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Tallahassee Higgins

by Mary Downing Hahn

Tallahassee Higgins enjoys the vagabond lifestyle she lives with her free-spirited mother, but when Mother goes to Los Angeles to try her luck in TV and movies, Tallahassee is placed with her uncle whose conventional suburban lifestyle makes her question her mother's values--and her own.

The Diviner's Tale

by Bradford Morrow

An Otto Penzler Book Walking a lonely forested valley on a spring morning in upstate New York, having been hired by a developer to dowse the land, Cassandra Brooks comes upon the shocking vision of a young girl hanged from a tree. When she returns with authorities to the site, the body has vanished, leaving in question Cassandra's credibility if not her sanity. The next day, on a return visit with the sheriff to have another look, a dazed, mute missing girl emerges from the woods, alive and the very picture of Cassandra's hanged girl. What follows is the narrative of ever-deepening and increasingly bizarre divinations that will lead this gifted young woman, the struggling single mother of twin boys, hurtling toward a past she'd long since thought was behind her. The Diviner's Tale is at once a journey of self-discovery and an unorthodox murder mystery, a tale of the fantastic and a family chronicle told by an otherwise ordinary woman. When Cassandra's dark forebodings take on tangible form, she is forced to confront a life spiraling out of control. And soon she is locked in a mortal chess match with a real-life killer who has haunted her since before she can remember.

The Crossing Places

by Elly Griffiths

A captivating crime series by British mystery writer Elly Griffiths, featuring an irresistibly quirky heroine in Ruth Galloway When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants--not quite earth, not quite sea. When a child's bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Galloway for help. Nelson thinks he has found the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Since her disappearance he has been receiving bizarre letters about her, letters with references to ritual and sacrifice. The bones actually turn out to be two thousand years old, but Ruth is soon drawn into the Lucy Downey case and into the mind of the letter writer, who seems to have both archaeological knowledge and eerie psychic powers, luring Ruth into completely new territory--and serious danger. This book features a teaser chapter from The Janus Stone, another Ruth Galloway mystery.

Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

by Megan Marshall

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, a brilliantly rendered life of one of our most admired American poets Since her death in 1979, Elizabeth Bishop, who published only one hundred poems in her lifetime, has become one of America’s best-loved poets. And yet—painfully shy and living out of public view in Key West and Brazil, among other hideaways—she has never been seen so fully as a woman and an artist. Megan Marshall makes incisive and moving use of a newly discovered cache of Bishop’s letters—to her psychiatrist and to three of her lovers—to reveal a much darker childhood than has been known, a secret affair, and the last chapter of her passionate romance with the Brazilian modernist designer Lota de Macedo Soares. These elements of Bishop’s life, along with her friendships with poets Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell, are brought to life with novelistic intensity. And by alternating the narrative line of biography with brief passages of memoir, Marshall, who studied with Bishop in her storied 1970s poetry workshop at Harvard, offers the reader a compelling glimpse of the ways poetry and biography, subject and biographer, are entwined. Finally, in this riveting portrait of a life lived for—and saved by—art, Marshall captures the enduring magic of Bishop’s creative achievement.

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits

by Leslie R. Crutchfield J. Gregory Dees Heather Mcleod Grant

An updated edition of a groundbreaking book on best practices for nonprofits What makes great nonprofits great? In the original book, authors Crutchfield and McLeod Grant employed a rigorous research methodology derived from for-profit books like Built to Last. They studied 12 nonprofits that have achieved extraordinary levels of impact--from Habitat for Humanity to the Heritage Foundation--and distilled six counterintuitive practices that these organizations use to change the world. Features a new introduction that explores the new context in which nonprofits operate and the consequences for these organizations Includes a new chapter on applying the Six Practices to small, local nonprofits, including some examples of these organizations Contains an update on the 12 organizations featured in the original book--how they have fared, what they've learned, and where they are now in their growth trajectory This book has lessons for all readers interested in creating significant social change, including nonprofit managers, donors, and volunteers.

