Description: The Devotion of Suspect X won the prestigious Naoki Prize for Best Novel—the Japanese equivalent of the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize.
Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor. Overhearing the commotion, Yasuko’s next door neighbor, middle-aged high school mathematics teacher Ishigami, offers his help, disposing not only of the body but plotting the cover-up step-by-step.
When the body turns up and is identified, Detective Kusanagi draws the case and Yasuko comes under suspicion. Kusanagi is unable to find any obvious holes in Yasuko’s manufactured alibi and yet is still sure that there’s something wrong. Kusanagi brings in Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a physicist and college friend who frequently consults with the police. Yukawa, known to the police by the nickname Professor Galileo, went to college with Ishigami. After meeting up with him again, Yukawa is convinced that Ishigami had something to do with the murder. What ensues is a high level battle of wits, as Ishigami tries to protect Yasuko by outmaneuvering and outthinking Yukawa, who faces his most clever and determined opponent yet.
Description: A Story of Love, Murder, and Madness Aboard an Enormous Spaceship Bound for the Future
Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.
Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.
Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.
Across the Universe is Titanic meets Brave New World.
The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumored to be haunting Jerusalem ever since student Frank Oldershaw claimed to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds and was locked up because of his violent reaction to these disturbed visions.
Desperate to salvage her son’s reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts—a stinging account of why ghosts are mere delusion—to investigate. But his arrival in Cambridge disrupts an uneasy status quo as he glimpses a world of privilege and abuse, where the sinister Holy Ghost Club governs life at Jerusalem more effectively than the Master, Dr. Carbury, ever could.
And when Holdsworth finds himself haunted—not only by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, but also by Elinor, the very-much-alive Master’s wife—his fate is sealed. He must find Sylvia’s murderer, or else the hauntings will continue. And not one of this troubled group will leave the claustrophobic confines of Jerusalem unchanged.
CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger winner Andrew Taylor returns with an outstanding historical novel that will simultaneously keep the reader riveted, and enchant with its effortless elegance.
Description: One of the enduring mysteries of modern espionage is the Cambridge Spy Ring—the group that included Anthony Blunt, Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, and Donald Maclean—and the identity of the long-rumored sixth man. Many theories have been proposed over the years, yet no one has come forth with any irrefutable proof. And Sam Gaddis, an academic with a specialty in modern Russian history, is the least likely person to do so. Until an old friend reveals that she’s working on just that story, suddenly dies; Sam’s need for money becomes pressing, and he finds his way to someone claiming to have access to the real sixth man.
But the few remaining people with any direct connection to that sixth man begin dying unexpectedly, MI-6 begins tracking Gaddis trying to throw him off the trail, and he finds himself in the cross-hairs of a very real, very dangerous plot emanating from the highest levels of contemporary Russia. As Sam risks everything he has and everyone he loves to unravel the layers of secrets surrounding the identity of the sixth man, someone else is equally determined, for reasons unknown, to keep the details surrounding the long-standing deception surrounding the sixth man buried forever.
Description: One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer; he was 40 pounds overweight; his girlfriend had just broken up with him; and overall, his dearest life dreams—including hopes of upholding idealistic legal principles and of becoming a judge—seemed to have slipped beyond his reach.
Then, during a desperate walk in the hills on New Year’s Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.
Inspired by a beautiful, simple note his ex-girlfriend had sent to thank him for his Christmas gift, John imagined that he might find a way to feel grateful by writing thank-you notes. To keep himself going, he set himself a goal—come what may—of writing 365 thank-you notes in the coming year.
One by one, day after day, he began to handwrite thank yous—for gifts or kindnesses he’d received from loved ones and coworkers, from past business associates and current foes, from college friends and doctors and store clerks and handymen and neighbors, and anyone, really, absolutely anyone, who’d done him a good turn, however large or small. Immediately after he’d sent his very first notes, significant and surprising benefits began to come John’s way—from financial gain to true friendship, from weight loss to inner peace. While John wrote his notes, the economy collapsed, the bank across the street from his office failed, but thank-you note by thank-you note, John’s whole life turned around.
365 Thank Yous is a rare memoir: its touching, immediately accessible message—and benefits—come to readers from the plainspoken storytelling of an ordinary man. Kralik sets a believable, doable example of how to live a miraculously good life. To read 365 Thank Yous is to be changed.
Description: In need of some fun and adventure, 30-year-old Conor Grennan traded in his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Orphanage in war-torn Nepal. But what began as a lark became a passionate commitment that would transform the young American and the lives of countless others.
Within minutes of his arrival, Grennan was surrounded by a horde of gleeful boys and girls showering him with warm welcomes. Yet as he soon learned, the children’s cheery smiles belied years of pain and abuse, for many of the boys and girls at Little Princes were not orphans at all, but victims rescued from human traffickers. Moved by their plight, Grennan vowed that when his trip was over he would return to the children of Little Princes and eventually reunite them with their families—a promise he would risk his life to keep.
Little Princes is the powerful story of a soul’s awakening and a reflection of the noblest and darkest of human intent. It is a heartwrenching true tale of the power of optimism, love, and dedication to overcome greed, violence, and hate. And it is an unforgettable account of children, families, and one man whose decision to take a stand makes the world a better place for all of us.
Description: It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future—and each other.
Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
Description: (Christian Fiction, Romance) First her father, then her best friend: two heartbreaking deaths have left Jules to look after both the potato farm Pop has left her and her friend's two children. In this relationally rich novel of faith and hope, a young woman struggles to salvage the farm, honor her promise to a dead friend, and win back the man whose heart she broke.
Description: Ex-FBI Steve Vail is visiting Kate Bannon, the Assistant Director at the FBI, for what he thinks is a well-earned and romantic New Years Eve in Washington, DC, when he quickly finds himself knee-deep in a very complicated and unusual case.
A man known simply as Calculus, an intelligence officer at the Russian embassy, has approached the FBI claiming he has a list naming several Americans who are supplying confidential government information to the Russian secret service. All he asks in exchange for the list is a quarter of a million dollars for each traitor the FBI nabs. But then Calculus informs the FBI that he’s been suddenly recalled to Moscow, and the Bureau suspects the worst: the Russians are onto Calculus (if they don’t actually have him in custody), probably have access to his list, and will be after the traitors to kill them soon unless the FBI can find them first.
The FBI knows they have to find Calculus and everyone on the list before the Russians do, but, without knowing exactly who is on the list, they also have to keep the operation quiet. Once again, Vail is their man. He’s the perfect guy for this kind of under-the-radar investigation. But finding Calculus and his list of turncoats isn’t going to be easy. In fact, it’s going to be downright deadly.
Description: “… in Your book all my days were recorded, even those which were purposed before they had come into being.” —Psalm 139:16 Young Cameron Vaux’s mind is slipping. Memories of his wife, killed two years earlier in a car accident, are vanishing just as his dad predicted they would. Memories he knows he has to remember. His father tells Cameron that to save his mind he must find “the book with all days in it” —the past and future record of every soul on earth. When an obscure clue leads Cameron to a small central Oregon town, he meets enigmatic Taylor Stone, a possible guide to finding the book who seems to carry secrets far deeper than anyone imagines. Local hotshot TV personality Ann Bannister thinks the legend of the book is a farce, but she has her reasons to join Cameron’s search anyway. Finally, there is fanatical New Age guru Jason Judah, who will stop at nothing to find the book of days before Cameron does.
"Wow. A brilliant book. Perfectly paced, incredibly engaging and entirely satisfying. It's one of those rare stories that settles comfortably in the deepest corners of your imagination and simply will not leave until long after the final page has been turned. With Jim's first book, Rooms, we were introduced a budding talent; Book of Days establishes Jim as the real deal. If you love suspense, intrigue, adventure, romance and a solid dose of spiritual wonder then this book is a must read."
The Miller Brothers - Award-winning authors of the Hunter Brown book series (Warner Press)
Description: "Midnight Riot is what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz. A hilarious, keenly imagined caper." —Diana Gabaldon
Fans of Jim Butcher and Kim Harrison will be charmed to meet twenty-something Peter Grant, probationary constable and unsuspecting possessor of the ability to work magic. Midnight Riot is a delightful combination of contemporary police procedural and ancient wizardry, starring a character who is young, sexy, curious, and tech-savvy. Faced with unraveling a mysterious murder, Peter pretty much takes it in stride when he discovers that magic is alive and well—and deadly dangerous—in modern-day London, and that he is the new apprentice to the last wizard in England.
Description: Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel has 3 days to get to the annual witches convention in San Francisco and clear her name to live. If not, the only way to escape the death sentence is to live in the demonic ever after... for ever after.
Banned from the flight lists, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, who has his own mysterious business on the West Coast. But a witch, an elf, a living vampire and a pixy in one car for over 2300 miles? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being targeted for assassination.
For a fearsome demon walks the sunlight—freed after centuries of torment at last to slay the innocent and devour souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.
Description: Girl meets boy. Boy moves to New York City. Girl follows boy. Girl finds out boy has girlfriend. Girl freaks, pulls herself together, and goes on to live a fabulous new life beyond her wildest dreams.
And that's just the first third of the book...
From teen favorite Susane Colasanti comes this tale of friendship, inspiration, and, of course, true love.
