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Alan Shepard was the brashest, cockiest, and most flamboyant of America's original Mercury Seven, but he was also regarded as the best. Intense, colorful, and dramatic, he was among the most private of America's public figures and, until his death in 1998, he guarded the story of his life zealously. Light This Candle, based on Neal Thompson's exclusive access to private papers and interviews with Shepard's family and closest friends--including John Glenn, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper--offers a riveting, action-packed account of Shepard's life.
Praise for I Own the Dawn: "Wonderfully fast-paced...enthralling and exciting." -Night Owl Reviews Reviewer Top Pick!Name: Trisha O'Malley Rank: Second Lieutenant and AH-6M "Little Bird" PilotMission : Take down Somali pirates, and deny her pastName: William Bruce Rank: Navy SEAL LieutenantMission : Rescue hostages, and protect his past-against all comersThey both have something to hideWhen hotshot SOAR helicopter pilot Trisha O'Malley rescues Navy SEAL Bill Bruce from his undercover mission in Somalia, it ignites his fury. Everything about Trisha triggers his mistrust: her elusive past, her wild energy, and her proclivity for flying past safety's edge. Even as the heat between them turns into passion's fire, Bill and Trisha must team up to confront their pasts and survive Somalia's pirate lords.Praise for Take Over at Midnight: "Quite simply a great read." --Booklist "A fabulous soaring thriller." --Midwest Book Review
Based on the renowned "Renzulli Method," which has been adopted in schools all over the country, LIGHT UP YOUR CHILD'S MIND presents a practical program to help children fire up a love of learning to last a lifetime. World-renowned experts Drs. Renzulli and Reis illustrate the crucial role parents can play in their children's development and address how they can work with teachers to enhance their children's education. They uncover the hidden potential of daydreamers, rebels, and one-track minds, arguing that gifted behavior--basic smarts, high levels of task commitment, and creativity--can be fostered in bright children, even unmotivated ones. Step by step, LIGHT UP YOUR CHILD'S MIND will show parents how to set their kids on the path to a rewarding future.
By explaining the laws of the universe and how to utilize them, this book offers substantial advice for achieving health, happiness, and success that may otherwise prove elusive. It is a resource of hope and inspiration that teaches how to embrace the universe from within through fascinating and insightful stories, exercises, and visualizations. Looking to the universe in these ways can bring about new spiritual purposes and revolutionize ways of thinking to usher in a dream life-one filled with peace, love, and prosperity.
He went to school to learn how to kill me. The Israeli girl who ruined his life. Seven people were killed instead. A single mother of two. A computer programmer. Two college students. A grandmother and her four-year-old grandson sharing an ice cream. And Dov, my boyfriend, my heart, the man I wanted to marry, who was there waiting for me. Maya leaves Israel to study astronomy at the University of Virginia, running from the violence, guilt, and memories of her past. As the narrative switches between Virginia and Israel, we learn about Maya's life as a soldier, her ambiguous devotion to Israel, and her love for her boyfriend, Dov, who is tragically killed in a suicide bombing. Now, in Virginia, amid the day-to-day pressures of classes, roommates, and fraternity parties, Maya attempts to reconcile her Israeli past with her American future.
This exquisite, resonant novel by PEN/Faulkner winner James Salter is a brilliant portrait of a marriage by a contemporary American master. It is the story of Nedra and Viri, whose favored life is centered around dinners, ingenious games with their children, enviable friends, and near-perfect days passed skating on a frozen river or sunning on the beach. But even as he lingers over the surface of their marriage, Salter lets us see the fine cracks that are spreading through it, flaws that will eventually mar the lovely picture beyond repair. Seductive, witty, and elegantly nuanced, Light Years is a classic novel of an entire generation that discovered the limits of its own happiness--and then felt compelled to destroy it.
Successful Chicago commodities broker abducted by aliens Not a headline from the National Enquirer, just Marcus Walker's own little Jerry Springer moment. He was indeed hustled aboard an alien Vilenjji starship, part of a cargo of primitive creatures bound for the "civilized" part of the galaxy, where they'll be sold . . . as pets. Fortunately, there was another Earthling aboard, a scruffy dog named George who'd been speech-enhanced to increase his market value. Walker had spoken to plenty of dogs in his line of work but never to actual animals. He and George formed an immediate bond, giving new meaning to "man's best friend."The Light-Years Beneath My Feet finds Walker and George free at last, having managed, with some outside help, to outwit their kidnappers. But now they are a million billion miles from Earth. Walker glories in the wonders of his rescuers' hi-tech world and the thrill of being humankind's first galactic traveler-until he remembers the only place he wants to be is home. To take his mind off the depressing fact that he hasn't the slightest idea where home is, never mind how to get there, the erstwhile commodities broker becomes a chef.Walker never imagined that whipping up delicacies for demanding alien palates would lead to a possible way home-or that the possible way home would involve swapping his easy-living adopted planet for an all-out, age-old war many parsecs away. But hey, it was all for a good cause, he has George and their two fellow escapees for company, and what else was there to do, besides avoid Vilenjji? Plenty, as it turns out. . . .From the Hardcover edition.
