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December 2011 batch: Requests must be in by Monday, December 19th at 6pm EST.

Stay Awake by Dan Chaon (Ballantine Books)

Description: Before the critically acclaimed novels Await Your Reply and You Remind Me of Me, Dan Chaon made a name for himself as a renowned writer of dazzling short stories. Now, in Stay Awake, Chaon returns to that form for the first time since his masterly Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award.

In these haunting, suspenseful stories, lost, fragile, searching characters wander between ordinary life and a psychological shadowland. They have experienced intense love or loss, grief or loneliness, displacement or disconnection—and find themselves in unexpected, dire, and sometimes unfathomable situations.

A father’s life is upended by his son’s night terrors—and disturbing memories of the first wife and child he abandoned; a foster child receives a call from the past and begins to remember his birth mother, whose actions were unthinkable; a divorced woman experiences her own dark version of “empty-nest syndrome”; a young widower is unnerved by the sudden, inexplicable appearances of messages and notes—on dollar bills, inside a magazine, stapled to the side of a tree; and a college dropout begins to suspect that there’s something off, something sinister, in his late parents’ house.

Dan Chaon’s stories feature scattered families, unfulfilled dreamers, anxious souls. They exist in a twilight realm—in a place by the window late at night when the streets are empty and the world appears to be quiet. But you are up, unable to sleep. So you stay awake.

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Every Body Matters by Gary Thomas (Zondervan)

Description: Few pastors or Christian writers have dared to approach the subject of how proper eating and an active lifestyle can affect how we serve God. Author Gary Thomas does just that. And he reaches all the way back to the apostle Paul, who wrote that we need to prime our bodies to become, "an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work." To illustrate the body/soul correlation, Thomas presents engaging and diverse stories that include a young mom who got fit through volleyball and reaped spiritual rewards in her marriage, a 300-pound pastor who realized his obesity was eroding his ministry impact, and a woman who gained the spiritual strength to survive a contentious divorce by training for a marathon. In every instance, Thomas makes a direct connection between the physical challenge and its spiritual consequence. This book is a must read for anyone seeking new and compelling motivation for strengthening their bodies and fortifying their souls.

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Conqueror by Conn Iggulden (Random House)

Description: Intrigue and treachery roil the vast Mongol nation as the heirs of Genghis Khan fight for control of his unprecedented empire—and of his mighty armies. History will turn on the outcome of their struggle. But only one man, dismissed by all the others, will boldly rise to the challenge with the courage and vision to forge the future, and with the strength to be called . . .

CONQUEROR

The novels of Conn Iggulden bring the past to thrilling life, from ancient Rome to thirteenth-century Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Now he delivers the spectacular story of the rise of Genghis Khan’s grandson, a man destined to become one of the most remarkable rulers who ever lived—the legendary Kublai Khan.

A succession of ruthless leaders has seized power in the wake of the great Khan’s death—all descendants of Genghis, but none with the indomitable character that led a people to triumph. One grandson, Guyuk, decadent and vicious, seeks to consolidate his position through bribery and murder, pitting powerful factions against one another and straining the loyalties of the tribes to the breaking point.

Next comes his cousin, Mongke, who eliminates all possible opposition with breathtaking brutality and dispatches his younger brothers Kublai and Hulegu to far-flung territories, to test their mettle and their allegiance.

Hulegu displays his barbarity with the savage destruction of Baghdad and his clash with the Khan’s age-old enemies, the cult of assassins, who will strike deep into the heart of the nation. But it is Kublai—refined and scholarly, always considered too thoughtful to take power—who will devise new ways of warfare and conquest as he builds the dream city of Xanadu and pursues the ultimate prize: the ancient empire of Sung China. His gifts will serve him well when an epic civil war breaks out among brothers, the outcome of which will literally change the world.

Brilliantly researched and imagined, unforgettably told, Conqueror is a magnificent achievement from an enthralling writer at the peak of his powers, a must read for all lovers of history and storytelling on the grand scale.

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Young 4 Ever (Не Стану Взрослой) (Russian Edition) by Andrei Kuzechkin (Urban Romantics)

Description: NOTE: This is a Russian-language edition of the book!

An accomplished cyber sportsman sets on a mission to spend a few days in a small provincial town. He posts an advert in local newspaper looking for a girlfriend who will help him spend a thousand dollars and soon starts an unconventional romantic relationship with an emo-girl named Ella. She is the only one that does not look like a gold-digger to Max.

The sweetest thing in any new relationship for Max is not sex, not even the first kiss, it is those last few seconds just before the kiss, when it is clear that the kiss is about to happen. Even if the actual kiss fails to materialise later for whatever reason, this moment of anticipation, this incredible moment, silence, slight numbness, adrenaline rush, the chill, the convergence of the lips, as if by accident... And then this feeling of warmth and euphoria starting to spread in the body.

As Max's affair with Ella continues to develop, a string of suicides hits this seemingly happy and quiet town. Suicides follow a certain pattern and affect young people about to turn twenty one. Set in modern day Russia and written by four times Debut Prize finalist Andrei Kuzechkin, this novel offers an intriguing detective story, based on author's own personal experiences and investigations revealing, on one hand, many failures of modern society to hear and understand young people, and inability of young people to face reality and grow up, on the other. Complex issues affecting kidults - adults refusing to grow up - are explored in this book amongst other things. Skilfully written narrative includes actual suicide notes, posts and other messages, in the form of song lyrics, videos and blog entries left by those young people who chose to stay forever young.

About The Author

Andrei Kuzechkin is a true 'method' writer from the heartland of Russia - Nizny Novgorod where he was born and where he lives now. Naturally he takes inspiration for his writing from his very rich personal life. As a teenager, Andrei was part of a local rock band and later produced a novel entitled 'Mendeleev Rock'. Then he travelled into the depths of Russian country side and worked there as a teacher. This experience resulted in another award winning novel revealing the true state of Russian countryside today. He worked in museums, libraries, usual and unusual companies in Russia and always continued to write. His wit and sharp eye have impressed prestigious Debut Prize critics and Olga Slavnikova in particular who associated new writing from Kuzhechkin with literary style of Vasiliy Aksyanov, another great Russian writer. Andrei has been among the finalists of Debut Prize for 4 years in a row in 2001.

Andrei Kuzhechkin About 'Young 4 Ever'

Однажды я решил написать свой последний роман. Точнее, написать роман так, будто он — последний. У каждого из нас бывают депрессивные периоды в жизни, когда хочется всё бросить. Иные люди, чтобы пережить такое состояние, замыкаются в себе, не выходят из дома — я же бродил тёплыми августовскими вечерами по улицам, жадно ловил и записывал впечатления. Уличные танцоры, интеллектуальный сноб, который отчаянно рисовался перед девушкой, рок-концерт, куда пришло всего пятнадцать зрителей, похороны старого друга — всё это сложилось в единую мозаику, всё встало на свои места в будущей книге. Чтобы вжиться в шкуру собственного героя, съездил в два города, где прежде не бывал, немного пожил там. В одном из городов, когда был в гостях у друга, нашёл у него журнал со статьёй о профессиональном геймере​ — это недвусмысленно указало, что я на верном пути.
Главный герой романа «Не стану взрослой», Макс - киберспортсмен, неоднократный победитель международных чемпионатов по компьютерным играм. С тем же успехом Макс мог бы быть писателем или музыкантом, меня интересовал не столько род занятий героя, сколько сама его личность: сильный человек, настоящий профессионал и художник своего дела, который многое пережил и многого добился, но внезапно обнаружил, что не может больше заниматься своим любимым делом, а на что переключиться — не знает. Что же делать? Уйти навсегда или дать себе ещё один шанс? Герой вступает в жестокую борьбу со своим злейшим врагом — с собственным «я». Несмотря на весь свой жизненный опыт и циничный взгляд на жизнь, Макс инфантилен. Добровольно оставить этот мир — значит, сдаться на милость своего детского «я». Продолжить жить — значит, пусть и запоздало, но стать взрослым.
Макс отправляется в небольшое путешествие в незнакомый город и на своём пути обнаруживает множество людей с той же проблемой. Самоуверенная студентка Карина, пикапер-неудачник Константин, художница Лилия, социопат Вадим — все они застряли в детстве, но каждый — по-своему. И мало того, Макс сталкивается с несколькими случаями самоубийств из-за нежелания взрослеть. Возможно, за этим стоит некая секта — герой начинает расследование. Но не стоит называть «Не стану взрослой» детективом: разгадка тайны — далеко не главное. Больше всего мне хотелось дать общий портрет современного молодого поколения, показать явления, общие для всех развитых стран: не зря английское слово «кидалт» и японское «хиккикомори» вошли во все языки мира.
Учит ли чему-нибудь книга? Концовка даст прямой ответ на этот вопрос.

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In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming (St. Martin's Griffin)

Description: From the New York Times bestselling author, for the first time in trade paperback, the debut that started it all.

The first in the acclaimed Russ Van Alstyne and Clare Fergusson series, In the Bleak Midwinter went on to win the Macavity, Barry, Agatha and Anthony awards. Now in a stunning new edition, readers old and new can experience the beginning of this critically-heralded mystery collection.

It's a cold, snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill, and newly-ordained Clare Fergusson is on thin ice...

"A riveting page-turner from start to finish." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Fleming hits a grand slam...The tension is constant. The dialogue is dead-on...To top it all off, the story twists and turns to the last page." -Denver Rocky Mountain News

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Arcadia by Lauren Groff (Hyperion and Voice)

Description: A mesmerizing second novel from Lauren Groff, the bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia is the lyrical and haunting story of a great American dream—the progress of a utopian community and its lasting impact on a gifted young man.

“Richly peopled and ambitious and oh, so lovely, Lauren Groff's Arcadia is one of the most moving and satisfying novels I've read in a long time. It's not possible to write any better without showing off."
—Richard Russo, author of the novel That Old Cape Magic and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls

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Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung (Riverhead Books)

Description: On the night Janie waits for her sister, Hannah, to be born, her grandmother tells her a story: Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, so Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe. As time passes, Janie hears more stories, while facts remain unspoken. Her father tells tales about numbers, and in his stories everything works out. In her mother's stories, deer explode in fields, frogs bury their loved ones in the ocean, and girls jump from cliffs and fall like flowers into the sea. Within all these stories are warnings.

Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on a mission to find her sister and finally uncover the truth beneath her family's silence. To do so, she must confront their history, the reason for her parents' sudden move to America twenty years earlier, and ultimately her conflicted feelings toward her sister and her own role in the betrayal behind their estrangement.

Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another.

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Knit One Pearl One by Gil McNeil (Hyperion and Voice)

Description: Knit one . . . It’s been a busy few years since Jo Mackenzie lost her husband. Life has brought adventure, surprises, unexpected pleasures, and, of course, lots of knitting. Jo’s seaside yarn shop, with a brand new café, has taken off, keeping her busier than ever. And being a single mum to two boys and headstrong toddler Pearl is just as exhausting and enchanting as she thought it would be. On top of all that, celebrity diva Grace has a secret; Jo’s firecracker best friend Ellen is launching a new television series; and lovable but hapless Martin continues his oft misguided attempts to woo Jo. Just when Jo thinks she has about all she can handle, Daniel, Pearl’s globe-trotting dad, turns up out of the blue . . .

Purl one . . . But with a little help from her friends, and her beloved Gran, Jo is building a new life for herself by the sea, stitch by stitch. Warm and witty, Knit One Pearl One will delight new readers to the Beach Street series and give the legions of existing fans a chance to visit the British seaside again, without having to worry about the weather.

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Praise for Gil McNeil and the Beach Street Knitting Society series

“Warm and wonderful.” —Cosmopolitan (UK)

“A warmly winning second-chance novel . . . Smartly written, Beach Street is also very, very funny.” —Christian Science Monitor

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Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream (William Morrow)

Description: She’s got the wit and sharp tongue of Dorothy Parker, the talent of Picasso, and an ex-husband who still wants her. But all that isn’t enough to keep Clementine alive, and in thirty days she’s going to turn out the lights of her life for good.

With the month she has left, renowned artist Clementine Pritchard will attempt to tie up loose ends—from coming to terms with the family tragedy that left her without a mother and sister to travelling south of the border to secure tranquilizers to finding the father that abandoned her. Settling accounts also means coming face to face with the reasons why she can’t go on—and the truth hidden at its core. What she doesn’t count on, though, is that in losing Clementine, she may actually find her.

A wonderfully entertaining and poignant novel featuring a deeply flawed and irresistible character, Losing Clementine is a bold debut from a promising new voice.

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No One Is Here Except All Of Us by Ramona Ausubel (Riverhead Books)

Description: In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. Their tribe has moved and escaped for thousands of years- across oceans, deserts, and mountains-but now, it seems, there is nowhere else to go. Danger is imminent in every direction, yet the territory of imagination and belief is limitless. At the suggestion of an eleven-year-old girl and a mysterious stranger who has washed up on the riverbank, the villagers decide to reinvent the world: deny any relationship with the known and start over from scratch. Destiny is unwritten. Time and history are forgotten. Jobs, husbands, a child, are reassigned. And for years, there is boundless hope. But the real world continues to unfold alongside the imagined one, eventually overtaking it, and soon our narrator-the girl, grown into a young mother-must flee her village, move from one world to the next, to find her husband and save her children, and propel them toward a real and hopeful future. A beguiling, imaginative, inspiring story about the bigness of being alive as an individual, as a member of a tribe, and as a participant in history, No One Is Here Except All Of Us explores how we use storytelling to survive and shape our own truths. It marks the arrival of a major new literary talent.

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Wayward Saints by Suzzy Roche (Hyperion and Voice)

Description: From a folk-rock legend comes a tender, comic story of family, music, and second chances.

“Wayward Saints is funny, smart, poignant, the prose so clear, so direct, so true. This book is a joy.”
— Jane Hamilton, author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World
Mary Saint, the rule-breaking, troubled former lead singer of the almost-famous band Sliced Ham, has pretty much given up on music after the trauma of her band member and lover Garbagio’s death seven years earlier. Instead, with the help of her best friend, Thaddeus, she is trying to piece her life together while making mochaccinos in San Francisco. Meanwhile, back in her hometown of Swallow, New York, her mother, Jean Saint, struggles with her own ghosts.

When Mary is invited to give a concert at her old high school, Jean is thrilled, though she’s worried about what Father Benedict and her neighbors will think of songs such as “Sewer Flower” and “You’re a Pig.” But she soon realizes that there are going to be bigger problems when the whole town—including a discouraged teacher and a baker who’s anything but sweet—gets in on the act.

Filled with characters that are wild and original, yet still familiar and warm—plus plenty of great insider winks at the music industry—Wayward Saints is a touching and hilarious look at confronting your past and going home again.

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“Wayward Saints is full of wonderful observations about family, fame, guilt, aging, the stupid music business, and the power and glory of performing and creating. Most importantly, Suzzy Roche has written a book about love and redemption. And it’s funny! I loved the little details and the big surprises.”
—Loudon Wainwright, Grammy-winning songwriter

“[Roche’s] language is dazzling—unpredictable, supremely funny, irreverent, and full of authority. Wayward Saints is the best and most surprising debut novel I’ve read since I can’t remember when.”
—Rosellen Brown, author of Half a Heart and Before and After

“If you’ve ever had the privilege of hearing Suzzy Roche sing, you know all about her perfect pitch, her angel’s voice, her subtle wit. Her masterful debut novel, Wayward Saints, mines these same prodigious gifts. When Mary Saint, a once-promising indie rocker, is invited to perform in her hometown, where her mother, Jean, still holds court, the two are forced into a long-deferred reckoning: with each other and with the demons of their past. This is a golden-threaded tale of redemption, of the transformative powers of art, and of the mysteries, pains, and sacrifices of love.”
—Deborah Copaken Kogan, author of Hell Is Other Parents and The Red Book

“Spoiler alert: this book is wonderful from beginning to end. I loved every page.”
—Patricia Marx, author of Starting from Happy

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Witchful Thinking by H. P. Mallory (Random House)

Description: From H. P. Mallory—the exciting author of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble—comes her new paranormal romance featuring the sassy, self-deprecating witch Jolie Wilkins.

Jolie thinks she’s seen it all, but life continues to spring surprises. The latest shocker? She’s just been crowned Queen of the Underworld. Jolie may possess a rare gift for reanimating the dead, but she doesn’t know the first thing about governing disparate factions of supernatural creatures. She can barely maintain order in her own chaotic personal life, which is heading into a romantic tailspin.

First there’s sexy warlock Rand, the love of her life, from whom Jolie is hiding a devastating secret. Then there’s Sinjin, a darkly seductive vampire and Jolie’s sworn protector—though others suspect he harbors ulterior motives. As the two polar opposite yet magnetic men vie for Jolie’s affection, she must keep her wits about her to balance affairs of state and affairs of her heart. Overwhelmed, under pressure, and longing for love, Jolie decides it’s time to take charge—and show everyone that this queen won’t take jack.

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Dallas and the Spitfire by Ted Kluck (Bethany House)

Description: A Suburban Dad and an Ex Con Show What Discipleship Looks Like

Ted is an educated thirty-something father of two who's been going to church his whole life.

Dallas is a twenty-one-year-old former cocaine addict with a prison record who has recently become a Christian.

When they agree to meet regularly for "discipleship," they know that chatting once a week in a coffee shop just won't cut it. Instead, they decide to get to know each other while restoring an old Triumph Spitfire.

Filled with surprises and humor, Dallas and the Spitfire tells a gripping story of two lives changed, and along the way gives readers a new model for men's ministry.

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Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith (Random House)

Description: In this magisterial new biography, New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith brings to life one of the world’s most fascinating and enigmatic women: Queen Elizabeth II.

Compulsively readable and scrupulously researched, Elizabeth the Queen is a close-up view of a woman we’ve known only from a distance, illuminating the lively personality, sense of humor, and canny intelligence with which she meets the most demanding work and family obligations. It is also a fascinating window into life at the center of the last great monarchy.

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King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels (Doubleday Books)

Description: "An astonishing and wonderful book about a real life Mma Ramotswe. An utter joy." — Alexander McCall Smith, author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series

The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa. King Peggy has the sweetness and quirkiness of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and the hopeful sense of possibility of Half the Sky.

King Peggy chronicles the astonishing journey of an American secretary who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 souls on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers the dire reality: there's no running water, no doctor, and no high school, and many of the village elders are stealing the town's funds. To make matters worse, her uncle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a proper funeral in the royal palace, which is in ruins. The longer she waits to bury him, the more she risks incurring the wrath of her ancestors. Peggy's first two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction. In the end, a deeply traditional African town has been uplifted by the ambitions of its headstrong, decidedly modern female king. And in changing Otuam, Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community.

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Life's Little Emergencies by Rod Brouhard (Demos Health)

Description: Written in plain English with a touch of humor (the best medicine) Life's Little Emergencies, A Handbook for Active Independent Seniors and Caregivers is a medical crisis handbook for active independent seniors and caregivers alike. The first section of the book covers techniques and conditions common to senior citizens: skin tears, fractures, and dehydration to name just a few. It discusses life-saving techniques like CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. The first aid information is backed up by research and twenty plus years experience of actual care by someone who still treats real victims first hand.

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My Own Worst Enemy by Janet Davis (Bethany House)

Description: Women often find that the biggest obstacle to being all they were created to be is themselves. Though they long to succeed, they can't silence the voice inside whispering, "Just who do you think you are?" Through stories of modern and biblical women, My Own Worst Enemy explores both the calling of women to shine and the complex dynamic of self-sabotage that often keeps them from daring to obey. Janet Davis shows women how to break the cycle of shame and self-doubt to achieve their full potential.

Perfect for individuals or church groups, My Own Worst Enemy will encourage any woman who wants to stop holding herself back and begin living out her purpose in God's kingdom.

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Spirit Wars by Kris Vallotton (Chosen Books)

Description: You know the battle is raging—but are you fighting the right enemy?

Just as enemies fought Joshua in the Promised Land, and Nehemiah faced opposition as he rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, our enemy will fight us as we approach the spiritual terrain God has promised us. Most Christians retreat at the first sign of conflict because they fail to recognize the true nature of the battle. But you can prevail in freedom and joy.

