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The Adventures of Scarygirl
The Adventures of Scarygirl By Nathan Jurevicius

When Scarygirl is abandoned at on a remote peninsula at the large friendly octopus Blister's house, Blister and Scarygirl become best friends. But no one knows where she came from, or who she really is, and her dreams are full of strange and disturbing visions. As the dreams become more and more urgent, Scarygirl knows she has to leave the safety of Blister's home and travel over the mountains to the city to find out the secrets of her past. Will Dr. Maybee's laboratory give her the answers she is seeking, or will his dark forces overpower her? Read more...
Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories By M. R. James, Introduction by Ruth Rendell

M. R. James wrote his ghost stories to entertain friends on Christmas Eve, and they went on to both transform and modernize a genre. James harnesses the power of suggestion to move from a recognizable world to one that is indefinably strange, and then unforgettably terrifying. Sheets, pictures, carvings, a doll's house, a lonely beach, a branch tapping on a window—ordinary things take on more than a tinge of dread in the hands of the original master of suspense. James's prescription for his ghost stories was to "let the ominous thing put out its head, unobtrusively at first, and then more insistently, until it holds the stage." Read more...
Living the Spiritual Principles of Health and Well-Being
Living the Spiritual Principles of Health and Well-Being By John-Roger, By Paul Kaye, Foreword by Philip Barr

Looking at health from a holistic, multidimensional perspective, this reference seeks to provide a spiritual foundation for well-being that supplements traditional medical- and alternative-healing models. By exploring the concepts of health and disease from the inside out and breaking down the process into simple precepts that can be implemented at no cost, this guide presents techniques and practices that develop a greater awareness of the factors that impact health. An analysis of eight spiritual principles that serve as a basis for healthy living are followed by useful information regarding stress, fasting, stretching, breathing, laughter, acid and alkali balance, and the effect of sugar on the body. A 30-day health plan rounds out the discussion, equipping one with significant and meaningful steps towards health and well-being that can be maintained for life. Read more...
The Little Book of Ghosts
The Little Book of Ghosts By Paul Adams

This little gem of a book is a repository of intriguing, fascinating, obscure, strange, and entertaining facts and trivia surrounding ghosts. Within this volume are such chapters as haunted houses, roads, woods and byways, phantom animals, royal ghosts, poltergeists, and haunted objects, while not forgotten are spooky séances and time-slip ghosts, as well as some of the famous ghost-hunters themselves, including Harry Price, Elliot O'Donnell, and R. Thurston Hopkins. Anyone curious enough to pick up this book will be terrified, enthralled, and never short of facts about the mysterious realm of ghosts and haunted places. Read more...
Irish Ghosts & Hauntings
Irish Ghosts & Hauntings By Michael Scott

What is it about Ireland’s past that so haunts the imagination? More than one answer can be found in Michael Scotts’s powerful new collection of 29 tales. To start with, in a newly Christianized Ireland, monks do battle with a devilish monster that has killed a river. All the water in this collection, from rivers to lakes, conceal dangers that men and women would best avoid. Ready to tempt Ireland’s new conquerors — humankind— supernatural forces hide beneath waves, in bogs, in the very land, waiting. With his usual inventiveness, Michael Scott juxtaposes the old and the new, the ancient and modern, showing that in everyday situations, the curses of Ireland’s mythic past lie imp–like, threatening destruction. Read more...
The System
The System By Peter Kuper, Introduction by Calvin Reid

It has been said that the flutter of insect wings in the Indian Ocean can send a hurricane crashing against the shores of the American Northeast, and such a premise lies at the core of The System, a wordless graphic novel created and painted by award-winning illustrator Peter Kuper. A sleazy stockbroker is lining his pockets, a corrupt cop is shaking down drug dealers, a mercenary bomber is setting the timer, a serial killer is stalking strippers, a political scandal is about to explode, the planet is burning, and nobody’s talking. Told without captions or dialogue, this piece of art is an astonishing progression of vivid imagery, each brilliantly executed panel contains layer upon layer of information that forms a vast and intricate tour of an ominous world of coincidences and consequences. Read more...
The Cost of Lunch, Etc.
The Cost of Lunch, Etc. By Marge Piercy

In this collection of short stories, bestselling author Marge Piercy brings us glimpses into the lives of everyday women moving through and making sense of their daily internal and external worlds. Keeping to the engaging, accessible language of Piercy’s novels, the collection spans decades of her writing along with a range of locations, ages, and emotional states of her protagonists. From the first-person account of hoarding and a girl’s narrative of sexual and spiritual discovery to the recounting of a past love affair, each story is a tangible, vivid snapshot in a varied and subtly curated gallery of work. Whether grappling with death, familial relationships, friendship, sex, illness, or religion, Piercy’s writing is as passionate, lucid, insightful, and thoughtfully alive as ever. Read more...
Blood in the Fields
Blood in the Fields By Julia Reynolds

The city of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the setting for his epic masterpiece, East of Eden, but it is also the home of Nuestra Familia, one of the most violent gangs in America. Born in the prisons of California in the late 1960s, Nuestra Familia expanded to control drug trafficking and extortion operations throughout the northern half of the state, and left a trail of bodies in its wake. Prize-winning journalist and Nieman Fellow Julia Reynolds tells the gang's story from the inside out, following young men and women as they search for a new kind of family, quests that usually lead to murder and betrayal. Blood in the Fields also documents the history of Operation Black Widow, the FBI's questionable decade-long effort to dismantle the Nuestra Familia, along with its compromised informants and the turf wars it created with local law enforcement agencies. Journalist Reynolds uses her unprecedented access to gang members, both in and out of prison, as well as undercover wire taps, depositions, and court documents to weave a gripping, comprehensive history of this brutal criminal organization and the lives it destroyed. Read more...
A Secret Woman
A Secret Woman By Rose Solari

Louise Terry is the quintessential, modern American woman; a successful and independent artist, sexually liberated and head strong, she's determined to carve out a life for herself where her painting comes first and where she can avoid messy romantic entanglements. But when her estranged mother, Margaret, dies, leaving a box of documents, photos, and journals, Louise discovers in its contents a new and very different woman from the one who raised her. This Margaret was admired by Catholic priests and Wiccan priestesses alike for her spiritual gifts and was working, at the time of her death, on assembling her visions of a 12th-century cross-dressing woman mystic who not only managed to infiltrate the male bastion of Glastonbury Abbey, but who instigated the tragic fire that burned it to the ground in 1184. Determined to pursue the fragments her mother left behind, Louise travels to England where she meets a cast of characters whom she must depend on to find her way. Blurring the boundaries between past and present, between the body and the spirit, between female and male, this page-turning mystery is a sexy romp through time and space, a profound meditation on the mother-daughter connection, and an enlightening exploration of what it means to make love, to make art, and to make a life worth living. Read more...
Tallow
Tallow By Karen Brooks

The first book in a captivating new science fiction series tells a story of intrigue, deadly magic, and a love so deep it transcends life itself. On the edge of a mystical border called the Limen, close to a beautiful canal-laced city, a humble candlemaker rescues a child whom he raises as his apprentice. Years pass and the child's unusual talents are revealed, the gentle art of candlemaking slowly transforming into something far more sinister. Lingering in the shadows, enemies watch and wait—a vengeful aristocrat, an exotic queen, and the lethal creatures known only as the Morte Whisperers. They hunger after the child's ancient magic and will do anything to control it—betray, lie, manipulate—even murder. In a world of darkness, there is one who will bring light, but can the child survive long enough to fulfil that destiny? Read more...
Apocalypse Next Tuesday
Apocalypse Next Tuesday By David Safier

When 30-something Marie jilts her boring boyfriend at the altar she wonders if life can get any worse. So when a handsome carpenter comes to work on the roof, she realizes she has nothing to lose by asking him out. Even his bizarre assertions that he is Jesus isn’t enough to put Marie off—her biological clock is ticking, and it's time to settle down. Meanwhile, Satan (a dead ringer for George Clooney) is on the prowl, recruiting horsemen for next week's Armageddon, scheduled for Tuesday, and Archangel Gabriel has discovered the pleasures of the flesh and is off on a sex marathon. Things are looking grim. Fortunately, Marie is dating the son of God—maybe, just maybe, he can get things straightened out. Provocative and blasphemous (with added pizza), this is a wonderfully light, witty book full of surprises. Read more...
A Witch in Winter
A Witch in Winter By Ruth Warburton

Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her—but if it is her magic that's controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain. When love is tangled up in magic, how do you know what's real? Read more...
Cuba Journeys
Cuba Journeys Photographs By Charles Fields, Edited by Rowland Scherman

The wonders of Cuba's landscape, its people, and their lifestyles are captured in this compelling collection of imagery. Havana's highlights are depicted in detail along with classic cars from the golden age of American automobiles, the northern coastal city of Matanzas, and popular white sand beach resorts. Showcasing the World Heritage Sites Old Havana and Trinidad, this striking compilation also tours Guantanamo Bay and the Isla de la Juventud, home to some of Cuba's most important agricultural farmland. From central Cuba's charming colonial cities of Sancti Spiritus and Santa Clara to the tobacco fields and picturesque hills of the Viñales Valley, this photographic journey features commentary on the island's history, geography, economy, and holidays in both English and Spanish. A special feature shows photographs of the Cuban band Interactivo, a collaborative group of Cuban musicians led by the pianist, singer, and composer Roberto Carcasses. An essay by poet Omar Pérez is also included. Read more...
Half Plus Seven
Half Plus Seven By Dan Tyte

Twenty-nine years old with a less-than-healthy appetite for booze and a buzz, Bill lived in a messy rented room, sold his soul daily in a PR agency, and couldn't remember the name of the last woman he screwed. He was a disappointment to his family but indicative of his generation. That was until a £10 psychic and a hanging cat came along to save him. And her—the one whose name he remembered. This is a tale of redemption for Generation Y. Your generation. Watch him. Loathe him. Learn from him. Love him. A coming-of-age-late tale as a jaded PR man seeks meaning and love in his life and addresses past, present, and future along with a misfit cast of mystics, tramps, bar flies, and copywriters. Read more...
The Moaning of Life
The Moaning of Life By Karl Pilkington