It seems as though not a day goes by that we don't think about money. We cut back on spending. We chase a bargain. We try to save more. We strive to use less credit. We worry about funding our retirement and our children's education. Yet we continue to spend money on things that don't matter. Peter Walsh knows that money and debt can overwhelm your life even faster than clutter, and he has a plan to help you deal with that emotional and financial chaos. Peter's previous bestselling books inspired us to successfully evict the clutter in our homes, on our bodies, and in six key areas of our lives. But for many people, clearing the clutter suddenly exposes deeper issues--financial, physical, and emotional. Sometimes our problems are not really about the physical stuff but about the emotional fabric of our lives--from our relationships with money to our relationships with people and even how we define and find happiness. In Lighten Up, Peter demonstrates that this reassessment of priorities is a great opportunity to examine our lives and circumstances and to make the changes necessary to focus on the things that really matter. Exploring the real source of happiness, Peter offers a clear strategy for finding the delicate balance between what we have, what we need, and what we want or feel entitled to. With three unique audits that cover every aspect of our well-being, he takes us step by step through sizing up not just our possessions and financial statements but also our thoughts, goals, use of time and energy, and even our innermost sources of tension. He then shows us how to embrace the changes we've experienced, set a new path for the future, and come to accept that living on less can feel--and be--so much richer. In Lighten Up you will learn how to: * Change the way you and your family measure happiness * Face your financial situation and set realistic priorities * Create space for what really matters * Plan realistically for financial and emotional security * Be happier with less Peter's plan will help you achieve a personal balance that brings you happiness and the courage to choose a richly rewarding life over the mindless pursuit of more stuff. *** In the same way that I conquered clutter in your home, heart, mind, and lives in my previous books, Lighten Up will help you to clear a path to financial health and emotional harmony. I am going to show you how to live a life of abundance on less in a way that doesn't plunge you deeper into misery and despair, and my belief is that with a changed mind-set will come a sense of calm, authentic personal identity, and . . . yes . . . happiness. Your well-being doesn't have to be measured by monetary wealth. You'll learn how to capitalize on where you derive happiness, and discover that your truest sources of pleasure and joy are actually free. With a little bit of mental and, in some cases, physical rearranging and reprioritizing, you can come to view your life from a completely different--but much more satisfying--place. I'll show you how to psychologically transform your pain, anxieties, and anguish into a spring of courage and action no matter how much you've lost or had to give up. The old adage rings true: With crisis comes great opportunity. --from Lighten Up
Lorraine Pascale truly believes that eating healthy does not mean having to abandon all the good things in life. Baked goods and dishes, from the savory to the sweet, so often find themselves consigned to the list of dietary no-no's, but Lorraine wants to gently challenge our assumptions and offer--amid the deluge of decadent baking books out there-- a lighter way to bake.For many years, Lorraine's fans have asked her if she could make some of their best-loved indulgences a bit lighter, so that they could enjoy them a little more often and with less guilt. Classic no-holds-barred sweets hold a special place in Lorraine's heart, but she wanted to offer healthier versions of them, along with some new ideas, so she embarked on a long journey of experimentation, testing, retesting, tears, and eventually...progress: treats that retain maximum flavor yet are bursting with goodness. And the fruits of her labor are all here, but they still taste naughty!A Lighter Way to Bake isn't packed with obscure grains, nuts, or seeds. Instead, using everyday ingredients, with expert nutritionists evaluating every morsel, she has come up with 100 nourishing, stress-free recipes, from everyday breads and savory meals to light snacks, divine pastries, and heavenly cakes. Sesame Pretzel Buns or Cappuccino and Cinnamon Pecan muffins are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Skinnier Mac and Cheese or Herbed Baked Chicken Tenders with Honey & Mustard Dipping Sauce are surefire winners for family dinners. And Chocolate Chocolate Torte or Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting will make for a sumptuous finish.Lorraine Pascale's fun, sociable style of cooking came to wide public attention with her landmark BBC television show, Baking Made Easy. The book of the series went on to be a perennial bestseller in the U.K., and Lorraine quickly became the most successful debut cookbook author ever in Britain.
