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An inspirational memoir tracing Lester Brown's life from a small-farm childhood to leadership as a global environmental activist. Lester R. Brown, whom the Washington Post praised as "one of the world's most influential thinkers," built his understanding of global environmental issues from the ground up. Brown spent his childhood working on the family's small farm. His entrepreneurial skills surfaced early. Even while excelling in school, he launched with his younger brother a tomato-growing operation that by 1958 was producing 1.5 million pounds of tomatoes. Later, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Brown emphasized the need for systemic thinking. In 1963 he did the first global food supply and demand projections to the end of the century. While on a brief assignment in India in 1965, he pieced together the clues that led him to sound the alarm on an impending famine there. His urgent warning to the U.S. and Indian governments set in motion the largest food rescue effort in history, helping to save millions of lives. This experience led India to adopt new agricultural practices, which he helped to shape. Brown went on to advise governments internationally and to found the Worldwatch and Earth Policy institutes, two major nonprofit environmental research organizations. Both brilliant and articulate, through his many books he has brought to the fore the interconnections among such issues as overpopulation, climate change, and water shortages and their effect on food security. His 1995 book, Who Will Feed China?, led to a broad restructuring of China's agricultural policy. Never one to focus only on the problem, Brown always proposes pragmatic, employable solutions to stave off the unfolding ecological crises that endanger our future.
When Sam's crush gives her a confidential lead, she has to decide whether it stays on the record or off. A school statue has been destroyed, and it's up to star reporter Sam Martone to figure out who's responsible. But then Sam's supercrush (and writing partner) Michael Lawrence admits he knows the culprit and it's his friend and it was an accident. Sam is shocked and stumped. Should she keep quiet or report the story?
Life Is Full Of Surprises Teresa "Toots" Amelia Loudenberry has her quirks, but no one--especially not her trusted friends Sophia, Ida, and Mavis--would ever question her loyalty. So it's no surprise when Toots decides to extend her stay in Charleston to help care for her ailing housekeeper. Though the Charleston air is drenched with azalea and honeysuckle, and there's always a pitcher of sweet tea close to hand, the ladies have little time for relaxing. Ida's new line of cosmetics is about to launch, and Toots, Mavis, and Sophia are relishing new careers as models. And Abby, Toots's daughter, is getting hitched. In the middle of so much change, Toots is almost too busy to notice her own unexpected romance. After eight husbands, she's sworn never to get involved again. But fate--and her friends--may have other plans. And every godmother, fairy or otherwise, loves a story that ends with happily-ever-after. . .Praise for Fern Michaels and The Godmothers Series"Whoever thought the 'golden years' were boring never met the Godmothers." --RT Reviews"Pure recession-proof fun." --Publishers Weekly
Breaking News: A Stunning and Memorable Account of Reporting from Some of the Most Dangerous Places in the Worldby Martin Fletcher
Martin Fletcher doesn't claim to be a hero. Yet he didn't flinch, either. During three decades covering wars, revolutions, and natural disasters, Fletcher worked his way from news agency cameraman to top network correspondent, facing down his own fears while facing up to mass killers, warlords, and murderers. With humor and elegance, Fletcher describes his growth from clueless adventurer to grizzled veteran of the world's battlefields. His working philosophy of "Get in, get close, get out, get a drink," put him repeatedly in harm's way, but he never lost sight of why he did it. In a world obsessed with celebrities, leaders, and wealth, Fletcher took a different route: he focused on those left behind, those paying the price. He answers the question: Why should we care? These extraordinary, real-life adventure stories each examine different dilemmas facing a foreign correspondent. Can you eat the food of a warlord, who stole it from the starving? Do you listen politely to a terrorist threatening to blow up your children? Do you ask the tough questions of a Khmer Rouge killer, knowing he is your only ticket out of the Cambodian jungle? And above all, how do you stay sane faced with so much pain?
