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The Art of X-Ray Reading

By Roy Peter Clark
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Roy Peter Clark
Where do writers learn their best moves? They use a technique that Roy Peter Clark calls X-ray reading, a form of reading that lets you penetrate beyond the surface of a text to see how meaning is actually being made. In THE ART OF X-RAY READING, Clark invites you to don your X-ray reading glasses and join him on a guided tour through some of the most exquisite and masterful literary works of all time, from The Great Gatsby to Lolita to The Bluest Eye, and many more. Along the way, he shows you how to mine these masterpieces for invaluable writing strategies that you can add to your aresenal and apply in your own writing. Once you've experienced X-ray reading, your writing will never be the same again.
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The Afterlife of Stars

By Joseph Kertes
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Joseph Kertes
When Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck flee with their family to the Paris townhouse of their great-aunt Hermina. The year is 1956 and as their country changes forever, these two boys transform as well, confronting danger and wonders previously unknown. As they travel through minefields both real and imagined, Robert and Attila grapple with sibling rivalry, family secrets and incalculable loss. Along the way they encounter mysterious fellow travelers, bewildering sights of a nation in transition and surprising hilarity, all in pursuit of the one place they thought they'd lost forever: home.Elegant, tender and deeply funny, Joseph Kertes has crafted a journey filled with adventure and heartbreak. A meditation on both family and displacement, THE AFTERLIFE OF STARS is a tale of perseverance, faith and the unbreakable bond of brotherhood.
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The Anxiety Book

By Elisa Black
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Elisa Black
Since journalist Elisa Black wrote an article about her lifelong struggle with anxiety in March 2015, it has been read by hundreds of thousands of people. Clearly, what Elisa had to say found a readership far bigger than she could have expected - and with millions of Australians suffering from anxiety, it's little wonder.There is far more to Elisa's story, though, than one article can cover. In this book, weaving memoir with science, Elisa uses the stages of her own life to relate to stages in everyone's lives and the types of anxiety that may be experienced during each phase. She includes the latest in research and other scientific information about anxiety, its causes and treatment. Elisa's story will inspire fellow anxiety sufferers to believe that there is a way to manage their condition and live more freely. From her own experience she also offers hope that anxiety does not have to dominate a life, or even dent it - it can be managed and conquered.
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After Awareness

By Greg Goode
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Greg Goode
It was a feeling of separation and a need for nonphysical nourishment that led Greg Goode on a spiritual search, sorting through a variety of traditions and their doctrines, and eventually to non-duality and the Direct Path approach to self-inquiry. In this book, he offers an accessible, non-dogmatic guide to this process, sharing secrets of the Direct Path that are rarely revealed.Rather than a prescriptive, step-by-step book, After Awareness is a presentation of how the Direct Path works, examining lesser-known aspects of the path and providing context, examples, and critiques of its methods. You'll learn how to use the tools of non-dual self-inquiry-as well as when to discard them-and find a set of less doctrinaire terms and pointers for discussing non-dual awareness and the Direct Path in a twenty-first-century context.With this open, pragmatic, and deconstructive approach, you'll see the Direct Path from all angles and be able to draw your own conclusions. You'll also discover ways to talk about self-inquiry and non-dual awareness in mixed settings. Most important, you'll learn how an exploration that begins with everyday perspectives and experiential investigations into the nature of the "I" can lead to a sense of true peace, free from all judgments and self-consciousness.
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Age is Just a Number

By Charles Eugster
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Charles Eugster
Retired dental surgeon Charles Eugster rekindled a love of competitive rowing he'd neglected for most of his adult life at the age of 63. He took up bodybuilding at the age of 87. And at the age of 95 he started sprinting for the first time in his life, becoming World Champion at 200m indoor and 400m outdoor. He is a world record holder for his age group in a number of sports, and has 40 Gold Medals for World Masters Rowing. In this book, Charles shares his journey and his passionate belief that growing older needn't slow you down. And he shows his readers how taking on new challenges, learning new things, and improving your body as it ages is not only fun, but rewarding for the individual, and beneficial to society.
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Alice In Murderland, Vol. 5

By Kaori Yuki
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Kaori Yuki
Stella-samaaaa-The scar on the palm of Zeno, Stella's most beloved brother, has switched from one hand to the other. Her mind already consumed by the fog of war, Stella arrives at a truth far too painful to consider...And all this time...this entire time-! I've been trusting and loving the very person who murdered him!A lie told at the very first tea party now comes out into the open!!Are you familiar with the term "changeling"?
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Akame Ga Kill!, Vol. 9

