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Local Knowledge

by Liza Gyllenhaal

From an exciting debut author?a novel about three people haunted by the mistakes of their past and their plunge into an uncertain future. Maddie Alden has always longed for more than her small town could offer. Now that it?s being overrun by wealthy New Yorkers looking for a respite from the city, Maddie has gotten herself a lucrative new job in real estate. And her first sale brings her a charismatic new friend who is everything Maddie longs to be. Little does Maddie realize that the glamorous Anne will shake up her quiet marriage? and will force Maddie to face the truth about the past, and the terrible secret she shares with her husband and his best friend? .

Green Kids, Sage Families

by Lynda Fassa

The official guide to organic parenting for the toddler stage and beyond?from the author of Green Babies, Sage Moms. Green living starts at home?where small changes can vastly improve family life. When little ones start exploring, parents want to give them a healthy, green world?at home, at school, and beyond. Jam-packed with helpful, money-saving advice, this book includes sections on: ? Eco-friendly toys, home repairs, holidays, and birthdays ? Pesticides?on the lawn and in food ? How to get a school to go green ? What to ban from house and garden ? What?s really in a food label ? Breaks for Mother Earth?going green while saving green ? And much more! With tips that will actually save parents money, this guide shows them how to go green while protecting both their children and the planet their children will inherit. .

The Leopard's Prey

by Suzanne Arruda

?A larger-than-life heroine far ahead of her time,?(Denver Post) returns to 1920s Africa, where she meets with an ominous warning? Jade del Cameron?s latest endeavor?helping a company collect wild animals for U. S. zoos? finds her lassoing zebras and posing as bait for a leopard. But the real danger begins when Jade?s friends find a merchant?s body on their coffee plantation. Authorities determine the cause of death to be murder. Their prime suspect: Jade?s beau, moviemaker and World War I flying ace Sam Featherstone. To clear Sam?s name, Jade launches her own investigation, questioning the dead man?s partners and clients. But nothing can prepare Jade for the journey that lies ahead, as she must make an emergency landing in Sam?s plane deep within the vast African wilderness, then risk the long trek back to Nairobi to confront more than one kind of brutal killer face-to-face? .

In Love With a Younger Man

by Cheryl Robinson

An inspiring novel about taking risks and following your dreams from ?one of the hottest fiction authors of today. ?(Urban Reviews) At forty-three years old, Oleana Day feels restless. She just needs change, and a direction. She?s found it in Matthew Harper. He?s smart, financially stable, drop-dead sexy, and has no baggage. There?s just one problem?he?s 18 years younger, and he?s full of surprises. But what unfolds between them is something neither would have guessed?an unexpected romance about coming to terms, coming of age, and fighting for the love of your life. .

The Truth Shall Make You Rich

by Farrah Gray

The bestselling author of Reallionaire challenges common misconceptions about success and lays out the road map to a richer life Raised in the impoverished south side of Chicago, Farrah Gray defied the odds and became a millionaire by age fourteen. He was the youngest person to have an office on Wall Street, and the youngest to receive an honorary doctorate. Now, at 24, he is an inspiration to millions and the bestselling author of Reallionaire, #1 Essence Bestseller. In The Truth Shall Make You Rich, Gray shares the secret to his success: an emphatic rejection of the seven fallacies most people believe about money and success: the Born Lucky Lie, the Celebrity Lie, the Money Lie, the Debt Lie, the Google and Gates Lie, the Wall Street Lie, and the Work-Hard Lie. By revealing the truth behind the myths, Gray empowers readers to blaze their own paths and make their own millions. .

The Kiss Murder

by Somer Mehmet Murat

The Number One Ladies' Detective Agencymeets Pedro Almodovar in this outrageous new series featuring an ultraglamorous sleuth Bestsellers in Mehmet Murat Somer's home country of Turkey and set to take the world by storm, the arrival of the Hop-Çiki-Yaya mysteries is cause for excitement (and lip gloss!) here in the United States. A male computer technician by day and a transvestite hostess of Istanbul's most notorious nightclub by night, the unnamed heroine of The Kiss Murder is the most charming and hilarious sleuth to debut in recent memory. When Buse, one of the "girls"at her club, fears someone is after private letters from a former lover, she comes to her boss for help. The next day Buse is dead and our girl must find the murderers before they find her. Fortunately, she is well armed with beauty, wit, the wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn, and expert Thai kickboxing skills. With a page-turning plot and an irresistibly charming protagonist, The Kiss Murder is sure to attract mystery lovers and nightlife mavens alike. .

