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When Elizabeth Glendinning QC dies of a sudden heart attack while making a desperate phone call to the police, her colleagues and family are devastated, and mystified. What was she doing in east London at the time of her death, and what was she trying to tell Inspector Cartwright in her last phone call? After her funeral, her son Nicholas, a former colleague, Anselm, who knew Elizabeth at the Bar before he became a monk, and Inspector Cartwright all receive packages from Elizabeth, pertaining to one particular case from years before: R v. Spendle; plus newspaper cuttings relating to the accidental drowning of a young man, Teddy Jones and the son of the principal prosecution witness in that case, George Jones. Why is Elizabeth still following this case? And what does she want each of them to do with the information she has sent them?
From the creator of the popular A. Word. A. Day e-mail newsletter A collection of some of the most interesting stories and fascinating origins behind more than 300 words, names, and terms by the founder of WordSmith. org. Did you know:There's a word for the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell? Petrichor, combining petros (Greek for stone) and ichor (the fluid that flows in the veins of Greek gods). An illeist is one who refers to oneself in the third person. There's a word for feigning lack of interest in something while actually desiring it: accismus. For any aspiring deipnosophist (a good conversationalist at meals) or devoted Philomath (a lover of learning), this anthology of entertaining etymology is an ideal way to have fun while getting smarter.
Soon to be a Lifetime movie called "Lying to be Perfect" When Nola Devlin is turned down for her dream job because she's overweight, she decides to become thin-or, at least, pretend to be. The alter ego she creates-the thin, British, hip, and did we mention thin Belinda Apple-is a smashing success who is offered movie proposals, national television appearances and even dates. . . though no one's met her in person, of course. Then Nola takes Belinda a bit too far, and is forced to join "The Cinderella Pact" and drop the pounds. As the weight comes off, however, Nola's problems begin to mount. Watch a Video .
At last-everything expecting moms need to know about giving birth Childbirth is one of the most significant events of any woman's life-and for many, also a source of enormous anxiety and fear. In The Big Book of Birth renowned childbirth educator and Realbirth Center founder Erica Lyon offers an antidote to that fear with a comprehensive and up- to-date guide to childbirth. Drawing from more than a decade of teaching expecting parents what really to expect, Lyon fills the void that currently exists in childbirth literature, offering clear, current, objective advice on everything from choosing your doctor or midwife, to the realities of assisted and cesarean births, to the many different pain-coping options you can use during delivery and proven techniques that can help you relax and often speed along your labor. The Big Book of Birth guides women through the four stages of labor, dispelling misconceptions and providing a wealth of objective information in a warm, welcoming, and well- organized format. A long-overdue resource, The Big Book of Birth gives expectant mothers the knowledge they need to approach childbirth with confidence and joy. .
The magnificent second novel from the legendary author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Sailor Song is a wild-spirited and hugely powerful tale of an Oregon logging clan. A bitter strike is raging in a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers: Henry, the fiercely vital and overpowering patriarch; Hank, the son who has spent his life trying to live up to his father; and Viv, who fell in love with Hank's exuberant machismo but now finds it wearing thin. And then there is Leland, Henry's bookish younger son, who returns to his family on a mission of vengeance - and finds himself fulfilling it in ways he never imagined. Out of the Stamper family's rivalries and betrayals Ken Kesey has crafted a novel with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy. .
October 1943: Lt. Commander Jack Tremain is back on duty with a new sub and a new mission. But when he spots the Shigure-the Japanese destroyer that sank his beloved first command, the Seatrout-he declares his own personal war on the dreaded ship known as the "Submarine Killer. "
An American attack submarine heads for Indonesia to evacuate U. S. citizens said to be at risk due to a violent rebellion. But the Providence's crew finds there's more to this mission than meets the eye. For they're mere pawns in a deadly game--and are about to engage with a rebel sub in an epic undersea duel.
In this new novel, set in contemporary Dublin, Roddy Doyle returns to Paula Spencer ("One of Doyle's finest creations" - Toronto Star), the beloved heroine of the bestselling The Woman Who Walked into Doors, with spectacular results. Paula Spencer begins on the eve of Paula's forty-eighth birthday. She hasn't had a drink for four months and five days. Having outlived an abusive husband and father, Paula and her four children are now struggling to live their adult lives, with two of the kids balancing their own addictions. Knowing how close she always is to the edge, Paula rebuilds her life slowly, taking pride in the things she accomplishes, helped sometimes by the lists she makes to plan for the future. As she goes about her daily routine working as a cleaning woman, and cooking for her two children at home, she re-establishes connections with her two sisters, her mother and grandchildren, expanding her world. She discovers the latest music, the Internet and text-messaging, treats herself to Italian coffees, and gradually ventures beyond her house, where she's always felt most comfortable. As Paula thinks of herself, "She's a new-old woman, learning how to live. " Doyle has movingly depicted a woman, both strong and fragile, who is fighting back and finally equipped to be a mother to her children - but now that they're mostly grown up, is it too late? Doyle's fans and new readers alike will root for Paula to stay clean and find a little healing for herself and her children, amidst the threat that it may all go wrong. From the Hardcover edition.
