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China Quest

by Elizabeth Lane

It is 1861 and Hong Kong is the most exotic, remote place on earth for a westerner like Serena Rose Bellamy Bolton. She is as greedy for love as she is for treasure. For Jason Frobisher, Hong Kong is just another place where he can lose himself and forget the woman who will never be his. Steven Bellamy is there to convert the heathen masses only to find that a change of heart has left his soul up for grabs. Daniel Cheng is the one man who stands to protect his homeland from the meddling hands of these Westerners. Little does he know he will not be able to live without the beautiful hand of one of them.

Silverswept

by Linda Ladd

As the threat of war between America and England looms, loyalty and passion begin to rage. Her father, a prominent member of the British Parliament, tricks Alysson Tyler into marriage with Donovan MacBride, an American revolutionary. Convinced Alysson willingly offered to spy on his American activities, Donovan's desire for the seemingly innocent woman transforms into hate. Alysson denies any knowledge of her father's plans, but Donovan remains unconvinced and orders that the marriage be annulled upon their arrival in America. As soon as the ship arrives, though, Alysson becomes ensnared in the dangerous and exotic underground of the revolution and Donovan must remain her protector. While the flames of war begin to spark, so does the love between the unlikely pair. Can their passion for each other outweigh the loyalty they feel for their countries? Or will war put out the flame of love?

Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

by Gary Greenberg

Gary Greenberg's fascinating argument about the uniquely American pursuit of anti-depression rather than happiness.

A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie

by Antwone Fisher

LIFE LESSONS AND HARD-EARNED ADVICE THAT EVERY BOY NEEDS TO BECOME A MAN--AND EVERY MAN NEEDS TO BECOME A RESPECTED CITIZEN ANTWONE FISHER ALWAYS ADMIRED his foster father's crisp sartorial style. It wasn't until Fisher was a navy recruit that he realized this smartly dressed man had never taken the time to teach him how to be well-groomed--to reflect on the outside the man he was becoming on the inside. "A boy ought to know how to tie a tie," he thought angrily, as he struggled to master the navy's required half-Windsor knot. Filled with inspiring stories, wisdom, and practical know-how, A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie teaches: Basics of personal style and hygiene: why cleaning, trimming, and polishing are essential daily habits Key components of self-improvement: how to develop a routine for success and organize your personal space The importance of identity: why reinventing oneself is a necessary part of growing upWith additional information about healthy eating, making smart financial decisions, and finding role models, Antwone Fisher offers a book filled with accessible life lessons.

Eric Bischoff

by Eric Bischoff Jeremy Roberts

Eric Bischoff has been called pro wrestling's most hated man. He's been booed, reviled, and burned in effigy. Fans have hurled everything from beer bottles to fists at him. Industry critics have spewed a tremendous amount of venom about his spectacular rise and stupendous crash at World Championship Wrestling. But even today, Eric Bischoff's revolutionary influence on the pro wrestling industry can be seen on every television show and at every live event. Bischoff has kept quiet while industry "pundits" and other know-it-alls pontificated about what happened during the infamous Monday Night Wars. Basing their accounts on third- and fourth-hand rumors and innuendo, the so-called experts got many more things wrong than right. Now, in Controversy Creates Cash, Bischoff tells what really happened. Beginning with his days as a salesman for Verne Gagne's American Wrestling Association, Bischoff takes readers behind the scenes of wrestling, writing about the inner workings of the business in a way never before revealed. He demonstrates how controversy helped both WCW and WWE. Eric gives the real numbers behind WCW's red ink -- far lower than reported -- and talks about how Turner Broadcasting's merger with Time Warner, and then Time Warner's merger with AOL, devastated not only WCW but many creative and entrepreneurial businesses within the conglomerate. Bischoff has surprisingly kind words for old rivals like Vince McMahon, but pulls no punches with friends and enemies alike. Among his revelations: How teaming with Mickey Mouse turned WCW into a national brand. Why Hulk Hogan came to WCW. Why he fired Jesse Ventura for sleeping on the job. Why Steve Austin didn't deserve another contract at WCW, and how Bischoff's canning him was the best thing that ever happened to Austin. How Ted Turner decided WCW should go head-to-head against Raw on Monday nights. How Nitro revolutionized wrestling. Where the New World Order really began. How corporate politics killed WCW. And how he found his inner heel and learned to love being the guy everyone loves to despise. Bischoff brings a surprisingly personal touch to the story, detailing his rough-and-tumble childhood in Detroit, talking about his family and the things he did to cope with the stress of the high-octane media business. Now a successful entertainment producer as well as a wrestling personality, Bischoff tells how he found contentment after being unceremoniously "sent home" from WCW. Love him or hate him, readers will never look at a pro wrestling show quite the same way after reading Bischoff's story in Controversy Creates Cash.

