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The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz¬†¬†She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive, a happily married woman before becoming a devastated widow. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills – and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice – Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal.

But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard. If their best operatives can’t outrun her, they mean to bring her to them, using her five-year-old son as bait. Jane knows there’s no underestimating their capabilities, but she must battle her way back across the country to the remote shelter where her boy is safely hidden . . . for now. As she moves resolutely forward, new threats begin to emerge: a growing number of brain-altered victims driven hopelessly, violently insane. With the madness spreading like a virus, the war between Jane and her enemies will become a fight for all their lives – against the lethal terror unleashed from behind the forbidden door.

 

Image result for the lost queen signe pikeThe Lost Queen by Signe Pike¬†You are about to begin an extraordinary adventure. In a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition, Languoreth and her twin brother, Lailoken, are raised in the Old Way of their ancestors. But the rise of a new religion heralds an era of disruption, bloodshed, and riot. When conflict brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to her family’s door, Languoreth finds love with one of his warriors. Her deep connection to Maelgwn is forged by enchantment, but she is soon promised in marriage to the son of a Christian king. Together with her brother – a warrior and druid known to history as Myrddin – Languoreth must fight for the preservation of the Old Way and the survival of her kingdom, or risk the loss of both forever.

Intensely absorbing from the first page to the last, The Lost Queen will take you to a faraway world, rescuing a passionate and brave woman from the fog of history and restoring her rightful place in one of the most enduring legends of all time.

 

Image result for depth of winter craig johnsonDepth of Winter by Craig Johnson Winter is creeping closer, but for Sheriff Longmire this one is looking to be harsh in a way to which he is wholly unaccustomed. He has found himself in the remotest parts of the northern Mexican desert, a lawless place where no horse or car can travel, where no one speaks his language or trusts an outsider, far from his friends and his home turf back in Wyoming.

But desperate times call for desperate measures, and these times certainly are desperate. Walt and Tomas Bidarte, the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico, have been circling each other in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for more than a year. Now, Bidarte has kidnapped Walt’s beloved daughter, Cady.

The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less so. Armed with only his trusty Colt .45, a father’s intuition, and the keen instinct on which he’s staked his reputation and his life more than once, Walt must head into the 110-degree heat of the desert alone, one man against an army. With blazing action, heart-pounding suspense, and Craig Johnson’s signature crackling wit,¬†Depth of Winter¬†is the latest riveting Longmire mystery about the battle between right and wrong – and what happens when it gets personal.

 

Image result for the silence of the girlsThe Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker¬†The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, which continues to wage bloody war over a stolen woman – Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman – Briseis – watches and waits for the war’s outcome. She was queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece’s greatest warriror, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles’s concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army.

When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, Briseis finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and coolly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis is in an unprecedented position, able to observe the two men driving the Greek army in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate not only of Briseis’s people but also of the ancient world at large.

Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war – the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead – all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis’s perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker’s latest novel builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives – and it is nothing short of magnificent.

 

Image result for ruin of starsRuin of Stars by Linsey Miller¬†As one of the Queen’s assassins, Sal finally¬† has the power, prestige, and permission to hunt down the lords who killed their family. But Sal still has to figure out who the culprits are and must enlist some old friends – and enemies – to help. Meanwhile, tensions are escalating with the Queen, and the charming Elise is being held prisoner by her father.

But there’s something terribly wrong in the north. Talk of the return of shadows, missing children, and magic abounds. As Sal takes out the people responsible for their ruined homeland, they learn secrets and truths that can’t be forgotten.

In this thrilling conclusion to the Mask of Shadows duology, Linsey Miller weaves a tale of magic, shadows, and most importantly, the sweetness of revenge.

 

Image result for the ancient nine by ian k smithThe Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith Spenser Collins: An unlikely Harvard prospect, smart and athletic, strapped for cash, determined to succeed. Calls his mother Рwho raised him on her own in Chicago Рevery week.

Dalton Winthrop: A white-shoe legacy at Harvard, he’s just the most recent in a string of moneyed, privileged Winthrop men in Cambridge. He’s got the ease – and the deep knowledge – that come from belonging.

These two find enough common ground to become friends, cementing their bond when Spenser is “punched” to join the Delphic Club, one of the most exclusive of Harvard’s famous all-male final clubs. Founded in the nineteenth century, the Delphic has had titans of industry, Hollywood legends, heads of state, and power brokers among its members.

Dalton Winthrop knows firsthand that the Delphic doesn’t offer memberships to just anyone. His great-uncle is one of their oldest living members, and Dalton grew up on stories of the club’s rituals. But why is his uncle so cryptic about the Ancient Nine, a shadowy group of alums whose identities are unknown and whose power is absolute? They protect the Delphic’s darkest and oldest secrets – including what happened to a student who sneaked into the club’s stately brick mansion in 1927 and was never seen again.

Dalton steers Spenser into deeper and deeper recesses of the club, and beyond it, to try to make sense of what they think they may be seeing. But with each scrap of information they get from an octogenarian Crimson graduate, a crumbling newspaper in the library’s archives, or one of Harvard’s most famous and heavily guarded historical books, a fresh complication trips them up. The more the friends investigate the more questions they unearth, tangling the story of the club, the disappearance, and the Ancient Nine, until they realize their own lives are in danger.

 

Image result for click here to kill everybodyClick Here to Kill Everybody by Bruce Schneier Everything is a computer. Ovens are computers that make things hot; refrigerators are computers that keep things cold. These computers Рfrom home thermostats to chemical plants Рare all online. The Internet, once a virtual abstraction, can now sense and touch the physical world.

As we open our lives to this future, often called the Internet of Things, we are beginning to see its enormous potential in ideas like driverless cars, smart cities, and personal agents equipped with their own behavioral algorithms. But every knife cuts two ways.

All computers can be hacked. And Internet-connected computers are the most vulnerable. Forget data theft: cutting-edge digital attackers can now crash your car, your pacemaker, and the nation’s power grid. In¬†Click Here to Kill Everybody,¬†renowned expert and best-selling author Bruce Schneier examines the hidden risks of this new reality.

After exploring the full implications of a world populated by hyperconnected devices, Schneier reveals the hidden web of technical, political, and market forces that underpin the pervasive insecurities of today. He then offers common-sense choices for companies, governments, and individuals that can allow us to enjoy the benefits of this omnipotent age without falling prey to its vulnerabilities.

From principles for a more resilient Internet of Things, to a recipe for sane government regulation and oversight, to a better way to understand a truly new environment, Schneier’s vision is required reading for anyone invested in human flourishing.

 

Image result for perfectly clear michelle leclairPerfectly Clear by Michelle LeClair¬†At eighteen, Michelle LeClair found her dream of going to college eclipsed by the lure of Scientology and its promise of a better world and a better life. She went all in, following the principles of the church in both her professional and personal life. Driven by her urge to help others, she rose through the ranks to become the U.S. president of Scientology’s Youth for Human Rights organization, privy to many of the church’s secrets and top celebrities. But all the while, there was a cloud over her.

In a voice both raw and honest, LeClair writes about coming to terms with her sexuality and of how she finally got the courage to leave both her abusive husband and the church. But the split came at a terrible price. As a single mother of two and newly pregnant with twins, she went from having it all to being stalked, harassed, slandered, and financially destroyed.

Perfectly Clear provides an up-close and unique look into the headline-grabbing culture of Scientology. It’s an insider’s perspective on Scientology’s pervasive influence, secret rituals, and ruthless practices for keeping members in line. It’s a story of self-acceptance, of finding the strength and courage to fight for emotional freedom and true love.

 

Image result for the coddling of the american mindThe Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising Рon campus as well as nationally. How did this happen?

First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education:¬†What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people.¬†These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures. Embracing these untruths – and the resulting culture of safetyism – interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life.

Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. They examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction.

This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines.

 

Image result for accessory to warAccessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang¬†In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. “The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions,” say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a “curiously complicit” alliance. “The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds,” they write. “Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it’s a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology – which is more or less the same technology for both parties – nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinize it, dominate it, or use it to their advantage and someone else’s disadvantage.

Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare,¬†Accessory to War¬†is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson’s millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.

 

Image result for dear america jose antonio vargasDear America by Jose Antonio Vargas¬†My name is Jose Antonio Vargas. I was born in the Philippines. When I was twelve, my mother sent me to the United States to live with her parents. While applying for a driver’s permit, I found out my papers were fake. More than two decades later, I am still here illegally, with no clear path to American citizenship. To some people, I am the “most famous illegal” in America. In my mind, I am only one of an estimate 11 million human beings whose uncertain fate is under threat in a country I call my home.

This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book – at its core – is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but about the unsettled, unmoored psychological state in which undocumented immigrants like me find ourselves. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

 

Image result for the real lolita  sarah weinman book coverThe Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman¬†Vladimir Nabokov’s¬†Lolita¬†is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. And yet very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner.

Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation,¬†The Real Lolita¬†tells Sally Horner’s full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing¬†Lolita.

Sally Horner’s story echoes the stories of countless girls and women who never had the chance to speak for themselves. By diving deeper into the publication history of¬†Lolita¬†and restoring Sally to her rightful place in the lore of the novel’s creation, Sarah Weinman’s thrilling, heartbreaking¬†The Real Lolita¬†casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic.¬†

 

Image result for american prison by shane bauerAmerican Prison by Shane Bauer¬†In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background check. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an expose about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award and became the most-read feature in the history of the magazine¬†Mother Jones.¬†Still, there was much more that he needed to say. In¬†American Prison,¬†Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America from their origins in the decades before the Civil War. For, as he soon realized, we can’t understand the cruelty of our current system and its place in the larger story of mass incarceration without understanding where it came from. Private prisons became entrenched in the South as part of a systemic effort to keep the African American labor force in place in the aftermath of slavery, and the echoes of these shameful origins are with us still.

The private prison system is deliberately unaccountable to public scrutiny. Private prisons are not incentivized to tend to the health of their inmates, or to feed them well, or to attract and retain a highly trained prison staff. Though Bauer befriends some of his colleagues and sympathizes with their plight, the chronic dysfunction of their lives only adds to the prison’s sense of chaos. To his horror, Bauer finds himself becoming crueler and more aggressive the longer he works in the prison, and he is far from alone.

A blistering indictment of the private prison system and the powerful forces that drive it, American Prison is a necessary human document about the true face of justice in America.

 

Image result for in the name of the father book cover ribowskyIn the Name of the Father by Mark Ribowsky¬†For generations, American athletes have enjoyed the ever-escalating celebrity lavished upon them when they combine on-the-field talent with off-the-field charisma, but never before have we seen as transformative a sports dynasty as the Mannings: a blood line of strong arms, Southern values, and savvy business instincts. But how, in just fifty years, did this private trio achieve football immortality? A gripping and definitive account,¬†In the Name of the Father¬†traces Archie, Peyton, and Eli’s roots from red-clay Mississippi to the bright lights of the Super Bowl to reveal the truth of their grit and dedication, their inherent ability, and the drama they endured behind closed doors.

As¬†New York Times¬†Notable biographer Mark Ribowsky meticulously chronicles, the road to football stardom was not paved smoothly for patriarch Archie. The most celebrated and beloved athlete to emerge from tiny Drew, Mississippi, Archie lost his father to suicide during his heyday at Ole Miss. Then, despite his playing through the pain, a string of surgeries prematurely ended a storied NFL career, most memorably spent with the New Orleans Saints. Similar savior-like expectations were passed to Archie’s eldest, Cooper, the most gifted of his brood, but the shocking discovery of a spinal condition prevented Cooper from ever playing a single snap of college ball. Luckily, Archie had been raising all three of his sons to love the gridiron, throwing deep balls to them off the front porch, and there were two more heirs apparent in the wings.

Raised watching dusty old game films in the family den, Peyton was swiftly hailed as a generational talent, his record-breaking tenure at Tennessee paving a clear path to the NFL. Winning Super Bowls with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos, he was able to overcome a debilitating neck injury – after barely being able to hold a football – to eclipse Archie in football success. It was Peyton who would first pair his football cachet with capitalism, selecting commercials and appearances to show off his humor and expand the now-ubiquitous Manning brand into mainstream popular culture.