Description: “I collect words. I keep them in a box in my mind. I’d like to keep them in a real box, something pretty, maybe a shoe box covered with flowered wrapping paper. Whenever I wanted, I’d open the box and pick up the papers, reading and feeling the words all at once. Then I could hide the box. But the words are safer in my mind. There, he can’t take them.” Ten-year old Kaylee Wren doesn’t speak. Not since her drug-addled mother walked away, leaving her in a remote cabin nestled in the towering redwoods-in the care of a man who is as dangerous as he is evil. With silence her only refuge, Kaylee collects words she might never speak from the only memento her mother left behind: a dictionary. Sierra Dawn is thirty-four, an artist, and alone. She has allowed the shame of her past to silence her present hopes and chooses to bury her pain by trying to control her circumstances. But on the twelfth anniversary of her daughter’s death, Sierra’s control begins to crumble as the God of her childhood woos her back to Himself. Brought together by Divine design, Kaylee and Sierra will discover together the healing mercy of the Word.
Ginny Yttrup pulls from her own experience in writing her debut novel Words.
Description: Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…
Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.
Description: Scott Hahn's The Lamb's Supper in one of the bestselling Catholic books of all time with sales in excess of 250,000 copies. Now, the popular author and theologian has crafted a helpful study guide for that momentous work. Included will be brief essays, notes, questions for reflection, and bibliographical information which supplements, complements, and illuminates the author's original work.
Description: Reading Women is a journey through the classic texts of the feminist canon—twice.
The first time Stephanie Staal read Mary Wollstonecraft and Virginia Woolf, Simone De Beauvoir and Betty Friedan, she was a nineteen-year-old student taking a Feminism 101 course at Barnard College in New York City, her eyes as wide as the horizon of limitless possibility in front of her. A decade later things have changed. Now a wife and mother—who has traded the stability of full-time work for the flexibility of freelance, and the big metropolis for small city life—the potential of her former self seems to be fading by the diaper and dish-load. Looking for support, Stephanie turns back to the feminist classics, and to the course at Barnard where she first read them. There, Stephanie discovers new depths in the books and wisdom in places she’d skipped over as a younger woman.
Part memoir, part literary adventure, part social observation, Reading Women maps out a lively tour through the works of some of the best-known feminist authors, while also introducing us to a new generation of women taking the course for the first time. Together, these reading women form a multi-generational bond that is intellectually curious, generous, playful, honest, provocative, and inspiring. And in the process, Stephanie finds the self she thought she had lost—curious and ambitious, zany and critical—and comes out with a better understanding of both her relationships and herself.
Description: When Katharine Greider was told to leave her house or risk it falling down on top of her and her family, it spurred an investigation that began with contractors’ diagnoses and lawsuits, then veered into archaeology and urban history, before settling into the saltwater grasses of the marsh that fatefully once sat beneath the site of Number 239 East 7th Street. During the journey, Greider examines how people balance the need for permanence with the urge to migrate, and how the home is the resting place for ancestral ghosts. The land on which Number 239 was built has a history as long as America’s own. It provisioned the earliest European settlers who needed fodder for their cattle; it became a spoil of war handed from the king’s servant to the revolutionary victor; it was at the heart of nineteenth- century Kleinedeutschland and of the revolutionary Jewish Lower East Side. America’s immigrant waves have all passed through 7th Street. In one small house is written the history of a young country and the much longer story of humankind and the places they came to call home.
Description: FABULOUS PARTIES MADE EASY THANKS TO TRADER JOE'S®
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TRADER JOE'S® is a registered trade mark of Trader Joe's® Company and is used here for informational purposes only. This book is independently authored and published and is not sponsored or endorsed by, or affiliated in any way with, Trader Joe's® Company.
About the Author
Cherie Mercer Twohy received her Professional Culinary Arts diploma from the California School of Culinary Arts. She has received instruction at the renowned Culinary Institute of America Greystone campus in the Napa Valley. Twohy is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and recently joined Julia Child and Jacques Pépin as a Certified Culinary Professional.
Description: Three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It’s a baffling case. All the victims are soldiers who have made it home alive from the Great War, which ended two years ago, only to be garroted, with small ID disks left in their mouths. And shortly after Inspector Ian Rutledge arrives, there’s a fourth murder. The killer is vicious and clever, leaving behind few clues. As the stakes ratchet up, Rutledge is determined to find answers, even as he puts his job, his reputation, and even his life on the line.
Description: Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously—and at great risk—documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
Description: Serge Storms, that one-man thermonuclear vigilante and one-stop-trivia-shop, has been leaving corpses strewn across the Sunshine State for more than a decade. The odds are stacking up. Will his luck finally run out? The authorities have begun to note the mounting body count. A police task force is formed. Let the games begin.
Meanwhile, Serge is still recruiting Florida disciples via his Internet travel-advice site. But this time, he instructs his disciples on how to explore the Sunshine State the best way possible— as a fugitive. He directs them through his favorite locales in a manic gumball rally that he enthusiastically says follows the “tradition of the great American chase movie.”
Meanwhile, Part 2: His grandfather’s old Miami Beach gang suddenly finds their life savings vaporized, and they have a good idea who’s behind it all. Except there’s nothing they can do about it. All appears lost. But wait, doesn’t Serge always have a Secret Master Plan? And could it involve his longtime fascination with Al Capone’s little-known escapades in the Everglades?
Hack through the swamp with Serge and find all the answers in ... ELECTRIC BARRACUDA!
Description: Lacey Lancaster is sick of it all. She’s sick of being unappreciated by her boss, sick of her friends insisting she get back on the dating scene—and most of all, she’s sick of being constantly hit on by her neighbor. She knows Jack Walker has a girlfriend, she hears them arguing all the time. But it’s the absolute last straw when his alley cat races into her apartment and her beloved Abyssinian gets pregnant.
But not everything is as it seems. Turns out Jack has been fighting with his sister and his interest is genuine. Now Lacey is faced with a chance to take control of her life—but will she be brave enough to risk it? She’s been burned once before, but with kittens on the way and a good man at her side, maybe it’s finally time to turn this into a family affair.
Description: For decades, inexplicable technology has passed into our world through the top secret anomaly called the Breach.
The latest device can punch a hole into the future . . .
What Paige Campbell saw when she opened a door into seventy years from now scared the hell out of her. She and her Tangent colleagues brought their terrible discovery to the President—and were met with a hail of automatic gunfire after leaving the White House. Only Paige survived.
Fearing a terrifying personal destiny revealed to him from the other side of the Breach, Travis Chase abandoned Tangent . . . and Paige Campbell. Now he must rescue her—because Paige knows tomorrow’s world is desolate and dead, a ghost country scattered with the bones of billions. And Doomsday will dawn in just four short months . . . unless they can find the answers buried in the ruins to come.
But once they cross the nightmare border into Ghost Country, they might never find their way back . . .
Description: A witty, timely and richly entertaining tale of a modern mother in transition, by Lian Dolan of the Satellite Sisters
Helen Fairchild is leading a privileged Pasadena existence: married to a pillar of the community; raising a water polo-playing son destined for the most select high school; volunteering on the most fashionable committees. It only bothers her a tiny bit that she has never quite fit in with the proper crowd, never finished that graduate degree in Classics, and never had that second baby. But the rigid rules of society in Pasadena appeal to Helen, the daughter of Oregon fiber artists, even if she’ll never be on the inside.
And then along comes a Rose Parade float, killing her philandering husband and leaving Helen broke, out of her “forever” house and in desperate need of a fresh start.
Enter Patrick O’Neill, excavator of Troy and wearer of nubby sweaters. A job as his research assistant is the lifeline Helen needs. Ancient mysteries to solve! Charity events to plan! School admissions officers to charm! If only Helen wasn’t so distracted by her incredibly attractive boss, she might be able to pull off this new life.
Helen’s world widens to include a Hollywood star, a gossip columnist, an old college nemesis, a high-powered Neutron Mom, an unforgiving school headmistress and, of course, the intriguing Patrick O’Neill. While uncovering secrets about ancient Troy alongside her archaeologist boss, Helen discovers something much more: a new sense of self and a new love.
With its keen social observations, laugh-out-loud scenes and whip-smart dialogue, Helen of Pasadena is a romantic comedy that delivers humor, insight and wisdom—and is, above all, a very fun read.
Description: Still reeling from the deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, Wyatt Blaine is searching for a reason to go on. Unable to find closure, he turns to one of his late wife Krista’s passions, an equine therapy program for troubled teens at the family ranch. With the help of his minister and the support of the local community, Wyatt re-starts the program and begins to see the light at the tunnel.
But just as the program is about to start, Gabby Powers, the widow of the man responsible for the death of Wyatt’s family, begs his permission to include her son Trevor in the program. Over time, Trevor begins to respond, as Wyatt and Gabby find surprising new aspects to their already complex relationship. As these three troubled souls who were once separated by a common tragedy near mutual closure, they find that they must examine the true natures of love and forgiveness in ways that they had never imagined.
Description: Piper Donovan never thought that decorating wedding cakes could be so dangerous!
A terminally unemployed actress with no immediate prospects and a recently broken engagement, Piper jumps at the opportunity to bake her best friend Glenna’s wedding cake. Her mother owned a cake shop and Piper has been eager to get back into the family business. But suddently things around the bride-to-be start going bad. Could someone really be trying to kill her friend’s new fiance? With the help of her former neighbor, Jack, a handsome FBI agent with a soft spot for the gorgeous cake-maker, Piper finds herself getting closer and closer to the truth. But as she narrows in on a suspect, Piper realizes that it’s starting to get hotter in the kitchen that she can handle...
Description: Al got his first job at age 7 delivering the Plainfield Currier News in Plainfield, NJ. It was 1929. the Roaring Twenties, and the '29 Crash! It was the first of dozens of jobs Al would hold. In his jobs, he crossed paths with Hal Holbrook, Penn & Teller, President Ford, Prince Giovanni Borghese, Beverly Sills, Linda Bird Johnson, astronaut Jim Lovell, and many more notables. One of his children once asked, "Dad, you could have been a millionaire, why aren't you?" Al replied, "I never took a job for the money but only worked at what I would enjoy. Why would anyone work just to make a lot of money?"
