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Bach's Major Vocal Works: Music, Drama, Liturgy

by Markus Rathey

Every year, Johann Sebastian Bach's major vocal works are performed to mark liturgical milestones in the Christian calendar. Written by a renowned Bach scholar, this concise and accessible book provides an introduction to the music and cultural contexts of the composer's most beloved masterpieces, including the "Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, " and" St. John Passion. " In addition to providing historical information, each chapter highlights significant aspects-such as the theology of love-of a particular piece. This penetrating volume is the first to treat the vocal works as a whole, showing how the compositions were embedded in their original performative context within the liturgy as well as discussing Bach's musical style, from the detailed level of individual movements to the overarching aspects of each work. Published in the approach to Easter when many of these vocal works are performed, this outstanding volume will appeal to casual concertgoers and scholars alike. "

Hold Your Breath

by Katie Ruggle

In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder. . . As the captain of Field County's ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook is driven to perfection. But when he meets new diver Louise "Lou" Sparks, all that hard-won order is obliterated in an instant. Lou is a hurricane. A walking disaster. And with her, he's never felt more alive. . . even if keeping her safe may just kill him. Lou's new to the Rockies, intent on escaping her controlling ex, and she's determined to make it on her own terms. . . no matter how tempting Callum may be. But when a routine training exercise unearths a body, Lou and Callum find themselves thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who will stop at nothing to silence Lou-and prove that not even her new Search and Rescue family can keep her safe forever. Search and Rescue: On His Watch (novella) Hold Your Breath Fan the Flames Gone too Deep In Safe Hands

Bakers on Board

by Sheryl Berk Carrie Berk

It's "anchors away!" for the Cupcake Club! Jenna's stepdad Leo is taking his family on a Caribbean cruise. Unfortunately, Jenna's younger siblings get the chicken pox, leaving Leo with four extra tickets. Enter Peace, Love, and Cupcakes! Leo says Jenna's four besties can come-in exchange for baking twelve thousand cupcakes for his company's pirate-themed event. Shiver me timbers, that's a lot of icing! Now veterans in the cupcake-baking game, the PLC takes on the challenge. But when a freak rainstorm flares up on the night of the big event, will it be rough seas for the girls?Sheryl Berk, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Soul Surfer, and her daughter Carrie, a cupcake connoisseur who has reviewed confections from around the world in her Carrie's Cupcakes Critiques newsletter, have cooked up a delightful series sure to be a treat.

Adult Stuff

by Robert Boesel Matt Moore

Your future is. . . limited! Wait, we mean. . . limiting. . . No, hold on. . . limitless. Sometimes your first steps into the "real world" send you falling flat on your face. It's natural to be optimistic about new experiences, but most of us set ourselves up only to be let down every time. And disappointment hurts like a $%&*#. News flash: You don't have to be an Einstein to survive adult life. You don't even have to abandon your standards to get what you want. All you have to do is keep your expectations realistic. Don't worry--if you're not feeling 100 percent confident about your abilities to live like a grown-up, Robert Boesel and Matt Moore (a. k. a. your new best friends/big brothers) will guide you over the impending hurdles of adulthood, including: * Your First Apartment--you can't have nice things * Business Trips--if they were meant to be fun, they'd be called vacations * Pets--you are in no position to keep a creature alive! Plants are iffy too. . . And much more! From constructing your first IKEA-filled apartment to trying to land your dream job (and landing at the bottom of the corporate ladder instead), Adult Stuffgives every aspiring grown-up a much-needed reality check on how to conquer life's challenges like a champ.

Luck Is No Lady

by Amy Sandas

"You should not have kissed me," she replied breathlessly."I do a lot of things I shouldn't. It does not mean I won't do them again."Gently bred Emma Chadwick always assumed she'd live and die the daughter of a gentleman. But when her father's death reveals a world of staggering debt and dangerous moneylenders, she must risk her good name and put her talent for mathematics to use, taking a position as bookkeeper at London's most notorious gambling hell. Surrounded by vice and corruption on all sides, it is imperative no one discovers Emma's shameful secret or her reputation-and her life-will be ruined.But Roderick Bentley, the hell's sinfully wealthy owner, awakens a hunger Emma cannot deny. Drawn deep into an underworld of high stakes gambling and reckless overindulgence, she soon discovers that in order to win the love of a ruthless scoundrel, she will have to play the game...and give in to the pleasure of falling from grace."An engaging and unusual historical romance. Beautifully sensual love scenes are woven into this intriguing romance."-Night Owl Romance, TOP PICK on Reckless ViscountFallen Ladies: Luck is No LadyNo More a LadyNo Kind of Lady

