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The Staggerford Murders and Nancy Clancy's Nephew

by Jon Hassler

Filled with his trademark humor and warmth, Jon Hassler's The Staggerford Murders and The Life and Death of Nancy Clancy's Nephew offer a welcome return to the town that has captivated readers for years. In The Staggerford Murders, residents of the Ransford Hotel "solve" the nine- year-old murder of esteemed Staggerford citizen Neddy Nichols and the disappearance of his widow, Blanche. Hassler's wry humor is in full force as this wonderful tale unfolds. In the more poignant and bittersweet The Life and Death of Nancy Clancy's Nephew, elderly W. D. Nestor finds his loneliness dispelled by his friendship with a young Staggerford boy, but it is a sudden visit to his one hundred-year-old Aunt Nancy that provides the peace he has always been looking for.

Parched

by Heather King

This powerful memoir chronicles how the author became her drinking self, spending over 20 years in a cycle of drinking and self-loathing. From highly functioning alcoholic to living in dive bars, King's painful and poignant story tells how she evolved, stopped, and changed her life.

Time and Chance

by Penman Sharon Kay

The long-awaited sequel to Sharon Kay Penman's acclaimed novel When Christ and His Saints Slept, Time and Chancerecounts the tempestuous marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II in a magnificent story of love, power, ambition-and betrayal. He was nineteen when they married, she eleven years his senior, newly divorced from the King of France. She was beautiful, headstrong, intelligent, and rich. It was said he was Fortune's favorite, but he said a man makes his own luck. Within two years, Henry had made his, winning the throne of England and exercising extraordinary statecraft skills to control his unruly barons, expand his own powers, and restore peace to a land long torn by banditry and bloodshed. Only in one instance did Henry err: Elevating his good friend and confidant Thomas Becket to be Archbishop of Canterbury, he thought to gain control over the Church itself. But the once worldly Becket suddenly discovered God, and their alliance withered in the heat of his newfound zeal. What Becket saw as a holy mission-to protect the Church against State encroachments-Henry saw as arrant betrayal, and they were launched inevitably on the road to murder. Rich in character and color, true to the historical details, sensitive to the complex emotions of these men and women, Time and Chancerecreates their story with all the drama, pain, and passion of the moment. It is Penman at her best.

What's Worth Knowing

by Wendy Lustbader

Colorful and enlightening vignettes about life by everyday people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties. When social worker Wendy Lustbader was asked to take down the histories of residents in a retirement community, she discovered that "the man with Alzheimer's in room 410" was actually ninety-six-year-old Ole Harlen, a former concert pianist. "The woman who people-watches in the lobby" was really Lila Lane, who eloped to Tijuana with her sweetheart at age sixteen, and who at age seventy-five bemoaned the fact that she could no longer wear high heels. Lustbader gathered these stories and more into What's Worth Knowing, a compilation of unforgettable first-person testimonials on love, truth, grief, faith, and fulfillment by people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties. Israel Grosskoff, for example, describes learning about trust while hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Giuseppe Maestriami passes on child-rearing lessons he discovered through growing prize-winning tomatoes. And Arsene St. Amand talks about the importance of making time for love-which he found for the first time only six months before his death. In What's Worth Knowing, readers can spend time with Ole, Lila, Israel, Giuseppe, and Arsene-and a hundred others, whose wisdom matters all the more because of the way they've acquired it. .

The Way of the Warrior

by Andrew Matthews

Enter the world of the Samurai, an order steeped in mystery and tradition, in this thrilling tale of revenge. Synopsis Vowing to avenge his parents' death, Jimmu becomes a Samurai, an expert and lethal fighter. After infiltrating his sworn enemy's personal guard, his skills and loyalties come under heavy attack, in this graphic and gripping story.

