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Almost Paradise

By Corabel Shofner
  • ISBN Code: : 0374303797
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
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A heartfelt debut about a spunky girl determined to save her family and find her way home. Twelve-year-old Ruby Clyde Henderson’s life changes the day her mother’s boyfriend holds up a convenience store, and her mother is wrongly jailed for assisting with the crime. Ruby and her pet pig, Bunny, find their way to her estranged Aunt Eleanor's home. Aunt Eleanor is an ornery nun who lives in the midst of a peach orchard on Paradise Ranch. With a little patience, she and Ruby begin to get along, but Eleanor has secrets of her own—secrets that might mean more hard times for Ruby. It's not going to be easy for Ruby Clyde and Eleanor to heal old wounds, face the past, and learn to trust each other. But with enough little pieces of love, they might be able to bring their family together again, and learn that paradise isn't a place—it's the feeling of being home. Corabel Shofner's ALMOST PARADISE is a funny and heartfelt story of determination, belonging, and the joys of loving one another.

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  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Book Code : 1324005157
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Nature
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1439138796
  • Total of Pages : 720
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1524704520
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  • Total of Pages : 280
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  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Book Code : 0316435503
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Pdf File: winter-in-paradise.pdf

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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 110157559X
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1451643373
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 642
  • Pdf File: birds-of-a-lesser-paradise.pdf

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  • Total of Pages : 240
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1643135341
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Publisher : Five Leaves
  • Book Code : 1910170100
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : History
  • Members : 605
  • Pdf File: look-back-in-anger.pdf

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The scars left by the 1984/85 "Great Strike for Jobs" are still raw in Nottinghamshire, thirty years later. There, the majority of the National Union of Mineworkers did not support their union, working throughout the strike, later forming the breakaway Union of Democratic Miners. Look Back in Anger puts these events into context, giving a history of the coalfields through the twentieth century and the first comprehensive overview of the strike year in Nottinghamshire. Harry Paterson has interviewed striking and working miners, Coal Board officials, women active in opposing the pit closures, Council officials and others. The book includes information that has never before appeared in print, alongside memorabilia and personal letters from the period.

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  • Publisher : Indie House Publishing
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1442271507
  • Total of Pages : 216
  • Category : Music
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  • Pdf File: dynamic-duets.pdf

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The second half of the twentieth century saw a great number of powerful vocal pairings as short-lived, but undeniably magical collaborations. With firsthand interviews from many of the artists, readers will enjoy the back story about which duos got along well and which did not, which stayed together or kept in touch, and vice versa. Arranged alphabetically from Bryan Adams to Dottie West, Dynamic Duets gives the back stories on all of the pairings that cracked Billboard’s Top 40 between 1955 and the end of the century. The book includes photographs of many of the records and/or the performers, chart and label information, year of release, facts about the songs, and quotes from many of the performers, songwriters, and producers themselves. An appendix listing “Honorable Mentions” follows this book’s large main section and consists of those twosomes that did not reach Top 40 (but simply couldn’t be omitted), or those whose duet partners played more of a minor role. Baby boomers, vinyl collectors, music historians, and classic hits radio DJs will find Dynamic Duets a must for their music library.

What Happens in Paradise

By Elin Hilderbrand
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  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Book Code : 0316435562
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 363
  • Pdf File: what-happens-in-paradise.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Spend your winter on sunlit shores in the New York Times bestselling follow-up to Winter in Paradise, as secret lives and new loves emerge under the bright Caribbean sky. A year ago, Irene Steele had the shock of her life: her loving husband, father to their grown sons and successful businessman, was killed in a helicopter crash. But that wasn't Irene's only shattering news: he'd also been leading a double life on the island of St. John, where another woman loved him, too. Now Irene and her sons are back on St. John, determined to learn the truth about the mysterious life—and death—of a man they thought they knew. Along the way, they're about to learn some surprising truths about their own lives, and their futures. Lush with the tropical details, romance, and drama that made Winter in Paradise a national bestseller, What Happens in Paradise is another immensely satisfying page-turner from one of America's most beloved and engaging storytellers.

