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Happenstance Found
  • Author : P. W. Catanese
  • Publisher : Aladdin
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 1416953825
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Master storyteller P.W. Catanese begins the Books of Umber trilogy with Happenstance Found—now available in paperback—when twelve-yearold Happenstance awakens in a cave with no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. Lord Umber and his companions rescue Hap, and the group sets out on dangerous and unusual missions that continue in Dragon Games. Hap’s and Umber’s journeys take them to the corrupt kingdom of Sarnica, where Umber’s nemesis has acquired some dragon eggs. Umber wants to study a new magical species, but what starts as a quest for knowledge turns into a dangerous rescue operation. The deft plotting of these actionpacked, heart-stopping adventures will pique the imagination and leave readers anxious for the final installment.

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    Happenstance Found
  • Author : P. W. Catanese
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 143915337X
  • Reader Reviews : 10
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Master storyteller P.W. Catanese begins the Books of Umber trilogy with Happenstance Found—now available in paperback—when twelve-yearold Happenstance awakens in a cave with no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. Lord Umber and his companions rescue Hap, and the group sets out on dangerous and unusual missions that continue in Dragon Games. Hap’s and Umber’s journeys take them to the corrupt kingdom of Sarnica, where Umber’s nemesis has acquired some dragon eggs. Umber wants to study a new magical species, but what starts as a quest for knowledge turns into a dangerous rescue operation. The deft plotting of these actionpacked, heart-stopping adventures will pique the imagination and leave readers anxious for the final installment.

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    Happenstance
  • Author : Robert Root
  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Pages : 259
  • ISBN : 9781609381912
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reflecting on how a student’s parents met because of a fly ball to center field in a summer softball game, author Robert Root wondered how the lives of that student’s parents and of the student himself would have changed had the batter bunted or struck out. Haunted by this pure example of happenstance, he began to ponder his own existence, dependent in part on geology (the Niagara Escarpment) and history (the Erie Canal). He wondered how happenstance had influenced the course of his parents’ lives, in particular their marriages (they married and divorced each other twice), and consequently the shaping of his identity. Happenstance investigates the effects of that phenomenon and choice on one man’s life. Root explores this theme in interwoven strands of narrative, interpretation, and reflection. One strand, “The Hundred Days,” follows his attempt to write one hundred journal entries, each about a different day in his life, to recover memories of specific moments or collections of moments. In the strand headed “Album,” he examines and interprets old family photographs in light of the way he reads them in the present, as someone now privy to a family secret that directed his and his siblings’ lives without their knowledge. Interspersed among these brief interpretations and narratives are reflections on happenstance and choice, a sequence contemplating their effect on his life and perhaps on all our lives. Through juxtaposition and accumulation, the book’s incremental unraveling of meaning imitates the process of unexpected epiphanies and gradual self-discovery in anyone’s life. By revisiting individual days, giving voice to photographs that mutely preserve family moments, and reflecting on the way happenstance and choice determine the directions lives take, Robert Root generates a meditation on identity anchored in an album in words and images of a mid-twentieth-century life.

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    Happenstance
  • Author : Carol Shields
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9781039004191
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • These two unique novels tell the stories of Jack and Brenda Bowman during a rare weekend apart in their many years of marriage. Jack is at home coping with domestic crises and two uncouth adolescents, while immobilized by self-doubt and questioning his worth as a historian. Brenda, travelling alone for the first time, is in a strange city grappling with an array of emotions and toying with the idea of an affair. Intimate and insightful yet never sentimental, Happenstance is a profound portrait of a marriage and the differences between the sexes that bring life — and a sense of isolation — into even the most loving of relationships.

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    Daughters of Ruin
  • Author : K. D. Castner
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781481436656
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • As a war begins, four princesses of enemy kingdoms who were raised as sisters must decide where their loyalties lie: to their kingdoms, or to each other.

