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Bound for Glory

by Woody Guthrie

Bound for Glory is the autobiography of Woody Guthrie, the founder of modern American folk music. It is a funny, cynical, earthy and tragic account of his life in an Oklahoma oil-boom town, of the Depression that followed,and of his subsequent travels in, on,and under trains, in stolen cars and on his feet, round an America going rotten from the top downwards

A Year Down Yonder

by Richard Peck

Winner of the Newbery Medal #147;Peck charms readers once again with this entertaining sequel to A Long Way from Chicago"#151;School Library Journal (starred review) It was within the pages of Richard Peck's Newbery Honor-winning A Long Way from Chicago that Mary Alice and Grandma Dowdel first made their captivating debut. Now they're back for more astonishing, laugh-out-loud tales when fifteen-year-old Mary Alice moves in with her spicy grandmother for the year. Expect moonlit schemes, romances both foiled and founded, and a whole parade of fools made to suffer in unusual (and always hilarious) ways. Wise, exuberant, and slyly heartwarming, this is a satisfying companion to Grandma Dowdel's adventures in A Long Way from Chicago and A Season of Gifts Newbery Medal Winner ALA Best Book for Young Adults ALA Notable Book Booklist Best Books of the Year School Library Journal Best Books of the Year New York Times Best Seller #147;Audience members will breathe a sigh of regret when the eventful year "down yonder" draws to a close. "#151;Publishers Weekly (starred review) #147;Wit, gentleness, and outrageous farce. "#151;Booklist (starred review)

A Vocation and a Voice

by Kate Chopin

Published for the first time as Chopin intended, this is a collection of her most innovative stories, including The Story of an Hour, An Egyptian Cigarette, and The Kiss.

A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg

by Jeff Shaara

Continuing the series that began with A Blaze of Glory, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in America's long and bloody Civil War. In A Chain of Thunder, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, in the vaunted "Gibraltar of the Confederacy," a siege for the ages will cement the reputation of one Union general--and all but seal the fate of the rebel cause. In May 1863, after months of hard and bitter combat, Union troops under the command of Major General Ulysses S. Grant at long last successfully cross the Mississippi River. They force the remnants of Confederate Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton's army to retreat to Vicksburg, burning the bridges over the Big Black River in its path. But after sustaining heavy casualties in two failed assaults against the rebels, Union soldiers are losing confidence and morale is low. Grant reluctantly decides to lay siege to the city, trapping soldiers and civilians alike inside an iron ring of Federal entrenchments. Six weeks later, the starving and destitute Southerners finally surrender, yielding command of the Mississippi River to the Union forces on July 4--Independence Day--and marking a crucial turning point in the Civil War. Drawing on comprehensive research and his own intimate knowledge of the Vicksburg Campaign, Jeff Shaara once again weaves brilliant fiction out of the ragged cloth of historical fact. From the command tents where generals plot strategy to the ruined mansions where beleaguered citizens huddle for safety, this is a panoramic portrait of men and women whose lives are forever altered by the siege. On one side stand the emerging legend Grant, his irascible second William T. Sherman, and the youthful "grunt" Private Fritz Bauer; on the other, the Confederate commanders Pemberton and Joseph Johnston, as well as nineteen-year-old Lucy Spence, a civilian doing her best to survive in the besieged city. By giving voice to their experiences at Vicksburg, A Chain of Thunder vividly evokes a battle whose outcome still reverberates more than 150 years after the cannons fell silent. PRAISE FOR JEFF SHAARA'S ACCLAIMED CIVIL WAR NOVELS Gods and Generals "Powerful . . . Though the story of the Civil War has been told many times, this is the rare version that conveys what it must have felt like."--Chicago Sun-Times "Compelling . . . a work of vivid drama and skill."--The Dallas Morning News The Last Full Measure "The Last Full Measure is more than another historical novel. It is rooted in history, but its strength is the element of humanity flowing through its characters. . . . The book is compelling, easy to read, well researched and written, and thought-provoking. . . . In short, it is everything that a reader could ask for."--Chicago Tribune "Masterful . . . These characters come alive as complex, heroic, and flawed men."--The Baltimore Sun A Blaze of Glory "Brilliant . . . riveting . . . a work to be embraced."--Bookreporter "Dynamic portrayals [of] Johnston, Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman."--The Wall Street JournalFrom the Hardcover edition.