Karl Pilkington is 40 years old. He's not married, he doesn't have kids, and he has a job where he's known as an "idiot." It's time for him to take stock and face up to life's big question—what does it all mean? Karl is no stranger to travel, and now he's off on a series of madcap adventures around the globe to find out how other cultures approach life's big issues. Traveling from far-flung tribes to high-tech cities, Karl experiences everything from a drive-through wedding in Las Vegas to a vocational theme park in Japan. He meets a group of people in Mexico who find happiness through pain, attends a clowning school in Los Angeles, and even encounters a woman in Bali who lets him help deliver her baby. Have his experiences changed him? Find out in this hilarious new book where Karl shares his stories and opinions in his inimitable style. Read more...
Hillwilla
Hillwilla By Melanie Forde

Beatrice Desmond, 55, lives on a remote farm nestled in a deep hollow in southern West Virginia. A native of Boston and a graduate of an Ivy League college, Beatrice is a fish out of water in Seneca County; although she maintains contact with certain friends and family, too often, Beatrice retreats into her work as a translator and editor, or into the bottle of Jack Daniel's she maintains nearby. Fate finally intervenes, requiring Beatrice to befriend and shelter Clara, an abused teenager, and accept the job of ghostwriting the memoir of her dashing but enigmatic neighbor, Tanner Fordyce. Gradually, Beatrice finds her resolute independence and crusty reserve soften, her carefully constructed barriers fall, and her guarded and self-protective nature moderates, as she explores the renewed pleasures of emotional involvement. At times sad, at times hilarious, and always quirky, Hillwilla celebrates the glories of nature, the resilience of the human spirit, the healing power derived from genuine connections with others, and the potential for reinventing ourselves—at any age. Read more...
Victricia Malicia
Victricia Malicia By Carrie Clickard, Illustrated by Mark Meyers

Victricia Malicia Calamity Barrett may have been born on her family's pirate ship, but this mild-mannered young lady is sick of the sea: she'd much rather be ashore with her nose permanently buried in a book. But when Scylla the Serpent—the scourge of the sea—appears, quick-thinking Vic saves the ship by thunking the serpent on the head with her trunk full of books. For her bravery she is rewarded with the thing she wants most: a home on a little island. She opens a bookstore, and Landlubber Books becomes the pirates' favorite port in a storm. As Carrie Clickard's nimble, jaunty rhymes roll off the tongue like waves onto shore, children will delight in Victricia's adventures while parents will relate to her family's attempts to understand their unusual daughter. Victricia may not be a typical pirate hero, but she is the captain of her own destiny in this rollicking tale of self-determination, sticking to your dreams, and the joy of reading. Read more...
All Star
All Star By Jesse Lonergan

As the summer of 1998 nears, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are racing each other to break the home-run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a certain Monica Lewinsky, Semisonic’s “Closing Time” is top of the charts, and Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship his senior year. The world is Carl’s oyster: a full scholarship to the University of Maine awaits, going pro after college isn’t out of the question, and he’s so good he can do whatever he wants—until, that is, he makes one very arrogant mistake. Acclaimed graphic novelist Jesse Lonergan offers readers a thought-provoking exploration of the fleeting highs of success in this engrossing book. Read more...
The Fabled Coast
The Fabled Coast By Sophia Kingshill

Pirates and smugglers, ghost ships and sea-serpents, fishermen’s prayers and sailors’ rituals—the coastline of the British Isles plays host to an astonishingly rich variety of local legends, customs, and superstitions. In The Fabled Coast, renowned folklorists Sophia Kingshill and Jennifer Westwood gather together the most enthralling tales and traditions, tracing their origins and examining the facts behind the legends. Was there ever such a beast as the monstrous Kraken? Did a Welsh prince discover America, centuries before Columbus? What happened to the missing crew of the Mary Celeste? Along the way, they recount the stories that are an integral part of the coastal heritage, such as the tale of Drake’s Drum, said to be heard when England was in peril, and the mythical island of Hy Brazil, which for centuries appeared on sea charts and maps to the west of Ireland. The result is an endlessly fascinating, often surprising journey through Britain's island history. Read more...
The Lost Abbot
The Lost Abbot By Susanna Gregory

Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with the lovely Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterborough's abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since. When the Commissioners arrive, they find the town in turmoil. A feisty rabble-rouser is encouraging the poor to rise up against their overlords, the abbey is at war with a powerful goldsmith and his army of mercenaries, and there are bitter rivalries between competing shrines. One shrine is dedicated to Lawrence de Oxforde, a vicious felon who was executed for his crimes, but who has been venerated after miracles started occurring at his grave. However, it is not long before murder rears its head, and its first victim is Joan, the woman in charge of Oxforde's tomb. Read more...
Sex from Scratch
Sex from Scratch By Sarah Mirk

With nearly 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, a growing percentage of women over age 40 choosing not to have children, and more than 3 percent of the population identifying as LGBT, modern life is clearly in need of some modern relationship advice. Sex from Scratch analyzes the facets of contemporary relationships through the struggles, opinions, and experiences of a diverse group of individuals living in nontraditional relationships. Rather than telling readers how to snag a partner and find “true love,” it gleans real-life knowledge from people of all sexualities and genders—including individuals trying to make open relationships work to those who have opted against having children—distilling their hard-earned wisdom. Contributions from Andi Zeisler, Stu Rasmussen, Betty Dodson, and others make this love and dating guidebook an essential, fun, and insightful resource for anyone in any type of relationship. Read more...
Kiddie Cocktails
Kiddie Cocktails By Stuart Sandler, Illustrated by Derek Yaniger, Foreword by Charles Phoenix

A hip retro-styled visual guide to the ultimate collection of nonalcoholic drink recipes Calling vintage lifestyle, cooking, and entertaining enthusiasts of all ages—here is the coolest collection of vintage cocktails, minus the hooch! From the standard Shirley Temple to Cotton Candy, Bahama Mama, and Cactus Juice, this book discusses the appropriate bar equipment, glassware, garnishes, and technique. In addition to hip drinks, the book is filled with recommendations for throwing a swingin' kiddie cocktail party complete with classic punchbowl recipes, party favors, music, and of course a few tasty snack suggestions. The entire book is lavishly illustrated by the internationally renowned artist Derek Yaniger. Read more...
Travelling to Infinity
Travelling to Infinity By Jane Hawking

Soon to be a major motion picture, this moving memoir written by Stephen Hawking's first wife covers the turbulent years of her marriage to the astrophysics genius, her traumatic divorce, and their recent reconciliation. Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous and remarkable scientists of our age and the author of the scientific bestseller A Brief History of Time, which has sold more than 25 million copies. In this compelling memoir, his first wife, Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of a motor neuron disease. Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family reveals the inner strength of the author, while the self-evident character and achievements of her husband make for an incredible tale presented with unflinching honesty. Jane's candor is no less apparent when the marriage finally ends in a high-profile meltdown, with Stephen leaving Jane for one of his nurses and Jane marrying an old family friend. In this exceptionally open, moving, and often funny memoir, Jane Hawking confronts not only the acutely complicated and painful dilemmas of her first marriage, but also the relationship's fault lines exposed by the pervasive effects of fame and wealth. The result is a book about optimism, love, and change that will resonate with readers everywhere. Read more...
Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon By Amy Pascale, Foreword by Nathan Fillion

From the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which netted four million viewers per episode, to the summer blockbuster The Avengers, which amassed a box office of $1.5 billion, Joss Whedon has made a name for himself in Hollywood for his penchant for telling meaningful, personal tales about love, death, and redemption even against the most dramatic and larger-than-life backdrops. This biography follows his development from a creative child and teenager who spent years away from his family at an elite English public school, through his early successes—which often turned into frustrating heartbreak in both television (Roseanne) and film (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)—to his breakout turn as the creator, writer, and director of the Buffy television series. Extensive, original interviews with Whedon's family, friends, collaborators, and stars—and with the man himself—offer candid, behind-the-scenes accounts of the making of groundbreaking series such as Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse, as well as new stories about his work with Pixar writers and animators during the creation of Toy Story. Most importantly, however, these conversations present an intimate and revealing portrait of a man whose creativity and storytelling ability have manifested themselves in comics, online media, television, and film. Read more...
Female Executions
Female Executions By Geoffrey Abbott

From Nan Hereford, the cloaked highwayman who held up coaches with just her fists, to the woman who survived the gallows and took her empty coffin away with her, this book illuminates history's darker periods with a detailed and factual approach. Grimly funny and darkly gripping, interspersed with unusual last requests and black and white illustrations throughout, this is history at its most morbidly fascinating. Read more...
William Morris
William Morris By E. P. Thompson, Introduction by Peter Linebaugh

This biographical study is a window into 19th-century British society and the life of William Morris—the great craftsman, architect, designer, poet, and writer—who remains a monumental and influential figure to this day. This account chronicles how his concern with artistic and human values led him to cross what he called the “river of fire” and become a committed socialist—committed not only to the theory of socialism but also to the practice of it in the day-to-day struggle of working women and men in Victorian England. While both the British Labor Movement and the Marxists have venerated Morris, this legacy of his life proves that many of his ideas did not accord with the dominant reforming tendencies, providing a unique perspective on Morris scholarship. Read more...
The Impossible Life of Mary Benson
The Impossible Life of Mary Benson By Rodney Bolt

Sometimes touching and sometimes hilarious, this is the story of one lovable, brilliant woman and her trajectory through the often surprising opportunities and the remarkable limitations of a Victorian woman's life. Young Minnie Sidgwick was just 12 years old when her cousin, 12-year-old Edward Benson, proposed to her in 1853. Edward went on to become Archbishop of Canterbury and little Minnie—as Mary Benson—to preside a social world that ranged from Tennyson, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde to foreign royalty and Queen Victoria herself. Yet Mrs. Benson's most intense relationships were not with her husband and his associates, but with other women. When the Archbishop died, Mary, or "Ben" to her intimates, turned down an offer from the Queen to live at Windsor, and set up home in a Jacobean manor house with her friend Lucy Tait. Drawing on the diaries and novels of the Bensons themselves, including E. F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia novels, as well as the writing of contemporary writers and poets, this book creates a very rich portrait of Mary Benson, her family, her close female friends, and their world. Read more...
The Grand Designer
The Grand Designer By Rosemary Hannah

