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What's worse than getting dumped? Not even knowing if you've been dumped. Joy got no goodbye, and certainly no explanation when Zan-the love of her life and the only good thing about stifling, backward Haven, Utah-unceremoniously and unexpectedly left for college a year early. Joy needs closure almost as much as she needs Zan, so she heads for California, and Zan, riding shotgun beside Zan's former-best-friend Noah. Original and insightful, quirky and crushing, Joy's story is told in surprising and artfully shifting flashbacks between her life then and now. Exquisite craft and wry, relatable humor signal the arrival of Emily Wing Smith as a breakout talent. .
War changes us all, and sometimes we no longer recognise ourselves . . . 'Housekeeper or housewife?' the soldier asks Silvana as she and eight-year-old Aurek board the ship that will take them from Poland to England at the end of the war, to Janusz, her husband. But she isn't sure any longer that she is a wife of any kind or whether she has a house. After living wild in the forests for years, carrying a terrible secret that she is now bringing back to her husband, all Silvana knows is that she and Aurek are survivors. In Ipswich, Janusz is getting ready for the arrival of the wife and son he hasn't seen in six years. After fleeing Poland and the war that left him a deserter, he has found his family a house. He works hard planting a proper English garden to welcome them and to distract him from his own secret. But the six years apart have changed them all, and they must learn that love can't work unless there are no secrets. To make Aurek a real home, Silvana and Janusz will have to come to terms with what happened to them during the war, accept that each have changed immeasurably and allow their beloved but wild son to be who he truly is.
'My grandmother always said this last name will bring you luck . . . 'In September 2003, Luca Spaghetti got an email from an American friend that would change his life: 'A friend from university is about to move to Rome for three months. She'll contact you. She's a writer and her name is Elizabeth Gilbert. 'Luca did not have high hopes for this bookish tourist but he needn't have worried. Here was someone who wanted to discover the true Rome, the Rome of Romans. And who better to show her than a born and bred Romano. This is Luca's unconventional guide to his city as he knows and lives it. From the hotspots and hidden corners to the most amazing art, food and traditions, this is a very personal, zesty, inspiring insight into the Eternal City. 'Luca writes with as much charm and warmth as he speaks - so now everyone can join the conversation at the table. I'm delighted to share my friend through this marvellous book, which I cannot recommend highly enough . . . 'ELIZABETH GILBERT
When George and Sabine Harwood arrive in Trinidad from England as young newlyweds, they have with them just a couple of suitcases and Sabine's prized green bicycle. Their intention is to stay for not more than three years, but George falls in love with the island. Sabine, however, is ill at ease with the racial segregation and unrest in her new home, and takes solace in the freedom of her green bicycle. George and Sabine become more entangled in their life on the island - in all its passion and betrayals - and Sabine's bicycle takes her places she wouldn't otherwise go. One day George makes a discovery that forces him to realise the extent of the secrets between them, and is seized by an urgent, desperate need to prove his love for her - with tragic consequences. 'Roffey creates a terrific sense of place: heat and languor, politics and passion, tropical smells and the heady music of the local patois, all combine to make the novel memorable. ' The Age'An earthy, full-blooded piece of writing, steaming with West Indian heat. ' London Evening Standard'Heart-rending and thought-provoking. You'll never see the Caribbean as just another holiday destination. ' Elle'A beautiful, moving and haunting book. ' Edinburgh Evening News
In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after. Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington state, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life. Esther, the woman in the diary, is at once bold, beautiful, and spirited, yet fragile. She's a lot like the woods violets - and the perfect symbol of redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation.
