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A memoir of Boyd Varty's life in the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa.

Near the start of the nineteenth century, a group of eminent Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity. Its core element was a special school for youth drawn from all parts of the earth, including the Pacific Islands, China, India, and the native nations of North America. If all went well, graduates would return to join similar projects in their respective homelands. For some years, the school prospered. However, when two Cherokee students courted and married local women, fundamental ideals were put to a severe test. John Demos follows the progress and demise of this first true melting pot through the lives of individual students. Instead of encouraging reconciliation, the school exposes the limits of tolerance and sets off a chain of events that will culminate in the Trail of Tears.

Nana opens in 1867, the year of the World Fair, when Paris, thronged by a cosmopolitan elite, was la Ville Lumiere, a perfect victim for Zola's scathing denunciation of hypocrisy and fin-de-siecle moral corruption. The fate of Nana, the Helen of Troy of the Second Empire, and daughter of the laundress in L'Assommoir, reduced Flaubert to almost inarticulate gasps of admiration: `Chapter 14, unsurpassable! ... Yes! ... Christ Almighty! ... Incomparable ... Straight out of Babylon!' Boulevard society is presented with painstaking attention to detail, and Zola's documentation of the contemporary theatrical scene comes directly from his own experience - it was his own failure as a playwright which sent him back to novel-writing and Nana itself. novel-writing and Nana itself.

"Bestselling author and top business consultant D.A. Benton shows how to stay relevant and competitive in any stage of your career in today's fast-changing business environment... describes how to keep your career on an upwards trajectory through positively differentiating yourself, openness to change, self-motivation, and staying intellectually curious"--From publisher description.

"A look the relationship between the United States and Israel. There has been more than half a century of raging conflict between Jews and Arabs. John B. Judis argues that, while Israelis and Palestinians must shoulder much of the blame, the United States has been the principal power outside the region since the end of World War II and as such must account for its repeated failed efforts to resolve this enduring strife. The fatal flaw in American policy, Judis shows, can be traced back to the Truman years. What happened between 1945 and 1949 sealed the fate of the Middle East for the remainder of the century. As a result, understanding that period holds the key to explaining almost everything that follows--right down to George W. Bush's unsuccessful and ill-conceived effort to win peace through holding elections among the Palestinians, and Barack Obama's failed attempt to bring both parties to the negotiating table."-- From publisher's description.

Part of Emile Zola's multigenerational Hougon-Macquart saga, The Belly of Paris is the story of Florent Quenu, a wrongly accused man who escapes imprisonment on Devil's Island. Returning to his native Paris, Florent finds a city he barely recognizes, with its working classes displaced to make way for broad boulevards and bourgeois flats. Living with his brother's family in the newly rebuilt Les Hailes market, Florent is soon caught up in a dangerous maelstrom of food and politics. Amid intrigue among the market's sellers - the fishmonger, the charcutiere, the fruit girl, and the cheese vendor - and the glorious culinary bounty of their labors, we see the dramatic difference between "fat and thin" (the rich and the poor) and how the widening gulf between them strains a city to the breaking point.

"The event that the New 52 has been building towards since the beginning! #1 New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns (Green Lantern, Batman: Earth One) brings together almost two years of plot threads here in Justice League: Trinity War. When the three Justice Leagues go to war with one another, who's side will everyone be on? Allies will be born, friends will become enemies, and the DC Universe will never be the same! This hardcover graphic novel collects Free Comic Book Day 2012, Trinity of Sin:Pandora #1-3, Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger #11, Justice League #22-23, Justice League Dark #22-23, Justice League of America #6-7, and Constantine #5"-- Provided by publisher.

Caroline Fletcher, the daughter of a wealthy family in Richmond, has never questioned her father's right to own slaves. But after a lengthy visit to her uncle's home in Boston, she learns of the abolitionist movement. Now, knowing that slavery is against God's will, she must risk betraying the people she loves to obey her convictions.

"She'll stand up for her family, no matter the cost. Former socialite Barbara Lavette is unconcerned about the gossip that surrounds her new marriage. However, her husband Bernie, a poor mechanic whom she met in the midst of World War II, is willing to do anything to prove his worth to her as well as the society that shuns him. Barbara will support her husband in any way she can, but when she becomes the victim of an attack by the Congressional Committee on Un-American Activities, she is forced to stand trial. Caught in a Communist witch hunt, Barbara must do whatever it takes to defend her values, clear her name, and find a way to reunite her family. The third book in Howard Fast's epic family saga, The Establishment follows the Lavette family as they attempt to persevere in a nation consumed with fear during the tumultuous period following World War II..."--From the publisher.

