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Very Good Lives

By J.K. Rowling, Joel Holland
Authors:
J.K. Rowling
Illustrated by:
Joel Holland
In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life's most important issues with acuity and emotional force.
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Voices From the Napoleonic Wars

By Jon E. Lewis
Authors:
Jon E. Lewis
Voices from the Napoleonic Wars reveals in telling detail the harsh lives of soldiers at the turn of the eighteenth century and in the early years of the nineteenth - the poor food and brutal discipline they endured, along with the forced marches and bloody, hand-to-hand combat. Contemporaries were mesmerised by Napoleon, and with good reason: in 1812, he had an unprecedented million men and more under arms. His new model army of volunteers and conscripts at epic battles such as Austerlitz, Salamanca, Borodino, Jena and, of course, Waterloo marked the beginning of modern warfare, the road to the Sommes and Stalingrad. The citizen-in-arms of Napoleon's Grande Armée and other armies of the time gave rise to a distinct body of soldiers' personal memoirs. The personal accounts that Jon E. Lewis has selected from these memoirs, as well as from letters and diaries, include those of Rifleman Harris fighting in the Peninsular Wars, and Captain Alexander Cavalie Mercer of the Royal Horse Artillery at Waterloo. They cover the land campaigns of the French Revolutionary Wars (1739-1802), the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) and the War of 1812 (1812-1815), in North America. This was the age of cavalry charges, of horse-drawn artillery, of muskets and hand-to-hand combat with sabres and bayonets. It was an era in which inspirational leadership and patriotic common cause counted for much at close quarters on chaotic and bloody battlefields. The men who wrote these accounts were directly involved in the sweeping campaigns and climactic battles that set Europe and America alight at the turn of the eighteenth century and in the years that followed. Alongside recollections of the ferocity of hard-fought battles are the equally telling details of the common soldier's daily life - short rations, forced marches in the searing heat of the Iberian summer and the bitter cold of the Russian winter, debilitating illnesses and crippling wounds, looting and the lash, but also the compensations of hard-won comradeship in the face of ever-present death. Collectively, these personal accounts give us the most vivid picture of warfare 200 and more years ago, in the evocative language of those who knew it at first hand - the men and officers of the British, French and American armies. They let us know exactly what it was like to be an infantryman, a cavalryman, an artilleryman of the time.
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  • The Very Fairy Princess Doodle Book

    By Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton
    Authors:
    Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton
    Get your glitter pens and favorite markers ready -- it's time to channel your inner artist with the Very Fairy Princess! Create your very own tiara, design gorgeous fairy princess wings, and draw unique costumes and creations in this book brimming with activities bound to entertain and delight for hours on end. From schooltime fun to adventures at home and with best friends, each page offers an inspiring way to draw, imagine, and express your creativity. Let Your Sparkle OUT!
  • Viper Game

    By Christine Feehan
    Authors:
    Christine Feehan
    Hailed as "the queen of paranormal romance" by J.R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan continues to amaze readers with her phenomenal novels. Now, from the author of the Dark Carpathian series, comes the newest in Christine Feehan's explosive GhostWalker series . . . GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead - or to whom.The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she's desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Right now Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imagined -- where desire is the deadliest poison of all.
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    The Visitors

    By Sally Beauman
    Authors:
    Sally Beauman
    Under the tablecloth, Frances's hand reached for mine and clasped it. I knew what it meant, that clasp and the mischievous grateful glance that accompanied it: it meant I was thanked, that there were secrets here. I could accept that. I too had secrets - who doesn't? Sent abroad to Egypt in 1922 to recover from the typhoid that killed her mother, eleven-year-old Lucy is caught up in the intrigue and excitement that surrounds the obsessive hunt for Tutankhamun's tomb. As she struggles to comprehend an adult world in which those closest to her are often cold and unpredictable, Lucy longs for a friend she can love. When she meets Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist, her life is transformed. As the two girls spy on the grown-ups and try to understand the truth behind their evasions, a lifelong bond is formed.Haunted by the ghosts of her past, the mistakes she made and the secrets she kept, Lucy disinters her past, trying to make sense of what happened all those years ago in Cairo and the Valley of the Kings. And for the first time in her life, she comes to terms with what happened after Egypt, when Frances needed Lucy most.
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    The Vanished Ones

