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Void's Enigmatic Mansion, Vol. 5

By HeeEun Kim, JiEun Ha
Authors:
HeeEun Kim, JiEun Ha
What if your greatest wish could be granted?The enigmatic mansion on 6 Roland Street belongs to one Mr. Void, who resides on the seventh floor. Unbeknownst to the rest of the tenants in Void's mansion, their greatest wishes could be granted. And as the stories of the residents intertwine, they soon learn that what they desire is not always what is best...The mysterious incidents surrounding the mansion on 6 Roland Street have not gone unnoticed, and Sergeant Ruth of the police department is put on the case. With particular ties to the fourth-floor resident, Ruth finds she can't keep the past out of her present as she draws closer to a lead...
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Viva la Revolucion

By Eric Hobsbawm
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Eric Hobsbawm
Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) wrote that Latin America was the only region of the world outside Europe which he felt he knew well and where he felt entirely at home. He claimed this was because it was the only part of the Third World whose two principal languages, Spanish and Portuguese, were within his reach. But he was also, of course, attracted by the potential for social revolution in Latin America. After the triumph of Fidel Castro in Cuba in January 1959, and even more after the defeat of the American attempt to overthrow him at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, 'there was not an intellectual in Europe or the USA', he wrote, 'who was not under the spell of Latin America, a continent apparently bubbling with the lava of social revolutions'.'The Third World brought the hope of revolution back to the First in the 1960s'. The two great international inspirations were Cuba and Vietnam, 'triumphs not only of revolution, but of Davids against Goliaths, of the weak against the all-powerful'.
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Vigilance

By Ray Kelly
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Ray Kelly
In his gripping memoir, former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly opens up about his life fighting crime and the dozens of sinister plots foiled by his anti-terrorist teams after 9/11.After serving as a Marine in Vietnam, Ray Kelly, the son of a New York milkman, soared through the NYPD ranks in decades marked by riots, drugs, and a staggering murder rate. With an unwavering belief in justice, integrity, courage, and loyalty, Kelly developed a reputation as a fixer who could clean up troubled precincts. Those values catapulted him into his first stint as commissioner, where Kelly oversaw the police response to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. Following leadership positions at Interpol, the Treasury Department, and U.S. Customs, Kelly was again appointed police commissioner in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Realizing that New York's security meant national security, Kelly transformed the NYPD into a counter-terrorism force to surpass even the FBI and Pentagon.
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Victoria: The Queen

By Julia Baird
Authors:
Julia Baird
A magnificent biography of Queen Victoria by International New York Times columnist Julia Baird. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, Victoria: The Queen is a stunning new portrait of the real woman behind the myth - a story of love and heartbreak, of devotion and grief, of strength and resilience. When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would begin to threaten many of Europe's monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public's expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger parts of the globe. Born into a world where woman were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand.Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. At twenty years old, she fell passionately in love with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, eventually giving birth to nine children. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping boundaries and asserting her opinions. After the death of her adored Albert, she began a controversial, intimate relationship with her servant John Brown. She survived eight assassination attempts over the course of her lifetime. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security-queen of a quarter of the world's population at the height of the British Empire's reach.Drawing on sources that include revelations about Victoria's relationship with John Brown, Julia Baird brings vividly to life the fascinating story of a woman who struggled with so many of the things we do today: balancing work and family, raising children, navigating marital strife, losing parents, combating anxiety and self-doubt, finding an identity, searching for meaning. This sweeping, page-turning biography gives us the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen-a Victoria for our times, a Victoria who endure
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Venice, A Travellers Companion

By John Julius Norwich
Authors:
John Julius Norwich
Views of the city of lagoons and gondolas; Henry James was passionate: 'You desire to embrace it, to caress it, to possess it...', whereas Mark Twain found St Mark's 'so ugly...Propped on its long row of thick-legged columns, its back knobbed with domes, it seems like a vast, warty bug taking a mediaeval walk.' Reactions to Venice have been, throughout the ages, astonishingly different. John Julius Norwich has produced a dazzling anthology from the writings of Byron, Goethe, Wagner, Casanova, Jan Morris, Robert Browning, and Horace Walpole, among many others. From the days of the sixth century, when lagoon-dwellers lived 'like sea-birds' in huts built on heaps of osiers, to the Venice of eighteenth-century revellers and nineteenth-century art lovers - the city's many different guises are all portrayed as its inhabitants and visitors saw them.
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  • The Very Fairy Princess: Attitude of Gratitude

