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A Month of Sundays

by John Updike

In this antic riff on Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter, the Reverend Tom Marshfield, a latter-day Arthur Dimmesdale, is sent west from his Midwestern parish in sexual disgrace. At a desert retreat dedicated to rest, recreation, and spiritual renewal, this fortyish serial fornicator is required to keep a journal whose thirty-one weekly entries constitute the book you now hold in your hand. In his wonderfully overwrought style he lays bare his soul and his past--his marriage to the daughter of his ethics professor, his affair with his organist, his antipathetic conversations with his senile father and his bisexual curate, his golf scores, his poker hands, his Biblical exegeses, and his smoldering desire for the directress of the retreat, the impregnable Ms. Prynne. A testament for our times.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Brazil

by John Updike

In the dream-Brazil of John Updike's imagining, almost anything is possible if you are young and in love. When Tristão Raposo, a black nineteen-year-old from the Rio slums, and Isabel Leme, an eighteen-year-old upper-class white girl, meet on Copacabana Beach, their flight from family and into marriage takes them to the farthest reaches of Brazil's phantasmagoric western frontier. Privation, violence, captivity, and reversals of fortune afflict them, yet this latter-day Tristan and Iseult cling to the faith that each is the other's fate for life. Spanning twenty-two years, from the sixties through the eighties, Brazil surprises with its celebration of passion, loyalty, romance, and New World innocence.

The Witches of Eastwick

by John Updike

Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorcées with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious. Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms; Jane, a cellist, floats on the air; and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream. Their happy little coven takes on new, malignant life when a dark and moneyed stranger, Darryl Van Horne, refurbishes the long-derelict Lenox mansion and invites them in to play. Thenceforth scandal flits through the darkening, crooked streets of Eastwick--and through the even darker fantasies of the town's collective psyche.From the Trade Paperback edition.eat deal of fun to read . . . fresh, constantly entertaining . . . John Updike [is] a wizard of language and observation."-The Philadelphia Inquirer"A wicked entertainment . . . In book after book, Updike's fine, funny impressionistic art strips the full casings of everydayness from objects we have known all our lives and makes them shine with fresh new connections."-The New Republic"Witty, ironic, engrossing, punctuated by transports of spectacular prose."-Time"Vintage Updike, which is to say among the best fiction we have."-NewsdaySelected by Time as one of the Five Best Works of Fiction of the YearFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

The Centaur

by John Updike

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AND THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRE ÉTRANGER The Centaur is a modern retelling of the legend of Chiron, the noblest and wisest of the centaurs, who, painfully wounded yet unable to die, gave up his immortality on behalf of Prometheus. In the retelling, Olympus becomes small-town Olinger High School; Chiron is George Caldwell, a science teacher there; and Prometheus is Caldwell's fifteen-year-old son, Peter. Brilliantly conflating the author's remembered past with tales from Greek mythology, John Updike translates Chiron's agonized search for relief into the incidents and accidents of three winter days spent in rural Pennsylvania in 1947. The result, said the judges of the National Book Award, is "a courageous and brilliant account of a conflict in gifts between an inarticulate American father and his highly articulate son."

Picked-Up Pieces: Essays

by John Updike

In John Updike's second collection of assorted prose he comes into his own as a book reviewer; most of the pieces picked up here were first published in The New Yorker in the 1960s and early '70s. If one word could sum up the young critic's approach to books and their authors it would be "generosity": "Better to praise and share," he says in his Foreword, "than to blame and ban." And so he follows his enthusiasms, which prove both deserving and infectious: Kierkegaard, Proust, Joyce, Dostoevsky, and Hamsun among the classics; Borges, Nabokov, Grass, Bellow, Cheever, and Jong among the contemporaries. Here too are meditations on Satan and cemeteries, travel essays on London and Anguilla, three very early "golf dreams," and one big interview. Picked-Up Pieces is a glittering treasury for every reader who likes life, books, wit--and John Updike.

Odd Jobs: Essays and Criticism

by John Updike

Short articles on a wide range of topics.

