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The Jersey Shore: The Past, Present & Future of a National Treasure

by Dominick Mazzagetti

In The Jersey Shore, Dominick Mazzagetti provides a modern re-telling of the history, culture, and landscapes of this famous region, from the 1600s to the present. The Shore, from Sandy Hook to Cape May, became a national resort in the late 1800s and contributes enormously to New Jersey’s economy today. The devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 underscored the area’s central place in the state’s identity and the rebuilding efforts after the storm restored its economic health. Divided into chronological and thematic sections, this book will attract general readers interested in the history of the Shore: how it appeared to early European explorers; how the earliest settlers came to the beaches for the whaling trade; the first attractions for tourists in the nineteenth century; and how the coming of railroads, and ultimately automobiles, transformed the Shore into a major vacation destination over a century later. Mazzagetti also explores how the impact of changing national mores on development, race relations, and the environment, impacted the Shore in recent decades and will into the future. Ultimately, this book is an enthusiastic and comprehensive portrait by a native son, whose passion for the region is shared by millions of beachgoers throughout the Northeast.

Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject (Rivergate Regionals Collection)

by Philip Mark Plotch

Winner of the 2015 American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter Journalism Award The State of New York is now building one of the world’s longest, widest, and most expensive bridges—the new Tappan Zee Bridge—stretching more than three miles across the Hudson River, approximately thirteen miles north of New York City. In Politics Across the Hudson, urban planner Philip Plotch offers a behind-the-scenes look at three decades of contentious planning and politics centered around this bridge, recently renamed for Governor Mario M. Cuomo, the state's governor from 1983 to 1994. He reveals valuable lessons for those trying to tackle complex public policies while also confirming our worst fears about government dysfunction. Drawing on his extensive experience planning megaprojects, interviews with more than a hundred key figures—including governors, agency heads, engineers, civic advocates, and business leaders—and extraordinary access to internal government records, Plotch tells a compelling story of high-stakes battles between powerful players in the public, private, and civic sectors. He reveals how state officials abandoned viable options, squandered hundreds of millions of dollars, forfeited more than three billion dollars in federal funds, and missed out on important opportunities. Faced with the public’s unrealistic expectations, no one could identify a practical solution to a vexing problem, a dilemma that led three governors to study various alternatives rather than disappoint key constituencies. This revised and updated edition includes a new epilogue and more photographs, and continues where Robert Caro’s The Power Broker left off and illuminates the power struggles involved in building New York’s first major new bridge since the Robert Moses era. Plotch describes how one governor, Andrew Cuomo, shrewdly overcame the seemingly insurmountable obstacles of onerous environmental regulations, vehement community opposition, insufficient funding, interagency battles, and overly optimistic expectations...

The Almost Wife: An absolutely gripping and emotional summer read

by Jade Beer

‘A book to restore your faith in love.’ Erin Kelly, bestselling authorA gorgeous and evocative summer read about love and life’s unexpected second chances…Jessie has always known she doesn’t belong. Only her fiancé Adam makes her feel good enough, exactly as she is. Jessie wants everything to be perfect for their lavish wedding day, but she’s already cracking under the pressure of pretending to be someone she’s not with her wealthy future in-laws.Dolly works hard to keep up appearances – but what’s the point of only eating salad when her boyfriend Josh is never home to appreciate the result? Dolly is sure he’ll change once they’re married with a family; Josh did say he wanted those things… right?Emily couldn’t be happier: she’s got funny, loving parents, a loyal fiancé and a job she looks forward to. Everything’s ready for their intimate country wedding… until some shocking news sends her life spiralling out of control. Perfect strangers on the first page, Jessie, Dolly and Emily’s paths will cross in the most unexpected of ways. And as their stories collide, their lives will take a turn you’ll never predict.If you love Nancy Thayer, Karen Swan and Mary Alice Monroe, you will adore this heartwarming and addictive summer read!

Fighting For Them (Witches of Rose Lake #2)

by Lia Davis

I’m not running anymore.I’ve spent half my life trying to escape a father who wants me dead, and Salrus drew his last card when he took two of my five loves from me. Zane, Wyatt, Trevor, and I will stop at nothing to get Dimitri and Wade back. But we have issues other than my demonic father to deal with. The Council’s army is growing and they are using ancient relics to make them more powerful and dangerous than the half-breeds they are hunting down. Half-breeds like me.

