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Books

New Arrivals

"Kseniya Melnik's Snow in May introduces a cast of characters bound by their relationship to the port town of Magadan in Russia's Far East, a former gateway for prisoners assigned to Stalin?s forced-labor camps. Comprised of a surprising mix of newly minted professionals, ex-prisoners, intellectuals, musicians, and faithful Party workers, the community is vibrant and resilient and life in Magadan thrives even under the cover of near-perpetual snow. By blending history and fable, each of Melnik's stories transports us somewhere completely new: a married Magadan woman considers a proposition from an Italian footballer in '70s Moscow; an ailing young girl visits a witch doctor's house where nothing is as it seems; a middle-aged dance teacher is entranced by a new student's raw talent; a former Soviet boss tells his granddaughter the story of a thorny friendship; and a woman in 1958 jumps into a marriage with an army officer far too soon. Weaving in and out of the last half of the twentieth century, Snow in May is an inventive, gorgeously rendered, and touching portrait of lives lived on the periphery where, despite their isolation?and perhaps because of it?the most seemingly insignificant moments can be beautiful, haunting, and effervescent"-- Amazon.com.

"Godzilla: Awakening is the official graphic novel based on the new movie from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, and reveals an explosive, larger-than-life adventure set decades before the movie."--page 4 of cover.

The Cat Encyclopedia is a lavish celebration of all things feline, combining history, breeds, health, care, and behavior in one beautiful volume. Features all 130 internationally recognized cat breeds, with superb, specially commitioned photographs, precise summaries, and the history of each bread. Includes fascinating insights into the evolution and domestication of the cat, followed by expert advice on health, care, and interpreting cat behavior. Explores our close relationship with cats, which have been celebrated in religion, art, and literature.

Collects interviews with Marines, soldiers, and sailors who have served in twenty-first-century wars and explores their motivations, dreams, and emotions felt during times of extreme danger.

Draws on personal experiences, critiques of American spiritual history, and meditative exercises from an array of religious, psychological, and healing traditions to help readers develop their own individual spiritual practices to suit the needs of body, mind, and spirit.

"Learn to talk to your computer in its own language! Whether you want to create a game, start a business, or solve an important problem, the first step is learning to write your own programs. Programming is a fun challenge, and it's easy to get started! This updated and revised edition of Hello World! introduces the world of computer programming in a clear and engaging style. Written by Warren Sande and his son, Carter, it is full of examples that will get you thinking and learning. Reviewed by professional educators, this book is kid-tested and parent-approved. You don't need to know anything about programming to use the book, just the basics of using a computer. If you can start a program and save a file, you'll be off and running!"--From publisher description.

Offers a meditative approach to managing and handling the anger, fear, and hostility that can cause problems in relationships both at home and at work and offers tips for living a calmer, happier, and healthier life.

WordPress For Dummies is the guide you'll want by your side to help you create and maintain a knockout blog with WordPress.

Citing formidable recovery rates for people addicted to prescription opiates or heroin, a guide inspired by the experiences of addicts in long-term recovery outlines treatment approaches based on new understandings about opiate addiction.

"By the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights"-- Provided by publisher.

Compilation of 52 weekly menu plans to help make dinnertime fun and easy for families.

The CEO of Athenahealth reflects on his journey from ambulance driver to CEO of one of the nation's fastest-growing tech companies to outline a blueprint for improving the current health-care system through innovation, less regulation and a wider range of customer choices.

"James Webb, author of Fields of Fire, the classic novel of the Vietnam War--former U.S. Senator; Secretary of the Navy; recipient of the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart as a combat Marine; and a self-described "military brat"--has written an extraordinary memoir of his early years, "a love story--love of family, love of country, love of service," in his words. Webb's mother grew up in the poverty-stricken cotton fields of Eastern Arkansas. His father and life-time hero was the first of many generations of Webbs, whose roots are in Appalachia, to finish high school. He flew bombers in World War II, cargo planes in the Berlin Airlift, graduated from college in middle age, and became an expert in the nation's most advanced weaponry. Webb's account of his childhood is a tremendous American saga as the family endures the constant moves and challenges of the rarely examined Post-World War II military, with his stern but emotionally invested father, loving and resolute mother, a granite-like grandmother who held the family together during his father's frequent deployments, and an assortment of invincible aunts, siblings, and cousins. His account of his four years at Annapolis are painfully honest but in the end triumphant. His description of Vietnam's most brutal battlefields breaks new literary ground. One of the most highly decorated combat Marines of that war, he is a respected expert on the history and conduct of the war. Webb's novelist's eyes and ears invest this work with remarkable power, whether he is describing the resiliency that grew from constant relocations during his childhood, the longing for his absent father, his poignant goodbye to his parents as he leaves for Vietnam, his role as a 23-year-old lieutenant through months of constant combat, or his election to the Senate where he was known for his expertise in national defense, foreign policy, and economic fairness. This is a life that could only happen in America" -- from publisher's web site.

"Reflections on finding peace, beauty, and fulfillment in everyday life, illustrated by the author's experiences with tending her new home's venerable but neglected Japanese garden. The author is a Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher"-- Provided by publisher.

Helping young people find their path to a successful future-with or without college. College isn't right for everyone. And as tuition costs continue to rise, more and more young people-from straight-A students to the not-so-avid pupils-are choosing an alternative to the 4-year degree. Yet there is little support to help them find their track to a promising future beyond the classroom. Make Your Own Lunch empowers and guides young people as they search for their answer to the age-old question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Readers discover new ways to pursue their interests and gain experience through travel, philanthropy, and more.

After thirty-eight happy years of marriage to influential producer Aaron Spelling, raising two children in Hollywood, and co-managing one of the largest estates in the country (finally selling Spelling Manor, as detailed on her HGTV series, for $85 million), Candy is now adjusting to life on her own--downsizing to a Century City condo. She's ready to share the most intimate details of her life with Aaron; how his illness caused her to question her identity; and how she's reinvented herself as an independent woman, businesswoman, and television personality. Along the way, Candy reveals all-new dishy stories including those of Hollywood friends Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Michael Jackson, Janet Leigh, Dean Martin, and Elizabeth Taylor (her lifelong rival over their jewelry).

"For the first time, a historian of science draws evidence from across the world to show how humans and other animals are astonishingly similar when it comes to their feelings and the ways in which they lose their minds"-- Provided by publisher.

"When children refuse to do even little things--like picking up their toys or getting in the car to go to school--it's easy for parents to become frustrated. But what if there was a gentle, effective way for parents to improve their kids' behavior, without losing their cool or raising their voice? In Is That Me Yelling? a registered nurse and child temperament specialist shows parents how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament. Using mindfulness techniques based in cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) and temperament theory, readers will learn to reduce conflict and foster cooperation, respect, and understanding in their family"-- Provided by publisher.

Describes the life of Huguette Clark, heiress to a copper magnate's fortune, who withdrew from society to live in isolation in a huge 5th Avenue apartment before spending the last years of her life in a New York hospital.

Describes the evolving changes to campaign financing in the United States over the past ten years and discusses the potential impact that ultra-wealthy benefactors, greedy consultants, and secret donor summits will have on upcoming elections.

The follow up to the bestselling Glamorous Rooms, Glamorous Retreats takes readers inside Jan Showers' luxurious interiors -- beautiful vacation locales across North America and the Caribbean.

Based on the Book of Genesis, Dinah, Jacob's only daughter, shares her perspectives on the origins of many of our modern religious practices and sexual politics, imparting the lessons she has learned from her father's wives.

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