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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction

Christopher W. Alexander - 1977
    It will enable making a design for almost any kind of building, or any part of the built environment. ‘Patterns,’ the units of this language, are answers to design problems: how high should a window sill be?; how many stories should a building have?; how much space in a neighborhood should be devoted to grass and trees?More than 250 of the patterns in this language are outlined, each consisting of a problem statement, a discussion of the problem with an illustration, and a solution. As the authors say in their introduction, many of the patterns are archetypal, so deeply rooted in the nature of things that it seems likely that they will be a part of human nature and human action as much in five hundred years as they are today.A Pattern Language is related to Alexander’s other works in the Center for Environmental Structure series: The Timeless Way of Building (introductory volume) and The Oregon Experiment.

A Lover's Discourse: Fragments

Roland Barthes - 1977
    Rich with references ranging from Goethe's Werther to Winnicott, from Plato to Proust, from Baudelaire to Schubert, A Lover's Discourse artfully draws a portrait in which every reader will find echoes of themselves.

The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

Wendell Berry - 1977
    In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a nation are more estranged from the land—from the intimate knowledge, love, and care of it. Sadly, as Berry notes in his Afterword to this third edition, his arguments and observations are more relevant than ever. We continue to suffer loss of community, the devaluation of human work, and the destruction of nature under an economic system dedicated to the mechanistic pursuit of products and profits. Although “this book has not had the happy fate of being proved wrong,” Berry writes, there are good people working “to make something comely and enduring of our life on this earth.” Wendell Berry is one of those people, writing and working, as ever, with passion, eloquence, and conviction.

Death in the Long Grass: A Big Game Hunter's Adventures in the African Bush

Peter Hathaway Capstick - 1977
    And of the few who have known this dangerous way of life, fewer still can recount their adventures with the flair of this former professional hunter-turned-writer.Based on Capstick's own experiences and the personal accounts of his colleagues, Death in the Long Grass portrays the great killers of the African bush-- not only the lion, leopard, and elephant, but the primitive rhino and the crocodile waiting for its unsuspecting prey, the titanic hippo and the Cape buffalo charging like an express train out of control. Capstick was a born raconteur whose colorful descriptions and eye for exciting, authentic detail bring us face to face with some of the most ferocious killers in the world-- underrated killers like the surprisingly brave and cunning hyena, silent killers such as the lightning-fast black mamba snake, collective killers like the wild dog. Readers can lean back in a chair, sip a tall, iced drink, and revel in the kinds of hunting stories Hemingway and Ruark used to hear in hotel bars from Nairobi to Johannesburg, as veteran hunters would tell of what they heard beyond the campfire and saw through the sights of an express rifle.As thrilling as any novel, as taut and exciting as any adventure story, Death in the Long Grass takes us deep into the heart of darkness to view the Africa that few people have ever seen.


Michael Herr - 1977
    Michael Herr’s unsparing, unorthodox retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the most incomprehensible and nightmarish events of our time.Dispatches is among the most blistering and compassionate accounts of war in our literature.

Cosmic Trigger: Die letzten Geheimnisse der Illuminaten oder An den Grenzen des erweiterten Bewusstseins

Robert Anton Wilson - 1977
    This is called "initiation" or "vision quest" in many traditional societies and ... a dangerous variety of self-psychotherapy in modern terminology. I do not recommend it for everybody... the main thing I learned is that "reality is always plural and mutable." — From the Preface

Seven Nights

Jorge Luis Borges - 1977
    The incomparable Borges delivered these seven lectures in Buenos Aires in 1977; attendees were treated to Borges erudition on the following topics: Dante's The Divine Comedy, Nightmares, Thousand and One Dreams, Buddhism, Poetry, The Kabbalah, and Blindness.

The Essential Alan Watts

Alan W. Watts - 1977
    Beginning at the age of 20, when he wrote The Spirit of Zen, he developed an audience of millions who were enriched by his book, tape recordings, radio, television, and public lectures.Just before his death he completed the project most dear to his heart. In the secluded and relaxed atmosphere aboard his ferryboat SS Vallejo and at his mountain retreat in Druid Heights he recorded the basic tenets of his philosophy.Revised by his son Mark here is the last original work of Alan Watts now combined with several classic pieces previously not available in book form, including the favorites "Work As Play" and "The Trickster Guru."This final volume is an outstanding introduction to Watts for those who do not know him and a valuable legacy for all." - from the back cover

Enola Gay: Mission to Hiroshima

Gordon Thomas - 1977
    From diplomatic moves behind the scenes to Japanese actions and the US Army Air Force’s call to action, no detail is left untold.Touching on the early days of the Manhattan Project and the first inkling of an atomic bomb, investigative journalist Gordon Thomas and his writing partner Max Morgan-Witts, take WWII enthusiasts through the training of the crew of the Enola Gay and the challenges faced by pilot Paul Tibbets.

Coming Into the Country

John McPhee - 1977
    Written with a vividness and clarity which shifts scenes frequently, and yet manages to tie the work into a rewarding whole, McPhee segues from the wilderness to life in urban Alaska to the remote bush country.

How to Survive the Loss of a Love

Melba Colgrove - 1977
    Discusses the variety of reactions that people experience because of the loss of a love and provides numerous recommendations for coping with pain and achieving comfort.