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    Luck is No Accident
  • Author : John D. Krumboltz,Al S. Levin
  • Publisher : Impact Publishers
  • Pages : 161
  • ISBN : 9781886230033
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  • Genre : Business & Economics
  • Unplanned events more often determine life and career choices than all the careful planning we do. A chance meeting, a broken appointment, a spontaneous vacation trip are the kind of experiences that lead to unexpected life directions. This book encourages readers to prepare for the unexpected and to make the most of what life offers.

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    Happenstance: A Novella Series (Part Three)
  • Author : Jamie McGuire
  • Publisher : Jamie McGuire
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9781311063939
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it all. Now that Erin has learned the truth about the girls who tortured her, and about the boy she loves, she finds her time before graduation dwindling at an alarming and exciting pace. What used to be summer break was now a countdown to her final days in Blackwell. Her parents, Sam and Julianne struggle with the fear that just when they’ve found Erin, they must let her go, and the tension is higher than it’s been since Erin discovered who she really was. Finally with the girl he’s loved since childhood, Weston grows more desperate as the summer days pass. He and Erin will go to separate colleges. His biggest fear is that this means they’ll go their separate ways. Plagued with making the best of the time he has left with Erin, and finding a way to make it last, Weston finds himself in a different state of mind hourly. He is just beginning to realize that hope is like quicksand. The harder Weston struggles, the faster Erin sinks.

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    Donny's Inferno
  • Author : P. W. Catanese
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781481438001
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • In a moment of desperation, Donny Taylor accepts an offer from a demon who will save his life if he works for her, and soon he finds himself in Hell but a new, kinder, gentler Hell where not everyone is happy about the changes and some will do anything to bring back traditional ways.

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    A Matter of Happenstance
  • Author : Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN : 1935514628
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Catherine Fitzpatrick has used her keen reporter's eyes for detail and fashioned a sweeping saga of the wealthy Reinhardt family, St. Louis merchants who built a local retail empire over the course of a century... The characters vividly jump off the pages and pull you into their lives. Carol S. Cole, Former Features Editor, St. Louis Globe-Democrat An epic ... Writing it meant knowing vast amounts of information ... Many, many passages are strikingly beautiful, some scenes are memorable - so real they're painful to remember. Rose Marie Kinder, Editor Emerita, Pleiades, Winner, 1991 Willa Cather Award Author of An Absolute Gentleman I fell in love with several characters. A.Y. Stratton, Author of Buried Heart With intelligent research and a fine feel for place, this book builds around its characters the kind of historical context that helps to explain how and why people see the world as they do. Eric Sandweiss, Carmony Chair, Department of History, Indiana University, Author of St. Louis: The Evolution of an Urban American Landscape A rare and nearly perfect glimpse into a world long past. It's a well-researched first novel that will entertain, inform, and touch emotions for everyone. Kris Radish, Best Selling Bantam Dell Author, www.krisradish.com

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    Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
  • Author : Jonathan Auxier
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9781613121580
  • Reader Reviews : 25
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher—a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island where he is presented with a special quest: to travel to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom and rescue a people in need. Along with his loyal sidekick—a knight who has been turned into an unfortunate combination of horse and cat—and the magic eyes, he embarks on an unforgettable, swashbuckling adventure to discover his true destiny. Praise for Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes “Auxier has a juggler’s dexterity with prose that makes this fantastical tale quicken the senses.” –Kirkus Reviews

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    Weeds
  • Author : Zachary J. S. Falck
  • Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Pre
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9780822977728
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  • Genre : Cities and towns
  • As long as humans have existed, they’ve worked and competed with plants to shape their surroundings. As cities developed and expanded, their diverse spaces were covered with and colored by weeds. In Weeds, Zachary J. S. Falck presents a comprehensive history of “happenstance plants” in American urban environments. Beginning in the late nineteenth century and continuing to the present, he examines the proliferation, perception, and treatment of weeds in metropolitan centers from Boston to Los Angeles. In dynamic city ecosystems, population movements and economic cycles establish and transform habitats where vegetation continuously changes. Americans came to associate weeds with infectious diseases and allergies, illegal dumping, vagrants, drug dealers, and decreased property values. Local governments and citizens’ groups attempted to eliminate unwanted plants to better their urban environments and improve the health and safety of inhabitants. Over time, a growing understanding of the natural environment made “happenstance plants” more tolerable and even desirable. In the twenty-first century, scientists have warned that the effects of global warming and the heat-trapping properties of cities are producing more robust strains of weeds. Falck shows that nature continues to flourish where humans have struggled: in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in the abandoned homes of the California housing bust, and alongside crumbling infrastructure. Weeds are here to stay.

