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Hold Still

EDITORIAL REVIEW: An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, froma breakthrough new voice in YA fiction *dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.* Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself

EDITORIAL REVIEW: An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, froma breakthrough new voice in YA fiction *dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.* Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself

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Hitler’s Panzers: The Lightning Attacks That Revolutionized Warfare

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **A fascinating account of Nazi Germany’s armored forces by the author of *Patton and Rommel*. ** Determined to secure a quick, decisive victory on the World War II battlefields, Adolf Hitler adopted an attack plan that combined tools with technique- the formidable Panzer divisions. Self-contained armored units able to operate independently, the Panzers became the German army’s fighting core as well as its moral focus, establishing an entirely new military doctrine. In *Hitler’s Panzers*, renowned World War II scholar Dennis Showalter presents a comprehensive and unbiased study of Nazi Germany’s armored forces. By delving deeply into a detailed history of the theory, strategy, myths, and realities of Germany’s technologically innovative approach to warfare, Showalter provides a look at the military lessons of the past, and a speculation on how the Panzer ethos may be implemented in the future of international conflict.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **A fascinating account of Nazi Germany’s armored forces by the author of *Patton and Rommel*. ** Determined to secure a quick, decisive victory on the World War II battlefields, Adolf Hitler adopted an attack plan that combined tools with technique- the formidable Panzer divisions. Self-contained armored units able to operate independently, the Panzers became the German army’s fighting core as well as its moral focus, establishing an entirely new military doctrine. In *Hitler’s Panzers*, renowned World War II scholar Dennis Showalter presents a comprehensive and unbiased study of Nazi Germany’s armored forces. By delving deeply into a detailed history of the theory, strategy, myths, and realities of Germany’s technologically innovative approach to warfare, Showalter provides a look at the military lessons of the past, and a speculation on how the Panzer ethos may be implemented in the future of international conflict.

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Hitler’s Niece

SUMMARY: Hitler’s Niece tells the story of the intense and disturbing relationship between Adolf Hitler and the daughter of his only half-sister, Angela, a drama that evolves against the backdrop of Hitler’s rise to prominence and power from particularly inauspicious beginnings. The story follows Geli from her birth in Linz, Austria, through the years in Berchtesgaden and Munich, to her tragic death in 1932 in Hitler’s apartment in Munich. Through the eyes of a favorite niece who has been all but lost to history, we see the frightening rise in prestige and political power of a vain, vulgar, sinister man who thrived on cruelty and hate and would stop at nothing to keep the horror of his inner life hidden from the world.

SUMMARY: Hitler’s Niece tells the story of the intense and disturbing relationship between Adolf Hitler and the daughter of his only half-sister, Angela, a drama that evolves against the backdrop of Hitler’s rise to prominence and power from particularly inauspicious beginnings. The story follows Geli from her birth in Linz, Austria, through the years in Berchtesgaden and Munich, to her tragic death in 1932 in Hitler’s apartment in Munich. Through the eyes of a favorite niece who has been all but lost to history, we see the frightening rise in prestige and political power of a vain, vulgar, sinister man who thrived on cruelty and hate and would stop at nothing to keep the horror of his inner life hidden from the world.

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The Hit

From David Baldacci–#1 bestselling author and one of the world’s most popular, widely read storytellers–comes the most thrilling novel of the year.
THE HIT
Will Robie is a master of killing.
A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst-enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.
No one else can match Robie’s talents as a hitman…no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she’s gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.
To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him.
But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.
### Review
“Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption. The narrative moves slowly, so the reader has a chance to solve the case along with Puller. It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies.”
( ** *e Washington Post *on* The Forgotten*** )

“Another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the couch…by an author who continues to standout in the increasingly crowded thriller field.”
( **Examiner.com on *The Forgotten** * )

” *The Innocent* is Baldacci at his absolute best…Baldacci provides the reader a non-stop pulse pounding ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat into the wee hours of the morning…Five Stars.” ( **Examiner.com** )

“This book is a definite one-day, ‘edge-of-your-chair’ read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldacci’s since *Absolute Power* , this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled.” ( ** *Suspense Magazine *on* The Innocent*** )