Les fables canadiennes de Jules Verne: Discorde et concorde dans une autre Amérique (Amérique française)

by Gérard Fabre

En trois décennies, du début des années 1870 au tournant du XXe siècle, Jules Verne écrit trois romans couvrant plus d’un demi-siècle d’histoire canadienne. Si ce triptyque peut être saisi dans le processus global de la création vernienne, il forme en même temps une entité à part entière, un formidable révélateur de la place du Canada et du Québec en France. Cette place est relative : elle dépend beaucoup de ses interactions avec l’Angleterre et les États-Unis. Plusieurs oeuvres de Verne, depuis Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras, publiées au milieu des années 1860, s’attachent à comparer les réactions de personnages anglais et américains. Il en ressort in fine une rivalité des deux pays, comme dans les romans canadiens Le Pays des fourrures (1872-1873) et Famille-Sans-Nom (1889). Le conflit anglo-américain explique les connivences entre Canadiens français et Américains, dont font état ces deux romans. Or, à la fin de sa vie, Verne remanie ce système d’alliance. Dans Le Volcan d’or, rédigé en 1899-1900, les relations vont diamétralement changer : Canadiens français et anglais, tous honnêtes gens en quête de l’or du Klondike, s’unissent contre des Américains originaires du Texas, délinquants notoires et redoutés. Comment analyser ce retournement ? Quelle clé offre-t-il pour comprendre, à une plus vaste échelle, les images du Canada et du Québec qui prévaudront dès lors en France ?

Trilogía «Refranes, canciones y rastros de sangre»: Contiene Sarna con gusto, Cuchillo de palo y A grandes males

by César Pérez Gellida

El presente pack de la segunda trilogía de César Pérez Gellida construye la historia posterior de tres de los grandes protagonistas de la primera: Ramiro Sancho, Erika Lopategui y Ólafur Olafsson. Tras concluir la persecución del psicópata Augusto Ledesma, el inspector Ramiro Sancho vuelve al trabajo y se enfrenta al terrible y cruel secuestro de una adolescente. Una batalla de la que saldrá damnificado y que lo llevará a apartarse del cuerpo y a llevar una aparente vida de devaneos y vicios para olvidar. Mientras, Erika y Ólafur, con su nuevo compañero redimido, Uriel, emprenden una persecución sin tregua a los miembros de la organización criminal llamada Congregación de los Hombres Puros. Pero no será fácil, necesitarán la ayuda de todos sus aliados, atravesarán el Atlántico e incluso algunos perderán la vida en el intento. El pack incluye: Sarna con gusto, Cuchillo de palo y A grandes males. La crítica ha dicho...«Con Sarna con gusto Pérez Gellida alcanza la madurez en una obra original y de sofisticada crueldad. Los fieles al género Gellida estamos de suerte.»Dolores Redondo «Una de las mejores novelas que he leído.»Juan Gómez Jurado «Un altísimo nivel literario secundado con un lenguaje exquisito y brillantísimos diálogos. Una novela plagada de dilemas morales esencialmente kafkianos y de decisiones que nadie desearíamos nunca tener que tomar.»Zenda «Una vez más, me quito el sombrero ante el maestro. Aunque parecía imposible, César se ha superado a sí mismo con una novela muy trabajada, de trama compleja pero al mismo tiempo muy entretenida e instructiva.»Blog Libros que hay que leer

Gender, Generation, and Journalism in France, 1910-1940

by Mary Lynn Stewart

In the late nineteenth century, the first wave of female journalists began writing in the French daily press. Yet, while they undeniably opened doors for the next generations of educated women, sexist hiring practices, assumptions about women’s aptitudes as reporters, and more subtle gender biases continued to saturate the industry in the decades that followed. Gender, Generation, and Journalism in France, 1910–1940 investigates the careers and written work of ten women who regularly reported in the national, Paris-based dailies. Addressing the role of mentorship, family connections, gendered behaviours, reporting styles, and subject matter, Mary Lynn Stewart debunks lingering essentialist notions about women’s entry into journalism. She shows that struggling newspapers, attempting to reverse declining circulation, hired women to cover subjects that expanded to include international relations, colonial conflicts, trials, local politics, and social problems. Through content analysis, deixis, and systematic comparisons of several women and men reporting on the same or different events, she further queries claims about a feminine style, finding more similarities than differences between masculine and feminine reporting. Documenting the persistence of gender discrimination in the hiring, assigning, and assessment of women reporters in the French daily press, Gender, Generation, and Journalism in France, 1910–1940 demonstrates that, through the support of their female colleagues, women managed to succeed despite a variety of challenges.