Description: A treat for classical music lovers: legendary pianist Leon Fleisher’s stirring memoir MY NINE LIVES: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music. Fleisher, with his co-author, celebrated music critic Anne Midgette, tells of his early success and how, in despair after losing the ability to even write his name with his right hand, he discovered other ways to sustain a life in music: conducting, teaching, and learning the piano repertory for left-hand. Yet he never stopped searching for a way to play with both hands again, and miraculously, after 30 years, he found one. He was given a name for his problem, focal dystonia, and through experimental Botox injections in combination with a massage therapy called Rolfing, his cramped fingers began to uncurl. The day finally came when he walked over to a piano, sat down and, placing both hands on the keyboard, began to play.
Description: California, 1984. Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn’t yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer’s escalating activity.
Detective Tony Mendez, fresh from a law enforcement course at FBI headquarters, is charged with interpreting those now revealed secrets. He’s using a new technique—profiling—to develop a theory of the case, a strategy that pushes him ever deeper into the lives of the three children, and closer to the young teacher whose interest in recent events becomes as intense as his own.
As new victims are found and the media scrutiny of the investigation bears down on them, both Mendez and Navarre are unsure if those who suffer most are the victims themselves—or the family and friends of the killer, blissfully unaware that someone very close to them is a brutal, calculating psychopath.
Description: In 1921 a new Ohio law forces Amish children to attend public schools. If the parents refuse, their children will be taken from them. To protect his family, their beliefs and way of life, one Amishman—Caleb Bender—persuades his community to journey to the wilds of Mexico where the government will not interfere with the religious freedom they seek.
In an unfamiliar land where no one speaks their language or knows their ways, the Benders establish a homestead in exile. Sisters Emma, Rachel, and Miriam find strengths unimagined, gifts unexpected, and yearning beyond their deepest dreams. Even steadfast Caleb is compelled to wrestle with the demands of faith, only to discover that love has its own demands.
But with the country in turmoil, is what lies ahead even worse than what they leave behind?
Memorable and captivating, Paradise Valley is a stunning tale of love, danger, and redeeming faith that will resonate with fans of Amish fiction as well as those new to the genre.
Description: On Sept. 16, 1920, a horse-drawn wagon carrying 100 pounds of dynamite and a quarter-ton of cast-iron slugs exploded in front of the Morgan Bank and the New York Stock Exchange – in the very heart of New York’s Financial District. More than 400 people were killed or injured.
It was the deadliest bombing in the nation’s 150-year history – and was the first terrorist attack on American soil.
To this day, the reason for the bombing – and its perpetrators – remain a mystery.
In The Death Instinct, Jed Rubenfeld offers the thrilling story of what happened on that day.
Stratham Younger, a Harvard-trained physician, and Captain Jimmy Littlemore of the New York Police Department are literally thrown into the maelstrom when they witness the bombing and its horrible aftermath. Before long they come to understand that the bombing is only one part of a larger plan that, if successful, could plunge the world into another war.
As Younger and Littlemore begin to piece together what led to the bombing, they grapple with challenges in their own lives. While serving as a military doctor in World War I, Younger met Colette Rousseau, who had been trained by the legendary Madame Curie to run a portable X-ray machine at the Western Front. Colette’s young brother has ceased to speak for reasons he won’t reveal, and Colette is convinced that the only man who can cure her brother of his self-imposed muteness is the greatest psychoanalyst in Europe, Sigmund Freud.
Back in the United States, Littlemore’s investigation into the bombing leads him to Washington, D.C., in the weeks leading up to the election of President Warren G. Harding. He follows a series of seemingly unrelated clues that finally lead him to understand the truth behind the bombing, who arranged it, and what it was meant to accomplish.
As E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime brought to life New York in the early 20th century, so, too, does Jed Rubenfeld’s The Death Instinct as it skillfully weaves together historical truth with a compelling fictional narrative to create a gripping historical mystery about a tragedy that holds eerie parallels to our own time.
Description: Napoleon, twenty years dead, rises like a phoenix over the politics of France and the destinies of three lovers.
Against the historical backdrop of the French expedition in 1840 to retrieve Napoleon's body from Saint Helena, two men and a woman find themselves engulfed in long-dormant and dangerous political passions.
Philippe de Rohan-Chabot, an aristocratic young diplomat, is charged with bringing the body from the island prison where Napoleon died to a glorious tomb at Les Invalides in Paris. Chabot's rival is the aging diplomat and author Henri Beyle, known to posterity as Stendhal. The enigmatic and impulsive Amelia Curial must free herself from the shadow of her mother's scandalous loves and untimely death, and from the life of stale convention that her family urges upon her. The dead emperor is a token in a political game to appease the enemies of the monarchy, but that gamble imperils the king's rule and a new revolution looms. Meanwhile, the interplay of the three central characters traces a delicate pattern of romance, longing, misunderstanding, and the obstacles to the pursuit of happiness.
Description: Dru Rayne and her uncle are Louisiana refugees who relocated to L.A. after Hurricane Katrina. Now, five years later, their struggling restaurant faces a different danger. When Joe Pike witnesses Dru’s uncle beaten by a neighborhood gang intent on extorting protection money, he offers his own brand of protection. But neither Dru nor her uncle wants his help – and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their store – agents who seem more than willing to let the gang have their way. But Pike is falling for Dru, and won’t back away whether she wants his help or not. As the level of violence escalates, the gang targets Pike, who, with Elvis Cole’s help, learns that Dru and her uncle are not who they seem, and everything Pike thought he knew about them, their relationship to the gang, and the reasons they fled New Orleans have been lies – and that a vengeful and murderous force from their past is now catching up to them, pitting Pike and Cole against the combined forces of South American crime lords, rogue federal agents, and contract assassins on the bloody hunt for twelve million dollars in missing stolen cash.
Description: "A magnificent debut filled with characters so vivid, strange, and richly imagined, you emerge feeling changed."—Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
In New York City, a girl called Leonora vanishes without a trace. Years earlier and miles upstate, Goldie, a wild, negligent mother, searches for a man to help raise her precocious son, Paul, who later discovers that the only way to save his soul is to run away. As the narrative moves back and forth in time, we find deeper interconnections between these stories and growing clues about Leonora—this missing girl whose face looks out from telephone poles and billboards—whom one character will give anything to save.
The Sweet Relief of Missing Children is a suspenseful novel about the power of running and the desire for reinvention. It explores the terror and transcendence of our most central experiences: childhood, parenthood, sex, love.
Description: See, we love each other. We just don’t happen to like each other very much.
Unlucky in work, love and life, the Andreas sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother. But each sister has a secret she’s unwilling to share — each has come home to lick her own wounds.
The Andreas family is an eccentric one. Books are their passion (a trip to the library usually solved everything), tv is something other families watched. Their father – a renowned, eccentric professor of Shakespeare who communicates almost exclusively in Shakespearean verse - named all three girls for great Shakespearean women - Rose (Rosalind), Bean (Bianca), and Cordy (Cordelia); as a result, the girls find that they have a lot to live up to.
With this burden, as well as others they shoulder, the Andreas sisters have a difficult time communicating with both their parents and their lovers, but especially with each other. What can the homebody and shy eldest sister, the fast-living and mysterious middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Why can’t Rose leave her hometown for the man she loves? Why has glamorous Bean come home from New York City with her tail between her legs to the small college town she swore she’d leave as soon as she could? And why suddenly has Cordy resurfaced after years of gypsy living? Each sister has found her life nothing like she had thought it would be – and suddenly faced with their parents’ frailty and their own disappointments and setbacks, their usual quick salve of a book suddenly can’t solve what ails them.
To their surprise, Rose, Bean and Cordy are more similar than they ever imagined. Yet can all three escape their archetypal roots and find happiness in a normal life? As it turns out, the small town of Barnwell and their sisterly bond offer much more than they ever expected.
Description: Three Seconds is a gripping tour de force from Sweden’s #1 bestselling crime writing duo Roslund & Hellström about a former criminal who goes undercover for the police to infiltrate an organized crime ring that controls the prison drug trade. Roslund, an acclaimed investigative journalist, and Hellström, an ex-con who has spent years working to rehabilitate criminals, combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with searing social criticism to create a novel that ratchets up the tension until the explosive conclusion. Three Seconds has already sold over 1.5 million copies in Scandinavia and won the prestigious Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award.
Description: In Fort Hood housing, like all army housing, you get used to hearing through the walls. You learn your neighbors’ routines: when and if they gargle and brush their teeth; how often they go to the bathroom or shower; whether they snore or cry themselves to sleep. You learn too much. And you learn to move quietly through your own small domain.
You also know when the men are gone. No more boots stomping above, no more football games turned up too high, and, best of all, no more front doors slamming before dawn as they trudge out for their early formation, sneakers on metal stairs, cars starting, shouts to the windows above to throw them down their gloves on cold desert mornings. Babies still cry, telephones ring, Saturday morning cartoons screech, but without the men, there is a sense of muted silence, a sense of muted life.
In Fort Hood, Texas there is an army of women waiting for their husbands to return from the war. Here are army wives who, in an attempt to avoid thinking about the risks their husbands face in Iraq, develop an unhealthy obsession with the secret life of one of their neighbors. Readers see how a seemingly simple trip to the PX can be fraught with anguish. And when the men do return home, many are unsure of the terrain they return to – one of the most chilling stories in the collection is about a military intelligence warrant officer who plans a covert operation against his own home. Some stories show the dichotomy of life at home and life on the front – as does the story about the complicated and dangerous friendship between an army sergeant and his Iraqi female interpreter.
