Reiki - by Carmen Fernandez (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 96Genre: Body + Mind + SpiritSub-Genre: HealingFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Lorenz BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: Energy (Qigong, Reiki, Polarity)Author: Carmen FernandezLanguage: English About the Book Unlock the power of Reiki with this beautiful and informative guide, with step-by-step photographs. Book Synopsis Reiki, a Japanese word pronounced ray-key, can be translated to mean universal life force, or universally guided energy. It is a very simple system of healing, carried out by placing hands on or over a person (who is always clothed), or animal or plant, with the intent to channel Reiki. It can also be sent, as absent healing, over distance and even through time. Reiki heals on all levels, physically, mentally and spiritually, and supports the body's natural ability to heal itself. It is a non-confrontational form of healing, soothing away many different troubles and traumas in a very gentle way. It is also nondenominational, practised by people of many different religions and cultures. You don't need to commit to a belief system in order to channel Reiki, or enjoy its benefits; all you need is the desire to heal and be healed. This practical book by a Reiki master, with clear advice and step-by-step guidance, serves as a valuable introduction to all aspects of Reiki for those who aspire to feel its healing energy and universal love, and to inspire those who already enjoy the balancing effects of this all-embracing, healing art. Review Quotes Reiki healer Fernandez skillfully breaks down the essentials of Reiki for general audiences and aspiring practitioners. The purpose of Reiki, Fernandez writes, is to channel a universal life force of love and healing through the placing of hands on recipient: to generate heat and energy so as to relieve pain, release trauma, and promote wholeness. Fernandez explains how, during a Reiki session, the recipient lies in a prone position or is seated while a practitioner uses his or her hands to access hot spots of tension or cold spots of energy blockage. The author provides instructions on vibrational healing, hand positions, working with symbols, and creating a cleansing space. (Clear instructions and helpful photos walk leaders through the practices.) This comprehensive introduction will provide novices with an easy entree into Reiki healing.--PW Publishers Weekly spring highlights 2021, December 2020
Sisters of the Resistance - by Christine Wells (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 416Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: HistoricalFormat: PaperbackPublisher: William Morrow & CompanyAuthor: Christine WellsAge Range: AdultBook theme: World War IILanguage: English Book Synopsis Two sisters join the Paris Resistance in this page-turning new novel inspired by the real-life bravery of Catherine Dior, sister of the fashion designer and a heroine of World War II France--perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Jennifer Chiaverini.As dazzling as a Dior gown! With a gorgeous blend of fashion, heartbreak, heroism, and love this book will transport you to France..." --Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret Paris, 1944: The war is nearly over, but for members of the Resistance in occupied France, it is more dangerous than ever before. Twenty-five-year-old Gabby Foucher loathes the Nazis, though as the concierge of 10 rue Royale, she does her best to avoid conflict--unlike her bolder sister Yvette, who finds trouble at every turn. Then they are both recruited into the Resistance by Catherine Dior and swept into a treacherous world of spies, fugitives, and intrigue. While Gabby risks everything for the man she is hiding from the Nazis, Yvette must decide whether to trust an enigmatic diplomat who seems to have guessed her secret. As the threat of betrayal draws ever-closer, one slip could mean the deaths of many, and both sisters must make choices they might regret. Paris, 1947: Yvette returns from New York to reunite with Gabby and begin life anew as a mannequin for Dior, who is revolutionizing fashion with the New Look. But first she must discover the truth behind Catherine's terrible fate, while Gabby finds that there are many kinds of courage, and that love is always worth fighting for. Review Quotes Sisters of the Resistance had me enthralled from the first page right up until its breathtaking conclusion. An enthralling tale of courage, resistance and love - Christine Wells has penned one of the sure-fire hits of 2021.--Kelly Rimmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Things We Cannot Say Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells is a breathless rollercoaster of love, suspense and danger - and all spiced with the timeless glamour of the launch of Christian Dior's New Look. This story...will have you turning the pages at light speed!--Anna Campbell, award-winning author "Sisters of the Resistance has it all! A richly researched historical novel filled with the glamor of the 1940s fashion world, page-turning suspense and romance, all wrapped around a cast of courageous and unforgettable women... I was under the spell of this novel from page one!"--Renee Rosen, bestselling author of Park Avenue Summer Beautiful and compelling, Christine Wells' Sisters of the Resistance skillfully weaves a story of ordinary women rising against the Nazis in the harrowing, final days of World War II Paris... Full of nuanced characters, remarkable bravery, and surprises, the pages of this novel all but turn themselves. A must read!--Kristin Beck, author of Courage, My Love "A beautiful homage to the strength and resilience of women spies during the Second World War, Christine Wells' Sisters of the Resistance is that rare jewel of a WWII novel that surprises as much as it delights."--Bryn Turnbull, international bestselling author of The Woman Before Wallis "Brimming with danger, adventure, and Dior, Sisters of the Resistance kept me guessing to the end. This story of two sisters working for the French resistance beautifully explores the vast gray area between right and wrong, love and hate--no one gets off easily, and no triumph is without cost."--Kerri Maher, author of The Girl in White Gloves Christine Wells' Sisters of the Resistance shifts effortlessly between the desperation of the final months of World War II to the glamour of Dior's post-war collection in this page-turner. Based on Catherine Dior's real-life resistance movement, this is a powerful story of the impact women have had on history.--Stephanie Marie Thornton, USA Today bestselling author of And They Called It Camelot As dazzling as a Dior gown! Sisters of the Resistance tells the fascinating story of two sisters working with Catherine Dior and the French Resistance during WWII. With a gorgeous blend of fashion, heartbreak, heroism, and love this book will transport you to France..."--Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret
The Last Bookshop - by Emma Young (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 256Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: RomanceFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Fremantle PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: Romantic ComedyAuthor: Emma YoungLanguage: English Book Synopsis Cait is a bookshop owner and book nerd whose social life revolves around her mobile bookselling service hand-picking titles for elderly clients, particularly the grandmotherly June. After a tough decade for retail, Book Fiend is the last bookshop in the CBD, and the last independent retailer on a street given over to high-end labels. Profits are small, but clients are loyal. When James breezes into Book Fiend, Cait realises life might hold more than her shop and her cat, but while the new romance distracts her, luxury chain stores are circling Book Fiend's prime location, and a more personal tragedy is looming. Review Quotes 'An entertaining, heartwarming story that captures our love of books and bookshops.' --Liz Byrski About the Author After five years in bookselling, Emma Young retrained as a journalist and has been reporting since 2011: first for community papers, then as a digital journalist for WAtoday, the Age, and the Sydney Morning Herald. The Last Bookshop was shortlisted for the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award in 2019
Modelling the Welsh Narrow Gauge Railways - by Chris Ford (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 176Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: Model RailroadingFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Crowood Press (UK)Age Range: AdultAuthor: Chris FordLanguage: English Book Synopsis The Welsh narrow gauge railways, with their colourful histories and vital role in local industry, are an extremely popular subject for both railway enthusiasts and modellers. This book is for anyone interested in modelling the Welsh narrow gauge railways and includes the historical background to the railways. It contains useful reference photographs to help achieve accurate and realistic models. There are full listings of all the tools, equipment and material required. Step-by-step modelling guides are included with helpful tips and suggestions and finally there is a graduated series of projects, starting with a simple plastic wagon kit and progressing to a complete layout. About the Author Chris Ford has been a modeller since childhood starting with simple plastic and balsa wood kits. By his teens he had become almost exclusively interested in railway modelling and by adulthood he had developed a particular interest in more 'quirky' railway prototypes, especially the narrow gauge lines. Chris has built many model railway layouts over the years both for private home use and for public exhibition display. Most of these layouts have featured in articles published in the model railway press and for two of them he received the Reiner Hendriksen Award for freelance modelling, which is presented each year at the Expo-Narrow Gauge model railway exhibition.
The Half Sister - by Sandie Jones (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 336Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: ThrillersFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Minotaur BooksAuthor: Sandie JonesAge Range: AdultBook theme: DomesticLanguage: English Book Synopsis From Sandie Jones, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hello Sunshine Book Club pick The Other Woman, comes The Half Sister; a compelling new domestic suspense novel about a family who is forever changed when a stranger arrives at their door.Meet The Half Sister, and unravel the ties that blind us. THE TRUTH Sisters Kate and Lauren meet for Sunday lunch every week without fail, especially after the loss of their father. THE LIE But a knock at the door is about to change everything. A young woman by the name of Jess holds a note with the results of a DNA test, claiming to be their half sister. THE UNTHINKABLE As the fallout starts, it's clear that they are all hiding secrets, and perhaps this family isn't as perfect as it appears. Review Quotes A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Book of 2020 After reading this tale about a stranger arriving on the doorstep of a family's home, you'll never be able to go home again.--CrimeReads Praise for Sandie Jones One of the most twisted and entertaining plots.--Reese Witherspoon on The Other Woman A perfect beach read.--Kristin Hannah on The Other Woman A twisty, deliciously fun read.--Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling co-author of An Anonymous Girl on The Other Woman Whiplash-inducing.--The New York Times Book Review on The Other Woman Such fun. You'll cheer [Emily's] chutzpah.--People on The Other Woman An addictive, page-turning thriller.--National Examiner on The First Mistake This thriller will hit close to home.--Refinery29 on The Other Woman Excellent . . . Jones delivers a tightly coiled story in The Other Woman and fills it with believable characters.--Associated Press Advice: read this!--Suspense Magazine on The First Mistake About The Author SANDIE JONES has worked as a freelance journalist for more than twenty years and has written for publications including the Sunday Times, Woman's Weekly, and the Daily Mail. She lives in London with her husband and three children. The Other Woman was her debut novel and a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick.
Exploring the New Testament - (Exploring the Bible) by I Howard Marshall & Stephen Travis & Ian Paul (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 416Genre: Religion + BeliefsSub-Genre: Biblical Criticism & InterpretationSeries Title: Exploring the BibleFormat: PaperbackPublisher: IVP AcademicAge Range: AdultBook theme: New TestamentAuthor: I Howard Marshall & Stephen Travis & Ian PaulLanguage: English About the Book Written by scholars with extensive experience teaching in colleges and universities, the Exploring the Bible series has for decades equipped students to study Scripture for themselves. Filled with classroom-friendly features, this second volume, now it its third edition, provides an accessible introduction for anyone studying the Letters and Revelation. Book Synopsis Written by scholars with extensive experience teaching in colleges and universities, the Exploring the Bible series has for decades equipped students to study Scripture for themselves. Exploring the New Testament, Volume Two provides an accessible introduction to the Letters and Revelation. It's filled with classroom-friendly features such as discussion questions, charts, theological summary sidebars, essay questions, and further reading lists. This volume introduces students to Jewish and Greco-Roman background Paul's life, mission, and theology the structure and major themes of each book issues of authorship, date, and setting methods in reading and interpreting the Letters and Revelation the intersection of New Testament criticism with contemporary issues of faih and culture Now in its third edition, this popular textbook has been updated and revised to take account of the latest advances in scholarly findings and research methods, including new sections on the theological links between Jesus and Paul the way New Testament authors read the Hebrew Scriptures the contribution of archaeology to New Testament studies updated bibliographies highlighting the most important and influential works published in the last decade Exploring the New Testament, Volume Two offers a thorough overview of the Letters and Revelation that will give students a stronger understanding and a solid foundation for ongoing study.
Small Town Dreams - by Nora Roberts (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 352Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: RomanceFormat: PaperbackPublisher: St. Martin's PressAuthor: Nora RobertsAge Range: AdultBook theme: ContemporaryLanguage: English Book Synopsis #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts fulfills Small Town Dreams in this collection of two novels where people find love when and where they least expect it. First Impressions Entrepreneur Vance Banning took a residence in rural Maryland to escape business pressures--and relationships with women pursuing his bank account. To the community, he's a moody, out-of-work carpenter with a chip on his shoulder. To next door neighbor Shane Abbott, he's just a man who needs a little kindness in his life. Vance's suspicions of the stunning beauty's intense interest in him start to fade when he realizes Shane's compassion is honest and joyful--giving his heart permission to experience true love. Less of a Stranger Megan Miller's beloved grandfather has run Joyland Amusement Park her whole life. But he's not as young as he used to be, so she agrees to help him keep their family playground going even if it means sacrificing her own dreams. So when David "Katch" Katcherton thinks he can just buy Joyland with a quickly scrawled check, Megan isn't about to let some wealthy, attractive hotshot with a need for speed take her and Pops on a merry-go-round ride--no matter how much fun and joy he's determined to bring her... About The Author NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Hideaway, The Chronicles of the One trilogy, Under Currents, Shelter in Place, Come Sundown, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
Bath Haus - by P J Vernon (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: LGBTFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Doubleday BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: GayAuthor: P J VernonLanguage: English About the Book "A young gay man in a perfect marriage strives to keep a dangerous indiscretion from his loving husband"-- Book Synopsis "Stylish, smart, and scary as hell." Chris Bohjalian, #1 New York Times bestselling author A nightmarish white-knuckler. O, The Oprah Magazine Oliver Park, a recovering addict from Indiana, finally has everything he ever wanted: sobriety and a loving, wealthy partner in Nathan, a prominent DC trauma surgeon. Despite their difference in age and disparate backgrounds, they've made a perfect life together. With everything to lose, Oliver shouldn't be visiting Haus, a gay bathhouse. But through the entrance he goes, and it's a line crossed. Inside, he follows a man into a private room, and it's the final line. Whatever happens next, Nathan can never know. But then, everything goes wrong, terribly wrong, and Oliver barely escapes with his life. He races home in full-blown terror as the hand-shaped bruise grows dark on his neck. The truth will destroy Nathan and everything they have together, so Oliver does the thing he used to do so well: he lies. What follows is a classic runaway-train narrative, full of the exquisite escalations, edge-of-your-seat thrills, and oh-my-god twists. P. J. Vernon's Bath Haus is a scintillating thriller with an emotional punch, perfect for readers curious for their next must-read novel. Review Quotes Recommended by The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, LGBTQ Reads, New York Post, Oprah Daily, Library Journal, Crime by the Book, CrimeReads, Goodreads 2021 Pride Reading List, Jezebel, and Parade"Bath Haus is riveting: a gripping thriller about how quickly a life can unravel after a single bad decision. P. J. Vernon deftly reminds us that the terrifying traumas from childhood are often but a prelude to the nightmares we will walk into as adults. This book is stylish, smart, and scary as hell." Chris Bohjalian, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and Hour of the Witch [An] adrenaline-spiked pulse-pounder. The New York Times A nightmarish white-knuckler about the tenuous relationship between stability and control. O, The Oprah Magazine This is the perfect novel for those looking for the proverbial 'beach read.' Suspenseful, sensual, and exceedingly clever, this thriller is the literary equivalent of sipping a glass of white wine while listening to your neighbors have a lovers' spat . . . before one of them picks up a knife. Vernon has an electric style that leaps off the page. The Washington Post "Bath Haus is utterly brilliant. It's perfectly paced, gripping from go, and its clean, elegant prose goes down like scotch on the rocks. Once I picked it up, I couldn't stop. It's one of the best thrillers I've read in a very long time." Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us P. J. Vernon has crafted a thriller that is dark, gripping, and addictive. Reading Bath Haus is like eavesdropping on the disintegration of a beautiful lie. You think you know how it's going to end but you have NO IDEA. S. A. Cosby, author of Blacktop Wasteland Bath Haus starts out as a cat-and-mouse thriller, but by the end you'll realize that everyone is both cat and mouse. You'll also be a breathless wreck, because this book is not fooling around. . .Things come to a head in a finale that initially feels like a collision between The Boys in the Band and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? but quickly spirals into genuine nail-biting terror. Don't miss Bath Haus. It's intricate, speedy and scary. BookPage Bath Haus is an electrifying, addictive, and terrifying thriller that lodged my heart in my throat from the first line. The gorgeous writing and masterful, enthralling plot dug into my skin, not letting go until the explosive ending. P. J. Vernon is a spectacular talent with a brilliant voice that will hypnotize you. Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today bestselling author of Woman on the Edge "What a ride! Taut as piano wire prose, propulsive plotting. Breathlessly twisty. Brilliantly addictive." C. J. Tudor, author of The Burning Girls Sexy, twisted and sharp--reading Bath Haus is like reaching for a man's fly and discovering it's made of razor wire. John Fram, author of The Bright Lands "Bath Haus is a highly unique, taut, thrill ride with relatable characters, stunning twists, and startling depth. I was absolutely riveted from the first to the final shocking page. A tour de force!" Robyn Harding, international bestselling author of The Swap "PJ Vernon's Bath Haus grabbed me by the throat (pun intended) from the opening lines. Dark, gritty, not to mention completely terrifying, the tension builds chapter after chapter, to the point where you can't help but gasp out loud. You know bad things are coming. You know people will get hurt. But you can't stop yourself from greedily binge-reading the pages until you reach the epic conclusion. Booklist may have called P. J. Vernon "a name to watch in the thriller genre" but I say, "Look out, world" - because he has arrived, and I, for one, am riveted. Sinister, explosive and utterly addictive, Bath Haus is a thriller on steroids." Hannah Mary McKinnon, bestselling author of Sister Dear I read Bath Haus in one sitting and I absolutely loved, loved, loved it! I stayed up until 2am to finish it and skipped my home workout also, so that tells you everything you need to know. The best aspect for me is that Bath Haus feels completely authentic. Both as a thriller and as a gay story. North Morgan, author of Into?: A Novel "This book stole my breath. With edgy narration and exquisite--almost painful--suspense, Bath Haus will hit your bloodstream like a tumbler of fine bourbon. A masterpiece among thrillers." Kimmery Martin, author of The Queen of Hearts and The Antidote for Everything. "Bath Haus gave me non-stop anxiety and thrills, and I unraveled while watching Oliver weave webs of lies and deceit. There's a new domestic suspense thriller joining the pantheon of all time greats. You won't be able to stop reading, but you'll also be terrified of what comes next. Utterly brilliant." Amina Akhtar, author of #FashionVictim Clear your schedule and mute your phone. Bath Haus is a sexy-turns-sadistic fun house that will grab you by the throat and keep you in its clutches till its delicious, twisty end. Kelly J. Ford, author of Cottonmouths About the Author P. J. VERNON was born in South Carolina. His first book, When You Find Me, was published in 2018. He lives in Calgary with his partner and two wily dogs.
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Social Startup Success - by Kathleen Kelly Janus (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: Business + Money ManagementSub-Genre: EntrepreneurshipFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Hachette GoAge Range: AdultAuthor: Kathleen Kelly JanusLanguage: English Book Synopsis With business advice from an expert entrepreneur, learn how to identify and leverage the key factors that will bring sustainability and success to your startup. In order to make a difference, any modern nonprofit needs to achieve multimillion-dollar annual revenues. After surveying more than 200 high-performing entrepreneurs across the country--including the leaders of Teach for America, City Year, Donors Choose, charity: water, and Hot Bread Kitchen--Kathleen Kelly Janus is here to show you how to reach and sustain lasting organizational growth. Janus asked a simple question: "What is the key to nonprofit success?" The answers she received reveal five key strategies responsible for the most successful social startups: Testing IdeasMeasuring ImpactFunding ExperimentationLeading CollaborativelyTelling Compelling Stories In these uncertain times, we need every bit of creativity and determination to find better solutions. The stories in Social Startup Success and the tools it recommends will help you to make your organization--whether a fledging startup or a large, well-established operation--thrive. Review Quotes Social Startup Success covers all of the important building blocks...necessary for early stage organizations to succeed and build a strong foundation for further scale.--Heather McLeod Grant, Cofounder, Open Impact, and author of Forces for GoodSocial Startup Success is a marvelous compilation of stories of some of the most inspiring leaders of our time.--Bill Drayton, CEO of Ashoka: Everyone a Changemaker[A] no-nonsense, energetic guide...Kelly hits her cartnear perfectly, and this is a must-read for anyone who wants to combine a lucrative career with work for the greater good.--Publishers WeeklyAn insightful and highly useful guide that breaks down how organizations maximize their impact and create lasting change. An important contribution to the field.--David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New IdeasAn inspiring must-read, with an empathetic voice, for all of us aspiring to maximize our social value through our organizations, work, and lives.--Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Founder/CEO, laaf.org, author of Giving 2.0, Founder/Chairman, Stanford Center on Philanthropy & Civil Society, Founder/Chairman Emeritus, Silicon Valley Social Venture FundAn invaluable resource for the next generation of changemakers.--Wendy Kopp, Founder, Teach for America, cofounder and CEO, Teach for AllReveals the secret sauce behind the most influential nonprofits of our time, telling their stories in memorable ways that every nonprofit leader can learn from.--Darren Walker, President, Ford FoundationShows how to scale an impact organization and, in so doing, change the world for the better.--Charles Best, Founder and CEO, DonorsChooseSocial entrepreneurship's essential playbook.--Midwest Book ReviewThe pressing social problems we face today require creative leadership. This book will teach you what you need to know to be a good social entrepreneur.--Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the New York Times bestseller Banker to the Poor About the Author Kathleen Kelly Janus is the Senior Advisor on Social Innovation to Governor Gavin Newsom. As a social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University's Program on Social Entrepreneurship, she is an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early stage organizations.
