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The Cat, the Devil, the Last Escape
by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (Goodreads Author), Pat J.J. Murphy
Release date: Feb 10, 2015In this sequel to The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana, Lee Fontana is back in prison after a successful switch-and-bait robbery. A few mouths and the…more[close] In this sequel to The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana, Lee Fontana is back in prison after a successful switch-and-bait robbery. A few mouths and the old convict will be out, free to dig up the treasure and skip the country.View Details »
Or will he? With the devil planning revenge against Lee for a three-generation vendetta, only the ghost cat sees the full picture, the big, golden tomcat who travels with Lee, who can appear or disappear as he pleases--a cat of love and wit with his own fierce desire for revenge against the wrongs of the world.
When Satan snares not only Lee but a little child across the country with whom Lee has an unknown connection, Lucifer means to destroy them both. The child’s prescient dreams, her predictive powers, enrage the devil. To hurt her, he sees that her father, Morgan Blake, is falsely imprisoned, framed by a sleazy killer who is also connected to Lee. When both Lee and Morgan end up in the Atlanta Pen, the little girl’s prophetic dreams turn violent, terrifying her. The ghost cat comforts her--and he fights beside Lee as the two convicts plan a nearly impossible escape to right a wrong, to defeat Satan’s plan of destruction. A magical tale from the award-winning, critically acclaimed author of the Joe Grey feline mysteries, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, written with her husband Pat J. J. Murphy.
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Rebellion Book I: Book of Quay (Rebellion, #1)
by Grea Alexander (Goodreads Author)
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1 Rebellion Book I: Book of Quay Prize Pack.
Each prize pack will include:
- 1 Paperback copy
- 1 Large Seamonkey Ink Tshirt
- 1 Mystery gift
Intrigue, deception, betrayal. What are a few knives in the back between two lovers?
Qing Dynasty, China.
Some wounds cut too deeply to ever truly heal, to ever be forgotten. For the rebel Phong Quay, The Princess Ni Soung is one of those wounds - a remnant of the most painful chapter in his life, a pawn in his never ending war with his greatest enemy, the Emperor Ni Fehn.
As the Han rebellion against the Emperor intensifies, the Princess Soung becomes caught in the middle. As bait in the Emperor's most brazen bid to date to bring Phong Quay down, the princess may just find herself a casualty in the battle between the two men - a battle between the past and the present, between the truth and lies, between love and revenge.
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Teddy Mars Book #1: Almost a World Record Breaker
by Molly B. Burnham
ARC GIVEAWAY! Ten-year-old Teddy Mars has a big dream--to make it into THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS. And he won’t let anything stand in his way,…more[close] ARC GIVEAWAY! Ten-year-old Teddy Mars has a big dream--to make it into THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS. And he won’t let anything stand in his way, not his five (FIVE!) older sisters, not his teacher who thinks he’s easily distracted, and definitely not his little brother, Jake, a.k.a. THE DESTRUCTOR. With the help of his best friends, Lonnie and Viva, Teddy is (almost) sure to succeed. But can he make his dream come true? [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Nov 15 - Feb 10, 20155 copies available, 316 people requestingCountries available: US
Weighted Vest Workouts: Supercharge Your Workout for Weight Loss, Muscle Building, Cardio Endurance and Core Strength
by Jonathan Thompson (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 10, 2015A REVOLUTIONARY PROGRAM FOR UTILIZING "WEARABLE" WEIGHTS TO TAKE ONE'S GYM-FREE WORKOUT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
The hot trend in fitness is to forgo bulky we…more[close] A REVOLUTIONARY PROGRAM FOR UTILIZING "WEARABLE" WEIGHTS TO TAKE ONE'S GYM-FREE WORKOUT TO THE NEXT LEVELView Details »
The hot trend in fitness is to forgo bulky weights and muscle-isolating machines and get back to classic bodyweight exercises that utilize multiple muscles with each repetition. Standard moves like push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and burpees are proven to enhance conditioning by providing a highly-effective full body workout. But these exercises can be made even better!
Weighted Vest Workouts shows readers how to overcome the obvious limitation of bodyweight exercises—one body weight—by adding comfortable, safe, wearable weights to their everyday fitness routines. This supercharged approach guarantees an even faster, more remarkable transformation in muscle tone, stamina and cardio health. This hands-on guide offers daily and weekly strength and cardio training routines that slowly increases body weight quotient for powerful muscle building. Incorporating adjustable, weighted vests as well as ankle and wrist weights, the daily routine features step-by-step photos, showing the proper way to complete each exercise safely and effectively at home. [close]Giveaway dates: Nov 15 - Feb 10, 201510 copies available, 200 people requestingCountries available: US
Detox Before You're Expecting: A Cleansing Program to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy
by Rea Frey (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 10, 2015Carrying a baby is hard work. Not only are the demands on the body rigorous, it can be a tough road if health is not your first priority. Every woman…more[close] Carrying a baby is hard work. Not only are the demands on the body rigorous, it can be a tough road if health is not your first priority. Every woman knows to quit smoking and drinking before getting pregnant. Sadly, that is far from enough in today's world to reach optimal health.View Details »
To counter the unhealthy additives, preservatives and chemicals found in food and the environment, this helpful handbook offers soon-to-be mothers a step-by-step program for flushing their bodies of agents that could harm an unborn baby.
