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Chameleon Girl

Chameleon Girl

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Adapt and thrive--this is the way of the Chameleon.


With a less than idyllic childhood shrouded behind her, Nora Horvath finds confidence and strength in the life she's created for herself. Needs, not names, are what interests this self-possessed woman, and that's exactly the way she likes it. Between her hobbies, her work, and her intimate circle of confidants, there is literally nothing Nora desires from the outside world--let alone a long forgotten one.

As a firefighter, Nora knows better than most that heat rises. After a terrifying rescue jostles free the memories of a traumatic and abusive past, Nora is forced to pursue the demons who beckon her back into the shadowy realm of this new trauma. As she ascends into the inferno of her past, she begins to discover just how much heat she can handle.


Feverishly, Nora attempts to maintain her tight grip on the things she holds dear, and considers everything else to be... trivial. After all, a chameleon only changes color when it's frightened, and nothing can rattle the likes of Nora Horvath. Not even the truth.

Stunning, powerful, and complex, Chameleon Girl is a novel so big it occupies dual worlds. Igniting passion and intrigue, this psychological thriller transcends the genre as a champion of emotional intelligence and feminist narrative. Journey into the darkest and most complex aspects of the human experience as you witness this incredible cast of characters change, adapt, and show their true colors in Liz Ferro's bewitching debut novel. Grab your copy today!


Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History (Signed 1st edition)

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The bestselling true story of a Texas congressman’s secret role in the Afghan defeat of Russian invaders is “a tour de force of reporting and writing” (Dan Rather).
 
A New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller.
 
Charlie Wilson’s penchant for cocktails and beauty-contest winners was well known, but in the early 1980s, the dilettante congressman quietly conducted one of the most successful covert operations in US history. Using his seat on the House Appropriations Committee, Wilson channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to support a ragged band of Afghan “freedom fighters” in their resistance against Soviet invaders.
 
Weapons were secretly procured and distributed with the help of an outcast CIA operative named Gust Avrakotos, who stretched the agency’s rules to the breaking point. Moving from the back rooms of Washington to secret chambers at Langley, and from arms-dealers’ conventions to the Khyber Pass, Wilson and Avrakotos helped the mujahideen win an unlikely victory against the Russians.

New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003. 1st edition, signed by author; dust jacket in protective mylar cover. F/F

Chasing Navah

Chasing Navah

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A year has passed since Navah Dickson's once perfect buppie life was destroyed by her love for neighborhood drug dealer and street corner thug, Richard, and Navah is finally ready to live again. After a stint in rehab, and working tirelessly at a local women's shelter helping women like herself find their way back, she is finally ready to start rebuilding the life she lost. But, when Richard's brother, Boogie, is released from prison and comes looking to avenge Richard's death, Navah finds herself in the fight of her life, not only against Boogie, but her own demons. With the help of Shauna, once one of her biggest foes, her best friends Bebe and Marie, who rush back from Atlanta to Cleveland to be by her side, and new friend and next-door neighbor, Toni, Navah shakes off the fear that has held her hostage to her past and opens up her heart once again to the possibility of love.
Chicks Up Front

Chicks Up Front

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"Sara Holbrook continually works miracles by giving substance to steam -- in these keepsake poems she is matriarch, mojo and mind-bender, guiding us toward insight with an unerring hindsight. It is not important whether you discover Sara through her electrifying performance work or through these gems of humor, heart and lyricism. What's important is that you discover her, this wondrous wordsmith, one of the reasons poetry has a pulse again." --Patricia Smith, Boston Globe Columnist, Four Time National Poetry Slam Champion

Chronic Pain Doesn't Have to Hurt : Shift Your Perception of Pain, a Self-healing Guide

Chronic Pain Doesn't Have to Hurt : Shift Your Perception of Pain, a Self-healing Guide

