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THE 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROn a warm summer morning in North Carthage Missouri it is Nick and Amy Dunne s fifth wedding anniversary Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick s clever and beautiful wife disappears Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife s head but passages from Amy s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge Under mounting pressure from the police and the media as well as Amy s fiercely doting parents the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies deceits and inappropriate behavior Nick is oddly evasive and he s definitely bitter but is he really a killer
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask Millions of people visit xkcd com each week to read Randall Munroe s iconic webcomic His stick-figure drawings about science technology language and love have a large and passionate following Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live If there was a robot apocalypse how long would humanity last In pursuit of answers Munroe runs computer simulations pores over stacks of declassified military research memos solves differential equations and consults with nuclear reactor operators His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity complemented by signature xkcd comics They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind or at least a really big explosion The book features new and never-before-answered questions along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website What If will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical
Ken Follett s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families American German Russian English and Welsh as they make their way through the twentieth century It has been called potent engrossing Publishers Weekly and truly epic Huffington Post USA Today said You actually feel like you re there Edge of Eternity the finale covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all the 1960s through the 1980s encompassing civil rights assassinations Vietnam the Berlin Wall the Cuban Missile Crisis presidential impeachment revolution and rock and roll East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for generations George Jakes himself bi-racial bypasses corporate law to join Robert F Kennedy s Justice Department and finds himself in the middle of not only the seminal events of the civil rights battle but also a much more personal battle Cameron Dewar the grandson of a senator jumps at the chance to do some espionage for a cause he believes in only to discover that the world is much more dangerous than he d imagined Dimka Dvorkin a young aide to Khrushchev becomes an agent for good and for ill as the Soviet Union and the United... States race to the brink of nuclear war while his twin sister Tania carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw and into history These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as they add their personal stories and insight to the most defining events of the 20th century From the opulent offices of the most powerful world leaders to the shabby apartments of those trying to begin a new empire from the elite clubs of the wealthy and highborn to the passionate protests of a country s most marginalized citizens this is truly a drama for the ages With the Century Trilogy Follett has guided readers through an entire era of history with a master s touch His unique ability to tell fascinating brilliantly researched stories that captivate readers and keep them turning the pages is unparalleled In this climactic and concluding saga Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew but now will never seem the same again more
John Grisham has a new hero and she s full of surprises The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track until the recession hits and she gets downsized furloughed escorted out of the building Samantha though is one of the lucky associates She s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay after which there would be a slim chance that she d get her old job back In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady Virginia population 2 200 in the heart of Appalachia a part of the world she has only read about Mattie Wyatt lifelong Brady resident and head of the town s legal aid clinic is there to teach her how to help real people with real problems For the first time in her career Samantha prepares a lawsuit sees the inside of an actual courtroom gets scolded by a judge and receives threats from locals who aren t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town And she learns that Brady like most small towns harbors some big secrets Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining where laws are often broken rules are ignored regulations are flouted communities are divided and the land itself is under attack from Big... Coal Violence is always just around the corner and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly more
Karon knits Mitford s small-town characters and multiple story lines into a cozy sweater of a book Somewhere Safe hits the sweet spot at the intersection of your heart and your funny bone 4 4 stars USA Today Welcome home Mitford fans to Karon s gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives along with a vividly imagined world People The faster and more impersonal the world becomes the more we need Mitford Cleveland Plain Dealer After five hectic years of retirement from Lord s Chapel Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife Cynthia from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors While glad to be at home in Mitford something is definitely missing a pulpit But when he s offered one he decides he doesn t want it Maybe he s lost his passion His adopted son Dooley wrestles with his own passion for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner and his vision to become a successful country vet Dooley s brother Sammy still enraged by his mother s abandonment destroys one of Father Tim s prized possessions And Hope Murphy owner of Happy Endings bookstore struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business All this as Wanda s Feel Good Caf opens a romance catches fire through an... Internet word game their former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out and the weekly Muse poses a probing inquiry Does Mitford still take care of its own Millions of fans will applaud the chance to spend time once more in the often comic and utterly human presence of Jan Karon s characters Indeed they have never been more sympathetic bighearted and engaging more
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever With more than two million copies sold around the world The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic universally admired Paulo Coelho s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us as only a few stories can about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts learning to read the omens strewn along life s path and above all following our dreams
Claire Randall is leading a double life She has a husband in one century and a lover in another In 1945 Claire Randall a former combat nurse is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles Suddenly she is a Sassenach an outlander in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743 Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand Claire s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life and shatter her heart For here James Fraser a gallant young Scots warrior shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERJack Reacher returns in the latest fast-moving action-packed suspenseful book from Lee Child You can leave the army but the army doesn t leave you Not always Not completely notes Jack Reacher and sure enough the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service This time for the State Department and the CIA Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light The bullet was American The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence Very few but John Kott an American marksman gone bad is one of them And after fifteen years in prison he s out unaccounted for and likely drawing a bead on a G8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin If anyone can stop Kott it s the man who beat him before Reacher And though he d rather work alone Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft But they re facing a rough road full of ruthless mobsters Serbian thugs close calls double-crosses and no backup if they re caught All the while Reacher can t stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save But he won t let that that happen again Not this time... Not Nice Reacher never gets too close But now a killer is making it personal Praise for Personal The best one yet Stephen King Reacher is the stuff of myth a great male fantasy One of this century s most original tantalizing pop-fiction heroes Child does a masterly job of bringing his adventure to life with endless surprises and fierce suspense The Washington Post Yet another satisfying page-turner Entertainment Weekly Reacher is always up for a good fight most entertainingly when he goes mano a mano with a seven-foot 300-pound monster of a mobster named Little Joey But it s Reacher the Teacher who wows here Marilyn Stasio The New York Times Jack Reacher is today s James Bond a thriller hero we can t get enough of I read every one as soon as it appears Ken Follett Reacher s just one of fiction s great mysterious strangers Maxim If you like fast-moving thrillers you ll want to take a look at this one John Sandford Fans won t be disappointed by this suspense-filled riveting thriller Library Journal starred review Child is the alpha dog of thriller writers each new book zooming to the top of best-seller lists with the velocity of a Reacher head butt Booklist Every Reacher novel delivers a jolt to the nervous system Kirkus Reviewsmore
The critically acclaimed bestselling novel from Gayle Forman author of Where She Went Just One Day and Just One Year Soon to be a major motion picture starring Chloe Moretz In the blink of an eye everything changes Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident she can only recall what happened afterwards watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost what she has left and the very difficult choice she must make Heartwrenchingly beautiful this will change the way you look at life love and family Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz Mia s story will stay with you for a long long time
From the highly acclaimed multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr the beautiful stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of its thousands of locks When she is six Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home When she is twelve the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo where Marie-Laure s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea With them they carry what might be the museum s most valuable and dangerous jewel In a mining town in Germany the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister enchanted by a crude radio they find Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth then a special assignment to track the resistance More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence Werner travels through the heart of the war and... finally into Saint-Malo where his story and Marie-Laure s converge Doerr s stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors San Francisco Chronicle are dazzling Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner he illuminates the ways against all odds people try to be good to one another Ten years in the writing All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent deeply moving novel from a writer whose sentences never fail to thrill Los Angeles Times more
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