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The Last Council (Amulet #4)
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : Graphix
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 0545208866
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Kazu Kibuishi's thrilling, New York Times bestselling series continues! Emily, Navin, and the crew arrive in the lost city of Cielis, but they soon realize it is not the utopia they expected to find. While Trellis and Luger are taken prisoner, Emily is forced to fight for her life in a series of tests that will determine who among the new generation of young Stonekeepers will join the Guardian Council, the powerful group of Stonekeepers who govern Alledia. As the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered -- a secret that will change the lives of our heroes forever.

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    The Last Council
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 207
  • ISBN : 1643102583
  • Reader Reviews : 21
  • Genre : Books
  • Emily and her friends think they'll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn't right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in crippling fear. A terrible secret is slowly uncovered. Could this destroy everything Emily is fighting for?

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    The Last Council: A Graphic Novel (Amulet #4)
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9780545675796
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Kazu Kibuishi's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series is now available in eBook! Emily and her friends think they'll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn't right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in crippling fear. Emily is escorted to the Academy where she's expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered--a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.

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    The Cloud Searchers
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 197
  • ISBN : 1643102575
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  • Genre : Books
  • Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of the lost city of Cielis. The mysterious Leon Redbeard is their guide, and there's a surprising new addition to the crew: the Elf King's son, Trellis. But is he an ally or a enemy?

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    The Last Council
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : Graphix
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 0545208874
  • Reader Reviews : 21
  • Genre : Books
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    Amulet
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 185
  • ISBN : 0439846811
  • Reader Reviews : 95
  • Genre : Brothers and sisters
  • Emily's and Narvin's mother is kidnapped and dragged into a strange and magical world where, it seems, the children's great-grandfather has been before. It's up to the children to set things right and save their mother's life.

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    The Last Shah
  • Author : Ray Takeyh
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN : 9780300217797
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  • Genre : History
  • The surprising story of Iran's transformation from America's ally in the Middle East into one of its staunchest adversaries "An original interpretation that puts Iranian actors where they belong: at center stage."--Michael Doran, Wall Street Journal "For the clearest view of Iran for the last 100 years, this book is it."--Marvin Zonis, author of Majestic Failure: The Fall of the Shah Offering a new view of one of America's most important, infamously strained, and widely misunderstood relationships of the postwar era, this book tells the history of America and Iran from the time the last shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was placed on the throne in 1941 to the 1979 revolution that brought the present Islamist government to power. This revolution was not, as many believe, the popular overthrow of a powerful and ruthless puppet of the United States; rather, it followed decades of corrosion of Iran's political establishment by an autocratic ruler who demanded fealty but lacked the personal strength to make hard decisions and, ultimately, lost the support of every sector of Iranian society. Esteemed Middle East scholar Ray Takeyh provides new interpretations of many key events--including the 1953 coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq and the rise of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini--significantly revising our understanding of America and Iran's complex and difficult history.

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    The Big Tree Treaty, Or, The Last Council on the Genesee
  • Author : Thomas Kelly
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 414
  • ISBN : NYPL:33433076089055
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  • Genre : Genesee River Valley (Pa. and N.Y.)
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    The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach
  • Author : Pam Jenoff
  • Publisher : MIRA
  • Pages : 380
  • ISBN : 9781488049781
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Fiction
  • From the New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale comes an intoxicating novel of love and redemption during a time of war. Summer 1941. Young Adelia Montforte flees fascist Italy for America, where she is whisked away to the shore by her well-meaning aunt and uncle. Here, she meets and falls for Charlie Connally, the eldest of the four Irish-Catholic boys next door. But all hopes for a future together are soon throttled by the war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home. Grief-stricken, Addie flees—first to Washington and then to war-torn London—and finds a position at a prestigious newspaper, as well as a chance to redeem lost time, lost family…and lost love. But the past always nips at her heels, demanding to be reckoned with. And in a final, fateful choice, Addie discovers that the way home may be a path she never suspected. Originally published in 2015. Don’t miss Pam Jenoff’s new novel, Code Name Sapphire, a riveting tale of bravery and resistance during World War II. Read these other sweeping epics from New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff: The Woman with the Blue Star The Lost Girls of Paris The Orphan’s Tale The Kommandant's Wife The Ambassador’s Daughter The Diplomat’s Wife The Winter Guest

