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Readers who fell in love with Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, now have new cause for celebration in the protagonist of these three light-footed comic novels by Alexander McCall Smith. Welcome to the insane and rarified world of Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute of Romance Philology. Von Igelfeld is engaged in a never-ending quest to win the respect he feels certain he is due- a quest which has the tendency to go hilariously astray. In The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs,"" Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld is mistaken for a veterinarian and not wanting to call attention to the faux pas, begins practicing veterinary medicine without a license. He ends up operating on a friend' s dachshund to dramatic and unfortunate effect. He also transports relics for a schismatically challenged Coptic prelate, and is pursued by marriage-minded widows on board a Mediterranean cruise ship.
In January 1990, Janie Webster packed a few possessions and left San Francisco in the dark of night with her six-year-old daughter. She was certain of only one thing: She had to protect her child, even if it meant giving up everything and living life on the run. Janie Webster had an enviable marriage, a beautiful child, and enjoyable work. But when she discovered that her husband had sexually abused their daughter, everything changed. She began divorce proceedings, but the court allowed unsupervised visits between father and daughter. Then her husband was diagnosed with AIDS. Terrified that he could further abuse and even infect their daughter, Janie Webster knew that she had to flee. Mother and daughter embarked on a five-year journey, traveling to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Scotland, England, and Ireland. Although often discouraged, they found within their physical journey a deep spiritual meaning. With God's guidance, they established and reestablished new lives in the countries where they stayed, finding people they could trust, who provided them with friendship and assistance. With no way to prove the validity of their story, they learned not only to trust but also to be trusted. Despite the threat of deportation and imprisonment hanging over them, as well as their weariness from the strains of traveling, they sensed the hand of God engineering their safe passage. This chronicle of their fugitive years is a compelling journal of courage in the face of uncertainty, and the power of faith. It challenges us to ask ourselves how far we would go to keep our children safe and encourages us to listen to them and find the strength to act on their behalf.
On the great mysteries of nature, history, and man.
"Oliver Twist with a twist...Waters spins an absorbing tale that withholds as much as it discloses. A pulsating story."--The New York Times Book Review Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a "baby farmer," who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby's household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves--fingersmiths--for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home. One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives--Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud's vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of--passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum. With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways...But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals
Imagine knitting a beautiful sweater without the stressful obstacles of sewing, seaming, and grafting.Welcome to Knitwear designer Kristen TenDyke's world of Finish-Free Knits! While exploring these 20 designs, you will discover stitch-free solutions to previously frustrating obstacles needed to finish a design.Kristen will teach you to knit sweaters with no assembly required. Through clever planning and some simple techniques, the projects in Finish-Free Knits are shaped and joined during knitting - without sacrificing the pockets, buttonbands, shaped collars, and more that is accomplished in most designs by sewing together separate pieces. In addition, learn how to shape armholes, join pieces as you go, use short-rows for shaping, and more.Once these stress-free finishing techniques are learned, you will enjoy the freedom to apply variations of each method in projects beyond the book. With Finish-Free Knits you can avoid the dreaded "Some Assembly Required" phrase forever.
This book will give you practice in the reading and comprehension skills necessary to be an effective reader. It will also help you to prepare for reading tests that assess your skills and knowledge. The material in this book is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) build on the education standards developed by the states.
In America's new war, the first guns in the fight are special operations forces, including the Navy SEALs, specially trained warriors who operate with precision, swiftness, and lethal force. In the constantly shifting war on terror, SEAL units--small in number, flexible, stealthy, and efficient--are more vital than ever to America's security as they take the battle to an elusive enemy around the globe. But how are Navy SEALs made? What special training and preparation sharpen the physical skills and intangible character of a regular soldier into that of an elite warrior? In the acclaimedWarrior Elite, former Navy SEAL Dick Couch narrated one SEAL class's journey through BUD/S training, the brutal initial course that separates out candidates with the character and stamina necessary to begin training as Navy SEALs. InThe Finishing School, Couch follows SEALs into the next levels of training, where they further develop their endurance and strength, but also learn the teamwork and finely honed skills they'll need to fight with the best--and win. Dick Couch spent six months living with and observing SEALs in training for operational readiness in the months leading up to the Iraqi campaign. He follows them on the ground and in the water as they undergo SEAL Tactical Training, where they master combat skills such as precision shooting, demolitions, secure communications, parachuting, diving, and first aid. From there, the men enter operational platoons, where they subordinate their individual abilities to the mission of the group and train for special operations in specific geographical environments. Never before has a civilian writer been granted such close access to the training of America's most elite military forces. The Finishing Schoolis essential reading for anyone who wants to know what goes into the making of America's best warriors.
An American doctor vacationing in London is seduced by a beautiful woman and slowly drawn into a world of madness and terror. Includes the bonus novella "Father Panic's Opera Macabre."
