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Velvet, Leather & Lace

Velvet, Leather & Lace, a hot new lingerie catalogue company, is launching “”stunt lingerie””–Wispy little nothings that can be removed with the slightest tug. The global satellite fashion show is just a week away, and partners Jamie, Samantha and Mia are coming apart as fast as their underwear. Samantha has put off her current lover so many times he’s about to kidnap her. And what if the press discovers Jamie is actually a man? Ex-girlfriend Lorna Sutton offers to front for Jamie-but not for payment … for payback. Then set contractor Joe O’Ryan decides to test Mia’s claim she doesn’t like sex.

Vegetable Gardening for Dummies

EDITORIAL REVIEW: A hands-on guide to the ins and outs of raising and using vegetables Want to grow your own vegetables? You can do it the fun and easy way with this practical guide. From selecting the right spot to preparing the soil to harvesting, *Vegetable Gardening For Dummies,* *2nd Edition* shows you how to successfully raise vegetables regardless of the size of your plot or your dietary needs. You’ll discover how to plot your garden and get the soil in tip-top shape; select the types of vegetables you want to grow; plant the seeds properly; and care for them as they grow. You’ll also know the right time to pick your vegetables and the best ways to enjoy them. Plus, you’ll get tips on preserving foods grown at home. Expert advice on planting, caring for, harvesting, and enjoying the fruits of your own vegetable garden Features environmentally friendly ways to combat pests in your garden Charlie Nardozzi is senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association; he’s also been the gardening expert on such programs as HGTV’s *Today at Home *and *Way to Grow *and the Discovery Channel’s *Home Matters* Whether you have a green thumb or you’ve never grown a plant before, *Vegetable Gardening For Dummies,* *2nd Edition *has all the information you need to create a healthy garden.

The Vaults

The Vaults by Toby Ball
*In a dystopian 1930s America, a chilling series of events leads three men down a path to uncover their city’s darkest secret.*
At the height of the most corrupt administration in the City’s history, a mysterious duplicate file is discovered deep within the Vaults—a cavernous hall containing all of the municipal criminal justice records of the last seventy years. From here, the story follows: Arthur Puskis, the Vault’s sole, hermit-like archivist with an almost mystical faith in a system to which he has devoted his life; Frank Frings, a high-profile investigative journalist with a self-medicating reefer habit; and Ethan Poole, a socialist private eye with a penchant for blackmail.
All three men will undertake their own investigations into the dark past and uncertain future of the City—calling into question whether their most basic beliefs can be maintained in a climate of overwhelming corruption and conspiracy

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Vanity Fair is the story of Becky Sharp, one of the most beautiful, willful, and resourcefully charming pleasure-seekers in literature. With finishing-school credentials and proper connections, Becky begins as a governess, wins the hearts of the moneyed young and old, and, in the light of presentation at court and calculated scandals, emerges a full-fledged courtesan on the Continent, living surprisingly well beyond her means. Thackeray’s greatest novel is a moral tapestry of early nineteenth-century English manners, and his persistent theme is the folly of the good-at-heart, the evil of those endowed with grace and wit. Anthony Trollope called Thackeray “…one of the recognized stars of the literary heaven.” V.S. Pritchett finds Thackeray “…the first of our novelists to catch life visually and actually as it passes in fragments before us…he is above all a superb impressionist – perhaps our greatest.” With an Afterword by V.S. Pritchett

Vanished

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Vanished by Danielle Steel
**Vanished** tells the story of a man and woman faced with an almost unthinkable tragedy—the mysterious abduction of their son.
In the late 1930s, in the shadow of the Lindbergh kidnapping, and as war looms in Europe, Marielle Patterson shares and elegant Manhattan brownstone with her husband, Malcolm, and their little boy, Teddy. Though the couple’s lives are filled with secrets, Marielle is a devoted wife and mother, and Malcolm is a man everyone admires.
On the eve of Teddy’s disappearance, Marielle runs into her first love, American expatriate Charles Delauney. And when Teddy is kidnapped, Charles is first blamed, then arrested. But as the search for Teddy widens, even Marielle is scrutinized by the FBI and special agent John Taylor. Suspicions and accusations mingle with terror and heartbreak as every threat, every failure, every fear, is remembered, examined, explored.
During Charles Delauney’s trial, a series of revalations begins to unravel the about Marielle, Charles, and Malcolm, uncovering the motives and passions controlling their lives.
**Vanished** is a tale of guilt, desire, suspense, and of people drawn inexorably together, seeking the child who… vanished.

