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A biologist shows the influence of wild species on our well-being and the world and how nature still clings to us-and always will. We evolved in a wilderness of parasites, mutualists, and pathogens, but we no longer see ourselves as being part of nature and the broader community of life. In the name of progress and clean living, we scrub much of nature off our bodies and try to remove whole kinds of life-parasites, bacteria, mutualists, and predators-to allow ourselves to live free of wild danger. Nature, in this new world, is the landscape outside, a kind of living painting that is pleasant to contemplate but nice to have escaped. The truth, though, according to biologist Rob Dunn, is that while "clean living" has benefited us in some ways, it has also made us sicker in others. We are trapped in bodies that evolved to deal with the dependable presence of hundreds of other species. As Dunn reveals, our modern disconnect from the web of life has resulted in unprecedented effects that immunologists, evolutionary biologists, psychologists, and other scientists are only beginning to understand. Diabetes, autism, allergies, many anxiety disorders, autoimmune diseases, and even tooth, jaw, and vision problems are increasingly plaguing bodies that have been removed from the ecological context in which they existed for millennia. In this eye-opening, thoroughly researched, and well-reasoned book, Dunn considers the crossroads at which we find ourselves. Through the stories of visionaries, Dunn argues that we can create a richer nature, one in which we choose to surround ourselves with species that benefit us, not just those that, despite us, survive.
When the First Gods created all things, they brought forth two lesser gods, Tharn and Balatur, to walk upon the new world. But greed and power twisted their minds and turned their ambition into madness. And so the First Gods condemned them to eternal sleep in order to preserve creation. Now, the exiled prince Calandryll, the mercenary Bracht, and the warrior woman Katya pursue Rhythamun, a powerful wizard who would wake one of the mad gods and provoke apocalypse. He carries with him the Arcanum, an ancient book of power that -- simply by virtue of having been discovered -- already stirs the god from his slumber. But Calandryll and his companions are chased by another vengeful mage, whose dark magics created Cennaire, an undead murderess, to thwart their efforts. And as they face the perils of civil war, magical assaults, and the ever-present threat of Cennaire's treachery to reach Rhythamun before he wakes the god, they live with the knowledge that the fate of the world rests solely in their hands. Wild Magicis the dazzling conclusion toThe Godwars, an epic quest of daring heroism and startling magic by one of the rising stars in the fantasy firmament. From the Trade Paperback edition.
She's about to walk on the wild side . . . While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O'Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he's an undercover DEA agent-and he's investigating her possible role in her ex-husband's drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over. Brock disagrees. He's committed to his anti-drug mission, but he's fallen in love with the beautiful woman who's as sweet as her cupcakes-and he'll do anything to win her back. Standing between Tess and Brock are their own exes, one of them a drug lord who's determined to get what he wants. Now as danger threatens, can Brock break the rules he's lived by and let loose his wild side to protect the woman he loves?127,000 words
Colin Riordan came to Virgin River to recuperate from a horrific helicopter crash, the scars of which he bears inside and out. His family is wonderfully supportive, but it's his art that truly soothes his troubled soul. Stung personally and professionally by an ill-advised affair, PR guru Jillian Matlock has rented an old Victorian with a promising garden in Virgin River. She's looking forward to cultivating something other than a corporate brand. Both are looking to simplify, not complicate, their lives, but when Jillian finds Colin at his easel in her yard, there's an instant connection. And in Virgin River, sometimes love is the simplest choice of all. . . ;.
Our human psyches possess astonishing resources that wait within us, but we might not even know they exist until we discover how to access them and cultivate their powers, their untapped potentials and depths. Wild Mind identifies these resources -- which Bill Plotkin calls the four facets of the Self, or the four dimensions of our innate human wholeness -- and also the four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities that form during childhood. Rather than proposing ways to eliminate our subpersonalities (which is not possible) or to beat them into submission, Plotkin describes how to cultivate the four facets of the Self and discover the gifts of our subpersonalities. The key to reclaiming our original wholeness is not merely to suppress psychological symptoms, recover from addictions and trauma, or manage stress but rather to fully embody our multifaceted wild minds, commit ourselves to the largest, soul-infused story we're capable of living, and serve the greater Earth community.
