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The Baby-Sitters Club #53: Kristy for President

by Ann M. Martin

The hit series is back, to charm and inspire another generation of baby-sitters! Kristy's not too happy with some things at Stoneybrook Middle School. The hot lunches, for example, look like dog food, and Mary Poppins is such a babyish choice for their annual play. What the eighth grade really needs is a new class president. Someone who's organized and has great ideas--someone like Kristy! But can Kristy coach a softball team, keep up her grades, baby-sit, run the BSC, and be president? The Baby-sitters are about to find out! The best friends you'll ever have--with classic BSC covers and a letter from Ann M. Martin!

The Baby-Sitters Club #52: Mary Anne + 2 Many Babies

by Ann M. Martin

The hit series is back, to charm and inspire another generation of baby-sitters! Mary Anne can't stop thinking about babies. First she starts baby-sitting for a pair of adorable baby twins. Then she and Dawn decide it would be great to have a baby brother or sister of their own. But Mary Anne learns that taking care of a baby is a big responsibility when she and Logan have to pretend to be parents to an egg "baby" for a class at school. "Sammie," their egg, has to be watched every second, and Mary Anne and Logan barely have time to breathe. Taking care of a baby isn't all it's cracked up to be! The best friends you'll ever have--with classic BSC covers and a letter from Ann M. Martin!

Murder, She Wrote: A Little Yuletide Murder

by Donald Bain Jessica Fletcher

Amateur detective Jessica Fletcher is happy to be home in Cabot Cove, Maine, for the holidays. But when the local farmer who portrayed Santa Claus for the past 15 years is killed, Jessica has a murder to wrap up. . . .

Mao II

by Don Delillo

"One of the most intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present-day America" (The New York Times), Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch-individualist. At the heart of the book is Bill Gray, a famous reclusive writer who escapes the failed novel he has been working on for many years and enters the world of political violence, a nightscape of Semtex explosives and hostages locked in basement rooms. Bill's dangerous passage leaves two people stranded: his brilliant, fixated assistant, Scott, and the strange young woman who is Scott's lover--and Bill's. .

Life on the Color Line

by Williams Gregory Howard

Biography, autobiography, and memoir is among the best ways to teach students to appreciate nonfiction reading.

It's Not about Food

by Normandi Carol Emery

A revised and updated edition of the longstanding guide that has helped thousands struggling with emotional eating disorders. Based on the techniques used successfully by Beyond Hunger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people overcome emotional eating disorders, It's Not About Food gives readers the practical advice and inspirational push they need to take care of their bodies, minds, and hearts and put an end to the roller coaster of dieting and binging. This new edition includes updated statistics, a new section on the challenges of obesity, and a range of new personal accounts from eating disorder survivors and advice from the authors' recent Beyond Hunger workshops.

Impostress

by Lisa Jackson

Her previous novel for Zebra, Cold-Blooded, hit #11 on the New York Timeslist and #17 on the USA Todaylist. Now, with ImpostressLisa Jackson joins the ranks of today's top bestselling romance writers. . . Owing her sister a favor, Kiera of Lawenydd promised to pose as Elyn on her wedding day. The ruse was to last just one night, but the following morning Elyn was nowhere to be found! Surely Kiera wouldn't have to spend the rest of her life wedded to a man to whom she could never admit the depths of her deception-even as her desire for him grew impossible to resist.

How to Murder a Millionaire

by Nancy Martin

Nora Blackbird, society columnist and down-and-almost-out former debutante, reclaims her place within Philadelphia's elite when she stumbles upon the murdered body of a millionaire art collector. .