Love Walks In

by Samantha Chase

Book #2 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase's dazzling new series:The Shaughnessy Brothers are back He lives by a scheduleAubrey Burke is on the run from an about-to-be-disastrous mistake when resort owner Hugh Shaughnessy catches her climbing through his office window. Until Aubrey tumbled into his life, Hugh had relied on work and discipline to safeguard a heart damaged by family tragedy. Now his careful world will never be the same.She lives for the momentHugh's approach to life and love is the opposite of Aubrey's, but she soon finds herself falling hard for the handsome hotel mogul. There's a darker reason behind her "live for today" attitude than Hugh could possibly know, but for the first time Aubrey dares to hope this man's love might make it worth taking a chance on the future.Praise for Made for Us:"Delightful...heartfelt...classic romance." -RT Book Reviews, 4 stars"Chase grabs readers by the heartstrings and reels them right into the antics of the lively Shaughnessy family...gratifying and realistic." -Publishers Weekly

The Empress of Bright Moon

by Weina Dai Randel

The time for taking hold of her destiny is nowAt the moment of the Emperor's death, everything changes in the palace. Mei, his former concubine, is free, and Pheasant, the heir and Mei's lover, is proclaimed as the new Emperor, heralding a new era in China. But just when Mei believes she's closer to her dream, Pheasant's chief wife, Lady Wang, powerful and unpredictable, turns against Mei and takes unthinkable measures to stop her. The power struggle that ensues will determine Mei's fate-and that of China. Surrounded by enemies within the palace that she calls home, Mei continues her journey to the throne in The Empress of Bright Moon, the second book in Weina Dai Randel's acclaimed duology. Only by fighting back against those who wish her harm will Mei be able to realize her destiny as the most powerful woman in China.

I Dream of Dragons

by Ashlyn Chase

"Zany characters, sarcasm, sizzling sensuality, humor...dragons, passion, romance and true love abound in this delightfully entertaining story."-Romance Junkies for How to Date a DragonTHE HEAT IS ONWhen Rory Arish and his two fiery dragon siblings are run out of their ancestral Irish home, it seems their luck has run out-until they arrive in Boston and find a paranormal-friendly apartment building. Finally, Rory has a place to call home. There's only one problem: Rory's new lair has simultaneously been rented to an infuriating woman who is as stubborn as she is beautiful and will not leave 'her' apartment matter how steamed he may be...AND SPARKS FLYAmber McNally is a down-on-her-luck flight attendant. She needs this apartment, and not even a fire-breathing dragon with his Irish charm and scorching good looks is going to scare her away. Holing up in their respective corners, a battle of wills ensues. Who will be the first to blink...or give in to their off-the-charts chemistry and decide to make this unorthodox living arrangement a little more permanent?Boston Dragons Series:I Dream of Dragons (Book 1)My Wild Irish Dragon (Book 2)Praise for Ashlyn Chase's Flirting with Fangs series:"Hot sex scenes and a breezy tone with a nice, happily-ever-after."-Booklist"Merges the paranormal and real world seamlessly... Truly entertaining."-Long and Short Reviews

Must Love Cowboys

by Cheryl Brooks

When you find yourself in Cowboy Heaven, things can get hot as hell... From established author Cheryl Brooks comes the second in a steamy contemporary romance series set at a Wyoming ranch chock full of sexy-as-sin cowboys.SO MANY COWBOYS...Shy computer specialist, dog lover, and amateur chef Tina Hayes has a thing for firefighters, but when she travels to the Circle Bar K ranch on family business, the ranch's cowboys have no trouble persuading her to stay on as their cook. Especially not when she learns that brooding Wyatt McCabe-a man who makes her heart gallop like no one else can-is also a former firefighter.HOW DOES SHE KNOW HE'S THE ONE?Wyatt's sizzling embraces leave Tina breathless. But being surrounded by a passel of smokin' hot ranch hands can be complicated. With so many cowboys courting Tina all at once, Wyatt must prove to Tina that she belongs with him.Praise for Cowboy Heaven:"The best of both worlds-a steamy, wild fling and a second chance at real love...total female fantasy fulfillment and full of to-die-for cowboys." -Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick"Awesome read...not just hot and sexy, it's intelligent, witty, and well-written." -Long and Short Reviews"HOT, FUNNY, AND ENDEARING...MS. BROOKS CERTAINLY KNOWS HER WAY AROUND A COWBOY OR TWO OR THREE." - Wicked ReadsCowboy Heaven Series:Cowboy Delight (Novella)Cowboy Heaven (Book 1)Must Love Cowboys (Book 2)

