Madden guides listeners through the most famous and enduring narratives of medival Europe. Beginning with King Arthur, Professor Madden peels back layers of exaggeration and fiction to lay bare the historical basis for the mythological king. Madden then examines myths of the medieval church, sexual myths of the Middle Ages, and myths about Robin Hood and the Shroud of Turin, all the time imparting an understanding of just what medieval peopel thought about their planet.
Beth A. Griech-Polelle examines the factors that led to the ascendance of Adolf Hitler during the rebuilding of post-WWI Germany. Moving from the birth of modern Germany through the First World, War, Polelle then focuses on Hitler's early years and the creation of the National Social German Workers' Party. Polelle illustrates how Hitler consolidated power--resulting in a society divided against itself and at war with a major portion of the world--and also maintains a special focus on the persecution of the Jewish population, both inside Nazi Germany and in conquered parts of Europe.
Stavans explores Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha's impact within Renaissance Spain and discusses Cervante's career as a soldier, tax collector, and failed playwright. He also focuses on the baroque style and the way Spain has built its national identity around Don Quixote.
Polelle examines the origins, major events, and consquences of the Second World War. Taking in account the First World War's effect on politics, economics, culture, and the international system as a whole, the course illustrates the ideologies at play as communism, fascism, and democratic capitalism came into direct conflict. Polelle also imagines a number of "what ifs," including what whould have happened if Hitler had not invaded the Soviet Union, and concludes with a consideration of the legacy of World War II.
It appears that the ancient prophecy of Drakis--the human warrior who will lead all the races conquered and enslaved by the elves of the Rhonas Empire to freedom--is about to be fulfilled. The elves have ruled their vast Empire for centuries, thanks to both their well-trained Legions and their complete control of the Aether--the mystical substance that fuels their magic. But there is now a growing rebel army threatening to overrun their territory. It is an army able to draw on magic of its own, an army allied with dragons, an army marching under the banner of a human named Drakis.
As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of a gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime's worth of lies and betrayals with the publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder. Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, placing everything at risk--and everyone in mortal peril.
When Nicholas was 24 years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family. In shock, he embarked on a journey to uncover the truth, but the answers wouldn't come easily. In the process of digging into his past, he began writing a novel that was met with phenomenal success, and was convinced he'd put his family's past behind him. But years later, Nicolas must reexamine everything he thought he knew, and learns that, however deeply buried, the secrets of the past always find a way out.
The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother saying she can no longer raise her. It doesn't take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, especially to the lovely yet eccentric sales rep, Amelia Loman.
A vacation trip to the Iron Range in Minnesota goes horrifyingly, harrowingly wrong.
Kit Noonan's life is stalled: unemployed, twins to support, a mortgage to pay--and a frustrated wife, who is certain that, more than anything else, Kit needs to solve the mystery of his father's identity. He begins with a visit to his former stepfather, Jasper, a take-no-prisoners Vermont outdoorsman. But it is another person who has kept the secret: Lucinda Burns, wife of a revered senior statesman and mother of Malachy (the journalist who died of AIDS in Glass's first novel, Three Junes). She and her husband are the only ones who know the full story: of an accident whose repercussions spread even further when Jasper introduces Lucinda to Kit. Immersing readers in a panorama that stretches from Vermont to the tip of Cape Cod, Glass weaves together the lives of Kit, Jasper, Lucinda and, ultimately, Fenno McLeod, the beloved protagonist of Three Junes (now in his sixties). An unforgettable novel about the youthful choices that steer our destinies, the necessity of forgiveness, and the surprisingly mutable meaning of family.
The Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author of Let's Take the Long Way Home now gives a stunning, exquisitely written memoir about a dramatic turning point in her life, which unexpectedly opened up a world of understanding, possibility, and connection. Gail Caldwell's memoir is about the surprising way life can begin again, at any age.
Nina is a harried young mother who spends her evenings spying on the older couple across the street through her son's binoculars. She is drawn to their quiet contentment, so unlike her own lonely, chaotic world of nursing. One night, she spies a young couple in the throes of passion. Who are these people, and what happened to her symbol of domestic bliss?
