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On Smaller Dogs and Larger Life Questions

By Kate Figes
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Kate Figes
Coming up to her sixtieth birthday, Kate Figes found herself turning to the larger questions of family, love and life's meaning. It is like this author to examine different stages in writing, and her books - from new motherhood and adolescence to coupledom and infidelity - testify to this way of understanding herself and others: so naturally she turned to writing to explore the challenges of becoming sixty. And then - a horrible, and sudden diagnosis of breast cancer which had metastasised.Instead of a gentle journey into middle age, Kate Figes began to write for her life. Now, clawing back confidence and control was not just the ordinary business of these years: it was the only way to try and survive great pain and emotional turmoil. As her writing became an honest reflection on ageing, failing, regrets and the importance of childhood memory, friends, family and love she found a new determination to live to the full and about finding ways to face up to a shortened life expectancy with dignity.Original, passionate, funny and moving, On Smaller Dogs and Larger Life Questions will resonate with anyone dealing with the many griefs and freedoms of midlife. It is about living with a life-threatening disease but it is even more: an intelligent and passionate look at the way we can approach disappointment and trouble, friendship and love - every day.
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  • Olympus Bound

    By Jordanna Max Brodsky
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    Jordanna Max Brodsky
    'The Immortals is a lively re-imagining of classical mythology with an engaging premise, a page-turning plot, and an eye for the arresting and uncanny in contemporary urban life' Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of WitchesManhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself.Summer in New York: a golden hour on the city streets, but a dark time for Selene. She's lost her home and the man she loves. A cult hungry for ancient power has kidnapped her father and targeted her friends. To save them, Selene must face the past she's been running from: a past that stretches back millennia, to when the faithful called her Huntress. Moon Goddess. Artemis. With the pantheon at her side, Selene must journey back to the seat of her immortal power: from the streets of Rome and the temples of Athens, to the heights of Mount Olympus itself.
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    Outer Earth: The Complete Trilogy

    By Rob Boffard
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    Rob Boffard
    'EXHILARATING AND UNFORGETTABLE' Sarah Lotz, author of The Three'SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR ALL-ACTION SF' Ken MacLeodAn omnibus edition containing all three of Rob Boffard's thrilling Outer Earth novels: Tracer, Zero-G and Impact.Outer Earth is a huge space station orbiting the ruins of our planet. Dirty, overcrowded and inescapable, it's humanity's last refuge . . . and possibly its final resting place.For there are dark forces at work on the station: forces that seek to unleash chaos. If they succeed, there will be nowhere left to run. 'Fast-paced, action-packed, cinematic space adventure' Civilian Reader'Relentlessly fast pace...Vivid action scenes' SFX'Compelling, compulsive...Thoroughly entertaining' SciFi and Fantasy Reviews'Guaranteed to keep you hooked until the very last page' Glamour
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    Of Gods and Men

    By Stephen Aryan, Matt Addis
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    Stephen Aryan
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    Matt Addis
    The gruff and mysterious warrior known as Vargus has meant many things to many people over the course of his long life. But when he hears of a village suffering strange attacks in the dead of night, he must take up the role of the Gath - the people's protector - once again, before any more children go missing.Exclusive to ebook and audiobook, Of Gods and Men is an original epic fantasy novella by Stephen Aryan focusing on a fan-favourite character from the Age of Dread trilogy. Story takes place before the events of Battlemage.
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    The Observing Eye

    By Muriel Spark
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    Muriel Spark
    The Observing Eye is a collection of Muriel Spark's brilliant asides, sayings, and aphorisms. No other writer can hold a candle to her wry, puckish observations:'Neurotics are awfully quick to notice other people's mentalities.''It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles.''The sacrifice of pleasure is of course itself a pleasure.''Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time in your life it may occur.''Ridicule is the only honourable weapon we have left.'Spark's striking insights are precise and unforgettable - they will make you laugh and nod in agreement, with a wicked smile on your face. Her wise words never fail to hit exactly the right note.
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  • The OCD Workbook for Kids

