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In Bed with a Highlander

by Maya Banks

Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of romance and romantic suspense has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. In Bed with a Highlander is the start of a beguiling trilogy featuring three unforgettable brothers risking everything to save their clan and their legacy--and to surrender their hearts to love. Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his--until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn--and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin's strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons--and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.From the Paperback edition.

Summer House

by Nancy Thayer

BONUS: This edition contains a Summer House discussion guide and an excerpt from Nancy Thayer's Island Girls.Thirty-year-old Charlotte Wheelwright seems to have at last found her niche, running an organic gardening business on the island of Nantucket, thanks in large part to her spry grandmother Nona, who donated a portion of land on the family's seaside compound to get Charlotte started. Though Charlotte's skill with plants is bringing her success, cultivating something deeper with people--particularly her handsome neighbor Coop--might be more of a challenge. Now the entire Wheelwright clan is making its annual summer pilgrimage to the homestead, including Charlotte's mother, Helen, who brings a heavy heart as she confronts a betrayal that threatens her sense of place and her sense of self. Bringing together three generations of strong-willed women, each wrestling with life-changing decisions, Nancy Thayer's luminous novel shows that no matter where life's path may lead, love always finds a way back home.

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

by Laura Hillenbrand

BONUS: This edition contains a Seabiscuit discussion guide and an excerpt from Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken.Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit's fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon. Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.

Astonish Me

by Maggie Shipstead

From the author of the widely acclaimed debut novel Seating Arrangements, winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction: a gorgeously written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations. Astonish Me is the irresistible story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star, the great Arslan Rusakov, defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the background. She will never possess Arslan, and she will never be a prima ballerina. She will rise no higher than the corps, one dancer among many. After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan plots to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles in California with him and their son, Harry. But as the years pass, Joan comes to understand that ballet isn't finished with her yet, for there is no mistaking that Harry is a prodigy. Through Harry, Joan is pulled back into a world she thought she'd left behind--back into dangerous secrets, and back, inevitably, to Arslan. Combining a sweeping, operatic plot with subtly observed characters, Maggie Shipstead gives us a novel of stunning intensity and deft psychological nuance. Gripping, dramatic, and brilliantly conjured, Astonish Me confirms Shipstead's range and ability and raises provocative questions about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfillment, and how we square the yearning for comfort with the demands of art. From the Hardcover edition.

Phantom (Harry Hole #8)

by Jo Nesbø

Following from Jo Nesbø's electrifying international best-sellers The Snowman and The Leopard, now comes Phantom, which plunges the brilliant, deeply troubled, now former police officer Harry Hole into a full-tilt investigation on which his own tenuous future will come to depend.When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong--fleeing the traumas of life as a cop--he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets of Oslo (and the careers of some of the city's highest officials), and into the maze of his own past, where he will find the wrenching truth that finally matters to Oleg, and to himself.

Death Comes to Pemberley

by P. D. James

A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen's beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem. It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy's magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth's sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy's sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball. Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth's disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery. Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P. D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it.From the Hardcover edition.

Harlequin Kimani Romance November 2015 Box Set

by Pamela Yaye Candace Shaw Nicki Night Nana Malone

Looking for entertaining stories of drama, glamour and passion featuring sophisticated and sensual African-American and multicultural heroes and heroines? Harlequin® Kimani Romance brings you all this and more with these four new full-length books for one great price!WRAPPED IN RED Nana Malone & Sherelle GreenMISTLETOE MANTRA by Nana Malone: Returning to her hometown, where her fiancé dumped her years earlier on Christmas Eve, is making Nona Adams croon the holiday blues. But this is a season of love, renewal and second chances... WHITE HOT HOLIDAY by Sherelle Green: A solo Caribbean vacation is Sage Langley's perfect escape from Christmas. And her brother's best friend--who has desired and longed for Sage for years--has plans for a red-hot holiday romance. SEDUCED BY THE HERO (The Morretti Millionaires) Pamela YayeInternational playboy Immanuel Morretti is ready to reunite with his family and settle down with one special woman. When he rescues Dionne Fontaine from a dangerous attacker, he knows in his heart that he's found her. From Seattle to Venice, Immanuel showers her with romantic dinners and intimate nights. Will an explosive secret from Dionne's past sabotage their future together?THE SWEETEST KISS (Chasing Love)Candace Shaw When Broderick Hollingsworth meets sexy baker Tiffani Chase-Lake, he's truly intrigued. The wary real estate developer is ready to open up, until he realizes that his business deal will leave her cozy bakery high and dry. Tiffani's livelihood and her independence are on the line. Walking away from their sensual chemistry won't be easy--but trusting him may be a recipe for heartache...HER CHANCE AT LOVE (Kimani Hotties: Forever My Lady) Nicki Night Dating is no longer at the top of Cadence Payne's to-do list, no matter how persistent fellow attorney Blake Barrington may be. Cadence is almost tempted to give in...until Blake's implicated in a scandal and hires her to defend him! Can he convince her to believe in him despite her fears--or is he gambling with his future and her heart?

