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Gold Standard
Gold Standard By Bay Area News Group

Dominant. Few seasons in sports history better exemplify that term than the Golden State Warriors' road to the 2016-2017 NBA championship. After adding Kevin Durant to an already elite lineup, the Warriors stormed to a league-leading 67 wins in the regular season. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Durant were all NBA All-Stars, and the foursome played an awe-inspiring brand of basketball. And the Warriors overcame adversity — from Durant missing 19 games late in the season due to injury to head coach Steve Kerr's health issues costing him much of the playoffs. Yet Curry, Durant and company avenged their 2016 NBA Finals loss with an unprecedented run through the postseason and a sublime NBA Finals destruction of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Packed with stunning photography and expert analysis from the Bay Area's largest newspaper publisher, Gold Standard takes fans through the Warriors' historic season, from Thompson's 60-point outburst to Durant's triumphant return to Oklahoma City to the final unforgettable minutes against the Cavaliers. This commemorative edition also includes in-depth profiles of Curry, Durant, Kerr, Thompson, Green and other Warriors stars.
The Solitary Spy
The Solitary Spy By Douglas Boyd

Author and historian Douglas Boyd reveals his shocking account of life as a Cold War prisoner in 1950s Berlin. Of the 2.3 million National Servicemen conscripted during the Cold War, 5,000 attended the secret Joint Services School for Linguists, tasked with supplying much-needed Russian speakers to the three services. The majority were in RAF uniform, as the Warsaw Pact saw air forces become the greatest danger to the West. After training, they were sent to the front lines in Germany and elsewhere to snoop on Russian aircraft in real time. Posted to RAF Gatow in Berlin, ideally placed for signals interception, Douglas Boyd came to know Hitler's devastated former capital, divided as it was into Soviet, French, US and British sectors. Pulling no punches, he describes the SIGINT work, his subsequent arrest by armed Stasi soldiers one night on the border, and how he became one of the most important political prisoners in Cold War Berlin. The Solitary Spy is a unique account of the terrifying experience of incarceration and interrogation in an East German political prison, from which Boyd eventually escaped one step ahead of the KGB.
The Marvellous Equations of the Dread
The Marvellous Equations of the Dread By Marcia Douglas

Bob Marley is dead. The Emperor Haile Selassie has been brutally murdered. The armed gangs of Kingston are at war and the murder rate soars. The people have lost all trust in self-serving politicians. It is hard to imagine worse times. The Marvellous Equations of the Dread tells the twin stories of Jamaica's nihilistic violence and its wondrously creative humanity and does truthful justice to both. It takes place in the worlds of the living and in the vivid afterlife of the dead, spanning the Kingston ghettoes, the Emperor's palace in Addis Ababa and Zion. There is even a fallen angel. At its heart are the human stories of the deaf Leenah who with her mother and daughter writes a powerful woman version of events; the relationship between Fall-down (the street madman and fallen angel) and Delroy the orphaned street-boy, and the meetings in the clock tower at Half Way Tree between Bob Marley, Marcus Garvey and the island's dead. There is also the enslaved boy who was hung from the silk cotton tree in 1766. The novel sets out to retrieve the word at the tip of his tongue. Not least of the novel's marvellous equations are the dread revenants who encourage the living to take responsibility for the future of the nation.
Seasons in an Unknown Key
Seasons in an Unknown Key By Karen Mulhallen

In her latest collection of poems, Karen Mulhallen takes us on a physical journey through the course of a year and on a spiritual journey through many lives. The beauty of birds, the amour fou of the inconstant lover, the rapture of the past in the history of Toronto Islands and of the city of Pompeii. This is a poet at the height of her art, crafting language and rhythm, to mirror the ebb and flow of the scene. A compelling and devastating group of poems.
Kulipari: Heritage
Kulipari: Heritage Illustrated by Sonia Liao, Illustrated by Ronda Pattison, By Trevor Pryce, By Joshua Starnes

The leader of the Kulipari is sent on a mission to find an ancient relic. One of the Poison Scrolls, the original source of their power, is believed to be buried under the rubble of their destroyed former home. Burnu soon finds out he's not alone as the Spider God has his own plans for the Scrolls.
Animales
Animales By Emma Unsworth Jane Unsworth

