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September 4, 2105 - 12:58 PM
The Marriage of Opposites
A luminous, Marquez-esque tale. —O, The Oprah Magazine From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism. Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachels mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachels salvation is their maid Adelles belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelles daughter. But Rachels life is not her own.
Trust No One: A Thriller
A powerhouse novel. —Booklist This thriller is one to remember. —New York Journal of Books Cleaves whirligig plot mesmerizes. —People magazine People Pick This outstanding psychological thriller forces the reader to reconsider what is real. —Publishers Weekly starred review A vivid, jangled exploration of mental illness, dark imagination, and the nowhere territory in between. —Kirkus Reviews In this exciting psychological thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines hes created for the page. Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter—a name that has been keeping readers at the edge of their seats for more than a decade.
The Dark Forest
This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, Chinas most beloved science fiction author. In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion-in just four centuries time. The aliens human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earths defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike.
Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris
The best-selling author of The Liberator brings to life the incredible true story of an American doctor in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts during World War IIThe leafy Avenue Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Pariss hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the mad sadist Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protégé charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany.
The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong
A cultural biography of Robert Frosts beloved poem, arguably the most popular piece of literature written by an AmericanTwo roads diverged in a yellow wood . . . One hundred years after its first publication in August 1915, Robert Frosts poem The Road Not Taken is so ubiquitous that its easy to forget that it is, in fact, a poem. Yet poetry it is, and Frosts immortal lines remain unbelievably popular. And yet in spite of this devotion, almost everyone gets the poem hopelessly wrong. David Orrs The Road Not Taken dives directly into the controversy, illuminating the poems enduring greatness while revealing its mystifying contradictions. Widely admired as the poetry columnist for The New York Times Book Review, Orr is the perfect guide for lay readers and experts alike.
Flood of Fire: A Novel
The stunningly vibrant final novel in the bestselling Ibis TrilogyIt is 1839 and China has embargoed the trade of opium, yet too much is at stake in the lucrative business and the British Foreign Secretary has ordered the colonial government in India to assemble an expeditionary force for an attack to reinstate the trade. Among those consigned is Kesri Singh, a soldier in the army of the East India Company. He makes his way eastward on the Hind, a transport ship that will carry him from Bengal to Hong Kong. Along the way, many characters from the Ibis Trilogy come aboard, including Zachary Reid, a young American speculator in opium futures, and Shireen, the widow of an opium merchant whose mysterious death in China has compelled her to seek out his lost son.
The End of All Things
Hugo-award winning author, John Scalzi returns to his best-selling Old Mans War universe with The End of All Things, the direct sequel to 2013s The Human DivisionHumans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said no more.Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time-a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness, to drive humanity to ruin.
The Dust That Falls from Dreams: A Novel
From the acclaimed author of Corellis Mandolin, here is a sumptuous, sweeping, powerfully moving new novel about a British family whose lives and loves are indelibly shaped by the horrors of World War I and the hopes for its aftermath. In the brief golden years of the Edwardian era the McCosh sisters—Christabel, Ottilie, Rosie and Sophie—grow up in an idyllic household in the countryside south of London. On one side, their neighbors are the proper Pendennis family, recently arrived from Baltimore, whose close-in-age boys—Sidney, Albert and Ashbridge—shake their fathers hand at breakfast and address him as sir. On the other side is the Pitt family a resolutely French mother, a former navy captain father, and two brothers, Archie and Daniel, who are clearly going to grow up into a pair of daredevils and adventurers.
Dragonfish: A Novel
Vu Trans Dragonfish is that rare hybrid marvela literary thriller, a narrative of migration and loss that upends the conventions of any form. Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our NamesRobert, an Oakland cop, still cant let go of Suzy, the enigmatic Vietnamese wife who left him two years ago. Now shes disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler whos blackmailing Robert into finding her for him. As he pursues her through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonnys sadistic son, Junior, and assisted by unexpected and reluctant allies, Robert learns more about his ex-wife than he ever did during their marriage. He finds himself chasing the ghosts of her past, one that reaches back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon, as his investigation soon uncovers the existence of an elusive packet of her secret letters to someone she left behind long ago.
Standout 2.0 : assess your strengths, find your edge, win at work
The Groundbreaking Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution In the years since the publication of First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths, millions have come to the simple but powerful realization that to get the most out of people, you must build on their strengths. And yet, as Marcus Buckingham astutely points out, though the strengths-based approach is now conventional wisdom, the tools and systems inside organizationsperformance appraisals, training programs, and succession planning systemsremain stubbornly remedial and exclusively focused on measuring skills, finding gaps, and attempting to plug them. Its a crisis for individuals and organizations, with management ideas and everyday practice utterly out of sync.
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