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Twylite Knight has always thought of herself as a cut above the other girls who attend her New Orleans Catholic school. She makes excellent grades, has an angelic singing voice, and an older boyfriend who drives her around in his fancy car and showers her with gifts. Her family sees Peanut for what he really is--an abusive, manipulative criminal who will bring their daughter nothing but trouble. Once Twylite begins to see Peanut through her parents' eyes, she leaves him, but Peanut isn't ready to let go so easily. When his quest to get her back ends in a brutal rape, Twylite begins questioning her entire outlook on life. New to New Orleans, Isis Reynolds is a sexual assault victims' advocate and has just been assigned to Twylite's case. Having had a troublesome teen life herself, she immediately identifies with her client--so much so that she doesn't realize she's in too deep until she smacks rock bottom face to face. Dr. Alexis Duplessis has been Twylite's doctor for as long as she can remember. Twylite sees the doctor as a big sister, so when she is raped, it's no surprise that Alexis is the first person she runs to. Alexis, who traditionally only looks out for herself, now finds herself in the middle as she watches both Isis and Twylite self-destruct in their own ways. Will any of these women find their way back to sanity, or will they get lost in an issue that they find is much bigger than themselves? Is there really a light after the storm?
What happens when a fifteen-year-old secret between three best friends is exposed?Celeste Harper seems to be happily married and living life to its fullest. That's what she wants everyone to believe, but her failure to conceive a baby and the critical information she is withholding from her husband may demolish her house of cards. Ginger Brown meets a guy online and invites him to stay in her home. It isn't long before she finds herself having to ask for permission to go to church. Dirty dishes left in the sink, canned goods not neatly stacked, and missing curfew by just one minute earns Ginger a beat down on a regular basis. How long will the make-up hide the bruises?Portia Dunn is single and fancy free, but she has a dangerous taste for married men. She enjoys collecting money for her rent, car note, and bills. When a wife takes notice of mishandled funds and takes over the checkbook, Portia's free ride is over. Now faced with having to support her own shopping addiction, Portia puts a plan in motion to make it too easy for the Mrs. to learn of her husband's adulterous affair. These three women have shared an unbreakable bond since high school. They've also vowed to never make mention of what occurred in a dark, dingy basement during their junior year. When a heated fellowship between them develops into an all-out brawl with name calling, the very subject they've sworn to keep buried suddenly emerges. The Damsels turn on each other, and war is declared.
You can't trust anyone--not even your best friend. Brandon and Chris are back, and their one-time brotherly friendship is now a thing of the past. On the run for attempted murder, Chris is a man on a mission, and Brandon is his intended target. Chris will do anything to survive in the streets and get even with Brandon. Along his deadly quest for revenge, he unexpectedly faces his past and realizes what being a man is truly about. But will it be too late?Brandon, now a married man, is still up to his old tricks. He loves women and money; it's just that simple. But when he realizes that his wife, Mia, has a few tricks of her own, he soon discovers that she isn't the person she made herself out to be. He sets out to find out who the real Mia is, and learns she's a woman who'll stop at nothing to seek revenge for his cheating ways. Will Chris and Brandon resolve their differences, or will each man pay on judgment day?
After one night as a stripper, Cindy decides she can't take it and quits. Unlike most of the girls she knows from the streets, she's not ready for that kind of grind. That doesn't mean she can't hustle, though. In order to make money without being groped by men in the club, Cindy starts a phone sex company. Her lip services quickly gain popularity, and she ventures into other aspects of the sex industry. She convinces her best friend, Sherry, to partner-up and head the day to day operations. When Cindy is out generating a buzz about her company, Sherry's curiosity gets her into a sticky situation involving Wayne, Cindy's ex-boyfriend. Can her loyalty to Cindy remain intact, or will her greed take over?Cindy's new love interest develops into a relationship she has dreamed of, until dark secrets uncover a dilemma between morality and wealth. Will her emotions lead her to make rash decisions and lose everything?Lip Smackin' Good brings readers into the world of betrayal, deception, and sexual desire. With money being priority number one on Cindy's mind, will it blind her to the warning signs of the corruption before her eyes?
