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The Front Porch Prophet

by Raymond L Atkins

What do a trigger-happy bootlegger with pancreatic cancer, an alcoholic helicopter pilot who is afraid to fly, and a dead guy with his feet in a camp stove have in common? What are the similarities between a fire department that cannot put out fires, a policeman who has a historic cabin fall on him from out of the sky, and an entire family dedicated to a variety of deceased authors? Where can you find a war hero named Termite with a long knife stuck in his liver, a cook named Hoghead who makes the world's worst coffee, and a supervisor named Pillsbury who nearly gets hung by his employees? Sequoyah, Georgia, is the answer. After a long absence, A. J. Longstreet finds his best friend since childhood, Eugene Purdue, on his doorstep. Eugene now has terminal cancer, and he confronts A. J. with the dilemma of executing a mercy killing when the time arrives. An adventure into the past begins for the both of them, and soon one must make a decision that will alter his life forever.

The Legacy

by T J Bennett

When her brief, disastrous marriage to a fortune hunter ends in scandal, Baronesse Sabina von Ziegler's vengeful adoptive father imprisons her in a cloister. She arranges a daring escape and suddenly finds herself betrothed to Wolfgang Behaim, a tradition-bound printer from the rising middle class with a secret that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear. As they fight to discover the truth of the mysteries surrounding the Baron's machinations, they find themselves challenged by a fiery passion they cannot resist. Can they overcome their past and find love even as lies, war, and an unexpected enemy conspire against them?

The Senator's Daughter

by Christine Carroll

Sophisticated Sylvia Chatsworth and up-and-coming attorney Lyle Thomas seem like the perfect couple. The future looks rosy until the romantic Victorian inn where they're staying is set on fire and questions abound. Does it have something to do with the real estate investigation Lyle's working on? Is Sylvia's U. S. Senator father involved in something shady? They need to know in a hurry#151;before whoever wants them dead succeeds.

The Witch of Agnesi

by Robert Spiller

A coven of witches, a teenage comic book magnate, a skinhead Neanderthal with violent propensities, an abusive father, an amorous science teacher, and a mistranslated medieval mathematics manuscript figure prominently in this new mystery set in modern-day Colorado.

Tomorrow's World

by Davie Henderson

In a world on the verge of environmental catastrophe, supercomputers have determined that the only way to sustain life is to run communities logically by rationing every resource and monitoring every action to make sure it is in accordance with the Common Good. Amidst a division between Names (naturally born people) and Numbers (those created through genetical engineering), detective Ben Travis and his Number partner Paula are on the case of a murdered plant prospector. They end up discovering a fatal corruption that leads Ben to uncover a random emotional error in his partner: a belief in love. On the run in the ruins of a world that has been abandoned for 60 years, Ben and Paula encounter other survivors and rediscover the reverence for nature, life, and love.

Untamed

by Hope Tarr

Patrick O'Rourke is a rough and ready Scotsman, while Lady Katherine Lindsey is a beautiful English spinster and a gentlewoman. But when she finds herself blackmailed into accepting a marriage of convenience with the handsome Scot, she lets ORourke see another side of her. Medallion Press

Medical Services in the First World War

by Susan Cohen

Trench warfare, advances in weaponry and disastrous military planning led to horrific types of injuries and an unprecedented scale of mass casualties during World War I. This is the amazing and little known story of the medical service personnel and the organized system of critical care which provided a lifeline of hope and humanity in the midst of devastation, disfigurement and death during the Great War. For the first time ever, an all-out effort was made to preserve life, starting with the heroic medical service personnel who were the battlefield first line of defense, risking life and limb to save and extract wounded soldiers and evacuate them to makeshift frontline hospitals or to long-term care facilities such as Highclere Castle, as depicted in Downton Abbey, when hospitals were filled beyond capacity. The book details their heroism and the vital role played by nurses in attending to the medical and psychological needs and boosting the morale of millions of wounded soldiers.

