The Detective in the Dooryard Book

The Detective in the Dooryard

  • Author : Timothy A. Cotton
  • Publisher : Down East Books
  • Date : 2020-07-09
  • Category : Humor
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781608937431

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Tim Cotton has been a police officer for more than thirty years. The writer in him has always been drawn to the stories of the people he has met along the way. Dealing with the standard issue ne’er-do-wells as a patrol officer, homicide detective, polygraph examiner, and later as the lieutenant in charge of the criminal investigation division certainly provides an interesting backdrop—but more often he writes about the regular folks he encounters, people who need his help, or those who just want to share a joke or even a sad story. The Detective in the Dooryard is composed of stories about the people, places, and things of Maine. There are sad stories, big events, and even the very mundane, all told from the perspective of a seasoned police office and in the wry voice of a lifelong Mainer. Many of the stories will leave you chuckling, some will invariably bring tears to your eyes, but all will leave you with a profound sense of hope and positivity.

Got Warrants  Book

Got Warrants

  • Author : Timothy A. Cotton
  • Publisher : Down East Books
  • Date : 2021-10-01
  • Category : Humor
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 9781608937691

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For the hundreds of thousands of followers of the Bangor, Maine, Police Department on social media, the "Got Warrants?" feature brings a regular dose of levity. Pulled straight from daily reports, these short interludes provide a welcome spin on the standard police log. Collected here is a fresh batch of all-true police-related hijinks. Poking fun at human nature and turning ne'er-do-wells into sages of silliness, Got Warrants? reminds us all to step back, take a deep breath, and try not to take things so seriously.

A Cowboy Detective Book

A Cowboy Detective

  • Author : Charles A. Siringo
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Date : 1988-01-01
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 556
  • ISBN : 0803291892

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After years of cowboying, Charles A. Siringo had settled down to store-keeping in Caldwell, Kansas, when a blind phrenologist, traveling through, took the measure of his "mule head" and told him that he was "cut out" for detective work. Thereupon, Siringo joined the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in 1886. A Cowboy Detective chronicles his twenty-two years as an undercover operative in wilder parts of the West, where he rode with the lawless, using more stratagems and guises than Sherlock Holmes to bring them to justice and escaping violent death more often than Dick Tracy. He survived the labor riots at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in 1892 (his testimony helped convict eighteen union leaders), hounded moonshiners in the Appalachians, and chased Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch. Once described as "a small wiry man, cold and steady as a rock" and "born without fear," Charlie Siringo became a favorite of high-ups in the Pinkerton organization. Nevertheless, the Pinkertons, ever sensitive to criticism, went to court to block publication of Siringo's book. Frank Morn, in his introduction to this Bison Books edition, discusses the changes that resulted from two years of litigation. Finally published in 1912 without Pinkerton in the title or the text, A Cowboy Detective has Siringo working for the "Dickensen Detective Agency" and meeting up with the likes of "Tim Corn," whom every western buff will recognize. The deeper truth of Siringo's book remains. As J. Frank Dobie wrote, "His cowboys and gunmen were not of Hollywood and folklore. He was an honest reporter.

About My Mother Book
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About My Mother

  • Author : Peggy Rowe
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Date : 2018-11-13
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9781948677172