No time in a baby's growth is more important than prenatal development, and yet this is also when the child is most fragile! Luckily Detox Before You're Expecting has everything needed for proactive mothers who want their bodies to be a perfect nurturing environment, including vital nutritional information for before, during and after pregnancy—plus a daily maintenance plan for post-conception.
In addition to the day-by-day detox and detailed follow-up plan for keeping her body in a super-healthy state, this carefully researched guide also helps mothers make informed decisions during their pregnancy.
It even breaks down which foods to give up and which are helpful, which chemicals to remove from the house and the equally effective natural alternatives.
There's no better time to get a grasp on health than before you conceive. Let Detox Before You're Expecting be your guide. [close]Giveaway dates: Nov 16 - Feb 10, 201510 copies available, 226 people requestingCountries available: US
The Prepper's Financial Guide: Strategies to Invest, Stockpile and Build Security for Today and the Post-Collapse Marketplace
by Jim Cobb (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 10, 2015We are giving away ten (10) free copies of PREPPER'S FINANCIAL GUIDE, coming in February, 2015!
A DISASTER-PROOF INVESTMENT STRATEGY TO ENSURE STABILI…more[close] We are giving away ten (10) free copies of PREPPER'S FINANCIAL GUIDE, coming in February, 2015!View Details »
A DISASTER-PROOF INVESTMENT STRATEGY TO ENSURE STABILITY AND SECURITY BEFORE, DURING, AND BEYOND A MARKETPLACE MELTDOWN
From Dutch tulips to credit default swaps, history proves over and over that markets are fragile, fickle machines all too prone to unexpected breakdown. With strategies for inventive and intelligent alternative investments, The Prepper’s Financial Guide positions forward-thinking readers for inevitable market downturns, long-term financial turmoil, and even catastrophic collapse.
This straight-talking guide breaks down complex, disaster-proof investments that help readers ensure their long-term financial stability and current peace of mind. Instead of stocking paper money, expert prepper Jim Cobb offers an approach based on slowly stockpiling items that will maintain their value far beyond the end of the dollar, including precious metals, gold and silver coins, and barter-worthy survival tools and food items.
Using careful historical research — including in-depth looks at the Great Depression, Argentina’s economic collapse of 1998, and the Great Recession of 2008 — Cobb identifies commodities that have maintained their value through epic market crashes. Featuring step-by-step and month-by-month investment guides, this essential handbook also includes information on building small, off-the-grid marketplaces where materials and goods can be exchanged and newer, stronger economies and communities can emerge during chaotic times. [close]Giveaway dates: Nov 17 - Feb 10, 201510 copies available, 295 people requestingCountries available: US
Time to Kill
by D.M. Baillie (Goodreads Author)
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When a dark malevolent figure returns from Ethan Dunn’…more[close] ONE AUTOGRAPHED COPYView Details »
One Winner gets an autographed copy of Time To Kill
JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED
When a dark malevolent figure returns from Ethan Dunn’s past, he lashes out and kills him in a fit of blind rage. Who is this mysterious character? Why did he kill him? What will he do next? The first killing thrusts Ethan on a journey to some very dark places, places he thought he had truly escaped from, long forgotten in the past. To survive, Ethan must relive his past to discover the truth behind it all, revealing the evil still lurking. Will the past be repeated, only time will tell…
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The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos
by Elizabeth Barone (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 24, 2015Max will have to drop out of school if he can't find anyone to help take care of his two-year-old daughter. He never expected to find Savannah, and he…more[close] Max will have to drop out of school if he can't find anyone to help take care of his two-year-old daughter. He never expected to find Savannah, and he definitely didn't expect to fall in love with her.View Details »
Giveaway of 6x9 paperback edition of The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos, signed by the author!
This book is a standalone New Adult novel, intended for readers 18+ due to sexual scenes and other adult themes.
At this time, winner must live in the US. Stay tuned for an international giveaway!
Thank you for entering, and good luck! [close]Giveaway dates: Nov 24 - Feb 10, 20155 copies available, 452 people requestingCountries available: US
How to Start a Pet Photography Business
by Kyle Richards (Goodreads Author)
1 Signed copy of How to Start a Pet Photography Business.
Note - Images in the book are black in white in order to keep the cost down to readers.[close] 1 Signed copy of How to Start a Pet Photography Business.View Details »
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Canine Nosework Vol. 1: Teamwork and Fun with Your Dog, Nosework Basics to the Odor Recognition Test
by Abby Razer (Goodreads Author)
Autographed Copy & Discount Coupon for odor kit.
