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The old Indian sits in the heat of his shack in the Painted Desert. The Hopis are dying a slow death, the death of the desert. "I'm going to end the world tonight", he tells Youngman Duran.
The extraordinary author of Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons returns with a dazzling new novel of suspense and love set in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s. Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister's troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape, choosing to live apart from the small community around her. But the coming of the children changes everything, cracking open her solitary life in difficult, hopeful, dangerous ways. Charles Frazier is known for his historical literary odysseys, and for making figures in the past come vividly to life. Set in the twentieth century, Nightwoods resonates with the timelessness of a great work of art.From the Hardcover edition.
A dead man's briefcase presents a down-on-his-luck pilot with the chance of a lifetimePilot Douglas Grimes's best days are long behind him. Grounded due to a medical condition, Douglas has resigned himself to menial work as a desk clerk at a seedy hotel. But his fortune flips when he discovers a hotel guest dead from a heart attack and, next to him, a tube jammed with hundred-dollar bills. Douglas grabs the money and, with it, the chance to remake his life. In Europe, he meets Miles Fabian, an elegant and erudite con man with a flair for extravagance. Fabian recruits him for his latest ploy: robbing members of the idle rich. But what will happen when his bad behavior catches up with him? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Irwin Shaw including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's estate.
Scraping by in classes, hanging out with his best friend Charlie, and trying to get a date with Lara Hanover, the prettiest girl in school-that was Nick Robbins' life. Survival was the last thing on his mind. Then, a strange cloud appeared over the city. A cloud that kept growing. The darkness on the horizon consumed the light around it. And Nick's dad, a Department of Defense energy physicist, might have something to do with it. Soon, it became clear that the world Nick knew would never be the same. Now, night is never-ending. The temperature is falling as heat leaves the world. Plants and animals are dying and people are turning into predators waiting for any small advantage. But Nick is determined not to disappear like the fading light. Desperate to glimpse a familiar face in the shadows, Nick races to find his friends-and the one clue that's his glimmer of hope.
A career-spanning collection of award-winning stories from a master of the horror genre.
Meet Nikki and Deja, who live next door to each other and are best friends. They do everything together--watch Saturday morning cartoons, play jacks, jump double Dutch at recess, and help each other with their homework for Mrs. Shelby's third-grade class. But when an arrogant new girl arrives and Nikki and Deja form a club that would exclude her, the results are not what they expect. This warm, easy-to-read chapter book from an award-winning author captures all the joys and complexities of elementary school life--particularly friendships and cliques--with finesse and humor.
For fans of 'Fifty Shades of Grey', discover the author who dares to spell out what women really want; succumb to Nikki Gemmell's smartly seductive Threesome.
Jump into photography and the Nikon D5500 with this easy-to-read guideArmed with the new Nikon D5500 digital camera, but don't know where to start? No problem! Nikon D5500 For Dummies is the definitive guide to helping newbies and aspiring photographers get up and running with this great DSLR camera. You'll dive right in to using your camera in automatic mode, then build on this basic knowledge by learning about manual settings, exposure, and more advanced techniques that will have you taking great photographs in a flash. This easy-to-use guide combines the tips and tricks of a basic photography course with camera-specific guidance that will help you with the Nikon D5500's basic settings, manual mode, WiFi connectivity, touchscreen interface, and so much more!The Nikon D5500 is the perfect camera for a connected generation it offers the features of a DSLR with the connectivity of a smart phone and, but its high-quality photos go well beyond what you can snap from your phone. With this fun guide, you'll take your photography to the next level! Get started with a roadmap of the Nikon D5500 controls and options for taking photos in automatic mode, with preset shooting modes, or in manual mode. Take a crash course on exposure and how to control it, along with lens and flash options of your camera Find out how to adjust color and focus, use manual settings, and take photos in scene mode and priority mode Pull all your newfound photography chops together to take better portraits, action shots, night photos, and outdoor shotsNikon D5500 For Dummies is the guide you need to get up and running quickly and easily with your great new DSLR camera.