The courageous men of USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott's Justiss Alliance series never give up and never make a promise they can't live up to--especially when love is on the line. Saxby Cole's latest mission--at Decadence, a hedonistic tropical resort--sounds like a plum assignment for a confirmed bachelor, but he isn't here to mingle. There's a dangerous prostitution ring drugging innocent women--and Sax has come to take them down. After dumping her cheating fiancé right before their Caribbean vacation, Jennessy Shaw goes alone, hoping to explore her wild side. But by the end of the first night, she's not sure she has one. Which is why it's so shocking when she wakes up in a sexy stranger's room with no memory of the night before. Sax wants to send this sweet beauty home, but Jennessy turns out to be a valuable partner in his investigation. Even more surprising is the sudden need he feels to keep her close. Diving together into the dark shadows of this island paradise, Jennessy lets Sax into her heart--and discovers a passion she never knew she had.Praise for Wild Nights "I do recommend this novel and it's made me interested in reading the previous novels of this series. Yes, that good! Check it out if you want something enjoyable to read."--Books Movies Fandoms "I really enjoyed this story. . . . It kept me turning the pages and trying to guess who was involved. I was hooked and I am definitely going to be picking up more in this series!"--Between the Lines "I really loved the book. . . . Amazingly sexy romantic suspense in a breathtaking location! Go get it!"--BJ's Book Blog "I loved the characters, the plot, and the love story. This book got me interested and excited for the other books in the series. That tells you just how great it was!"--Books Need TLC "Wild Nights is another great book in the Justiss Alliance series. I can't wait to read the next book."--Hines and Bigham's Literary Tryst"I love this series and this author."--A Crazy Vermonter's Book Reviews Praise for the Justiss Alliance series "Tina Wainscott delivers high-octane suspense and red-hot romance! Full of edge-of-your-seat action and red-hot passion, Wild on You is a souped-up roller coaster of a page-turner."--Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Black Knights Inc. series "Bad boys breaking rules and hearts and dishing up justice--Tina Wainscott nails it!"--New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from an other Loveswept title.
Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Samuel Clemens ("Mark Twain"), Henry James, Ernest Hemingway--Joyce Carol Oates evokes each of these American literary icons in her newest work of prose fiction, poignantly and audaciously reinventing the climactic events of their lives. In subtly nuanced language suggestive of each of these writers, Oates explores the mysterious regions of the unknowable self that is "genius."Darkly hilarious, brilliant, and brazen, Wild Nights! is Joyce Carol Oates's most original and haunting work of the imagination.
The world's oceans represent the last wild frontier on Earth. While our understanding of life in the ocean is relatively basic, our actions are putting hundreds of species in danger.<P><P> In this graphic anthology, Matt Dembicki, editor and artist of the award-winning Trickster and District Comics, explores the adventures of twelve iconic endangered sea animals: hawksbill turtle, bluefin tuna, hammerhead shark, giant clam, manatee, blue whale, coral, albatross, whale shark, monk seal, manta ray, and seahorse. Produced in cooperation with the non-profit PangeaSeed, these gripping stories instill a passion to conserve our magnificent sea creatures.PangeaSeed's mission is to contribute to the protection of sharks and the preservation of our oceans by taking responsible action, increasing public awareness, and providing education that encourages environmental activism and sustainable consumption choices.
The Justiss Alliance is an elite team of heroes out to do right. In Wild on You, one untamable SEAL meets a woman who handles the wildest sort of animals--until she herself becomes the hunted. When Rick Yarbrough, aka Risk, a discharged SEAL with a taste for danger, joins the Justiss Alliance, his first assignment seems like a baby-sitting gig: He must guard an out-of-control general's daughter. Then he meets his charge. Addie Wunder is no baby. She's a dedicated animal-rights activist who isn't above breaking the law if innocent creatures are threatened. But her work has made her a lot of powerful enemies. If she doesn't stop, she may just turn herself into an endangered species. Risk's mission is to keep Addie out of trouble. But as they grow closer, Addie becomes so much more than a job. And the more he has to lose, the more Risk is willing to put his own life on the line--for her cause, her safety, and her sweet-hot embrace.Advance praise for Wild on You "Tina Wainscott delivers high-octane suspense and red-hot romance! Full of edge-of-your-seat action and red-hot passion, Wild on You is a souped-up roller coaster of a page-turner."--Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Black Knights Inc. series "Bad boys breaking rules and hearts and dishing up justice--Tina Wainscott nails it!"--New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.