    By Anthony Puliafico, Joanna Robin
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    Anthony Puliafico, Joanna Robin
    Does your child have OCD? In this much-needed Instant Help workbook, kids will learn to identify obsessions and compulsions, understand them, and use simple tools based in exposure and ritual prevention to cope with and overcome this difficult disorder. If your child has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), he or she may suffer from obsessive thinking, use rituals to soothe anxiety, and act compulsively in ways that are disruptive and sometimes harmful. As you know all too well, OCD can greatly interfere with school, friends, and home life. So, how can you help your child be their very best? With this evidence-based workbook for kids, your child will learn how and why they struggle, and gain a greater understanding of what OCD is by identifying common symptoms, including contamination concerns, fear of harm, need for order/symmetry, and excessive doubting. Your child will then be gently guided to name their own symptoms and rate the extent to which each symptom causes them anxiety.The workbook also provides a framework for children to apply exposure and ritual prevention strategies to anxiety-provoking situations independently or with help from you or a caregiver. Detailed instructions for completing exposure exercises will be covered, including how long exposures should last, and how often they should be repeated. Finally, the workbook will show you and your child how to build a solid support system of family, friends, teachers, and professionals to aid you in managing OCD symptoms and building a lifestyle that will help you both deal with your child's symptoms more effectively.If your child's OCD is holding them back from living the happy childhood you want for them, this easy-to-read and practical workbook can help them cope with symptoms and really thrive-at home, in the classroom, and well into adulthood.
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    The Other Hoffmann Sister

    By Ben Fergusson
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    Ben Fergusson
    Shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2015, Ben Fergusson's critically acclaimed debut, The Spring of Kasper Meier, was the winner of the Betty Trask Prize 2015 and the HWA 2015 Debut Crown Award. The Other Hoffmann Sister is a gripping, evocative read about two sisters set in pre-WW1 Germany which will appeal to fans of The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.For Ingrid Hoffmann the story of her sister's disappearance began in their first weeks in Southwest Africa...Ingrid Hoffmann has always felt responsible for her sister Margarete and when their family moves to German Southwest Africa in 1902, her anxieties only increase. The casual racism that pervades the German community, the strange relationship between her parents and Baron von Ketz, from whom they bought their land, and the tension with the local tribes all culminate in tragedy when Baron von Ketz is savagely murdered. Baroness von Ketz and their son, Emil, flee with the Hoffmanns as the Baron's attackers burn down the family's farm.Both families return to Berlin and Ingrid's concerns about Margarete are assuaged when she and Emil von Ketz become engaged on the eve of the First World War. But Margarete disappears on her wedding night at the von Ketz's country house. The mystery of what happened to her sister haunts Ingrid, but as Europe descends into chaos, her hope of discovering the truth becomes ever more distant.After the war, in the midst of the revolution that brings down the Kaiser and wipes out the aristocracy that her family married into, Ingrid returns to the von Ketzes' crumbling estate determined to find out what really happened to her sister.
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  • Overcoming Sexual Problems 2nd Edition

    By Vicki Ford
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    Vicki Ford
    'A positive step-by-step guide to... help readers resolve their sexual difficulties. It empowers couples to set goals to meet their needs.' Nursing StandardAre you worried about impotence or loss of sexual desire, premature ejaculation or lack of orgasm? Experienced psychosexual therapist and couples counsellor Vicki Ford provides an invaluable guide to understanding the sexual problems that many people face from time to time. Her simple and effective self-help techniques, based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), include practical exercise programs to help develop responsiveness and an understanding of your body. Suitable for both singles and couples, this expert guide will enable you to overcome negative thinking and restore your confidence and your sex life. Specifically, you will learn about:The importance of relaxation and stress reduction techniquesThe impact of ageing, disability, religion, infidelity, abuse, infertility, childbirth, bereavement and medication on sexual performanceTechniques for particular problemsOvercoming self-help guides use clinically proven techniques to treat long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. Many guides in the Overcoming series are recommended under the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme.Series Editor: Professor Peter Cooper
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    The Original Area Mazes

    By Naoki Inaba, Ryoichi Murakami
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    Naoki Inaba, Ryoichi Murakami
    'NAOKI INABA HAS INVENTED THE PERFECT PUZZLE. ENJOY!' Alex Bellos'Awesome puzzles! My students and I love them!'Ellen Hansen'I use these as warm-ups with 3rd and 4th grade Gifted and Talented students. They love solving these puzzles!'L. Bowe 'Loved these' Elizabeth Shapiro 'An excellent book of short puzzles' Once you pit your wits against area mazes, you'll be hooked! From the genius mind of Naoki Inaba - one of the world's most prolific and creative inventors of logic puzzles - comes a brand-new type of challenge. Area mazes have already taken Japan by storm and are set to be the next big puzzle craze. Your quest is to navigate a network of rectangles to find a missing value. The rules are simple, the puzzles are easy and the logic is clever. Just remember:- Area = length x width- Use spatial reasoning to find helpful relationships- Whole numbers are all you need. You can always get the answer without using fractionsOriginally invented for gifted students, area mazes (menseki meiro) are the perfect puzzle for brain game fanatics. Whether you loved or hated geometry at school, with this book you can finally show it who's boss. Feed your brain some areas mazes - they could be just what you're craving.
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  • Overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, 2nd Edition