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A Message from Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs Guy: Just to be clear, About My Mother is a book about my grandmother, written by my mother. That’s not to say it’s not about my mother—it is. In fact, About My Mother is as much about my mother as it is about my grandmother. In that sense, it’s really a book about “mothers.” …It is not, however, a book written by me. True, I did write the foreword. But it doesn’t mean I’ve written a book about my mother. I haven’t. Nor does it mean my mother’s book is about her son. It isn’t. It’s about my grandmother. And my mother. Just to be clear.—Mike A love letter to mothers everywhere, About My Mother will make you laugh and cry—and see yourself in its reflection. Peggy Rowe’s story of growing up as the daughter of Thelma Knobel is filled with warmth and humor. But Thelma could be your mother—there’s a Thelma in everyone’s life. Shes the person taking charge—the one who knows instinctively how things should be. Today Thelma would be described as an alpha personality, but while growing up, her daughter Peggy saw her as a dictator—albeit a benevolent, loving one. They clashed from the beginning—Peggy, the horse-crazy tomboy, and Thelma, the genteel-yet-still-controlling mother, committed to raising two refined, ladylike daughters. Good luck. When major league baseball came to town in the early 1950s and turned sophisticated Thelma into a crazed Baltimore Orioles groupie, nobody was more surprised and embarrassed than Peggy. Life became a series of compromises—Thelma tolerating a daughter who pitched manure and galloped the countryside, while Peggy learned to tolerate the whacky Orioles fan who threw her underwear at the television, shouted insults at umpires, and lived by the orange-and-black schedule taped to the refrigerator door. Sometimes, we’re more alike than we know. And in case you’re wondering, Peggy knows a thing or two about dirty jobs herself…

Riveted  The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh  Movies Make Us Cry  and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe Book
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Riveted The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh Movies Make Us Cry and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

  • Author : Jim Davies
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Date : 2014-08-05
  • Category : Psychology
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781137438140

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Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? Why do some religions catch on and others fade away? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? Why do some people keep watching the news even though it makes them anxious? The past 20 years have seen a remarkable flourishing of scientific research into exactly these kinds of questions. Professor Jim Davies' fascinating and highly accessible book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling, from art to religion and from sports to superstition. Compelling things fit our minds like keys in the ignition, turning us on and keeping us running, and yet we are often unaware of what makes these "keys" fit. What we like and don't like is almost always determined by subconscious forces, and when we try to consciously predict our own preferences we're often wrong. In one study of speed dating, people were asked what kinds of partners they found attractive. When the results came back, the participants' answers before the exercise had no correlation with who they actually found attractive in person! We are beginning to understand just how much the brain makes our decisions for us: we are rewarded with a rush of pleasure when we detect patterns, as the brain thinks we've discovered something significant; the mind urges us to linger on the news channel or rubberneck an accident in case it might pick up important survival information; it even pushes us to pick up People magazine in order to find out about changes in the social structure.Drawing on work from philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, psychology, economics, computer science, and biology, Davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, they have similar effects on our minds and brains.

Mr  Lincoln Goes to War Book
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Mr Lincoln Goes to War

  • Author : William Marvel
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Date : 2006-05-10
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9780547561738

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An account of how America’s greatest crisis began, by “the Civil War’s master historical detective” (Stephen W. Sears, author of Chancellorsville). This groundbreaking book investigates the mystery of how the Civil War began, reconsidering the big question: Was it inevitable? The award-winning author of Andersonville and Lincoln’s Autocrat vividly recreates President Abraham Lincoln’s first year in office, from his inauguration through the rising crisis of secession and the first several months of the war. Drawing on original sources and examining previously overlooked factors, he leads the reader inexorably to the conclusion that Lincoln not only missed opportunities to avoid war but actually fanned the flames—and often acted unconstitutionally in prosecuting the war once it had begun. With a keen eye for the telling detail, on the battlefield as well as in the White House, this is revisionist history at its best, not sparing anyone, even Abraham Lincoln. “A brilliant narrative that reveals the possibilities of the past that were squandered by historical figures who seem so unassailable and godlike to us today.” —Peter S. Carmichael, author of The Last Generation “The most provocative account of events in 1861 in a generation. Readers who think they understand the Civil War’s first year and the roles played by Abraham Lincoln, Nathanial Lyon, Charles Stone, and a host of others should brace themselves for a bold new perspective.” —A. Wilson Greene, author of Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion

The New Saturday Night at Moody s Diner Book

The New Saturday Night at Moody s Diner

  • Author : Tim Sample
  • Publisher : Down East Books
  • Date : 1996-01-01
  • Category : Humor
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 9781461741763

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Tim Sample's humor is as much a Down East institution as the famous little restaurant that inspired the title story of his book.