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    The Procedure of the UN Security Council
  • Author : Loraine Sievers,Sam Daws
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Pages : 744
  • ISBN : 9780199685295
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Law
  • This text is a revised edition and contains new material documenting the extensive and rapid innovations in the UN Security Council's procedures of the past two decades. It provides insight into the inside workings of the world's pre-eminent body for the maintenance of international peace and security. Grounded in the history and politics of the Council, it describes the ways the Council has responded through its working methods to a changing world. It explains the Council's role in its wider UN Charter context and examines its relations with other UN organs and its own subsidiary bodies.

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    Escape from Lucien
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 213
  • ISBN : 1643102605
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Books
  • Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, where she learns his darkest secrets.

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    The Last Flight of Poxl West
  • Author : Daniel Torday
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN : 9781466871816
  • Reader Reviews : 9
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Poxl West fled the Nazis' onslaught in Czechoslovakia. He escaped their clutches again in Holland. He pulled Londoners from the Blitz's rubble. He wooed intoxicating, unconventional beauties. He rained fire on Germany from his RAF bomber. Poxl West is the epitome of manhood and something of an idol to his teenage nephew, Eli Goldstein, who reveres him as a brave, singular, Jewish war hero. Poxl fills Eli's head with electric accounts of his derring-do, adventures and romances, as he collects the best episodes from his storied life into a memoir. He publishes that memoir, Skylock, to great acclaim, and its success takes him on the road, and out of Eli's life. With his uncle gone, Eli throws himself into reading his opus and becomes fixated on all things Poxl. But as he delves deeper into Poxl's history, Eli begins to see that the life of the fearless superman he's adored has been much darker than he let on, and filled with unimaginable loss from which he may have not recovered. As the truth about Poxl emerges, it forces Eli to face irreconcilable facts about the war he's romanticized and the vision of the man he's held so dear. Daniel Torday's debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, beautifully weaves together the two unforgettable voices of Eli Goldstein and Poxl West, exploring what it really means to be a hero, and to be a family, in the long shadow of war.

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    Firelight: A Graphic Novel (Amulet #7)
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9780545678421
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • The unforgettable seventh installment of Kazu Kibuishi's #1 New York Times bestselling series! Emily, Trellis, and Vigo visit Algos Island, where they can access and enter lost memories. They're hoping to uncover the events of Trellis's mysterious childhood -- knowledge they can use against the Elf King. What they discover is a dark secret that changes everything. Meanwhile, the Voice of Emily's Amulet is getting stronger, and threatens to overtake her completely.

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    The Last Watchman of Old Cairo
  • Author : Michael David Lukas
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN : 9780399181184
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In this “wonderfully rich” (San Francisco Chronicle) novel from the author of the internationally bestselling The Oracle of Stamboul, a young man journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets. “This book is a joy.”—Rabih Alameddine, author of the National Book Award finalist An Unnecessary Woman WINNER OF: THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S SOPHIE BRODY AWARD • THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD IN FICTION • THE SAMI ROHR PRIZE FOR JEWISH LITERATURE • Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the BBC • Longlisted for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fiction Prize • A Penguin Random House International One World, One Book Selection • Honorable Mention for the Middle East Book Award Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the centuries-old history that binds the two sides of his family. From the storied Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, where generations of his family served as watchmen, to the lives of British twin sisters Agnes and Margaret, who in 1897 leave Cambridge on a mission to rescue sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the synagogue, this tightly woven multigenerational tale illuminates the tensions that have torn communities apart and the unlikely forces that attempt to bridge that divide. Moving and richly textured, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a poignant portrait of the intricate relationship between fathers and sons, and an unforgettable testament to the stories we inherit and the places we are from. Praise for The Last Watchman of Old Cairo “A beautiful, richly textured novel, ambitious and delicately crafted, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is both a coming-of-age story and a family history, a wide-ranging book about fathers and sons, religion, magic, love, and the essence of storytelling. This book is a joy.”—Rabih Alameddine, author of the National Book Award finalist An Unnecessary Woman “Lyrical, compassionate and illuminating.”—BBC “Michael David Lukas has given us an elegiac novel of Cairo—Old Cairo and modern Cairo. Lukas’s greatest flair is in capturing the essence of that beautiful, haunted, shabby, beleaguered yet still utterly sublime Middle Eastern city.”—Lucette Lagnado, author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit and The Arrogant Years “Brilliant.”—The Jerusalem Post