Have fun with canine nosework teach your dog to identify birch, anise and clove for trials or just…more[close] Autographed Copy & Discount Coupon for odor kit.View Details »
Have fun with canine nosework teach your dog to identify birch, anise and clove for trials or just for fun. Nosework is an exciting new sport that promotes mental exercise for both you and your dog. Training uses fun and positive methods. More info at http://www.abbyrazer.com [close]Giveaway dates: Dec 10 - Feb 10, 20152 copies available, 205 people requestingCountries available: US, CA, and GB
by E. J. Squires
Release date: Dec 06, 2014New, highly anticipated book from award-winning author, E. J. Squires: Savage Run
Seventeen-year-old Heidi Cruise is a Laborer, the lowest ranking cit…more[close] New, highly anticipated book from award-winning author, E. J. Squires: Savage RunView Details »
Seventeen-year-old Heidi Cruise is a Laborer, the lowest ranking citizen in Newland, doomed to a life of servitude. But living under her father’s critical eye, and seeing how her best friend is being abused by her Master, Heidi refuses to accept the hand that fate has dealt her. In an attempt to free her friend and herself, Heidi comes up with a dangerous plan: to disguise themselves as teenage boys and participate in Savage Run—a grueling, male-only obstacle course program, which if completed, freedom is rewarded.
But even before the plan is implemented, major complications arise and Heidi is forced to push forward alone. Before long, Nicholas, a registrar, discovers that Heidi is a girl. Nicholas has his own secrets, and being a rebel in his own right, he decides not to turn her in, but instead to help in any way possible. However, everything is jeopardized when Heidi’s gender is revealed and she must choose between her own safety, her freedom, and the ones she loves.
The Master (The Game Maker, #2)
by Kresley Cole (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 17, 2015A need colder than Siberian winter meets an attitude hotter than the Florida sun in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sultry new Gam…more[close] A need colder than Siberian winter meets an attitude hotter than the Florida sun in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sultry new Game Maker novel.View Details »
Everyone fears the Master...
Rich, irresistible politician/Mafiya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his…complicated desires. That is, until the icy Russian encounters a disobedient brunette whose exquisite little body threatens his legendary restraint.
Catarina Marín was a well-off young wife until her world fell apart. Now she’s hiding out, forced to start working as an escort in Miami. Her very first client is beyond gorgeous, but when he tells her what he plans to do to her, Cat almost walks out of the door.
If pleasure is a game, play to win.
After their mind-blowing encounter burns out of control, the lovers crave more. If they escape the deadly threats surrounding them, can Maksim overcome his past—to offer Cat his future? Only then will she tempt him with what he really wants: her, all tied up with a bow.
Unfortunately, it is very difficult for us to ship to P.O. boxes. Please provide physical addresses when possible. Thanks! [close]Giveaway dates: Dec 12 - Feb 10, 201530 copies available, 1112 people requestingCountries available: US
by Sherry Rossman (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Dec 10, 2014“She raised her head when she felt the warmth. A violet cloud poured into her hands and over her head. He spoke like water falling into a deep pool. T…more[close] “She raised her head when she felt the warmth. A violet cloud poured into her hands and over her head. He spoke like water falling into a deep pool. The sapling belongs to me.” When Hannah’s family loses their home, she drops out of college and joins them as they take their RV on a journey through fractured America. Struggling with her loss of identity, she attempts to embrace her new life as a nomad until a California campground unveils a nightmare that only she can see. She questions her sanity as her family continues on their journey, and her unearthly visions increase. Miguel, a young photographer traveling with his uncle, helps Hannah discover her true identity and the roles they will all play in unveiling the truth about the ever-present good and evil surrounding them. Join Hannah and Miguel as they try to piece together their broken hopes and dreams amidst looming darkness. Will Hannah find her faith, embrace the light, and trust in the God that she thought had abandoned her? [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Dec 15 - Feb 10, 20151 copy available, 115 people requestingCountries available: US
Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience
by Laura Madeline Wiseman (Goodreads Author)
Released from Lavender Ink, this campy, contemporary retelling of the Bluebeard myth, charts the love of three sisters who each marry the same man upo…more[close] Released from Lavender Ink, this campy, contemporary retelling of the Bluebeard myth, charts the love of three sisters who each marry the same man upon the demise of the sister who preceded her. Bluebeard is usually framed as a story of blood and gore, but Laura Madeline Wiseman focuses on the love each of his unfortunate wives felt, the first blush of romance and young marriage, the complicated turns of mature desire and the past we bring into our present affections. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Dec 16 - Feb 10, 20152 copies available, 190 people requestingCountries available: US
God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican
by Gerald Posner (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 03, 2015A critically acclaimed 200-year history of the finances of the Vatican. Here is some early praise:
"A dogged reporter exhaustively pursues the nefariou…more[close] A critically acclaimed 200-year history of the finances of the Vatican. Here is some early praise:View Details »
"A dogged reporter exhaustively pursues the nefarious enrichment of the Vatican, from the Borgias to Pope Francis....A meticulous work that cracks wide open the Vatican’s legendary, enabling secrecy." KIRKUS
