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The metamorphosis of Gregor Samsa was surely one of the momentous transformations of modern times. Kafka's burning vision of the future ended with Gregor being swept into a dustbin. But what if Gregor were to survive and live to challenge the wrongs clouding humanity's horizon? In Insect Dreams, Gregor#151;rescued by profiteers#151; will sharpen his mind against the minds of Wittgenstein and Rilke, dance to the crazy rhythms of Prohibition, and appear as a surprise witness at the Scopes trial. Eventually, he'll meet FDR, join the brain trust, and move into the White House. But a talking cockroach with an ethical agenda can wear out his welcome, and soon Gregor is reassigned as a risk management consultant for the Manhattan Project. What follows is nothing less than the explosive birth of contemporary existence#151;and the culmination of a tale that is as intellectually ambitious as it is warmhearted and funny.
Set in the steamy, stormy landscape of South Carolina, Sullivan's Island marks the debut of an exquisitely talented writer--and tells the unforgettable story of one woman's courageous journey toward truth. Born and raised on idyllic Sullivan's Island, Susan Hayes navigated through her turbulent childhood with humor, spunk, and characteristic Southern sass. But years later, she is a conflicted woman with an unfaithful husband, a sometimes resentful teenage daughter, and a heart that aches with painful, poignant memories. And as Susan faces her uncertain future, she realizes she must go back to her past. To the beachfront house where her sister welcomes her with open arms. To a place haunted by long-held secrets and devastating betrayals. To the only place she can truly call home. . . .
Sizzling with sensuality and expertise, this definitive guide shows you how to give the women in your life the best loving she's ever had. With surefire secrets to finding the elusive "G-Spot," and information on how to make monogamy and safe sex sexy, this one-of-a-kind book will make you wonder how you ever lived - and loved - without it! Compares to Naura Hayden's How to Satisfy a Woman Every Time and Brenda Venus's Secrets of Seduction. Also in the tradition of Graham Masterson's How to Drive Yor Woman Wild in Bed and Ellen Kreidman's Light Her Fire. Tom Leonardi is a noted sex columnist for P. O. V. magazine. With its tried and true technoques, Secrets of Sensual Lovemaking is one of the most essential and useful books of its kind on the market.
Here's lookin' at you, kid... Called upon to make a toast at your daughter's dirthday? Your boss's baby shower? Your brother's wedding? Your sister's divorce? Don't worry about what to say. Pour everyone a drink and relax. Your wit is about to get sharpened for you... May you live as long as you want, and not want as long as you live... This entertaining and comprehensive guide--fully indexed by category, occasion and contributor--includes more than 1,300 heartwarming, hilarious, cynical, sentimental, and exotic toasts. It is the perfect party companion, whether you're saluting good health, bad habits, old enemies, or new friends. To all our guests who make us happy, some by coming and others by going... Featuring all the right words for all right occasions by Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Dorothy Parker, Mark Twain, Groucho Marx, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, W. C. Fields, Bette Davis, Jack London, Robert Frost, Ogden Nash, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, John Barrymore, P. J. O'Rourke, Miss Piggy, Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Mae West, Walter Winchell, Socrates, Benjamin Franklin, Victor Hugo, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gloria Steinhem and hundreds of others who never worried about being at a loss for words. And here's to living well, 'tis the best revenge...(Ahem)...I think it was a wise old soul who once said... Never eat more than you can lift. --Miss Piggy Here's to age. Do not resist growing old, many are denied the privilege. --Anonymous A Merry Christmas this December to a lot of folks I don't remember. --Franklin Adams I have known many, liked a few, loved only one, so here's to you. --Anonymous Forgive your enemies, but remember their names! --John F. Kennedy Here's to happiness, it sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. --John Barrymore Here's to love which doesn't make the world go round, but it sure makes the ride worthwhile. --Mae West I know the things I know, and do the things I do, And if you do not like me so to hell, my love, with you! --Dorothy Parker Let us toast the fools; but for them the rest of us could not succeed. --Mark Twain I used to know a clever toast, but pshaw, I cannot think of it. So fill your glass to anything, and bless your souls I'll drink to it. --Wallace Irwin .
