The unsung heroes who defend the accused from the ultimate punishment What motivates someone to make a career out of defending some of the worst suspected killers of our time? In Capital Defense, Jon B. Gould and Maya Pagni Barak give us a glimpse into the lives of lawyers who choose to work in the darkest corner of our criminal justice system: death penalty cases. Based on in-depth personal interviews with a cross-section of the nation?s top capital defense teams, the book explores the unusual few who voluntarily represent society?s ?worst of the worst.? With a compassionate and careful eye, Gould and Barak chronicle the experiences of American lawyers, who?like soldiers or surgeons?operate under the highest of stakes, where verdicts have the power to either ?take death off the table? or put clients on ?the conveyor belt towards death.? These lawyers are a rare breed in a field that is otherwise seen as dirty work and in a system that is overburdened, under-resourced, and overshadowed by social, cultural, and political pressures. Examining the ugliest side of our criminal justice system, Capital Defense offers an up-close perspective on the capital litigation process and its impact on the people who participate in it.
Four pretty little liars have been very bad girls. Spencer stole her sister’s boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya...as much more than a friend. Hanna’s obsession with looking flawless is making her sick. And their most horrible secret yet is so scandalous that the truth would ruin them forever. And why shouldn’t I tell? They deserve to lose it all. With every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message I send, I’ll be taking these pretty little liars down. Trust me, I’ve got enough dirt to bury them alive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cassandra Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002210/bk_harp_002210_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Another spot-on story of middle school drama and friendship from Terri Libenson, national best-selling author of Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy.Friends. Frenemies. Middle school....The last day of seventh grade has Jaime and Maya wondering who their real friends are.Jaime knows something is off with her friend group. They’ve started to exclude her and make fun of the way she dresses and the things she likes. At least she can count on her BFF, Maya, to have her back...right?Maya feels more and more annoyed with Jaime, who seems babyish compared to the other girls in their popular group. It’s like she has nothing in common with Jai anymore. Are their days as BFFs numbered?Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Jennifer L. Holm. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Imani Parks, Cassandra Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/008530/bk_harp_008530_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Putter and Squeaky are sisters and friends, but total opposites. Putter leaves her room a mess, and Squeaky likes a neat room. Putter is eight years old and manages to lose her four-year-old sister in her messy room in a dream that becomes a real nightmare when a school bully gets involved. Putter tries to rescue Squeak but has to search through her messy room to find her. Will Putter rescue Squeaky? Or will she be lost forever? Listen to this fun story to find out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maya Ferrara. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/127969/bk_acx0_127969_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two ducks are taking over children´s playrooms: Schnatter and Lieschen. These two brand new characters are the creations of author Claudia Raab (50) and illustrator Peter Oedekoven (whose work includes Disney´s ´´Dinosaur´´ and ´´Maya the Bee Movie´´).In volume 1, which has just been published, Schnatter and Lieschen celebrate their name day - and the two little ducks invite all their animal friends. For example there is Eiei, the chicken, who just loves to dance. Then there is Leopold the wolf, a real sports fan, or Mariechen and Käferchen who love to paint. Möwine even comes flying in from England.The new children´s book series ´´Schnatter and Lieschen´´, with its wonderful illustrations, has over 40 pages all about the beauty and importance of friendship, helpfulness, creativity, music and movement.The children´s book series: Schnatter and Lieschen are for children aged between 3 to 8 years.Every book is equipped with a CD. Each volume comes with it´s own song on the CD also includes a 15-minute audio book where the story is narrated.Schnatter and Lieschen art the loveliest ducks in the whole world. They spend wonderful times together with their friends, going on great adventures, having fun and learning all sorts of things - and they just love to sing!About the author: Claudia Raab was born in Munich. Before she began writing, she was full-time musician/saxophonist and songwriter, and still is to this day. But she now only rarely goes on tour because her great love is writing children´s songs. For the last few years she has commuted between Munich and Brighton in England. This has become her second home now and a great inspiration to her, on which she could no longer do without. About the illustrator: Peter Oedekoven studied film and animation at the California Institute of the Arts in USA and, after graduating, worked on a number of national and international film productions as a character designer and visual developer. Along with his work as a designer in film and animation, he has also been active in the colourful world of comic books and been responsible for illustrated books and books for children and young people. Together with a few like-minded colleagues, he runs the studio DIE ARTILLERIE. He lives in Munich with hiswife and their two children.
