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How We Talk

By NJ Enfield
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NJ Enfield
We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language. Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance-signals so small that we hardly pay them any conscious attention. Nevertheless, they are the essence of how we speak. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, How We Talk revolutionises our understanding of conversation. In the process, Enfield reveals what makes language universally-and uniquely-human.
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  • Siege Mentality

    By Chris Brookmyre
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    Chris Brookmyre
    Dark deeds make for devilish reading in this short story from the multi-award-winning crime author of Black Widow, Want You Gone and Where the Bodies Are Buried.A hostage crisis is developing at a castle on the outskirts of Glasgow, during what is supposed to be Superintendent Catherine McLeod's bank holiday relaxation time. Those trapped inside the castle are used to dealing with the volatile mix of light-fingered teens and obnoxious tourists; less so a truckload of explosives and a hidden agenda. For Catherine and her team, it's a recipe for a potentially deadly day off.Tense, twisted and laugh-out-loud funny, Siege Mentality is a day-trip you won't forget.For more from Catherine McLeod, read the Jasmine Sharp trilogy, beginning with Where the Bodies are Buried, a sample from which is included with this short story.***Please note that this story was originally published as The Last Siege of Bothwell Castle in the Bloody Scotland anthology***
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    Sisters First

    By Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush
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    Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush
    Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances. In this book they take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, with never-before-told stories about their family, their adventures, their loves and losses, and the special sisterly bond that fulfills them
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    Be Fierce

    By Gretchen Carlson
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    Gretchen Carlson
    When Gretchen Carlson made a life changing decision to "walk off the set" and speak up about injustice in the workplace, she felt as if she were jumping off a cliff, but that leap led to a new calling: to change the way women fight sexual harassment.After the former Miss America, mother of two, and star news anchor at Fox stood up, walked out, and spoke out, women all over the world began to take back their lives, careers and dignity, and she became a voice for the voiceless.In BE FIERCE, Gretchen shares her experience and includes stories from the many women who have reached out to her, as well as interviews with prominent women who refuse to submit to intimidation of any kind - people like Lisa Bloom, Anita Hill, and Anucha Browne Sanders. Gretchen also shares the wisdom and research of lawyers, psychologists, and other experts to confront this problem and advance what has become an international conversation.
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    Transgender History (Second Edition)

    By Susan Stryker
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    Susan Stryker
    Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-'70s to 1990-the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the '90s and '00s.Transgender History includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture.
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    God, Faith, and Reason

    By Michael Savage
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    Michael Savage
    Michael Savage is learned in many walks of science and respects much of it as much as he respects his religion but he will talk conclusively of the existence of God and the necessity of faith in our nation.Politics will have to be touched on because the left is quite simply at war with God, and Savage believes they are jeopardizing our very existence by removing references to religion from many areas of American life.
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  • The Girl in the Ice

    By Robert Bryndza
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    Robert Bryndza
    Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice . . . She is not the only one. When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong... resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she's faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again? A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza's new series today - at a special launch price.Read what people are saying about The Girl in the Ice:'I freakin' LOVED it! . . . Once in a while a book stops you in your tracks . . . this is THAT book!' Crime Book Junkie'I loved, loved, loved this book and Erika Foster is most definitely my kind of heroine. She is smart, tenacious, direct and passionate...I found the writing tight, evocative and enthralling. I CAN NOT wait for the next installment.' Angela Marsons'A non-stop, edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller!The ending, oh the ending! My mind is still blown! This book does not disappoint!' The Book Addicted Boy'Oh my gosh!...gripping, grimy, hardcore, thrilling...I was hooked!!!...I loved this book...You Have GOT To Read This!' A Page of Fictional Love'An intriguing web of lies, secrets and suspense. I really enjoyed getting to know DCI Foster and am already looking forward to the next book.' Mel Sherratt'A compelling read - once you've started, it's hard to put down.' Rachel Abbott'Hands-down, one of the most exciting, dramatic, tense and compelling thrillers that I think I have ever read.' Bookaholic Confessions'Absolute perfection!...Boy are there some sharp turns! There were a few moments when I felt like I had it all figured out and I was so wrong! Fantastic book!...' The Eternal Optimist'The Girl In The Ice is a brilliantly clever crime thriller...Had me hurtling at full speed, until WHAM!!!! with an ending that just totally blew me away! An absolute must read for all you crime fanatics out there.' By The Letter Book Reviews'Engaging, thought provoking, full of suspense this is one murder mystery you won't want to miss.' Erisea Magazine'With a great plot that really digs into the depths of human nature and some fascinating characters that really were excessive shades of light and dark...The book keeps you guessing and on edge, you will think you have it ALL worked out, but the twisty reveal was very impressive, loved it.' Book Lover Cat Lady'I found myself racing through the chapters...it has plenty of twists and turns, with enough red herrings to keep the reader captivated to the very last page, it's addictive, compulsive and much more.' The Book Review Café
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    Death in the Air

