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March: a novel

SUMMARY: From Louisa May Alcotts beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man (Sue Monk Kidd). With pitch-perfect writing (USA Today), Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brookss place as a renowned author of historical fiction. A very great book… It breathes new life into the historical fiction genre [and] honors the best of the imagination. Chicago Tribune A beautifully wrought story about how war dashes ideals, unhinges moral certainties and drives a wedge of bitter experience and unspeakable memories between husband and wife. Los Angeles Times Book Review Inspired… A disturbing, supple, and deeply satisfying story, put together with craft and care and imagery worthy of a poet. The Cleveland Plain Dealer Louisa May Alcott would be well pleased. The Economist

Map of Bones

From Publishers Weekly

A mysterious biblical object, nefarious Vatican spies and a deadly centuries-old religious cabal—sound familiar? Sacramento veterinarian Rollins offers more Da Vinci Code–style thrills for the seriously addicted. In this seventh outing, hooded men invade midnight mass at the Cologne Cathedral and slaughter almost everyone present, then break open a gold sarcophagus and steal… the bones of the Three Wise Men. Grayson Pierce, top agent in the Department of Defense’s covert Sigma Force, takes a team to Rome, joins up with love-interest Rachel Verona, a carabinieri corps lieutenant, and her Vatican official uncle, Vigot. It seems that the Dragon Court, a medieval alchemical cult-cell that still operates within the Catholic Church, is to blame, and it also seems that the bones of the Magi aren’t really bones, but the highly reactive Monatomic gold that the group plans to use to accomplish its ultimate goal—Armegeddon. Rollins has few peers in the research department, which makes the historical material fascinating, and he keeps the dialogue believably colloquial and the incidental elements motivated—and plausible for at least short stretches. Clumsy romance is mostly overcome by lots of action. Dan Brown-ers looking for methadone will add to Rollins’s usual solid numbers. (June)
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This novel about an ancient secret society and the race to find priceless antiquities is sure to be compared to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, but, in every way, it’s a much better book. Where Brown’s best-seller was predictable despite its compelling premise, this tale is clever and suspenseful. Where Code featured ropey dialogue and assembly-line characters, this one offers (mostly) real people engaging in (mostly) real discourse. Like Brown, Rollins makes the most of a moderately implausible premise, this one requiring that the reader accept the literal truth of a certain allegorical aspect of the Bible. But, as both books prove, a thriller can be as implausible as it likes as long as it is entertainingly developed. Fans of The Da Vinci Code will obviously want to read Map of Bones, but even those who found Brown’s opus unpalatable will thoroughly enjoy the taste of this one. David Pitt
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Mansfield Park

SUMMARY: Fanny’s arrival at her wealthy relatives’ estate creates a conflict of class and virtue.

The Manning Grooms

The Manning Grooms: Bride on the Loose / Same Time, Next Year by Debbie Macomber
Jason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor, a slob and a sports fan. Then a precocious girl named Carrie Weston decides to play matchmaker, introducing him to her mother, Charlotte. To his relief, Charlotte is as averse to marriage as he is. But Jason’s feelings start to change once he gets to know his *Bride on the Loose*.
James Wilkens was almost a Manning groom—because he almost married one of the Manning sisters. With that broken engagement behind him, he spends New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas…where he meets Summer Lawton. She’s just suffered a painful betrayal, and James promises her that in a year, she’ll be over it. To prove his point, he makes a date to meet her in *Vegas Same Time, Next Year*. Except it turns out to be more than a date—it’s a wedding!

