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A Life Discarded by Alexander Masters

Title A Life Discarded
Author Alexander Masters
Publisher Fourth Estate
Release Date 2016-05-01
Category Women
Total Pages 336
ISBN 0008130779
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Unique, transgressive and as funny as its subject, A Life Discarded has all the suspense of a murder mystery. Written with his characteristic warmth, respect and humour, Masters asks you to join him in celebrating an unknown and important life left on the scrap heap. A Life Discarded is a biographical detective story. In 2001, 148 tattered and mould-covered notebooks were discovered lying among broken bricks in a skip on a building site in Cambridge. Tens of thousands of pages were filled to the edges with urgent handwriting. They were a small part of an intimate, anonymous diary, starting in 1952 and ending half a century later, a few weeks before the books were thrown out. Over five years, the award-winning biographer Alexander Masters uncovers the identity and real history of their author, with an astounding final revelation. A Life Discarded is a true, shocking, poignant, often hilarious story of an ordinary life. The author of the diaries, known only as 'I', is the tragicomic patron saint of everyone who feels their life should have been more successful. Part thrilling detective story, part love story, part social history, A Life Discarded is also an account of two writers' obsessions: of 'I's need to record every second of life and of Masters' pursuit of this mysterious yet universal diarist.

Title A Life Discarded 148 Diaries Found in a Skip
Author Alexander Masters
Publisher HarperCollins UK
Release Date 2016-05-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780008130794
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Unique, transgressive and as funny as its subject, A Life Discarded has all the suspense of a murder mystery. Written with his characteristic warmth, respect and humour, Masters asks you to join him in celebrating an unknown and important life left on the scrap heap.

Reclaiming The Discarded by Kathleen M. Millar

Title Reclaiming the Discarded
Author Kathleen M. Millar
Publisher Duke University Press
Release Date 2018-02-06
Category Social Science
Total Pages 248
ISBN 9780822372073
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In Reclaiming the Discarded Kathleen M. Millar offers an evocative ethnography of Jardim Gramacho, a sprawling garbage dump on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where roughly two thousand self-employed workers known as catadores collect recyclable materials. While the figure of the scavenger sifting through garbage seems iconic of wageless life today, Millar shows how the work of reclaiming recyclables is more than a survival strategy or an informal labor practice. Rather, the stories of catadores show how this work is inseparable from conceptions of the good life and from human struggles to realize these visions within precarious conditions of urban poverty. By approaching the work of catadores as highly generative, Millar calls into question the category of informality, common conceptions of garbage, and the continued normativity of wage labor. In so doing, she illuminates how waste lies at the heart of relations of inequality and projects of social transformation.

Discarded by Lucas Humphrey

Title Discarded
Author Lucas Humphrey
Publisher Lucas Humphrey
Release Date 2014-04-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 150
ISBN 9781497505803
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Discarded is a horror/thriller novel set in modern day Sacramento, CA. From the night I came up with this story it was something I wanted to set apart from what has become the norm in the horror genre... You know, the gore-fests with a shallow moral (if any) that could easily be forgotten. I wanted to take horror to a level where it could be read and enjoyed on the surface but also have complex undertones for those who are intrigued to look deeper after. The story involves a beautiful Asian woman who is plucked from life by a group of men and returns from the dead for revenge. During her supernatural vendetta a decorated detective and a heart-driven rookie sift their way into the case. Along the way there are scares, there is mystery, and there is definitely blood.

Stuart A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters

Title Stuart A Life Backwards
Author Alexander Masters
Publisher Delacorte Press
Release Date 2006-05-30
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780440336129
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this extraordinary book, Alexander Masters has created a moving portrait of a troubled man, an unlikely friendship, and a desperate world few ever see. A gripping who-done-it journey back in time, it begins with Masters meeting a drunken Stuart lying on a sidewalk in Cambridge, England, and leads through layers of hell…back through crimes and misdemeanors, prison and homelessness, suicide attempts, violence, drugs, juvenile halls and special schools–to expose the smiling, gregarious thirteen-year-old boy who was Stuart before his long, sprawling, dangerous fall. Shocking, inspiring, and hilarious by turns, Stuart: A Life Backwards is a writer’s quest to give voice to a man who, beneath his forbidding exterior, has a message for us all: that every life–even the most chaotic and disreputable–is a story worthy of being told.