The tales in YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE encompass the strange world of a military base when the men have left, and the even stranger world when the men suddenly return. How can military families return to “normal” after a year-long separation, when there is no gauge for “normal” during a time of war and constant upheaval? The homecoming, colored with the experiences from the year away, can prove almost as difficult as the deployment itself. When you leave Fort. Hood, the sign above the gate warns, YOU’VE SURVIVED THE WAR, NOW SURVIVE THE HOMECOMING. It is eerily prescient.
Powerful, singular and unforgettable, the stories in YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE by Siobhan Fallon will stay with you for a very long time. This marks the debut of a new talent of tremendous note.
Description: If you were to take the heartfelt food memories of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone, mix them with the complex family relationships of Augusten Burroughs’s Running with Scissors, throw in a little of the behind-the-scenes revelations of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, then strip the mixture down to its grittiest core, you’d get a sense of Gabrielle Hamilton’s new memoir BLOOD, BONES, AND BUTTER.
Before Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York City restaurant, Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find the purpose and meaning in her life. BLOOD, BONES, AND BUTTER recounts this unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton inhabited. The result is an unflinching and lyrical work that marks the debut of a tremendous literary talent.
Description: A must-read for every dog lover—a short, tender, and uplifting tale of a cancer survivor and the life lessons shared with him by his beloved family dog, Bijou.
When Bijou’s owner, Dana Jennings, blogged about how much her presence meant to him while he was recovering from prostate cancer, hundreds of people posted comments on NYTimes.com’s Well blog. Now this moving and inspiring book about the joy animals bring into our lives is hitting bookshelves everywhere!
Description: Bloodshot, the first book in a new series by Cherie Priest—the acclaimed author of the Nebula Award-nominated Boneshaker—combines the appeal of Lara Adrian's bestselling vampire series with the thrills of TV's Leverage.
When you're one of the best thieves in the world, nobody is going to bat an eye if you introduce yourself as a "specialist in antiquities acquisition." Raylene Pendle fits that description to a T. The fact that she's also a vampire pretty much ensures that anyone with a problem is going to keep it to themselves. As thrilling as her life has been, though, Raylene—known in the thieving community as Cheshire Red—is still intrigued when she is offered her latest job. A man named Ian Stott is interested in finding secret government documents about the research that has left him virtually sightless. If she wasn't caught up in the fact that Ian is incredibly charming, the fact that he too is a vampire—and the first one to ask her to do a job for him—has her interest piqued. But where the case will take her—the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis and the mean streets of Atlanta, running from a psychotic government scientist while trying to protect, of all things, a drag queen—may be more than even she can handle. It's gonna be one hell of a ride, though.
Description: "He should have seen it coming. His life had been one mishap after another. So he should have been prepared for this one…"
Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular and disappointed BBC worker, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they’ve never quite lost touch with each other – or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick, a Czechoslovakian always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results.
Now, both Libor and Finkler are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor’s grand, central London apartment.
It’s a sweetly painful evening of reminiscence in which all three remove themselves to a time before they had loved and lost; a time before they had fathered children, before the devastation of separations, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. Better, perhaps, to go through life without knowing happiness at all because that way you had less to mourn? Treslove finds he has tears enough for the unbearable sadness of both his friends’ losses.
And it’s that very evening, at exactly 11:30pm, as Treslove hesitates a moment outside the window of the oldest violin dealer in the country as he walks home, that he is attacked. After this, his whole sense of who and what he is will slowly and ineluctably change.
The Finkler Question is a scorching story of exclusion and belonging, justice and love, aging, wisdom and humanity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best.
Description: "If James Bond, True Blood and Kill Bill created a mutant hybrid of a book, it would be The Kensei. A bullet train slice 'em, dice 'em mixture of action, suspense, and vampire ninjas. Did I mention vampire ninjas?"—Jason Pinter, bestselling author
A cynical, wise-cracking vampire charged with protecting the Balance between vampires and humans, he is part cop, part spy, and part commando—mixing shrewd cunning with unmatched lethality to get his job done. He tries his best to dismantle conspiracies, dispatch bad guys, and live long enough to get home.
In The Kensei, a battle-weary Lawson heads to Japan for a little rest and some advanced ninja training. But no sooner he steps off the plane than lands in the midst of a Yakuza turf war orchestrated by a shadowy figure known as the Kensei. With the help of Talya, a former KGB-assassin, Lawson must put a stop to the Kensei’s organ trafficking networks, prevent the creation of an army of vampire-human hybrids, and save his own skin in the process.
Description: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. – I John 5:14-15
From the beloved author of Prayers That Avail Much® comes fresh inspiration for powerful living that will take you on a day-by-day prayer excursion toward God’s heart.
Why does prayer matter in your day-to-day life? In a time and age where many have reduced prayer and God Himself to the “Great Vending Machine in the Sky,” Germaine stresses that the primary goal of prayer is unbroken fellowship with the eternal God of heaven and earth. 365 Days to a Prayer-Filled Life will encourage you to dig deeper and gain a stronger understanding of the purpose of prayer by unpacking core Biblical themes such as joy, unity, spiritual gifts, overcoming fear, the Holy Spirit, walking in love, and the power of words. Each day’s entry includes a Biblically informed message, a Scripture-based prayer, and a suggested Bible reading.
For anyone who wonders if God’s Word and prayer can make a difference, and for those who long for a closer walk with God, the devotional entries in 365 Days to a Prayer-Filled Life are clear: God loves you and wants to impact every area of your life. His promises are true…and His mercies are new every morning.
Description: Shaun O'Boyle has been photographing ruined landscapes and buildings, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region, for more than twenty-five years. This collection of photographs represents some of his best work. The book is divided into four sections, each representing a type of site now abandoned—prisons and mental health institutions, steel production facilities, coal mining and processing facilities, and a weapons arsenal. These photographs are hauntingly beautiful; they are also instructive, both historically and culturally.
Description: Description: In the seventh installment of Isis Crawford’s delicious cozy series featuring catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons, a Thanksgiving dinner goes awry thanks to a killer who’s hiding a cornucopia of secrets.
Whipping up Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful for anyone. Even more so for the Field family, who are anxious not to get cut out of dominating patriarch Monty’s lucrative will. That’s where A Little Taste of Heaven, Bernie and Libby’s catering company, comes in. But though dinner is mouthwatering, it ends in disaster when the turkey explodes in Monty Field’s scowling face, sending him to that great dining room in the sky. Figuring out who wanted to carve up Monty isn’t going to be easy. And with the Field mansion draped under a freak snowstorm, the sisters will have to work fast if they want to uncover a killer—and survive this real turkey of a day.
Description: One woman's story as she blogs - and fights back - the zombie apocalypse
Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop and utilizing the military's emergency wireless network (SNET). It may also be her only chance to reach her mother. But as the reality of their situation sinks in, Allison’s blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures (with some witty sarcasm thrown in) as she and her companions fight their way through ravenous zombies and sometimes even more dangerous humans.
Description: The author of the acclaimed Spinning Forward welcomes readers back to the lush Florida island of Cedar Key, weaving together heartwarming moments and real-life challenges in a beautifully crafted, uplifting novel.
In the four years since Monica Brooks moved to Cedar Key, she’s found a home, a husband, and now a business to love. Taking over her mother’s bustling knitting shop is a welcome challenge, but Monica’s plans are waylaid by unexpected news. Her husband’s ex-wife has been deemed an unfit mother, and custody of their eight-year-old daughter, Clarissa, is to be transferred to Adam.
Going straight from honeymoon to motherhood leaves the normally even-keeled Monica doubting herself at every turn. But with help from friends and relatives, the three begin to forge a close-knit family of their own—one that will need to be strong enough to withstand all the surprises that are set to unravel…
Description: Lauren Oliver’s powerful second novel is a stunning tale of star-crossed romance, set in a world where love is forbidden. Lena Haloway has always accepted the government’s decree that love is a disease that must be eradicated...but then she meets Alex. A high-stakes romance set in a dystopian world: It’s 1984 meets Romeo & Juliet. From the author of the bestselling Before I Fall.
Description: Tales of lust, betrayal, murder and... elves.
19 original stories enchant, intrigue, and delight as they explore the theme of "Elf Love" in a variety of genres: fantasy, suspense, romance, noir, humor, and much more.
Edited by Josie Brown, Rose Mambert, and Bill Racicot, this one-of-a-kind collection features stories by Jon Bishop, Michelle Markey Butler, Rev Di Certo, Ed Cooke, Duncan Eagleson, Joanna Fay, Athena Giles, Michael Takeda, Juniper Talbot, Otilia Tena, James Thibeault, and David Vernaglia.
Description: A story collection that proves less is more.
The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's possibly apocryphal six-word story—"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn"—to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them "hint fiction" because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events. Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.
Description: Woefield Farm is a sprawling thirty acres of scrub land, complete with dilapidated buildings and one half-sheared, lonely sheep named Bertie. It’s “run”—in the loosest possible sense of the word—by Prudence Burns, an energetic, well-intentioned 20-something New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, but without an iota of related skills or experience. Prudence, who inherited the farm from her uncle, soon discovers that the bank is about to foreclose on the property, which means that she has to turn things around, fast. But fear not! She’ll be assisted by Earl, a spry 70-something, banjo-playing foreman, with a distrust of newfangled ideas and a substantial family secret; Seth, the alcoholic, celebrity-blogging guy-next-door, who hasn’t left the house since a scandal with his high-school drama teacher; and Sara Spratt, a highly organized eleven-year-old looking for a home for her prize-winning chickens, including one particularly randy fellow soon to be christened Alec Baldwin.
