Convicted of deserting the German army, Sveb Hassel is sent to a punishment regiment on the Russian front. He and his comrades are regarded as expendable, cannon fodder for Hitler’s war. Outnumbered and outgunned on the frozen steppe, they fight for survival against the implacable Red Army.
Sven Hassel’s unflinching narrative is based on his own experiences in the German army. He fought in Russia, Italy and France and wrote Legion of the Damned while in a prison camp after the war. It was the first in a series of stories that have now been translated into15 languages.
Eoin Colfer - And Another Thing...
An Englishman's continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea . . . Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate. Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world's oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up . . . again. And Another Thing . . . is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese.
Tony Gonzales - The Empyrean Age
A man wakes, trapped inside a cloning vat. He has no idea how he got there, no idea where he is, and no idea who he is. But someone is trying to kill him, and they're about to succeed . . . A disgraced Foreign ambassador leaves his post humiliated, and ignored by his superiors, only to meet Ameline - a woman who seems to know everything about him, and an alarming amount about a conspiracy to overthrow the government. And on a back-water world during an economic crisis a worker called Tibus Heth leads a revolt against the corporation which earns him an unexpected and mysterious ally with astounding influence, and an inclination to aid his revolutionary ideas . . .
Mary Stewart - This Rough Magic
When Lucy Waring came to Corfu to visit her sister Phyllida Forli, she was elated to discover that the castello above their villa had been rented to Sir Julian Gale. A very minor cog in the London theatre, Lucy not unnaturally felt something close to reverence for Sir Julian, one of the brilliant lights of England's theatrical world. But any hope of meeting him was quickly dashed by Phyl, who indicated, with uncharacteristic vagueness, that not all was well with the great man and that his composer son, Max, discouraged visitors, particularly strangers . . . Lucy encounted Max Gale the first morning of her arrival—and a tempestuous meeting it was. For Lucy had made friends with an enchanting dolphin by whom she had first been thoroughly frightened then completely captivated. It was when she was sunning on the rocks above the cove that the shots came, and the only person in view was Max Gale . . . Thus begins a series of mystifying and thoroughly frightening events which tinge the otherwise sparkling setting of Corfu with the dark hues of violence. In every way This Rough Magic measures up to its predecessors—in spirited characterization, vivid description, glowing romance and unrelenting excitement. This is storytelling at its best. —jacket William Morrow edition, 1964
Jodi Picoult - Salem Falls
When Jack St. Bride arrives in the small town of Salem Falls, all he wants is to escape his past. He's spent the last eight months in jail, after being falsely accused of having an affair with an underage student at the school where he taught. In Salem Falls, he gets a job as a dishwasher at a local diner and tentatively begins a romance with the diner's owner, Addie, who is still mourning the death of her young daughter, born after Addie was raped in high school by three drunk boys. As she and Jack fall in love, they both see hope for the future. But their newfound love is threatened when the residents of Salem Falls learn of Jack's conviction and begin harassing him. When, predictably, a teenage girl accuses Jack of raping her, he finds himself back in jail, fighting a serious charge and the town's prejudice. Addie wrestles with her doubts and memories of her own rape, but she believes in Jack and goes on a quest of her own to find out the truth about Jack's initial conviction, even as the Salem Falls trial opens.
Ali McNamara - From Notting Hill with Love… Actually
Scarlett O’Brien is in love . . . with the movies. Utterly hooked on Hugh Grant, crazy about Richard Curtis, dying with lust for Johnny Depp, Scarlett spends her days with her head in the clouds and her nights with her hand in a huge tub of popcorn. Which is not exactly what her sensible, DIY-obsessed fiancé David has in mind for their future. So when Scarlett has the chance to house-sit an impossibly grand mansion in Notting Hill – the setting of one of her all-time favourite movies – she jumps at the chance to live out her film fantasies one last time. It’s just a shame that her new neighbour Sean is so irritating – and so irritatingly handsome, too. As a chaotic comedy of her very own erupts around Scarlett, she begins to realise there’s more to life than seating plans and putting up shelves. What sort of happy ending does she really want? Will it be a case of Runaway Bride or Happily Ever After? The big white wedding looms, and Scarlett is running out of time to decide . . .
