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It's time to thrive! Whether life's dealt you a setback or you're ready for a positive change, this collection of 101 inspiring and empowering stories will motivate you to create balance and more meaning in your lifeThere's nothing like true, inspiring stories from real people to encourage you. These empowering and uplifting stories by people who have flourished instead of floundered in the face of challenges, pursued their dreams, and changed their focus and their lives will motivate you to reorient your life and thrive too! Great for anyone in need of a boost and inspiration.
Mark Zuckerberg's 'A Year of Books' SelectionGeorge Orwell's bleak visions of the future, one in which citizens are monitored through telescreens by an insidious Big Brother, has haunted our imagination long after the publication of 1984. Orwell's dystopian image of the telescreen as a repressive instrument of state power has profoundly affected our view of technology, posing a stark confrontational question: Who will be master, human or machine? Experience has shown, however, that Orwell's vision of the future was profoundly and significantly wrong: The conjunction of the new communications technologies has not produced a master-slave relation between person and computer, but rather exciting possibilities for partnership. In an extraordinary demonstration of the emerging supermedium's potential to engender new forms of creativity, Huber's book boldly reimagines 1984 from the computer's point of view. After first scanning all of Orwell's writings into his personal computer, Huber used the machine to rewrite the book completely, for the most part using Orwell's own language. Alternating fiction and non-fiction chapters, Huber advances Orwell's plot to a surprising new conclusion while seamlessly interpolating his own explanations and arguments. The result is a fascinating utopian work which envisions a world at our fingertips of ever-increasing information, equal opportunity, and freedom of choice.
To a small child, the world is an exciting but sometimes frightening and unstable place. In The Magic Years, Selma Fraiberg takes the reader into the mind of the child, showing how he confronts the world and learns to cope with it. With great warmth and perception, she discusses the problems at each stage of development and reveals the qualities -- above all, the quality of understanding -- that can provide the right answer at critical moments.
***An Act of God (previously published as The Last Testament: A Memoir) is now a major Broadway show starring Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and directed by Joe Mantello (Wicked)***Over the course of his long and distinguished career, God has literally seen it all. And not just seen. In fact, the multitalented deity has played a pivotal role in many major events, including the Creation of the universe, the entirety of world history, and the successful transitioning of American Idol into the post-Simon Cowell era. Sometimes preachy, sometimes holier-than-thou, but always lively, An Act of God is the ultimate celebrity autobiography.
"A surprise from the author of Chocolat," New York Times bestselling author Joanne M. Harris, "this pacy adult fantasy is narrated by Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief" (Vogue).This novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods--retold from the point of view of the world's ultimate trickster, Loki. A #1 bestseller in the UK, The Gospel of Loki tells the story of Loki's recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself. Using her lifelong passion for the Norse myths, New York Times bestseller Joanne M. Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel that the Sunday Sun recommends "to her long-standing audience with wit, style and obvious enjoyment;" The Sunday Times claims it "lively and fun;" and The Metro adds that "Harris has enormous fun with her antihero...this mythical bad boy should beguile fans of Neil Gaiman."
Zavcka Klist has reinvented herself: no longer the ruthless gemtech enforcer determined to keep the gems they created enslaved, she's now all about transparency and sharing the fruits of Bel'Natur's research to help gems and norms alike. Neither Aryel Morningstar nor Dr. Eli Walker are convinced that Klist or Bel'Natur can have changed so dramatically, but the gems have problems that only a gemtech can solve. In exchange for their help, digital savant Herran agrees to work on Klist's latest project: reviving the science that drove mankind to the brink of extinction. Then confiscated genestock disappears from a secure government facility, and the more DI Varsi investigates, the closer she comes to the dark heart of Bel'Natur and what Zavcka Klist is really after-not to mention the secrets of Aryel Morningstar's own past...