Taste of Home New Church Supper Cookbook

by Taste Of Home

With the Taste of Home New Church Supper Cookbook you'll never be at a loss when it comes to contributing a potluck dish. Discover more than 340 recipes (and 200+ recipe photos) for appetizers, brunch specialties, main dishes, casseroles, side dishes, salads and more. You'll even find specialty chapters for feeding crowds of 40 or more, slow cooker sensations, and holiday fare, as well as specially marked recipes that can be prepared in about 20 minutes or less. Never worry about what to take to a covered-dish dinner again!Each chapter opens with inspirational scripture or a friendly, nostalgic mealtime blessing. AppetizersThank you for the food we eat, thank you for the friends we meet. Thank you for another day, to pass your love along the way. Amen. Comforting CasserolesFor food that stays our hunger, for rest that brings us ease, for homes where memories linger, We give our thanks for these. Slow Cooker FavoritesCount your blessings, name them one by one;Count your blessings, see what God hath done. Breakfast & BrunchNow I awake and see the light; the Lord has kept me through the night. To You I lift my voice and pray that You will keep me though the day. Sides & SaladsGod our Father, Lord and Savior, thank you for your love and favor. Bless this food and drink we pray, and all who share with us today. Hearty Main DishesLet us thank God for food when others are hungry; for drink when others are thirsty; for friends when others are lonely. Amen. Soups & SandwichesTo God who gives us daily bread, a thankful song we raise. We pray that God who gives us food, will f

Taste of Home Soups

by Taste Of Home

Discover more than 320 beloved recipes for this chill-chasing comfort food with Taste of Home Soups. Cook up delicious one-pot meals, save time and money, and get your family to eat more veggies! Enjoy masterful shortcuts that give you homemade meals fast, or prepare old-fashioned from-scratch favorites like Chicken 'n' Dumpling Soup and New England Clam Chowder. Perhaps best of all, you'll enjoy effortless, lunch box-perfect meals as you savor the delicious leftovers! Recipes Include: Quick Italian Wedding SoupVegetarian ChiliClassic Cream of Asparagus SoupSteak SoupMicrowave MinestroneCurried Pumpkin Apple SoupTomato BisqueChicken 'n' Dumpling SoupEmily's Bean SoupConfetti Chowder

Taste of Home Bake Sale Favorites Mini Book

by Taste Of Home

Bring on the wow! With this collection of 134 favorites, you'll make memorable bake-sale treats everyone will love!Inside, you'll discover...*Special cupcakes for every season *Crunchy, addictive snack mixes *Cute cookie and cake pops *Holiday-themed delights *Spectacular candy bars, lollipops, truffles and more *Exciting takes on crispy bars *120 full-color photosDozens are ready in minutes and use just a few ingredients. Share the joy of fresh-baked fun!

Taste of Home Fast Fixes with Mixes New Edition

by Taste Of Home

This unique book contains 355 delicious recipes from home cooks. With the aid of store-bought mixes and seasoning packets sensational meals home-cooked meals can be made with a minimum of kitchen prep time and effort.Recipes Include: Italian Sausage Bread Light 'n' Crispy Waffles Black Forest Cake Chicken 'n' Biscuits Creole Shrimp & Rice Puffed Pizza Casserole Dreamy Creamy Peanut Butter Pie Buttery Almond Green Beans Easy Spanish Rice Ranch Pretzels

Taste of Home Shop Smart & Eat Great

by Taste Of Home

Increased food prices got you down?Have no worries--this 256-page book is pakced with over 403 satisfying and economically sensible recipes that will delight your family's palate without breaking your budget. Includes tips on how to freeze ahead for heat-and-eat meals throughout the week and how to stretch those leftovers, as well as shopping tips.This homestyle, full flavored collection includes: Breakfast & Brunch Beef Pork Poultry Fish & Meatless Planned Overs Freezer Pleasers Sides Breads DessertsRecipes are shared by cooks from across the nation and have been tested and approved in the Taste of Home test kitchens.

Taste of Home Farm Fresh Favorites

by Taste Of Home

Now fresh-picked flavor can be part of every meal you serve with this beautiful Taste of Home Farm Fresh Favorites Cookbook. With 300+ recipes for the most popular produce including corn, tomatoes, peppers, apples, berries and much more plus methods for freezing and canning to help help you preserve its goodness, this book will help you get more nutritious, healthy vegetables and fruits into your meals and help you save money by preserving them yourself.Recipes Include: Fresh Strawberry Pie Cheese Tortellini with Tomatoes and Corn Watermelon Salsa Asparagus Chicken Fajitas Strawberry-Basil Vinegar Cherry Almond Preserves Rhubard Marmalade Homemade Canned Spaghetti Sauce Asparagus Leek Soup Zuchinni Pizza Crust

