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American Gods

Now a TV Series produced by FremantleMedia North America available internationally on Amazon exclusively through Prime Video and starring Ricky Whittle Ian McShane Emily Browning and Pablo Schreiber br br Locked behind bars for three years Shadow did his time quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point Indiana A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring all he wanted was to be with Laura the wife he deeply loved and start a new life br br But just days before his release Laura and Shadow s best friend are killed in an accident With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr Wednesday A trickster and a rogue Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself br br Life as Wednesday s bodyguard driver and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing an epic war for the very soul of America and that he is standing squarely in its path br br American Gods FremantleMedia North America All rights reserved Artwork under license to FremantleMedia br br Neil Gaiman P Recorded Books


American Psycho

Patrick Bateman is twenty six and he works on Wall Street he is handsome sophisticated charming and intelligent He is also a psychopath Taking us to head on collision with America s greatest dream and its worst nightmare em American Psycho em is bleak bitter black comedy about a world we all recognise but do not wish to confront


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Reveals low wage America in all its tenacity anxiety and surprising generosity a land of Big Boxes fast food and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival br br Millions of Americans work full time year round for poverty level wages In Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform which promised that any job equals a better life But how can anyone survive let alone prosper on an hour To find out Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress hotel maid house cleaner nursing home aide and Wal Mart salesperson She soon discovered that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts And one job is not enough you need at least two if you intend to live indoors br br Nickel and Dimed reveals low wage America in all its tenacity anxiety and surprising generosity a land of Big Boxes fast food and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival Instantly acclaimed for its insight humor and passion this book is changing the way America perceives its working poor


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

Erik Larson s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder the killer and the great fair that obsessed them both br br Two men each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America s rush toward the twentieth century The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham the fair s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country s most important structures including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington D C The murderer was Henry H Holmes a young doctor who in a malign parody of the White City built his World s Fair Hotel just west of the fairgrounds a torture palace complete with dissection table gas chamber and degree crematorium Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted Charles McKim Louis Sullivan and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake br br The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real life characters including Buffalo Bill Theodore Dreiser Susan B Anthony Thomas Edison Archduke Francis Ferdinand and others In this book the smoke romance and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before br br Erik Larson s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder the killer and the great fair that obsessed them both


Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Franklin is the Founding Father who winks at us An ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder from leather aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings he seems made of flesh rather than of marble In bestselling author Walter Isaacson s vivid and witty full scale biography we discover why Franklin seems to turn to us from history s stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new fangled spectacles By bringing Franklin to life Isaacson shows how he helped to define both his own time and ours p He was during his year life America s best scientist inventor diplomat writer and business strategist and he was also one of its most practical though not most profound political thinkers He proved by flying a kite that lightning was electricity and he invented a rod to tame it He sought practical ways to make stoves less smoky and commonwealths less corrupt He organized neighborhood constabularies and international alliances local lending libraries and national legislatures He combined two types of lenses to create bifocals and two concepts of representation to foster the nation s federal compromise He was the only man who shaped all the founding documents of America the Albany Plan of Union the Declaration of Independence the treaty of alliance with France the peace treaty with England and the Constitution And he helped invent America s unique style of homespun humor democratic values and philosophical pragmatism p p But the most interesting thing that Franklin invented and continually reinvented was himself America s first great publicist he was in his life and in his writings consciously trying to create a new American archetype In the process he carefully crafted his own persona portrayed it in public and polished it for posterity p p Through it all he trusted the hearts and minds of his fellow leather aprons more than he did those of any inbred elite He saw middle class values as a source of social strength not as something to be derided His guiding principle was a dislike of everything that tended to debase the spirit of the common people Few of his fellow founders felt this comfort with democracy so fully and none so intuitively p p In this colorful and intimate narrative Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin s amazing life from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman scientist and Founding Father He chronicles Franklin s tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson his practical marriage and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty first century p


American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1)

b Pulitzer Prize Winner b br br In i American Pastoral i Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all the twentieth century s promises of prosperity civic order and domestic bliss Roth s protagonist is Seymour Swede Levov a legendary high school athlete a devoted family man a hard worker the prosperous inheritor of his father s Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving triumphant post war America And then one day in Swede s beautiful American luck deserts him br br For Swede s adored daughter Merry has grown from a loving quick witted girl into a sullen fanatical teenager a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk Compulsively readable propelled by sorrow rage and a deep compassion for its characters this is Roth s masterpiece