And finally there was quiet Eli, with an arm and a career to match his big brother’s but a reserved and enigmatic affect all his own. The good-boy who followed his father to Ole Miss, Eli entered the NFL even more carefully managed than his brother was, forcing a trade when the lackluster San Diego Chargers selected him with the first pick in the draft. Even with two dramatic Super Bowl wins with the New York Giants, Eli’s lows have been catastrophic, and he has never been quite the media darling his brother is. But even as their football careers wind down, the power of the Manning name only grows.

Drawing on new interviews and research, Ribowsky reveals a family of transcendent talent and intense loyalty dedicated to maintaining an all-American facade that has, on occasion, shown cracks. From the family’s past steeped in problematic parts of Southern identity, to locker-room scandal turned lawsuit, to flashes of fraternal jealousy, Ribowsky leaves no stone unturned. Rich in gridiron dramatics and familial intrigue,¬†In the Name of the Father¬†is a quintessentially American saga of a multifaceted lineage that has forever changed the game.

 

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Big Game by Mark Leibovich¬†Like millions of Americans, Mark Leibovich has spent more of his life turned into pro football than he’d care to admit. A lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, he kept his obsession quiet, making a nice career for himself covering that other playground for rich and overgrown children, American politics. Still, every now and then Leibovich would reach out to Tom Brady to gauge his willingness to subject himself to a profile. He figured that the chances of Brady agreeing were a Hail Mary at¬† best, but Brady returned Leibovich’s call in the summer of 2014, kicking off, if not a bromance, at least a journalistic courtship that extended through epic Patriots Super Bowl victory and defeat, and to a scandal involving Brady – Deflategate – whose grip on the sports media was as profound as its true significance was ridiculous.

So began a four-year odyssey that brought Mark Leibovich deeper inside the NFL than he, and certainly his subjects, ever bargained for. From the owners’ meetings to the draft, from Las Vegas to Green Bay, from the offices of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to the floor of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s bus, and of course through to Brady and the 2018 Super Bowl, the helmet cam never comes off. Through all the sport and merriment, the sense emerges that we have reached an inflection point that might fairly be called “peak football” – the acme of the sport’s economic success and cultural dominance, but also the moment when its human toll became impossible to ignore. And that was before Donald Trump.

Pro football, this hilarious and enthralling book proves, may not be the sport America needs, but it is most definitely the sport we deserve.

 

Image result for basketball: a love story macmullenBasketball: A Love Story by Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, and Dan Klores This is the greatest love story never told. It has passion and heartbreak, triumph and betrayal. It is deeply intimate yet crosses oceans, upends lives, and changes nations. This is the true story of basketball.

It is the story of a Canadian invention that took over America and the world. Of a supposed “white man’s sport” that became a way for people of color, women, and immigrants to claim a new place in society. Of a game that demands everything of those who love it, yet gives so much back in return.

To tell this story, acclaimed authors Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, and Dan Klores embarked on a groundbreaking mission to interview a staggering lineup of basketball trailblazers. For the first time hundreds of legends, from Kobe, LeBron, and Steph Curry to Magic Johnson, Dr. J, and Jerry West, spoke movingly about their greatest passion. Iconic coaches like Phil Jackson and Coach K opened up like never before. Those who shattered glass ceilings, from Bill Russell and Yao Ming to Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie, explained what it really took to lay claim to their place in the game.

Revelatory and life affirming, Basketball: A Love Story is the defining untold oral history of how basketball came to be, and what it means to those who love it.

 

Image result for the cooking gene michael twittyThe Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty¬†A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry‚ÄĒboth black and white‚ÄĒthrough food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who “owns” it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.

From the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields, Twitty tells his family story through the foods that enabled his ancestors’ survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and travels from Civil War battlefields in Virginia to synagogues in Alabama to Black-owned organic farms in Georgia.

As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the Southern past. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep‚ÄĒthe power that food has to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.

 

Image result for the red fox clan flanaganThe Royal Ranger: The Red Fox Clan by John Flanagan Picking up where The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning left off, this next installment continues the story arc featuring young apprentice, Maddie, and the student-turned-master, Will Treaty. The time has come for the next generation to assume the mantle and become protectors of the kingdom of Araluen.

After passing her third-year assessment as a ranger’s apprentice, Maddie is called home to Castle Araluen. Forced to keep her ranger training a secret, Maddie feels trapped by the monotony of castle life and longs to find a way out. But there are whisperings of a new threat to the kingdom. The mysterious Red Fox Clan, a group of anarchists all donning fox masks, have threatened Castle Araluen and question Princess Cassandra and Madelyn’s succession to the throne. Will they succeed in unseating Cassandra and Madelyn and take the throne for themselves?

Bestselling author of the Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband series, John Flanagan returns in the captivating follow-up to¬†The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning. Perfect for fans of Tolkien, Redwall, and Game of Thrones!

 

Image result for the complete don quixote graphic novelThe Complete Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Adapted and Illustrated by Rob Davis¬†More than 400 years ago, Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes (1547‚Äď1616) sent his irrepressible optimist of a hero out to tilt at windmills‚ÄĒand Don Quixote and his philosophical squire, Sancho Panza, still remain among the world‚Äôs most popular and entertaining figures, as well as the archetypes for the tall, thin straight man and his short, stocky comic sidekick. In this terrific adaptation of the Cervantes classic, Rob Davis uses innovative paneling and an interesting color palette to bring the Knight-Errant to life. This is sequential storytelling and art at its finest, as we follow Don Quixote on his search for adventure and chivalrous quests‚ÄĒand he will not be defeated by such foes as logic, propriety, or sanity.

 

Image result for moby dick the graphic novelMoby Dick: The Graphic Novel by Herman Melville, adapted by Lance Stahlberg, Illustrated by Lalit Kumar Singh It was an obsession that would destroy them all . . .

On a cold December night, a young man called Ishmael rents a room at an inn in Massachusetts. He has come from Manhattan to the northeast of America to sign up for a whaling expedition.

Later that same night, as Ishmael is sleeping, a heavily tattooed man wielding a blade enters his room. This chance meeting is just the start of what will become the greatest adventure of his life.

The next day, Ishmael joins the crew of a ship known as the Pequod. He is approached by a man dressed in rags who warns him that if he sails under the command of Captain Ahab, he may  never come back. Undaunted, Ishmael returns early next morning and sets sail on the high seas.

For the crew of the Pequod, their voyage is one of monetary gain. For Captain Ahab, however, it is a mission driven by hatred, revenge, and his growing obsession with the greatest creature of the sea.

 

Image result for leverage in death jd robbLeverage in Death by J.D. Robb Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building in the latest in the #1 New York Times bestselling series…

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD‚Äôs Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter‚Äēbut what was the motive of the masked men?

Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.

 

Image result for contempt Ken starrContempt by Ken Starr¬†You could fill a library with books about the scandals of the Clinton administration, which eventually led to President Clinton’s impeachment by the House of Representatives. Bill and Hillary Clinton have told their version of events, as have various journalists and participants. Whenever liberals recall those years, they usually depict independent counsel Ken Starr as an out-of-control, politically driven prosecutor.

But as a¬†New York Times¬†columnist asked in 2017, “What if Ken Starr was right?” What if the popular media in the 1990’s completely misunderstood Starr’s motives, his tactics, and his ultimate goal: to ensure that no one, especially not the president of the United States, is above the law?

Starr – the man at the eye of the hurricane – has kept his unique perspective to himself for two full decades. In this long-awaited memoir, he finally sheds light on everything he couldn’t tell us during the Clinton years, even in his carefully detailed “Starr Report” of September 1998.

Contempt¬†puts you, the reader, into the shoes of Starr and his team as they tackle the many scandals of that era, from Whitewater to Vince Foster’s death to Travelgate to Monica Lewinsky. Starr explains in vivid detail how all those scandals shared a common thread: the Clintons’ contempt for our system of justice.

This book proves that Bill and Hillary Clinton weren’t victims of a so-called “vast right-wing conspiracy.” They played fast and loose with the law and abused their powers and privileges.¬†

With the perspective we’ve all gained over the¬†past two decades, Starr’s story and insights are more relevant than ever.

 

Image result for margaret fuller an american romantic life the public yearsMargaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, The Public Years by Charles Capper¬†Filled with dramatic, ironic, and sometimes tragic turns, this superb biography captures the story of one of America’s most extraordinary figures, producing at once the best life of Fuller ever written, and one of the great biographies in American history. In Volume II, Charles Capper illuminates Fuller’s “public years,” focusing on her struggles to establish her identity as an influential intellectual woman in the Romantic Age. He brings to life Fuller’s dramatic mixture of inward struggles, intimate social life, and deep engagements with the movements of her time. He describes how Fuller struggled to reconcile high avant-garde cultural ideals and Romantic critical methods with democratic social and political commitments, and how she strove to articulate a cosmopolitan vision for her nation’s culture and politics. Capper also offers fresh and often startlingly new treatments of Fuller’s friendships with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Carlyle, and Giuseppe Mazzini, in addition to many others.¬†

 

Image result for the fall of gondolinThe Fall of Gondolin  by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien Evil Morgoth rules over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, who is called the Lord of Waters. Central to this enmity of the goads is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelled in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Morgoth seeks in vain to discover the marvelously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo, who desires to protect it.

Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Turin. Guided unseen by Ulmo, Tuor journeys to Gondolin, where he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter; and they have a son, Earendel. But there will come a terrible ending when Morgoth, through a supreme act o;f treachery, will mount a devastating attack on the city with Balrogs, dragons, and numberless Orcs. After the destruction, Tuor’s son survives and lives into the next story, the Tale of Earendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources.

Following¬†Beren and Luthien,¬†Christopher Tolkien has used this same “history in sequence” mode in the writing of¬†The Fall of Gondolin.¬†In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, it was “the first real story of this imaginary world” and, together with¬†Beren and Luthien¬†and¬†The Children of Hurin,¬†it is one of the three “Great Tales” of the Elder Days.

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Also new:¬†Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Professions, 10th Edition

 

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New Books!! – 09/06/18

Fall is fast approaching and this gloomy weather is perfect for curling up with a good book. Lucky for you, we just got in several new titles! Stop by and check out our latest, today:

Image result for Korea Reborn book coverKorea Reborn Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors 60 Years of Growth is a retrospective look at the Korean War and the years of prosperity that followed. The photos and text tell the story from the perspective of both U.S. Veterans who served in the conflict, and the Koreans who prospered from the freedom left in their wake. Beginning with the events that led up to the war, through the ensuing battlefields across the Korean Peninsula, and ultimately the transformation from a war-torn country into a vibrant, prosperous nation, this book encapsulates why freedom is worth fighting for. To this day, the people of the Republic of Korea honor those brave veterans who served and sacrificed on their behalf. A reborn Korea is one that has risen from the rubble of war to be an economic world leader and a prized example of how freedom works. This is a story of a war remembered. 

 

Image result for 13 days in ferguson13 Days in Ferguson by Captain Ronald Johnson with Alan Eisenstock Your mind does the rest.

You see the images, the pictures, the faces. You see the face of Michael Brown. You see his body on the ground.

You see a city in flames.

You see storefronts smashed, protesters blocking intersections, police in riot gear, curtains of smoke rising from the pavement.

You see what they used to call a race riot.

You see angry black faces and people in pain, people crying, people running, people rounded up and arrested. 

You see white faces, some in uniform, their faces obscured behind protective shields; you see white people holding signs in support of the protesters. 

You see politicians at podiums, their eyes ringed with fatigue, their faces lined with frustration and helplessness. 

And you see my face. My black face. And my blue uniform.

I am Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

This is my story.

 

Image result for captive by catherine oxenbergCaptive by Catherine Oxenberg¬†In 2011, Catherine Oxenberg went to a Nxivm seminar with her oldest daughter. India, then twenty, was a novice entrepreneur on the verge of starting her own company; the timely Executive Success Programs promised to sharpen her business skills and give her an edge in the workforce. But what began as a simple mother-daughter bonding activity quickly turned into a mother’s worst nightmare. On the surface, Nxivm appeared to be a standard self-help organization, encouraging its clients to become the best versions of themselves. But there was a much darker, nefarious purpose lurking behind the seminars and exercises. Catherine watched in horror as her beloved daughter fell further and further down the rabbit hole, falling under the spell of Nxivm’s hypnotic leader, Keith Raniere.

