Halfway to Heaven

Halfway to Heaven Author Mark Obmascik
ISBN-10 9781416567264
Year 2009-05-12
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Fat, forty-four, father of three sons, and facing a vasectomy, Mark Obmascik would never have guessed that his next move would be up a 14,000-foot mountain. But when his twelve-year-old son gets bitten by the climbing bug at summer camp, Obmascik can't resist the opportunity for some high-altitude father-son bonding by hiking a peak together. After their first joint climb, addled by the thin air, Obmascik decides to keep his head in the clouds and try scaling all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains, known as the Fourteeners -- and to do them in less than one year. The result is Halfway to Heaven, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Obmascik's rollicking, witty, sometimes harrowing, often poignant chronicle of an outrageous midlife adventure that is no walk in the park, although sometimes it's A Walk in the Woods -- but with more sweat and less oxygen. Half a million people try climbing a Colorado Fourteener every year, but only twelve hundred have reported summiting them all. Can an overweight, stay-at-home dad become No. 1,201? With his ebullient personality and sparkling prose, Obmascik brings us inside the quirky, colorful subculture of mountaineering obsessives who summit these mountains year after year. Honoring his concerned wife's orders not to climb alone, Obmascik drags old friends up the slopes, some of them lifelong flatlanders tasting thin air for the first time, and lures seasoned Rockies junkies into taking on a huffing, puffing newbie by bribing them with free beer, lunches, and car washes. Among the new friends he makes are an ex-drag racer trying to perform a headstand on every summit, the lead oboe player in a Hebrew salsa band, and a climber with the counterproductive pre-climb ritual of gulping down four beers and a burrito. Along the way, Obmascik experiences the raw, rowdy, and rarely seen intimacy of male friendship, braced by the double intoxicants of adrenaline and altitude. Though danger is always present -- the Colorado Fourteeners have killed more climbers than Mount Everest -- Mark knows his aging scalp can't afford the hair-raising adventures of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, and his quest becomes a story of family, friendship, and fraternity. In Obmascik's summer of climbing, he loses fifteen pounds, finds a few dozen man-dates, and gains respect for the history of these storied mountains (home to cannibalism, gold rushes, shoot-outs, and one of the nation's most famed religious shrines). As much about midlife and male bonding as it is about mountains, Halfway to Heaven tells how weekend warriors can survive them all as they reach for those most distant things -- the summits of mountains and a teenage son. And as one man exceeds the physical achievements of his youth, he discovers that age -- like summit height -- is just a number.

Halfway to Heaven

Halfway to Heaven Author Susan Wiggs
ISBN-10 9781459294714
Year 2016-01-18
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher MIRA
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Book 3 of the Calhoun Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs. Washington, D.C., 1870s At a glittering White House gala, Abigail Cabot discovers the man of her dreams. Only, he's not interested…yet. So the gifted lady astronomer, whose passion for measuring stars has left her woefully lacking in social graces, seeks someone to educate her…someone who is a master at the art of seduction. Jamie Calhoun's handsome looks and easy charm have made him as popular on the Senate floor as he is with the capital's most attractive women. But secretly he loathes the cynical, manipulative man he's become. Initially, he befriends Abigail as a means to a political end. But somewhere along the way the plan goes awry. First laughter and then love take them completely by surprise in this wildly romantic story. For a man convinced he's incapable of love and a woman who believes she can reach the stars, could this be a match made in heaven? A historical romance.

Halfway to Heaven

Halfway to Heaven Author Rupert Hart-Davis
ISBN-10 UOM:39015041244180
Year 1998
Pages 163
Language en
Publisher Sutton Pub Limited
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In this volume, Rupert Hart-Davies recalls the last 50 years of his life, the many actors and writers he knew, among them Peggy Ashcroft (his first wife), Joyce Grenfell, Arthur Ransome, Alistair Cooke and T.S. Eliot. He recounts the post-war establishment of his publishing company, Rupert Hart-Davies Ltd, his great friendship with Siegfried Sassoon, whose letters and diaries he later edited.

Halfway to Heaven

Halfway to Heaven Author Peter Ling
ISBN-10 1857970764
Year 1994
Pages 592
Language en
Publisher Orion Publishing Company
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Saga of two South London families set between the wars and focusing on the few square miles of London near Crystal Palace.

The Calhoun Chronicles Bundle

The Calhoun Chronicles Bundle Author Susan Wiggs
ISBN-10 9781426804946
Year 2007-08-01
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher MIRA
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The Calhoun Chronicles Bundle by Susan Wiggs,Susan Wiggs,Susan Wiggs released on Aug 1, 2007 is available now for purchase.

Halfway Heaven

Halfway Heaven Author Melanie Thernstrom
ISBN-10 1860495567
Year 1997
Pages 219
Language en
Publisher Virago Press
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At Harvard University in 1995 an Ethiopian student, Sinedu Tadesse, stabbed her Vietnamese room-mate 45 times before hanging herself. Melanie Thernstrom investigated the story for The New Yorker, but the Harvard authorities declined to co-operate. She discovered that the victim, who was sociable and popular, had just before her death asked to be roomed with a different student for her final year. Tadesse, in common with most Ethiopians, was extremely reserved by western standards and had become increasingly troubled by depression and personality problems.

All the Way to Heaven

All the Way to Heaven Author Becky Doughty
ISBN-10 9781634221498
Year 2016-12-01
Pages
Language en
Publisher Clean Teen Publishing
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Anica Tomlin, business major, has just learned that the man she's been planning her future around, her Global Finance professor, already has a beautiful wife and family. Ani cashes in her graduation gift to herself a little early—a trip to Tuscany—but from the moment she boards the wrong train in Pisa, her plans for solitude and self-indulgence begin to unravel around her. When a bicycle accident thrusts Ani into the skilled hands of the dashing Dr. Cosimo Lazzaro, she reluctantly accepts his invitation to recover in his family's country villa, perched on a hilltop surrounded by the Lazzaro olive groves. But it's been a black year for olive growers all over Italy, and generations of tradition are being put to the test like never before. Ani is swept up in the drama of life in Tuscany, the convergence of old and new, and the passions that drive people to pursue the desires of their hearts. Just as Ani begins to get her feet under her again, an unexpected turn of events leaves her doubting the very existence of happily-ever-after, unless she can learn to trust the desires of her own heart. Although All the Way to Heaven is a stand-alone novel, it is the first book in The Fallout Series, a collection of sweet contemporary romances that follow characters featured in the first book.

The Iron Sherpa

The Iron Sherpa Author Terry Martin
ISBN-10 9781900622103
Year 2006
Pages 367
Language en
Publisher The Iron Sherpa by T. Martin
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Terry Martin, the author of 'Halfway to Heaven: Darjeeling and its Remarkable Railway', once again takes a look at the history of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.