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China Blues

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China Blues by Ki Longfellow Book Summary:

The Roaring Twenties, Chinatown, San Francisco: back-street blues and bathtub gin... hardball mobsters and hardheaded cops... seductive speakeasies and sizzling scandals. As the young Louis Armstrong blows his horn in the infamous Blue Canary, impetuous Nob Hill Socialite Elizabeth Stafford Hamilton plunges into a reckless affair with mysterious Li Kwan Won. Unknown to Lizzie, Li is the overlord of the city's vast bootlegging empire-and archenemy of her powerful husband, the San Francisco district attorney. Suddenly Lizzie's privileged, upper-crust life is shadowed by danger and intrigue-as she's trapped between her lover and her husband while they battle for control of the city. "Offbeat, unruly characters and vibrant atmosphere spill over the pages of this promising first novel set in San Francisco during Prohibition... Bootlegging, the Tong Wars, smoky speakeasies, inept mobsters, and the Teapot Dome scandal zigzag through these pages like streaks of lightning. The Jazz Era leaps to life." -Publishers Weekly

Red China Blues (reissue)

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Red China Blues (reissue) by Jan Wong Book Summary:

Jan Wong, a Canadian of Chinese descent, went to China as a starry-eyed Maoist in 1972 at the height of the Cultural Revolution. A true believer -- and one of only two Westerners permitted to enroll at Beijing University -- her education included wielding a pneumatic drill at the Number One Machine Tool Factory. In the name of the Revolution, she renounced rock and roll, hauled pig manure in the paddy fields, and turned in a fellow student who sought her help in getting to the United States. She also met and married the only American draft dodger from the Vietnam War to seek asylum in China. Red China Blues begins as Wong's startling -- and ironic -- memoir of her rocky six-year romance with Maoism that began to sour as she became aware of the harsh realities of Chinese communism and led to her eventual repatriation to the West. Returning to China in the late eighties as a journalist, she covered both the brutal Tiananmen Square crackdown and the tumultuous era of capitalist reforms under Deng Xiaoping. In a wry, absorbing, and often surreal narrative, she relates the horrors that led to her disillusionment with the "worker's paradise." And through the stories of the people -- an unhappy young woman who was sold into marriage, China's most famous dissident, a doctor who lengthens penises -- Wong creates an extraordinary portrait of the world's most populous nation. In setting out to show readers in the Western world what life is like in China, and why we should care, Wong reacquaints herself with the old friends -- and enemies -- of her radical past, and comes to terms with the legacies of her ancestral homeland. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Red China Blues

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Red China Blues by Jan Wong Book Summary:

Jan Wong, a Canadian of Chinese descent, went to China as a starry-eyed Maoist in 1972 at the height of the Cultural Revolution. A true believer--and one of only two Westerners permitted to enroll at Beijing University--her education included wielding a pneumatic drill at the Number One Machine Tool Factory. In the name of the Revolution, she renounced rock & roll, hauled pig manure in the paddy fields, and turned in a fellow student who sought her help in getting to the United States. She also met and married the only American draft dodger from the Vietnam War to seek asylum in China. Red China Blues is Wong's startling--and ironic--memoir of her rocky six-year romance with Maoism (which crumbled as she became aware of the harsh realities of Chinese communism); her dramatic firsthand account of the devastating Tiananmen Square uprising; and her engaging portrait of the individuals and events she covered as a correspondent in China during the tumultuous era of capitalist reform under Deng Xiaoping. In a frank, captivating, deeply personal narrative she relates the horrors that led to her disillusionment with the "worker's paradise." And through the stories of the people--an unhappy young woman who was sold into marriage, China's most famous dissident, a doctor who lengthens penises--Wong reveals long-hidden dimensions of the world's most populous nation. In setting out to show readers in the Western world what life is like in China, and why we should care, she reacquaints herself with the old friends--and enemies of her radical past, and comes to terms with the legacy of her ancestral homeland. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Museum Representations of Maoist China

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Museum Representations of Maoist China by Dr Amy Jane Barnes Book Summary:

The collection, interpretation and display of art from the People’s Republic of China, and particularly the art of the Cultural Revolution, have been problematic for museums. These objects challenge our perception of ‘Chineseness’ and their style, content and the means of their production question accepted notions of how we perceive art. This book links art history, museology and visual culture studies to examine how museums have attempted to reveal, discuss and resolve some of these issues. Amy Jane Barnes addresses a series of related issues associated with collection and display: how museums deal with difficult and controversial subjects; the role they play in mediating between the object and the audience; the role of the Other in the creation of Self and national identities; the nature, role and function of art in society; the museum as image-maker; the impact of communism (and Maoism) on the cultural history of the twentieth-century; and the appropriation of communist visual iconography. This book will be of interest to researchers and students of museology, visual and cultural studies as well as scholars of Chinese and revolutionary art.

China Blues

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China Blues by Norman Dark Book Summary:

Meilin ist ein echtes Zirkuskind. Als ihr Vater in der Manege tödlich verunglückt und sie auch bald darauf ihre Mutter verliert, nimmt sich ein Artistenpaar ihrer an. Schon bald hat sie nur ein Ziel – in die Fußstapfen ihres Vaters zu treten und als erste Frau den dreifachen Salto am Trapez zu zeigen. Doch bis dahin gibt es viel Unruhe in ihrem jungen Leben, zumal auf dem Zirkus ein Fluch zu lasten scheint, sodass er alsbald in den Ruf eines Geister-Zirkus gerät. Der in der Ich-Form geschriebene Roman berührt und bietet viel Spannung durch immer neue Wendungen.

Civic Discourse, Civil Society, and Chinese Communities

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Civic Discourse, Civil Society, and Chinese Communities by Randy Kluver,John H. Powers Book Summary:

Brings together a set of chapters that investigate the communication practices through which Chinese societies are creating their civil foundations for the next millennium.

Big in China

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Big in China by Alan Paul Book Summary:

"What a romp….Alan Paul walked the walk, preaching the blues in China. Anyone who doubts that music is bigger than words needs to read this great tale." —Gregg Allman "An absolute love story. In his embrace of family, friends, music and the new culture he's discovering, Alan Paul leaves us contemplating the love in our own lives, and rethinking the concept of home." —Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor, with Randy Pausch, of The Last Lecture Alan Paul, award–winning author of the Wall Street Journal’s online column “The Expat Life,” gives his engaging, inspiring, and unforgettable memoir of blues and new beginnings in Beijing. Paul’s three-and-a-half-year journey reinventing himself as an American expat—while raising a family and starting the revolutionary blues band Woodie Alan, voted Beijing Band of the Year in the 2008—is a must-read adventure for anyone who has lived abroad, and for everyone who dreams of rewriting the story of their own future.

Civilization, God, and the End of Democracy

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Civilization, God, and the End of Democracy by Gordon Garrett,Gordon Garrett B.A. Book Summary:

As far as the roots of civilization dwell, therein lies the birth of its intertwining with religion. Religion has often been the origin of dissent or war amongst different nations in their efforts to conform opposing societies to their own view of what is "right." Gathering together a cohesive timeline from the onset of organized religion and government to its current manifestation in premiere countries such as England, the United States, and China, Civilization, God, and the End of Democracy reviews opposing viewpoints and evidence for what could potentially be the beginning of the end of democracy as we know it. However, although this democracy has become corrupt and distorted in places, there is still hope that it will serve as a version, but an as-yet unseen one, of its original intent.

Country Music Records

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Country Music Records by Tony Russell,Bob Pinson Book Summary:

More than twenty years in the making, Country Music Records documents all country music recording sessions from 1921 through 1942. With primary research based on files and session logs from record companies, interviews with surviving musicians, as well as the 200,000 recordings archived at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Frist Library and Archives, this notable work is the first compendium to accurately report the key details behind all the recording sessions of country music during the pre-World War II era. This discography documents--in alphabetical order by artist--every commercial country music recording, including unreleased sides, and indicates, as completely as possible, the musicians playing at every session, as well as instrumentation. This massive undertaking encompasses 2,500 artists, 5,000 session musicians, and 10,000 songs. Summary histories of each key record company are also provided, along with a bibliography. The discography includes indexes to all song titles and musicians listed.

