Description: Anne Perry’s new Christmas novel is an irresistible tale of love, betrayal, greed, murder, and selfless devotion. For the first time, Perry’s annual yuletide offering is set in New York City—a sparkling young metropolis bursting with life, promise, and subtle menace.
The year is 1904. Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt, head of Britain’s Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic. She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding—a grand affair that will join together two fabulously wealthy families, titans of the international financial world.
But Jemima senses a mysterious shadow darkening the occasion. Missing from the festivities is Delphinia’s mother, Maria, who is marked by disgrace. Nearly sixteen years ago, Maria abandoned young Delphinia and disappeared—and now the Albrights refuse to mention her name. But when Harley, the groom’s charismatic brother, asks Jemima to help him search for Maria and forestall the scandal that would surely follow if the prodigal parent turned up at the wedding, she agrees to assist him.
From Hell’s Kitchen to Fifth Avenue, the Lower East Side to Central Park, Jemima trudges through strange, snowy streets, asking questions but getting few answers—and never suspecting that she is walking into mortal danger, from which not even a handsome young police officer named Patrick Flannery may be able to protect her.
Once more, Anne Perry delivers a suspenseful, deeply moving novel that captures the essence of the holiday spirit.
Description: London’s wiliest detectives, Arthur Bryant and John May, are back on the case in this fiendishly clever new mystery. And when a cemetery becomes the scene of a crime, neither secrets—nor bodies—stay buried.
Romain Curtis sneaks into St. George’s Gardens one evening with his date, planning to show her the stars. A centuries-old burial ground, the small, quiet park is the perfect place to be alone. Yet the night takes a chilling turn when the two teenagers spy a strange figure rising from among the tombstones: a corpse emerging from the grave. Suffice it to say that wherever there’s a dead man walking, Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit are never far behind.
As the PCU investigates the sighting, a second urgent matter requires their unusual brand of problem-solving. Seven ravens have gone missing from their historic home in the Tower of London, and legend has it that when the ravens disappear, England will fall. Bryant has been tasked with recovering the lost birds, but when Romain is suddenly found dead, the two seemingly separate mysteries start to intertwine and point to a plot more sinister than anyone could ever imagine.
Soon Bryant and May find themselves immersed in London’s darkest lore, from Victorian-era body snatchers, to arcane black magic, to the grisly myth behind Bleeding Heart Yard, a courtyard long associated with murder. And as the body count spikes and more coffins are unearthed, they will have to dig deep to catch a killer and finally lay these cases to rest.
Darkly funny and fast-paced, Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart is a brilliantly twisting puzzle, conjured from the inventive mind of Christopher Fowler.
Description: Laurie R. King’s New York Times bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are critically acclaimed and beloved by readers for the author’s adept interplay of history and adventure. Now the intrepid duo is finally trying to take a little time for themselves—only to be swept up in a baffling case that will lead them from the idyllic panoramas of Japan to the depths of Oxford’s most revered institution.
After a lengthy case that had the couple traipsing all over India, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are on their way to California to deal with some family business that Russell has been neglecting for far too long. Along the way, they plan to break up the long voyage with a sojourn in southern Japan. The cruising steamer Thomas Carlyle is leaving Bombay, bound for Kobe. Though they’re not the vacationing types, Russell is looking forward to a change of focus—not to mention a chance to travel to a location Holmes has not visited before. The idea of the pair being on equal footing is enticing to a woman who often must race to catch up with her older, highly skilled husband.
Aboard the ship, intrigue stirs almost immediately. Holmes recognizes the famous clubman the Earl of Darley, whom he suspects of being an occasional blackmailer: not an unlikely career choice for a man richer in social connections than in pounds sterling. And then there’s the lithe, surprisingly fluent young Japanese woman who befriends Russell and quotes haiku. She agrees to tutor the couple in Japanese language and customs, but Russell can’t shake the feeling that Haruki Sato is not who she claims to be.
Once in Japan, Russell’s suspicions are confirmed in a most surprising way. From the glorious city of Tokyo to the cavernous library at Oxford, Russell and Holmes race to solve a mystery involving international extortion, espionage, and the shocking secrets that, if revealed, could spark revolution—and topple an empire.
Description: New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy begins a sexy new contemporary romance series—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase—that introduces three sisters born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, destined to make waves.
I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.
Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.
One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.
Description: A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
Description: Kate Hennessey has arrived with colleagues in January, 1991 to take part in Leningrad’s Second International Documentary Festival. The USSR is in severe economic and political crisis. Crime is rampant, shelves are bare. Kate stumbles into an “illegal meeting” of women and audiotapes their descriptions of the harshness of their lives as well as their criticisms of current leaders. There, Sveta, age 17, confides to her that she is afraid she will be killed. Kate offers to help, and is swept up in a series of frightening events, beginning with Kate’s and Sveta’s abduction by Kolya, a drunken cab driver, to a cemetery on the outskirts of Leningrad. Kate is robbed of earrings her lover Gilly has given her, then left to die in the bitter cold. She makes it to a nearby inn, believing that Sveta also escaped. Was the abduction random, part of the escalating crime wave? Was it meant for Sveta who feared for her life? Or was Kate herself the target? She might be under scrutiny, Kate decides, because when she first arrived, she inadvertently videotaped an officer with a scarred face talking with a baby-faced civilian in the hotel bar. Since then a red-haired soldier—one of the many soldiers roaming the hotel—seems to be following her. Her guide book warns, No pictures allowed of the military. Kate’s more worried about the fight that she and Gilly had just before she left the U.S., and she throws herself into gathering more footage, her “Messages from Leningrad” for her NYC course in guerrilla filmmaking. As rumors circulate of an impending coup, Kate discovers that Sveta is missing and tapes a video interview of Sveta’s lover, 17-year-old Nadya, who has been raped by the police because she is rozovaya, gay. Kate learns to her horror when she and Nadya visit the Kafé Dusha (Café Soul), a dairy bar where gay women socialize, that Sveta may be incarcerated in a Psychiatric Clinic for the Cure (drugs and shock therapy). Or she may be dead. An attack against Kate as she shops along the Nevsky Prospect, and a devastating fire at her hotel make her understand that someone wants her to kill her. Her videos taped to her body, she flees Leningrad, pursued by a scar-faced KGB officer and the local police who have found Sveta’s frozen body in the cemetery. Back home in NYC, Kate finds the danger overseas has come straight to her doorstep, and that nothing is what it seems.
“When in Russia, do as the Russians do. This means don’t take pictures of the military or try to help women having problems with the authorities. Kate, the heroine of this intriguing and atmospheric novel set in Leningrad in 1991, is an American filmmaker who calls attention to herself by inadvertently violating these strictures. Kate nearly becomes a murder victim when she and an acquaintance climb into a taxi driven by a drunken gangster. Then someone goes through her belongings. The KGB seems to be trailing her wherever she goes in Leningrad. Although she imagines her life will return to normal back in America, Kate is startled to realize that someone out there has followed her from Russia to NYC and still wants her dead. In this fast-moving, very readable thriller the authors have effectively captured the Russian atmosphere which, despite perestroika and glasnost, is as murky and menacing as ever— and in which the KGB continues to remain in total control.”— Albert Ashforth, The Rendition
“Gutsy Kate Hennessey is filming a documentary that targets the harsh choices faced by women in Russia. But killers soon target Kate, and each harrowing escape draws her deeper into the nested plots that threaten. Readers will cheer as she and her Russian friends struggle through the political chaos of Russia—and America—in 1991.” —PM Carlson, Murder in the Dog Days
“A chilling thriller, if there ever was one. It begins with a terrifying, icy chase through a dark, snow-packed cemetery in the brutal cold, and the excitement ratchets up from there. Read this book.”— Theasa Tuohy, The Five O’Clock Follies
“What a page-turner! The story is thrilling as it unfolds . . . The portrayal of women of strength is important, as is the reminder that we must never take our rights for granted, that without vigilance they may be lost.” —Sara Burneson, Educator
“With a heart-pounding opening and ending, every page of this beautifully written and soulful thriller will keep you rooting for Kate . . .” Shahrzad Elghanayan, author, upcoming family memoir
Description: When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews—young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.
Description: "A bold feat of imagination . . . . Intriguing and moving: a fictional recovery of the woman’s interior experience . . . and a powerful meditation upon the nature of creativity. Both an arresting interpretation of George Eliot’s work and a compelling fiction in its own right." —Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch
In an astonishing unsent love letter, a 19th-century Englishwoman looks back at her formative years, when she fell in love with one man but married another—the richest bidder—to save her family
Gwendolen Harleth, an exceptionally beautiful upper-class Englishwoman, is gambling boldly at a resort when she catches the eye of a handsome, pensive gentleman. His gaze unnerves her, and she loses her winnings. The next day, she learns that her widowed mother and younger sisters, for whom she is financially responsible, have lost their family’s fortune. As a young woman in the 1860s with only her looks to serve her, Gwendolen’s options are few, so when Henleigh Grandcourt, a wealthy aristocrat, proposes to her, she accepts, despite her discovery of an alarming secret about his past.
During their marriage, Grandcourt is psychologically and physically brutal to her, shattering her confidence. Gwendolen begins to encounter the alluring gentleman from the resort—Daniel Deronda—in her social circles, but Grandcourt, cold and calculating, takes pains to isolate her from everything she loves. Gwendolen’s desperation nearly overcomes her, until an unexpected turn of events suddenly liberates her from Grandcourt’s tyranny and leaves her financially independent. Newly free, but riddled with insecurity and desire, Gwendolen must take painful steps to shape a life that has not gone according to plan.
Gwendolen and her world, originally creations of George Eliot, are inhabited and brought to sympathetic and nuanced life in this irresistible debut novel by Diana Souhami, an award-winning British biographer.
Description: “I have not laughed this hard or this much at a book since Bridget Jones's Diary. I Take You is wickedly smart, hilariously funny, sexy, clever, and stupidly accomplished for a first novel. In short, the most enjoyable read I have had in YEARS. I completely loved it.” —JANE GREEN, New York Times bestselling author of Tempting Fate
“HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I Take You is the funniest book I've read all year. I drank four bottles of chardonnay by myself because I couldn't get to a book club fast enough. Eliza Kennedy makes infidelity sexy again!” —GARY SHTEYNGART, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story
Brilliantly executed and endlessly funny, this page-turning debut showcases one of the most winning, irrepressible voices since Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones.
I’m getting married. He’s perfect! It’s a disaster.
Meet Lily Wilder—New Yorker, lawyer and bride-to-be. She has a dream job, great friends, a family full of charismatic and loving women, and a total catch of a fiancé.
Also? She has no business getting married.
Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and completely incapable of being faithful to just one man. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he really know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights—and mornings, and afternoons—of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.
Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Where’d You Go, Bernadette in this joyous and ribald debut, introducing a self-assured protagonist whose choices raise fresh questions about gender politics, monogamy and the true meaning of fidelity.