Despite Catherine’s best efforts, India was drawn deeper into the society, eventually joining the elite, secret inner-circle section. This covert “sorority” was a barbaric system designed by Keith in which women seemed to become “slaves” overseen by “masters.” These women were pressured to bend to Keith’s every twisted whim. If they disobeyed, they could be punished and ordered to run forty miles a week. Keith insisted that they live off a starvation diet of five to eight hundred calories a day, and to show their allegiance, they were branded with Keith’s initials upon joining. Catherine had to endure seeing her once-vibrant twenty-six-year-old daughter turn into what she saw as the unwitting victim of a depraved control maniac.

In¬†Captive,¬†Catherine Oxenberg shares her harrowing personal experience and the lengths that a mother will go to save her child and bring Keith and his sinister organization down. Featuring the horrifying stories of members who have escaped, Oxenberg draws back the curtain on Nxivm’s reprehensible activities and how they lured their victims in.¬†Captive¬†is a fascinating and terrifying journey into a dark and dangerous world – for readers of Leah Remini and Lawrence Wright.¬†

 

Image result for Arthur Ashe a lifeArthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault¬†Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1943, Arthur Ashe was one of the state’s most talented black tennis players by the age of eleven, though Jim Crow restrictions barred him from competing with whites. In 1960, he won the National Junior Indoor singles title, which led to a tennis scholarship at UCLA. He became the first African American to play for the US Davis Cup team in 1963, and two years later he won the NCAA men’s singles championship. In 1968, he won both the US Amateur title and the first US Open men’s singles title, rising to a number one national ranking. Turning professional in 1969, he soon became one of the world’s most successful tennis stars, winning the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975. After retiring in 1980, he served five years as the US Davis Cup captain and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1992,¬†Sports Illustrated¬†named him Sportsman of the Year, and today his name graces the largest tennis venue in the world, Arthur Ashe Stadium at the National Tennis Center in New York.

In this revelatory bigoraphy – nine years in the making – Raymond Arsenault chronicles Ashe’s rise to stardom on the court. But much of the book explores his off-court career as a human rights activist, philanthropist, broadcaster, writer, businessman, and celebrity. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ashe gained renown as an advocate for sportsmanship, education, racial equality, and the elimination of apartheid in South Africa. But from 1979 on, he was forced to deal with a serious heart condition that led to multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, one of which left him HIV-positive. In 1988, after completing a three-volume history of African American athletes, he was diagnosed with AIDS, a condition he revealed four years later. After devoting the last ten months of his life to AIDS activism, he died in February 1993 at the age of forty-nine, leaving an inspiring legacy of dignity, integrity, and active citizenship.

Based on prodigious research, including more than 150 interviews, Raymond Arsenault’s insightful and comprehensive biography puts Ashe in the context of his time and the long struggle of African American athletes seeking equal opportunity and respect.

 

Image result for the line becomes a riverThe Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu¬†Francisco Cantu’s mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by that landscape, Cantu joins the Border Patrol. In remote regions, he and his partners track people in blistering sun and frigid nights. they haul in the dead and deliver the living to detention. Plagued by nightmares, he leaves the patrol. But when a friend travels to Mexico to visit¬† his dying mother and does not return, Cantu discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story.

 

 

 

 

Image result for dopesick macyDopesick by Beth Macy¬†In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America’s twenty-plus-year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs, from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns, it’s a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted fro so long and become so firmly entrenched.

Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother’s question – why did her only son die? – and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need. From the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, Macy parses how American embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm. IN some of hte same distressed communities featured in her best-selling book¬†Factory Man,¬†the unemployed use painkillers both to numb the pain of joblessness and to pay their bills, while privileged teens trade pills in cul-de-sacs, and even high school standouts fall prey to prostitution, jail, and death.

Through unsparing yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows that, astonishingly, the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in a country unable to provide basic health care for all, Macy still finds reason to hope Рand finds signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families. 

 

Image result for how schools workHow Schools Work by Arne Duncan¬†“Education runs on lies. That’s probably not what you’d expect from a former secretary of education, but it’s the truth.”

So opens Arne Duncan’s¬†How Schools Work,¬†although the title could just as easily be¬†How American Schools Work for Some, Not for Others, and Only Now and Then for Kids.

Drawing on nearly three decades in education – from his mother’s after-school program on Chicago’s South Side to his tenure as a secretary of education in DC –¬†How Schools Work¬†follows Arne (as he insists you call him) as he takes on challenges at every turn: gangbangers in Chicago housing projects, parents who call him racist, teachers who insist they can’t help poor kids, unions that refuse to modernize, Tea Partiers who call him an autocrat, affluent white progressive moms who hate yearly tests, and even the NRA, which once labeled Arne the “most extreme anti-gun member of President Obama’s Cabinet.”¬† Going to a child’s funeral every couple of weeks, as he did when he worked in Chicago, will do that to a person.

How Schools Work exposes the lies that have caused American kids to fall behind their international peers, from early childhood all the way to college graduation rates. But it also identifies what really does make a school work and celebrates the countless everyday heroes Arne has encountered along the way: teachers, principals, reformers, staffers, businesspeople, mayors, and presidents.

How Schools Work will inspire parents, teachers, voters, and even students to demand more of our public schools. If America is going to be great, then we can accept nothing less.

 

Image result for fly girls book coverFly Girls by Keith O’Brien¬†Between the World Wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one anotehr to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit.¬†Fly Girls¬†recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.

Keith O’Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama housewife; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita, Kansas. Together they fought for the chance to race against the men – and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.¬†

Fly Girls celebrates a forgotten moment when tenacious, trailblazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness.

 

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100 Days of Real Food on a Budget by Lisa Leake¬†Eat better – without breaking the bank! It’s no secret that avoiding processed food is good for your health, but what does it do to your wallet? Wholesome, fresh ingredients can seem more expensive – from the higher price of organic to the issue of food waste when good intentions end up in the trash.

With her hugely popular 100 Days of Real Food blog and two bestselling books, Lisa Leake has made it her mission to help families move away from processed foods. In 100 Days of Real Food: On a Budget, she shows readers how to make a variety of unprocessed dishes for $15 or less per recipe. 

Unlike other budget cookbooks that only calculate the cost per serving (have you ever tried to buy just 1/4 cup of sour cream?), this incredibly practical book gives you the exact total cost for all of the necessary ingredients for each dish, helping busy families on even the tightest budgets plan the meals that will work for them. Lisa provides delicious recipes for breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks and special treats, including:

  • Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
  • Black Bean and Sweet Potato Cakes
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Toasted Coconut
  • Green Apple-Cucumber Slaw
  • Chicken Burrito Bowls
  • Apple-Glazed Pork Chops
  • Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups
  • Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites
  • Pina Colada Frozen Yogurt Pops

In addition to the wallet-friendly recipes, Lisa shares practical tips for saving money in the kitchen: planning ahead, getting the best deals on staple items, knowing what to make versus what to buy, growing your own herbs, and even reducing waste – which is currently 20 percent of all food purchased!

Whether a strict budget is a requirement for you or you simple would like to spend less at the grocery store, the resources and recipes in this book will help you cut out processed food without overspending your hard-earned money.

 

Image result for beast a tale of love and revengeBeast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen¬†Servant girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier’s cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish and transforms Jean-Loup into terrifying Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside.

But Beast proves to be nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never tend his roses so patiently or attempt poetry – nor express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes taht Beast is an entirely different creature, witha¬† heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble BEast has permanently replaced cruel Jean-Loup – until an innocent beauty arrives at the chateau with the power to break the spell.¬†

Filled with gorgeous writing, magic, and fierce emotion, Beast will challenge all you think you know about good and evil,  beauty and beastliness.

 

Image result for lost by pc castLost by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast The moment other Kevin returns to his world trouble begins. Thankfully, he finds friends and allies Рsome expected, some unexpected Рand soon discovers he, like his sister, can wield Old Magick. But without a mentor to help him, will Kevin be tempted to embrace Darkness?

Back in our Tulsa, things have settled down since Zoey and the gang closed the tear between worlds. A new school year has begun, and Zoey’s exchange student program with public schools is really taking off. All is well.

But if all is well, why is Zoey increasingly withdrawn and moody?

Stark thinks he knows what’s wrong – and he is determined not to lose Zoey to the Other World and Heath, who is there and very much alive.

Stevie Ray thinks she knows what’s wrong – Z just needs a little break. Maybe a little vacay?

And the rest of the Nerd Herd thinks their Z will be fine – just give her some time to stop missing (and worrying about) Other Kevin.

But Zoey knows the truth. In the Other World her brother is using Old Magick, unaware of the dangers it holds. Without guidance, what will stop him from giving in to the potent pull of Old Magick? Without her guidance, Other Kevin could lose more than the war against Neferet Рhe could lose his soul. And Z knows she must help him Рafter all, he is her little brother . . .

In Lost, we follow Zoey, Stevie Rae, and Rephaim to an alternative version of the House of Night, where dangers take the form of friends, and allies are found in the strangest places. 

 

Image result for surviving adam meadeSurviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare¬†Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of local football star and womanizer extraordinaire Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts) because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants . . . until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist.

With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.

 

Image result for nine by hinesNine by Zach Hines¬†In an alternate world startlingly close to our won, humans have nine lives – and they can’t wait to burn straight through them.

As you shed lives, you shed your awkward phases; one burn is equal to one physical and mental upgrade. Not only is burning a thrill, but when you wake up, you’ve taken one step closer to the person you dream of becoming.

Julian’s friends are obsessed with the idea of burning lives, but Julian is determined to stay on his first for as long as he can. His mother, the ultimate cautionary tale, burned through her first eight in just a few years, and Julian has no intention of succumbing to the debilitating rebirth sickness that she inflicted on herself.

But the regime has incentives aimed at controlling overpopulation, and Julian realizes that he’s going to have to burn at some point – especially when he becomes a target for Nicholas, the manipulative leader of the Burners. Julian eventually succumbs to the pressure, but in doing so, he uncovers suspicious gaps in the rebirth system that may explain exactly why his mother went so far down the rabbit hole years ago. Along with a group of student dissenters, Julian sets out to find answers and is soon on the verge of exposing the greatest conspiracy ever unleashed on the world.

 

Image result for the forest queenThe Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell¬†When sixteen-year-old Silvie’s brother, John, becomes sheriff of Woodshire, she feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. And when John plots to marry her off, Silvie fears she will never see her beloved home again. She runs away to the forest with her dearest friend, a handsome young huntsman named Bird, and soon a girl called Little Jane, a midwife named Mae Tuck, and a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.

But even Silvie can’t imagine the depths of depravity her brother is willing to sink to, until the terrible day she’s forced to confront him. Can she overcome the evil in her own family in order to save the people of Woodshire, as well as the new family she’s created for herself?

Perfect for fans of fairy tale retellings, this smart, gorgeously written take on the Robin Hood tale goes beyond the original’s focus on economic justice to explore love, gender roles, and the healing power of nature, and what it means to be a family.

 

Image result for catwoman by sarah j maasCatwoman by Sarah J. Maas¬†Selina Kyle is a thief. Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman away on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking.

Luke Fox is a hero. Luke wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever – she may be Batwing’s undoing.

In Gotham City, not everyone is what they seem. Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a¬† dangerous threat from the past on her tail, wills she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

 

Image result for fierce like a firestormFierce Like a Firestorm by Lana Popovic Twin sisters Iris and Malina thought they knew how to reverse the ancient curse that haunts their line, the spell that destines them to use their gleams Рunique forms of beauty Рmanipulating magic Рto entice and enchant none other than Death himself.

But both sisters thought wrong.

Instead of ending the wicked bargain with the power of her infinite bloom, Iris is taken to an exquisite, uncanny realm in between this world and the next – a world Death created for her alone. Only, unlike all Death’s companions before, Iris’s body goes on the one-way journey along with her soul, arriving in a kingdom never meant to sustain a living girl.

Left behind with Niko, her girlfriend, and Luka, the boy her sister loves, Lina searches for a way to save Iris. But as Lina unearths the dark secrets that bind her family to parallel fates of loss and immortality and Iris tries to outwit Death on his own terrain, a power resurfaces that even Mara, the original witch mother, fears. Now both sisters must learn to fully embrace their gleams – or else they’ll truly lose each other forever.

