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Off the Grid

by Nick Rosen

Inside the subculture of off-grid living Written by a leading authority on living off the grid, this is a fascinating and timely look at one of the fastest growing movements in America. In researching the stories that would become Off the Grid, Nick Rosen traveled from one end of the United States to the other, spending time with all kinds of individuals and families striving to live their lives the way they want to-free from dependence on municipal power and amenities, and free from the inherent dependence on the government and its far-reaching arms. While the people profiled may not have a lot in common in terms of their daily lives or their personal background, what they do share is an understanding of how unique their lives are, and how much effort and determination is required to maintain the lifestyle in the face of modern America's push toward connectivity and development. .

The Sixth Surrender

by Norton Hana Samek

Read Hana Samek Norton's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community. A transporting debut novel set in thirteenth century France-a time when chivalry reigned and treachery ruled In the last years of her eventful life, queen-duchess Aliénor of Aquitaine launches a deadly dynastic chess game to safeguard the crowns of Normandy and England for John Plantagenet, her last surviving son. To that end, Aliénor coerces into matrimony two pawns-Juliana de Charnais, a plain and pious novice determined to regain her inheritance, and Guérin de lasalle, a cynical, war-worn mercenary equally resolved to renounce his. The womanizing Lasalle and the proud Juliana are perfectly matched for battle not love-until spies and assassins conspire to reverse their romantic fortunes. Populated by spirited and intelligent women and executed in flawless period detail, The Sixth Surrender is a compelling love story that heralds the arrival of a major new talent in historical fiction. .

The Surf Guru

by Doug Dorst

A book of brilliant, adventurous stories from the award-winning Doug Dorst. With the publication of his debut novel, Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst was widely celebrated as one of the most creative, original literary voices of his generation-an heir to T. C. Boyle and Denis Johnson, a northern California Haruki Murakami. Now, in his second book, The Surf Guru, his full talent is on display, revealing an ability to explore worlds and capture characters that other writers have not yet discovered. In the title story, an old surfing-champion-turned-surfwear- entrepreneur sits on his ocean-front balcony watching a new generation of surfers come of age on the waves, all but one of whom wear wet suits emblazoned with the Surf Guru's name. An acid-tongued, pioneering botanist who has been exiled from the academy composes a series of scurrilous (and hilarious) biographical sketches of his colleagues and rivals, inadvertently telling his own story. A pair of twenty-first- century drifters course through a series of unusual adventures in their dilapidated car, chased west out of one town and into the next, dreaming of hitting the Pacific. Dorst's characters have all successfully cultivated a particular expertise, and yet they remain intent on moving toward the horizon, seeking hope in something new. Likewise, each of Dorst's stories is a virtuoso performance balancing humor and insight, achieving a perfect pitch, pulsing with a gritty and punchy, distinctly American realism- and yet always pushing on into the unexpected, taking us some place new.

Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires #3)

by Chloe Neill

Merit, Chicago's newest vampire, is learning how to play nicely with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene - and to spy for the vamps while she's at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan's offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission. Merit has to accept the assignment, even though she knows that she'll probably regret it. And she's not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She'll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals - not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire.

An Unforgettable Lady

by Jessica Bird

Grace Hall is a society beauty surrounded by glamour, privilege and wealth - but her fortune has made her a glittering target. One by one, Manhattan's most influential women are being murdered, and Grace is on the killer's hit list. In order to protect herself, she demands the best in bodyguards - and gets so much more than she expects. John Smith is a hard-hearted security specialist who is as dedicated to his work as he is deadly. Moving into Grace's luxury penthouse is the last thing he wants, but saying no to her is something he can't seem to do. As he lays down the rules for his new client, sparks ignite between them - as does an incendiary desire. With Grace in his arms, John finds himself letting down his own defenses to meet the terms of an intimate and unforgettable new assignment. As the warm nights grow hot and the canny killer closes in, Grace and Smith face a crucial choice: follow the rules or follow their hearts.