“Readers expect excitement and intrigue in David Baldacci’s books, and *Zero Day* is no exception…As Baldacci’s new hero narrowly escapes countless close calls, the pairing of the author’s imagination and knowledge create a wild ride for the reader. Puller is gutsy, brash and likable. Best of all, he survives to reappear in the next book of this new series.” ( ** *The Free-Lance Star *on* Zero Day*** )
### About the Author
David Baldacci’s books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print. His previous novel featuring Will Robie, THE INNOCENT, was one of the bestselling books of 2012. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

From David Baldacci–#1 bestselling author and one of the world’s most popular, widely read storytellers–comes the most thrilling novel of the year.
THE HIT
Will Robie is a master of killing.
A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst-enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.
No one else can match Robie’s talents as a hitman…no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she’s gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.
To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him.
But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.
### Review
“Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption. The narrative moves slowly, so the reader has a chance to solve the case along with Puller. It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies.”
( ** *e Washington Post *on* The Forgotten*** )

“Another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the couch…by an author who continues to standout in the increasingly crowded thriller field.”
( **Examiner.com on *The Forgotten** * )

” *The Innocent* is Baldacci at his absolute best…Baldacci provides the reader a non-stop pulse pounding ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat into the wee hours of the morning…Five Stars.” ( **Examiner.com** )

“This book is a definite one-day, ‘edge-of-your-chair’ read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldacci’s since *Absolute Power* , this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled.” ( ** *Suspense Magazine *on* The Innocent*** )

“Readers expect excitement and intrigue in David Baldacci’s books, and *Zero Day* is no exception…As Baldacci’s new hero narrowly escapes countless close calls, the pairing of the author’s imagination and knowledge create a wild ride for the reader. Puller is gutsy, brash and likable. Best of all, he survives to reappear in the next book of this new series.” ( ** *The Free-Lance Star *on* Zero Day*** )
### About the Author
David Baldacci’s books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print. His previous novel featuring Will Robie, THE INNOCENT, was one of the bestselling books of 2012. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

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A History of Zionism

This text offers a definitive account of Zionism. The term Zionism was first coined at the end of the 19th century, but the idea long reflected the misery of Jewish existence in central and eastern Europe, and the longing for the ancient homeland. Updated, and with a new preface, Walter Laqueur’s comprehensive history begins with a discussion of the background of Zionism since the French Revolution, covers the many decades of Zionist activities worldwide, and ends with the establishment of the state of Israel.
**Recensie(s)**

Muslim World Book Review: Going into minute detail, the present book under review is endlessly fascinating, most instructive and enlightening, and is the best-written, most thoroughly researched and convincing presentation of the Zionist case the reviewer has thus far come across, It should be required reading for all Muslims who wish to understand in depth the tragedy of Palestine.
(source: Bol.com)

This text offers a definitive account of Zionism. The term Zionism was first coined at the end of the 19th century, but the idea long reflected the misery of Jewish existence in central and eastern Europe, and the longing for the ancient homeland. Updated, and with a new preface, Walter Laqueur’s comprehensive history begins with a discussion of the background of Zionism since the French Revolution, covers the many decades of Zionist activities worldwide, and ends with the establishment of the state of Israel.
**Recensie(s)**

Muslim World Book Review: Going into minute detail, the present book under review is endlessly fascinating, most instructive and enlightening, and is the best-written, most thoroughly researched and convincing presentation of the Zionist case the reviewer has thus far come across, It should be required reading for all Muslims who wish to understand in depth the tragedy of Palestine.
(source: Bol.com)

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His Majesty’s Dragon

SUMMARY: Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

SUMMARY: Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

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His Last Bow

**’We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.’**
Sherlock Holmes’s fearless chronicler Dr Watson once again opens his notebooks to bring to light eight further tales of some of the strangest and most fascinating cases to come before the enquiring mind of London’s most famous detective.
These mysteries involve the disappearance of secret plans as well as of a lady of noble standing; the curious circumstances of Wisteria Lodge and of the Devil’s Foot; as well as the story His Last Bow, the last outing of Holmes and Watson on the eve of the First World War.

**’We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.’**
Sherlock Holmes’s fearless chronicler Dr Watson once again opens his notebooks to bring to light eight further tales of some of the strangest and most fascinating cases to come before the enquiring mind of London’s most famous detective.
These mysteries involve the disappearance of secret plans as well as of a lady of noble standing; the curious circumstances of Wisteria Lodge and of the Devil’s Foot; as well as the story His Last Bow, the last outing of Holmes and Watson on the eve of the First World War.

