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Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia
Fiona Ritchie, Doug Orr, ...

The University of North Carolina Press, 2014

Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and eventually onward across the Atlantic to resettle in the United States. Many of these Scots-Irish immigrants made their way into the mountains of the southern Appalachian region. They brought with them a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes from the British Isles and Ireland, a carrying stream that merged with sounds and songs of English, ...
  
  











  



  
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel
Rachel Joyce

Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2013

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE  • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY  THE WASHINGTON POST   “[Rachel] Joyce’s beguiling debut is [a] modest-seeming story of ‘ordinary’ English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds.”— People (four stars)   Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost ...
  
  











  



  
Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen (The Old Kingdom)
Garth Nix

HarperCollins, 2014

The long-awaited fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix Award-winning author Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world-building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic, and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones . Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in ...
  
  











  



  
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
David McCullough

Simon & Schuster, 1978

The National Book Award–winning epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal, a first-rate drama of the bold and brilliant engineering feat that was filled with both tragedy and triumph, told by master historian David McCullough. From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Truman , here is the national bestselling epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal. In The Path Between the Seas, acclaimed historian David McCullough ...
  
  











  



  
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed

Vintage Books, 2013

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail ...
  
  











  



  
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
James W. Loewen

Touchstone, 2007

This updated and revised edition of the American Book Award-winner and national bestseller revitalizes the truth of America’s history, explores how myths continue to be perpetrated, and includes a new chapter on 9/11 and the Iraq War. Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one ...
  
  











  



  
Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings
Jeff Zwiers, Marie Crawford

Stenhouse Publishers, 2011

Where would we be without conversation? Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems. Conversations, particularly those referred to in this book as academic conversations, push students to think and learn in lasting ways. Academic conversations are back-and-forth dialogues in which students focus on a topic and explore it by building, challenging, and negotiating relevant ...
  
  











  



  
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Elizabeth Gilbert

Penguin Books, 2007

A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion—the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, ...
  
  











  



  
The Lands of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones)
George R.R. Martin

Bantam, 2012

The adventure that began with A Game of Thrones comes to life in twelve separate full-color maps, stunningly illustrated and ideal for framing. The perfect gift for fans everywhere, this is the definitive dragon’s-eye view they’ve been dying to see.   George R. R. Martin’s beloved series is bursting with a variety and richness of landscapes—from bitter tundra to arid wasteland and everything in between—that provide a sense of ...
  
  











  



  
The Light Between Oceans: A Novel
M.L. Stedman

Scribner, 2013

The years-long New York Times bestseller soon to be a major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks that is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” ( O, The Oprah Magazine ). After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated ...
  
  











  



  
The Walk: A Novel
Richard Paul Evans

Simon & Schuster, 2013

What would you do if you lost everything—your job, your home, and the love of your life—all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he’s tempted by his darkest thoughts. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Alan leaves behind all that he’s known and heads for the farthest point on his map: Key West, Florida. The people he ...
  
  











  



  
Tar Heel Traveler Eats: Food Journeys across North Carolina
Scott Mason

Globe Pequot Press, 2014

Scott Mason is the Tar Heel Traveler and he loves to eat hot dogs, cheeseburgers, barbecue, biscuits, and ice cream served in crumbling cinder-block buildings and ramshackle dives along the back roads of North Carolina. As a full-time feature reporter for WRAL-TV in Raleigh since 2007, Scott has discovered that North Carolina is filled with many amusing characters and out-of-the-way places, all of which are part of his Tar Heel Traveler ...
  
  











  



  
Travels with Charley in Search of America
John Steinbeck

Penguin Books, 1980

An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers   To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light—these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years. With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with ...
  
  











  



  
Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone
Mark Goulston M.D.

AMACOM, 2009

The first make-or-break step in persuading anyone to do any thing is getting them to hear you out. Whether the person is a harried colleague, a stressed-out client, or an insecure spouse, things will go from bad to worse if you can't break through emotional barricades. Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist, business consultant, and coach, and backed by the latest scientific research, author Mark Goulston shares simple but power ful ...
  
  











  



  
Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
Robyn Davidson

Vintage, 1995

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Robyn Davidson's opens the memoir of her perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company with the following words: “I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back." Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her ...
  
  











  



  
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Book 1)
Richard Paul Evans

Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink, 2012

The start of an action-packed teen series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans. To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s ...
  
  











  



  
Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
Colum McCann

Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2009

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. ...
  
  











  



  
The Official Quotable Doctor Who: Wise Words From Across Space and Time
Cavan Scott, Mark Wright

Harper Design, 2014

The first-ever collection of the most intelligent, strangest, mysterious, and wonderful quotes from all fifty years of the BBC America hit television series Doctor Who. Over the years, Doctor Who has become one of the most popular science fiction series to date, with an ever growing and extremely dedicated fan base. Now for the first time, fans can enjoy a plethora of their favorite memorable quotes and wisest words spoken throughout the series ...
  
  











  



  
The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World
Adrienne Mayor

Princeton University Press, 2014

Amazons--fierce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world--were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Heracles and Achilles displayed their valor in duels with Amazon queens, and the Athenians reveled in their victory over a powerful Amazon army. In historical times, Cyrus of Persia, Alexander the Great, and the Roman general Pompey tangled with Amazons. But just who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who ...
  
  











  



  
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
John Waters

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014

A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers ...
  
  











  








   



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