Laura and Tyler are best friends who live together, angrily philosophizing and leading each other astray in the pubs and flats of Manchester. But things are set to change. Laura is engaged to Jim, the wedding is just months away, and Tyler becomes hell-bent on sabotaging her friend's plans for a different life. This hilarious, moving and refreshingly honest tale illustrates how a friendship can become the ultimate love story.
Germany? Germany!
Germany? Germany! By Kurt Tucholsky, Preface By Ralph C Blumenthal, Translated by Harry Zohn

Kurt Tucholsky is one of Weimar Germany's most celebrated literary figures. The poet, journalist, and satirist who was at the center of the tumultuous political and cultural world of 1920's Berlin still emerges as an astonishingly contemporary figure. But he was more than just an angry truth-teller; he was also one of the funniest satirical writers of his era, depicting everyday lives during the rise of modernity. The iconic translation of Harry Zohn, a literary figure from Vienna himself, presented Tucholsky to an American audience for the first time. This edition features a preface by Ralph Blumenthal, journalism professor and former reporter for The New York Times.
The Heavy Bear
The Heavy Bear By Tim Bowling

What happens when a respectable middle-aged father, teacher and writer decides one day to abandon his ordinary routine and embark on an unexpected journey toward an unknowable fate, following the ghost of Buster Keaton and a vision of a bear? In Tim Bowling's fifth novel, The Heavy Bear, the main character – a sort of contemporary version of Joyce's Leopold Bloom who just happens to be named Tim Bowling – spends an intense late-summer day in downtown Edmonton. Haunted by "the slender sadness" of the world, and unable to face his afternoon class, Tim Bowling finds himself pulled into an escapade revolving around an antique toy, a capuchin monkey and a young student our narrator likens to Pippi Longstocking. Accompanied by the shade of the silent-film star Buster Keaton, and the bear-shaped spirit of the American poet Delmore Schwartz, Bowling's Tim Bowling must confront, with equal parts humour and sincerity, a fundamental problem of our age: how to make and maintain human connections in a world that seems intent on destroying them?
Seized by the Sun
Seized by the Sun By James W. Ure

How and why did a groundbreaking female fighter pilot vanish into thin air? Of the 38 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) confirmed or presumed dead in World War II, only one—Gertrude "Tommy" Tompkins—is still missing. On October 26, 1944, the 32-year-old fighter plane pilot lifted off from Mines Field in Los Angeles. She was never seen again.Seized by the Sun is the story of a remarkable woman who overcame a troubled childhood and the societal constraints of her time to find her calling flying the fastest and most powerful airplane of World War II. It is also a compelling unsolved mystery.Born in 1912 to a wealthy New Jersey family, Gertrude's childhood was marked by her mother's bouts with depression and her father's relentless search for a cure for the debilitating stutter that afflicted Gertrude throughout her life. Teased and struggling in school, young Gertrude retreated to a solitary existence. As a young woman she dabbled in raising goats and aimlessly crisscrossed the globe in an attempt to discover her purpose.As war loomed in Europe, Gertrude met the love of her life, a Royal Air Force pilot who was killed flying over Holland. Telling her sister that she "couldn't stop crying, so she focused on learning to fly," Gertrude applied to join the newly formed Women's Air Force Service Pilots. She went on to become such a superior pilot that she was one of only 126 WASPs selected to fly fighter planes. After her first flight in the powerful P-51 Mustang, her stutter left her for good.Gertrude's sudden disappearance remains a mystery to this day. Award-winning author Jim Ure leads readers through Gertrude's fascinating life; provides a detailed account of the WASPs' daily routines, training, and challenges; and describes the ongoing search for Gertrude's wreck and remains. The result of years of research and interviews with Gertrude's family, friends, and fellow WASPs, Seized by the Sun is an invaluable addition to any student's or history buff's bookshelf.
Period Pain
Period Pain By Kopano Matlwa

Period Pain captures the heartache and confusion of so many South Africans who feel defeated by the litany of headline horrors; xenophobia, corrective rape, corruption and crime and for many the death sentence that is the public health nightmare. Where are we going, what have we become? Period Pain helps us navigate our South Africa. We meet Masechaba, and through her story we are able to reflect, to question and to rediscover our humanity.
Out of the Deep
Out of the Deep By Walter de la Mare, Edited by Greg Buzwell