Tools for Teaching

by Barbara Gross Davis

This is the long-awaited update on the bestselling book that offers a practical, accessible reference manual for faculty in any discipline. This new edition contains up-to-date information on technology as well as expanding on the ideas and strategies presented in the first edition. It includes more than sixty-one chapters designed to improve the teaching of beginning, mid-career, or senior faculty members. The topics cover both traditional tasks of teaching as well as broader concerns, such as diversity and inclusion in the classroom and technology in educational settings.

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

by Firoozeh Dumas

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California's Newport Beach is her family's latest perch, and she's determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name--Cindy. It's the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi.

Smoke and Mirrors

by Elly Griffiths

In the sequel to the "captivating"* Zig Zag Girl, DI Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto hunt for a killer after two children are murdered in a tragic tableau of a very grim fairy tale. *Wall Street Journal It's Christmastime in Brighton, and the city is abuzz about a local production of Aladdin, starring the marvelous Max Mephisto. But the holiday cheer is lost on DI Edgar Stephens. He's investigating the murder of two children, Annie and Mark, who were strangled to death in the woods, abandoned alongside a trail of candy--a horrifying scene eerily reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel. Edgar has plenty of leads to investigate. Annie, a surprisingly dark child, used to write gruesome plays based on the Grimms' fairy tales. Does the key to the case lie in her unfinished final script? Or does the macabre staging of Annie and Mark's deaths point to the theater and the capricious cast of characters performing in Aladdin? Once again Edgar enlists Max's help in penetrating the shadowy world of the theater. But is this all just classic misdirection?

Visible City

by Tova Mirvis

For fans of Meg Wolitzer and Allegra Goodman, an intimate and provocative novel about three couples whose paths intersect in their New York City neighborhood, forcing them all to weigh the comfort of stability against the costs of change. Nina is a harried young mother who spends her evenings spying on the older couple across the street through her son's Fisher-Price binoculars. She is drawn to their quiet contentment--reading on the couch, massaging each other's feet--so unlike her own lonely, chaotic world of nursing and soothing and simply getting by. One night, through that same window, she spies a young couple in the throes of passion. Who are these people, and what happened to her symbol of domestic bliss? In the coming weeks, Nina encounters the older couple, Leon and Claudia, their daughter Emma and her fiancé, and many others on the streets of her Upper West Side neighborhood, eroding the safe distance of her secret vigils. Soon anonymity gives way to different--and sometimes dangerous--forms of intimacy, and Nina and her neighbors each begin to question their own paths. With enormous empathy and a keen observational eye, Tova Mirvis introduces a constellation of characters we all know: twenty-somethings unsure about commitments they haven't yet made; thirty-somethings unsure about the ones they have; and sixty-somethings whose empty nest causes all sorts of doubt. Visible City invites us to examine those all-important forks in the road, and the conflict between desire and loyalty.

United States History & Geography: Modern Times

by Albert S. Broussard Alan Brinkley Joyce Appleby

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile

by David Faucheux

[From the back cover:] Friends and family. Restaurants and recipes. Hobbies and history. TV programs the author loved when he could still see and music he enjoys. The schools he attended and the two degrees he attained. The career that eluded him and the physical problems that challenge him. And books, books, books: over 230 of them quoted from or reviewed. All in all, an astonishing work of erudition and remembrance. From the Epilogue It may seem that I have mentioned books inordinately frequently. Please remember that I take in little television and few movies, and that I don't work at present. it is this amount of found time that I can dedicate to the printed--or in my case the spoken--word. These books are like signposts that help me navigate my way through the hours of each day. I simply wanted to craft a love letter, a valentine, to books, and to tell you a bit about me and my world. I suspect that I wrote this journal to make sense of my life, asking what would happen next. Would I leave anything as a legacy when I'm gone?

