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My Year of Dirt and Water

Married to a Zen monk in training, an American woman in Japan chronicles her own year of growth and discovery.

Author : Tracy Franz

Release : 2018

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ISBN : 9781611720426

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Married to a Zen monk in training, an American woman in Japan chronicles her own year of growth and discovery.

My Year of Meats

powder, dissolving in my sweat, now leaching back through my pores, and the
thought made my skin prickle and flush and sweat ... The hot water revived me,
washed off the dirt, which ran in soapy rivulets down my legs, spiraling into the
drain ...

Author : Ruth Ozeki

Release : 1999-03-01

Publisher : Penguin

ISBN : 9781101141786

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A cross-cultural tale of two women brought together by the intersections of television and industrial agriculture, fertility and motherhood, life and love—the breakout hit by the celebrated author of A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki’s mesmerizing debut novel has captivated readers and reviewers worldwide. When documentarian Jane Takagi-Little finally lands a job producing a Japanese television show that just happens to be sponsored by an American meat-exporting business, she uncovers some unsavory truths about love, fertility, and a dangerous hormone called DES. Soon she will also cross paths with Akiko Ueno, a beleaguered Japanese housewife struggling to escape her overbearing husband. Hailed by USA Today as “rare and provocative” and awarded the Kirayama Prize for Literature of the Pacific Rim, My Year of Meats is a modern-day take on Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle for fans of Michael Pollan, Margaret Atwood, and Barbara Kingsolver.

Shaman Rises

Dirt splashed away from me like water, rolling offmy skin and streaming from my
clothes. I ran my hand over my hair to get rid of the worst of the “wet,” then turned
my palm up to watch dirt absorb into the lifeline there, just as water might do.

Author : C.E. Murphy

Release : 2014-07-01

Publisher : Harlequin

ISBN : 146033017X

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Joanne Walker has two choices: Defeat the enemy…or lose her soul trying For over a year, Joanne has been fighting the Master—the world's most abiding evil entity. She's sacrificed family, friendships, even watched potential futures fade away…and now the Master is bringing the final battle to Joanne's beloved Seattle. Lives will be lost as the repercussions of all Joanne's final transformation into her full Shamanic abilities come to her doorstep. Before the end, she'll mourn, rejoice—and surrender everything for the hope of the world's survival. She'll be a warrior and a healer. Because she is finally a Shaman Rising. "The twists and turns will have readers shaking their heads while devouring the next page." —USA TODAY on Raven Calls

My Story as Told by Water

I bewildered my father, every Opening Day six years in a row, by refusing
invitations to visit the high-desert rivers I loved best. I then dissipated his ... in
wind, rain, forest loam, brush, briars, and clean and fouled air, water, and dirt. I
gleaned my ...

Author : David James Duncan

Release : 2002

Publisher : Univ of California Press

ISBN : 9781578050833

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In a series of contemplative and lyrical essays, the environmental activist offers a loving tribute to the landscape, plants, and animals of his native Montana. 15,000 first printing.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection

And this obnoxious skinny bitch sat down next to me, chewing in my ear and
talking about the impudence of impermanence or some similar. ... The water was
going down my throat, tasting like dirt, and my vision went all pale and wavy.

Author : Gardner Dozois

Release : 2001-08-18

Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN : 0312703724

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The twenty-three stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our being, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Stephen Baxter, M.Shayne Bell, Rick Cook, Albert E. Cowdrey, Tananarive Due, Greg Egan, Eliot Fintushel, Peter F. Hamilton, Earnest Hogan, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, Paul J. McAuley, Ian McDonald, Susan Palwick, Severna Park, Alastair Reynolds, Lucius Shepard, Brian Stableford, Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Steven Utley, Robert Charles Wilson Supplementing the stories is the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

Colonial Dis-Ease

Nothing ever seemed unkempt , and there was never a trace of dirt or dust to be
found . Yet I also recall the playhouse built by my father in our back yard , where
my siblings and I would sometimes mix mounds of dirt with water in order to make

Author : Anne Perez Hattori

Release : 2004

Publisher : University of Hawaii Press

ISBN : 9780824828080

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A variety of cross-cultural collisions and collusions resulted from the US Navy's introduction of Western health and sanitation practices to Guam's native population. Anne Perez Hattori examines early 20th- century US military colonialism.

