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The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

by Marc Kushner

The founder of Architizer.com and practicing architect draws on his unique position at the crossroads of architecture and social media to highlight 100 important buildings that embody the future of architecture.We're asking more of architecture than ever before; the response will define our future. A pavilion made from paper. A building that eats smog. An inflatable concert hall. A research lab that can walk through snow. We're entering a new age in architecture--one where we expect our buildings to deliver far more than just shelter. We want buildings that inspire us while helping the environment; buildings that delight our senses while serving the needs of a community; buildings made possible both by new technology and repurposed materials. Like an architectural cabinet of wonders, this book collects the most innovative buildings of today and tomorrow. The buildings hail from all seven continents (to say nothing of other planets), offering a truly global perspective on what lies ahead. Each page captures the soaring confidence, the thoughtful intelligence, the space-age wonder, and at times the sheer whimsy of the world's most inspired buildings--and the questions they provoke: Can a building breathe? Can a skyscraper be built in a day? Can we 3D-print a house? Can we live on the moon? Filled with gorgeous imagery and witty insight, this book is an essential and delightful guide to the future being built around us--a future that matters more, and to more of us, than ever.

The Last Word

by Hanif Kureishi

"Hanif Kureishi's best novel since The Buddha of Suburbia" (The Independent, UK): a mischievous, wickedly funny, and intellectually deft story about a young biographer and the famous and reclusive novelist who is his subject.Mamoon Azam is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England--but now, in his early seventies, his reputation is fading, his book sales are nonexistent, and the expensive habits of his flamboyant second wife are bleeding him dry. In a final attempt to revitalize his career, Mamoon's publisher commissions Harry, an ambitious young writer, to produce a provocative biography to bring Mamoon back into the public eye. Harry sets off for Mamoon's estate, where he finds not the literary hero he had imagined, but a vain, bigoted, cynical, and cruelly manipulative genius, who quickly turns the tables on his ambitious young biographer. Harry must insinuate, seduce, and finesse the truth out of the extravagant and damaged characters in Mamoon's surreal sphere as the young writer and the old master battle for the last word in the story of Mamoon's life. Acute and brilliantly entertaining, The Last Word is a tale of youthful exuberance and the misery of outgrowing it, as hilarious as it is moving. It is Kureishi's wisest work to date.

The Black Dog Mystery

by Ellery Queen Jr. Jr.

A gang of young sleuths and a trusty terrier put their noses to a bank robbers' trail Ellery Queen's young apprentice, Djuna, is preparing for an afternoon of fishing when a stranger leans out of his car window and asks for directions to Canada. A few minutes later, Djuna watches as the man's friends come running out of the local bank and into the getaway car, guns blazing, before taking off for the Canadian border. It is a mystery that could baffle even Djuna's famous boss, but with the help of a ferocious black Scottie named Champ and a few crime-solving friends, he will find the culprits. It will be the greatest adventure of his life. Ellery Queen is one of the world's finest detectives, but his adventures are nothing compared to the Ellery Queen Jr. Mystery Stories. Join Queen's apprentice, Djuna, and his trusty Scottie, Champ, on adventures filled with danger, suspense, and thrills.

The Heart Queen

by Patricia Potter

This sweeping historical novel returns to an age of treachery and political turmoil as a Jacobite beauty fights her attraction to the powerful Scottish nobleman who once broke her heart Taken in by the Braemoor clan as a boy, Neil Forbes fell deeply in love the moment he laid eyes on Janet Leslie. To his delight, Janet, the daughter of a Jacobite, returned his feelings, and they made a solemn pledge to one other. Then Neil discovered the terrible reason he couldn't marry his beloved . . . and could never wed at all. After Neil's betrayal, Janet vowed never again to be seduced by the fickle promise of love. She hoped that her marriage to Alasdair Campbell, a widower and father of three young girls, would give her the security she needed. Now the cruel Earl of Lochaene lies dead, and Janet is suspected of her husband's murder. Worse, Campbell's daughters--and her infant son--could be taken away from her. And the man she once adored with all her heart has just been appointed guardian of her son, the heir to Lochaene. Can she trust Neil, now the politically connected Marquis of Braemoor--or the dangerous desire that his first caress reignites in her? As they give in to passion, a powerful enemy could destroy their newfound love--and expose the secret Neil has been guarding for far too long. This second book in Patricia Potter's Scottish Trilogy is the winner of the 2001 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Scottish Historical Romance.

