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No Rules. No Limits. Party girl Tyler Gillette has just one rule: no football players. As the daughter of the owner of the San Antonio Hawks, she grew up in the shadow of the sport and her father's enormous wealth. She was even named Tyler because he wanted a boy. Life couldn't have drawn up a better play for turning her into a wild child--until that same life is threatened by someone from the past . . . Former Hawks running back Rafe Ortiz has a few rules of his own. First, no weaknesses. Second, no babysitting spoiled football princesses. But his new career as a bodyguard means he's responsible for protecting the beautiful Tyler Gillette from her mysterious stalker. But keeping his hands off her might be harder than keeping her safe . . .
Ever ready to do the right thing, The Emperors of London act bravely--and when it comes to matters of the heart, impetuously... Despite her cover as the daughter of the land steward for Lord Malton, Marcus Aurelius, spirited Viola Gates is tied by birth to the treacherous Jacobite legacy. Not that this keeps her from falling for the dashing Lord from afar. Despite his staid demeanor, Marcus is devastatingly handsome--and hopelessly beyond her reach. Then Viola's father is mortally wounded and her secret identity revealed, sending her straight into danger's path--and Marcus's arms... For years, he'd only known her as a wild child, the tempting--and forbidden--daughter of his trusted steward. But when Viola's life is threatened, Marcus must act as duty--and his barely contained passion--dictates. Ferrying the bold beauty on an eventful journey to safer quarters, he offers her the protection of his name. Their tempestuous union might succeed in vanquishing their enemies, but will the chivalrous lord and his unsuitable wife surrender to the power of love? "Lynne Connolly writes Georgian romances with a deft touch. Her characters amuse, entertain and reach into your heart."--Desiree Holt "Plots, deviousness and passion galore...a truly enjoyable read."--Fresh Fiction on Temptation Has Green Eyes
Nothing stirs the pot like a new man in town...Welcome to Mill Pond and small-town country living, filled with fresh air, fresh food, and plenty of fresh gossip--especially when it comes to romance...It's impossible not to notice when someone new shows up in Mill Pond. Especially someone as obviously out-of-place as Ian McGregor. His stylish suit and fancy car scream "city slicker." And when Tessa Lawrence discovers he can't even change a tire, she has no choice but to help. That's just what the locals do. And when she finds out Ian's her new neighbor, of course she's obliged to invite him to dinner too...Turns out Ian's come from New York to open a luxury resort on the property next door to Tessa's farm, where she grows berries and sells her famous jams and delectable baked goods. But despite their quickly growing friendship and temptingly close proximity, Tessa plans to keep things with Ian strictly neighborly. For one thing, Ian's got a fiancée who, unlike Tessa, doesn't have dirt under her nails. Plus, Tessa knows from bitter experience that a guy this gorgeous is all too likely to break a simple country girl's heart. Even if he's as sweet as one of her cinnamon buns--and equally hard to resist...