In his acclaimed, award-winning novels Alex and Irène, Pierre Lemaitre created an unforgettable character in Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven. Now, in Camille, the final volume in Lemaitre's internationally bestselling trilogy of "meta-meta detective" novels (The New York Times), Verhoeven faces his most harrowing case yet, and the ultimate reckoning for the diminutive yet tenacious protagonist.Anne Forestier finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she is trapped in the middle of a bank robbery. Shot three times, she is lucky to survive-and morbidly unlucky to remember the face of her assailant.Followed home from her hospital bed, Anne is in grave danger. But one thing stands in her favor-a dangerously vengeful partner, carrying the scars of devastating loss, who will break all the rules to protect the woman he loves: Commandant Camille Verhoeven.Following the horror of Irène and the thrills of Alex, Camille is the heart-stopping final chapter. Drawn once again into a labyrinthine web with answers ever out of reach, Camille must draw on all his talent to face an enemy who threatens everything he holds dear.
Surfing is sixteen-year-old Iris's world, and when the ultra-talented Zeke walks into her life, it soon becomes her passion. Over one amazing summer, as she is drawn into his sphere, she experiences love, new friendships, but also loss, with an intensity she never dreamed of. But is Zeke all he seems? What hides beneath his glamorous and mysterious past? When Iris decides to try for her own surfing success, just as her ex-boyfriend comes back into her life, she will test her talent, and her feelings for Zeke, to the limit...
"What would happen if Adolf Hitler woke up in modern-day Berlin? In a bestselling satirical novel, he'd end up a TV comedy star . . . [Look Who's Back] has unsurprisingly sparked debate in a country that has grappled for decades with Hitler's unconscionable legacy."-TimeTimur Vermes' record-breaking bestseller Look Who's Back is a satirical novel that imagines what would happen if Hilter were reborn in present-day Germany. The book was a massive success in Germany, selling more than 1.5 million copies. It was subsequently published for the first time in English by Quercus in the UK to strong sales and even stronger media attention.In the novel, Adolf Hitler wakes up in 2011 from a 66-year sleep in his subterranean Berlin bunker to find the Germany he knew entirely changed: Internet-driven media spreads ideas in minutes and fumes celebrity obsession; immigration has produced multicultural neighborhoods bringing together people of varying race, ethnicity, and religion; and the most powerful person in government is a woman. Hitler is immediately recognized . . . as an impersonator of uncommon skill. The public assumes the fulminating leader of the Nazi party is a performer who is always in character, and soon his inevitable viral appeal begets YouTube Stardom, begets television celebrity on a Turkish-born comedian's show. His bigoted rants are mistaken for a theatrical satire-exposing prejudice and misrepresentation-and his media success emboldens Hitler to start his own political party, and set the country he finds a shambles back to rights. With daring and dark humor, Look Who's Back skewers the absurdity and depravity of the cult of personality in modern media culture.
Multi-million-copy bestselling historian Kenneth C. Davis sets his sights on war stories in The Hidden History of America at War. In prose that will remind you of "the best teacher you ever had" (People Magazine), Davis brings to life six emblematic battles, revealing untold tales that span our nation's history, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq. Along the way, he illuminates why we go to war, who fights, the grunt's-eye view of combat, and how these conflicts reshaped our military and national identity.From the Battle of Yorktown (1781), where a fledgling America learned hard lessons about what kind of military it would need to survive, to Fallujah (2004), which epitomized the dawn of the privatization of war, The Hidden History of America at War takes readers inside the battlefield, introducing them to key characters and events that will shatter myths, misconceptions, and romanticism, replacing them with rich insight.
The definitive autobiography of Willie Nelson "Unvarnished. Funny. Leaving no stone unturned." . . . So say the publishers about this book I've written. What I say is that this is the story of my life, told as clear as a Texas sky and in the same rhythm that I lived it. It's a story of restlessness and the purity of the moment and living right. Of my childhood in Abbott, Texas, to the Pacific Northwest, from Nashville to Hawaii and all the way back again. Of selling vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias while hosting radio shows and writing song after song, hoping to strike gold. It's a story of true love, wild times, best friends, and barrooms, with a musical sound track ripping right through it. My life gets lived on the road, at home, and on the road again, tried and true, and I've written it all down from my heart to yours. Signed,Willie Nelson
Comic artist Liz Climo celebrates the bond between father and child with her adorable, deceptively simple illustrations and timeless story of a quest for independence.Features Read & Play functionality, where available.Book Description: Meet Rory the dinosaur. He can't wait to tell his dad all about the things he can do all by himself, from crossing rivers to finding shelter from the rain. Little does Rory know, his father is never far behind.
