Author: Dean Ray Koontz
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 363
Release: 2003
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0425192032

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Aided through many crises throughout her life by the almost miraculous intervention of a stranger, Laura Shane learns the nature of her awesome destiny when, on her thirtieth birthday, the stranger finally requests her help. Reissue.

The City

The City
Author: Dean Koontz
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2015-02-24
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780345545954

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A gifted musician relates the events of 1967 that impacted his family and friends, from his indomitable "piano man" grandfather and struggling singer single mother to the everyday saints and sinners who shaped his life.

National Geographic Readers Snakes

National Geographic Readers  Snakes
Author: Melissa Stewart
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2012-07-24
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781426312991

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They’re SSSSLITHERY! SLIPPERY! They creep us out! But get to know them and you’ll find snakes private, quiet types who just want a cool, shady place to call home. From the tip of their forked tongues, to skin that sheds, to the rattles on certain tails, these creatures have secrets all kids will love. Cool photos and fun facts slip us inside their surprising world.

A Life in Jazz

A Life in Jazz
Author: Danny Barker,Alyn Shipton
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 223
Release: 2016-07-27
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9781349099368

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As a musician who grew up in New Orleans, and later worked in New York with the major swing orchestras of Lucky Millinder and Cab Calloway, Barker is uniquely placed to give an authoritative but personal view of jazz history. In this book he discusses his life in music, from the children's 'spasm' bands of the seventh ward of New Orleans, through the experience of brass bands and jazz funerals involving his grandfather, Isidore Barbarin, to his early days on the road with the blues singer Little Brother Montgomery. Later he goes on to discuss New York, and the jazz scene he found there in 1930. His work with Jelly Roll Morton, as well as the lesser-known bands of Fess Williams and Albert Nicholas, is covered before a full account of his years with Millinder, Benny Carter and Calloway, including a description of Dizzy Gillespie's impact on jazz, is given. The final chapters discuss Barker's career from the late 1940s. Starting with the New York dixieland scene at Ryan's and Condon's he talks of his work with Wilbur de Paris, James P. Johnson and This is Jazz, before discussing his return to New Orleans and New Orleans Jazz Museum. A collection of Barker's photographs,

The Mercy of the Lord

The Mercy of the Lord
Author: Flora Annie Webster Steel
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 311
Release: 1914
Genre: Short stories
ISBN: UCAL:B3326436

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The Mercy of the Lord

The Mercy of the Lord
Author: Flora Annie Steel,R. R. Clark
Publsiher: Read Books Ltd
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2020-02-20
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781528788892

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“The Mercy of the Lord” is a 1894 collection of short stories by Flora Annie Steel. Flora Annie Steel (1847 – 1929) was an English writer who notably lived in British India for 22 years and is best remembered for her books set or related to the sub-continent. Like most of her work, these tales are set in colonial India and offer a unique insight into what life was like at that time. “The Mercy of the Lord” is highly recommended for those with an interest in India's history and is not to be missed by lovers of short stories. The stories include: “The Mercy Of The Lord”, “Salt Duty”, “The Wisdom Of Our Lord Ganesh”, “The Son Of A King”, “The Birth Of Fire”, “The Gift Of Battle”, “The Value Of A Vote”, “Salt Of The Earth”, “An Appreciated Rupee”, “The Lake Of High Hope”, “Retaining Fees”, “His Chance”, etc. Other notable works by this author include: “Tales of the Punjab” (1894), “The Flower of Forgiveness” (1894), and “The Potter's Thumb” (1894). Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with an essay from “The Garden of Fidelity” by R. R. Clark.

A Mercy

A Mercy
Author: Toni Morrison
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2009-08-11
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780307373076

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A powerful tragedy distilled into a small masterpiece by the Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved and, almost like a prelude to that story, set two centuries earlier. Jacob is an Anglo-Dutch trader in 1680s United States, when the slave trade is still in its infancy. Reluctantly he takes a small slave girl in part payment from a plantation owner for a bad debt. Feeling rejected by her slave mother, 14-year-old Florens can read and write and might be useful on his farm. Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, but later from the handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved, who comes riding into their lives . . . At the novel's heart, like Beloved, it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter – a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.

Hallelujah Anyway

Hallelujah Anyway
Author: Anne Lamott
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2017-04-04
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
ISBN: 9780735213593

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“Anne Lamott is my Oprah.” —Chicago Tribune The New York Times bestseller from the author of Dusk, Night, Dawn, Almost Everything and Bird by Bird, a powerful exploration of mercy and how we can embrace it. "Mercy is radical kindness," Anne Lamott writes in her enthralling and heartening book, Hallelujah Anyway. It's the permission you give others—and yourself—to forgive a debt, to absolve the unabsolvable, to let go of the judgment and pain that make life so difficult. In Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Lamott ventures to explore where to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by "facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves." It's up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere—"within us and outside us, all around us"—and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While that can be difficult to do, Lamott argues that it's crucial, as "kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all." Full of Lamott’s trademark honesty, humor and forthrightness, Hallelujah Anyway is profound and caring, funny and wise—a hopeful book of hands-on spirituality.

