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Garrett is a human detective in the fantastical city of TunFaire. And now he s getting tangled up in the worst sort of laws... In-...laws. Garrett is set to stow his wandering heart with his fiancée, Strafa Algarda. But for Garrett, even true love comes with its share of headaches namely, the Algarda family. Strafa s family needs Garrett s unique skills in the worst way. Rumors are spreading that someone is organizing a Tournament of Swords a brutal contest that magically compels the children of sorcerers to battle until only one is left alive. The winner will absorb the power from those he has killed and thus become a demigod. Strafa and her family want to protect her daughter, Kevans, from being forced to take part in the lethal contest...and they ve asked Garrett to find out who is organizing the tournament and nip it in the bud. The only problem is that finding the culprit is most likely impossible. But the Algardas are used to getting what they want.... ISBN-13: 9780451465238 Publisher: Roc Publication date: 7/2/2013 Series:Garrett, P. I. Series , #14 Format: Mass Market Paperback Pages: 496 Sales rank: 61,941 Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.50 (d) read more

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THE BOOK BEHIND THE THIRD SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO. Here is the third volume in George R. R. Marti...n s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction. A STORM OF SWORDS Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. . . . But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . . . read more

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A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO. Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A C...lash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction. A GAME OF THRONES Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones. read more

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE In the aftermath of a colossal battle, Daenerys Targaryen rules wit...h her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way east with new allies who may not be the ragtag band they seem. And in the frozen north, Jon Snow confronts creatures from beyond the Wall of ice and stone, and powerful foes from within the Night s Watch. In a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics lead a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, to the greatest dance of all. Don t miss the thrilling sneak peek of George R. R. Martin s A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Six, The Winds of Winter read more

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Can I get a cavity filled while pregnant? Will avoiding spicy foods make my kid a picky eater? Can I really increase my baby s IQ ...while she s in utero? Whether you re pregnant for the first time, are trying to start your family, or already have enough children to start your own basketball team, you re bound to have questions about what it means to be pregnant and how you can increase your odds of having a healthy and happy pregnancy. But no matter how much you ve read, watched, studied, or talked about this amazing biological journey, you have never read anything like this. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz act as mythbusters for the hundreds of questions surrounding pregnancy in the same scientific, informative, and entertaining ways that have made them America s Doctors. In these pages, you ll learn everything you need to know about the miracles of fetal development, your health throughout the pregnancy, and providing the best possible environment for your growing child. Pregnancy is a complicated balancing act, but it doesn t have to be frightening. The doctors will help you de-stress as they describe accurately and rationally what happens during a thrilling nine months of life. While every pregnant body is different, odds are you ll experience some of the cravings, crying, and discomfort that almost all women go through. Your best tactic? Learn why these things are happening and what you should do about them. YOU: Having a Baby will teach you everything you need to know about what to eat (should I be eating for two?), how much to exercise, and what guilty pleasures will actually make pregnancy easier on you(and the loved ones who get to be around you for the whole thing). Each phase of pregnancy has different challenges, but the right information will prepare you for what s ahead. The interactive week-by-week calendar inside provides an even more detailed guideline for how and what you should feel through every step of the process. Exciting, cutting-edge scientific research in the fi eld of epigenetics has changed the way the medical profession looks at pregnancy, and now it can change your perspective, too. Epigenetics explores what makes us develop in certain ways why some people thrive at math while others are prone to chronic diseases. It turns out that there are easy things you can do that will not just help your baby s development in utero but will actually improve his or her chances of living a healthy, fulfi lling adult life. Filled with recipes for nutritious, satisfying snacks and meals even Pop can cook (yes, he can!), safe exercises for staying fit, and tons of YOU tips that will help you stay comfortable, YOU: Having a Baby is the ultimate guidebook for what to do from the moment of conception to the weeks after your child has arrived home. From morning sickness and food cravings to choosing a doctor and changing a diaper, YOU: Having a Baby will give you the real scoop about what s in store for you during this amazing time in your life. read more