Harlequin Nocturne November 2015 Box Set

by Karen Whiddon Lisa Childs

Do you harbor passionate otherworldly desires where the normal and paranormal collide? Let Harlequin® Nocturne bring you into dark and dangerous territory where your senses will be awakened. Harlequin® Nocturne features two new full-length paranormal romances for one great price every month! BILLIONAIRE WOLF by Karen Whiddon Ryan Howard is a billionaire playboy and powerful shifter who, some say, is driven by carnal desire. Unable--or unwilling--to settle down, he stalks the nightclubs of Galveston in search of meaningless conquests. But after one unforgettable weekend aboard his yacht with the vibrantly sexy and irresistible Maria Miranda, Ryan finds himself in an unfamiliar position. For Maria is the one who just walks away. And Ryan is facing a barrage of feelings new to him. As one of the last of a dying race of Drakkor dragons, Maria's sole duty is to get with child--even if it means surrendering her body to a sexy stranger, then moving on. She isn't ready for a man like Ryan. But when she's kidnapped by a merciless Drakkor, Maria must face her greatest fear to claim a future. TAMING THE SHIFTER by Lisa Childs When Detective Kate Wever shoots a man in the chest, she expects him to die...and to stay dead. But it seems that Warrick James is not like other men. What he is, though, is a mystery that can only lead her deeper into danger. As she learns about Warrick's all-consuming quest to stop whatever monster killed his father--a monster he'd apprehended and lost when Kate shot him--Kate realizes that things in the underworld of Zantrax City are not as they seem. A reality that is even more crystal clear when she looks into Warrick's glowing topaz eyes and sees a man whom she instinctively knows is no mere mortal and a passion that will change her life forever. Look for 2 new paranormal stories every month from Harlequin® Nocturne!

Harlequin Romance November 2015 Box Set

by Cara Colter Scarlet Wilson Jennifer Faye Kandy Shepherd

Harlequin® Romance brings you four new titles for one great price, available now! Experience the rush of falling in love! This Harlequin® Romance box set includes:HIS LOST-AND-FOUND BRIDE (The Vineyards of Calanetti) Scarlet WilsonArchitect Logan is on edge when Lucia Moretti--his ex!--returns to Tuscany. Heartbreak tore them apart years ago, but seeing Lucia again, Logan knows he still loves her... Can they let go of the past and rediscover the joy they once shared together?HOUSEKEEPER UNDER THE MISTLETOE Cara ColterAfter losing his wife, millionaire Jefferson Stone cut himself off and hid from the world. But Angelica Witherspoon--his new housekeeper--with her warmth and stunning smile, is tempting him to step out of the shadows and sweep her under the mistletoe!GIFT-WRAPPED IN HER WEDDING DRESSKandy ShepherdHardworking Andie Newman is planning a Christmas ball to transform billionaire Dominic Hunt's brooding reputation, but he has his own plan--a festive proposal! The engagement is just for show, but surrounded by Christmas magic, they find their fake feelings becoming all too real&#8230 THE PRINCE'S CHRISTMAS VOWJennifer FayeZoe hasn't seen Prince Demetrius since they secretly eloped, so she's shocked when he asks for her help. She's determined to protect her heart, but when Demetrius reveals he wants his princess back, in time for Christmas, will she take a risk on love and trust in him...forever?Look for 4 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Romance!