Roots: The Saga of an American Family

When he was a boy in Henning Tennessee Alex Haley s grandmother used to tell him stories about their family stories that went back to i her i grandparents and i their i grandparents down through the generations all the way to a man she called the African She said he had lived across the ocean near what he called the i Kamby Bolongo i and had been out in the forest one day chopping wood to make a drum when he was set upon by four men beaten chained and dragged aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America br br Still vividly remembering the stories after he grew up and became a writer Haley began to search for documentation that might authenticate the narrative It took ten years and a half a million miles of travel across three continents to find it but finally in an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work he discovered not only the name of the African Kunta Kinte but the precise location of Juffure the very village in The Gambia West Africa from which he was abducted in at the age of sixteen and taken on the i Lord Ligonier i to Maryland and sold to a Virginia planter br br Haley has talked in Juffure with his own African sixth cousins On September he stood on the dock in Annapolis where his great great great great grandfather was taken ashore on September Now he has written the monumental two century drama of Kunta Kinte and the six generations who came after him slaves and freedmen farmers and blacksmiths lumber mill workers and Pullman porters lawyers and architects and one author br br But Haley has done more than recapture the history of his own family As the first black American writer to trace his origins back to their roots he has told the story of Americans of African descent He has rediscovered for an entire people a rich cultural heritage that slavery took away from them along with their names and their identities But i Roots i speaks finally not just to blacks or to whites but to all people and all races everywhere for the story it tells is one of the most eloquent testimonials ever written to the indomitability of the human spirit


Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Hillenbrand brilliantly re creates a universal underdog story one that proves life is a horse race br br Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in receiving more coverage than FDR Hitler or Mussolini But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment which had written off the crooked legged racehorse with the sad tail Three men changed Seabiscuit s fortunes br br Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses he hired Tom Smith a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain basement price then hired as his jockey Red Pollard a failed boxer who was blind in one eye half crippled and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson Over four years these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune conspiracy and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic pathologically indolent also ran into an American sports icon br br Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re creates a universal underdog story one that proves life is a horse race


The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

b The Audacity of Hope b is Barack Obama s call for a new kind of politics a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans Lucid in his vision of America s place in the world refreshingly candid about his family life and his time in the Senate Obama here sets out his political convictions and inspires us to trust in the dogged optimism that has long defined us and that is our best hope going forward


All-American Girl (All-American Girl, #1)

Top Ten Reasons Samantha Madison is in Deep Trouble br br Her big sister is the most popular girl in school br br Her little sister is a certified genius br br She s in love with her big sister s boyfriend br br She got caught selling celebrity portraits in school br br And now she s being forced to take art classes br br She s just saved the president of the United States from an assassination attempt br br So the whole world thinks she is a hero br br Even though Sam knows she is far far from being a hero br br And now she s been appointed teen ambassador to the UN br br And the number one reason Sam s life is over br br The president s son just might be in love with her


Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

A groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats br br Are we what we eat To a degree both engrossing and alarming the story of fast food is the story of postwar America Though created by a handful of mavericks the fast food industry has triggered the homogenization of our society Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape widened the chasm between rich and poor fueled an epidemic of obesity and propelled the juggernaut of American cultural imperialism abroad br br That s a lengthy list of charges but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first rate reportage wry wit and careful reasoning Schlosser s myth shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food s flavors are concocted He hangs out with the teenagers who make the restaurants run and communes with those unlucky enough to hold America s most dangerous job meatpacker He travels to Las Vegas for a giddily surreal franchisers convention where Mikhail Gorbachev delivers the keynote address He even ventures to England and Germany to clock the rate at which those countries are becoming fast food nations br br Along the way Schlosser unearths a trove of fascinating unsettling truths from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production popular culture and even real estate He also uncovers the fast food chains efforts to reel in the youngest most susceptible consumers even while they hone their institutionalized exploitation of teenagers and minorities Schlosser then turns a critical eye toward the hot topic of globalization a phenomenon launched by fast food Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats


Jane Eyre (Book League of America)

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield falls in love with Mr Rochester and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed br br With a heroine full of yearning the dangerous secrets she encounters and the choices she finally makes Charlotte Bronte s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers


The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

For readers of Laura Hillenbrand s Seabiscuit and Unbroken the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler s Berlin Olympics br br Daniel James Brown s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington s eight oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans The sons of loggers shipyard workers and farmers the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin br br The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower Joe Rantz a teenager without family or prospects who rows not for glory but to regain his shattered self regard and to find a place he can call home The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary eccentric British boat builder but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together a perfect melding of commitment determination and optimism br br Drawing on the boys own diaries and journals their photos and memories of a once in a lifetime shared dream The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times the improbable intimate story of nine working class boys from the American west who in the depths of the Great Depression showed the world what true grit really meant It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson Timothy Egan James Bradley and David Halberstam s The Amateurs


Travels with Charley: In Search of America

b An intimate journey across and in search of America as told by one of its most beloved writers in a deluxe centennial edition b br br In September John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America He felt that he might have lost touch with the country with its speech the smell of its grass and trees its color and quality of light the pulse of its people To reassure himself he set out on a voyage of rediscovery of the American identity accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley and riding in a three quarter ton pickup truck named Rocinante br br His course took him through almost forty states northward from Long Island to Maine through the Midwest to Chicago onward by way of Minnesota North Dakota Montana with which he fell in love and Idaho to Seattle south to San Francisco and his birthplace Salinas eastward through the Mojave New Mexico Arizona to the vast hospitality of Texas to New Orleans and a shocking drama of desegregation finally on the last leg through Alabama Virginia Pennsylvania and New Jersey to New York br br i Travels with Charley in Search of America i is an intimate look at one of America s most beloved writers in the later years of his life a self portrait of a man who never wrote an explicit autobiography Written during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South which Steinbeck witnessed firsthand i Travels with Charley i is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade


