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William and Harry

SUMMARY: William and Harry is a fascinating insight into the lives and loves of two extraordinary young men who have captured not only the hearts and minds of not only the British public, but those the world over. This is the definitive book about the princes, bringing their story right up to date. It is the tale of two brothers who have carried the legacy of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, into the twenty-first century and on whom the future of the House of Windsor largely depends.Drawing on her unique set of contacts Katie Nicholl recounts the royal brothers’ extraordinary lives and reveals William and Harry’s real characters as they become front-line soldiers and modern princes. Through her network of sources, some of whome have agreed to speak for the very first time, Katie tells the story of one of Prince William’s earliest romances, and his struggle with his destiny as a future King of England.As a royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton seems more probable, Katie has spoken to a wealth of contacts close to the couple who reveal how their love affair really started at St Andrews, the hurdles the pair overcame and the challenges they still face. She recounts the story of Harry’s time at Eton, his relationship with Chelsy Davy, and his three months he spent on the front line in Afghanistan. She analyses William and Harry’s complex relationship with their father, and the woman who will one day become Queen Camilla. She talks to their friends, contemporaries and confidants to paint a unique and revealing portrait of the two most famous brothers in the world.

Will Power

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Return to the tales of Will Hawthorne in this fantasy adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of Steeplejack and Sekret Machines! First impressions are not always the right ones. Transported to a mysterious land, Will Hawthorne and his band of adventurers find themselves unwilling participants in an eternal war between a nation of “fair folk” and…goblins!?! Will quickly discovers that even though he does not believe in goblins, that doesn’t mean they won’t try to kill him. The humans who shelter Will and his pals seem lifted straight from the pages of a storybook, people of propriety, culture, fashion, and wealth. As the war progresses, however, Will begins to wonder if there is something hiding beneath the expertly-coiffed veneer of their picture-perfect society. Join Will on a fantasy adventure past the edges of the mapped world into the chaos of a land at war. Readers will be delighted to reunite with the cast of Act of Will in a new adventure in which the one thing likely to keep Will alive may be…his cynicism. Praise for Act of Will – “Fast paced and beautifully written” — R.A. Salvatore “I was amazed by these vividly knowledgeable adventures of a youth living by his wits in a world much like Elizabethan England.” — David Drake “Adventure meets a hero who just won’t shut up in this fast-talking charmer of a novel” — Kate Elliott “Hartley’s prose is so graceful, his narrative so taut and his battle-scenes so exciting and well-described… This is especially true of the compulsively readable second half which unfolds with remarkable grace and power.” — Booklist A “clever page-turner” — Publishers Weekly (Starred review)
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

SUMMARY: Will Grayson:What if your oldest, wildest, only best friend started writing a musical about your life…and it made you look like a joke?What if the girl you didn’t think you were interested in started being interested in you?And who is this other guy called Will Grayson? The other Will Grayson: What if you are technically depressed? What if you’re in love with someone you’ve never met?And what’s the story with the guy walking around with your name?

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

SUMMARY: Will Grayson:What if your oldest, wildest, only best friend started writing a musical about your life…and it made you look like a joke?What if the girl you didn’t think you were interested in started being interested in you?And who is this other guy called Will Grayson? The other Will Grayson: What if you are technically depressed? What if you’re in love with someone you’ve never met?And what’s the story with the guy walking around with your name?

Wild Horses

### From Publishers Weekly
For his 33rd-and quite splendid-novel, Francis (Decider) adds to his usual horse-racing setting a backdrop involving feature filmmaking. As usual, though, it’s murder most foul and mayhem most brilliant for this English master. In the Suffolk city of Newmarket, Thomas Lyon is for the first time directing a film featuring an American megastar. Based on a bestselling book, the movie concerns a still unexplained, 26-year-old death by hanging of a young horse trainer’s wife. The wife’s sister, niece and nephew are vehemently opposed to the film, while the book’s author, who’s also the screenwriter, is opposed to any changes in his plot. The megastar’s double is attacked, a murder occurs, Thomas gets death threats and finds himself in great peril. How Francis has him solve the assorted mysteries and achieve a satisfactory ending for his film is nothing short of dazzling. Francis puts his novel together in the same way a movie is constructed, with out-of-sequence scenes, dissolves and brilliant images. He offers wonderful set pieces and moves his large and colorful cast with the aplomb of a seasoned director. Even better, in Thomas Lyon he has created a representative of a vanishing, even endangered, fictional species: the thoroughly decent chap we care about. A tip-top thriller, this could make the best movie about movies since The Stunt Man. BOMC main selection; author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
### From School Library Journal
YA?Francis’s fans will not be disappointed with his latest offering. Thomas Lyon is making a movie based on an event that occurred almost 20 years earlier?the hanging death of a horse trainer’s young wife. Valentine Clark, Thomas’s long-time friend and a prominent figure in the racing world, is dying, and while Thomas is reading to him he makes a death-bed confession. His whispered confidences relate too directly to Thomas’s film to be ignored, especially as the movie set is plagued with suspicious problems and attempted murders. Despite being stabbed himself, Thomas tries to solve the past and present mysteries, produce his movie, and save his own life. Besides providing a many-faceted mystery and the author’s trademark insights into the horse world, this novel offers an in-depth, fascinating behind-the-scenes view of filmmaking.?Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Wild Heat

