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Aunt Etta, Aunt Coral, and Aunt Myrtle need help caring for the mermaids, selkies, and other creatures who live on their hidden island - and they know that adults can't be trusted. What the kindly old aunts need are a few sensible and sturdy children who can keep a secret. And while kidnapping is generally not a good idea, sometimes it just has to be done. (After all, some kids just plain need to be kidnapped.) When the newly kidnapped assistant caretakers, Minette and Fabio, arrive on the island, all kinds of amazing and wondrous things start happening.
Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands--their remoteness, their mystery, above all the unique forms of life they harbor. For him, islands conjure up equally the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the adventure of Magellan and Cook, and the scientific wonder of Darwin and Wallace. Drawn to the tiny Pacific atoll of Pingelap by intriguing reports of an isolated community of islanders born totally color-blind, Sacks finds himself setting up a clinic in a one-room island dispensary, where he listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow. And on Guam, where he goes to investigate the puzzling neurodegenerative paralysis endemic there for a century, he becomes, for a brief time, an island neurologist, making house calls with his colleague John Steele, amid crowing cockerels, cycad jungles, and the remains of a colonial culture. The islands reawaken Sacks' lifelong passion for botany--in particular, for the primitive cycad trees, whose existence dates back to the Paleozoic--and the cycads are the starting point for an intensely personal reflection on the meaning of islands, the dissemination of species, the genesis of disease, and the nature of deep geologic time. Out of an unexpected journey, Sacks has woven an unforgettable narrative which immerses us in the romance of island life, and shares his own compelling vision of the complexities of being human.
Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise--a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation. But when he demolishes his boss's pink plane during a drunken airborne liaison, Tuck must run for his life from Mary Jean's goons. Now there's only one employment opportunity left for him: piloting shady secret missions for an unscrupulous medical missionary and a sexy blond high priestess on the remotest of Micronesian hells. Here is a brazen, ingenious, irreverent, and wickedly funny novel from a modern master of the outrageous.
Re-issued in its original full length, this acclaimed and bestselling romantic historical novel by award-winning author Ciji Ware tells the true story of passionate and flamboyant Jane Maxwell, The 4th Duchess of Gordon (1749-1812). In love since childhood with Thomas Fraser, when she hears that he's been killed in America, she marries the Duke of Gordon with disastrous results. But Fraser, very much alive, returns to england to claim her love. In addition to telling a heart-wrenching love story, island of the Swans also paints a fascinating portrait of a powerfuland controversial woman and The tumultuous era inwhich she lived. Patroness of poet Robert Burns, advisorto King George, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, JaneMaxwell was a towering figure in her own time and is anunforgettable heroine.
When young Theodore Roosevelt was appointed police commissioner of New York City, he had the astounding gall to try to shut down the brothels, gambling joints, and after-hours saloons. This is the story of how TR took on Manhattan vice . . . and vice won. In the 1890s, New York City was America's financial, manufacturing, and entertainment capital, and also its preferred destination for sin, teeming with forty thousand prostitutes, glittery casinos, and all-night dives. Police captains took hefty bribes to see nothing while reformers writhed in frustration. In Island of Vice, Richard Zacks paints a vivid portrait of the lewd underbelly of 1890s New York, and of Theodore Roosevelt, the puritanical, cocksure police commissioner resolved to clean it up. Writing with great wit and zest, Zacks explores how young Roosevelt goes head to head with Tammany Hall, takes midnight rambles with muckraker Jacob Riis, and tries to convince two million New Yorkers to enjoy wholesome family fun. When Roosevelt's crackdown succeeds too well, even his supporters turn on him, and TR discovers that New York loves its sin more than its salvation. With cameos by Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, and a horde of very angry cops, Island of Vice is an unforgettable snapshot of turn-of-the-century New York in all its seedy glory and a brilliant miniature of one of America's most colorful presidents.
The Second World War is raging. Times are very bad in Poland, especially for Jews, and Alex is one of them. Alone, Alex is forced to take refuge in an abandoned building at 78 Bird Street.
