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In the winter of 1897, Elspeth Howell treks across miles of snow and ice to the isolated farmstead in upstate New York where she and her husband have raised their five children. Her midwife's salary is tucked into the toes of her boots, and her pack is full of gifts for her family. But as she crests the final hill, and sees her darkened house and a smokeless chimney, immediately she knows that an unthinkable crime has destroyed the life she so carefully built.Her lone comfort is her twelve-year-old son, Caleb, who joins her in mourning the tragedy and planning its reprisal. Their long journey leads them to a rough-hewn lake town, defined by the violence both of its landscape and of its inhabitants. There Caleb is forced into a brutal adulthood, as he slowly discovers truths about his family he never suspected, and Elspeth must confront the terrible urges and unceasing temptations that have haunted her for years. Throughout it all, the love between mother and son serves as the only shield against a merciless world.A scorching portrait of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence, The Kept is told with deep compassion and startling originality, and introduces James Scott as a major new literary voice.
Centers on the abduction of disturbed heiress, Isabel Ireland, whose husband Henry died in a fall from his horse (or a blow to the head) near their estate in Suffolk. Through intriguing letters, diaries and compelling narratives by characters from all levels of 1860s English society, this story follows Isabel's determined cousins to remote Easton Hall, where she's being kept by sinister James Dixey, a purported naturalist with initially murky motives. Dixey's henchmen destroy eggs of endangered bird species and maintain vicious dogs that distress his servants, especially precocious Esther Spalding, an endearing young maid who cares for Isabel in the manor's lonely west wing. In squalid, crime-ridden London, police captain McTurk shrewdly links a shady debt collection service and dramatic train robbery to Isabel's abduction.
Businesswoman Katie Connor thinks herself immune to notorious womanizer Alexi Demetri. . . . So when she finds herself falling for him she decides to run. But unbeknownst to her she's pregnant--and will be tied to the ruthless Greek forever! Though Alexi has sworn never to wed again, marry he must to catch his runaway mistress! And with the threat of a custody battle, Katie has no choice but to become Alexi's convenient wife. Trouble is, Alexi won't be content until he possesses her body. . . and soul!
Multimillionaire businessman and playboy Rafael Vives is bedazzled by Amy's beauty-and instantly decides she must be his new mistress! Showered with jewels and gifts, Amy knows she should feel lucky. But she longs to be more than just the billionaire's playmate. Torn between her heart and her head, Amy leaves. And Rafael, determined to win her back, must choose between wanting her as his mistress, or making her his bride-for keeps!
For girls who are fans of Harry Potter and have outgrown the Disney Fairies series and the American Girl books, the Fairy Godmother Academy is the perfect series-fantasy books filled with magic and adventure but grounded by contemporary girls and issues. The series boasts an amazing Web site that allows girls to enter the world they visit in the books. There they can do activities both on- and offline, vote for things they'd like to see in the books, and connect with other Fairy Godmother Academy fans. Zally Guevara always knows where she's going. She has a passion for maps of all kinds and can't wait to pack her suitcase and explore the world. But Zally doesn't have to wait to get her wish. With the help of a cup of magical cocoa from her grandmother, she travels to a place that only girls training to become fairy godmothers can get to-the enchanted dreamland of Aventurine, a place that has no map. In Aventurine, Zally is given her quest: to save a fairy queen who has lost her will to live. Zally's companions are a young fairy with a broken wing, and a stallion prince. The trio's journey proves to be even more challenging than they could have imagined as they meet monsters and get lost in a ruined fairy city. All the while, Zally is making a map of Aventurine and discovering that she has a talent, passed down from generations of women in her family: understanding the thoughts of animals. But will this be enough to save the fairy queen and ensure that Zally can continue her fairy-godmother training? Join the Fairy Godmother Academy! Visit the Web site for games, activities, and networking with friends! www. fairygodmotheracademy. com
Schafer has collected some of the funniest bloopers - misspeaking in a public forum - available and many of them from celebrities.
This book is a tribute to members of the broadcasting industry who have suffered from bloopers and it offers consolation and provides support to the victims.
