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Descrizione: Lost... in a world she doesn’t recognize. Trapped... without a clue who she is.
Aria woke up in a forest that defies imagination, unsure of who she was or how she got there. Guided by a runaway stranger, she delves into the mystical plane where fairies are real and magic exists.
But in this enchanting land of beauty, darkness slithers all around…
When the shadows invade her life, Aria’s only hope of making it out alive is to channel a strength within her she never knew existed. Finding herself thrust into the middle of a siege that could destroy the realm, Aria is faced with the choice to retreat back to the life she once knew or stand and fight with her newfound friends.
Will she sacrifice her human life to join the fae? Or can she find a way to embrace all that she is, and rise as an unlikely heroine with the power to save two worlds from annihilation?
Descrizione: A whirlwind romp through everyday science, perfect for fans of How Stuff Works, Stuff You Should Know and Netflix’s Explained.
In this quirky and endlessly surprising book, scientist and award-winning YouTuber Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim tells us about the amazing science behind everyday things (like drinking water,) and not-so-everyday things (like space travel and baby dinosaurs). Come along for the ride of a lifetime!
- Perfect for armchair scientists: a wide range of information means readers will never get bored.
- Told over the course of a single day: Mai shows the scientific reactions that occur from morning to bedtime.
- Quirky illustrations: break up the text and help readers visualize scientific reactions.
- Surprising facts: learn why an alarm clock triggers fight-or-flight, what alcohol does to our bodies (and minds), and the science behind the term “love drunk” (plus so much more).
- See the world in a new way: Mai shows us that science is behind everything we do and feel.
- Accessible and fun: Mai shows us that we don’t have to be scientists to think like one.
Chemistry for Breakfast turns the ordinary into extraordinary, explaining everything from heat conduction to expiration dates, with a side of states-of-matter and biological clocks. With Mai as your guide, you’ll find something fascinating in everything around you. (You’ll also sound smarter at dinner parties.)
Descrizione: A radical vision for a society transformed by the teachings and spirit of Jesus.
Do you feel powerless to change the injustice at every level of society? Are you tired of answers that ignore the root causes of human suffering? This selection of writings by Eberhard Arnold, who left a career and the established church in order to live out the gospel, calls us to a completely different way.
Be warned: Arnold doesn’t approach discipleship as the route to some benign religious fulfillment, but as a revolution—a transformation that begins within and spreads outward to encompass every aspect of life. Arnold writes in the same tradition of radical obedience to the gospel as his contemporaries Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Descrizione: Personal friendships with Somali Muslims overcome the prejudices and expand the faith of a typical American Evangelical Christian living in the Horn of Africa.
When Rachel Pieh Jones moved from Minnesota to rural Somalia with her husband and twin toddlers eighteen years ago, she was secure in a faith that defined who was right and who was wrong, who was saved and who needed saving. She had been taught that Islam was evil, full of lies and darkness, and that the world would be better without it.
Luckily, locals show compassion for this blundering outsider who can’t keep her headscarf on or her toddlers from tripping over AK-47s. After the murder of several foreigners forces them to evacuate, the Joneses resettle in nearby Djibouti.
Jones recounts, often entertainingly, the personal encounters and growing friendships that gradually dismantle her unspoken fears and prejudices and deepen her appreciation for Islam. Unexpectedly, along the way she also gains a far richer understanding of her own Christian faith. Grouping her stories around the five pillars of Islam – creed, prayer, fasting, giving, and pilgrimage – Jones shows how her Muslim friends’ devotion to these pillars leads her to rediscover ancient Christian practices her own religious tradition has lost or neglected.
Jones brings the reader along as she reexamines her assumptions about faith and God through the lens of Islam and Somali culture. Are God and Allah the same? What happens when one’s ideas about God and the Bible crumble and the only people around are Muslims? What happens is that she discovers that Jesus is more generous, daring, and loving than she ever imagined.
Descrizione: After spending five years in a New York state reformatory serving an unjust sentence, all Hazel wants to do is secure a job so she can begin clearing her name. Assisting dentist Gilbert Watts offers her that chance—and more. But can her hopes for the future ever expunge the shame of her past?
Descrizione: Kentucky packhorse librarian Tansy Calhoun doesn't mind the rough trails and long hours as she serves her mountain community during the Great Depression. Even the rough people—like ornery Perdita Sweet—have their charms. But can love bloom in such rocky soil?
Descrizione: Scientist Marian Creighton was skeptical of her father’s lifelong research of ancient holy water—until she ingests some of it and finds herself transported back to the Middle Ages. With the help of an emotionally wounded nobleman, can she make her way back home? Or will she be trapped in the past forever?
Descrizione: Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer evokes the “summer that changed everything” in the life of a boy growing up without a mother. Since as far back as Ben can remember, it’s been him, his devoted dad, and Sunshine—Ben’s little dog, who rarely leaves Ben’s side. It was Mom who did the leaving, and Ben’s about to spend a whole week with his suddenly present mother in the wilds of northern Minnesota. On the remote island she calls home, Ben will learn to camp, canoe, weather the elements, and weigh a burning question: when will she come back to where she belongs? A must-read for dog lovers, children of divorce, and the imaginative and outdoorsy, Sunshine is a poignant, ultimately hopeful story about self-discovery, facing big realities, and finally, forgiving the things—and people—you can’t forget.
Set in the northern Minnesota wilderness, a timeless novel about a boy and his imaginary dog explores the legacy of guilt and blame—and what really constitutes a family.
Descrizione: This is a book about three things: 1. A room called the Comedy Cellar. 2. Who gets to speak in that room. 3. What they get to say.
The Comedy Cellar is a tiny basement club in New York’s Greenwich Village. Run according to the principles of its owners, the Dworman family, it became a place for stand-ups to take risks and experiment. Superstar comedians such as Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, and Louis CK became regulars, celebrities started to hang out, the club hosted debates, and everyone was encouraged to argue at its back table. Then the Comedy Cellar ended up on the frontline of the global culture war.
Andrew Hankinson speaks to the Cellar’s owner, comedians, and audience members, using interviews, emails, podcasts, letters, text messages, and previously private documents to create a conversation about who gets to speak and what they get to say, and why. Moving backwards in time from Louis CK’s downfall to when Manny Dworman used to host folk singers including Bob Dylan, this is about a comedy club, but it’s also about the widening cultural chasm.
Descrizione: A powerful photo essay on transgender teens is called anti-religious and anti-family. A meticulously researched primer on sex education stirs up accusations of pornography and child abuse. Picture books about two mommies (or two penguin daddies) set off a hue and cry. Two hugely popular children’s series run afoul of would-be censors, one for its scatological humor, the other because it’s deemed too scary. Kids’ books that touch on race, sex, LGBTQ matters, the occult, “coarse language,” and more have found themselves under the scrutiny of those who challenge First Amendment rights.
Tune in as thirteen top children’s and young adult authors speak out about what it’s like to have your work banned or challenged in America today. Prompted by Leonard S. Marcus’s insightful questions, they discuss why their books have faced censorship—both blatant and “soft”—how the challenges have or haven’t affected their writing, and why some people feel they have the right to deny access to books. In addition, Leonard S. Marcus puts First Amendment challenges in a historical context and takes a promising look at the vibrant support network that has risen up to protect and defend young people’s rights.
