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Winner of the Zócalo Book Prize Shortlisted for the 2015 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians "A tour de force. . . . No one has ever written a book on the Declaration quite like this one."--Gordon Wood, New York Review of Books Featured on the front page of the New York Times, Our Declaration is already regarded as a seminal work that reinterprets the promise of American democracy through our founding text. Combining a personal account of teaching the Declaration with a vivid evocation of the colonial world between 1774 and 1777, Allen, a political philosopher renowned for her work on justice and citizenship reveals our nation's founding text to be an animating force that not only changed the world more than two-hundred years ago, but also still can. Challenging conventional wisdom, she boldly makes the case that the Declaration is a document as much about political equality as about individual liberty. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Our Declaration is an "uncommonly elegant, incisive, and often poetic primer on America's cardinal text" (David M. Kennedy).
The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. It includes some of the loftiest and most loved verses in all the Bible: "And the Word became flesh...," "For God so loved the world...," "You who are without sin cast the first stone...," "I am the resurrection and the life...," "I am the way, and the truth, and the life." The writing is filled with rich images and profound truths, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that his readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they "may have life in his name." This Lent, join Adam Hamilton and experience a season of spiritual growth and life-changing renewal while exploring the major themes of John while reading the entire Gospel of John. Topics Include: The Word Made Flesh The Miraculous Signs of Jesus The "I Am" Sayings of Jesus The Farewell Discourse The Arrest, Trial, and Crucifixion of the King Eternal Life
New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer serves up HUNTER, a fan-favorite Man of the Month, for your reading pleasure!Phillip Hunter is a strong, independent loner who bears his Native-American heritage with pride. He's also able to overcome the most life-threatening dangers with ease. But his next assignment as chief of security for a top-secret operation brings him into contact with geologist Jennifer Marist. Suddenly, Hunter finds himself tempted to overstep his orders to protect Jenny from all danger and take her into his arms...The mission soon proves the ultimate challenge of his career--spending a week on the rugged Arizona plains with the one woman he yearns for above all others, and the one he is determined to keep at arm's length. But Hunter never planned on facing the allure of Jenny's wild, sweet passion--or on discovering a love he'd never dared dream could be his.
Nothing will stop an alpha hero from winning the woman of his dreams in two red-hot Love Undercover tales from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster, together for the first time. GETTING ROWDY Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn't the kind of man women say no to. But waitress Avery Mullins has good reasons for keeping her distance--including a secret that Rowdy won't rest until he's unearthed. As the sparks between them ignite, she'll be forced to choose between the security she's finally found...and the passion she's always wanted. DASH OF PERIL To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is six feet four inches of laid-back masculine charm--until a threat to Margo makes him determined to prove he's all the man she needs--in all the ways that matter...
New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods sweeps readers away with a reader-favorite tale of finding strength--and love—in unexpected places. Audrey Nelson had heard the words "We knew we could count on you" too many times. She was known as a good sport, but to her that meant she was just a wimp! Canceling her vacation to cover a hot-air balloon festival was the absolute last time she would give in. But Blake Marshall's high-handed manner didn't give her a chance to say no. He literally swept her off her feet before she could protest, and his charm made dangerous inroads into her outrage. Audrey knew Blake understood her need for control and self-respect. Could he get her to say yes to the most important question of all?
Anyone who is part of a book club is very familiar with this constant question: What should we read next? Whether your club wants to travel back in time to exotic locations or prefers to wrestle with big issues in a contemporary setting, this sampler of eleven extraordinary novels has something for every book club: The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst, Pretty Baby and The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, Come Away With Me by Karma Brown, The Wonder of All Things and The Returned by Jason Mott, Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf, Madame Picasso by Anne Girard, The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle, Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel and The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard. Each excerpt is accompanied by a letter from the novel's editor explaining why the book is a perfect book club pick. There is also bonus material to enrich your discussions, including reading guides and author conversations. So, read on, enjoy, find the perfect book and be the star of your book club.
