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À l'orée du verger

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À l'orée du verger - Tracy Chevalier Summary

En 1838, dans l’Ohio, les fièvres ne font pas de cadeau. À chaque début d’hiver, James Goodenough creuse de petites tombes en prévision des mauvais jours. Et à chaque fin d’hiver, une nouvelle croix vient orner le bout de verger qui fait péniblement vivre cette famille de cultivateurs de pommes originaires du Connecticut. Mais la fièvre n’est pas le seul fléau qui menace les Goodenough : l’alcool a fait sombrer Sadie, la mère, qui parle à ses enfants disparus quand elle ne tape pas sur ceux qui restent ; les caprices du temps condamnent régulièrement les récoltes de James, et les rumeurs dont bruisse le village de Black Swamp pointent du doigt cette famille d’étrangers. Heureusement, la visite de John Chapman, figure majeure de l’introduction des pommiers dans l’Ohio, la saveur d’une pomme mûre à point et la solidarité qui peut unir deux enfants partageant le même sort éclairent parfois l’existence de Martha et Robert Goodenough. Des années et un drame plus tard, frère et sœur sont séparés. Robert a quitté l’Ohio pour tenter sa chance dans l’Ouest. Il sera garçon de ferme, mineur, orpailleur, puis il renouera avec l’amour des arbres que son père lui a donné en héritage. Au fin fond de la Californie, auprès d’un exportateur anglais fantasque, Robert participe à une activité commerciale qui prendra bientôt son essor : il prélève des pousses de séquoias géants pour les envoyer aux amateurs du Vieux Monde. Auprès de Molly, cuisinière le jour, fille de joie la nuit, il réapprend le langage de la tendresse. De son côté, pendant toutes ces années, Martha n’a eu qu’un rêve : quitter sa prison mentale de Black Swamp et traverser les États-Unis à la recherche de son frère. Avec la précision et le sens du romanesque qui ont fait sa marque de fabrique,Tracy Chevalier plonge les mains dans l’histoire des pionniers et dans celle, méconnue, des arbres : de la culture des pommiers au commerce des arbres millénaires de la Californie. Mêlant personnages historiques et fictionnels, À l’orée du verger rend hommage à ces hommes et ces femmes qui ont construit les États-Unis.

At the Edge of the Orchard

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At the Edge of the Orchard - Tracy Chevalier Summary

“With impeccable research and flawless prose, Chevalier perfectly conjures the grandeur of the pristine Wild West . . . and the everyday adventurers—male and female—who were bold enough or foolish enough to be drawn to the unknown. She crafts for us an excellent experience.” —USA Today From internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier, a riveting drama of a pioneer family on the American frontier 1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck – in the muddy, stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio. They and their five children work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed so they can cultivate the fifty apple trees required to stake their claim on the property. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle. James loves the apples, reminders of an easier life back in Connecticut; while Sadie prefers the applejack they make, an alcoholic refuge from brutal frontier life. 1853: Their youngest child Robert is wandering through Gold Rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. In the redwood and giant sequoia groves he finds some solace, collecting seeds for a naturalist who sells plants from the new world to the gardeners of England. But you can run only so far, even in America, and when Robert’s past makes an unexpected appearance he must decide whether to strike out again or stake his own claim to a home at last. Chevalier tells a fierce, beautifully crafted story in At the Edge of the Orchard, her most graceful and richly imagined work yet. From the Hardcover edition.

At the Edge of the Orchard Country

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At the Edge of the Orchard Country - Robert Morgan Summary

First published by Wesleyan University Press in 1987, At the Edge of the Orchard Country in back in print as a North Carolina Classic from Press 53. Dave Smith notes: "Readers who know Robert Morgan's previous collections of poetry will be delighted by this most elegiac, most celebratory book. They will find deft and mysterious tales of country life, hymns to all matter and every manner of spirit."