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To give birth to her "chap," demon-mother Mia has usurped the body of Susannah Dean and used the power of Black Thirteen to transp...ort to New York City in the summer of 1999. The city is strange to Susannah...and terrifying to the "daughter of none" who shares her body and mind. Saving the Tower depends not only on rescuing Susannah but also on securing the vacant lot Calvin Tower owns before he loses it to the Sombra Corporation. Enlisting the aid of Manni senders, the remaining ka-tet climbs to the Doorway Cave...and discovers that magic has its own mind. It falls to the boy, the billy bumbler, and the fallen priest to find Susannah-Mia, who in a struggle to cope -- with each other and with an alien environment -- "go todash" to Castle Discordia on the border of End-World. In that forsaken place, Mia reveals her origins, her purpose, and her fierce desire to mother whatever creature the two of them have carried to term. Eddie and Roland, meanwhile, tumble into western Maine in the summer of 1977, a world that should be idyllic but isn t. For one thing, it is real, and the bullets are flying. For another, it is inhabited by the author of a novel called Salem s Lot, a writer who turns out to be as shocked by them as they are by him. ISBN-13: 9780594495406 Publisher: Scribner Publication date: 4/5/2005 Pages: 448 Sales rank: 35,286 Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d) read more

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Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon, The Magicians, from the author ...of the #1 bestselling Magician s Land. Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory a fictional utopia was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring. Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they d hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia s illicitly-learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth. read more

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Every year, four million women experience the joy of pregnancy along with backaches, indigestion, sore feet, and difficulty sleepi...ng. And after baby arrives, that persistent postpartum belly. Now proven relief is here. From Elaine Petrone, author of The Miracle Ball Method, with over 1.1 million copies in print, comes The Miracle Ball Method for Pregnancy, a program designed to help women deal with the pains, stress, and physical changes of pregnancy, and then help them regain a flat belly afterward. Elaine Petrone, a former dancer who created the original Miracle Ball Method to heal herself after suffering a career-ending injury, developed The Miracle Ball Method for Pregnancy after her own high-risk pregnancy with twins. A complete kit containing two squishy miracle balls and a fully illustrated instruction book, the Miracle Ball Method works because it s the un-exercise: muscles relax and become supple enough to allow the body to realign and reshape. The program starts with how to breathe properly, and why focusing on exhalation strengthens the diaphragm and relieves anxiety and fatigue. There are movements for specific problem areas Neck on the Ball, the Rib Cage Side Stretch and whole-body moves like Standing Body Hang Over. There are also variations to use in later months, when it s no longer advised to lie flat on your back. The final exercises help reshape the body after birth, plus address labor, breastfeeding, and carrying a new baby around, now on the outside. read more

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Since 1990, when Robert Jordan s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have bee...n anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty-two languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind. Edited by Jordan s widow, who edited all of Jordan s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan s legions of readers. The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, May yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. read more

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In the 3rd book of the #4 New York Times best-selling Neverwinter Saga, Drizzt draws his swords once more to aid his friends. His ...lover, Dahlia Sin felle, can speak of nothing but the moment she will face the Netherese lord Herzgo Alegni once again. Drizzt has already followed a trail of vengeance beside Dahlia. Can he justify one more battle to settle a grudge he does not understand? Artemis Entreri too seeks vengeance. He offers to aid Dahlia in her mission to destroy Alegni. But Charon s Claw, Alegni s sentient sword, dominates Entreri s movements if not his mind. And then there s the way Entreri looks at Dahlia. Can Drizzt trust his old foe? Praise for the Neverwinter Saga: “Emotional, respectful of its characters, intelligently written and structured, and finally summons a sense of nostalgic sorrow throughout”–Fantasy Book Review on Gauntlgrym, Neverwinter Saga Book I “Full of excitement. Salvatore has mastered the art of showing a beautiful fight scene, and he is at the top of his game in this one. We meet many characters with many different fighting styles, and Salvatore does a great job of distinguishing between them. He manages to take these scenes from so much more than just a fight scene, to an integral part of the story.” The SFF Hub on Gauntlgrym, Neverwinter Saga Book I “A quick read with some very satisfying fight scenes. It s also deeply layered with emotional atmosphere” California Literary Review on Gauntlgrym, Neverwinter Saga Book I read more