In the first modern biography of one of the Victorian age’s greatest figures, the story of a wealthy eccentric’s learning, insight, and kindness is told. A lifetime’s collaboration with architects and artists began when John Crichton-Stuart, the third Marquess of Bute, met the renowned Gothic designer William Burges. This fascinating biography tells how Crichton-Stuart’s contributions as a patron produced extraordinary results in architecture, from the High Victorian Gothic exuberance of Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch to the ostentation of Mount Stuart and the sumptuous restoration of the Renaissance Falkland Palace. With spectacular illustrations, this book will enthrall those interested in architecture, Victorian philanthropy, and Scottish culture. Read more...
Rescuing Julia Twice
Rescuing Julia Twice By Tina Traster, Foreword by Melissa Fay Greene

In moving and refreshingly candid prose, Rescuing Julia Twice tells Traster's foreign-adoption story, from dealing with the bleak landscape and inscrutable adoption handlers in Siberia, to her feelings of inexperience and ambivalence at being a new mother in her early forties, to her grow­ing realization over months then years that something was "not quite right" with her daughter, Julia, who remained cold and emo­tionally detached. Why wouldn't she look her parents in the eye or accept their embraces? Why didn't she cry when she got hurt? Why didn't she make friends at school? Traster de­scribes how uncertainty turned to despair as she blamed herself and her mothering skills for her daughter's troublesome behavioral is­sues, until she came to understand that Julia suffered from reactive attachment disorder, a serious condition associated with infants and young children who have been neglect­ed, abused, or orphaned in infancy. Hoping to help lift the veil of secrecy and shame that too often surrounds parents struggling with attachment issues, Traster describes how with work, commitment, and acceptance, she and her husband have been able to close the gulf between them and their daughter to form a loving bond, and concludes by providing practical advice, strategies, and resources for parents and caregivers. Read more...
J Is for Jazz
J Is for Jazz By Ann Ingalls, By Bright Connections Media

B is for Blues, the heart of jazz, and some of the best jazz cats have been hip to the blues! Go on a riotous romp through some of the foundations of jazz in this fun and educational look at America's golden era of music. Readers are transported into the Jazz Age through sweeping, bold illustrations and lyrical profiles of historical figures and musical terms. Featuring a glossary of jazz slang, this ABC primer is sure to inform and delight readers and music lovers of all ages. Read more...
Cold Sweat
Cold Sweat By Yamma Brown, By Robin Gaby Fisher

Being the child of a global superstar is never easy. Being the daughter of the Godfather of Soul—that's a category unto itself. Like every little girl, Yamma Brown wanted her father's attention, but fame, drugs, jail, and the complicated women in James Brown's life set the stage for an uncommon childhood. Cold Sweat is about how Yamma rose to meet every challenge. Though packed with celebrity appearances ranging from Michael Jackson to Al Sharpton, Cold Sweat is not just a celebrity book. It focuses on an everyday issue faced by millions of women—domestic violence—and in this book Yamma faces it in an honest and powerfully moving way. Dealing with a complex and famous father eventually took a backseat to coping with her own abusive and deceitful marriage. Cold Sweat is about how Yamma got caught in the same trap as her mother, doing things in her adult life that, as a child, she'd promised herself she'd never do. But at the same time, Yamma learned valuable lessons about life from her father. The struggles she went through, both as a child and as an adult, make for a gripping read and, in the end, a profound examination of the nature of celebrity, violence, and survival. Read more...
The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm
The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm By LeVar Burton, By Susan Schaefer Bernardo, Illustrated by Courtenay Fletcher

When little Mica Mouse is scared by thunder booming outside her cozy home, Papa Mouse reaches for just the right story to comfort her. Hugging her close, he begins to read The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. In this poetic book-within-a-book, a happy little rhinoceros is overwhelmed by a storm that sweeps away everything he loves. Swallowing the storm just makes him feel worse, so Rhino sets off on a whimsical journey toward healing. Along the way, he meets many friends, including a kind spider, a brave kangaroo, a wise tortoise, and an uplifting whale. With their help, Rhino lets go of the storm inside and learns to see the light in a world turned gray. Mica Mouse is soothed by the story and Papa's gentle reminder that even though bad things sometimes happen, the world is full of people who care. In his first children's book, longtime Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton gives us an engaging resource to help children express their feelings and navigate through difficult experiences. The "Take a Deeper Look" page at the end of the book even provides discussion questions to facilitate a healing dialogue. Read more...
Second Thoughts
Second Thoughts By Cara Bertrand

Secrets, lies, and looming deaths—all things Lainey Young deals with in a typical day of high school. In her senior year at Northbrook Academy—a New England boarding school where the majority of the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted—Lainey has even more to worry about. Things like classes, college, her boyfriend, and, of course, the vision she glimpsed of her impending death. But to her surprise, Lainey finds one worry she can cross off her list, namely Senator Daniel Astor, the leader of the Sententia. After a shocking discovery when they finally meet, Lainey realizes maybe she was wrong to distrust the Senator. She relaxes even further when he seems to accept her refusal to work for him after graduation. But with her secrets mounting and the time to solve them running out, there's a final enigma Lainey hasn't yet encountered: Daniel Astor doesn't take no for an answer. Ever. Read more...
Pandora's DNA
Pandora's DNA By Lizzie Stark

Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That's not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark's relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA, a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself. In Pandora's DNA, Stark uses her family's experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes, exploring the morass of legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs, and ethical concerns that surround the BRCA mutations, from the troubling history of prophylactic surgery and the storied origins of the boob job to the landmark lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which held patents on the BRCA genes every human carries in their body until the Supreme Court overturned them in 2013. Although a genetic test for cancer risk may sound like the height of scientific development, the treatment remains crude and barbaric. Through her own experience, Stark shows what it's like to live in a brave new world where gazing into a crystal ball of genetics has many unintended consequences. Read more...
Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever
Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever By Tom Neely, Foreword by Rob Halford

Starring notorious muscle-bound punk/metal dudes Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig (with a little help from soft rockers Hall and Oates), Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever is a love story to end all love stories. And here for the first time is the complete compiled collection of the graphic novel that details the fictitious romance of these real-life music icons. Henry and Glenn are very good “friends”; they are also roommates. Daryl and John live next door; they are Satanists. The 20 short stories about their domestic life that follow offer a true testament to the power of love to overcome even the biggest, manliest egos of our time. Follow along as Henry and Glenn go to therapy together, battle an evil cult in the forest, and profess their love between dealing with repeated jealousy and normal relationship problems. This tongue-in-cheek graphic novel satire is filled with adventure, subtle references, and humor, and the book also features dozens of pinup art and full-color covers from the original series. Read more...
Dubstep Graphics
Dubstep Graphics By Xavier A. Tàpies

Originally an electronic dance music form from the garage, drum and bass, and dub reggae clubs of South London, dubstep has merged with street art, pop art, and design to become a global design and music phenomenon, now entering the mainstream and influencing the likes of Snoop Dogg and Rihanna. The artists that supplied the scene with its imagery for t-shirts, posters, logos, and merchandising have grown a fantastic and distinct brand of provocative graphic design, pop artworks, and street art. Their subversion of regular corporate brands and language have also become a witty trope in recent advertising campaigns. The best of these artists worldwide are featured here, with amazing imagery and detailed analysis showing their influences and connections. This volume is essential for all graphic designers, fascinating for anyone into the club scene, and of interest for those wanting to keep abreast of street art and contemporary visual culture. Read more...
Zombillenium, Vol. 2
Zombillenium, Vol. 2 By Arthur de Pins

Tempers are flaring around Zombillenium, the amusement park run by monsters. When one hires only the witches, vampires, werewolves, and other undead in a region where unemployment is in the double digits, one must expect some friction. But things get particularly ugly when the park’s security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, the mother of two peculiar sons that the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere. Presented in Arthur de Pins’s trademark, tongue-in-cheek black humor, this is a stunning beautiful, fully painted graphic novel that plays on that traditional horror genre. Read more...
A Less Boring History of the World
A Less Boring History of the World By Dave Rear

A bit rusty on the Renaissance? In the dark about the Enlightenment? Or, in fact, do you need a revision course on the entire history of the world and want to read a witty, irreverent, definitely not boring romp through everything that has ever happened on planet earth—from 15 billion years BC to the present day? Good. This book tells you everything you need to know from the Big Bang to Barack Obama, taking in the Byzantines, the Black Death, Bin Laden, and the fall of bankers along the way, all boiled down to bite size chunks so that you can finally piece together all the different bits of history—and see how on earth we ended up in the mess we are today. A Less Boring History of the World refreshes your memory and broadens your mind. And, if that’s not enough, it will also make you laugh. A lot. Read more...
Think! Eat! Act!
Think! Eat! Act! By Raffaella Tolicetti

Featuring the wide variety of vegan food prepared on the ships of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, this goal-oriented cookbook shows how to make delicious meals while engaged in activism. From Italian and Spanish dishes to French, Asian, and more, the recipes are not only great tasting but also driven and inspired by living compassionately. In addition to the conscientious and scrumptious food, the book also provides information about current vegan activist campaigns going on around the world. Read more...
World War 3 Illustrated
World War 3 Illustrated Edited by Peter Kuper, Edited by Seth Tobocman, Introduction by Bill Ayers

Founded in 1979 by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, World War 3 Illustrated is a collective of first-time and professional artists who use confrontational comics to shine a little reality on the fantasy world of the American kleptocracy. This full-color retrospective exhibition is arranged thematically, and includes topic of housing rights, feminism, the environment, religion, police brutality, globalization, and depictions of conflicts from the Middle East to the Midwest. World War 3 Illustrated also illuminates the war we wage on each other—and sometimes the one taking place in our own minds. Contributors include Sue Coe, Eric Drooker, Fly, Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Mac McGill, Kevin Pyle, Spain Rodriguez, Nicole Schulman, Seth Tobocman, Susan Willmarth, and dozens more. Read more...
Knife Edge
Knife Edge By Fergus McNeill

He didn't intend to let her get so close. But now that Kim's become important to him, Robert Naysmith decides to tell his girlfriend his deadly secret. He wants her to recognize the power he holds. He hopes he won't have to kill her. Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Harland hasn't forgotten the serial killer who got away from him. But with nothing to go on, he fears he will never bring him to justice. Until he is seconded to investigate the brutal murder of a woman in her Bristol home. A random attack, a murderer who has carefully covered his tracks . . . alarm bells start ringing. Then Harland meets Kim. In the explosive sequel to Eye Contact, one last game of life and death is about to begin. Read more...
Faith on the Streets
Faith on the Streets By Les Isaac, By Rosalind Davies

