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The Speed Chronicles

by Joseph Mattson

Following the international success of the Noir Series, this volumes marks the launch of a new drug-based sister series.Speed: the most demonized--and misunderstood--drug in the land. Deprived of the ingrained romantic mysticism of the opiate or the cosmopolitan chic of cocaine or the mundane tolerance of marijuana, there is no sympathy for this devil. Yet speed--crystal meth, amphetamines, Dexedrine, Benzedrine, Adderall; crank, spizz, chickenscratch, oblivious marching powder, the go-fast--is the most American of drugs: twice the productivity at half the cost, and equal opportunity for all. It feels so good and hurts so bad. From its dueling roots of pharmaceutical miracle cure and Californian biker-gang scourge to contemporary Ivy League campuses and high school chem labs, punk rock clubs to the military-industrial complex, suburban households to tin-can ghettos, it crosses all ethnicities, genders, and geographies--from immigrants and heartlanders punching double factory shifts to clandestine border warlords, doctors to bomber pilots, prostitutes to housewives, T-girls to teenagers, Academy Award-nominated actors and the mansion on the hill to the poorest Indian on the rez--making it not only the most essentially American narcotic, but the most deceivingly sundry literary matter. The subject of speed is so innately intimidating yet so undeniably present that it begs to be written about. It is no secret that the drug has historically tuned up the lives of writers, including Jack Kerouac, Susan Sontag, Philip K. Dick, and scores more. Too rarely, though, has it been written about, and its jolt to the bones of the American landscape continues to peak. Akashic Books dares to bring forth the first contemporary collection of all new literary short fiction on the drug from an array of today's most compelling and respected authors. These are no stereotypical tales of tweakers--the element of crime and the bleary-eyed, shaky zombies at dawn are here right alongside heart-wrenching narratives of everyday people, good intentions gone terribly awry, the skewed American Dream going up in flames, and even some accounts of pure joy. Featuring brand-new stories by: Sherman Alexie, William T. Vollmann, James Franco, Megan Abbott, Jerry Stahl, Beth Lisick, Jess Walter, Scott Phillips, James Greer, Tao Lin, Joseph Mattson, Natalie Diaz, Kenji Jasper, and Rose Bunch.

Spirits Rebellious

by Martin L. Wolf Kahlil Gibran Anthony Rizcallah Ferris

A clarion call for freedom from one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers and writers, Kahlil Gibran A book so powerful it was burned in the marketplace of Beirut at the time of its publication, Kahlil Gibran's Spirits Rebellious is a clarion call for freedom in his homeland of Lebanon--for individuals and society. Gibran's bitter denunciation of religious and political injustice flows through his lyric pen in three parables, that of "Madame Rose Hanie," "The Cry of the Graves," and "Kahlil the Heretic." His vision of liberty is no less powerful today.

Spring for Susannah

by Catherine Richmond

Hundreds of miles from home, Susannah faces an uncertain future as a mail-order bride on the untamed Dakota prairie. When her parents die suddenly, and no suitors call, Susannah resigns herself to the only option available: becoming a mail-order bride. Agreeing to marry her pastor's brother, Jesse, Susannah leaves the only home she's ever known for the untamed frontier of the Dakota Territory. Her new husband is more loving and patient with her than she believes she deserves. Still, there is also a wildness to him that mirrors the wilderness surrounding them. And Susannah finds herself constantly on edge. But Jesse's confidence in herùand his faith in God's perfect planùslowly begin to chip away at the wall she hides behind. When she miscarries in the brutal Dakota winter, Susannah's fledgling faith in herself and in God begins to crumble. Still, Jesse's love is unwavering. Just when it seems like winter will never end, Susannah finally sees the first tentative evidence of spring. And with it, the realization that more than the landscape has changed. She looks to the future with a renewed heart. Yet in her wildest dreams, she couldn't predict all that awaits her.

The Spy Game

by Gertrude Chandler Warner Robert Papp

When the Boxcar Children uncover a strange puzzle in a friend's backyard, it's just the beginning of the "spy game"--a search for clues leading to gold! The children must make sense of a mysterious old photo and a riddle. But soon the children begin to suspect that there's a mystery inside the mystery. Just who is behind this spy game, anyway?

The Spy in the Bleachers

by Gertrude Chandler Warner Robert Papp

It's a big week at Cogwheel Stadium--the Clayton Cogs are playing for the pennant! But the other team's batters seem to know the pitches too well, and it's clear someone in the stadium is stealing the Cogs' pitcher's signals. Now the Boxcar Children must find out who is spying for the other team!

