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(From the book jacket) IN BROKEN GOVERNMENT JOHN DEAN EXAMINES ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL QUESTIONS FACING AMERICANS TODAY: How can our democracy function when the key institutions of government-the legislative, executive, and judicial branches-no longer operate as contemplated by the Constitution because of politics? This concluding volume of a trilogy that began with the national bestsellers Worse Than Watergate and Conservatives Without Conscience is a revelatory investigation of the effects of three decades of Republican rule-three decades in which honored political processes established by the rules, traditions, laws, and constitutional mandates of the federal system have been broken or simply ignored. Congress has become a body incapable of meaningful deliberation or presidential oversight; the president has amassed ever greater power, unhindered by any checks and balances; and the independence and impartiality of the federal judiciary have been corrupted by the ascendance of judges and justices with a radical conservative political philosophy. The Republican agenda has proven itself to be an agenda of special interests rather than of the public interest, the scheme of a party whose primary aim is to maintain its power, whatever the cost. Dean carefully traces the development of these fundamental failures of the political system, from Nixon's imperial presidency through Reagan's popular disparagement of government to the doctrines that have reached their fullest expression in the administration of George W. Bush, a presidency that growing numbers of scholars have already begun to assess as one of the worst-if not the worst-in the nation's history.
The mesmerizing fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad by New York Times bestselling author Tana Frenc.h Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French's bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That's what's made him the Murder squad's top detective--and that's what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands. On one of the half-built, half-abandoned "luxury" developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care. At first, Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, think it's going to be an easy solve. But too many small things can't be explained. The half dozen baby monitors, their cameras pointing at holes smashed in the Spains' walls. The files erased from the Spains' computer. The story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder who was slipping past all the locks. And Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher. Seeing the case on the news sends his sister Dina off the rails again, and she's resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family one summer at Broken Harbor, back when they were children. With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French's new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.
Perfection isnít all itís cracked up to be. Stacey Barlow-Barrett has the perfect life--or, at least, the illusion of one. Sheís married to the man her parents approved, and sheís making it work. But keeping up appearances is wearing her down. Her husband, Jace, wants to start a family. Her former lover, Mason, is a business associate she canít cut off, and he twists the knife at every opportunity. Trying to make everyone happy--everyone except herself--has her on the verge of a breakdown. When Jaceís best friend moves in, everything that seemed tenuously tolerable is now completely unbearable, and Stacey realizes something is very wrong in her marriage. Jace is keeping up appearances too, and itís at Staceyís expense. Mason is the only one she can turn to for help. . . if he can forgive her for marrying Jace while the sheets were still warm from their last encounter. And even if he does forgive her, and she does dig her way out of the mess her marriage has become, Stacey may not be ready for what he needs in return: love. CONTENT WARNING: This book contains some mild m/m encounters, language and violent situations that may make some readers uncomfortable.
Sleepy Benteen County, Kansas, turns frantic on election day. Sheriff English, better known as Englishman, faces his toughest re-election challenge yet. The radical religious right is out to unseat him, their candidate an Iraq war hero. Englishman's only available deputy isn't winning him votes. That very morning, while pursuing a vehicle, the hurried deputy rams a school bus carrying the Benteen County teen choir. Englishman's brother, Mad Dog, a born-again Cheyenne, rushes back from a quest to the Black Hills. He has had a premonition that the sheriff is in serious danger. Meanwhile, the sheriff's daughters, attending separate colleges, wake with similar fears, cut classes, and hurry home to keep their father safe. The sheriff believes the girls are the ones in need of protection as election day grows ever wilder. A student smuggles a gun into the school and begins shooting and taking hostages. A private army has seized a nearby farm and holds citizens, including Mad Dog, against their will. And, when he finds some spare time, Englishman needs to clear up one little thing about his deputy's accident: Benteen County doesn't have a teen choir. All this by sundown. It's enough to make a sheriff wonder why he wants to serve another term.
An extra special chiller for Valentine's Day by the author of the Cheerleaders series. Josie and Melissa are frightened when they begin receiving threatening valentines. Then the murders begin. Who is sending these horrible valentines to the girls of Shadyside High? And who will be the next to die?
Karen has always envied Emily Van Patten. Ben once loved Emily, and when she comes back in to town, Ben says he wants to date them both, because he can't decide... Niki and Niles have been dating for what seems like forever. Then Gillian steps in and suddenly the tables are turning. All the girls in River Heights have a lot to learn about love...
