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David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock. After thirteen years of marriage, he still can't imagine a remotely happy life without her--yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she is dead, and David is both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.The detectives investigating Alice's suspicious death have plenty of personal experience with conjugal enigmas: Ward Hastroll is happily married until his wife inexplicably becomes voluntarily and militantly bedridden; and Sam Sheppard is especially sensitive to the intricacies of marital guilt and innocence, having decades before been convicted and then exonerated of the brutal murder of his wife.Still, these men are in the business of figuring things out, even as Pepin's role in Alice's death grows ever more confounding when they link him to a highly unusual hit man called Mobius. Like the Escher drawings that inspire the computer games David designs for a living, these complex, interlocking dramas are structurally and emotionally intense, subtle, and intriguing; they brilliantly explore the warring impulses of affection and hatred, and pose a host of arresting questions. Is it possible to know anyone fully, completely? Are murder and marriage two sides of the same coin, each endlessly recycling into the other? And what, in the end, is the truth about love?Mesmerizing, exhilarating, and profoundly moving, Mr. Peanut is a police procedural of the soul, a poignant investigation of the relentlessly mysterious human heart--and a first novel of the highest order.From the Hardcover edition.
What would make the perfect man? That's the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted -- or will just muscular do? As their conversation hears up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along e-mail lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered....Turning to her neighbor, an unpredictable police detective, for help, Jaine must unmask a killer to save her friends -- and herself. Now, knowing whom to trust and whom to love is a matter of survival -- as the dream of Mr. Perfect becomes a chilling nightmare.
The little-known story of the dramatic political maneuverings and personalities behind the creation of the office of the president, with ramifications that continue to this day. On June 1, 1787, when the Federal Convention first talked of establishing a new executive branch, James Wilson moved that "the Executive consist of a single person." To us this might sound obvious, but not so at the time. Americans had just won their independence from an autocratic monarch, and they feared that a single leader might commandeer power or oppress citizens. Should the framers even flirt with one-man rule? For the first and only time that summer, there was silence. Not one of the loquacious delegates dared speak up. Eventually Benjamin Franklin rose, then others. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Mason joined the debate, and for three months their deliberations continued. By early September the framers had made up their minds. A chief executive, the "president," would be appointed by Congress to serve for seven years. He could not be reelected, and his powers were tightly constrained. He could neither negotiate treaties nor appoint Supreme Court justices and ambassadors. The Senate would do all that. Suddenly, less than two weeks before the convention adjourned, all this changed. How? And who made it happen? Enter Gouverneur Morris, the flamboyant, peg-legged hero of this saga, who pushed through his agenda with amazing political savvy and not a little bluster and deceit. For the first time, by focusing closely on the give-and-take of the convention's dynamics, Ray Raphael reveals how politics and personalities cobbled together a lasting, but flawed, institution. Charting the presidency as it evolved during the administrations of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, Raphael shows how, given the Constitution's broad outlines, the president's powers could easily be augmented but rarely diminished. Today we see the result--an office that has become more sweeping, more powerful, and more inherently partisan than the framers ever intended. And the issues of 1787--whether the Electoral College, the president's war powers, or the extent of executive authority--continue to stir our political debates.
