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Becoming / Michelle Obama.

Becoming /  Michelle Obama.
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.


Small space style : because you don't have to live large to live beautifully / Whitney Leigh Morris of the Tiny Canal Cottage.

Small space style : because you don't have to live large to live beautifully / Whitney Leigh Morris of the Tiny Canal Cottage.
Interior design maven Whitney Leigh Morris makes living in under 400 square feet look elegant and effortless--even with a husband, baby, and two Beagles in the mix. In her debut book, Whitney shares her ideas and practices for making any tiny space efficient and stylish--whether it's a rustic A-frame in the woods or a chic microapartment in the city. Featuring 300 tips for making the most of your little home, Small Space Style is the must-have, incredibly inspirational guide for living large in compact quarters. Join small space lifestyle expert Whitney Leigh Morris as she demonstrates how to keep clutter to a minimum, craft double duty layouts, personalize chic storage, go vertical when surfaces are limited, DIY clever custom built-ins, and even entertain a crowd within confined square footage. With chapters centered around the essentials--living, sleeping, eating, and bathing--Small Space Style features real-life examples from Whitney's own delightful and sophisticated cottage in Venice Beach, California, as well as home tours of some of her favorite tiny houses, micro apartments, and beautiful, efficient small spaces--


The shadows we hide / Allen Eskens.

The shadows we hide /  Allen Eskens.
Cub reporter Joe Talbert, Jr. investigates the murder of a man with the same name as him in a small town in Minnesota and discovers the deceased was a loathsome lowlife who may be his father.


A season of grace / Lauraine Snelling.

A season of grace /  Lauraine Snelling.
In 1906 Minnesota, Nilda Carlson's life now resembles the images that filled her dreams in Norway. But when she spots the man from her terrifying past in town, her new life and hope for love could come crashing down around her. Did danger follow her across the Atlantic?--


Jerusalem's queen : a novel of Salome Alexandra / Angela Hunt.

Jerusalem's queen : a novel of Salome Alexandra / Angela Hunt.
After her father and sister are killed, Salome and her mother move to Jerusalem. When a relative betroths Salome to a pagan prince half her age, she questions God's plan. When she finds herself crowned queen of Judea, she learns that a woman committed to God can change the world--


Wait for me / Susan May Warren.

Wait for me /  Susan May Warren.
When two women go missing in the Montana wilderness, Pete Brooks must trust his skills, teammates--and the woman who broke his heart--if he hopes to bring them all home alive.--


Target Alex Cross / James Patterson.

Target Alex Cross /  James Patterson.
A leader has fallen, and the procession route from Capitol Hill to the White House is lined with hundreds of thousands of mourners. None feel the loss of a President more keenly than Alex Cross, who has devoted his life to the public good. A sniper's bullet strikes a target in the heart of DC. Alex Cross's wife, Bree Stone, newly elevated chief of DC detectives, faces an ultimatum: solve the case, or lose the position for which she's worked her entire career. The Secret Service and the FBI deploy as well in the race to find the shooter. Alex is tasked by the new President to take a personal role with the FBI, leading an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope. Alex has a horrible premonition: is the sniper's strike only the beginning of a larger attack on the nation?


Paris echo : a novel / Sebastian Faulks.

Paris echo : a novel / Sebastian Faulks.
American historian Hannah intends to immerse herself in World War II research in Paris, wary of paying much attention to the city where a youthful misadventure once left her dejected. But a chance encounter with Tariq, a Moroccan teenager whose visions of the City of Lights as a world of opportunity and rebirth starkly contrast with her own, disrupts her plan. Hannah agrees to take Tariq in as a lodger, forming an unexpected connection with the young man. Yet as Tariq begins to assimilate into the country he risked his life to enter, he realizes that its dark past and current ills are far more complicated than he'd anticipated. And Hannah, diving deeper into her work on women's lives in Nazi-occupied Paris, uncovers a shocking piece of history that threatens to dismantle her core beliefs. Soon they each must question which sacrifices are worth their happiness and what, if anything, the tumultuous past century can teach them about the future.--Dust jacket.