Luscious and breathtaking,¬†Fierce Like a Firestorm¬†is the second book in Lana Popovic’s dazzling duology about freedom, beauty, sacrifice, and the infinite power of love.

 

Image result for these rebel wavesThese Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch¬†Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow it’s oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice – but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he scavenges the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian – but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession iwth Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the socking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country – or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

 

Image result for the good soldier ford madox fordThe Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford¬†‘A Tale of Passion,’ as its sub-title declares,¬†The Good Soldier¬†tells of the complex social and sexual relationships between two couples, one English, one American, and the growing awareness of the American narrator John Dowell of the intrigues and passions behind their orderly Edwardian facade. It is the attitude of Dowell, his puzzlement and uncertainty, and the seemingly haphazard manner of his narration that make the book so powerful and mysterious. Ford called it ‘the only novel of mine that I considered . . . at all to count’ and it has perplexed and delighted commentators since its publication in 1915. The novel has many comic moments, despite its catalogue of death, insanity, and despair, and has been read as both a comedy and a tragedy. It has inspired the works of many later, distinguished writers, including Graham Greene.

 

Image result for invisible man by ralph ellisonInvisible Man by Ralph Ellison¬†First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece,¬†Invisible Man¬†is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison’s nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators, it gives us an entirely new model of what a novel can be.

As he journeys from the Deep South to the streets and basements of Harlem, from a horrifying “battle royal” where black men are reduced to fighting animals, to a Communist rally where they are elevated to the status of trophies, Ralph Ellison’s nameless protagonist ushers readers into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of the American language, black and white,¬†Invisible Man¬†is one of the most audacious and dazzling novels of our century.

 

Image result for charlotte bronte shirleyShirley by Charlotte Bronte¬†Struggling manufacturer Robert Moore has introduced labour-saving machinery to his Yorkshire mill, arousing a ferment of unemployment and discontent among his workers. Robert considers marriage to the wealthy and independent Shirley Keeldar to solve his financial woes, yet his heart lies with his cousin Caroline, who, bored and desperate, lives as a dependent in her uncle’s home with no prospect of a career. Shirley, meanwhile, is in love with Robert’s brother, an impoverished tutor – a match opposed by her family. As industrial unrest builds to a potentially fatal pitch, can the four be reconciled? Set during the Napoleonic wars at a time of national economic struggles,¬†Shirley¬†is an unsentimental yet passionate depiction of conflict between classes, sexes, and generations.

In her introduction, Lucasta Miller discusses Charlotte Bronte’s life at the time she wrote¬†Shirley,¬†and the novel’s tone, language and treatment of social and political issues, especially the ‘woman question’ and industrial tensions. This edition also includes further reading, an appendix, and notes.

 

Image result for the portable henry jamesThe Portable Henry James edited by John Auchard¬†With a mind that took in every nuance of speech, manner, thought, and half-thought, Henry James set out to define the restless – and sometimes innocent – American imagination in conflict with the great European tradition. Along the way he discovered the countless hesitancies, betrayals, and self-betrayals that make up the true substance of human relationships. This entirely new¬†Portable Henry James¬†provides seven major tales – among them “Daisy Miller,” “The Turn of the Screw,” “The Beast in the Jungle,” and “The Jolly Corner” – as well as travel writing, correspondence, literary criticism, autobiography, passages from longer novels, and a sampling of authorial revisions. Also included are parodies by contemporaries, and tributes by W.H. Auden, Joseph Conrad, T.S. Eliot, Graham Greene, Ezra Pound, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf.

 

Image result for tennyson's poetryTennyson’s Poetry edited by Robert W. Hill, Jr.¬†The Norton Critical Edition of¬†Tennyson’s Poetry, Second Edition, represents a significant revision of its predecessor and assimilates the Tennyson scholarship of the last twenty-five years.

The texts of the poems are based on the Eversley edition of Tennyson’s¬†Works¬†(published in nine volumes, 1907-09). Under earlier interdiction the significant Trinity College, Cambridge, manuscripts have been incorporated here. The poems are organized chronologically, from¬†Unpublished Early Poems¬†and¬†The Devil and the Lady¬†through¬†Poems¬†(1872-92).¬†The Princess¬†appears in its entirety. Each poem is accompanied by ample explanatory annotation.

“Contexts” collects seven seminal essays – six of them new to the Second Edition – on both. Tennyson and the major poems. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, T.S. Eliot, Isobel Armstrong, Herbert F. Tucker, Christopher Ricks, Gertrude Himmelfarb, and Robert W. Hill, Jr. present their varied perspectives.¬†

A Chronology, Selected Bibliography, and Index are also included.

 

Image result for the complete poems samuel taylor coleridgeSamuel Taylor Coleridge: The Complete Poems¬†One of the major figures of English Romanticism, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) created works of remarkable diversity and imaginative genius. The period of his creative friendship with William Wordsworth inspired some of Coleridge’s best-known poems, from the nightmarish vision of the ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ and the opium-fueled ‘Kubla Khan’ to the sombre passion of ‘Dejection: An Ode’ and the medieval ballad ‘Christabel.’ His meditative ‘conversation’ poems, such as ‘Frost at Midnight’ and ‘This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison,’ reflect on remembrance and solitude, while late works, such as ‘Youth and Age’ and ‘Constancy to an Ideal Object,’ are haunting meditations on mortality and lost love.

This volume contains the final texts of all the poems published during Coleridge’s lifetime and a substantial selection from those still in manuscript of his death, arranged in chronological order of composition to show his development as a poet. Also included are an introduction, table of dates, further reading, extensive notes, and indexes of titles and first lines.

 

Image result for the legend of sleepy hollow and other writingsThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Writings by Washington Irving¬†The first great American man of letters, Washington Irving became an international celebrity almost overnight upon publication of¬†The Sketch-Book¬†in 1820, which included the short stories “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” These tales remain his two most popular works, but in addition to being a writer of short stories, Irving was also an acclaimed essayist, travel writer, biographer, and historian.

This volume showcases Irving’s best work across a variety of genres, including whimsical newspaper articles about New York society, the theater, and contemporary fashions; charming travel pieces that evocatively weave together history and legend; humorous stories and satirical essays from¬†The Sketch-Book¬†and its sequel¬†Birdcage Hall;¬†and excerpts from¬†A History of New York,¬†considered the first great American book of comic literature. The author’s success enabled him to earn a living solely by writing, unheard of for an American at that time.

Irving’s energetic, often tongue-in-cheek prose style, together with his ability to blend roguish satire, pathos, and picturesque description, had a profound influence upon the popular culture of his day. His writings have become a cornerstone in the foundation of the American literary tradition.

 

Image result for the mill on the floss book coverThe Mill on the Floss by George Eliot¬†The best-known and most autobiographical of George Eliot’s novels is now available as a Norton Critical Edition. The text of¬†The Mill on the Floss¬†is that of the 1862 third edition, the last for which Eliot made revisions. The text has been annotated in order to assist the reader with obscure references and allusions.

“Backgrounds” includes fifteen letters from the 1959-69 period centering on the novel’s content and composition; “Brother and Sister” (1869), a little known sonnet sequence; and eight Victorian reviews and responses, both published and unpublished, on the novel, including those by Henry James, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and John Ruskin.

Judiciously chosen from the wealth of essays on¬†The Mill on the Floss¬†published in the twentieth century, “Criticism” includes ten of the best studies on the novel, providing the reader with both historical and critical perspective. Contributors include Leslie Stephen, Virginia Woolf, F.R. Leavis, George Levine, Ulrich Knoepflmacher, Philip Fisher, Mary Jacobus, John Kucich, Margaret Homans, and Deirdre David.¬†

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

 

Image result for miss ravenel's conversion from secession to loyaltyMiss Ravenel’s Conversion From Succession to Loyalty by John W. De Forest¬†Drawing on his own combat experience in the Union forces, John W. De Forest crafted a war novel like nothing before it in the annals of American literature. As a captain in the 12th Connecticut Regimental Volunteers, De Forest joined in the battles of Georgia Landing and Bisland and in the siege of Port Hudson in Louisiana in 1862-63, and he saw action in Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley campaign in 1864. His firsthand knowledge of “the wilderness of death” made its way onto the pages of his riveting novel with devastating effect. Whether depicting the tedium before combat, the unspoken horror of battle, or the grisly butchery of the field hospital, De Forest broke new ground, anticipating the realistic war writings of Hemingway, Mailer, and Tim O’Brien.

A commercial failure in its own day, De Forest’s story was praised by Henry James and William Dean Howells, who, comparing it favorably to¬†War and Peace,¬†acclaimed the book “one of the best American novels ever written.” As Gary Scharnhorst writes in his introduction to this new edition, “in the whole reach of American fiction there is no novel more deserving, on both aesthetic and historical grounds, to be resurrected from the footnote than¬†Miss Ravenel’s Conversion.

 

Image result for the real charlotte E. somerville and martin rossThe Real Charlotte by Edith Somerville and Martin Ross Edith Somerville and Martin Ross (pseudonym of Violet Martin) were Anglo-Irish cousins who collaborated on and published collections of short stories, essays, and novels. They are best known for their stories on the sporting life in Ireland, The Irish R.M. The Real Charlotte (1894), the finest of their efforts, has long been out of print in America and will be a revelation to anyone Рscholar or general reader Рinterested in Irish literature, the novel, or the rediscovery of lost feminist fiction.

Charlotte Mullen has often been compared to Balzac’s villainous Cousin Bette. A forty-year-old remarkably intelligent but homely spinster, she manipulates the other characters and plots for her own gain. At the mercy of her own uncontrollable lust and avariciousness, she connives to steal a deathbed inheritance from her pretty, young, and flirtatious cousin, Francie Fitzpatrick, and then to use that money – and Francie herself – as bait in an attempt to rise from nearly the lowest of Irish social classes to the highest. The novel is a knowing and superbly written study of Irish society and the fate of women within it.¬†

Virginia Beard’s lively introduction outlines the authors’ lives and unusual collaborative technique, discusses the novel in its historical, literary, and feminist contexts, and offers provocative suggestions on how the novel might be read.

 

Image result for endgame and act without words samuel beckettEndgame and Act Without Words by Samuel Beckett¬†Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969; his literary output of plays, novels, stories, and poetry has earned him an uncontested place as one of the greatest writers of our time.¬†Endgame,¬†originally written in French and translated into English¬† by Beckett himself, is considered by many critics to be his greatest single work. A pinnacle of Beckett’s characteristic raw minimalism, it is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death.

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for the life and opinions of tristram shandy, gentleman book cover purpleThe Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne Rich in playful double entendres, digressions, formal oddities, and typographical experiments, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman provoked a literary sensation when it first appeared in England in a series of volumes from 1759 to 1767. An ingeniously structured novel (about writing a novel) that fascinates like a verbal game of chess, Tristram Shandy is the most protean and playful English fiction of the eighteenth century and a celebration of the art; its inventiveness anticipates the work of Joyce, Rushdie, and Fuentes. 

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the nine-volume first edition.

 

 

Image result for the blazing world and other writingsThe Blazing World and Other Writings by Margaret Cavendish¬†Flamboyant, theatrical and ambitious, Margaret Cavendish was one of the seventeenth century’s most striking figures – a woman who ventured into the male spheres of politics, science, philosophy, and fiction, part feminist text, it tells of a Lady shipwrecked on the Blazing World where she is made Empress and uses her power to ensure that it is free of war, religious division, and unfair sexual discrimination. This volume also includes¬†The Contract,¬†a romance in which love and law work harmoniously together, and¬†Assaulted and Pursued Chastity,¬†which explores the power and freedom a woman can achieve in the disguise of a man.

In her introduction, Kate Lilley places these writings in the context of Cavendish’s extraordinary life and discusses the roles of women in these texts. This updated edition includes a chronology, revised notes and a new bibliography.

 

Image result for the bluest eyeThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison¬†The Bluest Eye¬†is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom, Pecola’s life does change – in painful, devastating ways.

With its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment,¬†The Bluest Eye¬†remains one of Toni Morrison’s most powerful, unforgettable novels – and a significant work of American fiction.