Sharing his deeply personal story of demonic bondage, torment and ultimate deliverance, pastor and bestselling author Kris Vallotton turns the idea of spiritual warfare as we know it on its head. He reveals the diabolical lies and strategies of the enemy—attacks and traps so subtle and deceptive that we may find our souls and hearts imprisoned without even knowing it.

No more! Now you can win the invisible battle against sin and the enemy. Victory is within your grasp. Will you take hold?

"It is with great excitement that I recommend this book to you, knowing that fruit will increase until Jesus gets His full reward."
—Bill Johnson, author, When Heaven Invades Earth and The Essential Guide to Healing, senior pastor, Bethel Church, Redding, California

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Tea Party Patriots by Jenny Beth Martin (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: The definitive history of one of the most radical, revolutionary movements the country has ever seen, from those who started it all
In 2009, an unemployed mother of two and a politically inexperienced northern California attorney met on a conference call that would end up starting one of the largest grassroots political organizations in American history, the Tea Party Patriots. Fueled by the fires of passion and patriotism, Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin have become the faces of the most powerful political movement in the country, empowering their more than twenty million members by using both high-tech advances and the time-tested American tradition of rallying in public. Promoting the basic principles of the Tea Party Movement—free market, limited government, and fiscal responsiblity—the Tea Party Patriots have become the largest tea party organization in the world. With unparalleled access to the inner workings of the movement, Meckler and Martin hope to explain how the Tea Party came to be, what it is and is not, and perhaps most important, provide the first comprehensive, forward-looking document outlining a plan to restore America to its prior greatness.
Never before has there been such an audience for this material. Americans of all political stripes have been waiting for a thorough and informative account of this movement. Straight from the co-founders themselves, Tea Party Patriots promises to be the definitive source for a political revolution.

Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin are the co-founders and national organizers of the Tea Party Patriots, Inc. They have appeared as commentators and have been interviewed on ABC, CBS, PBS, BBC, NPR, Fox News, and CNN. Most recently, Time magazine named Martin the fifteenth most influential world leader of 2010.

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The Bathroom Key by Kathryn Kassai (Demos Health)

Description: Urinary incontinence is an underdiagnosed and underreported condition with major economic and psychosocial effects on society. Women are more likely to experience it due to issues with the pelvic floor brought on by pregnancy and menopause. The Bathroom Key is a treatment plan for women to cure their own incontinence issues. It also allows women to identify with other women through the anecdotal stories that echo their feelings of isolation and embarrassment. Written in easy-to-understand language, the book is a genuine teaching tool, guiding the reader to a better understanding of her body and effective remedies.

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Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno (Del Rey)

Description: He was the most powerful Sith lord who ever lived.
But could he be the only one who never died?

“Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.”
—Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master—but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death.

Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, target the galaxy for domination—and the Jedi Order for annihilation. But can they defy the merciless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to rule supreme, and the dream of the other to live forever, sow the seeds of their destruction?

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Dancing with Colonels: A Young Woman in Wartime Turkey by Marjorie Havreberg (South Dakota State Historical Society Press)

Description: A young South Dakotan’s World War II experiences

Struck with the desire to see and do more with her life, a young South Dakota woman left the family home in Redfield to go to work for Senator Peter Norbeck in Washington, D.C. When the position ended, she quickly found she had grown accustomed to the bright lights of the capital and soon joined the military as a civilian secretary. With World War II in full swing, she found herself traversing the globe en route to Ankara, Turkey.

Once in Turkey, ostensibly a neutral country during the war, Marjorie Havreberg found herself swept up in the relatively glamorous world of military attachés, embassy soirees, and secret government correspondence. Her letters, sent home to her family in Redfield, South Dakota, cover the years in which she worked for Norbeck in Washington, D.C., and her career with the military. Her writing is witty, charming, and full of astute observations, and Dancing with Colonels serves as an excellent window into life in the 1930s and 1940s, including the often under-illuminated social side of wartime Turkey. With her small-town background, Havreberg provides the reader with a marvelously fresh look at her surroundings.

An Introduction from Judy Barret Litoff, who edited the letters, places the correspondence in the larger context of society at the time. Litoff is professor of history at Bryant College in Rhode Island. She has written extensively and is an expert on letters from the World War II era.

Sally Enstrom saved the letters, compiled this volume, and provided a brief memoir of her great aunt, highlighting Havreberg’s personality and zest for life.

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Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas (Sourcebooks)

Description: Part love letter to New York, part love letter to Paris, and total devotion to all things sweet, Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) is a charming memoir about a woman’s journey balancing her love for two cities.

Driven to the most delicious spots in Paris and New York, Amy shares the addresses of the best patisseries, boulangeries, and chocolatiers in both cities that have shaped and colored her delicious adventures along the way. Paris, My Sweet is about having faith and making choices, a story of delicious adventures to savor.

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The Whole Foot by Ryan Brett Fink (Demos Health)

Description: Foot pain and injuries can thwart everyone from the athlete to even the weekend warrior. While many books review basic foot and ankle conditions, The Whole Foot Book offers numerous solutions for each problem, as there is no one best solution - different treatments work for different feet. This comprehensive resource covers footwear basics, prevention, and treatments along with clear diagrams, photos, and charts that demonstrate techniques and solutions. It covers common foot problems faced by diabetics, seniors, and athletes, including bunions, hammer toes, corns, calluses, warts, and skin maladies. In also features a chapter on choosing the proper footwear, gives advice on when to seek professional attention and helps you to understand when foot surgery is not and is not necessary, and highlights recent advances in foot surgery. But The Whole Foot Book goes further and addresses less common issues including neuropathy, blood clots, and HIV/Aids among others. The book really covers the whole foot.

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Two Rings: A Story of Love and War by Millie Werber (PublicAffairs)

Description: Judged only as a World War Two survivor's chronicle, Millie Werber's story would be remarkable enough. Born in central Poland in the town of Radom, she found herself trapped in the ghetto at the age of fourteen, a slave laborer in an armaments factory in the summer of 1942, transported to Auschwitz in the summer of 1944, before being marched to a second armaments factory. She faced death many times; indeed she was certain that she would not survive. But she did.

Many years later, when she began to share her past with Eve Keller, the two women rediscovered the world of the teenage girl Millie had been during the war. Most important, Millie revealed her most precious private memory: of a man to whom she was married for a few brief months. He was—if not the love of her life—her first great unconditional passion. He died, leaving Millie with a single photograph taken on their wedding day, and two rings of gold that affirm the presence of a great passion in the bleakest imaginable time.

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A Place Of Secrets by Rachel Hore (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: A runaway bestseller in Britain with more than 100,000 copies sold, a riveting historical mystery in the tradition of Kate Morton
The night before it all begins, Jude has the same nightmare that haunted her as a child: running through a dark forest, crying for her mother. Now her six-year-old niece, Summer, is having the same dream, and Jude is frightened for her.
A successful auctioneer, Jude is struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband. When she's asked to value a collection of scientific instruments and manuscripts belonging to Anthony Wickham, a lonely eighteenth-century astronomer, she leaps at the chance to escape London for the untamed beauty of Norfolk, where she grew up. As Jude untangles Wickham's tragic story, she discovers threatening links to the present.
What do Summer's nightmares to have do with Starbrough folly, the eerie crumbling tower in the forest from which Wickham and his adopted daughter, Esther, once viewed the night sky? With the help of Euan, a local naturalist, Jude searches for answers in the wild, haunting splendor of the Norfolk woods. Dare she leave behind the sadness in her own life and learn to love again?
Rachel Hore's A Place of Secrets is a triumph.

Rachel Hore is the author of four novels including the critically acclaimed The Glass Painter's Daughter and The Memory Garden. worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing at the University of East Anglia. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons.

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Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham (Mulholland Books)

Description: She’s standing at the front door. Covered in blood. Is she the victim of a crime? Or the perpetrator?

Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is being pushed away. His marriage is ending. Charlie, his eldest daughter, will barely speak to him. And Charlie’s rebellious best friend Sienna is getting into more and more trouble, and taking Charlie along for the ride.

Sienna has been almost like family to O’Loughlin-a troubled child who for years spent more time in the O’Loughlin residence than her own home. O’Loughlin’s worst fears are confirmed when Sienna turns up at his front door, traumatized and covered in blood. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna’s house: her father Ray Hegarty, a celebrated former police officer, murdered.

The blood covering Sienna was her father’s. She can’t remember what happened, but, at the same time, doesn’t mourn her father’s death. O’Loughlin vows to unearth the dark secrets of Sienna’s mind, hoping his efforts will win back the confidence of a daughter he may be in danger of losing forever. But as the accusations fly, the line between victim and accused begins to blur.

When the detective in charge of the case seems all too eager to lay the blame at Sienna’s feet rather than malign the honor of a respected former colleague, O’Loughlin begins to make his own inquiries. But each step he takes toward the truth also brings him closer to the path of a manipulative killer unlike anything he has ever encountered.

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Catch Me by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)

Description: In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner's latest D.D. Warren thriller, the relentless Boston investigator must solve a coldly calculated murder—before it happens.

In four days, someone is going to kill me . . .

Detective D. D. Warren is hard to surprise. But a lone woman outside D.D.'s latest crime scene shocks her with a remarkable proposition: Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston's top detective to handle the death investigation.

It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle.

Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21st, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

As D.D. tracks a vigilante gunman who is killing pedophiles in Boston, she must also delve into the murders of Charlie's friends, racing to find answers before the next gruesome January 21 anniversary. Is Charlie truly in danger, or is she hiding a secret that may turn out to be the biggest threat of all?

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John Jensen Feels Different by Henrik Hovland (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

Description: John Jensen feels that he's different. He feels different when he eats his breakfast, when he brushes his teeth, when he sits in his office at work. Often he lies awake at night wondering what exactly it is that makes him different from everyone else. Maybe it's his tail? Or his bow tie?

But with the help of Dr. Field, John Jensen discovers that perhaps he isn't that different after all — and that he's probably best off exactly the way he is.

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Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan (HarperCollins Childrens Books)

Description: Patricia MacLachlan returns to the prairie setting that readers came to love in SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL, this time with a gentle, contemporary story about a boy, his grandfather, and the special bond they share.

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Luminous Airplanes by Paul La Farge (HighBridge)

Description: AUDIO EDITION. Read by Charles Carroll.