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

David McCullough - 1977
    That nation did not exist when, in the mid-19th century, Europeans first began to explore the possibilities of creating a link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the narrow but mountainous isthmus; Panama was then a remote and overlooked part of Colombia.All that changed, writes David McCullough in his magisterial history of the Canal, in 1848, when prospectors struck gold in California. A wave of fortune seekers descended on Panama from Europe and the eastern United States, seeking quick passage on California-bound ships in the Pacific, and the Panama Railroad, built to serve that traffic, was soon the highest-priced stock listed on the New York Exchange. To build a 51-mile-long ship canal to replace that railroad seemed an easy matter to some investors. But, as McCullough notes, the construction project came to involve the efforts of thousands of workers from many nations over four decades; eventually those workers, laboring in oppressive heat in a vast malarial swamp, removed enough soil and rock to build a pyramid a mile high. In the early years, they toiled under the direction of French entrepreneur Ferdinand de Lesseps, who went bankrupt while pursuing his dream of extending France's empire in the Americas. The United States then entered the picture, with President Theodore Roosevelt orchestrating the purchase of the canal—but not before helping foment a revolution that removed Panama from Colombian rule and placed it squarely in the American camp.

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

Edith Holden - 1977
    We are very pleased to be the first U.S. publisher to offer Ediths timeless watercolors.

The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Volume One: 1915-1919

Virginia Woolf - 1977
    [This] is a first chance to meet the writer in her own unguarded words and to observe the root impulses of her art without the distractions of a commentary” (New York Times). Edited and with a Preface by Anne Olivier Bell; Introduction by Quentin Bell; Index.

Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook

David Werner - 1977
    Useful for health workers, clinicians, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion programs, with millions of copies in print in more than 75 languages, the manual provides practical, easily understood information on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent common diseases. Special attention is focused on mutrition, infection and disease prevention, and diagnostic techniques as primary ways to prevent and treat health problems. This 2010 reprint features updated medicines, plus information on tuberculosis and HIV, including guidelines for anti-retroviral therapy and preventing HIV in babies.

Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters

Anne Sexton - 1977
    Anne's daughter Linda Gray Sexton and her close confidant Lois Ames have judiciously chosen from among thousands of letters and provided commentary where necessary. Illustrated throughout with candid photographs and memorabilia, the letters -- brilliant, lyrical, caustic, passionate, angry -- are a consistently revealing index to Sexton's quixotic and exuberant personality.

Holy the Firm

Annie Dillard - 1977
    In Holy the Firm she writes about a moth consumed in a candle flame, about a seven-year-old girl burned in an airplane accident, about a baptism on a cold beach. But behind the moving curtain of what she calls "the hard things -- rock mountain and salt sea," she sees, sometimes far off and sometimes as close by as a veil or air, the power play of holy fire.This is a profound book about the natural world -- both its beauty and its cruelty -- the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dillard knows so well.

Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

Carl Sagan - 1977
    Dr Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insights into the brains of humans & beasts, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends and their amazing links to recent discoveries.

Mawson's Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written

Lennard Bickel - 1977
    Sir Douglas Mawson is remembered as the young Australian who would not go to the South Pole with Robert Scott in 1911, choosing instead to lead his own expedition on the less glamorous mission of charting nearly 1,500 miles of Antarctic coastline and claiming its resources for the British Crown. His party of three set out through the mountains across glaciers in 60-mile-per-hour winds. Six weeks and 320 miles out, one man fell into a crevasse, along with the tent, most of the equipment, all of the dogs' food, and all except a week's supply of the men's provisions.Mawson's Will is the unforgettable story of one man's ingenious practicality and unbreakable spirit and how he continued his meticulous scientific observations even in the face of death. When the expedition was over, Mawson had added more territory to the Antarctic map than anyone else of his time. Thanks to Bickel's moving account, Mawson can be remembered for the vision and dedication that make him one of the world's great explorers.

A Rumor of War

Philip Caputo - 1977
    Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history’s ugliest wars, he returned home—physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone.A Rumor of War is far more than one soldier’s story. Upon its publication in 1977, it shattered America’s indifference to the fate of the men sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. In the years since then, it has become not only a basic text on the Vietnam War but also a renowned classic in the literature of wars throughout history and, as the author writes, of "the things men do in war and the things war does to them.""Heartbreaking, terrifying, and enraging. It belongs to the literature of men at war."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

How to Really Love Your Child

D. Ross Campbell - 1977
    After all, they make sure that their child has the things they need. They attend their child's school events. They buy their child the things they want. So why is it then that most children doubt that they are genuinely and unconditionally loved?In this best-selling book, Dr. D. Ross Campbell reveals the emotional needs of a child and provides parents with the skill and techniques that can begin to help make your child feel truly loved and accepted. You'll learn to really love your child through every situation of child rearing from physical touch to discipline and from affirmation to spiritual nurture.

Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History

Stephen Jay Gould - 1977
    His genius as an essayist lies in his unmatched ability to use his knowledge of the world, including popular culture, to illuminate the realm of science.Ever Since Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould's first book, has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. Like all succeeding collections by this unique writer, it brings the art of the scientific essay to unparalleled heights.

Lonely Vigil: Coastwatchers of the Solomons

Walter Lord - 1977
    Though their importance has long been acknowledged, the coastwatchers had received relatively little attention until the publication of this book in 1977. The remarkable band of individualists, operating deep behind Japanese lines in the dark days of 1942-43, lived by their wits alone yet gave the Allies their best intelligence and rescued many a man from downed planes and sinking ships-including John f. Kennedy and his PT-109 crew. To piece their story together, Lord traveled 40,000 miles to interview participants, check archives, and examine private letters and diaries. He even made a three-day hike through the Guadalcanal jungle to inspect the coastwatcher hideout on Gold Ridge so he could successfully put readers in their shoes. The book's varied cast of intriguing characters has attracted readers ever since.