Descrizione: The sequel to Secondhand Summer continues Sam Barger’s story with the homecoming of his older brother, now wounded from war, and the struggle for the two to understand and find each other again.
It's 1968, and like any other junior in high school, Sam Barger’s just trying to get by in classes and find a part-time job at the local pizza parlor, maybe chat up the pretty girl who also works there. But when his Marine Corps brother Joe comes back from the Vietnam War, life at home changes. By day Joe struggles with alcoholism and by night he battles night terrors. Sam just wants normalcy again but doesn’t know how to close the rift between the brothers, especially once he questions their country’s involvement overseas.
Set in Southcentral Alaska in the 1960s, Back Home is a heartfelt story about the brothers and their struggles to come and understand each other. The book reveals the lasting effects of war on young people and draws parallels between a pivotal moment in history then to the contemporary wars and struggles today.
Descrizione: Seventeen-year-old Mica is a determined aspiring actress living with her parents in Romania as Nicolae Ceausescu begins his reign. Her parents are covertly political and influential, which makes them a perfect target to be stopped by the Secret Police. They’re soon arrested, leaving Mica to flee the country with her father’s rare—and possibly cursed—diamonds. With her parents imprisoned, it’s up to Mica to investigate the terrorism involving Ceausescu and his nuclear business partners. Will revealing the truth to the world finally bring her the peace she seeks? Gift of Diamonds reveals hidden secrets of how Fascism led to Communism which began the seeds of modern-day Terrorism.
Descrizione: A rich, soulfully written novel about inheritance and resistance that tests the balance between modern and traditional customs.
When Sharifa accompanies her husband on a marriage-saving trip to India, she thinks that she's going to research her great-great-grandfather, a wealthy business leader and philanthropist. What captures her imagination is not his rags-to-riches story, but the mystery of his four wives, missing from the family lore. She ends up excavating much more than she had imagined.
Sharifa's trip coincides with a time of unrest within her insular and conservative religious community, and there is no escaping its politics. A group of feminists is speaking out against khatna, an age-old ritual they insist is female genital cutting. Sharifa’s two favourite cousins are on opposite sides of the debate, and she seeks a middle ground. As the issue heats up, Sharifa discovers an unexpected truth and is forced to take a position.
Descrizione: Kit Spencer can’t stand reading. She’d rather be outside playing and getting muddy than stuck inside with a book. But when her best friends, Josh and Alita, drag her to the local library, Kit makes an incredible discovery: she’s a wizard—and books are the key to her abilities. Unfortunately, a greedy businessman wants to tear down the beloved library, destroying all its magic. To make matters worse, there’s a sleeping dragon hidden there, and if she’s awakened, her wild power will wreak havoc. With the help of a friendly dragon-dog hybrid named Dogon, Kit and her companions will have to find a way to save the dragon in the library—and maybe the world! A humorous romp full of library enchantment, with a diverse cast of characters and dynamic illustrations.
In a fast-paced and funny adventure, Kit must use the magic of books to save the library—and its resident dragon—from a power-hungry
Descrizione: Clara Starling lives a life of dull rules, deadly routine, and flavorless meals under her cold uncle's strict regime—until the day Uncle disappears, leaving Clara alone in his old mansion. When streetwise orphan Peter and his rescue cat arrive unexpectedly, the children seize the chance to live by their own rules. But when the pair’s wild romps through the halls of Braithwaite Manor reveal a single, worn ballet slipper, they are hurled into a mystery that will lead to London’s glittering Royal Opera House and the unraveling of twisted Starling family secrets of poison, passion, and murder. Diabolical villains, plucky orphans, and glamorous ballet stars populate this absorbing adventure with a classic feel.
A tattered ballet slipper found under the floorboards of Braithwaite Manor may be the key to Clara’s sinister family secrets in this delightful, lightly Gothic mystery for fans of Maryrose Wood and Claire Legrand.
Descrizione: This simple yet effective program empowers women with tools to explore their bodies, achieve better orgasms, and have more enjoyable sex.
Just like with anything else in life, if you want to get better at sex, you need to practice. And if you want to understand the female orgasm, you need to start by understanding the female body. In Coming Soon, sexologist and psychotherapist Dania Schiftan shares her ten-step program for women to increase sexual responsiveness and deepen their awareness of their body’s sensations, leading to more satisfying orgasms through penetration, the ability to control when and how to orgasm, and more empowering sex with a partner. Throughout the book, Schiftan imparts real client stories to show how readers can talk with their partners and incorporate her tips into their own sex lives.
Orgasms often provoke questions. With her ten-step plan, Schiftan brings light to the dark and shows how to have more fun with sex—and your own body—at your fingertips.
Descrizione: Through the simple act of a haircut, readers are taken on a geographical and emotional journey into the lives of humans experiencing homelessness in different cities across the world.
When you’re on the fringes of society, being recognized can mean everything.
In 2015, while working at a London hair salon, Joshua Coombes took to the streets with his scissors to build relationships with people sleeping rough in the capital and began posting transformative images on social media to amplify their voices. These stories resonated and thousands of people got involved in their own way. #DoSomethingForNothing was born—a movement that encourages people to connect their skills and time to those who need it. Via the simple act of a haircut, readers are taken on a geographical and emotional journey into the lives of humans experiencing homelessness in different cities across the world.
Featuring never-before-seen photographs and all-new writing, Do Something for Nothing explores themes of love, acceptance, shame, and perseverance, while inviting us to see ourselves in one another and dissolve the negative stigmas surrounding homelessness. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to organizations dedicated to assisting unsheltered people.
Descrizione: A page-turning and powerful medical mystery for readers of Diagnosis by Lisa Sanders and The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper
More than 20 million Americans have autoimmune diseases, which occur when the immune system attacks the body. Autoimmune diseases are often misdiagnosed by doctors and overlooked by medical researchers. Almost all affect women more often than men.
The Immune Mystery follows doctor and researcher Anita Kåss’s quest to solve the autoimmune puzzle, beginning with the premature death of her mother, who developed rheumatoid arthritis shortly after giving birth to Anita. As a child, Anita vowed to study the illness and one day find a cure.
Becoming a respected doctor and researcher, Anita devoted herself to studying auto-immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Why do so many autoimmune diseases start to show symptoms during and after childbirth, perimenopause, and menopause? Could autoimmune diseases be linked to our changing hormones?
Despite the groundbreaking nature of her research, Anita had to fight for her ideas against the conventional wisdom and casual sexism of the medical industry––even as she made a discovery that earned her a record-breaking US$95 million pharmaceutical deal.
A compelling blend of incredible determination and cutting-edge science, The Immune Mystery changes the way we think about autoimmune diseases. Anita offers solace to patients struggling with questions about their health, and introduces a powerful new voice in medical storytelling.
Descrizione: "They Better Call Me Sugar is fabulous—so infinitely readable and engaging. Sugar Rodgers is such a clear-eyed and thoughtful writer and a huge inspiration. There are so many young people I can’t wait to give this book to." —Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
In unflinchingly honest prose, Sugar Rodgers shares her inspiring story of overcoming tremendous odds to become an all-star in the WNBA.
Growing up in dire poverty in Suffolk, Virginia, Sugar (born Ta’Shauna) Rodgers never imagined that she would become an all-star player in the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association). Both of her siblings were in and out of prison throughout much of her childhood and shootings in her neighborhood were commonplace. For Sugar this was just a fact of life.