Pagans and Christians in Late Antique Rome: Conflict, Competition, And Coexistence In The Fourth Century

by Michele Renee Salzman

This book sheds new light on the religious and consequently social changes taking place in late antique Rome. The essays in this volume argue that the once-dominant notion of pagan-Christian religious conflict cannot fully explain the texts and artifacts, as well as the social, religious, and political realities of late antique Rome. Together, the essays demonstrate that the fourth-century city was a more fluid, vibrant, and complex place than was previously thought. Competition between diverse groups in Roman society - be it pagans with Christians, Christians with Christians, or pagans with pagans - did create tensions and hostility, but it also allowed for coexistence and reduced the likelihood of overt violent, physical conflict. Competition and coexistence, along with conflict, emerge as still central paradigms for those who seek to understand the transformations of Rome from the age of Constantine through the early fifth century.

Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: National Styles And Strategic Cultures

by Beatrice Heuser Eitan Shamir

This book is a major new study of the extent to which national mentalities, or 'ways of war', are responsible for 'national styles' of insurgency and counterinsurgency. Leading scholars examine the ways of war of particular insurgent movements, and the standard operational procedures of states and occupation forces to suppress them. Through case studies ranging from British, American and French counterinsurgency to the IRA and the Taliban, they show how 'national styles' evolve, influenced by transnational trends, ideas and practices. They examine whether we can identify a tendency to resort to a particular pattern of fighting and, if so, whether this is dictated by constants such as geography and climate, or by the available options, or else whether there exists a particular 'strategic culture' or 'national style'. Their findings show that 'national style' is not eternal but can undergo fundamental transformations.

Topics in Cryptology – CT-RSA 2018: The Cryptographers' Track At The Rsa Conference 2018, San Francisco, Ca, Usa, April 16-20, 2018, Proceedings (Lecture Notes In Computer Science #10808)

by Nigel P. Smart

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Cryptographer's Track at the RSA Conference 2018, CT-RSA 2018, held in San Francisco, CA, USA, in March 2018.The 26 papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 79 submissions. CT-RSA is the track devoted to scientific papers on cryptography, public-key to symmetric-key cryptography and from crypto- graphic protocols to primitives and their implementation security.

Titration Calorimetry: From Concept To Application (Springerbriefs In Molecular Science: Chemistry of Foods)

by Lee D. Hansen Mark K. Transtrum Colette F. Quinn

This Brief describes the calibration of titration calorimeters (ITCs) and calculation of stoichiometry, equilibrium constants, enthalpy changes, and rate constants for reactions in solution. A framework/methodology for model development for analysis of ITC data is presented together with methods for assessing the uncertainties in determined parameters and test data sets. This book appeals to beginners, as well as to researchers and professionals in the field.

Real Estate Dangers and How to Avoid Them: A Guide to Making Smarter Decisions as a Buyer, Seller and Landlord

by Andrew Trim

Essential information for anyone with property Real Estate Dangers and How to Avoid Them is a must-read guide for anyone thinking of buying or selling property, or becoming a landlord. Whether you’re looking for your dream home, to sell a property, or to invest, flip or rent out an existing investment, this book is packed with the insider information you need to avoid getting ripped off. By shining a light on the flawed and unnecessary aspects of the real estate industry, this book will help you make smarter decisions based on knowledge rather than “advice,” saving you time, money and headache. Stories of those who have seen the dangers highlight the ways in which this outdated system takes advantage of first-timers and experienced investors alike—and expert guidance shows you how to steer clear of the traps and pitfalls lurking around every transaction. Nearly everyone will have their hands in real estate at some point, and the real estate industry can be intimidating—after all, you rarely make financial transactions this large. But the truth is that the industry can be quite simple and can go quite smoothly, if you eliminate the distractions and focus on making smart decisions. This book shows you the real truth about the industry, helping you: Avoid the traps that rip off buyers and sellers Make smart decisions, minimise financial risk and let the system work for you Identify unnecessary add-ons and bogus charges Learn the tricks of the trade so you can save your money Become a smarter landlord and attract quality tenants. With clear, no-nonsense advice for buyers, sellers, landlords, and flippers, Real Estate Dangers and How to Avoid Them arms you with the knowledge you need to succeed in the property business.