"Posner proves more than up to this daunting challenge. A tireless and prolific historian and investigative journalist....it's a fast-paced read that brings history alive on every page. The book will captivate those who prefer their historical nonfiction spiked with real-life tales of murder, power and intrigue." BOOKLIST
"Posner uses his superlative investigative skills to craft a fascinating and comprehensive look at the dark side of the Catholic Church....Accessible and well written, Posner's is the definitive history of the topic to date." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review) [close]Giveaway dates: Dec 24 - Feb 10, 20155 copies available, 206 people requestingCountries available: US
Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square
by Randy Boyagoda
Release date: Feb 10, 2015Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009) was one of the most influential figures in American public life from the Civil Rights era to the War on Terror. His…more[close] Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009) was one of the most influential figures in American public life from the Civil Rights era to the War on Terror. His writing, activism, and connections to people of power in religion, politics, and culture secured a place for himself and his ideas at the center of recent American history. William F. Buckley, Jr. and John Kenneth Galbraith are comparable -- willing controversialists and prodigious writers adept at cultivating or castigating the powerful, while advancing lively arguments for the virtues and vices of the ongoing American experiment. But unlike Buckley and Galbraith, who have always been identified with singular political positions on the right and left, respectively, Neuhaus' life and ideas placed him at the vanguard of events and debates across the political and cultural spectrum. For instance, alongside Abraham Heschel and Daniel Berrigan, Neuhaus co-founded Clergy Concerned About Vietnam, in 1965. Forty years later, Neuhaus was the subject of a New York Review of Books article by Garry Wills, which cast him as a Rasputin of the far right, exerting dangerous influence in both the Vatican and the Bush White House. This book looks to examine Neuhaus's multi-faceted life and reveal to the public what made him tick and why. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Dec 26 - Feb 10, 201510 copies available, 226 people requestingCountries available: US
Poor Little Daddy's Girl (Daddy's Girls, #3)
by Normandie Alleman (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 08, 2015****SIGNED COPY*****
"If ever a woman needed taking in hand, it was this one."
Normandie Alleman's sizzling Daddy's Girl series continues with this sexy…more[close] ****SIGNED COPY*****View Details »
"If ever a woman needed taking in hand, it was this one."
Normandie Alleman's sizzling Daddy's Girl series continues with this sexy stand-alone tale of a firefighter who attempts to tame a wealthy socialite in "Poor Little Daddy's Girl."
Twenty-four-year-old Charmaine Bainbridge appears to have it all—beauty, fame, and tremendous wealth—yet behind all the glitz and glamor hides a sad little girl who has been abandoned by every man she’s ever loved.
When firefighter Hunter Baldwin saves Charmaine from a fire in her penthouse apartment—a blaze started by her own carelessness—he’s appalled by her nonchalant attitude. Forced to carry her to safety, he throws her over his shoulder, but not before correcting her behavior with a well-deserved spanking. Something about Charmaine arouses him deeply, and it isn’t just her gorgeous looks. This girl needs to be firmly corrected and thoroughly dominated, and a part of Hunter demands that he be the one to take her in hand.
Though he’s used to charging into burning buildings on a daily basis, Hunter knows taming Charmaine’s wild ways may prove to be his greatest challenge yet. Undeterred, he takes on the role of Charmaine’s daddy dom in hopes of breaking down her defenses and healing her wounds. But can she bring herself to open her heart to him, or will she remain the lonely little rich girl forever?
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Charlotte's Secrets:Demons Love
by Maryam Malik (Goodreads Author)
As the Dark Ages reign over England, Julian an ordinary village boy is condemned for Charlotte's mysterious murder, his wife and to his surprise—a pri…more[close] As the Dark Ages reign over England, Julian an ordinary village boy is condemned for Charlotte's mysterious murder, his wife and to his surprise—a princess of royal blood. Oblivious of the presence of a centuries old demon, Julian is imprisoned in Elijah's inescapable dungeon where he waits for the injustice of a gruesome death. But when the young man is rescued at the hands of an unexpected guardian...he learns of his role as salvatoris liberet—the single truth that will alter his destiny forever. As alliances form, secrets unfold, and enemies reveal themselves, Julian must decide who to trust and how far he is willing to go for the only woman he's ever loved. [close]View Details »
The Critical Legal Studies Movement: Another Time, A Greater Task
by Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Release date: Mar 03, 2015Developing in the wake of the Civil Rights and feminist movements of the sixties, the critical legal studies movement—led by Roberto Unger—sought to t…more[close] Developing in the wake of the Civil Rights and feminist movements of the sixties, the critical legal studies movement—led by Roberto Unger—sought to transform traditional views of law, revealing the hidden interests and class dominations in prevailing legal frameworks. Its legacy endures in a range of newer movements, from feminist legal studies to critical race theory. The Critical Legal Studies Movement is an articulation of its main ideas, from the movement’s leading figure.View Details »
“A restless visionary.” –New York Times
“A philosophical mind out of the Third World turning the tables to become a synoptist and seer of the First.”