The One You Really Want

by Jill Mansell

A funny, heartfelt novel about second chances at love from beloved bestseller Jill MansellWhen it comes to love, never say never When Nancy discovers the expensive jewelry her husband's been buying isn't for her, she decamps from the Scottish countryside to her best friend Carmen's posh Chelsea town house to sort things out.Nancy finds herself in a surprising new world, where rock stars are nicer than you thought, social workers are not necessarily to be trusted, and the filthy rich are folks with problems just like you. Everybody falls in love with the wrong people, and the path to true love twists and turns before you discover who you really want."Bursting with humor, brimming with intrigue, and full of characters you'll adore." -Heat on Don't Want to Miss a Thing"Warm, witty, and romantic." -Daily Mail on Take a Chance on Me

Just Like Me

by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

In the tradition of Every Soul a Star and Inside Out & Back Again, Just Like Me is a funny, uplifting summer camp story about unlikely friendships and finding your place in the world from the award-winning author of This Journal Belongs to Ratchet.Who eats Cheetos with chopsticks?! Avery and Becca, my "Chinese Sisters," that's who. We're not really sisters-we were just adopted from the same orphanage. And we're nothing alike. They like egg rolls, and I like pizza. They're wave around Chinese fans, and I pretend like I don't know them.Which is not easy since we're all going to summer camp to "bond." (Thanks, Mom.) To make everything worse, we have to journal about our time at camp so the adoption agency can do some kind of "where are they now" newsletter. I'll tell you where I am: At Camp Little Big Lake in a cabin with five other girls who aren't getting along, competing for a camp trophy and losing (badly), wondering how I got here...and where I belong. Told through a mix of traditional narrative and journal entries, don't miss this funny, surprisingly sweet summer read!"A tender and honest story about a girl trying to find her place in the world, and the thread that connects us all." -Liesl Shurtliff, Author of Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin "A heartwarming story about the universal struggle of yearning to be an individual while longing to fit in."-Karen Harrington, author of Sure Kinds of Crazy

The Essentials of Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers

by Edward Fields

Keeping math to a minimum, this guide for managers in sales, marketing, and human resources explains how to analyze and apply financial data to measure a company's performance and make sound strategic and operational decisions. The author describes each component of the balance sheet and statement of cash flows and explores fixed-cost versus variable-costs analysis within the context of strategic planning. The second edition discusses Sarbanes-Oxley, fair value accounting, and the recent financial crisis. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Home on Apple Blossom Road

by Sheila Roberts

www.SheilasPlace.comHome is where the love is... Colin Wright and Mia Blair grew up in Icicle Falls, but they left years ago-and not on good terms. Now Colin's grandmother, Justine, has died, and they've come home to honor this woman they both loved. That's when they get some unexpected news. They're about to inherit something. Jointly. They just have no idea what. It turns out that Justine's designed a treasure hunt for them, like the ones they enjoyed when they were kids and best friends. But they're not kids anymore, and they sure aren't best friends. As for that young love they once shared? Well...it's complicated. On the trail of Justine's treasure, they follow a series of clues that take them down memory lane-ending up at the orchard on Apple Blossom Road. What will they find there? And what did Justine know that they didn't?

Dark Hearts

by Sharon Sala

Some lies never stay buried... Betsy Jakes was having nightmares, nightmares that could solve a decades-old mystery. And for someone in her small town, that meant she had to die. When Sam Jakes returns home to help his brother solve their mother's murder, two things shake him to the core. This crime is clearly the work of a serial killer who has struck twice before. And...Lainey Pickett is still in town. The woman he walked away from without an explanation years ago has just walked back into his life. She still holds a grudge-and his heart. As Sam digs deeper into the murders and thirty-year-old secrets begin to emerge, he finds himself racing against time not only to catch a killer but to keep Lainey, the only woman he'll ever love, from falling victim, too.