Beginning Ethnic American Literatures

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Beginning Ethnic American Literatures by Helena Grice,Candida Hepworth,Maria Laudet,Martin Padget Book Summary:

This text is designed to introduce students not only to ethnic American writers, but also to the cultural contexts and literary traditions in which their work is situated.

Jan Wong's China

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Jan Wong's China by Jan Wong Book Summary:

As the fiftieth anniversary of the People's Republic of China approaches on October 1, 1999, Jan Wong reflects on her body of work as a foreign correspondent there. Despite the fact that everything is changing, she discovers that not much really changes, and what she wrote several years ago about love, work and living still holds, as do the conflicts over who rules, who survives, and who gets the bigger slice of Peking Duck. From a peasant tax revolt through the new consumerism (ads on television!) to the closeted world of Chinese gays, Jan Wong's China is a highly personal account of a country in transition. Its perspective is shaped by the author's six-year reporting stint, her life in Beijing in the '70s as a student and a Maoist, and her return visit to China in the spring of 1999. Employing humour and behind-the-scenes detail, Jan Wong brilliantly weaves her adventures into a rich journalistic tapestry.

Visions of Jazz

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Visions of Jazz by Gary Giddins Book Summary:

An outstanding voice in the field, the jazz critic for The Village Voice leads readers through the first century of the music in a voluminous, expert account of the great jazz artists past and present and their distinctive contributions. UP.

Doing Business in China

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Doing Business in China by Tim Ambler,Morgen Witzel Book Summary:

Of all the travels of an adventurous age, none have been more quirky and colorful than this Victorian traverse of the Middle East by canoe. Transported to the Suez Canal by steamer, the Rob Roy -- an oak and cedar one-man kayak canoe -- slipped into the water at Port Said and began a six-month voyage from Egypt to the Bay of Acre, a trip brimming with incident and hazards recounted with relish by the intrepid paddler. Stalked by jackals, shadowed by bandits, and attacked by crocodiles, MacGregor battles on to be rewarded with the adventure of a lifetime. This is the Middle East seen from a truly unique perspective -- airy minarets, colorful markets and Pashas' palaces give way to solitary marshes full of strange fishes and reed-lined rivers teeming with bird and animal life seen at close range. The scene again changes to eerie stretches dominated by deserted temples and ruins. Crossing deserts by horseback or steam train when no channel can be found, MacGregor follows great rivers to their sources, explores remote shores, and mixes happily with the many peoples he meets along the way, captured here in all their rich diversity. This is as much a portrait of the way life can be lived as it is of a landscape. It is also a remarkable naturalist's account and a true-life epic worthy of Jules Verne. Illustrated with charming line drawings and practical notes on the design of the canoe, its provisioning, and the clothes and food necessary for the journey, this is a book that cries out not only to be read but also to be followed.

Maiden Shanghai

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Maiden Shanghai by R.E.DINLOCKER Book Summary:

Businesswomen in China get even less respect than they do in the US. Katarina Minola doesn’t like it. When Kate discovers someone stealing power from her firm’s Xinjiang Province NAP site in China’s and disrupting China’s military communications, Kate’s father Bennie and his old Army buddy Luca, who started the Shanghai company together with Kate’s ‘Uncle Mike’, decide to bring in Luca’s son, Pete, to help solve the problem. Kate doesn’t like that either. Kate and Pete are two halves of a critical mass. As Kate wrestles Pete’s Bull-In-A-Chinatown personality through Chinese social and business customs, Pete wrestles with Kate’s problem. Kate’s two new clients are even stranger than her NAP site problems. Set in Shanghai and Xinjiang Province, the novel weaves the very real possibilities of a plot to control China’s future based on the knotty relationships of duty and business that bind China’s social and business worlds.

