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Author: McDermott, R.E.
Science Fiction Adventure

What if the lights go out? For good. Would you survive?

In a 2015 investigation for The New York Times, veteran reporter Ted Koppel postulated that a major cyber attack on the nation’s power grid was not only possible but likely, and that the United States was woefully unprepared. In Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Koppel’s best-selling companion book to the Times investigation, he described the likely aftermath of such an attack in sobering detail. Lights Out was widely praised in the media as ‘an eye-opener’ and received accolades from leaders of both industry and government. It was named an Amazon Best Book for 2015.

Yet despite the accolades and the supposedly ‘raised awareness,’ we sit here in 2020 still very much a nation (and world) unprepared.

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Author: Stewart, Danielle
Mystery Suspense
Tara Shiloh knows she’s not a drug addict. She’s positive she’s a good mother and hard worker. So why is she in an alley with a needle in her arm? Waking up in the hospital without her son is terrifying. Being told she can’t have him back nearly crushes her. With her memory spotty and the circumstances incriminating, Tara must fight to learn the truth and wrestle with the idea that maybe her son is better off without her. Reid Holliston defends guilty people for a living and it’s slowly killing him. He’s certain there is no such thing as a truly blameless client anymore. When his phone rings with a voice from his childhood his jaded views make him certain Tara is just one more criminal claiming innocence. But even his skepticism isn’t enough to keep him away.
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Author: Malone, Nana
Contemporary Romance

No man in his right mind falls for his best friend. It’s always a recipe for disaster. Especially when she works with you.

But I am not in my right mind. One kiss from Ricca Munroe changes everything. I need my job to fulfill a promise, but Ricca is a distraction and one hell of an opponent in the office.

All I have to do is resist the seductive charms of my best friend. But she’s just as determined to win as I am, and both of us are playing dirty.

I can resist her right? How hard can that be?

Knockers (affiliate link)

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Author: Oaksmith, Ellyn
Romantic Comedy
Molly wants love, she doesn’t want attention. She’s going to get both. Molly Gallagher thrives on staying in the background. As Diner X, Molly is Seattle’s anonymous restaurant critic. But when a surgeon gets his charts mixed up, Molly wakes up with unwanted breast implants. Then they start talking. Is she having a nervous breakdown? Probably. But the voices, Max and Louise, are sharing a lot of good advise. Even if they bicker like two kids with one Popsicle. Before Molly can have the implants removed, she’s dating a rich charmer and flirting with a quirky artist. Her suddenly fast-tracked career is making her a local celebrity. But Molly’s new life exposes the reason she became so reclusive, a revelation that frees Molly to finally fall in love. Join Molly on an outrageous adventure where a little madness reveals your inner hero, saves you from your past and drops you into the love of a lifetime.
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Author: McDonell, Monique
Humorous Fiction

Sometimes you have to bend the rules to get what you want.

Piper Adams has one month to find a husband, and get a green card, or be kicked out of the country just when her chain of food trucks selling Australian style pies is about to start making some serious money.

Aaron is an ambitious lawyer keen to make partner but his Boston law firm only promotes lawyers who are married.

A marriage of convenience could solve both their problems if they keep it strictly business but convincing everyone else that this is true love while trying to convince themselves that it isn’t is a sure recipe for trouble. All the kissing and touching sets the heat rising faster than the pies in Piper’s kitchen.

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Author: Herman, Will, Bhargava, Rajat
Business Startups

Our goal with The Startup Playbook, is to get real accessible wisdom on how to build a successful startup into the hands of as many entrepreneurs as possible. The 1st edition SOLD OUT and its popularity led to a major publisher picking up the 2nd edition. But we realized we had different goals. We wanted to aggressively price the book to make it available to everyone and the publisher wanted to maximize their revenue. So, we took the book back, updated it and are now pricing it so that there are no barriers between you and success.

Also check out the audiobook version on Amazon/Audible.

The Startup Playbook is our personal, how-to guide for building your startup from the ground up. In it, you’ll find a collection of the major lessons and shortcuts we’ve learned that will shift the odds in your favor. We’re sharing our tips, secrets, and advice in a frank, founder-to-founder discussion with you.

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Author: Campbell, Don
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Philosophy & Social Aspects of Music

Anyone who has ever seen a two-year-old start bouncing to a beat knows that music speaks to us on a very deep level. But it took celebrated teacher and music visionary Don Campbell to show us just how deep, with his landmark book The Mozart Effect.

Stimulating, authoritative, and often lyrical, The Mozart Effect has a simple but life-changing message: music is medicine for the body, the mind, and the soul. Campbell shows how modern science has begun to confirm this ancient wisdom, finding evidence that listening to certain types of music can improve the quality of life in almost every respect. Here are dramatic accounts of how music is used to deal with everything from anxiety to cancer, high blood pressure, chronic pain, dyslexia, and even mental illness.