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High stakes

Review

Few match Francis for dangerous flights of fancy and pure, inventive menace. — _Boston Herald_

Product Description

With a glass of champagne in one hand and binoculars in the other, the world of racing could seem a very cosy and civilized hobby. Especially when your horse has just sprinted past the winning post. But the pleasure of a day at Sandown is spoiled for Steven Scott when he sacks the trainer of his horses, a man he once thought of as a friend. For although on the surface Jody Leeds is a bright young workaholic, Scott suspects he’s a crook. Racing may have its rewards but, as Scott finds out to his own cost, not all of them are innocent…or legal.

Review

Few match Francis for dangerous flights of fancy and pure, inventive menace. — _Boston Herald_

Product Description

With a glass of champagne in one hand and binoculars in the other, the world of racing could seem a very cosy and civilized hobby. Especially when your horse has just sprinted past the winning post. But the pleasure of a day at Sandown is spoiled for Steven Scott when he sacks the trainer of his horses, a man he once thought of as a friend. For although on the surface Jody Leeds is a bright young workaholic, Scott suspects he’s a crook. Racing may have its rewards but, as Scott finds out to his own cost, not all of them are innocent…or legal.

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High Performance Web Sites

High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers by Steve Souders
Want your web site to display more quickly? This book presents 14 specific rules that will cut 25% to 50% off response time when users request a page. Author Steve Souders, in his job as Chief Performance Yahoo!, collected these best practices while optimizing some of the most-visited pages on the Web. Even sites that had already been highly optimized, such as Yahoo! Search and the Yahoo! Front Page, were able to benefit from these surprisingly simple performance guidelines.
The rules in *High Performance Web Sites* explain how you can optimize the performance of the Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, and images that you’ve already built into your site — adjustments that are critical for any rich web application. Other sources of information pay a lot of attention to tuning web servers, databases, and hardware, but the bulk of display time is taken up on the browser side and by the communication between server and browser. *High Performance Web Sites* covers every aspect of that process.
Each performance rule is supported by specific examples, and code snippets are available on the book’s companion web site. The rules include how to:
* Make Fewer HTTP Requests
* Use a Content Delivery Network
* Add an Expires Header
* Gzip Components
* Put Stylesheets at the Top
* Put Scripts at the Bottom
* Avoid CSS Expressions
* Make JavaScript and CSS External
* Reduce DNS Lookups
* Minify JavaScript
* Avoid Redirects
* Remove Duplicates Scripts
* Configure ETags
* Make Ajax Cacheable
If you’re building pages for high traffic destinations and want to optimize the experience of users visiting your site, this book is indispensable.
“If everyone would implement just 20% of Steve’s guidelines, the Web would be adramatically better place. Between this book and Steve’s YSlow extension, there’s reallyno excuse for having a sluggish web site anymore.”
-Joe Hewitt, Developer of Firebug debugger and Mozilla’s DOM Inspector
“Steve Souders has done a fantastic job of distilling a massive, semi-arcane art down to a set of concise, actionable, pragmatic engineering steps that will change the world of web performance.”
-Eric Lawrence, Developer of the Fiddler Web Debugger, Microsoft Corporation

High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers by Steve Souders
Want your web site to display more quickly? This book presents 14 specific rules that will cut 25% to 50% off response time when users request a page. Author Steve Souders, in his job as Chief Performance Yahoo!, collected these best practices while optimizing some of the most-visited pages on the Web. Even sites that had already been highly optimized, such as Yahoo! Search and the Yahoo! Front Page, were able to benefit from these surprisingly simple performance guidelines.
The rules in *High Performance Web Sites* explain how you can optimize the performance of the Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, and images that you’ve already built into your site — adjustments that are critical for any rich web application. Other sources of information pay a lot of attention to tuning web servers, databases, and hardware, but the bulk of display time is taken up on the browser side and by the communication between server and browser. *High Performance Web Sites* covers every aspect of that process.
Each performance rule is supported by specific examples, and code snippets are available on the book’s companion web site. The rules include how to:
* Make Fewer HTTP Requests
* Use a Content Delivery Network
* Add an Expires Header
* Gzip Components
* Put Stylesheets at the Top
* Put Scripts at the Bottom
* Avoid CSS Expressions
* Make JavaScript and CSS External
* Reduce DNS Lookups
* Minify JavaScript
* Avoid Redirects
* Remove Duplicates Scripts
* Configure ETags
* Make Ajax Cacheable
If you’re building pages for high traffic destinations and want to optimize the experience of users visiting your site, this book is indispensable.
“If everyone would implement just 20% of Steve’s guidelines, the Web would be adramatically better place. Between this book and Steve’s YSlow extension, there’s reallyno excuse for having a sluggish web site anymore.”
-Joe Hewitt, Developer of Firebug debugger and Mozilla’s DOM Inspector
“Steve Souders has done a fantastic job of distilling a massive, semi-arcane art down to a set of concise, actionable, pragmatic engineering steps that will change the world of web performance.”
-Eric Lawrence, Developer of the Fiddler Web Debugger, Microsoft Corporation