About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known Book
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About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known

  • Author : Peggy Rowe
  • Publisher : Forefront Books
  • Date : 2020-04-14
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781948677448

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Peggy Rowe is at it again—this time giving a hilarious inside look at growing up Rowe, both before and after Mike’s rise to fame. Since the day they said, “I do,” Peggy’s previous “doting” lifestyle met with her husband John’s minimalist ways and became the backdrop for years of adventure and a quirky sense of humor because of their differences. From thoughts of wearing headlamps in the house to save energy, to squeezing out the last drop of toothpaste with a workbench vise, Peggy learned to pick her battles and celebrate the hilarity in each situation. Once their boys were born, woodstove mishaps and garbage dumping tales were the seed for Mike’s obsession with doing dirty jobs and the comical presence he is known for today. As Mike rose to fame, Peggy was his biggest fan—who gave motherly advice and constructive criticism, of course. She baked cookies for Mike to take to Joan Rivers for a Christmas party hostess gift, and even wrote fan letters under faux names and mailed them from different cities to Mike’s producer. By the time Mike hits it big, Peggy and John retire to face more adventures, with a lightning strike in their condo, an elderly friend who ate marijuana leaves, and entering into celebrity status by making Viva paper towel and Lee jeans commercials, plus so much more. Peggy’s stories relive the details that intrigue and entertain old and new fans alike. So if you want a bigger, even funnier take on the Rowe family, About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known delivers.

Bad Little Falls Book
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Bad Little Falls

  • Author : Paul Doiron
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Date : 2012-08-07
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781250010919

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Anthony- and Edgar-award nominated author Paul Doiron delivers another "masterpiece of high-octane narrative" (Booklist) with his newest harrowing thriller about the hunt for a murderer at the height of a major snowstorm Maine game warden Mike Bowditch has been sent into exile, transferred by his superiors to a remote outpost on the Canadian border. When a blizzard descends on the coast, Bowditch is called to the rustic cabin of a terrified couple. A raving and half-frozen man has appeared at their door, claiming his friend is lost in the storm. But what starts as a rescue mission in the wilderness soon becomes a baffling murder investigation. The dead man is a notorious drug dealer, and state police detectives suspect it was his own friend who killed him. Bowditch isn't so sure, but his vow not to interfere in the case is tested when he finds himself powerfully attracted to a beautiful woman with a dark past and a troubled young son. The boy seems to know something about what really happened in the blizzard, but he is keeping his secrets locked in a cryptic notebook, and Mike fears for the safety of the strange child. Meanwhile, an anonymous tormentor has decided to make the new warden's life a living hell. Alone and outgunned, Bowditch turns for assistance to his old friend, the legendary bush pilot Charley Stevens. But in this snowbound landscape—where smugglers wage blood feuds by night—help seems very far away indeed. If Bowditch is going to catch a killer, he must survive on his own wits and discover strength he never knew he possessed.

The Truth of the Matter Book
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The Truth of the Matter

  • Author : John Lutz
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Date : 2014-04-22
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN : 9781480485044

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A con man takes to the road with a blond drifter, trying to stay one step ahead of a vengeful killer in this chilling thriller from New York Times–bestselling author John Lutz Lou Roebuck couldn’t tell the truth if his life depended on it. If he could, he might not have lost his job and his wife, or ended up driving over his old nemesis, Ingrahm, in his Thunderbird. Now Roebuck’s a thief and a murderer on the run with nobody to listen to his tall tales but Ellie, a pretty blonde who’s looking for excitement. They’ll have to keep moving, though, because not only are the cops dangerously close behind, but Ingrahm’s cold killer friend, Gipp, is coming after them as well. Roebuck’s going to have to do some pretty fast talking if he and Ellie want to keep breathing. And if he can’t lie his way out of this one, he’s going to find himself lying in an early grave. A true master of suspense, John Lutz dazzles with a breakneck thriller that has more twists and turns than a winding country road. The Truth of the Matter is a bravura display of Lutz’s justifiably acclaimed storytelling prowess.