A hypnotic journey in the company of one of the world's most acclaimed Egyptologists over the fabled river telling how the Nile continually brought life to an ancient civilization now dead and how it sustained its successors, now in tumult.Renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson leads us through space as much as time: from the river's mystical sources (the Blue Nile which rises in Ethiopia, and the White Nile coursing from majestic Lake Victoria); to Thebes, with its Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Luxor Temple; the fertile Delta; Giza, home of the Great Pyramid, the sole surviving Wonder of the Ancient World; and finally, to the pulsating capital city of Cairo, where the Arab Spring erupted on the bridges over the Nile. Along the way, he introduces us to mysterious and fabled characters-the gods, godlike pharaohs, emperors and empresses, who joined their fate to the Nile and gained immortality; the adventurers, archaeologists, and historians who have all fallen under its spell. With matchless erudition and storytelling skill, through a lens equal to both panoramas and close-ups, Wilkinson brings millennia of history into view.
Alexander Jablokov is one of the new generation of novelists to emerge in the early 1990s in science fiction. This novel, his third, shows his writing at a high level. It is the story of a jazz musician who is remembering a part of his past he has consciously suppressed. It is a murder mystery and a book about a wholly new kind of war.
It's as big as the Empire State Building, a massive floating fortress at the throbbing heart of a U.S. Navy Carrier Battle Group.Its supersonic aircraft can level entire cities at a stroke. Its surveillance gear can track every target within thousands of square miles--in the air, on the surface, and under the sea. Its crew of six thousand works night and day to keep this awesome military machine at peak performance. It's a Nimitz-Class nuclear carrier, the most powerful weapons system on the planet. Nothing can touch it. So when the first stunned messages say only that the Thomas Jefferson has disappeared, the Navy reacts with disbelief. But as her battered escorts report in, the truth becomes inescapable: a Nimitz-Class carrier has been claimed by nuclear catastrophe--the mightiest military unit on earth, vaporized without warning by an accidental detonation of unimaginable power. No other explanation is possible. But as Navy maverick Bill Baldridge begins to investigate the disaster that claimed his idolized brother's life, another chilling alternative begins to emerge from the high-tech web of fleeting sonar contacts and elusive radar blips. It points to a rogue submarine commanded by a world-class undersea warrior with the steely nerve and cunning of a master spy. Suddenly it's up to Bill Baldridge to track down this shadowy nuclear terrorist, who has already turned America's ultimate weapon into the biggest sitting duck in history--and who still has another nuclear-tipped torpedo in his tubes. He's already proved he has the icy ruthlessness to incinerate six thousand sailors without a qualm. What will he do for an encore? In these pages the modern military springs to life, form the Pentagon's tense conferences to the screaming flight deck of a giant carrier to the silent conning tower of an attack sub on full alert. But as Bill Baldridge races against time to pursue the nation's most deadly enemy, we are forced to ask ourselves serious real-life questions: Have defense budget cuts jeopardized our national security? Are we prepared to defend ourselves against naval terrorist? How safe are we? Nimitz Class is a world-class techno-thriller with a plot as riveting as Hunt for Red October--and an explosive twist out of tomorrow's headlines. Today it's a novel. Tomorrow it might be the news.
The Nimitz class aircraft carrier is the ultimate symbol of the United States superpower status. A true behemoth, this is an unsurpassed weapons platform that overshadows all of its nearest rivals. A history of the largest aircraft carriers in the world, with runways over 300 meters long, this book looks at the development and deployment of the nuclear-powered Nimitz class aircraft carriers from 1975 when the USS Nimitz, the lead ship of the class, was commissioned, to the present day.All of the class are still operational and the tenth and last of the class, the USS George H. W. Bush, was commissioned in 2009. Here, Brad Elward provides a detailed overview of their design and development, highlighting their unique features, from jet blast deflectors to cutting edge radar systems, and a history of the Nimitz class in service, from deployment in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, through to the enforcement of the no fly zone over Bosnia.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Eleven-year-old Nim and her dad live on a beautiful tropical island--and it's all theirs! Nobody in the world even knows it exists! Nim may be the only kid on the island, but she isn't lonely at all. She's got lots of cool friends. Find out who Nim's special friends are! Picture descriptions present.