“One of the few living philosophers whose thinking has the range of the great philosophers of the past.”
–Lee Smolin, Times Higher Education Supplement [close]Giveaway dates: Dec 28 - Feb 10, 20155 copies available, 156 people requestingCountries available: US
Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream
by Eileen Truax (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 10, 2015Dreamers is a movement book for the generation brought to the United States as children—and now fighting to live here legally
Of the roughly twelve mil…more[close] Dreamers is a movement book for the generation brought to the United States as children—and now fighting to live here legallyView Details »
Of the roughly twelve million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, as many as two million came here as children. They grow up here, going to elementary, middle, and high school, and then the country they call home won’t (in most states) offer them financial aid for college, and they’re unable to be legally employed. In 2001, US senator Dick Durbin introduced the DREAM Act to Congress, an initiative that would allow these young people to become legal residents if they met certain requirements. More than a decade later, in the face of congressional inertia and furious opposition from some, the DREAM Act has yet to be passed. In recent years, this young generation of Dreamers has begun organizing, and with their rallying cry “Undocumented, unapologetic, and unafraid,” they are the newest face of the human rights movement. In Dreamers, Eileen Truax illuminates the stories of these young men and women, who are living proof of a complex and sometimes hidden political reality that calls into question what it truly means to be American. [close]Giveaway dates: Dec 30 - Feb 10, 201520 copies available, 177 people requestingCountries available: US
Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire
by Margaret Regan
Release date: Mar 10, 2015An intimate look at the people ensnared by the US detention and deportation system, the largest in the world
The United States is detaining and deporti…more[close] An intimate look at the people ensnared by the US detention and deportation system, the largest in the worldView Details »
The United States is detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants at an unprecedented rate. Thousands languish in immigration detention centers, separated from their families, sometimes for years. Deportees are dropped off unceremoniously in sometimes dangerous Mexican border towns or flown back to crime-ridden Central American nations. Many of the deported have lived here for years and have US-citizen children; despite the possibly dire consequences, many cross the border again.
Using volatile Arizona as a case study, journalist Margaret Regan conjures up the harshness of the detention centers hidden away in the countryside and travels to Mexico to report on the fate of deportees stranded far from their families in the United States. Drawing on Regan’s interviews with mothers and fathers locked up in detention or trapped on the other side of the border, Detained and Deported is a humanizing and rare glimpse into the lives of those caught up in the US immigration enforcement cycle. Giving special attention to the separation of families and the treatment of women, Regan demonstrates that increasingly draconian detention and deportation policies have broadened police powers and enriched an industry whose profits are derived from human incarceration. [close]Giveaway dates: Dec 30 - Feb 10, 201520 copies available, 185 people requestingCountries available: US
A History of Religion in 5½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses
by S. Brent Plate
Release date: Mar 10, 2015A leading scholar explores the importance of physical objects and sensory experience in the practice of religion.
Humans are needy. We need things: obj…more[close] A leading scholar explores the importance of physical objects and sensory experience in the practice of religion.View Details »
Humans are needy. We need things: objects, keepsakes, stuff, tokens, knickknacks, bits and pieces, junk, and treasure. We carry special objects in our pockets and purses, and place them on shelves in our homes and offices. As commonplace as these objects are, they can also be extraordinary, as they allow us to connect with the world beyond our skin.
A History of Religion in 5½ Objects takes a fresh and much-needed approach to the study of that contentious yet vital area of human culture: religion. Arguing that religion must be understood in the first instance as deriving from rudimentary human experiences, from lived, embodied practices, S. Brent Plate asks us to put aside, for the moment, questions of belief and abstract ideas. Instead, beginning with the desirous, incomplete human body (symbolically evoked by “½”), he asks us to focus on five ordinary types of objects—stones, incense, drums, crosses, and bread—with which we connect in our pursuit of religious meaning and fulfillment.