    By Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, Christine Davenier
    Authors:
    Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton
    Illustrated by:
    Christine Davenier
    From the beloved mother-daughter team of Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton comes another delightful story in the No.1 New York Times bestselling Very Fairy Princess series, illustrated by Christine Davenier.It's Gratitude Day, and Geraldine is ready to be grateful and kind all day long. She's excited to give her best compliments, and she's donated a beautiful painting to her class's art gallery. She even has the perfect jar full of sprinkles ready for donation. But when disaster strikes, it's tough to stay grateful - even on Gratitude Day! It's up to Gerry to prove that a fairy princess always has the right attitude of gratitude.
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    Viking Fire

    By Justin Hill
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    Justin Hill
    A Times Book of the Year 'A literary, intelligent read from a masterful storyteller'In 1035, a young fifteen year old Viking is dragged wounded from the battle. Left for dead, for the next twenty years his adventures lead him over mountains, down the length of Russia and ultimately to Constantinople and the Holy City of Jerusalem.Drawn into political intrigue he will be the lover of Empresses, the murderer of an emperor; he will hold the balance of power in the Byzantine Empire in his hands, and then give it all up for a Russian princess and the chance to return home and lead his own people, where he must fight the demons of his past, his family and his countrymen in a long and bitter war for revenge and power.Told in his own voice, this is the astonishing true story of the most famous warrior in all Christendom: Harald Hardrada, the last Viking.
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    The Virago Book Of Women Gardeners

    By Deborah Kellaway
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    Deborah Kellaway
    From diggers and weeders, to artists and colourists, writers and dreamers to trend-setters, plantswomen to landscape designers, women have contributed to the world of gardening and gardens. Here Deborah Kellaway, author of The Making of an English Country Garden and Favourite Flowers , has collected extracts from the 18th century to the present day, to create a book that is replete with anecdotes and good-humoured advice. Colette, Margery Fish, Germaine Greer, Eleanor Sinclair Rohde, Vita Sackville-West, Rosemary Verey, Edith Wharton and Dorothy Wordsworth are some of the writers represented in this book.
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  • The Very Fairy Princess: A Spooky, Sparkly Halloween

    By Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, Christine Davenier
    Authors:
    Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton
    Illustrated by:
    Christine Davenier
    Gerry is in search of the PERFECT costume - one that will look just right with her wings and crown. Her imagination runs wild, and she decides on a flowing angel outfit (complete with a sparkly halo, of course). Gerry and her friends are so excited for the big day... until an accidental spill threatens to ruin EVERYTHING! What is a fairy princess to do? Thankfully, Gerry knows just how to save Halloween, and also shows what it means to be a good friend. From the mother-daughter team of Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton comes another heartwarming story in the #1 New York Times bestselling Very Fairy Princess series.
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    Vendetta

    By James Neff
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    James Neff
    From 1957 to 1964, Robert Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa channeled nearly all of their considerable powers into destroying each other. Kennedy's battle with Hoffa burst into the public consciousness with the 1957 Senate Rackets Committee hearings and intensified when his brother named him attorney general. RFK put together a "Get Hoffa" squad within the Justice Department, devoted to destroying one man. But Hoffa, with nearly unlimited Teamster funds, was not about to roll over. Drawing upon a treasure trove of previously secret and undisclosed documents, James Neff has crafted a brilliant, heart-pounding epic of crime and punishment.
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    Void's Enigmatic Mansion, Vol. 4

    By HeeEun Kim, JiEun Ha
    Authors:
    HeeEun Kim, JiEun Ha
    What if your greatest wish could be granted?The enigmatic mansion on 6 Roland Street belongs to one Mr. Void, who resides on the seventh floor. Unbeknownst to the rest of the tenants in Void's mansion, their greatest wishes could be granted. And as the stories of the residents intertwine, they soon learn that what they desire is not always what is best...The mysterious incidents surrounding the mansion on 6 Roland Street have not gone unnoticed, and Sergeant Ruth of the police department is put on the case. With particular ties to the fourth-floor resident, Ruth finds she can't keep the past out of her present as she draws closer to a lead...
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  • Valley Of The Dolls