A collection of chilling stories from a writer whose horror fiction was a favorite of H. P. Lovecraft. Walter de la Mare wrote some of the finest traditional ghost stories in the English language. Although some of his classic stories have been frequently anthologized, many of them are hard to find outside scholarly collections. This new collection presents some of the best-loved stories alongside others that have been undeservedly neglected. De la Mare is revealed as an enigmatic writer of troubling stories that take unexpected turns into the supernatural.
Go Slow
Go Slow By Michael Owen

It has been said that the records of singer and actress Julie London were purchased for their provocative, full-color cover photographs as frequently as they were for the music contained in their grooves. During the 1950s and '60s, her piercing blue eyes, strawberry blonde hair, and shapely figure were used to sell the world an image of cool sexuality.The contrast between image and reality, the public and the private, is at the heart of Julie London's story. Through years of research; extensive interviews with family, friends, and musical associates; and access to rarely seen or heard archival material, author Michael Owen reveals the impact of her image on the direction of her career and how it influenced the choices she made, including the ultimate decision to walk away from performing.Go Slow follows Julie London's life and career through its many stages: her transformation from 1940s movie starlet to coolly defiant singer of the classic torch ballad "Cry Me a River" of the '50s, and her journey from Las Vegas hotel entertainer during the rock 'n' roll revolution of the '60s to the no-nonsense nurse of the '70s hit television series Emergency!
The Cross-Eyed Mutt
The Cross-Eyed Mutt By Etienne Davodeau

Fabian is supervisor at the Louvre. He loves his job. He also loves Mathilde. When it comes time, she presents him to her family in their vast country house and not without some apprehension, as the Benion clan is a bit special. There’s her father, Louis, who heads since 1975 the family furniture company founded in 1947, and two brothers, Maxime and Joseph. They’re not bad guys, just rather clumsy and with a decidedly unsubtle sense of humor. The fact that Fabian works in the Louvre is a welcome coincidence, since they just found in the attic a painting by an ancestor in the nineteenth century. It’s a sorry representation of a cross-eyed mutt. What is the value? ask the Benion. Is this an eyesore or a masterpiece? Fabian, pretty embarrassed, punts on the question. So for the Benion, case closed, if it ain’t an eyesore then no doubt it has its place on the walls of the Louvre! Fabian is left hoping the whole delusion will just go away, until one day the two brothers show up at the Louvre and ask. Getting the Cross-Eyed Mutt into the Louvre would demonstrate his commitment to becoming a member of the Benion family! Fabian is now in a pickle when he meets Mr. André Balouchi, an oddball frequent visitor of the museum who turns out to have quite a bit of clout…A raucous satirical comedy that asks: Who decides what makes a work of art worthy of being in a major museum?
Totalitopia
Totalitopia By John Crowley

John Crowley's all-new essay "Totalitopia" is a wry how-to guide for building utopias out of the leftovers of modern science fiction. "This Is Our Town," written especially for this volume, is a warm, witty, and wonderfully moving story. One of Crowley's hard-to-find masterpieces, "Gone" is a Kafkaesque science fiction adventure about an alien invasion. Plus: There's a bibliography, an author bio, and of course an Outspoken Interview, the usual cage fight between candor and common sense.
Survival Game
Survival Game By Gary Gibson

Katya must travel to an alternate Earth to find an artifact the Tzar desires—one which could bring about the destruction of Earth's many alternate version. Katya is a scientist, working on a top secret project for the Russian Empire. Due to her classified knowledge of alternative worlds, she's being blackmailed into working as a spy—and her father's life is at stake. She must hunt down a mysterious artifact that could give the dying Tzar his dearest wish—new life. But it's hidden on an alternate Earth, on an American-controlled island. She'll have to go deep undercover to gain access. However, if they use the artifact, the Russian Empire, the Americans' beleaguered territories, and all linked versions of earth face extinction. Katya discovers the truth with Jerry, an American survivalist based on the island. Together they must stop the artifact being activated, at any costs.
The Many Lives of Catwoman
The Many Lives of Catwoman By Tim Hanley