Sally, her father, and her dog Red Boy go up the river in a boat to a small island for a picnic.
With a Foreword by Nathaniel Philbrick, author of the bestsellerIn the Heart of the Sea If you need an appendectomy, he can do it with a stone scalpel he carved himself. If you have a condition nobody can diagnose-"creeping eruption" perhaps-he can identify what it is, and treat it. A baby with toe-tourniquet syndrome, a human leg that's washed ashore, a horse with Lyme disease, a narcoleptic falling face-first in the street, a hermit living underground-hardly anything is off-limits for Dr. Timothy J. Lepore. This is the spirited, true story of a colorful, contrarian doctor on the world-famous island of Nantucket. Thirty miles out to sea, in a strikingly offbeat place known for wealthy summer people but also home to independent-minded, idiosyncratic year-rounders, Lepore holds the life of the island, often quite literally, in his hands. He's surgeon, medical examiner, football team doctor, tick expert, unofficial psychologist, accidental homicide detective, occasional veterinarian. When crisis strikes, he's deeply involved. He's treated Jimmy Buffett, Chris Matthews, and various Kennedy relatives, but he makes house calls for anyone and lets people pay him nothing-or anything: oatmeal raisin cookies, a weather-beaten . 44 Magnum, a picture of a Nepalese shaman. Lepore can be controversial and contradictory, espousing conservative views while performing abortions and giving patients marijuana cookies. He has unusual hobbies: he's a gun fanatic, roadkill collector, and concocter of pastimes like knitting dog-hair sweaters. Ultimately,Island Practiceis about a doctor utterly essential to a community at a time when medicine is increasingly money-driven and impersonal. Can he remain a maverick even as a healthcare chain subsumes his hospital? Every community has-or, some would say, needs-a Doctor Lepore, and his island's drive to retain individuality in a cookie-cutter world is echoed across the country.
When Steve Duncan is asked to go on an archeological search on a remote Caribbean island, he never imagines the stallion he will find there. But the giant horse is unapproachable, showing nothing but fear and fury towards people. When the stallion gets caught in quicksand, can Steve get close enough to save the wild horse?From the Trade Paperback edition.
Only Steve Duncan and his friend Pitch know of the valley hidden behind the high cliffs of the remote Caribbean Azul Island. And only the two of them know of the beautiful, purebred horses that live there, under the watchful eye of the great red stallion, Flame. But when Pitch's half-brother Tom learns of this lost paradise, he will stop at nothing to make it his own, even if he has to destroy it.From the Trade Paperback edition.
On Pelican Island, Nicole spends her summer working at her parent's shop delivering sandwiches. One of her deliveries goes embarrassingly awry, but at least she meets Daniel. There seems to be an immediate connection, but Nicole can't tell if Daniel feels the same way she does. Is it summer love, or more?