At first Nina thought Ben was fooling around with Aisha. But then she discovered the truth: Ben's facing a decision that could change his life forever. Nina shapes up because she's desperate to keep Ben's love. She's terrified that if he regains his eyesight, he won't need her anymore. And if Ben can see Nina, will he still love her? Lara resents Jake because he wants both of them to stop drinking so she comes to his room carrying a bottle in a brown bag. Zoey is trying to make up with Lucas but she can't resist Aaron's kisses. Claire, who doesn't have a boyfriend, makes trouble for Zoey. Christopher has two surprises for Aisha. Teenage Love on the island is thrilling and heartbreaking,fun and frustrating. Bookshare has all 28 of the books in the Making Out series, including: #1 Zoey Fools Around, #2 Jake Finds Out, #3 Nina Won't Tell, #4 Ben's In Love, #5 Claire Gets Caught, #6 What Zoey Saw, #7 Lucas Gets Hurt, #8 Aisha Goes Wild, #9 Zoey Plays Games, #11 Ben Takes A Chance, #12 Claire Can't Lose, #13 Don't Tell Zoey, #14 Aaron Lets Go, #15 Who Loves Kate?, #16 Lara Gets Even, #17 Two Timing Aisha, #18 Zoey Speaks Out, #19 Kate Finds Love, #20 Never Trust Lara, and #21 Trouble with Aaron.
Romance is running hot and cold for the teens on the island. Jake won't have anything to do with beautiful Claire since he learned she was the drunk driver of the car that crashed and killed his brother. Aisha catches Christopher in a lie but now that she's fallen for him she wants to believe he loves her. Zoey is frustrated that Lucas thinks he's too cool to be homecoming king. Ben doesn't realize Nina likes him because he still thinks of her as the little kid he saw wearing braces before he lost his sight. Keeping something else to herself is scaring Nina enough to run away and hide, but Nina won't tell. There are only a few teens on the island but their romances, friendships and problems will keep you turning pages. Check Bookshare for the other books in this series including: #1 Zoey Fools Around, #2 Jake Finds Out, and, coming soon, #4 Ben's In Love.
Every day, we use our computers to perform remarkable feats. A simple web search picks out a handful of relevant needles from the world's biggest haystack: the billions of pages on the World Wide Web. Uploading a photo to Facebook transmits millions of pieces of information over numerous error-prone network links, yet somehow a perfect copy of the photo arrives intact. Without even knowing it, we use public-key cryptography to transmit secret information like credit card numbers; and we use digital signatures to verify the identity of the websites we visit. How do our computers perform these tasks with such ease? This is the first book to answer that question in language anyone can understand, revealing the extraordinary ideas that power our PCs, laptops, and smartphones. Using vivid examples, John MacCormick explains the fundamental "tricks" behind nine types of computer algorithms, including artificial intelligence (where we learn about the "nearest neighbor trick" and "twenty questions trick"), Google's famous PageRank algorithm (which uses the "random surfer trick"), data compression, error correction, and much more. These revolutionary algorithms have changed our world: this book unlocks their secrets, and lays bare the incredible ideas that our computers use every day.
A governess in a French château encounters an apparent plot against her young charge's life in this unforgettably haunting and beautifully written suspense novel. When lovely Linda Martin first arrives at Château Valmy as an English governess to the nine-year-old Count Philippe de Valmy, the opulence and history surrounding her seems like a wondrous, ecstatic dream. But a palpable terror is crouching in the shadows. Philippe's uncle, Leon de Valmy, is the epitome of charm, yet dynamic and arrogant--his paralysis little hindrance as he moves noiselessly in his wheelchair from room to room. Only his son Raoul, a handsome, sardonic man who drives himself and his car with equally reckless abandon, seems able to stand up to him. To Linda, Raoul is an enigma--though irresistibly attracted to him, she senses some dark twist in his nature. When an accident deep in the woods nearly kills Linda's innocent charge, she begins to wonder if someone has deadly plans for the young count.
Published over 30 years ago, Nine Days to Christmas remains fresh and relevant. Ceci's first Christmas posada party and pinata have made her Mexican town come alive for generations of readers. "The youngest child will be completely transported by this lovely story".
Nine Dragons is based on themes from Asian folklore, and set in a mythical Asian setting. Nine Dragons is an inspirational tale about overcoming mistrust and misunderstanding to achieve peace. Fully illustrated, this book will appeal to children of all ages who love dragons.
