Description : Growing up in the 1950s was not Ozzie & Harriet and Father Knows Best for Linda C. Wisniewski. Unlike the characters on her favorite TV shows, Linda learned to be quiet, atone for the sins of others, and just plain suffer as a way of life. Only when she came to terms with her Polish Catholic heritage, her physical deformity, and her widowed mother did she find inner peace and the keys to her own happiness. Readers of Angela's Ashes and The Joy Luck Club will enjoy this mother-daughter saga from sorrow to love. Author Susan Wittig Albert calls Off Kilter "a splendid first memoir about the difficult business of finding balance in our lives. Funny, honest, deeply moving, Off Kilter reminds us just how hard it is to adjust to the physical pain, the emotional loss, and even the surprising beauty of being fully who we are."
Description : National bestselling author Hannah Reed brings mystery lovers the first Scottish Highlands mystery, in which a young writer finds herself swept up in a murder amidst the glens and lochs… After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, thirty-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, bestselling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama… The town’s sheep shearer is found murdered—clipped with his own shears—and the locals suspect Vicki MacBride, an outsider whose father’s recent death left her the surprise heir to his lucrative sheep farm. Eden refuses to believe the affable heiress is a murderer, but can she prove that someone is out to frame her new friend before she finds herself on the receiving end of more shear terror?
Description : James Kilter has few illusions about himself. Maimed in a boiler accident when young and routinely reviled by those he encounters, he’s no prize for any woman. He’s content working security for a good friend until he sees Catherine Delaney disembark from an airship one May afternoon. Her fragile beauty calls up all his protective instincts. But will she accept a monster as her defender? Having traded her own safety to save her young sister, Cat Delaney has landed in the hands of a ruthless, wealthy man who intends to use her as a pawn to his avarice. Alone in a strange city, she has nowhere to turn except to the very man hired to keep her from running. Can she trust James, with his ruined face and crusader’s spirit? Dare she give him her heart?
Description : Fire Down Below Brash entrepreneur Roan McAuley has no problem getting naked. But being the only one in the room dropping kilt and giving plenty isn't his idea of fun--even if it's for the "Men of the Highlands" calendar and a good cause. However, getting feisty photographer Tessa Vandergriff all hot, bothered, and hungry is proving irresistible. . .even though she's not his type. And even if the sizzling attraction between them is changing everything this roguish playboy thinks he knows about lust. . .and love. Praise for Donna Kauffman and Her Novels "Give me more." --Linda Howard on The Charm Stone "Whimsical and sexy." --Jennifer Crusie on Your Wish Is My Command "Donna Kauffman writes smart and sexy, with sizzle to spare!" --Janet Evanovich
Description : Off Kilter Bundle Off Kilter Fire Down Below Brash entrepreneur Roan McAuley has no problem getting naked. But being the only one in the room dropping kilt and giving plenty isn't his idea of fun--even if it's for the "Men of the Highlands" calendar and a good cause. However, getting feisty photographer Tessa Vandergriff all hot, bothered, and hungry is proving irresistible. . .even though she's not his type. And even if the sizzling attraction between them is changing everything this roguish playboy thinks he knows about lust. . .and love. Praise for Donna Kauffman and Her Novels "Give me more." --Linda Howard on The Charm Stone "Whimsical and sexy." --Jennifer Crusie on Your Wish Is My Command "Donna Kauffman writes smart and sexy, with sizzle to spare!" --Janet Evanovich A Great Kisser Buckle up. Enjoy the view. Jake McKenna fixes planes, not people. Compared to an engine, humans are high-maintenance and unpredictable--which is why Jake has zero interest in indulging his sister's request that he play tour guide and rent-a-date to her boss's visiting stepdaughter. Still, Lauren Matthews is nothing like the uptight, reed-skinny workaholic he expected. She's curvy--deliciously so. Funny. Open. And convinced that there's more to her mother's hasty marriage to the local mayor than meets the eye. Leaving her fast-track Washington career is the most impulsive thing Lauren has ever done--right until the moment she arrives in Cedar Springs, Colorado. Everything about sexy, enigmatic pilot Jake tempts Lauren to unleash her inner bad girl and let him take her places she's never been. . .even as her snooping around town provokes some extremely hostile reactions. At this altitude, losing your head is easy. Trusting your heart can cost you everything. . . Let Me In He's bringing anything but peace and quiet. . Tate Winslow is done with all the guns, the adventures, the brushes with death. All she wants is to be left alone. So when her enigmatic ex-boss shows up on her doorstep barely alive, she really tries not to care. He's all alpha male, the baddest of the bad--and a threat to her hard-won peace in more ways than one. Tate is the only lead Derek Cole has on a case that could blow the intelligence world apart--if it doesn't kill him before he can figure it out. She was his best agent, but she's in hiding and he's gone rogue, and he's starting to think of her in a very nonprofessional way. In fact, he wants Tate like he wants his next breath, but he's already risking his life and his career. . .does he need to put his heart in danger too?
