EVERYTHING TURNS INVISIBLE

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Milo Prieto’s odd life begins with an equally odd twist: being adopted at birth by asylum-seeking Cuban musicians and growing up in an experimental housing project in the North Bronx. He’s white, his parents black, but he fits in even as he sticks out. He even shows early promise on the drums of his father. But an accident spells the end of everything. By 17 he finds himself abandoned and incarcerated. He wants nothing more than to die. To disappear. To become as invisible as he feels. And then out of nowhere he gets a second chance. Sprung from “juvi” via a program for promising teens who’ve slipped off the rails, Milo heads from New York City to Maine and beyond on a journey with more missteps than he could have imagined. Desperate to grow up, but unsure how, his plan is to escape into the unknown. But no matter how far he runs his past seems to be one step ahead and waiting - waiting, quite possibly, with the answers he needs to move on.

NEVER THE HOPE ITSELF

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A former NPR correspondent puts the reader in the midst of his life as he reports on a region in turmoil. Hadden had been training to become a Buddhist monk when opportunity came knocking: a dream job as NPR's correspondent for Latin America. Arriving in Mexico in 2000 during the nation's first democratic transition of power, Hadden witnesses both hope and uncertainty. But after 9/11 he finds himself in a forgotten political landscape. He documents extraordinary if overlooked events, even as most foreign news bureaus shut down. As he reports on smugglers running guns to Colombian rebels,  immigrants streaming to the U.S. border, and a bloody rebellion that throws Haiti into chaos, Hadden must also make a home for himself in Mexico City, coming to terms with its ghosts and chasing down the love of his life. A riveting narrative that reveals the human heart at the center of international affairs.

HOME TREE HOME

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When was the last time you sat in a tree? Surveying the landscape like a monarch, escaping your parents' watchful eye, letting your imagination run wild. Just because you've grown up, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy the sense of liberation a tree provides. Here is the most comprehensive guide ever to building your own castle in the air, be it a simple child's playhouse or an adult's cozy retreat with all the modern conveniences, including electricity. Peter Nelson, the nation's foremost authority on tree houses, and critically-acclaimed author Gerry Hadden tell you everything you need to know about designing and building the house that's right for you and your family. From information on site selection (why some trees provide better homes than others), safety issues, tree care, advice on styles and materials, and other essential rules of thumb, these pages will save time and money. Whether you'd like to build your children a safe and fun place to play and dream, or you're contemplating your own retreat from the drudgery of earthbound living, this practical, wildly fanciful guide will show you how to make your tree fantasies come true.