Pioneered in London in 2003 by Rev. Les Isaac, Street Pastors is an interdenominational church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen, and dialogue. There are now 9,000 trained volunteers in around 250 teams around the United Kingdom. This book brings together the stories of some of the many people whose lives have been touched by this exciting initiative over the last decade—people like James, who tells of the night he met street pastors in a Bedfordshire market town, and local government executives like Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, who supports the work of Street Pastors in south London. We meet Sam, street pastor in Newcastle and hear his story about the costs and privileges of serving his community, and the solicitor who resolves the legal and policy questions that arise when street pastors are in challenging situations on the streets. From the launch of the initiative in Gibraltar to the after-school patrol of a school pastor in Plymouth, this book provides a panoramic view of the work of Street Pastors. Big visions thrive on small details; this book captures some of the individual stories that make the big vision for Street Pastors real in towns and cities in the UK and beyond. Read more...
The Ultimate Minecraft Creator
The Ultimate Minecraft Creator By Triumph Books

The Ultimate Minecraft Creator: The Unofficial Building Guide to Minecraft & Other Games is about sharing those brilliant, innovative, and unique creations that the players of the world have made inside this massively popular game. In this book, players will find everything from dazzling medieval castles that soar up to meet the sky, to sprawling underwater bases that are so high-tech they give most sci-fi films a run for their money. With mind-blowingly enormous structures, impossibly detailed cities, and tidy little homes that'll have players envisioning a master architect at work, placing each and every block with care and precision, The Ultimate Minecraft Creator includes something for every style. Among other creations, boats, temples, towns, floating islands, sublime mountainscapes, incredible inventions, addictive mini-games, and more than a few dragons grace these pages. It's the biggest gallery of Minecraft creations this side of the Nether, so grab a copy and delve into the worlds and minds of Minecraft's best builders! Read more...
Nine Lives of a Black Panther
Nine Lives of a Black Panther By Wayne Pharr

In the early morning hours of December 8, 1969, three hundred officers of the newly created elite paramilitary tactical unit known as SWAT initiated a violent battle with a handful of Los Angeles-based members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP). Five hours and five thousand rounds of ammunition later, three SWAT team members and three Black Panthers lay wounded. From a tactical standpoint, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) considered the encounter a disaster. For the Panthers and the community that supported them, the shootout symbolized a victory. A key contributor to that victory was the nineteen-year-old rank-and-file member of the BPP Wayne Pharr. Nine Lives of a Black Panther tells Wayne's riveting story of the Los Angeles branch of the BPP and gives a blow-by-blow account of how it prepared for and survived the massive military-style attack. Because of his dedication to the black liberation struggle, Wayne was hunted, beaten, and almost killed by the LAPD in four separate events. Here he reveals how the branch survived attacks such as these, and also why BPP cofounder Huey P. Newton expelled the entire Southern California chapter and deemed it "too dangerous to remain a part of the national organization." The Los Angeles branch was the proving ground for some of the most beloved and colorful characters in Panther lore, including Bunchy Carter, Masai Hewitt, Geronimo "ji-Jaga" Pratt, and Elaine Brown. Nine Lives fills in a missing piece of Black Panther history, while making clear why black Los Angeles was home to two of the most devastating riots in the history of urban America. But it also eloquently relates one man's triumph over police terror, internal warfare, and personal demons. It will doubtless soon take its place among the classics of black militant literature. Read more...
An Appetite for Murder
An Appetite for Murder By Linda Stratmann

The sudden death of overweight 49-year-old Thomas Whibley sparks off an acrimonious furor in Bayswater, and sparks fly between rival diet doctors, vegetarians, and the extremist Pure Food Society. Young sleuth Frances Doughty is hired to find the author of anonymous libels, when a former colleague of Whibley's, Hubert Sweetman, who has served 14 years in prison for a violent robbery he claims he did not commit, asks her to trace his estranged family. Before she can start, however, the police arrive and arrest her client for the murder of his wife. There will be more murders and a vicious attack on Frances before she finally resolves a number of knotty questions. Is Hubert Sweetman really innocent? Where are his missing children? And who wielded the poisoned pen? Read more...
True Colours
True Colours By Stephen Leather

The Russian oligarchs are the world's new elite. They treat the world as their plaything, travelling without borders and living lives of unimaginable luxury without fear or restraint. But when an assassin starts killing off some of the world's richest men, an oligarch with friends in high places seeks the protection of MI5. And Spider Shepherd is placed in the firing line. But while Shepherd has to save the life of a man he neither likes nor respects, he has to deal with a face from his past. The Taliban sniper who put a bullet in his shoulder turns up alive and well and living in London—and Shepherd is in no mood to forgive or forget. Read more...
The Art of Leaving
The Art of Leaving By Anna Stothard

Another stunning literary novel from the author of highly acclaimed The Pink Hotel—longlisted for the Orange Prize, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, and an O Magazine Debut Novel to Pick Up Now "Eva had always considered leaving to be the most pleasurable moment of any relationship. You know where you are with goodbye: you know that mistakes dissolve, doors open, and soon everything will be possible again." Leaving has always come naturally to Eva Elliott. The daughter of a pilot, she spent her childhood leaving schools and cities. Now an adult, she enjoys the thrill of saying goodbye much more than the butterflies of a first smile or kiss. There's so much more potential in walking away, and Eva has always had a dangerously vivid imagination. During a rainy summer in Soho, when she becomes fascinated by a golden eagle that has escaped London Zoo to prowl the city, and a beguiling stranger begins appearing around town armed with a conspiratorial smile and a secret, Eva discovers that endings just aren't as easy as they used to be. Is it a flirtation playing out among the crumbling offices, clubs, and alleys of Soho, or something much darker? The line blurs in this haunting story about saying goodbye. Read more...
The Women's Health Book
The Women's Health Book By The Royal Women's Hospital

As a woman, looking after your health is the most important step you can take towards creating a healthy, happy family and a thriving community. But in today’s busy world, with so many demands on your time, it’s not always easy to find information you can trust. The Women’s Health Book is written specifically for women by health professionals who specialize in women’s health. The Royal Women’s Hospital is the largest health facility specializing in women’s health in Australia and is well placed to help you look after your physical, mental, and social wellbeing. Here you’ll find information and advice for every stage of your life, from adolescence through to older age. Covering everything from menstruation, sexuality, and bullying, to diet, infections, and pregnancy, to mental health, cancer, and arthritis, this is an essential reference for every Australian woman’s shelf. This book is designed to help you participate as an equal partner in your health care. Armed with the real facts, you will be empowered to ask more questions and then make better choices that can help to improve your health, reduce any health risks you face, and even prevent future health problems. Read more...
How Britain Kept Calm and Carried On
How Britain Kept Calm and Carried On By Anton Rippon

A compendium of sentimental, humorous and sometimes laugh-out-loud anecdotes and stories from people who managed to remain positive and look on the bright side of life, How Britain Kept Calm and Carried On offers a new perspective on staying strong and "packing up your troubles" during wartime, and describes moments of light-hearted relief that people found in dark times. Read more...
A Gift for Little Tree
A Gift for Little Tree By Colleen D.C. Marquez

A parable about adoption, this charming story tells of an apple tree who is unable to bear fruit—no matter how hard she tries—until a wise farmer finds a way. He grafts a bud onto Little Tree's limb, and in time she becomes the most colorful tree in the orchard. All those who have experienced the bonds of family in more ways than one will share in Little Tree’s delight when she discovers that it does not matter if her apples came from another tree; she loves them as her very own. Existing adoptive parents, as well as those exploring the possibility of adoption for the first time, will find Little Tree's story especially touching. The book also honors the birth mother in a unique way, helping children understand how love is the motivation for her actions. Read more...
Jordan and the Dreadful Golem
Jordan and the Dreadful Golem By Karen Goldman, Illustrated by Rachel Moseley

The children of the Israeli town of Keshet are born with the ability to bend nature to their will and 13-year-old Jordan has just discovered his gift of the power to transform into water. All of Jordan’s friends have unique powers: Noam can alter cloud formations, Ellah can spin webs, and little Eden can create the strange animals she sees in her dreams. No one knows the source of these powers except, perhaps, Miss Sara, the mysterious town matriarch who helps the children find and control their talents using Kabbalah and other mystical teachings from Israel’s forgotten past. However, someone has discovered the secret of the children of Keshet, and wants to use their powers for his own sinister purposes. To prevent such a disaster, Jordan and his friends must use their gifts to defeat an enemy who wields the power to erase the line between the living and the dead. Incorporating Jewish mythology and referencing various practices of Judaism, this book is a tale of friendship and the power of teamwork in the face of adversity. Read more...
Creative Paper Quilling
Creative Paper Quilling By Ann Martin

Creative Paper Quilling contains 28 brand new and exciting quilled designs. Join Ann Martin and other accomplished quilling artists as they share expert technique information, helpful tips and eye-catching designs that are sure to appeal to crafters of all skill levels. Enjoy creating greeting cards for a variety of occasions, charming ornaments for your favorite holidays, stylish jewelry pieces to enhance your wardrobe, and unique wall art and home accents. The Quilling Basics chapter equips readers with sufficient knowledge of supplies and tools to get them started. The Shape Gallery includes images of the quilled shapes used in the book and provides instructions and step-by-step details needed to create each shape. Read more...
The Quack Doctor
The Quack Doctor By Caroline Rance

From the harangues of mountebanks to the dubious advertisements in Victorian newspapers, quackery sports a colorful history. Featuring entertaining advertisements from historical newspapers, this book investigates the inventive ways in which quack remedies were promoted – and whether the people who bought them should be written off as gullible after all. There's the Methodist minister and his museum of intestinal worms, the obesity cure that turned fat into sweat, and the device that brought the fresh air of Italy into British homes. The story of quack advertising is bawdy, gruesome, funny, and sometimes moving – and in this book it takes to the stage to promote itself as a fascinating part of the history of medicine. Read more...
The Gift of the Magi
The Gift of the Magi By O. Henry, Illustrated by Sonja Danowski

Della and Jim love each other very much but have no money for getting Christmas gifts for one another. But when Della decides to make a great sacrifice that will give her enough money to buy the present Jim deserves, she soon discovers that that her selfless act may have been for naught. This is a new, richly illustrated interpretation of the well-loved, poignant short story by O. Henry. Read more...
The Magus of Hay
The Magus of Hay By Phil Rickman