Casual Cosplay - by Krystal Everdeen (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 144Genre: Crafts + HobbiesSub-Genre: FashionFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Tiller PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Krystal EverdeenLanguage: English About the Book "Channel your favorite movie character and add a little magic to your everyday wardrobe with this enchanting and illuminating guide to casual cosplay"-- Book Synopsis Add a little magic to your every day with this spot-on guide to casual cosplay. Have you ever wanted to dress up as your favorite character for a movie premiere, party, school dance, or work event, but couldn't wear a costume? Or been Disney-bound and wanted to get into the spirit without violating the park rules? Never fear! True superfans show their love through the art of casual cosplay--styling regular street clothes to resemble a character or share the vibe of a favorite franchise. Join style maven Krystal Everdeen and friends as they channel not only classic Disney characters, but also Pixar, Marvel, Harry Potter, and Star Wars too. Packed with beautiful four-color photos, shopping lists, and styling tips, this step-by-step guide helps you create your own looks at home by pulling pieces from your closet, scouring vintage and resale stores, and adding inexpensive basics. So whether you're headed to Dapper Day, a comic book convention, or just the corner store, Casual Cosplay has everything you need to wear your fandom on your sleeve. About the Author Krystal Everdeen is a fashion influencer with both feet planted firmly in fan culture, particularly all things Disney. She covers travel, beauty, lifestyle, crochet, and gaming. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in communications, entertainment, and tourism. Follow her at @KrystalEverdeen on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, or find her at KrystalEverdeen.com.
Live Your Life - by Amanda Kloots & Anna Kloots (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 336Genre: Family + RelationshipsSub-Genre: Death, Grief, BereavementFormat: HardcoverPublisher: HarperAuthor: Amanda Kloots & Anna KlootsAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis In March 2020, Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero was hospitalized for what he and his wife, Amanda Kloots, believed to be a severe case of pneumonia. Entering the hospital, they had every reason to believe that Nick--a young father and otherwise healthy man--would return home. After an eventual diagnosis of COVID-19 that led to Nick's being placed on a ventilator, Amanda took to documenting their journey on social media, showing the dangers COVID-19 posed to everyone, regardless of age. Her updates quickly captivated millions, inspiring people around the globe to dance each day to Nick's song "Live Your Life" and offer positive thoughts and prayer. When he passed away after ninety-four grueling days in the ICU, the world grieved for Amanda, her infant son, Elvis, and the future COVID-19 had snatched away from them. Live Your Life is the story of Nick and Amanda's life together--of their beautiful relationship, of Nick's dramatic fight for survival, of those sudden tragic months that permanently changed her world and ours--and of their interrupted future as a family. From the confusing early days of his illness to searching for signs of hope in every update from the doctors to the healing sound of Elvis's laughter, Amanda details how she approached even the most devastating moments with the personal optimism and faith that have shaped her life. Written with her sister Anna Kloots, who was with her every step of this journey, Live Your Life explores how Amanda's willingness to accept help from an entire community of people--friends, family, and even total strangers--played a vital role in enduring this hardship. In the process, she offers a touching meditation on how even the worst times have silver linings that deepen our connections to the world around us and to the people who matter most. What emerges is an inspiring and unexpectedly uplifting message for life in the time of COVID, a vision of courage for anyone coping with overwhelming loss or the collective trauma of what the pandemic has taken from us. A poignant reflection on love, hope, motherhood, and the transformational power of music, Live Your Life is a love letter to Nick and a reminder that, sometimes, celebrating life today is the only path through tomorrow's darkness.Live Your Life includes 16 pages of color photos exclusive to the book.
Why I Don't Write - (Vintage Contemporaries) by Susan Minot (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 176Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: LiterarySeries Title: Vintage ContemporariesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: VintageAge Range: AdultAuthor: Susan MinotLanguage: English Book Synopsis A superb collection of short fiction--her first in thirty years and spanning many geographies--from the critically acclaimed author of Monkeys, Evening, and Thirty Girls. A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK. A writer dryly catalogs the myriad reasons she cannot write; an artist bicycles through a protest encampment in lower Manhattan and ruminates on an elusive lover; an old woman on her deathbed calls out for a man other than her husband; a hapless fifteen-year-old boy finds himself in sexual peril; two young people in the 1990s fall helplessly in love, then bicker just as helplessly, tortured by jealousy and mistrust. In each of these stories Minot explores the difficult geometry of human relations, the lure of love and physical desire, and the lifelong quest for meaning and connection. Her characters are all searching for truth, in feeling and in action, as societal norms are upended and justice and coherence flounder. Urgent and immediate, precisely observed, deeply felt, and gorgeously written, the stories in Why I Don't Write showcase an author at the top of her form. Review Quotes "A winning blend of emotional intensity, capricious playfulness and keen-eyed observation." --Minneapolis Star Tribune"A winning blend of emotional intensity, capricious playfulness and keen-eyed observation." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "Tender, precise, emotional, insightful and funny." --Julianne Moore"Why I Don't Write: And Other Stories, [Minot's] first in some thirty years, showcases her versatility. Its ten stories range from mainstream to experimental, with sundry stops in between. . . . She has an unmistakable knack for distilling things, and gorgeously, at that. . . . Taken as a whole, Minot's collection is, by turns, spiky and intimate, adventurous, stark and lyrical. . . . Few story collections shine as brightly." --Portland Press Herald (Maine)"Why I Don't Write is a quiet collection, but it is not a halting or timid one. Minot still has a poet's instinct for the surprising volta, the striking image, the bracing final line. After thirty years away from the short story, it is good to have her back, clear-eyed and fearless as ever, whispering difficult truths and ambiguities that a less assured writer would feel compelled to shout." --The New York Times Book Review "Susan Minot is an author well reputed for the purity and terseness of her prose exhibited over a career of more than three decades. Her latest book, a collection of ten stories is no exception. . . . Minot excels in description of people and places. . . . [A] rewarding read." --New York Journal of Books"[Why I Don't Write] is strikingly visual. Here, the light is often white, people's heads are bullet-shaped, and the littered car of a scoundrel professor is a fish tank. At their best, the sentences are frozen frames peering at the reader, as the reader peers back, peeling new information with each read. . . . [These stories] spill with luscious sentences that scintillate." --Chicago Review of Books "[Minot's] gift is for illuminating revelatory moments in characters' lives. . . . Throughout, Minot is keenly aware of how men hurt women--as well as how women sabotage themselves." --Kirkus Reviews "Minot . . . finds hints of violence, grief, and trauma in her characters' interior lives in this precise, shimmering collection." --Publishers Weekly About the Author Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a worldwide bestseller and became a major motion picture. She teaches at Stony Brook University in New York City and conducts a private writing workshop.
My Remarkable Journey - by Katherine Johnson & Joylette Hylick & Katherine Moore (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 240Genre: Biography + AutobiographySub-Genre: Personal MemoirsFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Amistad PressAuthor: Katherine Johnson & Joylette Hylick & Katherine MooreAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis The remarkable woman at heart of the smash New York Times bestseller and Oscar-winning film Hidden Figures tells the full story of her life, including what it took to work at NASA, help land the first man on the moon, and live through a century of turmoil and change.In 2015, at the age of 97, Katherine Johnson became a global celebrity. President Barack Obama awarded her the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom--the nation's highest civilian honor--for her pioneering work as a mathematician on NASA's first flights into space. Her contributions to America's space program were celebrated in a blockbuster and Academy-award nominated movie.In this memoir, Katherine shares her personal journey from child prodigy in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia to NASA human computer. In her life after retirement, she served as a beacon of light for her family and community alike. Her story is centered around the basic tenets of her life--no one is better than you, education is paramount, and asking questions can break barriers. The memoir captures the many facets of this unique woman: the curious "daddy's girl," pioneering professional, and sage elder. This multidimensional portrait is also the record of a century of racial history that reveals the influential role educators at segregated schools and Historically Black Colleges and Universities played in nurturing the dreams of trailblazers like Katherine. The author pays homage to her mentor--the African American professor who inspired her to become a research mathematician despite having his own dream crushed by racism. Infused with the uplifting wisdom of a woman who handled great fame with genuine humility and great tragedy with enduring hope, My Remarkable Journey ultimately brings into focus a determined woman who navigated tough racial terrain with soft-spoken grace--and the unrelenting grit required to make history and inspire future generations.
You Will Remember Me - by Hannah Mary McKinnon (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 352Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: ThrillersFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Mira BooksAuthor: Hannah Mary McKinnonAge Range: AdultBook theme: DomesticLanguage: English Book Synopsis "Riveting, smart, and utterly diabolical."--Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions on the 7:45An unputdownable amnesia thriller that begs the question: how can you trust anyone when you can't even trust yourself?Forget the truth.Remember the lies.He wakes up on a deserted beach in Maryland with a gash on his head and wearing only swim trunks. He can't remember who he is. Everything--his identity, his life, his loved ones--has been replaced by a dizzying fog of uncertainty. But returning to his Maine hometown in search of the truth uncovers more questions than answers.Lily Reid thinks she knows her boyfriend, Jack. Until he goes missing one night, and her frantic search reveals that he's been lying to her since they met, desperate to escape a dark past he'd purposely left behind.Maya Scott has been trying to find her estranged stepbrother, Asher, since he disappeared without a trace. Having him back, missing memory and all, feels like a miracle. But with a mutual history full of devastating secrets, how far will Maya go to ensure she alone takes them to the grave?Shared fates intertwine in a twisty, explosive novel of suspense, where unearthing the past might just mean being buried beneath it."Skillfully plotted and paced, every twist deepens the story until it explodes with an ending that made me gasp."--Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It Review Quotes "Riveting, smart, and utterly diabolical. You Will Remember Me is psychological suspense of the first order. Hannah Mary McKinnon knows how to keep us gripped and gasping at each layer revealed, each twist that we never see coming. Skillfully wrought and expertly executed, this chiller will keep you mesmerized right through the jaw-dropping ending. Don't miss it!"-- Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions on the 7:45 "Hannah Mary McKinnon just keeps getting better and better! You Will Remember Me is skillfully plotted and paced, every twist deepens the story until it explodes with an ending that made me gasp. Your 2021 list needs this book!"--Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It "Hannah Mary McKinnon does it every single time! You Will Remember Me begins at break-neck speed and keeps readers riveted to the page and holding on for dear life. McKinnon expertly mines the relationships between her compelling, complex characters to take the reader on an unexpected, thrilling journey into the deepest, darkest corners of the mind. Not to be missed!" -- Heather Gudenkauf, NYT bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and This is How I Lied "Hannah Mary McKinnon is a genius. I could not turn the pages fast enough, but I did not want to miss a single word. This is diabolical, mesmerizing, riveting and irresistible...she takes storytelling to a new level--psychological, sinister, and completely believable. This is skill, this is joy, this is the passion of an experienced and careful author. Standing ovation."--Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The First To Lie "McKinnon turns the amnesia trope on its head with gorgeous writing and three captivating characters whose lives deviously and dangerously intertwine. Her signature jaw-dropping climax will leave you breathless. An absolute must-read!"--Samantha M. Bailey, #1 bestselling author of Woman on the Edge "Another unputdownable read from an author who gets better with each book. What begins with a case of amnesia twists with each new discovery as McKinnon slowly and methodically unravels the layers of secrets and deceit. A gripping, chilling thriller that held me captive until the shocking end."--Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Stranger in the Lake "Hannah Mary McKinnon's deliciously depraved characters draw you into the depths of a twisted, dark and unexpected story that will have you flying through the pages to a wicked ending you couldn't have seen coming."--Steena Holmes, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Patient "A riveting page-turner with a jaw-dropping twist that will blow your mind!"--Robyn Harding, internationally bestselling author of The Swap "If you woke up with no memory of who you were and where you'd been, what would you do? That is the central premise in this twisty, fast-paced exploration of the intersection of the past and memory. In You Will Remember Me, McKinnon has created a trio of memorable characters who will leave you questioning each and every one of them as they race toward a very unexpected ending. Add this one to your to-read list immediately!"--Catherine McKenzie, USA TODAY bestselling author of You Can't Catch Me and Six Weeks to Live "A breathless roller coaster ride of lies and deceit, You Will Remember Me keeps you hooked until the shocking, shattering end. McKinnon is at the top of her game!"--Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author "Hannah Mary McKinnon delivers a tight-paced, twisty thriller with an ending so epically dark that I'm now reconsidering how nice she can possibly be in person."--Roz Nay, bestselling author of Our Little Secret and Hurry Home "With You Will Remember Me, Hannah Mary McKinnon becomes one of my go-to authors for bold, thought-provoking and wildly entertaining thrillers. From the stunning opening until the shocking ending, I was wholly immersed in the world of Jack, Lily and Maya--three psychologically complex characters who form the beating heart of this powerful novel. Dark, unsettling, and with an intelligently crafted plot that shows such care and respect for the reader, You Will Remember Me is the perfect one-sitting read."--Caz Frear, bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies and Shed No Tears "My jaw kept dropping as I read this twisty, deliciously dark novel, and by the end, it was completely on the floor."--Tara Laskowski, author of One Night Gone "The Queen of the Happily-Never-After Ending has done it again! Nobody leaves readers with their nerves tingling, their hackles raised like Hannah Mary McKinnon. In You Will Remember Me, a man fights to rebuild his identity, his past, and his life--while a woman fights to save him from the twisted nemesis who has dismantled all three. Joy Fielding fans, take note! You'll remember this novel."--Jenny Milchman, Mary Higgins Clark award winner and PEN/Faulkner nominee "What if the man you thought you knew better than anyone woke up one day not even knowing himself--or what he was capable of? Hannah Mary McKinnon's masterfully plotted tale of broken identities and dark family secrets had me on the first page and never let go until its absolutely jaw-dropping conclusion. Like the perfect summer cocktail, You Will Remember Me goes down easy, but it packs a hell of a wallop."--Amy Gentry, bestselling author of Good as Gone and Bad Habits "Chilling, shocking, and deliciously devious...You Will Remember Me is thrilling. Suspense at its absolute best. Hannah Mary McKinnon knows how to inject adrenalin into family drama, and her readers can't help devouring every word of it."--Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestselling author "You Will Remember Me is a dark, delicious thriller where nothing--and no one--is as it seems. From the moment an amnesiac awakens on a dark beach, Hannah Mary McKinnon keeps the reader in her thrall, using each chilling twist to propel the story in an evermore sinister direction. As the tension gradually builds, so does the reader's sense of dread, right up until the shocking, gasp-out-loud ending!"--Kathleen Barber, author of Truth Be Told and Follow Me "Compelling and unsettling, You Will Remember Me is a tight, well-paced and skillfully plotted thriller that leaves you questioning who do you really know? And who can you really trust? With characters both intricate and diabolical, the reader is taken on a riveting thrill ride, exploring just how far some people are willing to go to get what they want. Twisty and unpredictable, as usual, McKinnon doesn't disappoint."--A.F. Brady, author of The Blind and Once a Liar "You Will Remember Me is clever, chillingly atmospheric, with a tightly woven, thrilling and twisty plot. Wonderfully dark and scenic, the characters will stay with you long after you've raced to the end. Readers are in for another unputdownable read!"--Karen Hamilton, internationally bestselling author of The Last Wife "Family secrets, small town intrigue, and a decades-missing childhood sweetheart, You Will Remember Me brings the heat in so many ways. Whether you like sharp, unpredictable characters (Maya) or sweet, vulnerable protagonists we can root for (Lily), this mystery around identity will keep you up late into the night! And that ending--we'll be talking about this one for a long time to come."--Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle "From the very first line I was hooked, and the intensity never let up. A dark and twisted story with an ending so chilling it will haunt you long after you turn the last page."--Amber Garza, author of When I Was You "A compulsive, obsessive, barnstormer of a book...takes off like a lit rocket and does not let up until it's absolutely shocking ending...everything you want in suspense and delivered by a true master storyteller, begging the question: What happens when survival hinges on remembering a deadly past you've spent years burying? Brilliantly twisty and wickedly spun, this book is terrifying."--PJ Vernon, author of Bath Haus
Pack Up the Moon - by Kristan Higgins (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 480Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Berkley BooksAuthor: Kristan HigginsAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book "Twelve letters. That's what Lauren decides to leave her husband when she finds out she's dying. Twelve letters to see him through the first year without her, and to lead him on a heartrending, beautiful, often humorous journey to find happiness again"-- Book Synopsis Every month, a letter. That's what Lauren decides to leave her husband when she finds out she's dying. Each month, she gives Josh a letter containing a task to help him face this first year without her, leading him on a heartrending, beautiful, often humorous journey to find happiness again in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins. Joshua and Lauren are the perfect couple. Newly married, they're wildly in love, each on a successful and rewarding career path. Then Lauren is diagnosed with a terminal illness. As Lauren's disease progresses, Joshua struggles to make the most of the time he has left with his wife and to come to terms with his future--a future without the only woman he's ever loved. He's so consumed with finding a way to avoid the inevitable ending that he never imagines his life after Lauren. But Lauren has a plan to keep her husband moving forward. A plan hidden in the letters she leaves him. In those letters, one for every month in the year after her death, Lauren leads Joshua on a journey through pain, anger, and denial. It's a journey that will take Joshua from his attempt at a dinner party for family and friends to getting rid of their bed...from a visit with a psychic medium to a kiss with a woman who isn't Lauren. As his grief makes room for laughter and new relationships, Joshua learns Lauren's most valuable lesson: The path to happiness doesn't follow a straight line. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, this novel from New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins illuminates how life's greatest joys are often hiding in plain sight. Review Quotes Praise for Pack Up the Moon A gorgeous study of love, life and grief, this book broke my heart--and then stitched me back together again. Kristan Higgins is a masterful storyteller.--New York Times bestselling author Colleen Oakley "A moving and life-affirming portrait of grief that's sure to bring the tears."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Higgins is a master of snappy dialogue, and her characters are authentic and relatable--a must for this type of novel. The heart of the story is tragic, but just like real life, there's humor hidden in the darkest moments. This warm, bighearted story about grief, family, and the redemptive power of love will appeal to fans of Katherine Center and Jennifer Weiner."--Booklist, starred review Praise for Always the Last to Know A thoroughly entertaining exploration of families' complexities--from bitter disappointment to quiet strengths.--People Magazine, Book of the Week "Filled with hilarious honesty and heartwarming moments...A moving portrait of a family putting their differences aside in favor of love."--Women's World "This sparkling story is perfect summer reading."--Publishers Weekly Praise for Life and Other Inconveniences Deeply touching, real and raw, but infused with the love and hope that make life possible, despite everything.--Abbi Waxman, author of I Was Told It Would Get Easier and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill "Higgins is a mastermind of family dynamics in this poignant novel about two different generations of women struggling to find common ground. I couldn't put it down!"--Emily Liebert, author of Some Women "Readers will be riveted as the well-drawn characters uncover one another's hidden depths and heal old wounds. This rich and memorable story will instantly win readers over."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for Good Luck with That "Good Luck With That is a powerful testament to the hard work of self-love...a paean to how it's never too early (or too late) to be a little kinder to yourself, an inspiring meditation on how to embrace the supportive individuals in your life and stand up to the toxic ones, and a love story....[Good Luck With That is] the story of learning to love oneself, and living a life that leads with that love, in all its joy, sorrow, failure, and triumph."--Entertainment Weekly "Kristan Higgins is at the top of her game, stirring the emotions of every woman with the poignant reality of her characters."-- #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr Kristan Higgins takes the reader deep into the hearts of her utterly relatable characters with this bold, unflinching look at a reality every woman thinks about, every day of her life--body image. If you like stories that celebrate women's challenges and triumphs, you'll love this book. If you struggle with body issues and need comfort and wisdom, this book could change your life.--#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs Masterfully told, Good Luck with That is a story with which every woman will identify. We all deal with body image, self-esteem, and acceptance of love at one time or another. Bravo, Kristin Higgins, bravo!--#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber About The Author Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, and dogs. If you want to know when Kristan's next book will be out and hear news of her appearances, subscribe to her mailing list at www.kristanhiggins.com.
