By Iain Banks
A little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing... Innocent in the ways of the world, an ingenue when it comes to pop and fashion, the Elect of God of a small but committed Stirlingshire religious cult: Isis Whit is no ordinary teenager.When her cousin Morag - Guest of Honour at the Luskentyrian's four-yearly Festival of Love - disappears after renouncing her faith, Isis is marked out to venture among the Unsaved and bring the apostate back into the fold. But the road to Babylondon (as Sister Angela puts it) is a treacherous one, particularly when Isis discovers that Morag appears to have embraced the ways of the Unsaved with spectacular abandon...Truth and falsehood; kinship and betrayal; 'herbal' cigarettes and compact discs - Whit is an exploration of the techno-ridden barrenness of modern Britain from a unique perspective.
The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya
By Nagaru Tanigawa
As the second year of high school begins, Haruhi's cynical and sarcastic confidant Kyon, the only "normal" member of the SOS Brigade, finds himself meeting Sasaki, an old friend from his days in junior high. Haruhi and Sasaki's shared friendship with Kyon and, possibly, shared abilities, causes tension between the two and Kyon knows Haurhi's dissatisfaction can have dire consequences! Kyon and Sasaki's chance meeting could affect his future, the future of the SOS Brigade, and the world forever. This ninth volume of the Haruhi Suzumiya series is the first to use two alternate stories for the same plot with different endings. The story continues in the next novel, The Astonishment of Haruhi Suzumiya.
A Life That Matters
By Kenneth E. Salyer
A LIFE THAT MATTERS is a fascinating and profoundly moving new book by a surgeon who has devoted his life to helping the world's most unfortunate children grow up with faces that allow them to know they are part of the human community - assured that they are ordinary in the very best way and fully capable of being loved. We present ourselves to the world foremost with our faces, Dr. Ken Salyer explains, and the people we meet initially look to our faces to ascertain who, in fact, we are. Dr. Salyer is a fiercely intelligent, energetic, insatiably inquiring, and deeply compassionate man whose life has been one of service. As he writes in his introduction to A LIFE THAT MATTERS, he is 'convinced that possessing a face you aren't forced to hide is a fundamental human right - as important to a fully lived life as freedom from fear or want.' And in clinics and operating room around the world, today Dr. Salyer continues a groundbreaking forty-year career whose nexus melds cutting-edge medicine with humanitarian aid offered to profoundly unfortunate children.A LIFE THAT MATTERS focuses on the moving stories of the children whose lives have been transformed and their moving personal testaments to how precious their 'normalcy' now is. It is these children who inspired Dr. Salyer to found the World Craniofacial Foundation and establish clinics across the globe that now offer hope for good lives to hundreds of poor children in still-developing countries who otherwise would be shunned, locked away, or abandoned. In a voice that's compelling, eloquent, and always impassioned, he issues a call for a new worldwide understanding of the rights of the terribly disfigured, and he encourages readers to be inspired by the lives of these children and to transform our own challenges into triumphs.
The Everyday DASH Diet Cookbook
By Marla Heller
A good diet is only as good as the food it provides in its plan. Now, the most effective diet for healthy weight loss gets even better with the EVERYDAY DASH DIET COOKBOOK. Bestselling author and foremost DASH expert Marla Heller, in collaborating with bestselling cookbook writer Rick Rodgers, makes it easy to prepare home-cooked meals that are fresh, fabulous, and DASH-approved. This diet has leapt from obscurity to success in part because it offers enormous variety based on lean meats, whole foods, fresh veggies and fruits, and low-fat dairy. This bounty of foods makes it perfect for the consumer who wants to take advantage of seasonal/local foods, but can also be followed with supermarket ingredients. The EVERYDAY DASH DIET COOKBOOK shows how to utilize this appetizing and vast array of ingredients with recipes that are easy to shop for, simple to prepare, and crowd-pleasingly delicious to eat. Filled with breakfast (don't skip it!), lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts, and smoothies, this book will share recipes such as Chicken Waldorf, Chili-spiced Almonds, Grilled Peaches with Frozen Yogurt, and more. In addition to tips and charts throughout the book, each recipe will contain a full nutritional analysis, healthy take-away tips, and suggestions for personalizing each dish. The EVERYDAY DASH DIET COOKBOOK will focus on weekday meals and weekend fare for the entire family, whether dieting or not! This ultimate guide to cooking the DASH way serves up everything necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle plus fast and delicious recipes to easily bring this tantalizing plan into any daily routine.
