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Discusses dolphins their evolution, habitat, family life, interactions with humans and prospects for the future.
The Bottom of the Jar is the journey of a boy finding his footing in the heart of Fez during the 1950s, as Morocco began freeing itself from the grip of the French colonial occupation. The narrator vividly recalls his first encounters with the ebullient city, family dramas, and the joys and turbulence of his childhood. He recalls a renegade, hashish-loving uncle, who at nightfall transforms into a beloved Homer, his salt-of-the-earth mother¢s impassioned pleas to a Divine ear, and his father¢s enduring generosity. Told in the spirit of a late-night ramble among friends where hilarious anecdotes and poignant recollections flow in equal parts, Laâbi¢s autobiographical novel offers us a generous glimpse into the formative experiences of a great poet, whose integrity and commitment to social justice earned him an eight-and-a-half year prison sentence during Morocco¢s "year of lead" in The 1970s.
In the middle of a summer heat wave, as Naples prepares for one of its most important holy days, a renowned surgeon falls to his death from the window of his office. For Commissario Ricciardi and Brigadier Maione it is the beginning of an investigation that will bring them into contact with the most torrid, conflicting and enduring of human passions. In the world Ricciardi and Maione are about to enter, infidelity appears inextricable from the most joyful expressions of love, and, this interdependence sows doubt and uncertainty in both men, compromising their own attempts at love. Ricciardi is one of the most intriguing and unique figures to appear in crime fiction in recent years. He possesses the dubious gift of being able to see and hear the last seconds in the lives of those who have suffered a violent death. This ability makes him an unusually effective investigator but plagues him and renders human relationships almost impossible. He is a classic noir hero and the cursed son of a city that, for all its Mediterranean splendor, is a perfect noir city. In this new installment in the Commissario Ricciardi series, Maurizio de Giovanni creates a large cast of unforgettable characters and a compelling, suspenseful plot that demonstrates once more why he is considered one of the best crime writers working today.
The sheer volume of talk about energy, energy prices, and energy policy on both sides of the political aisle suggests that we must know something about these subjects. But according to Peter W. Huber and Mark P. Mills, the things we think we know are mostly myths. A better understanding of energy will radically change our views and policies on a number of very controversial issues. In The Bottomless Well, Huber and Mills show why energy is not scarce, why the price of energy doesn't matter very much, and why "waste" of energy is both necessary and desirable. Across the board, energy isn't the problem; energy is the solution.
The Great Depression, East Texas. The woods are thick, the rivers wild, the weather ripe with tornadoes, and the Crane family, like most families in that neck of the woods, are eking out a thin living. When young Harry Crane discovers a mutilated body bound to a tree with barbed wire in the river bottoms, the underbelly of East Texas is exposed. Whites fear a renegade Negro. Blacks fear a vengeful massacre, or, if the killer is white, that the law will let him slip through its fingers. Harry believes the murderer is the Goat Man, an East Texas monster of legend who lurks beneath the swing bridge on the Sabine River, like the Billy Goat Gruff. Harry and his sister have actually seen the Goat Man, or something much like him, in his nocturnal haunts. As the bodies mount up, an elderly black man is lynched, both blacks and whites are terrorised, and Harry's father - the local law - and grandmother investigate, searching for a killer who may be a lot closer than they think.
Here, we have a spanking tour de force for any curiosity, appetite, and sexual preference. And to that end, Rachel Kramer Bussel offers Bottoms Up, another delicious collection of stories that celebrates the pleasures of an inviting bum turned rosy red by hand, crop, whip, or paddle. Whether written from the perspective of the spanker or the spankee, those who crave discipline or those discovering for the first time how good being bad can feel, each vivid tale trembles with erotic pleasure. Bottoms Up is essential reading for those with endless capacities to have their bare bottoms soundly smacked, those who revel in delivering the deliciously ecstatic pain to a lover, or those who simply believe in turning the other cheek - over and over and over again.
Here, we have a spanking tour de force for any curiosity, appetite, and sexual preference. And to that end, Rachel Kramer Bussel offers Bottoms Up, another delicious collection of stories that celebrates the pleasures of an inviting bum turned rosy red by hand, crop, whip, or paddle. Whether written from the perspective of the spanker or the spankee, those who crave discipline or those discovering for the first time how good being bad can feel, each vivid tale trembles with erotic pleasure. Bottoms Up is essential reading for those with endless capacities to have their bare bottoms soundly smacked, those who revel in delivering the deliciously ecstatic pain to a lover, or those who simply believe in turning the other cheek -- over and over and over again.