Heirs of the founders : the epic rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the second generation of American giants / H.W. Brands.

Heirs of the founders : the epic rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the second generation of American giants / H.W. Brands.
From ... bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how, in nineteenth-century America, a new set of political giants battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and to decide the future of our democracy. In the early 1800s, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky; as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. Together these heirs of Washington, Jefferson and Adams took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency and set themselves the task of finishing the work the Founders had left undone. Their rise was marked by dramatic duels, fierce debates, scandal and political betrayal. Yet each in his own way sought to remedy the two glaring flaws in the Constitution: its refusal to specify where authority ultimately rested, with the states or the nation, and its unwillingness to address the essential incompatibility of republicanism and slavery. They wrestled with these issues for four decades, arguing bitterly and hammering out political compromises that held the Union together, but only just. Then, in 1850, when California moved to join the Union as a free state, the immortal trio had one last chance to save the country from the real risk of civil war. But, by that point, they had never been further apart. Thrillingly and authoritatively, H. W Brands narrates an epic American rivalry and the little-known drama of the dangerous early years of our democracy.--Dust jacket.


Once a midwife / Patricia Harman

Once a midwife /  Patricia Harman
Though the Great Depression is behind the them, troubles are not, for Europe is at war. It is only be a matter of time before the U.S. enters the fray. In the town of Hope River, midwife Patience Hester's husband, Daniel has vowed never to take up arms again; he saw too much bloodshed during the First World War. When he is imprisoned for his beliefs, Patience and their four children are left vulnerable, while she tries to keep her practice running during this tumultuous time. -- adapted from jacket


A spark of light / Jodi Picoult.

A spark of light /  Jodi Picoult.
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center -- a women's reproductive health services clinic -- its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.


Prague spring / Simon Mawer.

Prague spring /  Simon Mawer.
New York Times best-selling author Simon Mawer's latest novel plunges into the suspenseful world of 1960s Czechoslovakia, revealing the divide between war games played by idealistic young Britons and deadly real-life politics. In the summer of 1968--a year of love and hate, of Prague Spring and Cold War winter-- Oxford students James Borthwick and Eleanor Pike set out to hitchhike across Europe, complicating a budding friendship that could be something more. Having reached Southern Germany, they decide on a whim to visit Czechoslovakia, where Alexander Dub̆cek's socialism with a human face is smiling on the world. Meanwhile, Sam Wareham, First Secretary at the British embassy in Prague, is observing developments in the country with both a diplomat's cynicism and a young man's passion. In the company of Czech student Lenka Koneckova, he finds a way into the world of Czechoslovak youth, its hopes and its ideas. For the first time, nothing seems off limits behind the Iron Curtain. Yet the wheels of politics are grinding in the background. The Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev is making demands of Dub̆cek, and the Red Army is massed on the borders. How will the looming disaster affect those fragile lives caught up in the invasion?--


The comforts of home / Susan Hill.

The comforts of home /  Susan Hill.
Investigating a cold case while recovering from a near-fatal injury, Simon Serrailler finds his personal and professional lives intertwining in unexpected ways when his constable brother-in-law suffers a setback at the same time an arsonist begins a deadly rampage.


The betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots : Elizbeth I and her greatest rival / Kate Williams.

The betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots : Elizbeth I and her greatest rival / Kate Williams.
A history of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, two women struggling for supremacy in a man's world, describes how their bonds of friendship sustained them until jealousy and antipathy turned them into enemies.


How to behave badly in Elizabethan England : a guide for knaves, fools, harlots, cuckolds, drunkards, liars, thieves, and braggarts / Ruth Goodman.

How to behave badly in Elizabethan England : a guide for knaves, fools, harlots, cuckolds, drunkards, liars, thieves, and braggarts / Ruth Goodman.
Draws on advice manuals, court cases, and sermons to illustrate the social mores of the Elizabethan Era.


Harvest of secrets / Ellen Crosby.

