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The Worshipful Lucia & Trouble for Lucia

by E. F. Benson

E. F. Benson's beloved Mapp and Lucia novels are sparkling, classic comedies of manners set against the petty snobberies and competitive maneuverings of English village society in the 1920s and 1930s.The Worshipful Lucia (1935; published in the UK as Lucia's Progress) and Trouble for Lucia (1939) are the last two novels in Benson's series. They chronicle the ongoing battles of his famous characters--Mrs. Lucia Lucas and Miss Elizabeth Mapp--in the idyllic seaside village of Tilling, which proves too small to contain both of them. While both are hypocritical snobs, Lucia is animated by marvelous delusions of grandeur and Mapp by insatiable curiosity and chronic rage; their epic collisions rock their small society and provide the narrative engines for Benson's gloriously farcical masterpieces.

Lucia in London & Mapp and Lucia

by E. F. Benson

E. F. Benson's beloved Mapp and Lucia novels are sparkling, classic comedies of manners set against the petty snobberies and competitive maneuverings of English village society in the 1920s and 1930s.The third and fourth novels in the series, Lucia in London (1927) and Mapp and Lucia (1931) continue the adventures of Benson's famously irrepressible characters, and bring them into hilarious conflict. Both Mrs. Lucia Lucas and Miss Elizabeth Mapp are accustomed to complete social supremacy, and when one intrudes on the other's territory, war ensues. Lucia sees herself as a benevolent--if ruthless--dictator, while Miss Mapp is driven by an insatiable desire for vengeance against the presumptuous interloper. Their skirmishes--played out on a battlefield composed of dinner parties, council meetings, and art exhibits--enliven the plots of Benson's maliciously witty comedies.

Queen Lucia & Miss Mapp

by E. F. Benson

E. F. Benson's beloved Mapp and Lucia novels are sparkling, classic comedies of manners set against the petty snobberies and competitive maneuverings of English village society in the 1920s and 1930s.Benson's series revolves around two unforgettable characters, both forceful and irrepressible women who dominate their respective villages in southern England and who will eventually end up hilariously at war with each other. Lucia is the more deadly of the two, with her pretentious tastes, treacherous charm, and lust for power. Miss Elizabeth Mapp, on the other hand, is younger and more forceful and able to terrify her opponents into submission. Benson introduces these splendid comic creations in the first two novels of the series, Queen Lucia (1920) and Miss Mapp (1922).


by Evan Zimroth

From the vantage point of "real life" (as dancers say), Collusion tells the story of a young girl's initiation into the disciplined, exalting world of classical ballet and into a secret love relationship with F., the ballet master whom she adored. "Do you want to be a great dancer?" F. had asked her when she was twelve. She did. And so Collusion tells of how she gave up ordinary life--family, boyfriends, hamburgers, homework, and pop music--for a life dedicated to the promise of artistry. At the center of that new life was always the figure of F.--ironic, moody, demanding, quixotically generous or withholding--who could control her with a sarcastic comment or the flash of his cane across her thigh, but also with the lyrical beauty of his classes and the vision of herself in a perfect arabesque. F. was the first man to partner her, and the first to teach her that love can come in strange forms: in the airborne lifts of Les Sylphides, in brilliant pirouettes, and in measured violence. Collusion describes the secret life of ballet. It is a life in which "normal" values are reversed. Brutality is seen as a gift, fear as devotion, sadism (rightly, in this case) as love. Free of conventional moral judgments, Collusion tells of possession and surrender, of power and submission, of the bond between a young girl and an older man. In spare, emotionally resonant prose, award-winning poet and novelist Evan Zimroth unfolds a mesmerizing story of artistic ambition, power, and love in an unforgettable memoir of adolescence. Collusion portrays a real relationship, one that society dares not speak of, and it does so with admirable honesty and sensitivity.