An American Tragedy

On one level i An American Tragedy i is the story of the corruption and destruction of one man Clyde Griffiths who forfeits his life in desperate pursuit of success On a deeper more profound level the novel represents a massive portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde s tawdry ambitions and seal his fate It is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American Dream Extraordinary in scope and power vivid in its sense of wholesale human waste unceasing in its rich compassion i An American Tragedy i stands as Theodore Dreiser s supreme achievement br br Based on an actual crime case i An American Tragedy i was the inspiration for the film i A Place in the Sun i winner of six Academy Awards starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift


In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

The time is the place Berlin when William E Dodd becomes America s first ambassador to Hitler s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history p A mild mannered professor from Chicago Dodd brings along his wife son and flamboyant daughter Martha At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence Enamored of the New Germany she has one affair after another including with the surprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo Rudolf Diels But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts confirmed by chilling first person testimony her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked the press is censored and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen the Dodds experience days full of excitement intrigue romance and ultimately horror when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler s true character and ruthless ambition p p Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Goring and the expectedly charming yet wholly sinister Goebbels em In the Garden of Beasts em lends a stunning eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity The result is a dazzling addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin and Europe were awash in blood and terror p


American Wife

A kind bookish only child born in the s Alice Lindgren has no idea that she will one day end up in the White House married to the president In her small Wisconsin hometown she learns the virtues of politeness but a tragic accident when she is seventeen shatters her identity and changes the trajectory of her life More than a decade later when the charismatic son of a powerful Republican family sweeps her off her feet she is surprised to find herself admitted into a world of privilege When her husband unexpectedly becomes governor and then president she discovers she is married to a man she both loves and fundamentally disagrees with and that her private beliefs increasingly run against her public persona As her husband s presidency enters its second term Alice must confront contradictions years in the making and face questions nearly impossible to answer


The Quiet American

b Graham Greene s classic exploration of love innocence and morality in Vietnam b br br I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused Graham Greene s narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle the eponymous Quiet American of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career Pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission to Saigon where the French Army struggles against the Vietminh guerrillas As young Pyle s well intentioned policies blunder into bloodshed Fowler a seasoned and cynical British reporter finds it impossible to stand safely aside as an observer But Fowler s motives for intervening are suspect both to the police and himself for Pyle has stolen Fowler s beautiful Vietnamese mistress br br Originally published in and twice adapted to film i The Quiet American i remains a terrifiying and prescient portrait of innocence at large This Graham Greene Centennial Edition includes a new introductory essay by Robert Stone


Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

p b A riveting historical narrative of the heart stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the first work of history from mega bestselling author Bill O Reilly b p p The anchor of i The O Reilly Factor i recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history how one gunshot changed the country forever In the spring of the bloody saga of America s Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles President Abraham Lincoln s generous terms for Robert E Lee s surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln s dream of healing a divided nation with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society But one man and his band of murderous accomplices perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U S government are not appeased p p In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D C John Wilkes Booth charismatic ladies man and impenitent racist murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford s Theatre A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country s most wanted fugitive Lafayette C Baker a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy unravels the string of clues leading to Booth while federal forces track his accomplices The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court ordered executions including that of the first woman ever executed by the U S government Mary Surratt Featuring some of history s most remarkable figures vivid detail and page turning action i Killing Lincoln i is history that reads like a thriller p br br a target blank href http catalog loc gov cgi bin Pwebrecon cgi DB local amp Search Arg amp Search Code STNO amp CNT rel nofollow http catalog loc gov cgi bin Pwebre a br br


America's First Daughter


American Born Chinese

All Jin Wang wants is to fit in When his family moves to a new neighborhood he suddenly finds that he s the only Chinese American student at his school Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly and he has hardly any friends Then to make matters worse he falls in love with an all American girl br br Born to rule over all the monkeys in the world the story of the Monkey King is one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables Adored by his subjects master of the arts of kung fu he is the most powerful monkey on earth But the Monkey King doesn t want to be a monkey He wants to be hailed as a god br br Chin Kee is the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype and he s ruining his cousin Danny s life Danny s a popular kid at school but every year Chin Kee comes to visit and every year Danny has to transfer to a new school to escape the shame This year though things quickly go from bad to worse br br These three apparently unrelated tales come together with an unexpected twist in a modern fable that is hilarious poignant and action packed i American Born Chinese i is an amazing rise all the way up to the astonishing climax and confirms what a growing number of readers already know Gene Yang is a major talent


The American Heiress

Witty moving and brilliantly entertaining The American Heiress marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James br br Be careful what you wish for Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband beautiful vivacious Cora Cash whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham married to Ivo the most eligible bachelor in England Nothing is quite as it seems however Ivo is withdrawn and secretive and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals Money Cora soon learns cannot buy everything as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage br br Witty moving and brilliantly entertaining Cora s story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James


