For centuries, settled peoples have contemplated nomads with fascination and envy, or with disdain and fear. Both Americans and the British have had an obsession with nomadic peoples, stemming from their own wanderlust and admiration for the unfettered life. In Search of Nomads centers on four regions that are rich in nomadic culture—the Arabian peninsula with its Bedouin, the Sahara with its Moors and Tuareg, the mountain ranges of southern Iran with its migratory pastoral tribes, and the steppes of Central Asia with its Mongol horsemen and Tartar descendants. Author John Ure has traveled with all of these peoples and provides a brief account of the special characteristics and history of each group. However, one of the most appealing aspects of the book is the insight it provides into the often-eccentric British and American observers who chose to seek out and travel with nomads. Some were exiles from nineteenth-century high society, some were footloose adventurers like T. E. Lawrence; some were distinguished literary figures like Vita Sackville-West, while others were notable scholars like Gertrude Bell. In short, the visitors were often odder than the exotic peoples they visited, and John Ure brings both to life with skill and humor.
Adrift on the Ark is a collection of personal essays by Margaret Thompson that offers a straightforward study of the complex relationship between human beings and the natural world. The essays look at a wide range of beings-from spiders to peacocks-and cover issues such as our irrational phobias, our fascination with zoos, and the myths and stories we have created around the other occupants of this earth. They also observe the joy animals bring to us as our pets and the altruistic relationship between caregivers and companions. With lively anecdotes and engaging portraits of the animals who have enriched Margaret's life, these entertaining and personal essays serve a double purpose: as a reminder of our place in the natural order and our intricate connections with animals; and as a warning about how much we stand to lose by ignoring our responsibilities for all life on earth.
Meant to inspire and motivate, Adrift on the Ark is an enchanting reflection on the beneficial relationship between humans and other animals.
Een maartse maandagochtend, een industriepark in Izegem. Een klein jaar nadat hij aan de Gentse universiteit zijn master geschiedenis haalde, fietst Tuur Viaene het terrein van een fabrikant van rust- en ziekenhuismeubels op. 'Ik ben een interimmer', piept Tuur aan de barak waar een paar mannen staan roken. 'Ik kom hier laden en lossen.' Soms kleven journalisten een valse baard op en gaan ze undercover. Dan beland je snel bij Wallraff of Ehrenreich, schrijvers die het genre op de kaart zetten. Dit boek is anders.
Het vertelt het relaas van een van de honderdduizenden in dit land die geen vast werk vinden en dan maar aankloppen bij een interimkantoor. Van nepvacatures, onbestaande veiligheidsregels, personeelschefs die je op vrijdagnamiddag ontslaan omdat je 'de kmo-mentaliteit' mist tot de onbeschofte behandeling door de VDAB: het is een verbijsterende schets van de onderkant van de arbeidsmarkt. Waar mensen wegwerpmensen zijn.
The second book in Mary Borsellino's Wolf House series, Roads and Crosses follows two of the hunters as they navigate the aftermath of the shattering events of Origins and Overtures. Already prone to anger and self-doubt, Lily's fight has become a fight against her own dark thoughts just as much as it-s a fight against the vampire gangs. And Will's clinical, detached approach to vampire hunting has always helped him in the past, but now it threatens to cut him off from his emotions and his friends completely. And if they can't save themselves, what good are they to Jay, Rose, and Bette?