The Demon Soul

by Richard A. Knaak

THE BURNING LEGION HAS COME. Led by the mighty Archimonde, scores of demonic soldiers now march across the lands of Kalimdor, leaving a trail of death and devastation in their wake. At the heart of the fiery invasion stands the mystic Well of Eternity -- once the source of the night elves' arcane power. But now the Well's energies have been defiled and twisted, for Queen Azshara and her Highborne will stop at nothing to commune with their newfound god: the fiery Lord of the Burning Legion. . . Sargeras. The night elf defenders, led by the young druid, Malfurion Stormrage, and the wizard, Krasus, fight a desperate battle to hold back the Legion's terrible onslaught. Though only embers of hope remain, an ancient power has risen to aid the world in its darkest hour. The dragons -- led by the powerful Aspect,Neltharion-- have forged a weapon of incalculable power: the Dragon Soul, an artifact capable of driving the Legion from the world forever. But its use may cost far more than any could have foreseen. The second novel in an original trilogy of magic, warfare, and heroism based on the bestselling, award-winning electronic game series from Blizzard Entertainment.

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters

by Courtney E. Martin

"Why does every one of my friends have an eating disorder, or, at the very least, a screwed-up approach to food and fitness?" writes journalist Courtney E. Martin. The new world culture of eating disorders and food and body issues affects virtually all -- not just a rare few -- of today's young women. They are your sisters, friends, and colleagues -- a generation told that they could "be anything," who instead heard that they had to "be everything. " Driven by a relentless quest for perfection, they are on the verge of a breakdown, exhausted from overexercising, binging, purging, and depriving themselves to attain an unhealthy ideal. An emerging new talent, Courtney E. Martin is the voice of a young generation so obsessed with being thin that their consciousness is always focused inward, to the detriment of their careers and relationships. Health and wellness, joy and love have come to seem ancillary compared to the desire for a perfect body. Even though eating disorders first became generally known about twenty-five years ago, they have burgeoned, worsened, become more difficult to treat and more fatal (50 percent of anorexics who do not respond to treatment die within ten years). Consider these statistics:Ten million Americans suffer from eating disorders. Seventy million people worldwide suffer from eating disorders. More than half of American women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five would pre fer to be run over by a truck or die young than be fat. More than two-thirds would rather be mean or stupid. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychological disease. InPerfect Girls, Starving Daughters, Martin offers original research from the front lines of the eating disorders battlefield. Drawn from more than a hundred interviews with sufferers, psychologists, nutritionists, sociocultural experts, and others, her exposé reveals a new generation of "perfect girls" who are obsessive-compulsive, overachieving, and self-sacrificing in multiple -- and often dangerous -- new ways. Young women are "told over and over again," Martin notes, "that we can be anything. But in those affirmations, assurances, and assertions was a concealed pressure, an unintended message: You are special. You are worth something. But you need to be perfect to live up to that specialness. "With its vivid and often heartbreaking personal stories,Perfect Girls, Starving Daughtershas the power both to shock and to educate. It is a true call to action and cannot be missed.

Second Chance

by Jane Green

Holly Macintosh is sitting round her kitchen table with her oldest friends friends she hasnrs"t seen since school - now reunited by an unexpected tragedy and catching up on the past 20 years. On the surface, they are all successful and happy. But scratch a little deeper after that extra glass of wine and itrs"s not quite so straightforward: Paul and Anna are struggling to have a baby, Saffron the actress is still waiting for that really big break that at 39 is looking less and less likely, and Olivia, always the wallflower of the group, is newly single and mourning her lost love. And what about Holly Mac? Can she and her husband Marcus get their marriage back on track for the sake of the children? Or has someone just come back into her life who will change everything forever?