The Black Knave

by Patricia Potter

In the first book of Patricia Potter's Scottish Trilogy, a rebellious Jacobite beauty weds a Scottish nobleman in a political marriage of convenience, unaware that he is leading a dangerous double life Some call him the devil. Few have ever seen him. He is the Black Knave, named for the playing card he leaves behind when he risks his life to smuggle Jacobite insurgents out of Scotland right under the noses of the British. Bethia MacDonell is determined to find him. She needs the legendary freedom fighter to rescue her imprisoned brother. Instead, she is forced into an arranged marriage with Rory Forbes, an aristocrat loyal to the crown and a coward at the Battle of Culloden--a traitor to his own people. To the world, the Marquis of Braemoor is a fop and a wastrel who lives solely for his own pleasure. But he harbors a dangerous secret that he must keep hidden at all costs. Bethia is the wild card, arousing in Rory a treacherous desire that could doom his mission and imperil her life. Sworn to protect her, the most wanted man in Scotland must fight his greatest battle to win the heart of the one woman he desires above all others: his wife.

Matanza

by Kerry Newcomb Frank Schaefer

A Texas bride crosses Mexico in search of the man who stole her heart His name is Maguire. Half Mexican, half Irish, he is equally at home at a society ball, at a cockfight, and on the driest plains of the Southern desert. Once he was an orphan, taken in by a Texas family that raised him until he was old enough to make his way in the world. He became a mercenary, battling his way across the South Pacific until disease and injury forced him home. There he reconnected with the lady of the house, Corinne, beginning an affair that destroyed her husband and forced Maguire back into the wilderness. Twelve years later, he is a notorious adventurer, known as one of the most dangerous men in Mexico, and Corinne cannot get him off her mind. Accompanied by an American reporter, she ventures south to find the man she loved--a quest that will sweep her off her feet all over again.

Titus Gamble

by Kerry Newcomb Frank Schaefer

At the dawn of Reconstruction, a freed slave comes home to enforce the law For two weeks, Titus has been running. He is so tired and so hungry that part of him yearns to stop and throw himself on the mercy of the dogs. But he knows what happens to runaway slaves, so he presses on until he reaches a Union army camp. He sneaks into the cook tent and is about to help himself to some soup when the cook catches him. Soup is only for soldiers, he tells Titus--so Titus joins up. Four years later, the war is over and Titus is a corporal, with calloused hands and a heart toughened by battle. He gets a commission to return to Shannon, the county where he was born a slave, to act as the lawman for the reconstructed South. But the people of the plantation will accept no rule from a black man--which means that Titus Gamble's war is not over yet.

Star Keeper

by Patricia Potter

Set during the American Revolution, this enthralling historical romance featuring the third generation of the Sutherland family tells the story of a rebel willing to die for his nation's freedom . . . and a woman ready to cross battle lines for the man she loves His enemies call him Star Rider. The son of a Scottish rebel and an American woman, John Patrick Sutherland raids British ships and seizes their cargo for the patriot cause--until his own ship goes down in the Delaware River. Badly wounded and determined not to die at the end of an English rope, he finds refuge at the home of a compassionate beauty whose loyalties are with the Tories. Annette Carey aids the crown by tending British soldiers. When she takes in an injured man who is introduced to her as a high-ranking officer named John Gunn, she is powerfully drawn to him, unaware that he is the legendary privateer who has eluded capture for so long. As she gives in to traitorous desire, Annette is tested in ways she couldn't have foreseen, and finds herself risking her future for her enemy--a man she must now trust with her life.

King of the Golden Gate

by Kerry Newcomb Frank Schaefer

After a kidnapping goes awry, an heiress lands in the clutches of a San Francisco brigand Angelica Liberty is on a tour of the Far East when she learns that her father is dying. None of her family's vessels are in port, so she takes passage on a shabby old bark, the Lorraine Marie. The ship is passing through the San Francisco fog when pirates come over the side. They swarm the ship, killing the crew in an attempt to kidnap Angelica. But before she can be captured, she slips into the salty water below. Angelica is found by Jeremy Drake, owner of the Lorraine Marie, which the pirates left to burn in the harbor. Drake is ruined, but all is not lost. In the rough-and-tumble world of the Barbary Coast--the most notorious red-light district in the country--fortunes can be won and lost in an instant. With Angelica at his side, Drake still has a chance to rule this city.