Why aren't Hispanics succeeding like Asians, Jews, and other immigrant groups in America? Herman Badillo's answer is as politically incorrect as the question: Hispanics simply don't put the same emphasis on education as other immigrant groups. As the nation's first Puerto Rican-born U. S. congressman, the trailblazing Badillo once supported bilingual education and other government programs he thought would help the Hispanic community. But he came to see that the real path to prosperity, political unity, and the American mainstream is self-reliance, not big government. Now Badillo is a champion of one standard of achievement for all races and ethnicities. In this surprising and controversial manifesto, you will learn:* Why Hispanic culture's trouble with education, democracy, and economics stems from Mother Spain and the "five-hundred year siesta" she induced in Latin America. * Why the Congressman who drafted the first Spanish-English bilingual education legislation now believes that bilingual education hurts students more than it helps. * Why "social promotion" - putting minority students' self-esteem ahead of their academic performance and then admitting them to college unprepared - continues to this day, despite the system's documented failures and injustices. * How self-identifying as "Hispanic" or "white" or "black" undermines achievement, and what lessons we can learn from Latin American countries, where one's race is irrelevant. With Central and Latin America exporting a large portion of their poor, Hispanics are on the way to becoming a majority in the United States. . . but one with all the problems of a minority culture. Badillo's solution to this problem relies on traditional values: hard work, education, and achievement. His lessons are important not only for Hispanics but for every American.
Roddy Doyle's last novel, A Star Called Henry, was chosen by the The New York Times Book Review as one of the eleven Best Books of the Year; The Washington Post said it was "not only Doyle's best novel yet; it is a masterpiece, an extraordinarily entertaining epic. " Now Doyle, author of six bestselling novels, twice nominated for the Booker Prize and once a winner, turns his protagonist Henry Smart's rich observation and linguistic acrobatics loose on America, in an energetic saga full of epic adventures, breathless escapes, and star-crossed love. Publishers Weekly says "Doyle just gets better and better. " Our Irish hero arrives in New York in 1924 to bury himself in the teeming city and start a new life; having escaped Dublin after the 1916 Rebellion, Henry Smart is on the run from the Republicans for whom he committed murder and mayhem. Lying to the immigration officer, avoiding Irish eyes that might recognise him, hiding the photograph of himself with his wife because it shows a gun across his lap, he throws his passport into the river and tries to forge a new identity. He charms his way into the noisy, tough Lower East Side, reads to Puerto Rican cigar makers, hauls bottles for a bootlegger and composes ads on sandwich boards, finally setting up his own business with the intention of making his fortune. But he makes enemies along the way among mobsters such as Johnny No and Fast Olaf. Henry hightails it out of Manhattan with a gun at his back and Fast Olaf's hustler of a half-sister on his arm. This was a time when America was ripe for the picking, however, and a pair of good, strong con artists could have the world at their fingertips. The Depression was sending folks to ride the rails in search of a new life and new hope, and all trains led to Chicago. As Henry's past tries to catch up with him, he takes off on a journey to the great port, where music is everywhere: wild, happy music played by a man with a trumpet called Louis Armstrong. Armstrong needs a white man, and the man he chooses is Henry Smart. The bestselling A Star Called Henry followed Henry Smart from his birth in 1902 until the age of twenty, by which time he had already had a lifetime's worth of adventures in his native Ireland. With these books, Doyle was trying in some ways to write a story like Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, starting at the beginning of his life and following him through many years of adventures. To write the new book, he had to research the vanished world of pre-war America. "I went to Chicago, on the south side, to see if any of the old jazz clubs were still around. I was very keen to see what Henry would have seen as he'd stood outside, under the awnings. But all the jazz clubs that were along State Street, they're all gone; every one of them's gone. There's one that's still standing - it was, originally, The Sunset Cafe, where Louis Armstrong played, but now it's a hardware store. The Vendome Cinema, where he used to play during the intermissions, is now a parking lot for the local college. That I found upsetting. But on the other hand it was very liberating because in its absence I can invent. " Music, often American soul or blues, is always important in Roddy Doyle's work, often as escapism for the working-class Dubliners in the Barrytown books. Doyle grew up listening to American music and likes to write while listening to music. For Henry in America, Doyle says, "when he hears this music, he feels he's being baptized. He's new. He feels he's gotten away from Ireland. He's gotten away from the misery of it all and he's listening to this glorious celebration. " From the Hardcover edition.
