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A Novel

ANY WATER WAS A WAY HOME ... What if you grew up with a seal mother and a human father? Fionnuala is such a daughter: a part-human, part-seal Deaf woman who falls in love with Neela, a Hearing woman in India. While growing up with Neela's family in Tamil Nadu, she struggles with her distant parents living apart in Ireland and Indonesia. Eventually her father brings her to Venice where she becomes a mime artist. What binds them all together is the unstoppable undercurrent of ache running through the sea of their lives. "In gorgeous, briny prose, Kristen Ringman's novel grabbed my heart and didn't let it go until the last page. Fionnuala is a delightful character who glides easily between the worlds of the sea and land, the deaf and the hearing, grief and joy. Both magical and raw, this story made me happy to be alive." - Lucy Jane Bledsoe, author of The Big Bang Symphony

Fionnuala is a delightful character who glides easily between the worlds of the sea and land, the deaf and the hearing, grief and joy. Both magical and raw, this story made me happy to be alive.

Eve's Apple

A Novel

Ruth Simon is beautiful, smart, talented, and always hungry. As a teenager, she starved herself almost to death, and though outwardly healed, inwardly she remains dangerously obsessed with food. For Joseph Zimmerman, Ruth's tormented relationship with eating is a source of deep distress and erotic fascination. Driven by his love for Ruth, and haunted by his own secrets, Joseph sets out to unravel the mystery of hunger and denial. This gripping debut novel is a powerful exploration of appetite, love, and desire.

I heard it again and this time saw Kenneth, on the opposite platform. With him
stood David and Margot. They both waved. Kenneth called my name again. They
wanted me to join them. Standing near Kenneth was Ilena Tarkofsky. Even from ...

The Enchantress of Florence

A Novel

A tall, yellow-haired, young European traveler calling himself “Mogor dell’Amore,” the Mughal of Love, arrives at the court of the Emperor Akbar, lord of the great Mughal empire, with a tale to tell that begins to obsess the imperial capital, a tale about a mysterious woman, a great beauty believed to possess powers of enchantment and sorcery, and her impossible journey to the far-off city of Florence. The Enchantress of Florence is the story of a woman attempting to command her own destiny in a man’s world. It is the story of two cities, unknown to each other, at the height of their powers–the hedonistic Mughal capital, in which the brilliant Akbar the Great wrestles daily with questions of belief, desire, and the treachery of his sons, and the equally sensual city of Florence during the High Renaissance, where Niccolò Machiavelli takes a starring role as he learns, the hard way, about the true brutality of power. Vivid, gripping, irreverent, bawdy, profoundly moving, and completely absorbing, The Enchantress of Florence is a dazzling book full of wonders by one of the world’s most important living writers. From the Hardcover edition.

His captors pretended to have difficulty with his name, al-ghazi, the conqueror,
they called him for a joke, or al-khali, the empty one, the vessel. But his name
wasn't important. Argalia, Arcalia, Arqalia, Al-Khaliya. Nonsense words. They
didn't matter. It was his soul that had to be placed under new management just
like everyone else's. On the parade ground in their new outfits the sullen children
stood in ranks before In the children's prison camp at Uskiib (said the memory ...

Grady Mccracken and the Valley of the Chiefs

A Novel

In a fallen world, where bad things happen to good people, Grady McCracken is chosen to set things right... The Hankotchetejas nation has been under the power of a foul smelling, mind-numbing potion and enslaved by Charon, their evil chief, since the loss of the sacred seeds many years ago. The Great Father has promised the restoration of justice, peace, and the righting of all evils with the return of his good son, Anomon. But before good Chief Anomon can come to power and depose his evil brother, the sacred seeds must be recovered and the people in the Valley of the Chiefs must be liberated from the evil power that binds them. A mild mannered and gentle schoolteacher, Grady McCracken, is chosen by a miniature Indian chief to travel with him into the mountains of Colorado to find the seeds, free the captives, and restore the Valley of the Chiefs to its rightful owners. In their quest for the seeds, Grady McCracken and the Chief face constant perils from the Farmundos, Charon's dangerous army. In addition, Grady's quest leads him on a path of self-discovery and spiritual evolution that will forever leave him changed. As delightfully entertaining as it is thought-provoking, Grady McCracken and the Valley of the Chiefs offers a modern day allegory that readers of all ages and backgrounds can appreciate.

