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Zazu Dreams

by Cara Judea Alhadeff

Zazu Dreams is a tale about the adventures of a Sephardic boy and his imaginary friend, a malamute husky, as they traverse the globe on a humpback whale across time and space, experiencing the marvels and mayhem of the relationship between humans and their environments (human ecologies). Crossing temporal dimensions and international borders, past, present, and future overlap through phantasmagorical encounters with historical figures like Jacques Cousteau, Spinoza, Rachel Carson, and ibn Sina. For cross-generational audiences, Zazu Dreams includes lush illustrations and detailed endnotes (“The 21st Century Arcades Project”). Together, the narrative, images, and Arcades unravel the intersections between the sciences and humanities—global ecological extinction and cultural extinction of ethnic minorities. Zazu Dreams explores migration and transformation from waste to useful by-product—including toxic sludge to critical compost, desertification to oasis, cusp of extinction to restoration, body-phobia to biophilia. Symbiotic relationships from the natural world coincide with the histories of diasporic peoples from Iberia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The authors integrate two seemingly unrelated topics: Jewish and Arabic philosophies with consumer-convenience petro-culture. This cautionary fable incites transgenerational audiences to question the vast implications of the vital yet precarious concept of “sustainability.”

Published: 21 December 2016 | 140 pages | Categories: / / /

Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle

Die Runde Eckstube: Geheimnisse und Geschichten aus Schloss Rentweinsdorf

by Hans von Rotenhan

Zimmer für Zimmer führt uns der Autor durch Schloss Rentweinsdorf in Unterfranken. Seine Vorfahren ließen es vor rund 300 Jahren auf den Ruinen einer noch viel älteren Wasserburg erbauen. Mit jeder Türe, die er öffnet, drängen stürmisch Geschichten über Dinge und Personen ins Freie, als hätten sie all die Jahre nur darauf gewartet, endlich erzählt zu werden. Hans von Rotenhan tut es mit viel Lust am Fabulieren, mit Sachkunde und trockenem Humor. In den 1950er Jahren ist er im Kreise seiner vier Geschwister in Schloss Rentweinsdorf aufgewachsen. Unverkennbar ist seine Prägung durch diesen Ort, durch seine Familie und seine fränkische Heimat. Aber seine unbestechliche Beobachtungsgabe und sein Faible für die Wahrheit machen dieses Geschichten-Buch ein gutes Stück auch zum Geschichtsbuch.

Published: 6 February 2016 | 220 pages | Categories: /

Die Runde Eckstube: Geheimnisse und Geschichten  aus Schloss Rentweinsdorf


by Peter Dawson Buckland

Heartwood considers what it means to be human in the Anthropocene—the age of humans. By rapidly reconstituting the atmosphere, oceans, soils, and the living world, are we cutting and shuffling ourselves and our relationships? In the face of such destruction, can we still find meaning? Good? Through evocations of places, creatures, people, and their impermanence, Peter Buckland invites readers to reflect on being in and of this world.

Published: 15 January 2016 | 54 pages | Categories: /


The Shaman's Dilemma

by Howard Hatton

The exhilaration that Pa-mi had felt earlier had dissipated. Something was wrong. Something indefinable; it gnawed at his bowels. There was a premonition of—bad fortune—no, danger. Yes, that’s what it was: Danger! At that moment, he felt his foot touch a soft spot in the narrow path, and before he could step back onto firm ground he was slipping on his back down the steep rock-covered slope. Shaman Pa-mi is one of the Kopu, a small tribe nestled in the Yunnan mountains. His people face the threat of losing their traditions when an American missionary family comes to Hsinshao; already the village is divided between those who listen to them and those, like him, who reject them. When Pa-mi plans to ambush a Chinese caravan, he injures himself badly. It will take friendship, communication, and understanding across cultural boundaries for the Kopu and the Americans to save him, and ultimately, when the Communists learn of the missionaries’ presence in Hsinshao, in return to save the entire family. Filled with emotion, grace, and the urgency of events unfolding as vividly now as they had in the past, Hatton brings to life an action-packed true story and gives voice to a people otherwise overlooked in history and literature. At the age of two years, Howard Hatton went with his missionary parents and siblings to live in a small tribal village high up in the mountains of Yunnan Province in southwest China. The village of Hsinshao, inhabited by the Kopu tribe, was little Howie’s Shangri-La for four wonderful years. But in 1934, Mao Tse Tung’s army marched north of the village, and a group of Communist soldiers was sent to capture them. Herein lies his story.

