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An exquisitely written, expertly reported memoir and exposé of modern medicine that leads the way to more humane, less invasive end-of-life care--based on the author's acclaimed New York Times Magazine piece. This is the story of one daughter's struggle to allow her parents the peaceful, natural deaths they wanted--and to investigate the larger forces in medicine that stood in the way. When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker that caused her eighty-four-year-old father's heart to outlive his brain, Katy Butler, an award-winning science writer, embarked on a quest to understand why modern medicine was depriving him of a humane, timely death. After his lingering death, Katy's mother, nearly broken by years of nonstop caregiving, defied her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and insisted on facing death the old-fashioned way: bravely, lucidly, and head on. Against this backdrop of familial love, wrenching moral choices, and redemption, Knocking on Heaven's Door celebrates the inventors of the 1950s who cobbled together lifesaving machines like the pacemaker--and it exposes the tangled marriage of technology, medicine, and commerce that gave us a modern way of death: more painful, expensive, and prolonged than ever before. Caring for declining parents is a reality facing millions who may someday tell a doctor: "Let my parent go." A riveting exploration of the forgotten art of dying, Knocking on Heaven's Door empowers readers to create new rites of passage to the "Good Deaths" our ancestors so prized. Like Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death and How We Die by Sherwin Nuland, it is sure to cause controversy and open minds.
When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She's seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath--with candles and a contract and everything--to never have anything to do with one. Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she's spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle--which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude's fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas? Jude tells herself it's strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away--no way would she fall for them. But Jude's defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she's speeding toward some serious heartbreak...unless her sisters were wrong? Jude may have taken an oath, but she's beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.
The second book in the middle-grade dystopian fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews calls "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter," by New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann.Following the life-altering events at the conclusion of The Unwanteds, the stark world of Quill and the magical haven of ArtimÉ are now home to whoever wants to live there, whether they are Wanteds, Unwanteds, or Necessaries. In ArtimÉ, Alex Stowe and his friends continue to hone their artistic magical spells while welcoming newcomers, wondering how long this peace between Quill and ArtimÉ will last. Alex is stunned when Mr. Today comes to him with a very special request--one Alex questions his readiness for, until circumstances offer a dramatic answer. And back in Quill, Aaron Stowe, Alex's twin, faces a very different path. Devastated by his loss of status after Justine's defeat and seething with rage toward Alex, Aaron is stealthily planning his revenge and return to power. Alex and Aaron's separate stories proceed with suspenseful pacing, colliding in a stunning climax that elevates sibling rivalry to epic proportions and leaves the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance.
When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill. Each year, all the thirteen-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination. It's hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fate--until he discovers that instead of a "death farm," what awaits him is a magical place called ArtimÉ. There, Alex and his fellow Unwanteds are encouraged to cultivate their creative abilities and use them magically. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation. But it's a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be divided between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of ArtimÉ that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate magical battle.attle.
There is almost no limit to what we can accomplish--except perhaps in our own minds. Mark Wellman's relentless struggle to survive a disabling accident to become a park ranger and an accomplished wheelchair athlete, and ultimately to climb the sheer granite faces of Yosemite's El Capitan and Half Dome challenges all of us to continue to strive toward loftier goals. Foreword by Senator Robert Dole.
Lisette is a professional: women pay her to destroy their marriages. Some wives pay to get out of an abusive situation - and some want to get even and get rich. Then there are Lisette's favourite clients - the wives who don't want a divorce, but want control. That's what her new client, Kyra, wants and that's just what Lisette is planning on giving her - until she meets Kyra's husband, Blair. . .