The Pastures of Heaven

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The Pastures of Heaven - John Steinbeck Summary

In Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s beautifully rendered depictions of small yet fateful moments that transform ordinary lives, these twelve early stories introduce both the subject and style of artistic expression that recur in the most important works of his career. Each of these self-contained stories is linked to the others by the presence of the Munroes, a family whose misguided behavior and lack of sensitivity precipitate disasters and tragedies. As the individual dramas unfold, Steinbeck reveals the self-deceptions, intellectual limitations, and emotional vulnerabilities that shape the characters’ reactions and gradually erode the harmony and dreams that once formed the foundation of the community. This edition includes an introduction and notes by James Nagel. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Off-season at the Edge of the World

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Off-season at the Edge of the World - Debora Greger Summary

Debora Greger is a stoic comedian in an age when even wit has its dark undertones. In this her fourth collection she finds Ovid in Provincetown, a right whale in Iowa, and Cleopatra in the afterworld. Nothing resides in its proper place, except the place of exile. "Characteristic wit, irony, and precision." --Publishers Weekly

La dernière fugitive

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La dernière fugitive - Tracy Chevalier Summary

Quand Honor Bright se décide à franchir l'Atlantique pour accompagner, au cœur de l'Ohio, sa sœur promise à un Anglais fraîchement émigré, elle pense pouvoir recréer auprès d'une nouvelle communauté le calme de son existence de jeune quaker : broderie, prière, silence. Mais l'Amérique de 1850 est aussi périlleuse qu'enchanteresse ; rien dans cette terre ne résonne pour elle d'un écho familier. Sa sœur emportée par la fièvre jaune à peine le pied posé sur le sol américain, Honor se retrouve seule sur les routes accidentées du Nouveau Monde. Très vite, elle fait la connaissance de personnages hauts en couleur. Parmi eux, Donovan, 'chasseur d'esclaves', homme brutal et sans scrupules qui, pourtant, ébranle les plus profonds de ses sentiments. Mais Honor se méfie des voies divergentes. En épousant un jeune fermier quaker, elle croit avoir fait un choix raisonnable. Jusqu'au jour où elle découvre l'existence d'un 'chemin de fer clandestin', réseau de routes secrètes tracées par les esclaves pour rejoindre les terres libres du Canada. Portrait intime de l'éclosion d'une jeune femme, témoignage précieux sur les habitudes de deux communautés méconnues – les quakers et les esclaves en fuite –, La Dernière Fugitive confirme la maîtrise romanesque de l'auteur du best-seller La Jeune Fille à la perle.

Gettysburg--The Second Day

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Gettysburg--The Second Day - Harry W. Pfanz Summary

The second day's fighting at Gettysburg--the assault of the Army of Northern Virginia against the Army of the Potomac on 2 July 1863--was probably the critical engagement of that decisive battle and, therefore, among the most significant actions of the Civil War. Harry Pfanz, a former historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, has written a definitive account of the second day's brutal combat. He begins by introducing the men and units that were to do battle, analyzing the strategic intentions of Lee and Meade as commanders of the opposing armies, and describing the concentration of forces in the area around Gettysburg. He then examines the development of tactical plans and the deployment of troops for the approaching battle. But the emphasis is on the fighting itself. Pfanz provides a thorough account of the Confederates' smashing assaults -- at Devil's Den and Litle Round Top, through the Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard, and against the Union center at Cemetery Ridge. He also details the Union defense that eventually succeeded in beating back these assaults, depriving Lee's gallant army of victory. Pfanz analyzes decisions and events that have sparked debate for more than a century. In particular he discusses factors underlying the Meade-Sickles controversy and the questions about Longstreet's delay in attacking the Union left. The narrative is also enhanced by thirteen superb maps, more than eighty illustrations, brief portraits of the leading commanders, and observations on artillery, weapons, and tactics that will be of help even to knowledgeable readers. Gettysburg--The Second Day is certain to become a Civil War classic. What makes the work so authoritative is Pfanz' mastery of the Gettysburg literature and his unparalleled knowledge of the ground on which the fighting occurred. His sources include the Official Records, regimental histories and personal reminiscences from soldiers North and South, personal papers and diaries, newspaper files, and last -- but assuredly not least -- the Gettysburg battlefield. Pfanz's career in the National Park Service included a ten-year assignment as a park historian at Gettysburg. Without doubt, he knows the terrain of the battle as well as he knows the battle itself.