A Place of My Own

by Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan's unmatched ability to draw lines of connection between our everyday experiences--whether eating, gardening, or building--and the natural world has been the basis for the popular success of his many works of nonfiction, including the genre-defining bestsellers The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food. With this updated edition of his earlier book A Place of My Own, readers can revisit the inspired, intelligent, and often hilarious story of Pollan's realization of a room of his own--a small, wooden hut, his "shelter for daydreams"--built with his admittedly unhandy hands. Inspired by both Thoreau and Mr. Blandings, A Place of My Own not only works to convey the history and meaning of all human building, it also marks the connections between our bodies, our minds, and the natural world. Coming from The Penguin Press in 2013, Michael Pollan's newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert's culinary education .

The Angel Maker

by Stefan Brijs

A literary page-turner about one man's macabre ambition to create life-and secure immortality The village of Wolfheim is a quiet little place until the geneticist Dr. Victor Hoppe returns after an absence of nearly twenty years. The doctor brings with him his infant children-three identical boys all sharing a disturbing disfigurement. He keeps them hidden away until Charlotte, the woman who is hired to care for them, begins to suspect that the triplets-and the good doctor- aren't quite what they seem. As the villagers become increasingly suspicious, the story of Dr. Hoppe's past begins to unfold, and the shocking secrets that he has been keeping are revealed. A chilling story that explores the ethical limits of science and religion, The Angel Maker is a haunting tale in the tradition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein. Brought to life by internationally bestselling author Stefan Brijs, this eerie tale promises to get under readers' skin. .

The Brain Power Cookbook

by Frank Lawlis

Brain-boosting recipes from the New York Times bestselling author and chief content adviser for the Dr. Phil show Food has the power to heal the brain. Now more than ever, we know that the chemical components in what we eat have powerful effects on the way our minds work, and that good nutrition is valuable for treating problems from cancer to depression. But how can we use this information to help us prepare actual meals? The Brain Power Cookbook has the answers. In this essential guide, Dr. Frank Lawlis and nutritionist Dr. Maggie Greenwood-Robinson have compiled over two hundred delicious recipes that can help your brain respond positively to all sorts of psychological challenges. Whether you want to build brain power, put an end to stress, expand your memory and concentration, or even boost intelligence, this book will show you how, featuring a hearty helping of great meal ideas designed to help you reach your goal. Each chapter tackles a different mental challenge, discusses which types of food have the most benefits, and then offers a full complement of recipes-from main courses to side dishes, snacks to beverages, and even desserts- that incorporate these foods in mouth-watering and brain-boosting ways. Drawing on tastes and styles from around the world, The Brain Power Cookbook offers spice and variety as it shows you how to enhance your mental fitness. With these recipes in hand, you'll have all the ingredients you need to make your brain more efficient and maximize your success in work and life.

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

by Michael Morpurgo

It's 1943, and twelve-year-old Lily Tregenza lives on a farm in an idyllic seaside village in England. Apart from her father being away and the "townie" evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war... until Lily and her family, along with 3,000 other villagers, are ordered to evacuate their homes to allow the Allied forces to practice their landings for D-day. It's a dangerous operation- guns firing and bombs exploding- and the whole area is off-limits. But Adolphus Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas- barbed wire and "Keep out!" signs mean nothing to her.

The Baby-Sitters Club Mysteries #6: Mystery at Claudia's House

by Ann M. Martin

The hit series is back, to charm and inspire another generation of baby-sitters! Something odd is going on at the Kishis'. First Claudia's room is ransacked. Then she discovers some of her things missing. What would someone want with Claudia's old stuff? Weird things have been happening with Claudia's sister, Janine, too. Janine has been getting suspicious packages in the mail, and she even got caught lying to their parents! Claudia doesn't know what's going on at her house, but things are going to change with the BSC on the case! The best friends you'll ever have are detectives, too!

