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  • A Distant Enemy by Deb Vanasse



    Coming of age in a remote Alaskan village, a mixed-race boy lashes out in anger—at his father for abandoning his family, at outsiders for forcing change, and at his teacher, who holds over him a secret Joseph would rather forget. Publishers Weekly called this sensitive novel "a vivid portrait of modern Eskimo lifestyles, conflicts and fears." Category: Children's Books > Geography & Cultures > Multicultural Stories > Native North & South Americans
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  • Jewels of the Romanovs: Family & Court by Stefano Papi



    An amazing collection of images of the Romanovs, their world, and their fabulous jewels brings the last years of the dynasty to life

    The Romanovs ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917, when the Revolution brought their reign to an end. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were a time of elegance and extravagance for the tsars and the wealthy families with whom they were linked by marriage, and nowhere are these lavish tastes more apparent than in the imperial jewels.

    Every jewel tells a story. Through his work at Sotheby's and Christie's and his own research, Stefano Papi has spent years unraveling the mysteries of Russian imperial jewelry. He identifies pieces with little or unknown provenance and uncovers the fascinating stories behind the jewels and the people who wore them, from the golden years through the Revolution to life in exile in Europe and America. This new edition, published to tie in with the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, features forty-eight additional pages and some sixty new illustrations. 

    255 illustrations in color and black and white Category: Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles
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  • Taste of Home Christmas: 465 Recipes For a Merry Holiday by Taste of Home



    Let Taste of Home help you plan your holiday parties and menus with this idea-packed cookbook. There are wonderful appetizers and beverages, company-worthy entrees, delectable breads, an array of sides and best of all dazzling, divine sweets—cookies, candies, cakes, pies and more. Included is classic fare, as well as updated twists on old-time favorites.
     
     
    CHAPTERS
    Intro
    Festive Appetizers & Beverages
    Holiday Parties
    Joyful Brunches
    Christmas Dinner Menus
    Merry Entrees
    Jolly Sides
    Glorious Breads
    Yuletide Cookies
    Heavenly Desserts
    Candy Sampler
    Special Gifts of Food
    Thanksgiving Gathering
    Indexes
     
    Recipes
    Caramel Cashew Clusters
    Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
    Apple Cider-Glazed Ham
    Cheese-Topped Roasted Vegetables
    Colorful Gazpacho Salad
    Herb-Crusted Prime Rib
    Old English Trifle
    Raspberry Lemon Cake
    Yorkshire Pudding with Bacon and Sage
    Asiago Chicken Spread
    Calzone Pinwheels
    Cherry-Brandy Baked Brie
    Hot Spiced Wine
    Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon
    Warm Pomegranate Punch
    Cranberry-Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
    Orange Pear Jam
    Cracked Pepper Cheddar Muffins
    Rustic Pumpkin Bread
    Almond Pistachio Baklava
    Caramel Apple Cheesecake
    Frozen Peppermint Delight
    Holiday Walnut Torte
    Au Gratin Potatoes ’n’ Leeks
    Carrot Cake Doughnuts
    Overnight Raisin French Toast
    Golden Roasted Turkey
    Maple-Oat Dinner Rolls
    Sausage Raisin Dressing
    Brown Sugar Cutouts
    Cherry Kisses
    Cranberry Shortbread Bars
    Dark Chocolate Butterscotch Brownies
    Raspberry Sandwich Spritz
     
    7 WINTER PARTIES
    The seven winter parties will be organized into 7 themes, with menus and holiday entertaining ideas (e.g. A snowflake invitation) for each. 
     
    Festive Open House
    During the busy holiday season, it can be challenging to pick a time and date to get-together with all you friends. An open house allows people to stop by during the day when it’s convenient for them. Let your open house go for 4 to 6 hours and you're sure to enjoy a casual time.
    Recipes include Roast Beef and Pear Crostini, Apricot Chicken Wings, Grape Juice Sparkler, and Warm Spiced Nuts.
     
    Cocktail Party
    Bring on the bubbly! A spirited evening of festive cocktails and bite-size appetizers awaits. Set up the bar with cranberry mixers and deck the buffet with shrimp and crostini, it’s time to mingle and be jolly with old friends and new.
    Recipes include Fast Coconut Shrimp, Goat Cheese-Pesto Crostini, Bubbly Cranberry Mixer, and Orange Razzletini.
     
