The Sport Of Kings

Author: C. E. Morgan
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374715173
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A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction • A Recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the Rathbones Folio Prize • Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence • One of New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Book Named a Best Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly • GQ • The New York Times (Selected by Dwight Garner) • NPR • The Wall Street Journal • San Francisco Chronicle • Refinery29 • Booklist • Kirkus Reviews • Commonweal Magazine "In its poetic splendor and moral seriousness, The Sport of Kings bears the traces of Faulkner, Morrison, and McCarthy. . . . It is a contemporary masterpiece."—San Francisco Chronicle Hailed by The New Yorker for its “remarkable achievements,” The Sport of Kings is an American tale centered on a horse and two families: one white, a Southern dynasty whose forefathers were among the founders of Kentucky; the other African-American, the descendants of their slaves. It is a dauntless narrative that stretches from the fields of the Virginia piedmont to the abundant pastures of the Bluegrass, and across the dark waters of the Ohio River; from the final shots of the Revolutionary War to the resounding clang of the starting bell at Churchill Downs. As C. E. Morgan unspools a fabric of shared histories, past and present converge in a Thoroughbred named Hellsmouth, heir to Secretariat and a contender for the Triple Crown. Newly confronted with one another in the quest for victory, the two families must face the consequences of their ambitions, as each is driven---and haunted---by the same, enduring question: How far away from your father can you run? A sweeping narrative of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in the shadow of slavery and a moral epic for our time.

All The Living

Author: C. E. Morgan
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429978040
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One summer, a young woman travels with her lover to the isolated tobacco farm he has inherited after his family dies in a terrible accident. As Orren works to save his family farm from drought, Aloma struggles with the loneliness of farm life and must find her way in a combative, erotically-charged relationship with a grieving, taciturn man. A budding friendship with a handsome and dynamic young preacher further complicates her growing sense of dissatisfaction. As she considers whether to stay with Orren or to leave, she grapples with the finality of loss and death, and the eternal question of whether it is better to fight for freedom or submit to love. All the Living has the timeless quality of a parable, but is also a perfect evocation of a time and place, a portrait of both age-old conflicts and modern life. It is an ode to the starve-acre Southern farm, the mountain landscape, and difficult love. In her lyrical and moving debut novel, C.E. Morgan recalls both the serenity of Marilynne Robinson and the shifting emotional currents and unashamed eroticism of James Salter. It is an unforgettable book from a major new voice.

Keeneland

Author: Alyson Hagy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743242696
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From award-winning writer Alyson Hagy comes a novel set at Kentucky's Keeneland racetrack, where the horses run for glory and people stake love and money -- all to win at the sport of kings. Hagy, a compelling storyteller who has the "same way with language as her characters have with animals" (San Jose Mercury News), introduces Kerry Connelly, a skilled exercise rider who hasn't yet learned that liking a horse doesn't make it faster but loving one means genuine risk. Kerry -- who can hardly remember a day she hasn't put sweat in the saddle -- is more or less healthy, more or less single, and technically broke. She's come back to home turf, the sweet Kentucky bluegrass of Keeneland, one step ahead of her estranged husband, Eric. A trainer fueled by drugs and money dreams, he's got control of Kerry's champion mare, Sunsquall, and has New York loan sharks after them all. Keeneland may not be much of a haven, as Kerry's shadowy past has not been forgotten. Some people on the backside of the track are too proud to take her back without a fight -- Alice Piersall, the massive, hell-for-leather trainer of second-rate horses; Reno, a one-time child preacher who now saves his brimstone sermons for the Thoroughbreds; and Billy, a former lover known for his honesty in a roulette wheel business. Others are determined to make her fall -- bottle-blond Louisa Fett, a rider who has hated Kerry since they trained together as teens; Delvecchio, a showboat trainer who treats his barn girls like stock. Gossip, gambling, lust, and outright robbery erode Kerry's dwindling fortunes. When Eric returns to make his play, risking Sunsquall to clear his debts, Kerry must find out if her final cards -- her body and soul -- are enough to save her in this world where little lasts for long except hope. Keeneland, as Hagy tells it, in a haunting voice "as unique and natural as folk art" (The Orlando Sentinel), energizes -- and humanizes -- the carnival chaos of racetrack life.

The Hyperion Legacy

Author: Ben Osborne
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1906510865
Size: 66.40 MB
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Ex-Jockey and betting guru Danny Rawlings thinks he's met his darkest hour. Accused of murdering his friend, stable lad Deano, and now a wanted man on both sides of the law. A pulsating and innovative plot sees Danny hunted down and forced to witness the cold-blooded execution of a loved one. Fired on by that harrowing experience he goes all out to exact his revenge and get justice. Packed with stunning race scenes at Britain's premier racetracks, the tension never lets up right down to the wire as Danny goes after the real killers to reveal the shocking truth behind an inherited secret. Against all odds, Danny makes a return to the saddle in the Epsom Derby, not just to fulfil a lifelong dream but to expose the evil forces at work and save the 'Sport of Kings' from ruin.

