I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
From Stephen Colbert, the host of television’s highest-rated punditry show The Colbert Report, comes the book to fill the other 23½ hours of your day. I Am America (And So Can You!) contains all of the opinions that Stephen doesn’t have time to shoehorn into his nightly broadcast. Dictated directly into a microcassette recorder over a three-day weekend, this book contains Stephen’s most deeply held knee-jerk beliefs on The American Family, Race, Religion, Sex, Sports, and many more topics, conveniently arranged in chapter form. Always controversial and outspoken, Stephen addresses why Hollywood is destroying America by inches, why evolution is a fraud, and why the elderly should be harnessed to millstones. You may not agree with everything Stephen says, but at the very least, you’ll understand that your differing opinion is wrong. I Am America (And So Can You!) showcases Stephen Colbert at his most eloquent and impassioned. He is an unrelenting fighter for the soul of America, and in this book he fights the good fight for the traditional values that have served this country so well for so long.
The Surgeon by Tess Gerristen
IN BOSTON, THERE’S A KILLER ON THE LOOSE…
A killer who targets lone women, who breaks into their apartments and performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on them before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician – a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them. But as homicide detective Thomas Moore and his partner Jane Rizzoli begin their investigation, they make a startling discovery. Closely linked to these killings is Catherine Cordell, a beautiful doctor with a mysterious past. Two years ago she was subjected to a horrifying rape and shot her attacker dead. Now the man she believes she killed seems to be stalking her once again, and this time he knows exactly where to find her…
A Fathers Book of Wisdom by H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“A few weeks after Dad passed away,” says H. Jackson Brown, Jr., the compiler of “A Father’s Book of Wisdom,” “we found eight shoeboxes in his closet filled with scraps of paper all covered with ideas Dad thought were profound, interesting, or merely amusing.”
The result is one father’s view of life and what he thought about the importance of self-reliance, commitment, love, generosity, and success. It contains 159 quotes from Socrates, Eleanor Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, Mother Teresa, and many others covering such topics as achievement, courage, happiness, parenting, success, and values.
Quotations such as “If you’re looking for a big opportunity, seek out a big problem” and “Life doesn’t come with an instruction book – that’s why we have fathers” communicate an upbeat, positive view of the world that will inspire and charm the reader. It is the perfect gift book for Father’s Day, graduation, or any time of the year, and may even inspire you to jot down a few notes of your own.
A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 More Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
The runaway bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul captured the imagination of millions of readers with its uplifting message of hope and inspiration. With a nation still hungering for more good news, Canfield and Hansen went back to work and cooked up another batch of life-affirming stories to warm your heart and soothe your soul.
Through the experiences of others, readers from all walks of life can learn the gift of love, the power of perseverance, the joy of parenting and the vital energy of dreaming. Share the magic that will change forever how you look at yourself and the world around you.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes`
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephan Crane
During an unnamed battle, 18-year-old private Henry Fleming survives what he considers to be a lost cause by escaping into a nearby wood, deserting his battalion. He finds a group of injured men in which one of the group, the “Tattered Soldier”, asks Henry, who’s often referred to as “The Youth”, where he’s wounded. Henry, embarrassed that he’s whole, wanders thru the forest. He ultimately decides that running was the best thing, & that he’s a small part of the army responsible for saving himself. When he learns that his battalion had won the battle, Henry feels guilty. As a result, he returns to his battalion & is injured when a cannon operator hits him in the head because he wouldn’t let go of his arm. When he returns to camp, the other soldiers believe he was harmed by a bullet grazing him in battle. The next morning he goes into battle for a 3rd time. While looking for a stream from which to attain water, he discovers from the commanding officer that his regiment has a lackluster reputation. The officer speaks casually about sacrificing Henry’s regiment because they’re nothing more than “mule drivers” & “mud diggers”. With no regiments to spare, the general orders his men forward. In the final battle, Henry becomes one of the best fighters in his battalion as well as the flag bearer, finally proving his courage as a man.
