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This novel weaves together the elements of romance, love, fantasy, and whimsy for a read that is both enchanting and entertaining. Imagine a strange “circus” that mysteriously moves from one location to another, in far cities and countries, and opens only at night. Add two young people, Celia and Marco, competing in a game for which they have been trained since youth, a variety of circus performers and other interesting characters, and a story line that moves back and forth between reality and something quite different. There is something about the circus that stirs the soul and creates an electricity in the air. From the first page, you will step into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars.
Do you want to laugh out loud? This audiobook featuring Stephanie Plum, read by Lorelei King, is definitely not for the prudish, so stick to something safer if you're easily offended. Bounty hunter Stephanie has skipped through 16 other books before this one. The plot is familiar - dead bodies, explosions, and her confusion over the very sexy Ranger versus Italian high school sweetheart turned detective Joseph Morelli. The antics of hooker turned bounty hunter Lula and Stephanie's outrageous gun-toting grandmother Mazur keep the story lively. There are murders to solve, and this time the murderer is dedicating his victims to Stephanie. Has mom finally found the perfect man for Stephanie - he cooks! Listen or read (regular or large print)
With an amazing degree of maturity and acceptance, Jaycee Dugard shares her story of endurance, allowing readers to step into her shoes and re-live first hand her shocking experience of being kidnapped at age 12 to her escape 18 years later with her two daughters, fathered by her kidnapper. Her reflections on her living conditions, the desire to educate herself and her daughters, her feelings toward her kidnapper and his wife, her desire to know the outside world, and her struggle to remember her family and keep a positive attitude are told with candor. She shares her struggles of adapting to the unfamiliar world she enters upon her escape, her reunion with family and friends, and her search for normalcy
This audiobook set (7 discs) is read by Alan Sklar, who has an excellent reading voice. Your impressions of many presidents will change after hearing of life from the Secret Service Agent's viewpoint. The Bush families, with the exception of adventurous twin teenage daughters Jenna and Barbara, treated them well, but other presidents' interactions with those who are to take a bullet for them will surprise you. The book serves also as a history of the Secret Service. You will learn that agents work long hours, and were treated poorly by both the agency and some of the presidents. It's a fascinating story to read or listen to, and next time you see them on TV, you'll have a new respect for the men and women of the Secret Service.
The Young and the Digital follows the migration to social networks while pointing out the pros and cons of living in a tech savvy environment. Teens and Young Adults spoke candidly with the author about their online presence and the digital footprints they are creating. Readers may be interested in learning how members of the first generation to be considered "digital natives" view the internet, e-mail, instant messaging, and social networking sites.
Developmental Psychologist and Author Susan Engel has created a guide to identify the most accurate predictors of a child's future success.This is a good resource for parents as well as individuals who work with children and families in professional capacities. Engel draws heavily from traditional research in the field of child development and then presents her message in a straightforward manner, giving readers easy to understand, practical examples of effective behavioral analyses. Engels overall message, that adults should support children to be the best of who they are rather than who they may want them to be, will definitely resonate with readers who care about children.
Christine wakes in a strange bedroom. How did she get there and who is that man asleep. Carefully dressing she glances in the mirror and stares at that woman looking back. She has wrinkles. Christine is bewildered by what she sees. The man wakes and explains that she suffers with amnesia. Each night of sleep erases Christine’s memory. Her husband, Ben, patiently explains again who he is and how she arrived in that house. An accident in her late twenties has erased her memory until she starts to work with a new doctor and to write daily in her journal. The writing triggers memories that recall pieces of her life. Is Ben being truthful and why hasn’t he told her more. Why did she write, “Don’t trust Ben?”
This book is especially meaningful if you are a fan of the show Pawn Stars on the History Channel. Rick Harrison, his father "Old Man”, Rick’s son Corey “Big Hoss” and family friend Russell Austin “Chumlee” are the colorful characters who run the 24-hour Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in a quasi-seedy part of Las Vegas. Saints they are not, and some have had drug problems and brushes with the law. Several of them have come back from rock bottom and with the popularity of the show, become TV celebrities. There are many surprises in the book, especially about Rick. Anything and everything comes in the door for pawn or sale. Customers range from nuns to hookers, billionaries to the flat broke. There is profanity, but it's still a page turner.
This book introduces readers to the "Princess in Pink" culture and offers a thought provoking look at the commercialization of our society. Parents who are curious about the impact of marketing campaigns on their children will find Orensteins research eye opening, if not anger inducing, as she describes efforts by internationally recognized corporations to capture not only the tween/teen market but the preschool market as well. The book also discusses the impact of social media on todays teens.
In 1920, Hadley Richardson, a quiet 28 yr. old from St. Louis, meets 21 yr. old Ernest Hemingway, aspiring writer, while visiting friends in Chicago. The two are smitten, she finding love at last, and he finding his “ideal” woman and muse. They marry and on advice from a friend, move to Paris to advance Ernest’s writing career, becoming part of the “expatriate” crowd with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. As Ernest embraces the hard-drinking, fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, Hadley strives to keep her traditional values of marriage and family. Following the birth of their son, Bumby, a friend’s ultimate betrayal creates a crisis in their marriage, threatening the life they have built together.
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