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Collecting Children's Books

by Noah Fleisher Lauren Zittle

When We Were Very YoungChildren's Books delight the young and the young at heart. From the gentle ritual of Goodnight Moon to the incredible odyssey of bad boy Max in Where the Wild Things Are, these timeless tales remain with us as certainly as a mother's hug.Collecting Children's Books showcases some of the finest books and accompanying artwork from 1900 to the present in a warm, informative and exquisite fashion, reminding us all of the joy found in this transcendent genre. From Winnie-the-Pooh to Curious George, Alice in Wonderland to Mary Poppins, and from The Poky Little Puppy to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you will enjoy a treasure trove of remarkable--and highly collectible--children's literature.This delightful hardcover book features:More than 100 years of classic and collectible Children Books, including values for signed and unsigned First Edition works.500 color imagesOriginal art from such masters as Garth Williams (Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little), Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) and Dr. Seuss.Collecting tips, what to look for when buying, and lists of suggested readings by era for those seeking to rediscover the pleasure--and value--found in children's literature.

ABC's of Concealed Carry

by Joseph Terry

From the introduction:I've carried a concealed handgun for more than thirty years, but if you think this book is about me trying to persuade you to carry one too, you would be mistaken.For 27 of those years I was a cop. I learned very quickly that the police can't protect individual citizens from violence. We would like to. We are willing to risk our lives to try. But to assume cops can be everywhere the thugs are, is not college-level thinking. Many good people understand this, and wonder whether carrying a concealed firearm on the streets would make them safer. Like most beat cops and working deputies I know, I support the right of responsible citizens to arm themselves. You see, we know better than most that, "When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away."

Sister Sampler Quilts

by Annemarie Chany

Traditional piecing gets a fresh look!Do you love quilting, but are looking for a modern aesthetic? If so, you'll love Sister Sampler Quilts.Inside, you'll find 25 interchangeable sister blocks and 3 sampler quilts that challenge traditional grid layouts with fun, innovative settings. Create block pairs as identical sisters or flip flop the color schemes for a patchier appeal in quilts that beautifully bridge the gap between traditional and modern. Whether you're a beginner or a more advanced quilter, you'll enjoy practicing and perfecting quilting basics, like half-square triangles, flying geese and hourglass blocks, to beautiful effect.Modern traditional quilting is the perfect way to blend old and new techniques to create a quilt that's uniquely yours!

Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900 to Present

by Andrew Johnson Phillip Peterson

The No. 1 Guide to the Most Popular Guns of All Time! Today's firearms are bought, sold and traded more than ever before. This updated 18th edition of Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values will help you buy and sell in this active market with the utmost confidence. It is the only illustrated price guide for firearms produced from 1900 to the present, and this volume sets the standard for gun buyers and sellers--the best insurance policy against paying too much or selling for too little. Inside you'll find:More than 25,000 prices for the firearms most frequently bought and sold today, including many new firearmsListings for more than 12,000 rifles, shotguns and handgunsThousands of detailed photos for quick and easy identificationIn-depth descriptions for every firearmBonus color section showcasing many spectacular custom 1911 handgunsIf you're looking for your next hunting shotgun or rifle, or a new personal-protection handgun, or if you've got a few guns you'd like to sell--Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values is your must-have, real-world guide to today's firearms and their values. Don't go shopping without it!

The Longest Holiday

by Paige Toon

Escape to the summer and feel the warmth of Paige Toon's storytelling ...Laura has been married to the man of her dreams for seven months. But, she now discovers, a week before the wedding Matthew made a terrible mistake ... Escaping the heartache and humiliation, Laura is whisked off to Florida's Key West by her best friend Marty. A carefree holiday full of cocktails and fun, surrounded by gorgeous, tanned men, is exactly what the doctor ordered. Distraction comes in the form of sexy Cuban scuba diver Leo. As the end of the holiday approaches, Laura doesn't want to go home. Is it time to face the music? Or is there more to Key West than a holiday romance? Praise for Paige Toon's previous titles: 'We devoured this in one sitting, relaxing on a sun-lounger - and our, er, tireless research revealed that it's the perfect beach read' Cosmopolitan'Fun, summery, chick-lit with bite - if you want a bit of escapism, this is perfect' Cosmopolitan 'It's fresh, incredibly confident, with a very strong cast and sense of place. This wonderful page-turner kept me guessing right until the end' Marian Keyes