When Terri Raines was twenty-seven years old, she took a vacation that changed her life. Leaving behind her wildlife rescue work in Oregon, Terri traveled to Australia, and there, at a small wildlife park, she met and fell in love with a tall, blond force of nature named Steve Irwin. They were married in less than a year, and Terri eagerly joined in Steve's conservation work. The footage filmed on their crocodile-trapping honeymoon became the first episode of T"he Crocodile Hunter," and together, Steve and Terri began to change the world. In "Steve & Me," Terri recounts the unforgettable adventures they shared -- wrangling venomous snakes, saving deadly crocodiles from poachers, swimming among humpback whales. A uniquely gifted naturalist, Steve was first and foremost a wildlife warrior dedicated to rescuing endangered animals -- especially his beloved crocs -- and educating everyone he could reach about the importance of conservation. In the hit TV shows that continue to be broadcast worldwide, Steve's enthusiasm lives on, bringing little-known and often-feared species to light as he reveals and revels in the wonders of our planet. With grace, wit, and candor, Terri Irwin portrays her husband as he really was -- a devoted family man, a fervently dedicated environmentalist, a modest bloke who spoke to millions on behalf of those who could not speak for themselves. "Steve & Me" is a nonstop adventure, a real-life love story, and a fitting tribute to a man adored by all those whose lives he touched, written by the woman who knew and loved him best of all.
Published in hardcover as The Penguin Roget's College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form, this new paperback edition of the 20-million-copy bestselling thesaurus has been fully revised, expanded, and updated for the modern home, school, or office. .
What were the chilling revelations of the seances conducted by Mary Todd Lincoln, Martha Washington, and Eleanor Roosevelt? What secrets did John F. Kennedy reveal after his death? Why was Hillary Clinton compelled to channel the spirits of past First Ladies? Which presidents admitted in private to having UFO encounters? What's the source of the strange light emanating from the Rose Room? Who-or-what is playing the haunted strains of phantom music in the private halls of the White House? The answers to these and even more tantalizing questions can be found in this unique history of the never-before-revealed phenomenon of the White House. And this isn't hearsay. It's based on declassified, substantiated records dating back to George Washington through the Clinton Administration. FEATURING: Actual transcripts of channeling sessions and seances A tour guide to the Presidential Haunted Places Eyewitness accounts from Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others
SHARPE ATTEMPTS THE IMPOSSIBLE - TO CAPTURE A GOLD EAGLE, THE FRENCH ARMY'S MOST HONORED PRIZE. Lt. Sharpe, soon to be Captain Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon at Talavera in what will be the bloodiest battle of the war. Sharpe has earned his captaincy, but there are others - such as the foppish Lieutenant Gibbons and his uncle, Colonel Henry Simmerson - who have bought their commissions despite their incompetence. After their cowardly loss of the regiment's colors, their resentment toward the upstart Sharpe turns to treachery, and Sharpe must fight to redeem the honor of his regiment.
Throughout the ages, the Kabbalah has influenced some of the world's most impressive movers and shakers. Now every woman who wants to expand her knowledge and venture into new mystical experiences can access this ancient source of wisdom. Written by the author of AstroBabe and KarmaBabe, this tantalizing book unlocks the treasures of the Kabbalah to help readers navigate the universe-and answer the most important questions about human existence. Once shrouded in secrecy and passed down through men alone, this ancient mystical tradition has helped thousands of people make their dreams come true. For both the merely curious and truly serious, this fascinating peek into this mystical Jewish tradition will change and illuminate every reader's life.
Lawyer and educator Robert Beattie carefully lays out all of the evidence as well as the false leads in the detailed and dogged investigation of the Wichita serial murderer who called himself BTK, an abbreviation of his MO--Bind, Torture, Kill. Beattie's detailed coverage of the case begins in 1974 with the first series of murders, and ends with the arrest of the alleged perpetrator, Dennis Rader, in February 2005. Beattie's book, begun as a project for a university class he was teaching, is the first to focus on this notorious killer. It is possible that publicity surrounding the upcoming book may be what inspired BTK to begin sending messages to the police again after 25 years of silence, messages which eventually led to Rader's arrest. The book contains an insert of black-and-white photos, including a picture of Rader.
Still recovering from breaking up with her boyfriend and alienating half the people in town, Skye Denison has sworn off men--but she hires sexy contractor Beau Hamilton to renovate the old house she inherited. After all, who can ignore his qualifications? Golden hair, bronzed chest, muscular thighs--he's just too good to be true. Sure enough, he has a reputation for conning the ladies. But before the not so naïve Skye can fire the hunk, he turns up dead. Since even bad boys deserve justice, Skye has to juggle more than a passionate police chief, a cagey brother with a secret, and a possibly haunted house. She's got a killer to catch. .
