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ALZHEIMER'S: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE NATURAL SCIENCE OF EVENT-BASED PSYCHOLOGY

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE NATURAL SCIENCE OF EVENT-BASED PSYCHOLOGY

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Psychology provides the option of two thinking and reasoning languages. One is grounded in the assumptions of a natural science, the other is rooted in pseudo-scientific ideology. The choice between these two languages determines how one thinks and reasons. The non-labeling language of science guides one's thinking to behavioral explanation, based on observed truths. The other, the labeling language of main-stream psychologies, reduces one's thinking to assuming behavior can be explained by believed-in abstract constructed determiners. The Natural Science Of Event-Based (E-B) Psychology, is the only applied psychology that is grounded in the psycholinguistic assumptions of a natural science.

BIRDING IN THE FACE OF TERROR

BIRDING IN THE FACE OF TERROR

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How would our lives be different if we could weather the storms of tragedy and loss without fear? What if the fearlessness were not a result of isolation from others or insulation in comforting beliefs, but of full immersion in uncertainty, armed only with the trust that what we perceive as the entirety of a lifetime is nothing compared to what Life really is?

With the raw, surreal events of September 11, 2001 as the backdrop, "Birding in the Face of Terror" is told by two parallel narrators, Joseph and Pedro, facing the same spiritual crisis. Both must use their scattershot religious and philosophical background to come to grips with psychological exiles of their own devising. Joseph, trapped by circumstance as an eyewitness to the terrifying events on the East Coast, is forced from his agoraphobic shell into a hero's role. Pedro is secluded and silenced on the West Coast, left to plumb his own interior landscape to make sense of it all. The saving grace of connection comes in ways both ordinary and mysterious when a kindred clan of mystics from the Heartland emerge, offering a middle road between their extremes.

As John Donne famously told us, "No man is an island." "Birding" contemplates this timeless truth anew, unveiling answers both familiar and revolutionary. Though it flips the bird in the face of our post-9/11 security hysteria and de facto state religion, it does so by pointing toward an alternate way of seeing that confounds common assumptions about who we are. While tipping some of our most sacred cows, it also makes space for everyday miracles to work their wonders through characters who never expected themselves to be holy. The result is an upwelling inspiration, steeped in a no-nonsense pantheistic spirituality that will speak to today's savvy, multicultural truth seekers.

"Birding" is an antidote for our age of anxiety, a hopepunk testament of love and wholeness for a culture broken by fear.

CARNIVALE

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CLEANING NABOKOVS HOUSE

CLEANING NABOKOVS HOUSE

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Now in paperback, the stunning debut about a woman rediscovering herself after a divorce explores the heartbreaking and deeply funny aspects of the mess called love. With glowing reviews from the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, NPR's All Things Considered, and more.

When Barb Barrett walks out on her loveless marriage, she doesn't realize she will lose everything: her home, her financial security, even her beloved children. Approaching forty with her life in shambles and no family or friends to turn to, Barb must now discover what it means to rely on herself in a stark new emotional landscape.

With only a questionable business plan in hand, Barb is determined to reinvent herself. She moves into a house once occupied by the literary genius Vladimir Nabokov, author of the notorious Lolita. She discovers what could be Nabokov's last unpublished manuscript and from there begins a personal journey that is deliciously romantic, darkly comic, and wise.

Written in elegant prose and illuminated by sharp humor and wit, Cleaning Nabokov's House offers a new vision of modern love and a reminder that it is never too late to find loyalty to our truest selves.

DANCING WITH A WANDERER

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DAYS OF DISTRACTION

DAYS OF DISTRACTION

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"Startlingly original and deeply moving.... Chang here establishes herself as one of the most important of the new generation of American writers." -- George Saunders

A Recommended Book From

Buzzfeed * USA Today * New York Magazine * O, the Oprah Magazine * Parade * Wired * Electric Literature * The Millions * San Antonio Express-News * Domino

A wry, tender portrait of a young woman--finally free to decide her own path, but unsure if she knows herself well enough to choose wisely--from a captivating new literary voice

The plan is to leave. As for how, when, to where, and even why--she doesn't know yet. So begins a journey for the twenty-four-year-old narrator of Days of Distraction. As a staff writer at a prestigious tech publication, she reports on the achievements of smug Silicon Valley billionaires and start-up bros while her own request for a raise gets bumped from manager to manager. And when her longtime boyfriend, J, decides to move to a quiet upstate New York town for grad school, she sees an excuse to cut and run.