Kernel methods provide a powerful and unified framework for pattern discovery, motivating algorithms that can act on general types of data (e. g. strings, vectors or text) and look for general types of relations (e. g. rankings, classifications, regressions, clusters). The application areas range from neural networks and pattern recognition to machine learning and data mining. This book, developed from lectures and tutorials, fulfils two major roles: firstly it provides practitioners with a large toolkit of algorithms, kernels and solutions ready to use for standard pattern discovery problems in fields such as bioinformatics, text analysis, image analysis. Secondly it provides an easy introduction for students and researchers to the growing field of kernel-based pattern analysis, demonstrating with examples how to handcraft an algorithm or a kernel for a new specific application, and covering all the necessary conceptual and mathematical tools to do so.
Kernicterus (bilirubin encephalopathy) is a highly interesting example of metabolic encephalopathy. It fills all the characteristics of a metabolic encephalopathy in that it can develop rapidly, produces signature signs and symptoms, and is amenable to successful treatment. In the absence of treatment kernicterus can produce devastating sequelae and death. The present volume will examine the biochemistry and physiology of bilirubin as well as its hepatic metabolism and renal excretion. Chapters will elaborate bodily disposition of bilirubin and its neuropathology. Both early treatments and current therapy will be discussed in detail. Phototherapy will be presented, and its efficacy and influence on incidence thoroughly examined.
In this sequel to 'Westmark', when war comes to Westmark, life in the kingdom is changed forever. Theo is swept into the war in defense of his land and his love.
Unbeknownst to Iris Chapman, the Atlanta-based owner of Image Control, a kettle of low-flying vultures convenes overhead as she boards the flight home to Opa Locka on the day of her brother Victor's controversial wedding. Following their customary bear hugs, Iris' eccentric family launches into the inquisition, the visual and vocal assessment of Iris' physical appearance. Will Iris survive the onslaught by the vulturous characters in her life? Will Ms. Chickie, her octogenarian grandmother; her superstitious mother who denunciates anything nappy; her hermit-like father; and brain-numbing, irritating clients, push Iris over the edge of her own sanity?
When sixteen-year-old Keturah follows a legendary hart into the King's forest she becomes lost, and eventually Lord Death comes to claim her, but when she is able to charm him with her story, she gains a reprieve of twenty-four hours, if she can find her one true love.
Ever since his mom died, Kevin Corbett and his dad have been on the move. Now Kevin's found a place he really likes, and his dad want to move again.
Kevin Garnett was the first player in 20 years to go straight from high school to the NBA. By his second season, he had become one of the NBA's most popular players. One of the highest-paid players in basketball history, Garnett has regularly led the Minnesota Timberwolves to the playoffs.
A ten-year-old boy in the Midwest misses his Chinese grandmother, who always lived next door until her health caused her to move.
This book's individual entries introduce, explain and contextualise the key topics within classical social theory. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed throughout with careful cross-referencing allowing students to move effortlessly between core ideas and themes. Each entry provides: * Clear definitions * Lucid accounts of key issues * Up-to-date suggestions for further reading * Informative cross-referencing Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of classical social theory.
This work provides a multidisciplinary perspective on 50 "key concepts" within the field of corporate social responsibility, from "Agency Theory" to "Voluntary Regulation. " Entries focus on definitions, the relevance of the concepts to the field, key debates and tensions surrounding the concepts, and evidence of practice. Further examples of concepts discussed by the entries include codes of conduct, complexity theory, eco-efficiency, employee engagement, environmental discourses, ethical consumerism, globalization, green marketing, intergenerational equity, performance evaluation and measurement, postcolonialism, product stewardship, risk management, social capital, stakeholder theory, and sweatshops. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
This book's individual entries introduce, explain and contextualise key topics within the study of family lives. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed throughout with careful cross-referencing allowing students to move effortlessly between core ideas and themes. . Each entry provides: * Clear definitions * Lucid accounts of key issues * Up-to-date suggestions for further reading * Informative cross-referencing Relevant, focused and accessible, this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.