 

Image result for sea witch sarah henningSea Witch by Sarah Henning Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.

Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all.¬† And, as the two girls catch the eyes – and hearts – of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But magic isn’t kind. And her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart – harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits – to become a monster.

Other new titles include: Novels and Essays by Frank Norris; A History of Film by Virginia Wright Wexman; and Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film by Richard Barsam and Dave Monahan.

New Books – 07/18/2018

We’re over half-way through July, but it’s still not too late to get started on some summer reading before the school year begins! We have some great new titles coming out (with more on the way, shortly). Stop by and see what’s new! ūüôā

 

Image result for the president is missingThe President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson¬†The president disappears. The world is in shock. But the reasons he’s missing is much worse than anyone can imagine. With details only a president could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image result for the secrets between usThe Secrets Between Us¬†Poor and illiterate, Bhima had faithfully worked for the Dubash family, an upper-middle-class Parsi household, for more than twenty years. Yet after courageously speaking the truth about a heinous crime perpetrated against her own family, the devoted servant was cruelly fired.The sting of that dismissal was even more painful coming from Sera Dubash, the temperamental employer who had long been Bhima’s only confidante. A woman who has endured despair and loss with stoicism, Bhima must now find some other way to support herself and her granddaughter, Maya.¬†

Bhima’s fortunes take an unexpected turn when her path intersects with Parvati, a bitter, taciturn older woman. The two acquaintances soon form a tentative business partnership, selling fruits and vegetables at the local market. As they work together, these two women seemingly bound by fate grow closer, confessing to each other the truth about their lives and the wounds that still haunt them. Discovering her first true friend, Bhima weaves a new life, and together the two women learn to stand on their own.

A dazzling story of gender, strength, friendship, and second chances, The Secrets Between Us is a powerful and perceptive novel that brilliantly evokes the complexities of life in modern India and the harsh realities faced by women born without privilege as they struggle to survive.

 

Image result for a sin such as thisA Sin Such as This by Ellen Hopkins¬†Tara thought she was finally settling down when she married the handsome Dr. Cavin Lattimore. But just as she was willing to overlook his gambling habits, she discovers his secret meetings with Sophia, his gorgeous ex-girlfriend who is now his son Eli’s occasional¬† girlfriend. Life gets even more complicated when Tara’s niece, Kayla, starts hooking up with Eli. In a matter of weeks, Tara has reluctantly gone from rich, single San Francisco professional to Lake Tahoe housewife managing her niece’s whiplash moods, while resisting her stepson’s tantalizing sexual advances.

Adding to the family drama is her younger sister, Melody, who’s having a serious marital breakdown, which means she might know something about her husband and Tara’s brief dalliance years ago. As Tara’s fragile trust in her family teeters, times with the arrival of certain people from her past, she also can’t shake the feeling that someone’s watching her. Baiting her.

 

Image result for furybornFuryborn by Claire Legrand When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this power are a pair of prophesied Queens: a queen of light and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed . . . unless the trials destroy her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family safe. Now, she believes herself untouchable – until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them will ultimately determine the fate of their world – and of each other.

 

Image result for little big loveLittle Big Love by Katy Regan Ten-year-old Zac Hutchinson collects facts: Octopuses have three hearts. Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth. But no one will tell him the one thing he wants to know most: who his father is and where he went.

When Zac’s mother, Juliet, inadvertently admits that his dad is the only man she’s ever loved, Zac decides he is going to find him and deliver his mom the happily ever after that she deserves.

But Liam Jones left for a reason, and as Zac searches for clues about his father, Juliet begins to rebuild what shattered on the day that was once the happiest and most heartbreaking of her life.

Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and Zac’s grandfather Mick,¬†Little Big Love¬†is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and the secrets that can define who we are.

 

Image result for goodbye, sweet girlGoodbye, Sweet Girl by Kelly Sundberg¬†Kelly Sundberg’s husband, Caleb, was a funny, warm, supportive man and a wonderful father to their little boy, Reed. He was also vengeful and violent. But Sundberg did not know this whens he fell in love. After Caleb’s true nature was revealed,s he tried to convince herself he would get better. It took a decade for her to ultimately accept that the partnership she desired could not work with such a broken man. In her remarkable book, she offers an intimate record of the joys and terrors that accompanied her difficult awakening, and presents a haunting, heartbreaking glimpse into why women remain too long in dangerous relationships.

To understand herself and her violent marriage, Sundberg looks to her childhood in Salmon, Idaho, a small, isolated mountain community known as the most redneck town in the state. Like her marriage, Salmon is a place of deep contradictions, where Mormon ranchers and hippie back-to-landers live side by side; a place of magical beauty riven by secret brutality; a place that takes pride in its individualism and rugged self-sufficiency, yet is beholden to church and communal standards at all costs.

Mesmerizing and poetic,¬†Goodbye, Sweet Girl¬†is a harrowing, cautionary, and ultimately redemptive tale. It brilliantly illuminates one woman’s transformation as she gradually rejects the painful reality of her violent life, begins to accept responsibility for herself, and learns to believe that she deserves better.

 

Image result for formerly known as foodFormerly Known as Food by Kristin Lawless¬†If you think buying organic is protecting you, you’re wrong. Our food – even what we’re told is good for us – has changed for the worse in the past one hundred years, it’s nutritional content deteriorating due to industrial farming and its composition altered by the addition of thousands of chemicals, from pesticides to packaging. We simply no longer know what we’re eating.

In Formerly Known as Food, Kristin Lawless argues that, because of the degradation of our diet, our bodies are literally changing from the inside out. The billion-dollar food industry is reshaping our food preferences, altering our brains, changing the composition of our microbiota, and even affecting the expression of our genes. Lawless chronicles how this is happening and what it means for our bodies, health, and survival.

An independent journalist and nutrition expert, Lawless is emerging as the voice of a new generation of food thinkers. After years of “eat this, not that” advice from doctors, journalists, and food faddists, she offers something completely different: a comprehensive explanation of the problem – going beyond nutrition to issues of food choice, class, race, and gender – and a sound and simple philosophy of eating that she calls the “Whole Egg Theory.”

Formerly Known as Food is an urgent call to take our food back.

 

Image result for spying on whalesSpying on Whales by Nick Pyenson¬†Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species ever to have lived on our planet. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-sized creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live two hundred years, and travel entire ocean basins. Whales fill us with terror, awe, and affection – yet there is still so much we don’t know about them. Why did it take whales over fifty million years to evolve to such big sizes, and how do they eat enough to stay that big? How did their ancestors return to the sea from land – and what can their lives tell us about evolution as a whole? Importantly, in the sweepstakes of human-driven habitat and climate change, will whales survive?

Nick Pyenson’s research has given us the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales. He takes us deep inside the Smithsonian’s unparalleled fossil collections, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert in Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whale site ever found. Full of rich storytelling and scientific discovery,¬†Spying on Whales¬†spans the ancient past to an uncertain future all to better understand the most enigmatic creatures on Earth.

 

Image result for she has her mother's laughShe Has Her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer¬†Heredity has long defined us. Now we are defining it. A historic transofrmation in our understanding of life is taking place today. Carl Zimmer’s masterwork¬†She Has Her Mother’s Laugh¬†illuminates this transformation like no other book before.

In a narrative that reads like a sweeping novel, Zimmer weaves together tales of scientific advance and pseudoscientific poison, heroes and villains, reflections on being a father to two daughters, analyses of his own genome revealing curious distant ancestors, and investigative reporting into cutting-edge discoveries that will shape the lives of all children to come.

Zimmer shows how our concepts of heredity have long been a powerful force affecting all economies, politics, and cultures. Heredity determined how crowns and thrones were passed down through the generations. Genetics revealed in profound detail how diseases and traits like eye color and intelligence were influenced by heredity. But heredity flows through other channels as well – from cultural practices to the environments we build around ourselves and our descendants.

With a surprise on almost every page, from the first use of the Latin word¬†hereditas¬†by the Romans to Darwin’s theory and Mendel’s Law, to the deeply disturbing rise of eugenics in the twentieth century, to revelations regarding the microbiome and epigenetics, all the way to the rapid rise of CRISPR gene-editing technology,¬†She Has Her Mother’s Laugh¬†is both a defining moment in biology and a work of wit and erudition poised for a transgenerational life in our cultural ecosystem.

 

Image result for frenemies bookFrenemies by Ken Auletta Advertising and marketing touches on every corner of our lives, and is the invisible fuel powering almost all media. Complain about it though we might, and should, without it much of media and business would shrivel. THe disruption has been late in coming, but just as it struck the music, newspaper, magazine, and book businesses, today advertising and marketing are under assault. Good-bye, Don Draper. A Mad Men world has turned into a Math Men (and women Рthough too few) world, as engineers seek to transform an instinctual art into a science. The old lions and their kingdoms reel from fear, however bravely they might roar.

Frenemies¬†is Ken Auletta’s reckoning with an industry under existential assault. He enters the rooms of the ad world’s most important players, some of them business partners, some adversaries, many “frenemies,” a term whose ubiquitous use in this industry reveals the level of anxiety, as former allies become competitors and accusations of kickbacks and corruption swirl. We meet the old guard, including Sir Martin Sorrell, the legendary head of WPP, the world’s largest ad agency holding company; while others play nice with Facebook and Google, he rants, critics say Lear-like, out on the heath. There is Irwin Gotlieb, maestro of GroupM, the most powerful media agency, but like all media agencies, it is staring into the headlights as ad buying is more and more done by machines and algorithms. We see the world from the vantage of its new stars, like Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s head of sales. We visit other brash and scrappy creatives who are driving change, as millennials and others who disdain ads as an interruption employ technology to zap them, becoming advertising and marketing’s most potent frenemies. We also peer into the future, looking at what is replacing traditional advertising. And throughout we follow the industry’s Dolly Levi, its peerless match-maker, Michael Kassan, whose MediaLink company connects all these players together as he serves as the industry’s foremost power broker.

Frenemies is essential reading, not simply because of what it says about this world, but because of the potential consequences: to the survival of media that depends on the money generated by advertising and marketing; to free television that would not be free without ads; to companies that would perish without a way to tell consumers of their products or sales; and to consumers who would be blind to new products.

 

Image result for lincoln's last trialLincoln’s Last Trial by Dan Abrams and David Fisher¬†At the end of the summer of 1859, twenty-two-year-old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial fro murder in Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln, who had been involved in more than three thousand cases – including more than twenty-five murder trials – during his two-decades-long career, was hired to defend him. This was to be his last great case as a lawyer.

What normally would have been a local case took on momentous meaning. Lincoln’s debates with Senator Stephen Douglas the previous fall had gained him a national following, transforming the little-known, self-taught lawyer into a respected politician. He was being urged to make a dark-horse run for the presidency in 1860. Taking this case involved great risk. His reputation was untarnished, but should he lose this trial, should Harrison be convicted of murder, the spotlight now focused so brightly on him might be dimmed. He had won his most recent murder trial with a daring and dramatic maneuver that had become a local legend, but another had ended with his client dangling from the end of a rope.

The case posed painful personal challenges for Lincoln. The murder victim had trained for the law in his office, and Lincoln had been his friend and his mentor. His accused killer, the young man Lincoln would defend, was the son of a close friend and loyal supporter. And to win this trial he would have to form an unholy allegiance with a longtime enemy, a revivalist preacher he had twice run against for political office – and who had bitterly slandered Lincoln as an “infidel . . . too lacking in faith” to be elected.

Lincoln’s Last Trial¬†captures the presidential hopeful’s dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client – but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today.

 

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New Books!! 05/22/18

Summer has begun and we have new books just in time for you to add them to your summer reading list! From romantic classical reboots to action-packed fictional adventures, we’ve got a little something for everyone. Come see us!

 

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Young Washington by Peter Stark Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving in the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naive and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War Рa conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American revolution.

With powerful narrative drive and vivid writing, Young Washington recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Enduring terrifying summer storms and subzero winters imparted resilience and self-reliance, helping prepare him for what he would one day face at Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to set aside his own relentless ambitions and strand in solidarity with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating military strategy with British and colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. And thwarted in his obsessive, youthful love for one woman, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring friendships.