Harlequin American Romance November 2015 Box Set

by Cathy Gillen Thacker Marin Thomas Cathy Mcdavid Donna Alward

Harlequin American Romance brings you four new all-American romances for one great price, available now! This box set includes: LONE STAR TWINS McCabe Multiples * by Cathy Gillen Thacker Poppy McCabe and her best friend, Lieutenant Trace Caulder, marry in order to adopt twin infants, expecting their longstanding relationship to stay exactly the same. Instead, everything changes, including the two of them! THE COWBOY'S CHRISTMAS FAMILY by Donna Alward Rancher Cole Hudson is determined to win the heart of Maddy Wallace, and her twin boys, too. But it'll take all his effort--and the spirit of Christmas--to thaw this beautiful widow's heart! HER HOLIDAY RANCHER Mustang Valley * by Cathy McDavid Gabe Dempsey expected to inherit Dos Estrellas Ranch when his father died, but he didn't count on interference from Reese McGraw, the very attractive trustee of the estate--and the woman whose secret he's kept for twelve years. THE SURGEON'S CHRISTMAS BABY Cowboys of the Rio Grande * by Marin Thomas Former army surgeon Alonso Marquez is afraid he won't be a good father, but Hannah Buck is determined to prove that her love is just what the doctor needs. If you love small towns and cowboys, watch out for 4 new Harlequin American Romance titles every month! Romance the all-American way!

Harlequin Blaze November 2015 Box Set

by Kimberly Van Meter Kate Hoffmann Kira Sinclair Stefanie London

Harlequin® Blaze brings you four new red-hot reads for one great price, available now! This Harlequin® Blaze bundle includes:THE MIGHTY QUINNS: MAC The Mighty Quinnsby Kate HoffmannEmma Bryant wants a passionate, no-strings aff air, and she's found the perfect man to seduce--bad-boy pilot Luke MacKenzie. At least, he would be perfect...if he didn't suddenly want more from Emma than a casual fling.UNDER PRESSURE SEALs of Fortuneby Kira SinclairFormer Navy SEAL Asher Reynolds isn't afraid of anything--except being on camera. Too bad his best friend's little sister, Kennedy Duchane, is determined to have him star in a documentary...and in her sexiest fantasies!A WRONG BED CHRISTMAS The Wrong Bed by Kimberly Van Meter and Liz TalleyTwo firefighters, two mix-ups, two happily-ever-afters? Celebrate the holidays with two scorching-hot Wrong Bed stories in one! A DANGEROUSLY SEXY CHRISTMASby Stefanie LondonMax Ridgeway has sworn to protect Rose Lawson, even if she doesn't want him to. But the beautiful Rose is temptation personified, and Max walks a razor-thin line between keeping her safe and giving in to his desire...Look for four new sexy, steamy stories every month from Harlequin® Blaze!

Harlequin Medical Romance November 2015 - Box Set 2 of 2

by Susan Carlisle Robin Gianna Louisa Heaton

Harlequin® Medical Romance brings you three new titles at a great value, available now! Enjoy these stories packed with pulse-racing romance and heart-racing medical drama. This Harlequin® Medical Romance box set includes: HER CHRISTMAS BABY BUMP Midwives On-Call at Christmas by Robin Gianna Dr. Aaron Cartwright's mistletoe kisses were dazzling, but midwife Hope never expected to end up pregnant...after just one night! ONE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Susan Carlisle After their short, steamy time together, Melanie's falling for hotshot doc Dalton Reynolds...can she convince him to stay? A FATHER THIS CHRISTMAS? by Louisa Heaton Now that delicious Dr. Jacob Dolan is back, Eva must reveal her three-year-old secret--their adorable son, Seb! Look for six new captivating love stories every month from Harlequin® Medical Romance!

