Description: Winners will receive a trade paperback advance copy of The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman, but any interested reader can download the free eBook edition or stream the Audiobook edition for free right now at www.DownloadTheDarkness.com. This free eBook and audio promotion is to give readers a chance to sample as much of the book as they want — even all of it — before placing their order for the trade hardcover edition, which will be out in stores in November 2010. There are also several "Bonus Special Features" exclusive to the eBook including: * Roundtable Discussion where bestselling authors discuss eBooks and the future of publishing. Contributors include Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, William Peter Blatty, Jodi Picoult, Jane Green, MJ Rose, Douglas Clegg, JA Konrath, Seth Godin, Michael Marshall Smith, Scott Adams, and many others. * Exclusive new interview with Ray Bradbury about eBooks: "We Have Too Many Inventions!" * Interview with the author and an afterword entitled: "Did I Commit Career Suicide By Giving This Away For Free?" * And several other exciting features that will not be in the printed book About the Book:
When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually Henry's mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon. Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son and life couldn't be better... except there's something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There's something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler. A winter storm is brewing and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness. But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him... or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first? Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief — and what happens when we're finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well. Early Praise for the Book:
"The tone and building dread reminds me of classic Stephen King. Great velocity and impact, and super creepy. Don't go in the basement!"
— Stewart O'Nan,New York Times bestselling author of The Night Country and A Prayer for the Dying
"Brian James Freeman's evocative tale about the dark corners of an artist's imagination is elegant and haunting."
— David Morrell,New York Times bestselling author of The Shimmer "Spooky stuff!"
— Richard Matheson,New York Times bestselling author of What Dreams May Come and I Am Legend "The Painted Darkness is a dark, terrifying, and deeply moving gem of a novella. Brian James Freeman managed to both scare me and move me to tears."
— Tess Gerritsen,New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake and Harvest "With Straubian lyricism, Brian James Freeman evokes not only the irrational terrors of childhood, but addresses the roots of creativity and the vital importance of art. A very impressive achievement."
— Bentley Little, author of The House and His Father's Son
Description: A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But since Banks is away on holiday in San Francisco, his partner, Annie Cabbot, steps in. The woman tells Annie that she’s found a loaded gun hidden in the bedroom of her daughter, Erin—a punishable offense under English law. When an armed response team breaks into the house to retrieve the weapon, the seemingly straightforward procedure quickly spirals out of control.
But trouble is only beginning for Annie, the Eastvale force, and Banks—and this time, the fallout may finally do the iconoclastic inspector in. It turns out that Erin's best friend and roommate is none other than Tracy Banks, the DCI's daughter, who was last seen racing off to warn the owner of the gun, a very bad boy indeed.
Thrust into a complicated and dangerous case intertwining the personal and the professional as never before, Annie and Banks—a bit of a bad boy himself—must risk everything to outsmart a smooth and devious psychopath. Both Annie and Banks understand that it's not just his career hanging in the balance, it’s also his daughter's life.
Description: It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté de Quebec has come not to celebrate but to recover from a harrowing investigation gone wrong that left one of his team members dead. But murder seems to follow Gamache everywhere, even to the seemingly peaceful Literary and Historical Society, one of the last bastions of English culture in Quebec, where a man in found dead in the basement. And not any man—but the famous Augustin Roy, who had carried his obsessive search for the long-lost body of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, all the way to the Society library. Badly injured himself and desperately in need of a rest, Gamache cannot resist the appeals of the police and the Society board alike to negotiate the treacherous ground between the English and the French in the old walled city. Meanwhile, Gamache receives a letter each day from the little town of Three Pines, where the beloved Bistro owner Olivier was found guilty of murdering a mysterious hermit in THE BRUTAL TELLING. "Why would Olivier move the body?" Olivier's partner Gabri writes every time. "It doesn't make sense. He didn't do it, you know." Even though the evidence against Olivier seemed overwhelming at the time, Gamache sends his deputy, Inspector Beauvoir, back to Three Pines to be sure that nothing was overlooked.... Through it all, as he and Beauvoir search for the truth about present and past murders, Gamache must relive the terrible events that killed one of his men before he can begin to bury his dead.
Description: Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school, and the two girls become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory's magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe—but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself.
Soon she'll discover the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that these two are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. Generations ago, the faerie queen promised Pheobe's ancestor five extraordinary sons in exchange for the sacrifice of one ordinary female heir. But in hundreds of years there hasn't been a single ordinary girl in the family, and now the faeries are dying. Could Phoebe be the first ordinary one? Could she save the faeries, or is she special enough to save herself?
Description: Fourteen-year-old Billy Harriman can feel the changes. The sharpening of his senses. The incredible strength. The speed, as though he can textmessage himself across miles. The confidence and the strange need to patrol Central Park at night. His dad had been a hero, a savior to America and a confidante of the president. Then he died, and the changes began in Billy. What Billy never knew was that his father was no ordinary man—he was a superhero, battling the world's evil. This is a battle that has been waged for generations and that knows no boundaries.
And now it's Billy's turn to take on the fight. It's Billy's turn to become a hero.
Description: An audio book adaptation of Turgenev's story set on the outskirts of Moscow, in the house of an old widow. The story was written in 1854 by Ivan Turgenev, a great Russian novelists of the nineteenth century. Read in English (unabridged).
Turgenev wrote Mumu with such vivid images and reflections of the state of the tsarist Russia that this piece together with his other stories was credited with having influenced public opinion in favour of the abolition of serfdom in 1861. Turgenev was the first of the great Russian novelists to win fame abroad. One of his great admirers was Henry James, who wrote that "Turgenev’s merit of form is of the first order"
Description: Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything—including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
Description: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George Dohrmann's remarkable debut offers an up-close and unforgettable narrative that reveals the gritty reality hiding behind the romanticized hoop dreams of America's basketball prodigies.
The NBA has returned to prominence on the backs of phenoms like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. The media promotes them, the shoe companies pay them, and America applauds. But how exactly do such players reach the pros? What do they give up to get there? And what happens to those who fall short? Drawing on eight years of reporting and telling the very specific tale of one talented young recruit, his coach, and his teammates, George Dohrmann immerses readers in the world of grassroots basketball, where men hunt for future NBA stars and young boys and their parents navigate a tumultuous course in pursuit of basketball glory.
Description: Newly elected U.S. president Bob Long is weighing reports of nuclear weapons in Iran when he learns Justice Peter Corbin Franklin, 86-year-old liberal conscience of the Supreme Court, has suffered a massive stroke. With pressing same-sex marriage and abortion laws as well as a huge antitrust case on the court’s docket, the door is open for Long to appoint a conservative replacement, repaying the twenty-one million evangelicals who voted for him. But it won’t be that easy. Long faces a series of political missteps while his court nominee, Marco Diaz, suffers vicious character accusations in the media for his religious beliefs and rumors of a tragic past. Meanwhile, terrorists in Iran have hijacked more nuclear materials and are threatening to bomb a major city if the U.S. or Israel attacks. Chaos reigns in the nation’s capitol . . . A follow-up to Reed’s popular 2008 novel, Dark Horse, which received an endorsement from Sean Hannity
Description: Nine years after Mibs's Savvy journey, her cousin Ledge has just turned thirteen . . .
But Ledger Kale's savvy is a total dud—all he does is make little things fall apart. So his parents decide it's safe to head to Wyoming, where it's soon revealed that Ledge's savvy is much more powerful than anyone thought. Worse, his savvy disaster has an outside witness: Sarah Jane Cabot, reporter wannabe and daughter of the local banker. Just like that, Ledge's beloved normal life is over. Now he has to keep Sarah from turning family secrets into headlines, stop her father from foreclosing on Uncle Autry's ranch, and scumble his savvy into control so that, someday, he can go home.
Starring a cast both fresh and familiar, Scumble brilliantly melds Ingrid Law's signature heart and humor with the legendary Wild West.
Description: Hours before his untimely—and highly suspicious—death, world-renowned astrophysicist Thom Bergmann shares his discovery of extraterrestrial life with his wife, Lucy. Feeling that the warring world is not ready to learn of—or accept—proof of life elsewhere in the universe, Thom entrusts Lucy with his computer flash drive, which holds the keys to his secret work.
