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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.

Gossamer Hall

by Erin Samiloglu

As evil arises from beyond the grave, a terrified group of students must suddenly fight for their survival When Juan Fuentes realizes that he can not only make objects appear out of nowhere, but also#151;somehow#151;bring the dead back to life, he unwittingly releases four ruthless 19th-century murderers from their unmarked graves. Bloodthirsty and ripe for vengeance, the villains wage their attack on the students of Gossamer Hall Frightening and suspenseful, this horror story follows the students as they fight to stay alive, and search for the only way to stop the evil undead.

Memories of the Ford Administration

by John Updike

When historian Alfred "Alf" Clayton is invited by an academic journal to record his impressions of the Gerald R. Ford Administration (1974-77), he recalls not the political events of the time but rather a turbulent period of his own sexual past. Alf's highly idiosyncratic contribution to Retrospect consists not only of reams of unbuttoned personal history but also of pages from an unpublished project of the time, a chronicle of the presidency of James Buchanan (1857-61). The alternating texts mirror each other and tell a story in counterpoint, a frequently hilarious comedy of manners contrasting the erotic etiquette and social dictions of antebellum Washington with those of late-twentieth-century southern New Hampshire. Alf's style is Nabokovian. His obsessions are vintage Updike.

Marry Me

by John Updike

Marry Me is subtitled "A Romance" because, in the author's words, "people don't act like that anymore." The time is 1962, and the place is a fiefdom of Camelot called Greenwood, Connecticut. Jerry Conant and Sally Mathias are in love and want to get married, though they already are married to others. A diadem of five symmetrical chapters describes the course of their affair as it flickers off and on, and as their spouses react, in a tentative late-summer atmosphere of almost-last chances. For this is, as Jerry observes, "the twilight of the old morality, and there's just enough to torment us, and not enough to hold us in."

S.

by John Updike

S. is the story of Sarah P. Worth, a thoroughly modern spiritual seeker who has become enamored of a Hindu mystic called the Arhat. A native New Englander, she goes west to join his ashram in Arizona, and there struggles alongside fellow sannyasins (pilgrims) in the difficult attempt to subdue ego and achieve moksha (salvation, release from illusion). "S." details her adventures in letters and tapes dispatched to her husband, her daughter, her brother, her dentist, her hairdresser, and her psychiatrist--messages cleverly designed to keep her old world in order while she is creating for herself a new one. This is Hester Prynne's side of the triangle described by Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter; it is also a burlesque of the quest for enlightenment, and an affectionate meditation on American womanhood.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Roger's Version

by John Updike

As Roger Lambert tells it, he, a middle-aged professor of divinity, is buttonholed in his office by Dale Kohler, an earnest young computer scientist who believes that quantifiable evidence of God's existence is irresistibly accumulating. The theological-scientific debate that ensues, and the wicked strategies that Roger employs to disembarrass Dale of his faith, form the substance of this novel--these and the current of erotic attraction that pulls Esther, Roger's much younger wife, away from him and into Dale's bed. The novel, a majestic allegory of faith and reason, ends also as a black comedy of revenge, for this is Roger's version--Roger Chillingworth's side of the triangle described by Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter--made new for a disbelieving age.

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.

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