The Baby-Sitters Club #51: Stacey's Ex-Best Friend

by Ann M. Martin

The hit series is back, to charm and inspire another generation of baby-sitters! Stacey can't wait! Her best friend from New York, Laine Cummings, is coming to Stoneybrook for a whole week. She can spend a day at SMS, attend club meetings, and maybe go to the Valentine Dance. But from the minute Laine arrives, nothing goes as planned. She thinks Stacey's sleepover with her friends is childish, and can't believe Stacey's still into baby-sitting. Laine's more used to hanging out at high school parties with her fifteen-year-old boyfriend. Stacey doesn't want to lose her childhood friend, but Laine's growing up way too fast for Stacey. Is this the end of their friendship? The best friends you'll ever have--with classic BSC covers and a letter from Ann M. Martin!

The Freedom Summer Murders

by Don Mitchell

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer murders, this will be the first book for young adults to explore the harrowing true story of three civil rights workers slain by the KKK. In June of 1964, three idealistic young men (one black and two white) were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South. Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS will be the first book for young people to take a comprehensive look at the brutal murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, through to the conviction in 2005 of mastermind Edgar Ray Killen.

Family Tree Book Three: Best Kept Secret

by Ann M. Martin

Four girls. Four generations. One family. The third installment of the exquisite new series from Newbery Honor winner Ann M. Martin follows Francie, Dana's daughter, to Princeton, NJ, in the 1980s.

Dog Tags #4: Divided We Fall

by C. Alexander London

Man's best friend goes to war. LOYALTY ABOVE ALL ELSE. Andrew believes in the importance of loyalty. He is loyal to his family. He is loyal to his hound dog, Dash. And he is loyal to his country, the Confederate States of America. Although he's too young to join the Confederate Army, Andrew is welcomed into the Home Guard, a group of men who track down deserters and runaways. He and Dash make a great team. But hunting people is very different from hunting raccoons. And soon Andrew's loyalty will be tested like never before. Dog Tags is a series of stand-alone books, each exploring the bond between soldier and dog in times of war.

Social Insecurity

by James W. Russell

How 401(k)s have gutted retirement security, from charging exorbitant hidden fees to failing to replace the income of traditional pensions A retirement crisis is looming. In 2008, as the 401(k) fallout rippled across the country, horrified holders watched 25 percent of their funds evaporate overnight. Average 401(k) balances for those approaching retirement are too small to generate more than $4,000 in annual retirement income, and experts predict that nearly half of middle-class workers will be poor or near poor in retirement. But long before the recession, signs were mounting that few people would ever be able to accumulate enough wealth on their own to ensure financial security later in life. This hasn't always been the case. Each generation of workers since the nineteenth century has had more retirement security than the previous generation. That is, until 1981, when shaky 401(k) plans began replacing traditional pensions. For the last thirty years, we've been advised that the best way to build one's nest egg is to heavily invest in 401(k)-type programs, even though such plans were originally designed to be a supplement to rather than the basis for retirement. This financial experiment, promoted by neoliberals and aggressively peddled by Wall Street, has now come full circle, with tens of millions of Americans discovering that they would have been better off under traditional pension plans long since replaced. As James W. Russell explains, this do-it-yourself retirement system--in which individuals with modest incomes are expected to invest large sums of capital in order to reap the same rewards as high-end money managers--isn't working. Social Insecurity tells the story of a massive and international retirement robbery--a substantial transfer of wealth from everyday workers to Wall Street financiers via tremendously costly hidden fees. Russell traces what amounts to a perfect swindle, from its ideological origins at Milton Friedman's infamous Chicago School to its implementation in Chile under Pinochet's dictatorship and its adoption in America through Reaganomics. Enraging yet hopeful, Russell offers concrete ideas on how individuals and society can arrest this downward spiral.From the Hardcover edition.

