In 1950, a young doctor, Norton Perina, signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub "The Dreamers," who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price.
"Engrossing and disturbing"
When Victor Holland came flying out of the night, he ran straight into the path of Catherine Weaver's car. Having uncovered a terrifying secret that leads all the way to Washington, Victor is running for his life - and from the men who will go to any lengths to silence him. Though Victor's story sounds like the ravings of a mad-man, the haunted look in his eyes - and the bullet hole in his shoulder - tell Cathy a different story.
Young Billie Ames naively fell for the exciting pilot Moss Coleman at the Philadelphia Navy Yard during World War II. Within a few months, she was pregnant, married, and traveling across the country to Austin...to the 250,000-acre spread known as Sunbridge and into the tantalizing world of the Texas rich. In a vast land dominated by the industrious Colemans, Billie fights to maintain control of her life and her marriage.
"So slow, boring"
Maggie, the daughter of Moss and Bill Coleman, has invited all the passionate family, plus several hundred guests, to a July 4 barbecue to celebrate the new sense of family pride she's determined to forge. But whether it's ambition, jealousy, rivalry, or passion, each Coleman has a drama of his or her own to face, and each will feed the flames of Texas heat.
Princess Katherine Wyndham went from sensible sister to secret agent. Her mission: to locate her brother - the long-lost crown prince. Her cover: nanny for handsome tycoon Trey Sutherland. Caring for Trey's kids came more naturally than any royal duty. And falling for the brooding widower was effortless. But Katherine had always been the plain-Jane princess. Was it too much to hope that he could want a happily-ever-after with her - especially once he discovered who she really was?
When Emily Lindin was 11 years old, she was branded a "slut" by the rest of her classmates. For the next few years of her life, she was bullied incessantly at school, after school, and online. At the time, Emily didn't feel comfortable confiding in her parents or in the other adults in her life. But she did keep a diary. Slut/UnSlut is adapted from Emily's much-acclaimed blog, "The UnSlut Project", presenting unaltered excerpts from that diary alongside commentary to provide context and perspective.
An earthquake sends Dorothy and her California friends, Zeb, Jim, and Eureka, tumbling down a crack and deep beneath the earth. There she runs into her old friend, the wizard of Oz. Together with the wizard and his troupe of piglets, Dorothy and friends travel through many fantastical lands, such as the Valley of Voe, where fruit has turned the entire population invisible.
When Robin Stuart is pulled from the stormy seas, she can only cling desperately to the arms that surround her. Robin has been too close to danger not to recognize it again: in the eyes of the rugged, fearless man. Michael Siran is an expert at playing dangerous games. But from the moment the terrified beauty with the piercing gaze sets foot on his ship, he's touched by a true sense of purpose. Robin insists on remaining by his side - even though she is asking the world of a man who trusts no one. Michael is determined to give her everything.
Today's young listeners will truly be enchanted by this version of the Brothers Grimm classic, set in an American frontier. As she sets out to visit her grandmother's house deep in the woods, Little Red Riding Hood has no idea what is in store for her. She soon suspects that her basket of sweets isn't the only thing her new friend the wolf is after! With the help of a brave hunter and her grandmother, Little Red learns a valuable lesson about following her mother's instructions.
Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney meet at freshman orientation. At the end of that first day, they make a promise to reunite after graduation. So much can happen in those in-between years....
Alexi Jordan has come to the old Florida estate to heal the wounds left by a bad marriage - and runs straight into trouble. She doesn't mind the fact that the mansion was supposedly haunted - after all, she can look after herself. It's the feelings stirred by her neighbor Rex Morrow, who seems intent on being her protector, that's giving her the jitters. Alexi chose the wrong man once before; can anything be scarier than the thought of her doing it again?
In route to an Australian vacation via a steamboat, Dorothy is accidentally tossed overboard with Billina, a yellow hen that was also on the ship. They wash ashore in the Land of Ev, where Billina has gained the ability to talk. The two, along with Tik-Tok, a mechanical man who runs on clockwork motors, run into trouble and are imprisoned by Princess Langwidere.
From the author of the beloved novel The Giant's House comes a beautiful new story collection. In "Property", a young scholar, grieving the sudden death of his wife, decides to refurbish a rental house by removing his landlord's possessions. In "Peter Elroy: A Documentary by Ian Casey", the household of a successful filmmaker is visited years later by his famous first subject, whose trust he betrayed. In "The Lost & Found Department of Greater Boston", the manager of a grocery store becomes fixated on the famous case of a missing local woman.
"Stories are ok but the last one is great"
Mandy Blythe is only scared of three things: water, boats, and planes. So she's not best pleased when her interfering boss tricks her into taking an Australian vacation in the company of the womanizing Damon Sutter, who's left a string of broken hearts across several continents. Damon just wants to explore the Great Barrier Reef and keep his association with Mandy strictly business. But the tropics are a different world, and paradise is only a heartbeat away....
Gideon Lowe has been hired to develop the once-majestic estate of Crosslyn Rise into an elegant condominium community. But he just can't work with Christine Gillette, one of the country's top interior designers. They mix like oil and water. But good old-fashioned lust can turn even the worst adversaries into lovers.
Today, people point fingers and shout, "Terrorist!" Not long ago, the accusation was, "Communist!" Many who testified before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee said they did so out of desperation and fear. Those who refused to speak were fired or blacklisted. Others fled rather than betray friends - or their belief in American liberty. David Weber and Jana Vardian were Hollywood's golden children. Then HUAC shattered their idyll, sending David and his parents into exile in Europe; Jana's father testified and soon became a famous director.
Enjoy the retelling of classic nursery rhymes.
Even at the age of nine, little Golda Meir was known for her leadership skills. As president of the American Young Sisters Society, she organized friends to raise money to buy textbooks for immigrant classmates. This story is a glimpse at the early life of Israel's first woman prime minister.
This classic story by Hans Christian Andersen follows two young children who are best friends and neighbors. When a troll wants to mirror the ugliness in all things, he creates a mirror to do so. But when it breaks, the boy named Kai gets flecks of glass in his eyes and heart, which harden his heart. He leaves his friend, Gerda, and his family, and goes off with the Snow Queen, whose two kisses make Kai forget about Gerda and numb him to the cold.
Create sweet memories by cuddling up with your little one and listening to Melissa Everett's fun-filled version of Mother Goose's classic, "Hey Diddle Diddle"! Also, join Wee Willie Winkie on his quest for fame! From Little Jack Horner to Little Bo Beep, teach your child about being content with who they are while reminiscing through some favorite adorable tales with your young one.