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American Runway: 75 Years of Fashion and the Front Row

New York Fashion Week has served many purposes throughout its long history, but it has always remained at the center of the American fashion world. During World War II, Fashion Week challenged the dominance of French couture; in the 1970s and 1980s, it was a showcase for American sportswear stars who became household names; in the 2000s, it was the stage for celebrity designers using the runway as a vehicle for entertainment; and now, it is the place to see and be seen by contemporary reality TV and social media stars. Now, this illustrious history is told as it’s never been told before, in a book packed with designer interviews, backstage ephemera, and exclusive photographs culled from all 75 years of New York Fashion Week. Part historical over­view, part scrapbook, and part fashion-industry field guide, *American Runway *will bring to life the people, places, and over-the-top runway productions of New York Fashion Week—and will sate the appetites of die-hard fashion fans and casual fashionistas alike.

American Moonshot

As the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, the award winning historian and perennial *New York Times* bestselling author takes a fresh look at the space program, President John F. Kennedy’s inspiring challenge, and America’s race to the moon.
“*We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.*”—President John F. Kennedy
On May 25, 1961, JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In this engrossing, fast-paced epic, Douglas Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. *American Moonshot* brings together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, which shot the United States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.
Drawing on new primary source material and major interviews with many of the surviving figures who were key to America’s success, Brinkley brings this fascinating history to life as never before. *American Moonshot* is a portrait of the brilliant men and women who made this giant leap possible, the technology that enabled us to propel men beyond earth’s orbit to the moon and return them safely, and the geopolitical tensions that spurred Kennedy to commit himself fully to this audacious dream. Brinkley’s ensemble cast of New Frontier characters include rocketeer Wernher von Braun, astronaut John Glenn and space booster Lyndon Johnson.
A vivid and enthralling chronicle of one of the most thrilling, hopeful, and turbulent eras in the nation’s history, *American Moonshot* is an homage to scientific ingenuity, human curiosity, and the boundless American spirit.

American Gods: A Novel

Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming — a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path.
One of the most talked-about books of the new millennium, American Gods is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and across an American landscape at once eerily familiar and utterly alien. It is, quite simply, a contemporary masterpiece.
–back cover

American Gods (American Gods)

Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, *American Gods* takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…
*This is the author’s preferred text, never before published in the UK, and is about 12,000 words longer than the previous UK edition.*

American Gods

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After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time
until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before
he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous
circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre
r Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god
and the king of America…

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But the storm is about to break…Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Gaiman’s epic new novel sees him on the road to the heart of America. Includes extra material exclusive to Headline Review’s edition
**Recensie(s)**

An imaginative fantasy. * The Mail on Sunday * Gaiman wittily fleshes out his conceit… his wit and sense of the marvellous shine through, making American Gods an absolute must for fans of the genre’ The Times * The Times * Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long hard look into the soul of America. * The Western Mail Cardiff *
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American Colossus

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American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 by H. W. Brands
In this grand-scale narrative history, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands brilliantly portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, of a recognizably modern America.

*American Colossus* captures the decades between the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century, when a few breathtakingly wealthy businessmen transformed the United States from an agrarian economy to a world power. From the first Pennsylvania oil gushers to the rise of Chicago skyscrapers, this spellbinding narrative shows how men like Morgan, Carnegie, and Rockefeller ushered in a new era of unbridled capitalism. In the end America achieved unimaginable wealth, but not without cost to its traditional democratic values.

The Ambler Warning

SUMMARY: HE’S SEARCHING FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T EXIST–HIMSELF. On Parrish Island, off the coast of Virginia, lies a psychiatric facility. Far from prying eyes, it is a government-run hospital for former intelligence employees in possession of highly classified information. Former Consular Operations agent Hal Ambler is one of these patients whose mind is filled with secrets of state–and is considered such a security risk that he is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there’s one critical difference between Ambler and the other patients–Ambler isn’t crazy. Now he must find a way to escape the facility, find out who put him there, and uncover the truth of who he was…and why someone is willing to risk everything to see him dead. “Reading a Ludlum novel is like watching a James Bond film…slickly paced…all consuming.”–“Entertainment Weekly”” “”Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six-pack of thriller writers combined.”–“The New York Times” ” ” Visit the Robert Ludlum(TM) Web site atwww.ludlumbooks.com

Amberville

Amberville by Tim Davys
What does it mean to be bad?
Eric Bear has it all: a successful career, a beautiful wife, a blissful home. He knows he’s been lucky; a while back, his life revolved around drugs, gambling, a gang of stuffed-animal thugs, and notorious crime boss Nicholas Dove.
But the past isn’t as far away as Eric had hoped. Rumors are swirling that Dove is on the Death List and that he wants Eric to save him. If Eric fails to act, his beloved wife, Emma Rabbit, will be torn apart, limb from limb, and reduced to stuffing.
With a nod to the best of noir and the wisest of allegories—interlaced with greed and gangsters—**Amberville** depicts an alternate world that mirrors our own realities and moral concerns, and reminds us of the inextricable link between good and evil.