Managing Projects With GNU Make

Managing Projects with GNU Make by Robert Mecklenburg, Steve Talbott, Andy Oram
The utility simply known as *make* is one of the most enduring features of both Unix and other operating systems. First invented in the 1970s, *make* still turns up to this day as the central engine in most programming projects; it even builds the Linux kernel. In the third edition of the classic *Managing Projects with GNU make*, readers will learn why this utility continues to hold its top position in project build software, despite many younger competitors.The premise behind *make* is simple: after you change source files and want to rebuild your program or other output files, *make* checks timestamps to see what has changed and rebuilds just what you need, without wasting time rebuilding other files. But on top of this simple principle, *make* layers a rich collection of options that lets you manipulate multiple directories, build different versions of programs for different platforms, and customize your builds in other ways.This edition focuses on the GNU version of *make*, which has deservedly become the industry standard. GNU make contains powerful extensions that are explored in this book. It is also popular because it is free software and provides a version for almost every platform, including a version for Microsoft Windows as part of the free Cygwin project. *Managing Projects with GNU make*, 3rd Edition provides guidelines on meeting the needs of large, modern projects. Also added are a number of interesting advanced topics such as portability, parallelism, and use with Java.Robert Mecklenburg, author of the third edition, has used *make* for decades with a variety of platforms and languages. In this book he zealously lays forth how to get your builds to be as efficient as possible, reduce maintenance, avoid errors, and thoroughly understand what *make* is doing. Chapters on C++ and Java provide makefile entries optimized for projects in those languages. The author even includes a discussion of the makefile used to build the book.

The Man with the Twisted Lip

A gripping, easy to read edition, rewritten in accessible clear, modern English Dr. Watson is asked by a female friend of his wife to find her missing husband who is an opium addict. Dr. Watson tracks him down to an opium den, where, to his great surprise he also finds that Sherlock Holmes and the police are investigating the disappearance of a Boone that they believe has murdered Mr. St. Clair. However, several days later Mr. St. Clair’s wife receives a letter from her husband that forces Sherlock and the police to reconsider the case.

The Man Who Ate the 747

The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood
This is a story of the greatest love, ever.  An outlandish claim, outrageous perhaps, but trust me–
And so begin the enchanting, unforgettable tale of J. J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary.  J.J. has clocked the world’s longest continuous kiss, 30 hours and 45 minutes.  He has verified the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel, 172 feet and 4 inches.  He has measured the farthest flight of a champagne cork from an untreated, unheated bottle 177 feet 9 inches.  He has tasted the world’s largest menu item, whole-roasted Bedouin camel.
But in all his adventure from Australia to Zanzibar, J.J. has never witnessed great love until he comes upon a tiny windswept town in the heartland of America, where folks still talk about family, faith, and crops.  Here, where he last expects it, J.J. discovers a world record attempt like no other: Piece by piece, a farmer is eating a Boeing 747 to prove his love for a woman.
In this vast landscape of cornfields and lightning storms, J.J. is doubly astounded to be struck by love from the same woman, Willa Wyatt of the honey eyes and wild blond hair.  It is a feeling beyond measure, throwing J.J.’s carefully ordered world upside down, proving that hears, like world records, can be broken, and the greatest wonders in life can not be qualified.
Richly romantic, whimsical, and uplifting, **The Man Who Ate the 747** is a flight of fancy from start to finish.  It stretches imagination, bends physics and biology, but believe it just a little and you may find yourself reaching for your own records, the kind that really count.  Written with tenderness, originality, and insight, filled with old-fashioned warmth and newfangled humor, it is an extraordinary novel, a found treasure that marks the emergence of a major storytelling tale.
*From the Hardcover edition.*

Man on the Run

Man on the Run by Charles Williams
**Pursued by the police, a desperate man fights to stay free — and stay alive. **
It’s raining hard when the man leaps off the train. He lands safely and creeps into town, praying he will find someplace to hide. It’s nearly daylight, and the police are not far behind. He breaks into an unoccupied seaside cottage, and is overjoyed to find coffee, whiskey, and cigarettes. But before the fugitive can relax, the doorknob rattles. The police are at the door.
Russell Foley, third mate on an oil tanker, is not a cop killer. But the night before he got into a fight with a police detective, and a few hours later the cop was found stabbed to death. Unable to explain himself, he bolts, hoping to evade the police and somehow find the real killer. But for a man who cannot stop running, justice can be a hard thing to find.

Man on a Leash

A son searches for the men who killed his mysterious father
Even at sixty-six, Gunnar Romstead was a tough old salt. It took several men to bring him down, and even after they’d bound his feet and hands he was still a threat. But finally the man who’d survived waterfront brawls, World War II, and countless stormy nights at sea died on his knees–shot through the back of the head. Looking for answers, his son Eric comes to the barren California town where Gunnar breathed his last. He hardly knew the old man, but he can’t believe his father was killed in a botched drug deal. Somewhere in California is a massive shipment of heroin and a quarter of a million dollars, and if Eric finds them he will uncover the truth. But for a boy who grew up loving his father from afar, the truth may hurt even more than a bullet.

Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask, by Alexander Dumas, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works. France in the 1660s is a boiling cauldron of plots and counter-plots as King Louis XIV struggles to extend his power and transform himself into the “Sun King.” Locked within the dreaded Bastille prison may be his enemies’ ultimate weapon: an anonymous prisoner forced to wear an iron mask so that none may see his face—and learn his astonishing secret. But soon the famed d’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers are swept into the action—but not on the same side! Will they actually be forced to fight each other? As much a tale of mystery and political intrigue as a swashbuckling adventure, The Man in the Iron Mask is the final novel in Alexandre Dumas’s series of d’Artagnan romances. The story follows the heroic young man from the country who, along with his three comrades, becomes a powerful influence on the course of French history. Yet what seems to be the most fantastic aspect of the story is based on fact. During Louis XIV’s reign, a mysterious masked prisoner did dwell in the Bastille and his identity remains a question to this day. Barbara T. Cooper is Professor of French at the University of New Hampshire. A member of the editorial boards of Nineteenth-Century French Studies and Les Cahiers Alexandre Dumas, she specializes in nineteenth-century French drama and in works by Dumas.

The Mammoth Book

For years, The Year’s Best Science Fiction has been the most widely read short science fiction anthology of its kind. Now, after twenty-one annual collections, comes the ultimate in science fiction anthologies, The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction, in which legendary editor Gardner Dozois selects the very best short stories for this landmark collection. Contributors include: * Stephen Baxter * Greg Bear * William Gibson * Terry Bisson * Pat Cadigan * Ted Chiang * John Crowley * Tony Daniel * Greg Egan * Molly Gloss * Eileen Gunn * Joe Haldeman * James Patrick Kelly * John Kessel * Nancy Kress * Ursula K. Le Guin * Ian R. MacLeod * David Marusek * Paul McAuley * Ian McDonald * Maureen F. McHugh * Robert Reed * Mike Resnick * Geoff Ryman * William Sander * Lucius Shepard * Robert Silverberg * Brian Stableford * Bruce Sterling * Charles Stross * Michael Swanwick * Steven Utley * Howard Waldrop * Walter Jon Williams * Connie Willis * Gene Wolfe
With work spanning two decades, The Best of the Best stands as one of the ultimate science fiction anthologies ever published.
xi • Foreword (The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction) • essay by Robert Silverberg
xvii • Preface (The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction) • essay by Gardner Dozois
1 • Blood Music • (1983) • novelette by Greg Bear
19 • A Cabin on the Coast • (1984) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe
28 • Salvador • (1984) • shortstory by Lucius Shepard
42 • Trinity • (1984) • novella by Nancy Kress
78 • Flying Saucer Rock and Roll • (1985) • novelette by Howard Waldrop (aka Flying Saucer Rock & Roll)
93 • Dinner in Audoghast • (1985) • shortstory by Bruce Sterling
103 • Roadside Rescue • (1985) • shortstory by Pat Cadigan
109 • Snow • (1985) • shortstory by John Crowley
121 • The Winter Market • (1985) • novelette by William Gibson
137 • The Pure Product • (1986) • novelette by John Kessel
152 • Stable Strategies for Middle Management • (1988) • shortstory by Eileen Gunn
162 • Kirinyaga • [Kirinyaga • 2] • (1988) • novelette by Mike Resnick
177 • Tales from the Venia Woods • [Roma Eterna] • (1989) • shortstory by Robert Silverberg
191 • Bears Discover Fire • (1990) • shortstory by Terry Bisson
199 • Even the Queen • (1992) • shortstory by Connie Willis
213 • Guest of Honor • (1993) • novelette by Robert Reed
238 • None So Blind • (1994) • shortstory by Joe Haldeman
246 • Mortimer Gray’s History of Death • (1995) • novella by Brian Stableford (aka Mortimer Gray’s “History of Death”)
293 • The Lincoln Train • (1995) • shortstory by Maureen F. McHugh
303 • Wang’s Carpets • (1995) • novelette by Greg Egan
328 • Coming of Age in Karhide • [Hainish] • (1995) • novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
342 • The Dead • (1996) • shortstory by Michael Swanwick
352 • Recording Angel • (1996) • shortstory by Ian McDonald
363 • A Dry, Quiet War • (1996) • novelette by Tony Daniel
380 • The Undiscovered • (1997) • novelette by William Sanders
400 • Second Skin • (1997) • shortstory by Paul J. McAuley
418 • Story of Your Life • (1998) • novella by Ted Chiang
454 • People Came from Earth • (1999) • shortstory by Stephen Baxter
464 • The Wedding Album • [Cathy] • (1999) • novella by David Marusek
502 • 10 to 16 to 1 • (1999) • novelette by James Patrick Kelly (aka 1016 to 1)
520 • Daddy’s World • (1999) • novelette by Walter Jon Williams
541 • The Real World • [Silurian Tales] • (2000) • shortstory by Steven Utley
561 • Have Not Have • (2001) • novelette by Geoff Ryman
577 • Lobsters • [Macx Family] • (2001) • novelette by Charles Stross
597 • Breathmoss • (2002) • novella by Ian R. MacLeod
647 • Lambing Season • (2002) • shortstory by Molly Gloss

