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At six, Clifton watched as two white police officers beat his black father to death. The official report called it an accident. But Clifton and his mother, who was also there, know the truth.Ten years later Clifton's life has been shaped by that horrible event. He's a social outcast, his mother has sunk deep into alcoholism, and the only connection has with a living thing is with the dog next door whose life is as bad as Clifton's.But then Clifton's principal comes up with the idea to have all the students release balloons with notes attached. It's meant to build school spirit, but it also gives Clifton an idea. What if, somehow, he was able to reach someone somewhere far away, and actually make a connection? Maybe even have a friend. So instead of balloons he uses bottles, and sets them afloat with notes inside down the New River. Amazingly, Clifton actually does here from someone. His name is Swamper, he's got to be at least 70, and he lives in a shack on the river, meaking out a living selling fish. Swamper and Clifton strike up a friendship and it looks like Clifton may be okay after all.But then the kidnapping of a young girl that Clifton witnesses brings back all of his old demons. How can he go to the police after what they did to his father? And his mother, she's useless. So he turns to Swamper, and in the end, discovers truths about his family, his life, and himself, that he never would have imagined.
Daniel Johnson -- journalist, editor, scholar, and chess enthusiast who once played Garry Kasparov to a draw in a simultaneous exhibition -- is the perfect guide to one of history's most remarkable periods, when chess matches were front-page news and captured the world's imagination.The Cold War played out in many areas: geopolitical alliances, military coalitions, cat-and-mouse espionage, the arms race, proxy wars -- and chess. An essential pastime of Russian intellectuals and revolutionaries, and later adopted by the Communists as a symbol of Soviet power, chess was inextricably linked to the rise and fall of the "evil empire." This original narrative history recounts in gripping detail the singular part the Immortal Game played in the Cold War. From chess's role in the Russian Revolution -- Marx, Lenin, and Trotsky were all avid players -- to the 1945 radio match when the Soviets crushed the Americans, prompting Stalin's telegram "Well done lads!"; to the epic contest between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1972 at the height of détente, when Kissinger told Fischer to "go over there and beat the Russians"; to the collapse of the Soviet Union itself, White King and Red Queen takes us on a fascinating tour of the Cold War's checkered landscape.
When Selwyn is accused of murdering his rival, Farold, he is sealed in the village burial cave with Farold's moldering corpse to await starvation-or worse. Worse comes along quickly in the form of a witch who raises Farold from the dead. Selwyn thought he disliked Farold when he was alive, but that was nothing compared to working by the dead man's side as they search for the real killer.
It's the most advanced computer role-playing game ever: When you play you're really there--in a dark dream teeming with evil creatures, danger-filled fortresses, and malevolent sorceries. The game plugs directly into your brain--no keyboard, no modem, no monitor. And for game hacker Arvin Rizalli and his friends, no cash up front, no questions asked . . . and no hope of rescue when the game goes horribly, deathly wrong.
Patrick Henry, the famous statesman, has a secret: He keeps his wife in the cellar. Slowly losing her mind, Sarah Henry has become a danger to herself and her children. But daughter Anne has a secret of her own: She knows which child will inherit their mother's madness.Told from the point of view of the Henry children, this compassionate tale explores the possibility that Patrick Henry's immortal cry of "Give me liberty, or give me death," which roused a nation to arms, was first spoken by his wife as she pleaded for her own freedom.Includes a reader's guide.
At large during the most colorful period in New Orleans' history, from just after the Louisiana Purchase through the War of 1812, privateers Jean and Pierre Laffite made life hell for Spanish merchants on the Gulf. Pirates to the U.S. Navy officers who chased them, heroes to the private citizens who shopped for contraband at their well-publicized auctions, the brothers became important members of a filibustering syndicate that included lawyers, bankers, merchants, and corrupt U.S. officials. But this allegiance didn't stop the Laffites from becoming paid Spanish spies, disappearing into the fog of history after selling out their own associates.William C. Davis uncovers the truth about two men who made their names synonymous with piracy and intrigue on the Gulf.