Harvest of secrets /  Ellen Crosby.
It's harvest season at Montgomery Estate Vineyard -- the busiest time of year for winemakers in Atoka, Virginia. A skull is unearthed near Lucie Montgomery's family cemetery, and the discovery of the bones coincides with the arrival of handsome, wealthy aristocrat Jean-Claude de Marignac. He's come to be the head winemaker at neighboring La Vigne Cellars, but he's no stranger to Lucie -- he was her first crush twenty years ago when she spent a summer in France.


Crazy rich Asians / Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with SK Global and Starlight Culture ; a Color Force/Ivanhoe Pictures/Electric Somewhere production ; produced by Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Jon Penotti ; screenplay by Peter Chiarell and Adele Lim ; directed by Jon M. Chu.

Crazy rich Asians /  Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with SK Global and Starlight Culture ; a Color Force/Ivanhoe Pictures/Electric Somewhere production ; produced by Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Jon Penotti ; screenplay by Peter Chiarell and Adele Lim ; directed by Jon M. Chu.
A native New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.


Crazy rich Asians / Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; produced by Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Jon Penotti ; screenplay by Peter Chiarell adn Adele Lim ; director, Jon M. Chu.

Crazy rich Asians /  Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; produced by Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Jon Penotti ; screenplay by Peter Chiarell adn Adele Lim ; director, Jon M. Chu.
A native New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.


The breakthrough : immunotherapy and the race to cure cancer / Charles Graeber.

The breakthrough : immunotherapy and the race to cure cancer / Charles Graeber.
Draws on the experiences of patients, physicians, and researchers to explain the revolutionary development of immunotherapy as a treatment for cancer and how that information is being harnessed to create more effective patient therapies.


An elderly lady is up to no good / Helene Tursten ; translated by Marlaine Delargy.

An elderly lady is up to no good /  Helene Tursten ; translated by Marlaine Delargy.
Maud is an irascible 88-year-old Swedish woman with no family, no friends, and... no qualms about a little murder. This funny, irreverent story collection by Helene Tursten, author of the Irene Huss investigations, features two-never-before translated stories that will keep you laughing all the way to the retirement home. Ever since her darling father's untimely death when she was only eighteen, Maud has lived in the family's spacious apartment in downtown Gothenburg rent-free, thanks to a minor clause in a hastily negotiated contract. That was how Maud learned that good things can come from tragedy. Now in her late eighties, Maud contents herself with traveling the world and surfing the net from the comfort of her father's ancient armchair. It's a solitary existence, and she likes it that way. Over the course of her adventures--or misadventures--this little bold lady will handle a crisis with a local celebrity who has her eyes on Maud's apartment, foil the engagement of her long-ago lover, and dispose of some pesky neighbors. But when the local authorities are called to investigate a dead body found in Maud's apartment, will Maud finally become a suspect?


Those who go by night : a novel / Andrew Gaddes.

Those who go by night : a novel / Andrew Gaddes.
England, 1324--a land rife with superstition and gripped by fear of the Church's holy wrath. When a beggar is murdered in the quiet village of Bottesford, his body draped across the altar of St. Mary's church in a perverse pose of pagan sacrifice, the Pope's Inquisitor General places the small hamlet in his sights. Anxious to stave off the Inquisition, the Bishop of Lincoln dispatches Thomas Lester, son of a disgraced Templar Knight, to investigate--but the Archbishop's fanatical emissary has already arrived to conduct his own inquiry. Thomas's investigation uncovers a viper's nest of perfidious players: the secretive wife of the local lord, a notorious Irishwoman accused of witchcraft, and a depraved assassin who has left a trail of murder and blackmail in his wake. As this sordid drama unfolds, Thomas finds himself falling in love with a woman whose beauty is matched only by her defiance of the Church's fearsome power. Is the killer poised to strike again? Will the Inquisition bring its hammer down on the hapless hamlet? And could there be a real witch hiding in plain sight? The race is on to conjure the truth--


Farewell, my orange / Iwaki Kei ; translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney.

Farewell, my orange /  Iwaki Kei ; translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney.


The silent wife / Kerry Fisher.