Straight from the heart of New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux comes a story of love, tragedy, and mystery in a small North Carolina town brimming with secrets. Have you ever lost someone who meant more to you than your own soul? Ford Newcombe has. For years, he loved his wife, Pat, more than anyone -- and anything -- in the world. She came into his life when he was just an inexperienced college student with big dreams of becoming a published author. With love and humor, she guided him down the path that would eventually lead him to more success than he ever dreamed possible. Since Pat's death six years ago, Ford has lived a life of solitude, barely able to put pen to paper, and rumors are flying that it was Pat who actually created the books the world so loved. If there's one thing that Ford needs it's inspiration, and it finally comes in the guise of Jackie Maxwell -- a smart, sassy university researcher with just enough attitude to match Ford's sharp intellect. But it's her intimate knowledge of the story of a young woman's friendship with the devil -- and what the townspeople did to her -- that persuades Ford to hire Jackie as his assistant and to move to Cole Creek, North Carolina, where the story is said to have taken place. They soon learn that even though the inhabitants of Cole Creek try to deny it, they are still plagued by the consequences of the otherworldly tale of passion and death. As Ford and Jackie work to unravel the truth, they discover a connection between their lives and the past, a connection that not only helps them solve a long-ago crime but offers the promise of new love. Loved by readers and critics alike for her "golden touch" (Publishers Weekly), Jude Deveraux has once again created a story that pulls at readers' heartstrings, titillates their imaginations, and uncovers a long-buried passion that far surpasses the boundary between life and death.
"Showtime" Charlie Stoddard blew out his phenomenal pitching arm along with the rest of his life. Now, the only cheers he gets are from boozing and one-night stands-- until a mysterious physical therapist hands him a second chance at the big time.
Eddie doesn't think girls should play baseball in his league. But when one of his pitches injures a girl, his feelings start to change.
Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? Or have we tarmacked, farmed and built ourselves out of wildness? In The Wild Places, Macfarlane embarks on a series of journeys in search of the wildness that remains in these islands. His journeys take him through some of the most remarkable landscapes of our archipelago. He climbs, walks and swims through these places in rainstorm, sunlight and blizzard, by darkness and by day, and in all seasons. He spends nights sleeping out on cliff-tops and remote beaches, deep in snowy woods, on pilgrim islands, mountain summits, and ancient meadows. He bathes in phosphorescent seas, walks frozen rivers at night, and watches a red sun rise over an Arctic England. In the course of his journeys, Macfarlane's own understanding of wildness undergoes a transformation.
It is whispered behind the fans of London's dowagers and in the corners of fashionable ballrooms that scandal follows willfully wild Lady Beatrix Lennox wherever she goes. Three years before, the debutante created a sensation by being found in a distinctly compromising position. Now, the ton has branded her as unmarriageable, her family has called her a vixen, and Beatrix sees no reason not to go after what -- and who -- she wishes. And she wants Stephen Fairfax-Lacy, the handsome Earl of Spade. Beatrix, with her brazen suggestions and irresistibly sensuous allure, couldn't be more different from the earl's ideal future bride. Yet Beatrix brings out a wildness in the earl he has tried to deny far too long. Still, he's not about to play love's game by Lady Beatrix's rules. She may be used to being on top in affairs of the heart, but that will soon change.
Mary Stuart was just five years old when she was sent to France to be raised alongsideher future husband. But when the frail young king dies, eighteen-year-old Mary isstripped of her title as Queen of France and set adrift in the harsh world, alone.Determined to reign over what is rightfully hers, Mary returns to Scotland. Hopingthat a husband will help her secure the coveted English throne, she marries again,but the love and security she longs for elude her. Instead, the fiery young queen findsherself embroiled in a murder scandal that could cost her the crown. And her attemptsto bargain with her formidable "sister queen," Elizabeth I of England, could cost herher very life.