How the right mindset makes you three times more likely to get the job you wantWhat's the real secret of successful job hunters?In these unstable times, everyone wants to stand out from the crowd and secure a rewarding job with long-term potential. But what does it actually take to get the job you want? Ninety-seven percent of employers argue that it goes beyond having the right skills - it's all about the right mindset. James Reed, chairman of recruitment giant Reed, knows what employers really want from the people they hire and promote. With bestselling author Paul Stoltz, he has now identified exactly what makes you more likely to succeed when you're job hunting. In this book, Reed and Stoltz explain the '3G Mindset' - the way to develop the traits that will set you apart from the herd. Their powerful tools will help you assess your own mindset, and show employers your true value. James Reed is the Chairman of REED, the recruitment specialists. James first joined the company in 1991 after graduating from Harvard Business School. He is the co-creator, along with Paul G. Stoltz, of the world's leading theory and model for gauging and strengthening a winning mindset, the subject of this book, Put Your Mindset to Work. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). James is based in London, where he lives with his wife and family. Paul G. Stoltz, PhD, is the world's leading expert on measuring and strengthening human resilience. He is the author of three international bestselling books on the subject, printed in 15 languages. In 1987, Dr. Stoltz founded PEAK Learning, Inc. , a global research and consulting firm. He has been honoured with such accolades as "Top 10 Influential International Thinkers," (HR Magazine) "Thought Leader of the Year," (Hong Kong) and "One of the 100 Most Influential Thinkers of Our Time" (Executive Excellence). Dr. Stoltz resides in California with his family.
An unrivalled account of the American Civil War from the Confederate perspective. One of the most compelling personal narratives of the Civil War, Mary Chesnut's Diary was written between 1861 and 1865. As the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner and the wife of an aide to the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, Chesnut was well acquainted with the Confederacy's prominent players and-from the very first shots in Charleston, South Carolina-diligently recorded her impressions of the conflict's most significant moments. One of the most frequently cited memoirs of the war, Mary Chesnut's Diary captures the urgency and nuance of the period in an epic rich with commentary on race, status, and power within a nation divided. .
This course can permanently enrich your life in a way that few other experiences can rival: with Professor Robert Greenberg as your teacher, you will suddenly be able to hear and understand an entire language of unmatched beauty, genius, and power. We make strong claims for this course. When you are finished, so will you. Professor Greenberg will provide you with an outstanding grasp of musical forms, techniques, and terms-the "grammatical" elements that make you fluent in the "language" of music. And he will teach about the powerful influence of social context on musical creation. Best-selling author James Collins, writing in Inc. magazine, explains: "The Greenberg series combines a history of western civilization with a history of great music from ancient Greece to the 20th century. Greenberg's 48 lectures come alive with passion and knowledge. The course illustrates the interplay between societal change and innovation, and offers a unique perspective on the acceleration of change wrought by the 20th century. " Using digitally recorded musical passages to illustrate his points, the dynamic Professor Greenberg will take you inside magnificent compositions by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and more.
In book four of the Rarest Blooms series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Madeline Hunter, when the outrageously wealthy Duke of Castleford is bequeathed a small piece of property that houses a modest flower shop, he encounters its owner, the mysterious Daphne Joyes-a budding rose who quickly becomes the object of his seduction.
In his trademark charismatic and honest style, Richard Branson shares the inside track on some of his greatest achievements over 40 years in business as well as the lessons he has learned from his setbacks. In Business Stripped Bare he discusses why he took on one of the world's biggest superbrands, how he built Virgin Mobile USA into the fastest growing company in history to reach a billion dollars in revenue, faster than Microsoft, Google or Amazon. com, and how he is the only person in the world to have built seven billion-dollar companies from scratch in seven completely different sectors. Richard tells the story behind the launch of Virgin America, his new airline in the USA, how Virgin Galactic is set to initiate a new era of space tourism from a spaceport deep in the Mojave desert, and what he has learned about business from a diverse group of leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Jack Welch, Herb Kelleher, Steve Jobs and the founders of Google. He also shares his thoughts on the changing face of the global economy and how businesses worldwide need to work together to tackle environmental challenges and invest in the future of our world. Combining invaluable advice with remarkable and candid inside stories, Business Stripped Bare is a dynamic, inspirational and truly original guide to success in business and in life. Whether you are an executive, an entrepreneur or just starting out in the business world, Richard strips down business to show how you can succeed and make a difference.
