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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
Kate DiCamillo

Candlewick, 2006

"Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul-stirring as it is delicious." — BOOKLIST (starred review) Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl ...
  
  











  



  
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently
Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman

Simon & Schuster, 1999

The greatest managers in the world seem to have little in common. They differ in sex, age, and race. They employ vastly different styles and focus on different goals. Yet despite their differences, great managers share one common trait: They do not hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom. They do not believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything he sets his mind to. They do not try to help ...
  
  











  



  
The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Mark Batterson

Zondervan, 2012

According to Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker, “Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.” Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life, than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker—a man bold ...
  
  











  



  
Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe

Anchor, 1994

Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. ...
  
  











  



  
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Crown Business, 2010

Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller  Made to Stick . Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach ...
  
  











  



  
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1
Jeff Kinney

Amulet Books, 2007

Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they? The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and ...
  
  











  



  
Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery)
E. B. White

HarperCollins, 2012

This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan , is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect." Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born ...
  
  











  



  
The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive Book 1)

Tor Books, 2010

Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive. Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. ...
  
  











  



  
Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals
Saul D. Alinsky

Vintage, 1989

First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best. Like Thomas Paine before him, Alinsky was able to ...
  
  











  



  
Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive Book 2)

Tor Books, 2014

Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive sequence began in 2010 with the New York Times bestseller The Way of Kings . Now, the eagerly anticipated Words of Radiance continues the epic story and answers many of your questions. Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact ...
  
  











  



  
The Stolen Email Archives Of Feable Industries, 2014

At approximately 2:15 am on October 24th an individual or group breached the security of Feable Industries corporate email system and published the company's email archives to a bittorrent server. The catalog of inappropriate office conduct, moral depravity, sex, corporate corruption, prurient behavior, mental disorders, incompetence and sex quickly caused the archive contents to go viral.
  
  











  



  
A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole

Grove Weidenfeld, 1987

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).
  
  











  



  
The Wine Bible
Karen MacNeil

Workman Publishing Company, 2000

THE MOST COMPLETE WINE BOOK EVER. A must for anyone who loves wine, whether they are a pro or an amateur. Thorough, authoritative, and entertaining. (Robert Mondavi, founder and chairman emeritus of the Robert Mondavi Family of Wines) "The most informative and entertaining book I've ever seen on the subject." (Danny Meyer, co-author of The Union Square Cafe Cookbook ) The essentials: The romance and intrigue of Burgundy of sauvignon blanc ...
  
  











  



  
Super Friends: Flying High (DC Super Friends) (Step into Reading)
Random House

Random House Books for Young Readers, 2008

SOMETHING STRANGE HAS happened to the birds of GOTHAM CITY. Pigeons are causing traffic jams, seagulls are making trouble at a nearby beach, and ostriches have escaped from the zoo! THE PENGUIN has enlisted his fine feathered friends to distract the DC SUPER FRIENDS while he swoops in and plucks GOTHAM’s biggest bank clean! Will BATMAN, SUPERMAN, and the other DC SUPER FRIENDS get there in time?
  
  











  



  
Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings, Brief Edition (9th Edition)
John D. Ramage, John C. Bean, ...

Longman, 2011

The market-leading guide to arguments, Writing Arguments, Brief edition, 9/e,  has proven highly successful in teaching readers to read arguments critically and to produce effective arguments of their own. The text teaches how to write better arguments, and how to research for arguments.
  
  











  



  
The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg

Houghton Mifflin, 1985

For twenty years, The Polar Express has been a worldwide bestseller and Christmas classic. A perfect keepsake for any family, this beautiful edition can be handed down to each new generation of readers. In 1986 The Polar Express was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal and hit the New York Times bestseller list. Since that time, more than six and a half million copies have been sold, and every December it faithfully reappears on national ...
  
  











  



  
Hop on Pop (I Can Read It All By Myself)
Dr. Seuss

Beginner Books / Random House, 1963

Loved by generations, this “simplest Seuss for youngest use” is a Beginner Book classic. See Red and Ned and Ted and Ed in a bed. And giggle as Pat sits on a hat and on a cat and on a bat . . . but a cactus? Pat must NOT sit on that! This classic Beginner Book makes an ideal gift for Seuss fans and is an especially good way to show Pop some love on Father’s Day! Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read ...
  
  











  



  
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
Thomas C. Foster

Harper Perennial, 2003

What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey?. Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface—a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character—and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you. In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. ...
  
  











  



  
Buzzers (The UVB-76 Archives Book 1), 2013

"Buzzers" is an edge of your seat thriller spanning thirty years of undercover espionage alternating between the former Soviet Union and modern day America. Trained in the elite KGB Red Banner Institute in Moscow Pavel and Tatiana are brought together and inserted into the United States as Paul and Terri Armstrong. In America they live their lives as a typical American couple but with a secret. Every Tuesday night from 11:00 to midnight ...
  
  











  



  
The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972
Douglas Brinkley, Luke Nichter

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014

The famous -- and infamous -- Nixon White House tapes that reveal for the first time President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words President Nixon's voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David -- 3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been ...
  
  











  








   



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