The Tale of a Hunter

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The Tale of a Hunter - Harold Ash Summary

In my lifetime I have harvested over two hundred deer and many other animals and birds, and that doesn't even count the fish species from coast to coast. I want to leave something to my family to remember me by. As of now, I have five grandkids that are somewhat interested in what I do. They show interest in the shooting sports and archery and fishing. With the fishing, they all have mounted fish I did for them on their walls. I do not push any children into hunting unless they approach me or their parents. My oldest granddaughter showed interest in archery, so when she graduated grammar school, I bought her first recurve bow. Right now she shows no interest in hunting, and that's perfectly OK. My oldest grandson just joined the Boy Scouts and has shot rifles and shot compound bows and now is interested in a compound bow. Last year he asked to go turkey hunting, and I hope he enjoyed the experience. And we didn't kill anything. We already picked out the bow. My three younger grandchildren--two are eight-year-olds and one is nine-year-old--are interested in target shooting the BB gun and archery shooting. They go for hikes with me to look for shed antlers. All my grandchildren are interested in fishing and all-around activities. My journey will continue to hone their skills in archery and firearms, and hopefully, they might be interested in hunting. My journey is far from over, God willing.

A Field Guide to Gettysburg

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A Field Guide to Gettysburg - Carol Reardon,Tom Vossler Summary

In this lively guide to the Gettysburg battlefield, Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler invite readers to participate in a tour of this hallowed ground. Ideal for carrying on trips through the park as well as for the armchair historian, this book includes comprehensive maps and deft descriptions of the action that situate visitors in time and place. Crisp narratives introduce key figures and events, and eye-opening vignettes help readers more fully comprehend the import of what happened and why. A wide variety of contemporary and postwar source materials offer colorful stories and present interesting interpretations that have shaped--or reshaped--our understanding of Gettysburg today. Each stop addresses the following: What happened here? Who fought here? Who commanded here? Who fell here? Who lived here? How did participants remember this event?

The Passage of Time

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The Passage of Time - Ann Williams Summary

In her first book, We Are Surely Blessed, Ann Williams focused on her parents, Leslie and Esther Johnson. They watch as their five older children grow to adulthood, marry and start their own familys while the two younger children continue their education. They pulled together during the Great Depression, WW I, and saw two of their sons serve in the army during WW II. It is now 1949. In The Passage of Time you will see their dream of having a large family, materialize. Each of the families has settled in the farming area around Guss, Iowa. Follow them as they prosper with their own dreams and watch their children go forward. Share with them the beginning of life and the loss of life, as sudden sadness engulfs them. Join Esther and Leslie as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary. They continue to share the love of the land, the pride in their family, and the country in which they were born. They continue to hold their faith in God. There is a feeling that someone is always watching over them and He will walk with them for the rest of their lives. Follow their youngest daughter as she and her husband and two sons leave the Iowa farm lands and settle in San Jose, California.

Daniel Locke and the Tower of Eden

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Daniel Locke and the Tower of Eden - Marty Longson Summary

Daniel "Indy" Locke Jr. has a new dragon tattoo, crazy thing is... it actually moves. His world is forever changed when he passes through a mysterious aurora surrounding a large valley in Northern California. The aurora of shimmering lights is tied to the discovery of ancient artifacts buried deep below the ground. The artifacts and tattoo are all capable of incredible powers, but at a price. Once inside the aurora, no one is able to leave it... alive.

Heaven and Earth

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Heaven and Earth - David Francis Summary

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The Family Orchard

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The Family Orchard - Nomi Eve Summary

In the bestselling tradition of The Red Tent, The Family Orchard is a spellbinding novel of one unforgettable family, the orchard they've tended for generations, and a love story that transcends the ages. Nomi Eve's lavishly imagined account begins in Palestine in 1837, with the tale of the irrepressible family matriach, Esther, who was lured by the smell of baking bread into an affair with the local baker. Esther passes on her passionate nature to her son, Eliezer, whose love for the forbidden Golda threatened to tear the family apart. And to her granddaughter, Avra the thief, a tiny wisp of a girl who thumbed her nose at her elders by swiping precious stones from the local bazaar-and grew to marry a man she met at the scene of a crime. At once epic and intimate, The Family Orchard is a rich historical tapestry of passion and tradition from a storyteller of beguiling power.