    By Donato Carrisi
    Authors:
    Donato Carrisi
    We call them the sleepers . . .At the elite Missing Persons bureau of the Federal Police, Mila Vasquez is tasked with finding the hundreds of lost people who vanished from their former lives. The longer they are gone, the more they are forgotten by the world.Now they are returning.Appearing at random and wielding devastation, they enact a horrifying pattern of murders, leaving Mila scrabbling to discover where they have come from and what they want. Yet the deeper into the case she gets, Mila begins to realise that her colleagues are hiding something from her - something which will jeopardise everything . . .Set in the world of Carrisi's record-breaking debut, The Whisperer, The Vanished Ones is intelligent, thrilling and incredibly compelling.
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    Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book

    By Alice Kuipers, Bethanie Deeney Murguia
    Authors:
    Alice Kuipers, Bethanie Deeney Murguia
    Violet and Victor Small are twins on a mission: to write the best book in the whole, entire world--together! Victor is reluctant, but Violet is determined, and soon the ideas can't come quickly enough. They begin to write a story about a hungry Bookworm who is eating all the books in the library. Thanks to Victor's brilliant ideas, Violet is able to save the day (and the library).This delightful story-within-a-story is filled with good-natured sibling rivalry, and focuses on the spirit of cooperation, the satisfaction of a job well-done, and the magic of storytelling.

    The Vegiterranean Diet

    By Julieanna Hever
    Authors:
    Julieanna Hever
    The Mediterranean diet has been the gold standard dietary pattern for decades, and with good reason: it has been linked with lowered risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's. Now, Julieanna Hever takes the Med to a whole new level! By focusing on whole-plant foods that promote long-term wellness and ideal weight management, you can reap the benefits of the most researched and beloved diet,made even healthier. The Vegiterranean Diet offers:comprehensive nutrition infoshopping lists with everyday ingredientsmore than 40 delicious, budget-friendly recipesflexible meal plans (great for families, too!)strategies for overall health

    Vertigo

    By John Crace
    Authors:
    John Crace
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  • Vampire Watchmen

    By Tim O'Rourke
    Authors:
    Tim O'Rourke
    The second addictive adventure in Tim O'Rourke's acclaimed Sammy Carter seriesIt's been a year since Samantha Carter blasted back to 1888, barely escaping with her life. Now, returned to present-day London with only her nymphomaniac flatmate for company, she's starting to believe that everything - the blood-curdling vampires, her strange and sudden skills with a gun, even her mysterious lover Harry - was nothing but a dream.Just when Sammy is about to lose all hope that her friends and memories were real, it finally happens again. This time she's pulled back to a city she does not recognise: a London in the grip of a terrible plague, where death haunts the night and a deeper, darker threat lurks underground, waiting for its chance . . .Fighting side by side with her friends once again, Sammy encounters horrors beyond her imagining; yet what really terrifies her are the endless questions, one most of all: who is she really? Torn between the life she longs for and the life she can believe in, Sammy must decide whether she's brave enough to risk everything, even her heart . . .300,000 books sold4000 five star reviewsDiscover an underground phenomenonDiscover Tim O'Rourke'A definite 4 stars. I hugely recommend it to those who already love supernatural genres, go get reading!' -The Guardian'I don't think he could write a bad book if he tried at this point.' - Goodreads'I need to read the sequel right now. I cannot wait for the release date!' - A Readers Review Blog'Vampire Shift will leave you on the edge of your seat, gripping your Kindle.' - Paranormal Wasteland Book Reviews'Do not think you can just read this book . . . no, you cannot, you will live in it . . . you will fall into it and be a part of the story.' Delirium.blogspot.com Book Reviews
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    The Very Hungover Caterpillar

