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Choke: a novel

SUMMARY: Victor Mancini, obsédé sexuel nt fils modèle, est ruiné par l’hospitalisation de sa mère, atteinte de la maladie d’Alzheimer. Pour faire face à ses dépenses, il met au point un stratagème extravagant : faire mine de s’asphyxier avec la nourriture en dînant dans des restaurants chic et gagner la compassion d’une clientèle de luxe. Entre deux crises d’étouffement au caviar, Victor travaille comme figurant dans un parc à thème historique et participe à des séances de thérapie collective pour drogués du sexe incurables. Mais c’est au chevet de sa mère qu’il retrouve intacte la folie galopante qui a ravagé son enfance. Derrière le délire sénile de cette vieille dame indigne, parviendra-t-il à percer à jour l’hallucinant secret de ses origines ? Une Amérique schizophrène est la toile de fond de cette tragi-comédie brillante et féroce, où Palahniuk s’affirme au croisement de John Kennedy Toole et de Bret Easton Ellis.

Choke Hold

INSIDE THE WORLD OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS – AND MURDER… 
Angel Dare went into Witness Protection to escape her past — not as a porn star, but as a killer who took down the sex slavery ring that destroyed her life. But sometimes the past just won’t stay buried.
When a former co-staris gunned down, it’s up to Angel to get his son, a hotheaded MMA fighter, safely through the unforgiving Arizona desert, shady Mexican bordertowns, and the seductive neon mirage of Las Vegas…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen Series #1) by Joanne Fluke
Discover the delicious mystery that started it all!
No one cooks up a delectable, suspense-filled mystery quite like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke’s dessert-baking, red-haired heroine whose gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks, and whose penchant for solving crimes one delicious clue at a time has made her a bestselling favorite. And it all began on these pages, with a bakery, a murder, and some suddenly scandalous chocolate-chip crunchies. Featuring a bonus short story and brand new, mouthwatering recipes, this limited edition of the very first Hannah Swensen mystery is sure to have readers coming back for seconds.
Hannah Swenson already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother’s attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden, Minnesota’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.
Who would have the sheer audacity and the motive to kill the most punctual delivery man Hannah ever had? Topping the list is the high school football coach. What exactly was his wife doing, making the rounds with the milkman? Could Max Turner, owner of Cozy Cow Dairy, have had a secret he didn’t want to share with his top employee? The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. Why has Lake Eden’s most prominent prodigal son, Benton Woodley, just resurfaced? And what about the mysterious Mr. Harris who seemed interested in buying the property next to the dairy, but then disappeared? This is one murder that’s starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah’s mouth. And if she doesn’t watch her back, Hannah’s sweet life may get burned to a crisp.
Filled with a healthy sprinkling of humor and a delightful assortment of nuts, *CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MURDER* serves up a great new mystery series and introduces a delicious, down-home sleuth that mystery readers will surely savor for years to come.

China Sketchbook

This book is a little gem from an era long past which has huge value both as a window into that era and for the quality of the verses and accompanying illustrations. They illustrate in a unique way China and Shanghai in the late 1940s, and the mindset of the Americans who were here to help with the transition from Japanese occupation back towards normalcy. This collection of poems was written by A.L. Crouch, a lieutenant with the US Army stationed in Shanghai, and published by the US Army newspaper Stars and Stripes. It went into at least a second edition, indicating that resonated with many of the GIs stuck so far from home in a willow pattern world they hardly understood. The poems are poignant and insightful, and the drawings are effective in conveying the moment. Such portraits, both text and drawings, of ordinary people and things in old China have huge value in terms of transmitting a sense of the times. Here is the book, published first in 1946, given another run in the sun.
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Chimera

Coren Lanra is the head of security for Dynan Manuel Industries. A former Special Service sgent he’s never cared for bureaucracy, piracy or deception. And he hates mysteries. Lanra’s troubles begin with the death of Nyron Looms, daughter of Dynan president Rega Looms, during an ill-fated mission to smuggle illegal immigrants from Earth to the colony Nova Levis- all were apparently murdered, but why? The only clue might be contained within the positronic brain of a robot that had accompanied the victims, but it has been deactivated and Lanra is denied access to its memories. To make matters even worse, he is soon confronted with a puzzling complication: a possible connection between the murders and twenty babies who were snatched from an orphanage over two decades ago. With the help of roboticist Derec Avery and Auroran ambassador Ariel Burgess- whom the security chief had aided in exposing an anti-robot conspiracy on Earth a year before- Lanra searches for an answers to a twenty-five year-old mystery…and for the identity of a killer, before more lives are lost.