Math Connects [Grade] 4

by Day Balka Altieri

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Spanish Is Fun: Lively Lessons for Beginners, Book 1

by Lori Langer de Ramirez Heywood Wald

This introductory program is designed to help students attain a desired first-year level of proficiency in four basic skills--speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Learning pandas - Second Edition

by Michael Heydt

Get to grips with pandas—a versatile and high-performance Python library for data manipulation, analysis, and discovery About This Book • Get comfortable using pandas and Python as an effective data exploration and analysis tool • Explore pandas through a framework of data analysis, with an explanation of how pandas is well suited for the various stages in a data analysis process • A comprehensive guide to pandas with many of clear and practical examples to help you get up and using pandas Who This Book Is For This book is ideal for data scientists, data analysts, Python programmers who want to plunge into data analysis using pandas, and anyone with a curiosity about analyzing data. Some knowledge of statistics and programming will be helpful to get the most out of this book but not strictly required. Prior exposure to pandas is also not required. What You Will Learn • Understand how data analysts and scientists think about of the processes of gathering and understanding data • Learn how pandas can be used to support the end-to-end process of data analysis • Use pandas Series and DataFrame objects to represent single and multivariate data • Slicing and dicing data with pandas, as well as combining, grouping, and aggregating data from multiple sources • How to access data from external sources such as files, databases, and web services • Represent and manipulate time-series data and the many of the intricacies involved with this type of data • How to visualize statistical information • How to use pandas to solve several common data representation and analysis problems within finance In Detail You will learn how to use pandas to perform data analysis in Python. You will start with an overview of data analysis and iteratively progress from modeling data, to accessing data from remote sources, performing numeric and statistical analysis, through indexing and performing aggregate analysis, and finally to visualizing statistical data and applying pandas to finance. With the knowledge you gain from this book, you will quickly learn pandas and how it can empower you in the exciting world of data manipulation, analysis and science. Style and approach • Step-by-step instruction on using pandas within an end-to-end framework of performing data analysis • Practical demonstration of using Python and pandas using interactive and incremental examples

Interactive Science, Grade 8

by Michael J. Padilla Zipporah Miller Don Buckley

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Why Do Rabbits Hop? And Other Questions About Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, and Gerbils

by Joan Holub

Do you love rabbits, gerbils, guinea, pigs, or hamsters? If you do, you're not alone! These small animals make very popular pets. And there's so much to know about all of them! Which rabbits have the longest ears? Are guinea pigs pigs? How are hamsters and gerbils different? Find out all the answers--and much more--in this lively, fact-filled introduction to these furry creatures.

The House Love Built: Four Romances Are Built on the Foundation of Faith

by Susan May Warren Gail Sattler Susan Downs Tracey Victoria Bateman

Carla Wainwright was building a house -and a future-with the man she loved. But when he walked out of her life, she held on to her dream of the house.... Now, with the help of a reluctant contractor, Jack Dugan, she sees her project-and her hopes-rise to new heights. And that's only the beginning for this special place--when Carla moves on, the dream house plays a role in the lives and loves of three other women: Ellen White, afraid to surrender to God's call to missions, prefers the safety of her career in interior decorating-until Paul Stoneman helps her discover the courage to walk through God's open door. Professor Angela Cooper finds the squirrel damage in the attic isn't the only repair she needs in her life. Can Kendall Tyler's bumbling efforts fix the hole in her heart? Winnie Wainwright's heart--like her home--has been battered by storms. Will Dan Parker be the handyman to mend her house... and her soul? These four stories of hope and healing will surely find a home in your heart!

Dead Over Heels

by Charlaine Harris

Aurora Teagarden surprises even herself with how quickly she's settled in to domestic bliss with her new husband, Martin. But when the body of Roe's nemesis, Detective Jack Burns, drops from an airplane to land in her yard, Roe once more finds herself involved in a mysterious death.It isn't long before Roe realizes that strange things are happening to those around her, including anonymous "gifts" appearing at her home. Suspecting that everything is somehow related, Roe digs for her own answers before someone else winds up dead. She'll have to investigate everyone she knows, and the truth she uncovers will change her life forever.#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris is back with another delightful whodunit and a cast of memorable characters. The Aurora Teagarden mysteries have been adapted into film for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse

by Charlaine Harris

After inheriting a modest fortune, Aurora Teagarden decides to try her hand at being a real estate agent, working at her mother's agency. Her first assignment is to show a local mansion to dashing newcomer Martin Bartell. But when they discover the body of a rival real estate agent in the master bedroom, Roe quickly realizes her new profession is more dangerous -- and exciting -- that she ever imagined.Roe begins her own investigation of the murder, even as sparks fly between her and Bartel. When a second real estate agent is found murdered, Roe suspects the killer may be closer than she thought. She will have to use her natural sleuthing skills to unmask the murderer before another empty house for sale becomes a crime scene.From #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris comes an unforgettable cast of charming characters and an intriguing puzzle to solve. Real Murders, A Bone to Pick, Three Bedrooms, One Corpse and the rest of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries have been adapted into film for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Restless Dreams

by Karen Pullen

The characters in the stories that comprise Restless Dreams share a certain resemblance: tired eyes, a slow trudging step, and the distracted air of someone with lots on her mind, some of it unspeakable. But despite sore feet and an aching heart, each yearns for better days, aims for what is right, and makes it all work somehow. She's a cop, a mom, a saleswoman, nanny, teacher, hairdresser, teen. None have it easy, but they don't give up their restless dreams of a more perfect life.

The Rottweiler (Learning About Dogs)

by Charlotte Wilcox

An introduction to the dog known as the rottweiler, which includes its history, development, uses, and care. Includes photo diagram and general facts about dogs.

Interactive Science, Grade 6

by Michael J. Padilla Zipporah Miller Don Buckley

NIMAC-sourced textbook

The Status Civilization

by Robert Sheckley

On a savage prison planet, a reluctant killer searches for his memory He awakes in the cell, his mind blank save for a faint memory of standing over a dead man with a gun. Guilty of murder, his brain has been wiped, and he has been transported to Omega, the prison planet, where evil is worshipped as a god. His jailers inform him of his name, Will Barrent, his crime, and the average life expectancy in his new home: three years. Every day will be a battle for survival, and one day, he will lose. Although run by criminals, Omega is hardly lawless. The population has been divided into an intricate caste system, and Barrent is on the bottom. The only way to advance in rank is to kill. While Barrent knows in his bones that he is no murderer, he sees no alternative but to give in to the crime that sent him here. He will kill if he must, but he will never lose himself again.

Pilgrimage to Earth

by Robert Sheckley

In "Pilgrimage to Earth," on a long-desired trip to the home planet, a young man finds a perfectly developed society and, finally, deep, true love--which, sadly, only lasts for a very limited time before the reset button removes all trace of it.The fourteen other stories in this collection are "All the Things You Are," "Trap," "The Body," "Early Model," "Disposal Service," "Human Man's Burden," "Fear in the Night," "Bad Medicine," "Protection," "Earth, Air, Fire, and Water," "Deadhead," "The Academy," "Milk Run," and "The Lifeboat Mutiny."From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers, and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. Open Road is proud to republish his acclaimed body of work, with nearly thirty volumes of full-length fiction and short story collections. Rediscover, or discover for the first time, a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was "a precursor to Douglas Adams."

Citizen in Space

by Robert Sheckley

Marvin Goodman thinks he has discovered an unknown paradise and buys "A Ticket to Tranai." What starts as Utopia ends up becoming a death trap.The twelve other stories included in this collection are "The Mountain Without a Name," "The Accountant," "Hunting Problem," "A Thief in Time," "The Luckiest Man in the World," "Hands Off," "Something for Nothing," "A Ticket to Tranai," "The Battle," "Skulking Permit," "Citizen in Space," and "Ask a Foolish Question."From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers, and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. Open Road is proud to republish his acclaimed body of work, with nearly thirty volumes of full-length fiction and short story collections. Rediscover, or discover for the first time, a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was "a precursor to Douglas Adams."

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