    By Kate Winkler Dawson
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    Kate Winkler Dawson
    In winter 1952, London automobiles and thousands of coal-burning hearths belched particulate matter into the air. But the smog that descended on December 5th of 1952 was different; it was a type that held the city hostage for five long days. Mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and 12,000 people died. That same month, there was another killer at large in London: John Reginald Christie, who murdered at least seven women. In a braided narrative that draws on extensive interviews, never-before-published material, and archival research, Dawson captivatingly recounts the intersecting stories of the these two killers and their longstanding impact on modern history.
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    The Empire Must Die

    By Mikhail Zygar
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    Mikhail Zygar
    The Empire Must Die portrays the vivid drama of Russia's brief and exotic experiment with civil society before it was swept away by the despotism of the Communist Revolution. The window between two equally stifling autocracies - the imperial family and the communists - was open only briefly, in the last couple of years of the 19th century until the end of WWI, by which time the revolution was in full fury. From the last years of Tolstoy until the death of the Tsar and his family, however, Russia experimented with liberalism and cultural openness. In Europe, the Ballet Russe was the height of chic. Novelists and playwrights blossomed, political ideas were swapped in coffee houses and St Petersburg felt briefly like Vienna or Paris. The state, however couldn't tolerate such experimentation against the backdrop of a catastrophic war and a failing economy. The autocrats moved in and the liberals were overwhelmed. This story seems to have strangely prescient echoes of the present.

    A Winter's Tale

    By Carrie Elks
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    Carrie Elks
    Christmas comes just once a year but true love lasts a lifetimeStruggling film student Kitty Shakespeare is determined to make the most of her new job as nanny to major producer Everett Klein's son, Jonas. It might not be exactly the career she'd hoped for when she moved from London to LA, but thanks to her habit of freezing up in interviews, this is her last chance to impress a key player in Hollywood - if she can get this right, then surely he'll take a moment to look at her work. However, what Kitty hasn't allowed for is Everett's sexy-as-hell brother, Adam - but love at first sight this is not.Adam Klein may be sexy, but he's also gruff and rude and in no way ready to make a fool of himself over the nanny - not after the year he's had. All he wants to do hole up in his cabin and hide from the brother who destroyed his life. If only he could find it easier to ignore the way Kitty makes his heart race . . . As Christmas approaches, Kitty and Adam come to realise that the course of true love never does run smooth - and just maybe, it's more interesting that way...A heartwarming Shakespeare Sisters Christmas romance from the bestselling author of Fix You.
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    Architect (New edition)

    By Ruth Peltason, Grace Ong Yan
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    Ruth Peltason, Grace Ong Yan
    The Pritzker Prize is the most prestigious international prize for architecture. Architect includes all 42 recipients of the Pritzker Prize, and captures in pictures and their own words their awe-inspiring achievements. Organized in reverse chronological order by laureate each chapter features four to six of the architect's major works, including museums, libraries, hotels, places of worship, and more. The text, culled from notebooks, interviews, articles, and speeches illuminates the architects' influences and inspirations, personal philosophy, and aspirations for his own work and the future of architecture. The book includes More than 1000 stunning photographs, blueprints, sketches, and CAD drawings.Architect offers an unprecedented view into the minds of some of the most creative thinkers, dreamers, and builders of the last three decades and reveals that buildings are political, emotional, and spiritual.
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    Hack in a Flak Jacket

    By Peter Stefanovic
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    Peter Stefanovic
    'Flak jackets are dreadful things. Sure, they have a purpose, and if one ever stopped a bullet or piece of shrapnel from spearing into my vital organs, I would kiss it, hang it up, and frame it. But that hasn't happened, yet.'For almost ten years Peter Stefanovic was Channel Nine's foreign correspondent in Europe, the US, Africa and the Middle East. During that time he witnessed more than his fair share of death and destruction, and carried the burden of those images - all while putting his own personal safety very much in the firing line.From flak jackets to tuxedos. From the funerals of world leaders and icons, to war zones and natural disasters. This is a thrilling account of a life lived on camera, delivering the news wherever it happens, whatever the risk.
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    How Will I Know You?

    By Jessica Treadway
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    Jessica Treadway
    Someone knows what really happened . . .On a cold December day, teenager Joy Enright is found drowned at the edge of a frozen pond. When an autopsy reveals she was strangled first, suspicion is thrown onto Martin,the young graduate who was last to see her alive. Someone who is prepared to keep their secret at any cost.In a small community, secrets are hard to keep and as the web of lies around Joy's life and death unravels, the truth will either bring one family closer together, or tear them further apart. Suspenseful, engaging and shocking, How Will I Know You? will make you question everything you thought you knew about the ones you love.
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