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Dog Soldiers

By Robert Stone
  • ISBN Code: : 0547524161
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
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In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. Dog Soldiers perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered profiteering cops and professional killers—and the price of survival was dangerously high.

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  • Pdf File: child-of-light.pdf

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The first and definitive biography of one of the great American novelists of the postwar era, the author of Dog Soldiers and A Flag for Sunrise, and a penetrating critic of American power, innocence, and corruption Robert Stone (1937-2015), probably the only postwar American writer to draw favorable comparisons to Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene, and Joseph Conrad, lived a life rich in adventure, achievement, and inner turmoil. He grew up rough on the streets of New York, the son of a mentally troubled single mother. After his Navy service in the fifties, which brought him to such locales as pre-Castro Havana, the Suez Crisis, and Antarctica, he studied writing at Stanford, where he met Ken Kesey and became a core member of the gang of Merry Pranksters. The publication of his superb New Orleans novel, Hall of Mirrors (1967), initiated a succession of dark-humored novels that investigated the American experience in Vietnam (Dog Soldiers, 1974, which won the National Book Award), Central America (A Flag for Sunrise, 1981), and Jerusalem on the eve of the millennium (Damascus Gate, 1998). An acclaimed novelist himself, Madison Smartt Bell was a close friend and longtime admirer of Robert Stone. His authorized and deeply researched biography is both intimate and objective, a rich and unsparing portrait of a complicated, charismatic, and haunted man and a sympathetic reading of his work that will help to secure Stone's place in the pantheon of major American writers.

Old Man River

By Paul Schneider
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  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Book Code : 0805098364
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : History
  • Members : 115
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A fascinating account of how the Mississippi River shaped America In Old Man River, Paul Schneider tells the story of the river at the center of America's rich history—the Mississippi. Some fifteen thousand years ago, the majestic river provided Paleolithic humans with the routes by which early man began to explore the continent's interior. Since then, the river has been the site of historical significance, from the arrival of Spanish and French explorers in the 16th century to the Civil War. George Washington fought his first battle near the river, and Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman both came to President Lincoln's attention after their spectacular victories on the lower Mississippi. In the 19th century, home-grown folk heroes such as Daniel Boone and the half-alligator, half-horse, Mike Fink, were creatures of the river. Mark Twain and Herman Melville led their characters down its stream in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Confidence-Man. A conduit of real-life American prowess, the Mississippi is also a river of stories and myth. Schneider traces the history of the Mississippi from its origins in the deep geologic past to the present. Though the busiest waterway on the planet today, the Mississippi remains a paradox—a devastated product of American ingenuity, and a magnificent natural wonder.

The Poisonwood Bible

By Barbara Kingsolver
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061804819
  • Total of Pages : 576
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 182
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“A powerful new epic . . . [Kingsolver] has with infinitely steady hands worked the prickly threads of religion, politics, race, sin and redemption into a thing of terrible beauty.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa. The novel is set against one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century: the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium, the murder of its first elected prime minister, the CIA coup to install his replacement, and the insidious progress of a world economic order that robs the fledgling African nation of its autonomy. Taking its place alongside the classic works of postcolonial literature, this ambitious novel establishes Kingsolver as one of the most thoughtful and daring of modern writers.

The Bear And The Orca

By Ruchir Mehta
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  • Publisher : Blue Rose Publishers
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 30
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 774
  • Pdf File: the-bear-and-the-orca.pdf

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This is a story about a mother polar bear and her cubs in the Arctic. It is about their struggle to find food (seals) due to breaking up of icebergs and their encounter with a pod of orcas. The author, by this book, hopes to subconsciously sensitize children to the sorry plight of the polar bears in the Arctic and to the phenomenon of climate change in general.