In New York Times bestselling author Hester Browne's delightful new novel, a fading English finishing school is about to get a twenty-first-century makeover. Out with white gloves and flower arranging, in with managing mortgages and do-it-yourself manicures! Behind this remarkable transformation is business-savvy Betsy Phillimore, with her own unique connection to London's esteemed Phillimore Academy for Young Ladies.... Twenty-seven years ago, an infant turned up on the Academy's doorstep, with a note tacked to her blanket by an elegant golden brooch -- Please take care of my baby. I want her to grow up to be a proper lady. Loved by Lady Frances Phillimore and her kindhearted staff, Betsy grew up aspiring to be an Academy girl. But when Franny and her husband, Lord Phillimore, advise Betsy to instead hone her considerable math skills at college, she brokenheartedly leaves behind the only family she's known. Now, on the sad occasion of Lady Frances's memorial service, Betsy comes back to find the school in disrepair, the enrollment down, and Lord P. desperate to save his legacy. Enter Betsy, the numbers genius, and her business plan -- to replace dusty protocol with the essentials girls need today: cell phone etiquette, eating sushi properly, handling credit cards, choosing the perfect little black dress, negotiating a pre-nup, and other lessons in independent living. But Betsy may have bitten off more than she can chew. Can she win over the school's snobby headmistress and its handsome but risk-averse treasurer? Returning to London also means facing her own unfinished business, as she crosses paths with her sexy girlhood crush...and blowing the dust off clues to a lifelong mystery: who were her parents, and why did they abandon her? If knowledge is power, Betsy is on the brink of truly becoming her own woman, and embracing the one thing she's wanted all along: a place to call home. A bittersweet journey of laughter and tears, The Finishing Touches will have you gleefully turning pages through dinner with elbows on the table -- bad manners, perhaps, but excusable for one utterly irresistible read.
Five patterns which Lion Brand rates and easy, and I agree! The hat is crocheted from the top down. The Granny Square Bag goes together seamlessly. The Triangular Shawl would be a welcome gift for those ladies who just need that little bit of something around their shoulders. The shrug is cute and also easy to put together.
Finity's End is the oldest Merchanter ship in the universe. In an era of spies, pirate traders, and uneasy alliances, the Company Wears are now over, the hunt for the fleet is winding down, and the ship is coming home to reclaim her trade routes. Having lost an entire generation, the youngest crew members, bred and trained for war, must face their most critical battle of all--survival in a time of lasting peace. One of science fiction's most accomplished authors, C.J. Cherryh returns to the universe of her two best-selling, Hugo Award-winning classics, Downbelow Station and Cyteen with a thrilling, critically acclaimed new Merchanter novel of a starship-dwelling family struggling with legacies of the war that cost them a generation.
Winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize. Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer, and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never lost touch with each other, or with their former teacher, Libor Sevcik. Dining together one night at Sevcik's apartment - the two Jewish widowers and the unmarried Gentile, Treslove - the men share a sweetly painful evening, reminiscing on a time before they had loved and lost, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. But as Treslove makes his way home, he is attacked and mugged outside a violin dealer's window. Treslove is convinced the crime was a misdirected act of anti-Semitism, and in its aftermath, his whole sense of self will ineluctably change. The Finkler Question is a funny, furious, unflinching novel of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and the wisdom and humanity of maturity.
Moomintroll lives in Moominhouse, nestled in Moomin Valley, a place where everyone does what they like and hardly ever worries about tomorrow. Moomintroll has some marvellous adventures with his friends. One day they find a tall black hat on top of a mountain, the Moomins don't realise that it will make some very strange things happen to them. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts for K-1 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
In a bold departure, Printz Medalist Marchetta ("Jellicoe Road") crafts an epic fantasy of ancient magic, exile, feudal intrigue, and romance. [A] ripping fantastical adventure. In a word: marvelous. --Herald Sun.
When Nordic ski jumper Maureen "Mo" Clark set foot in Finland, she breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, escape from her famous skier father's shadow and a chance to jump in the renowned Lahti Ski Games. But Mo quickly realizes that balancing practice and classes is more challenging than she expected. So when a gorgeous bad boy team-mate offers coaching assistance - for a little publicity in return - how can she refuse? Surely she can work in a few extra practices somewhere between studying for calculus and sightseeing in Finland? Amid snowmobiling and dog-sledding, ice hotels and Northern lights, Mo begins to discover what strength and perseverance - the Finnish sisu - is all about. Now it's up to her to take that final jump and cross the finish line in style.
At first, Henry Cutler had just wanted to repay Fiona Reilly for doing him a favor -- until he met her face-to-face and realized how gorgeous she was. But he'd never met a woman more oblivious to her own charms or, it seemed, to his. . . . He was going to have to do something to get her attention! When Henry turned up on Fiona's doorstep with a bunch of flowers, she presumed he was the delivery man! The first time he asked her out to dinner, she thought he'd made a mistake. But by the time he faxed her a marriage proposal -- she was ready to say "Yes!"
