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Desolation Angels

by Jack Kerouac

A young man searches for meaning, creates art, and grapples with fame as he traverses the stomping grounds of the Beat Generation--from Mexico City to Manhattan--in Jack Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel This urgently paced yet deeply introspective novel closely tracks On the Road author Jack Kerouac's own life. Jack Duluoz journeys from the Cascade Mountains to San Francisco, Mexico City, New York, and Tangier. While working as a fire lookout on Desolation Peak in the Cascades, Duluoz contemplates his inner void and the distressing isolation brought on by his youthful sense of adventure. In Tangier he suffers a similar feeling of desperation during an opium overdose, and in Mexico City he meets up with a morphine-addicted philosopher and seeks an antidote to his solitude in a whorehouse. As in Kerouac's other novels, Desolation Angels features a lively cast of pseudonymous versions of his fellow Beat poets, including William S. Burroughs (as Bull Hubbard), Neal Cassady (as Cody Pomeray), and Allen Ginsberg (as Irwin Garden). Duluoz draws readers into the trials and tribulations of these literary iconoclasts--from drug-fueled writing frenzies and alcoholic self-realizations to frenetic international road trips and tumultuous love affairs. Achieving literary success comes with its own consequences though, as Duluoz and his friends must face the scrutiny that comes with rising to the national stage.

Desolation Angels

by Jack Kerouac

With the publication of On the Road in 1957, Jack Kerouac became at once the spokesman and hero of the Beat Generation. Along with such visionaries as William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, Kerouac changed the face of American literature, igniting a counterculture revolution that even now, decades later, burns brighter than ever in Desolation Angels.

Desolation Crossing (Deathlands #87)

by James Axler

Survival is a dangerous enterprise in the aftermath of a nuked America. Humanity perseveres, but the Deathlands code is far simpler: kill or be killed, live or die trying. Driven by the fires of hope, a resilient band of warriors traverse the new frontier of the future, survivors by skill and legends by reputation. The legend of the trader returns in the simmering dust bowl of the Badlands, the past calling out to armorer J. B. Dix. Her name is Eula. Young, silent and lethal, she's part of a new trading convoy quick to invite Ryan Cawdor and his band on a journey across the hostile terrain. But high-tech hardware, fast wags, flowing jack and friendly words don't tell the real story behind a vendetta that is years in the making.

Desolation Road (Desolation Road #1)

by Ian Mcdonald

Style and characterization as well as an intriguing plot are at the heart of this novel about the settlement of Mars

Despair

by Vladimir Nabokov

Extensively revised by Nabokov in 1965--thirty years after its original publication--Despair is the wickedly inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime--his own murder.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Desperado

by Lisa Bingham

From bestselling author Lisa Bingham comes the first in a brand-new series starring a trio of handsome wranglers. The Taggart brothers have bodies of iron and hearts of gold--though both may be a shade tarnished. But that doesn't stop them from trying to keep the women they love in their arms . . .Elam Taggart knows about the nickname town gossips have given him: Desperado. He doesn't care. He's lost just about everything: his wife, his parents, his little sister, and his career as a Navy EOD specialist. After returning home, he hightails it to the rugged Wasatch Mountains outside town.But when his brother comes asking for help, Elam can't say no. That is, until Elam realizes that in order to help, he'll be forced to spend time with town newcomer P.D. Raines. P.D. knows that asking Elam Taggart to be her partner in the town's upcoming Wild West Games is a mistake. But she needs the prize money, and Elam is lean, hard, and tortured--a dangerous combination she can't seem to resist.As the competition heats up--to the point of peril--Elam and P.D. have to turn away from the past and embrace the passion that sparks between them in order to escape the threat to their lives.

Desperado

by Sandra Hill

Placed in command of the only man to have shaken her firm self-control, chaste Major Helen Prescott warns Rafe Santiago to behave himself, but the two find themselves on the run when they are mistaken for outlaws.