As Plate considers each of these objects, he explores how the world’s religious traditions have put each of them to different uses throughout the millennia. We learn why incense is used by Hindus at a celebration of the goddess Durga in Banaras, by Muslims at a wedding ceremony in West Africa, and by Roman Catholics at a Mass in upstate New York. Crosses are key not only to Christianity but to many Native American traditions; in the symbolic mythology of Peru’s Misminay community, cruciform imagery stands for the general outlay of the cosmos. And stones, in the form of cairns, grave markers, and monuments, are connected with places of memory across the world.
A History of Religion in 5½ Objects is a celebration of the materiality of religious life. Plate moves our understanding of religion away from the current obsessions with God, fundamentalism, and science—and toward the rich depths of this world, this body, these things. Religion, it turns out, has as much to do with our bodies as our beliefs. Maybe even more. [close]Giveaway dates: Dec 30 - Feb 10, 201510 copies available, 226 people requestingCountries available: US
Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine
by Erika Janik (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 10, 2015An entertaining introduction to the quacks, snake-oil salesmen, and charlatans, who often had a point
Despite rampant scientific innovation in nineteen…more[close] An entertaining introduction to the quacks, snake-oil salesmen, and charlatans, who often had a pointView Details »
Despite rampant scientific innovation in nineteenth-century America, traditional medicine still adhered to ancient healing methods, subjecting patients to bleeding, blistering, and induced vomiting and sweating. Facing such horrors, many patients ran with open arms to burgeoning practices that promised new ways to cure their ills. Hydropaths offered cures using “healing waters” and tight wet-sheet wraps. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby experimented with magnets and tried to replace “bad,” diseased thoughts with “good,” healthy thoughts, while Daniel David Palmer reportedly restored a man’s hearing by knocking on his vertebrae. Lorenzo and Lydia Fowler used their fingers to “read” their clients’ heads, claiming that the topography of one’s skull could reveal the intricacies of one’s character. Lydia Pinkham packaged her Vegetable Compound and made a famous family business from the homemade cure-all. And Samuel Thomson, rejecting traditional medicine, introduced a range of herbal remedies for a vast array of woes, supplemented by the curative powers of poetry.
Bizarre as these methods may seem, many are the precursors of today’s notions of healthy living. We have the nineteenth-century practice of “medical gymnastics” to thank for today’s emphasis on regular exercise, and hydropathy’s various water cures for the notion of regular bathing and the mantra to drink “eight glasses of water a day.” And much of the philosophy of health introduced by these alternative methods is reflected in today’s patient-centered care and holistic medicine, which takes account of the body and spirit.
Moreover, these entrepreneurial alternative healers paved the way for women in medicine. Shunned by the traditionalists and eager for converts, many of the masters of these new fields embraced the training of women in their methods. Some women, like Pinkham, were able to break through the barriers to women working to become medical entrepreneurs themselves. In fact, next to teaching, medicine attracted more women than any other profession in the nineteenth century, the majority of them in “irregular” health systems.
These eccentric ideas didn’t make it into modern medicine without a fight, of course. As these new healing methods grew in popularity, traditional doctors often viciously attacked them with cries of “quackery” and pressed legal authorities to arrest, fine, and jail irregulars for endangering public safety. Nonetheless, these alternative movements attracted widespread support-from everyday Americans and the famous alike, including Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, and General Ulysses S. Grant-with their messages of hope, self-help, and personal empowerment.
Though many of these medical fads faded, and most of their claims of magical cures were discredited by advances in medical science, a surprising number of the theories and ideas behind the quackery are staples in today’s health industry. Janik tells the colorful stories of these “quacks,” whose oftentimes genuine wish to heal helped shape and influence modern medicine. [close]Giveaway dates: Dec 30 - Feb 10, 201510 copies available, 366 people requestingCountries available: US
Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk
by Melinda Chateauvert
Release date: Mar 10, 2015A provocative history that reveals how sex workers have been at the vanguard of social justice movements for the past fifty years while building a mov…more[close] A provocative history that reveals how sex workers have been at the vanguard of social justice movements for the past fifty years while building a movement of their own that challenges our ideas about labor, sexuality, feminism, and freedomView Details »
Documenting five decades of sex-worker activism, Sex Workers Unite is a fresh history that places prostitutes, hustlers, escorts, call girls, strippers, and porn stars in the center of America’s major civil rights struggles. Although their presence has largely been ignored and obscured, in this provocative history Melinda Chateauvert recasts sex workers as savvy political organizers-not as helpless victims in need of rescue.
Even before transgender sex worker Sylvia Rivera threw a brick and sparked the Stonewall Riot in 1969, these trailblazing activists and allies challenged criminal sex laws and “whorephobia,” and were active in struggles for gay liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, union organizing, and prison abolition.
Although the multibillion-dollar international sex industry thrives, the United States remains one of the few industrialized nations that continues to criminalize prostitution, and these discriminatory laws put workers at risk. In response, sex workers have organized to improve their working conditions and to challenge police and structural violence. Through individual confrontations and collective campaigns, they have pushed the boundaries of conventional organizing, called for decriminalization, and have reframed sex workers’ rights as human rights.