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Publsiher: Candlewick Press
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2013-10-08
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9780763668167

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The NEW YORK TIMES best-selling porcine wonder finds herself behind the wheel in this hilarious adventure now available as an e-book. (Ages 6 - 8) Features an audio read-along! Mr. and Mrs. Watson's porcine wonder, Mercy, loves nothing more than a ride in the car. It takes a fair amount of nudging and bribing and a "You are such a good sport, darling" to get the portly pig out of the driver's seat, but once the convertible is on the road, Mercy loves the feel of the wind tickling her ears and the sun on her snout. One day the Watsons' motoring ritual takes an unexpected turn, however, when their elderly neighbor Baby Lincoln pops up in the backseat in hopes of some "folly and adventure" – and in the chaos that ensues, an exuberant Mercy ends up behind the wheel! Soon there's a policeman on her tail, a struggle for the brake, and a blissfully airborne Mercy. Of course, it's nothing that an extra helping of buttered toast can't fix! Includes an audio read along!

Dream Inquiry with The Work of Byron Katie

Dream Inquiry with The Work of Byron Katie
Author: Monique Dankers- van der Spek
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9780244511043

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes A Hunger Games Novel

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes  A Hunger Games Novel
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2020-05-19
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 9781338635188

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Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

Grass Snakes

Grass Snakes
Author: Robert Vaughan
Total Pages: 98
Release: 2010-01
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 9781445278049

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A fascinating insight into the lives of Grass Snakes, 96 pages including 50 full colour photographs and illustrations which detail such topics as mating in trees to eating under water. The book also describes the difficulties faced by reptiles and amphibians in the UK today with tips on conservation and study.

American Snakes

American Snakes
Author: Sean P. Graham
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2018-02-18
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9781421423609

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“A wonderful book to read because it is replete with snake stories, personal stories, and stories about other herpetologists . . . engaging.” —Copeia Although many people fear them, snakes are as much a part of America’s rich natural heritage as redwoods, bald eagles, and grizzly bears. Found from the vast Okefenokee Swamp to high alpine meadows, from hardwood canopies to the burning bottom of the Grand Canyon, these ultimate vertebrates are ecologically pivotal predators and quintessential survivors. In this revelatory and engaging meditation on American snakes, Sean P. Graham, a respected herpetologist and gifted writer, explains the everyday lives of American snakes, from their daily routines and seasonal cycles to their love lives, hunting tactics, and defensive repertoires debunks harmful myths about snakes and explores their relationship with humans highlights the contribution of snakes to the American wilderness tells tales of “snake people”—important snake biologists with inspiring careers Neither a typical field guide nor an exhaustive reference, American Snakes is instead a fascinating study of the suborder Serpentes. Brimming with intriguing and unusual stories—of hognose snakes that roll over and play dead, blindsnakes with tiny vestigial lungs, rainbow-hued dipsadines, and wave-surfing sea-snakes—the text is interspersed with scores of gorgeous full-color images of snakes, from the scary to the sublime. This proud celebration of a diverse American wildlife group will make every reader, no matter how skeptical, into a genuine snake lover. “This thoroughly enjoyable book lets readers absorb the excitement of being a herpetologist who works with snakes while learning about the general and specific biology of the creatures.” —Quarterly Review of Biology

Sally the Snake

Sally the Snake
Author: Michelle Boomer
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 106
Release: 2016-06-10
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 0995016917

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What happens when your home is threatened? When all life is at the mercy of an unknown? Or worse, that you're being hunted? This is Sally's reality and she has to act fast before time runs out and all she knows and those she loves, are lost.

Snake and Sword A Novel

Snake and Sword  A Novel
Author: Percival Christopher Wren
Publsiher: Library of Alexandria
Total Pages: 342
Release: 2020-09-28
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9781465606792

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One oppressive June evening, Lenore de Warrenne returned from church (where she had, as usual, prayed fervently that her soon-expected first-born might be a daughter), and entered her dressing-room. Here her Ayah divested her of hat, dress, and boots, and helped her into the more easeful tea-gown and satin slippers. "Bootlair wanting ishweets for dinner-table from go-down, please, Mem-Sahib," observed Ayah, the change of garb accomplished. "The butler wants sweets, does he? Give me my keys, then," replied Mrs. de Warrenne, and, rising with a sigh, she left the dressing-room and proceeded, via the dining-room (where she procured some small silver bowls, sweet-dishes, and trays), to the go-down or store-room, situate at the back of the bungalow and adjoining the "dispense-khana"—the room in which assemble the materials and ministrants of meals from the extra-mural "bowachi-khana" or kitchen. Unlocking the door of the go-down, Mrs. de Warrenne entered the small shelf-encircled room, and, stepping on to a low stool proceeded to fill the sweet-trays from divers jars, tins and boxes, with guava-cheese, crystallized ginger, kulwa, preserved mango and certain of the more sophisticated sweetmeats of the West. It was after sunset and the hamal had not yet lit the lamps, so that this pantry, a dark room at mid-day, was far from light at that time. But for the fact that she knew exactly where everything was, and could put her hand on what she wanted, she would not have entered without a light.