Devastated by Thom's death, Lucy keeps the secret, but Thom's friend, anthropologist Pierre Saad contacts Lucy with an unusual and dangerous request about another sensitive matter. Pierre needs Lucy to help him smuggle a newly discovered artifact out of Egypt: an ancient codex concerning the human authorship of the Book of Genesis. Offering a reinterpretation of the creation story, the document is sure to threaten the literal foundation of all three major world religions . . . and there are those who will stop at nothing to suppress it.
Midway through the daring journey, Lucy's small plane goes down between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the Middle East. The severely injured Lucy is rescued by Adam, a delusional American soldier whose search for both spiritual and carnal knowledge has led to madness. As Lucy heals, the bond between her and Adam grows. Ultimately, the pair forsake their half-mythical Eden and make their way back toward civilization—where members of an ultra-conservative religious cult are determined to deprive the world of the knowledge Lucy carries.
Set against the searing debate between evolutionists and creationists, Adam & Eve expands the definition of a "sacred book" and suggests that true madness lies in wars and violence fueled by all religious literalism and intolerance. A thriller, a romance, an adventure, and an idyll, Adam & Eve is a tour de force by a master contemporary storyteller.
Description: Amy Gallagher is an aspiring writer who, after countless rejections, has settled for a career as an English professor in small-town Ohio just to pay the bills. All her dreams suddenly start to unravel as rejections pile up—both from publishers and her boyfriend. But just as Amy fears her life is stuck in a holding pattern, she meets the mysterious, attractive, and unavailable Eli.
She struggles to walk the fine line between friendship and something more with Eli, even as staying true to her faith becomes unexpectedly complicated. When secrets, tragedy, and poor decisions cause rifts in Amy's relationships, she must come to terms with who she's become, her unrealized aspirations for her life, and the state of her faith. Can she dare to hope that she will find love and fulfillment despite it all?
Description: "Rip-roaring action that only builds in intensity with every page. Damaged kept me so riveted during a long plane ride thta I completely forgot where I was—the mark of a true thriller."—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author. FBI Agent Maggie O'Dell has to solve two seemingly unrelated cases and the pressure is on: a Category 5 hurricane is headed her way.
Description: Eliza Benedict cherishes her peaceful, ordinary suburban life with her successful husband and children, thirteen-year-old Iso and eight-year-old Albie. But her tranquility is shattered when she receives a letter from the last person she ever expects—or wants—to hear from: Walter Bowman. There was your photo, in a magazine. Of course, you are older now. Still, I'd know you anywhere.
In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on Death Row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears.
Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored. Desperate to shelter her children from this undisclosed trauma of her past, she cautiously makes contact with Walter. She’s always wondered why Walter let her live, and perhaps now he will tell her—and share the truth about his other victims.
Yet as Walter presses her for more and deeper contact, it becomes clear that he is after something greater than forgiveness. He wants Eliza to remember what really happened that long ago summer. He wants her to save his life. And Eliza, who has worked hard for her comfortable cocooned life, will do anything to protect it—even if it means finally facing the events of that horrifying summer and the terrible truth she’s kept buried inside
An edgy, utterly gripping tale of psychological manipulation that will leave readers racing to the final page, I'd Know You Anywhere is a virtuoso performance from acclaimed, award-winning author Laura Lippman that is sure to be her biggest hit yet.
Description: At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home–to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words "COME HOME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla to meet his family.
But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he'll leave. With Tilla getting icy greetings from his relatives, Lucius' brother-in-law mysteriously drowned at sea, and the whole Ruso family being sued for bankruptcy, it's hard to imagine an unhappier reunion. That is, until Severus, the plaintiff in the bankruptcy suit, winds up dead, and the real trouble begins...
Engrossing, intricate, and–as always–wonderfully comic, Ruth Downie's latest is a brilliant new installment in this irresistible series. This is everything we've come to expect from our charming, luckless hero.
Description: Who is Octavia Frost and why is she rewriting all the endings to her novels? Did her rock star son kill his girlfriend? Find out in this smart, savvy summer read from the author of The Dogs of Babel.
Description: In a small town on the Italian coast, a mysterious woman washes ashore. She is crippled, mute, and clutches a bundle to her chest—a baby the townspeople insist is a real-life mermaid. It can only bring bad luck; they pay a troupe of acrobats to carry mother and child away. In the bustling trade center of Venice, merchant Paul Pindar is the subject of his colleagues’ concern. Since his return from Constantinople, they have found him changed; raging over the loss of his beloved, Celia, he has gambled away his fortune at the gaming tables. But when a priceless blue diamond surfaces in the city, Pindar recognizes the opportunity to regain everything he has lost—including, perhaps, the woman he loves.
A celebrated writer of history and travel books, Katie Hickman has always been a master of evoking time and place. With The Pindar Diamond, her follow-up to The Aviary Gate, she brings early-seventeenth-century Italy vividly to life, and also demonstrates her maturity as a novelist. A tale of love and avarice, with a touch of the mystical, The Pindar Diamond is rich with historical detail, and unfolds with urgency and grace. It is accomplished, wholly satisfying historical fiction.
Description: Be one of the first to read what is sure to be the most charming novel you'll read this fall—The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart.
Balthazar Jones has lived in the Tower of London with his loving wife, Hebe, and his 120-year-old pet tortoise for the past eight years. That’s right, he is a Beefeater (they really do live there). It’s no easy job living and working in the tourist attraction in present-day London.
Among the eccentric characters who call the Tower’s maze of ancient buildings and spiral staircases home are the Tower’s Rack & Ruin barmaid, Ruby Dore, who just found out she’s pregnant; portly Valerie Jennings, who is falling for ticket inspector Arthur Catnip; the lifelong bachelor Reverend Septimus Drew, who secretly pens a series of principled erotica; and the philandering Ravenmaster, aiming to avenge the death of one of his insufferable ravens.
When Balthazar is tasked with setting up an elaborate menagerie within the Tower walls to house the many exotic animals gifted to the Queen, life at the Tower gets all the more interesting. Penguins escape, giraffes are stolen, and the Komodo dragon sends innocent people running for their lives. Balthazar is in charge and things are not exactly running smoothly. Then Hebe decides to leave him and his beloved tortoise “runs” away.
Filled with the humor and heart that calls to mind the delightful novels of Alexander McCall Smith, and the charm and beauty of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise is a magical, wholly original novel whose irresistible characters will stay with you long after you turn the stunning last page.
Description: What if all the bad news you've been hearing about Christians isn't true?
Here are some facts that may surprise you:
Evangelicals are more respected by society today than they were twenty years ago.
Divorce rates of Christian couples are lower than those of nonbelievers.
The percentage of young people who attend church has held steady over the past twenty years.
All these statements are true, yet we've been told the opposite time and time again. Why is the church being misled? And what is the true state of Christianity in America today?
Sociologist Brad Wright shatters popular myths by sifting through the best available data. He reveals how Christians are doing when it comes to everything from marriage and morality to church growth and public perception. While not all the news is good, it turns out there is a wealth of encouraging information that we're not being told.
Get the truth behind the statistics you've been hearing and how the numbers are being manipulated, and discover what is really happening in American Christianity.
Description: Former Russian Mafia Boss's Miraculous Road to Redemption
Born to Finnish missionaries in Tanzania, Rami Kivisalo showed an unexpected bent toward crime and violence. In his teens he was schooled by a master in the lethal art of "snake kung fu." At twenty he had a booming international drug and arms trade, was allied with a major Russian mafia organization, and was drawing on demonic forces to maintain control.
With a vivid, you-are-there style, this former Russian mob boss delivers a gripping story of how the son of missionary parents became empowered, and then trapped, in the deadly world of demonic possession and international intrigue—until the Lord reached out and saved him.
Full of adrenaline-pumping action, true-life crime, and the unconditional grace of God, The Red Scorpion is an ultimately uplifting reminder of how even the most prodigal of sons is welcomed home.
True hospitality is not about being perfect, cooking a fancy meal, or spending a lot of money. Rather, it's about an open door and an open heart. Popular blogger Sandy Coughlin offers a simple but savvy approach to help women break free of the anxieties that keep them from opening their homes. Emphasizing the forgotten goal of entertaining—connecting deeply with others—she shows how women can use the gifts and talents God gave them to reach out in love.
Description: A haunting story of art, ambition, love, and friendship by a writer of elegant, exacting prose.
At the renowned writing school in Bonneville, every student is simultaneously terrified of and attracted to the charismatic and mysterious poet and professor Miranda Sturgis, whose high standards for art are both intimidating and inspiring. As two students, Roman and Bernard, strive to win her admiration, the lines between mentorship, friendship, and love are blurred.
