Lessons in Hope
By George Weigel
A preeminent authority on the Catholic Church and papal biographer describes what he learned from chronicling the life of Pope John Paul IIIn Lessons in Hope, George Weigel tells the story of his unique friendship with St. John Paul II. As Weigel learns the pope "from inside," he also offers a firsthand account of the tumult of post-Vatican II Catholicism and the Cold War's endgame, introducing readers to the heroes who brought down European communism. Later, he shows us the aging pope grappling with the post-9/11 world order and teaching new lessons in dignity through his own suffering.A deeply humane portrait of an eminent scholar learning a saint, Lessons in Hope is essential reading for anyone seeking a fuller understanding of a world-changing pope.
Lies My Girlfriend Told Me
By Julie Anne Peters
When Alix's charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee's room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee's cell phone, pinging with dozens of unread texts. Unsure what to do, Alix reads the text messages, all of which are sent from a mysterious contact "L.T." The most recent text reads: "Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te quiero. I love you." Shocked and betrayed, Alix comes to learn that Swanee's been leading a double life -- dating a girl named Liana for the entire time she's been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee's phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information, before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news. Brought together by Swanee's lies, Alix and Liana lean on one another to come to terms with her death. Soon, their connection deepens, and the two find themselves falling in love.But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana - she was the one sending the texts from Swanee's phone, pretending that Swanee was alive. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to -- but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?
Let Dogs Be Dogs
By The Monks of New Skete, Marc Goldberg
Today's dog training market is filled with fads and quick fixes, and most dog owners are so desperate for solutions that they spend princely sums to rehabilitate their dogs. Many modern training techniques fail both people and dogs, though, and throwing money, discipline, or pills at dog behavioral problems can't fix a bond between a dog and its owner that was broken in the first place.But in a world where many people don't have the ability to spend as much time with their beloved canines as they'd like, how do you nurture a whole and sustaining connection with your dog?Building on the approach set forth in their two enduring bestsellers, The Monks of New Skete unveil a new mindset that realizes a life with your dog that once seemed unimaginable. They guide the reader on how to use the time they already spend with their dogs more wisely, and give them specific goals to meet the dog's needs. This book will show you how to live with your canine companion in an intentional, purposeful, and deeply rewarding way.Transformative for canine companion and human alike, THE ART OF LIVING WITH YOUR DOG will be an essential addition to any serious dog owner's bookshelf.
The Littlest Train
By Chris Gall
Chris Gall, creator of the hit series Dinotrux, now breathes life into more than a half-dozen trains that climb, haul, chug, zip, and zoom everywhere from sea to sea. Calling all train lovers: All aboard!In a small room, down a short flight of stairs, there lives a little toy train...about to have a BIG adventure! There\'s an endless world to explore, and awe-inspiring new friends to meet. Mighty Max, Chloe Cogs, Sara Speedster, and Farley Freighter can reach all the best sights, lickety-split. But when the day is done and the sun goes down, will the littlest train find his way home?
Love the World
By Todd Parr
Love your grin. Love your skin. Love the bees. Love the trees.Love giving a hand. Love taking a stand.LOVE THE WORLD!If there's one thing Todd Parr is known for, it's broadcasting a message of love and acceptance and helping readers do the same. With nods to themes including self-esteem, respecting the earth, and appreciating others, LOVE THE WORLD is a simple, meaningful celebration of the joy of spreading goodwill and positivity.Todd's collection of work occupies a unique space in the children's book market, addressing topics in a way that feels necessary, inclusive, and appropriate with a sensibility that's wacky, kid-friendly, and fun. The time is right for a wholly positive and encouraging book about spreading love all around, and we have no doubt this will resonate with many fans new and old.