    After-Caroling Warm-Up
    Welcome friends and family inside for a post-caroling meal. This make-ahead feast will be ready to greet you from the cold.
    Recipes include slow-cooked Round-Up Chili, slow-cooked Tuscan Pork Stew, Rosemary Garlic Focaccia, and Truffle Hot Chocolate
     
    Holiday Movie Night
    Coming to a living room near you, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, and more. Gather the gang, pass the pizza and cuddle up with a batch of chocolaty fudge cups for screenings of your favorite holiday classics.
    Recipes include: Pizza Rusticana, Tijuana Tidbits, and Coconut-Almond Fudge Cups.
     
    Tea Party
    No matter how cold it is outside, a hot cup of Chai or a tangy cranberry tea makes it easy to enjoy the warmth of the season. Guests will be served platters of tea sandwiches and petite pastries, as well as poppy seed scones and Vienna Triangles to add a traditional touch to a memorable and merry tea party.
    Recipes include Vanilla Chai Tea, Petite Apricot Pastries, and Turkey, Gouda & Apple Tea Sandwiches.
     
    Let It Snow Celebration
    If the flurry of holiday duties has you flustered, and the snow’s a fallin’, call up some friends for an afternoon of skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and ice skating. Afterwards, warm your bellies with some hearty fare.
    Recipes include Shredded Pork Sandwiches, Slow-Cooked Applesauce, and Snowmen Cookies.
     
    Lunch with Friends
    Let’s do lunch! Because there's no better time to show your appreciation for your closet chums than during the holiday season. You can offer a delicious soup, salad and sandwich with a sophisticated holiday twist.
    Recipes include: Roasted Red Pepper Bisque, Spinach Festival Salad, and Grilled Cheese Supreme.
    Category: Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Entertaining
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  • Nell Hill's Rooms We Love by Mary Carol Garrity



    A wish-book come true! In Nell Hill's Rooms We Love, decorating maven Mary Carol Garrity coaches readers on how to affordably decorate rooms they will fall in love with. Named "One of America's hottest little retailers" by Fortune magazine, Mary Carol Garrity's mini empire of three decor stores are a Midwest regional phenomenon and have become landmarks in the decorating world.

    In Nell Hill's Rooms We Love, we will see Mary Carol apply her Nell Hill’s principles of design to new challenges. Even though design styles and trends have changed significantly since Nell Hill's Style at Home, Mary Carol’s first book ten years ago, the rules that guide her approach to decorating have not. In this book, we will rediscover those principles at work in four very different houses, in addition to her own home.  In the book, we will visit rooms inspired by the needs of each homeowner and will see how they transformed their rooms using Mary Carol’s inspiration and “tricks of the trade.” We will observe:

     

    •  A century-old English Tudor in a city neighborhood, reinvented for empty nesters

    •  A suburban tear-down that was rebuilt for a growing family

    •  A home in the country, newly built but with an old soul

    •  A sweeping country manor with one-of-a kind rooms

     

    While traveling through these homes, Mary Carol will construct the process and provide readers with the blueprint she uses for discovering personal styles. We hope you will be inspired by these rooms and will come away with creative energy to make your rooms beautiful, functional, colorful, and comfortable.

    Mary Carol Garrity and her staff at Nell Hill’s work with thousands of customers each year to help them bring their homes to life. Mary Carol’s passion is to work with homeowners to make the rooms in their houses beautiful, colorful, functional, and special. In Nell Hill’s Rooms We Love, Mary Carol shares some of her favorite decorating solutions, showing her readers inside the homes of the clients she has worked with to help them bring their dreams to life.

     

    In this new book, Mary Carol deconstructs the process that helps her work with the myriad of decorating challenges from her customers. It is a big order to think about redoing a room in a house, committing to a paint color or wallpaper, dozens of yards of fabric, new upholstery, area rugs that you will be living with for a while, and the investment of dollars and time spent on the makeover. Mary Carol demystifies the process by showing us through rooms she loves and calling out details that go into making the room successful.

     

    Mary Carol defines success in decorating by working with customers to identify their own personal style. While the stores of Nell Hill’s are packed full of great room settings, tableaus, and both big and little surprises, Mary Carol believes that people have a personal style that is uniquely their own. Her goal is to help you discover your own style by offering some guiding principles for your decisions. 

    Mary Carol’s Guiding Principles

     

    •  Mary Carol believes that your style comes from mixing old with new, showcasing your keepsake treasures as well as your newly discovered surprises.