Roman's star rises early, and his first book wins a prestigious prize. Meanwhile, Bernard labors for years over a single poem. Secrets of the past begin to surface, friendships are broken, and Miranda continues to cast a shadow over their lives. What is the hidden burden of early promise? What are the personal costs of a life devoted to the pursuit of art? All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost is a brilliant evocation of the demands of ambition and vocation, personal loyalty and poetic truth.
Description: The enigmatic performer known as the Body Artist takes the stage at Chicago’s Club Gouge and allows her audience to use her naked body as a canvas for their impromptu illustrations. V. I. Warshawski watches as people step forward, some meek, some bold, to make their mark. The evening takes a strange turn when one woman’s sketch triggers a violent outburst from a man at a nearby table. Quickly subdued, the man—an Iraqi war vet—leaves the club. Days later, the woman is shot outside the club. She dies in V.I.’s arms and the police move quickly to arrest the angry vet. A shooting in Chicago is nothing new, certainly not to V.I., who is hired by the vet’s family to clear his name. As V.I. seeks answers, her investigation will take her from the North Side of Chicago to the far reaches of the Gulf War.
Description: Chinese businessman Li Jing seems to have the perfect life and family—a successful business, a beautiful wife, and a beloved young son. But when he suffers a terrible head injury during an explosion at a luxury Shanghai hotel, he loses his ability to speak Mandarin; and can communicate only in the English he learned as a child. His desperate wife and father hire a young American neurologist, Rosalyn, to help him recover. The young doctor is energetic and unconventional, the very opposite of Li Jing's quiet and reserved wife, Mailing. As Rosalyn works to connect with Li Jing, Mailing must keep her husband’s business afloat. Yearning to be understood and struggling either to regain a past or leave one behind, all three make startling discoveries about themselves, with unexpected consequences. A dazzling debut by a young Chinese writer who first learned to speak English at the age of ten, THE LOST AND FORGOTTEN LANGUAGES OF SHANGHAI is a gorgeous and moving story about the power of language.
Description: They risk it all for adventure and romance, but find that love only flourishes in truth...
1886. Charlotte Gleason embarks from England with conflicting emotions. She is headed for New York to marry one of America's wealthiest heirs—a man she has never even met. When her doubts gain the upper hand, she swaps identities with her maid Dora. She wants a chance at "real life," even if it means giving up financial security. For Charlotte, it's a risk she's willing to take. But when this chance of a lifetime turns into her blackest nightmare, can her faith and hope survive?
Description: In celebration of the upcoming release of EMPIRE which picks up where ROMA ends covering the saga of the center of the Ancient World from the time of Augustus, through Claudius, to its height with Marcus Aurelius., 25 copies of ROMA will be offered to LibraryThing members during the month of July...
About ROMA: Spanning a thousand years, and following the shifting fortunes of two families though the ages, this is the epic saga of Rome, the city and its people. Weaving history, legend, and new archaeological discoveries into a spellbinding narrative, critically acclaimed novelist Steven Saylor gives new life to the drama of the city’s first thousand years — from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins Romulus and Remus, through Rome’s astonishing ascent to become the capitol of the most powerful empire in history. Roma recounts the tragedy of the hero-traitor Coriolanus, the capture of the city by the Gauls, the invasion of Hannibal, the bitter political struggles of the patricians and plebeians, and the ultimate death of Rome’s republic with the triumph, and assassination, of Julius Caesar. Witnessing this history, and sometimes playing key roles, are the descendents of two of Rome’s first families, the Potitius and Pinarius clans: One is the confidant of Romulus. One is born a slave and tempts a Vestal virgin to break her vows. One becomes a mass murderer. And one becomes the heir of Julius Caesar. Linking the generations is a mysterious talisman as ancient as the city itself. Epic in every sense of the word, Roma is a panoramic historical saga and Saylor’s finest achievement to date.
Description: Cotton Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt return in the most intense novel of historical intrigue yet from New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry.
When former government operative Cotton Malone receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar web address, his old instincts tell him something's wrong. But no training could have prepared him for what he sees when he logs onto the site: his friend and love interest Cassiopeia Vitt, being tortured at the hands of a mysterious man who has an order for Malone: Bring me the important object she's asked you to keep safe. Which Malone would happily do—except he doesn't know what that object is. So begins Malone's most harrowing adventure to date—one that will take him from Denmark to Pakistan and then to China, a vast and mysterious land about which he knows only one thing: Danger awaits him and Cassiopeia around every corner.
Description: Emmett Conn is a 92 year old Turkish-American man living in Georgia in 1990. A veteran, he has few memories prior to waking in a London hospital, a Turkish soldier wounded in battle during the first World War.
Emmett married a nurse who tended to him in London. They moved to America in 1917. Now, an old man, he is a widower, with one daughter he clashes with, another who lives far away, and a deeply troubled grandson he would desperately like to help and spend more time with.
When Emmett begins having dreams so realistic they verge almost on seizures, he is taken to a hospital. His doctors find a small brain tumor, a diagnosis that seems to explain his strange dreams. But treatment doesn’t lessen their intensity. As the dreams continue, Emmett — and the reader — come to realize that Emmett served as a gendarme during the Armenian genocide, escorting women and children from Turkey in one of the most brutal episodes of the entire 20th century.
On one side navigating the American medical system as an old man tagged with dementia, on the other grappling with a painful past only now coming to light, Emmett must confront a side of himself he has never accepted. He must acknowledge he committed unspeakable acts — yet at the same time acts of kindness. In Emmett’s dreams he is united with the love of his life, Araxie, one of his Armenian captives. Emmett did his best to spare her from death during the march nearly a century ago. Now, as his grasp on the boundaries between past and present begins to break down, he sets out to find Araxie, and to beg her forgiveness.
THE GENDARME is a meditation on the power of memory — and the ability of people, individually and collectively, to forget. It shows how racism creates divisions where none truly exist, how love can overcome nationalities and politics, and how the human spirit fights to survive even when all seems hopeless. It is a transcendent novel.
Description: "I’ve heard it said that you should write fiction about what hurts you the most or what scares you the most. When I first deployed to Afghanistan, what scared me the most was not the thought of getting shot down and killed. It was the thought of getting shot down and NOT killed. What would I face on the ground? Would I be up to the task? This novel is an imagining of that fear." -Thomas W. Young
In The Mullah’s Storm, a transport plane carrying a high-value Taliban detainee for interrogation is shot down in a blizzard over the Hindu Kush, and the storm makes rescue impossible. For navigator Michael Parson and a female Army interpreter, Sergeant Gold, an extraordinary battle for survival across some of the most forbidding terrain on earth is about to begin. Against snow, cold, feral animals, Taliban attacks, betrayal, and a prisoner who would very much like them to get caught, the two of them must rely on each other—Gold’s competence and expertise in Afghan culture keeping them sane, Parson’s outdoor skills and survival training keeping them alive.
It is a novel of relentless pace and constant surprise, not only in the turns of its plot, but in the strength and fleetness of its prose. Thomas Young is a writer—and this is the beginning of a brilliant career.
Description: Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and kidnapping a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expects to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from him, but ends up with a feisty copperhaired orphan thrown over his shoulder who was on her way to marry Sullivan's bitter enemy. Emily McCarthy is an orphan out of options. Forced to marry because she was too old for her orphanage, she doesn't take kindly to her "rescue." Still she trusts God can turn any situation to good especially when it seems Sullivan may just be the man of her dreams. But Sullivan's crossed a dangerous man unused to losing and Emily may just be the prize he's unwilling to sacrifice.
Description: Be one of the very first to read one of the most hotly anticipated books of the fall—THE WAVE. From Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil’s Teeth, an astonishing book about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out.
For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dismissed these stories—waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea—including several that approached 100 feet.
As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean’s most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows this unique tribe of people as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100foot wave.
In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists’ urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves—from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740-foot-wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast.
With inexorable, adrenaline-fueled verve, THE WAVE brilliantly portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious.
Description: Continuing the epic story begun in his New York Times bestselling novel Roma, Steven Saylor returns to tell the story of the continued rise of the city of Rome, the epicenter of the most powerful empire of the ancient world. Telling the story via the descendents of a single bloodline through time, Empire traces the glorious, turbulent, and often scandalous history of the capitol from the heyday of the Augustus, founder of the empire in 14 A.D., to the height of its glory in territorial extent and cultural achievement, under Hadrian in 138 A.D. Over the course of these decades, four generations of the Pinarius family witness the continual growth and evolution of the city, itself the main character of the novel.