The Loyalist Team
By Linda Adams, Abby Curnow-Chavez, Audrey Epstein, Rebecca Teasdale, Jody Berger
Great teams make it look easy. They create brilliant products, deliver excellent service, and achieve extraordinary results. From the outside, it's easy to imagine that these stellar teams must be made up of extraordinary individuals, or mortals blended together by great chemistry. But neither is true. Great teams are built and maintained with great intention, and can mean the difference between success and failure in any company.To write this groundbreaking book, four extraordinary women with a combined century of experience at the highest levels of corporate America have studied thousands of teams. They call the highest-achieving dream teams Loyalist Teams, because on those teams, individuals are loyal to one another, the team, and the larger organization. Members work to ensure each other's success as they work to ensure their own. They operate with absolute candor and refuse to let each other fail. As a result of these behaviors, they enjoy their work and always exceed performance expectations for their companies.The most effective teams share specific characteristics and traits that are identifiable and replicable, and include loyalty, honesty, and trust.In The Loyalist Team, the authors explain the ways teams break down and provide clear examples of the the most toxic, dysfunctional teams that hamper progress. Readers will undoubtedly see their own experiences in revealing profiles of low-performing teams such as Saboteur Teams, Benign Saboteur Teams, and Situational Loyalist Teams. But wherever their current team falls on the spectrum, readers will find an accessible way to understand their own team dynamic, diagnose problems, and take the necessary steps to become the best kind of team--a Loyalist Team--that consistently delivers extraordinary value.
Ladies Who Drink
By Anne Keenan Higgins, Marisa Bulzone
Entertain in style with Ladies Who Drink, a gloriously glamorous excursion into the world of cocktails. Within these pages, recipes for updated classics like the mojito, cosmopolitan, and old fashioned meet modern concoctions like the strawberry basil margarita, lime shandy, and spicy michelada. This engaging and user-friendly guide is gorgeously illustrated by Anne Keenan Higgins, who brings each cocktail and setting to life with a whimsical array of sipping ladies dressed in to-die-for original fashions. Picture it: a woman in a chartreuse dress drinking a Daiquiri while reading Hemingway's To Have and Have Not; or a woman with a Manhattan in hand wearing a cherry styled fascinator against the backdrop of the New York City skyline.Broken down by occasions like game day, book club, or barbeque, as well as moods like April in Paris, seaside sunset, or Mardi Gras, Ladies Who Drink is filled light-bite food pairing recipes and entertaining ideas perfect for just about any occasion.
The Last Detail
By Darryl Ponicsán
Discover the classic, acclaimed story that continued in the new book Last Flag Flying, now a major motion picture from Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater.In this funny, bawdy, moving novel set during the height of the Vietnam War, two career sailors in Virginia - Billy "Bad-Ass" Buddusky and Mule Mulhall - are assigned to escort eighteen-year-old Larry Meadows to the brig in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he is to serve an eight-year sentence for petty theft.It's good duty, until the two realize the injustice of the sentence and are oddly affected by the naive innocence of their young prisoner. In the five days allotted for the detail, they decide to show Meadows something of the life he doesn't yet know, to help him survive the long ordeal ahead and to purge their own shame. What follows is an indelible journey of initiation and discovery, filled with beer-soaked wisdom, big city lights, revelry, brawls, debauchery, love, and surprising moments of tenderness.
Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas
By Carolyn Brown
Nash Lamont came to Happy, Texas straight out of the Army with a wounded soul and a broken heart. After twelve years of service, he's out on medical discharge that has classified written all over it. Unable to talk about his experience, but needing a place to heal, Nash heads to his great-uncle Henry's farm. Nash's grandmother says it's the perfect place for peace and quiet. It's also the perfect place to poke around for new leads on Uncle Henry, who disappeared the year that Nash joined up.Kasey Dawson's husband was killed in a secret Army mission a year ago. Looking for a place to grieve, she came home with her three children to help her brothers run the family ranch. But a year of mourning does not heal wounds, and six months of working on a ranch does not heal a broken heart. Yet, the first time she meets Nash Lamont, something flutters in her heart--something that she thought had died with her husband. Can the magic of Christmas help these two open their hearts to each other?