Key of Valor (Key #3)

by Nora Roberts

Like her friends Malory and Dana, heroines of Key of Light and Key of Knowledge, hairstylist Zoe McCourt has a single month and a cryptic set of clues with which to find her key. The angry sorcerer Kane fights her efforts as friends both mortal and immortal lend their support. As she searches, Zoe is courted by Bradley Vane IV, the sexy heir to a home improvement empire. She's not sure which is more difficult: accepting that she's magically linked with Brad or trying to quell her suspicions long enough to accept his love in the here and now. When she finds the courage to do both, the souls of all three goddesses are finally released.

Key Of Light: Key Trilogy

by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts invites you to unlock your dreams...Three women. Three keys. Each has 28 days to find her way through a dangerous quest. Nora Roberts brings us a unique series with a twist-each novel is written in real time, and the novels will be published in consecutive months.

Running Scared

by Linda Ladd

Kate Reed is surely the happiest woman alive when her husband Michael arranges the adoption of baby Joey after the many years they tried unsuccessfully to conceive a child. From the first moment Kate embraces little Joey, she feels as though everything is finally complete. And when Michael suggests they escape the noisy city to find solace and comfort in the Missouri countryside, she feels like everything is falling into place for her and Michael. But when Michael's behavior suddenly becomes bizarre and unexplainable, Kate wonders whether he has got a bad case of the fatherhood jitters. It seems reasonable enough until sinister men arrive on her doorstep to claim her little one. Kate's only escape seems to be the woods, where she fearfully remains with baby Joey. When she encounters an unkempt man named Booker, and the two learn she is wanted for kidnapping and murder, this old friend of her grandfather does everything he can to protect Kate and Joey. Of course she has no idea just who this man is, but suddenly she trusts him more than anyone else . . .

Frost Fire

by Linda Ladd

Join Linda Ladd in this first book of an exciting trilogy as she takes you on an incredible journey from the terrors of war to the comforts of love. She is intent on avenging her dishonor by the man who had taken more from her than she could ever possibly imagine. She has nothing, and so there is nothing she can lose, but she is intent on using any means necessary to take back what is rightfully hers. Born out of the ravages of war, theirs is a love that cannot be denied, blurring the boundaries forged by conflict until both are on the edge of a dizzying abyss where only passion matters, and surrender is sweet.

Fire Glow

by Linda Ladd

Beneath the fiery gaze of her captor, Caitlin finds herself bound by the only enemy she could not defeat---her passionate nature. Caitlin, the renegade female pirate plundering Spanish galleons on the high seas, initially despised Trey Cameron, the man commissioned by the queen to tame her. As he forces her to conform to an appropriately feminine role, wearing gowns and performing the tasks of housekeeper, Caitlin vows to avenge herself. She will rule the waves again...free of the restraining hand of any man. As the lush green of the Caribbean brings them to tumult, Trey and Caitlin find themselves locked in a fiery battle of wills. Will they surrender to the refuge of each other's arms---or tear each other apart in the frustration of unrequited love?

Dream Song

by Linda Ladd

Despite ill fortune and betrayal, Michael McKevett vows to continue carving carousels, a craft that brings joy and peace to his Irish soul. This art symbolizes everything good that vanished from Michael's life when his greatest passion, Caitlin O'Leary, betrayed him for his enemy Mason Armfield. Michael's determination to realize great dreams and ambitions brings him to a crossroad where he must decide if Ireland is his future or if the great land of America will bring peace back to his life and help him locate what he values most.

Dragon Fire

by Linda Ladd

Windsor Richmond is a stunning beauty---sapphires glint from her eyes, capturing the attention of any man who stands in her way. However, her heart is not for any man, because she is the disciple of a secret Asian sect, trained in martial arts and the ways of ancient knowledge. Now she must serve the desires of her order, which sends her across the vastness of the American frontier with the fires of revenge as her only companion. On a train heading west she meets the handsome and rugged Stone Kincaid. He is drawn to the passion that burns in her eyes and to her tempestuous beauty. Little does he know that she is driven by her desire for revenge...and she believes him to be the enemy she seeks! Only lust can bring them together to defy the fates that strain to keep them apart.