Design. Think. Make. Break. Repeat. - by Martin Tomisch & Madeleine Borthwick (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: ArtSub-Genre: IndustrialFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Bis PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Martin Tomisch & Madeleine BorthwickLanguage: English Book Synopsis Revised edition: 20 additional methods, three new case studies and a new chapter to introduce life-centered design. This book introduces the reader to the changing role of design as a way of thinking and a framework for solving complex problems and achieving systemic change. This book introduces the reader to the changing role of design as a way of thinking and a framework for solving complex problems and achieving systemic change. It documents 80 methods that cover all stages of a design process, providing actionable guidance for applying the methods across a range of projects. The methods are complemented by seven case studies to demonstrate their application in different domains, from designing interfaces for autonomous vehicles to addressing health and wellbeing. Free templates and resources, available at designthinkmakebreakrepeat.com, make this a great resource for design educators as well as practitioners leading workshops in their organization or looking for inspiration to transform their practice. In this revised edition, the authors look beyond the human-centered design paradigm and provide an introduction to life-centered design. This extended focus is reinforced through design methods for considering the broader ecosystem in which products and services are used, including the use of natural resources, ethical concerns and the long-term impact of design decisions. About the Author Dr. Martin Tomitsch is Associate Professor and Head of Design at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning. He received his Ph.D. in informatics from the Vienna University of Technology. His research focuses on the role of design in shaping the interactions between people and technology. Madeleine Borthwick is an education-focused Lecturer at University of Sydney's School of Architecture, Design and Planning. She is responsible for teaching and coordinating design subjects that include Service and User Experience Design, Interaction Design, Design Processes & Methods and Design Thinking. Other contributors: Dr. Naseem Ahmadpour, Dr. Jessica Frawley, Dr. Leigh-Anne Hepburn, Dr. A. Baki Kocaballi, Dr. Lian Loke, Dr. Claudia Nunez-Pecheco, Dr. Karla Straker and Dr. Cara Wrigley
Sharks in the Shallows - by W Clay Creswell (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 184Genre: NatureSub-Genre: AnimalsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: University of South Carolina PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: FishAuthor: W Clay CreswellLanguage: English About the Book With a better understanding of sharks' responses to their environment, and what motivates them to attack humans, he hopes people will develop a greater appreciation of the invaluable role sharks play in our marine environment. Book Synopsis Powerful and mysterious, sharks inspire both fascination and fear. Worldwide, oceans are home to some five-hundred species, and of those, fifty-six are known to reside in or pass through the waters off the coast of both North and South Carolina. At any given time, waders, swimmers, and surfers enjoying these waters are frequently within just one-hundred feet of a shark. While it's unnerving to know that sharks often swim just below the surface in the shallows, W. Clay Creswell, a shark-bite investigator for the Shark Research Institute's Global Shark Attack File, explains that attacks on humans are extremely rare. In 2019 the International Shark Attack File confirmed sixty-four unprovoked attacks on humans, including three in North Carolina and one in South Carolina. While acknowledging that they pose real dangers to humans, Creswell believes the fear of sharks is greatly exaggerated. During his sixteen-year association with the Shark Research Institute, he has investigated more than one hundred shark-related incidents and has maintained a database of all shark-human encounters along the Carolina coastlines back to 1817. Creswell uses this data to expose the truth and history of this often-sensationalized topic. Beyond the statistics related to attacks in the Carolina waters, Sharks in the Shallows offers a history of shark-human interactions and an introduction to the world of shark attacks. Creswell details the conditions that increase a person's chances of an encounter, profiles the three species most often involved in attacks, and reveals the months and time of day with the highest probability of an encounter. With a better understanding of sharks' responses to their environment, and what motivates them to attack humans, he hopes people will develop a greater appreciation of the invaluable role sharks play in our marine environment. About the Author W. Clay Creswell has been a North and South Carolina region shark-bite investigator for the Shark Research Institute Global Shark Attack File since 2004. In this role he has become a trusted media resource for the National Geographic Channel's series When Sharks Attack and local television, newspaper, and online news outlets. Creswell is an environmental health program specialist with the Pender County Health Department in North Carolina.
The Beach House - (Book Club) by Rochelle Alers (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: RomanceSeries Title: Book ClubFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Dafina BooksAuthor: Rochelle AlersAge Range: AdultBook theme: Multicultural & InterracialLanguage: English Book Synopsis Throughout one summer spent on an idyllic island off the coast of North Carolina, a weekly book club offers three very different women the chance to rewrite their own stories. In bestselling author Rochelle Alers' second Book Club novel, a new chapter begins as one woman's seemingly perfect life unravels... It's been almost a year since Leah Berkley Kent left her lavish Richmond home to spend two months on Coates Island, North Carolina. There she found friendship with two extraordinary women, Kayana and Cherie. Together they formed a summer book club, meeting weekly at the Seaside Café. Leah also found the courage to finally stand up to Alan, her domineering husband of twenty-eight years. With her twin sons now grown, Leah decides to return to Coates Island again this summer. Alan's explosive reaction only convinces her that her marriage, and her old life, may be ending. But what comes next? Helping out at the Seaside Café, Leah grows closer to Kayana's widowed brother, Derrick. He knows what it's like to start over--he traded a Wall Street career for a beachfront house and a slower pace.Derrick is drawn to Leah, but wonders if she's truly ready to move on. It'll take a summer filled with lazy beach walks, bold new horizons, and book club meetings rich with shared laughter and support, for Leah to find the answers she's been looking for... About The Author Rochelle Alers, the bestselling author of more than eighty novels with nearly two million copies in print, has been hailed by readers and booksellers alike as one of today's most prolific and popular African American authors of romance and women's fiction. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Emma Award, the Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing, the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Theta Zeta chapter and her interests include gourmet cooking and traveling. A full-time writer, Ms. Alers lives in a charming hamlet on Long Island and can be found online at RochelleAlers.org.
A Gentleman Never Tells - (Rogues' Dynasty) by Amelia Grey (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 312Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: RomanceSeries Title: Rogues' DynastyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Sourcebooks CasablancaAuthor: Amelia GreyAge Range: AdultBook theme: Historical, GeneralLanguage: English Book Synopsis Enter the unforgettable world of New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey's sparkling Regency London, where a single encounter may have devastating consequences for a gentleman and a lady...As if from a dream, Lady Gabrielle walked from the mist and into Viscount Brentwood's arms. Within moments, he's embroiled in more scandal than he ever thought possible...Beautiful, clever, and courageous, Lady Gabrielle needs Brent's help to get out of a seriously bad situation. But the more she gets to know him, the worse she feels about ruining his life...Delightful... charming and unforgettable.--The Long and Short of It ReviewsA beautifully written tale...delightfully delicious historical romance.--Romance JunkiesPraise for Amelia Grey's regency romances: Whether it's the witty prose, the humorous plot, or the outstanding characters, readers will find something to fall in love [with].--The Romance Reviews for A Little MischiefKeeps you glued to the page just waiting to see what the spirited young woman will do next.--Fresh Fiction for A Gentleman Says I DoA light, witty book perfect for an afternoon of reading.--The Romance Reader for A Dash of Scandal
The Gentle Parenting Book - by Sarah Ockwell-Smith (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Family + RelationshipsSub-Genre: ParentingSeries Title: GentleFormat: PaperbackPublisher: PiatkusAge Range: AdultBook theme: MotherhoodAuthor: Sarah Ockwell-SmithLanguage: English Book Synopsis Parenting trends come and go. Gentle parenting is different - it isn't a label for a precise set of rules but a method of parenting that embraces the needs of parent and child, while being mindful of current science and child psychology. It means parenting with empathy, respect, understanding - and boundaries.In The Gentle Parenting Book, Sarah Ockwell-Smith provides a trustworthy combination of what-to-expect information and gentle-parenting solutions to the most common challenges faced by parents with young children. Sarah addresses a wide variety of topics, including coping with a crying baby, introducing solid foods and creating healthy eating habits, potty training, starting nursery and school, sibling rivalry, tantrums, whining and sulking, aggressive behaviour and much more.And for those parents who have previously used a more authoritarian style of parenting, there's plenty of advice - and reassurance - on making the transition to a gentler approach. For many, gentle parenting comes as a relief because it chimes with their deepest instincts about the best way to raise their children. Review Quotes This book is full of useful tips for how to parent gently. Drawing on her own and others' experiences, and with her trademark forthright approach, Sarah Ockwell-Smith offers advice and guidance for parenting children in a way that encourages and enables them to grow and learn. While the book is aimed at parents with children from birth to age seven, much of what Sarah has to offer is also relevant for parents with older children, and for relationships in general. In particular, I found her suggestion that we should THINK before we respond to others - that is to consider whether what we have to say is True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind - to be pertinent, both within and beyond the sphere of parenting.--Gill Rapley, PhD, co-author of Baby-led Weaning and the 'baby-led' series of parenting booksWhat a lovely book! Sarah Ockwell-Smith uses the term 'gentle parenting' to encompass deep insights into the ways that parents can be responsive to the needs of children while maintaining their own inner balance. I love the way Sarah breaks the concept down into clear guidelines - without being strident about one right way to be a parent - and the way she addresses the challenge of shifting from mainstream parenting to more gentle ways. The world can be a harsh place; families don't have to be.--Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, author of Playful Parenting About the Author Sarah Ockwell-Smith is the mother of four children. She has a BSc in Psychology and worked for several years in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Following the birth of her first child, Sarah re-trained as a Paediatric Homeopath, Antenatal Teacher and Birth and Postnatal Doula. She has also undertaken training in Baby Massage, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. Sarah specialises in gentle parenting methods and is co-founder of the GentleParenting website (www.gentleparenting.co.uk). Sarah writes a parenting blog (www.sarahockwell-smith.com) which is read by 3 million parents per year, and is the author of BabyCalm, ToddlerCalm, The Gentle Sleep Book, The Gentle Parenting Book and The Gentle Discipline Book. She frequently writes for magazines and newspapers, and is often called upon as a parenting expert for national television and radio.
We Are What We Eat - by Alice Waters (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 208Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Agriculture & FoodFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Penguin PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Alice WatersLanguage: English About the Book "From chef and food activist Alice Waters, an impassioned plea for a radical reconsideration of the way each and every one of us cooks and eats"-- Book Synopsis From chef and food activist Alice Waters, an impassioned plea for a radical reconsideration of the way each and every one of us cooks and eats In We Are What We Eat, Alice Waters urges us to take up the mantle of slow food culture, the philosophy at the core of her life's work. When Waters first opened Chez Panisse in 1971, she did so with the intention of feeding people good food during a time of political turmoil. Customers responded to the locally sourced organic ingredients, to the dishes made by hand, and to the welcoming hospitality that infused the small space--human qualities that were disappearing from a country increasingly seduced by takeout, frozen dinners, and prepackaged ingredients. Waters came to see that the phenomenon of fast food culture, which prioritized cheapness, availability, and speed, was not only ruining our health, but also dehumanizing the ways we live and relate to one another. Over years of working with regional farmers, Waters and her partners learned how geography and seasonal fluctuations affect the ingredients on the menu, as well as about the dangers of pesticides, the plight of fieldworkers, and the social, economic, and environmental threats posed by industrial farming and food distribution. So many of the serious problems we face in the world today--from illness, to social unrest, to economic disparity, and environmental degradation--are all, at their core, connected to food. Fortunately, there is an antidote. Waters argues that by eating in a "slow food way," each of us--like the community around her restaurant--can be empowered to prioritize and nurture a different kind of culture, one that champions values such as biodiversity, seasonality, stewardship, and pleasure in work. This is a declaration of action against fast food values, and a working theory about what we can do to change the course. As Waters makes clear, every decision we make about what we put in our mouths affects not only our bodies but also the world at large--our families, our communities, and our environment. We have the power to choose what we eat, and we have the potential for individual and global transformation--simply by shifting our relationship to food. All it takes is a taste. Review Quotes "Waters makes a convincing case that the act of eating is political, with powerful effects on the future of the planet." --TIME "Waters, legendary chef and founder of Berkeley's Chez Panisse, delivers an impassioned manifesto on how food and its quality impacts society and the planet . . . She offers cogent, well-reasoned analyses of the price of convenience, blind trust in advertising, and cheapness, all of which seduce 'us into losing our desire, confidence, and ability to do things for ourselves.' Highly convincing and incredibly inspiring, Waters' fervent entreaty is sure to open eyes and change minds." --Publishers Weekly "This beautiful book speaks to the values we need to embrace at this moment in human history: Stewardship, diversity, interconnectedness, simplicity, balance. Reading it has inspired me to do things differently. It will inspire you as well." --Jane Fonda, author of What Can I Do? "In this warm, passionate and very personal book Alice Waters lays out a stunningly convincing case for changing the way we eat. No jargon, no big words, just Alice walking about all the things that matter most to her. I'm going to give this book to everyone I love." --Ruth Reichl, author of Save Me the Plums "Alice Waters is my favorite chef, and We Are What We Eat is a beautiful, important book. It's full of passion, anger at the way things are, and hope for a kinder, fairer, more humane, and vastly more enjoyable future. This book is the culmination of a life's work, a great life, and is a must read." --Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation "What Alice has contributed to the world is immeasurable, but this new book We Are What We Eat covers new ground. Alice has dedicated her entire life to people, the planet, and the food we consume. Here, she teaches us that food has an intrinsic value that today's society takes for granted. Imagine what this world would look, smell, and taste like if more of us followed her lead." --Ron Finley, The Gangsta Gardener About the Author Alice Waters is a chef and the founder/owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. She has won numerous awards, including the National Humanities Medal, the French Legion of Honor Medal, the Cavaliere of the Italian Republic, and three James Beards Awards. As vice president of Slow Food International and founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project, she has helped bring food awareness to people of all ages all over the world.
The Afrominimalist's Guide to Living with Less - by Christine Platt (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: House + HomeSub-Genre: Cleaning, Caretaking & OrganizingFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Tiller PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Christine PlattLanguage: English Book Synopsis Forget the aesthetics of mainstream minimalism and discover a life of authenticity and intention with this practical guide to living with less...your way. When Christine Platt set out on her journey to live with less, she never intended to become The Afrominimalist. She just wanted to tame the chaos in her closet! But after struggling with the austerity and whiteness of mainstream minimalism, Christine realized why minimalism often seems unattainable for so many: the emphasis on all-white, barren aesthetics distracts from the practice of living with intention. And so, she decided to do things her way by curating a life of less influenced by the African diaspora. In The Afrominimalist's Guide to Living With Less, Christine gets right to the heart of how childhood experiences and expectations manifest in adulthood, the delicate dance between needs and wants, and the complicated weight of familial and societal pressures. A far cry from Konmaried closets, capsule wardrobes, and conspicuous consumption, Christine's brand of "living with less" is more than a decluttering regimen. Inspired by her personal journey, Christine presents a radical revisioning of minimalism, one that celebrates the importance of history and heritage, and gives you permission to make space for what really matters...your way. Beautifully illustrated with original black-and-white prints and line drawings, The Afrominimalist's Guide to Living With Less is a testament to the idea that anyone can be a minimalist and a warm invitation to a life curated with intention, perfect for readers of Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (The Minimalists), Marie Kondo, Joshua Becker, and Courtney Carver. Review Quotes "Christine has made accessible the very notion of living in a sustainable way from a cultural, historical and fashionable lens. Her approach to environmentalism is refreshing and necessary and is an important body of work at the intersection of racial and environmental justice." --Céline Semaan, founder of Slow Factory Foundation"Christine Platt is a natural storyteller. She invites us to reimagine what we think we know about minimalism, our relationship to our belongings, and what we make space for in our lives. These four steps will change your life and gently usher you into your own physical and mental space of sweet simplicity." --Rachel Cargle, author of I Don't Want Your Love & Light"Christine's book is the one I wish I'd had at my side when I began my own journey to living with less. She is a warm, engaging guide, who frames minimalism in a new light--one that examines the why behind our consumption and is more about authenticity than aesthetics. Finally, there is a book about minimalism for people who don't relate to an austere style!" --Laura Fenton, author of The Little Book of Living Small"Less is a mindset of expansion, and in The Afrominimalist's Guide to Living with Less Christine Platt gives us a new roadmap to curate the life you've always wanted." --Kate Northrup, author of Do Less and Money: A Love Story"This book is an extraordinary, life-changing invitation to live life on your terms. Christine Platt shows us that minimalism isn't a one-size fits all, colorless lifestyle but instead a way for us to live with intention, letting go of what doesn't matter and surrounding ourselves with what does. With warmth, wisdom, humor, and radical honesty, she takes us on a journey back to the essence of minimalism." --Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity and Project 333"Though titled a guide, what Platt has created is less of a script or scripture, and more of a Rorschach test for each reader--especially those of us who are Black--to see ourselves in it however we need to, in hopes to make living with less, living as more." --Jason Reynolds About the Author Christine Platt is a modern-day Renaissance woman. From serving as an advocate for policy reform to using the power of storytelling as a tool for social change, Christine's work reflects her practice of living with intention. She holds a BA in Africana Studies, MA in African-American Studies, and a JD in General Law. Christine has written over two dozen literary works for people of all ages. When she's not writing, Christine spends her time curating The Afrominimalist--a creative platform chronicling her journey to minimalism. Visit her online at TheAfrominimalist.com.
Crave - by Ed Smith (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 256Genre: Cooking + Food + WineSub-Genre: Courses & DishesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Quadrille PublishingAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Ed SmithLanguage: English Book Synopsis Once again, Ed Smith has done something really smart. Cooking the flavors we are craving in any given moment, the resulting book feels so novel and fresh. Ed's writing is thoughtful and conversational; his recipes confident and delicious. -- Yotam Ottolenghi 6 Flavor Profiles. Over 100 recipes. Every craving covered. Why do we choose to cook the things we do, when we do? Most of the time, it is simply so we can eat what we really fancy; a subconscious response to a constantly fluctuating state of mind and appetite that's influenced by mood, season, weather, memory, occasion, outside events and internal feelings. Ed Smith helps his readers home in on their cravings (whatever the reason for them) by organizing his recipes within six cleverly conceived flavor profiles: fresh and fragrant chili and heat tart and sour curried and spiced rich and savory; and (best of all?) cheesy and creamy. There's also a directory of alternative cravings at the back, providing additional ways in. All bases are covered, from snacks through sides, to main courses and desserts. Think of fermented and fresh tomato salad with feta for when both sun and cook are already smiling; or lamb chops with cacio e pepe white beans if in need of a re-set; the likes of 'nduja spatchcock chicken, should a tickle of chili be in order; or curried brisket noodles to meet spice needs. Whether we want snap and crunch or velvet softness, sharp citrus or warming aromatics, or just something involving bubbling, molten cheese, CRAVE presents a fresh take on seasonal cooking, but goes beyond that too - acknowledging core instincts and base itches, and so delivering recipes you'll want to make every day of the week, whatever the weather or mood. About the Author Ed Smith is the author of the acclaimed On the Side (Bloomsbury 2017); the best-selling The Borough Market Cookbook (Hodder and Stoughton 2018); and the award-winning food blog www.RocketandSquash.com. A former City lawyer turned cook and food writer, Ed's words and recipes have appeared in all major food magazines, supplements and websites, including The Sunday Times, Guardian, Telegraph, The FT Weekend Magazine, Waitrose Weekend, Delicious, Olive, food52.com and eater.com. Ed and his work have won and been shortlisted on multiple occasions for numerous awards. Most recently, in 2020 he was shortlisted as Best Online Food Writer at the Guild of Food Writers Awards; and in 2019 as Best Cookery Writer alongside Diana Henry at the Fortnum and Mason Food Awards, and Best Food Writer alongside Bee Wilson and Grace Dent at the Guild of Food Writers Awards.