    By David Veale, Rob Willson
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    David Veale, Rob Willson
    Break free from unhelpful rituals and take control of your life Are you plagued by a recurring thought or idea that just won't go away, or feel the need to wash your hands repeatedly, to hoard things, or to repeatedly check all appliances in the house have been turned off before you leave? These are common symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition that causes distress to hundreds of thousands of people. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been clinically proven to significantly reduce symptoms of OCD. With this step-by-step approach you can learn how to break free from the destructive cycle of obsessive behaviour and regain control of your life. The Overcoming self-help guides use CBT techniques to treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behaviour and thought. CBT is internationally favoured as a practical means of overcoming long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. Many guides in the Overcoming series are recommended by the UK Department of Health under the Books on Prescription scheme.
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  • Once Upon a Christmas Eve: A Maiden Lane Novella

    By Elizabeth Hoyt
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    Elizabeth Hoyt
    An all-new novella in the New York Times bestselling Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt!
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    Our Year of War

    By Daniel P. Bolger
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    Daniel P. Bolger
    The gritty and engaging story of two brothers, Chuck and Tom Hagel, who went to war in Vietnam, fought in the same unit, and saved each other's life. One supported the war, the other detested it, but they fought it together.1968. It was the worst year of America's most divisive war. Flag-draped caskets came home by the thousands. Riots ravaged our cities. Assassins shot our political leaders. Black fought white, young fought old, fathers fought sons. And it was the year that two brothers from Nebraska went to war.In Vietnam, Chuck and Tom Hagel served side by side in the same rifle platoon. Together they fought in the Tet Offensive, battled snipers in Saigon, chased the enemy through the jungle, and each saved the other's life under fire. Yet, like so many American families, one brother supported the war while the other detested it.Tom and former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel never set out to be heroes, but they epitomized the best, and lived through the worst, of the most tumultuous, amazing, and consequential year in the last half century. Following the brothers' paths from the prairie heartland through a war on the far side of the world and back to a divided America, Our Year of War tells the story of two brothers at war, serving their divided country. It is a story that resonates to this day, an American story.
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    Overcoming Relationship Problems 2nd Edition

    By Michael Crowe, Kevan Wylie
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    Michael Crowe, Kevan Wylie
    Everyday problems such as financial pressures, sexual and emotional problems, fidelity issues or the complications of second marriages can cause unbearable pressure on relationships and family life.In this highly effective self-help guide, internationally-respected couples therapist, Dr Michael Crowe, and Professor of Sexual Medicine, Kevan Wylie, use proven cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) methods along with systemic approaches derived from family therapy to help you to overcome your relationship problems. Specifically, you will learn about: Sustaining a long-term relationshipImproving communication with your partner and familyDealing with sexual problemsDeveloping negotiating skillsCoping with jealousy and other negative emotionsOvercoming self-help guides use clinically proven techniques to treat long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. READING WELLThis book is recommended by the national Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme for England delivered by The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England and Wellcome.Series Editor: Professor Peter Cooper
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    The Order of Things

    By Jackie Strachan, Jane Moseley
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    Jackie Strachan, Jane Moseley
    From the Private First Class who knows his place (above a Private but below a Lance Corporal), to the classification of the natural world (Species, Genus, Family, Order . . .), we introduce hierarchies, pecking orders and ranks to every aspect of our lives, from society and religion to leisure and the law, establishing priorities and bringing order to our world. This miscellany of the various hierarchies that govern our existence ranges from the prosaically earthbound, in the form of roads and freeways, to the esoterically celestial, in the form of angels, seraphim, cherubims, archangels and so on. Who is more senior in a Chinese triad, a White Paper Fan or a Red Pole? What trumps a Straight Flush in poker? How many ranks are there between a Detective and a Colonel in the American police? What's the next step up from the Court of Appeal? What is a Royal Peculiar and where does it stand in the hierarchy of the British church? Which sea states lie between Calm and Phenomenal? In a Roman legion, how many men made up a Cohort and how many Cohorts a Legion? What is the hierarchy in the US government?Knowing where something - or someone - stands in the order of things helps us quite literally to put it into context.
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  • Once Upon a Maiden Lane: A Maiden Lane novella

    By Elizabeth Hoyt
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    Elizabeth Hoyt
    A stand-alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna's long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth-to the rakishly handsome artistocrat himself.Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him-ladies simply don't dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can't help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry's world-or in his heart.
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    The Old Man and the Knee