When a sick, abused horse is rescued and brought to Pine Hollow, every effort is made to save the horse's life, and Lisa, remembering the death of another abused horse, struggles to restore the horse's broken spirit.
In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a strange homeless man on an impulse. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city. And Oree's guest is at the heart of it. . .
Family-making in America is in a state of flux--the ways people compose their families is changing, including those who choose to adopt. Broken Links, Enduring Ties is a groundbreaking comparative investigation of transnational and interracial adoptions in America. Linda Seligmann uncovers the impact of these adoptions over the last twenty years on the ideologies and cultural assumptions that Americans hold about families and how they are constituted. Seligmann explores whether or not new kinds of families and communities are emerging as a result of these adoptions, providing a compelling narrative on how adoptive families thrive and struggle to create lasting ties. Seligmann observed and interviewed numerous adoptive parents and children, non-adoptive families, religious figures, teachers and administrators, and adoption brokers. The book uncovers that adoption--once wholly stigmatized--is now often embraced either as a romanticized mission of rescue or, conversely, as simply one among multiple ways to make a family.
Growing up in a mob family had scarred Mary Graham. She'd thought running away would ensure her son didn't face the same horrors. But after three years on the lam, the single mom couldn't live that way anymore. So she'd come back home to Broken Bones, Arizona--and found herself at the center of a baby brokering scandal. To prove her innocence and help a grieving mother, Mary had to turn to her family's nemesis--a cop. And not just any cop. . . a cop named Mitch Williams. He'd been after her family for years, so could she trust him to have her best interests at heart?
Hiding behind a chair, five-year-old Emma can't see her mother being murdered, but she hears everything. When the assassins finally leave, the terrified girl stumbles away from the scene, motivated only by the memory of her mother's last words: "You must not die, Emma!" Eventually, Emma is taken in by an old Hutu woman who risks her own life to hide the child. A quiet bond grows between the two, but long after the war ends, Emma is still haunted by nightmares. When the country establishes gacacacourts to allow victims to face their tormentors, Emma is uneasy and afraid. But through her growing friendship with a young torture victim and the encouragement of an old man charged with helping child survivors, Emma finds the courage to begin the long journey to healing. Moments of grace and tenderness illuminate this spare, sensitive novel, which tells the story of the 1994 attacks in an age-appropriate manner.
I WILL NEVER HAVE A HUSBAND, BUT I HAVE THE BEST BROTHER IN THE WORLD. YOUR BREATH ON MY CHEEK -- ON MY SCAR -- FELT LIKE THE BREATH OF ALLAH. Nadira is spoiled goods. Scars from a beating she received for a crime that her older brother allegedly committed tell the world that she is worth less than nothing -- except to her little brother, Umar, who sees beauty in her scars and value in her. But Umar is gone -- perhaps kidnapped or maybe sold. All Nadira knows is that Umar has been taken into the desert to ride camels for rich sheiks. He could be lost to her forever. For Umar, Nadira will risk everything. So she disguises herself as a boy and searches out the men who took him. They are not hard to find, and soon she, too, is headed to the desert to be a camel jockey. Life in the desert is more brutal than Nadira imagined. All she has to protect her and the boys she meets are a bit of chai tea, some stories, and the hope that she has enough of both to keep going until she finds Umar. BROKEN MOON IS A SPELLBINDING, LYRICAL TALE THAT WILL CAPTURE READERS, HEARTS AND SOULS.
A memoir by the famous British singer Sting. He writes: "Having been a songwriter most of my life, condensing my ideas and emotions into short rhyming couplets and setting them to music, I had never really considered writing a book. But upon arriving at the reflective age of 50, I found myself drawn, for the first time, to write long passages. It is a book about the early part of my life, from childhood through adolescence, right up to the my success with the Police. It is a story few people know. I had no interest in writing a traditional autobiographical recitation of everything that's ever happened to me. Instead I found myself drawn to exploring specific moments, certain people and relationships, and particular events which still resonate powerfully for me. "
'And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom' Ana-s NinElizabeth Lesser shows how it is possible to deal with fearful change or a painful loss and be reborn, like the Phoenix, to a more vibrant and enlightened self. In Broken Open she shares penetrating tales from her own life, the lives of those she has taught and counselled and the lives of friends and family, tales that explore the big challenges of death, illness and divorce, as well as the daily roller coaster rides of relationships, parenting and work. Woven into these stories are quotations from great poets and philosophers. And following them is a toolbox of valuable aids, including meditation, psychological enquiry and spiritual practice. The result is a book that runs the gamut of the human experience, and in a style that is genuine, funny, often heartbreaking, but always inspiring, she shows us how we, too, can allow the pain of adversity to break us open instead of breaking us down, making us bitter or closing our hearts.
