The Iowa Caucuses

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The Iowa Caucuses by John C. Skipper Summary

Smaller in population than several U.S. cities, the state of Iowa has become an unexpected and unparalleled proving ground for would-be presidential candidates. The Iowa caucuses provide a unique brand of retail politics, on the decline in an age of multi-million dollar advertising blitzes. Potential candidates have gone to extraordinary lengths to impress Iowa’s voters, dying their hair, changing their wardrobes, posing—and giving speech after speech. This book chronicles the most important events of each Iowa caucus since 1972 and reveals how the unassuming Midwestern state came to be an unlikely powerhouse in presidential politics.

A Stolen Life

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A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard Summary

On 10 June 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Dugard was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in Tahoe, California. It was the last her family and friends saw of her for over eighteen years. On 26 August 2009, Dugard, her daughters, and Phillip Craig Garrido appeared in the office of her kidnapper's parole officer in California. Their unusual behaviour sparked an investigation that led to the positive identification of Jaycee Lee Dugard, living in a tent behind Garrido's home. During her time in captivity, at the age of fourteen and seventeen, she gave birth to two daughters, both fathered by Garrido. Dugard's memoir is written by the 30-year-old herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, utterly honest and unflinching narrative, Jaycee opens up about what she experienced, including how she feels now, a year after being found. Garrido and his wife Nancy have since pleaded guilty to their crimes.

The Sixteenth of June

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The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang Summary

A finely observed debut novel that paints a funny, moving, truthful portrayal of a family at a turning point: “A triumph” (Helen Schulman, New York Times bestselling author of This Beautiful Life). Leopold Portman dreams of settling down in Philadelphia’s bucolic suburbs and starting a family with his fiancée, Nora. A talented singer in mourning for her mother, Nora has abandoned a promising opera career and wonders what her destiny holds. Her best friend, Stephen, Leopold’s brother, dithers in his seventh year of graduate school and privately questions Leo and Nora’s relationship. On June 16, 2004, the three are brought together—first for a funeral, then for the Portmans’ annual Bloomsday party. As the long-simmering tensions between them rise, they must confront their pasts and their hopes for the future. Clever, lyrical, and poignant, The Sixteenth of June delves into the frictions and allegiances of friendships, the murky uncertainty of early adulthood, and the yearning to belong. Offering a nod to James Joyce’s Ulysses, this remarkable novel explores the secrets we keep and the lengths we go to for acceptance and love. It is “a perfect book for fans of Jonathan Tropper, Meg Wolitzer, and, yes, James Joyce” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis).

That's Weird!

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That's Weird! by Kendall Haven Summary

Readers can explore 16 of science's toughest mysteries through stories, activities, and examination of what scientists are doing to try to solve them.

Uncaged

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Uncaged by Frank Shamrock,Charles Fleming,Mickey Rourke Summary

Before Frank Shamrock became known professionally as "The Legend"—winning almost every mixed martial arts title in existence—he endured a childhood marred with abuse, neglect, and molestation that led to an equally troubled young adulthood. This riveting book tells his whole story: his neglect as a child by his hippie mother and absentee father, his salvation under the foster father who took him in when no one else would, his desperate act of armed robbery and subsequent incarceration in state prison, and his eventual rebirth as a cage fighter who would go on to dominate the entire sport for the next two decades. Detailing his fights inside and outside of the ring, it discusses the people and events that enabled him to become a champion as well as his problems with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the reasons behind his retirement. With eye-opening depictions of the world of mixed martial arts fighters and refreshing candor, this thrilling story of sex, violence, crime, and redemption reveals the numerous pitfalls a famous fighter encountered in his life and how he successfully overcame them to become a champion in every sense of the word.

The Witness Of The Red Heat

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The Witness Of The Red Heat by Gregg Levine Summary

This is the touching and tragic final journey and mission of the last man alive in the aftermath of a global warming catastrophe. From the author of the gripping and groundbreaking mystery Sympathy For The Devil, The Witness Of The Red Heat will stick with you and make you appreciate the world we live in and the people around you. 10% of proceeds will be donated to Greenpeace.org by the author to help stop global warming.

OCD Love Story

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OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu Summary

In this “raw and well-crafted (Kirkus Reviews)” romance, Bea learns that some things just can’t be controlled. When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again. But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic…and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed. Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control. But this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down…and she might end up breaking her own heart.

