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Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government--and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate's least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Batman, Green Lantern, and the Super Friends have their hands full when Gotham City's baddest bad guys break out of jail! Boys ages 3 to 7 will love this action-packed PicturebackTM storybook featuring their favorite superheroes, plus press-out battle cards and over 30 stickers!
This book retells the story of the jailing of Paul and Silas and their miraculous release (Acts 16:22-40). The Arch Book series tells popular Bible stories through fun-to-read rhymes and bright illustrations. This well-loved series captures the attention of children, telling scripturally sound stories that are enjoyable and easy to remember. Other Arch books are available in this library.
Theatre, performance art, or spoken word--whatever you call it, the work of actor/writer Danny Hoch is a solo tour de force. In Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop and Some People, New York City's rich oral traditions come alive on the page, as Manhattan Boricua English, Brooklyn Polish, Bronx Dominican Spanish, Queens Trinidadian English, Jamaican patois, and Hip-Hop all get flipped and flexed center stage. The range of contemporary experience on display in Hoch's monologues is astonishing: A white teenager dreams of being a black gangsta rapper. A wheelchair-bound kid explains how his mother smoked crack during pregnancy. A pale-skinned Bronx street vendor enrages a policeman who can't figure out what race he is. A young Puerto Rican man on crutches rhapsodizes about his dancing talent. Now the thousands of fans who have enjoyed Mr. Hoch live or on HBO, as well as the many more who've only heard about him, can enjoy both Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop and his earlier, equally brilliant work, Some People, in a single volume that confirms his status as a unique and important artist.From the Trade Paperback edition.
As a Java developer, you're always looking for tools to help in your web and application development. Maybe you've heard of the Jakarta Commons open source Java tools. The Jakarta Commons is an open source Jakarta subproject where developers create and maintain a collection of twenty-plus independent Java components and utilities that serve useful purposes. Jakarta Commons packages include utilities for web, XML, networking, building and testing applications, and some that help other packages work better together. Jakarta Commons packages are designed to be reusable. Each one is a time saver by itself, and when used in combination the results can be very powerful. But in searching for information on the Jakarta Commons tools, you find it hard to locate documentation relevant to your needs. You don't have lots of time to spend searching for information on a specific Jakarta Commons tool to determine what it does and how to incorporate it in your code. If you are looking for a single source for clear information and samples on how to use the Jakarta Commons tools, then the Jakarta Commons Cookbook is for you. The Jakarta Commons Cookbook summarizes each of the available Jakarta Commons packages and contains practical and efficient recipes for making the most out of the Jakarta Commons open source Java tools. You don't have to be an expert, since the book explains how and why to use a utility, pitfalls to avoid, and where to look for additional information on Jakarta Commons utilities. It introduces design possibilities and explores combining Jakarta Commons utilities in novel assemblies to create complex applications. The book offers detailed code samples and insider tips--making it a valuable resource whether you are an expert Java developer or a novice. If you want to quickly learn how to use Jakarta Commons timing-saving utilities or have an invaluable resource for Jakarta Commons questions and techniques, then the Jakarta Commons Cookbook is for you.
A WYOMING SKY NOVELWild at Heart . . .Jake Conway is good with his hands. A veterinarian known for his gentle touch, he's also the most eligible bachelor in Wyoming. But like any wild animal, Jake longs to roam free . . . until a sultry redhead with a smile from here to heaven turns up in town.When her estranged father dies, Meg Stanford inherits his rustic ranch-and all the painful memories that come with it. She's determined to settle the estate and face down the ghosts of her past. But a series of midnight break-ins have Meg running from the ranch-and into the arms of the sexy cowboy next door. As their passion grows hotter, the attacks grow bolder. Can Jake keep her safe, or will he lose the only woman he's ever loved? (92000 words)
Knock, knock. Who's there? Jake. Jake who? Jake Drake, Class Clown.Miss Bruce is the new student teacher in second grade, and she never smiles. Never. But when Jake cracks up the class during a spelling bee, he sees the tiniest hint of a smile at the corner of her mouth. Suddenly, Jake has a new mission in life: to be so funny that even Miss Bruce will laugh! But then things get out of hand, and Jake finds himself in big trouble. Has Jake discovered -- too late -- that not everybody loves a clown?
Zoey fooled around with Lucas behind Jake's back. Now Jake is going with Claire and Zoey's heart is broken because Lucas' father is sending him to Texas for Killing Jason's brother while driving drunk. Claire can save Lucas by admitting she was the driver of the car, but will Jake still want her? Nina has finally gotten up the nerve to ask Ben out. As wise as he usually is, does he have a clue about how she feels about him? Aisha goes out with Christopher to prove she can date him without losing her head. Does her experiment work? All of them live on an island, population 300, it's small in size but big enough for teen romance to break in waves over the high school juniors and seniors who live there. To find out how it all started, check Bookshare for Zoey Fools Around, Book 1 in the Making Out series.
