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"An inspiring, heartfelt, tragi-comic memoir by an aristocratic Frenchman who was paralyzed in a paragliding accident and has to adjust to his new circumstances with the help of his unlikely caregiver-a hot-headed Algerian immigrant with troubles of his own. The basis of the hit French film "Untouchables," coming to the US from the Weinstein Company in summer 2012"--
A charming memoir of midlife by the bestselling author of Mayflower and In the Hurricane's Eye, recounting his attempt to recapture a national sailing championship he'd won at twenty-two. “There had been something elemental and all consuming about a Sunfish. Nothing could compare to the exhilaration of a close race in a real blow—the wind howling and spray flying as my Sunfish and I punched through the waves to the finish.” In the spring of 1992, Nat Philbrick was in his late thirties, living with his family on Nantucket, feeling stranded and longing for that thrill of victory he once felt after winning a national sailing championship in his youth. Was it a midlife crisis? It was certainly a watershed for the journalist-turned-stay-at-home dad, who impulsively decided to throw his hat into the ring, or water, again. With the bemused approval of his wife and children, Philbrick used the off-season on the island as his solitary training ground, sailing his tiny Sunfish to its remotest corners, experiencing the haunting beauty of its tidal creeks, inlets, and wave-battered sandbars. On ponds, bays, rivers, and finally at the championship on a lake in the heartland of America, he sailed through storms and memories, racing for the prize, but finding something unexpected about himself instead.
An internationally recognized expert on aging focuses on the Baby Boom generation, exploring its history and recommending a path toward healing that will provide new and more nourishing fuel for the rest of life's journey.
The perceptive, controversial, and idiosyncratic basketball star recounts the decisive events of his life and career, offers an inside look at professional basketball, and sounds off about freedom, race, marriage, religion, and American culture
Second Wind is the story of an unlikely athlete and an unlikely heroine: Cami Ostman, a woman edging toward midlife who decides to take on a challenge that stretches her way outside of her comfort zone. That challenge presents itself when an old friend suggests she go for a run to distract her from the grief of her recent divorce. Excited by the clarity of mind and breathing space running offers her, she keeps it up — albeit slowly — and she decides to run seven marathons on seven continents; this becomes Ostman’s vision quest, the thing she turns to during the ups and downs of a new romance and during the hard months and years of redefining herself in the aftermath of the very restrictive, religious-based marriage and life she led up until her divorce. Insightful and uplifting, Second Wind carries the reader along for the ride as Ostman runs her way out of compliance with the patriarchal rules about “being a woman” that long held her captive and into authenticity and self-love. Her adventures — and the personal revelations that accompany them — inspire readers to take chances, find truth in their lives, and learn to listen to the voice inside them that’s been there all along.
Life is delicate. And what gives us even more perspective is we only have one life to live. Too often, we as Believers miss such a significant yet crucial detail in our life. God created us with a purpose, which means life is meant to be lived purposefully. So many of us fail to acknowledge God has a perfect plan for our lives. God's plan is so much better than anything we could ever conceive. In my story, I share some life experiences from my teenage years through my adult life during which God allowed trials and tribulations to take place, but worked it all out for my good. I share how God was the light when I was in such a dark place in my life. A few messages can be extracted from my story. Whether you are a Believer or not, my story gives no glory to a person; my story is a testament to who God is and who He can be if you allow Him to be Lord of your life. However, let me be clear. The most important message I wish to convey throughout the entire book is this: God is faithful.
When a hurricane-chasing plane is downed on a Caribbean island, TV meteorologist Perry Stuart barely escapes with his life. But he can't escape what he saw on the island--and if the people who've tracked him back to England have their way, Stuart will have a zero percent chance of survival.
This book uses both oral and conventional historical methods to describe and analyze the history of lung transplantation in the US. While drawing on accounts from doctors and other specialists, it primarily focuses on the experiences of patients and explores themes of uncertainty, timing, identity, coping, and quality of life.
