Mixed Ages

Providence

Alan Moore's quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying examination of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore's most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other, unparalleled in tone and content, and a true must have addition to his essential works in the field.

Providence

Alan Moore
GN Providence v. 1
Series: Providence

Alan Moore's quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying examination of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore's most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other, unparalleled in tone and content, and a true must have addition to his essential works in the field.

"One of the most interesting and thought-provoking authors in any era, his exploration of the Cthulhu mythos is exhaustive and exhausting."—Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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Raintree County

Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life—from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana, to the battles of the Civil War, to the politics of the Gilded Age, to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father. Shawnessy is the epitome of the place and period in which he lives, a rural land of springlike women, shady gamblers, wandering vagabonds, and soapbox orators. Yet here on the banks of the Shawmucky River, which weaves its primitive course through Raintree County, Indiana, he also feels and obeys ancient rhythms.

Raintree County

Ross Lockridge
Lockrid

Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life—from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana, to the battles of the Civil War, to the politics of the Gilded Age, to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father. Shawnessy is the epitome of the place and period in which he lives, a rural land of springlike women, shady gamblers, wandering vagabonds, and soapbox orators. Yet here on the banks of the Shawmucky River, which weaves its primitive course through Raintree County, Indiana, he also feels and obeys ancient rhythms.

"This best-selling book by a local author will give you a good notion of what living in 19th Century Indiana was like."—Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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Catch 22

No novel before or since has matched Catch-22's intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. Heller satirizes military bureaucracy with bitter, stinging humor, all the while telling the darkly comic story of Yossarian, a bombardier who refuses to die.

"When I first read this book I enjoyed its implausible insanity. As I've grown older I've come to realize that what's insane is that Heller is describing society's Standard Operating Procedure."—Bill W., Communications & Marketing

Catch 22

Joseph Heller
Heller

No novel before or since has matched Catch-22's intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. Heller satirizes military bureaucracy with bitter, stinging humor, all the while telling the darkly comic story of Yossarian, a bombardier who refuses to die.

"When I first read this book I enjoyed its implausible insanity. As I've grown older I've come to realize that what's insane is that Heller is describing society's Standard Operating Procedure."—Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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Tropic of Cancer

Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller’s masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller’s famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s.

Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller
Miller

Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller’s masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller’s famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s. Tropic of Cancer is now considered, as Norman Mailer said, "one of the ten or twenty great novels of our century."—Goodreads.com.

"This is how people once had to live."—Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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The Licanius Trilogy

It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them—the Gifted—are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their own powers. As a young Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and his friends are despised beyond their school walls for the magical power they wield: a power that Davian, despite his best efforts, cannot seem to control.

The Licanius Trilogy

James Islington
SF Islingt
Series: Licanius novels

It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them—the Gifted—are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their own powers. As a young Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and his friends are despised beyond their school walls for the magical power they wield: a power that Davian, despite his best efforts, cannot seem to control. Worse, with his final test approaching and the consequences of failure severe, time to overcome his struggles is fast running out. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life—and shake the entire world.

"I was a fan of The Lord of The Rings series and the Game of Throne series. The Licanius Trilogy ranks with them for me."—Gary L., Financial Officer

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The House at Pooh Corner

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood in A.A. Milne’s second collection of Pooh stories, The House at Pooh Corner. Here you will rediscover all the characters you met in Winnie-the-Pooh: Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Kanga, tiny Roo, and, of course, Pooh himself. Joining them is the thoroughly bouncy and lovable Tigger, who leads the rest into unforgettable adventures.

The House at Pooh Corner

A. A. Milne
J Mi

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood in A.A. Milne’s second collection of Pooh stories, The House at Pooh Corner. Here you will rediscover all the characters you met in Winnie-the-Pooh: Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Kanga, tiny Roo, and, of course, Pooh himself. Joining them is the thoroughly bouncy and lovable Tigger, who leads the rest into unforgettable adventures.

