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Southern Lights

Author : Danielle Steel
ISBN : 0440339111
Genre : Fiction
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Danielle Steel sweeps us from a Manhattan courtroom to the Deep South in her powerful new novel—at once a behind-closed-doors look into the heart of a family and a tale of crime and punishment. Eleven years have passed since Alexa Hamilton left the South behind, fleeing the pain of her ex-husband’s betrayal and the cruelty of his prominent Charleston family. Now an assistant D.A. in Manhattan, Alexa has finally put her demons to rest, making a name for herself as a top prosecutor, handling the city’s toughest cases while juggling her role as devoted single mom to a teenage daughter. But everything changes when Alexa is handed her latest case: the trial of accused serial killer Luke Quentin. Sifting through mountains of forensic evidence, Alexa prepares for a high-stakes trial…until threatening letters throw her private life into turmoil. The letters are addressed to her beautiful seventeen-year-old daughter, Savannah, whom Alexa has been raising alone since her divorce. Alexa is certain that Quentin is behind the letters—and that they are too dangerous to ignore. Suddenly she must make the toughest choice of all—and send her daughter back to the very place she swore she would never return to: the place where her marriage ended in heartbreak…her ex-husband’s world of southern tradition, memories of betrayal, and the antebellum charm of Charleston. Now, while Alexa’s trial builds to a climax in New York, her daughter is settling into southern life, discovering a part of her family history and a father she barely knows--from the ice-cold stepmother who stole him away to a fascinating ancestry and a half-sister and half-brothers she comes to love. As secrets are exposed and old wounds are healed, Alexa and Savannah, after a season in different worlds, will come together again—strengthened by the challenges they have faced, changed by the mysteries they have unraveled, and with Savannah now at home in the southern world her mother fled. In this masterfully told tale, Danielle Steel creates a stunning array of contrasts: from the gritty chaos of Manhattan’ s criminal court system to the seductive gentility of the South, from the rage of a hardened criminal to the tender bond between a mother and daughter—and a loving father who has welcomed Savannah home at last. A novel that will catch you off guard at every turn, Southern Lights is Danielle Steel at her electrifying best. From the Hardcover edition.

Nabokov S Favorite Word Is Mauve

Author : Ben Blatt
ISBN : 9781501105401
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Data meets literature in this “enlightening” (The Wall Street Journal), “brilliant” (The Boston Globe), “Nate Silver-esque” (O, The Oprah Magazine) look at what the numbers have to say about our favorite authors and their masterpieces. There’s a famous piece of writing advice—offered by Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, and myriad writers in between—not to use -ly adverbs like “quickly” or “angrily.” It sounds like solid advice, but can we actually test it? If we were to count all the -ly adverbs these authors used in their careers, do they follow their own advice? What’s more, do great books in general—the classics and the bestsellers—share this trait? In the age of big data we can answer questions like these in the blink of an eye. In Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve, a “literary detective story: fast-paced, thought-provoking, and intriguing” (Brian Christian, coauthor of Algorithms to Live By), statistician and journalist Ben Blatt explores the wealth of fun findings that can be discovered by using text and data analysis. He assembles a database of thousands of books and hundreds of millions of words, and then he asks the questions that have intrigued book lovers for generations: What are our favorite authors’ favorite words? Do men and women write differently? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? What makes a great opening sentence? And which writerly advice is worth following or ignoring? All of Blatt’s investigations and experiments are original, conducted himself, and no math knowledge is needed to enjoy the book. On every page, there are new and eye-opening findings. By the end, you will have a newfound appreciation of your favorite authors and also come away with a fresh perspective on your own writing. “Blatt’s new book reveals surprising literary secrets” (Entertainment Weekly) and casts an x-ray through literature, allowing us to see both the patterns that hold it together and the brilliant flourishes that allow it to spring to life.

Matters Of The Heart

Author : Danielle Steel
ISBN : 9780440339274
Genre : Fiction
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In this spellbinding blend of suspense and human drama, Danielle Steel tells a powerful and unusual story of one woman’s journey from darkness into light, as she fights to escape a mesmerizing sociopath who holds her in his thrall. . . . Top photographer Hope Dunne has known joy and heartbreak, and finds serenity through the lens of her camera. Content in her SoHo loft, she isn’t looking for a man or excitement. But these things find her when she flies to London to photograph one of the world’s most celebrated writers. Finn O’Neill exudes warmth and a boyish charm. Enormously successful, he is a perfect counterpoint to Hope’s quiet, steady grace—and he’s taken instantly by her. He courts her as no one ever has before, whisking her away to his palatial, isolated Irish estate. Hope finds it all, and him, irresistible. But soon cracks begin to appear in his stories: Gaps in his history, a few innocent lies, and bouts of jealousy unnerve her. Suddenly Hope is both in love and deeply in doubt, and ultimately frightened of the man she loves. Is it possible that this adoring man is hiding something even worse? The spell cast by a brilliant sociopath has her trapped in his web, too confused and dazzled to escape, as he continues to tighten his grip on her. Danielle Steel delivers an unforgettable tale of danger and obsessive love, as she explores the dark secrets that sometimes lurk just below the surface of ordinary lives, writing about men and women and their courage to prevail even in the face of evil.


