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Tom Atkins was out of work. So when the Norden brothers rode into his camp one night and offered him a job, he figured he might as well accept. The Norden boys were nice enough, and they had just bought a small ranch nearby. All things considered, Atkins could do worse. But gradually, as time went by, Atkins began to notice things. Small things, but troubling. Some of the folks in town didn't seem too friendly to anyone from the Norden ranch. And some of their neighbors, like Orvus Fey from the large Argentine Ranch, were downright rude and insulting. Small things have a tendency to become big things, though, and it wasn't long before Tom Atkins realized exactly what he got himself into when he hired on to work for the Norden boys.
When a record executive arrives at Camp Rock, Tess is determined to outshine everyone and land the recording deal of a lifetime. The only problem? The record executive isn't at camp for the singing, he´s there for the food! Now Tess will have to get help from the unlikeliest of people--Mitchie.
For the Record: A Documentary History of America, Volume 2, From Reconstruction through Contemporary Times (3rd edition)by David Emory Shi Holly A. Mayer
Meant to be a supplement to American history textbooks, this collection of primary sources is the first in a set of two volumes covering first contact through the Reconstruction. Shi (history, Furman U.) and Mayer (history, Duquesne U.) compile about 140 documents from political, social, and cultural sources such as eyewitness accounts, public documents, and contemporary literature. Examples are The Federalist Papers, Walden, and presidential addresses. Documents are presented in substantial portions or in their entirety and are introduced by historical background in each chapter. This edition includes new photo essays on the Civil War and Americans' fascination with the changing landscape as they moved West.
Elena Weaver was a surprise to anyone meeting her for the first time. In her clingy dresses and dangling earrings she exuded a sexuality at odds with the innocence projected by the unicorn posters on her walls. While her embittered mother fretted about her welfare from her home in London, in Cambridge--where Elena was a student at St. Stephen's College--her father and his second wife each had their own very different image of the girl. As for Elena, she lived a life of casual and intense physical and emotional relationships, with scores to settle and goals to achieve--until someone, lying in wait along the route she ran every morning, bludgeoned her to death. Unwilling to turn the killing over to the local police, the university calls in New Scotland Yard. Thus, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, enter the rarefied world of Cambridge University, where academic gowns often hide murderous intentions. For both officers, the true identity of Elena Weaver proves elusive. Each relationship the girl left behind casts new light both on Elena and on those people who appeared to know her best--from an unsavory Swedish-born Shakespearean professor to the brooding head of the Deaf Students Union. What's more, Elena's father, a Cambridge professor under consideration for a prestigious post, is a man with his own dark secrets. While his past sins make him neurotically dedicated to Elena and blind to her blacker side, present demons drive him toward betrayal. From the Paperback edition.
The scorching-hot New Year's Eve romp Mia Parker spent with a sexy stranger was reckless, amazing...andneverto be repeated. So how did she come to agree to marry him three years later?Vineyard owner Benedict del Castillo had visited the lush Parker Retreat in New Zealand to escape the media and recover from an injury. He didn't expect to see the long-ago one-night stand he'd never forgotten. Nor did he expect to pick up where they'd left off. Until he saw the little boy who called Mia "Mommy"...
A RISKY REUNIONWhen her doorbell rang, a pregnant Liz Chase's heart raced at the sight of her handsome-and until now incarcerated-husband, Alex, standing on the porch. For six months Liz had tried to understand why Alex had murdered her uncle, and why he refused to discuss that fateful night. Then she learned that he'd confessed because he thought she was the guilty party-and Liz didn't know whether to be flattered or furious. But with a killer still on the loose and Alex's freedom on the line, Liz had to help clear her husband's name...all for the sake of their baby.
Most people dream of winning the lottery...Rebecca Warwick dreams of health care. A clinic for her small community in the Blue Ridge Mountains that is fully funded and fully staffed. Though she never thought "staff" would include Hollywood's Dr. Wonderful, Matt Tyler.Matt is everything Rebecca isn't-stylish, smooth-talking and wealthy. He belongs in Warwick Mountain about as much as the schoolteacher belongs on Rodeo Drive. Yet the residents of Rebecca's village desperately need his expertise, and for the sake of Warwick Mountain, she opens her home to the handsome doctor. But as she welcomes him into her home, she wonders if she can keep him from entering her heart...and taking it with him when he leaves.