Lumby on the Air

by Gail Fraser

Fifth in the acclaimed series set in the enchantingly offbeat town of Lumby. Pam and Mark Walker are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a week-long family reunion and a ceremony renewing their vows. But when Mark's brother-in-law starts broadcasting his radio talk show from Montis Inn, his disparaging remarks about small-town life cause immediate rifts that only widen when he sides with a real estate developer who wants to turn Lumby into an asphalt Aspen. As the controversy pits family against family, and neighbor against neighbor, will the spirit that defines Lumby triumph once again? .

One Mountain Thousand Summits

by Freddie Wilkinson

An insider's account of one of the deadliest and most controversial tragedies in mountaineering history-the 2008 K2 disaster. When eleven men perished on the slopes of K2 in August 2008, it was one of the deadliest single events in Himalayan climbing and made headlines around the world. Yet non of the surviving western climbers could explain precisely what happened. Their memories were self-admittedly fogged by exhaustion, hypoxia, and hallucinations. The truth of what happened lies with four Sherpa guides who were largely ignored by the mainstream media in the aftermath of the tragedy, who lost two of their own during the incident, and whose heroic efforts saved the lives of at least four climbers. Based on his numerous trips to Nepal and in-depth interviews he conducted with these unacknowledged heroes, the other survivors, and the families of the lost climbers, alpinist and veteran climbing writer Freddie Wilkinson presents the true story of what actually occurred on the "savage" mountain. This work combines a criticism of the mainstream press's less-than-complete coverage of the tragedy and an insightful portrait of the lives of 21st-century Sherpas into an intelligent, white-knuckled adventure narrative. .

Promise Bridge

by Schwab Eileen Clymer

A powerful debut novel of friendship, love, and family set in the segregated pre-Civil War South. "This is a promise bridge, and it bridges a promise flowing from your heart to mine. It can't never be broken. . . the promise is part of you now, understand. " Thus begins an unlikely friendship between Hannelore Blessing, a plantation mistress, and a slave girl named Livie. As the young women are launched on a harrowing journey of awakening filled with shared risks and nurtured promises amid whispers of the Underground Railroad and the rising tension preceding the Civil War, they discover their ability to trust, love, and ultimately take action. Aided by Colt, a devoted suitor hoping to win her heart, Hannah comes to understand that true friendship means letting go, so that Livie can be free to find a life and destiny all her own. However, a vicious slave catcher stalks the two women-and his unseemly motives and relentless pursuit threaten all that Hannah holds dear, as well as put her loved ones in unimaginable danger. .

My Lady's Pleasure

by Olivia Quincy

A fabulous debut novel of sensual suspense and one woman's erotic liberation in Victorian England. Lady Georgiana Vernon, daughter of the Earl of Eastley, and Jeremy Staunton, youngest son of a viscount, have an unconventional relationship-at least for the upper crust in 1895. They meet publicly as friends, and privately as lovers. It's an arrangement that allows Georgiana the sexual freedom she desires-and continues to indulge in-as a guest at Penfield, where the most sought-after names in the country gather for Lord Laughlin's annual masquerade ball. Then Georgiana initiates a torrid affair with the sexy landscape architect working at Penfield. She sees it as nothing more than a harmless but pleasurable indulgence. But when the relationship is discovered she becomes the target of increasingly malicious threats. During the night of the masquerade ball, these intimidations will come to a dangerous head, as the men in Georgiana's life reveal their own secret desires. .

Long Division

by Jane Berentson

A winsome novel-as-memoir about what happens to a young teacher left by her boyfriend to her own devices Annie Harper is a twenty-four-year-old elementary school teacher when her soldier-boyfriend, David, is sent overseas. Determined to record her desolate and devoted hours, she begins a memoir that she imagines will be a tender homage to "all the women at home. " Instead, Annie misses David but finds herself. Told through Annie's memoir-in- progress, Long Division vividly renders the inner life of a quirky young woman stuck between what she really feels and what she thinks she should. Readers of Curtis Sittenfeld and Marisa de los Santos-as well as the many real-life women left awaiting a soldier's return-will be captivated by Jane Berentson's quirky and wonderfully refreshing debut novel. .