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    Territory of Light
  • Author : Yuko Tsushima
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN : 9780374718664
  • Reader Reviews : 9
  • Genre : Fiction
  • From one of the most significant contemporary Japanese writers, a haunting, dazzling novel of loss and rebirth “Yuko Tsushima is one of the most important Japanese writers of her generation.” —Foumiko Kometani, The New York Times I was puzzled by how I had changed. But I could no longer go back . . . It is spring. A young woman, left by her husband, starts a new life in a Tokyo apartment. Territory of Light follows her over the course of a year, as she struggles to bring up her two-year-old daughter alone. Her new home is filled with light streaming through the windows, so bright she has to squint, but she finds herself plummeting deeper into darkness, becoming unstable, untethered. As the months come and go and the seasons turn, she must confront what she has lost and what she will become. At once tender and lacerating, luminous and unsettling, Yuko Tsushima’s Territory of Light is a novel of abandonment, desire, and transformation. It was originally published in twelve parts in the Japanese literary monthly Gunzo, between 1978 and 1979, each chapter marking the months in real time. It won the inaugural Noma Literary Prize.

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    Traffick
  • Author : Ellen Hopkins
  • Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN : 9781442482883
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this “sincere and moving” (Booklist) companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank. In her bestselling novel, Tricks, Ellen Hopkins introduced us to five memorable characters tackling these enormous questions: Eden, the preacher’s daughter who turns tricks in Vegas and is helped into a child prostitution rescue; Seth, the gay farm boy disowned by his father who finds himself without money or resources other than his own body; Whitney, the privileged kid coaxed into the life by a pimp and whose dreams are ruined in a heroin haze; Ginger, who runs away from home with her girlfriend and is arrested for soliciting an undercover cop; and Cody, whose gambling habit forces him into the life, but who is shot and left for dead. And now, in Traffick, these five are faced with the toughest question of all: Is there a way out? How these five teenagers face the aftermath of their decisions and experiences is the soul of this story that exposes the dark, ferocious underbelly of the child trafficking trade. Heartwrenching and hopeful, Traffick takes us on five separate but intertwined journeys through the painful challenges of recovery, rehabilitation, and renewal to forgiveness and love. All the way home.

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    The Mirror's Tale
  • Author : P. W. Catanese
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1439113076
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Everyone has heard the story -- the dwarves, the talking mirror, the evil witch. But this tale doesn't belong to Snow White anymore.... Bert and Will, the twin sons of the baron of Ambercrest, are best friends. They do everything together and can't help it if trouble just seems to...find them. But the baron is fed up and has decided that separation will keep them out of mischief. One twin, he proclaims, will stay in Ambercrest for the summer, while the other will be sent to The Crags -- a foreboding, rocky outpost on the edge of the kingdom. It is there, hidden in a forbidden black chamber, that one of the boys discovers a bejeweled and mysterious mirror. What is the precious object? And why does it make him feel so...powerful? Soon the twins' kinship is replaced by dark magic and deceit, and a kingdom hangs dangerously in the balance. What becomes of one who is ruled by the forces of evil? And can brotherly love conquer a consuming quest for power?

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    Happenstance: A Novella Series (Part One)
  • Author : Jamie McGuire
  • Publisher : Jamie McGuire
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9781311903013
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • #1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire returns to self-publishing with this page-turning YA account of Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin "Alder" Alderman and Erin "Sonny" Masterson are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Easter isn't--and they never let her forget it. Alder has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade. Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Easter's feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Easter does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings ... both for his future, and for her. A shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, and Easter's life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything she thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated. Happenstance: A Novella Series (Part One) is an USA TODAY best seller!

