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Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Lose weight without losing your mind! *Cook Yourself Thin* is a healthy, delicious way to drop a dress size without all the gimmicks. The ladies of “Cook Yourself Thin,” a new Lifetime reality show, offer 80 easy, accessible recipes in this companion cookbook that teaches readers how to cut calories without compromising taste. For some of us, losing weight has always been a struggle. The challenge: figuring out how to cook healthy, low-fat foods that won’t leave you hungry, bored, or running for a gallon of ice cream! *Cook Yourself Thin* shows how to cut calories, change diets, and improve health without sacrificing the foods we love. *Cook Yourself Thin* is not a fad diet. It gives skinny alternatives to your cravings. You can’t live without your chocolate cake or mac ‘n’ cheese? You don’t have to! (See Deep Dark Chocolate Cake, page 197.) There’s never enough time to cook? *Cook Yourself Thin* keeps it simple─with easy instructions and fun recipes you’ll want to make again and again. What are you waiting for? Cook Yourself Thin!

Contract With God

SUMMARY: The discovery of a fragment of an ancient map leads Anthony Fowler, priest, CIA operative and member of the Holy Alliance, into an expedition in search of one of the most powerful ancient treasures of all.Anthony Fowler pays a visit to a war criminal living under a pseudonym because of the terrible experiments he performed on Jewish children. Fowler offers him a deal – he will not reveal the man’s true identity in exchange for a huge candle covered in fine filigree gold. But it isn’t the gold Fowler is after – it is the metallic object preserved within the wax, a missing fragment of an ancient map. Soon Fowler is involved in an expedition to Jordan set up by a reclusive billionaire who has links to the highest levels of the Catholic Church. But there is a traitor in the group – and he’s patiently awaiting the moment to strike…

Continental Contract

The largest private gun squad in history follows Bolan to France, only to find the war has started without them, and 20 dead Frenchmen are mute testimony to the profinciency of the Executioner. . .

Containment

SUMMARY: As Earth’s ability to support human life diminishes, the Global Space Agency is formed with a single mandate: protect humanity from extinction by colonizing the solar system. Venus, being almost the same mass as Earth, is chosen over Mars as humanity’s first permanent steppingstone into the universe.Arik Ockley is part of the first generation to be born and raised off-Earth. After a puzzling accident, Arik wakes up to find that his wife is three months pregnant. Since the colony’s environmental systems cannot safely support any increases in population, Arik immediately resumes his work on AP, or artificial photosynthesis, in order to save the life of his unborn child.Arik’s new and frantic research uncovers startling truths about the planet, and about the distorted reality the founders of the colony have constructed for Arik’s entire generation. Everything Arik has ever known is called into question, and he must figure out the right path for himself, his wife, and his unborn daughter.

Conqueror

Conqueror (The second book in the Time’s Tapestry series) A novel by Stephen Baxter As the comet fills the sky over Britain and rumours of war coming from across the channel spread two young men accompany a lecherous bishop north to the ruins of the ancient Hadrian’s Wall to search for a man known only as ‘the last Roman’ and the mysterious prophecy he keeps – the prophecy of Isolde. It is a prophecy that tells of an invasion by a North man and an empire that will last thousands of years, an empire of the Aryans. Stephen Baxter’s new series is full of page-turning action, intriguing mystery and awe-inspiring scientific speculation. Full of evocative historical detail and characters who jump of the page this is history lived by people who’s future is not yet locked as our past.

The Confidence-Man and Billy Budd, Sailor

In The Confidence-Man, Melville’s unnerving and hallucinatory satire on the American dream, a slippery trickster and master of disguise comes to swindle his fellow passengers – who themselves may also be con-men – aboard a Mississippi steamboat.

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Confess, Fletch

Review

?Has all the zest, humor and spare lean prose of its forerunner: it has a beautifully complex plot which leaves you squirming at the final sentence and a set of slippery characters who never turn out to be just exactly what they seem. Confess, Fletch is as stimulent slipped into your nightcap that will have you up to dawn no matter what you think you have to do tomorrow.? –Joe Gores — Review

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Confess, Fletch

The flight from Rome had been pleasant enough, even if the business he was on wasn’t exactly. His Italian fianc?e’s father had been kidnapped and presumably murdered, and Fletch is on the trail of a stolen art collection that is her only patrimony. But when he arrives in his apartment to find a dead body, things start to get complicated.