New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham brings back the Krewe of Hunters! The FBI's unit of paranormal investigators is solving unusual crimes in some of America's most fascinating and mysterious places...The Night Is Watching: In the Old West town of Lily, Arizona, a historic theater and former bawdy house offers performances for tourists. Then a real skull is found among the props. Krewe member Jane Everett has to work with the local sheriff, whose great-great-grandmother was an actress there--and she doesn't seem to be resting in peace!The Night Is Alive: Savannah is a town of beauty, history...hauntings. New FBI agent Abigail comes home to the family's 1750s inn, which comes complete with a ghostly pirate captain--and discovers her grandfather murdered. And that's just the beginning. It takes Malachi Gordon of the Krewe to help her solve these crimes...The Night Is Forever: Something happened during the Civil War on a historic ranch outside Nashville. But what does that have to do with the murders being committed now? Then Olivia Gordon, a therapist who works at a facility called the Horse Farm, sees a ghost rider in the sky. Time to bring in the Krewe of Hunters!"Bestseller Graham launches the third arc in her paranormal romantic suspense Krewe of Hunters series with a rousing tae..." --Publishers Weekly on The Night Is Watching
Eleanor Whitman had been a young girl with a crush, offering Keegan Taber her heart on a platter. Then he'd made it ruthlessly clear he wanted nothing to do with it. Eleanor hated the memory-and she hated him. And yet even four years later, the sight of Keegan made her weak in the knees. Only, now she was no girl....Keegan had never forgiven himself for how he'd treated Eleanor. He'd give anything to have her love him again. But Eleanor had moved on and was with another man. All Keegan could do was hope that man didn't put a ring on her finger before he could win her back....
Love under the Texan skyUnderneath her bubbly carefree facade, there was more-much more-to the champagne girl. Catherine Blake had high personal standards, including a sense of duty to her widowed mother, which brought her back to Comanche Flats, the family ranch.Once she'd returned, her stepbrother, Matt Kincaid, only complicated matters. Matt demanded that she stay on at the ranch, under his watchful eye. But Catherine had a job offer waiting for her in New York City. There was only one thing that could keep her on a dusty cattle ranch in Texas-the love of the rangiest cowboy in the Lone Star State!
Come to Whiskey Creek, the heart of Gold Country!Join the many readers whoâ TMve fallen in love with Whiskey Creek, the Northern California town created by New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak.WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES (the story that started it all)Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has a roster of A-list clients, including the sexy and unpredictable Simon O'Neal. But Simon, who's just been through a turbulent divorce, won't cooperate, so she drops him-and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him. Desperate to save her company, Gail makes a deal with Simon. What he wants is custody of his son, but that's going to require a whole new image. He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl like Gail, who'll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek...WHEN SNOW FALLSAfter growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She's grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she's troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn't her mother. Sheâ TMs determined to find answers-but things get even more complicated when she lands right in the arms of Dylan Amos, oldest and baddest of the hell-raising Amos brothers. He's exactly the kind of guy she's sworn to avoid. But...maybe there's more to Dylan than she thought. Maybe letting him go would be a bigger mistake.WHEN SUMMER COMESOne day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news. She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren't good. Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents' farm. One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door. He's an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud, and he offers to trade work for shelter. Callie figures she doesn't have anything to lose. He needs a temporary place to stay; she needs an extra pair of hands. Then she realizes she does have something to lose-her heart.And...you're invited to a wedding in Whiskey Creek in this special bonus novella, WHEN WE TOUCH!Whiskey Creek-a town youâ TMll love! Find out why...
Let New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods sweep you away to Texas with this acclaimed tale of bending the rules...Texas-born-and-bred lawman Justin Adams had always been a by-the-book kind of guy. Until one day the deputy caught a petty thief in the act of stealing a bottle of baby medicine. And when Justin looked into the imploring eyes of desperate single mother Patsy Langhorn--not to mention those of her feverish little boy--he decided to bend the rules, just a little.Patsy Langhorn was wary of men in general, and one who'd sworn to uphold the law should have had her running for cover. But somehow this man had her wondering if maybe the time had come to stop running--if maybe, finally, he was what she'd waited her whole life to find.
"Golway's revisionist take is a useful reminder of the unmatched ingenuity of American politics."--Wall Street Journal History casts Tammany Hall as shorthand for the worst of urban politics: graft and patronage personified by notoriously crooked characters. In his groundbreaking work Machine Made, journalist and historian Terry Golway dismantles these stereotypes, focusing on the many benefits of machine politics for marginalized immigrants. As thousands sought refuge from Ireland's potato famine, the very question of who would be included under the protection of American democracy was at stake. Tammany's transactional politics were at the heart of crucial social reforms--such as child labor laws, workers' compensation, and minimum wages-- and Golway demonstrates that American political history cannot be understood without Tammany's profound contribution. Culminating in FDR's New Deal, Machine Made reveals how Tammany Hall "changed the role of government--for the better to millions of disenfranchised recent American arrivals" (New York Observer).
