Pippi’s After-Christmas Party (Pippi Långstrump)

Christmas is over, but at Pippi Longstocking’s house, the fun has just begun! A dance around the Christmas tree, a feast of hot chocolate and cream cake, and a sled ride down the roof of Villa Villekulla are only a few of the events planned for Pippi’s after-Christmas party. There are new people to meet and old friends like Tommy, Annika, and Mr. Nilsson to see again. Come join the festivities at Pippi’s.

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The Light Bringer’s Way (Light Bringer #2)

In book two of the The Whitney Forbes Series, THE LIGHT BRINGER’S WAY, Whitney and Reid arrive home after their first mission and Whitney is left wondering if and when her eyesight will return. More of Reid’s secrets are revealed and Whitney discovers together they can accomplish more than she ever imagined. THE LIGHT BRINGER’S WAY deftly weaves a physical journey of adventure through Africa rife with dangerous obstacles to obtain an ancient spear of pure energy with an emotional journey of love, trust and belief. The dark and deadly path she must travel down calls on Whitney to use her strengths to survive but will she once again be able to turn adversity into advantage? Each second counts in this young adult adventure as more truth comes to light and Whitney finally discovers Karen’s hold on Reid…or does she?

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Reach!: Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power

With an undefeated 100 boxing record, Laila Ali can definitely hold her own in the ring. She has received a firestorm of media coverage, and her recent bout with Jacqui Frazier was the most highly publicized female boxing fight ever. Now, she offers her formula for physical, emotional, and mental power in a motivational memoir that delivers 15 rounds of straight-talking, hard-hitting advice. She reveals how she overcame child abuse, weight issues, isolation, and overall bad behavior by tenaciously developing a talent that she enjoyedprofessional boxing. She demonstrates how to sidestep feelings of self-pity and defeatism and achieve success in all arenas: diet, family, personal relationships, physical training, and more. Combining spiritual inspiration with practical guidance, Laila Alis program will show readers of all ages and backgrounds how to transform the demons of self-doubt into positive, winning energy.

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The Education of Portia

Portia Crossmichael is content with her life. She owns her own school close to London, and finds pleasure and satisfaction in educating the young ladies whom she is employed to teach. The companionship of her artist step-brother and her friends–some of whom she employs as teachers–enlivens her quiet days. Nothing, it seems, will disrupt the quiet tenor of her life. She has reckoned without the advent of Ingram Perrington, Lord Stadbroke, and his three daughters. He, freed in the past five years by the deaths of a domineering mother and an unreasonable wife, has been enjoying the delights of the metropolis. The viscount has a low opinion of women, and does not know how to deal with his girls as they mature. Portia finds herself becoming deeply attached to his daughters–and to him–knowing familiarity can only lead to heart-break. Her equanimity is further strained by the advent of her step-father Harold Dent. He demands money and threatens to destroy the school–their livelihood–with scurrilous lies if they do not pay him for his silence. Torn between truth and blackmail, growing affection for Stadbroke’s daughters and an escalating interest in the viscount himself, Portia faces the loss of all her dreams. What lessons must she learn? And will they be happy ones?

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Average Joe: God’s Extraordinary Calling to Ordinary Men

“What is happening to my life?”
 
Have you ever honestly asked yourself that question? As young boys, we dreamed of being pilots, firefighters, doctors, and cowboys. Now we’re older, with a wonderful wife and kids, as well as a mortgage, a minivan, and a fulfilling but not-so-glamorous job. What happened? All the dreams that once inspired us have evaporated into traffic jams, computer screens, bills, and deadlines. Why is life so ordinary?
 
If you think your life is nothing special, take a look at it through God’s eyes.
 
The revealing truth is that God chooses “ordinary,” faithful men to do His most important work—regular guys like Peter the fisherman, David the shepherd, Stephen the waiter, Gideon the farmer, Paul the tentmaker, and even Jesus the carpenter. In this engaging book, Troy Meeder blends stories about biblical characters and contemporary men to show that an “average-Joe” life, an “ordinary” existence, shapes a man’s integrity, moral stability, resolve, and strength.
 
The world desperately needs an army of “average Joes.” Like you.
 
“Troy Meeder’s heart-felt accounts from both his own personal experience and those of friends and family touch a raw nerve in your soul…. Average Joe reminds us that living a life focused on faith, family, and friends is what makes a man exceptional.”
—Rick Wiggers, average Joe and account manager
 
Includes a study guide for use by men’s groups.

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Red: My Autobiography

For twenty glorious years, Gary Neville has worn his heart on his sleeve. This is his storyNo player has been more synonymous with the glory years of Manchester United Football Club over the past two decades than right–back Gary Neville. An Old Trafford regular since he attended his first match at the age of six, captain of the brilliant 1992 FA Youth Cup–winning team, outspoken representative of MUFC, Neville is the ultimate one–club man. He has been at the heart of it all and, at the end of an amazing career, is now ready to tell all. Neville reveals the behind–the–scenes secrets of his early days with the likes of Giggs, Scholes, and his best mate, David Beckham.

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June-tree: New and Selected Poems, 1974-2000

For three decades, Peter Balakian’s poetry has been praised widely in the United States and abroad. Writing in the Boston Globe, Marcie Hershman called Sad Days of Light “a piercingly elegant volume,” and John Naughton in World Literature Today praised Dyer’s Thistle as “a remarkable and profoundly visionary work.” Now the poet whom James Dickey called “an extraordinary talent” gives us June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000, a discriminating selection from his first four books, with a group of startling new poems.

In book after book, Balakian has created a unique voice in American poetry — one that is both personal and cosmopolitan. In sensuous, elliptical language, Balakian offers a textured poetry that is beautiful and haunting as it envelops an American grain, the reverberations of the Armenian Genocide, and the wired, discordant realities of contemporary life.

In his explorations of history, Balakian often deals with the transmission of trauma across generations in ways that bring daily American life into play with the dark frequencies of the past. The evolution of Balakian’s form from volume to volume encompasses an expansive imagination, one always able to engage reality in its starkness, difficulty, and moments of revelation. June-tree is a stunning body of work by an original poet.

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Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy

Why do Americans mistrust the news media? It may be because show like “The McLaughlin Group” reduce participating journalists to so many shouting heads. Or because, increasingly, the profession treats issues as complex as health-care reform and foreign policy as exercises in political gamesmanship. These are just a few of the arguments that have made Breaking the News so controversial and so widely acclaimed. Drawing on his own experience as a National Book Award-winning journalist–and on the gaffes of colleagues from George Will to Cokie Roberts–Fallows shows why the media have not only lost our respect but alienated us from our public life.

“Important and lucid…It moves smartly beyond the usual attacks on sensationalism and bias to the more profound problems in modern American journalism…dead-on.”–Newsweek

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Secret’s Out (Secrets Trilogy #1)

Annie has spent her whole life hiding a secret, a secret that she hasn’t even shared with her mother, the closest person to her. When she meets Ian Molina, however, she has to figure out why she wants to tell this handsome stranger everything she has spent her whole life hiding. Better yet, she has to figure out the secret he’s so insistent on hiding from everyone.

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