The Wasp Factory
By Iain Banks
'Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim. That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage I was going through.' Enter - if you can bear it - the extraordinary private world of Frank, just sixteen, and unconventional, to say the least.
A Hero To Come Home To
By Marilyn Pappano
A new contemporary series about a group of women who have lost their husbands to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. What started as a support group has become a close-knit friendship of women who have been there, done that, and understand the loss. They offer each other advice, support, shoulders to cry on, and friends to help them laugh again.Carly Lowry, a third-grade teacher at the school located on base at Fort Murphy, has been trying to move on after losing her husband more than a year ago, but nothing seems to feel right. Until she meets Dane Clark, a combat veteran who is undergoing rehab for in injuries at Fort Murphy. Together Carly and Dane are finally able to let go of the pain in their pasts and find new love.
The Sugar Frosted Nutsack
By Mark Leyner
High above the bustling streets of Dubai, in the world's tallest and most luxurious skyscraper, reside the gods and goddesses of the modern world. Since they emerged 14 billion years ago from a bus blaring a tune remarkably similar to the Mister Softee jingle, they've wreaked mischief and havoc on mankind. Unable to control their jealousies, the gods have splintered into several factions, led by the immortal enemies XOXO, Shanice, La Felina, Fast-Cooking Ali, and Mogul Magoo. Ike Karton, an unemployed butcher from New Jersey, is their current obsession.Ritualistically recited by a cast of drug-addled bards, THE SUGAR FROSTED NUTSACK is Ike's epic story. A raucous tale of gods and men confronting lust, ambition, death, and the eternal verities, it is a wildly fun, wickedly fast gambol through the unmapped corridors of the imagination.
The First Rule of Swimming
By Courtney Angela Brkic
When Magdalena learns that her younger sister has disappeared, she does not immediately panic. A free-spirit, Jadranka has always been prone to mysterious absences and she has never seen a future on Rosmarina, the isolated Croatian island where their family has lived for generations. But when weeks pass with no word, Magdalena leaves behind her Adriatic home and sets off to New York to find her sister.Magdalena's search begins to unspool the dark history of their family: from the brother and sister who fought as partisans during WWII, at a terrible price; to their children, forced to make devastating choices under the pall of the Soviet era; to their children, the sisters at the center of the novel, who carry the family's secrets in their blood.A haunting and sure-footed debut, THE FIRST RULE OF SWIMMING explores the legacy of betrayal and persecution in a place where beauty is fused inextricably with hardship, where nonconformity - especially by women - is stifled by cultural taboo, and where the lure of leaving is countered by the summons of family and home.
No Bake Makery
By Cristina Suarez Krumsick
Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first. It's a great idea in theory, but who has time to preheat the oven, grease the baking sheet, measure out precise ingredient quantities, and wait for their treats to cool before frosting and devouring them? Growing up in a big Cuban family, Cristina Suarez Krumsick always had an appreciation for food, but as she got older, she realized that what she really likes most is feeding the people dear to her. How can someone confined to a tiny New York City kitchen spread so much love? Now, Cristina has made dessert faster, easier-and oven-free! With bite-sized truffles, clodhoppers, barks, fudges, bars, cold treats, puddings, candy, and even mini pies, cookies, and cakes, NO BAKE MAKERY features recipes for no-fuss treats that will surely impress in taste and presentation. There are even icons ands sidebars offering cooking tips, serving suggestions, and more. From the Cinni Minni to the Cherry Bomb, and the Mintamelon Pop to the Coconilla Pie, there is something yummy for everyone in this book!