Preachin' the Blues

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Preachin' the Blues by Daniel Beaumont Book Summary:

In June of 1964, three young, white blues fans set out from New York City in a Volkswagen, heading for the Mississippi Delta in search of a musical legend. So begins Preachin' the Blues, the biography of American blues signer and guitarist Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (1902 - 1988). House pioneered an innovative style, incorporating strong repetitive rhythms with elements of southern gospel and spiritual vocals. A seminal figure in the history of the Delta blues, he was an important, direct influence on such figures as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. The landscape of Son House's life and the vicissitudes he endured make for an absorbing narrative, threaded through with a tension between House's religious beliefs and his spells of commitment to a lifestyle that implicitly rejected it. Drinking, womanizing, and singing the blues caused this tension that is palpable in his music, and becomes explicit in one of his finest performances, "Preachin' the Blues." Large parts of House's life are obscure, not least because his own accounts of them were inconsistent. Author Daniel Beaumont offers a chronology/topography of House's youth, taking into account evidence that conflicts sharply with the well-worn fable, and he illuminates the obscurity of House's two decades in Rochester, NY between his departure from Mississippi in the 1940s and his "rediscovery" by members of the Folk Revival Movement in 1964. Beaumont gives a detailed and perceptive account of House's primary musical legacy: his recordings for Paramount in 1930 and for the Library of Congress in 1941-42. In the course of his research Beaumont has unearthed not only connections among the many scattered facts and fictions but new information about a rumoured murder in Mississippi, and a charge of manslaughter on Long Island - incidents which bring tragic light upon House's lifelong struggles and self-imposed disappearance, and give trenchant meaning to the moving music of this early blues legend.

A Complete History of the Cotton Trade

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A Complete History of the Cotton Trade by James Butterworth Book Summary:

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The Artist's Garden in Oils: 18 Step by Step Guides

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The Artist's Garden in Oils: 18 Step by Step Guides by Rachel Shirley Book Summary:

Oil paint step by step floral art, crockery and other interesting subject matter from the garden. Can a typical garden provide inspiration for oil painting? Look hard and such a haven may yield more than one may first expect. Every garden is unique in character and has something to offer: lawns, greenhouses, pots, hedges, pets, flowers, patios, trellises, sheds, children, tools, vegetables, deckchairs, furniture, trees, swings, hanging-baskets, urns, bird tables, fishponds and sunlight. Taken from my art instruction book, Oil paintings from your Garden (and which some images appear in my other Oil Painting Medic books), 18 oil painting demonstrations featuring such aforementioned subject matter can be found within. This book is divided into clear sections according to theme: shadows, nonorganic, harvest and flora. A preparatory section near the back of this book offers advice on oil painting materials and how to prepare the art surface for painting. All demonstrations have been completed with a mere 10 oil colours, 6 brush types, artboards and a few additional household materials. This section can be previewed within my other art book, Landscape Painting in Oils – 20 Step by Step Guides, as it is located at the front. Each demonstration is keyed according to 4 levels of difficulty. If the painting does not go to plan, a troubleshooting section at the back of this book can be referred to along with a glossary. Each project within the demonstration section of this book is clearly set out. You will find: An image of the finished painting, (which can be used as a visual resource during the demo). An accompanying challenge. Between 7 and 9 step by step images of how the painting was completed. A list of the oil painting materials used for the project. Corresponding instructions to each image-in-progress on how the painting was done. Tips along the way. Various oil painting techniques are explored, including scumbling, glazing, impasto and palette knife application. The aim of this book is to encourage a new way of viewing the garden. With mobile objects, the shifting light and seasons, compositions in one’s back yard are waiting to be discovered. My other oil painting demonstration book, Landscape Paintings in Oil – 20 Step by Step Guides similarly provides step by step guides. Dimensions of large edition: 10x8in and 78 pages. Available in large, small edition and Kindle.

The Tradesman

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The Tradesman by N.A Book Summary:

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A Description of the Country from Thirty to Forty Miles round Manchester

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A Description of the Country from Thirty to Forty Miles round Manchester by John Aikin Book Summary:

The late eighteenth century saw Manchester and its surrounding areas undergo significant change as industrialisation fuelled urbanisation and population growth. In this classic 1795 account, the physician and prolific writer John Aikin (1747-1822) gathers together information on the settlements at the heart of manufacturing and trade in north-west England, covering the vital network of waterways as well as the surrounding countryside. Revealing the fundamental importance of the textile industry, this survey provides a detailed portrait of an evolving region and its human geography. It is complemented by a number of illustrations, including maps, plans, and engravings of notable landmarks. Referred to by Karl Marx in his writings, the book remains a historically valuable resource. Also reissued in this series is Aikin's Biographical Memoirs of Medicine in Great Britain from the Revival of Literature to the Time of Harvey (1780).