Rosalie Winters is a challenge. Beautiful and aloof, she doesn't play the games of flirtation and seduction that Sheikh Arik Kareem Ben Hassan expects from women. She intrigues him with her lack of sophistication and guile. Arik realizes he must move slowly to gain her trust. Rosalie is quiet, even withdrawn, as though something has changed her. But Arik also knows that once she's at his command Rosalie will welcome the loving that only he can give her. . . .
A suspenseful, emotionally charged real-life Sopranos: The son of New York's most notorious Mafia killer reveals the conflicted life he led being raised by a cold-blooded murderer, who was also a devoted family man, and the wrenching legacy of Mafia family life. Al DeMeo will never forget the day in 1992 when a coworker, a fellow trader at the New York Stock Exchange, taunted him with a copy of the hot new book Murder Machine, chronicling the horrific criminal life of DeMeo's father, Roy, the head of the most deadly gang in organized crime. The moment sent DeMeo into a psychological tailspin: How could he have spent his life looking up to, and loving, a vicious killer? For the Sins of My Father recounts the chilling rise and fall of the man who led the Gambino family's most fearsome killers and thieves, through the eyes of a son who had never known any other kind of life. Coming of age in an opulent Long Island house where money is abundant but its source is unclear, Al becomes Roy's confidant, sent to call in loans at age fourteen and gradually coming to understand his father's job description--loan shark, car thief, porn purveyor and, above all, murderer. But when Al is seventeen, Roy's body is found in the trunk of a car, a gangland slaying that places Al between federal prosecutors seeking his testimony and a mob crew determined to keep him quiet. Desperate to abide by the father-son bond, but equally determined to escape his father's dangerous and doomed life, Al Demeo embarks on a courageous quest for the truth, reconciliation, and honor. With the implacable narrative drive of a thriller and the power of a painfully honest memoir, For the Sins of My Father presents a startling and unprecedented perspective on the underworld of organized crime, exposing for the first time the cruel legacy of a Mafia life.
Frederick Brown, cultural historian, author of acclaimed biographies of Émile Zola ("Magnificent"--TheNew Yorker) and Flaubert ("Splendid . . . Intellectually nuanced, exquisitely written"--The New Republic) now gives us an ambitious, far-reaching book--a perfect joining of subject and writer: a portrait of fin-de-siècle France. He writes about the forces that led up to the twilight years of the nineteenth century when France, defeated by Prussia in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, was forced to cede the border states of Alsace and Lorraine, and of the resulting civil war, waged without restraint, that toppled Napoléon III, crushed the Paris Commune, and provoked a dangerous nationalism that gripped the Republic. The author describes how postwar France, a nation splintered in the face of humiliation by the foreigner--Prussia--dissolved into two cultural factions: moderates, proponents of a secular state ("Clericalism, there is the enemy!"), and reactionaries, who saw their ideal nation--militant, Catholic, royalist--embodied by Joan of Arc, with their message, that France had suffered its defeat in 1871 for having betrayed its true faith. A bitter debate took hold of the heart and soul of the country, framed by the vision of "science" and "technological advancement" versus "supernatural intervention. " Brown shows us how Paris's most iconic monuments that rose up during those years bear witness to the passionate decades-long quarrel. At one end of Paris was Gustave Eiffel's tower, built in iron and more than a thousand feet tall, the beacon of a forward-looking nation; at Paris' other end, at the highest point in the city, the basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, atonement for the country's sins and moral laxity whose punishment was France's defeat in the war . . . Brown makes clear that the Dreyfus Affair--the cannonade of the 1890s--can only be understood in light of these converging forces. "The Affair" shaped the character of public debate and informed private life. At stake was the fate of a Republic born during the Franco-Prussian War and reared against bitter opposition. The losses that abounded during this time--the financial loss suffered by thousands in the crash of the Union Génerale, a bank founded in 1875 to promote Catholic interests with Catholic capital outside the Rothschilds' sphere of influence, along with the failure of the Panama Canal Company--spurred the partisan press, which blamed both disasters on Jewry. The author writes how the roiling conflicts that began thirty years before Dreyfus did not end with his exoneration in 1900. Instead they became the festering point that led to France's surrender to Hitler's armies in 1940, when the Third Republic fell and the Vichy government replaced it, with Marshal Pétain heralded as the latest incarnation of Joan of Arc, France's savior . . .