Moving is supposed to be a grand gesture of her commitment to J and a way to reshape her sense of self. But in the process, she finds herself facing misgivings about her role in an interracial relationship. Captivated by the stories of her ancestors and other Asian Americans in history, she must confront a question at the core of her identity: What does it mean to exist in a society that does not notice or understand you?

Equal parts tender and humorous, and told in spare but powerful prose, Days of Distraction is an offbeat coming-of-adulthood tale, a touching family story, and a razor-sharp appraisal of our times.

--O, the Oprah Magazine

ENTERTING THE MOUNTAIN

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FAIREST OF THEM ALL: WILL ROBO

FAIREST OF THEM ALL: WILL ROBO

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The world celebrated with the development of Artificial Intelligence in the middle of the twenty-first century and established a robot singularity. In order to create an elite standard of living, most jobs were replaces with these robots. After the discovery that the uncountable could not be coerced, the armies of robots that inhabited every part of the workforce were recalled and replaced by a robot force that was tethered by a single computer run by the central government. The Agency that once protected the nation from malicious foreign influences was turned inward and trained to hunt and eliminate the members of the robot singularity.

Many years later, enthralled in a government conspiracy to destabilize the sovereign nations of the Americas in order to create a world government, a lone robot disappears with a dangerous antigen stolen from a government laboratory. Believing that the robot had been hacked by a terrorist group, the Agency was brought in to find it. Unable to locate the robot, the agency must hire Bob Sags, a retired agent turned person finder, to track down and eliminate the wayward robot. During his investigation when things do not add up, Bob is declared an enemy of the state and becomes hunted. It becomes a race against time when Bob realizes that the only way to clear his name is to find the robot before the Agency does.

FAULT LINES: FRACTURED FAMILIE

FAULT LINES: FRACTURED FAMILIE

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Real solutions to a hidden epidemic: family estrangement.

Estrangement from a family member is one of the most painful life experiences. It is devastating not only to the individuals directly involved--collateral damage can extend upward, downward, and across generations, More than 65 million Americans suffer such rifts, yet little guidance exists on how to cope with and overcome them. In this book, Karl Pillemer combines the advice of people who have successfully reconciled with powerful insights from social science research. The result is a unique guide to mending fractured families.

Fault Lines shares for the first time findings from Dr. Pillemer's ten-year groundbreaking Cornell Reconciliation Project, based on the first national survey on estrangement; rich, in-depth interviews with hundreds of people who have experienced it; and insights from leading family researchers and therapists. He assures people who are estranged, and those who care about them, that they are not alone and that fissures can be bridged.

Through the wisdom of people who have been there, Fault Lines shows how healing is possible through clear steps that people can use right away in their own families. It addresses such questions as: How do rifts begin? What makes estrangement so painful? Why is it so often triggered by a single event? Are you ready to reconcile? How can you overcome past hurts to build a new future with a relative?

Tackling a subject that is achingly familiar to almost everyone, especially in an era when powerful outside forces such as technology and mobility are lessening family cohesion, Dr. Pillemer combines dramatic stories, science-based guidance, and practical repair tools to help people find the path to reconciliation.

FIFTH DAY

FIFTH DAY

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The Dead Are the Only Lucky Ones Among Us.

Portents of evil. Dreams of destruction, chaos, death. Feelings of terrible foreboding, heavy as the dark skies before a storm hits.

Within twenty-four hours, the sudden and nearly universal presentiment of doom experienced by folks in the peaceful beach town of Furness, California is found to be horrifyingly accurate when a handful of people wake up to find that their friends, families, and loved ones--in fact, most of the inhabitants of the Earth--have simultaneously vanished without a trace.


Left behind to make sense of a strange and depopulated world are an odd assortment of people. A wry and jaded psychic who knows good and well that her fortunetelling is a sham--until the day it begins to come true. A kind, idealistic registered nurse. A thirteen-year-old science nerd. A church custodian. An outspoken, pragmatic physicist. A volatile and unpredictable bakery owner. A tough-as-nails ex-Army sergeant with a terrible secret, who is determined that he'll survive this, even if it's at the cost of the others.