The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain

by Kevin Nelson

"Bold, provocative, and highly readable. "-V. S. Ramachandran, M. D. , author of Phantoms in the Brain What are near-death experiences, out-of-body sensations, and spiritual ecstasy? And what do they have in common? Perhaps no one is more qualified to answer these questions than renowned neurobiologist Dr. Kevin Nelson. Drawing on his more than three decades of groundbreaking research into the "borderlands of consciousness," Dr. Nelson offers an unprecedented journey into the site of spiritual experience: the brain. Filled with amazing firsthand accounts as varied as a patient seeing the devil battling with his guardian angel to a man watching the universe synchronize around a pinball machine, The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain is an eloquent examination of our brains' spiritual "hardwiring" that will enthrall believers and skeptics alike. .

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

by Josh Kaufman

Master the fundamentals, hone your business instincts, and save a fortune in tuition. The consensus is clear: MBA programs are a waste of time and money. Even the elite schools offer outdated assembly-line educations about profit-and-loss statements and PowerPoint presentations. After two years poring over sanitized case studies, students are shuffled off into middle management to find out how business really works. Josh Kaufman has made a business out of distilling the core principles of business and delivering them quickly and concisely to people at all stages of their careers. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. In The Personal MBA, he shares the essentials of sales, marketing, negotiation, strategy, and much more. True leaders aren't made by business schools-they make themselves, seeking out the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed. Read this book and in one week you will learn the principles it takes most people a lifetime to master. .

Retirement Heist: How Companies Plunder and Profit from the Nest Eggs of American Workers

by Ellen E. Schultz

It's no secret that hundreds of companies have been slashing pensions and health coverage earned by millions of retirees. Employers blame an aging workforce, stock market losses, and spiraling costs-a perfect storm of external forces that has forced them to take drastic measures. But this so-called retirement crisis is no accident. Award-winning investigative reporter Ellen E. Schultz reveals how large companies and the retirement industry-benefits consultants, insurance companies, and banks-have all played a huge, hidden role in the death spiral of American pensions and benefits. A little over a decade ago, most companies had more than enough set aside to pay the benefits earned by two generations of workers, no matter how long they lived. But by exploiting loopholes, ambiguous regulations, and new accounting rules, companies essentially turned their pension plans into piggy banks, tax shelters, and profit centers. Drawing on original analysis of company data, government filings, confidential memos, and more, Schultz uncovers decades of deception during which employers have exaggerated their retiree burdens while lobbying for government handouts, secretly cutting pensions, tricking employees, and misleading shareholders. She reveals how companies siphon billions of dollars from their pension plans to finance downsizings and sell the assets in merger deals; overstate the burden of rank-and-file retiree obligations to justify benefits cuts while using the savings to inflate executive pay and pensions; hide their growing executive pension liabilities, which at some companies now exceed the liabilities for the regular pension plans; purchase billions of dollars of life insurance on workers and use the policies as informal executive pension funds; preemptively sue retirees after cutting retiree health benefits and use other legal strategies to erode their legal protections. This is a scathing exposé of one of the most critical and least understood crises of our time.

Disaster Preparedness

by Heather Havrilesky

This is a stunningly perceptive, hilarious memoir of the transformative humiliation of childhood-and adulthood-from a truly original, already beloved voice. When Heather Havrilesky was a kid in the seventies, it seemed there were only disaster movies. Burning towers, devouring earthquakes, careening airliners, alien pod invasions. To be prepared, she and her siblings fabricated elaborate plans to escape any and every emergency. But what began merely as a childhood game grew into a way of life where something shocking lurked around every corner. A brave and hilarious memoir, Disaster Preparedness charts how the most painful moments in Havrilesky's life prepared her for a cautious but honest adulthood. From her naïve take on her parents' D-I-V-O-R-C-E, to losing her virginity in less than ideal circumstances, to losing her father way before she was ready, in chapter after chapter Havrilesky peels back the layers of her childhood innocence and reveals the wounds that have shaped her, the lessons that have-despite her thickheadedness-managed to sink in, and the laughter that has carried her through. By laying bare her bumps and bruises, Havrilesky offers hope that anyone can create a frazzled and unruly, desperate and wistful, fabulously frayed-at-the-edges plan to stare disaster in the face, to meet it head-on. Uproarious, sophisticated, and wise, Disaster Preparedness is a field guide to personal disasters from an irresistible voice that gets to the heart of it all.

