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Absent in the Spring

By Carrie Elks
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Carrie Elks
'A great feel-good romance, with likable and endearing characters' ***** Goodreads reviewer'Simply a wonderful read.' A Spoonful of Happy Endings'The perfect book to snuggle up with' Rachale's ReadsLosing control never felt so good . . .A successful lawyer, and the eldest of four sisters, Lucy Shakespeare is used to being in control of everything and everyone around her, most particularly herself - until she meets the gorgeous Lachlan MacLeish.Lachlan's hired Lucy because he needs the best. His inheritance is suddenly in doubt, thanks to his devious half-brother and there's no way he's going down without a fight. The very last thing he wants is a distraction, but as soon as he sees Lucy, he knows he's in trouble.Despite their efforts to resist, it isn't long before Lachlan has Lucy longing to break all her careful rules. As they travel from Scotland, to Paris and on to New York, Lucy can't help but wonder: is it sometimes worth risking it all?WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CARRIE ELKS:'Fresh, fun, smart and authentic' Heat Magazine'An amazing romance that will captivate your imagination and warm your heart.' Mad About Books'If you're after a book to get lost in, to step inside a world of characters you will adore, then this is the book for you.' Whispering Stories Book Blog'I loved the characters, I loved the plot... and I loved the London and New York settings. It really was a marvellous read!' Leah Loves'An excellent novel.' Shaz's Book Blog'A sexy, addictive romance worthy of big screen triumphs.' Kraftireader'Perfect for a cold winter's afternoon.' Linda's Book Bag'A magical, festive love story' Susan Scott'A wonderful, captivating romantic story.' Chicklit Club'Will stay with me for quite some time to come . . . Simply a wonderful read.' A Spoonful of Happy EndingsFall in love with THE SHAKESPEARE SISTERS:Summer's LeaseA Winter's TaleAbsent in the Spring
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ACT for Psychosis Recovery

By Emma K. O'Donoghue, Eric M.J. Morris, Joseph E. Oliver, Louise C. Johns
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Emma K. O'Donoghue, Eric M.J. Morris, Joseph E. Oliver, Louise C. Johns
ACT for Psychosis Recovery is the first book to provide a breakthrough, evidence-based, step-by-step approach for group work with clients suffering from psychosis. As evidenced in a study by Patricia A. Bach and Steven C. Hayes, patients with psychotic symptoms who received acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in addition to treatment as usual showed half the rate of rehospitalization as those who did not. With this important guide, you'll learn how a patient's recovery can be both supported and sustained by promoting acceptance, mindfulness, and values-driven action.The journey of personal recovery from psychosis is immensely challenging. Patients often struggle with paranoia, auditory hallucinations, difficulties with motivation, poor concentration and memory, and emotional dysregulation. In addition, families and loved ones may have trouble understanding psychosis, and stigmatizing attitudes can limit opportunity and create alienation for patients.True recovery from psychosis means empowering patients to take charge of their lives. Rather than focusing on pathology, ACT teaches patients how to stay grounded in the present moment, disengage from their symptoms, and pursue personally meaningful lives based on their values.In this groundbreaking book, you will learn how to facilitate ACT groups based on a central metaphor (Passengers on the Bus), so that mindfulness and values-based action are introduced in a way that is engaging and memorable. You will also find tips and strategies to help clients identify valued directions, teach clients how to respond flexibly to psychotic symptoms, thoughts, and emotions that have been barriers to living a valued life, and lead workshops that promote compassion and connection among participants.You'll also find tried and tested techniques for engaging people in groups, particularly those traditionally seen as "hard to reach"-people who may be wary of mental health services or experience paranoia. And finally, you'll gain skills for engaging participants from various ethnic backgrounds.Finding purpose and identity beyond mental illness is an important step in a patient's journey toward recovery. Using the breakthrough approach in this book, you can help clients gain the insight needed to achieve lasting well-being.
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An Iron Wind

