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As the mighty spaceship Skylark roamed the intergalactic spaceways, scientist Richard Seaton and his companions found a world of disembodied intelligences. A world of four dimensions where time was insanely distorted and matter obeyed no terrestrial laws - where three-dimensional human intellects had to fight hard to thwart malevolent invisible mentalities...
In this exhilarating sequel to The Skylark of Space, momentous danger again stalks genius inventor and interplanetary adventurer Dr. Richard Seaton. Seaton's allies on the planet Kondal are suffering devastating attacks by the forces of the Third Planet. Even worse, the menacing and contemptuous Fenachrones are threatening to conquer the galaxy and wipe out all who oppose them. And don't forget the dastardly machinations of Seaton's arch-nemesis, DuQuesne, who embarks on a nefarious mission of his own. Against such vile foes and impossible odds, how is victory possible?
Spring break. Phoebe was home, and she and Buddy were at last together again, climbing the dark stairs to her father's observatory. Under the skylight, Buddy was bursting: I stared beyond her at the hook of the moon, and at the millions of stars, and I don't know why, but I was tempted to wave, as though I were saying hello or good-bye. Which is what Phoebe complained we were always doing. She and Buddy were at schools far apart, Phoebe in college in Massachusetts, he a senior in high school in northern Michigan. Socially they were far apart too. Phoebe's odd and vivid family was used to privilege. Buddy's widowed father, who worked nights at the local tire plant, distrusted privilege and wanted Buddy to do the same. Buddy wanted out, period--and Phoebe was his way. Come June, he'd move east with her, get a scholarship, have it made. He was smart enough. But no matter who else happened in his life after that--Leo Tomashek, who drove a Ding Dong ice cream truck; Lynette Wallaker, slow dancing in a dream; Johnny Huskey, owner of the Sunoco station back home--there was always his father, and the pull of the heart. Hello and good-bye are just the beginning.
Johanna and Rafi are in a race against time to save their country before a power-mad Keeper destroys everything they hold dear in the "enthralling magical world" (Cinda Williams Chima, author of The Heir Chronicles) introduced in The Storyspinner.As the last of the royal line, Johanna is the only person who can heal a magical breach in the wall that separates her kingdom of Santarem from the land of the Keepers, legendary men and women who wield elemental magic. The barrier protects Santarem from those Keepers who might try to take power over mere humans...Keepers who are determined to stop Johanna and seize the wall's power for themselves. And they're not the only ones. As the duchys of Santarem descend into war over the throne, Johanna relies more than ever on the advice of her handsome companion, Lord Rafael DeSilva. But Rafi is a duke too, and his people come first. As their friendship progresses into the beginnings of a tender relationship, Johanna must wonder: is Rafi looking out for her happiness, or does he want the throne for himself? With war on the horizon, Johanna and Rafi dodge treacherous dukes and Keeper assassins as they race to through the countryside, determined to strengthen the wall before it's too late...even if it means sacrificing their happiness for the sake of their world.
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Red Patterson is a TV psychiatrist, a video force, and a famous healer. His newest patient, Curtis Newns, is an artist with a damaged soul. Red is so intrigued by Curtis that he seeks to separate the artist and his wife and claim Curtis's creative talent as his own. He decides to hold troubled, talented Curtis in his desert estate, where the macabre secrets of Red's life are waiting to be unearthed. Set in the San Francisco Bay Area and the California desert, this is a story of love pitted against corruption--the essential battle of our time.
Lynn is an ambitious young woman who loves her job in the gleaming new Manhattan skyscraper. Soon, Lynn also loves Tom, the young clerk down the hall. They are so in love that if they don't get married, something improper is bound to happen. But her company has a strict new policy: Any woman who marries will be immediately fired. <P><P> First published in 1931-the same year the Empire State Building opened its doors-Skyscraper marks the advent of a new kind of romance plot, and Lynn a new kind of heroine. Lynn is facing choices that will determine the course of the rest of her life, but rather than just choose between suitors, Lynn and other working girls like her must decide whether to abandon their careers-or abandon their men. They can't have both-or can they?
