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Bannon's Law

by Lauran Paine

Joshua Bannon, a crusty, individualistic old frontier doctor, is never too sparing with advice for his young friend, Sheriff Tom Cartland. "Any time an animal has a lot of brawn and a little brain," he tells Cartland, "it is going to be forceful, dim-witted, obnoxious and troublesome." The sheriff finds out just how applicable this law is to humans when a body of an unknown range rider is discovered just outside of town. The dead man's horse has run off, and there is nothing to identify the man with but his ivory-handled pistol and silver-mounted spurs, which look conspicuously out of place on the apparently ordinary cowboy. Examining the dead man further, the wily but unorthodox lawman discovers two more fascinating items: a moneybelt with six thousand dollars in cash, and a bullet hole in the cowboy's back. Cartland traces the runaway horse to the cabin of George Cannon, a tough but honest homesteader with three sons, each as burly and strong-willed as his father. Despite their initial frostiness and the sheriff's natural prejudice against squatters and settlers, the Cannons and Sheriff Cartland develop a relationship of mutual respect and admiration. The Cannons turn over to Tom a gold pocket watch that the dead cowboy had been carrying, but on the way back from their spread, Tom is ambushed and the watch is stolen. He is wounded in the attack, which the townspeople all assume to be the work of highwaymen, but which Tom and Doc Bannon correctly surmise to be that of men who are after the cash from the moneybelt. With help from the Cannons, the good doctor, and several of the more colorful townspeople, Sheriff Cartland manages to uncover the identity of the bushwackers, and sets a trap for them, using the six thousand dollars as bait. What follows is solid, fast-paced Old West action, interspersed with the constant wisecracking of old Doc Bannon, which makes this another irresistible Western yarn from Lauran Paine.

A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts

by Ying Chang Compestine

Presents an eight-course banquet of ghost stories centering around Chinese cooking and culture. Each story is followed by a recipe and historical notes.

Banquo's Ghosts

by Keith Korman Richard Lowry

After learning that an Iranian scientist is in the process of developing nuclear weapons on Iranian soil, all-but-forgotten Spymaster Stewart Banquo initiates a rogue special operation. With the assistance of his most trusted agent, Robert Wallets, Banquo recruits Peter Johnson, a dissolute, morally bankrupt liberal news journalist, to travel to Iran. Johnson poses as a sympathetic reporter writing a piece on the country's nuclear facilities. His mission: to kill the scientist. Like many elaborate plans, Johnson's assassination attempt fails. The journalist falls into Iranian hands and is tortured to confess-a staggering security crisis for the United States. Aided by Wallets and the battle-hardened Marjorie Morningstar-the CIA operatives who trained him-Johnson escapes from Iran. Now back in the United States, Johnson helps Banquo and his CIA cohorts lead a team of federal agents and New York City officials in tracking down a group of suspected Iranian terrorists in New York who are planning to commit nuclear terrorism by dispersing a highly radioactive material throughout the city streets and subways. When Johnson's only daughter is kidnapped by the Iranians, he and Banquo must race against time to save her. . . and the City of New York.

Bantam of the Opera

by Mary Daheim

Bed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn isn't exactly bellowing "Bravo!" over the news that obnoxious opera star Mario Pacetti and his entourage are coming to stay at the Hillside Manor. The world-class tenor is a renowned pain-in-the-neck-a bloated buffoon who could easily eat her out of house and home. So when the puffed-up, would-be Pavarotti inadvertently drinks poison and falls down dead on his tosca, accusing eyes turn to Judith and her amateur sleuthing partner, cousin Renie. Now it's curtains unless the cousins can unmask the real culprit-before a killer's final, fatal encore.

The Banyan Tree

by Christopher Nolan

Covering the eighty-plus years of the life of Minnie O'Brien, The Banyan Tree is a rich saga of rural Ireland in the twentieth century. In prose as lushly layered as the land it describes, Nolan lovingly details the triumphs and tragedies of this spirited woman, who struggles to keep body and soul, as well as her modest hopes, alive. While her three grown children have long since moved away, she is determined to keep her family's farm from the tightening grip of her unscrupulous neighbor, in the hope that one day her youngest will return to claim what is rightfully his. Weaving from the gentle world of Minnie's youth to the harder realities of the present, this sage and soulful story pays homage to a feisty individual spirit as well as a rich collective past.

The Baptism

by Shelia P. Moses

When you turn twelve in Occoneechee Neck in Jackson, North Carolina, everything changes. You get to do stuff you couldn't do when you were eleven. And it means it's time to get baptized. Twin brothers Leon and Luke Curry turned twelve last month. Ma has given them one week in which to do right -- to cleanse themselves of their sinning ways and get themselves ready for the baptism. Next Sunday they will go down to the "mornin' bench" at church, sit in front of Reverend Webb, and be saved. It will be ...