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High on Arrival

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Not long before her fiftieth birthday, Mackenzie Phillips walked into Los Angeles International Airport. She was on her way to a reunion for *One Day at a Time*, the hugely popular 70s sitcom on which she once starred as the lovable rebel Julie Cooper. Within minutes of entering the security checkpoint, Mackenzie was in handcuffs, arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin. Born into rock and roll royalty, flying in Learjets to the Virgin Islands at five, making pot brownies with her father’s friends at eleven, Mackenzie grew up in an all-access kingdom of hippie freedom and heroin cool. It was a kingdom over which her father, the legendary John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, presided, often in absentia, as a spellbinding, visionary phantom. When Mackenzie was a teenager, Hollywood and the world took notice of the charming, talented, precocious child actor after her star-making turn in *American Graffiti*. As a young woman she joinedthe nonstop party in the hedonistic pleasure dome her father created for himself and his fellow revelers, and a rapt TV audience watched as Julie Cooper wasted away before their eyes. By the time Mackenzie discovered how deep and dark her father’s trip was going, it was too late. And as an adult, she has paid dearly for a lifetime of excess, working tirelessly to reconcile a wonderful, terrible past in which she succumbed to the power of addiction and the pull of her magnetic father. As her astounding, outrageous, and often tender life story unfolds, the actor-musician-mother shares her lifelong battle with personal demons and near-fatal addictions. She overcomes seemingly impossible obstacles again and again and journeys toward redemption and peace. By exposing the shadows and secrets of the past to the light of day, the star who turned up *High on Arrival* has finally come back down to earth — to stay.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Not long before her fiftieth birthday, Mackenzie Phillips walked into Los Angeles International Airport. She was on her way to a reunion for *One Day at a Time*, the hugely popular 70s sitcom on which she once starred as the lovable rebel Julie Cooper. Within minutes of entering the security checkpoint, Mackenzie was in handcuffs, arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin. Born into rock and roll royalty, flying in Learjets to the Virgin Islands at five, making pot brownies with her father’s friends at eleven, Mackenzie grew up in an all-access kingdom of hippie freedom and heroin cool. It was a kingdom over which her father, the legendary John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, presided, often in absentia, as a spellbinding, visionary phantom. When Mackenzie was a teenager, Hollywood and the world took notice of the charming, talented, precocious child actor after her star-making turn in *American Graffiti*. As a young woman she joinedthe nonstop party in the hedonistic pleasure dome her father created for himself and his fellow revelers, and a rapt TV audience watched as Julie Cooper wasted away before their eyes. By the time Mackenzie discovered how deep and dark her father’s trip was going, it was too late. And as an adult, she has paid dearly for a lifetime of excess, working tirelessly to reconcile a wonderful, terrible past in which she succumbed to the power of addiction and the pull of her magnetic father. As her astounding, outrageous, and often tender life story unfolds, the actor-musician-mother shares her lifelong battle with personal demons and near-fatal addictions. She overcomes seemingly impossible obstacles again and again and journeys toward redemption and peace. By exposing the shadows and secrets of the past to the light of day, the star who turned up *High on Arrival* has finally come back down to earth — to stay.