Selected for the 2006 National Poetry Series by August Kleinzahler William Stobb?s poems attend calmly to a dynamic world. Nature, family, and friends are among the shifting systems where Stobb finds poems. His fluency in a variety of forms?from the measured tenderness of Jay Meek to the oceanic surrealism of Donald Revell?enacts the tension between order and entropy in the physical world we live in. ?Stobb has nerve, talent, and engages this madly accelerating, and often nearly indecipherable, world in what?s called real time,? writes August Kleinzahler, ?and he manages it without sacrificing emotional truth. ? .
This annual publication as chosen by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America brings together the best of the year's stories, as well as essays and commentary on the current state of the genre and predictions of future science fiction and fantasy films, art, and more. This year's award-winning authors include Joe Haldeman (Novel), Kelly Link (Novella, Novelette), and Carol Emshwiller (Short Story).
Possessed of an extraordinary telekinetic gift, Dahlia Le Blanc has spent her life isolated from other people. And just when she thinks she's finally achieved some semblance of peace, her well-orchestrated world comes crashing down. . . For a reason she cannot guess, she has become the target of deadly assassins. Suddenly no place is safe - not even the secret refuge she's established long ago. Now she must rely on Nicolas Trevane - a dangerous warrior sent to track her down and protect her. Together they generate a scorching heat Dahlia never imagined was possible. But can she trust this man with her secrets - especially when some people would kill to get their hands on them?
When his boss's beautiful sister disappears right after her wedding, Longarm's the best man to get her back. If the groom hurts one hair on her head, Longarm will take his own vow-of vengeance. .
Whitechapel, London, 1888. For Inspector Jonas Robb, each night brings new terror. But this night is different. It's brought two strangers-David and Sara-who have arrived in London seemingly with no past. What they do have is incredible knowledge about the Whitechapel fiend known as Jack the Ripper. Because David and Sara do have a past. It just happens to be in the future. Sent back in time, they're in pursuit of a 21st-century madman whose purpose is to change history. As the body count rises, Sara and David realize that their quarry and Robb's have become linked in a way that threatens not only Victorian London, but the very fabric of time.
A year with the boy geniuses of the nation?s top high school chess team, now in paperback with a new afterword Edward R. Murrow High School has long been one of New York?s public-education success stories, a school where there are no varsity sports, and the closest thing to jocks is found on the powerhouse chess team. Award-winning sportswriter Michael Weinreb follows the members of the Murrow chess team through an entire season. Weinreb delves into the history of chess in America, following the stories of greats such as Bobby Fischer, for whom the world within the chessboard is as easy to comprehend as the world beyond it is difficult. .
The perfect conservative contrast to the upcoming movie about Che. Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the mainstream media celebrate Ernesto ?Che? Guevara as a saint, a sex symbol, and a selfless martyr. But their ideas about Che ? whose face adorns countless T-shirts and posters ? are based on the lies of Fidel Castro?s murderous dictatorship. Che?s hipster fans are classic ?useful idiots,? the name Stalin gave to foolish Westerners who parroted his lies about communism. And their numbers will only increase after a new biopic is released this fall, starring Benicio Del Toro. But as Humberto Fontova reveals in this myth-shattering book, Che was actually a bloodthirsty executioner, a military bumbler, a coward, and a hypocrite. In fact, Che can be called the godfather of modern terrorism. Fontova reveals: ? How he longed to destroy New York City with nuclear missiles. ? How he persecuted gays, blacks, and religious people. ? How he loved material wealth and private luxuries, despite his image as an ascetic. Are Che fans like Angelina Jolie, Jesse Jackson, Carlos Santana, and Johnny Depp too ignorant to realize they?ve been duped? Or too anti-American to care? .
When is a tulip not a flower? When it's one of hundreds of mnemonic devices in this comprehensive sourcebook. From remembering the notes on a scale, to correctly performing geometric equations, mnemonic devices have helped countless students, teachers and trivia buffs recall key information quickly. In this comprehensive guide, readers will find a wide spectrum of ingeniously simple mnemonic devices for recalling facts about science, maths, geography, law, literature, world history, zodiac and much much more.
