By Lynn Austin
Lynn Austin Will satisfaction Readers along with her Winsome Heroine
Alice Grace Ripley lives in a dream international, her nostril caught in a publication. yet happily-ever-after existence she's deliberate on unexpectedly falls aside while her boyfriend, Gordon, breaks up along with her, accusing her of dwelling in a global of fiction rather than the true international. Then to most sensible it off, Alice loses her cherished activity on the library as a result of cutbacks end result of the nice Depression.
Fleeing small-town gossip, Alice heads to the mountains of jap Kentucky to convey 5 containers of donated books to the library within the tiny coal-mining village of Acorn. Dropped off by means of her kin, Alice volunteers to stick for 2 weeks to assist the librarian, Leslie McDougal.
But the librarian seems to be some distance diverse than she anticipated--not to say the 4 woman librarians who commute to the distant houses to bring the much-desired books. whereas Alice is trapped in Acorn opposed to her will, she quickly unearths that real-life experience and mystery--and particularly romance--are much better than her humble desires can have imagined.
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In some places, garbage was burned or collected to be tossed over the city walls. ) In Italian cities, piazzas were kept clean, but in the backstreets, refuse simply lay around to be churned to a kind of black muck after rains. Farm animals living inside cities added to the mess, but when cities, with a view to cleanliness, banned their presence inside the walls, things got worse. It turned out that city pigs had been performing a major cleanup service. Occasionally the revival of ancient learning was absorbed, extended, and applied to a real problem, changing people’s conception of the world.
Much of the fighting was done by groups of undisciplined men who fought for hire or for booty. In Italy, they were led by condottieri, freelance commanders who were a law unto themselves. One of the most feared, Bartolomeo Colleoni, still throws a chill into tourists who run across his grim likeness, a huge equestrian statue by Andrea del Verrocchio that stands in a piazza in Venice. If passing troops did not rape, burn, and pillage, they lived off the land, stripping it so thoroughly that military commanders understood an army could never retreat along the same path it had advanced over.
Using Ptolemy’s distances, in addition to observations of another scholar, Pierre d’Ailly, who reasoned that between Spain and the Indies were only 135 degrees of open sea, Columbus cooked his figures to reduce the number of sea or land miles in each degree of longitude. By his reckoning, Japan lay only 2,760 miles from Spain, or roughly a quarter of what it is. Wild for financial backing, he once noted, “The end of Spain and the beginning of India are not far apart . . ” History has derided Spanish experts leery of Columbus’ estimates.