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"The gods of Olympus are the most colorful characters of Greek civilization: even in antiquity, they were said to be cruel, oversexed, mad, or just plain silly. Yet for all their foibles and flaws, they proved to be tough survivors, far outlasting classical Greece itself. In Egypt, the Olympian gods claimed to have given birth to pharaohs; in Rome, they led respectable citizens into orgiastic rituals of drink and sex. Under Christianity and Islam they survived as demons, allegories, and planets; and in the Renaissance, they triumphantly emerged as ambassadors of a new, secular belief in humanity. Their geographic range, too, has been little short of astounding: in their exile, the gods of Olympus have traveled east to the walls of cave temples in China, and west to colonize the Americas. They snuck into Italian cathedrals, haunted Nietzsche, and visited Borges in his restless dreams. In a lively, original history, Barbara Graziosi offers the first account to trace the wanderings of these protean deities through the millennia. Drawing on a wide range of literary and archaeological sources, The Gods of Olympus opens a new window on the ancient world and its lasting influence"-- Provided by publisher.

A true account of the author's months in the Wilkenson Home for Boys, a juvenile detention home, and the elaborate vengeance he and his friends exacted against the guards.

"... Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world"--Jacket.

"Beekman Place, one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, hasn't always been home to the rich. In the 1930s, when bluebloods like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers began to build luxury towers, poor European immigrants lived in filthy slums among the riverside factories and abbatoirs. It was in this setting that a young man committed a grisly triple-murder on Easter Sunday, 1937. The details of the case were so sensational that one might think it had been cooked up in a tabloid editor's overheated imagination. The charismatic perpetrator, Robert Irwin, was a promising young sculptor, but he was also deeply disturbed. An obsession with Veronica Gedeon, a stunning photographer's model, would inspire him to murder. Harold Schechter ...tells the story of the "Mad Sculptor"..."-- Provided by publisher.

A collection of twenty-five short works by the American author written between 1950 and 1968 and originally printed in a wide range of publications including "The Atlantic Monthly," "Esquire," and "Ladies' Home Journal."

Former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone isn't looking for trouble when it comes knocking at his Copenhagen bookshop. But narrowly surviving a ferocious firefight convinces him to follow his unexpected new ally--an American Secret Service agent--and help him stop the Paris Club, a cabal of multimillionaires bent on manipulating the global economy. Only by matching wits with a terrorist-for-hire, foiling a catastrophic attack, and plunging into a desperate hunt for the legendary lost treasure of Napoleon Bonaparte can Malone hope to avert international financial anarchy.

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 tale set in America and China follows the experiences of three people who in their youth were involved in a mysterious accident that resulted in a friend's fatal poisoning and years later are haunted by the possibility that one of them actually committed a murder.

A history and critical assessment of leading indicators that reveals their indelible impact on the economy, public policy and other critical decisions, discussing their shortcomings while making suggestions for reducing dependence on them.

"Quick and easy alphabet knitting patterns"--Cover.

"Meatless All Day is a cookbook for anyone who loves good food that's good for them and wants to cook in accordance with vegetarian values. Vegetarians and carnivores alike will find new ways to prepare ingredients that they already know are necessary in a balanced diet. But more important, this cookbook will serve as inspiration for preparing different ingredients that approximate the savory, smoky, hearty qualities of meat and seafood. For vegetarians, vegans, and carnivores who are reducing their meat intake, the recipes in Meatless All Day will leave home cooks (and their family and friends) feeling satisfied. The book opens with 45 "power ingredients" that make vegetarian food satisfying, delicious, and healthful. Following are 80 recipes with headnotes that explain how the "power ingredients" lend dishes a meaty or fishy flavor, demarcate vegan recipes, offer tips for making many of the nonvegan recipes vegan, or provide ideas for rounding out entrees with side dishes and desserts"-- Provided by publisher.

A biography of the John Wayne that draws on more than 100 interviews as well as exclusive access to the files of Wayne's film production company to answer the question why he became and remains an iconic American figure.--from publisher's description.

From the publisher. Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. In "Redeployment", a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died. In "After Action Report", a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains -- of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System", a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming. Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

"The best from each approach unites in Paleo Vegan to highlight the health-supporting, plant-based essentials that have made both diets enduringly popular. And vegans need not make any concessions!"--Page [4] of cover.

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