Watch a video A major publishing event: an unprecedented look into the life of the woman who most singularly shaped Barack Obama-his mother. Barack Obama has written extensively about his father, but little is known about Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent woman who raised him, the person he credits for, as he says, "what is best in me. " Here is the missing piece of the story. Award-winning reporter Janny Scott interviewed nearly two hundred of Dunham's friends, colleagues, and relatives (including both her children), and combed through boxes of personal and professional papers, letters to friends, and photo albums, to uncover the full breadth of this woman's inspiring and untraditional life, and to show the remarkable extent to which she shaped the man Obama is today. Dunham's story moves from Kansas and Washington state to Hawaii and Indonesia. It begins in a time when interracial marriage was still a felony in much of the United States, and culminates in the present, with her son as our president- something she never got to see. It is a poignant look at how character is passed from parent to child, and offers insight into how Obama's destiny was created early, by his mother's extraordinary faith in his gifts, and by her unconventional mothering. Finally, it is a heartbreaking story of a woman who died at age fifty-two, before her son would go on to his greatest accomplishments and reflections of what she taught him. .
The extraordinary story of Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, a man from rural Uganda who, after settling in America, returned to his hometown to build a tuition-free school for orphans.
Vladimir TodNORMAL TWELFTH-GRADE STUDENT? OR POWERFUL VAMPIRE?Vlad's running out of time. The Elysian Council has given him only weeks to live, and that's if the Slayer Society doesn't kill him-along with all the citizens of Bathory-first. Then there's the issue of Vlad's father, who may or may not be still alive after all these years. Oh yeah, and that tiny little devil in the Pravus prophecy about Vlad enslaving Vampirekind and the human race. So much for college applications. In this epic finale to Heather Brewer's heart-stopping Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, dark secrets will be revealed, old friends will become new enemies, and warm blood will run cold. Just be careful it isn't yours.
A former word pun champion's funny, erudite, and provocative exploration of puns, the people who make them, and this derided wordplay's remarkable impact on history. The pun is commonly dismissed as the lowest form of wit, and punsters are often unpopular for their obsessive wordplay. But such attitudes are relatively recent developments. In The Pun Also Rises, John Pollack-a former World Pun Champion and presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton-explains why such wordplay is significant: It both revolutionized language and played a pivotal role in making the modern world possible. Skillfully weaving together stories and evidence from history, brain science, pop culture, literature, anthropology, and humor, The Pun Also Rises is an authoritative yet playful exploration of a practice that is common, in one form or another, to virtually every language on earth. At once entertaining and educational, this engaging book answers fundamental questions: Just what is a pun, and why do people make them? How did punning impact the development of human language, and how did that drive creativity and progress? And why, after centuries of decline, does the pun still matter? Watch a Video .
Mars! The Red Planet! For generations, people have wondered what it would be like to travel to and live there. That curiosity has inspired some of the most durable science fiction, including Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and the work of Isaac Asimov. Now the award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan has brought together thirteen original stories to explore the possibilities. After reading Life on Mars, readers will never look at the fourth planet from the sun the same way again.
Zach isn't impressed with his new dog, Larry, at first. He'd hoped for a chocolate lab or a spaniel, not this funny looking mish-mash of a dog with a great long tail. And who names a dog "Larry," anyway? But Zach discovers that when Larry twirls that ridiculously long tail - Labracadabra! - amazing things happen. It's not very long before Zach knows that he and Larry will be Best Friends Forever! .
Mickey's thrilled to have some female friends for a change. But things get a little too close for comfort when her mom goes and hires Lizbeth to work at the salon. Mickey's worried that Lizbeth is stealing her thunder. After all, Lizbeth is everything Mickey isn't-outgoing, bubbly, and quick-on-her-feet. But when Mickey tries too hard to outshine her, things backfire in a hair-raising way! .
