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Earthly Joys
Philippa Gregory
0743272528
May 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Seventeenth-century England is the setting for this engaging historical novel based on the life of John Tradescant, a gardener of common birth who transforms plain plots of land into slices of heaven on earth. As vassal to the secretary of state, Sir Robert Cecil, Tradescant—who, as fate would have it, had no sense of smell—places his master's garden above all else, much to the chagrin of his wife, Elizabeth, and young son, J. Tradescant's affinity for botanicals is matched by his thirst for adventure; in the service of his lord, he travels to distant lands to defend his country's honor (and collect cuttings of rare and exotic plants). When Tradescant is summoned by King James I's closest confidante, the dark-haired and devious Duke of Buckingham, he is immediately taken by the nobleman's beauty....


Grendel
John Gardner
0679723110
May 1989
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Book Review
Grendel is a beautiful and heartbreaking modern retelling of the Beowulf epic from the point of view of the monster, Grendel, the villain of the 8th-century Anglo-Saxon epic. This book benefits from both of Gardner's careers: in addition to his work as a novelist, Gardner was a noted professor of medieval literature and a scholar of ancient languages.

From Library Journal
George Guidall's crusty but spirited narration is perfectly suited for the monster Grendel. Gardner's 1971 classic takes the Anglo Saxon Beowulf epic and uses varying translations of the poem and other writings from the period to tell the story from the poor monster's viewpoint. Most first-person narratives translate well to the audio format, and Grendel especially enchants, casting a spell not unlike a...


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
John Gardner
0822005158
Oct 1967
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From AudioFile
J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of the fourteenth-century anonymous narrative poem effectively preserves the alliterative verse of the original. That alone makes it a great resource for students, teachers and general listeners enjoying this classic. Sir Gawain is a young knight who must prove his valor, piety and courtesy when confronted with a succession of temptations. Terry Jones performs the text well, conveying but not overemphasizing the musical quality of the verse. Tape 2 concludes with the added bonus (not mentioned on the package) of Tolkien's background essay and introduction to the work. G.H. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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The Art of Fiction
John Gardner
0679734031
June 1991
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Book Description
"John Gardner was famous for his generosity to young writers, and (this book) is his . . . gift to them. The Art of Fiction will fascinate anyone interested in how fiction gets put together. For the young writer, it will become a necessary handbook, a stern judge, an encouraging friend."--The New York Times Book Review.

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"John Gardner was famous for his generosity to young writers, and (this book) is his . . . gift to them. The Art of Fiction will fascinate anyone interested in how fiction gets put together. For the young writer, it will become a necessary handbook, a stern judge, an encouraging friend."--The New York Times Book Review.


The Vegetable Gardener's Bible: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening
Edward C. Smith
1580172121
January 2000
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Book Review
Wouldn't it be lovely to have a patch of corn, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and beans just steps from your kitchen door? Would you like to learn how to control your zucchini plant? Ed Smith, an experienced vegetable gardener from Vermont, has put together this amazingly comprehensive and commonsensical manual, The Vegetable Gardener's Bible. Basically, Ed and his family have been growing a wide variety of vegetables for years and he's figured out what works. This book, filled with step-by-step info and color photos, breaks it all down for you.

Ed's system is based on W-O-R-D: Wide rows, Organic methods, Raised beds, Deep soil. With deep, raised beds, vegetable roots have more room to grow and expand. In traditional narrow-row beds, over half the soil is compacted into walkways while a garden with wide, deep, raised beds,...



On Leadership
John William Gardner
0029113121
Jan 1990
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From School Library Journal
YA-- Gardner asserts that the most critical problem challenging the U. S. today is its lack of leadership. He proposes and supports with excellent illustrations his theories on leadership that go beyond charisma to heightened motivation, trust, confidence, and shared values on the part of those in charge and their followers. Giving historically significant examples of leaders, Gardner shows the tremendous amount of energy, talent, and dormant enthusiasm that can be mobilized by effective leaders in all levels of society. Given the current apathetic situation he decries, this easily read, inspiring text should be required reading for all high-school social studies classes. Gardner challenges leaders in all walks of life to take their positions in the bastions of the American democracy now or face the dismal...


