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[from the dust jacket] "This brand-new novel in the USA Today bestselling series finds mystery author Jessica Fletcher sifting for clues on an Alaskan cruise.... Finally rewarding herself with a much-deserved vacation, Jessica books passage on a cruise ship-- the same vessel that her friend's sister vanished from on a prior voyage. Flighty, frivolous, and flirtatious, Wilimena had a history of disappearing for days--even months--at a time. But a family secret has Jessica's friend Kathy convinced this wasn't one of her sister's usual spur-of-the-moment departures. The Copeland sisters had a notorious aunt--the most famous madam in Alaska's history, who may have had some good luck during the gold rush. Now it seems Wilimena took the cruise in search of the treasure, and according to some crew members, she was quite outspoken about her gold claim-- and may have attracted the wrong kind of attention. Suddenly Jessica's vacation turns into one of the more challenging investigations of her life. And before Kathy and she are even halfway to their destination, she has no doubt that someone is watching every move they make...." Suddenly Jessica is transformed from a relaxed tourist to the terrified solo pilot of a floatplane carrying victims and criminals.
Are there fairies and gnomes? Leprechauns and elves? Most people, including Adam, would have said no. But one day a whole herd of magical creatures invades Spooksville. At first they play childish pranks, and Adam and his friends are happy to welcome them. But quickly the pranks turn cruel, and Adam, Sally, Watch, and Cindy are soon fighting for their lives. Where did these little people come from? How can Adam and his pals make them go away?
Michael P. Levine manages to disentangle the concept from Spinoza to present a broad philosophical and historical survey of pantheism. The book deals with definitions of pantheism and examines critical distinctions between them.
From the back of the book: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather, and they are going to visit Florida. The Aldens travel to Everglades National Park to help find one of Grandfather's friends. Andrew Beldon, a park ranger, has been missing for several days. Yet, everyone the Aldens question seems angry and secretive instead of worried. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are determined to solve this mystery, even if it means following Andrew's trail deep into the spooky Everglades.
Rennie Hollander ran from her loveless engagement-straight into the heart of darkness. Under storm-filled skies, her plane went down and she awoke temporarily blinded-and in the arms of a mysterious stranger....From the moment John Panther took the wounded beauty into his home to heal, he knew his heart was in danger. Rennie needed him like no other, fueling his desire to protect-and to love. The rugged Native American loner knew the stakes were high, for his sorrow stalked him like the powerful panther that had once killed his bride. Now the only thing that kept John from Rennie's loving arms was the desire to avenge the past. And only time would tell if love would heal him-or destroy him forever....
When Pru Marlowe takes a dog for a walk, she doesn't expect to find a body. But Spot, a service dog in training, has too good a nose not to lead her to the remains of the beautiful young woman, and despite her own best instincts, Pru can't avoid getting involved. The young woman seems to have been mauled by a wild cat - and Pru knows there have been no pumas in the Berkshire woods for years. And while Wallis, Pru's curmudgeonly tabby, seems fixated on the idea of a killer cat, Spot has been sending strange signals to Pru's own heightened senses, suggesting that the violent death was something more than a tragic accident. As motives multiply, a cougar of a different sort sets her eyes on Pru's sometime lover, and another woman disappears. With panther panic growing, Pru may have to put aside her own issues - and her own ideas of domesticity - to solve a savage mystery.
The Pantry Cookbook: how to cook nutritious meals from scratch, on a budget, when time is short. The American diet is all too often a mishmash of pre-made, mass-produced foods which are expensive, high in calories, and low in nutrients. The popular alternative, gourmet cooking, makes all home cooking appear to take long, and involve expensive, intimidating ingredients. But home cooking doesn't have to be this way. In the Pantry Cookbook, you will learn fundamental recipes and cooking techniques that allow you to whip up nutritious, cheap meals, from scratch, in a minimum of time. This is a user-friendly textbook for beginning cooks, a reference for those who wish to rely less on canned soup and instant side-dishes, and a resource for those who already know how to cook a few things but wish to have a more solid foundation of cooking skills. The Pantry Cookbook has over 130 recipes, including basics like hard-boiled eggs, baked chicken, boiled beans, boiled grain, and sautéed vegetables; classics like beef stew, borscht, and pulled pork; and "Quick Recipes" that can be put together in thirty minutes on a weeknight using ingredients prepared on a weekend. Additional features include shopping lists and menus for a week's worth of meals, an extensive list of substitutions, boxed lunch suggestions, kitchen safety information, money-saving tips, spice mix recipes, ideas for feeding toddlers and other picky eaters, and a complete Thanksgiving menu. The Pantry Cookbook is also a fund raising tool! Instead of a standard copyright, the Pantry Cookbook is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribute which allows non-profit organizations to publish, sell, and collect royalties on the book, so long as the profits are used to support programs that address hunger or nutrition issues.
