The Crown of Thorns

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Publisher:Little, Brown

ISBN:9780316005227

Total Pages:240

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Near Mulholland Drive, Dr. Stanley Kent is found shot twice in the back of the head. It's the case LAPD detective Harry Bosch has been waiting for, his first since being recruited to the Homicide Special Squad. When he discovers that Kent had access to dangerous radioactive substances, what begins as a routine investigation becomes something darker, more deadly, and frighteningly urgent. Bosch is soon in conflict with not only his superiors but the FBI, which thinks the case is too important for just a cop. Complicating his job even more is the presence of Agent Rachel Walling, his onetime lover. Now guarding one slim advantage, Bosch relentlessly follows his own instincts, hoping they are still sharp enough to find the truth--and a killer who can annihilate an entire city.

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The Overlook of Cleveland and Cleveland Heights

Author:Marian J. Morton

Publisher:Arcadia Publishing

ISBN:1439639612

Total Pages:128

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Railroad tycoon turned real estate developer Patrick Calhoun named the premier residential boulevard of his Euclid Heights allotment the Overlook because of its location high on a bluff overlooking Case School of Applied Science, Western Reserve College, Lake Erie, and the city of Cleveland. By 1910, the boulevard was lined with the mansions of Cleveland’s wealthy and powerful. Today, although traces of the Overlook’s glory days remain, most of its great mansions are gone, replaced by apartment houses and the dormitories and fraternity houses of Case Western Reserve University. This is the story of that transformation.

The Shining

Author:Stephen King

Publisher:Anchor

ISBN:0385528868

Total Pages:464

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Before Doctor Sleep, there was The Shining, a classic of modern American horror from the undisputed master, Stephen King. Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

The Bell in the Lake

Author:Lars Mytting

Publisher:Abrams

ISBN:1683358198

Total Pages:400

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The engrossing epic novel—a #1 bestseller in Norway—of a young woman whose fate plays out against her village’s mystical church bells As long as people could remember, the stave church’s bells had rung over the isolated village of Butangen, Norway. Cast in memory of conjoined twins, the bells are said to ring on their own in times of danger. In 1879, young pastor Kai Schweigaard moves to the village, where young Astrid Hekne yearns for a modern life. She sees a way out on the arm of the new pastor, who needs a tie to the community to cull favor for his plan for the old stave church, with its pagan deity effigies and supernatural bells. When the pastor makes a deal that brings an outsider, a sophisticated German architect, into their world, the village and Astrid are caught between past and future, as dark forces come into play. Lars Mytting, bestselling author of Norwegian Wood, brings his deep knowledge of history, carpentry, fishing, and stave churches to this compelling historical novel, an international bestseller sold in 12 countries. With its broad-canvas narrative about the intersection of religion, superstition, and duty, The Bell in the Lake is an irresistible story of ancient times and modern challenges, by a powerful international voice.

The Revelations

Author:Erik Hoel

Publisher:Abrams

ISBN:164700098X

Total Pages:416

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An edgy and ambitious debut by a powerful new voice in contemporary literary fiction Monday, Kierk wakes up. Once a rising star in neuroscience, Kierk Suren is now homeless, broken by his all-consuming quest to find a scientific theory of consciousness. But when he’s offered a spot in a prestigious postdoctoral program, he decides to rejoin society and vows not to self-destruct again. Instead of focusing on his work, however, Kierk becomes obsessed with another project—investigating the sudden and suspicious death of a colleague. As his search for truth brings him closer to Carmen Green, another postdoc, their list of suspects grows, along with the sense that something sinister may be happening all around them. The Revelations, not unlike its main character, is ambitious and abrasive, challenging and disarming. Bursting with ideas, ranging from Greek mythology to the dark realities of animal testing, to some of the biggest unanswered questions facing scientists today, The Revelations is written in muscular, hypnotic prose, and its cyclically dreamlike structure pushes the boundaries of literary fiction. Erik Hoel has crafted a stunning debut of rare power—an intense look at cutting-edge science, consciousness, and human connection.

