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release date: Sep 26, 2017
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The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Girls of Atomic City comes the fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore—the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States.

Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House.

Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness. He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175,000-square-foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area. When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore—and secure the future of the region and her husband’s legacy.

The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. The Last Castle is the unique American story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.

release date: Oct 18, 2016
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The Magnolia Story
Are you ready to see your fixer upper?

These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like—Who are these people? What’s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life? By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America’s new best friends.

The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.

In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:

• The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby• Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children• When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck• Joanna’s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home• Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple• The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do• The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way

And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.”
release date: Oct 31, 2006
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The James Herriot Collection: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful

James Herriot illuminated the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, taking hundreds of thousands of listeners on a journey with him across the dales. He introduces a cast of truly unforgettable characters: humans, dogs, horses, lambs―even parakeets―all of them revealed with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. The stories are made all the more special by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot― Christopher Timothy, whose performance warmly and evocatively brings the stories to life. Now his first three classic works, digitally remastered on CD, are brought together in a beautiful gift set sharing with even more listeners the joy of James Herriot.

release date: Sep 29, 2017
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What It's Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience
What is it like to be a dog? A bat? Or a dolphin? To find out, neuroscientist Gregory Berns and his team began with a radical step: they taught dogs to go into an MRI scanner-completely awake. They discovered what makes dogs individuals with varying capacities for self-control, different value systems, and a complex understanding of human speech. And dogs were just the beginning. In What It's Like to Be a Dog, Berns explores the fascinating inner lives of wild animals from dolphins and sea lions to the extinct Tasmanian tiger. Much as Silent Spring transformed how we thought about the environment, so What It's Like to Be a Dog will fundamentally reshape how we think about-and treat-animals. Groundbreaking and deeply humane, it is essential listening for animal lovers of all stripes.
release date: Feb 27, 1991
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Songs of the Cat
Garrison Keillor joins German opera superstar Frederica Von Stade and noted conductor Philip Brunelle for this studio recording. These sixteen songs in praise of felines include "My Grandmother's Cat," "The In and Out Song," "Cat O Cat Come Home" as well as tunes from the more cat-loving classical composers. An enchanting recording on a very popular subject. Tracks: The Cat Came Back; The Hallelujah Patrol; The Mystery; The Cats of Cash; Dance To My Cats; Eine Kleine Kat; In Memory of Our Cat, Ralph; Alaska Cats; Beethoven Chased by Rossini; Near Death: Or, The Search Rewarded; Oy, Chuck and Katie; Forty Miles; The Rescue Cat; My Grandmother's Cat; As I Walked Out; Cats May Safely Sleep; Guilt and Shame; Out in the Catskill Mountains; Cat, You Better Come Home; The In and Out Song.
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release date: Dec 13, 2002
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All Creatures Great and Small: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the Worlds Most Beloved Animal Doctor

These are the stories that catapulted James Herriot to literary fame. When this book was first published, it was merely a simple volume of memoirs by an unknown Scottish veterinarian. But within a year, the book became recognized as a masterpiece. And in the three decades that followed, Dr. Herriot has become one of the most universally loved authors of our time.

In this first volume of memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? With the local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Sigfriend Farnon, Sigfreid's zany brother, Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl called Helen.

Now as then, All Creatures Great and Small is full of humor, warmth, pathos, drama, and James Herriot's love of life. His journey across the Yorkshire dales, and his encounters with humans and dogs, cows, and kittens are lovingly told by Christopher Timothy with all the fascination, affection, and joy that suffuses Dr. Herriot's work.

release date: Dec 30, 2008
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Good, Better, Blessed: Living with Purpose, Power and Passion
Available only on audio: ten of Joel Osteen's most powerful sermons, recorded live at Lakewood Church!

The Bible clearly teaches that God came to earth in order to give us an abundant life. It was never His intention for you to live in mediocrity, just getting by. In this audio series Joel Osteen shares practical and applicable truths that will help you reach your full God-given potential.

Capturing the inspirational and insightful heart of Joel Osteen, Good, Better, Blessed is a collection of Joel's most popular broadcasts. Recorded live at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these sermons are a distinctive and effective mix of personal experience and biblical perspectives on real-world challenges, including:
  • Developing a habit of happiness
  • The power of our thoughts
  • Having a positive vision
  • Developing loyalty and integrity
  • Finding the courage to be different

  • Don't let "good" be "good enough." You are uniquely and wonderfully made. You are God's masterpiece. You were created for greatness. God wants to bless you so that you can be a blessing to others.
    release date: Oct 10, 2017
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    Walking with Peety: The Dog Who Saved My Life
    Eric was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts and the onset of type 2 diabetes due to his weight, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey together, forming a bond of unconditional love that forever changed their lives. Over the next year, just by going on walks, playing together, and eating plant-based foods, Eric lost 150 pounds and Peety lost 25. As a result, Eric reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and healthy for the first time in his life -- eventually reconnecting with and marrying his high school sweetheart.

    Walking with Peety is for anyone who is ready to make a change in his or her life and for everyone who knows the joy, love, and hope that dogs can bring. This is more than a tale of mutual rescue. This is an epic story of friendship and strength.
    release date: May 25, 2011
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    NPR Driveway Moments Dog Tales: Radio Stories That Won't Let You Go
    Dog lovers will delight in this audio celebration of the canine character. From our earliest encounters with Lassie, to the magical moments we share with our own imperfect but thoroughly lovable companions, dogs have become an integral part of our culture and beloved members of our family. NPR proudly presents these tales of unforgettable animals and their devoted human friends.
    release date: Nov 01, 2003
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    The Beginner’s Guide to Animal Communication: How to Listen and Talk with Your Animal Friends (Beginner's (Audio))

    The ability to communicate with animals is not a rare gift, but a skill we all possess. On The Beginner s Guide to Animal Communication, author and teacher Carol Gurney brings nearly 20 years of experience in interpreting the language of animals to anyone seeking a heart-to-heart connection with the special companions in their lives.

    From developing intuition into the thoughts and feelings of animals, to learning how to verify the information you receive, here is an illuminating course of useful exercises and expert guidance to help listeners open to the unconditional love animals freely offer.

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