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  • Vita nostraVita nostra

    Dëiìachenko, Marina, author.

    "While vacationing at the beach with her mother, Sasha Samokhina meets the mysterious Farit Kozhennikov under the most peculiar circumstances. The teenage girl is powerless to refuse when this strange and unusual man with an air of the sinister directs her to perform a task with potentially scandalous consequences. He rewards her effort with a strange golden coin. As the days progress, Sasha carries out other acts for which she receives more coins from Kozhennikov. As summer ends, her domineering mentor directs her to move to a remote village and use her gold to enter the Institute of Special Technologies. Though she does not want to go to this unknown town or school, she also feels it's the only place she should be. Against her mother's wishes, Sasha leaves behind all that is familiar and begins her education. As she quickly discovers, the institute's "special technologies" are unlike anything she has ever encountered. The books are impossible to read, the lessons obscure to the point of maddening, and the work refuses memorization. Using terror and coercion to keep the students in line, the school does not punish them for their transgressions and failures; instead, their families pay a terrible price. Yet despite her fear, Sasha undergoes changes that defy the dictates of matter and time; experiences which are nothing she has ever dreamed of ... and suddenly all she could ever want"--Front jacket flap.

  • PulpPulp

    Talley, Robin, author.

    In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It's not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself--and Marie--to a danger all too real. Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can't stop thinking about her senior project and its subject: classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby's own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she's reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym "Marian Love," and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity. The story of two young women connected across generations through the power of words.

  • The Entrepreneur's Video Tool GuideThe Entrepreneur's Video Tool Guide : Discover the Fastest, Cheapest, and Easiest Way to Start Creating Pro-Quality Business Videos Using Low-Cost and No-Cost Tools and Techniques

    Power, David. aut

  • How to shoot video that doesn't suckHow to shoot video that doesn't suck

    Stockman, Steve, 1958- author.

    "Whether you're filming a child's birthday party, business promo, video for your college or job application, or the next (you can hope) YouTube sensation, here is how to make your video not just better, but great ... Packed with techniques, tips, exercises, and insights, this lively book will help you develop the critical skill of entertaining a viewer ..."--Page 4 of cover.

  • Female serial killersFemale serial killers : how and why women become monsters

    Vronsky, Peter.

    Discusses the cases of several female serial murderers.

  • Prisons in the United StatesPrisons in the United States : a reference handbook

    Banks, Cyndi, author.

    "Offering perspectives from a range of experts, both academic and nonacademic, this reference book examines the development of prisons in the United States and addresses the principal contemporary issues and controversies of our prisons and prison systems. Presents a comprehensive yet succinct history of the development of men's and women's prisons in the United States. Offers a range of author perspectives that identify and explore the principal issues associated with prisons and imprisonment. Documents the shift from an intent to reform inmates in prisons to retribution and an attempt to remove all criminals from society, using prisons for "warehousing" of undesired elements. Provides a complete reference guide for the understanding of prisons and imprisonment as a punishment "

  • The executive branchThe executive branch : carrying out and enforcing laws

    Discusses the functions of the executive branch of the United States government.

  • The border wall with MexicoThe border wall with Mexico

    To some, the idea of a border wall with Mexico represents a necessary and practical barrier to illegal immigration and the perceived host of ills that are associated with it. To others, it is both an unrealistic and inhumane effort that demonizes desperate individuals and families who are only seeking a better life. The debate is fierce and is bound up with competing notions of crime, ethnicity, opportunity, fairness, justice, and what America promises, offers, stands for, and represents. All sides of the debate are presented here, and each is given a fair and respectful hearing, allowing readers to sift through fact and opinion, evaluate the strength of arguments, and form an educated opinion on the issue.

  • The U.S. Constitution and the separation of powersThe U.S. Constitution and the separation of powers

    Discusses the United States Constitution, and how the three branches of government operate.

  • Serial killersSerial killers : the method and madness of monsters

    Vronsky, Peter.

    From the Publisher: The comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicide. In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome, through fifteenth-century France, up to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as the "serial rampage killer" such as Andrew Cunanan. Vronsky not only offers sound theories on what makes a serial killer, but also provides concrete suggestions on how to survive an encounter with one-from recognizing verbal warning signs to physical confrontational resistance. Exhaustively researched with transcripts of interviews with killers, and featuring up-to-date information on the apprehension and conviction of the Green River Killer and the Beltway Snipers, Vronsky's one-of-a-kind book covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true-crime phenomenon.

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