They left their homeland's during the worst moment's in history - and arrived in America ready to reach for their dreams. These are their stories. . . Dear Ma, Patrick and I are finally in Boston! Would you believe our trip took a whole six weeks? One night there was an awful storm, and the boat was rocking so hard that we fell off our bunks. I was so scared, but I just prayed and thanked God that my brother was with me. We haven't found your cousins yet. We've asked all their neighbors where they might be, but no one knows anything. Don't worry, though - we're getting used to being on our own. I've even made a new friend! Her name is Peggy, and she's from Ireland too. I think of you and Da and the wee ones every day. Just think, Ma, soon we'll all be together again. . . Love, Fiona
For more than a decade, the world's oceans have been home to Michael and Sarah Stone and their young daughter Ronnie, who live aboard the sailing yacht Veronica, bringing medical care to remote islands. But their peaceful life is shattered when a medical distress call summons Sarah and Ronnie to a gargantuan commercial vessel lying still and ominous in the equatorial Pacific. Michael, left behind to tend to an ailing islander, watches with growing horror as Veronica is hauled onto the deck of the hulking metal behemoth and is carried away. Stranded and alone a thousand miles from civilization-with only a primitive canoe at his disposal and no navigational equipment except the stars-Michael Stone must now do the impossible. He must find his kidnapped family and rescue them from the clutches of a madman. And, unbeknownst to him, Sarah and Ronnie's are not the only lives at stake... The debut of a remarkable new writer, FIRE AND ICE is an electrifying tale of suspense that races through perilous waters to the world's most exotic ports-toward an unforgettable climax as unexpected as it is unrelentingly intense.
The venerable theme of the stranger who comes to a community and acts as a catalyst for change and redemption receives an entertaining treatment in this new novel by the author of Lovers and Strangers. Years of drought and devastating brush fires have whittled away at the morale of the inhabitants of Valle Rosa. The fortunes of this quaint Southern California town take a turn for the better, however, when a dark-haired man of mystery who calls himself Jeff Cabrio rides into town in his black Saab, promising that he can make it rain. Along with the much-needed precipitation, the rainmaker brings a regenerative force of healing into the lives of the three townspeople he learns to know best. Thanks to Cabrio's benign influence, Chris Garrett, Villa Rosa's acting mayor, comes to terms with the demise of his career as a professional baseball pitcher. However, Chris's ex-wife, newscaster Carmen Perez, is mistakenly convinced that by unraveling the truth about the new local miracle man she can rehabilitate her foundering career. It is Mia Tanner, a sculptress recovering from a failed love affair and a bout with cancer, who gains the most from Cabrio's brief stay.
Set against a backdrop of world-changing historical and political events, Fire and Rain tells the extraordinary story of one pivotal year in the lives and music of four legendary artists, and reveals how these artists and their songs both shaped and reflected their times. Drawing on interviews, rare recordings, and newly discovered documents, acclaimed journalist David Browne "allows us to see-and to hear-the elusive moment when the '60s became the '70s in a completely fresh way" (Mark Harris, author of Pictures at a Revolution).
From the book jacket: Seeming to possess a will of its own, the arrow strikes down its targets with a blast of eldritch flame. Each time Brie uses it, she and the arrow grow more alike: single-minded, driven, deadly. It is the arrow that rekindles Brie's forgotten vow of revenge on her father's murderers. And it is the arrow that leads Brie to a strange country where she finds the happiness she's always longed for. But she also finds evil at work in the sinister doings of a one-eyed sorcerer-a sorcerer whose only fear is the young archer and her fire arrow.
In the gripping conclusion to the action-packed "standard bearer" ("Booklist") of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life. Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary--but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope for humanity's future. With Chong hovering between life and death, clinging to his humanity by a thread, Benny makes a startling discovery: A scientist may have discovered a cure for the zombie plague. Desperate to save Chong, Benny and his friends mount a search and rescue mission. But they're not the only ones on the hunt. The reapers are after the cure too, and they want to use it turn all the zombies into superfast shock troops--and wipe humanity off the face of the earth. In this riveting conclusion to the Rot & Ruin series, the battle to end all battles is just beginning.
In September, 1934, the luxury steamship Morro Castle set out from Havana on a routine voyage to New York. Trouble erupted on board when the captain died suddenly and mysteriously, after expressing concerns that one of the radio operators planned to sabotage the ship. A few hours after the captain's death a fire broke out on board, sweeping through the ship within an hour. In this nearly forgotten tragedy 134 passengers and crew members lost their lives. Basing his account on records of the investigation and interviews with survivors, Gallagher presents a strong case that the fire was deliberately set by a man whom the public regarded as a hero after the event.
From the big cities to dense forests to disasters at sea, authors Michael Sasser and Charles W. Sasser present some of the toughest cases and most harrowing missions faced by arson investigators.A brutal inferno snuffs out the lives of eighty-seven at the Happy Land Social Club in New York City... The Branch Davidians torch their compound in Waco, Texas, killing eighty-one men, women and children... Flames engulf the streets of Detroit on its deadliest Devil's Day... In each case, some of America's most intrepid detectives were on the case, seeking out the truth amid the ashes.Here are the toughest cases from real arson investigators--men and women who apply steely determination and extraordinary skills in the pursuit of one goal: to catch scheming profiteers, vicious vandals, and diabolical pyromaniacs. Where the untrained eye sees nothing but destruction, these investigators see clues--and they plunge undaunted into the charred debris of destroyed buildings and incinerated lives to seek them out. From big cities to dense forests to disasters at sea, they bring one vow to every case: to never let justice go up in smoke.
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