While academics wasn’t a high priority for Sugar and many of her friends, athletics always played a prominent role. She mastered her three-point shot on a net her brother put up just outside their home, eventually becoming so good that she could hustle local drug dealers out of money in one-on-one contests.
With the love and support of her family and friends, Sugar’s performance on her high school basketball team led to her recruitment by the Georgetown Hoyas, and her eventual draft into the WNBA in 2013 by the Minnesota Lynx (who won the WNBA Finals in Sugar’s first year). The first of her family to attend college, Sugar speaks of her struggles both academically and as an athlete with raw honesty.
Sugar’s road to a successful career as a professional basketball player is fraught with sadness and death—including her mother’s death when she’s fourteen, which leaves Sugar essentially homeless. Throughout it all, Sugar clings to basketball as a way to keep herself focused and sane.
And now Sugar shares her story as a message of hope and inspiration for young girls and boys everywhere, but especially those growing up in economically challenging conditions. Never sugarcoating her life experiences, she delivers a powerful message of discipline, perseverance, and always believing in oneself.
One of Amazon’s 14 Leadership Principles is ‘Dive Deep’ and to stay skeptical until you can validate an opinion with data. We are best served (in life and in our jobs) when we make decisions based on metrics. If you can’t quantify it, it’s hard to leave your implicit bias out of the decisions (our implicit bias is often in our blind spot).
How can you currently utilize data to improve the quality of your decisions?
Is there data already available that you can use to make more profitable decisions?
What data should you be capturing?
To lessen the risk of error in our decisions (yet maintain a bias for action and act quickly), we must keep our guard up for our own unseen implicit biases. Data is the key. It arms the decisions we make with proof. In the event we are called to the carpet to explain the logic behind our decision, data can act as our shield. When you think of data, do you think of complex charts and dashboards, things that are best left up to the experts to decipher? It's time to debunk that myth. In this book, you will discover the following:
What data literacy is (it's more than just reading a chart)
Why everyone should have a basic understanding of data literacy (your opinion matters)
How our brains make decisions (there is a science to decision-making)
How to become aware of individual and organizational bias (so we can grow as people while avoiding costly mistakes)
How to turn data into wisdom (a clear process and methodology for turning data Information into powerful insights for your company)
Turning Data into Wisdom: How We Can Collaborate with Data to Change Ourselves, Our Organizations, and Even the World presents a 6-phase, 12-step process to help those at all levels of an organization use their knowledge, skills, and experience to make data-informed decisions that can help transform their companies-and sometimes, even the world. The many real-life examples and case studies as well as tools, definitions, and templates will help you feel equipped and empowered to understand, seek out, and discuss data with others, ultimately using this information to make the best decisions for your business and the people it serves. If you are interested in learning more about how to transform the way your organization can use data to make better decisions, request a review copy of Turning Data into Wisdom: How We Can Collaborate with Data to Change Ourselves, Our Organizations, and Even the World. If this book is of interest and you are willing to post an honest review, you may request an evaluation copy.
Descrizione: A collection of 13 award-winning short stories (true crime/narrative non-fiction) concerning the true adventures of California Fish and Game Wardens and the wildlife-destroying outlaws they pursue. These stories illustrate the wide variety of wildlife-related problems wardens face in California, which has a greater diversity of wildlife and wildlife habitat than any other state and is second only to Alaska in its vast expanses of wilderness.
Descrizione: Get into a new collection from the award winning author of A Natural History of Hell.
A Jeffrey Ford story may start out in the innocuous and routine world of college teaching or evenings on a porch with your wife. But inevitably the weird comes crashing in. Maybe it’s an unexpected light in a dark and uninhabited house, maybe it’s a drainage tunnel that some poor kid is suddenly compelled to explore. Maybe there’s a monkey in the woods or an angel that you’ll need to fight if you want to gain tenure. Big Dark Hole is about those big, dark holes that we find ourselves once in a while and maybe, too, the big dark holes that exist inside of us.
Descrizione: Giveaway of 10 ARCs of Lost in Nowhere!
Not all dreams are meant to be followed. Although Jeni has fully accepted her spiritual ability, she’s unnerved by the apparition of a pioneer girl asking for help. But as the girl’s tragic love story unfolds in her dreams, Jeni’s resistance melts and she resolves to save the soul of the ghost’s lost love. Jeni dreams through the eyes of the ghost girl, Marielle, experiencing the ill-fated turn of events firsthand. When she discovers that her own impulses cause Marielle to act uncharacteristically, Jeni believes she can change the past. Despite warnings against meddling with time, Jeni forges ahead, convinced she can use the dreams to find the moment where the soul of Marielle’s lover might be saved. Deep inside a dream and intent on her quest, Jeni is lured into a trap which binds her soul to the ghost girl. If she can escape the evil force that tricked her, she’ll still need to figure out how to return to the present. With no allies, no knowledge about crossing through time, and limited 18th century resources, Jen is terrified by her prospects. Failure will leave her soul trapped in the past, or worse… lost in nowhere.
Descrizione: Once there was a girl called Mindi who was afraid of something that no one else could see. This thing that she was afraid of, this thing that no one else could see, was a big goose. It came into her room as quietly as a thought comes into your head. . . .
When a little girl named Mindi says she is being visited by a big goose—a scary creature that is visible only to her—her devoted dad and mom try everything they can think of to drive it away. But maybe some outside assistance is warranted from their wise friend Austen, a farmer who knows what is needed to help Mindi turn her mind to something new. In a sensitive exploration of childhood fears, Sam McBratney, the author of Guess How Much I Love You, narrates with charm, wit, and a touch of whimsy, while Linda Ólafsdóttir’s delicate illustrations enhance the modern fairy-tale feel in a story that is sure to become a bedtime favorite.
A charming new story from the author of Guess How Much I Love You offers an original—and heartening—take on childhood anxiety.
Descrizione: Every house has a story. This house—an old one hunkered in the deep grass below a wide country sky—is a waiting house. Once it was full of laughter and song. The sounds of life rang within its walls. Now it stands quiet and still. The house has sheltered many families over the years and remembers them fondly, especially the children. New families arrive to look, but none stay. Perhaps the house, too, now belongs to the Long Ago and Used to Be? Or will the “right” family move in to honor its past and build new memories? Wistful and nostalgic, Mary Lyn Ray’s poetic text, combined with glowing, pastoral illustrations by E. B. Goodale that capture the lonely house’s unique character, create a quietly affecting hymn to hope and surprise that will enchant readers of all ages.
A luminous picture-book tribute to house and home gently evokes the passage of time, the solace of memory, and the joys of preservation and renewal.
Descrizione: In a trio of droll stories, award-winning author and storyteller Atinuke debuts an endearing and enduring character with plenty to prove. Tola lives in an apartment in the busy city of Lagos, Nigeria, with her sister, Moji, who is very clever; her brother, Dapo, who is very fast; and Grandmommy, who is very bossy. Tola may be small, but she’s strong enough to carry a basket brimming with groceries home from the market, and she’s clever enough to count out Grandmommy’s change. When the faucets in the apartment break, it’s Tola who brings water from the well. And when Mr. Abdul, the tailor, has an accident and needs help taking his customers’ measurements, only Tola can save the day. Atinuke’s trademark wit and charm are on full display, accompanied by delightful illustrations by Onyinye Iwu. Too Small Tola evokes the urban bustle and rich blending of cultures in Lagos through the eyes of a little girl with an outsize will—and an even bigger heart.
