Kindle Buffet Free Books and Discounts for Sunday March 10, 2018

Note: Technical problems complicated the production of KB today. Should be back to normal on Tuesday

500 Keto Diet Recipes: Easy, Healthy and Delicious

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Special Diet > Ketogenic
Author: Kathryne Katie
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500 Keto Diet Recipes: Easy, Healthy and Delicious Ketogenic Diet Recipes for a Keto Diet

In this cookbook, my main purpose is to provide enough new keto diet recipes as you need. So I wrote a little about keto diet basics, but give more attention to the keto recipes.

The 500 keto recipes include American breakfast, main dish, salad, side dish and snack recipes, also include keto-internation diet recipes, such as Japanese keto diet, Chinese keto diet, Mexican keto diet etc. Most of them are sorted by ingredients, like vegetable, poultry, beef, pork, lamb, fish & seafood, then you can find the right recipes what you love.

In addition, you also can find some special diet, like game recipes, grilling recipes, fat bomb recipes. I think you will like it if you are interested in that.

So what are you waiting for?

Contact Us: A Jake Corby Sci-Fi Thriller (Jake Corby Series Book 1)

Humor & Satire > Dark Comedy
Author: Al Macy
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Contact Us: A Jake Corby Sci-Fi Thriller (Jake Corby Series Book 1)

On May 22, 2018, every person on Earth sneezes.Simultaneously.

Hours later, an alien spacecraft appears over New York City and broadcasts a dire message of impending doom. The future of the human race will depend on the whims of a solitary extraterrestrial who appears in the form of Walter Cronkite. Yes, that’s right, Walter Cronkite, the deceased news anchor!

Ex-FBI troubleshooter Jake Corby has faked his death and dropped out of sight, living like a hermit in a small town. But the president is convinced Corby’s still alive. He wants Jake, with his unique problem-solving skills, added to the team that will try to defeat the strange but powerful alien. Jake needs to overcome his introvert tendencies if he’s going to help save the planet.

The alien has some nasty surprises for the residents of Earth, and the race is on to figure out his true motives and the meaning of the sneeze event–before it’s too late.

INSTANT POT: Easy and Healthy Recipes

Crafts, Hobbies & Home >
Author: Cain Longel
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INSTANT POT COOKBOOK: Easy and Healthy Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Recipes ( 2019 Edition )

Recipes are listed step by step in a clear and understandable manner.

With this cookbook, you will cook better, tastier and faster meals for yourself and your family.

Most recipes made for anyone with a busy lifestyle.

Detailed ingredient lists so each dish turns out perfect.

Easy-to-follow instructions on making each dish in an Instant Pot.

Helpful tips and tricks on how to make each meal one your whole family will request time and time again.

Plus much more helpful information.

Eating is meant to be a shared experience and is a great tim e for family members to catch up with each other’s day. A good meal gets them to the dinner table every time.

Devil’s Night Dawning (Broken Stone Chronicle Book 1)

 

For centuries, the Argolian Order has protected the mortal vale from the dark forces of the Other Side. Now the barrier between worlds is breaking down, and two monks must survive a civil war before they can stop the wizard responsible.

When Adelko is assigned to legendary exorcist and witch hunter Horskram, he expects an adventurous life. Death by adventure isn’t what he had in mind – but it seems the only outcome when they learn of a sorcerous theft that threatens the world.

The thief wants to silence them – permanently. And so Horskram and Adelko flee from one danger to another as the Jarl of Thule leads a rebel army against the King of Northalde, plunging the realm into conflict.

And on the Other Side, demonkind reawakens…

A Rose by Any Other Name…(A Standalone Romance Novel)

Women’s Fiction
Author: Helen Bell
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A Rose by Any Other Name...(A Standalone Romance Novel)

When insecure sophomore Emma gets a part-time job, she’s thrilled. The job is a six-week long project where she’ll be coding a website for a martial arts studio. For Emma, a computer science major, it’s perfect—a great way to gain some real world experience. But her excitement quickly evaporates when she finds out that her boss is Ryan Damon, the mean, arrogant guy she has slammed into, twice.