Description: Poignant tales of fathers, sons, and the search for connection from a wise new voice in American fiction
“Riveting. . . . Coffey brilliantly examines the efforts of a mother to cope with her son’s death in ‘Moon Over Quabbin’; he uses the J.F.K. assassination as a backdrop to a tale about a sinful priest in ‘Inn of the Nations’; and, in ‘Sons,’ he explores a difficult father-son relationship in the context of a possible Obama assassination attempt. . . . Vibrant and unsparing.” —Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)
“Well-crafted stories, thick with literary references. . . . Carefully chiseled. . . Sober and smart writing that evokes the more mannered American stylists of the 1960s and ’70s.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Whether [Coffey is] writing about a sinning priest or a man who’s made a career out of branding or about himself, we can smell Coffey’s protagonists and feel their breath on our cheek. Like Chekhov, he must be a notebook writer; how else to explain the strange quirks and the perfect but unaccountable details that animate these intimate portraits?” —Edmund White, author of Inside a Pearl and A Boy’s Own Story
Among these eight stories, a fan of writer (and fellow adoptee) Harold Brodkey gains an audience with him at his life’s end, two pals take a Joycean sojourn, a man whose business is naming things meets a woman who may not be what she seems, and a father discovers his son is a suspect in an assassination attempt on the president. In each tale, Michael Coffey’s exquisite attention to character underlies the brutally honest perspectives of his disenchanted fathers, damaged sons, and orphans left feeling perpetually disconnected.
Description: "Rollicking, angry, eye-popping, and fall-on-the-floor funny" -Stephen King
When the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf coast, those who made a living by shrimping find themselves in dire straits. For the oddballs and lowlifes who inhabit the sleepy, working class bayou town of Jeannette, these desperate circumstances serve as the catalyst that pushes them to enact whatever risky schemes they can dream up to reverse their fortunes. At the center of it all is Gus Lindquist, a pill-addicted, one armed treasure hunter obsessed with finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. His quest brings him into contact with a wide array of memorable characters, ranging from a couple of small time criminal potheads prone to hysterical banter, to the smooth-talking Oil company middleman out to bamboozle his own mother, to some drug smuggling psychopath twins, to a young man estranged from his father since his mother died in Hurricane Katrina. As the story progresses, these characters find themselves on a collision course with each other, and as the tension and action ramp up, it becomes clear that not all of them will survive these events.
Description: From the acclaimed author of How to Be Lost and Close Your Eyes comes a beautiful and heartrending novel about motherhood, resilience, and faith—a ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on both sides of the American border.
Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach.
Carla is a strong-willed young girl who’s had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla’s grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands—and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, risking great peril for the chance at a better life.
In this elegant novel, the lives of Alice and Carla will intersect in a profound and surprising way. Poignant and arresting, The Same Sky is about finding courage through struggle, hope amid heartache, and summoning the strength—no matter what dangers await—to find the place where you belong.
Description: The electrifying debut of a new master of American crime fiction, Harry Brandt—the pen name of novelist Richard Price
Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next eighteen years Billy endured one dead-end posting after another. Now in his early forties, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, a small team of detectives charged with responding to all night-time felonies from Wall Street to Harlem.
Night Watch usually acts a set-up crew for the day shift, but when Billy is called to a 4:00 a.m. fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, his investigation of the crime moves beyond the usual handoff. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a 12-year-old boy—a brutal case with connections to the former members of the Wild Geese—the bad old days are back in Billy's life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family.
Richard Price, one of America’s most gifted novelists, has always written brilliantly about cops, criminals, and New York City. Now, writing as Harry Brandt, he is poised to win a huge following among all those who hunger for first-rate crime fiction.
Description: A mid-century doctor's raw, unvarnished account of his own descent into madness, and his daughter's attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own
Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising medical star in the late 1920s and 1930s. Early in his career, ahead of his time, he grew fascinated with identifying the biochemical root of manic depression, just as he began to suffer from it himself. By the time the results of his groundbreaking experiments were published, Dr. Baird had been institutionalized multiple times, his medical license revoked, and his wife and daughters estranged. He later received a lobotomy and died from a consequent seizure, his research incomplete, his achievements unrecognized.
Mimi Baird grew up never fully knowing this story, as her family went silent about the father who had been absent for most of her childhood. Decades later, a string of extraordinary coincidences led to the recovery of a manuscript that Dr. Baird had worked on throughout his brutal institutionalization, confinement, and escape. This remarkable document, reflecting periods of both manic exhilaration and clearheaded health, presents a startling portrait of a man who was a uniquely astute observer of his own condition, struggling with a disease for which there was no cure, racing against time to unlock the key to treatment before his illness became impossible to manage.
Fifty years after being told her father would forever be "ill" and "away," Mimi Baird set off on a quest to piece together the memoir and the man. The result of his extraordinary record and her journey to bring his name to light is He Wanted the Moon, an unforgettable testament to the reaches of the mind and the redeeming power of a determined heart.
Description: A touching and provocative collection of memories that evoke the history of one of America’s most influential boroughs—the Bronx—through some of its many success stories
The vivid oral histories in Arlene Alda’s Just Kids from the Bronx reveal what it was like to grow up in the place that bred the influencers in just about every field of endeavor today. The Bronx is where Michael Kay, the New York Yankees’ play-by-play broadcaster, first experienced baseball, where J. Crew’s CEO Millard (Mickey) Drexler found his ambition, where Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dava Sobel fell in love with science early on and where music-making inspired hip hop’s Grandmaster Melle Mel to change the world of music forever.
The parks, the pick-up games, the tough and tender mothers, the politics, the gangs, the food—for people who grew up in the Bronx, childhood recollections are fresh. Arlene Alda’s own Bronx memories were a jumping-off point from which to reminisce with a nun, a police officer, an urban planner, and with Al Pacino, Mary Higgins Clark, Carl Reiner, Colin Powell, Maira Kalman, Bobby Bonilla, and many other leading artists, athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs—experiences spanning six decades of Bronx living. Alda then arranged these pieces of the past, from looking for violets along the banks of the Bronx River to the wake-up calls from teachers who recognized potential, into one great collective story, a film-like portrait of the Bronx from the early twentieth century until today.
Description: An essential and page-turning narrative on the history of drone warfare by the acclaimed author of Rumsfeld, exploring how this practice emerged, who made it happen, and the real consequences of targeted killing
Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few understand how and why this has become our principal way of waging war. Kill Chain uncovers the real and extraordinary story; its origins in long-buried secret programs, the breakthroughs that made drone operations possible, the ways in which the technology works and, despite official claims, does not work. Taking the reader inside the well-guarded world of national security, the book reveals the powerful interests - military, CIA and corporate - that have led the drive to kill individuals by remote control. Most importantly of all, the book describes what has really happened when the theories underpinning the strategy — and the multi-billion dollar contracts they spawn — have been put to the test. Drawing on sources deep in the military and intelligence establishments, Kill Chain unveils the true effects, as demonstrated by bloody experience, of assassination warfare, a revelation that readers will find surprising as well as shocking.
Description: For everyone in the MS community, the only source for reliable, evidence-based information on the relevance, safety, and effectiveness of various alternative and lifestyle medicine approaches to MS treatment and the best ways to safely integrate them with conventional medicine
In addition to conventional medicine, many people with MS also use some form of alternative medicine and there is growing evidence and interest in the effects of lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise, on MS. Yet, until now, it has been difficult to obtain unbiased and practical information about the MS-relevant aspects of these non-medication approaches. Written by a renowned specialist in MS and alternative medicine, Optimal Health with Multiple Sclerosis provides the accurate and unbiased information people with MS, their friends and family, health care professionals, and educators need to make responsible decisions and achieve the very best outcome.
-Find other options that may provide symptomatic relief when conventional therapies are limited -Learn about potentially dangerous interactions between alternative therapies and medical treatments used in the management of MS -Identify alternative and lifestyle therapies that are effective, low risk, and inexpensive
Description: One of the U.S. government’s leading Asia experts reveals the hidden Chinese strategy fueling that country’s rise—and why we continue to misunderstand China
For more than forty years, the United States has reached out to China, helping it develop a booming economy and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that China’s rise will bring us cooperation, diplomacy, and free trade. But what if the "China Dream" is to replace us, just as America replaced the British Empire, without firing a shot?
The Hundred-Year Marathon reveals China’s secret strategy to supplant the United States as the world’s dominant power, and to do so by 2049, the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic. Michael Pillsbury, who has served in senior national security positions in the U.S. government since the days of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, draws on his decades of contact with the "hawks" in China’s military and intelligence agencies and translates their documents, speeches, and books to show how the teachings of traditional Chinese statecraft underpin their actions.
Pillsbury also explains how the U.S. government has unwittingly helped make this "China Dream" come true, and he calls for the United States to implement a new, more competitive strategy toward China as it really is, and not as we might wish it to be. The Hundred-Year Marathon is a wakeup call for anyone concerned about the greatest national security challenge of the twenty-first century.
Description: Hsu, a first-generation Chinese American, returns to China to discover the fate of his great-great-grandfather's long-buried porcelain collection and, in the process, unearths the key to understanding his family's history over the past one hundred years of Chinese history
In the tradition of the best works of history that uncover a forgotten family story, such as The Hare with Amber Eyes or The Lost, The Porcelain Thief recounts journalist Huan Hsu's journey through the old and new worlds of China to find hidden treasure, reconnect with his ancestry, and come to terms with his hyphenated identity.
In 1938, when the Japanese arrived in Hsu's great-great-grandfather's Yangtze River hometown of Xingang, the family was forced to bury their valuables, including a vast and prized collection of antique porcelain, and to flee on a decades-long trek that would splinter it over thousands of miles and countless upheavals. Hsu, raised in Salt Lake City and armed with mere strands of a family legend, moves to China to work in his uncle's semiconductor chip business and begins to understand his family's history as he never has before. A conversation with his grandmother, the last living link to his family's life in dynastic China, ignites his desire to learn more about not only his ancestral heirlooms but also porcelain itself. Mastering conversational Chinese enough to launch himself into the countryside, Hsu sets out to separate the layers of fact and fiction that have grown up around both his family and China, and finally complete his family's long march back home.
Melding memoir, travelogue, ethnography, and social and political history, The Porcelain Thief takes the reader along with Hsu as he travels throughout mainland China and Taiwan in search of his family's fabled porcelain collection and, as a result, discovers the great-great-grandparents and estranged aunts and uncles he never knew. The Porcelain Thief is an intimate and personal way to understand the bloody, tragic and largely forgotten events that defined Chinese history in the 19th and 20th century.
Description: Suddenly, everyone wants one of those old dirt bikes from back in the day. Knobby tires, small two-cycle engines, four-speed transmission, and a full four inches of suspension travel. Those are the bikes most baby boomers grew up on. The ones that young men rode into the ground and left to rot where ever they last fell. But no more. Now, those simple little Hondas, Yamahas, Harleys, and Pentons are making their way from the back of the garage to the front. From the barn to the shop. The shop where patient mechanics and enthusiasts are stripping them down and bringing them back to life. The questions for the prospective buyer is: What to bring home? Among the thousands of dirt bikes, scramblers, trials bikes, play bikes and early motocross bikes; which are the best bikes to make your own? Vintage Dirt Bikes will help the reader make that decision by providing them with information on all the most popular makes. For each bike, this new book provides four to six paragraphs describing the bike in general terms. In addition, bullet points for each model include the following information: relative cost to acquire, value when finished, and which are most likely to offer the most fun for the money. Readers will also find: what to look for when checking the condition of items like paint, suspension, frame and engine. A general section at the back of the book will offer the reader help deciding where to buy classic bikes, where to get parts, who to call for help, and which parts of the restoration should be farmed out to experts with specific skills.