By Lenora Chu
'I couldn't put this book down. Whip smart, hilariously funny and shocking. A must-read'Amy Chua, Yale Law Professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger MotherIn 2009, Lenora Chu, her husband Rob, and toddler Rainey, moved from LA to the Chinese megacity Shanghai. The US economy was spinning circles, while China seemed to be eating the planet's economic lunch. What's more, Shanghai teenagers were top in the world at maths, reading and science. China was not only muscling the rest of the world onto the sidelines, but it was also out-educating the West. So when Rainey was given the opportunity to enroll in Shanghai's most elite public kindergarten, Lenora and Rob grabbed it. Noticing her rambunctious son's rapid transformation - increasingly disciplined and obedient but more anxious and fearful - Lenora begins to question the system. What the teachers were accomplishing was indisputable, but what to make of their methods? Are Chinese children paying a price for their obedience and the promise of future academic prowess? How much discipline is too much? And is the Chinese education system really what the West should measure itself against? While Rainey was at school, Lenora embarked on a reporting mission to answer these questions in a larger context. Through a combination of the personal narratives and thoughts of teachers, parents, administrators and school children, Little Soldiers unpacks the story of education in China.
Little Fires Everywhere
By Celeste Ng
'I am loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year' John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars'To say I love this book is an understatement. It's a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears' Reese WitherspoonThe brilliant new novel by the author of the New York Times bestseller, Everything I Never Told You. Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules.Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family - and Mia's. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
By Thomas Mullen
'A brilliant blending of crime, mystery, and American history. Terrific entertainment' Stephen King on DarktownLightning Men follows the multi-award-nominated, highly acclaimed crime debut Darktown into a city on the brink of huge and violent change - and full of secrets. Atlanta, 1950. In a divided city, crime comes home. White officer Denny Rakestraw joins Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith from Atlanta's Negro Officer precinct to face the Klan, gangs and family warfare in their rapidly changing city.Black families - including Smith's sister and brother-in-law - are moving into Rake's formerly all-white neighbourhood, leading Rake's brother-in-law, a proud Klansman, to launch a scheme to 'save' their streets. When those efforts leave a man dead, Rake is forced to choose between loyalty to family or the law. Meanwhile, Boggs has outraged his preacher father by courting a domestic, whose dangerous ex-boyfriend is then released from prison. As Boggs, Smith, and their all-black precinct contend with violent drug dealers fighting for turf in new territory, their personal dramas draw them closer to the fires that threaten to consume Atlanta once again. Praise for Thomas Mullen 'Magnificent and shocking' Sunday Times'Written with a ferocious passion that'll knock the wind out of you' New York Times'Superb'Ken Follet
By Charlie Mortimer
A Letter From Italy
By Pamela Hart
Inspired by the life of the world's first woman war correspondent, Australia's Louise Mack, the most gorgeous love story yet by Pamela Hart.1917, Italy. Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn is an unconventional woman. At the height of World War I, she has given up the safety of her Sydney home for the bloody battlefields of Europe, following her journalist husband to the frontline as a war correspondent in Italy.Reporting the horrors of the Italian campaign, Rebecca finds herself thrown together with American-born Italian photographer Alessandro Panucci, and soon discovers another battleground every bit as dangerous and unpredictable: the human heart.
Learning To Counsel, 4th Edition
By Jan Sutton, William Stewart
Drawing on their numerous years experience as counsellors, tutors, and writers, Jan Sutton and William Stewart introduce readers to the basic principles that underpin counselling practice. Written in a clear, concise and jargon-free style, and with its wealth of case studies, examples of skills in practice, and practical exercises, this new edition is an ideal text for those embarking on a counselling or psychotherapy course, trainee counsellors, counselling tutors to use in training, professionals working in the area of health care, management and education, and counsellors working in the voluntary sector. It provides insight into various counselling approaches; clarifies the nature of counselling and the role of the counsellor, and assists readers to develop a repertoire of key counselling skills and qualities, such as active listening, genuineness, unconditional positive regard, empathy, goal-setting, etc. The book also addresses the important issues of ongoing supervision to enhance counselling practice, and counsellor self-care to reduce the risk of burnout.