By Peter Fritzsche
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Peter Fritzsche
'A profoundly significant exploration of how Europeans--both Germans and those under German occupation--struggled to make sense of the conflict.' - Richard Overy, Wall Street JournalIn An Iron Wind, historian Peter Fritzsche draws on first-person accounts to show how civilians in occupied Europe struggled to understand the terrifying chaos of World War II. As the Third Reich targeted Europe's Jews, confusion and mistrust reigned. Was collaboration or resistance the wisest response? And where was God? Piecing together the broken words of the war's witnesses and victims, Fritzsche offers a haunting picture of the most violent conflict in modern history.
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Asking for a Friend

By Jessica Weisberg
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Jessica Weisberg
A delightful history of the American obsession with advice and self-help, told through the lives and wisdom of three centuries of advice-givers -- from Poor Richard to Dr. Spock to Miss Manners.Americans, for all our talk of pulling themselves up by our bootstraps, obsessively seek advice on matters large and small. Perhaps precisely because we believe in bettering ourselves and our circumstances in life, we ask for guidance constantly. And this has been true since our nation's earliest days: from the colonial era on, there have always been people eager to step up and offer advice, some of it lousy, some of it thoughtful, but all of it read and debated by generations of Americans.Jessica Weisberg takes readers on a tour of the advice-givers who have made their name, and sometimes their fortune, by telling Americans what to do. You probably don't want to follow all the advice they proffered. Eating graham crackers will not make you a better person, and wearing blue to work won't guarantee a promotion. But for all that has changed in American life, it's a comfort to know that our hang-ups, fears, and hopes have not. We've always loved seeking advice -- so long as it's anonymous, and as long as it's clear that we're not asking for ourselves. We're just asking for a friend.
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  • Agatha Raisin and the Witches' Tree

    By M.C. Beaton
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    M.C. Beaton
    Toil and trouble in store for Agatha!Cotswolds inhabitants are used to bad weather, but the night sky is especially foggy as Rory and Molly Harris, the new vicar and his wife, drive slowly home from a dinner party in their village of Sumpton Harcourt. They struggle to see the road ahead - but then screech to a halt. Right in front of them, aglow in the headlights of their car, a body hangs from a lightning-blasted tree at the edge of town. But it's not suicide; Margaret Darby, an elderly spinster of the parish, has been murdered - and the villagers are bewildered as to who would commit such a crime, and why. Agatha Raisin rises to the occasion, delighted to have some excitement back in her life as if truth be told, she was getting bored of the long run of lost cats and divorces on the books. But Sumpton Harcourt is an isolated and unfriendly village, she finds a place that poses more questions than answers. And when two more murders follow the first, Agatha begins to fear for her reputation - and her life. That the village has its own coven of witches certainly doesn't make her feel any better...
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    Andy Steves' Europe (Second Edition)

    By Andy Steves
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    Andy Steves
    Pick a Weekend, Pick a City, and Go!Andy Steves' travel guide picks up where crowdsourcing leaves off, covering the skills you need for spur-of-the-moment trips to Europe's top destinations.Follow three-day plans to explore each city. Learn which cities match your interests and which can be easily combined for a longer trip, including itineraries for Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, Edinburgh, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Rome, and Venice.See iconic sights. Check the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye, and the Colosseum off your bucket list, and use Andy's tips to save time and skip lines.Hit the local hot spots. Chill at Amsterdam's coffee shops, study mixology at London's speakeasies, and bust moves at Barcelona's beach clubs.Enjoy the best and cheapest local cuisine. Graze at boulangeries in Paris, pubs in Dublin, and aperitivobars in Rome.Become a temporary local. Engage with the culture to enjoy authentic, unforgettable experiences.Master digital travel. Make the most of your money in Europe with apps and other digital resources.Connect with other travelers. Head to the most popular hostels for a ready-made, real-life social network.Whether you're studying abroad or just looking to explore Europe without breaking the bank, Andy Steves' Europe will have you city-hopping like a pro.
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    Absolute Power