He always did his best. This is an inspiring biography of a man who worked hard, excelled at sports, and survived brain cancer.
Spilled worms and a snagged hook threaten to ruin Jake's fishing trip. He wants to have fun with his father. But what if there are no fish to bring home for dinner? Although he makes some mistakes at first, Jake spends a wonderful day fishing with his father, then enjoying a very special fish dinner. Picture descriptions present.
In Personal Demons, Jake Helman, an elite member of the New York Special Homicide Task Force, faces what every cop dreads-an elusive serial killer. While investigating a series of bloodletting sacrifice rituals executed by an ominous perpetrator known as the Cipher, Jake refuses to submit to a drug test and resigns from the police department. While battling a cocaine addiction, Jake starts a high-pressure position as the director of security at Tower International, a controversial genetic-engineering company. Beneath the polished exterior of the corporate identity and the CEO-who has a reputation as the frontiersman on the cutting edge of science-is a deranged mind. As Jake delves deeper into this frightening laboratory, he discovers much more than unethical practices performed in the name of human progress. Sequestered in rooms veiled in secrecy is the worst crime the world will ever see-the theft of the human soul. Horrifying and gruesome, this is a gripping, suspense-filled novel that offers intense arguments about science, ethics, and human life. In Monster Behind the Wheel, As a child, Jeremy Carmichael fell from a Ferris wheel at a carnival. When he landed on a beautiful young woman, his fall was broken. Unfortunately, so was the woman's spine. Years later, while delivering pizzas, Jeremy is injured in a car accident . . . that opens the gates between the worlds of the living and the dead, awakening the spirit of cruel Frank Edmondson. Frank, the policeman who arrived at the scene of that carnival accident long ago, was that woman's lover. Now, ready for revenge, Frank devises a cunning plan. Soon Jeremy finds himself visiting the realm of the dead in dreams and visions. Is this Frank's doing, or is there another explanation? Using a sleek muscle car called Monster, Frank gains control over Jeremy's life. But what Frank doesn't know is that he's tampering with the fate of the entire universe . . . because Jeremy isn't your average pizza delivery boy, and all hell is about to break loose-literally. In Floating Staircase, Following the success of his latest novel, Travis Glasgow and his wife Jodie buy their first house in the seemingly idyllic western Maryland town of Westlake. At first, everything is picture perfect-from the beautiful lake behind the house to the rebirth of the friendship between Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives nearby. Travis also begins to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the guilt he's harbored since his younger brother's death-a tragic drowning veiled in mystery that has plagued Travis since he was 13. Soon, though, the new house begins to lose its allure. Strange noises wake Travis at night, and his dreams are plagued by ghosts. Barely glimpsed shapes flit through the darkened hallways, but strangest of all is the bizarre set of wooden stairs that rises cryptically out of the lake behind the house. Travis becomes drawn to the structure, but the more he investigates, the more he uncovers the house's violent and tragic past, and the more he learns that some secrets cannot be buried forever.
Jake wants to help Mother and Father with the chores so they can go to the beach for the day. As he tries to help out, a series of mishaps leaves him feeling frustrated and useless.
Jake is happy because it is his birthday. He knows it is his day to be the center of attention. Focusing on himself, however, causes him to spoil his own birthday party. Jake's family helps him see that sharing his birthday is a better choice. Picture descriptions present.
Jake's great at drawing. He runs fast and climbs high. But he strikes out at baseball. What will it take for Jake to smack that ball into outfield? Picture descriptions included.
Using his father's watch as a key, Jake intends to return to Calypsos. Instead he's thrust into a strange desert land where he's joined by his friends Marika, Pindor, and Bach'uuk and his sister, Kady. As they try to figure out what to do next, a surprise attack by the beautiful young Princess Nefertiti takes them all captive. Soon even she is battling the Skull King's minions. For Jake has something the Skull King wants-a prize that will give its owner awesome power, including control of the fearsome Howling Sphinx. In a new pounding adventure, Jake races against time to outfight and outwit Kalverum Rex, knowing that if the Skull King wins, he'll be unstoppable. Filled with unexpected danger, challenging puzzles, and dazzling action, this is a first-rate, fast-paced thriller-a read only James Rollins could have created!