Ann Brashares's New York Times bestselling Sisterhood novels--The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood, and Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood--are available for the first time together in one ebook omni edition. The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsOnce there was a pair of pants. Just an ordinary pair of jeans. But these pants, the Traveling Pants, went on to do great things. This is the story of the four friends--Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen--who made it possible. The Second Summer of the SisterhoodWith a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the sisterhood who wears them--Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen--embark on their second summer together. Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the SisterhoodIt's the summer before the sisterhood departs for college . . . their last real summer together before they head off to start their grown-up lives. It's the time when Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen need their Pants the most. Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the SisterhoodWith unraveled embroidery and fraying hems, the Traveling Pants are back for one last, glorious summer. It's a summer that will forever change the lives of Lena, Bridget, Tibby, and Carmen, here and now, past and future, together and apart.
Excerpts from two stories by Sandra Cisneros
It is acknowledged Church doctrine that sorcery is the specific domain of the Devil. Yet occult tales are liberally sprinkled throughout the Old and New Testaments, from the spirit-invoking Witch of Endor to the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Throughout its 2,000 year history, the Church has spawned numerous mystical religious orders, like the Knights Templar, that may have been engaged in supernatural pursuits, while no fewer than three popes were believed to be involved in occult practices. Christian scriptures tell us that the occult is real, while Catholic priests are thought to have spiritual power over ghosts and evil entities. But if a priest can cast out demons during the rites of exorcism, does it not imply he has the ability to summon them as well? In this eye-opening, provocative work, leading occult scholar Simon examines the Church's unspoken relationship with forbidden magic by exploring the infamous seventeenth-century document considered by some to be the most demonic of all occult texts-the Grimoire of Pope Honorius III-and illuminates the Vatican's darkest hidden corners.
Wills (history, Northwestern U.) characterizes the modern papacy as steadfastly unwilling to face the truth about itself, its past, and its relations with others. Citing the Holocaust, discrimination against women, the assertion that natural law dictates its sexual code, and other matters, he argues that even when the Vatican tries to be honest, it ends up resorting to historical distortions and evasions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"This is what happened since Momma died. . . ". So begins this tale, told through the eyes of precocious 12-year-old Becca Jenkins, of an Appalachian mountain family rocked by tragedy. It's Christmas -- the first since the death of their mother -- and Becca and her four siblings must somehow find a way to draw their father out of his crippling grief. At the height of their hopelessness, Becca and her brothers and sisters, aided by their wise Grammy, devise a plan to help Papa, and themselves, through a troubled time.
Craft to your heart's content without making a trip to a specialty store. Once you've glimpsed the inspired creations in Paper Goods Projects, you'll never look at your pantry shelves or recycling bins the same way. Here are 60 fun and simple crafts that transform everyday items: paper towel tubes turn into safari animals, coffee filters dyed bright colors bloom into water lilies, doilies make a charming crown, and cereal boxes become the building blocks of a mini city. Paper Goods Projects has crafts for birthday party favors and decorations, cake toppers, greeting cards, children's toys, and so much more. Tap your creativity like never before to create fun, beautiful objects out of the simplest materials.
The sensational memoir by one of Hollywood's most talented and turbulent leading ladies--filled with stunning revelations--is an inspirational true tale of survival and triumph against all odds.
Today on almost every desk in every office sits a computer. Eighty years ago, desktops were equipped with a nonelectronic data processing machine: a card file. In Paper Machines, Markus Krajewski traces the evolution of this proto-computer of rearrangeable parts (file cards) that became ubiquitous in offices between the world wars. The story begins with Konrad Gessner, a sixteenth-century Swiss polymath who described a new method of processing data: to cut up a sheet of handwritten notes into slips of paper, with one fact or topic per slip, and arrange as desired. In the late eighteenth century, the card catalog became the librarian's answer to the threat of information overload. Then, at the turn of the twentieth century, business adopted the technology of the card catalog as a bookkeeping tool. Krajewski explores this conceptual development and casts the card file as a "universal paper machine" that accomplishes the basic operations of Turing's universal discrete machine: storing, processing, and transferring data. In telling his story, Krajewski takes the reader on a number of illuminating detours, telling us, for example, that the card catalog and the numbered street address emerged at the same time in the same city (Vienna), and that Harvard University's home-grown cataloging system grew out of a librarian's laziness; and that Melvil Dewey (originator of the Dewey Decimal System) helped bring about the technology transfer of card files to business.
A fantasy novel set in Chinese history dealing with a young woman mage.