Sport And The English 1918 1939

Author: Mike Huggins
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415331852
Size: 51.29 MB
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The Modern Japanese Grammar Workbook is an innovative book of exercises and language tasks for all learners of Japanese. The book is divided into two parts: Section A provides exercises based on essential grammatical structures Section B practises everyday functions (e.g. making introductions, apologizing, expressing needs). All sentences are written both in Romanization and in the Japanese script and a comprehensive answer key at the back enables the learner to check on their progress. Key features of the book include: Exercises graded on a 3-point scale according to their level of difficulty Cross-referencing to the relatedModern Japanese Grammar Topical exercises drawn from realistic scenarios to help learners develop their vocabulary and practical communication skills Opportunities to practise both written and spoken Japanese. Modern Japanese Grammar Workbook is an ideal practice tool for learners of Japanese at all levels. No prior knowledge of grammatical terminology is assumed and it can be used both independently and alongside theModern Japanese Grammar (ISBN 978-0-415-57201-9), which is also published by Routledge.

Fix Six

Author: Noel Michaels
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469114070
Size: 43.95 MB
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Fix Six Takes a Satirical Look at Horseplayers and Horse Racing Horse racing is a potentially lucrative game that is constantly hounded by cheats and manipulators who would do just about anything to get rich quick. With his new novel, Fix Six, author Noel Michaels invites readers to take a satirical look at the gamblers and opportunists who are always lurking on the fringes of Thoroughbred racing threatening to undermine the integrity of the Sport of Kings. Fix Six is a racy farce about a small-time professional gambler whose plans to go straight must take an unfortunate detour when his misfit college buddies land him in an overly ambitious race-fixing scheme that goes horribly and hysterically wrong. Many infamous real-life racing scandals are parodied when the band of degenerates goes in search of one of the biggest pick six jackpots in racing history. The story takes the would-be race-fixers on a wild ride of twists and turns that begins in New York and then winds its way through Las Vegas and Mexico before ending in Los Angeles at the scene of the ultimate crime stately Santa Anita race track. Along the way, the gang encounters a colorful cast of characters including a vigilante detective, a psychotic veterinarian, a motorcycle gang from South Central LA, a blood-thirsty mob of exotic dancers, an unsavory group of homicidal jockeys, and a dominatrix on the police payroll, who all get themselves involved in the plot, either to help the hapless degenerates or to stand in their way. Before its all over, some of those involved will be dead, some will be hospitalized, some will be arrested, and one person will end up filthy stinking rich. Who will get away with the loot? Read the book to find out.

Animal Welfare And Human Values

Author: Rod Preece
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 1554587670
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As the most populous province in Canada, Ontario is a microcosm of the animal welfare issues which beset Western civilization. The authors of this book, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, find themselves constantly being made aware of the atrocities committed in the Society’s jurisdiction. They have been, in turn, puzzled, exasperated and horrified at humanity’s cruelty to our fellow sentient beings. The issues discussed in this book are the most contentious in animal welfare disputes — animal experimentation, fur-farming and trapping, the use of animals for human entertainment and the conditions under which animals are raised for human consumption. They are complex issues and should be thought about fairly and seriously. The authors, standing squarely on the side of the animals, suggest “community” and “belonging” as concepts through which to understand our relationships to other species. They ground their ideas in Wordsworth’s “primal sympathy” and Jung’s “unconscious identity” with the animal realm. The philosophy developed in this book embraces common sense and compromise as the surest paths to the goal of animal welfare. It requires respect and consideration for other species while acknowledging our primary obligations to our fellow humans.

King Football

Author: Michael Oriard
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 080786403X
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This landmark work explores the vibrant world of football from the 1920s through the 1950s, a period in which the game became deeply embedded in American life. Though millions experienced the thrills of college and professional football firsthand during these years, many more encountered the game through their daily newspapers or the weekly Saturday Evening Post, on radio broadcasts, and in the newsreels and feature films shown at their local movie theaters. Asking what football meant to these millions who followed it either casually or passionately, Michael Oriard reconstructs a media-created world of football and explores its deep entanglements with a modernizing American society. Football, claims Oriard, served as an agent of "Americanization" for immigrant groups but resisted attempts at true integration and racial equality, while anxieties over the domestication and affluence of middle-class American life helped pave the way for the sport's rise in popularity during the Cold War. Underlying these threads is the story of how the print and broadcast media, in ways specific to each medium, were powerful forces in constructing the football culture we know today.