     

    •  And she believes in comfort—providing spaces where you can sit down with a book and get cozy or where your guests will find a special amenity waiting just for them.

     

    •  Mary Carol believes that a beautiful room always offers an unexpected delight.

     

    •  She encourages you to bring the outdoors inside, using garden structures year-round in seasonal decorating.

                                                                           Category: Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Home Improvement & Design > Home Decorating & Design > Interior Design
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  • Sweet Mandarin: Classic & Contemporary Chinese Recipes with Gluten and Dairy-Free Variations by Helen TseLisa Tse



    Helen and Lisa Tse have been cooking original family recipes that have been handed down through the generations all their lives. In Sweet Mandarin they share their knowledge, favorite recipes and cooking tips. From basic advice on Chinese cuisine, including essential pieces of equipment such as a wok, cleaver and steamer to Chinese pantry ingredients and essentials, you’ll soon be creating healthy and nutritious meals. Broken down in to Soups, Stocks, & Starters; Poultry; Pork & Beef; Fish & Seafood; Noodles; Rice: Desserts & Cocktails, the 100 simple yet delicious recipes include Cantonese Won Ton Soup, Salt and Chile Squid, Hong Kong Beef Skewers with Satay Dip, favorites like Aromatic Crispy Duck and Chicken Chow Mein, Fortune Cookies and even exotic cocktails such as Sweet Chile Strawberry Daiquiri—and each includes Allergen and Dietary Information, tips on making the recipe gluten-free, and a QR code with a free video of the authors making the dish. With gorgeous color photography throughout, this is the bible for everyone who loves Chinese food—including those that thought they couldn't eat it gluten free! Category: Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > Chinese
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  • Edge of the Dreaming: An Australian Memoir by Dr. Suzy Kruhse-Mountburton



    Suzy Kruhse’s evocative description of a young female growing up in Australia’s Northern Territory is both revealing and powerful. The book’s landscape is the huge wilderness at the top end of the continent where European settlers, Asians, and other races as well as the indigenous people of the country mingle uneasily together in this last frontier of Australia. She describes with brutal honesty her torrid upbringing with parents who often abandoned her, the methods she used to survive the physical and psychological pressures she was subjected to and a sexual awakening that was far from conventional. Edge of the Dreaming though full of pathos and heartbreak is far from depressing. Her story tells us a great deal about how family and significant others dictate the life path of young women growing up in a brash and sometimes violent country. Sexual and other intimate relationships are explored with withering honesty typified by the anguish of trying to find out what intimacy and love really mean. Category: Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > Australian
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  • Lawfully Wedded Husband: How My Gay Marriage Will Save the American Family (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog) by Joel Derfner



    When Joel Derfner's boyfriend proposed to him, there was nowhere in America the two could legally marry. That changed quickly, however, and before long the two were on what they expected to be a rollicking journey to married bliss. What they didn't realize was that, along the way, they would confront not just the dilemmas every couple faces on the way to the altar—what kind of ceremony would they have? what would they wear? did they have to invite Great Aunt Sophie?—but also questions about what a relationship can and can't do, the definition of marriage, and, ultimately, what makes a family.
                Add to the mix a reality show whose director forces them to keep signing and notarizing applications for a wedding license until the cameraman gets a shot she likes; a family marriage history that includes adulterers, arms smugglers, and poisoners; and discussions of civil rights, Sophocles, racism, grammar, and homemade Ouija boards—coupled with Derfner's gift for getting in his own way—and what results is a story not just of gay marriage and the American family but of what it means to be human.
    Category: Gay & Lesbian > Biographies & Memoirs
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  • The Last Invisible Continent: Essays on Adoption and Identity by Michael Allen Potter



    These twelve essays span nearly twenty years of research and activism that chronicle one man's search for his family. Together, they explore the concept of personal identity from the perspective of someone who was erased completely by adoption in The State of New York. Category: Gay & Lesbian > Biographies & Memoirs
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  • LIFE The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment by The Editors of LIFE



    Fifty years ago on November 22, 1963, in Dallas's Dealey Plaza, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline. LIFE magazine, the weekly pictorial chronicle of events in America and throughout the world, was quickly on the scene. The Kennedys had been our story: Jack and Jackie made the cover in his sailboat before they were married and he was a fresh-faced senator from Massachusetts, and the White House doors had remained open to LIFE throughout his presidency: Cecil Stoughton's photographs of Caroline and John-John in the Oval Office, Jackie's tour of the renovation, tense behind-the-scenes moments during 13 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis-all of this appeared in LIFE. We needed to be in Dallas.


