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Lassoing The Sun

Author : Mark Woods
ISBN : 9781250105905
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"In this remarkable journey, Mark Woods captures the essence of our National Parks: their serenity and majesty, complexity and vitality--and their power to heal." --Ken Burns Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America's national parks. Mark’s most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks. On the eve of turning fifty and a little burned-out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. He'd spend a year visiting the national parks. He planned to take his mother to a park she'd not yet visited and to re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter. But then the unthinkable happened: his mother was diagnosed with cancer, given just months to live. Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but Lassoing the Sun grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind.

Lassoing The Sun

Author : Mark Woods
ISBN : 9781250105899
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 70. 65 MB
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Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America's national parks. Mark’s most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks. On the eve of turning fifty and a little burned-out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors. He'd spend a year visiting the national parks. He planned to take his mother to a park she'd not yet visited and to re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter. But then the unthinkable happened: his mother was diagnosed with cancer, given just months to live. Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but Lassoing the Sun grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind.

Lasso The Sun

Author : Michael Dollinger
ISBN : 9781413400366
Genre : Fiction
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This is the emotional story of a young man's search for paradise at the turn of the century. He travels with his family from Eastern Europe to South America, then to Hawaii, and finally to a permanent home in San Francisco. Tragic events, caused by both man and nature, alter the path of his journey; and in the aftermath his life is forever changed.

Statistical Learning With Sparsity

Author : Trevor Hastie
ISBN : 9781498712170
Genre : Business & Economics
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Discover New Methods for Dealing with High-Dimensional Data A sparse statistical model has only a small number of nonzero parameters or weights; therefore, it is much easier to estimate and interpret than a dense model. Statistical Learning with Sparsity: The Lasso and Generalizations presents methods that exploit sparsity to help recover the underlying signal in a set of data. Top experts in this rapidly evolving field, the authors describe the lasso for linear regression and a simple coordinate descent algorithm for its computation. They discuss the application of l1 penalties to generalized linear models and support vector machines, cover generalized penalties such as the elastic net and group lasso, and review numerical methods for optimization. They also present statistical inference methods for fitted (lasso) models, including the bootstrap, Bayesian methods, and recently developed approaches. In addition, the book examines matrix decomposition, sparse multivariate analysis, graphical models, and compressed sensing. It concludes with a survey of theoretical results for the lasso. In this age of big data, the number of features measured on a person or object can be large and might be larger than the number of observations. This book shows how the sparsity assumption allows us to tackle these problems and extract useful and reproducible patterns from big datasets. Data analysts, computer scientists, and theorists will appreciate this thorough and up-to-date treatment of sparse statistical modeling.

Lasso The Wind

Author : Timothy Egan
ISBN : 9780307557308
Genre : Travel
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Winner of the Mountains and Plains Book Seller's Association Award "Sprawling in scope. . . . Mr. Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present." --The New York Times "Fine reportage . . . honed and polished until it reads more like literature than journalism." --Los Angeles Times "They have tried to tame it, shave it, fence it, cut it, dam it, drain it, nuke it, poison it, pave it, and subdivide it," writes Timothy Egan of the West; still, "this region's hold on the American character has never seemed stronger." In this colorful and revealing journey through the eleven states west of the 100th meridian, Egan, a third-generation westerner, evokes a lovely and troubled country where land is religion and the holy war between preservers and possessors never ends. Egan leads us on an unconventional, freewheeling tour: from America's oldest continuously inhabited community, the Ancoma Pueblo in New Mexico, to the high kitsch of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where London Bridge has been painstakingly rebuilt stone by stone; from the fragile beauty of Idaho's Bitterroot Range to the gross excess of Las Vegas, a city built as though in defiance of its arid environment. In a unique blend of travel writing, historical reflection, and passionate polemic, Egan has produced a moving study of the West: how it became what it is, and where it is going. "The writing is simply wonderful. From the opening paragraph, Egan seduces the reader. . . . Entertaining, thought provoking." --The Arizona Daily Star Weekly "A western breeziness and love of open spaces shines through Lasso the Wind. . . . The writing is simple and evocative." --The Economist From the Trade Paperback edition.

Maui And The Sun

Author : Gavin Bishop
ISBN : 1558585788
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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The Maori people of New Zealand tell this version of the Polynesian folktale in which a trickster uses magical powers to slow the movement of the sun.