A Time to Live

by Robert Raines

In A Time To Live, Robert Raines explores the spiritual and emotional dimensions of what can be the most rewarding time of life. Drawing on his experiences as an ordained minister and as director of a non-denominational retreat center focusing on issues of personal growth, Raines delineates the important passages we must all make from our middle years in the process of growing older. In an approach that is both meditative and inspirational, drawing from a variety of backgrounds, anecdotes, and literature, Raines provides a new perspective on the aging process and its implications. To make the most of this ultimate period of life, he argues, we must each confront certain issues: waking up to mortality, embracing sorrow, savoring blessedness, re-imagining work, nurturing intimacy, seeking forgiveness, and taking on the mysterious process of exploring what is yet to be done in life with a sense of possibility and hope. For the millions of baby boomers just entering their fifties and others approaching their sixties who are determined to be aware and take advantage of the challenges they face, A Time To Live, is the only book to directly address their needs. Sure to be a welcome and important spiritual guide for many, it offers the possibility of fulfillment and personal satisfaction.

100 Ways to Improve Your Writing

by Gary Provost

This is the one guide that anyone who writes--whether student, business person, or professional writer--should put on the desk beside pencil, pen, typewriter, or word processor. Filled with professional tips and a wealth of instructive examples, this valuable, easy-to-use handbook can help you solve any and all writing problems. .

Psych: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read

by William Rabkin

Based on the hit usa network TELEVISION seriesA tie-in readers will be totally "psyched" about. . . Shawn Spencer has convinced everyone he's psychic. Now, HE HAS TO either clean up- or be found out. . . After the PSYCH detective agency gets some top-notch publicity, Shawn's high-school nemesis, Dallas Steele, hires him to help choose his investments. Naturally, their predictions turn out to be total busts. And the deceptive Dallas is thrilled that he has completely discredited and humiliated Shawn once and for all-until he's found murdered. But the police have a suspect-found at the scene with a smoking gun. And she says Shawn took control of her mind and forced her to do it. After all, he is a psychic. . .

The Man Plan

by Whitney Casey

"The Man Plan helps women learn how to own their assets and limit their liabilities. " -Lance Armstrong In a perfect world, a woman shouldn't have to conform to unreasonable expectations to find a guy and keep him-but in reality the dating world is somewhat different. With The Man Plan, relationship expert Whitney Casey explains how men really think about a variety of issues, from the way women dress to how they take care of their cars. Including the opinions of a cross section of single men-as well as such notable personalities as Joel Osteen, P. Diddy, and Dr. Laura Berman-The Man Plan helps women identify the little issues that can make a big impression. .

What's in a Name?

by Philip Dodd

A brilliant and personal literary journey, in which Philip Dodd tells the curious tales of people whose names?deliberately or by chance?became household words What?s in a name? For Philip Dodd, this question led to an international tour, sleuthing the history of some of our most intriguing eponyms. The result is a collection of surprising, stranger-than-fiction stories from history, the arts, the halls of science, and sometimes simply the realm of serendipity. This armchair traveler?s delight contains little-known tales of such immortal figures as: · Roy Jacuzzi, alive and well and still bubbling with ideas in Happy Valley, California · Joseph P. Frisbie, the baker whose pie tins inspired Wham-O?s ubiquitous flying disc · Ernst Gräfenberg, for whom the G-spot was named ? Samuel Maverick, the Texas pioneer who refused to brand his calves · And many other colorful figures From Belgium to Buenos Aires, from Orlando to Los Angeles, Dodd?s readers go along for the ride. What?s In a Name? is a marvelous tribute to people who changed our language?whether through hard work, creativity, or the luck of the draw. .

Fire in the Hills

by Napoli Donna Jo

It?s been two years since fifteen-year-old Roberto was kidnapped and forced to work in a German labor camp. After finally escaping, he?s made his way back to Italy. Roberto is desperate to return to the safety of his family, but how can he turn his back on the war while so many people are suffering? Roberto joins the resistance movement, and smuggles guns and secret information to rebel fighters. Every mission takes him closer to home, but every mission is even more dangerous than the last. Will Roberto survive and make his way home? .

Baby Love

by Rebecca Walker

The subject of motherhood has dominated the media for years and this is a major book on the topic from the leading feminist writer of her generation. With massive media attention for the hardback publication, the paperback will get just as much publicity.

Green Babies, Sage Moms

by Lynda Fassa

From the trailblazing founder of Green Babies organic clothing comes the very first guide for new mothers in raising a "green" family-and doing it simply and inexpensively. Filled with necessary and convenient advice that takes the reader from the first months of pregnancy and beyond, this indispensable book explains: - The safest ways to get the house ready for the baby - The best baby gear-from clothes to crib mattresses - Organic recipes for health-conscious breastfeeding moms - How to throw a green baby shower - The best solutions for storing breast milk safely - How to keep play areas safe from chemicals - How to handle the diaper dilemma: wash vs. toss - And much more!