The Siberian Sturgeon (Acipenser baerii, Brandt, 1869) Volume 2 - Farming

by Patrick Williot Guy Nonnotte Mikhail Chebanov

The Siberian sturgeon, Acipenser baerii Brandt 1869 is the most widely farmed sturgeon species. Continuing from Volume 1, which focuses on the biology of the species, the present Volume 2 in turn examines farming aspects. It is divided into six parts, the first of which deals with reproduction and early ontogenesis, i.e. reproductive cycles, controlled reproduction, sperm cryoconservation, and weaning of larvae. The second covers the growing phase with a focus on food and feeding (management, fish meal replacement, potential endocrine disruptions, usefulness of prebiotics and immunostimulants, and nitrogen excretion). Production-related data are the focus of the third part and include: characteristics (countries, structures of production, evolution in production, economic features) of the gross production of the species (meat and caviar) worldwide, a method for assessing the quality of caviars, off-flavors management, and an example of production of fingerlings for restocking. Part four addresses selected long-term management issues: genetic variability of brood stocks, genome manipulation and sex control, and the advantages of hybrids. The next three chapters constitute the fifth part, which is devoted to health status (immunology and welfare). In closing, the absence of ecological risks of introducing the species in non-native waters is shown using two long-term documented examples (Russia and France). Three methodological chapters round out the volume, covering: in vitro incubation of ovarian follicles, a richly illustrated library of echographies and photos, and a detailed presentation of oxygen demand studies.

Systems Analysis Approach for Complex Global Challenges

by Priscilla Mensah David Katerere Sepo Hachigonta Andreas Roodt

This book, which contains a collection of review articles as well as focus on evidence-based policy making, will serve as a valuable resource not just for all postgraduate students conducting research using systems analysis thinking but also for policy makers. To our knowledge, a book of this nature which also has a strong African focus is currently not available. The book examines environmental and socio-economic risks with the aim of providing an analytical foundation for the management and governance of natural resources, disasters, addressing climate change, and easing the technological and ecological transitions to sustainability. It provides scientific and strategic analysis to better understand the dynamics of future energy transitions, their main driving forces, enabling factors, barriers, as well as their consequences for the social, economic and environmental dimensions of human wellbeing. Science-based policy advice is achieved through an integrated assessment and modeling of how to simultaneously address the major energy policy challenges in the areas of environment (climate change and air pollution), energy poverty (or access to affordable and clean energy for the poor), energy security and reliability. It also aims to improve our understanding of ecosystems and their management in today’s changing world—in particular, the current state of ecosystems, and their ecological thresholds and buffering capacities. It provides support for policy makers in developing rational, realistic and science-based regional, national and global strategies for the production of fuel, food and fibre that sustain ecosystem services and safeguard food security. Finally, it addresses the human development dimension of global change based on comprehensive studies on the changing size and composition of human populations around the world by analyzing both their impacts and the differential vulnerabilities by age, gender and level of education.

Geology of National Parks of Central/Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania: Geotourism Of The Gregory Rift Valley, Active Volcanism And Regional Plateaus

by Roger N. Scoon

This book describes the interrelationship between the spectacular geology of an area of East Africa that includes a branch of the rift valley, as well as giant freestanding ice-capped mountains and extraordinarily toxic, alkaline lakes, and some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on Earth. It suggests that geological processes that have shaped the iconic landforms, including active volcanoes, may also be responsible for the unusually diverse speciation which characterises the region. Moreover, it is not a coincidence that important palaeoanthropological discoveries have been unearthed in the region. National parks and conservation areas have tremendous potential for geotourism and the book assists both tour guides and visitors in this regard. In addition, the book may provide a better understanding to management of the importance of geology for sustaining wildlife.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals: Humanoid Robots To The Rescue (Springer Tracts In Advanced Robotics #121)

by Karl Iagnemma Matthew Spenko Stephen Buerger

The DARPA Robotics Challenge was a robotics competition that took place in Pomona, California USA in June 2015. The competition was the culmination of 33 months of demanding work by 23 teams and required humanoid robots to perform challenging locomotion and manipulation tasks in a mock disaster site. The challenge was conceived as a response to the Japanese Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011. The Fukushima disaster was seen as an ideal candidate for robotic intervention since the risk of exposure to radiation prevented human responders from accessing the site. This volume, edited by Matthew Spenko, Stephen Buerger, and Karl Iagnemma, includes commentary by the organizers, overall analysis of the results, and documentation of the technical efforts of 15 competing teams. The book provides an important record of the successes and failures involved in the DARPA Robotics Challenge and provides guidance for future needs to be addressed by policy makers, funding agencies, and the robotics research community. Many of the papers in this volume were initially published in a series of special issues of the Journal of Field Robotics. We have proudly collected versions of those papers in this STAR volume.

