Whenever you go to your local public library, send mail via the post office, or visit Yosemite, you are taking advantage of a longstanding American tradition: the public option. Some of the most useful and beloved institutions in American life are public options - yet they are seldom celebrated as such. These government-supported opportunities coexist peaceably alongside private options, ensuring equal access and expanding opportunity for all.Ganesh Sitaraman and Anne Alstott challenge decades of received wisdom about the proper role of government and consider the vast improvements that could come from the expansion of public options. Far from illustrating the impossibility of effective government services, as their critics claim, public options hold the potential to transform American civic life, offering a wealth of solutions to seemingly intractable problems, from housing shortages to the escalating cost of health care.From broadband internet to higher education, The Public Option reveals smart new ways to meet pressing public needs while spurring healthy competition. More effective than vouchers or tax credits, public options could offer us all fairer choices and greater security. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Grove. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/017075/bk_tant_017075_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s been 101 days since Felix Hoffmann´s girlfriend, Celine, left Berlin in a humanitarian convoy carrying aid to Kurdish northern Iraq. Now her coffin returns home. With the Iraq War all but begun, the story coming from Baghdad is that the young woman orchestrated the very bomb attack that killed her. But a devastated Felix, doctor at South Berlin Hospital, cannot believe that Celine would willingly participate in such an act, and certain clues - as well as questioning from German, Iraqi, and American agencies - raise the good doctor´s suspicions. A cryptic e-mail propels Felix to seek out the truth of what really happened to his lover. He discovers that part of the transported ´´humanitarian aid´´ was not actually humanitarian at all, leading him to believe that Celine´s fateful mission bore a far more dangerous purpose…and a far different outcome. And when the truth surfaces, Felix must fight for his life - or become another casualty of war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David de Vries. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005575/bk_brll_005575_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A warehouse fire in Lawrence, Massachusetts has taken Genevieve ´´Genny´´ Copeland´s livelihood, but opened a new opportunity for her. If she takes the chance, she could have the family she´s always dreamed of but it would mean leaving everything she´s always known. Believing that opportunity only knocks once, Genny gets on a train west to Elko, Nevada and a new life. She becomes a mail-order bride. Stuart MacDonnell lost his wife in child-birth six months ago. Now he´s left to raise a two year-old and a six month-old baby alone. He needs a wife but doesn´t want to court someone and pretend to be in love. He´ll never love again, but he needs a wife now and orders a mail-order bride. Can Stuart and Genny come together and find happiness when they are at odds with each other? Will they find common ground and will love bloom amid the beautiful Ruby Mountains of Nevada? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jill Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078661/bk_acx0_078661_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Originally published in 1959, Advertisements for Myself is an inventive collection of stories, essays, polemic, meditations, and interviews. It is Mailer at his brilliant, provocative, outrageous best. Emerging at the height of ´´hip´´, Advertisements is at once a chronicle of a crucial era in the formation of modern American culture and an important contribution to the great autobiographical tradition in American letters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008630/bk_brll_008630_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Es tut mir leid- mein Deutsch ist nicht perfekt. Ich bin Amerikanerin, meine Muttersprache ist Englisch. Mein Mann ist Deutsch und wir sprechen Deutsch zusammen. Ich babysitte regelmäßig für eine Familie in Wiesbaden und würde gerne mehr Kinder im Alter von 4 bis 11 Jahren babysitten. Ich kann bei der Schularbeit helfen, Spiele spielen und gemeinsam Englisch und Deutsch üben. Ich wohne in Mainz. Ich kann unter meiner E-Mail-Adresse erreicht werden. Ich würde dich und deine Kinder gerne treffen! Danke, Wendy I am American, my native language is English. My husband is German and we speak German together. I babysit regularly now for one family in Wiesbaden, and would love to babysit more children 4-11 years old. I can help with school work, play games, and we can practice speaking English and German together. I live in Mainz. I can be reached at my email address. I would love to meet you and your children! Thank you, Wendy
I, [name], do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God. (The oath taken by Pony Express riders) Although it was only in operation for about 18 months, the Pony Express remains the most famous and romanticized mailing system in American history. It still instantly brings to mind all of the old themes of the untamed frontier and the Wild West. Starting shortly before the Civil War erupted across the United States, the Pony Express connected the east and west by having riders deliver mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California - a route set up by previous explorations and a system of relay stations and waypoints. When working in perfect unison, the Pony Express dramatically cut down the time it took to travel to California, with the mail traveling nearly 1,900 miles to California just 10 days after the beginning of the journey in Missouri. Naturally, the Pony Express also ran from west to east as well. Of course part of the allure of the Pony Express is in the way it challenged riders and horses, which ties it to Americans´ fond visions of the frontier as an untamed landscape that only the most pioneering and rugged individuals could survive. At the same time, the Pony Express needed small riders to reduce the weight being carried by the horses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James McSorley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033740/bk_acx0_033740_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With unprecedented scope and consummate skill, Norman Mailer unfolds a rich and riveting epic of an American spy. Harry Hubbard is the son and godson of CIA legends. His journey to learn the secrets of his society - and his own past - takes him through the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the ´´momentous catastrophe´´ of the Kennedy assassination. All the while, Hubbard is haunted by women who were loved by both his godfather and President Kennedy. Featuring a tapestry of unforgettable characters both real and imagined, Harlot´s Ghost is a panoramic achievement in the tradition of Tolstoy, Melville, and Balzac, a triumph of Mailer´s literary prowess. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008331/bk_brll_008331_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Anyone suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms (who isn´t?) will find an instant tonic in Daisy Goodwin´s The American Heiress. The story of Cora Cash, an American heiress in the 1890s who bags an English duke, this is a deliciously evocative first novel that lingers in the mind. (Allison Pearson, New York Times best-selling author of I Don´t Know How She Does It and I Think I Love You) This program includes a bonus chapter of Victoria, the latest novel from author Daisy Goodwin, the creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama of the same name. Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts´, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora´s story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James. ´´For daughters of the new American billionaires of the 19th century, it was the ultimate deal: marriage to a cash-strapped British Aristocrat in return for a title and social status. But money didn´t always buy them happiness.´´ (Daisy Goodwin in The Daily Mail) One of Library Journal´s Best Historical Fiction Books of 2011 Please note: An alternate (British) title for this novel is My Last Duchess. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katherine Kellgren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001243/bk_aren_001243_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, a breathtaking elegy to the waning days of human spaceflight as we have known it. In the 1960s humans took their first steps away from Earth - and for a time our possibilities in space seemed endless. But in a time of austerity, and in the wake of high-profile disasters like Challenger, that dream has ended. In early 2011, Margaret Lazarus Dean traveled to Cape Canaveral for NASA´s last three space shuttle launches in order to bear witness to the end of an era. With Dean as our guide to Florida´s Space Coast and to the history of NASA, Leaving Orbit takes the measure of what American spaceflight has achieved while reckoning with its earlier witnesses, such as Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, and Oriana Fallaci. Along the way Dean meets NASA workers, astronauts, and space fans, gathering possible answers to the question: What does it mean that a spacefaring nation won´t be going to space anymore? Cover image courtesy of NASA. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lauren Fortgang. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023739/bk_adbl_023739_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lottie: Bride of Delaware is the first book in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series! Lottie Mitchell had a problem, a really big problem, and the only one who cared was, well, her. Oh sure, her roommate, Beth, gave stock to her theories of who was responsible for a tragedy that put herself and dozens of her co-workers out of a job. And yes, someone came up with the idea that in order to survive, they could all become mail-order brides, but still...Lottie wanted to know the truth. Did her sister, Leora, believe her? To a point, but not enough to keep from telling her that if she didn´t drop her silly notions, she´d miss her own wedding! Her other roommates, Alice and Judith, groaned at any mention of helping her snoop around like a Pinkerton, and then there was her groom.... Sam Cooke gave up the notion of finding anyone from Clear Creek to marry. What available women there were, were either too young or too old, and heaven help him if his mother, Belle Cooke, got his matchmaking Aunt Sadie to help find him a bride. No, some things a man had to do on his own. But when he travels east on business to fetch his mail-order bride, little did he know what sort of hi-jinx awaited him on the journey home with her! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Rahhal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055289/bk_acx0_055289_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The young Dr. Thomas Parks expects to practice trauma medicine with a distinguished doctor in Port McKinney, Washington. What he does not expect is to be nearly killed within an hour of arriving. The accident changes his life, and with long hours of painful convalescence, Thomas makes a sobering discovery: the physician who has invited Thomas to join his practice is not what he seems. At the center of the conflict is mail-order diagnosis, which flourished until the U.S. mail fraud statutes of 1908. In its landmark report of 1910, the American Medical Association reported that several physicians had organizations that recorded more than 3,000 postal responses per month, a large percentage of which included money for worthless medicine. Steven F. Havill departs from his well-received mystery series to bring readers this fascinating historical novel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pruden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000842/bk_bimo_000842_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer , Henry Miller´s masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller´s famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s. Tropic of Cancer is now considered, as Norman Mailer said, one of the ten or twenty great novels of our century.´´