Literary Criticism

Murder in the Closet | ,

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Before the 1969 Stonewall Riots, LGBTQ life was dominated by the negative image of “the closet”—the metaphorical space where that which was deemed “queer” was hidden from a hostile public view. Literary studies of queer themes and characters in crime fiction have tended to focus on the more positive and explicit representations since the riots, while pre–Stonewall works are thought to reference queer only negatively or obliquely. This collection of new essays questions that view with an investigation of queer aspects in crime fiction published over eight decades, from the corseted Victorian era to the unbuttoned 1960s..

Juvenile Nonfiction

Clay Play! 24 Whimsical Projects | Terry Taylor

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Winner of a Bronze 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Award! Full-color illustrations and clear directions explain basic techniques and every step of the crafting process for 24 projects, including a happy heart, snazzy snail, dancing polar bear, and other charming keepsakes..


The Censor's Library | Nicole Moore

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The first comprehensive examination of Australian book censorship, this enlightening and enthralling discussion is based on Nicole Moore's discovery of the secret "censor's library" in the National Archives. Combining scholarship with the narrative tension of a thriller, the book exposes the scandalous history of censorship in Australia. Built and maintained to ensure the books it held were not read--from the "Kama Sutra "to Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover "and Joyce's "Ulysses--"the censor's library was kept to negate the function of libraries: 793 boxes kept safe and intact for six decades. Through courtroom dramas and internecine bureaucracy, stolen libraries and police raids, authorial scandals and moral panics, this is a provocative account on a subject that continues to attract heated debate..

Crafts & Hobbies

Clay So Cute | Sherri Haab

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Clay So Cute! shows how one of the easiest mediums—polymer clay, which need only be baked in the oven—can be sculpted into quick, simple, totally fun jewelry and accessories for tween girls—including bangles, pocket mirrors, earrings, chunky bead necklaces, and cute charms. Clay So Cute! teaches simple, step-by-step illustrated techniques to make 21 tween- and teen-friendly projects that are more sophisticated than "kid stuff," but trendier than the pieces found in adult clay books—from robot key chains to polka-dot ponytail holders. Using only a few simple tools and updated colors, Sherri Haab has created a collection of eye-catching jewelry and accessories that crafty girls will love. Whether making them yourself or with mom or a friend, there's a project in here that you won't be able to resist—and that all the girls in your class will want, too! Among the projects are: Cupcake Charms Japanese Fun Foods Bottle Cap Necklace Wishing Stone Jewelry.


Love Inspired Suspense May 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2 | Lynette Eason,Camy Tang,Elisabeth Rees

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More of the suspense you love—now Love Inspired Suspense brings you six new titles, in two convenient box sets! Enjoy these contemporary heart-pounding tales of suspense, romance, hope and faith. This Love Inspired Suspense box set includes Trail of Evidence by Lynette Eason, Gone Missing by Camy Tang and Lethal Exposure by Elisabeth Rees. Look for 6 new inspirational suspense stories every month from Love Inspired Suspense!.

Crafts & Hobbies

Conscious Crafts: Pottery | Lucy Davidson

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In Conscious Crafts: Pottery, maker Lucy Davidson reveals the meditative nature of working with clay and its wellbeing benefits for slowing down, creativity and mindfulness. Making is mindfulness made practical, and pottery is a popular meditative craft. Drawing on the traditions of hand making, Lucy has created 20 modern makes with air dry and polymer clay – all without the need for a wheel or kiln: imperfect pots; coasters; necklace beads; abstract earrings; terrazzo-style bracelets; bird brooches; pinch pot tea holders; light pull; incense holder; botanical & feather wall hangings; festive decorations; potted herb markers; clay 'leaf' bowls; plant hanger pots; indoor planters; miniature bunting; serving dishes; and seaside vases. She shares the basic techniques to pottery and shows how these can be explored and personalized for different projects, as well as making your own clay and memories. Clean photography, contemporary illustration and heart-affirming text are beautifully mixed together to celebrate art of making for a handmade future. Packed with inspiring ideas and practical guidance, Conscious Crafts: Pottery gives you the raw skills to get started with this fulfilling craft, and shows how the pottery experience and the satisfaction of creating your own unique makes can create happiness. The Conscious Crafts series places mindfulness and well-being at the heart of making. Picking out proven meditative crafts and bespoke authors, these practical, contemporary guides are an inviting introduction to reconnecting head, heart, and hands. Also available from the series: Conscious Crafts: Quilting/Knitting/Whittling..