The astonishing new V. I. Warshawski novel from one of America's foremost writers of crime fiction. V. I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it. When V. I. takes over coaching duties of the girls' basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes. Through young Josie Dorrado, V. I. meets the girl's mother, who voices her worries about sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works. The biggest employer on the South Side, discount-store behemoth By-Smart, pays even less, and Ms. Dorrado doesn't know how she'll support her four children if the flag plant shuts down. The elder Dorrado's fears are realized when the plant explodes; V. I. is injured and the owner is killed. As V. I. begins to investigate, she finds herself onfronting the Bysen family, who own the By-Smart company. Founder William "Buffalo Bill" Bysen, now in his eighties, has four sons who quarrel with each other and with him; the oldest, "Young Mr. William," is close to sixty and furious that his father doesn't cede more power to him. And then there's "Billy the Kid," Young Mr. William's nineteen-year-old son, whose Christian idealism puts him on a collision course with his father, his grandfather, and the company as a whole. When Billy runs away with Josie Dorrado, V. I. is squeezed between the needs of two very different families. As she tries to find the errant teenagers, and to track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the swamps that lie under the city of Chicago.
The third instalment of the Aisling Grey series finds Aisling in a new heap of otherworldly trouble. Aisling and her demon sidekick, Jim, have relocated to London so Ainsling can learn the Guardian trade. Things start to go wrong when Jim accidentally eats the Imp King. With a whole population of Imps wanting Aisling dead, she has no choice but to hide in Drake Vireo's mansion. But has she jumped from the frying pan into the fire by seeking protection from her former lover?
On a trip to England, physicist Portia Harding is stalked by a heart-stoppingly handsome maniac. Theondre North is a nephilim - the son of a fallen angel - who needs Portia's help to change his fate. Problem is, Portia's down-to-earth attitude frustrates beings from both heavenly and hellish realms - and gets Theo turned into a vampire. But at least he has Portia to satisfy his newfound hungers - and possibly save his soul.
Bluff City is a prosperous silver-mining town-and a place of opportunity for those willing to exploit its hard-working citizens. Harve Barker is the wealthiest man in the territory, offering irresistible vices to anyone willing and able to afford them. Outlaw Jesse Stark has grown fond of the town's surrounding mining camps, leading a gang of desperadoes on a violent spree of robberies-and staying one step ahead of the law at all times. Between the megalomaniacal entrepreneur and the brutal bandit stands the enigmatic Clay Adams. And he has a score to settle with both of them. .
Go skinny dipping with Connie Brockway IN her latest NOVEL Mimi Olsen is crushed to learn that her family's Minnesota retreat is up for sale. Unless someone can get the cash to save it, the house that's served as a peaceful anchor for generations will go under the hammer. A free spirit like Mimi has the will, what she needs is a way. Moving back into Chez Ducky is a start. But when she meets the man next door, her life is going to change direction in ways she never imagined. .
Book Three of Kate Forsyth's spellbinding Witches of Eileanan series...<P> Lachlan the Winged now holds the Lodestar and is Righ of Eileanan. But his battle to gain the throne is only the first of many that he and Eileanan must face. The sea-dwelling Fairge are taking over more and more of the coasts. The half-breed Maya, who wrought such terrible persecution upon Eileanan's witches and fairy creatures, has disappeared -- though this has not deterred groups of soldiers maintaining their loyalty to her and her baby and threatening Lachlan's rule. Despite having played a crucial role in his victory, Isabeau feels increasingly uneasy at Lachlan's court. She has taken responsibility for Maya's baby, Bronwen, and fears her brother-in-law's jealousy of the child. Once again she must take to the road, though the road she travels this time is unlike any other...<P> Under the watchful eyes of the dragons, Isabeau and Bronwen make their home at the crumbling Towers of Roses and Thorns deep in the mountains. It is there that Isabeau will discovers her true heritage -- and the true nature of the dragons. As Lachlan seeks support throughout Eileanan, from distant lords and from the faery creatures, his armies continue to fight the invading Tirsoilleirean soldiers. Meanwhile, Maya has kept herself well-hidden and makes plans to regain her baby and her power. However in the aloof Margrit of Arran she finds a dangerous ally, and in the end aid comes to her from a most unexpected direction...