THEY CAN RUN--BUT THEY CAN'T HIDE In the second gripping installment of John Gilstrap's five-part novel, a pair of young lovers take off on a reckless journey--just one step ahead of the law . . .Nicki Janssen wants to live her life to the fullest--and love her soulmate to the end--no matter how dangerous it is . . . Brad Ward doesn't want to go back to prison. He'll do whatever it takes--lie, steal, or worse--to find a safe haven for him and his precious Nicki . . . Carter Janssen is desperate to find his daughter before her life is ruined by convicted murderer Brad Ward. But it won't be easy. The runaways have found the perfect hiding place, a deluxe hotel in Virginia that's become their own private paradise. But time is running out. The police are closing in. And the manhunt is on . . . "Gilstrap pushes every thriller button."--San Francisco Chronicle "When you pick up a Gilstrap novel, one thing is always true--you are going to be entertained at a high rate of speed."--Suspense Magazine "If you like Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, you'll love John Gilstrap."--Gayle Lynds Includes a preview chapter from John Gilstrap's next thriller, Friendly Fire
One Summer Can Change Everything . . .Elizabeth Lively dresses conservatively, straightens her curly hair into submission, and works hard to uphold her political family's reputation. Her therapist might call it "OCD," but she's just trying her best to live by the rules--until her carefully crafted world comes crashing down when she's fired, painfully jilted, and arrested for a crime she didn't commit. All she can think to do is flee to her grandmother's lakeside house in tiny Truhart, Michigan, a town that's as quirky as it is quaint . . .No stranger to second chances, Acting Sheriff JD Hardy isn't pleased to have Elizabeth in Truhart for the summer. A former city cop with a painful past, JD now runs a tight ship, and isn't keen on a newcomer with a criminal past, even one as tempting as Elizabeth.Between lazy summer days and lakeside evenings, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, Elizabeth must decide what the future holds for her, and where her heart belongs. She will learn that sometimes you have to dip a toe in cautiously, and other times you just have to dive in . . .Praise for A Wedding in Truhart"Cynthia Tennent has captured the charm, humor, loyalty, and love of small towns, close families, and long-time friends. ..the people of Truhart will find a place in your heart."--Cindy Myers, author of The View From Here"An A.W.O.L. wedding dress, family feuds, and kinky characters! What's not to love? A Wedding in Truhart is a wedding to remember."--Lois Greiman, award winning author of the Hope Springs series
It had been years since wolfsbane grew on the bayou, yet everyone who lived in Ducros Parish, Louisiana, knew that someday it would appear again. With its pretty yellow flowers and lovely green leaves, wolfsbane was as beautiful as it was deadly. And when the townspeople saw the ancient root once again spring from the earth, they knew it wouldn't be long before they heard the terrifying howls in the night . . . There were those who called the tales of wolfsbane superstition, the stuff of childhood legend. But others knew that when the flower blossomed again, so would the spilling of human blood--and there was nowhere to run, nowhere to hide . . .
It's no secret that Portland, Oregon, has some of best restaurants, shops, and cafés in the country. But it's the hard-working men who serve it all up that keep us coming back for more... One of Portland's hottest young baristas, Brady is famous for his java-topping flair, turning a regular cup of joe into a work of art. Every Wednesday--aka "Knit Night"--hordes of women and their needles descend on the coffeehouse, and Brady's feeling the heat. Into the fray walks a tall, dark, and distractingly handsome stranger from New York. His name is Evren, and he's the sexy nephew of Brady's sweetest customer, the owner of the yarn shop down the street. He's also got a killer smile, confident air, and masculine charm that's tying Brady's stomach in knots. The smitten barista can't wait to see him at the next week's gathering. But when he tries to ask Evren out, his plans unravel faster than an unfinished edge. If Brady hopes to warm up more than Evren's coffee, he'll have to find a way to untangle their feelings, get out of the friend zone, and form a close-knit bond that's bound to last a lifetime... Praise for the Portland Heat series "Tremendously charming and sexy."--RT Book Reviews on Served Hot, TOP PICK "A really enjoyable story."--Joyfully Jay on Baked Fresh "Sometimes an author just gets everything right...Absolutely perfect."--Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews on Delivered Fast
Admiral James T. Kirk is charged by the Klingon Empire for the commandeering of a Klingon starship. The Federation honors the Klingon demands for extradition, and Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are drawn back to Earth. But their trip is interrupted by the appearance of a mysterious, all-powerful alien space probe. Suddenly, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest of the crew must journey back through time to twentieth-century Earth to solve the mystery of the probe.
"Highly entertaining...Sit back in the bubbles and enjoy." --The Philadelphia InquirerBrenda Kovner, a newspaper advice columnist and amateur psychologist in 1990s Washington DC, doesn't consider herself intrusive, just extremely interested in helping. If she knows the answer, she can't shut up--even if no one's listening. Since Brenda knows what's best--for everyone--she secretly decides she must murder her son Wally's prospective father-in-law, before he can get to Wally. She has a foolproof plan. In fact, she has a million of them. But first she's got a few kinky desires of her own to satisfy.