How Did We Get Here? - by Robert Dallek (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: Political ScienceSub-Genre: American GovernmentFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Harper PerennialAge Range: AdultBook theme: Executive BranchAuthor: Robert DallekLanguage: English Book Synopsis The award-winning, New York Times bestselling historian considers the vast array of triumphs and failures of America's modern presidents that paved a path to Donald Trump, offering an understanding of our current moment and hope for a way back to true leadership.The struggle to preserve the Republic has never been easy or without perils. The rise of conflicting political parties, which the founders opposed, and President John Adams' Alien and Sedition Acts repressing First Amendment rights made Franklin's observation at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention--"a republic, if you can keep it"--seem prescient.In the twentieth century, America endured numerous struggles: economic depression, World War II, McCarthyism, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran-contra scandal, the war in Iraq--all of which gave rise to demagogues, as did the growth and reach of mass media. But this wasn't the Founding Fathers' vision for our leadership. The resistance to putting a demagogue in the White House survived the anti-Communist agitation of the 1950s and the Vietnam War in the 1960s. But the latter opened the way for Richard Nixon's election in 1968 and Watergate, which again tested our democratic institutions and the rule of law. Nixon's resignation in August 1974 moved Vice President Gerald Ford, his successor, to declare, "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over."But was it? Donald Trump's 2016 election has presented a new challenge. How did past politics and presidential administrations pave the way for this current assault on American democracy? Our nation's history provides reassurance that we will restore our better angels to government. Yet it must be considered that earlier administrations and public outlook facilitated the rise of such an un-presidential character as Trump in the first place. In How Did We Get Here?, Robert Dallek considers a century of modern administrations, from Teddy Roosevelt to today, shining a light on the personalities behind the politics and the voters who elected each. His cautionary tale reminds us that the only constant in history is change, but whether for good or ill the choice is Americans' to make. Review Quotes "History buffs looking for reassurance that American democracy can survive Trumpism will find it here."--Publishers Weekly"Informed and passionate."--Kirkus ReviewsEngaging....the prolific biographer [Dallek] posits a provocative thesis--that the transgressions and weaknesses of even our greatest chief executives set precedents of thought and action that led eventually to the political rise of Donald Trump.--Wall Street Journal"Anyone who wonders, when confronted with the latest White House shenanigans, "How did we get here?" will enjoy Robert Dallek's new book.... And there could be no better guide to answering it than this accomplished and deeply knowledgeable presidential historian.... Dallek delivers engaging chapters on the major presidents, rich with telling anecdotes and well-chosen quotations.... "How did we get here?" is indeed the right question. Yet only the passage of time and a far-reaching analysis of the many factors that contributed will answer it. Thankfully Dallek has opened the inquiry."--Washington Post
Open and Unafraid - by W David O Taylor (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Religion + BeliefsSub-Genre: Christian LifeFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Thomas NelsonAge Range: AdultBook theme: DevotionalAuthor: W David O TaylorLanguage: English About the Book From professor, pastor, and producer of the documentary Bono and Eugene Peterson: The Psalms, a devotional examination of the life of faith as presented in the Psalter--one lived in joy, sorrow, anger, doubt, fear, mortality, community, isolation, and above all in the presence of God--in order to deepen discipleship and worship. Book Synopsis From professor, pastor, and producer of the documentary Bono and Eugene Peterson: The Psalms, a devotional examination of the life of faith as presented in the Psalter--one lived in joy, sorrow, anger, doubt, fear, mortality, community, isolation, and above all in the presence of God--in order to deepen discipleship and worship."A book you will want to read and read again." -- Eugene PetersonAfterword by Bono.How can we find a more transparent, resilient, and fearless life of faith? The book of Psalms has been central to God's people for millennia, across all walks of life and cultural contexts. In reading it, we discover that we are never alone in our joys, sorrows, angers, doubts, praises, or thanksgivings. In it, we learn about prayer and poetry, honesty and community, justice and enemies, life and death, nations and creation. Open and Unafraid shows us how to read the psalms in a fresh, life-giving way, and so access the bottomless resources for life that they provide."David Taylor's take is 'open and unafraid' alright. He really goes there, exposing himself before God in the most beautiful way. He might have called the book Naked, because if you don't find your own self feeling a little exposed here, it might be time to take some armor off." -- Bono, from the Afterword"A book that you will want to read and read again, and yet again, in order to discover the wisdom of the Psalms that shows us how to walk in the life-giving way of Jesus." -- Eugene Peterson, from the Foreword"A winsome, accessible entry into the Book of Psalms...Connects the poetry of the psalms to real-life wonders and struggles." -- Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary"Taylor reads these biblical prayers with Dr. Seuss, rappers, and other poets, along with theologians and the daily news....Guides readers in tracing out patterns of holy speech that have the potential for healing our hearts and our communities." -- Ellen F. Davis, Duke Divinity School"I have always loved the psalms--for their defiant devotion, their deep joy, and their brutal yet beautiful honesty. And after reading this fantastic book about them, I love them even more." -- Matt Redman, worship leader and song writer"In these fraught and fearsome days, we need the psalms more than ever. And we need more faithful artists and thinkers like David Taylor to mine the infinite gifts the psalms offer across the ages." -- Karen Swallow Prior, author of Fierce Convictions
The Maidens - by Alex Michaelides (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 352Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: ThrillersFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Celadon BooksAuthor: Alex MichaelidesAge Range: AdultBook theme: PsychologicalLanguage: English Book Synopsis Stunning... The intelligent, cerebral plot finds contemporary parallels in Euripides's tragedies, Jacobean dramas such as The Duchess of Malfi, and Tennyson's poetry. The devastating ending shows just how little the troubled Mariana knows about the human psyche or herself. Michaelides is on a roll.--Publishers Weekly, starred review A deliciously dark, elegant, utterly compulsive read--with a twist that blew my mind. I loved this even more than I loved The Silent Patient and that's saying something!--Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest ListFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession, that further cements "Michaelides as a major player in the field" (Publishers Weekly). Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike--particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens. Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana's niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge. Mariana, who was once herself a student at the university, quickly suspects that behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, and beneath the ancient traditions, lies something sinister. And she becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. But why would the professor cartnear one of his students? And why does he keep returning to the rites of Persephone, the maiden, and her journey to the underworld? When another body is found, Mariana's obsession with proving Fosca's guilt spirals out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. But Mariana is determined to stop this killer, even if it costs her everything--including her own life. Review Quotes Michaelides' stage-setting skills are as masterful here, as they were in The Silent Patient (2019); another tense, cleverly twisted winner. --Booklist, starred review Stunning... The intelligent, cerebral plot finds contemporary parallels in Euripides's tragedies, Jacobean dramas such as The Duchess of Malfi, and Tennyson's poetry. The devastating ending shows just how little the troubled Mariana knows about the human psyche or herself. Michaelides is on a roll.--Publishers Weekly, starred review A deliciously dark, elegant, utterly compulsive read--with a twist that blew my mind. I loved this even more than I loved The Silent Patient and that's saying something!--Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List Alex Michaelides hits a home run in his sophomore effort. The Maidens is a page-turner of the first order.--David Baldacci Combining Greek mythology with propulsive suspense, this gripping, twisty tale is the perfect way to start off your summer reading with a bang.--Book Riot About The Author Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel. It spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking fifty countries. He lives in London.
Dragonfly Falling, 2 - (Shadows of the Apt) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 688Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: FantasySeries Title: Shadows of the AptFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Tor BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: Action & AdventureAuthor: Adrian TchaikovskyLanguage: English Book Synopsis Dragonfly Falling is the second book in the critically acclaimed epic fantasy series Shadows of the Apt. It's brought to you by Adrian Tchaikovsky, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award.Every hero must be tested . . . The Wasp Empire's armies are on the move. The city of Tark will be first to feel their might, now preparing for siege. And within its walls, Salma and Totho will take a stand alongside their Ant-kinden brethren. But they'll face weaponry and numbers such as the Lowlands have never seen. Meanwhile, the Empire's secret service has deemed Stenwold Maker too dangerous to live. So Major Thalric is dispatched to eliminate Stenwold and destroy his beloved city of Collegium. For if this centre of learning is lost, it will crush all hope of intelligent resistance. As the Empire's troops continue their relentless advance, their young Emperor pursues another, even darker goal. His success would trigger a reign of blood lasting a thousand years.Dragonfly Falling is followed by the third book in the Shadows of the Apt series, Blood of the Mantis. About the Author Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the critically acclaimed Shadows of the Apt series, the Echoes of the Fall series and other novels, novellas and short stories. The Tiger and the Wolf won the British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel - and Children of Time won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. This was in the award's thirtieth anniversary year.
Survive - Alive - Thrive - by Mark S Negley (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: Self ImprovementSub-Genre: Death, Grief, BereavementFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Forefront BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Mark S NegleyLanguage: English Book Synopsis Loss isn't one-size-fits-all. It comes in a million different forms--and all of them hurt. Whatever your situation, there is hope: you are not alone, you will get through this, and you can experience true joy again! An estimated two-hundred million Americans face the pain and confusion of loss every year, and most of us have no idea how to handle it. We're thrown into the deep end of grief without a life preserver, desperately trying to stay afloat in a sea of shock, anger, frustration, heartbreak, and hopelessness. Mark Negley knows what it's like to face the pain of loss and fight to build a new life from the ashes. Over the past thirty years, he has faced cancer, raised a special needs child, lost his beloved mother, nearly lost his wife in a car accident, and supported her through depression and mental health issues resulting from her brain injuries. Tragically, in 2016, Mark received the biggest blow of all when his wife of twenty years took her own life. Frustrated by the lack of relatable resources to help navigate his grief recovery, Mark set out to redefine the loss experience. After five years of research, in-depth interviews with loss survivors, and leading grief groups, he realized that the problem isn't how we experience grief; the problem is that traditional models make it seem too formulaic. He found that grief recovery isn't a linear progression from one clearly defined stage to the next; rather, it's a series of concentric circles--like ripples in a pond--that emanate from a center point of impact. Those circles form three "interconnected" phases of recovery called Survive, Alive, and Thrive. In Survive-Alive-Thrive: Navigating the Journey from Loss to Hope to Happiness, Mark Negley takes you on a journey through his loss experiences, using his story and the stories of several others to teach his revolutionary new model of grief recovery. You don't have to walk this difficult road alone. With the help of Mark and others, you can navigate from loss to hope and then to happiness. You don't have to settle for survival! Set your sights higher and learn how to thrive again! About the Author Mark Negley's passion for helping others through difficult life experiences has led him to serve as executive director of Survive-Alive-Thrive.org, a non-profit initiative inspired to provide insight, community, and emotional support for those who have experienced loss. His revelatory book, Survive-Alive-Thrive: Navigating the Journey from Loss to hope to Happiness, redefines the loss experience and provides a revolutionary new model for understanding grief recovery for the millions of Americans who suffer loss each year. As president of PondHouse Management Consulting Group, Mark leverages his twenty years of senior leadership experience across media, ecommerce, retail, and technology markets to help his business clients pursue revenue and income growth. His track record of success as a hands-on entrepreneur and strategic consultant includes building new business start-up ventures and leading corporate initiatives where he has been recognized as an innovator and visionary. Mark's commitment to his Christian faith has inspired him to share the power of God's love while engaging in leadership roles in several marketplace ministries, such as The New Canaan Society, Youth Impact Ministries, and Give Me an Answer. As a compelling public speaker and podcast host, Mark has enjoyed sharing stories from his journey at conferences, retreats, churches and with small groups and gatherings across the country. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Mark is a widower and proud father of twenty-four-year-old son, Andersen. He was blessed to re-marry in 2020 and currently resides in Franklin, TN, with his wife, Melyn.
The Warsaw Orphan - by Kelly Rimmer (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 416Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: HistoricalFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Graydon HouseAuthor: Kelly RimmerAge Range: AdultBook theme: World War IILanguage: English Book Synopsis "Kelly Rimmer's heart-stopping rendering of the war in Nazi-occupied Poland will captivate readers page by page."--Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours"A surefire hit [and] a heartbreaking and hopeful story of family, duty, love, salvation, and resistance. The Warsaw Orphan [is] a thoughtful, beautiful novel." -- Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost NamesInspired by the real-life heroine who saved thousands of Jewish children during WWII, The Warsaw Orphan is Kelly Rimmer's most anticipated novel since her bestselling sensation, The Things We Cannot Say.In the spring of 1942, young Elzbieta Rabinek is aware of the swiftly growing discord just beyond the courtyard of her comfortable Warsaw home. She has no fondness for the Germans who patrol her streets and impose their curfews, but has never given much thought to what goes on behind the walls that contain her Jewish neighbors. She knows all too well about German brutality--and that it's the reason she must conceal her true identity. But in befriending Sara, a nurse who shares her apartment floor, Elzbieta makes a discovery that propels her into a dangerous world of deception and heroism.Using Sara's credentials to smuggle children out of the ghetto brings Elzbieta face-to-face with the reality of the war behind its walls, and to the plight of the Gorka family, who must make the impossible decision to give up their newborn daughter or watch her starve. For Roman Gorka, this final injustice stirs him to rebellion with a zeal not even his newfound love for Elzbieta can suppress. But his recklessness brings unwanted attention to Sara's cause, unwittingly putting Elzbieta and her family in harm's way until one violent act threatens to destroy their chance at freedom forever. From Nazi occupation to the threat of a communist regime, The Warsaw Orphan is the unforgettable story of Elzbieta and Roman's perilous attempt to reclaim the love and life they once knew."Intensely moving...Bravo, Kelly Rimmer! I'm going to be recommending this book to everyone I know." --Karen Robards, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan of Paris Review Quotes "Rimmer's heart-stopping rendering of the war in Nazi occupied Poland--of life, resistance, survival, and love--will captivate readers page-by-page. Elisabeita's tale offers a carefully-researched portrayal of history's darkest hours and one orphan's search for her place in the world." --Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends? "A surefire hit [and] a heartbreaking and hopeful story of family, duty, love, salvation, and resistance. The Warsaw Orphan [is] a thoughtful, beautiful novel." --Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names "What a fantastic book! Intensely moving, this story of the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II is also a wonderful, ultimately life-affirming love story. Bravo, Kelly Rimmer! I'm going to be recommending this book to everyone I know." --Karen Robards, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan of Paris "Illuminating...engrossing [and] harrowing...Rimmer's suspenseful narrative will enthrall and move readers." --Publishers Weekly, starred review of Truths I Never Told You "The back-and-forth between Beth in the 1990s and Grace's notes from the 1950s creates momentum, and readers of epistolary novels will nod at Grace's depiction of the lack of choices for women of that time. Contrasting that with the stigma of getting mental health help, which was still strong in the '90s, Rimmer paints a picture of women finding their strength then and now." -Booklist on Truths I Never Told You "Best-selling author Rimmer expertly illustrates a heartbreaking portrayal of postpartum depression through multiple perspectives in dual time lines. For fans who appreciate emotionally wrenching reads such as those by Sarah Jio or Kristin Hannah." -Library Journal on Truths I Never Told You "Everything Kelly Rimmer writes turns to gold." -SheReads "An intense story of survival, hardship, and heartbreak, The Things We Cannot Say is sure to evoke emotion in even the most cynical reader." --New York Journal of Books "Straddling the past and the present, The Things We Cannot Say is a mesmerizing tale of family, memory, forgiveness, and unconditional love, but it is also about retrieving lost stories...a true achievement in World War II fiction." --Historical Novel Society "Fans of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale and Pam Jenoff's The Orphan's Tale will enjoy this absorbing, emotional tale of love, heartbreak, and resilience." --Booklist on The Things We Cannot Say "Kelly Rimmer has outdone herself. I thought that Before I Let You Go was one of the best novels I had ever read...[but] if you only have time to read one book this year The Things We Cannot Say should be that book. Keep tissues handy." --Fresh Fiction "Fans of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls will adore The Things We Cannot Say." --Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author "Kelly Rimmer has raised the already high bar with this unforgettable novel. Fans of Jodi Picoult and Kristin Hannah now have a new go-to author." --Bestselling author Sally Hepworth "Ripped from the headlines and from the heart, Before I Let You Go is an unforgettable novel that will amaze and startle you with its impact and insight." --Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author "Kelly Rimmer writes with wisdom and compassion about the relationships between sisters, mother and daughter.... She captures the anguish of addiction, the agonizing conflict between an addict's best and worst selves." --Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author on Before I Let You Go "Kelly Rimmer's shimmering and poignant new novel [Before I Let You Go] broadens our current national conversation about seeking to combat the deadly yet curable disease of addiction while being ultimately a story of relationships." --Library Journal, Editor's Pick "Rimmer's timely novel captures the unbreakable bond of two sisters and humanizes the difficult intersection of the opioid epidemic and the justice system." --Publishers Weekly on Before I Let You Go "Get ready for fireworks in your book club when you read Before I Let You Go! One of the best books for discussion that I've read in years." --Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author
The Unanswered Letter - by Faris Cassell (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: HistorySub-Genre: HolocaustFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Regnery HistoryAge Range: AdultAuthor: Faris CassellLanguage: English Book Synopsis In 1939, as the Nazis closed in, Alfred Berger mailed a desperate letter to an American stranger who happened to share his last name. He and his wife, Viennese Jews, had found escape routes for their daughters. But now their money, connections, and emotional energy were nearly exhausted. Alfred begged the American recipient of the letter, "You are surely informed about the situation of all Jews in Central Europe.... By pure chance I got your address.... My daughter and her husband will go... to America.... Help us to follow our children.... It is our last and only hope...." After languishing in a California attic for decades, Alfred's letter ended up in the hands of Faris Cassell, a journalist who couldn't rest until she discovered the ending of the story. Traveling across the United States as well as to Austria, the Czech Republic, Belarus, and Israel, she uncovered an extraordinary story of heart-wrenching loss and unforgettable love that endures to this day. Did the Bergers' desperate letter find a response? Did they--and their daughters--survive? Did they leave living descendants? You will find the answers here. A story that will move any reader, The Unanswered Letter is a poignant reminder that love and hope never die. About the Author FARIS CASSELL, a journalist and writer, lives with her husband in Eugene, Oregon. She earned a B.A. in history from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S. in journalism from the University of Oregon. Her decades of research into Alfred and Hedwig Berger's story was supported by a Mount Holyoke Alumnae Scholarship and by the generous cooperation of the Berger family.
The Hidden Palace - Large Print by Helene Wecker (Paperback)
Edition: Large PrintNumber of Pages: 800Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: LiteraryFormat: PaperbackPublisher: HarperLuxeAge Range: AdultAuthor: Helene WeckerLanguage: English Book Synopsis In this enthralling historical epic, set in New York City and the Middle East in the years leading to World War I-- the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Golem and the Jinni--Helene Wecker revisits her beloved characters Chava and Ahmad as they confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world.Chava is a golem, a woman made of clay, who can hear the thoughts and longings of those around her and feels compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a restless creature of fire, once free to roam the desert but now imprisoned in the shape of a man. Fearing they'll be exposed as monsters, these magical beings hide their true selves and try to pass as human--just two more immigrants in the bustling world of 1900s Manhattan. Brought together under calamitous circumstances, their lives are now entwined--but they're not yet certain of what they mean to each other.Both Chava and Ahmad have changed the lives of the people around them. Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, travels to the Middle East to seek a cure. There she meets Dima, a tempestuous female jinni who's been banished from her tribe. Back in New York, in a tenement on the Lower East Side, a little girl named Kreindel helps her rabbi father build a golem they name Yossele--not knowing that she's about to be sent to an orphanage uptown, where the hulking Yossele will become her only friend and protector.Spanning the tumultuous years from the turn of the twentieth century to the beginning of World War I, The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interleave. Can Chava and Ahmad find their places in the human world while remaining true to each other? Or will their opposing natures and desires eventually tear them apart--especially once they encounter, thrillingly, other beings like themselves? Review Quotes "In Wecker's novel, real-life events--the sinking of the Titanic, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire or the Great War--have an inexorable impact on mortal and supernatural characters alike. From one crisis to the next, a strange and unbreakable alliance develops among many persons and elemental creatures, burgeoning into something even more marvelous. . . . Fans of The Golem and the Jinni have waited eight years for this sequel. It has been worth the wait." --BookPage (starred review)Richly nuanced and beautiful. . . . Wecker skillfully draws together these disparate lives and characters in an immersive and magical tale of loneliness, love, and finding hope."--Buzzfeed"Spanning more than a decade and touching on major early-twentieth-century events, such as the Triangle fire, the sinking of the Titanic, and the beginning of WWI, Wecker's second outing blends Jewish and Middle Eastern mythology within a vibrant historical setting."--Booklist"Impressive...storytelling à la Dickens...A satisfying, mature sequel to The Golem and the Jinni, continuing the magical story of two immigrant mythological characters from the turn of the 20th century to the outbreak of WWI." --Publishers Weekly"A blend of romance, Mary Shelley-esque horror, and folklore.... Wecker skillfully combines the storylines of Chava the Golem and Ahmad the Jinni and numerous other players, good and evil, in an enchanting tale that pleases on every page." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
For Keeps - by Marta Perry & Jill Lynn (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 496Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: ChristianFormat: PaperbackPublisher: HarlequinAge Range: AdultBook theme: WesternAuthor: Marta Perry & Jill LynnLanguage: English Book Synopsis Love when you least expect it Twice in a Lifetime by Marta Perry When Georgia Lee Bodine learns her grandmother hired Matthew Harper to carry out her eccentric requests and unearth an old family secret, she plans to send the lawyer packing. But Georgia soon discovers how much the widowed father cares about her grandmother. And as they work together on the Bodine family history, the couple uncover a surprise about themselves: that love can strike twice in a lifetime. FREE BONUS STORY INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME! Falling for Texas by Jill Lynn Raising his orphaned teenage sister isn't easy for Texas rancher Cash Maddox. But when he asks new teacher Olivia Grayson for help, Cash faces an even tougher challenge. He made a promise that he wouldn't get distracted from his mission of being a good father figure. Yet Olivia's kindness and quick wit are drawing him closer every day. Could it be time to make a new vow...one that'll last a lifetime?