Haunted Places

by Hauck Dennis William

In almost any town in America, or within a short drive, there are places where strange things happen. . . Hundreds of houses, hotels, cemetaries, schools, and museums are believed to have resident ghosts and poltergeists. Many campgrounds and parks are on land considered sacred or inhabited by spirits. Some areas are thought to generate vortexes of psychic energy, while others are known for frequent sightings of Bigfoot creatures or UFOs. From Maine to Hawaii, this fascinating book leads you to more than 2,000 haunted places, many of them open to the public, in all fifty states. You'll find ghosts famous and obscure from the lawless days of the Gold Rush, from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Roaring Twenties--even ghosts who first appeared in the 1990s. Entries are organized alphabetically by state and are referenced to an extensive bibliography of sources. Addresses, phone numbers, and travel directions are provided for all sites. Haunted Places is a most unusual travel guide for the tourist who has seen it all and an indispensable casebook for all those interested in the paranormal.

Grangaard Strategy: Invest Right During Retirement

by Paul Grangaard

The Grangaard Strategy equips retirees-and those contemplating retirement-with 12 powerful principles for managing assets during every phase of retirement, including the crucial pre-retirement years. Based on a groundbreaking new asset management theory presented by renowned financial educator Paul Grangaard, this book explains how to maintain inflation-proof income throughout retirement, without significantly depleting retirement assets. Readers will learn to: â ¬

Going Home

by Hanh Thich Nhat

In GOING HOME, Thich Nhat Hanh celebrates the life-affirming roots of two disparate spiritual traditions: Buddhism and Christianity. As he syas. 'Redemption and ressurection are neither words nor objects of belief. They are daily practice. We practice in such a way that Buddha is born every moment of our daily lives, that Jesus Christ is born every moment of our daily lives. ' The author - a world famous mystic, meditation master, scholar and activist - also discusses the theological convergences between Buddism and Christianity, as well as the prayers, rituals and forms of practice of both. His book is an exquisite guide to establishing deep roots in the tradition into which we are born, a moving reading experience for anyone inetersted in finding their spiritual home.

Glow

by Christina Pirello

You are 30 days away from radiant health and beauty. It's time to get gorgeous-from the inside out. Christina Pirello shows you how to achieve clear skin, lustrous hair, and even strong nails with a unique and holistic approach to self-care. Inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, Glow outlines simple, classic diagnostic techniques and therapies, a whole food diet, and active lifestyle to realize balance and tranquility-the keys to true beauty-and undo what time and stress have done. Within these pages, you'll discover the rejuvenating powers of food, more than 150 recipes, healing home remedies, and simple topical applications as well as basic massage and healing practices that will give you both an inner and an outer glow. Forget about those chemical potions and commercial powders-and light up your life with real food, real beauty, and real health. .

Free Play

by Stephen Nachmanovitch

This book is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms. Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity. Filled with unusual quotes, amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and original metaphors, it reveals how inspiration arises within us, how that inspiration may be blocked, derailed or obscured by certain unavoidable facts of life, and how finally it can be liberated - how we can be liberated - to speak or sing, write or paint, dance or play, with our own authentic voice. The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had.

Fools Crow

by James Welch

The 25th-anniversary edition of "a novel that in the sweep and inevitability of its events. . . is a major contribution to Native American literature. " (Wallace Stegner) In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana, the Lone Eaters, a small band of Blackfeet Indians, are living their immemorial life. The men hunt and mount the occasional horse-taking raid or war party against the enemy Crow. The women tan the hides, sew the beadwork, and raise the children. But the year is 1870, and the whites are moving into their land. Fools Crow, a young warrior and medicine man, has seen the future and knows that the newcomers will punish resistance with swift retribution. First published to broad acclaim in 1986, Fools Crow is James Welch's stunningly evocative portrait of his people's bygone way of life. .