In the vein of The Glass Castle, Breaking Night is the stunning memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard. Liz Murray was born to loving but drug-addicted parents in the Bronx. In school she was taunted for her dirty clothing and lice-infested hair, eventually skipping so many classes that she was put into a girls' home. At age fifteen, Liz found herself on the streets when her family finally unraveled. She learned to scrape by, foraging for food and riding subways all night to have a warm place to sleep. When Liz's mother died of AIDS, she decided to take control of her own destiny and go back to high school, often completing her assignments in the hallways and subway stations where she slept. Liz squeezed four years of high school into two, while homeless; won a New York Times scholarship; and made it into the Ivy League. Breaking Night is an unforgettable and beautifully written story of one young woman's indomitable spirit to survive and prevail, against all odds.
The stunning memoir of a young woman who at age 15 was living on the streets but survived to make it to Harvard.
What happens when you start falling for your worst enemy? Fans of Abbi Glines and Monica Murphy will relish this addictive novel of smoking-hot seduction--and revenge gone so wrong, it's right. I wasn't always this jaded. I had a clear head, things I wanted out of life, and a concise plan on how to get there. For being only twenty-one, I pretty much had it all figured out. Until the day my cousin died. I spent months going over all the details surrounding her death, trying to figure out how I missed the signs, and the only thing I could come up with was she would still be alive if it wasn't for one person: her professor. So I transferred to his college, enrolled in his class, and set my new plan in motion. First I'll seduce him. Then I'll ruin him. I've just got to stay strong and not let his charm and my emotions get the best of me. Because someone has to pay for her death. If it's the last thing I do, I'm going to break Noah.Praise for Breaking Noah "Breaking Noah is an engaging novel with all the heat, humor, and twists I've come to expect and love from these two authors."--New York Times bestselling author S. E. Hall"Who has two thumbs and is hot for teacher? This girl! Breaking Noah is a steamy, sexy must-read."--USA Today bestselling author MJ Fields"Ashley Suzanne and Missy Johnson have succeeded in weaving together an incredible story full of revenge, betrayal, heartbreak, and, ultimately, love. I can't wait to see what this duo writes next."--Nicole Jacquelyn, author of the Aces series"Breaking Noah captivated me from the very first page. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Noah and Zara's chemistry is so scorching hot that you can't help wishing for them to get their happily ever after."--D. Kelly, author of the Acceptance series"With healthy doses of heartbreak, angst, tenderness, and redemption, Breaking Noah is a different type of love story but will pull on your heartstrings and gut. Johnson and Suzanne spin an intricate web that will suck you in from the very beginning."--Rachel Blaufeld, author the Electric Tunnel Series and Redemption Lane "Seductive, sexy . . . The storyline was quite engaging and pulls you into the excitement of wanting to see how everything unfolds. The characters each bring something to the story that makes it more intricate and entertaining. . . . There are a couple of good twists and turns in the story that make the book a wonderful read."--Books Movies Fandoms "Sexy and fast paced . . . I would read more from these authors in the future, and I think that they make a great writing team."--Ramblings from This Chick "There is a fantastic epilogue, so hold out for the HEA!"--Books Need TLC "I loved Noah and Zara's story, and I can't wait to read more books by Ashley Suzanne and Missy Johnson."--Reading Past My Bedtime (five stars) "The story itself took twist and turns I didn't see coming, and that was what made this book so amazing. The way the story and plot unfold had me shaking my head and squeezing my eyes closed at times. I felt like I was moving throughout the story with the characters and could do nothing else but hold on for the journey."--Guilty Pleasures Book ReviewsIncludes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Ella and Micha series comes a powerful story of love, scars, and impossible choices . . . BREAKING NOVANova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?
Cooper shows that the greatest question facing postmodern states is how they should deal with a world in which missiles and terrorists ignore borders and where Cold War alliances no longer guarantee security.
A dazzling work of personal travelogue and cultural criticism that ranges from the primitive to the postmodern in a quest for the promise and meaning of the psychedelic experience. While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. From the iboga of the Bwiti in Gabon, to the Mazatecs of Mexico, these plants are sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness--to a ho...