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    Incidental Happenstance
  • Author : Kim DeSalvo
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN : 1478234539
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Incidental: Occurring or likely to occur as an unpredictable or minor accompaniment* Happenstance: A chance circumstance * Neither was looking for it. Neither was expecting it. But sometimes, life has other plans... One year after the loss of her fiance, Tia Hastings needed to find a way to start over. She had to figure out how to be single again, but she had no idea how to do it. Last Stop was a tiny pub with no significance-she chose it to be anonymous, to watch the interactions between the sexes so she could figure out how to start her life over... Dylan Miller was a megastar. It was impossible for him to move amongst the general population without being recognized, but he longed to simply blend into a crowd. He donned a disguise and wandered into Last Stop, a dark little hole-in-the-wall where he was sure he wouldn't be recognized... When their worlds collide, Tia and Dylan discover something neither of them thought possible-love. But when a fallen star sees Dylan as her ticket back to the top and will stop at nothing to make him hers, Tia wonders if she's out of her league; and out of time to rescue the love she thought she'd never find again... Is it fate? Coincidence? Or both? *freedictionary.com

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    Rebecca's Tale
  • Author : Sally Beauman
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 9781443431491
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The compelling companion to Daphne du Maurier’s celebrated classic, Rebecca, Sally Beauman’s Rebecca’s Tale begins more than 20 years after the death of Rebecca de Winter, and 20 years since Manderley, the de Winter family estate, was destroyed by fire. But Rebecca’s tale is just beginning...

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    The Thief and the Beanstalk
  • Author : P. W. Catanese
  • Publisher : Aladdin
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1481476335
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Jack traded his cow for magic beans, climbed a beanstalk, and got rich. Will the next person to try it, be as fortunate? Or just fortunate enough to survive? Everyone knows the story of Jack and his beanstalk, the little adventure that made Jack a very rich man. But what happened to the next person who climbed the beanstalk? Enter Nick. Orphaned and desperate, Nick joins a band of thieves in hopes of a warm meal and a little protection. In exchange, Nick must help them break into the lavish white castle rumored to belong to an old man named Jack. Legend says it’s full of riches from Jack’s quest up a magical beanstalk decades ago. When Nick’s mission leads him straight to Jack, he sees a chance to climb the famed beanstalk himself. But what Nick doesn’t know is that things are different at the top of the beanstalk. There are new enemies waiting. Enemies with plans that could destroy the world as Nick knows it. Will Nick come back a hero? Will he come back at all?

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    Happenstance
  • Author : Phil Sheehan
  • Publisher : Wildblue Press
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN : 1948239256
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • The year is 2028. The world is about to be impacted by the aftermath of a centuries-old conflict. An object is spotted near Pluto. Then another object is discovered on Mars. The origins of both objects are unknown, leading to the unfathomable option that they may have originated from another civilization. A team is launched on the maiden flight of a first-of-its-kind spaceship to investigate the object near Pluto, but is quickly threatened with sabotage and destruction. A separate attack is made on the Mars mission. Simultaneously, terrorist attacks endanger the fundamental security of the United States. An ominous and menacing fear grips the White House and the nation. The President and his staff are pursuing all options, but remain at a loss for a solution. The attacks and stakes continue to escalate day-by-day. For the first time in over 200 years, the U.S. is on the brink of destruction and the loss of its position as the preeminent world superpower. Who will step up and come to the rescue and pull the country back from the brink of devastation? Separated by billions of kilometers, Major Blake Thompson, along with the members of his unique SEAL team and others that are unexpectedly recruited onto his team, jump into action. The challenges continue to mount; the odds against Blake's team seem insurmountable. But Blake has never given up before, and he has no plans to start now. The fate of the U.S and the hopes of generations to come depend on his team's ultimate success.