With one of their grandchildren happily married, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next matchmaking success. Because there's nothing more rewarding than sparking unexpected love--and putting Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, on the map for romance. . . Cautious to a fault, Lily Eicher strives to live up to her dat's high standards. She's certainly not the kind of proper Amish girl who would make time for someone as impetuous as the Helmuths' grandson, Aden--even if his lively spirit and caring ways are showing her just how wonderful following her heart can be. . . Recklessly doing the right thing got Aden into big trouble. A fresh start at his grandparents' is just what he needs. And shy, pretty Lily is turning his world upside down and making him want to prove he can do good within the rules. But now both must find enough faith and understanding to risk pursuing their dreams--together. . . Praise for Jennifer Beckstrand's Huckleberry Hill"A delightful cast of characters in a story that overflows with Amish love and laughter. " --Charlotte Hubbard "A delightful voice in Amish romance. Sweet and funny. " --Emma Miller
Internal conflicts, dictatorship, and economic disintegration characterized the firsttwenty-five years of Uganda's independence from British colonial rule, which culminatedin the reign of Idi Amin and a violent civil war. The country has since achieved anastounding turnaround of stability and growth. Advancing the Ugandan Economy isa first-hand look at the remarkable policy changes that took place from 1986 to 2012and their effect in contrast with the turbulent events after independence. Ezra Suruma held several key positions in the Ugandan government during the nation'stransition period, including minister of finance. His insightful recounting of thosetimes demonstrates that African countries can achieve economic stability and sustainrapid growth when they meet at least two interdependent conditions: establishinga stable and secure political framework and unleashing entrepreneurialism. Surumaalso highlights the strategic areas that still require fundamental reform if Uganda is tobecome a modern state and shares his vision for the future of his country. Rarely in African history has so much positive political and economic transformationof a country been achieved in such a short time. Suruma's account of the commitment,determination, vision, and dexterity of the Ugandan government holds invaluablelessons in managing the still complex policy challenges facing the African continent.
One of the great classics of European literature, Faust is Goethe's most complex and profound work. To tell the dramatic and tragic story of one man's pact with the Devil in exchange for knowledge and power, Goethe drew from an immense variety of cultural and historical material, and a wealth of poetic and theatrical traditions. What results is a tour de force illustrating Goethe's own moral and artistic development, and a symbolic, cautionary tale of Western humanity striving restlessly and ruthlessly for progress. Capturing the sense, poetic variety, and tonal range of the German original in present-day English, Stuart Atkins's translation presents the formal and rhythmic dexterity of Faust in all its richness and beauty, without recourse to archaisms or interpretive elaborations. Featuring a new introduction by David Wellbery, this Princeton Classics edition of Faust is the definitive English version of a timeless masterpiece.
Love Is Stronger Than Hate "Nonviolence is not the recourse of the weak but actually calls for an uncommon kind of strength; it is not a refraining from something but the engaging of a positive force," renowned peace activist Michael Nagler writes. Here he offers a step-by-step guide to creatively using nonviolence to confront any problem and to build change movements capable of restructuring the very bedrock of society. Nagler identifies some specific tactical mistakes made by unsuccessful nonviolent actions such as the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and the Occupy protests and includes stories of successful nonviolent resistance from around the world, including an example from Nazi Germany. And he shows that nonviolence is more than a tactic--it is a way of living that will enrich every area of our lives.
Whether it's ales, lagers, pilsners, bitters, or stouts, this deck offers tips and techniques for selecting, storing, serving, and (of course) sampling these sudsy libations. Learn everything from flavor and aroma to food pairing and proper serving etiquette. If youre an amateur beer imbiber or a true aficionado, The Beer Deck will ensure youre the host with the most and the guest with the best.
Homology--a similar trait shared by different species and derived from common ancestry, such as a seal's fin and a bird's wing--is one of the most fundamental yet challenging concepts in evolutionary biology. This groundbreaking book provides the first mechanistically based theory of what homology is and how it arises in evolution.Günter Wagner, one of the preeminent researchers in the field, argues that homology, or character identity, can be explained through the historical continuity of character identity networks--that is, the gene regulatory networks that enable differential gene expression. He shows how character identity is independent of the form and function of the character itself because the same network can activate different effector genes and thus control the development of different shapes, sizes, and qualities of the character. Demonstrating how this theoretical model can provide a foundation for understanding the evolutionary origin of novel characters, Wagner applies it to the origin and evolution of specific systems, such as cell types; skin, hair, and feathers; limbs and digits; and flowers.The first major synthesis of homology to be published in decades, Homology, Genes, and Evolutionary Innovation reveals how a mechanistically based theory can serve as a unifying concept for any branch of science concerned with the structure and development of organisms, and how it can help explain major transitions in evolution and broad patterns of biological diversity.
