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The Aqua Net Diaries By Jennifer Niven

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The Aqua Net Diaries By Jennifer Niven
Jennifer Niven quit her job as a television producer to write the true story of a doomed 1913 Arctic expedition in her first book, The Ice Master, which was named one of the top ten nonfiction books by Entertainment Weekly, and won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. She received high praise for her follow- up arctic adventure, Ada Blackjack, which detailed the life of one woman who overcame enormous odds to survive. Now, Niven telLs a survival tale of a different kind; her own thrilling, excruciating, amazing, and utterly unforgettable adventure in a midwestern high school during the 1980s. Richmond, Indiana, was a place where people knew their neighbors and went to church on Sundays. It also had only one high school with 2,500 students, and for both the students and the townspeople, it was the center of the universe. In The Aqua-Net Diaries, Niven takes readers through her adolescent years in full, glorious?and hilarious?detail, sharing awkwa…

The Wreck of the Titan By Morgan Robertson

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The Wreck of the Titan By Morgan Robertson
A novella of unrequited love, human arrogance, and deadly tragedy that predicted the legendary Titanic disaster?fourteen years before it happened. In 1898, Morgan Robertson penned The Wreck of the Titan, a love story set aboard the Titan, the most advanced steamship of the age. When the ?unsinkable? passenger liner hit an iceberg, nearly all its passengers perished at sea.    On APril 15, 1912, the most advanced steamship of its age, the ?unsinkable? Titanic, struck an iceberg and was lost to the ocean, becoming forever immortalized as a cultural touchstone.      The similarities between the fact of the Titanic and the fiction of the Titan are more than just name-deep. Both stories tell the tale of real humans faced with an unfathomable disaster, and the hopes of humankind at the turn of a new century.      As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is remembered, Robertson?s work of fiction gives great insights into the human scop…

Addicted to Danger By Jim Wickwire

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Addicted to Danger By Jim Wickwire
Adventurist Jim Wickwire has lived life on the edge -- literally. An eyewitness to glory, terror, and tragedy above 20,000 feet, he has braved bitter cold, blinding storms, and avalanches to become what the Los Angeles Times calls "one of America's most extraordinary and accomplished high-altitude mountaineers." Although his incredible exploits have inspired a feature on 60 Minutes, an award-winning PBS documentary, a Broadway play, and a full-length film, he hasn't told his remarkable story in his own words -- until now.Among the world's most intrepid and fearless climbers, Jim Wickwire has traveled the globe, from Alaska to the Alps, from the Andes to the Himalayas, in search of fresh challenges and new heights to conquer. Along the way he accumulated an extraordinary roster of historic achievemEnts. He was one of the first two Americans to reach the summit of the 28,250-foot K2, the world's second highest peak, acknowledge…

All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens By Gloria Whelan

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All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens By Gloria Whelan
Rosalind is caught between two worlds as Gandhi?s nonviolent revolution takes hold in this companion to Small Acts of Amazing Courage that ?seamlessly weaves history and culture into a novel that stands on its own? (Booklist).Rosalind inhabits two worlds in 1920s India. There is the world of her heritage?English to the core, with her strict father who is a major in the British InDian Army, her grieving mother, and a tutor to educate her within the walls of the luxurious estate her family occupies. And then there is the world of her homeland?or the land that feels like home, anyway. The world where followers of Gandhi surround her, and the streets are full of poverty and the whispers of independence.The two worlds are colliding, and despite what Rosalind has been raised to think, she begins to resent the heavy hand of British rule. When her father?s military position provides Rosalind the opportunity to meet the Prince of Wales,…

