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Variation on a Theme

by Barbara Delinsky

New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky enthralls millions of readers with emotionally powerful stories that vividly demonstrate the heart's, power to love. Here, first published in 1984, is an unforgettable story of a woman who must discover who she is before she can give herself to the man she loves.Although he'd already heard a great deal about Rachel Busek, nothing prepared Jim Guthrie for the beautiful flutist's gentle grace. A rough-hewn private investigator, Jim is nearly overwhelmed with the urge to love and protect her. And Rachel is both amazed and delighted at the ease with which Jim slips into her life. Yet as quick passion gives way to leisurely love, Rachel finds herself holding back. Troubling pieces of her past remain a mystery even to her, and keep her from trusting her heart. Now, she must either discover the truth about her past or risk losing the first man in her life worth keeping.

Varieties of Liberalism in Central America: Nation-States as Works in Progress

by Forrest D. Colburn Arturo Cruz S.

Why do some countries progress while others stagnate? Why does adversity strengthen some countries and weaken others?<P><P> Indeed, in this era of unprecedented movement of people, goods, and ideas, just what constitutes a nation-state? Forrest Colburn and Arturo Cruz suggest how fundamental these questions are through an exploration of the evolution of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica over the last quarter of a century, a period of intriguing, often confounding, paradoxes in Central America's development.<P>Offering an elegant defense of empiricism, Colburn and Cruz explore the roles of geography and political choice in constructing nations and states. Countries are shown to be unique: there are a daunting number of variables. There is causality, but not the kind that can be revealed in the laboratory or on the blackboard. Liberalism--today defined as democracy and unfettered markets--may be in vogue, but it has no inherent determinants. Democracy and market economies, when welded to the messy realities of individual countries, are compatible with many different outcomes. The world is more pluralistic in both causes and effects than either academic theories or political rhetoric suggest.

Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age

by Craig Calhoun Jonathan Vanantwerpen Michael Warner

In the book a prominent and varied group of scholars chart the conversations in which a secular age intervenes and address wider questions of secularism and secularity.

The Vast and Brutal Sea

by Zoraida Cordova

Blood is in the Water...Two days. That's all the time Tristan Hart has to prevent all-out war. Since discovering he was part merman and heir to the Sea Throne, Tristan has been fighting for his future, his friends--his life. Now, to win the crown and save the girl he loves, Tristan will have to take the ultimate risk: unleash the ancient magic of Poseidon and release the kraken. Seriously. It's the only way to unite the three scattered pieces of the king's trident and stop the sea witch Nieve from taking the throne for herself.Tristan's going to need all the help he can get. But the one person he could always depend on him has betrayed him--Kurt now wants the throne for himself. Brother against brother, it's a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner.

The Vatican Princess

by C. W. Gortner

For fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, bestselling author C. W. Gortner effortlessly weaves history and drama in this captivating novel about one of the world's most notorious families. Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized fifteenth-century Renaissance Italy, and Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty's ambitions. Slandered as a heartless seductress who lured men to their doom, was she in fact the villainess of legend, or was she trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival? With the ascension of the Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia as Pope Alexander VI, a new era has dawned in Rome. Benefitting from their father's elevation are the new pope's illegitimate children--his rival sons, Cesare and Juan, and beautiful young daughter Lucrezia--each of whom assumes an exalted position in the papal court. Privileged and adored, Lucrezia yearns to escape her childhood and play a part in her family's fortunes. But Rome is seductive and dangerous: Alliances shift at a moment's notice as Italy's ruling dynasties strive to keep rivals at bay. As Lucrezia's father faces challenges from all sides, the threat of a French invasion forces him to marry her off to a powerful adversary. But when she discovers the brutal truth behind her alliance, Lucrezia is plunged into a perilous gambit that will require all her wits, cunning, and guile. Escaping her marriage offers the chance of happiness with a passionate prince of Naples, yet as scandalous accusations of murder and incest build against her, menacing those she loves, Lucrezia must risk everything to overcome the lethal fate imposed upon her by her Borgia blood. Beautifully wrought, rich with fascinating historical detail, The Vatican Princess is the first novel to describe Lucrezia's coming-of-age in her own voice. What results is a dramatic, vivid tale set in an era of savagery and unparalleled splendor, where enemies and allies can be one and the same, and where loyalty to family can ultimately be a curse.Advance praise for The Vatican Princess"A tale of passion, political intrigue, and poisonous power. Assiduously researched and expertly crafted, this novel takes readers inside the treacherous world of the Borgias--one of history's most dysfunctional ruling families--and brings to life the sympathetic and freshly imagined character of their leading lady, Lucrezia. This unholy plunge into Rome's darkest dynasty is wholly engrossing."--Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of Sisi: Empress on Her Own"Elegantly written and deeply researched, with a pacy style and a fine eye for contemporary detail . . . The world of Renaissance Italy is vividly brought to life--I'm captivated by this knowledgeable author's take on the controversial Borgias."--Alison Weir, New York Times bestselling author of Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen "A spiderweb of Renaissance intrigue with a cast of legendary characters, The Vatican Princess tells Lucrezia Borgia's story in her own words. Impressive research, a lush background, and deft characterization of these turbulent times make for a fascinating read."--Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth I"Here is a marvelously evocative portrait of a young woman caught in a bewildering web of jealousy, family rivalry, vengeance, and papal politics. This is historical fiction at its best, written by a master of the genre."--Patricia Bracewell, author of Shadow on the CrownFrom the Hardcover edition.

