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Title The Island at the Center of the World
Author Russell Shorto
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2005-04-12
Category History
Total Pages 416
ISBN 1400096332
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A gripping narrative of New Netherland–a story of global sweep centered on a wilderness called Manhattan–that transforms our understanding of early America. When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000 pages of its records–recently declared a national treasure–are now being translated. Russell Shorto draws on this remarkable archive in The Island at the Center of the World, which has been hailed by The New York Times as “a book that will permanently alter the way we regard our collective past.” The Dutch colony pre-dated the “original” thirteen colonies, yet it seems strikingly familiar. Its capital was cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic, and its citizens valued free trade, individual rights, and religious freedom. Their champion was a progressive, young lawyer named Adriaen van der Donck, who emerges in these pages as a forgotten American patriot and whose political vision brought him into conflict with Peter Stuyvesant, the autocratic director of the Dutch colony. The struggle between these two strong-willed men laid the foundation for New York City and helped shape American culture. The Island at the Center of the World uncovers a lost world and offers a surprising new perspective on our own.

Title The Islands at the End of the World
Author Austin Aslan
Publisher Ember
Release Date 2015-08-04
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780385744034
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Stranded in Honolulu when a strange cloud causes a worldwide electronics failure, sixteen-year-old Leilani and her father must make their way home to Hilo amid escalating perils, including her severe epilepsy.

Title The Island at the Centre of the World
Author Russell Shorto
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2005
Category Dutch Americans
Total Pages 506
ISBN 9780552999823
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Based on new documents just translated from C17th Dutch, this book tells the story of how a wilderness island populated by wolves, wild strawberries and native Indians, situated on a perfect natural harbour at the mouth of a great river leading into the centre of a new continent, became the crucial prize in a conflict between the Dutch and English about who would control the recently discovered American continent. This is the pageturning story of the early years of Manhattan under Dutch rule, with at its heart a battle between men who would be its leader, the autocratic despot Stuyvesant, and the liberal-minded lawyer Van den Donck. It is Russel Shorto's theory that the attitudes of the original Dutch settlers led to the free-trade, multi-cultural, upwardly-mobile 'melting pot' of New York, and that Van den Donck was the first to identify the principles of liberty and democracy that ended up underpinning the US contstitution.

Title Island at the Centre of the World
Author John Calder
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018-05
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1773660128
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title A National Party No More
Author Zell Miller
Publisher Stroud & Hall Pub
Release Date 2003
Category Political Science
Total Pages 237
ISBN 9780974537610
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Democratic senator discusses issues and values he recommends the Democratic Party must embrace to make the party relevant for the American people.

Amsterdam by Russell Shorto

Title Amsterdam
Author Russell Shorto
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2014
Category History
Total Pages 357
ISBN 9780307743756
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A historical portrait of the Netherlands capital and the ideas that make it unique explores the ongoing efforts of its citizens to navigate its seaside challenges and democratic philosophies, revealing how the liberal ideals that evolved there throughout time have had a profound influence and are being compromised in today's world.

Title City at the Center of the World
Author Ernesto Capello
Publisher University of Pittsburgh Pre
Release Date 2011-11
Category History
Total Pages 290
ISBN 9780822977438
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this original cultural history, Ernesto Capello analyzes the formation of memory, myth, and modernity through the eyes of Quito's diverse populations. By employing Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of chronotopes, Capello views the configuration of time and space in narratives that defined Quito's identity and its place in the world. To Capello, these tropes began to crystallize at the end of the nineteenth century, serving as a tool for distinct groups who laid claim to history for economic or political gain during the upheavals of modernism.

Title The Girl at the Center of the World
Author Austin Aslan
Publisher Wendy Lamb Books
Release Date 2015
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780385744041
Language English, Spanish, and French
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As sixteen-year-old Leilani and her family learn to live without electronics, farming the land as her ancestors did, she finds strength in her relatives, her strange connection to the Emerald Orchid--a being whose presence caused global devastation--and her friendship with Aukina but suffers regret over what she had to do to survive.

