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  • The Mark of Wu -- Book One: Hidden Paths

    by Stephen M Gray
    This first novel in The Mark of Wu series opens as the Spring and Autumn Period of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty devolves toward Warring States Period. \tThe Emperor’s grip on the feudal States is over. Brutal rivalries, both new and old now rule, and military clashes lay waste to those who are unprepared. Some men are driven by pure evil, and States either gain power or die. \tState of Chu soldier Yuan stands on his chariot, reining in his team of eager steeds, anxious for a chance to unlea... more
  • Muay Thai: Peace, at Last

    by Michael Goodison
    Michael Goodison is a writer and a fighter, and in Muay Thai: Peace, At Last, he documents his travelling adventure to Thailand. Battling an ever-present disinterest with the western way of living, Michael throws off the shackles and dares to live, confronting killer cobras and conversing with Buddhist monks as he prepares for a professional fight in one of the most violent martial arts in the world: Muay Thai. From elephants lumbering along the lush mountainsides to the rowdy backpacking scene ... more
  • The Lion and the Lamb: The True Holocaust Story of a Powerful Nazi Leader and a Dutch Resistance Worker

    by Charles Causey
    Stunning new historical account of Hitler's closest male advisor and a brave Hollander woman whose daring faith compels her to hide Jews in a secret room. With years of research into the diaries of the protagonists, Charles Causey's new moral thriller exposes chilling secrets of the Nazi's during the final weeks of the war and chronicles one Christian woman's journey to a death camp for resisting the Gestapo in Holland. Though the book reads like fiction and has been reviewed as riveting, all ch... more
  • The Devil's Throat, or, Robert Louis Stevenson, Detective

    by Joseph Theroux

    It's the Kingdom of Hawaii, 1889. King Kalakaua is on the throne, but secret societies are at work throughout the islands. When renowned volcano painter Jules Tavernier is murdered in his Honolulu studio, Robert Louis Stevenson and his step-son Lloyd Osbourne, his writing partner, investigate their friend's death. A secret royal society seeks to preserve the culture and traditions of the past, while a Chinese opium tong uses murder and larceny to control the islands. Stevenson and Osbourne ar... more

  • Haunted by History: Vol. 1

    by Craig Owens
    Have you ever stayed at a hotel said to be haunted and wondered if its ghost stories are true? Have you ever left a historic hotel feeling certain that you had encountered a ghost? Haunted by History, Volume I, by Craig Owens uncovers little known facts about eight prominent historic hotels in Southern California and the origins behind many of their ghost stories. Not only does his well-documented research separate facts from legends, but Owens also keeps the subject matter interesting by interw... more
  • SUCCESSFUL CHEESEMAKING: Step-by-Step Directions & Photos for Making Nearly Every Type of Cheese

    by Merryl Winstein
    SUCCESSFUL CHEESEMAKING®, Step-by-Step Directions and Photos for Making Nearly Every Type of Cheese, tells both home and artisan cheese makers how to use accurate, traditional and professional methods for making the finest cheeses of cow’s, goat’s, or sheep’s milk, using simple home and artisan equipment. Over 800, clear, step-by-step photos beautifully depict every stage of the process. This 670-page book answers questions you didn’t even know you had! •LEARN how and why the same milk and i... more
  • Jewels of Persia: Exotic Dishes from the Ancient Land

    by sharon b-nejad
    Jewels of Persia is a colourful and vibrant cookbook that showcases 80 beautifully photographed Persian (Iranian) recipes. A background to the relatively unexplored world of Persian food and many photos of the regions of Iran are included in this 240 page book. The recipes are true to the uniquely, elegant Iranian culinary style with its flavours of saffron, dried limes, cinnamon, turmeric and rosewater. The recipes have been written with all cooking skill levels in mind and the ingredients chos... more
  • The Kurdish Bike: A Novel

    by Alesa Lightbourne

    “Courageous teachers wanted to rebuild war-torn nation.”