Ryan Damon, the son of the famous, late movie star Bruce Damon, suffered a great tragedy at the age of seventeen. When he was vacationing in Europe, a schizophrenic man, who had been hearing voices in his head telling him to kill Bruce Damon, broke into the Damons’ residency in Manhattan, New York, and murdered Ryan’s father, his mother, and his ten-year-old sister. Now, with his heart cold as ice, Ryan doesn’t let anyone in. But when Emma enters his life, everything changes—for both of them.

Scarlet Angel

Author: C. A. Wilke
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Scarlet Angel

Discovering her past could destroy her future.

When a suppressed memory resurfaces and sets Scarlett on a mission to find a life she’d long forgotten, she is sucked into the dark underworld of corporate espionage, organized crime and hired killers.

Soon, she discovers that the mission to protect her friends is more difficult than she ever expected. But is worth becoming the kind of monster she is trying to stop?

Five Days Five Kisses

Author: Angela Carling
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Five Days Five Kisses

What could be more awkward than getting dumped at graduation….kissing five strangers to get over it! Nikola Jensen hates endings, like when her parents told her they were splitting up, or when she was forced to leave her first love and idyllic lake home to move to the barren desert of Arizona. So, two years later when her high school boyfriend Sam, publicly breaks her heart, Nikola can’t seem to let go. To help her move on Nikola’s best friends, Liberty and Maya create the absurd Five Days, Five Kisses plan. All she has to do is kiss a new guy every day for five days and Sam will be a distant memory. Five Days, kissing five strangers. What could possibly go wrong?

Praxx and the Ringing Robot

Author: Paul Ian Cross, Andy Green
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Praxx and the Ringing Robot

This award-winning picture book teaches an important lesson about doing your chores, properly.

Croak! Bleep! Ring! Ring!
Zobott wasn’t normally so noisy.

Join Praxx as he discovers why his best friend is making such a racket. Zobott is…The Ringing Robot!

A fun sci-fi picture book – for children aged 2-6 – about how NOT to tidy the house!

Once Upon a Christmas (Kismet Bay Book 1)

Author: Dawn Brower
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Once Upon a Christmas (Kismet Bay Book 1)

Welcome to the town of Kismet Bay, where magic and fate are a way of life…

Holly Strange is part of a large family. Her ancestors founded Kismet Bay over 200 years ago. Kismet Bay has a lot of charms and for the Stranges, it means leading them to their one true love. Christmas, and every holiday, brings out the magic of the town. It’s Christmas, so anything is possible, and when she literally runs into Nicholas Bell outside the local coffee shop, her world turns upside down. Holly stopped believing she’d find love, but after that one fated meeting, she starts to believe in the power of destiny, and the possibility of finding her heart’s desire.

Rules for Dating a Married Man: How to Be a Good Mistress ~ An Essential Guide for Having an Affair

Author: Guy Butler
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Rules for Dating a Married Man: How to Be a Good Mistress ~ An Essential Guide for Having an Affair With a Married Man

Women who are involved in an affair with a married man often have to walk a balanced tightrope between satisfying their own needs as well as those of the man with whom they’re involved. For most women, these affairs usually turn out to be nerve-wracking experiences meandering among emotions such as excitement, thrill, and the fears of rejection and abandonment. This is primarily because these women often don’t understand what her partner truly wants from her, emotionally, physically, or even psychologically. The biggest problem in such an arrangement is that one person often holds more psychological power than the other — and it’s usually the married one. This particular imbalance doesn’t typically exist – to such a tangible degree – in conventional relationships where both parties involved have equal amounts to lose or gain. It is this imbalance which often leaves one or both parties confused about their roles and the dynamics in the affair.

Until the End of Time: A gritty dark romance thriller

Author: Edie Baylis
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Until the End of Time: A gritty dark romance thriller packed with psychological suspense (Downfall Book 1)

Seth Wright and Jane Ellerton are messed up. Really messed up and their love is FAR from normal: it’s dark, obsessional and downright dangerous…

Jane already had a reputation for violence and excess by the time she became involved with Seth – who had no limits either. They are perfect for each other; fiery, intelligent and compatible in every way. Together they make a formidable couple whom no one wants to get the wrong side of.