By Kelly Elliott
Moving back home to my parents' cattle ranch in Texas was the last thing I thought I'd be doing.But, here I stand . . . in front of my high school girlfriend. A beautiful, confident woman has replaced the young girl I once knew and loved. Yep. Paxton Monroe was my first love and the one girl in town who now hated my guts. So much so, Paxton swore her revenge on me if it took her until the day she died. The fight between my heart, and my head starts tonight. This time I'm staying and fighting and I won't give up until I get what I want. And what I want is Paxton Monroe.
Living with No Excuses
By Noah Galloway
nspirational, humorous, and thought provoking, Noah Galloway's LIVING WITH NO EXCUSES sheds light on his upbringing in rural Alabama, his military experience, and the battle he faced to overcome losing two limbs during Operation Iraqi Freedom. From reliving the early days of life to his acceptance of his "new normal" after losing his arm and leg in combat, Noah reveals his ambition to succeed against all odds. Noah's gripping story is a shining example that with laughter, and the right amount of perspective, you can tackle anything. Whether it be overcoming injury, conquering the Dancing with the Stars ballroom, or taking the next steps forward in life with his young family - Noah demonstrates how to live life to the fullest, with no excuses.
By Dan Tucker
In addition to being one of the most admired and successful politicians in history, Abraham Lincoln was a gifted writer whose speeches, eulogies, and addresses are quoted often and easily recognized all around the world. The writings in this collection span from his early years in Indiana, to his time as a lawyer and a congressman in Illinois, to his final years in the White House. Arranged chronologically into topics such as family and friends, the law, politics and the presidency, story-telling, religion, and morality, Abraham Lincoln's Notebooks includes his famous letters to Ulysses S. Grant, Horace Greeley, and Henry Pierce as well as personal letters to Mary Todd Lincoln and his note to Mrs. Bixby, the mother who lost five sons during the Civil War. Also included are full texts of the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, both of Lincoln's inaugural addresses, and his famous "A House Divided" speech. Rarely seen writings like poetry he composed as teenager, candid notes he left on the back of letters (sometimes displaying humor or even annoyance), and scraps of notes that he kept in the inside lining of his top hats (particularly during his years as a lawyer in Illinois) give insight into Lincoln's personality and private life.
By Jonathan Dee
A rural, working class New England town elects as its mayor a New York hedge fund millionaire in this urgent and inspired novel for our times. Mark Firth is a home builder in Howland, Massachusetts who, after being swindled by a financial advisor, feels opportunity passing him and his family by. What future can he promise to his wife Karen and their young daughter Haley? When a wealthy money manager, Philip Hadi, moves to Howland to escape post-9/11 New York, he hires Mark to turn his his house into a secure location. The collision of these two men's very different worlds -- rural vs urban, middle class vs rich -- propels Jonathan Dee's powerful new novel. After the town's first selectman passes away suddenly, Hadi runs for office and begins subtly transforming the town in his image with unexpected results for Mark and his extended family. THE LOCALS is that rare work of fiction capable of capturing a fraught American moment in real time. It is also a novel that is timeless in its depiction of American small town life.
The Last Wolf
By Robert Winder
It is often assumed that the national identity must be a matter of values and ideas. But in Robert Winder's brilliantly-written account it is a land built on a lucky set of natural ingredients: the island setting that made it maritime; the rain that fed the grass that nourished the sheep that provided the wool, and the wheat fields that provided its cakes and ale. Then came the seams of iron and coal that made it an industrial giant.In Bloody Foreigners Robert Winder told the rich story of immigration to Britain. Now, in The Last Wolf, he spins an English tale. Travelling the country, he looks for its hidden springs not in royal pageantry or politics, but in landscape and history.Medieval monks with their flocks of sheep . . . cathedrals built by wool . . . the first shipment of coal to leave Newcastle . . . marital contests on a village green . . . mock-Tudor supermarkets - the story is studded with these and other English things.And it starts by looking at a very important thing England did not have: wolves.