What if you could experience a unique detoxification that would rid you of insecurity, self-doubt, worry, fear, anxiety, and more--and all those "impurities" could be replaced with confidence, purpose, joy, and better relationships? That's what Insecurity Detox is all about.In this book you will find thirty very doable detoxes that will help you get rid of the toxic mindsets and behaviors that pull you away from God's truths and your best self, and replace them with a new way of thinking and acting. This progressive detoxification journey can be done in thirty days, thirty weeks, or whatever works best for you and your busy schedule. Each detox builds on the ones before, and as you journey through this unique 3-fold approach, you'll find healing for your body, mind, and spirit. With healthy eating tips, ways to reprogram your thinking process, and meaningful principles for your spiritual life, the whole direction of your life can change. Each of the thirty chapters has three detoxes--for body, mind, and spirit--that will teach you new thought strategies and practical applications that will empower you to live with a positive perspective, grounded in God's love and purpose for you. What we tell ourselves about ourselves either steals the joy of life from us or infuses us with ever-growing life. In this book, you will discover a new life for yourself where dreams really do come true.
Fresh from the kitchen of her legendary Harlem restaurant, Melba's, the reigning queen of American comfort food serves up one hundred delectable recipes that put her own special touch on favorite dishes--and taste just like home.Where do celebrities and foodies go for the most delicious fried chicken and eggnog waffles? To Melba's, of course! Melba Wilson is a sweet, upbeat, occasionally sassy, always genuine ambassador for the cuisine known for years as soul food but that she prefers to call American comfort food. Melba cut her culinary teeth at the iconic Sylvia's, the famed Windows on the World, and the hugely popular Rosa Mexicano. Now, as the pioneering owner of her own legendary Harlem restaurant, she proudly holds court in Melba's always-packed dining room, dishing out lovingly prepared sweet potato pie, wine-braised short ribs, BBQ turkey meatloaf, deviled eggs, and a legion of mouth-watering American classics as well as unforgettable special twists on beloved comfort foods. Now you don't have to leave the comfort of your own home to dig into her sumptuous signature recipes! With mouthwatering full-color photography and a beautiful design, Melba's American Comfort features the secrets of her irresistible home cooking, passed down from her great-grandmother and other talented generations and given her own loving variations, plus a treasure trove of delightful stories from the heart of her bustling kitchen.
The New York Times bestselling author examines how our sense of touch and emotion are interconnectedJohns Hopkins neuroscientist and bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure David J. Linden presents an engaging and fascinating examination of how the interface between our sense of touch and our emotional responses affects our social interactions as well as our general health and development. Accessible in its wit and clarity, Touch explores scientific advances in the understanding of touch that help explain our sense of self and our experience of the world.From skin to nerves to brain, the organization of the body's touch circuits powerfully influences our lives--affecting everything from consumer choice to sexual intercourse, tool use to the origins of language, chronic pain to healing. Interpersonal touch is crucial to social bonding and individual development. Linden lucidly explains how sensory and emotional context work together to distinguish between perceptions of what feels good and what feels bad. Linking biology and behavioral science, Linden offers an entertaining and enlightening answer to how we feel in every sense of the word.From the Hardcover edition.
"Dazzling. . . The most revolutionary reimagining of Jefferson's life ever." -Ron Charles, Washington Post"Utterly arresting." --The Wall Street JournalA debut novel about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, in whose story the conflict between the American ideal of equality and the realities of slavery and racism played out in the most tragic of terms. Novels such as Toni Morrison's Beloved, The Known World by Edward P. Jones, James McBride's The Good Lord Bird and Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks are a part of a long tradition of American fiction that plumbs the moral and human costs of history in ways that nonfiction simply can't. Now Stephen O'Connor joins this company with a profoundly original exploration of the many ways that the institution of slavery warped the human soul, as seen through the story of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. O'Connor's protagonists are rendered via scrupulously researched scenes of their lives in Paris and at Monticello that alternate with a harrowing memoir written by Hemings after Jefferson's death, as well as with dreamlike sequences in which Jefferson watches a movie about his life, Hemings fabricates an "invention" that becomes the whole world, and they run into each other "after an unimaginable length of time" on the New York City subway. O'Connor is unsparing in his rendition of the hypocrisy of the Founding Father and slaveholder who wrote "all men are created equal," while enabling Hemings to tell her story in a way history has not allowed her to. His important and beautifully written novel is a deep moral reckoning, a story about the search for justice, freedom and an ideal world--and about the survival of hope even in the midst of catastrophe.From the Hardcover edition.