The Lives Of Dax: Star Trek All Series/deep Space Nine

by Various

One of the most popular and compelling Star Trek characters ever created, Dax is a wormlike being who is joined body and soul to a succession of humanoid hosts. Each life is different, each body is different, each personality is different, but all of them are Dax. At one time or another Dax has been male, female, a Starfleet officer, a statesman, a scientist, and ambassador, even a serial killer. The symbiont's humanoid hosts have included Curzon, friend of Klingons, and Jadzia, science officer on Deep Space Nine and latterly wife of Worf. The most recent incarnation is Ezri Dax, station counsellor on Deep Space Nine. Designed to appeal to fans of every version of Star Trek, the stories in The Lives of Dax each show a different host's adventure - nine incredible lives stretched out over 357 years of Star Trek history. The stories are rich with different aliens, planets, battles, personal struggles, surprising revelations, and guest stars galore.

The Tender Texan

by Jodi Thomas

Anna Meyer offers one hundred dollars to the Texas cattleman who can help her forge a frontier homestead. Chance Wyatt agrees to settle down and build a home with a lovely stranger. The boy in him never considered the possibility of love. But the man in him can't deny the passion that Anna brings out in him. They vowed to live together for only a year, but as the challenges of the savage land bring them closer together, neither can resist the aching desire that inflames their hearts-and touches their souls.

How Did That Happen?

by Roger Connors Tom Smith

The New York Times bestseller that provides a simple, proven approach to improve accountability and the bottom line. The economy crashes, the government misfires, businesses fail, leaders don't lead, managers don't manage, and people don't follow through, leaving us asking, "How did that happen?" Surprises caused by a lack of personal accountability plague almost every organization today, from the political arena to large and small businesses. How Did That Happen? offers a proven way to eliminate these nasty surprises, gain an unbeatable competitive edge, and enhance performance by holding others accountable the positive, principled way. As the experts on workplace accountability and the authors of The Oz Principle, Roger Connors and Tom Smith tackle the next crucial step everyone can take, whether working as a manager, supervisor, CEO, or individual performer: creating greater accountability in all the people on whom you depend.

Aunt Dimity's Good Deed

by Nancy Atherton

Nancy Atherton's growing number of fans will certainly be delighted by Aunt Dimity's latest appearance in the honey-colored English cottage she bequeathed to her "niece," Lori Shepherd. Thanks to Aunt Dimity, Lori's life has taken on fairy-tale proportions: she's financially set for life and happily married or so she thinks. When Lori's plans for a second honeymoon to England with her workaholic husband fall through, she begrudgingly takes along her father-in-law who promptly disappears, leaving behind a mysterious note. Inspired and guided by the ghost of Aunt Dimity and her inimitable blue journal, Lori's search for the elderly gentleman turns into a harrowing mission to uncover a centuries-old family secret complicated by mistaken identities, falsified deeds, family feuds, and Lori's unseemly attraction to her husband's beguiling English cousin. In a delightful chase that takes her all over the English countryside, Lori discovers the true meaning of marital bliss, and Nancy Atherton's fans, new and old, will savor a masterpiece of old-fashioned fun. .

