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Blues People: Negro Music in White America

by Amiri Baraka Leroi Jones

"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.

The Blues Scales - Eb Version

by Sher Music Dan Greenblatt

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.

The Blues Singers: Ten Who Rocked the World

by Julius Lester

The blues. It's that low-down feeling that makes you ache from your soul to the soles of your shoes. Here in the voice of a grandfather passing on a legacy to a younger generation, renowned author Julius Lester introduces ten of the hottest black blues singers of our time. The diva Aretha Franklin, the legendary Billie Holiday, and the fabulous B.B. King are just a taste of what's in store.

Bluetick Revenge

by Mark Cohen

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

Bluets

by Maggie Nelson

Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . .A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.Maggie Nelson is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007). She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.

Bluff City

by David Robbins

Bluff City is a prosperous silver-mining town-and a place of opportunity for those willing to exploit its hard-working citizens. Harve Barker is the wealthiest man in the territory, offering irresistible vices to anyone willing and able to afford them. Outlaw Jesse Stark has grown fond of the town's surrounding mining camps, leading a gang of desperadoes on a violent spree of robberies-and staying one step ahead of the law at all times. Between the megalomaniacal entrepreneur and the brutal bandit stands the enigmatic Clay Adams. And he has a score to settle with both of them. .

Bluish

by Virginia Hamilton

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.

Bluish

by Virginia Hamilton

All of the kids at school stay away from "Bluish," but when Dreenie and Tuli learn to see beyond her differences, they discover a true friend Ten-year-old Natalie is different from the other kids at her New York City magnet school: She is often absent, wears a knit cap, and uses a wheelchair. Her classmates have nicknamed her "Bluish" because her pale skin is tinted blue from chemotherapy. Dreenie is fascinated by and a bit frightened of Bluish--she watches her from afar and writes about her in her journal. As the school year progresses, Dreenie and her friend Tuli learn to see beyond Bluish's differences and discover a fiercely independent, spirited girl who isn't so different from them after all. But it's not easy being friends with someone who's sick, and Dreenie doesn't always know how to act. Hamilton delivers a lesson of compassion and demonstrates the power of friendship to overcome even the most trying of situations.

Blunt Darts

by Jeremiah Healy

Cuddy looks for a brilliant missing boy whose family doesn't want him foundJohn Cuddy's heart is buried in a cemetery overlooking Boston harbor. His wife, Beth, fought her cancer for nearly a year, and when she died Cuddy gave up his morning runs in favor of nightly benders. Two months after her death, he is forced out of his job as an insurance investigator for refusing to sign his name to a phony claim. Now he is filing for unemployment, cutting back on his drinking, and attempting to become a private eye. His first real case comes in the form of Valerie Jacobs, a junior high teacher who was friends with Beth. Her star pupil, the son of a Massachusetts judge, has vanished, and the local police have no leads. To make his name as a detective, Cuddy searches for a boy who's too smart to be found, and whose father would prefer his son never return.

Blur: A Graphic Reality Check for Teens Dealing with Self-image

by Marcus Brotherton Mary Margaret Brotherton

The Real Deal Life is tough. You've got questions. You've got choices and the results are yours to live with. So go ahead-do a little investigating and discover the answers for yourself. The graphically captivating books in the FlipSwitch series are the real deal. They unashamedly tackle pressing issues that you face every day. After pinpointing God's solution, they offer practical steps that will help you take your life in the right direction without a doubt.

Blurred

by Tara Fuller

Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Heaven's beautiful reaper, Anaya, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn't like the others. She's dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire, she recognized part of Cash's soul-and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash's soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker, a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don't belong, can Cash make it out alive?

Blurred

by Kim Karr

The story before the love story.... When he lost the only woman he'd ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for. Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door...then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her. Now, despite having returned to win her back, he's still alone. She's with someone else--someone she's never going to leave. Resigned to a future without his former girlfriend, Ben numbs his broken heart in a haze of liquor and women. But then the only woman who ever even turned his head while he was with his girl reappears unexpectedly. And he's never forgotten their one incredible night together. But will Ben's destructive behavior destroy his future with her before it even begins? Includes a preview of Kim Karr's Connections novel, Frayed. Praise for the Connections Series "Incredibly emotional, romantic, sexy, and addictive."--Samantha Young, New York Times bestselling author of Fall from India Place "Emotional, unpredictable, and downright hot."--K. A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths "I was riveted from the first line and couldn't put it down until the last word was read."--New York Times bestselling author A. L. Jackson Kim Karr is the New York Times bestselling author of the popular Connections series, including Connected, Torn, Mended, and Frayed. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She's always had a love for books and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions--writing.

