The Graveyard Book

  • Auteur: Neil Gaiman
  • ISBN: 140880820X
  • Date de sortie: 2009-11-02
  • Collection: A&C Black
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When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

Fire and Ice Soot Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World

  • Auteur: Jonathan Mingle
  • ISBN: 1250029511
  • Date de sortie: 2015-03-24
  • Collection: St. Martin's Press
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High in the Himalayan valley of Zanskar in northwest India sits a village as isolated as the legendary Shangri-La. Long fed by runoff from glaciers and lofty snowfields, Kumik—a settlement of thirty nine mud brick homes—has survived and thrived in one of the world's most challenging settings for a thousand years. But now its people confront an existential threat: chronic, crippling drought, which leaves the village canal dry and threatens to end their ancient culture of farming and animal husbandry. Fire and Ice weaves together the story of Kumik's inspiring response to this calamity with the story of black carbon. Black carbon from inefficient fires - the particulate residue that makes soot dark - is the second largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide. It's also a key ingredient of the air pollution that public health experts regard as humanity's greatest environmental health risk worldwide: soot-laden smoke from household hearth fires and outdoor sources combine to kill over seven million people around the world every year. Jonathan Mingle describes the joys and struggles of daily life in the Zanskar Valley, where villagers are buffeted by powerful environmental and economic forces, while also tracing black carbon's dark fingerprints outward from Kumik and around the world. Mingle investigates its impacts on snow, ice, and water from Mt. Everest to California, and the silent health epidemic it fuels from New York to New Delhi. Combining cultural history, detailed reportage, climate and energy science and dramatic storytelling, Fire and Ice is a profound examination of the global challenges of averting climate chaos and lifting billions out of energy poverty and water scarcity. Can Kumik's people come together to reinvent fire, harness what remains of their life-sustaining ice, and reinvigorate their traditions of solidarity, in time to save themselves? Can the rest of us rise to the same challenge? Fire and Ice connects these questions with the work of enterprising scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and activists around the world, in a narrative that combines mythology, reason, humor, persistence, and hope in a race against a global clock.

Forsaken Skies

  • Auteur: D. Nolan Clark
  • ISBN: 0356507483
  • Date de sortie: 2016-09-08
  • Collection: Hachette UK
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'Gripping writing, a brilliantly realised future culture and sympathetic characters . . . An entertaining and compelling read' SFX 'Unforgettable characters and jam-packed with action [and] adventure... One readers will not want to miss' Booklist FEAR THE SILENCE After centuries of devastating interplanetary civil war, mankind has found a time of relative peace. That peace is shattered when an unknown armada emerges from the depths of space, targeting an isolated colony planet. As the colonists plead for help, the politicians and bureacrats look away. But battle-scarred Commander Aleister Lanoe will not abandon thousands of innocents to their fate. FORSAKEN SKIES IS THE EXPLOSIVE FIRST NOVEL FROM D. NOLAN CLARK, AN EPIC TALE OF A FIGHT AGAINST THE ODDS - AND THE TERROR OF REALISING THAT WE'RE NO LONGER ALONE IN THE COLD VACUUM OF SPACE.

It s Complicated

  • Auteur: danah boyd
  • ISBN: 0300166311
  • Date de sortie: 2014-02-25
  • Collection: Yale University Press
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Surveys the online social habits of American teens and analyzes the role technology and social media plays in their lives, examining common misconceptions about such topics as identity, privacy, danger, and bullying.

All the Light We Cannot See

  • Auteur: Anthony Doerr
  • ISBN: 1476746605
  • Date de sortie: 2014-05-06
  • Collection: Simon and Schuster
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

Wildwood Wisdom

  • Auteur: Ellsworth Jaeger
  • ISBN: 9780936070124
  • Date de sortie: 1999-12-20
  • Collection: Shelter Publications, Inc.
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Offers practical advice on outdoor clothing, packs, sleeping bags, shelters, fire making, use of the axe, outdoor sanitation, camp cookery, edible plants, canoeing and trailcraft

The Obelisk Gate

  • Auteur: N. K. Jemisin
  • ISBN: 0356504891
  • Date de sortie: 2016-08-16
  • Collection: Hachette UK
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Continuing the trilogy that began with the multi-award nominated THE FIFTH SEASON · Shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, Kitschies, Audie and Locus Awards · A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 · The inaugural book club pick The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun has found shelter, but not her missing daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request only Essun can grant. Praise for this trilogy: 'Amazing' Ann Leckie 'Breaks uncharted ground' Library Journal 'Beautiful' Nnedi Okorafor 'Astounding' NPR 'Brilliant' Washington Post 'Heartbreaking, wholly unexpected' Brian Staveley 'Awesome' Book Smugglers 'A powerful story of hope and survival' The Root
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