If the U Fits

by Princeton Review

THE PRINCETON REVIEW KNOWS COLLEGES--AND COLLEGEWISE KNOWS HOW TO GET IN.For over twenty years, we at The Princeton Review have published our Best Colleges guides with one goal in mind--helping high school students answer the question: What is the best college for me? Now, we've partnered with the admissions experts at Collegewise to bring you a fresh approach to finding your best fit school and putting your best foot forward on your applications! Collegewise helps students finish college applications without stress, get accepted to schools they're excited to attend, and receive generous financial aid and scholarships. Inside, you'll learn: · How to move beyond the question "What is the best college?" to "What is the best college for me?" · Strategies for completing applications, writing essays, and handling college interviews · Tips for maintaining sanity and perspective during the college application process In If the U Fits, Kevin McMullin, Founder and President of Collegewise, and Robert Franek, Publisher and Lead Author of The Princeton Review's Best Colleges guides, share their expertise to help you navigate your college search and admissions process, and even have fun along the way.

Bringing It Home

by Tilda Shalof Judith Shamian

ICU nurse and bestselling author Tilda Shalof learns what nursing beyond the hospital really means. For the 350,000 professional nurses in Canada and 3 million in the US; readers of Atul Gawande's award-winning books and The American Nurse by Carole Jones.In her latest book, ICU nurse Tilda Shalof leaves the hospital behind to accompany the nurses who work in homes, from mansions to shacks to the streets, all across the country. Working with the Victorian Order of Nurses, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that provides home and community care, Tilda meets a wide variety of nursing professionals who offer untraditional care, sometimes in unlikely settings. This book not only describes a personal journey, but it also brings to light new health care issues. North America is on the cusp of change as the needs of our aging population put pressure on our health care system; more people need care in their homes and community supports to stay well. Yet this book is not just about caring for our elderly; Tilda also discovers how nurses care for people with a home, living on the street, for teen parents, returning soldiers with PTSD, those with physical disabilities, sex trade workers, and complex pediatrics. Shalof tells her story with her usual engaging, conversational style, and with this book, she continues to enlighten, surprise, and entertain readers.A portion of the proceeds from this book benefit The Victorian Order of Nurses.

Persona Non Grata

by Tom Flanagan

From an acclaimed professor and former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a passionate and edgy defense of free speech in Canada, and the role the internet plays in the issue. In February 2013, Tom Flanagan, acclaimed academic, University of Calgary professor, and former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, made comments surrounding the issue of viewing child pornography that were tweeted from the event he was speaking at and broadcast worldwide. In the time it took to drive from Lethbridge to his home in Calgary, Flanagan's career and reputation were virtually in tatters. Every media outlet made the story front-page news, most of them deriding Flanagan and casting him as a pariah. He was made to apologize publicly for his use of words but the bottom line was that Tom Flanagan simply sounded an opinion (he in no way whatsoever suggested that he was anything but virulantly opposed to child pornography) in an academic setting. In effect, his university, several of his colleagues, and much of the media, including the CBC -- and most of Canada! -- made him persona non grata. This book is two things: The author's side of the story, and what he endured during what he calls "The Incident," and a passionate and convincing defense of free speech, not just in Canada but everywhere. While Flanagan's is hardly the first book on the subject, what makes this book different is the component of the internet, a tool that is very much a double-edged sword when it comes to freedom of expression--it allows people to have an unfiltered voice to say what they want, but it also allows those to use it to be judge, jury and executioner against those whose opinions they disagree with. The book is also a sobering look into the kind of political correctness that has become a staple in the academic world. What happened to the author illustrates important tendencies in contemporary Canada threatening freedom of speech and discussion, and how the new technology is playing an increasing and menacing role.

Cartooning for the Beginner

by Christopher Hart

Aspiring cartoonists of all ages can begin drawing a repertoire of characters from the moment they follow the wide-ranging yet simplified lessons that fill these instructive pages, written and illustrated by an all-time best-selling artist/teacher.This complete course, covering both comic strip and animation techniques, begins with lessons on basic cartoon body shapes and facial features. Included are helpful comparisons between the real versus the cartoon head, a smile chart, and various ways to draw the most popular and expressive cartoon eyes and mouths. Next come lots of typical body poses, how to draw action lines, slow/fast movement, cartoon hands, fun hair and clothing styles, backgrounds, and cute cartoon pets. Excellent directions also focus on helping beginners to find and develop their own cartoon style.