The Tantric Distinction

by Jeffrey Hopkins Anne C Klein

"The ideas, concepts, and methods of various religions must be tried on for size, must be lifted above museum displays, must be confronted and allowed to resonate with one's own character. It is in this spirit that I present here a personalized account of central Buddhist practices."--from the author's preface. Widely recognized as one of the West's leading scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, Professor Jeffrey Hopkins is renowned for his textual translations and original scholarship. For ten years he served as the principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Tantric Distinction is his effort to make accessible the complexities of this highly sophisticated philosophy by sharing his personal, individual experience with Buddhist thought and practice. It lays out the entire Buddhist path as a living experience.

In Stereo Where Available

by Becky Anderson

Phoebe Kassner didn't set out to become a 29-year-old virgin, but she is, and, having just been dumped by her boyfriend, she doesn't see that situation changing anytime soon. Meanwhile, her twin sister Madison#151;aspiring actress, small-time model, and queen of the short attention span#151;has just been eliminated on the first round of Singing Sensation. Things aren't looking so great for either of them, but when Phoebe, victim of a fake phone number written on a cocktail napkin, receives a surprise voice mail from a guy named Jerry, she takes pity on him and calls, setting in motion a serendipitous love story neither of them saw coming. And suddenly Madison has a romance of her own, as one of 12 women competing for two men on a ruthless, over-the-top reality show. As Phoebe falls in love with the jilted high school English teacher who never intended to call her in the first place, Madison's falling in love, too, clawing and fighting her way through a tide of adorable blondes.

Lake of Fire

by Linda Jacobs

In 1900, Cord Sutton travels to the newly developed Yellowstone Park. Born one quarter Nez Perce, Cord intends to gain respect by buying the Lake Hotel. On his way, Cord rescues Chicago heiress, Laura Fielding, from a stagecoach robbery, and soon discovers her father is his rival for the property. Original.

A Lost Touch of Bliss

by Amy Tolnitch

Five years ago, Cain Veuxfort, Earl of Hawksdown, followed duty and broke Amice de Monceaux's heart. But now he needs her. Desperately. For Amice has a very special talent. She is a Spirit Goddess, able to help restless souls move on. And Cain has a very restless ghost he wishes fervently would leave his castle. Anxious to regain order in his chaotic life, Cain offers Amice the one thing he's sure she can't resist; an Italian villa on the sea in exchange for her unique services. Although Amice's wound is deep, and as fresh and painful as ever, she agrees to help her former lover. Life on the Italian coast will be the start of a new life for her. Perhaps then she will finally be able to put the past behind her as well as an importunate Highland lord who wants nothing less that her hand in marriage. But there is more going on at Castle Falcon's Craig than a simple haunting, and more than one tragic tale of unrequited love. Yet to set things right, for both the living and the dead, Cain must find the courage to shed his mask of indifference, Amice must move beyond her pain to forgive, and long dead, star-crossed lovers must lead them all on the path to a lost touch of bliss.

A Lost Touch of Innocence

by Amy Tolnitch

By touching a magic crystal, Piers Veuxfort recklessly unchained the essence of a decidedly wicked Fin Man who now resides within his body. Meanwhile, Giselle St. Germain's life in a secluded nunnery is over and she has been thrown into the world to become Piers' bride. Giselle quickly becomes frightened by both her betrothed's unabashed adherence to pleasure and his increasingly unusual personality, and Piers wants nothing but to send back his bride-to-be. Eventually the pair discovers that destiny is theirs to win, but it will take all the courage that lies within their deepest hearts to seize it together.

Restore My Heart

by Cheryl Norman

Sally Clay desperately needs her auto restoration business to succeed. When her best customer commits suicide and his son brings her a car to appraise, Sally suspects shady dealings. After one of her employees is murdered, Sally realizes it's too late to back out of the investigation she's stumbled into, and apparently too late for her heart, as well.

Shallow Grave

by Lori G Armstrong

After human bones are discovered in Bear Butte County, the case opens old wounds for PI Julie Collins. On the wrong side of tribal politics, family disputes, and employee rivalries, Julie continues to dig for answers, while the personal stakes climb ever higher. Original.