Gospel Truth by Russell Shorto

Title Gospel Truth
Author Russell Shorto
Publisher Open Road Media
Release Date 2012-09-04
Category Religion
Total Pages 306
ISBN 9781453265925
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Russell Shorto meticulously investigates Christian history and the Bible’s New Testament to reveal the true, historical Jesus Christ. For roughly two thousand years, the world has known only the biblical depiction of Jesus: the virgin birth, miraculous life, and resurrection. Recently, scholars have pursued the historical Jesus Christ by poring through texts, examining ancient documents, and even holding votes. They make a fresh attempt to answer some of history’s greatest questions: Who was he? Where did he live? What did he think? And was the Bible’s account true? In Gospel Truth, bestselling author Russell Shorto (The Island at the Center of the World) brings a journalist’s eye to the life of Jesus Christ. Shorto looks into the Jesus Seminar, where historians seek and analyze evidence of the world’s most famous carpenter’s son. He compiles their research and ideas to create a composite biographical portrait of Yeshu, a man of ordinary beginnings who changed the world in extraordinary ways. A skillfully compiled biblical interpretation, Shorto shows “a Jesus stripped of the unhistorical” (Library Journal). The result will fascinate believers and nonbelievers alike.

Title On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World
Author Elizabeth Kadetsky
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2015
Category Fiction
Total Pages 89
ISBN 0991314115
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Fiction. In the wake of a chaotic decade in New York, Netti and her eleven-year-old son, Ian, find themselves on the shores of Malta, a picturesque and antiquated Mediterranean island where the last world war still thrums in the nerves of its residents. When they witness an accident on the streets of Valletta, Netti becomes enmeshed in a mystery of old-world family alliances on an island little touched by time and outsiders. Faced with her own transgressions in the shape of reckless relationships and a constant pursuit of the bottom of the wine bottle, Netti desperately seeks to vindicate the crime and better herself as mother to her precocious, adolescent son. Detailed in sharp yet rich prose and a style reminiscent of Roberto Bolano and Paul Bowles, ON THE ISLAND AT THE CENTER OF THE CENTER OF THE WORLD navigates a confounding existential crisis and the ultimate futility of the desire to escape oneself."

Title The Island at the End of the World
Author Sam Taylor
Publisher Faber & Faber
Release Date 2015-04-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780571317691
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Through the eyes of eight-year-old Finn we find ourselves on a small island, surrounded by nothing but sea. Finn lives here with his Pa, his elder sister Alice and his younger sister Daisy, and has no memory of any world but this one. All he knows of the past comes from the songs and stories of his father, which tell of the great flood that drowned all the other inhabitants of the earth, a deluge their family survived thanks to the ark in which they now live. Alice, however, has entered adolescence, and treasures vague memories of her dead mother and of life before the flood. As her relationship with her father changes, she begins to see holes in his account of the past, and desperately seeks contact with the outside world. And when a boy, a stranger, is washed up on the shore, apparently in answer to the message she sent in a bottle, it appears they may not be alone after all. Set in the near future, told from three different viewpoints and written in extraordinary prose, The Island at the End of the World is an original, moving exploration of family love, truth and lies, and how strange and frightening it can feel for a child to discover the adult world.

Title Exploring Historic Dutch New York
Author Gajus Scheltema
Publisher Courier Corporation
Release Date 2013-07-24
Category Travel
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780486301259
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This comprehensive guide to touring important sites of Dutch history also serves as an engrossing cultural and historical reference. Art and architecture, cooking, furniture and antiques, much more. Color photographs and maps.

Revolution Song by Russell Shorto

Title Revolution Song
Author Russell Shorto
Publisher W. W. Norton
Release Date 2018-11-06
Category History
Total Pages 640
ISBN 0393356213
Language English, Spanish, and French
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At a time when America's founding principles are being debated as never before, Russell Shorto looks back to the era in which those principles were forged. In Revolution Song, Shorto weaves the lives of six people into a seamless narrative that casts fresh light on the range of experience in colonial America on the cusp of revolution. The result is a brilliant defense of American values with a compelling message: the American Revolution is still being fought today, and its ideals are worth defending.

Descartes Bones by Russell Shorto

Title Descartes Bones
Author Russell Shorto
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2008-10-14
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780385528375
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sixteen years after René Descartes' death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that saw Descartes' bones traverse a continent, passing between kings, philosophers, poets, and painters. But as Russell Shorto shows in this deeply engaging book, Descartes' bones also played a role in some of the most momentous episodes in history, which are also part of the philosopher's metaphorical remains: the birth of science, the rise of democracy, and the earliest debates between reason and faith. Descartes' Bones is a flesh-and-blood story about the battle between religion and rationalism that rages to this day. A New York Times Notable Book

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

Title The Mysterious Island
Author Jules Verne
Publisher Courier Dover Publications
Release Date 2017-11-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9780486820392
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Five prisoners of war escape their Confederate jail by hijacking a hot-air balloon. Stranded on a remote island, the fugitives must withstand pirate attacks, volcanic eruptions, and other challenges.

