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The Dying Hour (Jason Wade mystery series)
The Dying Hour introduces Jason Wade, a rookie crime reporter with The Seattle Mirror, a loner who grew up in the shadow of a brewery in one of the city’s blue-collar neighborhoods. At The Seattle Mirror, he is competing for the single full-time job being offered through the paper’s intense intern program. But unlike the program’s other young reporters, who attended big name schools and worked at other big metro dailies, Wade put himself through community college, and lacked the same experience.
Wade struggles with his haunting past as he pursues the story of Karen Harding, a college student whose car was found abandoned on a lonely stretch of highway in the Pacific Northwest. How could this beloved young woman with the altruistic nature simply vanish?
Carnations and Deadly Fixations (Fern Grove Cozy Mystery Book 1)
Tracy Adams had three things going for her in her just-above-average boring life namely:
1. A good job
2. A good job… that she liked
3. A good job that she liked… and that paid VERY well
When she lost her job and had to move back to the small town where she grew up, it seemed like her life had lost all purpose. Helping out at her aunt’s floundering floral shop seemed like the perfect distraction before she decided what to do next.
When her aunt’s competition, a nasty and egotistical know-it-all is found dead, the rumor mill in Fern Grove goes into overdrive. With an important piece of evidence linking Tracy to the scene of the crime, she becomes a person of interest in the murder investigation. This leaves her feeling vulnerable and confused.
A Song for the Asking (A Kane Novel) (A Kane Novel Series Book 1)
Like complex characters? Meet LAPD Detective Daniel Kane and family. From the drama of the High Sierra to the beaches of Malibu and the crime-filled streets of Los Angeles, A Song for the Asking tells the story of a family struck by tragedy . . . and of the courage each member must find to survive. Filled with candor, compassion, and humor, A Song for the Asking is a deeply moving novel that celebrates the enduring strength of the family spirit.
Family Matters (A Gracie Andersen Mystery Book 1)
Gracie has her hands full. She’s opening a new kennel business while still navigating the grief process after the loss of her husband and unborn child. Her life is further complicated when a troubled uncle draws her into investigating the decades old hit-and-run death of her beloved cousin. Family and friends in the tiny village of Deer Creek warn her off from reopening old wounds, but Gracie is determined to uncover long-buried family secrets. With Haley, her black Labrador tagging along, Gracie pursues a trail of clues which may lead her straight into a deadly trap.
Robots Like Blue
When asked, “Robot, are you self aware? …Do you think that we are self aware?”
Robot thought briefly, then responded, “Does it matter?”
Robot, Robbie, is just one of one hundred new robots. Running revolutionary new software, these robots are truly unique. His only desire is to serve Lucy Walker. Brian Webster, his developer, also installs “The Governor” overseeing software that adds an additional safety layer, but this denies the robots free will.
Hoping to develop the robots further, Brian inadvertently opens a channel where the robots can communicate and share their experiences.
ARISEN, Omnibus Two
One Troop Royal Marine Commandos fights a 360-degree battle for survival, while racing to rescue survivors from a relentless siege – all beforeHellfire missile strikes and carpet bombing kill anyone left alive…The crew of the Kennedy risks a catastrophic reactor meltdown to get out of the path of a ten-mile-wide tide of the dead… Master Gunnery Sergeant Fick and his spec-ops Marines battle to take and hold an airfield on a remote island – but learn that it is a place with a terrible history and dangerous secrets… On Lake Michigan, Alpha team races toward extraction – but first must fight their most harrowing battle yet, this time against the living, who are both more treacherous and a hell of a lot better armed than the dead…
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
Perhaps Studs Terkel’s best-known book, Working is a compelling, fascinating look at jobs and the people who do them. Consisting of over one hundred interviews conducted with everyone from gravediggers to studio heads, this book provides a timeless snapshot of people’s feelings about their working lives, as well as a relevant and lasting look at how work fits into American life.
“Splendid . . . Important . . . Rich and fascinating . . . The people we meet are not digits in a poll but real people with real names who share their anecdotes, adventures, and aspirations with us.” —Business Week
The Ghosts Omnibus One
When her life is torn apart by sorcery and murder, young Caina Amalas joins the Ghosts, the legendary spies and assassins of the Emperor of Nighmar. She learns the secrets of disguise and stealth, of assassination and infiltration, and grows from a frightened child to a Ghost nightfighter, a woman who can face the most terrible foes and prevail through boldness and cunning.
But even that might not be enough to save her.
For the evil that destroyed her family seeks to devour the entire world…
Building for War: The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island in World War II
This intimately researched work tells the story of the thousand-plus Depression-era civilian contractors who came to Wake Island, a remote Pacific atoll, in 1941 to build an air station for the U.S. Navy. Author Gilbert charts the contractors’ hard-won progress as they scramble to build the naval base as well as runways for U.S. Army Air Corps B-17 Flying Fortresses while war clouds gather over the Pacific.
Five hours after their attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese struck Wake Island, which was now isolated from assistance. The undermanned Marine Corps garrison, augmented by civilian-contractor volunteers, fought back against repeated enemy attacks, at one point thwarting a massive landing assault. The atoll was under siege for two weeks as its defenders continued to hope for the U.S. Navy to come to their rescue.
The Skeptical Vegan: My Journey from Notorious Meat Eater to Tofu-Munching Vegan
Growing up in an all-women household and coddled endlessly by his Italian mother and grandmother, Eric Lindstrom was nourished to obesity on meaty sauces, fried eggs, and butter-laden cookies. After spending the first half of his life as an adamant omnivore, Lindstrom went 100% vegan. Reluctantly. Overnight. From burgers to beets, from pork to parsnips.
It’s time for a down-to-earth book that proves anyone can go vegan (even someone who once ate sixty-eight chicken wings in a sitting). How can a man adopt a vegan approach? Won’t he die of protein deficiency? What if he is married to a vegan woman? How would he order a salad at a Minnesota steakhouse? What should he bring to a gluten-free, nut-free, macrobiotic, nightshade-free, oil-free, vegan potluck (true story)?
Masters of Mayhem: Lawrence of Arabia and the British Military Mission to the Hejaz
Silver Medal winner in Military History Matters ‘Book of the Year’ Award
“Written with great accuracy, detail, enthusiasm, and insight…” Military History Matters judges’ comment
Striking where the enemy is weakest and melting away into the darkness before he can react. Never confronting a stronger force directly, but willing to use audacity and surprise to confound and demoralize an opponent. Operations driven by good intelligence, area knowledge, mobility, speed, firepower, and detailed planning executed by a few specialists with indigenous warriors – this is unconventional warfare.
So what if you have talent? Then what?
When John Waters delivered his gleefully subversive advice to the graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, the speech went viral, in part because it was so brilliantly on point about making a living as a creative person. Now we can all enjoy his sly wisdom in a manifesto that reminds us, no matter what field we choose, to embrace chaos, be nosy, and outrage our critics.
Anyone embarking on a creative path, he tells us, would do well to realize that pragmatism and discipline are as important as talent and that rejection is nothing to fear. Waters advises young people to eavesdrop, listen to their enemies, and horrify us with new ideas. In other words, MAKE TROUBLE!
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