Spectroscopy of Complex Oxide Interfaces: Photoemission And Related Spectroscopies (Springer Series In Materials Science Ser. #266)

by Claudia Cancellieri Vladimir N. Strocov

This book summarizes the most recent and compelling experimental results for complex oxide interfaces. The results of this book were obtained with the cutting-edge photoemission technique at highest energy resolution. Due to their fascinating properties for new-generation electronic devices and the challenge of investigating buried regions, the book chiefly focuses on complex oxide interfaces. The crucial feature of exploring buried interfaces is the use of soft X-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) operating on the energy range of a few hundred eV to increase the photoelectron mean free path, enabling the photons to penetrate through the top layers – in contrast to conventional ultraviolet (UV)-ARPES techniques. The results presented here, achieved by different research groups around the world, are summarized in a clearly structured way and discussed in comparison with other photoemission spectroscopy techniques and other oxide materials. They are complemented and supported by the most recent theoretical calculations as well as results of complementary experimental techniques including electron transport and inelastic resonant X-ray scattering.

Campaign Professionalism during Egypt’s 2012 Presidential Election (Political Campaigning And Communication Ser.)

by Dalia Elsheikh

This book presents the first analytical study of the levels of professionalism of campaigns in the 2012 Egyptian presidential elections. It considers the extent to which the election was professionalised and how far the levels of professionalism impacted the democratisation process of Egypt. It provides the story of the five main campaigns by applying the professionalisation index to analyse their structures (hardware) and strategies (software). The book also evaluates the application of the professionalization index to nascent democracies, and the impact of campaign professionalism on such democracies. The book encourages further studies within similar fragile democratic systems as well as offering campaigners practical guidance when approaching future elections.

Nicht ärgern - ändern!

by German Quernheim Claudia Styrsky

Nicht ärgern - ändern! Gerade in Berufen, in denen man es mit kranken Menschen zu tun hat, ist die Belastung für die Mitarbeiter besonders hoch - und damit auch das Risiko des Burnout. So denkt allein in der Pflege jede 5. Pflegekraft mehrmals im Monat darüber nach, aus dem Beruf auszusteigen. Zu viele Patienten in zu kurzer Zeit, ständige Neuerungen durch immer neue Gesetze, das immer schlechte soziale Gewissen... Gründe gibt es viele. Doch statt sich immer nur zu ärgern, in Gedanken schon die Kündigung formulierend, kann man sein "Schicksal" auch selbst in die Hand nehmen. Ändern heißt die Devise! Anhand von Beispielen aus dem Alltag gibt der Autor German Quernheim zahlreiche Tipps und Tricks: knapp, humorvoll und umsetzbar. Mit zahlreichen Selbsttests, Übungen und Trainingsprogrammen

Numerical Simulation of the Aerodynamics of High-Lift Configurations

by Omar Darío López Mejia Jaime A. Escobar Gomez

This book deals with numerical simulations and computations of the turbulent flow around high-lift configurations commonly used in aircraft. It is devoted to the Computational Fluids Dynamics (CFD) method using full Navier-Stokes solvers typically used in the simulation of high-lift configuration. With the increase of computational resources in the aeronautical industry, the computation of complex flows such as the aerodynamics of high-lift configurations has become an active field not only in academic but also in industrial environments. The scope of the book includes applications and topics of interest related to the simulation of high-lift configurations such as: lift and drag prediction, unsteady aerodynamics, low Reynolds effects, high performance computing, turbulence modelling, flow feature visualization, among others. This book gives a description of the state-of-the-art of computational models for simulation of high-lift configurations. It also shows and discusses numerical results and validation of these computational models. Finally, this book is a good reference for graduate students and researchers interested in the field of simulation of high-lift configurations.