Travels with NPR host David Greene along the Trans-Siberian Railroad capture an overlooked, idiosyncratic Russia in the age of Putin. Far away from the trendy cafés, designer boutiques, and political protests and crackdowns in Moscow, the real Russia exists. Midnight in Siberia chronicles David Greene's journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 6,000-mile cross-country trip from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. In quadruple-bunked cabins and stopover towns sprinkled across the country's snowy landscape, Greene speaks with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. These travels offer a glimpse of the new Russia--a nation that boasts open elections and newfound prosperity but continues to endure oppression, corruption, a dwindling population, and stark inequality. We follow Greene as he finds opportunity and hardship embodied in his fellow train travelers and in conversations with residents of towns throughout Siberia. We meet Nadezhda, an entrepreneur who runs a small hotel in Ishim, fighting through corrupt layers of bureaucracy every day. Greene spends a joyous evening with a group of babushkas who made international headlines as runners-up at the Eurovision singing competition. They sing Beatles covers, alongside their traditional songs, finding that music and companionship can heal wounds from the past. In Novosibirsk, Greene has tea with Alexei, who runs the carpet company his mother began after the Soviet collapse and has mixed feelings about a government in which his family has done quite well. And in Chelyabinsk, a hunt for space debris after a meteorite landing leads Greene to a young man orphaned as a teenager, forced into military service, and now figuring out if any of his dreams are possible. Midnight in Siberia is a lively travel narrative filled with humor, adventure, and insight. It opens a window onto that country's complicated relationship with democracy and offers a rare look into the soul of twenty-first-century Russia.
This compelling narrative goes behind the scenes with the world's most important living artists to humanize and demystify contemporary art. The best-selling author of Seven Days in the Art World now tells the story of the artists themselves--how they move through the world, command credibility, and create iconic works. 33 Artists in 3 Acts offers unprecedented access to a dazzling range of artists, from international superstars to unheralded art teachers. Sarah Thornton's beautifully paced, fly-on-the-wall narratives include visits with Ai Weiwei before and after his imprisonment and Jeff Koons as he woos new customers in London, Frankfurt, and Abu Dhabi. Thornton meets Yayoi Kusama in her studio around the corner from the Tokyo asylum that she calls home. She snoops in Cindy Sherman's closet, hears about Andrea Fraser's psychotherapist, and spends quality time with Laurie Simmons, Carroll Dunham, and their daughters Lena and Grace. Through these intimate scenes, 33 Artists in 3 Acts explores what it means to be a real artist in the real world. Divided into three cinematic "acts"--politics, kinship, and craft--it investigates artists' psyches, personas, politics, and social networks. Witnessing their crises and triumphs, Thornton turns a wry, analytical eye on their different answers to the question "What is an artist?" 33 Artists in 3 Acts reveals the habits and attributes of successful artists, offering insight into the way these driven and inventive people play their game. In a time when more and more artists oversee the production of their work, rather than make it themselves, Thornton shows how an artist's radical vision and personal confidence can create audiences for their work, and examines the elevated role that artists occupy as essential figures in our culture.
Mermaids, kidnappers, and mercenaries hijack a tropical vacation in this genre-bending sendup of the American honeymoon. On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deb and Chip--our opinionated, skeptical narrator and her cheerful jock husband who's friendly to a fault--meet a marine biologist who says she's sighted mermaids in a coral reef. As the resort's "parent company" swoops in to corner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with other adventurous souls, including an ex-Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a hipster Tokyo VJ, to save said mermaids from the "Venture of Marvels," which wants to turn their reef into a theme park. Mermaids in Paradise is Lydia Millet's funniest book yet, tempering the sharp satire of her early career with the empathy and subtlety of her more recent novels and short stories. This is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale, darkly comic on the surface and illuminating in its depths.
A war memoir of unusual literary beauty and power from the acclaimed poet who wrote the poem "The Hurt Locker." In 2003, Sergeant Brian Turner crossed the line of departure with a convoy of soldiers headed into the Iraqi desert. Now he lies awake each night beside his sleeping wife, imagining himself as a drone aircraft, hovering over the terrains of Bosnia and Vietnam, Iraq and Northern Ireland, the killing fields of Cambodia and the death camps of Europe. In this breathtaking memoir, award-winning poet Brian Turner retraces his war experience--pre-deployment to combat zone, homecoming to aftermath. Free of self-indulgence or self-glorification, his account combines recollection with the imagination's efforts to make reality comprehensible. Across time, he seeks parallels in the histories of others who have gone to war, especially his taciturn grandfather (World War II), father (Cold War), and uncle (Vietnam). Turner also offers something that is truly rare in a memoir of violent conflict--he sees through the eyes of the enemy, imagining his way into the experience of the "other." Through it all, he paints a devastating portrait of what it means to be a soldier and a human being.