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The first book explained how the Governor was created; this thrilling sequel to The New York Times bestseller further reveals his ...ruthless, inhuman conquest of Woodbury The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. At first, Woodbury seems like a perfect sanctuary. Squatters barter services for food, people have roofs over their heads, and the barricade expands, growing stronger every day. Best of all, a mysterious self-proclaimed leader named Philip Blake keeps the citizens in line. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. . . . Blake, who has recently begun to call himself The Governor, has disturbing ideas about law and order. Ultimately, Lilly and a band of rebels open up a Pandora s box of mayhem and destruction when they challenge The Governor s reign . . . and the road to Woodbury becomes the highway to hell in this riveting follow-up to Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga s New York Times bestselling The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor. read more

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Hundreds of North America s most amazing places and events to take your children are featured in this 320-page full color coffee-t...able book. From the Statue of Liberty to Alcatraz, with stops in every state as well as Canada and Mexico, this book presents captivating photos and interesting text, highlighting the most impressive features and providing fascinating tidbits. read more

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In the 1920s and 30s, H.P. Lovecraft pioneered a new type of weird fiction that fused elements of supernatural horror with the co...ncepts of visionary science fiction. Lovecraft s tales of cosmic horror revolutionized modern horror fiction and earned him the reputation of the most influential American writer of weird tales since Edgar Allan Poe. H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction collects for the first time in a single volume all of Lovecraft s groundbreaking fiction: "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Dreams in the Witch House," "The Haunter of the Dark," "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Shadow out of Time," "The Shadow over Innsmouth," the full-length novels the Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, and many others. H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction is one of Barnes and Noble s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world s greatest authors in exquisitely designed bonded-leather bindings with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensible cornerstone for any home library. read more

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Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the stor...y of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind s most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award for Best Novel, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Dune is one of Barnes and Noble s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world s greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library. read more

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When the young age Arthur pulls from the stone an embedded sword that none of the knights of the kingdom can budge, his future as ...the King of England is foretold. This imaginative retelling of the classic Arthurian legends recounts the story of Arthur s formation of the Knights of the Round Table, his securing of the enchanted sword Excalibur, and his wooing of the Lady Guinevere. Included as well are the legends of Sir Pelleas, the story of Sir Gawaine s pursuit of the White Hart, and tales of Merlin the magician, Morgana Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and many others. One of the best-loved classics of children s literature, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights is magnificently illuminated with artwork of Howard Pyle that brings the pomp and pageantry of Camelot magically to life. This exquisite full-color edition features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive gilded edging, and decorative endpapers. It s a book that will be cherished by readers of all ages. read more

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Beowulf, by Anonymous, is part of the Barnes and Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the ...student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes and Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices and Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes and Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works. Widely regarded as the first true masterpiece of English literature, Beowulf describes the thrilling adventures of a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. Its lyric intensity and imaginative vitality are unparalleled, and the poem has greatly influenced many important modern novelists and poets, most notably J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings. Part history and part mythology, Beowulf opens in the court of the Danish king where a horrible demon named Grendel devours men in their sleep every night. The hero Beowulf arrives and kills the monster, but joy turns to horror when Grendel s mother attacks the hall to avenge the death of her son. Ultimately triumphant, Beowulf becomes king himself and rules peacefully for fifty years until, one dark day, a foe more powerful than any he has yet faced is aroused an ancient dragon guarding a horde of treasure. Once again, Beowulf must summon all his strength and courage to face the beast, but this time victory exacts a terrible price. New translation by John McNamara. Features an original map and genealogy chart. John McNamara is Professor of English at the University of Houston, where he teaches the early languages and literatures of England, Scotland, and Ireland, with a special focus on their oral traditions. He is the co-editor of Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs. read more

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Dark Horse Books and Nintendo team up to bring you The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, containing an unparalleled collection of ...historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer of Donkey Kong, Mario, and The Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link s adventures from the creators themselves! As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga Akira Himekawa! read more