Lasso The World

Author : Starley Talbott
ISBN : 0976294303
Genre : Authors, American
File Size : 85. 11 MB
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The Chaos Of Longing

Author : K.Y. Robinson
ISBN : 9781449491444
Genre : Poetry
File Size : 76. 32 MB
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Organized in four sections – Inception, Longing, Chaos, and Epiphany – K.Y. Robinson's debut poetry collection explores what it is to want in spite of trauma, shame, injustice, and mental illness. It is one survivor's powerful testimony, and a love letter "to those who lie awake burning."

Misadventures Of A Happy Heart

Author : Amy F. Quincy
ISBN : 9781483575315
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Misadventures of a Happy Heart: A Memoir of Life Beyond Disability starts with the tingling of Amy Quincy’s lips. Only a few months later, the tangle of blood vessels at the base of her brain bursts, triggering a life-altering hemorrhagic brain injury. Amy’s life as she knew it is over. And her future—the massage therapy business she built, the adventures she planned, the home life she imagined—becomes a distant veil. Fortunately, Amy’s sly humor and tenacious attitude is just what’s needed to deal with months of rehab and coming to terms with not only what she’s lost, but what’s she’s gained. Amy’s keen insight reveals the truth about how people react to those with disabilities. In this unflinching memoir she shares what aggravates and hurts her, the moments of genuine connection and understanding, as well as the hilarious mishaps that make her the unintended heroine of her own sitcom. Follow along as she wipes out an entire display of Rice-a-Roni in the grocery store with her motorized cart. Or as Amy the responsible pet walker attempts to maneuver the dreaded plastic bag with the use of one arm, all the while struggling with a pup who enjoys making a cat’s cradle out of his leash. Then there’s the first time she helped herself to ice cream and wound up covering herself and the kitchen floor in Dibs. Slowly, through it all, a new life emerges, one stripped bare of pretense and taken-for-granted expectations. An unexpected life. A life Amy never asked for, but a good one in spite of everything. Misadventures of a Happy Heart: A Memoir of Life Beyond Disability is a wake-up call that shows the rest of us how to find the courage to face whatever fate flings our way—and to do it with moxie. It’s a bridge for the 43 million disabled people in the U.S. and their 52 million caregiving family members and friends. It’s for those who are profoundly impacted by disability, as well as for all of us who love to read stories that break stereotypes. Amy shows us how to dig deep to find that we’re capable of so much more, even when life throws a whammy into our plans. She challenges how we see ourselves and others, disabled or not. Amy’s story is fresh and relevant. This is no sappy memoir. Misadventures of a Happy Heart: A Memoir of Life Beyond Disability will have you smiling on page one and laughing by page three. Readers tumble into Amy’s world to find angels in rehab disguised as nurses and physical therapists, and a family not unlike our own—with more flaws and idiosyncrasies than a therapist’s waiting room. After facing the challenges of learning to speak and manage a wheelchair, Amy announces she plans to live independently and write—even though she has severe ataxia and only partial use of one hand. In Misadventures of a Happy Heart: A Memoir of Life Beyond Disability we meet Amy’s less than typical, her in recovery lesbian mother and Frankie, Mom’s pooch who offers the best kind of comfort and much-needed comic relief at every turn. The reader is drawn into a world that is both refreshing and familiar—family angst and hilarity, clueless doctors, endearing strangers, hapless friends and the sweet everyday joys and setbacks that give life its rich texture. Written in short chapters, Misadventures of a Happy Heart: A Memoir of Life Beyond Disability is both educational and entertaining. Amy is brave enough and honest enough to let us in, really in. To show us that we’re not so different after all. Misadventures of a Happy Heart: A Memoir of Life Beyond Disability is so much more than a book about a traumatic event. It’s about a kick-ass life. Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Informal Caregiving: Compassion in Action. Washington, DC: 1998, and National Family Caregivers Association, Random Sample Survey of Family Caregivers, Summer 2000, Unpublished

The Wonder Of It All

Author : Yosemite Conservancy
ISBN : 9781930238701
Genre : Nature
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Since the founding of the National Park Service in 2016, tens of thousands of NPS employees and volunteers have devoted themselves to preserving our public lands, which today number more than 400. Each person’s NPS career is unique, seasoned with daily duties, grand adventures, and everything in between! Yet there is one common element: each person has plenty of material for terrific stories about living and working in America’s most special places. These 100 true stories from current and past NPS employees and volunteers make for an engrossing, funny, and often moving read, with something for everyone. The writers welcome visitors, ride the rails, collar caribou, reenact and make history, and every day face the mystery of wildness—including plenty of bears!—all for America’s public lands. Featuring more than 100 photograph and stories from 80 different parks, monuments, and historic sites, stretching from the coast of Maine to American Samoa, The Wonder of It All is sure to inspire a new generation to cherish the natural and cultural resources that the National Park Service was born to preserve.

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