In September 2000, a young programmer comes home from a desert festival to learn that his grandfather has died and that he has to return to Thebes—a town which is so isolated that its inhabitants have their own language—in order to clean out the house where his family lived for five generations. While he’s there, he runs into Yesim, a Turkish American woman whom he loved as a child, and begins a romance in which past and present are dangerously confused. At the same time, he remembers San Francisco in the wild years of the internet boom, and mourns the loss of Swan, a madman who may have been the only person to understand what was happening to the city, and to the world.

La Farge’s ambitious new work considers large worlds and small ones, love, memory, family, flying machines, dance music, and the end of the world.

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Shatter by Michael Robotham (Mulholland Books)

Description: “The most suspenseful book I read all year.” -Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

Joe O’Loughlin is in familiar territory-standing on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, trying to stop a distraught woman from jumping. “You don’t understand,” she whispers, and lets go. Joe is haunted by his failure to save the woman, until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that her mother would never have committed suicide-not like that. She was terrified of heights.

What could have driven her to commit such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?

Having devoted his career to repairing damaged minds, Joe must now confront an adversary who tears them apart. With pitch-perfect dialogue, believable characters, and astonishingly unpredictable plot twists, Shatter is guaranteed to keep even the most avid thriller readers riveted long into the night.

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The Girl in the Box by Sheila Dalton (Dundurn)

Description: A mute Mayan girl held captive in a crate in the Guatemalan jungle, a big-city psychoanalyst with a rescue complex, and a journalist with a broken heart are the characters in Sheila Dalton's second literary novel. Inez, a traumatized young Mayan woman originally from Guatemala, has killed Caitlin's partner, leaving Caitlin to figure out why.

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins Childrens Books)

Description: Bestseller Katherine Applegate presents an unforgettable and uplifting tween animal fantasy that explores the power of friendship, art, and hope with humor and touching poignancy.

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The Thirteen by Susie Moloney (William Morrow)

Description: Haven Woods is suburban heaven, a great place to raise a family. It's close to the city, quiet, with terrific schools and its own hospital right up the road. Property values are climbing. The crime rate is practically non-existent, unless you count the odd human sacrifice, dismemberment, and/or blood atonement. When Paula Wittmore goes home to Haven Woods to care for her suddenly ailing mother, she brings her daughter and a pile of emotional baggage. She also brings the last chance for twelve of her mother's closest frenemies.

A circle of friends will support you through bad times. A circle of witches can drag you through hell.

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The Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson (Dutton)

Description: To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the Northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. For three years, Ella has been the only mother the kids have known. But when Joe drowns off the coast, his ex-wife shows up at his funeral, intent on reclaiming the children. Ella must fight to prove they should remain with her while she struggles to save the family’s market. With wit and determination, she delves beneath the surface of her marriage, finally asking the questions she most fears, the answers jeopardizing everything and everyone she most loves.

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The Variations by John Donatich (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: A compelling sympathy of the faiths that fill the gap between who we set out to be and who we ultimately become
A powerful debut novel about a priest who has lost his church, his mentor, and, most upsetting, his ability to pray. How can Father Dominic protect or guide his parish when everything he loves falls away? How can he counsel Dolores, a troubled teenager prone to emotional panic and spiritual monomania? Or James, a promising African American pianist, struggling to realize his artistic ambitions by bringing his own voice to a piece that has been played by the world's most brilliant pianists, Bach's Goldberg Variations.
Into this malaise comes Andrea, a sophisticated New York editor attracted at first by Dom's blog and then by the man himself. Dom's journey from the cloth into the secular world will offer carnal knowledge, but also something deeper, a more resistant knowledge as life fails to offer happiness or redemption. In prose both searching and muscular, John Donatich's The Variations has located the right metaphor for our spiritual crisis in this story of one man's spiritual disillusion and ache for self-knowledge.

John Donatich is the director of the Yale University Press. His essays and occasional pieces have appeared in Harper's and the The Atlantic Monthly. This is his first novel.

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475 Tax Deductions for Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals: An A-to-Z Guide to 100s of Tax... by Bernard B. Kamoroff (Taylor Trade Publishing)

Description: Are you paying more taxes than you have to? The IRS is certainly not going to tell you about a deduction you failed to take, and your accountant is not likely to take the time to ask you about every deduction you're entitled to. As former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson admitted, "If you don't claim it, you don't get it. That's money down the drain for millions of Americans." This invaluable book, updated to reflect changes in tax laws that took effect in 2011, not only lists the individual items that are deductible—from internet domain name costs to theft losses—but also where to list them on your income tax form. "Tax law isn't easy," the author explains, "but this book is."

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A Man's Guide to Muscle & Strength by Stephen Cabral (Human Kinetics)

Description: After spending 12 years training everyone from professional athletes to A-list celebrities, Stephen Cabral makes his private clients’ programs available in A Man’s Guide to Muscle and Strength. Packed with over 140 exercises and over 300 photos, it delivers straightforward strength training programs designed for real guys who want real results.

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Antarctica by john Stewart (McFarland)

Description: This second edition of the 1990 Library Journal “Best Reference” book, four years in the compiling and writing, is an exhaustive A–Z direct-entry encyclopedia of Antarctica. It doubles the first edition’s entries to 30,000, covering geographical features, historical events, explorers, expeditions, airplanes, ships, scientists, scientific stations, tour operators, scientific terms, birds, animals, insects, flora, items of general interest and much more. “Antarctica” is defined as all land and water south of 60°S.
Information for geographical features is drawn primarily from national gazetteers, both current and old, and is not limited to ­English-­language sources. Extensive cross-referencing simplifies the continent’s often bewildering nomenclature—geographical features’ names, for example, may vary widely from one national gazetteer to the next, and are further complicated by having been named and renamed multiple times, and in many languages, through the years. All linguistic variations of placenames are included and cross-referenced.

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Before Sherlock Holmes by LeRoy Panek (McFarland)

Description: Traditionally, the history of detective stories as a literary genre begins in the 19th century with the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Émile Gaboriau and a handful of other writers. The 19th century was actually awash in detective stories, though many, like the so-called detective notebooks, are so rare that they lay beyond the reach of even the most dedicated readers. This volume surveys the first 50 years of the detective story in 19th century America and England, examining not only major works, but also the lesser known—including contemporary pseudo-biographies, magazines, story papers, and newspapers—only recently accessible through new media. By rewriting the history of the mystery genre, this study opens up new avenues for literary exploration.

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Best Mets: 50 Years of Highs and Lows from New York's Most Agonizingly Amazin' Team by Matthew Silverman (Taylor Trade Publishing)

Description: About this book: As Major League Baseball celebrates the 50th anniversary of the New York Mets in 2012 comes a rollicking chronicle of the team's ups and downs over a half century of baseball. Chapters recount the best and worst teams; underachieving and overachieving players; and even a guide to appreciating the Mets, including tips on spring training as well as the best sports bars to see the Mets on TV without having to fight for the remote. Sidebars relating Mets lore (i.e. Seinfeld's obsession with Keith Hernandez) and trivia questions further add to this celebration of the first 50 years of New York's most frustrating sports franchise.

Author bio: Matt Silverman is the author of over a half dozen books, including New York Mets: The Complete Illustrated History, and Shea Goodbye with Keith Hernandez. He lives in High Falls, New York.

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El Poder de lo Transpersonal by Fernando Ustman (MSI Press)

Description: (Spanish language only). En lo Transpersonal todas las cosas se conectan y nada está suelto ni es independiente,
igual las palabras de este libro están unidas las unas a las otras como los hechos de nuestra vida para poder lograr una alianza entre la razón y la emoción, entre lo humano y lo divino, entre oriente y occidente, entre el pasado y el futuro, entre arriba y abajo. Todo para lograr entender que somos uno y que estamos conectados con un propósito divino.
Solo que pocos lo recuerdan.

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Horror Films of the 1990s by John Muir (McFarland)

Description: This filmography covers more than 300 horror films released from 1990 through 1999. The horror genre’s trends and clichés are connected to social and cultural phenomena, such as Y2K fears and the Los Angeles riots. Popular films were about serial killers, aliens, conspiracies, and sinister “interlopers,” new monsters who shambled their way into havoc.
Each of the films is discussed at length with detailed credits and critical commentary. There are six appendices: 1990s clichés and conventions, 1990s hall of fame, memorable ad lines, movie references in Scream, 1990s horrors vs. The X-Files, and the decade’s ten best. Fully indexed, 224 photographs.

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Life Before Birth: The Hidden Script that Rules Our Lives by Arthur Janov (NTI Upstream)

Description: A remarkable follow-up to the international bestselling "The Primal Scream," groundbreaking psychologist Arthur Janov cites in this examination hundreds of studies showing how experience in the womb and at birth have enduring life consequences, laying the foundation in later life for anxiety and depressive disorders, heart attacks, and even cancer. Janov explains how during pregnancy and the first years of life, events are imprinted in the brain that affect how aggressive or passive people will become, how despairing or optimistic they will be, and even how long they will live. Destined to have as profound an impact on psychotherapy as "The Primal Scream," this book compels doctors and pregnant women to consider the lasting impact of events that occur during pregnancy.

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Lillian Lorraine by Nils Hanson (McFarland)

Description: After a meteoric ascent on Broadway that began with Ziegfeld’s 1910 Follies, Lillian Lorraine went on to become one of the most famous entertainers in America. Her passionately lived life made her a prime target for the tabloid gossip doyens of the day. This biography recounts the early West Coast life of this superstar as well as her coronation on Broadway, her work in silent film, and her sexual liaisons that helped her gain her notoriety. It also covers her eventual disappearance from public life, her alcoholism and her death, which went largely unnoticed. She was buried in 1955 in a pauper’s grave. The book includes first-hand personal anecdotes and observations from recently discovered tapes, which were recorded by a confidante of Lorraine’s.

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Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion by Robert Morgan (HighBridge)

Description: AUDIO EDITION. Read by David Drummond.

Thomas Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams. Their tenacity was matched only by that of their enemies: the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Alamo, the Comanche and Apache Indians, and the forbidding geography itself.

Known also for his powerful fiction (Gap Creek, The Truest Pleasure, Brave Enemies), Morgan uses his skill at characterization to give life to the personalities of these ten Americans without whom the United States might well have ended at the Arkansas border. Their stories—and those of the nameless thousands who risked their lives to settle on the frontier, displacing thousands of Native Americans—form an extraordinary chapter in American history that led directly to the cataclysm of the Civil War.

