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The Forgotten Man
by Amity ShlaesIt's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression. Only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era can we really understand how the nation endured. These are the people at the heart of Amity Shlaes's insightful and inspiring history of one of the most crucial events of the twentieth century. In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes, one of the nation's most respected economic commentators, offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression. Rejecting the old emphasis on the New Deal, she turns to the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how through brave leadership they helped establish the steadfast character we developed as a nation. Some of those figures were well known, at least in their day—Andrew Mellon, the Greenspan of the era; Sam Insull of Chicago, hounded as a scapegoat. But there were also unknowns: the Schechters, a family of butchers in Brooklyn who dealt a stunning blow to the New Deal; Bill W., who founded Alcoholics Anonymous in the name of showing that small communities could help themselves; and Father Divine, a black charismatic who steered his thousands of followers through the Depression by preaching a Gospel of Plenty. Shlaes also traces the mounting agony of the New Dealers themselves as they discovered their errors. She shows how both Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt failed to understand the prosperity of the 1920s and heaped massive burdens on the country that more than offset the benefit of New Deal programs. The real question about the Depression, she argues, is not whether Roosevelt ended it with World War II. It is why the Depression lasted so long. From 1929 to 1940, federal intervention helped to make the Depression great—in part by forgetting the men and women who sought to help one another. Authoritative, original, and utterly engrossing, The Forgotten Man offers an entirely new look at one of the most important periods in our history. Only when we know this history can we understand the strength of American character today.
by Shelby ElizabethRiley Madison is a Shifter, one of the human population born with the ability to transform into their spirit animal. Knowing your spirit animal means knowing what kind of person you are. Most Shifters identify their spirit animal by puberty. Riley is approaching seventeen and still doesn't know hers; a fact that's beginning to worry her. She befriends Tristan Dawes, another Shifter in the same situation, and quickly finds their fates are connected when she sees an outline of a star in his eyes.A man named Christopher has a master plan for the three Shifters marked by the stars in their eyes. He needs them to identify their spirit animals in order to bring about his life's work, and is willing to do whatever it takes to make them. At first he tries subtlety. When that fails, he targets Riley's family. As Riley grows closer to identifying her spirit animal, her mother receives a cryptic phone call and disappears to find her father. The Shifters draw closer to war with Elementalists (humans with the ability to control one of the elements) and Riley finds herself fighting for the first time in her life - against Elementalists, Shifters, and even her own family.
Another Dead Intern
by Joel SpriggsA typical internship: coffee & copies. Morgan Burns's new internship with PI Hemlock Connal: fairies, magic, drugs, & dying. Hemlock Connal can't keep interns alive. Morgan Burns is trying to break that trend, but finds survival to be an uphill battle. Faced with mobsters, drug rings, covens, and even fantastical beasts, will Morgan find a paycheck... or a grave? Another Dead Intern is the first book in a humorous supernatural mystery series! If you like edge-of-your-seat action, witty dialogue, and paranormal investigations, then you'll love the first installment in Joel Spriggs's hilarious magical thrill ride. Buy Another Dead Intern to start the madcap fantastical adventure today! Early reviews are raving Hemlock and Burns are the new Holmes and Watson. An amazing adventure with a dash of sarcasm, mixed with magic and an ass kicking. Randomly came across this, and thought the title sounded interesting. Didn't even really bother reading the synopsis. Started reading it, and over the course of maybe a day, finished it. A funny adventure with gory and quirky plot twists and turns! What a fun world. This was an easy fast paced read for me. The story never let up. There were great characters throughout and they mostly felt real.
The Buried Giant
by Kazuo IshiguroFrom the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory. In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they haven't seen in years. And, because a strange mist has caused mass amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him. As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and an illustrious knight, Axl and Beatrice slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share. By turns savage, suspenseful, and intensely moving, The Buried Giant is a luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory.
Descent Into the Hallway of Madness
by Anthony Di AngeloA dark and harrowing psychological thriller. A twisted tale of murder and despair. When a killer begins his reign of terror over the city, two broken detectives must overcome their demons to stop the death toll from rising. But nothing is what it seems.
The Spectra Unearthed (Keita's Wings Book 1)
by Christie Valentine PowellKeita thought that being a princess was nothing but trouble even before the power-hungry Stygians took over the Spectra kingdoms. Now she's on the run, hunted at every turn, and able to trust only a few other royal exiles. Of course she'd like to make her life safe again, but among the enemy's ranks is the Nome king, Jasper Smelt. A former friend, Jasper insists he wants to keep her safe, but his pitch-black dungeon and fiery threats suggest otherwise. Trapped inside his desert kingdom, Keita sees the results of Stygian cruelty. She wants to help, but how can she face Jasper, someone with abilities she couldn't begin to fight, someone who fears everything...except her?
by Teresa CarpenterFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of Missing Beauty comes a fascinating inside look at the mafia. Growing up among racketeers on the Lower East Side of New York City, Arlyne Brickman associated with mobsters. Drawn to the glamorous and flashy lifestyle, she was soon dating "wiseguys" and running errands for them; but after years as a mob girlfriend, Arlyne began to get in on the action herself—eventually becoming a police informant and major witness in the government's case against the Colombo crime family.