    The famous Zapruder film first appeared in LIFE, after being acquired by LIFE's Richard B. Stolley. Stolley also interviewed at the time Dallas police, Kennedy administration officials, members of the Oswald family, workers at Jack Ruby's bar. Jackie's first conversation after the murder was with Theodore H. White for LIFE, and in it she told the American people, for the first time, about the Camelot her late husband had imagined.


    All of that is revisited in this commemorative book, including:

    · All 486 frames of the Zapruder film in print for the first time

    · An essay by Richard B. Stolley on how he exclusively obtained the iconic film for LIFE

    · An essay by Abraham Zapruder's granddaughter, Alexandra, who writes for the first time about how the film affected her family over the generations

    · Personal stories about where they were when they heard the news from Barbra Streisand, Maya Angelou, Jimmy Carter, Tony Bennett, Willie Mays, Sergei Khrushchev, James Earl Jones, John Boehner, Tom Brokaw, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alec Baldwin, Bill O'Reilly, Dan Rather and many more

    · Rarely seen photos from the TIME/LIFE archive of Allan Grant's photo essay of the Oswald family on the night of the assassination

    · A foreword featuring a conversation with historian David McCullough

    · A full reprint of LIFE's 1963 issue covering the tragic events in Dallas

    · LIFE's Theodore H. White's famous "Camelot" interview with Jackie (which she gave shortly after the assassination), as well as the story behind the interview and the words that never ran

    · A new essay on 50 years of conspiracy theories by J.I. Baker, author of The Empty Glass


    The Kennedys: A LIFE story for more than 50 years, and still today.
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  • A Hood Affair 2 by Shmel Carter



    This is the second installment of Q and Neicee's ride through Charlotte. Someone is still after Neicee and they continue to race against the clock to find out who it could be. As they prepare for an addition to their family, they still have to watch their backs. Category: Literature & Fiction > Drama
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  • LIFE The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment by The Editors of LIFE



    Fifty years ago on November 22, 1963, in Dallas's Dealey Plaza, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline. LIFE magazine, the weekly pictorial chronicle of events in America and throughout the world, was quickly on the scene. The Kennedys had been LIFE's story: Jack and Jackie made the cover in his sailboat before they were married and he was a fresh-faced senator from Massachusetts, and the White House doors had remained open to LIFE throughout his presidency: Cecil Stoughton's photographs of Caroline and John-John in the Oval Office, Jackie's tour of the renovation, tense behind-the-scenes moments during 13 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis--all of this appeared in LIFE.

    The famous Zapruder film, included here unedited, first appeared in LIFE, after being acquired by LIFE's Richard B. Stolley. Stolley also interviewed at the time Dallas police, Kennedy administration officials, members of the Oswald family, workers at Jack Ruby's bar. Jackie's first conversation after the murder was with Theodore H. White for LIFE, and in it she told the American people, for the first time, about the Camelot her late husband had imagined.

    All of that is revisited in LIFE The Day Kennedy Died, including:

    • An official release of the unedited Zapruder film
    • An essay by Richard B. Stolley on how he exclusively obtained the iconic film for LIFE
    • An essay by Abraham Zapruder's granddaughter, Alexandra, who writes for the first time about how the film affected her family over the generations
    • Personal stories about where they were when they heard the news from Barbra Streisand, Maya Angelou, Jimmy Carter, Tony Bennett, Willie Mays, Sergei Khrushchev, James Earl Jones, John Boehner, Tom Brokaw, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alec Baldwin, Bill O'Reilly, Dan Rather and many more
    • Rarely seen photos from the TIME/LIFE archive of Allan Grant's photo essay of the Oswald family on the night of the assassination
    • A foreword featuring a conversation with historian David McCullough
    • LIFE's Theodore H. White's famous "Camelot" interview with Jackie (which she gave shortly after the assassination), as well as the story behind the interview and the words that never ran
    • A new essay on 50 years of conspiracy theories by J.I. Baker, author of The Empty Glass

    The Kennedys: A LIFE story for more than 50 years, and still today.

    Category: Arts & Photography > Photography
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  • The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel (Stoker & Holmes Novels) by Colleen Gleason



    "The mishmash of popular tropes (steampunk! vampires! Sherlock Holmes!) will bring readers in, but it's the friendship between the two girls that will keep them."--Kirkus Reviews

    Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business.