American Assassin (Mitch Rapp, #1)

Mitch Rapp is a gifted college athlete who just wants retribution for the Pan Am Lockerbie attack He trains six months intensely with other clandestine operatives under CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield and prot g Irene Kennedy to stop terrorists before they reach America The assassin leaves a trail of bodies from Istanbul across Europe to Beirut where he needs every ounce of skill and cunning to survive the war ravaged city and its deadly terrorist factions


1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in br br Traditionally Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus s landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago existed mainly in small nomadic bands and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas was for all practical purposes still a vast wilderness But as Charles C Mann now makes clear archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last thirty years proving these and many other long held assumptions wrong br br In a book that startles and persuades Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard of conclusions Among them br br In there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe br Certain cities such as Tenochtitl n the Aztec capital were far greater in population than any contemporary European city Furthermore Tenochtitl n unlike any capital in Europe at that time had running water beautiful botanical gardens and immaculately clean streets br The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids br Pre Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as man s first and perhaps the greatest feat of genetic engineering br Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge br Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively landscaped by human beings br Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain s brilliant th century novel has long been recognized as one of the finest examples of American literature It brings back the irrepressible and free spirited Huck first introduced in i The Adventures of Tom Sawyer i and puts him center stage Rich in authentic dialect folksy humor and sharp social commentary Twain s classic tale follows Huck and the runaway slave Jim on an exciting journey down the Mississippi


The Book of Unknown Americans

A dazzling heartbreaking page turner destined for breakout status a novel that gives voice to millions of Americans as it tells the story of the love between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl teenagers living in an apartment block of immigrant families like their own br br After their daughter Maribel suffers a near fatal accident the Riveras leave M xico and come to America But upon settling at Redwood Apartments a two story cinderblock complex just off a highway in Delaware they discover that Maribel s recovery the piece of the American Dream on which they ve pinned all their hopes will not be easy Every task seems to confront them with language racial and cultural obstacles br br At Redwood also lives Mayor Toro a high school sophomore whose family arrived from Panam fifteen years ago Mayor sees in Maribel something others do not that beyond her lovely face and beneath the damage she s sustained is a gentle funny and wise spirit But as the two grow closer violence casts a shadow over all their futures in America br br Peopled with deeply sympathetic characters this poignant yet unsentimental tale of young love tells a riveting story of unflinching honesty and humanity that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be an American An instant classic is born


Frankenstein Plus Best American Essay 2003

Mary Shelley s Frankenstein is the world s most famous Gothic novel about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment Shelley s work is considered to be the world s first science fiction with Frankenstein s monster being a symbol of science gone awry Shelley s masterpiece has inspired numerous films plays and other books This the edition contains the author s final revisions


One Summer: America, 1927

b A i Chicago Tribune i Noteworthy Book br A GoodReads Reader s Choice br br In i One Summer i Bill Bryson one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life b br br The summer of began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century on May Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet Meanwhile the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record which would culminate on September with his sixtieth blast one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset salesman lover garroted her husband leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation Alvin Shipwreck Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark New Jersey for twelve days a new record The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin a great human disaster the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption The first true talking picture Al Jolson s i The Jazz Singer i was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression br All this and much much more transpired in that epochal summer of and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities exciting events and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness eye for telling detail and delicious humor In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event and i One Summer i transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order


Chains (Seeds of America, #1)

b If an entire nation could seek its freedom i why not a girl i b br br As the Revolutionary War begins thirteen year old Isabel wages her own fight for freedom Promised freedom upon the death of their owner she and her sister Ruth in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple the Locktons who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel When Isabel meets Curzon a slave with ties to the Patriots he encourages her to spy on her owners who know details of British plans for invasion She is reluctant at first but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom br br From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains both physical and spiritual


I Am America (And So Can You!)

b Congratulations b just by opening the cover of this book you became more patriotic br br From Stephen Colbert the host of television s highest rated punditry show i The Colbert Report i comes the book to fill the other hours of your day i I Am America And So Can You i contains all of the opinions that Stephen doesn t have time to shoehorn into his nightly broadcast br br Dictated directly into a microcassette recorder over a three day weekend this book contains Stephen s most deeply held knee jerk beliefs on The American Family Race Religion Sex Sports and many more topics conveniently arranged in chapter form br br Always controversial and outspoken Stephen addresses why Hollywood is destroying America by inches why evolution is a fraud and why the elderly should be harnessed to millstones br br You may not agree with everything Stephen says but at the very least you ll understand that your differing opinion is wrong br br i I Am America And So Can You i showcases Stephen Colbert at his most eloquent and impassioned He is an unrelenting fighter for the soul of America and in this book he fights the good fight for the traditional values that have served this country so well for so long br br Please buy this book before you leave the store br br b About the Author b br Stephen Colbert is America br br i Description from book jacket i