Description: In his engaging, powerful, and laugh-out-loud funny second novel, the James Beard award-winning author of Dancing in the Lowcountry serves up a story of friendship, dreams, and determination featuring a sassy Southern heroine as real as she is unforgettable.
Loretta Crawford grew up in a family where lives are small and appetites are big, and the results show on her 280-pound frame. Until one day, she realizes she’s had enough. Loretta opts for weight loss surgery, and as her size plummets, her horizons expand. Men look at her with desire for the first time, and the catering business that was once a hobby begins to take off in earnest. Soon, the food that was Loretta’s downfall promises to be her key to success. But the closer she gets to attaining the life she always dreamed of, complete with a new love interest, the more complicated things become, leading to a resolution that’s surprising, heartbreaking, and ultimately liberating.
Description: The moving and heart-breaking story of a fifteen-year-old Mexican girl’s life as an illegal immigrant in Texas, from a new Latina voice. When Nora’s father, Arturo leaves their home in Mexico to search for work in the United States, Nora stays back with her mother, Aurora and her grandmother. Nora struggles to make sense of her loss as the three women live in abject poverty in wait of Arturo’s return and a better day. When the letters and money stop coming, Nora decides that she and Aurora must go to Texas to find Arturo. After a harrowing and dehumanizing border crossing experience, Nora and Aurora find themselves all alone in a new place and not speaking the language. Befriending kind strangers in Texas, the two are offered employment after purchasing work papers, but their life in America is filled with challenges. Nora must find the strength to meet these challenges and find her father—all the while still pining for friends, a pair of new shoes, and a quinceañera party to mark her fifteenth birthday.
Description: Irresistible comic masterpieces—two novels and a story collection—from the author Christopher Hitchens calls "the gold standard of English wit."
Of course there can never be enough Jeeves for die-hard Wodehouse enthusiasts. But this selection brings old favorites to those fans in a sparkling package and will introduce new readers to the funniest writer in the English language. Right Ho, Jeeves; Joy in the Morning; and Very Good, Jeeves follow the adventures of two magnificently improbable characters. Bertie Wooster is an amiable young gentleman of excellent and ancient family—so he says—with plenty of money and no professional ambitions. Jeeves is his gentleman's gentleman, the soul of discretion, and a deep thinker, at least compared to Wooster. Jeeves brings tea and hangover cures in the morning, tempers his master's dubious taste in clothes, and invariably manages to extricate Wooster from fantastic predicaments of his own devising. Without Jeeves, Wooster would either be in jail or married to one or another terrifying young woman of his Aunt Agatha's choosing. Unlike life, a Wodehouse story always works out well in the end.
Description: Michelle Stimpson, Essence® bestselling author of Divas of Damascus Road, makes her Dafina debut with this compelling inspirational novel about a woman who finds her faith pushed to its limits even as a long-held dream comes true.
Everyone thinks Peaches Miller is crazy to call off her wedding to Quinn Robertson. But when Quinn announced they’d have to move to Philadelphia for his career, Peaches decided there was no way she was gong to be dependent on a man. She has her career and her son to think about.
Then her son starts having trouble in school—and Raphael, the boy’s father, steps back into the picture. Raphael’s attraction to her is stronger than ever. As they toy with temptation, Peaches thinks her prayers for a perfect family have been answered. There’s just one problem: Raphael has already pledged his heart to another woman. And if Peaches doesn’t have the courage to have a little faith, there may be no turning back from a devastating path…
Description: Why would a runaway Virginia slave—having built a rewarding life in the East Indies as a silk merchant—risk everything by returning to America in 1840, eighteen years after taking her freedom?
Anibaddh Lyngdoh claims that she intends to introduce a new kind of silk to the floundering American silk industry. But her true reason, as her old friend Grace MacDonald Pollocke discovers, is far more personal. Grace, now a Philadelphia portrait painter, undertakes a perilous investigation that leads to the discovery of old sins and crimes, and the commission of new ones. What laws may be broken—what sins and crimes committed—in the service of a higher justice? Deceit, forgery, fraud, perjury . . . even murder?
This novel thrillingly evokes a nineteenth-century America not so different from the present: a time of stunning new technologies and financial collapse, when religious and racial views collided with avowed principles of morality and law.
Description: A funny, inspirational account of Bible translation in the Amazon
When Davey Jank started a new life as a missionary among a remote tribe in the Amazon jungle, he entered a world most of us will never encounter: a world where witchcraft and shamanism are the trade of the powerful; where fear drives a timid and isolated society to acts of desperation and the brink of despair; where God's Word has not been heard.
Davey and his wife, Marie—and the others who later join in the mission—struggle to decipher and learn the unwritten language of the tribe. It takes years of comical and tragic misunderstandings, correction, and painstaking effort. Years in which the Wilo people, sometimes patiently and sometimes not so patiently, wait to learn what "God's Talk" says.
Our Witchdoctors Are Too Weak is Davey and Marie's honest and inspiring account of their more than ten years among the Wilos. Their modern-day miracle is sure to revitalize the reader's desire to spread God's Word to every corner of the world.
Description: Two friends face the Dark Knight’s deadliest scheme, but only one knight has the courage to overcome.
Sir Quinlan leaves his boyhood friend to serve the Prince, fighting a battle darker and more intense than any he’s ever known. The mysterious Sir Baylor recruits him into the ranks of an elite unit of knights known as the Swords of Valor, but when tragedy strikes and everyone blames Quinlan, the Swords of Valor disband, ending a legacy of heroic deeds.
Alone and despairing, Quinlan wanders the kingdom, fleeing his past. His providential encounter with Taras, a mysterious Silent Warrior and former trainer of Valor Knights, offers Quinlan a chance to redeem himself and learn the ways of the secret warriors.
The training is grueling, and just when Quinlan seems to have left his failures behind, he receives an impossible challenge from the Prince—one that will force him to face his past…and the mighty men who blame him for the tragedy that ruined them.
Can Quinlan reunite the Valor Knights in time to save the people from the Dark Knight’s evil plot to rule the Kingdom of Arrethtrae, or will the Valor Knights lose the most important battle of all?
Description: Magendie's debut novel, TENDER GRACES, got rave reviews and rose to the top ten on the Kindle bestseller list. Now she returns with a poignant, lyrical and bittersweet story of a wild mountain girl in 1970's Appalachia and the shy town girl she befriends and inspires. Sweetie is a maverick from a disreputable family. Tension builds as a local evangelist becomes convinced that the devil is at work. Dark, haunting southern fiction. Unforgettable.
Description: Kaitlyn Dunnett, author of Scone Cold Dead and A Wee Christmas Homicide, returns to the small Maine town of Moosetookalook, Maine with her fourth Scottish-themed Liss MacCrimmon mystery.
In the midst of the long Maine winter, a Burns Night Supper in honor of Scotland’s beloved poet seems like just the thing to give The Spruces, Moosetookalook’s finest hotel, a boost—and bring fresh business to Liss’s Scottish Emporium. But when the Scottish Heritage Appreciation Society arrives on the scene, they bring more than a hunger for haggis. The quarrelsome group harbors their share of long-held grudges, and the animosity grows as the whiskey flows. It isn’t long before a body is discovered, covered in tartan—and blood.
Now, with a fierce blizzard keeping them cooped up with a killer, Liss has to sort out the facts before another body goes as cold as the encroaching snowstorm….
Description: The second book in the thrilling Shadow Project series from best-selling author Herbie Brennan.
When the CIA botches a construction project and accidentally opens up a rift in time, they have only one option: to call on The Shadow Project. But when Project operatives Danny, Michael, Opal and Fuschia travel to Montauk, New York, they encounter a much larger problem. The Black Plague has traveled through the rift into modern times and it is wreaking havoc on all people involved with the construction project. And now it’s up to the group of specially trained spies to go back in time and prevent the disease from appearing in the 21st century.
But that feat is much harder than the team bargained for. Between fighting medieval armies, avoiding capture by the KGB, and stealing Chinese puzzle boxes, the spies are stretched to their limits. The clock is running out and hundreds will die if they can’t solve the mystery of The Doomsday Box.
Description: Welcome to the house of the mosque . . .
Iran, 1950. Spring has arrived, and as the women prepare the festivities, Sadiq waits for a suitor to knock on the door. Her uncle Nosrat returns from Tehran with a glamorous woman, while on the rooftop, Shahbal longs only for a television to watch the first moon landing. But not even the beloved grandmothers can foresee what will happen in the days and months to come. The household is set to experience great love and loss as it opens its doors to faith and politics. In this uplifting bestseller, Kader Abdolah charts the triumphs and tragedies of a family on the brink of revolution.
Description: Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an outself.
He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins, and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people.
There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English — but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see.
Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to disaster for the North family.
Description: A beautifully-rendered, heartbreaking first novel about a man forced to face his troubled past when he returns to his small hometown in the mountains of North Carolina after his brother disappears.
Description: IN THE DARKNESS, SOMETHING WICKED SPREADS ITS WINGS
THE ETERNAL BATTLE between fallen angels and their Heavenly counterpoints plays out daily here on Earth. Without warning, ordinary people find their lives forever changed by the intervention of divine beings. But meddling with the living does not always go according to plan and the angels themselves fall under an all-too-mortal spell—longing for love or thirsting for wicked revenge.
