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Three Plays

by Thornton Wilder

The three plays - Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth, and The Matchmaker - describe love, death, human follies and human endurance.

The Confidence Code

by Claire Shipman Katty Kay

Confidence. We want it. We need it. But it can be maddeningly enigmatic and out of reach. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint for bringing more of it into our lives.Is confidence hardwired into the DNA of a lucky few--or can anyone learn it? Is it best expressed by bravado, or is there another way to show confidence? Which is more important: confidence or competence? Why do so many women, even the most successful, struggle with feelings of self-doubt? Is there a secret to channeling our inner confidence?In The Confidence Code, journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman travel to the frontiers of neuroscience on a hunt for the confidence gene and reveal surprising new research on its roots in our brains. They visit the world's leading psychologists who explain how we can all chose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring. They interview women leaders from the worlds of politics, sports, the military, and the arts to learn how they have tapped into this elemental resource. They examine how a lack of confidence impacts our leadership, success, and fulfillment.Ultimately, they argue, while confidence is partly influenced by genetics, it is not a fixed psychological state. That's the good news. You won't discover it by thinking positive thoughts or by telling yourself (or your children) that you are perfect as you are. You also won't find it by simply squaring your shoulders and faking it. But it does require a choice: less people pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk taking, and fast failure.Inspiring, insightful, and persuasive, The Confidence Code shows that by acting on our best instincts and by daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a life on confidence.

Unlikely Lover

by Diana Palmer

"The boss is fading fast. His last request is that a writer compose his memoirs" was Aunt Lillian's plea. Helping the elderly oilman seemed natural to Mari. But Ward Jessup was anything but old and sickly...."Poor little Mari," her aunt fretted. "I'm worried about her state of mind-deep emotional scars." Ward's sympathy went out to Lillian's niece, and he invited Mari to the ranch. But the woman who arrived was hardly a helpless little girl....Though they knew they had been tricked, neither could fight the power of Cupid's magic arrow.

Rawhide and Lace

by Diana Palmer

When Erin left Ty Wade so long ago, she'd vowed never to return. Because of him she'd wrecked her car, her career, and lost his baby. Once a famous model clad in silk and lace, Erin could hardly face the task of mending the tattered pieces of her life. And now Ty wanted her back. Without her, jobs would be lost. The future of the Staghorn Ranch depended on her return. Erin cared deeply for the devoted staff of his ranch. But how could she face the man she most hated-the man with a heart of stone and a will as tough as rawhide?

Mystery Man

by Diana Palmer

Tycoon Canton Rourke, was beset and besieged - and all because of his neighbor, Janine Curtis. The woman was out to get him, he was sure of it. He'd come to Cancun, Mexico, with his daughter to relax, not catch bandits, track kidnappers...or save the woman from any other fine mess she landed herself in!Her neighbor's opinion was not a secret to Janine. So she was determined to live down to his image of her...while trying to ignore how her knees buckled every time he rescued her. Was she falling in love? The man was a mystery...would a lifetime of love prove an answer?

Enamored

by Diana Palmer

Diego Laremos had never forgotten the last night he'd spent with Melissa Sterling five years before. She'd fled their home after a bitter dispute, hoping to escape their unhappy marriage. He hadn't forgiven her for leaving, though he'd hated himself even more for driving her away. Seeing Melissa again had renewed his hope for a possible future together...Melissa had felt the same way, but she'd lied to Diego in the past. Now she had to prove to him that she was indeed his love-his ENAMORADA-and that the truth could set them both free...to love again.

Tender Stranger

by Diana Palmer

She'd met Eric Van Meer entirely by chance during an unforgettable vacation in Mexico, and with reckless abandon, she'd agreed to marry the mysterious blond stranger. Dani St. Clair, prim southern bookseller, had experienced a passion that exceeded even those in her cherished romantic novels-until a hijacked plane and a daring rescue by Eric revealed his true nature and dangerous work.He said he needed freedom, yet he'd married her. He said he hated women, yet he tenderly conquered her heart. Was it possible to meet a soldier of fortune on the battleground of passion and win the war of love?

Soldier of Fortune

by Diana Palmer

For Gabby Darwin, working as a paralegal for one of the most famous criminal lawyers in Chicago was a full-time job. J.D. was demanding, and never gave Gabby a thought-until the unforeseen happened and they were on a secret mission to Central America to track down terrorist kidnappers.There, Gabby saw J. D.'s wildest, most dangerous side. She found out about his mercenary past, and saw real hunger for her growing in his dark, indulgent eyes. And she'd thought he was such a civilized man! Already J. D. had taken Gabby's heart, leaving her helpless with fear and breathless with desire....