Vatsana's Lucky New Year

by Sara Gogol

Torn between Laotian and American cultures, twelve-year-old Vatsana faces prejudice from a boy at school as she helps her newly arrived Laotian cousin adjust to life in Portland, Oregon.

Vault of the Ages

by Poul Anderson

This classic from science fiction's Golden Age envisions a primitive future where only the forbidden technology of the past can save an endangered tribe from violent extinction Five centuries into the future, America is no longer what it used to be. Many generations after the old civilization was consumed in a nuclear firestorm, the few survivors have returned to a simple, agrarian lifestyle and eschew the malevolent "magic" of science that brought about "the Doom." When the Dalesmen of the Alleghenies are threatened by the hostile Lann descending from the North, their chieftain's son, Carl, is dispatched to the blasted ruins of an ancient city to trade for metal and weapons. However, something extraordinary awaits him in this feared and forbidden place: a time capsule from the twentieth century containing the essential scientific and technological information of a lost society. Carl knows his discovery can help rescue the Dalesmen's homes and farms. But the law is unbending in this age of superstition--and if the chieftain's son returns this forbidden knowledge to his people, the tribal Doctors will surely put him to death. One of Poul Anderson's earliest science fiction masterworks, Vault of the Ages is at once a riveting tale of adventure and a deeply human story of duty and destiny offering a stunning vision of an all-too-possible future.

The VB6 Cookbook

by Mark Bittman

Following up on his bestselling diet plan, VB6, the incomparable Mark Bittman delivers a full cookbook of recipes designed to help you eat vegan every day before 6:00 p.m.--and deliciously all of the time. This special iBooks Author edition of the VB6 Cookbook invites you to: - Plan a day, week, or month of meals, or cook from Mark's 28-day VB6 menu and adjust it to suit the way you live. - Cook from step-by-step instructions. When you're ready to start cooking, seamlessly switch to landscape mode and view the recipe steps in an easy-to-read format that you can see from across the kitchen counter. - Shop quickly and easily. Pick out the recipes or parts of your menu that you want to make, and gather an aggregated list of the ingredients you need, which you can email to yourself or shop from right in the ebook. - Discover ingredient characteristics with an interactive spinner, learning about the Unlimited, Flexible, and Treat foods that make up the core of VB6. - Connect to Mark's Twitter feed and tweet back from your own kitchen--without closing the ebook. In VB6, bestselling author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman created an easy-to-follow diet plan for vegan meals for breakfast and lunch, and healthy, vegetable-forward meals for everyday. Now in this tie-in cookbook, Bittman expands on the VB6 diet with a collection of brand new recipes and variations sto keep the diet going and to keep eating better. It's no surprise that when you eat lots of fruits and veggies and cut back on meat and dairy, your health can improve. Bittman's reliably simple, straightforward approach to cooking, and thoughtful approach to eating more plant foods, will make this a must-cook book for both VB6 diet converts and for anyone looking to lose weight and cook, eat, and live healthier.From the Hardcover edition.

VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health ... for Good

by Mark Bittman

"I live full-time in the world of omnivores, and I've never wanted to leave. But the Standard American Diet (yes, it's SAD) got to me as it gets to almost everyone in this country."Six years ago, an overweight, pre-diabetic Mark Bittman faced a medical directive: adopt a vegan diet or go on medication. He was no fan of a lifelong regimen of pills, but as a food writer he lived--and worked--to eat. So neither choice was appealing.His solution was a deal with himself. He adopted a diet heavy in vegetables, fruits, and grains by following a healthy vegan diet (no meat, dairy, or processed foods) all day. After 6:00 p.m. he'd eat however he wanted, though mostly in moderation. Beyond that, his plan involved no gimmicks, scales, calorie counting, or point systems. And there were no so-called forbidden foods--he ate mostly home-cooked meals that were as varied and satisfying as they were delicious, but he dealt with the realities of the office and travel and life on the run as best he could.He called this plan Vegan Before 6:00 (VB6 for short), and the results were swift and impressive. Best of all, they proved to be lasting and sustainable over the long haul. Bittman lost 35 pounds and saw all of his blood numbers move in the right direction.Using extensive scientific evidence to support his plan, the acclaimed cookbook author and food policy columnist shows why his VB6 approach succeeds when so many other regimens not only fail, but can actually lead to unwanted weight gain.He then provides all the necessary tools for making the switch to a "flexitarian" diet: lists for stocking the pantry, strategies for eating away from home in a variety of situations, pointers for making cooking on a daily basis both convenient and enjoyable, and a complete 28-day eating plan showing VB6 in action. Finally, Bittman provides more than 60 recipes for vegan breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, as well as non-vegan dinners that embrace the spirit of a vegetable- and grain-forward diet.If you're one of the millions who have thought of trying a vegan diet but fear it's too monotonous or unfamiliar, or simply don't want to give up the foods you love to eat, VB6 will introduce a new, flexible, and quite simply better way of eating you can really live with . . . for life.

The Vegan Cookbook

by Yvonne Bishop-Weston Tony Bishop-Weston

The number of vegans is growing all the time as more and more non-vegans adopt a vegan diet for a healthier lifestyle. The Vegan Cookbook contains over 90 recipes for healthy and delicious meals without any meat, fish or animal produce. It also provides important nutritional information and all the essential knowledge needed to understand this ever-popular lifestyle choice.

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule

by Isa Moskowitz

The hosts of the vegan cooking show The Post Punk Kitchen are back with a vengeance - and this time, dessert. <P><P>A companion volume to Vegan with a Vengeance, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World is a sweet and sassy guide to baking everyone's favorite treat without using any animal products. This unique cookbook contains over 50 recipes for cupcakes and frostings - some innovative, some classics - with beautiful full color photographs. Isa and Terry offer delicious, cheap, dairy-free, egg-free and vegan-friendly recipes like Classic Vanilla Cupcakes (with chocolate frosting), Crimson Velveteen Cupcakes (red velvet with creamy white frosting), Linzer Torte Cupcakes (hazelnut with raspberry and chocolate ganache), Chai Latte Cupcakes (with powdered sugar) and Banana Split Cupcakes (banana-chocolate chip-pineapple with fluffy frosting). Included also are gluten-free recipes, decorating tips, baking guidelines, vegan shopping advice, and Isa's true cupcake anecdotes from the trenches. When Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, no dessert lover can resist.

Vegan Delights

by Toni Rodriguez

Discover a new way to nourish your body with these delightful and original vegan recipes. Eating vegan meals is a healthy and delicious choice to make, and more and more people are beginning to care for their bodies by only consuming foods free of animal products and not derived from animal labor. Not only is veganism good for your health, it is also a way to live that is easy on your wallet and ecologically conscientious. For those with special dietary needs and weight-control concerns, veganism offers wonderful meals composed entirely of grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and other kinds of plant-based proteins. While preparing vegan meals can be a challenge, there are numerous recipes at your disposal. Some of the most exciting and unique recipes are included in Vegan Delights. Toni Rodríguez, a renowned Spanish chef and passionate vegan, offers some of his favorite and most delicious dishes for you to try, including: Mushroom and nut pâté Seitan piccata with creamy spinach Shiitake and artichoke risotto Blueberry plum cake Beautiful and enticing images accompany each recipe, and Rodríguez also provides insight into the joys and advantages of the vegan diet in a lengthy and thoughtful introduction. So whether you are a gastronome, a fervent sweet tooth, or just a curious diner, there is undoubtedly a recipe in this book for you to try and enjoy.

Vegan Lunch Box Around the World

by Jennifer Mccann

Vegan Lunch Box Around the World offers a delicious array of meat-free, egg-free, and dairy-free lunches that will take you on an adventure across the globe. The book includes balanced international and regional American menus with 100 recipes from Ratatouille to Moroccan Tagine, New England Chowder to a Japanese Bento Box. With quick and easy recipes, fruit and veggie ideas for even the pickiest eaters, and an allergen-free index, Vegan Lunch Box Around the World is essential for every family raising healthy kids-and for anyone who packs a lunch.