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At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren t taught history, geography, or mathematics they ar...e taught to persuade. Students learn to use language to manipulate minds, wielding words as weapons. The very best graduate as “poets,” and enter a nameless organization of unknown purpose. Whip-smart runaway Emily Ruff is making a living from three-card Monte on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization s recruiters. Drawn in to their strage world, which is populated by people named Brontë and Eliot, she learns their key rule: That every person can be classified by personality type, his mind segmented and ultimately unlocked by the skilful application of words. For this reason, she must never allow another person to truly know her, lest she herself be coerced. Adapting quickly, Emily becomes the school s most talented prodigy, until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love. Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Parke is brutally ambushed by two men in an airport bathroom. They claim he is the key to a secret war he knows nothing about, that he is an “outlier,” immune to segmentation. Attempting to stay one step ahead of the organization and its mind-bending poets, Wil and his captors seek salvation in the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, which, if ancient stories are true, sits above an ancient glyph of frightening power. A brilliant thriller that traverses very modern questions of privacy, identity, and the rising obsession of data-collection, connecting them to centuries-old ideas about the power of language and coercion, Lexicon is Max Barry s most ambitious and spellbinding novel yet. read more

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THE FINAL SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVEL There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie and could... destroy her heart.... Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated. Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime. But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough… read more

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?One of the best books ever on the experience of being a mother.? Boston Sunday Globe Anne Enright was married for eighteen years ...before she and her husband started having children. Already a confident, successful novelist, Enright continued to work after each of her two children was born; while each baby slept, those first two years of life, Enright wrote in dispatches about the mess, the glory, and the raw shock of motherhood. Supremely observant and endlessly quizzical, Enright ?has pulled off that rarest of tricks: writing brilliantly about happiness? (Sunday Times). ISBN-13: 9780393338287 Publisher: Norton, W. W. and Company, Inc. Publication date: 4/29/2013 Pages: 208 Sales rank: 260,197 Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d) read more

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?Imaginative ways to raise healthy, happy families.? Healthy Kids magazine ?A great source for parents and educators. The book he...lps children build character and promote positive self-esteem. The ideas, activities and suggestions are invaluable.? Creative Classroom magazine (Children s Television Workshop) As every parent knows, raising confident, respectful, and well-behaved kids takes a little creativity and a whole lot of love. While the love comes naturally, sometimes parents need a little guidance in finding creative ways to bring out the best in their children. In 365 Ways to Raise Confident Kids, parenting experts Barbara Ann Barnett and Sheila Ellison provide you with practical, tried-and-true advice and creative activities designed to help kids discover their personal strengths and talents, hone their problem-solving skills, and develop an awareness of the needs of others. Inside you ll find 365 ways to encourage your kids to: • Be resourceful, imaginative, and self-reliant • Develop high self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth • Communicate effectively and feel comfortable expressing feelings and needs • Build positive character traits including courage, honesty, patience, responsibility, tolerance, and self-discipline • Cope with hard times and challenges • Forge strong bonds with family members • Enjoy life and develop a healthy sense of humor 365 Ways to Raise Confident Kids offers an abundance of practical activities for every day of the year that are sure to entertain your little ones while nurturing their self-esteem, imagination, and creative genius! read more

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Whether your child is two or thirty-two, The 7 Worst Things Good Parents Do will help you navigate the ins and outs of parenthood.... Written by two practicing psychologists and parents of three grown children, this book provides thorough, practical ways to approach everyday situations, and will help you develop a strong, healthy, and vibrant foundation for your child. The structured advice offered in this book is a result of years of personal and professional experience. Although parenting is an intricate and involved undertaking, you should never make the following seven basic mistakes: Small changes yield big results, and, as The 7 Worst Things Good Parents Do demonstrates, where there is a will, there is a way. read more

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Children need love. Parents need respect. It is as simple and complex as that! When frustrated with an unresponsive child, a paren...t doesn t declare, “You don t love me.” Instead the parent asserts, “You are being disrespectful right now.” A parent needs to feel respected, especially during conflicts. When upset a child does not whine, “You don t respect me.” Instead, a child pouts, “You don t love me.” A child needs to feel loved, especially during disputes. But here s the rub: An unloved child (or teen) negatively reacts in a way that feels disrespectful to a parent. A disrespected parent negatively reacts in a way that feels unloving to the child. This dynamic gives birth to the FAMILY CRAZY CYCLE. So how is one to break out of this cycle? Best-selling author Emerson Eggerichs has studied the family dynamic for more than 30 years, having his Ph.D. in Child and Family Ecology. As a senior pastor for nearly two decades, Eggerichs builds on a foundation of strong biblical principles, walking the reader through an entirely new way to approach the family dynamic. For instance, God reveals ways to defuse the craziness with our children from preschooler to teen, plus how to motivate them to obey and how to deal with them when they don t. In the Bible, God has spoken specifically to parents on how to parent. This book is about that revelation. read more