The Secret Eleanor

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The Secret Eleanor - Cecelia Holland Summary

Eleanor of Aquitaine seized hold of life in the 12th century in a way any modern woman would envy! 1151: As Duchess of Aquitaine, Eleanor grew up knowing what it was to be regarded for herself and not for her husband's title. Now, as wife to Louis VII and Queen of France, she has found herself unsatisfied with reflected glory-and feeling constantly under threat, even though she outranks every woman in Paris. Then, standing beside her much older husband in the course of a court ceremony, Eleanor locks eyes with a man-hardly more than a boy, really- across the throne room, and knows that her world has changed irrevocably... He is Henry D'Anjou, eldest son of the Duke of Anjou, and he is in line, somewhat tenuously, for the British throne. She meets him in secret. She has a gift for secrecy, for she is watched like a prisoner by spies even among her own women. She is determined that Louis must set her free. Employing deception and disguise, seduction and manipulation, Eleanor is determined to find her way to power-and make her mark on history.

The Tiger Orchard

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The Tiger Orchard - Joyce Sweeney Summary

Every night, Zack is plagued by bizarre recurring nightmares—what if his dream world is trying to tell him something? Zack has never fit in with the rest of his family, and for as long as he can remember, he has experienced strange nightmares of a shadowy man. His therapist, Nancy, says these dreams are his subconscious mind’s way of trying to reveal something, but Zack isn’t so sure. After all, what could nightmares filled with tigers and apple orchards possibly mean? Luckily, he has the beautiful new girl at school to take his mind off his troubles. For his final assignment in art class, Zack is tasked with showing the darkest depths of his soul, and he knows that his nightmares are the perfect subject for a painting. But when a long-repressed memory from his childhood suddenly surfaces, Zack’s life is thrown into turmoil, and he discovers everything he thought about his family is based on a lie. Zack must finally confront his past before he can have a future free of the secret that haunts him.

Gettysburg

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Gettysburg - Mark Grimsley,Brooks D. Simpson Summary

Created by scholars who have walked the battlegrounds, consulted with local experts and park guides, and studied the testimony left behind by the participants, this guide is the ultimate guide to Gettysburg. 57 maps, figures & photos.

Literary History of the Troubadours

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The Afterlife

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The Afterlife - John Updike Summary

To the hero of the title story of this collection, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: “A miraculous lacquer lay upon everything, beading each roadside twig . . . each reed of thatch, each tiny daisy trembling in the grass.” All of these stories, each in its own way, partake of this glow, as life beyond middle age is explored and found to have its own exquisite dearness. As death approaches, existence takes on, for some of Updike’s aging characters, a translucence, a magical fragility; vivid memory and casual misperception lend the mundane an antic texture, and the backward view, lengthening, acquires a certain grandeur. Here is a world where wonder stubbornly persists, and fresh beginnings almost outnumber losses.

Commando to Captain-Generall

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Commando to Captain-Generall - Alison Michelli Summary

This is the story of Brigadier Peter Young (1915–1988), a highly decorated soldier who was one of the founding members of 3 Commando, rising during WWII from 2 Lt to Brigadier in the space of 6 years. His battle honours include Vaagso, Dieppe, Sicily, Italy, Normandy and Burma. A career soldier, he returned to his parent regiment, the Beds and Herts, after the war and subsequently spent time in Palestine where he commanded the 9th Regiment of the Arab Legion under Glubb Pasha. After Suez he returned to England, retiring from the Army in 1959. He founded the War Studies Department at RMA Sandhurst during the 60s, intending to create there a intellectual centre along the lines of a university faculty for the study of military history and to that end gathered around him some of the finest military historians of the day including Richard Holmes, David Chandler and John Adair amongst others. He was instrumental in the forming of The Sealed Knot and is reverred in re-enactment circles. To publicise a book he had written about the English Civil War he organised a publicity stunt which evolved rapidly into the first re-enactment society: The Sealed Knot. An avid war-gamer, his name is legendary in war-gaming circles. 'The Brig' is still a well-known personality even among those too young ever to have met him.

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