Amber StClaire And The Beast Of Sanur

In the tropical heat of Bali, local police struggle to make any headway in identifying the perpetrator of a series of brutal murders.
All they’ve managed to deduce is that the killer isn’t human.
Enter the mysterious Amber StClaire. A woman with strange supernatural powers. Someone who seems to be able to walk the dark realm between the living and the dead.
She’s had some experience dealing with unnatural forces.
But nothing like this.
As her investigations get under way, she meets Veronika. A gorgeous Finnish girl. They strike up a friendship that fast blossoms into something more. First a touch, then a kiss. Amber knows it is a closeness unlike anything Veronika has ever experienced. And soon Veronika is completely intoxicated by Amber, seeking her out to fulfil her new and forbidden desires.
That is until Veronika goes missing.
Fearing that she has been snatched by the killer, Amber must use all her wits and strength to outsmart the monster and take it down.
If she doesn’t, Veronika will be slaughtered.
And if Amber herself doesn’t survive, the repercussions for Bali will be dire.

Welcome to the erotic and supernatural mysteries of Amber StClaire…

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The Amber Spyglass

The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials Series #3) by Philip Pullman
****************** Includes a preview of *THE BOOK OF DUST,* the long-awaited new novel from Philip Pullman set in the world of His Dark Materials, and************ hailed by the ***********************New York Times ***********************as “a stunning achievement.”**************************
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The unforgettable His Dark Materials trilogy that began with *The Golden Compass*—the modern fantasy classic that *Entertainment Weekly *named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and *Newsweek* hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time”—and continued with *The Subtle Knife*, reaches its astonishing conclusion in *The Amber Spyglass*.**
Throughout the worlds, the forces of both heaven and hell are mustering to take part in Lord Asriel’s audacious rebellion. Each player in this epic drama has a role to play—and a sacrifice to make. Witches, angels, spies, assassins, tempters, and pretenders, no one will remain unscathed.
Lyra and Will have the most dangerous task of all. They must journey to a gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone and from which there is no escape.
As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living—and the dead—comes to depend on Lyra and Will. On the choices they make in love, and for love, forevermore.
**A #1 *New York Times* Bestseller**
**Winner of the Whitbread Award**
**Winner of the British Book Award (Children’s)**
**Published in 40 Countries**
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“Masterful…. This title confirms Pullman’s inclusion in the company of C.S. Lewis and Tolkien.” —*Smithsonian Magazine*
“Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century. An astounding achievement.” *—The Cincinnati Enquirer
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“War, politics, magic, science, individual lives and cosmic destinies are all here . . . shaped and assembled into a narrative of tremendous pace by a man with a generous, precise intelligence. I am completely enchanted.” —*The New York Times Book Review
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“Breathtaking adventure . . . a terrific story, eloquently told.” *—*The Boston Globe**

The Ambassador’s Mission

Sonea, once the despised commoner in the Magicians’ Guild, is now a Black Magician of Kyralia. Though she is now part of the establishment, she comes to find that the past is not so easily left behind… Lorkin, Sonea’s rebellious son, has volunteered to join the formidable Lord Dannyl in his new post as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka – a land ruled by cruel, slave-owning black magicians. There is suspicion that some of the Sachakans still harbor dreams of conquest, so when word comes that Lorkin has gone missing, Sonea is desperate to find him. However, Guild law states that if a Black Magician leaves the city he or she will be exiled forever. As she fears for her missing son, Sonea dedicates herself to helping her old friend Cery. For some time, there has been fear and paranoia on the streets of Imardin. Leading thieves have been dying under irregular circumstances. The need to discover who has been picking off the leading thieves of the city is now a very personal crusade – one that Sonea must aid, for the killer appears to be using magic. Either a member of the Guild is leading a double life as a hired killer, or there is – once again – a rogue magician on the streets of Imardin . . .
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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

EDITORIAL REVIEW: ** Winner of the 2001 Carnegie Medal ** *One rat, popping up here and there, squeaking loudly, and taking a bath in the cream, could be a plague all by himself. After a few days of this, it was amazing how glad people were to see the kid with his magical rat pipe. And they were amazing when the rats followed hint out of town. They’d have been really amazed if they’d ever found out that the rats and the piper met up with a cat somewhere outside of town and solemnly counted out the money.* The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. This streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blinitz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits. For this is a town where food is scarce and rats are hated, where cellars are lined with deadly traps, and where a terrifying evil lurks beneath the hunger-stricken streets…. Set in Terry Pratchett’s widely popular Discworld, this masterfully crafted, gripping read is both compelling and funny. When one of the world’s most acclaimed fantasy writers turns a classic fairy tale on its head, no one will ever look at the Pied Piper — or rats — the same way again!