Homestead | Radclyffe

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Tess Rogers grew up in the midst of chaos and uncertainty, but she always knew one thing to be true—one day six hundred acres of prime farmland would be hers. Then she discovers not even that truth can be counted on. Tess's stepfather has kept important secrets, and Tess's dream of breeding a line of organic dairy cows suddenly goes up in a burst of smoke and flame. R. Clayton Sutter is an expert at managing just about anything—money, businesses, and people. Getting NorthAm Fuel's newest shale refinery operational in the rolling hills of Upstate New York shouldn’t be much of a challenge, but then, she hadn't counted on dealing with vandalism, petitions, and a woman she’d never expected to see again—one who still haunts her dreams. When Tess and Clay square off on opposite sides of the heated debate, past and present collide in a battle of wills and unbidden desire..


Wild Cowboy Country | Erin Marsh

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First in a hot new cowboy romance series by author Erin Marsh, featuring cowboys dealing with wild animals on their land Clay Stevens desperately wants to reclaim his grandfather's land, using the latest techniques to bring water to the arid landscape. The last thing he needs is wild wolves on his ranch—even if they are brought there by feisty and determined conservation officer Lacey Montgomery. Lacey is convinced the ranchers and the lobos can co-exist, until Clay's nephew and his friends cause a landslide that injures some rare Mexican wolf pups and Lacey gets hurt too. Clay and Lacey have to work together to heal old wounds and reconcile community factions, if they're going to have any chance at the bright future they both envision..


Justified Sedition | Colter Bostick

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Former Navy SEAL turned CIA operative, Ryan Parker, is ordered to investigate a threat against the United States government. He is part of a specialized unit of the Counterterrorism Center, and he must track down whoever is responsible for the threat before it’s too late. As he digs into the case, Ryan makes an unfortunate discovery. He believes the men behind the terrorist plot are his ex-comrades, former Navy SEALs attempting to restore order and balance to corrupt Washington DC. The only way to do so is through violent means— means in which these warriors are frighteningly well versed. Ryan knows from personal experience what these men are capable of. Ryan has only three days to identify the elite warriors involved and stop their plot. Yet, the further he gets into the investigation, the more Ryan starts to believe the Navy SEALs are in the right. The treasonous conspiracy he is charged to prevent may actually be justified and necessary. With this new information, Ryan must decide which side he’s on. “ Colter Bostick develops an all too believable tale of conspiracy within the government of the United States... So believable, in fact, that this reader actually wonders if a violent act of sedition might not be possible. Certainly such trained intelligence agents as Bostick presents exist in our time of tension and instability.” —Frank Kersnowski, author of Conversations with Robert Graves.

Crafts & Hobbies

Organic Beaded Jewelry | Susan Ray

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The excitement surrounding jewelry making is based, in part, on the wide variety of materials available. Organic Beaded Jewelry bridges the gap between assorted materials used to create find jewelry, and demonstrates techniques to make truly unique items. Organic jewelry accounts for something with a natural form, shape or function, or items made from natural materials or those that mimic nature. Whether its precious metal or polymer clay, glass, and gemstones, this complete reference offers options for more than 40 stunning pieces of jewelry including necklaces and bracelets. In addition to more than 150 color illustrations, the book includes the techniques and creativity of other well-known artists, for an unrivaled how-to resource!.


Apprentice Father | Irene Hannon

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Daddy in Training His orphaned niece and nephew are depending on Clay Adams. This commitment- phobe substitute dad needs help, and he needs it fast! Nanny Cate Shepard comes to his rescue just in the nick of time. Cate is no stranger to tragedy, and her deep, abiding faith has led her through her darkest days. With God’s help, her kindness and nurturing can heal the children... but what about Clay? Will this father in the making abandon his lone-wolf ways to give Cate and the children the forever family they deserve? Originally published in 2009.