The Second Mrs. Darcy

by Elizabeth Aston

The next adventure of the Darcy family from the author of Mr. Darcy's Daughters -- the story of a reluctant heiress who has been left a widow by Darcy's cousin Christopher. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a husband. So say the friends and family of impoverished widow Octavia Darcy when she unexpectedly inherits a fortune, but she has a different view and looks forward to a new life of independence. Escaping from the efforts of her half brothers and sisters to marry her off, Octavia goes to Yorkshire to find out more about the family she never knew, and while she is there she meets and crosses swords with landowner and politician Sholto Rutherford. When she returns to London to share a house with the dashing Lady Susan, Octavia, now secure in her new life, becomes caught up in the romantic problems of her niece. Then, the shadow of George Warren, the old nemesis of the Darcy family, falls over her, and she is threatened with the loss of both inheritance and reputation.

The Givenchy Code

by Julie Kenner

A mind-bending code spawned from the mind of a madman. . . or maybe just a jealous ex. A desperate race through the cathedrals and hotels of New York City. . . with a teeny bit of time for shopping, it's true. An astonishing truth concealed for years, unveiled at last. . . with more than a little help from a supercute new guy. As if a recent breakup, scrounging for rent money, and lusting after designer shoes weren't enough to make graduate student Melanie Prescott's life challenging, suddenly she's practically livingThe Da Vinci Code. A mysterious stranger is sending obscure codes and clues her way and she soon discovers she has to solve them in order to stay alive. With stakes like that, her dissertation on "the derivation and primary characteristics of codes and ciphers used by prevailing nations during wartime" is looking a little less important than it was yesterday. Right now she's just worrying about living to see tomorrow. The only bright spot in the whole freakish nightmare is Matthew Stryker, the six-foot tall, dark, and handsome stranger who's determined to protect her. Well, that and the millions of dollars that will be her reward if she survives this deadly game. And she'd better survive. Because that's a heck of a lot of money to be able to spend on shoes and handbags and sunglasses and dresses, and, well, it's hard to be fashionable when you're dead. Join bestselling author Julie Kenner on a heel-breaking adventure in code-breaking that will bring out the math geekandthe fashionista in you.

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure of one man's quest for freedom and vengeance on those who betrayed him. EACH ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: A concise introduction that gives readers important background information A chronology of the author's life and work A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations Detailed explanatory notes Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential. SERIES EDITED BY CYNTHIA BRANTLEY JOHNSON

Steps on the Path to Enlightenment

by Geshe Lhundub Sopa David Patt His Holiness the Dalai Lama

This second volume of the five-volume commentary by the renowned Buddhist scholar Geshe Lhundub Sopa focuses on the key Buddhist concepts of karma, or cause and effect, and dependent origination. Considered one of the finest living Buddhist scholars, Geshe Sopa provides commentaries essential for anyone interested in a sound understanding of Tibetan Buddhist practice and philosophy. Never has a book gone into such clear detail on karma and dependent origination--concepts which, despite many references in contemporary culture, are too often misunderstood. Here, Geshe Sopa starts from the beginning with a faithful reading of the Lamrim Chenmo and, in the end, leaves readers with the proper tools for incorporating core Buddhist concepts into their study, teaching, and practice.

The Queen of Everything

by Deb Caletti

People ask me all the time what having Vince MacKenzie for a father was like. What they mean is, was he always crazy? High school junior Jordan MacKenzie's life was pretty typical: fractured family, new boyfriend, dead-end job. She'd been living with her father (the predictable optometrist) since her mother (the hippie holdover) had been too embarrassing to be around. Jordan felt like she finally had as normal a life as she could. But then came Gayle D'Angelo. Jordan knew her father was dating Gayle, and that Gayle was married. Jordan knew it was wrong, and that her father was becoming someone she didn't recognize anymore, but what could she do about it? And how could she -- how could anyone -- have possibly guessed that this illicit love affair would implode in such a violent and disturbing way?