The Incredible Voyage: A Personal Odyssey

Tristan Jones - 1977
    With a singleness of purpose as ferocious as nay hazard he encountered, Tristan Jones would not give up--even after dodging snipers on the Red Sea, capsizing off the Cape of Good Hope, starving in the Amazon, struggling for 3,000 miles against the mightiest sea current in the world, and hauling his boat over the rugged Andes three miles above sea level to find at last the legendary Island of the Sun. And beyond lay te most awesome challenge of all--the tortuous trek through 6,000 miles of uncharted rivers to find his way back to the ocean.

Crockett's Victory Garden

James Underwood Crockett - 1977
    Tight spine, clear crisp pages, no writing, no spine creases, light edgewear, smokefree.

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Jerry Mander - 1977
    Its problems are inherent in the technology itself and are so dangerous -- to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to democratic processes -- that TV ought to be eliminated forever.Weaving personal experiences through meticulous research, the author ranges widely over aspects of television that have rarely been examined and never before joined together, allowing an entirely new, frightening image to emerge. The idea that all technologies are "neutral," benign instruments that can be used well or badly, is thrown open to profound doubt. Speaking of TV reform is, in the words of the author, "as absurd as speaking of the reform of a technology such as guns."

Lonely Planet New Zealand

Lonely Planet - 1977
    Glide through turquoise waters past pods of orcas in Bay of Islands; try black-water rafting in astonishing Waitomo Caves; watch the ground breathe steam in volcanic Rotorua; and hit the slopes in Queenstown and Wanaka - all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of New Zealand and begin your journey now!Inside Lonely Planet's New Zealand:Color maps and images throughoutHighlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interestsInsider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spotsEssential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, pricesHonest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks missCultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politicsCovers Auckland, Bay of Islands & Northland, Waikato & the Coromandel Peninsula, Taupo & the Central Plateau, Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty, the East Coast, Wellington & Around, Marlborough & Nelson, the West Coast, Christchurch & Canterbury, Dunedin & Otago, Queenstown & Wanaka, Fiordland & SouthlandThe Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's New Zealand is our most comprehensive guide to the country, and is designed to immerse you in the culture and help you discover the best sights and get off the beaten track.Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's New Zealand's North Island or New Zealand's South Island for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer.About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travelers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

Leningrad Under Siege: First-hand Accounts of the Ordeal

Ales Adamovich - 1977
    The Russians had been taken by surprise by the Germans' sudden onslaught in June 1941.This book tells the story of that long, bitter siege in the words of those who were there. It vividly describes how ordinary Leningraders struggled to stay alive and to defend their beloved city in the most appalling conditions. They were bombed, shelled, starved and frozen. They dug tank-traps and trenches, built shelters and fortifications, fought fires, cleared rubble, tended the wounded and, for as long as they had strength to do so, buried their dead. Many were killed by German bombs or shells, but most of them died of hunger and cold. Based on interviews with survivors of the siege and on contemporary diaries and personal memoirs. The primary focus is on three people: a young mother with two small children, a boy of sixteen at the outbreak of war, and an elderly academic. We see the siege through their eyes as its horrors unfold and as they struggle to survive.

This Nation Shall Endure

Ezra Taft Benson - 1977
    Written by Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Council of the Twelve Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the time, and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action

Audre Lorde - 1977

The Hour of Our Death

Philippe Ariès - 1977
    A truly landmark study, The Hour of Our Death reveals a pattern of gradually developing evolutionary stages in our perceptions of life in relation to death, each stage representing a virtual redefinition of human nature. Starting at the very foundations of Western culture, the eminent historian Phillipe Aries shows how, from Graeco-Roman times through the first ten centuries of the Common Era, death was too common to be frightening; each life was quietly subordinated to the community, which paid its respects and then moved on. Aries identifies the first major shift in attitude with the turn of the eleventh century when a sense of individuality began to rise and with it, profound consequences: death no longer meant merely the weakening of community, but rather the destruction of self. Hence the growing fear of the afterlife, new conceptions of the Last Judgment, and the first attempts (by Masses and other rituals) to guarantee a better life in the next world. In the 1500s attention shifted from the demise of the self to that of the loved one (as family supplants community), and by the nineteenth century death comes to be viewed as simply a staging post toward reunion in the hereafter. Finally, Aries shows why death has become such an unendurable truth in our own century--how it has been nearly banished from our daily lives--and points out what may be done to re-tame this secret terror. The richness of Aries's source material and investigative work is breathtaking. While exploring everything from churches, religious rituals, and graveyards (with their often macabre headstones and monuments), to wills and testaments, love letters, literature, paintings, diaries, town plans, crime and sanitation reports, and grave robbing complaints, Aries ranges across Europe to Russia on the one hand and to England and America on the other. As he sorts out the tangled mysteries of our accumulated terrors and beliefs, we come to understand the history--indeed the pathology--of our intellectual and psychological tensions in the face of death.

A Time of Gifts

Patrick Leigh Fermor - 1977
    A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary. It is a book of compelling glimpses - not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteries, its great rivers, the sun on the Bavarian snow, the storks and frogs, the hospitable burgomasters who welcomed him, and that world's grandeurs and courtesies. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic. First published to enormous acclaim, it confirmed Fermor's reputation as the greatest living travel writer, and has, together with its sequel Between the Woods and the Water (the third volume is famously yet to be published), been a perennial seller for 25 years.

A Very Young Rider

Jill Krementz - 1977
    A ten-year-old girl relates her experiences as she and her pony train and prepare for riding competitions.