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy

Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. The series will be extensive and open-ended, and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread. It will include writing in English from various genres and differing times. Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy is edited by Rex Gibson, Director, Shakespeare and Schools Project.

Driven By Desire

by Luann Mclane

"LuAnn McLane makes the pages sizzle"( Roundtable Reviews) with this adrenaline-fueled romance set in the world of motocross racing. Only one man could make her heart race. . . Daredevil stunts and dangerous accidents are par for the course in the world of motocross racing. Just ask Alexia Spencer, who almost lost her high school sweetheart in a near-fatal accident. But when she asked him to give up racing, Jayden Michaels rode off without even a goodbye, leaving Alexia heartbroken. Ten years later, Jayden's back-determined to prove he's over Alexia. But it's impossible to ignore the irresistible woman she's become. And it isn't long before Jayden finds himself on Alexia's doorstep, driven by his insatiable desire, hoping he can tempt the woman he still loves into letting herself feel the heat-and taking a risk with her heart.

Iron Jaw and Hummingbird

by Chris Roberson

Mars is controlled by the Chinese, who call their civilization the Celestial Empire. But for teenagers Gamine and Huang, it is anything but heavenly. Gamine was taken off the street by an aristocrat, schooled as a fine young lady-then abandoned at her patron's whim and forced to make her living as a grifter. Huang's army career is cut short by a bandit ambush. When the two meet, Gamine -"Iron Jaw"-is the leader of a sham religious movement, and Huang, or "Hummingbird," is the bandits' chief tactician. They join forces to bring down the corrupt government that has determined their lives. Iron Jaw and Hummingbird offers a planet's worth of adventure!

Wake Up

by Jack Kerouac

Never before published in Kerouac's lifetime, Jack Kerouac's Wake Up is a clear and powerful study of the life and works of Siddartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, from the author of On the Road. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Robert Thurman. Wake Up recounts the story of Prince Siddhartha's royal upbringing and his father's wish to protect him from all human suffering, despite a prediction that he would become a great holy man in later life. Departing from his father's palace, Siddhartha adopts a homeless life, struggles with his meditations, and eventually finds Enlightenment. Written at the end of Kerouac's career, when he became increasingly interested in Buddhist teachings, and collected for the first time in one book, this fresh and accessible biography is both an important addition to Kerouac's work and a valuable introduction to the world of Buddhism itself. Jack Kerouac (1922-69) was an American novelist, poet, artist and part of the Beat Generation. His first published novel, The Town and the City, appeared in 1950, but it was On the Road, published in 1957, that made Kerouac famous. Publication of his many other books followed, among them The Subterraneans, Big Sur, and The Dharma Bums. Kerouac died in Florida at the age of forty-seven. If you enjoyed Wake Up, you might like Kerouac's The Dharma Bums, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. '[Kerouac] defines the attitudes of an entire generation'Guardian

The King and the Cowboy

by David Fromkin

The story of the unlikely friendship between King Edward the Seventh of England and President Theodore Roosevelt, which became the catalyst for an international power shift and the beginning of the American century. In The King and the Cowboy, renowned historian David Fromkin reveals how two unlikely world leaders-Edward the Seventh of England and Theodore Roosevelt-recast themselves as respected political players and established a friendship that would shape the course of the twentieth century in ways never anticipated. In 1901, these two colorful public figures inherited the leadership of the English-speaking countries. Following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria, Edward ascended the throne. A lover of fine food, drink, beautiful women, and the pleasure-seeking culture of Paris, Edward had previously been regarded as a bon vivant. The public-even Queen Victoria herself-doubted Edward's ability to rule the British Empire. Yet Edward would surprise the world with his leadership and his canny understanding of the fragility of the British Empire at the apex of its global power. Across the Atlantic, Vice President Roosevelt-the aristocrat from Manhattan who fashioned his own legend, going west to become a cowboy-succeeded to the presidency after President McKinley's 1901 assassination. Rising above criticism, Roosevelt became one of the nation's most beloved presidents. The King and the Cowboyprovides new perspective on both Edward and Roosevelt, revealing how, at the oft-forgotten Algeciras conference of 1906, they worked together to dispel the shadow cast over world affairs by Edward's ill-tempered, power-hungry nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. At Algeciras, the U. S and major European powers allied with Britain in protest of Germany's bid for Moroccan independence. In an unlikely turn of events, the conference served to isolate Germany and set the groundwork for the forging of the Allied forces. The King and the Cowboyis an intimate study of two extraordinary statesmen who-in part because of their alliance at Algeciras-would become lauded international figures. Focusing in particular on Edward the Seventh's and Theodore Roosevelt's influence on twentieth-century foreign affairs, Fromkin's character-driven history sheds new light on the early events that determined the course of the century.

