Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307430731

Category: Nature

Page: 272

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For twenty years Dan O’Brien struggled to make ends meet on his cattle ranch in South Dakota. But when a neighbor invited him to lend a hand at the annual buffalo roundup, O’Brien was inspired to convert his own ranch, the Broken Heart, to buffalo. Starting with thirteen calves, “short-necked, golden balls of wool,” O’Brien embarked on a journey that returned buffalo to his land for the first time in more than a century and a half. Buffalo for the Broken Heart is at once a tender account of the buffaloes’ first seasons on the ranch and an engaging lesson in wildlife ecology. Whether he’s describing the grazing pattern of the buffalo, the thrill of watching a falcon home in on its prey, or the comical spectacle of a buffalo bull wallowing in the mud, O’Brien combines a novelist’s eye for detail with a naturalist’s understanding to create an enriching, entertaining narrative. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Memory, Place and the Senses

Author: Christine Berberich,Neil Campbell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317184718

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Bringing together a diverse group of scholars representing the fields of cultural and literary studies, cultural politics and history, creative writing and photography, this collection examines the different ways in which human beings respond to, debate and interact with landscape. How do we feel, sense, know, cherish, memorise, imagine, dream, desire or even fear landscape? What are the specific qualities of experience that we can locate in the spaces in and through which we live? While the essays most often begin with the broadly literary - the memoir, the travelogue, the novel, poetry - the contributors approach the topic in diverse and innovative ways. The collection is divided into five sections: ’Peripheral Cultures’, dealing with dislocation and imagined landscapes'; ’Memory and Mobility’, concerning the road as the scene of trauma and movement; ’Suburbs and Estates’, contrasting American and English spaces; ’Literature and Place’, foregrounding the fluidity of the fictional and the real and the human and nonhuman; and finally, ’Sensescapes’, tracing the sensory response to landscape. Taken together, the essays interrogate important issues about how we live now and might live in the future.
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The True Story of a Man, an Animal, and the American West

Author: R. D. Rosen

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595587306

Category: Nature

Page: 242

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A sprawling suburban house in Santa Fe is not the kind of home where a buffalo normally roams, but Veryl Goodnight and Roger Brooks are not your ordinary animal lovers. Over a hundred years after Veryl’s ancestors, Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight, hand-raised two baby buffalo to help save the species from extinction, the sculptor and her husband adopt an orphaned buffalo calf of their own. Against a backdrop of the old American West, A Buffalo in the House tells the story of a household situation beyond any sitcom writer’s wildest dreams. Charlie has no idea he’s a buffalo and Roger has no idea just how strong the bond between man and buffalo can be. In the historical shadow of the near-extermination of a majestic and misunderstood animal, Roger sets out to save just one buffalo. Written in the tradition of Ian Frazier’s Great Plains and the work of Garrison Keillor and Bill Bryson, A Buffalo in the House tells an important, uplifting story about one animal’s ability to touch human lives and reconnect people of all ages to the vanished past.
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Author: John E. Carroll

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791484580

Category: Religion

Page: 191

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Argues that true sustainability must be based in spirituality and looks at religious communities dedicated to the environment. This groundbreaking book explores the inherent interconnectedness of sustainability and spirituality, acknowledging the dependency of one upon the other. John E. Carroll contends that true ecological sustainability, in contrast to the cosmetic attempts at sustainability we see around us, questions our society's fundamental values and is so countercultural that it is resisted by anyone without a spiritual belief in something deeper than efficiency, technology, or economics. Carroll draws on the work of cultural historian and "geologian" Thomas Berry, whose eco-spiritual thought underlies many of the sustainability efforts of communities described in this book, including particular branches of Catholic religious orders and the loosely organized Sisters of the Earth. The writings of Native Americans on spirituality and ecology are also highlighted. These models for sustainability not only represent the tangible link between ecology and spirituality, but also, more importantly, a vision of what could be. “…a useful documentation of some contemporary and truly radical counter-cultural models.” — Missiology “John Carroll has written a thought-provoking and important book. Carroll … shows that individuals and groups who have a strong spiritual connection to the earth often have a very high level of commitment to ecology … he explores specific principles and practices of sustainability within religious communities, which can serve as useful models for broader application within our society.” — Academia "Carroll begins his journey looking for examples of environmental sustainability, and I think he has found them—more convincing examples than people who have looked in more obvious and secular places. But along the way he has found something related, and just as important: examples of human sustainability, hints about ways that we might reshape our attitudes as compellingly as our kitchens and gardens and boilers." — from the Foreword by Bill McKibben "Carroll clearly addresses a key topic for those interested in the relationship between ecology and ethics, and makes clear that sustainability is not possible without a deep change of values and commitment to a lifestyle. It cannot be achieved simply as an expression of economic functionality nor as an expression of ideology alone." — Rosemary Radford Ruether, coeditor of Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans
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Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803286368