A substantial collection of sweet and savory pies and tarts the whole family will love--every day of the year365 Pies and Tarts is filled with a full year's worth of luscious desserts and savory pies from Better Homes and Gardens. From classics, such as fruit and custard pies, to new twists such as frozen pies and tiny tarts, you'll find every kind of pie you could ever crave. You'll discover options for baking with seasonal fruits, detailed explanations for how to make fail proof meringue, the most tender pastry, and more, as well as tips for working with chocolate. All of the recipes are complete with step-by-step instructions straight from the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen, as well as nutritional analysis.A great value for families who like to savor every day with 365 recipes in one volumeBeautiful full-color inserts featuring more than 50 mouthwatering photographsSpecial sections on lower calorie pies and tarts and tasty toppingsMore than 30 savory pie and tart recipes for spectacular and unexpected brunch, lunch, and dinnersHandy cooking tips sprinkled throughout with advice on choosing and using fruits, checking for doneness, and working with special ingredientsFor anyone who loves pies, 365 Pies and Tarts offers enough options to try a new recipe every day of the year!
In 1997, at the distinguished Siddons School on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the school year opens with distressing news: Astra Dell is suffering from a rare disease. Astra's friends try to reconcile the sick girl's suffering with their own fierce longings and impetuous attachments. Car writes unsparing letters, which the dirty Marlene, in her devotion, then steals. Other classmates carry on: The silly team of Suki and Alex pursue Will Bliss while the subversive Lisa Van de Ven makes dates with Miss Wilkes. The world of private schools and privilege in New York City is funny, poignant, cruel, and at its heart is a sick girl, Astra Dell, "that pale girl from the senior class, the dancer with all the hair, the red hair, knotted or braided or let to fall to her waist, a fever and she consumed. " National Book Award Finalist Christine Schutt has created a wickedly original tale of innocence, daring and illness.
From the windswept Canadian prairies to the University of Saskatchewan, from McGill University to the Philippines and Mt. Banahaw--the mountain that becomes her mountain for a very special reason... Ruth Klaasen weaves a story of joy and romance, boldness and humility, hardship and sickness, birth and death. More than a story, this account takes us into the life and lifestyle of a North American family who lived for Jesus Christ in an international community in a foreign country. Struggles with assimilating a new and very different culture, failures to communicate with servants and neighbors, questions of conflicting values, difficulties of explaining the gospel, the issue of what church to join--these blend together with problems we all face in realizing God's presence in our lives.
The most popular big, red, lovable dog that ever was! Clifford books have sold millions of copies in nearly half a century - and his series airing on PBS Kids TV has been enormously popular. In this book, When a hurricane strikes while Clifford and Emily Elizabeth are having fun visiting her grandmother at the beach, Clifford the big red dog knows just what to do to keep everyone safe.
Master Mail in Mavericks and iOS 7! Email is essential for everything from work to shopping to keeping in touch with family. Could you get anything done without it? In this book, email expert Joe Kissell helps you make sure Apple Mail won't leave you in the lurch, providing essential setup, usage, and troubleshooting advice, whether you use Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, or IMAP -- or more than one -- in both OS X 10.9 Mavericks on your Mac and iOS 7 on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.Along the way, Joe explains core concepts like special IMAP mailboxes and email archiving, reveals Mail's hidden interface elements, and offers tips on customizing Mail to your preferences (including the best power-user plugins for Mail on the Mac). You'll also learn how to find that message in the haystack, figure out how digital signatures and encryption work in Mail, and uncover solutions to numerous common problems. Perhaps most important, Joe shares his strategy for avoiding email overload; the article where he first introduced it won American Business Media's Neal Award for Best How-To Article.Using the fully linked table of contents, Quick Start page, or other hot links in the ebook, you'll quickly find the essential information that's most important to you, including: * Key changes in Mail for Mavericks * Interesting new features in Mail for iOS 7 * Setting Mail's Junk Mail filter correctly and other tips for defeating spam * Understanding special mailboxes like Sent, Drafts, and Junk * Addressing email to multiple recipients -- and to smart groups * Using notifications to manage incoming messages * Turning on the much-loved classic window arrangement * Customizing the Mail sidebar, toolbar, message header interface, and more * Using search tokens AND understanding Boolean searches * Joe's suggested smart mailboxes * Taking charge of email organization with rules and other measures * Keeping attachments problem-free * 12 things you should know about iOS Mail * Fixing problems: receiving, sending, logging in, bad mailboxes, and more * Mail plugins that will improve your Mail experience * How to decide if you should encrypt your email * Detailed, real-world steps for signing and encrypting email
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The #1 New York Times bestselling novel Divergent is soon to be a major motion picture in theaters March 2014!Illustrated with more than 100 photographs--many never before seen--this eye-catching volume takes you inside the film version of Divergent where you'll discover the factions, meet the initiates, and enter the thrilling dystopian world.