Hiking with Kids Virginia

Author:Erin Gifford

Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN:1493060023

Total Pages:256

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DREAM IT Hiking with Kids Virginia: 52 Great Hikes for Families features concise descriptions and detailed maps for 50+ easy-to-follow hikes in Virginia that allow families to spend time together in nature. PLAN IT Hiking with Kids Virginia: 52 Great Hikes for Families provides tips, advice and information needed to plan a winning day hike: • Diverse and engaging kid-friendly hikes all across the state • Full-color photos and maps, detailed trail descriptions, and trailhead GPS • Time-saving hike overviews and details on distance, difficulty, terrain and fun facts DO IT Virginia is home to tumbling falls, scenic vistas, geological wonders, tidal marshes and majestic mountains, and this guide describes many family-friendly hikes across the state that allow children to fall in love with the outdoors. • Find hikes that engage children with water features, rock scrambles and native wildlife • Experience diverse terrain that challenges, rewards, and leaves children wanting more • Take it all in, whether savoring a colorful sunset or splashing in a swimming hole

Tripping from the Fall Line

Author:David K. Brezinski,Jeffrey P. Halka,Richard A. Ortt Jr.

Publisher:Geological Society of America

ISBN:081370040X

Total Pages:577

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"Emanating from the Fall Line city of Baltimore, site of the 2015 GSA Annual Meeting, these trips reflect the diversity of geological features in the mid-Atlantic region including the Piedmont, Appalachian Mountains, and Coastal Plain, and the importance of geology on the development and construction of the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metropolitan area"--

Elder Horror

Author:A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Publisher:McFarland

ISBN:1476635072

Total Pages:255

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As baby boomers gray, cinematic depictions of aging and the aged are on the rise. In the horror genre, fears of growing old take on fantastic proportions. Elderly characters are portrayed as either eccentric harbingers of doom--the crone who stops at nothing to restore her youth, the ancient ancestor who haunts the living--or as frail victims. This collection of new essays explores how various filmic portrayals of aging, as an inescapable horror destined to overtake us all, reflect our complex attitudes toward growing old, along with its social, psychological and economic consequences.

Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic

Author:Matt Willen

Publisher:Menasha Ridge Press

ISBN:1634040694

Total Pages:288

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic by Matt Willen provides readers with detailed information on 43 of the best Appalachian Trail day hikes along the 450 miles stretch of trail that extends from Harper's Ferry, West Virginia to the New York/Connecticut state line. The guide includes a range of hikes, from those that are suitable for families with small children looking for a nice walk in the woods, to the seasoned hiker out for challenging weekend. Many of the hikes make use of adjacent side trails to create loop and balloon configuration trips as well as out-and-back excursions, and all of the trips can be completed with a single car. Each of the profiles includes pertinent information on the history or natural history of the hike and provides recommendations for other activities or sites of interest in the area.

Zack and the Validators: Good as Gold

Author:Wayne Hunt

Publisher:Xlibris Corporation

ISBN:9781465358172

Total Pages:137

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This third book in a series continues the adventures of Zack, a handsome and intelligent donkey, and his donkey friends Zelda, Willie, and Pedro. Zack and his three donkey friends are faced with a new problem. Unless the horses on Mr. Bumbys horse ranch join the farm animals at the new Donohue Historic Farm Center, the center is not likely to be successful. Believing that the horses have more talents than just running races, Zack and his friends must find a way to discover those talents. Again, using one of Profound Pigs brilliant ideas, Zack and his friends begin a new positive mission. With the help of Profound Pigs uncle, Professor Pig, they begin to teach the animals to look for the good in others. The idea is to see a good quality or talent in another animal, tell them about it, and ask them to use it to help others. With this new idea, the horses do discover their other good talents and decide to use them at the new Donohue Historic Farm Center. This new idea of Professor Pig is called validation of others. It is so successful that it becomes the new mission of Zack and the Validators, the name Zack and his donkey friends take on as a new singing group.

Afoot and Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park

Author:Alan Apt,Kay Turnbaugh

Publisher:Wilderness Press

ISBN:0899977561

Total Pages:360

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Afoot and Afield in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most comprehensive hiking and biking books available. Alan Apt, author of the best-selling guidebook, Snowshoe Routes Colorado's Front Range, carefully describes 170 adventures for people of all abilities and interests. He includes everything from easy access Front Range lakeside strolls, to high mountaineering peak climbs. The book even includes sections called, Great for Kids (of all ages); that are less ambitious but highly satisfying, easy gambols in the natural world. The geographical scope of the book stretches from southern Wyoming to Colorado Springs, and west to Vail, Fairplay, and Independence Pass; with superb coverage of mountains, plains, canyons and riverside adventures. The books includes over 150 photos, and maps for every trail, as well as safety checklists, and how-to tips based on more than 40 years of outdoor experience.