The House by the Sea

May Sarton - 1977
    The journal records the renewing of her life and work in this place.

The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction

Samuel R. Delany - 1977
    An indispensable work of science fiction criticism revised and expanded

Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession

Janet Malcolm - 1977
    Through an intensive study of "Aaron Green, " a Freudian analyst in New York City, New Yorker writer Janet Malcolm reveals the inner workings of psychoanalysis.

The Making of the Wizard of Oz: Movie Magic and Studio Power in the Prime of MGM

Aljean Harmetz - 1977
    From this was born The Wizard of Oz, a film that, 60 years later, continues to captivate us. It seems we can never get enough of the dishy inside details, the amazing feats of production that made it such a spectacle, and the personalities both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Now, timed to coincide with the theatrical rerelease -- which will include never-before-seen footage -- this is the book Oz aficionados will turn to for more information on America's favorite movie. A bestselling classic since it was first published in 1977, The Making of The Wizard of Oz is as ageless as the film itself jam-packed with fascinating facts and telling asides.

The Railway Journey: The Industrialization and Perception of Time and Space

Wolfgang Schivelbusch - 1977
    "Delving into urban planning, psychology, architecture, and economics, as well as the history of technology, Schivelbusch paints a revealing portrait of the role of the railroad in shaping the 19th-century mind."


Richard E. Leakey - 1977
    Discusses the evolution of prehistoric ape-like creatures into human beings, theorizing that the key to this transformation was the ability to share & cooperate in a social context.

At Random: The Reminiscences of Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf - 1977
    We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random. Let’s call it Random House.” So recounts Bennett Cerf in this wonderfully amusing memoir of the making of a great publishing house. An incomparable raconteur, possessed of an irrepressible wit and an abiding love of books and authors, Cerf brilliantly evokes the heady days of Random House’s first decades. Part of the vanguard of young New York publishers who revolutionized the book business in the 1920s and ’30s, Cerf helped usher in publishing’s golden age. Cerf was a true personality, whose other pursuits (columnist, anthologist, author, lecturer, radio host, collector of jokes and anecdotes, perennial judge of the Miss America pageant, and panelist on What’s My Line?) helped shape his reputation as a man of boundless energy and enthusiasm and brought unprecedented attention to his company and to his authors. At once a rare behind-the-scenes account of book publishing and a fascinating portrait of four decades’ worth of legendary authors, from James Joyce and William Faulkner to Ralph Ellison and Eudora Welty, At Random is a feast for bibliophiles and anyone who’s ever wondered what goes on inside a publishing house.

Cannibals and Kings: Origins of Cultures

Marvin Harris - 1977
    His aim is to account for the evolution of cultural forms as Darwin accounted for the evolution of biological forms: to show how cultures adopt their characteristic forms in response to changing ecological modes."[A] magisterial interpretation of the rise and fall of human cultures and societies."-- Robert Lekachman, Washington Post Book World"Its persuasive arguments asserting the primacy of cultural rather than genetic or psychological factors in human life deserve the widest possible audience."-- Gloria Levitas The New Leader"[An] original and...urgent theory about the nature of man and at the reason that human cultures take so many diverse shapes."-- The New Yorker"Lively and controversial."-- I. Bernard Cohen, front page, The New York Times Book Review

A Tzaddik in Our Time: The Life of Rabbi Aryeh Levin

Simcha Raz - 1977
    The biography of the beloved Jerusalem rabbi who devoted his life to helping his fellow Jews, and was especially active in aiding those imprisoned by the British.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Biography

Marion Meade - 1977
    "Marion Meade has told the story of Eleanor, wild, devious, from a thoroughly historical but different point of view: a woman's point of view."—Allene Talmey, Vogue.

1066: The Year of the Conquest

David Howarth - 1977
    But how many of us can place that event in the context of the entire dramatic year in which it took place? From the death of Edward the Confessor in early January to the Christmas coronation of Duke William of Normandy, there is an almost uncanny symmetry, as well as a relentlessly exciting surge, of events leading to and from Hastings.

Paul Harvey's the Rest of the Story

Paul Aurandt Jr. - 1977
    . . with murder!  From present-day shockers to historical puzzlers, Paul Harvey's The Rest Of The Story reveals the untold story behind some of history's strangest little-known facts.

The Mighty Hood

Ernle Bradford - 1977
     Launched in 1918, she spent the interwar years cruising the oceans of the world, the largest vessel afloat and a proud symbol of the Royal Navy. ‘The greatest and most graceful ship of her time, perhaps of any time, she was the last of the Leviathans — those mighty ships, whose movement upon the high seas had determined policy since the last quarter of the 19th century. A generation of British seamen had been trained in her. To millions of people she had represented British sea power and imperial might. With her passed not only a ship, but a whole era swept away on the winds of the world.’ Bradford tells the fascinating story of two ships coming out — the new Prince of Wales, and the old, world-famous Hood, whose history remained in the memories of all those who sailed on her. Their silhouettes visible now against the lines of the sea and the islands: the long sweep of their foredecks, the banked ramparts of their guns, and the hunched shoulders of bridges and control towers. We shall never see their like again, but no one who has ever watched them go by will forget the shudder that they raised along the spine. The big ships were somehow as moving as the pipes heard a long way off in the hills. There was always a kind of mist about them, a mist of sentiment and of power. Unlike aircraft, rockets, or nuclear bombs, they were a visible symbol of power allied with beauty — a rare combination. The thrilling history of a ship who battled the infamous Bismarck, inspired alliances and revenge in a time of great uncertainty and went out with a bang when her one fatal flaw was exploited... Ernle Bradford (1922-1986) was an historian who wrote books on naval battles and historical figures. Among his subjects were Lord Nelson, the Mary Rose, Christopher Columbus, Julius Caesar and Hannibal. He also documented his own voyages on the Mediterranean Sea.