By weaving together Washington’s harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historical context,¬†Young Washington¬†offers new insights into the dramatic years that shaped the man who shaped a nation.

 

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The Age of Eisenhower by William I. Hitchcock¬†Drawing on newly declassified documents and thousands of pages of unpublished material,¬†The Age of Eisenhower¬†tells the story of a masterful president guiding the nation through the great crises of the 1950’s, from McCarthyism and the Korean War through civil rights turmoil and Cold War conflicts. This is a portrait of a skilled leader who, despite his conservative inclinations, found a middle path through the bitter partisanship of his era. At home, he affirmed the central elements of the New Deal, such as Social Security; fought the demagoguery of Senator Joseph McCarthy; and advanced the agenda of civil rights for African Americans. Abroad, he ended the Korean War and avoided new quagmire in Vietnam. Yet he also charged a significant expansion of America’s missile technology and deployed a vast array of covert operations around the world to confront the challenge of communism. As he left office, he cautioned Americans to remain alert to the dangers of a powerful military-industrial complex that could threaten their liberties.

Today, presidential historians rank Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, and William Hitchcock shows us why Ike’s stock has risen so high. He was a gifted leader, a decent man of humble origins who used his powers to advance the welfare of all Americans. Now more than ever, Americans have much to learn from Dwight Eisenhower.

 

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Courageous Women of the Vietnam War by Kathryn J. Atwood One of just a handful of women reporting on the Vietnam War, Kate Webb was captured by North Vietnamese troops and presumed dead Рuntil she emerged from the jungle waving a piece of white parachute material after 23 days in captivity. Le Ly Hayslip enjoyed a peaceful early childhood in a Vietnamese farming village before war changed her life forever. Brutalized by all sides, she escaped to the United States, where she eventually founded two humanitarian organizations. Lynda Van Devanter was an idealistic young nurse in 1969 when a plane carrying her and 350 men landed in South Vietnam. Her harrowing experiences working in a combat zone hospital would later serve as inspiration for the TV series China Beach.

In these pages readers meet these and other brave women and girls who served in life-threatening roles as medics, journalists, resisters, and revolutionaries in the conflict in Vietnam. Author Kathryn J. Atwood presents a clear introduction to each of five chronological sections, guiding readers through the social and political turmoil that spanned two decades and the tenure of five US presidents. Each woman’s story unfolds in a suspenseful, engaging way, incorporating plentiful original source materials, quotes, and photographs. Resources for further study, source notes, and a bibliography, and a helpful map and glossary round out this exploration of one of modern history’s most divisive wars, making it an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.

 

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Star Wars: Han Solo by Marjorie Lie and Jason Aaron, illustrated by Mark Brooks and Stuart Immonen¬†It is a period of unrest in the galaxy. While Princess Leia marshals the Rebel Alliance to stand against a resurgent Empire, reluctant hero Han Solo has returned to what he does best: smuggling. But when Leia has a problem only the Millennium Falcon can solve, Han and his right-hand Wookiee, Chewbacca, are drawn into their deadliest mission yet: hunting down a suspected traitor under the cover of competing in the Dragon Void, the galaxy’s most notorious starship race! Han has dreamed of winning this tournament his whole life – but now that he finally has his shot at victory, can he keep his mind on finding the enemy spy? Or is failing Leia even worse than losing? With life-threatening hazards, the greatest pilots in the cosmos vying for glory and Imperial forces taking an interest in the Dragon Void, Han better fly fast – so it’s a good thing the Falcon has got it where it counts! A spcae race like no other is about to begin – punch it!¬†

And in one of the most sensational story arcs from Marvel’s¬†Star Wars¬†series, Han and Leia are in for the surprise of their lives. While hiding out from Imperial pursuers on a remote planet, and even more shocking threat emerges: Sana Starros! She’s a smuggler who claims to be Han’s wife, and she’s more than happy to sell Leia to the Empire to get her husband back. With Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and the droids all facing problems of their won, what will Sana’s arrival mean for the fate of the rebel crew?

 

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Story Adaptation by Crystal S. Chan, Art by Julien Choy Experience classic tales in Manga format! A classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two star-crossed young lovers who dare to defy their feuding families, put aside all obstacles, and find happiness together Рbut at a tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their fateful first meeting to their last.

Manga Classics‚ĄĘ brings you this incredible new manga version of William Shakespeare’s most popular play, featuring the unaltered original text in its entirety.¬†

 

 

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Three Days in Moscow by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney¬†In his acclaimed bestseller¬†Three Days in January,¬†Bret Baier illuminated the extraordinary leadership of President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the dawn of the Cold War. Now in his highly anticipated new book,¬†Three Days in Moscow,¬†Baier explores the gripping endgame of America’s long struggle with the Soviet Union, and President Ronald Reagan’s central role in shaping today’s world.

On May 31, 1988, Reagan addressed a packed audience at Moscow State University with a remarkable – yet now largely forgotten – speech that capped his first visit to the Soviet capital. This fourth in a series of summits between Reagan and Soviet general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, was a dramatic coda to their tireless efforts to reduce the nuclear threat. More than that, Reagan viewed it as “a grand historical moment”: an opportunity to light a path for the Soviet people – toward freedom, human rights, and a future he told them they could embrace if they so chose. It was the first time an American president gave a speech about freedom and human rights on Russian soil. Reagan had once called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” but now, saying that depiction was from “another time,” he beckoned the Soviets to join him in a new vision of the future. The importance of Reagan’s Moscow speech was largely overlooked at the time, but the new world he spoke of was fast approaching; the following year, in November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union began to disintegrate, leaving the United States the sole superpower on the world stage.

Today, the end of the Cold War is perhaps the defining historical moment of the past half century, and must be understood if we are to make sense of America’s current place in the world, amid the reemergence of US-Russian tensions during Vladimir Putin’s tenure. Using Reagan’s three days in Moscow to tell the larger story of the president’s critical and often misunderstood role in orchestrating a successful, peaceful ending to the Cold War, Baier illuminates the character of one of our nation’s most venerated leaders – and reveals the unique qualities that allowed Reagan to succeed in forming an alliance for peace with the Soviet Union, even when his predecessors had fallen short.

 

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West Like Lightning by Jim DeFelice¬†On the eve of the Civil War, three American businessmen launched an audacious plan to create a financial empire by transforming communications across the hostile territory between the nation’s two coasts. In the process, they created one of the most enduring icons of the American West: the Pony Express. Daring young men with colorful names like “Bronco Charlie” and “Sawed-Off Jim” galloped at a speed over a vast and unforgiving landscape, etching an irresistible tale that passed into myth almost instantly.¬† Equally an improbable success and a business disaster, the Pony Express came and went in just eighteen months, but not before uniting and captivating a nation on the brink of being torn apart. Jim DeFelice’s brilliantly entertaining¬†West Like Lightning¬†is the first major history of the Pony Express to put its birth, life, and legacy into the full context of the American story.

The Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company – or “Pony Express,” as it came to be known – was part of a plan by William Russell, Alexander Majors, and William Waddell to create the next American Express, a transportation and financial juggernaut that already dominated commerce bank east. All that stood in their way were almost two thousand miles of uninhabited desert, ice-capped mountains, oceanic plains roamed by Indian tribes, whitewater-choked rivers, and harsh, unsettled wilderness.

The Pony used a relay system of courageous horseback riders to ferry mail halfway across a continent in just ten days. The challenges the riders faced were enormous, yet the Pony Express succeeded, delivering thousands of letters at record speed. The service instantly became the most direct means of communication between the eastern United States and its far western territories, helping to firmly connect them to the Union.

Populated with a cast of characters including Abraham Lincoln (news of whose electoral victory the Express delivered to California), Wild Bill Hickock, Buffalo Bill Cody (who fed the legend of the Express in his Wild West Show), and Mark Twain (who celebrated the riders in¬†Roughing It),¬†West Like Lightning¬†masterfully traces the development of the Pony Express and follows it from its start in St. Joseph, Missouri – the edge of the civilized world – west to Sacramento, the capital of California, then booming from the gold rush. Jim DeFelice, who traveled the Pony’s route in his research, plumbs the legends, myths, and surprising truth of the service, exploring its lasting relevance today as a symbol of American enterprise, audacity, and daring.

 

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Sh*tshow! by Charlie LeDuff In the fall of 2013, long before any sane person had seriously considered the possibility of a Trump presidency, Charlie LeDuff sat in the office of then Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and made a simple but prophetic claim: The American people were at a breaking point. The country was going broke and on high boil. No one in the bubbles of Washington, D.C., New York, or Los Angeles was talking about it Рleast of all the media. LeDuff wanted to go to the heart of the country to report what was really going on. Ailes balked. Could the hard-living and straight-shooting LeDuff be controlled? But then, perhaps on a whim, he agreed. And so LeDuff set out to record a TV series called The Americans, and along the way ended up bearing witness to the ever-quickening unraveling of the American dream.

For three years LeDuff traveled the width and breadth of the country with his team of production irregulars, ending up on the Mexican border crossing the Rio Grande on a yellow rubber kayak alongside undocumented immigrants, in the middle of Ferguson as the city burned, and in Flint watching the children get sick from undrinkable water. Racial, political, social, and economic tensions were escalating by the day. The inexorable effects of technological change and the globalization were being felt more and more acutely, at the same time as wages stagnated and the price of housing, education, and health care went through the roof. The American people felt defeated and abandoned by their politicians and those politicians seemed incapable of rising to the occasion. The old way of life was slipping away, replaced only by social media, part-time work, and opioid addiction.

Sh*tshow!¬†is that true, tragic, and distinctively American story, told from the parts of the country hurting the most. A soul-baring, irreverent, and iconoclastic writer, LeDuff speaks the language of everyday Americans, and is unafraid of getting his hands dirty. He scrambles the tired old political, social, and racial categories, taking no sides – or prisoners. Old-school, gonzo-style reporting,¬†Sh*tshow!¬†is both a necessary confrontation with the darkest parts of American psyche and a desperately needed reminder of the country’s best instincts.

 

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The Road to Dawn by Jared A. Brock¬†Josiah Henson overcame incredible odds¬† to escape from slavery and improve the lives of hundreds of freedmen throughout his long life. He found international fame – including visits to Windsor Castle and the White House¬† – as the real “Uncle Tom” in the novel that fueled the abolitionist¬† movement and ignited the Civil War. But his story has been mostly lost to history, until now.

A dynamic, driven man with exceptional intelligence and unyielding principles, Henson spent forty-one years in bondage before he was finally able to escape with his wife and four children, carrying the youngest two on his broken shoulders for 600 miles. He eventually settled with his family as a free man across the boarder in Canada. Once there, Henson agitated for racial equality, raised millions for the abolitionist cause, won a medal at the first World’s Fair in London, and became a beloved preacher. He returned to America¬† and rescued 118 more slaves, including his own brother, and helped purchase land to build what would become one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad, a 500-person freedman settlement called Dawn.

The Road to Dawn¬†retraces Henson’s improbable journey from slavery to freedom and restores a hero of the abolitionist movement to his rightful place in history.

 

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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone. Something inside Alice is broken: she remembers words but struggles to speak them. Still, Alice knows words are for sharing, so she pins them to posters in tucked-away places: railway waiting rooms, fish-and-chip shops, quiet corners.

Manny is sixteen, with a scar from shoulder to elbow. Something inside Manny is broken: he was one a child soldier, forced to do terrible, violent things. But in a new land with new people who will care for him, he spends time exploring on foot. And in his pocket, he carries a poem he scooped up. And he knows the words by heart.

Their relationship brings the beginning of love and healing, which for Manny and Alice, perhaps, will be enough.

 

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of firends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and, with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this wondrous tale of hope and promise picks up after A Court of Wings and Ruin and sets the stage for the etrilling events in the future books.

 

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Driving By Starlight by Anat Deracine Sixteen-year-olds Leena and Mishail are best friends. They delight in small rebellions against the Saudi cultural police: secret Western clothing, forbidden music, flirtations. But Leena wants college and independence Рshe wants a different life. Though their story is specific to their world, its themes of friendship, family, and freedom transcend cultural differences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tradition by Brendan Kiely This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But the secret traditions that fester in its hallowed halls can be profoundly dangerous.

Jules Devereux just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions, and get into the right college so that she can leave Fullbrook and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, and the power that comes with it, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in her place.

