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Ellen Watson was born into servitude. The humiliating life of hard toil was the only one she ever knew. Until Jeremy Porter. The eminently successful New York lawyer saw a ravishingly beautiful woman in the rough and tattered serving girl. He saw the woman he was going to marry. Thus Ellen was catapulted into a world she was not prepared for - the world of politics, wealth, and power. A world where her loving innocence was threatened by hypocrisy and ruthless ambition. And Jeremy was the only one who could save her ...
Spenser tracks down a young high school dropout who has run away from home to a life of prostitution.
Denny Hargate, wheelchair-bound and embittered, has his life changed when he meets a beautiful woman in an out-of-the-way place called Cotter's Edge.
Shani Mootoo's haunting debut took the international literary world by storm. A Book Sense selection and a finalist for the Giller Prize, the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, Cereus Blooms at Night is an exquisite cross-generational history filled with thrilling passion and alluring mystery. Set in the fictional Caribbean town of Paradise, Cereus Blooms at Night unveils the mystery surrounding Mala Ramchandin, an aging, notoriously crazy woman suspected of murdering her father. When a judge finds Mala unfit to stand trial, she is delivered, frail and mute, to the Paradise Alms House and into the care of Tyler, a vivacious male nurse, who becomes the unlikely storyteller of Mala's extraordinary life. In luminous, sensual prose, Mootoo explores identity, gender, and violence in a celebration of our capacity to love despite cruelty and despair.
In September 2000 the notorious militia gang, 'West Side Boys' kidnapped eleven British soldiers in Sierra Leone and Operation Barras was launched as the rescue operation. Fast roping in from helicopters, the SAS soldiers engaged in a heavy firefight with the militia, killing several, and capturing their leader. Meanwhile the Paras advanced on foot, fighting their way through a village to recover the Land Rovers abandoned by the kidnapped soldiers. The operation was a complete success, with all the soldiers being rescued. This daring raid is brought to life with specially commissioned artwork, detailed maps and overhead shots to recreate one of the greatest hostage-rescue success stories.
A Certain Hope Small-town Texas gal April Maxwell tried to escape her painful past in the big city-then tragedy calls her home. Her faith all but shattered, she isn't sure she can risk falling for rancher Reed Garrison. Could his love heal her wounded heart? A Perfect Love Bitter and world-weary, Summer Maxwell returns to Texas, looking for something that surely doesn't include losing her heart to sweet, handsome Mack Riley. Especially when Mack's past brings her greatest test of faith...offering her the chance to prove that love and trust really can conquer all.
Read P.D. James in Large Print!It begins, dramatically enough, with a trial for murder. The distinguished criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge is defending Garry Ashe on charges of having brutally killed his aunt. For Aldridge the trial is mainly a test of her courtroom skills, one more opportunity to succeed--and she does. But now murder is in the air. The next victim will be Aldridge herself, stabbed to death at her desk in her Chambers in the Middle Temple, a bloodstained wig on her head. Enter Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team, whose struggle to investigate and understand the shocking events cannot halt the spiral into more horrors, more murders...A Certain Justice is P.D. James at her strongest. In her first foray into the strange closed world of the Law Courts and the London legal community, she has created a fascinating tale of interwoven passion and terror. As each character leaps into unforgettable life, as each scene draws us forward into new complexities of plot, she proves yet again that no other writer can match her skill in combining the excitement of the classic detective story with the richness of a fine novel. In its subtle portrayal of morality and human behavior, A Certain Justice will stand alongside Devices and Desires and A Taste for Death as one of P.D. James's most important, accomplished and entertaining works.From the Trade Paperback edition.
In San Francisco - a city of tolerance and hope - everything came apart. One man died at the hands of another. The next victim was killed by a mob. Now fires burn in the night, helicopters throb through the air, and politicians, lawyers and cops vie for the remnants of power. Somewhere in the once-placid streets of San Francisco, a young man is on the run, charged by the media with a crime he didn't commit, hounded by demagogues, hunted by a desperate police department. One cop knows that Kevin Shea is innocent of a brutal racial murder. An ambitious politician will use Shea for her own ends. And a down-and-out lawyer is all that stands between Kevin Shea and an even more atrocious crime. For when there's no law left, justice is the only hope.