Bladder injection of onabotulinumtoxinA for the treatment of urinary incontinence due to neurogenic detrusor overactivity has recently been approved by regulatory agencies in several EU countries and by the FDA in the United States. This is the first book to focus on the practical application of botulinum toxin (BoNT) in the genitourinary tract. It covers in detail applications of BoNT in the bladder and the prostate and pelvic floor, with reviews of the latest clinical series and techniques in both adults and children. Appendices containing easy-to-read instructions for patients undergoing bladder and prostate BoNT injections are included, in addition to procedural guidelines for nursing staff. The book is written in a concise, clinically relevant style by two leading pioneers in the field, who were the first to undertake comprehensive basic research into the mechanisms underlying the efficacy and potential uses of BoNT within the lower urinary tract.
Botulism: Global Status is one in a series of GIDEON ebooks which summarize the status of individual infectious diseases, in every country of the world. Data are based on the GIDEON database (www.gideononline.com) which relies on standard text books, peer-review journals, Health Ministry reports and ProMED, supplemented by an ongoing search of the medical literature. Chapters are arranged alphabetically, by country name. Each section is divided into six subsections. 1. Descriptive epidemiology 2. Summary of clinical features 3. Global status of the disease4. Potential use in Bioterrorism 5. Status of the disease in a specific country 6. References
Boudica is both a groundbreaking new study and a surprisingly personal history that is a must-read for anyone interested in British or Roman history, feminism, or all things Celtic. Boudica has been mythologized as the woman who dared to take on the Romans to avenge her daughters, her tribe, and her enslaved country. Her immortality rests on the fact that she almost drove the Romans out of Britain, and her legend has become the reference point for any British woman in power, from Elizabeth I to Margaret Thatcher. As Boudica has become well known as an icon of female leadership and strength, the true story of her revolt against the Roman empire has only become more distant until now. Combining new research and recent archaeological discoveries, Vanessa Collingridge has written a major new biography on this shadowy and often misunderstood figure of ancient history. Boudica provides a detailed history of the Celtomania that has adopted Boudica as its earliest hero, and the nationalist and feminist causes that have also tried to claim her as their own. While tracking the origins and impact of the various versions of the Boudica legend, Collingridge unearths a historical woman who is far subtler but every bit as fascinating as the myths associated with her name.
Dreaming the Eagleis the first part of the gloriously imagined epic trilogy of the life of Boudica. Boudica means Bringer of Victory (from the early Celtic word "boudeg"). She is the last defender of the Celtic culture in Britain; the only woman openly to lead her warriors into battle and to stand successfully against the might of Imperial Rome--and triumph. It is 33 AD and eleven-year-old Breaca (later named Boudica), the red-haired daughter of one of the leaders of the Eceni tribe, is on the cusp between girl and womanhood. She longs to be a Dreamer, a mystical leader who can foretell the future, but having killed the man who has attacked and killed her mother, she has proven herself a warrior. Dreaming the Eagleis also the story of the two men Boudica loves most: Caradoc, outstanding warrior and inspirational leader; and Bàn, her half-brother, who longs to be a warrior, though he is manifestly a Dreamer, possibly the finest in his tribe's history. Bàn becomes the Druid whose eventual return to the Celts is Boudica's salvation. Dreaming the Eagleis full of brilliantly realised, luminous scenes as the narrative sweeps effortlessly from the epic--where battle scenes are huge, bloody, and action-packed--to the intimate. Manda Scott plunges us into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Roman invasion: a world of druids and dreamers and the magic of the gods where the natural world is as much a character as any of the people who live within it, a world of warriors who fight for honour as much as victory, a world of passion, courage and spectacular heroism pitched against overwhelming odds. Dreaming the Eaglestunningly recreates the roots of a story so powerful its impact has lasted through the ages. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The second part of the stunning fictionalization of the life of Britain's warrior queen, Boudica, immerses us in a world of druids and dreamers, warriors and lovers, passion and courage. Originally a trilogy, this is now a four-part series. "Boudica" means "Bringer of Victory" (from the early Celtic word "boudeg"). She was the last defender of the Celtic culture; the only woman openly to lead her warriors into battle and to stand successfully against the might of Imperial Rome -- and triumph. Book one, Dreaming the Eagle, took readers from Boudica's girlhood with the Eceni tribe to the climax of the two-day battle when she and her lover, Caradoc, faced the invading Romans. Believing her dead, Breaca's beloved brother, Bán, joined the Roman cause. Dreaming the Bull, the second book in this compelling series, continues the intertwined stories of Boudica, and Bán, now an officer in the Roman cavalry. They stand on opposite sides in a brutal war of attrition between the occupying army and the defeated tribes, each determined to see the other dead. In a country under occupation, Caradoc, lover to Breaca, is caught and faces the ultimate penalty. Only Bán has the power to save him, and Bán has spent the past ten years denying his past. Treachery divides these two; heroism brings them together again, changed out of all recognition -- but it may not be enough to heal the wounds. Dreaming the Bull is a heart-stopping story of war and of peace; of love, passion and betrayal; of druids and warring gods, where each life is sacred and each death even more so; and where Breaca and Bán learn the terrible distances they must travel to fulfill their own destinies.