Happy Hardships | Bill Karr

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Kay and I wrote this autobiography for three reasons. First, to empower young people with disabilities so they enjoy life as much as we have. Next, to give nondisabled people first hand information about life with a disability so attitudinal barriers drop quickly. Finally, we want everyone to understand life with a disability can be humorous and not sad..


Fluid Frames | Corrie Francis Parks

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Once the realm of a few stalwart artists, animating with sand, clay, and wet paint is now accessible for all filmmakers with an experimental frame of mind. Created directly under the camera with frame-by-frame stopmotion, this "fluid frame animation" provides a completely unique visual world for animators. While pioneering animators such as Caroline Leaf, Alexander Petrov, and Ishu Patel paved the way, the availability of frame capture programs, compositing software and digital workflow is opening up new avenues of exploration for artists of all experience levels. This book will walk you through setting up your studio, choosing and working with your materials, and combining the physical under-the-camera production with digital compositing and effects to enhance your animation. · Firsthand advice from experimental animation veterans and rising stars in the field · Covers the digital aspects of experimental animation, including the latest techniques in After Effects CC · Tutorials and source files for under-the-camera approaches and After Effects enhancements on the book’s companion website In addition to the practical advice, you’ll find historical and contemporary examples of successful films, step-by-step tutorials for working under the camera and working with the footage digitally, and interviews and tips from artists who are currently pushing the boundaries in these experimental mediums. Stacked with information and images from over 30 artists, this book is an indispensable resource for both the student and professional wishing to get their hands dirty in an increasingly digital world..


Paper Roses (Texas Dreams Book #1) | Amanda Cabot

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The future stretches out in front of Sarah Dobbs like the pure blue Texas sky. Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom, Austin Canfield, a man she has never met but whose letters have won her heart from afar. But there is one problem--he has died. And Sarah cannot go back East. As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin's brother, Clay, struggles with his own muddled plans. Though he dislikes working on the family ranch and longs for a different life, Clay is driven to avenge his brother's death. But something between them is growing and neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit it. Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series, Paper Roses will sweep readers into the Hill Country with a tale of love and loss, closed doors and beautiful possibilities that will leave them wanting more..


The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride | Linda Broday

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When the West was wild And man's law favored the few These extraordinary women could be the heart of an outlaw. Former outlaw Clay Colby is abuzz with his mail order bride's expected arrival. He's fought long and hard to drag Devil's Crossing out of when his homestead is set ablaze by a bitter rival, he's heartbroken. There's no woman in the world who'd stand by him now. But Tally Shannon is no ordinary woman. After escaping the psychiatric hospital in which she was wrongfully detained, Tally only wants someone to protect her and the little girl under her care. She doesn't mind that Clay's home is dang near burned to the ground—not when he makes her feel so safe. So cherished. But it's only a matter of time before the ghosts of her past come calling...and her loving cowboy must defend his new bride—and the family they built together—to his very last breath. What People Are Saying About Linda Broday: "Fans of classic Western tales will delight in the rough-and-tumble world Broday creates..." —RT Book Reviews for To Love a Texas Ranger "A shining example of the talent of one of the best historical western authors." —Fresh Fiction for Forever His Texas Bride "Broday's Westerns always captivate with realistic settings, rugged cowboys and feisty heroines." —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars for Forever His Texas Bride.

Literary Criticism

Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace 1840s–1940s | David Carter,Roger Osborne

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Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace 1840s–1940s explores how Australian writers and their works were present in the United States before the mid twentieth century to a much greater degree than previously acknowledged. Drawing on fresh archival research and combining the approaches of literary criticism, print culture studies and book history, David Carter and Roger Osborne demonstrate that Australian writing was transnational long before the contemporary period. In mapping Australian literature’s connections to British and US markets, their research challenges established understandings of national, imperial and world literatures. Carter and Osborne examine how Australian authors, editors and publishers engaged productively with their American counterparts, and how American readers and reviewers responded to Australian works. They consider the role played by British publishers and agents in taking Australian writing to America, and how the international circulation of new literary genres created new opportunities for novelists to move between markets. Some of these writers, such as Christina Stead and Patrick White, remain household names; others who once enjoyed international fame, such as Dale Collins and Alice Grant Rosman, have been largely forgotten. The story of their books in America reveals how culture, commerce and copyright law interacted to create both opportunities and obstacles for Australian writers..


