Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Finds


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The Empire With security comes a price. Humanity is in danger of annihilation as a centuries old war with the Andromedans heats up again. The Empire, an increasingly totalitarian society, is the only force that stands in the gap. Thrust into this chaos of alien invasion, rebellion, and political intrigue, Lieutenant Adrian Stannis is caught between the ends and the means. No one knows why this brilliant scientist chooses to hide in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, doing research on an insignificant science vessel. His days of anonymity may soon be coming to an end, whether he wants it to or not. Adrian's freedom, and his very survival, may depend on friends he's afraid of having. Kali, a psi-enabled humanoid who is the only person he gets along with, just barely, and Bryce, his personal assistant and one-time conman and thief, may be his only hope, if he doesn't push them away, not to mention a mystery surrounding him that may explode in their faces. Everyone wants to know the truth, but will it set them free?


Pacman: My Story of Hope, Resilience, and Never-Say-Never Determination Pacman is Manny's miracle story - his autobiography. Born and raised in an impoverished village in the Philippines, Manny began his life on the ropes. He provided for his family of five in his pre-boxing life by selling practically anything and everything on the streets just to help his family survive. The hard work, determination, and sheer grit that would characterize him as a boxer showed through in a big way during these early years. Though he dreamed of being a priest, his mother could not afford the education, so he soon found another way to move heaven and earth: boxing. According to the New York Times, Manny is pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world today. His rags-to-riches story will inspire you.


I See the Sun in Nepal I See the Sun in Nepal depicts one day from dawn until night in one child's life in a small village in Nepal. Waking, eating, doing chores, going to school, playing with friends, all ordinary activities of life, to which we all relate. The story is written in simple prose highlighted with vivid collages of cut paper, drawings and photographs of Nepal. Devanagari script, the Nepali translation of the English, is shown as an introduction to a different language and becomes part of the art work. Children will quickly recognize the similarities to children in another country while at the same time begin to learn and respect the differences between the two cultures. This is one of the books in the I See the Sun series.