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101 Things Every Kid Should Do is a fun-filled user s guide to skill-sharpening activities that the whole family can enjoy. Its ch...apters are chock-full of helpful advice and practical suggestions on how you can enjoy these games and projects with your children. Each of the carefully selected activities is designed to: Sharpen cognitive and creative skills Expose your child to new things Nurture the imagination Support independent thinking Provide a fun experience for you and your child Whether your child is two or twelve, this book is ideal for creating positive, memorable experiences that will last a lifetime. read more

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This is the book that every grandparent (or parent) has always meant to write for their children.... but has never found the time ...to do so. In short, John D. Spooner has been carefully crafted a series of essential life lessons that every young person just out of college or high school needs to read before they embark upon their own life s adventures. Told in friendly and reassuring tones, Spooner relates wonderful stories to illustrate and gently guide the next generation of what they can expect when searching for a job, how to know if you ve found the right spouse, insights on how to plan for one s financial future, how the internet has changed our lives, dealing with adversity in life, and much, more more. NO ONE EVER TOLD US THAT condenses all of this key information into one volume - and it s presented in a clear-eyed way that only a loving grandparent can. For decades, John D. Spooner has been one of America s leading financial advisors. Now, as his own grandchildren are on the frightening cusp of adulthood, Spooner has chosen to impart his wisdom to them and to readers everywhere in the form of old-fashioned letters. ISBN-13: 9781455511570 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Publication date: 1/14/2014 Pages: 256 read more

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At last! Here s a mommy-friendly pregnancy cookbook that won t make you feel guilty when you want a chocolate chip cookie. Isn t i...t enough you have swollen ankles, gas, and heartburn? You deserve to satisfy those cravings and have a little fun reading the dozens of "Pregnancy Survival Tips" and wise words scattered thoughout from other women who have been there too. Organized by trimester and their associated food issues, all of these recipes will please your taste buds and promote the health of your baby. Try a snack of Mommy s Fruit Salad to fill you up without blowing you up; a Quease-Busting Dip you will surely be able to keep down when all else fails, and Aunts Bon s Bread-and-Butter Pickles when the ice-cream you ve just gobbled up seems to cry for company. From sweet tastes to tart, comfort foods and treats - especially a thick and creamy shake on a hot summer day - you ll find the recipes and advice in this book will give you a happy and healthy start on the road to motherhood. read more

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Psychologist and family counselor Steve Biddulph has been hailed as a "childhood guru" (The Guardian) and a "publishing phenomenon..." (the Times, London), and this is his landmark book, the foundation for his major international reputation. With unparalleled clarity, common sense, and warmth, The Secret of Happy Children instructs all parents about parent-child communication from babyhood to teens. It gives parents confidence to be more themselves as parents stronger, more loving, more definite, more relaxed. Biddulph reveals what is really happening inside kids minds and what to do about it. He covers a wide variety of issues important to a child s and a parent s happiness, including stopping tantrums before they begin, curing shyness, the link between food and behavior, and much more. Parents will find themselves letting go of old, negative approaches and freeing up more energy to enjoy their kids and their own lives. read more

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There is no greater gift in life than having a daughter. She can light up your days with her smile, touch the deepest part of your... being with her sweetness, and bring you more happiness than you ever thought possible. You love her for so many reasons, and there is nothing you wouldn¹t do for her. This book is filled with heartfelt poems and reflections on what makes a daughter so special. It holds the magic and memories of days gone by, as well as dreams and wishes for those yet to come. Daughters will want to keep this close so they can read it any time they need a little reminder of just how incredible they are. If your heart could speak, these are the words it would say and the feelings it would impart. There Is So Much to Love About You... Daughter captures the wonder, the delight, and the incredible love that come with having a daughter. It¹s a beautiful way to let your daughter know that she is in your heart forever. read more