One Word

Filthy: the word meant really dirty, soiling something my mother would have to
scrub by hand, and hard. I went outside to my chipped basin in which I mixed dirt
with water, and made mud figures, one female, one male: Adam and Eve. I made

Author : Molly McQuade

Release : 2010-11-09

Publisher : Sarabande Books

ISBN : 1936747243

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“A sublime anthology” of essays, memoirs, stories and careful considerations from 66 writers riffing on a single word (Publishers Weekly, starred review). In this darb collection, Molly McQuade asks the question all writers love to answer: what one word means the most to you, thrills you, or sets your teeth on edge? And why? Writers respond with a wild gallimaufry of their choosing, from ardor to bitchin’ to thermostat to wrong and very. There is corn, also—not the vegetable but the idea, defining cultural generations; solmizate, meaning to sing an object into place; and delicious slang, such as dassn’t. Composed as expository or lyric essays, zinging one-liners, extended quips, jeremiads, etymological adventures, or fantastic romps, the writings address not only English words but also a select few from French, German, Japanese, Quechua, Basque, Igbo, and others. Fascinating, funny, and ingeniously curated from critics, novelists, translators, poets, and academics, “the words profiled here have a new trace of meaning, warmth, and a time-worn glow” (John Morse, publisher of Merriam-Webster, Inc.)

My Year in the No-Man's-Bay

On my own I could certainly still be swept with enthusiasm, again and again,
helped along by stillness, nature, pictures, books, gusting wind, ... in anything
except certain thousandyear-old stone sculptures, two-thousand-year-old
inscriptions, the tossing of branches, the gurgling of water, the ... Disorder and dirt
in the house ...

Author : Peter Handke

Release : 1998-08-05

Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN : 1466806826

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Nobel Prize winner Peter Handke's autobiographical novel My Year in No-Man's Bay is "a meditation on two decades of a writer's life culminating in a solitary, sobering year of reckoning" (Publishers Weekly). In his most substantial novel to date, Handke tells the story of an Austrian writer--a man much like Handke himself--who undergoes a "metamorphosis" from self-assured artist into passive "observer and chronicler." He explores the world and describes his many severed relationships, from his tenuous contact with his son, to a failed marriage to "the Catalan," to a doomed love affair with a former Miss Yugoslavia. As the writer sifts through his memories, he is also under pressure to complete his next novel, but he cannot decide how to come to terms with both the complexity of the world and the inability of his novel to reflect it.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixteenth Annual Collection

that I'll put a curse on them if I catch them in my house!” TB snorted back a laugh.
“All right,” he said. “Is there anything else?” “Water my hydrangea.” “What the
hell's that?” “It's a plant. Just stick your finger in the dirt and don't water it if it's still

Author : Gardner Dozois

Release : 1999-07-30

Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN : 0312264747

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The past through tomorrow are boldly imagined and reinvented in the twenty-five stories collected in this showcase anthology. Many of the field's finest practitioners are represented here, along with stories from promising newcomers, including: William Barton * Rob Chilson * Tony Daniel * Cory Doctorow * Jim Grimsley * Gwyneth Jones * Chris Lawson * Ian McDonald * Robert Reed * William Browning Spencer * Allen Steele * Michael Swanwick * Howard Waldrop * Cherry Wilder * Liz Williams A useful list of honorable mentions and Dozois's insightful summation of the year in sf round out this anthology, making it indispensable for anyone interested in SF today.

The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

... driving out ahead of it if necessary, in the freeway's diamond lane, and then
getting a new water bottle and buying new running shoes to dance as fast as one
can to keep it from coming down ... This is no longer a mere purse of anxiety that
sits on the chest, it's like my open coffin already ten feet down, as the dirt slowly,
like sand in an hourglass, begins to pile in on me. The sunlight hurts. My body

Author : Sandra Tsing Loh

Release : 2014-05-05

Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN : 0393244237

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From an “imaginatively twisted and fearless” writer (Los Angeles Times), a hilarious memoir of middle age. In a voice that is wry, disarming, and totally candid, Sandra Tsing Loh tells the moving and laugh-out-loud tale of her roller coaster through "the change." This is not your grandmother's menopause story. Loh chronicles utterly relatable, everyday perils: raising preteen daughters, weathering hormonal changes, and the ups and downs of a career and a relationship. She writes also about an affair and the explosion of her marriage, while managing the legal and marital hijinks of her eighty-nine-year-old dad. The upbeat conclusion: it does get better.