Meet and learn why older men and women are passionate about fitness and athletics: Don McNelly has completed more than 150 marathons after the age of 80. Philippa Raschker has dedicated her life to track and was edged out for the Sullivan Award by swimmer Michael Phelps. Clarence Bass, in his 70s, has the polished physique of a man 50 years younger. Second Wind: The Rise of the Ageless Athlete is an absorbing account of a growing subculture of Americans who are challenging the notion of what it means to grow old. Visit the book's Web site at www.SecondWindAthlete.com. Contents Prologue: Sprinting Into Midlife 1. From Bench to Bench Press 2. The Comeback 3. Older and Faster 4. American Birkenbeiner 5. Fabulous Abs 6. I Want to Be a Winner 7. A Runner's Heart 8. Ironwoman 9. Streakers 10. Swimming Against the Tide 11. Racing Across America 12. Marathon Man Epilogue: Ageless Role Models
Abdel, an Algerian immigrant living in a Paris slum, applies for a job as carer to a wealthy quadriplegic, so that he can continue to claim benefits. Despite his lack of qualifications, he lands the job because of his attitude. Philippe, the millionaire quadriplegic, wants a carer who will look after him without pitying him. As Abdel reluctantly learns to move, feed, and clean Philippe, the two men discover a blunt but vital humour that not only bridges the cultural and class divide between them, but gives Philippe a renewed joy in life.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Nathaniel Philbrick is a masterly storyteller. Here he seeks to elevate the naval battles between the French and British to a central place in the history of the American Revolution. He succeeds, marvelously."--The New York Times Book Review The thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War from the New York Times bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower. In the concluding volume of his acclaimed American Revolution series, Nathaniel Philbrick tells the thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War. In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy. But coordinating his army's movements with those of a fleet of warships based thousands of miles away was next to impossible. And then, on September 5, 1781, the impossible happened. Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake—fought without a single American ship—made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability. A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea.
Robin Reynolds, the very successful Chicago magazine publisher, and his wife Cia, owner of a food emporium, take one of their vacations to the family's three-generation estate in Bermuda. This time, for Robin, the trip would be more meaningful. He has taken an early retirement by selling his company to a conglomerate. Cia looks forward to returning to Chicago and her store; however, Robin eagerly anticipates what he will do with the second wind of his life. He is adrift in the thought of magnanimously hosting the world's great thinkers in their Bermuda home until he and his wife are dramatically thrown off course. The tug and pull of what must be done to preserve the family home will cause an unimaginable shift in every aspect of their lives for many years.
No matter how old you are, there's always a chance for romance. After the death of her husband, 71-year-old homemaker Martha Appleby is taking her first long-distance trip alone. That loss has derailed many of her plans for her twilight years, and she hopes to come to peace with not knowing what will come next.70-year-old service dog trainer Pamela Thornton is hoping to take advantage of a well-timed work trip to figure out what to do next. Crouton is the last service dog of the litter, and she's not sure she wants to keep raising dogs by herself.These two childhood sweethearts haven't seen each other in fifty years when they each board the same airplane, only to find they've been booked for the same seat. If they can get past the ghosts of their past and decide what path they want to chart for their futures, this chance meeting could give their long lost relationship its second wind.
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InGetting Your Second Windyou won't find instructions on how to lose 100 pounds in a month or how to be happy eating nothing but "rabbit food." Instead, Jan's wise words will spur you to tap into your motivation and use it to propel you to success! This is a guide to making a fresh start and finding your personal path to wellness. Join Jan on your journey and discover: How to clear the clutter and uncover the "real" you. How to identify the passions that drive you. How to embrace who you are -- inside and out. How to make wise food and fitness choices. How to build a fitness regimen that will keep you motivated. How to overcome life's challenges to find contentment. How to live with purpose and joy. Anyone can enjoy a powerful transformation and find personal fulfillment through deliberately making healthy choices in diet, exercise, and mental outlook. All it takes is commitment and a willingness to change -- one workout, one meal, one life lesson at a time. So, let's go! It's time to harness the power of your second wind!