Expanded and updated exclusively for graduates just entering the workforce, the enhanced edition includes a letter to graduates from Sheryl Sandberg and six additional chapters from experts offering advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job: resume writing; best interviewing practices; negotiating salary; listening to the inner voice; owning oneself; and leaning in for millennial men.
"An ill wind blows through Alpine, but Advocate publisher Emma Lord and Sheriff Milo Dodge seem immune to the prevailing angst. The newlyweds' domestic idyll is most definitely over when a dead man is discovered near the fish hatchery and nobody has a clue as to his identity. Moreover, whispers of scandal travel through the quaint streets when some high school girls mysteriously take a walk on the wild side. And then Milo's dedicated deputy, Sam Heppner, a true yeoman, suddenly goes AWOL. What's happening in Alpine? If Milo knows, he's not telling Emma. The situation grows even more fraught when a shocking link is revealed between the mystery corpse and one of Alpine's own, unearthing a long-buried dark secret." -- from publisher's web site.
Mark Watney was nearly killed by a dust storm on Mars and was abandoned by his crew who thought him dead. Now he's all alone with no way of letting Earth know he's alive, which doesn't matter because his supplies would run out before they'd get there. Either way, the environment or human error will likely kill him first. Not giving in, Mark works to survive, battling obstacle after obstacle, but will it be enough?
Michael Lewis returns to the financial world with a new book that gives readers a ringside seat as the biggest story in years prepares to hit Wall Street.
Joan is a ballerina whose life has been shaped by her relationship with the world-famous dancer Arslan Ruskov, whom she helps defect from the Soviet Union to the United States. While Arslan's career takes off, Joan's slowly declines, ending when she marries her longtime admirer, PhD student Jacob. As the years pass, Joan settles into her new life in California and watches her son Harry become a ballet prodigy. But when Harry's success brings him in contact with Arslan, secrets are revealed.
Jeff Bauman woke up on Tuesday, April 16th 2013 and he had no legs. Just 30 hours prior, he was surrounded by revelry at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The first bomb went off at his feet as he awaited his girlfriend's finish. When Jeff awoke days later and tried to speak, he couldn't. He asked for pen and paper and wrote down seven words, 'Saw the guy. Looked right at me,' setting off one of the biggest manhunts in the country's history and beginning his own brave road to recovery.
Bob Saget opens up about some of his personal experiences with life and death, his career, and his reputation for sick humor. All with his highly original blend of silliness, vulgarity, humor and heart, and all framed by a man who loves being funny above all else.
Seventeen-year-old Prenna, an immigrant who moved to New York when she was twelve, came from another time and she and the other travelers must follow strict rules to avoid destroying the new life they have worked so hard to get, as well as the one person Prenna is desperate to protect.
Using a blend of inspiring stories, scriptural principles, and straight talk, Joyce Meyer powerfully demonstrates that God isn't done with His followers yet. If they are stuck in a rut, disappointed by an outcome, hurting from a wound, failing in an endeavor, struggling in a relationship, or unsure about the future, they must not give up. They must not give up on themselves, and not give up on the God who loves them.
"Stone Barrington is back in the extraordinary new adventure from New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Manhattan's elite are beset by a series of clever crimes-and Stone is a material witness-he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to a privileged few, and the wealthy are made vulnerable by the very systems meant to keep them safe. As Stone and Dino delve deeper into their investigation, they learn that the mastermind behind the incidents may have some intimate ties to Stone. and that the biggest heist is still to come"-- Provided by publisher.
A sweeping, multi-generational saga set on the eve of WWI. Two entwined families: the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns, who serve them. Cavendon Hall is a grand imposing house nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. But the year is 1913, and soon life as the two families of Cavendon Hall know it - Royal Ascot, supper dances, grouse season feasts - is about to change irrevocably.
A thriller about one father making a split-second decision to save his son, and the consequences that follows.