Who is Vladimir Putin? Observers have described him as a "man from nowhere"--someone without a face, substance, or soul. Russia experts Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy argue that Putin is in fact a man of many and complex identities. Drawing on a range of sources, including their own personal encounters, they describe six that are most essential: the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case Officer. Understanding Putin's multiple dimensions is crucial for policymakers trying to decide how best to deal with Russia.Hill and Gaddy trace the identities back to formative experiences in Putin's past, including his early life in Soviet Leningrad, his KGB training and responsibilities, his years as deputy mayor in the crime and corruptionridden city of St. Petersburg, his first role in Moscow as the "operative" brought in from the outside by liberal reformers in the Kremlin to help control Russia's oligarchs, and his time at the helm of a resurgent Russian state. The authors then examine the nature of the political system Putin has built, explaining it as a logical result of these six identities.Vladimir Putin has his own idealized view of himself as CEO of "Russia, Inc." But rather than leading a transparent public corporation, he runs a closed boardroom, not answerable to its stakeholders. Now that his corporation seems to be in crisis, with political protests marking Mr. Putin's return to the presidency in 2012, will the CEO be held accountable for its failings?"For more than a dozen years--the equivalent of three American presidential terms-- Vladimir Putin has presided over the largest nation on the planet, the second most powerful nuclear arsenal, and massive natural resources. Yet there is still debate about who he really is. Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy have gone a long way in answering that question, starting with the title, which makes a crucial point: even though 'Mr. Putin' was, in his upbringing and early career, a prototype of the Soviet man, he's no longer 'Comrade Putin.' His aim is not the restoration of communism. He has made a deal with the capitalists who have thrived in Russia over the past two decades: they support him in the exercise of his political power, and he supports them in amassing their fortunes."--from the foreword by Strobe Talbott
Dr. Right in front of her eyes... Pediatricians Eve and Ryan have not been having a relationship all the way back to their student days! They were firm friends, nothing more, because Ryan "never-short-of-a-date" Sullivan didn't ever intend to get involved with anyone and Eve was waiting for Mr. Right. Then a playful kiss revealed a chemistry so explosive it sent them running in different directions! Now Eve's new boss at Dalverston General is Ryan! Neither has forgotten that kiss, but Eve's had her fingers burned by one "Mr. Right" and, no matter how gorgeous Ryan is, she still isn't going to get involved with him...right?
He'sMyHeroA protector, a provider, a friend-he's every woman's hero....WANTED: ONE GOOD MANDenise Jenkins desperately needed her handsome neighbor's help with a most unusual situation. The sassy single woman had invented a boyfriend, and now her boss was demanding to meet Denise's darling. She knew of only one man who could possibly pull off the pretense....Morgan Holt was handsome, intelligent and too darned sexy-he could unruffle her high-buttoned blouse with a careless whisper. But how could she possibly ask Morgan to pose as her beloved without him believing she had romantic ulterior motives? Especially when Denise knew, deep in her heart, she'd found her real Mr. Right...right next door.
When three best girlfriends decide it's time to get married, the first order of business is to find some decent husband material. But looking for Mr. Right is about to lead three nearly-thirty sistahs down a rocky road of matchmaking--and into the unexpected. . . A career girl on a fast track to success, Luby Jones prepares for romance like she lands a new account--no nonsense and all business. But her latest fling is like no man she's ever known--much less dated--and that can't be good. . . or can it? No doubt about it, Luby's spellbound. . . and she's enjoying it more than she cares to admit. . . Danni Sellers is lucky in looks, but unlucky in love. And her weakness for sexy bad boys who set her on fire only to leave her crying certainly doesn't make things any easier. Danielle's determined to wise up--but she can't help worrying that a good man won't be able to turn up her heat. . . Fine and fun-loving, Cat Harris already has the sweetest guy in the world. . . who sometimes bores her silly. So here she is throwing caution--and commitment--to the wind and joining this "dating thing. " But if she goes too far, she may lose the good thing she's got.
A childhood biography of one of the most beloved child educators and neighbors of the 20th-century.
"Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra, by former valet-aide George Jacobs with an oh-so-able assist by William Stadiem, has at least five quotable and shocking remarks about the famous on every page. The fifteen years Jacobs toiled for Frank produces a classic of its genre -- a gold-star gossip-lover's dream.... "The rest is showbiz history as it was, and only Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, and Betty Bacall are spared. Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Juliet Prowse, Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Mia Farrow, Elvis Presley, Swifty Lazar, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Sammy Davis Jr., Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Jimmy van Heusen, Edie Goetz, Peter Lawford, and all of the Kennedys come in for heaping portions of 'deep dish,' served hot. Sordid, trashy, funny, and so rat-a-tat with its smart inside info and hip instant analysis that some of it seems too good to be true....