Longshot is cleaving through the water, the bow about halfway up on the two shells surrounding it. Roger decides the time is now. He brings the bullhorn up to his lips and screams, "We're coming up on seven hundred meters. Gimme a power drive, NOW!!" Ramy lets out a scream of determination, AAAHHHH, followed by screams of agonizing pain. So goes the quest for glory by nine men beginning to enter middle age. Second Wind is their story, the story of men who refuse to give in to mid-life crises, men who believe that they have the strength to compete. They want to pursue the impossible dream of competing on the eight-man Olympic rowing team, representing the United States in Barcelona in the summer of 1990. The central characters that form the nucleus of this adventure consist of a former Olympian, a San Francisco doctor who has lost his faith in humanity and finds his answer in a Mexican legend, a real estate tycoon, a pub owner, a Samoan, and a motley group of middle-aged ex-atheletes.
Named as one of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles of 2012 Every year, Choice subject editors recognise the most significant print and electronic works reviewed in Choice during the previous calendar year. Appearing annually in Choice's January issue, this prestigious list of publications reflects the best in scholarly titles and attracts extraordinary attention from the academic library community. The authoritative reference on wind energy, now fully revised and updated to include offshore wind power A decade on from its first release, the Wind Energy Handbook, Second Edition, reflects the advances in technology underpinning the continued expansion of the global wind power sector. Harnessing their collective industrial and academic expertise, the authors provide a comprehensive introduction to wind turbine design and wind farm planning for onshore and offshore wind-powered electricity generation. The major change since the first edition is the addition of a new chapter on offshore wind turbines and offshore wind farm development. Opening with a survey of the present state of offshore wind farm development, the chapter goes on to consider resource assessment and array losses. Then wave loading on support structures is examined in depth, including wind and wave load combinations and descriptions of applicable wave theories. After sections covering optimum machine size and offshore turbine reliability, the different types of support structure deployed to date are described in turn, with emphasis on monopiles, including fatigue analysis in the frequency domain. Final sections examine the assessment of environmental impacts and the design of the power collection and transmission cable network. New coverage features: turbulence models updated to reflect the latest design standards, including an introduction to the Mann turbulence model extended treatment of horizontal axis wind turbines aerodynamics, now including a survey of wind turbine aerofoils, dynamic stall and computational fluid dynamics developments in turbine design codes techniques for extrapolating extreme loads from simulation results an introduction to the NREL cost model comparison of options for variable speed operation in-depth treatment of individual blade pitch control grid code requirements and the principles governing the connection of large wind farms to transmission networks four pages of full-colour pictures that illustrate blade manufacture, turbine construction and offshore support structure installation Firmly established as an essential reference, Wind Energy Handbook, Second Edition will prove a real asset to engineers, turbine designers and wind energy consultants both in industry and research. Advanced engineering students and new entrants to the wind energy sector will also find it an invaluable resource.
During her first visit to the beautiful island of Pohnpei in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, anthropologist Martha Ward discovered people who grew quarter-ton yams in secret and ritually shared a powerful drink called kava. She managed a medical research project, ate dog, became pregnant, and responded to spells placed on her. Thirty years later she returned to Pohnpei to learn what had happened there since her first visit. Were islanders still relaxed and casual about sex? Were they still obsessed with titles and social rank? Was the island still lush and beautiful? Had the inhabitants remained healthy? This second edition of Wards best-selling account is a rare, longitudinal study that tracks people, processes, and a place through decades of change. It is also an intimate record of doing fieldwork that immerses readers in the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and the sensory richness of Pohnpei. Ward addresses the ageless ethnographic questions about family life, politics, religion, traditional medicine, magic, and death together with contemporary concerns about postcolonial survival, the discontinuities of culture, and adaptation to the demands of a global age. Her insightful discoveries illuminate the evolution of a culture possibly distant from yet important to people living in other parts of the world.