The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF

Hugo Award-winning editor Gardner Dozois’ annual anthology has long been considered the standard by which other best-of-the-year SF collections are judged. After two decades’ worth of superlative science fiction, Dozois now presents a retrospective compilation culling from the last 20 years.

Here under one banner is some of the finest work by the genre’s leading authors, with a star-studded list of contributors that features among others: Stephen Baxter, Greg Bear, William Gibson, Terry Bisson, Greg Egan, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Bruce Sterling , Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Gene Wolfe.

A number of the selections are now considered classics. Some notable stories include:

‘Blood Music’, Greg Bear’s Hugo-winning exploration of nanotechnology.

‘Bears Discover Fire’, Terry Bisson’s tongue-in-cheek consideration of future ursine evolution.

‘The Left Hand of Darkness’, Ursula K. Le Guin’s coming-of-age SF tale.

‘The Winter Market’, in which William Gibson returns to the subject that made him a cultural icon, cyberpunk.

With work spanning two decades, this is the most significant science fiction short story anthology published in years.


The closest thing the field has to a single ‘canon-forming’ volume. Strange Horizons Dozois has gathered together a stunning array of the best in shorter SF. Publishers Weekly There is no one better qualified to edit this book. If Gardner Dozois says these are the best of the best, you can bet the farm on it. Mike Resnick The brilliant from the brilliant SFCrowsnet.co.uk
(source: Bol.com)

Making Toast

SUMMARY: When his daughter Amy collapsed and died at the age of thirty-eight from an undiagnosed heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on Long Island to move in with their son-in-law and their three young grandchildren. Reeling from Amy’s death, they had to quickly re-accustom themselves to the world of bedtime stories, talking toys and non-stop questions, as they began to reconstruct their family, guiding six-year-old Jessica, four-year-old Sammy and one-year-old James through the pain and confusion of grief. Marvelling at the strength of his son-in-law, Harris, a surgeon, and the patience and skill of his wife, a former nursery school teacher, Roger attended each day to ‘the one household duty I have mastered’ – preparing the children’s morning toast. With wit, warmth and insight, Roger Rosenblatt peels back the layers of this most personal of losses to create both a tribute to his late daughter and a moving testament to familial love.

Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **A remarkable cat. A special gift. A life-changing journey.** They thought he was just a cat. When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little guy with attitude. He loved to stretch out in a puddle of sunlight and chase his tail until he was dizzy. Occasionally he consented to a scratch behind the ears, but only when it suited him. In other words, he was a typical cat. Or so it seemed. It wasn’t long before Oscar had created something of a stir. Apparently, this ordinary cat possesses an extraordinary gift: he knows instinctively when the end of life is near. Oscar is a welcome distraction for the residents of Steere House, many of whom are living with Alzheimer’s. But he never spends much time with them–until they are in their last hours. Then, as if this were his job, Oscar strides purposely into a patient’s room, curls up on the bed, and begins his vigil. Oscar provides comfort and companionship when people need him most. And his presence lets caregivers and loved ones know that it’s time to say good-bye. Oscar’s gift is a tender mercy. He teaches by example: embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from. *Making Rounds with Oscar* is the story of an unusual cat, the patients he serves, their caregivers, and of one doctor who learned how to listen. Heartfelt, inspiring, and full of humor and pathos, this book allows readers to take a walk into a world rarely seen from the outside, a world we often misunderstand. **Praise for *Making Rounds With Oscar*** “I love this book — Oscar has much to teach us about empathy and courage. I couldn’t put it down.” -Sarah Gruen, author of *Water for Elephants* “At its heart, Dosa’s search is more about how people cope with death than Oscar’s purported ability to predict it.” -*The Associated Press* “Beautifully written, heartwarming […] Told with profound insight and great respect for all involved, this is more than just a cat story (although it will appeal to fans of Vicki Myron’s Dewey).” -*Library Journal* “You’ll be moved.” -*People*