But they soon discover that they're not the only ones trying to find their way through the empty streets of Furness. Because the cataclysm that took 99% of the Earth's inhabitants did one other thing.

It released the monsters.

GIANT'S CHAIR

GIANT'S CHAIR

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Adam Chance is the quintessential Sixties man. He saw The Beatles at Shea Stadium, went to Woodstock and was active in the Antiwar movement. Then, he wrote about the counterculture in his best-selling book, WALDEN PAVED OVER. Now, in the 1990s, Adam finds himself middle aged, divorced and suffering from every author's nightmare ... writer's block. An understanding therapist suggests that he keep a journal to do a life review. The effect is liberating. No longer does he have to worry about word limits and cranky editors. He's totally free to express his point of view and explore new writing styles. Adam recalls sharing a pizza with Jim Morrison in a Greek restaurant. He reminisces about a transcendent conversation with John Lennon in Central Park. He balances satire and parody by imagining a 'Sixties Sell-Out' awards ceremony, composing a list of 60 things he fears might happen and writing the script for the final episode of STAR TREK. Adam's fondest memories are of his childhood with best friend, Midnight Duke. In the Summer of 1963, Adam and Midnight climb the Giant's Chair, a huge rock formation located in the rolling hills beyond their back yards. The two boys remain friends into adulthood as they pass through different phases of their lives. Then tragedy strikes and each man must cope with the outcome on his own level. Eventually, both friends are led back to the Giant's Chair. Adam gives himself permission to explore his spiritual side. He immerses himself in books on mind/body healing and practices meditation. He seeks forgiveness from his ex-wife, desires reconciliation with an estranged brother and celebrates the unique qualities of the Sixties generation. Adam's road to understanding contains a few bumps along the way, but his journal becomes the path to renewal. Ultimately, Adam Chance discovers an answer that has always been inside him ... a basic truth as old as time itself.

HARD ROAD TO JUSTICE: MY LIFE AS A RENEGADE LAWYER

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INDOMITABLE FLORENCE FINCH: TH

INDOMITABLE FLORENCE FINCH: TH

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"An American hero-long forgotten-finally gets her due in this riveting narrative. You will absolutely love Florence Finch: her grit, her compassion, her fight. This isn't just history; she is a woman for our times."
-Keith O'Brien, the New York Times bestselling author of Fly Girls

The riveting story of an unsung World War II hero who saved countless American lives in the Philippines, told by an award-winning military historian.
When Florence Finch died at the age of 101, few of her Ithaca, NY neighbors knew that this unassuming Filipina native was a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, whose courage and sacrifice were unsurpassed in the Pacific War against Japan. Long accustomed to keeping her secrets close in service of the Allies, she waited fifty years to reveal the story of those dramatic and harrowing days to her own children.
Florence was an unlikely warrior. She relied on her own intelligence and fortitude to survive on her own from the age of seven, facing bigotry as a mixed-race mestiza with the dual heritage of her American serviceman father and Filipina mother.
As the war drew ever closer to the Philippines, Florence fell in love with a dashing American naval intelligence agent, Charles "Bing" Smith. In the wake of Bing's sudden death in battle, Florence transformed from a mild-mannered young wife into a fervent resistance fighter. She conceived a bold plan to divert tons of precious fuel from the Japanese army, which was then sold on the black market to provide desperately needed medicine and food for hundreds of American POWs. In constant peril of arrest and execution, Florence fought to save others, even as the Japanese police closed in.
With a wealth of original sources including taped interviews, personal journals, and unpublished memoirs, The Indomitable Florence Finch unfolds against the Bataan Death March, the fall of Corregidor, and the daily struggle to survive a brutal occupying force. Award-winning military historian and former Congressman Robert J. Mrazek brings to light this long-hidden American patriot. The Indomitable Florence Finch is the story of the transcendent bravery of a woman who belongs in America's pantheon of war heroes.