With stories from such world-renowned authors of fantasy and horror as Michael Bishop, Ramsey Campbell, Neil Gaiman, Graham Masterton, Robert Silverberg, Michael Marshall Smith, Lisa Tuttle, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Jane Yolen, Visitants presents a breathtaking collection of stories in which Heaven's hosts reveal themselves on Earth and fallen angels struggle toward final redemption.
Description: “If you leave Opi you’ll die with strangers,” Irma Vitale’s mother always warned. Even after her beloved mother’s passing, 20-year-old Irma longs to stay in her Abruzzo mountain village, plying her needle. But too poor and plain to marry and with little left to keep her there, she risks rough passage to America and workhouse servitude to achieve her dream of making dresses for gentlewomen.
In the raw immigrant quarters and with the help of an entrepreneurial Irish serving girl, ribbon-decked Polish ragman and austere Alsatian dressmaker, Irma begins to stitch together a new life…until her peace and self are shattered in the charred remains of the Great Chicago Fire. Enduring a painful recovery, Irma reaches deep within to find that she has even more to offer the world than her remarkable ability with a needle and thread.
Description: What do award-winning sales reps, peak performers, top students, leading companies, world-renowned athletes, and other successful people all have in common?
They understand the power of 1%.
And now, so can you.
The 1% Solution is a groundbreaking new book from New York Times bestselling author, Tom Connellan, that will help you find—and release—your true hidden potential.
The truth is that winners are never 100% better than everyone else. They’re just a little better at many different things. For example, did you know that Olympic Gold Medal winners are only about 1% faster than the fourth place finisher who gets no medal at all?
The 1% Solution shows you that because of the power of leverage, a relatively small change in the way you do things can have an outsized effect on the results you can achieve. Whether your goals are professional and career-oriented or personal life changes, Connellan helps you make those small changes permanent with big results.
Each actionable idea outlined throughout the book triggers an automatically positive response as soon as you implement it into your actions and daily life. After a few short days of implementation, your life can—and will—change for the better.
A combination of solid research and street-wise applications The 1% Solution’s steady stream of practical ideas and actions will make your next 30 days the best you’ve ever had.
Every one has the power to move the world—1% at a time!
Description: With sharp wit, self-deprecating humor, and penetrating honesty, New York Times journalist Dave Itzkoff turns a keen eye on his life with the mysterious, maddening, much-loved man of whom he writes, “for the first eight years of my life I seem to have believed he was the product of my imagination.”
Itzkoff’s father was the man who lumbered home at night and spent hours murmuring to his small son about his dreams and hopes for the boy’s future, and the fears and failures of his own past. He was the hard-nosed New York fur merchant with an unexpectedly emotional soul; a purveyor of well-worn anecdotes and bittersweet life lessons; a trusted ally in childhood revolts against motherly discipline and Hebrew school drudgery; a friend, advisor, and confidant. He was also a junkie. In Cocaine’s Son, Itzkoff chronicles his coming of age in the disjointed shadow of his father’s double life—struggling to reconcile his love for the garrulous protector and provider, and his loathing for the pitiful addict.
Through his adolescent and teen years Itzkoff is haunted by the spectacle of his father’s drug-fueled depressions and disappearances. In college, Itzkoff plunges into his own seemingly fated bout with substance abuse. And later, an emotional therapy session ends in the intense certainty that he will never overcome the same demons that have driven the older man. But when his father finally gets clean, a long “morning after” begins for them both. And on a road trip across the country and back into memory, in search of clues and revelations, together they discover that there may be more binding them than ever separated them.
Unsparing and heartbreaking, mordantly funny and powerfully felt, Cocaine’s Son clears a place for Dave Itzkoff in the forefront of contemporary memoirists.
Description: What does it mean to enter into an "arms-length" agreement? What's the difference between an addendum and a rider? The legal language of contracts can be confusing and daunting to any nonlawyer. Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference uses plain English to define common contract terms. You'll learn how to:
decipher the language of contracts
decide which clauses are important and which aren't
change or end a contract
With this unique A to Z guide, everyone will be able to negotiate — and sign — contracts with confidence.
Description: How do you make your teenager eat and exercise to be healthy?
Answer: You can’t.
That’s why two registered dietitians wrote Fueling the Teen Machine, 2nd Edition.
Friends, parents, teachers, websites, and doctors can offer ideas, but it really comes down to teens themselves to gain their own understanding about foods, diet, vitamins, and exercise as they grow into adulthood.
This book is the ultimate guide to navigating the world of nutrition and health and figuring out how to keep teen bodies healthy, strong, and happy.
Now updated to include:
Chapters that contain valuable information and talk directly to your teenager in a conversational tone
Health basics covered in easy-to-use tables and lists
Recommendations getting the most of out apps on smart phones
Suggestions for online tools like the nutrition website MyPyramid.gov
User-friendly reviews of health-related terms and definitions
Detailed coverage of weight management, sports nutrition, eating disorders, vegetarianism, and fast foods
Description: For a century Harlem has been celebrated as the capital of black America, a thriving center of cultural achievement and political action. At a crucial moment in Harlem's history, as gentrification encroaches, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts untangles the myth and meaning of Harlem's legacy. Examining the epic Harlem of official history and the personal Harlem that begins at her front door, Rhodes-Pitts introduces us to a wide variety of characters, past and present. At the heart of their stories, and her own, is the hope carried over many generations, hope that Harlem would be the ground from which blacks fully entered America's democracy.
Rhodes-Pitts is a brilliant new voice who, like other significant chroniclers of places-Joan Didion on California, or Jamaica Kincaid on Antigua-captures the very essence of her subject.
Description: What makes a musical note different from any other sound? How can you tell if you have perfect pitch? Why do 10 violins sound only twice as loud as one? Do your Bob Dylan albums sound better on CD or vinyl? John Powell, a scientist and musician, answers these questions and many more in HOW MUSIC WORKS, an intriguing and original guide to acoustics. In a clear, accessible, and engaging voice, Powell fascinates the reader with his delightful descriptions of the science and psychology lurking beneath the surface of music. With lively discussions of the secrets behind harmony, timbre, keys, chords, loudness, musical composition, and more, HOW MUSIC WORKS will be treasured by music lovers everywhere.
Description: "Quickly becoming a standard, this is an outstanding step-by-step guide to writing a professional and sound business plan." Library Journal, May 1, 2010 A business plan, along with its concise financial forecast, helps owners predict risk, attract investors and accurately plot the business' future. How to Write a Business Plan shows entrepreneurs how to create the loan package necessary to finance the business and make it work. They'll learn how to:
assess the money-making potential of a business idea
estimate operating expenses
determine assets, liabilities and net worth
find potential sources of financing
present the plan to lenders and investors
Spreadsheets help the business owner determine and forecast cash flow and sales revenue, and prepare financial statements. Also included are sample business plans that can be modified to suit the user's unique situation.
Description: Where Did Evil Come From? And Why Doesn't God Do Something About It?
The problem of evil is perhaps the most difficult question the Christian must face. If God is good and all-powerful, why is there suffering in the world? Can't God put an end to murder, rape, and starvation? What about earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis? Why couldn't a perfect God have made a perfect world?
In this concise but thorough book, Dr. Norman Geisler carefully answers these tough questions, using step-by-step explanations and compelling examples. He walks the reader through time-tested answers but also provides a new approach revolving around whether or not this world is the "best of all possible worlds." All this adds up to comforting news for believers: we can rest assured that God is both loving and all-powerful.
Description: As in any area where little is known and much feared or suspected, bring up the subject of coyotes, and myths and half-truths fly. This book will deflate the myths and illuminate and share the truths. Once just a colorful supporting character of the Old West or children’s cartoons, coyotes are now real-life neighbors to just about every one of us. Every state in the US except Hawaii has them, and they slink around suburbs and cities as well as the countryside. Coyotes are too big to be cute and cuddly, and they remind us of the wolves we humans went to such trouble to exterminate or remove from our surroundings.
Most of us have heard or read stories, or watched TV accounts, of coyote problems across the country, and many of us have listened to the chilling yips and howls of a coyote pack somewhere right beyond our sight. The spread of the intelligent, adaptable, and opportunistic coyote across America is perhaps the biggest wildlife success story of recent years—but not everyone is happy about it.
Parents worry that their children may be attacked by a coyote in the backyard or nearby field. Pet owners know that their cats and dogs are likely to be. Hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts who encounter coyotes in the wilds wonder if they are at risk. Sheep and cattle farmers, and even fruit growers, are up in arms about losses to coyotes. Deer hunters fear that the rise of coyotes has meant a reduction in deer in many places. Wildlife experts have noted that where coyotes proliferate, the graceful and beautiful red and grey fox and other animals may be reduced or disappear. This book covers all the information you need to be in the know about our rather furry neighbors.
Description: Written as a practical guidebook, Perform Like a Rock Star...and Still Have Time for Lunch reveals how to work smarter, achieve breakthrough results and attain success. Readers will discover their own priorities, create goals, delegate for success and maximize every opportunity to live the life they believe should be theirs.
Drawing on her background as a speaker, coach and facilitator, author Orna Drawas uses illustrations, rock lyrics, quotes and fables to coach professionals to attain their own peak performance. Packed with practical 21st century techniques and advice, this book is a must for every success library.
