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  • Best American Erotica, Volume 14, The
    Best American Erotica, Volume 14, The Susie Bright
    Vanessa Baggott
    Kim Wright
    Narrator:
    Stefan Rudnicki
    Carrington MacDuffie
    Pamella D'Pella
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    Featuring erotic stories by Octavia Butler, Daniel Duane, Dennis Cooper, and Sera Gamble, and Kathryn Harrison. Kathryn Harrison explores the story of a psychiatrist whose sexual affairs with a young client have an unexpected consequence; Dennis Cooper trails an extraordinary hustler working his older johns; and Jessica Cutler gives lessons on how a young woman can take down all the politicians in Washington with just the crook of her pretty little finger. Included in this collection: 'On the Eighth Day' by Vanessa Baggott 'Dangerous Games with Competent People' by Kim Wright Excerpt from Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler 'Entry Point' by Shanna Germain Excerpt from A Mouth Like Yours by Daniel Duane 'Blackberries' by Nalo Hopkinson Excerpt from The Sluts by Dennis Cooper 'Blue Star' by Sera Gamble 'If You Love Something, Set It Free' by P. S. Haven Excerpt from The Washingtonienne by Jessica Cutler 'Comeback' by Nicholas Kaufman Excerpt from Towelhead by Alicia Erian 'The Rock Wall' by Peggy Munson 'Best Friendster Date Ever' by Alexander Chee Excerpt from Envy by Kathryn Harrison 'What Happened to That Girl' by Marie Lyn Bernard 'Heads-Up Poker' by Susan DiPlacido 'Taste' by Susan St. Aubin 'The Razor' by Tsaurah Litzky 'The Sex Box' by Nikki Sinclair 'The Pancake Circus' by Trebor Healey 'Dream Machine' by Lauraleigh Farrell 'Wish Girls' by Matthew Addison Previously published as Best American Erotica 2007.
  • Best American Erotica, Volume 3, The
    Best American Erotica, Volume 3, The Susie Bright
    Lisa Palac
    James Williams
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    Carrington MacDuffie
    Stephen Hoye
    Mirron Willis
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    Featuring erotic stories by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler, Michael Ford, and Susan Musgrave. The Utne Reader called editor Bright 'one of the leading thinkers and visionaries of our time.' This third annual edition of a bestselling series brings together the most outstanding erotic writing of the year. Included in this collection: 'Low-Cut' by Lisa Palac 'Daddy' by James Williams 'Indio' by Al Lujan 'Dating for Dollars' by Scarlett Fever 'Cheaper by the Pair' by Paul Reed '30' by Ray Sharpe 'Boy Born with Tattoo of Elvis' by Robert Olen Butler 'Miranda Thinks She's Starving for Love' by Anne Wallace 'Diana the Courier' by Corwin Ericson 'In the Sacred and Profane Country of the Flesh' by Tsaurah Litzky 'Developer' by Annie Regrets 'Absolution' by Mike Ford and Tom Caffrey 'Marian's Ears' by Susan St. Aubin 'For Love or Money' by Mary Malmros 'Wide Open' by Le Shaun 'Pre-Dahmer' by Trac Vu Excerpt from The Spirit That Denies by Jay Michaelson 'Cinnamon Roses' by Renee M. Charles 'The Wager' by Anna Nymus 'Valentine's Day in Jail' by Susan Musgrave Previously published as Best American Erotica 1995.
  • Bloodletter's Daughter, The
    Bloodletter's Daughter, The Linda Lafferty
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    Carrington MacDuffie
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    Within the glittering Hapsburg court in Prague lurks a darkness that no one dares mention... In 1606, the city of Prague shines as a golden mecca of art and culture carefully cultivated by Emperor Rudolf II. But the emperor hides an ugly secret: His bastard son, Don Julius, is afflicted with a madness that pushes the young prince to unspeakable depravity. Desperate to stem his son’s growing number of scandals, the emperor exiles Don Julius to a remote corner of Bohemia, where the young man is placed in the care of a bloodletter named Pichler. The bloodletter’s task: cure Don Julius of his madness by purging the vicious humors coursing through his veins. When Pichler brings his daughter Marketa to assist him, she becomes the object of Don Julius’s frenzied--and dangerous--obsession. To him, she embodies the women pictured in the Coded Book of Wonder, a priceless manuscript from the imperial library that was his only link to sanity. As the prince descends further into the darkness of his mind, his acts become ever more desperate, as Marketa, both frightened and fascinated, can’t stay away. Inspired by a real-life murder that threatened to topple the powerful Hapsburg dynasty, The Bloodletter’s Daughter is a dark and richly detailed saga of passion and revenge.