WHEN JUST ONE NIGHT LEADS TO A WHOLE LIFETIME. . . . It was something Slade had never done before. But Lara Stevens had the face of an angel, and--like him--was facing an overnight delay to her plane. Before he knew it, he was suggesting they spend their time together. . . . When Lara looked into Slade Baron's eyes, they were her undoing. No man had ever looked at her this way, or made her feel this way. Who would she hurt if she accepted his invitation? He wanted her, and she wanted. . . A baby.
Anna is desperate to be popular, but the key to being cool has devastating consequencesAbout to start her freshman year of high school, Anna wants more than anything to be popular. At a family reunion, her cousin describes a secret "slam book"--a notebook kids use to write all kinds of comments about one another. Anna decides this may be her key to success.Anna's friends Paige, Randy, and Jessie quickly jump in on the nasty fun and before long, Anna has realized her dreams of popularity. But the slam book keeps getting meaner, and Paige and Anna start using the book to fight with each other. Soon, Anna comes up with the ultimate prank, using lonely and insecure Cheryl as her means to pull it off. But Anna's vicious trick may lead to tragic consequences.This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Ann M. Martin, including rare images from the author's collection.
In this study, Low (education, McGill U. , Canada) relates how a white teacher implemented the study of hip-hop and spoken word culture into urban high school language arts classes, which she co-taught and helped develop the curriculum for. She analyzes the dynamics of teaching and learning in these classes to argue that the reasons that teachers and administrators resist introducing hip-hop into curriculum--its complex issues of gender, violence, sexuality, materialism, race, and language--are what make it important pedagogically. She focuses on African American youth in interaction with white youth, teachers, and administrators, describing the student's exploration of poetry performance and writing and their experiences with the language of the hip-hop culture. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Thirteen-year-old Lauren, a Korean-American adoptee, is tired of being called "slant" and "gook," and longs to have plastic surgery on her eyes. But when her father finds out about her wish -- and a long-kept secret about her mother's death is revealed -- Lauren starts to question some of her own assumptions.
FAMILY SUCCESSION...Buried within the walls of Slater House lived a tale of lost love and not-so-accidental death. And it would bring high-society Slater heiress Melanie Pierce to the sprawling estate to meet the only thing money couldn't buy-a family she never knew existed.BUT WHO WOULD BE THE LAST STANDING?Ross Bennet was an architect who knew more about the house than he was saying. But did even he know the truth behind the Slater Curse that continued to diminish the family's numbers?With only each other to trust, Melanie and Ross sought to escape the tragic past. But could they do it before their chance for a future together was forever destroyed?
When fifteen-year-old orphan Alex Taylor sees an odd sign in a shop window and goes inside to investigate, he is sent on a quest to defeat an evil dragon, and in the process he confronts his fears and learns about his future and his past.
From the minute it opened--on Christmas Day in 1865--it was Chicago's must-see tourist attraction, drawing more than half a million visitors each year. Families, visiting dignitaries, even school groups all made trips to the South Side to tour the Union Stock Yard. There they got a firsthand look at the city's industrial prowess as they witnessed cattle, hogs, and sheep disassembled with breathtaking efficiency. At their height, the kill floors employed 50,000 workers and processed six hundred animals an hour, an astonishing spectacle of industrialized death. Slaughterhouse tells the story of the Union Stock Yard, chronicling the rise and fall of an industrial district that, for better or worse, served as the public face of Chicago for decades. Dominic A. Pacyga is a guide like no other--he grew up in the shadow of the stockyards, spent summers in their hog house and cattle yards, and maintains a long-standing connection with the working-class neighborhoods around them. Pacyga takes readers through the packinghouses as only an insider can, covering the rough and toxic life inside the plants and their lasting effects on the world outside. He shows how the yards shaped the surrounding neighborhoods and controlled the livelihoods of thousands of families. He looks at the Union Stock Yard's political and economic power and its sometimes volatile role in the city's race and labor relations. And he traces its decades of mechanized innovations, which introduced millions of consumers across the country to an industrialized food system. Although the Union Stock Yard closed in 1971, the story doesn't end there. Pacyga takes readers to present day, showing how the manufacturing spirit lives on. Ironically, today the site of the legendary "stockyard stench" is now home to some of Chicago's most successful green agriculture companies. Marking the 150th anniversary of the opening of the stockyards, Slaughterhouse is an engrossing story of one of the most important--and deadliest--square miles in American history.