A Summer Seduction By Candace Camp

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A Summer Seduction By Candace Camp
After A Winter Scandal comes a new season for unexpected love in this sparkling second novel in New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp?s Legend of St. Dwynwen trilogy. No one in tiny Chesley knows the truth about Damaris Howard; a woman of wealth and beauty, she rarely allows anyone to get close. Her past was marked by scandal anD abandonment?better to stay aloof and reinvent herself. Then Damaris meets Alec Stafford, the Earl of Rowden. The tall, handsome border lord is a man of quiet but deep passion, raised to show no weakness and burned once before by a woman?s love. But when he and Damaris cross paths inside London society, they set sparks of attraction blazing?and rumors flying. And when someone abducts Damaris from the city streets, Alec must stake more than his reputation to rescue her. . . . Finding out who?s behind a dangerous plot plunges Alec and Damaris together in an intimacy that melts their well-guarded reserve, proving that tr…

Secret of the Night Ponies By Joan Hiatt Harlow

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Secret of the Night Ponies By Joan Hiatt Harlow
Thirteen-year-old Jessie Wheller is a girl who knows her heart and will do everything that she can to follow it. With her Newfoundland pony, Raven, and Newfoundland dog, Blizzard, Jessie is never at a loss for faithful companions. Jessie's grandmother is always pushing her to be a "lady," but if being a ladY means leading a life without adventure, Jessie will have none of it. When Jessie realizes that a little girl named Clara is being neglected, Jessie knows that she has to help. And when Jessie discovers a herd of wild ponies captured in the woods, she knows that she and her friends must come to the rescue. But going head-to-head against the town's bully to save Clara and the ponies is no small feat, and Jessie will need more than just a little bit of luck. The rugged shores of Newfoundland in 1965 set the scene for award-winning author Joan Hiatt Harlow's tale of a girl and her boundless affection for ponies.

A Hungry Heart By Gordon Parks

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A Hungry Heart By Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks, acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, composer, and author of fiction and nonfiction, has participated in, been witness to, and documented many of the major events in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries. Born in Fort Scott, Kansas, on November 30, 1912, he left home at age fifteen when his mother passed away. For the next twelve years, he lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, working as a piano player, bus boy, Civilian Conservation Corpsman, and professional basketball player before taking up photography in the late 1930s and moving to Chicago. He was awarded the first Julius Rosenwald Fellowship in photography in 1942 and chose to work with Roy Stryker at the Farm SeCurity Administration (FSA) in Washington, D.C. During World War II, he was an Office of War Information (OWI) correspondent. He photographed fashion for Vogue and Glamour before joining the staff of Life in 1949 and remained a photojournalist for the magazine until 1969. He…

Already Gone By John Rector

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Already Gone By John Rector
Jake Reese is an ordinary guy with an ordinary job, trying to block out the memory of his violent past by planning for the future with his new wife, Diane. But the past has a habit of refusing to stay buried? When two men Attack Jake in a car park and cut off his ring finger, he tries to dismiss it as an unlucky case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But when events take a more sinister turn and Diane goes missing, Jake knows he can no longer hide from the truth. As he embarks on a mission to find Diane, Jake finds himself dragged back into the life he thought he had walked away from forever and the days ahead begin to unfold in terrifying ways?

Mountain Laurel By Jude Deveraux

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Mountain Laurel By Jude Deveraux
Captain Ring Montgomery was handsome, a skilled rider, a crack shot, popular with the men and their ladies. That was reason enough for a jealous, surly colonel to saddle Montgomery with a most peculiar assignment: to escort an opera singer into the Colorado gold fields. Ring's plan was to scare tHe little lady enough so that she'd hightail it for home. After all, a Civil War was brewing! But LaReina, The Singing Duchess -- as Maddie Worth called herself on stage -- didn't scare easy. And she didn't intend to explain her reasons for coming West to any high and mighty soldier. Captain Montgomery might be smart enough to figure out that she was no European duchess, and gentleman enough not to take advantage of her when he'd had the chance, but he'd have to go on thinking she had some insane desire to sing opera to a bunch of ragtag miners. She didn't dare trust him with the truth....