Bleeding Orange

by Jack Mccallum Jim Boeheim

Jim Boeheim walked onto the Syracuse campus as just another non-scholarship guard on the freshman basketball team in 1962 . . . and he still hasn't walked off. In six decades as a player, assistant coach and the head man on the bench for Syracuse University's basketball program, Boeheim is synonymous with the blood and thunder of East Coast hoops. In Bleeding Orange, Boeheim recounts for the first time all of the pleasures and perils of a career spent battling "The Beasts of the Big East," the NCAA and his own fear of failure.The son of a funeral director, Coach Boeheim has always been full of life, and his combative nature helped ignite what was arguably the most fascinating and competitive college basketball conference ever--the Big East of the 1980s. Boeheim's battles with fellow coaches Big John Thompson of Georgetown, roly-poly Rollie Massimino of Villanova, feisty Jim Calhoun of Connecticut and beloved Louie Carnesecca of St. John's turned the Big East into the best show in college basketball.Combining a real time, inside-the-program account of the 2013-14 season--Syracuse's first in the ACC--with a narrative of his most cherished memories of coming-of-age on the Syracuse campus and of coaching two Olympic gold medal-winning teams, Bleeding Orange is a must-read both for Syracuse fans and anyone who calls himself or herself an aficionado of college basketball history.

Anne Perry's Merry Mysteries

by Anne Perry

CHRISTMAS COMES TWICE THIS YEAR WITH A PAIR OF DELICIOUS VICTORIAN MYSTERIES SET ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC. A Christmas Hope "Very much recommended . . . a wonderful story."--Historical Novel Review Claudine Burroughs dreads the holiday season. She feels she has nothing in common with her circle of wealthy, status-minded friends, and the only time she's remotely happy is when she is volunteering at a women's clinic, a job her husband strongly disapproves of. When Claudine meets a charming poet at a Yuletide gala, her spirits are finally lifted--until he is accused of killing a fellow guest. Believing in his innocence, Claudine vows to do her utmost to help. But it seems that hypocritical London society would rather send an innocent man to the gallows than expose the shocking truth about one of their own. A New York Christmas "A perfect present for [Anne Perry's] readers."--RT Book Reviews Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt, head of Britain's Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic for the first time. Her companion, Delphinia Cardew, is to marry in a grand Manhattan affair that will join together two fabulously wealthy families. But a shadow darkens the occasion: Missing from the festivities is Delphinia's disgraced mother--and the groom's charismatic brother has asked Jemima to help him find her and forestall the scandal that will surely follow if the prodigal parent turns up at the wedding. From Hell's Kitchen to Fifth Avenue, from the Lower East Side to Central Park, Jemima trudges through snowy streets, asking questions but getting few answers--and never suspecting that she is walking into mortal danger.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Reluctant Duchess

by Sharon Cullen

Perfect for fans of Mary Balogh and Eloisa James, Sharon Cullen's seductive new historical romance ignites as a shy country girl and a hotheaded duke surrender to dangerous temptations. Lady Sara Emerson was jolted out of her dull provincial life by her cousin's murder. Now that the killer seems to be targeting her, Sara seeks help from the man who was once her cousin's fiancé, Gabriel Ferguson, Duke of Rossmoyne. With his towering frame and fiery personality, Ross cuts an intimidating figure. Living under his protection, however, has its own hazards--like the sudden urge Sara feels to take their relationship in new, exquisitely inappropriate directions. Dazzled by the social graces of his betrothed, Ross never noticed her shy, blushing cousin. Looking at Sara now, though, he's drawn to her lovely eyes and calm disposition. Funny how a year away from the hustle and bustle of the ton changes a man. But Ross has no intention of allowing a woman to interfere with his plan to return overseas. He will simply capture the murderer and set sail once again. The problem is, with her beguiling lips and heavenly touch, Sara makes him never want to leave home--or his bed--again.Advance praise for The Reluctant Duchess "Cullen's riveting Victorian romance reveals a surprisingly forthright and intellectual heroine hiding behind a wallflower reputation. . . . Intense romance and intriguing mystery make this a tale to be savored."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Many readers will enjoy this lively Victorian tale starring a protective hero and a quietly stubborn heroine."--Anne Gracie, award-winning author of The Spring Bride "The Reluctant Duchess is a tale replete with sizzling tension and high stakes, as could only come from the pen of Sharon Cullen."--Ashlyn Macnamara, author of What a Lady Requires"The Reluctant Duchess is Sharon Cullen's best book yet! I stayed up late reading it, kept spellbound by the nail-biting mystery and riveting pace. The cherry on top was the sexy hero and spunky heroine. A keeper!"--Shana Galen, author of The Rogue You Know Praise for the novels of Sharon Cullen "This Regency romance has it all--danger, blackmail, passion, love, and characters that draw you in and leave you wanting more."--Fresh Fiction, on Sebastian's Lady Spy "Heart-wrenching and full of real emotion, proving that love is always the answer, His Saving Grace is the best book I've read this year!"--USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans "A sizzling, smart relationship that evolves beautifully to capture readers' hearts as well as their imaginations."--RT Book Reviews, on Pleasing the Pirate "Loving the Earl is charming and fast-paced. It's filled with passion, intrigue, a resourceful heroine you'll love, and a delicious hero you'll fall in love with."--New York Times bestselling author Jacquie D'Alessandro Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Fodor's Las Vegas 2016

