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From the bestselling author of The Christy Miller Series, this series centers around Christy Miller's friend Sierra Jensen. Sierra is a spunky and bold sixteen-year-old with big dreams and unconventional clothes. Today's teens can truly relate to what is going on in Sierra's life--whether it's friendships, dating, or learning to trust in God. Sierra shows readers how to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and how to grow in their commitment to Him.
Meredith Hall's moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption, Hall wanders recklessly through the Middle East, where she survives by selling her possessions and finally her blood. She returns to New England and stitches together a life that encircles her silenced and invisible grief. When he is twenty-one, her lost son finds her. Hall learns that he grew up in gritty poverty with an abusive father-in her own father's hometown. Their reunion is tender, turbulent, and ultimately redemptive. Hall's parents never ask for her forgiveness, yet as they age, she offers them her love. What sets Without a Map apart is the way in which loss and betrayal evolve into compassion, and compassion into wisdom. "Meredith Hall boldly charts one of the bravest of stories, the journey from disrupted youth up through that most tricky and forbidding territory, the family circle. Bone-honest and strong in its every line, this work of memory is a remarkably deep retrieval of its times and souls, thereby reflecting our own. " -Ivan Doig, author of Heart Earth "This is an unusually elegant memoir that feels as though its been carved straight out of Meredith Hall's capacious heart. The story is riveting, the words perfect. It is rare to read a work that manages to be at once artful and compelling, which for me best describes Meredith Hall's debut work. She is an author who deserves to be widely read. Few people write like this. Fewer still have the courage to live like this – without the comfort of any cliché. " -Lauren Slater, author of Opening Skinner's Box, Prozac Diary, and Welcome to My Country "Meredith Hall's long journey from an inexcusably betrayed girlhood to the bittersweet mercies of womanhood is a triple triumph-of survival; of narration; and of forgiveness. Her portrait of her own empty bravado collapsing into total psychological and geographical dislocation is one of the most harrowing passages I've ever read. The subsequent turn toward memory and honesty is agonized, profound, and salvific. Without a Map is a masterpiece. " -David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and God Laughs and Plays "Meredith Hall is like a geiger counter ticking along the radium edge of these recent decades. She gives us self as expert-witness-Without a Map is smart, sharp, and redemptively honest. " -Sven Birkerts, author of The Gutenberg Elegies and My Sky Blue Trades "Meredith Hall's story of loss, shame, and betrayal is also a story of joy, reconnection, and survival; each memory takes us deep to the marrow of sorrow and celebration. A work of extraordinary beauty and grace. " -Kim Barnes, author of In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country "Without A Map tells an important and perceptive story about loss, about aloneness and isolation in a time of great need, about a life slowly coming back into focus and the calm that finally emerges. Meredith Hall is a brave new writer who earns our attention. " -Annie Dillard, author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek "Meredith Hall's magnificent book held me in its thrall from the moment I began reading the opening pages. WITHOUT A MAP is a fluid, beautifully-written, hard-won piece of work that belongs on the shelf next to the best modern memoirs, and yet is in a category all its own. It is a moving example of a difficult life redeemed first through examination, then reflection, then finally-like a rough stone polished until it gleams-into a genuine work of art. " -Dani Shapiro, aut
She's moved forward, but has she really moved ahead? Social worker Sienna St. James is no stranger to setbacks. As far as she is concerned, her estranged husband set her back and off course over a decade ago. Now, she has reclaimed her sense of hope and purpose, set up a new therapy practice, bought a new home, and has finally moved on. Maybe. When a wealthy, secretive new couple shes counseling pulls her into their very real life-and-death drama, and her long-lost husbands whereabouts can no longer be ignored, Sienna realizes the truth about what has kept her emotionally frozen and fragile--its fear. Ready or not, she has frightening challenges to overcome: a kidnapping, a teenage son whos gone AWOL, a tired-of-waiting potential new beau, and a journalist whos made it clear that hes interested in getting more from her than the breaking news the twists in her life are offering. Torn by professional and personal struggles that have now become a full blown war, Sienna must come face-to-face with her deepest fears--and survive them--before its too late.
A WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER As Alexis Ohanian learned when he helped to co-found the immensely popular reddit.com, the internet is the most powerful and democratic tool for disseminating information in human history. And when that power is harnessed to create new communities, technologies, businesses or charities, the results can be absolutely stunning. In this book, Alexis will share his ideas, tips and even his own doodles about harnessing the power of the web for good, and along the way, he will share his philosophy with young entrepreneurs all over the globe. At 29, Ohanian has come to personify the dorm-room tech entrepreneur, changing the world without asking permission. Within a couple of years of graduating from the University of Virginia, Ohanian did just that, selling reddit for millions of dollars. He's gone on to start many other companies, like hipmunk and breadpig, all while representing Y Combinator and investing in over sixty other tech startups. WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION is his personal guidebook as to how other aspiring entrepreneurs can follow in his footsteps.
Leanora Sutter. Esther Hirsh. Merlin Van Tornhout. Johnny Reeves...<P> These characters are among the unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924. A town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in. No one is safe, especially the two youngest, twelve-year-old Leanora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish.<P> In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voices of its inhabitants, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse takes readers into the hearts and minds of those who bear witness.
Whittaker Chambers has written one of the really significant American autobiographies... penetrating and terrible insights into America in the early twentieth century. -- Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
From the back of the book: Fatal charm While trying to help Annie Shea, the pretty new girl in town, Joe accidentally runs down her old boyfriend, Phil. Joe's in a tight spot, but Annie seems afraid to help. Then the Hardys learn that Phil is the prime suspect in a million- dollar diamond robbery and Annie may be involved. But when Annie is kidnapped the brother detectives swing into action. They follow her to the lair of America's most infamous gem thief, Cutter. Outnumbered, the Hardys take on the diamond man's gang in an all-out effort to save Annie-and clear Joe of murder. ================ From inside the book: SCREAM FROM THE GRAVE Joe saw a sleazy-looking blond guy lunge and pull Annie behind a row of cars in the mall parking lot. Annie screamed, "Joe, help!" "Help, Joe, help me!" She sounded like the voice in the recurring nightmare that so often robbed him of sleep. It was Iola's voice, calling out to him from a roaring ball of fire as the car exploded. Joe clenched his teeth so tightly that he could feel his jaw muscles jump. But this wasn't Iola screaming for him. It was Annie. Annie needed help! Joe jumped into the van and twisted the key. The motor roared to life, and Joe headed the van straight for the struggling pair.
Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' school headed by Warren Jeffs. Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens she became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family. The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in-and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages. The following year, Rebecca and the rest of the world watched as a team of Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS. Rebecca's subsequent testimony would reveal the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, sending their leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life. THE WITNESS WORE RED is a gripping account of one woman's struggle to escape the perverse embrace of religious fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a courageous story of hope and transformation.
A dynastic tale of two families--the Gerrards and Leiders--as seen through the eyes of four women whose lives are bound by blood and friendship, and interwoven with the destiny of Houston, Texas, for over 70 years.
Knowing that she can save the life of a condemned man by offering to marry him, Rosie Mulvehey opts for a marriage of convenience to ex-cavalry man Bowie Stone, who promises to save her rundown farm as his part of the agreement.
To give Nita a vacation from magic, her parents pack her off for a stay with her eccentric aunt in Ireland. But Nita soon finds herself with a host of Irish wizards battling creatures from a nightmare land.
Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained, and his powers are escalating out of control.