Padma Desai grew up in the 1930s in the provincial world of Surat, India, where shehad a sheltered and strict upbringing in a traditional Gujarati Anavil Brahmin family. Her academicbrilliance won her a scholarship to Bombay University, where the first heady taste of freedom in thebig city led to tragic consequences -- seduction by a fellow student whom she was then compelled tomarry. In a failed attempt to end this disastrous first marriage, she converted toChristianity. A scholarship to America in 1955 launched her on her long journey toliberation from the burdens and constraints of her life in India. With a growing self-awareness andtransformation at many levels, she made a new life for herself, met and married the celebratedeconomist Jagdish Bhagwati, became a mother, and rose to academic eminence at Harvard andColumbia. How did she navigate the tumultuous road to assimilation in Americansociety and culture? And what did she retain of her Indian upbringing in the process? This brave andmoving memoir -- written with a novelist's skill at evoking personalities, places, and atmosphere,and a scholar's insights into culture and society, community, and family -- tells a compelling andthought-provoking human story that will resonate with readers everywhere.
Second in the darkly compelling, sexually-charged contemporary romance Surrender trilogy, in which two men vie for the mind, body, and heart of a woman who may never give in to their wishes#151;or her own#133; Evelyn #147;Scout" Keats has left behind her painful past of surviving on the streets, and is now living in the luxurious penthouse master suite of Hotel Patras with her lover, billionaire Lucian Patras. But what she doesn't know is the price Lucien paid for her freedom. To protect Scout's life, Lucian cut a deal with a dangerous man from her past, Parker Hughes. He swore to stay away from her for thirty days, even though he knows Parker will be fighting to keep them apart for good and take Scout as his own. Yet neither man realizes that Scout is not about to be used as a prize or a bargaining chip for any man's power play#151;and she falls back on her hard-earned self-respect and courage to show both men that the only person she truly needs is herself. But Lucian has other plans#133;
How do you gain influence for an idea?In Breaking Out, idea developer and adviser John Butman shows how the methods of today's most popular "idea entrepreneurs"-including dog psychologist Cesar Millan, French lifestyle guru Mireille Guiliano (French Women Don't Get Fat), TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, and many others-can help you take an idea public and build influence for it.It isn't easy. Butman argues that the rise of the "ideaplex" (TED, Twitter, NPR, YouTube, online learning, and all the rest) has caused such an explosion in the creation and sharing of ideas that it has become much easier to go public-yet much harder to gain influence. But it can be done.Based on his own experience in advising content experts worldwide, Butman shows how the idea entrepreneur breaks out-by combining personal narrative with rich content, creating many forms of expression (from books to live events), developing real-world practices, and creating "respiration" around the idea such that other people can breathe it in and make it their own. The resulting idea platform can reach many different audience groups and continue to build influence for many years and even decades.If you have an idea and want to make a difference in your organization, build a change movement in your community, or improve the world in some way-this book will get you started on the journey to idea entrepreneurship.
Cora Sledge is horrified when her children, who doubt her ability to take care of herself, plot to remove her from her home. So what if her house is a shambles? Who cares when she last changed her clothes? If an eighty-two-year-old widow wants to live on junk food, pills, and cigarettes, hasn't she earned the right? When her kids force her into The Palisades, an assisted living facility, Cora takes to her bed, planning to die as soon as possible. But life isn't finished with her yet, not by a long shot. Deciding that truth is the best revenge, Cora begins to write a tell-all journal that reveals once and for all the secret she has guarded since she was a young woman. In entries that are profane, profound, and gossipy, she chronicles her childhood in rural Missouri, her shotgun wedding, and the terrible event that changed the course of her life. Intermingled with her reminiscences is an account of the day-to-day dramas at The Palisades-her budding romance with a suave new resident, feuds with her tablemates, her rollicking camaraderie with the man who oversees her health care, and the sinister cloud of suspicion that descends as a series of petty crimes sets everyone on edge. The story builds to a powerful climax as Cora's revelations about her past mesh with the unraveling intrigue in the present. Cora is by turns outrageous, irreverent, and wickedly funny. Despite a life with more than its share of disappointment and struggle, she refuses to go gently into her twilight years, remaining intensely curious, disinclined to play it safe, and willing to start over. Breaking Out of Bedlamcaptures the loneliness and secrets that lurk within families, the hardscrabble reality facing women with limited resources, and the resilience of a woman who survives, despite all the odds, through an unlikely combination of passion, humor, and faith.
