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The Lady Meets Her Match

by Gina Conkle

LOCATING HER IS ONLY HALF THE BATTLE Cyrus Ryland didn't become England's wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight and she's nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all... Praise for Meet the Earl at Midnight: "A refreshing Georgian spin on Beauty and the Beast."-Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author of The Captive "Delightful... [Conkle's] fresh, vibrant voice shines through...in a story where the simmering sexual tension builds to the perfect climax."-RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

Ava and Taco Cat

by Carol Weston

Ava desperately wants a pet for her eleventh birthday-but gets way more than she bargained for when she adopts T-A-C-O-C-A-T. When Ava Wren hears about an injured yellow tabby with mismatched ears, she becomes obsessed and wants to rescue him. She even picks out a perfect palindromic name: T-A-C-O-C-A-T. But when Taco joins the family, he doesn't snuggle or purr-all he does is hide. Worse, Ava's best friend starts hanging out with Zara, a new girl in fifth grade. Ava feels alone and writes an acclaimed story, "The Cat Who Wouldn't Purr." What begins as exciting news turns into a disaster. How can Ava make things right? And what about sweet, scared little Taco? The New York Times called AVA AND PIP "a love letter to language. " With this second diary, Girls' Life advice columnist Carol Weston hits another home run.

Sugar and Spice

by Sheryl Berk Carrie Berk

The girls of Peace, Love, and Cupcakes might be sugar and spice and everything nice, but the same can't be said for Meredith, whose favorite hobby is picking on Lexi. So when the PLC gets a cupcake order from the New England Shooting Starz-the beauty pageant Meredith is competing in-the girls have a genius idea; enter Lexi into the competition so she can show Meredith once and for all that she's no better than anyone else. Problem is, PLC has to make Lexi a pageant queen-and 1,000 cupcakes-all in a matter of weeks!Have the girls of Peace, Love, and Cupcakes bitten off more than they can chew?

The Truth about Us

by Janet Gurtler

A powerful and gripping contemporary YA from the author of I'm Not Her that's "Just right for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jodi Picoult."-Booklist The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up. She's made mistakes, betrayed her best friend, and now she's paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen. The truth is she wishes she was the care-free party-girl everyone thinks she is.She pretends it's all fine. That her "perfect" family is fine. But it's not. And no one notices the lie...until she meets Flynn. He's the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens.The truth is that Jess is falling apart - and no one seems to care. But Flynn is the definition of "the wrong side of the tracks." When Jess's parents look at him they only see the differences-not how much they need each other. They don't get that the person who shouldn't fit in your world... might just be the one to make you feel like you belong.

Roadmap

by Roadtrip Nation

This welcome antidote to the conventional career guide answers the old question--"So, what are you going to do with your life?"--in a groundbreaking way. From the team behind the campus and online resource and the inspirational TV series in its eleventh season, ROADMAP helps emerging careerists think deeply about how they can enter the workforce and thrive, using Roadtrip Nation's interest-based approach. Full-color charts and graphs offer a unique visually engaging reading experience and prompts for reflection are interspersed, making the reading process interactive and the discoveries personally impactful. With actionable, real-world wisdom on every page, it's an essential tool for today's young professionals and the parents, educators, and advisors seeking to inspire them.

Conversation Sparks

by Ryan Chapman

Jump-start any conversation with this collection of over 350 fascinating, little-known facts. Hand-drawn speech bubbles and a charming conversationalist add personality to memorable tidbits on everything from the number of shipping containers lost at sea (about one per hour!) to now-retired Twinkie flavors (banana cream). Who knew that any month beginning on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th? Or that there are more cell phones in the world than toothbrushes? Engaging and addictive, this is trivia with character.