Spycatcher

by Matthew Dunn

The most electrifying espionage thriller debut in years-and one of the first in modern memory to be written by a former agent under his own name . . . Spycatcher Matthew Dunn Matthew Dunn spent years as an MI6 field operative working on some of the West's most clandestine missions. He recruited and ran agents, planned and participated in special operations, and operated deep undercover throughout the world. In Spycatcher he draws on this fascinating experience to breathe urgent, dynamic new life into the contemporary spy novel. Featuring deft and daring superspy Will Cochrane, Dunn paints a nerve-jangling, bracingly authentic picture of today's secret world. It is a place where trust is precious and betrayal is cheap-and where violent death is the reward for being outplayed by your enemy. Will Cochrane, the CIA's and MI6's most prized asset and deadliest weapon, has known little outside this world since childhood. And he's never been outplayed. So far . . . Will's controllers task him with finding and neutralizing one of today's most wanted terrorist masterminds, a man believed to be an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general. Intending to use someone from the man's past to flush him out of the shadows, Will believes he has the perfect plan, but he soon discovers, in a frantic chase from the capitals of Europe to New York City, that his adversary has more surprises in store and is much more treacherous than anyone he has ever faced-and survived-up to now.

Spymistress

by William Stevenson

She was beautiful. She was ruthless. She had a steel trap for a mind and a will of iron. Born Vera Maria Rosenberg in Bucharest, she became Vera Atkins, legendary spy and holder of the Legion of Honor. Recruited by William Stevenson-the spymaster who would later come to be known as "Intrepid"-when she was only twenty-three, Vera spent much of the 1930s running countless perilous espionage missions. When war was declared in 1939, her fierce intelligence, blunt manner, personal courage, and knowledge of several languages quickly propelled her to the leadership echelon of the highly secretive Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert intelligence agency formed by, and reporting to, Winston Churchill. She recruited and trained several hundred agents, including dozens of women, whose objectives were to penetrate deep behind enemy lines.The stirring exploits and the exemplary courage of the SOE agents and the French Resistance fighters-who in the words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower together "shortened the war by many months"-are justly celebrated. But the central role of Vera Atkins has until now been cloaked in silence. William Stevenson was the only person she trusted to record her life; he kept his promise that he would not publish her story until after her death. Here is the extraordinary account of the woman whose intelligence, beauty, and unflagging dedication proved key in turning the tide of World War II.

Still Standing

by Bucky Sinister

Stories heal, and Bucky Sinister, sober since February 19th, 2002, and a veteran of the punk rock and spoken word scene, brings the stories from the trenches about how to get sober, stay sober, and live sober. Still Standing is about the stories that heal you, and the hard times that don't kill you. Sinister goes beyond the 12-steps with stories from the misfits, freaks, and weirdos that have come to recovery from a variety of backgrounds--tattoo artists, bartenders, musicians to help answer the What Now? question of living sober. Topics include: 10 Things Every New Recovering Addict Should Have; Prayer and the Atheist; Job Interviews; and Ways Addicts Can Be of Service to Normies.

Stinger

by Robert R. Mccammon

A UFO crash sends a small Texas town into uproar The sun rises on Inferno and Bordertown: patches of civilization carved out of the tough Texas earth, watching each other and waiting to see which dies first. The copper mine is finished, and both towns--one for the whites and one for the Mexicans--are wasting away. Now a pair of mysterious visitors is about to make them shrink faster. The black ball lands first. A small sphere, snapped off of an alien ship as it plummets through the atmosphere, it explodes onto Jessie Hammond's truck. When Jessie's daughter picks it up, the object possesses the young girl's body and begins trying to communicate. As Jessie tries to rescue her daughter, something far more deadly sets down in the desert. An interstellar war has come to Texas, and Inferno is going to burn.

Sugar Baby

by Gesine Bullock-Prado Tina Rupp

Cookbooks with recipes for baking with sugar (in the oven) continue to top the bestseller lists. And yet, no one has set out to do a cookbook with recipes on cooking with sugar (on the stovetop)--until now. In Sugar Baby, Gesine Bullock-Prado offers totally unintimidating step-by-step advice; the simplest instructions; recipes for candy, confections, and treats that integrate stovetop work into finished desserts; and a hilarious voice. Organized by temperature and chemical stages, here are more than 100 recipes for lollipops, caramel, rock candy, chocolate mousse, macarons, marshmallows, pudding pops, cakes, and much more. Sugar Baby will satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth.