     

    With her marriage over and life gone flat, Theresa Turner responds to an online ad, and lands at a school in Kurdish Iraq. Befriended by a widow in a nearby village, Theresa is embroiled in the joys and agonies of traditional Kurds, especially the women who survived Saddam’s genocide only to be crippled by age-old restrictions, brutality and honor killings. Theresa’s greatest challenge will be balancing respect for cultura... more

  • The Rusalka Wheel

    by Brooks Mencher

    Helen Oliver discovers an unusual spinning wheel in a Chinatown alley shop. Though the light is poor and the wheel is obscured by a mountain of antique furniture, it seems strangely familiar. She takes a few photos with her cell phone, and tries to buy it with what little money she has. When Helen mysteriously disappears, all that can be found is her purse and phone, discarded amid the trash along San Francisco’s northern piers.

    Realizing the photos are the only clue to San Francisco’s ... more

  • The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover

    by Susan Wittig Albert
    NYT bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to Depression-era Darling, Alabama, where the ladies of the Dahlias, the local garden club, are happy to dig a little dirt! It looks like the music has stopped for Darling's favorite barbershop quartet, the Lucky Four Clovers—just days before the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition. Another unlucky break: a serious foul-up in Darling's telephone system—and not a penny for repairs. And while liquor is legal again, moonshine isn't. Sheriff Buddy... more
  • Playing House in Provence: How Two Americans Became a Little Bit French

    by Mary-Lou Weisman
    The author and her husband love to travel, but they don't like being tourists. They want to explore on their own, at their own pace-- no playing follow-the-leader, plugs in their ears, their eyes trained on a hoisted umbrella. They want to live the authentic local life, shop for food, make friends, and be regulars at their small-town cafe. They want to become so French that even Americans won't like them. As tourists-on-the-loose in a foreign town, they can't resist pausing in front of a realtor... more
  • Rational Creatures

    by Christina Boyd

     

    “But I hate to hear you talking so, like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days.” —PERSUASION

    Jane Austen: True romantic or rational creature? Her novels transport us back to the Regency, a time when well-mannered gentlemen and finely-bred ladies fell in love as they danced at balls and rode in carriages. Yet her heroines, such as Elizabeth Bennet, Anne Elliot, and Elinor Dash... more

  • Hell Is Naked

    by Jean James (& Mary James - co-author)
    One of WARREN ROBERTS’ SWAT cronies once told him a woman would run naked into the street to save her baby, but a man would stop to put on his pants first. It was an interesting thought, an enigma to ride the back of his mind and wait for a time of future analysis. But time plays tricks and sometimes there is no time for analysis, only for action. Action soon takes on a whole new meaning as he embarks on the most embarrassing job he's ever attempted—working undercover as a movie extra. Just one... more
  • Your New Best Friend

    by Jayne Denker
    Jane Austen’s Emma made a habit of meddling in other people’s lives, but Melanie Abbott has turned it into a cottage industry. As “modern American royalty” living in Abbott’s Bay, Massachusetts, a town founded by her ancestor, Melanie Abbott feels it’s her right—even her duty—to employ her uncanny knack for knowing exactly what everyone needs to improve their lives. She eagerly shares her wisdom and insight with her friends and neighbors...whether they ask for it or not. If only Conn Garvey, he... more
  • Growing Gills: How to Find Creative Focus When You’re Drowning in Your Daily Life

    by Jessica Abel
    Focus. Finish. Move on to your next project. You’re a creative person. Even if you have a hard time calling yourself a “writer” or an “artist” in public, making your creative work is core to who you are and how you see the world. You may be harboring a big, ambitious idea for a project. Possibly a lot of them. And it’s killing you. You lie awake thinking about it…and hating yourself for not doing more to make it real. If you feel like you’re floundering in the deep end, and anxiety over th... more
  • Daughter of Aithne (The Silver Web, Book 3)

    by Karin Rita Gastreich

    Betrayed by her own prodigy and accused of treason, Eolyn forges a risky alliance with the ruthless and cunning Mage Corey. As enemies old and new rise to arms, the beleaguered queen of magic prepares for a final, desperate battle to secure her son's throne.

    Across the Furma River, Taesara of Roenfyn is drawn out of seclusion and into an ever-more vicious game of intrigue and war. Subject to the schemes of her uncle and the mysterious ambitions of the wizards of Galia, she fights to ass... more

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