Although Trouble Comes, It Doesn't Have To Overcome! Some Christians seem to have the mistaken idea that just because they have been spiritually born again and translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13), they shouldn't have any more trouble in the world. Even though it's obvious that they've been troubled by trouble so long they don't think they'll ever get out of it, they put on an air of false cheerfulness. They exclaim, "Oh, since I've been born again, I haven't had any more trouble!" Well, just what kind of "born again" did they get? It couldn't have been the same one I got, because when I got born again, I was introduced to a smorgasbord of trouble. In fact, when I got born again, trouble jumped on me before I even got out to the church parking lot. Until I learned how to break out of my trouble and overcome it with the Word of God, I stayed in trouble. And from my experience as a pastor and teacher, I know that most Christians have just as much trouble with trouble as I did. However, we shouldn't be surprised that trouble continues to trouble us even after we're born again. Jesus told us that as long as we're in this world we would have trouble. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 In the world, Jesus said, you will have tribulation, or trouble. But in me you will have peace. Peace is security in the midst of trouble or turmoil. Where does peace come from? Jesus said that peace comes from the words I have spoken unto you. So peace#151;security in the midst of turmoil#151;comes from the Word. In the world you will have trouble, but in the Word you will have peace. Jesus and His Word are one. Therefore, He is saying here that although you live in the world, where trouble is, you can stay secure by staying in the Word. As a born - again child of God, you are still in this world physically, but you are not of the system of this world. That is, you do not operate or live your life according to the system of this world. You operate according to the system of the Word of God. We are charged by the Scriptures to live in the Word of God. Yes, we are still in the world where trouble is, but we can break out of trouble, because Jesus said I have overcome the world system. How did Jesus overcome the world system? With the Word. Now the good news is that if Jesus overcame trouble, you can overcome trouble. Although trouble comes, it doesn't have to overcome! As long as you are in this world, trouble will show up, but that doesn't mean you have to let it manifest itself in your life. You can learn to break out of your trouble so it won't be able to trouble you. Of course, learning how to break out of your trouble is not instantaneous or automatic. All the trouble in your life will not necessarily disappear the minute you finish reading this book. But if you are diligent to find out who you are in Christ, to study the Word, and to put down deep roots in it, and if you practice in your everyday life what I'm teaching you, the Word of God will bear fruit in your life. You will get results. When you learn to apply the Word to your trouble, trouble will have to flee. Then you will no longer be living in the world, where there is tribulation and defeat, but in the Word, where there is peace and victory.
"We may need to plant a bomb in Old Lady Zaller's classroom."<P>These simple words will change Paul Richmond's life forever. Paul is new to Gate, a school whose rich students make life miserable for anyone not like them. And Paul is definitely not like them. Then something incredible happens. Charlie Good, a star student and athlete, invites Paul to join his elite inner circle. All Charlie wants is a few things in return -- small things that Paul does willingly. And then, one day, Charlie wants something big. How far will Paul go to fit in?
In the year 2000, computers are the new superpowers. Those who control them control the world. To enforce the Net Laws, Congress creates the ultimate computer security agency within the FBI: the Net Force.Reeling from a shattered personal life, Net Force Commander Alex Michaels is informed that top secret information from a joint Air Force--Navy venture has been accessed and downloaded. The research involves an atmospheric weapon with the capability to drive half a country into madness using low frequency wave generation. Now the technology has fallen into the wrong hands--and testing has begun...
How far would you go to fit in?Paul is new to Gate, a school whose rich students make life miserable for anyone not like them. And Paul is definitely not like them. Then, something incredible happens. Charlie Good, a star student and athlete, invites Paul to join his elite inner circle. All Charlie wants is a few things in return--small things that Paul does willingly. Until one day Charlie wants something big--really big. Now Paul has to decide how far he'll go to be one of the gang. The electrifying follow-up to Alex Flinn's critically acclaimed debut novel, Breathing Underwater, Breaking Point is a tale of school violence that explores why and how a good kid can go 'bad'.