Children of the Mind

A sequel novel to the science fiction classic Ender’s Game.
A planet lies open to attack. There is still hope – but time is running out.
The Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy the planet Lusitania. Once again the human race has grown fearful.
Jane, the evolved computer intelligence, can save the world’ three sentient races. She has learned how to move ships outside the universe, and then instantly back to a different world, abolishing the light-speed limit.
But it takes all the processing power available to her. With Starways Congress shutting down the Net, world by world, soon Jane will not be able to move the ships. Ender’s children must save her if they are to save themselves.
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Haunting, compulsive, urgently readable…Story-telling genius INTERZONE Card’s prose is powerful PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Full of surprises…Intense is the word for Orson Scott Card’s ENDER’S GAME NEW YORK TIMES Orson Scott Card’s SF career began with Ender’s Game, a 1977 story expanded into an acclaimed 1985 novel. Unwittingly responsible for xenocide–destruction of an alien species–while still a boy, Ender expiates his guilt on another world in Speaker for t David Langford, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW
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Children of the Gates

Two powerful science fiction adventure novels, ***Here Abide Monsters***, and ***Yurth Burden***, in one volume from master storytelling legend, Andre Norton. Coming of age stories on fantastic and alien worlds.
*Here Abide Monsters*: On a world where parallel and alternate universes intersect, Celtic faery folk, modern humans, and inhabitants of a distant future share the planet’s surface. There are also aliens in flying saucer which are capturing and enslaving new arrivals who fall through the “gates.” One group of new arrivals meets a protector, a man who calls himself the Herald. He promises safety—but in exchange, he requires a piece of their souls in payment.
*Yurth Burden*: Two races share Zacar: the plains dwelling Raski and the mountain dwelling telepaths, the Yurth. The two are often in contention along their borders, and terrible war periodically breaks out between them. When a young Yurth woman goes on her coming-of-age vision quest, one young Raski warrior follows her—and together they discover a secret that will surely unbalance their world and may change Zacar forever.
At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
**About Andre Norton:**
“The Grand Dame of Science Fiction…”–*Time*
“One of the all-time masters.”–Peter Straub
“Andre Norton is a superb storyteller whose skill draws the reader completely into a fantastic other world…”–*Chicago Tribune*
“Norton’s renowned story-telling magic is present in abundance . . .”–*Future Retrospective*

The Children of Húrin

Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and stand alone story, the epic tale of The Children of Húrin will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, eagles and Orcs, and the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.
There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings, and the story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.
In that remote time Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron, in the North; and the tragedy of Túrin and his sister Nienor unfolded within the shadow of the fear of Angband and the war waged by Morgoth against the lands and secret cities of the Elves.
Their brief and passionate lives were dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bore them as the children of Húrin, the man who had dared to defy and to scorn him to his face. Against them he sent his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire. Into this story of brutal conquest and flight, of forest hiding-places and pursuit, of resistance with lessening hope, the Dark Lord and the Dragon enter in direly articulate form. Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulated the fates of Túrin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, and the curse of Morgoth was fulfilled.
The earliest versions of this story by J.R.R. Tolkien go back to the end of the First World War and the years that followed; but long afterwards, when The Lord of the Rings was finished, he wrote it anew and greatly enlarged it in complexities of motive and character: it became the dominant story in his later work on Middle-earth. But he could not bring it to a final and finished form. In this book Christopher Tolkien has constructed, after long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any editorial invention.
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Children of Dune

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **The science fiction masterpiece continues in the “major event,”(* Los Angeles Times*) *Children of Dune*.** With millions of copies sold worldwide, Frank Herbert’s Dune novels stand among the major achievements of the human imagination and one of the most significant sagas in the history of literary science fiction. The Children of Dune are twin siblings Leto and Ghanima Atreides, whose father, the Emperor Paul Muad’Dib, disappeared in the deserts of Arrakis. Like their father, they possess supernormal abilities—making them valuable to their aunt Alia, who rules the Empire. If Alia can obtain the secrets of the twins’ prophetic visions, her rule will be absolute. But the twins have their own plans for their destiny.