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    Hope in the Dark
  • Author : Rebecca Solnit
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Pages : 188
  • ISBN : 9781608465798
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  • Genre : Political Science
  • “[A] landmark book . . . Solnit illustrates how the uprisings that begin on the streets can upend the status quo and topple authoritarian regimes” (Vice). A book as powerful and influential as Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, her Hope in the Dark was written to counter the despair of activists at a moment when they were focused on their losses and had turned their back to the victories behind them—and the unimaginable changes soon to come. In it, she makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argues that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next. Now, with a moving new introduction explaining how the book came about and a new afterword that helps teach us how to hope and act in our unnerving world, she brings a new illumination to the darkness of our times in an unforgettable new edition of this classic book. “One of the best books of the 21st century.” —The Guardian “No writer has better understood the mix of fear and possibility, peril and exuberance that’s marked this new millennium.” —Bill McKibben, New York Times–bestselling author of Falter “An elegant reminder that activist victories are easily forgotten, and that they often come in extremely unexpected, roundabout ways.” —The New Yorker

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    The Goal
  • Author : Eliyahu M. Goldratt,Jeff Cox
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN : 9781351982115
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Business & Economics
  • Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try and improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant - or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a colleague from student days - Jonah - to help him break out of conventional ways of thinking to see what needs to be done. Described by Fortune as a 'guru to industry' and by Businessweek as a 'genius', Eliyahu M. Goldratt was an internationally recognized leader in the development of new business management concepts and systems. This 20th anniversary edition includes a series of detailed case study interviews by David Whitford, Editor at Large, Fortune Small Business, which explore how organizations around the world have been transformed by Eli Goldratt's ideas. The story of Alex's fight to save his plant contains a serious message for all managers in industry and explains the ideas which underline the Theory of Constraints (TOC) developed by Eli Goldratt. Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal is the gripping novel which is transforming management thinking throughout the Western world. It is a book to recommend to your friends in industry - even to your bosses - but not to your competitors!

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    Happenstance
  • Author : Carol Shields
  • Publisher : London : Flamingo
  • Pages : 390
  • ISBN : 0586092242
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  • Genre : Man-woman relationships
  • A novel about a marriage from the viewpoints of both the husband and the wife at a time when they are both undergoing changes.

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    Cooperation Without Submission
  • Author : Justin B. Richland
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Pages : 245
  • ISBN : 9780226608761
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Law
  • "Justin B. Richland continues his study of the relationship between American law and government and Native American law and tribal governance in his new manuscript Cooperation without Submission: Indigenous Jurisdictions in Native Nation-US Engagements. Richland looks at the way Native Americans and government officials talk about their relationship and seek to resolve conflicts over the extent of Native American authority in tribal lands when it conflicts with federal law and policy. The American federal government is supposed to engage in meaningful consultations with the tribes about issues that affect the tribes under long standing Federal law which accorded the federal government the responsibility of a trustee to the tribes. It requires the government to act in the best interest of the tribes and to interpret agreements with tribes in a way that respects their rights and interests. At least partly based on a patronizing view of Native Americans, the law has also sought to protect the interests of the tribes from those who might take advantage of them. In Cooperation without Submission, Richland looks closely at the language employed by both sides in consultations between tribes and government agencies focusing on the Hopi tribe but also discussing other cases. Richland shows how tribes conduct these meetings using language that demonstrates their commitment to nation-to -nation interdependency, while federal agents appear to approach these consultations with the assumption that federal l aw is supreme and ultimately authoritative"--

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    Beautiful Disaster Signed Limited Edition
  • Author : Jamie McGuire
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9781476719078
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Travis Maddox, Eastern University's playboy, makes a bet with good girl Abby that if he loses, he will remain abstinent for a month, but if he wins, Abby must live in his apartment for the same amount of time.