Confess, Fletch

Inspector Flynn found him a little glib for someone who seemed to be the only likely suspect in a pretty clear case of homicide. He wasn’t exactly uncooperative, but it wasn’t like he was entirely forthcoming either. And Flynn wasn’t entirely convinced that the nineteenth-century Western artist Edgar Arthur Tharp really occupied most of Fletch’s thoughts.

Confess, Fletch

With the police on his tail and a few other things to do beside prove his own innocence, Fletch makes himself at home in Boston, renting a van, painting it black, and breaking into a private art gallery. That is when he’s not “entertaining” his future mother-in-law
and visiting with the good Inspector Flynn and his family.

The Complete Android Guide

Google’s Android operating system is amazing in the breadth of what it can do, and the many ways it can be implemented on smartphones. That also means that there may be many powerful features that you haven’t yet discovered, and a bit of confusion as to why your phone doesn’t look like the phones you see in other people’s hands.
That’s why The Complete Android Guide was created. It’s a comprehensive run-down of everything your phone can do, written from the perspective of the curious user. With screenshots, step-by-step instructions, and explanations of how everything fits together in plain English, new Android users will unlock their phone’s potential, and journeyman ‘droid fans will pick up some new tricks.
As Android changes and updates, so does this guide. The Complete Android Guide is updated as soon as possible after new Android versions arrive on phones and tablets, and major variations are covered, like Motorola’s Motoblur and HTC’s Sense UI. When new, cool apps come out, we include them in the extended features. You’ve got a 21st century phone, and a how-to guide should at least try to keep up.

Commuters: A Novel

SUMMARY: At seventy-eight, Winnie Easton has finally found love again with Jerry Trevis, a wealthy Chicago businessman who has moved to the small, upstate town of Hartfield, New York, to begin his life anew. But their decision to buy one of the town’s biggest houses ignites anger and skepticism—as children and grandchildren take drastic actions to secure their own futures and endangered inheritances. With so much riding on Jerry’s wealth, a decline in his physical health forces hard decisions on the family, renewing old loyalties while creating surprising alliances. A powerfully moving novel told from alternating perspectives, Commuters is an intensely human story of lives profoundly changed by the repercussions of one marriage, and by the complex intertwining of love, money, and family.

Coming out

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Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy. With twin daughters finishing high school, a son at Dartmouth, and a kindergartner from her second marriage, there seems to be no challenge to which Olympia cannot rise. Until one sunny day in May, when she opens an invitation for her daughters to attend the most exclusive coming-out ball in New York–and chaos erupts all around her. One twin’s excitement is balanced by the other’s outrage; her previous husband’s profound snobbism is in sharp contrast to her current husband’s flat refusal to attend.

For Olympia’s husband, Harry, whose parents survived the Holocaust, the idea of a blue-blood debutante ball is abhorrent. Her daughter Veronica, a natural-born rebel, agrees– while Veronica’s identical twin, Virginia, is already shopping for the perfect dress. Then there’s Olympia’s ex, an insufferable snob, who sees the ball as the perfect opportunity for a family feud. And amid all the hubbub, Olympia’s college-age son, Charlie, is facing a turning point in his life–and may need his mother more than ever. But despite it all, Olympia is determined to steer her family through the event until, just days before the cotillion, things begin to unravel with alarming speed.

From a son’s crisis to a daughter’s heartbreak, from a case of the chicken pox to a political debate raging in her household, Olympia is on the verge of surrender. And that is when, in a series of startling choices and changes of heart, family, friends, and even a blue-haired teenager all find a way to turn a night of calamity into an evening of magic. As old wounds are healed, barriers are shattered and new traditions are born, and a debutante ball becomes a catalyst for change, revelation, acceptance, and love.

In a novel that is by turns profound, poignant, moving, and warmly funny, Danielle Steel tells the story of an extraordinary family–finding new ways of letting go, stepping up, and coming out…in the ways that matter most.

From the Hardcover edition.
**Recensie(s)**

A moving and haunting book Daily Express
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The Coming of the Dragon

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The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse
Rebecca Barnhouse weaves Norse gods, blood feuds, and a terrifying dragon into this spectacular retelling of the end of the Old English poem *Beowulf.*
When he was a baby, Rune washed up onshore in a boat, along with a sword and a pendant bearing the runes that gave him his nickname. Some people thought he was a sacrifice to the gods and wanted to send him right back to the sea. Luckily for Rune, King Beowulf disagreed. He lifted the boy from the boat and gave him to Amma, a wisewoman living on a farm far removed from the king’s hall, to raise as she saw fit.
Sixteen years later, Rune spends his summers laboring on the farm. And at King Beowulf’s request, he comes to the hall each winter for weapons training. But somehow he never quite fits in. Many people still fear he will bring a curse on the kingdom. Then a terrible thing happens. On a lonely crag on a mountain that belongs to the giants, someone awakens a dragon. It is time for Rune to find the warrior inside himself and prove to the doubters once and for all that he is a true hero.