Amazing Brick Mosaics

**Build awesome paintings brick by brick!**
Every LEGO-loving kid has at least one huge bin of bricks – the sets are built, dismantled, and typically never built again – and this book gives them dozens of ways to reuse them in fun projects that range from easy to challenging. Featuring a simple yet elegant mosaic technique, step-by-step instructions, and full-color photographs for making 25 cool two-dimensional pictures, Amazing Brick Mosaics offers unique projects that will delight any LEGO enthusiast.
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

With this brilliant novel, the bestselling author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys gives us an exhilarating triumph of language and invention, a stunning novel in which the tragicomic adventures of a couple of boy geniuses reveal much about what happened to America in the middle of the twentieth century. Like Phillip Roth’s American Pastoral or Don DeLillo’s Underworld, Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a superb novel with epic sweep, spanning continents and eras, a masterwork by one of America’s finest writers.
It is New York City in 1939. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat to date: smuggling himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague. He is looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn’s own Sammy Clay, is looking for a collaborator to create the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Out of their fantasies, fears, and dreams, Joe and Sammy weave the legend of that unforgettable champion the Escapist. And inspired by the beautiful and elusive Rosa Saks, a woman who will be linked to both men by powerful ties of desire, love, and shame, they create the otherworldly mistress of the night, Luna Moth. As the shadow of Hitler falls across Europe and the world, the Golden Age of comic books has begun.
The brilliant writing that has led critics to compare Michael Chabon to John Cheever and Vladimir Nabokov is everywhere apparent in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Chabon writes “like a magical spider, effortlessly spinning out elaborate webs of words that ensnare the reader,” wrote Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times about Wonder Boys—and here he has created, in Joe Kavalier, a hero for the century.

Alvin Journeyman

Using the lore and the folk magic of the men and women who settled the North American continent, Card has created an alternate frontier America: a world where folk magic really works, and where that magic has colored the entire history of the colonies. Charms and beseechings, hexes and potions, all have a place in the lives of the people of this world. “Knacks” abound: Dowsers find water, the second sight warns of dangers to come, and a torch can read the heart of anyone. And Alvin Miller, the seventh son of a seventh son, is a very special man indeed. Alvin is a Maker, and what he can make is a new future for America. But to do that he must defeat his ancient enemy, the Unmaker, whose cruel whispers and deadly plots have threatened Alvin’s life at every turn. Now a grown man and a journeyman smith, Alvin has returned to his family and friends in the town of Vigor Church, to share in their isolation, to work as a blacksmith, and to try to teach anyone who will learn the knack of being a Maker. For Alvin has had a vision of the city he will build, and he knows that he cannot build it alone. But the Unmaker is not through with Alvin. If that spirit of destruction cannot stop him by magic, or war and devastation, then it will try to crush the young Maker by simpler means – more human means. By lies and innuendo, and by false accusations, Alvin is driven from his home back to Hatrack River, only to find that the Unmaker has been there before him, and that he must now stand trial for his life.

Alternate Realities

In *Port Eternity*: Their names were Lancelot, Elaine, Percivale, Gawain, Mordred, Lynette, and Vivien, and they were *made people*, clone servants who worked aboard *The Maid*, an anachronistic fantasy of a spaceship. They had no idea of their origins, from those old storytapes of romance, chivalry, heroism, and betrayal, until a ripple in the space-time continuum sucked *The Maid* and her crew into a no-man’s-land from which there could be no return, and they were left alone to face a crisis which their ancient prototypes were never designed to master….
In *Wave Without a Shore*: Freedom was an isolated planet, off the main spaceways and rarely visited by commercial spacers. It wasn’t that Freedom was inhospitable, the problem was that outsiders—tourists and traders—claimed that the streets were crowded with mysterious blue-robed aliens. Native-born humans, however, denied that these aliens existed—until a planetary crisis forced a confrontation between the question of reality and the reality of the question….
In *Voyager in Night*: Rafe Murray, his sister Jillian, and Jillian’s husband Paul Gaines, like many other out-of-luck spacers, had come to newly-built Endeavor Station to find their future. Their tiny ship, *Lindy*, had been salvaged from the junk heap, and fitted to mine ore from the mineral-rich rings which circled Endeavor. But their future proved to be far stranger than any of them imagined, when a “collision” with a huge alien vessel provided them with the oddest first contact experience possible!