  • Boston Noir
    Boston Noir Dennis Lehane (Editor)
    Narrator:
    Suzanne Toren
    Scott Brick
    Joe Barrett
    Marc Vietor
    Carrington MacDuffie
    Karen White
    Scott Aiello
    Jason Culp
    Stephen Hoye
    Tez Bois
    Jeri Silverman
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    Brand-new stories by: Dennis Lehane, Stewart O'Nan, Patricia Powell, John Dufresne, Lynne Heitman, Don Lee, Russ Aborn, Itabari Njeri, Jim Fusilli, Brendan DuBois, and Dana Cameron. Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, The Given Day) has proven himself to be a master of both crime fiction and literary fiction. Here, he extends his literary prowess to that of master curator. In keeping with the Akashic Noir series tradition, each story in Boston Noir is set in a different neighborhood of the city—the impressively diverse collection extends from Roxbury to Cambridge, from Southie to the Boston Harbor, and all stops in between. Lehane's own contribution—the longest story in the volume—is set in his beloved home neighborhood of Dorchester and showcases his phenomenal ability to grip the heart, soul, and throat of the reader. In 2003, Lehane's novel Mystic River was adapted into film and quickly garnered six Academy Award nominations (with Sean Penn and Tim Robbins each winning Academy Awards). The complete list of narrators includes Karen White, Scott Aiello, Stephen Hoye, Jason Culp, Jeri Silverman, Suzanne Toren, Marc Vietor, Scott Brick, Joe Barrett, Carington MacDuffie, and Erin Moon.
  • Evolution's Rainbow
    Evolution's Rainbow Joan Roughgarden
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    Carrington MacDuffie
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    In this innovative celebration of diversity and affirmation of individuality in animals and humans, Joan Roughgarden challenges accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation. A distinguished evolutionary biologist, Roughgarden takes on the medical establishment, the Bible, social science—and even Darwin himself. She leads the reader through a fascinating discussion of diversity in gender and sexuality among fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals, including primates. Evolution's Rainbow explains how this diversity develops from the action of genes and hormones and how people come to differ from each other in all aspects of body and behavior. Roughgarden reconstructs primary science in light of feminist, gay, and transgender criticism and redefines our understanding of sex, gender, and sexuality. A new preface shows how this witty, playful, and daring book has revolutionized our understanding of sexuality.
  • Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck
    Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck Amy Alkon
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    Carrington MacDuffie
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    We live in a world that’s very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but, who also sometimes say 'f*ck') are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon—The Advice Goddess—gives us a new set of manners for our 21st century lives. In chapters titled 'The Telephone,' 'The Internet,' 'The Apology,' and 'Communicating,' among others, Alkon maps out new rules that go beyond what fork to use to answer real questions we all have: • When is it okay to phone somebody instead of emailing or texting? When is it rude?• Why shouldn't you tweet about a guest at a private dinner party? Everybody knows privacy is dead, right?• How do you shut the guy up in the pharmacy line with his cellphone on speaker?• When is it right to approach somebody who’s crying in public and when is it right to leave him alone?• When should you unfriend somebody on Facebook and what do you say when she calls you on it?• If you have an STD, when do you tell people, what do you say and do you have to contact everyone you’ve ever had sex with? Real advice for today with more than a touch of humor, Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say 'F*ck' is destined to give good old Emily a shove off the etiquette shelf (if that's not too rude to say).