Blurred Borders

by Jorge Duany

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: It's a God Thing!

by Nancy Rue

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.

Blu's Hanging

by Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Three children in Hawaii try to hold their family together after the death of their mother.

Blush

by Cherry Adair

In the same pulse-pounding style as Maya Banks and Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair delivers a sizzling erotic romance about a sexy billionaire who's on the run--and the hit-man-turned-handyman who's supposed to kill her.Sex with a stranger. Learn to drive. Learn to cook. Learn to pole dance. Sex under the stars. Buy a truck. These are just a few of the things on Amelia Wentworth's bucket list, but as the CEO and face of a multi-billion-dollar cosmetic empire, she's never quite found the time to do them. Until, after a series of accidents, Amelia discovers that someone wants her dead. But who? And why? She has no time for questions as she changes her name to Mia, buys a secluded fixer-upper near the Louisiana bayou where no one will recognize her, and starts checking things off her bucket list like there's no tomorrow--which there might not be. Meanwhile, Cruz Barcelona is a hit man who's promised himself this will be his last job. Then he'll take the money and move to a warm, sunny place where he doesn't have to hide anymore. But when Cruz goes undercover to Mia's ramshackle house, he starts to realize there's far more to this poor-little-rich-girl than he thought--and he starts to fall for her. Which is going to make his job a whole lot harder...

Blush

by Lauren Jameson

From the author of Surrender to Temptation comes a provocative story of overwhelming passion set free with one exquisite touch.... Madeline Stone is determined to heal from her tragic past, one difficult step at a time...and she doesn't need any distractions. Then she meets a mysterious and captivating stranger--and over a glass of outrageously expensive wine, her world turns upside down. Try as she might to banish the wealthy business mogul from her thoughts, Madeline can't fight Alex's staggering appeal or his enticing offer of intimate discovery. Alex doesn't date--at least, not in the traditional sense. Still, he wants Madeline...and his sexual intensity provides her with a much-needed escape. They embark on a tumultuous erotic affair, one that takes them to the pinnacle of obsession and desire. But underneath each explosive encounter lie dangerous secrets waiting to consume them both....

Blush

by Opal Carew

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?

A Blush With Death (Bath and Body Mystery #2)

by India Ink

In Gull Harbor, Washington, the local bath and body store-Venus Envy -takes care of all the town's beauty needs, from custom-blended oils to relaxing spa services. And behind the counter sits Persia Vanderbilt, the niece of the proprietor, who has a nose for mixing scents- and a mind for solving murder... There's a new makeover maven in town, and she spells big trouble for everyone at Venus Envy. Bebe Wilcox has just unveiled her own boutique, and she won't stop until her shop has put everyone else out of business. Nothing is out of bounds, from stealing fragrance recipes to computer hacking and sabotaging supplies. But when one of Bebe's pushy saleswomen ends up dead, the stakes become much more dangerous. Staging a public falling out with her Auntie, Persia gets hired at Bebe's Boutique and begins snooping for evidence of wrongdoing. But can she find the goods before the killer decides to find her?

The Blythes Are Quoted

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Adultery, illegitimacy, misogyny, revenge, murder, despair, bitterness, hatred, and death--usually not the first terms associated with L.M. Montgomery. But in The Blythes Are Quoted, completed shortly before her death and never before published in its entirety, Montgomery brought these topics to the forefront in what she intended to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring her beloved heroine Anne. Divided into two sections, one set before and one after the Great War of 1914--1918, The Blythes Are Quoted contains fifteen episodes that include an adult Anne and her family. Binding these short stories, Montgomery inserted sketches featuring Anne and Gilbert Blythe discussing poems by Anne and their middle son, Walter, who dies as a soldier in the war. By blending poetry, prose, and dialogue, Montgomery was experimenting with storytelling methods in ways she had never before attempted. The Blythes Are Quoted marks the final word of a writer whose work continues to fascinate readers all over the world.