"[Wizard] brings the many complex facets of [Tesla's] personal and technical life together in to a cohesive whole. . . . I highly recommend this biography of a great technologist. " --A. A. Mullin, U. S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, COMPUTING REVIEWS"[Along with A Beautiful Mind] one of the five best biographies written on the brilliantly disturbed. " --WALL STREET JOURNAL"Wizard is a compelling tale presenting a teeming, vivid world of science, technology, culture and human lives. " --NEW SCIENTIST"Marc Seifer is an excellent writer and scholar, who has produced a wonderfully readable and illuminating biography of one of the most intriguing men of this century. . . mak[ing] us understand not only the man, but also the times in which he lived. . . . [A] masterpiece. " --NELSON DEMILLE"The author presents much new material. . . [and] bases his book on a large number of archival and primary sources. . . . Underneath the layers of hero worship, the core of Seifer's book is a serious piece of scholarship. " --Ronald Kline, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN "Seifer has done a remarkable job going through all the Tesla manuscripts. . . ferret[ing] out hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles in which he traces out Tesla's public image [and] offers a reasonable reconstruction of Tesla's emotional world. . . . Seifer has significantly advanced our understanding of Tesla. " --Bernard Carlson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, for ISIS"It is my opinion that Dr. Seifer leads the world as the most authoritative of all the Tesla researchers. " --J. W. McGINNIS, President, International Tesla Society"Far and away the best job among Tesla biographies. " --Jeffrey D. Kooistra, INFINITE ENERGY"Wizard is . . . utterly absorbing with chapters charting all stages of Tesla's life. . . . Seifer treats his prodigious subject with sympathy and realism. " --NEXUS"Wizard. . . presents a much more accurate. . . picture of Tesla. . . . [It] is thorough, informative, entertaining and a valuable addition to electrotechnological history, past and future. " --ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TIMES"In modern times, Tesla may be enjoying a comeback thanks to books like Wizard. " --THE NEW YORK TIMES"Here is a deep and comprehensive biography of a great engineer of early electrical science. Indeed, it is likely to become the definitive biography of the Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla. . . . . Highly recommended. " --AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of fthe man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla's creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls. The book is illustrated with sixteen pages of photographs, including the July 20, 1931, Time magazine cover for an issue celebrating the inventor's career. Wizard is a truly remarkable biography of a remarkable man. The expression 'ahead of his time' is used too loosely and too often today but in the case of Nikola Tesla 'ahead of his time' barely describes the genius of this man. Marc Siefer makes us understand not only the man but the times in which he lived. --Nelson DeMille, Novelist Seifer's vivid, revelatory, exhaustively researched biography rescues pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla from cult status and restores him to his rightful place as a principal architect of the modern age. . . Seifer provides the fullest account yet of Tesla as an entreprenFR DE, experimental physicist and inventor. --Publishers Weekly The story of one of the most prolific, independent and iconoclastic inventors of this century is a fascinating one. . . . The author presents much new material. . . (and) bases his book on a large number of archival and primary sources. . . Underneath the layers. . . the core of Seifer's book is a serious piece of scholarship. --Scientific American
Santore's version of the L. Frank Baum fantasy is highly visual yet faithful to the original story. never before have the Land of the Munchkins been more enchanting, the forest of Oz more foreboding, or the Emerald City more magnificent. Santore's journey through Oz is a journey of color and beauty as well as one of excitment and adventure.
After a terrible cyclone, Dorothy finds herself lost in a strange and magical world. The only way to get home is to visit the Emerald City, where she may be able to ask the Great Wizard of Oz for help. Will Dorothy ever reach the Emerald City? And what will she find when she gets there?
There are some pretty weird grownups living in Bailey City. But could the new librarian who has a long white beard and a magic wand really be Merlin, the great wizard from medieval times? The Bailey School Kids are going to find out! "I just realized that Mr. Merle's name sounds like Merlin," said Liza. Melody's eyes were big. "And his fish's name is Arthur, as in King Arthur!" "Maybe Mr. Merle is Merlin," Howie said. Liza and Melody gulped, but Eddie just laughed. "Wizards use magic to get whatever they want. Theydon't have to work in libraries shelving books. And they definitely don't need computers!"
Eighth-grader Mercer, whose passion is the fantasy role-playing game Wizards of the Warrior World, hopes to use a fund-raiser to bring a gaming convention to his middle school.