Starfinder

by Patricia Potter

This passionate historical romance featuring the second generation of the Sutherland family sweeps from the Scottish Highlands to colonial Maryland, where a struggling young woman makes a desperate bargain with a freedom fighter Minutes before being hanged for treason against the British crown, Ian Sutherland is suddenly spared . . . only to end up in chains again, this time in the hold of a ship bound for the colonies. In America, he becomes the indentured servant of a prosperous Maryland farm owner. But the noble freedom fighter vows to one day escape his servitude and sail back across the sea to his clan. Then he meets Fancy Marsh. John Marsh rescued Fancy and her half sister Fortune from a terrible fate. Now Fancy shares a good life with her husband, their two children, and an ever-increasing menagerie of pets. But when John dies, Fancy is left at the mercy of his cruel, covetous brother. In desperation, she turns to her rugged, enigmatic bond servant to help her protect her name and legacy. Although Ian agrees to her risky plan, Fancy knows that his heart longs for Scotland. But their dangerous charade soon flames into irresistible passion and the one thing they never expected: a love that can prevail over their most treacherous enemies and the winds of fortune.

Rafe

by Kerry Newcomb Frank Schaefer

To win his freedom, a slave becomes a gladiator Rafe is well over six feet of muscle, with a warrior's body marred by only one scar. Long ago, this slave's owner promised him that if he won fifty fights in the pit--fights to the death against men of all colors--he would be granted his freedom. In his first fight, Rafe slipped, and his opponent cut his side. The pain showed him his true purpose. Since then, he has never lost a fight, and he has never again been cut. Rafe has only eight fights left before he can claim his reward, but Ezra Clayton is not certain he wants to free the greatest gladiator the South has ever known. As the deadline draws near and the blood continues to flow, Rafe knows that if his freedom is denied, he will have to take it, as he has taken so many lives: with his two bare hands.

Ghosts of Elkhorn

by Kerry Newcomb Frank Schaefer

A forgotten gunslinger battles modern-day gangsters At seventy-one, the Wind River Kid is a kid no longer. In the last days of the Old West, he was feared in gambling halls across the country, a hard-nosed card shark who didn't mind killing to prove a point. When he had gotten his fill of violence, he moved back to Elkhorn, a lonely mountain town that died bit by bit, its population dwindling until he was the only one left. It's 1927 now, but to the aged Kid, it may as well be 1875. He's been alone for decades, comforted only by the ghosts of a vanished West--until the modern world comes to visit, guns blazing. A dangerous young couple comes to Elkhorn looking for a place to hide out from the killers on their tail. Wild River just wanted to be left alone, but he will have to take up the gun again if he is ever to rest in peace.

Everybody Knows Your Name

by Andrea Seigel Brent Bradshaw

Meet Magnolia.Her father's dead, her boyfriend's ditched her to commit himself more fully to surfing, and her mother's depressed because she can't get cast on The Real Housewives of Orange County. All Magnolia wants is to reinvent herself.Meet Ford.Half his family is in jail, the other half probably should be, he shoplifted his way into a job at a record store, and his brother pawned his 1953 Telecaster for a quick buck. All Ford wants is to reinvent himself.Ford, meet Magnolia.When the two teens are cast in Spotlight, a reality TV singing competition, both see it as their chance to start anew. With each episode, as they live together in a Hollywood Hills mansion and sing their hearts out, Ford and Magnolia fall in love. But how genuine can that love be when a television audience is watching their every move--and when their pasts are catching up them so much faster than they can run?Perfect for fans of Pitch Perfect, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Mindy Kaling, and Meg Cabot, Everybody Knows Your Name is a romantic comedy that delivers an unforgettable cast of characters (and way more laughs than any episode of American Idol).

Game Seven

by Paul Volponi

My name is Julio Ramirez Jr. and baseball is my whole life. Since he was ten, Julio has lived in the shadow of his famous father. Not just because Julio Senior is a pitcher for the Miami Marlins, but because he fled Cuba to play professional baseball, leaving his Julio and his mother and sister branded as the family of a traitor. Now sixteen, Julio dreams of playing for Cuba's national team--until he finds out his father's defection may destroy his chances. When he's given the opportunity to flee Cuba, he has to make the toughest choice of his life. Can he abandon his family, just like his Papi did? Will freedom be worth the perilous journey and risking prison if he's caught? Will his Papi be waiting for him on the other shore--or, with the Marlins in the World Series against the Yankees, has Julio Senior forgotten about his son? Set against the backdrop of the Series on which everything depends, Game Seven is a suspenseful story of loyalty, survival, and baseball.

