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Now that she's had her thirteenth birthday, Mickey's finally old enough to work at her mother's super glam hair salon-Hello, Gorgeous! And true to the old clich? about people confiding in their hair stylists, Mickey starts getting an earful right off the bat. Customers love talking to her because she's so empathetic, but what happens when she starts getting overly involved in their dramas? .
Dakota, Chrasey, and Jordan have been best friends since college. Now they're about to discover their wild school days have nothing on the dramas of adulthood. . . As friends, Dakota, Chrasey, and Jordan are alike and dissimilar in many ways. Dakota is the only single one in the group. She and Jordan both thrive on their high-powered careers--and the men in their lives almost always come second. But when Dakota's boyfriend becomes more than she can handle, she realized that strength in the boardroom does not translate to the bedroom. Chrasey and Jordan have marriage in common--and the temptation to have an affair with two irresistible men. Now these three friends who have been through the best and worst times together, will have to rely on their strong bonds and trust the truth that lies buried deep within their hearts to discover who they really are--and find the life they've been waiting for all along. . . I felt like I was experiencing one of my own girls' nights out. --Lala, MTV VJ More juicy drama than any reality show. . . . Janine writes for the everyday diva in all of us. --Miss Info, author of Bling, Bling: Hip Hops Crown Jewels, Hot 97 Jock, Vibe columnist
Life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be. . . Ever since she started working for a top executive in the music industry, once-shy Naomi has gone from drab to fab. Now that she's had a taste of the good life, she'll stop at nothing to get more--even if it means watching her career unravel and losing the ones she loves. Personal assistant Sereeta is all about getting her NBA player boss whatever he wants. She's not afraid to break the rules, until he crosses the line with her--and she realizes that one wrong move could destroy everything. As music director of New York's top radio station, Madison has the power to make or break careers. But a dangerous affair with one of hip-hop's most wanted men finds her risking her personal and professional life--all in the name of good old-fashioned lust. From VIP passes to high-stakes relationships, these ladies longed for glitz and glamour--but can they afford the cost that comes with it? Morris has a way with words and drama. --NY Daily NewsPraise for Janine A. Morris and Diva DiariesReminiscent of Waiting to Exhale. --BooklistI felt like I was experiencing one of my own girls' nights out. --Lala, MTV VJ
Fiona Range's thirty years have been the battleground between her good upbringing and the innate recklessness she defiantly attributes to the beautiful Natalie, the young unwed mother who abandoned her in infancy. Most of Fiona's troubles seem to be kindled by a mix of the wrong men and the excesses of her kind heart. Finally rejected by the embarrassed and highly regarded Hollis family who raised her, Fiona has spent the last weeks of summer trying to get her life in order. But it takes only a single careless night to further condemn her in the eyes of the community. Finding herself even further estranged from relatives and friends, Fiona is drawn to the one man who wants nothing to do with her. He is her rumored father, Patrick Grady, so cruel and unstable that her Aunt Arlene and Uncle Charles Hollis fear for her safety. But, as always, Fiona will listen to no one. Determined to make Grady acknowledge their relationship, she pursues him in spite of his threats and increasingly erratic behavior. This is a deeply moving and hauntingly tragic tale of goodness undermined by guilt, of obsession, and of the twisted bond of betrayal committed in the name of love.
Mickey's thrilled to have some female friends for a change. But things get a little too close for comfort when her mom goes and hires Lizbeth to work at the salon. Mickey's worried that Lizbeth is stealing her thunder. After all, Lizbeth is everything Mickey isn't-outgoing, bubbly, and quick-on-her-feet. But when Mickey tries too hard to outshine her, things backfire in a hair-raising way! .
Readers and critics have been enchanted by Mary McGarry Morris's unforgettable characters and masterly use of suspense in her four earlier novels, including the bestselling Songs in Ordinary Time. In her latest tour de force, Gordon Loomis returns to a changed world after twenty-five years in prison. His old neighborhood is blighted by drug dealers; his brother is eager to help but is too caught up in his own life; his loyal friend Delores makes him realize that he's just as afraid of relationships as he is of going back to jail; and his inherent decency draws the attention of a hungry child whose survival threatens the fragile balance that is Gordon's freedom. Compelling and taut, suspenseful and compassionate, A Hole in the Universe will continue to resonate long after the last page is turned.