    By Christopher Matthew
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    Christopher Matthew
    Although in his seventies, Christopher Matthew is convinced he is not yet old. No one one has ever stood up for him on a crowded bus or tube. He plays golf and walks the dog. He has all his own teeth, hair, and does not require a hearing aid. He is, in short, enjoying late middle age and is making the best of it while he still can. 'I know it can't last for ever, but while it does, it gives me the chance to look at life in the last lane, as I am now experiencing it, and to consider what might be to come.' Subjects range from what's the point of a grandparent; the perils and pleasures of replacing one's partner with a younger model; and acquiring new interests and hobbies (bridge? ocean cruising? ballet? marathon running?) to the arrival of old age and the last leg of all. How do we know when we are old? Does old age creep up slowly or arrive out of the blue? Will we be able to summon up some half-decent last words and what should they be? Witty, like Oscar Wilde's about the wallpaper, or helpful like the 1st Lord Grimthorpe's 'We are low on marmalade'?
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    The Other Girl

    By Erica Spindler
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    Erica Spindler
    'Pulse-pounding, page-turning, absolutely can't put it down.' Lisa GardnerTHE OUTSTANDING NEW THRILLER FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING ERICA SPINDLERWhat have readers been saying about The Other Girl?'Spellbinding.' 5*****'Looking for something that will keep your attention until the very end? This is your next book!' 5*****'A chilling and unputdownable taut crime suspense thriller - her best yet!' 5*****'Excellent twist with a bittersweet ending. I highly recommend this fast pace thriller.' 5***** Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and Karen Rose, Erica Spindler is master of classic crime fiction and the twist you won't see coming. A horrific crime with one witness: a fifteen year old girl from the wrong side of the tracks, one known for lying and her own brushes with the law. Is it any surprise no one believed her? Officer Miranda Rader has worked hard to earn the respect of her co-workers and the community, and is known for her honesty and integrity. But that wasn't always so. She grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in a small town that didn't believe she could change, and she's spent fifteen years trying to forget about her past. When Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town's most beloved college professors, they're unprepared for the brutality of the scene. Just when Miranda thinks she's seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about a terrible night fifteen years ago. The night she'd buried, along with the girl she'd been back then, and until now that grave had stayed sealed. Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop. Not just any cop: the one who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface have nothing in common. Except Miranda.The outstanding new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler, The Other Girlis a chilling novel about a ritualistic murder that sends a small town cop back into the trauma she thought she'd put behind her.Praise for Erica Spindler:'Pulse-pounding, page-turning, absolutely can't put it down.' Lisa Gardner'Neat, taut and written with panache that forces you to turn each page.' Daily Mail'I can put Spindler on my growing list of favourite crime-fiction authors.' Evening Standard'Has enough twists to keep you riveted right to the final page.' Image
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    One Long Night

    By Andrea Pitzer
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    Andrea Pitzer
    For over 100 years, at least one concentration camp has existed somewhere on Earth. First used as battlefield strategy, camps have evolved with each passing decade, in the scope of their effects and the savage practicality with which governments have employed them. Even in the twenty-first century, as we continue to reckon with the magnitude and horror of the Holocaust, history tells us we have broken our own solemn promise of "never again."In this harrowing work based on archival records and interviews during travel to four continents, Andrea Pitzer reveals for the first time the chronological and geopolitical history of concentration camps. Beginning with 1890s Cuba, she pinpoints concentration camps around the world and across decades. From the Philippines and Southern Africa in the early twentieth century to the Soviet Gulag and detention camps in China and North Korea during the Cold War, camp systems have been used as tools for civilian relocation and political repression. Often justified as a measure to protect a nation, or even the interned groups themselves, camps have instead served as brutal and dehumanizing sites that have claimed the lives of millions.Drawing from exclusive testimony, landmark historical scholarship, and stunning research, Andrea Pitzer unearths the roots of this appalling phenomenon, exploring and exposing the staggering toll of the camps: our greatest atrocities, the extraordinary survivors, and even the intimate, quiet moments that have also been part of camp life during the past century.
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    Outsiders

    By Lyndall Gordon
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    Lyndall Gordon
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    On the Court with... Stephen Curry

    By Matt Christopher
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    Matt Christopher
    Discover the amazing achievements of fan favorite two-time MVP Stephen Curry in this brand-new, comprehensive biography Steph Curry is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, record-breaker, and Finals champion who electrifies fans with his incredible on-court feats. He's also a dedicated husband, father, and philanthropist who inspires people on and off the court. Learn more about this remarkable athlete in this biography, complete with stats and photographs.
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