I Was an Awesomer Kid

by Brad Getty

Face it: You were awesome when you were a kid. You feared nothing. You spoke your mind. You tried new things. You had imagination. Now you play by the rules, dress appropriately, and choose politeness over self-expression. Well, life's too short for that and this book proves it. Vintage photographs of real kids doing awesome stuff--wearing footie pj's, eating sugar cereal, napping, and showing off-- accompany witty captions that poke fun at the doldrums of adult life and remind us to unleash our inner kid. With a hilarious dose of 80s and 90s nostalgia, just enough snark, and an ultimately uplifting message, I Was an Awesomer Kid is a great gift for all who are young at heart . . . or wish they still were!

A Very Nice Glass of Wine

by Helen Mcginn

In this lighthearted guided journal, Daily Mail wine columnist Helen McGinn simplifies wine education for amateur wine drinkers who want to know more about wine and are looking for a fun, easy way to learn. Fifty-two weeks of intuitive fill-ins become a self-taught course in wine-tasting, gleaned from evaluating one new wine each week, combined with McGinn's streamlined explanations of key wine knowhow (what distinguishes common wine styles, how to read wine labels, what wine terminology really means, and more). Users end up with a working knowledge of wine, an understanding of which wines they enjoy and why, the confidence to shop for wine, and a lasting record of all the new wines they've tried over the year.

American Warlord

by Johnny Dwyer

Chucky Taylor is the American son of the infamous African dictator Charles Taylor. Raised by his mother in the Florida suburbs, at the age of 17 he followed his father to Liberia, where he ended up leading a murderous militia. Chucky is now in a federal penitentiary, the only American ever convicted of torture. This shocking and essential work of reportage tells his tragic and terrifying story for the first time.From the Hardcover edition.of the new Anti-Terrorist Unit, an elite group intended to protect the president, but one that would instead become infamous for carrying out his vendettas under the moniker of the "Demon Forces." Young and drunk on power, and with no real training beyond action films, Chucky spiraled into a binge of drugs, violence, and women, committing crimes that stunned even his brutal father. Eventually, when the regime fell, he fled the country, only to be apprehended when he tried to return home to the United States in 2006.Johnny Dwyer has spent more than five years working to uncover the truth of Chucky's dark years in Liberia and the crimes for which he will serve out the rest of his life in prison, thanks to the tireless work of American officials who pieced together his past. Based on interviews with Chucky, his family, and his victims; extensive reporting in Liberia; as well as hundreds of newly declassified documents, this is a story that few have heard until now. American Warlord cuts right to the bone of humanity's terrifying and unknowable capacity for cruelty, and shows just how easily a soul can be lost amid the chaos of war.From the Hardcover edition.

Healthy Pasta

by Tanya Bastianich Manuali Joseph Bastianich

Having grown up with Lidia Bastianich as their mother, Tanya and Joe Bastianich are no strangers to great-tasting Italian cooking. Today, the siblings both have illustrious careers in the culinary world--writing cookbooks, running restaurants, hosting television shows--and yet they are still faced with the question that many of us encounter in the kitchen every day: how can we enjoy the pasta that we crave in a healthy and satisfying way? Here, the brother and sister have paired up to give us that answer in 100 recipes, each under 500 calories per serving, that are as good for you as they are delectable. This wonderfully informative, easy-to-use cookbook provides simple ways to make pasta an integral part of a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle, even if you're gluten-free. Do not be fooled: this is not a diet book. There are no tricks and no punishing regimens--it is just a simple guide to enjoying more of the food you love in ways that are good for you. Using ingredients and cooking methods that maximize taste but minimize fat content, Joe and Tanya will teach you what different grains mean to your diet, how to pair particular grains with sauces, why better-quality pasta is healthier for you, the health benefits of cooking pasta al dente, and how to reduce fat and calories in your sauces. The recipes consist of regular, whole-grain, and gluten-free pastas, including classics like Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs and Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon, as well as new combinations like Gnocchi with Lentils, Onions, and Spinach; Bucatini with Broccoli Walnut Pesto; Summer Couscous Salad with Crunchy Vegetables; Spaghetti and Onion Frittata; and many more. All under 500 calories! This book will revolutionize the way you think about pasta. Buon appetito!From the Hardcover edition.