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 248

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For more than forty years the prairies of South Dakota have been Dan OOCOBrienOCOs home. Working as a writer and an endangered-species biologist, he became convinced that returning grass-fed, free-roaming buffalo to the grasslands of the northern plains would return natural balance to the region and reestablish the undulating prairie lost through poor land management and overzealous farming. In 1998 he bought his first buffalo and began the task of converting a little cattle ranch into an ethically run buffalo ranch. a"Wild Idea" is a book about how good food choices can influence federal policies and the integrity of our food system, and about the dignity and strength of a legendary American animal. It is also a book about people: the daughter coming to womanhood in a hard landscape, the friend and ranch hand who suffers great tragedy, the venture capitalist who sees hope and opportunity in a struggling buffalo business, and the husbandaand wife behind the ranch who struggle daily, wondering if what they are doing will ever be enough to make a difference. At its center, "Wild Idea" is about a family and the people and animals that surround themOCoall trying to build a healthy life in a big, beautiful, and sometimes dangerous land. aa"
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Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803267878

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

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McDermot, Nebraska, is a pleasant, scenic western cattle town situated in the Pawnee River valley—just the place for people seeking refuge from their hectic city lives. It is also just the place for those who have made their homes on this haunting prairie since the late nineteenth century. Ideal for both, McDermot means everything to those native inhabitants and something very different to those who are looking for a new life. As the native residents wrestle with the arrival of outsiders, a local journalist uncovers a medical scandal epitomizing the problems facing the divided community. After the death of two men, it falls to the ancient but powerful district attorney to mediate a resolution between the clashing interests of the new and the old West. And the Thurston family, descended from the town’s first citizen, sets out in its own way to fight the forces threatening to destroy it. This is the story of new and old interests colliding, of small western plains towns confronting the forces of “progress.”
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Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1496203046

Category: History

Page: 150

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A Project of the Center for Great Plains Studies and the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska Great Plains Bison traces the history and ecology of this American symbol from the origins of the great herds that once dominated the prairie to its near extinction in the late nineteenth century and the subsequent efforts to restore the bison population. A longtime wildlife biologist and one of the most powerful literary voices on the Great Plains, Dan O’Brien has managed his own ethically run buffalo ranch since 1997. Drawing on both extensive research and decades of personal experience, he details not only the natural history of the bison but also its prominent symbolism in Native American culture and its rise as an icon of the Great Plains. Great Plains Bison is a tribute to the bison’s essential place at the heart of the North American prairie and its ability to inspire naturalists and wildlife advocates in the fight to preserve American biodiversity.
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Life, Love, and Birds of Prey

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803234597

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 218

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The South Dakota winter gives a man time to think. One subzero morning, as Dan O’Brien approaches his fiftieth year, the autumnal equinox of his life, he takes stock. Feeling a waning sense of purpose, he decides to devote himself entirely, for the first time in his life, to his greatest loves—falconry, his bird dogs, and the prairie he calls home. That summer he obtains a remarkable falcon chick who immediately distinguishes herself by her ferocity. He names the bird Harley and trains her in the ways of falconry. Harley’s powers of flight are awe-inspiring, her hunting success astounding, and like a lover, she captivates him. O’Brien hunts with her obsessively, reveling in her prowess and beauty. What he learns from her and from what happens one wind-driven day lead him to see fully things he had only just begun to glimpse. In this lyrical evocation of the grasslands, Equinox is a story of a life lived close to the natural cycles of the earth and of a midlife revelation of the importance of staying connected to all things held dear.
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Die Kunst, beliebt und einflussreich zu werden