To escape an assassin, Rachel finds sanctuary in the rainforest, where the most exotic of all creatures walks: Rio. But when he unleashes his secret animal instincts, Rachel fears that her isolated haven could become an inescapable hell. . . .
The Ojibwe people call wild rice "mahnomen," the good berry. Wild Rice elaborates on the many elements of that tradition, and brings it forward in fresh, delectable recipes. This comprehensive guide to Zizania palustris tells the story of North America's only native grain, from its emergence in the western Great Lakes area to its use in today's kitchens. The book demystifies the purchasing of wild rice-black or brown, long grain or short grain, lake rice or river rice, US rice or Canadian rice--clarifies cooking options, and proposes wild rice as a fast food (cook a full pound and freeze in small packets).The recipes range from simple soups to gourmet entrées and food for a crowd. Traditionally, wild rice was harvested from canoes and parched in iron kettles over open fires. Although these old ways are still practiced, much of today's wild rice is cultivated in flooded fields--rice paddies--in the Upper Midwest and in California, and is harvested with combines and processed with machinery. The question arises: Which is better-tasting and more nutritious--naturally occurring wild rice or cultivated wild rice?
General Falls survived the Indian wars, but not the hatred he earned. A pall of sorrow shadows Wild River. Here, the U.S. Cavalry troops of General Frederick Falls slaughtered hundreds of Kiowa men, women and children while they slept. But for General Falls, Wild River is to be a monument to his Indian-fighting prowess--and a critical stepping stone to his Presidential ambitions. The general never makes it to the dedication ceremony. One morning, he's found murdered--his head severed by a razor-sharp Kiowa battle ax. Few mourn Falls, a man of high cunning and low courage. But the Army, obliged to find the killer, offers a one-thousand-dollar reward. For veteran range detective Sam Benbow, there's no shortage of suspects, including the general's son, a junior officer constantly belittled by his august father; the schoolmarm whose brother was left to die because of the general's cowardice; the immigrant stone mason with a deep blood grievance, the half-breed scout whose family was lost in the massacre; and Falls's own secret business partner. A fear greater than any reward drives Benbow's pursuit. For, in the circle of suspects, he doesn't know the killer--but the killer knows him.
While trying to get away from the tourists visiting the stately home where her parents are caretakers, Heather accidentally summons a mischievous 350-year-old youth with magical powers, and nothing is ever the same again.
A marvelous hybrid of mythology and mystery, A Wild Sheep Chase is the extraordinary literary thriller that launched Haruki Murakami's international reputation. It begins simply enough: A twenty-something advertising executive receives a postcard from a friend, and casually appropriates the image for an insurance company's advertisement. What he doesn't realize is that included in the pastoral scene is a mutant sheep with a star on its back, and in using this photo he has unwittingly captured the attention of a man in black who offers a menacing ultimatum: find the sheep or face dire consequences. Thus begins a surreal and elaborate quest that takes our hero from the urban haunts of Tokyo to the remote and snowy mountains of northern Japan, where he confronts not only the mythological sheep, but the confines of tradition and the demons deep within himself. Quirky and utterly captivating, A Wild Sheep Chase is Murakami at his astounding best.
Melissa Rogers, restless good girl, longs to indulge her sexual fantasies before she meets Mr. Right and settles down. But instead she gets a walk on the really wild side, thanks to the uninhibited neighbor who skips town, leaving Melissa to take her place. Riley Anderson, brilliant private investigator and every woman's fantasy, is assigned to seduce a female suspect. But Melissa Rogers doesn't fit the profile of the woman he's after. This woman makes him long for things he didn't even know he wanted. Will it be pure eroticism, or forever-after commitment? You decide.