For more than 75 years, Catwoman has forged her own path in a clear-cut world of stalwart heroes, diabolical villains and damsels in distress. Sometimes a thief, sometimes a vigilante, sometimes neither and sometimes both, the mercurial Catwoman gleefully defies classification. Her relentless independence across comic books, television and film appearances set her apart from the rest of the superhero world. When female characters were limited to little more than romantic roles, Catwoman used her feminine wiles to manipulate Batman and escape justice at every turn. When male villains dominated Gotham on the small screen, Catwoman entered the mix and outshone them all. When female-led comics were few and far between, Catwoman headlined her own series for over 20 years. True to her nature, Catwoman stole the show everywhere she appeared, regardless of the medium. But her unique path had its downsides as well. Her existence on the periphery of the superhero world made her expendable, and she was prone to lengthy absences. Her villainous origins also made her susceptible to sexualized and degrading depictions from her primarily male creators in ways that most conventional heroines didn't face. Exploring the many incarnations of this cultural icon offers a new perspective on the superhero genre and showcases the fierce resiliency that has made Catwoman a fan favorite for decades.
Spice Yourself Slim
Spice Yourself Slim By Kalpna Woolf

The have-it-all spice diet for life—a ravishing book combining delicious recipes and healthy eating, using the tastes, healing powers and weight loss health properties of spices from around the world. This book unwraps the mysteries of one of the oldest, most valued and mystically powerful food sources known to mankind, and shows how spices can be incorporated into a contemporary low-calorie diet. Kalpna Woolf's healthy eating plan guarantees weight loss and improved wellbeing, while offering delicious recipes, featuring spices from India, South America, the Far East, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Kalpna's book reveals the top 10 spices that should be in every food store cupboard; how to combine them into versatile Spice Rubs; 100 calorie recipes; and helpful weekly Meal Planners. Spice Yourself Slim is an essential book for any cook wanting to combine adventurous and exciting food with a long-lasting healthy lifestyle. Includes dual measures.
A Girl Called Sidney
A Girl Called Sidney By Courtney Yasmineh

Set in the late '70s, A Girl Called Sidney: The Coldest Place by rock musician Courtney Yasmineh is a searing, nerve-rattling story of a mature 17-year-old whose family disintegrates in spectacular fashion in affluent suburban Chicago. After first spiriting her mother away and then running away herself to the family's remote Northwoods cabin in Minnesota, Sidney challenges herself to survive alone and find her voice over the course of a brutal winter.  The narrative takes the reader on a dark and moody ride back and forth in both time and place, between Chicago and a tiny rural town. Getting inside Sidney's head as she tries to make sense of a cast of characters – family, hangers-on, and old and new friends – the novel examines the roots of their dysfunction while Sidney plots the future and works to make real her pursuit of music. With appeal to readers of the recent rash of women rocker bios – and contemporary fiction of the heartland – the story looks with a fresh perspective back to a distinct time and the experiences of a young woman that will resonate with many adults.
When Mu Meets Min
When Mu Meets Min By Shen Shixi, Illustrated by Shen Yuanyuan

A delightful story about the tense relationship between a dog and a cat, sure to make young readers laugh. This delightful story explores what happens when a cat is introduced into a family with a dog and the tumultuous relationship between these very different species. The dog and cat learn how to communicate with each other and live peacefully together under the same roof. Patience and self-control are the keys to forming a tender and loving friendship.
Colour Confident Stitching
Colour Confident Stitching By Karen Barbé

A guide to embracing color, encompassing both color theory and practical projects, for both beginners and confident crafters. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, any stitching project can be enhanced by a well-chosen color palette. This book makes creating color palettes a fun and enjoyable part of the design process. It is divided into three parts: Understanding Colour; Feeling Colour and Stitching with Colour. The first two sections guide the reader through color theory as well as choosing color more instinctively. The five projects that are included will encourage the reader to explore color and build confidence through exercise and experiment. Inspirational photographs are accompanied by stitching illustrations and step-by-step photographs for the color choosing process as well as stitching projects.
Need You Dead
Need You Dead By Peter James

The 13th entry in the New York Times-bestselling series. Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her.When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.