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    The Last Interview
  • Author : Eshkol Nevo
  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Pages : 481
  • ISBN : 9781635429879
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • National Jewish Book Award Finalist Wingate Literary Prize Shortlist Named a Notable Translated Book of the Year by World Literature Today From the internationally best-selling author of Three Floors Up, a literary page-turner that delves into the deepening cracks in a carefully constructed public persona. A writer tries to answer a set of interview questions sent to him by a website editor. At first, they stick to the standard fare: Did you always know you would be a writer? How autobiographical are your books? Have you written any stories you would never publish? Usually his answers in these situations are measured, calculated, cautious. But this time, when his heart is about to break and his life is about to crumble, he finds he cannot tell anything but the truth. The naked, funny, sad, scandalous, politically incorrect truth. Every question the writer tackles opens a door to a hidden room of his life. And each of his answers reveals that at the heart of every truth, there is a lie—and vice versa. Surprising, bold, intimate, and utterly engrossing, The Last Interview shows just how tenuous the lines are between work and life, love and hate, fact and fiction. And in exploring the many, often contradictory facets of an Israeli author’s identity, Eshkol Nevo also gives us a nuanced, thought-provoking portrait of a country at odds with itself.

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    The Last Animal
  • Author : Abby Geni
  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781619022607
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The Last Animal by Abby Geni is that rare literary find — a remarkable series of stories unified around one theme: people who use the interface between the human and the natural world to contend with their modern challenges of love, loss, and family life. These are vibrant, weighty stories that herald the arrival of a young writer of surprising feeling and depth. "Terror Birds" tracks the dissolution of a marriage set against an ostrich farm in the sweltering Arizona desert; "Dharma at the Gate" features the tempest of young love as a teenaged girl must choose between man's best friend, her damaged boyfriend, and a beckoning future; "Captivity" follows an octopus handler at an aquarium still haunted by the disappearance of her brother years ago; "The Girls of Apache Bryn Mawr" details a Greek chorus of Jewish girls at a summer camp whose favorite counselor goes missing under suspicious circumstances; "In the Spirit Room" centers on a scientist suffering the heartbreaking loss of a parent from Alzheimer's while living in the natural history museum where they both worked; in "Fire Blight" a father grieving over his wife's recent miscarriage finds an outlet for comfort in their backyard garden and makes a surprising discovery on how to cherish living things; and in the title story, a retired woman traces the steps of the husband who left her thirty years ago, burning the letters he had sent along the way, while the luminous and exotic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean opens up to receive her. Unflinching, exciting, ambitious and heartfelt, The Last Animal takes readers through a menagerie of settings and landscapes as it underscores the connection between all living things.

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    Supernova (Amulet #8)
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : Graphix
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 0545850029
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Kazu Kibuishi's thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling series continues!

