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Troika

Written By: Pelzman, Adam

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A "brilliant, astonishing modern love story"* and an acclaimed literary debut... A young Cuban woman passes her nights dancing in a seedy Florida strip club; a Russian orphan loses everything, then builds a new and prosperous life for himself in New York; a woman struggles to maintain her dignity and hope after a life-changing accident—these are the three members of the troika whose story is told in this dazzling literary debut. Their lives unexpectedly intertwined, Perla, Julian and Sophie discover a world—a way of life—that forces them to challenge their definitions of commitment, love and trust, a world that heals old wounds and inspires them to transform tragedy into beauty. “What a great gallop through the landscape of the human heart, what a brilliant, astonishing modern love story, what a beautiful pair of heroines, what an amazing journey from the plantains of Little Havana and a Fort Lauderdale strip club to Fifth Avenue and East Hampton, what a ride to a complex and satisfying redemption, what a glorious testimony to the way damage can become a lovely destiny, what a book!”—*Susan Cheever

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Confession is a crucial ritual of the Catholic Church, offering absolution of sin and spiritual guidance to the faithful. Yet this ancient sacrament has also been a source of controversy and oppression, culminating, as prize-winning historian John Cornwell reveals in The Dark Box, with the scandal of clerical child abuse. Drawing on extensive historical sources, contemporary reports, and first-hand accounts, Cornwell takes a hard look at the long evolution of confession. The papacy made annual, one-on-one confession obligatory for the first time in the 13th century. In the era that followed, confession was a source of spiritual consolation as well as sexual and mercenary scandal. During the 16th century, the Church introduced the confession box to prevent sexual solicitation of women, but this private space gave rise to new forms of temptation, both for penitents and confessors. Yet no phase in the story of the sacrament has had such drastic consequences as a historic decree by Pope Pius X in 1910. In reaction to the spiritual perils of the new century, Pius sought to safeguard the Catholic faithful by lowering the age at which children made their first confession from their early teens to seven, while exhorting all Catholics to confess frequently instead of annually. This sweeping, inappropriately early imposition of the sacrament gave priests an unprecedented and privileged role in the lives of young boys and girls—a role that a significant number would exploit in the decades that followed. A much-needed account of confession’s fraught history, The Dark Box explores the sources of the sacrament’s harm and shame, while recognizing its continuing power to offer consolation and reconciliation.

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Marco Vassi was possibly the greatest erotic writer of his generation. His first publisher at Olympia Press, Maurice Girodias, compares his talent for prose to Henry Miller's writing. His sexual explorations and literary talent are the foundations of nine novels written between 1970 and 1976. Although his life was cut short, his memory lives on with the release of The Vassi Collection. The collection includes nine fiction titles and his autobiographical memoir, THE STONED APOCALYPSE, which follows his sexual liberation while on a trip he took in the sixties. Join Vassi in his exploration of the human sexual and spiritual experience. In THE SALINE SOLUTION a young man surrenders himself to sexual exploration as a means of looking deeply into his own existence and into the philosophical void at the center of Western civilization.

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“They had their words and their deeds; and the relationship between the two functions of their being formed the pattern of the lives. They sought the eternal through the passage of time, and searched for love in the rubric of sex. They huddled beneath their private solutions to the vast problems of their age until they saw that history was a director that used them ruthlessly and without asking permission to include them in its its play.” I must not succumb . . . she thought.

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From San Francisco to Savannah, Montana to Texas, Amanda Eyre Ward’s characters are united in their fervent search to find a place where they truly belong. Annie, a librarian in a small mining town, must choose between the only home she’s ever known and the possibility of a new future. Casey, a suburban New Yorker with a wry sense of humor, braves the dating scene after losing her husband. And in six linked stories spanning a decade of her life, Lola Wilkerson navigates elopement, motherhood, and lingering questions about who she wants to be when she grows up. Whether exploring the fierceness of a mother’s love or the consolations of marriage, Amanda Eyre Ward’s stories are imbued with humor, clear-eyed insight, and emotional richness.