When a hunter determines to get Lightfoot the deer as a trophy because of his antlers, all the forest animals team up to help him survive hunting season. When he talks to Peter Rabbit about his new antlers, he finds out that a hunter admired those he had the last year. He receives the most help from Paddy the Beaver, a blue jay, and a most unlikely ally that will surprise readers! After he survives that trouble, he finds trouble of a different kind: a lady love, whom he must win by fighting.
From an award-winning poet, a new collection in which the political and the personal converge in innovative and beautiful ways In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, his poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that is both dark and buoyant. Cultural icons as diverse as Fela Kuti, Harriet Tubman, and Wallace Stevens appear with meditations on desire and history. We see Hayes testing the line between story and song in a series of stunning poems inspired by the Pecha Kucha, a Japanese presentation format. This innovative collection presents the light- headedness of a mind trying to pull against gravity and time. Fueled by an imagination that enlightens, delights, and ignites, Lighthead leaves us illuminated and scorched. .
In The Lighthorseman, Dale Winters rode in the great charge at Beersheba in the final months of The Great War and has never forgiven himself for surviving. His younger brother did not. As a result, guilt-ridden, Dale gives up the passion in his life--horses. If his brother could no longer ride the animals he loved so much, then neither would he. A shattered man, Dale returns to his home in Western Australia. Emily Castle, late of Arizona, inherited one-half of the Castle Winters Sheep Station in Western Australia when her Uncle Charles passed away. For years, through his letters, her uncle had regaled Emily with tales of the exploits of the boys he had fostered. With a heart full of hope and happiness, she moves to her new home and an inevitable meeting with the amazing and adventurous Dale Winters. But the man who comes home from the war is not the one she envisioned in her dreams. Broken promises and a vow made to a dead man have stolen away his joy of life. Then Emily wagers her share of the station, and herself, on a horse race and becomes unable to ride. Will Dale learn, before it's too late, that some promises are meant to be broken? In The Flyer, Paul Campbell has fought the Turks, the Germans, and the occasional rogue crocodile, and as a confirmed bachelor, veteran of the Great War, and jack-of-all-trades in the rough country of Western Australia, he is free to live the rest of his life in peace. He has only one goal: to make life easier on the residents of the Outback by flying medicine, supplies, and the rare letter to those who live in Australia's sprawling interior. That is, until a new doctor lands on his doorstep begging for a gentle hand and a warm kiss--even if she doesn't know it yet. Helen Stanwood left the relative comfort of her San Francisco home with a mission: to forget the pain of her former existence by devoting herself to helping those in need. But when she arrives in Australia she is faced with the realization that she can't run away from herself, her past, or Paul.
This novel holds the reader's interest from page one to its rather sad ending. This is the first novel in a trilogy. The book emphasizes hard work, the slavery controversy, disappointment, and a need for faith.
I've never been close with my father...Even though I'm his only child. We were both held together by my mother, the warm, dancing flame attracting the quiet moths. Dad was always on the other side of the sun; I could never reach him.Now Mom's gone. It's Christmas. And my unapproachable father is chasing a wild, crazy, impossible dream. He's putting everything he has into restoring an old, abandoned lighthouse that Mom loved.Yet, after a while, something about restoring the landmark started to make sense. Because in the glow of that beacon, a wife and mother was not gone, but instead was showing her two most treasured people the way toward peace.
A subtle and powerful work of contemporary fiction.Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to solve the mystery quickly and discreetly, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. Dalgliesh is uncertain about his future with Emma Lavenham, the woman he loves; Detective Inspector Kate Miskin has her own emotional problems; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is worried about working under Kate. Hardly has the team begun to unravel the complicated motives of the suspects than there is a second brutal killing, and the whole investigation is jeopardized when Dalgliesh is faced with a danger more insidious and as potentially fatal as murder.This eagerly awaited successor to the international bestseller The Murder Room displays all the qualities that lovers of P. D. James's novels the world over have come to expect: sensitive characterization, an exciting and superbly structured plot and vivid evocation of place.From the Hardcover edition.
