The most original thriller you will read this year
Author: M. R. Carey
Publisher: Hachette UK
'ORIGINAL, THRILLING AND POWERFUL' - Guardian 'HAUNTING, HEARTHBREAKING' - Vogue The phenomenal word-of-mouth bestseller that is now a BAFTA Award-nominated movie NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh. Melanie is a very special girl. Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year. 'A great read that takes hold of you and doesn ́t let go' - John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN *Return to the world of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS in M. R. Carey's stunning new novel THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE - out now!*
Publisher: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
At times we get caught up in the minutiae of life, confused about what is important. The meditations collected here remind us of the magic taking place all around us. -- Third in the popular series of collected meditations that began with Day of Promise and continued with What We Share. -- Over seventy meditations suitable for public and private use. From lightly humorous commentary on daily events to reflections on family life, childhood memories, holiday celebrations and solitary contemplations with nature, these meditations offer readers insight, perspective and a rich appreciation of the human experience.
WWI was a time when women at war were few and far between. The new profession of occupational therapy was just becoming known. Lorena Longley joins this new profession and decides to be part of the war work to help US troops in France. The Army does not have much use for women near the war front. Lorena and the other reconstruction aides, as these first occupational therapists were called, learn how to fit into an army hospital and how to help shell-shocked soldiers. Along the way, she has adventures, courtship, sorrows and successes. Mustering out of the reconstruction aide service is a bitter sweet end to her adventure of a lifetime.
THE GIFT by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Mondello Allison Jones knows what it's like to want. Or rather, she did. She'd spent the first few years of her life being shifted from one foster home to another, never really finding that special place to make her feel home. When she finds a small envelope on the ground on a side street in Boston, and opens it, her heart plummets. She recognizes the description of the contents and knows what it will mean to the little girl if the promise of this gift is not fulfilled. But when the CEO of Holden Industries, Derek Holden, accuses her of stealing the money inside the envelope, she's determined to go the distance and not only fulfill the gift herself, but to prove to the dashingly handsome millionaire that there is more to life than just money. The day his family lost their fortune and his world fell apart, Derek Holden swore he'd make his family fortune back. All good things in life came with sacrifice and hard work and he wasn't afraid of it. He'd built a financial empire all on his own and didn't need the simple conventions of life...until he met Allison Jones. The incredibly sweet designer with beautiful hair flowing down her back was much more than he'd originally thought when he'd accused her of stealing the money from the envelope he'd given the courier earlier that day. He'd intended the money to be a small donation to a local charity event. But he soon learned that a bank account full of money was no match for a heart full of love...and there was only one special woman who could teach him. Please look for other books in the FATE WITH A HELPING HAND series: All I Want for Christmas is You The Marriage Contract The Knight and Maggie's Baby The Gift The Gift is a short story contemporary holiday romance prequel to THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT and THE KNIGHT AND MAGGIE'S BABY.
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2014 DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE A fiercely beautiful novel about friendship and the ties that bind us. Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can't quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend's life. Until a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall apart further – and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, kind, brave Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is and what that question means about them both. A staggeringly arresting, honest novel of love, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship that moves us to ask ourselves just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year that “fondly recalls John Kennedy Toole’s 1980 classic A Confederacy of Dunces.” Esmerelda Van Twinkle, a failed pastry chef turned obese copy shop manager, stumbles into motherhood after a semi-intentional liaison with good-natured coupon distributor Jasper Winslow. Born on Bastille Day, their twin children, Robespierre and Marat, revolt against archaic rules imposed by their autocratic grandmother, surmount radically misguided parenting, navigate factional infighting, and engage in combat in the Middle East to achieve great personal gain. But just as the family is on the cusp of achieving meteoric success in politics, business, music, and gastronomy, fissures from the past crack open spectacularly, derailing their bid for long-lived power while cementing a reputation for the ages. Loosely structured on the greatest identity crisis ever, The French Revolution is the hilarious, tragic, and deeply imaginative story of a San Francisco family forging its place in history. Vive la revolution! “A thrilling novel that explores the meaning of success and the unlikely bonds that unite a family . . . Stewart’s hilariously bawdy satire casts fresh light in a dark corner of the past while portraying a family whose members have somehow survived history. Now, if only they can endure each other.” —Booklist
The second of Beth Ciotta's hysterically funny comedic capers is sure to delight romance readers everywhere. "A wonderful, savvy, sexy, and suspenseful romp. Ciotta has woven a terrific tale with characters to die for. This book will definitely leave you 'charmed'."--"USA Today" bestselling author Jan Coffey
From Barbies to your first bra, from holding your teddy bear to slowdancing with your first boyfriend, from knowing everyone in elementary school to trying to make new friends in middle school. . . . When dealing with these changes, it's no wonder preteen girls can freak out from time to time.