When a man's body is discovered in the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye, his death appears to be "unnatural" in every sense. Merrily Watkins, parish priest, single mother, and exorcist, is drafted in to investigate, in this 12th installment. A man's body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning—until DI Frannie Bliss enters the dead man's home. What he finds there sends him to Merrily Watkins, the Diocese of Hereford's official advisor on the paranormal. It's been nearly 40 years since Hay was declared an independent state by its self-styled king—a development seen at the time as a joke, a publicity scam. But behind this pastiche a dark design was taking shape, creating a hidden history of murder and ritual-magic, the relics of which are only now becoming horribly visible. It's a situation that will take Merrily Watkins—alone for the first time in years—to the edge of madness. Read more...
Defending Your Castle
Defending Your Castle By William Gurstelle

Your home is your castle, but could it withstand an attack by Attila and the Huns, Ragnar and the Vikings, Alexander and the Greeks, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, or Tamerlane and the Tartars? Engineer William Gurstelle, author of the bestselling Backyard Ballistics, poses this fascinating question to modern-day garage warriors and shows how to build an arsenal of ancient artillery and fortifications aimed at withstanding these invading hordes. Each chapter introduces new bad actors in the history of warfare, details their conquests, and features weapons and fortifications to defend against them—culminating, by the end of the book, in a fully fortified home. Clear step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and photographs explain how to build a dozen projects from table-top models of the Cheval-de-frise, Da Vinci's Catapult, and Alexander's Tortoise to the fullsize working Carpini's Crossbow, Hour-Glass Watchtower, and Palisade Wall. With a strong emphasis on safety, this book also gives tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind many of the projects, and shows where to find the best materials. It's sure to be an indispensible guide for at-home defenders everywhere. Read more...
The Dance Experience
The Dance Experience By Myron Howard Nadel, By Marc Raymond Strauss

Providing an understanding of the history, evolution, and universality of dance as an art form, this guidebook explores the significance of dance in culture, the relationship of dance to other art forms, the contributions of great pioneering choreographers, dancers, and teachers, and the creative process. Highlighting an extensive range of types of dance—including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, folk, ethnic, and social—this comprehensive collection features a variety of engaging essays written by experts in their respective fields. Students of dance, professionals, instructors, and enthusiasts will learn what to look for during a performance, and how to appreciate dance styles from around the world. This newly revised edition includes five new chapters and an extensive, annotated appendix of film resources giving helpful suggestions for viewing that will enhance the dance experience. Read more...
They Never Told Me
They Never Told Me By Austin Clarke

In this collection, award-winning author Austin Clarke has caught, in his characters, a sweet longing for youth and an anxiety-stricken rage at old age; an immigrant’s longing for a placid, lost home and his lust for a new high-speed motorcar life; and an intellectual’s sense of empowerment by black history even as he watches what little he knows about such history engulf him. These are intense and private lives made public by the force of their individual voices, voices that may be rambunctious and fractious but that are, nonetheless, elegant in their intent and humor and their acceptance that is never acquiescence. The volume also includes a prose portrait of Austin Clarke by acclaimed author Barry Callaghan. Read more...
Just So Stories
Just So Stories By Rudyard Kipling, Introduction by Philip Pullman

Have you ever wondered how the leopard got his spots? Or how the camel got his hump? Rudyard Kipling’s witty and beautifully written stories explain these secrets and many more and introduce such memorable characters as the Elephant’s Child, the Cat that Walked by Himself, and the Butterfly that Stamped. The illustrations by Rudyard Kipling contain puzzles and clues that add an extra dimension to the stories. Read more...
Songs from a Journey with a Parrot
Songs from a Journey with a Parrot By Magdeleine Lerasle, Other primary creator Paul Mindy, Illustrated by Aurélia Fronty

Sung in Portuguese, these 30 lullabies and nursery rhymes from Brazil and Portugal invites children on an authentic musical journey exploring the strong cultural ties that bind the two countries. Crossing the Atlantic from Porto to Rio, this musical collection presents the rich common heritage of songs about everyday life, work and play, and courtship and love. The lyrics are presented in Portuguese and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song. The accompanying CD features traditional songs that blend samba, modinha, fandango, and bossa nova, and are performed by a group of women, men, and children. The use of several indigenous acoustic instruments further makes this an uplifting, enchanting production that captures the meeting of rich and diverse styles.
The Man in the Moss
The Man in the Moss By Phil Rickman

Though dead for two millennia, he remains perfectly preserved in black peat. The Man in the Moss is one of the most fascinating finds of the century, but for the isolated Pennine community of Bridelow, his removal is a sinister sign. A danger to the ancient spiritual tradition maintained, curiously, by the Mothers' Union. In the weeks approaching Samhain—the Celtic feast of the dead—tragedy strikes again in Bridelow. Scottish folk singer Moira Cairns and American film producer Mungo Macbeth discover their Celtic roots are deeper and darker than they imagined. And, as fundamentalist zealots of both Christian and satanic persuasions challenge an older, gentler faith, the village faces a natural disaster unknown since the reign of Henry VIII. Read more...
The Painter's Apprentice
The Painter's Apprentice By Charlotte Betts

The stunning sequel to The Apothecary's Daughter is set 20 years later in Restoration London, at the time of the Glorious Revolution 1688. Beth Ambrose has led a sheltered life within Merryfields, her family home on the outskirts of London; a place where her parents provide a sanctuary for melancholic souls. A passionate and gifted botanical artist, Beth shares a close bond with Johannes the painter, who nurtures her talents and takes her on as his apprentice. But as political tensions begin to rise in the capital, Noah Leyton arrives at her family home in the middle of the night with a proposition that turns Beth's world upside down. And when Merryfields becomes refuge to a mysterious new guest, whose connections provide an opportunity for Beth to fulfill her artistic ambitions, she soon realizes that it comes at a price. Read more...
Dance of Death
Dance of Death By Steve Lowenthal, Foreword by David Fricke

John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric: the man whom all subsequent musicians had to listen to. Fahey made more than 40 albums between 1959 and his death in 2001, most of them featuring only his solo steel-string guitar. He fused elements of folk, blues, and experimental composition, taking familiar American sounds and recontextualizing them as something entirely new. Yet despite his stature as a groundbreaking visionary, Fahey’s intentions—as a man and as an artist—remain largely unexamined. Journalist Steve Lowenthal has spent years researching Fahey’s life and music, talking with his producers, his friends, his peers, his wives, his business partners, and many others. He describes Fahey’s battles with stage fright, alcohol, and prescription pills; how he ended up homeless and mentally unbalanced; and how, despite his troubles, he managed to found a record label that won Grammys and remains critically revered. This portrait of a troubled and troubling man in a constant state of creative flux is not only a biography but also the compelling story of a great American outcast. Read more...
Junk Drawer Physics
Junk Drawer Physics By Bobby Mercer

Physics teacher Bobby Mercer provides readers with more than 50 great hands-on experiments that can be performed for just pennies, or less. Turn a plastic cup into a pinhole camera using waxed paper, a rubber band, and a thumbtack. Build a swinging wave machine using a series of washers suspended on strings from a yardstick. Or construct your own planetarium from an empty potato chip canister, construction paper, scissors, and a pin. Each project has a materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and a brief explanation of the scientific principle being demonstrated. Junk Drawer Physics also includes sidebars of fascinating physics facts, such as did you know the Eiffel Tower is six inches taller in summer than in winter because its steel structure expands in the heat? Educators and parents will find this title a handy resource to teach children about physics topics that include magnetism, electricity, force, motion, light, energy, sound, and more, and have fun at the same time. Read more...
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Selfish Giant/The Star Child
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Selfish Giant/The Star Child By Oscar Wilde, Illustrated by P. Craig Russell

Oscar Wilde was a playwright, essayist, and novelist. He was the author of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray. P. Craig Russell is the author of several comics, and has adapted other fairy tales written by Oscar Wilde, as well as operas composed by Wagner and Mozart. He has won multiple Eisner, Harvey, and Parents’ Choice Awards. He lives in Kent, Ohio. Read more...
Scion of the Sun
Scion of the Sun By Nicola Marsh

When she least expects it, sixteen-year-old Holly Burton’s unremarkable life is shaken to the core. A vision of the mother Holly never knew leaves her questioning everything she believes. Eager for answers, Holly enrolls at a boarding school for highly gifted students in Wolfebane, New Hampshire. But Holly's complicated life worsens when she accidentally transports to a parallel existence where she's confronted by a dark and ancient evil. With the help of Joss, a sexy alpha warrior sworn to protect her, and her new BFF, the equally swoon-worthy Quinn, Holly faces her fears and an unlikely adversary in a showdown that is worse than anything she could’ve possibly imagined … Read more...
The Story of the Treasure Seekers
The Story of the Treasure Seekers By E. Nesbit, Foreword by Julia Donaldson

The Bastable children (Dora, Oswald, Dicky, Alice, Noel, and Horace Octavius—H.O.) live in London with their widowed father. Too poor to attend school, the children are left to their own devices, and they spend their days coming up with ingenious plans to restore their father's fortune. Told from the first person perspective—which lends the narrative substantial bias—this was Nesbit's first work. Refreshingly free of Victorian sentimentality, yet still wonderfully evocative of a bygone era, the tale makes for timeless reading. amd ensures Nesbit's esteemed place in the canon of children's literature. Read more...
Dubstep Graphics
Dubstep Graphics By Xavier A. Tàpies

Originally an electronic dance music form from the garage, drum and bass, and dub reggae clubs of South London, dubstep has merged with street art, pop art, and design to become a global design and music phenomenon, now entering the mainstream and influencing the likes of Snoop Dogg and Rihanna. The artists that supplied the scene with its imagery for t-shirts, posters, logos, and merchandising have grown a fantastic and distinct brand of provocative graphic design, pop artworks, and street art. Their subversion of regular corporate brands and language have also become a witty trope in recent advertising campaigns. The best of these artists worldwide are featured here, with amazing imagery and detailed analysis showing their influences and connections. This volume is essential for all graphic designers, fascinating for anyone into the club scene, and of interest for those wanting to keep abreast of street art and contemporary visual culture. Read more...
Ruthless Ambition
Ruthless Ambition By Louis Michael Manzo