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Manage Your Depression Through Exercise by Jane Baxter (Sunrise River Press)

Description: Research has proven that exercise helps to lessen or even reverse symptoms of depression. Manage Your Depression through Exercise meets depressed readers where they are at emotionally, physically, and spiritually and takes them from the difficult first step of getting started to results.



Through inspiring facts explaining the neuroscience behind how movement helps mood, the Move More, Smile More Routine, the Challenge & Correct formula to end negative self-talk, and words of encouragement, author Jane Baxter, PhD, gets readers beyond feelings of inertia one step at a time. Includes reproducible charts, an activities list, and photos illustrating various exercises.

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Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, The Answers You Need, Fifth Edition by Rosalind Kalb (Demos Health)

Description: Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, The Answers You Need, 5th Edition is the definitive guide for everyone concerned with the disease - those who have MS and those who share their lives with someone who has it. It covers a wide range of topics in an accessible question and answer format that allows people to easily find the information they need while providing a model of successful communication with healthcare providers.

The new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout. The book provides the most current information on multiple sclerosis including a review of the controversy surrounding CCVSI, discussion of the first two pills in development for the disease, new information on the drug Tysabri, emotional issues, and the family.

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Music and Dance Traditions of Ghana by Paschal yao Younge (McFarland)

Description: The dance and musical traditions of Ghana’s four main ethnic groups are covered comprehensively in this book. Discussed are not only concepts of music, dance and performance in general, but also cultural perspectives, performance practices, and the form and structure of 22 musical types or dance drumming ceremonies. Historical, geographical, cultural and social backgrounds of the groups are included, as well as orthographies of each language with their unique characters. As a guide to multicultural education, the book provides teaching methods and components of curriculum development. Numerous photographs, maps, and musical scores serve to generously illustrate the book.

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Of Muscles and Men by Michael Cornelius (McFarland)

Description: Few movie genres have highlighted the male body more effectively than the “sword-and-sandal” film, where the rippling torso and the bulging muscle are displayed for all to appreciate. Carrying his phallic sword and dressed in traditional garb calculated to bring attention to his magnificent physique, the sword-and-sandal hero is capable of toppling great nations, rescuing heroines, defeating monsters, and generally saving the day. Each of these essays examines the issues of masculinity and utility addressed in the sword-and-sandal genre. The contributors offer insights on a film form which showcases its male protagonists as heroic, violent, fleshy, and, in the end, extremely useful.

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One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road by Gerald Nicosia (HighBridge)

Description: Gerald Nicosia and Anne Marie Santos; read by Vanessa Hart and Stephen Bowlby

Lu Anne Henderson was a beautiful 15-year-old girl in Denver in 1945 when she met Neal Cassady, a fast-talking hurricane of male sexuality and vast promises. The two married, and soon they were hanging out with a group of young would-be writers, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. But Neal and Jack initially didn’t like each other very much. Lu Anne ended up loving them both, and she taught them how to love each other—in effect, making the Beat Generation possible, as well as giving Kerouac material for one of the seminal novels of the 20th century, On the Road. One and Only traces the immense struggles of Lu Anne’s own life, which ranged from the split-up of her family during the Great Depression, to the ravages of abusive men and the grief of losing the two most important men in her life; and shows how her life intertwined with Jack’s and Neal’s to the very end.

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Pele, Volcano Goddess of Hawai‘i by H Arlo Nimmo (McFarland)

Description: When the first Europeans arrived in the Hawaiian Islands in 1778, the volcano goddess Pele was the central deity of a complex religion in the volcano districts of Hawai‘i Island. While native Hawaiians were quickly converted to Christianity, Pele remained remarkably relevant as a deity. This book is a critical biography of the volcano goddess, as well as a history of her religion. Topics covered include the ongoing belief in Pele, her popular manifestations, her ceremonies, her new cultural roles and her current status in Hawai‘i.

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Pity The Billionaire by Thomas Frank (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: From the bestselling author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, a wonderfully insightful and sardonic look at why the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism
Economic catastrophe usually brings social protest and demands for change—or at least it's supposed to. But when Thomas Frank set out in 2009 to look for expressions of American discontent, all he could find were loud demands that the economic system be made even harsher on the recession's victims and that society's traditional winners receive even grander prizes. The American Right, which had seemed moribund after the election of 2008, was strangely reinvigorated by the arrival of hard times. The Tea Party movement demanded not that we question the failed system but that we reaffirm our commitment to it. Republicans in Congress embarked on a bold strategy of total opposition to the liberal state. And TV phenom Glenn Beck demonstrated the commercial potential of heroic paranoia and the purest libertarian economics.
In Pity the Billionaire, Frank, the great chronicler of American paradox, examines the peculiar mechanism by which dire economic circumstances have delivered wildly unexpected political results. Using firsthand reporting, a deep knowledge of the American Right, and a wicked sense of humor, he gives us the first full diagnosis of the cultural malady that has transformed collapse into profit, reconceived the Founding Fathers as heroes from an Ayn Rand novel, and enlisted the powerless in a fan club for the prosperous. The understanding Frank reaches is at once startling, original, and profound.

"No one fools Thomas Frank, who is the sharpest, funniest, most intellectually voracious political commentator on the scene. In Pity the Billionaire he has written a brilliant expose of the most breath-taking ruse in American political history: how the right turned the biggest capitalist breakdown since 1929 into an opportunity for themselves." —Barbara Ehrenreich
"Tom Frank has the Tea Parties in his sights! Brisk and searing and deeply informed by the lessons of history (shocking notion!), Frank's latest guide for the perplexed is nothing less than a precious gift to us. Read it, and finally—You. Will. Understand." —Rick Perlstein
"Thomas Frank has crossed the Styx and returned to sing of the tortured, tormented souls of the Tea Party and their sufferings in the Socialist America they have conjured from thin air. This he does with grace, style and humor, which not all of his subjects share. Be glad that in this election year you can read Pity the Billionaire instead of turning on the television or the radio or your computer.  Pity the Billionaire?  Hell. Pity us all." —James K. Galbraith

Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, What's the Matter with Kansas?, and One Market Under God. A former opinion columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler and a monthly columnist for Harper's. He lives outside Washington, D.C.

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Raúl Castro and the New Cuba by Harlan Abrahams (McFarland)

Description: In 2006, Fidel Castro yielded power over Cuba to his younger brother Raúl, making him the first new president of the island nation in nearly five decades. Since then, Raúl has ushered in many changes and reforms, including allowing open criticism of the government, lifting the ban on personal electronics like cell phones and computers, and allowing farmers to purchase their own equipment. This timely work weaves together expert analysis with narrative accounts from current Cuban citizens to explore the economic, political, legal, and social changes occurring in Cuba under Raúl Castro’s presidency. Among the issues discussed are how Cubans are facing the challenges of an economy emerging from socialism into a market-driven reality, how long the one-party system can endure, and what the future may hold. By tracking Cuba’s ongoing emergence from decades of communism, this current work stands at the forefront of Latin American and Caribbean studies.

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School Success for Kids With Autism by Andrew L. Egel (Prufrock Press)

Description: By outlining the best practices found in today's classrooms, "School Success for Kids With Autism" describes how parents and teachers can work together to create nurturing, supportive, and effective classroom environments from preschool to high school.

This book covers topics such as understanding how schools define autism; helping students make transitions between teachers, schools, and grade levels; finding the best instructional strategies and supports for inclusive classrooms; helping kids with homework; selecting curriculum; and providing interventions in the home to help develop needed skills. With practical tools and advice from leaders in the field of autism education, this book is sure to give these students, their parents, and their teachers guidance for success.

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Step Ahead of Autism: What You Can Do to Ensure the Best Possible Outcome for Your Child by Anne Moore Burnett (Sunrise River Press)

Description: If you have or think you may have a child with autism, you may be overwhelmed with fear, confusion, doubt, regret, self-blame, and more. Author Anne Moore Burnett has been there and can assure you that there is hope. In Step Ahead of Autism, she supplies you with a host of simple yet powerful tools you can use to meet the inevitable challenges of raising an autistic child at any age.

In Step Ahead of Autism, Burnett uses the true story of her son Joey, who was diagnosed with severe autism at age two and went on to become a successful college student, to empower caregivers everywhere. Readers of Step Ahead of Autism will learn how to transform themselves – their intentions, beliefs, attitudes, and reactions – so that they have more influence over how their child does than they ever imagined possible.



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· step-by-step, attainable, parent-tested exercises, techniques, and tips;

· important attributes every parent can develop and nurture in themselves;

· the knowledge and confidence necessary to meet the challenges of raising an autistic child;

· a strong argument for making early diagnosis and intervention the primary goals of every parent, pediatrician, educator, and caregiver.

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Superheroes of the Round Table by Jason Tondro (McFarland)

Description: Few scholars nursed on the literary canon would dispute that knowledge of Western literature benefits readers and writers of the superhero genre. This analysis of superhero comics as Romance literature shows that the reverse is true—knowledge of the superhero romance has something to teach critics of traditional literature. Establishing the comic genre as a cousin to Arthurian myth, Spenser, and Shakespeare, it uses comics to inform readings of The Faerie Queene, The Tempest, Malory’s Morte and more, while employing authors like Ben Johnson to help explain comics by Alan Moore, Jack Kirby, and Grant Morrison and characters like Iron Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, and the Justice League. Scholars of comics, medieval and Renaissance literature alike will find it appealing.

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Take Control of Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties by Jennifer Price (Prufrock Press)

Description: "Take Control of Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties" is a unique guidebook written especially for kids with dyslexia and other reading difficulties to help them overcome their reading struggles and find success in school and beyond. This handbook addresses the fundamentals of reading for elementary and middle school students, speaking to students directly in easy-to-understand language with charts, graphs, and illustrations.

Unlike most books that focus on the "how-to's" of reading, this book teaches kids what reading is all about. They will learn about the different skills involved in the reading process, why learning how to read can be difficult, tips for studying and completing homework more easily, and what kinds of strategies and technologies might help improve their reading abilities. By interviewing kids with dyslexia and reading difficulties, the authors offer insight into the frustrations that come with reading difficulties and provide encouragement to push forward to reading success.