With more than 150 detailed recipes, this cookbook shows experienced Clojure developers how to solve a variety of programming tasks with this JVM language. The solutions cover everything from building dynamic websites and working with databases to network communication, cloud computing, and advanced testing strategies. And more than 60 of the world's best Clojurians contributed recipes. Each recipe includes code that you can use right away, along with a discussion on how and why the solution works, so you can adapt these patterns, approaches, and techniques to situations not specifically covered in this cookbook. Master built-in primitive and composite data structures Create, develop and publish libraries, using the Leiningen tool Interact with the local computer that's running your application Manage network communication protocols and libraries Use techniques for connecting to and using a variety of databases Build and maintain dynamic websites, using the Ring HTTP server library Tackle application tasks such as packaging, distributing, profiling, and logging Take on cloud computing and heavyweight distributed data crunching Dive into unit, integration, simulation, and property-based testing Clojure Cookbook is a collaborative project with contributions from some of the world's best Clojurians, whose backgrounds range from aerospace to social media, banking to robotics, AI research to e-commerce.
It's a cold May in Acorn Hill. Jane is putting pansies in the front garden for a splash of spring cheer when a big pink Cadillac parks in front of the inn. Out jumps Belle from Georgia looking for a room. Within minutes, she divulges the reason for her trip. "God gave me a dream that I would meet the man I am meant to marry right here in Acorn Hill. We will be married the first weekend of June. " Jane and her sisters teeter between disbelief and awe as Belle sets off to meet all the eligible bachelors in beautiful Cascade Mountains. Will it be Pastor Kenneth? Wilhelm, owner of Time for Tea? Don and Ron, the twins staying at the Inn? Then Jane gets a letter from Justin, her ex-husband, asking if he can visit. What could he want after all this time? As Jane faces the mistakes of her past, the whole town helps Belle prepare for her wedding . . . but to whom?
Problems with your dog? It may be his thyroid! If your dog is lethargic, losing his hair, gaining weight or suddenly becomes aggressive, perhaps the last thing you (or your vet!) would think about is his thyroid. Unfortunately, however, thyroid disorders can cause literally dozens of health and behavioral problems in dogs and frequently go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed. And the real tragedy is that most thyroid problems are treatable with the right medical care and a well-informed owner can often minimize the chance of a thyroid disorder occurring in the first place. Noted veterinarian Jean Dodds and co-author Diana Laverdure have done the dog owning public and their vets a great service by writing The Canine Thyroid Epidemic. The book is written in such a way to inform both the average dog owner and animal health care professionals about the ways in which thyroid disorders occur, can be prevented and treated.
Can the sins of the past... Louisiana powerhouse attorney Matthew Gauthier has spent a lifetime safeguarding his prominent family's scandalous history. So when Tamryn West makes it her mission to dig up the past, Matthew must do everything in his power to stop her. But his plan to distract the alluring history professor begins to send his own passions raging out of control. ...become the hope of the future? Tamryn came to the town of Gauthier to find the diary that could be the missing link to her grandmother and her enduring legacy. In the process, she stumbles onto the secrets of another family-secrets Matt will protect at any cost. As his sensual touch awakens Tamryn's deepest desires, will a revelation that could make her career cost Matt his political dreams-and their future together?
The night that changed everything!Waitress Darcy Penn is the smart, sensible type-flirting with the extremely cute guy in the bar just isn't her usual style. As for ending up in his hotel room? Definitely not! Sneaking out while he's in the bathroom to avoid the post-sex awkwardness? Much more like it....If Darcy had stuck around, Jeff Norton could have told her about their "epic latex fail." So he shouldn't be quite so shocked when months later, Darcy turns up at his classy L.A. office and throws up in his wastepaper basket. She's got a bad case of morning sickness, and she's here to find out what he's going to do about it!
