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June 28th, 2015 by admin

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League Book
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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

by: Scribner

Product rating: 4.4 with 883 reviews


An instant New York Times bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, and Entertainment Weekly, among others, this celebrated account of a young African-American man who escaped Newark, NJ, to attend Yale, but still faced the dangers of the streets when he returned is, “nuanced and shattering” (People) and “mesmeric” (The New York Times Book Review).

When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, trying to fit in at Yale, and at home on breaks.

A compelling and honest portrait of Robert’s relationships—with his struggling mother, with his incarcerated father, with his teachers and friends—The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love. It’s about the collision of two fiercely insular worlds—the ivy-covered campus of Yale University and the slums of Newark, New Jersey, and the difficulty of going from one to the other and then back again. It’s about trying to live a decent life in America. But most all this “fresh, compelling” (The Washington Post) story is about the tragic life of one singular brilliant young man. His end, a violent one, is heartbreaking and powerful and “a haunting American tragedy for our times” (Entertainment Weekly).

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2014: To read The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, a meticulous and heartfelt account of a brilliant black student from the poverty-stricken streets of Newark, is to see the best of the American dream lived and ultimately, tragically, lost. Peace’s mother endured great sacrifices to ensure that her gifted son would meet his full potential. His father, until his arrest for murder when Rob was seven, dedicated himself to helping his son learn and mature. Rob was a popular, straight-A student who played on the water polo team (his mother scraped up enough money to send him to parochial school), and upon graduating he was rewarded with a scholarship to Yale. Although he continued to thrive academically in college, growing up in the second largest concentration of African-Americans living under the poverty line created barriers that even one as gifted as Robert Peace could not fully surmount. This is a riveting and heartbreaking read, as Rob Peace seems always to have been on the outside—the resented geek in the hood, and the inner city black man in the Ivy League. –Chris Schluep

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June 24th, 2015 by admin

Wandering Realities: Mormonish Short Fiction Book
Book Title:

Wandering Realities: Mormonish Short Fiction

by: Zarahemla Books

Product rating: 5.0 with 3 reviews


Peck’s highly imaginative stories run the gamut from Mormons reverting to a medieval society on Mars to a bishop who is killing the neighborhood dogs. These stories not only entertain and delight, but they challenge and provoke as well. This collection includes several award-winning stories, including:

  • “Two-Dog Dose”—best short story of 2014, Association for Mormon Letters
  • “A Strange Report from the Church Archives”—second place, Irreantum fiction contest
  • “Avek, Who Is Distributed”—first place, Four Centuries of Mormon Fiction Contest 2012
  • “When the Bishop Started Killing Dogs”—second place, Four Centuries of Mormon Fiction Contest 2012

“Every story Steven L. Peck writes seems to lead Mormon fiction in exciting and innovative new directions. I hate hyperbole, but Peck might be the Moses of Mormon letters in the twenty-first century.”
—Scott Hales, Ph.D.
Scholar of Mormon fiction and author of web comic
The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl

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June 1st, 2015 by admin

Taste of Home 5-Ingredient Cookbook: 400+ Recipes Big on Flavor, Short on Groceries! Book
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Taste of Home 5-Ingredient Cookbook: 400+ Recipes Big on Flavor, Short on Groceries!

by: Readers Digest

Product rating: 4.3 with 3 reviews


Discover hundreds of satisfying main dishes, quick-fix sandwiches, comforting soups and family-favorite desserts…all of which come together with a handful of kitchen staples! You’ll even find five-ingredient side dishes, salads and breads that round out meals in a flash. These clever recipes come from savvy home cooks who know how to pump up flavor with just a few ingredients, and now we’re sharing those secrets in this brand-new collection.

For many family cooks, it’s a challenge to set a hot and hearty meal on the table. After all, kitchen time usually competes with jobs, after-school activities, and other tasks and errands. Luckily, Taste of Home 5-Ingredient Cookbook is here to help! Inside, readers will find 400+ fast and fabulous recipes—each of which calls for five ingredients or fewer! It’s never been easier (or tastier) for home cooks to whip up a comforting dinner while saving time and cutting the grocery bill! Taste of Home’s trademark indexes get an update with an index organized by common kitchen staples, and numerous tip boxes offer shortcuts that other home cooks took when preparing the recipes.

CHAPTERS
Breakfast
Appetizers & Beverages
Soups & Sandwiches
Beef
Pork
Poultry
Fish & Seafood
Meatless
Salads & Salad Dressings
Sides & Condiments
Breads & Rolls
Cakes, Pies & Desserts
Cookies, Bars & Candies

Recipes
Nutty Waffle Sandwiches
Easy Black Bean Salsa
Italian Meatball Buns
Simple Chicken Soup
Brisket with Cranberry Gravy
Ham with Ruby-Red Glaze
Chicken Enchilada Bake
Thai Shrimp Pasta
Jazzy Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Mediterranean Orange Salad
Freezer Raspberry Sauce
Fresh Herb Flatbread
Golden Pound Cake
Caramel Cashew Clusters

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May 14th, 2015 by admin

The Archer Files: The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Investigator (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Book
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The Archer Files: The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer, Private Investigator (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

by: Vintage

Product rating: 4.0 with 1 reviews


No matter what cases private eye Lew Archer takes on—a burglary, a runaway, or a disappeared person—the trail always leads to tangled family secrets and murder. Widely considered the heir to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, Archer dug up secrets and bodies in and around Los Angeles. 

Here, The Archer Files collects all the Lew Archer short stories ever published, along with thirteen unpublished “case notes” and a fascinating biographical profile of Archer by Edgar Award finalist Tom Nolan. Ross Macdonald’s signature staccato prose is the real star throughout this collection, which is both a perfect introduction for the newcomer and a must-have for the Macdonald aficionado.

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