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    The Last Brother
  • Author : Nathacha Appanah
  • Publisher : Graywolf Press
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9781555970239
  • Reader Reviews : 17
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah, 1944 is coming to a close and nine-year-old Raj is unaware of the war devastating the rest of the world. He lives in Mauritius, a remote island in the Indian Ocean, where survival is a daily struggle for his family. When a brutal beating lands Raj in the hospital of the prison camp where his father is a guard, he meets a mysterious boy his own age. David is a refugee, one of a group of Jewish exiles whose harrowing journey took them from Nazi occupied Europe to Palestine, where they were refused entry and sent on to indefinite detainment in Mauritius. A massive storm on the island leads to a breach of security at the camp, and David escapes, with Raj's help. After a few days spent hiding from Raj's cruel father, the two young boys flee into the forest. Danger, hunger, and malaria turn what at first seems like an adventure to Raj into an increasingly desperate mission. This unforgettable and deeply moving novel sheds light on a fascinating and unexplored corner of World War II history, and establishes Nathacha Appanah as a significant international voice.

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    The Children of Men
  • Author : P. D. James
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9780307367716
  • Reader Reviews : 110
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The year is 2021. No child has been born for twenty-five years. The human race faces extinction. Under the despotic rule of Xan Lyppiat, the Warden of England, the old are despairing and the young cruel. Theo Faren, a cousin of the Warden, lives a solitary life in this ominous atmosphere. That is, until a chance encounter with a young woman leads him into contact with a group of dissenters. Suddenly his life is changed irrevocably as he faces agonising choices which could affect the future of mankind. NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

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    The Last Tsar's Dragons
  • Author : Jane Yolen,Adam Stemple
  • Publisher : Tachyon Publications
  • Pages : 159
  • ISBN : 9781616962883
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • “Vivid, gripping and actually riveting as the Red Danger takes a whole new meaning here. Loved it.” —The Book Smugglers It is the waning days of the Russian monarchy. A reckless man rules the land and his dragons rule the sky. Though the Tsar aims his dragons at his enemies—Jews and Bolsheviks—his entire country is catching fire. Conspiracies suffuse the royal court: bureaucrats jostle one another for power, the mad monk Rasputin schemes for the Tsar’s ear, and the desperate queen takes drastic measures to protect her family. Revolution is in the air—and the Red Army is hatching its own weapons. Discover Russia’s October Revolution, reimagined in flight by the acclaimed mother-and-son writing team of the Locus Award-winning novel, Pay the Piper, and the Seelie Wars series.

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    The Last Letter
  • Author : Karen Baum Gordon
  • Publisher : Univ. of Tennessee Press
  • Pages : 317
  • ISBN : 9781621907039
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • "Part of the Legacies of War series, The Last Letter is a family memoir that spans events from the 1930s and Hitler's rise to power, through World War II and the Holocaust, to the present-day United States. Karen Baum Gordon's gripping narrative opens on her father Rudy Baum's attempted suicide in 2002 at the age of eight-six and unfolds in an investigation of generational trauma within her extensive German Jewish family. Gordon grounds her research in eighty-eight letters written mostly by Julie Baum, Rudy's mother and Gordon's grandmother, to Rudy between November 1936 and October 1941. Gordon examines pieces of these worn, handwritten letters and other archival documents in order to recreate the fatal journeys of her grandparents in the camps and ghettos of the Third Reich and trace her father's efforts to save them an ocean away in America. Doing so, Gordon discovers the forgotten fragments of her family's history and a vivid sense of her own Jewish identity"--

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    The Last Ember
  • Author : Daniel Levin
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9781101133378
  • Reader Reviews : 10
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Jonathan Marcus, a young American lawyer and former doctoral student in classics, is summoned to Rome for a case and stumbles across a message hidden inside an ancient stone fragment. The discovery propels him and UN preservationist Dr. Emili Travia into a coldblooded modern plot to erase every remnant of Jewish and Christian presence from Jerusalem's Temple Mount, in the process redefining history itself.