And Now You're Back - by Jill Mansell (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 336Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: WomenFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Sourcebooks LandmarkAge Range: AdultAuthor: Jill MansellLanguage: English About the Book "From New York Times and #1 international bestselling queen of romantic women's fiction Jill Mansell comes a poignant, funny, feel good storyabout second chances and finding your way home. They never thought they'd see him again... Didi Laing met her first love, Shay Mason, on a magical winter visit to Venice. For six months after that they were rapturously happy together and Shay came to work at Didi's parents' hotel in the Cotswolds. One event changed everything, shocking the town, and leading to Shay's disappearance. In the thirteen years after Shay walked out, no one expects ever to hear from him again. Then one day, out of the blue, Shay returns to Elliscombe to fulfill his father's dying wish and unintentionally upends Didi's life.Moving into the best suite in her hotel sparks all kinds of rumors and sets off a chain of events that affects the whole town. The residents of Elliscombe all have their own stories and secrets, more intertwined than anyone could have guessed.."-- Book Synopsis You won't want to miss the new story from New York Times and #1 international bestselling queen of romantic women's fiction Jill Mansell, featuring: Poignant, laugh-out-loud fiction that makes you smileA feel good story about second chancesStar-crossed loversThe importance of finding your way homeDidi Laing met her first love, Shay Mason, on a magical winter visit to Venice. They were rapturously happy together and Shay came to work at Didi's parents' hotel in the Cotswolds. Then one shocking event changed everything, and Shay disappeared.For thirteen years, no one expects to hear from him again. Then one day out of the blue, Shay returns to fulfill his father's dying wish. Moving into the best suite in Didi's hotel sets off a chain of events that affects the whole town. Everyone has their own stories and secrets, more intertwined than anyone could have guessed...Praise for Jill Mansell: Uplifting, heart-warming and supremely feel-good.--SOPHIE KINSELLA, #1 New York Times bestselling author, for It Started with a SecretLaugh-out-loud entertainment.--Fresh Fiction for KissA frothy, escapist romp.--Booklist for Fast Friends Review Quotes A frothy, cozy work of women's fiction set in a small Cotswolds village where everyone knows everyone else's business. - Booklist
Changes - by Sheldon Pearce (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 288Genre: Biography + AutobiographySub-Genre: MusicFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Simon & SchusterAuthor: Sheldon PearceAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis A New Yorker writer's intimate, revealing account of Tupac Shakur's life and legacy, timed to the fiftieth anniversary of his birth and twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. In the summer of 2020, Tupac Shakur's single "Changes" became an anthem for the worldwide protests against the murder of George Floyd. The song became so popular, in fact, it was vaulted back onto the iTunes charts more than twenty years after its release--making it clear that Tupac's music and the way it addresses systemic racism, police brutality, mass incarceration, income inequality, and a failing education system is just as important now as it was back then. In Changes, published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Tupac's birth and twenty-fifth anniversary of his death, Sheldon Pearce offers one of the most thoughtful and comprehensive accounts yet of the artist's life and legacy. Pearce, an editor and writer at The New Yorker, interviews dozens who knew Tupac throughout various phases of his life. While there are plenty of bold-faced names, the book focuses on the individuals who are lesser known and offer fresh stories and rare insight. Among these are the actor who costarred with him in a Harlem production of A Raisin in the Sun when he was twelve years old, the high school drama teacher who recognized and nurtured his talent, the music industry veteran who helped him develop a nonprofit devoted to helping young artists, the Death Row Records executive who has never before spoken on the record, and dozens of others. Meticulously woven together by Pearce, their voices combine to portray Tupac in all his complexity and contradiction. This remarkable book illustrates not only how he changed during his brief twenty-five years on this planet, but how he forever changed the world. About The Author Sheldon Pearce is the music writer and editor for The New Yorker. Previously, he was a contributing writer at Pitchfork. He has worked for NPR Music, and his writing has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Fader, Spin, Dazed, Complex, Deadspin, and others.
Far Gone - (Badlands Thriller) by Danielle Girard (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 348Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: ThrillersSeries Title: Badlands ThrillerFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Thomas & MercerAge Range: AdultBook theme: PsychologicalAuthor: Danielle GirardLanguage: English Book Synopsis From the USA Today bestselling author of White Out comes a story of two heroines with shattered pasts and a town with blood on its hands.When a North Dakota couple is shot down in their home in cold blood, the sleepy town of Hagen wakes with a jolt. After all, it's usually such a peaceful place. But Detective Kylie Milliard knows better.Despite not handling a homicide investigation in years, Kylie is on the case. A drop of blood found at the scene at first blush promises to be her best evidence. But it ultimately only proves that someone else witnessed the murder--and the results are shocking: the DNA reveals a familial match to a crime involving local nurse Lily Baker from over a decade ago. This unveiling stirs new nightmares for Lily as she's forced to reckon with the most traumatic time in her life.Haunted by their pasts and hunting the killer, Kylie and Lily uncover hellish secrets and impossible truths, finding answers that put both their lives in jeopardy. Review Quotes "The pace of this tense thriller never slackens. Girard is on a roll." --Publishers Weekly"A thriller seasoned with plenty of action, angst, and multiple viewpoints." --Kirkus Reviews
Illuminating History - by Bernard Bailyn (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 288Genre: Biography + AutobiographySub-Genre: Personal MemoirsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyAge Range: AdultAuthor: Bernard BailynLanguage: English About the Book The brilliance of a master historian shines through this "elegant and engaging memoir" of a lifetime's work (Richard Aldous, Wall Street Journal). Book Synopsis Over a remarkable career Bernard Bailyn has reshaped our understanding of the early American past. Inscribing his superb scholarship with passion and imagination honed by a commitment to rigor, Bailyn captures the particularity of the past and its broad significance in precise, elegant prose. His transformative work has ranged from a new reckoning with the ideology that powered the opposition to British authority in the American Revolution, to a sweeping account of the peopling of America, and the critical nurturing of a new field, the history of the Atlantic world. Illuminating History is the most personal of Bailyn's works. It is in part an intellectual memoir of the significant turns in an immensely productive and influential scholarly career. It is also alive with people whose actions touched the long arc of history. Among the dramatic human stories that command our attention: a struggling Boston merchant tormented by the tensions between capitalist avarice and a constrictive Puritan piety; an ordinary shopkeeper who in a unique way feverishly condemned British authority as corrupt and unworthy of public confidence; a charismatic German Pietist who founded a cloister in the Pennsylvania wilderness famous for its strange theosophy, its spartan lifestyle, and its rich musical and artistic achievement. And the good townspeople of Petersham, whose response in 1780 to a draft Massachusetts constitution speaks directly to us through a moving insistence on individual freedoms in the face of an imposing central authority. Here is vivid history and an illuminating self-portrait from one of the most eminent historians of our time. Review Quotes Bailyn has mined the archives. In Illuminating History he explains how he found the golden nuggets and used them over seven decades of scholarship.... At this stage of his remarkable career, Bernard Bailyn has written a book to guide the historians who will write the next Pulitzer Prize works in the field.--Roger I. Abrams "New York Journal of Books"Bernard Bailyn's stature rests on imaginative analysis, brilliant insights, and superb, finely honed craftsmanship. All these, and his gift for understanding people, ... shine in Illuminating History.--Richard D. Brown, University of ConnecticutIn 2020, [Bernard Bailyn] published Illuminating History: A Retrospective of Seven Decades, an intellectual self-portrait that eschews conventional memoir in favor of a series of essays exploring some 'small, strange, obscure documents and individuals' that had captured his imagination. In an epilogue, he cautioned, as he often did, against imposing our own sense of certainty on the confusion of the past as it was actually experienced by those who lived it. 'The fact--the inescapable fact--is that we know how it all came out, ' he wrote, 'and they did not.'--Renwick McLean and Jennifer Schuessler "New York Times"The most striking takeaway is how much may depend on the random discovery of a single document--how one clue, backed by other evidence, can turn longstanding interpretations on their head.--Julia M. Klein "Boston Globe"Using the chapters in this... book as lamps and signposts, Bailyn has created an elegant roadmap of his intellectual journey.--George H. Nash "Law & Liberty"Illuminating History casts fresh light on a brilliant career. Bernard Bailyn emerges from its pages as a great historian at the peak of his powers.--Peter Onuf, University of Virginia[Bailyn] transformed the field of early American history as much as any single person could.--Gordon S. Wood, quoted in the New York TimesBernard Bailyn balances rigor and imagination in studying the past. Now a reflective memoir allows new generations to converse with a master humanist.--Peter H. Wood, Duke UniversityIn these engaging essays, Bernard Bailyn reveals the sources of his own creativity as the greatest historian of colonial and revolutionary America.--Jack Rakove, Stanford UniversityIn this revealing and deeply personal volume, Bernard Bailyn gives a moving and characteristically literate account of historical sensibility in the second half of the twentieth century.--Stanley N. Katz, Princeton UniversityIn this unusual memoir, Bernard Bailyn reflects on the way his life and historical work have been entwined. The result is creative, compelling, and captivating.--Mary Beth Norton, Cornell University
Death at High Tide - (The Island Sisters) by Hannah Dennison (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: Mystery & DetectiveSeries Title: The Island SistersFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Minotaur BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: Cozy, GeneralAuthor: Hannah DennisonLanguage: English Book Synopsis Death at High Tide is the delightful first installment in the Island Sisters series by Hannah Dennison, featuring two sisters who inherit an old hotel in the remote Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall and find it full of intrigue, danger, and romance. When Evie Mead's husband, Robert, suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, a mysterious note is found among his possessions. It indicates that Evie may own the rights to an old hotel on Tregarrick Rock, one of the Isles of Scilly. Still grieving, Evie is inclined to leave the matter to the accountant to sort out. Her sister Margot, however, flown in from her glamorous career in LA, has other plans. Envisioning a luxurious weekend getaway, she goes right ahead and buys two tickets--one way--to Tregarrick. Once at the hotel--used in its heyday to house detective novelists, and more fixer-upper than spa resort, after all--Evie and Margot attempt to get to the bottom of things. But the foul-tempered hotel owner claims he's never met the late Robert, even after Evie finds framed photos of them--alongside Robert's first wife--in his office. The rest of the island inhabitants, ranging from an ex-con receptionist to a vicar who communicates with cats, aren't any easier to read. But when a murder occurs at the hotel, and then another soon follows, frustration turns to desperation. There's no getting off the island at high tide. And Evie and Margot, the only current visitors to Tregarrick, are suspects one and two. It falls to them to unravel secrets spanning generations--and several of their own--if they want to make it back alive. Review Quotes Brimming with adventure, humor, and danger galore. --Woman's World (Best New Books) An intriguing yarn filled with secrets and sins, including false identities, covert relationships, adultery, greed and theft. With a dollop of whimsy, a cast of eccentrics and an intricate puzzle, Death at High Tide will sweep you away with its sly charm, its wicked wit and its artful trickery. --The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star Winning...Two murders and a high tide cutting off the police heighten the suspense. Intriguing characters and an intricate plot lift this twist on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Cozy fans will look forward to further skullduggery on Tregarrick. --Publishers Weekly Thrilling....Vividly described setting, effective plot twists, and a strong portrayal of sisterly love distinguish this 'locked island' mystery. --BooklistAn entertaining mystery with the right dose of suspense to keep the pages turning. --Suspense Magazine Death at High Tide took me away to a new and beautiful place. I have no idea when I'll get a chance to travel to the Scilly Isles, but in the meantime, I'm definitely going to enjoy this series set there. --Donna Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of the Meg Langslow series A blend of all my favorite things: the Scilly Isles...the joys and trials of sisterhood, fun characters and of course Hannah Dennison's witty prose. If you love Doc Martin, this is for you! A complete delight. --Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author A delightful new mystery series featuring a truly unique setting, wonderfully eccentric characters, a thoroughly intriguing plot, and the most fascinating cat in the world. Do not miss this fast-paced, funny, and charming mystery from a true master of the genre! --Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author Charm. Chuckles. Chills. Hannah Dennison's delightful Death at High Tide is another sparkling entertainment by Britain's Mistress of Mystery. --Carolyn Hart, bestselling author of the Death on Demand and Bailey Ruth series Hannah Dennison is a master of the cozy mystery. With her charm and humor, she creates characters you want to know forever and stories you won't forget. Death at High Tide is a pure delight--the British island scenery will capture your imagination, and sisters Evie and Margot will make you laugh out loud even as they solve a mysterious murder. --Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author Christie lives! A deliciously Golden-Age setting, a deftly handled cast of shady characters, a beguiling heroine and side-kick, and a beautifully nested plot full of puzzles--the Island Sisters series opens with a bang. --Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning and national bestselling author of Go to My Grave Equally atmospheric and classic. The lonely Isles of Scilly off the Cornish coast provide the perfect backdrop for murder. I felt like I was transported to the moody, remote island with its sea tractor, crumbling lighthouse, and sinister cast of quirky suspects stranded together in a dilapidated hotel on the archipelago. With notes of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and touches of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and The Durrells in Corfu, I was completely captivated by Dennison's cleverly crafted plot, well-developed characters, and masterful take on England's sub-tropical paradise. --Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery series and Sloan Kraus Mystery series A fabulous read! Hannah Dennison's Death at High Tide will transport you to wild and beautiful Tregarrick Rock, where you'll find eccentric inhabitants, murder, and great fun. --Marty Wingate, USA Today bestselling author of the First Edition Library mysteries About the Author HANNAH DENNISON was born and raised in Hampshire but spent more than two decades living in California. She has been an obituary reporter, antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. Hannah continues to teach online mystery writing workshops for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program in Los Angeles. In addition to the Island Sisters series, Hannah writes the Honeychurch Hall Mysteries and the Vicky Hill Mysteries both set in the wilds of the Devonshire countryside where she now lives with her two high-spirited Hungarian Vizslas.
Everyday Plant Based - (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 192Genre: Cooking + Food + WineSub-Genre: VegetarianFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Publications International, Ltd.Age Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis If eating a plant-based diet sounds like too much effort, Everyday Plant Based is here for you with easy and achievable recipes for normal life.All of the 90 recipes in this book are vegetarian and many are either vegan or give vegan ingredient substitutions.Easy dinners, simple snacks, hearty stews and fresh salads all made with easy-to-source ingredients will help you incorporate plant-based eating into your life without making you crazy.Chapters cover a wide variety of recipe types: breakfasts, salads, soups, beans, pasta, sandwiches, vegetables and snacks.With so many versatile choices you can find creative ways to incorporate more plants into every part of your day.Every recipe is accompanied by a color photo.Hardcover, 192 pages.
The Second - by Carol Anderson (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 272Genre: Political ScienceSub-Genre: Law EnforcementFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Bloomsbury PublishingAuthor: Carol AndersonAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis From the New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, an unflinching, critical new look at the Second Amendment--and how it has been engineered to deny the rights of African Americans since its inception. In The Second, historian and award-winning, bestselling author of White Rage Carol Anderson powerfully illuminates the history and impact of the Second Amendment, how it was designed, and how it has consistently been constructed to keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable. The Second is neither a "pro-gun" nor an "anti-gun" book; the lens is the citizenship rights and human rights of African Americans. From the seventeenth century, when it was encoded into law that the enslaved could not own, carry, or use a firearm whatsoever, until today, with measures to expand and curtail gun ownership aimed disproportionately at the African American population, the right to bear arms has been consistently used as a weapon to keep African Americans powerless--revealing that armed or unarmed, Blackness, it would seem, is the threat that must be neutralized and punished. Throughout American history to the twenty-first century, regardless of the laws, court decisions, and changing political environment, the Second has consistently meant this: That the second a Black person exercises this right, the second they pick up a gun to protect themselves (or the second that they don't), their life--as surely as Philando Castile's, Tamir Rice's, Alton Sterling's--may be snatched away in that single, fatal second. Through compelling historical narrative merging into the unfolding events of today, Anderson's penetrating investigation shows that the Second Amendment is not about guns but about anti-Blackness, shedding shocking new light on another dimension of racism in America. Review Quotes "The second amendment, as Carol Anderson deftly establishes here, was written in the blood of enslaved black people. Our stalemated gun rights debates have focused on the idea that the second amendment preserves liberty rather than its historic role in denying it. This book does a great deal to change the parameters of that conversation." --Jelani Cobb, New Yorker staff writer, author of THE SUBSTANCE OF HOPE "In this extraordinarily important book, Dr. Anderson shows that the Second Amendment was designed, and has always been implemented, to enable white Americans to dominate their Black neighbors. In her trademark engaging and unflinching prose, Dr. Anderson traces America's racist history of gun laws from the 1639 Virginia colony's prohibition on Africans carrying guns to the recent police murders of Breonna Taylor and Emantic Bradford, Jr., showing how calls for 'law and order' have concentrated guns in the hands of white people while defining Black gun ownership as a threat to society. Anderson's deft scholarship convincingly places the right to use force at the center of American citizenship, and warns that the Second Amendment, as it is currently exercised, guarantees that Black Americans will never be equal." --Heather Cox Richardson, author of HOW THE SOUTH WON THE CIVIL WAR "Carol Anderson brings her brilliant analytical framing to one of our most pressing issues: the proliferation of guns and the epidemic of American gun violence. She reveals the racial hypocrisy inherent in Second Amendment defenses of gun rights. The Second is a must-read for students of American History." --Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, former U.S. Poet Laureate, author of MEMORIAL DRIVE "Carol Anderson brings her storied sense of the intertwining of past and present, her keen insights into the wiles of racism, and her passionate prose to this extraordinary take on the meaning of the Second Amendment. This is a necessary history of the roots of gun obsession in slavery, racial assumptions, legal and political fictions that may have put America on a 'fatal' spiral we can only hope to prevent. Let's dream that this book echoes across the partisan canyon." --David W. Blight, Yale University, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning FREDERICK DOUGLASS: PROPHET OF FREEDOM "A powerful consideration of the Second Amendment as a deliberately constructed instrument of White supremacy. . . . An urgent, novel interpretation of a foundational freedom that, the author makes clear, is a freedom only for some." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Carol Anderson's prose is unflinching, and she wastes no time as she marches the reader from the openly racist, clear-cutting suppression tactics of the early 20th century toward the carefully veneered, ruthlessly efficient disenfranchisement campaign of the present." --NPR Best Books of the Year on ONE PERSON, NO VOTE "This trenchant little book will push you to think not just about the vote count but about who counts, too." --New York Times on ONE PERSON, NO VOTE "An extraordinarily timely and urgent call to confront the legacy of structural racism . . . and to show its continuing threat to the promise of American democracy." --Editor's Choice, New York Times Book Review on WHITE RAGE "A sobering primer on the myriad ways African American resilience and triumph over enslavement, Jim Crow and intolerance have been relentlessly defied by the very institutions entrusted to uphold our democracy." --Washington Post on WHITE RAGE About The Author Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of One Person, No Vote, longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award; White Rage, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Bourgeois Radicals; and Eyes off the Prize. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Salud Emocional En Tiempos de Crisis - by Jorge L Tizon (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 182Genre: PsychologySub-Genre: Mental HealthFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Herder & HerderAge Range: AdultAuthor: Jorge L TizonLanguage: Spanish About the Book This work tries to bring us closer to understanding what is happening to us on a psychological level as protagonists of a crisis derived from the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond fear, the emotions that move in a crisis like this span a broader spectrum. What are the other emotions that invade us and what role are they playing? The only thing that can be said for sure about crises... is that there will be more.