Polyglutamine Disorders

by Clévio Nóbrega Luís Pereira de Almeida

This book provides a cutting-edge review of polyglutamine disorders. It primarily focuses on two main aspects: (1) the mechanisms underlying the pathologies’ development and progression, and (2) the therapeutic strategies that are currently being explored to stop or delay disease progression. Polyglutamine (polyQ) disorders are a group of inherited neurodegenerative diseases with a fatal outcome that are caused by an abnormal expansion of a coding trinucleotide repeat (CAG), which is then translated in an abnormal protein with an elongated glutamine tract (Q). To date, nine polyQ disorders have been identified and described: dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA); Huntington’s disease (HD); spinal–bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA); and six spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 17).The genetic basis of polyQ disorders is well established and described, and despite important advances that have opened up the possibility of generating genetic models of the disease, the mechanisms that cause neuronal degeneration are still largely unknown and there is currently no treatment available for these disorders. Further, it is believed that the different polyQ may share some mechanisms and pathways contributing to neurodegeneration and disease progression.

California's Amazing Geology

by Donald R. Prothero

California has some of the most distinctive and unique geology in the United States. It is the only state with all three types of plate boundaries, an extraordinary history of earthquakes and volcanoes, and it has many rocks and minerals found nowhere else. The Golden State includes both the highest and lowest point in the continental US and practically every conceivable geological feature known. This book discusses not only the important geologic features of each region in California, but also the complex geologic four-dimensional puzzle of how California was assembled, beginning over 2 billion years ago. The author provides up-to-date and authoritative review of the geology and geomorphology of each geologic province, as well as recent revelations of tectonic history of California’s past. There are separate chapters on some of California’s distinctive geologic resources, including gold, oil, water, coastlines, and fossils. An introductory section describes basic rock and mineral types and fundamental aspects of plate tectonics, so that students and other readers can make sense of the bizarre, wild, and crazy jigsaw puzzle that is California's geological history.

Sacred Games: A Novel

by Vikram Chandra

Seven years in the making, Sacred Games is an epic of exceptional richness and power. Vikram Chandra's novel draws the reader deep into the life of Inspector Sartaj Singh--and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India. Sartaj, one of the very few Sikhs on the Mumbai police force, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But "the silky Sikh" is now past forty, his marriage is over and his career prospects are on the slide. When Sartaj gets an anonymous tip-off as to the secret hide-out of the legendary boss of G-Company, he's determined that he'll be the one to collect the prize. Vikram Chandra's keenly anticipated new novel is a magnificent story of friendship and betrayal, of terrible violence, of an astonishing modern city and its dark side. Drawing inspiration from the classics of nineteenth-century fiction, mystery novels, Bollywood movies and Chandra's own life and research on the streets of Mumbai, Sacred Games evokes with devastating realism the way we live now but resonates with the intelligence and emotional depth of the best of literature.

A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Mysteries #1)

by Charles Todd

From the brilliantly imaginative New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd comes an unforgettable new character in an exceptional new series England, 1916. Independent-minded Bess Crawford's upbringing is far different from that of the usual upper-middle-class British gentlewoman. Growing up in India, she learned the importance of responsibility, honor, and duty from her offi­cer father. At the outbreak of World War I, she followed in his footsteps and volunteered for the nursing corps, serving from the battlefields of France to the doomed hospital ship Britannic. On one voyage, Bess grows fond of the young, gravely wounded Lieutenant Arthur Graham. Something rests heavily on his conscience, and to give him a little peace as he dies, she promises to deliver a message to his brother. It is some months before she can carry out this duty, and when she's next in England, she herself is recovering from a wound. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference. Neither his mother nor his brother Timothy seems to think it has any significance. Unsettled by this, Bess is about to take her leave when sudden tragedy envelops her. She quickly discovers that fulfilling this duty to the dead has thrust her into a maelstrom of intrigue and murder that will endanger her own life and test her courage as not even war has.

Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

by Christopher Moore

It is the color of the Virgin Mary's cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps even the supernatural. It is . . . SacrÉ Bleu In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his own life . . . and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends-baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec-who vow to discover the truth about van Gogh's untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late nineteenth-century Paris. Oh lÀ lÀ, quelle surprise, and zut alors! A delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history-with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure-SacrÉ Bleu is another masterpiece of wit and wonder from the one, the only, Christopher Moore.

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