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    The Last Place You Look
  • Author : Kristen Lepionka
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781250120526
  • Reader Reviews : 15
  • Genre : Fiction
  • "Roxane is a wonderfully complex character...This is a remarkably accomplished debut mystery, with sensitive character development and a heart-stopping denouement. Let's hope there are more Roxane Weary novels on the way."—Booklist (starred review) 2018 Shamus Award Winner and Best First Novel Nominee for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, The Last Place You Look is a head-on collision between an allegedly closed case and a tenacious, troubled private investigator who doesn't know when to quit. Nobody knows what happened to Sarah Cook. The beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton—black and from the wrong side of the tracks—was convicted of the murders and is now on death row. Though he’s maintained his innocence all along, the clock is running out. His execution is only weeks away when his devoted sister insists she spied Sarah at an area gas station. Willing to try anything, she hires PI Roxane Weary to look at the case and see if she can locate Sarah. Brad might be in a bad way, but private investigator Roxane Weary isn’t doing so hot herself. Still reeling from the recent death of her cop father in the line of duty, her main way of dealing with her grief has been working as little and drinking as much as possible. But Roxane finds herself drawn in to the story of Sarah's vanishing act, especially when she links the disappearance to one of her father’s unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. The stakes get higher as Roxane discovers that the two girls may not be the only beautiful blonde teenagers who’ve turned up missing or dead. As her investigation gets darker and darker, Roxane will have to risk everything to find the truth. Lives depend on her cracking this case—hers included.

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    The Last Council
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN : 9780545208871
  • Reader Reviews : 27
  • Genre : Brothers and sisters
  • Emily and her friends think they'll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn't right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in fear. Emily is soon escorted to the Academy where she's expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, a group of the the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered--a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.

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    Escape from Lucien: A Graphic Novel (Amulet #6)
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9780545678414
  • Reader Reviews : 9
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Kazu Kibuishi's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series continues! Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, one of the Elf King's loyal followers, where she learns his darkest secrets. The stakes, for both Emily and Navin, are higher than ever.

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    The Last Words We Said
  • Author : Leah Scheier
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781534469419
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • A Sydney Taylor Young Adult Honor Book All the Bright Places meets If I Stay in this heart-wrenching, romantic novel about a tight-knit group of teen girls coping with a devastating loss and what happens when your best friend is also your first love…and your first heartbreak. Nine months ago, Danny disappeared. His closest friends, Ellie, Rae, and Deenie, are all dealing with the loss differently. Rae’s pouring herself into rage-baking. Deenie’s deepening her commitment to Orthodox Judaism. And Ellie—who was Danny’s girlfriend and closest friend—is the only one who doesn’t believe he’s dead. Because she still sees him. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the story of Ellie and Danny unspools—from their serendipitous meeting to Danny’s effortless absorption into the girls’ friend group to Danny and Ellie falling for each other. In the past, they were the perfect couple…until it all went wrong. In the present, Ellie’s looking for answers. She, Rae, and Deenie all have secrets, and they each hold a clue about the night Danny disappeared. Can the friends come together to uncover the truth about Danny? Or will tragedy drive them apart for good?

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    Prince of the Elves
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 187
  • ISBN : 1643102591
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Books
  • Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. With it, the Elf King forges new Amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily and her friends lead a fight to stop him, but will Max stand in their way?

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    Revelation
  • Author : N.a
  • Publisher : Canongate Books
  • Pages : 60
  • ISBN : 9780857861016
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Bibles
  • The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.

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    Last Summer at the Golden Hotel
  • Author : Elyssa Friedland
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780593199732
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A Good Morning America Buzz Pick A Can’t-Miss Beach Read For Summer 2021 from The Skimm A Best Beach Read of 2021 from Bustle A Best Summer Read of 2021 from PopSugar A family reunion for the ages when two clans convene for the summer at their beloved getaway in the Catskills—perfect for fans of Dirty Dancing and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—from the acclaimed author of The Floating Feldmans. In its heyday, The Golden Hotel was the crown jewel of the hotter-than-hot Catskills vacation scene. For more than sixty years, the Goldman and Weingold families – best friends and business partners – have presided over this glamorous resort which served as a second home for well-heeled guests and celebrities. But the Catskills are not what they used to be – and neither is the relationship between the Goldmans and the Weingolds. As the facilities and management begin to fall apart, a tempting offer to sell forces the two families together again to make a heart-wrenching decision. Can they save their beloved Golden or is it too late? Long-buried secrets emerge, new dramas and financial scandal erupt, and everyone from the traditional grandparents to the millennial grandchildren wants a say in the hotel’s future. Business and pleasure clash in this fast-paced, hilarious, nostalgia-filled story, where the hotel owners rediscover the magic of a bygone era of nonstop fun even as they grapple with what may be their last resort.

