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The Baron DeGuerre Had Finally Met His Match Though famed for prowess in tourney and war, Etienne DeGuerre now found himself at odds in the Battle of the Sexes. For his opponent, Gabriella Frechette, was a woman of singular beauty...and single-minded resolve. One who had easily stormed his defenses, and laid siege to his unsuspecting heart.
In a Treasure-Laden Mansion Unflappable and resourceful, Abigail Timberlake, antique dealer and owner of Charlotte, North Carolina's Den of Antiquity, relies on her knowledge and savvy to authenitcate the facts from the fakes when it comes to either curios or people. Her expertise makes Abby invaluable to exceptionally handsome Tradd Maxwell Burton, wealthy scion of the renowned Latham family. He needs her to determine the most priceless item in the Latham mansion and then split the proceeds of it with her. A treasure hunt in an antique-filled manor? All Abby can say is "let the games begin." It's Tough to Keep Help Accompanied by her best girlfriend, C.J., Abby arrives at the estate and is met with cool reserve, if no downright rudeness, from the members of the Latham clan. Trying to carry out Tradd's request, Abby finds that she could cut the household tension with a knife. But someone has beaten her to it by stabbing a maid to death with an ancient kris. Suddenly all eyes are on C.J., whose fingerprints happen to be all over the murder weapon. it's up to Abby to use her knack for detecting forgeries to expose the fake alibi of the genuine killer.
"Baroque Horrors is a textual archeologist's dream, scavenged from obscure chronicles, manuals, minor histories, and lesser-known works of major artists. Castillo finds tales of mutilation, mutation, monstrosity, murder, and mayhem, and delivers them to us with an inimitable flair for the sensational that nonetheless rejects sensationalism because it remains so grounded in historical fact." ---William Egginton, Johns Hopkins University. Baroque Horrors turns the current cultural and political conversation from the familiar narrative patterns and self-justifying allegories of abjection to a dialogue on the history of our modern fears and their monstrous offspring. When life and death are severed from nature and history, "reality" and "authenticity" may be experienced as spectator sports and staged attractions, as in the "real lives" captured by reality TV and the "authentic cadavers" displayed around the world in the Body Worlds exhibitions. Rather than thinking of virtual reality and staged authenticity as recent developments of the postmodern age, Castillo looks back to the Spanish baroque period in search for the roots of the commodification of nature and the horror vacui that accompanies it. Aimed at specialists, students, and readers of early modern literature and culture in the Spanish and Anglophone traditions as well as anyone interested in horror fantasy, Baroque Horrors offers ways to rethink broad questions of intellectual and political history and relate them to the modern age. David Castillo is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.
In 1936 in Hamburg, a splendid three-masted sailing ship was christened Horst Wessel in the presence of Adolf Hitler and thousands of cheering Nazis. It became a training vessel for naval officers during World War II. After Germany's defeat, the U.S. Coast Guard found its young crew terrified and half starved. The Coast Guardsmen brought the Germans, so recently their mortal enemies, back to life; the Germans, in return, taught them the ways of the beautiful square-rigged ship, rechristened Eagle. In time, Eagle would become the Coast Guard's elite school ship -- the barque of saviors.Uncannily linking Eagle's malign past and its American present is a Coast Guardsman named Karl Dillmann, who believes that the spirit of a young German sailor drowned in a U-boat explosion inhabits his soul. The voices of Dillmann and other crew members are heard throughout the book, as are, incredibly, the voices of young sailors on the Horst Wessel. Drumm has obtained never-before-published logbooks from the war years, affording fascinating new insights into both the ship's everyday life and its moments of high drama.A supremely gifted journalist and a vivid, lyrical writer, Russell Drumm knows Eagle intimately. His love of the ship, and of the sea itself, enriches every page. The courage and sacrifice of the "greatest generation" are alive and well today in the dedicated members of the U.S. Coast Guard.
"The Barracks Thief" is the story of three young paratroopers waiting to be shipped out to Vietnam. Brought together one sweltering afternoon to stand guard over an ammunition dump threatened by a forest fire, they discover in each other an unexpected capacity for recklessness and violence. Far from being alarmed by this discovery, they are exhilarated by it; they emerge from their common danger full of confidence in their own manhood and in the bond of friendship they have formed. This confidence is shaken when a series of thefts occur. The author embraces the perspectives of both the betrayer and the betrayed, forcing us to participate in lives that we might otherwise condemn, and to recognize the kinship of those lives to our own.
A military adventure with so many deceitful twists and turns you'll be shocked.
