Searching for the American Dream:How a Sense of Place Shapes the Study of History Glenn Moore
You’re not alone.Hollow words for any tender soul smiling through the day while hiding a deep sense of loneliness.For such a soul - like Dawn Downey - the friendliest encounter is an exercise in alienation. In her essay titled ´´A Traveler´s Tale´´, she describes a stroll through her neighborhood.´´A dust mop of a puppy bounded toward me, her brush tail slicing the air with hello come play and a young woman on the other end of her leash. Straggling behind them was a toddler pushing an umbrella stroller. I knew they lived in the blue house on the corner...in their front yard, a stand of coreopsis whose yellow starbursts surprised me every summer.´´The little girl skipped along in my blind spot, peppering me with questions and her own answers. I fantasized a lifelong friendship between us, taught her to read, gave her sage advice after a teenage spat with her boyfriend.´´I wanted to ask the young woman’s name, but they hurried past, toward their blue house on the corner, dust mop’s yap yap yap fading.´´Through the stories in Searching for My Heart, Downey investigates why she feels left out, returning to themes of alienation, shame, and the self-awareness that leads to love. Downey is a seeker on a quest for closeness. Every step in her search is a homecoming, where she discovers connection begins with herself. An audiobook for anyone with a desire to belong. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dawn Downey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/140761/bk_acx0_140761_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Bible says that God makes all things beautiful in their time, but when we look around today we see a broken and marred world. Our reality is so often the not beautiful that it´s hard to trust that God can make our mess into something good. So how do we live with hope for a future redemption of all things? In Searching for Spring, Christine Hoover takes listeners on a treasure hunt for beauty in both familiar and unexpected places. Framed by the changing seasons, this journey will heighten listeners´ senses and awaken their affections for the creator of it all. For all who are in the midst of suffering, who find their faith withering, who are questioning whether God is at work - or even present - as they wait for something in their lives to become beautiful, this book will be a welcome reminder that God never stops his redemptive work and that there is a time for everything under heaven. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Hoover. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/003426/bk_hove_003426_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Drive follows Teresa Bruce on her 2003 road trip through Mexico and onto the Pan-American Highway, in a rickety camper with her old dog and new husband in tow. Bruce first set off on the exact same route in 1973, her parents at the helm and their two young daughters in tow, as a reaction to the accidental death of their youngest child, Bruce´s brother John John. Her attempt to follow the route, using her mother´s travel journal as an anecdotal guide, is as much about her need for exploration as it is about trying to understand her parents and their pain, and to finally begin to heal her own wounds over the accident. Bruce is immensely talented in bringing scenery of Central and South America to life - countries from Mexico and Guatemala to Bolivia and Argentina are detailed with her innate attention to detail and sense of storytelling. The Drive details a really incredible journey through these beautiful, at times corrupt and war-torn countries, across roads that are as likely to be barricaded by guerrillas or washed out by floods as they are to be passable. The Drive is travel writing at its best, combining moments of deep heartbreak with unimaginable joy over a panoply of unforgettable settings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teresa Bruce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028101/bk_adbl_028101_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Allison Trowbridge harnesses the power of story in a series of letters to an imagined young woman wrestling with the questions that arise as she stands on the precipice of adulthood. The 21st century is a wonderful and complicated time to be a young woman. From access to higher education and advances in gender equality to the innovations of social networks and limitless travel destinations, no 22-year-old woman has ever had more options before her than the college graduate of today. And yet, even with the world at her feet, she often has more questions than answers, more pressures than prospects, and more disenchantment than direction. Stepping into this glaring disconnect, Allison Trowbridge offers Twenty-Two, a series of personal letters that marries true-life experiences and advice with the fictional life of the recipient, Ashley, a young woman looking for mentorship from someone one step ahead in life. The letters are sent every other month over the 44 months of Ash´s college experience and address a wide range of relevant topics while tying in to universal themes such as the value of the journey, identity, social impact as a lifestyle, wisdom in the ordinary moments, and the profound impact of God´s work realized through the way we live every day. Trowbridge subtly weaves in today´s most pressing social issues - from poverty in our neighborhoods to human trafficking across the globe - inspiring a greater sense of mission in both Ash and the listener. Twenty-Two is a book that speaks to millennial women, a generation hungry for bigger life stories yet uncertain about how to get there. But it is not a how-to book for girls coming of age, because a field guide could never capture the complexities of this season. Rather, Twenty-Two is a deeply personal narrative about friendship, heartbreak, and hope that will inspire young women from a wide variety of backgrounds to live fully into their own remarkable journey 1. Language: English. Narrator: Niki Taylor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/000640/bk_tnwd_000640_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.