The silent wife  /  Kerry Fisher.
Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything he has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets-- or so she thinks. Then one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico's first wife. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves? For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price.


The story of Greece and Rome / Tony Spawforth.

The story of Greece and Rome /  Tony Spawforth.
The magnificent civilization created by the ancient Greeks and Romans is the greatest legacy of the classical world. However, narratives about the civilized Greek and Roman empires resisting the barbarians at the gate are far from accurate. Tony Spawforth, an esteemed scholar, author, and media contributor, follows the thread of civilization through more than six millennia of history. His story reveals that Greek and Roman civilization, to varying degrees, was supremely and surprisingly receptive to external influences, particularly from the East. From the rise of the Mycenaean world of the sixteenth century B.C., Spawforth traces a path through the ancient Aegean to the zenith of the Hellenic state and the rise of the Roman empire, the coming of Christianity and the consequences of the first caliphate. Deeply informed, provocative, and entirely fresh, this is the first and only accessible work that tells the extraordinary story of the classical world in its entirety.


The riddler : fantastic puzzles from FiveThirtyEight / edited by Oliver Roeder ; foreword by Nate Silver.

The riddler : fantastic puzzles from FiveThirtyEight / edited by Oliver Roeder ; foreword by Nate Silver.
In the tradition of Martin Gardner's beloved brain teasers, Oliver Roeder's delightful puzzles explore the math implicit in everyday occurences. The most mind-bending puzzles on the internet appear weekly in Oliver Roeder's The Riddler column. Presented by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, an online mecca for statistics nerds, the column attracts a rabid community of puzzlers (including the coach of the U.S. Math Olympiad team and a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory) who rush to submit solutions and extensions. Now, FiveThirtyEight presents the first-ever Riddler collection, featuring the column's most popular problems, which draw on geometry, logic, statistics, and game theory, along with six never-before-published puzzles. The simplest require a mere flash of insight, while the toughest involve deep applications of analysis and probability theory. Can you rig an election? What's the best way to drop a smartphone? Can you solve the puzzle of the overflowing martini glass? Designed to appeal to a range of skill levels, The Riddler will be the perfect gift for any math or puzzle enthusiast--


City of crows / Chris Womersley.

City of crows /  Chris Womersley.
Set in seventeenth-century France--a country in the thrall of dark magic, its social fabric weakened by years of plague--Chris Womersley's City of Crows is a richly imagined and engrossing tour de force. Inspired by real-life events, it tells the story of Charlotte Picot, a young woman from the country forced to venture to the fearsome city of Paris in search of her only-remaining son, Nicolas. Fate (or coincidence) places the quick-witted charlatan Adam Lesage in her path. Lesage is newly released from the prison galleys and on the hunt for treasure, but, believing him to be a spirit she has summoned from the underworld, Charlotte enlists his help in finding her child. Charlotte and Lesage--comically ill-matched but nevertheless essential to one another--journey to Paris, then known as the City of Crows: Charlotte in search of Nicolas, and Lesage seeking a fresh start. Dazzlingly told, with humor and flair, City of Crows is a novel for readers who like their fiction atmospheric, adventurous, spine-tingling, and beautifully written. Pre-revolutionary France, with all its ribaldry, superstition, and intrigue is mesmerizing, and Charlotte Picot's story--the story of a mother in search of her lost son--holds universal appeal. --


Morpho : Anatomy for artists / Michel Lauricella ; translator, Marie Deer.

Morpho : Anatomy for artists / Michel Lauricella ; translator, Marie Deer.
In this book,... Michel Lauricella presents both his artistic and systematic methods for drawing the human body with drawing techniques from the écorché (showing the musculature and bone structure underneath the skin) to dynamic sketches of models in action. In more than 1000 illustrations, the human body is shown from a new perspective--from bone structure to musculature, from anatomical detail to the body in motion. Laurcella believes that only by learning basic human anatomy can one's drawing skills be perfected. Morpho is a rich, fascinating, and helpful book that can go with you everywhere on your sketching journey.--Page [4] of cover.


 

 

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