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A Perfect Red

By Amy Butler Greenfield
  • Book ID : 0061980897
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 352
  • Genre : Art
  • Reads : 217
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A Perfect Red recounts the colorful history of cochineal, a legendary red dye that was once one of the world's most precious commodities. Treasured by the ancient Mexicans, cochineal was sold in the great Aztec marketplaces, where it attracted the attention of the Spanish conquistadors in 1519. Shipped to Europe, the dye created a sensation, producing the brightest, strongest red the world had ever seen. Soon Spain's cochineal monopoly was worth a fortune. Desperate to find their own sources of the elusive dye, the English, French, Dutch, and other Europeans tried to crack the enigma of cochineal. Did it come from a worm, a berry, a seed? Could it be stolen from Mexico and transplanted to their own colonies? Pirates, explorers, alchemists, scientists, and spies -- all joined the chase for cochineal, a chase that lasted more than three centuries. A Perfect Red tells their stories -- true-life tales of mystery, empire, and adventure, in pursuit of the most desirable color on earth.

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Prickly Pear

By William Beinart
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  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Isbn : 1776141172
  • Pages : 280
  • Category : Nature
  • Reads : 782
  • File Pdf: prickly-pear.pdf

Book Summary:

An explanation of how an invasive cactus from Mexico became a source of income in Africa While there are many studies of the global influence of crops and plants, this is perhaps the first social history based around a plant in South Africa. Plants are not quite historical actors in their own right, but their properties and potential help to shape human history. Plants such as prickly pear tend to be invisible to those who do not use them, or at least on the peripheries of people's consciousness. This book explains why they were not peripheral to many people in the Eastern Cape and why a wild and sometimes invasive cactus from Mexico, that found its way around the world over 200 years ago, remains important to African women in shacks and small towns. The central tension at the heart of this history concerns different and sometimes conflicting human views of prickly pear. Some accepted or enjoyed its presence; others wished to eradicate it. While commercial livestock farmers initially found the plant enormously valuable, they came to see it as a scourge in the early twentieth century as it invaded farms and commonages. But for impoverished rural and small town communities of the Eastern Cape it was a godsend. In some places it still provides a significant income for poor black families. Debates about prickly pear - and its cultivated spineless variety - have played out in unexpected ways over the last century and more. Some scientists, once eradicationists, now see varieties of spineless cactus as plants for the future, eminently suited to a world beset by climate change and global warming. The book also addresses central problems around concepts of biodiversity. How do we balance, on the one hand, biodiversity conservation with, on the other, a recognition that plant transfers - and species transfers more generally - have been part of dynamic production systems that have historically underpinned human civilizations. American plants such as maize, cassava and prickly pear have been used to create incalculable value in Africa. Transferred plants are at the heart of many agricultural systems, as well as hybrid botanical and cultural landscapes, sometimes treasured, that are unlikely to be entirely reversed. Some of these plants displace local species, but are invaluable for local livelihoods. Prickly Pear explores this dilemma over the long term and suggests that there must be a significant cultural dimension to ideas about biodiversity. The content of Prickly Pear is based on intensive archival research, on interviews conducted in the Eastern Cape by the authors, as well as on their observations of how people in the area use and consume the plant.

Looking Back at That Moment

By Ma Ersi
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  • Publisher : Funstory
  • Isbn : 1647877717
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 524
  • File Pdf: looking-back-at-that-moment.pdf

Book Summary:

In just a few seconds, the tornado had closed in on Yinyin and the others' yacht. Unprepared for the tornado's presence, the tornado engulfed Yinyin and the others, and began to spin rapidly along with the ice-cold seawater, which was like a thin blade cutting through the delicate skin of Yinyin and the others. Yinyin wanted to protect herself, but she felt that her arms were too heavy. How could she control her four limbs at such a speed? Or perhaps her limbs had really been severed, only the cold blade had numbed her and made her unconscious.In her mind, even the beloved Lin Ze's face could not be pieced together. Fragments of his face were scattered all over the place, but no matter what, she could not piece them together... No tears, no blood, just brackish water. In the end, Yinyin did not leave with Yu Zeyu ... "As a result, she slowly lost consciousness. Her body, which was moving with the sea water, no longer belonged to her ..."


By Gary Phillips
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  • Publisher : Down & Out Books
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 524
  • File Pdf: scoundrels.pdf

Book Summary:

In SCOUNDRELS, an all-original anthology featuring bestselling and Edgar and Shamus award-winning writers, you’ll read stories of desperate grifters, brokers hedging big bets for the big take, schemers working the long con for the sure money, used car salesman with golden dreams and rusted hopes, crooked lawyers and bent clients, one percenters hustling for that last half-percent, kind-hearted killers and the lonely hearted who tell themselves any lie as the double down for the long count. Stories by Reed Farrel Coleman, David Corbett, Tyler Dilts, Brendan DuBois, Seth Harwood, Darrell James, Gary Phillips, Travis Richardson, SJ Rozan, Kelli Stanley, Eric Stone, Bob Truluck, Lono Waiwaiole and Pamela Samuels Young. Praise for SCOUNDRELS … “Much will be made of the timeliness of SCOUNDRELS, and with good reason; these days Enron executives and securities brokers are far scarier than serial killers. But SCOUNDRELS is more than just timely — it’s a great read, a collection of fabulous stories by remarkable authors. Bravo.” — Marcus Sakey, author of The Two Death of Daniel Hayes, and host of Hidden City on the Travel Channel What other group of human beings inspires such a level of hatred and disgust in us as the white collar crook? Lesser thieves don’t get the level of hatred and contempt that these high-flying kleptomaniacs generate. Why does a Bernie Madoff or a Kenneth “Kenny Boy” Lay inspire nearly as much opprobrium from the rest of us as a serial killer, a genocidal dictator or a child molester? — Scott Phillips, from the Forward

Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat [2 volumes]

By Andrew F. Smith
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Isbn : 031339394X
  • Pages : 813
  • Category : Reference
  • Reads : 184
  • File Pdf: fast-food-and-junk-food.pdf

Book Summary:

This fascinating and revealing work examines the incredible power of junk food and fast food—how nostalgic we are about them, the influence of the companies that manufacture or sell them, and their alarming effect on our country's state of health. • More than 700 A–Z entries on fast food, comfort food, and junk food, ranging from breakfast cereals to burgers and fries to snack chips and candy • A chronology of the significant events in the history of junk food and fast food • A bibliography containing more than 200 entries with citations to books, articles, and websites • A glossary of important terms used in the encyclopedia • A Resource Guide containing important DVDs, films and videos, and television series

A Woman Possessed

By Liz Harmon
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 1479756830
  • Pages : 186
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Reads : 347
  • File Pdf: a-woman-possessed.pdf

Book Summary:

My story begins by traveling down that long dark tunnel to the age of five. This is my first recollection of the beginning of years of nightmares. These are dreams that a five year old has no right having. They are anywhere from horrific to prophetic. Some of them went on anywhere from days to weeks to months with the same recurring theme. What I like to call dream series. It didnt take long to become a spooked child and I overcompensated by doing extreme stunts and performing foolish acts of bravery. I was quite the dare-devil. Dare me; Ill do it. I dont know if I was daring life to destroy me or just plain on a self destruct mission. The result is often the same. Somehow I lived to tell the tale. I would lie down in the road to see if cars would stop. Things like that.

Blake Pierce: Suspense Bundle (City of Prey and The Perfect Wife)

By Blake Pierce
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  • Publisher : Blake Pierce
  • Isbn : 1094392286
  • Pages : 500
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 389
  • File Pdf: blake-pierce.pdf

Book Summary:

A two-book mystery bundle by #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce, author of ONCE GONE, a #1 bestseller on Amazon with over 350 five star reviews! Here is a bundle of the first books in two Blake Pierce series—the Ava Gold Mystery series and Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller series—all here in one convenient place. This bundle offers a great introduction to Blake Pierce’s series with over 140,000 words of reading. In CITY OF PREY (AN AVA GOLD MYSTERY—BOOK 1), 34 year-old Ava Gold, a widower and single mom, claws her way up to become the first female homicide detective in her NYPD precinct. In the rough streets of 1920s New York City, Ava is as tough as they come, and willing to hold her own in a man’s world. But when a psychotic serial killer unleashes a rampage, murdering young women across the city, Ava will have to search the dark canals of the twisted killer’s mind if she has any hope of hunting him down. With psychological profiling still in its infancy, and mocked by most, Ava will be even more alone as she follows her instinct, and hunts him down in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Just when it seems the stakes couldn’t be higher, Ava comes to an awful realization: she herself may be the next target. Amidst the speakeasies, jazz clubs, mafia-run prohibition rings, horrific mental asylums and dangerous back alleys of the city, can Ava achieve what all the men cannot: enter the sick mind of a killer, and stop him before more women die? In THE PERFECT WIFE (A JESSIE HUNT PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE THRILLER—BOOK1), criminal profiler-in-training Jessie Hunt is sure she's finally put the darkness of her childhood behind her. She and her husband, Kyle, just moved from a cramped downtown Los Angeles apartment into a Westport Beach mansion. Kyle's promotion has them swimming in money. And Jessie is on the verge of getting her Master's degree in forensic psychology, the last step in her dream of becoming a criminal profiler. But soon after their arrival, Jessie begins to notice a series of strange developments. The neighbors—and their au pairs—all seem to be hiding secrets. The mysterious yacht club Kyle is desperate to join is rife with cheating spouses, and with troubling rules of its own. And the notorious serial killer being held at the psychiatric hospital where Jessie is completing her degree seems to know more about her life than is normal—or safe. As her world starts to unravel, Jessie begins to question everything around her—including her own sanity. Has she truly uncovered a disturbing conspiracy buried within a sunny, wealthy Southern California beach town? Does the mass murderer she's studying really somehow know the origin of her private nightmares? Or has her tortured past finally come back to claim her? Dark psychological thrillers with heart-pounding suspense, CITY OF PREY and THE PERFECT WIFE mark the debut of two riveting series—and beloved characters—that will leave you turning pages late into the night! Books #2 in each series series—CITY OF FEAR and THE PERFECT BLOCK—are also available.