Desperado

by Diana Palmer

Tough and relentless, Cord Romero lives for the adrenaline rush that comes with being a mercenary for hire. But this time the job is personal. Having barely survived a murder attempt from an elusive enemy, Cord is determined to neutralize his foe-the head of a multinational corporation that fronts a child labor ring. In order to get closer to his target, Cord joins forces with the Lassiter Detective Agency, where he's reunited with his childhood friend Maggie Barton.Maggie is no longer the impressionable young woman he once knew. She is now strong, independent and in charge of her own life-and, professionally, Cord's equal. She has one vulnerability: a tragic secret from her past that threatens her relationship with Cord...and sets her up as a pawn for his deadly enemy.Cord cannot afford to be distracted during the most important case of his life. But Maggie plays an indispensable part in unraveling the links to his enemy's crimes. Forced to trust each other for their very survival, Cord and Maggie embark on a lethal game of cat and mouse that can leave only one winner standing.

Desperado

by Diana Palmer

Risking his neck is all in a day's work... Tough and relentless, Cord Romero lives for the adrenaline rush that comes with being a mercenary for hire. But this time the job is personal. Having barely survived a murder attempt from an elusive enemy, Cord is determined to neutralize his foe-the head of a multinational corporation that fronts a child labor ring. In order to get closer to his target, Cord joins forces with the Lassiter Detective Agency, where he's reunited with his childhood friend Maggie Barton. Maggie is no longer the impressionable young woman he once knew. She is now strong, independent and in charge of her own life-and, professionally, Cord's equal. She has one vulnerability: a tragic secret from her past that threatens her relationship with Cord...and sets her up as a pawn for his deadly enemy. Cord cannot afford to be distracted during the most important case of his life. But Maggie plays an indispensable part in unraveling the links to his enemy's crimes. Forced to trust each other for their very survival, Cord and Maggie embark on a lethal game of cat and mouse that can leave only one winner standing.

The Desperado (Timeless Love)

by Patricia Rosemoor

WANTED Ryder Smith Dead or Alive He was dangerous--and gorgeous... a man wanted by many... When Willow Kane set out in search of her truant sister Tansy, she never imagined she'd have to go back a century to find her...or that she'd find love in the form of a reckless renegade named Ryder. With his blond hair, blue eyes and dark mustache, Ryder was a dead ringer for the Sundance Kid, with a reputation to match. Though Ryder was a mystery Willow longed to unravel, a century weighed heavily between them, as did a question on her lips: Could their love transcend the boundaries of time?

The Desperado Who Stole Baseball

by John H. Ritter

Dillon town was built upon a gold mine, but baseball is more valuable to the villagers. They would give anything for the Dillon town Nine to join the ranks of professional ballplayers -- even help an outlaw on the run. Ritter brings the Old West to life in this prequel to "The Boy Who Saved Baseball".

Desperado's Gold

by Linda Winstead Jones

When her Mustang Convertible's blown gasket leaves Catalina Lane stranded in the Arizona desert, all she hopes for is a tow truck to carry her to the nearest gas station. After being left alone at the altar, Catalina certainly doesn't expect to be swept off her feet any time soon. But when Desperado Jackson Cody whisks her away into the sunset and leads her back in time to the Old West, Catalina joins him for the ride. After all, this infamous gunslinger better known as "Kid Creede" never dreamed of a lovely 20th century lady falling into his hands. But the longer they're together the more she finds himself paralyzed by his dangerous touches and he, hungering for much more than what they have.

Desperate

by Daniel Palmer

"Palmer burnishes his status as one of today's best thriller writers with this emotionally gripping and steel-trap plotted standalone. Palmer is so successful at getting readers to invest in Gage that his travails are almost too painful to read about. " --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "This is one of those thrillers where you know something is going on, and the writer gives you plenty of clues, but there are still some twists and turns he keeps hidden away until just the right moment. A smartly constructed tale that operates on multiple levels. " - Booklist "Fans of well-crafted Hitchcock-like thrillers will enjoy Desperate. " - Associated Press "If you've somehow missed reading Daniel Palmer, it's time to -- pardon the pun -- get Desperate. " --Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author Brimming with suspense and unrelenting twists, acclaimed author Daniel Palmer's latest thriller delves into the waking nightmare of a well meaning couple whose biggest--and most ordinary--dream has gone terrifyingly awry. . . Gage Dekker still blames himself for the car accident that claimed the lives of his first wife and young son. Then he meets Anna, who understands grief all too well. Within a year, Gage and Anna are married, his career is thriving, and both feel ready to become parents once more. After a heartbreaking miscarriage, they begin the long adoption process, until fate brings Lily into their lives. Young, pregnant, and homeless, Lily agrees to give her baby to Gage and Anna in exchange for financial support. It's the perfect arrangement for everyone. Seeing his wife's happiness and optimism for their new life and child, Gage begins to feel a sense of hope he thought he'd lost forever. But something isn't right once Lily enters their lives. At work and at home, Gage is being sabotaged, first in subtle ways, then things take a more sinister turn. Every attempt he makes to uncover the truth only drives a wedge between him and Anna. Even as he's propelled toward an unthinkable choice to save his marriage and his job, Gage discovers that the most chilling revelations are still to come. . . Praise for the novels of Daniel Palmer Desperate"If you've somehow missed reading Daniel Palmer, it's time to--pardon the pun--get Desperate. " --Harlan Coben Stolen "Unrelentingly suspenseful. " --Publishers Weekly "A twisting, suspenseful chiller of a book. " --William Landay Helpless "Warning: once you start reading this novel, you will not stop!" -Lisa Gardner Delirious "Not just a great thriller debut, but a great thriller, period. " --Lee Child