Wi

By Bill Reed
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  • Publisher : Reed Independent
  • Book Code : 0648764117
  • Total of Pages : 880
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 125
  • Pdf File: wi.pdf

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Surely you remember Wi, a name especially chosen to fit our attention spans? The world-record kidnappee, nabbee, swipee, snatchee, hoisted so many times even he’s lost count? (How about those three times in five minutes effort? That takes rare raw talent, that does.) I mean, if it wasn’t for our Wi how many of these yabbers, yarns, shaggy dogs and yank-your-chain whoppers could I trot out for you? Even getting across one’s not easy when it’s always against the wind from people laughing in your face. No, really, without our Wi, where would all the odd-balls be, drowning their sorrows by ingesting the food in Dominic’s Eatery, swallowing whole mouthfuls without a thought for their own safety? Would any plate get the Wi wipe and come out miraculously unscathed from what had been just laid upon it? Without Wi, how many screwballs could have hired him to do all they’ve always wanted to do? God knows, and the Talls say ‘God knows’ because, if you take it that God made him in His own image, then maybe you’ve stumbled across the one time God spoke too soon. Okay, setting that aside, coming to you is a cast of Lankan characters – and you’d cast too -- and barf, and burp – if you had some of Dominic’s food inside you, let’s not kid ourselves. Not all of us have cast-iron guts and can absorb what could canonize you if you kept it down. And our Wi can’t help being White, either. Did he ever ask for the hoists he’s had to suffer, or complained about the lack of duty-of-care his kidnappers have shown him -- their kidnappee, after all? No. All he asked was a hideaway high above the stars so bright. At least he got that. And, though having to watchfully wait, at least he received the epiphs, too. With the epiphs, he could epiphicatedly dream, so I guess he had something going for him. And let’s not forget he’s Talls recorded as having said, ‘Just let me know if I’m breathing too much and I’ll stop’. Hey, what kidnappee or country like Australia gets a kidnappee so considerate? Is he a peach of a pooch, or what? ---------------------- Bill Reed is an Australian novelist, playwright and short-story writer with national awards for all three. He now lives in both Australia and Sri Lanka.

Fancy Pants Goes West!

By Vivian Cooper
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 9781450080040
  • Total of Pages : 330
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 185
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Billy Rice appeared in Dry Gulch, with all his fancy togs on and was named Fancy Pants. He joined the posse as the Deputy. Sarah, a mentally, disturbed, fleshy girl tried all kinds of tricks to get him. She was jealous o one of the Akin sisters because Billy liked her and she kidnapped her but the other sister was taken by mistake also. The Mexican banditos caught them. The Akin sisters put sleeping powder in their soup and escaped. A new church was built and a Minister, his sister and mother came to town. Gray Wolf, of the Apaches, turned outlaw with his braves and he was determined to marry the Princess. She hated him, so the Chief and her came to see the Sheriff for help. Pedro, one of the Mexican banditos saw Crystal, the Minister’s sister and he fell in love with her. He was determined to leave the gang. The Minister married the Princess and Gray Wolf took them captive. Pedro happened upon them and rescued but was killed by the leader of the gang. Marshall Tom came, saw Crystal and fell in love with her. He sang and played his guitar for her as she tried to get over Pedro’s death.

The City of Brass

By S. A. Chakraborty
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062678124
  • Total of Pages : 576
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 215
  • Pdf File: the-city-of-brass.pdf

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Library Journal | Vulture | The Verge | SYFYWire Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty perfect for fans of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and Uprooted, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. On the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, Nahri is a con woman of unsurpassed skill. She makes her living swindling Ottoman nobles, hoping to one day earn enough to change her fortunes. But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, during one of her cons, she learns that even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. Forced to flee Cairo, Dara and Nahri journey together across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains where the circling birds of prey are more than what they seem, to Daevabad, the legendary city of brass. It’s a city steeped in magic and fire, where blood can be as dangerous as any spell; a city where old resentments run deep and the royal court rules with a tenuous grip; a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound—and where her very presence threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries. *Finalist for the World Fantasy Award: Best Novel *Nominated for the Locus Award: Best First Novel *Finalist for the British Fantasy Award: Best Newcomer Featuring a stepback and extra content including a bonus scene and an excerpt from The Kingdom of Copper.