Description: You can have a safe, healthy, and comfortable pregnancy. Written by two physical therapists with over twenty years of combined experience, Your Best Pregnancy provides simple solutions and easy exercises to help you feel your best during this exciting yet often uncomfortable time. In this practical, honest, and straight-talking guide you'll learn how to feel better from head to toe, including:
-Solutions for the top ten most common complaints including back pain, night cramps, swelling, and bladder issues -Easy ways to keep yourself energized and in shape during each trimester -Exercises and stretches to keep your core and pelvic floor strong, preventing incontinence and easing delivery -Tips for new challenges and difficulties for second and third-time moms -Ways to remain intimate with your partner despite a growing belly and varying libido -Strategies to minimize discomfort, and help ensure an uneventful labor and delivery -The best ways to lift, carry, and feed your baby to avoid strain and injury
Description: From the author of the beloved 30 Lessons for Living
Karl Pillemer’s 30 Lessons for Living first became a hit and then became a classic. Readers loved the sage advice and great stories from extraordinary older Americans who shared what they wish they had known when they were starting out. Now, Pillemer returns with lessons on one of the most talked- about parts of that book—love, relationships, and marriage.
Based on the most detailed survey of long married people ever conducted, 30 Lessons for Loving shows the way to lifelong, fulfilling relationships. The author, an internationally renowned gerontologist at Cornell University, offers sage advice from the oldest and wisest Americans on everything from finding a partner, to deciding to commit, to growing old together. Along the way, the book answers questions like these: How do you know if the person you love is the right one? What are the secrets for improving communication and reducing conflict? What gets you through the major stresses of marriage, such as child-rearing, work, money issues, and inlaws? From interviews with 700 elders, 30 Lessons for Loving offers unique wisdom that will enrich anyone’s relationship life, from people searching for the right partner to those working to keep the spark alive after decades together.
Filled with great stories, wise observations, and useful advice, 30 Lessons for Loving is destined to become another classic.
Description: A local artist is found dead at her easel, and Faith discovers that several of her flock may be implicated
It is late July and preparations are underway for the one thousandth anniversary of the church at Little Worthy. As Vicar, Faith Morgan has planned a whole range of celebrations—a music festival, a photographic booklet of recent history, a planting of new trees in the graveyard and vicarage garden, bell ringing,and a visit from the bishop.
A new painting of the church has been commissioned from distinguished local artist Sal Hankley. Sal, who has recently returned from Australia, is not a universally popular choice. She is outspoken and opinionated, and she has made her share of enemies.
Before the painting can be completed, Sal is found dead at her easel on a hillock overlooking the church. A respectable member of the community—a member of the Parochial Church Council—is under suspicion. Faith, now trying to hold the church and the village together, once again finds herself teamed with her former boyfriend, Detective Inspector Ben Shorter, as they seek to discover the murderer.
Description: When Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew, decide to adopt a child from a distant orphanage, they don't get quite what they bargained for. The child who awaits them at the tiny Bright River train station is not the strapping young boy they'd imagined—someone to help Matthew work the fields of their small farm—but rather a freckle-faced, redheaded girl named Anne (with an e, if you please).
Matthew and Marilla may not be sure about Anne, but Anne takes one look at Prince Edward Island's red clay roads and the Cuthberts' snug white farmhouse with its distinctive green gables and decides that she's home at last. But will she be able to convince Marilla and Matthew to let her stay?
Armed with only a battered carpetbag and a boundless imagination, Anne charms her way into the Cuthberts' hearts—and into the hearts of readers as well. She truly is, in the words of Mark Twain, "the dearest and most lovable child in fiction since the immortal Alice."
Audrey is a cow with poetry in her blood, who yearns for the greener pastures beyond Bittersweet Farms. But when Roy the horse tells this bovine dreamer that she is headed for Abbot's War, the slaughter house, Audrey knows that she must leave her home and friends sooner than she ever imagined. With the help of a whole crew of animals and humans alike, Audrey attempts to escape the farm she lives on—and certain death. Cleverly written as an oral account, this unique illustrated tale of an animal on the run, told "to camera", uses over thirty narrative voices, including six humans, four cows, three sheep, two sheep dogs, one pig and a very silly rooster. Full of heart and humor, Audrey (cow) is ultimately a very human story about life and death, friendship, and holding on to one's dreams—based more or less on a true story.
Description: Fashion model Kirsty Manners is young, beautiful, and recently dead
Kirsty Manners is trying to make it as a model. As the in-house model for the Ivano King fashion house and girlfriend of Ian King, the man behind the label, she believes she is well on her way. But Kirsty is found dead in her flat one Sunday afternoon and D. I. Angela Costello is called to the scene.
First enquiries center on the local gym where Kirsty, her dangerous ex-boyfriend, Darren Carpenter, and her jealous flatmate, Sandra Hodges, worked out. But things are more complicated. Ian King is considered to have lost his edge. Why then is he so buoyant about his latest collection for London Fashion Week? What about his new girlfriend, Eleanor Chandler, who openly admits to having a reason to wish Kirsty dead?
Behind the gleaming smiles and flawless makeup of the glamorous fashion world, Angela’s enquiries uncover theft, drug-addiction, prostitution, and imprisonment—and suddenly her own life could be in danger.
Description: The USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake and All the Summer Girls returns with an unforgettably poignant and funny tale of love and loss, confronting our fears, and moving on . . . with the help of a poodle, a mutt, and a Basset retriever named Seymour.
As a pet bereavement counselor, Maggie Brennan uses a combination of empathy, insight, and humor to help patients cope with the anguish of losing their beloved four-legged friends. Though she has a gift for guiding others through difficult situations, Maggie has major troubles of her own that threaten the success of her counseling practice and her volunteer work with a dog rescue organization.
Everything changes when a distraught woman shows up at Maggie’s office and claims that her dog has been stolen. Searching the streets of San Francisco for the missing pooch, Maggie finds herself entangled in a mystery that forces her to finally face her biggest fear-and to open her heart to new love.
Packed with deep emotion and charming surprises, Dog Crazy is a bighearted and entertaining story that skillfully captures the bonds of love, the pain of separation, and the power of our dogs to heal us.
Description: Another humorous animal story from the award-winning children's book creator
Edgar the rat doesn't like company. So when he notices a worm is following him everywhere he goes, Edgar does everything in his power to get rid of his unwelcome companion. But the worm just won't go away! Edgar wants the other animals to solve his problem, but eventually he realizes he might have been part of the problem all along.
From the beloved author of The Chickens Build a Wall, The Geese March in Step, and The Sheep Go on Strike comes another zany story that will keep readers laughing.
Description: A gutsy, wise memoir-in-essays from a writer praised as “impossible to put down” (People)
As an aspiring young writer in San Francisco, Michelle Tea lived in a scuzzy communal house; she drank, smoked, snorted anything she got her hands on; she toiled for the minimum wage; and she dated men and women, and sometimes both at once. But between hangovers and dead-end jobs, she scrawled in notebooks and organized dive bar poetry readings, working to make her literary dreams real.
In How to Grow Up, Tea shares her awkward stumble towards the life of a Bonafide Grown-Up: healthy, responsible, self-aware, stable. She writes about passion, about her fraught relationship with money, about adoring Barney’s while shopping at thrift stores, about breakups and the fertile ground between relationships, about roommates and rent, and about being superstitious (“why not, it imbues this harsh world of ours with a bit of magic.”) At once heartwarming and darkly comic, How to Grow Up proves that the road less traveled may be a difficult one, but if you embrace life’s uncertainty and dust yourself off after every screw up, slowly but surely you just might make it to adulthood.
Description: A light-hearted, rollicking story about fi nding a place to belong
When young Rosana visits the zoo and hears a strange voice speak to her, she is shocked to discover that the voice belongs to a hippopotamus! The hippo, who insists on being called Mister H, politely asks her to release him from his habitat. Once free, Mister H begins to explore the world around him. But how will people react when they see a hippo roaming the streets? And will Mister H be able to find his true home?
This funny, one-of-a-kind illustrated novel will keep even the most reluctant readers entertained.
Description: A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France
As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.
Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.
Wild animals roaming around Twinford? Ruby Redfort has heard the rumors, but she doesn’t quite believe them. She’s got enough on her mind doing wilderness survival training with the secret agency Spectrum, and her bad eyesight isn’t helping. But as high society buzzes with news of a very exclusive perfume formula coming to town, and some priceless jewelry goes missing, Ruby begins to sense a sinister plot in the works. Can our favorite action hero sniff out the clues in time to keep Twinford safe from evil scents? Well, let’s say this is one of those times when you gotta forget the rules and follow your nose to survive.
Description: A new and disturbing puzzle for the medieval surgeon-turned-sleuth
Master Hugh de Singleton is making his way toward Oxford when he discovers the corpse of a young Benedictine not half a mile from the nearby abbey.
The abbey's novice master confirms the boy's identity; it is John, one of three novices. He had gone missing four days previous, and yet his corpse is fresh. There has been plague in the area, but this was not the cause of death—the lad has been stabbed in the back. To Hugh’s sinking heart, the abbot has a commission for him.
With realistic medical procedures of the period, droll medieval wit, and a consistent underlying sense of Christian compassion, the seventh in the chronicles of Hugh de Singleton will delight medieval history and crime fiction fans alike.
Description: A riveting international adventure-mystery
Investigating a burglary at an English country house, Detective Chief Inspector Robbie Peele comes face to face with one of the most mysterious objects in world archaeology, the Phaestos Disk—and with the Middle Eastern terrorist cell determined to steal it.
The vital clue is a long abandoned Muslim village in Crete, where a Victorian gentleman explorer witnessed horrors that were meant to be secret and recorded what he saw in coded diaries. Seeking the truth about the Phaestos Disk, Peele and his assistant, Sarah Shipton, are on the cusp of solving the mystery when they are caught in an ancient Egyptian burial chamber during an earthquake.
In the end Peele has to ask far harder questions than simply who committed the original burglary. The origins of the Phaestos Disk are inextricably bound up with the Middle East peace process in ways that frustrate and astound him.
Certain to draw readers into a world of ancient secrets and international intrigue, The Babylon Contingency is the first in a riveting new series from experienced journalist and broadcaster Clifford Longley.
Description: In the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Ruth Rendell, this compelling and clever psychological thriller spins the harrowing tale of a mother’s obsessive search for her missing daughter.
Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon.
But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken.
As the months pass, the worst-case scenarios—kidnapping, murder—seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance, she’s still digging for answers—and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she’s trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi. Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised.
When Ophelia's father heads off to Italy for the summer to finish work on his book on the poet Ezra Pound, O - as she prefers to be called - is sent by train to stay with her Aunt Emily, who runs a secondhand bookshop back east called The Green Man. Emily has recently suffered a heart attack. Part of the reason O is sent to stay with her is to see if she can help out with the shop.
Part mystery, part fantasy, this compelling and beautifully written novel slips between the real world, and that of the creative imagination. Cloaked in the simple story of a young woman taking over a bookstore from her aged aunt, The Green Man is an eerie story about finding voice and courage, and about suspending disbelief!
