Description : When a drunken party guest lunges at Pete Hodge's wife, Pete does what any devoted husband would do. As he steps forward to defend Emma, he inadvertently trips her assailant, who falls on a tree root and separates his shoulder. Who would guess that this simple act would lead to a lawsuit that challenges the cheerful equanimity Pete tries so desperately to maintain? But it's 2004, and with the presidential election only three days away, even small towns such as Deer Path have become battlegrounds. Pete suspects a neighbor is placing nails in his tires; someone else keeps putting Bush/Cheney signs in front of his office. Emma's antagonist alleges that Pete's behavior was politically motivated and engages the state's premier personal injury firm to pursue his claim. What follows is Pete's commentary on a frenzied world he has done his best to avoid. The novel's cast ranges from Henry Aaron to Warren Zevon; key roles are played by a lawyer named Weevil and a man dressed as a winged monkey. Meanwhile an unnecessary war drags on, eventually creating an even harsher reality for Pete and his friends. The Rumble speaks for those who have Peace Is Patriotic stickers on their bumpers. It shares the concerns of parents who are increasingly anxious about their ability to provide hope for their children. Humorous, acerbic and occasionally profound, The Rumble presents a snapshot of a country struggling to regain its courage and recover its soul.
Description : The 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, staged in the young nation of Zaire and dubbed the Rumble in the Jungle, was arguably the biggest sporting event of the twentieth century. The bout between an ascendant undefeated champ and an outspoken master trying to reclaim the throne was a true multimedia spectacle. A three-day festival of international music—featuring James Brown, Miriam Makeba, and many others—preceded the fight itself, which was viewed by a record-breaking one billion people worldwide. Lewis A. Erenberg’s new book provides a global perspective on this singular match, not only detailing the titular fight but also locating it at the center of the cultural dramas of the day. TheRumble in the Jungle orbits around Ali and Foreman, placing them at the convergence of the American Civil Rights movement and the Great Society, the rise of Islamic and African liberation efforts, and the ongoing quest to cast off the shackles of colonialism. With his far-reaching take on sports, music, marketing, and mass communications, Erenberg shows how one boxing match became nothing less than a turning point in 1970s culture.
Description : The Rumble of a Distant Drum opens in 1673 when Marquette and Jolliet sailed down the Mississippi River and found the Quapaw living in the area where the Arkansas River flowed into the Mississippi. In 1686 Henri de Tonti would found Arkansas Post in this same location. It was the first European settlement in this part of the country, established thirty years before New Orleans and eighty before St. Louis. Morris S. Arnold draws on his many years of archival research and writing on colonial Arkansas to produce this elegant account of the cultural intersections of the French and Spanish with the native American peoples. He demonstrates that the Quapaws and Frenchmen created a highly symbiotic society in which the two disparate peoples became connected in complex and subtle ways—through intermarriage, trade, religious practice, and political/military alliances.
Description : This report provides guidance for the design and application of shoulder and centerline rumble strips as an effective crash reduction measure, while minimizing adverse effects for motorcyclists, bicyclists, and nearby residents. Using the results of previous studies and the research conducted under this project, safety effectiveness estimates were developed for shoulder rumble strips on rural freeways and rural two-lane roads and for centerline rumble strips on rural and urban two-lane roads.
Description : For the courageous Rumble Hunters, the things that go bump in the night don't stand a chance! When James, their fearless leader, hears a curious rumble in the middle of the night, he embarks upon a late-night mission to "hunt that sound." Along the way, he gathers a heroic band to aid in his quest. It's hard to know who or what will be found, but one thing's for sure ƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚"ƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚€ƒƒ‚‚ƒ‚‚" there's fun to be had on this rip-roaring adventure. Allow your imagination to run wild as you come along to help the Rumble Hunters catch this thunderous culprit!
Description : "Sun slanted across the façade of the Junk Barn and Antique Emporium. It high-lighted the details of hundred-year-old pointings and patchings, messy repairs to a patterned frieze of darker brick, and rust-marks from anchor bolts in the carved stone. The yellow light crept along the bricks, changing like time, while the heartless world walked on past. He saw pathos in the sunlight outlining crevices and streaks of soot in the crumbling cornice. The second half of autumn was tragic, its beauty unsustainable. Most human hopes were futile, all work, all dreams destined for some junk barn." Following the free-wheeling disorders of the twentieth century, a quest for origins takes us down a pioneer road in the dark, through the nineteenth-century streets of a small Ontario city, and into the corridors and quadrangles of a 1960s university. At the end of autumn and the start of winter, this is a search for roots and a sense of place, played out in the transition between the old century and the new.