From the author of the smash hit Diva Diaries comes this unforgettable story of a woman who is ready to trade her long-term hopes for some short-term pleasure Jordan Moore is in the middle of a breakdown. Thirty-four years old and newly single, she has given custody of her son to her ex-husband and now regrets the decision; her ex-husband is getting married again; and after a year of disappointments from Jayon, her best friend-turned-boyfriend, she has given up on true love. All her years of living a moral, straight-laced, practical life seem to have gotten her nowhere. Now she wants to walk on the wild side and do a little heartbreaking of her own. It does not take Jordan long to find the rowdy, steamy pleasure that she seeks--with no strings attached, of course--and she is content with her new attitude. By using men the way she has been used, Jordan believes that she is somehow evening the score. But when she meets Marcus, a wonderful, caring gentleman who sees through all of her guardedness, she is thrown for a loop. Is he another Mr. Wrong to be avoided at all costs? Or will Jordan realize that true love is standing right in front of her. . . before it is too late? Praise for Janine A. Morris and Diva Diaries "Reminiscent of Waiting to Exhale. "--Booklist "Morris has a way with words and drama. "--NY Daily News "I felt like I was experiencing one of my own girls' night out. "--La La, MTV VJ
If you work in the kind of place where your boss's door is always open, the coffee is always refilled, and professionalism reigns, then kindly put down this book and throw yourself off something very tall. If years of being frustrated by arrogant douche bags and mental pygmies have left you ready to burn the world to the ground while laughing, then prepare to discover someone actually has it worse. Inspired by the hugely popular website, Please Fire Me is"A venting ground for the malemployed. " --Thrillist"A really funny, bitchy co-worker. " --The L MagazineRead hilarious workplace horror stories and follow the PFM guide to surviving the corporate machine. "Your boss is illiterate, your co-worker eats her own hair--whine it all out on Please Fire Me. "--Details. com"Read Please Fire Me and be happy your job isn't that bad. " --Smart Pretty and Awkward "Hilarious. " --Times & Transcript
Reminiscent of Waiting to Exhale, (Booklist), Diva Diaries secured Janine A. Morris' reputation as one of today's most exciting novelists. Now she delivers an unforgettable story about love, lies, and consequences. . . Isaac is living proof that nice guys can finish first. He's waited a long time for the perfect woman, and now that he's found her, he is more than ready to start a family. But he has no idea that his fiancée is keeping a few secrets--secrets that could extinguish his dreams. . . Young and beautiful, Charlene grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, but she never told Isaac the extent of her demons. For the first time in her life, Charlene knows what it feels like to be happy and truly in love. But the dark past she's worked so hard to outrun is about to catch up with her in a way that could destroy any chance of a future with Isaac. . . Praise for Janine A. Morris and Diva Diaries I felt like I was experiencing one of my own girls' night out. --La La, MTV VJJanine writes for the everyday diva in all of us!--Miss Info, author of Bling Bling: Hip Hop's Crown Jewels, Hot 97 Jock, Vibe columnist
A "New York Times" bestseller on the financial crisis?now updated to address the current economic landscape
Previously published as The Trillion Dollar Meltdown Now fully updated with the latest financial developments, this is the bestselling book that briefly and brilliantly explains how we got into the economic mess that is the Credit Crunch. With the housing markets unravelling daily and distress signals flying throughout the rest of the economy, there is little doubt that we are facing a fierce recession. In crisp, gripping prose, Charles R. Morris shows how got into this mess. He explains the arcane financial instruments, the chicanery, the policy misjudgments, the dogmas, and the delusions that created the greatest credit bubble in world history. Paul Volcker slew the inflation dragon in the early 1980s, and set the stage for the high performance economy of the 1980s and 1990s. But Wall Street's prosperity soon tilted into gross excess. The astronomical leverage at major banks and their hedge fund and private equity clients led to massive disruption in global markets. A quarter century of free-market zealotry that extolled asset stripping, abusive lending, and hedge fund secrecy will go down in flames with it. Continued denial and concealment could cause the crisis to stretch out for years, but financial and government leaders are still downplaying the problem. The required restructuring will be at least as painful as the very difficult period of 1979-1983. The Two Trillion-Dollar Meltdown, updated to include the latest financial developments, is indispensable to understanding how the world economy has been put on the brink.
'Satisfies on more than one level - as a story of investigation and also as a historical novel crammed with sharply individual characters. ' Andrew Taylor, author of The American BoyIn the heat of the St Petersburg summer of 1868, a doctor's wife and son are found dead, victims of a suspected poisoning. The doctor is arrested, but when further bodies are discovered it sets investigator Porfiry Petrovich on a thrilling and dangerous chase through the dark heart of the city, encountering aristocrats, soldiers, beggars and prostitutes as he hunts down a ruthless and elusive killer. 'Teems with tsarist spies, would-be revolutionaries and a stifling bureaucracy that frustrates ordinary Russians at every turn. ' Sunday Times'Morris's St Petersburg comes alive in intense imagery. ' Financial Times