Topsy

Topsy

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  • Author: Michael Daly
  • Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • ISBN: 0802194575
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 403

The true story of a nineteenth-century elephant caught between warring circuses and battling scientists, from the author of The Book of Mychal. In 1903, on Coney Island, an elephant named Topsy was electrocuted. Many historical forces conspired to bring her, Thomas Edison, and those 6,600 volts of alternating current together that day. Tracing them all in Topsy, journalist Michael Daly weaves together a fascinating popular history, the first book to tell this astonishing tale. At the turn of the century, circuses in America were at their apex with P. T. Barnum and Adam Forepaugh competing in a War of the Elephants. Their quest for younger, bigger, or more “sacred” pachyderms brought Topsy to America. Fraudulently billed as the first native-born elephant, Topsy was immediately caught between the disputing circuses as well as the War of the Currents, in which Edison and George Westinghouse (and Nikola Tesla) battled over the superiority of alternating versus direct current. Rich in period Americana, and full of circus tidbits and larger than life characters, Topsy is a touching and entertaining read. “A rollicking pachydermal tale . . . A summer escape.” —The New York Times “A nineteenth-century reality show that boggles the mind as the pages fly by with events that have you laughing out loud one moment and gasping in disbelief the next.” —Tom Brokaw “I’ve always respected Michael Daly as a great New York writer . . . He humanizes and speaks for those animals who cannot speak. He touches the hearts of those of us who are not animal activists.” —James McBride “A skillfully told and admirably researched reminder of a time not as long ago as we’d like to think.” —The Wall Street Journal


Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

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  • Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Publisher:
  • ISBN:
  • Category : African Americans
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 342


Topsy

Topsy

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  • Author: Marie Bonaparte
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781412840118
  • Category : Psychology
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 186

Topsy is a psychoanalytic tale of the effects of a dog on its owner; the analyst is thegreat Marie Bonaparte. Only after being told that her dog had cancer did she realie theattachment she developed to Topsy. She describes the emotions she experienced during the time ofTopsy's illness and subsequent healing. Written in France and Greece at the onset of World WarII, the story of Topsy's cancer clearly is intended to convey the ills of Europe at that time. Bonaparte's relationship with her dog reveals her own fearsabout aging, dying, being alone, as well as the uncertainty of the political situation. As shetells her story, Bonaparte is reminded of the experience of her father, who also suffered fromcancer. Topsy, while not written as a scientific study, provides insight into thepsychoanalytical effects of relationships between humans and animals. It tells us much about oneof psychotherapy's founding personages as well as the members of her professional circle in acritical period of European history. In the newintroduction, Gary Genosko reflects on Sigmund Freud's own affection for, and use of, dogs inhis analyses. He goes on to describe the relationship between Freud and Bonaparte and how dogsplayed a significant part in that companionship. Topsy will be of interest to psychologists,psychiatrists, and those who love, and have been loved by dogs. Marie Bonaparte(1882-1962) was a renowned French psychoanalyst whose best-known book was APsychoanalytic Study of Edgar Allen Poe. She also translated many of Freud'sbooks into French. GaryGenosko is a researcher affiliated with the McLuhan Program in Culture andTechnology at the University of Toronto in Canada, and the department of Sociology, Goldsmith'sCollege, University of London, England.


The Topsy-Turvy Bus

The Topsy-Turvy Bus

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  • Author: Anita Fitch Pazner
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing ®
  • ISBN: 172845199X
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 32

Reuse, recycle, renew, and rethink! Climb aboard the Topsy-Turvy Bus with Maddy and Jake as it travels around the country teaching communities the importance of taking care of the earth and creating a better, cleaner, healthier world. Based on a real Topsy-Turvy Bus created by Hazon, the largest Jewish environmental organization in North America.


A Topsy-turvy Tale

A Topsy-turvy Tale

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  • Author: Pat Jamieson
  • Publisher:
  • ISBN: 9780307118509
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 28

A sailing car, flying children, and talking cows are all part of a very topsy-turvy world.


Topsy-Turvy

Topsy-Turvy

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  • Author: Anya Jabour
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1566636329
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 273

This book brings into sharp relief the way in which gender, race, slavery, and status shaped the lives of children in the American South before, during, and after the Civil War. She argues that the identities children developed in the antebellum era shaped their responses to the upheavals of the war years and their lives after the war's conclusion.


Bimbo and Topsy

Bimbo and Topsy

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  • Author: Enid Blyton
  • Publisher:
  • ISBN: 9781841356679
  • Category : Pets
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 157

Enchanting and humorous tales for young readers, from the time-old favourite, Enid Blyton.


The Tale of Topsy Rabbit

The Tale of Topsy Rabbit

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  • Author: Natasha Potz
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 149902620X
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 37

All in all, it meant something else, which meant more to Topsy than anything else! It meant that he didn't lie to his mother after all, and that made him happier even still. Topsy then promised to himself that he would never lie to his mothernot even in a dream! He smiled a happy, relieved smile to himself, then closed his eyes and went back to sleep. This time, there were no bad dreams to torment and chase him.


Topsy-turvy 1585

Topsy-turvy 1585

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  • Author: Robin D. Gill
  • Publisher: Paraverse Press
  • ISBN: 0974261815
  • Category : Social Science
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 740

In 1585, Luis Frois, a 53 year old Jesuit who spent all of his adult life in Japan listed 611(!) ways Europeans and Japanese were contrary (completely opposite) to one another. Robin D. Gill, a 53 year old writer who spent most of his adulthood in Japan, translates these topsy-turvy claims - we sniff the top of our melons to see if they are ripe / they sniff the bottom of theirs (10% of the book), examines their validity (20% of the book), and plays with them (70% of the book). Readers with the intellectual horsepower to enjoy ideas will be grateful for pages discussing things like the significance of black and white clothing or large eyes vs. small ones, while others with a ken to collect quirky facts will be delighted to find, say, that the women in Kyoto were known to urinate standing up, or Japanese horses had their stale gathered by long-handled ladles, etc., and serious students of history and comparative culture will gain a better understanding of the nature of radical difference (exotic, by definition) and its relationship with the farsighted policy of accommodation pioneered by Valignano in the Far East.


A Topsy-Turvy Christmas

A Topsy-Turvy Christmas

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  • Author: Elizabeth F. Guptill
  • Publisher: Good Press
  • ISBN:
  • Category : Fiction
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 39

A Topsy-Turvy Christmas by Elizabeth F. Guptill is a heartwarming and whimsical tale of a magical Christmas adventure, where everything is turned upside down. The story follows a group of children as they navigate this topsy-turvy world, encountering delightful surprises and unexpected challenges along the way. This charming and imaginative tale is sure to become a holiday favorite for young readers.