When Daniel's parents die, he goes to live with his grandfather on a remote gray island off British Columbia. Daniel is lonely until he meets a mermaid. When he returns to find her, a sea otter tosses him a shell with key inside. What will this magical key unlock? Written by the Newbery Award-winning author of "Missing May. "
Back in print, the underground classic of Utopian fiction "unique, brilliantly conceived and brilliantly executed." The New York Times AUSTIN TAPPAN WRIGHT On his death, Austin Tappan Wright left the world a wholly unsuspected legacy. Among this distinguished legal scholar's papers were thousands of pages devoted to a staggering feat of literary creationa detailed history of an imagined country complete with geography, genealogy, representations from its literature, language and culture. In a monumental labor of love Wright's wife and daughter culled from this material a thousand page novel, as detailed as J.R.R.Tolkien's Middle-earth. Islandia has similarly become a classic touchstone for those concerned with the creation of imaginary worlds. Islandia occupies the southern portion of the Karain Continent, which lies in the Southern Hemisphere. Its civilization is an ancient one, protected from outside intervention by a natural fortress of towering mountains. To this isolated countrythis alien, compelling and totally fascinating worldcomes John Lang, the American consul. As the reader lives with Lang in Islandia, as he comes to know this magnetic land, its unique people, its strange customs, he may very find himself experiencing a feeling of envy, a wish that he, like Lang.be permitted, at the book's end, to return once more and spend the rest of his days in Islandia. A Harvard-educated lawyer, Austin Tappan Wright was born to a distinguished family. His father was Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and his mother was a respected novelist. After serving in the Boston law firm of Louis Brandeis,Wright took faculty positions at the University of California Law School (Berkeley) and the University of Pennsylvania. He died at the age of 48 in an automobile accident leaving thousands of pages of manuscript detailing his lifelong construction of a wholly imagined worldwhat was to become an acknowledged classtopian fantasy, Islandia. +
Anny Butler is a caretaker, a nurturer, first for her own brothers and sisters, and then as a director of an agency devoted to the welfare of children. What she has never had is a real family. That changes when she meets and marries Lewis Aiken, an exuberant surgeon fifteen years older than Anny. When they marry, she finds her family--not a traditional one, but a group of Charleston childhood friends who are inseparable, who are one another's surrogate family. They are called the Scrubs, and they all, in some way, have the common cord of family. Instantly upon meeting them at the old beach house on Sullivan's Island, which they co-own, Anny knows that she has found home and family. They vow that, when the time comes, they will find a place where they can live together by the sea. Bad things begin to happen--a hurricane, a fire, deaths--but still the remaining Scrubs cling together. They are watched over and bolstered by Camilla Curry, the heart and core of their group, always the healer. Anny herself allows Camilla to enfold and to care for her. It is the first time she has felt this kind of love and support.
Roy Malcolm has always been fascinated by space travel. And when he wins a voyage to the Inner Space Station as a game show prize, he's sure it's the trip of a lifetime. Before long, Roy is taken in by the young crew--and shares their adventures and lives. One of Arthur C. Clarke's earliest novels, Islands in the Sky is particularly noteworthy for its description of geostationary communications satellites. While this technology was nonexistent during the writing of this book, it later became commonplace--and Clarke is credited with the first practical descriptions of such technology. This book is compelling not just as a fictional tale, but as an example of the prescient power of Clarke's vision.
The crowning volume of the trilogy that began with The Sea of Trolls and continued with The Land of Silver Apples opens with a vicious tornado. (Odin on a Wild Hunt, as the young berserker Thorgil sees it.) The fields of Jack's home village are devastated, the winter ahead looks bleak, and a monster--a draugr--has invaded the forest outside of town. But in the hands of bestselling author Nancy Farmer, the direst of prospects becomes any reader's reward. Soon, Jack, Thorgil, and the Bard are off on a quest to right the wrong of a death caused by Father Severus. Their destination is Notland, realm of the fin folk, though they will face plenty of challenges and enemies before get they get there. Impeccably researched and blending the lore of Christian, Pagan, and Norse traditions, this expertly woven tale is beguilingly suspenseful and, ultimately, a testament to love.
I'm at the end of my rope! Like getting shipwrecked and surviving a hurricane weren't bad enough! Now I've got to support my sort of boyfriend's plan to get off this island, even though I think his idea's kinda lame. But with everything going so well between us, I don't want to rock the boat...er...make waves...well, you know what I mean! Especially with Evil Angela supporting Josh's plan all the way. I wish I knew what to do. The stakes are pretty high now. And I can't help wondering if maybe, just maybe, there's another way to get back home....
The battle for power between the Renne and Wills families reaches a fever point. Fleeing a forced marriage, young Elise Wills makes a desperate bargain with a river spirit to save her own life. It is left to the wanderer Alaan to find Elise.
This is a medieval fantasy which is the first book in a trilogy called the Hound and the Falcon.