When NYPD police detective Morgan Reilly discovers the lamp and frees the djinn, she thinks she's hallucinating. After all, she's just back on the job after a high-speed chase left her with a head injury, and it's not the first visual hallucination she's had since the auto accident.But freeing the djinn brings Mere, an exiled merman, charging into her life. He and his sidekick, Lynell, an elf, failed in their duty to protect a dragon's hoard that was stolen centuries ago. All this time they have sought to get it back.Because Morgan can see him although other humans can't, Mere must enlist her help in finding the hoard before the human sorcerer into whose hands it has fallen can learn its secrets. But first he must convince her that he's real.Sensuality Level: Sensual
When NYPD police detective Morgan Reilly discovers the lamp and frees the djinn, she thinks she's hallucinating. After all, she's just back on the job after a high-speed chase left her with a head injury, and it's not the first visual hallucination she's had since the auto accident.<P><P> But freeing the djinn brings Mere, an exiled merman, charging into her life. He and his sidekick, Lynell, an elf, failed in their duty to protect a dragon's hoard that was stolen centuries ago. All this time they have sought to get it back.<P> Because Morgan can see him although other humans can't, Mere must enlist her help in finding the hoard before the human sorcerer into whose hands it has fallen can learn its secrets. But first he must convince her that he's real.
A certain unlikely hero...In Academy City, where superhuman abilities are scientific reality, Touma Kamijou is trying to reconstruct a life for himself, but that's easier said than done with a girl by his side with the arcane knowledge of 103,000 grimoires rattling around in her brain...Now seemingly inextricably caught up in a world where magic is a reality, Kamijou learns that a certain shrine maiden is being held captive in one of Academy City's cram schools. Can Touma ally himself with a sorcerer who has on more than one occasion tried to do him in? The only thing he knows for sure is that he really does have rotten luck...
Touma Kamijou is the unluckiest boy in Academy City. Having settled the magical side of his problems for a while, the scientific side of things starts to heat up when Touma's rival-turned-friend Mikoto meets her own clone. That's only the beginning of a chain of events that leads Touma and Mikoto to face their deadliest foe yet. Kazuma Kamachi's smash-hit light novel series continues!
A certain unlikely hero...Touma Kamijou has gotten permission to leave Academy City and goes on a beach vacation with his family. But somehow no one is who he remembers--and a certain magical spell is to blame for everything! Touma finds himself swept up in the mysterious Angel Fall spell in the latest volume of the smash-hit light novel series!
A certain unlikely hero...August 31. The day Accelerator meets a strange girl in a back alley and he's sure he's seen her somewhere before. The day Mikoto Misaka finds herself asked on a date by a very pleasant young man. That same day, Touma Kamijou awakes with an especially unlucky feeling. The reason: He's just realized he has completely forgotten to do any of his summer homework. Three characters, three stories, and one last day of summer vacation!
A certain unlikely hero...It's the first day of a new semester in Academy City. The day a mysterious transfer student appears at Touma Kamijou's school. The day Index makes her first friend. The day Mikoto Misaka meets Index for the first time and, caught between them, Kamijou again meets with misfortune. The day Kuroko Shirai witnesses the entire incident and becomes rather jealous of Kamijou. It's also the day Academy City is attacked by a certain magician. Transfer students, friends, and magicians--as magic and science clash and Academy City declares a state of emergency, Touma Kamijou's tale truly begins!
A bizarre murder leaves two teenagers dead in a desert arroyo, their naked bodies side by side, face up under the New Mexican sun. Near them, etched in stone, is a symbol unlike any Native American marking. What does it signify? The puzzle is made to order for Mo Bowdre's quirky and capacious intelligence. But Bowdre, a wildlife sculptor and occasional sleuth, may be in over his head, as he becomes embroiled in a possible case of ritual killing--and a certain malice. . . .From the Paperback edition.
Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it's true that Scotty's friends, Misha and Falcone, and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accident occurs, Scotty feels responsible for the loss of someone she hardly knew, and the world goes wrong. She cannot tell what is a dream and what is real. Her friends are having a hard time getting through to her and her family is preoccupied with their own trauma. But the prospect of a boy, a dance, and the possibility that everything can fall back into place soon help Scotty realize that she is capable of adding her own flavor to life.With artfully spare prose, acclaimed and award-winning author Angela Johnson explores the ramifications of unexpected death in this compelling coming-of-age story.
Lucas Davenport confronts an entirely new kind of adversary in this harrowing new "Prey" novel. Her name is Clara Rinker, an attractive, pleasant Southern woman--the best hitwoman in the business. But when she's hired for a job in Minnesota and a witness survives, that's when Davenport gets on her case--with no idea of the toll that it will take on him.
Along with the Book of Common Prayer and the Articles of Religion, the first book of homilies (1547) is the major legacy of the Edwardian Reformation. Its twelve sermons articulated a doctrinal standard, assisted the parochial clergy in their preaching, and served the religious establishment as a means of propaganda. The sermons are plain but sophisticated expression of the interests of the early protestants in England. They are concerned with not only the primacy of the Bible and the relationship of faith to good works, but also matters of Christian conduct such as sexual morality, swearing, the attitude to death, charity, and obedience. Since they were required reading from most English pulpits these homilies were probably heard by writers as different as Shakespeare, Spenser, and Donne and eventually influenced John Wesley in the eighteenth century, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Cardinal Newman in the nineteenth.The first book of homilies was joined by a second in 1563 and by the long, polemical homily against rebellion. The introduction traces the development and decline of interest in the homilies both as aids for preachers and as statements of reformed doctrine. In addition it analyses the themes, organizations, and styles of the homilies presented. The text preserves the original spelling and is accompanied by brief explanatory notes and a critical apparatus.
The mysterious power of love speaks gently, eloquently, and powerfully in this beautiful story of a mute child's Christmas morning in Appalachia. ,Jamie is bitterly unhappy because he cannot sing with his schoolmates in the Christmas pageant. However, when an understanding teacher assigns him the coveted role of the shepherd and he learns the significance of the Biblical Shepherds, he is overjoyed. His pleasure is shattered, however, because on that Christmas Eve a terrible blizzard cancels the pageant. His shepherd's robe and crook lie useless until, unexpectedly, Jamie's imaginative and loving nature finds a very special use for them.
Thirteen-year-old Mary Harold has panic attacks at school when kids call her the grossest girl, so she drives herself 700 miles to Grandma Ayma's in Alabama, where she is nurtured. There, Mary befriends the farm manager's daughter, Dixie -- an unusual girl with a strain of peculiar.
A richly evocative debut novel set in an exclusive summer colony along the east coast during the aftermath of World War II--for fans of Kate Morton and Jamie Ford.It is 1948 at Wauregan, an idyllic island summer community. Helen Wadsworth, whose husband has been declared mysteriously missing on an OSS operation in France, is seeking the truth about his disappearance. But while she waits and hopes, two other men fall in love with her, creating a complicated romantic triangle. In the background of this world of privilege are Helen's fourteen-year-old son, Jack; Kathleen, the Irish housekeeper who has worked for the Wadsworths for two generations; and a heroic German Shepherd that served in the Pacific theater. The mystique--and the myth--at Wauregan is that "nothing ever changes here," but that is mined with the traumas of husbands returned from the war, and wives who cannot imagine the horrors they experienced in combat. Scarred by battle, these men longed for their families and their island refuge, only to find themselves emotionally distant, and struggling to reenter society. Part mystery, part love story, and part insider's view of a rarified, private world, A Certain Summer will resonate with every reader who has ever dreamt of a special summer place.
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