It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were intellectuals--too smart, they believed, for the police to catch them. When they were apprehended, state's attorney Robert Crowe was certain that no defense could save the ruthless killers from the gallows. But the families of the confessed murderers hired Clarence Darrow, entrusting the lives of their sons to the most famous lawyer in America in what would be one of the most sensational criminal trials in the history of American justice. Set against the backdrop of the 1920s--a time of prosperity, self-indulgence, and hedonistic excess in a lawless city on the brink of anarchy--For the Thrill of It draws the reader into a world of speakeasies and flappers, of gangsters and gin parties, with a spellbinding narrative of Jazz Age murder and mystery.
National Bestseller "Beautifully written and delightfully strange--. As earthy as it is sublime,For the Time Beingis, in the truest sense, an eye- opener. "--Daily News From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofPilgrim at Tinker Creekand one of the most compelling writers of our time, comesFor the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date. With her keen eye, penchant for paradox, and yearning for truth, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life's smallest--and often darkest--corners. Why do we exist? Where did we come from? How can one person matter? Dillard searches for answers in a powerful array of images: pictures of bird-headed dwarfs in the standard reference of human birth defects; ten thousand terra-cotta figures fashioned for a Chinese emperor in place of the human court that might have followed him into death; the paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin crossing the Gobi Desert; the dizzying variety of clouds. Vivid, eloquent, haunting,For the Time Beingevokes no less than the terrifying grandeur of all that remains tantalizingly and troublingly beyond our understanding. "Stimulating, humbling, original--. [Dillard] illuminate[s] the human perspective of the world, past, present and future, and the individual's relatively inconsequential but ever so unique place in it. "--Rocky Mountain News
Meg Talbot and her husband Eddie adopted a baby boy two years ago from Tiny Blessings. But Eddie's constant womanizing and infidelity ends the marriage and Meg becomes a single mother, balancing being a mother to Luke and an advertising executive. She used to be a woman of strong faith, but her husband's cheating year after year broke her spirit. She'd prayed so hard to make her marriage work and yet God had not heard her. She has turned her back on Him. Jared Kierney's wife, Vanessa, died from a brain anneurysm soon after they adopted baby Chance two years ago from Tiny Blessings. His faith in God got him through the tragedy and has made him a loving father. When Jared and Meg meet at Tiny Blessings' 35th Anniversary party, they make a shocking discovery. Not only has it been two years since they last saw each other (at their ten-year high school reunion), and their mutual attraction/dislike for each other hasn't diminished, but their sons are identical! Really identical! It becomes painfully obvious that the boys were twins separated at birth. Neither Jared nor Meg wants to give up their child, so they agree to marry so that the twins can grow up as the brothers, in one household. But can they learn to move beyond their pasts and regain their faith in God and love?
A provocative and exhilarating tale of teen rebellion against global corporations from the New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother, a a call to arms for a new generation. Not far in the future, in the twenty-first century, it's not just capital that's globalized: labour is too. Workers in special economic zones are trapped in lives of poverty with no trade unions to represent their rights. But a group of teenagers from across the world are set to fight this injustice using the most surprising of tools - their online video games. In Industrial South China Matthew and his friends labour day and night as gold-farmers, amassing virtual wealth that's sold on to rich Western players, while in the slums of Mumbai 'General Robotwallah Mala Marshalls and her team of online thugs on behalf of the local gang-boss, who in turn works for the game-owners. They're all being exploited, as their friend Wei-Dong, all the way over in LA, knows, but can do little about. Until they begin to realize that their similarities outweigh their differences, and agree to work together to claim their rights to fair working conditions. Under the noses of the ruling elites in China and the rest of Asia, they fight their bosses, the owners of the games and rich speculators, outsmarting them all with their unbeatable gaming skills. But soon the battle will spill over from the virtual world to the real one, leaving Mala, Matthew and even Wei-Dong fighting not just for their rights, but for their lives.
This book helps to answer three significant questions: 1. Have you discovered the reason why you were born? 2. Have you determined your motivation for living? and 3. Have you decided what you would be prepared to die for?
Meg's family is reunited on the prairie. Their new life is soon jeopardized by not only the struggle against slavery and those who would have Kansas be a slave state, but also a devastating fire that threatens to destroy their home.
The Confederacy of Sentient Beings is threatened by the bug-like Ramanthians' development of faster than light communications. The Legion is sent to Savas to capture the device.
Isn't there some sort of limit on thrills? Clay Granger thrived on life in the fast lane. He wasn't afraid to take on his friend Izzy's "problem." Besides, a temporary wife was just what he needed; matchmakers were making his life miserable. Izzy Fabrioni was pregnant and alone, except for her best friend, Clay, who just happened to be the most eligible bachelor in the world. The most eligible and the riskiest. He'd do anything just for the thrill of it--including marrying her! The roller-coaster ride begins...