Star Wars Omnibus: Shadows of the Empire (Star Wars Omnibus #11) by Steve Perry
In the time between the events in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca attempt to rescue Han Solo from the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett, while the criminal Prince Xizor and Darth Vader make plans to control, or destroy, the leaders of the Rebel Alliance.Shadows of the Empire was a multimedia Star Wars event– a film-without-the-film–in which a major story was told across a series of novels, comic books, role-playing games, a video game, and trading cards. Shadows even had its own soundtrack. Included here in the complete comic series as well as two stories that followed in its wake: Mara Jade: By the Emperor’s Hand, the story of the Imperial assassin who would one day wed the New Republic’s greatest hero, Luke Skywalker; and Shadows of the Empire: Evolution, a direct sequel to Shadows of the Empire.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: Novelization by Patrica C. Wrede
Award-winning author Patricia C. Wrede tells the final chapter of the Star Wars saga, in this incredible novel based on one of the most eagerly awaited movies of all time. The circle will now be complete: the final installment of the Star Wars saga, showing the emergence of Darth Vader, the downfall of the Jedi, and the revenge of the Sith.
The Clone Wars (The Clone Wars #1) by Karen Traviss
Across the galaxy, the Clone Wars are raging. The Separatists, led by Count Dooku, the onetime Jedi and now secret Sith Lord, continue to press forward, and more and more worlds are either falling, or seceding and joining the cause. Under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the Republic heroically battles on, championed by its huge army of cloned soldiers and their Jedi generals.
Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Star Wars: Novelizations #1) by Terry Brooks
EVERY SAGA HAS A BEGINNING. . . In barren desert lands and seedy spaceports. . . in vast underwater cities and in the blackest depths of space. . . unfolds a tale of good and evil, of myth and magic, of innocence and power. At last the saga that captured the imagination of millions turns back in time to reveal its cloaked origins – the start of a legend – the story of STAR WARS. Based on the screenplay by George Lucas, this novel by the master storyteller Terry Brooks probes the depths of one of the greatest tales of our time, providing rich detail and insight into the minds and motives of the characters – and shedding bold new light on Lucas’s brilliant creation.
Love Poems selected by David Stanford Burr
Love desired. Love denied. Love fulfilled. Love gone by. For centuries we have expressed our love through the written word, making a gift of language and giving shape to the feelings of the heart. Love Poems is a collection of the world’s greatest love poetry, by its greatest masters, including John Donne, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lord Byron, Dylan Thomas, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Frost, W.H. Auden, Emily Dickinson, and many others. Featuring Dante’s “My Lady Carries Love Within Her Eyes,” Poe’s haunting “Annabel Lee,” William Wordsworth’s “She Was a Phantom Delight,” Emily Bronte’s “Remembrance,” and Andrew Marvell’s eloquent “The Definition of Love,” this treasury of love poems expresses as only poets can the ideals and passions of the human heart.
The Waste Land and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot
Few readers need any introduction to the work of the most influential poet of the twentieth century. In addition to the title poem, this selecion includes “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, “Gerontion”, “Ash Wednesday”, and other poems from Mr. Eliot’s early and middle work.
“In ten years’ time,” wrote Edmund Wilson in Axel0s Castle (1931), “Eliot has left upon English poetry a mark more unmistakable than that of any other poet writing in English.” In 1948 Mr. Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize “for his work as trail-blazing pioneer of modern poetry”.
The Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
In a career that spanned slightly more than two decades, Edgar Allan Poe pioneered the short story as a literary form, perfected the tale of psychological horror, launched the detective fiction genre, and helped to revolutionize modern poetics. The full body of Poe’s imaginative work encompasses mystery tales, horror stories, satires, fables, fantasies, science fiction, dramas, and verse.
Twenty love poems and a song of despair by Pablo Neruda
Drawn from the most intimate and personal associations, Pablo Neruda’s most beloved collection of poetry juxtaposes the exuberance of youthful passion with the desolation of grief, the sensuality of the body with the metaphorical nuances of nature. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W. S. Merwin’s masterly translation faces the original Spanish text. This edition also features an insightful Introduction by Cristina Garcia. More than eighty years after its publication, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair stands as an essential collection that continues to inspire lovers and poets around the world.