The Great Father will restore Anomon, his good son, who will become your chief,
and he will bring you back to this valley, the Valley of the Chiefs. It will no longer
be a valley of darkness. It will come back to life. The ground will produce for your
sake, and the skies will be pure and clear. You will no longer need to fear the
Farmundos. Charon will be defeated. You will unite with brothers from other
valleys and places far away that you might never see. But first, you must leave
and join ...

Done in One

A Novel

One bullet equals one kill. For SWAT sniper Jake Denton, the bullet casings he saves as grim reminders of his "kills" are beginning to add up. His wife, his department-ordered psychiatrist, and even Jake himself are all beginning to question just how these sanctioned kills are affecting his mental health. Nobody wants him to end up like Lee Staley, his mentor and ex-partner---now out on permanent psych leave, drinking himself to death, and the prime suspect in a series of shootings that have paralyzed Northern California. Jake doesn't believe that Staley's guilty, but since their job has taught them to kill, how easy would it be for his friend to cross over to the other side? How easy would it be for him? On every police force in the country, there's a SWAT sniper going about his daily life, acting like an average cop, until the moment when the call comes in. Then they become a hostage's last hope and a criminal's worst nightmare. To some, they are silent heroes---to others, silent killers. Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas's Done in One pulls back the curtain on their world.

Then Mr. Robert Allen Zimmerman was asking his mama to take his badge away,
that he just had no use for it anymore. This was bad. A Dylan 45 on repeat was a
bad omen. Jake kept knocking. A long, authoritative cop knock. The kind of knock
many of this building's occupants would be familiar with. He could just imagine
some of them flushing their drugs down the toilet right about now. Dylan was
talking about a long, black cloud coming down when the needle was
unceremoniously ...

The Better Man

A Novel

A magical, inventive novel about one man's struggle to find his place in the small Indian village of his birth In Anita Nair's warm and imaginative first novel, middle-aged Acuthan Nair returns home to restore his childhood house and to confront old ghosts. When he begins the project, he hires the town painter, One-Screw-Loose Bhasi, to oversee the renovation, and the two men quickly develop a close friendship. Bhasi, who has a special talent for healing the wounded, helps Acuthan come to terms with his mother's violent death and teaches him how to stand up to his overbearing, manipulative father. But when members of the town elite tempt Acuthan with a chance at gaining the status he's always craved, his loyalty to Bhasi is tested. The Better Man is a playful and moving account of the redemptive power of friendship.

When her plait lay unwound, skeins of silk washed by the dew, dried by the moon
, he gathered a handful of it. And with reverence, with a thumping heart, he buried
his face in it and breathed deep of its fragrance. Always plaited, always
restrained, brushing her thighs this way and that, her hair alone, he thought, had
inflamed his numbed senses. Awakening his catatonic soul with a sweep of
desire. To love. To live. To hold her in his arms. She turned, still asleep, to lie on
her back.

The Last Days of Dogtown

A Novel

“An excellent novel. A lovely and moving portrait of society’s outcasts…affirms the essential humanity of its poor and stubborn residents, for whom each day of survival is a victory” (The New York Times Book Review). Set on the high ground at the heart of Cape Ann, the village of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and “witches.” Among the inhabitants of this hamlet are Black Ruth, who dresses as a man and works as a stonemason; Mrs. Stanley, an imperious madam whose grandson, Sammy, comes of age in her brothel; Oliver Younger, who survives a miserable childhood at the hands of his aunt; and Cornelius Finson, a freed slave. At the center of it all is Judy Rhines, a fiercely independent soul, deeply lonely, who nonetheless builds a life for herself against all imaginable odds. Rendered in stunning, haunting detail, with Anita Diamant’s keen ear for language and profound compassion for her characters, The Last Days of Dogtown is an extraordinary retelling of a long-forgotten chapter of early American life.