For Want of a Nail is an alternate history classic. The outcome of one battle in the American Revolution diverges from reality, and sparks an unstoppable chain of events which affects the history of the whole North American continent.
Whodoesn'twant to think and talk about guys? You've got lots to think about when it comes to the guys in your life-or the guy you hope will one day be part of your life. This companion journal to the best-selling bookFor Young Women Onlyis the perfect place to jot down your hopes, affirm your commitments, and think through how to apply your newfound insights in your encounters with the opposite sex. In sections that parallel the chapters ofFor Young Women Only,you'll discover journal pages that include questions for thought, new and eye-opening comments straight from teenage guys, and places to record your prayers-along with God's answers. You'll also find places to share your questions and discoveries in a small group or with a few trusted friends. With lots of room to write what's on your heart, you'll be able to think more deeply on what you've learned about how teenage guys think, and you'll gain confidence in the truth that you have all you need to grow into the woman God created you to be.
More for Women Only! What's going on in a man's mind? You don't have to scratch your head any longer. After Shaunti Feldhahn'sFor Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Menbroached the subject, women everywhere responded with an overwhelming desire to dig deeper. Now this all-new discussion guide will help you and your friends explore the complex terrain beneath a man's confident exterior. Personal stories, fascinating case studies, and pointed questions will launch the conversations you need to open your eyes to what the man in your life-a boyfriend, brother, husband, or son-is really thinking and feeling. Men want to be understood, but they're afraid to "freak out" the women they love by confessing what is happening inside their heads. For women who really do want to understand, this group or one-on-one discussion guide is a must for helping you apply all those "ah ha" revelations to your relationships with the men in your life! More for Women Only Readers of the bestsellingFor Women Onlyexperienced many eye-opening, "I didn't know that!" moments as they discovered the fascinating truth about the inner lives of men. But after turning the last page, many have wondered, "Sohellip;what do Idowith this information?" This newly expanded study guide will help you answer that question. Discussion questions, personal stories, and situational case studies will equip you to apply truths from the book to the relationships in your life. Additional content includes: Feedback fromFor Women Onlyreaders Space to pen your thoughts after each chapter Quotes to remember Tips for starting your own discussion group Ideal for book clubs, small groups, or one-on-one dialogue with the man in your life, this is an invaluable resource and companion to the acclaimed book. Story Behind the Book About five minutes after For Women Only hit the shelves, women started talking about it in small groups, book clubs, and coffee houses-and with their men. And about five days after that, Shaunti started getting e-mails saying, "We could really use something to help us work through these subjects. " For Women Only has opened the eyes of women to things they never understood about men before. Now, the For Women Only Discussion Guide will help them talk through and apply those truths to their lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.
So that's what she means! So that's what he's thinking! · Discover surprising little things that have big impact in any relationship. · See what the latest research reveals about differences between men and women.· Master what is most important to the most important person in your life. Whether married or single, with a group or on your own, this all-in-one participant's guide offers you eye-opening insights and practical tips for understanding the opposite sex. Use this participant's guide as a companion with any, or all of, the following: · For Women Only (book and/or DVD study), · For Men Only (book and/or DVD study), and · For Couples Only (using both For Men Only and For Women Only books and/or the For Couples Only DVD) For years, men and women have seen great life change as they used these groundbreaking books in small groups, Bible studies, Sunday school classes, and premarital or marriage counseling. Now this participant's guide makes the content even more illuminating. Get ready to know "the other half" in a whole new way!
Do You Know the Unwritten Rules of the Workplace? As a veteran of Wall Street and Capitol Hill, Shaunti Feldhahn knows that even the most experienced Christian businesswoman can inadvertently sabotage her career simply because she doesn't know how her male supervisors, colleagues, and employees think. For Women Only in the Workplace gives you startling insights into the expectations and perceptions of men at work. Whether you work in a corporate setting, a small business, or a ministry, you'll find Shaunti's research invaluable as you discover: · What you need to know about a man's hidden insecurity· What "it's not personal, it's just business" actually means to men· How men view emotion in the workplace--and what they consider to be emotion· How what you wear can significantly hinder your effectiveness at work· The secrets to being strong and competent--without being viewed as difficult Based on eight years of intense research, extensive interviews, and national surveys of more than 3,000 men--from CEOs to assistants, from factory workers to lawyers--For Women Only in the Workplace gives you the keys you need to be who you are and be respected and successful wherever you work with men.Includes a group discussion guide.From the Hardcover edition.
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