    But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there's no one more qualified to investigate.

    Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: the strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high.

    If Stoker and Holmes don't unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they'll become the next victims. Category: Teens > Literature & Fiction
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  • Still in a Daze at the Cottage by James Ross



    In the sequel to Cottage Daze, James Ross is back with more tales from the family cottage! Organized by nature's changing seasons and containing sections covering nature, family, activity, and the cottage, Ross combines wry humour with a genuine love for adventure and respect for the natural world - although the local wild animal population can try his patience.

    Ross's anecdotes are full of good spirits and sound advice, whether he is describing a visit from his daughter's special friend ("The Boyfriend Cometh"), the tricky practices of boating ("Dressing Up for Kayaking"), or encounters with wildlife both big and small ("The Frog Whisperer"). This book is the perfect companion to the time-honoured tradition of wilderness family getaways. Category: Science & Math > Nature & Ecology > Essays
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  • 10 Battle-Proven Techniques to Keep You Safe in the Street by George Benson



    Introducing: The Ultimate Self Defense Guidebook

    Annihilate anyone who threatens you or your family's safety

    Pay close attention because this book could save your life...

    Are you tired of being intimidated by egotistical posers and wannabe gangsters? Do you want to feel the freedom of walking down the street knowing you can protect yourself at a moments notice? Do you want to finally have the ability to protect your family and loved ones? How about gaining that unshakable confidence that deep down you know you deserve?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions then this book is for you...

    "How to Defend Yourself - 10 Battle-Proven Techniques to Keep You Safe in the Street" is short, informative and to the point. It has been written to provide useful, practical information on the most effective Self Defense techniques in the world. This book is essential for anyone wishing to know how to defend themselves quickly and efficiently. It shows us how to execute only the most effective hand to hand combat techniques that have been tried, tested and proven in all possible scenarios over the last 100 years and explains them in a clear and direct manner so that anyone regardless of age or fitness level can defend themselves.

    Finally... Practical Self Defense for the 21st Century

    These techniques are the best of the best, and at the end of the guide you'll get to see a detailed video demonstrating them in REAL LIFE scenarios that will prove to you just how effective they really are. This is a must have, quick-read guidebook that may challenge your philosophies, but if you've been searching for the fastest, quickest, easiest way to learn to protect yourself, one way or another "How to Defend Yourself - 10 Battle-Proven Techniques to Keep You Safe in the Street" will give you exactly what you're looking for.

    See what others are saying about this book:

    "Nice, I really like it!" - Elaine Zaste

    "A handy little guide" - KFlo

    "It's worth the look inside so check it out!" - Vegas Consultations

    "A realistic view at how to protect yourself" - EDubble

    So make a stand and grab YOUR copy today, you'll be glad you did.

    Category: Sports & Outdoors > Coaching > Training & Conditioning
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  • At the Hang-Up: Seeking Your Purpose, Running the Race, Finishing Strong by Ted Owens



    This is the inspirational story of Ted Owens—still the coach with the most wins in the history of Allen Fieldhouse—from growing up as a boy on a cotton farm in Southwestern Oklahoma during the Great Depression to coaching at the highest levels of the college basketball world. “At the end of each day on the farm, we would gure the total weight of the cotton we had pulled. We called it the “hang-up,” says Owens. One day, in a competition to see who could pull the most cotton, Owens was leading his father, who then gave him the greatest life lesson: “It’s not what you have now that is important, it’s what you have at the hang-up.” He always reminded Ted that regardless of your station in life, whether encountering di culties or enjoying success, you should never lose sight of your ultimate goals. At the age of 5, Owens made his rst basketball goal, lifting the basketball from between his legs in an underhand scooping motion. It was at that moment that basketball became his rst love, a feeling he still embraces today. He went on to play at the University of Oklahoma for Naismith Hall of Fame Coach Bruce Drake, and he witnessed the rise of national championship programs led by football coach Bud Wilkinson, wrestling coach Port Robertson and baseball coach Jack Baer. This book is a story of the survival of a family built upon love, sacri ce, and the importance of family strength. The book also shares the ups and downs of building a coaching career and the tale of coaching basketball at the University of Kansas for 19 seasons. Owens’ teams won 206 games in Allen Fieldhouse, a number that still leads Roy Williams (201), Bill Self and Larry Brown. He coached some of the era’s greatest players while leading the Jayhawks against Hall of Fame coaches Adolph Rupp, Joe Lapchick, Henry Iba, Dean Smith, Eddie Sutton, Bob Knight and John Wooden. The book o ers little-known—and even unknown—insights into the personalities of these basketball giants. Playing now in the fourth quarter of his life, Owens shares what he has learned, passing on his lessons for life and wonderful, never-before-told stories of his time as the Kansas Jayhawks head basketball coach, as high-pressure a job as there is in American sports, one that only eight men have ever held. Category: Sports & Outdoors > Basketball
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  • 64: Una novela (Spanish Edition) by Sigal Ratner-Arias