Slave narratives, some of the most powerful records of our past, are extremely rare, with only fifty-five post-Civil War narratives surviving. A mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group with the publication of A Slave No More, a major new addition to the canon of American history. Handed down through family and friends, these narratives tell gripping stories of escape: Through a combination of intelligence, daring, and sheer luck, the men reached the protection of the occupying Union troops. David W. Blight magnifies the drama and significance by prefacing the narratives with each man's life history. Using a wealth of genealogical information, Blight has reconstructed their childhoods as sons of white slaveholders, their service as cooks and camp hands during the Civil War, and their climb to black working-class stability in the north, where they reunited their families. In the stories of Turnage and Washington, we find history at its most intimate, portals that offer a rich new answer to the question of how four million people moved from slavery to freedom. In A Slave No More, the untold stories of two ordinary men take their place at the heart of the American experience.
In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed.
After many years of research, award-winning historian Hugh Thomas portrays, in a balanced account, the complete history of the slave trade. Beginning with the first Portuguese slaving expeditions, he describes and analyzes the rise of one of the largest and most elaborate maritime and commercial ventures in all of history. Between 1492 and 1870, approximately eleven million black slaves were carried from Africa to the Americas to work on plantations, in mines, or as servants in houses. The Slave Trade is alive with villains and heroes and illuminated by eyewitness accounts. Hugh Thomas's achievement is not only to present a compelling history of the time but to answer as well such controversial questions as who the traders were, the extent of the profits, and why so many African rulers and peoples willingly collaborated. Thomas also movingly describes such accounts as are available from the slaves themselves.
Drawing on a wide range of materials in four languages as well as on a lifetime of study of slave groups in the New World, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall explores the persistence of African ethnic identities among the enslaved over four hundred years of the Atlantic slave trade. Hall traces the linguistic, economic, and cultural ties shared by large numbers of enslaved Africans, showing that despite the fragmentation of the diaspora, many ethnic groups retained enough cohesion to communicate and to transmit elements of their shared culture.
This book is a comprehensive history of slavery in Africa from the earliest times to the end of the twentieth century, when slavery in most parts of the continent ceased to exist. It connects the emergence and consolidation of slavery to specific historical forces both internal and external to the African continent. Sean Stilwell pays special attention to the development of settled agriculture, the invention of kinship, 'big men' and centralized states, the role of African economic production and exchange, the interaction of local structures of dependence with the external slave trades (transatlantic, trans-Saharan, Indian Ocean), and the impact of colonialism on slavery in the twentieth century. He also provides an introduction to the central debates that have shaped current understanding of slavery in Africa. The book examines different forms of slavery that developed over time in Africa and introduces readers to the lives, work, and struggles of slaves themselves.
Brazil was the American society that received the largest contingent of African slaves in the Americas and the longest lasting slave regime in the Western Hemisphere. This is the first complete modern survey of the institution of slavery in Brazil and how it affected the lives of enslaved Africans. It is based on major new research on the institution of slavery and the role of Africans and their descendants in Brazil. Although Brazilians have incorporated many of the North American debates about slavery, they have also developed a new set of questions about slave holding: the nature of marriage, family, religion, and culture among the slaves and free colored; the process of manumission; and the rise of the free colored class during slavery. It is the aim of this book to introduce the reader to this latest research, both to elucidate the Brazilian experience and to provide a basis for comparisons with all other American slave systems.