A Cup of Water Under My Bed

I was already eighteen and working at the public library near my house. She
would come uptothe library counter in the summer, the grime marking
herpaleface like gray tattoos. The dirt swept across her cheek bones andcurved
below herpale ...

Author : Daisy Hernandez

Release : 2014-09-09

Publisher : Beacon Press

ISBN : 0807014494

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A coming-of-age memoir by a Colombian-Cuban woman about shaping lessons from home into a new, queer life In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race. Her mother warns her about envidia and men who seduce you with pastries, while one tía bemoans that her niece is turning out to be “una india” instead of an American. Another auntie instructs that when two people are close, they are bound to become like uña y mugre, fingernails and dirt, and that no, Daisy’s father is not godless. He’s simply praying to a candy dish that can be traced back to Africa. These lessons—rooted in women’s experiences of migration, colonization, y cariño—define in evocative detail what it means to grow up female in an immigrant home. In one story, Daisy sets out to defy the dictates of race and class that preoccupy her mother and tías, but dating women and transmen, and coming to identify as bisexual, leads her to unexpected questions. In another piece, NAFTA shuts local factories in her hometown on the outskirts of New York City, and she begins translating unemployment forms for her parents, moving between English and Spanish, as well as private and collective fears. In prose that is both memoir and commentary, Daisy reflects on reporting for the New York Times as the paper is rocked by the biggest plagiarism scandal in its history and plunged into debates about the role of race in the newsroom. A heartfelt exploration of family, identity, and language, A Cup of Water Under My Bed is ultimately a daughter’s story of finding herself and her community, and of creating a new, queer life.

My Remembers

At night before wash day Mother would take the tub down to the well and fill the
tub with water. And whin ... I don't want no dirt in it! Whin we ... As I grew older and
could draw water, around six year old, we kid all had to carrie water. We start a ...

Author : Eddie Stimpson

Release : 1999

Publisher : University of North Texas Press

ISBN : 1574410679

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The book in Stimpsonn's own words, with his spelling and powerful storytelling prose retained. His eye is on the past, but only because it is really on the future-on his hopes for his grandchildren and for their grandchildren after them.

The Seduction of Water

I should bring some holy water and dirt from Joseph's garden . . .” My ... When I
taught there last year I brought my class to the library for a tour of its criminology
archives and I'd had a long chat with the librarian about Scandinavian fairy tales.

Author : Carol Goodman

Release : 2003-01-01

Publisher : Ballantine Books

ISBN : 9780345463500

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Iris Greenfeder, ABD (All But Dissertation), feels the “buts” are taking over her life: all but published, all but a professor, all but married. Yet the sudden impulse to write a story about her mother, Katherine Morrissey, leads to a shot at literary success. The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy tale her mother used to tell her at bedtime—and nestled inside it is the sad story of her death. It captures the attention of her mother’s former literary agent, who is convinced that Katherine wrote one final manuscript before her strange, untimely end in a fire thirty years ago. So Iris goes back to the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, the place where she grew up, to write her mother’s biography and search for the missing manuscript—and there she unravels a haunting mystery, one that holds more secrets than she ever expected. . . . From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Dirt on Worm Farming

For my indoor plants, I use the compost as a top dressing, sprinkling it around the
base or drip line about one quarter ... or transplant, then cover or fill as you
normally would with garden dirt and continue to water the area lightly as directed.

Author : Brenda Lotito

Release : 2006-04-12

Publisher : iUniverse

ISBN : 0595394639

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Come Ride With Me

I wanted to continue with all my friends from Nôtre Dame School who were
starting freshman year at Jesus Marie ... Of course, the freshman did not know
that it was actually spaghetti that they had sprinkled with loose dirt and water so it
would ...