The Discarded Image by C. S. Lewis

Title The Discarded Image
Author C. S. Lewis
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2012-03-29
Category History
Total Pages 242
ISBN 9781107604704
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Discarded Image paints a lucid picture of the medieval world view, providing the historical and cultural background to the literature of the middle ages and renaissance. It describes the 'image' discarded by later years as 'the medieval synthesis itself, the whole organization of their theology, science and history into a single, complex, harmonious mental model of the universe'. This, Lewis's last book, has been hailed as 'the final memorial to the work of a great scholar and teacher and a wise and noble mind'.

The Art Of Discarding by Nagisa Tatsumi

Title The Art of Discarding
Author Nagisa Tatsumi
Publisher Hachette Books
Release Date 2017-03-14
Category House & Home
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9780316558938
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The book that inspired Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Nagisa Tatsumi's international bestseller offers a practical plan to figure out what to keep and what to discard so you can get--and stay--tidy, once and for all. Practical and inspiring, The Art of Discarding (the book that originally inspired a young Marie Kondo to start cleaning up her closets) offers hands-on advice and easy-to-follow guidelines to help readers learn how to finally let go of stuff that is holding them back -- as well as sage advice on acquiring less in the first place. Author Nagisa Tatsumi urges us to reflect on our attitude to possessing things and to have the courage and conviction to get rid of all the stuff we really don't need, offering advice on how to tackle the things that pile up at home and take back control. By learning the art of discarding you will gain space, free yourself from "accumulation syndrome," and find new joy and purpose in your clutter-free life.

Title The House of Discarded Dreams
Author Ekaterina Sedia
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2010
Category Fiction
Total Pages 319
ISBN 1607012286
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Trying to escape her embarrassing immigrant mother, Vimbai moves into a dilapidated house in the dunes... and discovers that one of her new roommates has a pocket universe instead of hair, there's a psychic energy baby living in the telephone wires, and her dead Zimbabwean grandmother is doing dishes in the kitchen. When the house gets lost at sea and creatures of African urban legends all but take it over, Vimbai turns to horseshoe crabs in the ocean to ask for their help in getting home to New Jersey.

Title Unnecessary Sorrow A Journalist Investigates the Life and Death of His Older Brother Ordained Discarded Slain by Police
Author Joe Hight
Publisher Roadrunner Press
Release Date 2019-09-17
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1937054926
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Against the backdrop of a father's return from the horrors of World War II and the hardships of the Great Depression's Dust Bowl days, Paul Hight and his family take comfort in the routines of family, church, and rural life until a tragic accident shatters their lives. In the search for answers afterward, a decision is made that Paul will become a priest, a priest for life-as he and his family believe and the Catholic Church teaches. Yet when mental illness descends on Hight in his late twenties, instead of taking on his burden as it would a priest with cancer or heart disease, the church purges Hight from its priestly ranks. Once again, the world becomes an uncertain, dangerous place, where voices taunt him and visions give orders he feels compelled to follow. While his family keeps Hight from becoming homeless, in the end, their help is not enough to keep him safe. On his own doorstep, Hight is shot and killed in an encounter with police that is seen too often with those struggling with mental illness. Haunted by his oldest brother's death, journalist Joe Hight turns his Pulitzer-Prize-winning skills on finding the truth about his brother's exit from the priesthood and the breakdowns in the mental health care and criminal justice systems that contributed to his death. He seeks lessons from the senseless death in the hopes that unnecessary sorrow might never happen again.