By Emily Bronte, I.J. Miller
A sensuous and erotic retelling of Wuthering Heights.
The Blood of Heroes
By James Donovan
For almost two centuries, the last stand at the Alamo has been recognized as a defining moment in America's history. On February 23, 1836, a Mexican army thousands of soldiers strong attacked a makeshift garrison of about 200 Texas settlers-among them, Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis-holed up in the abandoned mission on the outskirts of San Antonio. The Texans refused to surrender, and for almost two weeks, the immense force lay siege to the fort, bombarding its occupants with a constant barrage of artillery fire. Then, in the predawn hours of March 6, the Mexican troops unleashed a final devastating assault. What happened next would become legend. In THE BLOOD OF HEROES, bestselling historian James Donovan, drawing upon fresh primary sources in American and Mexican archives, offers an authoritative and thrilling account of this epic battle. Beginning well before the siege, he tells the fascinating story of the settling of the Texas wilderness, the rise of the Mexican dictator Santa Anna, and the crucial roles played by pioneers such as Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin amidst the growing storm of despotism and discontent that led them to fight valiantly for independence. A stirring tale of courage, redemption, and glory in the American West, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is a masterful work of scholarship and storytelling.
Paladins of Shannara: The Black Irix (short story)
By Terry Brooks
An old friend urges Shea Ohmsford to take a dangerous risk in the concluding story of this gripping Shannara eBook series by New York Times bestselling fantasy master Terry Brooks.Shea Ohmsford has had quite enough of quests. A year after surviving a harrowing odyssey, he is still plagued by troubling memories and dreams. A mysterious trafficker in spells and potions provides a restorative nostrum for the stricken Shea . . . along with a warning: Shea will break his vow to never again leave Shady Vale. And then the potion-maker's prophecy comes to pass.A thief, adventurer, and notoriously charismatic rogue, Panamon Creel unexpectedly appears in the Vale with a request for his longtime friend, Shea - journey into the untamed northland, infiltrate the stronghold of a sinister dealer in stolen goods, and capture a precious artifact: the sacred Black Irix. Creel wishes to return this treasure to its rightful owners. Shea cannot refuse such a just cause. But what lies behind the black castle walls they must breach? And will this quest truly be their last?Includes a preview of the final novel in Terry Brooks's Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, Witch Wraith! PRAISE FOR TERRY BROOKS'A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters. If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy' - Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of ERAGON and BRISINGR 'Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer . . . Required reading' - Brent Weeks, bestselling author of the Night Angel trilogy 'I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and re-read) over the years' - Patrick Rothfuss, bestselling author of THE NAME OF THE WIND 'Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world' - Philip Pullman, author of NORTHERN LIGHTS
Everybody Has Everything
By Katrina Onstad
After years of unsuccessful attempts at conceiving a child, Ana and James become parents overnight, when a terrible accident makes them guardians to 2 ? year-old Finn. Suddenly, two people who were struggling to come to terms with childlessness are thrust into the opposite situation - responsible for a small toddler whose mother's survival is in question. Finn's crash-landing in their tidy, urban lives throws into high relief some troubling truths about their deepest selves, both separately and as a couple. Several chaotic, poignant, and life-changing weeks as a most unusual family give rise to an often unasked question: Can everyone be a parent?
By Craig Childs
To whom does the past belong? Is the archeologist who discovers a lost tomb a sort of hero - or a villain? If someone steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the ruin it came from, is she a thief? Written in his trademark lyrical style, Craig Childs's riveting new book is a ghost story - an intense, impassioned investigation into the nature of the past and the things we leave behind. We visit lonesome desert canyons and fancy Fifth Avenue art galleries, journey throughout the Americas, Asia, the past and the present. The result is a brilliant book about man and nature, remnants and memory, a dashing tale of crime and detection.