Longlisted for the National Book Award. Where did the ideas come from that became the cornerstone of American democracy? America's founders intended to liberate us not just from one king but from the ghostly tyranny of supernatural religion. Drawing deeply on the study of European philosophy, Matthew Stewart brilliantly tracks the ancient, pagan, and continental ideas from which America's revolutionaries drew their inspiration. In the writings of Spinoza, Lucretius, and other great philosophers, Stewart recovers the true meanings of "Nature's God," "the pursuit of happiness," and the radical political theory with which the American experiment in self-government began.
"[An] elucidating cultural history of Hollywood's most popular child star . . . a must-read."--Bill Desowitz, USA Today Her image appeared in periodicals and advertisements roughly twenty times daily; she rivaled FDR and Edward VIII as the most photographed person in the world. Her portrait brightened the homes of countless admirers: from a black laborer's cabin in South Carolina and young Andy Warhol's house in Pittsburgh to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's recreation room in Washington, DC, and gangster "Bumpy" Johnson's Harlem apartment. A few years later her smile cheered the secret bedchamber of Anne Frank in Amsterdam as young Anne hid from the Nazis. For four consecutive years Shirley Temple was the world's box-office champion, a record never equaled. By early 1935 her mail was reported as four thousand letters a week, and hers was the second-most popular girl's name in the country. What distinguished Shirley Temple from every other Hollywood star of the period--and everyone since--was how brilliantly she shone. Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come. Distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how the most famous, adored, imitated, and commodified child in the world astonished movie goers, created a new international culture of celebrity, and revolutionized the role of children as consumers. Tap-dancing across racial boundaries with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, foiling villains, and mending the hearts and troubles of the deserving, Shirley Temple personified the hopes and dreams of Americans. To do so, she worked virtually every day of her childhood, transforming her own family as well as the lives of her fans.
"Extraordinarily courageous; [Cronin] chronicles her journey to fit in and thrive with bravery and wit."--O, The Oprah Magazine At the age of three, Eileen Cronin first realized that only she did not have legs. Her boisterous Catholic family accepted her situation as "God's will," treating her no differently than her ten siblings, as she "squiddled" through their 1960s Cincinnati home. But starting school, even wearing prosthetics, Cronin had to brave bullying and embarrassing questions. Thanks to her older brother's coaching, she handled a classmate's playground taunts with a smack from her lunchbox. As a teen, thrilled when boys asked her out, she was confused about what sexuality meant for her. She felt most comfortable and happiest relaxing and skinny dipping with her girlfriends, imagining herself "an elusive mermaid." The cause of her disability remained taboo, however, even as she looked toward the future and the possibility of her own family. In later years, as her mother battled mental illness and denied having taken the drug thalidomide--known to cause birth defects--Cronin felt apart from her family. After the death of a close brother, she turned to alcohol. Eventually, however, she found the strength to set out on her own, volunteering at hospitals and earning a PhD in clinical psychology. Reflecting with humor and grace on her youth, search for love, and quest for answers, Cronin spins a shimmering story of self-discovery and transformation.
Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Biography. "Profoundly evocative and altogether admirable...The writing and detail are so brilliant that I found the volume revelatory." --Tim Page, Washington Post Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago's music scene under the tutelage of Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations, but his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices. Thomas Brothers picks up where he left off with the acclaimed Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, following the story of the great jazz musician into his most creatively fertile years in the 1920s and early 1930s, when Armstrong created not one but two modern musical styles. Brothers wields his own tremendous skill in making the connections between history and music accessible to everyone as Armstrong shucks and jives across the page. Through Brothers's expert ears and eyes we meet an Armstrong whose quickness and sureness, so evident in his performances, served him well in his encounters with racism while his music soared across the airwaves into homes all over America. Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism blends cultural history, musical scholarship, and personal accounts from Armstrong's contemporaries to reveal his enduring contributions to jazz and popular music at a time when he and his bandmates couldn't count on food or even a friendly face on their travels across the country. Thomas Brothers combines an intimate knowledge of Armstrong's life with the boldness to examine his place in such a racially charged landscape. In vivid prose and with vibrant photographs, Brothers illuminates the life and work of the man many consider to be the greatest American musician of the twentieth century.
