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High Plains Tango
Robert James Waller
0307209946
June 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
In an Author's Note at the end of High Plains Tango, Robert Jaems Waller says: "Though this book stands by itself, it is a continuation of two of my other books: The Bridges of Madison County and, especially, A Thousand Country Roads ... A Thousand Country Roads details Carlisle McMillan's search for his father, Robert Kincaid, who played a central role in The Bridges of Madison County."

Waller just can't, try as he might, get back to Madison County. Even though there are those who love to trash Bridges as sentimental twaddle, there are legions more who celebrate it as a romantic tour de force. Whichever side you favor, let it be said that the book delivers exactly what it promises. Not quite true of this book. What promises to be a romance of Waller-like proportions turns into an environmental crusade which turns down...



Judge and Jury
James Patterson
0316013935
July 10, 2006
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Judge and Jury gets off to a slightly slow start but delivers plenty of twists and turns. FBI agent Nick Pellisante has finally done the impossible: captured Mob boss Dominic Cavello. The jury is selected and Cavello's trial progresses smoothly--it seems the conviction Pellisante is hoping for is within his reach. Several formerly loyal henchmen now sitting in jail strike deals with the prosecution and testify about the savage murders Cavello ordered, and Pellisante takes the stand to detail how Cavello shot two of his colleagues while trying to elude capture. But Cavello has hired Richard Nordeshenko, a methodical and calculating killer, to make sure the trial never concludes. Nordeshenko carries out his plan with brutal efficiency, leaving a wake of devastation in his path. Pellisante is crushed by the abrupt end...


A Thousand Country Roads
Robert James Waller
0446613061
Apr 2003
Paperback
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From AudioFile
Did Robert Kincaid forget Francesca Johnson? Did she regret her passionate indiscretion with him? And what happened to all his photographs? In this epilogue to THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, Waller takes one more look at the couple famous for their adulterous affair in Iowa. Jim Bond offers a transparent portrayal of Waller's commentary, told in a style that resembles the Iowa landscape. Exaggerated characterizations of the more colorful bit players in the story heighten the solemnity of the main characters' emotional involvement, and their soul-searching reveries. While light in plot, the book comes alive with Bond's thoughtful interpretation. R.P.L. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title....


Map of Bones
James Rollins
0060765240
April 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A mysterious biblical object, nefarious Vatican spies and a deadly centuries-old religious cabal—sound familiar? Sacramento veterinarian Rollins offers more Da Vinci Code–style thrills for the seriously addicted. In this seventh outing, hooded men invade midnight mass at the Cologne Cathedral and slaughter almost everyone present, then break open a gold sarcophagus and steal... the bones of the Three Wise Men. Grayson Pierce, top agent in the Department of Defense's covert Sigma Force, takes a team to Rome, joins up with love-interest Rachel Verona, a carabinieri corps lieutenant, and her Vatican official uncle, Vigot. It seems that the Dragon Court, a medieval alchemical cult-cell that still operates within the Catholic Church, is to blame, and it also seems that the bones of the Magi aren't really...


Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment
James L. Roberts
0764586556
Nov 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into critical elements and ideas within classic works of literature. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

CliffsNotes on Crime and Punishment takes you into a masterpiece of Russian literature, a work published during the time the western world was moving away from romanticism and into a new realistic approach to writing.

Following the story of an impoverished young man who expects to enrich humanity by rising to a level above the law, this study guide provides a character list, character map, and character analyses to explore the personalities within Fyodor Dostoevsky's masterpiece. Other features that help you figure out this important work...



Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops
James Robert Parish
0471691593
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A film hit or miss often forms two sides of the same coin, notes veteran entertainment observer Parish (The Hollywood Book of Scandals) in this gleefully readable, well-researched study of hubris in Hollywood. Parish's 15 choice box-office busts since 1963's Cleopatra demonstrate how "the combination of ill-matched personalities and tangled situations can result in chaos during the making of a must-succeed, extremely costly Hollywood feature." Parish's criteria in choosing his stinkers include the toppling of major stars (such as Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1993's frenzied Last Action Hero); wild overspending and lavish promotion that don't translate into a noteworthy product (Paramount's extravagant 1969 Paint Your Wagon); and a shaky idea that would never have taken off if not for the overweening enthusiasm of a...


Faulkner's as I Lay Dying
James L. Roberts
0822002108
Mar 1964
Paperback
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Book Description
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background.

CliffsNotes on As I Lay Dying takes you into the lives of not one, but several narrators in this novel about the value of life. The central problem of the novel involves the reasons for Addie’s request to be buried and why her family defies fire and water to fulfill it.

This study guide will guide you through the plot of the novel and through the process of analyzing each character’s problems and motivations. Other features that help you study include Information on the life and background of William Faulkner A character list to help clarify relationships among the many narrators Analysis and commentary on each section of...



Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Ron Hansen
0060976993
February 1997
Paperback
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New York Times Book Review
"Vivid and sustained."

The New York Times Book Review, David Freeman
. . . vivid and sustained . . .

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The Bridges of Madison County
Robert James Waller
0446364495
Sept 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
When Robert Kincaid drives through the heat and dust of an Iowa summer and turns into Francesca Johnson's farm lane looking for directions, the world-class photographer and the Iowa farm wife are joined in an experience of uncommon truth and stunning beauty that will haunt them forever. The romantic classic of the 1990's.

From Publishers Weekly
Quietly powerful and thoroughly credible, Waller's first novel (he previously wrote two books of essays) describes the profound love between a photographer and an Iowa farmer's wife who, together for only four days, never lose their feelings for each other. In August 1965, 52-year-old divorce Robert Kincaid packs his pickup truck and travels to Iowa's Madison County, the location of seven covered bridges he is to photograph for National...


Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism
James Robert Milam
0553274872
January 1983
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
"Vital, simple, world-changing information." -- Co-Evolution Quarterly

"Under The Influence will advance by light years the understanding of alcoholism and the recovery process." -- Mel Schulstad, Cofounder, National Association of Alcoholism Counselors

Review
"Vital, simple, world-changing information." -- Co-Evolution Quarterly

"Under The Influence will advance by light years the understanding of alcoholism and the recovery process." -- Mel Schulstad, Cofounder, National Association of Alcoholism Counselors

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
James L. Roberts
0764586793
Nov 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

In CliffsNotes on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, you experience the exciting adventures of a typical boy during the mid-nineteenth century. The characters  — Tom himself, Becky Thatcher, Huck Finn, Injun Joe, and Aunt Polly — have become part of American heritage.

Use this study guide to help you discover all of Tom’s dreams and fears — and perhaps a few of your own! You'll also gain insight into the man behind this American classic — Mark Twain, a.k.a. Samuel Clemens. Other features...



Earthly Joys
Philippa Gregory
0743272528
May 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Seventeenth-century England is the setting for this engaging historical novel based on the life of John Tradescant, a gardener of common birth who transforms plain plots of land into slices of heaven on earth. As vassal to the secretary of state, Sir Robert Cecil, Tradescant—who, as fate would have it, had no sense of smell—places his master's garden above all else, much to the chagrin of his wife, Elizabeth, and young son, J. Tradescant's affinity for botanicals is matched by his thirst for adventure; in the service of his lord, he travels to distant lands to defend his country's honor (and collect cuttings of rare and exotic plants). When Tradescant is summoned by King James I's closest confidante, the dark-haired and devious Duke of Buckingham, he is immediately taken by the nobleman's beauty....


Twain's a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
L. David Allen
0764544586
Jan 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into critical elements and ideas within classic works of literature.

In CliffsNotes on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, you dig into Mark Twain's notably caustic account of a culture clash in medieval society.