American Gods

Now a TV Series produced by FremantleMedia North America available internationally on Amazon exclusively through Prime Video and starring Ricky Whittle Ian McShane Emily Browning and Pablo Schreiber br br Locked behind bars for three years Shadow did his time quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point Indiana A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring all he wanted was to be with Laura the wife he deeply loved and start a new life br br But just days before his release Laura and Shadow s best friend are killed in an accident With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr Wednesday A trickster and a rogue Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself br br Life as Wednesday s bodyguard driver and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing an epic war for the very soul of America and that he is standing squarely in its path br br American Gods FremantleMedia North America All rights reserved Artwork under license to FremantleMedia br br Neil Gaiman P Recorded Books


American Psycho

Patrick Bateman is twenty six and he works on Wall Street he is handsome sophisticated charming and intelligent He is also a psychopath Taking us to head on collision with America s greatest dream and its worst nightmare em American Psycho em is bleak bitter black comedy about a world we all recognise but do not wish to confront


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Reveals low wage America in all its tenacity anxiety and surprising generosity a land of Big Boxes fast food and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival br br Millions of Americans work full time year round for poverty level wages In Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform which promised that any job equals a better life But how can anyone survive let alone prosper on an hour To find out Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress hotel maid house cleaner nursing home aide and Wal Mart salesperson She soon discovered that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts And one job is not enough you need at least two if you intend to live indoors br br Nickel and Dimed reveals low wage America in all its tenacity anxiety and surprising generosity a land of Big Boxes fast food and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival Instantly acclaimed for its insight humor and passion this book is changing the way America perceives its working poor


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

Erik Larson s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder the killer and the great fair that obsessed them both br br Two men each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America s rush toward the twentieth century The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham the fair s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country s most important structures including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington D C The murderer was Henry H Holmes a young doctor who in a malign parody of the White City built his World s Fair Hotel just west of the fairgrounds a torture palace complete with dissection table gas chamber and degree crematorium Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted Charles McKim Louis Sullivan and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake br br The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real life characters including Buffalo Bill Theodore Dreiser Susan B Anthony Thomas Edison Archduke Francis Ferdinand and others In this book the smoke romance and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before br br Erik Larson s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder the killer and the great fair that obsessed them both


Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Franklin is the Founding Father who winks at us An ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder from leather aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings he seems made of flesh rather than of marble In bestselling author Walter Isaacson s vivid and witty full scale biography we discover why Franklin seems to turn to us from history s stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new fangled spectacles By bringing Franklin to life Isaacson shows how he helped to define both his own time and ours p He was during his year life America s best scientist inventor diplomat writer and business strategist and he was also one of its most practical though not most profound political thinkers He proved by flying a kite that lightning was electricity and he invented a rod to tame it He sought practical ways to make stoves less smoky and commonwealths less corrupt He organized neighborhood constabularies and international alliances local lending libraries and national legislatures He combined two types of lenses to create bifocals and two concepts of representation to foster the nation s federal compromise He was the only man who shaped all the founding documents of America the Albany Plan of Union the Declaration of Independence the treaty of alliance with France the peace treaty with England and the Constitution And he helped invent America s unique style of homespun humor democratic values and philosophical pragmatism p p But the most interesting thing that Franklin invented and continually reinvented was himself America s first great publicist he was in his life and in his writings consciously trying to create a new American archetype In the process he carefully crafted his own persona portrayed it in public and polished it for posterity p p Through it all he trusted the hearts and minds of his fellow leather aprons more than he did those of any inbred elite He saw middle class values as a source of social strength not as something to be derided His guiding principle was a dislike of everything that tended to debase the spirit of the common people Few of his fellow founders felt this comfort with democracy so fully and none so intuitively p p In this colorful and intimate narrative Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin s amazing life from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman scientist and Founding Father He chronicles Franklin s tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson his practical marriage and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty first century p


American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1)

b Pulitzer Prize Winner b br br In i American Pastoral i Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all the twentieth century s promises of prosperity civic order and domestic bliss Roth s protagonist is Seymour Swede Levov a legendary high school athlete a devoted family man a hard worker the prosperous inheritor of his father s Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving triumphant post war America And then one day in Swede s beautiful American luck deserts him br br For Swede s adored daughter Merry has grown from a loving quick witted girl into a sullen fanatical teenager a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk Compulsively readable propelled by sorrow rage and a deep compassion for its characters this is Roth s masterpiece