by Fodor's

For the first time in years, new mega-resorts are opening on the Strip and in Greater Las Vegas, and in 2014 visitors to Las Vegas reached a record 41.1 million. Fodor's writers have been on the scene, uncovering the hottest trends in dining, lodging, nightlife, and more, both on and off the Strip.t some of Las Vegas's most exciting scenes and activities. Find the most dazzling pools or the best buffets. Learn about Las Vegas's colorful history or discover a journey down the Colorado River. * INDISPENSABLE TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Vegas' top resorts are broken down at a glance, complete with floor-plan maps that locate the best restaurants, clubs, and shops. Best-bets charts for hotels and restaurants help travelers quickly decide where to eat, stay, and play. Travel advice on regional scenic wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam have information for planning a spectacular side trip. A Basic Strategy chart for Blackjack helps gamblers make the most of their money at the tables. * DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Las Vegas offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. * PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence. * ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon 2016

by Fodor's

Travelers continue to flock to Arizona year-round to explore the outdoors and relax at world-class spa resorts. In full-color throughout, Fodor's Arizona and the Grand Canyon helps travelers take advantage of the state's myriad pleasures, including outstanding museums and galleries, Navajo and Hopi cultural experiences, top-notch golf, three national parks, and excellent Mexican food and tequila.From the Trade Paperback edition.ivities based on their interests. Spotlights highlight spas, Phoenix-area golf, visiting Native American reservations, and the Wild West. * INDISPENSABLE TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: This book has a pull-out map covering the whole state as well as Phoenix and the Grand Canyon in more detail. Restaurant and hotel Best Bets sections plus "Dining and Lodging" atlases in Phoenix and Tucson make locating a hotel or meal simple. A Top Picks chart for Grand Canyon hiking trails helps travelers choose a hike based on length, grade, trail conditions, time of year, and level of difficulty. * DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. * INCLUDES: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tucson, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Petrified Forest National Park, Monument Valley, Yuma, the Hoover Dam, Flagstaff, and more. * PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions so they can travel with confidence. * ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

Fodor's New Orleans 2016

by Fodor's

New Orleans is a remarkable, vibrant, bursting-at-the-seams, melting pot of a city. Whether travelers are visiting for the music or food, to get to know people or party all night long, or all of the above, Fodor's New Orleans is the guidebook that makes every trip the trip of a lifetime. to use atlas-style dining and lodging maps, and Best Bets for restaurants and hotels makes planning a trip easy. * DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's New Orleans offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. * ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.


by Victor Sebestyen

From the author of Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire comes a powerful, revelatory book about the year that would signal the beginning of the Cold War, the end of the British Empire, and the beginning of the rivalry between the United States and the USSR. Victor Sebestyen reveals the events of 1946 by chronologically framing what was taking place in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with seminal decisions made by heads of state that would profoundly change the old order forever. Whether it was the July 22 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the July 25 Bikini Atoll underwater atomic bomb test, or the August 16 Great Calcutta Killings in India, 1946 was a year of seismic and dramatic events. Sebestyen begins with the Moscow Foreign Ministers' Conference the week before Christmas 1945, when Stalin announced that the USSR would not withdraw its troops from Iran by March 1946, and ends with the morning of November 3, 1946, when Emperor Hirohito officially unveiled Japan's new constitution before the National Diet. The year 1946 would see the map of Eastern Europe redrawn, Chinese communists gaining decisive victories in their fight for power, and the birth of Israel. Though Truman, Stalin, Churchill, MacArthur, Ben-Gurion, Hirohito, and Menachem Begin are part of the story, Sebestyen also writes about the enormous suffering and ongoing persecution of civilians in the aftermath of the war: the pillaging and rape; the ethnic cleansing of the German population from Czechoslovakia and Poland; the rise of a violent new anti-Semitism; the civil wars in China and Greece; the mass starvation in Japan, Eastern Europe, and Germany on a scale not seen since the Middle Ages; the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis and diphtheria; and such total desolation that schools, government, and transportation were nonexistent and currency was worthless. Drawing on personal testimonies and new archival research, Sebestyen has written a vivid and compelling narrative that brilliantly evokes the beginning of the Cold War set against a devastated landscape of dystopian horrors.(With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs.)From the Hardcover edition.