Memoirs of a Lost Island

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Memoirs of a Lost Island by C. S. Lovelace Summary

Anecdotal memories of 70 years of summers on Nantucket told with humor, joy and some nostalgia. Authentic history intermingled with early styles cotrasted with the new; by experienced magazine publisher. 26 essays, 24 illustrations, 120 pages.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Growing Up

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Growing Up by Jack Canfield,Mark Victor Hansen,Amy Newmark Summary

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Growing Up supports and inspires teenagers as they grow up as they read stories written by other teens about the problems and issues they face every day. Being a teenager is hard -- school is challenging, family issues arise, friends and love come and go, bodies and emotions go through major changes, and many teens experience the loss of a loved one for the first time. With 101 stories from Chicken Soup for the Soul's library about life lessons, self-acceptance, meeting challenges, and growing up, this book reminds teenagers that they are not alone.

Four Short Novels

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Four Short Novels by August Franza Summary

THE NAVIGATORS is about the hardships and disappointments the Del Vecchio family encounter when they immigrate from Italy to New York City at the beginning of the 20th century. They encounter harsh conditions which they are not ready for. In PULLING A GAUGUIN, Caril Bridgewater abandons her husband and family to pursue her dream of becoming a painter. With Paul Gauguin as her model, she slips away, leaving no information about her destination. When her husband Ben goes in pursuit of her, many confl icts and complications ensue. Caril accomplishes her goal, but pays a heavy price. BIRDS OF A FEATHER is about a violent student revolt in an isolated high school during a severe blizzard. This turbulent event cuts off students and teachers from their normal lives and routines. Smoldering confl icts then erupt between students and teachers which lead to the student revolt. CONDOMANIA, about snow birds on vacation in Florida, begins in a comic mode. But that atmosphere slowly deteriorates when pettiness, superfi ciality, and vicious infi ghting emerge. These events are mild compared to sweet, 93-year-old Dolly Flynn’s slide into vengeance and retribution.

Like Father, Like Son

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Like Father, Like Son by Robert Scott Summary

The true story of father-and-son sex-obsessed killers who betray each other in court—from the New York Times–bestselling author of Monster Slayer. Thomas Soria Sr. began sexually abusing his son, T.J., when the boy was six years old. When T.J. reached dating age, he obeyed his father’s request to bring girlfriends home, and watched as his father molested them. Soria Sr.’s fantasies turned increasingly violent, culminating in an obsession with cutting and torturing young women while sexually assaulting them. On March 19, 2000, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, T.J., nineteen, lured nine-year-old Krystal Steadman into the family apartment. Forty-year-old Soria Sr. brutally raped the girl, then stabbed her to death. He wasn’t worried—he knew T.J. would get rid of the body for him. The Sorias finally turned against each other during Nevada’s first father-and-son death penalty case. The detailed courtroom evidence and testimony shocked even hardened law enforcement veterans and wrote a new chapter in the deviant psychopathology of lust-murderers. Soria Sr. committed suicide in prison, cheating the executioner and leaving T.J. to spend the rest of his life behind bars without parole. Includes 16 pages of shocking photos!

Blood Rush

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Blood Rush by Sharit Sinha Summary

An average boy-next-door is about to find out that he is the most crucial part of a centuries old good-vs-evil war, that will take him trotting all over the globe trying to save the seven wonders… and that he inherited an ancient lost wondrous martial art – the Blood Rush!

My Father Lost and Found

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My Father Lost and Found by Saul Stone Summary

MY FATHER LOST AND FOUND forgives us for not saying good-bye. When a loved one dies we want to say things that were never said. We want to share our lives with those that left us too early. This is the premise of the book. The ability to bring the past back into our lives and give us an opportunity to forgive and be forgiven. From that forgiveness we carry hope for a better and more fruitful life. The past is our only connection with the future. If we do not know where we came from we will never know who we are.

Snuff The Magic Dragon

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Snuff The Magic Dragon by Leslie Langtry Summary

From National Bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes a collection of short stories in the Greatest Hits Mysteries series featuring the Bombay Family of Assassins: What do the Minotaur, Rasputin, the first man hung for murder in America, and the Countess of Blood all have in common? No, they aren't related. They all appeared on the Bombay Family's Hit List! In this collection of Bombay Bedtime Stories, you'll find out what Bombays did before Gin Bombay came along. From pet Dodo birds of the very first Bombay to Ancient Greece and 20th Century Russia, get the stories Bombay children have been told for thousands of years. Stories that have been shrouded in blood-sworn secrecy…until now! Greatest Hits Mysteries available: 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy – book #1 Guns Will Keep Us Together – book #2 Stand By Your Hitman – book #3 I Shot You Babe – book #4 Paradise by the Rifles Sights – book #5 Snuff the Magic Dragon - book #6 My Heroes Have Always Been Hitmen – book #7 Four Killing Birds – a holiday short story Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas – a holiday short story What critics are saying: "Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, 'Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…' one truly original and wacky novel!" ~ RT BOOKreviews "Those who like dark humor will enjoy a look into the deadliest female assassin and PTA mom's life." ~ Parkersburg News "Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense." ~ Chicago Tribune "The beleaguered soccer mom assassin concept is a winner, and Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details." ~ Publisher's Weekly "Irreverent, witty and fun…a wild, adventurous ride!" ~ Katie MacAlister, New York Times Bestselling Author "The fast-paced romantic suspense chick lit thriller is over the top, but fans will want to follow suit as Leslie Langtry provides a satirical family drama." ~ Midwest Book Review

