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Fragile Lives

Author : Arlette Farge
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The rich and complex texture of working-class neighborhoods in eighteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in this collage of the experiences of ordinary people--men and women, rich and poor, masters and servants, neighbors and colleagues. Exploring three arenas of conflict and solidarity--the home, the workplace, and the street--Arlette Farge offers the reader an intimate social history, bringing long-dead citizens and vanished social groups back to life with sensitivity and perception.

Fragile Lives

Author : Stephen Westaby
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY PRIZE THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.2 BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE BMA PRESIDENT'S AWARD 2017 An incredible memoir from one of the world's most eminent heart surgeons, recalling some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he's worked on. Grim Reaper sits on the heart surgeon's shoulder. A slip of the hand and life ebbs away. The balance between life and death is so delicate, and the heart surgeon walks that rope between the two. In the operating room there is no time for doubt. It is flesh, blood, rib-retractors and pumping the vital organ with your bare hand to squeeze the life back into it. An off-day can have dire consequences - this job has a steep learning curve, and the cost is measured in human life. Cardiac surgery is not for the faint of heart. Professor Stephen Westaby took chances and pushed the boundaries of heart surgery. He saved hundreds of lives over the course of a thirty-five year career and now, in his astounding memoir, Westaby details some of his most remarkable and poignant cases - such as the baby who had suffered multiple heart attacks by six months old, a woman who lived the nightmare of locked-in syndrome, and a man whose life was powered by a battery for eight years. A powerful, important and incredibly moving book, Fragile Lives offers an exceptional insight into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery, and how it feels to hold someone's life in your hands.

Fragile Lives in Fragile Ecosystems

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Fragile lives in fragile ecosystems: Feeding the world's poor from neglected rice ecosystems was the theme of the 1995 International Rice Research Conference. During the February meeting, participants assessed progress in rice research and identified new research approaches for reducing constraints and improving productivity and sustainability of less favored and fragile rice producing areas - these are the upland, rainfed lowland, and flood-prone ecosystems.

Fragile Lives

Author : Jane A. Adams
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A Rina Martin Mystery When a body is washed up on a beach, it's assumed it must be Edward Parker, who fell from a cliff a couple of weeks before. But it is discovered to be that of Pat Duggan, son of local nightclub owner, Jimmy. Pat had been abducted twice. And, to complicate matters, the missing Edward Parker worked for Jimmy Duggan and disappeared at the same time as Duggan's son. Coincidence? Mac and Rina don't think so . . .

Our Fragile Lives

Author : Marilyn Glenn
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A human drama set in the East Midlands and Cornwall England. It tells the tale of a family and the trials and tribulations that they are faced with. It tells of how a decision made with the very best of intentions isn't always the best decision. It shows us that the benefit of foresight would be a useful gift but regretting in hindsight is a pointless exercise.--- When Tom and Grace Harrison discover that their mentally challenged nubile daughter is pregnant, their world is shattered. Sixteen year old Verity denies having had sexual relations with her boyfriend Paul and begs her parents not to tell him. Her parents remain in the dark regarding the father of Verity's child but with the help of the rest of the family a plan is put into action. The plan will benefit Verity's childless sister June; but at what cost? Lives will be lost, relationships will be tested as secrets and lies threaten to surface at any moment. The fragility of life and fatal actions are a constant theme. Despite the serious subject, the story isn't lacking in humour; ensuring what I believe is an enjoyable read.

Fragile Lives Fragmented Systems

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Open Heart

Author : Stephen Westaby
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In gripping prose, one of the world's leading cardiac surgeons lays bare both the wonder and the horror of a life spent a heartbeat away from death When Stephen Westaby witnessed a patient die on the table during open-heart surgery for the first time, he was struck by the quiet, determined way the surgeons walked away. As he soon understood, this detachment is a crucial survival strategy in a profession where death is only a heartbeat away. In Open Heart, Westaby reflects on over 11,000 surgeries, showing us why the procedures have never become routine and will never be. With astonishing compassion, he recounts harrowing and sometimes hopeful stories from his operating room: we meet a pulseless man who lives with an electric heart pump, an expecting mother who refuses surgery unless the doctors let her pregnancy reach full term, and a baby who gets a heart transplant-only to die once it's in place. For readers of Atul Gawande's Being Mortal and of Henry Marsh's Do No Harm, Open Heart offers a soul-baring account of a life spent in constant confrontation with death.