INSPIRED: MUSINGS, PONDERINGS AND SUCH

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KNIGHT OF HIBERNIA

KNIGHT OF HIBERNIA

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Arriving on a distant shore, guided only by a mysterious book he found of a dead man, Dar LaCross journeys to join the famed Knights of Hibernia. But he soon finds that things are not how he expects as he clings to a knightly code of honor obsolete in the world he encounters. A young woman, Fayette, on a mission for the Duchess of the Eamhain, finds herself in midst of an invasion. Fayette convinces Dar to help her cross the wilds of the Marche to reach Eamhain before it is too late. Hunted by the invaders, Dar and Fayette must use their wit and skill to cross the wilderness of an untamed world. As they learn to work together, bandits, witches, invaders, and the creatures of the deep forest stand between them and the castle at Eamhain many miles away. Searching for a way through the wilderness, Dar and Fayette discover the means to reach their goal in each other. As they race against time, they must reach the Duchess and warn her before the next attack.

LATE MORNING: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS

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LIKELY WORLD

LIKELY WORLD

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Twenty years of addiction to cloud, a drug which wipes the user's short-term memory, have left single mom Mellie with her mind in fragments. With the help of a tough-minded sponsor, and motivated by her own medically-challenged daughter, Mellie clings to a fragile sobriety. Then, on the evening of her twenty-ninth day sober, a stranger pulls into her driveway and her heart surges. However, when Mellie's pursuit of this man and the past they may share threatens her sponsor, Mellie will have to put her tiny family and her recovery at risk in hopes of saving the woman who saved her first.

LOCK & KEY (REVISED)

LOCK & KEY (REVISED)

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What if your future lies in your past?

When Darren Ault meets his friend Lee McCaskill for dinner, he doesn't expect the second course to be a gunshot to the head. Even more unexpected is the fact that the bullet doesn't kill him--instead, it causes the rest of humanity to vanish. Darren's attempted murder has caused a temporal paradox extending back over a thousand years, and now it's up to him to repair the damage.

Embarking on a mind-bending journey through time, Darren encounters Vikings, a depressed Norwegian silversmith, a cult that believes in salvation through pain, a beautiful Hebridean lass, and Archibald Fischer--the foul-mouthed, Kurt Cobain-worshiping Head Librarian of the Library of Timelines, where all of the possibilities that could ever happen are catalogued, tracked, and managed.

MIGHTY QUEENS OF FREEVILLE: A

MIGHTY QUEENS OF FREEVILLE: A

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This beloved New York Times bestselling memoir from "Ask Amy" is a warm and moving true story of second chances in a tiny upstate New York town.

Dear Amy,
First my husband told me he didn't love me. Then he said he didn't think he had ever really loved me. Then he left me with a baby to raise by myself. Amy, I don't want to be a single mother. I told myself I'd never be divorced. And now here I am -- exactly where I didn't want to be!

My daughter and I live in London. We don't really have any friends here. What should we do?
Desperate

Dear Desperate,
I have an idea.
Take your baby, get on a plane, and move back to your dinky hometown in upstate New York -- the place you couldn't wait to leave when you were young. Live with your sister in the back bedroom of her tiny bungalow. Cry for five weeks. Nestle in with your quirky family of hometown women -- many of them single, like you. Drink lots of coffee and ask them what to do. Do your best to listen to their advice but don't necessarily follow it.
Start to work in Washington, D.C. Start to date. Make friends. Fail up. Develop a career as a job doula. Teach nursery school and Sunday School.

Watch your daughter grow. When she's a teenager, just when you're both getting comfortable, uproot her and move to Chicago to take a job writing a nationally syndicated advice column.
Do your best to replace a legend. Date some more.

Love fiercely. Laugh with abandon. Grab your second chance -- and your third, and your fourth.

Send your daughter to college. Cry for five more weeks.
Move back again to your dinky hometown and the women who helped raise you.

Find love, finally.
And take care.
Amy

NOBODY PEOPLE

NOBODY PEOPLE

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When a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities comes out of hiding, their clash with a violent society will spark a revolution--or an apocalypse.

