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Public debate about the use of genetic technology is dominated by fears of a Huxleyan 'Brave New World' or a return to the fascist eugenics of the past. In this controversial book, philosopher Nicholas Agar defuses these anxieties and defends the idea that parents should be allowed to enhance their children's genetic characteristics. Agar describes three technologies that may soon make liberal eugenics a practical possibility - cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer, genomics, and genetic engineering - and argues that parents can use these technologies to realize their procreative goals without harming the people they will bring into existence. He rejects the idea that eugenics need divide society into genetic haves and have-nots, and denies that social pressures need force eugenic choices to converge on a single view of human excellence, suggesting that these threats to liberal social arrangements can be resisted.
In this latest episode in the beloved, best-selling series, the kindest and best detective in Botswana faces a tricky situation when her personal and professional lives become entangled. Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a repeated dream: a vision of a tall, strange man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree. Odd as this is, she's far too busy to worry about it. The best apprentice at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors is in trouble with the law and stuck with the worst lawyer in Gaborone. Grace Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti are building the house of their dreams, but their builder is not completely on the up and up. And, most shockingly, Mma Potokwane, defender of Botswana's weak and downtrodden, has been dismissed from her post as matron at the orphan farm. Can the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency help restore the beloved matron to her rightful position?
"Lion At School" features a little girl and a lion; the lion knows just what to do about bullies. Brainbox the horse wants to find another horse to be his friend, but he can't remember what a horse looks like. Jimmy is too sick to go to school and must stay with a neighbor who worries much too much a bout her washing; and, before the day is over, she worries about Jimmy, too. With sharp scissors, an angry boy almost cuts his house to bits! A beautiful little mouse is saved by a brave boy. A little girl gets everything she wants just by bending her finger! Philippa Pearce says: "I wrote these stories as part of the oral tradition that should be every child's birthright." These stories are fun to read aloud.
In the opening story, Little Grey Rabbit trades her tail for knowledge, and Hare and Squirrel almost get eaten by Weasel. Not only does Little Grey Rabbit miss her tail, but also her friends, and they help her get it back. Next, Hare takes a journey and has a grand adventure. Finally, little Fuzzypeg gets lost, and all of the animals must look for him; again, Mole is quite a hero.
This is a novel about a lesbian relationship. The author is the sister of Daphne Du Maurier.
In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother Austin began a passionate love affair with Mabel Todd, a young Amherst faculty wife, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. The feud that erupted as a result has continued for over a century. Lyndall Gordon, an award-winning biographer, tells the riveting story of the Dickinsons, and reveals Emily as a very different woman from the pale, lovelorn recluse that exists in the popular imagination. Thanks to unprecedented use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, Gordon digs deep into the life and work of Emily Dickinson, to reveal the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion, and presents a woman beyond her time who found love, spiritual sustenance, and immortality all on her own terms. An enthralling story of creative genius, filled with illicit passion and betrayal, Lives Like Loaded Guns is sure to cause a stir among Dickinson's many devoted readers and scholars.
Perhaps one of the most revered works of fiction in the twentieth-century, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runne ris a modern classic about integrity, courage, and bucking the system. Its title story recounts the story of a reform school cross-country runner who seizes the perfect opportunity to defy the authority that governs his life. It is a pure masterpiece. From there the collection expands even further from the touching "On Saturday Afternoon" to the rollicking "The Decline and Fall and Frankie Buller. " Beloved for its lean prose, unforgettable protagonists, and real-life wisdom, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner captured the voice of a generation, and its poignant and empowering life lessons will continue to captivate and entertain readers for generations to come.
Some objects just cry out to be stolen, and an obliging ring of international thieves stands ready to heed the cry. Their current target is the Gyrth Chalice, a priceless goblet that the Gyrth family has for centuries held in trust for the British Crown. Kept in a windowless chapel, and protected by a fearsome curse, the Chalice should be impervious to thievery. But this is 1930, and the crooks have all the advantages of the modern world. Chief among these is the craving for publicity, to which at least one member of the Gyrth clan has succumbed. Her careless chatter about the Chalice seems to have called up all manner of misfortunes - of which larceny is just the beginning -- and the vague, bespectacled Albert Campion doesn't look like he'll be much help against them. But looks can be deceptive. Wonderfully plotted . . . a marvelous mixture of witchcraft, sacred relics, and ancient oaths. Allingham was a rare and precious talent - Washington Post
In this romance from the Americana series, a tough prairie lady finds love.
