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The Target - Free Preview (first 8 chapters)

by David Baldacci

A free preview of David Baldacci's new blockbuster thriller... (Includes the first eight chapters) The President knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel.Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair. They doubt their willingness to follow orders. And they will do anything to see that the two assassins succeed, but that they do not survive.As they prepare for their mission, Reel faces a personal crisis that could well lead old enemies right to her doorstep, resurrecting the ghosts of her earlier life and bringing stark danger to all those close to her. And all the while, Robie and Reel are stalked by a new adversary: an unknown and unlikely assassin, a woman who has trained her entire life to kill, and who has her own list of targets-a list that includes Will Robie and Jessica Reel.

The Triumphant Patient

by Greg Anderson

All the information and compassion a cancer patient in search of spiritual answers needs Your doctor has given you, or a loved one, frightening medical news. You face surgery, difficult treatment, and questionable outcomes. What does this mean? What can you do? Fear and uncertainty dominate your thoughts, and that's where this book comes in: a dose of soul medicine, a tonic for frightened and weary spirits. Focusing on personal growth, the book explains personal spiritual choice and helps patients find meaning in illness. Anderson is an expert in the field of healing, and has conducted numerous seminars and retreats for the terminally ill and their families.

Brill Among the Ruins

by Vance Bourjaily

Nominated for the National Book Award: The story of a middle-aged American man searching for himself in the ruins of Mexico At the start of this vibrant and invigorating novel, Robert Brill has a farm, a law practice, a daughter in high school, a son fighting in Vietnam, and a wife who deep dives into the sherry bottle every night. What more can a typical midwesterner ask for in the late 1960s? A lot, thinks Brill. Tired of distracting himself with drinking, hunting, and sleeping around, Brill leaves Illinois and his family to join an archaeological dig in Puebla, Mexico. As he sifts through pre-Columbian artifacts, Brill considers the ruins of his life and imagines what might have been. One exhilarating fantasy involves a beautiful and free-spirited woman named Gabby. If there is a lesson to be learned from cataloging ancient pottery sherds, however, it is that the past never disappears, no matter how far you try to run from it. Hilarious, candid, and deeply felt, Brill Among the Ruins is considered by many critics to be Vance Bourjaily's finest novel.

The Violated

by Vance Bourjaily

"One of the very few good, ambitious and important novels to have been done by the writers of my generation." --Norman Mailer The lives of four Americans born between the world wars are intertwined to devastating effect in this gripping novel from one of the twentieth century's most acclaimed authors. Beautiful, sad Ellen Beniger; her younger brother, Tom, a scholar unhappily moonlighting as a TV writer; the athletic amorist Guy Cinturon; and tough little Eddie Bissle, ex-infantryman and Ellen's secret lover, struggle to come to grips with the limits of their futures and the scars of their pasts as they enter middle age. Will the physical, emotional, and spiritual violations they have endured remain with them forever, or can they be healed? As The Violated builds to its stunning climax, the story of four lost souls reveals heartbreaking truths about the dark side of post-World War II America.

Confessions of a Spent Youth

by Vance Bourjaily

In this masterwork of confessional literature, a man approaching middle age recalls his impetuous youth with fondness, remorse, and astonishment Spanning the years 1939 to 1946, this is the story of a defining era in one man's life and an exhilarating tribute to the entire generation that came of age during World War II. Quince's youthful adventures begin with his first sexual encounter, a night with a girl named Moomie in a one-room cabin in Virginia, and end with the twenty-four-year-old veteran settling down to his postwar future. In between, he falls in and out of love with dozens of women, drinks and drugs his way through two years of college and four years of military service, travels the world, and meets a dazzling array of colorful characters. In a voice both beguiling and sincere, an older, wiser Quince narrates his escapades in search of the truth about who he was and who he has become. One of the finest novels of mid-twentieth-century America, Confessions of a Spent Youth is poignant, witty, and profound.