She Memes Well - by Quinta Brunson (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 5.5 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 320Genre: HumorSub-Genre: FormFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Houghton MifflinAuthor: Quinta BrunsonAge Range: AdultBook theme: EssaysLanguage: English About the Book From comedian Quinta Brunson comes a deeply personal and funny collection of essays about trying to make it when you're broke, overcoming self-doubt and depression, and how she's used humor to navigate her career in unusual directions. Book Synopsis "In She Memes Well, Quinta gives more than a peek behind the curtain. She invites us in, lets us poke around and offers a balm for our aching souls. She moves beyond the jokes into something much deeper, something we may not recognize we need. She is the friend, sister, lover, cool co-worker we all wished we had." --Gabrielle Union, actress and New York Times bestselling author of We're Going to Need More Wine From comedian Quinta Brunson comes a deeply personal and funny collection of essays about trying to make it when you're struggling, the importance of staying true to your roots, and how she's redefined humor online. Quinta Brunson is a master at breaking the internet. Before having any traditional background in media, her humorous videos were the first to go viral on Instagram's platform. From there, Brunson's wryly observant POV helped cement her status in the comedy world at large, with roles on HBO, Netflix, ABC, Adult Swim, BuzzFeed, the CW, and Comedy Central. Now, Brunson is bringing her comedic chops to the page in She Memes Well, an earnest, laugh-out-loud collection about this unusual road to notoriety. In her debut essay collection, Quinta applies her trademark humor and heart to discuss what it was like to go from a girl who loved the World Wide Web to a girl whose face launched a thousand memes. With anecdotes that range from the ridiculous--like the time she decided to go clubbing wearing an outfit she describes as "Gary Coleman meets metrosexual pirate"--to more heartfelt material about her struggles with depression, Quinta's voice is entirely authentic and eminently readable. With its intimate tone and hilarious moments, She Memes Well will make you feel as if you're sitting down with your chillest, funniest friend. Review Quotes "In She Memes Well, Quinta gives more than a peek behind the curtain. She invites us in, lets us poke around and offers a balm for our aching souls. She moves beyond the jokes into something much deeper, something we may not recognize we need. She is the friend, sister, lover, cool co-worker we all wished we had." --Gabrielle Union, actress and New York Times bestselling author of We're Going to Need More Wine "Quinta Brunson may meme well, but to limit her to just being an Internet personality would be a disservice to you and her. She (and this book) are equal parts hilarious and thoughtful. I'm a fan of Quinta as a writer, as a performer and, most importantly, as a person. I promise after reading her book, you will be a fan too." --Nick Kroll, actor, comedian, and producer "A gloriously insightful, gut-busting glimpse into the brilliant mind of the internet's golden child herself. She Memes Well is a beautiful trip down memory lane and an inspiring nudge to any creative looking to make their own eternal imprint, online or off." --Issa Rae, Golden Globe-nominated actress (Insecure) and New York Times bestselling author of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl "The luminescent Quinta Brunson, who has already captivated the hearts of internet and television viewers alike, now hammers home her brilliance with the written word. One thing that really stuck with me was her age when she first saw Chocolate Rain. She is very young. Enjoy." --Chelsea Peretti, comedian and actor About The Author QUINTA BRUNSON is an actor, producer, and stand-up comedian. She's been named one of Forbes' "30 Under 30" and has been featured in Vogue, People, Essence, and the Hollywood Reporter, among others, for her pioneering work in comedy. She plays a lead role in the HBO sketch series A Black Lady Sketch Show. Born in Philadelphia, she currently lives in Los Angeles.
If It Bleeds - by Stephen King (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 448Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: ThrillersFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Scribner Book CompanyAuthor: Stephen KingAge Range: AdultBook theme: SuspenseLanguage: English About the Book "The four never-before-published novellas in this collection represent horror master King at his finest, using the weird and uncanny to riff on mortality, the price of creativity, and the unpredictable consequences of material attachments. A teenager discovers that a dead friend's cell phone, which was buried with the body, still communicates from beyond the grave ... A series of apocalyptic incidents [bears] out one character's claim that 'when a man or a woman dies, a whole world falls to ruin.' 'Rat' sees a frustrated writer strike a Faustian bargain to complete his novel, and in the title story, private investigator Holly Gibney ... faces off against a ghoulish television newscaster who vampirically feeds off the anguish he provokes in his audience by covering horrific tragedies"--Publishers Weekly (03/09/2020) Book Synopsis *#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* From the legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new "exceptionally compelling novellas that reaffirm [King's] mastery of the form" (The Washington Post). Readers adore Stephen King's novels, and his novellas are their own dark treat, briefer but just as impactful and enduring as his longer fiction. Many of his novellas have been made into iconic films, including "The Body" (Stand By Me) and "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" (Shawshank Redemption). Four brilliant new tales in If It Bleeds are sure to prove as iconic as their predecessors. Once again, King's remarkable range is on full display. In the title story, reader favorite Holly Gibney (from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and The Outsider) must face her fears, and possibly another outsider--this time on her own. In "Mr. Harrigan's Phone" an intergenerational friendship has a disturbing afterlife. "The Life of Chuck" explores, beautifully, how each of us contains multitudes. And in "Rat," a struggling writer must contend with the darker side of ambition. If these novellas show King's range, they also prove that certain themes endure. One of King's great concerns is evil, and in If It Bleeds, there's plenty of it. There is also evil's opposite, which in King's fiction often manifests as friendship. Holly is reminded that friendship is not only life-affirming but can be life-saving. Young Craig befriends Mr. Harrigan, and the sweetness of this late-in-life connection is its own reward. "Exactly what I wanted to read right now," said Ruth Franklin in a rave on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. "Phenomenal, said Brian Truitt in USA TODAY. "King still owns the fright business like none other." Review Quotes "As classic as [King's] novels are, his shorter fiction has been just as gripping over the years...The true highlight of the collection is the phenomenal 'The Life of Chuck'...Just when you think things are getting really weird, it all snaps together like an epiphany and you get to the gorgeous meat of the matter...Sure, King still owns the fright business like none other, but the iconic author will keep you up late at night engrossed in four tales about our dreams and our frailties." --Brian Truitt, USA Today "IF IT BLEEDS contains four new, exceptionally compelling novellas that reaffirm [King's] mastery of the form...the mid-length narrative suits his talents particularly well, permitting a degree of expansiveness while maintaining a controlled, disciplined approach to the material at hand. The results are stories that cover a surprising amount of emotional territory but can still be read in a sitting...a collection filled with startling, sometimes unsettling pleasures. In IF IT BLEEDS, King continues to draw from a rich and varied reservoir of stories. At its best, his work remains deeply empathetic and compulsively readable. May the reservoir never run dry." --William Sheehan, The Washington Post "[These stories] -- about the seductions and corruptions of technology, the extremes of beauty and depravity in even the most ordinary life, the workings of a universe we can never entirely understand -- were somehow exactly what I wanted to read right now... 'The Life of Chuck' is one of the oddest, most affecting stories I have read in a very long time...As sirens blare outside my Brooklyn window and the headlines grow more apocalyptic by the day, I might start working my way through King's backlist. He's good company in the dark." --Ruth Franklin, The New York Times Book Review "While this story collection had been percolating inside of Mr. King for years prior to its release, it is striking -- sometimes eerily so -- how necessary these stories feel today. 'If It Bleeds' continues the increasingly optimistic bent the author has displayed over the past decade, while still bearing those nightmarish touches at which he excels. When so much is uncertain, there's no small amount of comfort to be found in these tales -- and right now, comfort, in whatever form we can find it, is what we all need." --Wendeline O. Wright, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "There's an oddly meta quality to reading Stephen King's new collection, IF IT BLEEDS, in the era of COVID-19. In addition to the expected supernatural horror themes, the four novellas are undergirded, to great effect, with more earthbound fears: the uncertainty of old age and approaching death; the vampiric nature of the 24-hour news cycle feeding the public's appetite for pain and disaster; the claustrophobia of being alone and ill during isolating weather; signs of the end times that would be disturbingly recognizable to even the most committed optimist...The jewel in the crown of IF IT BLEEDS, however, is the titular novella...King's choice to have an Outsider masquerading as a television reporter makes for an adroit vehicle to showcase the trite nature of evil." --Michael Rowe, The Boston Globe "When you're stuck at home needing fresh reading material..."If It Bleeds" will hit the mark." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch "King's four new novellas might be bite-sized, but they still shine with his brilliant ability to tingle our spines...King's genius is to temper his forays into the dark side of life with a sense of wonder about the world." --AARP Magazine "Suspenseful and chilling...This set of novellas is thought-provoking, terrifying, and, at times, outright charming, showcasing King's breadth as a master storyteller...a powerful addition to his megapopular oeuvre." --Booklist, STARRED review "The four never-before-published novellas in this collection represent horror master King at his finest, using the weird and uncanny to riff on mortality, the price of creativity, and the unpredictable consequences of material attachments...profoundly moving...King clearly loves his characters, and the care with which he develops their personalities draws the reader ineluctably into their deeply unsettling experiences. This excellent collection delivers exactly the kind of bravura storytelling King's readers expect." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED review "The master returns." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review About The Author Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT & T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
A Week at the Shore - by Barbara Delinsky (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 432Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: WomenFormat: PaperbackPublisher: St. Martin's GriffinAuthor: Barbara DelinskyAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis In A Week at the Shore, New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky explores how lives and relationships are forever changed when three sisters reunite at their family Rhode Island beach house. One phone call is all it takes to lure real estate photographer Mallory Aldiss back to her family Rhode Island beach home. It's been twenty years since she's been gone--running from the scandal that destroyed her parents' marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with her first love. But going home is fraught with emotional baggage--memories, mysteries and secrets abound. Mal's thirteen-year-old daughter, Joy, has never been to the place where Mal's life was shaped and is desperate to go. Fatherless, she craves family and especially wants to spend time with the grandfather she barely knows. In just seven watershed days on the Rhode Island coast three women will test the bonds of sisterhood, friendship and family, and discover the role that love and memory plays in defining their lives.
Homeland Elegies - by Ayad Akhtar (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 5 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 384Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: Cultural HeritageFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Back Bay BooksAuthor: Ayad AkhtarAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis This "beautiful novel . . . has echoes of The Great Gatsby": an immigrant father and his son search for belonging--in post-Trump America, and with each other (Dwight Garner, New York Times). One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020 A Best Book of 2020 * Entertainment Weekly * Washington Post * O Magazine * New York Times Book Review * Publishers Weekly * NPR * The Economist * Shelf Awareness * Library Journal * St. Louis Post-Dispatch * Slate Finalist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear, and where the nation's unhealed wounds wreak havoc around the world. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it all through the lens of a story about one family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one--least of all himself--in the process. "Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable." --Salman Rushdie Review Quotes Homeland Elegies is the astonishing work of an absolutely brilliant writer. With exquisite prose and lacerating honesty, Ayad Akhtar reveals the intersections of art, finance, race, religion, academia, and empire, and in the process, shows us a troubled reflection of our country in the twenty-first century.--Phil Klay, author of Redeployment Homeland Elegies is urgent, lacerating writing of the first order from one of our finest playwrights. A sensation of a book.--Suketu Mehta, author of This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto and Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found A beautifully rendered account of the struggle to belong in America today, Homeland Elegies takes you into the very heart of hyphenated identity. Erudite and vivid, its pages burst with vitality and intelligence.--Peter Godwin, author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun and The Fear A triumph. Akhtar rages, he sings, he indicts, he falls in love, he sorrows, he dreams, he mourns, he transcribes!-and finally, he transmutes injustice into the sublimest art.--Joshua Ferris, author of The Dinner Party and Then We Came to the End An unflinchingly honest self-portrait by a brilliant Muslim-American writer, and, beyond that, an unsparing examination of both sides of that fraught hyphenated reality. Passionate, disturbing, unputdownable.--Salman Rushdie An urgent, intimate hybrid of memoir and fiction, Homeland Elegies thrusts us into the heart of a father-son relationship and, in the process-improbably-does nothing short of laying bare the broken heart of our American dream turned reality TV nightmare. The book's dissection of the deeply human desire to aspire and dream, and its illumination of the quest for success, brilliantly captures how we got to this exact moment in time and at what cost. Stunning.--A. M. Homes, author of This Book Will Save Your Life and Days of Awe At the core of this flashing, kinetic coil of a story -- part 1001 Nights, part Reality TV -- is a passionate, wrenching portrayal of Americans exiled into 'otherness'.--Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach and A Visit From the Goon Squad Ayad Akhtar offers up his heart and life with an honesty that astonishes. Never have I experienced such a reading thrill. I put down this novel trembling at the courage it took to write it, and determined to be a better American for having read it.--Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette With Homeland Elegies, Ayad Akhtar has found the perfect hybrid form for his exuberant, insightful, and wickedly entertaining epic about Muslim immigrants and their American-born children. A deeply moving father-and-son story unfolds against tumultuous current events in a book that anyone wanting to know how we as a nation got where we are today -- and into what dark wood we might be heading tomorrow -- should read.--Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend About The Author Ayad Akhtar is a playwright, novelist, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author of American Dervish (Little, Brown & Co.), published in more than twenty languages and named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012. As a playwright, he has written Junk (Lincoln Center, Broadway; Kennedy Prize for American Drama, Tony nomination); Disgraced (Lincoln Center, Broadway; Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony nomination); The Who & The What (Lincoln Center); and The Invisible Hand (NYTW; Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, Olivier, and Evening Standard nominations). As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within.Among other honors, Akhtar is the recipient the Steinberg Playwrighting Award, the Nestroy Award, the Erwin Piscator Award, as well as fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, MacDowell, the Sundance Institute, and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. Additionally, Ayad is a Board Trustee at PEN/America, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and New York Theatre Workshop.
The Mountains Wild - (Maggie d'Arcy Mysteries) by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 432Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: Mystery & DetectiveSeries Title: Maggie d'Arcy MysteriesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Minotaur BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Sarah Stewart TaylorLanguage: English Book Synopsis With its evocative Dublin setting, lyrical prose, tough but sympathetic heroine, and a killer twist in the plot, Sarah Stewart Taylor's The Mountains Wild should top everyone's must-read lists this year! -- New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie In a series debut for fans of Tana French and Kate Atkinson, set in Dublin and New York, homicide detective Maggie D'arcy finally tackles the case that changed the course of her life. Twenty-three years ago, Maggie D'arcy's family received a call from the Dublin police. Her cousin Erin has been missing for several days. Maggie herself spent weeks in Ireland, trying to track Erin's movements, working beside the police. But it was to no avail: no trace of her was ever found. The experience inspired Maggie to become a cop. Now, back on Long Island, more than 20 years have passed. Maggie is a detective and a divorced mother of a teenager. When the Gardaí call to say that Erin's scarf has been found and another young woman has gone missing, Maggie returns to Ireland, awakening all the complicated feelings from the first trip. The despair and frustration of not knowing what happened to Erin. Her attraction to Erin's coworker, now a professor, who never fully explained their relationship. And her determination to solve the case, once and for all. A lyrical, deeply drawn portrait of a woman - and a country - over two decades - The Mountains Wild introduces a compelling new mystery series from a mesmerizing author. Review Quotes Praise for The Mountains WildONE OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL'S BEST OF 2020 MYSTERIES ONE OF LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST CRIME NOVELS OF 2020 ONE OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF JUNE ONE OF AUNT AGATHA'S TOP TEN OF 2020 A MOST ANTICIPATED 2020 SUMMER READ FROM CRIMEREADS "Razor-sharp... In addition to her intelligent characters, Taylor has sculpted The Mountains Wild as a valentine to Ireland, delving into its beauty, history and varied landscape...We may not be able to travel to Ireland right now, but Taylor has brought the country to us... a terrific series launch." --South Florida Sun-Sentinel "Gripping... the book's intriguing characters spiral through multiple timelines, plot twists, and lush Irish settings, and Maggie's quest to finally learn the truth runs parallel to her hopes of reuniting with a lost love." --Christian Science Monitor "Sarah Stewart Taylor has written a beautiful, bittersweet novel about loyalty and loss and how they can blind us to the truth." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "Perfect summer reading. Maggie is a first-class protagonist--an ace investigator and appealing everywoman with smarts and heart." --BookPage "Taylor skillfully switches time periods from 1993 to 2016 in this splendid, atmospheric mystery... The Irish setting is so vividly evoked that you can practically hear the dulcet brogue, taste the Guinness and smell the peat fires." --Open Letters Monthly "Far beyond a simple mystery, The Mountains Wild is a gorgeous rendering on paper of Ireland in all of its beauty... this is a five star read." --Bookreporter "The atmospheric, intricately plotted story builds to a stunning, unforgettable conclusion." --Library Journal (starred and Pick of the Month) About the Author SARAH STEWART TAYLOR is the author of the Sweeney St. George series and the Maggie D'arcy series. Taylor grew up on Long Island in New York, was educated at Middlebury College in Vermont and Trinity College in Dublin, and she lived in Dublin, Ireland in the mid-90s. She now lives with her family on a farm in Vermont where they raise sheep and grow blueberries.
Seven Days in June - by Tia Williams (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 336Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: RomanceFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Grand Central PublishingAuthor: Tia WilliamsAge Range: AdultBook theme: African AmericanLanguage: English About the Book "Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author who, to everyone's surprise, shows up in New York. When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York's Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. They may be pretending that everything is fine now, but they can't deny their chemistry-or the fact that they've been secretly writing to each other in their books ever since. Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect, but Eva's not sure how she can trust the man who broke her heart, and she needs to get him out of New York so that her life can return to normal. But before Shane disappears again, there are a few questions she needs answered. . . With its keen observations of Black life and the condition of modern motherhood, as well as the consequences of motherless-ness, Seven Days in June is by turns humorous, warm and deeply sensual"-- Book Synopsis Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget and seven days to get it all back again . . . From the author of The Perfect Find, this is a witty, romantic, and sexy-as-hell new novel of two writers and their second chance at love. Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author who, to everyone's surprise, shows up in New York. When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York's Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. They may be pretending that everything is fine now, but they can't deny their chemistry--or the fact that they've been secretly writing to each other in their books ever since. Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect, but Eva's not sure how she can trust the man who broke her heart, and she needs to get him out of New York so that her life can return to normal. But before Shane disappears again, there are a few questions she needs answered . . . With its keen observations of Black life and the condition of modern motherhood, as well as the consequences of motherless-ness, Seven Days in June is by turns humorous, warm and deeply sensual. Review Quotes I can always rely on Tia Williams for a novel with a delicious plot, compelling characters, and all of the pop cultural references my heart desires. Seven Days In June is nothing short of a good time. It's funny, thoughtful in both a real and thotty way, and its protagonist Eva Mercy may not know it, but she is my new favorite pretend writer.----Michael Arceneaux, New York Times bestselling author of I Can't Date Jesus and I Don't Want To Die Poor In Seven Days in June, Tia Williams conjures a seductive fantasy-rich friendships, star-crossed lovers, artistic fulfillment. But Williams, a canny anthropologist of contemporary urban life, is writing realism, exploring personal pain, family entanglements, and the negotiation of black identity in a world defined by whiteness. The result isn't escapism (though the book is a delight) but a vision of life at it truly is: complications and difficulties punctuated by profound joy.---Rumaan Alam, author of National Book Award finalist Leave the World Behind About The Author Tia Williams had a fifteen-year career as a beauty editor for magazines including Elle, Glamour, and Essence. In 2004, she pioneered the beauty blog industry with Shake Your Beauty. She wrote the bestselling novel, The Accidental Diva, and penned two YA novels: It Chicks, and Sixteen Candles. Her award-winning novel, The Perfect Find, will be adapted into a Netflix film starring Gabrielle Union. Tia is currently an Editorial Director at Estée Lauder Companies, and lives with her daughter and husband in Brooklyn.