"Property rights" and "Russia" do not usually belong in the same sentence. Rather, our general image of the nation is of insecurity of private ownership and defenselessness in the face of the state. Many scholars have attributed Russia's long-term development problems to a failure to advance property rights for the modern age and blamed Russian intellectuals for their indifference to the issues of ownership. A Public Empire refutes this widely shared conventional wisdom and analyzes the emergence of Russian property regimes from the time of Catherine the Great through World War I and the revolutions of 1917. Most importantly, A Public Empire shows the emergence of the new practices of owning "public things" in imperial Russia and the attempts of Russian intellectuals to reconcile the security of property with the ideals of the common good. The book analyzes how the belief that certain objects--rivers, forests, minerals, historical monuments, icons, and Russian literary classics--should accede to some kind of public status developed in Russia in the mid-nineteenth century. Professional experts and liberal politicians advocated for a property reform that aimed at exempting public things from private ownership, while the tsars and the imperial government employed the rhetoric of protecting the sanctity of private property and resisted attempts at its limitation. Exploring the Russian ways of thinking about property, A Public Empire looks at problems of state reform and the formation of civil society, which, as the book argues, should be rethought as a process of constructing "the public" through the reform of property rights.
Calculus. For some of us, the word conjures up memories of ten-pound textbooks and visions of tedious abstract equations. And yet, in reality, calculus is fun, accessible, and surrounds us everywhere we go. In Everyday Calculus, Oscar Fernandez shows us how to see the math in our coffee, on the highway, and even in the night sky. Fernandez uses our everyday experiences to skillfully reveal the hidden calculus behind a typical day's events. He guides us through how math naturally emerges from simple observations--how hot coffee cools down, for example--and in discussions of over fifty familiar events and activities. Fernandez demonstrates that calculus can be used to explore practically any aspect of our lives, including the most effective number of hours to sleep and the fastest route to get to work. He also shows that calculus can be both useful--determining which seat at the theater leads to the best viewing experience, for instance--and fascinating--exploring topics such as time travel and the age of the universe. Throughout, Fernandez presents straightforward concepts, and no prior mathematical knowledge is required. For advanced math fans, the mathematical derivations are included in the appendixes. Whether you're new to mathematics or already a curious math enthusiast, Everyday Calculus invites you to spend a day discovering the calculus all around you. The book will convince even die-hard skeptics to view this area of math in a whole new way.
A monumental history of the nineteenth century, The Transformation of the World offers a panoramic and multifaceted portrait of a world in transition. Jürgen Osterhammel, an eminent scholar who has been called the Braudel of the nineteenth century, moves beyond conventional Eurocentric and chronological accounts of the era, presenting instead a truly global history of breathtaking scope and towering erudition. He examines the powerful and complex forces that drove global change during the "long nineteenth century," taking readers from New York to New Delhi, from the Latin American revolutions to the Taiping Rebellion, from the perils and promise of Europe's transatlantic labor markets to the hardships endured by nomadic, tribal peoples across the planet. Osterhammel describes a world increasingly networked by the telegraph, the steamship, and the railways. He explores the changing relationship between human beings and nature, looks at the importance of cities, explains the role slavery and its abolition played in the emergence of new nations, challenges the widely held belief that the nineteenth century witnessed the triumph of the nation-state, and much more.This is the highly anticipated English edition of the spectacularly successful and critically acclaimed German book, which is also being translated into Chinese, Polish, Russian, and French. Indispensable for any historian, The Transformation of the World sheds important new light on this momentous epoch, showing how the nineteenth century paved the way for the global catastrophes of the twentieth century, yet how it also gave rise to pacifism, liberalism, the trade union, and a host of other crucial developments.