The Strangely Wonderful: Tale of Count Balásházy

by Karen Mercury

Along with his pirate crew, captain Tomaj Balashazy rules the Madagascar coast from his tropical plantation--a fortress built to defend against the enemies he's made cruising the Indian Ocean. But when the American naturalist Dagny Ravenhurst falls into Balashazy's lagoon during an expedition seeking a dreaded and mystical species of lemur, it spells the end of the temporary peace on the island. Ravenhurst is beholden to the French industrialist Paul Boneaux--who enjoys a monopoly over the island's manufacturing and commerce--and needs his patronage to survive. When the two adversaries, Balashazy and Boneaux, are pitted against each other, the island boils with blood, and only one will emerge triumphant.

The Three Motives for Murder

by Michelle Perry

The small town of Coalmont, Tennessee is shattered when a car crash on graduation night leaves three of its teenagers dead and another three fighting for their lives. Four years later, the aftershocks still ripple through the town, and no one feels them more than Natasha Hawthorne, the young driver. When someone targets the survivors of the horrific crash for murder, the obvious motive is revenge. But things aren't always what they seem, and the notion of revenge served cold doesn't ring true with Brady Simms, newly appointed police chief. To make things even more difficult, Brady ultimately finds himself standing squarely between the killer and his next victim, the woman who broke his heart four years ago. As the killer escalates his attacks, Brady's only hope of saving the intended victims is to get into the mind of a sociopath. When the relative of the first victim makes a startling revelation, Brady reopens the investigation and what he finds will change all of their lives forever. * * Please visit our Ebooks page for ordering information. * *

The Witch

by Mary Ann Mitchell

Five-year old Stephen's mother is dead, yet her spirit hovers over Stephen. It urges him to go down to the basement, where the wooden box etched with demons is kept. For Stephen is meant to be the demons' instrument to punish his mommy's persecutors. Original.

Agnes Hahn

by Richard Satterlie

At the age of four Agnes Hahn went to live with her great aunts Gert and Ella. Now Gert is deceased and Ella is in a care home in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. Her life is mundane, her work at the animal shelter routine. And then she is arrested for a string of unimaginably heinous murders. Reporter Jason Powers is covering the murders, but he has more than newspaper copy in mind; this case has bestseller potential. He soon uncovers a tangle of Hahn family secrets and one both shocks and intrigues him-Agnes has a twin. Just when Powers is breaking through Ella's dementia to put together the puzzle behind the carnage, Ella is murdered by another of the family secrets, Gert and Ella's brother Eddie. Then Eddie is murdered with clear fingerprint evidence implicating Agnes. When Powers unearths the final family secret he also answers a nagging question: Why did the aunts take only Agnes thirty years ago?

Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism

by John Updike

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD "Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea," writes John Updike in his Foreword to this collection of literary considerations. But the sailor doth protest too much: This collection begins somewhere near deep water, with a flotilla of short fiction, humor pieces, and personal essays, and even the least of the reviews here--those that "come about and draw even closer to the land with another nine-point quotation"--are distinguished by a novelist's style, insight, and accuracy, not just surface sparkle. Indeed, as James Atlas commented, the most substantial critical articles, on Melville, Hawthorne, and Whitman, go out as far as Updike's fiction: They are "the sort of ambitious scholarly reappraisal not seen in this country since the death of Edmund Wilson." With Hugging the Shore, Michiko Kakutani wrote, Updike established himself "as a major and enduring critical voice; indeed, as the pre-eminent critic of his generation."

Assorted Prose

by John Updike

John Updike's first collection of nonfiction pieces, published in 1965 when the author was thirty-three, is a diverting and illuminating gambol through midcentury America and the writer's youth. It opens with a choice selection of parodies, casuals, and "Talk of the Town" reports, the fruits of Updike's boyish ambition to follow in the footsteps of Thurber and White. These jeux d'esprit are followed by "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," an immortal account of Ted Williams's last at-bat in Fenway Park; "The Dogwood Tree," a Wordsworthian evocation of one Pennsylvania childhood; and five autobiographical essays and stories. Rounding out the volume are classic considerations of Nabokov, Salinger, Spark, Beckett, and others, the earliest efforts of the book reviewer who would go on to become, in The New York Times's estimation, "the pre-eminent critic of his generation." Updike called this collection "motley but not unshapely." Some would call it a classic of its kind.

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