Download and read online Sierra Club 2013 Engagement Calendar in PDF and EPUB The most popular nature calendar ever published, this Sierra Club classic features "wire-o" binding, a week-by-week format, and 55 full-color images by some of America's leading nature photographers.
Download and read online Nuns Having Fun in PDF and EPUB Welcome to the lighter side of convent life. Culled from the black-and-white 1950s and '60s, here are hundreds of nuns caught in the act of letting their wimples down.--[book cover]
Download and read online Unlikely Friendships in PDF and EPUB Presents a collection of stories about animals who have forged unlikely, abiding bonds with other animals of different species, from Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten to Owen the hippo and the tortoise Mzee.
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Download and read online Blackcollar in PDF and EPUB A genetically enhanced fighting force may be humanity’s only hope in this novel by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire. Decades after a successful invasion of Earth and the Terran Democratic Empire by the Ryqril—hostile, leathery-skinned aliens—resistance fighter Allen Caine is training for an undercover mission. He will assume the identity of an aide to the senate—part of the government that colludes with the invaders. But when the mission begins earlier than planned, Caine finds himself stuck on the off-planet outpost of Plinry with no idea of what awaits. He’s responsible for the most important mission undertaken by the resistance in twenty years, and when the operation goes awry, Caine’s only hope is to locate Plinry’s so-called blackcollars—the elusive, martial arts–trained guerilla force whose wartime resistance efforts are legendary. With his life and the freedom of everyone in the TDE on the line, Caine’s success will depend on whether or not he can find them. . . .
Download and read online Flower Spirits in PDF and EPUB Pairing Steven N Meyers x-ray photographs of flowers with new age inspirational messages. Similar to Gift of Friendship.
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