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Kitty Cornered

Author : Bob Tarte
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Bob Tarte had his first encounter with a cat when he was two and a half years old. He should have learned his lesson then, from Fluffy. But as he says, “I listened to my heart instead, and that always leads to trouble.” In this tell-all of how the Tarte household grew from one recalcitrant cat to six—including a hard-to-manage stray named Frannie—Tarte confesses to allowing these interlopers to shape his and his wife’s life, from their dining habits to their sleeping arrangements to the placement and furriness of their furniture. But more than that, Bob begins seeing Frannie and the other cats as unlikely instructors in the art of achieving contentment, even in the face of illness and injury. Bewitched by the unknowable nature of domesticated cats, he realizes that sometimes wildness and mystery are exactly what he needs. With the winning humor and uncanny ability to capture the soul of the animal world that made Enslaved by Ducks a success, Tarte shows us that life with animals gives us a way out of our narrow human perspective to glimpse something larger, more enduring, and more grounded in the simplicities of love—and catnip.

Kitty Cornered

Author : David Cody Weiss
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When Salem wakes to find himself tied down and staring at a couple of mice in superhero costumes, he hopes he's just dreaming, but Mort and Mikey are absolutely real. They're angry about the way mice are treated everywhere and someone's got to pay!

Dictionary of American Regional English

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Dictionary of American Regional English I O

Author : Frederic G. Cassidy
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A compendium of words, phrases, and local meanings has been culled from years of research, using thousands of interviews with representative American communities

Speaking of Animals

Author : Robert Allen Palmatier
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Entries include a definition, date of first use, source of the definition, animal on which it is based, and more

Simon Schuster Super Crossword Puzzle Dictionary And Reference Book

Author : Seth Godin
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Lists more than 200,000 words organized by letter count and synonym, and provides a reference section with lists of awards, important figures, records, and events in a variety of fields

Garner s Modern English Usage

Author : Bryan Garner
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With more than a thousand new entries and more than 2,300 word-frequency ratios, the magisterial fourth edition of this book-now renamed Garner's Modern English Usage (GMEU)-reflects usage lexicography at its finest. Garner explains the nuances of grammar and vocabulary with thoroughness, finesse, and wit. He discourages whatever is slovenly, pretentious, or pedantic. GMEU is the liveliest and most compulsively readable reference work for writers of our time. It delights while providing instruction on skillful, persuasive, and vivid writing. Garner liberates English from two extremes: both from the hidebound "purists" who mistakenly believe that split infinitives and sentence-ending prepositions are malfeasances and from the linguistic relativists who believe that whatever people say or write must necessarily be accepted. The judgments here are backed up not just by a lifetime of study but also by an empirical grounding in the largest linguistic corpus ever available. In this fourth edition, Garner has made extensive use of corpus linguistics to include ratios of standard terms as compared against variants in modern print sources. No other resource provides as comprehensive, reliable, and empirical a guide to current English usage. For all concerned with writing and editing, GMEU will prove invaluable as a desk reference. Garner illustrates with actual examples, cited with chapter and verse, all the linguistic blunders that modern writers and speakers are prone to, whether in word choice, syntax, phrasing, punctuation, or pronunciation. No matter how knowledgeable you may already be, you're sure to learn from every single page of this book.

Garner s Modern American Usage

Author : Bryan Garner
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Since first appearing in 1998, Garner's Modern American Usage has established itself as the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. Brimming with witty, erudite essays on troublesome words and phrases, GMAU authoritatively shows how to avoid the countless pitfalls that await unwary writers and speakers whether the issues relate to grammar, punctuation, word choice, or pronunciation. An exciting new feature of this third edition is Garner's Language-Change Index, which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from nonacceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistent standard throughout. GMAU is the first usage guide ever to incorporate such a language-change index. The judgments are based both on Garner's own original research in linguistic corpora and on his analysis of hundreds of earlier studies. Another first in this edition is the panel of critical readers: 120-plus commentators who have helped Garner reassess and update the text, so that every page has been improved. Bryan A. Garner is a writer, grammarian, lexicographer, teacher, and lawyer. He has written professionally about English usage for more than 28 years, and his work has achieved widespread renown. David Foster Wallace proclaimed that Bryan Garner is a genius and William Safire called the book excellent. In fact, due to the strength of his work on GMAU, Garner was the grammarian asked to write the grammar-and-usage chapter for the venerable Chicago Manual of Style. His advice on language matters is second to none.

The Enduring Hills

Author : Janice Holt Giles
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"The story of Hod Pierce, a young man who grows up on Piney Ridge, where generations of Pierces have made a living from the stubborn soil. Hod loves his people and the land but longs for wider horizons, for more education, and for the freedom his imagines can be found in the outside world. It takes World War II to carry Hod away from the Ridge and out into the owrld, and it takes his city-bred wife to make Hod realize that Piney Ridge will always be home"--Back cover.