A son sets out to make things right and avenge his father's death in this dark Western noir.Ethan Wilder has been off in the mountains hunting for the last several months. Upon his return to the family Bar Five Ranch, Wilder finds his life in chaos. His brother, Ben, after taking his father's rifle without permission, has locked his father in the outhouse to avoid punishment. Another brother, Vic, is in jail, accused of beating up a girl in town, and the last of the Wilder brothers, Joel, is up north in Canada, trying to sell horses to the Mounties.Ethan's father, Jacob, has a reputation in town for raising hell. In his opinion, no man tamed the wilderness with a timid soul, but the newer citizens of the town have now been pushing for the removal of local farmers and ranchers like the Wilders. Things come to a head when his father joins the ranks of local farmers found dead under suspicious circumstances. Ethan has no choice but to turn to revenge to uphold the family name and ensure that the murderers won't come for him next.Wild Side of the River reveals the dark side of the wild frontier in this gripping tale and modern Western classic.
SHE WAS RIPE FOR SEDUCTION If she hadn't been absolutely desperate, Margaret McLoughlin never would have hired the very rogue who'd wronged her family to guide her through perilous bandit territory...and wouldn't now be standing face to face with the bare-chested scoundrel with the six-gun strapped to his muscular thigh and his insolent gaze hotly raking her body! But her mother was trapped in the legendary Copper Canyons, and Rafe Delgado was the only man alive who could get her safely out. So the gently-bred innocent would just have to ignore the sinful half-Spaniard's seductive charms, refuse to grant him even one kiss and just pray he never learned her shameful secret: that she burned for him with a fiery yearning only he could satisfy! HE WAS READY FOR LOVE Let the lady think he was leading her into Mexico for the money. Rafe didn't need any starchy schoolteacher asking a lot of dangerous questions...especially with the country on the brink of war. He'd take her where she wanted to go--and take care that she never discovered his other identity: as El Aguila, Mexican savior! But the deeper they ventured into treacherous territory, the more the hot-blooded, onetime revolutionary craved the azure-eyed enchantress's exquisite caress. Soon, he'd sweep her into his searing embrace and plunder her hidden treasures...with a passion that would make her his for the taking--now and forever!!
For the past decade, Men's Journal has set the standard for travel and adventure writing by publishing the work of America's finest authors and literary journalists. Wild Stories collects thirty-two of the best pieces to appear in the magazine, written by its most esteemed contributors, including Jim Harrison, Sebastian Junger, P. J. O'Rourke, Rick Bass, Thomas McGuane, George Plimpton, Hampton Sides, Doug Stanton, Tim Cahill, and Mark Bowden. Each of the four chapters in Wild Stories showcases Men's Journal's diversity and taut storytelling power. "The Adventures" is a series of razor-sharp travel narratives, from a road trip across India on the perilous Grand Trunk Road to a search for grizzlies in Romania. "The Sporting Life" is a look into obscure corners of the sports world, where golf's bush-league wannabes try to make it to the PGA and a group of cyclists out-suffer one another in pursuit of the mythic Hour Record. "Men's Lives" includes profiles of singular adventurers such as Yvon Chouinard and Ned Gillette, and captures the rewards of such quintessentially male traditions as building a cabin on your own plot of land. And "The Reporting" collects definitive accounts of the most newsworthy disasters, as well as riveting dispatches from war zones in Somalia, Sudan, and Colombia, and from environmental hot spots in Alaska and Montana.Commemorating Men's Journal's tenth anniversary, Wild Stories is a diverse and entertaining anthology that explores the magazine's basic creed: Life is an adventure. From the first page to the last, these are stories you'll never forget.From the Hardcover edition.
She couldn't ignore him. The gang of train robbers swore they could smell a reporter a mile away. Maybe it was her perfume that saved Mary Michael Dennehy from the brutal fate of her newspaper colleagues on the train to Colorado. Instead of being killed, she was kidnapped by the one named Ethan Stone - a man whose lazy, derisive smile was distinctly unsettling, and oddly familiar. He didn't seem to think much of her stubborn defiance, her disgust for his crimes, or her pathetic attempts to escape. She only wished she could be as indifferent to his potent masculinity, and the way his lips slanted over hers, drawing a response from deep within her that was at once wild and sweet ...
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