Saylor brings to life the most discussed period of the empire, including the most famous, frequently infamous, notorious emperors who dominated the era, including Augustus, Claudius, Caligula, Nero, Titus, Domitian, Trajan, and Hadrian. These episodes are intimate stories of men and women in crisis, but they also shed light on the most famous people and events of imperial Rome.
Description: Bored with retirement, Mr. Ali sets up a desk, puts up a sign, and waits for customers for his new business. Soon enough, they start arriving. Some have specific requirements, like the man who wants a tall groom for his four-foot-eight daughter (of the same caste, and preferably an engineer). Some are a challenge, like the salesman who needs a lesson in selling himself. And some are a mystery—like the handsome young doctor who wouldn’t seem to need Mr. Ali’s services at all. Mr. Ali’s assistant, Aruna, is learning from him, and showing a talent for matchmaking. But without a dowry, Aruna has no expectation of a match for herself. Then again, as we go about planning our lives, sometimes fate is making other arrangements…
Description: "I didn’t speak until I was seven. I didn’t feel the need," May tells us on page one of How To Survive A Natural Disaster, a story of family rivalry, betrayal, violence and forgiveness told in six voices. May, the strange, silent Peruvian orphan who is adopted and brought to a leafy suburb north of Chicago at six months old to mend the lives of an already troubled family, might not talk, but as her Grandma Jack observes, "That baby studies people."
Next we hear from May’s mother Roxanne, who hopes a baby and religion will fix her marriage; May’s father Craig, an artist who'd rather be anywhere but home until he falls in love with this strange dark child, April, May's beautiful brilliant adored older sister who wants to be an actress and who appears "to breathe light like some benign dragon;" Mr. Cosmo, their three-legged Weimaraner; and Phoebe, the morbidly depressed, morbidly obese, agoraphobic neighbor who is the one who finally must rise to the occasion when May finds her father's loaded gun hidden under his dirty laundry.
As each voice makes a case for his or her own side of the story the reader learns that blood ties aren’t what make a family and that sometimes survival is only possible through forgiveness.
Description: Offer is for an Advance Reader's Edition of WHEN BLOOD CALLS by J.K. Beck, the first volume of a thrilling new paranormal romance series featuring a hotshot attorney Sara Constantine.
Sara is thrilled with her promotion—until she finds out that she must now prosecute vampires and werewolves. The first defendant she’ll be trying to put away? Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.
When Lucius kisses a beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s hoping only to avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss ignites into an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows that Sara is determined to see him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not a monster. And that might mean making the ultimate sacrifice.
Description: As widow Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her husband's dream alive, she is injured on the ranch, forcing her to rely on the one man she wishes to avoid: Dr. Rand Brookston, Timber Ridge’s physician and reluctant veterinarian.
Dr. Brookston is a man dedicated to his calling, and to building the clinic Timber Ridge needs. While Rachel appreciates the doctor's help, she guards her heart against the emotions he stirs inside her. Surrendering to God is difficult enough—daring to love again would be too much.
But soon she must decide: the promise of a safe life—and a safe love—or the risk inherent in truly opening one's heart.
Description: Our species, it appears, is hardwired to get things wrong in a staggering variety of ways. Why did recipients of a loan offer accept a higher interest rate when a pretty woman’s face was printed on the flyer? Why did one poll on immigration find that the most despised foreigners were from a group that did not exist? Why does giving someone power make them more likely to chew with their mouth open and pick their nose? And why is your sister going out with that biker dude?
In fact, our cognitive, logical, and romantic failures may be a fair price to pay for our extraordinary success as a species—they are the necessary cost of our adaptability. Bozo Sapiens swoops effortlessly across neurochemistry, behavioral economics, and evolutionary biology (among other disciplines) to answer with clarity and wit the questions above—and larger ones about what it means to be human.
Description: Deborah Fallows has spent much of her life learning languages and traveling around the world. But nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin, China’s most common language, or the intensity of living in Shanghai and Beijing. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs in studying the language of her adopted home provided small clues to deciphering the behavior and habits of its people,and its culture’s conundrums. As her skill with Mandarin increased, bits of the language—a word, a phrase, an oddity of grammar—became windows into understanding romance, humor, protocol, relationships, and the overflowing humanity of modern China.
Fallows learned, for example, that the abrupt, blunt way of speaking that Chinese people sometimes use isn’t rudeness, but is, in fact, a way to acknowledge and honor the closeness between two friends. She learned that English speakers’ trouble with hearing or saying tones—the variations in inflection that can change a word’s meaning—is matched by Chinese speakers’ inability not to hear tones, or to even take a guess at understanding what might have been meant when foreigners misuse them.
In sharing what she discovered about Mandarin, and how those discoveries helped her understand a culture that had at first seemed impenetrable, Deborah Fallows’s Dreaming in Chinese opens up China to Westerners more completely, perhaps, than it has ever been before.
Description: The Golden Gate Bridge links the urbanity of San Francisco with the wild headlands of Marin County, as if to suggest the paradox of California and America itself—the place that Fitzgerald saw as the last spot commensurate with the human capacity for wonder. The bridge, completed in 1937, also announced to the world America’s engineering prowess and full assumption of its destined continental dominance. The Golden Gate is a counterpart to the Statue of Liberty, pronouncing American achievement in an unmistakable American fashion. The nation’s very history is expressed in the bridge’s art deco style and stark verticality. Kevin Starr’s Golden Gate is a brilliant and passionate telling of the history of the bridge, and the rich and peculiar history of the California experience. The Golden Gate is a grand public work, a symbol and a very real bridge, a magnet for both postcard photographs and suicides. In this compact but comprehensive narrative, Starr unfolds the hidden-in-plain-sight meaning of the Golden Gate, putting it in its place among classic works of art.
Description: This stunning new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Sarah's Key, plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.
It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Melanie's birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they’d returned to the island—over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mlanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.
Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Melanie tries to recall what caused her to crash. Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise Angele, a mortician who will teach him new meanings for the words life, love and death. Suddenly, however, the past comes swinging back at both siblings, burdened with a dark truth about their mother, Clarisse.
Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way. By turns thrilling, seductive and destructive, with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming, A Secret Kept is the story of a modern family, the invisible ties that hold it together, and the impact it has throughout life.
Description: This is Elizabeth Brundage's third novel (The Doctor's Wife, "Somebody Else's Daughter") and will be launched August 9 from Viking. Stranger is an intricately structured roundelay with multiple characters and storylines which unfold gradually and subtly. Elizabeth juxtaposes the fraudulent, self-aggrandizing nature of Hollywood dealmaking with the existential drama played out on the warfront in the Middle East. Both volatile landscapes come together in the story, and events that should be important in war are brushed aside while a studio executive’s decision ultimately affects people’s lives and deaths.
Among the characters are a hot shot movie studio executive who searches for a meaningful project. When she lashes out at an amateurish screenwriter’s exploitative script, the exec unknowingly sets a chain of events in motion with this one innocuous move. She unwittingly draws together a humiliated would-be screenwriter, a young waif who lives on the streets of Hollywood and an Iraqi war veteran suffering from PTSD who is left to deal with it alone when he returns to Los Angeles. Elizabeth has written an intense, provocative thriller about power, war, and the portrayal of women in film.
Description: Four people, two marriages, one lifelong friendship: everything is about to change...
From Christina Baker Kline, critically acclaimed author of THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE, comes BIRD IN HAND, a novel about love, marriage, friendship, and the choices we make that tear apart everything we’ve built. The story of a tragic accident that upends the lives and exposes the secrets of two couples, BIRD IN HAND is a bravura display of the exquisite, powerful, page-turning storytelling that prompted the Boston Globe to declare that Christina Baker Kline is "the real deal."
Now available in paperback from Harper Paperbacks!
Description: Abbe is a restless young mother living on the outskirts of Honolulu with her husband, Greg, the pastor at a small church. Their lives are suddenly riven by tragedy when their three-year-old daughter, Cleo, is struck and killed by car. As Greg turns to God and community for comfort, Abbe turns inward and reflects upon her own troubled past. Isla Morley brilliantly weaves the story of Abbe’s grief with a gripping tale of her tempestuous childhood in apartheid South Africa—-and how Abbe’s father, a villainous drunk, held her family hostage for decades with his rage, until they finally began to plot their escape from him. Come Sunday is a spellbinding drama about a woman breaking free of her grief and of her past, and what it takes to revive hope when all seems lost.