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At a time when there are numerous books and magazine articles on pain management, diet and nutrition, exercise, and changing your lifestyle, Sandy Rozelman has put together a book incorporating all of these topics and more as they relate to chronic pain. As a person who has had to endure chronic pain for many years, Sandy has researched methods to empower herself and has compiled them into one book. All that she shares, she has applied to the management of her own chronic pain. If you are experiencing chronic pain and are looking for alternatives to conventional medicine, "Chronic Pain Doesn't Have to Hurt" has arrived just in time to guide you down a gentle path of self-healing. Sandy offers easy-to-use suggestions in an easy-to-understand format, knowing that when you are experiencing pain, the last thing you want to do is spend hours reading books on how to feel better.
Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, BOOKPAGE, AND SHELF AWARENESS - "Paula McLain is considered the new star of historical fiction, and for good reason. Fans of The Paris Wife will be captivated by Circling the Sun, which . . . is both beautifully written and utterly engrossing."--Ann Patchett, Country Living

This powerful novel transports readers to the breathtaking world of Out of Africa--1920s Kenya--and reveals the extraordinary adventures of Beryl Markham, a woman before her time. Brought to Kenya from England by pioneering parents dreaming of a new life on an African farm, Beryl is raised unconventionally, developing a fierce will and a love of all things wild. But after everything she knows and trusts dissolves, headstrong young Beryl is flung into a string of disastrous relationships, then becomes caught up in a passionate love triangle with the irresistible safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and the writer Baroness Karen Blixen. Brave and audacious and contradictory, Beryl will risk everything to have Denys's love, but it's ultimately her own heart she must conquer to embrace her true calling and her destiny: to fly.

Praise for Circling the Sun

"In McLain's confident hands, Beryl Markham crackles to life, and we readers truly understand what made a woman so far ahead of her time believe she had the power to soar."--Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time

"Enchanting . . . a worthy heir to [Isak] Dinesen . . . Like Africa as it's so gorgeously depicted here, this novel will never let you go."--The Boston Globe

"Famed aviator Beryl Markham is a novelist's dream. . . . [A] wonderful portrait of a complex woman who lived--defiantly--on her own terms."--People (Book of the Week)

"Circling the Sun soars."--Newsday

"Captivating . . . [an] irresistible novel."--The Seattle Times

"Like its high-flying subject, Circling the Sun is audacious and glamorous and hard not to be drawn in by. Beryl Markham may have married more than once, but she was nobody's wife."--Entertainment Weekly

"[An] eloquent evocation of Beryl's daring life."--O: The Oprah Magazine

Cleveland Architecture Coloring Book

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Cleveland Summertime Memories : A Warm Look Back

Cleveland Summertime Memories : A Warm Look Back

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What made the summertime special when growing up in Cleveland? The final school bell has rung, so put on your shades, slather on the sunscreen, and relive some of your fondest memories . . .

Taking a dip at the city pool with your best friends. Building a sandcastle in your clam diggers at Edgewater Park. Pulling up to Manners Big Boy in your parents' car for a burger and a Big Ghoulardi. Cooling off with a ornate sundae at Boukair's near the Palace Theatre. Watching the Indians lose (again) but being dazzled by the fireworks at Municipal Stadium. Riding the Rocket Ship and then being terrified by Laughing Sal at Euclid Beach Park. Packing a picnic for the first season at Blossom.

Enjoy stories told by dozens of Northeast Ohioians who shared in the same fun and excitement of growing up in the Cleveland area.

Look inside and rediscover some of your own Cleveland summertime memories!

Cleveland's Rock and Roll Roots

Cleveland's Rock and Roll Roots

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Rock and roll has been as much a part of the north coast city of Cleveland as the lake that hugs it.


Ever since Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed first called the records he was playing "rock and roll," northeast Ohio has been a driving force in this musical phenomenon. From the disc jockeys who spun the music to the musicians who played it, the clubs that welcomed it and fans who encouraged it, rock and roll has been as much a part of this north coast as the lake that hugs it. It was those early years, from the 1950s on, that led Cleveland to becoming the "Rock and Roll Capital of the World" and ultimately home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. While the city spawned several widely recognized names, such as the James Gang (with Joe Walsh), the Raspberries (with Eric Carmen), and Bobby Womack, it is the music itself that will keep this town rocking on the shores of Lake Erie, and beyond, for a long time to come.

Code Blue 99 : A Miraculous True Story! (signed)

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