A reason to stay? Hoping for a new start in Australia, Dr. Beth Seymour gets a shock when she meets her fearsome-and oh-so-handsome-boss, E.R. consultant Matthew Harrison. Once playful and charming, heartbroken Matt is now distrustful and demanding! But when feisty Beth stands up to him, a long-buried tenderness emerges from Matt. Is Beth the key to his locked-away heart?
A chance to make amends...Hiring her ex, the irresistible Dr. Preston Monroe, is Dr. Dasha Hardin's secret atonement for her unforgiveable past. A plan suddenly complicated by his touch, which still makes her heart zing! Preston must reluctantly trust Dasha and soon wants to discover more about this new feisty, vulnerable woman-the only woman with the strength to fight for his irredeemable soul....
Passion and scandal collide in New York Times bestselling author Julia London's brand-new series about four sisters determined to rescue themselves from ruin... Desperate times call for daring measures as Honor Cabot, the eldest stepdaughter of the wealthy Earl of Beckington, awaits her family's ruin. Upon the earl's death she and her sisters stand to lose the luxury of their grand home-and their place on the pedestal of society-to their stepbrother and his social-climbing fiancée. Forced to act quickly, Honor makes a devil's bargain with the only rogue in London who can seduce her stepbrother's fiancée out of the Cabots' lives for good. An illegitimate son of a duke, George Easton was born of scandal and grows his fortune through dangerous risks. But now he and Honor are dabbling in a perilous dance of seduction that puts her reputation and his jaded heart on the line. And as unexpected desire threatens to change the rules of their secret game, the stakes may become too high even for a notorious gambler and a determined, free-spirited debutante to handle.
Criminally Hot! Cole Chisholm is a droolworthy bronc rider, and every inch the bad boy most mothers would warn their daughters about. Which means he's exactly the guy Nicole Barbie needs. Nicole has carefully cultivated a rep of her own, but she's not really the bad girl everyone thinks she is. Her mother is pushing her to continue in the tradition of the wild women in their family when all Nicole wants is to focus on becoming the best chef in fifty states. Fortunately, Cole is the perfect guy for creating a sinful sensation...or at least helping with the pretense of one. But once these two bad reputations get together, there'll be more heat between the sheets than in all of Texas!
CITY ON FIRE When France's presidential elections are hijacked by terrorists, violence erupts on the streets of Paris, fueling extreme antiforeigner sentiments. The chaos feeds votes to the ultraradical candidate, but intelligence indicates the attacks may be the ultimate propaganda tool. Soon, shock waves reach America, destabilizing foreign policy and U.S. interests in Europe. Mack Bolan answers the call of duty, launching a surgical strike against the powerful, skilled radicals carrying out the slaughter. Dodging the triple threat of police corruption, political extremism and the bloodlust of trained killers, Bolan razes the terrorist strongholds. As the city of light bursts into a blaze of cleansing fire, the Executioner casts his vote for the terrorists' blood-and an end to their deadly campaign.
More than just eye candyRookie attorney Dani Wellford's taciturn client has the strangest request: "Send me to jail." Easy case, right? Wrong, especially as she faces Cam Townsend, the hot assistant DA who's hell-bent on seducing her-and winning the case. The way he wears his suits should be a crime; he gets Dani's mojo going, in the courtroom and the bedroom.Before long, their professional ethics are more tangled than the bedsheets. But when Dani goes to battle against her firm's old-boy network trying to prove a hefty case of discrimination, she ends up with the most unexpected ally...and perhaps just the right bait for a lifelong sentence.
A small-town innkeeper's life is transformed by a sexy army ranger in USA TODAY bestselling author Cassie Miles's SNOWED IN Rescuing a beautiful woman from four armed men wasn't how Blake Randall planned to spend his army leave. But as chief security detail at his best friend's wedding, the ranger's mission is just beginning. A blizzard has cut off Sarah Bentley's Colorado B and B from the outside world, trapping them with a killer. Snowed in with the rugged stranger who already saved her life once, Sarah has no choice but to trust Blake. As passion ignites, she realizes he's more than a strong shoulder to lean on. With danger escalating, it's time to listen to what her heart's telling her: with Blake by her side, they can survive anything....
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