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Everybody knows her smile, but no one knows her story: Meet the flesh-and-blood woman who became one of the most famous artistic subjects of all time--Mona Lisa.A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. Every year more than 9 million visitors trek to view her portrait in the Louvre.Yet while everyone recognizes her smile, hardly anyone knows her story. Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, a blend of biography, history, and memoir, truly is a book of discovery--about the world's most recognized face, most revered artist, and most praised and parodied painting. Who was she, this ordinary woman who rose to such extraordinary fame? Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model? What became of her? And why does her smile enchant us still? Lisa Gherardini (1479-1542) was a quintessential woman of her times, caught in a whirl of political upheavals, family dramas, and public scandals. Her life spanned the most tumultuous chapters in the history of Florence--and of the greatest artistic outpouring the world has ever seen. Her story creates an extraordinary tapestry of Renaissance Florence, with larger-than-legend figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli. Dianne Hales, author of La Bella Lingua, became obsessed with finding the real Mona Lisa on repeated trips to Florence. In Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, she takes readers with her to meet Lisa's descendants; uncover her family's long and colorful history; and explore the neighborhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife, and a mother. In the process, we can participate in Lisa's daily rituals; understand her personal relationships; and see, hear, smell, and taste "her" Florence. Hales brings to life a time poised between the medieval and the modern, a vibrant city bursting into fullest bloom, and a culture that redefined the possibilities of man--and of woman.
Mona Lisa was one of the children of the moon. Stronger, faster, and more beautiful than any human, the children were the origin of Earth's darkest legends, and Mona Lisa was their newest queen. Paranormal romance.
Dante, the warrior son of a healer, was cursed by a high priestess to endure a never-ending cycle of life and death. Someone shares one of his past lives. Back then, she was his victim. Today, she is his savior. Her name is Mona Lisa.
On the vernal equinox, Mona Lisa is taken against her will to NetherHell, the cursed realm of the damned. In this place, she will be torn from both within and without by desire, love, and ecstasy. And when her first love crosses the boundaries of the world to rescue her, she must choose her own destiny?before others choose it for her.
The national bestselling author returns with a new passionate, erotically charged paranormal novel. Roberto, a jaguar-shifter of mixed Monère heritage, arrives in Cozumel to kill a rival. But he finds a more valuable prize in Mona Lisa, a Monère who's lost her memory and can be manipulated into believing anything-no matter how dark or dangerous.
Enter Gibson's unique world - lyric and mechanical, erotic and violent, sobering and exciting - where multinational corporations and high-tech outlaws vie for power, traveling into the computer-generated universe known as cyberspace.
Mona Lisa's growing powers allow her to care for the warriors who serve her in unexpectedly pleasurable ways.
Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of monarch butterflies
For more than fifty years, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor-- who became Elizabeth II, Queen of England on February 6, 1952-- has been loved and loathed, revered and feared, applauded and criticized by her people. till she endures as a captivating figure in the world's most durable symbol of political authority: the British monarchy. In Monarch, a meticulously detailed portrait of Elizabeth II as both a human being and an institution, bestselling author Robert Lacey brings the queen to life as never before: as baby "Lilibet" learning to wave to a crowd in the Royal Mews; as a child "ardently praying for a brother" so as to avoid her fate; as a young woman falling in love with and marrying her cousin Philip; and as the mother-in-law of the most complicated royal of all, Princess Diana. Updated with new material to reflect the 2002 Golden Jubilee and the passing of the Queen Mum -- and featuring dozens of photographs, a family tree of the Hanoverian-Windsor-Mountbatten families, and a map that charts the location of royal castles-- Monarch is an engaging, critical, and celebratory account of Elizabeth's half-century reign that no reader of popular history should be without.
Where do the largest butterflies live? Why do monarchs like milk weed? Get to know the many kinds of butterflies by reading this interesting book. Other books in this series are available from Bookshare.
HE'D SAVED HER LIFE<P><P> When the riptide unloosed her, Allie Carter washed ashore at the feet of Lorne de Marigny, monarch of Carramer. A prince unparalleled in handsomeness... and in having his desires fulfilled. And he demanded that Allie remain at his villa with him and his son. <P> COULD SHE RESCUE A PRINCE?<P> Acting as adorable Nori's companion silenced those who'd question Allie's relationship with the widower prince. But Allie needed to know why Lorne seemed so tortured. Why he rarely spoke of his wife, when his child so desperately wanted a mother. And if there was a place for her with Lorne and his son...<P> THE CARRAMER CROWN<P> One by one, royal siblings discover passion more powerful than any monarchy.