Animals in the First World War

by Neil Storey

Animals played an important part in helping the Allies win the First World War, well beyond cavalry horses that charged fields and hauled heavy guns, and included a variety of animals in different but essential service. Pigeons were trained to carry messages, dogs sniffed out wounded soldiers on battlefields, and camels were used for desert transport on the frontlines. Some animals acted as vital morale boosters and mascots like ships' cats even baby orangutans! This book examines the jobs that these animals did, achieving heroic feats and simple acts of loyalty and companionship, all with enormous value in winning the war for the Allies.

CodeNotes for ASP.NET

by Gregory Brill

CodeNotes provides the most succinct, accurate, and speedy way fora developer to ramp up on a new technology or language.Unlike other programming books, CodeNotes drills down tothe core aspects of a technology, focusing on the key elements needed in order to implement it immediately. It is a unique resource fordevelopers, filling the gap between comprehensive manuals andpocket references.CodeNotes for ASP.NET is a revolutionary update to Microsoft's Active Server Pages. This edition explores how Web applications and Web services can be developed using ASP.NET. The .NET architecture, Base Class Libraries, ASP.NET form designer,Web controls, and cross-page and cross-language debuggingare discussed. Scaling ASP.NET to multiple servers,state management, security, and methods of enhancing performance are also covered. This edition of CodeNotes includes:* Real-world examples* "How and Why" and "Bugs and Caveats" sections that provide workarounds and tips on what should be taken advantage of or avoided* "Design Notes" illustrating many of the common use patterns for Java programs* Instructions and classroom-style tutorials throughout from expertsVisit www.codenotes.com for updates, source code templates, access tomessage boards, and discussion of specific problems withCodeNotes authors and other developers.Join our nonfiction newsletter by sending a blank e-mail to:join-rht-nonfiction@list.randomhouse.com or visit www.atrandom.comEvery CodeNotes title is written and reviewed by a team of commercial software developers and technology experts. See "About the Authors" at the front of the book for more information.From the Trade Paperback edition.

CodeNotes for Oracle 9i

by Gregory Brill

CodeNotes provides the most succinct, accurate, and speedy way fora developer to ramp up on a new technology or language.Unlike other programming books, CodeNotes drills down tothe core aspects of a technology, focusing on the key elements needed in order to implement it immediately. It is a unique resource fordevelopers, filling the gap between comprehensive manuals andpocket references.Through real-world examples of PL/SQL queries, stored procedures, triggers, indexing, and more, CodeNotes for Oracle 9i illustrates the complete Oracle database framework, PL/SQL, security, administration, and optimization. Oracle's integration with Java and support for XML are extensively covered. This edition of CodeNotes includes:* A global overview of this technology and explanation of what problems it can be used to solve* Real-world examples* "How and Why" and "Bugs and Caveats" sections that provide hints, tricks, workarounds, and tips on what should be taken advantage of or avoided* "Design Notes" illustrating many of the common use patterns for Java programs* Instructions and classroom-style tutorials throughout from expert trainers and software developersVisit www.codenotes.com for updates, source code templates, access tomessage boards, and discussion of specific problems withCodeNotes authors and other developers.Join our nonfiction newsletter by sending a blank e-mail to:join-rht-nonfiction@list.randomhouse.com or visit www.atrandom.comEvery CodeNotes title is written and reviewed by a team of commercial software developers and technology experts. See "About the Authors" at the front of the book for more information.From the Trade Paperback edition.

CodeNotes for VB.NET

by Gregory Brill

CodeNotes provides the most succinct, accurate, and speedy way for a developer to ramp up on a new technology or language. Unlike other programming books, CodeNotes drills down to the core aspects of a technology, focusing on the key elements needed in order to understand it quickly and implement it immediately. It is a unique resource for developers, filling the gap between comprehensive manuals and pocket references.CodeNotes for VB.NET illustrates the major changes in Visual Basic with the new .NET edition, emphasizing the Common Language Runtime (CLR), syntax changes, Windows Forms, assemblies, new object oriented programming features, threading, and a survey of new .NET technologies such as ADO.NET, ASP.NET, and SOAP. This book will help any level of VB developer understand the power of VB.NET and learn the necessary techniques to transition from VB6 to VB.NET. This edition of CodeNotes includes:-A global overview of a technology and explanation of what problems it can be used to solve-Real-world examples-"How and Why" sections that provide hints, tricks, workarounds, and tips on what should be taken advantage of or avoided-Instructions and classroom-style tutorials throughout from expert trainers and software developersVisit www.codenotes.com for updates, source code templates, access to message boards, and discussion of specific problems with CodeNotes authors and other developers.Every CodeNotes title is written and reviewed by a team of commercial software developers and technology experts. See "About the Authors" at the beginning of the book for more information.

Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites

by Ian Smith

The amount of medical information available on the Internet is mindboggling, if not mind-numbing. And what do you find once you wade into these cyberwaters is often so contradictory, confusing, or suspect that it is easy to feel more addled than assisted by the plethora of articles, advertising, and medical reports. Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites bring order to this chaos. As medical correspondent on NBC's Today show and a regular columnist for Time, Dr. Smith hears from many people with medical questions. In addition to personally addressing their concerns, he constantly researches medical websites that provide further explanation. This guide reflects Dr. Smith's selections of the top general medical sites as well as the best sites in every medical specialty. Each site listing includes a short summary and ratings that take into account, among other things:-links and navigability-sources of content-interactivity-frequency of site updatesNow you no longer have to become an Internet search expert to find the information you need in caring for your health and that of those you love.

The Lullaby of Polish Girls

by Dagmara Dominczyk

A vibrant, engaging debut novel that follows the friendship of three women from their youthful days in Poland to their complicated, not-quite-successful adult lives Because of her father's role in the Solidarity movement, Anna and her parents immigrate to the United States in the 1980s as political refugees from Poland. They settle in Brooklyn among immigrants of every stripe, yet Anna never quite feels that she belongs. But then, the summer she turns twelve, she is sent back to Poland to visit her grandmother, and suddenly she experiences the shock of recognition. In her family's hometown of Kielce, Anna develops intense friendships with two local girls--brash and beautiful Justyna and desperately awkward Kamila--and their bond is renewed every summer when Anna returns. The Lullaby of Polish Girls follows these three best friends from their early teenage years on the lookout for boys in Kielce--a town so rough its citizens are called "the switchblades"--to the loss of innocence that wrecks them, and the stunning murder that reaches across oceans to bring them back together after they've grown and long since left home. Dagmara Dominczyk's assured narrative flashes from the wild summers of the girls' youth to their years of self-discovery in New York and Europe. Her writing is full of grit and guts, and her descriptions of the emotional experiences of her characters resonate with honesty. The Lullaby of Polish Girls captures the passion and drama of friendship, the immigrant's yearning to be known, and the exquisite and wistful transformation of young women coming of age. Praise for The Lullaby of Polish Girls "The Lullaby of Polish Girls is a striking and vivid debut novel, absolutely buzzing with energy. Dagmara Dominczyk's freshly observed story about the intertwined lives of three friends is both sexy and sensitive, with a raw, openhearted center. Dominczyk's love for her complicated characters is apparent from the first page to the last, and by the novel's end the reader cares for them just as deeply."--Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures "The Lullaby of Polish Girls will make you swoon. Dagmara Dominczyk has written a glorious debut novel inspired by her own emigration from Poland to Brooklyn with depth, intensity, humor, and grace. Dagmara is a natural-born storyteller. I'm crazy about this book, and I know you will be too."--Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's WifeFrom the Hardcover edition.

Trust Me

by John Updike

The theme of trust, betrayed or fulfilled, runs through this collection of short stories: Parents lead children into peril, husbands abandon wives, wives manipulate husbands, and time undermines all. Love pangs, a favorite subject of the author, take on a new urgency as earthquakes, illnesses, lost wallets, and deaths of distant friends besiege his aging heroes and heroines. One man loves his wife's twin, and several men love the imagined bliss of their pasts; one woman takes an impotent lover, and another must administer her father's death. Bourgeois comforts and youthful convictions are tenderly seen as certain to erode: "Man," as one of these stories concludes, "was not meant to abide in paradise."From the Trade Paperback edition.