In a spellbinding novel of gods and men, myth and brutality, acclaimed author Manda Scott returns to her heralded saga of a world under siege. For here is the epic tale of Boudica, the legendary Celtic queen, and her embattled Eceni tribe-a bold new work of imaginative fiction that takes us on a thrilling journey into a clash between magic and mankind. To the Eceni tribe of Britannia, nature is the ultimate god, and warriors are joined in battle by the voices and spirits of their ancestors. But the proud Eceni are running out of time. Nero's army, long since out of patience with Britannia's wild tribes, is becoming increasingly oppressive. And Boudica's family is at the center of a gathering storm: Cunomar, Boudica's son, who longs for the mettle to kill as fiercely as his mother... Graine, her young daughter, gifted with the power of dreamers, scarred forever by the horrors of war. . . and Boudica's brother, born Bán of the Eceni, turned the traitor Valerius -a man caught between worlds: warrior and dreamer, Roman and Eceni. As conflict erupts between the tribes and their brutal invaders, Boudica is forced to make a bold sacrifice. Cloaking her identity, she will travel directly into the stronghold of an enemy who longs for her crucifixion. What happens next-in a brutal drama of betrayal, heroism, and sacrifice-will leave Boudica with no options but one: to raise and arm every warrior, every dreamer, every tribe...and push the invader and its legions back into the sea. From the thundering hooves of the Eceni's great horses to mystical spirit quests of young warriors, from the politics of an empire to the passions of lovers, Dreaming the Houndtakes us on a breathtaking journey of the imagination-at once brutal, fantastical, and utterly unforgettable. MAGNIFICENT PRAISE FOR MANDA SCOTT'S BOUDICA SAGA Dreaming the Hound "Extraordinary. " -Independent(UK) "Brilliantly imaginative. " -Colchester Evening Gazette(UK) "Dramatic...Vivid...Lyrical. " -Yorkshire Evening Post(UK) "One of Britain's most famous legends...is retold here with extraordinary immediacy. " -Our Time(UK) "Irresistible...an excellent read. " -Diva(UK) Dreaming the Bull "Enthralling...Mesmerising...Creates a living past of battle feats, betrayals, heart-breaking loyalties and cruelties. " -Publishing News(UK) "Thrilling...Readers will be swept away. " -Booklist(starred review) Dreaming the Eagle "A powerful novel about one of the most intriguing and mysterious women in history...Alive with the love, deceit, wisdom and heroics of humanity. Read it and enjoy!" -Jean M. Auel "The new Mary Renault...Intensely exciting, a tale of passion, courage and heroism against huge odds. " -Publishing News (UK) From the Hardcover edition.
Bougainvillea Here's another chance to read this unforgettable tale of romance and suspense from New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham! After twenty years, artist Kit Delaney returns to the lush Florida estate that harbors a million childhood memories...and a deadly legacy. Has the man she's fallen for restored her to her birthright--or lured her to her doom?
Leonie rejected Vidal's first proposal because of his arrogance, his womanizing ? and his powerful sexuality, which left her trembling. Now the Portuguese billionaire is back in her life ? and this time he has a hold over her. He will settle her father's debt, and make her his legal mistress. But Vidal doesn't want a mistress. He wants marriage. And he's determined to possess Leonie ? in every way. . . .
The innocent bride: Victoria was from a poor background, but Greek billionaire Alexei Christou still wanted her. The wayward wife? But passion wasn't enough, and soon their marriage fell apart. His bought mistress: Victoria must ask for a divorce and is desperate for cash. Alexei won't refuse her the money, but he'll make her work for it. . . as his mistress!
Chicago's Most Eligible Bachelor, Burke Bishop, wanted a child--but didn't want to be shackled by marriage. Surrogacy seemed the only solution. When he met gorgeous Shannon Moriarity he knew he'd found the perfect mother for his baby. For reasons she wouldn't say, Shannon accepted his high-price offer and requested they keep things strictly business. They conceived without touching, yet Burke found himself craving Shannon's warmth and demanded she move into his penthouse. Soon, the close quarters elevated their relationship into intimate territory where neither could deny the bond they shared. But when their contract was fulfilled, would they find a prize richer than money could buy?