Desperate

by Daniel Palmer

Brimming with suspense and unrelenting twists, acclaimed author Daniel Palmer's latest thriller delves into the waking nightmare of a well meaning couple whose biggest--and most ordinary--dream has gone terrifyingly awry. . . Gage Dekker still blames himself for the car accident that claimed the lives of his first wife and young son. Then he meets Anna, who understands grief all too well. Within a year, Gage and Anna are married, his career is thriving, and both feel ready to become parents once more. After a heartbreaking miscarriage, they begin the long adoption process, until fate brings Lily into their lives. Young, pregnant, and homeless, Lily agrees to give her baby to Gage and Anna in exchange for financial support. It's the perfect arrangement for everyone. Seeing his wife's happiness and optimism for their new life and child, Gage begins to feel a sense of hope he thought he'd lost forever. But something isn't right once Lily enters their lives. At work and at home, Gage is being sabotaged, first in subtle ways, then things take a more sinister turn. Every attempt he makes to uncover the truth only drives a wedge between him and Anna. Even as he's propelled toward an unthinkable choice to save his marriage and his job, Gage discovers that the most chilling revelations are still to come. . . Praise for the novels of Daniel PalmerDesperate"If you've somehow missed reading Daniel Palmer, it's time to--pardon the pun--get Desperate. " -Harlan CobenStolen"Unrelentingly suspenseful. " --Publishers Weekly"A twisting, suspenseful chiller of a book. " --William LandayHelpless"Warning: once you start reading this novel, you will not stop!" --Lisa GardnerDelirious"Not just a great thriller debut, but a great thriller, period. " --Lee Child

Desperate

by Daniel Palmer

"Palmer burnishes his status as one of today's best thriller writers with this emotionally gripping and steel-trap plotted standalone. Palmer is so successful at getting readers to invest in Gage that his travails are almost too painful to read about." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"This is one of those thrillers where you know something is going on, and the writer gives you plenty of clues, but there are still some twists and turns he keeps hidden away until just the right moment. A smartly constructed tale that operates on multiple levels." - Booklist"Fans of well-crafted Hitchcock-like thrillers will enjoy Desperate." - Associated Press"If you've somehow missed reading Daniel Palmer, it's time to -- pardon the pun -- get Desperate." --Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling authorBrimming with suspense and unrelenting twists, acclaimed author Daniel Palmer's latest thriller delves into the waking nightmare of a well meaning couple whose biggest--and most ordinary--dream has gone terrifyingly awry. . . Gage Dekker still blames himself for the car accident that claimed the lives of his first wife and young son. Then he meets Anna, who understands grief all too well. Within a year, Gage and Anna are married, his career is thriving, and both feel ready to become parents once more.After a heartbreaking miscarriage, they begin the long adoption process, until fate brings Lily into their lives. Young, pregnant, and homeless, Lily agrees to give her baby to Gage and Anna in exchange for financial support. It's the perfect arrangement for everyone. Seeing his wife's happiness and optimism for their new life and child, Gage begins to feel a sense of hope he thought he'd lost forever.But something isn't right once Lily enters their lives. At work and at home, Gage is being sabotaged, first in subtle ways, then things take a more sinister turn. Every attempt he makes to uncover the truth only drives a wedge between him and Anna. Even as he's propelled toward an unthinkable choice to save his marriage and his job, Gage discovers that the most chilling revelations are still to come. . .Praise for the novels of Daniel PalmerDesperate"If you've somehow missed reading Daniel Palmer, it's time to--pardon the pun--get Desperate." --Harlan CobenStolen"Unrelentingly suspenseful." --Publishers Weekly"A twisting, suspenseful chiller of a book." --William LandayHelpless"Warning: once you start reading this novel, you will not stop!" -Lisa GardnerDelirious"Not just a great thriller debut, but a great thriller, period." --Lee Child