Make Your Move

Make Your Move (Harlequin Blaze Series #542) by Samantha Hunter
Jodie Patterson’s posh bakery is all about satisfying cravings. Her signature aphrodisiac cookies have been flying off the shelves…and giving Jodie some delicious ideas of her own.
Behind his owlish glasses, Jodie’s business partner, Dr. Dan Ellison, is the male equivalent of the Naughty Professor. Jodie is more than ready to indulge her fantasies with this wolf-in-geek’s-clothing as long as they set some ground rules: sex is sex, business is business and nothing will change. Yeah, right! After that first addictive kiss, it’s time to see if they can *really *satisfy each other’s appetites….

Magic terror: seven tales

Amazon.com Review

Peter Straub is a fine sorcerer of horror whose bag of tricks includes stories of pure, unadulterated horror ( and ), as well as more subtle tales of psychological suspense ( and ). Now Straub conjures up Magic Terror, a collection of seven deeply disturbing tales that display his entire range.

“Bunny Is Good Bread” is without a doubt the most haunted tale of all, a harrowing account of a childhood from hell. The scary hero Fee was so traumatized as a 5-year-old by abuse from his father that he disconnects himself from the real world and lives as if in a film. Why? “If you forgot you were in a movie, your own feelings would tear you into bloody rags.” Ever since the day Fee watches his mother die a horrible death, he’s been tormented: “He was one-half dead himself; half of him belonged to his dead mother.”

Fee is not the only character to be struck by a dark epiphany, a life-changing moment. In the lyrical “Porkpie Hat,” a famous jazz musician recounts the ghoulish Halloween encounter that charted the course of his destiny, and in the twisted fairy tale “Ashputtle,” a fantasy-inclined “princess” seeks retribution for a traumatic incident many years before.

In Straub’s world, horror appears in different disguises–the dark mask of child abuse and the bloodied cloak of war (“The Ghost Village”). Regardless of how it shows itself, the effects will haunt long after lights out. –Naomi Gesinger

From Publishers Weekly

The war-numbed soldier who asks, “Just suppose…,that you were forced to confront extreme experience directly, without any mediation?” speaks for all of the spiritually traumatized souls who navigate the harrowingly rendered hells of these seven tales of suspense and horror. Straub (Mr. X) effortlessly plumbs the hearts and minds of a range of well-developed charactersAincluding a reflective assassin for hire, a five-year-old victim of domestic violence, an aging black jazz musician and a pompous Wall Street financial adviserAto locate epiphanic moments when their lives careened “out of the ordinary” and into the path of deforming private tragedy. In “Ashputtle,” an implied murderess blames her crimes on an emotionally deprived childhood in which she imagines herself a modern Cinderella victimized by her cruel stepsisters. “Bunny Is Good Bread,” an unnerving portrait of the psychopath as a young boy, follows young Fee Bandolier as he maladjusts to an unbearably gothic home situation in which his father has beaten his mother into a coma. “Porkpie Hat” is related as an alcoholic saxophonist’s confession of a childhood brush with witchcraft, murder and miscegenation that continues to inform his blues-haunted music. In several of the talesAmost notably “The Haunted Village,” which links to the novel Koko (1988) and stories from his previous collection, Houses Without Doors (1990)AStraub skillfully evokes the supernatural to suggest the dislocating effect of intense psychological upset. Mixing stark realism with black comedy, and reverberating with echoes of Conrad, Melville and the Brothers Grimm, these excursions to the dark side of life set a high standard for the literature of contemporary magic terror. (July)
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