Tristano Dies

by Antonio Tabucchi Elizabeth Harris

It is a sultry August at the very end of the twentieth century, and Tristano is dying. A hero of the Italian Resistance, Tristano has called a writer to his bedside to listen to his life story, though, really, "you don't tell a live a life, and while you're living it, it's already lost, has slipped away." Tristano Dies, one of Antonio Tabucchi's major novels, is a vibrant consideration of love, war, devotion, betrayal, and the instability of the past, of storytelling, and what it means to be a hero.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Destiny and Power

by Jon Meacham

In this brilliant biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush's personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism, Destiny and Power charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind. This is the human story of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed. His was one of the great American lives. Born into a loving, privileged, and competitive family, Bush joined the navy on his eighteenth birthday and at age twenty was shot down on a combat mission over the Pacific. He married young, started a family, and resisted pressure to go to Wall Street, striking out for the adventurous world of Texas oil. Over the course of three decades, Bush would rise from the chairmanship of his county Republican Party to serve as congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, head of the Republican National Committee, envoy to China, director of Central Intelligence, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and, finally, president of the United States. In retirement he became the first president since John Adams to see his son win the ultimate prize in American politics. With access not only to the Bush diaries but, through extensive interviews, to the former president himself, Meacham presents Bush's candid assessments of many of the critical figures of the age, ranging from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan; Mao to Mikhail Gorbachev; Dick Cheney to Donald Rumsfeld; Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton. Here is high politics as it really is but as we rarely see it. From the Pacific to the presidency, Destiny and Power charts the vicissitudes of the life of this quietly compelling American original. Meacham sheds new light on the rise of the right wing in the Republican Party, a shift that signaled the beginning of the end of the center in American politics. Destiny and Power is an affecting portrait of a man who, driven by destiny and by duty, forever sought, ultimately, to put the country first. Advance praise for Destiny and Power"Altogether fair, insightful . . . a portrait made especially compelling by the author's remarkable access to Bush's private White House diaries. This is a timely, first-rate book!"--David McCullough "What a spectacular and moving portrait this is--not only of a remarkably classy man but of the era that shaped him! It is hard to imagine a biographer more fitted than Jon Meacham to write what will surely be the definitive work on George Herbert Walker Bush."--Doris Kearns Goodwin "This astonishing book is both timely and timeless. . . . A fascinating and insightful portrayal of the life of an exemplary American citizen."--Walter Isaacson "Jon Meacham's timely and intimate biography of George Bush 41 is a welcome reminder of this modest president's call to service, from the cockpits of World War II to the Oval Office and the end of the Cold War."--Tom Brokaw "This riveting biography by the incomparable Jon Meacham gives George H. W. Bush his well-deserved place in history. Destiny and Power is full of surprises, revealing 41's important role in scene after crucial historical scene of the past seven decades."--Michael BeschlossFrom the Hardcover edition.