Within these pages will be found short stories, long stories, technical descriptions, shipwrecks, acts of courage, fascinating drawings, details on how things worked, maps of where things are and were, photos, and generally something for everyone. There will be quick reading for the days that you desire just a taste of lighthouses, and long, detailed adventures for the times when you want to be transported to another place and era. You will read the fascinating details on how some of these lighthouses were constructed in projects that are still considered as feats of ingenuity. Technical and cutaway drawings from the United States Lighthouse Board will be found within these pages, reproduced from the original reports of more than a century ago. Along this path of discovery you will become acquainted with people and places that were our neighbors and neighborhoods long forgotten. In short, this text contains a wide range of lighthouse adventures from construction to shipwrecks to ghosts and hauntings. As with all of my writings of the Great Lakes, each one of these stories is completely factual and the result of detailed research. There is absolutely no fiction here; the adventures that you will be reading actually happened, the people named actually existed and their trials and tribulations really took place.
FROM THE AUTHOR OF WILDFLOWER HILL, THIS BREATHTAKING NOVEL TRAVELS MORE THAN A CENTURY BETWEEN TWO LOVE STORIES SET IN THE AUSTRALIAN SEASIDE TOWN OF LIGHTHOUSE BAY. In 1901, a ship sinks off the coast of Lighthouse Bay in Australia. The only survivor is Isabella Winterbourne--escaping her loveless marriage and the devastating loss of her son--who clutches a priceless gift meant for the Australian Parliament. Suddenly, this gift could be her ticket to a new life, free from the bonds of her husband and his overbearing family. One hundred years later, Libby Slater leaves her life in Paris to return to her hometown of Lighthouse Bay. Living in the cottage that was purchased by her recently passed lover, she hopes to heal her broken heart and reconcile with her sister, Juliet. Libby did something so unforgivable twenty years ago, Juliet is unsure if she can ever trust her sister again. In this adventurous love story spanning centuries, both Isabella and Libby must learn that letting go of the past is the only way to move into the future.
In this passionate, stirring novel from award-winning author Kimberly Cates, two former lovers, reunited by chance, discover that the love they shared nearly a decade ago is as strong as ever LIGHTHOUSE COVE Keeping a promise to her mentor, international photojournalist Jacqueline "Jack" Murphy takes time out from her jet-setting lifestyle to photograph a lighthouse in Maine. To her shock, her new assignment brings her face-to-face with Tom Brownlow and his daughter, Lucy. He's the man who broke Jack's heart nine years ago and though she has traveled the world ten times over, she never stopped thinking of him. Tom never expected to see Jack again -- but as they get to know each other for a second time, he realizes that leaving her was the hardest thing he ever had to do. And now, though Tom tells himself he's just staying at the lighthouse to fulfill his daughter's greatest wish, he's falling more in love than ever. Somehow -- for Lucy's sake and their own -- Jack and Tom must embrace lasting love...the most daring adventure of all.
From the Book jacket: There is something mystical and romantic about the soft glow of a lighthouse spinning out across the ocean. Beyond that protective light, however, many of America's lighthouses are plagued by a dark history of vicious storms, violent shipwrecks, and, in some cases, even murder. Today, the ghosts of the past still linger in the lonely corridors of many American lighthouses, making their history known. In 1899, Muriel, the sweet-tempered daughter of a sea captain disappeared from the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon, leaving behind only a small pool of blood and her white handkerchief. Today, she is seen on dark stormy nights and has been known to bolt the lighthouse door, allowing no one in-not even those with a key. The sounds of former Captain William Robinson's footsteps and the methodical tap of his cane can still be heard walking the corridors of the White River Light in Whitehall, Michigan. Ernie, the ghost of the former keeper of Ledge Light, near New London, Connecticut, polishes brass, swabs the decks, leaves tools about the lighthouse, and rearranges books on bookshelves. Following on the heels of Crane Hill's bestselling Lighthouse Ghosts, Lighthouse Ghosts and Legends brings fans of watery hauntings more of their favorite lore. Author Costopoulos weaves eighteen tales of mystery surrounding some of America's best known beacons, including St. Simon's Island, Alcatraz Island Light, Owl's Head Lighthouse, Hendricks Head Light Station, and more. Covering the extent of coastal America and the Great Lakes, Lighthouse Ghosts and Legends runs the gamut of sprites, spirits, mysteries, miracles, and madness.