Too Far to Go

by John Updike

"The Maples stories trace the decline and fall of a marriage," writes the author in his Foreword, a marriage that is threatened early on by the temptations of infidelity ("Snowing in Greenwich Village") and that ends in a midlife divorce ("Here Come the Maples"). "They also illumine a history in many ways happy, of growing children and a million mundane moments shared." That all blessings are mixed and fleeting does not make them less real, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real succeeds. "A tribe segregated in a valley develops an accent, then a dialect, and then a language all its own; so does a couple. Let this collection preserve one particular dead tongue, no easier to parse than Latin."

Digest Diet Dining Out Guide

by Liz Vaccariello

Each year, millions of Americans sit down to meals that are loaded with fat increasers, hidden ingredients, and unnecessary calories. With The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide, readers learn how to navigate the world of restaurants, cafes, diners and delis while staying on track with the fat-releasing power of the Digest Diet.About the plan: New York Times bestseller The Digest Diet is a 21-day weight-loss plan based on groundbreaking science and newly discovered foods and habits that help your body to release fat.This companion dining guide is pocket-sized for everyday use at work or evenings out. It includes:· Details about the 3 phases of plan: Fast Release, Fade Away, and Finish Strong· 10 shortcuts and tips for ordering healthy meals· How to find fat-releasing foods on a menu· How to spot (and avoid) fat increasers· The best meals for each phase of the diet at national fast food and casual dining restaurants· New portable snack ideas for when you're traveling, running errands, or just short on time· Easy comparison chart so you know how to estimate portion sizes like ounces, cups, tablespoons, and moreLosing weight doesn't have to mean giving up dinners out with friends and family. At its heart, the Digest Diet is about foods you can enjoy without guilt-it all comes down to eating the right foods. The Digest Diet Dining Out Guide supports you as you lose weight and maintain the results... without giving up your favorite foods.

Waterfall Glen

by Davie Henderson

When Kate Brodie inherits Waterfall Glen it seems like the start of an exciting new life. Full of romantic notions, she swaps her dull routine in San Francisco for life as a Highland lady. But the stunning beauty of the glen belies a troubled history and uncertain future, and Kate's imposing new home, Greystane House, is full of disturbing revelations about her family's past. Each portrait on the ancient walls tells an un-nerving story, while the empty rooms echo with rumors of a centuries-old curse that takes on new significance when unsettling events threaten the small community whose fate lies in her hands. The only person Kate can turn to is a man haunted by equally troubling events, a man she has every reason not to trust. Only with his help can she find a way to defend old values against the materialism of the modern world. Only together can they lay their ghosts to rest.

Blood Eagle

by Robert Barr Smith

While the apparent suicide of Hitler's niece in 1931 may have gone unquestioned in its time, two modern American agents must race to uncover the truth behind her death before the KGB and a well-financed neo-Nazi group interfere As the death toll rises and time runs out, this compelling story comes to a thrilling conclusion as those in search of answers must fight to keep the truth from being hidden forever.

Blood Ties

by Lori G. Armstrong

Julie Collins is stuck in a dead-end secretarial job with the Bear Butte County Sheriff's office, and still grieving over the unsolved murder of her Lakota half-brother. Lack of public interest in finding his murderer, or the killer of several other transient Native American men, has left Julie with a bone-deep cynicism she counters with tequila, cigarettes, and dangerous men. The one bright spot in her mundane life is the time she spends working part-time as a PI with her childhood friend, Kevin Wells. When the body of a sixteen-year old white girl is discovered in nearby Rapid Creek, Julie believes this victim will receive the attention others were denied. Then she learns Kevin has been hired, mysteriously, to find out where the murdered girl spent her last few days. Julie finds herself drawn into the case against her better judgment, and discovers not only the ugly reality of the young girl's tragic life and brutal death, but ties to her and Kevin's past that she is increasingly reluctant to revisit. On the surface the situation is eerily familiar. But the parallels end when Julie realizes some family secrets are best kept buried deep. Especially those serious enough to kill for.

Call of the Trumpet

by Helen A Rosburg

Born to a rich Frenchman and a Bedouin beauty, the lovely Cecile Villier can find no comfort in the immense wealth of Parisian society. Intent on finding a home she can call her own, Cecile returns to her mothers birthplace, the Sahara Desert. There she finds freedom in a new way of life--and the most captivating man shes ever seen.