Back to the Mack is an ebook by award-winning journalist and author Chris Wood. It contains his seminal story about the Mackenzie River, "The Last Great Water Fight," first featured in the October 2010 issue of The Walrus. The ebook also includes "Back to the Mack," in which Wood returns to the Mackenzie four years after his original story and chronicles the development of natural resources affecting both the river and the extensive ecosystems and communities it supports. These two articles also serve as companion content to the brand-new original documentary http://thewalrus.ca/cold-amazon, produced by the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. Cold Amazon will be available to view for free as of March 17 at http://thewalrus.ca/cold-amazon.
Managing your boss: Isn't that merely manipulation? Corporate cozying up? Not according to John Gabarro and John Kotter. In this handy guidebook, the authors contend that you manage your boss for a very good reason: to do your best on the job--and thereby benefit not only yourself but also your supervisor and your entire company. Your boss depends on you for cooperation, reliability, and honesty. And you depend on him or her for links to the rest of the organization, for setting priorities, and for obtaining critical resources. By managing your boss--clarifying your own and your supervisor's strengths, weaknesses, goals, work styles, and needs--you cultivate a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding. The result? A healthy, productive bond that enables you both to excel. Gabarro and Kotter provide valuable guidelines for building this essential relationship--including strategies for determining how your boss prefers to process information and make decisions, tips for communicating mutual expectations, and tactics for negotiating priorities. Thought provoking and practical, Managing Your Boss enables you to lay the groundwork for one of the most crucial working relationships you'll have in your career.
Where should I live? Is it time to switch careers? What is the best course of action for me? Decisions shape our experiences, from choosing which job offer to accept, to buying the right car, to selecting a good accountant. How do we know which choice is the smart one? How can we be consistent and confident in our decisions? In this book from the three leading authorities on decision-making, readers learn how to approach all types of decisions with a simple set of skills developed by professors from Harvard, MIT, and the University of Southern California. Combining solid research with common sense and practical experience, this user-friendly guide shows readers how to assess deep-seated objectives, create a comprehensive set of alternatives, determine likely consequences, make tradeoffs, and grapple with uncertainty. Not only will readers learn how to make decisions, they will learn how to make the smartest decisions. For anyone caught at a confusing crossroad-whether you're choosing between mutual funds or deciding where to retire-the Smart Choices program will improve your decision-making abilities immediately, and make your life more rewarding and fulfilling.
Do you remember the topic of the last speech you heard? If not, you're not alone. In fact, studies show that audiences remember only 10% to 30% of speech or presentation content. Given those bleak statistics, why do we give speeches at all? We give them, says communications expert Nick Morgan, because they remain the most powerful way of connecting with audiences since ancient Greek times. But as we've evolved to a more conversational mode of public speaking, thanks to television, we have forgotten much of what the Greeks taught us about the nonverbal aspects of speech-giving: the physical connection with audiences that can create an almost palpable emotional bond. Morgan says this "kinesthetic connection" comes from truly listening to your audience#151;not just with your brain but with your body. In this book, he draws from more than 20 years as a speech coach and consultant, combining the best of ancient Greek oratory with modern communications research to offer a new, audience-centered approach to public speaking. Through entertaining and insightful examples, Morgan illustrates a 3 part process#151;focusing on content development, rehearsal, and delivery#151;that will enable readers of all experience levels to give more effective, passion-filled speeches that move audiences to action.
Namely Vancouver traces the fascinating origins and history of Greater Vancouver's place names--its streets, neighbourhoods, waterways, mountains, boroughs, and buildings, among others, in an illustrated historical glossary that takes you behind the ubiquitous signs and symbols, and provides a unique vantage point on the city.For instance, Commercial Drive was originally named Park Drive, as it abutted Clark Park in East Vancouver. As part of the route of the Vancouver-New Westminster interurban railway, Park Drive attracted a lot of new businesses; so much so, that in 1912 it was renamed Commercial Drive.There seems to be no truth to the rumour that Gassy Jack Deighton was so named for his frequent passing of wind. Rather, this instrumental figure in Vancouver's early history--the original site of his pub still forms the division between east and west streets in the city--was named for his windbag tendencies, and the legacy of this saloon keeper lives on in the name of historic Gastown.While many of Vancouver's early surveyors, mayors, and even saloon keepers had the honour of having streets or neighbourhoods named after them, John Morton had a slightly more dubious distinction. As one of the "three greenhorns," Morton went down in history as one of Vancouver's earliest settlers. In return, one of Vancouver's shortest streets is named after him.Lulu Island is named after Lulu Sweet, an actress with a travelling theatre company. Colonel Moody (of Port Moody fame) was smitten with Miss Lulu, and named the island, now known as Richmond, after her.An unorthodox and revealing guide, Namely Vancouver is an ideal book for tourists and Vancouverites alike.Includes numerous historical and contemporary B&W photographs.