Author : Lorraine Dube

Release : 2011-02-17

Publisher : Xlibris Corporation

ISBN : 1456824279

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When Lorraine Dube went for her annual mammogram on September 4, 1997, she asked the technician for compression films of her upper chest area, right front shoulder, and underarm areas. She explained that, for almost a year, she had felt a pulling sensation in these areas. Although her doctor had assured her many times that it was nothing, probably just an after effect of the radiation treatment she had after her lumpectomy seven and a half years earlier, she still had a nagging concern about that odd tight feeling in her chest. When the technician took the films, it was five times more painful than when she did the routine compression shots of the breast. Tears were running down Lorraine´s face, but she not dare move. Four days later, her doctor called. Lorraine, this is Dr. V. How long have you had that mass in your chest? You have to see a surgeon immediately. Lorraine asked herself why Dr. V had ignored her concerns all those times. She reprimanded herself for not seeking a second opinion when she first experienced that pulling sensation and did not feel comfortable with his lack of response to her concern. So many things went through her mind, yet memories of her own lumpectomy were just the tip of the iceberg. She relived the horror of more than thirty years earlier when, as a mother of three small children at age 22, she heard those terrible words from Dr. DeVillers about her 26-year old husband´s cancer condition & four to six weeks the doctor had said. All of this flashed through her mind at speed warp ten ... literally in just a few seconds. Her life path had taken her through quite a few coaster rides throughout her 57 years, but all those were kiddy rides compared to this one. And so, the mother-of-all-roller coaster rides of life began with that fateful phone call from Dr. V. Lorraine Dube beat the odds. She beat that aggressive Stage 3 sarcoma lodged in her chest wall. But the battle was not without many, many scars. In the process, she lost five ribs, all her lymph nodes in the right arm area, a piece of her clavicle, most of the use of her right arm and hand "and nearly her life. After seven surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, experimental brachytherapy and countless battles with infection, including a flesh eating bacteria inside her chest wall, Lorraine Dube was cancer free but left suffering from chronic, debilitating pain, a souvenir from her ordeal that she would carry for the rest of her life. Lorraine was a survivor, always had been. But this time it was different. Why had God spared her from the terrible cancer and its aftermath of surgery, infections and lost body parts " only to leave her suffering from such unimaginable pain? The cancer was gone, but at what cost? What the heck was she supposed to do with the rest of her life? On her way to figuring it out, her daughter suggested that she write a book about her life. Don´t worry about writing a best seller, Mom. Just write it from the heart. Write it for your grandsons. Five years later, Ms. Dube began writing this book, the story of her life. She tells the story of her life from the earliest recollections of childhood, through the sometimes rough years of adulthood all with a few purposes in mind. She wants to tell her grandsons about her history, their history, and to relate all her adult experiences some good, some bad, some easy, some tough, all with the purpose of showing them that they, too, are survivors like their Memere. Her message: Life may, indeed, be a roller coaster, but nothing is impossible. Somewhere along the line, writing this book became Lorraine´s therapy. She began to make peace with, and sense of, the chronic pain that gripped her and kept her from leading the life she wanted, the life she expected. After all, her golden years were supposed to be her happiest. This b

Pickerel Lake: Dark Water Secret

Last summer, my best year, I trapped over 200 gophers. Covering the top of the
hole with thin cardboard, making sure the dirt blocked all possible light shining
into the hole, was the key. Too many amateur trappers rushed over this very ...

Author : Gary BlackBurn

Release : 2010-02-25

Publisher : PublishAmerica

ISBN : 146263446X

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It was supposed to be another lackluster summer for Justin Sanders, until it got up close and personal with the mystery fish out there in Pickerel Lake. Then, a desperate phone call from cousin Randy, concerning death threats and secret fish photos, has Justin racing to his assistance, unable to stop the tragedy. Pursuing evidence about his cousin's death, Justin and best friend Eric make a startling discovery on a perilous excursion to the dark water lair of the mysterious fish. Encountering something so unexpected, it all could unlock deep secrets, solving his cousin's murder, while placing them both in moral danger. Disentangling a complex labyrinth of clues, Justin is forced to meet the possible killer, in the woods, to exchange cash for information on Randy's murder, where Justin will struggle to survive one final life and death confrontation.