With the coming flood of connected products, many UX and interaction designers are looking into hardware design, a discipline largely unfamiliar to them. If you're among those who want to blend digital and physical design concepts successfully, this practical book helps you explore seven long-standing principles of industrial design.Two present and former design directors at IDEO, the international design and innovation firm, use real-world examples to describe industrial designs that are sensorial, simple, enduring, playful, thoughtful, sustainable, and beautiful. You'll learn how to approach, frame, and evaluate your designs as they extend beyond the screen and into the physical world.Sensorial: create experiences that fully engage our human sensesSimple: design simple products that provide overall clarity in relation to their purposeEnduring: build products that wear well and live on as classicsPlayful: use playful design to go beyond functionality and create emotional connectionsThoughtful: observe people's struggles and anticipate their needsSustainable: design products that reduce environmental impactBeautiful: elevate the experience of everyday products through beauty
Failure is inevitable and a postmortem analysis, conducted in an open, blameless way, is the best way for IT techs and managers to learn from outages and near-misses. But when the "root cause" is determined to be "human error" (or worse, particular humans), the real causes and conditions are lost.In this insightful book, IT veteran Dave Zwieback shows you an approach for making postmortems blameless, so you can focus instead on addressing areas of fragility within systems and organizations. If you're involved with assessing why something goes wrong on a project or at your company--as a system administrator, developer, team manager, or executive--the concrete steps in this guide will help you find a real solution that works.Recognize and mitigate the effects of stress during outagesLearn how to communicate effectively in a charged, high-stakes postmortem conversationCollect the necessary data before the postmortem beginsFocus on determining the actual causes and conditions of an outageLearn techniques for writing up a postmortem for either internal or external use
Explore all the Apple Watch's capabilities and possibilities!You'll like your Apple Watch as much as author Jeff Carlson does after you've read this book and used its advice to integrate the Apple Watch into your life, taking advantage of its many features for helping you focus on what you care about the most. That could mean not missing notifications to help you keep up with co-workers, being free to stash your iPhone so you can enjoy the sunset without worrying that your sitter is trying to reach you, making sure you move enough to fill your activity rings for the day, or any other of a million things that make the watch right for you.Jeff walks you through getting to know the Apple Watch, complete with a chapter on picking one out if you haven't already, along with topics that teach you how to navigate among the watch's screens with the physical controls, taps on the screen, and the Siri voice assistant. You'll also find advice on customizing watch faces and their complications, getting the notifications you want, handling text and voice communications, and using Apple's core apps. A final chapter discusses taking care of your Apple Watch, including recharging, restarting, resetting, and restoring.Read this ebook to Take Control of:Picking out your own Apple WatchMaking watch face complications work for youKey settings that most people will want to know aboutUnderstanding how the watch interacts with your iPhonePlacing and receiving phone calls on the watchSending default (and customized) text messagesSeeing email from only certain peopleAdding events to your calendar with SiriGlancing at what's next in your daily scheduleManaging reminders on your wristLoading your watch with photosUsing the watch as a button for your iPhone cameraUsing Apple Pay from your watchPutting tickets in your watchTaking the Apple Watch out for exerciseSending sketches and heartbeats to other Apple Watch ownersGetting navigation directionsControlling an Apple TV or iTunes on the Mac with the Remote appResetting a messed-up Apple Watch and force-quitting an app
What will you learn from this book?If you have an idea for a killer Android app, this book will help you build your first working application in a jiffy. You'll learn hands-on how to structure your app, design interfaces, create a database, make your app work on various smartphones and tablets, and much more. It's like having an experienced Android developer sitting right next to you! All you need is some Java know-how to get started.Why does this book look so different?Based on the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory, Head First Android Development uses a visually rich format to engage your mind, rather than a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep. Why waste your time struggling with new concepts? This multi-sensory learning experience is designed for the way your brain really works.
Cold-blooded predators lurk in the Everglades-and not all of them are gators When Jesse Crane returned to his roots to serve on the Miccosukee police force, he'd hoped to leave behind the violence of the city and the memories of his murdered wife. But bodies start to pile up in Jesse's corner of the sultry Florida swampland... As he probes these crimes, Jesse is drawn to the beautiful Lorena Fortier, a new hire at the local gator farm and research facility. Lorena is a little too interested in Jesse's investigation, but before he can uncover her true motives, they're both pulled into a dangerous web of greed, ambition and animal cunning. To survive, they'll have to decide whether they can trust each other...before the hunters become the hunted. BONUS BOOK INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME! The Sheriff of Shelter Valley by USA TODAY bestselling author Tara Taylor Quinn Six months ago, Beth woke up with no memory of her past, a bruised face and a little boy who called her "Mama." Until her memory returns, the most dangerous thing she can do is to fall for the sheriff-the one man who can uncover the truth and destroy the person she's become.