Twenty Dinners

by Chris Taylor Rachel Holtzman Ithai Schori

A photographer (who happens to be an ex-restaurant cook) and an indie rock star (who happens to be an avid home cook) show you how to slow down your life by cooking beautiful, straightforward, but sophisticated, food for--and with--friends. When he's on tour with his band, Grizzly Bear, what Chris Taylor misses most about home is the kitchen and the company. With his friend Ithai Schori, he cooks dinner parties for four to forty, using skills Chris learned from his mom and Ithai picked up working at high-end restaurants. Their food is full of smart techniques that make everything taste just a little better than you thought possible--like toasting nuts in browned butter or charring apples for a complex applesauce--but their style is laid-back and unhurried. This is about cooking not just for, but with, your friends, and so the authors enlisted their favorite pastry chef, mixologist, sommelier, and baristas to write detailed material on wine, desserts, stocking a home bar, mixing drinks, and buying and brewing fantastic coffee. Through more than 100 seasonally arranged recipes and gorgeous, evocative photographs of their gatherings you fall into their world, where you and your friends have all day to put food on the table, and where there's always time for another cocktail in a mason jar before dinner.From the Hardcover edition.

4,000 Questions for Getting to Know Anyone and Everyone, 2nd Edition

by Barbara Ann Kipfer

4,000 ways to achieve instant intimacy. With new and updated questions!What, more than anything, makes you angry?Who were your childhood idols?What kind of leader are you most inclined to follow?What has happened to the art of conversation? In the age of the Internet, speed dating, and frantic text messaging, have we forgotten how to meaningfully connect? This book of 4,000 provocative questions will help you get to know anyone and everyone in every social situation. Use it to go beyond small talk at parties, networking events, dates, dinner tables, and road trips. It's for getting to know someone you just met and learning a lot more about someone you thought you already knew (who may be yourself).·A perfect social tool for the Internet generation·Features thematic sections on lifestyle choices, pastimes, politics, family, and more·A resource for self-discovery and for journalists and writers doing interviews and developing characters, plots, and story lines

Michelle Obama

by Peter Slevin

An inspiring story, richly detailed and written with élan, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama, a woman of achievement and purpose--and the most unlikely first lady in modern American history. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago's largely segregated South Side. The journey winds from the intricacies of her upbringing as the highly focused daughter of a gregarious city water-plant worker afflicted with multiple sclerosis to the tribulations she faces at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s. And then returning to Chicago, where she works in an elite law firm and meets a law student from Hawaii named Barack Obama. Unsatisfied by corporate law, Michelle embarks on a search for meaningful work that takes her back to the community of her South Side youth, even as she struggles to find balance as a mother and a professional--while married to a man who wants to be president. Slevin deftly explores the drama of Barack's historic campaigns and the harsh glare faced by Michelle in a role both relentlessly public and not entirely of her choosing. He offers a fresh and compelling view of the White House years when Michelle Obama casts herself as mentor, teacher, champion of nutrition, supporter of military families, and fervent opponent of inequality. From the Hardcover edition.

Crime Seen

by Kate Lines

A criminal profiler, trained at Quantico, former Chief Superintendent of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Kate Lines recounts her remarkable story using pivotal cases she worked on in the course of her career. How does a farm girl from Ennismore enter a male-dominated field and become a top criminal profiler and groundbreaking leader? For Kate Lines, it started humbly, patrolling highways. She learned quickly that the best way to thrive was to keep calm, carry on and never lose her sense of humour. In what would be the first of many dramatic turns in her career, Kate traded in her uniform for a tight miniskirt and a leather jacket, becoming one of the OPP's first female undercover officers. In 1990 came the opportunity of a lifetime: to be chosen as the 2nd-ever Canadian in an elite program at Quantico, Virginia in what was then the emerging field of criminal profiling. After 10 months of an intensive education in the intricacies of violent crime, Kate's new skills made her much in demand back home. Over the years she was involved in a number of high-profile cases, such as the abduction and murder of Kristen French and of Tori Stafford and the disappearance of Michael Dunahee. Kate was an early proponent of ViCLAS--the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System, and when she took charge of the new and massive Behavioural Sciences division in Orillia, she took over ViCLAS and turned the department into a hub of innovation. Kate was awarded a Governor General's medal for being in the top 1/10th of 1% of the members of police forces that year. The following year the Canadian Police Leadership Foundation named her Police Leader of the Year. Always taking care not to aggrandize in any way the criminals whose names we may know all too well, Kate feels it's much more important to focus on the courage of victims and their families. Kate is an unsung, groundbreaking Canadian woman, one of a kind in this country, with a unique, inspiring and fascinating story to share.