Including ten new chapters on nature, globalization, development and risk, and a new section on practicing geography, this is a completely revised and updated edition of the best-selling, standard student resource. Key Concepts in Geography explains the key terms - space, time, place, scale, landscape - that define the language of geography. It is unique in the reference literature as it provides - in one volume - concepts from both human geography and physical geography; especially relevant now that environment is so critical to our understanding of geography. Four introductory chapters on different intellectual traditions in geography situate and introduce the entries on the key concepts. Each entry then comprises a short definition, a summary of the principal arguments, a substantive 5,000-word discussion, the use of real-life examples, and annotated notes for further reading. Written in an accessible way - by established figures in the discipline - the definitions provide thorough explanations of key geographical concepts. Each discussion provides references to, and summaries of, the key literature; as well as an examination of the history and use of each concept, illustrated with everyday examples. Key Concepts in Geography is a comprehensive overview of the all the core concepts that undergraduates of geography must understand to complete their degree.
International relations is a vibrant field of significant growth and change. This book guides students through the complexities of the major theories of international relations and the debates that surround them, the core theoretical concepts, and the key contemporary issues. Introduced by an overview of the discipline's development and general structure, the more than 40 entries are broken down as follows: Parts two introduces the key theories and each chapter includes: " A broad overview " a discussion of methodologies " a review of empricial applications " a guide to further reading and useful websites Part three discusses the major concepts and for each concept provides: " An introduction to the core questions " An overview of the definitions and theoretical perspectives " A review of empirical problems " Links to other entries, further reading and useful websites Clear and highly readable, Key Concepts in International Relations is an essential guide for students on politics and international relations courses.
`If you want a clear, well written and authoritative introduction to the ideas and concepts that underpin the marketing discipline, this is the book for you' - Emeritus Professor Michael J Baker `Each section draws the reader in to the story - the what and why of marketing, and also deals well with how. While it is educational and informing it is also a jolly good read' - Heather Skinner, Principal Lecturer, Glamorgan Business School The perfect quick reference text for your marketing course, Key Concepts in Marketing introduces and examines the key issues, methods, models and debates that define the field of marketing today. Over 50 essential concepts are covered, including the marketing mix, branding, consumerism, marketing communication and corporate image. Each entries features: - Useful definition box - Summary of the concept - A broader discussion - Examples and illustrations - Key literature references This extremely readable and accessible format provides the reader a wealth of information at their fingertips, and provides a valuable reference to any student of marketing. The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.
"This book wins on two levels: not only is there an extensive range of concepts presented (including some that are unexpected yet clearly relevant), there is also a succinct, thorough and critical dissection of each. Recommended, if not essential, reading for all student mental health professionals. " - Dr Steven Pryjmachuk, Head of Mental Health Division, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester Mental health is an area that new students and trainee practitioners often find bewildering. This book cuts through the stigma associated with this topic. It delivers bite-sized chunks of information that cover the central concepts and debates which shape contemporary views about mental health and illness. As this book shows, these key concepts not only influence our understanding of mental health, but also govern the provision of services for people with mental-health problems. Drawing together perspectives from sociology, psychiatry, psychology and ethics, the vital topics in mental health are examined in three parts: - PART ONE: Mental Health and Mental-Health Problems explores theories and understandings of mental health and illness - PART TWO: Mental Health Services looks at the structure and organization of mental health service delivery, past and present - PART THREE: Mental Health and Society studies the social context. This new edition adds 10 new concepts as well as updating the previous entries. New topics include childhood adversity, recovery, spirituality, well-being, social and cultural capital, quality of mental-health services, evidence-based practice, and work and mental health. This book will be invaluable for trainee health professionals, including clinical psychologists, social workers, nurses, counsellors and psychotherapists.
This is a new kind of textbook that forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the human geography subdisciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Political Geography provides a cutting-edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in the field. Involving detailed yet expansive discussions, the book includes: * an introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field * over 20 key concept entries covering the expected staples of the sub-discipline, such as nationalism, territoriality, scale and political-economy, as well as relatively new arrivals to the field including the other, anti-statism, gender, and post-conflict * extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading.
Key Concepts in Public Relations: Provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use overview to the field Covers over 150 central concepts in PR Paves the way for students to tackle primary texts Grounds students in both practice and theory Takes it further with recommended reading
A Highland laird unlocks the heart of an English beauty in this historical romance from the author of The Deed.
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