Written in 1456 and purporting to be the biography of an actual fourteenth-century knight, Jean de Saintré has been called the first modern novel in French and one of the first historical novels in any language. Taken in hand at the age of thirteen by an older and much more experienced lady, Madame des Belles Cousines, the youth grows into an accomplished knight, taking the prize in numerous tournaments and even leading a crusade against the infidels for the love of Madame. When he reaches maturity, Jean starts to rebel against Madame's domination by seeking out his own chivalric adventures. She storms off to her country estates and takes up with the burly abbot of a nearby monastery. The text takes a dark and uncourtly turn when Jean discovers their liaison and lashes out to avenge his lost love and honor, ruining Madame's reputation in the process. Composed in the waning years of chivalry and at the threshold of the print revolution, Jean de Saintré incorporates disquisitions on sin and virtue, advice on hygiene and fashion, as well as lengthy set pieces of chivalric combat. Antoine de La Sale, who was, by turns, a page, a royal tutor, a soldier, and a judge at tournaments, embellished his text with wide-ranging insights into chivalric ideology, combat techniques, heraldry and warfare, and the moral training of a young knight. This superb translation--the first in nearly a hundred years--contextualizes the story with a rich introduction and a glossary and is suitable for scholars, students, and general readers alike. An encyclopedic compilation of medieval culture and a window into the lost world of chivalry, Jean de Saintré is a touchstone text for both the late Middle Ages and the emergence of the modern novel.
From soothing massage oils to prescriptive blends for aches, pains, stresses and sickness, it's easy to unlock the healing power of the natural world with this gorgeously photographed book. From page to page, the deck features profiles of important (and readily available) oils, recipes for prescriptive blends, tips on purchasing materials, and a wealth of information on developing unique blends for specific needs.
Tired of staring at the ceiling or watching late-night television while the precious hours tick by? For those of you who twist and turn from dusk to dawn, The Deep Sleep Deck will let you save those night moves for the dance floor. Spend your nights in restful repose with these 50 easy and practical non-sheep-counting exercises.
We often forget to bring quiet, meditative time into our lives. With a contemplative image and a simple guided exercise on each card, this portable deck provides an enjoyable entre to the practice of meditation--helping you focus, reflect, and find balance.
The magical tales of the Celts offer important life lessons. With a vibrant illustration and a nugget of ancient Celtic wisdom on each page, this ebook will guide and inspire you on your own path to personal enrichment.
Discover novel and inventive ways to arouse your lover with this deck based on the Kama Sutra, long venerated as a source of sublime inspiration on romance and eroticism. The Kama Sutra Deck features 50 tantalizing pages, each with a lush color illustration, a verse from the Kama Sutra, and advice on amorous techniques. Leave a card for your beloved to find and you'll inspire an impassioned rendezvous.
All sorts of things can happen, no matter what road you take, and I never forget that. Death in particular can never be forgotten. Since Rudi's death, I have tried to anticipate and dodge obstacles like an Olympic skier. My agile imagination glides between the little red flags with ease. Philippe's imagination is both inﬁnite and inflexible. It's a dangerous combination. He stays planted on the ground while looking down over reality. Between us, we do a good job of ﬁlling the realm of the possible. I ﬁgured I shouldn't tell him the news: your hairdresser hanged herself in her salon.Ana and her son, Philippe, are grieving the loss of Philippe's father when Philippe's hairstylist, Kimi, dies in an apparent suicide. Driven by a force she doesn't understand, Ana starts digging into Kimi's past in Guyana in 1978, which leads to nested tales of north and south, past and present, and to the Jonestown Massacre. A stunning translation of a masterpiece by one of Quebec's most important novelists.
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