Turbulence - by David Szalay (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: LiteraryFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Scribner Book CompanyAge Range: AdultAuthor: David SzalayLanguage: English Book Synopsis *A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice* A "masterful" (The Washington Post), "cathartic" (Star Tribune, Minneapolis), novel about twelve people, mostly strangers, and the surprising ripple effect each one has on the life of the next as they cross paths while in transit around the world--from the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of All That Man Is. In this "compelling" (The Christian Science Monitor), "crisp and clever" (Vanity Fair) novel, Szalay's diverse protagonists circumnavigate the planet in twelve flights, from London to Madrid, from Dakar to Sao Paulo, to Toronto, to Delhi, to Doha, en route to see lovers or estranged siblings, aging parents, baby grandchildren, or nobody at all. Along the way, they experience the full range of human emotions from loneliness to love and, knowingly or otherwise, change each other in one brief, electrifying interaction after the next. Written with magic and economy, "Szalay explores the miraculous ability of our shared humanity to lift us from loneliness" (Esquire) and delivers a dazzling portrait of the interconnectedness of the modern world. Review Quotes Praise for Turbulence "Masterful. . . . Its intensity is surprising. . . . Much of the fun of Turbulence is discovering how Szalay will upend the reader's perspective of a character from one chapter to the next... Clever... Turbulence suggests that such events might shape us, but they don't define us. Take a good look, Szalay is saying, and do something about it."-- "The Washington Post""Turbulence is a sleek machine with a cool tone... Szalay is a gifted writer."-- "Dwight Garner, New York Times""Turbulence is somehow light yet also quite moving, offering readers deep, empathetic connections with men and women whose lives differ dramatically from those of one another. Szalay's range is impressive, given the tendency of many novelists to circumscribe their stories within a particular culture or social circle, usually the one most familiar to them. By contrast, Szalay draws his characters from a variety of nationalities, economic circumstances, religious identities, and stages of life, yet all are distinct individuals who are entirely believable and captivating. . . . Szalay is particularly adept at immersing us in the consciousness of men who, whether doctors or gardeners, rage against their powerlessness in the wider world and in the smaller world of their personal lives. That he does so with such economy is what makes Turbulence masterful... Compelling... I wanted more time with every person in Szalay's book." -- "Christian Science Monitor""[Szalay is] a master... Turbulence, told so limpidly that it may seem quite slight, is a chilling achievement."-- "Evening Standard""A Canterbury Talesfor our modern era." -- "Lit Hub""A (world) tour de force, an exploration in fiction of the concept of six degrees of separation. . . . The chapters are tiny cross sections of lives, lovingly examined under the writer's microscope. The result is a book that is high concept but--thanks to Szalay's gift for compression and the same empathetic imagination that was on display in All That Man Is--never gimmicky. Szalay has devised an ingenious way to accommodate enormous range in a miniature form. Subtle, smart--a triumph."-- "Kirkus, starred reviews""A satisfying, globetrotting narrative."-- "AM New York""Crisp and clever. . . . Writing with a restraint that comes close to minimalism, Szalay boils down each moment to its most vital and crystalline essence."-- "Vanity Fair""Deftly wrought... reads like a turbo-charged daisy-chain... appallingly immersive."-- "Daily Mail""Elegant... Impressive... Page by page, Szalay's mixture of directness and withholding looks increasingly masterly."-- "The Financial Times""Especially striking is how easily [Szalay] inhabits diverse perspectives.... He pulls off this imaginative feat because his focus is on age-old themes of mortality and desire... A willingness to leave dots unjoined is one of the virtues that make Mr. Szalay's fiction so rewarding."-- "The Economist""Impressive... Swift, surprising... Skillfully done."-- "The Times Literary Supplement""In this patchwork of deeply felt vignettes, Szalay turns a loving eye on 12 disparate strangers, each of them drawn together while in transit around the world. As their lives intersect in far-flung cities ranging from London to Dakar, Szalay explores the miraculous ability of our shared humanity to lift us from loneliness."-- "Esquire""It is at once uplifting and humbling, the bittersweet essence of life itself." -- "The Toronto Star""Presents us with a series of lives that feel at once profoundly particular and yet also emblematic, a portrait of our species at a time of crisis... What Turbulence shares with its predecessor is Szalay's characteristically effortless prose, his ability to distill lives into vignettes, the sense of an author whose curiosity about his fellow humans is boundless. The 21st century, Turbulence suggests, is taking place several miles above the earth, or in overlit and anonymous airports. Szalay is our greatest chronicler of these rootless, tradeworn places, and the desperate, itinerant lives of those who inhabit them."-- "The Guardian""Profound... Unexpectedly moving... Szalay's gift for inhabiting entirely different lives is as remarkable and spooky as ever."-- "The Times""Szalay has given us some brilliantly rendered slices of life to enjoy... there's barely a story here which isn't in some way engaging and absorbing, the author's compassion and involvement with his characters shining through even in their times of deepest isolation."-- "Scotland Herald""Szalay innovates in this ingenious new book... He knows about people... Stark and spare, Turbulence is an impressive novel."-- "The Spectator""Szalay's spare writing packs an emotional punch, his impressionistic sketches capturing in just a few pages the pivotal moments of entire lives. Turbulence is an inventive examination of the ties that bind us together and the ease with which they can be broken." -- "Booklist""What is perhaps the most clever and profound about this book is how the characters in each chapter are linked to the one that precedes it, coming full circle at the end." -- "Orange County Register""What ties these stories together, 12 of them in total, is that they all begin or end at an airport. Through this concept, Turbulence shows the ways in which these major thoroughfares act as spaces where any and all worlds may converge, often in profound ways. Through characters who are diverse in national identity, religion, socio-economic status, background and circumstance, Szalay is able to evoke a range of emotions perhaps unavailable to a more traditionally organized novel. The contrasting perspectives of Szalay's characters are what make this novel conceptually impressive, but it is the individual characters who animate the novel from page to page. Because the time with each character is so brief, readers are transported directly into the midst of some of their greatest crises, allowing access to an intimate connection it might otherwise take several hundred pages to build. Written in clear and penetrating prose, Szalay's Turbulence is a refreshing and empathetic take on the cosmopolitan novel."-- "Shelf Awareness, starred review"
The Listening House - by Mabel Seeley (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 368Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: Mystery & DetectiveFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Berkley BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: Women SleuthsAuthor: Mabel SeeleyLanguage: English About the Book "Down-and-out in the Great Depression, Gwynne Dacres moves into a seedy-and-sinister boardinghouse, where she exposes deadly secrets in this classic mystery by Mabel Seeley. After losing her copywriting job, young Gwynne Dacres seeks a place to live when she stumbles upon Mrs. Garr's old boardinghouse. Despite the gruff landlady and an assortment of shifty tenants, Gwynne rents a room for herself. She spends her first few nights at 593 Trent Street tensely awake, the house creaking and groaning as if listening to everything that happens behind its closed doors. A chain of chilling events leads to the gruesome discovery of a mutilated body in the basement kitchen, dead of unknown circumstances. Was it an accident or murder? Under the red-black brick facade of the old house on Trent Street, Gwynne uncovers a myriad of secrets, blackmail, corruption, and clues of a wicked past. As she closes in on the truth, the cold, pale hands of death reach for Gwynne in the night. . . "-- Book Synopsis Down and out in the Depression, Gwynne Dacres moves into a seedy and sinister boarding house, where she exposes deadly secrets in this classic mystery by Mabel Seeley After losing her copywriting job, young Gwynne Dacres seeks a place to live when she stumbles upon Mrs. Garr's old boarding house. Despite the gruff landlady and an assortment of shifty tenants, Gwynne rents a room for herself. She spends her first few nights at 593 Trent Street tensely awake, the house creaking and groaning as if listening to everything that happens behind its closed doors. A chain of chilling events leads to the gruesome discovery of a mutilated body in the basement kitchen, dead of unknown circumstances. Was it an accident or murder? Under the red-black brick façade of the old house on Trent Street, Gwynne uncovers a myriad of secrets, blackmail, corruption, and clues of a wicked past. As she closes in on the truth, the cold, pale hands of death reach for Gwynne in the night... Review Quotes Praise for The Listening House "What a find! I'm so happy to have discovered Mabel Seeley. You will love her feisty heroine and the delightful cast of characters who live in the mysterious Listening House. I changed my mind a dozen times about who I thought the killer was, but I was wrong every time!"--Victoria Thompson, USA Today bestselling author of Murder on Wall Street Like her tenacious heroine, Seeley's writing showcases intelligence and a razor-sharp wit. This exceptional reissue is certain to win Seeley a whole new generation of fans.--Publishers Weekly (starred review) The Listening House is a corking good mystery abuzz with bon mots, snappy comebacks and sexual tension, calling to mind the best screwball comedies of the 1930s. With her novels, Seeley introduced early examples of self-reliant female sleuths, and Gwynne is a paragon: she more than matches wits with the men working the case.--Shelf Awareness Miss Seeley is to be welcomed as a very promising author of detective fiction.--Times Literary Supplement Miss Seeley, with a good story to tell, ingenious plot and counter-plot, character diverse and clearly seen, lifts her book into the first class.--Observer Blood-curdling . . . especially good.--Saturday Review of LiteratureThe Crime Club have discovered a genius in Mabel Seeley. The author's style is unusual: she tells her story in natural everyday language, but she puts it 'right over'--and what a climax!--Manchester Evening News So packed with weird thrills that it grips from first page to last . . . should take its place as one of the best thrillers of the season.--National Newsagent About the Author One of the most popular American crime writers of the 20th century, Mabel Seeley was known as "The Mistress of Mystery." Critically acclaimed titles like The Listening House (1938), The Crying Sisters (1939), and the Mystery of the Year awarded The Chuckling Fingers (1941) have placed her stories and characters alongside those of Agatha Christie, Dorthy Sayers, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Amongst her many accolades and awards, Seeley was most proud of her service as the first director of the Mystery Writers of America. Born on March 25, 1903 in Herman, Minnesota, Mabel Seeley is best known for crime novels featuring female detectives who defied the stereotypes of the time as self-reliant and strong-willed Midwestern heroines.
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot - by Marianne Cronin (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 5.5 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 336Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: LiteraryFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Harper PerennialAuthor: Marianne CroninAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis "A beautiful debut, funny, tender, and animated by a willingness to confront life's obstacles and find a way to survive. . . . It celebrates friendship, finds meaning in difficulty and lets the reader explore dark places while always allowing for the possibility of light. Lenni and Margot are fine companions for all our springtime journeys."--Harper's Bazaar, UK A charming, fiercely alive and disarmingly funny debut novel in the vein of John Green, Rachel Joyce, and Jojo Moyes--a brave testament to the power of living each day to the fullest, a tribute to the stories that we live, and a reminder of our unlimited capacity for friendship and love.An extraordinary friendship. A lifetime of stories. Seventeen-year-old Lenni Pettersson lives on the Terminal Ward at the Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital. Though the teenager has been told she's dying, she still has plenty of living to do. Joining the hospital's arts and crafts class, she meets the magnificent Margot, an 83-year-old, purple-pajama-wearing, fruitcake-eating rebel, who transforms Lenni in ways she never imagined.As their friendship blooms, a world of stories opens for these unlikely companions who, between them, have been alive for one hundred years. Though their days are dwindling, both are determined to leave their mark on the world. With the help of Lenni's doting palliative care nurse and Father Arthur, the hospital's patient chaplain, Lenni and Margot devise a plan to create one hundred paintings showcasing the stories of the century they have lived--stories of love and loss, of courage and kindness, of unexpected tenderness and pure joy.Though the end is near, life isn't quite done with these unforgettable women just yet.Delightfully funny and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot reminds us of the preciousness of life as it considers the legacy we choose to leave, how we influence the lives of others even after we're gone, and the wonder of a friendship that transcends time. Review Quotes Cronin's touching debut is a joyous celebration of friendship, love, and life.--Publishers Weekly "With a sensibility that's as compassionate and quirky as those of her two indelible heroines, Marianne Cronin offers a deceptively lighthearted response to life's heaviest questions. As Lenni and Margot leave their mark on one another, so too does this tearjerker of a book leave its mark on the reader."--Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk and Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey "A beautiful debut, funny, tender, and animated by a willingness to confront life's obstacles and find a way to survive. . . . It celebrates friendship, finds meaning in difficulty and lets the reader explore dark places while always allowing for the possibility of light. Lenni and Margot are fine companions for all our springtime journeys."--Harper's Bazaar, UK (Author of the Month) "Cronin's characters are fully drawn, and chime together to tell a sweet story about connection, loss, and living."--Irish Times "Glorious debut about friendship . . . Touching, honest, and funny."--Prima (Book of the Month) "This multi-generational novel about friendship is something special: moving, joyful, and life-affirming."--Good Housekeeping, UK (Book of the Month) "You need a hanky to hand for this exquisite story of friendship . . . Their story is the most beautifully written love letter to friendship, managing to make you laugh and cry uncontrollably. It's quite simply brilliant!"--Woman & Home, UK A gorgeous, heartbreaking story readers won't soon forget.--Elle (Most Anticipated Books of 2021) "Gorgeously poignant novel . . . unexpectedly funny, touching and so uplifting."--Good Housekeeping "Graceful, intelligent, beautiful writing. Full of wisdom and kindness. It is just the kind of book I adore."--Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep "Sharp and funny, warm and wise, a remarkable friendship sparks two lifetimes of shared stories in one unforgettable book. I loved it."--Jess Kidd, author of Himself A heart-warming story about how friendship can grow between people of different generations.--BBC
The Sphinx - by Hugo Vickers (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 400Genre: Biography + AutobiographySub-Genre: RoyaltyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Hodder & StoughtonAge Range: AdultAuthor: Hugo VickersLanguage: English About the Book One of the most beautiful and brilliant women of her time, Gladys Deacon dazzled and puzzled the glittering social circles in which she moved. Born in Paris to American parents in 1881, Gladys emerged from a traumatic childhood - her father having shot her mother's lover dead when Gladys was only eleven - to captivate and inspire some of the greatest literary and artistic names of the Belle Epoque. Marcel Proust wrote of her, 'I never saw a girl with such beauty, such magnificent intelligence, such goodness and charm.' Berenson considered marrying her, Rodin and Monet befriended her, Boldini painted her and Epstein sculpted her. She inspired love from diverse Dukes and Princes, and the interest of women such as the Comtesse Greffulhe and Gertrude Stein. In 1921, when Gladys was forty, she achieved the wish she had held since the age of fourteen to marry the 9th Duke of Marlborough, then freshly divorced from fellow American Consuelo Vanderbilt. Gladys's circle now included Lady Ottoline Morrell, Lytton Strachey and Winston Churchill, who described her as 'a strange, glittering being'. But life at Blenheim was not a success: when the Duke evicted her in 1933, the only remaining signs of Gladys were two sphinxes bearing her features on the west terraces and mysterious blue eyes in the grand portico. She became a recluse, and the wax injections she'd had to straighten her nose when she was 22 had by now ravaged her beauty. Gladys was to spend her last years in the psycho-geriatric ward of a mental hospital, where she was discovered by a young Hugo Vickers. Intrigued and compelled to unmask the truth of her mysterious life, Vickers visited her over the course of two years, eventually publishing Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough, a biography of her life - and his first book - in 1979, two years after Gladys's death. Forty years on, Vickers has now completely rewritten and revised his original biography, updating it with previously unavailable material and drawing on his own personal research all over Europe and America. He once asked Gladys, 'Where is Gladys Deacon?' She answered him slowly, 'Gladys Deacon? . . . She never existed.' The Sphinx is a fascinating portrait of this elusive but brilliant woman who was at the centre of a now bygone era of wealth and privilege - and a tribute to one of the brightest stars of her age. Book Synopsis **The Times and Sunday Times Books of the Year 2020** 'This biography is truly wonderful - a masterclass in storytelling'SUNDAY TIMES 'A continuously astonishing and ultimately moving account of a unique figure, the stuff of great literature' Simon Callow, SUNDAY TIMES 'Gripping . . . jaw-dropping story, brilliantly told' Ysenda Maxtone Graham, THE TIMES 'Mr. Vickers, with his sharp eye for detail, splendidly captures the drama of Gladys's life and the amazing cast of characters she encountered' WALL STREET JOURNAL 'The last book that made me cry . . . a really thorough and well-researched biography' Lynda La Plante, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'The most extraordinary, rackety life' William Boyd, DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Richly anecdotal and oddly captivating' Miranda Seymour, FINANCIAL TIMES 'At the end of the book the reader can only say, Whew! What a story!' Anne de Courcy, SPECTATOR 'Hugo Vickers's life of Gladys Marlborough is an extraordinary and tragic story, with special resonance today' EVENING STANDARD ******************* One of the most beautiful and brilliant women of her time, Gladys Deacon dazzled and puzzled the glittering social circles in which she moved. Born in Paris to American parents in 1881, Gladys emerged from a traumatic childhood - her father having shot her mother's lover dead when Gladys was only eleven - to captivate and inspire some of the greatest literary and artistic names of the Belle Epoque. Marcel Proust wrote of her, 'I never saw a girl with such beauty, such magnificent intelligence, such goodness and charm.' Berenson considered marrying her, Rodin and Monet befriended her, Boldini painted her and Epstein sculpted her. She inspired love from diverse Dukes and Princes, and the interest of women such as the Comtesse Greffulhe and Gertrude Stein. In 1921, when Gladys was forty, she achieved the wish she had held since the age of fourteen to marry the 9th Duke of Marlborough, then freshly divorced from fellow American Consuelo Vanderbilt. Gladys's circle now included Lady Ottoline Morrell, Lytton Strachey and Winston Churchill, who described her as 'a strange, glittering being'. But life at Blenheim was not a success: when the Duke evicted her in 1933, the only remaining signs of Gladys were two sphinxes bearing her features on the west terraces and mysterious blue eyes in the grand portico. She became a recluse, and the wax injections she'd had to straighten her nose when she was 22 had by now ravaged her beauty. Gladys was to spend her last years in the psycho-geriatric ward of a mental hospital, where she was discovered by a young Hugo Vickers. Intrigued and compelled to unmask the truth of her mysterious life, Vickers visited her over the course of two years, eventually publishing Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough, a biography of her life - and his first book - in 1979, two years after Gladys's death. Forty years on, Vickers has now completely rewritten and revised his original biography, updating it with previously unavailable material and drawing on his own personal research all over Europe and America. He once asked Gladys, 'Where is Gladys Deacon?' She answered him slowly, 'Gladys Deacon? . . . She never existed.' The Sphinx is a fascinating portrait of this elusive but brilliant woman who was at the centre of a now bygone era of wealth and privilege - and a tribute to one of the brightest stars of her age. About the Author Hugo Vickers is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and an acknowledged expert on the British Royal Family. He has written biographies of the Queen Mother, Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh, Princess Andrew of Greece and the Duchess of Windsor. His book The Kiss won the 1996 Stern Silver Pen Award for Non-Fiction. His recent bestsellers have included The Quest For Queen Mary and The Sphinx - the life of Gladys, the Duchess of Marlborough.
Learning to Speak Southern - by Lindsey Rogers Cook (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 288Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: SouthernFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Sourcebooks LandmarkAuthor: Lindsey Rogers CookAge Range: AdultLanguage: English About the Book "A searing Southern story about confronting the difference between the family you're born into and the family you choose, from the acclaimed author of How to Bury Your Brother Lex fled Memphis years ago, making ends meet with odd jobs teaching English around the world. She only returns when she has no choice, when her godmother presents her with a bargain she can't refuse. Lex has never understood her mother, who died tragically right before Lex's college graduation, but now she's got a chance to read her journals, to try and figure out what sent her mother spiraling all those years ago. The Memphis that Lex inhabits is more bourbon and bbq joint than sweet tea on front porches, and as she pieces together the Memphis her mother knew, seeing the lure of the world through her mother's lush writing, she must confront more of her own past and the people she left behind. Once all is laid bare, Lex must decide for herself: What is the true meaning of family?"-- Book Synopsis A searing Southern story about confronting the difference between the family you're born into and the family you choose, from the acclaimed author of How to Bury Your BrotherLex fled Memphis years ago, making ends meet with odd jobs teaching English around the world. She only returns when she has no choice, when her godmother presents her with a bargain she can't refuse. Lex has never understood her mother, who died tragically right before Lex's college graduation, but now she's got a chance to read her journals, to try and figure out what sent her mother spiraling all those years ago.The Memphis that Lex inhabits is more bourbon and bbq joint than sweet tea on front porches, and as she pieces together the Memphis her mother knew, seeing the lure of the world through her mother's lush writing, she must confront more of her own past and the people she left behind. Once all is laid bare, Lex must decide for herself: What is the true meaning of family? Review Quotes "Women's fiction lovers won't be able to put down this story of transformation, coming-of-age and the true meaning of family. Lindsey Rogers Cook has hit her stride!" - Kristy Woodson Harvey, USA Today bestselling author of Feels Like Falling
Me I Used To Be - by Jennifer Ryan (Paperback)
Genre: RomanceFormat: PaperbackAuthor: Jennifer RyanAge Range: AdultLanguage: English
Say It with Color! - by Centennial Books (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 80Genre: GamesSub-Genre: Coloring BooksFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Centennial BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Centennial BooksLanguage: English Book Synopsis Whether you want to create a unique gift for a friend or loved one, or are simply looking to embrace your artistic side, "Classy Cards fopr Penny Pinchers" is for you. For the typical cost of two or three greetings cards, we offer more than 40 cards here for readers to express themselves. Packed with dozens of options-- including color-your-own Happy Birthday, Thank You, Congratulations, Halloween, Get Well, Friendship, Love and even a blank design-- we offer inspirations to deisgn your own cards. Plus, these cards are printed on heavy paper akin to premium store-bought greeting cards. The cards are perforated so readers can easily tear them out to give to friends and loved ones. What better way to say "I care" and take adult coloring to the next level than by making it practical with timely, beautiful and practical projects to enjoy.