Transported back in time from the nineteenth century, the story's central character attempts to introduce "modern" changes to his new place in the sixth century.  This study guide follows the action from chapter to chapter with commentaries that bring sense to the entertaining satire. Other features that help you figure out this important work include Life and background of the author Introduction to and synopsis of the book Summaries of each chapter within the work A review section that tests your...



Robert E. Lee: Virginia Soldier, American Citizen
James I. Robertson
0689857314
November 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up–A solid portrait of a complex man. The clearly written text describes Lee's birth into an aristocratic family and childhood spent in genteel poverty. Inspired by George Washington, he chose a military career, graduating from West Point. The Mexican War turned him into a hero and gave him insight into what leads to success in battle. Following postings as head of the U.S. Military Academy and on the frontier, he returned home to his Virginia plantation and eventually freed his slaves. As war approached, he declined to lead the Federal forces, instead accepting command of the Army of Virginia. Robertson conveys Lee's war tactics, tracing both his triumphs and failures, and his admirable character and dedication to the cause. Readers will gain a greater understanding not only of his life and...


The Nationals Past Times
James C. Roberts
1572437545
Apr 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
More than 30 years after the Senators left town, major league baseball has returned to Washington, D.C. During their inaugural season of 2005, the Nationals will discover what Washingtonians have known all along: baseball and the Beltway have been a perfect match for more than a century. The Nationals Pastime brings that point home with a fascinating collection of stories that explore the history of the game in our nation’s capitol.

From the Publisher
"It has been said that baseball is more than a game—it’s a part of our heritage. That quote summarizes what this book is all about. Baseball is a special part of our heritage as Americans, and in The Nationals Pastime, a part of that heritage is wonderfully preserved for us and those to come." —former U.S....


The Bridges of Madison County
Robert James Waller
0641596677

Hardcover
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The Canterbury Tales
James L. Roberts
0764585908
May 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

Join Chaucer’s band of pilgrims on their journey in CliffsNotes on The Canterbury Tales.  Chaucer’s narrators represent a wide spectrum of society with various ranks and occupations. From the distinguished and noble Knight, to the pious abbess, the honorable Clerk, the rich landowner, the worldly and crude Wife, and on down the scale to the low, vulgar Miller and Carpenter, and the corrupt Pardoner.

Let this study guide reveal Chaucer’s genius at understanding basic human nature as reflected in...



Tesla: Master of Lightning
Margaret Cheney
0760710058
October 1999
Hardcover
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The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal
Jim Loehr
0743226747
February 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The authors, founders of and executives at LGE Performance Systems, an executive training program based on athletic coaching programs, offer a program aimed at stressed individuals who want to find more purpose in their work and ways to better handle their overburdened relationships. Just as athletes train, play and then recover, people need to recognize their own energy levels. "Balancing stress and recovery is critical not just in competitive sports, but also in managing energy in all facets of our lives. Emotional depth and resilience depend on active engagement with others and with our own feelings." Case studies demonstrate how some modest changes can have an immediate impact. Loehr (Mental Toughness Training for Sports) and Schwartz (Art of the Deal, writing with Donald Trump) also include a chart...


The Hollywood Book of Scandals
James Robert Parish
0071421890
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Popular cult author and showbusiness insider JamesParish exposes the scandalsthat rocked Tinseltown Nothing intrigues the public more than agood, juicy scandal. Add a famous Hollywoodstar or two to the mix and the nationis hooked. The Hollywood Book of Scandalsprovides the full account of 32 big, provocativescandals-;complete with all the sexy,scintillating, and often shocking details.Written by veteran show business chroniclerJames Robert Parish, this book dishes thefull dirt on: Bob Crane's mysterious death Elizabeth Taylor's seduction ofEddie Fisher Robert Mitchum's arrest fordrug possession Judy Garland's public meltdown Errol Flynn's trial for statutory rape Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial More than 100 black-and-white celebrityphotos offer readers a close-up look at theleading players in these sordid...

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