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The Braintree Institute saved Maddy Grant's life by implanting her with technology designed to correct her brain injury-and turn her into a killer.
West Virginia, 1924: Alma works in a hosiery mill where the percussive roar of machinery has far too long muffled the engine that is her heart. When Alma's husband decides that they should set out to find their fortune in Florida, Alma has little choice but to leave her three children and ailing mother behind. But when Alma is then abandoned at a Miami dock, she is suddenly forced to make her own way in the world. With the help of a gentle giantess and an opium-addicted prostitute, Alma reclaims her children from the orphanage and forges ahead with an altogether new sort of family. As an act of survival, she chooses to run a house of prostitution, a harvest that relies on lust and weakness in men, of which "the world has a generous, unending supply. "The Madam is the story of a house of sin. It is here where Alma's children will learn everything there is to know about love and loss, sex and betrayal." Based on the real life of the author's grandmother,The Madam is a tale of epic proportions, one that will haunt readers long after its stunning conclusion.
With Madam President, current cohost of The View and former White House Communications Director Nicolle Wallace returns with an electrifying portrait of three powerful women on a day that will change the country forever.Charlotte Kramer, the forty-fifth President of the United States, has done the unprecedented in allowing a network news team to document a day in her life--and that of her most senior staff. But while twenty news cameras are embedded with the president, the unthinkable happens: five major attacks are leveled on US soil. Her secretary of defense, Melanie, and her press secretary, Dale, must instantly jump to action in supporting the president and reassuring the country that the safety they treasure is in capable hands. But secrets have always thrived in President Kramer's White House. With all eyes on them and America's stability on the line, all three women are hiding personal and professional secrets that could rock the West Wing to its very foundations...and change the lives of the people they love most. With an insider's sharp eye and her trademark winning prose, Nicolle Wallace delivers a timely novel of domestic and political intrigue that is impossible to put down.
Fascinating autobiography of madeleine Albright, President Clinton's secretary of State
Much of a strange and tragic drama of revenge, lust, fear, and death has already been played by the time Charity Selborne arrives at a plush resort in the South of France. But by befriending a terrified boy and catching the attention of his enigmatic, possibly murderous father, Charity has inadvertently placed herself center stage.
From inside flap: Flaubert's devastatingly realized tale of a young woman destroyed by the reckless pursuit of her romantic dreams
Gustave Flaubert is arguably one of the greatest novelists of all time. His first novel, Madame Bovary, was published in 1856 and is considered a literary masterpiece by critics and scholars. His skillful wordsmithing combined with the scandal surrounding the novel launched it into notoriety. The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma, a tragic heroine who attempts to escape her boring provincial life by having multiple affairs and living beyond her means. Madame Bovary is a terrific example of Gustave Flaubert's determination and his execution of capturing the details of modern realism.
The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire . . . but who was this woman who became one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin. Smart and ambitious, Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, and even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, yet her greatest dream is to attract the attention of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI; their stamp of approval on her work could catapult her and her museum to the fame and riches she desires. After months of anticipation, Marie learns that the royal family is willing to come and see their likenesses. When they finally arrive, the king's sister is so impressed that she requests Marie's presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. It is a request Marie knows she cannot refuse--even if it means time awayfrom her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles. As Marie gets to know her pupil, Princesse Élisabeth, she also becomes acquainted with the king and queen, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she's ever seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table. Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafés across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there's whispered talk of revolution. . . . Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? And more important, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows? Spanning five years, from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.From the Hardcover edition.
A king and a madman in a dying world must join together, facing monsters and terrors to save what few mortals still remain, in the first book of the masterful Sea King Trilogy by one of fantasy fiction's most accomplished world builders Once there were towering cities filled with masses of people. But no longer. Now six dwindling tribes huddle between the plains and the sea. Once the woodlands teemed with all manner of creatures--until the terrible Devourers swooped down from the skies to feed on them. Now all is silent. Rad Korridun, king of the Seal Kindred tribe, seeks the answers that will save his people. To find them he must join with Dannoc, accused of foul murder and driven mad by the horrors he has witnessed but cannot remember. Kor and Dan are bonded together by a great and powerful magic, their minds and spirits and hearts united as one. On their journey they join with Tassida--the tribeless wanderer and warrior, beautiful and mysterious. But what awaits them beyond the mountains is a darkness that dwarfs all nightmares as destiny draws them ever closer to the source of the end to all things.