Blythewood

by Carol Goodman

Welcome to Blythewood. At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she's on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York's mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended--and was expelled from. Though she's afraid her high society classmates won't accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family's murky past, discover the identity of the father she's never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother's abrupt suicide. She's also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn't sure if she's losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes. Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.

Bo and Mzzz Mad

by Sid Fleischman

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!

Boa Constrictor Manual

by Jeff Ronne Philippe De Vosjoli Roger Klingenberg

Still the most popular large snake in the pet world, the boa constrictor of South America is a hardy, beautiful snake that is fairly docile and considered safe when handled properly. In The Boa Constrictor Manual, world-renowned herp expert Philippe de Vosjoli has written a concise and useful guide, well illustrated with color photographs, that offers all of the information a boa keeper needs to maintain a pet snake safely and in the best of health. This Advanced Vivarium Systems title includes information about selecting and purchasing a healthy boa constrictor, proper housing and maintenance needs, feeding, and safe handling. Dr. Roger Klingenberg, a herp veterinary specialist, has written a special health chapter on diseases and disorders, with particular emphasis on the dreaded boa AIDS (inclusion body disease or IBD) as well as parasitism, respiratory disease, and more. The chapter concludes with a six-page chart on troubleshooting health concerns, which all boa constrictor keepers will find useful for general upkeep and recognizing and dealing with serious issues. Beyond the husbandry and health of boa constrictors, this book offers an excellent chapter by Jeff Ronne on breeding Colombia boa constrictors, beginning with the size and health of breeding and animals and the female's cycling to the birth and care of newborns. Resources and index included.

Boadicea Bundle

by Traci E. Hall

In Love's Magic, Celestia Montehue is the misfit in a family of flame-haired goddesses descended from notorious Queen Boadicea. Her only family likeness is her magical healing ability. An arranged marriage with Nicholas Le Blanc, who is haunted with the guilt of unspeakable actions on crusade, does not bode happiness for the two. Celestia begins to fall in love with him, but her new home, a broken-down keep, is haunted by the ghost of Nicholas' suicidal mother. A maid is murdered, a curse is revealed, and the couple must discover if there is healing in love's magic. In Beauty's Curse, the beautiful, hallowed, and adored Galiana Montehue injures Lord Rourke Wallis, rendering him blind, unable to see the beauty she curses with vehemence. As she nurses the knight to health, she experiences a man's sincere affection and integrity, and Rourke discovers a depth of fervor he cannot deny. Yet he must complete his mission to recover the stolen magical Breath of Merlin. Together, the passionate couple must unlock the secret to this dangerous, mystical gem or face a future without the love they so recently discovered. In Boadicea's Legacy, Ela Montahue is a talented sorceress with the ability to heal. However, she must wed for love or forfeit her supernatural power. For her family's sake, she should marry Lord Thomas de Havel. When Ela refuses, Thomas de Havel abducts her and wages battle against her father in retaliation. Only Osbert Edyvean, a knight with the highest creed, can save her and preserve her gift.

Boadicea's Legacy

by Traci E Hall

Ela Montahue is a talented sorceress with the ability to heal, but distressed over a complicated ancestral legacy. Long ago, a mystical woman known as Boadicea, the famed queen of the Iceni tribe, issued a difficult decree. As her descendant, Ela must wed for love, not practicality, or she will forfeit her supernatural power. In medieval England this is not a socially acceptable order to follow. For her family's sake, she should marry Lord Thomas de Havel, a vile landholder with a cruel streak and a desire to see slavery reinstated-a man with good connections to King John's court. This arrangement would put the Montehues in a safe position in the new regime. The stakes are high-her dignity, her pride, and possibly her life in childbirth. When Ela refuses this repulsive marital transaction, Thomas de Havel abducts her and wages battle against her father in retaliation. Only Osbert Edyvean, a knight with the highest creed-honor, faith, and logic-can save her and preserve her gift. A businessman for the Earl of Norfolk, Osbert has been paid to find Boadicea's spear. Rather than bring back this obscure artifact, he rescues Ela, intending to take her to the earl and obtain his parcel of land. Wary of the supernatural aura surrounding this woman, the admirable knight fights his overwhelming passion for a beautiful lady he wants to protect . . . and love. This is Boadicea's true legacy. - See more at: http://medallionmediagroup.com/books/boadiceas-legacy/#sthash.wNqL4FUL.dpuf

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