Philip Toshio Sudo - Zen 24/7
Philip Toshio Sudo, the author of Zen Computer and Zen Sex, is a master teacher of the way of enlightenment. He has a knack for finding spiritual practices that grow naturally out of everyday experiences. With an ease that comes from spiritual maturity, Sudo delivers one marvel after another in this astute reading of zen truths residing in work, exercise, eating, laughter, and sleep. Or as the author puts it — "Zen teaches that our approach to today determines our whole approach to life. The Japanese call this attitude Ichi-nichi issho: 'Each day is a lifetime.' We arise in the morning newly born. As we pass through the day, we age and gain experience. When we tire at day's end, we 'die' and take our rest. That one arc serves as a miniature of our entire life." Zen 24/7 contains many insightful, sassy, and fruitful ways of reading everyday activities. Instead of just going mindlessly through the motions of shaving, try to imagine "the divine energy that makes the hair grow." Respecting the lamp and your desk adds a depth dimension to your work — bowing or nodding to it with a few words of gratitude is even better! Acting courteously on the road by letting others pass is a spiritual practice of selflessness that can lead to inner peace. After all driving fast is only an outward manifestation of inner restlessness. Seeing a stop sign as a pause that refreshes is a stress buster in the midst of a busy day. Even the fizz that rises up on top of a poured soda provides a zen meditation on the transitoriness of life. See your shower as a daily act of transformation. Align yourself with nature, and the weather outside will always be just right. These are just a few of the gems in this extraordinary paperback about the way of zen and its major and minor epiphanies. Sudo makes the spiritual practices of attention, being present, gratitude, and wonder come to life on these pages. You'll never be the same after reading Zen 24/7.
Philip Toshio Sudo - Zen Guitar
The book starts from a simple premise: Each of us carries a song inside - the song that makes us human. We're all born with this song, but so many of us don't know how to unlock it. Zen Guitar offers the key. By sharing his own experiences with music, Philip Toshio Sudo guides us to rediscover the harmony in each of our lives, as well as to open ourselves to a Zen awareness uniquely suited to the Western mind. Filled with inspirational words from famous musicians, beautiful brush paintings, Zen stories, and samurai maxims, the book unfolds in fifty-eight lessons that go from the four lessons to establish the beginner's mind, to the "Twelve Points of Focus" and "Twelve Common Missteps" through technical excellence, and into more advanced levels of Zen.
Ian Whybrow - Little Wolf's Book of Badness
Letters home from an adventuring wolf cub, read by Griff Rhys Jones Dear Mum and Dad, Please please PLEEEEZ let me come home. I only cleaned my teeth last week for a joke. And brushing my fur, and going to bed early, that was just tricks to trick you! Why must I go to Cunning College to learn Uncle Bigbad's 9 Rules of Badness? Yours fedupply, Little Wolf Little Wolf's very first adventurous journey to Cunning College now available once more on tape. A real treat to listen to, with specially composed music and sound effects, this narration by Griff Rhys Jones will be a favourite for the whole family.
Lisa Swerling - Ralph Lazar - Happiness is...
This is THE new happiness book. From Ralph Lazar and Lisa Swerling, famed illustrators and New York Times bestselling authors of Me Without You, this adorable gift book illustrates 500 things to be happy about. Happiness is . . . an unexpected bouquet, watching the sea, fixing something, a good high five, and so much more! The charming, make-you-smile illustrations hit just the right note—not too sappy, not too sweet—and remind us that there are dozens of things to be happy about every day. A universally appealing gift for birthdays, graduations, holidays, or a little pick-me-up, this cheerful collection is sure to be a hit year after year!
Amanda Bonilla - Shaedes of Gray
In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin. When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished..
Sue Bentley - Star dreams
Flame meets Jemma Watson in an alley, and this ordinary girl soon realizes that she is dealing with an extraordinary kitten. Flame's magic powers come in handy as Jemma auditions for dance school while trying to look after her younger siblings. But the fun can't last forever as Flame senses his enemies close by and must return to his kingdom. . . (Magic Kitten Series #3)
Janet Fife-Yeomans - Heath
Heath Ledger was a superstar on the world stage, a gorgeous guy, a true romantic, a man who was dedicated to his craft and who loved a laugh. This is the definitive look at the real life of Heath Ledger from childhood to fully-fledged stardom, with exclusive personal insights from his family and friends. It is also very much an Australian story about the beginning of a legend.Even before Heath achieved fame and fortune, the Ledgers were well-known in their hometown of Perth. Heath's great-grandfather, Sir Frank, was a pioneer of West Australian business, and he nurtured a warm, loving family. Heath's childhood was idyllic and happy, and he excelled at school, especially drama. When he was just 17 years old, he drove across the country to Sydney, determined to follow his passion for acting. He quickly became a celebrity but never forgot his roots.But behind Heath's journey to Hollywood, turmoil split the family. The book reveals how Sir Frank's fortune was lost, which thrust the Ledgers into bitter dispute. With Heath's death have emerged new allegations about the star's hidden millions.Sadly, while Heath's death came as a surprise to the public, those who knew him best were aware of his problems. And those who knew him best were also aware of the allegations that he had fathered a child before his rise to fame. Respected journalist Janet Fife-Yeomans has worked extensively with Heath's uncles to produce this family's story, their reminiscences of Heath a way of paying tribute to his all too short life.
David Nunan - Language Teaching Methodology
Comprising a general ELT methodology for ELT teachers, this work covers the development of listening, speaking, writing and reading skills, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Also discussed are classroom management, materials development and learning strategies.