No heat. No bed. And a cow. . . ;hanging from the rafters? What kind of ranch is this? No wonder Madeline's brother only sent pictures of the stunning Nevada landscape. He couldn't very well have convinced his family he was happy in this godforsaken place. But the cold outside is more bearable than the frosty partner she's inherited along with half of the ranch. Ty Hopewell. Not exactly Mr. Social. Never mind. She has every right to be here. She may be a city girl, but Madeline Blaine has a PhD and she's not afraid to use it. Something about this place-and this cowboy-just doesn't feel right. And she's going to figure out what it is. And fix it. Fix him, too. . . ;if she can.
Oxytocin is a hormone that has been implicated in romantic and maternal love. As a producer of nature documentaries for television who participated in research on the neurobiology of social bonding, Olmert examines the evidence for oxytocin as also being the basis for the evolution of the human-animal bond. Her interesting, general audience treatment concludes by noting the facilitators and barriers modern society poses for this relationship. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
New York. . . the city that never sleeps, where sex is available anytime, anyplace. Its a city of hot desires and wild fantasies, exquisite pleasure and erotic seduction. And two women have come looking for it all. . . Sex For Sale A single mom of three, Carla is stuck in a suburban rut. Then she bumps into an old college friend who makes her an incredible proposition: become her partner as a very selective, high-priced prostitute. Shocked at first, Carla soon feels a thrill of excitement when she gets a glimpse of her new life. There are men who control and who like to be controlled, men who become aroused listening to the whisper of silk panties over the phone, and men who want to play with a womans naked body until shes a quivering mess of ecstasy. And she has the power to live out her most intimate fantasies and deepest desires. . . Sex To Savor For years Fran has been writing erotica under the pseudonym Nichole St. Michelle. Now that shes been nominated for the prestigious Madison Prize, Fran has a chance to go to New York and take a walk on the wild side--as Nicki. By day, Fran is dazzled by the citys lights and the beautiful, seductive men and women strutting by. By night, she becomes Nicki, a wanton creature, tasting, touching and exploring sex in every way imaginable. Its pure, unfettered ecstasy, and all Nicki wants is more. . .
Thrilling contemporary romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover an attempt has been made on her life. But who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? Before she can consider the question, she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep her friends--and themselves--alive. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this southern Gothic, racy thriller--a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa's fans and every YA reader will find its wild ride enthralling.rmined killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive Melissa Marr's racy thriller--a story of small-town oppression and salvation.
If you know anything at all about mixed martial arts and the UFC, then you know the name Matt Hughes. With devastating slams and ground-and-pound -- and nine championship belts to his credit -- Matt is the most dominant fighter in UFC history. Matt was raised with his twin brother on a family farm in small-town Hillsboro, Illinois. Behind the postcard-perfect fields of corn, beans, and wheat stood a home consumed by bankruptcy, tension, and interpersonal struggles, but Matt reacted to hard times by playing hard and working even harder. In high school and college Matt was an unstoppable wrestler, and he ended up a two-time Division I All-American. Whereas every year's top eight graduating college football players become instant millionaires, Matt got to stay on as assistant wrestling coach, doing electrical work on the side for fourteen dollars an hour. All of that changed the day he met legendary MMA manager Monte Cox, as well as Pat Miletich, a trainer who also happened to be the welterweight champion of the world. Rising through the ranks of the independent fighting circuit and the UFC, Matt saw things that fans could only catch glimpses of -- until now. For the first time, a major UFC superstar has decided to answer all the questions the fans have about him, the organization, and the sport. You'll learn which fighter almost sent Matt packing from mixed martial arts; why he refused to speak to his role model, Randy Couture; and what his relationship with UFC president Dana White is like. He reveals in which match he found himself praying to God for help, why he originally refused a shot at the world title, and what it's like training at the Miletich Fighting Camp. Matt describes working on TV's The Ultimate Fighter, what really happened to Tito Ortiz during the legendary brawl on the streets of London, just how personal his rivalry with Frank Trigg became, and what it was like to go up against the mythical Royce Gracie -- and destroy him. Matt discloses his most private thoughts and feelings during both his epic victories and his crushing losses. But when the gloves come off, there's Matt Hughes the man. He talks with unflinching honesty about his early hell-raising and his near-death experience, the moment he let God into his heart, falling in love with his wife, the birth of his daughter, and all the important events of his life -- and he shares personal photographs never before seen by the public. A Christian, a family man, and a fighter, Matt Hughes could only have been made in America.