The Bloomsbury Companion to Stanley Kubrick

Author:I.Q. Hunter,Nathan Abrams

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN:1501343653

Total Pages:396

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Stanley Kubrick is one of the most revered directors in cinema history. His 13 films, including classics such as Paths of Glory, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, and The Shining, attracted controversy, acclaim, a devoted cult following, and enormous critical interest. With this comprehensive guide to the key contexts - industrial and cultural, as well as aesthetic and critical - the themes of Kubrick's films sum up the current vibrant state of Kubrick studies. Bringing together an international team of leading scholars and emergent voices, this Companion provides comprehensive coverage of Stanley Kubrick's contribution to cinema. After a substantial introduction outlining Kubrick's life and career and the film's production and reception contexts, the volume consists of 39 contributions on key themes that both summarise previous work and offer new, often archive-based, state-of-the-art research. In addition, it is specifically tailored to the needs of students wanting an authoritative, accessible overview of academic work on Kubrick.

The Bauhaus Group

Author:Nicholas Fox Weber

Publisher:Knopf

ISBN:0307273342

Total Pages:544

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Nicholas Fox Weber, for thirty-three years head of the Albers Foundation, spent many years with Anni and Josef Albers, the only husband-and-wife artistic pair at the Bauhaus (she was a textile artist; he a professor and an artist, in glass, metal, wood, and photography). The Alberses told him their own stories and described life at the Bauhaus with their fellow artists and teachers, Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, as well these figures’ lesser-known wives and girlfriends. In this extraordinary group biography, Weber brilliantly brings to life the Bauhaus geniuses and the community of the pioneering art school in Germany’s Weimar and Dessau in the 1920s and early 1930s. Here are: Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, the architect who streamlined design early in his career and who saw the school as a place for designers to collaborate in an ideal setting . . . a dashing hussar, the ardent young lover of the renowned femme fatale Alma Mahler, beginning when she was the wife of composer Gustav Mahler . . . Paul Klee, the onlooker, smoking his pipe, observing Bauhaus dances as well as his colleagues’ lectures from the back of the room . . . the cook who invented recipes and threw together his limited ingredients with the same spontaneity, sense of proportion, and fascination that underscored his paintings . . . Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian-born pioneer of abstract painting, guarding a secret tragedy one could never have guessed from his lively paintings, in which he used bold colors not just for their visual vibrancy, but for their “sound” effects . . . Josef Albers, who entered the Bauhaus as a student in 1920 and was one of the seven remaining faculty members when the school was closed by the Gestapo in 1933 . . . Annelise Else Frieda Fleischmann, a Berlin heiress, an intrepid young woman, who later, as Anni Albers, made art the focal point of her existence . . . Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, imperious, decisive, often harsh, an architect who became director—the last—of the Bauhaus, and the person who guided the school’s final days after SS storm troopers raided the premises. Weber captures the life, spirit, and flair with which these geniuses lived, as well as their consuming goal of making art and architecture. A portrait infused with their fulsome embrace of life, their gift for laughter, and the powerful force of their individual artistic personalities.

The Literary Haunted House

Author:Rebecca Janicker

Publisher:McFarland

ISBN:147661928X

Total Pages:224

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The haunted house of American fiction is an iconic union of setting and theme with an enduring presence in popular culture that traces its lineage to the early English Gothic novels. Blurring the boundaries between past and present, the living and the dead, the haunted house—synonymous with the dark side of domesticity—challenges accepted notions of reality and wields a special power over the reader’s imagination. Focusing on the work of H. P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson and Stephen King, this critical work offers a fresh perspective on one of the most popular motifs in American fiction. Case studies demonstrate how these authors have kept the past alive while highlighting the complexities of modern society, using their ghostly tales to celebrate and challenge 20th century American history and culture.

Deadly Woods

Author:DAVE CLOSE

Publisher:Trafford Publishing

ISBN:1466980648

Total Pages:212

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There’s something very deadly lurking in the woods surrounding the town of Marshton. What it actually is, no one knows. The mystery continues to grow as does the death count. The local residents are living in fear of the very woods they once freely enjoyed.