The Family Jensen

By William W. Johnstone,J.A. Johnstone
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  • Publisher : Pinnacle Books
  • Book Code : 0786025182
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 533
  • Pdf File: the-family-jensen.pdf

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From William J. Johnstone, bestselling author of the acclaimed Mountain Man series, comes a sprawling Western saga that brings together for the first time the three generations of legendary frontiersmen, the Jensens, in a bloody battle for freedom, justice, and the fate of a nation. . . THE FAMILY JENSEN: PREACHER, SMOKE, AND MATT Trapped in a remote cabin, surrounded by ruthless gunmen, Matt Jensen and his adoptive father Smoke Jensen join forces with their old friend, Preacher, in the greatest fight of their lives. A ruthless cattle baron has waged an all-out war against the peaceful native tribesmen who have become Preacher's friends. In a bloodthirsty bid for land, power, and wealth, the baron's drafted an army of professional killers to destroy the homesteaders—among them the Jensens are the only men brave enough to stand in his way. Now, Matt, Smoke and Preacher face their ultimate and most deadly challenge—and share their hopes, fears, secrets, and dreams—in what could be their final, most desperate hour. No matter what happens, they are the family Jensen. Surrender is not an option.

Nothing But Money

By Greg B. Smith
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101060069
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 731
  • Pdf File: nothing-but-money.pdf

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Forced out of the work-hard, play-hard world of Wall Street following the Crash of ’87, financial analyst Cary Cimino was determined to maintain his lifestyle of luxury and ease. Under the guidance of dubious businessman Jeffrey Pokross, Cimino embarked on an illegitimate underground career as a “financial adviser” to naïve investors. Cimino’s small-time operation soon spiraled into a large-scale crime ring when he and Pokross were reunited and met with Mafia wiseguy Robert Lino. Together, and with the support of organized crime families, the three men devised a high-risk, high-return scheme to extort millions of dollars from a bevy of unsuspecting stockbrokers and investors—all in the name of the Mob. This is the uncut, untold story of one of the most elaborate conspiracies to rock Wall Street’s rigid foundation—a story centered around the Mafia, murder, and a load of money.

Death Of The Black-Haired Girl

By Robert Stone
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0547760388
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 865
  • Pdf File: death-of-the-black-haired-girl.pdf

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A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice “Fast-paced [and] riveting . . . Stone is one of our transcendently great American novelists.” — Madison Smartt Bell “Brilliant.” — Washington Post At an elite college in a once-decaying New England city, Steven Brookman has come to a decision. A brilliant but careless professor, he has determined that for the sake of his marriage, and his soul, he must end his relationship with Maud Stack, his electrifying student, whose papers are always late yet always incandescent. But Maud is a young woman whose passions are not easily curtailed, and their union will quickly yield tragic and far-reaching consequences. Death of the Black-Haired Girl is an irresistible tale of infidelity, accountability, the allure of youth, the promise of absolution, and the notion that madness is everywhere, in plain sight. “At once unsparing and generous in its vision of humanity, by turns propulsive and poetic, Death of the Black-Haired Girl is wise, brave, and beautifully just.” — Boston Globe “Unsettling and tightly wrought—and a worthy cautionary tale about capital-C consequences.” — Entertainment Weekly “A taut, forceful, lacerating novel, full of beautifully crafted language.” — Los Angeles Review of Books

Fire and Ice

By Lari Don
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  • Publisher : Darby Creek ™
  • Book Code : 1512419095
  • Total of Pages : 120
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Members : 363
  • Pdf File: fire-and-ice.pdf

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A shaman hunts a silver fox through the frosted snow. A brave little robin defies a polar bear. The blind Viking god of winter plays a dangerous game with his brother, the god of summer. . . Explore wintertime through the eyes of cultures around the world with this chilly collection of traditional tales. From the frozen tundra of Canada to the far off islands in the Pacific Ocean, explore how diverse peoples have told the story of winter.