"Anne Tyler, prolific author of Breathing Lessons (made into a movie), writes this evocative novel.
Pauline and Michael seemed like the perfect couple--young, good-looking, made for each other. Set during WW II, it seems that while other couples grow more seasoned, these two remain amateurs. Still, they go on, "feuding, fussing and fighting." They have 3 children; one becomes a runaway in the turbulent 60's era. Pauline and Michael must rescue their little grandson from their "flower-child" daughter. "Tune in, turn on, and drop out," might have been the advice of Timothy O'Leary, but what about the damage that leaves behind?
In this embracing and perceptive novel, Anne Tyler captures the nuances of everyday life with such telling precision that every page brings nods of recognition."
"American Foreign Service Officer is the only test preparation book available to help you score high on the extremely competitive qualifying examination given every year on the first Saturday in December. Of the many candidates who take this difficult and demanding test, only a very small percentage receive a passing score. Now, with ARCO's exceptional study guide, you'll maximize your chances to be among the select few who succeed--and walk away a winner!
Includes complete information on careers in the Department of State, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Department of Commerce."
"Frank Pollard is afraid to fall asleep. Every morning he awakes, he discovers something strange--like blood on his hands--a bizarre mystery that tortures his soul. Two investigators have been hired to follow the haunted man. But only one person--a young man with Down's syndrome--can imagine where their journeys might end. That terrible place from which no one ever returns...The Bad Place."
"When an old friend from the newly independent Caribbean nation of Tampica turns up in London afraid for her life, claiming the island has become a haven for the traffic of cocaine--"white girl" in island parlance--Henry and Emmy Tibbett agree to help her get the goods on the Mafia-corrupted local officials. But amid the deceptive calm of a lush tropic resort, they soon discover that they can trust no one, because nothing is what it appears to be and the only reality is that each of them is in the gravest danger."
"A fantasy of the future that sheds a blazing critical light on the present--considered to be Aldous Huxley's most enduring masterpiece.
In everything Huxley wrote, from the most frivolous to the most profound, there runs the common thread of his search to explain the meaning and possibilities of human life and perception.
Brave New World gives a pessimistic view of human nature. Written in 1932, it is an antiutopia, with its eerie combination of totalitarian government and ubiquitous feel-good drugs and sex. The book disturbed many readers of his day; but it has proven to be Huxley's most enduring and influential work."
"Take one amateur sleuth. Mix in some eccentric Minnesota locals. Add a generous dollop of crackling suspense, and you've got the recipe for this delicious mystery series featuring Hannah Swensen, the red-haired, cookie-baking heroine whose gingersnaps are almost as spicy as her mouth and whose penchant for solving crime is definitely stirring things up.
Hannah already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother's attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden's most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah's famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can't get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn't watch her back, Hannah's sweet life may get burned to a crisp!"
"From the #1 bestselling author of October Sky comes this rich, unforgettable tale. With the same dazzling storytelling that distinguished his first memoir, Homer Hickam takes us deeper into the soul of his West Virginia hometown at a moment when its unique way of life is buffeted by forces of time and change. It is fall 1959. Homer "Sonny" Hickam and his fellow Rocket Boys are in their senior year at Big Creek High, and the town of Coalwood finds itself at a painful crossroads. Homer, Sr. struggles to save the mine; with the holidays approaching, trouble at the mine & the arrival of an outsider bring unexpected changes to the Hickam family and the town of Coalwood."
"Susan Harris lived in self-imposed seclusion, in a mansion featuring numerous automated systems controlled by a state-of-the-art computer. Every comfort was provided, and in this often unsafe world of ours, her security was absolute.
But now her security system has been breached, her sanctuary from the outside world violated by an insidious artificial intelligence. Susan is to become the object of this consuming obsession: to learn everything there is to know about the flesh."
"I loved this book, and I learned some things too. The events of this book were true, based on the author's family. Set in a small Italian village, beginning in 1890, the scene transfers to New York as some of the family move there.