The Trial

Author:Robert Whitlow

Publisher:Thomas Nelson

ISBN:1418512494

Total Pages:464

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A lawyer ready to die takes one final case...the trial of his life. Attorney Kent "Mac" MacClain has nothing left to live for. Nine years after the horrific accident that claimed the life of his wife and two sons, he's finally given up. His empty house is a mirror for his empty soul, it seems suicide is his only escape. And then the phone rings. Angela Hightower, the beautiful heiress and daughter of the most powerful man in Dennison Springs, has been found dead at the bottom of a ravine. The accused killer, Peter Thomason, needs a lawyer. But Mac has come up against the Hightowers and their ruthless, high-powered lawyers before -- an encounter that left his practice and reputation reeling. The evidence pointing to Thomason's guilt seems insurmountable. Is Mac defending an ingenious psychopath, or has Thomason been framed--possibly by a member of the victim's family? It comes down to one last trial. For Thomason, the opponent is the electric chair. For Mac, it is his own tormented past--a foe that will prove every bit as deadly.

The Haunted Muse

Author:Richard M. Magee

Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN:1443892807

Total Pages:150

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The Salem witch trials, and the many narratives based on them, both contemporaneous and subsequent discussions, have had a powerful influence on the American national psyche, informing the nation’s political debates and propelling its fears. Perhaps one of the major reasons for the importance of the trials is how they conceive of and present a narrative of danger. The horror grows in and seems to threaten not just the body politic, but, perhaps more importantly, the domestic sanctuary. The home and hearth become a contested ground where good and evil fight for the souls of the inhabitants, or an infection that threatens to spread to other homes and, eventually, the entire community. The fear of witchcraft or demonic possession reveals not just a religious mania, but also a level of misogyny. Much has been made of the connections between witchcraft accusations and midwifery, homeopathy, and other, usually female, pursuits. The link between midwifery and witchcraft is especially interesting here, however, as it suggests an anxiety linked to notions of creation and procreation. This book proposes a link between the fears of usurped procreation elicited by the trials and fears of misdirected or usurped creativity. In many Gothic stories, the authors imagine their literary creations as children who have been transformed by malignant forces, much as the Puritans of 1692 feared that the devil was transforming their actual children. The home in the Gothic story becomes a warped version of the sacred domestic space of sentimental literature, and it transforms from refuge to place of terror. The authors examined here include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Rose Terry Cooke, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Ira Levin.

The Shawshank Experience

Author:Maura Grady,Tony Magistrale

Publisher:Springer

ISBN:1137531657

Total Pages:235

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This book features an in-depth analysis of the world’s most popular movie, The Shawshank Redemption, delving into issues such as: the significance of race in the film, its cinematic debt to earlier genres, the gothic influences at work in the movie, and the representation of Andy’s poster art as cross-gendered signifiers. In addition to exploring the film and novella from which it was adapted, this book also traces the history of the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, which served as the film’s central location, and its relationship to the movie’s fictional Shawshank Prison. The last chapter examines why this film has remained both a popular and critical success, inspiring diverse fan bases on the Internet and the evolution of the Shawshank Trail, fourteen of the film’s actual site locations that have become a major tourist attraction in central Ohio.

The Gossip

Author:Nancy Bush

Publisher:Zebra Books

ISBN:1420150782

Total Pages:384

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Every word you whisper In high school, rumors can make or destroy a reputation. A thoughtless nickname can turn each day into a living hell. Gossip is irresistible—and contagious. But sometimes, gossip can kill . . . Every secret you share Mackenzie Laughlin, formerly with Oregon’s River Glen police department, has reluctantly agreed to investigate a local woman’s disappearance. The case reconnects her with Jesse James Taft, a P.I. gifted at getting under Mac’s skin. But when the body is found tangled in river weeds, Mac and Taft realize that the case has changed, from one missing woman to a hunt for a terrifying and relentless killer . . . Could be your last In his old school yearbooks, they were the pretty, popular ones, confident and callous. Back then, they held the power. But now, it’s all his. He’s been waiting to teach them the lessons they should have learned long ago: that gossip and popularity have a price, and it’s time to pay . . .