Life should be perfect, but theirs is far from that. It’s screwed up and twisted, but that’s ok – at least for them, because their normality and for the majority of the people that surround them, is filled with chaos, violence and crime.

Seth and Jane do bad things. Very bad things. They want to stop, but they can’t quite manage it and because they will do anything to ensure no one gets in their way, their lives spiral even more out of control.

End of the Wild: Shipwrecked in the Pacific Northwest

Author: Jason Taylor
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End of the Wild: Shipwrecked in the Pacific Northwest

Avoided by the Coast Salish tribes for generations, Hurst Island is one of the last remnants of untracked wilderness on the British Columbia coastal frontier. Not yet overtaken by logging or commercial fishing, it is a final outpost where myth lives on, heedless of human progress or desire. As their boat sinks, Amy and Ian find themselves stranded on this island, unaware of what they are about to face.Populated by legendary creatures from Coast Salish mythology, End of the Wild will take you on a journey across time and space to discover the limits of human civilization. What happens when we reach the end of nature? What happens when all the wild places disappear from the Earth once and for all?

A sailing adventure. A story of survival after losing everything. Dense and atmospheric. A feast for the senses. Rich in coastal history and legend, End of the Wild will lead you to question the nature of wilderness and what it can mean to the human soul. A memory of a distant and brutal past. A vision of a ruined future.

The Relationship Riddle: A Novel

Author: Susan Paulson Clark
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The Relationship Riddle: A Novel

Vince, a football coach who foster-parents a five-y ear-old boy, dodges romance like a shifty running back. Belle, who runs her own business, has sworn off chasing men like Vince. A strong attraction comes into play and Belle and Vince start dating … but with all their objections and temptations, will the flame keep burning?

When Vince and his foster son find themselves in harm’s way, Vince and Belle’s involvement takes a surprising new direction.

Bridge City

Author: Andrew Sutherland
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Bridge City

Al McNair has a nasty case of creeping depression. The woman he loved was killed in the Bahamas and he feels it is his fault. In order to shake the depression that in the end will kill him, Al seeks refuge in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Unbeknownst to Al, someone is killing homeless people under the Burnside Bridge in Portland OR. Full of unexpected twists, realistic action, intriguing characters, and the enigma that is Al, Bridge City is fun, fast-paced, and a perfect book for action lovers everywhere.

What Alice Forgot

Author: Liane Moriarty
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What Alice Forgot

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…

The Ghost Files: First Three Novels

Author: Scott Nicholson, Evelyn Klebert, J.R. Rain, Eve Paludan
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The Ghost Files: First Three Novels

The Drews are summoned to a Southern California bible college after workers report hearing mysterious voices at night. When they encounter the unhappy ghost of a young girl, Monty’s skepticism is shaken, but he resolves to help his wife free the trapped spirit. Their search uncovers the Latin phrase “Non omnis moriar”―not all of me shall die―and they learn more about the site’s history as a Catholic school destroyed by an earthquake. But a mysterious presence has plans of its own for the young ghost, and Monty and Ellen must go head to head with a Dark Master that’s had more than a century of practice in demonic deeds. Now Monty must leave his body to do battle with the Dark Master, and he’s not sure Ellen will be able to bring him back in one piece. He’s not even sure what’s happening is real. All he knows is that all hell is breaking loose and he’s taking a crash course where an “F” means eternal damnation.

Everyday Detox: 100 Easy Recipes to Remove Toxins, Promote Gut Health, and Lose Weight Naturally

Author: Megan Gilmore
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Everyday Detox: 100 Easy Recipes to Remove Toxins, Promote Gut Health, and Lose Weight Naturally

Most diets and cleanses have all-or-nothing rules that encourage unhealthy cycles of intense restriction followed by inevitable bingeing. In this healthy guide to detoxing naturally, nutritionist and blogger Megan Gilmore shares 100 delicious, properly combined recipes that will leave you feeling satisfied and well nourished while promoting weight loss and improving digestion and sleep.