    By Emlyn Rees
    Authors:
    Emlyn Rees
    'Hilarious and painfully accurate, The Very Hungover Caterpillar is liable to be one of those parodies that becomes more famous than the original.' IndependentIn the gloom of the room, a fully dressed man lies on the sofa. The next morning, the TV comes on and - ugh! - ! up lurches a thirsty and very hungover caterpillar. From the bestselling authors of We're Going on a Bar Hunt, comes another hilarious parody of a much-loved children's book. This time, we follow the quest of one man as he attempts to shake off his hangover, through eating whatever he can get his hands on, and annoying his family in the process. The perfect book for anyone who fondly remembers the original, but has now grown up and knows all too well just how painful hungover days can be . . .
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    Very British Problems

    By Rob Temple
    Authors:
    Rob Temple
    There's an epidemic sweeping the nationSymptoms include:*Acute embarrassment at the mere notion of 'making a fuss'*Extreme awkwardness when faced with any social greeting beyond a brisk handshake *An unhealthy preoccupation with meteorology Doctors have also reported several cases of unnecessary apologising, an obsessive interest in correct queuing etiquette and dramatic sighing in the presence of loud teenagers on public transport. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS.VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS are highly contagious. There is no known cure.Rob Temple's hilarious new book reveals all the ways in which we are a nation of socially awkward but well-meaning oddballs, struggling to make it through every day without apologising to an inanimate object. Take comfort in misfortunes of others. You are not alone.
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    The Vines

    By Christopher Rice
    Authors:
    Christopher Rice
    Spring House, New Orleans: a plantation manor of money and influence. But something sinister lurks beneath the glamour of the old estate, awoken by blood and looking for revenge . . . After Caitlin Chaisson tries to take her own life in her mansion's cherished gazebo, it becomes apparent that Spring House's malevolent history won't stay hidden for long. By morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad.Nova, daughter to the groundskeeper, is determined to get to the bottom of the horrors. But she soon realises that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price. Some secrets are better left sleeping soundly . . . The Vines is a creepy, addictive, supernatural read for fans of Stephen King, Anne Rice and Peter Straub Praise for Christopher Rice:'Christopher Rice never disappoints with his vivid people and places and masterful prose.' Patricia Cornwell'Christopher Rice is casting his own shadows now, setting new standards for other authors. [He] has added a new wing to the Rice literary legacy' Huffington Post'You'll think you know your destination . . . but you'll be wrong' Charlaine Harris
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    The Vanishment

    By Jonathan Aycliffe
    Authors:
    Jonathan Aycliffe
    Peter and Sarah's marriage has reached an impasse; their holiday in beautiful Cornwall is chosen to mend old wounds and bandage past pain. The house they go to has space - space for their writing, their painting, and their reconciliation. It has space too for its own memories and its own unforgettable horrors. but they are not to know that.When the locals are less than friendly than they might be and when the house sighs with its secrets, the sands of their marriage shift. and then Sarah vanishes and Peter is left alone. Or is he?Praise for Jonathan Aycliffe:'Aycliffe has a fine touch' Independent'Aycliffe conjures up a feeling of dread that deepens with each unsettling incident' Time Out'Naomi's Room must rank among the finest of English ghost stories. They certainly don't come more dark or fearsome.' Newcastle Evening Chronicle
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    Vegan Casseroles

    By Julie Hasson
    Authors:
    Julie Hasson
    When it comes to traditional comfort food, most of the key ingredients are off-limits to health-conscious vegans. But giving up shepherd's pie, eggplant parm, and cheesy rice casserole was not an option for Julie Hasson, who took on the challenge to recreate flavors she loved, but without the cheese, eggs, butter, and cholesterol. The results are a mix of retro flavors, such as Nacho Cheesy Sauce and a lighter Cream of Mushroom Soup, and fresh, veggie-forward dishes like Mediterranean Stuffed Cabbage Rolls and Summer Corn Custard. The recipes come together quickly, focus on healthier substitutions without the tans-fats, and are endorsed by some of the toughest critics, Julie's college-aged children and their visiting friends! With recipes like Zucchini Basil Lasagna and Tamale Pie, you're guaranteed to find a casserole you'll love. You can even make your own casserole creations by pairing any of the super-simple sauces with your favourite veggies and rice or pasta. Of course, desserts are an important cap to any casserole-based meal: satisfy your sweet tooth with dishes like Rustic Bread Pudding. Now: dig in and feel good about it!