Genome

by Jerry E. Bishop Michael Waldholz

Genome tells the story of the most ambitious scientific adventure of our time. By gradually isolating and identifying all the genes in the human body--the blueprint for life--scientists are closing in on the ability to effectively treat and prevent nearly every disease that strikes man, from muscular dystrophy, diabetes, and cancer to heart ailments, alcoholism, and even mental illness. Such discoveries will change the course of human life. At the same time, they raise profound ethical questions that have tremendous implications: Can insurance companies demand genetic tests to determine who poses a health risk? Should parents be able to choose their baby's sex or eye color? Will employers screen out potential employees who are genetically susceptible to occupational health problems? An exciting true tale of discovery that is revolutionizing our world, Genome helps us understand our future.

White Mischief

by James Fox

The riveting true story of decadence, deception, and murder among British aristocrats in colonial KenyaIn 1941, with London burning in the Blitz, a group of hedonistic English nobles partied shamelessly in Kenya. Far removed from falling bombs, the wealthy elites of "Happy Valley" indulged in morphine, alcohol, and unrestricted sex, often with their friends' spouses. But the party turned sinister in the early hours of a January morning for Josslyn Hay, Lord Erroll, who had been enjoying the favors of the beautiful young wife of a middle-aged neighbor. Hay was found dead, a bullet in his brain. The murder shocked the close-knit community of wealthy expatriates in Nairobi and shined a harsh light on their louche lifestyle.Three decades later, author James Fox researched the slaying of Lord Erroll, an unsolved crime still sheathed in a thick cloud of rumor and innuendo. What he discovered was both unsettling and luridly compelling. White Mischief is a spellbinding true-crime classic, a tale of privileged excess and the wages of sin, and an account of one writer's determined effort to crack a cold and craven killing.

Dark Memory

by Jonathan Latimer

On a mad mission in the African jungle, a photographer loses his wayLew Cable is an impulsive man, lazy and violent, especially when he has been drinking. He is a rotten choice to lead a scientific expedition, but his wife's money convinces the exploration committee that he is the man for the job. Jay Nichols sees right through Cable's bravado, but for the chance to photograph African gorillas in their natural habitat, he is more than willing to sacrifice his pride. If he is not careful, he will give up much more than that.After accidentally killing a female gorilla, Nichols is beset with shame and grief. His judgment impaired, he makes the mistake of venturing into the jungle alone with the trip leader's wife. When they get lost, Nichols quickly finds that an angry husband is far more dangerous than any beast the jungle has to offer.

Dr. Spock's The First Two Years

by Benjamin Spock Martin T. Stein

America's favorite pediatrician, Dr. Benjamin Spock has helped two generations of parents raise their kids with his timeless bestseller, Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care. Now, today's parents can rejoice: a new compilation of Dr. Spock's timeless advice is here! This first-time collection of essays brings together Dr. Spock's insightful writings on connecting with your child's inner life during the all-important early years. Dr. Spock's The First Two Years covers such topics as: understanding your baby's different cries helping your little one cope with separation anxiety communicating with your baby teaching your child about giving and sharing the easiest way ever to toilet-train dealing with the impact a newborn can have on siblings treating the most common ailments With Dr. Spock's The First Two Years, new parents everywhere will return again and again to Dr. Spock for all of their child-rearing questions.

Safe House

by Meg Cabot

"Help me find my little girl." Jess Mastriani -- dubbed "Lightning Girl" by the press when, after a huge storm, she develops a psychic ability to find missing children -- has lost her miraculous powers. Or has she? She would like the media and the government to think so. All Jess wants is to be left alone, by everyone except sexy Rob Wilkins -- who still hasn't called, by the way.... But it doesn't look like Jess is going to get her wish -- especially not while she's stuck working at a summer camp for musically gifted kids. Then the father of a missing girl shows up to beg Jess to find his daughter. Jess can't say no, but now the feds are on her trail again, as is one ornery stepdad, who'd like to see Lightning Girl...well, dead.

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