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    The Stonekkeeper's Curse
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : Scholastic Australia
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781925064742
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Emily and Navin's mother is still in a coma from the arachnopod's poison, and there's only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. But when Em, her brother, and Miskit and the rest of the robotic crew aboard the walking house reach the city, they quickly realize that seeking help is looking for trouble, dangerous trouble.

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    The Last Kings of Shanghai
  • Author : Jonathan Kaufman
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 385
  • ISBN : 9780735224438
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : History
  • "In vivid detail... examines the little-known history of two extraordinary dynasties."--The Boston Globe "Not just a brilliant, well-researched, and highly readable book about China's past, it also reveals the contingencies and ironic twists of fate in China's modern history."--LA Review of Books An epic, multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist The Sassoons and the Kadoories stood astride Chinese business and politics for more than one hundred seventy-five years, profiting from the Opium Wars; surviving Japanese occupation; courting Chiang Kai-shek; and nearly losing everything as the Communists swept into power. Jonathan Kaufman tells the remarkable history of how these families ignited an economic boom and opened China to the world, but remained blind to the country's deep inequality and to the political turmoil on their doorsteps. In a story stretching from Baghdad to Hong Kong to Shanghai to London, Kaufman enters the lives and minds of these ambitious men and women to forge a tale of opium smuggling, family rivalry, political intrigue, and survival.

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    The Stonekeeper: A Graphic Novel (Amulet #1)
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9780545675765
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Kazu Kibuishi's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series is now available in eBook! After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by strange creatures, robots, and talking animals.Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

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    Prince of the Elves: A Graphic Novel (Amulet #5)
  • Author : Kazu Kibuishi
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9780545675802
  • Reader Reviews : 12
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Kazu Kibuishi's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series is now available in eBook! Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. With it, the Elf King forges new Amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily and her friends lead the soldiers of the Cielis Guard in a fight to stop him, but Max stands in their way. Emily seeks information from the Voice of her Amulet, but instead she discovers the Voice is much more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

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    Urban China
  • Author : The World Bank;Development Research Center of the State Council
  • Publisher : World Bank Publications
  • Pages : 624
  • ISBN : 9781464803864
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  • Genre : Business & Economics
  • In the last 30 years, China’s record economic growth lifted half a billion people out of poverty, with rapid urbanization providing abundant labor, cheap land, and good infrastructure. While China has avoided some of the common ills of urbanization, strains are showing as inefficient land development leads to urban sprawl and ghost towns, pollution threatens people’s health, and farmland and water resources are becoming scarce. With China’s urban population projected to rise to about one billion – or close to 70 percent of the country’s population – by 2030, China’s leaders are seeking a more coordinated urbanization process. Urban China is a joint research report by a team from the World Bank and the Development Research Center of China’s State Council which was established to address the challenges and opportunities of urbanization in China and to help China forge a new model of urbanization. The report takes as its point of departure the conviction that China's urbanization can become more efficient, inclusive, and sustainable. However, it stresses that achieving this vision will require strong support from both government and the markets for policy reforms in a number of area. The report proposes six main areas for reform: first, amending land management institutions to foster more efficient land use, denser cities, modernized agriculture, and more equitable wealth distribution; second, adjusting the hukou household registration system to increase labor mobility and provide urban migrant workers equal access to a common standard of public services; third, placing urban finances on a more sustainable footing while fostering financial discipline among local governments; fourth, improving urban planning to enhance connectivity and encourage scale and agglomeration economies; fifth, reducing environmental pressures through more efficient resource management; and sixth, improving governance at the local level.