Description: Royce (aka Rolly) is having a bad year. Not only has his mother dragged him across the country in order to be close to her aged father Arthur, a celebrated cellist, but he's also recovering from mono. When he convinces his mother to let him finish the school year by correspondence, he's left feeling isolated and lonely, and spends his time watching TV and plotting ways to get back to his friends in Nova Scotia. But before his plans can be implemented, his grandfather has a small stroke. Suddenly Arthur needs more care than Royce's mother can provide and Royce is pressed into service.
Looking after a ninety-five-year-old — especially one as cantankerous, crafty and stubborn as Arthur — is a challenge. But as Royce gets to know the eccentric old man — who loves the Pussycat Dolls, hates Anderson Cooper and never listens to the kind of music that made him famous — he gradually comes to appreciate that his grandfather's life still has meaning. Even if Arthur himself seems to want it to end. (Teen Fiction)
Description: Liz and Jonathan Chambers were stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts and a miserable adolescent daughter. Then Marcus Witherstone came into their lives - and it seemed he would solve all their problems. He knew the perfect tenants from London who would rent their old house: a glamorous PR girl, Ginny, and her almost-famous husband, Piers. But soon Liz is lost in blissful dreams of Marcus, Jonathan is left to run their tutorial college, and neither of them has time to notice that their teenage daughter is developing a passion for the tenants, Piers and Ginny. Everyone is entangled with everyone else, in the most awkward possible way. And as events close in, they all begin to realize that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.
Description: Aquest intel·ligent llibre de viatges ens descobreix un esplèndid autor holandés enamorat profundament de la geografia espanyola que ens sorprén amb una erudició poc comuna. Cees Nooteboom encarna el viatger que sempre es deixa temptar pels camins laterals. Encara que la seua destinació és Santiago de Compostel·la, parteix de Barcelona, s’atura a Aragó i en alguns episodis de la seua història passa per Granada, busca a Sòria l’àbsida d’una església, fa escala a la ciutat de València i es perd en els corredors buits del Museo del Prado. També la seua prosa es desvia i s’interna per joioses digressions, unes vegades literàries, i unes altres polítiques, iròniques, erudites o malenconioses.
Description: From a writer hailed as "a younger, more libidinal Susan Sontag,"* a dazzling, revealing, and fiercely funny dissection of our love of scandal and what it says about us
We all relish a good scandal—the larger the figure (judge, president!) and the more shocking the details (diapers, cigars!) the better. But why do people feel compelled to act out their tangled psychodramas on the national stage, and why do we so enjoy watching them, hurling our condemnations while savoring every gory scrap?
With "pointed daggers of prose,"** Laura Kipnis examines contemporary downfall sagas to lay bare the American psyche: what we condone, what we punish, where we draw the line, and why. She delivers virtuoso analyses of four paradigmatic cases: a lovelorn astronaut, an unhinged judge, a venomous whistleblower, and an overimaginative memoirist. The motifs are classic— revenge, betrayal, ambition, madness—though the pitfalls are ones we all negotiate daily. After all, every one of us is a potential scandal in the making: failed self-knowledge and colossal self-deception—the necessary ingredients—are our collective plight. In How To Become a Scandal, bad behavior is the entry point for a brilliant cultural romp as well as an anti-civics lesson."Shove your rules," says scandal, and every upright citizen, deep within, roars his approval—as long as it's someone else's head on the block.
Description: En una hipotètica societat futura, s’han generalitzat estranys avenços científics, com ara el creuament d’animals i les clonacions,però també les injustícies: explotació sexual, corrupció,contaminació alimentària... Amb aquesta perspectiva, proliferen els cultes religiosos alternatius, com ara els Jardiners de Déu, que pronostiquen un segon diluvi universal. Ren i Toby són dues xiques que han sigut Jardineres. Anys després, Ren treballa en un club d’striptease i Toby a una cadena de venda d’hamburgueses tòxiques. Sembla que la profecia dels Jardiners de Déu s’ha complit i elles són les úniques supervivents humanes, però cap de les dues sap que l’altra està viva...
Description: The New York Times bestselling author of Bet Me, Tell Me Lies and Welcome to Temptation delivers her long-awaited novel
Andie Miller is ready to move on in life. She wants to marry her fiancee and leave behind everything in her past, especially her ex-husband, North Archer. But when Andie tries to gain closure with him, he asks one final favor of her before they go their separate ways forever. A very distant cousin of his has died and left North as the guardian of two orphans who have driven out three nannies already, and things are getting worse. He needs a very special person to take care of the situation and he knows Andie can handle anything. When Andie meets the two children she quickly realizes things are much worse than she feared. The place is a mess, the children, Carter and Alice, aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. What’s worse, Andie’s fiancee thinks this is all a plan by North to get Andie back, and he may be right. Andie’s dreams have been haunted by North since she arrived at the old house. And that’s not the only haunting. What follows is a hilarious adventure in exorcism, including a self-doubting parapsychologist, an annoyed medium, her Tarot-card reading mother, an avenging ex-mother-in-law, and, of course, her jealous fiancee. And just when she thinks things couldn’t get more complicated, North shows up on the doorstep making her wonder if maybe this time things could be different between them. If Andie can just get rid of all the guests and ghosts, she’s pretty sure she can save the kids, and herself, from the past. But fate might just have another thing in mind…
Description: Sweet and innocent with a twist of girl-next-door, Cadence Jones is not your typical girl and certainly not your typical FBI agent. Just ask her sisters, Shiro and Adrienne. (Wai. . . best if you don’t ask Adrienne anything.) But it's her special "talent" which makes Cadence so valuable to the FBI and it never comes in more handy than when she and her partner, George, get tagged to bring down the Threefer Killer. A serial killer who inexplicably likes to kill in threes, leave behind inexplicable newspaper clippings, and not one shred of decent forensic evidence, soon starts leaving messages that seem to be just for Cadence and her sisters. Could it be that this killer knows all about Cadence's special "talent"? In the meantime, love blooms in the most unexpected place when Cadence meets her best friend’s gorgeous brother who is in town visiting—and she discovers that he knows her secret too! When attraction burns hot between them her best friend isn't thrilled with the romantic development and this time Cadence just might agree!
From New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson comes an outrageously funny novel about a highly unconventional FBI agent, a rather odd serial killer, a best friend on the edge, a gorgeous baker. . .and oh, yeah, love.
Suddenly Cadence finds her unbalanced life turned even more upside down as she tries to date a baker who wants to get in her heart and in her bed, dodge a pesky psychiatrist, keep a leash on her sociopath partner, while trying to catch a serial killer who’s now fixated on her.
Description: Margret Snow is the quintessential New York woman. She dresses the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue by day and mingles in the downtown art world by night. Married to Charles, a professor at Columbia, they live on the Upper West Side, where, carefully camouflaged within their hectic Manhattan lives, they share a mutual passion for bird watching. When Margret's life is violently shaken by tragedy, however, she discovers a means to transform her obsession with birds — and her own unlocked imagination — into an ambitious, healing work of art. The Bird Catcher is a witty, poignant story about a remarkable woman who is as distinctive as the birds that fill the skies above her.
Description: A big-hearted story of a Depression-era small town turned upside down by a worldly teacher.
Narrator Gladys Cailiff is eleven years old in 1938 when a new, well-traveled young schoolteacher turns a small Georgia town upside down. Miss Grace Spivey believes in field trips, Arabian costumes, and reading aloud from her ten-volume set of The Thousand Nights and a Night. The real trouble begins when she decides to revive the annual town festival as an exotic Baghdad bazaar. Miss Spivey transforms the lives of everyone around her: Gladys's older brother Force (with his movie-star looks), her pregnant sister May (a gifted storyteller herself), and especially the Cailiffs' African American neighbor, young Theo Boykin, whose creative genius becomes the key to a colorful, hidden history of the South.
Populated by unforgettable characters—including three impressive camels—The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia rides a magic carpet from a segregated schoolroom in Georgia to the banks of the Tigris (and back again) in an entrancing feat of storytelling.
Description: Offer is for a bound galley of The Human Blend, the new science-fiction novel by Alan Dean Foster to be published in November.
