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The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction by the Taliban, and his wife's struggle to free him. In November 2008, David Rohde, a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for The New York Times, was kidnapped by the Taliban and held captive for seven months in the tribal areas of Pakistan. In the process, Rohde became the first American to witness how Pakistan's powerful military turns a blind eye toward a Taliban ministate thriving inside its borders. In New York, David's wife Kristen Mulvihill, together with his family, kept the kidnapping secret for David's safety and struggled to navigate a labyrinth of conflicting agendas, misinformation, and lies. Part memoir, part work of journalism, A Rope and a Prayer is a story of duplicity, faith, resilience, and love. .
Anna Pigeon's first case--this is the story her fans have been clamoring for. . . this is where it all starts. In The Rope, the latest in Nevada Barr's bestselling novels featuring Anna Pigeon, Nevada Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna's past and finally reveals the story that her many fans have been long asking for. In 1995 and 35 years old, fresh off the bus from New York City and nursing a broken heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she's simply moved on--her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. But Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she found herself in this situation. As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there, in an inescapable prison, and no one knows that she is even missing. Plunged into a landscape and a plot she is unfit and untrained to handle, Anna Pigeon must muster the courage, determination and will to live that she didn't even know she still possessed to survive, outwit and triumph. For those legions of readers who have been entranced over the years by Park Ranger Anna Pigeon's strength and determination and those who are new to Nevada Barr's captivating, compelling novels, this is where it all starts.
The true story of one of the most notorious crime couples in recent American history is told. Michelle Michaud and James Daveggio forged a perverse alliance in late 1997. After customizing Michaud's minivan into a mobile torture chamber, the pair hit the road and began a nightmare spree of incest, kidnapping, rape, torture, and murder. Includes photos.
Depraved Duo Michelle Michaud was a suburban northern California mother and a part-time prostitute. James Daveggio was a drug abuser and violent rapist. Together, they forged one of the most perverse alliances in criminal history--and in September 1997--began a nightmare spree of incest, kidnapping, rape, torture. . . and murder. Torture Van After customizing Michaud's green minivan into the ultimate mobile torture chamber, the predatory pair hit the road to hell. From California to Nevada, they abducted defenseless young women, including one of Daveggio's own relatives, and forced them to endure hours--sometimes days--of unspeakable sexual acts in their orgy of terror. Rope Burns Eventually captured by police, Michaud and Daveggio were convicted on May 19, 1999 for the abduction and rape of 20-year-old Juanita Rodriguez in Reno, Nevada. Three years later, they received death sentences for the rape and murder of Vanessa Samson, 22, in Pleasanton, California. After years evading punishment, the couple's sadistic joyride had finally ended on death row. 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos! Updated with new epilogue!
During the twenty years before the American Revolution, thirty-seven men acted as paid agent or lobbyists for the American colonies in England. The most famous among them were Benjamin Franklin, who represented four different colonies and served for seventeen years as agenet for Pennsylvania, and Edmund Burke, who accepted the position to further his own career. Yet the other thirty-five were also a colorful and heterogenous group. This detailed study, by a Pulitzer-prize-winning historian, of their activities and of the gradual breakdown of communications between the colonies and the mother country, until the link between the two become only "a rope of sand," is, in the words of the Richmond News Leader, "a new and invigorating approach to the American fight for independence."
Terry Mullane was on the trail of two soldiers who'd vanished in wartime, making off with a fortune in Army gold. One was Terry's father, whom some called a dead hero. Others called him a traitor and a thief, living a life of luxury in a Mexican hideaway. Saddled up solo to cross the Continental Divide, Terry meant to uncover his father's mysterious fate and clear his family name. But everyone who could help him was dead or running scared.
No Time For Cowboys Stacey Michaels is trying to get her acting career back on track while looking after her traumatized teenage brother and a demanding mother. She doesn't have time for romance. And if she did? Well, she'd look to date someone in the business, not some cowboy. But when her brother begs her for a chance to try the equine therapy program Colt Montgomery offers at his ranch in Colorado, Stacey can't refuse. Even if she and Colt strike sparks off one another. She knows he sees her as a diva, but why can't he understand she just wants what's best for her brother? She's spent her whole life taking care of others-maybe it's time to let Colt take care of her.
But how did the fire start? Several of the kids know the truth, but no one is talking. As the families try to overcome aching loss, misplaced blame, troubled relationships, and an upsetting secret, they once again find themselves clinging desperately to their trust in God. In this compelling tale of faith, hardship, and community, acclaimed author Leisha Kelly continues the much-loved story of the Wortham family, who with courage and determination discover the power of forgiveness to restore and heal.