In this compelling novel set against the beautiful backdrop of Ogunquit, Maine, the bestselling author of Tuscan Holiday and One Week in December portrays an unexpected friendship, and its consequences for two very different women as time inevitably sweeps them into adulthood. . . Over the course of one eventful summer, nine-year-old native Mainer Delphine Crandall and Maggie Weldon, a privileged girl "from away," become best friends. Despite the social gulf between them, their bond is strengthened during vacations spent rambling around Ogunquit's beaches and quiet country lanes, and lasts throughout their college years in Boston. It seems nothing can separate them, yet after graduation, Delphine and Maggie slowly drift in different directions. . . With her MBA, Maggie acquires a lucrative career, and eventually marries. Delphine is drawn back home, her life steeped in family and the Maine community she loves. Twenty years pass, until one summer, Maggie announces she's returning to Ogunquit to pay an extended visit. And for the first time, the friends are drawn to reflect on their choices and compromises, the girls they were and the women they've become, the promises kept and broken-and the deep, lasting ties that even time can never quite wash away. . . "An honest, forceful novel about love, family, and sacrifice. "--Booklist on One Week in December"It does the trick as a beach book and provides a touristy taste of Maine's seasonal attractions. " --Publishers Weekly on The Family Beach House
Sexual Satisfaction Ten years as a sex slave in a Turkish brothel left Lord Valentin Sokorvsky with an insatiable appetite for sex. Now the time has come for him to marry, but finding a woman who can satisfy his lustful desires proves a challenge. . . until he meets Sara and all he can think about is having her lie under his rock-hard body, begging him to taste and touch her. . . Sensual Seduction Sara Harrison knows she should be shocked and scandalized by Lord Sokorvsky's bold advances, but instead she is secretly aroused by this sensual, seductive man. For beneath her calm and composed manner is a wanton woman who longs for a man's intimate caress. She is most willing to be educated in the art of sensuality, to receive and give pleasure and to succumb to the wild desire that knows no limits. . . Praise for the Novels of Kate Pearce. . . The scenes in Planet Mail were some of the hottest and most erotic that I have ever read. --Just Erotic Romance Reviews Wow! This story is a veritable inferno of heavily sexual delights. --Coffee Time Romance on Planet Mail An exceptional erotic romance. --Love Romances on Eden's Pleasure
"A charming portrait of the Smokies, their people, and a wonderful way of life. " --Deborah Smith, New York Times bestselling authorSet against the backdrop of Tennessee's breathtaking Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp's Down By the River is a warm-hearted novel that proves it's never too late--or too early--for a fresh start. . . While on a visit to the Smokies, Grace Conley makes a stunning decision: she's going to walk away from her busy life in Nashville to move to tiny Townsend and open a bed and breakfast. There's a beautiful old inn for sale along the Little River that will do perfectly. Of course, Grace's family is scandalized. After all, she's a middle-aged widow! And as a career homemaker, she's always been available for babysitting, chauffeuring, and generally being the peacemaker among her grown children. Has Grace lost her mind? She begins to wonder the same thing once she finds herself attracted to the local ladies' man. But the surprises don't stop there. . . To further complicate her move, Grace's daughter, Margaret, has grudgingly come to live with her. Having just graduated from college, remote Townsend is not where she envisions her future. Yet the handsome young minister next door is convinced he and Margaret are meant for each other. As life choices abound, soon both women will discover that the biggest decisions require confidence, a sense of humor--and a deep, abiding faith. Praise for Lin Stepp and her Smoky Mountain Novels"I've finally come across someone that believes in all the things that I do. . . love, family, faith, intrigue, mystery, loyalty, romance, and a great love for our beloved Smoky Mountains. " -Dolly Parton"A wonderful, new Southern voice. " --Joan Medlicott, author of the bestselling The Ladies of Covington series
"Unique, compelling. "--RT Book ReviewsInternational bestselling author Fern Michaels follows the transformation of a heartbroken young girl into a proud, sophisticated woman on the verge of a magnificent destiny. . . Six years ago, Jory Ryan fled Philadelphia after a brief, tragic marriage to wealthy Ross Landers. Now Jory has come home to make peace with the past. But the future invites trouble when Jory falls precipitously for Ross's best friend--and becomes entangled with the Landers family and the business she fled. Suddenly Jory finds herself at the helm of an empire, confronted with changes and choices she never dreamed possible, and ready to meet a new life ripe with the promise of lasting love. Praise for Fern Michaels and Her Novels "Heartbreaking, suspenseful, and tender. "--Booklist on Return to Sender"A big, rich book in every way. . . I think Fern Michaels has struck oil with this one. "--Patricia Matthews on Texas Rich149,000 Words
They were known as the "no-account Raines boys" but they've grown into successful, honorable men and everything they have, they've fought for tooth and nail. Now each of the three brothers has one last obstacle to overcome to claim what's eluding them: love. Secrets don't stay buried long in cattle country. Sarah Allen, the beautiful girl who humiliated Jackson Raines in high school, is back in town. Not so long ago, she couldn't wait to leave Wind Canyon, Wyoming, in her dust. But, recently widowed, she has nowhere else to go and finds herself on Jackson's ranch. And Jackson's finding himself reluctant to get rid of her. Sarah brings her own kind of trouble, and he can't resist trouble. Enemies of her dead husband show up making threats, thinking she has something they're owed. They're not taking no for an answer, but what they will take is the one thing she has left-her daughter. Jackson's the only one who might be able to save little Holly and bring her home.