Constant Gardener
John le Carre
1416503900
July 2005
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Review
"Amazingly seductive, pulling you in deeper all the time."--David Halberstam
"Brilliant."--The Washington Post Book World

Book Description
THE CONSTANT GARDENERTessa Quayle--young, beautiful, and dearly beloved to husband Justin--is gruesomely murdered in northern Kenya. When Justin sets out on a personal odyssey to uncover the mystery of her death, what he finds could make him not only a suspect, but also a target for Tessa's killers.A master chronicler of the betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, John le Carre portrays the dark side of unbridled capitalism as only he can. In The Constant Gardener he tells a compelling, complex story of a man elevated through tragedy, as Justin Quayle--amateur gardener, aging widower, and ineffectual bureaucrat--discovers...


Building Classic Small Craft
John Gardner
007142797X
Aug 2003
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WoodenBoat
"John Gardner has engaged and inspired more individuals connected with traditional small boat craft than will ever be counted." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Sea History
"Poses clear and impassioned means to go from the armchair to the open water via your boatshop." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
Susan Orlean
044900371X
January 2000
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Book Review
Orchidelirium is the name the Victorians gave to the flower madness that is for botanical collectors the equivalent of gold fever. Wealthy orchid fanatics of that era sent explorers (heavily armed, more to protect themselves against other orchid seekers than against hostile natives or wild animals) to unmapped territories in search of new varieties of Cattleya and Paphiopedilum. As knowledge of the family Orchidaceae grew to encompass the currently more than 60,000 species and over 100,000 hybrids, orchidelirium might have been expected to go the way of Dutch tulip mania. Yet, as journalist Susan Orlean found out, there still exists a vein of orchid madness strong enough to inspire larceny among collectors.

The Orchid Thief centers on south Florida and John Laroche, a quixotic, charismatic schemer once convicted of...



A Cappella
John C. Gardner
019336199X
June 1992
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Book Description
A unique anthology which casts its net far and wide across seven centuries of unaccompanied European choral music, this book is a fascinating selection of thirty pieces, ideal for enterprising choirs looking for something out of the ordinary to enliven their repertoire. Diversity and
eclecticism are the hallmarks of this stimulating collection: the pieces range from two to eight voices; from monuments of the Renaissance to miniature canons by Lawes, Schubert, and Brahms; from "Sumer is icumen in" to Stanford and Grieg. This is a truly European anthology, encompassing the music
of composers from England, France, Spain, Norway, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. The contents are arranged chronologically, and though they include a few classics of the genre that no such survey can afford to ignore, the majority...


Action and Value in Criminal Law
Stephen Shute
0198260792
May 1996
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Book Description
In this challenging collection of new essays, leading philosophers and criminal lawyers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada break with the tradition of treating the philosophical foundations of criminal law as an adjunct to the study of punishment. Focusing clearly on the
central issues of moral luck, mistake, and mental illness, this volume aims to reorient the study of criminal law. In the process of retrieving valuable material from traditional law classifications, the contributors break down false associations, reveal hidden truths, and establish new patterns of
thought. Their always illuminating and sometimes startling conclusions makes this essential reading for all those interested in the philosophy of criminal law.


Constant Gardener
John le Carre
0743287207
August 2005
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Review
"Brilliant." --The Washington Post Book World
"Tough-minded, fast-moving, and uncompromising. The Constant Gardener is a tale of personal transformation . . . eloquent . . . civilized and forceful."--Boston Sunday Globe
"Amazingly seductive, pulling you in deeper all the time."--David Halberstam
"A powerful, moving novel . . . essential reading."--Sunday Telegraph (London)

Book Description
Now a major motion picture from Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of City of GodThe Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time. The novel opens in northern Kenya with the gruesome murder of Tessa Quayle--young, beautiful, and dearly beloved to husband...


