Pulling Down the Barn eloquently recalls author Anne-Marie Oomen´s personal journey as she discovers herself an outsider on her family farm located in western Michigan´s Oceana County, in the township of Elbridge - a couple hundred acres in the middle of rural America. Written as a series of heartfelt interlocking narratives, this collection of essays portrays the realities of farm life: haying, picking asparagus and cherries, the machinery of tractors and pickers; but each chapter also touches upon the more ethereal and rarely articulated: the stoic love that permeates a family, the farmer´s struggle with identity, and the way land can shape a childhood. With its rich language and style, Pulling Down the Barn engrosses the listener in Oomen´s memories - setting beauty and wonder against work and loss - and paints a poignant portrait of growing up in rural Michigan. Winner of the Michigan Notable Book Awards. The book is published by Wayne State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michelle Babb. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044570/bk_acx0_044570_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anne-Marie Oomen uses a wealth of vivid language and personal details to bring scenes from her childhood on a family farm to life in House of Fields. Yet the focus of this book shifts away from the daily activities of the farm, which Oomen presented in Pulling Down the Barn, to life outside its boundaries, as she explores the complex meaning of ´´education´´ in all of its rural forms. Oomen´s description of the farmhouse where she grew up becomes the central image for this collection of essays. Within this context, Oomen examines memories from her formal education, which began during the final years of the one-room school era then shifted to the ´´consolidated´´ schools of the late 1950s and 1960s and to a parochial school system. Struggles with reading, first friendships, early loves, and contradictory educational models are coupled with the challenges of coming of age and the ups and downs of an emotional education between mother and daughter. Winner of the Michigan Notable Book Awards. The book is published by Wayne State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sally Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052848/bk_acx0_052848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dismembered bodies of women for hire litter the sides of the road in rural Tennessee. It has happened before, 30 years prior. Not knowing if the murders are that of a copycat or the original killer making a reappearance, Agent Hank Rawlings, along with Agent Beth Harper, is once again dispatched to the scene. With little help from the local authorities and limited resources at their disposal, Hank, Beth, and a local agent are tasked with pulling back the layers of deceit to circle closer to the man responsible. If they had only known the sheer horror of what awaited them at the end of their search, they might have opted to sit this one out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd McLaren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/006700/bk_tant_006700_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Violence by young boys and adolescents is on the rise in America´s suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. In light of recent school-based shootings, it´s now clear that no matter where people live or how hard parents try, chances are their children are going to school with troubled boys capable of getting guns and pulling triggers. Building on his pioneering work as a psychologist, James Garbarino shows why young men and boys have become increasingly vulnerable to violent crime, and how lack of adult support poses a real threat to children´s basic safety. Dr. Garbarino addresses the wide range of issues that boys of every temperament and from every background may have to face, and outlines the steps parents, teachers, and public officials can take to keep all children safer. He holds out hope and solutions for turning kids away from violence - before it is too late. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cotter Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000183/bk_sans_000183_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Privileged young Poppy was a college student from a well-off family. Her boyfriend was frankly loaded but money wasn´t everything; he was pretty useless in bed. As the nubile 19 year old brought herself off yet again, her boyfriend snoring beside her, her mental image was of her fantasy man, a tall, dark and rough stranger in leathers. When Lawrence surprises her with a Harley Davidson ride along Route 66, little do they realize that she was soon to meet her fantasy, and taken by him. Three weeks into the tour and Poppy was suffering. She didn´t have a problem with stiffness or anything like that. What she hadn´t considered is just how horny the whole thing would make her. The powerful machine throbbing between her thighs, along with the feel and smell of the leather jacket next to her skin was driving her mad. It was steamy hot in rural Kansas and she had recently shed her jeans in favor of a leather miniskirt. It was not the most elegant of garments for a bike she realized but it kept a good draught of cool air flowing around her hot pussy, which was a relief. It was mid-afternoon when Lawrence decided it was time for another break. Pulling into the car park of a roadside bar, he pulled up next to a couple of other bikes and put the Harley on its side stand. The bikes were similar to his own, he noted, just not as new and shiny. Poppy climbed off the pillion, unzipped her jacket to let her sweat-drenched crop top breathe and stretched, before leading the way inside. 1. Language: English. Narrator: C J Edwards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078427/bk_acx0_078427_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.