Double Deception. . . Twins Jason and Jasper Barrington were once the wildest of scoundrels, but inheriting a title has reformed Jasper. Now its Jasons turn to try his hand at redemption by posing as his brother to investigate improprieties at one of the family estates. What he doesnt count on is the amorous attention of every eligible young lady in York. When one of them slips into his bed, Jason finds himself face-to-face with her sister. . . and falling madly in love with her. Smart, strong, and somewhat mysterious, Gwendolyn Ellingham brings out the best in Jason--as well as his most wicked desires. . . Equals Sweet Seduction. . . Rumors may have ruined Gwendolyns social standing, but she has no intention of letting her sisters fall to the same fate. With one throwing herself at Viscount Fairhurst and the other unknowingly entangled in the estates intrigues, Gwendolyn has no choice but to stay close to Jason and try to distract him from the truth. As sober and thoughtful as the gentleman appears, Gwendolyn senses a fire that blazes hotter whenever theyre together--a fire that ignites her own longings in ways she never imagined. Jason is the one man who could tempt her to earn her scandalous reputation. . . and make her surrender to an all-consuming passion. . .
New York Times bestselling author Cassie Edwards takes us to the untamed frontier borders to tell the tale of a man and woman who are drawn together by desire but torn apart by hatred. . . When Mariana Fowler arrives in the Minnesota territory, she is not prepared for the uncivilized world she encounters. What unsettles her most is the man who captures her attention, a handsome Chippewa brave named Lone Hawk-an enemy of her people. . . A fiercely proud warrior, Lone Hawk has every intention of resisting his powerful feelings for the beautiful woman whose life he saved. Yet his all-consuming desire demands that he seduce Mariana and make her his bride. But if he surrenders to his deepest longings, their forbidden union could cost him everything-including the one woman he can't help but love. . .
Be Careful What You Wish For. . . Only a woman with nothing left to lose knocks on a vampire's door and asks for help. Shannah Davis is convinced that the mysterious dark-haired man she's followed for months can save her life-if he doesn't kill her first. But though Ronan insists he can't give her what she needs, his kiss unleashes a primal hunger that makes her feel truly alive for the first time. After centuries of existence, Ronan has done the unthinkable. He has fallen in love with a mortal-and one with only weeks to live. Sensing the fear and reluctance beneath Shannah's request, he offers her a different bargain that will keep her near him during the time she has left. Every hour spent together leaves him craving her touch, her scent, her life's essence. Soon, only Shannah can satisfy his thirst. But if he saves her from death, will she love him for it-or spend eternity regretting what she has become?
New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell returns to the breathtaking Scottish Highlands with the unforgettable Murray clan and the stunning Annora MacKay who cannot resist the desire an alluring stranger offers. . . Annora MacKay senses a disturbing evil in Dunncraig Keep, the estate acquired by her cousin, a cruel and ruthless man. Only her affection for the tiny girl he claims is his daughter stops her from fleeing. Then a mysterious woodcarver arrives at the castle, and she cannot stop thinking-or longing-for him. . . James Drummond, once a laird now an outcast, wants what was stolen from him-his good name, his lands, and his child. His disguise for getting into Dunncraig is step one of his plan, but the enticing raven-haired woman who cares for his daughter is an unwelcome surprise. For he has come seeking justice, not love. . .