You Can't Afford to Get Sick

by Andrew Weil

The New York Times bestseller from the leader in the field of natural health-updated with a new prescriptive chapter. Between the state of Americans' health and the state of this nation's health care system, wellness-or the lack of it-has become a crisis in literally millions of households. Obesity is epidemic and someone in this country files for bankruptcy every thirty seconds in the aftermath of a serious health problem. In this visionary New York Times bestseller, the world-renowned pioneer in the field of integrative medicine offers concrete solutions-now. Along with an overview of the state of today's health care system, the paperback edition of You Can't Afford to Get Sick provides specific prescriptive information that will appeal to the core audience of readers who have made Dr. Weil's other books #1 bestsellers. .

The Real Cost of Living

by Ulrich Carmen Wong

Every decision, from buying a home to grabbing a daily latte, has costs and benefits-personal as well as financial. The Real Cost of Living helps you make better decisions, both big and small- decisions that involve money, but aren't all about money. Well-known personal finance expert Carmen Wong Ulrich makes personal finance personal and takes into account that we all have motivations that go way beyond number crunching. From marriage and family to career, investing, and more, Carmen examines the "real cost" of the choices we all make every day. * Is deciding whether to go back to work full-time after you have a child really all about money? Should it be? * Is prepaying a mortgage a smart-money move, or is it really about craving security and stability- and which means more to you? * How much do your bad habits really cost you? And is saving thousands of dollars enough of a motivation to get you to stop? * Are college degrees really worthwhile? And if so, how can you maximize the odds of gaining all the benefits of a degree, both personally and financially? * Is becoming your own boss the answer to your career malaise? Can you handle the costs? The Real Cost of Living is a rare melding of personal psychology and personal finance at an important time when we have discovered that having more money may not bring more happiness, but knowing what really will make you happy can be worth any cost. Watch a Video .

The Outlaws (Presidential Agent #6)

by W. E. B. Griffin William E. Butterworth

The former Presidential Agent's Office of Organizational Analysis has been disbanded. Charley Castillo and his colleagues have retired, and there is an adversarial Commander-in-Chief in the Oval Office. But just because Castillo is out of the government doesn't mean he's out of business. And when a barrel of nightmarishly lethal material is shipped to an Army medical lab, Castillo knows that the people behind it are just getting started. . . .

Secrets to the Grave

by Tami Hoag

The police find Marissa Fordham on her kitchen floor, her body slashed and mutilated. Lying with her head on her mother's bloody breast is Fordham's four-year-old daughter, Haley, barely clinging to life herself. To protect their fragile witness, the police call in Anne Leone, child advocate. Anne not only works in the justice system, she's about to become star witness in the trial of the man who tried to make her his fourth victim in the See-No-Evil murders. As soon as Anne sees little Haley, alone and terrified, her heart is hers. But it will be no easy task to unravel the secrets of Haley's young life or those of her mother. Haley hasn't spoken a word since being rescued. Meanwhile, the cops begin to peel back the layers of Marissa Fordham's life only to discover that she seems never to have officially existed. It looks as if Marissa Fordham may take her secrets to the grave until one loose thread begins to unravel the shroud of lies to reveal a truth more terrible than anyone could have imagined. A truth that will put Anne and Haley directly in the sights of a killer.

Super Rich

by Russell Chris Morrow Simmons

The visionary entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller Do You! delivers a powerful guide to true abundance. Russell Simmons knows firsthand that wealth is rooted in much more than the stock market. True wealth has more to do with what's in your heart than what's in your wallet. Using this knowledge, Simmons became one of America's shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most investors only dream about. No matter how much material gain he accumulated, he never stopped lending a hand to those less fortunate. In Super Rich, Simmons uses his rare blend of spiritual savvy and street-smart wisdom to offer a new definition of wealth-and share timeless principles for developing an unshakable sense of self that can weather any financial storm. As Simmons says, "Happy can make you money, but money can't make you happy. " In straight-talking inspiring chapters, Simmons provides unforgettable true stories from his own road to riches, delving into the principles and practices that have kept him energized and focused. Whether we're in the boardroom or on a yoga mat, Simmons says, we have to be able to listen to our inner voices. Finding our unique potential, we can make the right moves, ruled not by money but by the joy of conscientious living and giving. With these philosophies and more, Simmons brings us a stimulus package of consciousness that will never run dry, backed by the power of the higher self. Watch a Video .