The Baptism of Disciples Alone: A Covenantal Argument for Credobaptism versus Paedobaptism

by Fred Malone

A Covenantal argument for believer's baptism versus paedobaptism.

Baptism: A Vietnam Memoir

by Larry Gwin

"The 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cavalry had the dubious distinction of being the unit that had fought the biggest battle of the war to date, and had suffered the worst casualties. We and the 1st Battalion." A Yale graduate who volunteered to serve his country, Larry Gwin was only twenty-three years old when he arrived in Vietnam in 1965. After a brief stint in the Delta, Gwin was reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in An Khe. There, in the hotly contested Central Highlands, he served almost nine months as executive officer for Alpha Company, 2/7, fighting against crack NVA troops in some of the war's most horrific battles. The bloodiest conflict of all began November 12, 1965, after 2nd Battalion was flown into the Ia Drang Valley west of Pleiku. Acting as point, Alpha Company spearheaded the battalion's march to landing zone Albany for pickup, not knowing they were walking into the killing zone of an NVA ambush that would cost them 10 percent casualties. Gwin spares no one, including himself, in his gut-wrenching account of the agony of war. Through the stench of death and the acrid smell of napalm, he chronicles the Vietnam War in all its nightmarish horror.

The Baptized Body

by Peter J. Leithart

What does baptism do to the baptized? Nothing? Something? In this study, Peter Leithart examines this single question of baptismal efficacy. He challenges several common but false assumptions about God, man, the church, salvation, and more that confuse discussions about baptism. He aims to offer a careful and simple discussion of all the central biblical texts that speak to us about baptism, the nature of signs and rites, the character of the church as the body of Christ, and the possibility of apostasy. In the end, the author urges us to face up to the wonderful conclusion that Scripture attributes an astonishing power to the initiation rite of baptism.

The Baptizing of America: The Religious Right's Plans for the Rest of Us

by Rabbi James Rudin

Having spent much of the past 35 years observing and working with evangelical and fundamentalist Christian groups in the US, Rudin, currently with the American Jewish Committee, warns that the country is in the cross-hairs of people who would supplant all human law with their own iron version of God's law. He looks at who they are and what they want, and at their campaigns in bedrooms, schools, hospitals, newsrooms, libraries, public spaces, and workplaces. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

The Bar Mitzvah Murder (Christine Bennett Mystery #15)

by Lee Harris

[From the back cover:] "For suburban sleuth Christine Bennett, the chance to visit the Holy Land is a dream come true. Her best friend Melanie Gross will be in Jerusalem at the same time for the bar mitzvah of her very wealthy cousin. Not accustomed to traveling, Christine is thrilled to have Melanie along to share the experience. The beauty and mystery of the golden city is overwhelming, and Christine is excited about exploring every part of it - until Gabe disappears without a trace ... " Ready to read more of the books in this series about a young nun who leaves the convent to marry a policeman and moves to New York City? She's establishing a family, making friends, teaching some college English and finds one murder after another among her friends and their friends to solve. They're all in the Bookshare collection . They are: #1. The Good Friday Murders, #2. The Yon Kippur Murder (The Atonement Murder), #3. The Christening Day Murder, #4. The St. Patrick's Day Murder, #5. The Christmas Night Murder, #6. The Thanksgiving Day Murder, #7. The Passover Murder, #8. The Valentine's Day Murder, #9. The New Year's Day Murder, #10. The Labor Day Murder, #11. The Father's Day Murder, #12. The Mother's Day Murder, #13. The April Fool's Day Murder, 14. The Happy Birthday Murder, #16. The Silver Anniversary Murder and #17. The Cinco de Mayo Murder

Barabbas

by Par Lagerkvist Alan Blair

Barabbas is the acquitted: the man whose life was exchanged for that of Jesus of Nazareth, crucified upon the hill of Golgotha. By the Nobel Prize winning author.

Barabbas

by Par Lagerkvist

Barabbas is the acquitted; the man whose life was exchanged for that of Jesus of Nazareth, crucified upon the hill of Golgotha. Barabbas is a man condemned to have no god. "Christos Iesus" is carved on the disk suspended from his neck, but he cannot affirm his faith. He cannot pray. He can only say, "I want to believe."Translated from the Swedish by Alan BlairFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage

by Christopher Andersen

"She is my rock--the one person who keeps it real." --Barack "I don't want anybody to think that it's easy. . . . We have a strong marriage, but it's not perfect." --Michelle They exploded onto the world scene and within a matter of a few short years captured the ultimate political prize. In so doing, they became a First Couple like no other: He--the biracial son of a free-spirited Kansas-born woman and a mercurial Kenyan father who abandoned him at an early age--was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, educated at Columbia and Harvard, and launched his political career in America's heartland. She, by contrast, was the product of a solidly middle-American family with roots planted firmly in Chicago's working-class South Side--paving the way for her to achieve her dreams of an Ivy League education and a position at one of the nation's top law firms. By the time they claimed the White House in one of the most hotly contested presidential races in modern history, Barack and Michelle Obama were seen by millions around the world as the new Jack and Jackie Kennedy--brilliant, attractive, elegant, youthful, exciting. Accompanied by their two young daughters, Malia and Sasha, the Obamas would arrive at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with the promise of a new Camelot all but assured. Given the obvious historic significance of what they have accomplished together, the marriage of Barack and Michelle stands as one of the great personal and political partnerships in American history. Yet, incredibly, the true nature of that relationship has remained a mystery. Until now. In the style of his No. 1 New York Times bestsellers The Day Diana Died and The Day John Died, as well as his bestselling books about the Kennedys, the Clintons, and the Bushes, author Christopher Andersen draws on important sources--some speaking here for the first time--to paint the first complete, compelling portrait of America's first black First Family. Among the many intriguing insights and stunning revelations: New behind-the-scenes details of the Obamas' courtship and marriage--and the lovers who went before. The early tragedies that shaped both Barack's and Michelle's personalities, and how those events haunt them to this day. Also, new information about Barack's rootless childhood, at times tortured adolescence, and the true extent of his early drug use. How Barack's ambition put a strain on their relationship from the very beginning, how close the Obamas really came to breaking up, and how Michelle made the difficult decision that saved their marriage. The little-known near-tragedy that brought Barack and Michelle closer than they had ever been. How Michelle may have saved her husband's presidential campaign, and her surprising behind-the-scenes role as the president's chief advisor. The pressures and delights of raising two young girls in the relentless glare of the media, and how, like Jack and Jackie Kennedy before them, Barack and Michelle strive to make the lives of America's two most famous children as "normal" as possible. Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage is an intimate and ultimately riveting look at their unique partnership, and the humor, faith, fortitude, and grace that defines it. It is, above all, an extraordinary American love story.

Barack Obama

by Stephen Feinstein

Barack Obama had a childhood full of adventure. His mother was American; his father was African. Barack lived Hawaii and Indonesia. He grew up to be a senator and U.S. president. With colorful illustrations, lively layout, and accessible vocabulary, this inspiring biography tells the exciting life story of this African-American hero. Ideal for early independent readers and useful for beginning reports.

Barack Obama

by Stephen Krensky

Loaded with archival photographs and amazing facts, the DK Biography series introduces young readers to some of history's most interesting and influential characters. From his early life in Hawaii and Indonesia, to his work as a community organizer in Chicago, to his first months in the Oval Office, DK Biography: Barack Obama tells the story of the 44th president of the United States.

Barack Obama (Basic Biographies)

by Susan Kesselring

A very simple introduction to the life and accomplishments of America's 44th president, Barack Obama.

Barack Obama for Beginners®: An Essential Guide

by Bob Neer

This slim volume is the fastest and most reliable way to get up to speed on the nation's new president. Entertaining illustrations complement the text to offer a complete, neutral introduction.

Barack Obama: The Story

by David Maraniss

From one of our preeminent journalists and modern historians comes the epic story of Barack Obama and the world that created him. In Barack Obama: The Story, David Maraniss has written a deeply reported generational biography teeming with fresh insights and revealing information, a masterly narrative drawn from hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama in the Oval Office, and a trove of letters, journals, diaries, and other documents. The book unfolds in the small towns of Kansas and the remote villages of western Kenya, following the personal struggles of Obama's white and black ancestors through the swirl of the twentieth century. It is a roots story on a global scale, a saga of constant movement, frustration and accomplishment, strong women and weak men, hopes lost and deferred, people leaving and being left. Disparate family threads converge in the climactic chapters as Obama reaches adulthood and travels from Honolulu to Los Angeles to New York to Chicago, trying to make sense of his past, establish his own identity, and prepare for his political future. Barack Obama: The Story chronicles as never before the forces that shaped the first black president of the United States and explains why he thinks and acts as he does. Much like the author's classic study of Bill Clinton, First in His Class, this promises to become a seminal book that will redefine a president.