ANew York TimesNotable Book A powerfully candid memoir about growing up white in Detroit and the conflicted point of view it produced. Raised in Detroit during the '70s, '80s, and '90s, Paul Clemens saw his family growing steadily isolated from its surroundings: white in a predominately black city, Catholic in an area where churches were closing at a rapid rate, and blue-collar in a steadily declining Rust Belt. As the city continued to collapse--from depopulation, indifference, and the racial antagonism between blacks and whites--Clemens turned to writing and literature as his lifeline, his way of dealing with his contempt for suburban escapees and his frustration with the city proper. Sparing no one--particularly not himself--this is an astonishing examination of race and class relations from a fresh perspective, one forged in a city both desperate and hopeful.
According to bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst, craving isn't a bad thing, but we must realize God created us to crave so we'd ultimately desire more of Him in our lives. Many of us have misplaced that craving, overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. For a woman struggling with unhealthy eating habits, Made to Crave will equip her to:* Break the 'I'll start again Monday cycle' and start feeling good about herself today* Stop beating herself up over the numbers on the scale and make peace with the body you've been given* Discover how weight loss struggles aren't a curse but, rather, a blessing in the making* Replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory* Eat healthy without feeling deprived* Reach a healthy weight goal while growing closer to God through the processMade to Crave session titles include:Session 1: From Deprivation to EmpowermentSession 2: From Desperation to DeterminationSession 3: From Guilt to PeaceSession 4: From Triggers to Truth Session 5: From Permissible to BeneficialSession 6: From Consumed to CourageousBonus Session: Moving the MountainThe Made to Crave Participant's Guide is designed for use with the Made to Crave DVD.
Making a billion dollars was something Max Sheridan could do with one hand tied behind his back. But learning which fork to use? When to open a door? Those were skills he needed in order to win a high-society wife. For that he needed Jessie Martinelli, etiquette coach to the nouveau riche. But lately, having the all-business beauty on his arm at cocktail parties and candlelight dinners had him confused. Did he really want to marry for social status and not for love? Then there was that stolen kiss that made him think he could teach this skittish Miss Manners a thing or two about passion....
What is that makes urban myths so persistent but many everyday truths so eminently forgettable? How do newspapers set about ensuring that their headlines make you want to read on? And why do we remember complicated stories but not complicated facts? In the course of over ten years of study, Chip and Dan Heath have established what it is that determines whether particular ideas or stories stick in our minds or not, and Made to Stick is the fascinating outcome of their painstaking research. Packed full of case histories and thought-provoking anecdotes, it shows, among other things, how one Australian scientist convinced the world he'd discovered the cause of stomach ulcers by drinking a glass filled with bacteria, how a gifted sports reporter got people to watch a football match by showing them the outside of the stadium, and how high-concept pitches such as 'Jaws on a spaceship' (Alien) and 'Die Hard on a bus' (Speed) convince movie executives to invest vast sums of money in a project on the basis of almost no information. Entertaining and informative by turns, this is a fascinating and multi-faceted account of a key area of human behavior. At the same time, by showing how we can all use such cleverly devised strategies as the 'Velcro Theory of Memory' and 'curiosity gaps', it offers superbly practical insights, setting out principles we all can adopt to make sure that we get our ideas across effectively.
From the safety of her living room, Arianna Day has been enjoying the sensual maneuvers of the man she's dubbed Sir Sex-a-Lot. Watching her neighbor has fueled more than one of her steamy fantasies, which makes him the perfect candidate to end her bout of celibacy. She's not looking for commitment--she just wants some of what he freely gives. Too bad seducing Noah Kellerman is more complicated than she thought. Oh, sure, the between-the-sheets--and the on-the-desk and the against-the-wall--action is everything she wants. But their physical closeness seems to have encouraged Noah to get close emotionally. Can Arianna give up being the next woman in his window to be the only woman in his life?
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