Her pony's accident provides Cassie with an introduction to show horses.
A riveting new Temperance Brennan forensic thriller from Kathy Reichs, the internationally acclaimed forensic anthropologist and New York Times bestselling author... Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial. She should be going over her notes, but instead she's digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die? Homicide detective Luc Claudel, never Tempe's greatest fan, believes the bones are historic. Not his case, not his concern. The pizza parlor owner found nineteenth-century buttons in the cellar with the skeletons. Claudel takes them as an indicator of the bones' antiquity. But something doesn't make sense. Tempe examines the bones in her lab and establishes approximate age with Carbon 14. Further study of tooth enamel tells her where the women were born. If she's right, Claudel has three recent murders on his hands. Definitely his case. Detective Andrew Ryan, meanwhile, is acting mysteriously. What are those private phone calls he takes in the other room, and why does he suddenly disappear just when Tempe is beginning to hope he might be a permanent part of her life? Looks like more lonely nights for Tempe and Birdie, her cat. As Tempe searches for answers in both her personal and professional lives, she finds herself drawn deep into a web of evil from which there may be no escape. Women have disappeared, never to return....Tempe may be next. With its powerful mix of nail-biting suspense and cutting-edge forensic science, Monday Mourning is the best yet from this superbly gifted, megastar author who, as New York Newsday says, is "the real thing."
From the experts at Woman's Day, this essential cookbook, the first in a series tackling one type of food for each night of the week, is full of quick, easy-to-follow recipes for dozens of complete chicken dinners, including variations and side dishes.
She Didn't Want to Get Pregnant!But somehow when Kelly Ronan was with the mysterious Bart Monday, her good sense flew out the window. The man was rootless, a maverick who never stayed in one place for long.But for now she had him all to herself, no matter that it wasn't by choice. They'd been shipwrecked on a small island, and she'd vowed to make the best of things-and Bart definitely topped her list of "best!"
To deal the Mafia its death blow, the Executioner plans a week in hell After more than thirty campaigns, Mack Bolan has brought the cosa nostra to its knees. The syndicate is in tatters--its soldiers dead, its bosses terrified, its money all but gone. The US government, believing that organized crime is no longer a threat, begs Bolan to join the fight against international terrorism as head of a secretive task force that answers only to the president. But before he can end his war against the mob, Bolan must be certain of total victory. In six days he will finish the Mafia once and for all--or he will finally die trying. He starts in Louisville, where some of the most powerful bosses in the country have gathered to make a last-ditch stand against the Executioner. But before he can destroy them, Bolan must rescue their prisoner: a beautiful woman named April Rose, who will change his life forever.
The fascinating story of a century-old automobile dynastyFiat is one of the world's largest automakers, but when it made headlines by grabbing control of a bankrupt Chrysler in 2009 it was unknown in the U.S. Fiat's against-all-odds swoop on Chrysler---masterminded by Sergio Marchionne, the Houdini-like manager who saved Fiat from its own near-collapse in 2005 - has made the automaker one of the most unlikely winners of the financial crisis. Mondo Agnelli is a new book that looks at the chain of unpredictable events triggered by the death of Gianni Agnelli in 2003. Gianni, the charismatic, silver-haired power broker and style icon, was the patriarch who had lead the company founded by his grandfather in 1899. But Gianni's own son had committed suicide. Without a mature heir, the dynasty and Fiat were rudderless. Backed by Gianni's closest advisors, his serious, shy, and determined grandson John plucked Marchionne from obscurity. Together, they saved the family company and, inadvertently, positioned Fiat as a global trailblazer when the global storm hit.A classic story of ingenuity and hard work, the book portrays a business dynasty that triumphed over adversity and family tragedy because of its own smarts, sweat, and ability to bend the rulesA an engaging tale for those interested in the stories behind the economic crash, the book contains never-before reported material about how Fiat succeeded in making Chrysler profitable where both Daimler AG and Cerberus, its previous owners, had failed.A story for a wide audience, from car buffs, business readers, lovers of Italy, and anyone fascinated by the lifestyle of Europe's most glamorous industrial dynasty, this book tells the tale of how Fiat achieved the seemingly impossible -- turning around an American automotive icon everyone else had given up for dead.
This biography designed for younger readers tells some fascinating facts about Claude Monet's life, as well as giving descriptions of his Impressionist painting style and famous paintings he has painted.
