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Twenty-nine year old Alexander Kinloch is an unusual chap. With a fervor for the bagpipes and a talent for painting "the passions of golf ... the conflict within the self," he's not what you'd expect as the fourth son of a Scottish earl. When his ailing stepfather seeks Alexander's help in reviving his bankrupt brewery, Alexander begrudgingly leaves his secluded highland cabin and enters a "race" to save his family's honor. The King Alfred Gold Cup, a two mile steeplechase that exemplifies the pride of the brewery, is his challenge, and his assignment is to secure the cup trophy, a valuable medieval chalice. As he emerges from his life as a near recluse, Alexander begins to understand the benefits and the costs of becoming a hero.
When is the last time you've read an honest, funny book about living with disabilities? To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities is just such a book. You'll learn from a woman blind from birth about activities of daily life, like talking to children about disabilities, traveling, going to church, and working. Great memoirs about amazing people with disabilities exist, as do hundreds of books about the diagnosis and treatment of a particular disability. There are also books for specialists about teaching, rehabilitating, or accommodating a particular kind of disability. Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, more and more people interact daily with students, customers, and clients with disabilities and want to do so knowledgeably and sensitively. The life experiences Schneider describes to exemplify her suggestions to the reader highlight the warmth and humor in all of our struggles to be humane with each other, whether we are temporarily able-bodied or disabled. Fifty-four million Americans have chronic illnesses or disabilities requiring them to make accommodations in the ways they live their lives. They have families, friends, coworkers, teachers, health care professionals, and church leaders who want to know what their disabled friend is going through and how to help. Schneider writes about living with blindness for over fifty years and fibromyalgia for ten years.
Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse is one of her greatest literary achievements and among the most influential novels of the twentieth century. The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and the conflict between men and women.
She was a girl. Dar knew it the moment he saw her. That wasn't as easy as it sounds. Really. Considering that she was shaved bald and was wearing a baggy gray flannel coverall, Dar was doing pretty well to identify her as human, let alone female. It would've been a much better bet that she was a department-store mannequin in one of those bags that are put on them between outfits, to protect them in case somebody with a plastic fetish comes along.
Josie, Perri, and Kat have been best friends since third grade--the athlete, the drama queen, and the popular beauty. Growing up in an affluent suburb of Baltimore, they enjoy privileges many teenagers are denied. But on the final day of school one of them brings a gun with her. And when the police break down the door of the high school girls' bathroom, locked from the inside, they find two of the friends wounded, one of them critically . . . and the third girl is dead.From multiple-award winner Laura Lippman, one of the most acclaimed authors of crime fiction writing today, comes a tale of secrets, friendship, and betrayal that illuminates a dark and chilling event with clarity and empathy. Lenhardt, this case is a mystery with more twists than these grief-stricken suburbanites are willing to acknowledge -- and the sole lucid survivor, a girl with a teenager's uncanny knack for stonewalling, strikes him as being less than honest. What is she concealing? Is she trying to protect herself or someone else? Even the simplest secrets can kill -- and kill again if no one is willing to confront them. Breathtaking in its emotional depth, powerful, provocative, and consistently surprising, Laura Lippman's To the Power of Three carries the crime novel into richer, more fertile territory. It is the crowning achievement to date in an already exemplary literary career.
Ruth Kossoff, at twenty-one, wants only two things-to be loved by David Landau, whom she has known all her life, and to be rich, to escape from the tenement life she shares with her parents and her younger brother Martin. A summer tutorial job in the Stamm household gives her a first taste of the cashmere-wrapped world of those who are so rich that money is taken for granted. It is hard for her to return from the Stamms' luxurious country house to New York City, to St. Marks Place, although David is there - to her mother's patient weariness, her father's fits of rage over Martin's poor marks and lack of ambition, and Martin's growing depression. Then suddenly Ruth's life is irrevocably altered. What happens to someone like Ruth Kossoff, greedy for life and love and caught in a trap of her own making? This is a novel about an ambitious, headstrong woman who, after thirteen years of marriage, finds herself with only half of what she wants. It is about the extent to which people can change and the point beyond which they can't-the point at which selfknowledge becomes merely painful rather than useful. It is also an ironical, frank, and very modern love story.
Biography of the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
When his museum friends are captured, Larry knows that he must save them! Will Larry and his new friend Amelia Earhart swoop in to the rescue in time?