The Danish Girl

by David Ebershoff

Set against the glitz and decadence of 1920s Copenhagen, Paris and Dresden, and inspired by a true story, The Danish Girl is about one of the most passionate and unusual marriages of the twentieth century. Einar Wegener and his American wife Greta Waud have been married for six years, but are yet to have a child. Both painters, they live a life of bohemian languor in Copenhagen until one day their lives are irreversibly altered. The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the intimacy that defines a marriage and the nearly forgotten story of the love between a man who discovers that he is, in fact, a woman, and his wife who would sacrifice anything for him. This elegantly written, sensual and engrossing novel is a wonderful celebration of love. With great sensitivity and intelligence, David Ebershoff tells the story of this extraordinary marriage, which survives the hardest test any couple could face. Praise for The Danish Girl 'an engrossing story of true love, suffering and sacrifice' -Sunday Telegraph 'a quality of extraordinariness. . . an astonishing idea, rendered arrestingly: a hypnotising uniqueness' -Courier-Mail 'an enthralling read' -The Times 'an unusual and affecting love story' -New York Times

In Conquest Born

by Friedman C. S.

In Conquest Born is the monumental science fiction epic that received unprecedented acclaim#151;and launched C. S. Friedman's phenomenal career. A sweeping story of two interstellar civilizations#151;locked in endless war, it was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award.

Who Left that Body in the Rain?

by Patricia Sprinkle

Sixty-something Southerner MacLaren Yarbrough keeps busy as a county magistrate, a co-owner of Yarbrough's Feed, Seed and Nursery, and a loving wife and mother. But her penchant for snooping around in other people's business often lands her up to her neck in murder... In Hopemore, Georgia, good ol' boy Skye MacDonald lives life large--as a dedicated family man, back-slapping civic leader, and flamboyantly successful owner of a local automobile empire. Very little happens in this cozy town without Skye's full knowledge and participation. So the whole community is shocked when his body is found in a muddy road, run over by his own car. Judge MacLaren Yarbrough and her husband, Joe Riddley, have known the MacDonalds for years. So they can't help but get involved in this baffling murder investigation, especially when it produces more questions than answers: Why has Skye's son skipped town? How many secrets was Skye keeping? And... Who Left That Body in the Rain? .

Prom

by Laurie Halse Anderson

High school senior Ashley Hannigan doesn't care about prom, but she's the exception. It's pretty much the only good thing at her urban Philadelphia high school, and everyone plans to make the most of it-especially Ash's best friend, Natalia, who's the head of the committee. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money, and Ash suddenly finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance out of absolutely nada. But she has help-from her large and loving (if exasperating!) family, from Nat's eccentric grandmother, from her fellow classmates. And in putting the prom together, Ash learns that she has choices about her life after high school. Prom has everything that award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for-humor, poignancy, teen readers' tough issues dealt with head-on, and a voice teen readers will recognize as their own.

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

by Poe Edgar Allan

Edgar Allan Poe's only long fiction has provoked intense scholarly discussions about its meaning since its first publication. The novel relates the adventures of Pym after he stows away on a whaling ship, where he endures starvation, encounters with cannibals, a whirlpool, and finally a journey to an Antarctic sea. It draws on the conventions of travel writing and science fiction, and on Poe's own experiences at sea, but is ultimately in a category of its own. Appendices include virtually all of the contemporary sources of exploration and south polar navigation that Poe consulted and adapted to the narrative, together with reviews and notices of Pym and a sampling of responses to the novel from a wide array of authors, from Herman Melville and Charles Baudelaire to H. P. Lovecraft and Toni Morrison. Seven illustrations are also included.

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

by H. P. Lovecraft

Part of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award-winning director Guillermo del Toro Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro's favorites, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ray Russell's short story "Sardonicus," considered by Stephen King to be "perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written," to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Klein, and Robert E. Howard. Featuring original cover art by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, these stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere. The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories Howard Phillips Lovecraft's unique contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism (derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s. The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories brings together a dozen of the master's tales-from his early short stories "Under the Pyramids" (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and "The Music of Erich Zann" (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites) through his more fully developed works, "The Dunwich Horror," "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," and "At the Mountains of Madness. " The book presents the definitive corrected texts of these works, along with Lovecraft critic and biographer S. T. Joshi's illuminating introduction and notes to each story. .