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In 2003, bestselling author and relationship expert Michele Weiner Davis groundbreaking book, The Sex-Starved Marriage described ...the problems that occur in marriage when one spouse is vastly more interested in sex than the other and more importantly, what the couple could do to fix things. The book created quite a stir, but no one expected what happened next. Weiner Davis was flooded with e-mails, letters, and phone calls from women, not with "headaches" and other predictable excuses for avoiding sex, but from women who were desperately unhappy because their husbands weren t the least bit interested in sex. Nothing these women said or did got their men to understand the pain and isolation that comes from a sexual void, and despite heartfelt pleas, they were unable to convince their husbands to seek professional help. Add to this the unspoken taboo about discussing low libido in men, and these women were left to believe that they were the only ones dealing with this problem. If this sounds like your situation, Weiner Davis wants to tell you that you are not alone, and it is not your fault: there is a whole host of reasons why your husband might be experiencing low desire. Although Weiner Davis explains reasons men lose interest in sex biological issues, personal troubles, and relationship problems she s convinced that understanding the cause of a problem won t make your sex life any juicier; doing something about it will. The Sex-Starved Wife gives you the tools you need to present the information in the book so that your husband will not become defensive. You ll even learn methods for overcoming sexual dysfunctions such as performance anxiety, premature ejaculation, and effective ways for dealing with pornography or infidelity. If you and your spouse need additional support, Weiner Davis offers concrete advice on how to get your man to visit his doctor or seek other professional help. When it comes to marriage, Weiner Davis has seen it all. She knows how important loving, satisfying sex is to a healthy marriage. The straightforward, psychobabble-free advice in this book will help you create the intimacy and connection for which you ve been longing. ISBN-13: 9781616795269 Publisher: Simon and Schuster Adult Publishing Group Publication date: 1/1/2008 Pages: 240 Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d) read more

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Repackaged in a colorful, eye-catching jacket, this bestselling, inspirational quote book makes the perfect gift for the special p...eople in our lives. "Husbands come and go; children come and eventually they go. Friends grow up and move away. But the one thing that s never lost is your sister." Gail Sheehy It is often said that you can choose your friends but you can t choose your family. For those of us lucky enough to have sisters, SISTERS ARE SPECIAL shares the joy of this special relationship. No doubt, there are times when we ve hated our sisters they borrowed our clothes and never returned them; they acted as if they were smarter just because they were older, or they made fun of us in front of our friends. But our sisters often understood us when no one else did, and they were always there in the hard times to support us. SISTERS ARE SPECIAL is a loving tribute to those who play a unique role in our lives. Filled with anecdotes, poems, and quotes from the famous to the unknown, this book is a perfect gift for these very special people. read more

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A perfect gift book with humorous, inspiring, heartwarming, and always loving words about that most special of women mothers! Incl...udes anecdotes, proverbs, quotes all both funny and profound. read more

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Every year roughly 2.3 million high school students take the SAT; of those, however, only 650 students on average achieve a perfec...t score of 1600. Such a statistic raises obvious questions: Who are these kids? What are they like? And how do they do it? In a new landmark study, educator and executive recruiter Tom Fischgrund became the first researcher ever granted comprehensive access to these high academic achievers by the College Board, the body that administers the SAT. Weaving together in-depth interviews with perfect-score students, insights from their parents, and exclusive College Board data, in 1600 Perfect Score he reveals the 7 secrets that separate the cream from the crop. Packed with intriguing case studies and practical advice -- and tips from the 1600 scorers themselves -- this essential book brings hard data and a new, more human perspective to one of the greatest challenges parents everywhere face: how to make sure their children have the best chance to thrive in high school, college, and beyond. read more

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Funny, warm, poignant, and inspiring, this lovely gift book celebrates mothers in fine art reproductions and quotations. The well-...chosen words, from sources as diverse as Anne Morrow Lindbergh, President John F. Kennedy, and Erma Bombeck, take the reader on a journey through pregnancy, infancy, friendship, and personal reflection. The accompanying art, featuring 46 touching images of mothers and children, is drawn from the world s finest galleries and museums. read more