In DiMercurio's most harrowing thriller to date, Greater Manchuria, a new independent nation, threatens its Japanese neighbors with nuclear devastation. But Japan initiates a preemptive strike in the form of a devastating new weapon that will bring the world to the edge of all-out war. Now Admiral Michael Pacino must return to active service to face the deadliest threat the world has ever seen!
Sequel to Shards of Honor, chronicling the events leading up to Miles Naismith Vorkosigan's birth.
In David Sedaris' world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris' collection of essays is a rollicking tour through the national Zeitgeist: a do-it-yourself suburban dad saves money by performing home surgery; a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tries to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; a bitter Santa abuses the elves. David Sedaris made his debut on NPR's Morning Edition with "SantaLand Diaries", recounting his strange-but-true experiences as an elf at Macy's, and soon became one of the show's most popular commentators. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behavior. Barrel Feveris like a blind date with modern life, and anything can happen.
In his 1936 study, The Negro and His Music, Alain Locke posed a number of then unanswered questions concerning the origins, transmission, and early development of blues music. Having unearthed 78 rpm recordings of "proto-blues," recorded in the field around the American South, blues historian Oliver proposes to answer many of those questions posed by Locke while simultaneously describing the circumstances under which the recordings were made and some of the personalities behind them. Annotation c2010 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
By the time Lil Lee is 39, she has everything. Or so she thinks, until her childless aunt offers cryptic advice: "have children otherwise your womanhood will fade with your childbearing years." Worse yet, Aunt Mamie dies without fleshing out the matter. So what is Lil to do? She sets out to have a child. But before long she runs into one road block after another--a messy divorce, problems at work, health trouble and a love interest who is unwilling to have more children, maybe even unable. Nonetheless, Congressman Danny Hatcher is so intrigued with her as she is with him. Something has to give. Meanwhile, she faces an unyielding battle for her aunt's house with Will Owens, Aunt Mamie's difficult stepson. And somehow her fight for the Lee legacy becomes entwined with her personal campaign to become a mother. Lil's struggle to win back her inheritance is more than just a hunger for a material possession. It is a poignant undertaking to secure her future.
Although largely, and unjustly, neglected by a modern audience, Bayley was a hugely influential figure to some of the greats of British SF, such as Michael Moorcock and M. John Harrison. He is perhaps best-known for THE FALL OF CHRONOPOLIS, which is collected in this omnibus, alongside THE SOUL OF THE ROBOT and the extraordinary story collection THE KNIGHTS OF THE LIMITS. THE FALL OF CHRONOPOLIS: The mighty ships of the Third Time Fleet relentlessly patrolled the Chronotic Empire's 1,000-year frontier, blotting out an error of history here or there before swooping back to challenge other time-travelling civilisations far into the future. Captain Mond Aton had been proud to serve in such a fleet. But now, falsely convicted of cowardice and dereliction of duty, he has been given the cruellest of sentences: to be sent unprotected into time as a lone messenger between the cruising timeships. After such an inconceivable experience in the endless voids there is only one option left to him. To be allowed to die. THE SOUL OF THE ROBOT: Jasperodus, a robot, sets out to prove he is the equal of any human being. His furturistic adventures as warrior, tyrant, renegade and statesman eventually lead him back home to the two human beings who created him. Question: Does he have a soul? THE KNIGHTS OF THE LIMITS: Nine brilliant stories of infinite space and alien consciousness, suffused with a sense of wonder...
Welcome to José's neighborhood. In his barrio, people speak an easy mix of Spanish and English and sometimes even Chinese. The masked revelry of Halloween leads into the festive remembrances of the Day of the Dead. And murals on the walls and buildings sing out the stories of the people who live here. As familiar as any neighborhood yet as strange as a foreign country, José's barrio isn't in Mexico or Argentina--it's in San Francisco. Award-winning author and photographer George Ancona follows José through a season in the barrio, and in the process gives readers a glimpse of a community as rich and varied as America itself.
Rosario Gomez gave up gang life after his brother was killed in a street fight. Now all he wants to do is finish night school, be a good father and work hard enough at his job at the supermarket to get promoted. But when an old friend shows up to ask him why he left the gang, Rosario realizes he was fooling himself if he thought his violent past would just go away. When his pregnant girlfriend is hit in a drive-by shooting, Rosario has to make some hard choices. Revenge means a return to his old ways, something he swore he would never do. But unless he takes action, his enemies will not rest until they've settled the score against him.