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    The Last Dog on Earth
  • Author : Daniel Ehrenhaft
  • Publisher : Yearling
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9780307486967
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • WHAT IF MAN’S BEST FRIEND TURNED INTO MAN’S WORST ENEMY? It’s Stephen King meets Shiloh in this thrilling action-adventure survival story perfect for fans of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet, #1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale’s the Sylo Chronicles, and anyone who appreciates the loyal bond between a boy and his dog. Logan Moore hates everyone. Everyone except Jack. A mangy mutt that nobody wants. Except Logan. But Jack is in terrible danger. A mysterious disease is sweeping across the country, turning dogs into vicious, raging predators. Jack isn’t infected, but that won’t keep her safe. People are shooting dogs on sight, and asking questions later. Logan’s own parents want to hand Jack over to the authorities. Now Logan and Jack are on the run. There’s nowhere they can turn and no one they can trust. Except each other.

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    What the Stubborn Viscount Desires
  • Author : Sandra Sookoo
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 330
  • ISBN : 171745884X
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  • Genre : Books
  • Jonathan Banshire, Viscount Trewellain, has become a bitter, sarcastic lord and against anything remotely smacking of romance. Though engaged to a woman whose hand he'd won in a game of cards years ago, he hasn't thought of her in years. But he's also a king's agent, and as his duty to the Crown, he's being sent to Spain to track down a missing peer. He goes to escape his personal life. Miss Sophia Wickham is tired of men deciding her future. She's on a mission to live her life on her terms, but can't due to an ambiguous engagement to the Viscount Trewellain. Determined to gain her freedom, she sneaks onboard the ship intent to have Jonathan release her from that old promise. When he refuses in a fit of pique, she's stuck as a stowaway, bound to the one man she can't stand. In Madrid, they search for not only the missing lord, but also stolen Spanish crown jewels and an ancient relic. Through crashing a glittering ball to hunting down clues to exploring the hidden catacombs and caves beneath Barcelona, the unlikely pair comes to an understanding. Vulnerable and trapped, truths are revealed as well as the fragile state of their hearts. But machinations of a madman bent on revenge could destroy a budding romance, and when the specter of death makes an appearance, Jonathan must finally decide what it is he desires the most.

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    Issola
  • Author : Steven Brust
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1429996358
  • Reader Reviews : 9
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Okay, so maybe I've been living in the woods too long, where you can't even get a decent cup of klava first thing in the morning. So who should turn up but Lady Teldra, the courtly servant of my old friend the Dragonlord Morrolan? Teldra wants my help, because Morrolan and Aliera have disappeared, and according to Sethra Lavode, it looks like they may be in the hands of the Jenoine. Do I want to mess with them? The guys who made this place? And I thought I had problems before... Oh well, what's a little cosmic battle with beings who control time and space? It's better than hunkering down in the woods without even so much as a drinkable cup of klava. In Issola, Stephen Brust delivers another swashbuckling fantasy adventure for Vlad Taltos. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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    Host of Memories
  • Author : Peter Rupert Lighte
  • Publisher : Blessingway Authors Serv
  • Pages : 342
  • ISBN : 0991252977
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Collection of stories revealing how one man's present has been shaped by the richness of his past. Following his parents' divorce, in segregated pre-Castro Miami in the 1950s, the author moved to New York City, where he was raised amidst a community of eccentric and loving relatives and friends. He shares tales of his early years as an awkward “only child”; his Jewish roots; his fortuitous encounters with Chinese culture; and his embrace of sexuality. Original.

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    Three Times Lucky
  • Author : Sheila Turnage
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781101575598
  • Reader Reviews : 61
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Newbery honor winner, New York Times bestseller, Edgar Award Finalist, and E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor book. A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a café owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known. Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.

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    The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • Author : Charlie Mackesy
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 66
  • ISBN : 9780062976567
  • Reader Reviews : 37
  • Genre : Philosophy
  • Streaming on Apple TV+ on Christmas Day #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER · WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER · USA TODAY BESTSELLER “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is not only a thought-provoking, discussion-worthy story, the book itself is an object of art.”- Elizabeth Egan, The New York Times From British illustrator, artist, and author Charlie Mackesy comes a journey for all ages that explores life’s universal lessons, featuring 100 color and black-and-white drawings. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole. “Kind,” said the boy. Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book, following the tale of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love. The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with readers of all ages.