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The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **The *New York Times* bestselling author continues his post- apocalyptic series chronicling a modern world without technology. ** With *The Sword of the Lady*, Rudi Mackenzie’s destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival…

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **The *New York Times* bestselling author continues his post- apocalyptic series chronicling a modern world without technology. ** With *The Sword of the Lady*, Rudi Mackenzie’s destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival…

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Hideous kinky

SUMMARY: A remarkable debut novel from one of England’s finest young writers, Hideous Kinky follows two little English girls as they struggle to establish some semblance of normal life on a journey with their mum through Europe and North Africa in the mid-1960s.Once in Marrakech, Mum immerses herself in Sufism and her quest for personal fulfillment, while the daughters rebel — one by attempting to recreate her English life, the other by, turning her hopes for a father on a most unlikely candidate. Seen through the youngest girl’s eyes, events take on increasingly alarming dimensions, making Hideous Kinky as suspenseful as it is endearing.

SUMMARY: A remarkable debut novel from one of England’s finest young writers, Hideous Kinky follows two little English girls as they struggle to establish some semblance of normal life on a journey with their mum through Europe and North Africa in the mid-1960s.Once in Marrakech, Mum immerses herself in Sufism and her quest for personal fulfillment, while the daughters rebel — one by attempting to recreate her English life, the other by, turning her hopes for a father on a most unlikely candidate. Seen through the youngest girl’s eyes, events take on increasingly alarming dimensions, making Hideous Kinky as suspenseful as it is endearing.

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Hex and the City

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Hex and the City (Nightside Series #4) by Simon R. Green
John Taylor is the name. I work the Nightside. Only in that dark heart of London where it’s always three A.M., where human and inhuman can feed their darkest desires, do I feel at home. Probably because I was born there.

What I do is find things—people, objects—and in this case, the truth about the origins of the Nightside.

That’s what Lady Luck has hired me to investigate. But the more I dig, the more I discover, not about the Nightside but about the great question in my life: exactly who—and what—was my long-vanished mother.

Paying jobs are one thing. Personal quests are another. And I’ve been warned that uncovering the facts about dear old mum could be a very bad thing, not just for the Nightside but for all of existence.

Still I can’t stop…I’m John Taylor. Finding things is who I am. It’s what I do. Whatever the consequences…

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Hex and the City (Nightside Series #4) by Simon R. Green
John Taylor is the name. I work the Nightside. Only in that dark heart of London where it’s always three A.M., where human and inhuman can feed their darkest desires, do I feel at home. Probably because I was born there.

What I do is find things—people, objects—and in this case, the truth about the origins of the Nightside.

That’s what Lady Luck has hired me to investigate. But the more I dig, the more I discover, not about the Nightside but about the great question in my life: exactly who—and what—was my long-vanished mother.

Paying jobs are one thing. Personal quests are another. And I’ve been warned that uncovering the facts about dear old mum could be a very bad thing, not just for the Nightside but for all of existence.

Still I can’t stop…I’m John Taylor. Finding things is who I am. It’s what I do. Whatever the consequences…

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Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

SUMMARY: Michael Korda’s Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale, a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile – including his sun-burnished blonde looks and flowing white robes – made him an object of intense fascination, known the world over as “Lawrence of Arabia”. However, unlike other biographers, Korda does not seek to burnish or destroy the legend; rather he aims to demystify and reveal the real man – T.E. Lawrence – as he truly was.An Oxford Scholar and archaeologist, one of the five illegitimate sons of a British aristocrat who ran away with his daughters’ governess, Lawrence was sent to Cairo as an intelligence officer in 1916, vanished into the desert in 1917, and re-emerged as the greatest and most colourful figure of WW1. A foreigner, he united and led the Arab tribes to defeat the Turks and eventually capture Damascus. Yet as he illuminates Lawrence’s achievements, Korda digs further to expose the flesh-and-blood man and his contradictory nature: a born leader utterly fearless and seemingly impervious to pain, thirst, fatigue and danger who remained shy, modest, and retiring; a scholar and an aesthete who was also a bold and cold-blooded warrior. As Korda shows, Lawrence was not only a man of his times, but a visionary whose achievements – as a farsighted diplomat, brilliant military strategist, the first media celebrity, and acclaimed writer – transcended them.Korda analyses Lawrence’s vision for the modern Middle East, plans that, if they had been carried through, might have prevented the hatred and bloodshed that have become ubiquitous in the region. Ultimately, as this magisterial work demonstrates, Lawrence remains the paradigm of the hero in modern times, the arch-heroic type whose life was at once a triumph and a sacrifice, and whose capacity to astonish remains undimmed.