Spend the New Year in the arms of a handsome billionaire with these reissued powerful and passionate stories by USA TODAY bestselling Harlequin Presents authors! The Billionaire's Dark Secret by Carol Marinelli Zakahr Belenki has clawed his way out of Russia's gutters to seek revenge on the family that abandoned him. All that stands in his way is his new secretary, Lavinia. Her flirtatiousness, refreshing honesty and passion for her job make Zakahr's conscience--and desire--waver...momentarily... The Billionaire's Prisoner in Paradise by Trish Morey Merciless Daniel Caruana will do anything to prevent his sister marrying his nemesis! It just so happens that her wedding planner is the groom's sister, Sophie Turner. Daniel will have Sophie exactly where he wants her--trapped on his private island and willing in his bed! The Billionaire's Convenient Wife by Helen Bianchin Chef Lara needs cash fast--her business partner has duped her and her beloved restaurant is in crisis. Wolfe Alexander needs to marry to meet the terms of his late father's will, and when beautiful Lara begs him for money, he sees his opportunity--he'll help if she'll be his convenient wife!
Two of his heirs having been ruled out, the king turns to the black sheep of the family. . . Luca Fierezza is a royal rebel. He's made Niroli a magnet for the rich and famous -- and himself a billionaire. Megan Donovan's stunned when she's jailed after working at Luca's casino. And her unlikely rescuer is her new boss, Luca! She's entirely at his mercy -- and his passion! A scandal will end Luca's chance to be king. But he wants little thief Megan at his beck and call, day and night!
Luke Harrison is always in control. But ever since he bid for the chance to save a green-bikini-clad beauty he's felt his self-possession slipping away. Blind date. Independent Emily does not want rescuing- until Luke, a smoldering knight in shining armor, swoops in on his private jet and starts to change her mind! Secret baby? Neither is prepared for the heat between them as Emily undoes her steely-eyed billionaire- and their no-strings fling leads to pleasure beyond their imagining.
He's scarred, sexy, and unashamedly Sicilian...Silvio Brianza dragged himself up from the slums and has the scars to show it! But no amount of money can heal the invisible scars that run deep. Scars that threaten to surface when, driven by guilt and pent-up desire, he finally tracks down Jessie.She's defiant, desirable, and utterly disobedient...By day, Jessie scrapes her living scrubbing floors but by night she finds her freedom singing in nightclubs. When Silvio sweeps back into her life and offers her an escape, Jessie knows that no amount of diamonds and designer dresses will make her forget their past. She is a survivor and now she must fight her attraction to him, or risk her heart... all over again!
He's scarred, sexy and unashamedly Sicilian...Silvio Brianza dragged himself out of the slums, but his scars run deep....She's defiant, desirable and utterly disobedient!Jessie still scrapes her living, scrubbing floors by day and singing in seedy bars by night.... Silvio had turned his back on that world, but now that he's found Jessie he's going to make her his!Jessie may be powerless to resist Silvio's raw sexuality but no amount of dresses and diamonds can change their history. He's her enemy, he's shunned his past--he'll never love the street girl she is.
Greek billionaire Damon Latousakis is claiming a mistress--the same woman he exiled from his life four years ago. Charlotte Woodruff has never forgotten her heartbreak when Damon wrongly accused her years ago. But how much longer can she keep their child a secret? When Damon finds out he has a daughter, his demands take a different turn: he paid for a mistress, but he'll leave with a wife!
In the union between a man and a woman, a baby should be the ultimate blessing. But when wealth and power are added to the mix, a child--and love itself--can become a major complication. In these heartwrenching, dramatic tales of passion and possession among the elite, four wealthy, influential men who've lost touch with their own hearts must learn to love...and trust...the women in their lives in order to embrace fatherhood and discover the joys of family life. Thrill to the drama and romance of these classic stories from Harlequin Presents. Bundle includes The Marciano Love-Child by Melanie Milburne, Desert King, Pregnant Mistress by Susan Stephens, The Italian's Pregnancy Proposal by Maggie Cox and Blackmailed for Her Baby by Elizabeth Power.
$100,000 for her virginity. Going once, going twice... The money isn't an issue for Greek tycoon Dmitri Karegas. He has plenty of that. It's her. Jasmine Douglas, the only one who knows the depths of depravity Dmitri dragged himself up from. And now only Dmitri can help when she's forced to put her virginity up for sale. Sold to the highest bidder! Yet Jasmine is not the sweet girl he remembers. She's a wildcat who hates him with a vengeance. But beneath that lies an undeniable chemistry. Now Dmitri must decide what to do with her...and her innocence! A passionate read for Christmas nights!
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