The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other)

by Geoff Rodkey

This brand-new series by a popular screenwriter is a pitch-perfect, contemporary comedy featuring twelve-year-old fraternal twins, Claudia and Reese, who couldn't be more different...except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war! But when the competition escalates into an all-out battle that's fought from the cafeteria of their New York City private school all the way to the fictional universe of an online video game, the twins have to decide if their efforts to destroy each other are worth the price. Told as a colorful "oral history" by the twins and their friends, and including photos, screenshots, chat logs, online gaming digital art, and text messages between their clueless parents, The Tapper Twins is a hilariously authentic showcase of what it's like to be in middle school in our digitally-saturated world.

My Little Pony: Princess Celestia and the Summer of Royal Waves

by Hasbro

An original paper-over-board My Little Pony chapter book featuring Princess Celestia!

Garden of Dreams and Desires

by Kristen Painter

Magic is twisted and chaos reigns in this climactic final novel in the Crescent City trilogy by award-winning author Kristen Painter.New Orleans is on the brink of war.Harlow is a ghost in her own body. She has no control, no power -- all she can do is watch as her twin sister Ava Mae lives recklessly and foolishly, slowly destroying everything Harlow has worked so hard for.Augustine needs to focus on his new role as Guardian of New Orleans, as tourists mysteriously disappear off the streets, but all he can think of is rescuing Harlow -- Keeping his family safe.As the Coven grows more powerful, control of the city hangs in the balance and if the witches prevail, no fae will survive.

Bayou Magic - FREE PREVIEW EDITION (The First 7 Chapters)

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

If only Maddy sees the mermaid, can it be real?It's Maddy's turn to have a bayou summer. At first she misses life back home in the city, but soon she grows to love everything about her new surroundings -- the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape, and something else, deep within the water, that only Maddy sees. Could it be a mermaid? As her grandmother shares wisdom about sayings and signs, Maddy realizes she may be only the sibling to carry on her family's magical legacy. And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. Does she have what it takes to be a hero?A coming-of-age tale rich with folk magic, set in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, Bayou Magic celebrates hope, friendship, and family, and captures the wonder of life in the Deep South.

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron: Battle at Avengers Tower

by Adam Davis

Following the record-shattering successes of Marvel's The Avengers in 2012, The Avengers must reassemble on the big screen to combat the robotic menace of Ultron! Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for US release on May 1, 2015. Acclaimed writer/director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige return, along with the all-star cast of Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye). They are joined by Emmy Award- winner James Spader as Ultron, as well as Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. © 2015 Marvel

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron: Friends and Foes

by Tomas Palacios

Following the record-shattering successes of Marvel's The Avengers in 2012, The Avengers must reassemble on the big screen to combat the robotic menace of Ultron! Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for US release on May 1, 2015. Acclaimed writer/director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige return, along with the all-star cast of Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye). They are joined by Emmy Award- winner James Spader as Ultron, as well as Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. © 2015 Marvel

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron: Avengers Save the Day

by Kirsten Mayer

Following the record-shattering successes of Marvel's The Avengers in 2012, The Avengers must reassemble on the big screen to combat the robotic menace of Ultron! Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for US release on May 1, 2015. Acclaimed writer/director Joss Whedon and producer Kevin Feige return, along with the all-star cast of Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye). They are joined by Emmy Award- winner James Spader as Ultron, as well as Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. © 2015 Marvel