Fluid Dynamics of Oil and Gas Reservoirs | M. Z. Rachinsky,V. Y. Kerimov

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Whether as a textbook for the petroleum engineering student or areference for the veteran engineer working in the field, this newvolume is a valuable asset in the engineer’s library for new,tested methods of more efficient oil and gas exploration andproduction and better estimating methods. In this book, theauthors combine a rigorous, yet easy to understand, approach topetrophysics and how it is applied to petroleum and environmentalengineering to solve multiple problems that the engineer orgeologist faces every day. Useful in the prediction ofeverything from crude oil composition, pore size distribution inreservoir rocks, groundwater contamination, and other types offorecasting, this approach provides engineers and students alikewith a convenient guide to many real-world applications. Fluid dynamics is an extremely important part of the extractionprocess, and petroleum geologists and engineers must have a workingknowledge of fluid dynamics of oil and gas reservoirs in order tofind them and devise the best plan for extraction, before drillingcan begin. This book offers the engineer and geologist afundamental guide for accomplishing these goals, providingmuch-needed calculations and formulas on fluid flow, rockproperties, and many other topics that are encountered everyday. The approach taken in Fluid Dynamics of Oil and GasReservoirs is unique and has not been addressed until now in abook format. Readers now have the ability to review some of themost well-known fields in the world, from the USA to Russiaand Asia. Useful for the veteran engineer or scientist and the studentalike, this book is a must-have for any geologist, engineer, orstudent working in the field of upstream petroleum engineering..


Comanche Moon | Anita Mills

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It takes a tough Texas Ranger to melt a hardened heart in this “brilliant western romance” from the author of the Fire Series (Rosanne Bittner, author of Caress). Amanda Ross returns from her Boston finishing school to claim the Texas ranch her parents died fighting to protect. Determined to protect the land that has been in her family for generations, Amanda resents the Comanche people for taking away her loved ones. Clay McAlester may be a Texas Ranger, but he identifies most strongly with the Comanche tribe who raised him. A proud man brought up by a proud people, he has little sympathy for a woman filled with nothing but hate. But when Amanda’s fiancé abandons her in her hour of need, it is McAlester and a nearby Comanche camp that comes to her aid. Will Amanda learn forgiveness in the arms of this fierce and fearless man, or will her anger consume her? “Superb . . . Grabs you by the throat and won’t let go . . . I loved it!” —Joan Johnston, New York Times–bestselling author of Surrender.


The Trailsman #296 | Jon Sharpe

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No choice…no chance…no mercy. The rough Arkansas hill country is running with rivers of blood, and Skye Fargo is about to go swimming. He’s galloped into a long-standing feud between the Tutt and Evans clans—and after he has a two-fisted talk with the notorious Clay Evans, Fargo finds himself marked for death by an entire family of killer kinfolk. But the Trailsman still has plenty of talking to do—and he’s going to end every sentence with a bullet….


Collateral Damage | Jenna Bennett

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A white supremacy group is spreading its tendrils of hate through the bucolic hills of Middle Tennessee, holding target practice in Laurel Hill wildlife area and stockpiling explosives in preparation for a race war. It's up to Savannah's husband Rafe to find and eliminate them... with a little help from Columbia chief of police Tamara Grimaldi, the joint sheriffs of Lawrence, Lewis, Giles, and Maury counties, and an undercover agent from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation - an undercover agent Rafe trained, and one he wants to keep alive. But it isn't Clayton in the cross-hairs when the members of the group discover they're under investigation. It's Rafe who goes down from a bullet to the chest, and Savannah who must sideline her worry to lend a hand in taking down the people responsible, before they can put their evil plans into action and affect damage that far supersedes the shooting of one man..