Wild Flowers of Britain: Over a Thousand Species by Photographic Identification

Roger Phillips - 1977
    A unique encyclopedia of the flowers of the countryside.Over 1,000 wild flowers are illustrated in full colour photographs, accompanied by comprehensive descriptions and set out in the sequence of the seasons.Each photograph is dated and described to make this book an original departure in flower identification.

Peoplewatching: The Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language

Desmond Morris - 1977
    Desmond Morris shows us how people, consciously and unconsciously, signal their attitudes, desires and innermost feelings with their bodies and actions, often more powerfully than with their words.

The New World Guide to Beer

Michael Jackson - 1977
    This unique and comprehensive book includes everything anyone would ever want to know about the world's beers. Full-color photos.

Caught in the Web of Words: James Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary

K.M. Elisabeth Murray - 1977
    It also provides an absorbing account of how the dictionary was written, the personalities of the people working on it & the endless difficulties which nearly led to the whole enterprise being abandoned.

Midnight Express

Billy Hayes - 1977
    A classic story of survival and human endurance, told with humor, honesty, and heart, it became a worldwide best-seller and the Academy Award-winning blockbuster film of the same name. In 1970 Billy Hayes was an English major who left college in search of adventures to write about, like his hero Jack London. He had a rude awakening when he was arrested at the airport in Istanbul trying to board a plane while carrying four pounds of hashish, and given a life sentence. After five brutal years, relentless efforts by his family to gain his release, and endless escape plotting, Hayes finally took matters into his own hands. On a dark night, in a wailing storm he began a desperate and daring escape to freedom... This is the astounding journey, told in Billy Hayes's own words, of those five years of living hell and of the harrowing ordeal of his time on the run.

Space And Place: The Perspective of Experience

Yi-Fu Tuan - 1977
    The result is a remarkable synthesis, which reflects well the subtleties of experience and yet avoids the pitfalls of arbitrary classification and facile generalization. For these reasons, and for its general tone and erudition and humanism, this book will surely be one that will endure when the current flurry of academic interest in environmental experience abates.” Canadian Geographer

Ghosts Along the Brazos

Catherine Munson Foster - 1977

Return To The Marshes: Life With The Marsh Arabs Of Iraq

Gavin Young - 1977

Designing Your Face: An Illustrated Guide to Using Cosmetics

Way Bandy - 1977
    It is a creative experience to work with him — a genius in the art of makeup.” — Gloria Vanderbilt“All that I can say is that when Way made me up, I never looked better in my life.” — Claire Bloom“I admire Way Bandy’s talents enormously. He has a great eye and is truly a visual person.” — Lee Radziwill“I am certain that if you put your faith in Way’s advice and follow his instructions, you will not emerge the great painted lady, but rather a natural, confident human being who knows that she looks her absolute best.” — Beverly Sassoon

Reportage on Lovers: A Medley of Factual Romances, Happy or Tragical, Most of Which Made News

Quijano de Manila - 1977
    Plus the portrait of a hip chick from then Swinging London as she discourses indelicately on a most delicate topic: the Filipino as Lover.

Truck: On Rebuilding a Worn-Out Pickup and Other Post-Technological Adventures

John Jerome - 1977
    Yes, he needs the truck to haul manure, but Jerome also hopes that “by knowing every nut, lockwasher, and cotter pin I could have a machine that had some meaning to me.” Thus his year-long odyssey under the hood, among the brake shoes and valves, becomes more than a mechanic’s memoir; it is a meditation on machines, metaphysics, and the moral universe. Long after its publication in 1977, the essential dilemma of Truck still rings true: as Jerome dismantles the aged straight six, he also disassembles our reliance on “two-hundred-dollar appliances that sport flaws in thirty-five-cent parts” and decries the “deliberate encapsulation, impenetrability, of the overtechnologized things with which we furnish our lives.” Despite gouged knuckles, a frigid New Hampshire winter, frustrating and inexplicable assemblies, and a close call when the truck rolls off its jacks, he perseveres. In the end, he admits, “I did not find God out there in the barn among the cans of nuts and bolts.” What he does find, however, is that he must make peace with technology; it’s a mistake, he says, to “assume there is a point on that line between the caveman’s club and the moon shot that marks the moral turnaround, before which technology was somehow benign, after which it is malign.” While Jerome gains a truck that runs—sometimes—we gain new insight into a technology that continues to encroach upon our lives.

Golden Bats & Pink Pigeons

Gerald Durrell - 1977
    It waited there for hundreds of thousands of years for an annihilating invasion of voracious animals for which it was totally unprepared, a cohort of rapacious beasts led by the worst predator in the world, Homo sapiens . . . In an incredibly short space of time, a number of unique species had vanished . . . ' Mauritius, the green and mountainous island in the Indian Ocean, was once the home of the ill-fated dodo, and by the 1970s it still had many unique but endangered species, hanging onto their existence by their fingernails.When Gerald Durrell went to rescue some of these creatures from extinction, he experienced danger and discomfort, but enjoyed the adventures greatly. He spent nights in the jungle looking for bats and pink pigeons, and climbed near-vertical rock faces to find Telfair's skinks and Gunther's geckos, spending his spare time exploring the enchanted worlds of the coral reefs with their many species of multicoloured fish. By the end of his trip, he had an extraordinary collection of animals to take to his Jersey sanctuary from where the progeny could, in time, be restored to Mauritius.