Title The Lighthouse at the End of the World
Author Jules Verne
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1923
Category
Total Pages 248
ISBN OXFORD:N10786110
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Where Three Worlds Met by Sarah Davis-Secord

Title Where Three Worlds Met
Author Sarah Davis-Secord
Publisher Cornell University Press
Release Date 2017-06-20
Category History
Total Pages 316
ISBN 9781501712586
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sicily is a lush and culturally rich island at the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Throughout its history, the island has been conquered and colonized by successive waves of peoples from across the Mediterranean region. In the early and central Middle Ages, the island was ruled and occupied in turn by Greek Christians, Muslims, and Latin Christians.In Where Three Worlds Met, Sarah Davis-Secord investigates Sicily's place within the religious, diplomatic, military, commercial, and intellectual networks of the Mediterranean by tracing the patterns of travel, trade, and communication among Christians (Latin and Greek), Muslims, and Jews. By looking at the island across this long expanse of time and during the periods of transition from one dominant culture to another, Davis-Secord uncovers the patterns that defined and redefined the broader Muslim-Christian encounter in the Middle Ages.Sicily was a nexus for cross-cultural communication not because of its geographical placement at the center of the Mediterranean but because of the specific roles the island played in a variety of travel and trade networks in the Mediterranean region. Complex combinations of political, cultural, and economic need transformed Sicily’s patterns of connection to other nearby regions—transformations that were representative of the fundamental shifts that took place in the larger Mediterranean system during the Middle Ages. The meanings and functions of Sicily’s positioning within these larger Mediterranean communications networks depended on the purposes to which the island was being put and how it functioned at the boundaries of the Greek, Latin, and Muslim worlds.

Dutch New York by Hudson River Museum

Title Dutch New York
Author Hudson River Museum
Publisher Fordham University Press
Release Date 2009
Category History
Total Pages 454
ISBN STANFORD:36105124182168
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Published in conjunction with the exhibition Dutch New York: the roots of Hudson Valley culture, organized by the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, June 13, 2009 through January 10, 2010"--T.p. verso.

Title The Valley at the Centre of the World
Author Malachy Tallack
Publisher Canongate Books
Release Date 2018-05-03
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781786892317
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Longlisted for the Ondaatje Prize Shortlisted for the Highland Book Prize Shetland: a place of sheep and soil, of harsh weather, close ties and an age-old way of life. A place where David has lived all his life, like his father and grandfather before him. A place that Alice has fled to after the death of her husband. A place where Sandy, a newcomer but already a crofter, may have finally found a home. But times do change, and the valley that they all call home must change with them, or be forgotten. The debut novel from one of our most exciting new literary voices, The Valley at the Centre of the World is a story about community and isolation, about what is passed down, and what is lost between the cracks.

Title The World According to Fannie Davis
Author Bridgett M. Davis
Publisher Little, Brown
Release Date 2019-01-29
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780316558716
Language English, Spanish, and French
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As seen on the Today Show: This true story of an unforgettable mother, her devoted daughter, and their life in the Detroit numbers of the 1960s and 1970s highlights "the outstanding humanity of black America" (James McBride). In 1958, the very same year that an unknown songwriter named Berry Gordy borrowed $800 to found Motown Records, a pretty young mother from Nashville, Tennessee, borrowed $100 from her brother to run a numbers racket out of her home. That woman was Fannie Davis, Bridgett M. Davis's mother. Part bookie, part banker, mother, wife, and granddaughter of slaves, Fannie ran her numbers business for thirty-four years, doing what it took to survive in a legitimate business that just happened to be illegal. She created a loving, joyful home, sent her children to the best schools, bought them the best clothes, mothered them to the highest standard, and when the tragedy of urban life struck, soldiered on with her stated belief: "Dying is easy. Living takes guts." A daughter's moving homage to an extraordinary parent, The World According to Fannie Davis is also the suspenseful, unforgettable story about the lengths to which a mother will go to "make a way out of no way" and provide a prosperous life for her family -- and how those sacrifices resonate over time.