Dork Diaries OMG! By Rachel Renee Russell

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Dork Diaries OMG! By Rachel Renee Russell
Grab a notebook and your favorite pen and get ready to make your own Dork Diary!Use the questions in this book that Nikki Maxwell has created just for you to help you write your very own daiLy dairy.If you could swap places with anyone for a day, who would it be and why? What song could you listen to 100 times? What TV show are you totally obsessed with right now and why? What?s the fiercest outfit in your closet?Put your personal spin on these questions and many more?and since this is an authentic Dork Diary, Nikki chimes in with her answers and artwork as well!

Fisherman's Friends By Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends

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Fisherman's Friends By Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends
For the past two decades ten men from Cornwalls Port Isaac have met on the village quayside every Friday summer evening to sing rousing sea shanties and traditional folk songs for little more than free beer. Then, in March 2010, everything changed when stardom came to this bunch of friends who had sought neither fame nor fortune. Within weeks of a record producer hearing their passionate, harmonic singing, they had a million-pound deal and were booked to appear at Glastonbury. By the end of that month a world tour was underway and EAling Films had bought the rights to their story. Their first commercially produced album went gold almost immediately and they have now played live to hundreds of thousands of people, raising the roof everywhere with ballads such as The Cadgwith Anthem and South Australia. The book will tell the full story of how the boat came in for this group of burly middle-aged men, each of whom are or …

Origins By Annie Murphy Paul

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Origins By Annie Murphy Paul
What makes us the way we are? Some say it?s the genes we inherit at conception. Others are sure it?s the environment we experience in childhood. But could it be that many of our individual characteristics?our health, our intelligence, our temperaments?are influenced by the conditions we encountered before birth?That?s the claim of an exciting and provocative field known as fetal origins. Over the past twenty years, scientists have been developing a radically new understanding of our very earliest experiences and how they exert lasting effects on us from infancy well into adulthood. Their research offers a bold new view of pregnancy as a crucial staging ground for our health, ability, and well-being throughout life.Author and journalist Annie Murphy Paul ventures into the laboratories of fetal researchers, interviews experts from around the world, and delves into the rich history of ideas about how we?re Shaped before birth. She discovers dramatic stories: h…

Andrew Jackson By George E. Stanley

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Andrew Jackson By George E. Stanley
Dear Reader: The Childhood of Famous Americans series, seventy years old in 2002, chronicles the early years of famous American men and women in an accessible manner. Each book is faithful in spirit to the values and experiences that influenced the person's development. History is fleshed ouT with fictionalized details, and conversations have been added to make the stories come alive to today's reader, but every reasonable effort has been made to make the stories consistent with the events, ethics, and character of their subjects. These books reaffirm the importance of our American heritage. We hope you learn to love the heroes and heroines who helped shape this great country. And by doing so, we hope you also develop a lasting love for the nation that gave them the opportunity to make their dreams come true. It will do the same for you. Happy Reading! The Editors

St Ds9 #21 Trial By Error By Mark Garland

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St Ds9 #21 Trial By Error By Mark Garland
When Quark brokers a lucrative deal to trade trellium crystals from the Gamma Quadrant for gold-pressed latinum, the potential for profit seems too good to be true. It is. PrettY soon, Deep Space Nineis under fire from at least three different alien races, each accusing the others of theft, piracy, and worse. Then, angry Klingons get involved, and so do the Ferengi... Odo wouldn't mind seeing one of Quark's schemes backfire, but not when it places the entire station in the middle of a shooting war that might consume them all!

Balance By Glenn Hubbard

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Balance By Glenn Hubbard
In this groundbreaking book, two economists explain why economic imbalances cause civil collapse?and why America could be next.From the Ming Dynasty to Ottoman Turkey to Imperial Spain, the Great Powers of the world emerged as the greatest economic, political, and military forces of their time?only to collapse into rubble and memory. What is at the root of their demise?and how can America stop this pattern from happening again?A quarter century after Paul Kennedy's Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane present a bold, sweeping account of why powerful nations and civilizations break down under the heavy burden of economic imbalance. Introducing a profound new measure of economic power, Balance traces the triumphs and mistakes of imperial Britain, the paradox of superstate California, the long collapse of Rome, and the limits of the Japanese model of growth. Most importantly, Hubbard and Kane compare the twenty-first century United Sta…

House of a Thousand Screams By R.L. Stine

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House of a Thousand Screams By R.L. Stine
Uncle Solly has left Jill And Freddie?s family a house?a house full of evil. .

