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David Baldacci – FaceOff

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!

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Alice Munro’s Best: Selected Stories by Alice Munro

13531679._UY200_.jpgThis is a dazzling selection of stories–seventeen favorites chosen by the author from across her distinguished career. I have to admit to ignorance – I had not heard of Alice Munro until she was awarded the Nobel prize for literature and when she gained the spotlight, she gained one additional follower.

Alice Munro has been repeatedly hailed as one of our greatest living writers, a reputation that has been growing for years. The stories brought together here span a quarter century, drawn from some of her earliest books, The Beggar Maid and The Moons of Jupiter, through her recent best-selling collection, Runaway.

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Stephen King – Nightmares and Dreamscapes Story Collection

Good writing—good stories—are the imagination’s firing pin, and the purpose of the imagination, I believe, is to offer us solace and shelter from situations and life-passages which would otherwise prove unendurable.

A pair of metal teeth in a convenience store may prove to be more than a novelty in Chattery Teeth. In My Pretty Pony, an elderly man on his deathbed warns his young grandson against the dangers of letting time slip away. A music exec learns that his dream job may lead him to a dark and murderous past in Sneakers. And in Dedication, a maid working in a hotel uses black magic in the hopes of benefiting her unborn son.

Stories

1 “Dolan’s Cadillac” Castle Rock, February—June 1985
2 “The End of the Whole Mess” October 1986 issue of Omni
3 “Suffer the Little Children” February 1972 issue of Cavalier
4 “The Night Flier” Prime Evil (1988)
5 “Popsy” Masques II (1987)
6 “It Grows on You” Fall 1973 issue of Marshroots
7 “Chattery Teeth” Fall 1992 issue of Cemetery Dance
8 “Dedication” Night Visions 5 (1988)
9 “The Moving Finger” December 1990 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
10 “Sneakers” Night Visions 5 (1988)
11 “You Know They Got a Hell of a Band” Shock Rock (1992)
12 “Home Delivery” Book of the Dead (1989)
13 “Rainy Season” Spring 1989 issue of Midnight Graffiti
14 “My Pretty Pony” My Pretty Pony limited edition coffee table book (1989)
15 “Sorry, Right Number” Previously unpublished
16 “The Ten O’Clock People” Previously unpublished
17 “Crouch End” New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1980)
18 “The House on Maple Street” Previously unpublished
19 “The Fifth Quarter” April 1972 issue of Cavalier
20 “The Doctor’s Case” The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1987)
21 “Umney’s Last Case” Previously unpublished
22 “Head Down” April 16, 1990 issue of The New Yorker
23 “Brooklyn August” Io #10, 1971
24 “The Beggar and the Diamond” Previously unpublished

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Mermaids and other mysteries of the deep * Paula Guran

MERMAIDS-600The sea is full of mysteries and rivers shelter the unknown. Dating back to ancient Assyria, folkloric tales of mermaids, sirens, rusalki, nymphs, selkies, and other seafolk are found in many cultures, including those of Europe, Africa, the Near East and Asia.
Dangerous or benevolent, seductive or sinister – modern masters of fantasy continue to create new legends of these creatures that enchant and entertain us more than ever. Gathered here are some of the finest of these stories. Immerse yourself in this wonderful—and sometimes wicked—watery world!
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19 Stories about Obsession

We all have experienced obsession at least in its milder form: having a compulsive , even unreasonable (at least in the view of others) idea or emotion. You are totally fixated on something or someone – a sport, video game, junk food, pop singer, film star, collecting something, lover or potential lover, even work – at least temporarily.

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Create a Unique Scrapbook with Everyday Items You Already Have at Home

Scrapbooking has become a popular pastime through the past few years. If you’ve looked into it, you know that it can easily become an expensive one as well. But with some creativity, you can use the everyday items in your house to create a scrapbook that reflects your individual personality and style.
After you’ve selected your favorite photos and mementos for your scrapbook, take a look around you. You’ve probably looked at items around your house hundreds of times without considering their scrapbook potential.
If you’ve got photos from a favorite vacation, look around to see what you have around your home that reminds you of that trip. Postcards, souvenirs and even travel brochures that can be cut apart are great ways of building a great vacation page or section.
If you’re building a school days page, report cards, awards, certificates, ribbons, graded assignments, and even notebook doodles are clever enhancements. Paper clips or crayon wrappers work nicely.
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Pressed flowers, handwritten poetry, and clippings from magazines can also nicely enhance a wedding or engagement page. Be sure to jot down details of the day you want to be sure you remember. Use the fronts of some of your favorite cards and remnants from saved gift wrap as backgrounds for your photos.
Ribbons and gift wrap remnants also work well for baby’s page. Be sure to include an announcement card and a copy of baby’s footprints. You might also want to tuck in a corner of a baby blanket or a page from a favorite storybook.
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Even remembrance pages can reflect your own personal memories of your lost loved one. Enhance your favorite photos with a label from a favorite perfume or cologne, food, beverage. Movie ticket stubs, buttons, newspaper articles, handwriting samples and favorite quotes or funny moments jotted down on paper can make your page special.
With a fresh look at some ordinary, every day items, your scrapbook can take on a personal and individual flair.