Fellowes takes us deeper into the story of every important member of the Downton estate.This lavish book focuses on each character individually, examining their motivations, their actions, and the inspirations behind them. An evocative combination of story, history, and behind-the-scenes drama, it will bring fans even closer to the secret, beating heart of the house.
Seattle, 1933. Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son good night and reluctantly leaves for work on the night shift. In the morning, a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes home to wake her son, but his bed is empty.
Spunk & bite : a writer's guide to punchier, more engaging language & style
Jan 14, 2014 - Jan 17, 2014
Drawing on selections from today's most exciting writers, Plotnik reveals the tricks and techniques that make prose fresh, forceful, and publishable, whether the end products are novels, articles, poems, ad copy, blogs, or e-mail.
Moonwalking with Einstein : the art and science of remembering everything
Jan 12, 2014 - Jan 15, 2014
"It's a terrific book: sometimes weird but mostly smart, funny and ultimately a lovely exploration of the ways that we preserve our lives and our world in the golden amber of human memory." (Deborah Plum)
In 1924 George Mallory departs on his third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Left behind in Cambridge, George's young wife, Ruth, along with the rest of a war-ravaged England, anticipates news they hope will reclaim some of the empire's faded glory. Rideout describes "the tensions and heartaches of a marriage in conflict with an obsession."(Kate Alcott)
.If you haven't read any of the Body Farm books, this is the perfect place to start. Authors Dr. Bill Bass and John Jefferson, who write as Jefferson Bass, turn back the clock in this thriller to explore Dr. Bill Brockton's past and the Body Farm's early beginnings. (Lesa's Book Critiques) Brockton is determined to revolutionize the study of forensics but his plans are derailed by a chilling murder.
Argo : how the CIA and Hollywood pulled off the most audacious rescue in history
Mendez, Antonio J.
Jan 10, 2014 - Jan 13, 2014
The true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran. A true story of secret identities and international intrigue, this is the gripping account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage. "James Bond's Q comes to life. This gripping, true story of a white-knuckle operation by a little known part of the CIA reads like a thriller. Full of authentic detail and characters, of bravery and drama, it's a must-read for all spy enthusiasts and CIA watchers." (Dame Stella Rimington)
Marc Brown's playtime rhymes : a treasury for families to learn and play together.
Jan 8, 2014 - Jan 11, 2014
An interactive experience at its very best, Playtime Rhymes will get little hands wiggling, jiggling, pointing, pounding, bending, stretching, and dancing as children animate the rhymes, pore over the vibrant pictures, and share the fun with family and friends.
When their son Jacob, who died tragically at his 8th birthday party in 1966, arrives on their doorstep, still 8 years old, Harold and Lucille Hargrave must navigate a strange new reality as chaos erupts around the world as people's loved ones are returned from beyond. "In his exceptional debut novel, poet Mott brings drama, pathos, joy, horror, and redemption to a riveting tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"A novel so disturbing that we defy you to stop thinking about it, days later.... This blend of allegory and true crime (Donoghue has said she was influenced by several recent news stories) is beautifully served by Jack's wise but innocent voice.... And while a first-person, child-narrated tale can sometimes feel like a gimmick, the enviable trick here is that Donoghue makes you want to stay with Ma and Jack, whether they're in their own private prison or out in the so-called free world." (Sara Nelson)
Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin's grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day. With age-appropriate vocabulary, compelling characters, and a memorable storyline, this is just right for newly independent readers.
Short nights of the Shadow Catcher : the epic life and immortal photographs of Edward Curtis
Jan 5, 2014 - Jan 8, 2014
How a lone man's epic obsession led to one of America's greatest cultural treasures: Prizewinning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history -- and the driven, brilliant man who made them.
It is springtime on the North Slope of Alaska, and the U.S. Geological Survey team--the polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhart--is gearing up for polar bear capturing. During a capture, all information is collected on the sea ice. The scientists locate bears from a helicopter, tranquilize them, give them tattoo ID numbers and tags, and collect data. "An informative, vicarious trip to the Arctic for polar bear enthusiasts and future scientists." (Booklist)
"Perfect for toddlers - wonderfully illustrated in pencil and watercolor with big bold images and no real words, just the sounds of woodland animals that have fun with a kid's red sled . It's strikingly original and totally inspired." (San Francisco Chronicle)