Going back and forth between New York and Italy, it is filled with both the joys and sorrows of an extended family, this story really draws you in, and you care about what happens to the men, women and children.
This book is for anyone who values history and/or the things in all our lives that make us who we are."
"With her bad-girl days behind her, new Christian Ashley Harcourt wanted to build a good life for her baby boy. Yet a reunion with a childhood flame brought old doubts to the fore--could a girl with a scarlet past ever win a good man?
Includes a sneak preview of A Soldier's Heart, and Dangerous Game."
"Stress can cripple you--today's fast-paced lifestyles demand relief. Personal disappointments, broken family relationships and job related stresses are crippling thousands.
Divided into two parts, Part 1 is titled "The Way to Christ." Part 2 is "The Christian Way."
"At the top of his class at Harvard Law, Mitch McDeere had his choice of the best in America, but he made a deadly mistake.
He signed on with a law firm in Memphis, and the company took care of everything from his mortgage, school loans, and expensive car. "You never get nothing for nothing," as his brother has told him. Now, the FBI needs his help to expose the firm, and Mitch faces the ultimate dilemma, the life-or-death decision....A movie was made of the novel, starring Tom Cruise."
"How many of us are truly adults in the fullest sense of the word? Dr. Peck suggests that today most adults are mere children in grown-up clothing--unwilling to make the painful odyssey that leads to spiritual and psychological maturity. This extraordinary audio program helps us begin that journey.
Dr. Peck argues that in order to grow up, we must experience pain. By differentiating between "productive pain" and "unproductive pain" we grow stronger, wiser and more courageous in all aspects of our lives.
This work helps us achieve self-understanding and joy, while gaining spiritual and psychological guidance for a new era."
"A Billy Graham Library Selection, this book tells us that "God calls the church to overcome racism in the world. God called Howard Jones to overcome racism in the church."
Particularly relevant to the 2008 Presidential race because Howard Jones might be considered a "trailblazer" for those who came after. Christianity Today calls Howard Jones the "Jackie Robinson of Evangelism." He experienced early challenges in a white Bible school, yet went on to triumph as the first black evangelist to conduct (Billy Graham) Crusades in Africa.
Jones is an authentic model of what it means to be not just an African-American leader, and also a man who understands the absolute necissity of following God's call wherever it leads."
"Kathy Reichs is a #1 bestselling author, whose real-life career as a forensic anthropologist spawned the hit tv show "Bones."
Dr. Temperance Brennan, her acclaimed heroine, goes to Guatemala to aid in a harrowing excavation where she unearths a chilling history. She also unwittingly puts herself in danger during her investigation.
The violence of the past is linked to present events as Tempe travels between Canada and Guatemala to follow leads in the disappearances of 4 privileged young women."
"From the cover "real but ridiculous samplings from America's newspapers." If you like Jay Leno on late-night TV, and are familiar with the segment where he highlights the news, you'll love this book! Cartoons, photos, and comments by Jay make the book one long laugh!"
"This is the dramatic and true story of Dr. Jerri Nielsen, the physician stranded at a South Pole research station as she discovers a lump in her breast. Inspiring, funny (Jerri has a great sense of humor), this book recounts the amazing rescue in October 1999 that made headlines around the globe.
I read the Reader's Digest Condensed version years ago, so I picked up this book to read "the rest of the story," and was glad I did!"
"An exhilirating memoir of his late-blooming love affair with the flying trapeze, author Sam Keen (author of Fire in the Belly), wrote this provocative look at the potential it offers for growth and transformation.
As a boy, Keen experienced the joy & freedom of flight while swinging from trees in Alabama and Tennessee. Many years later, at age 61, he happened upon a trapeze training program, and started developing the poise and confidence of this type of flight. Keen has turned this into a vehicle for exploring the challenges and dilemmas of life.
Keen has been called "one of our livliest minds," (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence)."