One Night in Paradise

by Maisey Yates

Clara Davis knew the moment 'yes' slipped from her lips she was in way over her head! Just how is she supposed to pretend to be her boss's fiancée on his luxury honeymoon?Zack Parsons' rule 'don't date the staff' has prevented him from ever seeing beyond Clara's baking apron. But now he's looking at her in a completely different-rather more tempting-light. Giving in to one night of wickedness should be enough to satisfy their new found cravings...shouldn't it?

Girl on a Diamond Pedestal

by Maisey Yates

Noelle was once the girl who had everything. Until the piano prodigy fell from grace. Destitute and desperate, she's forced to accept billionaire Ethan Grey's convenient proposal.Ethan wants revenge-all he needs is Noelle's signature on the marriage certificate. Yet his carefully composed façade cracks in the face of her innocent attempts at seduction.Noelle's only ever felt love and excitement whilst at her beloved piano-yet now her traitorous body craves the passion ignited by Ethan's skilled touch. But will he ever see her as more than a means to an end?

The Argentine's Price

by Maisey Yates

Lazaro Marino will stop at nothing to reach the top. He's climbed his way out of poverty, but there's still one thing that has been denied to him-entry into the highest echelons of society. And blue-blooded heiress Vanessa Pickett is the key to unlocking the door to all that he desires...With her business in crisis, Vanessa is desperate. A marriage proposal of the utmost convenience will give both Lazaro and Vanessa everything they need. But, for Vanessa, this deal with the devil comes with a startling price.

Brooklyn Makers

by Jennifer Causey

A creative renaissance blooms in Brooklyn. At its heart is a thriving community of artisans producing a remarkable variety of handmade goods. In Brooklyn Makers, photographer Jennifer Causey captures the spirit of this homegrown movement by documenting thirty of the borough's most celebrated craftsmen. This eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming makers includes bakers, ceramic artists, clothing designers, florists, distillers, and more. With an eye for small details, Causey's charming photographs reveal each artisan at work in their own space. Her lively interviews reveal what inspires them, keeps them motivated, and their thoughts on the city where they live and work.

The Recruit

by Robert Muchamore

In this action-packed CHERUB novel, two siblings on separate special agent missions both end up in deadly danger.CHERUB agents are all seventeen and under. They wear skate tees and hemp, and look like regular kids. But they're not. They are trained professionals who are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists and international drug dealers. CHERUB agents hack into computers, bug entire houses, and download crucial documents. It is a highly dangerous job. For their safety, these agents DO NOT EXIST. James is the latest CHERUB recruit. He and his sister were recently orphaned, and James has been in a lot of trouble. But he is brilliant in math. And CHERUB needs him. After one hundred days, the grueling training period is over. But the adventure has just begun.

Ben Franklin's Almanac

by Candace Fleming

"What good shall I do today?" How Ben Franklin answered that question -- through his work as a writer, printer, statesman, and inventor -- forever established him as one of America's greatest figures. On one day in 1729 he published the first edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette; on another day he changed the Declaration of Independence by adding the famous words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident"; and it was all in a day's work when he planted the first willow trees in America. Modeled on his own Poor Richard's Almanack, this unique scrapbook captures Franklin's countless accomplishments. Biography and anecdote, cartoon and etching mesh to create a fascinating portrait of this most fascinating man. Anyone interested in the birth of American democracy...or curious about the rise of the U.S. postal system...or wondering how paper money came to be...or wanting to know how Ben Franklin was part of it all, is sure to pore over Ben Franklin's Almanac.

Rebecca's Lost Journals

by Lisa Renee Jones

Kept under lock and key, discovered by chance, dangerous new secrets and scintillating adventures lie within Rebecca's private diaries--searing scenes from a passionate journey inside a world where pain is pleasure, pleasure is pain, and where every limit she once had is no more. The Seduction Rebecca's daring first encounter with the Master . . . The Contract Once she is his, there's no turning back . . . His Submissive Passion and torment become one . . . My Master It's Rebecca's turn to take control . . . And told from his point of view, The Master Undone Shattered after Rebecca walks away, he questions his need to control. But when a challenging new woman revives him and then disappears, he knows one thing: he must have more. . . .whose erotic demands captivated her imagination--and enslaved her forever.The Master Undone Rebecca wrote, "I told him goodbye, and I will not call him. I know if I do, it will be my undoing, and I'll once again be caught up in his spell. I will once again be...lost." And then she left him. With Rebecca no longer in his life, he is lost, questioning everything he thought he knew about himself and about the control he holds in such high regard. One woman will reach out to heal him and then turn away, leaving him haunted. She is nothing he thought he wanted, yet somehow everything he needs. He tells himself to forget her, but he cannot escape his desire for her. He has to have more...