As a pestilence sweeps medieval England, a low-born woman has only the sharpness of her wits-and the courage of her heart. . . Edith of Warren Hamlet plays a dangerous game. At the knights' tourneys across the land, among the lords and ladies, she is a strange foreign princess. But in the privacy of her tent with the other survivors of her village, she is but a smith's widow with a silver tongue. They are well-fed, but if discovered, the punishment is death. And one knight-fierce, arrogant, and perilously appealing-is becoming far too attentive. . . Sir Ranulf of Fredenwyke cares little for tourneys: playing for ladies' favors, when his own lady is dead; feasting, while commoners starve; "friendly" combat, when he has seen real war. Still, one lady captivates him-mysterious in her veils and silks, intoxicating with her exotic scents and bold glances. Yet something in her eyes reminds him of home. . . and draws him irresistibly to learn her secrets. . . "Romantic and compelling. . . the author [has a] strong voice and narrative skills. " -Red Roses Reviews (5 Red Roses) on A Knight's Enchantment"A promising new voice!" -Shirlee Busbee
Imagine this: It's early on a Saturday morning and you gaze out your bedroom window as you make your bed. "What a beautiful day! I think I'll just relax and enjoy the morning," you think to yourself. Suddenly your mother bursts into your room and says, "Hurry and get dressed--we have lots to do before your grandparents get here at noon. We have to get peaches from Georgia, lobster from Maine, sweet corn from Illinois, steaks from Texas, grapefruit from California, and a bunch of tulips from Michigan." And without even taking a breath, she adds, "Then your father needs to get wood from Oregon to make you a new computer desk."
This is Julie Czerneda's fifth novel and takes the story of Captain Morgan, a human, and his lover, decidedly something else, to its conclusion. It is a novel about how a race can learn to rethink its whole social structure because of changing circumstances. It is also a novel about the clash of cultures in a complex universe.
Forensic specialist Kyra Elliott faces the challenge of her career. From scattered skeletal remains she must identify a serial killer who's gotten away with murder, and his young victims. Help comes in the tall, dark, handsome form of an old friend--and secret crush--FBI investigator Joshua Richards. Considered a loose cannon, Josh has been "loaned" to Kyra, and he doesn't like it. Yet as they close in on the killer, Kyra has to trust her hostile partner with her life--and her heart.
A faded childhood photograph of the Barker girls was the only clue found at a crime scene. But it didn't explain who'd want Jessie Barker's sister dead. The snapshot brought back memories of another tragedy, shrouded in mystery, that left the Barker girls orphaned as children. Jessie had to find out what happened to her beloved sister, but she'd have to trust a stranger with a twenty-five-year-old story that no one had ever believed. Yet detective Steve Gardner did believe -- and with God's help he would aid Jessie in her dangerous quest for the truth. . .
Danyl Fitzhugh needs a woman. After his latest leading lady leaves both his theatre and his bed for another company, he vows to prove he can turn any woman in London into an actress-and sets his sights on Sarah Branford. He's immediately drawn to her innocence and beauty, and their unexpected attraction soon leads to an audition for the stage and as his mistress. But with Christmas approaching and their passion growing, will their relationship last when Danyl learns Sarah is much more than she seems?
To Walk in Seasons is designed to help the beginner discover haiku for himself, and eventually create his own haiku poems. It includes a lively and sensitive introduction on the nature of haiku. For individual study, or for use in the classroom, it also contains a study guide aimed at recreating the thought processes behind this terse, concentrated form.
Even a vampire has to face her inner demons . . . Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She's good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death-and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power. Kat can't allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she's encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface-and costs her whatever is left of her humanity . . . 'Fans of Underworld will not want to miss this fast-paced, action-packed debut!'- Jess Haines, author of Deceived by the Others
Even a vampire has to face her inner demons. . .Kat Redding is the very thing she hunts: a vampire, thirsting for blood, capable of killing any creature unlucky enough to get in her path. The difference is, Kat kills her own kind in order to protect human Purebloods. She's good at what she does. Good enough to earn the nickname Lady Death--and the enmity of every bloodthirsty being around. But now a vampire Count is intent on merging his House with a werewolf cult to create a force of terrifying power. Kat can't allow that to happen. Even if it means taking on a den of weres and a vampire more ruthless than any she's encountered before. She has the weapons, the skill, and a few allies. But that may not be enough to eliminate the Count before her own dark nature rises to the surface--and costs her whatever is left of her humanity. . ."Fans of Underworld will not want to miss this fast-paced, action-packed debut!" -Jess Haines, author of Deceived by the Others"Kat is a complex, compelling character who takes us on a wild ride. Hold on and enjoy!" --Alexandra Ivy, New York Times bestselling author
Ten-year-old Billie, a Seminole Indian, is caught between the cultures when his family moves away from the Florida Everglades and nearer the white man's civilization. -- Card catalog description Billie Tommie, a ten-year-old Seminole Indian, lives with his family in a chickee on a mangrove island in the Florida Everglades. Billie is the first in his family to attend school. Now he walks in two worlds--the traditonal world of his ancestors and the modern world of teachers, tourists, and schoolmates. Billie's grandfather, Abraham, tells him the legends, stories, and rituals that are important to the Seminole people. Abraham says that an honest man who leads a good life will walk the path to the city in the sky when he dies. But Billie wants to learn more about the white man's ways. Caught between two cultures, which path will Billie take? Ages 9-12
When Catherine and Edgar and their children return home from Catherine's sister's wedding in Trier, they are dismayed to find a dead body in the house. In this novel set against the backdrop of the Crusades, they must struggle to defend themselves against the Church authorities. To do so, they must also find the murderer.