"Much like the X-Men comics, Proehl masterfully uses science fiction as a lens to examine social inequality and human evil."--Booklist

Avi Hirsch has always known his daughter was different. But when others with incredible, otherworldly gifts reveal themselves to the world, Avi realizes that her oddness is something more--that she is something more. With this, he has a terrifying revelation: Emmeline is now entering a society where her unique abilities unfairly mark her as a potential threat. And even though he is her father, Avi cannot keep her safe forever.

Emmeline soon meets others just like her: Carrie Norris, a teenage girl who can turn invisible . . . but just wants to be seen. Fahima Deeb, a woman with an uncanny knack for machinery . . . but it's her Muslim faith that makes the U.S. government suspicious of her.

They are the nobody people--ordinary individuals with extraordinary gifts who want one only thing: to live as equals in an America that is gripped by fear and hatred. But the government is passing discriminatory laws. Violent mobs are taking to the streets. And one of their own--an angry young man seething with self-loathing--has used his power in an act of mass violence that has put a new target on the community. The nobody people must now stand together and fight for their future, or risk falling apart.

The first book of a timely two-part series, The Nobody People is a powerful novel of love and hope in the face of bigotry that uses a world touched by the fantastic to explore our current reality. It is a story of family and community. It is a story of continuing to fight for one another, no matter the odds. It is the story of us.

Bob Proehl will return with The Somebody People!

OF WHOM FORTUNE FAVORS: HIBERN

OF WHOM FORTUNE FAVORS: HIBERN

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Still unaware of the impending threat of the invasion of Hibernia, Dar and Fayette travel to Baile on a secret mission for the duchess of Eamhain to get a message to Lord Aviticus. One of his generals intercepts the message and Aviticus never receives it. Clebis DeGalis, an aging soldier in the Imperial Army, is sent to the duchess on a mission of peace but it falls on deaf ears because the duchess believes that the Caledonian army has started expansion into her kingdom. With treachery on every step, Clebis must join forces with Dar and Fayette to discover the truth behind the raids in the Kingdom of Eamhain and to forge a lasting peace through the land. During the journey, Fayette uncovers strange powers within her that point to her mysterious past. Meanwhile, Dar must face the reality of Fayettes secret past and finally face his feelings for her as she accepts a marriage proposal of another man that would change her life.
ONE HUNDRED AUTOBIOGRAPHIES: A

ONE HUNDRED AUTOBIOGRAPHIES: A

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In One Hundred Autobiographies, poet and scholar David Lehman applies the full measure of his intellectual powers to cope with a frightening diagnosis and painful treatment for cancer. No matter how debilitating the medical procedures, Lehman wrote every day during chemotherapy and in the aftermath of radical surgery. With characteristic riffs of wit and imagination, he transmutes the details of his inner life into a prose narrative rich in incident and mental travel. The reader journeys with him from the first dreadful symptoms to the sunny days of recovery.

This fake memoir, as he refers ironically to it, features one-hundred short vignettes that tell a life story. One Hundred Autobiographies is packed with insights and epiphanies that may prove as indispensable to aspiring writers as Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet.

Set against the backdrop of Manhattan, Lehman summons John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Edward Said, and Lionel Trilling among his mentors. Dostoyevsky shows up, as does Graham Greene. Keith Richards and Patti Hansen put in an appearance, Edith Piaf sings, Clint Eastwood saves the neighborhood, and the Rat Pack comes along for the ride. These and other avatars of popular culture help Lehman to make sense of his own mortality and life story.

One Hundred Autobiographies reveals a stunning portrait of a mind against the ropes, facing its own extinction, surviving and enduring.