Locked into a lethal struggle, two men stumble half blindly across Europe, shedding wives, self-respect and illusions. By the Nobel Prize winner.
Explore the inevitable collapse of the fiat monetary system Paper Money Collapse: The Folly of Elastic Money, SecondEdition challenges the mainstream consensus on money andmonetary policy. While it is today generally believed that thetransition from 'hard' and inflexible commodity money (such as agold standard) to entirely flexible and potentially unlimited fiatmoney under national central banks allows for superior economicstability, Paper Money Collapse shows that the opposite istrue. Systems of highly elastic and constantly expanding money arenot only unnecessary, even for growing economies, they are alwaysextremely destabilizing. Over time, they must lead to substantialimbalances, including excessive levels of debt and distorted assetprices, that will require ever faster money production to sustain.Ultimately, however, there is no alternative to a completeliquidation of these distortions. Based on insights of manyrenowned economists and in particular of the Austrian School ofEconomics, the book explains through rigorous logic and in preciselanguage why our system of flexible fiat money is incompatible witha market economy and therefore unsustainable. Paper money systemshave always led to economic disintegration--withoutexception--throughout history. It will not be different forour system and we may be closer to the endgame than many think.The updated second edition incorporates:A new introduction and an extended outlook section thatdiscusses various "endgames"Responses to criticisms, alternative views, and a criticalassessment of 'solutions'Comments on recent policy trends, including attempts to exitthe 'easy money' policy modeAn evaluation of new crypto-currency BitcoinPaper Money Collapse: The Folly of Elastic Money, SecondEdition clarifies the problem of paper money clearly andeloquently, and proposes multiple routes to a solution.
"Motionless, Montalbano waited for the surf to enter his brain and wash it clean with each breaker. At last the first light wave came like a caress, swiiissshhh, and carried away, glugluglug, Elena Sclafani and her beauty, while Michela Pardo's tits, belly, arched body and eyes likewise disappeared. Once Montalbano the man was erased, all that should remain was Inspector Montalbano - a kind of abstract function, the person who was supposed to solve the case and nothing more, with no personal feelings involved. But as he was telling himself this, he knew perfectly well that he could never pull it off. " As he gets older, Inspector Montalbano is plagued by existential questions. But he doesn't have much time to wax philosophical before the gruesome murder of a man - shot in the face at point-blank range with his pants down - commands his attention. Add two evasive, beautiful women as prime suspects, dirty cocaine, dead politicians, mysterious computer codes, and a series of threatening letters, and things soon get very complicated at the police headquarters in Vigata. 'Wonderful Italian detective stories' "Guardian " 'A magnificent series of novels' "Sunday Times"
"Us Hoads stick together--in brutality, rustling and murder." As sheriff, it was Reese's sworn duty to destroy them. But he was one of them too. A Hoad by marriage. And he had an enemy in his own house, hating him as only a woman can hate a man who has scorned her--working to foil his every move, waiting to murder him if he got too close to his prey.
Eck Adamson, an alcoholic vagrant, summons Jack Laidlaw to his deathbed. Probably the only policeman in Glasgow who would bother to respond, Laidlaw see in Eck's cryptic last message a clue to the murder of a gangland thug and the disappearance of a student. With stubborn integrity, Laidlaw tracks down a seam of corruption that runs from the top to the bottom of society.
How to work with papier-mâché, the variety of materials that can be used, and a short history of its craft.
The story of the succession to the Prophet Muhammad and the rise of the Rashidun Caliphate (632-661 AD) has been familiar to historians from the political histories of medieval Islam, which lend a factual credibility to scholarly narratives, and the competing perspectives of Sunni and Shi'i Islam, which focus on the legitimacy of their claims. While descriptive and varied, these approaches have long excluded a third reading in which the conflict over the succession to the Prophet is treated as a parable, the motives, sayings, and actions of the protagonists revealing profound links to previous texts and an irony with regard to political and religious issues. In a controversial break from previous historiography, Tayeb El-Hibri privileges the literary and artistic triumphs of the medieval Islamic chronicles and maps the origins of Islamic political and religious orthodoxy. Considering the patterns and themes of unified narratives, including the problem of defining qualification according to religious merit, nobility, and skills in government, El-Hibri offers an insightful critique of both early and contemporary Islam and the concerns of legitimacy shadowing various rulers. In building an argument for reading the texts as parabolic commentary, El-Hibri also highlights the Islamic reinterpretation of biblical traditions, both by Qur'anic exegesis and historical composition.
Christian singer/songwriter/author Michael Card brings to life the words of John, the thoughts and feelings of the last living contemporary disciple of Jesus.
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