A world of shifting lands connected only by bridges, Ephemera has been kept stable by the magic of the Landscapers. In one land where night reigns and demons dwell, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. But then in dreams she calls to him: a woman who wants only to be safe and loved-a woman he hungers for while knowing he may destroy her.<P> But a more devastating destiny awaits Sebastian, for in the quiet gardens of the Landscapers' school, evil is stirring. The nearly forgotten Eater of the World has escaped its prison-and Sebastian's realm may be the first to fall.
The final book of this richly imagined world from the acclaimed author of the Black Jewels trilogy.<P> The Eater of the World is casting its shadow over the landscapes of Ephemera, tainting people's souls with doubts and fears. Only Glorianna Belladonna possesses the ability to thwart the Eater--but she is not alone. In dreams, a call has traveled beyond the Landscapes and reached Michael, a man with mysterious powers of his own...
The mesmerizing conclusion to the fantasy epic Addicted to an enchantment that turns pain into pleasure?and bound by oaths he refuses to abandon?Valen risks body and soul to rescue one child, seek justice for another, and bring the dying land of Navronne its rightful king. .
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton Ethan Frome is a novel published in 1911 by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Edith Wharton. It is set in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. The novel was adapted into a film, Ethan Frome, in 1993. Ethan Frome is set in a fictional New England town named Starkfield, where an unnamed narrator tells the story of his encounter with Ethan Frome, a man with dreams and desires that end in an ironic turn of events. The narrator tells the story based on an account from observations at Frome's house when he had to stay there during a winter storm. The novel is framed by the literary device of an extended flashback. The first chapter opens with an unnamed male narrator spending a winter in Starkfield. He sets out to learn about the life of a mysterious local figure named Ethan Frome, a man who had been injured in a horrific "smash-up" twenty-four years before. Frome is described as "the most striking figure in Starkfield", "the ruin of a man" with a "careless powerful look. . . in spite of a lameness checking each step like the jerk of a chain".
This is the story of Dan and his boyfriend Terry's bid to adopt a baby. Dan and Terry decide on open adoption - a radical new form of adoption where the mother chooses the parents of her child. Their gay friends think they are sell-outs; those on the far-right think they are sinners, but all Dan can think about are the (various) joys of parenthood. A no-holds barred attack on the "conservative values", "The Kid" is also a celebration of family, and the lengths people will go - gay and straight - to create one of their own.
Considered by thousands of health care providers to be the ultimate first treatment of choice for back and neck pain, the seven steps that make up the McKenzie Method have become the keystone for back and neck care in 35 countries, including the United States. Since 1980, when Robin McKenzie first self-published his innovative program, more than 3. 5 million people have bought Treat Your Own Back and more than 2 million have bought Treat Your Own Neck from their doctors, chiropractors, or physical therapists. Now Robin McKenzie and Craig Kubey offer a more detailed and complete program that should become known as the bible of back and neck care. The exercises included here are easy to follow and there are no drugs or medications to take in this program. Complete with more than 100 photos, 7 Steps to a Pain-Free Life is an invaluable tool for better health.
Listen to Al Franken as interviewed by Dan Susskind of Another Perspective on VoiceAmerica. com! Get the free Real Player Al Franken, one of our "savviest satirists" (People), has been studying the rhetoric of the Right. He has listened to their cries of "slander," "bias," and even "treason. " He has examined the Bush administration's policies of squandering our surplus, ravaging the environment, and alienating the rest of the world. He's even watched Fox News. A lot. And, in this fair and balanced report, Al bravely and candidly exposes them all for what they are: liars. Lying, lying liars. Al destroys the liberal media bias myth by doing what his targets seem incapable of: getting his facts straight. Using the Right's own words against them, he takes on the pundits, the politicians, and the issues, in the most talked about book of the year. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always funny, Lies sticks it to the most right-wing administration in memory, and to the right-wing media hacks who do its bidding. .
All new tales from the shallow end of the gene pool Named in honour of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, The Darwin Awards pays homage to those who improve our gene pool . . . by removing themselves from it. Most of us know instinctively that igniting a blasting cap in our mouth is a recipe for disaster. Darwin Award winners do not. Most of us have basic sound judgement that eliminates the need for NO SMOKING signs at ammo dumps. Darwin Award winners do not. Whether it's thallium-snorting soldiers, head-butting motorcyclists, or hatchet-wielding men who mistake a body part for a chicken neck, there's no shortage of creative Darwin Award winners. Filled with 150 original tales of evolution in action, science essays by guest writers, and a spoof research paper supporting Intelligent Design, The Darwin Awards IV demonstrates that when it comes to common sense, natural selection still has a long way to go.