Grades 3–8

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Teaching Children With High-Functioning Autism: Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom by Claire E. Hughes-Lynch (Prufrock Press)

Description: Teaching Children With High-Functioning Autism: Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom is designed to provide practical ideas and support to teachers who have students with high-functioning autism in their classroom. This book provides realistic descriptions of autism in the classroom, ideas for working with a wide range of professionals and integrating the various therapies within a classroom, suggestions for assessing students' learning, and a range of teaching ideas from behavioral interventions to content-area instruction. With ideas for writing a very strong, helpful IEP as well as ways to accommodate and manage the social, language, and anxiety-related issues children with high-functioning autism face in a general education setting, this guidebook is sure to help all teachers serve their students with autism in the inclusive classroom!

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The Rise of the American Circus, 1716–1899 by S.L. Kotar (McFarland)

Description: To both young and old, the circus remains an icon of American entertainment, a wholesome pastime untouched by the passing years. But the modern circus, with its three rings, ringmaster, animals, and acrobats, is the product of nearly three hundred years of evolution.

This intriguing work chronicles the history of the American circus from its roots in England through its importation to America to the end of the nineteenth century. It introduces the early pioneers of the circus, addresses business concerns such as management and training, and discusses the development of the show itself, including the incorporation of menageries, the need for animal training and care, the addition of circus music, the use of the tent, and the unique attractions of side shows and “freaks.” Personal stories of those who made their lives under the “big top” are woven throughout the narrative, adding an intimate perspective to one of America’s most enduring entertainments.

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Theorizing Twilight by Maggie Parke (McFarland)

Description: Since the publication of Twilight in 2005, Stephenie Meyer’s four-book saga about the tortured relationship between human heroine Bella Swan and her vampire love Edward Cullen has become a world-wide sensation—inciting screams of delight, sighs of derision, and fervent pronouncements. Those looking deeper into its pages and on screen can find intriguing subtexts about everything from gender, race, sexuality, and religion.
The 15 essays in this book examine the texts, the films, and the fandom, exploring the series’ cultural reach and offering one of the first thorough analyses of the saga.

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Twenty Festival Sermons by Itzchak Rosenberg (Gefen Publishing House)

Description: In the year 1897, Isaac Rosenberg accepted the pulpit of a synagogue in the East German town of Thorn. He was one of a new class of rabbis at the turn of the century known as “Rabbiner Doktor” – with Ph.D. degrees as well as rabbinical ordination. Well ensconced as a leader in his community, Rabbi Rosenberg delivered passionate sermons to his congregants on the occasion of Jewish festivals – sermons that uplifted rather than scolded, that inspired a community of Jews whose religious observance was waning with love for their families and pride in Judaism’s contributions to the world.

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Uncompromised by Nada Prouty (Palgrave Macmillan)

Description: 'The heroic efforts of journalists to uncover the truth resonate in this era of punditry . . . Prouty provides a unique perspective on the war on terror.' - Booklist

When Nada Prouty came to the United States as a young woman, she fell in love with the democracy and freedom of her new home. After a childhood in war-torn Lebanon with an abusive father and facing the prospect of an arranged marriage, she jumped at the chance to forge her own path in America-a path that led to exciting undercover work in the FBI, then the CIA. As a leading agent widely lauded by her colleagues, she worked on the most high-profile terrorism cases in recent history, including the hunt for Saddam Hussein and the bombing of the USS Cole, often putting her life on the line and usually getting her man.

But all this changed in the wake of 9/11, at the height of anti-Arab fervor, when federal investigators charged Prouty with passing intelligence to Hezbollah. Lacking sufficient evidence to make their case in court, prosecutors went to the media, suggesting that she had committed treason. Prouty, dubbed “Jihad Jane” by the New York Post, was quickly cast as a terrorist mastermind by the relentless 24-hour news cycle, and a scandal-hungry public ate it up.

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Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture by Andrew Becker (McFarland)

Description: Examining how we interpret Welshness today, this volume brings together fourteen essays covering a full range of representations of Welsh mythology, folklore, and ritual in popular culture. Topics covered include the twentieth-century fantasy fiction of Evangeline Walton, the Welsh presence in the films of Walt Disney, Welshness in folk music, video games, and postmodern literature. Together, these interdisciplinary essays explore the ways that Welsh motifs have proliferated in this age of cultural cross-pollination, spreading worldwide the myths of one small British nation.

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What Nurses Know...Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Lorrriane Steefel (Demos Health)

Description: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is sometimes dismissed as an "all in your head" illness. There are no tests or other physical signs to diagnose CFS/ME. A diagnosis is given when a health care practitioner has ruled out other causes for the cluster of symptoms. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention considers CFS/ME to be a real and debilitating illness. Still individuals with this disease remain frustrated by the lack of belief and support from health care providers, families, and friends. They continually doubt themselves and ask "What's wrong with me?", "Am I crazy?", "Am I imagining these problems?"

Bringing validation to the on million sufferers of CFS/ME What Nurses Know Chronic...Fatigue Syndrome sheds new light on this condition and it's symptoms from a trusted source: nurses. Simply organized and clearly written What Nurses Know Chronic Fatigue Syndrome provides individuals, their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare practitioners the answers they need and want.

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Wish You Were Here by Amy Welborn (Image Books)

Description: In an intensely personal memoir about what’s really important in our lives, Amy Welborn chronicles her journey to Sicily with three of her children five months after her husband’s sudden death from a heart attack. Wish You Were Here: Travels Through Loss and Hope (Image Books, February 7, 2012) is the story of how Amy traveled through city and countryside, small towns and ancient ruins, and along the way discovered unexpected doors of memory and reflection. This observant memoir and travelogue is deeply personal, yet speaks to universal experiences of love and regret.

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Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture by R. Paul Stevens (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

Description: Adam and Eve worked. Jacob and Joseph worked. So did Ruth,
David, Daniel, Jonah, Martha, Priscilla and Aquila, Paul — and most people in the Old and New Testaments.

In Work Matters marketplace theology expert R. Paul Stevens revisits more than twenty biblical accounts — from Genesis to Revelation — exploring through them the meaning of every sort of work, manual or intellectual, domestic or commercial. Taken together, his short, pithy reflections on these well-known Bible passages add up to a comprehensive, Bible-based theology of work — one that will be equally useful for seminars, classes, Bible studies, and individuals seeking to grasp more fully the theological dimensions of their daily labor.

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Working Parents: Thriving Families: 10 Strategies That Make A Difference by David Palmiter (Sunrise River Press)

Description: Finally, a straightforward, lighthearted, and research-based parenting book for working parents who want to do the best they can for their children in the time they have together. Board-certified child psychologist and university professor David J. Palmiter, PhD, distills the broad and complex endeavor of parenting into 10 effective strategies for promoting happy and well-adjusted children in busy households.



These 10 simple and achievable strategies are proven to help children develop a healthy self-esteem, feel safe and connected to the family, make healthy decisions, and develop independence and resilience. Dr. Palmiter shares discipline techniques that address misbehavior without producing more frustration and alienation and covers how to recognize and treat early signs of psychological problems. Taking an “edutainment” approach, Dr. Palmiter holds your attention and makes you laugh out loud at situations you'll quickly recognize from your own parenting experiences. A working father with three beloved children of his own, Dr. Palmiter understands the crazy, hectic schedules and challenges today's parents face every day.

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Yoga and Scoliosis by Marcia Monroe (Demos Health)

Description: Yoga and Scoliosis: A Journey to Health and Healing is a deeply soothing form of moving meditation and a physical activity and is a safe way to rebuild strength, stamina, and flexibility and to address the spinal curvature of scoliosis without surgery. The book presents an evidence-based look at how this approach works. Dr. Fishman has been treating individuals with scoliosis with yoga for many years and has collected x-rays of his work, before and after, demonstrating actual lessening of the degree of curvature from the practice of Iyengar yoga.

Yoga and Scoliosis: A Journey to Health and Healing is a source of encouragement, knowledge, and healing for those who have scoliosis and need to treat it, but want to avoid braces and/or surgery. It briefly covers the history and treatment modalities of scoliosis and discusses the development of the spine in the embryo. Yoga and Scoliosis explores the complexities of the concept of alignment in the body, with the main part of the book showing how to address scoliosis utilizing Iyengar yoga. Four chapters give instruction in yoga asanas for scoliosis, and another chapter discusses yoga practice in daily living. Finally there is a Foreword by B. K. S. Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar Yoga.

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Zombies Are Us by Christopher Moreman (McFarland)

Description: On the surface, the zombie seems the polar opposite of the human—they are the living dead; we, in essence, are the dying alive. But the zombie is also “us.” Although decaying, it looks like us, dresses like us, and sometimes (if rarely) acts like us. In this volume, essays by scholars from a range of disciplines examine the zombie as a thematic presence in literature, film, video games, legal language, and philosophy, exploring topics including zombies and the environment, litigation, the afterlife, capitalism, and the erotic. Through this wide-ranging examination of the zombie phenomenon, the authors seek to discover what the zombie can teach us about being human.

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La química de l'aire by Antoni de Martí i Franquès (Rovira i Virgili University Press)

Description: Aquest llibre és una edició facsímil dels articles publicats a Madrid, París i Londes com a conseqüència de la lectura que Martí i Franquès va fer a la Reial Acadèmia de les Ciències i les Arts de Barcelona al 1790 sobre la mesura de la composició de l’aire. L’edició va acompanyada d’un estudi , a cura de Josep Grau, que aporta detall científic sobre la metodologia i el plantejament del problema en el seu marc cronològic, així com una comparació amb les investigacions anàlogues dutes a terme durant la mateixa època.

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Cemetery Club by J.G. Faherty (JournalStone)

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Description: 20 years ago four friends awoke an ancient evil, and only the Cemetery Club can stop it before the whole town ends up dead. Or worse.

Rocky Point is a small town with a violent history - mass graves, illegal medical experiments and brutal murders dating back centuries. Of course, when Cory, Marisol, John and Todd form the Cemetery Club, they know none of this. They’ve found the coolest place to party after school - an old crypt. But then things start to go bad. People get killed and the Cemetery Club knows the cause: malevolent creatures that turn people into zombies. When no one believes them, they descend into the infested tunnels below the town and somehow manage to stop the cannibalistic deaths.