Dear Dirt Doctor

For most of our purposes, 1-2 ounces per gallon of water should be the maximum
concentration. PEPPER ... We have no flowers or insects, only ugly brown dirt. My
kids see lots of tadpole eggs in the water, but never any tadpoles. This water ...

Author : Howard Garrett

Release : 2014-10-03

Publisher : University of Texas Press

ISBN : 1477304142

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Howard Garrett has converted gardeners throughout Texas and beyond to gardening the natural way without chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides. In this revised and updated edition of The Dirt Doctor's Guide to Organic Gardening, he uses a question-and-answer format to present a wealth of new information on organic gardening, landscaping, pest control, and natural living. The book also incorporates valuable feedback and suggestions from gardeners who've successfully used Howard's methods.

Spirit on the Water

"Of course, my lovely," he laughed at her. "Didn't any of your teachers have a
glass container or aquarium with dirt and ants in it? It is a wonderful way to study
them and not get bitten." Jackie squeaked out a giggle. "The only thing anyone
ever ...

Author : Nancy J. McGovern

Release : 2009-11

Publisher : Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN : 1608441776

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Nancy McGovern has based her novel on her experiences in Mexico. She grew up near the state of Sonora, Mexico and received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Arizona State University. She resides in southern Arizona where part of the time she lives in a favorite desert spot. A new novel and collection of her published poetry are in progress. SPIRIT ON THE WATER brings together human nature and the natural world in a story of loss, search, and rebirth in a setting that doesn't sit still for very long. Guitars and sea breezes accompany events that lead down sometimes precarious, sometimes happy roads. A few surprises are in store for the reader of this one, and if life gets bumpy at times, you just might want some good company....

French Dirt

I think I probably left the house before six A.M. And there it was, my land all
covered with a brown dampness. ... Sweat dripped down my chest as I dug into
the earth. ... At this point the land was drinking water greedily like an insatiable

Author : Richard Goodman

Release : 2012-02-13

Publisher : Algonquin Books

ISBN : 1565127404

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A story about dirt--and about sun, water, work, elation, and defeat. And about the sublime pleasure of having a little piece of French land all to oneself to till. Richard Goodman saw the ad in the paper: "SOUTHERN FRANCE: Stone house in Village near Nimes/Avignon/Uzes. 4 BR, 2 baths, fireplace, books, desk, bikes. Perfect for writing, painting, exploring & experiencing la France profonde. $450 mo. plus utilities." And, with his girlfriend, he left New York City to spend a year in Southern France. The village was small--no shops, no gas station, no post office, only a café and a school. St. Sebastien de Caisson was home to farmers and vintners. Every evening Goodman watched the villagers congregate and longed to be a part of their camaraderie. But they weren't interested in him: he was just another American, come to visit and soon to leave. So Goodman laced up his work boots and ventured out into the vineyards to work among them. He met them first as a hired worker, and then as a farmer of his own small plot of land. French Dirt is a love story between a man and his garden. It's about plowing, planting, watering, and tending. It's about cabbage, tomatoes, parsley, and eggplant. Most of all, it's about the growing friendship between an American outsider and a close-knit community of French farmers. "There's a genuine sweetness about the way the cucumbers and tomatoes bridge the divide of nationality."--The New York Times Book Review "One of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American."--San Francisco Chronicle

Crude Sunlight 1

When I was young, my family would often picnic at the edge of the Hume
Reservoir, driving off the dirt road that encircled it onto a shallow spit of landthat
fanned out some thirty meters intothe water.The reservoir was and Asmy vast, the
still ...

Author : Phil Tucker

Release : 2014-02-24

Publisher : Phil Tucker


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"Seriously, this book kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning. It dug its claws in deep and hung on until the bitter end." On A Book Bender When his younger brother goes missing, Thomas Verkraft comes to Buffalo to find him. Following a trail of terrifying black and white photographs and homemade videos, he tracks Henry down to the doors of the Buffalo State Asylum. It's a grand and terrible building. Abandoned over forty years ago, its rooms and halls no longer ring with tortured screams. Yet it's the last building his brother entered before he disappeared. Genre: Horror/Ghost Note: This is the first of three installments, all of which have been published.