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Everyone has had a mother, and most of us would admit that these women have profoundly affected our lives. The Quotable Mom gather...s together some of the wisest and most memorable words ever written or spoken about and by the women who gave birth to us. This well-rounded volume includes quotes from individuals as diverse as Mick Jagger, Ann Landers, Mother Teresa, and Beatrix Potter. This gem of a book makes the perfect gift for any mother or grandmother. read more

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The transition from teenager to adult can be a hard one. With the academic and social pressures that accompany these transformativ...e years, teens on the brink of adulthood often find it difficult to negotiate this challenging time. Written by psychologists John and Linda Friel, authors of the best-selling The 7 Worst Things Good Parents Do, The 7 Best Things Smart Teens Do addresses the unique challenges faced by teens as they navigate the often rocky road to adulthood. This book offers real-life stories and practical advice designed to stimulate the mind as well as the heart, with a focus on seven specific life skills that will help teens overcome any challenge. With the help of this book, teens will learn to: Become competent Master feelings Break the silence Learn to make things happen Face the serious stuff Find an identity Learn to stake out the extremes The 7 Best Things Smart Teens Do is a practical guide to developing and attaining the confidence, wisdom, and maturity needed for a successful future. read more

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Many theories have been proposed to explain the widespread pattern of men sabotaging relationships--it happens to women who offer ...too much love; it is the result of men s secret hatred of women; it is caused by today s permissive values. None of these theories are sufficient, because they fail to acknowledge the obvious confusion that also exists within the man. Many men are commitmentphobic, and are in serious conflict with themselves. They do want love, but for important reasons they are terrified of commitment and will run away from any relationship that makes them feel trapped. Many of them suffer tremendous guilt and regret because of their hasty retreats, and yet they seem compelled to withdraw. Using the research from hundreds of interviews with men who can t commit and the women who have been involved with them, Men Who Can t Love examines this growing problem. It explains why so many men choose to wlk away from love, why so many married men are unfaithful, why so many men don t call back, and why a man s terror can be so great that it can overpower his love and attraction towards a woman who loves him. The book also advises women on how to recognize the pattern in a man early on, and how to deal with it. Every woman who wants a table relationship, home, or family will probably, at some point, get involved with a commitmentphobic man. Men Who Can t Love will show women how to do the following: identify a man who can t love before getting involved with him determine if the man can ever change, and if he s worth the trouble undo his fears before they get out of control stop him before he runs away from love In today s chaotic world of relationships, any woman who wants a steady partner risks involving herself with a commitmentphobic man--and suffering the heartbreak he brings. Men Who Can t Love is every woman s best defense. read more

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Here are just a few of the ideas in this book that parents have actually used to make life with young children easier: Childproofi...ng: Keep a rubber band around the toilet tissue roll to prevent waste and clogged toilets due to "flushing fascination." Drape a towel over the top of the bathroom door to keep children from shutting it tightly and locking themselves in. Tantrums: Listen. Acknowledge the source of frustration. Whisper in your child s ear. The screaming may stop or turn into a giggle. Disappear into another room. You ll feel better and the tantrum will lose steam. Hair care: Sit your child in a high chair to prevent "wandering." Spread a newspaper underneath. Remove gum from hair with peanut butter. Work it into the hair and then comb out both gum and peanut butter. Lansky, a Family Circle columnist and bestselling author, has added over 400practical, parent-tested ideas to this popular backlist bestseller to make itthe most complete and up-to-date book of its kind. read more

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If your daughter has ever come home from school upset because her friends didn t walk with her to lunch, if she has wanted to stay... home or has run up to her room in tears and won t tell you why, you may need this book. These may seem like minor problems - who cares about notes passed behind your back, or a nasty look, or a party you re not invited to - but they aren t, and they can have a lasting effect on a girl s-esteem. In fact, as Rachel Simmons shows in Odd Girl Out, the secret world of girls aggression is just as harmful as the aggression of boys, but it s harder to recognize. Girls are not encouraged to express their anger, and so it goes underground. The importance of relationships to women has long been understood. For girls, losing friends or becoming the object of a clique s derision can be devastating. Yet most teachers don t have time to notice and cope with the problem, and parents feel frustrated and hopeless in combating it. Every generation has struggled with this, and often parents still hold on to their own memories of suffering, making it more difficult when the time comes to help their children. Now, Odd Girl Out shines the light of understanding on the secret lives of girls. By articulating the dynamics of this behavior, she helps us see where it comes from and offers parents and teachers ways in which to help our daughters. read more