PRAISE FOR The Green Man:
"Mystery, fantasy, romance, horror, and poetry come together in this classic outsider story with sometimes shocking twists and turns that reveal heartfelt connections.... [T]he action is fast, and the simple prose is pitch-perfect...." - Booklist
"...This atmospheric exploration of what it means to be a poet offers memorable corporal and incorporeal characters, a realistic intergenerational relationship and a deeply rooted mystery connecting past and present. Ideal for those with a penchant for magic, mystery and poetry." - Kirkus Reviews
"Bedard writes with grace and wit, but also with deceptive ease...." - School Library Journal
"...[An] imaginative, gracefully written [story]...." - The Horn Book
"...Bedard takes full advantage of the genre's atmospheric creepiness and sepia-toned timelessness...." - Starred Review, Quill & Quire
"Mr. Bedard masterfully interlaces the real with the supernatural in these passages, evoking a sense of myriad magical possibilities." - New York Journal of Books
Description: In the days of Roch's childhood, winters in the village of Ste. Justine were long. Life centered around school, church, and the hockey rink, and every boy's hero was Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Everyone wore Richard's number 9. They laced their skates like Richard. They even wore their hair like Richard. When Roch outgrows his cherished Canadiens sweater, his mother writes away for a new one. Much to Roch's horror, he is sent the blue and white sweater of the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, dreaded and hated foes to his beloved team. How can Roch face the other kids at the rink?
The Hockey Sweater is a Canadian children's classic, and we are very excited to be doing an anniversary edition. It will include lots of extras, including original material from the author and illustrator, stills from the animated film, letters and quotes from celebrities and more. The design will be updated and refreshed. This will be a wonderful collector's edition for those who know the book, and a wonderful introduction to those who don't.
Description: A dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth
Eli Roebuck was nine years old when his mother walked off into the woods with "Mr. Krantz," a large, strange, hairy man who may or may not be a sasquatch. What Eli knows for certain is that his mother went willingly, leaving her only son behind. For the rest of his life, Eli is obsessed with the hunt for the bizarre creature his mother chose over him, and we watch it affect every relationship he has in his long life—with his father, with both of his wives, his children, grandchildren, and colleagues. We follow all of the Roebuck family members, witnessing through each of them the painful, isolating effects of Eli's maniacal hunt, and find that each Roebuck is battling a monster of his or her own, sometimes literally. The magical world Shields has created is one of unicorns and lake monsters, ghosts and reincarnations, tricksters and hexes. At times charming, as when young Eli meets the eccentric, extraordinary Mr. Krantz, and downright horrifying at others, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac is boldly imaginative throughout, and proves to be a devastatingly real portrait of the demons that we as human beings all face.
Description: From the author of the international best seller Go the F*** to Sleep comes a long-awaited sequel about the other great parental frustration: getting your little angel to eat something that even vaguely resembles a normal meal. Profane, loving, and deeply cathartic, You Have to F***ing Eat breaks the code of child-rearing silence, giving moms and dads new, old, grand- and expectant, a much-needed chance to laugh about a universal problem.
A perfect gift book like the smash hit Go the F*** to Sleep (over 1.5 million copies sold worldwide!), You Have to F***ing Eat perfectly captures Mansbach's trademark humor, which is simultaneously affectionate and radically honest. You probably shouldn't read it to your kids.
Description: Struggling to emerge from a despotic past, Thailand stands at a defining moment in its history. Scores have been killed on the streets of Bangkok. Freedom of speech is routinely denied. Democracy appears increasingly distant. Long dreaded by Thais, the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej is expected to unleash even greater instability.
Yet in spite of the impact of the crisis, and the extraordinary importance of the royal succession, they have never been comprehensively analyzed, because Thailand's draconian lese majesté law has silenced most discussion - until now. Breaking Thailand's draconian lese majesté Andrew MacGregor Marshall is one of the only journalists covering contemporary Thailand who tells the whole story. He provides a comprehensive explanation that makes sense of the crisis for the first time, revealing the unacknowledged succession conflict that has become entangled with the struggle for democracy in Thailand.
Description: A Teacher's Guide to Using the Next Generation Science Standards With Gifted and Advanced Learners provides teachers and administrators with practical examples of ways to build comprehensive, coherent, and rigorous science learning experiences for gifted and advanced students from kindergarten to high school. It provides an array of examples across the four domains of science: physical sciences; Earth and space sciences; life sciences; and engineering, technology, and applications of science. Each learning experience indicates the performance expectation addressed and includes a sequence of activities, implementation examples, connections to the CCSS-Math and CCSS-ELA, and formative assessments. Chapters on specific instructional and management strategies, assessment, and professional development suggestions for implementing the standards within the classroom will be helpful for both teachers and administrators.
Description: Archery is one of the hottest sports out there, and there's no better introduction to the sport than Archery Fundamentals, Second Edition.
Inside are all of the essentials you need to succeed and get on target. From stringing your bow to learning basic shooting technique, instructions and accompanying photographs will guide you through every step of the shot.
You'll also find insider tips for choosing, adjusting, and maintaining archery equipment as well as recommendations for using accessories to improve your accuracy. You'll discover how to correct errors and fine-tune your approach. And, if you want to compete, you'll appreciate our how-tos for trying archery tournaments.
Archery Fundamentals is a better, faster, and safer way to learn the basics. With this book, you'll have as much fun learning the art of shooting as you'll have hitting your target!
Description: The second edition of Assessing Differentiated Student Products provides educators with tremendous opportunities to differentiate instruction and facilitate continuous progress for every student. This book provides teachers with everything needed to develop and assess products developed by students. The book includes a list of suggested products; more than 100 DAP tools that assess content, presentation, creativity, and reflection at three tier levels using a multilevel performance scale for a variety of products; and detailed information on how to use these tools in the classroom. By encouraging the use of varied products to demonstrate what students have learned, DAP tools engage children, motivate, have real-world connections, require high-level thinking and problem-solving skills, accommodate learning preferences, allow for self-expression and creativity, promote ownership and pride in one's work, and develop lifelong learners.
Description: Delavier’s Women’s Strength Training Anatomy Workouts delivers the exercises, programming, and advice you need for the results you want. Based on the anatomical features unique to women, this new guide sets the standard for women’s strength training.
290 full-color illustrations allow you to see inside 157 exercises and 49 programs for strengthening, sculpting, and developing your arms, chest, back, shoulders, abs, legs, and glutes.
Step-by-step instructions work in tandem with the anatomical illustrations to ensure understanding of maximizing the efficiency of each exercise. You’ll see how muscles interact with surrounding joints and skeletal structures and learn how variations of movements can isolate specific muscles and achieve targeted results.
Delavier’s Women’s Strength Training Anatomy Workouts includes proven programming for reducing fat, adding lean muscle, and sculpting every body region. Whether you’re beginning a program or enhancing an existing routine, working out at home or at the gym, it’s all here and all in the stunning detail that only Frédéric Delavier can provide.
Description: Exploring America in the 1990s: New Horizons is an interdisciplinary humanities unit that looks at literature, art, and music of the 1990s to provide an understanding of how those living through the decade experienced and felt about the world around them. Through the lens of "identity," it explores life in America and the myriad groups that coexisted in harmony and, often, with friction. Cultural movements like grunge and Generation X will be examined alongside larger issues such as rising racial tensions following the O.J. Simpson trial and Rodney King riots, the conflict between progress and morality as scientific advances in cloning and the Internet changed the U.S., and the growing debate over previously marginalized identities and gay rights following "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and DOMA. The unit uses field-tested instructional strategies for language arts and social studies from The College of William and Mary, as well as new strategies, and it includes graphic organizers and other tools for analyzing primary sources.
Description: The controversial president whose time in office was defined by the September 11 attacks and the war on terror
George W. Bush stirred powerful feelings on both sides of the aisle. Republicans viewed him as a resolute leader who guided America through the September 11 attacks and retaliated in Afghanistan and Iraq, while Democrats saw him as an overmatched president who led America into two inconclusive wars that sapped the nation’s resources and diminished its stature. When Bush left office amid a growing financial crisis, both parties were eager to move on.
In this assessment of the nation’s forty-third president, James Mann sheds light on why George W. Bush made the decisions that shaped his presidency, what went wrong, and how the internal debates and fissures within his administration played out in such a charged atmosphere. He shows how and why Bush became such a polarizing figure in both domestic and foreign affairs, and he examines the origins and enduring impact of Bush’s most consequential actions—including Iraq, the tax cuts, and the war on terror. In this way, Mann points the way to a more complete understanding of George W. Bush and his times.
Description: A modern medical mystery about an illness that afflicted healthy children, changed health policy, and vanished before a cause was found
“A fascinating history. . . . Largent’s empathy is with the myriad children and parents harmed by the disease, while he challenges the triumphalist view that labeling solved the crisis.” —Erik M. Conway, coauthor of Merchants of Doubt
“Largent’s engagingly written and honest account explores how medical mysteries are shaped by prevailing narratives about venal drug companies, heroic investigators, and Johnny-come-lately politicians.” —Helen Epstein, author of The Invisible Cure
Reye’s syndrome, identified in 1963, was a debilitating, rare condition that typically afflicted healthy children just emerging from the flu or other minor illnesses and, in 50 percent of all cases, led to death. Survivors were often left with permanent liver or brain damage. Desperate, terrorized parents and doctors pursued dramatic, often ineffectual treatments. For over fifteen years, many inconclusive theories were posited as to its causes. The Centers for Disease Control dispatched its Epidemic Intelligence Service to investigate, culminating in a study that suggested a link to aspirin. Congress held hearings at which parents, researchers, and pharmaceutical executives testified. The result was a warning to parents and doctors to avoid pediatric use of aspirin, leading to the widespread substitution of alternative fever and pain reducers. But before a true cause was definitively established, Reye’s syndrome simply vanished.
Mark A. Largent, an expert medical historian whose previous books also examined the intersections between medicine, business, public health, and politics, is a survivor of Reye’s syndrome himself. His background has made him especially attuned to the difficulty families face in making decisions given conflicting information from their doctors, industry authorities, political leaders, and government officials.
Description: Americans are increasingly dismayed with a broken political system and the big institutions they blame for a Darwinian economy (in which it’s getting harder to get ahead). What they’ve lost sight of is the importance of self-reliance and personal initiative in every individual’s quest for prosperity. Liberty for All pushes past the usual go-nowhere policy prescriptions to probe what ordinary people can do to build their own self-reliance and enhance their odds of success. In a wry and entertaining narrative, Rick Newman embarks on a quest to improve his own self-reliance by camping with “doomsday preppers,” deconstructing the “rugged individualist” that politicians so often invoke, and detailing the ways we unnecessarily shackle ourselves. The result is a guide to enriching your prospects—and your life—by harnessing every freedom available.
Description: This is a guide-book for those who are called to the path of conscious love. This powerful book, written by an Episcopal priest, tells of her intense relationship with Brother Raphael Robin, a seventy-year-old Trappist monk and hermit. The romantic yet platonic relationship that ensued between the 50-year-old Bourgeault and the 70-year-old hermit lasted five years, until his death. Both believed that a relationship can continue beyond this life, and here Bourgeault describes her search for that connection before and after Robin's death. Originally published by Crown/Harmony in 1999 (before her best selling titles were published), this reissue features a new foreword by the author.
Description: Discover Your Personal Parenting Style
Avoiding the typical one-size-fits-all approach, Mothering From Scratch shows you how to develop a personalized mothering style that helps you become the best mom you can be. By customizing your parenting to complement your personality and background, you can enhance—and, if necessary, restore—the joy of mothering!
Full of solid biblical truth, this book encourages you to pursue the methods that work best for you and tap into the resources surrounding you. Equipped with this practical guide, you can experience freedom from the fear of doing it "wrong" and allow room for grace in your parenting.
Description: Advance Review Copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography edited by Pamela Smith Hill.
Follow the real Laura Ingalls and her family as they make their way west—and discover that truth is as remarkable as fiction.