Phantasmagorium October 2011

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Phantasmagorium October 2011 by Anna Tambour,Genevieve Valentine,Joe Pulver,Simon Strantzas,Stephen Graham Summary

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The Royal Nonesuch

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The Royal Nonesuch by Glasgow Phillips Summary

“The hipster cultural economy of the dot-com boom is skewered in this hilarious coming-of-age memoir” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Glasgow Phillips published his debut novel Tuscaloosa at the tender age of twenty-four. The results were disastrous: encouraging reviews, translations, a paperback sale, a film option, and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. But over the next two years, as Phillips’s second novel unraveled and freelance journalism assignments ended in humiliation, a horrible, secret thought took hold in him: perhaps, just possibly, whatever talent he had was of the kind that would never be more than promise. Washed up as a “real” writer before he was thirty, Phillips went to Los Angeles and formed a company with his best childhood friend Jason McHugh, independent producer of Cannibal! The Musical and Orgazmo. The Royal Nonesuch is the story of Phillips’s rollercoaster ride through the twisted world of underground Hollywood and the funhouse of the Internet during the boom. Phillips builds a hilarious and poignant memoir, in the tradition of Augusten Burroughs and Sean Wilsey, from tales of promise and failure, family and madness, friendship and redemption, fame and infamy, and good old-fashioned hustling. It is a remarkable book; a brilliant portrait of a generation in all its foolish glory. “The best book I’ve read about being in your twenties and trying to figure out what to do with your life . . . Something this funny shouldn’t also be this profound.” —Matt Stone, cocreator of South Park

The Life You Chose

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The Life You Chose by Amelia Lester Summary

The UTS Writers' Anthology has helped launch many careers, and continues to provide readers with some of the freshest ideas in Australian writing. The creative writing degree at the University of Technology, Sydney, is the oldest in Australia - and 2011 marks the Anthology's special 25th edition. Each year the Anthology features a foreword by a distinguished writer (Nam Le, in 2010). It is launched at Sydney Writers' Festival and at a major bookstore (most recently, Gleebooks). Authors' work is often selected for anthologies such as Best Australian Stories, and read on radio. It is widely revi.

Bending God

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Future Evolution

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Future Evolution by Peter D. Ward Summary

Everyone wonders what tomorrow holds, but what will the real future look like? Not decades or even hundreds of years from now, but thousands or millions of years into the future. Will our species change radically? Or will we become builders of the next dominant intelligence on Earth- the machine? These and other seemingly fantastic scenarios are the very possible realities explored in Peter Ward's Future Evolution, a penetrating look at what might come next in the history of the planet. Looking to the past for clues about the future, Ward describes how the main catalyst for evolutionary change has historically been mass extinction. While many scientist direly predict that humanity will eventually create such a situation, Ward argues that one is already well underway--the extinction of large mammals--and that a new Age of Humanity is coming that will radically revise the diversity of life on Earth. Finally, Ward examines the question of human extinction and reaches the startling conclusion that the likeliest scenario is not our imminent demise but long term survival--perhaps reaching as far as the death of the Sun! Full of Alexis Rockman's breathtaking color images of what animals, plants and other organisms might look like thousands and millions of years from now, Future Evolution takes readers on an incredible journey through time from the deep past into the far future.

Dreaming of Eden

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Dreaming of Eden by S. Thistlethwaite Summary

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were tempted to take a bite out of an apple that promised them the "knowledge of good and evil." Today, a shiny apple with a bite out of it is the symbol of Apple Computers. The age of the Internet has speeded up human knowledge, and it also provides even more temptation to know more than may be good for us. Americans have been right at the forefront of the digital revolution, and we have felt its unsettling effects in both our religions and our politics. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite argues that we long to return to the innocence of the Garden of Eden and not be faced with countless digital choices. But returning to the innocence of Eden is dangerous in this modern age and, instead, we can become wiser about the wired world.