Philip Kerr delivers a novel with the noir sensibility of Raymond Chandler, the realpolitik of vintage John le Carré, and the dark moral vision of Graham Greene. "Bernie Gunther is the most antiheroic of antiheroes in this gripping, offbeat thriller. It's the story of his struggle to preserve what's left of his humanity, and his life, in a world where the moral bandwidth is narrow, satanic evil at one end, cynical expediency at the other. " -Philip Caputo, author of A Rumor of War "A thriller that will challenge preconceptions and stimulate the little grey cells. " -The Times (London), selecting Field Gray as a Thriller of the Year "Part of the allure of these novels is that Bernie is such an interesting creation, a Chandleresque knight errant caught in insane historical surroundings. Bernie walks down streets so mean that nobody can stay alive and remain truly clean. " -John Powers, Fresh Air (NPR) Bernie on Bernie: I didn't like Bernhard Gunther very much. He was cynical and world-weary and hardly had a good word to say about anyone, least of all himself. He'd had a pretty tough war . . . and done quite a few things of which he wasn't proud. . . . It had been no picnic for him since then either; it didn't seem to matter where he spread life's tartan rug, there was always a turd on the grass. Striding across Europe through the killing fields of three decades-from riot-torn Berlin in 1931 to Adenauer's Germany in 1954, awash in duplicitous "allies" busily undermining one another-Field Gray reveals a world based on expediency, where the ends justify the means and no one can be trusted. It brings us a hero who is sardonic, tough- talking, and cynical, but who does have a rough sense of humor and a rougher sense of right and wrong. He's Bernie Gunther. He drinks too much and smokes excessively and is somewhat overweight (but a Russian prisoner-of-war camp will take care of those bad habits). He's Bernie Gunther-a brave man, because when there is nothing left to lose, honor rules.
Now that she's had her thirteenth birthday, Mickey's finally old enough to work at her mother's super glam hair salon-Hello, Gorgeous! And true to the old clich? about people confiding in their hair stylists, Mickey starts getting an earful right off the bat. Customers love talking to her because she's so empathetic, but what happens when she starts getting overly involved in their dramas? .
Rowan Tripp is addicted to danger. Ever since she turned eighteen, Rowan has been a 'smoke jumper', fighting back the ferocious forest fires that sweep through the Montana mountains each year. She can read a wildfire like no one else - and is prepared to put her life on the line again and again to save others. But now Rowan is mourning the death of her good friend and partner, Jim - haunted by the belief that she could have saved him. Determined to carry on, Rowan throws herself into training the new recruits to the smoke-jumping team - not realising there is a different kind of danger waiting for her. She has always had a strict rule: never get romantically involved with a workmate. But the moment she meets Gull Curry that rule is severely tested. And when it becomes clear that someone blames Rowan for Jim's death, and is determined to get revenge, Rowan realises this is one fight she can't win on her own . . . 'Sheer entertainment' Guardian 'The most successful author on planet earth' Washington Post www. nora-roberts. co. uk
The International edition of the New York Times best-seller. Not for sale in the US or Canada. Contains the complete collection of emails and articles from 27bslash6 plus over 160 pages of new material. It makes a nice present, protects against tigers, and can be read while hiding in small places.
The war between Good and Evil has raged for millennia, with the Marked Souls caught in the middle. Now two lost souls will tip the precarious balance. Possession by a demon cost Jonah Walker his faith, his humanity, and his wife. Once a righteous missionary, he endures immortality with nothing but a body for battle and a bent for retribution. But his last devastating fight left him wounded beyond healing, and his only chance to redeem his soul lies with a fallen woman. Thrust into a wicked underworld of shadows and sin, Nim Hamlin can't believe her wanton ways as the "Naughty Nymphette" enthralled a demon-and a damned saint. The world she knows doesn't deserve deliverance. But the touch of this good man's hand holds an unholy allure-and she's never been any good at resisting temptation. As darkness gathers in the sweltering Chicago summer, Jonah and Nim must conquer the demons of their past to face even fiercer monsters in one last assault. But first they must put aside their doubts and disbeliefs and let their passion for each other burn through the shadows to ignite a furious power.
Roberta Morris goes to the McCloud brothers seeking help in finding her uncle. He's gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains while mining for gold. They are happy to oblige a pretty little lady who's all alone. But she's not alone. Frank Burdette and his gang are hot on her trail. . . and they know more than Roberta is letting on to the McClouds. . . .
Cat quilter Jillian Hart finds a gorgeous stray cat belonging to the fabulously wealthy Ritaestelle Longworth, who believes she's being drugged. Before Jillian can get to those charges, a body turns up in the lake-and her cat Chablis finds Ritaestelle nearby. Can Jillian's cats aid her in solving a mystery with decades old roots? .
Only Victoria knows that Saber Lawrence is a renegade prince plotting to seize control of his country. But when Saber kidnaps Victoria to ensure her silence and vanquish her reserve, he finds that the proper English governess is not so easily seduced, unless Saber's willing to surrender something of his own-his heart. .