The Star Trek: Enterprise: The Expanse By J.M. Dillard

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The Star Trek: Enterprise: The Expanse By J.M. Dillard
High above the planet Earth, an alien probe appears -- and in an unspeakably horrific instant, releases a deadly blast that strafes the planet's surface, leaving a miles-wide, smoldering crater of destruction in its wake. Millions die in Florida, Cuba, and Venezuela, their lives blotted out in a blazing millisecond. Just as swiftly, the probe implodes and crashes on the planet surface, but the remnants provide no clue as to its origin. Who are the attackers, and what provoked them? Aboard the Starship Enterprise?, Captain Jonathan Archer learns of the destruction. His ship is called home; it is uncertain whether its mIssion of space exploration will continue. But before Enterprise reaches Earth, Archer is abruptly kidnaped from the bridge by the time-traveling enemies he has encountered before. He finds himself aboard a Suliban vessel, face-to-face with his old nemesis, Silik, a high-ranking indiviual in a battle known only …

Two Years in St. Andrews By George Peper

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Two Years in St. Andrews By George Peper
The Old Course at St. Andrews is to golfers what St. Peter's is to Catholics or the Western Wall is to Jews: hallowed ground, the course every golfer longs to play -- and master. In 1983 George Peper was playing the Old Course when he hit a slice so hideous that he never found the ball. But in looking for it, he came across a For Sale sign on a stone town house alongside the famed eighteenth hole. Two months later he and his wife, Libby, became the proud owners of 9A Gibson Place. In 2003 Peper retired after twenty-five years as the editor in chief of Golf magazine. With the younger of their two sons off to college, the Pepers decided to sell their house in the United States and relocate temporarily to the town house in St. Andrews. And so they left for the land of golf -- and single malt scotch, haggis, bagpipes, television licenses, and accents thicker than a North Sea fog. While Libby struggled with renovating an apartment that for years…

Sea of the Dead By Julia Durango

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Sea of the Dead By Julia Durango
Kehl hates pirates. His father, the Warrior Prince, has always told him they were responsible for his mother?s death. So when he is kidnapped by Temoc, the Pirate King, Kehl is more furious than frightened. But Temoc is mapping the vast seas known as the Carrillon and needs Kehl?s cartography expertise. As Kehl spends more and more time with Temoc and his crew, he comes to realize that his father has not been honest with him and that his past is linked to the future of the new world he is mapping. .

Doom 3: Maelstrom By Matthew Costello

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Doom 3: Maelstrom By Matthew Costello
In the year 2145...after disobeying a direct order, former special ops Marine Lieutenant John Kane found himself stripped of his rank and reassigned to the "U.S. Space Marines" -- the private army of the Union Aerospace Corporation. Now little more than a glorified security guard, Kane reluctantly accepts his fate on Mars City, The environmental community/lab center on the legendary red planet. But Kane could never have imagined the unspeakable horrors that awaited him there -- nightmarish aberrations of nature and unholy unions of flesh and machine awakened by unsuspecting researchers attempting to divulge the arcane secrets of this planet's extraordinary past. As the terrifying violence grows, Kane and a ragtag band of survivors must call on all of their skills if they can ever hope to make it out of Mars City alive -- even as those at the highest echelons of power continue their own covert and deadly machinations in a relentless b…

