The Tattooist of Auschwitz

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive. One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her. A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
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The Canadian Civil War Volume 2- The Huguenots Arrive

In this second volume of the series, the French history of the continent is expanded to tell the story of the Huguenots. As in volume 1, some of the early history is an accurate portrayal of the Huguenot exodus from France. But this is also a work of fiction -- in this case a description of the growing conflict between their values and the values of the Catholic North.In this second volume of the series, the French history of the continent is expanded to tell the story of the Huguenots. As in volume 1, some of the early history is an accurate portrayal of the Huguenot exodus from France. Theirs is a story worth telling. But this is also a work of fiction -- in this case a description of the growing conflict between their values and the values of the Catholic north. Threading its way through the story of that growing conflict is another story - the story of how history is made and remade to serve contemporary interests. Maybe the truest story in this volume is that final story of history remanufactured and manipulated for political ends.
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The Starlite Ballroom

The war was over and at a Big Band dance in 1945, Emma made a crucial choice, defining the course of her life forever. Now tonight, destiny draws her back to the old Starlite Ballroom, as worn and aged as she is. Emma's given a chance to relive that fateful night and choose between two vastly different men once again. Can she make a different choice this time? Will she even dare?Many a couple met and fell in love in a Big Band ballroom. World War II was finally over, the GIs were back home, and only their futures lay before them. If only you could return to that magical time. This short story is about the age old wish of 'what if.' What if we were given a chance to go back and do things differently. Would our choices be the same, or would we take a more daring path?
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The River Why

The classic novel of fly fishing and spirituality, originally published in 1983.Since its publication in 1983, THE RIVER WHY has become a classic. David James Duncan's sweeping novel is a coming-of-age comedy about love, nature, and the quest for self-discovery, written in a voice as distinct and powerful as any in American letters.Gus Orviston is a young fly fisherman who leaves behind his comically schizoid family to find his own path. Taking refuge in a remote cabin, he sets out in pursuit of the Pacific Northwest's elusive steelhead. But what begins as a physical quarry becomes a spiritual one as his quest for self-knowledge batters him with unforeseeable experiences. Profoundly reflective about our connection to nature and to one another, THE RIVER WHY is also a comedic rollercoaster. Like Gus, the reader emerges utterly changed, stripped bare by the journey Duncan so expertly navigates.
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Nursery in Bloom- Book 2 of the Colvin Series

After her husband's alcohol induced rage lands her in the hospital, Leah embraces the 51% ownership of her grandfather's nursery in a small town in Oklahoma. The only issue is the cocky cowboy who owns the other 49%. Austin has grown into quite a man since the last summer she spent in Colvin at her grandparents' house as a child. But she has vowed to never need another man in her life after what she left behind in New York City, so can Austin be the one to change her mind?Austin is shocked to find out the nursery he loves so much has been willed to himself and the one girl he has had a crush on since he was a boy. The only problem is they can't stand to be around each other. But she is gorgeous and he can't keep his thoughts off the red head he has to spend all day with. She's a tough one to crack and when he finds out what happened to her will he run away or want her more?
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Solomon's Code

A thought-provoking examination of artificial intelligence and its influence on human values, culture, power, and economics as technology continues to change our world"The Trolley Problem" has long been a favorite of college philosophy classes—flip a switch on a train line and save five peoples' lives at the expense of one? The solution to this conundrum has remained academic—until now.As write the code for driverless cars, not only have to discuss all the ramifications and scenarios of the Trolley Problem; they also have to provide a black-and-white answer for every conceivable variation of it. This is just one example of how the continuing advancement of technology collides with age-old ethical and cultural mainstays. As thinking machines make more decisions on our behalf, they can enrich, enable and influence our lives. Whether in medicine, money or love, technologies powered by forms of artificial intelligence are playing an increasingly...
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The Canadian Civil War: Volume 4 - Mississippi Beast

In this fourth volume, unknown attackers begin launching assaults in Green Bay and nearly kill Claude Jolliet. But the biggest problems arise from a flood on the Mississippi that inundates the primary shipping and supply center of Canada. Elise and Shawn have 14 days to get systems there running again before the economy of the country collapses.In this fourth volume, unknown attackers begin launching assaults in Green Bay and nearly kill Claude Jolliet. A business war also erupts between the Murphy family and Tilden Foster’s family. But the biggest problems arise from a flood on the Mississippi that inundates the primary shipping and supply center of Canada. Elise and Shawn have 14 days to get systems there running again before the economy of the country collapses. In the process they discover friends and foes as the conflict between the Catholic north and Protestant south escalates.
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The Big Disruption

Something is fishy at Anahata—and it’s not just the giant squid that serves as a mascot for the world’s largest tech company. A prince in exile is working as a product manager. The sales guys are battling with the engineers. The female employees are the unwitting subjects of a wild social experiment. The VPs are plotting against each other. And the yoga-loving, sex-obsessed CEO is rumored to be planning a moon colony, sending his investors into a tizzy. Is it all downhill from here? Or is this just the beginning of a bold new phase in Anahata’s quest for global domination?
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The Canadian Civil War: Volume 5 - Carbines and Calumets

In this final book of the series, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Colorado secede from Canada and fighting begins. Shawn travels to New Orleans to learn more about the rebellion and is nearly killed as he investigates involvement by an American company seeking to profit from the war. Final efforts at peace are made as people choose between carbines and calumets.In this final book of the series, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Colorado secede from Canada and fighting begins. Shawn travels to New Orleans to learn more about the rebellion and is nearly killed as he investigates involvement by an American company seeking to profit from the war. As bombs fall outside Baton Rouge, President Jolliet calls a gathering, and final efforts at peace are made as people choose between carbines and calumets.
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The Scorpion Nest: A Short Story

Newlyweds Joel and Sonnet have just wrapped up a housewarming party in Suburban Phoenix. Custom-built on the site of a meteor crash a half century ago, the young couple received everything they wanted in their dream house. Unfortunately, Joel and Sonnet also got what they didn't want: thousands of unwelcome, venomous guests.Newlyweds Joel and Sonnet have just wrapped up a housewarming party in Suburban Phoenix. Custom-built on the site of a meteor crash a half century ago, the young couple received everything they wanted in their dream house. Unfortunately, Joel and Sonnet also got what they didn't want: thousands of unwelcome, venomous guests. Despite a clean inspection report, the house is crawling with more scorpions than your average infestation, leaving husband and wife to avoid the pests' numbing and potentially fatal sting.On a night that will forever alter their fates, Joel and Sonnet are forced to uncover the mystery of the scorpions' origins. What they find challenges their greatest fears as well as their love for one another.
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Down to the Creek- Book 1 of the Colvin Series

In the small town of Colvin, Oklahoma two friends cross that line between friends and lovers which alters their futures together and apart.After their night together, Karlie feels as if running away to LA and a high profile photographer's life is the best option for her to avoid more heart break and the shame that she believes Aiden feels. All the while Aiden is left in Colvin to move on with his life and he does just that by never leaving and buying his own land and ranch.Eight years later when Karlie returns to help care for her father, Karlie and Aiden are forced to realize that time didn't heal all of those wounds or make the feelings dissipate between them. They gravitate towards each other's comfort and familiarity but the fact that each has a significant other in the picture puts a strain on their road to reconciliation. Will Karlie and Aiden find their way back to each other?
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