Three delightful tales from a renowned Nigerian storyteller introduce a chapter-book heroine who is every bit as mighty as she is small.
Descrizione: Giveaway of 10 print ARCs of Sobremesa!
In the quest to discover herself, Josephine returns home to Argentina to learn the lessons of her mom and abuela’s pasts, along with the delicious dishes that formed their kitchen arsenals. But her travels from las pampas to the prairie aren’t easy or conventional. Josephine faces mystical encounters with the spirit world that lead her to discover a part of herself that, like sobremesa, had been lost in translation. Just as she’s ready to give up on love all together, Josephine surprises even herself by entering into a forbidden, transcontinental love affair with the Argentine man of her dreams. If they are to be together, Josephine must make a difficult choice: return to the life she knows back in Pittsburgh or follow her heart and take a chance on herself.
This magical, multigenerational story of a daughter’s love and the culinary legacy that helps Josephine navigate life-changing loss is a reminder that home is anywhere the heart is. By means of culinary time travel, Sobremesa takes the reader on a parallel culinary journey to Argentina that unfolds with each chapter.
Descrizione: Selected by Richard Blanco as winner of the 2019 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, Justin Jannise turns the self-help manual on its head in How to be Better by Being Worse.
These poems flout, subvert, question, and ignore the rules with exploratory energy. Queer experiences are celebrated—from crushing on long-dead, sad-eyed poets to drag divas dancing at Halloween parties—gender constructs are questioned, and familial transgressions are laid bare for the world.
Delightfully modulating between flippant, sincere, and back again, How to Be Better by Being Worse freely indulges in harmless wickedness as its speaker grows in self-awareness, slowly learning to let go of inherited shame while continuing to seek self-forgiveness for the harms he has caused the outside world.
Descrizione: Kendra DeColo reaffirms the action of mothering as heroic, brutal, and hardcore. These poems interrogate patriarchal narratives about childbirth, postpartum healing, and motherhood through the lens of pop culture and the political zeitgeist. With references ranging from Courtney Love to Lana Del Rey to Richard Burton to Nicholas Cage, I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World revitalizes the way we look at mothering: pushing its boundaries and reclaiming one's spirit of defiance, abundance, and irreverent joy.
Descrizione: Rachel Mennies embraces the public/private duality of writing letters in her latest collection of poems. Told through a time-honored epistolary narrative, The Naomi Letters chronicles the relationship between a woman speaker and Naomi, the woman she loves.
Set mostly over the span of a single year encompassing the 2016 Presidential Election and its aftermath, their love story unfolds via correspondence, capturing the letters the speaker sends to Naomi—and occasionally Naomi’s responses, as filtered through the speaker’s retelling. These letter-poems form a braid, first from the use of found texts, next from the speaker’s personal observations about her bisexuality, Judaism, and mental illness, and lastly from her testimonies of past experiences.
As the speaker discovers she has fallen in love with Naomi, her letters reveal the struggles, joys, and erasures she endures as she becomes reacquainted with her own body following a long period of anxiety and suicidal ideation, working to recover both physically and emotionally as she grows to understand this long-distance love and its stakes—a love held by a woman for a woman, forever at a short, but precarious distance.
Descrizione: Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize-winning poet and nationally recognized literary critic Craig Morgan Teicher’s Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey is a poetry collection about entering middle age, raising a young family, sustaining a marriage, and taking care of a severely disabled child.
Built around two sequences of sonnets, and interrupted by two sets of lyric poems, a set of prose poems, and a long poem about death, the book narrates a family’s move to the suburbs and their coming to terms with the ghosts of the past and with hard-to-hold hopes for the future.
Descrizione: When the tech boom and the 2008 recession collide, Great Northern Paper Mill in Winsockette, Maine is forced to close. Darcy and Basil Sullivan, a 23-year-old couple with a third child on the way, are forced to find a new means of survival. Basil believes Man's greed has taken everything from them, and after seeing devastating tornado damage on the news, he decides God's wrath will now provide. For Basil, this means convincing Darcy to move to Nebraska and repair tornado damage for a living. As they begin a cross-country journey that tests their resolve and resourcefulness, Darcy begins to fear Basil's breakthrough is a breakdown and wonders if she should flee back to Maine. Basil also begins to realize moving his family to tornado alley could be the one thing that rips them forever.
Descrizione: After a kidnap-for-hire plot results in the death of a young boy, Burr police chief Emmett Hardy has a breakdown. His life at a crossroads, Hardy checks into the hospital for treatment, only to discover upon his release that he’s been suspended from duty. When a dying prisoner contacts him about a long-forgotten unsolved case, Emmett—temporarily at loose ends—investigates.
Soon he becomes a target of violence himself, as his investigation becomes a murder probe implicating the most powerful men in town. Hardy is forced to relive one of the most traumatic events of his childhood and faces the possibility that members of his own family may have been involved in the crime. Ultimately, with Emmett’s tenuous grasp on sobriety slipping and his moral foundation shifting beneath his feet, the answer to the question, “Who do I trust?” becomes a matter of life and death.
Descrizione: This sexually charged novel follows the desires and intellectual ennui of a woman in a disintegrating marriage. Having relinquished her career as a high-powered attorney to have children, Alix finds herself awash in sleeping pills and fantasy on the Upper West Side as she tries to reignite her lustless marriage to her wealthy husband. When childhood boyfriend Evan contacts Alix to help investigate the car accident that killed his sister, Alix uncovers information that would have dire consequences.
Overwhelmed with temptation to begin an affair with Evan and conflicted by the information she is withholding, Alix develops Bell’s Palsy, paralyzing her face and plans. In self-exile, consumed by her condition, Alix must find creative, even comic, solutions to her sexual frustrations and reexamine her marriage, ambitions, and true self. Asymmetrical Woman explores the inherent contradictions and dilemmas of contemporary women—the disappointments, compromises and anguish of marriage, motherhood and work.
Descrizione: "Is their chance encounter a witchy second shot at love? Or just another score?
Ruby Donovan is a lot of things—paramedic, single mom, Legacy witch. The one title she never wanted? Senate heir. But that’s exactly what she’ll become unless she can find a loophole fast. It’s just her luck that the man who steps in to help her is the one who crushed her heart so many years ago. There’s no way she’ll give him a second chance to do that.
Treasure hunter Diego Benitas has no interest in witch politics. But he does have a significant interest in Ruby. He always has. Keeping her safe and helping her find what she’s looking for shouldn’t be too hard. Convincing her to let him into her heart again? That might be the toughest assignment he’s ever faced.
It’s not long before Ruby and Diego realize how much danger their search has stirred up—and just how much they need each other. With enemies closing in from all sides, can they survive long enough to find their way to happily ever after? Or will the odds keep them apart forever? "
Descrizione: Another day, another creature. But are they really all bad?
While Pandora is still on the loose, Haydeez and Linx try to get ahead of the game. But when multiple creatures pop up and start hunting children, it always feels like they’re just playing catch-up. Haydeez races against the clock to prevent a monstrous creature from eating children, while Linx hunts down a key component in Pandora’s plan: a rare phenix egg.