The Gnostic Religion

by Hans Jonas

The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity

Rescuing Jesus

by Deborah Jian Lee

An inside look at the young, diverse, progressive Christians who are transforming the evangelical movementDeborah Jian Lee left the evangelical world because she was frustrated by its conservative politics. But over the years she stayed close to those in the movement, and she has come to realize that evangelical culture and politics are changing, and changing fast. Friends had stopped voting based on wedge issues. Believers of color were changing church demographics and political interests. Women were rising in the ranks despite familiar sermons about female submission. LGBTQ Christians were coming out, staying in the church, and leading ministries.What Lee came to find is that most of what we think we know about evangelicals is wrong, or is well on its way to becoming dated. In Rescuing Jesus, she ventures into the world of progressive evangelicalism and tells the stories of the young women and men at the forefront of a movement that could change both the face and the substance of religion in the United States.Generational changes and the shifting racial make-up of evangelicals are transforming the movement and pushing it in a more progressive direction. A young and diverse array of people on this leading edge of progressive evangelicalism--LGBTQ and straight; white, black, Asian, Hispanic, and indigenous--are working to wrest political power away from conservatives. Today's young evangelicals are more likely than their elders to accept same-sex marriage, more inclined to think of "pro-life" issues as being about supporting society's disenfranchised, and more accepting of equality between men and women.With empathy, journalistic rigor, and powerful storytelling, Lee unpacks the diverse and complex strands of this movement--and what it means for the rest of us. Given the clout that evangelicals still hold in national politics, Lee argues, this movement is important not only for the future of evangelicalism but also for the future of our country.From the Hardcover edition.

Hello Life!

by Marcus Butler

Learn how to be an almost adult in this indispensable guide from British YouTube star Marcus Butler.For a twenty-three-year-old, Marcus Butler knows a lot about life--and not just from his own experiences but from the millions of followers on YouTube who chat with him on his irreverent channel, known for its mix of hilarious sketches, light-hearted banter, and deeply empathetic take on serious issues. In this funny, colorful handbook, the warm and totally down-to-earth star shares his trademark big-brotherly advice for navigating the trickier aspects of modern living. Inside you'll find Marcus's thoughts on: -Being healthy--including his nutritious eating tips, favorite gym-free exercises, and butt-kicking hacks for getting in shape -Dating--from finding the courage to be yourself, to banishing first-date nerves, to rebooting a broken heart -Surviving life crises--such as his parents' difficult divorce, the pain of watching a close friend spiral into anorexia and self-harm, and his regrets over giving in to bullies and giving up on a sport he loved -Getting the life you want--lessons for staying organized, handling pressure, thinking positively, and breaking world records! Part autobiography, part self-help guide, HELLO LIFE! is a candid and playful look inside Marcus Butler's life--the failures, the successes, and the lessons he's learned along the way.


by William Shakespeare Paul Werstine Dr Barbara Mowat

Set in the earliest days of the Roman Republic, Coriolanus begins with the common people, or plebeians, in armed revolt against the patricians. The people win the right to be represented by tribunes. Meanwhile, there are foreign enemies near the gates of Rome. The play explores one reason that Rome prevailed over such vulnerabilities: its reverence for family bonds. Coriolanus so esteems his mother, Volumnia, that he risks his life to win her approval. Even the value of family, however, is subordinate to loyalty to the Roman state. When the two obligations align, the combination is irresistible. Coriolanus is so devoted to his family and to Rome that he finds the decision to grant the plebians representation intolerable. To him, it elevates plebeians to a status equal with his family and class, to Rome's great disadvantage. He risks his political career to have the tribunate abolished--and is banished from Rome. Coriolanus then displays an apparently insatiable vengefulness against the state he idolized, opening a tragic divide within himself, pitting him against his mother and family, and threatening Rome's very existence. The authoritative edition of Coriolanus from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, is now available as an eBook. Features include: · The exact text of the printed book for easy cross-reference · Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation · Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play · Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play · Scene-by-scene plot summaries · A key to famous lines and phrases · An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language · Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books · An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

Antony and Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare Paul Werstine Dr Barbara Mowat