How could a man like Chris Christie get within shouting distance of a seat in the Oval Office? What does this say about our Justice system, and about us? If you think you know the whole story of Christie's rise and later fall from grace-think again. In his searing tell-all, Ruthless Ambition: The Rise and Fall of Chris Christie, former New Jersey State Assemblyman Louis Manzo recounts an extraordinary tale of political ruthlessness, corruption, and greed while also telling the story of how he was caught in the center of one of the most egregious political scandals in modern-day history: the Bid Rig III sting operation, masterminded by the then United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and soon-to-be Governor Chris Christie. Manzo shows us how the blind ambitions of Christie and his staff centered on capturing a governorship and the patronage jobs that accompany it, then parlaying that office into a shot at the presidency. Meticulous in backing up everything he says with objective legal documentation, Manzo makes a convincing and disconcerting case for the governor as an unbridled and sinister political figure who made the most of a seriously flawed Department of Justice and overall judicial system to feed his megalomania and desire for power. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in justice and ethical leadership. It can't happen here? Well, it almost did. Soon you will know why. Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Substitute "understand history" and you can appreciate how Manzo's courageous true tale is poised to help all of us better understand the seemingly incomprehensible. Read more...
Easy to Learn Hand Embroidery
Easy to Learn Hand Embroidery By Chris Malone

Follow Chris Malone as she demonstrates how simple it is to pick up hand embroidery. Each project in the book introduces a new stitch, with every one building on the previous stitches to create more complex pieces. Clear step-by-step instructions, drawings, and photos guide crafters through the learning process with ease. Then they can take newly created embroidery pieces and stitch them into fun and useful projects to keep or give as gifts. Read more...
The Puzzle Emporium Presents Mind Bending Conundrums
The Puzzle Emporium Presents Mind Bending Conundrums By Erwin Brecher

More than 100 riddles, conundrums, lateral thinking teasers, and other challenges to test your solving skillsThe Puzzle Emporium aims to challenge every aspect of your puzzle-solving abilities. This book contains a huge variety of different types of brainteasers, from seemingly simple riddles to almost impenetrable IQ questions. Readers will find mind-melting geometry problems, lateral thinking posers, confounding conundrums, and extreme enigmas. There is something for every puzzler in the Emporium. All solutions and explanations are included. Read more...
The Coral Island
The Coral Island By R. M. Ballantyne, Foreword by John Boyne

Adventure and peril abound in a classic tale of shipwreck and survival. Ralph, Jack, and Peterkin find themselves the sole survivors of a shipwreck on a deserted coral island in the South Pacific. Although fate has led them to temporary safety, the three marooned boys are forced to carve out a life for themselves from what nature provides. They rapidly learn which fruit to eat, which animals to hunt, and which lagoons are best for bathing. Resourceful as they are, their desert island idyll is often disturbed and they face numerous terrifying threats—pirates, sharks, cannibalism, and local tribes among them. Amid all the chaos, the trio still face the riddle of how to engineer their rescue from their tropical exile. Following in Robinson Crusoe's footsteps, and yet with added adventure, Ballantyne's writing is a classic adored by previous generations of children and deserves to be discovered all over again by a modern audience. Read more...
Hard to Be a God
Hard to Be a God By Arkady Strugatsky, By Boris Strugatsky, Foreword by Hari Kunzru, Translated by Olena Blumberg

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky are widely known as the greatest Russian writers of science fiction, and their 1964 novel Hard to Be a God is considered one of the greatest of their works. Yet until now the only English version (unavailable for over thirty years) was based on a German translation, and was full of errors, infelicities, and misunderstandings. Now, in a new translation by Olena Bormashenko, whose translation of the authors’ Roadside Picnic has received widespread acclaim, here is the definitive edition of this brilliant work. It tells the story of Don Rumata, who has been sent from Earth to the medieval kingdom of Arkanar, with instructions to observe and to influence, but never to directly intervene. Masquerading as an arrogant nobleman, a dueler and a brawler, Don Rumata is never defeated but can never kill. With his doubt and compassion, and his deep love for a local girl named Kira, Rumata wants to save the kingdom from the machinations of Don Reba, the First Minister to the king. But given his orders, what role can he play?Hard to Be a God has inspired a computer game and two movies, including Aleksei German’s long-awaited swan song. This long-overdue translation will reintroduce one of the most profound Soviet-era novels to an eager audience. Read more...
The White House for Kids
The White House for Kids By Katherine House

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live and work in the most important house in the country, or what it’s like to grow up there? Now, with The White House for Kids as your guide, you can explore the Executive Mansion for yourself. This intriguing, in-depth history of the White House explains its role as a home, an office, and a powerful symbol of the United States and tells both famous and little-known stories about some of the surprising—and sometimes surprisingly ordinary—things that go on there. Learn which president hosted T-ball games on the White House lawn; which mischievous first son was scolded for shooting spitballs at a portrait of President Andrew Jackson; which first daughter held her high school prom in the famous mansion; which first lady hung her laundry to dry in the East Room; where first families go to work, entertain, relax, and have fun; how the White House staff feels to see beloved presidential families come and go; and much more. Crosscurricular activities allow readers to walk in the footsteps of presidents and those around them.Kids can:* Build a model White House* Design an official china pattern* Play key passages of “Hail to the Chief”* Practice signing a bill the way presidents do* Make White House fruit punch * Play an aerobic game designed for President Hoover* And much more Read more...
Reporting Under Fire
Reporting Under Fire By Kerrie Logan Hollihan

A profile of 16 courageous women, Reporting Under Fire tells the story of journalists who risked their lives to bring back scoops from the front lines. Each woman—including Sigrid Schultz, who broadcast news via radio from Berlin on the eve of the Second World War; Margaret Bourke-White, who rode with General George Patton’s Third Army and brought back the first horrific photos of the Buchenwald concentration camp; and Marguerite Higgins, who typed stories while riding in the front seat of an American jeep that was fleeing the North Korean Army—experiences her own journey, both personally and professionally, and each draws her own conclusions. Yet without exception, these war correspondents share a singular ambition: to answer an inner call driving them to witness war firsthand, and to share what they learn via words or images. Read more...
Clarissa's England
Clarissa's England By Clarissa Dickson Wright

From Cornwall to Cumbria, Norfolk to Northumbria, Clarissa Dickson Wright brings her extraordinary knowledge, huge passion, forthright opinions, and inimitable wit to the distinctive history and regional character of every corner of England. In her cornucopia of local knowledge she reveals, for example, how Boudicca was the original Essex girl, that Lincolnshire has a coriander crop second only in size to India's, and just why a Cornish pasty should never contain carrots. As much an entertaining narrative as it is a travel companion, this book will amuse, enlighten, surprise and delight all those who read it. Read more...
Now Showing
Now Showing By Ron Elliott

Brimming with cinematic references, this collection of short fiction ably combines humor with pulsating action. Readers will be able to celebrate the celluloid as they read their way through novellas that evoke a noir film, a romantic farce, a comedy heist, a thriller, and a classic road movie. The book also includes an introduction on how to adapt film scripts to stories. Cinephiles and lovers of crime fiction alike will be utterly drawn in by these unforgettable characters and stories. Read more...
Hitler's Valkyrie
Hitler's Valkyrie By David R. L. Litchfield

The remarkable and much-loved Mitford family has remained largely unrepentant concerning theirs and particularly Unity's enthusiastic support of Hitler, the Nazis, Oswald Mosley, and British fascism. But having initially encouraged and supported Unity's affair with Hitler, they subsequently insisted that she had in fact been a rather unintelligent, clumsy lump of a girl, whose virginal relationship with one of the most terrifying dictators of all time was a mere unrequited, romantic obsession. As this book will show, nothing could be further from the truth. Following further research and re-examination of the family's, friends', and journalists' often contradictory evidence, plus new information supplied by the author's own family and friends, readers will find that while Unity was, like Hitler, an extreme fantasist, there was in fact little of the juvenile romantic about her, and that she was, on the contrary, highly intelligent, free-spirited, and athletic. She was also the only Englishwoman who came close to being capable of changing the course of World War II. Read more...
Feasting with Bompas & Parr
Feasting with Bompas & Parr By Sam Bompas, By Harry Parr

Our next cookbook is so hairy and muscular it includes an investigation into spontaneous combustion, glitter ham, a chronicle of feasting since the dawn of time, phallic ice sculptures, techniques for feeding 8 to 33,000 people and the surprisingly sensitive mixed drinks of Aleister Crowley. There are also compelling recipes and a whole section on snakes vs cocktails.Easily the most provocative players on the global food scene, Bompas & Parr have created a new recipe book with a difference, focusing on how to create truly unusual and spectacular foodie events in your own home. They offer fascinating spreads on special feasts through history (including many of their own events) and outrageous but delicious recipes for food and drinks to make your own feast dramatic and a real talking point for all your guests. From Cheese Straws to Glitter Ham, Banana Flambé to Boudoir Biscuits, Chewing Gum to Alchemical Mountain Brew, the recipes showcase the best of Bompas & Parr's wild imaginations, accompanied by breathtaking photography. Includes dual measures. Read more...
Black Friday
Black Friday By Robert Muchamore

Ryan is about to board a plane, knowing that the next twenty-four hours will change everything. His mission is to stop the biggest terrorist attack America's ever seen. Ryan works for CHERUB, a secret organization with one key advantage: even a trained terrorist won't suspect that a teenager is spying on them. For official purposes, these children do not exist. Read more...
Everyday Cheesemaking
Everyday Cheesemaking By K. Ruby Blume

The only book with dairy and vegan options, this do-it-yourself handbook introduces and instructs readers on the essential concepts, necessary equipment, and key ingredients to make delicious cheese at home that everyone can succeed at easily. Beginning with the basics of cheesemaking and a discussion on the ethics of cheese and proper sanitization techniques, the book then covers a wide rage of homemade cheese options, from international favorites such queso fresco and mozzarella to soft and hard classics such as blue cheese, ricotta, and brie. More then just a roadmap to making cheese, this book also provides readers with numerous dairy projects to try their hand at, include yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, buttermilk, and milk shakes. With clear instructions, humorous stories, dozens of recipes as well as information on running a small home goat dairy and nondairy cheese recipes, Everyday Cheesemaking is a must read for anyone wanting to get started and impress their friends and family with delicious homemade cheese. Read more...
Martin Freeman
Martin Freeman By Nick Johnstone