Comes the Blind Fury

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A child cries out . . . in torment–in terror. From out of the past, from outof the mists, a terrible vengeance is born.

From the Publisher

A century ago, a gentle blind girl walked the cliffs of Paradise Point. Then the children came — taunting, teasing — until she lost her footing and fell, shrieking her rage to the drowning sea… Now Michelle has come from Boston to live in the big house on Paradise Point. She is excited about her new life, ready to make new friends… until a hand reaches out of the swirling mists — the hand of blind child. She is asking for friendship… seeking revenge… whispering her name…

Come Out Tonight

From Publishers Weekly

There’s not a crime novelist around who writes cleaner prose than LaymonAand few who can jack up the tension the way he does. Yet despite his popularity overseas and a minor resurgence here (Bite, Forecasts, May 24), his readership has of late been limited in the States. This new novel, his first since The Midnight Tour, probably won’t change that. Laymon likes to grasp readers by the neck with expert wordsmithery, then haul them into a diabolical situation. Here, foxy substitute teacher Sherry Gates goes searching for her boyfriend, who’s late returning from a condom-run to a local L.A. market, and gets snatched by a homicidal, sex-crazed teen, Toby Bones. Many readers will find that too much of what ensues focuses, graphically, on Toby’s violations of Sherry (and others), including rape, child molestation, slashings, beatings, shootings, a beheading and fratricidal murder by electric drill. Laymon’s outrageousness is part of his appeal, but in his best books it’s leavened by a gratifyingly sardonic sense of humor. That wickedness flashes at times here, as does a surprising tenderness: the series of scenes in which a naked Sherry is aided by two horny teen boys combines both qualities in a dashing display of emotionally complex writing. Once again, Laymon offers unexpected, well-rounded characters blown about in a narrative that moves like the wind. But the many scenes of sadistic torture cross the line from terror to lurid cruelty and will curdle the enjoyment of all but the most dedicated Laymon fans.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

The master of stomach-churning porno-violence (Quake, 1995, etc.) returns, unredeemed and of no social value whatsoever. Laymon fans must always be telling themselves, I’m sick. Im very sick. I must be absolutely worthless to be enjoying this, but, as the authors numerous villainous psychopaths would undoubtedly say, Kill em all! Let God sort em out! This time, the Santa Ana winds are blowing fire toward L.A., and tubby, teenaged Toby Bones, who with his brother murdered his wealthy parents, is on the loose. Teacher Sherry Gates and her boyfriend Duane are just about to make love when his condom falls to pieces. He’ll be right back, Duane says, heading for the nearby convenience store for some fresh booties. He never comes back. After a while, Sherry goes looking for him and eventually is kidnaped by Toby, a student from a recent class. He beats and tries to rape her, then decides they need a bed. Sherry escapes, gets a stranger named Jim to help her get back to Duane’s place. They find Duane in bed, his skull crushed, then Toby offs Jim with two butcher knives into his back, jumps a woman in Duane’s hallway and knifes her in the back, then re-abducts Sherry for some real fun. And that’s just for tasty openers as Laymon’s novel slides in slime toward a big sweet hell of pain and orgasm. — Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Coma

Robin Cook is the author — and Coma is the book — for which the term “medical thriller” was first used. It’s a spine-chilling shocker about a crime beyond imagining and the committed young medical student who brings it to light.The surgery was routine — the kind performed many times a day at Boston’s most prestigious hospital. The teams that worked in OR #8 were among the best in the world. But even their incredible skill couldn’t make up for what was happening around them. Several patients, admitted to the hospital for minor surgery, never awoke. For some inexplicable reason, their brains had been destroyed.

Colorado Abduction

***Colorado Abduction** by Cassie Miles*
Ranch owner Carolyn was used to being in charge, but incredibly sexy FBI agent JD had other ideas. He was domineering, stubborn and had vowed never to let an assignment turn personal – until Carolyn found a way to melt his hardened heart.
***In Bed with the Badge** by Marie Ferrarella*
Police officer Riley is annoyed at being partnered with former academy classmate Sam. Sam’s as mind-stoppingly handsome as he is irritating, sparking in Riley deliciously improper thoughts. But, after their problems of the past, how can she learn to trust him?