By Takahiro, Tetsuya Tashiro
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Takahiro, Tetsuya Tashiro
Mine is starting to realize her feelings for Tatsumi while Najenda has hardened her resolve for the decisive battle. With all kinds of emotions running through their hearts, the members of Night Raid storm the cathedral. But the one to intercept them is none other than "the Empire's strongest" - Esdeath!!
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An Introduction to Sensible Alcohol Use, 2nd Edition

By Marcantonio Spada
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Marcantonio Spada
Learn how to manage your alcohol use simply and effectivelyFor many, drinking can be a pleasurable, acceptable and harmless social activity. However, if you regularly drink more than is sensible you may find that it impacts on your health, emotional wellbeing, relationships and your ability to work. There are many reasons why we drink and this self-help guide uses clinically proven cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help you to work out your own reasons and to start taking control of your alcohol use: Understand what is sensible alcohol useBuild the motivation to change your habitsTackle thoughts about drinkingManage setbacks
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  • The Angels' Share

    By J. R. Ward
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    J. R. Ward
    Behind the glamorous facade of Kentucky's most famous family lurks a secret - one that threatens its very foundation . . . In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society - just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder.No one is above suspicion - especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle - as well as with his former horse trainer's daughter. Meanwhile, the family's financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family's demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a saviour . . . or the worst of all the sinners?'Get ready for summer's most sinful indulgence. The drama never stops in this tale of family secrets, lost love found, rivalries, delightfully nasty villains, and deliciously appealing heroes. Put on your derby hat and join in the fun.' New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs 'Breathless fun! J. R. Ward moves her trademark dark and sexy from the world of warrior vampires to the halls of the Kentucky elite, where the family members claws are just as sharp and the consequences just as deadly. I couldn't stop turning the pages!' New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner'Dallas' meets 'Downton Abbey'... This is high drama, and it's mesmerizing.' Fresh Fiction 'I want my "Bourbon" in bed! J. R. Ward delivers a sweeping saga where family roots run deep and passion sizzles hotter than a Kentucky summer. Potent and heady, one taste just isn't enough. New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter 'The drama and dark secrets behind the Bradford family's empire propel this irresistible story of high-society scandal . . . a read that's rich, smooth, and satisfying as a glass of Kentucky bourbon.' New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips 'Soapy elements abound in this Dynasty-esque tale, from lavish wealth to feuds, dirty secrets, and forbidden love Ward is a master of pacing and world building, and readers will love that the cliff-hanger ending guarantees at least a second helping of the Bradfords.' Booklist (starred review)
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  • Agatha Raisin: Something Borrowed, Someone Dead

    By M.C. Beaton
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    M.C. Beaton
    Incomer Gloria French is at first welcomed in the Cotswold village of Piddlebury. She seems like a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she has a bad habit of borrowing things and not giving them back, so when she is discovered dead, poisoned by a bottle of elderberry wine, folk in the village don't mourn her passing too intently.Parish councillor Jerry Tarrant hires Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer. But the village is creepy and secretive and the residents don't seem to want Agatha to find who the murderer is, and Agatha's investigations are hampered by the emotional upset of finding her ex, James Lacey, has fallen in love with young detective Toni Gilmour.And now the murderer is targeting Agatha!Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:'M.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' Publishers Weekly'Clever red herrings and some wicked unfinished business guarantees that the listener will pant for a sequel' The Times (audio review)
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  • Agatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers

    By M.C. Beaton
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    M.C. Beaton
    Agatha has fallen in love - again. This time it's the local gardener, George Marston, she has her eye on. But competition for his attention abounds. With her shameless determination Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball in town just for the chance to dance with him. But when George is a no-show Agatha goes looking for him - and finds he has been murdered, having been bitten by a poisonous snake and buried in a compost heap. Agatha and the rest of her crew plunge into an investigation and discover that George had quite a complicated love life. And if Agatha now can't have George, at least she can have the satisfaction of confronting those women who have and finding a murderer in the process.Praise for the Agatha Raisin series:'M.C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem' Publishers Weekly'Clever red herrings and some wicked unfinished business guarantees that the listener will pant for a sequel' The Times (audio review)
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    The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes

    By Wade Albert White
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    Wade Albert White
    Step into a world made up of magickal floating tiers, where fantasy and science fiction meet in dark alleys, dragons aren't nearly as innocent as they look (which is to say, not innocent at all), and nothing is quite what it seems.Anne has spent all of her nearly thirteen years at Saint Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children, dreaming of wild voyages and looking forward to the day she and her best friend Penelope will board a ship to a better life. But when that day comes, Anne is denied her ticket due to a bureaucratic technicality (and one very determined, possibly evil Matron), and her escape plan sets an epic adventure into motion.With a mysterious dragon medallion now fused to her right hand, Anne makes her way to a quest academy and discovers that she has been charged with a Rightful Heir Quest. She, Penelope, and new questing partner Hiro have only days to uncover the truth of Anne's quest, and to conquer it. To succeed, they'll have to travel to strange new tiers, solve myriad riddles, and triumph over time, foes, and bureaucracy-or face the horrible consequences.Packed with action, wit, and endless heart, debut author Wade Albert White brings us the first volume in an irresistible and original new fantasy series (that doesn't take itself too seriously).
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    Aly's House