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    Just as I Am
  • Author : Cicely Tyson
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9780062931085
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • “In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only succeeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history.” –President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony “Just as I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and a mother, a sister and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by his hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” –Cicely Tyson

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    The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty
  • Author : Vendela Vida
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9780062110930
  • Reader Reviews : 15
  • Genre : Fiction
  • From the acclaimed author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers comes a taut, spellbinding literary thriller that probes the essence and malleability of identity. In Vendela Vida’s taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. While checking into her hotel, the woman is robbed of her wallet and passport—all of her money and identification. Though the police investigate, the woman senses an undercurrent of complicity between the hotel staff and the authorities—she knows she’ll never recover her possessions. Stripped of her identity, she feels burdened by the crime yet strangely liberated by her sudden freedom to be anyone she chooses. A chance encounter with a movie producer leads to a job posing as a stand-in for a well-known film star. The star reels her in deeper, though, and soon she’s inhabiting the actress’s skin off set, too—going deeper into the Casablancan night and further from herself. And so continues a strange and breathtaking journey full of unexpected turns, an adventure in which the woman finds herself moving further and further away from the person she once was. Told with vibrant, lush detail and a wicked sense of humor, The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty is part literary mystery, part psychological thriller—an unforgettable novel that explores free will, power, and a woman’s right to choose not her past, perhaps not her present, but certainly her future. This is Vendela Vida’s most assured and ambitious novel yet.

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    The Drug Hunters
  • Author : Donald R. Kirsch,Ogi Ogas
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN : 9781628727197
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Science
  • The surprising, behind-the-scenes story of how our medicines are discovered, told by a veteran drug hunter. The search to find medicines is as old as disease, which is to say as old as the human race. Through serendipity— by chewing, brewing, and snorting—some Neolithic souls discovered opium, alcohol, snakeroot, juniper, frankincense, and other helpful substances. Ötzi the Iceman, the five-thousand-year-old hunter frozen in the Italian Alps, was found to have whipworms in his intestines and Bronze-age medicine, a worm-killing birch fungus, knotted to his leggings. Nowadays, Big Pharma conglomerates spend billions of dollars on state-of the art laboratories staffed by PhDs to discover blockbuster drugs. Yet, despite our best efforts to engineer cures, luck, trial-and-error, risk, and ingenuity are still fundamental to medical discovery. The Drug Hunters is a colorful, fact-filled narrative history of the search for new medicines from our Neolithic forebears to the professionals of today, and from quinine and aspirin to Viagra, Prozac, and Lipitor. The chapters offer a lively tour of how new drugs are actually found, the discovery strategies, the mistakes, and the rare successes. Dr. Donald R. Kirsch infuses the book with his own expertise and experiences from thirty-five years of drug hunting, whether searching for life-saving molecules in mudflats by Chesapeake Bay or as a chief science officer and research group leader at major pharmaceutical companies.

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    Ask Again, Yes
  • Author : Mary Beth Keane
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9781982107000
  • Reader Reviews : 48
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The triumphant New York Times Bestseller *The Tonight Show Summer Reads Pick* Named one of the Best Books of the Year by People, Vogue, Parade, NPR, and Elle "A gem of a book." —Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo How much can a family forgive? Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie NYPD cops, are neighbors in the suburbs. What happens behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the explosive events to come. In Mary Beth Keane's extraordinary novel, a lifelong friendship and love blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart. One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next thirty years. Heartbreaking and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes is a gorgeous and generous portrait of the daily intimacies of marriage and the power of forgiveness.

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    Stephen Florida
  • Author : Gabe Habash
  • Publisher : Coffee House Press
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN : 9781566894739
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Foxcatcher meets The Art of Fielding, Stephen Florida follows a college wrestler in his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Profane, manic, and tipping into the uncanny, it's a story of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark.