Priceless

by Sherryl Woods

Return to the heart of the Carlton family in this beloved story of finding love in unexpected places by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods Charismatic playboy Mack Carlton lit up a room-even a hospital room-like no one else. Dr. Beth Browning had to admit Mack's visits were a tonic for her young patient, but her own reaction was much more confusing... Although Beth didn't ask for a second opinion on her future with Mack, his aunt Destiny offered her prognosis: marriage. Given Mack's romantic history and her own wariness due to past losses, Beth hesitated to agree-but her symptoms were undeniably love!

Permanently Booked

by Lisa Q. Mathews

The first rule of the Hibiscus Pointe book club is don't talk about the murderSemi-reformed party girl Summer Smythe is finally feeling at home at the Hibiscus Pointe Retirement Community. All that's left to do is replace her late grandma's massive book collection with a TV. Donating them to the community library is the perfect solution--until she finds the librarian buried in books. Literally.Summer and her sleuthing partner, longtime resident Dorothy Westin, can't imagine who would want to kill poor, dedicated Lorella. Soon, they're on case...and the Hibiscus Pointe book club is the perfect cover for their investigation.A murdered librarian is headline news in south Florida, and even outsiders, including an oddball professor and a pair of dueling authors, are eager to join the once-dull group. But one menacing member has Dorothy and Summer bookmarked for the morgue. If the Ladies Smythe and Westin don't nab the killer fast, the Hibiscus Pointe book club may be reading their obituaries next.See how Summer and Dorothy first teamed up in Cardiac Arrest, available now!

Getting It Back

by Elizabeth Harmon

In this second-chances romance, a former top men's figure skating champion is willing to risk everything for a comeback--except a new start with his long-lost loveAn unexpected phone call from the man who broke her heart offers Amy Shepherd an opportunity to return to the work she loves, training elite figure skaters. Except it's just one figure skater: him. Can she finally forgive and forget?Figure skater Mikhail "Misha" Zaikov once had it all: medals, money and the adoration of millions. But a devastating injury put an end to his career and his romance, leaving him with nothing but regret over what could have been. His last chance to rejoin the world's top skaters is now. And there's only one person who can help him: her.On Russia's unyielding ice, Misha must reclaim what he's lost while facing off against a talented young rival and risking further injury. But Amy soon discovers Misha's much bigger challenges lurk off the ice. And she's determined to keep Misha whole and healthy, even if doing so ends his shot at the gold.Don't miss any of Elizabeth Harmon's Red Hot Russians. Pairing Off and Turning It On are available now!

Fight to Forgive

by J. Leigh Bailey

Recent college grad Aaron Elliott is a pro when it comes to avoiding conflict. So when he hears his mother and stepfather plan to sell the family's rambling summer retreat, it takes everything in him to object. The lake house is where he feels closest to his late father. It's where he fell in love with his best friend...and it's where he let family pressure decide his future rather than following his heart.A combat injury has sailor James "Freddie" Fredrick dry-docked, possibly for good. But the pain in his shoulder is nothing like the hurt he feels when he sees Aaron back in town. It's been four years since the love of his life left without a word--and though Freddie would give anything to deny it, the heat between them hasn't faded. Once upon a time, Aaron let Freddie go without a fight. He won't screw up their second chance to have a happy ending. But unless he makes peace with the past, Freddie won't be able to face their future.Book three of Letting Go This book is approximately 67,000 words

Taking a Chance

by A. M. Arthur

The last time Elliott fell in love, his fiancé cheated on him. Now fresh out of rehab, Elliott's confidence lags behind his libido--not that that stops him from lusting after the sexy carpenter working on his kitchen--from a distance. He won't risk his sobriety on another potential broken heart.As half of an experienced home renovation duo, Augustus expects this job will be easy. Until he sees the house's tenant, a man he never thought he'd meet--his ex's other man. Augustus knows he should say something about their secret, shared past, but he's tongue-tied by their intense, unwanted attraction.Despite attempts to keep things professional, the two men give in to temptation and forge a genuine connection--and his developing feelings for Elliott leave Augustus in an impossible situation. If he stays, his secret will always hang over the relationship. But telling the truth might send Elliott spiraling to a new rock bottom and cost Augustus the only man he's ever really loved.Book three of The Restoration series80,000 words

The Charm School

by Susan Wiggs

The captain had abandoned society. She was too unrefined for it. An awkward misfit in an accomplished Boston family, Isadora Peabody yearns to escape her social isolation and sneaks aboard the Silver Swan, bound for Rio, leaving it all behind.Ryan Calhoun, too, had a good family name. But he'd purposely walked away from everything it afforded him. Driven by his quest to right an old wrong, the fiery, temperamental sea captain barely registers the meek young woman who comes aboard his ship.To the Swan's motley crew, the tides of attraction clearly flow between the two. Teaching her the charms of a lady, they hope to build the confidence she needs to attract not only their lonely captain's attention, but his heart, as well. For everyone knows the greatest charms are not those of the formal lady, but rather the possibilities of a new world built on love.