PARKINSON'S REGENERATION TRAINING: NEUOPSYCHOMOTOR REHABILITATION: AN INTEGRATIVE AND FITNESS-BASED APPROACH TO IMP

PARKINSON'S REGENERATION TRAINING: NEUOPSYCHOMOTOR REHABILITATION: AN INTEGRATIVE AND FITNESS-BASED APPROACH TO IMP

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While Parkinson's Disease (PD) can be debilitating, there is plenty of compelling data to show that exercise is one of the best ways of managing PD symptoms and slowing disease progression. Studies show that regular exercise can improve cognition, dual-tasking abilities, mobility, balance, stability, agility, strength, and motor control for a person living with PD.In addition, this improvement in movement and mobility helps to reduce falls, injuries, and various other complications of the disease in the PD client. In this book, you will learn and gain a solid understanding of: - What is Parkinson's Disease (PD)?- Who gets Parkinson's Disease?- What are the symptoms of PD?- How does PD affect strength, movement, mobility, stability, flexibility, cognitive function, posture, and overall functionality?- What can people with PD be doing to manage disease symptoms and reduce or eliminate falls and injury?- How can caregivers, home health aides, and others to help the person with PD?- What assessments and programming can we use help people with PD?- Learn how the brain can be retrained to improve and help restore neuro-muscular communication, cognitive function, and cognitive function during movementLearn optimal exercises that will help the person with PD to improve: - Dual-tasking/Multi-tasking- Cognition- Stability- Balance- Agility- Strength- Flexibility- Grip- Gait- Posture- Mobility and movement- Overall functionality and quality of life

PIECES OF LIFE: POEMS FROM SMOOTH AND BROKEN PLACES

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PRIMROSE

PRIMROSE

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For centuries common primroses have spread breathtaking carpets of pale lemon yellow across the globe, the first sign of spring. Abundant, edible, and beneficial for many ailments, they have supported civilization's social and cultural foundations. When undaunted plant hunters risked their lives to introduce the many Himalayan primroses of breathtaking beauty, the primrose gained iconic status. Capable of endless variation, primroses have captured the attention of gardeners, plant breeders, and scientists, while artists and poets have found them essential as both subject matter and muse. William Shakespeare introduced us to the "the primrose path," a pleasurable but destructive route, in several of his plays, and Charles Darwin spent more than thirty years working with primroses to solve an elegant evolutionary mystery.

This book tells the story of how primroses became so successful, circling the Earth, adapting to human civilization, and yet holding their own on inaccessible craggy summits where they may never be seen. Bringing together facts, folklore, and beautiful images from around the world, Primrose is a delightful guide to this hugely popular flower.

ROOMS IN OLD HOUSES: POEMS

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ROSE AND THE SWORD: HIBERNIA C

ROSE AND THE SWORD: HIBERNIA C

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Locked in the long frozen winter of Hibernia, Fayette, the dress maiden of the duchess of Eamhain, awaits for the return of her beloved, Dar LaCross. Still unfamiliar with the magical powers that surge through her, she struggles to wield the magic within her. Clebis DeGalis, an aging soldier charged with the protection of the kingdom, sent Dar to the land of the elves on the far side of the island to forge an alliance against the northern barbarians who had invaded the countryside. They seem very alone in their struggle until one of Clebis's rangers returns to the kingdom with good news. News that the Caledonian regent is still alive and is in the independent city-state of Providence to the south with his army has come to light. Clebis takes this as a good omen, while the duchess he serves finds a moment of dread within it and secretly makes a deal with the enemy chieftain, who may become her undoing. Clebis sends his trusted officers, Toran and Dar LaCross, to meet with the regent to convince him to move his legions to Eamhain. Meanwhile, the relationship between Fayette and Dar is tested by the appearance of a strange elf woman who follows Dar everywhere. A catastrophe occurs at the duchess's castle as Dar returns to try to find his beloved and save her from the designs of the enemy chieftain.
SEEKING QUAN AM: A DUAL MEMOIR

SEEKING QUAN AM: A DUAL MEMOIR

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Mark M. Smith served two tours in Vietnam, 1967 to 1969, with the 1st Air Cavalry Division. In the 1970s and 80s, Mark wrote about his experience. The story of the first tour was written in short episodes, with exact dates and place names, documenting the war in the villages. The second tour account began as a letter to a friend and expanded into a loosely chronological, emotional, and sensory ride through the war in the jungle.

Although they had been classmates in high school, Susan Dixon took a very different path after graduation. She learned about war from observing its aftermath during travel in Europe and the Middle East. She learned about the war in Vietnam by reading the New York Times and watching the nightly news. Her visceral response to politicians and military leaders defending an engagement she could see they did not believe in pushed her into anti-war action based in the Campus Y at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Decades later, after Mark and Susan reconnected, traveled with a group to Vietnam, and learned to talk about war, they began work on Seeking Quan Am, Mark's account of his two tours, written in the 70s, Susan's account of her life in connection to war and anti-war, and the story of their reconnection with each other and with Vietnam decades later. Through all runs a theme - the request Mark made of Susan when he handed her his files. He asked her to "makes some sense of them."