Dreamers Often Lie

by Jacqueline West

Liar meets Romeo and Juliet in this Shakespeare-inspired young adult novel about whether to trust yourself when everyone is telling you your instincts are wrong--for fans of Holly Black, Laini Taylor, and Black Swan, by New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline West. Jaye wakes up in the hospital, disoriented, and beset by a slippery morphing of reality into something else. She repeatedly sees a boy who she feels like she knows--but that's impossible. Determined to get back to school and back to A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which she's starring, she lies to her sister, her mom, and her doctors--she's fine, she says. She's fine, she's fine, she's fine. But then on her first day back, she takes a seat in class . . . next to the mysterious boy. Queasy with anxiety ("I can't see you," she hisses at him, "because you're not really here"), Jaye realizes this boy is, in fact, real. And he has no idea what she's talking about. Caught between this fascinating, empathetic new kid and her childhood friend turned recent love interest, Jaye begins to notice unnerving similarities between her circumstances and those of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays. Tingling banter and clandestine meet-ups give way to darker, muddier incidents. As things escalate to a frightening pitch, how much of what's happening is real, how much is in Jaye's head, and how much does it matter as she's hurtling toward a fateful end over which she seems to have no control?

A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History

by Nicholas Wade

Drawing on startling new evidence from the mapping of the genome, an explosive new account of the genetic basis of race and its role in the human story Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different races are biologically different from one another. For this understandable reason, the idea has been banished from polite academic conversation. Arguing that race is more than just a social construct can get a scholar run out of town, or at least off campus, on a rail. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, ended in prehistory.Inconveniently, as Nicholas Wade argues in A Troublesome Inheritance, the consensus view cannot be right. And in fact, we know that populations have changed in the past few thousand years--to be lactose tolerant, for example, and to survive at high altitudes. Race is not a bright-line distinction; by definition it means that the more human populations are kept apart, the more they evolve their own distinct traits under the selective pressure known as Darwinian evolution. For many thousands of years, most human populations stayed where they were and grew distinct, not just in outward appearance but in deeper senses as well.Wade, the longtime journalist covering genetic advances for The New York Times, draws widely on the work of scientists who have made crucial breakthroughs in establishing the reality of recent human evolution. The most provocative claims in this book involve the genetic basis of human social habits. What we might call middle-class social traits--thrift, docility, nonviolence--have been slowly but surely inculcated genetically within agrarian societies, Wade argues. These "values" obviously had a strong cultural component, but Wade points to evidence that agrarian societies evolved away from hunter-gatherer societies in some crucial respects. Also controversial are his findings regarding the genetic basis of traits we associate with intelligence, such as literacy and numeracy, in certain ethnic populations, including the Chinese and Ashkenazi Jews.Wade believes deeply in the fundamental equality of all human peoples. He also believes that science is best served by pursuing the truth without fear, and if his mission to arrive at a coherent summa of what the new genetic science does and does not tell us about race and human history leads straight into a minefield, then so be it. This will not be the last word on the subject, but it will begin a powerful and overdue conversation.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Year of the Monkey: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

by Oliver Chin Kenji Ono

"A storybook ideal for launching the lunar year."--Books Inc., San Francisco2016 is the Year of the Monkey, the eleventh adventure in the popular annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.Max is the son of the legendary Monkey King. Succeeding at school is not easy, but luckily playing in the gym is! Can Max forge his own claim to fame?Empowering themes of self-discovery and cultural exchange, plus charismatic characters, have proven appeal with children, parents, and elementary educators.Oliver Chin has written Julie Black Belt and more books.Kenji Ono is a storyboard artist at DreamWorks Animation.

The Writer's Survival Guide: An Instructive, Insightful Celebration of the Writing Life

by Rachel Simon

This inspirational guide for aspiring and experienced writers was originally published in 1997. Written in a friendly, hopeful, and gently humorous tone, it focuses on the creative process and emotional ups and downs of the creative life, providing insights into how to persist in the face of rejection, frustration, feelings of inadequacy, lack of support from loved ones, and more. It also offers practical how-to advice, from organizing your time so you actually sit down and write to reading as a writer. This ebook's rerelease of The Writer's Survival Guide includes a new introduction that discusses the origins of the book and how, in spite of the many changes in publishing and technology, it remains relevant today.