Common Sense

by Ted Greenwald

First published in 1979, Common Sense evinces a spare street-wise style rooted in the vernacular of the city. Now something of a cult classic, the book is recognized as an understated masterpiece, pushing at the edges of spoken word. This is the language of everyday, brought onto the page in such a way that we never lose the flow of speech and at the same time we become attuned to its many registers--musical, emotional, ironic. Ted Greenwald's work has been associated with several major veins of American poetry, including the Language movement and the New York School, but it remains unclassifiable. An online reader's companion will be available at tedgreenwald.site.wesleyan.edu.

The Age of Reasons: Uncollected Poems 1969–1982

by Ted Greenwald

This collection of Ted Greenwald's poetry, edited by Miles Champion, is a sampler of some of Greenwald's most breathtaking work. A New York poet with close ties to the New York School and the Language poets, Greenwald has written daily since the early 1960s, and none of the poems in this book are included in any of his books to date. These discrete works were written in advance of or alongside the extended explorations of a mutated triolet form that increasingly occupied him from the late 1970s on. This book can be seen as a companion to Common Sense, and provides further evidence of Greenwald's ability to think with his ear, to hear what's said as it arrives as a fresh sound or shape in his head. This work is singular in its pattern-making, its music-making, and its ability to simultaneously follow multiple paths. An online reader's companion will be available at tedgreenwald.site.wesleyan.edu

My Music, My War: The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

by Lisa Gilman

In the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, recent technological developments in music listening enabled troops to carry with them vast amounts of music and easily acquire new music, for themselves and to share with their fellow troops as well as friends and loved ones far away. This ethnographic study examines U.S. troops' musical-listening habits during and after war, and the accompanying fear, domination, violence, isolation, pain, and loss that troops experienced. My Music, My War is a moving ethnographic account of what war was like for those most intimately involved. It shows how individuals survive in the messy webs of conflicting thoughts and emotions that are intricately part of the moment-to-moment and day-to-day phenomenon of war, and the pervasive memories in its aftermath. It gives fresh insight into musical listening as it relates to social dynamics, gender, community formation, memory, trauma, and politics.

Crossing the Kingdom

by Loring M. Danforth

For many people, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia evokes images of deserts, camels, and oil, along with rich sheikh in white robes, oppressed women in black veils, and terrorists. But when Loring Danforth traveled through the country in 2012, he found a world much more complex and inspiring than he could have ever imagined. With vivid descriptions and moving personal narratives, Danforth takes us across the Kingdom, from the headquarters of Saudi Aramco, the country's national oil company on the Persian Gulf, to the centuries-old city of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast with its population of undocumented immigrants from all over the Muslim world. He presents detailed portraits of a young woman jailed for protesting the ban on women driving, a Sufi scholar encouraging Muslims and Christians to struggle together with love to know God, and an artist citing the Quran and using metal gears and chains to celebrate the diversity of the pilgrims who come to Mecca.Crossing the Kingdom paints a lucid portrait of contemporary Saudi culture and the lives of individuals, who like us all grapple with modernity at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

From Village to City

by Andrew B. Kipnis

Between 1988 and 2013, the Chinese city of Zouping transformed from an impoverished town of 30,000 people to a bustling city of over 300,000, complete with factories, high rises, parks, shopping malls, and all the infrastructure of a wealthy East Asian city. FromVillage toCity paints a vivid portrait of the rapid changes in Zouping and its environs and in the lives of the once-rural people who live there. Despite the benefits of modernization and an improved standard of living for many of its residents, Zouping is far from a utopia; its inhabitants face new challenges and problems such as alienation, class formation and exclusion, and pollution. As he explores the city's transformation, Andrew B. Kipnis develops a new theory of urbanization in this compelling portrayal of an emerging metropolis and its people.

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