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Sunday, July 13. 1:46 A. M. Near Lookout Mountain and Laurel Canyon. An unidentified woman in her twenties, wearing a nightgown, was the victim of a hit-and-run accident that left her unconscious and seriously injured. There were no witnesses. So reads the report on the accident off Mulholland Drive in Molly Blume's Crime Sheet column for a weekly Los Angeles tabloid. Just another small L. A. tragedy, soon forgotten. But the image of the young woman in her nightgown stumbling along a dark, winding road is one Molly, a freelance true-crime writer, cannot shake. In fact, it draws her to a bedside in intensive care, where the victim whispers to her three names: Robbie, Max, and Nina. It's not a smoking gun, but is sufficient to reinforce Molly's gut instinct that there are sinister circumstances behind the assault on Lenore Saunders. With fearless conviction, Molly asks questions that nobody--including Lenore's mom, her ex-husband, her shrink, or even Molly's L. A. P. D. buddy, Detective Connors--wants to answer. Nevertheless, the astute Molly discovers Lenore lived a fractured life, so different from Molly's own secure and loving Orthodox Jewish background. And as a chilling picture of the unfortunate woman begins to take shape, the menace of murders past and present stirs and quickens. In her first Molly Blume novel, award-winning novelist Rochelle Krich tells a story in the tradition of the great L. A. mysteries of the past--and introduces an investigator who is pure gold. Twentysomething divorcee Molly Blume, with her deep faith, short skirts, and nose for the truth, is a heroine to cherish. From the Hardcover edition.
The African experience in America is celebrated with a soulful, affecting blues poem that details the long journey from the Middle Passage to life today.
From one of this country's most important intellectuals comes a brilliant analysis of the blues tradition that examines the careers of three crucial black women blues singers through a feminist lens. Angela Davis provides the historical, social, and political contexts with which to reinterpret the performances and lyrics of Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday as powerful articulations of an alternative consciousness profoundly at odds with mainstream American culture. The works of Rainey, Smith, and Holiday have been largely misunderstood by critics. Overlooked, Davis shows, has been the way their candor and bravado laid the groundwork for an aesthetic that allowed for the celebration of social, moral, and sexual values outside the constraints imposed by middle-class respectability. Through meticulous transcriptions of all the extant lyrics of Rainey and Smith--published here in their entirety for the first time--Davis demonstrates how the roots of the blues extend beyond a musical tradition to serve as a conciousness-raising vehicle for American social memory. A stunning, indispensable contribution to American history, as boldly insightful as the women Davis praises, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism is a triumph.
The author of "Women, Race and Class" suggests that "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday represent a black working-class, feminist ideology and historical consciousness. Davis' illuminating analysis of the songs performed by these artists provides readers with a compelling and transformative understanding of their musical and social contributions and of their relation to both the African-American community and American culture.
"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music -- through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz. . . [If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this certainly should be revealed by his characteristic music. " So says Amiri Baraka in the Introduction to Blues People, his classic work on the place of jazz and blues in American social, musical, economic, and cultural history. From the music of African slaves in the United States through the music scene of the 1960's, Baraka traces the influence of what he calls "negro music" on white America -- not only in the context of music and pop culture but also in terms of the values and perspectives passed on through the music. In tracing the music, he brilliantly illuminates the influence of African Americans on American culture and history.
It's raining and Magenta comes over for a playdate. Blue wants to make a musical instrument. Can you help find the clues and learn what instrument Blue wants to make?
The only book that shows how the Blues Scales (Major and Minor) are used to create jazz solos. Designed to help beginners quickly learn how to create meaningful solos without having to first master all the scales and chords of a tune. Great transcriptions of solo phrases by Miles Davis, Dave Sanborn, Dizzy Gillespie, etc. showing how the Blues Scales are used. The accompanying CD has the author and his NY rhythm section demonstrating each exercise, and also great as a jazz play-along! Endorsed by Michael Brecker, Jamey Aebersold, etc.
Spencer Markus embarks on a road trip with his father, Spider. They are heading to Montreal for an audition. But when Spencer is abandoned in a Vermont bus station with $800 in cash - his entire patrimony - he realizes that there is no audition but only, "for a brief while, an idea about the two of us starting over again someplace else".
The second mystery featuring private eye Pepper Keane, a former JAG with a Diet Coke addiction, who becomes the target of an outlaw biker gang
Natalie is different from the other kids in Dreenie's fifth-grade class. She comes to school in a wheelchair, always wearing a knitted hat. The kids in the class call Natalie "Bluish" because her skin is pale and tinted blue from chemotherapy.
"Ranks alongside such incomparable whodunnit authors as Christie,Marsh, Tey, and Allingham. "-San Francisco Chronicle. Who would kill the perfect gentleman? When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would have a motive for killing him? Superintendent Hannasyde, with consummate skill, uncovers one dirty little secret after another, and with them, a host of people who all have reasons for wanting Fletcher dead. Then, a second murder is committed, giving a grotesque twist to a very unusual case, and Hannasyde realizes he's up against a killer on a mission. . . "Given the chance I could happily devour a stack of her novels one after the other. "-A Work In Progress"A few things that you are guaranteed when you pick up a Georgette Heyer novel of any kind are unique characters and a fast-paced plot. "-We Be Reading
In this comprehensive comparative study, Jorge Duany explores how migrants to the United States from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico maintain multiple ties to their countries of origin. Chronicling these diasporas from the end of World War II to the present, Duany argues that each sending country's relationship to the United States shapes the transnational experience for each migrant group, from legal status and migratory patterns to work activities and the connections migrants retain with their home countries. Blending extensive ethnographic, archival, and survey research, Duany proposes that contemporary migration challenges the traditional concept of the nation-state. Increasing numbers of immigrants and their descendents lead what Duany calls "bifocal" lives, bridging two or more states, markets, languages, and cultures throughout their lives. Even as nations attempt to draw their boundaries more clearly, the ceaseless movement of transnational migrants, Duany argues, requires the rethinking of conventional equations between birthplace and residence, identity and citizenship, borders and boundaries.