    By Jacqueline Susann
    Authors:
    Jacqueline Susann
    Before Jackie Collins, Candace Bushnell and Lena Dunham, Jacqueline Susann held the world rapt with her tales of the private passions of Hollywood starlets, high-powered industrialists and the jet-set.Valley of the Dolls took the world by storm when it was first published, fifty years ago. Never had a book been so frank about sex, drugs and show business. It is often sited as the bestselling novel of all time.Dolls - red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight. For Anne, Neely and Jennifer, it doesn't matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three beautiful women become best friends when they are young and in New York, struggling to make their names in the entertainment industry. Only when they reach the peak of their careers do they find there's nowhere left to go but down - to the Valley of the Dolls.
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    The Visitors' Book

    By Jon Lys Turner
    Authors:
    Jon Lys Turner
    'An absolute goldmine for Bacon biographers' Lynn Barber, Sunday Times Denis Wirth-Miller and Dicky Chopping were a couple at the heart of the mid-twentieth century art world, with the visitors' book of the Essex townhouse they shared from 1945 until 2008 painting them as Zeligs of British society. The names recorded inside make up an astonishing supporting cast - from Francis Bacon to Lucian Freud to Randolph Churchill to John Minton. Successful artists, although not household names themselves, writing Dicky and Denis off as just footnotes in history would be a mistake. After Denis's death in 2010, Jon Lys-Turner, one of two executors of the couple's estate, came into possession of an extraordinary archive of letters, works of art and symbolically loaded ephemera the two had collected since they met in the 1930s. It is no exaggeration to state that this archive represents a missing link in British art history - the wealth of new biographical information disclosed about Francis Bacon, for example, is truly staggering. The Visitors' Book is both an extraordinary insight into the minutiae of Dicky and Denis's life together and what it meant to be gay in pre-Wolfenden Britain, as well as a pocket social history of the era and a unique perspective into mid-twentieth century art. With reams of previously unseen material, this is a fascinating and unique opportunity to delve into post-war Britain.
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  • Vicious

    By Sara Shepard
    Authors:
    Sara Shepard
    High school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have been through a lot since their best friend, Alison DiLaurentis, disappeared five summers ago. A stalker named 'A' has harassed them for their past mistakes and revealed their darkest secrets to the world. They've been on TV, hounded by the press, kicked out of school, arrested, and even put in jail. With time running out, and their lives on the line, one of the Liars does something so terrifying and shocking, fans will be left breathless.Sara Shepard's fan base continues to grow as the hit Pretty Little Liars TV show draws in new readers to the 1 New York Times bestselling series. Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, this long-awaited finale to this much-loved series will not disappoint.
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    Vessels

    By Daniel Raeburn
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    Daniel Raeburn
    When Dan, a writer, met Bekah, a potter dedicated to traditional Japanese ceramics, they swiftly fell in love. 'Of all the women I've ever met,' Dan told a friend, 'she's the first one who felt like family.' But while preparing for the birth of their first child at Christmastime, tragedy struck. In prose as unadorned as his wife's pottery, Raeburn recounts their lives as they clashed and clung to each other through a string of unsuccessful pregnancies before finally, joyfully, becoming parents together. Based on Raeburn's acclaimed New Yorker essay, Vessels is an unforgettable love story and a powerful portrait of a marriage cemented by the very events that nearly broke it.
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    The Violet Hour

    By Katie Roiphe
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    Katie Roiphe
    In The Violet Hour, Katie Roiphe takes an unexpected and liberating approach to the most unavoidable of subjects. She investigates the last days of six great thinkers, writers and artists as they come to terms with the reality of approaching death. Roiphe draws on her own extraordinary research and access to the family, friends and caretakers of her subjects. Here is Susan Sontag, the consummate public intellectual, who finds her commitment to rational thinking tested during her third bout with cancer. Roiphe takes us to the hospital room where, after receiving the worst possible diagnosis, seventy-six-year-old John Updike begins writing a poem. She vividly re-creates the fortnight of almost suicidal excess that culminated in Dylan Thomas's fatal collapse on the floor of a Greenwich Village tavern. She gives us a bracing portrait of Sigmund Freud fleeing Nazi-occupied Vienna only to continue in his London exile the compulsive cigar smoking that he knows will hasten his decline. She shows us how Maurice Sendak's beloved books for children are infused with his lifelong obsession with death, if you know where to look. And from James Salter she learns that 'we make our own comfort.' The Violet Hour is a book filled with intimate and surprising revelations. In the final acts of each of these creative geniuses are examples of courage, passion, self-delusion, pointless suffering and superb devotion. There are also moments of sublime insight and understanding where the mind creates its own comfort. As the author writes, 'If it's nearly impossible to capture the approach of death in words, who would have the most hope of doing it?' By bringing these great writers' final days to urgent, unsentimental life, Katie Roiphe helps us to look boldly in the face of death and be less afraid.
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    The Vintage Springtime Club