Hidden away since 1930, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s original autobiography reveals the true stories of her pioneering life. Some of her experiences will be familiar; some will be a surprise. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography re-introduces readers to the woman who defined the pioneer experience for millions of people around the world.
Wilder details the Ingalls family’s journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory— sixteen years of travels, unforgettable stories, and the everyday people who became immortal through her fiction. Using additional manuscripts, diaries, and letters, editor Pamela Smith Hill adds valuable context and explores Wilder’s growth as a writer.
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography also explores the history of the frontier that the Ingalls family traversed and the culture and life of the communities Wilder lived in. The book features over one hundred images, eight fully researched maps, and hundreds of annotations based on census data and other records, newspapers of the period, and other primary documents.
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, in 1929―1930 when she was in her early sixties. Throughout the 1930s and into the early 1940s, Wilder utilized her original manuscript to write a successful children’s series. She died in Mansfield, Missouri, at ninety years of age on February 10, 1957.
Pamela Smith Hill is the award-winning author of the South Dakota Historical Society Press book Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life.
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography is a publication of the Pioneer Girl Project, which is a research and publishing program of the South Dakota State Historical Society. For more information, visit pioneergirlproject.org.
Description: In 2013, the Colorado Avalanche announced that Joe Sakic, a franchise legend and Hall of Fame center, would be promoted to become the new executive VP of hockey operations. Soon, Sakic was instrumental in the hiring of Patrick Roy, the greatest goaltender in NHL history, a man crucial to the Avalanche’s Stanley Cup victories in 1996 and 2001, as Colorado’s new coach. This book, a collaborative effort between seasoned sportswriters and authors Terry Frei and Adrian Dater, is an opinionated, interpretive, and in-depth look at Patrick Roy’s first season as a National Hockey League coach, and the Avalanche’s surprising 2013–14 season.
Award-winning journalist, author, and screenwriter Terry Frei is in his second stint at the Denver Post. He has been a sports columnist for the Portland Oregonian, a football writer for the Sporting News, and an ESPN.com hockey columnist. Among his seven previous books are March 1939, Third Down and a War to Go, ’77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age, and Olympic Affair. His website is www.terryfrei.com. Adrian Dater covers the Colorado Avalanche for the Denver Post. He is the author of several sports books, including Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Denver Broncos. He lives in Thornton, Colorado.
Description: This updated edition of the best-selling Strategies for Differentiating Instruction offers practical strategies that allow all students to learn at appropriately challenging levels and make continuous progress by focusing on their various levels of knowledge and readiness to learn. Written in a teacher-friendly manner, the book presents strategies that can be used in any classroom to ensure that each student's needs are met. This third edition includes strategies for Common Core State Standards alignment plus new Developing and Assessing Products (DAP) tools for a variety of products. Designed specifically for teachers who are new to differentiated instruction, this book offers sound, practical advice for preassessing students, implementing differentiation strategies, and managing and assessing student learning. This book is filled with the essentials teachers need to know in order to differentiate instruction and address all students' needs, interests, and abilities.
Description: Talking Story: One Woman’s Quest to Preserve Ancient Spiritual and Healing Traditions, based on Phan-Lê’s award-winning documentary film Talking Story, invites readers to journey with Phan-Lê as she explores some of the richest spiritual traditions in the world, witnessing different forms of shamanism, spirit-channeling, plant medicine, and divination. The book allows readers to enter into a world that most people will never have the opportunity to explore, by offering an intimate experience of ancient healing traditions and the profound events leading to Phan-Lê’s personal transformation as the journey progressed. Talking Story includes a 16-page color photo insert.
Born a child of the Vietnam war, Marie-Rose Phan-Lê finds peace by exploring the spiritual traditions and healing practices of various cultures. Moved by the knowledge that sacred traditions all over the world are disappearing with the passing of community elders who had kept these traditions alive, Phan-Lê traveled to Peru, Hawaii, Vietnam, Nepal, India and China to document local healing practices, in hopes of preserving some of this ancient wisdom. Her memoir details the archetypal heroine’s journey she underwent and the self-discoveries that eventually led Phan-Lê to re-evaluate her life’s purpose and become a healer herself.
Description: An avian expert and poet shares a true story of beloved birds, a remarkable grandfather, a bad-girl youth—and an astonishing redemption
Nikki Moustaki, author of The Bird Market of Paris, grew up in 1980s Miami, the only child of parents who worked, played, and traveled for luxury sports car dealerships. At home, her doting grandmother cooked for and fed her, but it was her grandfather—an evening-gown designer, riveting storyteller, and bird expert—who was her mentor and dearest companion.
Like her grandfather, Nikki fell hard for birds. "Birds filled my childhood," she writes, "as blue filled the sky." Her grandfather showed her how to hypnotize chickens, sneak up on pigeons, and handle baby birds. He gave her a white dove to release for luck on each birthday. And he urged her to, someday, visit the bird market of Paris.
But by the time Nikki graduated from college and moved to New York City, she was succumbing to alcohol and increasingly unable to care for her flock. When her grandfather died, guilt-ridden Nikki drank even more. In a last-ditch effort to honor her grandfather, she flew to France hoping to visit the bird market of Paris to release a white dove. Instead, something astonishing happened there that saved Nikki’s life.
Description: Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom.
With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild. Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, who – despite her MA in Victorian literature – mostly writes about geek culture and how it intersects with being a lady. Named “Awesome Geek Feminist of 2013,” Sam is an Associate Editor for The Mary Sue; talks pop culture on TV and movie screens; and her writing has appeared everywhere from the Internet, to books, to national newspapers. She loves YA lit, Pacific Rim, BioWare games, Carol Danvers, and Jeff Goldblum.
Description: An expanded, revised, and exhaustively updated 20th anniversary edition of the book that fired the first shot—a comprehensive and entertaining guide to living gluten-free
Way ahead of its time, the original edition of this book, Against the Grain, was the first book of its kind: a funny, supportive, and absolutely essential handbook for gluten-free living. With two successful editions and countless devoted fans, this book has helped thousands of gluten-free readers follow their diets with creativity, resourcefulness, and, always, good humor. The Gluten-Free Revolution is fully revised and updated with the newest resources and information, and is packed with authoritative, practical advice for every aspect of living without gluten. With her signature wit and style, Lowell guides readers through the intricacies of shopping; understanding labels, from cosmetics to prescription drugs; strategies for eating out happily and preparing food safely at home; advice about combining gluten-free eating with any other diet, like gluten-free-paleo and gluten-free-dairy-free; negotiating complicated emotional and interpersonal reactions to your new diet; and includes fabulous gluten-free recipes from the best chefs in the world, including Thomas Keller, Rick Bayless, Alice Waters, Bobby Flay, and Nigella Lawson, among many others. The Gluten-Free Revolution remains the ultimate and indispensable resource for navigating your gluten-free life.
Description: Bestselling author Michael Shermer’s exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral
From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy.
In this provocative and compelling book, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism—scientific ways of thinking—have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.
Description: A century after its underground beginnings, the Chinese Communist Party today exerts far-reaching control over every aspect of private life. Beyond its legendary control of the Internet within China's borders, even seemingly non-political domains are subject to its authority: routine business deals require party approval; university courses reflect party doctrine; and party families amass incredible wealth while other enterprises are squeezed out. Experts predicted that the Party leadership would mellow as the country’s economic fortunes soar, but the next generation of political heavyweights is keeping a tight grip on the reigns of power. Today's huge new class of young professionals, whether they believe in the Party’s ideology or not, are as focused as ever on strengthening the Party's role and silencing dissent. In The Party Forever, Rowan Callick goes behind the scenes to reveal the workings of China’s political elite, introduce us to its future leaders and explore how prepared it is to meet the challenges of its new role in the twenty-first century. This is an essential and eye-opening account of this poorly understood but hugely influential player in world politics.
Description: Today’s athletes are bigger, stronger, faster, and more agile than ever before. Exhibiting a combination of power, speed, and quickness, they’ve raised the bar on performance, competition, and training. Training for Speed, Agility, and Quickness is the complete workout guide you need in order to perform a step ahead of the competition.
With this total training package, you’ll have exclusive online access to a video library of the most effective drills and exercises for developing movement skills, and you’ll see how to perform key tests and execute the best and most complex drills from the book. Sample training programs are included for these sports: -Baseball and softball -Football and rugby -Basketball and netball -Combat sports -Track and field -Soccer -Lacrosse -Tennis and Badminton -Racquetball and squash
The top sport and conditioning experts present the best information on testing, techniques, drills, and training programs to maximize athletes’ movement capabilities. The book includes 262 drills and proven assessments for customizing programs and tracking progress.
If you’re serious about elevating your performance, this book will get you there.
Description: W.C. Jameson was an active treasure hunter for more than fifty years. He has fallen from cliffs, had ropes break during climbs, been caught in mine shaft cave-ins, contended with flash floods, been shot at, watched men die, and had to deal with rattlesnakes, water moccasins, scorpions, and poisonous centipedes. He has fled for his life from park rangers, policemen, landowners, competitors, corporate mercenaries, and drug runners. He has also discovered enough treasure to pay for his own house and finance his and his children’s education. With his enigmatic treasure-hunter partners, Slade, Stanley, and Poet, Jameson's stories are worthy of an Indiana Jones film—except that they are all true.
W.C. Jameson is the award-winning author of more than eighty books. He is the bestselling treasure author in America, and his prominence as a professional fortune hunter has led to stints as a consultant for the Unsolved Mysteries television show, the Travel Channel, and the History Channel. He lives near Austin, Texas.
Description: President Harry Truman was a disappointment to the Democrats, and a godsend to the Republicans. Every attempt to paint Truman with the grace, charm, and grandeur of Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been a dismal failure: Truman’s virtues were simpler, plainer, more direct. The challenges he faced—stirrings of civil rights and southern resentment at home, and communist aggression and brinkmanship abroad—could not have been more critical. By the summer of 1948 the prospects of a second term for Truman looked bleak. Newspapers and popular opinion nationwide had all but anointed as president Thomas Dewey, the Republican New York Governor. Truman could not even be certain of his own party’s nomination: the Democrats, still in mourning for FDR, were deeply riven, with Henry Wallace and Strom Thurmond leading breakaway Progressive and Dixiecrat factions.
Finally, with ingenuity born of desperation, Truman’s aides hit upon a plan: get the president in front of as many regular voters as possible, preferably in intimate settings, all across the country. To the surprise of everyone but Harry Truman, it worked. Whistle Stop is the first book of its kind: a micro-history of the summer and fall of 1948 when Truman took to the rails, crisscrossing the country from June right up to Election Day in November. The tour and the campaign culminated with the iconic image of a grinning, victorious Truman holding aloft the famous Chicago Tribune headline: “Dewey Defeats Truman.”
Description: Ten years ago no state allowed same-sex couples to marry, support for gay marriage nationwide hovered around 30 percent, and politicians everywhere thought of it as the third rail of American politics—draw near at your peril. Today, same-sex couples can marry in seventeen states, polls consistently show majority support, and nearly three-quarters of Americans believe legalization is inevitable.
In Winning Marriage Marc Solomon, a veteran leader in the movement for marriage equality, gives the reader a seat at the strategy-setting and decision-making table in the campaign to win and protect the freedom to marry. With depth and grace he reveals the inner workings of the advocacy movement that has championed and protected advances won in legislative, court, and electoral battles over the decade since the landmark Massachusetts ruling guaranteeing marriage for same-sex couples for the first time.