Charleston antiques dealer Abigail Timberlake Washburn is thrilled by her recent estate auction purchase of a spectacular bejeweled birdcage from India, but not so much by its occupant, a mouthy mynah named Monet. Still, her customers at the Den of Antiquity seem charmed by the insufferable birdbrain, so Abby figures she's stuck with him. That is, until she finds a stuffed starling resting on his usual perch with a ransom note demanding a real Monet (the painted variety) in exchange for her purloined pet. Since she doesn't happen to have a priceless masterpiece on hand -- and since a mynahless existence isn't all that distasteful a prospect -- Abby figures she'll let the thief keep the annoying avian. But when her mama Mozella is abducted by the craven birdnapper, Abby must leap into the fray to rescue mater and mynah alike ... before the feathers really start to fly!
Writing in the June 1965 issue of theEconomic Journal, Harry G. Johnson begins with a sentence seemingly calibrated to the scale of the book he set himself to review: "The long-awaited monetary history of the United States by Friedman and Schwartz is in every sense of the term a monumental scholarly achievement--monumental in its sheer bulk, monumental in the definitiveness of its treatment of innumerable issues, large and small . . . monumental, above all, in the theoretical and statistical effort and ingenuity that have been brought to bear on the solution of complex and subtle economic issues. " Friedman and Schwartz marshaled massive historical data and sharp analytics to support the claim that monetary policy--steady control of the money supply--matters profoundly in the management of the nation's economy, especially in navigating serious economic fluctuations. In their influential chapter 7,The Great Contraction--which Princeton published in 1965 as a separate paperback--they address the central economic event of the century, the Depression. According to Hugh Rockoff, writing in January 1965: "If Great Depressions could be prevented through timely actions by the monetary authority (or by a monetary rule), as Friedman and Schwartz had contended, then the case for market economies was measurably stronger. " Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000 for work related toA Monetary Historyas well as to his other Princeton University Press book,A Theory of the Consumption Function(1957).
A report from the International Monetary Fund.
The New Keynesian framework has emerged as the workhorse for the analysis of monetary policy and its implications for inflation, economic fluctuations, and welfare. It is the backbone of the new generation of medium-scale models under development at major central banks and international policy institutions, and provides the theoretical underpinnings of the inflation stability-oriented strategies adopted by most central banks throughout the industrialized world. This graduate-level textbook provides an introduction to the New Keynesian framework and its applications to monetary policy. Using a canonical version of the New Keynesian model as a reference framework, Jordi Galí explores issues pertaining to the design of monetary policy, including the determination of the optimal monetary policy and the desirability of simple policy rules. He analyzes several extensions of the baseline model, allowing for cost-push shocks, nominal wage rigidities, and open economy factors. In each case, the implications for monetary policy are addressed, with a special emphasis on the desirability of inflation targeting policies.The most up-to-date and accessible introduction to the New Keynesian framework available Uses a single benchmark model throughout Concise and easy to use Includes exercises An ideal resource for graduate students, researchers, and market analysts
A report from the International Monetary Fund.
A report from the International Monetary Fund.
[From the front inside flap:] "When Geena Howe first discovers her ability to project herself inside a painting, she thinks it is the most wonderful thing in the world. She can explore the worlds of her favorite artists, from Mondrian to Rembrandt, for as long as she wants. The only rule is that she must leave at the same spot where she entered the painting in the first place. Disaster strikes when she enters a painting by Claude Monet of a pond filled with water lilies. The inhabitants of the castle at the far end of the painting inform her that the castle and entire vicinity are haunted. Geena is skeptical of this "ghost" that supposedly changes the landscape regularly, but changes her mind when the castle, the land around it, even her clothes and hair are altered! Worse, the changes have eliminated the water lily pond, cutting Geena off from home. Geena must brave a huge maze in order to confront the ghost and convince it--or them--to put the pond back so she can get home!" During her days and nights trapped in the castle, Geena discovers first hand the different between the culture in her time and that of France over a century ago. A boy, Crispin, about her age, who knows he and his surroundings will probably change every few hours, finds the courage to travel through the rough castle with Geena to help her find the place in the lily-covered moat where she arrived. His guidance and information, food he helps her to pack and the lanterns he shows her how to light are among many of his efforts on her behalf. Though he finds what she tells him about her high school impossible to believe, and they argue constantly, he makes pickle and cheese sandwiches for her and shares his best advice. Geena also meets a beautiful, anxious lady and a deceitful, overly friendly centaur and is followed by large, frightening crows in this historic fantasy featuring a famous ghost, or is he a ghost?
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