It's Nina Landry's birthday, and she's supposed to have her kids ready to leave in a few hours for a Christmas holiday in Florida with her new boyfriend, but her fifteen-year-old daughter Charlie spent the night at a friend's and hasn't come home yet. Not by ten a.m., not by eleven. Nina is getting angry--they have a plane to catch, and Charlie hasn't even bothered to pack. As time passes, though slower and slower by the minute, Nina becomes uneasy. Her anger gives way to worry, and that worry quickly builds into panic. By one p.m., she's wondering, has Charlie run away, or has something far worse happened? And why won't anyone--not the cops, not Charlie's friends, not Charlie's father--take her disappearance seriously? As day turns to night on their home of Sandling Island sixty miles from London, and a series of ominous secrets leads Nina from sickening suspicion to deadly certainty, the question becomes less whether she and her daughter will leave the island in time and more whether they'll ever leave it again. In LOSING YOU, the newest thriller from the long-acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Nicci French unravels one mother's life and replaces it with every mother's worst nightmare.
The latest episode in the popular Cambridge series of medieval mysteries, featuring the physician-cum-sleuth Matthew Bartholomew. Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with the lovely Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishops Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterboroughs abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since. When the Commissioners arrive, they find the town in turmoil. A feisty rabble-rouser is encouraging the poor to rise up against their overlords, the abbey is at war with a powerful goldsmith and his army of mercenaries, and there are bitter rivalries between competing shrines. One shrine is dedicated to Lawrence de Oxforde, a vicious felon who was executed for his crimes, but who has been venerated after miracles started occurring at his grave. However, it is not long before murder rears its head, and its first victim is Joan, the woman incharge of Oxfordes tomb.
Anne Oldfield's life spanned the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 18th century. This book covers her roles and her relationships with various colleagues, playwrights and rivals. Also, because she loved and became mistress of a member of the nobility who was a writer and heavily involved with the politics of the time, there is almost more coverage of the politics of the time during the reigns of William (after the so-called Glorious Rebellion when William and Mary replaced James II who had abdicated and fled to France, Queen Anne, his Successor, the last of the Stuart rulers and George I, who succeeded Anne and was the first of the Hanoverian rulers. There were also wars going on at the time: The War of the Spanish Succession, and this affected people with whom Anne, because of her relationship with her lover and the father of her son, Arthur Waynwaring. Was involved. The book is a biography, a love story and a history
The history of US light tanks during World War II is a chequered one. The Light Battalions of US Armored Divisions were initially filled with M3A1 and M5 Stuart tanks, however, on the battlefields of North Africa it was realised that these were disastrously under armoured and gunned, and a replacement, or the abandonment of light tank doctrine, was desperately needed. It wasn't until the last few months of WWII that the M24 Chaffee came into service and it was extensively used in combat from the Battle of the Bulge to the final campaigns in Germany. This book will trace the history of this design, its combat record in World War II, its many variants, and its extensive combat record post 1945.
Here is an elaborates and elegant murder-spy caper about a man hunted by Interpol and betrayed by the woman he loves, Set against the exotic backdrop of Malta, the jewel of the Mediterranean, THE MACKINTOSH MAN unfolds a gripping tale of suspense, intrigue, and violence.
Motherless 13-year-old Ursula loves living with her grandma while her father serves his country in Shanghai, China. But life changes drastically when the privileged Ursula is sent away to boarding school after the death of her beloved grandma. She must learn how to be on her own, make friends and learn how to be a part of something bigger than herself. But, who can she trust? Will she ever know what is really important? It takes a pair of unforeseen tragedies to teach her what is really important and grow to see the big picture. Picture descriptions and captions included.
[from the back cover] "Cartier Diamond Dagger Award winner Julian Symons has long been acknowledged as the doyen of British crime writers. Here he turns the spotlight on the evil side of human nature in a compelling anthology of murder and suspense. The Man Who Hated Television contains short stories written specially for this collection as well as classics like Et In Acadia Ego, each demonstrating the incisive storytelling for which this author was renowned."