A Fragile Life

Author : Todd May
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It is perhaps our noblest cause, and certainly one of our oldest: to end suffering. Think of the Buddha, Chuang Tzu, or Marcus Aurelius: stoically composed figures impervious to the torments of the wider world, living their lives in complete serenity—and teaching us how to do the same. After all, isn’t a life free from suffering the ideal? Isn’t it what so many of us seek? Absolutely not, argues Todd May in this provocative but compassionate book. In a moving examination of life and the trials that beset it, he shows that our fragility, our ability to suffer, is actually one of the most important aspects of our humanity. May starts with a simple but hard truth: suffering is inevitable. At the most basic level, we suffer physically—a sprained ankle or a bad back. But we also suffer insults and indifference. We suffer from overburdened schedules and unforeseen circumstances, from moral dilemmas and emotional heartaches. Even just thinking about our own mortality—the fact that we only live one life—can lead us to tremendous suffering. No wonder philosophies such as Buddhism, Taosim, Stoicism, and even Epicureanism—all of which counsel us to rise above these plights—have had appeal over the centuries. May highlights the tremendous value of these philosophies and the ways they can guide us toward better lives, but he also exposes a major drawback to their tenets: such invulnerability is too emotionally disengaged from the world, leading us to place too great a distance between ourselves and our experience. Rather than seeking absolute immunity, he argues most of us just want to hurt less and learn how to embrace and accept what suffering we do endure in a meaningful way. Offering a guide on how to positively engage suffering, May ultimately lays out a new way of thinking about how we exist in the world, one that reassures us that our suffering, rather than a failure of physical or psychological resilience, is a powerful and essential part of life itself.

Fragile Lives Fragmented Systems

Author : Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
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Fragile Lives

Author : Beverley McNamara
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A sensitively observed ethnographic account of the experience of terminal illness and care.

The Other Mother

Author : Kate Hewitt
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You love your best friend. You trust her with your life.

The First Breath

Author : Olivia Gordon
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‘Fascinating and moving.' - Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt A BBC Radio 4 A Good Read choice This is a story about the cutting-edge medicine that has saved a generation of babies. It's about the love and fear a parent feels for a child they haven’t yet met. It's about doctors, mothers, fathers and babies as together they fight for the first breath. The First Breath is a book about motherhood and medicine. Olivia Gordon decided to find out how, exactly, modern science saved her son’s life. Crossing medical memoir with popular science, The First Breath is an investigation into the pioneering fetal and neonatal care bringing a new generation into the world, who would not have lived if they had been born only a few decades ago. The First Breath explores the female experience of medicine and details the relationship mothers develop with doctors who hold not only life and death in their hands, but also the very possibility of birth. From the dawn of fetal medicine to neonatal surgery and the exploding field of perinatal genetics, The First Breath tells of fear, bravery and love. Olivia Gordon takes the reader behind the closed doors of the fetal and neonatal intensive care units, resuscitation rooms and operating theatres at some of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, unveiling the untold story of how doctors save the sickest babies.

This Fragile Life

Author : Charlotte Pierce-Baker
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“Illuminating and brilliant, with poetry and prose, mother and son lay bare the ravages of bipolar disorder and the journey toward growth and understanding. A touching, lyrical memoir.” —Jewell Parker Rhodes, award-winning author, Voodoo Dreams and Douglass’ Women Told in a mother’s own words, this is a moving story of a loving African American family that faces the daily crisis of an unpredictable mental disorder. Charlotte Pierce-Baker and her husband did everything right when raising their son Mark: providing emotional support, the best education possible, and the freedom to choose his own path. At age 25, Mark was pursuing a postgraduate degree in film, living with his fiancée, and seemingly in control of his life, so Pierce-Baker never imagined her high-achieving son would wind up handcuffed, barely clothed, dirty, mad, and in jail. Mark’s bipolar disorder manifested late and included hospitalizations, calls in the night, pleas for money, jail, lawyers, prescriptions, doctors, alcohol and drug relapses, and continuous disputes about how to live—and not live. This autobiography weaves a fascinating story of mental illness, race, family, the drive of African Americans to succeed, and a mother’s love for her son. Charlotte Pierce-Baker is a professor of women’s studies, gender studies, and English at Vanderbilt University and the author of Surviving the Silence. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Complete Works of Saint John of the Goss of the Ordor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 2

Author : Joan de la Creu
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What Fragile Lives We Live

Author : Jordan E Jones
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The Cold War culminated into the unleashing of the weaponized Red Mist virus. After a disaster at a Soviet missile silo caused the virus to spread in the Motherland, Soviet leaders launched the virus all over the planet, leading to the fall of mankind. Kimber Balas is a survivor. She has only known the world after the Red Mist virus turned people into infected maniacs. She has lived nearly two years with the memory of losing her friend, which continues to haunt her in inexplicable ways. As she battles to suppress these memories, she soon finds out that her temporary safe-haven, an old 1800s army post called the Fortress, is just that: temporary. Her desire is to find continued safety for her family; something they have never fully known. Can she keep them safe from the infected? From the elements? From each other?

Strathmore

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Macmillan s Magazine

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Breeding Strategies for Rainfed Lowland Rice in Drought prone Environments

Author : Shu Fukai
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These proceedings present the results of five years collaborative research involving scientists from Australia, Thailand and Lao PDR on the breeding of strategies for rainfed lowland rice in drought-prone environments.

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Insect Lives

Author : Erich Hoyt
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This text seeks to assemble one of the most unusual, dramatic and revealing writings about insects, ranging through history from the Bible to Darwin and Tom Eisner. The text varies from horror film extracts to scientific fact, and each section is introduced and annotated.