Alan Dean Foster’s brilliant new novel is a near-future thriller that has all the dark humor and edgy morality of an Elmore Leonard mystery, in addition to the masterly world-building and quirky but believable characters readers expect from Foster. This gripping adventure reveals a place where criminals are punished through genetic engineering and bodily manipulation—which poses profound questions about what it means to be human.
Named so because radical surgery and implants have reduced him to preternatural thinness, Whispr is a thug. His partner in crime, Jiminy Cricket, has also been physically altered with nanocarbonic prosthetic legs and high-strength fast-twitch muscle fibers that give him great jumping abilities. In a dark alley in Savannah, Whispr and Jiminy murder what they take to be a random tourist in order to amputate and then fence his sophisticated artificial hand. But the hapless victim also happens to be carrying an unusual silver thread that appears to be some kind of storage medium. Ever quick to scent potential profit, Whispr and Jiminy grab the thread as well.
Chance later deposits a wounded Whispr at the clinic of Dr. Ingrid Seastrom. Things have not gone smoothly for Whispr since he acquired the mysterious thread. Powerful forces are searching for him, and Jiminy has vanished. All Whispr wants to do is sell the thread as quickly as he can. When he offers to split the profits with Ingrid in exchange for her medical services, she makes an astonishing discovery.
So begins a partnership like no other. Unlike Whispr, Ingrid is a natural, with no genetic or bodily alteration. She is also a Harvard-educated physician, while Whispr’s smarts are strictly of the street variety. Yet together they make a formidable team—as long as they can elude the enhanced assassins that are tracking them.
Description: Gripping, suspenseful, magical, and richly atmospheric . . . Ilie Ruby's haunting debut novel, The Language of Trees, is exhilarating fiction that announces the arrival of a truly extraordinary storyteller.
Echo O'Connell knows that the summer holds its secrets. They are whispered in the rustling trees, in the lush scent of the lilacs, in the flurry of the mayflies batting against the screen door, and in the restless spirits that seem to clamor in the scant breezes on hot evenings. It is in summer that she returns home to Canandaigua, to confront these spirits, both living and not, and to share a secret with her first love, Grant Shongo—a secret that will forever change the lives of many people in the town and put to rest the mysterious disappearance of a little boy more than a decade earlier.
Grant, a descendant of the Seneca Indians who call this place "The Chosen Spot," has also come back to face his past. After a broken marriage, he has moved into his childhood home, a lake house that has withstood happiness and tragedy. He knows the spirits of the past must be dealt with—that of the little boy who disappeared all those years ago; the boy's sister, who never overcame the loss; and the love Grant still has for Echo. But before the healing must come the forgiveness. . . .
Description: Monday morning, a young mother disappears after a doctor's appointment. Monday evening, a young socialite leaves a risque lounge and never makes it home. Detective Jackson lands both cases, but at first he can't find signs of foul play. When the socialite turns up dead, his investigation uncovers her dirty secrets, which complicates everything. The case runs into even bigger trouble with a suspect who hasn't left his house in a year. Jackson must push all the boundaries to find the connection and answer the question: Where is the other missing woman?
Description: Tot el que tinc ho duc al damunt és una profunda reflexió sobre els límits de la condició humana en les situacions més extremes de repressió i explotació. La lluita diària dels oprimits per la supervivència ens arriba a través del protagonista, un jove de 17 anys que és conduït a treballar de manera forçada en la reconstrucció de la Unió Soviètica. Aquest destí va ser compartit per molts membres de la minoria romanesa de cultura alemanya, víctimes del nazisme primer, i després culpats de complicitat amb la nació de la qual hereten forçadament la cultura.
Description: A brilliant and provocative thought experiment that imagines a world in which Islam never existed. [close] A brilliant and provocative thought experiment that imagines a world in which Islam never existed.
Description: In the second of Tundra's Great Idea series, biographies for children who are just starting to read, Monica Kulling presents the life of an extraordinary man.
There were few opportunities for the son of slaves, but Elijah McCoy's dreams led him to study mechanical engineering in Scotland. He learned everything there was to know about engines - how to design them and how to build them. But when he returned to the United States to look for work at the Michigan Central Railroad, the only job Elijah could get was shoveling coal into a train's firebox.
Undaunted, he went on to invent a means of oiling the engine while the train was running, changing the face of travel around the world.
With playful text and lively illustrations, All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine may be the first biography a child discovers, and it will whet the appetite for many more.
Description: The first major study of the work of Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, the controversial innovator behind such great films as Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and most recently, the epic Australia, from the British Film Institute's WORLD DIRECTORS series.
Description: Offers a set of 33 practical strategies, tactics, and tools that any company can use now to survive the financial and economic crisis.
Packed with examples from companies large and small, well-known and obscure, from the US and around the world.
Helps readers assess risk and opportunity in these turbulent times. Considers long-term consequences of the current crisis and how companies can thrive in the future.
Supported by an international publicity and promotion campaign.
"Stocks plunge on worries over financial sector" "Jobless rate at 14-year high" "Economy shrinks with consumers leading the way" "As home sales sag, foreclosures soar" "Retail chains caught in a wave of bankruptcies"
Newspaper columns blare the news daily. There is no doubt that we are struggling through a worldwide economic and financial crisis of a magnitude not witnessed since the Great Depression.
In this environment, fraught with danger, no company can afford to take a wait-and-see attitude. One hesitation or misstep can result in the rapid demise of a once stalwart enterprise. Even small miscalculations can topple mighty empires; consider the U.S. auto industry, for example. The severity of the crisis demands that your company understand its causes, diagnose carefully, implement decisively and monitor constantly.
However, the crisis also creates chances for companies that learn to assess risk, recognize opportunity and take action quickly. This book is an antidote to the chorus of doom-and-gloom, a manual for business leaders and employees who are ready to fight. In Beat the Crisis, international strategy guru, Hermann Simon, offers 33 practical actions that any company can take immediately. Organized into broad categories—"Changing Customer Needs," "Sales and the Sales Force," "Managing Offers and Prices" and "Services," Simon shows companies how to focus on the areas where emphatic action can have quick and maximum impact on corporate performance. Drawing from dozens of successful cases around the world, Simon helps readers learn to read the market signals, develop quick solutions, and stay a step ahead of their competitors, while avoiding the pitfalls looming in the crisis. A concluding chapter looks beyond the crisis and considers the longer-term socio-political and business consequences, in which Simon foresees a new era of restraint. As he argues: "The 33 quick solutions won’t rid the world of the crisis, but they can certainly contain the damage. And this can make all the difference between a company’s death and survival." Can your company afford to ignore this advice?
Hermann Simon is Chairman of Simon-Kucher & Partners, Strategy & Marketing Consultants, with offices in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He is an expert in strategy, marketing and pricing, advising clients and speaking to business organizations worldwide. Prior to taking on consulting full-time, he was a professor of business administration and marketing at the Universities of Mainz and Bielefeld, and has served as a visiting professor at many universities, including Harvard Business School, London Business School, INSEAD, Keio University, Stanford, and MIT. Named one of Europe’s most influential management thinkers, he has served on the boards of numerous journals, including the International Journal of Research in Marketing, Management Science, and European Management Journal, and has published over 30 books, including the worldwide bestsellers Hidden Champions (1996), Power Pricing (1997), Manage for Profit, Not for Market Share (2006), and Hidden Champions of the 21st Century (2009).
Description: Twilight fans can't get enough of reading about, and discussing, their favorite series. This compilation of perspectives and debates on hot-button questions is from one of the internet's top Twilight fan sites that has a huge fan base and a teenage webmaster who knows the audience better than any adult.
Description: Something at the Texas detention facility is terribly wrong, and Tony Hefner knows it. But the guards are repeatedly instructed not to speak of anything they witness. In the Rio Grande Valley, one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the United States, good jobs are scarce and the detention facility pays the best wages for a hundred miles. The guards follow orders and keep quiet.
For six years, Tony Hefner was a security guard at the Port Isabel Service Processing Center, one of the largest immigration detention centers in America, and witnessed alarming corruption and violations of basic human rights. Officers preyed upon the very people whom they are sworn to protect. On behalf of the 1,100 men, women, and children residing there on an average day, and the 1,500 new undocumented immigrants who pass through its walls every month, this is the story of the systematic sexual, physical, financial, and drug-related abuses of detainees by guards.