Vegan Protein Ninja: 100 Plant-based Recipes For Hearty Meals And Sneaky Snacks That Pack A Protein Punch

by Terry Hope Romero

As vegan cuisine continues to evolve, more people are looking for healthier, protein-rich, plant-based meals; weeknight kitchen ninjas, everyday athletes, and busy people of the world deserve something better than another boring bean burger or protein shake for dinner. Terry Hope Romero leads the charge with 100 lean, mean recipes using a wide range of ingredients--from supermarket-friendly staples to cutting-edge superfoods--and an arsenal of gluten and soy-free options. With these tools in hand, you'll assassinate those bland meals and create the ideal hearty dishes befitting your lifestyle and unique protein needs.

Veganomicon

by Isa Chandra Moskowitz Terry Hope Romero

Who knew vegetables could taste so good? Moskowitz and Romero's newest delicious collection makes it easier than ever to live vegan. You'll find more than 250 recipes--plus menus and stunning color photos--for dishes that will please every palate. All the recipes in Veganomicon have been thoroughly kitchen-tested to ensure user-friendliness and amazing results. And by popular demand, the Veganomicon includes meals for all occasions and soy-free, gluten-free, and low-fat options, plus quick recipes that make dinner a snap. Recipes include: Autumn Latkes Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes Grilled Yuca Tortillas Baby Bok Choy with Crispy Shallots Chile-Cornmeal Crusted Tofu Po' Boy Roasted Eggplant and Spinach Muffuletta Jicama-Watercress-Avocado Salad with Spicy Citrus Vinaigrette Acorn Squash, Pear and Adzuki Soup Tomato Rice Soup with Roasted Garlic and Navy Beans Asparagus and Lemongrass Risotto Almost All-American Seitan Pot Pie Hot Sauce-Glazed Tempeh Black Eyed Pea Collard Rolls Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Pumpkin Crumb Cake with Pecan Streusel

Vegetarian Cooking Around the World

by Mary Winget

Create authentic vegetarian meals for your family and friends. Vegetarian meals are delicious and healthy, and they offer almost endless variety. VEGETARIAN COOKING AROUND THE WORLD brings cuisine from all areas of the world to your table. Step-by-step directions make savory recipes easy to create in your own kitchen or classroom. Such dishes as Chapati from parts of Asia and Africa, Fruit Muesli from Australia, Akkra from Jamaica, Curried Chickpeas from India, and Lentil Soup Madrid Style from Spain are only a few samples from this assortment of international recipes.

The Vegetarian Lunchbasket

by Linda Haynes

The new edition of this popular cookbook contains over 200 great recipes for breads, spreads, soups, sandwiches, condiments, main dishes, and desserts that are lowfat, tasty, and vegetarian. Linda Haynes, an experienced cook and mother of three vegetarian kids, writes with warmth and humor. Her low-fat vegetarian recipes are easy to follow, fun to make, and beautiful to behold. Whether you are a vegetarian or not, these recipes can add zest and sparkle to your everyday fare, and are all written for their "packability" factor -- you can take these recipes on-the-go, in a thermos, brown bag, or Tupperware container to home, school, work, or the park. Readers can try new ways of packing lunches, using leftovers, and combining foods, and learn to use alternatives to meat, eggs, mayonnaise, margarine, and oils -- lowering fats and cholesterol while maintaining taste and variety.

Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison's Kitchen

by Deborah Madison

I love supper. It's friendly and relaxed. It's easy to invite people over for supper, for there's a quality of comfort that isn't always there with dinner, a meal that suggests more serious culinary expectations--truly a joy to meet, but not all the time. Supper, on the other hand, is for when friends happen to run into each other at the farmers' market or drop in from out of town. Supper is for Sunday night or a Thursday. Supper can be impromptu, it can be potluck, and it can break the formality of a classic menu. With supper, there's a willingness to make do with what's available and to cook and eat simply. It can also be special and beautifully crafted if that's what you want.--from the IntroductionThe author of the bestselling cookbook classic, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, solves the perennial question of what to cook for dinner in her first collection of suppertime solutions, with more than 100 inspiring recipes to enjoy every night of the week.What's for supper? For vegetarians and health-conscious nonvegetarians, the quest for recipes that don't call for meat often can seem daunting. Focusing on recipes for a relaxing evening, Deborah Madison has created an innovative array of main dishes for casual dining. Unfussy but creative, the recipes in Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison's Kitchen will bring joy to your table in the form of simple, wholesome, and delicious main dish meals.These are recipes to savor throughout the week--quick weekday meals as well as more leisurely weekend or company fare--and throughout the year. The emphasis is on freshness and seasonality in recipes for savory pies and gratins, vegetable stews and braises, pasta and vegetable dishes, crepes and fritters, delicious new ways to use tofu and tempeh, egg dishes that make a supper, hearty cool-weather as well as light warm-weather meals, and a delightful assortment of sandwich suppers. Recipes include such imaginative and irresistible dishes as Masa Crêpes with Chard, Chiles, and Cilantro; Spicy Tofu with Thai Basil and Coconut Rice Cakes; Lemony Risotto Croquettes with Slivered Snow Peas, Asparagus, and Leeks; and Gnocchi with Winter Squash and Seared Radicchio. Vegan variations are given throughout, so whether you are a committed vegetarian or a "vegophile" like Deborah Madison herself, you'll find recipes in this wonderful new collection you will want to cook again and again.