Making It All Work

by David Allen

David Allen's Getting Things Done hit a nerve and ignited a movement with businesses, students, soccer moms, and techies all the way from Silicon Valley to Europe and Asia. Now, David Allen leads the world on a new path to achieve focus, control, and perspective. Throw out everything you know about productivity - Making It All Work will make life and work a game you can win. For those who have already experienced the clarity of mind from reading Getting Things Done, Making It All Work will take the process to the next level. David Allen shows us how to excel in dealing with our daily commitments, the unexpected, and the information overload that threatens to drown us. Making It All Work provides an instantly usable, success-building tool kit for staying ahead of the game. Making It All Work addresses: how to figure out where you are in life and what you need; how to be your own consultant and a CEO of your life; moving from hope to trust in decision-making; when not to set goals; harnessing intuition, spontaneity, and serendipity; and why life is like business and business is like life.

What Every American Should Know About the Middle East

by Melissa Rossi

The What Every American Should Know series returns with a timely guide to the region Americans need to understand the most (and know the least) The latest edition of Melissa Rossi?s popular What Every American Should Know series gives a crash course on one of the most complex and important regions of the world. In this comprehensive and engaging reference book, Rossi offers a clear analysis of the issues playing out in the Middle East, delving into each country?s history, politics, economy, and religions. Having traveled through the area over the past year, she exposes firsthand the U. S. ?s geopolitical moves and how our presence has affected the region?s economic and political development. Topics include: · Why Iran is viewed as a threat by most Middle East countries · What resource is more important than petroleum in regional power plays · What?s really behind the fighting between Sunni and Shia · How Saudi Arabia inadvertently feeds the violence in Iraq and beyond · How monarchies like those in Jordan and Qatar are more open and progressive than the so-called republics With answers that will surprise many Americans, and covering a vast history and cultural complexity that will fascinate any student of the world, What Every American Should Know About the Middle East is a must-read introduction to the most critical region of the twenty-first century. .

What Matters Most

by James Hollis

The celebrated author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Lifedelivers a unique look at happiness, sharing a Jungian approach to finding a fearless, authentic path. Why are we here? What is the meaning of existence? What truly matters the most in life? To even begin to answer these questions, we must start by exploring our own internal ideals, values, and beliefs. Presenting the unique perspective of respected analyst and author James Hollis, Ph. D. , What Matters Mosthelps readers learn to appreciate (even be amazed by) events unfolding within, even as the external world creates constant struggles. Taking a fresh look at the concept of happiness, Hollis uses a warm, accessible tone to encourage readers to learn to tolerate ambiguity, embrace growth rather than security, respect the power of Eros, engage spiritual crises, and acknowledge the shadow of mortality. Providing inspiring wisdom and personal reflections to address our deepest worries, What Matters Mostyields far more than mere self-help clichés. Instead, Hollis guides readers in uncovering the heart of the matter, discovering what it means to truly live life to its fullest, most meaningful state-as fully engaged citizens of the world.

The Expert's Guide to Weight-Loss Surgery

by Garth Davis

An indispensible guide to weight-loss surgery written by a leading bariatric surgeon Today, an estimated 44 million Americans suffer from obesity. For one in five Americans, diet and exercise simply don't work. Luckily, weight-loss surgeries offer a realistic solution that can help people overcome genetics and work toward drastic, life-altering weight loss. As the cofounder of an obesity clinic at Houston's Methodist Hospital, Dr. Garth Davis has helped hundreds of patients manage the emotional and physical effects of being more than a hundred pounds overweight. His successful program was featured on the hit TLC show Big Medicine. In this essential handbook, Dr. Davis delivers the expert advice that his patients use to overcome issues surrounding their obesity, help shed the weight and regain a healthy body. With anecdotes from real-life patients and a complete diet and exercise plan that ensures long-term success, Dr. Davis shows how anyone can achieve a healthy weight through surgery. The Expert's Guide to Weight Loss Surgeryis required reading for anyone seeking a permanent obesity cure.

Zen and the Art of Vampires

by Katie Macalister

Is it possible to love two vampires at the same time? View our feature on Katie MacAlister's Zen and the Art of Vampires. Pushing forty and alone, Pia Thomason heads to Europe on a singles tour, hoping to find romance. What she finds are two very handsome, very mysterious, and very undead men. And she learns that where vampires are concerned, love isn't the only thing at stake. .

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