From the gritty battles in the state legislatures of Massachusetts and New York to the devastating loss at the ballot box in California in 2008 and subsequent ballot wins in 2012 to the joyous victories of securing President Obama’s support and prevailing in the Supreme Court, Marc Solomon has been at the center of one of the great civil and human rights movements of our time. Winning Marriage recounts the struggle with some of the world’s most powerful forces—the Catholic hierarchy, the religious right, and cynical ultraconservative political operatives—and the movement’s eventual triumph.
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Book Nine of the Diamond Brides series
Teetering on the brink of success as a patent lawyer, Amanda Carter is courting financial disaster. She's juggling her family's crippling medical expenses and a huge payment to join her law firm partners - nearly impossible burdens because her father stole her identity. If she doesn't pay up and win her current case, everything she's worked for will crash to a humiliating end.
Easy-going right fielder Kyle Norton is mired in the worst hitting slump of his career—until a black-haired beauty in the stands offers him her sunglasses. Slump broken, superstitious Kyle is convinced Amanda is the key to the championship his team so desperately wants to win for its dying owner.
Kyle needs Amanda to give him her glasses at every game. Amanda needs to bury herself in work and win the lawsuit—if she can find the money to buy into the firm. Soon, Amanda and Kyle are locked in battle, united by need and consumed by passion. In the end, only one can be always right.
Description: Be the first to read a book written by 10 authors! Pigeon Park Press ran a project to select 10 authors from around the world and then got them to write a novel in a knockout style. It worked like a TV gameshow - each writer took control of a character and then at the end of each round of chapters there was a public (facebook) vote and a judges' vote to see who would get dropped. Here is the description:Razvan Popescu lives in a flat overlooking the seaside town of Skegness. He keeps himself to himself and few know the man at all. Even fewer know his past, which he has tried to leave behind in the Romanian woods. But when a tattooed man is found murdered on the beach, it is clear that some of that past has followed him to this tacky seaside town. As battle erupts within the criminal fraternity, dark forces gather around the town and Popescu’s acquaintances find themselves dragged into a world of violence, fire and fairy tales. One thing is certain: the circus has come to town. Ten To One is a novel writing project in which ten authors write a novel together, seeking the approval of a judging panel and a public vote to keep their character in the story. Circ, the first Ten To One novel, is written by Simon Fairbanks, Maria Mankin, Yasmin Ali, Jason Holloway, Livia Akstein Vioto, Luke Beddow, Danielle Rose Bentley, William Thirsk-Gaskill, Sue Barsby and Giselle Thompson. This is for the .mobi ebook
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The renowned archaeologist, James McKenzie, has uncovered many prophecies, each with a mysterious symbol accompanying their inscription. Now, edifices of this symbol are reappearing, not engraved in aged rock, but painted in blood above the victims of a serial killer, and the fanatical cult he serves. Detective Hassom is charged with the task of making sense of this slaughter and capturing the perpetrators.
Corruption, collusion and the discovery that Lucas, a strangely gifted eight year old orphan, is the primary target of the murderous cult force Hassom and McKenzie to work together to solve the murders. In their efforts to protect Lucas and reveal the ultimate goal of the cult leader and how this relates to the final, revelatory prophecy discovered in Iran, they unearth a truth, more terrible than anything they could have feared.
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Short story collection
A future where murder is only a misdemeanor. A colony world where humans can remain only if they are worthy of their tenancy. A woman who journeys to postapocalytic Africa in search of her childhood best friend. Welcome to a dozen tales of futures near and far, transformative or lethal, prospects to show us who we are.
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Genre: Science Fiction
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Synopsis: Who is killing the Gods?
Man created The Machine. The Machine gave to each man or woman a world of their own design, to do with as they pleased. They became Gods – omnipotent, absolute rulers; but also vain, arrogant, hedonistic and brutal.
Now someone is killing them.
The enforcer, a servant of the Gods, is tasked with finding the killer, but first he must train a new apprentice. Given a list of worlds to investigate, they set out trying to find a key to the identity of a killer they cannot hope to overcome. In their travels they come across worlds dedicated to the study of butterflies, to the perfection of music, to eternal war, and to a magical storybook existence where animals talk and act like characters from a children’s story; and on each world they find a brutal disregard for the people who serve the Gods.
As the death toll mounts, and the pressure from their masters to find the killer increases, they learn more and more about the strange universe of The Machine, and about themselves. But soon they face the ultimate question: is the killer a monster…or a hero?
Description: In this easy-to-read book, author, lecturer and public speaker, Dr. Monica-Maria Stapelberg, shares the results of her many years of research to uncover the historical background behind numerous commonly-held beliefs and traditions. These range from general popular beliefs to the more specific and enlightening traditions of western culture. Strange but True also brings to light how many of our day-to-day words, phrases and actions are anchored in past ritual or sacrificial observances, or simply based on fearful superstitious notions. This book is a must read for a curious mind!
When you are preparing a home-cooked meal for you and your family, it's not only important that it be hearty and delicious, but that it is also nourishing. Welcome to a gluten free cookbook that will truly satisfy the whole family. Made with busy families in mind, The Gluten Free Cookbook for Slow Cookers gives you over 135 mouthwatering gluten free versions of all your favorite comfort foods that will have the whole table asking for seconds, including Macaroni and Cheese, BBQ Beef Ribs, and Apricot-Peach Cobbler.
Description: Peter Blackwell wakes from a coma into a world he doesn't recognise or understand, where hopelessness prevails and suicide is normal. Without memory or identity, all he has are nine random images. Nine planets.
Eight he can see although he does not understand them, but the impenetrable ninth is the secret that two opposing and hidden brotherhoods have been searching for for nearly two millennia. In a time-hidden parallel reality on the edges of our visible world, pursued and betrayed, Blackwell has just twelve days to unlock his ninth planet and prevent terminal worldwide suicide. And his only ally is a manic assassin sent out to extract the secret and kill him.
From an abandoned, haunted London to an ordinary house in suburban Perth where extraordinary things happen, from snipers on the snowy slopes of northern Finland to a single act in ancient Patara that started history, from hidden places in the Australian desert to a Boston of many secrets, Nine Planets takes the stories of a retired and widowed Australian postman, a conflicted assassin, an autistic child, four Australian farmhands, and a group of volunteers in the most unlikely, desperate, improbable rescue operation in human history, and weaves them into a most unusual thriller.
Humanity has been kept alive for almost two millennia by a single secret. And now that secret is locked inside Peter Blackwell's brain.
Description: Nicholas Blackwell has no idea he is supposed to fulfill a destiny. All he knows is that he draws trouble like a magnet. Orphaned at seven when two demonic men killed his parents, he copes with the strict rules of his new home, St. Christopher’s academy, unaware that he has been the real target for the killers and that his guardian angel has saved him in the nick of time. And now, his problems are only beginning when a mysterious serpent lures him into the woods and tricks him into a demonic ritual that will unleash the Seven Deadly Sins to destroy the humankind. Nicholas has no choice but to correct his mistake—or die trying.
Aided by Amy, a shy but determined girl who seems to know more about his task than she should, Nicholas's quest is to travel into the City of Demonio and defeat the Seven Guardians of Sin. To succeed, he must confront demons, monsters, and lost souls, learn the mysteries of the Chapel of Dreams, discover the true meaning of friendship and love, and face the darkest secret of all: the Blackwell Family Secret.
Description: ~ They’re in the shadows. They’re everywhere! ~
Jake thinks he’s just an ordinary schoolboy. Scraping a pass on his tests while doing the least amount of work, attracting admiring glances from girls, hanging with mates, and scoring goals for the soccer team: just ordinary things.
But Jake is far from normal. And his family? His sister is missing, his father changed, and his brother dead… or so Jake thinks; the truth is far more shocking.
When his school friends start to disappear, and with petite Vicky Harris the only person he can trust as his world collapses around him, it’s time for Jake to learn the truth.
The Therions are out there.
And they’re almost ready to reap their human harvest.
‘The Therions’ will grip fans of YA paranormal adventures. Published by The Repository of Imagination, an imprint of Greyhart Press.
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Description: FIRST LOVE is Book 1 in the new Samantha’s Love & Romance Series, by Denise Daniella Darcy, or Triple D as she is affectionately called. Samantha Morgan: Shy, inexperienced and lonely, but hot and sexy behind the tied up hair, glasses, and non-flattering clothes. Too bad she just doesn’t know it. Sam is the junior partner in her uncle’s advertising firm.
Aiden Williams: Tall, strong and sexy, soon has Samantha in cuffs and on her way to jail. Can he really be Sam’s prince charming?
Uncle Tyrone: A bad influence if there wasn’t a core of genuine niceness under his roguish behavior.
Isabella Flores: Tall, willowy, with pale blonde hair, and Samantha’s best friend. Outgoing and confident, men are naturally drawn to her.
Can shy Samantha come out of her shell long enough and deal with her conflicting emotions to find love and romance? And if she does, is there such a thing as true love in today’s hectic and complicated world?
“A modern love story. Just loved it!” —W. Good, Tucson, AZ
“Classic love and romance, with a twist. Already started Book 2. Keep on writing Triple D.” — B. Tipton, Winnipeg, MB
“It is hard to find a good romance story that isn’t just straight sex without a plot. Well, Denise Daniella Darcy writes a great story, one that is of the ‘I can’t put it down until I’m finished’ kind. Great story!” — S. Pontleroy, Tacoma, WA
“Exciting, interesting, and best of all I could really feel the emotions that Samantha was experiencing. …Love and romance at its best.” — N. Andrews, San Juan, Puerto Rico
“I'm a cautious buyer. (My friends call me Ms. Cheapo.) But I love a bargain. I found a good one in Denise Daniella Darcy's latest Romance series. First, I should say that the novel, First Love, is a good story on its own. Solid characters, interesting locations, and a good plot that actually tells a story… Absolutely 5 stars.” — C. Swinton, Tampa, FL
Like multiple endings? ‘Triple D’ has a SPECIAL TREAT for her readers. Each story in this series has 2 additional totally unique and different endings that dramatically change the outcome. And the best part- they are absolutely FREE for her readers.
Triple D writes stimulating contemporary romances with passion, humor and a down to earth feel that resonates with her readers. Written for readers of young adult, new adult, and teen romance. She writes with a similar style to Catherine Bybee, Debbie Macomber and Melody Anne.
Don’t miss any of the books in Samantha’s Love & Romance Series
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Meet Nick. He's kind of dumb. Meet his wife, Amy. She's kind of a bitch. One day Amy goes missing. What happened? Find out...in GONE BITCH!
GONE BITCH is the hilarious new parody of Gone Girl which will have you on the edge of your seat AND rolling on the floor. All your favorite characters from Gone Girl are here...but way funnier!
First off, there's NICK. Nick doesn't seem particularly upset that his wife is missing, or particularly anxious to find her. But he is perfectly willing to stop by the searches for Amy...because he can try to pick up girls there using lines like, "I'd like to search YOUR woods." Nick also loves lying to the police. For example, Nick's alibi for the morning Amy disappeared is that he was hang gliding, taking a karate lesson, and shooting a major motion picture with Keanu Reeves.
There's also AMY, Nick's wife. Amy is basically the worst person ever. Which is unsurprising, since she's a really hot girl. Therefore her one goal in life is to make her hot girlfriends jealous, no matter what it takes. Would Amy really stoop so low as to frame Nick for murder just to make her hot girlfriends jealous? If you don't know the answer, then you haven't hung out with enough really hot girls.