A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses

by Molly Harper

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family's clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family's magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: Her grandfather was Mr. Wainwright and the artifacts are lost somewhere in what is now Jane Jameson's book shop. Complication Two: her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, who keeps turning up half naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn't need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially when he's got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard--can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

by Molly Harper

Baring It All Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stone's throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valley's pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg. Maggie just can't seem to convince Nick to leave . . . and even worse, she can't convince herself to stay away from him. Cross-species dating is problem enough for a harried alpha female, but on top of that, a rival group of werewolves is trying to move into the valley. With interpack war threatening, Maggie can't afford to be distracted. Combining romance and a career can be tough for anyone; for a werewolf in love with a human, it may be disastrous. . . .

Sleepwalk with Me

by Mike Birbiglia

Hello, I am Mike Birbiglia and I want you to read my book. Too on the nose? Sorry. Let me dial it back. I'm Mike Birbiglia and I'm a comedian. You may know me from Comedy Central or This American Life or The Bob & Tom Show, but you've never seen me like this before. Naked. Wait, that's the name of another book. Also I'm not naked as there are no pictures in my book. Also, if there were naked pictures of me, you definitely wouldn't buy it, though you might sneak a copy into the back corner of the bookstore and show it to your friend and laugh. Okay, let's get off the naked stuff. This is my first book. It's difficult to describe. It's a comedic memoir, but I'm only 32 years old so I'd hate for you to think I'm "wrapping it up," so to speak. But I tell some personal stories. Some REALLY personal stories. Stories that I considered not publishing time and time again, especially when my father said, "Michael, you might want to stay away from the per­sonal stuff." I said, "Dad, just read the dedication." (Which I'm telling you to do too.) Some of the stories are about my childhood, some are about girls I made out with when I was thirteen, some are about my parents, and some are, of course, about my bouts with sleepwalking. Bring this book to bed. And sleepwalk with me.

The Time Paradox

by Philip Zimbardo John Boyd

Your every significant choice -- every important decision you make -- is determined by a force operating deep inside your mind: your perspective on time -- your internal, personal time zone. This is the most influential force in your life, yet you are virtually unaware of it. Once you become aware of your personal time zone, you can begin to see and manage your life in exciting new ways. In The Time Paradox, Drs. Zimbardo and Boyd draw on thirty years of pioneering research to reveal, for the first time, how your individual time perspective shapes your life and is shaped by the world around you. Further, they demonstrate that your and every other individual's time zones interact to create national cultures, economics, and personal destinies. You will discover what time zone you live in through Drs. Zimbardo and Boyd's revolutionary tests. Ask yourself: * Does the smell of fresh-baked cookies bring you back to your childhood? * Do you believe that nothing will ever change in your world? * Do you believe that the present encompasses all and the future and past are mere abstractions? * Do you wear a watch, balance your checkbook, and make to-do lists -- every day? * Do you believe that life on earth is merely preparation for life after death? * Do you ruminate over failed relationships? * Are you the life of every party -- always late, always laughing, and always broke? These statements are representative of the seven most common ways people relate to time, each of which, in its extreme, creates benefits and pitfalls. The Time Paradox is a practical plan for optimizing your blend of time perspectives so you get the utmost out of every minute in your personal and professional life as well as a fascinating commentary about the power and paradoxes of time in the modern world. No matter your time perspective, you experience these paradoxes. Only by understanding this new psychological science of time zones will you be able to overcome the mental biases that keep you too attached to the past, too focused on immediate gratification, or unhealthily obsessed with future goals. Time passes no matter what you do -- it's up to you to spend it wisely and enjoy it well. Here's how.

ZOM-B Family

by Darren Shan

The ninth terrifying installment from master of horror, Darren Shan.CAN ANYONE HURT YOU AS MUCH AS A LOVED ONE? WHEN DOES THE FIGHT BECOME TOO MUCH TO BEAR? HOW MUCH PAIN CAN ONE PERSON ENDURE? B Smith is discovering the true meaning of family . . .