When the Wind Blows by James Patterson
Frannie O’Neill is a caring young veterinarian living in the Colorado Rockies, trying to erase the memory of her beloved husband’s mysterious murder. It is not long before another neighbor suddenly dies, and FBI agent Kit Harrison arrives at Frannie’s doorstep. Kit is hell-bent on solving the heinous case despite resounding protests from the FBI and the thrashing of his own internal demons. Kit secretly pursues the investigation, yet witnesses keep turning up dead. Then Frannie stumbles upon an astonishing discovery in the nearby woods, and their lives are altered in ways they could never have imagined. Simply knowing the secret of Max — the terrified 11-year-old girl with an amazing gift — could mean death.
The Treasure of a Friend by John c. Maxwell
With quotes by famous people both past and present, short stories and examples of true friendship, Scripture verses and author commentary, this gift book about friendship has it all. Motivational speaker John Maxwell’s enthusiasm and encouragement make you want to be a better friend and to give this colorful book to one.
Ireland by Dorothea Lange and Gerry Mullins
Dorothea Lange’s Ireland portrays a way of life that still permeates the spirit of Ireland and its people. It explores the world of the rural Irish family at midcentury, rooted to the land and to each other by bonds of love and friendship that lent them strength despite their many hardships. Essays by Irish writer Gerry Mullins detail Lange’s life and revisit some of the places and people she encountered in Ireland nearly 50 years ago. Rounding out the text is an eloquent reminiscence by Daniel Dixon, Lange’s son, who accompanied her to Ireland and helped her to edit her work. “Throughout our assignment”, writes Dixon, “we were chilled by the Irish temperatures but warmed by the Irish temperament”.
Black Cats & Four-Leaf Clovers
by Harry Oliver
In this charming and endlessly diverting book, Harry Oliver delves into the stories behind the traditions and superstitions that permeate our everyday lives, unearthing the fascinating histories of these weird and wonderful notions. So before you search for any more four-leaf clovers, worry about the next Friday the 13th, or avoid walking under any ladders, dip into this amazing tome and discover:
* Why breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck.
* The best day of the week to ask for a favor.
* Why you should never jump over a child in Turkey.
How to Be President by Stephen P. Williams
Congratulations! You’ve won the election and taken your oath. You wake up on your first day in the White House—now what do you do? Where’s the bathroom? How do you get breakfast? What time is your first meeting? When can you use Air Force One? Can you order a pizza from the Oval Office? What line do you use for personal phone calls? This fully illustrated, how-to, hands-on handbook explains the nuts and bolts of being the President of the United States. Discover how to read a teleprompter, greet foreign dignitaries, and light the White House Christmas tree. Learn where to sit at Cabinet meetings and whether you need to bring your own ball to the White House bowling alley. Your job benefits, vacation schedule, and all the other perks and duties are clearly explained in this indispensable manual. It’s a tough job, and somebody’s got to do it.
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for “adventurers” to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman’s remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.
African Art by Frank Willett
The art of the Fang, the BaTeke, the BaKota, and other African peoples is extraordinarily vigorous and shows a brilliant sense of form. The substantial aesthetic impact that their works have had on the development of twentieth-century Western art—on Picasso, Derain, Braque, and Modigliani, among others—continues to this day. This classic study reveals the astonishing variety and expressive power of the art of a continent that contains more distinct peoples and cultures than any other. The revised edition has been updated throughout, incorporating recent research and additional illustrations, plus a new chapter and extended bibliography. It remains an invaluable resource for students and for anyone interested in African art
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
In Her Footsteps: 101 Remarkable Black Women by Annette Madden
The life stories of these daughters of Africa are both powerful and painful, but always awe-inspiring in their truth and candor. Sweeping across history and over continents, In Her Footsteps portrays the energy, creativity, and resilience of Black women such as Ana Quirot, a Cuban runner who overcame life-threatening burns to triumph in the 1996 Olympic games; Yelena Khanga, a Russian woman who hosts the most popular television show in Russia and performs with a comedy troop in New York; Toni Stone, one of the few women to play professional baseball; and Flo Kennedy, one of the most effective activists that civil rights, feminism and gay rights ever had.