Harlequin Medical Romance November 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2

by Janice Lynn Sue Mackay Scarlet Wilson

Harlequin® Medical Romance brings you three new titles at a great value, available now! Enjoy these stories packed with pulse-racing romance and heart-racing medical drama. This Harlequin® Medical Romance box set includes: A TOUCH OF CHRISTMAS MAGIC Midwives On-Call at Christmas by Scarlet Wilson Pretty midwife Bonnie is only staying for Christmas...but can brooding obstetrician Jacob Layton ever let her go? WINTER WEDDING IN VEGAS by Janice Lynn Single mom Taylor wakes up in Vegas with Dr. Slade Sain next to her--and a ring on her finger... A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER by Sue MacKay One unforgettable Christmas kiss with sinfully seductive Dr. Luca Chirsky has Ellie dreaming of her happily-ever-after! Look for six new captivating love stories every month from Harlequin® Medical Romance!

Harlequin Historical November 2015 - Box Set 2 of 2

by Lynna Banning Amanda Mccabe Eliza Redgold

Harlequin® Historical brings you three new titles for one great price, available now! This box set includes: SMOKE RIVER FAMILY (Western) by Lynna Banning For Winifred Von Dannen, being a part of her late sister's baby's life means she must face the loneliness and incredible hunger she sees in Dr. Zane Dougherty's eyes. THE DEMURE MISS MANNING (Regency) by Amanda McCabe Mary Manning is the perfect diplomat's daughter. So stealing a kiss from military hero Sebastian Barrett was most out of character, and a mistake she'll surely never make again! ENTICING BENEDICT COLE (Victorian) by Eliza Redgold Lady "Cameo" St. Clair will do anything for painting lessons. So when brooding artist Benedict Cole mistakes her for a model, it's an opportunity she just can't turn down... Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Historical!

Harlequin Historical November 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2

by Louise Allen Carla Kelly Ann Lethbridge Sarah Mallory Georgie Lee

Harlequin® Historical brings you three new Regency titles for one great price, available now! This box set includes: IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS (Regency) by Carla Kelly, Georgie Lee and Ann Lethbridge Discover magic among the snowflakes with three heartwarming Regency tales of Christmases gone by! TEMPTATION OF A GOVERNESS (Regency) The Infamous Arrandales by Sarah Mallory Alex Arrandale, Earl of Davenport, is stunned when governess Diana Grensham refuses his demands. And the battle of wills that follows leads to a temptation neither will ever forget! HIS HOUSEKEEPER'S CHRISTMAS WISH (Regency) Lords of Disgrace by Louise Allen When Tess Ellery is left stranded, resolute bachelor Viscount Weybourn is honor-bound to take her his housekeeper! Can he make all her Christmas wishes come true? Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Historical!

Harlequin Intrigue November 2015 - Box Set 2 of 2

by Carla Cassidy Debra Webb Beverly Long

Harlequin Intrigue brings you three new titles at a great value, available now! Enjoy these suspenseful reads packed with edge-of-your-seat intrigue and fearless romance. SCENE OF THE CRIME: THE DEPUTY'S PROOF by Carla Cassidy When Savannah Sinclair is attacked in the mysterious tunnels beneath Lost Lagoon, Deputy Josh Griffin partners with her to protect her from the dangers of deadly secrets. HER UNDERCOVER DEFENDER The Specialists: Heroes Next Door by Debra Webb & Regan Black Covert CIA specialist David Martin must keep a terrorist cell from using nurse Terri Barnhart as leverage to get their hands on a biotech weapon--and falling for her could compromise his mission. HIDDEN WITNESS Return to Ravesville by Beverly Long To protect his key witness from a dangerous killer, Detective Chase Hollister will have to pose as Raney Taylor's husband. Although their wedding may have been a sham, Chase knows there&#39s nothing fake about his feelings for Raney... Look for Harlequin Intrigue's November 2015 Box set 1 of 2, filled with even more edge-of-your seat romantic suspense! Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Intrigue!

God: The Autobiography

by Franco Ferrucci

At the center of Franco Ferrucci's God: An Autobiography is one tender, troubled character: God. In the beginning is God's solitude, and because God is lonely he creates the world. He falls in love with Earth, plunges into the oceans, lives as plant and reptile and bird. His every thought and mood serve to populate the planet, with consequences that run away from him--sometimes delightfully, sometimes unfortunately. Witty, thought-provoking, and beautifully translated, this playful and irresistible Short will leave you wondering where philosophy ends and fiction begins, while it recounts thousands of years of religious thought--and reminds you that above all else, God knows how to tell a good story.