In the follow-up to For All Eternity, a perfect scoundrel finds perfect love Lord Quentin Somerville is smitten with society's most sought-after beauty. But as a debt-ridden second son, he knows his only chance of winning such a prize is to resort to trickery, and he concocts a plan to trap her into marrying him. But his plan to seduce Clarissa Edwardes at a masked ball backfires when he discovers that the woman in his arms isn't the one he desires. When Clarissa falls ill on the day of the ball, and the costume of her spinster stepsister, Jane Wentworth, meets with disaster, Clarissa hatches a plan of her own: Jane must go to the masquerade disguised as Clarissa. As planned, Jane is mistaken for Clarissa by everyone, including Quentin. Jane, who is secretly in love with Quentin, is thrilled by his notice. When her daring charade leads to a stolen kiss, she isn't prepared for his passionate response--or for the ensuing scandal. With Jane's honor compromised, Quentin proposes under the threat of being cut off by his father. Furious at being deceived, the young noble vows to continue his dissolute life in London and banishes Jane to his dreary estate in Worcestershire. But he underestimates the charms--and determination--of his wife, who has plans of her own.
Desperate circumstances force a willful Regency heiress to become a servant at a grand country estate, where she finds herself in the employ of the nobleman she once scorned With all of London at her feet, Sophie Barrington could have any man she desires. But the pampered heiress is in love with the foppish Julian, Lord Oxley, and is completely uninterested in the man her family is pressuring her to wed--Nicholas Somerville, the wealthy Earl of Lyndhurst. Then she discovers why her family is so set on Nicholas: She's penniless. She must either marry the odious Lord Lyndhurst or face debtor's prison. A clever scheme to save herself erupts in scandal, forcing her to flee town. Nicholas always imagined that the wife he chose would possess sense and sensibility. Instead, he finds himself courting a spoiled society chit who's far too beautiful for her own good. When Sophie publicly humiliates him, Nicholas returns to his ancestral manor to regroup. There he discovers that the newest servant at Hawksbury Manor is the object of his desire--and mortification--and he plots to pay her back. Witty, sensual, and filled with powerful emotion, For All Eternity is romance at its most beguiling.
In this enchanting romance, a cursed beauty and a man with an endangered soul are transported through space and time to be reunited in Regency-era England for one last chance at redemption--could their love be stronger than the spell that binds them? Born to a faerie father and a mortal mother, Lucan lacks one thing: a soul. To become complete, he must fall in love. When he does--with spoiled, willful Alys le Fayre--his life ends tragically. Too late, Alys realizes that Lucan was her soul mate. Now imprisoned in the faerie underworld as punishment for causing Lucan's death, she is fated to spend the next millennia helping humans find happiness. But she's never forgotten the love she lost. Her chance for redemption comes in 1816, when she's tasked with finding the perfect woman for Lucian Warre, the seventh Marquess of Thistlewood, who is Lucan reborn into his final life. The catch? She has only 130 days before tragedy once again befalls the half-mortal Lucian, who doesn't believe in love and never intends to marry. But Alys has other plans . . . Heather Cullman delivers a timeless romantic tale about two people whose love transcends time, fate, and intervention--both human and otherworldly.