How to Say It on Your Resume

by Brad Karsh

An insider shows how to tailor a résumé that sets applicants apart from a sea of candidates. Recruiting director Brad Karsh has worked with thousands of misguided job seekers. Now he?s putting his experience into print, with step-by-step guidelines to improve the wording, content, and format of any résumé. Knowing how employers choose candidates, the author shows how to make a résumé stand out. Whether readers are looking to make a career change, re-enter the workforce, find a first job, or acquire an internal position, Karsh demonstrates how to transform any résumé?and get results. Includes advice for: ? First jobs ? Re-entering the work force ? Applicants who have been laid off ? Career changes ? Older applicants ? And more .

How to Succeed with Women, Revised and Updated

by Ron Louis

The bestselling guide to being a ladies' man-revised and updated. Providing clear, no-nonsense solutions for many difficult dating/relationship problems, this is an invaluable guide for any man who's been stymied by the "rules" of the dating game. Intended for single or divorced men, it delivers specific, detailed advice on how and where to meet women, how to talk to them, how to ask a woman out, how to prepare for a date and keep the conversation flowing. It explains how to be a success romantically, revealing the five keys and five blocks to intimacy that can keep a relationship going or derail it completely. Readers will also learn how to know if she's the one-and know when it's over.

Unpolished Gem

by Alice Pung

"This story does not begin on a boat. " So commences Alice Pung's memoir. This is an original take on a classic story - how a child of immigrants moves between two cultures. In place of piety and predictability, however, Unpolished Gem offers a vivid and ironic sense of both worlds. It combines the story of Pung's life growing up in suburban Footscray with the inherited stories of the women in her family - stories of madness, survival and heartbreak. Original and brave, this is a girl's own story that introduces an unforgettable voice and captures the experience of Asian immigrants to Australia.

How to Run a Personal Record

by Dave Kuehls

Training tips for record-breaking distance running from the author of 4 Months to a 4-Hour Marathon. The only running book targeted specifically to help runners set a personal record, this indispensable guide offers specific training programs for each of the four most popular race distances: 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon. It also includes a common-sense discussion of the training process (a time-tested, three-pronged approach), information on everything runners need to know from day one to crossing the finish line, plus race-day strategies to squeeze out precious minutes and seconds from that finish line clock. How to Run a Personal Record features a 32-page training log where the reader can log their progress through the 16-week training phase. .

Scattered Graves

by Beverly Connor

Local politics get nasty when a new mayor is elected and Diane Fallon is replaced with an incompetent crony as head of the crime lab. But just as she's adjusting to life without murder, the newly appointed chief of police and the mayor are shot dead. Back on the job, Diane sees, but can't quite believe, the evidence damning the former chief of detectives as the shooter. Someone with plenty to gain intends to get away with more than murder, and as the investigation reveals an ever-widening web of corruption and treachery, Diane realises that no one is safe - least of all her.

In Shade and Shadow

by Barb Hendee

View our feature on Barb and J. C. Hendee's In Shade and Shadow. The national bestselling Noble Dead saga is "one of those [series] for which the term dark fantasy was definitely intended" (Chronicle) Wynn Hygeorht arrives at the Guild of Sagecraft, bearing texts supposedly penned by vampires. Seized by the Guild's scholars without Wynn's consent, several pages disappear-and two sages are found murdered. Convinced the Noble Dead are responsible for the killings, Wynn embarks on a quest to uncover the secrets of the texts. . . .

Stay the Night

by Lynn Viehl

Outlaw, immortal vampire and art thief, Darkyn Lorn Robin of Locksley has evaded authorities for the last 700 years. At the moment he's falling for undercover federal agent Christina Renshaw, who has no time for an affair. She hopes to snag an elusive art thief, but soon has no choice other than to join forces with Robin. When the chase becomes dangerous, both will have to choose between losing each other and losing everything they value. . .

Signora Da Vinci

by Robin Maxwell

Following the ?absolutely superb?(Diane Haeger, author of The Secret Bride) Mademoiselle Boleyn, novelist Robin Maxwell delves into the life of Caterina?the adventurer, alchemist, and mother of Leonardo da Vinci. Caterina was fifteen years old in 1452 when she bore an illegitimate child in the tiny village of Vinci. His name was Leonardo, and he was destined to change the world forever. Caterina suffered much cruelty as an unmarried mother and had no recourse when her boy was taken away from her. But no one knew the secrets of her own childhood, nor could ever have imagined the dangerous and heretical scheme she would devise to protect and watch over her remarkable son. This is her story. .

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