Hes A Lover Fast-talking promoter Cash McCalley will be set for life if he can set up a prizefight in Dallas, Texas--should be a cinch, considering how Texan men appreciate a good brawl. What Cash doesnt count on is Texan women, one trouble-stirring widow in particular. First, she took over half his hotel suite, and now shes leading the charge against his fight scheme! Still, Mrs. Purdy mightnt be half bad if shed loosen that librarians bun and listen to reason--and Cash wouldnt half mind seducing her into sweet surrender. . . Shes A Fighter Bonnie ONeal Schwartz Purdy has met characters like Cash McCalley before--she even made the colossal mistake of marrying one. Now, as president of the Lone Star Ladies for Decency and Decorum, Bonnie is out to do some good in the world, and striking down Cashs plan to profit from senseless violence will be her first order of business. Cash may think he can charm her into submission, but the man has no idea with whom hes dealing. . . Now The Gloves Are Off. . . Dallas has seen some fireworks in its time, but when the prim Mrs. P. goes up against a gambler who always wins with the ladies, its time to take cover--and enjoy the show. . .
In this delightful romance from a New York Times bestselling author, an ugly duckling transforms herself into a swan and returns to her hometown, seeking revenge on the boy who broke her heart.
In Alexandria Scott's spellbinding novel, a surprise bequest offers three women a fresh start in America, new hope, and the romantic adventure of a lifetime. . . Brooke Hammond crossed the Atlantic determined to make a success of the Louisiana plantation she inherited. Only one obstacle stands in her way-a devilishly charming, infernally arrogant obstacle named Travis Montgomery, co-owner of her estate. If Travis marries and produces an heir within the year, Moss Grove will be his-unless he marries Brooke. Seducing Travis and then sending him on his way should be simple, but the searing desire Brooke feels in his presence presents an unexpected complication. . . Travis took his father's dilapidated estate and turned it into a profitable enterprise, and no woman is going to claim it from him. So begins a contest of wits and will, where temptation and torrid kisses are the weapons of choice, and surrender the ultimate prize. But for two worthy opponents, winning the battle may mean losing everything that matters. . .
In 1747 Scotland, treachery looms as battle lines run deep between the proud, struggling clans and the Highland Rangers who torment them. Here a young widow fights to save her honor--and her life. . . A Headstrong Widow Since Lisle MacHugh lost her husband in battle, her clan has barely survived. Now, the MacHughs can reverse their ill fortune if they agree to give Lisles hand in marriage to their greatest enemy: the notorious Black Monteith. A Powerful Laird The wealthy Langston Leed Monteith, aka the Black Monteith, has returned to Scotland after years of banishment. With his fathers misdeeds leaving the family name in tatters, no decent lass will marry him. But when Monteith sets eyes upon the fiery Lisle, he knows he must have her. . . Two Hearts United Once wed, Lisle resists her fierce attraction to the man she loathes. But she has found her match in Monteith, who introduces her to pleasures she never dreamed possible. When their secrets are revealed, Lisle and Monteith will confront their greatest challenge, testing their union as husband and wife. . . "[A] sexy, lively take. . . romantic and complex. " --Library Journal on The Knight Before Christmas "Wonderful. . . with a heroine every woman will admire. " --Heather Graham on Lady of The Knight
New York Times Bestseller Curl up by the Yuletide with these heartwarming stories that add a touch of wonder to your holidays. . . "Comfort and Joy" by Fern Michaels Ever since Angie Bradford took over her mothers gift wrap business in the Eagle Department Store, she and handsome store chief Josh Eagle have been at odds. When Josh threatens to give up on the business and move to London, and a devastating storm may destroy their Christmas season, Angie never expects help to come in the form of a holiday miracle. . . "A High-Kicking Christmas" by Marie Bostwick After ten years as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall, Kendra Erickson needs a break from Christmas. But when an injury lands her in small-town Vermont where she finds herself directing the local holiday pageant alongside the charming new pastor, Kendra reconsiders her views on life, love--and the most romantic season of all. . . "Suzannas Stockings" by Cathy Lamb When an accident lands Suzanna Everts in the hospital for Christmas this year, shell need a little magic to save the holiday season. Enter sexy, but Scrooge-like, land developer Jack Benson to the rescue, proving to Suzanna that the best gifts are those that take you completely by surprise. . . "Family Blessings" by Deborah J. Wolf Tired of dealing with her squabbling family, Kacey would rather not be home for the holidays. But Christmas memories hold a special power that is enough to remind a family of the blessings they share--and awaken Kacey to the promise of new love. . .