Jamie Baxter feels like an impostor at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams of his parents and coaches, whose mantra rings in his ears: Don’t disappoint us.

When Jamie and Jules meet, they recognize in each other a shared instinct for survival. But as classmates¬† and teachers increasingly deride Jules, Jamie must learn to¬†listen¬†or his own demons could wreck their newfound friendship. As pressures intensify for them to play by the rules and keep the school’s toxic secrets, they are faced with a powerful choice: Remain silent while others get hurt, or stand together against the ugly, sexist traditions of an institution that believes it can do no wrong.

 

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The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan¬†It’s bad enough that my father, Zeus, turned me, the once divine Apollo, into a mortal teenager with acne, flab, and the unfortunate alias Lester Papadopoulos. On top of that, he has enslaved me to a pushy twelve-year-old named Meg, and he expects me to liberate five ancient Oracles from a trio of evil Roman emperors. (How, I ask you, when I have no godly powers?)

So far, I’ve managed to restore two Oracle and receive a prophecy about “mazes dark,” “lands of scorching death, ” and a “master of the swift white horse.” Now Meg and I must journey through the Labyrinth, parts of which are venting hellfire, to find the third emperor. But is our cloven guide, Grover Underwood, up to the task? Are any of us? I have my suspicions about who the third emperor is . . . a villainous tyrant I never wanted to run into again.

Also – and I haven’t told my travel companions this – I fear I’m growing weaker by the day. The longer I stay mortal, the less confident I am that I will ever be able to regain my place on Mount Olympus. It’s time to call on Piper McLean and her boyfriend, Jason Grace, two of the seven demigods who sailed on the¬†Argo 11,¬†to see if they will defeat the emperor and free the Oracle for me.

Wait. Scratch that. I meant, of course, that they will¬†help me¬†do those things . . . Yes, that’s what I meant, Father. Really.

 

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Ruthless Tide by Al Roker Central Pennsylvania, May 31, 1889; After a deluge of rain Рnearly a foot in less than twenty-four hours Рswelled the Little Conemaugh River, panicked engineers watched helplessly as swiftly rising waters threatened to breach the South Fork dam, built to create a private lake for a fishing and hunting club that counted among its members Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Carnegie. Though the engineers telegraphed neighboring towns on this last morning in May warning of the impending danger, residents Рfactory workers and their families Рremained in their homes, having grown used to false alarms.

At 3:10 P.M., the dam gave way, releasing 20 million tons of water. Gathering speed as it flowed southwest, the deluge wiped out nearly everything in its path and picked up debris – trees, houses, animals – before reaching Johnstown, a vibrant steel town fourteen miles downstream. Traveling 40 miles an hour, with swells as high as 60 feet, the deadly floodwaters razed the city – home to 20,000 people- in minutes. The Great Flood, as it would come to be called, remains the deadliest in U.S. history, killing more than 2,200 people and causing $17 million in damage.

In Ruthless Tide, Al Roker follows an unforgettable cast of characters whose fates converged because of that tragic day, including John Parke, the engineer whose heroic efforts failed to save the dam; the robber barons whose fancy sportfishing resort was responsible for modifications that weakened the dam; and Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, who spent five months in Johnstown leading one of the first organized disaster relief efforts in the United States. Weaving together their stories and those of many ordinary citizens whose lives were forever altered by the event. Ruthless Tide is testament to the power of the human spirit in times of tragedy and also a timely warning about the dangers of greed, inequality, neglected infrastructure, and the ferocious, uncontrollable power of nature.

 

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The Geek’s Cookbook by Liguori Lecomte¬†Binge-watching your favorite season of¬†Dexter, Breaking Bad,¬†or¬†The Walking Dead?¬†Planning a¬†Pok√©mon GO¬†gaming party or a¬†Harry Potter¬†viewing party? Need sustenance to fuel your attempt to achieve the impossible and watch all the¬†Star Wars¬†movies in a row? Break out¬†The Geek’s Cookbook,¬†your guide to cooking all sorts of treats and goodies to nourish your inner (or outer) geek.

Send your taste buds to another world with more than thirty recipes from your favorite series, TV shows, and video games. Experience the supreme taste of the Matrix Burger or the Sauron Tarts, succumb to the Dagobah Swamp with Herb Crust or the Los Pollos Hermanos Fried Chicken. Top it all off with some Minecraft Cookies or a Meringue Pok√©ball, and you’ve got yourself a meal fit for Geek royalty.

Featured inside are delicious, fun recipes inspired by:

  • Batman
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game of Thrones
  • Harry Potter
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Minecraft
  • Pok√©mon
  • Star Wars

 

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War Storm by Victoria Aveyard Victory comes at a price.¬†Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal‚Äôs betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart‚ÄĒand secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her‚ÄĒMare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all‚Ķ starting with the crown on Maven‚Äôs head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal‚Äôs powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything‚ÄĒand everyone‚ÄĒin his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

 

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Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts¬†From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes¬†Shelter in Place‚ÄĒa powerful tale of heart, heroism . . . and propulsive suspense.

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tending to customers. Then the shooters arrived.

The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies’ room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone–until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.

But one person wasn’t satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait–and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

 

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New Materials!! – 04/17/18

It’s a beautiful day, outside! The weather is perfect for sitting in the grass with a cool drink and book. We have lots of new titles for you to choose from. See our list, below:

 

Image result for boots on the ground bookBoots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad.

The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it’s the personal stories of eight people – six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee – that create the heartbeat of Boots on the Ground.¬†From dense jungles and terrifying firefights to chaotic helicopter rescues and harrowing escapes, each individual experience reveals a different facet of the war and moves us forward in time. Alternating with these chapters are profiles of key American leaders and events, reminding us of all that was happening at home during the war, including peace protests, presidential scandals, and veterans’ struggles to acclimate to life after Vietnam.

With more than one hundred photographs, award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge’s unflinching book captures the intensity, frustration, and lasting impacts of one of the most tumultuous periods of American history.

 

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Secret Empires by Peter Schweizer¬†Peter Schweizer has been fighting corruption – and winning – for years. In¬†Throw Them All Out,¬†he exposed insider trading by members of Congress, leading to the passage of the STOCK Act. In¬†Extortion,¬†he uncovered how politicians use mafia-like tactics to enrich themselves. And in¬†Clinton Cash,¬†he revealed the Clintons’ massive money machine and sparked an FBI investigation.

Now he explains how a new corruption has taken hold, involving larger sums of money than ever before. Stuffing tens of thousands of dollars into a freezer has morphed into multibillion-dollar equity deals done in the dark corners of the world.

An American bank opening in China would be prohibited by US law from hiring a slew of family members of top Chinese politicians. However, a Chinese bank opening in America can hire anyone it wants. It can even invite the friends and families of American politicians to invest in can’t-lose-deals.

President Donald Trump’s children have made front pages across the world for their dicey transactions. However, the media has barely looked into questionable deals made by those close to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Mitch McConnell, and lesser-known politicians who have been in the game longer.¬†

In many parts of the world, the children of powerful political figures go into business and profit handsomely, not necessarily because they are good at it, but because people want to carry favor with their influential parents. This is a relatively new phenomenon in the United States. But for relatives of some prominent political families, we may already be talking about hundreds of millions of dollars.

Deeply researched and packed with shocking revelations, Secret Empires identifies public servants who cannot be trusted and provides a path toward a more accountable government.

 

Image result for america and the world scowcroftAmerica and the World by Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft¬†America’s status as a world power lies at a historic turning point. The strategies employed to win the wars of the twentieth century are no longer working, and the United States must contend with the changing nature of power in a globalized world. In¬†America and the World,¬†two of the most respected figures in American foreign policy, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft, dissect the challenges facing the U.S. today: whether we should withdraw our troops from Iraq or keep them there; how we should approach Iran, Israel, and Palestine; how aggressively we should push to expand NATO to Russian borders; how we can (and must) maintain our role in the Far East; and many other questions. In spontaneous and unscripted conversations the two authors explore their agreements and their disagreements.¬†

An essential primer on a host of urgent issues,¬†America and the World¬†defines the center of responsible opinion on American foreign policy at a time when the nation’s decisions could determine how long it remains a superpower.¬†

 

Image result for pledged by alexandra robbinsPledged by Alexandra Robbins New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Robbins spent a year undercover with a group of sorority girls. Her worst expectations were met, and surpassed Рextreme promiscuity, drugs, psychological abuse, racism, violence, and rampant eating disorders were just a few of the problems. But even more surprising was the fact that these abuses were inflicted and endured by intelligent, successful, and attractive young women.

Pledged is an extraordinarily gripping narrative that reads like a bestselling novel. With fly-on-the-wall voyeurism and remarkable insight, Pledged is a fast-paced account that manages to both expose the dark side of sorority life and endear its participants to us.

 

Image result for from the outside by ray allenFrom the Outside by Ray Allen¬†Ray Allen – record holder for the most three-point shots made in NBA history and winner of two NBA championships – has often felt outside the NBA’s culture of lavish celebrity and embittered rivalries. Despite his dynamic success as a college player for UConn and then professionally for the Bucks, Sonics, Celtics, and Heat, Allen’s fierce work ethic, determination, and introspective attitude have set him apart from his peers. It is through this mentality that Allen has harnessed his crowning achievement: pure focus amid the noise around him.

In¬†From the Outside,¬†Allen recalls his younger days as the son of an Air Force engineer – traveling from place to place and eventually settling in the racially divided South, where basketball was the constant that kept him grounded and taught him about responsibility, respect, and focus – the secret to¬† landing those perfect free throws and three-point shots. He opens up to his fans for the first time about his fellow players, coaches, owners, and friends, including George Karl, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Paul Pierce. Most important, he provides an insider’s view to a career in the NBA, and the highs and lows that accompany the wondrous journey, which included a starring role in Spike Lee’s basketball drama,¬†¬†He Got Game,¬†considered one of the best films about the sport.

This is the portrait of a gifted athlete and a complex man with a highly defined philosophy about the game and how it should be played – an ideal that often divided him from power-hungry colleagues and coaches, inspired others, and made possible the greatest shot of his career: the unforgettable three-pointer that tied Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals. According to Allen, success in basketball is as much about what happens off the court as on: teamwork, loyalty, devotion, and commitment are the true essence of the game – and life itself.

 

Image result for hello, universeHello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly Virgil Salinas is shy and misunderstood.

Valencia Somerset is clever and stubborn.

Kaori Tanaka tells fortunes and reads the stars.

Chet “The Bull” Bullens is the biggest bully in the neighborhood.

They aren’t friends. They don’t all go to the same school. But when Chet pulls an unthinkable prank on Virgil and Virgil’s pet guinea pig, Gulliver, the lives of these four middle schoolers collide in surprising and unexpected ways.

Just a coincidence?

Or are some things meant to be?

 

Image result for As she fades by abbi glinesAs She Fades by Abbi Glines On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend, Crawford, are in a terrible car accident. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college and bright futures full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken from a coma.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship. Then Crawford wakes up . . . He may have no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale leaves for college and moves on with her life. Except now she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange detour . . .

Abbi Glines’ millions of fans will adore¬†As She Fades,¬†a novel as romantic as it is full of twists and unexpected turns.

 

Image result for rewind by carolyn O'DohertyRewind by Carolyn O’Doherty¬†Sixteen-year-old Alex Manning has a rare gift: she’s a spinner who can freeze and even rewind time. Hated and feared, spinners are housed in Centers, where they are carefully monitored and medicated. They are let outside for only one purpose: to use their gift to help solve crimes. Each spinner is paired with an officer, and Alex hit the jackpot – an agent who actually values her skills. She and Agent Ross are secretly trying to catch a dangerous criminal, a task that will take time. But time is something Alex doesn’t have. No spinner lives past twenty.

When Agent Ross reveals that he knows about an experimental treatment to help her, Alex suddenly sees a future for herself that she never imagined – time to solve the case and maybe even a chance top tell her best friend how she really feels about him. But the promising medication brings with it an ability that would terrify the world and even put other spinners in danger. Are the benefits worth the risk?