The Blurry Rules Book is all about ethics. Explain THAT to an 8- to 12-year-old girl! Author, Nancy Rue, approaches the subject by talking about those gray areas and hard-to-answer questions that aren't so clearly addressed in the Ten Commandments. Kids clearly understand "Thou shalt not kill", but what about "thou shalt not hate the guts of the girl who deliberately snubs you?" Sure "thou shalt not steal," but what if I catch somebody else doing it? There are no easy answers to questions or situations like these, but The Blurry Rules Book offers great advice about such issues. Young girls will discover that although there may not always be an easy answer or a concrete rule, there's always a God answer.
Three children in Hawaii try to hold their family together after the death of their mother.
Kama Sutra, Tantra, menage... Are you ready to blush! Hanna Lane wishes she could shed her inhibitions and unleash her wild side in the bedroom. When she meets J.M., a Kama Sutra and Tantra master, they embark on a sizzling path of discovery, exploring the ancient sensual arts and new techniques that allow Hanna to unlock her naughtiest fantasies and make them a red-hot reality. But when Hanna's ex-boyfriend Grey reenters her life, determined to win her back, she longs to share herself with both men. Can Hanna tell J.M. and Grey her most taboo fantasy? And who will win her for keeps?
The BMT Data Book is an essential guide to the data, outcome studies and complex decision-making processes involved in blood and marrow stem cell transplantation. Organized according to types of diseases and procedures, it contains more than hundred table
The Gamages and the Martinkas despise each other, because of a family feud handed down from generation to generation. Nevertheless, to escape a foster home, newly orphaned Bo Gamage steps off the bus in the California desert to meet his distant cousin Madeleine, a genuine on-the-hoof Martinka. About his own age, Madeleine wears big sunglasses and calls herself Mzzz Mad. The name sounds to Bo like a mosquito in the air, about to attack. "You one of them ornery Gamages?" she asks. "Where's your horns and your mangy tail?" Enemies at first sight, they find themselves under the same roof in a ghost town presided over by cantankerous Charlie Martinka, a former cowboy movie star turned prospector. Bo is quickly caught up in a razzle-dazzle of goings-on, which include a wild battle for a missing map, the mystery of the tattooed head, and a daring search for the legendary Pegleg Smith gold mine. And before they know it, Bo and Mzzz Mad find themselves handcuffed -- together!
Autobiography of the famous baseball player and football player Bo Jackson.
The Board Book is the most succinct, reader-friendly guide available to recruiting and managing on-track, top-notch corporate boards.
More than three million people serve on boards and audit committees in the U.S. alone. But huge risks come with these coveted jobs. SEC scrutiny is at an all-time high, with boards and audit committees now held liable to for acts of fraud and other corporate malfeasance--even if they had no knowledge of wrong-doing in the organization. This essential guide mitigates the risks and dramatically increases the effectiveness of boards and audit committees by uncovering 10 crucial steps every governing body should take, including: * Cultivate independence * Build a balanced team * Leverage independent advisors * Address stakeholder concerns * Direct the external audit * Approach risk proactively * Spearhead fraud deterrence initiatives * Promote accountability * And more Comprehensive and practical, this book simplifies complex corporate governance standards, and helps readers satisfy the requirements of board service while protecting themselves and the organization.
There are three steps to taking revenge on the most popular, hottest guy in your senior class: * Stealth * Planning & * Execution. After Elena fails at all of them, she's tossed into a government run boarding school in Alaska. The worst part? Thane Trallwyn--her worst enemy and subject of her blown revenge--goes in with her. Alaska's not big enough.
Vivacious, gorgeous, break-the-rules Kate Ross drove conservative, straight-arrow Robert Devlin crazy-or as crazy as he ever let himself get. But when the long-standing rivals were thrown the corporate challenge of their lives-saving the Boardroom Baby baby-food launch- suddenly do-the-right-thing Devlin began having some very unprofessional ideas about his sexy co-worker. Then he learned she was pregnant...the modern way- via a clinic. Having grown up in foster homes, Robert believed in families, not in single mothers. Moreover, he had a dreadful suspicion that he was the father. (It's complicated!) And Robert realized he was an old-fashioned guy determined to "do the right thing" by his woman,... Harlequin Temptation #643
When pregnant Morgan Stevens arrives at wealthy businessman Bryan Caliborn's office looking for her baby's father, two things become apparent: she's mistaken him for his late brother and she's in labor--in the boardroom! Now Morgan's a single mom, and she's bowled over by the take-charge tycoon's support. But surely the once-burned bachelor is just doing it out of duty. . . .
For gorgeous lawyer Nick Gilbert, an after-hours rendezvous with a woman usually means a romantic dinner, not a children's charity picnic. But he's game! Especially as his date is his rather prim but intriguing colleague, Carolyn Duff. . . . Watching her with the little kids, Nick sees a new side of Carolyn. He starts to understand the glimmer of sadness behind her dazzling green gaze. When the real woman behind the all-business facade is laid bare, Nick has never seen anyone more beautiful. . . .
Eve Copeland looked too prim for the tough world of Australian big business. But despite her disapproval of him, the vulnerability that Drew Forsythe had glimpsed beneath Eve's professional exterior had got under his skin. Before he knew it, he was offering her a job.
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