Laura Levine - Shoes To Die For
I'm crazy about Laura Levine's mystery series. Her books are so outrageously funny. --Joanne Fluke If clothes make the man, then what do Jaine Austen's elastic-waist pants and T-shirts make her? A fashion nightmare, according to her neighbor, Lance. She doesn't expect Lance--who works in the designer shoe department at Nieman Marcus--to understand. . .which is how she ends up visiting his favorite boutique, Passions. While the couture is definitely not for Jaine, the staff's gossip is. Tiny orange-haired clerk Becky starts complaining about her co-worker Giselle--a.k.a. "Frenchie"-- a brittle blonde who, when she's not making fun of customers behind their backs, adds extra-marital notches to her Chanel belt. Though Jaine doesn't land a new look, she does land a new job when Passions' owner gives her a chance to write their new magazine ads. But when Jaine arrives the next morning to pitch her ideas, she finds Frenchie pitched over, stabbed in the neck by one of her own stilettos. Now all Jaine has to do is figure out who hated Frenchie the most, in a case of death by designer knock-off. . .
Edith Hamilton - The Greek Way
The aim of this work is not a history of events but an account of the achievement and spirit of Greece. "Five hundred years before Christ in a little town on the far western border of the settled and civilizaed world, a strange new power was at work. . . . Athens had entered upon her brief and magnificent flowering of genius which so molded the world of mind and of spirit that our mind and spirit today are different. . . . What was then produced of art and of thought has never been surpasses and very rarely equalled, and the stamp of it is upon all the art and all the thought of the Western world." A perennial favorite in many different editions, Edith Hamilton's best-selling The Greek Way captures the spirit and achievements of Greece in the fifth century B.C. A retired headmistress when she began her writing career in the 1930s, Hamilton immediately demonstrated a remarkable ability to bring the world of ancient Greece to life, introducing that world to the twentieth century. The New York Times called The Greek Way a "book of both cultural and critical importance."
Sofi Oksanen - Purge
Soon to be published in twenty-five languages, Sofi Oksanen's award-winning novel Purge is a breathtakingly suspenseful tale of two women dogged by their own shameful pasts and the dark, unspoken history that binds them. When Aliide Truu, an older woman living alone in the Estonian countryside, finds a disheveled girl huddled in her front yard, she suppresses her misgivings and offers her shelter. Zara is a young sex-trafficking victim on the run from her captors, but a photo she carries with her soon makes it clear that her arrival at Aliide's home is no coincidence. Survivors both, Aliide and Zara engage in a complex arithmetic of suspicion and revelation to distill each other's motives; gradually, their stories emerge, the culmination of a tragic family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss that played out during the worst years of Estonia's Soviet occupation. Sofi Oksanen establishes herself as one the most important voices of her generation with this intricately woven tale, whose stakes are almost unbearably high from the first page to the last. Purge is a fiercely compelling and damning novel about the corrosive effects of shame, and of life in a time and place where to survive is to be implicated.
Rumiko Takahashi - Inuyasha Ani-Manga 25.
Inuyasha and friends head to the coastal region to confront a horde of bat demons. There, Inuyasha meets Shiori, a young girl who is also a half-demon. He sympathizes with Shiori because they are both outcasts from the worlds of demons and humans. Inuyasha learns that the only way to make himself more powerful is by killing the young girl... Can he go through with it?
Rumiko Takahashi - Inuyasha Ani-Manga 21.
Pulled back in time to Japan's ancient past, Japanese high school girl Kagome finds her destiny linked to a doglike half-demon named Inu-Yasha, who remembers Kagome's previous incarnation as the woman who killed him - and to the Shikon Jewel, or "Jewel of Four Souls," which can fulfill the greatest dreams of any man or monster. Now Kagome and Inu-Yasha must work together to search for the scattered shards of the jewel before everyone's nightmares are given the power the need to come true.
Rumiko Takahashi - Inuyasha Ani-Manga 26.
Using his blade Tetsusaiga, Inuyasha uncovers the Panther Demons' hideout. While he searches for the kidnapped Kagome and battles hoards of Panther Demons, his older brother Sesshomaru arrives on the scene and orders him to leave, but Inuyasha insists on fighting alongside his brother. With the revival of the Panther Demons' leader at hand, can Inuyasha, Koga and Sesshomaru work together long enough to defeat the great demon and rescue Kagome?
Arina Tanemura - Sakura Hime 9.
Sakura is the granddaughter of a mysterious moon princess who slew demons with her Blood Cherry Blossom sword. All her life Sakura has been forbidden to look at the full moon without knowing why. Then one night, unhappy over her impending marriage, Sakura gazes up at the moon, only to see a demon attacking her... Princess Sakura has been staying at the estate of Fujimurasaki, the future emperor. Fujimurasaki tells Sakura he loves her and keeps her hidden from Aoba. Sakura yearns to be reunited with Aoba, but he's to marry Princess Yuri...