Desperate Characters: A Novel

by Paula Fox

"A towering landmark of postwar Realism. . . . A sustained work of prose so lucid and fine it seems less written than carved." -- David Foster Wallace Otto and Sophie Bentwood live childless in a renovated Brooklyn brownstone. The complete works of Goethe line their bookshelf, their stainless-steel kitchen is newly installed, and their Mercedes is parked curbside. But after Sophie is bitten on the hand while trying to feed a half-starved neighborhood cat, a series of small and ominous disasters begin to plague their lives. The fault lines of their marriage are revealed -- echoing the fractures of society around them, slowly wrenching itself apart. First published in 1970 to wide acclaim, Desperate Characters stands as one of the most dazzling and rigorous examples of the storyteller's craft in postwar American literature -- a novel that, according to Irving Howe, ranks with "Billy Budd, The Great Gatsby, Miss Lonelyhearts, and Seize the Day."

Desperate Decisions

by Marilyn Mayo Anderson

Diana Thompson was raised in poverty by a devout Christian mother, but after her mother's death, Diana denounces God's existence. Now she's living the successful life she always dreamed about as a child, but she's still plagued with insecurities that drive her to doubt her husband's love for her. To make matters worse, she has to deal with the void in her heart from the guilt of an unforgettable act she committed and hid from her husband. Kendra Staten, Diana's best friend from childhood, struggled to climb out of the impoverished life she lived. Unlike Diana's religious upbringing, Kendra was raised by a mother with immoral standards. Against all odds, Kendra gave her life to Christ and strives to be a virtuous wife and First Lady at her husband's church. But Kendra's faith and integrity will soon be tested by a present tragedy, as well as a past mistake. Pricilla Battle and Aquila Savino, friends since they were both orphaned as children, are dealing with their own difficulties. Pricilla moves to Raleigh, North Carolina in search of her true identity, not knowing that the man she falls in loves with just might hold the key. Aquila flees from an abusive husband and moves in with Pricilla. She struggles to pursue a new life for herself however, she will soon discover that the solace of the new home she cherishes will be short lived. These four women will have to make some very difficult decisions and search for help from God to get through trying times.

Desperate Decisions

by Marilyn Mayo Anderson

Diana Thompson was raised in poverty by a devout Christian mother, but after her mother's death, Diana denounces God's existence. Now she's living the successful life she always dreamed about as a child, but she's still plagued with insecurities that drive her to doubt her husband's love for her. To make matters worse, she has to deal with the void in her heart from the guilt of an unforgettable act she committed and hid from her husband. Kendra Staten, Diana's best friend from childhood, struggled to climb out of the impoverished life she lived. Unlike Diana's religious upbringing, Kendra was raised by a mother with immoral standards. Against all odds, Kendra gave her life to Christ and strives to be a virtuous wife and First Lady at her husband's church. But Kendra's faith and integrity will soon be tested by a present tragedy, as well as a past mistake. Pricilla Battle and Aquila Savino, friends since they were both orphaned as children, are dealing with their own difficulties. Pricilla moves to Raleigh, North Carolina in search of her true identity, not knowing that the man she falls in loves with just might hold the key. Aquila flees from an abusive husband and moves in with Pricilla. She struggles to pursue a new life for herself; however, she will soon discover that the solace of the new home she cherishes will be short lived. These four women will have to make some very difficult decisions and search for help from God to get through trying times.

The Desperate Deputy of Cougar Hill

by Louis Trimble

Cameron was his name. He looked like a lawman, he wore a tin badge, but the owl-hooters knew him as a bank robber who had turned traitor. And they set a trap to catch him with a band loaded with gold dust, a rangeland studded with blotched brands, and a scheme worthy of the wildcats that gave Cougar Hill its name. But Cameron had some cougar blood in his own veins, and desperation put a deadly edge to his trigger fangs.