The Discarded Wife by Camille Oster

Title The Discarded Wife
Author Camille Oster
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018-10-02
Category
Total Pages 248
ISBN 1726635252
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Victorian London is a cruel place for a divorcee, but with the death of Sophie Duthie's beloved second husband, she is now a widow, and independent for the first time in her life. She might not have much in terms of means, but with the help of her music shop, she can support herself and her son, Alfie. Even though her second marriage was happy, Sophie is done with husbands. Her first marriage taught her well that fairy tales are nothing more than illusions. To Lord Aberley, his former wife is nothing but a scheming pariah, and unfortunately, his subsequent engagement wasn't successful-not that he's ever had much delusions about marriage. It is something he now wishes to avoid at all costs, but he needs an heir. It is the one duty he cannot overlook, so learning that his former wife's son is six years old, creates serious doubt about his true parentage. Seeing the child only confirms it. Alfie Duthie is his child.

Digitalis by Ronie Kendig

Title Digitalis
Author Ronie Kendig
Publisher Barbour Publishing
Release Date 2011-01-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781607422464
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Step into the boots of a former Marine in this heart-pounding adventure in life and love. Colton “Cowboy” Neeley is a Marine trying to find his footing as he battles flashbacks now that he’s back home. Piper Blum is a woman in hiding—from life and the assassins bent on destroying her family. When their hearts collide, more than their lives are at stake. Will Colton find a way to forgive Piper’s lies? Can Piper find a way to rescue her father, trapped in Israel? Is there any way their love, founded on her lies, can survive?

Programmed Inequality by Marie Hicks

Title Programmed Inequality
Author Marie Hicks
Publisher History of Computing
Release Date 2018
Category Computer industry
Total Pages 342
ISBN 9780262535182
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1944, Britain led the world in electronic computing. By 1974, the British computer industry was all but extinct. Marie Hicks's Programmed inequality explores the story of labor feminization and gendered technocracy that undercut British efforts to computerize. Women were a hidden engine of growth in high technology from World War II to the 1960s. As computing experienced a gender flip, becoming male-identified in the 1960s and 1970s, labor problems grew into structural ones, and gender discrimination caused the nation's largest computer user - the civil service and sprawling public sector -- to make decisions that were disastrous for the British computer industry and the nation as a whole. Programmed inequality shows how the disappearance of women from the field has grave macroeconomic consequences for Britain, and why the United States risks repeating those errors in the twenty-first century.

The Discarded Ones by James Tipper

Title The Discarded Ones
Author James Tipper
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2013-09-28
Category Boarding schools
Total Pages 327
ISBN 098824330X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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They had many names: Cedu School, Rocky Mountain Academy, and Cascade School. Some called them cults, some said the schools saved their lives. But, none of them were free to leave. Charlie Hoff was there. Soon you will be, too. Unlock the mysteries of The Academy with Charlie as he faces the hardest decision of his young life: escape or assimilate. Neither is going to be easy.

Discarded Legacy by Melba Joyce Boyd

Title Discarded Legacy
Author Melba Joyce Boyd
Publisher Wayne State University Press
Release Date 1994
Category Poetry
Total Pages 260
ISBN 0814324894
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this important study, poet Melba Joyce Boyd analyzes Harper not simply as a feminist and an activist, but as a writer.

Simon by Alexander Masters

Title Simon
Author Alexander Masters
Publisher Delacorte Press
Release Date 2012-02-28
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780345532213
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Alexander Masters tripped over his first book subject on a Cambridge sidewalk, and the result was the multi-award-winning bestseller Stuart: A Life Backwards. His second, he’s found under his floorboards. One of the greatest mathematical prodigies of the twentieth century, Simon Norton stomps around Alexander’s basement in semidarkness, dodging between stalagmites of bus timetables and engorged plastic bags, eating tinned kippers stirred into packets of Bombay mix. Simon is exploring a theoretical puzzle so complex and critical to our understanding of the universe that it is known as the Monster. It looks like a sudoku table—except a sudoku table has nine columns of numbers. The Monster has 808017424794512875886459904961710757005754368000000000 columns. But that’s not the whole story. What’s inside the decaying sports bag he never lets out of his clutches? Why does he hurtle out of the house in the middle of the night? And—good God!—what is that noxious smell that creeps up the stairwell? Grumpy, poignant, comical—more intimate than either the author or his quarry intended—Simon: The Genius in My Basement is the story of a friendship and a pursuit. Part biography, part memoir, and part popular science, it is a study of the frailty of brilliance, the measures of happiness, and Britain’s most uncooperative egghead eccentric.