Five-Star Trails: Columbus

Author:Robert Loewendick

Publisher:Menasha Ridge Press

ISBN:0897329767

Total Pages:240

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Five-Star Trails: Columbus is the most current and comprehensive guide to hiking the area and rates hikes on the following factors: scenery, trail condition, difficulty, appropriateness for children, and solitude. Each hikes also includes detailed landmarks, flora, fauna, and local history. In this Columbus guide, an impressive collection of routes ranges north, east, south, and west from the metro center, as well as within the urban setting. This capital city is rich in metro parks, natural areas and preserves, state parks, and state forests. And this diversity of hiking terrain invites all levels of abilities and skills. Thus, this guidebook is geared not only to avid trekkers seeking more challenge than a paved neighborhood path, but also to families and senior citizens. Outdoor enthusiasts of every stripe will have reason to grab this book and, well, take a hike. Sized for easy carrying or tossing into a backpack, this handy guide will quickly become a treasured resource among Columbus locals and visitors alike.

The Reluctant Carnivore

Author:Warren J. Stucki

Publisher:Sunstone Press

ISBN:1611395224

Total Pages:316

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The evening before the eagerly awaited deer hunt Dr. Lawrence A. Cooper (Coop) and three friends (Tim Slade, Wally Stroud and Ian McKenna) gather at his mountain cabin. Almost immediately Tim and Ian clash over religion, gun laws and Ian’s rather liberal politics and lifestyle. On the first day Tim kills a magnificent buck using an assault rifle, highly illegal in the state of Utah. Not only does Ian witness this carnage, he documents it with photographs and threatens to expose Tim to the authorities. The next day, however, an early fall blizzard blows in and Ian and Wally go missing. Although Coop and Iron County Search and Rescue spend the better part of a week looking for Ian and Wally, they find no trace of them and no bodies are recovered. Coop assumes his friends’ disappearance is a storm-related natural disaster, but still wonders about Tim and Ian’s feud. Then when Tim Slade is murdered, there is not doubt something more sinister is at foot. As the only one of the original hunters left, Coop fears he might be next. Includes Readers Guide.

Explorer's Guide 50 Hikes in the Mountains of North Carolina (Third Edition) (Explorer's 50 Hikes)

Author:Robert L. Williams

Publisher:The Countryman Press

ISBN:1581577923

Total Pages:240

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This updated third edition offers day hikes for all skill levels and abilities, including an underground hike through an old gold mine and a climb to the top of the highest peak along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountain ranges of North Carolina—from the Blue Ridge and Great Smokies to the southern foothills—are distinguished by steep gorges, spectacular waterfalls, lush forests, open vistas and temperate weather, making them a popular hiking destination in every season. This updated third edition offers day hikes for all skill levels and abilities, including an underground hike through an old gold mine and a climb to the top of the highest peak along the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to trailhead directions, hiking distances and times, safety tips, and topographic maps, you’ll also find folk stories, historical anecdotes, and natural history information.

100 Trails of the Big South Fork: Tennessee & Kentucky, 4th Edition

Author:Russ Manning

Publisher:The Mountaineers Books

ISBN:1594852812

Total Pages:234

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Escape with Russ Manning, the Southeast's hiking expert, into the deep gorges and rock shelters that make this area a natural utopia. He has trekked along every trail and behind every waterfall, from Yahoo Falls to the Gentleman's Swimming Hole--in 100 Trails of the Big South Fork, he guides you to and trough the land's best of best!

Murder and the Movies

Author:David Thomson

Publisher:Yale University Press

ISBN:0300256280

Total Pages:240

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How many acts of murder have each of us followed on a screen? What does that say about us? Do we remain law-abiding citizens who wouldn’t hurt a fly? Film historian David Thomson, known for wit and subversiveness, leads us into this very delicate subject. While unpacking classics such as Seven, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Strangers on a Train, The Conformist, The Godfather, and The Shining, he offers a disconcerting sense of how the form of movies makes us accomplices in this sinister narrative process. By turns seductive and astringent, very serious and suddenly hilarious, Murder and the Movies admits us into what Thomson calls “a warped triangle”: the creator working out a compelling death; the killer doing his and her best; and the entranced reader and spectator trying to cling to life and a proper sense of decency.

Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America

Author:Mason L. Hill

Publisher:Geological Society of America

ISBN:0813754070

Total Pages:490

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One of six volumes generated by each GSA section for the Decade of North American Geology (DNAG) project, this centennial field guide contains descriptions of 100 sites or site clusters representing outstanding geologic locations in Alaska, southern Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

The Man Who Slept All Day

Author:Craig Rice

Publisher:Open Road Media

ISBN:150405024X

Total Pages:247

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A weekend getaway among friends becomes an occasion for murder in this “entertaining tantalizer” of a whodunit (Kirkus Reviews). Eccentric brothers Frank and George Faulkner are hosting a weekend house party at the legendary Ravensmoor estate. The guests include a pair of struggling newlyweds, a brutal criminal attorney, a fading chorus girl, and a freeloading couple who live off the fat of their friends. All of them are acquaintances save for a mousy stranger who’s more shadow than man. Then, one by one, each visitor makes the same startling discovery: George’s corpse snuggled under the covers of his bed. It could’ve been another of his tasteless practical jokes—if not for the gaping wound in his neck. Why everyone’s been assembled to partake in a murder is only the first mystery. Because the party at Ravensmoor is just getting started . . .

Comrade Koba

Author:Robert Littell

Publisher:Abrams

ISBN:1647000033

Total Pages:176

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A tight, captivating story of a naive child’s encounters with a Soviet dictator, the 20th novel by Robert Littell After the sudden death of his nuclear physicist father and the arrest of his mother during the Stalinist purge of Jewish doctors, young Leon Rozental—intellectually precocious and possessing a disarming candor—is hiding from the NKVD in the secret rooms of the House on the Embankment, a large building in Moscow where many Soviet officials and apparatchiks live and work. One day after following a passageway, Leon meets Koba, an old man whose apartment is protected by several guards. Koba is a high-ranking Soviet officer with troubling insight into the thoughts and machinations of Comrade Stalin. Through encounters between a naive boy and a paranoid tyrant, Robert Littell creates in Comrade Koba a nuanced portrayal of the Soviet dictator, showing his human side and his simultaneous total disregard for and ignorance of the suffering he inflicted on the Russian people. The charm and spontaneity of young Leon make him an irresistible character—and not unlike Holden Caulï¬?eld, whom he admits to identifying with—caught in the spider’s web of the story woven by this enigmatic old man.

Hiking Colorado's Hidden Gems

Author:Stewart M. Green

Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN:1493046675

Total Pages:256

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From the Front Range to Summit County and the Western Slope, this guide reveals 40 of the best hidden and little-known trails scattered around Colorado. Most of the hikes have not appeared in any previous guidebooks, and are true hidden gems. Whether you’re looking to hike in solitude or simply looking to get off the beaten path, these trails will lead hikers on the best trails in state parks and public spaces, with hikes ranging in difficulty from handicap-accessible and easy hikes to strenuous outings.

The Blue Ridge Parkway by Foot

Author:Tim Pegram

Publisher:McFarland

ISBN:9780786482801

Total Pages:324

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One of the premier tourist attractions of the eastern United States, the Blue Ridge Parkway stretches from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in western North Carolina. This volume relates the author’s one-of-a-kind backpacking trip along the 469-mile road, along with his observations and recollections regarding the Parkway, the most visited unit of the National Park Service. Beginning with his experience as a summer college intern, the book also covers the twelve years he spent working as a ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Anecdotal history and accounts from some of the Parkway’s earliest rangers complete this tale of one of our country’s national treasures. The appendix contains a chronological, mile-by-mile re-creation of Pegram’s 2003 trek, including the names of all the Parkway landmarks mentioned in the book.

75 Hikes in Virginia Shenandoah National Park, 2nd Edition

Author:Russ Manning

Publisher:The Mountaineers Books

ISBN:1594852898

Total Pages:192

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* 75 trails and 70 scenic overlooks in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park * Guidebook includes maps and hiking descriptions Shenandoah National Park lies along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains of northeast Virginia, encompassing 196,000 acres, including 80,000 acres of federally designated wilderness. The trails in this thorough guidebook will take hikers along the peaks of the Blue Ridge, past waterfalls, and down into lush canyons. In addition to the detailed trail descriptions, you'll find information about park history, plants and animals, geology, and human history, plus some highlights of the 105-mile Skyline Drive.