    ¿Cómo saber si uno ha empezado a vivir el último año de su vida?

    Anna Katz acaba de cumplir 64 años, la edad a la que murieron su padre, su abuela y su tía y, por si acaso, lo ha celebrado en grande y ha hecho una lista con todo aquello que siempre quiso pero nunca pudo hacer.

    Sin embargo, sus planes pronto tropiezan con contratiempos. Su hija Sofía, una periodista de 32 años tan exitosa en el trabajo como desventurada en el amor, la sorprende con un embarazo no buscado, y su prima Bea decide encaminarse hacia la muerte. Con 73 años ha sobrevivido al número fatídico en la familia, pero la atormentan achaques imaginarios y una culpa que nadie más cree que se merezca.

    Anna y Leonardo, su “eterno novio”, se enfrentan además a otra impactante noticia: Anna se ha descubierto un bulto en un pecho, y los exámenes confirman el más temido de los diagnósticos.

    Los fantasmas del 11 de septiembre, el drama compartido de la batalla contra el cáncer y la solidaridad inquebrantable de una familia en las buenas y en las malas se entrelazan en esta historia neoyorquina de amores y desamores, abandonos y felices reencuentros que nos recuerdan que todos tenemos siempre un motivo para seguir viviendo.

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    Description in English

    How do you know if you have started to live your last year of life?

    Anna Katz has just turned 64, the age at which her father, her grandmother and her aunt died. So just in case, she celebrates big and starts keeping a list of all the things she wants to do but never could.

    Her plans, nevertheless, stumble over setbacks. Her daughter Sofia, a 32-year-old journalist who is successful at work but unfortunate in love, surprises her with an unplanned pregnancy while her cousin Beatriz decides to follow her path to death. At 73, she has survived the fateful familial unlucky number but is tormented by imaginary maladies and a guilt others don't think that she deserves.

    Anna and Leonardo, her husband, face another shocking piece of news: Anna has discovered a lump in her breast and tests confirm the most feared diagnosis.

    The ghosts of September 11, the shared drama of a cancer battle and the unswerving solidarity of a family in good times and bad intertwine in this New York story of affection and estrangement, abandonments and joyous reunions that remind us to keep on living.

    Category: Literature & Fiction > Foreign Language Fiction
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  • George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin



    For the first time, all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones are together in one boxed set. An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine—international acclaim and millions of loyal readers. Now here is the entire monumental cycle:
     
    A GAME OF THRONES
    A CLASH OF KINGS
    A STORM OF SWORDS
    A FEAST OF CROWS
    A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
     
    “One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times
     
    Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
     
    Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
     
    Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
     
    “Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times Category:
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  • Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood (Vintage) by Oliver Md Sacks



    Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and bestselling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals–also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded.

    In Uncle Tungsten we meet Sacks’ extraordinary family, from his surgeon mother (who introduces the fourteen-year-old Oliver to the art of human dissection) and his father, a family doctor who imbues in his son an early enthusiasm for housecalls, to his “Uncle Tungsten,” whose factory produces tungsten-filament lightbulbs. We follow the young Oliver as he is exiled at the age of six to a grim, sadistic boarding school to escape the London Blitz, and later watch as he sets about passionately reliving the exploits of his chemical heroes–in his own home laboratory. Uncle Tungsten is a crystalline view of a brilliant young mind springing to life, a story of growing up which is by turns elegiac, comic, and wistful, full of the electrifying joy of discovery.Oliver Sacks's luminous memoir charts the growth of a mind. Born in 1933 into a family of formidably intelligent London Jews, he discovered the wonders of the physical sciences early from his parents and their flock of brilliant siblings, most notably "Uncle Tungsten" (real name, Dave), who "manufactured lightbulbs with filaments of fine tungsten wire." Metals were the substances that first attracted young Oliver, and his descriptions of their colors, textures, and properties are as sensuous and romantic as an art lover's rhapsodies over an Old Master. Seamlessly interwoven with his personal recollections is a masterful survey of scientific history, with emphasis on the great chemists like Robert Boyle, Antoine Lavoisier, and Humphry Davy (Sacks's personal hero). Yet this is not a dry intellectual autobiography; his parents in particular, both doctors, are vividly sketched. His sociable father loved house calls and "was drawn to medicine because its practice was central in human society," while his shy mother "had an intense feeling for structure ... for her [medicine] was part of natural history and biology." For young Oliver, unhappy at the brutal boarding school he was sent to during the war, and afraid that he would become mentally ill like his older brother, chemistry was a refuge in an uncertain world. He would outgrow his passion for metals and become a neurologist, but as readers of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat know, he would never leave behind his conviction that science is a profoundly human endeavor. --Wendy Smith Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and bestselling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals–also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded.