    By Leila Meacham
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    Leila Meacham
    A tender, classic love story about the power of first love and beauty of forgiveness from the New York Times bestselling author of Roses.Aly Kingston has only loved one man: Marshall Wayne. But she put all of those childish dreams behind her ages ago when the Waynes were forced to leave town. Her father's victory at foreclosing on the Wayne family farm, the betrayal written all over Marshall's face-it all lingers in her mind and in her heart. Now, years later, she's surprised to see Marshall back home in Claiborne. So much has changed since he's been away...and so much remains the same. Seeing Aly after all these years surprises Marshall Wayne. Gone is the gangly girl who used to follow him around. In her place is a beautiful woman with warmth and sensitivity, someone who makes him want to believe in love again. But Marshall is back in Claiborne for one reason and one reason alone: to get revenge on the man who destroyed his family and to take back what rightfully belongs to him. As chilly spring mornings warm into sunny summer days, will Aly lose her heart to the man who's plotting to destroy her family? Or can she show him that love runs deeper than vengeance?
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  • Absolute Trust

    By Piper J. Drake
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    Piper J. Drake
    Sophie's dream is to own and run her own bed-and-breakfast in New Hope. Juggling her day job at Hope's Crossing Kennels, she's working hard on making those dreams a reality. And things are going surprisingly well. Then when something-or, rather, someone-else she's dreamed about for years comes within her reach, she's elated. After months of mixed messages, the roguishly charming Brandon Forte has finally made a move. Brandon is training dog veteran Haydn for military explosives detection. The last thing on his mind is finding romance with the alluring Sophie. But when the heat between them rises to the explosive level and then buildings around town start going up in flames, Brandon realizes someone in town has a very dangerous agenda. Brandon will stop at nothing to protect Hope's Crossing Kennels and the woman he's fallen for.
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    Accel World, Vol. 8 (Novel)

    By Reki Kawahara
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    Reki Kawahara
    Haruyuki's desperate battle with his friend Takumu has taken him to the brink, and he finally activates the Destiny, a purified version of the notorious Armor of Catastrophe. It's light versus dark as their fierce fight continues, and the stakes couldn't be higher. If Haruyuki can't rid his friend of the sinister ISS kit that's infected him, Takumu could be lost to the darkness forever. And he just might take Haruyuki with him...
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    Akame Ga Kill! Zero, Vol. 4

    By Takahiro, Kei Toru
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    Takahiro
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    Kei Toru
    The tombs are littered with the captives and corpses of friend and foe alike. The rescue mission has become a bloody massacre as wave after wave of unrelenting Gravekeepers strikes at the elite team. Will the backup's backup succeed where two other teams have failed!?
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    The Asterisk War, Vol. 2 (Novel)

    By Yuu Miyazaki, okiura
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    Yuu Miyazaki, okiura
    Having formed their tag-team partnership, Ayato and Julis begin polishing their skills and their teamwork in preparation for the Festa. But soon Ayato meets another girl--Kirin Toudou. She has long, silver hair and a petite charm--and despite her thirteen years of age, she's one of the strongest fighters of Seidoukan Academy. She seems to like Ayato, but that's not going to stop her from challenging him to a duel...
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    Aoharu X Machinegun, Vol. 2

    By Naoe
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    Naoe
    Tachibana and the others have started to hone their skills in preparation for competing in the TGC, the tournament to decide the strongest survival gamers. But it soon becomes clear that her team, ToyGun Gun, has a dreadful rule, and it's one that absolutely can't be broken...which makes Tachibana's very existence a dangerous thing! Will there be trouble before the TGC can even get underway?!
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  • After the Crown

    By K. B. Wagers
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    K. B. Wagers
    Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule. When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she's been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world.
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    The Air Fryer Cookbook

    By Todd English
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    Todd English
    Air fryers are hot new kitchen appliances that use forced hot air to "fry" foods without oil. This is a huge boon to home cooks who love the flavour and texture of deep-fried foods, but hate the fat, calories, mess, and danger that accompany frying foods in a pan of hot oil. Air fryers are sold at most major retailers, including Argos, Tesco and Amazon.Air fryers have been road-tested by major websites but there is no mainstream cookbook on the market for consumers.
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