Description : From the critically acclaimed author of A Very Simple Crime, a chilling story of a young boy coming to grips with genuine evil. A red dirt road on a sweltering day. A car loses control, flips through the air. A woman crawls out, bloody and battered, staggers toward the boy on the bike, the one she swerved to avoid. But he runs away... Kyle is ten in the summer of 1976, and his world is all about secrets-secrets hidden in the maze of cornfields, in caves, in the embers of scorched earth, behind creaking doors and down basement stairs...and in the darkest of hearts. But there's a policewoman at the front door. The Paralyzed Man watches him from a neighboring porch. And no matter which way Kyle turns, no place seems safe anymore...
Description : A Most Unlikely Likely American Tale Appearances can be deceptive. First impressions can be misleading. People who might seem so different that they could never become a couple sometimes turn around and fall in love. Perhaps that’s part of what makes the world interesting. Falling in Love at the End of the Road is that kind of story. A young, unmarried Haitian woman, Isabel Jean, fleeing with her ten-year-old daughter as far away from the dangers of violent abuse as she can – all the way to Ely, Minnesota – crosses paths with a mature Caucasian widower, Samuel Woolf, who has lived in lonely isolation in his family’s lake house for two years following his beloved wife’s death. Initially drawn together by her financial and his emotional needs, as time passes, they discover their apparent ethnic differences are superficial; their psychological similarities are profound. However, be advised: while this tale might initially appear predictable and simple, it is, in fact, deceptively compelling and complex – as compelling as the heroine and hero’s evolving relationship and as complex as the surprising if terrifying climax. Isabel Ebony Jean and Samuel Singer Woolf may well be the most unlikely likely couple modern readers have ever had the experience of meeting. Joyce Davidsen M.Ed., University of Central Florida
Description : Presents Native American teachings through the author's review of his life in the Adirondacks, exploring the importance of being one with the earth, the need to respect nature, and the concept of time in the natural world.
Description : Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed "Rapture," all that’s left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn't know who or what to believe. With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn't looking for a savior. She's looking for the truth.
Description : Earth is the mental asylum of the universe and humans are the incurable inmates. .Now the asylum is being shut down. Everyone Says That at the End of the World traces the adventures of a ghost-haunted slacker couple expecting their first child, an outrageously arrogant television actor seeking redemption and a prophetic hermit crab on a cross-country quest as they struggle to survive the final four days of life on Earth. Inter-dimensional time travelers, Jesus clones, and prosthetic limbs all play a role in the catastrophic events leading to the planet’s end. Combining humor, philosophical inquiry and unforgettable characters, Egerton leads us through the most bizarre apocalypse ever put to paper.
Description : Note: You may read this synopsis without fear of spoiling your enjoyment of reading the book. It is carefully written not to reveal any details of the plot. If the Princeton Graduating class of 1908 were ranked financially, Logan Dean would be last. His deceased father was a congressman and so he managed to be admitted. When the novel opens he is a tough NYC investigative reporter who distinguishes himself by trying to bring to his stories a sense of history. His newspaper, the New York World, is owned by Pulitzer who is appalled over the pro British slant all the newspapers have adopted so he sends Dean to Berlin to report the war from the German side - not necessarily favoring the Kaiser. But the Germans don´t welcome him because they have an authoritarian approach to news gathering. Dean is a journalist who wants to get into the thick of it but without taking sides. However he stumbles on something so horrific that it changes his attitude and causes him to fight. However he views it as an act of a deranged individual of high rank, and not official German policy. As a normal young man he has instincts toward the opposite sex and has gotten involved with a German national who has a shady past. His relationship with her evolves through several stages. But on a trip to the Netherlands (a neutral country) he meets a British doctor who literally bowls him over. Their affair continues sporadically throughout the book. Dean is slowly changing his mind from that of a neutral reporter from a neutral country to an anti- war activist. Exposure to various wartime events, poison gas, bombing civilians, treating soldiers like donkeys, the battle of the Somme, etc. has its effect. He is called on to visit England for long periods of time and he sees the British are not that much different from the Germans. Either side will do anything to win. In the course of his work he becomes involved with many well known people of the time. Among them; the Kaiser and his family, Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, the Irish hero Sir Roger Casement, the master chef, Escoffier and General Sir Douglas Haig. All the above notwithstanding, the main story deals with Logan Deans struggle with Haessler, the German Chief of Internal Security. It´s a story that involves ego, intrigue, sex, humiliation, and murder. The book will appeal to three types of readers; the action adventure lover, the history buff, and to those who like an historical romance. A reviewer wrote, There is enough action to satisfy any adventure fan, history buffs will love the coverage of the happenings prior to the entry of the US into the war, but Dr. Celia Gray is the most appealing character in the book. Dr. Carl Calendar, Chairman of the Humanities Dept. at Brookdale College wrote in his review, The scholarship is impeccable, and even a dedicated student of Irish nationalism like myself learned a lot about the Irish/German alliance during the war. What I especially like is the way it put me back into the World War I era and the wonderful way it recreates the feeling of being in these venerable cities (London and Berlin), not only the sights, sounds and architecture, but in the personalities of the British and the Germans.
