna is a rich and daring work of literature, establishing its author as one of the most provocative and important of her time.

    • Fiction

The Lacuna

Deluxe Modern Classic
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061959677
Category: Fiction
Page: 544
View: 7509
In The Lacuna, her first novel in nine years, Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, tells the story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds—an unforgettable protagonist whose search for identity will take readers to the heart of the twentieth century’s most tumultuous events.

    • Fiction

Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi


Author: David Adams
Publisher: David Adams
ISBN: 1301098523
Category: Fiction
Page: 195
View: 734
Drawn to a desert world by the legacy of a traitor, the crew of the TFR Beijing discover something abandoned, something forgotten... something mysterious. Buddha once said, "An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast... ... for a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind." The scars of betrayal runs deep... and Captain Melissa Liao will find out just how far the slighted will go for revenge. Book two of the Lacuna series. Lacuna Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity Lacuna: The Prelude to Eternity (coming soon!) Don't miss these short stories set in the Lacuna universe: Magnet Magnet: Special Mission Magnet: Marauder Magnet: Scarecrow (new release!) Magnet Omnibus I (new release!) Imperfect Faith

    • Fiction

Lacuna


Author: David Adams
Publisher: David Adams
ISBN: 1301966940
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 9756
"Never again attempt to develop this kind of technology." It is with these words that an unknown alien attacker destroys the Earth cities of Tehran, Sydney and Beijing. Fifty million people die... and nothing is ever the same again. Some call them Demons, some call them Aliens, but to Chinese Naval Captain Melissa Liao they are the enemy. She is given command of one of three great warships built to fight the "demons", the TFR Beijing. Her task is simple. Find who attacked Earth and why... then stop them. Book one of the Lacuna series. Lacuna: Demons of the Void Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity (new release!) Lacuna: The Prelude to Eternity (coming soon!) Don't miss these short stories set in the Lacuna universe: Magnet Magnet: Special Mission Magnet: Marauder Magnet: Scarecrow (new release!) Imperfect Faith Keywords: free, freebie, free download, military sci-fi, navy, future, people's republic of china, space exploration, military space, lacuna

    • Fiction

Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion


Author: David Adams
Publisher: David Adams
ISBN: 1301548758
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 2027
The words of a construct, an artificial mind, ring truer than ever. Humanity has angered a powerful foe and cannot weather the growing storm. The Toralii are coming. But instead of warships, the Toralii Alliance send an ambassador to the Sol system. The message it brings is a startling, marked departure from all other contact with the species... and one that heralds a shift in the balance of power in the Milky Way, the most significant in hundreds of years. The Toralii face a larger threat. A something their ships cannot catch, their weapons cannot touch and gravimetric interference cannot stop. The Toralii, for the first time in centuries, know the crushing grip of fear. The TFR Beijing must face an old enemy, an enemy who has not been idle; an imperfect being whose ambition seems matched only by his capabilities. Liao's child is born into an era of war and fear, and the spectre of oblivion looms over all mankind. Book three of the Lacuna series. Lacuna Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity Lacuna: The Prelude to Eternity (coming soon!) Don't miss these short stories set in the Lacuna universe: Magnet Magnet: Special Mission Magnet: Marauder Magnet: Scarecrow (new release!) Magnet Omnibus I (new release!) Imperfect Faith

    • Fiction

Lacuna: The Requiem of Steel


Author: David Adams
Publisher: David Adams
ISBN: 1370898045
Category: Fiction
Page: 195
View: 3425
Peace in our time. The Toralii guns are silent. Humanity’s home of Velsharn is secure. There are no more battles. No more wars. The machinations of a dying man have traded a single life for a species; Captain Melissa Liao’s world is four iron walls and pain, but her suffering buys life for mankind. Her legacy is one of struggle, selflessness, and sacrifice. Held in the grasp of the Toralii Alliance, she takes little comfort in this. Is this the swansong for war, for steel and blood and gunpowder? Is this the price of peace? Amongst the crew of the TFR Beijing, the TFR Tehran, and the TFR Washington, a chorus rings: No one gets left behind. The climactic sixth, and final, book of the Lacuna series. Lacuna Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity Lacuna: The Prelude to Eternity (coming soon!) Don't miss these short stories set in the Lacuna universe: Magnet Magnet: Special Mission Magnet: Marauder Magnet: Scarecrow (new release!) Magnet Omnibus I (new release!) Imperfect Faith