The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Alberton is becoming a very wealthy man. His quiet dinner party seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. Yet investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence. For two of the guests are Americans, each vying to buy Alberton's armaments. Soon Monk and Hester's forebodings are fulfilled as one member of the party is brutally murdered and two others disappear- along with Alberton's entire inventory of weapons. As Monk and Hester track the man they believe to be the murderer all the way to Washington, D.C., and the bloody battlefield at Manassas, Slaves of Obsession twists and turns like a powder-keg fuse and holds the reader breathless and spellbound. . . .
A classic Blackbird Sisters novella, available digitally for the first time! Whoever coined the phrase "Shop till you drop" certainly never meant "Shop till you drop dead." But premier personal shopper Popo seems to have done just that--except this shopper's been murdered. After Popo's body is found on a display bed in the luxurious Haymaker's department store, Nora Blackbird is forced to put solving a murder before finishing her Christmas shopping. With sister Libby off on a spending spree and sister Emma checked into rehab, it's up to Nora to see who had a personal vendetta against this personal shopper--and to determine if a certain designer handbag was worth killing for. Includes a preview of No Way to Kill a Lady, out August 2012!
Lord Amerotke, Pharaoh's Chief Judge, is in the middle of a murder case. A young ambitious scribe, Ipumer, allegedly in love with the daughter of a powerful general, had hoped to become betrothed. Now he is dead from poisoning and the prosecution has accused Lady Neshratta - apparently tired of the dalliance - of the crime. If found guilty, she will be buried alive in the desert sands of the Red Lands. When Amerotke is summoned to the Temple of Seth by Lord Senenmut, it seems there is another grave murder to investigate. One of Egypt's great heroes has been brutally killed and Pharaoh Hatusu herself has decided to intervene, and she calls on Judge Amerotke for help. There is more to link the deaths than originally meets the eye - but can Amerotke track down the killer before he strikes again? The fourth novel in Paul Doherty's Ancient Egyptian series.
This book brings together an unprecedented number and range of contributions from different disciplines relating to sleep in one comprehensive volume. The contributors explore the science of sleep - what it is, what makes it happen and why we do it - as well as the measurement of sleep, its importance for daytime performance and its sociological and cultural aspects. Sleep disorders, sleep quality and the importance of sleep for daytime performance are also explored, as are the ways in which sleep can be affected by medication and medical and psychiatric conditions. This groundbreaking and insightful book will be of great interest to students, academics and professionals in a wide range of disciplines, and anyone else who wishes to discover more about this fascinating topic.
Sleep Better with Natural Therapies: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Insomnia, Moving Sleep Cycles and Preventing Jet Lagby Peter Smith
Combining a wide range of drug-free therapeutic approaches, this book is a step-by-step guide to Peter Smith's unique, 100% natural sleep solution. It: · Explains how sleep 'works' and the physical and psychological causes of insomnia. · Offers practical advice about how to practice good sleep behaviours and switch on relaxation responses within the nervous system, including the revolutionary concept of 'virtual darkness'. · Gives tips on getting the right dietary supplements for a good night's sleep and creating the right sleeping environment. · Advises 'night owls' 'early birds' and 'free runners' about how to reset problematic sleep cycles. · Provides guidelines for preventing jetlag. 'Sleep Better with Natural Therapies' combines psychological treatments, such as CBT, with physiological ones, such as adjusting the biological clock, and demonstrates that it is possible to retrain the mind and change your learned associations with sleep in just a matter of weeks. This is vital reading for anyone struggling with insomnia, problems with sleep cycles, or the effects of jet lag and will be of interest to complementary health practitioners and mental health professionals.