Summer in the City - by Lori Wilde & Priscilla Oliveras & Sarah Skilton (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: RomanceFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Kensington Publishing CorporationAge Range: AdultBook theme: ContemporaryAuthor: Lori Wilde & Priscilla Oliveras & Sarah SkiltonLanguage: English About the Book There's nothing like summer in Manhattan. The days are long and the nights are even longer. But when the lights go out in the city, fireworks explode... Book Synopsis Each connected novella in this fun, fresh Rom-Com anthology follows a different woman from a group of NYC friends whose plans to escape the summer heat with a fabulous girls-only weekend suddenly lose steam when an unexpected blackout cuts off power to all of Manhattan. But while the lights are out, enemies become lovers, acquaintances find they have more in common than a pack of matches, and the city really heats up! There's nothing like summer in Manhattan. The days are long and the nights are even longer. But when the lights go out in the city, fireworks explode... Night at the Museum by Lori WildeArt restorer Ria Preston knows a thing or two about beauty. And when she discovers her neighborhood crush, gregarious Wall Street advisor Vic Albright, is stuck overnight in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her, she can't resist taking him on a very private tour... Lights Out by Priscilla OliverasBack in high school, Vanessa Ríos and Mateo Garza were theater troupe rivals. Now Mateo's a rising Broadway star and Vanessa's his most scathing critic. Cue a plot twist straight out of central casting: the two end up alone in his New York City apartment during the blackout, setting the stage for what could be their second act romance . . . Mind Games by Sarah SkiltonWhat happens in college stays in college--unless you never get over it. In fact, Alison has been waiting to take her revenge on Nick, once the hottest guy on campus, now the hottest guy on the rising magician's circuit. But her plans to sabotage his first show are upended by the power outage. That's when the real magic happens... About the Author Lori Wilde is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of nearly 100 works of romantic fiction. Her books have been translated into 26 languages, with more than four million copies sold worldwide. She's a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA(R) finalist, a four-time RT Book Reviews' Readers' Choice Award-nominee, and the recipient of numerous other awards. A registered nurse, she holds a certificate in forensics and is also a certified yoga instructor. Lori is a fifth-generation Texan and lives with her husband in the Cutting Horse Capital of the World, where they run Epiphany Orchards, a writing/creativity retreat for the care and enrichment of the artistic soul. Visit her online at LoriWilde.com. Priscilla Oliveras is a USA Today bestselling author and 2018 RWA(R) RITA(R) double finalist who writes contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor. Proud of her Puerto Rican-Mexican heritage, she strives to bring authenticity to her novels by sharing her Latinx culture with readers. Her work has garnered praise from O, The Oprah Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist, among others. Priscilla earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and now serves as adjunct faculty in the program while also teaching the online class Romance Writing for ed2go. Find out more at https: //prisoliveras.com or catch up with her on www.facebook.com/prisoliveras and Twitter and IG via @prisoliveras. Sarah Skilton is the author of two critically acclaimed young adult novels, Bruised and High & Dry, and was a 2018 Edgar awards judge. For adults, she's written romantic comedies as well as a murder mystery, Club Deception, set in a fictional underground magic club. Writing with Sarvenaz Tash, she is the co-author of Ghosting: A Love Story, which Kirkus called, An energetic romance that would make Nora Ephron proud. Sarah lives in Los Angeles and can be found on Instagram @skiltongram or at SarahSkilton.com.
Letters to a Young Athlete - by Chris Bosh (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 256Genre: Biography + AutobiographySub-Genre: GeneralFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Penguin PressAuthor: Chris BoshAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis A legendary NBA player shares his remarkable story, infused with hard-earned wisdom about the journey to self-mastery from a life at the highest level of professional sports Chris Bosh, an eleven-time All-Star, two-time NBA champion, Olympic gold medalist, and the league's Global Ambassador, had his playing days cut short at their prime by a freak medical condition. His extraordinary career ended not at a time of his choosing but "in a doctor's office in the middle of the afternoon." Forced to reckon with how to find meaning to carry forward, he found himself looking back over his path, from a teenager in Dallas who balanced basketball with the high school robotics club to the pinnacle of the NBA and beyond. Reflecting on all he learned from a long list of basketball legends, from LeBron and Kobe to Pat Riley and Coach K, he saw that his important lessons weren't about basketball so much as the inner game of success--right attitude, right commitment, right flow within a team. Now he shares that journey, giving us a fascinating view from the inside of what greatness feels like and what it takes, formulated as a series of letters to younger people coming up and to all wisdom seekers. A timeless gift for anyone in pursuit of excellence, Letters to a Young Athlete offers a proven path for taming your inner voice and making it your ally, through the challenges of failure and the challenges of success alike. Review Quotes "On the court, Chris Bosh was a rare superstar who put his team above himself. His book is a wise, candid look behind the scenes at what made him great and how he made others even greater. It should be required reading for up-and-coming athletes--and their parents, teachers, and coaches too." --Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife "CB was the ultimate teammate and competitor. As his coach, I learned so much about leadership, sacrifice, and persevering through great challenges and adversity. His basketball experiences are deep and loaded with life lessons. Whether you want to improve as an athlete or just gain more thoughtful perspective on this game of life, you will be inspired by this book!" --Coach Erik Spoelstra "Letters to a Young Athlete is a thoughtful, helpful manual for aspiring athletes to follow. The strength of the individual is the team and the strength of the team is the individual. Chris Bosh says all that and more to young athletes." --Phil Jackson "Chris Bosh understands the complex reality of becoming a champion, and his book will show you how to navigate those challenges and win." --Tim S. Grover About The Author Chris Bosh fell in love with basketball at an early age and earned the prestigious "Mr. Basketball" title while still at Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas. A McDonald's All-American, Bosh was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors after one year attending Georgia Tech. In March 2019, Bosh's #1 jersey was officially retired for the Miami Heat. In addition to his basketball career, in 2010 he founded Team Tomorrow as a community-uplift organization. Bosh regularly speaks to youths about the benefits of reading, coding, and leadership. Bosh, his wife, Adrienne, and their five children reside in Austin, Texas.
Animal - by Lisa Taddeo (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 336Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: LiteraryFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & SchusterAuthor: Lisa TaddeoAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis Lisa Taddeo illustrates one woman's exhilarating transformation from prey into predator in Animal, the "ferociously beautiful" (Library Journal) debut novel from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Three Women, named to more than thirty best-of-the-year lists and hailed as "a dazzling achievement" (Los Angeles Times) and "a heartbreaking, gripping, astonishing masterpiece" (Esquire). I am depraved. I hope you like me. Joan has spent a lifetime enduring the cruelties of men. But when one of them commits a shocking act of violence in front of her, she flees New York City in search of Alice, the only person alive who can help her make sense of her past. In the sweltering hills above Los Angeles, Joan unravels the horrific event she witnessed as a child--that has haunted her every waking moment--while forging the power to finally strike back. Animal is a depiction of female rage at its rawest, and a visceral exploration of the fallout from a male-dominated society. Review Quotes "Riveting . . . Propulsive, erotic, emotional . . . Joan is almost impossible to look away from on every page." --Kirkus Reviews "Taddeo creates impressive suspense. . . . A provocative novel of sex, love, and rage for readers drawn to psychologically rich, feminist literary fiction." --Booklist "Fearless, sexy, brutal, and just forensically observed." --Jojo Moyes, author of The Giver of Stars PRAISE FOR LISA TADDEO AND THREE WOMEN: "A breathtaking and important book . . . What a fine thing it is to be enthralled by another writer's sentences. To be stunned by her intellect and heart." --Cheryl Strayed "I can't remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women. Lisa Taddeo is a tireless reporter, a brilliant writer, and a storyteller possessed of almost supernatural humanity. As far as I'm concerned, this is a nonfiction literary masterpiece at the same level as In Cold Blood--and just as suspenseful, bone-chilling, and harrowing, in its own way. I know already that I will never stop thinking about the women profiled in this story--about their sexual desire, their emotional pain, their strength, their losses. I saw myself in all of them. Truly, Three Women is an extraordinary offering." --Elizabeth Gilbert "An astonishing work of literary reportage . . . As Lisa Taddeo writes about her subjects, the women she uses to map out an anthropological, humane, passionate study of female desire, she seems almost to inhabit them. . . . A fascinating appraisal of a subject few writers have approached so intently." --Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic "The hottest book of the summer . . . Taddeo spent eight years reporting this groundbreaking book, moving across the country and back again in her staggeringly intimate foray into the sexual lives and desires of three 'ordinary' women. Tragedy and despair lurk in each of their stories, but Taddeo's dynamic writing brings them all to breathtaking life." --Entertainment Weekly "Taddeo spent a decade immersed in the sex lives of three ordinary American woman. . . . The result is the most in-depth look at the female sex drive and all its accompanying social, emotional, reproductive, and anthropological implications that's been published in decades. But it's also fully immersive: gonzo journalism without the machismo." --New York "A dazzling achievement . . . Three Women burns a flare-bright path through the dark woods of women's sexuality. In sentences that are as sharp--and bludgeoning, at times--as an ax, she retains the accuracy and integrity of nonfiction but risks the lyrical depths of prose and poetry." --Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times "A revolutionary look at women's desire, this feat of journalism reveals three women who are carnal, brave, and beautifully flawed." --People (Book of the Week) "An extraordinary study of female desire . . . To write this kind of nonfiction--it's true, but reads like a novel--Taddeo smartly employs not only interviews but also diary entries, legal documents, letters, emails and text messages. The result is a book as exhaustively reported and as elegantly written as Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers or Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's Random Family. . . . Taddeo's language is at its best--sublime, even--when she describes the pain of desire left unfulfilled." --Elizabeth Flock, The Washington Post "Three Women reads like a nonfiction novel in the deeply embedded, richly detailed vein of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood or Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. . . . It's Taddeo's deep, almost feverish commitment to detail and context that elevates the stories, making them feel not just painfully real but revelatory. In her efforts to explore 'the nuances of desire that hold the truth of who we are at our rawest moments, ' she actually does much more: By peeling back the layers with such clear-eyed compassion, Taddeo illuminates the essential, elemental mystery of what it is to be a woman in the world." --Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly "Three Women is a battle cry. . . . Taddeo never judges. She doesn't slip into pseudopsychological frameworks for sex. She inhabits her subjects. And if you think her topic sounds a little louche, or isn't quite your thing, the true magic of this book may lie less in the subject matter and more in the style. . . . It's the literary brilliance of the book that will knock you back-how she channels these women's voices through her own. . . . For anyone who thinks they know what women want, this book is an alarm, and its volume is turned all the way up." --Lea Carpenter, Time "Searing . . . The stories of Taddeo's subjects, Sloane, Lina and Maggie, all feature the illicit--threesomes, dominance and submission, underage sex--and each includes a hefty dose of good old-fashioned adultery. . . . The result is effective and affecting. . . . Taddeo reveals an avalanche of evidence, as if we needed more, that the cozy comforts of marriage and its defining, confining attribute, monogamy, provide the perfect petri dish for combustible sex--with someone other than your spouse." --New York Times Book Review "If it is not the best book about women and desire that has ever been written, then it is certainly the best book about the subject that I have ever come across. When I picked it up, I felt I'd been waiting half my life to read it; when I put it down, it was as though I had been disemboweled. . . . There isn't a woman alive who won't recognize--her stomach lurching, her heart beating wildly--something of what Maggie, Lina, and Sloane go through." --Rachel Cooke, The Guardian "A heartbreaking, gripping, astonishing masterpiece, Three Women is destined to join the canon both of journalistic excellence and feminist literature." --Esquire About The Author Lisa Taddeo is the author of Three Women. She has contributed to The New York Times, New York, Esquire, Elle, Glamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the anthologies Best American Political Writing and Best American Sports Writing, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England.
X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Omnibus - by Scott Lobdell (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 1072Genre: Comics + Graphic NovelsSub-Genre: SuperheroesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: MarvelAge Range: TeenAuthor: Scott LobdellLanguage: English About the Book Contains material originally published in magazine form as Weapon X #3-4, Generation Next #3-4, Gambit and the X-Ternals #3-4, Astonishing X-Men #4, X-Man #4, X-Calibre #4, Factor X #4, Amazing X-Men #4, X-Universe #2, X-Men Omega #1 and Age of Apocalypse: The Chosen #1. Book Synopsis Charles Xavier is dead -- killed in the past during a time-travel accident -- and without his dream, the present has become a nightmare! Apocalypse rules with an iron fist, ruthlessly enforcing his "survival of the fittest" creed...but hidden among a downtrodden humankind are Magneto's ragtag freedom fighters: the X-Men! When Bishop, last survivor of the true Marvel Universe, explains how the world went wrong, these embittered mutants must risk everything -- and undertake a dangerous and complex quest -- to put things right! COLLECTING: Uncanny X-Men (1981) 302-321, X-Men (1991) 40-41, Cable (1993) 20, X-Men Alpha (1995) 1, Amazing X-Men (1995) 1-4, Astonishing X-Men (1995) 1-4, Factor X (1995) 1-4, Gambit & the X-Ternals (1995) 1-4, Generation Next (1995) 1-4, Weapon X (1995) 1-4, X-Calibre (1995) 1-4, X-Man (1995) 1-4, X-Men Omega (1995) 1, Age of Apocalypse: The Chosen (1995), X-Men Ashcan (1995) 2
Kinfolk 40 - (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 192Genre: ArchitectureSub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: KinfolkAge Range: AdultAuthor: KinfolkLanguage: English Book Synopsis A decade ago, the very first issue of Kinfolk made its way into print. To celebrate this milestone--our tenth anniversary--we've refreshed the design of the magazine and aptly turned our gaze toward one of life's deepest and most searching subjects: the future.
A Stranger on the Beach - by Michele Campbell (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 464Genre: Fiction + Literature GenresSub-Genre: ThrillersFormat: PaperbackPublisher: St. Martin's PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: SuspenseAuthor: Michele CampbellLanguage: English Book Synopsis From bestselling author Michele Campbell comes A Stranger on the Beach, an edge-of-your seat story of passion and intrigue that will keep you guessing until the very end. Caroline Stark's beach house was supposed to be her crowning achievement: a lavish, expensive space to showcase what she thought was her perfect family. But after a very public fight with her husband, she realizes things may not be as perfect as they seem: her husband is lying to her, the money is disappearing, and there's a stranger on the beach outside her house. As Caroline's marriage and her carefully constructed lifestyle begin to collapse around her, she turns to Aidan, the stranger, for comfort...and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aidan's infatuation with Caroline, her family, and her house becomes more and more destructive. But who is manipulating whom in this deadly game of obsession and control? Who will take the blame when someone ends up dead...and what is Caroline hiding? Review Quotes Praise for A Stranger on the Beach: One of...Parade's 10 Books Written by Women We Can't Wait to Read in 2019She Reads' Most Anticipated Thrillers of Summer 2019Her Campus' 14 Books By Women We Can't Wait to Read This YearFrolic Media's Most Anticipated Beach ReadsBookstr's 8 Thrillers For Your Beach Bag This Summer Women.com's 15 Most Anticipated Books of Summer by WomenBrit + Co's 7 Must-Read Books for Fans of True CrimeThe Nerd Daily's 14 Upcoming 2019 Crime Thriller BooksPure Wow's The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2019BookBub's 17 Books That Will Make the Perfect Addition to Your Beach Bag This SummerCrimeReads' The Most Anticipated Crime Books of Summer Engrossing...breezy intrigue on a hot summer day. --Publisher's WeeklyA roller coaster of fear and intrigue. --BooklistA Stranger on the Beach will keep you reading--and guessing--from one end of your beach weekend to the other. --Coastal Living magazine Prepare for A Stranger on the Beach to chill your bones, even if you're reading it on the beach. --Newsweek A twisted story for fans of Dirty John." --Brit + Co "Master of suspense Michelle Campbell is back with a twisted new thriller." --PopSugar Bestselling author Michele Campbell's newest thriller is full of passion, intrigue, and nail-biting drama. --The Nerd DailyMichele Campbell's latest thriller is full of unexpected moments you won't see coming. --Women.com"Michele Campbell's edge-of-your seat story of passion and intrigue will keep you guessing until the very end."--Bookstr A Stranger on the Beach rides its rising tide of terror to a finale that blanched my knuckles. An exceptionally suspenseful thriller. --A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window Praise for She Was the Quiet One: Campbell's skillful characterization and her shocking final twist make this follow-up to It's Always the Husbandwell worthwhile. Readers who enjoyed Simone St. James' boarding-school mystery, The Broken Girls, should give this a try. --Booklist Readers will... be drawn in to the novel's intricate exploration of divided loyalties and the brittleness of trust. --Publishers Weekly About the Author A graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, MICHELE CAMPBELL worked at a prestigious Manhattan law firm before spending eight years fighting crime as a federal prosecutor in New York City. Her novels include She Was the Quiet One and It's Always the Husband.
How the Word Is Passed - by Clint Smith (Hardcover)
Dimensions (Overall): 9 Inches (H) x 1 Inches (W) x 6 Inches (D)Weight: 1 PoundsNumber of Pages: 352Genre: HistorySub-Genre: African AmericanFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Little Brown and CompanyAuthor: Clint SmithAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis "We need this book." --Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to be an Anti-Racist The Atlantic staff writer and poet Clint Smith's revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks--those that are honest about the past and those that are not--that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation's collective history, and ourselves. It is the story of the Monticello Plantation in Virginia, the estate where Thomas Jefferson wrote letters espousing the urgent need for liberty while enslaving more than four hundred people. It is the story of the Whitney Plantation, one of the only former plantations devoted to preserving the experience of the enslaved people whose lives and work sustained it. It is the story of Angola, a former plantation-turned-maximum-security prison in Louisiana that is filled with Black men who work across the 18,000-acre land for virtually no pay. And it is the story of Blandford Cemetery, the final resting place of tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers. A deeply researched and transporting exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, How the Word Is Passed illustrates how some of our country's most essential stories are hidden in plain view--whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted. Informed by scholarship and brought to life by the story of people living today, Smith's debut work of nonfiction is a landmark of reflection and insight that offers a new understanding of the hopeful role that memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be. Review Quotes "This book is beautiful and timely and important. How the Word is Passed reveals so much about race and nation and how we've made this world without feeling like Smith is trying to. I've felt compelled to take it everywhere I've gone. And it's taken me so many places--to confederate cemeteries, to prisons and plantations, to the door of no return. It has made me think about memory and history and the legacy of slavery and commemoration and how we forget, like no other book before it."--Reuben Miller, author of Halfway Home "[A] powerful and diligent exploration of the realities and ongoing consequences of slavery in America."--Booklist (starred) "A Black journalist and poet calls for a reconsideration of the way America teaches its history of slavery....A brilliant, vital work about 'a crime that is still unfolding.'"--Kirkus (starred review) "A beautifully written, evocative, and timely meditation on the way slavery is commemorated in the United States."--Annette Gordon-Reed, Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard and Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello "In this stunning book, Clint Smith takes readers on a necessary journey. Like the best of the tour guides he meets, he tells us the truth with conviction and compassion, and he has much to teach, both about the history of slavery across America and about how to pass the word on." --W. Caleb McDaniel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America "A moving and perceptive survey of landmarks that reckon, or fail to reckon, with the legacy of slavery in America... this is an essential consideration of how America's past informs its present."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Clint Smith has given us a new lens for seeing the spaces we inhabit, the stories they tell, and the people who tell those stories. How the Word is Passed sheds light on the contested narratives beneath the surface of our collective national identity, inviting us to dig a little deeper, reminding us never to take received histories for granted."--Eve L. Ewing, author of 1919 and Ghosts in the Schoolyard "There is perhaps no greater challenge than convincing a nation to remember what it would rather choose to forget. Clint Smith, one of our most thoughtful writers and thinkers, skillfully documents how echoes of enslavement remain everywhere. The question is whether we have the collective will to reckon with the realities of our past in order to build a better future. How the Word Is Passed is a vital, desperately-needed contribution to that reckoning."--Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of They Can't Kill Us All Named a Most Anticipated Title of 2021 by Time The Millions The Rumpus Buzzfeed Apple Book Publishers Weekly Library Journal A Readers Digest Book by Black Authors to Know About "A work of moral force and humility, How the Word is Passed offers a compelling account of the history and memory of slavery in America. Writing from Confederate Army cemeteries, former plantations, modern-day prisons, and other historical sites, Clint Smith moves seamlessly between past and present, revealing how slavery is remembered and misremembered--and why it matters. Engaging and wise, this book combines history and reportage, poem and memoir. It is a deep lesson and a reckoning."--Matthew Desmond, Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology and Pulitzer prize winning author of Evicted "Smith tells his stories with the soul of a poet and the heart of an educator. Smith's ambitious book is fueled by a humble sense of duty: he sought the wisdom of those who tell of slavery's legacy "outside traditional classrooms and beyond the pages of textbooks"; public historians who "have dedicated their lives to sharing this history with others." Smith channels the spirit of Toni Morrison here; the writer as one to pass on the word so that it is never forgotten."--The Millions "Clint Smith chronicles in vivid and meditative prose his travels to historical sites that are truth-telling or deceiving visitors about slavery. Humans enslaved Black people, and then too often enslaved history. But How the Word Is Passed frees history, frees humanity to reckon honestly with the legacy of slavery. We need this book." --Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Anti-Racist and Stamped from the Beginning "In reexamining neighborhoods, holidays and quotidian sites, Smith forces us to reconsider what we think we know about American history."--Time About The Author Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of the poetry collection Counting Descent. The book won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He has received fellowships from New America, the Emerson Collective, the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review and elsewhere. Born and raised in New Orleans, he received his B.A. in English from Davidson College and his Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University.