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Reflections On The New River

Author: Chris Arvidson
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476619530
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From its headwaters in western North Carolina near the Tennessee line, the New River runs north 337 miles, cutting through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia on its way to the Ohio. No big cities inhabit its banks--just a few small towns along the way--and it carries no significant commercial traffic. The age of the New is debated, but it is certainly one of the world's oldest rivers, predating the Atlantic Ocean. This anthology assembles history, poetry, essays and stories by writers who have been inspired by the ancient and secluded stream, and from those whose lives are connected to its flow. Contributors hail from Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga and Wilkes counties in North Carolina, as well as Virginia and West Virginia.

The Love Of Baseball

Author: Christopher Arvidson
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 147666983X
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For baseball fans, or those who have been trying to figure out a baseball fan, this book is an extension of the conversations fans have all had. Often we are trying to answer that perennial question, ""Why do you love baseball?"" Or, we are comparing notes with fellows on our history and hopes for our game. We fans all have stories about how we've come to love baseball, and why we continue to love it so. In these pages we're sharing tales of developing an abiding relationship with baseball. Writers tell of youthful lessons, Spring Training adventures, the ways family and friends' relationships have settled around the culture of the game, the lifelong passions for baseball and the many ways they develop and change over a lifetime. The essays are organized like a baseball season -- beginning with stories about the hope and eternal optimism of Spring Training, followed with the guts and the grind of the baseball season proper, and then winding up with writings about the anticipation, heartbreak, and glory of post-season play. The thirty contributors are from many walks of life, from throughout the U.S., and are fans of baseball everywhere.

Up North

Author: Sam Cook
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9781452906669
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Robert Lowell Setting The River On Fire

Author: Kay R. Jamison
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307700275
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"In his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry, Robert Lowell (1917-1977) put his manic-depressive illness into the public domain. Now Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison brings her expertise to bear on his story, illuminating the relationship between bipolar illness and creativity, and examining how Lowell's illness and the treatment he received came to bear on his work"--

Truth In The Rivers

Author: Bruce Hopkins
Publisher: Ice Cube Press
ISBN: 9781888160727
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Truth in the Rivers is a collection of essays and poetry written by Bruce Hopkins and illustrated with watercolors by Howard N. Horii. Thematically, the book has three distinct sections. The first section considers Howards early life as a young Japanese American student in the 1940s, living in California with his family. The second section of the book entitled Civil Rights addresses the authors experiences as a teacher of Black Studies during the 1960s. The third section of the book entitled Road Trips with Papa brings us to the present and examines the need for all people to teach the children well. Finally, the ending of the book comes full circle. Highlighted by the essay and poem The Woodshed. Human resilience, determination in the light of adversity, and the human ability to sustain the creative voice in spite of adversity runs throughout all of the stories.

Life Studies And For The Union Dead

Author: Robert Lowell
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0374530963
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Robert Lowell, with Elizabeth Bishop, stands apart as the greatest American poet of the latter half of the twentieth century--and Life Studies and For the Union Dead stand as among his most important volumes. In Life Studies, which was first published in 1959, Lowell moved away from the formality of his earlier poems and started writing in a more confessional vein. The title poem of For the Union Dead concerns the death of the Civil War hero (and Lowell ancestor) Robert Gould Shaw, but it also largely centers on the contrast between Boston's idealistic past and its debased present at the time of its writing, in the early 1960's. Throughout, Lowell addresses contemporaneous subjects in a voice and style that themselves push beyond the accepted forms and constraints of the time.

Collected Essays And Poems

Author: Henry David Thoreau
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A single-volume collection of essential writings features Thoreau's best poetry and essays on nature, materialism, conformity, and politics, including such works as "Slavery in Massachusetts," "Civil Disobedience," "A Winter Walk," "Life Without Principle," and others.