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When Henry Warren, director of an English bank, lands by chance in a hospital in a bleak Northern town that has been ruined by the closure of its shipyard, he discovers nothing less than a new purpose for his life. Moved by the fate of the town's inhabitants, Warren risks his fortune and reputation to save the shipyard and restore the town to its former prosperity. In seeking to change the fate of the town, he radically changes his own.
It is the year 2007. The world has been wiped out by a deadly plague that killed all the adults. Without them, children perished of hunger and disease. No more people, no more electricity, no more civilization -- just mildewed houses, overgrown yards, and abandoned cars. Yet on a highway strip outside a small town in Florida, the words "We're Still Here" are painted in letters big enough to be seen from an airplane -- although no planes ever cross the empty sky. Miraculously, seven children have survived among the ruins. They cannot remember their names, their families, or much else from the Before Time. But they have forged a new family, with new names: Mommy, Hunter, Teacher, Action Figure, Teddy Bear, Baby, and Doll. They must face each day with enough hope to endure and the strength to realize that there may be nothing out there worth living for. Then one day, a new kid shows up on their doorstep and changes everything. He invites them to join him on a dangerous journey to Washington, to find a man called President if he's still alive -- and seek the answers to the mystery at the heart of the Fire-us. In this first book of the Fire-us Trilogy, Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher weave a compelling post-apocalyptic tale, luring readers into a world that is inventive enough to intrigue, yet true enough to believe.
Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . . Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn't easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia "Cady" Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she's carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge. But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can't clear her family name soon, she'll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama discusses a wide variety of spiritual and human concerns with his characteristic warmth, wit and perception.
These edited versions of the Tibetan Buddhist leader's lectures in the US in 1979 and 1981 and Canada in 1980 are reissued to commemorate their first publication 25 years ago. In them, the Dalai Lama presents basic Buddhist doctrines in a development sequence. Notes and 24 pages of photos are included, but no index. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In an environment where kindness equals weakness, how do those who care survive?
Spring is in full bloom in Acorn Hill. In an astonishing act of generosity, Rosalind Westwood, a volunteer at the hospital, amazes Alice when she offers her kidney to Myra Swanson, a dialysis patient she hardly knows. Myra can't quite believe the offer is real. Will Alice be able to guide her to accept this selfless gift? Meanwhile, Louise is drawn in to help Florence with her latest project, a talent show with little time for preparation, as Jane races to prepare Grace Chapel Inn for inspection. But will the discovery of an infraction close the doors of the bed and breakfast? Join us once again at Grace Chapel Inn, where Alice, Jane, and Louise rekindle old memories, rediscover their childhood bonds, revel in the blessings of friendship, and meet fascinating guests along the way.
This collection of Buddhist stories conveys the teachings of Buddha in a very interesting and easily understandable language. It suits all age groups irrespective of religion or creed.
The first time I meet an angel, it is Raphael and I am eighteen. Miriam is an unassuming college freshman stuck on campus after her spring break plans fall through. She's not a religious girl--when pressed she admits reluctantly to believing in a higher power. Truth be told, she's about as comfortable speaking about her faith as she is about her love life, which is to say, not at all. And then the archangel Raphael pays Miriam a visit, and she finds herself on a desperate mission to save two of her contemporaries. To top it all off, her twin brother, Mo, has also had a visitation, but from the opposite end of the good-evil spectrum, which leaves Miriam to wonder--has she been blessed and her brother cursed or vice versa? And what is the real purpose behind her mission?
On the back of the dragon Wahirangi, Finn the Fox flees the world he has known. As he sets out to find the brother he never knew of, he still holds in his heart the memory of the Hunter. He has denied his love for her, but he cannot deny it forever. In the halls of the Last Believers, Talyn begins to uncover her own mysteries, but her lust for the death of the Caisah is still strong and clouds her vision. She must choose her path, as the Seer of her people or as the assassin of the overlord. Meanwhile, Byre, Talyn's brother, must venture into the fiery world of the Kindred, to rebuild the pact that his ancestors made. He will risk everything he is as he forms a new pact that will change his people forever. Dragons and myths will be reborn, as the Hunter and her Fox face each other once more.
When the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, they were looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter who had stayed behind. Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaited them instead. Brutally murdered in her bedroom, Deena's body showed signs of trauma that horrified even the toughest of cops; including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who was specifically requested by the captain to investigate. When the evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest their perpetrator; little do they know yet that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities. Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes. But for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring justice.
Jakes grandfather, Billy, hears the talk of birds, is eighty-eight years old, and is going to live forever. Even when Billy gets sick, Jake knows that everything will go on as always. But theres one thing Billy wants: to rebuild the sod house where he grew up. Can Jake give him this one special thing?From beloved author Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about what we do for the ones we love, and how the bonds that hold us together also allow us to let each other go.
Twin witches Cam and Alex have returned to Coventry Island to say a final farewell to their guardian, Karsh. But when the girls visit their ancestral home on the island, they discover many shocking truths about their past.