The End of My Life

by Vance Bourjaily

Vance Bourjaily's classic novel of World War II dramatizes an entire generation's loss of innocence When Thomas "Skinner" Galt leaves Greenwich Village to volunteer as an ambulance driver with the British Army, he anticipates the adventure of a lifetime. What he fails to understand is that no matter where he comes from or how many books he has read, once he dons a military uniform, his life will cease to be his own. Stationed first in the Middle East and then in Italy, Skinner and his fellow American volunteers, Rod, Freak, and Benny, endure boredom, fear, and the exquisite frustration of following orders. They seek solace in their friendship with one another and in the debauched diversions available to men during wartime. But as the days and nights drag on, Skinner begins to drift away from his comrades--and from himself. Too late, he discovers that the path he has chosen leads only to tragedy. Inspired by Vance Bourjaily's experiences as an ambulance driver in the American Field Service and commissioned by legendary editor Maxwell Perkins, The End of My Life marked the arrival of a writer heralded by the New York Times as "a Dostoevsky of the generation that came of age in World War II." Elegant, spare, and fiercely honest, this is a timeless portrait of the devastating effects of war on the human spirit.

Ship of Fools

by Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter's first and only novel is a masterful allegory of the passions and prejudices that sparked World War II August 1931. An ocean liner bound for Germany sets out from the Mexican port city of Veracruz. The ship's first-class passengers include an idealistic young American painter and her lover; a Spanish dance troupe with a sideline in larceny; an elderly German couple and their fat, seasick bulldog; and a boisterous band of Cuban medical students. As the Vera journeys across the Atlantic, the incidents and intrigues of several dozen passengers and crew members come into razor-sharp focus. The result is a richly drawn portrait of the human condition in all its complexity and a mesmerizing snapshot of a world drifting toward disaster. Written over a span of twenty years and based on the diary Katherine Anne Porter kept during a similar ocean voyage, Ship of Fools was the bestselling novel of 1962 and the inspiration for an Academy Award-winning film starring Vivien Leigh. It is a masterpiece of American literature as captivating today as when it was first published more than a half century ago. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Katherine Anne Porter, including rare photos from the University of Maryland Libraries.

Anger Is an Energy

by John Lydon

From the legendary front man of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd comes the complete, unvarnished story of his life in his own wordsJohn Lydon is an icon--one of the most recognizable and influential cultural figures of the last forty years. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer and lyricist of the Sex Pistols--the world's most notorious band. The Pistols shot to fame in the mid-1970s with songs such as "Anarchy in the UK" and "God Save the Queen." So incendiary was their impact at the time that in their native England the houses of Parliament questioned whether they violated the Traitors and Treasons Act, a crime that carries the death penalty to this day. The Pistols would inspire the formation of numerous other likeminded groups and Lydon would become the unlikely champion of a generation clamoring for change.Following on the heels of the Pistols, Lydon formed Public Image Ltd (PiL), expressing an equally urgent impulse in his character: the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978, PiL set the groundbreaking template for a band that continually and compellingly challenges convention, while recording one of the eighties' most powerful anthems, "Rise," along with other cult classics such as "This is Not a Love Song" and "Disappointed." Lydon also found time for making innovative hip-hop and dance records with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and Leftfield. By the nineties he'd broadened his reach into other media while maintaining his trademark invective and wit, most memorably hosting Rotten TV on VH1.Today, John Lydon remains a captivating and dynamic figure--both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, and from-the-hip opinions, as a cultural commentator. In Anger Is an Energy--which also features rare and never-before-seen photographs--Lydon looks back on a life full of incident, from his start as a sickly child of Irish immigrants growing up in post-war London to his present status as a vibrant, alternative hero.

Whatever...Love Is Love

by Maria Bello

am I a partner?am I forgiving?am I a bad girl?am I resilient?am I enough?In the summer of 2013, lying in a hospital bed, her body riddled with parasites, Maria Bello realized that waiting to do something isn't always an option. In a moment, everything could end, and all of her stories would be lost--stories of love, family, miracles, and madness that filled the hundreds of journals she had been keeping since she was a child. She read through each one of those journals during her months of recovery, and in the process began to uncover who she was and who she had become. And instead of coming to any definitive answers, she found herself asking more and more questions. One of the biggest questions she was asking herself at the time was how to tell her son, then 12 years old, that she had fallen in love with a woman. Jack's response--simple and wise beyond his years--was "Whatever, Mom . . . love is love." Realizing that Jack didn't see traditional labels of partnership, Maria began to contemplate the labels she herself had worn during her life.Her essay "Coming Out as a Modern Family" was featured in the New York Times's Modern Love column and started a worldwide conversation about how so many of the labels we all know and still use today are simply outdated. Partnership, career, love, sexuality--all of these aspects of life are fluid now. We no longer fit into tidy little boxes, and neither do our lives. Questioning those labels is at the heart of Whatever . . . Love Is Love.Written as a series of provocative questions and thoughtful answers, this book is filled with deeply personal, often funny, and even passionate stories, stories in which Maria bares her soul and shares what she's learned--not only about romantic love, but also about her relationship with her parents, her feelings about spirituality, her sexual identity, the highs and lows of her career, her humanitarian work, and her worth as a mother. Using her experiences as a gateway to a larger conversation, Maria encourages you to think about the life you lead, who you love, what you do, what you believe in, and what you call yourself . . . and helps you to realize that the only labels that matter are the ones we place on and accept for ourselves, even if they don't fit the mold of "typical."