The Olmec people are widely recognized as the first major civilization of Mexico and are thus generally regarded as the mother civilization of Mesoamerica, making them the people from which all subsequent Mesoamerican cultures derived. In fact, the term Olmec is thought to have originated with the Aztec people, as Olmec in their Nahuatl language means ´´the rubber people´´, a reference to the inhabitants of the land from which they accessed rubber. By and large, the Olmec culture is perhaps best identifiable by their so-called colossal heads, mammoth basalt head-statues wearing helmet-like headdresses found throughout Olmec habitation sites. Around 2500 BC, the Olmec settled primarily along Mexico´s Gulf Coast in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico (in the modern-day States of Veracruz and Tabasco), and they flourished during North America´s Prehistoric Indian Formative period from about 1700-400 BC. Their direct cultural contributions were still evident as late as AD 300. Among Mesoamerican scholars, the Formative period is subdivided into the Preclassic (Olmec period), Classic (Maya period), and Postclassic (Toltec and Aztec periods). The Olmec´s agricultural abilities sustained them and ensured their power and influence for over a millennium. They produced corn/maize, squash, and other plant foods in such quantities that they were afforded the manpower to build great monuments and ceremonial centers to further promote their cultural identity. From a cultural standpoint, their pyramids, open plazas, their ballgame, and possibly even centers of human sacrifice are thought to have established the societal model that subsequent societies like the Maya, Zapotec, Teotihuacano, Toltec, Mixtec, and Aztec would emulate. In the same vein, some scholars believe that they also affected the cultural development of the Native American groups of the United States and those of Central and South America as well. Proving to be one the most enduring mo 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Gilboe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/081405/bk_acx0_081405_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s Exit to Eden meets The Rum Diary! Spend seven days at the hedonistic tropical paradise of a swingers resort in Mexico. Just enough time to get into some very sexy trouble! Ryan and Jenn are still newbie swingers in many ways when they arrive with their friends, lovers, and playmates, Bruce and Paige, veterans of this trip. As this foursome tries to wring out every last drop of pleasure that Aphrodite´s Resort and Spa has to offer, they´re confronted with the realities of life at home, as well as complexities of exploring a life less monogamous, the spectrum of sexuality, budding and waning attraction and love, and how one truly gets the most out of an orgy. Alongside them are Alejandra and Crista, a lesbian couple on their first sexy vacation, recognizing the differences and difficulties in being the only lesbian swingers in the crowd. Raymond Horne is the host extraordinaire, on his tenth trip, who is losing his confidence and direction after watching his partner walk out the door the month before. One hundred and eleven couples have descended upon Aphrodite´s, a place of pleasure and debauchery, situated on a strip of white sand beach on the Riviera Maya for a week of the finest food and drink, meeting and flirting, and getting down and dirty with friends and lovers alike for tales of swinging and polyamory in paradise. They will experience ecstasy and strain, the spectrum of sexuality and open relationships, from bisexual exploration, budding polyamory, orgies, pegging, the value of building kegel muscles, G-spot orgasms, and more. Nothing is quite so intense and wonderful in non-monogamous lifestyles as seven straight days at a resort filled with like-minded hedonists. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cooper S. Beckett, Kat Stark, Emily Sotelo Matlack, Ophilia Tesla, Miko Technogeisha, John Gaines, Flick Morrison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096508/bk_acx0_096508_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.