Now, twenty years later, the horror is beginning again. The Cemetery Club must reunite to defeat the menace once and for all. The problem is they can’t remember how they did it the first time.

It’s a race against time to find the true source of evil infesting Rocky Point, as the Cemetery Club ventures into the cryptic maze, to face their demons in a final showdown.

"With plenty of new twists on some old favorites, Faherty's latest novel provides readers with as much fun in a graveyard as the law will allow. Ancient legends, demonic shadow-creatures, and ravenous zombies—what more could you ask for?" -Hank Schwaeble, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of DAMNABLE and DIABOLICAL.

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Almost Perfect by Patricia Rice (BookViewCafe)

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A Romance novel from NY Times bestselling author, Patricia Rice.

Cleo Alyssum would do anything to transform herself into the kind of mother her young son needs, but she’s learned from hard experience that people only wreck her life, making it tough to prove that she deserves her son back. Celebrated cartoonist Jared McCloud is just the kind of sexy, artistic, impossibly bull-headed extrovert who can shatter her carefully constructed serenity and ruin her chance to be perfect. But how can she avoid a man who doesn’t grasp the meaning of no or resist him when he breaches all her No Trespassing signs?

Almost Perfect is part of the McCloud Brother series of related novels - Impossible Dreams, McCloud's Woman,and Carolina Girl. All the books are stand alone.

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Enchantment by Pati Nagle (BookViewCafe)

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A Young Adult Romantic Fantasy from Pati Nagle

Holly Parker's life changes forever when she visits Enchantment Spring with her older sister Madison. They hike through the woods, and when they reach the spring, Holly's disappointed. A concrete coffin full of water? She expected a pool surrounded by flowers, birds, dancing dragonflies.

But fine. They eat the lunch they packed, and lounge around in the sunshine a while. As they get ready to leave, Holly dabbles her fingers in the water.

And sees a face beneath the surface.

The joy of first love fills her, but Holly's happiness turns to horror when she learns that the government plans to demolish Enchantment Spring. Her passion for Ohlan 'the beautiful water spirit who inhabits the spring' is so strong that she'll gladly risk her life, standing between the spring and the backhoes, to save him.

Pati Nagle's stories have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Cricket, and others. She was a Writers of the Future and Theodore Sturgeon Award finalist. Her novels include the Blood of the Kindred series (The Betrayal, Heart of the Exiled), and urban fantasy Immortal.

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Imago by Amy Sterling Casil (BookViewCafe)

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An SF novel from Amy Sterling Casil

There's a pig man at your window, and he's hungry. This is the world of Imago. Something has gone very wrong with this world. Changed freaks, victims of the Human Mutational Virus, roam California's streets. DisLex, the entertainment utility, monitors everyone's lives; yet few know that DisLex not only controls life, it has created it: perfect virtual constructs who can never die — the Imagos.

Amy Sterling Casil is a 2002 Nebula Award nominee and recipient of other awards and recognition for her short science fiction and fantasy which has appeared in publications ranging from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction to Zoetrope. She is the author of 20 nonfiction books, about a hundred short stories, primarily science fiction and fantasy, one fiction and poetry collection, and two novels.

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Impossible Dreams by Patricia Rice (BookViewCafe)

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A Romance novel from NY Times bestselling author, Patricia Rice.

Maya Alyssum’s impossible dream is to open a school where kids can find unconditional acceptance—acceptance she and her sister had never experienced while growing up in foster homes. The town council’s representative holds her dream in his hands, and Axell Holm is the kind of uptight authority figure she loves to hate. So how is it that he can ring all her chimes, while she does her best to turn his ordered life upside down?

Impossible Dreams is part of the McCloud Brother series of related novels - Almost Perfect, McCloud's Woman,and Carolina Girl. All the books are stand alone.

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La Desperada by Patricia Burroughs (BookViewCafe)

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Historical Romance novel from Patricia Burroughs.

A desperate woman fleeing for her life holds a cold-blooded murderer at gunpoint and says, "Take me with you."

Thus her bid for freedom is bound to the bitter outlaw's quest for vengeance, and a tale of grand passion and wild adventure unfurls. Set in the Texas and New Mexico of Billy the Kid, their love and sacrifice become the stuff of legend, the legend of "La Desperada."

Originally titled What Wild Ecstasy [Kensington Books], this book captivated readers and inspired the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences/Nicholl Award-winning screenplay, "Redemption." Novel and script are available together for the first time, January 2012, Book View Cafe.

Award-winning screenwriter and novelist Patricia Burroughs loves dogs, books, movies, and football. A lifelong Anglophile, she treasures her frequent travels in the British Isles researching current science fiction/fantasy writing projects. She and her high school sweetheart husband are living happily ever after in their hometown of Dallas, Texas.

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A Shortage of Bodies by Dr. Gary D. McKay (Amethyst Moon Publishing)

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When Dr. Dick Meyer, a 55-year-old counselor and author turned amateur criminal psychologist, becomes involved in an unusual murder case with a disturbing lack of cadavers, the experience becomes unbearably personal. The victim is Mary Martinez, a personal friend and woman who seemed to have it all. She becomes “angel number one” in this crime novel, A Shortage of Bodies, set in Southern Arizona.

A mysterious box containing ominous souvenirs of the crime is left in the front yard of Desert County’s Sheriff Jerry Morgan. Morgan quickly assembles an unlikely band of investigators including Dick Meyer and a newly immigrated, retired Scotland Yard detective, Ian MacLennan. They soon discover that Mary’s not the only woman gone missing and presumed murdered. The search is on in the beautiful but deadly Desert Southwest.

A Shortage of Bodies is the first novel for Dr. McKay who has co-authored fourteen books and parent/teacher education programs, including How You Feel Is Up To You, Body, Mind, & Spirit, Calming the Family Storm and Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP), the world's leading parent education program. He is a retired psychologist and a diplomat in Adlerian Psychology (North American Society of Adlerian Psychology — NASAP). As an international educational and psychological consultant, Gary has conducted workshops in human relations, anger management, and parent/teacher study-group leader training in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Choices in the Great Circle by Lin Conklin (Amethyst Moon Publishing)

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Choices Within the Great Circle is the first novel for author Lin Conklin. Set in the middle ages, this coming of age story follows the life and choices of a young girl surrounded by good and evil within the people, the community, and the choices facing her. The story weaves the universal truths of the Old Ways through the struggles between the Church and those still holding on to their pagan beliefs.

“Life is made up of a series of events—events we choose in order to learn. All events are part of a life worth living. Events have taught you much and brought your life to the place it is now. They are as precious as the things people look upon as being ‘good’ or ‘respectable’. The reality is there are no good or bad events. There are just events. Chose what you may. They are unimportant compared to your path and your whole life. They only hold power over you because you are letting them.

Worrying about our past choices, ignoring the lessons they present, and choosing not focusing on the here and now is another topic widely addressed in the tale.

The past is the past. It makes us who we are. Only we can choose what to do from this moment and this place forward. If you realize the power you have in making that choice and only that choice, because there is only now, then you will be free of the power the past has on you right now.

These truths are as applicable today as they were a thousand years ago. Life’s choices and our free will to make them remain pivotal points in each person’s existence. The story is rich with wisdom about those choices, personal power, and life itself.

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Interview with Gods by i Cavalcanti (Amethyst Moon Publishing)

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"The universe is a big thing, it would be a shame if it was all was lost. "Interview with Gods" is a blend of science fiction and the metaphysical as I Cavalcanti crafts a future that looks deeper into the universe, the will of our planet, and the destiny of mankind. Asking many questions and offering many intriguing answers, "Interview with Gods" is a fine and insightful twist of metaphysical though, highly recommended."

MBR: Small Press Bookwatch, November 2011

From the beginnings of our universe, through the creation of Earth and all its inhabitants, External Consciousness (E.C.), an intelligent being who contacts the book’s central characters, describes the unified force of all things in the topics of creation, life, development, and integration. The philosophies are diverse and compelling and very much on target for today’s ever-changing world. On peace: “To be clear, man will only be able to experience the concept communicated by the word ‘peace’ when it ceases to be used, when it completely loses its sense of existence simply because there is nobody left who doesn’t know inner peace himself.” On disease: “The worst kind of disease that can strike your humanity is the lack of perception of the different processes that unfold in front of you, every day at every moment, which prevent you from abandoning your old destructive habits. The diseases afflicting your society are a direct result of the quality of the interaction held for millennia between humans and animals, plants and minerals.”

The book follows this globally scattered group of friends as they absorb the mysteries of our existence. Through the Internet and the controversial Echelon intelligence-gathering system, a US government agency becomes aware of their on-line encounter with E.C. and mandates its involvement in the exchange of information.
Interview with Gods is a compelling read for all interested in expanding their awareness of creation, the meaning of life, the balance of nature, and the yet unanswered question, “are we alone in the universe?”

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The San Joaquin Siren by William M. Behrns (Amethyst Moon Publishing)

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Description: This is an eBook not a physical book. It is available in .epub or .mobi (Kindle) formats.

Hitch a ride with Captain Bill Behrns in his P-38 Lightning fighter through hair-raising adventures including flying at an altitude of 50 feet over the Southwest desert on a training run, patrolling the Northwest coast during the potential Japanese invasion, and dogfights over the jungles of the CBI during WWII.

The San Joaquin Siren is the true-life adventure of a determined young man who decided at an air show that he was going to become a P-38 pilot. With the odds stacked against him from birth, Bill used his grit, drive, and quick mind to make his dream become a reality. Told in an engaging style by author William ‘Bill’ Behrns with Kenneth ‘Ken’ Moore, The San Joaquin Siren is becoming a must-read for WWII enthusiasts and adventure seekers of all ages and interests.

Bill’s story goes far beyond the tale of a pilot and his place in the history of WWII. The authors lead the reader on a first-hand adventure through the sometimes-unorthodox escapades of Bill’s flight-training experience through his travels to exotic locations in Southeast Asia with unforgettable descriptions of people and places halfway around the world.

This is a compelling read for those interested in being fully entertained by travel adventures, WWII history, and the strength of this American's spirit and will.

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Slots by David V Forrest (Open Road)

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Description: Slots: Praying to the God of Chance reveals that there’s a lot more to playing slot machines—one of America’s fastest growing forms of entertainment—than good fun, deep relaxation and the dream of a multi-million-dollar jackpot.