Worlds Of Pain: Life In The Working-class Family

Lillian B. Rubin - 1977
    Katz Professor of History, York UniversityThis is a sensitive and compassionate portrayal of childhood, marriage, and adult life among the hard-working not-quite poor. It is an important contribution to our understanding of ourselves.--Robert S. Weiss, author of Marital Separation

Reportage on Crime: Thirteen Horror Happenings That Hit the Headlines

Quijano de Manila - 1977
    What emerges is the picture of a fascinating decade: the 1960s.

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

Agatha Christie - 1977
    Though she kept her private life a mystery, for some years Agatha had secretly written her autobiography, and when it was published after her death, millions of her fans agreed - this was her best story!From early childhood at the end of the 19th century, through two marriages and two World Wars, and her experiences both as a writer and on archaeological expeditions with her second husband, Max Mallowan, this book reveals the true genius of her legendary success with real passion and openness.

Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Volume 10

Osho - 1977

St. Francis of Paola: God\'s Miracle Worker Supreme

Gino J. Simi - 1977
    216 pgs, PB

New Burlington: The Life and Death of an American Village

John Baskin - 1977
    The result is one of the most unique and beautiful histories ever written about rural America. This edition features a new introduction by the author.

Essentials of Soil Mechanics and Foundations: Basic Geotechnics

David F. McCarthy - 1977
    This new edition features a separate chapter on earthquakes, a more logical organization, and new material relating to pile foundations design and construction and soil permeability. It's rich applications, well illustrated examples, end-of-chapter problems and detailed explanations make it an excellent reference for practicing engineers, architects, geologists, environmental specialists, and more! Covers new developments in geotechnical topics such as: Soil Properties and Analyses Pile Foundation Design and Testing Micropiles Soil Nail Walls Launched Soil Nails Soil Improvment Includes a more extensive scope of topics and clear, well developed presentations. Emphasizes how subject material can be used in the field. An excellent reference for practicing engineers, architects, geologists, environmental specialists and construction materials testing laboratories.

The Art and Science of Grand Prix Driving

Niki Lauda - 1977

Quotations of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln - 1977
    The series look features a classic portrait of the author on the front cover with his signature printed below in gold foil.

Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega Volume 4

Osho - 1977

The Mastery of Consciousness: An Introduction and Guide to Practical Mysticism and Methods of Spiritual Development

Meher Baba - 1977

Gotama Buddha

Hajime Nakamura - 1977
    He conducts an exhaustive analysis of both the oldest, most reliable texts and later biographies of the Buddha that contain mythological material.Carefully sifting these texts to separate facts from embellishments, he constructs a biography that begins with the Indian historical context at the time of Buddha's Birth and takes the reader through all the stages of his life. Professor Nakamura also compares the oldest Buddhist texts with the earliest Jain and Hindu writings and finds surprising similarities that elucidate the significance of the historical Buddha. Archeological discoveries and factual elements from Buddhist art support Professor Nakamura's fascinating story. This is the first of two volumes.

What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

Gail Sforza Brewer - 1977
    What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

Principles of Isotope Geology

Gunter Faure - 1977
    Gives a rational exposition of the principles used in the interpretation of isotopic data and shows how such interpretations apply to the solution of geological problems. Current with references up to 1985, chapters in this edition have been revised, and new chapters on Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf, Re-Os, and K-Ca decay schemes and cosmogenic radionuclides have been added. Data summaries and references have been expanded. Also includes problems for student study and abundant line drawings with explanatory captions.

The Fields Beneath

Gillian Tindall - 1977
    In this case it is Kentish Town in London that reveals its complex secrets to us, through the resurrection of its now buried rivers and wells, coaching houses, landlords, traders, and simple tenants. Fragments of this past can still be found by the observant eye. This book is a brilliant evocation of the complex history of London, city of villages, revealed through this particular study of Kentish Town.

Zoltan Szabo Paints Landscapes: Advanced Techniques in Watercolor

Zoltán Szabó - 1977
    He paints a rock, for example, with a split dry brush, with the palette knife, wet-in-wet, with a series of glazes, by scratching and scraping, by texturing with sponges - and by combining several of these techniques. Best of all, every illustration is in color. The book is in three sections. The first section, 'Notes on Landscape Painting,' describes how the artist selects and mixes his colors, analyzes the many special techniques for which Szabo is famous, and then tells how he paints the seven most common landscape subjects. In these seven sections, Szabo makes valuable suggestions for painting trees; weeds, grass, and flowers; forms of the land ranging from rocks and soil to mountains and hills; still and moving water; snow, ice, and frost; skies and weather, including clouds, storms, rain, fog and mist; and finally, the structures made by man. The second section reproduces 173 studies of all these subjects, every one in full color. Here the reader sees fascinating closeups that show how this famous watercolorist paints every detail of the landscape: the texture of tree bark and the intricate detail of leaves; the wispy shapes of weeds and grass, and the delicate colors of wildflowers; the bold shapes and rough textures of rocks crowned with moss; the sparkling transparent colors of water, broken by reflections of land and sky colors; the luminous lights and shadows of snow; skies ranging from clear blue to fiery sunsets. The third and final section reproduces 24 of Zoltan Szabo's finest landscapes, full-page size, and in full color. On the facing page, two significant sections of that painting are reproduced close to life-size so that the reader can study the painter's techniques...." Bibliography, Index

Porsche: Excellence Was Expected: The Complete History of the Sports and Racing Cars

Karl E. Ludvigsen - 1977
    The Complete History of Porsche Sports and Racing Cars (An Automobile Quarterly Library Series Book)