Underwater Babies

by Seth Casteel

An astonishing new collection of baby portraits, from New York Times bestselling author and photographer Seth CasteelPhotographer Seth Casteel's underwater photographs have captivated an international audience, from our best companions in Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies to some of the decade's most innovative animal photography. Now, after what are among the most joyful shoots of his career, Seth has found a remarkable new way to capture images of our youngest humans at their most playful and pure: underwater.A beautiful gift book with more than 70 previously unpublished photographs, Underwater Babies reveals adorable babies as they explore the underwater world, chubby-cheeked, curious, mischievous, and joyous, all in Casteel's signature style.

Picnic in Provence

by Elizabeth Bard

The bestselling author of Lunch in Paris takes us on another delicious journey, this time to the heart of Provence. Ten years ago, New Yorker Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris. Now, with a baby on the way and the world's flakiest croissant around the corner, Elizabeth is sure she's found her "forever place." But life has other plans. On a last romantic jaunt before the baby arrives, the couple take a trip to the tiny Provencal village of Céreste. A chance encounter leads them to the wartime home of a famous poet, a tale of a buried manuscript and a garden full of heirloom roses. Under the spell of the house and its unique history, in less time than it takes to flip a crepe, Elizabeth and Gwendal decide to move-lock, stock and Le Creuset-to the French countryside.When the couple and their newborn son arrive in Provence, they discover a land of blue skies, lavender fields and peaches that taste like sunshine. Seduced by the local ingredients, they begin a new adventure as culinary entrepreneurs, starting their own artisanal ice cream shop and experimenting with flavors like saffron, sheep's milk yogurt and fruity olive oil. Filled with enticing recipes for stuffed zucchini flowers, fig tart and honey & thyme ice cream, Picnic in Provence is the story of everything that happens after the happily ever after: an American learning the tricks of French motherhood, a family finding a new professional passion, and a cook's initiation into classic Provencal cuisine. With wit, humor and scoop of wild strawberry sorbet, Bard reminds us that life-in and out of the kitchen-is a rendez-vous with the unexpected.

A Sparrow in Terezin

by Kristy Cambron

Bound together across time, two women willdiscover a powerful connection through one survivor's story of hope in the darkestdays of a war-torn world.Present Day--With the grandopening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner,Sera James feels she's stumbled into a charmed life--until a brutal legal battleagainst fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly plannedfuture she's planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour weddingceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime henever committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threatenher family and any hope for a future.1942--Kája Makovsky narrowlyescaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish familybehind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kájadiscovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form ofthe London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousandson the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, riskingher life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.Connecting across a century through one littlegirl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women willdiscover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale ofhope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fightto protect all they hold dear--even if it means placing their own futures on theline.

Leadership Pain

by Samuel Chand

Do you want to be a better leader? Raise the threshold of your pain. Do you want your church to grow or your business to reach higher goals? Reluctance to face pain is your greatest limitation. There is no growth without change, no change without loss, and no loss without pain. Bottom line: if you're not hurting, you're not leading. But this book is not a theological treatise on pain. Rather in Leadership Pain Samuel Chand--best-selling author recognized as "the leader's leader"--provides a concrete, practical understanding of the pain we experience to help us interpret pain more accurately and learn the lessons God has in it for us. Chand is ruthlessly honest and highly practical as he examines the principles and practices that make our pain a means of fulfilling God's divine purposes for our churches, communities, and us. These features are included in this leadership treasure trove: POWERFUL, personal stories from some of the finest leaders in the world, such as Craig Groeschel, Benny Perez, Mike Kai, Lisa Bevere, Mark Chironna, Dale Bronner, Philip Wagner, Michael Pitts, and numerous others REVEALING INSIGHTS into the growth that occurs through pain in leadership roles PRACTICAL EXERCISES to help you apply the valuable principles you are learning

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