Description: In the United States, ninety miles from Cuban shores, tempers flare on the subject of Fidel Castro: some say he is a liberator, some say a dictator. In Fidel, Nestor Kohan and Nahuel Scherma present one of the towering figures of the twentieth-century as he is seen by Latin Americans: as the leader who, for over fifty years, has stood up to the greatest military power in the world, and remained standing.
Here, in Kohan's incisive prose and Scherma's passionate illustrations, is the man who, inspired by decades of Latin American Marxist thinking, fought from the mountains of the Sierra Maestra to free his country—the man who walked the razor's edge between military threats by the United States and political coercion by the Soviet Union—the man who became a leader in the revolution against colonial governments from Angola to Vietnam to Latin America—the man who fought, above all, to transform the conscience of his people, spreading literacy, culture, and free medical care to everyone on the island. Here is Fidel—the man who became the symbol of the revolution in the New World.
Description: Each book in the True Horse Stories focuses on a contemporary horse from a different part of the world, and each animal is, in his or her own way, a hero.
PBJ Decks Smokin Gun (Gunner) is an American Paint Horse, one of the many of Heather Lott Goodwin's herd, and a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title. When Hurricane Katrina passed over the Goodwin property, it took with it the fences, the cattle, and several horses. Heather and her family lived in their horse trailer for six weeks and considered themselves lucky to have safe, comfortable shelter. After the storm, they searched for the animals and recovered many of them. But three months passed before they located Gunner, a hundred miles away. They were told he was in terrible shape and should be put down. Nevertheless, Heather drove on washed-out roads to bring him home, starving, dehydrated, and blind in one eye. With the help of a vet and her mother, she nursed him back to health. Amazingly, nine months later, he was well enough to compete again in the World Championship Paint Horse Show. Gunner's story is a testament to love and to determination.
Description: History has not been kind to Henry Hudson. He's been dismissed as a short-tempered man who played favorites with his crew and had an unstoppable ambition and tenacity. Although he gave his name to a mighty river, an important strait, and a huge bay, today he is remembered more for the mutiny that took his life. The grandson of a trader, Hudson sailed under both British and Dutch flags, looking for a northern route to China. Although none of his voyages led to the discovery of a northwest passage, he did explore what is now Hudson's Bay and what is now New York City.
Whatever his personal shortcomings, to sail through dangerous, ice-filled waters with only a small crew in a rickety old boat, he must have been someone of rare courage and vision. In Hudson, Janice Weaver has created a compelling portrait of a man who should be remembered not for his tragic end, but for the way he advanced our understanding of the world.
Description: Laura Eldridge's new book In Our Control: The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women (Seven Stories Press, 2010) isn’t kidding with that subtitle. The last time I remember reading so much detail about contraceptive options was poring over Our Bodies, Ourselves when I was in my 20s... This is women’s health activism at its best. - Elizabeth Kissling, Ms. Magazine
The efficacy and risks of different birth control options are dramatically different today from what they once were thanks to scientific advances and increased awareness of STDs and other factors. In the most comprehensive book on birth control since the 1970s, women's health activist Laura Eldridge discusses the history, scientific advances, and practical uses of everything from condoms to the male pill to Plan B.
Do diaphragms work? Should you stay on the Pill? What does fertility awareness really mean? Find these answers and more in In Our Control, the definitive guide to modern contraceptive and sexual health. Eldridge presents her meticulous research and unbiased consideration of our options in the intimate and honest tone of a close friend. Eldridge goes on to explore large-scale issues that might factor into women's birth control choices, urging her readers to consider the environmental impacts of each method and to take part in a dialogue on how international reproductive health issues affect us all.
Whether you're looking for your first birth control method or want to know more about your current contraceptive choice, In Our Control offers the cutting edge information and practical wisdom you’ll need to make empowered decisions about your sexual health.
Description: In an age of mounting credit debt, get-rich-quick schemes, and high unemployment, many people are left wondering, "Why am I always struggling with finances? Why can't I seem to get ahead?" While the market is flooded with short-term help, few resources address the root spiritual problems behind money.
In a warm, conversational style, CFO and CPA firm owner Stephen K. DeSilva offers a unique, prophetic/supernatural approach to handling money. This respected charismatic leader combines financial philosophy, biblical truth, supernatural deliverance, and prophetic teaching, and also offers related practical and prophetic exercises throughout each chapter.
Money and the Prosperous Soul will help every believer struggling with lack to overcome wrong thinking and destructive cycles and learn the biblical and supernatural principles of success. Free online resources make this a perfect resource for small group classes and self-study.
"I've seen the word prosperous misused a thousand different ways over the past twenty years. I'm grateful that Stephen DeSilva has finally put it in the proper light: by defining prosperity by the condition of your soul, not your wallet." —Dave Ramsey, host, The Dave Ramsey Show; bestselling author, The Total Money Makeover
New book Mood Matters: From Rising Skirt Lengths to the Collapse of World Powers demonstrates how social mood drives human events
Suppose you could predict: Which incumbent presidents would win or lose re-election? Or which genres of pop stars would next rule the airwaves and movie screens? Or the ups and downs of the economy? How much would this ability be worth to companies, governments, cultural leaders and every person affected by such events?
It is no accident that “futurists” of all types (including economists and political analysts) fail at prediction. They get excited at major peaks in society and predict all kinds of wonderful things at the very moment a downturn is imminent. Then they get cynical at major bottoms in society and predict doom and gloom when in fact an upturn is just around the corner. Clearly the failure of futurists to anticipate change, indeed their long record of predicting pretty much the opposite of what actually occurs, has immense social and personal costs. All that is wrong with social prediction today is due to one simple error: the presumption that "events" cause social moods and trends. This assumption, in fact, like the predictions it produces, is exactly backward.
A new book Mood Matters by John Casti makes the radical assertion that all social events ranging from trends in popular music and art to the outcome of presidential elections and even the rise and fall of great civilizations are biased by the attitudes a society holds toward the future. When the "social mood" is positive and people look forward to the future, events of an entirely different character tend to occur than when society is pessimistic and fearful of the future.
For example, most people think that the outcome of elections causes the mood of the country to change. The opposite is true: The mood of the country determines the outcome of elections. Most people think that a plethora of happy popular music on the charts makes the public happy and that a plethora of depressing popular music on the charts makes the public depressed. The opposite is true: A happy public pushes happy songs up the charts, and a depressed public pushes depressing songs up the charts. Most people think that a productive economy makes people optimistic and that an unproductive economy makes people pessimistic. The opposite is true: Optimistic people make a productive economy, and pessimistic people make an unproductive one.
It sounds so simple, yet no one in the social sciences has made this case—until now. Mood Matters tells the story of why human events happen the way they do and not some other way, showing how it is the collective mood of a population, its social mood, that biases the events that we can expect to see.
Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan, said, "I am an assiduous reader of John Casti’s books as they provide a complex-system perspective on things, in addition to being very pleasant to read. He is a real scientific intellectual."
John L. Casti received his doctorate from the University of Southern California. He is a Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, where he works on the creation of early-warning methods for extreme events in human society. He is also the co-founder of The Kenos Circle, a Vienna-based society for exploration of the future, and author of several best-selling books. He lives in Vienna.
Description: This eyewitness account details the destruction of Vilna Jewry at the hands of the Nazis. Its chronicle of life in the two Vilna ghettos is the only historical document describing life in the small ghetto from its formation until its liquidation. The book is a historical document of primary importance. It is also an expression of the innermost thoughts and feelings of a single individual whose will to survive and to bring this story to the judgment of future generations was stronger than iron.
Description: An eye-opening examination of a bold film that challenged the culture and power structure of 1950s America. James Naremore's insightful study offers new information about the many revisions of the screenplay, negotiations with censors, and the tense circumstances under which the film was shot and received by critics and the public.
Description: Can something that feels as good as going barefoot also be good for you? (Yes!)
Most of us kick off our shoes when we get home from work or an outing. It just feels so good. Well, as Daniel Howell points out in this timely guide to barefooting, it feels good because it is good for us.
Research shows that going barefoot strengthens our feet, makes them more flexible and improves body alignment. Why, then, are we buying shoes for infants who can’t yet walk? Wearing high heels that hurt with every step? Spending hundreds of $$ on running and hiking shoes? Some of us are following social conventions or fashion trends. Most of us think we’re protecting our feet and keeping them clean.