Embracing the Ordinary By Michael Foley

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Embracing the Ordinary By Michael Foley
It has always been difficult to appreciate everyday life, often devalued as dreary, banal and burdensome, and never more so than in a culture besotted with fantasy, celebrity and glamour. Yet many writers, artists, film-makers and photographers have celebrated the ordinary life around them, and many philosophers, anthropologists, psycHologists and neuroscientists have offered insights into the difficulties and rewards of paying attention to the here and now. With characteristic wit and earthiness, Michael Foley - author of the bestselling The Age of Absurdity- draws on the work of these artists and thinkers, and encourages us to delight in the complexities of everyday psychopathology. With astute observation, Foley brings fresh insights to such things as the banality of everyday speech, the madness and weirdness of snobbery, love and sex, and the strangeness of everyday objects and the everyday environment, such as the office. It is all more fasc…

1001 Nights in Iraq By Shant Kenderian

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1001 Nights in Iraq By Shant Kenderian
Shant Kenderians visit to Baghdad in 1980, at age seventeen, was supposed to be a short one -- just enough time to make peace with his estranged father before returning to his home in the United States. But then Saddam Hussein invaded Iran and sealed off Iraqs borders to every man of military age -- including Shant. Suddenly forced onto the front lines, his two-week visit turned into a nightmare that lasted for ten years. 1001 Nights in Iraq presents a human story that provides unique insight into a country and culture that we only get a hint of in the headlines. After surviving the horrors of the Iran-Iraq War, Shant was then forced to fight on the front lines of Desert Storm without being given the proper equipment, including a gun, but miraculously survived to be captured by the Americans and become a POW. He underwent starvation, heavy interrogations, and solitary confinement, but what broke him in the end was his love affair with a female Ame…

Anvil! By Lips Reiner

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Anvil! By Lips Reiner
In the early seventies, when Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath ruled the world, Steve ?Lips? Kudlow and Robb Reiner, two young Jewish boys from the northern suburbs of Toronto, vowed to rock together forever. A decade later, their band Anvil released one of the heaviest records in music history, Metal on Metal, which influenced a whole musical generation, including the world-dominating bands Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. Yet while these bands went on to sell millIons of records, Anvil slipped straight into obscurity. Was it too much sex and drugs and not enough rock ?n? roll? Was it the menagerie of pets that accompanied them on tour? Their uncanny knack for setting themselves on fire whenever a record company executive was watching? Now, almost thirty years later, like a real-life Spinal Tap, these unlikely musical heroes are still rocking, and still chasing their dream. Written in their own words, Anvil: The Story of Anvil charts the rise, fall, and eventual triu…

The Case of the Plagued Play By David Lewman

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The Case of the Plagued Play By David Lewman
The school play is in danger of closing before it even opens if Club CSI: can?t figure out who?s ruining rehearsals!Someone is trying to sabotage the school play, and it?s up to Hannah, Ben, and Corey to make sure the show goes on. Club CSI: learns that the play was written by an eighth grader at Woodlands Junior High? Is the culprit a jealous classmate? Or could a disgruntled actor be to blame? As more props go missing and the set is vandalized, Club CSI: must use all of the investigation and forensic science techniques in their arsenal to crack the case. Because if they don?t, the play?s final curtain call might happen before opening night!© 2013 CBS & Ent. AB Funding LLC. All Rights Reserved. CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION in USA is a TM of CBS and outside USA TM of Ent. AB Funding LLC

Notes From A Friend By Tony Robbins

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Notes From A Friend By Tony Robbins
NOTES FROM A FRIEND is a concise and easy-to-understand guide to the most powerful and life-changing tools and principles that make Anthony Robbins an international leader in peak performance. Based on the concepts and stories in the bestsellinG AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN and UNLIMITED POWER, Anthony Robbins shows us how quick and simple it can be to take charge of your life. 'Vintage Tony Robbins...It distils the complexity of human potential movement into one single but powerful idea'JAMES REDFIELD, THE CELESTINE PROPHECY'Tony's warmth, passion, and commitment will inspire you to truly master your life and touch others in the process'KENNETH BLANCHARD, PH.D., AUTHOR OF THE ONE MINUTE MANGE