"She was found abandoned in the lavatory of a little cafeteria in Bogota, Colombia, and the police who picked her up named her Consuelo. The toddler quickly bonded with her new mother in Washington D.C. She struggled with a severe learning disability, despite a superior I.Q., and blossomed into an award-winning young artist. Her impulsive behavior led to fits and false starts during adolescence, until she found happiness at twenty-one with David and his extended family. Their love and lives ended in the curve of a rural road in Florida."--Cover.
Unconditional Love The saga continues in the lives of longtime friends Gerald and Catherine. On December 23, 1984, Catherine Russell marries her best friend, Gerald Lucas. Shortly after theyre married, a lover from Geralds past makes her presence known and causes Catherine to doubt his fidelity. Will old lovers threaten their marriage? While dealing with this drama, an internal affairs agent constantly rehashes the tragic events surrounding Catherines mothers death. Will her unwarranted inquiries into their past jeopardize Geralds career in law enforcement? Over the years, Catherine refused to discuss the traumatic events of her childhood. Ultimately, a secret that she has kept for more than twenty years is revealed, and she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life. Will this secret tear the family apart?
Your expert guide to the dos and don'ts of getting married Your wedding should be fun, exciting, and worry-free-but most brides, grooms, and their families run into sticky situations or unique circumstances that surround etiquette. Now, there's a definitive guide that provides the solutionsfor all those dilemmas big and small. Wedding Etiquette For Dummies provides sound information and guidance-whether it's deciding how to handle divorced parents, inform guests of where the couple is registered, or tastefully incorporate new traditions into your ceremony and reception. You get plenty of proven advice and tips for everything from who pays for the wedding and properly announcing the engagement to hosting events leading up to the wedding and dealing with destination wedding snags and pitfalls. You'll even see how to gracefully handle wedding cancellations and postponements. The dos and don'ts of wedding etiquette for any bride, groom, relatives, or friends of the marrying couple Tips for proper behavior during the engagement, ceremony, and reception Advice on dealing with the wedding party and opinionated or pushy in-laws Special considerations for second (or more) marriages and military, ethnic, and religious weddings How to set up a tasteful, interactive wedding website and write the all important thank you note Sue Fox is the author of Etiquette For Dummies, 2nd Edition and Business Etiquette For Dummies, 2nd Edition Leaving no wedding dilemma uncovered, Wedding Etiquette For Dummies is your one-stop guide for having the wedding of your dreams without the stress!