Vanished

SUMMARY: Lauren Heller and her husband, Roger, are out to dinner one night when they’re brutally attacked. Twenty-four hours later, Lauren awakes in the hospital to find that Roger has mysteriously “VANISHED”The only one with any chance of finding Roger is his brother, Nick. A private spy trained in the Special Forces, Nick Heller specializes in digging up secrets that those of influence would rather keep hidden. He and Roger have been estranged for years, ever since a bitter scandal tore their family apart. But Nick will do anything to protect Lauren and his nephew–even if it means taking on the most lethal enemy he’s ever faced.”An Action-packed, full-throttle…read-it-tonight thriller that you definitely shouldn’t miss.”–Lee Child Plunged headlong into a desperate chase, Nick begins making shocking discoveries about Roger’s life–and his own. As he finds himself embroiled in a very personal, high-stakes investigation, Nick must take on a powerful and deadly conspiracy that will stop at nothing–and spare no one–to protect its secrets… “A HUMDINGER…TAUT ACTION SCENES.” –“Washington”” Post””””Lots of unpredictable plot twists and a furious pace.” –“San Francisco”” Chronicle””””lightning-paced from the first page to the last. “–“Providence”” Journal”

Vampires

The cult classic is back—for fans who like their vampire hunters hard-boiled.You don’t just kill vampires for the money—you do it for the satisfaction. You do it because somebody has to. You do it no matter what it does to you. And you drink—a lot. Some jobs just suck. This one bites. But nobody does it better than Jack Crow, the leader of VAMPIRE$ Inc. His crack team of hunters takes down the blood suckers with a lethal combination of cojones and crossbows. After members of Jack’s team are ambushed and slaughtered, however, the survivors need to rethink their strategy. With a new recruit from the Vatican— a priest who’s not afraid to wield a stake—and a sharpshooter loaded up with silver bullets, it’s payback time. The only problem is that the vampires have no intention of going down easy. They have their own hit list—and Jack Crow’s name is scrawled in blood right at the top.

Vampire Trinity

SUMMARY: Vampire hunter Gideon Green never intended to become a vampire’s servant. But when Anwyn, a woman with whom he shared an unforgettable night, is turned by a vampire pack, Gideon is forced into an uneasy alliance with one of the most terrifying vampires he’s ever encountered: the mysterious Daegan Rei. Daegan has a vested interest in Anwyn. As Gideon and Daegan shepherd Anwyn through her dangerous validation with the Vampire Council, it’s clear they must learn to trust each other. But as boundaries erode, Gideon realizes he has become irreversibly changed-by a bond with the two people in his life he can’t survive without: vampires.

The Vampire Hunter

The Vampire Hunter by Lisa Childs
Hunter Liam McKiernan would do anything to lure vampire Jennifer Williams into his trap– even use her sister, Eve, against her. It was only fitting since he believed Jennifer killed his brother. But when he finally caught up with her, Jennifer was not the cold–hearted creature he expected. She was beautiful, warm…and lonely. Liam couldn’t resist the urge to protect her– and the desire to make love to her. But a member of the Secret Vampire Society had killed Liam’s brother– a vampire who also wanted Jennifer himself….

Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend

SUMMARY: Mark Jenkins’s engrossing history draws on the latest science, anthropological and archaeological research to explore the origins of vampire stories, providing gripping historic and folkloric context for the concept of immortal beings who defy death by feeding on the lifeblood of others. From the earliest whispers of eternal evil in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, vampire tales flourished through the centuries and around the globe, fueled by superstition, sexual mystery, fear of disease and death, and the nagging anxiety that demons lurk everywhere. In “Vampire Forensics, ” Mark Jenkins probes vampire legend to tease out the historical truths enshrined in the tales of terror: sherds of Persian pottery depicting blood-sucking demons; the amazing recent discovery by National Geographic archaeologist Matteo Borrini of a 16th-century Venetian grave of a plague victim and suspected vampire; and the Transylvanian castle of “Vlad the Impaler,” whose bloodthirsty cruelty remains unsurpassed. Jenkins navigates centuries of lore and legend, adding new chapters to the chronicle and weaving an irresistibly seductive blend of superstition, psychology, and science sure to engross everyone from Anne Rice’s countless readers to serious students of archaeology and mythology.

