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For the first time all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO s Game of Thrones are together in one boxed set An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R R Martin dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine international acclaim and millions of loyal readers Now here is the entire monumental cycle A GAME OF THRONES A CLASH OF KINGS A STORM OF SWORDS A FEAST OF CROWS A DANCE WITH DRAGONS One of the best series in the history of fantasy Los Angeles Times Winter is coming Such is the stern motto of House Stark the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King s Landing There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert s name There his family dwells in peace and comfort his proud wife Catelyn his sons Robb Brandon and Rickon his daughters Sansa and Arya and his bastard son Jon Snow Far to the north behind the towering Wall lie savage Wildings and worse unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south where Jon Arryn the Hand of the King has died under mysterious circumstances Now... Robert is riding north to Winterfell bringing his queen the lovely but cold Cersei his son the cruel vainglorious Prince Joffrey and the queen s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister the first a swordsman without equal the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms Meanwhile across the Narrow Sea Prince Viserys heir of the fallen House Targaryen which once ruled all of Westeros schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him his beautiful yet innocent sister Daenerys Long live George Martin a literary dervish enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers The New York Timesmore
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction --Stephen King The New York Times Book ReviewTheo Decker a 13-year-old New Yorker miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother Abandoned by his father Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue disturbed by schoolmates who don t know how to talk to him and tormented above all by his longing for his mother he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her a small mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art As an adult Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing ever more dangerous circle The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession survival and self-invention and the ruthless machinations of fate
The President knows it s a perilous high-risk assignment If he gives the order he has the opportunity to take down a global menace once and for all If the mission fails he would face certain impeachment and the threats against the nation would multiply So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible Will Robie and his partner Jessica Reel Together Robie and Reel s talents as assassins are unmatched But there are some in power who don t trust the pair They doubt their willingness to follow orders And they will do anything to see that the two assassins succeed but that they do not survive As they prepare for their mission Reel faces a personal crisis that could well lead old enemies right to her doorstep resurrecting the ghosts of her earlier life and bringing stark danger to all those close to her And all the while Robie and Reel are stalked by a new adversary an unknown and unlikely assassin a woman who has trained her entire life to kill and who has her own list of targets--a list that includes Will Robie and Jessica Reel
The extraordinary 1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture Markus Zusak s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul It is 1939 Nazi Germany The country is holding its breath Death has never been busier and will become busier still Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can t resist books With the help of her accordion-playing foster father she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity award-winning author Markus Zusak author of I Am the Messenger has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time From the Hardcover edition
One of the most influential literary works of our time One Hundred Years of Solitude is a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel Garc a M rquez winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buend a family Inventive amusing magnetic sad and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth compassion and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul -- this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction
From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope daring the quest for freedom and the desire to have a voice in the world and it is now the newest Oprah s Book Club 2 0 selection Hetty Handful Grimke an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household The Grimke s daughter Sarah has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women Kidd s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah s eleventh birthday when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful who is to be her handmaid We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years as both strive for a life of their own dramatically shaping each other s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt defiance estrangement and the uneasy ways of love As the stories build to a riveting climax Handful will endure loss and sorrow finding courage and a sense of self in the process Sarah will experience crushed hopes betrayal... unrequited love and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister Angelina as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women s rights movements Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters both real and invented including Handful s cunning mother Charlotte who courts danger in her search for something better This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history through women whose struggles for liberation empowerment and expression will leave no reader unmoved more
Orphan Train is a gripping story of friendship and second chances from Christina Baker Kline author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to aging out out of the foster care system A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories Molly learns that she and Vivian aren t as different as they seem to be A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life answers that will ultimately free them both Rich in detail and epic in scope Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience of unexpected friendship and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are
An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation Marina Keegan s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012 She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker Tragically five days after graduation Marina died in a car crash As her family friends and classmates deep in grief joined to create a memorial service for Marina her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News The Opposite of Loneliness went viral receiving more than 1 4 million hits She had struck a chord Even though she was just twenty-two when she died Marina left behind a rich expansive trove of prose that like her title essay captures the hope uncertainty and possibility of her generation The Opposite of Loneliness is an assem blage of Marina s essays and stories that like The Last Lecture articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world
Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection Collects The Walking Dead 1-48 This is the perfect collection for any fan of the Emmy Award-winning television series on AMC over one thousand pages chronicling the beginning of Robert Kirkman s Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror- from Rick Grimes waking up alone in a hospital to him and his family seeking solace on Hershel s farm and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot The Governor In a world ruled by the dead we are finally forced to finally start living
Catch a professional assassin top priority Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks top score How she ll pull it all off top secret Trenton New Jersey s favorite used-car dealer Jimmy Poletti was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships Now he s out on bail and has missed his date in court and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in Leads are quickly turning into dead ends and all too frequently into dead bodies Even Joe Morelli the city s hottest cop is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer s whereabouts These are desperate times and they call for desperate measures So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn t want to do protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti s bookkeeper and knows all his boss s dirty secrets Now Briggs is next on Poletti s list of people to put six feet under To top things off Ranger resident security expert and Stephanie s greatest temptation has been the target of an assassination plot He s dodged the bullet this time but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life he ll have to enlist Stephanie s help and reveal a bit more of his... mysterious past Death threats highly trained assassins highly untrained assassins and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day s work for Stephanie Plum The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur s wild bucket list A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what s number one on the list but that s top secret more
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