Creative readers with a green thumb and an eye for design will be inspired to create their own gardening and landscaping projects in unique spaces. From vertical gardens to urban parklets, this title will motivate readers to "green up" spaces in their communities in a way that promotes environmental awareness, collaboration, and group planning. Profiles of innovators and their green creations encourage readers to embrace their own ideas and create their Maker visions.
In the most ingenious and provocative thriller yet from the acclaimed "New York Times" bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, a conscience-plagued mobster turned government hitman struggles to find his moral compass amid rampant treachery and betrayal in 1936 Berlin.
Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst -- the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament. If successful, Paul will be pardoned and given the financial means to go legit; if he refuses the job, his fate will be Sing Sing and the electric chair.
Paul travels to Germany, takes a room in a boardinghouse near the Tiergarten -- the huge park in central Berlin but also, literally, the "Garden of Beasts" -- and begins his hunt. In classic Deaver fashion, the next forty-eight hours are a feverish cat-and-mouse chase, as Paul stalks Ernst through Berlin while a dogged Berlin police officer and the entire Third Reich apparatus search frantically for the American.
"Garden of Beasts" is packed with fascinating period detail and features a cast of perfectly realized locals, Olympic athletes and senior Nazi officials -- some real, some fictional. With hairpin plot twists, the reigning "master of ticking-bomb suspense" ("People") plumbs the nerve-jangling paranoia of prewar Berlin and steers the story to a breathtaking and wholly unpredictable ending.
This is a story of love, loss, discovery and the belief in second chances. 2012 Gaynor McGregor is a recent widow of 65 years young who feels she is on the scrap heap of life. She is in a very lonely and confusing place and her world has come crashing down around her until the day the solicitor's letter arrives with news that turns her life around forever. 1501 Lucia Molinari but has been married by proxy to a captain in the Venetian Guard but she is in love with Mateo. On her way to Venice she is kidnapped and spirited away so she can spend her life with Mateo or so she thought. The common denominator between the two women is Villa Visconti and the journey travelled whereby Gaynor finds herself again, understands her loss, and learns to move on and to begin life again. Through Lucia's story she learns that second best and having another chance at life, is possible.
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