    By Paul Collins
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    Paul Collins
    In 1799, the papacy was at rock bottom: The Papal States had been swept away and Rome seized by the revolutionary French armies. The cardinals were scattered across Europe, and Catholics feared they would be unable to elect the next pope. Even if Catholicism survived, it seemed the papacy was finished. And yet, just over two hundred years later, the pope still stands "at the very center of the central conversations of our time" (Time). His influence reaches across the world--from Cuban politics to gender equality to the refugee crisis--and the strength of his "soft power" is incomparable.In this gripping narrative of religious and political history, Paul Collins tells the improbable success story of the last 220 years of the papacy, from the unexalted death of Pope Pius VI in 1799 to the celebrity of Pope Francis today. As a historian, journalist, and theologian, Collins also poses pressing, critical questions to the Catholic Church: Does today's church governance stray from the teachings of the gospel? Is the papacy's internal power so great that it might be considered heretical? If so, what can be done to ensure a credible--and Christ-like--path forward?Absolute Power is required reading for anyone interested in the history of today's complex power structures--as well as anyone invested in religious, political, and social progress in the West.
  • The Anxious Thoughts Workbook

    By David A. Clark
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    David A. Clark
    Are your thoughts getting in the way of living your life? Based in cutting-edge neuroscience and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this important workbook will help you regain control from unwanted thoughts and get back to the things that matter. Do you have unwanted, disturbing, upsetting, or weird thoughts that you just can't seem to shake? Violent or sexual thoughts that cause you to feel ashamed, anxious, or depressed? Maybe you think they mean something about you-and that thought scares you even more. While you may not be able to shut your thoughts off permanently, you can gain distance from them and improve your life. This step-by-step guide will show you how.In The Anxious Thoughts Workbook, renowned psychologist David A. Clark presents a targeted, transdiagnostic approach to help you move past unwanted mental intrusions. You'll learn how to change the destructive patterns responsible for the persistence of anxious and depressive thinking, and strip these upsetting thoughts of their meaning-a process Clark refers to as "detoxing." Finally, you'll learn to manage the feelings of shame that can accompany these thoughts.Are you ready to move past your thoughts and start focusing on more important things? If so, the proven effective techniques in this workbook will help you get started.
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  • The Alienist

    By Caleb Carr
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    Caleb Carr
    The internationally bestselling historical thriller, now a major Netflix series starring Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning and Daniel Brühl.Some things never change.New York City, 1896. Hypocrisy in high places is rife, police corruption commonplace, and a brutal killer is terrorising young male prostitutes.Unfortunately for Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, the psychological profiling of murderers is a practice still in its infancy, struggling to make headway against the prejudices of those who prefer the mentally ill - and the 'alienists' who treat them - to be out of sight as well as out of mind.But as the body count rises, Roosevelt swallows his doubts and turns to the eminent alienist Dr Laszlo Kreizler to put a stop to the bloody murders - giving Kreizler a chance to take him further into the dark heart of criminality, and one step closer to death.'An ingenious thriller'Independent'Gripping, atmospheric, intelligent, and entertaining'USA Today'Richly atmospheric . . . You can smell the fear'New York Times
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  • An Introduction to Coping with Stress, 2nd Edition

    By Leonora Brosan
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    Leonora Brosan
    A revised and updated edition in the popular 'Introduction to Coping with' series of self-help books. Written by the author of the popular self-help title Overcoming Stress, An Introduction to Coping with Stress 2nd Edition offers a first step in self-help, using techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). We all know what stress feels like, and indeed what it feels like when we have too much stress in our lives. Too much stress can have a negative impact on us, almost without our noticing it. It can affect our family life, friendships and other relationships, our work life and our physical and emotional wellbeing. This self-help guide uses CBT strategies to help the reader to recognise what happens to us when we are under stress and how we can change how we feel, think and act in order to regain a more balanced outlook on life and manage it more effectively. This practical booklet is also an ideal resource for health professionals and carers.
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  • An Introduction to Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, 2nd Edition

    By Leonora Brosan
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    Leonora Brosan
    Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects millions of people each year. But it can be treated effectively with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Written by an experienced practitioner, this introductory book explains what OCD is, what different forms it takes and how it can make you feel. It will help you to understand your symptoms and is ideal as an immediate coping strategy and as a preliminary to fuller therapy. You will learn:· How OCD develops and what keeps it going· The role that intrusive thoughts play in your compulsive behaviour· Cognitive skills and exposure and response prevention techniques
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    Assume the Worst