Paradise Rot

By Jenny Hval
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  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Book Code : 1786633841
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 897
  • Pdf File: paradise-rot.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A lyrical debut novel from a musician and artist renowned for her sharp sexual and political imagery Jo is in a strange new country for university and having a more peculiar time than most. In a house with no walls, shared with a woman who has no boundaries, she finds her strange home coming to life in unimaginable ways. Jo’s sensitivity and all her senses become increasingly heightened and fraught, as the lines between bodies and plants, dreaming and wakefulness, blur and mesh. This debut novel from critically acclaimed artist and musician Jenny Hval presents a heady and hyper-sensual portrayal of sexual awakening and queer desire.

Jurassic Park

By Michael Crichton
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  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Book Code : 0307763056
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 276
  • Pdf File: jurassic-park.pdf

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Timeline, Sphere, and Congo, this is the classic thriller of science run amok that took the world by storm. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read “[Michael] Crichton’s dinosaurs are genuinely frightening.”—Chicago Sun-Times An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price. Until something goes wrong. . . . In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller. Praise for Jurassic Park “Wonderful . . . powerful.”—The Washington Post Book World “Frighteningly real . . . compelling . . . It’ll keep you riveted.”—The Detroit News “Full of suspense.”—The New York Times Book Review

Paradise

By Lizzie Johnson
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  • Publisher : Crown
  • Book Code : 059313639X
  • Total of Pages : 449
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 338
  • Pdf File: paradise.pdf

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The definitive firsthand account of California’s Camp Fire, the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, Paradise is a riveting examination of what went wrong and how to avert future tragedies as the climate crisis unfolds. “A tour de force story of wildfire and a terrifying look at what lies ahead.”—San Francisco Chronicle (Best Books of the Year) On November 8, 2018, the people of Paradise, California, awoke to a mottled gray sky and gusty winds. Soon the Camp Fire was upon them, gobbling an acre a second. Less than two hours after the fire ignited, the town was engulfed in flames, the residents trapped in their homes and cars. By the next morning, eighty-five people were dead. As a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Lizzie Johnson was there as the town of Paradise burned. She saw the smoldering rubble of a historic covered bridge and the beloved Black Bear Diner and she stayed long afterward, visiting shelters, hotels, and makeshift camps. Drawing on years of on-the-ground reporting and reams of public records, including 911 calls and testimony from a grand jury investigation, Johnson provides a minute-by-minute account of the Camp Fire, following residents and first responders as they fight to save themselves and their town. We see a young mother fleeing with her newborn; a school bus full of children in search of an escape route; and a group of paramedics, patients, and nurses trapped in a cul-de-sac, fending off the fire with rakes and hoses. In Paradise, Johnson documents the unfolding tragedy with empathy and nuance. But she also investigates the root causes, from runaway climate change to a deeply flawed alert system to Pacific Gas and Electric’s decades-long neglect of critical infrastructure. A cautionary tale for a new era of megafires, Paradise is the gripping story of a town wiped off the map and the determination of its people to rise again.

Dedicated To You

By Candy Hwa
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1453500960
  • Total of Pages : 213
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 109
  • Pdf File: dedicated-to-you.pdf