Virgin Earth
Philippa Gregory
0743272536
March 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In the stand-alone sequel to her Earthly Joys, Gregory follows royal gardener John Tradescant the Younger back and forth across the Atlantic between colonial Virginia and war-torn England. When John first travels to Virginia to collect exotic plants in 1638, his guide is a beautiful young Indian girl named Suckahanna. After transporting his specimens to England, he plans to return and marry her, but once at home, he learns that his father has died, leaving a letter suggesting that John marry the efficient Hester Pooks. Needing someone to care for his two children by a previous marriage, as well as for the Tradescant collection of rare objects and the Ark, the family's famous garden, John weds Hester. Meanwhile, the foolish, tyrannical King Charles I is dragging England into a civil war, and John, as a trusted...


On Writers & Writing PB
John Gardner
0201483386
May 1995
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Book Review
Before his untimely death on the back of his Harley, novelist John Gardner was known as one of the premier teachers of the craft of writing. His books On Moral Fiction and The Art of Fiction are considered classics. On Writers and Writing collects a number of Gardner's essays and reviews, and his comments on such writers as Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, John Fowles, William Styron, Philip Roth, and Walker Percy are always insightful and frequently provocative. Gardner also writes about influences on his own writing, and his wide-ranging observations about literary life are enlivened by a rambunctious sense of humor.

From Publishers Weekly
Popular novelist, critic, teacher and classics scholar, Gardner, who died in a motorcycle accident in 1982, insisted that...


An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas
Diane Wilson
1931498881
August 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
With the discovery that her "piddlin' little county on the Gulf Coast" led the nation in toxic emissions, shrimper Wilson, a mother of five, found herself embarking on a voyage of discovery and activism that would strain her marriage and stretch her horizons. A David up against big-time chemical Goliaths, Wilson is a gifted storyteller, rendering dialogue and pacing plot turns as a novelist might. Anonymous informants, uncomfortable whistleblowers, unanticipated opposition from civic powers and seductive offers of cash bribes pepper this first-person account of Wilson's attempts to save her hometown. Although there are moments when the trail of meetings, memos and petitions seems drawn out, the tell-everything approach reveals how a woman awed to discover "they can lie on TV news! And it is all right!" can learn...


Troubled Midnight
John Gardner
0312337213
Feb 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Prolific British author Gardner, in the introduction to his predictable fourth Suzie Mountford mystery (after 2004's Angels Dining at the Ritz), makes no apology for hanging his tale on a premise at least four other novelists have used before—the Nazis' efforts to learn the British secret plans for invading Normandy. Mountford, a "Woman Detective Sergeant," becomes involved in espionage when her investigation into the torture-murder of a colonel reveals that the victim was part of the inner circle of military strategists. She's drafted into the ranks of British intelligence, which complicates her tense relationship with her lover and superior, Supt. Tommy Livermore. None of the characters is especially memorable, while Mountford's usual competence and self-sufficiency is again undercut by her role toward...


John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy
Evan Thomas
0743258045
May 2004
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Book Review
Evan Thomas’s John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy grounds itself on the facts of Jones’s life and accomplishments to bolster his place among the pantheon of Revolutionary heroes while also working to deflate the myths that have circulated about his name. Jones, we learn, was confronted throughout his life with controversy and was crippled by ambition. But Thomas lauds Jones for early innovations as an American self-made man who rose from Scottish servitude.

Jones, despite his too brisk manner, was a true success, if not genius, as a naval captain. Early in the Revolutionary War, he captured a shipload of winter uniforms destined for General Burgoyne’s army in Canada, which instead warmed General Washington’s troops as they swept across the Delaware to defeat British at...



Top Secret
John Reynolds Gardiner
0316303631
Oct 1995
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Card catalog description
Despite the disapproval of his parents and his formidable science teacher, nine-year-old Allen determines to do his science project on human photosynthesis. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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