He’s a hotshot firefighter addicted to risk.
She’s the sultry beauty he never saw coming.
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**Maya Jackson doesn’t sleep with strangers. Until the night grief sent her to the nearest bar and into the arms of the most explosive lover she’s ever had. Six months later, the dedicated arson investigator is coming face-to-face with him again. Gorgeous, grinning Logan Cain. Her biggest mistake. Now her number one suspect in a string of deadly wildfires.
Risking his life on a daily basis is what gets Logan up in the morning. As the leader of the elite Tahoe Pines Hotshot Crew, he won’t back down from a blaze—or from beautiful, lethal Maya Jackson. She may have seduced him with her tears and her passion, but it’ll be a cold day in hell before Logan lets down his guard again. But when Maya’s life is threatened, his natural-born-hero instincts kick in, and Logan vows to protect the woman sworn to bring him down. And as desire reignites, nothing—not the killer fire nor the killer hot on their trail—can douse the flames.…
*From the Paperback edition.*
### Review
“Andre [writes] sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance.” — *Publishers Weekly*
*From the Paperback edition.*
### About the Author
**Having sold more than 3 million books, Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world. Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages.**

Wicked Plants

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They may look sweet and innocent, but anyone who has ever broken out in a rash after picking a hyacinth blossom or burst into violent sneezing after sniffing a chrysanthemum knows that often the most beautiful flowers can pack the nastiest punch. This comes as no secret to mystery writers, who have long taken advantage of the nefarious properties of common garden plants to create the devices by which a deadly dose of poison is administered to an unsuspecting victim. But, as Stewart so entertainingly points out, such fiction is based on pure fact. There are plants that can kill with a drop of nectar, paralyze with the brush of a petal. From bucolic woodland streams choked by invasive purple loosestrife to languid southern fields overrun by kudzu, some plants are just more trouble than they’re worth. Culling legend and citing science, Stewart’s fact-filled, A–Z compendium of nature’s worst offenders offers practical and tantalizing composite views of toxic, irritating, prickly, and all-around ill-mannered plants. –Carol Haggas

Product Description

A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln’s mother).

Menacing botanical illustrations and splendidly ghastly drawings create a fascinating portrait of the evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.

Wicked Lovely

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens. Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries. Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer. Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention. But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires. Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; *everything*. Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning 21st century faery tale.

Wicked Intentions

Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane Series #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt
** From the *New York Times* bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt comes the first book in her beloved Maiden Lane series.**
**A MAN CONTROLLED BY HIS DESIRES . . . **
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she’s spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .
**A WOMAN HAUNTED BY HER PAST . . . **
Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London’s high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both.
**A BARGAIN NEITHER COULD REFUSE**

Wicked Enchantment

EDITORIAL REVIEW: ** First in a new series from the national bestselling author of *Witch Fury*. ** When the Summer Queen of the fae orders Aislinn Finvarra to act as a guide for a half-incubus who is known to possess dark magick and sexual power, she must protect not only her heart, but her very life.

Wicked Appetite

SUMMARY: Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives. Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down—and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Caught in a race against time, Diesel and Lizzie soon find out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins. With delectable characters and non-stop thrills that have made Janet Evanovich a household name, Wicked Appetite will leave you hungry for more.

Why Read the Classics?

Amazon.com Review

Why read Italo Calvino’s book on the classics? Because it passes his own test for what a classic is, and its brisk prose can blast your concept of the word clean of the dusty associations that cling to it. Calvino gives 14 offbeat definitions of classic, my favorite being “a work which constantly generates a pulviscular cloud of critical discourse around it, but which always shakes the particles off.” His sharp essays on Conrad, Dickens, Diderot, Flaubert, Ovid, and others constitute an act of self-criticism too, a novelist’s imaginative autobiography. In 1955, when rave-reviewing __, he called Daniel Defoe the “inventor of modern journalism.” In 1954, he overcame his disgust with Hemingway’s life “of violent tourism,” coolly assessed his dry heights and sodden depths, and called himself Papa’s apprentice. And the 1984 piece on Borges shows who influenced Calvino most once he’d become a master himself.