Antony and Cleopatra dramatizes a major event in world history: the founding of the Roman Empire. The future first emperor, Octavius Caesar (later called Augustus Caesar), cold-bloodedly manipulates other characters and exercises iron control over himself. At first, he shares power with Mark Antony, Rome's preeminent military leader, and the weaker Lepidus. Caesar needs Antony to fend off other Roman strongmen like Pompey; he even offers his sister Octavia to him as a bride, despite Antony's reputation as a libertine and his past rivalry with Caesar. Once Caesar defeats Pompey, however, he needs no allies. He brings charges against Lepidus, denies Antony his spoils from Pompey's defeat, and seizes cities in the eastern Roman colonies that Antony rules. The play's emphasis, however, is on those whom Caesar defeats: Antony and his wealthy Egyptian ally, Queen Cleopatra. The play does not sugarcoat Antony and Cleopatra's famous love affair, including her calculated attempts to seduce Antony from his duties and his rage when he thinks she has betrayed him to Caesar. Nonetheless, the lovers find such sensual and emotional satisfaction that Caesar's world conquest seems smaller than what they find in each other. The authoritative edition of Anthony and Cleopatra from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, is now available as an eBook. Features include: · The exact text of the printed book for easy cross-reference · Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation · Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play · Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play · Scene-by-scene plot summaries · A key to famous lines and phrases · An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language · Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books · An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

Shakespeare's Guide to Parenting

by James Andrews

William Shakespeare, expert on love, war, vanity, ambition, intrigue, regret, trickery, and . . . parenting?! Well, it appears that the father knew a thing or two about raising children. From Hamlet to King Lear to Romeo and Juliet to Much Ado About Nothing, little nuggets of parenting advice can be found throughout Shakespeare's cherished plays. So forget your Dr. Spock and your Happiest Baby on the Block. Let the beloved Bard of Avon guide you through the pitfalls and pains of parenting instead.Organized by the time periods of parenting hell--from newborn nightmares to teenage trials--Shakespeare's Guide to Parenting offers a series of cunningly extracted and oddly germane lines that speak to modern-day parenting dramas, accompanied by hilarious illustrations, making this a must-have for both the literary and the legitimately desperate parent alike!espeare feels your pain:Good wombs have borne bad sons. (The Tempest)And for your fussy, ungrateful eater? Shakespeare has an answer:I'll make you feed on berries and on roots, and feed on curds and whey, and suck the goat! (Titus Andronicus)Organized by periods of parenting hell--from the newborn nightmares to the teenage trials--Shakespeare's Guide to Parenting is the perfect gift book for every literary parent or parent to be. If you want the last word with your children, nothing beats a quote from Shakespeare.

Hell's Half-Acre

by Nicholas Nicastro

Welcome to the bloody end of bleeding Kansas...Based on true events, this unforgettable novel tells the story of the Bloody Benders, a family of grifters and thieves running an isolated feed store on the Kansas plains, boarding travelers along the Great Osage Trail.Beautiful Kate Bender was mysterious and well-versed in the dark arts; Ma and Pa were quiet and foreboding, speaking in guttural tones; and young John Bender was thought to be insane. On land soaked with the blood of conflict, the Benders made their home. And one by one, prairie travelers began to disappear...Rooted in history, this is a vivid tale of the Benders' origins, and how they became some of the most horrific figures in early post-Civil War America. This gruesome Western thriller is perfect for lovers of Sweeney Todd, and fans of John Harwood and Sarah Raynes.

The Little Book of Skin Care

by Charlotte Cho

The secrets behind the world's most beautiful skin!It all starts with your skin! In Korea, healthy, glowing skin is the ideal form of beauty, achievable by anyone--and this skin-first philosophy has taken the world by storm.In The Little Book of Skin Care, Charlotte Cho of leading beauty and lifestyle website Soko Glam guides you through the celebrated Korean ten-step skin-care routine--and far beyond--for the clearest and most radiant skin of your life, with step-by-step tutorials, skin-care tips, advice on products at all price levels, and exclusive interviews with beauty experts around the world. You'll love pampering your skin at home and learning the secrets behind the "no-makeup makeup" look we've seen and admired on women in the streets of Seoul.With the knowledge of an expert and voice of a trusted friend, Charlotte's personal tour through Korean beauty culture will help you find joy in the everyday beauty routines that will transform your makeup artists, magazine editors, actresses, and leading Korean skincare researchers. With the knowledge of an expert and voice of a trusted friend, Charlotte's personal tour through Korean beauty culture will help you find joy in the everyday beauty routines that will transform your skin. with a bit of beauty wanderlust, an exclusive chapter collects local favorites to create the ultimate insider's guide to the best Korean cosmetic shops, spas, and saunas in Seoul. The Little Book of Skin Care introduces practical skin care how-tos and a way of life that can help any woman, no matter her age, reveal her true beauty.