A college campus offers an ideal setting for exploring and practicing sustainability. Colleges and universities offer our best hope for raising awareness about the climate crisis and the dire threat it poses to the planet. They provide opportunities for both research and implementation; they have the capacity to engage students, staff, and faculty in collaborative enterprises that inspire campus transformation; they take the idea of legacy seriously. But most college and university administrations need guidance on the path to sustainability. In The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus, Mitchell Thomashow, a former college president, provides just that. When Thomashow became president of Unity College, a small environment-focused college in Maine, in 2006, he decided to focus his leadership on sustainability. Drawing on his experiences at Unity, Thomashow identifies nine elements for organizing a sustainability agenda: energy, food, and materials (aspects of infrastructure); governance, investment, and wellness (aspects of community); and curriculum, interpretation, and aesthetics (aspects of learning). Thomashow describes, among other things, how Unity built the first platinum LEED-certified college president's residence in North America; installed solar panels, wind turbines, and other renewable energy generators all over the campus; became a center for local food growing; reconsidered the college's capital assets and investment strategy in light of sustainability; revitalized the curriculum; and made the entire campus a canvas for sustainability-inspired public art. Connecting his experiences to broader concerns, Thomashow links the campus to the planet, reminding us that local efforts, taken together, can have a global impact.
PRAISESkeleton Women "You'll enjoy the exotic location and characters. . . . This is a large, luscious box of chocolates. " -RT Book Reviews "Entertaining. "--Publishers WeeklySong of the Silk Road "Lovely, provocative. . . book clubs will be fascinated. " --M. J. Rose "Surprising and often funny. . . . Part epic, part coming-of-age story, part modern fairy tale. "--Publishers WeeklyPetals From the Sky "A serious, engaging story of faith, devotion, and the commingling of cultures. " -Booklist "Intriguing. . . about a woman's journey to her true self. . . the book has rich cultural details. "--RT Book ReviewsPeach Blossom Pavilion "Lovely and poignant. . . a novel of heartache, but also one of hope as the strong heroine never gives in. " - Curled Up With A Good Book "Beautiful and evocative, real and heart-wrenching. . . insightful and memorable. " --RT Book Reviews "A rare peek into an exotic culture that is thrilling, captivating, and moving. " -Shobhan Bantwal
Nine Horses, Billy Collins's first book of new poems since Picnic, Lightning in 1998, is the latest curve in the phenomenal trajectory of this poet's career. Already in his forties when he debuted with a full-length book, The Apple That Astonished Paris, Collins has become the first poet since Robert Frost to combine high critical acclaim with broad popular appeal. And, as if to crown this success, he was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States for 2001-2002, and reappointed for 2002-2003. What accounts for this remarkable achievement is the poems themselves, quiet meditations grounded in everyday life that ascend effortlessly into eye-opening imaginative realms. These new poems, in which Collins continues his delicate negotiations between the clear and the mysterious, the comic and the elegiac, are sure to sustain and increase his audience of avid readers.From the Hardcover edition.
In such novels asThe Poison MasterandEmpire of Bones, Liz Williams sparked readers' imaginations by creating worlds at once strange and familiar. Now this bold new writer delivers a profound and provocative look at human nature in a timely novel of a nation--and a world--torn asunder, and of a hope that refuses to die. Nine Layers of Sky A former Soviet rocket scientist, Elena Irinovna now cleans office buildings--until she crosses paths with Ilya Muromyets. A remnant of Russia's glorious and fabled past, Ilya is an eight-hundred-year-old hero turned heroin addict, dreaming of a death that never comes. They are brought together by a strange artifact Elena has found, which offers a glimpse into another dimension, creating a dangerous breach in a world Elena only thought she knew. . . Ilya is no stranger to the unexplained. He's been hired by a mysterious organization to track down the artifact. But nothing prepares him for what it offers--or for a woman like Elena. Fighting their own inner demons as well as those from across the breach, Ilya and Elena embark on a harrowing trip between nations and worlds. And for the first time the man of myth and the woman of science discover that they have a dream to defend--and even die for. . . From the Paperback edition.
Village Voice reporter Lynn Snowden set out to write a book about nine different professions. She had nine jobs in a 12-month period and writes about them here. The result is a fascinating look at several divergent jobs and the type of people who usually hold them.
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