In the last days of the First World War, socialist revolution swept across Germany, sending Kaiser Wilhelm into exile and transforming Berlin into a battleground. But for Detective Inspector Nikolai Hoffner and his young assistant, Hans Fichte, the revolution is a mere inconvenience. Four women from the slums of Berlin have turned up dead, all with identical markings etched into their backs, and Hoffner and Fichte have spent the better part of six weeks trying to crack the bizarre case. Things take a troubling turn when the political police begin to show an interest in Hoffner's investigation. Hoffner has no idea why the Polpo would want to get their hands dirty with a serial murderer, until he is shown the lifeless body of Rosa Luxemburg, the same eerie markings on her back. Rumors abound that Rosa, one of the leaders of the suppressed socialist uprising, was assassinated by an angry mob, but the pattern carved into her back tells a different story. In his remarkable new thriller, Jonathan Rabb paints a vivid, unforgettable picture of a city and a people poised between the chaos of the First World War and the darkness to come, a time when political thugs, petty thieves, and charismatic leaders rushed to fill the void left behind. Into this gap steps Hoffner, who, while battling his own personal demons, is still determined to find out who is preying on the women of Berlin, even as he gets drawn deeper into the mystery surrounding Rosa's death. Hoffner's search for the killer leads him on a dark and twisted journey through the battle-scarred streets of the city, where he soon discovers that nothing is as it appears. And while he finds allies in unexpected places, he is met at every turn by men who will stop at nothing to keep him from finding out the truth about Rosa. A genuine mystery at the time, Rosa's fate has continued to prompt speculation to this day. Rabb's taut political thriller imagines one strikingly real possibility. With his first two novels,The Overseer and The Book of Q, Rabb proved that he had a talent not only for writing suspenseful narratives but for illuminating the darkest corners of history as well. With Rosa, his finest work, he brings to life a world capital on the brink of chaos, a tragic revolutionary who both inspired and enraged, and a compellingly complex, world-weary, deeply flawed but brilliant inspector named Nikolai Hoffner.
16-page book inspiring Americans. The story of Rosa Parks and her quiet stand that changed civil rights law. Correlates with Guided Reading Level J. For use with Grades K-2.
Learn how Rosa Parks used courage as the ultimate weapon against unequal rights. People of character explores important character traits through the lives of famous historical figures. Rosa Parks highlights how this great individual demonstrated courage during her life. Intended for grades three through six.
"The only tired I was, was tired of giving in." These are the simple yet eloquent words of Rosa Parks, who on December 1, 1955, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. A year later when the boycott was over, there was a federal injunction against segregation on buses; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.m was a national figure; the civil rights movement was a national cause; and Rosa Parks was out of a job. Yet there is much more to Rosa Parks's story than just one act of defiance. Now that story is told for the first time. Raised by a strong mother and grandparents, Rosa was always proud of her heritage and believed that all people, regardless of race, were equal. With courage and determination she became one of the only two women activists with the Montgomery NAACP long before the boycott, and she was a tireless speaker for the civil rights movement long afterward. Her husband, Raymond Parks, an early activist himself, encouraged her to participate in the struggle for equality, complete her education, and register to vote. Written in her own straightforward and moving language, this compelling account speaks dramatically to our times and reveals the deliberate choices that clearly earned Rosa Parks the title "Mother to a Movement." Long before there was a civil rights movement, long before there was a women's movement, there was Rosa Parks. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable.
When the spring festival comes to town, Happy Go Lucky and his friends can't wait to see what it's all about. But when Roscoe the barn mouse disappears, Happy worries that he's gone off to the festival alone.
When she danced, she could dream. . . Beautiful and talented, Rose was the apple of her father's eye. But when he is tragically taken from her, his carefully hidden secrets destroy the only life Rose has ever known -- and lead her into a world of luxury unlike any she has imagined. Rose is whisked off to a prestigious private school, while her mother falls into a hateful whirlwind of wealth and greed. But a most unlikely person will show Rose the true meaning of family -- and give her the courage to follow her dream. . . .
With language that is both lyrical and distinctly her own, Francesca Lia Block turns nine fairy tales inside out.Escaping the poisoned apple, Snow frees herself from possession to find the truth of love in an unexpected place.A club girl from L.A., awakening from a long sleep to the memories of her past, finally finds release from its curse.And Beauty learns that Beasts can understand more than men.Within these singular, timeless landscapes, the brutal and the magical collide, and the heroine triumphs because of the strength she finds in a pen, a paintbrush, a lover, a friend, a mother, and finally, in herself.