Lightning Field: A Novel

by Dana Spiotta

The Los Angeles Dana Spiotta evokes in her bold and strangely lyrical first novel is a land of Spirit Gyms and Miracle Miles, a great centerless place where chains of reference get lost, or finally don't matter. Mina lives with her screenwriter husband and works at her best friend Lorene's highly successful concept restaurants, which exploit the often unconscious desires and idiosyncrasies of a rich, chic clientele. Almost inadvertently, Mina has acquired two lovers. And then there are the other men in her life: her father, a washed-up Hollywood director living in a yurt and hiding from his debtors, and her disturbed brother, Michael, whose attempts to connect with her force Mina to consider that she might still have a heart -- if only she could remember where she had left it. Between her Spiritual Exfoliation and Detoxification therapies and her elaborate devotion to style, Lorene is interested only in charting her own perfection and impending decay. Although supremely confident in a million shallow ways, she, too, starts to fray at the edges. And there is Lisa, a loving mother who cleans houses, scrapes by, and dreams of food terrorists and child abductors, until even the most innocent events seem to hint at dark possibilities. Lightning Field explores the language tics of our culture -- the consumerist fetishes, the self-obsession and the þeeting possibility that you just might have gotten it all badly wrong. In funny, cutting, unsentimental prose, Spiotta exposes the contradictions of contemporary lives in which "identity is a collection of references. " She writes about overcoming not just despair but ambivalence. Playful and dire, raw and poetic, Lightning Field introduces a startling new voice in American fiction.

The Resonance of Unseen Things

by Susan Lepselter

The Resonance of Unseen Things: Power, Poetics, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny offers an ethnographic meditation on the "uncanny" persistence and cultural freight of conspiracy theory. The project is a reading of the uncanny as an index of a certain strain of late twentieth-century American despondency and malaise, especially as understood by people experiencing downward social mobility. Written by a cultural anthropologist with a literary background, this deeply interdisciplinary project focuses on the enduring American preoccupation with captivity in a rapidly transforming world. Captivity is a trope that appears in both ordinary and fantastic iterations here, and Susan Lepselter shows how multiple troubled histories-of race, class, gender and power-become compressed into stories of uncanny memory. Book jacket.

Gun Digest Book of Automatic Pistols Assembly/Disassembly

by Kevin Muramatsu

Cleaning, Repairing and Maintaining Pistols Has Never Been Easier! Gun Digest Book of Automatic Pistols Assembly/Disassembly, 4th Edition is the indispensable guide to DIY disassembly, repair, and reassembly of semi-automatic pistols of all types. Step-by-step disassembly and reassembly instructions for over 90 models and over 300 closely-related variants, including the addition of newer pistols from: Beretta Kel-Tec Ruger Sig Sauer Smith & Wesson Taurus And More! Detailed photographs and clear, simple text make it easy to disassemble and reassemble a wide range of modern and vintage models. Gun Digest Book of Automatic Pistols Assembly/Disassembly, 4th Edition is your go-to source for time- and money-saving techniques for today's hottest semi-automatic pistols.