InBroken ParadiseCecilia Samartin offers heart wrenching insight into the tender balance between hope and grief that shapes the immigrant heart and exposes the struggles of everyday people amid political turmoil. Cuba, 1956: Cousins Nora and Alicia are accustomed to living among Havana's privileged class -- lavish dinners, days at the beach, dances, and dresses. Their idyllic lives take a turn for the worst after Castro's rise to power. Food becomes scarce, religion is forbidden, and disease is rampant. Alicia stays behind while Nora emigrates to the United States and struggles in an unfamiliar land. Both of their identities are challenged as they try to adapt to the changes forced upon them. The situation in Cuba deteriorates and Alicia is beset by bad fortune, while Nora painfully assimilates into middle-class U. S. culture. Her heart, however, remains in Cuba. Letters between the cousins track their lives until Alicia's situation becomes so difficult that Nora is forced to return and help. But what she finds in Cuba is like nothing she has ever imagined. Broken Paradiseis an extraordinarily powerful novel about passion, love, and the heart's yearning for home.
Summer is deadly in the mountain community of Mason County, Virginia. Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger and veterinarian Rachel Goddard are caught in a maelstrom of lies that stretch far into the past and suspicions that threaten the future. Cam and Meredith Taylor are murdered within hours of one another, and Rachel is dragged into the case because she heard ¨but didn't see¨ Cam's murder. The Taylors arrived in Mason County as volunteers in the 1960s War on Poverty, and they stayed on, making loyal friends and bitter enemies. The victims' daughter is Tom's former girlfriend, Leslie. She returns home to see justice done¨ and to win Tom back from Rachel. The prime suspect is newcomer Ben Hern, Rachel's childhood friend, and she is desperate to prove him innocent. Leslie pushes for Hern's arrest and launches a campaign of intimidation against Rachel. With the killer targeting Rachel and the community clamoring for an arrest, Tom and Rachel must decide who they can trust.
The Wagner Act of 1935 (later the Wagner-Taft-Hartley Act of 1947) was intended to democratize vast numbers of American workplaces. The federal government was to encourage worker organization and the substitution of collective bargaining for employers' unilateral determination of vital work-place matters.
Former ballerina Callie Carlisle is determined to rebuild her life with her new mechanical limbs. She's just learned to accept the enhancements that saved her from certain death when she experiences uncontrollable twinges and flashes of light that obscure her vision. Terrified of literally falling apart, she resists telling her husband. Jasper's already vowed to keep her out of harm, and she doesn't want to worry him further.When the War Office's General Black arrives with an urgent mission-rescue the doctor who created Callie's enhancements-she has no choice but to accept. A rogue agent and former patient of the scientist believes the biomechanical modifications he received are killing him, and he's out for revenge.Callie must reach the doctor before it's too late. But with an overprotective Jasper at her side, and her alarming symptoms getting more frequent, will she be able to hold herself together long enough to save the doctor...and herself?34,000 words
Billie and Steven are having a baby! But Steven's joy quickly turns to misery when Billie tells him that marriage is not the only option. Will this mean the end of Billie and Steven? Jessica is happy owning her own clothing business -- until her partner, Val, and her scheming ex-husband disappear with all the company's borrowed money. How will Jessica handle this one?
Kia and Ryushi have spent their childhood sheltered from the land beyond the mountains. They've had plenty of time to sharpen their combat skills -- and it's a good thing. All around them, forces are growing that will shatter their isolated existence and plunge them into a desperate conflict.
Kia and Ryushi are trapped in a realm beyond their comprehension. All they can rely on is their courage and trust in one another. As danger mounts they must stay strong, for in their young hands lies the fate of the world.
It's been one year since the Integration. Kia and Ryushi have banded together with the remaining members of Parakka to continue their struggle to return the world to what they once thought it was. Their fight is becoming increasingly difficult, especially now that they're in Kirin Taq, a land ruled by the cold and ruthless Princess Aurin. As revenge takes hold and anger boils over, Parakka's numbers are becoming increasingly smaller. If only there was somewhere they could turn for help...
Ryushi knows that what he is doing is wrong. But sometimes, revenge is worth the price of risking everything. Kia is at a crossroads: if she accepts the challenge at hand, she could find herself confronted by some very disturbing truths.
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