The third volume of Simon Callow's acclaimed Orson Welles biography, covering the period of his exile from America (1947-1964), when he produced some of his greatest works, including Touch of EvilIn One-Man Band, the third volume in his epic and all-inclusive four-volume survey of Orson Welles's life and work, the celebrated British actor Simon Callow again probes in comprehensive and penetrating detail into one of the most complex, contradictory artists of the twentieth century, whose glorious triumphs (and occasional spectacular failures) in film, radio, theater, and television introduced a radical and original approach that opened up new directions in the arts. This volume begins with Welles's self-exile from America, and his realization that he could function only to his own satisfaction as an independent film maker, a one-man band, in fact, which committed him to a perpetual cycle of money raising. By 1964, he had filmed Othello, which took three years to complete; Mr. Arkadin, the most puzzling film in his output; and a masterpiece in another genre, Touch of Evil, which marked his one return to Hollywood, and like all too many of his films was wrested from his grasp and reedited. Along the way he made inroads into the fledgling medium of television and a number of stage plays, of which his 1955 London Moby-Dick is considered by theater historians to be one of the seminal productions of the century. His private life was as spectacularly complex and dramatic as his professional life. The book reveals what it was like to be around Welles, and, with an intricacy and precision rarely attempted before, what it was like to be him, answering the riddle that has long fascinated film scholars and lovers alike: Whatever happened to Orson Welles?
The Washington Post"[G]randly ambitious... another masterpiece... this genre includes some of the greatest novels of our time, from Pynchon's V. to David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. That's the troupe Larsen has decided to join, and I Am Radar is a dazzling performance."The moment just before Radar Radmanovic is born, all of the hospital's electricity mysteriously fails. The delivery takes place in total darkness. Lights back on, the staff sees a healthy baby boy--with pitch-black skin--born to the stunned white parents. No one understands the uncanny electrical event or the unexpected skin color. "A childbirth is an explosion," the ancient physician says by way of explanation. "Some shrapnel is inevitable, isn't it?"A kaleidoscopic novel both heartbreaking and dazzling, Reif Larsen's I Am Radar begins with Radar's perplexing birth but rapidly explodes outward, carrying readers across the globe and throughout history, as well as to unknown regions where radio waves and subatomic particles dance to their own design. Spanning this extraordinary range with grace and empathy, humor and courage, I Am Radar is the vessel where a century of conflict and art unite in a mesmerizing narrative whole. Deep in arctic Norway, a cadre of Norwegian schoolteachers is imprisoned during the Second World War. Founding a radical secret society that will hover on the margins of recorded history for decades to come, these schoolteachers steal radioactive material from a hidden Nazi nuclear reactor and use it to stage a surreal art performance on a frozen coastline. This strange society appears again in the aftermath of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime, when another secret performance takes place but goes horrifically wrong. Echoes of this disaster can be heard during the Yugoslavian wars, when an avant-garde puppeteer finds himself trapped inside Belgrade while his brother serves in the genocidal militia that attacks Srebrenica. Decades later, in the war-torn Congo, a disfigured literature professor assembles the largest library in the world even as the country around him collapses. All of these stories are linked by Radar--now a gifted radio operator living in the New Jersey Meadowlands--who struggles with love, a set of hapless parents,and a terrible medical affliction that he has only just begun to comprehend.As I Am Radar accelerates toward its unforgettable conclusion, these divergent strands slowly begin to converge, revealing that beneath our apparent differences, unseen harmonies secretly unite our lives. Drawing on the furthest reaches of quantum physics, forgotten history, and mind-bending art, Larsen's I Am Radar is a triumph of storytelling at its most primal, elegant, and epic: a breathtaking journey through humanity's darkest hours only to arrive at a place of shocking wonder and redemption.Cleveland Plain-Dealer"Larsen's is an extraordinarily lush and verdant imagination, blooming wildly on the borders of the absurd and the riotous, the surreal and the ordinary...Quite unlike any [novel] I've read in a long time. One doesn't consume it; one enters it, as part of a literary enactment... Brilliant...The effort is well-rewarded: It is both maddening and marvelous...I can't wait to see what he pulls off next."From the Hardcover edition.