    Vietnamese Market Cookbook

    By Anh Vu, Van Tran
    Authors:
    Anh Vu, Van Tran
    Bring the Flavor of Vietnam to Your Kitchen Salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and spicy: these are the flavorful tenets of Vietnamese cuisine. This exhilarating culinary culture is rich but light, deeply flavorful but made with simple ingredients, and filling while also easy to prepare. That's the message that authors Van Tran and Anh Vu wanted to bring to a hungry crowd when they opened their banh mi stall in London, an international city that surprisingly lacked the tastes of the authors' childhoods in Hanoi. As their business expanded, The Vietnamese Market Cookbook followed. The recipes are simpler than you might think but explode with the purest flavors of vegetables, seafood, lean meats, spices, chiles, and treasured Vietnamese condiments like fish sauce. Old and new favourites collide: Asparagus and Crabmeat Soup, Papaya Salad with Crispy Anchovies, Claypot Chicken with Ginger, Sea Bass Carpaccio, Kumquat Jasmine Iced Tea, and Crème Caramel. From chapters like Sweetness and Happiness" to Spiciness and Adventure" and Saltiness and Healing," this lusciously filling book will bring a little bit of Vietnam into your home.
  • Voodoo Die

    By Warren Murphy, Richard Sapir
    Authors:
    Warren Murphy, Richard Sapir
    The small Caribbean nation of Baqia becomes a major international player when a local doctor develops a new weapon with terrifying implications. General Corazon, Baqia's greedy dictator and local cult leader, now controls a weapon deadlier than any known to man. The Mung Machine's monumental killing capacity has all the major superpowers scrambling, as General Corazon is ready to sell to the highest bidder. The Chinese, the Russians and the CIA all vie for control of the Mung Machine. At the same time, top-secret government agency CURE's very own deadly weapons, Remo and Chiun, make their way to Baqia where, to their horror, they discover nuclear warheads aimed at the United States. The mad dictator Corazon must be stopped, but has the Destroyer finally met his match? Breathlessly action-packed and boasting a winning combination of thrills, humour and mysticism, the Destroyer is one of the bestselling series of all time.

    Vampires of Manhattan: The New Blue Bloods Coven

    By Melissa de la Cruz
    Authors:
    Melissa de la Cruz
    THE VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN brings back beloved characters from the original series and introduces new faces in this spinoff. The young Blue Bloods of Manhattan are older and wiser, they have come into their powers in full. Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, is now a vampire, and the head of the Coven. Alas, Oliver's girlfriend and human familiar, Finn Chase, is found murdered on the eve of the Four Hundred Ball. The celebration was meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven and the rebuilding of the Repository of History after years of war and decay. Oliver is devastated, he had found love at last only to have it ripped away from him in a violent and bloody fashion but even worse, the newly installed head of the vampire secret police, Sam Lennox, is certain that Oliver himself is the killer.According to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned. Oliver finds his immortal life on the line, and the coven is packed with vampires who hate him, the human-turned-vampire, the only one in the known universe. They believe he has turned the coven into a sham, that he himself is a fraud. They are using Finn's murder to get rid of him as well.Oliver is backed into a wall, how can he prove his innocence when his was the only blood found on Finn's dead body? But help arrives at the last minute-Mimi Force and Kingsley Martin, his old friends, arrive from the bowels of Hell to save their friend. Together the three of them untangle the mystery of who is behind Finn's death and Oliver's frame-up.The answers lie deep in vampire lore, as the new coven discovers they have old enemies. And if they are going to meet this new threat, they might need some more of their old friends as well.
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    Void's Enigmatic Mansion, Vol. 1

    By HeeEun Kim
    Authors:
    HeeEun Kim
    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 Verdict

    By Nick Stone
    Authors:
    Nick Stone
    Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite.The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?With the trial date looming, Terry delves deeper into Vernon's life and is forced to confront secrets from their shared past that could have devastating consequences for them both. For years he has wanted to witness Vernon's downfall, but with so much at stake, how can Terry be sure that he is guilty? And what choices must he make to ensure that justice is done?Packed with twists, turns and an unforgettable trial scene, The Verdict is the most page-turning British legal thriller in many years.
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