Sugar Baby Sampler

by Gesine Bullock-Prado Tina Rupp

A selection of Sugar Baby recipes to get you startedCookbooks with recipes for baking with sugar (in the oven) continue to top the bestseller lists. But until now, no one has set out to do a cookbook with recipes on cooking with sugar (on the stovetop). The Sugar Baby Sampler gives a taste of the full Sugar Baby cookbook, including three of Gesine Bullock-Prado's recipes for candy, confections, and treats. With the simplest instructions and the author's hilarious voice, the Sugar Baby Sampler offers a delicious selection of the one hundred recipes found in Sugar Baby, which will satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth.

The Supernatural Kids Cookbook

by Nancy Mehagian Alexandra Conn Bridget Fonda

Artfully illustrated by Alexandra Conn with a foreword by Bridget Fonda: An innovative and colorful collection of seventy healthy, nutritious, and delicious original recipes for kids of all ages, from one of the front-runners of healthy eatingThe Supernatural Kids Cookbook, the first in a series, invites junior chefs into the kitchen to navigate food creation with ease and fun. Learn about food groups, basic prep, kitchen equipment, and how to make snacks and healthy meals the whole family will enjoy.Chockfull of personal stories and information that will charm children and adults alike, The Supernatural Kids Cookbook by Los Angeles-based author, epicurean, and healer Nancy Mehagian coaxes budding chefs on a path to culinary exploration and inspiration. Once introduced to healthy options and the pleasures of cooking for family and friends, children acquire the taste and knowledge to eat mindfully when making independent choices as they grow up and away from the family kitchen.Some of the kid-friendly meals and snacks include: Magic Baked Apples, Yankee Noodle Casserole, Vegetable Pudding, Mexiquinoa Salad, Sweet Potato Chips, Vegetarian Chili, Whole Wheat Spaghetti, and Split Pea Soup.A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit End Hunger Network, bringing Americans together to end hunger in the United States by 2015.

The Supernatural Kids Cookbook

by Nancy Mehagian Alexandra Conn

Artfully illustrated by Alexandra Conn with a foreword by Bridget Fonda: An innovative and colorful collection of seventy healthy, nutritious, and delicious original recipes for kids of all ages, from one of the front-runners of healthy eatingThe Supernatural Kids Cookbook, the first in a series, invites junior chefs into the kitchen to navigate food creation with ease and fun. Learn about food groups, basic prep, kitchen equipment, and how to make snacks and healthy meals the whole family will enjoy.Chockfull of personal stories and information that will charm children and adults alike, The Supernatural Kids Cookbook by Los Angeles-based author, epicurean, and healer Nancy Mehagian coaxes budding chefs on a path to culinary exploration and inspiration. Once introduced to healthy options and the pleasures of cooking for family and friends, children acquire the taste and knowledge to eat mindfully when making independent choices as they grow up and away from the family kitchen.Some of the kid-friendly meals and snacks include: Magic Baked Apples, Yankee Noodle Casserole, Vegetable Pudding, Mexiquinoa Salad, Sweet Potato Chips, Vegetarian Chili, Whole Wheat Spaghetti, and Split Pea Soup.A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit End Hunger Network, bringing Americans together to end hunger in the United States by 2015.

Superstar Watch

by Gertrude Chandler Warner Robert Papp

The Wundermutt dog food company is searching for a very special dog to be in their commercials, and the Aldens bring their dog, Watch, to the tryouts! But plenty of other dog owners are hoping their dogs get the job, too--including a dog that's already famous. Does Watch have what it takes to be a star?

Surprise Island

by Gertrude Chandler Warner Mike Dubisch Rob M. Worley

Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny Alden have a home with their grandfather--but their adventures are just beginning! They're about to spend the summer camping on their own private island. The island is full of surprises, including a kind stranger with a secret. Join the Boxcar Children in their graphic novel adventure on Surprise Island!

Surviving a Shark Attack (On Land)