Winter's longest night is approaching the island of Fincayra as the evil warlord Rhita Gawr prepares to invade. And before Merlin can unite all the fantastical creatures of the realm to defend it, he must first conquer his own inner demons.
In the spring of 1926, the Soderbjerg brothers, Ray and Roy, plunge into radio and launch station WLT (With Lettuce and Tomato) to rescuer their failing restaurant and become the Sandwich Kings of South Minneapolis. For the next quarter century, the “Friendly Neighbor” station produces a dazzling array of shows and stars, including Leo LaValley, Dad Benson, Wingo Beals, Slim Graves and Little Buddy, chain-smoking child star Marjery Moore, and blind baseball announcer Buck Steller. Francis With, a shy young man from North Dakota, entranced by radio, gets into WLT through his uncle Art and quickly becomes the Soderbjerg's right hand. Soon Francis is a budding announcer adored by Lily Dale, the crippled nightingale of WLT kept hidden from her fans, whose firing contributes to the downfall of the station. And then comes television. .
Wok cooking is a simple, quick, nutritionally balanced way toward consistently great tasting food. Wok Cooking Made Easy is a terrific guide to spontaneous improvisation and creative innovation in your cooking, and leaves plenty of leeway for substituting ingredients and easily preparing a tasty, nutritional meal in a single dish.
A wolf learns to read in order to impress a group of farmyard animals he has met.
Longlisted for the National Book Award and named a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year. Growing up, Scott C. Johnson always suspected that his father was different. Only as a teenager did he discover the truth: his father was a spy, one of the CIA's most trusted officers. At first the secret was thrilling. But over time Scott began to have doubts. How could a man so rigorously trained to deceive and manipulate simply turn off those skills at home? His father had been living a double life for so long that his lies were hard to separate from the truth. When Scott embarked on a career as a foreign correspondent, he found himself returning to many of the troubled countries of his youth. In the dusty streets of Pakistan and Afghanistan, amid the cold urbanity of Yugoslavia, and down the mysterious alleys of Mexico City, he came face to face with his father's murky past--and his own complicity in it. Scott learned that his chosen profession was not so different from his father's: they both worked to gain people's trust and to uncover their secrets. The only difference was what they did with that information. In the aftermath of 9/11, father and son found themselves on assignment in Afghanistan and the Middle East, one as a CIA contractor, the other as a reporter for Newsweek. Suddenly, an unsettled Scott was forced to keep his father's secret all over again. As their professional lives collided, Scott and his father inched toward a personal reckoning, struggling to overcome a lifetime of suspicion and deception. The Wolf and the Watchman is a provocative, meditative account of truth and duplicity, of manipulation and loyalty. It is also a moving, intensely personal portrait of a bond between father and son that endured in the shadow of one of the world's most secretive and unforgiving institutions. * PEN Center USA Award Finalist Reading group guide available.
Revisit the secrets and second chances for a newly turned werewolf in this novella from Linda Thomas-Sundstrom Psychiatrist Jenna James loved Matt Wilson since her first day of work at Fairview Hospital. Though Matt left to become a detective for Miami P.D., they still carried on a red-hot affair…until Matt suddenly became unreachable three months ago. So when a young woman is brought to the hospital exhibiting frightening physical changes, Jenna calls Matt—just to see him again, even if he can't help her patient. But Matt does know what's wrong the woman. She's been bitten by a werewolf…just as he was three months ago. Matt's willing to help the girl deal with her transition, though doing so will expose his own beastly secret…and may cost him Jenna's love. Previously published in 2009.
Six thousand years ago. Evil stalks the land. Only Torak, a twelve-year-old boy, and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey together takes them through the deep forest, onto glaciers, and into dangers they never dreamed of. In this page-turning, original, and spectacularly told adventure story, Torak and Wolf are joined by an incredible cast of characters as they battle to save their world. This is first book in The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series.
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