True Grit

Author:Charles Portis

Publisher:Abrams

ISBN:1590206509

Total Pages:240

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The #1 New York Times bestselling classic frontier adventure novel that inspired two award-winning films! Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America’s foremost writers. True Grit, his most famous novel, was first published in 1968, and became the basis for two movies, the 1969 classic starring John Wayne and, in 2010, a new version starring Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges and written and directed by the Coen brothers. True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen when the coward Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father’s blood. With one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the killer into Indian Territory. True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true status, this is an American classic through and through.

Why Horror Seduces

Author:Mathias Clasen

Publisher:Oxford University Press

ISBN:0190666536

Total Pages:272

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From vampire apocalypses, shark attacks, witches, and ghosts, to murderous dolls bent on revenge, horror has been part of the American cinematic imagination for almost as long as pictures have moved on screens. But why do they captivate us so? What is the drive to be frightened, and why is it so perennially popular? Why Horror Seduces addresses these questions through evolutionary social sciences. Explaining the functional seduction of horror entertainment, this book draws on cutting-edge findings in the evolutionary social sciences, showing how the horror genre is a product of human nature. Integrating the study of horror with the sciences of human nature, the book claims that horror entertainment works by targeting humans' adaptive tendency to find pleasure in make-believe, allowing a high intensity experience within a safe context. Through analyses of well-known and popular modern American works of horror--Rosemary's Baby; The Shining; I Am Legend; Jaws; and several others--author Mathias Clasen illustrates how these works target evolved cognitive and emotional mechanisms; we are attracted to horrifying entertainment because we have an adaptive tendency to find pleasure in make-believe that allows us to experience negative emotions at high levels of intensity within a safe context. Organized into three parts identifying fictional works by evolutionary mode--the evolution of horror; evolutionary interpretations of horror; the future of horror--Why Horror Seduces succinctly explores the cognitive processes behind spectators' need to scream.

Deadly Allure

Author:Elle James

Publisher:Harlequin

ISBN:1460337239

Total Pages:288

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An ex-military man relies on the skills he's never forgotten… When former special ops soldier Dave Logsdon nearly hits a beautiful motorcyclist in the thick Oregon fog, nicknamed the Devil's Shroud, he never expects to be thrown back into a world of espionage, deceit and danger. But secret agent Nicole Steele is desperate for an out-of-the-way place to hide, and Dave's run-down yacht is the perfect spot. The emotionally wounded warrior is powerless to deny her request…and his rising desire for her. Nicole must decrypt the database she's stolen before it's too late. She soon learns the threat is bigger than she could ever imagine and U.S. national security is at stake. Will her unexpected bond with Dave survive once the enemy's identity is finally uncovered?

Cold Case

Author:Kate McLaughlin

Publisher:Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

ISBN:1946540757

Total Pages:276

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Madge and Paul Franklin are full-time RVers. They often work as volunteers with different organizations, as well as occasionally being called on by a semi-government organization to work in clandestine operations. Join the Franklins on their second travel/mystery adventure as they shepherd friends from France down the Skyline Drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy the sights along the way and share Madge’s frustration as hikers keep disappearing off the Appalachian Trail. When a disaster occurs in a small town in rural Virginia, Madge finds herself embroiled in more than simply solving the mystery of the disappearing hikers. Ride along as Madge attempts to stop the bad guys from wreaking havoc at local celebrations, and in the process, finds the answer to those disappearing hikers.

Coastal Trails of Northern California

Author:Linda Mullally,David Mullally

Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN:1493026046

Total Pages:288

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Coastal Trails of Northern California Including Best Dog Friendly Beaches is a hiking guide to between 40 and 45 of the best coastal trails in Northern California including dog friendly beaches. Look inside for detailed hike descriptions, miles and directions, maps, and color photos for each hike. Hike descriptions also include history, local trivia, and trailhead GPS coordinates.

Cinema of the Occult

Author:Carrol Lee Fry

Publisher:Associated University Presse

ISBN:9780934223959

Total Pages:301

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Provides useful information on the occult religions and applies this discussion to selected films. Readers will find excellent background on these paths as well as perceptive commentary of film adaptations of them and their relevance to understanding our culture.--Publisher's note.