Author: Dale Carnegie

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104031479

Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

View: 4163

Dieses Buch zeigt Ihnen: - wie man Freunde gewinnt - wie man auf neuen Wegen zu neuen Zielen gelangt - wie man beliebt wird - wie man seine Umwelt beeinflußt - wie man mehr Ansehen erlangt - wie man im Beruf erfolgreicher wird - wie man Streit vermeidet - wie man ein guter Redner und brillanter Gesellschafter wird - wie man den Charakter seiner Mitmenschen erkennt - wie man seine Mitarbeiter anspornt und vieles mehr...
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Das außergewöhnliche Leben des Christopher Hogwood

Author: Sy Montgomery

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783423253482

Category:

Page: 416

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Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455810519

Category: Fiction

Page: 382

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Jeannette Walls ist ein glückliches Kind: Sie hat einen Vater, der mit ihr auf Dämonenjagd geht, ihr die Physik erklärt und die Sterne vom Himmel holt. Da nimmt sie gerne in Kauf, immer mal wieder mit leerem Bauch ins Bett zu gehen, ihre egomanische Künstlermutter zu ertragen oder in Nacht-und-Nebel-Aktionen den Wohnort zu wechseln. Mit den Jahren allerdings werden die sozialen Verhältnisse schlimmer, die Sprüche des Vaters schaler und das Lügengebäude der Eltern so zerbrechlich wie das Schloss aus Glas, das der Vater jahrelang zu bauen versprochen hatte.
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A Novel

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803235887

Category: Fiction

Page: 281

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Dan O’Brien’s earlier award-winning novel The Contract Surgeon introduced readers to Valentine McGillycuddy, a friend of the great war chief Crazy Horse. Through McGillycuddy’s eyes, the novel recounts the friendship that so deeply impacted history. It also chronicles the great Sioux Wars, one of the most violent periods in this nation’s history. The Indian Agent is the riveting sequel to The Contract Surgeon. After Crazy Horse’s death, McGillycuddy went on to become the youngest agent in history for the Red Cloud Agency, renamed the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, of the Oglala Lakota band of the Sioux. Although Red Cloud and McGillycuddy have diametrically opposing views, they have more in common than either suspects. They both love the land, and they both love the past. The politics and the enormous tensions of the early days on the reservation come to life here in fascinating detail, as McGillycuddy (known as “the most investigated man” in the government) urges the Sioux to adopt a life of farming. Because he had lived on the vast plains with them, no white man knew better what the Sioux had given up—or understood more fully the impossibility of returning to the old life. Full of the dynamic history of the plains, The Indian Agent is the true story of the conversion of this land from one of free nomadic people to one of settled commerce—achieved, however, at an unfathomable cost.
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A Novel

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618087839

Category: Fiction

Page: 221

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Dr. Valentine MacGillycuddy, a contract surgeon pulled from a prestigious practice to become a surgeon for the U.S. Army, meets Crazy Horse, as the two discover they had met once before, and they develop a friendship despite the war surrounding them. Winner of the Western Heritage Award. Reprint.
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Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 3035602123

Category: Architecture

Page: 220

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In The Death and Life of Great American Cities durchleuchtet Jane Jacobs 1961 die fragwürdigen Methoden der Stadtplanung und Stadtsanierung in Amerika, der "New Yorker" nannte es das unkonventionellste und provozierendste Buch über Städtebau seit langem. Die deutsche Ausgabe wurde schnell auch im deutschsprachigem Raum zu einer viel gelesenen und diskutierten Lektüre. Sie ist jetzt wieder in einem Nachdruck zugänglich, mit einem Vorwort von Gerd Albers (1993), das nach der Aktualität dieser Streitschrift fragt.
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Author: J. Ryan Stradal

Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG

ISBN: 3257607733

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Eva Thorvalds Kochkunst ist legendär: Für einen Platz bei einem ihrer Pop-up-Dinner zahlt man vierstellige Beträge und wartet mehrere Jahre. Für Cynthia Hargreaves jedoch geht es dabei um mehr als bloße Gaumenfreuden, es ist ihre einzige Chance, um einen schrecklichen Fehler wiedergutzumachen. Eine Geschichte über die Familie, die man verliert, Freunde, die man findet, und Zufallsbekanntschaften, die ein ganzes Leben bestimmen.
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Die Autobiographie Waging Heavy Peace

Author: Neil Young

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462306316

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Die Autobiographie des großen Neil Young »Down by the River«, »Heart of Gold«, »Hey, Hey, My My« – mit seinen Songs hat Neil Young die Herzen ganzer Generationen von Musikliebhabern erobert. Ein vielseitiger Künstler par excellence, ist er bis heute einer der bekanntesten und beliebtesten Musiker der Welt, der nun seine seit Langem erwartete Autobiographie vorlegt.Neil Young ist eine herausragende Figur in der Geschichte des Rock’n’Roll und der Popkultur der letzten vier Jahrzehnte. Seit seinen frühen Tagen in den 1960ern mit Buffalo Springfield, bahnbrechenden Soloalben wie »After the Gold Rush« und »Harvest«, Megaselleralben mit Crosby, Stills & Nash bis hin zu seiner Inthronisierung als Pate des Grunge, ist Neil Young der Inbegriff des kompromisslosen Künstlers, der allein seinem Herzen und Verstand folgt.In seiner Autobiographie gibt er Einblick in sein Privatleben und die Wurzeln seiner musikalischen Kreativität. Das Buch ist eine Reise, die von den schneebedeckten Landschaften Ontarios über die LSD-Boulevards im Los Angeles der 1960er-Jahre bis hin zum heutigen paradiesischen Rückzugsort Hawaii führt. Verblüffend offen und witzig, setzt Neil Youngs Autobiographie neue Maßstäbe in der Musikgeschichtsschreibung. »Neil Young hat stets die ungezügelte Leidenschaft eines Künstlers an den Tag gelegt, der weiß, dass man sich ständig neu erfinden muss, um nicht auszubrennen. Aus diesem Grund ist er bis heute einer der bedeutendsten Künstler der Rock’n’Roll-Ära.« Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam
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Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Scribner Book Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 255

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When Fish and Wildlife Special Agent Margaret Adamson comes to South Dakota to approve the development at Brendan Prairie, she meets Bill Malone, a falconer turned professor, but as they renew their relationship, and he returns to falconry and confronts t
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Die Geschichte eines langen Krieges

Author: Johann Hari

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104035687

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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»Hari vereint präzise Recherche mit einer zutiefst menschlichen Erzählung. Dieses Buch wird eine dringend notwendige Debatte auslösen.« Glenn Greenwald Der Krieg gegen die Drogen gilt inzwischen als gescheitert, der Handel mit Drogen ist ein blühendes Geschäft, alle Maßnahmen gegen den Konsum sind weitgehend erfolglos. Woran liegt das? Der britische Journalist Johann Hari begibt sich auf eine einzigartige Reise – von Brooklyn über Mexiko bis nach Deutschland – und erzählt die Geschichten derjenigen, deren Leben vom immerwährenden Kampf gegen Drogen geprägt ist: von Dealern, Süchtigen, Kartellmitgliedern, den Verlierern und Profiteuren. Mit seiner grandiosen literarischen Reportage schreibt Hari sowohl eine Geschichte des Krieges gegen Drogen als auch ein mitreißendes und streitbares Plädoyer zum Umdenken. »Hervorragender Journalismus, packend erzählt.« Naomi Klein »Phantastisch!« Noam Chomsky
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