Published: | 120 pages | Categories: /

The Shaman's Dilemma

1989: Diary of a Revolution, From East to West to Germany

by Penny Smith Eifrig

In the summer of 1989, a 21-year-old student from Cornell University set off to Germany to research the idea of the German Kulturnation, looking at the concept of culture on both sides of the Wall. What she did not know when she set out was that she would soon find herself in the middle of a revolution: a mixture of mass exodus and the masses taking to the streets. While the focus of this book, which is based on her honor’s thesis written in 1989-1990, was the concept of culture, she also captured the excitement and confusion of the months surrounding the collapse of East Germany and the rapid reunification of the two German states. This unique perspective of a young American studying and working in both East and West Germany provides an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of a nation.

Published: 3 October 2015 | 182 pages | Categories: / / /

1989: Diary of a Revolution, From East to West to Germany

Where We Once Gathered, Lost Synagogues of Germany

by Andrea Strongwater

Lost Synagogues is a collection of vibrant paintings depicting synagogues that were eradicated before and during WWII. Andrea Strongwater has researched Jewish communities across Europe to connect archival photos with written records that together tell the story of European Jewish life before the holocaust. Collector's art edition

Published: 15 April 2014 | 92 pages | Categories:

Where We Once Gathered, Lost Synagogues of Germany

Looking for Lincoln

by Roland H. Wilkerson, Jr.

For young Tommy Wall from the shady little town of Mill Gate, Pennsylvania, America is baseball. Pinch hits and outs, best friends, an honest game, and the grass around the diamond make his world. But when Thomas Wall is forced to confront the reality in America around him as an adult, it is not so simple.

Published: 5 April 2012 | 352 pages | Categories: /

Looking for Lincoln

John Apostal Lucas

by John Apostal Lucas

Dr. John Lucas has dedicated his nearly half-century of academic life at Penn State University to researching and writing about his first love of sport, track and field, and the Olympics. He has attended every Summer Olympics since the 1960 Rome Games and has written several books, including Future of the Olympic Games. From his over 200 monographs and articles, Lucas has selected 23 of his articles written since 1953 for this anthology. They cover the range of his academic interests and reflect his passion for the Olympics and athletics. The work also includes an autobiography of a life dedicated to writing, teaching, coaching, and running.

Published: 1 November 2009 | 312 pages | Categories: / /

John Apostal Lucas: Teacher, Sport Historian, And One Who Lived His Life Earnestly - A Collection Of Articles And Essays

A Debutante's Passion-A Coach's Erotica: Love Letters Of A Harvard Man And A Boston Elite

by Ronald A Smith

Ronald A. Smith, a well-known sport historian and emeritus professor at Penn State University, has published several books in sport history, including an edited diary belonging to the subject of these love letters. “Big-Time Football at Harvard, 1905: The Diary of Coach Bill Reid” chronicles the most important year in college football, when the crisis in brutality led to the creation of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the legalization of the forward pass. Bill Reid had another side to his life, however—a passionate one in which he and his girlfriend, fiancé, and wife exchanged intimate love letters for well over a decade. The passionate nature of Bill and Christine’s letters during the late Victorian period and early twentieth century are rare and distinguish them from other collections. Bill and Christine wrote intimate love letters when they first met, through their engagement and a lengthy separation while Christine took an eight-month voyage with her parents to Europe, and especially after their marriage and the birth of their first three children. The explicit love letters of upper-middle and upper class individuals are an exceptional find, and they broach issues between couples that are almost universal, often appearing timeless. The love letters of Bill and Christine not only illuminate aspects of life in the early twentieth century, but also they make us reflect on our own lives.

Published: 4 February 2016 | 312 pages | Categories: / / /

A Debutante's Passion-A Coach's Erotica: Love Letters Of A Harvard Man And A Boston Elite