The morning rises to engulf my world revealing the majestic beauty with beams of infinite warmth. So is my love for you. And when the dusk hours approach and the evening sun dims with a heavenly glow, I will hold you close for you are my Forever Love. These words, penned by Tim, share a glimpse of the love shared between Tim and Becky. Author Becky Spell shares her real life stories and adventures and her revelations of Love being the foundations of nearly everything in life in Rise Up, Recount Love. Become engulfed in the laughter, joy, tears, sadness, but most of all, the true meaning of Love in this inspiring work. You will find yourself inspired to live, laugh, and love with all that you are. Learn more about the ministry or contact us at: Tims Gift Inc. 108 Northeast Blvd. Clinton, N.C. 28328 www.timsgift.com [email protected] Tims Gift Clinton on Facebook
The arch demon, Drakoor set, is furious: the Sword Bearer has escaped him again! KC and her family fl ee to Verai, to her uncle, Korin Beloruuis, the leader of the Alliance of Territories, the only opposition to Drakoors massive forces. Khyl desperately fi ghts another battle one of his brothers twisted mind while serving beside him in disguise. With all of Nvarda at stake, KC uses her considerable skills and talents to fi ght a war she hopes she can win, but the fury of the demon is a nightmare she faces every time she closes her eyes to sleep. He approaches!
“This could be heaven or this could be hell!” The Eagles “Each one of them stood silently at the gravesite wondering what would happen next. Terri saw the woman in the cotton dress reach into her purse. She expected her to pull out her gun. The girl’s gaze narrowed as the woman, a Special Agent with the DEA, finally took a step forward and pulled out a tissue.” Requiem Roads is the story of a group of characters, each with their own ‘fatal’ flaws, suddenly carried along by events until they arrive at the Mission, a place shrouded by a devastating earthquake and by a violent and murderous past. Even as the mission is slowly and faithfully being reconstructed, such a place is filled with history, and history can easily be repeated. Yet the human heart still seeks to find its path, even while dodging firestorms, tornados, hired assassins, and the ghostly remnants of our own personal disasters.
Mr. Hatfield with all of his years of experience in marriage, parenting, family, missions and in the Church pulls no punches in calling Christ's Bride to return to His Truth (God's revealed Law-Word) regarding discipleship (men and women of faith and grace) in Manhood and Womanhood, outrageously successful spousal relations, parenting with training in romance, sexual satisfaction, love and marriage! He is calling all believers, especially men, to confession and repentance and to receive, understand and apply these Truths in the Power of the Holy Spirit as the only acceptable response in which God will revive and reform the Family and the Church in the 21st Century! Not for the weak-kneed, weak-minded or humanistically influenced, this is for Christ's Bride as we prepare for and anticipate His return! These applications of God's revealed Law-Word and His uncommon common sense in the lives of America's postmodern Christian culture and especially the promise of duplicating of these successes for love and marriage in our children, is exciting and challenging to the point of precedent setting magnitudes. The reader will experience riveting and exciting challenges to the status quo of our present day Christian culture. "Based on interviews with more than 1000 adults nationwide, the survey discovered that less than one out of every five adults believes that children under the age of 13 are being "superbly" or "pretty well" prepared for life emotionally, physically, spiritually, intellectually or physically. Fewer than one out of every twenty adults believes that America's youngsters are receiving above average preparation in all five of those areas of life." Americans Agree: "Kids Are Not Being Prepared for Life," The Barna Group-October 26, 2004 The couples, who discover the answers to the moral morass of our postmodern Christian culture, are those who know that the future of their children is in jeopardy and that we are in a war for the control of that future! Sadly, the statistics of broken homes, divorces, adultery, domestic violence, drugs and promiscuity - to mention only some of the ills of our culture - are almost equally divided between "Christian" families and non-Christian families. This is unacceptable as a comparison and must change. Consequently, fathers and mothers of faith and grace are those - who are and or who will experience - God's promise of victory over these fruits of our fallen nature and live a marriage experience that captures the best of God's gifts of love, sex and romance in marriage. Daddy's Little Girl and Mommy's Little Boy brings us clear evidence of just how America's Christian couples can have this victory in their marriage and how to duplicate this success in their sons and daughters.