Too frequently, the media and politicians cast Mexican immigrants as a threat to American society. Given America's increasing ethnic diversity and the large size of the Mexican-origin population, an investigation of how Mexican immigrants and their descendants achieve upward mobility and enter the middle class is long overdue. Barrios to Burbsoffers a new understanding of the Mexican-American experience. Vallejo explores the challenges that accompany rapid social mobility and examines a new indicator of incorporation, a familial obligation to "give back" in social and financial support. She investigates the salience of middle-class Mexican Americans' ethnic identification and details how relationships with poorer coethnics and affluent whites evolve as immigrants and their descendants move into traditionally white middle-class occupations. Disputing the argument that Mexican communities lack high quality resources and social capital that can help Mexican Americans incorporate into the middle class, Vallejo also examines civic participation in ethnic professional associations embedded in ethnic communities.
The updated test prep manual presents computer science test takers with-- Three full-length AP practice tests for the Level A course, including a diagnostic test Charts detailing the topics for each test question All test questions answered and explained Test takers will also find an extensive subject review including sections on static variables, the List interface, Integer. MAX_VALUE, and Integer. MIN_VALUE. The practice exams contain several new questions on two-dimensional arrays and also reflect the new free-response style used on the 2012 AP exam.
The Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics course and test, unlike the other Social Studies AP courses and tests, is contemporary in nature. In-depth preparation for the AP U. S. Government and Politics exam features: Two full-length model AP exams with answer keys and explanations An extensive subject review covering Constitutional development, the branches of federal government, political parties, special interest groups, the media, bureaucracy, and public policy issues related to the economy, the federal budget, social welfare, foreign policy and national defense Newly revised end-of-chapter multiple-choice and free-response questions with rubrics for each.
This newly updated 14th edition concentrates on the SAT's Critical Reading section with exercises reflecting both SAT question types: sentence completion and reading comprehension.
Comprehensive preparation for the test formerly called SAT II: Literature is presented here with seven practice tests, two diagnostic tests, and three interpretive skills practice sets. Students will also find reference material to help them develop critical reading skills, analyze literature, and write papers. A helpful chapter titled "Writing to Learn" teaches critical reading skills and the literary elements by showing students how to develop their own writing skills.
When San Francisco Giants player Barry Bonds swings his mighty bat, the baseball world stops to watch. Barry has crushed more baseballs over the fence for home runs than any player in the history of major league baseball. Having earned many MVP titles as well as fielding and hitting awards-including the record for the most home runs in a season--Barry is considered one of history's greatest baseball players. As he continues to raise the bar, baseball experts and fans will be following his every play.
This is the story of a boy named Barry. Some stuff happens, and overnight like magic he turns into a boyhound. Not a hound, but a boyhound-which means while he may still look like a boy, he is, in fact, a dog. And even in his boyhound brain, Barry knows there are lots of advantages to being a dog. You don't have to clean your room or use dental floss, for example. But things get crazy. He eats something too disgusting to mention. He's attacked by telepathic squirrels. An innocent squashed frog becomes involved. Plus, his mother's getting pretty mad. And that's all before the really bad thing happens. . . .
A young man is lost in the snow-maybe buried alive! Rescue dogs race across the moonlit mountainside. They are huge Saint Bernards with noses sharp enough to smell a human beneath the snow, and paws powerful enough to dig him out. Barry leads the pack. He has saved more than 40 lives over the years-but he is risking his own life tonight. The young man is scared. He has a knife. And in the dark, he just might think Barry is not a friendly rescue dog at ail-but a dangerous wild animal! Here is just one of the exciting true-life adventures of Barry-the bravest Saint Bernard who ever lived!
Barry Trotter is 22 and the only student in Hogwash history ever to be held back 5 times. From a Quiddit accident, pleasant, playful, loyal, Lon has a hole through his head, an IQ of 62 and exhibits many doggie behaviors. Ermine teaches at St. Hilary's Academy for the Marginally-Magical and is more than a flirt. Together they go on a quest to New York and Hollywood to stop the filming of the first Barry Trotter blockbuster film the very publicity for which has caused Hogwash School to be overrun buy rude, unkempt, insane fans. Ferd and Jorge Measly join them and bad goes to worse. There are new magic potions, Boarsbollocks' Brew, and abilities, pretzeltongues who can lick their own eyeballs. The friends must make their way through putrid smells, foul fluids, and bathroom humor. Nothing is safe from Star Wars to Buddhism. And of course, Lord Valumart lurks where he is least suspected to corrupt Harry who is wrestling with the new information that he is to be killed off in the next novel because who wants to read, Barry Trotter and the Difficult Tax Return? Readers who enjoy humor that ranges from clever to crude and aren't Harry Potter purists, will find this parody to be packed with laughs. Don't miss the humor from the copyright page at the beginning of the book, to the I Hate You letter at the end where readers are given a series of check lists to register their objections.
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