The Last Resort Book
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The Last Resort

  • Author : Norma Watkins
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Date : 2011-05-09
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1604739789

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Raised under the racial segregation that kept her family's southern country hotel afloat, Norma Watkins grows up listening at doors, trying to penetrate the secrets and silences of the black help and of her parents' marriage. Groomed to be an ornament to white patriarchy, she sees herself failing at the ideal of becoming a southern lady. The Last Resort, her compelling memoir, begins in childhood at Allison's Wells, a popular Mississippi spa for proper white people, run by her aunt. Life at the rambling hotel seems like paradise. Yet young Norma wonders at a caste system that has colored people cooking every meal while forbidding their sitting with whites to eat. Once integration is court-mandated, her beloved father becomes a stalwart captain in defense of Jim Crow as a counselor to fiery, segregationist Governor Ross Barnett. His daughter flounders, looking for escape. A fine house, wonderful children, and a successful husband do not compensate for the shock of Mississippi's brutal response to change, daily made manifest by the men in her home. A sexually bleak marriage only emphasizes a growing emotional emptiness. When a civil rights lawyer offers love and escape, does a good southern lady dare leave her home state and closed society behind? With humor and heartbreak, The Last Resort conveys at once the idyllic charm and the impossible compromises of a lost way of life.

Indulgence in Death Book
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Indulgence in Death

  • Author : J. D. Robb
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Date : 2010-11-02
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9781101445013

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NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas must discover who’s preying on those who cater to the rich and famous in this thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series. When a murder disrupts the Irish vacation she is taking with her husband, Roarke, Eve realizes that no place is safe—not an Irish wood or the streets of the manic city she calls home. But nothing prepares her for what she discovers upon her return to the cop shop in New York... A limo driver is shot through the neck with a crossbow. Then a high-priced escort is found stabbed through the heart with a bayonet. Eve begins to fear that she has come across that most dangerous of criminal, a thrill-killer, but one with a taste for the finer things in life—and death. As time runs out on another innocent victim’s life, Eve’s investigation will take her into the rarified circle that her husband Roarke travels in—and into the perverted heart of madness...

Mary Tudor Book

Mary Tudor

  • Author : Victor Hugo
  • Publisher : Jazzybee Verlag
  • Date :
  • Category : Drama
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN : 9783849651138

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'Mary Tudor' is a drama by Victor Hugo. The French writer finished it in 1833. The historical work portrays the rise, fall and execution of Fabiano Fabiani, a fictional favourite of Mary I. of England. The Queen has Fabiani thrown in the tower until his death penalty and is unable to save him, although she thinks twice later.

Trapline Chatter Book

Trapline Chatter

  • Author : Nancy Becker
  • Publisher : Publication Consultants
  • Date : 2020-04-15
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781594339417

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A story of love, loss, family and discovery — a story of life on a trapline in the Far North. “Bob Harte was well-known to those of us in the trapping community long before he became an international celebrity as a star of the Last Alaskans TV program. Bob was born to live a remote lifestyle and found his slice of heaven in the remote region of northeast Alaska. Nancy's book offers a perspective on their life together in the wilderness. Readers will gain a new understanding of what it's like to live in one of the most isolated places on earth. The lifestyle is simple and challenging, but very rewarding.” — Randy Zarnke – President of the Alaska Trappers Association

And One to Grow On Book

And One to Grow On

  • Author : John Gould
  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Date : 2018-12-01
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN : 9781789124804

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Another in John Gould’s Maine series, And One to Grow On: Recollections of a Maine Boyhood, originally published in 1948, is a wonderful collection of anecdotes from the author’s very own boyhood in his hometown—where the mailman was a spiritualist, the harbor master rated a Navy celebration, a circus went bankrupt, and practical jokers were well loved. The maybasketing, the church suppers, the picnics, fishing, are all vividly remembered... There is the story of Sophie whose death proved that rouge did not cover a birthmark... The town drunk who was a successful farmer as well as husband and father... The doctor who was a permanent guest at all school graduations since he had delivered all the children... And there is the tale of Gould’s own dairy chores that included a cow who would not let down and thereby caused a problem with his schooling. On and on these homely, funny stories of a childhood go, conveying in colorful detail just how much fun author John Gould had, growing up, living, and writing in Maine.