Originally published over ten years ago, Enemy Mine combined tender romance with action and suspense--a precursor to the New York Times bestselling romantic thrillers that she writes today. A rare treat for fans, this novel features two fierce rivals who are on the trail of a rare art object--and who wind up finding love. .
Three narratives, set in the fifth, fourteenth, and twentieth centuries, all revolving around an ancient text and each with a love story at its centre, are the elements of this brilliantly ingenious novel, a follow-up to the international bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost. Now Ian Pears returns with a greatly anticipated novel, so expertly imagined and perfectly constructed the author himself describes it as "a complexity. " The centuries are the 5th (the final days of the Roman Empire); the 14th (the years of the Plague -- the Black Death); and the 20th (World War II). The setting for each is the same -- Provence -- and each has at its heart a love story. The narratives intertwine seamlessly, and what joins them thematically is an ancient text -- "The Dream of Scipio" -- a work of neo-Platonism that poses timeless philosophical questions. What is the obligation of the individual in a society under siege? What is the role of learning when civilization itself is threatened, whether by acts of man or nature? Does virtue lie more in engagement or in neutrality? "Power without wisdom is tyranny; wisdom without power is pointless," warns one of Pears's characters. The Dream of Scipio is a bona fide novel of ideas, a dazzling feat of storytelling, fiction for our times.
Now in trade paperback-the inspiring love story from the national bestselling author of "Redemption," A year ago, successful career woman Sheila Moore left her home on the South Carolina coast to escape the pain of loving a man who would never love her back-her married business partner, Jake Madison. Now she's returned to the past, and into the guarded lives of Jake and his suspicious wife, Tori. But out of Sheila's fears and regrets comes unexpected sanctuary in the unconditional love of a handsome writer. All she has to do is accept it and find the light of God's love that could lead her back to the peace she prays hasn't been lost forever.
A fun, inspirational look at corporate America's favorite pastime No matter how sophisticated business becomes, nothing can replace the golf course as a communication hub. It's where up-and-comers can impress the boss and where CEOs can seal multibillion-dollar deals. It's no coincidence that many of the most admired people in business-Jack Welch, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Sandy Weill-always carved out time in their busy schedules for golf. Deals on the Green takes us inside the gates of elite courses like Augusta National and Pebble Beach to reveal how important golf really is. It tells entertaining stories about the people who rely on golf to drive their success in business, from John D. Rockefeller a century ago to Donald Trump today. Some of those you'll meet:* Wayne Huizenga, the founder of Blockbuster, who was so golf obsessed that he created his own personal course in Florida. * Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, who won Jack Welch's blessing for the big job after proving himself on the golf course. * Stan O'Neal, CEO of Merrill Lynch, who became the most powerful black executive in America-and a late bloomer at golf. A perfect gift for dads, grads, bosses, and avid golfers of all ages, Deals on the Green will make you think about golf, and business, in a whole new way.
The no-holds-barred memoir from the beloved music superstar. From the heart of one of the most beloved performers in music comes a candid memoir of professional triumph, private heartbreak, and personal victory-a coming-of-age account of a very private search for harmony and a very public rise to fame. Coming Home to Myselfis the result of that emotional journey-a song of personal discovery that taught Wynonna Judd to love not just what she does, but who she is. From a truly exceptional woman comes an unexpected memoir of survival, strength, hope, and forgiveness, filled with an exultant and empowering message certain to resonate with those who have dreamed of finding themselves, and who only needed the courage and inspiration to begin their own journey.
More than thirty-five years since its original publication, Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people. Only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him. Masterfully written, filled with the somber majesty of Pueblo myth, Ceremony is a work of enduring power. The Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition contains a new preface by the author and an introduction by Larry McMurtry. .
The National Autistic Society estimates that Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) now affects 500,000 families in the UK alone, while one in 86 children have an ASD-related special educational need. Autism Spectrum Disorders is an essential one-stop reference guide introducing the reader to an understanding of this complex disorder, touching on all aspects related to ASD (including Asperger's Syndrome), with a detailed resource section for those wanting more in-depth information on specific areas. The book is invaluable not only for parents and professionals who work with children but also for potential employees and anyone who works in the public sphere. With chapters on the causes of ASD, diagnosis, treatment and diet, this is a uniquely accessible guide providing practical information in a clear and concise manner. 'Given autism's high-profile media, Chantal Sicile-Kira's book could not be more timely. This will be one of those smart, authoritative, user-friendly guides which will be the essential volume that both parents, health professionals and a wide general readership will reach for in order to fathom this confounding condition' Douglas Kennedy