Des Moines

Author : Alfio Giovannini
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In the spring of 1986, Julian and Virginia Watson, a retired couple, live on the top floor of the Excelsior, an old apartment building on the edge of downtown Des Moines. Mrs. Watson suffers from agoraphobia and has not ventured outside the Excelsior in several years. Her devoted husband and Ms. Duncan, the building's janitor, are her only contacts with the outside world. Because of Virginia's fragile mental status, Julian only absents himself to run some errands or to take a daily walk to a nearby park. However, Julian's monotonous routine is suddenly altered by his chance encounter with an autograph-seeking lady who mistakes him for Clyde Ballantine, a reclusive Des Moines-born actor he has never heard about. In the following days, Julian's life is marred by a series of odd and frightening events that only an old article in The Des Moines Register could help explain. Or maybe notA[a¬A]

American Dialect Dictionary

Author : Harold Wentworth
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Definitions and quotations, mainly of localisms, regionalisms, provincialisms, accompanied by examples of use, date and place.

Edwin Mullhouse

Author : Steven Millhauser
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Edwin Mullhouse, a novelist at 10, is mysteriously dead at 11. As a memorial, Edwin's bestfriend, Jeffrey Cartwright, decides that the life of this great American writer must be told. He follows Edwin's development from his preverbal first noises through his love for comic books to the fulfillment of his literary genius in the remarkable novel, Cartoons.

Cloak of the Light

Author : Chuck Black
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Drew is caught in a world of light - just inches away from the dark What if...there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if...our world wasn’t beyond their influence? Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing. As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist? With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?

Independence Day

Author : Richard Ford
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Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an 'Existence Period' - selling real estate in New Jersey and mastering the high-wire act of normalcy. But over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life. Independence Day is a moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, conducted by a novelist of extraordinary empathy and perception.

The Blockade

Author : John Burbridge
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Cub reporter Kris Dillman is excited about the prospect of covering Rush Ramond, Jefferson Highs superstar basketball player who is due to be the first junior selected in the NBA draft. But the broad racial lines that cut through the heart of Kriss beat provide numerous obstacles. One of which is The Blockade: a stone-covered hill with a cyclone fence topped with V-braced barbed wire. It bisects what was originally a through street, conspicuously at the threshold where the neighborhood goes from predominately white to predominately black. While negotiating this treacherous terrain, Kris learns about media hypocrisy, bigotry and accountability; public relations hype, manipulation and intimidation; and how a simple news tip can lead to murder

Chica and the English Teacher

Author : Sharon Kay Johnson
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Betty, a retired high school English teacher, witnesses a triple murder committed by a Mafia kingpin in Birmingham, Alabama of all places! Shes on the run for her life in the witness protection program. The killer is obsessed with finding her and so is Birminghams Detective Baileynot to mention the rival Mafia family who want to exert their own revenge on the killer. The chase is on from the Deep South to Naples to New York City. Betty changes from a lonely, withdrawn older woman into a self-confident force thats to be reckon with by all those who meet her.

The Sportswriter

Author : Richard Ford
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As a sportswriter, Frank Bascombe makes his living studying people--men, mostly--who live entirely within themselves. This is a condition that Frank himself aspires to. But at thirty-eight, he suffers from incurable dreaminess, occasional pounding of the heart, and the not-too-distant losses of a career, a son, and a marriage. In the course of the Easter week in which Ford's moving novel transpires, Bascombe will end up losing the remnants of his familiar life, though with his spirits soaring. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A South Texas Christmas

Author : Stella Bagwell
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"YOU HEARD ME. I'LL BE YOUR NEW BOYFRIEND. ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT?" Raine Crockett stared at the handsome lawyer in disbelief. Just about everything was wrong with Neil Rankin coming down to the Sandbur ranch and posing as her fiancé, not the least of which was that his mere presence set her on fire. And he just had to make their romance realistic, right? A loving kiss, a protective arm around her shoulders. She could get used to his affections, but what would happen when their little ruse was over? Oh, Raine, you are in way over your head and getting deeper by the minute! MEN OF THE WEST Whether ranchers or lawmen, these heartbreakers can ride, shoot—and drive a woman crazy…

Dilly of a Death

Author : Susan Wittig Albert
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China Bayles is in a pickle. The daughter of her best friend, Ruby, has turned up on her doorstep, pregnant and in need of a place to live. And her otherwise sensible husband has announced that he's bored with teaching and ready for a career change." "Say "hello" to P.I. Mike McQuaid and Associates. There aren't actually any "associates" - unless you count Ruby and China, of course. But the title does have a nice, official ring to it. His first client is Phoebe the Pickle Queen, owner of the biggest little pickle business in Texas. According to Phoebe, her plant manager is embezzling, and she wants McQuaid to follow the money." Meanwhile, Pecan Springs is hosting the annual Picklefest - and this year, China and Ruby are on the planning committee, along with Phoebe. But just days before the festival starts, the Pickle Queen disappears. Some say she sold her business and split; others think the answer may lie with her missing boyfriend. It's up to McQuaid and China to search for the Pickle Queen - and for clues in a case that promises to leave a very sour taste.

Blood Passion

Author : J.M. Valente
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"What you are about to read, if you so choose to, is the story of one young man's plight, of the struggle between the gothic passions of good and the horrors of evil, in which innocence is challenged by the thirst for blood of a Vampire. How does Michael Valli run away from his macabre inner nemesis Malice Nightwing? You, the reader must endure this journey through the Blood Passion. J. M. Valente"