    By Carl Hiaasen
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    Carl Hiaasen
    This is the ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduate's future. And what he or she can or can't do about it."This commencement address will never be given, because graduation speakers are supposed to offer encouragement and inspiration. That's not what you need. You need a warning."So begins Carl Hiaasen's attempt to prepare young men and women for their future. And who better to warn them about their precarious paths forward than Carl Hiaasen? The answer, after reading Assume the Worst, is: nobody.Illustrated by bestselling author/illustrator and National Book Award winner Roz Chast, this book is bound to be a classic, sold year after year come graduation time. Although it's also a good gift for anyone starting a job, getting married, or recently released from prison. Because it is not just funny. It is, in its own Hiaasen way, extremely wise and even hopeful. Well, it might not be full of hope, but there are certainly enough slivers of the stuff in there to more than keep us all going.
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    Aftermath

    By Kelley Armstrong
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    Kelley Armstrong
    Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter. Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and also his best friend - Skye. Jesse and Skye are haunted by the unanswered questions of that terrible day. But the more they hunt for the truth of what really happened, the closer they get to a new killer.
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    Ask Me About My Uterus

    By Abby Norman
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    Abby Norman
    Faced with a cascade of un-diagnosable symptoms, a young college student is compelled to trade her textbooks for medical journals and dance classes for doctor's offices as she strives to find answers and to advocate for recognition of women's pain.One otherwise uneventful morning, Abby Norman woke up and went to take a shower. Out of nowhere, she was struck down by an excruciating, nauseating pain and collapsed on the bathroom floor.Unable, perhaps at times even unwilling, to diagnose her symptoms and take her pain seriously, doctors suggested Norman's condition was "all in her head." Although she was vaguely aware of the fraught relationship between women's bodies and the male-dominated medical profession--from Dr. Freud and Dora to Dr. Wilbur and Sybil--Norman trusted their assessment and turned her examination inward.Still, the physical pain persisted. When she was eventually diagnosed with endometriosis, she thought she'd found the answer. But then an even more unusual medical condition befell her that had nothing to do with her reproductive system. When the doctors were once again mystified-or just downright unsympathetic-Norman realized the fight had only just begun.Combining her findings from medical research past and present, interviews with experts and patients, and a hearty dose of pop culture appreciation, Norman takes readers on a journey by turns infuriating, humorous and inspiring. Putting her own misadventures into a broader historical, sociocultural, and political context, Norman shows that women's bodies have long been the battleground of a never-ending war for power, control, medical knowledge and truth. And that it's time to refute the belief that being a woman is a pre-existing condition.
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  • As the Devil Dares

    By Anna Harrington
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    Anna Harrington
    Lord Robert Carlisle is one step away from securing the business empire of his dreams. All he needs now is to do one favor for his future business partner: find a husband for the man's dowry-less daughter. Carlisle has never backed down from a challenge, and he's not going to start now, no matter how infuriating--and beautiful--Mariah Winslow is. Surely he can outwit this spitfire of a woman, known about town as "the Hellion," due to her scandalous behavior. He just needs to resist the growing urge to grab her and kiss that stubborn look off her face.Mariah has heard the rumors about the rakish Carlisle men, and the last thing she's going to do is cede her freedom--and her father's business--to Lord Robert Carlisle. So she crafts a clever plan to foil his attempts to pawn her off on another man and take the business herself. After all, if anyone can orchestrate a good scandal, it's the Hellion. All she has to do is ignore her growing attraction to the arrogant and surprisingly sexy lord.But as their attraction grows, will they dare to sacrifice their dreams to get in bed with the enemy?
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    Already Brilliant