SUMMARY: Michael Korda’s Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale, a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile – including his sun-burnished blonde looks and flowing white robes – made him an object of intense fascination, known the world over as “Lawrence of Arabia”. However, unlike other biographers, Korda does not seek to burnish or destroy the legend; rather he aims to demystify and reveal the real man – T.E. Lawrence – as he truly was.An Oxford Scholar and archaeologist, one of the five illegitimate sons of a British aristocrat who ran away with his daughters’ governess, Lawrence was sent to Cairo as an intelligence officer in 1916, vanished into the desert in 1917, and re-emerged as the greatest and most colourful figure of WW1. A foreigner, he united and led the Arab tribes to defeat the Turks and eventually capture Damascus. Yet as he illuminates Lawrence’s achievements, Korda digs further to expose the flesh-and-blood man and his contradictory nature: a born leader utterly fearless and seemingly impervious to pain, thirst, fatigue and danger who remained shy, modest, and retiring; a scholar and an aesthete who was also a bold and cold-blooded warrior. As Korda shows, Lawrence was not only a man of his times, but a visionary whose achievements – as a farsighted diplomat, brilliant military strategist, the first media celebrity, and acclaimed writer – transcended them.Korda analyses Lawrence’s vision for the modern Middle East, plans that, if they had been carried through, might have prevented the hatred and bloodshed that have become ubiquitous in the region. Ultimately, as this magisterial work demonstrates, Lawrence remains the paradigm of the hero in modern times, the arch-heroic type whose life was at once a triumph and a sacrifice, and whose capacity to astonish remains undimmed.

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Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings

From Publishers Weekly

This new volume of autobiographical writings (never before translated into English) by Calvino, whose short stories and novels gave him international acclaim as one of the 20th century’s most important Italian fiction writers, is a welcome addition to his extensive works as well as to The Road to San Giovanni, a posthumous collection of autobiographical essays published more than a decade ago. This volume includes a series of articles and interviews that builds on the understanding of Calvino’s life after World War II when he returned to Italy from the Communist resistance in the Alps, a period when Calvino felt a “moment of uncertainty” and a “perplexity about” his vocation as a writer before producing his first novel, The Cloven Viscount. The articles also feature Calvino’s views on some of his most popular novels: “In the United States… the book of mine that became a hit was the one that you would have said was the furthest from American reading habits: Invisible Cities.” But it is Calvino’s lifelong fascination with America that makes this collection remarkable: more than half the book is given to an “American Diary 1959-1960,” written during Calvino’s two years traveling in the U.S., as he explores New York’s thriving Greenwich Village and Actors Studio; a “violent, tough” Chicago; San Francisco’s “squalid and filthy” beatnik scene; and Montgomery, Ala., where Calvino (who died in 1985) finds himself “in the middle” of “crucial days of struggle” of the Civil Rights movement. His diary reveals an obsession with what he later says most interests him as a writer: “daily life as the constant nourishment for writing.”
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From Library Journal

Posthumous writings from Calvino.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly

This new volume of autobiographical writings (never before translated into English) by Calvino, whose short stories and novels gave him international acclaim as one of the 20th century’s most important Italian fiction writers, is a welcome addition to his extensive works as well as to The Road to San Giovanni, a posthumous collection of autobiographical essays published more than a decade ago. This volume includes a series of articles and interviews that builds on the understanding of Calvino’s life after World War II when he returned to Italy from the Communist resistance in the Alps, a period when Calvino felt a “moment of uncertainty” and a “perplexity about” his vocation as a writer before producing his first novel, The Cloven Viscount. The articles also feature Calvino’s views on some of his most popular novels: “In the United States… the book of mine that became a hit was the one that you would have said was the furthest from American reading habits: Invisible Cities.” But it is Calvino’s lifelong fascination with America that makes this collection remarkable: more than half the book is given to an “American Diary 1959-1960,” written during Calvino’s two years traveling in the U.S., as he explores New York’s thriving Greenwich Village and Actors Studio; a “violent, tough” Chicago; San Francisco’s “squalid and filthy” beatnik scene; and Montgomery, Ala., where Calvino (who died in 1985) finds himself “in the middle” of “crucial days of struggle” of the Civil Rights movement. His diary reveals an obsession with what he later says most interests him as a writer: “daily life as the constant nourishment for writing.”
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Posthumous writings from Calvino.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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