Shy by nature, Emma Hathaway usually leaves the drama to her rebellious cousin, Marisol. But when Emma agrees to meet with her cousin's secret lover to end the affair, she is pulled into a dangerous game. Now Emma is convinced her involvement in the scandal has put her life in jeopardy. The trouble is none of Emma's confidantes believe anyone is trying to harm her. As whispers of madness begin, Emma turns to the only person who might be able to help. . . The very handsome, barely respectable Restell Gardner has gained a reputation for helping people out of compromising positions. Never one to turn away a lady in need, Restell agrees to help solve the intrigue. Sensing there is more to the green-eyed beauty than meets the eye, Restell feels himself falling for Emma. But he resists succumbing to his passion. . . at least until he learns the truth about the danger that is haunting her. For if he gives in to temptation too soon, he could lose Emma forever. . .
Olivia Lowell always believed her father's claim that her mother died in childbirth, until the shocking day] a lawyer informs her that her mother has just passed away, leaving her a fortune. However, the money comes with a caveat. In her will, Olivia's mother reveals that she and two college friends committed a crime long ago, and now she wants Olivia to track down her accomplices and convince them to come clean. Feeling betrayed by her father and unsure that she even wants her mother's tainted money, Olivia must decide if she can handle the secrets of the past. Fulfilling her mother's request won't be easy, nor will mending her relationship with her father. But with the help and affections of a handsome young lawyer and the sweet companionship of her beloved Yorkie, Olivia will come to understand who her mother really was, and who she, herself, was meant to be. ...
Some Sins Cant Be Forgiven The police label them "victims," but she only sees them as depraved sinners. With each death, she rids the world of another monster. . . but not before offering them a chance to repent, atoning with their agony for the evil they committed. . . Some Wrongs Cant Be Forgotten Delilah Swift is on a career and personal high--recently promoted to detective in Stephen Kill, Delaware, and becoming involved with the chief of police, Snowden Calloway. But happiness turns to dread when bodies surface in a local pond--all dead long before they reached the water. Delilah knows the hallmarks of serial murders, and each gruesome discovery points to a twisted psychopath growing bolder and more brutal. . . Some Crimes Deserve No Mercy In this town full of secrets, a cold-blooded killer is acting as judge and executioner. Anonymous notes--harmless at first, then increasingly sinister--appear in Delilahs mailbox. But the closer Delilah gets to the truth, the higher the stakes. Because Delilah has a secret of her own. . . and it could be the death of her. . .
Six Nights Of Pleasure. . . Georgianna Exleys passionate nature has always been her undoing, and for this reason the beautiful young widow allows her lovers only a single night in her bed. But Ivo Dauntry has come home to England, and for him shell break her most sacred rule: granting him six nights of sensual bliss, one for every year hes given up for her. . . Six Years To Wait. . . As a gentleman born, Ivo risked his reputation and his life in a duel to defend Georgiannas honor. Now, returned from exile, Ivo discovers that she has proven to be less than a lady. . . and soon, his daring seduction becomes a sensual contest of wills. But the long-ago duel that bound them forever has fueled the hatred of a madman determined to make Georgianna pay for her misdeeds with her life, and once again, Ivo must risk everything to save the woman he loves. . .
On the eve of Civil War, the daughter of Southern planters finds her loyalties tested in a magnificent saga of family pride and forbidden love. . . Brought up amid the luxury of plantation life, Marianne Johnston never questions her sheltered life until, driven by her conscience, she joins the Underground Railroad. Soon Marianne is living a dangerous double life, helping slaves flee by night and acting the belle by day. And nothing is riskier than her attraction to wild, heartless young Southerner Yves Chamard--while being courted by his noble older brother. Now Marianne is desperately trying to resist Yvess seduction, knowing that her surrender to his touch may cost her everything. . . Gretchen Craig returns with another sweeping story that brings the Old South to life in all its glory--and a passionate heroine compelled to follow her heart. . . "[A] sweeping debut. . . vivid. . . wonderful. . . a testament to the people of New Orleans, yesterday and today. " --Romantic Times, 4 stars on Always and Forever Outstanding Praise For Gretchen Craigs First Novel Always And Forever "Craigs sweeping debut brings you straight into her characters lives, and her vivid descriptions and historical details allow you to fully experience the story of two remarkable women. Not only is this a wonderful portrait of the Old South, its a testament to the people of New Orleans, yesterday and today. "--Romantic Times, 4 stars "Craigs characters tugged at my heart. " --Jodi Thomas, USA TODAY bestselling author
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