Roots: The Saga of an American Family

When he was a boy in Henning Tennessee Alex Haley s grandmother used to tell him stories about their family stories that went back to i her i grandparents and i their i grandparents down through the generations all the way to a man she called the African She said he had lived across the ocean near what he called the i Kamby Bolongo i and had been out in the forest one day chopping wood to make a drum when he was set upon by four men beaten chained and dragged aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America br br Still vividly remembering the stories after he grew up and became a writer Haley began to search for documentation that might authenticate the narrative It took ten years and a half a million miles of travel across three continents to find it but finally in an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work he discovered not only the name of the African Kunta Kinte but the precise location of Juffure the very village in The Gambia West Africa from which he was abducted in at the age of sixteen and taken on the i Lord Ligonier i to Maryland and sold to a Virginia planter br br Haley has talked in Juffure with his own African sixth cousins On September he stood on the dock in Annapolis where his great great great great grandfather was taken ashore on September Now he has written the monumental two century drama of Kunta Kinte and the six generations who came after him slaves and freedmen farmers and blacksmiths lumber mill workers and Pullman porters lawyers and architects and one author br br But Haley has done more than recapture the history of his own family As the first black American writer to trace his origins back to their roots he has told the story of Americans of African descent He has rediscovered for an entire people a rich cultural heritage that slavery took away from them along with their names and their identities But i Roots i speaks finally not just to blacks or to whites but to all people and all races everywhere for the story it tells is one of the most eloquent testimonials ever written to the indomitability of the human spirit


Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Hillenbrand brilliantly re creates a universal underdog story one that proves life is a horse race br br Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in receiving more coverage than FDR Hitler or Mussolini But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment which had written off the crooked legged racehorse with the sad tail Three men changed Seabiscuit s fortunes br br Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses he hired Tom Smith a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain basement price then hired as his jockey Red Pollard a failed boxer who was blind in one eye half crippled and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson Over four years these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune conspiracy and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic pathologically indolent also ran into an American sports icon br br Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re creates a universal underdog story one that proves life is a horse race


The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

b The Audacity of Hope b is Barack Obama s call for a new kind of politics a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans Lucid in his vision of America s place in the world refreshingly candid about his family life and his time in the Senate Obama here sets out his political convictions and inspires us to trust in the dogged optimism that has long defined us and that is our best hope going forward


All-American Girl (All-American Girl, #1)

Top Ten Reasons Samantha Madison is in Deep Trouble br br Her big sister is the most popular girl in school br br Her little sister is a certified genius br br She s in love with her big sister s boyfriend br br She got caught selling celebrity portraits in school br br And now she s being forced to take art classes br br She s just saved the president of the United States from an assassination attempt br br So the whole world thinks she is a hero br br Even though Sam knows she is far far from being a hero br br And now she s been appointed teen ambassador to the UN br br And the number one reason Sam s life is over br br The president s son just might be in love with her


Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

A groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats br br Are we what we eat To a degree both engrossing and alarming the story of fast food is the story of postwar America Though created by a handful of mavericks the fast food industry has triggered the homogenization of our society Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape widened the chasm between rich and poor fueled an epidemic of obesity and propelled the juggernaut of American cultural imperialism abroad br br That s a lengthy list of charges but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first rate reportage wry wit and careful reasoning Schlosser s myth shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food s flavors are concocted He hangs out with the teenagers who make the restaurants run and communes with those unlucky enough to hold America s most dangerous job meatpacker He travels to Las Vegas for a giddily surreal franchisers convention where Mikhail Gorbachev delivers the keynote address He even ventures to England and Germany to clock the rate at which those countries are becoming fast food nations br br Along the way Schlosser unearths a trove of fascinating unsettling truths from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production popular culture and even real estate He also uncovers the fast food chains efforts to reel in the youngest most susceptible consumers even while they hone their institutionalized exploitation of teenagers and minorities Schlosser then turns a critical eye toward the hot topic of globalization a phenomenon launched by fast food Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats


Jane Eyre (Book League of America)

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield falls in love with Mr Rochester and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed br br With a heroine full of yearning the dangerous secrets she encounters and the choices she finally makes Charlotte Bronte s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers


The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

For readers of Laura Hillenbrand s Seabiscuit and Unbroken the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler s Berlin Olympics br br Daniel James Brown s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington s eight oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans The sons of loggers shipyard workers and farmers the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin br br The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower Joe Rantz a teenager without family or prospects who rows not for glory but to regain his shattered self regard and to find a place he can call home The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary eccentric British boat builder but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together a perfect melding of commitment determination and optimism br br Drawing on the boys own diaries and journals their photos and memories of a once in a lifetime shared dream The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times the improbable intimate story of nine working class boys from the American west who in the depths of the Great Depression showed the world what true grit really meant It will appeal to readers of Erik Larson Timothy Egan James Bradley and David Halberstam s The Amateurs


Travels with Charley: In Search of America

b An intimate journey across and in search of America as told by one of its most beloved writers in a deluxe centennial edition b br br In September John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America He felt that he might have lost touch with the country with its speech the smell of its grass and trees its color and quality of light the pulse of its people To reassure himself he set out on a voyage of rediscovery of the American identity accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley and riding in a three quarter ton pickup truck named Rocinante br br His course took him through almost forty states northward from Long Island to Maine through the Midwest to Chicago onward by way of Minnesota North Dakota Montana with which he fell in love and Idaho to Seattle south to San Francisco and his birthplace Salinas eastward through the Mojave New Mexico Arizona to the vast hospitality of Texas to New Orleans and a shocking drama of desegregation finally on the last leg through Alabama Virginia Pennsylvania and New Jersey to New York br br i Travels with Charley in Search of America i is an intimate look at one of America s most beloved writers in the later years of his life a self portrait of a man who never wrote an explicit autobiography Written during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South which Steinbeck witnessed firsthand i Travels with Charley i is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade


An American Tragedy

On one level i An American Tragedy i is the story of the corruption and destruction of one man Clyde Griffiths who forfeits his life in desperate pursuit of success On a deeper more profound level the novel represents a massive portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde s tawdry ambitions and seal his fate It is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American Dream Extraordinary in scope and power vivid in its sense of wholesale human waste unceasing in its rich compassion i An American Tragedy i stands as Theodore Dreiser s supreme achievement br br Based on an actual crime case i An American Tragedy i was the inspiration for the film i A Place in the Sun i winner of six Academy Awards starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift


In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

The time is the place Berlin when William E Dodd becomes America s first ambassador to Hitler s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history p A mild mannered professor from Chicago Dodd brings along his wife son and flamboyant daughter Martha At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence Enamored of the New Germany she has one affair after another including with the surprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo Rudolf Diels But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts confirmed by chilling first person testimony her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked the press is censored and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen the Dodds experience days full of excitement intrigue romance and ultimately horror when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler s true character and ruthless ambition p p Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Goring and the expectedly charming yet wholly sinister Goebbels em In the Garden of Beasts em lends a stunning eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity The result is a dazzling addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin and Europe were awash in blood and terror p


American Wife

A kind bookish only child born in the s Alice Lindgren has no idea that she will one day end up in the White House married to the president In her small Wisconsin hometown she learns the virtues of politeness but a tragic accident when she is seventeen shatters her identity and changes the trajectory of her life More than a decade later when the charismatic son of a powerful Republican family sweeps her off her feet she is surprised to find herself admitted into a world of privilege When her husband unexpectedly becomes governor and then president she discovers she is married to a man she both loves and fundamentally disagrees with and that her private beliefs increasingly run against her public persona As her husband s presidency enters its second term Alice must confront contradictions years in the making and face questions nearly impossible to answer


The Quiet American

b Graham Greene s classic exploration of love innocence and morality in Vietnam b br br I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused Graham Greene s narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle the eponymous Quiet American of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career Pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission to Saigon where the French Army struggles against the Vietminh guerrillas As young Pyle s well intentioned policies blunder into bloodshed Fowler a seasoned and cynical British reporter finds it impossible to stand safely aside as an observer But Fowler s motives for intervening are suspect both to the police and himself for Pyle has stolen Fowler s beautiful Vietnamese mistress br br Originally published in and twice adapted to film i The Quiet American i remains a terrifiying and prescient portrait of innocence at large This Graham Greene Centennial Edition includes a new introductory essay by Robert Stone


Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

p b A riveting historical narrative of the heart stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the first work of history from mega bestselling author Bill O Reilly b p p The anchor of i The O Reilly Factor i recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history how one gunshot changed the country forever In the spring of the bloody saga of America s Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles President Abraham Lincoln s generous terms for Robert E Lee s surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln s dream of healing a divided nation with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society But one man and his band of murderous accomplices perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U S government are not appeased p p In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D C John Wilkes Booth charismatic ladies man and impenitent racist murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford s Theatre A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country s most wanted fugitive Lafayette C Baker a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy unravels the string of clues leading to Booth while federal forces track his accomplices The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court ordered executions including that of the first woman ever executed by the U S government Mary Surratt Featuring some of history s most remarkable figures vivid detail and page turning action i Killing Lincoln i is history that reads like a thriller p br br a target blank href http catalog loc gov cgi bin Pwebrecon cgi DB local amp Search Arg amp Search Code STNO amp CNT rel nofollow http catalog loc gov cgi bin Pwebre a br br


America's First Daughter


American Born Chinese

All Jin Wang wants is to fit in When his family moves to a new neighborhood he suddenly finds that he s the only Chinese American student at his school Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly and he has hardly any friends Then to make matters worse he falls in love with an all American girl br br Born to rule over all the monkeys in the world the story of the Monkey King is one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables Adored by his subjects master of the arts of kung fu he is the most powerful monkey on earth But the Monkey King doesn t want to be a monkey He wants to be hailed as a god br br Chin Kee is the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype and he s ruining his cousin Danny s life Danny s a popular kid at school but every year Chin Kee comes to visit and every year Danny has to transfer to a new school to escape the shame This year though things quickly go from bad to worse br br These three apparently unrelated tales come together with an unexpected twist in a modern fable that is hilarious poignant and action packed i American Born Chinese i is an amazing rise all the way up to the astonishing climax and confirms what a growing number of readers already know Gene Yang is a major talent


The American Heiress

Witty moving and brilliantly entertaining The American Heiress marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James br br Be careful what you wish for Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband beautiful vivacious Cora Cash whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham married to Ivo the most eligible bachelor in England Nothing is quite as it seems however Ivo is withdrawn and secretive and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals Money Cora soon learns cannot buy everything as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage br br Witty moving and brilliantly entertaining Cora s story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James