It's been a year of upheaval, since Bren Cameron's return from space--a year since he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful atevi allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government overthrown and their world in chaos. Now, at last, things on the atevi world seem to be on the right track, and Bren hopes that life may soon become much more tranquil. But something is coming, quietly, stealthily--just the first ominous twinkle of a new star in the heavens....
The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedomby Blaine Harden
From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of Kim Il Sung's rise to power, and the brave North Korean fighter pilot who escaped the prison state and delivered the first MiG-15 into American handsIn The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, New York Times bestselling author Blaine Harden tells the riveting story of how Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war against the United States while the youngest fighter pilot in his air force was playing a high-risk game of deception--and escape.As Kim ascended from Soviet puppet to godlike ruler, No Kum Sok noisily pretended to love his Great Leader. That is, until he swiped a Soviet MiG-15 and delivered it to the Americans, not knowing they were offering a $100,000 bounty for the warplane (the equivalent of nearly one million dollars today). The theft--just weeks after the Korean War ended in July 1953--electrified the world and incited Kim's bloody vengeance.During the Korean War the United States brutally carpet bombed the North, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and giving the Kim dynasty, as Harden reveals, the fact-based narrative it would use to this day to sell paranoia and hatred of Americans.Drawing on documents from Chinese and Russian archives about the role of Mao and Stalin in Kim's shadowy rise, as well as from never-before-released U.S. intelligence and interrogation files, Harden gives us a heart-pounding escape adventure and an entirely new way to understand the world's longest-lasting totalitarian state.From the Hardcover edition.
Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery. For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France-but at no fixed address. When Flea fl neurs past Diva's courtyard one day, their lives are forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.
At the highest level of any pursuit, the difference between the two top performers in a contest is always mental. One holds it together--while the other falls apart. The same is true in business. Whether you are confronting a crisis, making a pitch, negotiating a deal, or facing a deadline, your mindset can give you the edge.When the Pressure's On brings peak performance principles to the boardroom, revealing five core mental skills that enable professionals to excel while under duress:Goal Setting--become mission-drivenAdaptive Thinking--replace negative thoughts with positive onesStress/Energy Management--keep your cool no matter whatAttention Control--maintain focus despite distractionsImagery--see success before it happensTogether, the skills form the core of this complete brain-training program, which is packed with guidelines, examples, exercises, assessments, and the latest advances in biofeedback and neuroscience. By learning to harness the power of your mind, you'll achieve extraordinary results when it matters most.
This harrowing mystery, winner of the Philippine National Book Award, follows two Catholic priests on the hunt through Manila for a brutal serial killerPayatas, a 50-acre dump northeast of Manila's Quezon City, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge there. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is already stretched thin, devoid of forensic resources and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of preteen boys begin to appear in the dump heaps, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf.In the rainy summer of 1997, two Jesuit priests take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands. Father Gus Saenz is a respected forensic anthropologist, one of the few in the Philippines, and has been tapped by the Director of the National Bureau of Investigations as a backup for police efforts. Together with his protégé, Father Jerome Lucero, a psychologist, Saenz dedicates himself to tracking down the monster preying on these impoverished boys.Smaller and Smaller Circles, widely regarded as the first Filipino crime novel, is a poetic masterpiece of literary noir, a sensitive depiction of a time and place, and a fascinating story about the Catholic Church and its place in its devotees' lives.