The Incident at Naples

by Francis Steegmuller

Born in Australia, novelist Shirley Hazzard first moved to Naples as a young woman in the 1950s to take up a job with the United Nations. It was the beginning of a long love affair with the city, in which the Naples of Pliny, Gibbon, and Auden constantly became reanimated by new experiences, as Hazzard was joined in her travels by her husband, the editor and critic Francis Steegmuller. In The Incident at Naples, a classic essay first published by the New Yorker, Steegmuller recollects on how he was, as a tourist to the city, robbed and injured and then treated in a series of hospitals. What can The Incident at Naples teach us? A town shadowed by both the symbol and the reality of Vesuvius can never fail to acknowledge the essential precariousness of life-nor, as Hazzard and Steegmuller discover, the human compassion, generosity, and friendship that are necessary to sustain it.

Hagfish Slime and Lobster Rolls

by Ellen Prager

When viewed from a quiet beach, the ocean, with its rolling waves and vast expanse, can seem calm, even serene. But hidden beneath the sea's waves are a staggering abundance and variety of active creatures, engaged in the never-ending struggles of life--to reproduce, to eat, and to avoid being eaten. With Hagfish Slime and Lobster Rolls, marine scientist Ellen Prager takes us deep into the sea to introduce an astonishing cast of fascinating and bizarre creatures that make the salty depths their home, with the help of stunning color photos. From the lobsters that battle rivals or seduce mates with their urine to hagfish that ties itself into a knot to keep from suffocating in its own slime--there's far more to Prager's account than her ever-entertaining anecdotes. Again and again, she illustrates the crucial connections between life in the ocean and humankind, enchanting us as she educates, enthralling us with the wealth of life in the sea, and reminding us of our need to protect it.

Ain't Love Grand! Earthworms to Elephant Seals

by Marty Crump

The natural world is filled with diverse-not to mention quirky and odd-animal behaviors. Consider the male praying mantis that continues to mate after being beheaded; the insects, insects, and birds that offer gifts of food in return for sex; the male hip-pocket frog that carries his own tadpoles; the baby spiders that dine on their mother; or the starfish that sheds an arm or two to escape a predator's grasp. In Ain't Love Grand, Marty Crump-a tropical field biologist well known for her work with the reproductive behavior of amphibians-examines the bizarre conduct of animals as they mate, parent, feed, defend themselves, and communicate. More importantly, Crump points out that diverse and unrelated animals often share seemingly erratic behaviors-evidence, Crump argues, that these natural histories, though outwardly weird, are actually successful ways of living.

Spiral Jetta Summer: Swimming in the Great Salt Lake

by Erin Hogan

Erin Hogan hit the road in her Volkswagen Jetta and headed west from Chicago in search of the monuments of American land art: a salty coil of rocks, four hundred stainless steel poles, a gash in a mesa, four concrete tubes, and military sheds filled with cubes. Her completed journey took her through the states of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. It also took her through the states of anxiety, drunkenness, disorientation, and heat exhaustion. Spiral Jetta Summer is a chronicle of this adventure, and it reveals Hogan's unpretentious and boisterous narrative flair on the roads of middle-of-nowhere Utah in pursuit of Robert Smithson's classic work Spiral Jetty. Along the way, Hogan writes about venturing outside of her urban comfort zone; who she encounters; and most importantly, how she found most of what she was looking for and then some.

Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet

by Sarah Elton

By 2050, the world population is expected to reach nine billion. And the challenge of feeding this rapidly growing population is being made greater by climate change, which will increasingly wreak havoc on the way we produce our food. At the same time, we have lost touch with the soil--few of us know where our food comes from, let alone how to grow it--and we are at the mercy of multinational corporations who control the crops and give little thought to the damage their methods are inflicting on the planet. Our very future is at risk. In Consumed, Sarah Elton walks fields and farms on three continents, not only investigating the very real threats to our food, but also telling the little-known stories of the people who are working against time to create a new and hopeful future. From the mountains of southern France to the highlands of China, from the crowded streets of Nairobi to the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, we meet people from all walks of life who are putting together an alternative to the omnipresent industrial food system. In the arid fields of rural India we meet a farmer who has transformed her community by selling organic food directly to her neighbors. We visit a laboratory in Toronto where scientists are breeding a new kind of rice seed that they claim will feed the world. We learn about Italy's underground food movement; how university grads are returning to the fields in China, Greece, and France; and how in Detroit, plots of vacant land planted with kale and carrots can help us see what's possible. Food might be the problem, but as Elton shows, it is also the solution. The food system as we know it was assembled in a few decades--and if it can be built that quickly, it can be reassembled and improved in the same amount of time. Elton here lays out the targets we need to meet by the year 2050. The stories she tells give us hope for avoiding a daunting fate and instead help us to believe in a not-too-distant future when we can all sit at the table.