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Author: Craughwell, Thomas J.
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Gastronomy History

This culinary biography recounts the 1784 deal that Thomas Jefferson struck with his slaves, James Hemings. The founding father was traveling to Paris and wanted to bring James along “for a particular purpose”— to master the art of French cooking. In exchange for James’s cooperation, Jefferson would grant his freedom.

Thus began one of the strangest partnerships in United States history. As Hemings apprenticed under master French chefs, Jefferson studied the cultivation of French crops (especially grapes for winemaking) so the might be replicated in American agriculture. The two men returned home with such marvels as pasta, French fries, Champagne, macaroni and cheese, crème brûlée, and a host of other treats. This narrative history tells the story of their remarkable adventure—and even includes a few of their favorite recipes!

Batman and Ethics (affiliate link)

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Author: White, Mark D.
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Popular Culture

Batman has been one of the world’s most beloved superheroes since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Clad in his dark cowl and cape, he has captured the imagination of millions with his single-minded mission to create a better world for the people of Gotham City by fighting crime, making use of expert detective skills, high-tech crime-fighting gadgets, and an extensive network of sidekicks and partners. But why has this self-made hero enjoyed such enduring popularity? And why are his choices so often the subject of intense debate among his fans and philosophers alike?

Batman and Ethics goes behind the mask to shed new light on the complexities and contradictions of the Dark Knight’s moral code. From the logic behind his aversion to killing to the moral status of vigilantism and his use of torture in pursuit of justice (or perhaps revenge), Batman’s ethical precepts are compelling but often inconsistent and controversial. Philosopher and pop culture expert Mark D. White uses the tools of moral philosophy to track Batman’s most striking ethical dilemmas and decisions across his most prominent storylines from the early 1970s through the launch of the New 52, and suggests how understanding the mercurial moral character of the caped crusader might help us reconcile our own.

No Land’s Man (affiliate link)

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Author: Mandvi, Aasif
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Humor & Entertainment
If you’re an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it’s a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from. In No Land’s Man Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America’s favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
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Author: Vaughn, Daniel
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Cooking Meats

The debut title in the Anthony Bourdain Books line, The Prophets of Smoked Meat by “Barbecue Snob” Daniel Vaughn, author of the enormously popular blog Full Custom Gospel BBQ, is a rollicking journey through the heart of Texas Barbecue.

From brisket to ribs, beef to pork, mesquite to oak, this fully illustrated, comprehensive guide to Texas barbecue includes pit masters’ recipes, tales of the road—from country meat markets to roadside stands, sumptuous photography, and a panoramic look at the Lone Star State, where smoked meat is sacred.

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Author: Trinklein, Michael J.
Historical Study Reference
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Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states—but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass? Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida, Texlahoma, Montezuma, Rough and Ready, and Yazoo. Some of these states came remarkably close to joining the Union. Others never had a chance. Many are still trying.
Each story offers a fascinating glimpse at the nation we might have become—along with plenty of absurd characters, bureaucratic red tape, and political gamesmanship. Accompanying these tales are beautifully rendered maps detailing the proposed state boundaries, plus images of real-life artifacts and ephemera. Welcome to the world of Lost States!
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Author: Navarro, Dave, Strauss, Neil
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Rock Band Biographies
One day, Dave Navarro decided to open the doors of his house in the Hollywood hills to the chaos of the valley below. The only rule was, “come in the house, you get in the photo booth.” The result is a diary, a sociology experiment, a documentary of Hollywood, and an exercise in exhibitionism: strippers, Kurt Loder, Marilyn Manson, pizza delivery boys, Rose McGowan, Keanu Reeves, record executives, Scott Ian, Billy Corgan, hookers, Flea, Billy Zane, drug dealers, Angelyne, Leonardo DiCaprio, the cleaning lady, Leif Garrett, Natalie Imbruglia, and everyone else who came into the house are all caught on film—whether zany, inebriated, naked, hamming it up, looking beautiful, or looking ugly, the photo booth tells no lies.
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Author: White, Edmund
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Historical Biographical Fiction
In a damp, old Sussex castle, American literary phenomenon Stephen Crane lies on his deathbed, wasting away from tuberculosis at the age of twenty-eight. The world-famous author has retreated to England with his wife, Cora, in part to avoid gossip about her ignominious past as the proprietress of an infamous Florida bordello, the Hotel de Dream. In the midst of gathering tragedy, Crane begins dictating what will surely be his final work: a strange and poignant novel of a boy prostitute in 1890s New York and the married man who ruins his own life to win his love.

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