Description: In DRACULA, Bela Lugosi's definitive performance as the compelling and hypnotic vampire count catapulted him to worldwide fame. Yet this was only one of many masterful portrayals that won him screen immortality. Among them: The sinister Dr. Mirakle of MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE; the haunted, heroic avenger of THE BLACK CAT; the master of the mystic arts in THE RETURN OF CHANDU; the seagoing human derelict who rises to demonic fury on THE MYSTERY OF THE MARIE CELESTE; the surgical would-be superman undone by his own lust for sadistic torture in THE RAVEN; and many more. In Performed By Lugosi, these and other films are examined, along with the original classic tales that inspired them, with incisive and illuminating exploration of the screen artistry of Bela Lugosi. Even the most jaded Lugosi fan will find this work a treasure trove of fresh and penetrating insights into the man, the actor and his unique brand of theatrical magic.
Description: Pilates Illustrated offers a hands-on guide to incorporating Pilates into your daily life. Through hundreds of color photos, expert instructor Portia Page provides the simple steps for learning Pilates at home with little or no equipment. Success is guaranteed with detailed pictures and cues ensuring that each exercise is completed correctly.
Description: The use of female sideline reporters is the fastest-growing new aspect of televised broadcasts of professional and college football. Names like Suzy Kolber, Erin Andrews, and Andrea Kremer are now as well known as any of the men in the booth. In recent years women have been sports columnists and reporters, talk-show hosts, even coaches and team administrators. And yet there has never been a book about this phenomenon.
Former ESPN news anchor Betsy Ross fills this void with Playing Ball with the Boys, a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the emerging role that women play in sports broadcasting and reporting as well as in the business of sports. Ross interviews a number of the biggest names—from Kolber and Kremer to USA Today columnist Christine Brennan and Leslie Visser and many others—who offer first-hand accounts of the struggles and the triumphs of women playing what has always been a man’s game. She provides a history of this unique facet of the sports world, from pioneering female newspaper sports reporters to the celebrated breakthrough into televised sports by former Miss America Phyllis George, who is interviewed in the book. Ross covers the controversial moments, from locker room confrontations between players and female reporters to the infamous sideline interview in which Joe Namath attempted to kiss Suzy Kolber during a live broadcast. Readers also learn of women who played pro sports on male teams or coached men’s teams. They meet a woman who runs a professional baseball team and another who is a team doctor. Through this tale, Ross weaves her own story, recalling how she went from a small town in Indiana to the anchor’s chair at the largest sports network in the world, ESPN. She explains what it’s like for a woman to succeed in the male-dominated world of sports broadcasting.
Description: A tiny, ebullient Jew who started as America's leading liberal and ended as its most famous judicial conservative. A Klansman who became an absolutist advocate of free speech and civil rights. A backcountry lawyer who started off trying cases about cows and went on to conduct the most important international trial ever. A self-invented, tall-tale Westerner who narrowly missed the presidency but expanded individual freedom beyond what anyone before had dreamed.
Four more different men could hardly be imagined. Yet they had certain things in common. Each was a self-made man who came from humble beginnings on the edge of poverty. Each had driving ambition and a will to succeed. Each was, in his own way, a genius.
They began as close allies and friends of FDR, but the quest to shape a new Constitution led them to competition and sometimes outright warfare. SCORPIONS tells the story of these four great justices: their relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. It also serves as a history of the modern Constitution itself.
Description: World-wide, over a billion adults are overweight and 300 million are officially "obese", more than 3,000 people die every day on the world's roads and global warming and war threaten our survival as a species. The Energy Glut tells the story of energy and how our abuse of fossil fuel energy links all of these public issues as manifestations of the same fundamental planetary malaise.
This exciting new book argues that the pulse of fossil fuel energy released from the ground after the discovery of oil not only started the process of catastrophic climate change, but also propelled the average human weight distribution upwards. The author presents a frightening vision of humans besieged by a food industry that uses sophisticated marketing techniques to sell mountains of energy-dense food to those who are "functionally paralysed", with fewer opportunities to move our bodies than ever before. We see why the accumulation of body fat is a political, not a personal, problem. This insightful new work offers and appraises for the reader a set of personal and political de-carbonising strategies, but to 'tread more lightly on our world' we first need to make sense of the systemic processes, and The Energy Glut takes expert first steps in this direction.
Author bio: Ian Roberts is professor of public health at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Britain's national school of public health and a leading postgraduate institution worldwide for research and education in global health. His main research interests are the prevention and treatment of serious injuries and in the links between energy use, sustainability and health. He first trained in the UK as a paediatrician working in intensive care and then in public health at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and McGill University in Canada. He now works on large scale international clinical trials to find better treatments for seriously injured patients.
Phil Edwards is a senior lecturer in statistics at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Head of the Department of Nutrition & Public Health Intervention Research. He trained in mathematics and statistics at the University of Warwick and teaches statistics across the masters programme. His main research interests are in transport and health, in particular road traffic injury.
Contents: Introduction 1. Fat individuals and fat populations 2. Motorisation 3. Food 4. Money 5. Contraction and convergence 6. The era of the bicycle 7. Reclaim the streets 8. Reclaim your home 9. A better world
Description: Longtime award-winning collaborators Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist capture the emotions of hope, anxiety, and relief that prevailed during the Great Migration from the rural South to the urban cities up North. This five-part poem is told from multiple perspectives with powerful, evocative collage artwork.
When Eloise Greenfield was four months old, her family moved from their home in Parmele, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C. Before Jan Spivey Gilchrist was born, her mother moved from Arkansas and her father moved from Mississippi to settle in Chicago, Illinois. Though none of them knew it at the time, they had all become part of the “Great Migration.” In this collection of poems and collage artwork, award-winning collaborators Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist poignantly illuminate the experiences of families like their own, who left their homes in search of better lives, part of the Great Migration.
Description: On the success of his two bestselling books about World War II, James Bradley began to wonder what the real catalyst was for the Pacific War. What he discovered shocked him.
In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Taft, his daughter Alice, and a gaggle of congressmen on a mission to Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea with the intent of forging an agreement to divide up Asia. This clandestine pact lit the fuse that would-decades later-result in a number of devastating wars: WWII, the Korean War, and the communist revolution in China.
In 2005, James Bradley retraced that epic voyage and discovered the remarkable truth about America's vast imperial past. Full of fascinating characters brought brilliantly to life, The Imperial Cruise will powerfully revise the way we understand U.S. history.
Description: Have you ever wondered what Jesus would say to Mohammed? Or Buddha? Or Oscar Wilde? Maybe you have a friend who practices another religion or admires a more contemporary figure. Drop in on a conversation between Jesus and some well-known individuals whose search for the meaning of life took them in many directions — and influenced millions. Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias sets a captivating scene in this first in the intriguing Conversations with Jesus books. Through dialogue between Christ and Gautama Buddha that reveals Jesus' warm, impassioned concern for all people, God's true nature is explored.
Description: Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a small city located along the Lehigh River in the eastern part of the state. Once the hiding place of the Liberty Bell, Allentown has become a popular destination for Latino immigrants. These Latinos, mostly from Puerto Rico, now make up about a quarter of the city's population, and their numbers continue to grow. The thirty-one stories collected in The New Face of Small-Town America do not tell the story of Allentown alone. With U.S. Census figures showing the arrival of Latinos in more small American cities than ever before, Allentown will continue to serve as an example.
Description: Coming January 2011. Re-released in paperback form. Fabulous business/leadership book entitled Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business. Written for entrepreneurs and business owners, this book introduces the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), a practical method of achieving the business success you have always envisioned. Based on years of real-world implementation in nearly 100 companies, author Gino Wickman presents simple yet powerful methods to strengthen and focus your company to run a profitable, frustration-free business.
Do you have a grip on your business, or does your business have a grip on you? Inside Traction you will learn to understand the six key components of your business and how to strengthen those components to build a great business. The EOS, developed by Gino Wickmann, is a holistic system for running a profitable, frustration-free business. Successful organizations are applying it everyday—you can too!
Description: Nelson Mandela is well-known throughout the world as a heroic leader who symbolizes freedom and moral authority. He is fixed in the public mind as the world's elder statesman—the gray-haired man with a kindly smile who spent 27 years in prison before becoming the first black president in South Africa.
But Nelson Mandela was not always elderly or benign. And, in YOUNG MANDELA, award-winning journalist and author David James Smith takes us deep into the heart of racist South Africa to paint a portrait of the Mandela that many have forgotten: the committed revolutionary who left his family behind to live on the run, adopting false names and disguises and organizing the first strikes to overthrow the apartheid state. YOUNG MANDELA lifts the curtain on an icon's first steps to greatness.
Description: Alguns llibres són extremadament perillosos. Sota el vel del coneixement hi amagen supersticions i heretgies contràries a la paraula de Déu. Però hi ha un d’especialment pervers. Un llibre preservat en secret per uns pocs homes que es converteix en l’obsessió de la Inquisició i que generarà a finals del segle XV la persecució més gran feta mai contra una obra escrita i els seus posseïdors. La dissortada existència dels protectors d’aquesta obra extraordinària anirà aparellada a la sort de l’últim exemplar, que cal salvar de l’estany de foc, l’indret on s’abrasa tot el que Déu ha esborrat del llibre de la vida.
L’estany de foc entrellaça, amb extraordinària mestria i intensitat captivadora, fets reals amb els purament ficcionals, per narrar un dels episodis més sagnants per part de la Inquisició de les nostres terres. Una persecució que involucrà els estaments religiosos, la noblesa i, sobretot, els jueus conversos que amagaven la seua fe.
