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The Puppet Maker’s Daughter (affiliate link)
Hungary 1944. The war comes late to Budapest. Nineteen-year-old Marika, forced out of nursing school, believes she and her Jewish family will remain safe, even as Nazi soldiers fill their cobbled streets. With Russians to their east, the Allies to their west, everyone assumes the war is nearly over. Her father, once a prominent engineer, returns to his passion for puppet making. Soon, she is pulled into the resistance to rescue orphans and displaced Jews while keeping her family one step ahead of Eichmann’s extermination plans.
As the world turns dark around her, the fanatical Arrow Cross Party, a ruthless group that listens to no one including the Germans, unleashes a killing spree on the remaining Jews of Europe. One day, as peril intensifies, she must make a decision that puts her in extreme danger to save herself, her family, and the orphans she’s sheltered.
Will she regret that moment for the rest of her life?
The Devil’s Dictionary (affiliate link)
The Devil’s Dictionary is a satirical dictionary written by American journalist Ambrose Bierce, consisting of common words followed by humorous and satirical definitions. The lexicon was written over three decades as a series of installments for magazines and newspapers. Bierce’s witty definitions were imitated and plagiarized for years before he gathered them into books, first as The Cynic’s Word Book in 1906 and then in a more complete version as The Devil’s Dictionary in 1911.
It has been widely quoted, frequently translated, and often imitated, earning a global reputation. In the 1970s, The Devil’s Dictionary was named as one of “The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature” by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. It has been called “howlingly funny”, and Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Zweig said in an interview that The Devil’s Dictionary is “probably the most brilliant work of satire written in America. And maybe one of the greatest in all of world literature.” — Wikipedia
The Stefan Mendoza Trilogy Boxed Set (affiliate link)
Assassin. Cyborg. Avenger.
Stefan Mendoza spent his life doing the government’s dirty work, then a traitor double-crossed his black-ops team.
After enduring unspeakable torture, he has to put dreams of revenge on hold. The world has changed while he’s been out of circulation. To survive, he acquires cybernetic limbs. But his high-tech recovery comes at a heavy price.
The quest for vengeance pits Mendoza against assassins of every stripe. He quickly discovers that relying on the trust he spent decades building could be fatal. Betrayal, corruption, and a labyrinth of conspiracies threaten him at every turn.
The Stefan Mendoza Trilogy is a high-octane cyberpunk techno-thriller you won’t easily forget. Complex conspiracies and intrigue combine to make an immersive, noir-style sci-fi world.
3001 Unusual Facts, Funny True Stories & Odd Trivia (affiliate link)
Amaze friends & family with this brilliant collection of odd & unusual facts you’ll find hard to believe! A fun book of unusual trivia for all ages – kids, teenagers, adults and seniors.
This is a book of odd trivia you won’t be able to put down – you’ll learn over 3000 fascinating pieces of general knowledge that will have you questioning if what you read is really true. You discover interesting facts such as…
Did you know around 30 million people in China still live in caves??
Or that NETFLIX still makes more than $200 million each year renting DVDs through the mail?
Did you know that 90% of the worldwide population live in the northern hemisphere?
Or that Great White Sharks have been around for more than 400 million years – that’s before even the first trees or dinosaurs
Dreamwalkers: The Intruder (Markland Garraway Book 1 (affiliate link)
The whole world knows who DI Markland Garraway is – the detective who proved without doubt that life continues after death.
Now he’s back. Although retired from the police force he finds himself reluctantly drawn into another supernatural mystery, which once again appears to defy all logical explanation.
The case of a man: once missing, now returned, but who is strangely different.
Garraway’s investigation takes him on a journey where the unimaginable proves to be real, and where those around him seem to challenge the impossible.
Factory Controller (The Factory) (affiliate link)
The Factory sent me to Brazil to investigate a nun’s questionable tax returns.
But instead of finding simple tax fraud, I discovered a human trafficking ring.
Now I’m running from mercenaries intent on keeping their dirty little enterprise a secret.
I’m in a world of trouble.
My escape plane was shot down and now I’m on foot.
All I have to do is escape the Amazon rainforest.
Escape from giant anacondas ready to coil and squeeze me to death.
Avoid fuzzy spiders with venomous fangs.
