6/8: New at the library this week
Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on June 8, 2011
Eona : the last Dragoneye / Alison Goodman
Once she was Eon, a girl disguised as a boy, risking her life for the chance to become a Dragoneye apprentice. Now she is Eona, the Mirror Dragoneye, her country’s savior — but she has an even more dangerous secret.
She cannot control her power.
Each time she tries to bond with her Mirror Dragon, she becomes a conduit for the ten spirit dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered by Lord Ido. Their anguish floods through her, twisting her ability into a force that destroys the land and its people.
And another force of destruction is on her trail.
Along with Ryko and Lady Dela, Eona is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. Sethon has declared himself Emperor. In order to stop him, the renegades must find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power if he is to wrest back his throne. (Age Range: Young Adult)
Fishing Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula : a complete angler’s guide / Dave Atcheson
The ultimate guidebook to fishing one of the world’s most beautiful backcountry spots.
Atcheson provides information on both fly fishing and conventional spin casting in both fresh and salt water. He covers every style of fishing—from jigging for giant halibut off the coast, to float tubing for grayling and monster rainbow trout on quiet mountain lakes, to pursuing all the species of salmon that run up the streams of the Kenai Peninsula to spawn. He supplies detailed information on the well known “combat zones” that are so renowned for their large salmon and trout that anglers line up shoulder to shoulder in their pursuit. In addition, there’s hard-to-find information on those out-of-the-way, beautiful stretches of water where one can still enjoy the beauty and the blessed solitude of the Alaskan wilderness. 30 black and white photographs, 5 illustrations, 10 maps, index.
Flyfishing Alaska / Anthony J. Route
“Flyfishing Alaska” is the standard handbook for flyfishers headed north. Tony Route’s long experience as a year-round resident of Alaska shows in his descriptions of all the game fish available to the Alaskan angler and his insightful lessons on how to catch them.
The highway angler 5 : fishing Alaska’s road system / Gunnar Pedersen
The Highway Angler is the most comprehensive and informative guide book yet published on the subject of sport fishing Alaska’s roadside waters. Packed with facts, cross-referenced, and easy to read, The Highway Angler tells you everything you need to know — locations, access, species available, terminal gear, techniques, timing, and much more! It lists in detail more than 750 rivers, creeks, lakes, and saltwater hot spots along the state’s major roads and highways from the U.S.-Canada border and the highland drainages of Yukon and Tanana rivers to Kachemak Bay and the popular Kenai Peninsula, and from the frigid coast of the Arctic Ocean to the surf-swept shores of Prince William Sound.
Melozi / Michael D. Travis
Would you send your teenager into the Alaska wilderness to work for people you never met? On June 9, 1973, 16-year-old Michael Travis put an advertisement in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner looking for work. What he got was more than he bargained for. Michael accepted an offer to help an older couple build a lodge at Melozi Hot Springs—a remote camp north of the Yukon River.
The couple is shocked when they see a boy step out of the bush plane, instead of a capable man they sorely needed. Michael must prove his worth and learns quickly this beautiful land can turn deadly – handing out hard lessons. Confronted with bears, hordes of mosquitoes, and the realization he is truly on his own, Michael gradually earns his place among his employers and becomes an Alaskan.
Authentic Alaska : voices of its native writers / Susan B. Andrews
In this lively and sometimes poignant collection of essays and autobiographies, nearly fifty Alaska Native writers tell of their unique way of life and bear witness to the sweeping cultural changes occurring in their lifetimes.
They explore a range of experiences and issues, including skinning a polar bear; traditional domestic and subsistence practices; marriage customs; alcoholism; the challenges and opportunities of modern education; balancing traditional and contemporary demands; discrimination; adapting to urban life; the treatment of Native peoples in school textbooks; and the social realities of speaking standard and “village” English.
Keeping faith : a skeptic’s journey / Fenton Johnson
Observing an encounter between Catholic and Buddhist monks in 1996 at the Abbey of Gethsemani, near where he grew up in rural Kentucky, Fenton Johnson found himself unable to make the sign of the cross. His distance from his childhood faith had become so great—he considered himself a rational, skeptical man—that he could not participate in this most basic ritual. Impelled by this troubling experience, Johnson began a search for the meaning of the spiritual life, a journey that took him from Gethsemani to the San Francisco Zen Center, through Buddhism and back to Christianity, from paralyzing doubt to a life-enriching faith.
Through the lens : National geographic greatest photographs / National Geographic Society
For more than 100 years, National Geographic has set the standard for nature, culture, and wildlife photography. In Through the Lens, 250 spectacular images—some famous, others rarely seen—are gathered in one lavish, newly formatted volume.
Through the Lens is divided into geographical regions with a special section devoted to space exploration. Each geographical section features an outstanding array of photographs that exemplifies the area’s unique people, wildlife, archaeology, culture, architecture, and environment, accompanied by brief but informative captions. From Barry Bishop’s heroic Mount Everest climb in the 1950s to the glorious wildlife of Asia and Africa, from ancient Maya culture to the Afghan woman found 17 years after her piercing green eyes captivated the world, these are some of the finest and most important photographs ever taken.
Featuring master photographers from the late 1800s to today, including Frans Lanting, David Doubilet, David Alan Harvey, Jodi Cobb, William Albert Allard, Nick Nichols, and Annie Griffiths Belt, Through the Lens is an extraordinary photographic celebration of some of the greatest the world has to offer.
[Note: All synopses are provided by the publisher unless otherwise noted and do not constitute reviews by the Seldovia Public Library.]
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