Description : Petting ZooA talking cat. A magical giant salamander in a Japanese spring. A life changing pet rabbit, acquired under duress. A rottweiler living at the construction site of a space colony. A super-intelligent squirreligator. The shaggy dog story has come back from the groomers, and it's not happy. Undead AmericaWhat the world needs now is another collection of zombie stories, and these brief vignettes breathe new life into the undead, so to speak. Strange factory workers, a newly-awakened suburbanite, Three Rules for survival, and a not-so sweet Mommy's Girl will feed your nightmares and maybe even tickle your exposed and broken funny bone. Haunted HolidaysThree young girls have Halloween adventures. An NSA analyst has a Thanksgiving dinner he will never forget. A woman finds her husband still believes in Santa Claus. Santa Claus himself takes a woman on a journey to the dark side of her family to right an old wrong. Seems like something srtange is always going on during the holidays.
Description : 28 classic couthie nineteenth-century full colour photos with ridiculously modern comments - in Scots, with additional anecdotes in English.
Description : One March morning, writer Floyd Skloot was inexplicably struck by an attack of unrelenting vertigo that ended 138 days later as suddenly as it had begun. With body and world askew, everything familiar had transformed. Nothing was ever still. Revertigo is Skloot’s account of that unceasingly vertiginous period, told in an inspired and appropriately off-kilter form. This intimate memoir—tenuous, shifting, sometimes humorous—demonstrates Skloot’s considerable literary skill honed as an award-winning essayist, memoirist, novelist, and poet. His recollections of a strange, spinning world prompt further musings on the forces of uncertainty, change, and displacement that have shaped him from childhood to late middle age, repeatedly knocking him awry, realigning his hopes and plans, even his perceptions. From the volatile forces of his mercurial, shape-shifting early years to his obsession with reading, acting, and writing, from the attack of vertigo to a trio of postvertigo (but nevertheless dizzying) journeys to Spain and England, and even to a place known only in his mother’s unhinged fantasies, Skloot makes sense of a life’s phantasmagoric unpredictability. Finalist, Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction, Oregon Book Awards
Description : I couldn't put it down, and neither will you.—John Lescoart, New York Times best-selling author of the Dismas Hardy Novels and The Hunt Club Off the Street is detective Christopher Baughman’s true life story of fighting to protect a class of women who are too easily forgotten and readily dismissed. Chris and the Las Vegas Pandering Investigation Team (PIT) wage war against the pimps who kidnap, trick, and beat women into submission and into a life of prostitution. What begins with an attempt to apprehend, arrest, and convict a pimp responsible for beating a woman with a baseball bat over a two-day period quickly spirals into something far more sinister. Chris shares the emotions of the victims, parents, and family members who are involved in this investigation and offers parents guidance on how to protect their daughters from these predators. Chris ventures back to his own youth, to a memory that served as the momentum for his passion for saving the people and the city he has sworn to protect.
Description : When a drunken party guest lunges at Pete Hodge's wife, Pete does what any devoted husband would do. As he steps forward to defend Emma, he inadvertently trips her assailant, who falls on a tree root and separates his shoulder. Who would guess that this simple act would lead to a lawsuit that challenges the cheerful equanimity Pete tries so desperately to maintain? But it's 2004, and with the presidential election only three days away, even small towns such as Deer Path have become battlegrounds. Pete suspects a neighbor is placing nails in his tires; someone else keeps putting Bush/Cheney signs in front of his office. Emma's antagonist alleges that Pete's behavior was politically motivated and engages the state's premier personal injury firm to pursue his claim. What follows is Pete's commentary on a frenzied world he has done his best to avoid. The novel's cast ranges from Henry Aaron to Warren Zevon; key roles are played by a lawyer named Weevil and a man dressed as a winged monkey. Meanwhile an unnecessary war drags on, eventually creating an even harsher reality for Pete and his friends. The Rumble speaks for those who have Peace Is Patriotic stickers on their bumpers. It shares the concerns of parents who are increasingly anxious about their ability to provide hope for their children. Humorous, acerbic and occasionally profound, The Rumble presents a snapshot of a country struggling to regain its courage and recover its soul.