Lysander Hawkley combined breathtaking good looks with the kindest of hearts. He couldn't pass a stray dog, an ill-treated horse, or a neglected wife without rushing to the rescue. And with neglected wives the rescue invariably led to ecstatic bonking, which didn't please their erring husbands one bit. Lysander's mid-life crisis had begun at twenty-two. Reeling from the death of his beautiful mother, he was out of work, drinking too much, and desperately in debt. The solution came from Ferdie, his fat friend: if Lysander was so good at making husbands jealous, why shouldn't he get paid for it? Let loose among the neglected wives of the ritzy county of Rutshire, Lysander causes absolute havoc. But it is only when he meets Rannaldini, Rutshire's King Rat and a temperamental, fiendishly promiscuous international conductor, that the trouble really starts. The only unglamorous woman around Rannaldini was Kitty. Soon Lysander was convinced that Kitty must be rescued from Rannaldini at all costs, even if it means enlisting the help of the old blue-eyed havoc maker: Rupert Campbell-Black.
It is February 1355, and Oxford has exploded in one of the most serious riots of its turbulent history. Fearing for their lives, the scholars flee the city, and some choose the University at Cambridge as their refuge. They don't remain safe for long, however--within hours of their arrival, two people have died. When Bartholomew and Brother Michael investigate the deaths, they uncover evidence that the Oxford riot was part of a carefully orchestrated plot. With the Archbishop of Canterbury about to honor Cambridge with a visitation, and a close colleague accused of a series of murders that Bartholomew is certain he didn't commit, the race is on to bring a ruthless killer to justice.
The author, a paraplegic, tells about her own hunt for medical advice before getting pregnant--and then about the normal births of her two children--before widening the conversation to other disabled women and sympathetic members of the medical community.
The Midnight Man: The Physician's Tale of Mystery and Murder as He Goes on Pilgrimage from London to Canterburyby Paul C. Doherty
As Chaucer's pilgrims shelter for the night in a well-stocked tavern, it's the physician's turn to enthral his fellow travellers with a terrifying tale of mystery and intrigue. When Brother Anselm and his novice Stephen are summoned to the Church of St Michael's in Candlewick to perform an exorcism, little are they prepared for the horror that awaits. The demons and apparitions that plague the church would appear to have been summoned by an infamous sorcerer known as the Midnight Man. But what has he unwittingly unleashed--and why? Is someone using the haunting as the perfect cover for their murderous intent? And is there any link with the sudden disappearances of a number of young women in the area? The answers lie in the past and an unresolved wickedness from many decades before. But before Anselm can get to the truth, he must uncover the identity of the mysterious Midnight Man.
This is the thirteenth in the Roger the Chapman series. Roger the Chapman is not a superstitious man. He hears stories of murders and haunted houses around the market town of Bristol, and chooses to believe the more prosaic explanation every time. But when Roger is attacked in the very house where a woman murdered her violent husband thirty years previously, he is forced to admit that something strange is going on ...
He wants her, and then he wins her ... in a game of cards! TV star Rico Mandretti has wowed Sydney with his charm, good looks and love of cooking. However, besides pasta, the wealthy Italian-Australian harbors another passion! Renée Selensky despises him but he can't get her out of his head. If only he could seduce her and thereby forget her. ... Then Rico wins a game of cards--and Renée into the bargain. Now she's Rico's for a month--as his mistress, in his bed ... and at his mercy!
The conceptual framework is set out in an opening critique of modernization which, while rejecting its linear implications, maintains its focus on the relationship between government, economy and society.
Frankie isn't exactly sure what her scientist dad does in his top-secret laboratory, but her neighbors tease her that it must be something awful--like developing germ warfare. So when Frankie's older brother steals a bit of mysterious goo from their father's lab, she makes sure she gets some to conduct her own experiment. But Frankie never could have anticipated the results...
Hugo Drax, a very rich metals baron, has promised to create an intercontinental ballistic missile for Britain. But Hugo Drax also cheats at cards. Five days before the first test of the rocket, James Bond discovers cheating at cards is not the only suspicious activity in the Drax empire. In those four days Bond goes from merely suspicious to cowering in a ventilation shaft of the Moonraker silo wondering if he can escape before the missile launches.
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