Wanderers in the New Forest

Juliette De Bairacli Levy - 1977

Flora of Alberta

E.H. Moss - 1977
    It provides an inventory of 1775 known vascular plant species - ferns, conifers, and flowering plants - that are native to Alberta, or if non-native, that have become established and grow wild int he province. All are grouped according to genus and family, with descriptions of species, genera, and families.Keys are provided to allow for the identification of all the known species, along with information on habitats in which species generally occur. The text for each species includes the chromosome number and indicates the geographical distribution in North America.Also included are 1158 provincial distribution maps, showing the locations of native species, and two specially prepared maps of the province - one indicating the distribution of major soil groups, the other distribution of major vegetation types.In the years since its initial publication The Flora of Alberta has been revised, updated, and considerably expanded while retaining the original format and purpose that have made it indispensable to a wide range of readers.

Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: When & Where to Find Them

Carlos C. Campbell - 1977

Freedom from a Self-Centered Life/Dying to Self: Selections from the Writings of William Law

William Law - 1977

The Theatre of Images

Robert Wilson - 1977
    With introductory essays by Bonnie Marranca, this reissue of The Theatre of Images brings back to print one of the most influential books on American avant-garde theater in the last two decades.

Escape From Terror: A True Story of Deliverance From the Iron Fist of Communism and Nazi Slavery

Bill Basansky - 1977
    Follow the exciting life of Dr. Bill Basansky from birth in the Ukraine at a time when it was part of the former Soviet Union. The German occupation forced his family from their home, and they were confined in Nazi prison camps during World War II. They were miraculously delivered by God and brought to America after the war. Later serving in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Basansky suffered an injury that left his legs paralyzed. In desperation, he cried out to God and was miraculously healed and instantly set free from eight years of drug addiction. After accepting the Lord Jesus Christ, and later being filled with the Holy Sprit, he went on to receive his Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, and his PhD in Psychology and Counseling from Union University in California. Dr. Basansky now pastors Life International Church in Fort Myers, Florida, and ministers around the world, challenging believers to live victoriously. About the author: Dr. Bill Basansky was born in the Ukraine where he was confined to Nazi prison camps during World War II. Upon being granted permission to migrate to America, he earned his masters degree in linguistics at the University of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. in psychology and counseling, then later served as head of the Russian Department at Oral Roberts University. Today he resides in Fort Myers, Fla., with his wife, Bea, and continues to speak in churches, conferences, and seminars around the world.

Land and Liberty: Anarchist Influences in the Mexican Revolution

Ricardo Flores Magón - 1977
    1977: 156 pages, illustrated "paperback" ISBN: 0-919618-30-8 $12.99 "hardcover" ISBN: 0-919618-29-4 $41.99

The Salt Book: Lobstering, Sea Moss Pudding, Stone Walls, Rum Running, Maple Syrup, Snowshoes, and Other Yankee Doings

Pamela Wood - 1977
    People involved in such activities as lobstering, sea moss harvesting, and manning lighthouses discuss their lives in Maine and how they have changed over the years.

Manual of Traditional Wood Carving

Paul N. Hasluck - 1977
    What about an Italian cassone or coffer, or an ornate 19th-century pipe rack? This book will show you how to make these and many other projects. The book combines practical instruction with numerous photographic illustrations and working diagrams. The summation of years of research and practical work, this volume is the definitive work in English on the craft of traditional wood carving.For the serious-minded beginner, the instructional content is well-organized, easy-to-follow, and very precise. The authors begin with the basics: what tools and appliances are necessary, what woods to use, instruction in the actual cutting of wood. There are chapters on how to translate your ideas into wood, how to design, trace or outline your project. The various methods of practical carving are described; incised, pierced, and chip carving; carving in the round; Gothic carving; styles of carved ornament; etc. Many specific projects are offered: from the simplest — small boxes, bread platters, chests, chairs and stools — to the more complex — tables, cupboards and cabinets, beds, sideboards, even staircases, or for that matter, almost any item you can imagine in wood.Authoritative, complete, and profusely illustrated with 1,146 working drawings and photographic examples, it contains a wealth of encyclopedic information. There is much here you could find nowhere else.

The Criminal Personality, Volume I: A Profile for Change

Samuel Yochelson - 1977
    A Jason Aronson Book

Zen Shiatsu: How to Harmonize Yin and Yang for Better Health

Shizuto Masunaga - 1977
    Shiatsu is one of the oriental medical disciplines that have made great progress in such therapy. The common conception that shiatsu is no more than the application of strong digital pressure on single points on the body misrepresents the truth. Shiatsu is based on a full oriental medical system, which explains the human body in terms of a network of meridians through which flows an energy called Ki in Japanese. If the flow of Ki through the meridians is smooth, the person is healthy. If the flow becomes sluggish, the person falls ill. The nature of the flow is analyzed on the basis of the Chinese conception of the duality Yin and Yang into two states called Kyo and Jitsu. In the Kyo state, the flow of Ki is sluggish, and the body functions are dulled. In the Jitsu state, the flow is too rapid, and the body functions are overactive. A therapy that fails to take these states into consideration can only further retard the activity of sluggish functions and further stimulate hyperactive ones. In short, such therapy can produce no beneficial effect at all. The way to restore the proper balance to the system of Ki energy is the subject of Zen Shiatsu, the first book on the topic ever published in the English language. In this richly illustrated work, the author thoroughly covers to-nification-sedation, meridian shiatsu (Zen shiatsu). In addition to the services he performs as a therapist, he has devoted many years of study and much effort to developing new shiatsu ideas. Zen Shiatsu is the result of all these efforts. The inclusion of a chapter on self-shiatsu makes this an unusual and valuable book from the standpoint of people interested in home remedies.