Two Cities by John Edgar Wideman
A redemptive, healing novel, Two Cities brings to brilliant culmination the themes Wideman has developed in fourteen previous acclaimed books. It is a story of bridges — bridges spanning the rivers of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, bridges arching over the rifts that have divided our communities, our country, our hearts. Narrated in the bluesy voices of its three main characters, Two Citiesis a simple love story, but it is also about the survival of an endangered black urban community and the ways that people discover for redeeming themselves in a society that is failing them. With its indelible images of confrontation and outrage, matched in equal measure by lasting impressions of hope, Two Cities is a compassionate, lacerating, and nourishing novel.
Obama: The Historic Front Pages by David Elliot Cohen, Mark Greenberg, Howard Dodson
Celebrate a milestone in American history: The election of President Barack Obama
Yes, he did! When Barack Obama became president, he transformed Martin Luther King Jr’s dream into reality. Obama, and the 66.3 million Americans who voted for him, proved to the world that all things are possible. And the day after, people from coast to coast lined up to buy newspapers as souvenirs. The demand was unprecedented, with stands and stores quickly selling out: USA Today sold an extra 380,000 copies, while the Atlanta Journal-Constitution went back to print five times.Now, everyone can own a piece of history, thanks to this gorgeous commemorative album of front pages that capture Barack Obama’s extraordinary journey to the White House. Featuring newspapers both domestic and foreign, and depicting all the landmarks in this groundbreaking campaign—including the inauguration—Obama is a stunning keepsake for all who experienced this remarkable moment…and future generations, too.
The Life and Death of Classical Music by Norman Lebrecht
In this compulsively readable, fascinating, and provocative guide to classical music, Norman Lebrecht, one of the world’s most widely read cultural commentators tells the story of the rise of the classical recording industry from Caruso’s first notes to the heyday of Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Callas, and von Karajan. Filled with memorable incidents and unforgettable personalities–from Goddard Lieberson, legendary head of CBS Masterworks who signed his letters as God; to Georg Solti, who turned the Chicago Symphony into “ the loudest symphony on earth”–this is at once the captivating story of the life and death of classical recording and an opinioned, insider’s guide to appreciating the genre, now and for years to come.
Montana Sky by Nora Roberts
When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a ranch worth nearly twenty million dollars. Now his three daughters—each born of a different mother, and each unknown by the others—are gathered to hear the reading of the will. But the women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year. For Tess, a screenwriter who just wants to collect her cash and get back to Hollywood, it’s a nightmare. For Lily, on the run from her abusive ex-husband, it’s a refuge. And for Willa—who grew up on the ranch—it’s an intrusion into her rightful home.They are sisters…and strangers. Now they face a challenge: to put their bitterness aside and live like a family. To protect each other from danger—and unite against a brutal enemy who threatens to destroy them all…
A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
In this treasure of a book, Anna Quindlen, the bestselling novelist and columnist, reflects on what it takes to “get a life”—to live deeply every day and from your own unique self, rather than merely to exist through your days. “Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us,” Quindlen writes, “because unless you know the clock is ticking, it is so easy to waste our days, our lives.” Her mother died when Quindlen was nineteen: “It was the dividing line between seeing the world in black and white, and in Technicolor. The lights came on for the darkest possible reason. . . . I learned something enduring, in a very short period of time, about life. And that was that it was glorious, and that you had no business taking it for granted.” But how to live from that perspective, to fully engage in our days? In A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Quindlen guides us with an understanding that comes from knowing how to see the view, the richness in living.
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
“Whatever the reason, I find that with each passing Christmas the story of the Christmas box is told less and needed more. So I record it now for all future generations to accept or dismiss, as seems them good. As for me, I believe. And it is, after all, my story.” So begins “The Christmas Box”, the touching story of a widow and the young family who moves in with her. Together they discover the first gift of Christmas and learn what Christmas is really all about. “The Christmas Box” is a Christmas story unlike any other.”
Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker by George Lucas
Luke Skywalker was a twenty-year-old who lived and worked on his uncle’s farm on the remote planet of Tatooine … and he was bored beyond belief. He yearned for adventures out among the stars—adventures that would take him beyond the farthest galaxies to distant and alien worlds. But Luke got more than he bargained for when he intercepted a cryptic message from a beautiful princess held captive by a dark and powerful warlord. Luke didn’t know who she was, but he knew he had to save her—and soon, because time was running out. Armed only with courage and with the light saber that had been his father’s, Luke was catapulted into the middle of the most savage space war ever … and he was headed straight for a desperate encounter on the enemy battle station known as the Death Star!