American Assassin (Mitch Rapp, #1)

Mitch Rapp is a gifted college athlete who just wants retribution for the Pan Am Lockerbie attack He trains six months intensely with other clandestine operatives under CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield and prot g Irene Kennedy to stop terrorists before they reach America The assassin leaves a trail of bodies from Istanbul across Europe to Beirut where he needs every ounce of skill and cunning to survive the war ravaged city and its deadly terrorist factions


1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in br br Traditionally Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus s landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago existed mainly in small nomadic bands and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas was for all practical purposes still a vast wilderness But as Charles C Mann now makes clear archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last thirty years proving these and many other long held assumptions wrong br br In a book that startles and persuades Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard of conclusions Among them br br In there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe br Certain cities such as Tenochtitl n the Aztec capital were far greater in population than any contemporary European city Furthermore Tenochtitl n unlike any capital in Europe at that time had running water beautiful botanical gardens and immaculately clean streets br The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids br Pre Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as man s first and perhaps the greatest feat of genetic engineering br Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge br Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively landscaped by human beings br Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain s brilliant th century novel has long been recognized as one of the finest examples of American literature It brings back the irrepressible and free spirited Huck first introduced in i The Adventures of Tom Sawyer i and puts him center stage Rich in authentic dialect folksy humor and sharp social commentary Twain s classic tale follows Huck and the runaway slave Jim on an exciting journey down the Mississippi


The Book of Unknown Americans

A dazzling heartbreaking page turner destined for breakout status a novel that gives voice to millions of Americans as it tells the story of the love between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl teenagers living in an apartment block of immigrant families like their own br br After their daughter Maribel suffers a near fatal accident the Riveras leave M xico and come to America But upon settling at Redwood Apartments a two story cinderblock complex just off a highway in Delaware they discover that Maribel s recovery the piece of the American Dream on which they ve pinned all their hopes will not be easy Every task seems to confront them with language racial and cultural obstacles br br At Redwood also lives Mayor Toro a high school sophomore whose family arrived from Panam fifteen years ago Mayor sees in Maribel something others do not that beyond her lovely face and beneath the damage she s sustained is a gentle funny and wise spirit But as the two grow closer violence casts a shadow over all their futures in America br br Peopled with deeply sympathetic characters this poignant yet unsentimental tale of young love tells a riveting story of unflinching honesty and humanity that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be an American An instant classic is born


Frankenstein Plus Best American Essay 2003

Mary Shelley s Frankenstein is the world s most famous Gothic novel about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment Shelley s work is considered to be the world s first science fiction with Frankenstein s monster being a symbol of science gone awry Shelley s masterpiece has inspired numerous films plays and other books This the edition contains the author s final revisions


One Summer: America, 1927

b A i Chicago Tribune i Noteworthy Book br A GoodReads Reader s Choice br br In i One Summer i Bill Bryson one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life b br br The summer of began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century on May Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet Meanwhile the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record which would culminate on September with his sixtieth blast one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset salesman lover garroted her husband leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation Alvin Shipwreck Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark New Jersey for twelve days a new record The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin a great human disaster the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption The first true talking picture Al Jolson s i The Jazz Singer i was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression br All this and much much more transpired in that epochal summer of and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities exciting events and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness eye for telling detail and delicious humor In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event and i One Summer i transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order


Chains (Seeds of America, #1)

b If an entire nation could seek its freedom i why not a girl i b br br As the Revolutionary War begins thirteen year old Isabel wages her own fight for freedom Promised freedom upon the death of their owner she and her sister Ruth in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple the Locktons who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel When Isabel meets Curzon a slave with ties to the Patriots he encourages her to spy on her owners who know details of British plans for invasion She is reluctant at first but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom br br From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains both physical and spiritual


I Am America (And So Can You!)

b Congratulations b just by opening the cover of this book you became more patriotic br br From Stephen Colbert the host of television s highest rated punditry show i The Colbert Report i comes the book to fill the other hours of your day i I Am America And So Can You i contains all of the opinions that Stephen doesn t have time to shoehorn into his nightly broadcast br br Dictated directly into a microcassette recorder over a three day weekend this book contains Stephen s most deeply held knee jerk beliefs on The American Family Race Religion Sex Sports and many more topics conveniently arranged in chapter form br br Always controversial and outspoken Stephen addresses why Hollywood is destroying America by inches why evolution is a fraud and why the elderly should be harnessed to millstones br br You may not agree with everything Stephen says but at the very least you ll understand that your differing opinion is wrong br br i I Am America And So Can You i showcases Stephen Colbert at his most eloquent and impassioned He is an unrelenting fighter for the soul of America and in this book he fights the good fight for the traditional values that have served this country so well for so long br br Please buy this book before you leave the store br br b About the Author b br Stephen Colbert is America br br i Description from book jacket i