Barbara Bush

by Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush endures as one of America's most popular First Ladies. She has won worldwide acclaim for her wit, compassion, and candor as both a presidential wife and mother. In this #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Mrs. Bush offers a heartfelt portrait of her life in and out of the White House, from her small-town schoolgirl days in Rye, New York, to her fateful union with George H.W. Bush, to her role as First Lady of the United States. Here, she writes candidly about: her early years with George Bush in West Texas the tragic death of her young daughter the world of Washington politics and the famous figures she's met her role as the nation's leading literacy champion her feelings about the Iran-Contra scandal, the Persian Gulf conflict, and the Cold War the disappointment of the 1992 presidential campaign -- and the mixed blessing of regaining her private life ...and much more. Filled with entertaining anecdotes, dozens of personal photographs, and a healthy dose of humor, this memoir is as compelling and honest as the former First Lady herself.

Barbara Bush: A Memoir

by Barbara Bush

"NO MAN, WOMAN OR CHILD EVER HAD A BETTER LIFE."-BARBARA BUSH Known for her wit, honesty and compassion, Barbara Bush has won admirers the world over. Now, in this fascinating autobiography, the former First Lady talks candidly about: *Growing up privileged and meeting George Bush *Life as a young bride and mother in West Texas *How she got through the tragedy of her little girl's death *Her years in public life in Washington, New York and China *The world of Washington politics and the many famous figures she's met *What it was like behind the scenes of the Persian Gulf conflict and the end of the Cold War *Her role as the nation's leading literacy champion *The ups and downs of three presidential campaigns *The joys of rediscovering private life Filled with warm, funny and touching anecdotes, Mrs. Bush's memoir reveals the innermost heart of a down-to-earth woman who stands fiercely by her husband and family, her faith and her nation.

Barbara Jordan: Congresswoman, Lawyer, Educator

by Laura S. Jeffrey

Explores the life and career of Barbara Jordan, from her childhood in Houston, through her distinguished career in public office, to her powerful influence as a speaker.

The Barbarians

by Alessandro Baricco Stephen Sartarelli

From one of Italy's most respected literary voices, a manifesto on the state of global culture and how connectivity is changing the way we experience it. For the gatekeepers of traditional high culture, the rise of young ambitious outsiders has indeed seemed like nothing short of a barbarian invasion. In this concise and powerful manifesto, Alessandro Baricco explores a handful of realms that have been "plundered"-wine, soccer, music, and books-and extrapolates that it is not a case of old values against new but a widespread mutation that we are all part of, leading toward a different way of having experiences and creating meaning.

Barbarism and Religion: Volume 5, Religion: The First Triumph

by J. G. Pocock

This fifth volume in John Pocock's acclaimed sequence on Barbarism and Religion turns to the controversy caused by Edward Gibbon's treatment of the early Christian church. Examining this controversy in unprecedented depth, Pocock challenges the assumption that Gibbon wrote with the intention of destroying belief in the Christian revelation, and questions our understanding of the character of 'enlightenment'. Reconsidering the genesis, inception and reception of these crucial chapters of Decline and Fall, Pocock explores the response of Gibbon's critics, affirming that his reputation as an unbeliever was established before his history of the Church had been written. The magnitude of Barbarism and Religion is already apparent. Religion: The First Triumph will be read not just as a remarkable analysis of the making of Decline and Fall, but also as a comment on the collision of belief and disbelief, a subject as pertinent now as it was to Gibbon's eighteenth-century readers.

The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675

by Bernard Bailyn

Bernard Bailyn gives us a compelling account of the first great transit of people from Britain, Europe, and Africa to British North America, their involvements with each other, and their struggles with the indigenous peoples of the eastern seaboard. They were a mixed multitude--from England, the Netherlands, the German and Italian states, France, Africa, Sweden, and Finland. They moved to the western hemisphere for different reasons, from different social backgrounds and cultures, and under different auspices and circumstances. Even the majority that came from England fit no distinct socioeconomic or cultural pattern. They came from all over the realm, from commercialized London and the southeast; from isolated farmlands in the north still close to their medieval origins; from towns in the Midlands, the south, and the west; from dales, fens, grasslands, and wolds. They represented the entire spectrum of religious communions from Counter-Reformation Catholicism to Puritan Calvinism and Quakerism. They came hoping to re-create if not to improve these diverse lifeways in a remote and, to them, barbarous environment. But their stories are mostly of confusion, failure, violence, and the loss of civility as they sought to normalize abnormal situations and recapture lost worlds. And in the process they tore apart the normalities of the people whose world they had invaded. Later generations, reading back into the past the outcomes they knew, often gentrified this passage in the peopling of British North America, but there was nothing genteel about it. Bailyn shows that it was a brutal encounter--brutal not only between the Europeans and native peoples and between Europeans and Africans, but among Europeans themselves. All, in their various ways, struggled for survival with outlandish aliens, rude people, uncultured people, and felt themselves threatened with descent into squalor and savagery. In these vivid stories of individual lives--some new, some familiar but rewritten with new details and contexts--Bailyn gives a fresh account of the history of the British North American population in its earliest, bitterly contested years.

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