The Emerald Tablet

by Hauck Dennis William

The Emerald Tablet?an ancient document that contains the essence of the alchemical teachings?has had an important influence on many Western spiritual and religious traditions. Ostensibly concerned with turning base metals into gold, alchemy was in fact dedicated to transforming the lead of self into the gold of spirit. This brilliant history of alchemy traces its sources back to ancient Egypt, and presents alchemy as a useful, practical system of self-transformation. Each of the seven steps of alchemical transformation is explained, with hands-on techniques and exercises, treating alchemy as a living discipline for achieving a spiritual awakening. .

My Bondage and My Freedom

by Frederick Douglass

The second in the series of three autobiographies penned by Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom picks up where Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass left off. This volume recounts more gripping details of Douglass' transformation from illiterate slave to leading light of the abolitionist movement and offers an extended philosophical meditation on the meaning of slavery.

Bird Springs

by Carolyn Marsden

Eleven-year-old Gregory and his family had to leave the Navajo reservation at Bird Springs-the only home they've ever known-and move to a motel in Tucson, Arizona. Gregory misses his absent father, but he likes school, particularly art class with the kind teacher. He also makes a new friend, Matt, who promptly informs him art class is really art therapy and that Gregory is staying in a shelter, not a motel. Even though Matt can be outspoken, he's just what Gregory needs now. He's honest and generous with his allowance so they can ride the Ferris wheel at the carnival. Award-winning author Carolyn Marsden paints a poignant story of a little boy who, as he confronts the more painful aspects of his past, is filled with a sense of hope.

Lena

by Jacqueline Woodson

Thirteen-year-old Lena and her younger sister, Dion, mourn the death of their mother as they hitchhike from Ohio to Kentucky while running away from their abusive father.

Hannah West in Deep Water

by Linda Johns

Hannah West may look like any other funky, artistic, street-smart Seattle twelve-year-old, but there's more to her than meets the eye. In addition to being a detective, adopted, and having a sixth sense for bus schedules, Hannah's also homeless, a fact that she and her single mom deal with by moving from one house-sitting job to the next. This time, they're taking care of a houseboat on the tranquil waters of Lake Washington. Before long, someone starts making waves, and before you can blink an eye, Hannah West is on the case. Hannah's not sure who is dumping chemicals in the water--or why--but one thing's for sure: if Hannah doesn't get to the bottom of things soon, they'll all be in deep water! .

Hannah West in the Belltown Towers

by Linda Johns

Hannah West is not your ordinary twelve-year-old. She's artistic, full of street smarts, and best of all, she's a budding detective. She and her mom are technically homeless, but thanks to a series of house-sitting jobs, they always have a place to stay. In this first book in a lively new Sleuth series, Hannah and her mom-who adopted Hannah from China when she was a baby- move into their latest new place: a high-rise apartment in Seattle's swanky Belltown towers. And just as they're getting settled, someone tries to steal a valuable piece of artwork from one of their new neighbors! Quick as a wink, Hannah is on the trail of a thief who is wreaking havoc on Seattle's thriving art scene! Armed with her keen eye and ever-present sketchbook, no detail gets past Hannah unnoticed. . . .

Getting the Boot

by Strauss Peggy Guthart

Studying abroad isn't at all like Kelly thought it would be. Instead of shopping for fine Italian leather and living in an apartment with a view of the Colosseum, she is stuck in a stuffy dorm room with three other girls, and is sharing one shower with the entire floor! This is not the bella Roma that she'd dreamed of. But there is one part of Italy that Kelly doesn't mind-Joe, a really cute guy who's in the study abroad program too. Joe's into staying up late and partying hard, two things that Kelly used to love doing. Bad habits are hard to break, and she soon finds herself on thin ice with the program coordinators. If Kelly's not careful, she might just get the boot. . .

LBD: It's a Girl Thing

by Grace Dent

Ronnie, Fleur, and Claude are the LBD&150Les Bambinos Dangereuses. These inseparable best friends are hip, feisty, and ready to take on the world. Except for one thing&150their fun- hating ogre parents won't let them go to the Astlebury Music Festival. Are their social lives ruined forever? Not if they can help it! The girls soon come up with a brilliant plan. They'll put on a concert of their own, featuring the finest talent (and hottest guys) that Blackwell School has to offer. But staging a music festival isn't as easy as it looks, especially when the LBD's sworn enemy, Panama Goodyear, is the headline act. Now it's up to the LBD to use their grace, poise, and humor to make Blackwell Live a huge success, complete with post-concert snogging and all. With LBD in charge&150it's not just a girl thing; it's the best thing!

