It's 1943 and Jack Devine, a farmer's son, is finally called up to the RAF. Jack dreams of becoming a pilot, breaking hearts, and returning home a hero. The realities of training are very different, with boredom, bullying, and casual violence the norm. Drawn together by a love of jazz music, Jack makes friends with Terry, a worldly Welshman dabbling in the black market; Joe, an active Communist, as well as Yorkshire poet Doug. Jack, Joe and Terry form a jazz band to surprising acclaim and for a while an alternative future to that preordained for each seems possible. But the initial camaraderie soon gives way to simmering resentment as age-old tensions resurface, ultimately resulting in tragedy. 'I was captivated by Jack's coming of age amid the personal and political dramas of the Second World War. Finely-crafted, hugely compassionate and often very funny, First Time Solo is an assured debut flight by an author to watch.' Zoe Strachan, author of Negative Space, Spin Cycle and Ever Fallen in Love. 'This is an assured debut in which Maloney uses a confident and authentic grasp of era and setting to create a compelling set of characters facing issues of friendship, loyalty, ambition and revenge. An engrossing read.' J David Simons, author of The Credit Draper, The Liberation of Celia Khan and An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful. Shortlisted for The Guardian Not The Booker prize 2014
An army of the drowned dead, family betrayal, an exiled witch who doesn't know she has power--or that enemies are lurking all around her, spying on her. Follow Kassandra as she discovers who and what she is in this moving underwater fantasy. Kassandra comes from the sea, but she has no memory of saltwater, seagulls, or an incoming tide. She's never seen an ocean, never heard the thunder of surf. She's an exile, betrayed by her own family, sent as far from the sea as they could arrange--somewhere in the middle of Nebraska. Everything changes the day she drowns in Red Bear Lake, and discovers she can't really drown. Not in the way everyone else can. Then a two-thousand year old king wakes inside her head and turns out to be a prodigy with mathematics.
Kassandra cries for the first time in her life, and learns that her tears are doorways for calling things from the sea. With clues from summoned sea-demons and the voices in her head, Kassandra sets out to find out what the hell is going on...and discovers she's a prisoner, trapped between a murderous grandfather who controls an army of the drowned dead, river witches who spy on her through the plumbing, and Ms. Matrothy, the Girl's Department Director, who's been trying to kill her since she was four.
Hope and Healing in Urban Education proposes a new movement of healing justice to repair the damage done by the erosion of hope resulting from structural violence in urban communities. Drawing on ethnographic case studies from around the country, this book chronicles how teacher activists employ healing strategies in stressed schools and community organizations, and work to reverse negative impacts on academic achievement and civic engagement, supporting their students to become powerful civic actors. The book argues that healing a community is a form of political action, and emphasizes the need to place healing and hope at the center of our educational and political strategies. At once a bold, revealing, and nuanced look at troubled urban communities as well as the teacher activists and community members working to reverse the damage done by generations of oppression, Hope and Healing in Urban Education examines how social change can be enacted from within to restore a sense of hope to besieged communities and counteract the effects of poverty, violence, and hopeness.
從第一堂課手的解剖開始，到學期末和大體老師面對面， 十堂嚴格又緊繃的解剖課，道盡對生命和身體知識的熱愛…… ●身為大體解剖老師，在母親想簽署捐贈大體同意書時，為什麼強烈反對且痛徹心肺？ ●解剖檯上的大體老師，難道只是學習工具和器官組合嗎？他們也是有故事、有溫度的人！ ●大體老師生前最後的願望是什麼呢？若有機會跟學生面對面對話，他們會想說些什麼呢？ ●大體解剖課在醫學系可說是一門最令人聞風喪膽的課，負責的老師一個比一個凶悍。為什麼這群「活」老師對這群聰明的學生如此嚴格？他們居心何在？ ●解剖學老師連教具都要自己「生」！她在分娩時，叫來陪產的先生回實驗室拿福馬林，趕緊把胎盤保存起來，為的是讓學生能一窺胎盤的究竟。 對醫學以外的人來說，解剖學深奧複雜，對大體是既好奇又害怕。 解剖室裡到底發生了什麼事？醫學生如何忐忑切下第一刀？ 一學期相處下來，大體老師和學生之間產生什麼樣的特殊情感？ 身為解剖課的「活」教師，本書作者串連成長點滴，寫出內心世界，既述說自己在解剖現場的經歷，也描繪了學習過程中醫學生內心的觸動。 作者以平易近人的文字，述說她的經歷與感受，串連著成長的點滴，寫出內心世界，是本不可多得的好書。 大體解剖課是醫學院校裡教學上重要的一環，透過這個過程，學生經由實際的觸碰與觀察，學習身體的構造，由於醫學上的精細發展與分工，再加上臨床醫學上個人化醫療的高度發展，解剖學精細的程度非一般人可以想像。在知識的量上面，它是門令人生畏、讓醫學生痛不欲生的課程。 對於醫學以外的人而言，解剖學深奧複雜，對人體是既好奇又害怕，解剖室裡到底發生了什麼事，到底如何教學，學生到底怎麼學習，切開的人體是否很恐怖？這些總混雜著道聽途說的猜想與流言！ 本書作者大學畢業後因緣際會，進入解剖實習室，成為一位專業的解剖學教師，她從解剖教師的角度分享了實地解剖教學點滴。這是全台灣第一本描述人體實地解剖的書籍，以局部解剖學的方式，描繪解剖的重要點滴。 文章裡除了不少實地解剖細節的描述之外，更將身體構造的細節連結在一般人日常生活上所碰到的狀況或知識上。更特別的是，這本書還呈現了慈濟大學特有人文融合於解剖專業教學作法的描述，描繪了學習過程中同學們心理的觸動，更闡明了這些對醫學教育的意涵。 這是啟蒙醫學生的十堂大體解剖課，也是你不能錯過的人生十堂課。
When Nona Conklin brings him a painting by the great-grandfather she never knew, gallery owner Timothy Randolph knows he's found the project of a lifetime: curating a spectacular cache of folk art hidden for decades in the mountains of her home. "God never made a lazier man than Cecil Conklin. Never put a more slothful soul in a fella big enough to wrestle an ox to the ground." The Conklin Collection is haunted and haunting, powerful in its brutal simplicity.
What looks like the work of a fevered imagination begins to appear more and more like the desperate attempts of a man toiling at the edge of his limits to depict what cannot be depicted… An underlying order as old as the hills, its thousand throats concealed beneath the roots and rocks, between the streams and trees, deep in the besieged mountains of Appalachia. "My momma said it was their eighteenth summer when Cecil started shooting up like a weed again.
That ain't normal." But the most crucial painting of all is missing.
And the only place it could be is the last place that should be searched. "The rest, I think they always knew deep down Cecil was the one in trouble, that something was after him already. He never should've gone over the mountain." I'll Bring You the Birds From Out of the Sky is a tale of art and obsession, of a dying heritage and cosmic horror, brought to rustic life with full-color paintings by artist Kim Parkhurst.
" julianna, i'm writing these letters to you because it's all i can do "