Desperate Duchesses

by Eloisa James

Welcome to a world of reckless sensuality and glittering sophistication . . . of dangerously handsome gentlemen and young ladies longing to gain a title . . . of games played for high stakes, including--on occasion--a lady's virtue.A marquess's sheltered only daughter, Lady Roberta St. Giles falls in love with a man she glimpses across a crowded ballroom: a duke, a game player of consummate skill, a notorious rakehell who shows no interest in marriage--until he lays eyes on Roberta.Yet the Earl of Gryffyn knows too well that the price required to gain a coronet is often too high. Damon Reeve, the earl, is determined to protect the exquisite Roberta from chasing after the wrong destiny.Can Damon entice her into a high-stakes game of his own, even if his heart is likely to be lost in the venture?

Desperate Engagement: How a Little-known Civil War Battle Saved Washington, D.C., and Changed American History

by Marc Leepson

The July 9, 1864, Battle of Monocacy is one of the Civil War's most significant, yet little-known, battles. What played out that day in the corn and wheat fields near Frederick, Maryland, was a full-field engagement between 12,000 battle-hardened Confederate troops led by the controversial Jubal Early, and 5,800 Union troops, many of them untested in battle, under the mercurial Lew Wallace, best known as the author of Ben Hur. When the fighting ended, some 1,300 Union troops were dead, wounded, or captured, and Early- who suffered some 800 casualties- had won the northernmost Confederate victory of the war. Two days later, Early sat astride his horse outside the gates of Fort Stevens in the upper northwestern fringe of Washington, D.C. He was about to make one of the war's most fateful decisions: whether or not to invade the under-defended nation's capital. There was near panic in the streets when Washington learned of the impending Rebel attack. But Jubal Early did not pull the trigger, giving General Ulysses S. Grant just enough time to bring thousands of veteran troops up from Richmond. Historian Marc Leepson uses memoirs, diaries, and other primary sources in a reader-friendly and engaging retelling of the events surrounding what became known as "the Battle that Saved Washington," its impact on the last nine months of the Civil War, and on the course of American history.

Desperate Escape

by Lisa Harris

DOCTOR IN PERIL When Dr. Maddie Gilbert is kidnapped by rebel forces in West Africa, special ops agent Grant Reese races to rescue her. But the ruthless drug traffickers holding Maddie hostage have powerful connections-maybe even inside the US government. And they'll go to any lengths to silence her-permanently. Grant knows that getting Maddie free and safe is just the first step of this mission. Because he's fallen for the spirited beauty, and as her enemies pursue them, Grant must face a second battle-the one to win her heart.

A Desperate Fortune

by Susanna Kearsley

"Fascinating and immersive... I love a novel that deals with the many ways in which people keep their secrets."--Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of OutlanderBeloved New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley delivers a riveting novel that deftly intertwines the tales of two women, divided by centuries and forever changed by a clash of love and fate.For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing-for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.As Mary's gripping tale of rebellion and betrayal is revealed to her, Sara faces events in her own life that require letting go of everything she thought she knew-about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women are united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the unlikely coincidences of fate."A grand adventure...Susanna Kearsley just keeps getting better and better!" --LAUREN WILLIG, New York Times bestselling author

Desperate Games

by Pierre Boulle

A group of scientists now rule the world, and many problems disappear, but new ones surface, including the awesomeness of freedom.

Desperate Hearts

by Rosanne Bittner

"One of the most powerful voices in western romance returns with a gritty, earthly, moving love story that captures the true spirit of the West." -RT Book Reviews, review for Paradise ValleySHE'S A WOMAN WITH A SECRETElizabeth Wainwright is on the run. Accused of a murder she didn't commit, she has no choice but to cut ties with her old life and flee West. The last thing she wants is attention, but when her stagecoach is attacked, she suddenly finds herself under the fierce protection of one of Montana's famed vigilantes...whether she likes it or not.HE'S A MAN WITH A CODE Lawman Mitch Brady is sworn to uphold justice in the wild lands of 1860's Montana. He's never met a man he's feared, and he's never met a woman more desperately in need of his help. Something's shaken the secretive Elizabeth, but as he gets to know the beautiful city belle, he finds the only thing he wants more than her safety...is her trust.

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