Veggiyana

by Michelle Antonisse Sandra Garson

The kitchen is the most vital place on Earth, because survival, even now in the age of iPads and large hadron colliders, still depends on wholesome, nutritious food. In keeping with this simple truth Veggiyana provides 108 tasty, beloved and simple recipes from around the world. And generously sprinkled throughout--like the perfect blend of herbs and spices are morsels of time-tested wisdom on how to live a life that nourishes both body and spirit. Veggiyana brings the vitality of the worlds kitchens to your own with wisdom and recipes to delight and inspire.

Veiled

by Benedict Jacka

National bestselling author Benedict Jacka returns to the world of Alex Verus...I thought I'd escaped my past. But my old master is back and making a new play for power. And he's not the only one targeting me...Diviner Alex Verus and the Council that governs the magical community have never gotten along. But with his former teacher back in Britain, Alex is in desperate need of allies, and he'll do whatever it takes to get them--even if it means accepting a job with the Keepers, enforcing magical law.Alex forms an uneasy alliance with his new partner, Caldera, but his attempt at legitimacy quickly turns lethal when a mission puts him in possession of an item that factions both inside and outside of the Council would kill to get their hands on.Once again caught in the middle of a deadly conflict, Alex will need all his abilities to figure out who his friends are--especially when enemies are hiding on all sides...

A Veiled Reflection (Westward Chronicles #3)

by Tracie Peterson

From the book jacket: Upon arriving in Pintan, Arizona, Jillian Danvers is confronted the magnitude of the task before her. Though an exact reflection of her sister, Judith, assuming her sister's identity is anything but easy. Not only are her attempts to fumble her way through the strict regulations and routines of the Harvey House feeble at best, Jillian finds she must also fend off the well-meaning acts of matchmaking on the part of her mother. Inadvertently discovering her secret, Dr. MacCallister is drawn to Jillian and her sweet innocence. When he witnesses their common interest in the plight of the Navajo people, Mac wonders if he can cast aside the pain of his past. But when the ruse of Jillian's identity causes her to seek his aid, Mac creates a plan of his own.

Veils of Deceit

by B. J. Daniels Jasmine Cresswell

This riveting volume of two full-length novels full of intrigue and passion features Cresswell's classic "Free Fall" and a brand-new original novel by Daniels, "Keeping Secrets. " Reissue/original.

Velvet, Leather & Lace

by Jill Shalvis Donna Kauffman Suzanne Forster

Velvet, Leather & Lace, a hot new lingerie catalogue company, is launching "stunt lingerie"-wispy little nothings that can be removed with the slightest tug. The global satellite fashion show is just a week away, and partners Jamie, Samantha and Mia are coming apart as fast as their underwear. Samantha has put off her current lover so many times he's about to kidnap her. And what if the press discovers Jamie is actually a man?Ex-girlfriend Lorna Sutton offers to front for Jamie-but not for payment...for payback. Then set contractor Joe O'Ryan decides to test Mia's claim she doesn't like sex-the night before the show. At this rate, they might all get caught with their panties-or boxers-down. And the whole world will be watching.Three stories, one show.A Man's Gotta Do by Suzanne ForsterCalling the Shots by Donna KauffmanBaring it All by Jill Shalvis

The Velvet Rage

by Alan Downs

OC "The Velvet Rage" is becoming a touchstone in gay culture just as "Goodbye to Berlin" was in the 30s, "A BoyOCOs Own Story" in the 60s and "Faggots" in the 70s. OCO--"Observer" (UK)a

Velvet Ropes

by Patricia Rosemoor

NO COVER CHARGEDNO ID REQUIREDSECRECY GUARANTEEDWhen Star Jacobek had been brutally attacked as a teen, Dermot O'Rourke appeared like an avenging angel, tending her wounds and giving her the courage to heal. So when her childhood hero was framed for a murder he didn't commit, Star was determined to use her shield to clear his name. But in the midst of a clandestine investigation to find the real killer, evidence connected the violence of the past to their present-day case. Suddenly, Star was again in danger, and this time Dermot would stop at nothing to keep the only woman he'd ever loved safe....

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