Finders Seekers

by Gayle Greeno

Their technological resources destroyed, a colonizing expedition from Earth has been stranded on the world of Methuen for over two hundred years. Their continued survival is largely due to the organization of healers known as the Eumedicos and to the Seekers Veritas, a unique group composed of pairs of Bondmates, one human and one ghatti#151;a telepathic catlike being native to Methuen who bonds with a specific human for life. These Bondmates travel from town to town, settling disputes by truth-reading the minds and emotions of plaintiffs and defendants. While most people respect the Seekers, there are those who fear the ghatti powers. And now someone has begun attacking Seeker pairs. What no one knows is that this destroyer has targeted one specific pair of Bondmates as special victims#151;the woman Doyce and the ghatta Khar'pern. For the key to defeating this deadly foe is locked away in Doyce's mind behind barriers even her ghattas has never been able to break down.

Exile's Return (The Ghatti's Tale, Book 3)

by Gayle Greeno

The realm of the Canderis is badly shaken when they learn that a neighboring land is home to the Resonants, a race of telepathic men and women who use their mind-altering abilities to transform innocent people into mindless slaves. Original.

Don Quixote

by Cervantes Saavedra Miguel De

Obsessed with tales of gallant knights, Don Quixote, a middle-aged man from La Mancha, decides to take his own adventure. Donning rusty armor and riding upon an old horse, he sets off to change the world and save his invented damsel in distress in the name of chivalry. Unfortunately, Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza are met with a host of ill-intentioned characters, and the pair often find themselves the butt of a joke rather than chivalrous saviors. This renowned tragic comedy, written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, was first published in Spain in two parts in 1605 and 1615. This is an unabridged version of John Ormsby's English translation from 1885.

Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters

by Debora Greger

Award-winning poet Debora Greger grew up in Washington near the site of the Hanford atomic plant, which, unbeknownst to its workers, manufactured plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. "The high school team was named the Bombers," she writes. "The school ring had a mushroom cloud on it. " In Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters she uses what The Nation has characterized as her "deadpan wit, intelligence and marvelous insight" to explore the legacy of a Catholic girlhood spent in a landscape where "even the dust, though we didn't know it then, was radioactive. " "Call us out of the animal," Greger writes, invoking the ghost of a poet conjured in "Nights of 1995," in what could be construed as the motto of a collection filled with what Poetry called "priceless instants where the mundane flares up into the miraculous. "

Complete Writings

by Phillis Wheatley

In 1761, a young girl arrived in Boston on a slave ship, sold to the Wheatley family, and given the name Phillis Wheatley. Struck by Phillis' extraordinary precociousness, the Wheatleys provided her with an education that was unusual for a woman of the time and astonishing for a slave. After studying English and classical literature, geography, the Bible, and Latin, Phillis published her first poem in 1767 at the age of 14, winning much public attention and considerable fame. When Boston publishers who doubted its authenticity rejected an initial collection of her poetry, Wheatley sailed to London in 1773 and found a publisher there for Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. This volume collects both Wheatley's letters and her poetry: hymns, elegies, translations, philosophical poems, tales, and epyllions--including a poignant plea to the Earl of Dartmouth urging freedom for America and comparing the country's condition to her own. With her contemplative elegies and her use of the poetic imagination to escape an unsatisfactory world, Wheatley anticipated the Romantic Movement of the following century. The appendices to this edition include poems of Wheatley's contemporary African-American poets: Lucy Terry, Jupiter Harmon, and Francis Williams. .

Cod

by Mark Kurlansky

The Cod. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been triggered by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it. To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure more precious that gold. This book spans 1,000 years and four continents. From the Vikings to Clarence Birdseye, Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs and fisherman, whose lives have been interwoven with this prolific fish. He chronicles the cod wars of the 16th and 20th centuries. He blends in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present. In a story that brings world history and human passions into captivating focus, he shows how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinction.

Bronx Masquerade

by Nikki Grimes

When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class and reads it aloud, poetry-slam-style, he kicks off a revolution. Soon his classmates are clamoring to have weekly poetry sessions. One by one, eighteen students take on the risky challenge of self-revelation. Award-winning author Nikki Grimes captures the voices of eighteen teenagers through the poetry they share and the stories they tell, and exposes what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade.

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.

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