    • Fiction

Lacuna


Author: Sean Rian
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 1491875445
Category: Fiction
Page: 286
View: 2177
Lacuna, defined in the Oxford Dictionary as a Hiatus, blank, missing portion, empty part, seemed to be the picture of the world to J, whom on the death of his exhausted mother, becomes the sole carer of his aged father who is in an advanced state of Alzheimers, in a confused, agitated South London where mobile phones and iPods, both addictive and sedative, are background Muzak to more serious displays of road rage, street rage and drug activity. Encountering a Health Service whose professionals find it as difficult as him to reach down into the heart of this unseen, ungraspable disease he is forced to seek innovative ways of dealing with the daily problems. A chance meeting at his local pub provides him with an informal support group. Three men that he meets in the late evening several times a week become to him the Three Wise Men, affectionately abbreviated to TWM. ln the third year when his father takes a serious fall they enter into a world of medicine which is advanced and competent but where 'nursing', has become clerical rather than physical, and where 'care' has been marginalised by pseudo professionalism. Whilst grim duty never goes away what began as a five year retreat from Moscow becomes in part a rewarding internal Odyssey. A gradual retrospective view of his father's early imperceptible decline does bring a degree of understanding and the lifelong unbroken friendship between them is reconfirmed.

    • Fiction

Lacuna: The Prelude to Eternity


Author: David Adams
Publisher: David Adams
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 7785
Humanity has rebuilt on the world of Velsharn, forging the colony of Eden from the ashes of Earth. On Velsharn's verdant soil children are born, alliances are made and for a time, peace reigns. In high orbit, the debris of an entire Toralii fleet stands as mute testament to humanity's sovereignty; their right to this planet is unquestioned. Above the TFR Beijing, now the centrepiece in a flourishing city, the inky void of space is eerily silent. As Commander Melissa Liao recovers from her ordeals, the universe continues its roiling machinations unhindered by her suffering. The end is coming, but before the final chapter in the Lacuna series begins, the stage must be set and the players must be in their places. So much work is left unfinished and Melissa Liao has more trials to endure before her pain is over. Before the end of war and steel, Eternity awaits. Book five of the Lacuna series. - Lacuna - Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi - Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion - Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity - Lacuna: The Prelude to Eternity (new release!) - Lacuna: The Requiem of Steel (coming 2014!) Don't miss these short stories set in the Lacuna universe: - Magnet - Magnet: Special Mission - Magnet: Marauder - Magnet: Scarecrow - Imperfect - Faith

    • Fiction

Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity


Author: David Adams
Publisher: David Adams
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 3671
Humans thought that they could stand amongst the older races. They believed, in their hubris, that the perils of interstellar travel could be mastered within a single generation. That they would be spared the wrath of the Toralii. Now humanity lies in ashes. The cradle of our civilization, Earth, is nothing more than a charred husk, a dead world in an empty solar system in an unremarkable corner of the galaxy. The war is over. We lost. Captain Melissa Liao and the remaining band of Humans, numbering barely in the tens of thousands, hold the future of their entire species in their hands. They must settle a new world, encounter friends and enemies new and old, and plant the seeds of hope in the ashes of humanity. Book four of the Lacuna series. - Lacuna - Lacuna: The Sands of Karathi - Lacuna: The Spectre of Oblivion - Lacuna: The Ashes of Humanity (new release!) - Lacuna: The Prelude to Eternity (coming 2014!) Don't miss these short stories set in the Lacuna universe: - Magnet - Magnet: Special Mission - Magnet: Marauder - Imperfect - Faith

    • Fiction

The Last Days of Lacuna Cabal


Author: Sean Dixon
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
ISBN: 1590513304
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
View: 9315
The girls of the Lacuna Cabal Montreal Young Women’s Book Club are at a crossroads. One of their founding members is dead, they’ve made a few unfortunate compromises to their membership, some of them aren’t getting any younger, and they’ve been stuck on a single weepy tome for six long months. Resident maverick Runner Coghill decides to shake things up by introducing a cherished family heirloom to the group — ten pristine stone tablets, carved in cuneiform, telling the oldest story in the world: The Epic of Gilgamesh. Because their new book is written in an ancient language, the group must take the unprecedented step of allowing Runner to translate the whole story for them. But Runner’s narration is not of a common vein. Before they know it, the Cabalists have been thrust out to sea, on a journey in search of answers that extends halfway across the world to the war-torn land of this oldest story’s birth. The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal is an offbeat rites-of-passage novel whose characters live out literature with ferocity and passion. It is a funny, quixotic debut that follows the members of a shallow, squabbling, time-wasting, protracted-adolescent book club as they find themselves transformed through the alchemy of the storyteller’s art. From the Trade Paperback edition.