Remember Me When
By Ginny Aiken
Marriage has been difficult for Faith Nolan. Her husband Roger, Pine Ridge's mercantile owner, likes his liquor and turns mean when he indulges. However, it is his unwillingness to help others that grieves Faith's tender heart the most. Nathan Bartlett, the logging-camp owner, has always taken his responsibilities seriously. He offers protection to the residents of the small town, including Roger, on the occasion when the local Indians have risen up against the townsfolk. When Nathan's pre-paid supply shipment doesn't arrive in time, his camp's provisions run dangerously low. He appeals to Roger for help, but the selfish mercantile owner refuses to extend Nathan credit. Horrified, Faith drives a wagon load of supplies to the camp while Roger sleeps off his latest bender. Roger realizes what Faith has done, and, once she returns, beats her unconscious. When she comes to, she finds her husband nearby, dead in a pool of his own blood. While on trial for the murder, Faith finds peace in God's love and witnesses Nathan's true feelings, when he makes a sacrifice for Faith far exceeding anything Roger ever did.
By Charles Martin
Sunday leads a solitary existence, spending most of his time reading and fishing on his boat, hidden among the Ten Thousand Islands off the Florida coast. It has been years since he has spoken with anyone outside of his priest and confidant, Steady. Because Steady once saved his life, Sunday can't refuse when he asks him to save another. Katie Quinn, a world-famous actress, has been driven by a secret and the pressures of her fame to end her life. Sunday provides an alternate escape, a way to write herself a new life by helping her to fake her death. But Katie still must confront her past before she can find peace, and she'll need Sunday to leave his secluded home and travel to the French countryside to help her.
The Frogs Of War
By Andrew Harman
Never mind anti-anti-anti missiles or thermonuclear chilled eels, the Ultimate Weapons are Rana Militaria: The Frogs of War. Have your head off as soon as look at you they would. Hidden in a forgotten village of Losa Llamas, they are discovered by the slimy Snydewinder, ex-Lord Chancellor of Rhyngill and a thoroughly bad lot. And after a temporary halt, his world domination plans are back on track.Little do Firkin and his friends know that, when they attempt to help King Klayth out of a hole, they will fall headfirst into a whirl of time travel, Thaumaturgical Physicists and extremely unpleasant amphibians!
The Sorcerer's Appendix
By Andrew Harman
All is not well in the kingdom of Rhyngill. Despite regular payment of tithes, including PAYE (Pay As You Eat), the citizens are all tired and underfed. Firkin, a lad who is definitely alpha plus in the get-up-and-go department, blames the king, and sets out to find an assassin who will rid the kingdom of its ruler. But little does he know that the real villain is someone else entirely - or that the origins of his friends' troubles involve lemmings, pigeons and heavy earth-moving equipment.It takes a pieman, a magician and a knight with a North Country accent to help Firkin see the error of his ways!
The Scrying Game
By Andrew Harman
Life as Clerk-in-Charge of Avocado Preservation in the Mountain City of Axototl was a real cushy number. Hurling a few bones about the place, peering into the future, foreseeing all the forthcoming problems screaming your way and making plans to dodge destiny's hurled brickbats. Piece of cake.Or at least it would have been if Quintzi Cohatl actually possessed anything even remotely resembling foresight. After forty years in the job his lies were getting a bit thin. So when a travelling salesman offered him a bargain crystal (with Scry Movie Channel option) how could he refuse?Certainly Merlot and the proto-mage Hogshead would have preferred it if he had. Then they wouldn't have a clump of murdered wizards dumped in the River Slove on their hands. And as for the folks of Axolotl - they wouldn't have had to discover the amazing explosive potential of a few hundred prize melons.
By Andrew Harman
So, there's this dragon. Well, it's not a real dragon, more of a, um, virtual dragon. The Thaumaturgical Physicists of Losa Llamas want it as security. Their real mistake was employing Cheiro Mancini, alchemist and Virtual Ecology Technician (VET for short), to install it. I mean, if it wasn't for him the Scroles wouldn't have been disturbed, and the Damnations would have stayed under control, and as for the Prime Evil ...In 101 Damnations, Andrew Harman introduces a whole new set of characters to the twin kingdoms of Rhyngill and Cranachan - and proves that they are just as incompetent as his previous heroes!