    By Rachel Bridge
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    Rachel Bridge
    Do you want to achieve a long-held dream or reach a life-changing goal? That big promotion or fulfilling new job? That business you want to start? That exciting new life in the sun? That amazing idea you long to put into action? Are you held back by fears that you haven't got what it takes?You may not realise it but your personality, character, experiences, skills and even your personal circumstances are all fantastic tools and assets which you can use to create the life and career you've always wanted. All you need to do is identify and make use of them. In Already Brilliant, bestselling author Rachel Bridge will help you work out what you want to do, and show you how to get there by playing to the strengths you already possess. Packed with practical tips, ideas and interviews with successful people in all walks of life, and supported by academic research, Already Brilliant will show you how to find a way of working that suits you best, how to begin developing good habits and how to overcome any obstacles standing in your way. And even better, how to turn those obstacles into advantages that will help rather than hinder you. You don't have to stay stuck in your rut. You don't have to live with the choices you have made. With this book, you can start afresh and make the changes you need to get to where you want to be. It's time to get going.
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    Autonomous

    By Annalee Newitz
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    Annalee Newitz
    'Autonomous is to biotech and AI what Neuromancer was to the internet' NEAL STEPHENSON 'Something genuinely and thrillingly new' WILLIAM GIBSON 'Holy hell. Autonomous is remarkable' LAUREN BEUKESSHORTLISTED FOR THE NEBULA AWARDEarth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap medicines for those who can't otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail is an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his indentured robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack's drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understands. And underlying it all is one fundamental question: is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?
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    All Things Are Working for Your Good

    By Joel Osteen
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    Joel Osteen
    The same God that leads you through green pastures guides you through the valleys. #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen shares how God uses the darkness in life for good.All of us at some time encounter dark places that we don't understand: a loss, a sickness, a divorce, a child who breaks our heart. It's easy to get discouraged, give up on our dreams, and just settle there. We may not realize it, but when we feel buried in dark places, we are being blessed. God is using those experiences to help us grow, because we cannot reach our highest potential if we're standing in the light all the time. With BLESSED IN THE DARKNESS, you will learn how to draw closer to God and trust Him when life doesn't make sense. If we will go through the valley trusting, believing, and knowing that God is still in control, then we will come to the table that is already prepared for us, where our cup runs over.
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  • Arm of the Sphinx

    By Josiah Bancroft
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    Josiah Bancroft
    'Like its predecessor, it is a brilliant piece of work . . . these two books are genius. I just love them. The story, characters and imagination shine' Mark LawrenceForced by necessity into a life of piracy, Senlin and his eclectic crew struggle to survive aboard their stolen airship as the hunt for his lost wife continues. But the Tower of Babel is proving to be as difficult to re-enter as it was to escape.Hopeless and desolate, they turn to a legend of the tower, the mysterious Sphinx. But help from the sphinx doesn't come cheaply and, as Senlin knows, debts aren't always what they seem in the Tower of Babel.Praise for the series:'Brilliant' - Publishers Weekly'I loved it' - Django Wexler'An engrossing intoxicating delight' - Forbidden Planet 'An extraordinary debut that is well worthy of the hype. A beautifully written, highly engaging page-turning masterpiece' - Fantasy Book Review 'Thomas Senlin is the most unlikely yet likeable hero since a certain hobbit rushed out of Bag End leaving his second breakfast half-finished and entirely unwashed-up' - Fantasy Faction
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    Acts of Vanishing

    By Fredrik T. Olsson
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    Fredrik T. Olsson
    'Olsson has the page-turning power of Michael Crichton'The SunA father's search. A daughter in danger. A terrifying secret.It was ten past four on the afternoon of the third of December. Everything was darkness and ink, and the snow falling turned to water.Through it ran Sara Sandberg, the girl who was about to die, and somewhere in the cold, lead-grey hell that was Stockholm was a man who called himself her father.In her rucksack, she had a warning for him.Now whether he would receive it or not was all down to her.From international bestseller and renowned Swedish screenwriter Fredrik T. Olsson comes a gripping, visionary Swedish thriller that's impossible to put down.Praise for Fredrik T. Olsson:'Boy are you ever going to love this book'Simon Toyne'A colourful blockbuster'Independent 'Gets high marks for developing an original concept and building suspense'Publishers Weekly
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