Christmas Party by Stephanie Bond and Janelle Denison
Naughty or Nice? by Stephanie Bond — Corporate hatchet man Eric Quinn Stanton had never let pleasure interfere with business—until now. Arriving early and incognito at the Chandelier House, he planned to see firsthand what was working…and what wasn’t. Unfortunately, he couldn’t seem to see past general manager Cindy Warren’s beautiful green eyes…or her other assets. But would Cindy still want him when she discovered he’d been more naughty than nice?
Christmas Fantasy by Janelle Denison — Austin McBride’s business was fulfilling women’s fantasies, but he’d never indulged in one of his own. Then he met Teddy Spencer. She was smart, sexy…and terrified of commitment. But she also needed him—to play the role of her lover at the company Christmas party. Austin was willing to take the job…as long as he could convince her to make it a full-time position!
On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts
At Christmastime, it seems as though a woman’s work is never done. Trimming the tree, mailing the cards, schlepping to the mall, the endless wrapping—bah humbug! So this year, Joy and Laura and the rest of their knitting group decide to go on strike. If their husbands and families want a nice holiday—filled with parties, decorations, and presents—well, they’ll just have to do it themselves. The boycott soon takes on a life of its own when a reporter picks up the story and more women join in. But as Christmas Day approaches, Joy, Laura, and their husbands confront larger issues in their marriages and discover that a little holiday magic is exactly what they need to come together.
Sheila Roberts gives the best gift of all in this funny, heartwarming novel that touches the very core of Christmas spirit.
Small Miracles by Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal
Have you ever experienced a moment when a seemingly random event also seemed strangely meaningful, or even miraculous? Whether it was as simple as anticipating a phone call, or as dramatic as rekindling a lost love, what you experienced may be more significant than you thought. It may be nothing less than a small miracle. Halberstam and Leventhal have collected several remarkable, almost unbelievable stories. Relating the most extreme coincidences, the tales warm the heart and move the human spirit to believe in fairy tale endings. Halberstam and Leventhal, in their heavy New York Jewish accents, alternate the telling of the stories. They give a completely believable, comfortable reading, creating a compelling atmosphere, making the listener wish for more of these wonderful tales
Paris 1919 by Margaret Macmillan
For six months in 1919, after the end of “the war to end all wars,” the Big Three—President Woodrow Wilson, British prime minister David Lloyd George, and French premier Georges Clemenceau—met in Paris to shape a lasting peace. In this landmark work of narrative history, Margaret MacMillan gives a dramatic and intimate view of those fateful days, which saw new political entities—Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Palestine, among them—born out of the ruins of bankrupt empires, and the borders of the modern world redrawn.
The Battle of The Crater by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen
With The Battle of the Crater, New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen take readers to the center of a nearly forgotten Civil War confrontation, a battle that was filled with controversy and misinterpretation even before the attack began. Drawing on years of research, the authors weave a complex narrative interweaving the high aspirations of African American troops eager to prove themselves in battle and the anxiety of a President who knows the nation cannot bear another major defeat.
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day
From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.
“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Meet Odd Thomas, the unassuming young hero of Dean Koontz’s dazzling New York Times bestseller, a gallant sentinel at the crossroads of life and death who offers up his heart in these pages and will forever capture yours.
Since his arrival at The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has become one of the major players in comedy as well as one of the most significant liberal voices in the media. In Angry Optimist, Lisa Rogak follows his unlikely rise to stardom, from his early days growing up in New Jersey, through his years as a struggling stand-up comic in New York, and on to the short-lived but acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show, before at last landing a job as host of a half-hour comedy show that at the time was still finding its footing amidst roiling internal drama.
The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, effective defense tactics and weaponry and more.
Goosebumps is a series of children’s horror fiction novellas by American author R. L. Stine, published by Scholastic Publishing. The stories follow child characters, who find themselves in scary situations. From 1992 to 1997, 62 books were published under the Goosebumps umbrella title.