by Dr Laura Schlessinger

With her trademark no-nonsense approach and building on the principles developed during her long career as a licensed therapist, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Laura shows readers how to survive enemies--traitors, backstabbers, and saboteurs--at work and at home.In her previous New York Times bestsellers, author and renowned radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger has helped countless men and women become better husbands, wives, parents, and people. She's helped them cope with grief; encouraged them to be moral, compassionate, and considerate individuals; shown them how to handle adversity; and set them on the path to understanding and living happy, well-adjusted lives.Now, in this long-awaited book, Dr. Laura turns to an emotionally explosive subject that has touched all our lives: betrayal and the desire for revenge. And for the first time, she shares her own personal experiences with betrayal, humiliation, and pain, which have led her to a powerful desire for revenge. Intimate and honest, Dr. Laura connects with her readers as never before and puts this subject into context: I concluded that betrayals are frightening, destructive, painful, humiliating, demoralizing, and so very, very hard to repair. Betrayals undermine people, relationships (marriages and families), institutions (churches, schools, businesses, government, politics)--everything. The entire fabric of humanity depends upon people depending upon each other for their word, honesty, and loyalty.Millions of Dr. Laura's listeners struggle with the idea of taking revenge and how to accept when it cannot be achieved. For many who have been betrayed, justice may never be served, she reminds us. Empathetic yet never saccharine, direct yet never harsh, Dr. Laura encourages readers to explore their feelings and learn to get beyond them, supplying tools they can use to achieve fulfilling, contented lives free of rancor and the need to settle scores.Powerful and thought-provoking, Surviving a Shark Attack (on Land) gives readers the emotional defenses they need to overcome the worst life will throw at them, whether it's a cheating spouse, a lying sibling, or a ruthless colleague.

Swan Song

by Robert R. Mccammon

McCammon's epic bestselling novel about a girl psychic struggling to survive in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust Something flashes in nine-year-old Swan's brain, telling her that trouble is coming. Maybe it's her mother, fed up with her current boyfriend and ready to abandon their dismal trailer park and seek a new home. But something far worse is on the horizon. Death falls from the sky--nuclear bombs which annihilate American civilization. Though Swan survives the blast, this young psychic's war is just beginning. As the survivors try to make new lives in the wasteland, an evil army forms, intent on murdering all those tainted with the diseases brought by fallout. When Swan finds a mysterious amulet that could hold the key to humankind's salvation, she draws the attention of a man more dangerous than any nuclear bomb. To rescue mankind, this little girl will have to grow up fast.

Sweet & Savory Cookbook

by Alexandra Conn Gwen Kenneally

A surprising and satisfying collection of over eighty recipes by Hollywood caterer and food writer Gwen Kenneally that tantalizes with sweet and savory curiositiesRecipes include Strawberry Salsa, Jalapeño Cornbread, Peach Pecan Chicken, Sweet Potato Salad, and Green Tea and Chocolate Truffles. The notion of sweet and savory isn't new--after all, a popular chocolate candy has been betrothed to peanut butter for years. And a century ago, frugal cooks mixed up leftovers with whatever they found in their kitchens, often resulting in culinary discoveries such as sauerkraut mixed in cake batter made a moister cake, with a savory edge.Now, like never before, the savory and sweet combo is taking the food world by storm. The saltier, the brinier, the sweeter, the stickier . . . the better. The culinary landscape has become a place of art, adventure, and a bit of science with flavors taking on bold identities, mandating that alternating flavors complement each other.Gwen's high-profile clientele expects her to keep up with trends as well as pave the way. She is known for blending contemporary creativity with family recipes, comfort foods, and diversity in her menu planning. In this, her first cookbook, she shares recipes that are hits at Hollywood affairs, political fund-raisers, and family gatherings. Her recipes are exciting and accessible, and intriguing enough for the accomplished cook, though not intimidating for the novice chef.Artfully illustrated by New York designer Alexandra Conn, Sweet and Savory Cookbook is a wonderful addition to the cookbook collection of the forward-thinking, food-loving kitchen.

The Sword of the Silver Knight

by Gertrude Chandler Warner Robert Papp

The Aldens are volunteers at a medieval fair! They are excited to wear costumes and entertain the crowds. But when a valuable sword goes missing, the children know their toughest job is going to be catching the thief. Can the Boxcar Children find the sword and solve the mystery before the fair moves on to Silver City?