The recipes were developed with digestion mechanics in  mind, so detoxers won’t feel bloated or uncomfortable after eating. Plus they’re sure to be crowd-pleasers for every meal of the day with recipes for Banana Coconut Muffins, Chocolate Chia Shake, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Mediterranean Chopped Salad, Skillet Fish Tacos, Cauliflower Flatbread Pizza, and Peppermint Fudge Bars. All are packed with natural, whole-foods ingredients designed to stave off feelings of deprivation.

Tales of the Hidden World: Stories

Author: Simon R. Green
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Tales of the Hidden World: Stories

Welcome to the worlds of Simon R. Green. In this wide-ranging collection, the bestselling urban fantasist opens doors into hidden places: strange realms bordering our own mundane existence and prowled by creatures of fancy and nightmare. Here are the strange, frequently deadly—and sometimes even dead—things that lurk in garbage-strewn city alleyways and grimy subway stations after midnight, visible only to the most perceptive human or inhuman eye.

In these tales, Green revisits the ingenious worlds within worlds that he created for his wildly popular novels. Take a stroll on the Nightside with a jaded street wizard, an underpaid government functionary responsible for keeping demons, vamps, and aliens in line. Enter the hidden recesses of Drood Hall, where the aging family member who creates powerful weapons that protect humankind recalls his long and bloody career. Join a squad of no-longer-human soldiers dispatched to combat the all-consuming jungle on a distant planet.

Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco

Author: Paula Wolfert, Sidonie Coryn, Gael Greene
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Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco

Since it was first published in 1973, Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco has established itself as the classic work on one of the world’s great cuisines, and in 2008 it was inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame. From the magnificent bisteeyas (enormous, delicate pies composed of tissue-thin, buttery layers of pastry and various fillings) to endless varieties of couscous, Paula Wolfert reveals not only the riches of the Moroccan kitchen but also the variety and flavor of the country itself. With its outstanding recipes, meticulous and loving research, and keen commitment to the traditions of its subject, this is one of those rare cookbooks that are as valuable for their good reading as for their inspired food.

Everything in This Country Must: A Novella and Two Stories

Author: Colum McCann
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Everything in This Country Must: A Novella and Two Stories

In a daring tour de force, one of our writers takes on the most intractable of conflicts–the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

In Everything in This Country Must, his fourth book, Colum McCann, a writer of fierce originality and haunting lyricism, turns to the Troubles and reveals, as only fiction writers can, the reverberations of political tragedy in the most intimate lives of men and women, parents and children. In the title story, a teenage girl must choose between allegiance to her Catholic father and gratitude to the British soldiers who have saved the family’s horse. The young hero of Hunger Strike, a novella, tries to replicate the experience of his uncle, an IRA prisoner on hunger strike. And in Wood, a small boy does his part for the Protestant marches, concealing his involvement from his blind father.

To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever: A Thoroughly Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry

Author: Will Blythe

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To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever: A Thoroughly Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry

“It is a basketball rivalry that simply has no equal. Duke vs. North Carolina is Ali vs. Frazier, the Giants vs. the Dodgers, the Red Sox vs. the Yankees. Hell, it’s bigger than that. This is the Democrats vs. the Republicans, the Yankees vs. the Confederates, capitalism vs. communism. All right, okay, the Life Force vs. the Death Instinct, Eros vs. Thanatos. Is that big enough?”

The basketball rivalry between Duke and North Carolina is the fiercest blood feud in college athletics. To legions of otherwise reasonable adults, it is a conflict that surpasses sports; it is locals against outsiders, elitists against populists, even good against evil. It is thousands of grown men and women with jobs and families screaming themselves hoarse at eighteen-year-old basketball geniuses, trading conspiracy theories in online chat rooms, and weeping like babies when their teams — when they — lose. In North Carolina, where both schools are located, the rivalry may be a way of aligning oneself with larger philosophic ideals — of choosing teams in life — a tradition of partisanship that reveals the pleasures and even the necessity of hatred.