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An unparalleled exploration of the mysteries underlying women’s sexuality that rivals the culture-shifting Kinsey Report, from two of America’s leading research psychologists Do women have sex simply to reproduce or display their affection? When University of Texas at Austin clinical psychologist Cindy M. Meston and evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss joined forces to investigate the underlying sexual motivations of women, what they found astonished them. Through the voices of real women, Meston and Buss reveal the motivations that guide women’s sexual decisions and explain the deep-seated psychology and biology that often unwittingly drive women’s desires—sometimes in pursuit of health or pleasure, or sometimes for darker, disturbing reasons that a woman may not fully recognize. Drawing on more than a thousand intensive interviews conducted solely for the book, as well as their pioneering research on physiological response and evolutionary emotions, Why Women Have Sex uncovers an amazingly complex and nuanced portrait of female sexuality. They delve into the use of sex as a defensive tactic against a mate’s infidelity (protection), as a ploy to boost self-confidence (status), as a barter for gifts or household chores (resource acquisition), or as a cure for a migraine headache (medication). Why Women Have Sex stands as the richest and deepest psychological understanding of female sexuality yet achieved and promises to inform every woman’s (and her partner’s) awareness of her relationship to sex and her sexuality. **

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Things aren’t always what they seem… My dark allure, my wicked cunning, and the way I play the game drives my man, Ash wild with desire. When he fights by my side, killing for me with expert precision, I smolder for him as well. There’s nothing we won’t do for each other. To say we’re in love is an understatement. Ash is the fire and I am the flame, our passion burns bright. We’ve become the ultimate killers. But the closer we get to unraveling the dark agenda of my demented father, the closer we come to cornering him and stopping him once and for all, the quicker he slips through our fingers, like smoke and mirrors, a twisted illusion drawing us deeper into the mysteries and darkness of my tortured past. We don’t know who to trust. Darkness swirls behind the detective’s friendly eyes. Is she who she says she is? Can she really help? Even my sister, Blair isn’t who I thought, who I remember. Is anything as it seems? Ash and I must stick to the game plan, rescue the girls from the farmhouse, and take out the man who started it all, but are the people closest to us, the ones that claim to help, really our greatest enemies? How can we win the game when the rules keep changing?

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Be careful who you trust… They say the heart wants what it wants, but what if what it wants is trying to kill you? Mysterious and strangely seductive, Ash is more than the man of my dreams, he’s the man of my nightmares… We were brought together in the throws of killing the killers, our bond was stronger than the secrets and lies that had kept us apart, and I was certain this was the start of something real. Our deep connection is put to the test when I’m presented with a way out: play the game and win it. But I know it’s not a game. If Ash and I don’t defeat the men from the farmhouse, taking them out one by one in a calculated killing spree, my sister will be put to death in the most gruesome way imaginable. They have to be stopped and I will stop at nothing to do just that. But I’m being followed. Her name is Detective Sarah Voss. And she’s the one person I can’t kill. Time is running out. Ash and I must save my sister by going back to where it all began, dogging the police at every turn, before it’s too late. This is a game we must win to stay alive. We must kill to win. Erotic, raw, and darkly disturbing, To Love A Killer (Part Two: Hostage) is the suspenseful and romantic continuation into the gritty love story of Hunter and Ash as they cross the point of no return carrying out their mission of vigilante justice that will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing, will love conquer all or betray it?

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Raised by her grandmother in a poverty-stricken borough of New York, Shimmy knew what it was to lust after things she couldn't have. To her surprise, the popular and rich star basketball player at her school, Ben, returned her affections. But when their puppy love got Shimmy pregnant, she was forced to upheave her life in order to provide for her new son, working jobs and going hungry so he could eat. Finally, she made the hardest decision of her life, giving up her child to Ben’s family so that she could get her feet on the ground. It was when things were finally going right for Shimmy that everything went wrong. She got a new apartment and a new job after Mama’s nightclub was raided. But Ben became different, his family wouldn't let her see her son, and she had the nagging suspicion that not everything was what it seemed. Now, she’ll have to rely on Tyler, a private investigator, to help her go through hell and back in order to regain custody of her baby. After all, a mother is relentless when it comes to the well-being of her child.