Evade poison dart frogs with skin so toxic that one tiny frog can kill ten people.
And keep my hands off the most dangerous animal of all: Trent.
He’s hotter than the afternoon humidity.
No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories (affiliate link)
Get ready for the ultimate Jack Reacher experience: a thrilling new novella and eleven previously published stories, together for the first time in one pulse-pounding collection from Lee Child.
No Middle Name begins with “Too Much Time,” a brand-new work of short fiction that finds Reacher in a hollowed-out town in Maine, where he witnesses a random bag-snatching but sees much more than a simple crime. “Small Wars” takes readers back to 1989, when Reacher is an MP assigned to solve the brutal murder of a young officer found along an isolated forest road in Georgia—and whose killer may be hiding in plain sight. In “Not a Drill,” Reacher tries to take some downtime, but a pleasant hike in Maine turns into a walk on the wild side—and perhaps something far more sinister. “High Heat” time-hops to 1977, when Reacher is a teenager in sweltering New York City during a sudden blackout that awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps.
The Secret Life of the Savoy: Glamour and Intrigue at the World’s Most Famous Hotel (affiliate link)
The captivating story of the famed Savoy Hotel’s founders, told through three generations—and one hundred years—of glamour and high society.
For the gondoliers-themed birthday dinner, the hotel obligingly flooded the courtyard to conjure the Grand Canal of Venice. Dinner was served on a silk-lined floating gondola, real swans were swimming in the water, and as a final flourish, a baby elephant borrowed from London Zoo pulled a five-foot high birthday cake.
In three generations, the D’Oyly Carte family and London’s Savoy Hotel pioneered the idea of the luxury hotel and the modern theater, propelled Gilbert and Sullivan to lasting stardom, made Oscar Wilde a transatlantic celebrity, inspired a P. G. Wodehouse series, and popularized early jazz, electric lights, and Art Deco.
The best-selling comprehensive history of the world,from the perspective of struggling peoples throughout the ages—now with new material and a foreword by Howard Zinn
From the earliest human societies to the Holy Roman Empire, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, from the Industrial Revolution to the end of the twentieth century, Chris Harman provides a brilliant and comprehensive history of the human race. Eschewing the standard accounts of “Great Men,” of dates and kings, Harman offers a groundbreaking counter-history, a breathtaking sweep across the centuries in the tradition of “history from below.”
In a fiery narrative, he shows how ordinary men and women were involved in creating and changing society and how conflict between classes was often at the core of these developments. While many scholars see the victory of capitalism as now safely secured, Harman explains the rise and fall of societies and civilizations throughout the ages and demonstrates that history moves ever onward in every age. This magisterial study is essential reading for anyone interested in how society has changed and developed and the possibilities for further radical progress.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters: A Novel (affiliate link)
In May 1875, Elizabeth Todd Edwards reels from news that her younger sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Abraham Lincoln, has attempted suicide.
Mary’s shocking act followed legal proceedings arranged by her eldest and only surviving son that declared her legally insane. Although they have long been estranged, Elizabeth knows Mary’s tenuous mental health has deteriorated through decades of trauma and loss. Yet is her suicide attempt truly the impulse of a deranged mind, or the desperate act of a sane woman terrified to be committed to an asylum? And—if her sisters can put past grievances aside—is their love powerful enough to save her?
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t (affiliate link)
Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.
In his work with organizations around the world, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?
The WVU Coed Murders: Who Killed Mared and Karen? (affiliate link)
Some said that the killer couldn’t be a local. Others claimed that he was the wealthy son of a prominent Morgantown family. Whispers spread that Mared and Karen were sacrificed by a satanic cult or had been victims of a madman poised to strike again. Then the handwritten letters began to arrive: “You will locate the bodies of the girls covered over with brush–look carefully. The animals are now on the move.”
Investigators didn’t find too few suspects–they had far too many. There was the campus janitor with a fur fetish, the “harmless” deliveryman who beat a woman nearly to death, the nursing home orderly with the bloody broomstick and the bouncer with the “girlish” laugh who threatened to cut off people’s heads. Local authors Geoffrey C. Fuller and S. James McLaughlin tell the complete story of the murders for the first time.
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