Not so, says Dr. Howell. An expert on human anatomy, he explains how shoes can
* upset natural weight distribution * overload joints * decrease foot flexibility * reduce shock absorption of the arch * cause bunions and in-grown toenails
This leaves our feet weak and causes knee, back and joint pain. On a hygiene level, closed shoes make us susceptible to athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.
So if there’s no such thing as a "sensible" shoe, what can you do? Put your best - bare - foot forward
Howell offers practical tips — and 50 good reasons –- for easing into a barefoot lifestyle. He describes the best shoes to wear (if we must) but strongly encourages us to try going barefoot and to feel the life-changing health benefits.
With barefoot hiking and running clubs springing up all over and the recent success of minimalist footwear, the time for bare feet is here. Whether you want to create more barefoot time for you and your family or go bare 24/7, The Barefoot Book will help you every free and natural step of the way.
Description: In 1986, when drought brought the level of the Sea of Galilee unusually low, the two brothers Moshe and Yuval Lufan unearthed the timber frame of an ancient fishing boat. Archaeologist Kurt Raveh was to call the two-thousand-year-old boat - of the very type Jesus used to sail the Galilee - the most important discovery of the twentieth century. Recovery and preservation of the waterlogged "Jesus boat" was a unique challenge, as no other wooden object had ever survived two millennia in sweet water. Here is the emotional, suspenseful and inspiring story of the boat and those who dedicated fourteen years of their lives to making it available for all the world to see.
The writing of Nawal el Saadawi is essential to anyone wishing to understand the contemporary Middle East. Her dissident voice has stayed as consistent in its critique of the neo-imperialist international politics as it has of the oppression of women both in her native Egypt and in the world beyond.
Saadawi is a figure of international significance and her work has a central place in the history and culture of the Arabic world of the last fifty years. Featuring work never before translated into English, this book, the first volume in 'Zed's Essential Feminists' series, gathers a section of the whole range of Saadawi's writing together in one volume for the first time. From fiction - novellas and short stories - to essays on politics, culture, religion and sex, from extensive interviews to her work as a dramatist, from poetry to selections of her travel writing, this book will be essential to anyone wishing to gain a sense of the total range of Saadawi's work.
Nawal El Saadawi is a renowned Egyptian writer, novelist and activist. She has published over 40 books, which have been translated into over 30 languages.
Nawal El Saadawi graduated from the University of Cairo Medical College in 1955, specializing in psychiatry, and practiced as a medical doctor until taking the position of Director General for Public Health Education in the Ministry of Health. In 1972 she lost her job in the Egyptian government because of her banned book: Woman and Sex. In 1982, she established the Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA), the Egyptian Branch of which was outlawed in Egypt in 1991.
'Powerfully political' - Poetry Nation Review
The Hidden Face of Eve; Women in the Arab World
'The Arab world's leading feminist and iconoclast' - Fedwa Malti-Davis
'The leading spokeswoman on the status of women in the Arab world' - The Guardian
'The most recognisable name in Egyptian and Middle Eastern feminism… poignant, penetrating yet simple' - Library Journal
The Nawal El Saadawi Reader
'Throughout her writing she sheds new light on the power of women in resistance - against poverty, racism, fundamentalism and inequality of all kinds' - The Middle East
A Daughter of Isis; The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi
. . . The author fought injustice all her life, suceeded in becoming a doctor... then a writer. In our culture women?s education was fought for by our grandmothers and great-grandmothers; reading this we are reminded not to take our good fortune for granted. This is a book we should all be reading..." - Doris Lessing
"As I finished reading Dr. Nawal's autobiography I felt a sudden sense of loss. I didn't want to leave her. I went back and read the last sections again, and then again, until I remembered how many other books she has written. Then I felt delight that I will be able to return to her words and to her stories, and that so many others will share in them." - Bettina Aptheker
The Circling Song
"Without doubt the most prominent and prolific female author in the Arabic language. Dr. Nawal al-Saadawi has the uncanny ability to place her finger on the hot buttons that inflame Arab readers." - Fedwa Malti-Douglas
Walking through Fire; A Life of Nawal El Saadawi
'El Saadawi's poetic prose and searing details keep the pages alive with stories of triumph, dissent, death and disappointment' - San Francisco Chronicle
Description: Early in the history of English, the words "grammar" and "glamour" meant the same thing: the power to charm. Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools, aims to put the glamour back in grammar with this fun, engaging alternative to stuffy instructionals. In this practical guide, readers will learn everything from the different parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs. THE GLAMOUR OF GRAMMAR gives readers all the tools they need to"live inside the language"—to take advantage of grammar to perfect their use of English, to instill meaning, and to charm through their writing. With this indispensable book, readers will come to see just how glamorous grammar can be.
Description: The son of a deranged Italian immigrant, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837) was the most celebrated of English clowns. The first to use white-face make-up and wear outrageous coloured clothes, he completely transformed the role of the Clown in the pantomime with a look as iconic as Chaplin's tramp or Tommy Cooper's magician. One of the first celebrity comedians, his friends included Lord Byron and the actor Edmund Kean, and his memoirs were edited by the young Charles Dickens. But underneath the stage paint, Grimaldi struggled with depression and his life was blighted with tragedy. His first wife died in childbirth and his son would go on to drink himself to death. The outward joy and tomfoolery of his performances masked a dark and depressing personal life, and instituted the modern figure of the glum, brooding comedian. Joseph Grimaldi left an indelible mark on the English theatre and the performing arts, but his legacy is one of human struggle, battling demons and giving it his all in the face of adversity.
Description: Vacation Sex Quiz Book is the next step in sexual fun for the adventurous couple that wants to learn a few things while away. Know which city is associated with the world’s first strip club or nude beach? How to tell one type of lingerie from another? How about the most common slang and euphemisms for sexual deeds? Trivia buffs and know-it-alls may find some surprises in these sex questions that run the gamut from bawdy puzzlers to questions about the love and sex lives of current celebrities and historical and literary figures. Start with the questions in multiple choice, matching, and fill-in-the-blank formats, and to get more playful move on to a connect-the-dots picture or attempt to find all the errors in mismatched sexy picture puzzles. With stimulating passages to test literature lovers, erotic art for art aficionados, and questions about key body parts for science buffs, this book has a little something for everyone.
Description: Some readers may be shocked by the title of this book, and some may wonder if it is necessary to raise the uncomfortable issue of doctors killing their patients. Murder is clearly antithetical to the art and science of medicine, which is geared toward easing pain and saving lives rather than harming them. Nevertheless, doctors are people too. Physicians have the same genetic library of enabling qualities and defects as the rest of us, but their vocation places them in a position where both faculties good and bad can be exercised.
When Doctors Kill covers the expansive breadth of the maniacs of medicine, as it presents a brief historical background that explains the social, psychological and professional profile of healers. It continues with outline of infamous serial killer physicians throughout the world, some of who chose dictatorship or terrorism over healing. The book concludes with a look at current fashions and trends in medicine. Complementary medicine and alternative therapies may have brought relief to many patients, but they have also resulted in disability, suffering, and death. Through the review of a few high profile, drug-related fatalities, the celebrity-physician relationship will be explored.
Drs. Perper and Dr. Cina have a combined medical experience spanning 60 years. As forensic pathologists, they witness death daily and have investigated hundreds of murders. They accept that most doctors are a force for good, but their book contains accounts of horrible atrocities and features descriptions of graphic murders committed by healers. By shining a cold light on the risks patients face today given the wide array of treatment options, the authors aim to accurately relay the circumstances of when, how, and why doctors kill.
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Animals behaving badly, other people's misfortunes and the most bizarre true crime story ever. French Fried is the unfortunately true account of Chris Dolley’s first eight months in France and has been described as ‘A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.’
Just when Chris and Shelagh think nothing more could possibly go wrong, they discover that Chris’s identity has been stolen and their life savings – all the money from their house sale in England that was going to finance their new life in France – had disappeared. A bank account had been opened in Chris’s name in Spain to take the proceeds.
Then they’re abandoned by the police forces of four countries who all insist the crime belongs in someone else's jurisdiction. The French say it’s an Irish crime as that’s where the money was held. The Irish say it’s French as that’s where all the correspondence came from. The British say it’s nothing to do with them even though forged British passports were used to open the bank account in Spain. And the Spanish are on holiday – and can’t even think about investigating any bank account for at least four weeks.
So Chris has to solve the crime himself. But unlike fictional detectives he has an 80 year-old mother-in-law and an excitable puppy who insist they come along if he's going anywhere interesting - like a stakeout.