Targets of Opportunity

by Jeffrey S. Stephens

THE ENEMY HAS A THOUSAND WAYS TO STRIKE. WE HAVE JUST ONE WAY TO RETALIATE. HIS NAME IS JORDAN SANDOR. In Targets of Deception, which suspense master Robert K. Tanenbaum called "a fast-paced thriller," Jeffrey Stephens introduced CIA agent Jordan Sandor, whom bestselling author Steve Alten praised as "terrific." Now Sandor is back, playing for bigger stakes and facing deadlier challenges. Whisked from his Manhattan town house to a gabled CIA safe house in Virginia, Sandor faces off with a top terrorist agent from Iran's Revolutionary Guard. In exchange for protection from his own side, Ahmad Jaber is offering the CIA explosive information: word of a secret, unholy alliance forged among operatives in the Middle East, a ruthless South American, and Kim Jong-Il's North Korea. Jaber claims not to know specific details, only that the strike will target the heart of America. The fanatics stage a stunning diversion in the Caribbean, mercilessly downing a passenger jet and unleashing an assault on a French intelligence installation. Sandor, however, has already moved in a different direction. Leveraging Jaber's infor-mation, he assembles a small strike force to penetrate North Korea. The team knows they will not all return, but the intel they gather will be vital to American security. What they ultimately discover plunges Sandor into a frantic race against time, struggling to defeat a shadowy figure--a master terrorist with a plan of destruction so perfectly disguised that even with the new knowledge he has gathered, Sandor cannot guess where or how he will strike. As a storm rages in the Gulf of Mexico, word comes that two submarines have penetrated U.S. waters. With the U.S. military hampered by the hurricane, Sandor turns to a few daring U.S. Navy SEALs to duel with the enemy they cannot see . . . for now they know only that there are two nuclear weapons aimed at a target of opportunity whose destruction would change the world order forever. Brilliantly conceived, electrifyingly paced, Targets of Opportunity captures a terrifying twenty-first century reality: terrorists can--and will--try as many times as they need to attack the United States. For the brave men and women who defend our country, failure is not an option.

Tears and Laughter

by Martin L. Wolf Kahlil Gibran

This classic work showcases the early brilliance and philosophical foundation of Kahlil Gibran, one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet and one of the twentieth century's most revolutionary, inspiring writers, effortlessly blends his unique perspective on Eastern and Western philosophy in this early collection of work, written when he was just twenty years old. From delicate turns of phrase to strong assertions of equality, delightful rejoicings to frightening prophecies, Gibran's poetry and prose reveal his eternal hunger for love and beauty. This expanded edition includes key works of social justice such as "The Bride's Bed" and firmly establishes Gibran's role as champion of human rights and individual liberty.

Then Came You

by Jennifer Weiner

Jules Wildgren is a twenty-one year old Princeton college student with a full scholarship and a family she's ashamed to invite to Parents' Weekend. Tall, blonde, and outwardly identical to her wealthy high school classmates, her plan is to take the ten thousand dollars she'll receive from donating her 'pedigree' eggs and try to save her father from addiction.Amie Barrow is a thirty-four year old married mother of two who scrapes by on her family's single paycheck.After watching a TV show about surrogates, she thinks she's found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.India Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), believes she's found her happy-ever-after when she marries a very wealthy and much older man, Marcus Croft, but decides that a baby will seal the deal. When all of her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology - and Annie and Jules - to help make her dreams come true.But each woman's plans are thrown into disarray when Marcus suddenly dies, and his twenty-three year old daughter, Bettina, is named guardian of India's unborn child. As the baby's due date draws near, these four women - with nothing and everything in common - discover what makes each of them a mother in her own right.

The Three Bully Goats

by Leslie Kimmelman Will Terry

Gruff, Ruff, and Tuff bully their way across a bridge and into a meadow--teasing a kind ogre and butting small animals along the way. Frustrated because he can't disarm the bullies by being friendly and polite, the ogre hatches a plan to teach the "bully" goats a lesson. This twist on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a great read-aloud (and discussion starter) that will have kids laughing in the aisles.

To Freedom Condemned

by Jean-Paul Sartre Justus Streller

Jean-Paul Sartre's most influential existentialist work, Being and Nothingness, broken down into its most fertile ideas In To Freedom Condemned, Sartre's most influential work, Being and Nothingness, is laid bare, presenting the philosopher's key ideas regarding existentialism. Covering the philosophers Hegel, Heidegger, and Husserl, and mulling over such topics as love, God, death, and freedom, To Freedom Condemned goes on to consider Sartre's treatment of the complexities around human existence.

To Have and to Kill

by Mary Jane Clark

New York Times bestselling author Mary Jane Clark delights readers with her tasty new mystery To Have and to Kill Piper Donovan never imagined that decorating wedding cakes could be so dangerous! A struggling actress with no immediate prospects and a recently broken engagement, Piper moves back in with her parents to take stock of her life. She steps tentatively into the family bakery business and finds herself agreeing to create a wedding cake for the acclaimed star of a daytime television drama. But soon someone close to the bride-to-be is horribly murdered and it seems that that someone is ruthlessly determined to stop the wedding. With the help of her former neighbor, Jack, a handsome FBI agent with a soft spot for the gorgeous cake-maker, Piper moves closer to the truth. And as she narrows in on a suspect, she realizes that it's hotter in the kitchen than she may be able to handle. . . .

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