Slots tells how the machines work, how the random numbers that govern them are generated, and how the casinos make their profit . . . slowly but surely . . . as they keep only a dime of every dollar invested. It also offers strategies of slot play, and suggests alternate activities to distract us when casinos become harmfully habitual.

But ultimately, as Dr. Forrest writes, to spend one’s time feeding money to the machines is to participate in, well . . . a form of prayer. And the gaming industry seems very much aware of it, as players annually plunge more than $365-billion into slots (of which casinos keep about $30-billion); and as casinos—70 to 85 percent of whose profits are earned by slot machines—have spread to more than a dozen states and even into a number of racetracks (where they’re called “racinos”).

What this book describes with both humor and a sense of awe is the way slots emporia have steadily been transformed from underground grottos to soaring cathedral-like structures where congregants sit and commune—all to the end of worshipping the god of chance.

About the author:
A native New Yorker, David V. Forrest, M.D., studied criticism at Princeton University and received his medical, psychiatric, and psychoanalytic training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he is now clinical professor of psychiatry. He was chief of the largest U.S. Army psychiatric clinic in Vietnam at the peak of American involvement there and received the Bronze Star. He is a past president of the American College of Psychoanalysts and the New York Clinical Society, and is a fellow of the Explorers Club.

In addition to writing hundreds of scholarly articles on psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, applied psychoanalysis, literary analysis, anthropology, and artificial mind, he has coauthored an educational videotape series, was a consultant to the television show Star Trek, and has created a slang dictionary for foreign doctors. He lives in New York City with his wife, Lynne Stetson. They have two grown children.

Advance praise for Slots:

“In David Forrest’s vision, the slot machine becomes a trope for the transcendence of desire.” —Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of English, Yale University, and author of The American Religion

“Linking his own personal insights as a slots player with the latest research on the biological basis and cultural underpinnings of gambling, Dr. Forrest has written a must-read guide to understanding the lure of slot machines, and their unexpected utility in today's complex world. His immense erudition is well complemented by an easy approachability that is apparent on every page. And Slots is more than just an academic meditation on the vagaries of chance; Dr. Forrest imparts clever practical advice to players, including how to recognize when their playing is becoming unhealthy, as well as ‘slot substitutes’ that can replace excessive play. Slots is a jackpot of a book.” —David G. Schwartz, Director, Center for Gaming Research, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“Dr. Forrest's Slots vividly and insightfully evokes the astonishing religio-spiritual world of slot machine gambling. As a psychiatrist who has also studied gambling, I am deeply impressed by Dr. Forrest's brilliant descriptions of this most fascinating phenomenon. His book will be most useful to clinicians who treat compulsive gamblers, as well as offer exciting reading for the millions of enthusiasts who have fallen under the spell of slot machines.” —Raymond Moody MD, PhD, and author of the international bestseller Life After Life

Format: Format: DRM-locked pdf file (60 day expiration, but renewable — you don't own the ebook), which can be loaded on Nooks, Sony eReaders, Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Androids, other devices or read on a computer using Adobe Digital Editions (which is free to download). Ebook provided through NetGalley.

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Broken Slate by Kelly Jennings (Crossed Genres Publications)

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Description: "This deft dissection of a mind under siege from an oppressive social system is tense and compelling. I couldn't put it down till I hit the last page."
—Cat Rambo, Endeavor Award-nominated author of EYES LIKE SKY AND COAL AND MOONLIGHT

"BROKEN SLATE is unexpectedly engrossing, with enough strength of character at its core to drag one along its richly carved path of violence, sex, submission, and rebellion. Martin is a compelling character, whose palpable determination not to be crushed by systemic cruelty and harsh circumstance leaves one looking forward to more of his story."
—Camille Alexa, Endeavor Award-nominated author of PUSH OF THE SKY

"One of Jennings's strengths is the nuanced way she weaves her characters, not entirely noble but not entire villainous either. They are complex people who have both conscious and unconscious biases, which is important for a novel like BROKEN SLATE."
—Author Charles Tan

Taken from his family’s merchant ship at the age of fourteen, Martin Eduardo endured years in the brutal contract labor system on the planet Julian. Now a contract rebellion brews.

The precarious – and emotionally costly – safety Martin had found with his seventh contract holder is put at risk by another holder, Jeno Lord Harper, who seeks to use Martin for his own aims. Years in the system have demonstrated what happens to contracts who fight back; Martin knows resistance will prove dangerous.

As the contract labor uprising gains momentum, and as he grows more acquainted with those involved in the rebellion, Martin begins to suspect that, although the consequences of disobedience are grim – even fatal – the consequences of obedience might be worse.

This novel from Crossed Genres Publications is available in the following formats: PDF, EPUB, MOBI, PDB, LIT & LRF

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Subversion by Various (Crossed Genres Publications)

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Description: Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy tales of challenging the norm is an anthology of stories about striking back at the status quo – whatever that might be. The Authority can be real or perceived; the act of subversion subtle or overt; and the consequences minute yet significant, or immense and world-shaking.

This anthology from Crossed Genres Publications will be released on December 5.

Early Reviewer copies are available as: PDF, EPUB, MOBI, LIT, LRF & PDB

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Broker by Kathryn Gayle (The Writer's Coffee Shop)

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Heiress Chelsea Chamberlaine runs her own division of Triple C, an international corporation started by her great grandfather. While her twin brother Trecee runs the more traditional functions of the business, Special Global Relations is Chelsea’s baby. She acts as arbitrator, mediator, negotiator, and broker for a very special commodity—people. When a high-ranking military contact requests her help to extract a CIA asset from the conflicts of the drug cartels in Mexico, she reluctantly agrees.

Steve Rivers is a world famous American journalist in Mexico, reporting anonymously on the brutal violence and corruption of the Mexican drug traffickers. Labeled El Mariachi by the Mexican press, he has closer ties to the country than most people know.

What begins as Chelsea’s rescue mission soon reverses as she finds herself at the mercy of a drug lord with Steve as her only hope of survival. But when Steve’s family becomes the next target of the cartels, Chelsea will do everything in her power to keep Steve from becoming a CIA puppet in another covert song and dance.

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My Only by Sophia Duane (The Writer's Coffee Shop)

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hy, awkward Adam is resigned to sit on the sidelines of life, overshadowed by his outgoing and popular twin brother, Aaron. Adam James’ life is far from perfect. A deeply internal person, Adam is silently confused about his lot in life, including life after high school. A talented drummer from a small suburb of Chicago, Adam keeps to himself, downplaying his abilities, thinking that he is less than all those around him. By living a life of moderate isolation coupled with his ambivalence toward most people, he is unable to gain new perspectives on himself.

But when a free spirited new girl with a troubled past moves in across the street, Adam's eyes are opened to a new world of possibilities. Olivia Cartwright is a fun loving, beautiful girl whose philosophies on life give her a deeper understanding of the world around her. Previously living a semi-nomadic life, Olivia is out of her element in the quiet, slow-moving suburb of Lakeside, Illinois. An instant connection between Adam and Olivia draws them closer, but why would anyone choose him when a better version exists? What will happen when Adam’s outgoing twin Aaron takes an interest in Olivia as well?

Adam has a choice to make: Keep his relationship with Olivia merely friends or fight to take it further, keep safely within the dormant cocoon he’s lived in for years or find and cultivate all of his good qualities. Which will he choose?

Will the friendship with Olivia change him? Will he adopt her philosophies, or will he continue to close himself off in his own world?

It seems Adam has a lot to learn about love....and life.

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Sex and Violence in Zero-G by Allen Steele (Fantastic Books)

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Description: All the stories of Allen Steele's award-winning "Near Space" series — now in an expanded and revised second edition!

Since its first publication in 1999, Sex and Violence in Zero-G has become one of the most long-sought and hard-to-find of Steele's books. At last, this massive collection is back in print — complete with a new introduction, five additional stories, and a revised timeline.

Includes the Hugo Award-winning novella "The Death of Captain Future" and the Hugo Award-winning novelette "The Emperor of Mars."

The book will be released in trade paperback, but we only have pdf galleys available for review.

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The Enforcers: Freedom to Wield Will by Edmund Alexander Sims (SpaceStation Colt)

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Description: I've grown so much since the last time. Hi all - this is Sheol. Some of you may know me as a major character from this novel. Others of you may know of me as a result of vicious lies which have been spread around about me allegedly extorting the publisher of this book. In fact, I'll be talking with the creative director of Dope Enterprises about that press release and those status updates with the #help hashtag in short order. Anyway, I've taken it upon myself to rename this entire series and have since retroactively included that first Criticality novel and this second novel as a part of my new True Hate Trilogy. I know - I know: This is supposed to be Acro's series, but your protagonist chooses to hide like a scared child instead of facing me like an adult. And that's fine. People will die. That's fine. Eventually, your 'hero' will grow tired of using the rest of you as shields - that or, he'll run out of them. I certainly won't tire of taking you or anybody else in my way out until I get to him. Unless there's controversy, stupidity, or tragedy, people don't seem to want to get behind it, and I don't have a budget, so yes, I guess it's going to be all of the above. Dope Enterprises Disclaimer: Dope Enterprises does not condone or endorse the hurtful tone and violent rhetoric from this description. The views expressed here are those of Sheol alone.

From the Author
Sheol has lost his everloving mind, but he does represent the attitude of this project beautifully. The Enforcers: Freedom to Wield Will takes me back to the days when characters from other series waltzed in and out of books that they did not originate from - making major cameos with impunity, plots were neither confined to nor resolved within the covers of a single book, writers were readily accessible to shed light on complex angles, and insane story arcs spanned entire imprints in order to reward a publisher's most loyal readers. We had fun with this one.

Front Cover
A plot that unfolds does not necessarily mean that it has finished hatching

Back Cover
Get ready for the sixth installment from the SpaceStation Colt Epic Universe. An eons-long, universe-spanning interplanetary war collides with a twisted generational blood feud on the surface of Second Earth. Billy Smith, Sylvia Lenorox, Pete Rogue, and Julian Kazar return but are joined by the Space Force's fabled Enforcers black ops unit of unknown intention. The haunting performances from these characters are no act.

The eBook is available in three different formats: Director's Cut (PDF), IDPF (EPUB), and Mobipocket (MOBI). Thank you for your time and consideration. Good luck!

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