There's GO, Nick's sister. Go makes out with Nick a lot, but don't get the wrong idea: they are NOT having sex. (Although they do get to third base once in a while.)
There's RAND and MARYBETH, Amy's parents, whose “Idiotic Amy” book series chronicles the embarrassing moments of Idiotic Amy, a girl who looks suspiciously like Amy and does embarrassing things suspiciously like things Amy has done. The books have been a huge success, with millions of girls worldwide buying volumes like “Idiotic Amy Wets The Bed” and “Idiotic Amy and the Guy She Had Sex With and Never Called Her Again”.
There's DESI, who's been stuck in the friend zone with Amy since kindergarten. Desi still hopes that one day Amy will come around and want to take things to another level, but tragically, he fails to realize that no guy ever escapes from the friend zone.
And don't forget BONEY and GILPIN, the detectives investigating Amy's disappearance. They strongly suspect the "crime scene" in Nick's living room is fake, because it's pretty hard for a grand piano to flip upside down accidentally.
With every page of GONE BITCH the tension builds:
Will Nick go to jail? Will Amy ever return? Will Nick ever get over his diarrhea from eating a search volunteer's Frito pie?
You'll want to keep reading to find out what happens, but you might not be able to stop laughing long enough to do so!
Now that you've seen the movie, read the book that makes fun of the movie!
Get GONE BITCH today!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steve Lookner has quickly become one of Amazon's top parody authors. He began his writing career as an editor of The Harvard Lampoon, and has written for such TV shows as Saturday Night Live, MADtv, and even an episode of Seinfeld. Steve is also the author of The Fault in Our Pants: A Parody of "The Fault in Our Stars", and The Relief Fisher: A Parody of Mariano Rivera's "The Closer", both available on Amazon.
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As I was approaching the mall exit, this cute little girl with barretted braids appeared in front of me and said, "What's that in your nose?" "They're called cannula," I said. "These tubes give me oxygen, which helps me breathe." "Would they help me breathe, too?" she asked. "I dunno, wanna try?" "Nah," she replied, "I don't wanna look like a weirdo." "Wanna know a secret?" I asked. "Yeah!" I licked my finger and rubbed it on her arm. "I just gave you cancer," I whispered.
You've read the book. You've seen the movie. Now read the parody!
THE FAULT IN OUR PANTS is the hilarious new full-length parody of "The Fault in Our Stars". Just listen to these reviews:
"Grand." -Augustus Waters
"A douchefest." -Hazel Grace Lancaster
"Will there be a braille edition?" -Isaac
"Why wasn't I in the movie?" -Kaitlyn
All the big scenes that weren't in the book but should have been are here! For example:
—The scene where Hazel tells Isaac that "always" no longer applies if your significant other goes blind
—The scene where Hazel wastes her Genie Wish by wishing for a million more wishes
—The scene where Hazel tries to take it past first base in the Anne Frank House
And many more!
From support group to the swing set of tears, from Augustus' trophies to Amsterdam, from Van Houten to Venn diagrams, it's all in THE FAULT IN OUR PANTS. So go ahead, give it a shot. You know you want to read it more than "Paper Towns."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steve Lookner has quickly become one of Amazon's top parody authors. He began his writing career as an editor of The Harvard Lampoon and has written for such TV shows as Saturday Night Live, MADtv, and even an episode of Seinfeld. Steve is also the author of Gone Bitch: A Parody of Gone Girl and The Relief Fisher: A Parody of Mariano Rivera's "The Closer", both available on Amazon.
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AT LAST, AN ACTION-PACKED NOVEL COMBINING SUPERNATURAL THRILLS WITH THE REALISM OF THE EVERYDAY WORLD.
What Critics are Calling
“A Fun Fast New Vampire Story!” - J.D. Brown, Author
“An Engaging, Action Packed, Fun Read!” - Victoria Adams, Author
“Fun Vampire Read.” R.G. Calkins
Can Special Olympics champion Jack Wendell survive, now that he's been turned into a vampire? All Jack wants is to be accepted as a valued member of the vampire community. But he can't do this when Chief Venator (vampire law enforcer) Damien Tepesh has ordered Jack to be killed. Fortunately, Jack wins the respect of a powerful ally. Lilith Morrigan, President of the Vampires, hides Jack from the ruthless Venators and gives him a chance to prove his worth. But she cannot stop her husband Damien from targeting Jack. Damien summons Romania's Chief Venator Zetania Vinescu to Colorado to help him hunt Jack. Lilith over-rides her husband and orders Zetania to protect Jack from the Venators. As Damien and Lilith battle over control of Jack, a new threat emerges. A space-alien Pure vampire has come to Colorado, specifically to kidnap Jack. Even if Damien and Lilith settle their differences, can they keep Jack safe from the Pures?
Description: REBOUND LOVE is Book 2 in the new Samantha’s Love & Romance Series, by Denise Daniella Darcy, or Triple D as she is affectionately called. Samantha Morgan: Now that shy Samantha has found and lost her first love, where does she go from here? Can she make rebound love work or is she destined to feeling insecure and lonely forever?
Sam Wong: Singer, songwriter, musician. Tall, slim hips, and a knock-down killer smile. Can he give Sam everything she is looking for even though he lives 8,000 miles away?
Can Uncle Tyrone or best friend Isabella provide support, direction, and comfort for a confused and apprehensive Sam?
Book 2 continues with Sam’s journey of love as she experiences earthquakes, danger and mayhem. READER REVIEWS
“I really liked Denise's ‘First Love’, and now I think I like the second in her Romance Series, “Rebound Love” even more. Talk about a great plot. Sam (the heroine) goes through dangerous times, including physical earthquakes and similar in the personal relationships area.” — Pamela Sanchez, Tucson, AZ
“I am reading Rebound Love, which is the second story in a new Romance and Love Series written by Denise Daniella Darcy. In the first book in the Series, First Love, the heroine Samantha has a lot of problems, but manages through her ingenuity—and a lotta luck—to get through them. In Rebound Love, she faces even bigger problems, including earthquakes and problems with her new boyfriend … The quality of the writing in both these novels is very good. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Catherine Bybee, one of my favorites. It is written at an adult level, but clearly enough that even young or new adults can really get into it. And Denise's characters are very real, and I found myself rooting for, or booing against, them.” — Ingrid Tannin, Copenhagen Denmark
“The book Rebound Love by Denise Darcy is the second in her Love and Romance Series. Like the first novel, First Love, it follows the adventures, and mis-adventures, of Samantha Morgan. She has a knack of getting into precarious (and for the reader, interesting) problems, … Whatever the situation, the plot is well written, and whether read by late teens or more mature females, it will get their attention with its attention to details, realistic developments, and lots of very interesting dialog between characters.” — Elizabeth Dubronsky, Chicago, IL
“Like most of my friends, I enjoy a good Romance novel. It's nice to curl up on an evening with some popcorn and a good book. Something like Rebound Love, a novel in the Romance & Love Series. Written by Denise Darcy, it's the second in the series of 4. It's based on the lead character, one Samantha, also known as Sam, who gets herself into one tight scrape after another. The writing is fresh, engages the reader, and before long you are actually seeing problems through Sam's eyes.” — Madelaine Crosby-Hutton, Portland, OR
“I have read maybe one-third of the second book in the Series, Rebound Love. The first novel, sorta appropriately named First Love, was a dandy. Action, problems galore, interesting characters, and a believable plot. I'm finding the same smooth writing in the current book.” — Melody Johnston, Los Angeles, CA
Like multiple endings? ‘Triple D’ has a SPECIAL TREAT for her readers. Each story in this series has 2 additional totally unique and different endings that dramatically change the outcome. And the best part- they are absolutely FREE for her readers.
Triple D writes stimulating contemporary romances with passion, humor and a down to earth feel that resonates with her readers. Written for readers of young adult, new adult, and teen romance. She writes with a similar style to Catherine Bybee, Debbie Macomber and Melody Anne.
Don’t miss any of the books in Samantha’s Love & Romance Series
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WHO SAYS BASEBALL CAN'T BE FUNNY? IT'S THE FIRST PARODY OF A SPORTS BOOK EVER!
You've heard Weird Al's parodies of pop songs. You've seen SNL's parodies of TV shows. You've read the Harvard Lampoon's parodies of books like "The Hunger Games." But what about sports? Why can't sports be funny too?
Veteran comedy writer Steve Lookner (SNL, MADtv) proves that sports can indeed be hilarious with the FIRST-EVER parody of a sports book! Lookner takes Mariano Rivera's book The Closer and transforms it into a comedy grand slam: THE RELIEF FISHER.
THE RELIEF FISHER is the book Mariano Rivera would've written if he'd lived the funniest life ever! In Mariano's own words, you'll hear what it was like growing up in a fishing village and learning to play a version of baseball in which all the equipment is made of fish...even the gloves! You'll go inside the Rivera family's shack as Mariano signs his first contract with the Yankees, and the Yankees pay him in sea bass. And you'll be there when Mariano sees a radar gun for the first time, and thinks it's a ray gun from Star Trek and that the Yankees' scout is going to vaporize him.
THE RELIEF FISHER also takes you inside the dugout for a hilarious insider's view of the great Yankee teams of the last two decades. You'll hear about the time Derek Jeter made a throwing error because he was grabbing a girl's butt with his other hand. You'll watch as Paul O'Neill destroys a water cooler because he only hit a double rather than a home run. You'll learn about the Yankees' secret practice of putting Yogi Berra's embalmed body in a wheelchair to make people think he's still alive. And you'll be there at Yankee Stadium when Mariano attempts to kill all the band members of Metallica for writing "Enter Sandman". From A-Rod to Cano, from Tino to Torre, jokes about all of the Yankees greats are here! And also jokes about the worst Yankee ever, Jim Leyritz.
Last but certainly not least, you'll get the hysterical perspective on baseball and on life that can only come from (the parody version of) Mariano Rivera. Mariano will tell you: —Why Red Sox fans are the stupidest people in America —Why his all time saves record is much more important than Derek Jeter's 3,000 hits —Why no one in baseball listens to the pitching coach —Why Edgar Martinez is the worst human being in the world
It's no surprise that it took the greatest closer ever to inspire the funniest sports book ever. Whether you're a Mariano Rivera fan, a baseball fan, a fan of fish, or just a fan of laughing your stirrups off, you'll love THE RELIEF FISHER!
It begins with a rumour, an exciting whisper. Anything to break the tedium of the harem for the Shah’s eldest daughter. People speak of a man with a face so vile it would make a hangman faint, but a voice as sweet as an angel’s kiss. A master of illusion and stealth. A masked performer, known only as Vachon.
For once, the truth will outshine the tales.
On her eleventh birthday, Afsar's uncle tries to molest her, and her father, the Shah, gifts her a circus. With the circus comes a man who will change everything.
Inspired by Gaston LeRoux's The Phantom of the Opera, Marion Grace Woolley takes us on forbidden adventures through a time that has been written out of history books. TW: Violence; implied sexual violence
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The Takeover Tor Omar James, King of the North African pride, needs one woman if he has any hope of keeping his sanity – Anise, his Soul’s Mate. There’s only one problem: she’s pregnant by Derrick, Tor of the United States pride. Anise is caught between the love that every Lycan covets and the motherly devotion to the son she would sacrifice so much for. Can Omar survive the takeover of the US pride and convince Anise that he is more man than lion?