The Scent of Murder (Dr Dody McCleland Mysteries)

Author: Felicity Young
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The Scent of Murder (Dr Dody McCleland Mysteries)

The third Dr Dody McCleland mystery … Agatha Christie meets Phryne Fisher.‘If a black dog appears along the old corpse way, the route a funeral procession takes to the churchyard, it is thought to be escorting the dead soul to the afterlife. A black dog sighting without a funeral procession, however, is supposed to foreshadow death.’

For Doctor Dody McCleland, the unearthing of an ancient skeleton in a dry riverbed is a welcome break from the monotony of chaperoning her younger sister at a country house near the isolated hamlet of Piltdown. But when she begins her analysis of the bones, Britain’s first female autopsy surgeon discovers they are much more recent – and they are the result of murder. With Chief Inspector Matthew Pike’s help Dody begins to investigate.

Herbs and Crystals DIY: Use Plant Medicine and Crystal Energy to Heal the Mind and Body

Author: Ally Sands
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Herbs and Crystals DIY: Use Plant Medicine and Crystal Energy to Heal the Mind and Body

Ally Sands—master herbalist and founder of Aquarian Soul—shares her expertise on healing herbal properties, as well as how to effectively use over twenty different crystals, including amethyst, opal and rose quartz. When these powerhouses are used together, they form a potent combination to relax, energize and help you live a happier and healthier life. Every project—from a passion flower tincture, to a wild flower and crystals face steam, to building a crystal mandala—focuses on improving mental and physical wellness.

Whether you are looking to alleviate anxiety, practice mindfulness or enhance your beauty routine, Ally’s unique recipes and crafts will show you how best to harness the incredible power of herbs and crystals.

The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy

Author: KG Stiles
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The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy

Explore the world of natural, nontoxic essential oils for all aspects of your life. Stimulate your senses and soothe your body and soul with the popular practice that has become a respected, safe alternative to modern medicine. Learn all about essential oils to use for bettering your life and the lives of your family and friends.
Included are:
– Profiles of the most widely used essential oils
– Formulas and blending guides with the most effective techniques for using them
– Accurate application methods from time-honored poultices to modern day steam inhalation
– Remedies for a wide range of ailments including muscle strain, headaches and skin problems
– DIY personal care from beauty treatments, massage and cooking to moms & new babies, pets and spiritual healing
– Over 300 stunning images

Signed Over (The Boardroom)

Author: Lynda Aicher
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Signed Over (The Boardroom)

No limits. No refusals. No out.

She’d be his—for one night.

Bailey Brown wants more. More risk. More passion. Her experiences in the Boardroom—open, hedonistic sex with trusted but anonymous members—have been exciting, but that feeling is back. The one that pushes her, dares her to do more, risk more.

Jacob Anders has always been the Boardroom’s go-to guy—caring and thoughtful, he fulfills other people’s fantasies. It’s a role that suits his caretaker needs, even if it’s one that sometimes requires him to ignore the ache of his own desires.

But now Bailey is offering him everything he’s ever wanted. Total control. Absolute trust. It’s a heady feeling, and a huge responsibility.

Saved By Soup: More Than 100 Delicious Low-Fat Soups To Eat And Enjoy Every Day

Author: Judith Barrett
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Saved By Soup: More Than 100 Delicious Low-Fat Soups To Eat And Enjoy Every Day

There is no better way to tap into today’s soup craze than with this glorious cookbook, filled with more than 100 deliciously low-fat soup recipes. Author Judith Barrett lost pounds and inches using these mouthwatering recipes, each of which contains less than three grams of fat per serving. And cutting the fat posed no bar to creating soups with incredible flavor — Black Mushroom and Spinach Wonton Soup and Creamy Fennel Soup with Shrimp both contain only one gram of fat.Barrett offers soups to be savored for every season. In the fall, Creamy Carrot Soup or Roasted Beet Borscht will delight you. Winter Squash Soup with Thyme or Real Gumbo with Okra and Chicken is sure to take the edge off the cold during the snowy months. Come springtime, there is Vidalia Onion Soup or Arugula Vichyssoise, and to beat the summertime heat, make a batch of Cool Cucumber and Yogurt Soup or Creamy Tomato Bisque with Shallots and Tarragon.

Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes

Author: Nava Atlas
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Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes

Acclaimed and bestselling vegan author, cook, and creator of VegKitchen.com, Nava Atlas, delivers a beautiful must-have guide to transform your plate, your kitchen and your life with the best nature has to offer, including 125 delicious and versatile plant-based recipes for every day of the year.

Eating vegan doesn’t have to be about sacrifice and substitutions. With Plant Power, Nava Atlas celebrates the bounty of natural foods and teaches everyone—from committed vegans to those who just want more plants in their diet—how to implement a plant-based approach to their lives—easily, practically, and joyfully, every day.

Illustrated with 75 gorgeous color photographs throughout, Plant Power focuses on the basics, from setting up a plant-powered pantry and fridge to choosing the best fresh foods for each season and streamlining daily meal preparation. Whether it’s a stir-fry using leftover veggies in the crisper, a fajita dinner to please different taste buds, yummy hummus wraps, or a pot of chili to savor on a cold winter evening, Plant Power takes the challenge out of meal-planning and makes it fun.

Flowers from Afghanistan

Author: Suzy Parish
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Flowers from Afghanistan

Weighed down by guilt following the death of his two-year-old son, Mac McCann accepts a year-long position training police officers in Afghanistan. Leaving his wife Sophie to grieve alone, he hopes the life-or-death distractions of his self-imposed exile will build a wall between him and his pain.

As camaraderie builds between Mac and the men on base—including a local barber and his precocious little boy—Mac’s heart becomes invested in stories beyond his own tragedy and he learns he is not the only one running from loss. But when the hour of attack arrives, will he be able to see past his guilt to believe there’s still something—and someone—worth living for? With touching details based on true events, Flowers from Afghanistan is a redemptive journey of healing, a chronicle of hope in crisis, and a testament to the faithfulness of God through it all.

Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainiest Days

Biographies & Memoirs > Actors & Entertainers
Author: Janice Dean
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Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainiest Days

Fox & Friends meteorologist Janice Dean explains how she purposefully finds the silver lining in every cloud, no matter what challenge she faces.

Janice is well-known for the infectious joy she brings to segments on Fox & Friends, no matter the weather. Yet many of her fans know there’s more to her story than blizzards that are brewing or National Pancake Day celebrations.

In this honest yet optimistic book, Janice reveals obstacles she’s faced that could have severely impacted any professional woman’s career, from online trolls to health issues to abusive and sexist bosses. In Mostly Sunny, she talks about it all, including the fateful path meeting her firefighting husband after he lost his colleagues on 9/11; the day she had to talk to her two small children about her multiple sclerosis;  and how the pressure on women in television led her to a cosmetic procedure that could have ended her career.

The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life

Sports > Mountaineering
Author: Mark Synnott
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The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life 

In Mark Synnott’s unique window on the ethos of climbing, his friend Alex Honnold’s astonishing “free solo” ascent of El Capitan’s 3,000 feet of sheer granite, is the central act. When Honnold topped out at 9:28 A.M. on June 3, 2017, having spent fewer than four hours on his historic ascent, the world gave a collective gasp. The New York Times described it as “one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.” Synnott’s personal history of his own obsession with climbing since he was a teenager—through professional climbing triumphs and defeats, and the dilemmas they render—makes this a  deeply reported, enchanting revelation about living life to the fullest. What are we doing if not an impossible climb?

Synnott delves into a raggedy culture that emerged decades earlier during Yosemite’s Golden Age, when pioneering climbers like Royal Robbins and Warren Harding invented the sport that Honnold would turn on its ear. Painting an authentic, wry portrait of climbing history and profiling Yosemite heroes and the harlequin tribes of climbers known as the Stonemasters and the Stone Monkeys, Synnott weaves in his own experiences with poignant insight and wit: tensions burst on the mile-high northwest face of Pakistan’s Great Trango Tower; fellow climber Jimmy Chin miraculously persuades an official in the Borneo jungle to allow Honnold’s first foreign expedition, led by Synnott, to continue; armed bandits accost the same trio at the foot of a tower in the Chad desert . . .

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