TRAVELING IN WONDER
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In 2013, while attending college in the Midwest, Carolynn took her final semester abroad in England. Since classes met only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, she proceeded to take trips throughout Europe via long weekends. This book is a collection of her musings on 15 excursions she took that semester. She includes additional entries on countries in Asia, South America, and Africa as well as various U.S. states that she toured post-college as a flight attendant and later as a corporate travel agent. Each journal entry begins with a summary page highlighting, among other details, both logistical and ..read more
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THE GALAXY ACCORDING TO CECE
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Nine-year-old Cecilia “CeCe” Laurance’s excitement for her first day of sixth grade is interrupted by the news that her dad was just hired for a new job at an observatory—and it’s not located in their home state. Instead of taking classes with her friends, being part of the soccer team, and trying out for “upper band,” CeCe is reluctantly moving to Forest Town, Missouri, a placeso small that it doesn’t even have a movie theater. She learns upon arrival that the family is going to live in an old house connected to the observatory that’s rumored to have ghosts. When she meets some friendly socc ..read more
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DEADLY GUESTS
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Most of the 10 stories in this volume center around interlopers who insinuate themselves into established relationships and either wreak havoc or inspire acts of vigilante justice. In the engrossing opener, “The Boot Scraper,” a married couple turn 60 and yearn for the “ability to glow with vitality once again.” A reinvigorating vacation turns deadly when the husband meets a married temptress with a horrific plan to free herself from her unhappy union. Familial strife also informs “Straight Shooter,” in which a mother, estranged from her own marriage, takes it upon herself to violently rid he ..read more
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OCEANS RISE EMPIRES FALL
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Driven by an impetus to control and/or expand their territory and to influence what happens within and beyond their borders, “world powers use and abuse the earth,” writes geography professor Toal, author of Near Abroad: Putin, the West, and the Contest for Ukraine and the Caucasus. To protect and enhance their sovereignty and boost their economies, nation-states exploit the land, oceans, air, and now outer space, and they do so in competition with other nation-states. The author argues that this struggle for resources, trade, political status, and territorial dominance—anchored in the modern ..read more
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HOW TO BE THE STAR OF YOUR LIFE
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The author, now a spiritual consultant and coach, moved to Los Angeles after attending New York University Film School and working in movies for years, eventually directing the cult classic Assault of the Killer Bimbos. Here, she interviews 24 showbiz friends and colleagues, gathering their insights on succeeding in a high-pressure industry that demands initiative, flexibility, creative drive, and an ability to endure crushing rejection. Included in the lineup is Brad Krevoy, who exhorts readers to stand by their great ideas (he persevered in developing Dumb and Dumber despite everyone tellin ..read more
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BYRON: A LIFE IN TEN LETTERS
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In his brief life, Byron (1788-1824) exemplified passion and transgression, becoming an icon of British literature despite protests from the likes of William Wordsworth, who argued that Byron’s Don Juan “will do more harm to the English character, than anything of our time.” Between provocative epics and a louche lifestyle involving countless lovers (including his half sister), he earned his place as a man who was “mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” as his lover Caroline Lamb famously put it. Timed to the 200th anniversary of Byron’s death, this book by Stauffer, president of the Byron Society ..read more
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JOHNNY TALON AND THE GODDESS OF LOVE AND WAR
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Johnny Talon’s latest client seems like any other: Eve wants to recover the goods that her ex ran off with. The San Francisco–based “surreal detective” follows reality-based leads as adeptly as those he sees in dreams. But Eve’s case is bizarre, even by Johnny’s standards. His car, for starters, begins changing to an entirely different model every time he drives it, much like Eve’s ever changing (or altogether disappearing) outfits. While the P.I. rightly guesses that Eve is lying about some things, that doesn’t quite prepare him for what he finds, including dead bodies, hostile demons, and p ..read more
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TAMING THE OCTOPUS
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In this astute history, Hedgehog Review senior editor Williams charts the evolution of the corporation into its outsized and seemingly predatory role in American life, along with prominent efforts undertaken to reform it. Drawing on “the stories of businesspeople, employees, consumers, and activists who have waged battles over business decisions, managerial strategies, and public policy,” the author traces key stages of the corporation’s rising autonomy and activists’ resistance to its undemocratic powers. The severing of “noneconomic considerations from the ability to act on them,” Williams ..read more
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NANA IN THE COUNTRY
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The young narrator is thrilled. The child’s city-dwelling Nana is about to visit, and at last the little one will be able to introduce her to all sorts of new experiences. Yet when the day in question arrives, Nana seems oddly at home in this rural environment. She’s not surprised by the geese, the insects, or the baby birds in a nest. With some sadness, her grandchild reflects, “I can’t show Nana how to do anything in the country.” All that changes in the night, though, when Nana and the child realize that a sheep has gotten loose in a thunderstorm. Instantly our young hero springs into acti ..read more
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THE HAMPTON HOUSE MYSTERY
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Nancy Drew fans will feel right at home in this fourth stand-alone episode, as rising Dinswood Academy junior Emma Higsby, joined by classmates Doug Harwood, Sebastian Conners, and Martha Merriweather (who’s also Emma’s best friend), hear rumors of mysterious doings near a creepy, isolated house. In a strung-out caper hung about with handy coincidences—as well as standard-issue elements from a cryptic message and a hidden tunnel to armed kidnappers and arson—the young sleuths uncover evidence of chicanery in high places. Meanwhile, even as they’re being chased and threatened, previously douse ..read more
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