    By Beatrice Meier
    Authors:
    Beatrice Meier
    Newly retired Philip returns home to Cologne and is thrown into emotional turmoil upon bumping into his long-lost sweetheart. In the midst of a domestic crisis, Ricarda confides in Philip that she is looking for somewhere to live. And there and then, Philip suggests that she move in with him - he is setting up a flatshare. Will she join him with his mischievous dachshund named Ralf?To his surprise, Ricarda agrees, leaving Philip to scramble together a crew of retires in time for spring, for the most unlikely of social experiments. There's grumpy cigarette-smoking grandfather Harry; quiet and discreet Eckart, curiously carting around his late wife's headstone; Uschi, brimming with life, harbouring a passion for leotards and aerobics, along with sausages and outrageous knitting patterns; and then, ever-practical and warm-hearted Ricarda, towards whom Phillip is developing real feelings. Despite their differences, the flatmates thrive and embark on a series of new adventures. But when Uschi falls unwell, familiar cracks begin to show and this uniquely spirited club of friends must work together in order to survive - and truly blossom.
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    The Vatican Art Deck

    By Anja Grebe
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    Anja Grebe
    The Vatican is one of the most popular destinations in the world, with more than 5 million visitors each year. It is also home to some of the world's greatest and most exquisite works of art. Its museums, palaces, and grounds house Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and his Pietà, the Raphael frescoes, and the works of Giotto, Fra Angelico, Titian, and Caravaggio, as well as the world's finest statues, manuscripts, architecture, and gardens, and its most precious religious relics.The Vatican Art Deck includes 100 6 3/8" x 6 3/8" cards highlighting the most iconic and significant works of art in the Vatican. The front side of each card shows a full-size photograph of the art while the back side provides a 200-word discussion by art historian Anja Grebe on the key attributes of the work; what to look for when viewing it; the artist's inspirations, techniques, and biographical information; the artist's impact on art history; and more. The work is also fully described with its title and the artist's name, the date of completion, the birth and death dates of the artist, the medium that was used, the size of the art (where applicable), the catalog number, and the museum in which the work of art can be found.Perfect for art lovers, students, and armchair travelers, The Vatican Art Deck is a guided tour through one of the most exquisite collections in the world.

    The Virgin Diet Cookbook

    By JJ Virgin
    Authors:
    JJ Virgin
    THE VIRGIN DIET COOKBOOK brings The Virgin Diet's groundbreaking health and weight loss program into your kitchen. With more than 100 delicious and practical recipes, THE VIRGIN DIET COOKBOOK is designed to show you how to incorporate anti-inflammatory, healing foods into your diet to reclaim your health and reset your metabolism, while avoiding the 7 foods that are most likely to cause food intolerance. These tasty, easy-to-make recipes are free of gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts, and sugar and artificial sweeteners. With mouthwatering suggestions for every meal and snacks, you'll lose weight fast while enjoying what you eat! THE VIRGIN DIET COOKBOOK will also help you to stock your kitchen, provide delicious substitutes for common ingredients, and offer easy swaps for eating out and on-the-go.
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    Void's Enigmatic Mansion, Vol. 3

    By HeeEun Kim, JiEun Ha
    Authors:
    HeeEun Kim, JiEun Ha
    What if your greatest wish could be granted?The enigmatic mansion on 6 Roland Street belongs to one Mr. Void, who resides on the seventh floor. Unbeknownst to the rest of the tenants in Void's mansion, their greatest wishes could be granted. And as the stories of the residents intertwine, they soon learn that what they desire is not always what is best...The mysterious incidents surrounding the mansion on 6 Roland Street have not gone unnoticed, and Sergeant Ruth of the police department is put on the case. With particular ties to the fourth-floor resident, Ruth finds she can't keep the past out of her present as she draws closer to a lead...
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