SEPHIROT

SEPHIROT

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Duncan Kyle is an ordinary twenty-something whose simple life of sports, job, and girlfriend comes to a crashing halt late one night when he falls through the floor of his apartment. He finds himself in Malkuth, a desolate, desiccated world where the only living beings are a sardonic Sphinx and her invisible caretakers, who in this frigid place are drawn to anything warm. He is told by the Sphinx that he will have to make his way through ten worlds before he can return to life as he knows it--the ten emanations of the Sephirot. On his journey, Duncan encounters a wild huntress torn between making love to him or killing him; an elderly woman who tries to convince him that he has been ill and dreamed the whole thing; a scarlet-robed judge who sentences him to be whipped and executed for performing evil magic; a kind potter and his daughter who take him in and heal his injuries; and a timid, soft-spoken Methodist minister who helps him survive in a place where all hell breaks loose--literally--once the sun goes down. In every world he visits, though, one thing stays the same. Duncan has to rely on his wits alone to stay alive and find his way to the next portal, and he has to summon the strength of will to keep going--because if he falls for the snare each world represents, he'll never find his way home.

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook

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SWAP

SWAP

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Now a Disney Channel Original Movie, Megan Shull's smart and funny, very readable book The Swap is a great summer reading (or anytime!) choice. Will appeal to fans of R. J. Palacio and Katherine Applegate, as well as of graphic novels such as Click, Invisible Emmie, and Smile.

With one random wish, Jack and Ellie are living life in each other's shoes. He's her. And she's him.

ELLIE assumed popular guys didn't worry about body image, being perfect, or talking to girls, but acting like you're cool with everything is tougher than it looks.

JACK thought girls had it easy--no fights with bullies, no demanding dads, no power plays--but facing mean girls at sleepovers and getting grilled about your period is way harder than taking a hit to the face at sports practice.

Now they're dealing with each other's middle school dramas--locker room teasing, cliques, video game battles, bra shopping, and a slew of hilariously awkward moments--until they hopefully switch back!

Told in both Jack's and Ellie's voices, The Swap offers a fresh and honest take on tween friendship, all while exploring more serious themes of family, loss, empathy, and what it really means to be yourself. And as Jon Scieszka says, it's "seriously, truly, fearlessly funny!"

Plus don't miss Megan Shull's heartwarming Bounce--in development as a movie featuring YouTube star Jojo Siwa!

TESS OF THE STORM COUNTRY

TESS OF THE STORM COUNTRY

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One September afternoon, not many years ago, three men sat on the banks of Cayuga Lake cleaning the fish they had caught in their nets the previous night. When they glanced up from their work, and looked beyond the southern borders of the lake, they could see, rising from the mantle of forestry, the towers and spires of Cornell University in Ithaca City. An observer would have noticed a sullen look of hatred pass unconsciously over their faces as their eyes lighted on the distant buildings, for the citizens of Ithaca were the enemies of these squatter fishermen and thought that their presence on the outskirts of the town besmirched its fair fame.
THE ENVELOPE, AND THE REST OF VALENTINE'S DREAMS

THE ENVELOPE, AND THE REST OF VALENTINE'S DREAMS

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The Envelope, And The Rest Of Valentine's Dreams, is about a Middle Manager in a Large Corporation who falls into a dream and goes off on an adventure with a Princess from another planet in which he interviews Miguel de Cervantes, and together with Miguel and Carl, an attorney, and the little girl from the bridge, the Knights Of The Desert Grove, a transgender gas cylinder and other occupants of his RV, they rescue the Princess's mom, who happens to be the Queen, from Thun. And then he wakes up, and has even more dreams, in which he goes all over the place, and gets his hair cut, and acquires all the money in the world, and solves the mystery of The Tunnels in the Shetland Islands, and encounters a whole row of Daleks. Then he goes cliff diving with a crow in Acapulco, and drives all the way to a rest stop in Pennsylvania to get a cup of coffee. It's an autobiography.

Available August 1, 2020 from the immense world of EIGHT DOG CORNER PRESS.