The Children of Anthi

**From the national bestselling author.**
In the grand tradition of Dune, an epic of adventure and survival on a dying world.
Omari has violated every sanction of his world to hijack the Forerunner and blast his way through a black star to reach the Uncharted Zone—and freedom.
But on Ruantl, a toxic world lit by a black sun, Omari found himself hostage in an underground citadel deep beneath a radioactive wasteland. Here the enigmatic high priest and his horde of black-robed barbarian mutants guard an army of crystal caskets—and plan a bloody rebellion to save their race from extinction.
To survive, Omari has one chance. But does he dare undergo the ultimate sacrifice and become one of the CHILDREN OF ANTHI?
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Childhood’s End

In the near future, enormous silver spaceships appear without warning over mankind’s largest cities. They belong to the Overlords, an alien race far superior to humanity in technological development—and their purpose is to dominate the Earth. Their demands, however, are surprisingly beneficial—end war, poverty, and cruelty. Their presence, rather than signaling the end of humanity, ushers in a golden age—or so it seems. But it comes at a price. Without conflict, humanity ceases to work toward creative achievement, and culture stagnates. And as the years pass, it becomes more and more clear that the Overlords have a hidden agenda for the evolution of the human race—that may not be as beneficial as it seems. Originally published in 1953, Childhood’s End is Clarke’s first successful novel—and is considered a classic of science fiction literature. Its dominating theme of transcendent evolution appears in many of Clarke’s later works, including the Space Odyssey series. In 2004, the book was nominated for the Retro Hugo Award for Best Novel.

A Child al Confino

Most accounts of Holocaust survival are centered on central or eastern Europe, in which the Nazi program of genocide was so explicit. Although Mussolini and his Fascist minions were not necessarily genocidal in intention, they were still virulently anti-Semitic as this engrossing and moving account reveals. Lamet was born in Vienna. When he was seven, his family’s middle-class existence was shattered by the Nazi seizure of Austria. His father fled to Poland, where he presumably perished in a death camp. Lamet and his mother made a harrowing escape to Italy, where they spent months seeking refuge in various isolated mountain villages. They resided in a southern rural hamlet east of Naples until the Allied liberation in 1943. Lamet recounts his mother’s struggles to provide a secure home for her child while both attempt to adjust from their urban, relatively sophisticated background to life in what initially appears to be a bleak, primitive setting. This memoir will be an excellent addition to Holocaust collections. –Jay Freeman
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Child 44

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **A propulsive, relentless page-turner.** **A terrifying evocation of a paranoid world where no one can be trusted.** **A surprising, unexpected story of love and family, of hope and resilience.** **CHILD 44 is a thriller unlike any you have ever read.** *”There is no crime.”* Stalin’s Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all of their needs. One of its fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminals. But in this society, millions do live in fear . . . of the State. Death is a whisper away. The mere suspicion of ideological disloyalty-owning a book from the decadent West, the wrong word at the wrong time-sends millions of innocents into the Gulags or to their executions. Defending the system from its citizens is the MGB, the State Security Force. And no MGB officer is more courageous, conscientious, or idealistic than Leo Demidov. A war hero with a beautiful wife, Leo lives in relative luxury in Moscow, even providing a decent apartment for his parents. His only ambition has been to serve his country. For this greater good, he has arrested and interrogated. Then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal-a murderer-is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, his world turned upside down, and every belief he’s ever held shattered. The only way to save his life and the lives of his family is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it’s a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer-much less a serial killer-is in their midst. Exiled from his home, with only his wife, Raisa, remaining at his side, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the MBG to find and stop a criminal that the State won’t admit even exists. Tom Rob Smith graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and lives in London. Child 44 is his first novel.

Chicago Architecture and Design

Chicago is world famous for an architectural tradition that has influenced building around the globe. It is the birthplace of the skyscraper and the cradle of modern architecture; it gave rise to the urban office building as we know it, and to the flowing, open floor plans of today’s homes. This book chronicles Chicago’s architectural tradition from the nineteenth through the early twenty-first century, examining its evolution in the context of broader historical, social, technological, and artistic currents. It explores Chicago architects’ quest for a quintessentially American style, and the century of innovation that pushed buildings ever higher, opened them to space and light, and increasingly dissolved the boundaries between indoors and out. It looks at world-renowned structures from the inside out, giving special attention to the interiors that were and remain so important to Chicago’s architects. Chicago School commercial building, to the low-slung Prairie School house, the streamlined Art Deco skyscraper, and the minimalist Miesian tower of glass and steel, all the way through to the strikingly original, diverse designs of the present day’s so-called second modern movement. This eminently readable text vividly discusses both the life and work of such towering figures as Daniel Burnham, John Wellborn Root, Louis H. Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe – as well as that of the many lesser-known architects who have made outstanding contributions.

Chesapeake Blue

SUMMARY: Nora Roberts returns to Chesapeake Bay and her beloved Quinn family for the story of Seth Quinn. The conclusion to the breathtaking saga.