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    Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer
  • Author : David Steindl-Rast
  • Publisher : Paulist Press
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN : 0809126281
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Religion
  • A monk reflects on the many aspects of the spiritual life with the basic attitude of gratefulness. "A true delight." --Henri J. M. Nouwen +

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    Our Subway Baby
  • Author : Peter Mercurio
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN : 9780525554752
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • This gentle and incredibly poignant picture book tells the true story of how one baby found his home. "Some babies are born into their families. Some are adopted. This is the story of how one baby found his family in the New York City subway." So begins the true story of Kevin and how he found his Daddy Danny and Papa Pete. Written in a direct address to his son, Pete's moving and emotional text tells how his partner, Danny, found a baby tucked away in the corner of a subway station on his way home from work one day. Pete and Danny ended up adopting the baby together. Although neither of them had prepared for the prospect of parenthood, they are reminded, "Where there is love, anything is possible."

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    The WVU Coed Murders
  • Author : Geoffrey C. Fuller,S. James McLaughlin
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9781439673966
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : True Crime
  • Some said that the killer couldn't be a local. Others claimed that he was the wealthy son of a prominent Morgantown family. Whispers spread that Mared and Karen were sacrificed by a satanic cult or had been victims of a madman poised to strike again. Then the handwritten letters began to arrive: "You will locate the bodies of the girls covered over with brush--look carefully. The animals are now on the move." Investigators didn't find too few suspects--they had far too many. There was the campus janitor with a fur fetish, the "harmless" deliveryman who beat a woman nearly to death, the nursing home orderly with the bloody broomstick and the bouncer with the "girlish" laugh who threatened to cut off people's heads. Local authors Geoffrey C. Fuller and S. James McLaughlin tell the complete story of the murders for the first time.

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    The Blizzard Party
  • Author : Jack Livings
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9780374710026
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A panoramic novel set in New York City during the catastrophic blizzard of February 1978 On the night of February 6, 1978, an overwhelming nor'easter struck the city of New York. On that night, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in a penthouse apartment of the stately Apelles, a crowd gathered for a grand party. And on that night Mr. Albert Haynes Caldwell—a partner emeritus at Swank, Brady & Plescher; Harvard class of '26; father of three; widower; atheist; and fiscal conservative—hatched a plan to fake a medical emergency and toss himself into the Hudson River, where he would drown. Jack Livings's The Blizzard Party is the story of that night.

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    Sh-Boom
  • Author : Jian
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Pages : 763
  • ISBN : 9781543449198
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Lee Denaro has awakened suddenly to the fact that he is old. The job market does not want him, despite his new PhD. Young at heart, athletic, and reasonably good-looking, on occasion he finds himself still appealing to women much younger than his actual years. Now without rose-colored glasses, he sees that plan A is a long shot. He has no plan B. But he is not giving up. He draws again closer to God to plead for a change in fate. To end a loser? No! It cannot be. Not one by nature to reminisce, nonetheless, Lee finds himself deep into introspection. Where did he go wrong? He is struggling in every manner of life. He is barely hanging on financially and finds himself alone, without a wife or a girlfriend. Meanwhile, Abigail—Abby, Lee’s childhood crush—has her own problems. Contrary to Lee, she is married, wealthy, and bored with life. And she has another major problem. She hates sex. To get Lee, that is a major hurdle. Sh-Boom is—and is not—a love story. Nor is it just about a man’s struggle with his god. True, it is the story of one man’s life from early boyhood to late manhood. But it is more so about life itself. It is really about The Way of the World—not Congreve’s—as the protagonist himself discovered it in a drunken state in Paris. Long in volume, Sh-Boom presents an honest-to-goodness look at life with its twist and turns, highs and lows, betrayals, romance, sex, disappointments, and perhaps violence, but only in the mind of the protagonist from life’s frustrations. The action moves from California to Florida to South Carolina to Germany to Paris to Moscow to China. It is a story worth telling and a story worth reading.