In nineteenth-century New York, a woman shattered by yesterday's love and a man torn by today's secrets flee from their luxurious lives--and from each other--but are destined to meet again in the untamed Colorado Territory . . . Can they mend their broken lives and fulfill tomorrow's dreams? Self-made millionaire Seth Tyler has the world on a string. He is rich, powerful, and about to marry the woman he loves. Then he uncovers the horrible family secret that will destroy him and any chance for future happiness. Penelope Parrish is the toast of New York. The beautiful, sought-after opera singer has everything she desires, including the man of her dreams--until the night their affair comes to a shattering end, leaving Penelope pregnant and alone. In the Colorado Territory, where she has reinvented herself as dance hall performer Lorelei Leroux in order to support herself and her toddler son, Penelope is shocked to discover that Seth is her new employer. As devastatingly attractive as ever, the man she vowed to hate forever is still the only one who can touch her heart. Against her will, Penelope is drawn back into Seth's embrace, unaware that he has come west to orchestrate a long-awaited act of revenge that could cost him his life.
In post-Civil War San Francisco, a forward-thinking female physician falls in love with a man who may have murdered his wife Jake Parrish is Dr. Hallie Gardiner's last hope. She needs a wealthy and powerful benefactor to save her foundering mission hospital in Philadelphia, and Jake, known as Young Midas, is just the kind of person she's looking for. At Parrish's magnificent San Francisco mansion, Hallie is stunned to discover that his pregnant wife, Serena, is suffering from a severe emotional disturbance that has caused her to lose touch with reality. At times, she is violent and incoherent; at others, she is frighteningly lucid. Drawn into Serena's bizarre world, Hallie does her best to help. But not long after Serena has her baby, she is found dead. Is Jake Parrish a cold-blooded murderer? Or a grieving widower haunted by terrible memories of war? As she falls dangerously in love with the handsome ex-soldier, Hallie tries to ignore the whispers. Her efforts to heal Jake--and uncover the truth about his wife's death--backfire when someone threatens her life and her chance for future happiness.
Can Marcus be friends with a girl without thinking about sex all the time? Marcus Rosenbloom wants to be a writer almost as much as he doesn't want to be a virgin anymore. At seventeen years old, Marcus thinks, shouldn't he have done it already? Crossed over to the other side, where everyone is different, more adult, more . . . experienced? His friend Alec is smooth and charming around girls; Marcus definitely can't talk to him about his doubts. The only person he confides in is Wendy, a childhood friend who just moved back to Sherwood High to finish her senior year. Marcus and Wendy share their crushes, their disappointments, and their nervousness about dating and sex. Then Marcus has an idea: If he and Wendy share the same problem, maybe they can share a solution, too . . . or maybe it's all much more complicated than he ever imagined.
Jeff's life would be so much better if he were the one directing it Close-up: Mary running toward him with tears in her eyes. "Oh, my darling, I couldn't wait to get back." Cut to long shot: Jeff puts his arms around her. They kiss. Fade out. Jeff already sees everything as a scene in a movie, planning the camera angles and imagining people reading the lines he'll write for them. As soon as he saves up enough money to move to California, he's going to quit his dishwashing job, and then . . . look out for Director Orloff! Unfortunately, Mary Silver doesn't seem to have read the script. When they were in high school drama club together, she never noticed Jeff, and now that she's back in town, a new player has entered the scene: Mary's infant daughter, Hannah. Being a mom is a full-time job, but Jeff knows that Mary was born to be an actress--he's seen her come alive on stage, transforming into her character from the inside out. Her kind of talent is in a class by itself. If only Mary could see herself as Jeff sees her--beautiful and talented . . . and utterly in love with him. Will their romance always be just in his head? Or can he win Mary's heart another way--by figuring out what it means to be a friend to her, and to Hannah?
When you're alone, all you have to think about is yourself Willis Pierce knows she's out there somewhere. He doesn't know when she'll appear, but he knows that when he meets the girl of his dreams, they'll recognize each other from the look in their eyes. In the meantime, Willis eats frozen pizza in his empty apartment and runs at a nearby track late at night, training for an imaginary race. Sophie Browne can run a farm all by herself, but now she's headed to the city to find out what else she can do. Cheerful and resourceful, Sophie rents a little apartment and gets a job in the neighborhood. It's a start, but Sophie's real dream is to get her pilot's license. She knows from her flying lessons that she loves being high over the earth, light and free. Two young people, both used to being alone but tired of feeling lonely, find out whether they can learn to be together in this story about the benefits--and drawbacks--of independence.