Tracking Dog: Theory & Methods

Glen R. Johnson - 1977
    Tracking Dog: Theory & Method.

Hidden Things of God's Revelation

Arthur C. Custance - 1977

Too Much Anger, Too Many Tears: A Personal Triumph over Psychiatry

Janet Gotkin - 1977

The Best Of Creative Computing, Vol. 2

David H. Ahl - 1977
    It contains an amazing collection of material of interest to technology historians, retrocomputing hobbyists, and programmers.These articles were written at a time when home computers were only becoming reality for the first time, when electronic calculators were still an expensive novelty, and when computers were only beginning to be used in business.Highlights include:*Technology - Present and Future Televisionism Manifesto No. 1 by Phil Smith Videodiscs - The Ultimate Computer Input Device? by Alfred M. Bork The $2.98 Computer Library by Arthur Luehrmann*Languages and Programming Theory Simulated Strategies of Game Playing by Dr. S. Reisman The Computer "Glass Box" - Teaching with A Programming Language by Howard A. Peelle *Artificial and Extraterrestrial Intelligence Can Computers Think? by David H. Ahl The Cosmic Subway Line by Isaac Asimov*Literacy, Philosophy, Opinion Computer Literacy Quiz The Government Dinosaur by Charles Winn The Magic Of Electronic Funds Transfer by David H. Ahl*Computers in Education Computing At The University of Texas Computers In Secondary Schools-1975 Computer Fair by Wes Thomas Tips for Buying a Pocket Calculator by Peter Weaver*ResourcesCompleat Computer Catalogue Star Trek Lives! by David H. Ahl MITS World Altair Computer Convention by Andrea Lewis, Robert Prati *Programming Techniques Heapsort by Geoffrey Chase A Comparison of Sorts by John P. Grillo *Computer GamesLearning with Computer Games by David H. Ahl Wumpus 2 by Gregory Yob War 3 by Mike Forman, M.E. Lyon, Brian West Dr. Z Condot by Chuck Lund, Peter Olivieri LEM by Bill Cotter *HardwareBuilding a MITS Altair 8800Odyssey Video Games by David H. Ahl Hewlett-Packard HP-25 Calculator by James Blodgett Hints on Buying a Used Teletype by David H. Ahl Hewlett-Packard 9815A Programmable Calculator by David Ettel Tektronix 4051 Graphics System by Stephen B. Gray *ReviewsReviews of 34 Books on BASICThe Sun Never Sets On IBM: The Culture And Folklore Of IBM World TradeThe Assault on Privacy: Computers, Data Banks, and Dossiers The Moon Is A Harsh MistressSpace: 1999

Mathematics...A Way Of Thinking (Softbound) 02015 (Innovative Learning Products)

Robert Baratta-Lorton - 1977
    A Way of Thinking This activity-centered program contains lessons and blackline masters that visually present concepts to students struggling with math. Teaching ideas and hands-on activities cover problem solving, computation, geometry, measurement, probability and graphing.

The American Heritage High School Dictionary

American Heritage - 1977
    Expert usage guidance from the renowned Usage Panel and extensive special features such as notes on synonyms, regionalisms, and word history make this the ideal reference for any student or family.

The San Gabriels: The Mountain Country From Soledad Canyon to Lytle Creek

John W. Robinson - 1977
    It's the varied and colorful saga of early native inhabitants, Spanish missionaries, gold miners, loggers, ranchers, water seekers, and the tourists and pleasure seekers of more recent times.

Indianola: The Mother of Western Texas

Brownson Malsch - 1977
       The chronological method enables the reader to become immersed in the evolving life of the port and see those events through the eyes of the residents there, who knew not what the outcome would be---hurricane destruction and abandonment.  Neglected, even overlooked, by historians in this century,Indianolamust be restored to her rightful place in the annals of Texas.  The eyes of Texas must be refocused on the vastly important role she played in its development as Republic and State.

An Introduction To The Study Of Public Policy

Charles O. Jones - 1977

The Craftsman Builder

Art Boericke - 1977

The Golden Wreck: The Tragedy of the "Royal Charter"

Alexander McKee - 1977
    133 ships were sunk, 90 were badly damaged and almost 800 people lost their lives. More than half of those that perished were on one ship - The Royal Charter. After two months at sea voyaging more than 12,000 miles from the Australian goldfields, she was just hours away from her home port of Liverpool, when she was wrecked on the savage rocks of Moelfre, Anglesey. Many of her passengers were returning home with the fruits of their labours - GOLD! The worst shipwreck in Welsh history, this is the story of the Royal Charter...and her gold.

Beaversprite: My Years Building an Animal Sanctuary

Dorothy Richards - 1977
    of Environmental Protection. Dorothy and her husband Al lived on a land that was lush with creeks in the headlands of the Hudson River, in the foothills of the Adirondacks. The land was wooded with poplars and sugar maples. It was a perfect place for beavers to live and yet there were none in the entire state of New York - they had all been killed by trappers for that beautiful fur. The Richards began with just that one pair - they simply protected them and let them live. They lived naturally and produced liter after litter of kits. Dorothy came to know them, love them, and to realize that she would dedicate her life to saving them.

Please Remember Me: A Young Woman's Story of Her Friendship with an Unforgettable Fifteen-Year Old Boy

Mari Brady - 1977

Breath and Name: The Initiation and Foundation Practices of Free Spiritual Life

Adi Da Samraj - 1977