Telling stories of sex workers, from the frontlines of the 1970s sex wars to the modern-day streets of SlutWalk, Chateauvert illuminates an underrepresented movement, introducing skilled activists who have organized a global campaign for self-determination and sexual freedom that is as multifaceted as the sex industry and as diverse as human sexuality. [close]Giveaway dates: Dec 30 - Feb 10, 201510 copies available, 223 people requestingCountries available: US
A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet
by Nancy Abrams
Release date: Mar 10, 2015A paradigm-shifting blend of science, religion, and philosophy for agnostic, spiritual-but-not-religious, and scientifically minded readers
Many Americ…more[close] A paradigm-shifting blend of science, religion, and philosophy for agnostic, spiritual-but-not-religious, and scientifically minded readersView Details »
Many Americans are disaffected by traditional religion for the way it can perpetuate conflict and ignore science and reason. Nancy Ellen Abrams, life-long atheist, lawyer, and philosopher of science, is one of them. And yet after turning to the recovery community in her struggle with an eating disorder, she found that imagining a higher power gave her a new and surprising freedom from her illness. Intellectually, this made no sense to her. At the same, she had been collaborating with her husband—famed astrophysicist Joel Primack, one of the creators of astronomy’s modern picture of the universe—about how to present a radically new understanding of the universe to the public and put it into a humanly meaningful context. While writing two books with Primack, Abrams began to wonder whether anything real in this new and still unexplored understanding of our very old universe might be worthy of the name “God.”
In A God That Could Be Real, Abrams explores the radical new possibility of a God that is real but does not break any of the rules of physics as we know them: a God that doesn’t require a suspension of disbelief or of reason, an emergent phenomenon that exists in the same way that culture and the economy exist. The God Abrams explores unites all of humanity and provides the wisdom and larger sense of meaning that we need to face our future, as well as the future of our damaged planet, together—while being powerful enough to change a life. [close]Giveaway dates: Dec 30 - Feb 10, 201520 copies available, 236 people requestingCountries available: US
Is God Dead: The Truth about Jammu & Kashmir
by Raghubir Lal Anand
Release date: Feb 14, 2015Today the whole world brought together by social media is demanding justification for the happenings in Kashmir without actually knowing the problem i…more[close] Today the whole world brought together by social media is demanding justification for the happenings in Kashmir without actually knowing the problem in Kashmir and its fundamental roots. Everybody has heard somewhere or the other that Kashmir is the only paradise on Earth, but nobody knows how many ‘Kashmirs’ exist within this ‘Paradise’? And everyday this paradise inches towards new hellish depths.View Details »
Is God Dead? : The Truth About Jammu & Kashmir - is a one of a kind attempt to present the historically recorded facts as it is, with the sole purpose of raising the awareness level of students, teachers, politicians, corporations and in general every global citizen who is interested in justice.
Not only this, it doubles up as a tourist’s manual to the culture, cuisine and traditions of Jammu and Kashmir. The solutions derived are global in their approach and pragmatic in their origin.
This eye-opening book spreads a message of peaceful composite culture which includes the ethereal knowledge of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Islam. “IS God DEAD?????” is a must have for those who wish to delve deeper into the Kashmiri culture and the upheaval disturbing it. [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 01 - Feb 10, 201510 copies available, 103 people requestingCountries available: IN
Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom's Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Home Front
by Elaine Lowry Brye, Nan Gatewood Satter
Release date: Mar 10, 2015When you enlist in the United States Military, you don’t just sign yourself up for years of duty, you also commit your loved ones to a life of service…more[close] When you enlist in the United States Military, you don’t just sign yourself up for years of duty, you also commit your loved ones to a life of service all their own.View Details »
No one knows this better than Elaine Brye, an army-brat turned military wife turned military mom of four officers, each serving in a different branch of the military: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Brye’s father and mother met while both serving in the U.S. Army and her childhood was that of a typical army-brat, with frequent moves—some to faraway countries—dinner-table conversations full of military lingo, an ever-present anxiety during her father’s deployments to Vietnam and elsewhere, and family vacations to national monuments and battlefields. In 1976—the first year women were accepted in the service academies and ROTC—Brye herself enlisted in the Air Force, where she would later meet her husband, an Air Force pilot.
Now Elaine Brye is a mom to four military officers, and for more than a decade she’s endured countless teary goodbyes, sparse communication from boot camps and training summers, deployments, emotional airport reunions, empty chairs at Thanksgiving dinners, and sleepless hours waiting for phone calls in the night. She’s navigated the complicated tangle of emotions—pride, worry, fear, hope, and deep, enduring love—that accompanies life as a military mom.