Three out of three! Sparr has found all of his Three Powers, and that adds up to big trouble for Droon. Armed with the Red Eye of Dawn, the Coiled Viper, and the Golden Wasp, Sparr is more powerful than ever. And once he reaches the Isle of Mists, he is going to try an amazing new magic trick. A trick to take over all of Droon. Eric, Keeah, and the others are hot on his trail. But they are worried. The Isle of Mists is where Sparr's stepfather, Emperor Ko, mysteriously disappeared. Some even say that the evil ruler is still alive there. Sparr plus the Three Powers plus Emperor Ko? For Eric and his friends, that's not a good equation.
Breaking rules can either save us or destroy us. This novel, set off the coast of South Carolina, is fun, filled with unusual characters, who could be a part of your own family.
A young man awakens on an island, alone and seriously injured, with no memory, and as he searches for his identity, he finds himself caught between two notorious pirates battling for a legendary treasure reportedly hidden by monks.
The audit process can be a daunting one as an auditor can direct questions at any employee within your organization. Written in a clear plain style, this pocket guide offers a tried and tested briefing, and should be issued to staff in advance of the audit to help them prepare for the experience and be well equipped to answer questions when asked. This pocket book explains what an ISO 27001 assessment is, why organizations bother with them, and what individual staff should do and, perhaps as importantly, not do if an auditor chooses to question them.
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Get to grips with key ISO27000 and information security vocabulary with this indispensable, concise pocket guide! Information security is of crucial importance to your business. If you don t know the difference between a cookie and a worm, or between war-chalking and digital watermarking, you are sure to find this guide enlightening. The strength of the book is that it is a combined glossary, enabling you to find explanations of geek slang, procedural language and acronyms all in one place. The combined glossary is a revised edition of the popular A Dictionary of Information Security Terms, and this new edition has been able to draw on the definitions provided in ISO/IEC 27000:2009 Security Techniques Information security management systems Overview and vocabulary. What's new? Further definitions are sourced from ISO/IEC Guide 73:2002 to provide you with authoritative explanations of those information security terms that are used across the ISO framework. The combined glossary has taken account of an important change on the information security scene, and contains some new acronyms and definitions from the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Benefits to business include: * Understand what everyone else is talking about The fact that you re reading this suggests you take an interest in information security. Whether you work in business or in the public sector, it s an issue that s likely to come up. If you re given a position paper to read on information security, or have to attend a briefing, you will want to form your own opinion, particularly when the discussion directly affects your company. Meekly accepting arguments you don t understand is never a good idea, especially not when large sums of money are involved. With the clear, reliable definitions contained in this combined glossary, you can finally get to grips with the problem. * Understand what you re talking about Any modern organisation relies on its IT systems. Although IT may not be your speciality, cybercrime affects all of us. So, wherever you work, if you are in a position of responsibility, then at some point, you will need to form a view on information security and put your point across. You can use this combined glossary to bring your arguments into sharper focus. The pocket guide will prove invaluable not only to business executives but also to civil servants and lawyers, as well as to people working in financial services and the media. * Assist ISO implementation If your company or department is introducing an information security management system (ISMS) as specified under ISO27001, then you can ensure that key personnel are up to speed on the issue of information security by giving them all a copy of this pocket guide. * Make better decisions The bad guys are only ever a mouse-click away. If you care at all about the financial well-being of your company, you need to take action on information security. However, there is often a gap between management s overall sense of its responsibilities regarding information security and the IT people whose technical skills are required to fulfil those obligations. This combined glossary will help your organisation to bridge that gap and to facilitate communication between managers and the IT department. The guide enables managers to grasp the key concepts of information security, thereby facilitating the planning and coordination that are essential for successful implementation of any major information security project. So it makes sense to take information security seriously, even if you are not an expert on the subject. This rapidly evolving discipline has spawned a complex and bewildering vocabulary and understanding the terms and language will stand you in good stead. If you have ever felt confused by the language of information security, this pocket guide is for you; designed for non-specialist managers and those who are new to the subject, two internationally recognised experts in the field of information security have created a simple key to the mysteries of geek speak.
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