Thinning the Herd

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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Rush of Wings and The Maker’s Song series, a humorous, action-packed urban fantasy about a werewolf pack and an animal control officer in way over his head! Someone is picking off fortune tellers and hippies in Oregon, snatching them out of their Birkenstocks mid-stride. And when the legend himself, Hal Rupert, Animal Control Officer, gets a whiff of the mystery, he knows he’s the man to solve it. In between proudly wrangling out-of-control cats and dogs, he’s noticed a peculiar uptick in another sort of animal… werewolves. Hal infiltrates the country fair to investigate the disappearance of the flower children. But his real priority is protecting the love of his life, Desdemona Cohen, whose long…

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What Would Jesus Craft?: 30 Simple Projects for Making a Blessed Home

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What Would Jesus Craft? is a hilarious take on a Sunday school’s craft book, featuring 30 simple projects that are all made from commonly found items like popsicle sticks, glitter, yarn, and pipe cleaners. Projects include items for your home, pets, and family and author ROSS MACDONALD provides clear step-by-step photographs. Now you can finally complete your wardrobe with a “Fedora of Thorns” and “Jesus Jean Jacket” with Christ Almighty emblazoned on your back; your pets will be blessed and protected when they sport a “Be Not Afraid St. Francis Pet Collar” dripping with St. Francis charms and a crucifix; and the light of the Lord will bless every inch of your home with “Let There Be Light Switches,” an “Eye-See-You-in-Hell…

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Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting

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The rhythm, ritual, and pleasure of knitting are celebrated in this new collection for lovers of both knitting and literature. In Knitting Pearls, two dozen writers write about the transformative and healing powers of knitting. Lily King remembers the year her family lived in Italy, and a knitted hat that helped her daughter adjust to her new home. Laura Lippman explores how converting to Judaism changed not only Christmas but also her mother’s gift of a knitted stocking. Jodi Picoult remembers her grandmother and how through knitting she felt that everlasting love. And Bill Roorbach remembers his freshman year in college when knitting soothed his broken heart and helped him fall in love again. Other contributors include Steve Almond, Ann Leary,…

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The Murdstone Trilogy

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How hard can it be to write a fantasy trilogy? From Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet comes an outrageously funny black comedy about an impoverished literary writer who makes a pact with the devil. Award-winning YA author Philip Murdstone is in trouble. His star has waned. The world is leaving him behind. His agent, the ruthless Minerva Cinch, convinces him that his only hope is to write a sword-and-sorcery blockbuster. Unfortunately, Philip—allergic to the faintest trace of Tolkien—is utterly unsuited to the task. In a dark hour, a dwarfish stranger comes to his rescue. But the deal he makes with Pocket Wellfair turns out to have Faustian consequences. The Murdstone Trilogy is a richly dark comedy described by one U.K. reviewer as “totally…

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Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story

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DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with feelings of alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools. A poetic and insightful coming-of-age novel, DEVELOPING MINDS is centered on 24-year-old Luke Entelechy, an aspiring writer who sees his creative output suffer when he begins teaching at one of Miami’s most challenging middle schools. As the year progresses, however, Luke begins to relate to the neglect and abuse his students suffer, and is faced with a haunting decision: continue to let his dark past destroy him, or rise above the struggle to realize his potential as an artist and a real human…

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Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes: A Novel

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When a buttoned-up professor and her unbuttoned daughter fall for the same irresistible man, a delightful, subversive comedy begins. . . . Life isn’t easy for single mother Ally Hughes. Teaching at Brown, her class load is huge and her boss is a menace. At home, she contends with a critical mother, a falling-down house, and a daughter who never misses a beat. Between taking care of the people she loves, teaching full time, and making ends meet, Ally doesn’t have time for a man. She doesn’t date. She’s not into flings. But then she meets Jake, an eager student, young in years but old in soul, who challenges his favorite professor to open up her life, and her heart,…

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Let’s Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties

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Former SNL writer and The New Yorker staffer Patty Marx employs the weapon she wields best–notthat weapon; Patty believes in gun control. Instead, she uses her sharp-edged humor to tackle the most difficult facet of aging: the mind’s decline. From forgetting her brother-in-law’s name while he was wearing a nametag to hanging up the phone to look for her phone, Marx confesses to her failures, and not only to make you feel better about yourself. In LET’S BE LESS STUPID Patty addresses troubling conundrums, such as: If there are more neural connections in your brain than stars in the Milky Way, why did you put the butter dish in your nightstand drawer? Patty’s quest to get smarter includes just about everything: learning Cherokee, popping pills…

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The Business of Broadway: An Insider’s Guide to Working, Producing, and Investing in the World’s Greatest Theatre Community

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If you’re trying to make it in show business in New York, Broadway is the ultimate dream. However, it can be difficult to navigate, with a set of rules that seems to always be changing, and some of the most fiercely competitive players in the game. Finally, this innovative guide demystifies the business side of the renowned industry to explain exactly how its system functions. For anyone interested in pursuing a career on Broadway, or who wants to grow a theatre in any other part of the world, The Business of Broadway offers an in-depth analysis of the infrastructure at the core of successful theatre. Through personal interviews with performers, producers, managers, industry experts Mitch Weiss and Perri Gaffney pull back the…