What Mr. Mattero Did

by Priscilla Cummings

Told from the points of view of two girls, this novel takes readers into the private middle-school world as the girls struggle to discover the truth when their music teacher--father of one of the narrators--is accused of improper conduct with three girls.

Dragon's Lair

by Penman Sharon Kay

July 1193. King Richard Lionheart lies in a German prison, held for ransom by the emperor. His mother, Dowager Queen Eleanor, ransacks England for gold to buy his freedom, while his younger brother, John, plots with King Philippe of France to ensure that he rots and dies in chains. When a ransom payment vanishes, Eleanor hastily dispatches young Justin de Quincy to investigate. In wild, beautiful Wales, his devotion to the queen will be supremely tested-as an arrogant border earl, a cocky Welsh prince, an enchanting lady, and a traitor of the deepest dye welcome him with false smiles and deadly conspiracies. The queen's treasure is nowhere to be found, but assassins are everywhere . . . and blood runs red in the dragon's lair.

The Truth About Children and Divorce

by Robert E. Emery

Nationally recognized expert Robert Emery applies his twenty-five years of experience as a researcher, therapist, and mediator to offer parents a new road map to divorce. Dr. Emery shows how our powerful emotions and the way we handle them shape how we divorce-and whether our children suffer or thrive in the long run. His message is hopeful, yet realistic-divorce is invariably painful, but parents can help promote their children's resilience. With compassion and authority, Dr. Emery explains:* Why it is so hard to really make divorce work* How anger and fighting can keep people from really separating* Why legal matters should be one of the last tasks* Why parental love-and limit setting-can be the best "therapy" for kids* How to talk to children, create workable parenting schedules, and more "Finally, an internationally respected scholar tells parents the absolute truth about divorce and its effect on children. "-John Gottman, PhD, author of The Heart of Parenting: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

The Secret Lives of Toddlers

by Jana Murphy

Why do they rub food in their hair? Why do they want to hear the same book over and over? Why do they love being naked? Between the ages of one and three, children can be delightful, affectionate, intelligent explorers of their newfound world. They can also be holy terrors. Grounded in up-to-date research, The Secret Lives of Toddlers demystifies 52 common behaviors of toddlers, while helping parents appreciate the miraculous development of their children. An entertaining, reassuring guide to toddler behavior, this book shows parents how to get through their kids' toddlerhood with affection, humor, and authority. With explanations from pediatricians, child development experts, and behavioral psychologists, parents will learn to: - Understand the world from a child's point of view - Learn which bad behaviors need intervention and which can be ignored - Cultivate good manners and reward good behavior - Reduce their own frustration - Play, speak, read, and interact with their toddler in healthy ways .

Titus Andronicus

by William Shakespeare

Each edition includes: · Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play · Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play · Scene-by-scene plot summaries · A key to famous lines and phrases · An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language · An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play · Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books Essay by Alexander Leggatt. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D. C. , is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

The Artist's Way

by Julia Cameron

For the millions of people who have uncovered their creative selves through the Artist's Way program-a workbook and companion to the international bestseller. Alife-changing twelve-week program, The Artist's Way has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. Now, for the first time, fans will have this elegantly designed and user-friendly volume for use in tandem with the book. The Artist's Way Workbook includes: - more than 110 Artist's Way tasks; - more than 50 Artist's Way check-ins; - a fascinating introduction to the workbook in which Cameron shares new insights into the creative process that she has culled in the decade since The Artist's Way was originally published; - new and original writings on Morning Page Journaling and the Artist's Date-two of the most vital tools set forth by Cameron in The Artist's Way. The Artist's Way Workbook is an indispensable book for anyone following the spiritual path to higher creativity laid out in The Artist's Way. .

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