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Out of the Frying Pan: A Chef's Memoir of Hot Kitchens, Single Motherhood, and the Family Meal

By Gillian Clark

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"... an empowering memoir that traces Gillian Clark's rise from a beginner to a top chef. But managing a kitchen also taught her about parenting. With a wealth of experience and wisdom, and a healthy dash of humor, Gillian now shares her life's recipes, from the solutions she cooked up for parenting challenges to her favorite culinary creations. In the prime of her life, Gillian Clark abandoned the corporate world to pursue her passion---making mouthwatering food with fresh, homegrown ingredients. When she became a single parent with two young daughters, though, Gillian had to reconsider her dreams. Moving to the country and running a small, artisanal farm were put on the back burner---supporting her family had to come first. But Gillian's drive to make delicious food was relentless. She finished her culinary degree, survived the tedious prep work of her first cooking job and the difficulty of training during the day and raising two girls at night, and confronted the challenges of working her way up from the bottom in a profession where only the strongest survive. Beating intense odds, Gillian is now head chef and proprietor of the successful and popular Colorado Kitchen, which is ranked among the top 100 restaurants in Washington, D.C."

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Shelley's Heart

By Charles McCarry

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An intricate and intelligent novel set in the not-too-distant future, by the author of The Miernik Dossier. The president is still celebrating his victory when it's discovered that his over-zealous aides may have stolen the election via computer.

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Changes and Chances

By Mary Elmblad

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On the eve of the inauguration of JFK, Oklahoma lawyer Cassie Steele moves with her congressman husband to Washington, D.C., where she encounters tragedy and a chance to start over again.
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The Kill Box

By Chris Stewart

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"In The Kill Box, Air Force Captain Charlie McKay is chosen to lead one of the most desperate military missions ever: destruction of the biological weapons laboratory hidden deep beneath the Iraqi desert bands. Air Force One, returning from Kuwait, has crashed. All aboard, including the vice-president and former President, are dead, killed not by the crash but by a virus of unknown origin. The threat is immediate, blunt, and terrifying.

"The President vows retaliation, not knowing that Washington D.C., is also targeted for biological destruction. As the clock ticks down to biological Armageddon, all personnel at the giant Air Force Base in Saudi Arabia fall to the deadly virus. And as Captain Charlie McKay leads his strike force of F-15s and B-1 Bombers into the heart of Iraq on a one-in-a-million mission, the fate of the world is hanging in the balance."

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Separation of Power

By Vince Flynn

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CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp takes on both Baghdad and Washington, D.C. to avert World War III.
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White Flame

By James Grady

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Rich and brilliant, African-American ex-con-turned-presidential candidate Faron Sears is the target of assassination by a trusted partner, and the FBI agent hired to save his life is protecting a coverup that threatens the entire Washington establishment.

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The Vulture Fund

By Stephen W. Frey

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Wall Street investment banker Mace McLain takes over the management of a new investment fund founded on the belief that the economy is going to crash and, in the process, discovers a high-level political plot that threatens the United States.

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No Way to Treat a First Lady

By Christopher Buckley

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An ambitious First Lady is on trial for the death of her philandering husband and only one man can save her--her ex-boyfriend, the most shameless defense attorney in America.

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Twilight

Stephenie Meyer

"When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human." (Book Description)

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Historic Government Island to Become a Park

The new 17-acre park, located in northern Stafford County near Aquia Harbor, will become part of the county's own park system when it opens next year. Government Island is historically significant as the source of Aquia sandstone, used in such structures as the White House, the U.S. Capitol, Aquia Church, Gunston Hall, Kenmore, and Christ Church in Alexandria. In 2002, the House passed a resolution recognizing the historical significance of Aquia sandstone quarries on Government Island.