 

Image result for devils into dust by emma berquistDevils into Dust by Emma Berquist¬†Willie has always survived. No matter what life in Glory, Texas has thrown at her. The sickness that swept through the state and turned most living creatures into terrifying shakes. Her own mother succumbing to the disease. Her father disappearing into saloons and gambling and liquor. Willie survives. And she’ll make sure her younger brothers and sister do, too.

Then her good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most merciless shake hunters in town, and Willie is on the hook for his debt. With two young hunters as guides, Willie sets out across the desert to find him, and  make him pay up.

But the desert holds many dangers – and the shakes are only a few of them. This is no place for the weak.

 

Image result for reconstructing amelia kimberly mccreightReconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight¬†Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is shocked when her daughter’s exclusive Brooklyn proviate school calls to tell her that Amelia – her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old – has been caught cheating. But when Kate arrives at Grace Hall, she’s blindsided by far more devastating news. Amelia is dead. Despondent, she’s jumped from the school’s roof. At least that’s what Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. It’s what she believes, too, until she gets the anonymous text:¬†Amelia didn’t jump.¬†Now, Kate is going to find the truth – no matter where it leads. Sifting through Amelia’s emails, text messages, and Facebook posts, Kate reconstructs the pieces of her daughter’s life and the people in it, uncovering why she was on Grace Hall’s roof that day – and how she died.

A superb blend of Tana French and Jodi Picoult,¬†Reconstructing Amelia¬†is a story of secrets and lies and friends and bullies. It’s about how well any parent really knows their child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.

 

Image result for the summer of broken things margaret peterson haddixThe Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix¬†Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friendly as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain, Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends – and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.

But in Spain the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them Рand their families Рfarther apart. 

Margaret Peterson Haddix weaves together two completely separate lives in this engaging novel that explores what it really means to be a family – and what to do when it’s falling apart.

 

Image result for the geek's guide to world dominationThe Geeks’ Guide to World Domination by Garth Sundem¬†Sorry, beautiful people. These days, from government to business to technology to Hollywood, geeks rule the world.

Finally, here’s the book no self-respecting geek can live without – a guide jam-packed with 314.156 short entries both useful and fun. Science, pop-culture trivia, paper airplanes, and pure geekish nostalgia coexist as happily in these pages as they do in their natural habitat of the geek brain.

In short, dear geek, here you’ll find everything you need to achieve nirvana. And here, for you pathetic non-geeks, is the last chance to save yourselves: Love this book, live this book, and you too can join us in the experience of total world domination.

 

Image result for dreamland sam quinonesDreamland by Sam Quinones In 1929, in the blue-collar city of of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America Рaddiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

With a great reporter’s narrative skill and the story-telling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones¬† weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma’s campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive – extremely addictive – miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin – cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico’s west coast, independent of any drug cartel – assaulted small towns and mid-size cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.

Introducing a memorable cast of characters Рpharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents РQuinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.

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New Materials!! 03/23/18

Happy Friday, DC3!! ūüôā We have new books and movies coming out just in time for the weekend! Stop by and see us!!

Image result for getting to us seth davisGetting to Us by Seth Davis¬†What makes a coach great? How do great coaches turn a collection of individuals into a coherent “us?” Seth Davis, one of the keenest minds in sports journalism, has been thinking about that question for twenty-five years. It’s one of the things that drove him to write the definitive biography of college basketball’s greatest coach, John Wooden,
Wooden: A Coach’s Life.¬†But John Wooden coached a long time ago. The world has changed and coaching has too, tremendously. Seth Davis decided to embark on a proper investigation to get to the root of the matter.

In¬†Getting to Us,¬†Davis probes and prods the best of the best from the landscape of active coaches of football and basketball, college and pro – from Urban Meyer, Dabo Swinney, and Jim Harbaugh to Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo, Jim Boeheim, Brad Stevens, Geno Auriemma, and Doc Rivers – to get at the fundamental ingredients of greatness in the coaching sphere. There’s no single right way, of course – part of this book’s signature achievement is Davis’s distillation of what he has learned about different types of greatness in coaching, and what sort of leadership thrives in one kind of environment but not in others. Some coaches have thrived at the college level but not in the pros. Why? What’s the difference? Some coaches are stern taskmasters, others are warm and cuddly; some are brilliant strategists but less emotionally involved with their players, and with others it’s vice versa. In¬†Getting to Us,¬†we come to feel a deep connection with the most successful and iconic coaches in all of sports – big winners and big characters, whose stories offer much of enduring interest and value.

 

Image result for 3 kings greenburg3 Kings by Zack O’Malley Greenburg
Being successful musicians was simply never enough for the three kings of hip-hop. Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z lifted themselves from childhood adversity into tycoon territory, amassing levels of fame and wealth that not only outshone all other contemporary hip-hop artists, but with a combined net worth of well over $2 billion made them the three richest American musicians, period. Yet their fortunes have little to do with selling their own albums: between Diddy’s Ciroc vodka, Dre’s $3 billion sale of his Beats headphones to Apple, and Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service and other assets, these artists have transcended pop music fame to become lifestyle icons and moguls.

Hip-hop is no longer just a musical genre; it’s become a way of life that encompasses fashion, film, food, drink, sports, electronics and more – one that has opened new paths to profit and to critical and commercial acclaim. Thanks in large part to the Three Kings-who all started their own record labels and released classic albums before moving on to become multifaceted businessmen-hip-hop has been transformed from a genre spawned in poverty into a truly global multibillion-dollar industry.¬†

These men are the modern embodiment of the American Dream, but their stories as great thinkers and entrepreneurs have yet to be told in full. Based on a decade of reporting, and interviews with more than 100 sources including hip-hop pioneers Russell Simmons and Fab 5 Freddy; new-breed executives like former Def Jam chief Kevin Liles and venture capitalist Troy Carter; and stars from Swizz Beatz to Shaquille O’Neal,¬†3 Kings¬†tells the fascinating story of the rise and rise of the three most influential musicians in America.

 

Image result for broad band evansBroad Band by Claire L. Evans¬†Women are not ancillary to the history of technology; they turn up at the very beginning of every important wave. But they’ve often been hidden in plain sight, their inventions and contributions touching our lives in ways we don’t even realize.

VICE¬†reporter Claire L. Evans finally gives these unsung female heroes their due with her insightful social history of the Broad Band, the women who made the internet what it is today. Learn from Ada Lovelace, the tortured, imaginative daughter of Lord Byron, who wove numbers into the first program for a mechanical computer in 1842. Seek inspiration from Grace Hopper, the tenacious mathematician who democratized computing by leading the charge for machine-independent programming languages after World War II. Meet Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler, the one-woman Google who kept the earliest version of the Internet online, and Stacy Horn, who ran one of the first-ever social networks on a shoestring out of her New York City apartment in the 1980s. Evans shows us how these women built and colored the technologies we can’t imagine life without.

Join the ranks of the pioneers who defied social convention and the longest odds to become database poets, information-wranglers, hypertext dreamers, and glass ceiling-shattering dot com-era entrepreneurs. This inspiring call to action is a revelation: women have embraced technology from the start. It shines a light on the bright minds whom history forgot, and shows us how they will continue to shape our world in ways we can no longer ignore.

Welcome to the Broad Band. You’re next.

 

Image result for the woman's hour elaine weissThe Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss¬†Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don’t want black women voting. And then there are the ‘Antis’–women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel’s, and the Bible.

Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt,¬†The Woman’s Hour¬†is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

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The Rocket Mass Heater Builder’s Guide by Erica Wisner & Ernie Wisner¬†Heating with wood is often considered a natural and economical alternative to electricity or fossil fuels. However, even with a fairly new and efficient woodstove, many cords of wood are required for burning over the course of a single winter, and incomplete combustion can contribute to poor air quality.

A rocket mass heater is an earthen masonry heating system which provides clean, safe, and efficient warmth for your home, all while using 70-90% less fuel than a traditional woodstove. These unique and beautiful installations provide luxurious comfort year-round. In cold weather a few hours of clean, hot burning can provide 20 or more hours of steady warmth, while the unit’s large thermal mass acts as a heat sink, cooling your home on sizzling summer days. Packed with hard-to-find information,¬†The Rocket Mass Heater Builder’s Guide¬†includes:

  • Comprehensive design, construction, and installation instructions combined with detailed maintenance and troubleshooting advice.
  • Brick-by-brick layouts, diagrams, and architectural plans augmented with detailed parts, drawings, and photographs for clarity.
  • Relevant and up-to-date code information and standards to help you navigate the approval process with local building departments.

Earthen masonry heating systems are well-suited for natural and conventional builders alike. A super-efficient, wood-burning, rocket mass heater can help you dramatically reduce your energy costs while enhancing the beauty, value, and comfort of your home.

 

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The Complete Guide to Green Building & Remodeling Your Home¬†by Martha Maeda¬†In today’s economy and in response to the growing awareness of how much damage has been done to the environment in the past, people cannot afford to delay considering ways they can build or remodel their homes to ensure they are green and resource-friendly.

This book will guide you and your family through the process of learning more about and implementing the necessary changes to a new, green lifestyle. 
Discover why people have started to build green and how it can be done in today s market quickly and inexpensively. You will learn how to remodel with green in mind and how to start working with building professionals who can provide the necessary materials, plans, and paperwork you need to proceed. Your Guide to Green Building will cover which materials are best for green building and how to choose between all the choices. You will learn how to not only use these materials but also how to make sure the construction process is green as well. The basics of framing your building, natural building methods, the energy systems you might use, and the heating/cooling options at your disposal are all here, right at your fingertips. 
Construction and environmental experts have been interviewed, and their expertise is included in this book to help you complete your green dream home, as well as know what kinds of water and waste systems are best, how to site plan and landscape your home, and what the most common myths about green building are. You will learn ten things you can do on any building project to keep it green and any materials you should always have on hand for anything you do around the house. Regardless of whether you are just looking to remodel to make your house greener or are building a new home, this book will give you everything you need to stay green and respect the environment in every aspect of your life. 

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Claiming My Place by Planaria Price with Helen Reichmann West 
Gucia Gomolinska grew up comfortably in Piotrkow, Poland, a devoted student, sister, daughter, and friend. Still, even in the years before World War II, she faced discrimination as a Jew‚ÄĒbut with her ash-blond hair she was often able to pass as just another Pole. When her town was invaded by Nazis, she knew her Aryan coloring gave her an advantage, and she faced an awful choice: stay in the place she had always called home, or leave behind everything she knew to try to survive. She took on a new identity as Basia Tanska, and her journey led her directly into Nazi Germany.

Planaria Price, along with Basia’s daughter Helen West, tells this incredible life story directly in the first person. Claiming My Place is a stunning portrayal of bravery, love, loss, and the power of storytelling.

 

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The Hate You Give by Angie “What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan¬†¬†The village of Chilbury in Kent is about to ring in some changes.
This is a delightful novel of wartime gumption and village spirit that will make your heart sing out.

Kent, 1940.

In the idyllic village of Chilbury, change is afoot. Hearts are breaking as sons and husbands leave to fight, and when the Vicar decides to close the choir until the men return, all seems lost.

But, coming together in song is just what the women of Chilbury need in these dark hours, and they are ready to sing. With a little fighting spirit and the arrival of a new musical resident, the charismatic Miss Primrose Trent, the choir is reborn.

Some see the choir as a chance to forget their troubles, others the chance to shine. Though for one villager, the choir is the perfect cover to destroy Chilbury’s new-found harmony.

Uplifting and profoundly moving, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir¬†explores how a village can endure the onslaught of war, how monumental history affects small lives and how survival is as much about friendship as it is about courage.

 

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Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes In Gathering Darkness, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:

Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred – the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic…

‚ÄĘ THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.

‚ÄĘ THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia’s overpowering magic – all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.

‚ÄĘ THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.

The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the

fate of Mytica… but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.

 

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Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?

Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother.

 

 

 

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ATI TEAS Secrets Study Guide The ATI TEAS is extremely challenging, and thorough test preparation is essential for success. ATI TEAS Secrets Study Guide is the ideal prep solution for anyone who wants ace the Test of Essential Academic Skills, Sixth Edition.

Not only does it provide a comprehensive study manual for the TEAS 6 as a whole, it is the only guide that provides three full-length practice tests with detailed explanations of each answer and 74 video tutorials to help you review.

 

 

 

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