    • Fiction

New Fleece on Life: A Silo Story & Lacuna Crossover


Author: David Adams
Publisher: David Adams
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 9576
"A brilliant introduction to David Adams's immediately likable characters and wonderful writing, New Fleece on Life is the perfect What-If story. Anyone fond of happier endings should give it a read; anyone eager to catch a star on the rise should follow David's writing career closely." - Hugh Howey, author of Wool and the Silo series. One day, on Kboards, I started a Lacuna/Wool crossover as a joke. It was literally a few lines thrown together from the top of my head and a poorly photoshopped cover. It was one of many joke threads and I had no idea where it was going. The readers--including Hugh himself--wanted more, so I posted more. And they kept wanting more. So I posted more. And they asked for more. And here we are. Wool and the canonical tale of Holston is over, but this is what could have happened if everyone involved lost their minds. In the true tradition of terrible fanfiction shipping, New Fleece on Life is poorly written and poorly structured, everyone acts wildly out of character and, in the interests of the 'ship', all previous emotional and romantic entanglements are disregarded so that all involved can throw themselves into a flimsily constructed, hasty and poorly thought out fling with little thought to the consequences. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed, in a sincere and genuine way, writing it.


Lacuna


Author: Brittney Land
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781721667789
Category:
Page: 28
View: 6427
Written over a two-year timeframe, this collection of poems reflects a journey through loss, mourning, and hope. The author relies on science, history, mythology, and literature to guide her in her struggle with depression and re-defining her identity after significant loss. All royalties for purchase of this title are donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Lacuna y la Sepultura


Author: Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Villegas
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
View: 3812

    • Social Science

Big Hunger

The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups
Author: Andrew Fisher,Saru Jayaraman
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262339528
Category: Social Science
Page: 360
View: 7606
Food banks and food pantries have proliferated in response to an economic emergency. The loss of manufacturing jobs combined with the recession of the early 1980s and Reagan administration cutbacks in federal programs led to an explosion in the growth of food charity. This was meant to be a stopgap measure, but the jobs never came back, and the "emergency food system" became an industry. In Big Hunger, Andrew Fisher takes a critical look at the business of hunger and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement. From one perspective, anti-hunger leaders have been extraordinarily effective. Food charity is embedded in American civil society, and federal food programs have remained intact while other anti-poverty programs have been eliminated or slashed. But anti-hunger advocates are missing an essential element of the problem: economic inequality driven by low wages. Reliant on corporate donations of food and money, anti-hunger organizations have failed to hold business accountable for offshoring jobs, cutting benefits, exploiting workers and rural communities, and resisting wage increases. They have become part of a "hunger industrial complex" that seems as self-perpetuating as the more famous military-industrial complex. Fisher lays out a vision that encompasses a broader definition of hunger characterized by a focus on public health, economic justice, and economic democracy. He points to the work of numerous grassroots organizations that are leading the way in these fields as models for the rest of the anti-hunger sector. It is only through approaches like these that we can hope to end hunger, not just manage it.

    • Rock musicians

A Foreigner's Tale


Author: Mick Jones
Publisher: Rocket 88
ISBN: 9781910978160
Category: Rock musicians
Page: 208
View: 4072
Mick Jones, the founder of Foreigner and composer of their greatest hits, has written the story of Foreigner & the story of his life. Illustrated throughout with classic and previously unseen photos from Mick's own collection, this lavish book is published as Foreigner celebrate their 40th anniversary.

    • Technology & Engineering

Growing from Seed

An Introduction to Social Forestry
Author: Celeste Lacuna-Richman
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789400723177
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 100
View: 4218
Social Forestry and its most well-known variant, Community Forestry, have been practiced almost as long as people have used forests. During this time, forests have provided people with countless goods and services, including wood, medicine, food, clean water and recreation. In making use of forest resources, people throughout history have frequently organized themselves and established both formal and informal rules. However, just as the discipline of Forestry had previously limited and concentrated the function of forests to the timber it provides, the popular understanding of Social Forestry has restricted it to a Forestry sub-topic that deals with welfare, without any connection to income-generation, and is practiced only in developing countries. This volume introduces the concepts of Social Forestry to the student, gives examples of its practice around the world and attempts to anticipate developments in its future. It aims to widen the concept of Social Forestry from a sub-practice within Forestry to a practice that will make Forestry relevant in countries where wood production alone is no longer the main reason for keeping land forested, thereby rediscovering and redefining this important topic.