THE RUINED WALLED CASTLE GARDEN

THE RUINED WALLED CASTLE GARDEN

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Poetry. Beginning with the forest wanderings of a mentally lost father in the twentieth century, and ending with Eve's original choice of wisdom over obedience, THE RUINED WALLED CASTLE GARDEN's lyrics are spoken by or about actual historical figures such as Lizzie Borden, Emma Mille, Nikola Tesla, Virginia Woolf, and by unidentified representative contemporaries who work in a factory or model for an art class, visit Doha or Baghdad, weed a Scottish garden, walk beneath a New York winter sky. The poems interrogate faith, justice, militarism, madness, and the endless relation between two sexes.

By turns mystical and realist, Mary Gilliland's intensely musical poems consider global apocalypse-'our course set for the destitute sunset'-but also celebrate the generative power of creativity. With preternatural empathy, she enters fascinating sensibilities-Virginia Woolf, Nikola Tesla-and sings 'the troubled music' of history. Gilliland's sinewy, nuanced poems understand earth-and consciousness-as gardens that no walls or enchantments can protect. Her vision is profound, enduring.-Alice Fulton

Mary Gilliland's THE RUINED WALLED CASTLE GARDEN casts a sidelong glance at the human comedy in various times and places. Here a 'stubbled saint' stumbles into our contemporary world; the rush of life stops with a milennial 'where-were-you party.' Marked by compression, surprise, originality of language, a confident and eloquent voice cuts to the essential.-Mary Crow

Like the apothecarist Keats, Mary Gilliland's poetry wells up from the healing force of unheard melodies. Her tensile lyric and fluent narrative grasp the sweet otherness in life, which is 'Eve's radical helplessness' to endure and bear intimate witness to both change and permanence. THE RUINED WALLED CASTLE GARDEN is a radiant testimony-and a triumph-of an unerring ear I deeply cherish.-Ishion Hutchinson

THIS IS WATER

THIS IS WATER

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In this rare peak into the personal life of the author of numerous bestselling novels, gain an understanding of David Foster Wallace and how he became the man that he was.
Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in This is Water. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend.

Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.

UNTIL THE BIRDS CHIRP: REFLECT

UNTIL THE BIRDS CHIRP: REFLECT

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"If you remember the Sixties, you weren't there." So goes the familiar joke line, but it's not true. There are millions of people who remember the Sixties. However, they aren't only the famous actors, well-known musicians, or familiar talking heads who usually show up in most retrospectives. Instead, they are every day Americans whose lives were changed forever by the events and experiences of the Sixties. Those influences shaped their occupations, values, and dreams. Now is the time for them to share personal histories and write about their lives. Marc Catone has done just that. His book, "Until The Birds Chirp: Reflections On The Sixties" is a generational memoir. What Marc learned during the Sixties has remained with him throughout his life, affecting who he is and what he believes. His politics, spiritual beliefs, and relationships have all been shaped by that decade. "Until the Birds Chirp: Reflections On The Sixties", contains vignettes of life altering experiences from his childhood, teen, and young adult years. Personal and generational narratives merge to form Sixties themes about racism, war, and freedom as well as the influences of Rock, sex and TV. Marc was 13 years old when JFK was killed and his father lost his business, had his heart broken the night before he listened to "Sgt. Pepper" for the first time, marched on his college campus the same afternoon that the Kent State Four were murdered, and fell in love with his future wife as they campaigned for George McGovern in New Hampshire. The effects of those events on Marc's life, and the Sixties Generation as a whole, are detailed within the pages of "Until the Birds Chirp: Reflections On The Sixties".

WOMEN AS BRIGHT AS STARS: THE 19TH CENTURY WOMEN OF NEWFIELD, NEW YORK

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WORST.DATE.EVER

WORST.DATE.EVER

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We've all experienced dates brimming with horror, comedy, drama, tension, and lunacy. Sometimes in the same evening. The characters in these stories are undergoing the worst dates of their lives. Whether on a first date, a weekend getaway with a significant other, or the target of an intricate revenge scheme, the characters in this collection reflect a spectrum of emotions and reactions when they decide to lower their guard and let somebody in. And then it all goes spectacularly Hindenburg.