The Defender Asim Tyson, the Defender of the Hafiz, is fighting off the insanity of his longing after losing his Soul’s Mate in battle. Unfortunately, his self-centered existence results in the gross neglect of his people when they need him the most. When Harmony appears in his life, he is forced to make a choice. Should he resist the lure of Harmony’s caustic melody or embrace his weakness in order to keep her safe?
Description: Nothing Left Sacred takes the reader on a twisting, panic-filled journey through the secretive corridors of power surrounding Henry VII and the glittering Tudor court. This taught political thriller carries us from the grandeur of the royal palaces to the seldom-glimpsed resistance network that rose in opposition to Henry's radical religious reforms which would create the Church of England.
When the mounting panic created by the King’s emotional instability combines with the twisted machinations of a corrupt justice system, they collide head-on with the leaders of England’s fantastically wealthy, yet tragically naïve, monastic community. The struggle between these opposing forces creates an atmosphere of claustrophobia and dark political paranoia not found in an historical novel since Umberto Ecco's 'The Name of the Rose'.
Description: Available in PDF, ePub, and mobi formats.
Apex Publications presents Severance, a darkly humorous science fiction novel by Cracked.com columnist Chris Bucholz.
After 240 years traveling toward Tau Prius and new a planet to colonize, the inhabitants of the generation ship Argos are bored and aimless. They join groups such as the Markers and the Breeders, have costumed orgies, and test the limits of drugs, alcohol, and pain just to pass the time.
To Laura Stein, they’re morons and, other than a small handful of friends, she’d rather spend time with her meat plant than with any of her fellow passengers. But when one of her subordinates is murdered while out on a job, Laura takes it as her responsibility to find out what happened. She expects to find a personal grudge or a drug deal gone wrong, but instead stumbles upon a conspiracy that could tear the ship in two.
Labelled a terrorist and used as a pawn in the ultimate struggle for control, Laura, with help from her friend Bruce and clues left by a geneticist from the past, digs deep into the inner working of the ship, shimming her way through ductwork, rallying the begrudged passengers to rise up and fight, and peeking into an unsavory past to learn the truth and save their future.
In the final book in the acclaimed Lithia Trilogy, Kat has new losses to mourn but also new reasons to live. On the brink of new beginnings, she is back together with Roman, their relationship deepening more and more even as she wonders whether she may still harbor feelings for Alex.
Yet Kat finds it difficult to focus on such things as college and romance, with terror still haunting the hills of Lithia and threatening the entire town. As several recent earthquakes baffle scientists and put residents on edge, it seems that something more dangerous may be looming in Lithia’s future.
Trying to balance a busy life while keeping Lithia safe isn’t easy—and soon Kat realizes that nothing is a higher priority than saving her hometown, along with its abundance of land and animals, from devastation. The only problem is that she can’t find a way to do this without leaving Lithia forever—or risking her own life and the lives of those she loves. And her future with Roman appears as unsteady as the ground under her feet…
In a novel that weaves together stories of love, the environment, and Shakespeare, the natural and supernatural worlds collide in this stunning conclusion to the Lithia Trilogy.
Description: Jessica Robinson's obsession with zombie films started when she was in junior high. Horror films are a great lens to examine concerns society has about modern science. Let’s face it, when it comes to horror movies, science has a bad reputation. Blind ambition, experimental serums, and genetic experiments are often blamed for the giant monster terrorizing the city or the reason aliens are taking human prisoners or the cause of the dead rising from the grave to consume living flesh.
Using film, literature, and interviews with experts, Robinson examines how zombies portray real-world fears such as epidemics, mind control, what may or may not exist in space, the repercussions of playing God, and the science behind the fears. Robinson's goal is to explore how zombies become a metaphor for our fears of science and what could happen if science gets out of hand. This ebook will be made available in .epub, .mobi or .prc (Kindle), and .pdf formats from the publisher.
Description: Book Two in the Shit Doesn't Just Happen: The Gift of Failure Series by NY Times Bestselling Author, West Point Graduate and former Green Beret, Bob Mayer.
THE CHALLENGER: ORGANIZATIONAL FAILURE “My God, Thiokol. When do you want me to launch? Next April?” Senior NASA official on a conference call to the manufacturer of the solid boosters, when they recommended on the morning of the launch that it be postponed.
THE SINKING OF THE KURSK “It's dark here to write, but I'll try by touch. It seems like there are no chances, 10%-20%. Let's hope that at least someone will read this. Hello to everyone. There is no need to despair." Captain Lieutenant Dmitri Kolesnikov, commander 7th Compartment (turbine room) Russian submarine Kursk.
THE SULTANA EXPLOSION “If we arrive safe at Cairo it would be the greatest trip ever made on the western waters, as there were more people on board than were ever carried on one boat on the Mississippi River!” William J, Gambrel, first clerk & part owner of the steamship Sultana.
PEARL HARBOR “Should hostilities once break out between Japan and the United States, it would not be enough that we take Guam and the Philippines, nor even Hawaii and San Francisco. To make victory certain, we would have to march into Washington and dictate the terms of peace in the White House. I wonder if our politicians (who speak so lightly of a Japanese-American war) have confidence as to the final outcome and are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices.” Admiral Yamamoto, Commander Japanese Navy. (Note that this quote was used extensively for propaganda purposed by the United States by leaving out the last sentence)
DEEPWATER HORIZON “Risk analysis continues to mislead us because we’re only looking at part of the risk. The same trail of tears led to Katrina, to the Massey Big Branch (coal) mine disaster, and it’s showing up here again.” Professor Robert Bea
THE LAST CZAR “I am not prepared to be a tsar. I never wanted to become one. I know nothing of the business of ruling." Nicholas II, last Czar of Russia.
ALIVE! “It was repugnant. Through the eyes of our civilized society it was a disgusting decision. My dignity was on the floor having to grab a piece of my dead friend and eat it in order to survive. 'But then I thought of my mother and wanted to do my best to get back to see her. I swallowed a piece and it was a huge step - after which nothing happened.” Dr. Robert Canessa
Description: Book II in the brand new crime series by International Bestselling Author Colin Falconer
‘The unique and supreme pleasure of love lies in the certainty of doing evil’
She is naked. She is spreadeagled on a torture rack in a basement. She is dead. Well, this is what happens when you don’t vet your clients properly.
Madeleine Fox supposes she shouldn’t yawn over a naked, dead woman but it is four in the morning and she’s tired. Perhaps she has seen too many dead bodies. These toms should really be more careful, especially if they’re going to specialise in BDSM. It’s not all 50 Shades of Grey and shopping.
It’s seems like just another murder, and they find their prime suspect within twenty four hours. He insists he is innocent - but then they all do, don’t they? Fox is the only detective in the Area Major Incident Team who believes him. She decides to dig a little deeper.
By the time the case file is closed everyone from the Commissioner down to Fox herself wish she hadn’t. Day by day they all come undone; the detectives, the victims and the one man who never meant for so many people to get hurt.
You can peel away as many layers as you want; but never think you know everything about any human heart.
Tough, funny and shocking, THE CERTAINTY OF DOING EVIL IN HELL adds to the legend of DI Madeleine Fox. But will it is also be the end of her?
Description: The Lords of Foxwoods Hall by Nicole Hurley-Moore a boxed set anthology of the novellas Capturing Bliss and Seizing Heaven sensual historical romance
This boxed set anthology contains the novellas Capturing Bliss and Seizing Heaven.
In 12th-century England, love isn’t part of the marriage equation. But Lady Blissot de Woodville adores her younger sister too much to see her suffer such a fate. Instead, Bliss recklessly switches places with her sister—and marries a total stranger under false pretenses! Fortunately, she soon discovers she shares a rare passion and genuine love with her new husband, the ardent Lord William Reynard. Yet the happier Bliss becomes, the more her secret weighs heavily on her heart…because one desperate lie could destroy everything she’s come to cherish.
Lord Savaric Reynard is intent on marrying the widow of Blackstone Manor, that is, until fate and the Reynard betrothal ring get in the way. On his way to meet the widow, Savaric is waylaid by Rosamund, an artist and a traveler. He doesn’t believe in magic or the old family legend that the Reynard betrothal ring has the power to choose the right and true bride. Savaric soon discovers he can try and run from Fate, but one way or another it just might catch up with him.
Description: Millie Olson would rather imagine life in the 19th century than face her 21st century life. At sixteen, she’s already graduated high school and is expected to attend a top college. All she wants to do is stay home in Indianapolis, take online courses and volunteer at the history museum.
She’s always been more academic than social and finding a diary written in 1865 by a young girl her age sets her history-loving heart on fire. But her grandmother’s insistence that she socialize reconnects her with high school quarterback Zach MacMillan.
The last thing Millie expects is a friendship with Zach much less anything more, but as the sparks fly, she’s forced to confront her fears with a little help from 1865.
Description: Two-time PEN/Faulkner Award winner Ha Jin saw his novel War Trash named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In A Map of Betrayal, Professor Lilian Shang knows her father, Gary, was a Chinese spy, but she reels after reading his diaries chronicling his double life. So when she travels to China to meet the family he left behind, Lilian must make peace with a past she knew nothing of. Fiction “Subtle, masterful and bittersweet.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
From the award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash: a riveting tale of espionage and conflicted loyalties that spans half a century in the entwined histories of two countries—China and the United States—and two families. When Lilian Shang, born and raised in America, discovers her father’s diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains. She knew that her father, Gary, convicted decades ago of being a mole in the CIA, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught. But his diary, an astonishing chronicle of his journey as a Communist intelligence agent, reveals the pain and longing that his double life entailed—and point to a hidden second family that he’d left behind in China. As Lilian follows her father’s trail back into the Chinese provinces, she begins to grasp the extent of his dilemma: he is a man torn between loyalty to his motherland and the love he came to feel for his adopted country. She sees how his sense of duty distorted his life, and as she starts to understand that Gary too had been betrayed, Lilian finds that it is up to her to prevent his tragedy from endangering yet another generation of Shangs. A stunning portrait of a multinational family and an unflinching inquiry into the meaning of citizenship, patriotism, and home, A Map of Betrayal is a spy novel that only Ha Jin could write.
Description: Praised by Kirkus Reviews as a “loonily intellectual alternative to that wimpy kid,” New York Times bestselling author Stephan Pastis’ Timmy Failure series is loved by critics and fans alike. We Meet Again finds the comically confident sleuth on the verge of greatness and global domination. But first Timmy must face his biggest challenge yet—academic probation. (Fiction/Ages 8 and up) “Original and quirky, with real heart.”—Guardian
If you’re one of the three people in the world who have not read the prior volumes of my memoir, let me sum them up. My name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And my detective agency is on the verge of global domination. And yet the gods keep throwing me curveballs: for starters, academic probation. But one thing is for sure—Timmy Failure will be triumphant again!
Description: NPR presents tales about the love we share: unforgettable stories of unlikely matches, love lost and found, the ties that bind families together, and of course romance.
If you listen to NPR, you’ve had at least one “driveway moment.” You’re sitting in your parked car, hooked by a story, needing to hear it all the way through. NPR celebrates the emotional bonds we share with this audio valentine that will warm hearts all year round. The story of an ex-monk and an ex-nun who form a family, as told by their son. The story of letters that continue to arrive from all over the world, addressed simply to Juliet, Verona, Italy. The softer side of Lyndon Johnson revealed in his letters to Lady Bird. A writer’s true love for her beloved Volvo. Lynda Barry on spring, thunderstorms, memories, and love. This heartfelt edition of Driveway Moments explores the surprising places we find love and the inspiring ways in which our most important relationships flourish.