“Same pap, different mamas,” Sally fibbed so easily that Molly suddenly
wondered if “Phipps” was also a lie. “Huh,” she said, pegging them as strumpets
from the state of their shoes and the color of their skirts. “Well, you two sure as
hell ain't coming in my place. Get yourself down to the harbor or up to Dogtown
where you belong. And by the by,” she said to Molly, “your 'sister' don't look so
good.” Sally's face was pale green. “My down-belows are in a twist,” she said,
and doubled over.

A Girl's Guide to Moving On

A Novel

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this powerful and uplifting novel, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined. When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all. Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Resolved to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements, Leanne nonetheless finds it difficult to resist Nikolai’s effusive overtures—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of her commitments. An inspiring novel of friendship, reinvention, and hope, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On affirms the ability of every woman to forge a new path, believe in love, and fearlessly find happiness. Praise for A Girl’s Guide to Moving On “Debbie Macomber’s finest novel. Betrayal and sorrow can happen in any stage of life and, in this wonderful story, her very nimble hands weave a spectacular kaleidoscope of courage, struggles, and finally joyous redemption and reinvention. Macomber totally understands the human heart. I absolutely loved it!”—Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies “Whispers a message of love, hope, and, yes, reinvention to every woman who has ever wondered ‘Is that all there is?’ I predict every diehard Macomber fan—as well as legions of readers new to the Macomber magic—will be cheering for Leanne and Nichole, and clamoring for more, more, more.”—Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, Ladies’ Night, and Summer Rental “Macomber is a master at pulling heartstrings, and readers will delight in this heartwarming story of friendship, love, and second chances. Leanne, Nichole, Rocco, and Nikolai will renew your faith in love and hope. The perfect read curled up in front of the fire or on a beach, it’s as satisfying as a slice of freshly baked bread—wholesome, pleasantly filling, and delicious.”—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of Flight Patterns “Beloved author Debbie Macomber reaches new heights in this wise and beautiful novel. It’s the kind of reading experience that comes along only rarely, bearing the hallmarks of a classic. The timeless wisdom in these pages will stay with you long after the book is closed.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Starlight on Willow Lake “Debbie dazzles! A wonderful story of friendship, forgiveness and the power of love. I devoured every page!”—Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Friends We Keep

“Tonight I want to talk about idioms.” Knowing that some of my students needed
to see the word written, I walked over to the board and wrote idiom in large letters
for them to see and copy down. “Idioms are part of every language,” I said. “It is a

Cat and Mouse

A Novel

In the War on Terror, it is often difficult to tell who the enemy is. Sometimes your fiercest opponent isn't an insurgent or a fanatic bent on making a statement in blood, but a chain of command that is pursuing goals and objectives that have nothing to do with your unit's stated mission. Nathan Dixon finds out just how true this is when a new battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Delmont, convinces his superiors that he has an all but foolproof plan for defeating Islamic terrorists in the Philippines—a plan that will ensure Delmont's promotion to full colonel and beyond. But the 3rd Regiment of the 75th Ranger battalion is pitted against no fool. Determined to create a fundamental Islamic state in Southeast Asia, a charismatic terrorist by the name of Hamdani Summirat unites the various Islamic factions into a confederation. Their aim is to drag the United States into a protracted war of attrition that the Americans cannot win. Summirat's factions play out a deadly game of cat and mouse, drawing the American forces into ambushes and small, bloody encounters with a small but highly trained core of Islamic fighters. Lieutenant General Scott Dixon, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations with the US Army--and Nathan's father—soon finds that these enemies are practically impossible to hunt down. They are killing American troops almost at will. He realizes quickly that if the mission continues, many more Americans will be wounded or killed-- perhaps even his own son. But his pleas to his Commander-in-Chief are practically ignored. This dual game of cat and mouse is played out both in the jungles of Mindanae and in the forward operations base. Nathan Dixon must deal with a battalion commander who is determined to see his plan through, regardless of the price Nathan and his company must pay, while Scott Dixon must deal with a chain of command that refuses to alter a plan of attack in the face of a losing effort. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The stage manager of this little drama was Captain Nathan Dixon, a twenty-eight-
year-old graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, who looked more like someone
you'd bump into on the corner of Broadway and Wall Street than the stylized ...