Nine classic fairy tales set in modern, magical landscapes and retold with a twist: Snow, Tiny, Glass, Charm, Wolf, Rose, Bones, Beast, and Ice.
In the breathtaking tradition ofOnce a WarriorandThe Witch and the Warriorcomes Karyn Monk's passionate new tale of a distant time, a proud people--and a forbidden love. She was an infamous thief. . . When the ruthless MacTiers destroyed Melantha's clan, she vowed to do whatever was necessary to keep her people alive. It was a daring risk to disguise herself as "the Falcon," a mysterious horseman who stole food and gold from the enemy, always slipping away unscathed. But when Melantha captured the MacTier warrior who was sent to kill her, the danger she faced was the desire aroused by this enigmatic stranger. . . . . . . until one man stole her heart. Roarke had known only battle for far too long. With his family gone, he had proved his loyalty to his laird in countless conflicts, fighting with the fearless arrogance of a man who had nothing to lose--and untold rewards to gain. But murdering the enchanting spitfire who had waged her own maddening war against his clan was unthinkable. Torn between fealty to his lord and the dictates of his conscience, Roarke would look for an answer in the emerald eyes of a woman who dared to show him the meaning of honor, the bonds of family--and the power of love.
Rachel's family brings Grandma home to live her final days, and everyone, including Rachel and Grandma herself, must find a path to acceptance.
A lonely woman prays and yearns for reconciliation with the son who left her many years ago. Her trust in God is shattered when she learns that this beloved son has been killed in a tragic accident. A knock on the door produces a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter she never knew she had, leading to a restoration of her faith in God but opening old wounds as they discover a dark family secret. Conflict builds to the breaking point until only God can bring grace and healing.
Publishers Weekly called Craig Parshall's Trial by Ordeal "an enjoyable romp for legal thriller aficionados." Now Parshall takes his readers to the nation's capital, where a hitherto unknown document has turned up...and turned into murder.As the Smithsonian's president examines a newly discovered account of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, an intruder steals in, kills him, and disappears into the night with the document.Vinnie Archmont, an accomplished and stunningly beautiful artist, is implicated. She hires the brilliant but secretly guilt-burdened criminal law professor J.D. Blackstone.Blackstone finds himself uncovering the Mystic Freemasons' most guarded secret. He reluctantly turns to his uncle, a Bible-quoting Anglican priest and occult-religions expert. Enemies like a sorcery-obsessed billionaire English lord, a powerful U.S. Senator, and a ruthless prosecutor force Blackstone to employ all his cunning.In the process, he is compelled to choose between spiritual counterfeit and Gospel truth, guilt and forgiveness...destruction and a new beginning.
In the summer of 1947, war widow Kate Herrick returns to her childhood home, the tiny, tranquil Rose Cottage. But she soon discovers that someone - perhaps one of her strange, elderly neighbors - has broken in and stolen some important papers. Gossip spreads across the small village, as Kate enlists her childhood friends to help her uncover the truth. This quest opens up old family bitterness, jealousy, and revenge, forcing her to confront her own past. Along the way she finds true happiness in her humble beginnings and discovers romance where she least expects it.
Matthias Fitzosbert, illegitimate son of a parish priest, has a unique relationship with Rosifer, the fallen angel--the spirit he loves yet hates, strives to placate yet ultimately must flee. The story of Matthias is played out against the vivid panorama of the Middle Ages--the fall of Constantinople; the last throes of the Wars of the Roses; the terror of witchcraft; the loneliness of the Scottish marches; the battlefields of Spain; and finally, the lush jungles of the Caribbean, where the Rose Demon and Matthias meet for a final deadly confrontation.
As a new dark age looms, a handful of aging intellectuals race to finish a project in the computer simulation of social relationships in the history of a small island. A mystery emerges whose solution may offer an opportunity for redemption not only to the unhappy characters but also to their unhappy era. Poignant and beautifully written; highly original in its recompilation of the timeslip romance.
Told in letters, journal entries, e-mails, doctors' reports, and instant messages, the heartbreaking story of an aspiring ballet dancer battling leukemia. From: Melinda Skye To: Readers Subject: Jesse Hi! I can't believe it. What a surprise from Jesse. When he got my e-mail about being accepted by the Washington School of Classical Dance's summer program, he called to congratulate me! I loved hearing his voice. We've been friends forever-could it turn into something more? Melinda From: Jesse Rose To: Readers Subject: Melinda I couldn't believe the news. Melinda is so young! How could she be sick? How did she get leukemia? She's got to get better. She's got to. Jesse From the Paperback edition.
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