When Jake, a mischievous Great Dane, escapes from his yard, his owner asks for help from twokid detectives who follow clues until they catch up with Jake. Target Letter-Sound Correspondence: Long /ā/ sound spelled a_e.
Popular blogger Audrey Johns lost 150 pounds in 11 months by eating all the foods she loved. Now she shares her secrets to help you lose weight, too! At 275 pounds, Audrey Johns was unhealthy and unhappy--until the day she vowed to give up the "fake food"--frozen "diet" meals, low-cal sodas, quick-to-make boxed foods--and taught herself to cook her favorites from scratch. In less than a year, Audrey mastered the kitchen and lost more than 150 pounds (more than half her body weight), going from a size 24 to a size 4--all while pinching pennies. Now Audrey shares her story, insights, and clean-eating recipes to help you slim down. Lose Weight by Eating includes more than 130 mouth-watering recipes for family favorites, including pasta, scones, nachos, meat loaf, and cookies--all bursting with flavor but with fewer than 500 calories per meal. Most recipes use simple and inexpensive Smart Swaps and are full of hidden vegetables that keep you feeling fuller longer, and all are picky-kid-friendly and spouse-approved. Imagine losing 8 to 16 pounds the first week and 15 to 25 pounds a month eating skinny pizzas with only 125 calories per slice or 150-calorie cheesecake! Enjoy these delights and more: * "Jelly Doughnut" French Toast * California Club Pizza * Veggie-Packed Lasagna * Cheddar-Stuffed Turkey Burgers * Steak Fajitas * Skinny Watermelon Margaritas * Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip with Fruit * Skinny Cheesecake with Raspberry Drizzle Nutritious food doesn't have to be boring, expensive, and difficult to make. Lose Weight by Eating is easy to follow because there are no rules, only goals you set for yourself. Complete with a handy six-week meal plan to keep you motivated, Lose Weight by Eating gives you the support and kitchen confidence you need to change your life, your body, and your health.
Got a full plate? Really, who doesn't? Lick Your Plate is here to help by rescuing you from cooking conundrums and mealtime mayhem. With 160 original, doable and delicious recipes, you'll never again be vexed by the age-old question, 'What's for dinner?' Julie and Lisa dish up quick and easy-to-follow recipes designed for the home cook. With attention given to seasonal ingredients, serving up hearty-yet healthy fare, time restraints and cooking for a crowd, Lick Your Plate is an indispensable cooking resource.
Weight Watchers provides a simple plan to enjoy meals with friends and family; from weekday meals to special occasions, the recipes make eating together fun and healthy Want to create healthy, mouthwatering meals for your family, but starved for time? Weight Watchers Family Meals makes cooking together a snap--and ensures that what you eat is nutritious, delicious, and enticing for everyone (even picky eaters). This isn't diet food: Enjoy Baked Beef Ziti, Meat Loaf with Chive Mashed Potatoes, or Spaghetti Squash with Cherry Tomatoes, Parsley, and Parmesan. And for dessert--Gooey Rocky Road Bars! Food should be a celebration, so we include menus for entertaining and theme nights, along with easy-to-cook recipes that let kids take part in the fun. You'll also get tips on how to pack healthy lunches for school and the office, creating a game plan for eating around the holidays, and stocking the pantry for quick dinners. No matter how busy you are, Weight Watchers Family Meals is your new go-to source for cooking inspiration.
Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women--of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth--who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present--for Evelyn and for us--will never be quite the same again. . . "Airplanes and television have removed the Threadgoodes from the Southern scene. Happily for us, Fannie Flagg has preserved a whole community of them in a richly comic, poignant narrative that records the exuberance of their lives, the sadness of their departure. Idgie Threadgoode is a true original: Huckleberry Finn would have tried to marry her!" --Harper Lee, Author of To Kill a Mockingbird "A real novel and a good one. . . [from] the busy brain of a born storyteller. " --The New York Times "It's very good, in fact, just wonderful. " --Los Angeles Times "Funny and macabre. " --The Washington Post "Courageous and wise. " --Houston Chronicle
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