National Book Award Finalist—FictionIn the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.
Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable... (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series)
An earth-sheltered, earth-roofed home has the least impact upon the land of all housing styles, leaving almost zero footprint on the planet. Earth-Sheltered Houses is a practical guide for those who want to build their own underground home at moderate cost. It describes the benefits of sheltering a home with earth, including the added comfort and energy efficiency from the moderating influence of the earth on the home’s temperature (keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer), along with the benefits of low maintenance and the protection against fire, sound, earthquake, and storm afforded by the earth. Extra benefits from adding an earth or other living roof option include greater longevity of the roof substrate, fine aesthetics, and environmental harmony.The book covers all of the various construction techniques involved, including details on planning, excavation, footings, floor, walls, framing, roofing, waterproofing, insulation, and drainage. Specific methods appropriate for the inexperienced owner/builder are a particular focus and include: Pouring one’s own footings and/or floor The use of dry-stacked (surface-bonded) concrete block walls Post-and-beam framing Plank-and-beam roofing Drainage methods and self-adhesive waterproofing membranes The time-tested, easy-to-learn construction techniques described in Earth-Sheltered Houses will enable readers to embark upon their own building projects with confidence, backed up by a comprehensive resources section that lists all the latest products such as waterproofing membranes, types of rigid insulation, and drainage products that will protect the building against water damage and heat loss. Rob Roy is a former contractor with 27 years of experience and 12 previous books to his credit, including Cordwood Building and Timber Framing for the Rest of Us. An expert on underground building, he founded the Earthwood Building School in 1981 with his wife, Jaki, and is frequently a speaker at events throughout North America.
In Brussels at the height of WWI, a small, underground newspaper is the only thing offering the occupied city hope—and real news of the war. The paper may be a small whisper amid the shouts of the German army, but Edward Kirkland will do anything to keep it in print. Meanwhile, Isa Lassone, a Belgian-American socialite whose parents whisked her to safety at the start of the war, sneaks back into the country to rescue those dearest to her: Edward and his mother. But Edward refuses to go, and soon Isa is drawn into his secret life printing the newspaper . . . And into his heart.
Compared with the most sophisticated weapons systems in use today, tunnels have withstood the test of time. There's no way to know how long drones or lasers or anti-missile defense systems will last, but as long as there is warfare, tunnels will almost certainly be part of the fight.
Fox News' Bret Baier was granted unprecedented access by George W. Bush as the President begins the final year of his extraordinarily consequential tenure. This historic documentary -- shot in High Definition -- takes you inside the Oval Office, to the President's Texas ranch, aboard Air Force One, and into his private sanctums in the White House residence.In a series of no-holds-barred interviews, the President talks openly ofhis aim to consolidate his mark on history, his Freedom Agenda, the failure to catch Osama bin Laden, the role faith has playedin his Presidency, and how he was inspired by the writings and deeds of Abraham Lincoln.When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Sand Scoop and Shovel Accessories for Metal Detecting and Treasure Hunting
Valuable addition to any treasure hunting kit!It’s something that every metal detector enthusiast is eventually faced with: You get a beep, so you start digging into the ground with your shovel, and you end up with a big pile of dirt or sand that you have to claw through with your hands. Good news: National Geographic’s Sand Scoop & Trowel Kit does all that hard work for you! If you’re detecting at the beach, you can use the scoop to dig up the sand, give the sifter a gentle shake so it falls out through the small holes, and your prize will be revealed. If the ground is harder, then the rugged trowel is perfectly designed to dig the dirt into your scoop. And the composite material won’t fool your metal detector into giving you false positives. Strong enough for a seasoned enthusiast, yet lightweight enough for a kid to use, this Sand Scoop & Trowel kit is sure to become one of your most indispensable metal-detecting tools. And it’s backed by National Geographic’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
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