Paulette Jiles's novels have been called "beautiful," "unforgettable," "impeccable," "pitch perfect," "life-affirming," "deeply relevant," "Homeresque," "remarkably engaging," "glorious. " Now the acclaimed poet and New York Times bestselling author of The Color of Lightning, Stormy Weather, and Enemy Women limns new territory with this captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future--a beautiful and engaging literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope. See the rain forests . . . northern beauty, misted nights. Come to Lighthouse Island . . . In the coming centuries, the world's population has exploded and covered the earth with endless cities. Animals are nearly all gone. Drought plagues the land and cloudy water is issued by the quart. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years. On this urban planet the only relief from the overcrowding, the petty informers, and the harsh rule of the big Agencies is the television in every living space, offering dreams of vanished waterfalls and the promise of virtual vacations in green spaces for the lucky few. It is an unwelcoming world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan, abandoned by her parents on a crowded street when she was four with only a drawing of the constellations of the Big Dipper--Cassiopeia's Chair and the North Star--and her mother's parting words: "Look to the North Star, and we will always be there. " Shuttled from orphanage to orphanage, foster family to foster family, Nadia grows up dreaming of the vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest where she believes her long-lost parents must be. As her obsession grows, so too does her determination to find her way there. In the meantime, this bright and witty orphan falls into the refuge of old and neglected books; the lost world of the imagination filled with characters who can't disappear, or be arrested, or hurt her. And there is the voice, bounced from an abandoned satellite, that patiently reads, over and over, the great classical books of the world--Big Radio, a sound in the night that lifts Nadia above the relentless television noise and the dull and perpetual Present. Despite deprivation, uncertainty, and the deceptions she must use to survive, Nadia's dream never waivers. "It will get better, life will get better. " When an opportunity for escape appears, Nadia takes it, abandoning everything to strike out for Lighthouse Island in a dangerous and sometimes comic adventure. She faces every contingency with bottomless inventiveness and meets the man who changes the course of her life: James Orotov, a mapmaker and demolition expert. Together, they evade arrest and head north toward a place of wild beauty that lies beyond the megalopolis: Lighthouse Island and its all-seeing eye.
After teenage friends Jamie and Ramsay travel back-to Altair to save the last citizens of that dying planet, Jamie learns about the origins of the wormhole-creating Salmon of Knowledge and is faced with a terrible choice.
Thirteen-year-old Jamie is overjoyed when a bequest sends him and his mother to live on an Irish island, where he and his new found friend Ramsay travel to another planet to help a young girl save her people from certain death.
Nancy and her friends are on a fun-filled trip to the coast of Maine. But when the historic town lighthouse starts flashing strange signs, Nancy and the girls investigate the lore surrounding the lighthouse. Illustrations. Picture descriptions present.
For centuries the seas around Scotland were notorious for shipwrecks. Mariners' only aids were skill, luck, and single coal-fire light on the east coast, which was usually extinguished by rain. In 1786 the Northern Lighthouse Trust was established, with Robert Stevenson appointed as chief engineer a few years later. In this engrossing book, Bella Bathhurst reveals that the Stevensons not only supervised the construction of the lighthouses under often desperate conditions but also perfected a design of precisely chiseled interlocking granite blocks that would withstand the enormous waves that batter these stone pillars. The same Stevensons also developed the lamps and lenses of the lights themselves, which "sent a gleam across the wave" and prevented countless ships from being lost at sea.While it is the writing of Robert Louis Stevenson that brought fame to the family name, this memorizing account shows how his extraordinary ancestors changed the shape of the Scotland coast-against incredible odds and with remarkable technical ingenuity.
From the Book Jacket: Lighthouse Tales tells the story of the exciting human side of lightkeeping. It describes the deadly storms, killing fogs and numbing loneliness those who "kept the lights" endured. Stories of wreck and rescue, death and sacrifice, all thread their way through the pages of this remarkable tribute to the "wickies" of a bygone era. The book speaks of the courage of the old time keepers and their families, not just in rescuing shipwreck victims but also in the tenacity of their daily lives. Lighthouse Tales will appeal greatly to anyone interested in the wonders of the Great Lakes, historians, sailors, lighthouse fanatics and people just looking for a roaring good story. The book is thoroughly illustrated with rare photographs. Narratives include: The thrilling story of the steamer GEORGE W. PERKINS and it's close encounter with Lansing Shoal Light during the height of the infamous 1940 Armistice Day storm. Superior Shoal and the lighthouse that wasn't. The death of six brave Coast Guardsmen at Oswego, New York in 1942. Poverty Island Light and the mysterious treasure. And many more thrilling tales of "keeping the lights!"
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