From both the American and the Argentinian, Calvino learned to be concise, and his quick sketches of books like the “unqualified masterpiece” _Our Mutual Friend_ provide a contact high–one wants to drop everything and head straight to a library, so infectious is his enthusiasm. “How many young people will be smitten” by Stendhal’s recently, brilliantly retranslated Waterloo-era adventure _The Charterhouse of Parma_, he writes, “recognizing it as the novel they had always wanted to read… the benchmark for all the other novels they will read in later life.” Like a great teacher, Italo Calvino distills a writer’s essence in a vivid phrase: money, for instance, serves as “the motive force of Balzac’s narrative, the true test of feeling in Dickens; but in Mark Twain money is a game of mirrors, causing vertigo over a void.” –Tim Appelo

From Publishers Weekly

Although the title suggests that this posthumous collection was cobbled together to capitalize on the latest culture wars, the great Italian novelist who died in 1985 had himself planned to compile it. The book remains an uneven hodgepodge of essays and brief introductions. In the outstanding opening essay, Calvino begins with the lighthearted remark that “classics are those books about which you usually hear people saying ‘I’m rereading… ‘ never ‘I’m reading,'” then goes on to show a contagious passion for great literature of all types. Reading criticism of classics, he writes, is often a waste of time; reading, savoring, and rereading them is of much greater importance. However, many of these critical studies suffer from too much deference to the texts, and too few flights of critical fancy. The high points of the collection are the title essay and longer pieces presenting overviews of the work of great writers who were Calvino’s contemporaries. He begins an engaging discussion of Hemingway (written in 1954) by remarking that there were times when “Hemingway was a god. And they were good times, which I am happy to remember, without even a hint of that ironic indulgence with which we look back on youthful fashions.” His accounts of authors less known to a modern American audience will leave readers eager to sample the otherwise daunting works of Francis Ponge and Eugenio Montale. Still, this collection is on the whole surprisingly lackluster; the beloved postmodernist will ultimately be better remembered for such earlier, more spirited essay collections as The Uses of Literature. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Why Evolution Is True

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact** In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant “intelligent design,” there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned-the *evidence*, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection. Even Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould, while extolling the beauty of evolution and examining case studies, have not focused on the evidence itself. Yet the proof is vast, varied, and magnificent, drawn from many different fields of science. Scientists are observing species splitting into two and are finding more and more fossils capturing change in the past-dinosaurs that have sprouted feathers, fish that have grown limbs. *Why Evolution Is True* weaves together the many threads of modern work in genetics, paleontology, geology, molecular biology, and anatomy that demonstrate the “indelible stamp” of the processes first proposed by Darwin. In crisp, lucid prose accessible to a wide audience, *Why Evolution Is True* dispels common misunderstandings and fears about evolution and clearly confirms that this amazing process of change has been firmly established as a scientific truth.

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Agatha Christie is more than the most popular mystery writer of all time. In a career that spans over half a century, her name is synonymous with brilliant deception, ingenious puzzles, and the surprise denouement. By virtually inventing the modern mystery novel she has earned her title as the Queen of Crime. Curious? Then you’re invited to read…WHY DIDN’T THEY ASK EVANS?Was it a misstep that sent the handsome stranger plummeting to his death from a cliff? Or something more sinister? Fun-loving adventurers Bobby Jones and Francis Derwit’s suspicions are certainly aroused-especially since the man’s dying words were so peculiar: Why didn’t they ask Evans? Bobby and Francis would love to know. Unfortunately, asking it of the wrong people have sent the amateur sleuths running for their lives-on a wild and deadly pursuit to discover who Evans is, what it was he wasn’t asked, and why the mysterious inquiry has put their own lives in mortal danger… AUTHORBIO: AGATHA CHRISTIE is the world’s best known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 80 novels and short story collections, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant little Belgian Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world-famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies.Agatha Christie also wrote under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. As well, she wrote four non-fiction books including an autobiography and an entertaining account of the many expeditions she shared with her archaeologist husband, Sir Max Mallowan. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

The Whore of Babylon, a Memoir

Prado’s latest novel centers on a mother who embarks on a mission to rescue her daughter from the mean streets of San Francisco. Margot Skinner can’t bear to see her 15-year-old daughter, Robyn, dolled up in fishnets and spiked heels while her room devolves into a sty and her truancy and rebelliousness accelerate…Aided by two private investigators and a streetwise nun, Margot scours the notorious Tenderloin district in search of her runaway daughter, who may have fallen into the clutches of a local pimp named Blu Boy….Prado writes in a visceral present tense, elevating her drama with crisp, sensory details, as she skillfully employs the solid pacing and atmosphere of a crime novel….Prado commands a robust vocabulary and tells a searing tale laced with disturbingly candid insight…This taut mix of memoir, novel and crime drama succeeds through vivid writing and soulful revelations.

(source: Bol.com)

A Whole New Mind

A Right-Brain Revolution! Artists will rule the universe! Or so suggests best-selling author Daniel Pink. This groundbreaking book shows that recruiters for Fortune 500 companies are favoring graduates in art and design over number-crunching MBA grads. An enjoyable read, providing credible proof that art education has intrinsic value in the marketplace. Read it yourself, then give it as a gift to those in your district who make funding decisions. Lawyers. Accountants. Software engineers. That’s what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of “left-brain” dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers – creative and emphatic “right-brain” thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t. Drawing on research from around the advanced world, Daniel Pink outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are essential for professional success and personal fulfillment- -and reveals how to master them. From a laughter club in Bombay, to an inner-city high school devoted to design, to a lesson on how to detect an insincere smile, A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and offers a provocative and urgent new way of thinking about a future that has already arrived.