Unfortunately for the people of Boston, Pandora isn’t staying quiet. She uses her time to release one of the most feared creatures in Greek mythology, and she needs a family to house its spirit.
Houston Homicide Detective Jack West is back at work. A fresh case he's working might be connected to a murder case fellow detectives Chang and Severson are working. The Medical Examiner's report shows some similarities to each murder, but the victims are strangers with nothing in common. A third murder victim found under a bridge on the Buffalo Bayou confirms Houston has a serial killer on the loose. Three very diverse people are dead—are these hate crimes, and if so, how many more will die? The clock is ticking; Jack and his team need to catch this killer before another body shows up.
Descrizione: Send Me No Flowers is the third book of the series. Gathering evidence from the Police, the FBI, and the State Police, Detective Daniels is convinced a former lover, a high government official, is behind several murders. The diverse group of investigators, working undercover, is guided by Daniels to discover the truth and get justice for the victims.
Descrizione: 15-year-old Jake London’s ideal teen life is thrown into chaos when he discovers the ability to telepathically control a swarm of shape-shifting nanotechnology that has, until recently, lain dormant in his DNA. With Mechcraft, Jake can summon liquid metal through his pores to create any object he can imagine.
But he’s not alone. A secret world opens to him, revealing a hidden society of fellow Mechcrafters entrenched in a war between three factions vying for dominance.
Being the first person born with the nanotech, Jake becomes caught in the center of the warring factions’ schemes, each believing his potential power will be the wildcard to deliver victory. Now, with Mechcraft agents, Bex and Trent, escorting him, and a horde of enemies in pursuit, Jake finds himself in a desperate race to safety.
Will the agents be able to get Jake to their headquarters? Or will sinister faction leader, Sasha, exploit his power?
Descrizione: Kyle didn't like being told what to do. When his brother demanded that he get himself home right now, no stopping, no passing GO and no collecting two-hundred dollars, the order didn't sit well with him. So, he stopped at a bar in an unknown town. He met a girl. They drank, left, did drugs together, and when he awoke in the morning, her decapitated head lay in his lap. As he pieces together what happened the night before, a police cruiser rolls in behind him. From that moment, the chase is on. What Kyle doesn't know is that he isn't the only killer in town.
Descrizione: Elizabeth Eden lit up the screen, but at thirty-three the most famous actress of her day was dead. Twenty years later, Tess Jordan, escaping a life of crime on the streets of NYC, has become Hollywood’s most powerful female executive. She has her own reasons for aiming to make the shattering true story of Elizabeth Eden her first major project. But in her burning desire to right a terrible wrong, Tess must confront the wealthy and powerful who will stop at nothing to ensure the secrets of the past remain buried forever.
Veterinarian Piper is pragmatic enough to know her marriage wasn’t working, which is why she left Dylan a year ago and pretends it hasn’t hurt like hell every day since. Then Dylan calls out of the blue and tells her to come right away for an animal emergency. Piper arrives on the ranch that used to be her home to find her horse savagely killed. She can’t fathom what could have done it. One thing, however, is obvious. Piper still loves Dylan.
Dylan isn't over Piper, not by a long shot. After her horse was ripped apart by something he’s pretty sure wasn’t a bear, it feels so good to hold Piper in his arms again. If only they could find a way To undo the mess that drove them apart.
An epic blizzard hits, trapping Piper and Dylan on the ranch for what just might be their one chance at reuniting. But as things get a whole lot scarier, it’s clear something evil has brought them together.
Hunted by the supernatural, they must fight for their lives, but can they also fight for their love?
Descrizione: "Stranded on an island with the very person she was trying to escape...
The plan was easy: quit working for her overly demanding, overly ambitious, annoyingly handsome boss and launch her own career.
Before she can tell her boss to take his job and shove it, Charlie Middleton loses her dear aunt, and inherits her treasured Scottish cottage. Devastated, Charlie jet-sets across the Atlantic to a remote island off the Scottish coast, seeking to clear her mind and fortify her resolve to take charge of her future.
Lachlan Hart, tech genius and founder of a multi-million-dollar artificial intelligence company, discovers his reliable assistant has abruptly resigned. Feeling abandoned and lost without the woman who kept his life running like a well-oiled machine, he chases after her to bring her back.
When he arrives in the island village, Charlie is outraged at the invasion of her privacy and disgusted by his lack of boundaries. But amid a heated argument, they miss the last ferry off the island, stranding them in the storm of the century. Seeking shelter in the crumbling cottage, Charlie and Lachlan fight for survival, while wrestling a surge of newfound attraction.
Battling an onslaught of wind, rain, and rising storm surge, Charlie and Lachlan find the piece of themselves they’d lost—in each other."
Descrizione: Cross the proverbial Rubicon and don’t look back, but be darn well sure you can handle what’s on the other side. For battles of the heart and mind are far more difficult to fight than ones of the flesh. The special ops’ mission takes a turn for the worse when Cpt. Eriksen, Sgt. Banks, modern woman – Kyla Marshall, and Germanic princess – Cassius think they are traveling back to our present day, same timeline. However, that ends up not being the case. The four immediately discover that the future they worked so hard to preserve has been changed into a world run by faithless individuals that truly believe in the idiom – ‘survival of the fittest.’ As the team maneuvers through the new timeline with all its tricky politics, mass corruption, and a fast approaching self-inflicted destruction, they learn the devastating truth – they were betrayed back in the first century by someone very close to them.
Descrizione: Savannah has grown up preparing for the end of the world. Her father is Teddy Unser, ex-con and doomsday prepper devoted to the day he and his family will have to run. But Teddy is tired of waiting, and when Savannah is fourteen, he steals a water truck and commits a cataclysmic attack in which Savannah and her little sister Mía find themselves accomplices.
Teddy flees with the girls and their grandmother into a macabre refuge inside a labyrinth of caves. Now Savannah must fight to protect her little sister while at the same time reconcile the nagging sense of loyalty she feels for her father. But supplies are running out and paranoia is fast consuming the hideout. Confined with a madman, the girls have no choice but to use their wits and the wilderness itself to survive. Inspired by true events and steeped in myth, Prisoner’s Cinema is Ruby Ridge meets The Shining.
Descrizione: Ian Hart is the most notorious criminal in the country. Like the thief he is, he came in the dark and stole a night of my life.
He left me with souvenirs. Disaster and fear are my new realities. I’ll forever look over my shoulder, terrified he’d return, because when he took me, he stole more than just a few hours of my time.
His crime has consequences neither of us could’ve imagined. If I’m to escape the nightmare of my life, I have to outsmart him. If I’m to survive, I have to outwit every enemy he’s turned against me, including Ian himself, the most dangerous and cleverest man I know.
Descrizione: "Gilly Carter has kept her lofty inheritance a secret from her coworkers, knowing first-hand how money changes people. But when she’s forced to rely on more than her bank account, will she rise to the task?
After winning teacher of the year last spring, she’s pumped to begin the new school year. Her fantasies of rainbow colored bookshelves and students giggling at her math puns are dampened when she discovers Christopher Callahan, a one-night stand who ghosted her, is not only her co-worker, but they’re paired together to teach first grade.