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Only Human Daniel James, the sole heir to his mother’s business, Gloria Financial Group, leaves his hometown of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and moves to the smaller city of Adelaide where he enrols into University of South Australia. There he meets a girl, unlike any other. At first sight, she avoids him, because he is rich and all his annoying fan girls are exceedingly loud and selfish. As time goes on, the girl feels drawn to Daniel. When they officially start dating, one obstacle just happens to get in the way... Memorable Quotes: - “We are renting this apartment. We never seem to have enough money because the prices just keep rising. People just want to make money, they do not think twice about the disadvantaged.” - Stalkers NEVER have happy endings. Flora is right; you are a VERY selfish person. You want her all to yourself and not share her with anyone, not even her brothers. They are a family; they are allowed to be together. YOU RUINED EVERYTHING IN HER TIME DURING HIGH SCHOOL, she is NOT safe with you around. You do not allow her to do things without your supervision, which is abuse and controlling behaviour. If you love her, you should be able to trust her! You obviously do not show that you do. YOU CANNOT EVEN MAKE FLORA SMILE FOR THE SEVEN YEARS YOU HAVE LOVED HER, NOT EVEN ONCE (he was shocked at these words)!” Fly High Dream. Hope. Fly. “When you have a Goal, fulfill it. Why? Because it gives you a purpose in life.” Three people, two boys and one girl, have the most beautiful singing voices in the whole school. They love singing but no one likes their songs because they do not sing English but so what? If it is their dream to become singers why let others block their path to success..? Memorable Quotes: - “Thanks Bradley. It is not likely people will like us because we sing in different languages. Why can people not accept everyone is different?” “Because people only like what they like. They do not care about what everyone else likes.” - “I was afraid that you would think I was a cry-baby.” She answered quietly, ”I was distracting my father from the road and he ran into another vehicle. Both my parents died almost instantly from the crash and I was the sole survivor, not even the other vehicle’s passengers survived from the crash.” - “My parents were very lovable people, they had many friends.” Ryan began, “Nearly everyone in our neighbourhood knew them. We were a wealthy family that lived well with all the other wealthy people. My parents were murdered by being stabbed repetitively then shot twice each. There were two murderers but only one was caught. The other committed suicide to avoid going into prison. They deserve the prison time for taking away my parents but I have lived life as they had, by doing the one thing that I am happy doing, singing. Murderers deserve a life sentence for murder, not just a set period.” - “I want to show images of what happens at war, just the like original music video to this song. It would teach arrogant country leaders that war solves nothing. All it does is hurt others. Even though people are fighting for their countries, it makes things worse by hurting others. Too bad people do not listen to foreign songs. A lot of foreign songs have powerful messages but people are too ignorant to give them a try.” Bradley proudly said. Fond Memories When the love of your life forgets who you are when they wake up, how would you feel? Miserable or desperate to win them back before someone else did? That is how Jonathan James felt. It got even more difficult when his brother falls in love with the same girl... Memorable Quotes: - “Wealthy people are so arrogant. Just because they can have anything they want, they take advantage of that and act all ‘high and mighty’. They treat everyone who is considered lower than them to be scums or people unworthy of their attention. Why do people only like wealthy people? They are not the best type of people anyway

Memoir of a Soul In Holy Love: Writings Inspired By the Heavenly Messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary

By A Soul
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  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Book Code : 1387049577
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 122
  • Pdf File: memoir-of-a-soul-in-holy-love.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book has two parts: Part One consists of several writings that were written as a series of “love-letters” to an unnamed party from 2011 to 2015. These writings reflect upon spiritual insights that were gained from study of various heavenly messages of Our Lady and following the Light of the Holy Spirit through prayer. Part One provides a solid introduction into the spirituality of the United Hearts of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary – the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart – the Two Hearts of Holy Love and Divine Love. Part Two is the testimony of the author of her faith journey towards The Lord. It was written in 2011 to 2012. It consists of many reflections on the words of Our Lord and Our Lady through Holy Scripture and various heavenly messages. The author offers her life testimony to help others become closer to God. Series: Living in Holy Love, Volume 2

The Tax Haven

By Lawrence Anderson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 1491738499
  • Total of Pages : 326
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 874
  • Pdf File: the-tax-haven.pdf

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Two weeks after widowed Canadian management consultant, Lewis Ainslie, arrives at a tiny Caribbean tax haven for a much-needed break, he is thrilled he has no agenda for a change. Little does he know that as he reunites with former acquaintances on San Sebastian, they have just put a grand plan into action. Sir Gordon Fairweather and his wife, Bunny, have decided Lewis is the perfect foil to help cover up their massive client fraud. Their archnemesis and former client, Arthur Fleming, has returned to the island with his wife, Delia, to recover his losses. Driven by separate motives, both women seduce the vulnerable Lewis. Bunny is financially dependent on her husband and driven by self-interest. And Delia Fleming is in reality Erica Persson, a Swiss investigator hired by Fleming to recover his stolen money. After Erica and Lewis become emotionally involved, he sets out on a dangerous journey to find out the truth about Fairweather and Fleming. But there is only one problem: Lewis has no idea who he can trust. In this financial thriller set on an offshore tax haven, two powerful enemies desperate to secure an illicit fortune use bribery and passion to dupe an unsuspecting visitor who is forced to take matters into his own hands.