The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #26: Dawn Schaffer Undercover Baby-Sitter

by Ann M. Martin

Landing new clients -- an eccentric and feuding family -- Dawn learns that they are searching for a treasure that will settle a tricky will left by the late patriarch, and hopes to solve the mystery before the end of summer.

The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #25: Kristy and the Middle School Vandal

by Ann M. Martin

Suspecting that Cary and his Mischief Knights are behind recent school vandalism pranks, Kristy and the Baby-sitters begin an investigation that challenges them to solve eight puzzles in order to catch the real culprits.

The Baby-Sitters Club #102: Mary Anne and the Little Princess

by Ann M. Martin

Hired as the temporary companion to young Victoria Kent, who is distantly in line for the British throne, Mary Anne has trouble getting the girl to open up to her.

The Baby-Sitters Club #101: Claudia Kishi, Middle School Drop-Out

by Ann M. Martin

When her troubles in school culminate in her being dropped back to the seventh grade, Claudia struggles with feelings of failure while adjusting to classmates outside of the Baby-sitters Club.

The Baby-Sitters Club #100: Kristy's Worst Idea

by Ann M. Martin

In the landmark one-hundredth book in the series, Kristy disbands the club because of a combination of outside pressures and internal tension.

The Baby-Sitters Club #99: Stacey's Broken Heart

by Ann M. Martin

Hired for a week-long baby-sitting job in New York City, Stacey finds her enthusiasm quelled by her boyfriend's strange behavior, and begins to fear that he may be seeing another girl.

Grimmtastic Girls #6: Goldilocks Breaks In

by Joan Holub Suzanne Williams

Welcome to Grimm Academy, where beloved fairy tale characters are BFFs -- and saving the world from the E.V.I.L. Society, one magical adventure at a time! Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia . . . Goldilocks is so eager to make friends at Grimm Academy, she's even tempted to accept an invitation to join E.V.I.L. -- it's just nice to be included! But she doesn't want to be a villain. Can Goldie get inside the secret society and do some good?

Race the Wild #2: Great Reef Games

by Kristin Earhart

Sage is used to being the fastest runner, the quickest climber, and the strongest swimmer around. And she's also used to taking charge. But when the second race course has the red team diving underwater to explore the Great Barrier Reef, it's trusting her teammates that matters most. It's sink or swim time.... Each chapter in this action-packed adventure series is bursting with totally true facts about wild and wonderful creatures, dangerous habitats, maps, and more!

Race the Wild #1: Rain Forest Relay

by Kristin Earhart

When Russell entered the race, he knew it was going to be a wild ride. Especially the first race course! He'd been studying up on the Amazon's animals and culture forever. But nothing could prepare him or his teammates for what they'd find in the rain forest: raging rapids, poisonous venom, and sneaky competitors who'd do anything to win. Can the red team work together to make it to the finish line in one piece? Each chapter in this action-packed adventure series is bursting with totally true facts about wild and wonderful creatures, dangerous habitats, maps, and more!

Graceful

by Wendy Mass

An exciting new story in the bestselling Willow Falls series from Wendy Mass! Angelina D'Angelo has left town to see the world. It's now Grace's turn to use her magic to protect the people of Willow Falls, and she is up to the challenge. This is her destiny, after all. But destiny is a funny thing-it doesn't always behave the way you'd expect it to. Mysterious postcards from Angelina begin showing up in the mail, Grace's parents are freaking out with worry, and something BIG is coming to town that will affect everybody who lives there. But all Grace is powerful enough to do is turn leftover meatloaf into pizza. Fortunately, she's not alone. She has Team Grace on her side! Amanda, Leo, Rory, Tara, David, and Connor know a thing or two about magic and how it works. But none of them are prepared for what's coming, and none of them know how to stop it. Life in Willow Falls is about to change forever.