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According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world s only completely accurate book of prophecies, wri...tten in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon both of whom have lived amongst Earth s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . . read more

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Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in by the FIB to help in...vestigate, former witch-turned-day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: others want to create their own demons, and to do so they need her blood. She s faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more but this time Rachel s toughest challenge might be humanity itself. ISBN-13: 9780061957901 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 9/25/2012 Series:Rachel Morgan Series , #10 Format: Mass Market Paperback Pages: 560 Sales rank: 56,937 Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d) read more

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In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-...of-the-century New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free. Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale. ISBN-13: 9780062110831 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 4/23/2013 Pages: 486 Sales rank: 25,550 Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d) read more

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The possibilities are endless. (Just be careful what you wish for. . . .) 1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up.... He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man s-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive some say mad, others allege dangerous scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson finds a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever. The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld® creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to an infinity of new worlds. All it takes is a single step. . . . ISBN-13: 9780062068682 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 6/25/2013 Format: Mass Market Paperback Pages: 432 Sales rank: 54,482 Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.20 (d) read more

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Book one of the New York Times?bestselling All Souls trilogy "a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Har...ry Potter and Twilight” (People) Deborah Harkness s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar s depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life, coming from Viking in July 2014. read more

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Your planet has just been destroyed and you re lost in the space-time continuum, but Don t Panic! Just thumb your way to the end o...f the universe for a nice cuppa tea with the help of The Ultimate Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, your Baedeker for intergalactic zaniness. Featuring all five novels in Douglas Adams s beloved Hitchhiker s series The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; Mostly Harmless and the bonus short story “Young Zaphod Plays It Safe,” this omnibus provides you with the perfect itinerary for sightseeing across the universe, from the beginning to the end of time. Along the way you ll meet paranoid robots, avert Armageddon (more than once!), and learn the answer to the ultimate question concerning life, the universe, and everything even though you ll never learn what the question is. So strap in, get ready for lift-off, and prepare yourself for comedy on a cosmic scale. The Ultimate Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy is one of Barnes and Noble s Collectible Edition contemporary classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world s greatest authors in exquisitely designed bonded-leather bindings with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectable, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for any home library. read more

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The release of George Lucas s Star Wars in 1977 launched an epic saga that has changed how we view science fiction. Experience the... wonder and magic of the Star Wars universe with The Star Wars Trilogy, a collection of the first three Star Wars novels. George Lucas provides an illuminating introduction for each novel. In this collection are: Star Wars: A New Hope by George Lucas The Empire Strikes Back by Donald F. Glut Return of the Jedi by James Kahn The Star Wars Trilogy is a distinguished new addition to Barnes and Noble s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features an exquisitely designed bonded leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensible cornerstone for every home library. read more

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From master thriller writer Michael Crichton: Two imaginative masterpieces of speculative science, full of adventure and larger-th...an-life characters. In Jurassic Park, scientists of today clone dinosaurs of the prehistoric past to serve as attractions in a modern theme park. When a rival biogenetic firm attempts to steal the scientists secret, the stage is set for a nightmare of science and dinosaurs run amok. The Lost World picks up the story six years later, with scientists scrambling to find the jungle island that served as the dinosaur production factory for Jurassic Park. Once again, rivalry and subterfuge combine to create life-threatening dangers for the scientists, who must contend with the rampaging dinosaurs as well as their cutthroat competitors. This volume contains the full text of both of Michael Crichton s bestselling novels. Featuring a beautifully stamped bonded leather cover, gilt edging, colorful endpapers, and a satin-ribbon bookmark, this collectible edition is a fine addition to any home library. read more

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In 1978, Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first pub...lished, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript. Now Stephen King s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand: The Complete And Uncut Edition includes more than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral comlexity of a true epic. For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King s gift. And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival. read more

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“Murakami is like a magician who explains what he s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural... powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it s the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves.” The New York Times Book Review The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 “Q is for ‘question mark. A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomame s and Tengo s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector. A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell s 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers. read more

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