My Brother

By Charles Reid
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : FriesenPress
  • Book Code : 1460254368
  • Total of Pages : 168
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 192
  • Pdf File: my-brother.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This is a story of sibling rivalry, poverty and war--of unrequited love and a Canadian dream but much more than that, it is a story that takes today’s reader through the most momentous period of our history--a time when millions, having barely survived the misery and deprivation of the greatest financial crisis in history, were almost immediately plunged into the greatest military conflict in world history. Being set in London’s east end, that bore the brunt of Hitler’s Blitz serves in many ways to bring the sacrifices of that time into sharp focus giving the reader an insight into how the people were forced to deal with tragedy and loss in a way that today’s generation might find almost callous. But then it was a time that personified Shakespeare’s immortal words--”The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” and how that outrageous fortune can send us down paths and in directions we never dream of. Above all, it is a story told by someone who lived it.

Wolfpack

By Alex Montoya
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1543415431
  • Total of Pages : 112
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 381
  • Pdf File: wolfpack.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Wolfpack is a modern-day novel about five friends experiencing love, loss, and life lessonstogether. This assemblage of young professionals will make you laugh, cry, and reach out to your wolf pack in life.

The Paradise Motel

By Eric McCormack
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0143198432
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 644
  • Pdf File: the-paradise-motel.pdf

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From the acclaimed author of Cloud and The Dutch Wife, an early novel of Gothic terror that creeps into the blood and captivates with hypnotic fascination. On his deathbed, Ezra Stevenson's grandfather bequeaths him a macabre tale of domestic violence. Driven to investigate his grandfather's account of the four Mackenzie children and their monstrous family history, Ezra embarks on a horrific voyage of discovery, deception and revelation.

Wolfy's Adventure

By Gisela Bengfort
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Fulton Books, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1639850945
  • Total of Pages : 94
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 377
  • Pdf File: wolfy-s-adventure.pdf

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"Happy feathers and fur, Fate!" whispers Wolfy into Fate's ear while flying into their biggest adventure yet. Away From Home tells the story of two unlikely friends, leaving their homes and flying along the coast into uncharted terrain. This journey reveals laughter and tears, enemies and allies, endings and beginnings, but mostly about overcoming their fears. This friendship illustrates that everything is possible if we put our heart into it and don't let anyone tell us differently. The questions posed within this story invite you to pause and consider what action you would take. You will discover your superpower as you grow-up, and hopefully you will enjoy observing theirs.

Becoming Manny

By Jean Rhodes,Shawn Boburg
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1416595082
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 422
  • Pdf File: becoming-manny.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Authorized by the future Hall of Famer himself, and written by a clinical psychologist and an award-winning investigative journalist, Becoming Manny is the incredible story behind one of the greatest baseball sluggers of all time. Manny Ramirez ranks seventeenth in career home runs and eighth in career slugging percentage -- the only players above him on both lists are Barry Bonds, Jimmie Foxx, and Babe Ruth. Becoming Manny brings an unusually thoughtful analysis to the territory of sports biography, examining Manny's life through the lens of larger issues such as mentoring and immigration, while also telling the story of a great career. Manny has perplexed the baseball world for years now with his amazing hitting and his unique approach to life and to the game. Incredibly focused at the plate yet carefree everywhere else, Manny has become a constant topic of discussion on national sports radio and television, on sports websites, and in print. With unprecedented access, Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg have uncovered fascinating stories and family photos spanning Manny's early years to the present. This is an authorized inside look at the roots, development, and career of an individual and player on his way from the Dominican Republic and Wash-ington Heights to the Hall of Fame.

Most Dramatic Ever

By Suzannah Showler
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Book Code : 1773051679
  • Total of Pages : 140
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 590
  • Pdf File: most-dramatic-ever.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The right reasons to fall in love with The Bachelor When it debuted in 2002, The Bachelor raised the stakes of first-wave reality television, offering the ultimate prize: true love. Since then, thrice yearly, dozens of camera-ready young-and-eligibles have vied for affection (and roses) in front of a devoted audience of millions. In this funny, insightful examination of the world’s favorite romance-factory, Suzannah Showler explores the contradictions that are key to the franchise’s genius, longevity, and power and parses what this means for both modern love and modern America. She argues the show is both gameshow and marriage plot — an improbable combination of competitive effort and kismet — and that it’s both relic and prophet, a time-traveler from first-gen reality TV that proved to be a harbinger of Tinder. In the modern media-savvy climate, the show cleverly highlights and resists its own artifice, allowing Bachelor Nation to see through the fakery to feel the romance. Taking on issues of sex, race, contestants-as-villains, the controversial spin-offs, and more, Most Dramatic Ever is both love letter to and deconstruction of the show that brought us real love in the reality TV era.