Discarded Lives by Sean J. Marshall

Title Discarded Lives
Author Sean J. Marshall
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-04-22
Category
Total Pages 978
ISBN 1948000431
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Secondhand by Adam Minter

Title Secondhand
Author Adam Minter
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2019-11-12
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781635570120
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Revelatory, terrifying, but, ultimately, hopeful." -Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE SIXTH EXTINCTION From the author of Junkyard Planet, a journey into the surprising afterlives of our former possessions. Downsizing. Decluttering. Discarding. Sooner or later, all of us are faced with things we no longer need or want. But when we drop our old clothes and other items off at a local donation center, where do they go? Sometimes across the country-or even halfway across the world-to people and places who find value in what we leave behind. In Secondhand, journalist Adam Minter takes us on an unexpected adventure into the often-hidden, multibillion-dollar industry of reuse: thrift stores in the American Southwest to vintage shops in Tokyo, flea markets in Southeast Asia to used-goods enterprises in Ghana, and more. Along the way, Minter meets the fascinating people who handle-and profit from-our rising tide of discarded stuff, and asks a pressing question: In a world that craves shiny and new, is there room for it all? Secondhand offers hopeful answers and hard truths. A history of the stuff we've used and a contemplation of why we keep buying more, it also reveals the marketing practices, design failures, and racial prejudices that push used items into landfills instead of new homes. Secondhand shows us that it doesn't have to be this way, and what really needs to change to build a sustainable future free of excess stuff.

Discarded by Michael J Allen

Title Discarded
Author Michael J Allen
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018-08-21
Category Fiction
Total Pages 284
ISBN 1944357165
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A homeless ex-con is forced to create magical spells out of garbage to save the city from the people that framed him.

Children Of Trauma by Jane Middelton-Moz

Title Children of Trauma
Author Jane Middelton-Moz
Publisher HCI
Release Date 1989-06-01
Category Family & Relationships
Total Pages 204
ISBN 1558740147
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Imagine what it would be like to become the healthiest person you could be..... This is the inherent right of each individual but when lingering emotional trauma from our childhood blocks the normal developmental process, we get struck. As each of us strives to become the healthiest person we possibly can, we will have to come face-to-face with emotional fears that may be the result of traumatic childhoods. Although that journey may be paved with the paid of unresolved grief and unrecognized loss, this book will serve as the map to guide you and help you rediscover your discarded self... ...the best self you were always meant to be.

Nightshade by Ronie Kendig

Title Nightshade
Author Ronie Kendig
Publisher Barbour Pub Incorporated
Release Date 2010
Category Fiction
Total Pages 367
ISBN 160260777X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"A Former Navy SEAL Is Fighting a New War at Home" After a tour of duty in a war-torn country, embattled former Navy SEAL Max Jacobs finds himself discarded and alienated from those he loves as he struggles with combat-related PTSD. His wife, Sydney, files a restraining order against him and a petition for divorce. Max is devastated. Then a mysterious a man appears. He says he's organizing a group that recycles veterans like Max. It's a black-ops group known as Nightshade. With the chance to find purpose in life once again, Max is unable to resist the call of duty and signs on. The team handles everything with precision and lethal skill--until they're called upon to rescue a missionary family from a rebel-infested jungle and avoid a reporter hunting their identities. Will Max yield his anger and pride to a force greater than him--love?