Sara realizes she might not the only one with amazing paranormal powers.Sara is used to having visions, but she has no idea why she keeps seeing a cute blonde she's dubbed "Mystery Boy"...and then she meets him. Mason isn't all that friendly, yet Sara feels drawn to him, and the two begin spending more and more time together. Sara isn't sure she even likes him, but she can't stop thinking about him. And the strangest things seem to happen whenever the two are together... Meanwhile, Sara begins to suspect that she has developed another power: telekenesis. Lady Azura insists she is mistaken, but the more research Sara does, the surer she is that she--or someone close to her--has the rare and awesome ability to move objects with the mind. The question is, who is it?
"Animals are a gift to the human race--a gift that humans rarely take full advantage of. Only now are we even beginning to understand what a marvelous blessing animals truly are." When Allen Schoen began practicing veterinary medicine twenty-three years ago, his peers scoffed at his assertion that animals have feelings and emotions. Today he is one of America's most celebrated veterinarians, traveling worldwide to treat the domestic animals of scores of clients.
Combining ideas from philosophy, artificial intelligence, and neurobiology, Daniel Dennett leads the reader on a journey of inquiry, exploring such intriguing possibilities as: Can any of us really know what is going on in someone else's mind?
In the boldest expose on the nature of power since Machiavelli, celebrated Jungian therapist James Hillman shows how the artful leader uses each of two dozen kinds of power with finesse and subtlety. Power, we often forget, has many faces, many different expressions. "Empowerment," writes best-selling Jungian analyst James Hillman, "comes from understanding the widest spectrum of possibilities for embracing power. " If food means only meat and potatoes, your body suffers from your ignorance. When your idea of food expands, so does your strength. So it is with power. "James Hillman," says Robert Bly, "is the most lively and original psychologist we have had in America since William James. " In Kinds Of Power, Hillman addresses himself for the first time to a subject of great interest to business people. He gives much needed substance to the subject by showing us a broad experience of power, rooted in the body, the rnind, and the emotions, rather than the customary narrow interpretation that simply equates power with strength. Hillman's "anatomy" of power explores two dozen expressions of power every artful leader must understand and use, including: the language of power, control, influence, resistance, leadership, prestige, authority, exhibitionism, charisma, ambition, reputation, fearsomeness, tyranny, purism, subtle power, growth, and efficiency. From the Hardcover edition.
Create your own innovative applications in computer vision, game design, music, robotics, and other areas by taking full advantage of Kinect's extensive interactive, multi-media platform. With this book, you get a step-by-step walkthrough of the best techniques and tools to come out of the OpenKinect project, the largest and most active Kinect hacking community. Learn dozens of hacks for building interfaces that respond to body movements, gestures, and voice, using open source toolkits such as openFrameworks, the Processing IDE, and OpenKinect driver library. Whether you're an artist, designer, researcher, or hobbyist, this book will give you a running start with Kinect. Set up a development environment in Windows 7, Mac OSX, or Ubuntu Build special effects apps with tools such as Synapse and Cinder Create gestural interfaces to integrate and control digital music components Capture the realistic motions of a 3D model with NI mate, Blender, and Animata Design gesture-based games with the ZigFu SDK Recreate the dimensions of any room in realtime, using RGBDemo Use gestures to navigate robots and control PC interfaces
the science of movement
A richly human novel that tells the story of the Liang family living in New York: Suave Dr. Liang, his wife, most particularly of their four children.
Hoping to erase her unhappy old life, Hazel jumps in her beat-up old car and speeds away. When she pulls up to the Evening and Morning Star Trailer Park, where nothing turns into even more of nothing, she decides it just might be the new life shes looking for. At the centre of this new life is King, a motorcycle-riding, hard-drinking, guitar-playing kind of guy. Hazel loves him to death. He spends his days fixing cars, while Hazel spends hers working at the towns thrift shop. Evenings they spend with Spiney and Sissy, playing cards or drinking at Old Joes. Its a clear kind of life, pure as water in the old quarry. As Hazel settles into the trailer park, she begins to settle into her new life too. She covers the trailers yard with wildflowers. She makes new friends, like Egbert (Egg), who helps her create elaborate tableaux in the thrift-shop window. She may even learn how to cook. But when Kings repeated brushes with the law bring him a spell in jail, things begin, slowly and surely, to unravel. Maybe Hazel hasnt outrun herself after all, maybe year-round Christmas lights and thrift-shop glamour cant outshine honesty, and maybe Hazel cant make her world perfect by willing it so. Fun and sad and true, King feels like a slumber party: just you and your best friend in sleeping bags whispering through the long night. And when you wake up in the morning, youll blink, shake your head, and for a second, just a second, the world will seem like a more magical place.
When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.
This series provides a stimulating introduction to the great classic stories of literature and the best in children's fiction. The books are easy and enjoyable to read, and feature full-page, full-color pictures and photographs. Each title includes interesting information about the authors, and comprehension questions to spark discussion.
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