Who Was Rosa Parks?

by stephen Mcdonough Yona Zeldis Harrison Nancy Marchesi

In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title ÒMother of the Civil Rights Movement. Ó This biography has blackand- white illustrations throughout. .

The Tao of Success

by Derek Lin

A modern book of destiny and power, using the ancient principles of the Tao Te Ching. How do we begin to discover and live our destined life? How can we use the ancient, Eastern philosophy to experience more success in our lives? From Derek Lin, Taoist master and author of The Tao of Daily Life, comes this practical, systematic approach to the ancient and time-honored spiritual learning process. The Tao of Success navigates the five rings of life, which are common patterns of traditional Tao cultivation, conceptualized by the ancient sages: your spirit, your mind, your relationships, your world, and your destiny. Success is achieved by discovering and experiencing these five concentric rings, from the inside out, and not in the future but in the here and now. Using the same format that made The Tao of Daily Life a breakout Eastern wisdom bestseller, Lin draws on the power of Taoist stories to illustrate important keys, or lessons. He then offers commentary on understanding and applying that story in modern life-all aimed to help readers live out the destiny that lies within themselves. By integrating the life-altering lessons of this book into their busy lives, readers can begin to cultivate the Tao. In The Tao of Success, Lin returns with his enlightening approach to understanding, centered on story and illumination of ancient Taoist secrets for the modern beginner and the familiar student alike. .

The Power of Receiving

by Amanda Owen

The Power of Receiving Journal is a companion to The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approach to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and Deserve (Tarcher/Penguin, 2011) by Amanda Owen. The Power of Receiving Journal includes: Quotes to inspire you. A section to write your daily gratitudes. A month overview page where you can write your current goal and enter what you received throughout the month in The Big Circle. Four pages each month to journal your thoughts, ideas and experiences. The Power of Receiving Journal also includes: A Receptive States word-list The Three Steps to Receiving The Top Ten Features of Skilled Receivers A 'No Suffering Allowed! No Suffering Aloud!' leaflet

Love Struck

by Petroff Shani Mckenney J. David

In a fit of rage, Angel mistakenly tells her parents to Ògrow up,Ó and before she knows it, theyÕre zapped back to their teens and running away together because theyÕre so in love. Now AngelÕs got the weight of the world on her shoulders. Lou Cipher was finally dropping his evil ways, but since heÕs back to his teen self, who knows how heÕll choose to use his special powers? .

The Messiah Secret

by James Becker

AD 72: A band of warriors march across a mountainous wasteland. Only they know what they carry. And once they've reached their destination, they must all die to protect it. AD 2010: In a crumbling mansion deep in the English countryside a piece of ancient parchment has been found. Written in arcane code is the answer to a mystery that has explosive implications. Enter Chris Bronson. Determined to solve the mystery that has puzzled scholars and thinkers for nearly two millennia, he embarks on a journey to one of the most remote and hostile parts of the world. But someone is following him. Someone desperate to protect the centuries-old secret. And who is far more dangerous than he could ever have imagined. . .

Special-Needs Kids Go Pharm-Free

by Judy Converse

Advice for parents interested in nutrition strategies for enhanced health and less dependence on medications for special-needs children. This expert and practical guide advises parents of special-needs children on how to maximize the impact of nutrition in order to lessen the need for pharmaceuticals. Informed by the latest research and the author's thriving nutrition-for-kids practice, it presents condition- specific information on how to harness the power of specific foods, ingredients, and nutritional supplements to help special needs kids enjoy improved health, growth, functional ability, and well being. Suitable for children with ADHD, asthma, allergies, chronic inflammatory conditions, autism, learning disabilities, mood concerns, sensory processing disorder, and other neurodevelopmental problems. A non-invasive and holistic approach that complements existing therapies, this book aims to help each child reach his or her full potential. .

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