Under the comedy and sadness, the shocking force of much of the action, and the superb character-drawing of this novel runs a strain of speculation, both daring and serene, on the future of life on this planet. National Book Award winner.
In the novels of R. K. Narayan (1906-2001), the forefather of modern Indian fiction, human-scale hopes and epiphanies express the promise of a nation as it awakens to its place in the world. Mr. Sampath-The Printer of Malgudi is the story of a businessman who adapts to the collapse of his weekly newspaper by shifting to screenplays, only to have the glamour of it all go to his head. Written after India's independence, this novel is a masterpiece of social comedy, rich in local color and abounding in affectionate humor and generosity of spirit.
Can you smell the hot bread baking and the fresh cookies and apple cakes? Would you like to taste one of the treats that Mr. Santizo makes? He is one of the best bakers in the neighborhood. Includes a recipe for Mr. Santizo's special chocolate chip pecan cookies!
It is the time of the Great Depression. Thousands have left their homes looking for a better life, a new life. But Marcus Connelly is not one of them. He searches for one thing, and one thing only. Revenge. Because out there, riding the rails, stalking the camps, is the scarred vagrant who murdered Connelly's daughter. No one knows him, but everyone knows his name: Mr. Shivers. In this extraordinary debut, Robert Jackson Bennett tells the story of an America haunted by murder and desperation. A world in which one man must face a dark truth and answer the question-how much is he willing to sacrifice for his satisfaction?
Mr. Sneeze lives in Cold land, where it is winter all the time. All that snowing and freezing makes him sneeze and sneeze and sneeze! Imagine trying to talk to a friend while sneezing between every word. This is how it was for Mr. Sneeze. Poor Mr. Sneeze. Could there be something which would make him stop sneezing? Atishoo atishoo! Atishoo! Includes picture descriptions. This is another delightful book by Roger Hargreaves. If you enjoyed this book, you might also want to read about Little Miss Sunshine and other Little Miss and Mr. Men books which are available from Bookshare. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
The follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Mr. Sunday's SoupsOn the heels of the hugely successful Mr. Sunday's Soups, Lorraine Wallace--wife of Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace--shares another family tradition: the night before taping his show, Chris always wants something familiar and comforting for dinner: chicken. Faced with the challenge of keeping the meals interesting--like so many people at home eating chicken meals at least once a week--Lorraine created more than 100 delicious chicken recipes the whole family will love. You'll find chicken favorites prepared in almost every way: baked, fried, butterflied, pan roasted, and stir-fried, as well as in salads, enchiladas, and pot pies.In addition to her own delicious family favorites, Lorraine also includes recipes from celebrity chef Art Smith and restaurants such as Washington's landmark Martin's Tavern. 31 side dishes serve as perfect complements to your favorite chicken dish, so you'll find everything you need to prepare satisfying chicken meals for almost any occasion.Includes more than 130 recipes organized by season, from cold chicken salads for summer to hot and hearty pot pies for winterFeatures scrapbook family photos of the Wallaces throughout as well as gorgeous photos of finished dishesSpecial chapters include perfect recipes for hosting friends and family and fun ideas for snacking and eating on football Sundays
Hearty, soulful soups from Chris Wallace's favorite cookKnown to millions as the anchor of Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace is one of the most popular news show hosts in the country. After a long day on air, Chris would often arrive home hungry and delight at the sight of a big pot of his wife Lorraine's soup on the burner. Lorraine may not be a professional cook, but you wouldn't know it from her soups!In fact, her soups were so good that Chris couldn't help but rave about them on-air. Before long, the show's fans were begging him to share his wife's wonderful recipes. Now, in Mr. Sunday's Soups, Lorraine Wallace shares a wide variety of soups that are sure to please the whole family.Includes 78 recipes and 40 beautiful full-color photosWith recipes such as Tortellini Meatball, Cuban Black Bean, Chicken Garlic Straciatella, and many moreThe perfect cookbook for fans of Fox News Sunday and great soups in generalFeatures a Foreword by Chris WallacePerfect as comfort food at the end of a long day at the office or the studio, these satisfying soups offer simple, wholesome solutions to the dinner doldrums.
