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What The River Carries

Author : Lisa Knopp
ISBN : 9780826272768
Genre : Nature
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In this informed and lyrical collection of interwoven essays, Lisa Knopp explores the physical and cultural geography of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte, rivers she has come to understand and cherish. At the same time, she contemplates how people experience landscape, identifying three primary roles of environmental perception: the insider, the outsider, and the outsider seeking to become an insider. Viewing the waterways through these approaches, she searches for knowledge and meaning. Because Knopp was born and raised just a few blocks away, she considers the Mississippi from the perspective of a native resident, a “dweller in the land.” She revisits places she has long known: Nauvoo, Illinois, the site of two nineteenth-century utopias, one Mormon, one Icarian; Muscatine, Iowa, once the world’s largest manufacturer of pearl (mussel shell) buttons; and the mysterious prehistoric bird- and bear-shaped effigy mounds of northeastern Iowa. On a downriver trip between the Twin Cities and St. Louis, she meditates on what can be found in Mississippi river water—state lines, dissolved oxygen, smallmouth bass, corpses, family history, wrecked steamboats, mayfly nymphs, toxic perfluorinated chemicals, philosophies. Knopp first encountered the Missouri as a tourist and became acquainted with it through literary and historical documents, as well as stories told by longtime residents. Her journey includes stops at Fort Bellefontaine, where Lewis and Clark first slept on their sojourn to the Pacific; Little Dixie, Missouri’s slaveholding, hemp-growing region, as revealed through the life of Jesse James’s mother; Fort Randall Dam and Lake Francis Case, the construction of which destroyed White Swan on the Yankton Sioux Reservation; and places that produced unique musical responses to the river, including Native American courting flutes, indie rock, Missouri River valley fiddling, Prohibition-era jazz jam sessions, and German folk music. Knopp’s relationship with the Platte is marked by intentionality: she settled nearby and chose to develop deep and lasting connections over twenty years’ residence. On this adventure, she ponders the half-million sandhill cranes that pass through Nebraska each spring, the ancient varieties of Pawnee corn growing at the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, a never-broken tract of tallgrass prairie, the sugar beet industry, and the changes in the river brought about by the demands of irrigation. In the final essay, Knopp undertakes the science of river meanders, consecutive loops of water moving in opposite directions, which form around obstacles but also develop in the absence of them. What initiates the turning that results in a meander remains a mystery. Such is the subtle and interior process of knowing and loving a place. What the River Carries asks readers to consider their own relationships with landscape and how one can most meaningfully and responsibly dwell on the earth’s surface.

Creating Nonfiction

Author : Jen Hirt
ISBN : 9781438461175
Genre : LITERARY COLLECTIONS
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A diverse collection of essays and companion interviews that offer insight into the inspiration, drafting, and revision process. With a title that suggests both the genre and the process of composing it, Creating Nonfiction is a collection of essays and interviews that aims to open readers’ and writers’ eyes to the formal possibilities of creative nonfiction. Included are memoirs, personal essays, literary journalism, graphic essays, and lyric essays, and the content is equally diverse, with topics ranging from childbirth to child labor, from dandelions to domestic violence. Whereas most anthologies leave readers to speculate about the evolution of each contribution, Creating Nonfiction provides companion interviews that offer insight into the inspiration, drafting, and revision process that produced the essays. Cheryl Strayed talks about how working as a reporter for her hometown newspaper influenced her later writings. Dinty W. Moore reflects on the delicate balance between observation and judgment when writing about subjects whose values differ from your own. Kristen Radtke explains how she decides between textual and visual images when creating a graphic essay. Although they offer an eclectic mix of voices and styles, what these essays all have in common is that ultimately, as contributor Faith Adiele observes, “truth becomes art.” “The selections in Creating Nonfiction are fresh, diverse, and inspiring.” — Lisa Knopp, author of What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte “An excellent collection of essays by some of our best contemporary essayists.” — Ned Stuckey-French, coauthor of Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, Ninth Edition

The Big Roads

Author : Earl Swift
ISBN : 9780547549132
Genre : History
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“Travelers hitting the highways this summer might better appreciate the asphalt beneath their tires thanks to this engrossing history of the creation of the U.S. interstate system.”—Los Angeles Times Perhaps nothing changed the face of America more than the creation of the interstate system. At once man-made wonders, economic pipelines, agents of sprawl, and uniquely American sirens of escape, the interstates snake into every aspect of modern life. The Big Roads documents their historic creation and the many people they’ve affected, from the speed demon who inspired a primitive web of dirt auto trails, to the cadre of largely forgotten technocrats who planned the system years before Ike reached the White House, to the thousands of city dwellers who resisted the concrete juggernaut when it bore down on their neighborhoods. The Big Roads tells the story of this essential feature of the landscape we have come to take for granted. With a view toward players both great and small, Swift gives readers the full story of one of America’s greatest engineering achievements. “Engaging, informative . . . The first thorough history of the expressway system.”—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post “The book is a road geek’s treasure—and everyone who travels the highways ought to know these stories.”—Kirkus Reviews

Techniques And Principles In Language Teaching

Author : Diane Larsen-Freeman
ISBN : 0194355748
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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This book provides a practical overview of the most important methods in the field. Readers are drawn into classrooms where various teaching methods and approaches are being used. They are encouraged to reflect on their own beliefs and to develop their own approach to language teaching.

The Journals Of Lewis And Clark

Author : John Bakeless
ISBN : 0451528344
Genre : Fiction
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Presents the American explorers' record of adventures and dangers experienced during their historic 1804 to 1806 expedition across the Rockies to the Pacific coast.

Bits Of Travel At Home

Author : Helen Jackson
ISBN : 1409971236
Genre : Travel
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Helen Maria Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) was an American writer best known as the author of Ramona, a novel about the ill-treatment of Indians in Southern California. In 1879, her interests turned to the plight of the Native Americans after attending a lecture in Boston by Ponca Chief Standing Bear, who described the forcible removal of the Ponca Indians from their Nebraska reservation. Jackson was angered by what she heard regarding the unfair treatment at the hands of government agents and became an activist. She started investigating and publicizing the wrongdoing, circulating petitions, raising money, and writing letters to the New York Times on behalf of the Poncas. She also started writing a book condemning the Indian policy of the government and the history of broken treaties. Her other works include Bits About Home Matters (1873), Saxe Holm's Stories (1874), Mercy Philbrick's Choice (1876), Ramona (1884), Between Whiles (1888) and Bits of Travel at Home (1878).

The American Phrenological Journal And Repository Of Science Literature And General Intelligence

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ISBN : MINN:31951D00324529U
Genre : Phrenology
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Plains Anthropologist

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ISBN : NWU:35556005174024
Genre : Great Plains
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The Illustrated London News

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ISBN : UOM:39015027902827
Genre : London (England)
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Rivers Of North America

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ISBN : WISC:89038512596
Genre : Rivers
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