  • In the Caves of Exile
    In the Caves of Exile Ru Emerson
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    Carrington MacDuffie
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    The exiled Queen Ylia calls upon all of her magical powers in order to bring together the scattered survivors of her beleaguered kingdom, Nedao. This is the tale of the young Queen Ylia who chooses to accept the challenges disaster can bring. She flees from the broken and defeated city of Koderra and treks through the terrible haunted mountains to the North. Although such a perilous journey tests all of her strength and resources, it is not until she reveals herself in the full tilt of battle that it is clear how the powers that are her birthright can save her kingdom.
  • Never Knowing
    Never Knowing Chevy Stevens
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    Carrington MacDuffie
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    All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have an ideal home life. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and to find closure. But some questions are better left unanswered. After months of research, Sara locates her birth mother—only to be met with horror and rejection. Then she discovers the devastating truth: Her mother was the only victim ever to escape a killer who has been hunting women every summer for decades. But Sara soon realizes the only thing worse than finding out about her father is him finding out about her. What if murder is in your blood? Never Knowing is a complex and compelling portrayal of one woman’s quest to understand herself, her origins, and her family. That is, if she can survive....
  • On the Seas of Destiny
    On the Seas of Destiny Ru Emerson
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    Carrington MacDuffie
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    In this, the third tale of the Nedao people, Nisana the AEldra of the cat-kind narrates her experience among the beleaguered humans. She wishes that there were others left to speak of such a story, yet she is the only witness able to tell of it. Sharing both the agonies and the victories of her companion, the warrior queen Ylia, Nisana is determined to see things through to their conclusion. As Ylia faces insurmountable odds while trying to survive, it is up to Nisana to nurture the magical powers within the young queen and teach her how to lead her people. Nisana the AEldra does not leave her side, even when the terrifying army of seemings marches on her people, even when the very air hangs heavy with the blood of the Nedao.
  • Paris Noir
    Paris Noir Aurelien Masson (Editor)
    Narrator:
    Victor Bevine
    Carrington MacDuffie
    Sean Runnette
    Eve Bianco
    Eric Yves Garcia
    Jean Brassard
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    Launched by the summer '04 award-winning bestseller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book. Brand-new stories by: Marc Villard, Didier Daeninckx, Jean-Bernard Pouy, Salim Bachi, Christophe Mercier, Jerome Leroy, DOA, Laurent Martin, Herve Prudon, Patrick Pecherot, Dominique Mainard, and Chantal Pelletier.. Twelve short stories, 12 points of view, 12 neighborhoods of the same town, and finally, 12 pieces of the same puzzle. Paris Noir takes you on a ride through the old medieval center of town with its intertwined streets, its ghosts, and its secrets buried in history. You'll cruise Paris with its nightclubs full of mysterious beauties who seem to have a lot to hide. You'll meet a driver with a big heart who decides to save a beaten prostitute by all means necessary, a politician knowing too much living his lasts moments in a French brasserie full of cigarette smoke, old and tired mobsters settling scores in Pigalle on Christmas Eve. But Paris Noir is not only an homage to the crime genre, to Melville and Godard, it's also an invitation to French fiction. Besides the crime world, we discover the everyday people: a waiter who goes on a search after his best client disappears; a lunatic living on rue de la Santé;, the only street in Paris where you can find a prison, a psychiatric hospital, and the traces of onetime resident Samuel Beckett; and a young beauty who believes she will be the next big star of a reality-TV show. Crime, gunfights, twisted love stories, and shattered dreams, Paris Noir offers an explosive and poetic cocktail. Contrary to what certain people say, France is not Old Europe and Paris is certainly not a museum.
  • Snow Fox
    Snow Fox Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
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    Carrington MacDuffie
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    One thousand years ago, chaos loosed itself upon Japan, upending an era in which the arts flourished. At the dawn of 250 years of civil war, in the opulent court of Lord Norimasa, the beautiful but cruel poet Lady Utsu wages war with men's hearts and holds the fearsome lord and his devoted samurai Matsuhito in her thrall. As the two men raze Japan's landscape in futile battles for unity, Utsu falls for Matsuhito even as Lord Norimasa continues to love her. The epic romance of Utsu and Matsuhito resumes itself decades later, when they meet as vagrants so transformed by time that they no longer recognize each other; they are reunited through their mystical connection to a pair of snow foxes that are their only company in the Japanese wilderness. The heartbreaking story of their renewed love is fraught by the Japanese concept of mono no aware—life's ephemeral nature—that weighs on the lovers.