British actor Martin Freeman has been appearing on our screens, from The Office to Sherlock, for the past 15 years. In this time he has managed to garner critical acclaim for his roles as well as remaining hugely popular at all times with his audience. On account of his recurring star turn as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit trilogy, he has found himself an international star. Despite his abundant talent, it's an unlikely scenario for a home-loving, unassuming individual. One of five children, he decided to become an actor at the age of 17. He developed his acting talent working his way through theater and small TV parts, before landing his breakout role as Tim Canterbury in the acclaimed BBC comedy, The Office. With the success of the show came further breaks including roles in Love Actually, Shaun of The Dead, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Sherlock. This fascinating biography tracks the career of the beloved actor, taking readers behind the scenes of the life and work of a supremely talented, albeit unlikely, movie star. Read more...
Carmilla
Carmilla By J. Sheridan Le Fanu

You are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever. When a mysterious carriage crashes outside their castle home in Styria, Austria, Laura and her father agree to take in its injured passenger, a young woman named Carmilla. Delighted to have some company of her own age, Laura is instantly drawn to Carmilla. But as their friendship grows, Carmilla's countenance changes and she becomes increasingly secretive and volatile. As Carmilla's moods shift and change, Laura starts to become ill, experiencing fiendish nightmares, her health deteriorating night after night. It is not until she and her father, increasingly concerned for Laura's well-being, set out on a trip to discover more about the mysterious Carmilla that the terrifying truth reveals itself. Read more...
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure By Matthew Algeo

On June 19, 1953, Harry Truman got up early, packed the trunk of his Chrysler New Yorker, and did something no other former president has done before or since: he hit the road. No Secret Service protection. No traveling press. Just Harry and his childhood sweetheart Bess, off to visit old friends, take in a Broadway play, celebrate their wedding anniversary in the Big Apple, and blow a bit of the money he’d just received to write his memoirs. Hopefully incognito. In this lively history, author Matthew Algeo meticulously details how Truman’s plan to blend in went wonderfully awry. Fellow diners, bellhops, cabbies, squealing teenagers at a Future Homemakers of America convention, and one very by-the-book Pennsylvania state trooper--all unknowingly conspired to blow his cover. Algeo revisits the Trumans’ route, staying at the same hotels and eating at the same diners, and takes readers on brief detours into topics such as the postwar American auto industry, McCarthyism, the nation’s highway system, and the decline of Main Street America. By the end of the 2,500-mile journey, you will have a new and heartfelt appreciation for America’s last citizen-president.
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Let Me Tell You About Whisky
Let Me Tell You About Whisky By Neil Ridley, By Gavin Smith

Offering 200 recommended whiskies to try from around the world, with original tasting notes, this is a true beginner's guide providing a clear insight into the modern world of whiskey in a way that's never been done before. The book covers not just famous Highland malts, Irish pot still whiskeys, and American bourbons, but also whiskies from South East Asia, Japan, and Canada, as well as from many other producing countries, ranging from Wales through to Taiwan. There is advice on how to nose, taste, and savor; how to organize a whiskey tasting; which glassware to use; a selection of classic whiskey cocktails; and advice on food pairings. Whiskey bars from China to Norway to the U.S. are listed, as well as specialist retailers. Includes dual measures. Read more...
How to Think Like Mandela
How to Think Like Mandela By Daniel Smith

Get inside the mind of Nelson Mandela—one of the 20th century's great revolutionaries and the most inspiring statesman of our time. Nelson Mandela was one of the few men in recent history who genuinely changed the world—how we think about our place in society among other ethnic, political, and religious groups and how perseverance, moral conscience, and honest dialogue can help us achieve anything. Throughout his long life, he faced struggles against odds and opposition many of us can only begin to understand: he was imprisoned for decades for his beliefs yet ultimately stood by them and saw them vindicated by a nation. This book explores his many speeches; the forms of resistance—both peaceful and not—that he employed to reach his ends; and how he accomplished his achievements. Comprehensive and informative, this is the ideal book for admirers of this great man. Read more...
Super Earo
Super Earo By Katherine Leigh

The Caramel Tree Readers Level 4 is a delicious series of leveled readers for children ages 7 to 9. The diverse, original stories have a word count of approximately 2,000 words. The stories in this series vary with narrative in first person or third person, and they have increased character dialogue, which allows students to develop character studies. They focus on realistic fiction and have settings that students can relate to, but each story has a unique twist that will keep students thinking. What would you do if you had a super power? How would you use your super power? In this story, Kevin must decide how to use the special power he has and maybe even become a super hero! Read more...
Call Down Thunder
Call Down Thunder By Daniel Finn

Reve and his sister Mi are alone in the world – their father is dead and their mother has abandoned them. Reve has to learn to be a man – to fight, to fish, to live. He must protect Mi from the rest of the world; she is special, hears voices, can see things. She can call down thunder. Travelling to the big city to search for their mother, Reve and Mi get sucked into the squalid underworld of the sprawling favela, where danger lurks around every corner, and every day is a fight for survival. Read More...
It's Just Not Father's Day!
It's Just Not Father's Day! By Peter Stake

If you have enough time and money to treat yourself, regularly get eight hours sleep a night, and boast a full head of healthy hair—try fatherhood! This collection of 60 hilarious photos with accompanying wise words will help dads and would-be dads come to terms with the pandemonium of parenting. It can't take away the pain, but at least you can have a laugh about it. Hell, if your children have already flown the nest, this wistful gallery might make you miss the chaos. Read more...
Gentlemen Bootleggers
Gentlemen Bootleggers By Bryce Bauer

During Prohibition, while Al Capone was rising to worldwide prominence as Public Enemy Number One, the townspeople of rural Templeton, Iowa—population just 428—were busy with a bootlegging empire of their own. Led by Joe Irlbeck, the whip-smart and gregarious son of a Bavarian immigrant, the outfit of farmers, small merchants, and even the church monsignor worked together to create a whiskey so excellent it was ordered by name: "Templeton rye." Just as Al Capone had Eliot Ness, Templeton's bootleggers had as their own enemy a respected Prohibition agent from the adjacent county named Benjamin Franklin Wilson. Wilson was ardent in his fight against alcohol, and he chased Irlbeck for over a decade. But Irlbeck was not Capone, and Templeton would not be ruled by violence like Chicago. Gentlemen Bootleggers tells a never-before-told tale of ingenuity, bootstrapping, and perseverance in one small town, showcasing a group of immigrants and first-generation Americans who embraced the ideals of self-reliance, dynamism, and democratic justice. It relies on previously classified Prohibition Bureau investigation files, federal court case files, extensive newspaper archive research, and a recently disclosed interview with kingpin Joe Irlbeck. Unlike other Prohibition-era tales of big-city gangsters, it provides an important reminder that bootlegging wasn't only about glory and riches, but could be in the service of a higher goal: producing the best whiskey money could buy. Read more...
Head over High Heels
Head over High Heels By Kate Forster

When Lyssa is scouted by a modeling agency, she's more surprised than anyone. She's a gangly girl from a migrant family, with out of control hair, living in the wrong part of town. She's not even interested in a modeling career, she wants to study medicine. But then she learns how much she could earn from a single photoshoot—enough to give her struggling family the help they need. Lyssa's parents don't like her talking to boys, let alone posing provocatively for a photographer. And while her best friend Emily is a champion liar, Lyssa's still not sure she’ll get away with it. She's always played it safe. But then she meets Dan at the modeling agency, and Dan is all kinds of amazing. Maybe amazing enough to convince Lyssa that she should play it dangerous for once. Read More...
Puss & Boots
Puss & Boots Illustrated by Ayano Imai

A beloved fairy tale reimagined A poor shoemaker must close his business as there is no work, but his cat is determined to save the shoemaker from his plight. Using a magnificent pair of boots and a sly plan, the trusty cat tempts a monster and tricks the beast into using his own vanity against himself. With the monster defeated, the shoemaker reopens his shop and can once again sell his beautiful shoes to the townspeople. A beautifully distinctive retelling of a classic tale, this children’s book features enchanting illustrations from acclaimed artist Ayano Imai. Read More...
Rainbow Chameleon
Rainbow Chameleon By Yusuke Yonezu

A lively story about accepting and embracing change, filled with interactive surprises for little handsSome changes can be quite important in life, which the chameleon discovers when he changes colors in order to hide from a snake, a wolf, and a crocodile. But sometimes one also has to change in order to be noticed—especially when a lovely lady chameleon enters the picture. This playful, hands-on journey to learning that change can be a positive thing features color dials and pull-tabs in addition to gorgeous, inviting illustrations.
Ed Sheeran A+
Ed Sheeran A+ By David Nolan

He's the Suffolk school drop-out who has become Britain's hottest musical property. Ed Sheeran is the award-winning singer-songwriter with a tiny guitar and a huge talent. But how did a young musician who described himself as a "spotty, chubby, ginger teenager" go from selling CDs from his rucksack to playing in front of Royalty at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee—not to mention a worldwide TV audience of a billion? From his bohemian childhood to international stardom, David Nolan traces the story of Sheeran's musical life and times, featuring exclusive interviews with friends, relatives, musical collaborators and key figures in his rise to stardom. Read More...
Gino's Italian Escape
Gino's Italian Escape By Gino D'Acampo

A celebration of the very best Italian food, always focusing on flavor rather than complicated techniques or ingredientsDiscover the secrets of real Italian food with Gino D'Acampo as he captures the flavors, smells, and tastes of his homeland in more than 100 deliciously simple recipes. From much-loved pizza, pasta, and antipasti dishes, to Gino's classics with a twist such as Honey & Rosemary Lamb Cutlets and Limoncello Mousse, this book is packed with mouth-watering favorites that will soon have readers cooking and eating like true Italians. Includes metric measures. Read More...
The Donut
The Donut By Michael Krondl

The love for the donut in the United States is longstanding and deep-rooted.  In this captivating guide to the delectable dessert, culinary historian, chef, and donut lover Michael Krondl has put together an entertaining social history of the donut throughout the ages and from around the world.  Mindful that the information might have readers itching to run to their nearest bakery, Krondl also offers a baker's dozen of international donut recipes—with accompanying color photos—including those for Chocolate-Glazed Bismarcks with Marshmallow Filling, Nutella Bombolocini, Frittelle di Carnevale, and Dulce de Leche Raised Donuts with a Salty Caramel Glaze, among others. Read More...
Bomb Girls
Bomb Girls By Jacky Hyams