"Beautiful second story of the characters in the 100 acre wood. A deep sense of friendship and the importance of caring for one another fills each chapter. A.A. Milne's depiction of how a child grows and moves on to new adventures, while retaining the love for their first imaginary world, is a satisfying read for both children and adults.—Dana D., Community and Customer Engagement

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Chloe's vegan desserts : more than 100 exciting new recipes for cookies and pies, tarts and cobblers, cupcakes and cakes - and more!

The chef who became the first vegan winner of the Food Network'sCupcake Wars presents an all-dessert vegan cookbook that includes crème brulee, tiramisu, beignets and cookies that don't rely on the usual tofu, applesauce and egg replacers as ingredients.

"This is my go-to dessert book anytime I need to make a vegan or gluten-free dessert. Chloe's desserts are delicious and don't use a lot of hard-to-find ingredients. I always get compliments, from vegans and non-vegans alike."—Paula GO, Web Administrator

Chloe's vegan desserts : more than 100 exciting new recipes for cookies and pies, tarts and cobblers, cupcakes and cakes - and more!

Chloe Coscarelli
641.56365 Cos

The chef who became the first vegan winner of the Food Network'sCupcake Wars presents an all-dessert vegan cookbook that includes crème brulee, tiramisu, beignets and cookies that don't rely on the usual tofu, applesauce and egg replacers as ingredients.

"This is my go-to dessert book anytime I need to make a vegan or gluten-free dessert. Chloe's desserts are delicious and don't use a lot of hard-to-find ingredients. I always get compliments, from vegans and non-vegans alike."—Paula GO, Web Administrator

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A Clockwork Orange

Told through a central character, Alex, the disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. A modern classic of youthful violence and social redemption set in a dismal dystopia whereby a juvenile delinquent undergoes state-sponsored psychological rehabilitation for his aberrant behavior.

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess
Burgess

Told through a central character, Alex, the disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. A modern classic of youthful violence and social redemption set in a dismal dystopia whereby a juvenile delinquent undergoes state-sponsored psychological rehabilitation for his aberrant behavior.

"I read this novel while riding the subways of New York City to work. A friend of mine there and I learned Burgess's language, Nadsat, so we could share quips without being understood—a malenky bit of the old riz-raz, as it were."—Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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Hopscotch

Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves "the Club." A child's death and La Maga's disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. Hopscotch is the dazzling, free-wheeling account of Oliveira's astonishing adventures.

Hopscotch

Julio Cortázar

Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves "the Club." A child's death and La Maga's disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. Hopscotch is the dazzling, free-wheeling account of Oliveira's astonishing adventures.

"What the Hopscotch of the title refers to is that you can read the novel in the conventional manner—Chapter One followed by Chapter Two followed by Chapter Three—or you can follow the numbers at the end of each chapter to hopscotch around the book and experience the story in an entirely different sequence—the way thought moves through the mind."—Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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The Chronicles of Amber

The Amber stories take place in two contrasting "true" worlds, Amber and Chaos, and in shadow worlds (Shadows) that lie between the two. These shadows, including our Earth, are parallel worlds that exist in, and were created from, the tension between opposing magical forces of Amber and Chaos. The Courts of Chaos are situated at the very edge of an Abyss. Members of the royal family of Amber, after walking a Pattern that is central to Amber, can travel freely through the Shadows.

 The Chronicles of Amber

Roger Zelazny
SF Zelazny
Series: The Chronicles of Amber

The Amber stories take place in two contrasting "true" worlds, Amber and Chaos, and in shadow worlds (Shadows) that lie between the two. These shadows, including our Earth, are parallel worlds that exist in, and were created from, the tension between opposing magical forces of Amber and Chaos. The Courts of Chaos are situated at the very edge of an Abyss. Members of the royal family of Amber, after walking a Pattern that is central to Amber, can travel freely through the Shadows. While traveling (shifting) between Shadows, one can alter reality or create a new reality by choosing which elements of which Shadows to keep or add, and which to subtract. Nobles of the Courts of Chaos who have traversed the Logrus are similarly able to travel through Shadow.

"The first set of five stories are generally considered the better, written about twenty years before the second set of five and in a different style. But that first set is well worth reading by anyone interested in SF and Fantasy."—Bill W., Communications & Marketing

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