Description: questa obra ofereix una panoràmica de més de mil anys de la història de Catalunya mitjançant les biografies de prop de 400 dones, d'oficis, especialitats i àmbits diversos. Per tal de recuperar la vida que no ha estat explicada d'aquestes protagonistes,l'equip de redacció ha buidat arxius i fons de museus, ha consultat notícies de premsa, documents notarials, correspondència i manuscrits inèdits. D'aquesta manera, ens mostren com les dones, fossin nobles o sense recursos, religioses o jutjades per bruixeria, artistes o escriptores, burgeses i propietàries, etc. van fer una contribució indispensable a la societat i a la cultura catalanes dels segles IX al XIX. També ens expliquen les dificultats de les dones per formar-se, prendre les pròpies decisions, escapar al destí marcat per a elles i deixar una empremta. Carme Sanmartí (UVic), Montserrat Sanmartí (URV), Teresa Julio (UVic), Ramon Pinyol (UVic) i Clara Sanmartí donen veu i valor a aquestes dones silenciades. Catalanes del IX al XIX juntament amb Catalanes del XX (2006) constitueixen una proposta decidida per recuperar i situar les dones a la història del nostre país.
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This is book 3 of the Nuala series, the sequel to Fires of Nuala.
He had spent a hundred years seeking the woman called Silver; he still didn’t know if he was going to kill her.
Garth Kristinsson’s parents were free-traders, the aristocracy of con artists, able to fleece the dishonest with their own greed. But his father’s last scam went horribly wrong, and at the last, both his parents were dead. Garth wanted answers no authority could give him, so he searched for decades for any clue, any lead on his father’s partners-in-crime. One of them still lived – he would find her on the mysterious planet Nuala.
Nuala . . . planet of deadly radiation levels, humans who heal by touch, and the rarest platinum group metal in the known galaxy.
“Silver” is Darame Daviddottir, a famous free-trader who is now a citizen of Nuala – her husband, Sheel Atare, leads one of the planet’s most powerful tribes. Together they have brought an uneasy peace to a world racked by sterility, intrigue, and unimaginable wealth. For the first time in countless generations, Nualans are actually working together, their council a voice for interstellar trade and a sounding board for inter-tribal cooperation.
But the new ruler of Atare’s ancient enemy is a spoiled and arrogant genius named Rex Dielaan. When off-worlder Garth meets aristocrat Rex, it is a meeting of two con artists ripe for mischief...and maybe murder.
Two misplaced quests explode into a conspiracy of death, treason, and abduction. There’s a plan afoot leading toward war, and it threatens Nuala’s peace, Atare’s prosperity . . . and Silver’s life.
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Mistress of Molecules is the first in a new SF series. Late in the twenty-second century, humans have spread through the galaxy, but only with the help of the alien Zgaarid, whose advanced technology has stifled human creativity and drive.
This gentle slavery is about to change. Raised on libertine Precursor, a polluted planet controlled by powerful corporations, Libra fights for liberty using her extraordinary powers of chemical synthesis to terrorize those in power. Raised to be a fighting minister on moralistic Gemariah, an agricultural planet controlled by the Yahweh's Church, André escapes by stowing away on a Zgaarid spaceship. When André's quick thinking saves a precious Zgaarid spaceship, he's honored by becoming a Zgaarid Ancestor. While assigned to solve the problem of chemical terrorism on Precursor, he meets Libra. Together, they free Precursor's millions. Gemariah will be their next stop.
Before taking up his science fiction career, Gerald Weinberg published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. He also wrote books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the four-volume Quality Software Management series.
He incorporates his knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, and software engineers). Early in his career, he was the architect for the Mercury Project's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. Winner of the Warnier Prize and the Stevens Award for his writing on software quality, he is also a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame.
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The first summer of peace brings Wren on her weekly visit to the young Queen Teressa, where she encounters the derisive, upsetting Hawk Rhiscarlan riding in! Wren races to warn Teressa, to discover he’s expected, which causes the girls’ first argument. Tyron gives Wren a chance to leave Meldreth by sending her on a new journeymage project —to find Connor, who had wandered off to the Summer Isles.
When Wren vanishes, her scry stone abandoned, Teressa veers between regret over the argument, worry about Wren, and the beguilement of attraction as Hawk skillfully upsets her court. Wren has just made friends with some young sailors when they are captured and forced on board a shady smuggler, where Wren learns all about the sea. When pirates attack, Wren does magic, which leads her straight to another confrontation with the villain she hates most, aided by the boy she... what do you call these feelings? Once again the four — Wren, Teressa, Connor, and Tyron — find themselves deep in adventure, as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of growing up.
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How far can a horse travel in a day? What does a horse eat? When is a brown horse really a sorrel (or a bay, or a dun)? What do tack and withers and canter mean?
In this long-awaited and much-requested book based on her "Horseblog" at Book View Café, author and horse breeder Judith Tarr answers these questions and many more. She looks at horses from the perspective of the writer whose book or story needs them as anything from basic transport to major plot device, and provides definitions, explanations, and links and references for further research—leavened with insight into the world of the horse and the humans who both use and serve him.
How fast can a horse run? What happens when a foal is born? How have humans and horses evolved together over the millennia? And above all, what mistakes do writers most often make when writing about horses, and how can the educated writer avoid them?
Here is a guide to the fine art of getting it right.
Judith Tarr is the author of many novels and short stories under her own name and the pseudonyms Caitlin Brennan and Kathleen Bryan. A lifelong rider and lover of horses, she breeds, raises, and trains Lipizzan horses at Dancing Horse Farm near Tucson, Arizona. There are always horses in her books, notably A Wind in Cairo and, as Caitlin Brennan, the Mountain's Call series and her new book for young readers, House of the Star (Tor Starscape, November 2010). Her story, "Classical Horses," is much loved and often reprinted; it can be read for free at Book View Café.
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THIS IS BOOK 2 OF A TWO BOOK SET IN THE TWIST OF FATE SERIES. BOTH BOOKS WILL BE SENT.
Jen Connor has withstood violent rape, a near-fatal illness, the loss of a husband, and the smashing of all her dreams. But that was only the beginning.
Unappeased, fate has dealt her a new set of challenges. As she rises from the ashes to achieve renown in the theatrical world, she must face what awaits her in Los Angeles: powerful, vindictive former in-laws who are determined to fight for custody of Jen's young son at all costs. What she doesn't know is that an ancient enemy will surface, firing her desire for retribution.
She has an arsenal of formidable friends—a Russian ballet instructor with shadowy contacts, an acid-tongued critic, a new man in her life, and a long-lost sister. Together they stand against Jen's adversaries, but will they be enough?
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Seventeen-year-old David Axelrod is consumed with his love for Jade Butterfield. So when Jade’s father exiles him from their home, David does the only thing he thinks is rational: He burns down their house. Sentenced to a psychiatric institution, David’s obsession metastasizes, and upon his release, he sets out to win the Butterfields back by any means necessary.
Brilliantly written and intensely sexual, Endless Love is the deeply moving story of a first love so powerful that it becomes dangerous—not only for the young lovers, but for their families as well.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Scott Spencer, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Scott Spencer (b. 1945) is the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of ten novels, including Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper, both of which have been nominated for the National Book Award. Two of his books, Endless Love and Waking the Dead, have been adapted into films.
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Fearless is a brilliant portrait of trauma and its aftermath—the shock of loss and the sometimes unexpected ways that people learn to cope with disaster. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of Rafael Yglesias, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
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The ominous tone of this exquisite collection is established at its onset, as a bereaved father stalks the man who murdered his son. Three stories later, a college student suffers a violent death at the hands of her boyfriend. And in later episodes, relationships falter and fail, not all fatalities being of the flesh.
Featuring some of the Dubus canon’s most haunting narratives, Finding a Girl in America is a remarkable lesson in the depiction of the darker side of human nature.
This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Award-winning author Andre Dubus (1936–1999) has been hailed as one of the best American short story writers of the twentieth century. Finding a Girl in America features the story “Killings,” which was adapted into the critically acclaimed film In the Bedroom (2001), starring Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, and Marisa Tomei.
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Jackson Sassaport is a man who often finds himself in the middle. Whether torn between Stella, his beloved and opinionated Yankee wife, and Katherine Marie, the African American girl who first stole his teenage heart; or between standing up for his beliefs and acquiescing to his prominent Jewish family’s imperative to not stand out in the segregated South, Jackson learns to balance the secrets and deceptions of those around him. But one fateful night in 1960 will make the man in the middle reconsider his obligations to propriety and family, and will start a chain of events that will change his life and the lives of those around him forever.
Home in the Morning follows Jackson’s journey from his childhood as a coddled son of the Old South to his struggle as a young man eager to find his place in the civil rights movement while protecting his family. Flashing back between his adult life as a successful lawyer and his youth, Mary Glickman’s riveting novel traces the ways that race and prejudice, family and love intertwine to shape our lives.
This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
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Following graduation from West Virginia University, Coonts began flight training with the Navy at the age of twenty-two. He was stationed on the USS Enterprise for two combat cruises in the final years of the Vietnam War and flew an A-6 Intruder attack plane, an aircraft featured in many of his early novels.
In 1986, he published his highly successful debut, The Flight of the Intruder, which spent twenty-eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Coonts’s debut borrows heavily from his own experiences as a combat pilot, and the novel is rich in the technical details of aviation and warfare. In The Intruders, Coonts delivers a sequel to his wildly popular debut, returning to Grafton’s last missions as a pilot in the Vietnam War.
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An Anthology for Gulf Coast Relief
Join writers from all genres in defense of the Gulf Coast with Breaking Waves: An Anthology for Gulf Coast Relief. Edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Tiffany Trent, Breaking Waves offers up glimpses of maritime splendor, poignancy, and humor through the works of poets, essayists, and Hugo and Nebula-award winning authors like Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, David D. Levine, and more.
All proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.