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The Crofter And The Laird

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9780374708641
Genre : Social Science
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When John McPhee returned to the island of his ancestors—Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland—a hundred and thirty-eight people were living there. About eighty of these, crofters and farmers, had familial histories of unbroken residence on the island for two or three hundred years; the rest, including the English laird who owned Colonsay, were "incomers." Donald McNeill, the crofter of the title, was working out his existence in this last domain of the feudal system; the laird, the fourth Baron Strathcona, lived in Bath, appeared on Colonsay mainly in the summer, and accepted with nonchalance the fact that he was the least popular man on the island he owned. While comparing crofter and laird, McPhee gives readers a deep and rich portrait of the terrain, the history, the legends, and the people of this fragment of the Hebrides.

Earthly Words

Author : John R. Cooley
ISBN : 0472065378
Genre : Science
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An essential collection of criticism on the leading nature writers of today.

Strachur And District 1783 1983

Author : Andrew Morton
ISBN : OCLC:12520243
Genre : Strachur (Argyllshire)
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Contains an historical account of the parish of Strachur and Stralachlan along with the glen of Glenbranter and the village of St. Catherine's.

The John Mcphee Reader

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9780374708580
Genre : Literary Collections
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The John McPhee Reader, first published in 1976, is comprised of selections from the author's first twelve books. In 1965, John McPhee published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are; a decade later, he had published eleven others. His fertility, his precision and grace as a stylist, his wit and uncanny brilliance in choosing subject matter, his crack storytelling skills have made him into one of our best writers: a journalist whom L.E. Sissman ranked with Liebling and Mencken, who Geoffrey Wolff said "is bringing his work to levels that have no measurable limit," who has been called "a master craftsman" so many times that it is pointless to number them.

The Dark Laird

Author : Wilma Anne Chadney
ISBN : 9781412012973
Genre : Fiction
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While King David reigns over Scotland in the 12th Century, Calum McCallam, chieftain of the high valley called Strathrevie, suddenly finds life getting complicated. The carefree new laird, while hunting, ventures onto the lands of a neighbouring clan and encounters the enchanting granddaughter of the McDiarmid laird. In time the couple decide on a 'handfast' year, a custom whereby they may live together for a year and a day, before they decide to marry. Little do Calum and Mared know that during their 'handfast' year unfriendly forces will cause undercurrents. These will result in a rash of startling events. The young laird must deal swiftly with trouble makers and still find the time to discover why his lady is drifting away from him.

The Laird Of Loch Fyne

Author : Brandy Grandberg
ISBN : 9781617772993
Genre : Fiction
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'I'm sorry for what has to be done, lass,' the old man whispered. 'It is the only way they can be saved. Maggie shook her head in confusion as the voices and laughter of fairgoers around her became inaudible. 'The only way who can be saved? I'm afraid I don't understand what you're talking about.' A loud, thunderous sound burst through the atmosphere, followed by the glow of an eerie white light that surrounded her entire body. Feeling as if she were standing on a thick blanket of fog and not being able to find her way out, Maggie sensed the laughter she had heard earlier was now altogether gone, leaving her with a strong sense of uncertainty. Maggie fell instantly to the ground, her legs becoming weak and unmanageable. Following that fateful encounter with the old man, Maggie Harris is plunged from modern-day North Carolina into sixteenth-century Scotland. The reason for traveling back in time is soon revealed. She has been sent to save the life of Laird Ian MacLachlan, a man whom she fears...and desires. Torn between the life she knew and the life she is destined for, Maggie struggles with the treacherous path that lies ahead. It is a path fraught with murder, deceit, and betrayal; but it is also bursting with a love and passion more powerful than she's ever known. Can Maggie accomplish what she was sent to do, or will Ian die at the same hands that killed his mother? Will Maggie return to her time and leave the man she loves, or will the past become her future? In this story of adventure and passion, discover a love that is powerful enough to travel through time—a love that is truly all that matters.

In Suspect Terrain

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9780374708542
Genre : Science
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From the outwash plains of Brooklyn to Indiana's drifted diamonds and gold, John McPhee's In Suspect Terrain is a narrative of the earth, told in four sections of equal length, each in a different way reflecting the three others-- a biography; a set piece about a fragment of Appalachian landscape in illuminating counterpoint to the human history there; a modern collision of ideas about the origins of the mountain range; and, in contrast, a century-old collision of ideas about the existence of the Ice Age. The central figure is Anita Harris, an internationally celebrated geologist who went into her profession to get out of a Brooklyn ghetto. The unifying theme is plate tectonics-- here concentrating on the acceptance that all aspects of the theory do not universally enjoy. As such, In Suspect Terrain is a report from the rough spots at the front edge of a science. In Suspect Terrain is the second book in a series on geology and geologists, presenting a cross section of North America along the fortieth parallel, and gathered under the overall title Annals of the Former World. The other books in the series are Basin and Range, Rising from the Plains, and Assembling California.

Pieces Of The Frame

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9780374708603
Genre : Literary Collections
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Pieces of the Frame is a gathering of memorable writings by one of the greatest journalists and storytellers of our time. They take the reader from the backwoods roads of Georgia, to the high altitude of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico; from the social decay of Atlantic City, to Scotland, where a pilgrimage for art's sake leads to a surprising encounter with history on a hilltop with a view of a fifth of the entire country. McPhee's writing is more than informative; these are stories, artful and full of character, that make compelling reading. They play with and against one another, so that Pieces of the Frame is distinguished as much by its unity as by its variety. Subjects familiar to McPhee's readers-sports, Scotland, conservation-are treated here with intimacy and a sense of the writer at work.

Looking For A Ship

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9781429958110
Genre : Transportation
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This is an extraordinary tale of life on the high seas aboard one of the last American merchant ships, the S.S. Stella Lykes, on a forty-two-day journey from Charleston down the Pacific coast of South America. As the crew of the Stella Lykes makes their ocean voyage, they tell stories of other runs and other ships, tales of disaster, stupidity, greed, generosity, and courage.

Writing Educational Biography

Author : Craig Alan Kridel
ISBN : 0815322968
Genre : Education
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This collection examines the many influences of biographical inquiry in education and discusses methodological issues from the perspective of veteran and novice biographers. Contributors underscore the documentary, interpretative and literary concerns of biographical and archival work.

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