Valis

SUMMARY: In 2007, Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s became the fastest selling title in The Library of America’s history. The 2008 companion volume, Five Novels of the1960s & 70s, broke series records for advance sales. Now comes a third and final volume gathering the best novels of Dick’s final years, when religious revelation, always important in his work, became a dominant and irresistible theme. In A Maze of Death (1970), a darkly speculative mystery that foreshadows Dick’s final novels, colonists on the planet Delmak-O try to determine the nature of the God—or “Mentufacturer”—who plots their destiny. The late masterpiece VALIS (1981) is a novelistic reworking of “the events of 2-3-74,” when Dick’s life was transformed by what he believed was a mystical revelation. It is a harrowing self-portrait of a man torn between conflicting interpretations of what might be gnostic illumination or psychotic breakdown. The Divine Invasion (1981), a sequel to VALIS, is a powerful exploration of gnostic insight and its human consequences. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982), Dick’s last novel, is by turns theological thriller, roman à clef, and disenchanted portrait of late 1970s California life, based loosely on the controversial career of Bishop James Pike—a close friend and kindred spirit.

Up in the Air

Up in the Air by Walter Kirn
Ryan Bingham’s job as a Career Transition Counselor–he fires people–has kept him airborne for years. Although he has come to despise his line of work, he has come to love the culture of what he calls “Airworld,” finding contentment within pressurized cabins, anonymous hotel rooms, and a wardrobe of wrinkle-free slacks. With a letter of resignation sitting on his boss’s desk, and the hope of a job with a mysterious consulting firm, Ryan Bingham is agonizingly close to his ultimate goal, his Holy Grail: one million frequent flier miles. But before he achieves this long-desired freedom, conditions begin to deteriorate.
With perception, wit, and wisdom, **Up in the Air*** *combines brilliant social observation with an acute sense of the psychic costs of our rootless existence, and confirms Walter Kirn as one of the most savvy chroniclers of American life.

Untouchable

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Bakha is a young man, proud and even attractive, yet none the less he is an outcast in India’s caste system: an Untouchable. In deceptively simple prose this groundbreaking novel describes a day in the life of Bakha, sweeper and toilet-cleaner, as he searches for a meaning to the tragic existence he has been born into – and comes to an unexpected conclusion. Mulk Raj Anand poured a vitality, fire and richness of detail into his controversial work, which led him to be acclaimed as his country’s Charles Dickens and one of the twentieth century’s most important Indian writers.

The Unnatural Inquirer

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John Taylor’s the name. I’m a PI, working that small slice of mystical real estate in the hidden centre of London that’s called the Nightside. It’s a place where the sun refuses to rise, where monsters and men walk side by side, and where you can fulfill your every dark and depraved desire. What I do there, better than anybody else alive (or dead) is find things – for the right client, for the right price.
My new client can certainly afford me. The editor of the Unnatural Inquirer, the Nightside’s most notorious gossip rag (the one everyone pretends not to read), has offered me one million pounds to find a man named Pen Donavon, who claims to have evidence of the Afterlife – picked up on a television broadcast and burned onto DVD. The Inquirer made Donavon a sweet deal for exclusive rights. Then both he and the disc vanished.
I don’t know if the disc is on the level, but a job’s a job (and a million pounds is a million pounds). Trouble is, not only are all of the usual suspects pretty dangerous individuals, but it’s beginning to look like someone else – someone very powerful – is on the trail, too. And who – or what – ever it is, is deadly determined to find the disc first.
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Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands

Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands: Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership by Nancy Ortberg
*Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands* is an engaging and insightful look into the qualities, attributes, and practices that turn ordinary leaders into extraordinary ones. Nancy Ortberg’s unique twist on vision casting; managing tensions; nurturing healthy conflict; motivating those around you; fostering creativity, passion, and trust is unlike anything you’ve ever read before! At times challenging, at times candid, but always inspiring, *Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands* will bring out the best in even the most seasoned leaders.