A collection of seventy-two time travel stories.

Boomer. Dead-Eye. Pins. Geronimo. Reverend Jim. Mrs. Columbo. Legends of the NYPD, they were great cops. The best cops. But they are cops no more. Now they are apaches, a renegade unit working on their own.--reunited to bring down the most vicious criminal working New York City today...

A Gothic retelling of the real story behind the legend of Sleeping Beauty. Reflecting on her long-ago service with a princess who fell under a sleeping curs, Elise remembers witnessing how events actually transpired and were connected to a secretive labyrinth of evil."-- Provided by publisher.

Documents how luxury goods have been transformed by a shift from exclusive distribution practices by quality-minded family businesses to mass production by profit-minded big corporations, examining how today's methods have had a negative impact. Uncovers all the secrets that Prada, Gucci, and Burberry don't want us to know.

The star of ABC's Shark tank shares her experiences in getting a new product or company off the ground and making it profitable.

When she volunteers to help with her parents' latest venture in competitive rose cultivation, Meg Langslow encounters unexpected ruthlessness among the contestants and investigates when the show's wealthy host is found murdered.

Mary Crawford is a once aspiring screenwriter turned successful public relations executive, mother of two young children, and wife of a hotshot magazine editor, who finds herself at a cross-roads after finding her husband in a compromising position with another woman. Ultimately leaving a husband who is ideal in theory but not in practice, Mary risks security for self-fulfillment and a new life on her own.

"Gary C. Evans, 35, a master of disguise and career criminal who had befriended David ?Son of Sam? Berkowitz, began weaving a web of deadly lies. Evans told a female friend that Damien Cuomo, the father of her child, had deserted her. Of that he could be certain, since he?d killed Cuomo, and subsequently struck up a ten-year romance with the woman while tricking her into believing Cuomo was still alive. Law Man Evans first met New York State Police Senior Investigator James Horton in 1985, when Evans fingered Michael Falco, 26, as the brains behind their theft team ? yet failed to mention that he?d murdered him. Then, two local jewelry dealers were killed. In 1997, Tim Rysedorph, 39, another old friend, went missing. Was Evans responsible?"--From publisher description.

"In the dark days and biting windstorms of an Edinburgh winter, two drop-out kids dive off the towering Forth Road Bridge. A civic office is spattered by a grisly gun blast. Two suicides and a murder that just don't add up, unless John Rebus can crunch the numbers. Following a trail that snakes through stark alleys and sad bars, shredded files and lacerated lives, Rebus finds himself up against a murderous conglomerate on the make in every arena of power. It's leeching the life and soul of his city--and if it can, him, too."--P. [4] of cover.

"...journalist and bestselling author Sara Davidson met with Jewish Renewal leader and iconic rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi every Friday for two years to discuss the spiritual work people must undergo during the 'December' or latter years of their lives. At 85, Shachter-Shalomi wanted to teach people how to navigate the December of life and to help them 'not freak out about dying.' For two years, Davidson and the rabbi met to explore our greatest mystery. Interspersed with their talks are sketches from Reb Zalman's past. During their time together, Davidson was nearly killed by a suicide bomb and Reb Zalman struggled with a steep decline in health. Together they created strategies to deal with pain and memory loss, and found tools to cultivate simplicity, fearlessness, and joy--at any age. Davidson includes twelve exercises in the book so that readers can experience what she did--making peace with our fear of dying so that we can live more fully today."--www.Amazon.com.

Management consultant tells how to achieve success in one's job, marriage, and family life through positive and magnified thinking patterns.

Inspector Rebus of the Edinburgh police has a busy time. A deported child molester is back in town, a stabbing victim refuses to say who attacked him, and last but not least the gun he bought turns out to be a murder weapon.

An executive sous chef who has worked alongside cooks from some of the nation's leading restaurants documents an intense twenty-four-hour period that illuminates the allures and adversities of a professional culinary life

Examines the plight of the Cherokee Indians as they were moved from their homes to Indian reservations in Oklahoma on the "Trail of Tears."

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