Author : Danielle Steel
ISBN : 9780440245162
Genre : Fiction
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Weaves together the stories of a writer working in the heart of academia in modern-day Boston and a daring young Sioux indian on an incredible journey in the 18th century. By the best-selling author of Big Girl. Reprint.

Southern Light

Author : J. R. Salamanca
ISBN : UCAL:B4358751
Genre : Fiction
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Library And Book Trade Almanac 2011

Author : Information Today Inc
ISBN : 1573874124
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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An industry information resource and directory covers news, trends, events, new legislation, and funding changes and offers statistics on book prices, library expenditures, and average salaries.

Digital Talking Books Plus

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ISBN : OSU:32435077156495
Genre : Talking books
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The Early Years

Author : Rachel Carrington
ISBN : 164345434X
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Rachel's story is a true one of young love, joys, and triumphs experienced, but also is about difficulties of being and staying together as they are beset by hardships, disappointments, and struggles toward making a good life for themselves. Her story begins in her early teens while growing up in Southern Kentucky and being the oldest child in a large family of very strict parents. She relates of the rigors involved during post-Great Depression years, through WWII, and in her high school years. As a senior in high school with a diploma, a certainty along with a lucrative scholarship promised, she begins to see that her dreams of becoming a teacher can really happen. As reality hits, she wonders if she really wants this. It means moving away from Denton, her lifelong home, and leaving all the people involved in her life. She has recently met a special person, a returning WWII navy veteran, Brad, who has retuned home to find his life in an uproar. His children were gone, and his wife has deserted him. As he is attempting to pick up the pieces, he meets Rachel. Rachel and Brad's story is one of joys, beset by poverty, disappointments, and struggles. Through it all, they keep their eyes focused on the light at the end of the tunnel that promises a life of joy and excitement. Interwoven, their hard work, their love for each other, and their trust in God is the common thread that binds it all together. Rachel G. Carrington was born into a family as the first child of eleven children. She was born during the Great Depression, a time that found poverty rampant in many middle-class American families who were unaccustomed to doing without. Her parents' chief desire was to see their children with good educations in K-12; beyond that, further education was not realistic. A promise of a scholarship for Rachel made her desire of attending a teachers' college seem attainable. It was not to be, as told in her life story. Even so, her strong desire to learn, instilled by her father, caused her to seek to educate herself through any means possible. In her growing-up years, self-help education programs were not easy to find. She discovered, however, that by contacting local and state government officials, she could find materials to help her in her desire to learn. Many long hours of writing letters and scanning informational pamphlets that she had received helped her further her learning. She wanted to be an English teacher, should she have attended college, so her information requests centered on grammar and punctuation guidelines. The knowledge gained through this self-help program she had managed to obtain stood her in good stead to gain her the confidence to try what she always wanted to do--write a book about her life. She once described this life as "one so fulfilled that on looking back, I can see very little that I would ever want to change." The Early Years is her first book.


Author : William Horwood
ISBN : 9780230771277
Genre : Fiction
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ONLY COURAGE CAN SAVE THEIR LANDS Storms rage as the worst winter in living memory ravages the human and Hydden worlds. The prophesied End of Days is here and the universe is dying, yet only a few are even aware of the forces at work. Jack and Katherine must help their friend Bedwyn Stort halt this chaos by locating the last gem of Winter, something only he can do. Then it must be returned to the Earth's unwilling guardian, their daughter Judith. She will need it to try and reignite the fires of the universe. Yet Stort is riddled with uncertainty. He yearns for Judith, as she does for him, but a love between mortal and immortal cannot be. To find the gem, he must solve this conundrum and vanquish death itself. But can he really lead mortalkind to salvation? The climactic final volume in the Hyddenworld sequence, a lyrical epic fantasy adventure of bravery, loss and a quest for the impossible, from William Horwood, the acclaimed author of the Duncton Wood novels.

Jagger S Revolution

Author : Kevin Hunter
ISBN : 9781434357540
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Jagger isn?t your typical sex columnist. He is an aristocratic beach thug who rules by his scrupulous idea of how life should be. He equates dating with going to battle while on his hunt for the real thing in a city that is plagued of any honest human connection. He?s strikingly attractive, but also a menace, with an uncompromising disapproval for weakness and bad etiquette. His engaging friends compliment his aggressive nature by tempering his inflexible fight on mankind to gain insight into their intolerable behavior. He finds exhaustion with going on yet another dating excursion when he knows the guy for him is the one he can?t say more than two words to. If there is any light to all his darkness, it?s the pleasing love story, the central theme that runs throughout his disappointments in matters of the heart. He experiences the kind of crush and love one has as a teenager over Garth, the dreamboat lifeguard from Australia, with the boyish distinction and the killer smile, who he keeps running into in passing. He feels an immediate unexplainable silent connection with him and longs to get close. This is the screenplay adaptation from the book ?Jagger?s Revolution?.

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