Bestselling novelist James Rollins brings to life the adventures of Jake Ransom, who became an orphan when his archaeologist parents disappeared on a dig three years ago. They left behind tokens--half of an ancient coin for Jake, and the other half for his sister Kady--that fit perfectly into one of their famous discoveries. When everything falls into place, Jake and Kady find themselves in the mysterious, bizarre world of Pangea--home of vicious raptors, bloodthirsty plants, and dark Mayan and Egyptian rituals. And whatever caught their parents is still hungry.The books described as "Indiana Jones for tweens" are perfect for fans of Alex Rider, Percy Jackson, and National Treasure. Includes Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow and Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx.
JAKE STAYS AWAKE Jake can't sleep. He climbs into bed with his mom and dad. Now Jake's parents can't sleep. Even the dog is awake. This family needs a good night's rest. Where can they sleep? The answer will delight and reassure children and their (sleep-deprived) parents!
Jake's scared to be in his new room alone. He turns on a light. He cuddles with his stuffed animals. But he still can't sleep. Can Jake discover the one thing that will help? Picture descriptions present.
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS ... Attorney Jake Raglan didn't mind attending a wedding--as long as it wasn't his own. But when ravishing Rebecca Bellamy caught his niece's bouquet, she also caught his eye. The counselor practiced love the way he practiced law: smooth, forceful, confident. Falling for Rebecca was the last thing on his mind. One time at the altar was enough. Rebecca had sworn she'd never get involved with another overconfident, overamorous man--especially one who was a lawyer. Besides, "forever" certainly wasn't on Jake's agenda! But from the moment she laid eyes on this sexy esquire, she knew she couldn't resist him. Would she get her white Christmas...complete with her very own white wedding?
TREE LONGS TO ESCAPE THE ORPHANAGE and find a real home for himself and his younger brother. But when his chance finally comes, "There's just room for one", says Delton Gunderson, who is looking for a boy to help work his North Dakota farm. If the Gundersons like Tree's work, they might adopt him. If they don't, back he goes. "I promise", Tree tells his brother, Acorn, "if I don't come back, I'll send for you". But no matter what he does, Tree just can't seem to please the harsh farmer. How will he ever be able to bring Acorn to the farm? Only Gunderson's own brother, Jake, and his kind ways give Tree hope that this can become home -- until Acorn suddenly appears, and, with his wild actions, threatens everything.
The Swiss writer Robert Walser is one of the quiet geniuses of twentieth-century literature. Largely self-taught and altogether indifferent to worldly success, Walser wrote a range of short stories, essays, as well as four novels, of which Jakob von Gunten is widely recognized as the finest. The book is a young man's inquisitive and irreverent account of life in what turns out to be the most uncanny of schools. It is the work of an outsider artist, a writer of uncompromising originality and disconcerting humor, whose beautiful sentences have the simplicity and strangeness of a painting by Henri Rousseau.
It's been thirty years since Amado was banished to the desert by a government that considered his ideas about religion and the state to be subversive. Now he returns to find his people living in squalor outside the glorious Seventh City of the Sun.
From the Publisher: The story covers 100 years of the wealthy Whiteoak family history, and it is partly based on de la Roche's own experiences. The central characters are Adeline Whiteoak, his grandson Eden and his half-brother Renny, his wife Alayne with a number of spouses, ex-spouses, and spouses-to-be. The seventh book in the series, Jalna begins: Wakefield Whiteoak ran on and on, faster and faster, till he could run no farther. He did not know why he had suddenly increased his speed. He did not even know why he ran. When, out of breath, he threw himself face down on the new spring sod of the meadow, he completely forget that he had been running at all, and lay, his cheek pressed against the tender grass, his heart thudding against his ribs, without a thought in his head. He was no more happy or unhappy than the April wind that raced across his body or the young grass that quivered with life beneath it. He was simply alive, young, and pressed by the need of violent exertion.
We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably.But no one expected the end to be quite so... sticky... or strawberry scented.Yahtzee Croshaw (Mogworld, Zero Punctuation Reviews) returns to print with a follow-up to his smash-hit debut: Jam, a dark comedy about the one apocalypse no one predicted.* The hilarious new novel by the author of Mogworld!* Croshaw's Zero Punctuation Reviews is the most viewed video game review on the web!* For lovers of bizarre horror and unforgettable characters!"[Croshaw is] able to pull off slapstick comedy in print, and that's no easy feat." -ComicsAlliance
Holly's family lives a simple life in northern Michigan, enjoying the bounty of the earth and very much in step with the rhythm of the changing seasons. But times are hard and a cold winter is coming. Without a warm coat, Holly might not be able to start school. Readers will delight in Mama's solution to Holly's predicament.