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A Wedding on Primrose Street

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A WEDDING ON PRIMROSE STREET (MIRA, August 2015, $7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN), is a new novel in Sheila Roberts’s bestselling Life in Icicle Falls series. In this installment, readers will meet Anne Richardson. As a wedding planner, she’s seen mothers of the bride turn into Momzillas, and she’s determined not to become one of them when it’s her turn to be the mother of the bride. But now that her daughter Laney is engaged, all bets are off. Anne becomes obsessed with giving Laney the perfect wedding she herself never had— and that means a wedding at Primrose Haus, the perfect setting in the perfect location. Roberta Gilbert, owner of Primrose Haus in Icicle Falls, Washington, has been hosting events at…

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Privileged Attorneys: Las Vegas Style (eBook)

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Lawyers can’t be funny but Privileged Attorneys proves that adage wrong. A situation inside the Brothers-at-Law office evolves as a heated competition unfolds between the three brothers. Ted, their father and head of the firm is retiring and is forced to pick one of his sons to replace him. Not wanting to show favorites, Ted concocts a contest and the winner takes all- head of the firm which comes with a huge trust fund. The once peaceful office is turned upside down as the three brothers try to outdo each other and win the contest. Humor reigns supreme in their quest, but tears, anger, love and revenge are sprinkled into the plot. Meet the Author: ARLENE KRIEGER received a BA…

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Wait Until I’m Dead!: A Novel of Family Secrets

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Surviving family horror is one thing. Having the courage and determination to reveal it is another. DJ Brava, romance novelist extraordinaire, has the courage. She has the determination. She has friends covering her back. But when unearthing one family secret leads to another and another… can she survive the fallout? Some family members beg her to wait until they’re dead. Has one of them gone too far in a misguided effort to protect someone — or something? This is an engaging page-turner for anyone who loves a good family drama full of secrets and intrigue. It has the social consciousness of a Picoult, the wit and tongue of Evanovich, the resonance of Sue Miller, and the female bonding of “Thelma…

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A Dance With Hummingbirds: A Gift From the Other Side

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It all started with a whistle . . . Regina is doing her best to adjust to life after the passing of her beloved husband, Elliott. She focuses on her career as a geriatric caseworker and finds comfort in the home they shared together and in the company of their wacky cat Maggie. But what is that strange whistling noise? And where did the pair of men’s dancing pumps in her closet come from? With the help of a feisty and difficult client, Mrs. Staples, she’s taken on a very unexpected journey of family secrets, Irish folklore, and the elegant art of ballroom dance. A Dance with Hummingbirds is a page-turner chock-full of humor and heart-a joy to read from…

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Why Am I Scared of Everything?: A Diary of Our Greatest Worries and Inspirational Quotes to Remember

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Meet Regina Sharpe. She has full-blown anxiety, but she’s not alone. More than forty million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders, and women are twice as likely as men to be riddled with unfettered anxiety. Author and illustrator Bethany Straker has had personal experience dealing with anxiety, and wanted to adopt a humorous approach at addressing our common fears. A selection of anxiety-inducing fears highlighted in the book include: Being a failure Aging Changing jobs Having children Flying Becoming a bag lady And many more! With witty illustrations and inspirational quotes on each spread to help any anxiety sufferer get through the tough times, Why Am I Scared of Everything? promises to make the reader laugh at his or…

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Bits: A Comedy Writer’s Screams of Consciousness

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Anne Frank wrote her diary. A yawn. Alex Haley wrote about his roots. A snooze. The Bible. What a bore! But what do all these have in common? That’s obvious. They’re not funny and the people they wrote about aren’t current. Where’s Bieber? Jolie? Beyonce? That’s who people want to read about and laugh about. Celebrities! And not written by the celebrities themselves. What do they know? If they were smart, they wouldn’t have become celebrities in the first place. Who really knows their stories? It’s the writer! The guy who was there in the trenches, the guy who made them famous in the first place. Actors and actresses didn’t write their lines. It was the writer! Who knew these…

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Why Am I Scared of Everything?: A Diary of Our Greatest Worries and Inspirational Quotes to Remember

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Meet Regina Sharpe. She has full-blown anxiety, but she’s not alone. More than forty million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders, and women are twice as likely as men to be riddled with unfettered anxiety. Author and illustrator Bethany Straker has had personal experience dealing with anxiety, and wanted to adopt a humorous approach at addressing our common fears. A selection of anxiety-inducing fears highlighted in the book include: Being a failure Aging Changing jobs Having children Flying Becoming a bag lady And many more!  With witty illustrations and inspirational quotes on each spread to help any anxiety sufferer get through the tough times, Why Am I Scared of Everything? promises to make the reader laugh at his or…

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