While he’s kind to everyone else, Christopher doesn’t even try to hide his distaste for Gilly. He turns his nose up at her extravagant classroom decorations and accuses her of not teaching from her heart. When Christopher challenges her to a spirit week competition where neither of them can spend a cent, Gilly doubles down: she freezes her funds for the entire month, vowing to live off her teacher’s salary alone.
As they grow from enemies to lovers, Gilly knows she must come clean with Christopher about being an heiress, but a bigger threat looms—a blast from the past well-versed in blackmail.
With the freeze on her funds, Gilly is forced to do things the hard way. But if she loses Christopher in the process, no amount of cash will heal her broken heart."
Descrizione: In future San Francisco Kaneda has been a homeless hacker for years. But his blog following has never been better.
Dodging flying cars and jam sessions with ragtag rockers keep him in shape. By the time they get a new condo he’s almost forgotten the concrete jungle.
One day, while tinkering with the television, a portal appears on the screen. Stepping inside, Kaneda and his two bandmates discover trees as far as the eye. Soon enough they’re lost. And a lot more bored than they’d planned. That is, until they begin to hear the whispers.
Before long they bump into post-technological humans in thrall to arboreal Sirens. Staying means freedom from his checkered past. But, unwilling to sell his soul to tree-huggers, Kaneda ventures deep into the forest in search of the fabled technology and trigger a homeward portal.
Descrizione: Perfect for fans of This is Happiness by Niall Williams, Holding by Graham Norton and Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín.
Bachelor Lane is living up to its name. Presided over by the domineering Evelyn Burnley, it was once filled with life and people but now is a place with a distinct lack of gossip-worthy news. But, in the spring of 1953, all of that is about to change.
Evelyn’s eldest daughter, Lili, forms a tenuous relationship with a farmer on the Lane, Ewan Cameron. Meanwhile Wren Stevens, a timid girl banished from the household of her mentally ill mother, arrives in the local town to take up residence with her wealthy Great-aunt Astrid. Here, Wren blossoms under the positive influence of Astrid and catches the eye of several young men. However, it is Bertie Burnley, Evelyn’s only son, who makes the greatest impression on her.
As the seasons change each of them experiences family difficulties, the joy of love, the pain of loss and the sting of betrayal. They learn that love can bring out the best in people –and the worst. And they realise that no matter how close they become, everyone can keep secrets.
Descrizione: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent a coupon code and the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in ePub or Kindle format.
Book 3 of the Series
In 1849 Walter Hartright was one of the few survivors of an expedition to British Honduras. Now a letter, pleading for rescue, has arrived from Sir Ambridge Skyllington, the lead explorer. Is it truly he, or is this a fraud? Walter journeys into the jungle to find out, and Theo Camlet goes with him. When they are captured by native partisans Marian Halcombe Camlet sails to the rescue with cases of rifles. But it is 1864, a dangerous time to cross the Atlantic when the Union Navy is on the watch for smugglers.
Descrizione: You probably already knew that Mae Jemison was the first black woman astronaut in space (and also a doctor and a dancer), but Sneeze will tell you surprising and absolutely true things that you didn’t know, like:
How Mae wrecked her family’s car when she was only two years old
How Mae learned about sickle cell anemia by asking lots of questions and forming a hypothesis
What animals and languages you might find in Sierra Leone, where Mae was a Peace Corps doctor and where she met Sneeze
How Mae became the first real astronaut on the Star Trek TV show
How astronauts poop, pee, fart, eat, and sleep in space
It’s the second book in a series of biographies of American heroes, as told by their devoted but snarky cats. These stories were written by important cats at the Feline Historical Society, and translated from the original Cattish language.
Descrizione: The Survivor is a fact-based conspiracy thriller with the shocking revelation that Jesus the man may have survived the cross, and was remade into a risen Christ-Savior, all based on an ancient pagan god and his church.
Descrizione: Six-year-old Evelyn doesn’t like being told she’s too little to do things her older brothers can do. With help from a magical fairy friend, Evelyn discovers she’s not too little to learn new skills. You’ve Got Skills! instills valuable life lessons like the importance of working hard, not giving up, and that what you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while. Parents, teachers, and caregivers can help students complete their SkillStory™ and find age-appropriate skills to learn from the ideas provided in the back of the book.
Descrizione: Katarina is a woodland fairy who loves to show children what makes them unique. Because she values fun, she dazzles children with whimsy, wonder, and “Fairy Magic!” This enchanting fairy friend guides six schoolmates on a journey of self-discovery, teaching them the importance of knowing their own values.
Katarina explains how values guide their lives and help them make good decisions, including choosing their friends wisely, and deciding what activities to pursue. Values can even help them find a career they will enjoy someday!
Katarina builds confidence in each child by uncovering what’s most important to them. Evelyn, Ki, Emma Lucía, Daphne, Jax, and Jacob learn and celebrate values like independence, empathy, fairness, honesty, and generosity.
Children will be delighted to join these friends in discovering their own values, and work with a parent, teacher, or caregiver to build their ValuesStory™ to increase their self-awareness and self-esteem.
Descrizione: THE ULTIMATE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCES IN 2021 AND BEYOND
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At a time when 80% of US workers live paycheck to paycheck and as many as 40% of Americans can’t afford a surprise $400 expense it has never been more important to take control of your financial wellbeing.
In Personal Finance QuickStart Guide author, podcaster, and financial advisor Morgen B. Rochard CFA, CFP®, RLP® pulls back the personal finance curtain to present personal finance wisdom that is so simple anyone can start putting it to use today.
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Descrizione: Sherlock Holmes may not have been a journalist, but that doesn’t stop high school senior Kennedy Carter from embracing his methods. With her sights set on becoming an investigative reporter, Kennedy lives by the famous detective’s rules: observe the obvious, eliminate the impossible, and avoid romantic entanglements at all costs.
Kennedy has her heart set on winning the $10,000 Excellence in Emerging Journalism award so she can finally escape her small town and see the world with her very own kind-hearted Watson—best friend and school photographer Ravi Burman.
But research into a local urban legend and a murder investigation she can’t resist are threatening to derail her plans. To find the killer preying on her graduating class, she and Ravi team up to investigate the deaths and work to uncover the story of a lifetime—if it doesn’t cost them their lives first.
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Descrizione: “This book has it all…a fast paced read that you won’t want to put down. Love Match is one of my favorite books of 2021!” —Tammy Feeney, No Shelf Control Blog
Coming to America meets Pretty Woman in this modern-day fairy tale of finding love in the most unexpected places.
Serena McAllister is devastated to find her fiancé has cheated on her—again. When she learns her newspaper is outsourcing jobs to freelance writers, she’s desperate to land the last remaining staff position. Unfortunately, her rival Jane Childers wants the coveted spot as well, and she’s just as determined.
Vowing to do whatever it takes to get her life in order, Serena decides to join a modern-day harem and write a provocative article about the objectification of women across the world to land her dream job at the newspaper.
When Serena arrives at the tiny tropical paradise known as Birin Island, she meets Prince Shailemon Sharma, who is dealing with his own issues of archaic customs in his homeland.
As sparks begin to fly, they discover that attraction can lead to so much more—and that there are no barriers of culture or country when love is on the line.