Past, present, and future collide to throw respected forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton's successful, secure life into devastating turmoil in this, the most poignant novel yet in the New York Times bestselling Body Farm mystery series"Bad guys lie. Bugs always tell you the truth."Dr. Bill Brockton--founder of the University of Tennessee's macabre Body Farm--is riding high, enjoying professional acclaim and personal contentment. While celebrating his thirtieth wedding anniversary with his loving wife, Kathleen, Brockton recalls how close he once came to losing Kathleen and their son at the hands of a sadistic serial killer named Satterfield. But that was long ago, and in the years since Satterfield's conviction, Brockton's family has grown to include a lovely daughter-in-law and two lively grandsons. His career has flourished, too, as the Body Farm's pioneering research--along with Brockton's forensic expertise--have brought him respect, renown, and high-profile cases.Now the FBI needs Brockton's help with his highest-profile case ever: identifying the remains of a pilot killed in a fiery plane crash outside San Diego. Are the charred bones indeed those of Richard Janus, a maverick humanitarian whose daring airlifts to international disaster sites made him a celebrity? And was the nighttime crash on a mountainside an accident, or was it suicide--or murder?But a storm is about to hit Brockton with cataclysmic force. First, he discovers he's landed in the middle of a nasty political battle involving warring feds, secret agendas, a ruthless drug kingpin, and a celebrity whose life was a labyrinth of secrets. Then Brockton's identification of the crash victim is called into question, as is the future of his research facility. Reeling from these shocking blows, he receives a gruesome threat from the killer who nearly murdered the Brocktons more than a decade before. But worse is to come: from his beloved Kathleen--his lodestone and his source of security--Brockton gets the most shocking news of all.Will the legendary Dr. Bill Brockton be able to weather the onslaught . . . or will it push him beyond his breaking point?
After his latest conviction for breaking and entering, Cameron is sent to an outdoor program for young offenders rather than a standard juvenile detention facility. There he meets Brianna, a girl who has been caught selling drugs at her school. They bond quickly, and she convinces Cameron to steal two sea kayaks and head off with her into the wilderness just as a hurricane is about to pound the coast.
Gabe and Renee Roman are on the edge -- relationally and spiritually. Both consider themselves followers of Christ. But after years of struggling in their marriage, their greatest test comes in the most unexpected of forms: a blizzard in the Oregon mountains. Their truck hurtles over the side of a mountain, and each encounters the realities of suffering, sacrifice, and service in Christ's name. It isn't until they surrender their last defenses that their surface understandings are torn away and all that's left is truth: only through obedience to God's call can they find true joy.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Uncommon valor in the line of duty and unconditional devotion in the name of love are the salient qualities of the daring men and women who risk it all in the heart-pounding thrillers of New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann. Crafted with precision and power, her characters come alive with a depth of emotion few writers have achieved. Now, with Breaking Point, Brockmann breaks even further through the pack and delivers a stunning payload.As commander of the nation's most elite FBI counterterrorism unit, agent Max Bhagat leads by hard-driving example: pushing himself to the limit and beyond, taking no excuses, and putting absolutely nothing ahead of his work. That includes his deep feelings for Gina Vitagliano, the woman who won his admiration and his heart with her courage under fire. But when the shocking news reaches him that Gina has been killed in a terrorist bombing, nothing can keep Max from making a full investigation-and retribution-his top priority.At the scene of the attack, however, Max gets an even bigger shock. Gina is still very much alive-but facing a fate even worse than death. Along with Molly Anderson, a fellow overseas relief worker, Gina has fallen into the hands of a killer who is bent on using both women to bait a deadly trap. His quarry? Grady Morant, a.k.a "Jones," a notorious ex-Special Forces operative turned smuggler who made some very deadly enemies in the jungles of Southeast Asia . . . and has been running ever since. But with Molly's life on the line, Jones is willing to forfeit his own to save the woman he loves. Together with Max's top agent Jules Cassidy as their only backup, the unlikely allies plunge into a global hot zone of violence and corruption to make a deal with the devil. Not even Jones knows which ghosts from his past want him dead. But there's one thing he's sure of-there's very little his bloodthirsty enemies aren't willing to do.Count on the intense action and raw honesty that Suzanne Brockmann consistently delivers, as she goes for broke in Breaking Point-and never looks back.From the Hardcover edition.