They were the unsung heroines of World War II; the wives, mums, and teenage girls, all "doing their bit" for the war effort, clocking in daily to work in vast munitions factories, helping make the explosives, bullets, and war machines that would ensure victory for Britain. It was dangerous, dirty, and exhausting work.  Here, in their own words, are the vivid wartime memories of the "secret army" of female munitions workers, whose resilience and sheer grit in the face of danger has only now started to emerge. These are the intimate and personal stories of an unforgettable group of women, whose hard work and quiet courage made a significant contribution to Britain's war effort. They didn't fire the bullets, but they filled them up with explosives. And in doing so, they helped Britain with the war. Read More...
Three Summers
Three Summers By Judith Clarke

The path of Ruth's life was shaped in one fateful moment when, as a baby, she miraculously survived the car accident that killed her mother. Her grandmother raised her with the fierce conviction that Ruth be free to meet the world on her own terms, and not be stuck in the small life of their country town. This wise, compassionate, beautifully written book weaves together the stories of Ruth, her grandmother Margaret May, Ruth's lifelong friend Fee, and Ruth's troubled foster child Dancey Tremaine.  From a multi-award-winning author comes a magnificent and deeply moving story about two girls, a life-long friendship, and the heart’s search for the real true thing. Read More...
Bread and Cheese
Bread and Cheese By Billie Huban

Jim only wants to eat bread and cheese, bread and cheese, bread and cheese! Jim's parents try their best to change his eating habits, and eventually, there is a change. The story provides vocabulary for different types of food as well as key phrases for expressing preference.  The Caramel Tree Readers Level 1 is a delicious series of leveled readers for children ages 5 to 7. It consists of picture books with approximately 200 words relating to key themes to help students learn vocabulary. Read More...
Counterpunch
Counterpunch By Ira Berkow

Spanning the period between 1967 and 2005, this compilation includes 84 of Pulitzer Prize–winning author Ira Berkow’s columns on boxing. Readers will meet some of the greatest names in the sport’s history in the pages of this book, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, and Mike Tyson. Among the unforgettable stories gathered in this collection are the heated rivalry between Ali and “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier, Tyson’s infamous “Bite Fight” in 1997, and the will-he-or-won’t-he retirement saga of Sugar Ray Leonard. Written in Berkow’s gripping prose, the columns included in Counterpunch chronicle the most important moments in boxing over the last four decades. Read More...
Her Next Chapter
Her Next Chapter By Lori M. Day, By Charlotte Kugler

Mother-daughter book clubs are a great way to encourage reading, bonding, and socializing among mothers, daughters, and their friends. But these clubs can do more than that, suggests educational psychologist and parenting coach Lori Day.  She provides overviews of eight of the biggest challenges facing girls today, such as negative body image, bullying, gender stereotypes, media sexualization, unhealthy relationships, and more, while weaving in carefully chosen book, movie, and media recommendations; thoughtful discussion questions; and group activities and outings that extend and enrich conversations and make clubs fun. Read More...
Dr. Mollie Cule Reboots the Robot
Dr. Mollie Cule Reboots the Robot By Kendra Muntz, Illustrated by Matt Carrington, By Bright Connections Media

Science is made fun for children through an exciting narrative adventure and hands-on experiments.  Join Dr. Mollie Cule on her mission to reassemble Axel the robot. Complete with step-by-step, illustrated instructions, this book introduces the amazing science behind some of the coolest activities out there, including creating a tornado and building a robot hand. In the process of helping Mollie repair Axel, keep your mind sharp by learning about electricity, binary math, density, and more. Perfect for at-home diversion, these activities will interest the most curious young scientists. The projects use materials that are readily available around the house and safe for kids; they vary in degree of difficulty, and it is noted when and where adult assistance should be requested. Read More...
Big Red
Big Red By Ken Griffey, By Phil Pepe, Foreword by George Foster

Capturing the subject's time with the Big Red Machine, this record details his days playing alongside Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Pete Rose, highlighting the Reds' two consecutive world championships in 1975 and 1976. Finally, the ultimate thrill of Griffey's career is featured: playing in the same outfield in 1990 with his son, Ken Griffey Jr., during the game where they hit back-to-back home runs—the only father-son combination to do so in the history of Major League Baseball. Filled with amusing anecdotes and behind-the-scenes glimpses of what it's like when baseball really does run in the family, this is a sports memoir unlike any other. Read More...
Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of)
Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) By F. J. R. Titchenell

The world is Cassie Fremont’s playground. Her face is on the cover of every newspaper, she has no homework, no curfew, and no credit limit, and she spends her days traveling the country with her friends, including a boy who would flirt with death just to turn her head. Life is just about perfect—except that those newspaper headlines are about her bludgeoning her crush to death with a paintball gun, she has to fight ravenous walking corpses every time she steps outside, and one of her friends is still missing, trapped somewhere in the distant, practically impassable wreckage of Manhattan. Skillfully blending effective horror with unexpected humor, this diary-format novel is a fast-paced and heartwarming read. Read More...
Collins Little Book of Whisky
Collins Little Book of Whisky By Collins UK

This excellent introduction to all aspects of this popular spirit delves into its history, dispels the myths surrounding it, and highlights individualities of the many varieties in existence. It discusses the origins and history of whiskey, how whiskies are made today, and how to drink and appreciate it, including developing one's palate. Buying whiskey is also demystified as the different types are explored, including popular blends, single and vatted malts, grain, and deluxe whiskies. A guide to Scottish distilleries is included along with sections on whiskies of the world, including Irish whiskey and bourbon. Read More...
365 Days of Mindfulness
365 Days of Mindfulness By Yvette Jane

"Every breath is an opportunity to receive and let go. I receive love and I let go of pain." —Brenda MacIntyre.  Create a moment of mindfuless every day with this book of inspirational quotations and insightful activities to refresh one's spirit.  Yvette Jane is the author of "365 Days of Happiness" and "You're Never Too Old To..." She is also the founder of Place of Serenity, where she teaches mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation. Read More...
Easy Cross-Stitch Cards & Tags
Easy Cross-Stitch Cards & Tags By Annie's

Simple stitching instructions and charts combine with clear, comprehensive card-making instructions to make it easy for crafters of all skill levels to enjoy this creative adventure. A helpful Getting Started section contains basic information for cross-stitch and card-making tools, terminology, and techniques, and detailed finishing instructions with step-by-step photographs are included for each project. Create stylish, meaningful gifts all year round with these impressive beginning to intermediate patterns. Read More...
By Any Other Name
By Any Other Name By Laura Jarratt

Holly is 15 years old, but she's only been "Holly" for a matter of months. Because of something that happened, she and her family have had to enter witness protection and have all assumed new identities. All, that is, except her sister Katie, who is autistic. Starting at a new school mid-year is hard enough at the best of times, and Holly has no clue who she is anymore. Lonely and angry, she reaches out to friends—new and old. But one wrong move will put all their lives in danger. Read More...
Wildfire at Midnight
Wildfire at Midnight By Mary Stewart

Most people came to the Isle of Skye to climb the jagged peaks of Blaven or fish the many sparkling streams. But Gianetta Brooke came to forget Nicholas Drury—the husband she had painfully divorced. The discovery that Nicholas numbered among the guests at the small inn was the first sign that hers was not to be a typical holiday. Then Gianetta learned that on the treacherous slopes of Blaven, murder had been done, and although she had missed the first act of an eerie, unearthly crime, the murderer was to strike again and again before the finale was enacted on the mist-laden mountain—a finale that would put Gianetta face-to-face with a madman... Read More...
Better Than We Believed
Better Than We Believed By Robert J. Cormier

Presuming nothing that both traditional believers and critical-thinking searchers will not find in their hearts, Better Than We Believed presents a strikingly clear concept of faith that answers the unhappiness of people you will recognize: MARK, who struggles with anger, IRENE, who battles stress, HENRY, who is consumed by hatred, GLORIA, who has been betrayed, BRIAN, who suffers depression, MARY, who feels trapped by her duty to a loved one, JOY, who can't get over a loved one's death, and JAMES, who knows that he is dying. As we witness this faith applied to these and other serious struggles, we will see how it can transform our own experience, and offer us peace, purpose, and joy. Read More...
Doctor White
Doctor White By Jane Goodall, Illustrated by Julie Litty

An illustrated depiction of a real-life story that celebrates the eternal, life-affirming bond between animals and humans.  Everyone loves Dr. White, a furry practitioner with four paws, a wagging tail, and an unorthodox bedside manner who day by day works his magic on very ill children at the hospital. Although his treatment is unconventional, it has a great success rate. But one day the health inspector arrives and bans Dr. White from the hospital. Who could have predicted the terrible coincidence that ends up bringing Dr. White back to the patients who love him? Based on a true story from a London hospital, Jane Goodall’s enchanting book reminds readers of all ages of the healing power of love. Read More...
The Smart Guide to Healthy Grilling
The Smart Guide to Healthy Grilling By Barry Fast

Grilling expert Barry Fast provides carefully researched advice and instruction in a lively, easy-to-follow format. The guide explains how to create the best burger you’ve ever tasted; grill low-cal, great-tasting chicken and vegetables; make delicious, no-sugar-added desserts with a variety of fresh fruits; convert friends and family into seafood lovers; and reduce up to 90 percent of the formation of potentially carcinogenic HCA and PAB chemicals that high-heat cooking produces. Whether you’re planning a casual and relaxed dinner party or a healthy weekday meal, this book will help get dinner on the table with less work than any other cooking method. Read More...
Wild Pitches
Wild Pitches By Jayson Stark, Foreword by Tim Kurkjian

Every baseball fan knows that Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols are among the best to ever play the game. But how do their high-priced contracts impact their teams’ abilities to compete for a World Series title? Which managers and executives are best at getting the most out of their roster, year-in and year-out? And how does sabremetrics play into all of this? In this book, veteran ESPN columnist Jayson Stark explores these questions and many more. Supplemented with insightful commentary from countless baseball insiders, it gives baseball fans a rare, fascinating glimpse into the why behind the game’s winners and losers. Read More...
Knit in New Directions
Knit in New Directions By Myra Wood, Photographs By Alexis Xenakis

Knitters learn to use the templates in the book and how to make one to their own measurements. Garment designs support each technique and template with two options. The Guided Tour provides full instructions for specific sizes as well as measure-as-you go versions. In the Alternative Routes, the template functions like a coloring book that allows the knitter to create completely new designs. Practical advice for how to achieve the best fit and finish is included with each design: blocking, a special stitch for seaming, and edge and embellishment options. Read More...