  • St. Petersburg Noir
    St. Petersburg Noir Natalia Smirnova
    Julia Goumen
    Narrator:
    Victor Bevine
    Christian Rummel
    Gabra Zackman
    Carrington MacDuffie
    Jennifer Van Dyck
    Ken Kilban
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    Launched with the summer '04 award-winning bestseller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the geographical area of the book. Original stories by: Lena Eltang, Sergei Nosov, Alexander Kudriavstev, Andrei Kivinov, Julia Belomlinsky, Natalia Kurchatova, Ksenia Venglinskaya, Eugene Kogan, Anton Chizh, Vladimir Berezin, Andrei Rubanov, and others. St. Petersburg boasts to have the strongest spirit of all Russian cities, and indeed the dark metaphysics of this city captivate tourists and locals alike. When you think of St. Petersburg noir, some of the greatest literary names immediately spring to mind—Alexander Pushkin, Nikolay Gogol, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Modern day St. Petersburg lavishly offers the scenery and conditions for true noir stories, and the writers in St. Petersburg Noir succeed in concocting their own worlds within this city with stories ranging from mystical to outwardly grotesque. Within this collection, you'll meet characters who populate the narrow streets and unlit inner yards in the vast historical center winking at ghosts from pages of Dostoevsky's novels (Nutcracker); you'll hear of criminal activities settled behind the locked doors of magnificent palaces and museums (The Witch Hour and The Last Skinhead); and you'll follow the path of a police officer on his first day of duty maddeningly chasing a doppelganger... of a corpse (The First Duty).
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs
    Still Life with Bread Crumbs Anna Quindlen
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    Carrington MacDuffie
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    A superb love story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Anna QuindlenStill Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.
  • To the Haunted Mountains
    To the Haunted Mountains Ru Emerson
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    Carrington MacDuffie
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    This is the first tale of the Nedao people, told from the perspective of Nisana, and AEldra of the cat kin. The story is left to her, as one of the few witnesses of the trials of the brave young queen Ylia, the Lady of Nedao. As she trains Ylia in the arts of her powers, Nisana is the only mind to have full access to all of Ylia feelings and emotions as she is thrown into exile from the city of the King and subjected to dark magics and a dangerous journey through unfriendly lands.
  • Unf*ckology
    Unf*ckology Amy Alkon
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    Carrington MacDuffie
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    Amy Alkon presents Unf*ckology, a “science-help” book that knocks the self-help genre on its unscientific ass. You can finally stop fear from being your boss and put an end to your lifelong social suckage. Have you spent your life shrinking from opportunities you were dying to seize but feel “that’s just who I am”? Well, screw that! You actually can change, and it doesn’t take exceptional intelligence or a therapist who’s looking forward to finally buying Aruba after decades of listening to you yammer on. Transforming yourself takes revolutionary science-help from Amy Alkon, who has spent the past 20 years translating cutting-edge behavioral science into highly practical advice in her award-winning syndicated column. In Unf*ckology, Alkon pulls together findings from neuroscience, behavioral science, evolutionary psychology, and clinical psychology. She explains everything in language you won’t need a psych prof on speed-dial to understand—and with the biting dark humor that made Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck such a great read. She debunks widely-accepted but scientifically unsupported notions about self-esteem, shame, willpower, and more and demonstrates that: - Thinking your way into changing (as so many therapists and self-help books advise) is the most inefficient way to go about it. - The mind is bigger than the brain, meaning that your body and your behavior are your gym for turning yourself into the new, confident you. - Fear is not just the problem; it’s also the solution. - By targeting your fears with behavior, you make changes in your brain that reshape your habitual ways of behaving and the emotions that go with them. Follow Amy Alkon's groundbreaking advice in Unf*ckology, and eventually, you’ll no longer need to act like the new you; you’ll become the new you. And how totally f*cking cool is that?
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