Ember Island

by Kimberley Freeman

In 1891, Tilly Kirkland is reeling with shock and guilt after her tempestuous marriage ends in horrific circumstances. Fleeing to the farthest place she knows, Tilly takes a job on Ember Island in Moreton Bay, Australia, where she becomes the governess to the prison superintendent's precocious young daughter, Nell. Tilly knows she must keep the past hidden in order to start a new life, but she doesn't know that Nell is watching her every move and writing it all down, hiding tiny journals all over their rambling manor home. More than one hundred years later, bestselling novelist Nina Jones is struggling to complete her next book. A reporter asking questions about her great-grandmother sends Nina retreating to her family's home on Ember Island, where she hopes to find her lost inspiration somewhere in the crumbling walls. Though they are separated by years, both Tilly and Nina must learn that some secrets never stay buried, but what matters most is learning to trust your heart. poet boyfriend has recently broken up with her, and a reporter who is digging into her past insists on speaking to Nina about her great-grandmother, Nell. There are some secrets Nina may no longer be able to hide. Retreating to Starwater, she discovers Nell's diary pages hidden in the old walls and becomes determined to solve the mystery. Though Tilly and Nina are separated by many years, Starwater House will change both their lives. Deeply affecting and beautifully written, Ember Island is a sweeping novel of secrets, second chances, and learning to trust your heart.

He Texted

by Lisa Winning Carrie Henderson Mcdermott

You're a busy, intelligent, modern woman. You stay on top of work e-mail. You "like" all the baby photos your sister posts on Facebook. You found your dream job through LinkedIn. But when your crush texts you "Sup?" every few days, yet never asks you out, what the hell does that mean? These days, dating is more confusing than ever. Friending? Following? Liking? Poking? Linking? LOLing? WTF? In an era when FaceTime is no longer the same as face-toface, it's no wonder you can't tell if he's into you or just really into his iPhone. This hilarious and essential guide from the founders of HeTexted.com--with totally straightforward guy sight from the HeTexted Bros--will help you autocorrect your digital dating life, from decoding your Facebook friendships, to reading the intentions behind guys' perplexing texts, to deciding when--if ever--you should text him first. It's He's Just Not That Into You for the digital age and What to Expect When You're Expecting . . . a second date--all in one invaluable package!. Founders of HeTexted.com Lisa Winning and Carrie Henderson McDermott and their stable of "Bros" go through the most common and confusing romantic cyber situations using actual text exchanges. Offering concrete advice, they'll explain what's really going on in each scenario on a practical and emotional level, lay down a verdict about the guy's intentions, and establish clear-cut rules for any present and future conduct. Hilarious and helpful in equal measure, this is the book that everyone who texts, Tweets, or uses Facebook should own.

The Steady Running of the Hour

by Justin Go

A QUEST NOVEL and a historical tour de force, The Steady Running of the Hour unravels a tale of passion, legacy, and courage reaching across the twentieth century. In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to summit Mount Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson--whom he has not seen in seven years. Ashley's solicitors search in vain for Imogen, but the estate remains unclaimed. Nearly eighty years later, new information leads the same law firm to Tristan Campbell, a young American who could be the estate's rightful heir. If Tristan can prove he is Imogen's descendant, the inheritance will be his. But with only weeks before Ashley's trust expires, Tristan must hurry to find the evidence he needs. From London archives to Somme battlefields to the Eastfjords of Iceland, Tristan races to piece together the story behind the unclaimed riches: a reckless love affair pursued only days before Ashley's deployment to the Western Front; a desperate trench battle fought by soldiers whose hope is survival rather than victory; an expedition to the uncharted heights of the world's tallest mountain. Following a trail of evidence that stretches to the far edge of Europe, Tristan becomes consumed by Ashley and Imogen's story. But as he draws close to the truth, Tristan realizes he may be seeking something more than an unclaimed fortune. The Steady Running of the Hour announces the arrival of a stunningly talented author. Justin Go's novel is heartrending, transporting, and utterly compelling.

Yesterday's People

by Goran Simic

These eight stories deal with ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, war and its aftershocks prominent among them, where the reality is often much more surreal than fiction.

