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OF BLOOD AND BONE

Title:  Of Blood and Bone

Author:  Nora Roberts

It looks like an ordinary life, an everyday family: chores to be done, squabbling at the dinner table, a basketball game or a swim in the peaceful stream.  But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, he world has changed.  Fallon Swift has two loving parents, but her true father died long ago, in what was known as the New Hope Massacre.  The distant city where her mother once dabbled casually in the craft has ben in ruins for years, reclaimed by nature, desolate since the Doom descended and billions grew sick and died.  Traveling anywhere now is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called “Purity Warriors” search for their next victim.  Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted–and as her thirteenth birthday looms, her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.

Now the time has come for Fallon to walk away from her home, into a mysterious shelter in the forest where her training can begin.  Under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries, she will complete three quests: She will learn the old ways of healing, and find powers within herself that she never imagined.  And when he ime is right, she will take up the sword and fight.

For she until grows into the woman she was born o be, the world outside will never be whole again.  The people of New Hope are still standing, clinging to survival–but under constant threat from the darkness.  In the fragments of her vision, she can see them, trying to defeat the suffering and injustice.  She cannot yet join the battle.  for two years, in the idyllic hideaway of their cottage, she must study and spar with her mentor, and come to understand the forces of the light, the magicks of faerie and elf and shifter.  but the time is coming when she must face the darkness too–for the sake of the family she left behind, and all those who have placed their hope and faith in The One.

PET SEMATARY

Title:  Pet Sematary

Author:  Stephen King

Has Stephen King ever conceived a story so horrifying that he was for a time unwilling to finish writing it?  Yes.  Pet Sematary is that story.

As king says in his introduction, “When I’m asked what I consider to be the most frightening book I’ve written, the answer I give comes easily and with no hesitation. Pet Sematary.”

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true.  Yet despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here.  Those trucks on the road outside the Greeds’ beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing….as is evidenced by the makeshift pet cemetery in the nearby woods.  Then there are the warnings to Louis, both real and from the depths of his nightmares, that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard.  A blood-chilling truth is hidden there–one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful.  An ominous fate befalls anyone who dares to tamper with this forbidden place, as Louis is about to discover for himself.

As the story unfolds, so does a nightmare of the supernatural, one so relentless you might not want to continue reading but will be unable to stop.  There’s a reason King put this novel in a drawer for several years, ” thinking I had finally gone too far.”

Lincoln In The Bardo

Title: Lincoln In The Bardo

Author: George Saunders

In his long-awaited first novel, American Literary master George Saunders delivers his most original, transcendent, and moving work yet. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln In The Bardo is an experience unlike any other–for no one by Saunders could conceive it.

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold hiss boy’s body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state–called, in the Tibetan traditions, the bardo–a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.

Lincoln In The Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a treatment to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices–living and dead, historical and invented–to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

How America Lost Its Secrets

Title: How America Lost Its Secrets

Author: Edward Jay Epstein

A ground breaking, compelling investigation that convincingly challenges the popular image of Edward Snowden as hacker-turned-avenging angel, while revealing how vulnerable our national security systems have become.

in the wake of the scandal that emerged after details of American government surveillance were made public by WikiLeaks in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly an employee of an outside contractor at the NSA facility in Hawaii, became the controversial center of an international conversation about the limits of power and privacy. Had the U,S Government overstepped important boundaries in its anti-terrorism efforts? Was Snowden’s theft of information legitimized buy the nature of the secrets being kept from the American people? We learn in How America Lost Its Secrets that Snowden stole a great deal more that documents relating to domestic surveillance. He also stole secret documents from the NSA, the CIA, the Department of Defense, and the British Cipher service revealing the sources and method they employed in their monitoring of adversaries. He then transported these state secrets to an adversary country, Russia, without authorization. Which raises the question: Who is Edward Snowden–hero, traitor, whistle-blower, spy?