The Cardinal's Heir

by Jaki Demarest

Cardinal Richelieu is dead, a victim of poison. The throne of France, which he has long protected, is once more unstable as rival factions vie for power. But the Cardinal has appointed two heirs: one to his religious position, and one to head the elite spy ring that has maintained France's fragile political balance. Francoise Marguerite de Palis, the Cardinal's lovely but low born niece, is devastated by her uncle's murder and vows revenge, which she sets out after immediately. Though the task is daunting, she at least has some formidable tools at her command. Not only is she now the head of the Cardinal's Eyes, but is arguably the most powerful Sorciere in all France. Shapeshifting into her character Biscarrat, notorious swordsman, she sets out to find her uncle's murderer. But with an unexpected ally. Handsome and dashing Jean de Treville, head of the King's Musketeers, is saddened to learn of the Cardinal's death, though both headed groups not generally fond of one another. Sadness turns to stunned amazement, however, when he learns who has been appointed to lead the Cardinal's spy ring and who is also, in fact, the swordsman who has bested him on numerous occasions. Not to mention the beautiful, and untouchable, wife of Court favorite, Antoine de Palis. But just as there is more, much more, to the enchanting Francoise, so is there more than simple murder afoot. Side by side, Francoise and Jean descend into a maelstrom of magic as they battle another powerful Sorcier, and enter a bloody race to obtain a fabulous jewel. And the throne of France hangs in the balance, supported only by the magic and mastery of the cardinal's heir.

Crimson Fire

by Holly Taylor

Havgan of Corania knows he is different from others, but he does not know why. He does know, however, that he adamantly hates the witches of Kymru. When he becomes Warleader of Corania, he sets the might of his empire against them and their country Gwydion the Dreamer and his friend Rhiannon travel to Corania to spy on Havgan after Gwydion's dream reveals Havgan's imperialistic desires. In their frantic attempt to save Kymru, they risk everything. But when a thoughtless action threatens to doom them all, Gwydion and Rhiannon must fight not only to discover Havgan's secret but also to understand why Havgan seems so hauntingly familiar.

First, There Is a River

by Kathy Steffen

In this2tale of heartache and self-discovery, Emma seeks2solace on her uncle's boat, where she is greeted by the kindness and companionship of a stranger. As she learns about herself and the possibility of happiness, her vengeful husband follows close behind.

The Flyer

by Marjorie Jones

Paul Campbell has fought the Turks, the Germans, and the occasional rogue crocodile, and as a confirmed bachelor, veteran of the Great War, and jack-of-all-trades in the rough country of Western Australia, he is free to live the rest of his life in peace. He has only one goal: to make life easier on the residents of the Outback by flying medicine, supplies, and the rare letter to those who live in Australia's sprawling interior. That is, until a new doctor lands on his doorstep begging for a gentle hand and a warm kiss#151;even if she doesn't know it yet. Helen Stanwood left the relative comfort of her San Francisco home with a mission: to forget the pain of her former existence by devoting herself to helping those in need. But when she arrives in Australia she is faced with the realization that she can't run away from herself, her past, or Paul.

The Gold Covenant

by Roberta Clark

Journalist Katherine Nikulasson's father, Gustav, noted historian and archaeologist, has been killed in a plane crash. Some of his papers, now missing, lead Katherine to question the veracity of the accident report, and the loyalty of her father's longtime friend, Sheppard Wilde. A search for the truth takes Katherine to Wilde's estate in England where she uncovers a conspiracy that shakes her to the core. Unaware she has now become a pawn in that conspiracy, an unwitting Katherine is kidnapped by Enrique Quisette, leader of an art smuggling syndicate, a man who will destroy anyone who stands in the way of what he wants. Wilde knows what Quisette wants. And he knows he must find Katherine before she's of no further use to Quisette. Using every resource, from the lush underworld of smuggling to the grimy back streets of Athens, Wilde begins a race against time. It is not his only challenge. For three powerful people, each risking his life, once signed an extraordinary agreement. Its intent: Protect the heritage of an ancient people, one of the world's richest remaining treasures. Now Wilde must not only rescue Katherine, but uphold the secret he has sworn to protect in.

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