Wages of Sin

by Yolonda Tonette Sanders

In the first novel in a juicy and thrilling mystery series, homicide detective Troy Evans desperately hunts down a serial killer. Troy Evans believes in God, but he's seen enough evil on his job to shake his faith. Nonetheless, his loyalty to his family never wavers, and he would do anything to protect them--one of the reasons he is a workaholic. Natalie loves her family, but she's becoming increasingly frustrated with Troy's job. His schedule is often hectic and unpredictable, and she's also helping her best friend deal with some serious issues-- and struggling to come clean about a secret she's hiding from Troy. While Natalie deals with her issues, Troy spends the majority of his time searching for a serial killer who abducted and murdered several women without rhyme or reason. Desperate to stop the murderer before more women die, he works diligently, but the killer always seems to be one step ahead of him. Then Troy comes to the awful realization that he and the killer have something in common--something that instantly sets him on a mission to end the terror...or die trying.

The Writer's Essential Tackle Box

by Lynn Price

The Writer's Essential Tackle Box offers an insider's view that informs and educates writers to key occupations that comprise the publishing industry--how they work, why they work, and pitfalls to avoid. A must-read for the new author seeking guidance through every aspect of the murky waters of publishing.

Whisper Their Love

by Barbara Grier Valerie Taylor

Joyce is eighteen, a freshman at a fashionable school for girls; suddenly all that matters to her is a woman twice her age. This beautifully written pulp novel first appeared in 1957 and is widely considered a milestone for its openly lesbian, feminist content. Includes an introduction by Barbara Grier, co-founder of the legendary lesbian publisher Naiad Press.

We Owe You Nothing: Expanded Edition

by Daniel Sinker

Updated with six more interviews and a new introduction, the expanded edition of We Owe You Nothing brings the definitive book of conversations with the underground's greatest minds up to 2007. New interviews include talks with bands like The Gossip and Maritime, a conversation with punk legend Bob Mould, and more . . . in addition to the classic interviews from the original 2001 edition: Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra, Thurston Moore, Noam Chomsky, Kathleen Hanna, Black Flag, Sleater-Kinney, Steve Albini, Frank Kozik, Art Chantry, and others. Daniel Sinker has been the editor and publisher of Punk Planet magazine for twelve years.

Why Science Does Not Disprove God

by Amir Aczel

The renowned science writer, mathematician, and bestselling author of Fermat's Last Theorem masterfully refutes the overreaching claims of the "New Atheists," providing millions of educated believers with a clear, engaging explanation of what science really says, how there's still much space for the Divine in the universe, and why faith in both God and empirical science are not mutually exclusive In recent years a highly publicized coterie of scientists and thinkers, including Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, and Lawrence Krauss, have vehemently contended that breakthroughs in modern science have disproven the existence of God, asserting we must accept that the creation of the universe came out of nothing, that religion is evil, that evolution fully explains the dazzling complexity of life, and more. However, in this much-needed book, veteran science journalist Amir Aczel profoundly disagrees and convincingly demonstrates that science has not, as yet, provided any definitive proof refuting the existence of God. Based on interviews with eleven Nobel Prize winners and many other prominent physicists, biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists, as well as leading theologians and spiritual leaders, Why Science Does Not Disprove God is a fascinating tour through the history of science and a brilliant and incisive analysis of the religious implications of our ever-increasing understanding of life and the universe. Throughout, Aczel reminds us that science, at its best, is about the dispassionate pursuit of truth--not a weapon in cultural debates. Respectful of both science and faith--and argued from the perspective of no single religious tradition--Aczel's book is an essential corrective that should be read by all.

Paris at the End of the World

by John Baxter

A preeminent writer on Paris, John Baxter brilliantly brings to life one of the most dramatic and fascinating periods in the city's history. During World War I, the terrifying sounds of the nearby front could be heard from inside the French capital; Germany's "Paris Gun" and enemy aviators routinely bombarded the city.And yet in its darkest hour, the City of Light blazed more brightly than ever. Its taxis shuttled troops to the front; its great railway stations received reinforcements from across the world; its grand museums and cathedrals housed the wounded; and the Eiffel Tower hummed at all hours, relaying messages to and from the trenches. At night, Parisians lived with urgency and without inhibition, embracing the lush and the libertine. The rich hosted parties that depleted their wine cellars of the finest vintages. Artists such as Pablo Picasso achieved new creative heights. And the war brought a wave of foreigners to the city for the first time, including Ernest Hemingway and Baxter's own grandfather, Archie, whose diaries he uses to reconstruct a soldier's-eye view of the war years.Uncovering a thrilling chapter in Paris's history, John Baxter's revelatory new book shows how this extraordinary period was essential in forging the spirit of the city we love today.

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