Edward Jay Epstein brings a lifetime of journalistic and investigative acumen to hear on this question and more. Retracing Snowden’s steps from disgruntled tech worker to international notoriety, he seeks to understand both how we lost our secrets and the man who took them. Along the way, we discovered Snowden’s sometimes troubling pseudonymous writing on the Internet, as well as aspects of his private and public life previously elided. We see that by outsourcing parts of our own security apparatus to private companies in order to save money, the government has made classified information far more vulnerable to theft and misuse. Snowden, working for one of these private companies, ultimately sought employment precisely where he could most easily gain access to the most sensitive classified information,. He claims to have acted to serve his country, but in his new home, Moscow, he is treated as a prized intelligence asset in the new Cold War.

With unerring insight, meticulous reporting, and the pacing of a thriller writer, Epstein follows the Snowden trail across the globe, unearthing revelations that shed a whole new light on one of the most controversial and fascinating events of the new Millennium.

Company Confessions

Title: Company Confessions

Author: Christopher Moran

Spies are supposed to keep quiet, never betraying their agents or discussing their operations. Somehow, this doesn’t apply to the CIA, whose officers have written memoirs commanding huge advances and attracting enormous publicity. As an intelligence service dependent on its ability to protect sensitive information, however, it’s no surprise that the CIA has fought back.

In Company Confessions, award-winning author Christopher Moran digs deep into this tumultuous relationship between the CIA and former agents who try to go public about their careers. He delves into the motivations of spies like CIA officer Valerie Plame, whose identity was leaked by the Bush White House and who reportedly received $2.5 million for her book Fair Game, and exposes the politics and practices of the CIA and its Publications Review Board, including breaking into publishing houses and secretly authorizing pro-agency “memoirs.”

Drawing on interviews; the private correspondence of such legendary spies as Allen Dulles, William Colby, and Richard Helms; and declassified CIA files, Company Confessions examines why America’s spies are so willing to share their stories, the damage inflicted when they leak the nation’s secrets, and the fine line between censorship on the grounds of security and censorship for the sake of reputation.

The Assassination Complex

Title: The Assassination Complex

Author: Jeremy Scahill

Drones are a tool not a policy. The policy is assassination. Proponents of drone warfare, however, prefer the euphemism “targeted Killings.” But drone strikes often kill people other that the intended target. Unless it can be proven otherwise, the government refers to these unintended victims as “enemies killed in action.” These deaths, which have included women and children, dwarf the number of actual combatants who have been assassinated by drones. They have generated anger toward the United States among foreign populations and have even become a recruiting tool for jihadists.

The first drone strike outside a declared war zone was conducted more that twelve years ago, but it was not until May 2013 that the White House released a set of standards and procedures for conducting such strikes. However, there was no explanation of the internal process used to determine whether a suspect should be killed without being indicted or tried, even if that suspect is an American citizen. The implicit message of the Obama administration has been Trust, but don’t verify.

Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues on The Intercept obtained a cache of slides from a source within the intelligence community that provides a window onto the inner working of the U.S. military’s drone operations. These documents make it possible to begin the long overdue debate about the policy of drone warfare and how it is conducted.

Outsmarting Alzheimer’s

Title:  Out Smarting Alzheimer’s

Author:  Kenneth S. Kosik, MD with Alisa Bowman

Do you have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease?  Outsmarting Alzheimer’s  can help you reduce your risk of ever developing this debilitating disease.  Have you experienced a little forgetfulness?  Outsmarting Alzheimer’s can help you determine whether that’s related to normal aging or whether you should mention it to your doctor.  If you do have mild cognitive impairment, Outsmarting Alzheimer’s includes 80 simple lifestyle prescriptions to slow the progression of symptoms as much as possible.  And if you or a family member already have a dementia diagnosis, these prescriptions can help you manage symptoms, improve your quality of life, and maintain your current lifestyle for as long as possible.

Plus, Outsmarting Alzheimer’s features:

a personalized 3-week plan to help you put these prescriptions into action

more than 40 easy and delicious brain-boosting recipes

almost 30 interactive brain-training games

a simple and effective 7-minute workout

special sections for caregivers to help them help their loved ones put the plan into effect

No matter how you’ve been affected by this frightening disease, Outsmarting Alzheimer’s can help you protect the health of your body.