Dangerous Curves

by Pamela Britton

Special Agent Cece Blackwell is smart, savvy and knows her way around a race car. Heading up a team to investigate the murder of a NASCAR driver is right up her alley. The only problem is NASCAR star Blain Sanders, the man who requested her. Blain is well-heeled, well connected and drop-dead gorgeous-and he knew Cece when she was a drag-racing tomboy with grease under her nails. But Cece has grown up since then, in all the right places. And while catching the killer is her main objective, she's not above making the man who ignored her as a teenager squirm a little. Two people on a surefire collision course. But Cece and Blain are about to discover that the sweetest victory does not always come from winning....

Blame It on Chocolate

by Jennifer Greene

Lucy Fitzhenry didn't just wake up one morning and decide to do something stupid...But when an experimental strain of chocolate that she'd developed needed testing, someone had to do it. Who knew that overindulging in her creation would turn an introverted plant lover into a wild nymphomaniac? Or that a celebration with Nick, her boss, would lead to a shocking kiss...and a whole lot more.She blamed it on the chocolate. Her new discovery was supposed to have made her career. Not turn her practical, logical, normal life upside down and get her pregnant with her boss's baby! Though she and Nick butted heads at work, if their one night together was any indication, they were a great match in bed. With a little luck (and chocolate!) maybe they could turn their one-night stand into the chance of a lifetime.

Fearless

by Helen Kirkman

The face of a seductress and the heart of a warrior Forced to watch while Vikings laid waste her lands in East Anglia, Princess Judith seeks shelter in the only kingdom left unconquered-the court of King Alfred of Wessex. But while men may fight the invaders openly with sword and sheild, Judith must seek her own vengeance-even if that means seducing a dangerous stranger to achieve it... Einhard of Frisia owns a fleet of ships that could win the war, but his agenda calls for a more personal vendetta against an enemy who hold his only son. Yet fair Judith's pride and passion call to him, and he yearns to champion her cause, though doing so may mean he must sacrifice his own...

Wednesday's Child

by Gayle Wilson

FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR GAYLE WILSON comes a gripping tale of tension-filled romance and heart-stopping suspense.IT WASN'T OVER YET Susan Chandler's husband vanished without a trace...along with their one-year-old daughter. Now, seven years later, their car has been pulled from a river in some backwater Mississippi town, along with the body of her husband and an empty baby seat. The local sheriff is calling it an accident, but for Susan, things just don't add up.Major Jeb Bedford has one thing on his mind-to get his body back into working order and rejoin his Delta Force team ASAP. But Susan Chandler's quiet desperation echoes his own struggles. And somehow, protecting Susan and helping her discover the truth becomes more important than anything...

A New Attitude

by Charlotte Hughes

Marilee Abernathy's life is a mess. Everyone in Chickpea, South Carolina, knows about her husband's affair with the town floozy. But when her dignified farewell-complete with pearls and impeccably applied Mary Kay cosmetics-turns into a spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to hang herself from a fake ceiling beam, Marilee figures there has to be a better way to cope.Marilee needs a new attitude-at least, that's what her neighbor Sam Brewer thinks. Between his demanding mother and his crazy ex-wife, though, the last thing he wants is another woman whose life is out of control. But Marilee's learning on her own that a little attitude can go a long way-suddenly she's taking charge and taking chances she'd never imagined. And watching her blossom reminds Sam of some long-forgotten dreams of his own. Now he's just got to convince her to turn some of that attitude his way....

Harlequin Presents January 2015 - Box Set 2 of 2

by Lynne Graham Sara Craven Cathy Williams Andie Brock

Harlequin Presents brings you four new titles for one great price! Escape with these four stories by USA TODAY bestselling authors. This Presents bundle includes The Secret His Mistress Carried by USA TODAY bestselling author Lynne Graham, To Sin with the Tycoon by USA TODAY bestselling author Cathy Williams, Inherited by Her Enemy by USA TODAY bestselling author Sara Craven and The Last Heir of Monterrato by Andie Brock.Look for 8 new exciting stories every month from Harlequin Presents!

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