Please Excuse This Poem

by Carolyn Forche Brett F Lauer Lynn Melnick

One hundred poems. One hundred voices. One hundred different points of view. Here is a cross-section of American poetry as it is right now--full of grit and love, sparkling with humor, searing the heart, smashing through boundaries on every page. Please Excuse This Poem features one hundred acclaimed younger poets from truly diverse backgrounds and points of view, whose work has appeared everywhere from The New Yorker to Twitter, tackling a startling range of subjects in a startling range of poetic forms. Dealing with the aftermath of war; unpacking the meaning of "the rape joke"; sharing the tender moments at the start of a love affair: these poems tell the world as they see it.Editors Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick have crafted a book that is a must-read for those wanting to know the future of poetry. With an introduction from award-winning poet, editor, and translator Carolyn Forché, Please Excuse This Poem has the power to change the way you look at the world. It is The Best American Nonrequired Reading--in poetry form.

Ms. Rapscott's Girls

by Elise Primavera

Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn't agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about strength and bravery.Bestselling author Elise Primavera has created an irresistible, richly illustrated story about finding your way.

The Book of Memory Gaps

by Cecilia Ruiz

Simon remembers every act of sin ever confessed to him. Pavel forgets what he has just played and rehearses the same melody over and over. Unable to recall faces, Veronika uses different perfumes to remember the ones she loves. The Book of Memory Gaps is a collection of darkly humorous mini-stories that examine our curious and capricious unconscious. With concise, lyrical prose and a discerning command of color, Cecilia Ruiz captures the delicate and fleeting nature of memory, as well as its immense power-after all, who would we be without it?From the Hardcover edition.

Goldfish from Beyond the Grave #4

by Simon Cooper Sam Hay

What happens when a beloved pet refuses to go through to the other side? The protector of undead pets may be a fish out of water this time.Just when Joe thought things couldn't get any stranger, he is visited by Fizz, a zombie goldfish. Fizz was flushed down the toilet by his owner Danny's little sister, who doesn't realize that she's sent the fish to a watery grave. Fizz needs to ensure the truth is revealed before his fellow fish meet a similar fate. But how do you get a goldfish to rest in peace?

The Five O'Clock Ghost #4

by Dori Hillestad Butler Aurore Damant

Kaz and Claire are back for a timely mystery in this adorable series by Edgar Award winner Dori Hillestad Butler! Kaz and Claire are called in for another ghostly mystery, and this ghost is always right on time. When Claire's friend tells the young detectives about his five o'clock ghost, Kaz wonders if it could be his own missing brother, Little John. Kaz and Claire search the house up and down, but they can't find any trace of Little John--or any other ghost. Yet when five o'clock comes along, the strange occurrences come back again...

Every Day I Fight

by Larry Platt Stuart Scott

"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live." - Stuart ScottThe fearless, intimate, and inspiring story behind ESPN anchor Stuart Scott's unrelenting fight against cancer.Shortly before he passed away, on January 4, 2015, Stuart Scott completed work on this memoir. It was both a labor of love and a love letter to life itself. Not only did Stuart relate his personal story--his childhood in North Carolina, his supportive family, his athletic escapades, his on-the-job training as a fledgling sportscaster, his being hired and eventual triumphs at ESPN--he shared his intimate struggles to keep his story going. Struck by appendiceal cancer in 2007, Stuart battled this rare disease with an unimaginable tenacity and vigor. Countless surgeries, enervating chemotherapies, endless shuttling from home to hospital to office and back--Stuart continued defying fate, pushing himself through exercises and workout routines that kept him strong. He wanted to be there for his teenage daughters, Sydni and Taelor, not simply as their dad, but as an immutable example of determination and courage.Every Day I Fight is a saga of love, an inspiration to us all.