The Loved Ones: A Modern Arabic Novel

by Hélène Cixous Alia Mamdouh Marilyn L. Booth

"Leaves an indelible impression. [The Loved Ones] is rich with family and neighbors and [Alia Mamdouh] notes all of their subtle interactions and secrets."--Library Journal"Ferocious, visceral descriptions . . . give a powerful sense not only of Suhaila's world but also of the way we make and understand memories."--Booklist"Often intense and lyrical."--Kirkus ReviewsThis winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Prize for Literature mingles memories of the past with the shifting voices of the present when the estranged son of an Iraqi exile flies from his home in Toronto to visit her in Paris. As his ailing mother, the once-vibrant Suhaila, lies in a hospital bed, he acquaints himself with her constellation of close friends. Immediately, he becomes immersed in the complex relationships he has fought so hard to avoid: with his mother and his war-torn homeland. Alia Mamdouh weaves a magical tale of the human condition in this stunning and beautifully written novel of faith, family, and hope. Alia Mamdouh is the author of essays, short stories, and four novels, including the most widely translated, Naphtalene. Born in Iraq, she now lives in exile in Paris. Marilyn Booth is a translator of Middle Eastern fiction and autobiography. She received her BA from Harvard-Radcliffe and her DPhil from Oxford University, and has taught at Brown University and The American University in Cairo. Currently, she is visiting associate professor of comparative literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hélène Cixous is a world-renowned French feminist theorist, critic, essayist, novelist, and playwright.

Lion Woman's Legacy: An Armenian-American Memoir

by Arlene Voski Avakian

From its wry beginning on the steps on the Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church in New York City, 1954, Arlene Voski Avakian's memoir evokes the quarrels, ambition, prejudice, and courage that shaped her coming of age in a family that immigrated to the United States to escape genocide in Turkey. Inspired by her passionate feminism and strengthened by a loving lesbian relationship, Avakian records and re-examines her personal history, discovering in the story of her grandmother, the title's Lion Woman, powerful affirmation of ethnic identity and a richer, radical politics. Johnnetta Cole praises Avakian's "unusual perception about the lines that divide and the ties that bind women together."

A Matter of Time

by Ritu Menon Shashi Deshpande

The New York Times Book Review called Shashi Deshpande's U.S. debut, "austere, philosophical, and rich; a work that . . . grows in moral force and pathos." Deshpande's critical acclaim in India--including three top literary prizes--prefigured the wide recognition abroad of this pivotal novel, now available in paperback.One morning, with no warning, Gopal, respected professor, devoted husband, and caring father, walks out on his family for reasons even he cannot articulate. His wife, Sumi, returns with their three daughters to the shelter of the Big House, where her parents live in oppressive silence: they have not spoken to each other in thirty-five years. As the mystery of this long silence is unraveled, a horrifying story of loss and pain is laid bare--a story that seems to be repeating itself in Sumi's life.Set in present-day Karnataka, A Matter of Time explores the intricate relationships within an extended family, encompassing three generations. Images from Hindu religion, myth, and local history intertwine delicately with images of contemporary India as the women face and accept the changes that have suddenly become part of their lives.As the women's secrets and strengths are revealed, so are the complications of family and culture, catching each in turn in the cycles of love, loss, and renewal that become essential to their identity. A Matter of Time reveals the hidden springs of character while painting a nuanced portrait of the difficulties and choices facing women--especially educated, independent women--in India today.Shashi Deshpande is the author of seven novels, including The Binding Vine, forthcoming from The Feminist Press and is one of India's most celebrated writers. Her work has been translated into many languages and broadly anthologized.Ritu Menon, a founder of Kali for Women, India's first feminist publisher, has co-edited three anthologies of writing by Indian women.

Beijing Comrades

by Scott E. Myers Petrus Liu Bei Tong

When Handong, a ruthless and wealthy businessman, is introduced to Lan Yu, a naïve, working-class architectural student-the attraction is all consuming.Arrogant and privileged, Handong is unsettled by this desire, while Lan Yu quietly submits. Despite divergent lives, the two men spend their nights together, establishing a deep connection. When loyalties are tested, Handong is left questioning his secrets, his choices, and his very identity.Beijing Comrades is the story of a tumultuous love affair set against the sociopolitical unrest of late-eighties China. Due to its depiction of gay sexuality and its critique of the totalitarian government, it was originally published anonymously on an underground gay website within mainland China. This riveting and heartbreaking novel, circulated throughout China in 1998, quickly developed a cult following, and remains a central work of queer literature from the People's Republic of China. This is the first English-language translation of Beijing Comrades.

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