George feels as if he's going through life with his eyes half closed--but sometimes that's how you bump into the best surprises George has been in love with Julie since they were twelve years old. For six years, they've barely taken a step without each other, and and every time George imagines his future, he sees Julie in it. She'll be a doctor and they'll stay in their small town and always be able to see the bright lights of New York City across the Hudson River. The two of them are so close, they're like two parts of the same person--only whole when they're together. But when Julie suddenly calls off their relationship, everything George thought was certain starts to crumble away. In desperation, he starts exchanging online messages with a stranger, someone right across the river in the big city. On the Internet, George discovers, you can be anyone you want--or you can be exactly who you are, even if you're still finding out just who that is.
Nobody said New York City was easy, but for Tolley Holtz, it's home Tolley Holtz would rather be exploring the city with his friends, talking about the Yankees, and discussing what President Roosevelt is going to do about the Depression than watching his little brother, Bubber. With his mother working all day in a garment factory and his father looking for work in Baltimore, Tolley's family depends on him. But suddenly, things go from hard to unthinkable. When his mother gets pneumonia and can't leave the hospital, Tolley becomes the only family Bubber can rely on. Afraid that the children's shelter will split them up, the two brothers hop a crosstown bus and strike out on their own, up and down fire escapes, across rooftops, and into the cellars and shadows of New York City. Tolley will need all the street smarts he's ever learned to get them through the winter--and to hold on to his dreams of having a family again.
"A punk rock Scheherazade" (Margaret Cho) shares the zigzagging path that took her from harem member to PTA member... In her younger years, Jillian Lauren was a college dropout, a drug addict, and an international concubine in the Prince of Brunei's harem, an experience she immortalized in in her bestselling memoir, SOME GIRLS. In her thirties, Jillian's most radical act was learning the steadying power of love when she and her rock star husband adopt an Ethiopian child with special needs. After Jillian loses a close friend to drugs, she herself is saved by her fierce, bold love for her son as she fights to make him--and herself--feel safe and at home in the world.Exploring complex ideas of identity and reinvention, Everything You Ever Wanted is a must-read for everyone, especially every mother, who has ever hoped for a second act in life.From the Trade Paperback edition.
New York Times bestselling author Taylor Anderson's phenomenal alternate history Destroyermen series continues as a game-changing conspiracy throws the hope of honor, trust, and survival into chaos.... Matt Reddy's old Asiatic Fleet destroyer USS Walker has been mysteriously transported to an alternate version of earth. Here WWII is no longer raging, and Reddy and his crew have been trying to find a new place for themselves in this strange new world.Now, along with the felinoid Lemurians and Imperial allies, they fight to keep the reptilian Grik, a race growing in supremacy, from reconquering the Lemurians' ancestral home on Madagascar. Reddy and his crew are exhausted, far from reinforcements, and wildly outnumbered, so the odds seem greater than ever before. As for the fate of the Americas, Don Hernan and the evil Dominion have gathered to annihilate the forces behind the walls of Fort Defiance as a shadowy power with an agenda all its own rises with chilling resolve.As the war teeters on a knife-edge, a tipping point may have been reached at last--and cold steel and hot-blooded valor will remain the ultimate weapons.
Cricket Creek, Kentucky, is a sweet small town. But that doesn't stop a tomboy breakfast cook and a tabloid-magnet musician from getting into a little trouble together.... Mattie Mayfield is more interested in fishing, four-wheeling, and mudding than being a girlie girl. But acting like one of the boys means she often gets ignored when it comes to romance--especially by Colby, her brother's best friend. Maybe if she changes the game, she'll finally start getting some attention. Bad boy musician Garret Ruleman doesn't fit in with the crowd in Cricket Creek, but there's something about sweet, unassuming Mattie that catches his eye. Garret intends to ask her out, but all Mattie wants is for Garret to give her a makeover that will force Colby to see her as a real woman. Garret agrees to help in return for lessons on how to become a Southern stud. And as the local girls start falling for the newly countrified Garret, Mattie wonders if in the end, they'd actually be perfect together....