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Details about Extraordinary Teachers: The Essence of Excellent Teaching

Extraordinary Teachers: The Essence of Excellent Teaching

Fred Stephenson (Editor); Fred Stephenson Jr

Dr. Fred J. Stephenson recognized the growing dissatisfaction with America's schools and decided he had a remedy. So he asked master teachers-all of whom had won the University of Georgia's Josiah Meigs Award for Excellence in Teaching-to share their thoughts on the profession of education. The result is Extraordinary Teachers.Within these pages, exceptional teachers write about everything from helping students find joy in learning to using humor in the classroom. Anyone with an interest in educ……more

Details about Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State

Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State

Lauren R. Silberman; Diana M. Bailey (Foreword by)

The daring women of Maryland made their mark on history as spies, would-be queens and fiery suffragettes. Sarah Wilson escaped indentured servitude in Frederick by impersonating the queen's sister. In Cumberland, Sallie Pollock smuggled letters for top Confederate officials. Baltimore journalist Marguerite Harrison snuck into Russia to report conditions there after World War I. From famous figures like Harriet Tubman to unsung heroines like "Lady Law" Violet Hill Whyte, author Lauren R. Silberma……more

Details about Pensionless: The 10-Step Solution for a Stress-Free Retirement

Pensionless: The 10-Step Solution for a Stress-Free Retirement

Emily Brandon

As seen in The Washington Post , US News & World Report , and Yahoo! Get the most out of your retirement! If you're one of the millions of Americans without a pension plan, your retirement years might seem like a huge financial question mark. Pensionless , by U.S. News Senior Editor for Retirement Emily Brandon, addresses the retirement benefits that are available to you, how to use them correctly, and how to avoid potential pitfalls. Learn how to avoid surcharges on your Medicare benefits……more

Details about Turn: Washington's spies

Turn: Washington's spies

A historical thriller set during the Revolutionary War. Abe Woodhull is a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with his friends to from the Culper Ring, an unlikely team of secret agents who not only went on to help George Washington turn the tide of the war, but also gave birth to modern spycraft.…more

Details about Stephen Florida

Stephen Florida

Gabe Habash

"In Stephen Florida , Gabe Habash has created a coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity. Habash has a canny sense of how young men speak and behave, and in Stephen, he's created a singular character: funny, ambitious, affecting, but also deeply troubled, vulnerable, and compellingly strange. This is a shape-shifter of a book, both a dark ode to the mysteries and landscapes of the American West and a complex and convincing character study." --Hanya Yanagihara, autho……more

Details about I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool

Lisa Scottoline; Francesca Serritella

"Lisa and Francesca, mother and daughter, bring you the laughter of their lives." --Delia Ephron, bestselling author The bestselling and "perennially hilarious" mother-daughter team is back with a new collection of stories from their real lives, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Join Lisa and Francesca as they regret drunk-shopping online, try smell-dating, and explore the freedom of a hiatus from men - a Guyatus. They offer a fresh and funny take on the triumphs and facepalm moments of mo……more

Details about Mistress of the Art of Death

Mistress of the Art of Death

Ariana Franklin

A chilling, mesmerizing novel that combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction. In medieval Cambridge, England, four children have been murdered. The crimes are immediately blamed on the town's Jewish community, taken as evidence that Jews sacrifice Christian children in blasphemous ceremonies. To save them from the rioting mob, the king places the Cambridge Jews under his protection and hides them in a castle fortress. King Henry I is no friend……more

Details about I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

Maggie O'Farrell

"I Am I Am I Am is a gripping and glorious investigation of death that leaves the reader feeling breathless, grateful, and fully alive. Maggie O'Farrell is a miracle in every sense. I will never forget this book." --Ann Patchett An extraordinary memoir--told entirely in near-death experiences--from one of Britain's best-selling novelists, for fans of Wild , When Breath Becomes Air , and The Year of Magical Thinking . We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of……more

Details about Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure

Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure

Amy Kaufman

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The first definitive, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes cultural history of the Bachelor franchise, America's favorite guilty pleasure. For fifteen years and thirty-five seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV viewers' lives. Since it premiered in 2002, the show's popularity and relevance has only grown--more than eight million viewers tuned in to see the conclusion of the most recent season of The Bachelor . The iconic reality telev……more

Details about American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang ; coloring by Lark Pien.

A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny's life with his yearly visits. Thei……more

Details about Wicked plants : the weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities

Wicked plants : the weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities

Amy Stewart ; etchings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs ; illustrations by Jonathon Rosen.

A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In "Wicked Plants," Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations. It's an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You'll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which one……more

Details about The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

David Carlson; Landis Blair (Illustrator)

It was a hunting accident--that much Charlie is sure of. That's how his father, Matt Rizzo--a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille--had lost his vision. It's not until Charlie's troubled teenage years, when he's facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth. Matt Rizzo was blinded by a shotgun blast to the face--but it was while participating in an armed robbery. Newly blind and without hope, Matt began his bleak new life at Stateville Prison. But in this unlikely ……more

Details about The house on Mango Street

The house on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros.

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world,The House on Mango Streetis the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many……more