Description : Life at the End of the Rod: Tales of a Fisherman is the lifelong journey of Robert Veltidi as he grows into a man. The outdoors was an important part of his upbringing, and he transported that love of the outdoors into his way of life. This book begins with his earliest recollection of fishing, takes us through a time of self-discovery and exploration, then to a rebirth of his love of fishing. Then the author leaps back into fishing as a means of relaxation and camaraderie between him and his father and brothers. Later on, after the death of his father, his son joins the group, along with a host of friends of all the Veltidi boys. Each story is the tale of one time that the author feels either fishing has affected his life or that he affected somebody elses life by fishing. My Fishing Beginnings is the authors first recollections of his fishing life. It introduces you to the boy that he was and later the man he would become. Like the prologue, My Fishing Beginnings, gives you the background information about the people in the rest of the stories. The Home Pond is a tribute to the authors grandparents. They played a huge role in his early childhood. Although the story takes place on one brief day, it depicts life in a rural area in the early 1950s. Huck Grows Up takes place over two summers and tells of the fishing adventures of the author when he was first given his independence and allowed to go out fishing and into town on his own. It was a turning point in his life when childhood dreams change and his life takes a new direction. The Norma K is the authors first experience into ocean fishing. Its interesting because the story is divided into three sub-chapters: The Norma K, The Norma K II, and The Norman K III. All three were party boats out of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, that the author fished on in various times in his life, first with his father, then with his wife, and finally with his son. All three experiences were surprisingly similar in some ways and subtlety different in others. The Norma K is the last story of the author as a child and it finishes up with him as an adult. The remaining stories depict the author as an adult or as near to one as he can be while still having as much fun as he can while fishing. My Turn is the first story the author ever wrote. It came after the death of his father, and it was part of the grieving process the author went through. The story tells of the changing of the guard when the son becomes the leader, and mentor, and fulfills one of his fathers lifelong dreams with surprising results. Fixing a Roof is a whimsical tale of grown men deciding to play hooky for the day and go fishing. This is where you meet Alan, the authors brother, and are introduced to one of Alans friends. Lake Ontario is an ongoing process; it started in 1987 when the authors father died and chronicled the first eight years of an ongoing trip that continues even to today. In this tale you become more acquainted with Doug, the authors son, and he becomes a vital part of the rest of the saga. New Jersey Trout is the exploration into new waters and the discovery of a whole new fishery. Along the way, the author meets new friends and bonds closely with his son. Tiger Muskies is the start of something new; the author has stepped up and bought a bigger boat. The small lake fishing and wading by the edge of the streams has been replaced by fishing for trophy sport fish. It is also the second story written by the author. Thoughts on Retirement is a reflective essay that was written one afternoon in August when the author was sitting down in his shed by the lake and was a little scared of what the future would bring. For the first time in fifty years the author was free of any obligations. Shark Fishing at Montau
Description : At an auspicious meeting at rural dating service Table for Six, Rae meets and falls in love with Northland farmer and honest Kiwi bloke Rex Roadley. What lies ahead is not without its challenges and heartaches, and the need (on both sides) to compromise. Love at the End of the Road is a love story with a difference. Rae's charming story is beautifully written from the heart; not only does she find love with Rex, but she finds out more about herself than she ever knew. Woven through her account is the story of the great house itself at Batley and the history of the surrounding countryside. Morphing from city to rural life isn't an easy transition, but Rae simply rolls up her sleeves and gets on with it. Together, she and Rex begin to transform the charming but battered historic villa, Batley House. As their relationship settles and deepens, they pay heed to Rae's 'thundering biological clock' and consider parenthood while Rae, who lost her mother in her late teens and, soon afterwards, her way in life, continues on her path of self discovery. Rae is drawn into every aspect of life on a 400ha sheep and beef farm; from training her cattle dog Floss to slogging through the rain and mud, competing at A&P shows, catering for the hordes at the Maungaturoto Country Club, moving cattle &- including one spectacular moment in which she is mown down but unharmed by a marauding bull! Love at the End of the Road is a heart-warming, amusing and inspiring story about one woman's journey of discovery. It is also a very candid and courageous story; one that explores universal themes and delves into the 'hidden corners' of a loving relationship, revealing all its joys and tribulations. Rae writes unflinchingly about what she gives up, and gains, in her new life with Rex, and just what it means to find 'love at the end of the road'.
Description : Drifter John Walker has no friends, but he's so engaging that Maxie invites him over for dinner. The next day he moves on-and is later found dead in his motel room. What looks like a simple suicide quickly grows more complicated when police discover that Walker was living under an assumed identity. Maxie tries to fathom why he would choose to end his life where the U.S. highway system ends-and where Maxie just might meet a dead end of her own.
Description : Deciding that her life was insufficiently grounded in real-world experience, Mary Rose O'Reilley, a Quaker reared as a Catholic, embarked on a year of tending sheep. In this often hilarious book, O'Reilley describes her work in an agricultural barn and her extended visit to a Buddhist monastery in France, where she studied with Thich N'hat Hanh. She seeks, in both barn and monastery, a spirituality based not in "climbing out of the body" but rather in existing fully in the world.