Housing and Mortgage Markets in Historical Perspective

by Price Fishback Kenneth Snowden Eugene N. White

The central role of the housing market in the recent recession raised a series of questions about similar episodes throughout economic history. Were the underlying causes of housing and mortgage crises the same in earlier episodes? Has the onset and spread of crises changed over time? How have previous policy interventions either damaged or improved long-run market performance and stability? This volume begins to answer these questions, providing a much-needed context for understanding recent events by examining how historical housing and mortgage markets workedOCoand how they sometimes failed. Renowned economic historians Eugene N. White, Kenneth Snowden, and Price Fishback survey the foundational research on housing crises, comparing that of the 1930s to that of the early 2000s in order to authoritatively identify what contributed to each crisis. Later chapters explore notable historical experiences with mortgage securitization and the role that federal policy played in the surge in home ownership between 1940 and 1960. By providing a broad historical overview of housing and mortgage markets, the volume offers valuable new insights to inform future policy debates. "

Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with Guns

by Craig Packer

If you are a morani (warrior), you have your spear at the ready--you could be the hero, but you will have to wait until the morning light before you can go out and prove yourself. If it is a lion, you want to be the first to spear it--and if the lion turns on you, make sure it mauls you on your chest or stomach, on your face, shins, or throat. Any place where you can show your scars with pride, show the incontrovertible evidence of courage. A scar on your back would be a permanent reminder of cowardice, an ineradicable trace of shame. Monsters take many forms: from man-eating lions to the people who hunt them, from armed robbers to that midnight knock at the door of a cheap hotel room in Dar es Salaam. And celebrated biologist Craig Packer has faced them all. Head on. With Lions in the Balance, Packer takes us back into the complex, tooth-and-claw world of the African lion, offering revealing insights into both the lives of one of the most iconic and dangerous animals on earth and the very real risks of protecting them. A sequel to his prize-winning Into Africa--which gave many readers their first experience of fieldwork in Africa, of cooperative lions on dusty savannas, and political kidnappings on the shores of Lake Tanganyika--this new diary-based chronicle of cutting-edge research and heartbreaking corruption will both alarm and entertain. Packer's story offers a look into the future of the lion, one in which the politics of conservation will require survival strategies far more creative and powerful than those practiced anywhere in the world today. Packer is sure to infuriate millionaires, politicians, aid agencies, and conservationists alike as he minces no words about the problems he encounters. But with a narrative stretching from far flung parts of Africa to the corridors of power in Washington, DC, and marked by Packer's signature humor and incredible candor, Lions in the Balance is a tale of courage against impossible odds, a masterly blend of science, adventure, and storytelling, and an urgent call to action that will captivate a new generation of readers.

Risk Topography: Systemic Risk and Macro Modeling

by Markus Brunnermeier Arvind Krishnamurthy

The recent financial crisis and the difficulty of using mainstream macroeconomic models to accurately monitor and assess systemic risk have stimulated new analyses of how we measure economic activity and the development of more sophisticated models in which the financial sector plays a greater role. Markus Brunnermeier and Arvind Krishnamurthy have assembled contributions from leading academic researchers, central bankers, and other financial-market experts to explore the possibilities for advancing macroeconomic modeling in order to achieve more accurate economic measurement. Essays in this volume focus on the development of models capable of highlighting the vulnerabilities that leave the economy susceptible to adverse feedback loops and liquidity spirals. While these types of vulnerabilities have often been identified, they have not been consistently measured. In a financial world of increasing complexity and uncertainty, this volume is an invaluable resource for policymakers working to improve current measurement systems and for academics concerned with conceptualizing effective measurement.

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