An Arranged Marriage. . . Makenna Dunstan has never needed a man's protection before. But when her father's failing health places the safety of the clan in her hands, she has no choice but to marry Colin McTiernay. Fearing the emotions Colin awakens within her, she finds herself succumbing too easily to his lingering kisses and warm caresses. Yet she wonders if she can truly trust this highlander who is quickly stealing her heart. . . Ignites An Insatiable Desire. . . A highlander from birth, Colin McTiernay knows the Dunstan clan dislikes him, especially the laird's youngest daughter. But he is determined to save the lowlanders from their enemies even if that means marrying the willful and impetuous Makenna. Taming this fierce tigress will be a challenge that Colin is confident he can meet by seducing Makenna--and tantalizing her with a passion that will only leave her begging for more. . . Praise for Michele Sinclair and The Highlander Bride "Sensual and humorous, a winning combination that everyone can enjoy. " --Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author "Readers will be satisfied with her feisty heroine and alpha male hero, who engages in a battle of wills guaranteed to delight. " --Romantic Times
A "sophisticated, witty" (Romantic Times) and scandalous tale of love from New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME Gilbert Baring-Gould, the Earl of Kerr, has no plans to settle down...regardless of his fiancée Emma, who lives in the country. But Miss Emma Loudan is no quiet country mouse. When the earl goes too far, announcing he won't marry until his fiancée has his ring on her finger and his baby on the way, Emma takes matters into her own hands. Before he knows it, Gil will find that his ring--and his virtue--are no longer his own... And he's fighting the battle of his life to woo the woman he planned to throw away. To Wed a Rake was previously published as A Proper Englishwoman in the anthology Talk of the Ton.
Against the glittering backdrop of Regency England, Adrienne Basso weaves an enchanting tale of a mismatched couple joined by fate...and destined for love.Her Desperate Proposal...When pampered Faith Linden's father and her titled fiancé, Viscount Dewhurst, die, she suddenly finds herself in a desperately precarious position. The only way Faith can hold on to her beloved family home is to convince her late fiancé's younger brother--the new Viscount Dewhurst--to marry her in his stead. Yet when she finally encounters Lord Griffin Sainthill, she is in for a surprise: this brooding and ruggedly handsome adventurer is not so easily bent to her will. . .and may be the man who can capture her unsuspecting heart. ...Sparked A Stormy PassionA sea captain and owner of a profitable shipping company, Griffin Sainthill was quite happy with his life in the American colonies. So when the news of his inheritance finally reaches him, the sun-bronzed seafarer is less than pleased. His mood only darkens when he returns to England to discover a brazen beauty intent on becoming his bride! But when a twinge of conscience and a stolen kiss give him pause, Griffin finds himself embarking on the riskiest venture of all--marriage to a woman who will tempt him, torment him, and turn his whole life upside down. "The sensuously detailed love scenes, undercurrent of danger and polished writing fuel Basso's latest Regency, which will draw fans of Amanda Quick and Nicole Jordan." --Booklist on To Protect an Heiress95,900 Words
Hes A Lover Fast-talking promoter Cash McCalley will be set for life if he can set up a prizefight in Dallas, Texas--should be a cinch, considering how Texan men appreciate a good brawl. What Cash doesnt count on is Texan women, one trouble-stirring widow in particular. First, she took over half his hotel suite, and now shes leading the charge against his fight scheme! Still, Mrs. Purdy mightnt be half bad if shed loosen that librarians bun and listen to reason--and Cash wouldnt half mind seducing her into sweet surrender. . . Shes A Fighter Bonnie ONeal Schwartz Purdy has met characters like Cash McCalley before--she even made the colossal mistake of marrying one. Now, as president of the Lone Star Ladies for Decency and Decorum, Bonnie is out to do some good in the world, and striking down Cashs plan to profit from senseless violence will be her first order of business. Cash may think he can charm her into submission, but the man has no idea with whom hes dealing. . . Now The Gloves Are Off. . . Dallas has seen some fireworks in its time, but when the prim Mrs. P. goes up against a gambler who always wins with the ladies, its time to take cover--and enjoy the show. . .
Olivia, a widow of a murdered carpetbagger, gratefully accepts an invitation from the Hardings of Belle Meade Plantation and dear friends of Olivia's late mother. Expecting to be the Hardings' housekeeper, she is disillusioned after she learns the real reason why her aunt agreed to her coming.
Olivia Duchess has found the man of her dreams and has decided to use The Husband Fund her father left her to make Luc de Falcon her groom. All she has to do is persuade him to fall in love with her and propose. . . . Easy! Except Luc believes his brother is in love with Olivia-and so is determined to stay well away. All Olivia knows is that her plan is really backfiring! Surely there's a way for her to win her Frenchman's heart. . . '
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