The Valley

by John Renehan

"You're going up the Valley."Black didn't know its name, but he knew it lay deeper and higher than any other place Americans had ventured. You had to travel through a network of interlinked valleys, past all the other remote American outposts, just to get to its mouth. Everything about the place was myth and rumor, but one fact was clear: There were many valleys in the mountains of Afghanistan, and most were hard places where people died hard deaths. But there was only one Valley. It was the farthest, and the hardest, and the worst. When Black, a deskbound admin officer, is sent up the Valley to investigate a warning shot fired by a near-forgotten platoon, he can only see it as the final bureaucratic insult in a short and unhappy Army career. What he doesn't know is that his investigation puts at risk the centuries-old arrangements that keep this violent land in fragile balance, and will launch a shattering personal odyssey of obsession and discovery as Black reckons with the platoon's dark secrets, accumulated over endless hours fighting and dying in defense of an indefensible piece of land. The Valley is a riveting tour de force that changes our understanding of the men who fight our wars and announces John Renehan as one of the great American storytellers of our time.

Meet Me in Atlantis

by Mark Adams

The New York Times bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu sets out to uncover the truth behind the legendary lost city of Atlantis.A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Everything we know about the lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Then he made a second, stranger discovery: Amateur explorers are still actively searching for this sunken city all around the world, based entirely on the clues Plato left behind.Exposed to the Atlantis obsession, Adams decides to track down these people and determine why they believe it's possible to find the world's most famous lost city and whether any of their theories could prove or disprove its existence. He visits scientists who use cutting-edge technology to find legendary civilizations once thought to be fictional. He examines the numerical and musical codes hidden in Plato's writings, and with the help of some charismatic sleuths traces their roots back to Pythagoras, the sixth-century BC mathematician. He learns how ancient societies transmitted accounts of cataclysmic events--and how one might dig out the "kernel of truth" in Plato's original tale.Meet Me in Atlantis is Adams's enthralling account of his quest to solve one of history's greatest mysteries; a travelogue that takes readers to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep, often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world.

My Watery Self

by Stephen Spotte

In MY WATERY SELF: AN AQUATIC MEMOIR, author/scientist Stephen Spotte traces a fascinating trail through a life that began in West Virgina coal camps, drifted through reckless bohemian times of countercultural indulgence in Beach Haven, New Jersey, and led to a career as a highly-respected marine biologist. Together, these stories form a view not just of one man's life, but that of a generation that often refused to take a direct path to the workplace, insisting instead on a winding unveiling of true self-realization, to achieve previously-unimagined outcomes. For Spotte, the key was water: His years of beach living led to a self-initiated study of literature and the sea. He eventually returned to college and received his training as a marine biologist, and discovered, through his singular voice, a wet and occasionally very weird perspective on the world. His writing is engrossing throughout, the stories he shares--such as his stint as curator of the New York Aquarium at Coney Island at the tail end of the hippie era--are compelling and thoroughly enjoyable as he elevates the people and situations he encounters to mythical levels, blending empirical observation with literary prose.

Declutter Anything

by Ed Morrow Sheree Bykofsky Rita Rosenkranz

Discover new ways to clean your home and simplify your life in this handy and creative guidebook.Does your house bulge with clutter? Are your possessions weighing you down? Is your home an unorganized mess?Turn it around-ban sagging shelves, bulging cupboards, and bursting closets-with this fun and effective guide. In a step-by-step, easy-to-follow approach, the authors suggest ways to change clutter-accumulating behavior; show how to efficiently organize the possessions you need (with a strict definition of "need"); and examine dozens of ways to dispose of clutter.Declutter Anything offers serious advice that doesn't take itself too seriously. The emphasis is on uncomplicated, inexpensive solutions that are easy to implement and that produce life-changing results. Take the plunge and soon you'll be living and working slim, trim, and clutter-free.

United States of Cakes

by Roy Fares

World-Class pastry chef, Roy Fares, has traveled to many countries throughout his journey to perfect the art of baking. But of all the places his adventures took him, Los Angeles struck a particular chord, inspiring him to experiment with the many classic pastry recipes he sampled there. United States of Cakes is a compilation of his favorite classics, all featured with his own unique twist. Desserts can sometimes be too sweet or not sweet enough. After much trial and error, Roy has found the perfect median between the two for many beloved cakes, cookies, and pastries.Recipes include: Banana nut bread Geneva cookies Espresso cake Nutella cupcakes Cheesecake in a jar Red Velvet Cake S'mores cupcakes Oreo cookie cupcakes With over 50 delicious pastry recipes from various beloved patisseries such as, Magnolia's, Crumbs, and Sweet Lady Jane, United States of Cakes reminds us of the simple pleasures in life and showcases the sweeter side of American cuisine. Join Roy as he travels from the arid deserts of Palm Springs to the glamorous streets of Beverly Hills, sampling, baking, and learning about delicious treats.

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