    In Uncle Tungsten we meet Sacks’ extraordinary family, from his surgeon mother (who introduces the fourteen-year-old Oliver to the art of human dissection) and his father, a family doctor who imbues in his son an early enthusiasm for housecalls, to his “Uncle Tungsten,” whose factory produces tungsten-filament lightbulbs. We follow the young Oliver as he is exiled at the age of six to a grim, sadistic boarding school to escape the London Blitz, and later watch as he sets about passionately reliving the exploits of his chemical heroes–in his own home laboratory. Uncle Tungsten is a crystalline view of a brilliant young mind springing to life, a story of growing up which is by turns elegiac, comic, and wistful, full of the electrifying joy of discovery. Category: Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Chemistry
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  • Love in the Storm (bundle of four contemporary romances) by Samantha ChaseKristi Avalon Rachel Curtis Noelle Adams



    While the storm rages...enemies become lovers, broken hearts are mended, and passion is set free.

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams team with Kristi Avalon and Rachel Curtis to bring you Love in the Storm, a bundle of four storm-themed contemporary romances. Offered at a bargain price for a limited time (regularly priced at $3.99).

    In the Eye of the Storm: Holly is trapped in a tropical storm with her sexy, demanding boss, but she doesn't know if he wants only a weekend of passion or if he wants her forever.

    The Tycoon's Seductive Revenge: Carter wants revenge on Ellie for breaking his heart and for her family's poor treatment of him, until a storm brings their long-held feelings to the surface.

    Storm Front: Forced to ride out the storm with Michael for two passionate days, Allison tells him one lie, but the truth threatens to destroy their newly reunited hearts in the aftermath.

    One Night in the Ice Storm: Years ago, David took Rachel's virginity and broke her heart. She might be trapped with him during an ice storm, but she won't fall for him again. Category: Romance > Anthologies
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  • Tarot Twist: 78 New Tarot Reading Methods by Katz MarcusGoodwin Tali



    Twist your Tarot with 78 innovative spreads and methods from award-winning tarot authors Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin! Learn how to create your own unique spreads from any question to provide truly profound readings for yourself, friends, family or paying clients! Learn to converse with the cards themselves and predict the timing of events. Learn an incredible range of methods an use the Tarot for spiritual self-discovery and regular fortune-telling and divination!

    Learn to combine Runes, Astrology, Tarot and the I-Ching together for a Grand Quadrangle Reading! Discover Alchemical readings, spreads to learn from mistakes, face your fears, and gain self-knowledge.

    In this this second workbook of the exclusive and innovative Tarosophy® KickStart series, you will take your Tarot alphabet and turn it into a whole new language!

    Here's just a few of the 78 totally original methods presented in this innovative book, suitable for all levels and backgrounds:

    The Settler, Warrior, Nomad Spread: Using the Power of three Tribes to divine how to deal with a tricky situation.
    The What to Do Spread (Next Step Method): An innovative method answering the question following a reading, “So what do I do?”

    Climb Inside Your Spread: How to really get inside the spread and discover more than you first saw!

    The Negative Confessions Spread: A Test and Purification of your Soul through Tarot.

    The GO Method : A method for divining how two parties will develop together for better or worse.

    The Stairway to Heaven Spread [Narrative Method]: A Narrative spread of Tarosophy® for divining the nature of our own spiritual ascent.

    And more than 70 other methods covering every aspect of Tarot, questions, timing and more!
    Category: Religion & Spirituality > New Age
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