No Groom at the Inn

by Megan Frampton

"Megan Frampton's delightful characters and delicious sense of humor always entertain!"- Sabrina JeffriesIn this Dukes Behaving Badly holiday novella, a young lady entertains a sudden proposal of marriage--to a man she's only just metWhat does a lady do when a man she's never seen before offers his hand in marriage? Lady Sophronia Bettesford doesn't scream and run away. Instead, she accepts the shocking proposition. After all, what's her other choice? To live with her cousin, caring for six children and a barnyard full of chickens?James Archer has roamed the world, determined never to settle down. He's faced danger and disaster...he fears nothing and no one--except his mother and her matchmaking ways. So when ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with holiday cheer and simpering young misses, he produces--a fiancée!Sophronia and James vow to pretend to be in love for one month. But when they promise to give each other a Christmas kiss, it becomes clear that this pact made out of necessity might just be turning into love.An Avon Romance

Wings of Sorrow and Bone

by Beth Cato

From the author of The Clockwork Dagger comes an exciting novella set in the same world...After being rescued by Octavia Leander from the slums of Caskentia, Rivka Stout is adjusting to her new life in Tamarania. But it's hard for a blossoming machinist like herself to fit in with proper society, and she'd much rather be tinkering with her tools than at a hoity-toity party any day.When Rivka stumbles into a laboratory run by the powerful Balthazar Cody, she also discovers a sinister plot involving chimera gremlins and the violent Arena game Warriors. The innocent creatures will end up hurt, or worse, if Rivka doesn't find a way to stop Mr. Cody. And to do that means she will have to rely on some unexpected new friends.

The Mediterranean Family Table

by Angelo Acquista Laurie Anne Vandermolen

Tutti a tavola--All to the table with this bounty of Mediterranean recipes to try, savor, and gather aroundTo help his patients improve their health, Dr. Angelo Acquista began "prescribing" them recipes for nutritious and flavorful home-cooked meals prepared with ingredients key to the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean Family Table combines his medical experience and Sicilian roots to outline the guiding principles of the Mediterranean diet and takes it one step further with a collection of easy, wholesome, and delicious recipes the entire family will love.From purees made with fresh vegetables that will tempt the taste buds of bambini--and can serve as easy sides for the rest of the family--to recipes tailored to meet the special nutritional needs of children and seniors (highlighted by icons for easy reference), this well-curated collection of recipes will allow you to: Reinvent classic recipes by replacing mayonnaise and butter with heart-healthy olive oil in dishes like Mediterranean Potato Salad and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes Discover good-for-you Mediterranean greens in kid-approved recipes like Orecchiette with Bread Crumbs and Broccoli Rabe, and Swiss Chard and Cannellini Beans alla Alessandra Create your own "Sunday Supper" family tradition with recipes like Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce and Mama's Meatballs with PastaThe Mediterranean Family Table contains a wealth of helpful information, including how to make healthier eating choices; instill good habits in kids that will last a lifetime; and buy, store, and cook ingredients fundamental to the Mediterranean diet. Anecdotes from Acquista's family history are woven throughout, as well as stories of growing up near the Mediterranean Sea, and the techniques he uses to incorporate what he learned from his Sicilian upbringing into his busy, landlocked, modern family life. Buon appetito!

Tales of Accidental Genius

by Simon Van Booy

A master storyteller's vision reawakens us to the human experience in this diverse, haunting, and unexpectedly humorous new collection of short fiction from Simon Van Booy--his first since Love Begins in Winter, winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award."She believed it was a gift to never truly know the self. We are not who we think we are, nor how others see us. Long before death, we die a thousand times at the hands of a definition."In his first book of short stories since Love Begins in Winter, for which he won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award), bestselling author Simon Van Booy offers a collection of stories highlighting how human genius can emerge through acts of compassion. Through characters including an eccentric film director, an aging Cockney bodyguard, the teenage child of Nigerian immigrants, a divorced amateur magician from New Jersey, and a Beijing street vendor who becomes an overnight billionaire, Tales of Accidental Genius contemplates individuals from different cultures, races--rich and poor, young and old--and reveals how faith and yearning for connection helps us all transcend darkness of fear and misfortune.

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