In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.
"Enjoyable, but celeb narrations are distracting"
Mary Ellen doesn't realize in her quest for financial stability that she's stepping out of the box and squarely into the all-male bastion of trucking. Still, our female protagonist finds the strength to come out of every situation ready to face the next challenge. Her experiences include navigating endless unfamiliar cities prior to GPS and cell phones to backing her tractor-trailer into places she's sure a car wouldn't fit. But she overcomes it all.
"Trump Tipping Point Could Be upon Us: Column" is from the August 06, 2016, Opinion section of The USA Today. It was written by Robert A. Strong and narrated by Catherine Edwards.
No one with Jessie's history of childhood trauma could make it through unscathed, and Jessie is no exception. As recounted in Appalachian Justice, Jessie is an adult survivor of horrendous childhood abuse suffered at the hands of her stepfather. At the age of 13, on a stormy night on top of Crutcher Mountain, Jessie was rescued by reclusive mountain woman Billy May Platte.
"Not as good as Appalachian justice"
Beth Sloan has spent the majority of her life trying to escape the memories of a difficult childhood. Born into the infamous Pritchett family of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia, she grew up hard, surrounded not only by homemade stills and corn liquor but by an impoverished family that more often than not preferred life on the wrong side of the law. After the mysterious death of her brother, Luke, at the age of 13, 17-year-old Beth and her younger sister, Naomi, ran away from home, never to return.
Technologically incompetent Madeline has to use her random psychic ability to track down a secret identity of an avatar from the most advanced game technology on Earth, or her best friend will be killed. During the process, she falls for Ciaran, a man who possesses more dangerous secrets than the kidnapping ordeal she has already tangled herself in.
"A Good Book"
On the anniversary of her husband's death, 49-year-old Emily Holt runs away, leaving an unmade bed, an unlocked house, two college-aged sons, and an overabundance of bad memories.
"Melinda Clayton has done it again."
"5 Reasons Why Your Wi-Fi Is Slow (and How to Fix It)" is from the August 05, 2016 Tech section of The USA Today. It was written by Kim Komando and narrated by Catherine Edwards.
Aviatrix is the captivating story of one of the first women pilots to break into the all-male airline flight cockpit. Hired in 1976 at Hughes Airwest, Mary Bush made a herculean effort to overcome the resistance and harassment she faced in such a position, but it was to no avail.
"A Plan to Live to 180 through Coffee, Butter and Biohacking" is from the August 05, 2016, Money section of The USA Today. It was written by Kimiya Manoochehri and narrated by Catherine Edwards.
The Good Deity, Book 1: Almost Countable: Mya Portman is a young deity who believes she can tell the difference between good and evil. She is confident that she can save one thousand innocent souls from an unnatural death, and she has bet her freedom on it. A thousand years later, she is still working off the debts. Now she is given an opportunity to pay off her debts. The only condition is that, for once, she has to turn a blind eye to some cases and allow people to die....
Private Investigator Dinah built her career on being someone others could count on in their time of need, but when that need turns to desperation, is Dinah up for the job? Oxford Professor Arik has been in this position before, but this time, the mission is far more dangerous. Someone is toying with the human race, and he fears the lovely Dinah may be toying with his heart. Torn between their growing attraction to each other and a deadly threat continuing to taunt civilization, can this unlikely couple band together?
"225+ Heroin Overdoses in 4 Counties in 4 States in 1 Week" is from the August 26, 2016 News section of The USA Today. It was written by Terry DeMio and narrated by Catherine Edwards.
Thirty-three years' worth of secrets fall on the shoulders of Ciaran and Madeline with a force that even their enduring love for each other might not help them survive. How much will they give, take, and sacrifice for each other and for those they love?
California Gov. Jerry Brown, responding to a national outcry over the relatively brief sentence meted out to a former Stanford swimmer for sexual assault, signed a bill Friday requiring state prison time instead of a shorter jail sentence for such convictions.
"Why It's Hard to Get Excited for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'" is from the July 30, 2016 Life section of The USA Today. It was written by Kelly Lawler and narrated by Catherine Edwards.
Ciaran and Madeline haven't chosen power. Power comes with great responsibility. They'd rather fight for happiness. And Eudaiz is the universe that offers them just that. Happiness. But to be in Eudaiz and save the lives of millions, they must pass the Daimon Gate tests - the most stringent tests of bravery and worthiness. Tests they might not survive to see the light of happiness they long for.
Ciaran survives the fight for the truth behind the crucifix, but it has triggered an even bigger disaster that might tear Ciaran and Madeline apart forever. The truth behind the crucifix is trivial compared to the catastrophes built into the aftermath. To solve these crises, Ciaran and Madeline face a basic but difficult question: Who are they really?
Dinah isn't just a private investigator, she solves unthinkable mysteries in the multiverse, and has never lost a case until her best friend becomes a victim in a series of mass murders. Someone is toying with the human race and sending threats across the cosmos.
This boxed-set includes Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio. Imagine if it was hot in Antarctica! Watching the polar caps burn. Madeline is no longer a journalist in New York, but her connection during the peak of her career deems to be useful when she needs to assist her husband, Ciaran, to stop a plot in the paranormal world, that might destroy Antarctica and Earth.