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Descrizione: “A story that’s both heartwarming and heartfelt…you’ll be rooting for Violet to find her voice in this 5 star modern romance.” —A.M. Castle, international bestselling author of The Perfect Widow
Violet has a secret that could change the lives of everyone she knows and loves, especially the regulars at the run-down café bar where she works. After losing her parents at a young age, they are the closest thing she has to a family and she feels responsible for them.
Kai is a jaded music producer who has just moved outside of town. Seeking solitude from the stress of his job, he’s looking for seclusion. The only problem is he can’t seem to escape the band members and songwriters who keep showing up at his house.
When Kai wanders into the bar and Violet’s life, he accidently discovers her closely guarded secret. Can Kai help her rediscover her self-confidence or should some secrets remain undiscovered?
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Descrizione: Sam Spade meets The Lord of the Rings
Bacardi and Coke. Neat.
Not the usual drink of choice for a mountain dwarf. Then again, Detective Sirgrus Blackmane is no ordinary dwarf—at least not since the Great War. Being a gumshoe during Prohibition might appear glamorous, with secret speakeasies, all-night cocktail parties, and scantily clad women displaying their knees, but crime and conspiracy lurk beneath the city’s shining illusion.
When the human half of the Mason and Blackmane Detective Agency is found dead at the scene of a rum-running bust, Sirgrus vows to find the killer. But this quest for justice leads him straight into a tangled web of underhanded deals with demihuman mobsters who are fighting for control of the rum supply.
And when two more corpses turn up, Sirgrus must work double-time if he wants to find the killer—and avoid turning up dead at the next crime scene.
Descrizione: The exciting conclusion to The Magicians of Venice is a treasure hunt through time as Penelope hunts for a lost relic capable of defeating the demon Thevetat and his followers…
The search for the legendary ring of King Solomon has begun, and Penelope must sift through its long and convoluted history of lost emperors, crusaders, and other famous historical figures—including one with whom the magicians share their own complicated past— if she hopes to find it in time.
As Penelope's magic continues to grow stronger with the coming high tide, she and Alexis will have to depend upon each other more than ever to keep everyone they care about safe from the continuing attacks by Thevetat’s priests.
When the magical high tide finally peaks, the long-awaited battle against Thevetat will begin, and Penelope, Alexis, and the magicians will have to rely on both powers of old and new if they hope to defeat their enemy once and for all.
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Descrizione: Meet the trophy wives of Presidio Terrace, San Francisco’s most exclusive—and most deadly—neighborhood in this shrewd, darkly compelling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of In Her Shadow.
Mystery writer Brooke Davies is the new wife on the block. Her tech-billionaire husband, Jack, twenty-two years her senior, whisked her to the Bay Area via private jet and purchased a modest mansion on the same day. He demands perfection, and before now, Brooke has had no problem playing the role of a doting housewife. But as she befriends other wives on the street and spends considerable time away from Jack, he worries if he doesn’t control Brooke’s every move, she will reveal the truth behind their “perfect” marriage.
Erin King, famed news anchor and chair of the community board, is no stranger to maintaining an image—though being married to a plastic surgeon helps. But the skyrocketing success of her career has worn her love life thin, and her professional ambitions have pushed Mason away. Quitting her job is a Hail Mary attempt at keeping him interested, to steer him away from finding a young trophy wife. But is it enough, and is Mason truly the man she thought he was?
Georgia St. Claire allegedly cashed in on the deaths of her first two husbands, earning her the nickname “Black Widow”—and the stares and whispers of her curious neighbors. Rumored to have murdered both men for their fortunes, she claims to have found true love in her third marriage, yet her mysterious, captivating allure keeps everyone guessing. Then a tragic accident forces the residents of Presidio Terrace to ask: Has Georgia struck again? And what is she really capable of doing to protect her secrets?
Descrizione: ePub, Mobi *Gay Romance with some graphic sex scenes*
Even at that young age Zach knew that those two truths - all-star athlete and homosexual male - could not exist concurrently. So, he’d started dating Rebecca, his devoutly Catholic girlfriend who wants to wait to have sex until she’s married, during his junior year of high school and never looked back.
But on the last night of a team trip to Rome, on the cusp of his senior season at Northwestern University, a Heisman, a number 1 draft pick and a National Championship, Zach seeks out one last anonymous encounter. He opens Grindr and slips out into the Italian summer night to meet Liam - Liam who has a face that looks like it was carved from Carrara marble by one of the ancient greats and whose brazen facade becomes sheepish when he’s asked about his past in Paris. The night is intense, better than Zach could have imagined. But like all one-night stands, it comes to an end by morning’s light.
But what happens to Zach’s carefully manicured plans for a professional football career and a life in the closet when Liam shows up, not only on the Northwestern campus the first day of the fall semester, but in Zach’s upper-level Plato seminar, too?
Descrizione: The Warrens aren't your average family—they live at a zoo. When their Bengal tiger, Ms. Benni, mauls an "aspiring model," the young man's multi-million dollar lawsuit threatens to cripple their lifetime passion—caring for their beloved animals. The family's prospects to win at the jury trial look bleak, in spite of the fact that the young man deliberately walked into Ms. Benni's cage. When all appears lost for the family, their lawyer stumbles upon a creative defense. If she can fly to London within the judge's shortened time frame and get the tiger expert's testimony on video and prove to the jury that Ms. Benni is a grudge tiger with a reason for her vengeance, they have one shot at winning. If she fails, the Warrens lose everything.
Descrizione: As a former cop turned private investigator, Annie Fitch hopes to never be in the line of fire again, so she’s expanded her business to include installing security systems. She’s thrilled to be hired by Preston Farr, a farmer with a vandalism problem on his family’s historic apple orchard and farm.
Preston’s roots in the community run deep. His family has held the same property in Leesburg, Virginia, since the 1700s. The two get to know each other over the course of the job. When Preston asks her out after the work is done, she accepts. After all, Annie’s on-again, off-again love affair with her childhood best friend, Ford, is currently off. Why should she mope until he decides it’s on again?
What she intended to be a fun, casual romp with Preston turns serious quickly when Annie’s newly installed security cameras record startling footage. Family secrets begin to unravel, echoing over two hundred years of heartache and violence.
Descrizione: Cities are alive, shared by humans and animals, insects and plants, landforms and machines. What might city ecosystems look like in the future if we strive for multispecies justice in our urban settings? In these more-than-human stories, twenty-four authors investigate humanity’s relationship with the rest of the natural world, placing characters in situations where humans have to look beyond their own needs and interests. A quirky eco-businessman sees broader applications for a high school science fair project. A bad date in Hawaii takes an unexpected turn when the couple stumbles upon some confused sea turtle hatchlings. A genetically-enhanced supersoldier struggles to find new purpose in a peaceful Tokyo. A community service punishment in Singapore leads to unexpected friendships across age and species. A boy and a mammoth trek across Asia in search of kin. A Tamil child learns the language of the stars. Set primarily in the Asia-Pacific, these stories engage with the serious issues of justice, inclusion, and sustainability that affect the region, while offering optimistic visions of tomorrow's urban spaces.
Disgraced prosecutor and disabled Army veteran Grace Locke is one misstep away from losing her law license for good. Fresh out of jail, living in a no-tell-motel, and eating ramen, Grace has no option but to turn to the dark side, defending the types of criminals she used to relish locking up. To make things worse, she's fighting the opioid addiction that got her in this mess in the first place.