Family, Community, and Integration's Move from the Courtroom to the Schoolyard
Author: Doug Davis
Category: Biography & Autobiography
On August 27, 1956 in Clinton, Tennessee, twelve African American students made history when they were the first to walk through the doors of a legally desegregated high school. On that day, integration in the South formally moved from the courtroom to the classroom. Author Doug Davis was a frontline witness to history. His mother was an English teacher at the high school, and his father was a lawyer in the initial court case. Although school opened with minimal disruption, the first week ended with tanks rolling into town to keep order. Later, when the parents of the black students were reluctant to send their children to school, the author's father was one of three who escorted the students through a gauntlet of angry racists that had gathered in protest. Davis was just eight when this happened, and the memories of those tense days were the inspiration for this story. The conflict followed the family home and included the burning of a cross in their front yard. The family members were eyewitnesses to their hometown's turmoil, conflict that escalated from riots and protests, culminating in the destruction of the high school with one hundred sticks of dynamite. Th e people of this ruptured community bore the brunt of this momentous era of societal change in America. Here, childhood memories of family and community shed their light on the story.
This is the first thing weve done right with this kid, argued Dr. Epstein, after I challenged his decision to alter my sons course of treatment. Just listening to this world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon admit to all the negligent care that hurt James and trapped us in the hospital for months terrified me. As Dr. Epstein rambled on about finally being on the right track with Jamess care, I wondered if Id ever get my son out of this hospital alive. This unimaginable nightmare all began in August 1982 when my youngest son, James, was admitted to New York Cornell Hospital in Manhattan, New York. He was diagnosed and treated with radiation for a brainstem glioma (tumor). The doctors told us that James would probably die in less than a year. In 1985 James was admitted to NYU Medical Center in Manhattan, New York, for what the doctors said was a recurrence of his brain disease. James was expected to undergo one surgery to remove the tumor and return home in seven to ten days. As a result of repeated mistakes by doctors, nurses, and physical therapists, James was forced to undergo eight surgeries, including one surgery that was performed without our knowledge or consent. Nine months later, my son was discharged from NYU Medical Center, permanently injured and totally disabled. Sixteen years later we discovered that James never had a brainstem tumor. Living Scared begins as a heart-wrenching memoir but quickly develops into a hard-hitting expos that probes indifference, complacent attitudes, reckless behavior, incompetence, eroding ethics, descending standards of practice, and widespread corruption in medicine. Medical Negligence Is A National Crisis Screaming newspaper headlinesdoctor operates on the wrong leg! or surgical instrument left inside patient!have become a commonplace occurrence as medical negligence spreads pervasively throughout our nation. What once was so shocking to people now hardly raises an eyebrow because allowed behavior has become accepted behavior. Sadly, we have no one to blame for this atrocity but ourselves because our society has come to accept the avoidable mistakes that occur in all hospitals as human error, and thats wrong. An estimated 100,000 people die from hospital infections every year. Another 100,000 people die from medical negligence. Some 1.5 million people a year are injured as a result of medication mistakes. Hospitals rarely blame doctors or nurses for the medical mistakes that occur in hospitals. More often than not, hospital administrators invariably blame the system each time a patient is injured or killed as a result of a medical mistake. Disciplinary action against the doctor or nurse involved is rarely executed. An example of this: Chief Executive Sam Odle of Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis said, Whenever something like this happens [regarding a medication mix-up that killed three infants on September 23, 2006], it is not an individual responsibility; its an institutional responsibility. The truth is, human negligence is often responsible for a majority of the mistakes that occur in hospitals; but hospital administrators will never admit to this fact. Instead, they shrewdly manipulate the public and minimize public outrage by blaming the system each time a patient dies as a result of medical negligence. This strategy works very well because the system is intangible, and people dont seem to get as fired up when the system fails, as opposed to a living, breathing human who failed to do their job and was responsible for the death of a patient. This nationwide crisis, approaching epidemic proportions, has prompted the U.S. government to issue a warning to all hospitals to clean up their act after a national survey showed that 47 percent of Americans were directly affected, or knew of someone af