In Be Safe, Love Mom Brye reflects on her family’s military service and offers a lifetime’s worth of insight, comfort, wisdom, and a bit of humor to fellow military moms who are navigating the unpredictable life that accompanies having a child—or children— in uniform.
In intimate and instructive essays—on topics ranging from that first goodbye on Induction Day to the comforting power of the military community, from the healing power of faith to coping with the enormous sacrifice military life requires— Brye braids together her own personal experiences with those of fellow parents she’s met along the way, offering gentle guidance and hard-earned wisdom to those new to the sisterhood of military moms.
In this one mom doing her best to hold down the home front, readers will find a wise and endearing friend to guide them through the unpredictable life of having a child in uniform, all the while reminding us that within each military mom’s personal story lies universal experiences of courage, loss, loneliness, faith, pride, and ultimately, a parent’s unconditional love. [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 02 - Feb 10, 201520 copies available, 200 people requestingCountries available: US, CA, and GB
The Book of Hours
by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 12, 2015Win one of three signed copies of The Book of Hours, sequel to The Coin and the latest from romantic suspense author, Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra.
For…more[close] Win one of three signed copies of The Book of Hours, sequel to The Coin and the latest from romantic suspense author, Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra.View Details »
For artist Gabriela Martinez, psychopaths do hit twice.
A LOVE IN JEOPARDY
In 1993, artist Gabriela Martinez almost lost her life to a sociopath’s twisted vision. If not for Richard Harrison, the operative sent to protect her, she would have ended up dead. The dramatic showdown pushed them together, but there were too many obstacles temporarily pulling them apart.
A NEW THREAT
After catching a glimpse of Gabriela’s new work, The Book of Hours, Arnold Wickeham has been like a man possessed. Now, he will do anything—anything—in order to claim it, and nothing, especially not Gabriela, will stand in his way.
THE PAST IS CATCHING UP
Richard Harrison has never given up his true love, Gabriela. Now someone new is threatening her life, and he will risk everything to protect her. But the stakes are now higher, and there is much more to lose. And, if he doesn’t stay one step ahead of the danger, her life, but especially, their future, may very well go up in flames.
A LOVE TESTED
In The Coin, Gabriela and Richard were cruelly used by fate—and destiny isn’t done. In the shadow of this new threat, their choices may not just save their lives, but also their love.
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Murder on the Champ de Mars
by Cara Black (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 03, 2015Paris, April 1999: Aimée Leduc has her work cut out for her—running her detective agency and fighting off sleep deprivation as she tries to be a good…more[close] Paris, April 1999: Aimée Leduc has her work cut out for her—running her detective agency and fighting off sleep deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new bébé. The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal investigation for a poor manouche (Gypsy) boy. But he insists his dying mother has an important secret she needs to tell Aimée, something to do with Aimée’s father’s unsolved murder a decade ago. How can she say no?View Details »
The dying woman’s secret is even more dangerous than her son realized. When Aimée arrives at the hospital, the boy’s mother has disappeared. She was far too sick to leave on her own—she must have been abducted. What does she know that’s so important it’s worth killing for? And will Aimée be able to find her before it’s too late and the medication keeping her alive runs out? [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 05 - Feb 10, 20154 copies available, 330 people requestingCountries available: US
De Grisha. Val en Verlossing
by Leigh Bardugo (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 15, 2015Val en Verlossing is het derde en laatste deel in de Grisha-trilogie en verschijnt in februari. Wij verloten drie exemplaren!
Ravka is gevallen en de D…more[close] Val en Verlossing is het derde en laatste deel in de Grisha-trilogie en verschijnt in februari. Wij verloten drie exemplaren!View Details »
Ravka is gevallen en de Duisterling regeert vanaf zijn schaduwtroon. De laatste hoop van het land is gevestigd op een krachteloze Lichtheerser, een uit de gratie gevallen spoorzoeker en de overblijfselen van een ooit zo sterk magisch leger.
Diep in een eeuwenoud netwerk van tunnels en grotten kan een verzwakte Alina niet anders dan de hulp van de zonderlinge Apparat accepteren, terwijl zijn volgelingen haar aanbidden als een heilige. Maar Alina wil geen heilige zijn: ze wil samen met Mal op jacht naar de vuurvogel en zoeken naar een zekere prins, van wie ze niet weet of hij nog in leven is.
Alina zal nieuwe bondgenootschappen moeten sluiten en oude rivaliteiten opzij moeten zetten tijdens de zoektocht naar de laatste versterker. Maar terwijl Alina de geheimen van de Duisterling begint te ontrafelen, ontdekt ze iets wat hun mysterieuze band voor altijd verandert. Het doden van de vuurvogel lijkt het enige dat Ravka kan redden van totale vernietiging, maar kan Alina de consequenties aan? [close]Giveaway dates: Jan 05 - Feb 10, 20153 copies available, 211 people requestingCountries available: BE and NL
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