With few options to salvage her career, Grace schemes to defend a trust-fund teen accused of capital murder to pay the bills. But her plan has two flaws. One—Grace believes accused equals guilty. Two—the accused is the daughter of the beauty queen who stole Grace's husband.
Much to her surprise, Grace soon discovers her client may not be guilty after all. With the cops looking the other way and misdirecting her every step, the only explanation that makes sense to Grace is the dead guy was neck deep in the criminal underworld.
When Grace discovers irrefutable evidence of her client's innocence, the race is on to find the real killer and leads her deep inside Florida's illegal pill mill trade. But is it too late for Grace to save her young client from the death chamber and herself from ruin?
Descrizione: An aircraft carrier adrift with a crew the size of a small town. A killer in their midst. And the disgraced Navy SEAL who must track him down . . . The high-octane debut thriller from New York Times bestselling writing team Webb & Mann—combat-decorated Navy SEAL Brandon Webb and award-winning author John David Mann.
“Sensationally good—an instant classic, maybe an instant legend.”—Lee Child
The moment Navy SEAL sniper Finn sets foot on the USS Abraham Lincolnto hitch a ride home from the Persian Gulf, it’s clear something is deeply wrong. Leadership is weak. Morale is low. And when crew members start disappearing one by one, what at first seems like a random string of suicides soon reveals something far more sinister: There’s a serial killer on board. Suspicion falls on Finn, the newcomer to the ship. After all, he’s being sent home in disgrace, recalled from the field under the dark cloud of a mission gone horribly wrong. He’s also a lone wolf, haunted by gaps in his memory and the elusive sense that something he missed may have contributed to civilian deaths on his last assignment. Finding the killer offers a chance at redemption . . . if he can stay alive long enough to prove it isn’t him.
Descrizione: The boys are planning an escape. They’re determined to break out of prison, but they don’t consider the frightening consequences of an attempt to make a run for it. When Tarvis arrives at Alpha Correctional Center, he ignites the plan that Jesse, the ring leader, has been cooking up. He’s got the time line and the contacts. Rick is on shiv-making detail, and Julius is the fire that fuels their hate. As the plan rolls out, their teacher, Caroline McBride, knows something is up, but she doesn’t know what. The air is tense. At odds with the cruel deputy staff, she and William Bonner, the counselor—and her lover—hear the rumblings, but they can’t stop the inevitable. The big blow up. The four finally escape, but freedom is as elusive as a dream.
Last seen heading out of Ventura Harbor with a SCUBA group bound for the Channel Islands, Santa Monica High School Marine Biology teacher, Isabelle Abbott, has vanished.
She finds herself prisoner in the dark bowels of an underground aquarium complex. Once used by the military for marine mammal research, dolphins are no longer denizens of the big tanks. Instead, a menagerie of freaky razor-toothed predators including Piscum Auratus, a genetically engineered gold shark the size of an SUV, swims in psychotic circles.
To her horror, Isabelle discovers that she and a group of traumatized young women have been trafficked to become mermaids for an international sex tourism ring working out of Southern California. They are only days away from being raped by men willing to pay huge sums for the mermaid experience.
Worst of all, to eliminate her as a witness, when the tourists have had their sick fun, more obscenity follows. Isabelle will be tossed to the ravenous monsters in a snuff finale.
Tenacious news reporter Bea Middleton and savvy photographer Lucy Vega, team with Ventura Detective Macintosh Wu. Can they stop the insanity before Isabelle and the others become nothing more than blood in the water?
Descrizione: One evening while helping a colleague stage The Merchant of Venice, English professor Jessica Randall slides momentarily back to 1598. Later that night, she lands for good in the chambers of one William Shakespeare, a down-on-his luck playwright. Jessica meets a Will Shakespeare with some issues. His biggest problem of late has been a non-stop stream of Jessicas apparating into his chambers nightly. Yet Jessica’s appearance halts the visitations, though neither have a clue why. Can she get back to 2018? They don't know that either. As Jessica grapples with adapting to Elizabethan London, they begin crafting a life together and Jessica must figure out how to get home without suffering from the broken heart she knows she can't avoid.
Descrizione: Alex Evans, a thirty-six year old touring electrician, discovers through an accidental pregnancy and then the pain of miscarriage that she truly wants a family. But to attempt another pregnancy, she’ll have to change both her career and her relationship; her partner Connor, ten years her senior, isn’t prepared to become a father again.
When Alex is implicated in an accident involving the female pop star she works for, she and three other women on tour rent a house together in Tuscany. While the tour regroups, confessions are made, secrets are spilled: the guitar tech conceals a forbidden love, the production assistant’s ambition knows no limits, and the personal assistant battles mental issues.
Through arguments and accidents, combating drug use and religion, the women help each other look back on the choices they’ve made, eventually buoying each other, offering up strength to face tough decisions ahead.
Descrizione: Devastated by the sudden loss of her father, Imogene Mussomeli is left adrift, engulfed by a profound sense of loneliness and despair. Though she’s an accomplished woman, she feels like a vulnerable little girl again. Despondent and questioning her entire life, she takes a leave from her prestigious university job and returns to her family's Midwest home, hoping to recover and help her mother, who's just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. There, Imogene might have been swallowed up into the abyss of her suffocating grief were it not for a fortuitous discovery among her father's personal effects. He may have been in the possession of a very rare and valuable book.
Now on a mission, Imogene is lifted out of her morass as she embarks on a wild treasure hunt—her oblivious mother and ill-behaved companion Chihuahua in tow. It takes her all the way back to her father's childhood home in Upstate New York where she executes a daring plan to find the lost "treasure." After hair-raising moments and encounters, Imogene makes her great escape and appears to have the windfall of a lifetime... that is, until her grand scheme backfires in disastrous fashion. And she realizes she is about to lose everything and everyone she ever cared about.
Descrizione: As people come to understand more about animals’ inner lives—the intricacies of their thoughts and the emotions that are expressed every day by whales and cows, octopus and mice, even bees—we feel a growing compassion, a desire to better their lives. But how do we translate this compassion into helping other creatures, both those that are and are not our pets? Bringing together the latest science with heartfelt storytelling, Animals’ Best Friends reveals the opportunities we have in everyday life to help animals in our homes, in the wild, in zoos, and in science labs, as well as those considered to be food.
Barbara J. King, an expert on animal cognition and emotion, guides us on a journey both animal and deeply human. We meet cows living relaxed lives in an animal sanctuary—and cows with plastic portals in their sides at a university research station. We observe bison free-roaming at Yellowstone National Park and chimpanzees confined to zoos. We learn with King how to negotiate vegetarian preferences in omnivore restaurants. We experience the touch of a giant Pacific octopus tasting King’s skin with one of his long, neuron-rich arms. We reflect on animal testing as King shares her own experience as the survivor of a particularly nasty cancer. And in a moment all too familiar to many of us, we recover from a close encounter with two spiders in the home.
This is a book not of shaming and limitation, but of uplift and expansion. Throughout this journey, King makes no claims of personal perfection. Though an animal expert, she is just like the rest of us: on a journey still, learning each day how to be better, and do better, for animals. But as Animals’ Best Friends makes clear, challenging choices can bring deep rewards. By turning compassion into action on behalf of animals, we not only improve animals’ lives—we also immeasurably enrich our own.