The students of Lynnhurst Elementary love their principal, Mr. Tanen--and his colorful ties. But Mr. Apple from the school office doesn't like the ties and insists that Mr. Tanen stop wearing them. Everyone is miserable. Until the students give Mr. Apple his own new tie which brings about some unexpected and welcome changes.
He's the perfect lover-on paperJack Killigan has just sold his first book, a steamy romance novel, under the pen name of Candy Valentine. Now, if only he could convince his inspiration, Krysta Lueckenhoff, to see him as a man, not a brother. So, when his editor insists on meeting him in New York, Jack goes to Krysta for help. Because Manchester Publishing has no idea that Ms. Valentine is really a Mr.....Krysta can't believe that Jack is a romance writer-or that he wants her to impersonate him. But she soon gets caught up in the excitement of the Big Apple-and of being around Jack day and night. And after reading his sizzling love scenes, Krysta is suddenly aware of how incredibly sexy Jack really is. But can her old friend make love as well as he writes it?
Jack Lund figures a good day is when his dad's too drunk to beat up his mom. For Jack, Bogg's End is the end. The end of the turbulent, see-saw years of watching his father go on the wagon and fall right back off gain. Once it took two years, but the inevitable inevitably happened. Now it's just Jack and his mom starting over in the strange old house his grandfather left them. But the ride's not over yet. Jack's father returns, full of apologies and promises, and for a little while, things are looking up. Then in one terrifying, sickening moment, everything comes crashing back down again. So Jack runs. He runs through a strange hidden door that takes him back in time to before his parents were born. Before he was born. Maybe with a second chance he can stop the inevitable. At least he's got to try. What Jack doesn't understand, though, is that he can't change his future until he faces his past.
Edgar® Award Winner Novel. On a hillside, the dead body of a beautiful dime-a-dance girl is found. Police Lt. Wesley Horner narrows his sights on White, a man with no memory, who must record his life in detailed journal entries and scrapbooks.
Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree Came by special delivery. Full and fresh and glistening green--The biggest tree he'd ever seen.That was the trouble. The tree was so tall, it couldn't stand up straight in his parlor. Mr. Willowby asked his butler to chop off the top of the tree. What happens to the treetop? Where will it be for Christmas? Snuggle up with this story and follow along through a forest full of friendly creatures who get to share in a bit of Christmas joy.
From the Assassination of Mckinley to the Defeat of the League of Nations
The new MRCS structure replaces the vivas and clinical style examinations with an OSCE-based system. This revision guide - the first in a series - fully reflects this new format and provides a structured, systems-based approach to revision. Key aspects of anatomy, physiology, critical care, surgical pathology and operative care are combined whilst focusing on the questions commonly asked in the exam. The material is presented in a practical, question-and-answer based format to help readers retain details whilst providing all of the essential information needed for examination success. MRCS Revision Guide: Trunk and Thorax is a concise, clear pocketbook that reduces the need for bulky textbooks by providing a quick reference guide for busy surgical trainees. If you are studying for the MRCS examination, you need this book.
MRI has become an important tool in the management of patients with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, such as rectal cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases. This book, written by distinguished experts in the field, discusses in detail the technical, practical, and clinical aspects of MRI of the gastrointestinal tract. The chapters on technique encompass the most recent developments and address such topics as contrast media, high field strength MRI, and perfusion MRI. Subsequently, individual chapters are devoted to the clinical applications of MRI in the different parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Both established applications and new frontiers are considered, with the aid of numerous high-quality illustrations. By combining chapters dedicated to technical aspects and clinically oriented chapters, this book will prove very instructive for the novice while simultaneously offering experienced practitioners further insights into the value of MRI of the gastrointestinal tract.
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